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Friday Morning Roundup for August 26, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Aug 26, 2011 @ 1:20 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - August 26th, 2011

Motherboard

- AMD 990FX Motherboard Round-Up: Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte @ Hot Hardware

- MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) PCI-Express 3.0 @ Techpowerup

- ASUS F1A75-M PRO @ Pureoverclock

- MSI A75MA-G55 vs. Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 socket FM1 tested @ Planet3DNow

- Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

CPU & APU

- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 & AMD A8-3800 @ LANOC

- Socket 1155 Charts - updated Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 @ Ocaholic

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Escape From City 17: Part Two

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 23:00 CDT

Escape From City 17 - Part Two has been released and it shows a story about the connection that grows between two people during the battle for City 17. It uses the same gritty, guerrilla style of the original movie and was made on just a $250 budget, previously owned/donated software, time and an HVX200 camera. It's impressive to watch, and whilst it doesn't look as good as the latest Transformer movie for example, you can't complain or compare a $250,000,000 budget to a $250 budget.

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Did anyone else notice the G-Man at 4:18? I did! :)

HTC Sense 3.5 beta screenshots, weather widgets look gorgeous

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 22:30 CDT

Ah, HTC Sense, how I love your weather widgets and according to XDA.cn, the new HTC Sense 3.5 has been teased. Sense 3.0 had some crazy requirements from HTC that made it require a dual-core and if you didn't have one, you were out of luck. HTC are now doing a 180-degree turn on this and according to XDA.cn, older models of HTC phones should be capable of cranking that beautiful UI you see below.

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3.5 is still reported to use the ring style unlocking system that 3.0 did, but will hopefully show more notifications for weather and messages than it did before. The Sense widgets have been updated as you can see above with the weather widget taking up virtually the entire screen. There are now two buttons down the bottom, one for applications and one for the phone. All I can say is "do want."

ASUS flicks the switch on the Transformer, adds Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 22:00 CDT

Own an ASUS Transformer? Fan of Netflix? Well, this just might interest you. There are claims that the 8.6.5.9 build for the ASUS Transformer enables sideloading of the Netflix app. At the moment the only Netflix-certified tablets are the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet, which meant Honeycomb tablet owners were forced to sideload the app, something that wasn't possible on the ASUS Transformer.

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If this new update was intentional to include the app, then great. If not, then I'd suggest you quickly update so you get the app in case ASUS remove it from the next build.

AMD's new CEO is Lenovo's old CEO, Rory Read

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 21:00 CDT

AMD has finally done it! They've found a CEO. AMD today named Rory P. Read as their President and CEO. His previous gigs include previously being President and COO for Lenovo and also 23 years with various roles at IBM. He replaces AMD CFO Thomas Seifert, who will return to his previous role) who had been sitting in the throne after the departure of Dirk Meyer. Read says that he's:

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Very pleased to be joining AMD at this important time in its history. AMD is a true innovator and is uniquely positioned to lead the industry forward, delivering the next big thing both within the PC ecosystem and beyond.

Mango update to Windows Phone 7 will include front-facing cameras, Skype integration

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 20:29 CDT

It was only last month when Microsoft unveiled the SGH-i937 Mango Windows Phone 7 handset and included was a front-facing camera. Microsoft has now confirmed that future Mango-based phones will definitely include front-facing cameras as well as Skype integration. Confirmation of this came from the TechEd event in New Zealand where two Microsoft employees also revealed Microsoft's Lync VoIP client will feature in other platforms such as iOS, Android and Symbian.

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New Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB bundle w/ five games for $299?

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:08 CDT

While not yet confirmed, rumour is circulating that Microsoft is planning another bundle deal for its 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, said to start arriving in stores as early as today. The new bundle will apparently come with five games as opposed to the usual two. People are suggesting it could be an early jump on the upcoming holiday season, but that's not likely this soon.

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The titles rumoured to be included (in the form of download tokens) are pretty sweet choices, if true. We've got word of Alan Wake, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Fable 3, and Gears of War 2. You would have to take into account the almost 30GB of space it'll eat from your 250GB drive, however, but with some 200GB remaining I doubt that will bother many folks.

The bundle is also said to include a single wireless controller and wired headset and will apparently sell for $299. At that price it would be quite awesome value really, given all the aforementioned games included.

NVIDIA partner Point of View overwhelms GTX 550 Ti w/ 4GB RAM

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 10:38 CDT

No matter how much you try to convince people that "the more memory, the better" when it comes to graphics cards is a somewhat fuzzy statement, the idea of having your card crammed with as much memory as possible is just too hard to pass up for some folks, hence add-in partners sometimes going a little overboard in this respect.

On that note, it seems NVIDIA card partner Point of View is looking to break some kind of record with a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti offering, packing it with not 1.5GB, not 2GB, but a whopping 4GB (!) of memory - equating to 4 times the amount on the reference model.

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Such a large increase in memory would be questionably logical on a high end model, but on a mid range card with only a 128-bit memory interface, it does very much seem overboard indeed. It also needs to be mentioned that the memory used isn't the usual GDDR5, PoV took a shortcut here and went for DDR3, clocked in at 1066MHz. Meanwhile, the core runs at 900MHz, with its 192 CUDA cores operating at 1900MHz.

The card is now available for pre-order in Europe at €113.

Nokia giving Symbian another spin with "Belle"

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 9:24 CDT

Despite everyone turning their noses up at it in a world now filled with acceptance only to iOS, Android, or [insert any other mobile OS], Nokia is still keeping Symbian alive with another update, Symbian Belle.

Nokia has officially disclosed details on the update today and said it will debut this quarter on three new smartphones, the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701.

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Some of the primary advantages to the update include an increase to the number of home screens possible (from three to six), redesigned widgets that come in five different sizes, a pull down menu and a taskbar for easy access to notifications. Improvements have also been made to the platform's web browser along with single-tap NFC sharing and pairing being possible.

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Issue 16 of the OverClocker magazine now online

By: Steve Dougherty | Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 @ 7:55 CDT

Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 16 is now online for your reading pleasure.

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The highlights of this month's issue include a day spent with world renowned overclocking champion, KINGP!N, a trip to EVGA headquarters to see what's going on behind the scenes there of late, and some words shared from Massman regarding the situation with famous overclocker Chew who recently chose to exit the overclocking community.

Pro also gives arguably the best GTX 580 on the market the full going over, MSI's GTX 580 Lightning, and there's a 4-way SSD shootout to help you make the wonderful jump from mechanical to solid storage.

Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.