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Download of the Day: LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC 1

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:12 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC 1.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.

Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams.

Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives.

Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations.

Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams?

Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite.

Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation.

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Razer goes viral, 'PC gaming is not dead', must've seen the Battlefield 3 footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 0:00 CDT

Razer is really stomping their foot on the the console versus PC argument with a viral site saying PC gaming is not dead. I'm loving it, they shout out about "shoddy ports", "closed systems", and they state there is something "terribly wrong with gaming today." "Lack of innovation" is a key point, which I love. Razer push on the open system of PC gaming and that there are more than 300,000,000 PC gamers worldwide, which is much more than all of the console-based gamers combined.

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On the 26th of August, Razer claim they will "remind the world that PC gaming is not dead." The 26th of August can not come soon enough!

Apple's next "absolutely different" product rumored, could we see something revolutionary, magic, again?

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

Think back before the iPod, could you have imagined how much it would change the industry? What about the iPhone? Could you have predicted that? Well, Makorakara, a Japanese site has published a rumor on what the next "absolutely different" Apple product could be. The rumor contains no detail at all, but here it is:

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According to anonymous source in Asian supplier company, Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.

Though this source does not told in detail, this new Mac line seems to be clearly different products from current ones, so new product name could be given.

Now, they say it's a new "Mac line", and if it were up to my "expertise", I would be guessing a touchscreen Mac? Or maybe a touchscreen MacBook? But, personally... if I was in control of this, here is my idea - let me know what you think:

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Red Bull teams up with Vodafone, wings included

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 21:40 CDT

Are wings enough to save Vodafone and Red Bull? Well, we'll find out later this year when another mobile reseller enters the market in Red Bull branding. Vodafone has announced that it has signed up an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) with a difference. The difference? Red Bull branding. This will bring Red Bull branded handsets, "competitive" tariffs" and access to Red Bull TV services through the handset, as well as exclusive ticket access to Red Bull events. Oh and probably, wings.

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Red Bull isn't new to this mobile game however, they operate Red Bull MOBILE in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, Poland and South Africa. Red Bull MOBILE is slated to launch later in the year with pricing and handset offerings to follow.

iOS 5 to include early earthquake warning notification for Japanese iPhone users

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 21:00 CDT

Here's something useful from iOS 5! Following the devastating earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 of this year in Japan, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option in their upcoming iOS 5. Japan-based iOS 5 users can turn on early earthquake notifications at the very bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings pane. All that is required is the flick a switch (as shown below in the picture) and if an earthquake hits, you'll get anything from a few seconds to one or two minutes warning before the earthquake hits.

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Time profiled Japan's earthquake warning system this year and explains the history of the system:

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake's epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

For those of us who can't read Japanese, the picture above also says that the feature may reduce your battery life as it is always connected to Japan's earthquake warning system.

Intel ready to pounce with next-gen Itanium, 32nm, 8-core Poulson chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 20:29 CDT

Intel's next-gen Itanium is looking like a thing of beauty with some impressive specs. The last update to the Itanium line saw a 2-billion transistor chip dubbed Tukwila, which sported a 65nm design, up to 24MB cache, 4-cores and a clock speed of up to 1.73GHz. The 2011 refresh of the Itanium will see a bump up to 8-core, up to 32MB cache, 3.1 billion transistors and a TBA clock speed. The die size has also shrunk from 699m^2 down to 544mm^2.

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Poulson also adds a new feature called Intel Instruction Replay Technology, which is said to add a buffer for more quickly recovering from errors, allowing the chip to pick up from the last known good instruction instead of having to completely flush the pipeline. Another feature of Poulson is that it's pin compatible with Tukwila, which means existing Itanium-based customers can just buy the new chip, drop it in and go.

HP outs new business All-In-One PC - Compaq 8200 Elite

By: Steve Dougherty | Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 14:36 CDT

While things are a little up in the air as to what exactly is on the cards for HP following this news late last week, it hasn't stopped them releasing new models just yet, with a new all-in-one PC becoming available in stores from today under their Compaq series.

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The new Compaq 8200 Elite is a business oriented all-in-one PC which uses a 23-inch LED-backlit 1920x1080 display. Packed inside is a 2nd Gen Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) processor, up to 8GB of system memory, a HDD (or optionally, SSD), webcam, SRS Premium Sound and highly efficient power supply (up to 89% efficiency).

HP backs the Compaq 8200 Elite with a 3 year warranty (honored, regardless of what becomes of the company in its volatile future) and bears a base price of $999 USD.

AMD polishes off Brazos with three new APUs

By: Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 13:32 CDT

While inevitably not bringing anywhere near the amount of excitement the upcoming FX-Series will once launched, AMD has just kicked out three new APUs catering to its Brazos platform - the E-450, E-300 and C-60.

Using AMD's Bobcat x86 architecture, all three models are dual-core, built on the 40nm process. The new top dog "Zacate" E-450 APU clocks in at 1.65GHz (where the previous top model, the E-350 ran at 1.60GHz). The integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU has its core clocked at 508MHz and with its TurboCore tech it can be driven at up to 600MHz.

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THe E-300 lacks TurboCore on both its CPU and GPU components, with the CPU clock at a fixed 1.30GHz, and the Radeon HD 6310 GPU at 488MHz. As for the C-60, this is AMD's latest ultra low power APU with a TDP of only 9W (the other two are double that). The C-60 does have TurboCore technology embedded for both its CPU and GPU components. The CPU's stock clock rate is 1.00GHz, but with the help of TurboCore can head north to 1.33GHz, while the Radeon HD 6290 GPU has its core clocked at 276MHz, but TurboCore can increase it to 400MHz.

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Creative's Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset finally sees light of day

By: Steve Dougherty | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 13:08 CDT

After months and months of waiting following its official announcement back in January, Creative is finally getting its Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset shipped to stores and etailers worldwide.

The headset (supporting PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) while looking somewhat contemporary by design, features a steel core providing high endurance, customizabe earcups (that are illuminated while in use) and houses full spectrum 50mm drivers that promise excellent bass and crispy highs. It has an integrated volume control, mute and connection controls, as well as a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and VoiceFX functionality for live voice morphing.

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Creative has obtained official support from THX with several of its technologies including THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer, THX TruStudio Pro Surround, THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume, THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus and THX TruStudio Pro Speaker.

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