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Facebook launches Mobile App Platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:04 CDT

After months of speculation, opinion, leaks and other events, Facebook have today launched what people have expected: a mobile app platform as well as Facebook for iPad. Before this, Facebook users had to use their computers for gaming and app needs (or obsessions) where now, they should be able to play and participate from almost any device with a web browser. This experience amplifies if you're on an Apple iOS-based device.


It was rumored that Facebook were totally against Apple, with iOS 5 having Twitter integration but this news is joy to the ears of Facebook and Apple users. The reason is simple. Facebook apps and more importantly, games, don't work on phones or tablets because iOS devices don't support Flash. Facebook has now helped a select group of developers, Audiovroom, Branchout, EA, Flixster, Gilt Groupe, Huffington Post, Moblyng, Storm8, Wooga and Zynga, all create HTML5-based versions of a selection of their apps and game titles that will work within Web browsers.

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Steve left behind a four-year roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 19:02 CDT

I don't get how people are surprised by this news, other tech sites seem to be taken aback by one of the most influential, most powerful and [at times] most innovative companies of the last 25 years to have a four-year roadmap? I'm surprised it wasn't further down the line and maybe not exact points of where they'll get, but at least "this is where we want to be in ten years time" kinda thinking. But, there is now news that Jobs' legacy at Apple includes a four-year product roadmap and a "new line of products to be rolled out over the next two to three years."


Steve had reportedly "already laid plans" for next-gen iOS-based devices, the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The report comes from Develop who are claiming that British newspaper 'The Times' has claimed that due in late 2012 or early 2013, we should see the next iPhone which will be Jobs "legacy device". The news also brings the rumor of Apple rolling out a full touch-screen TV that would kill of its current product; Apple TV.

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Facebook for iPad is finally here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 17:33 CDT

After rumors, a circus, various teases and costume changes, Facebook for iPad is finally here. Now people can throw away their previous non-official apps, third-party apps or non-touch friendly website and get their fingers tapping the sweet dance floor of the new Facebook for iPad. The app seems like the one that has been floating around with pictures over the last few months, with a left-hand column for simple navigation of the News Feed.


Photos, Messages, Groups, Apps, Settings, Chat and more are also in the left-hand column. Facebook Photos on the iPad look great as they have the ability to go full screen and can also be zoomed in and swiped with the touch of a finger. But, the most exciting thing that my mother-in-law will love about the Facebook for iPad app will be that Facebook games can be played in full screen! She will be chuffed with that news.

Finally, we have AirPlay for Facebook videos supported with Facebook for iPad. You can grab the app here.

The S in the new iPhone stands for Sales? - Over 1 million units sold in 24 hrs

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 12:40 CDT

I think we've all come to expect mammoth waves of sales figures post fresh Apple device launches no matter what it is in this day and age, and while for many the newly launched iPhone 4S was quite an underwhelming one, it looks like Apple were right once again in anticipating mass success with what they had on the cards, shortening its name from iPhone 4Sales so it would seem.


An overwhelming amount of preorders have taken place over the first weekend since launch last week with more than one million phones sold within the first 24 hrs of being on sale! This makes it yet another new record for Apple according to this announcement earlier today. AT&T actually received more than 200,000 requests for the iPhone 4S within the first 12 hrs of its preorder availability on Friday which is even higher than the sales pace post launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010, which sold 1.7 million units during the first three days in the market and 600,000 within the first 24 hours.

As a result of such intensive demand, Apple has already shifted its shipping times on its website to say "one to two weeks", or until as far as October 23rd, despite the official availability date being Oct 14th.

ASRock's X79 Extreme7 gets exposed

By: Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:54 CDT

Closing in on the big X79 / Sandy Bridge-E launch in mid November and today we get a peek of another X79 board with all the final fancy trimmings in place. This is ASRock's entry into the next-gen LGA2011 field with its X79 Extreme7. It inevitably won't be the only X79 from ASRock to turn up at launch, but it's the first we get to take a good look at pre-launch thanks to some chaps over at XFastest.


Sporting a 16-phase VRM with high grade chokes and server grade poscap capacitors, you know this is one serious piece of hardware straight off the bat. There are six DDR3 slots total, split into three on either side of the socket that are powered via a 4-phase VRM and are ready to provide some of that lovely quad-channel DDR3 goodness. The overall heatsink design looks super serious (and rather awesome!) with there even being heatsinks over the memory VRM areas that are connected to the heatsink over the CPU VRM via heat-pipes.

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So, what was the deal with Steve's plateless SL 55?

By: Steve Dougherty | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:06 CDT

Following the passing of Steve Jobs last week we've seen an absolute mass of news come out about the man who undeniably changed the face of one of the largest industries in the world. But if I asked the majority of you what brand/model of car he drove, I'd be surprised if 5% of you knew (prior to a frantic google search for the answer, that is). Don't worry, I was in the 95% that didn't until today as well.

One thing I can now say, while he might not have always had good taste in the way he went about running the show at Apple, he certainly did when it came to cars :-


While I hear many of you shouting out "But I really couldn't give a rats bum what he drove", there is something else in the picture above that is the main point of interest here. Notice anything that stands out? (Or perhaps I should say, doesn't in this case).

That's right, Steve has been driving his flashy new Merc for four years (since he purchased it new) without a license plate. And guess what? Running over Steve's driving records and the VIN on his car, he was never ticketed for the infraction either.

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Extreme.Outervision's Power Supply Calculator updated to support new sockets/CPUs & more

By: Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 10:17 CDT

eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when wanting to ensure a given power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.


The service has just been updated with an easier, faster way to select your CPU and video card(s). The Lite version of the tool also now supports up to four video cards + a PPU (Physics Processing Unit). Furthermore, all the most recent video card models from both AMD and NVIDIA have been added to the list of selections along with new sockets including LGA 2011, AM3+ and FM1. With that, there are now a range of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, AMD Zambezi and latest server class Xeon and Opteron processors to choose from.

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Download of the Day: uTorrent 3.0 Build 25756

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 9:24 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 Build 25756.

µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled

Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.


µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.

Skinnable and Localized

Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!


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Monday Morning Roundup for October 10, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 @ 7:39 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - October 10th, 2011


- HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook @ Techspot

- Arctic MC001-E Entertainment Center Barebone @ Madshrimps

- Video Perspective: AVADirect $1000 Gaming System @ PC Perspective

- Samsung Series 9 Ultra Portable Notebook @ SilentPCReview

- Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 (Core i3-380M, Radeon HD 6530M 1GB) @ AU-Ja


- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

- ASRock A75 Extreme 6 and A55 Pro 3 @ Pureoverclock

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