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RumorTT: Apple iPad 3 to launch in the first week of March

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 9, 2012 11:19 pm CST

It's not like I've ever posted a RumorTT post, or talked about the iPad 3 that much. I mean, seriously, is the iPad 3 not one of the most talked about, but still not here yet, gadgets, ever?


Now the latest news coming from AllThingsD is that Apple are planning to hold an event in March, to launch their next-generation iPad.

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HTC update on status of Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 9, 2012 10:18 pm CST

We all knew it was coming, but HTC have just posted an update on their Facebook page, where they have definitely been quietly brilliant (geddit?). They've just announced they've been working hard on getting their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates ready, and they've just announced the first round of ICS-based updates will filter out by the end of March.


The first handsets to receive the delicious Ice Cream Sandwich will be the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL. On top of this, HTC have confirmed ICS updates will be coming later this year for other handsets: HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD.

HTC have also said to stay tuned for more updates on the ICS releases in the coming weeks, and as it happens, you'll be happy to know we'll keep you informed.

Also HTC, next time don't post such a delicious looking picture of an Ice Cream Sandwich - never had one myself before, and now I'm really hungry.

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Got 90MB spare on your Internet cap, you could download the entire Pirate Bay if you wanted

By Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 9, 2012 09:18 pm CST

The world's largest BitTorrent site, The Pirate Bay, as reported previously, will stop linking to .torrent files shortly and replace them with magnet links. Magnet links have a pretty big advantage over .torrent files, where they're much more portable, and easier to copy. On top of this, a new torrent link on TPB lists all titles and magnet links, where the public can download a copy that would fit onto even the smallest USB flash drive, or if you're still rocking those floppies, a few of them, too.


TPB told TorrentFreak that one of the advantages to a "magnet site" is that it requires little bandwidth to host a proxy site. A proxy site is required as TPB is blocked in many countries, and is of course, going to increase. Think it can't happen? Well, Pirate Bay user "allisfine" was intrigued by this idea, and has decided to find out just how small a copy of TPB would be. He told TorrentFreak:

I did a complete snapshot of ALL the Pirate Bay torrents, in case somebody wants to close it or something similarly crazy.

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Amazon could launch a 9-inch Kindle by mid-2012

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 9, 2012 08:09 pm CST

Everyone is going to want to combat the upcoming slaughterhouse that will be the iPad 3, but Amazon has enjoyed great success with their Kindle Fire tablet. Pacific Crest analyst Char Bartley said this week that:


We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million, but we believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.

Amazon have already said they're making more Kindle Fire's to meet demand, as well as reports of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rocking on the Fire. It seems that the fire the Kindle has burning, just can't be put out.

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New Call of Duty title is coming, Elite 2.0 on the way also

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Feb 9, 2012 07:09 pm CST

We literally just reported that Diablo III is coming in Q2, but in the same financial report from Activision, Bobby Kotick also announced a new Call of Duty title. I was going to wrap it into a single news post, but seriously, these game franchises are big enough to deserve their own special spot of news.


Kotick has said that the company wants to expand the new 'Call of Duty: Elite' service throughout 2012, by introducing "Elite 2.0". Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision has said that new "features (are) to be included in the next Call of Duty release."

Are you excited for another Call of Duty title? I think they should just call them "Call of Duty 2012, Call of Duty 2013", it's easier than thinking of something to follow it. If the next Call of Duty comes out and looks the same (which it will, I doubt they'll opt for a new graphics engine since it still sells better than ice cream on a hot day, it will look worse than the 2011-released Battlefield 3.

Sad. But, exciting. Will Activision pull a rabbit from their Call of Duty hat? Only a few months until we find out I guess!

Diablo III to launch in Q2, the looting will begin soon

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Feb 9, 2012 06:03 pm CST

Activision have just given their quarterly financial report, with Bobby Kotick taking the time to announce that a new Call of Duty title is in the works (SURPRISE!) and also, a new launch window for the ever-so-delicious Diablo III.


Kotick has said that Diablo III will in fact launch this year, and with a slideshow shown (pictured above) it could launch in Q2. The slideshow says "targeting Q2 launch", which means we could see some delays, but it's nice to see that they're expecting a launch, very soon.


Kotick added:

Blizzard Entertainment plans to have multiple highly-anticipated titles to release, including Diablo 3, and Activision Publishing expects to release a new Call of Duty game. In addition, Activision Publishing expects to continue to grow Call of Duty Elite and launch Skylanders Giants.

Thursday Morning Roundup for February 9, 2012

By Anthony Garreffa | Roundups | Feb 9, 2012 07:19 am CST

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 9th, 2012.


Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC - Hardware Canucks

Motherboards & CPUs:

ASUS Rampage IV Formula BF3 Edition Motherboard - Hi Tech Legion

ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 Motherboard - Legit Reviews

ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 - PureOverclock


RHA SA-850 Headphones and MA-350 Earphones - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: Dell Small Business - Dual 20" Dell LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260ST Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Media Card Reader, Win 7 Pro, and More for $599 with FREE Shipping!

By Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Feb 9, 2012 06:20 am CST

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - Dual 20" Dell LCD Monitor equipped Dell Vostro 260ST Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Media Card Reader, Win 7 Pro, and More for $599 with FREE Shipping!


Deeper discount and upgraded configuration! $599 after a massive $472.99 instant discount buys this originally $1049 Dell Vostro 260 slim tower desktop with TWO 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitors. This computer also comes with a 2nd gen 3.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Dell Wireless 1501 802.11n card, 8-in-1 media card reader, Windows 7 Professional x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty, plus a TrippLite HDMI to DVI gold video cable. Shipping is FREE. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time (original expiration was 2/3/12 at 7AM CT).


Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 17

By Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Feb 9, 2012 05:24 am CST

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 17.

With today's Stable release, Chrome now does the same thing. Except not with sandwiches. When you start typing in the omnibox and the URL autocompletes to a site you're very likely to visit, Chrome will prerender the page, so it will appear faster--sometimes, even instantly--as soon as you hit Enter. To learn more, check out the post from our latest Beta release.


On the security front, Chrome now does even more to help protect you from malicious downloads. In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files (like ".exe" and ".msi" files). If the executable doesn't match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you're accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads.

In the near future, we will also begin rolling out updates to Chrome OS to further simplify the Chromebook experience. With a new image editor, Chromebook users will be able to quickly view, edit and share photos on the web. Users will also see an improved Verizon 3G activation portal, which includes the ability to set up a recurring purchase of mobile data.

If you don't have Chrome, download it now to check out the latest features!

NVIDIA and Rambus finally settle four-year memory patent dispute

By Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 9, 2012 04:16 am CST

NVIDIA and Rambus have been fighting it out for a while now, with four years of lawsuits and fighting, have resolved the matter privately. They've inked a new deal that is valid for the next five years, but other than that, no other details are provided.


The PR statement is vague, just pointing out that the two companies have settled, and that there's a five-year agreement now:

The agreement covers the use of Rambus patented innovations in a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) products offered by NVIDIA. In addition, the two companies have settled all outstanding claims, including resolution of past use of Rambus' patented innovations. The term of this agreement is five years; other details are confidential.

"This is an important license agreement as it settles our differences and allows us to move forward with NVIDIA, the leader in visual and parallel computing," said Harold Hughes, president and chief executive officer at Rambus. "Looking forward, we have the opportunity to focus on developing innovative solutions in concert with our licensees to help bring compelling, innovative products to market."

It's good to see the issues resolved, now they can get back to business.