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NVIDIA GeForce GTX590, ready to take the dual-GPU crown?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 18:03 CST

NVIDIA is set to launch their dual-GPU counter-punch-in-the-nuts GeForce GTX 590 on March 22nd. Coincidentally, this is the date of the Crysis 2 launch in which NVIDIA paid a pretty penny (to the tune of $2 million) for some flashy NVIDIA-only benefits. Although Crysis 2 is only launching with DirectX 9 - which is shocking considering the first game from four years ago launched with DirectX 9 and 10 modes.

 

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The GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110 GPUs (the same as the GTX 570/580 cards), we can expect the GTX 590 to include 3GB of RAM and out-of-the-box support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround and Vision Surround technologies (which are usually only for SLI users). The card is not far away and I'm sure that they're ready to strike while the iron is hot and I have full confidence it's going to be a great card.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch teaser, even Slim Jim is impressed

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 17:58 CST

Samsung is loving the attention of their soon-to-be popular iPad competition, the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab teaser pic on Samsung's Facebook page is getting quite a lot of attention with the picture showing what seems like the rear of the 8.9-inch tablet.

 

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As you can see from the picture, it is only as thick as the headphone jack's height, which means it should be pretty close to the Apple iPad 2's thickness of just 8.8mm. Game on Samsung, game on. But, please do send me one for testing - I will love you forever. March 22nd is the date of the "UNPACKED" event in Orlando in the US, so not long until we get a proper look at the tablet.

3dvia Thinks Outside the Box with "Billions" of Development Opportunities

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 16:03 CST

Before I was distracted by the AR.Drone cage's techno music at GDC last week, I spent some time at the 3dvia booth. I must have been in the French section of GDC, as 3dvia is part of Dassault Systèmes.

 

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I was initially attracted to their augmented reality promotional game demo on the outside of their booth. There was a French Cereal Box resting, unattended beneath an external-camera-equipped flatscreen. Recognizing the giant AR marker on the back of the box, I lifted it to the camera to see what I was going to get. As I had expected, an interactive augmented reality game materialized on the screen in front of me. What appeared to be a cereal mascot seemed to be trapped on the right side of the box, standing on top of a spring. A marble rolled back and forth idly at the top left as my hand moved the box slightly. Tilting the box either way moved the marble, so I experimented. The object was to collect a series of wispy white light orbs positioned throughout the plinko style drop down "maze", and upon collecting them the spring jettisoned the mascot sprite outside the box where it did a little dance and offered to let me Rejouer.

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iOS 4.3 Should Out-Perform Android

By: Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 15:01 CST

Ok everyone: Calm. Down. I'm looking at you, Twitter.

 

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Yes, the iOS 4.3 Hotspot Debacle is a complete slap in the face. Yes, the fact that AT&T only offers grandfathered unlimited data plans and the current available data plans are an absurd and brazen insult to developers, techies, and you know, people that use the internet. And Pandora.

 

All of that aside, evidently iOS 4.3 performs substantially better than iOS 4.1, and probably better than Android as well, according to the guys at Electronista.

 

I personally don't give a damn about which system people think is better for whatever reason- this is a clear indication that the Nitro engine for Safari got an overhaul and that maybe, just maybe, Apple actually cares.

 

iPad 2 users may be disappointed to learn that it probably won't perform "twice as fast" as the iPad, but it's still an improvement.

 

Either way, this means more Xtranormal videos. Always a plus. [NSFW: Language]

Logitech Speaker System Z906 Released Today: 500 Watts of Awesome

By: Trak Lord | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 14:27 CST

Logitech released its supercharged surround sound Speaker System Z906 today:

 

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"We're delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech® Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System," said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech's audio business unit. "The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we're confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room."

 

And for $399, it can be! Not that you won't get your money's worth- the new speakers are THX certified, delivering 500 Watts of earthquake-faking audio. Six speakers and subwoofer, easily stackable and adaptable to your current entertainment setup as you can connect up to six different systems.

 

If you want to be able to wake the neighbors with C-Span, this is the way to go. Preorder here.

Apple fail with iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot - sucking more consumer money

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 13:55 CST

I was very excited once my iPhone 4 was finally updated to iOS 4.3. The reason? I couldn't wait to try out the new "Personal Hotspot" feature that Apple mentioned during the iPad 2 announcement event last week.

 

So, I got my iPhone 4 updated to iOS 4.3 and quickly went through the operating system to spot new changes. It's an exciting time for a geek to try out a freshly updated operating system. Something was missing, though. I couldn't find any options for the new Personal Hotspot feature. You know, right? The feature that allows you to share your 3G connection with up to five other Wi-Fi devices. I was all set to use it to share 3G internet access to my forthcoming iPad 2.

 

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As it turns out, Apple has dropped the ball massively here and the Twitterverse is up in arms with anger - and rightfully so.

 

If you want the Hotspot Feature with an AT&T iPhone, you need to have a tethering data plan. That would mean for someone with an unlimited data plan that they'd need to downgrade to 4GB per month and pay $10 USD extra per month, according to one user on Twitter. And if you are in the UK, not all telecos even support Personal Hotspot.

 

I am in Taiwan and do not even see the option for Personal Hotspot on Chunghwa Telecom. Lovely way to totally drop the ball and fail and totally screw over the consumer at the same time, Apple!

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod - go grab it!

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 12:32 CST

Just moments ago Apple released iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

 

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You guys know the drill, dock your iDevice and open iTunes and iUpdate your device. My download has started and it still has 20 minutes to go. I'd bet the Apple servers are getting slammed right now.

 

One of the top new features I am personally looking forward to trying is the Personal Hotspot which allows you to share your 3G connection over Wi-Fi with up to five devices. Kind of makes the iPad 2 with 3G less attractive in my opinion. What do you think?

TweakTown's SBG systems see some big changes

By: Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 9, 2011 @ 1:48 CST

We have just spent some considerable time updating each of our SBG computer systems. We made some big changes, so listen up.

 

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Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD), hardware stays the same. We have been pondering changing the video card from the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB to something a little more recent, but have decided to keep it in place until it is no longer for sale. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC also saw a price reduction of $10 USD this week, making it an even better choice as it finishes up its life cycle.

 

Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD), we were a little naughty this week - we broke the budget by around $50 or so. We replaced the Radeon 6850 1GB with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB. As we mentioned, it puts the system over budget, but does result in a big gain in performance.

 

And finally we have the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which sees the most changes.

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LionsGate developing Cube 3D?

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 8, 2011 @ 19:30 CST

News is floating around that LionsGate is looking to bring the Cube series back to life in the form of a 3D-based movie, be it a prequel, sequel or reboot. If you haven't seen Cube, you're missing out on an amazing movie.

 

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Cube was the Saw movie of the 90's, before Saw was cool and pumping up $100 million weekends, Cube was a small hit from 1997 that spawned two follow-up movies in 2002 and 2004.The movie was a horror/thriller with a twist, that featured a group of people trying to escape a number-coded series of rooms which were booby-trapped, all within a maze-like structure.

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Android Honeycomb music app can sync music to the cloud, also streams

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 8, 2011 @ 18:55 CST

Android Honeycomb is set to raise the bar a fair bit with syncing music on your Android-handset to the cloud, impressive, eh? It has even been tested by syncing music to the cloud, removing the Android's SD card with a new one, and then tapping "stream music" which will stream your tunes from the cloud.

 

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This is a great addition to any Android users phone, in the case of a damaged or lost phone, being able to sync directly from the cloud has many benefits. But what of pirated music being stored on the cloud? Would people feel safe with their illegally-obtained Britney Spears mp3's sitting on Google servers somewhere in the world? I hope you wouldn't... Hold It Against Me, if you'll pardon the pun. (Britney fan #41413 signing off).