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Apple to make its fanboys cry with joy on October 12 with iOS 5.0

By Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 4, 2011 12:42 pm CDT

Apple's currently running "Let's talk iPhone" event started off boring, but it's starting to get interesting. We've already seen a fresh new Apple-made app called "Cards". And now... Apple fanboys, wait for it.

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Finishing off his presentation, Scott Forstall from Apple announced that they will push out their latest version operating system iOS 5.0 to the world on October 12.

This will bring along some really neat features along with a vastly improved notification system and deep Twitter integration.

Apple "Cards" app let's you make greeting cards, then Apple do the rest

By Cameron Wilmot | Apps | Oct 4, 2011 12:33 pm CDT

During Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event that is going on now at the Apple HQ, Scott Forstall just got done announcing the Cards app.

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No, it's not some type of new poker game. "Cards" is a service for your iOS device which lets you design a greeting card on your Apple phone or tablet and then Apple does the rest for you.

When mailed within the US, the cost is $2.99 per card. What is interesting is that you also get card tracking on your phone, so Apple must have sorted out some cheap rate with Fedex or such to offer tracking. The "Cards" app will be available on October 12.

Plextor refreshes SSD lineup with new SATA 6G models

By Steve Dougherty | Storage | Oct 4, 2011 12:04 pm CDT

Plextor has hit up the ever growing SSD market with a new line of SATA 6Gbps drives in regular 2.5-inch form. There are currently two drives in the new lineup, the 128GB PX-128M2P and 256GB PX-256M2P, both of which depend on Marvell's 88SS9174 controller together with Toshiba TH58TV68D2FDA88 MLC 34nm NAND flash.

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With 512MB DDR3 cache on the 256GB model and half that (256MB) on the 128GB, sequential write speeds vary between the two with Plextor promising write rates of 440MB/sec and 320MB/sec on the 256 and 128GB drives, respectively. Read rates, however, are equal at up to 500MB/sec.

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Microsoft kill Zune, send it to the Phantom Zune

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 4, 2011 11:00 am CDT

Enjoy the Superman reference? If not, I meant Phantom Zone, which means that Microsoft have killed the Zune, officially. Microsoft have removed all references to the Zune HD from its Zune site on Monday and later claimed that the removal was "a mistake". I don't think so, Microsoft. It looks as though they might have removed them early, and the removal was pushed mistakenly. A new support article on Microsoft Zune's support pages makes it very clear:

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We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.

This confirmation is the arrow to the heart of Zune, as they've failed to prove popular against Apple's iPod. Microsoft did kill off their original Zune-based devices earlier this year, which was the beginning of the inevitable end. Microsoft urged customers to purchase Windows Phone 7 devices for the Zune experience.

AMD release Rage graphics driver update

By Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Oct 4, 2011 10:32 am CDT

id Software's Rage has just come out today and if you're an AMD Radeon owner, you might want to head over to AMD's website and download the fresh-out-of-the-oven Catalyst drive update made especially for Rage. The new release is dubbed "Rage Performance Driver" and supports the Radeon HD 5000 and 6000-series of graphics cards and reportedly delivers "significant performance gains" if you're running a single-GPU config.

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You would think there'd be more to the new drivers, but that's it. The new drivers are however, newer than the Catalyst 11.9 and Catalyst 11.10 preview drivers which were released last week.

GeForce owner? You're not out of luck, the new 285.38 beta drivers that were released on Monday were built for Battlefield 3 beta, but in the release notes NVIDIA says the driver also offers "improved compatibility and performance" with Rage.

LUXA2 hints on iPhone 5 design with early case designs - at least from the rear

By Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 4, 2011 09:55 am CDT

We're on the verge of something we've been eagerly wanting to drench our eyes all over for many months; some concrete substance straight from the horse's mouth - that being Apple's next generation iPhone 5! - Rest assured, we'll have our full scoop on that for you as soon as Apple winds things up (less than few hours away from the time of this post).

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In the meantime, we can get a bit of a jump and form at least part assumption on it thanks to a new advertisement posted via Facebook from Apple accessories partner, LUXA2. Their newly posted advertisement shows off a bunch of differing themed iPhone 5 cases they have readied up ahead of launch to help give your iPhone 5 some added character.

Download of the Day: Paint.NET 3.5.9

By Steve Dougherty | Software | Oct 4, 2011 08:54 am CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Paint.NET 3.5.9.

Paint.NET is an image and photo manipulation application.

Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.

Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.

Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.

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Sprint places a $20 billion order on the next-gen iPhone

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 4, 2011 08:00 am CDT

Sprint is currently the number 3 wireless carrier in the US and to try and turn this around, they've ordered an astonishing $20 billion worth of next-gen iPhones. Sprint are hoping that the next-gen iPhone is that good, as this is a matter of do-or-die. Currently, Sprint have 52 million subscribers who are mostly pre-paid, but with $20 billion worth of next-gen iPhones, I'd be willing to wager that they want to get those customers off pre-paid and onto contracts.

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This move allows Sprint to subsidize the $500 cost of each handset and should give Sprint a running start. 30 million-plus iPhones sure is a lot of iPhones...

Deal of the Day: 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop w/ Intel Core i7, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA GPU etc. for $799 with FREE Shipping

By Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Oct 4, 2011 07:24 am CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 11.6" Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA Graphics, Wireless-N, Webcam and More for $799 with FREE Shipping!.

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Gigabyte intros five new PSUs to its 'Superb' range

By Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Oct 4, 2011 07:00 am CDT

Gigabyte has introduced five new PSUs into its mainstream "Superb" range, the lineup has now expanded up to 10 PSUs with the introduction of non-modular (boo) E720, E620, E520 and E470 C3 and C4 models, all sporting 12cm fans, Japanese-made capacitors, golden chokes and sleeved cabling.

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The E720 has four 12V rails while the rest of the range sport two. All of them are certified for NVIDIA's SLI usage and also sport 80 PLUS's 'standard' efficiency rating. Gigabyte say that 82 percent can be achieved under ideal conditions. Nothing stands out too much, but they should be rocking a decent price - something which Gigabyte have been mum about so far.