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Download of the Day: SpeedFan 4.42

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Nov 4, 2010 @ 0:46 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.42.

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.

SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).

SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.

SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.

SpeedFan can handle:

• almost any number of South Bridges

• almost any number of hardware monitor chips

• almost any number of hard disks

• almost any number of temperature readings

• almost any number of voltage readings

• almost any number of fan speed readings

• almost any number of PWMs

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Deal of the Day: B&H Photo Video - Nikon Coolpix L22 12 MP Digital Camera for $89.95 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | | Posted: Nov 4, 2010 @ 0:04 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the B&H Photo Video - Nikon Coolpix L22 12 MP Digital Camera for $89.95 with FREE Shipping.

Offer: This is a hot price on one of the more popular entry level digital cameras from Nikon. They've got a $20 off instant savings, but adding it to your cart drops it further to just $89.95! Shipping is included and there's no tax except in NY. This is the best price on the net, even including the shady Brooklyn stores!

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Thursday Morning Roundup for November 3, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 23:27 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - November 4th, 2010

Systems

- Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410 @ Kitguru

- ASRock Core 100HT-BD HTPC @ Hardware Secrets

Motherboard

- ASRock 890GX Extreme4 AMD Socket AM3 DDR3 Motherboard @ OCInside.de

- Gigabyte T1125N Core i3/i5 Netvertible Hands On @ Netbooknews

Memory

- OCZ DDR 1600MHz Platinum Extreme Low Voltage @ Pro-Clockers

- GeIL Black Dragon Dual Channel 4GB DDR3 Kit @ Vortez UK

Video/Monitor

- Sparkle Geforce GTS450 OC 1024MB Video Card @ Techwarelabs

- AMD Radeon HD 6850 und HD 6870 @ TweakPC

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Wireless DisplayPort coming? WiGig and VESA hold hands

By: Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 23:07 CDT

The days of DisplayPort are finally upon us - but it's getting a polish, a WiFi polish. WiGig and VESA are teaming up to bring us wireless DisplayPort.

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WiGig's 60GHz multi-gigabyte tech has already begun rolling out in the higher end AV market - mostly in devices that shoot in 1080p from source-to-display sans cabling.

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Android's Twitter now equal to iOS version

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 19:33 CDT

Android Twitter fans - put your hands up! The official Twitter App has gotten a bit of magic dust sprinkled on it - new layout, it's faster too. It also includes features that have been available for the iPhone and iPad for a while now.

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The upgrade includes nifty new features such as - pull down on the screen to refresh your feed, swipe across a tweet for options like sharing or replying or quote a tweet.

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Western Digital launches WD Photos app for Android

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 14:00 CDT

If you are anything like me, you probably have tons more photos of your family than you want to carry with you on your smartphone. Or you may have your device so crammed with apps and books that there just isn't enough room for your photos to be stored locally. If this is the case, you can use something like the Western Digital WD Photos app to access your photos remotely when you want to see them or share them.

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The app has been available for some smartphones for a while, but a version of the app for Android devices has just been announced. The new Android app is on the Android Market right now free of charge and works with the My Book Live home network drive. The app will run on all Android devices and lets you see the photos in the native resolution.

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Patriot Minikit Smart Bluetooth car kit works with any smartphone

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 13:12 CDT

There are some notable names in the world of hands free Bluetooth devices and the Parrot brand is right at the top of the list. The company makes all sorts of Bluetooth devices that span from the headset style worn on the ear to the style that mounts inside the car. Parrot even has a line of hands free systems that has to be installed by a dealer.

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The latest offering from Parrot is the new Minikit Smart. The hands free kit can work with any smartphone on the market ranging from 56mm to 70mm wide. The device connects to the smartphone with Bluetooth and can allow the driver to talk hands free while using Bluetooth to send driving directions through the integrated speaker. That speaker has 2W of power.

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Foremay shows off world's fastest 1.8" SSD

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 12:00 CDT

SSDs are in all manner of electronics and other devices today. The SSD is ideally suited to small devices since they have no moving parts and require very little power to operate. The SSD also has very good performance offering much better performance than you get from traditional HDDs despite the power savings the SSD offers. A company called Foremay has unveiled what it claims to be the world's fastest SSD in 1.8-inch size.

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The tiny little SSD can be had in up to 400GB storage capacity and it offers performance on par with larger drives. The SSD has read/write speeds of up to 280MB/s and random read/write IOPS at 4KB up to 30,000 for read and 18,000 for writes. The little SSD is aimed at use in consumer electronics, HPC, and enterprise servers as well as high-end laptop markets.

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Gigabyte unveils budget GZ-P5 computer case

By: Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

Any fan of computers and computer hardware will know right away the name Gigabyte. The company is a major player in the computer hardware market with mainboards and other gear and the company has notebooks and a lot more. The latest product to surface from the company is a budget computer chassis that budget shoppers might like to check out called the GZ-P5.

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The case isn't flashy like some of the high-end offerings you will run across from Cooler Master and others, but it has the basic features that most people want and a price tag a fraction of the price that most high-end cases command. Gigabyte is offering the GZ-P5 for around $30. Yes, you read that right, a name brand computer chassis at $30. For the most part the specs of the case are decent given the price.

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