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Deal of the Day: 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Jan 11, 2011 11:56 pm CST

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.

Offer: This 17.3" LED-backlit 1600 x 900 resolution HP G72 laptop features a 2.4Ghz Intel Core i3-370M, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, HDMI output, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. A $50 rebate (expiring 6/11/11) takes the price down to $499.98 with FREE shipping.


Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for January 11, 2011

By Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Jan 11, 2011 11:08 pm CST

The latest happenings from around the web - January 12th, 2010


- Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H Motherboard @ Funkykit

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 & X58 Intel Motherboard Preview @ LegitReviews

- Sapphire Expands Pure Series Line with "Pure Black" Intel X58 and P67 Motherboards @ HiTechLegion


- Corsair Dominator 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory @ Technic3D

- G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM 2x4GB Memory @ Hardware Canucks


- Cubitek Tattoo Fire Case @ Techpowerup

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Sapphire hits Intel mobo market in big way, early look at its P67 (video)

By Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Jan 11, 2011 10:39 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - As you would have seen earlier on today, we posted our review of the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard. That NDA came off on that one today.

We first saw and heard about it at the Sapphire suite last week in Las Vegas, but what Sapphire was also showing off was their almost completed Intel P67 motherboard. Sapphire getting into the motherboard business seriously is a pretty big surprise, but what's more surprising is that they are doing it with Intel chipset boards. For a company has always worked so closely with AMD on its video card business, it's big news.


In the video above you get a look at the upcoming P67 motherboard that should go on sale next month as well as the X58, a cool looking vertical case mod that was done up by a Texan modder for Sapphire at CES and some other things that Sapphire were showing off at the show.

QNAP v3.4 firmware to launch January 14

By Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Jan 11, 2011 08:30 pm CST

QNAP devices are awesome-sauce. I run a TS-639Pro at home myself and could seriously, not live without it. Once you experience the amazing things that a great NAS can do, you'll never go back.


QNAP has announced it will be rolling out it's v3.4 firmware starting January 14. The firmware fill be for Intel-based NAS devices only at first with the other NAS devices getting their v3.4 rollout on January 30.

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Microsoft working on FaceTime counterpart

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Jan 11, 2011 08:00 pm CST

Microsoft is working on a counterpart to Apple's FaceTime. Someone has been digging around in the Windows Phone 7 registry keys and found mentions of "VoIP" and "SIP" which were hidden in the "ControlPanel" section.


Both entries were disabled obviously. Microsoft were asked why they would not use Skype to which they replied the FaceTime competitor will reach beyond the hand of Skype.

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OCZ shows off Vertex 3 Pro running next-gen Sandforce SSD controller

By Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Jan 11, 2011 07:30 pm CST

OCZ may be out of the memory business, but now they're focused on kicking arse and taking names in the SSD business. Enter, OCZ Vertex 3 Pro which sports the next-gen SandForce SF-2582 controller running a Serial ATA 6Gbps interface.


Running the ATTO disk benchmark the drive was pushing sustained read/write speeds of an insane 550 and 525MB/sec respectively. OCZ has said that the final version of the Vertex 3 will use different flash memory than was was in the demo unit.

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OCZ says hasta la vista to the DRAM market

By Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Jan 11, 2011 07:00 pm CST

OCZ has said hasta la vista to the memory market. After starting out in the memory market, they have expanded into other markets which has seen exponential growth.


OCZ's third quarter financial report has shown this, OCZ's SSD business have revenues that were up 325% over the same quarter last year for a total of $41.5 million. It was also 105% higher than the Q2 results.

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RumorTT: Android 2.4 to ship this summer

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Jan 11, 2011 06:31 pm CST

Android's next update, Ice Cream (or Android 2.4) is due for release in June or July. An early build of Ice Cream has shown a noticeable speed increase over Android 2.3, with no delay when switching between windows and apps.


Android 2.4 also includes new animations when moving shortcuts and widgets around on the home screen, a software-based noise reduction option for voice calls and there's also reference to video chat in the menus.

PocketPro for iPhone 4 analyzes your golf swing

By Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Jan 11, 2011 02:00 pm CST

I have no interest in golfing for real. I suck at put-put golf so getting me on a real golf course would be nothing but a master's class in fail and cursing. If you are a fan of golf and like to perfect your game using gadgets and gizmos a new system for your iPhone is coming soon and it is called PocketPro.


PocketPro promises a full analysis of your golf swing right from the iPhone. The system includes an iPhone app that uses 3D graphics to give you a full 3D representation of every swing that the sensor records. That sensor is a small device that clips right below the grip on your club. Inside the sensor are several recording devices that capture details about your swing.

The sensor has a 3-axis digital gyroscope and accelerometers. It is able to capture data on multiple swings and store it to 16Mbit of internal onboard flash. That stored data can be sent to the iPhone via Bluetooth. Pricing and availability are unannounced for now, but you can register for updates at the source link below.

Eurocom Panther 2.0 gaming notebook breaks 3DMark 2006 record

By Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Jan 11, 2011 01:00 pm CST

Gaming notebooks are a lot of things and powerful is one of them. Power hungry is another thing they are famous for meaning that they often have really short battery life. The rigs also tend to be expensive. That said, a lot of gamers will still opt for a gaming notebook when it means lots of performance in a form factor that is easier to take with them to a LAN party than a desktop.


Eurocom as a really cool gaming notebook called the Panther 2.0. The rig has a big 17.3-inch screen with full 1080p resolution and can be fitted with a number of GPU and CPU options. Eurocom took one of the machines fitted with an AMD GPU and Intel CPU and used the rig to blow up some 3DMark2006 records.

The test machine has an Intel Core i7-980x extreme processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 500GB Seagate solid hybrid storage drive. The graphics on the machine was via a pair of AMD Radeon HD6970M GPUs. With the hardware onboard the Panther 2.0 scored 22669 points in 3DMark06, becoming the first notebook to hit such a high score.