Opera Co-founder: "You don't need Flash (for most normal browsing)"

Cameron Wilmot | Software & Apps | May 10, 2010 8:24 AM CDT

A hotly discussed on-going topic is Flash and the lack of support on mobile devices and the ability to playback HD video using Flash on power efficient devices such as netbooks and tablets.

Earlier today we attended an Opera Software press briefing here in Taipei to discuss Opera's future plans for HTML5, web standards and how they affect consumer electronics and OEMs in Taiwan. The get together was designed to be an early look of what the Norwegian software company intends to show at Computex Taipei 2010 early next month. HÃ¥kon Wium Lie, Opera CTO and the 'father of CSS' was there to discuss these topics and for us it was most interesting to hear what Opera thought about Adobe Flash and where it fits in now and in the future.

Jon S. von Tetzchner, Opera Co-founder and he had some interesting thoughts on Flash as well. During the presentation, we were shown the new video tag (created by Opera) which is part of CSS3, a W3C style sheet language web standard that will soon be supported by many web browsers. This new video tag allows you to write a very simple line of code to add a video to your website. It will come down to the individual browser makers to add support for CSS3 powered video playback, but clearly Opera is behind it in a big way. It remains to be seen how much other browser makers will embrace it, but Opera is eagerly optimistic that it will be embraced heavily as they are fully behind open web standards and this one in particular in a big way - at least that was the impression that we got today.

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ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme 890FX motherboard sighted

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | May 10, 2010 7:48 AM CDT

Looking out for the cream of the crop when it comes to choosing an 890FX powered motherboard for your new six-core Phenom II? - ASUS have quite the candidate in store with the Crosshair IV Extreme which the folks at Slashgear managed to get a bunch of pictures and info about.

In case you're a little confused in thinking this board was already released last month, that was the Formula; the Extreme is similar in many aspects, but it gives one main advantage. This board sports LucidLogix's Hydra chip which gives much more flexible multi-GPU support and does away with cross-vendor restrictions.

There are no less than five PCIe x16 slots on this board to further add to the multi-GPU flexibility this board provides and it comes with a stack of other overclocking and enthusiast oriented trinkets. These include support for ASUS RoG Connect (with Bluetooth remote control), hardware buttons on the motherboard to control BIOS settings on the fly, one touch automatic overclocking with Turbo Key II and of course, ASUS' Core Unlocker feature that will unlock more cores on dual, triple and quad core processors.

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GALAXY readies up OCed GTX 470 with modified PCB and cooler

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | May 10, 2010 5:14 AM CDT

GALAXY is one of several companies looking to bring out modified versions of the GTX 400 series cards from NVIDIA and below you can see the worlds first 100% modified GTX 470 which GALAXY has been working on.

GALAXY calls this the GTX 470 GC and not only is the aftermarket cooling solution a standout, but the PCB itself has also been modified by GALAXY; a blue PCB which is 0.5" shorter than the reference design and re-locates the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors to the rear section of the card.

The cooler itself is unique to other aftermarket coolng solutions not only aesthetically, but by design with an innovative detachable fan setup that allows one to easily remove it for cleaning along with easier access to clean the heatsink under it. The large aluminum fin array spans across the entire card.

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Details leaked on Sony's next-gen VAIO P series netbooks

Steve Dougherty | Laptops | May 10, 2010 4:34 AM CDT

Sascha of Netbooknews has been able to get hold of a bunch of info and pics on Sony's new Vaio P netbook series scheduled for launch on May 22nd.

The original article is written in german, but in translation we can ascertain some key characteristics about the series.

As you can see from the shot above, it will be available in a range of colours. The display runs a resolution of up to 1600 x 1280. There is a built-in light sensor which measures ambient light and auto adjusts the display for optimal brightness (giving a helping hand in extended battery life).

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Targus notebook power adapters recalled for burn hazard

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | May 7, 2010 12:12 PM CDT

Everytime we think we are finally done reporting that notebooks and related accessories pose a burn hazard, a new recall surfaces. Today Targus has issued a recall on about 507,000 notebook power adapters.

The affected power adapters were made by Comarco of Lake Forest California. So far, there have been 518 reports of the connector tips heating up and 53 reports of the tip melting the plastic case.

There have been eight reports that consumers that burned a finger or hand due to the overheating. The recall includes Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are affected by this recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. They were sold at WalMart, Best Buy and other major retailers.

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Real world benchmarking: KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark - V1(4)

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | May 7, 2010 7:02 AM CDT

If your looking for more ways to benchmark your system using real world applications as opposed to synthetic methods (FutureMark etc.) Zardon of KitGuru has just made mention of a new update to his real world benchmark script designed for Adobe's Photoshop. It can work with Photoshop CS5, CS4 and is also compatible with Photoshop 7 (but the results will differ depending on what version you run).

Zardon has gone into extensive detail on how his script works, how to prepare your system to run it effectively and the sorts of scores you should be expecting from your hardware (assuming your system's in good shape). If you've read the full article about it here and would like to try the latest version; V1(4), you can download it here.

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First weekend of iPad 3G U.S. sales a near complete sell-out

Whilst the first round of iPad availability in the WiFi-only version resulted in astonishing sales; over 300,000 in the U.S. alone during the first 24 hours, it seems a hell of a lot more people were keen to hold out for the 3G version.

Since the iPad 3G hit the market last Friday, by Sunday afternoon it was estimated that around 300,000 of these were sold (though that figure includes 22 days of preorders). This isn't quite the level of sales we saw when the first round of iPads came out, but it's certainly still a highly successful one.

The estimated 300,000 sales figure comes from Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster. In contacting 50 Apple stores on the Sunday afternoon, it was also learned that 49 of these were completely sold out of iPad 3Gs! Looking at the big picture, Munster has calculated that Apple has now sold more than a million iPads in total.

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New 2010 design refresh is live!

Cameron Wilmot | TweakTown | May 3, 2010 12:37 AM CDT

Did you get a surprise loading TweakTown for your first time today?

Join us in welcoming our new 2010 design refresh. It's pretty similar to what we had before, except the top header part of the website has been completely redesigned for a more modern look. We also designed it to have a better user experience with better placed and less advertising banners.

Our latest videos are featured at the top of the site just under the revamped navigation menu area. At the very top left of the site you can see a running total of how many articles, news posts and forum members we have. Just under that too is the revamped search box.

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Microsoft Courier concept terminated

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 30, 2010 12:14 PM CDT

You might recall that cool dual screen Courier concept that Microsoft was showing off. I know I was looking forward to seeing how the device turned out. If you were interesting in the project, we have bad news today.

Microsoft has decided to kill off the Courier tablet. The cancellation is surprising considering that we had been hearing the device was on track to hit stores in 2011.

Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."

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Apple to shutter Lala next month

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 30, 2010 11:06 AM CDT

Anyone with half a brain knew when Apple purchased online music service Lala that its days were numbered. Apple was either looking to axe some competition or was out to integrate Lala into its own online subscription music offering (or both).

I know I am hoping for the second option and according to TechCruch sources are telling it that is exactly what will happen and perhaps as early as June. Lala will be available for existing subscribers until May 31. No new subscribers are being accepted.

Apparently, anyone with money left in Lala will have the funds transferred over to iTunes. I know many folks who may be sad to lose Lala, but will be hopeful that Apple finally offers that subscription service.

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