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News Archives for November 2008

Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: November 1, 2008 @ time: 06:38AM
Author: Nemo

Chill out this weekend with with a tour of an overclocking competition in Germany where LN2 was the norm for cooling. The other reviews in our weekend roundup cover notebook coolers, an nVidia 790i chipset mainboard from EVGA and a pair of video cards. You can finish up by reading about some ideas for your November shopping list - Black Friday isn't all the far away now you know.

Cooling
NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler @RBmods

Motherboards
EVGA 790i SLI FTW Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP

Tradeshows/Conventions
AOCM 2 - Awardfabrik OverClocking Meisterschaft @ Madshrimps

Video
ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card @ Legit Reviews
Palit Radeon HD 4870X2 @ Bjorn3D

Miscellany
PCSTATS November Shopping List
@ PCSTATS


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4850X2 Contest Has Ended

Posted: November 1, 2008 @ time: 04:27PM
Author: Bosco

Sapphire is giving us two 4850X2's to give to our members here at OCC. You will see the review next week in the mean time here is what you have to do for the contest.

Pretty simple send an email to [email protected]. In the subject line put Contest. In the message box put your username (from the forums) and all of your contact details so we know where to ship the card if you are picked as the winner.

Congrats to Cyrosis and capthowdy575 for both winning a card each.


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Liquid Metal Cooler Announced

Posted: November 1, 2008 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: gebraset

Danamics, a leading manufacturer of liquid metal based cooling solutions, plans to release its liquid metal cooler known as the LM10 on November 17th in the European market. The heatsink is meant to cool down the processor with the same heat dissipation capabilities as water cooling does, while requiring very little power from its source. Unlike water cooling and air cooling solutions, the LM10 pump produces no noise or vibrations, and contains no moving parts. The electromagnetic pump, which features a multi-string design, is also stated to suffer no degradation in performance over time. No price has been set, but Danamics plans for it to compete against the best water and air cooling solutions.


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Wii Shipments Double

Posted: November 1, 2008 @ time: 08:49PM
Author: gebraset

For the past two years or more, consumers have been buying the Wii game console faster than Nintendo could manufacture them, causing mass shortages. This year however, Nintendo plans to supply almost 4 millions units to meet the demand that will occur this holiday season. Worldwide, the company stated that it is now producing 2.4 million Wii game consoles a month, compared to the 1.6 million produced last year. Company president Reggie Fils-Aime expressed in an interview that they have made a 33 percent increase in manufacturing. Since the launch of the console in 2006, an estimated total of 34 million units worldwide have been sold.


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Motorola to Cut 3,000 Jobs

Posted: November 2, 2008 @ time: 11:09AM
Author: ClayMeow

Last week, Motorola reported a $397 million loss in third-quarter earnings. The huge loss prompted Motorola's co-CEOs Greg Brown and Sanjay Jha to tell analysts that the company would cut costs by $800 million in 2009. What they failed to mention was that these cuts would require layoffs. On Friday, Motorola confirmed that about 3,000 workers will be let go, with the majority of them (over two-thirds) coming from the handset division. Motorola has been losing market share and hemorrhaging money, so the layoffs and cost cutting isn't a surprise to analysts. That still isn't going to make it any easier to handle for those individuals that will be losing their jobs.


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Sony Patents New Game Controller

Posted: November 2, 2008 @ time: 11:24AM
Author: ClayMeow

Rumors of a new Sony PlayStation 3 controller have be circling for awhile now. This week, the new controller is one step closer to seeing the light of day with Sony registering a patent for a "new, break-apart controller with advanced motion-sensing technology." Most suprising of all is that the rumored design looks nothing like the PS3's current Sixaxis controller. The new controller design consists of two Wii-like remotes with large glowing spheres at the end, which can be used separately or connected in a variety of configurations. The PlayStation Eye camera will be able to determine the controllers' positions in three-dimensional space thanks to LEDs and ultrasonic sound emitters within the spheres. Gaming companies often come up with bizarre patents that never come to light, so only time will tell if this new controller actually gets manufactured.


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Dell Sued Over Discrimination Accusations

Posted: November 2, 2008 @ time: 06:01PM
Author: gebraset

Dell is now being sued by multiple former female top executives on the grounds of discrimination. The plaintiffs are claiming that the discrimination occurred after the company announced a series of job cuts earlier this year. Both female and older former Dell employees are requesting a total of $500 million in damages, declaring that they were picked out and systematically discriminated against.  Dell is denying all of the accusations made by the women and states that they believe the claims of the suit are without merit. Dell spokesman, David Frink, also affirmed that the company does not tolerate any form of discrimination regarding employment, and will vigorously defend any claims that they are not acting in accordance with the law or their policies.


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Hardware Roundup: Intel Core i7 Edition

Posted: November 2, 2008 @ time: 11:34PM
Author: Nemo

Nehalem finally makes its long-awaited appearance with the release of three processors. Appearing under the official Core i7 moniker, the processors - the 920, 940 and the 965 Extreme Edition - run at 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.20GHz respectively. The processors all feature Intel's first integrated memory controller and the Quick Path Interconnect that are part of the new architecture. Take a look at the reviews to see what you think.

Intel Core I7 @ OCC
Intel Core i7 – Nehalem Arrives and FSB Departs @ TweakTown
Intel Core I7 965 (Nehalem), Intel Core I7 940 (Nehalem), Intel Core I7 920 (Nehalem) @ Bjorn3D
Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Extreme Edition @ TechSpot
Intel Core i7 Performance Preview @ Techgage
Neoseeker's Intel Core i7 920 / 940 / 965 @ Neoseeker
Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived @ HotHardware
Nehalem on OCAU @ OCAU
Getting To Know Intel's New Core i7, Video Spotlight @ HotHardware
Intel Core i7 920 and 965 XE CPU @ Madshrimps
Nehalem Revolution: Intel's Core i7 Processor Complete Review @ PC Perspective
Intel's Core i7 processors @ Tech Report
Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
Intel Core i7 Synthetic Benchmarks @ [H]ardOCP
Intel Core i7 Application Results @ [H]ardOCP
Intel's i7: Codename Nehalem @ Lost Circuits


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Nemo

In case you're still asleep and missed the announcement, the Intel Core i7 processors, formerly known as Nehalem, are out and so are the reviews. Meanwhile, life goes on in the rest of the component world as we look at some of the other reviews from around the Internet. We have several cases in today's roundup from the likes of Thermaltake, NZXT, Sunbeam and Arctic Cooling. In graphics cards our roundup turned up a pair of reviews on cards from AMD and nVidia. Speaking of Core i7, you're going to need to know about cooling the new chips and also make a decision regarding which video card to choose and we have articles covering those items as well.

Cases
Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Case @ ThinkComputers
Sunbeam Automaton Case @ Overclocker Cafe
NZXT Whisper Case @ Virtual-Hideout
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Computer Case @ Tweaknews

Cooling
Swiftech APOGEE GTZ @ Bjorn3D
All about Intel Core i7 Socket LGA 1366 Cooling @ TweakTown

Gaming
Wrath of El Pato: Lost Odyssey and Bad Gaming @ [OC]ModShop
FarCry 2 SLI Performance @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
NVIDIA SLI Technology for Intel X58 Motherboards @ NVNews

Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB Low Profile Video Card @ ThinkComputers
ASUS ENGTX280 TOP GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Card @ Tech ARP


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Circuit City Announces Store Closings, Layoffs

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 09:29AM
Author: Nemo

Circuit City announced today it is planning to shutter 155 of its retail stores and layoff 17 percent of its workers. The company's financial situation has worsened over the past few weeks as the effects of the economic slowdown began to take its toll and suppliers began tightening credit. As the holiday season is fast approaching, the reduction in available credit is critical to Circuit City's ability to keep stock on hand. The company plans to hold liquidation sales at the stores targeted for closing. Of the 12 new stores it had planned to open this year, only two will be opened and the company said it is shelving plans on all store openings for next year. Circuit City is also facing the threat of having its shares delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as its stock price had fallen below $1 for 30 straight trading days.


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EA Cutting Around 500 Jobs

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 09:50AM
Author: jammin

Games publishing powerhouse EA announced lower than expected profits for the year, also saying that the company will cut more than 500 jobs (nearly 6% of the its total workforce). Those positions will be culled across various locations and functions and doesn't rule out the possibility of forced redundancies. Reasons cited for the lower profits include higher development and marketing costs, as well as delays to games and possibly most importantly, a general slowdown in retail as a whole. EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello said "...we are cautious in the short term" but also added "Longer term, we are very bullish...".


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Intel Nehalem/Core i7 Reviews and Pricing

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 10:00AM
Author: Nemo

Intel lifted the NDA covering its latest Core i7 processors and the reviews have hit the Internet (you can read the OCC review here). The processors are slated to launch later this month in time for the holiday shopping season. The chips to be released under the Core i7 brand are the 920 (2.66GHz), 940 (2.93GHz) and the 965 Extreme Edition (3.20GHz). The new Nehalem architecture features and integrate memory controller and a chip-to-chip interconnect called Quick Path. Before rushing out to buy one of the latest processors though, users should be aware they will need to upgrade their motherboards to one based on Intel's X58 chipset which support tri-channel DDR3 memory. As the boards also make use of a new socket users will need to upgrade their cooling solution or hope their current heat sink manufacturer offers a new mounting kit that s compatible with the new socket. Prices are expected to be $285 for the 920, $536 for the 940 and $999 for the 965 Extreme Edition, based on lots of 1,000. No firm release date has been announced but the general consensus is in the November 17/18 timeframe.


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Microsoft Windows Home Server Price Drop

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 10:21AM
Author: Nemo

Microsoft has announced a price cut for the System Builder version of Windows Home Server. Effective November 1, the price for the software will drop from $150-160US to $100-110US. Microsoft said the price reduction is aimed at promoting the home server market and to provide "additional value to the system builder community". A quick check on several major e-tailer sites showed the software still priced at the $160-170US range though.


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Alienware Announce CrossFire-X Enabled Laptop

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 11:16AM
Author: jammin

Alienware's new M17 gaming notebook comes with the option of a pair of CrossFire-X enabled Mobility HD3870 graphics cards. You can also drop in Core 2 Quad or Extreme processors, up to 4GB of DDR3, dual hard drives in RAID 0 and a Blu-ray drive. Throw in a 17-inch 1920x1200 resolution screen and you are on your way to a pretty expensive new toy that will no doubt put some considerable strain on the included 12-cell battery. You can spec out an M17 from as little as $1,399, but you aren't going to get much (or any) of the above for that kind of price. In fact you'll be getting towards four grand pretty quickly if you opt for the top of the range QX9300 processor option.


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State Department Reports Possible Passport Information Theft

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 05:22PM
Author: gebraset

The State Department announced last Friday that around 400 people may have been exposed to identity theft after a security breach of its record system. Possible stolen items such as passport applications with personal information including Social Security numbers may have been illegally accessed. Sean McCormack, spokesman for the department, said that more people may be notified as the investigation goes on, but that most of those contacted already have not been victimized by identity theft. Most of the passport applicants, of the total 383 of them that were notified, live in the Washington, D.C. area and are being offered one year of free credit monitoring to verify that no illegal activities take place.


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Western Digital Debuts WD TV

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: gebraset

The device, made by Western Digital, is meant to be used between a USB portable hard drive and either component video or HDMI-equipped HDTVs. Western Digital includes a remote with the package and a free copy of ArcSoft MediaConverter 2.5, which will allow users to convert video, music, and photos into formats that are optimized for use on the player. The company also specifies that no networking is required when using the device between a portable hard drive and a connected television. The box retails for $129 and plays various photo, video, and audio formats including 1080p HD video, MP3, multiple MPEG formats, OGG-Vorbis, MKV with subtitle support, TIFF, JPEG, and many others.


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Greenest SSD Unveiled By SAMSUNG

Posted: November 3, 2008 @ time: 08:45PM
Author: gebraset

Solid state drives have recently been known for their fast write speeds, ability to store data without using any moving parts, and low power consumption. SAMSUNG has been one of many leaders in the SSD development stage and is now announcing new solid state drives specifically engineered for the enterprise server market. The company’s single-level-cell, or SLC, is incorporated in these drives, and are said to provide twice the read and write performance of  the manufacture’s standard 32GB and 64GB SLC solid state drives. The new drives are reported to only need a total 1.25 watts of power when active, and as low as 0.3 watts when idle. SAMSUNG claims that even with the low power consumption, the new drives can deliver read speeds of 100MB per second and write speeds of 80MB per second.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 04:06AM
Author: Nemo

AMD's HD 4870 X2 board has put the red camp back on top of the heap in term of graphics card performance and now Sapphire has released the HD 4850 X2 (reviewed by OCC here). Sapphire has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway contest for OCC members. Yesterday's roundup saw a flurry of activity from review sites around the Web on the new Core i7 processors from Intel. Of course, with the release of a new processor architecture from Intel comes the need for a whole new socket, the LGA 1336, and the corresponding X58 Express chipset. Intel has its own board, the DX58SO, and other manufacturers are coming to market with their own versions. In today's roundup you get a chance to compare Intel's offering to the Asus P6T Deluxe. Other reviews include a look at Thermaltake's VI-ON hard drive enclosure (also reviewed by OCC here), the Roccat Kone gaming mouse, Asus' 901 Eee PC and a power supply from Silver Power.

Input Devices
Roccat Kone @ XSReviews

Motherboards
A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared @ Tech Report

Notebooks
Asus 901 Eee PC @ RBMods

Power Supplies
Silver Power SP-600A2C @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5" eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure @ ExtremeMHz

Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 @ OCModShop

Miscellany
Transformers HD Movie @ TweakTown


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Pick Your President

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 09:48AM
Author: jammin

Unless you've been living under a rock for a considerable amount of time, then you'll know that it is polling day for the U.S. presidential election today, with high turnouts expected. Our members have already enjoyed plenty of heated discussion regarding the candidates, but now is the time you (well those of you stateside) can make a difference. So if you are eligible and haven't already voted today, or taken part in the early voting then what are you waiting for? Remember, if you don't vote, then you can't complain when the guy you support doesn't get in.


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Fujitsu Siemens To Become Plain Old Fujitsu

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 12:15PM
Author: jammin

Fujitsu will be aquiring Siemens AG's fifty percent share in the combined company, providing it gets the go ahead from the government. The partnership started back in 1999 and should be dissolved by next April, providing everything goes smoothly. The cost to Fujitsu for the move is in the region of $580 million, but I'm guessing you aren't particularly interested, are you?


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BlackBerry Bold Now On Sale

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 01:11PM
Author: gebraset

Previously known as the BlackBerry 9000, the BlackBerry Bold is now being sold through AT&T stores as well as online from the wireless provider. The smart phone is being sold for $300, after a commitment to a two-year voice and data plan and a $100 mail-in rebate. Senior vice president for devices at AT&T wireless, Jeff Bradley, called the Bold the best BlackBerry smart phone ever. The Bold comes with a VGA display, a full QWERTY keyboard for quick typing, a 624MHz processor, 1GB of internal storage, a 16GB expansion slot, and a 2-megapixel camera. Also with the phone are bundled applications from both AT&T and BlackBerry, which will accommodate both business users and every day consumers. BlackBerry Internet Service is also offered on the phone, allowing push-based e-mail for as many as ten e-mail accounts.


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Dell Requesting Workers Take Unpaid Leave

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 02:48PM
Author: Nemo

In an ongoing effort to cut costs, Dell employees are being asked to take some time off - without pay. In a memo from Michael Dell, employees were asked to make the sacrifice in order to cut costs and to help avert any additional layoffs. In May of last year, Dell announced it would be reducing headcount by 10 percent and the company says it has met the target. Dell has taken additional measures to cut costs by freezing new hires, eliminating contract workers and offering severance packages to induce employees to leave in an effort to further reduce headcount. However, in the face of a slowing economy and a 17 percent reduction in earnings, Dell is offering employees up to five days of unpaid leave in an effort to avoid any additional layoffs.


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Nokia to Lay Off Employees

Posted: November 4, 2008 @ time: 03:34PM
Author: gebraset

Many companies, such as Motorola, are now finding that the economic crisis has hit the financial aspect of their businesses harder than ever expected. Nokia, one of the world’s leading phone manufacturers, announced that it plans to lay off roughly 600 employees beginning next year. The majority of these workers, about 450 in total, are those who work in sales and marketing, though others from the Nokia Research Center and the global process operations field will also be laid off. The announcement comes after the company lost revenue as well as market share, and released a poor third-quarter financial report. The layoffs are planned to come into effect January 1, 2009.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 04:42AM
Author: Nemo

Things are cooling down a bit after the Core i7 reviews and the release of the HD 4850 X2 from Sapphire earlier this week. Speaking of cooling, we get a look at the OCZ Galdiator Max CPU cooler (reviewed by OCC here). OCZ also makes another appearance with  its ModXStream-Pro 600W power supply. Then there's a digicam from Kodak, a P45 motherboard from ECS, a budget case from GMC and Themaltake's VI-ON hard drive enclosure (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cases
GMC R3 Corona @ XSReviews

Cooling
OCZ Gladiator Max HDT CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews

Digital Photography/Video
Kodak EasyShare V1253 12MP Digital Camera @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
Midnight Club Los Angeles @ OCModShop

Motherboards
ECS P45T-AD3 Black @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout

Storage/Hard Drives
Thermaltake VI-ON 2.5-inch USB HDD Enclosure @ TweakTown


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Thecus N8800 NAS Server Announced

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 05:34AM
Author: Nemo

Thecus is a name synonymous with network attached storage and has been a player in the SOHO and SMB markets with its lineup of NAS appliances ranging from 3-bay to 7-bay units. Thecus is moving further into the enterprise market with today's announcement of the N8800 2U rack mount NAS server. Equipped with a Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR2 memory, the N8800 features eight SATA drive bays capable of storing up to 8TB of data. If that's not enough, the N8800 offers plenty of expansion room with its stackable design allowing an additional five units to be connected together and managed from a central location. As one would expect in an advanced server, the N8800 supports multiple RAID levels (0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD) along with hot swap, hot spare and auto-rebuild capabilities. The n8800 is right at home in any environment whether its Windows, Mac or Linux as it supports SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v3, or AFP protocols. The N8800 even allows you to start out small and grow as your storage needs increase with its RAID level migration and expansion features.


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SanDisk Boosts SSD Write Speeds

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 10:24AM
Author: Nemo

New technology developed by flash memory maker SanDisk could lead to faster solid sate disk (SSD) random write times. SSDs are faster than most hard drives when it comes to random reads but random writes can prove problematic in terms of speed. The new flash file system developed by SanDisk show the potential for boosting random write speed by a factor of 100. The secret is in a page-based algorithm that writes sectors of data to the most efficient location on the drive. Not only does this provide faster write seeds it also improves the endurance of the drive. The new system is called ExtremeFFS and will appear in SanDisk products beginning in 2009.


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AT&T to Begin Testing Bandwidth Caps

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 11:59AM
Author: Nemo

AT&T is the latest ISP to announce it is testing bandwidth caps with the idea of applying some sort of limit to users system wide. AT&T claims the caps are needed to curb bandwidth hogs. According to company spokesman Michael Coe, 5 percent of its users consume 50 percent of the bandwidth. The tests will begin in Reno, Nevada and will only apply to new customers. The caps will vary depending on the level of service the customer has. Customers with the low-end 768 kbps DSL service will be capped at 20GB/month. The caps increase with the faster plans topping out at 150GB for the 10Mbps tier. However, any existing customer exceeding 150GB in downloads in one month will automatically be enrolled in the plan. Unlike Comcast, however, AT&T will provide users with a way to track usage online. Once you hit 80 percent of your cap AT&T will send a warning letter. Overages will cost $1 per gigabyte.


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Google Aborts Yahoo Ad Deal

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: jammin

Google had originally announced an advertising deal with Yahoo back in June, which would have been worth $800m a year to the latter. Google is now dropping the deal in the face of anti-trust objections from concerned parties including Microsoft and the Association of National Advertisers. Yahoo is reportedly disappointed that Google didn't want to put up a fight in court, while Google have said that a protracted legal battle would simply distract from their core mission of innovation. Overall, it is another piece of bad news in what has been a turbulent year for Yahoo.


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Have an iPhone? Send Yourself a Fake Call

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 02:50PM
Author: ClayMeow

We've all been there before. Maybe you're on a blind date and it's not going well. Maybe you bump into an old acquaintance on the street and get dragged into a conversation. You want to get out of it, but you're too nice to just blow them off. With Magic Tap's new iPhone application, you can now schedule your phone to ring with a fake phone call. The application allows you to customize the caller name or number, when you want to receive the call and even whether your phone should ring or vibrate. Best of all, it doesn't actually initiate a call, so there are no airtime charges. Just pay the mere 99 cents in the Apple App Store and you'll never get stuck in a boring situation again.


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New Drug May Prevent Weight Gain

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 03:07PM
Author: ClayMeow

French researchers at the University of Louis Pasteur have discovered a drug, called SRT1720, that "tricks the body into burning off fat." The drug has yet to be tested on humans, but has been tested successfully in mice. Over the course of ten weeks, mice were put on a high-fat diet and given SRT1720. There was no weight gain and no adverse reactions. Further testing still needs to be done before it can be tested on humans, but the results thus far are promising.


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Nintendo DSi to Arrive In 2009

Posted: November 5, 2008 @ time: 08:35PM
Author: gebraset

Recently, Nintendo has launched the DSi in Japan, selling over 170,000 units of the handheld gaming system. Overall, the company shipped around 200,000 systems to Japan to go to their retailers at launch, and it seems like the large number really was made up for in sales. Even though the DSi sold well in Japan and handheld gaming systems are increasing in popularity, Nintendo does not plan on releasing the system to the western market until as late as summer of 2009. Many holiday shoppers will possibly pick up the DS Lite instead, though some will wait for a later date and buy the largely anticipated Nintendo DSi that features a slimmer profile and a built-in camera.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 04:04AM
Author: Nemo

Thermalright is a name synonymous with cooling and the company has applied its expertise to video card cooling with the T-Rad2 VGA cooler. Noctua is also another company making its name in cooling with their lineup of heatsinks and fans and today we get a look at the NH-U12P cooler (also reviewed by OCC here). Sapphire kicked off it HD 4850 X2 videocards earlier this week (see the OCC review here) and our roundup includes a review of a pair of these cards in CrossFireX mode. nVidia has upgraded its GTX 260 cards with additional shader processors and the XFX GTX 260 (216S.P) is an example of that design (see the OCC review here). We round out the video card reviews today with the Zotac 9400GT 512MB card. That leaves us with reviews of the CM Stacker 830 SE case, a look at the ASUS M3A79-T motherboard based on the 790FX chipset and the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cases
Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE Case @ PCSTATS

Cooling
Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card Cooler @ Legit Reviews
Noctua NH-U12P Intel/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Tweak News

CPUs
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 4.1 @ Tech ARP

Input Devices
OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe Motherboard @ Motherboarrds.org

Video
Zotac 9400GT 512MB @ XSReviews
XFX GTX 260 (216S.P) Black Edition @ Neoseeker
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 In CrossfireX @ TweakTown


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Intel Core i7 Launch Date Set

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 08:42AM
Author: Nemo

Intel pulled the cover off its upcoming Nehalem/Core i7 processors the beginning of this week and we saw a flood of reviews from sites as soon as the NDA was lifted. Speculation around the official release of the new processors pegged the date somewhere around the 16th - 18th of November. Now it's official - the launch date is set for November 17 in San Francisco. As we saw from the reviews the first round of Core i7 processors are geared toward the enthusiast and gaming markets. With the launch date set, Intel system builders will be able to have Core i7 based computers ready before the holiday shopping season. After this month's launch there will be other Nehalem-based processors forthcoming from Intel with processors geared toward the corporate and enterprise server segments.


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WPA Encryption Cracked

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: Nemo

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption for wireless connections is considered a better and safer alternative than the older Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard that was cracked a long time ago. Security professionals may have to rethink their stance on WPA as researchers have developed a way to partially crack the encryption used. By 'partially', the researchers said they developed a way to intercept and read the data being sent from the router to a laptop computer but they have not yet been able to crack the encryption used to send the data from the computer to the router. The researchers, Erik Tews and Martin Beck, found a way to crack the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) key fairly quickly without using a dictionary attack. By tricking the router to send them a large amount of data, the research team developed what they call a “mathematical breakthrough” to crack the key in under 15 minutes. The newer WPA2 standard is believed to be safe from this method of attack.


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Full USB 3.0 Specification Coming This Month

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: jammin

Intel released draft USB 3.0 host controller specifications back in August, so we know a bit about what we can expect once we actually see some USB 3.0 devices entering play (ten times the USB 2.0 transfer rate and backwards compatibility sound nice). The final specs are due to be made formally available on the 17th of November ( which coincides with the Core i7 launch). It has been a good long while since USB 2.0 was introduced, so the prospect of USB 3.0 enabled ports and devices can't come soon enough.


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AMD To Cut 500 Jobs

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: jammin

The current economic climate means many companies are facing cut backs, and the resurgent dominance of Intel just adds to AMD's problems. The company reported a $67 million loss for the third quarter (a common theme as of late) and also announced it would see a reduction of 500 positions worldwide. AMD had already announced plans to shed 1600 jobs earlier in the year, as well as saying it will be splitting off its manufacturing units last month. AMD is hoping these moves, along with upcoming products (ATI graphics chips and 'Shanghai' server processors) will help them to relieve the financial pressures they have been under.


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$1 Billion Trade Secrets Stolen from Intel

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 02:53PM
Author: ClayMeow

Let this be a lesson to all network and system administrators out there; if an employee resigns or is let go, disable their account access immediately. Intel learned that the hard way. Biswamohan Pani resigned from Intel Corporation in June of this year, but still had access to the company's computers and remained on its payroll as he burned unused vacation days. For four days, Pani illegally downloaded more than a dozen confidential documents from Intel, said to be worth more than $1 billion in research and development costs. In addition, during that time, Pani actually began work at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. There is no evidence, however, that AMD had any knowledge of Pani's actions and no case has been brought against the company. Pani, on the other hand, has been charged with one count of theft of trade secrets and four counts of wire fraud, which, if convicted on all counts, could result in several decades behind bars.


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Windows 7 Hybrid Graphics Card Woes

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 05:29PM
Author: gebraset

Both AMD and NVIDIA have been working on the idea of hybrid graphics for quite a while now. The idea of both, Hybrid SLI and Hybrid CrossFire, incorporate an integrated graphics chip and a discrete graphics card to allow the user optimum performance and battery life by switching in-between the two. Microsoft’s Guidelines in Windows 7 was released yesterday, and outlines the company’s dislike for the technology used by both manufacturers. The guideline itself states that the upcoming operating system by Microsoft, Windows 7, does not natively support Hybrid SLI or Hybrid CrossFire. It also claims that users who use these technologies could experience unstableness as well as poor performance.


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World's First QWXGA Monitor

Posted: November 6, 2008 @ time: 08:21PM
Author: gebraset

SAMSUNG has been leading the LCD monitor revolution for some time now by listening to their overwhelming customer base, and constantly improving upon their already great products. Recently, the company announced a new 23-inch monitor that falls under the QWXGA resolution category. The monitor boasts a resolution of 2048 x 1152 and has an aspect ratio of 16:9, which will be a plus to any diehard movie fanatic. It is still unknown however, if the monitor has a HDMI or DisplayPort, but will certainly feature VGA and DVI connectors. No date has been announced regarding its release, but the monitor will sell for approximately $300 when it first arrives in stores throughout Korea.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: November 7, 2008 @ time: 05:16AM
Author: Nemo

Our roundup closes out the week with reviews and news on a lot of different hardware categories. In videocards our affiliates look at a couple of HD 4870 cards including the Sapphire HD 4860 X2 (reviewed by OCC here). Moving on to Core i7 related items we turned up another review on the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition processor (also reviewed by OCC here). With a new processor architecture comes the need for new motherboards supporting the X58 chipset and we get a chance to look at the ASUS p6T Deluxe board. The rest of the roundup includes some gaming reviews, Linksys' Wireless-N router and a couple of notebooks  and more- enough to keep you entertained for a while, so enjoy!

CPUs
Intel Reveals More Details On The Core i7 Processors @ Tech ARP
AMD vs. Intel - Which is the Better Processor Right Now? @ PCSTATS
Intel i7-965 XE Extreme Edition Nehalem Processor @ Tweaknews
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.1 @ Tech ARP

Gaming
Dead Space Walkthrough http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1399 @ OCModShop
Fallout 3 graphics performance in-depth @ TechSpot

Input Devices
OCZ NIA - Will Gaming With Brain Waves Take Off? @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards
ASUS P6T Deluxe @ [H]ardOCP

Networking
Linksys WRT150N-RM Wireless-N Router @ ThinkComputers

Notebooks
Smooth Creations Smoothbook DR Notebook @ TweakTown
Lenovo Ideapad S10 Netbook @ HotHardware

Video
Sapphire 4870 x2 @ XSReviews
Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic 1GB Graphics Card @ TweakTown
AMD HD4550 versus GeForce 9400GT @ Bjorn3D


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PowerColor Announces Water Cooled HD4870 Graphics Card

Posted: November 7, 2008 @ time: 09:07AM
Author: Nemo

With the heat issues some users are reporting with standard reference design HD 4870 graphics cards, it's no wonder enthusiasts and manufacturers are turning to after-market cooling solutions to keep temperatures in check. PowerColor has just announced its LCS HD4870 card designed to offer the best cooling performance in a single slot setup. The 'LCS' in the name stands for Liquid Cooling Series and PowerColor has affixed a copper-based water block from EK Water Blocks. Not only does the block help cool the GPU, its full coverage extend to the memory and power regulator chips as well. The water block is equipped with both 3/8" and 1/2" barb fittings and is ready to be added into your water cooling setup. Designed specifically with overclockers in mind, the PowerColor LCS is expected to retail for $369US.


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Craigslist Bank Robber Arrested

Posted: November 7, 2008 @ time: 01:47PM
Author: Nemo

Last month we reported on a bank robber who recruited decoys by placing an ad on Craigslist for road crew workers. The decoys were instructed to wear clothing and gear identical to the robber who assaulted an armored car guard and made of with a bag of cash by escaping down a river in an inner tube. Based on an eyewitness account of an incident three weeks before the robbery occurred, police were able to track down Anthony J. Curcio through a license plate number and recover a large sum of money in the process. Mr. Curcio was apparently experiencing some financial difficulties including having his home foreclosed. The inner tube has yet to be recovered.


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Rambus Petitions FTC to Halt Imports of Nvidia Cards

Posted: November 7, 2008 @ time: 01:58PM
Author: Nemo

Last July, Rambus sued Nvidia for infringing on 17 of its patents that Nvidia is not licensed to use. Now Rambus has asked the FTC to halt the imports of Nvidia graphics cards in the U.S. Along with Nvidia, Rambus named most, if not all, of the OEMs producing cards based on Nvidia's GPUs as defendants including Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, Biostar, BFG and MSI. Rambus says the move is necessary to protect its patents and to be fair to those licensees who are paying fees to use the technology. The FTC has 30 days to make a decision on whether to begin an investigation.


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SAMSUNG Surpasses Motorola in U.S. Phone Sales

Posted: November 7, 2008 @ time: 10:49PM
Author: gebraset

For the past month or so, SAMSUNG has been on a constant roll in both company milestones as well as market milestones. To further the recent news regarding the company, research firm Strategy Analytics, announced that Motorola has been knocked off of its five-year reign of the mobile phone sales in the United States. SAMSUNG now holds approximately 22.4 percent of the market share, followed by LG Electronics, with a total market share of 20.5 percent. Motorola is barely ahead of LG though, with a total market share of 21.1 percent. This news comes after Motorola cut 3,000 jobs because of a reported loss of $397 million in its third-quarter earnings.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: November 8, 2008 @ time: 01:11PM
Author: Nemo

There's a lot going on today in spite of it being the weekend. W have three  cooling solutions for different parts of your computer including cases, RAM and VGA cards. For the audiophiles, we have speakers and headphones from Decco and Samsung. Icy Box makes an appearance with its IB-250 2.5: external drive enclosure.

Cases
Zalman GS1000 Professional Full-Tower Enclosure @ PC Perspective

Cooling
Nexus BeamAir 120mm Fan Airflow Straightener @ Frosty Tech
Thermaltake RamOrb Active Memory Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Arctic Cooling Accelero TWIN TURO @ Bjorn3D

Gaming
Spiderman: Web of Shadows (Multi-Platform) @ [OC]ModShop

Oerating Systems
The Latest Microsoft Windows 7 Roadmap @ Tech ARP

Speakers/Headphones
Decco Integrated Amp & Era Design-4 speakers for PC @ Madshrimps
Samsung Bluetooth Stereo Headset YA-BH270 @ PCSTATS

Storage/Hard Drives
Icy Box IB-250 2,5" External HDD Enclosure @ RBMods


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Casual Gaming Dumped By EA

Posted: November 8, 2008 @ time: 04:19PM
Author: gebraset

EA is dumping its Casual Entertainment label after the departure of Kathy Vrabeck, president of the division. The news seems to show that the company finally acknowledges that casual gamers simply do not exist in the growing gamer community. People such as Reggie Fils-Aime, Satoru Iwata, and Shigeru Miyamoto have long stated that there is no such thing as a casual gamer. They have claimed multiple times that they believe there are only non-gamers and gamers. The label which is featured on Pogo will be distributed elsewhere, as well as other unnamed properties that will eventually, noted by EA chief John Riccitiello, be folded into The Sims label.


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NVIDIA Tegra by Mid 2009

Posted: November 9, 2008 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: gebraset

NVIDIA plans to release its Tegra chip, meant for mobile uses, around April or June of 2009. The chip is meant to compete directly with Intel and their low-power processors, as well as Apple, who bought out PA Semi earlier this year with intentions of developing a system-on-a-chip for the iPhone. The new Tegra chip will include an ARM processor core, a high-definition video decoder, a GeForce graphics core, and other components. Jen-Hsun, NVIDIA’s president, stated that the lineup would include the Tegra 600 operating at 700MHz, and the Tegra 650 running at 800MHz. Likewise, there will also be the Tegra APX 2500 in the lineup, which will also be launched.


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Sirius and XM Merge

Posted: November 9, 2008 @ time: 07:55PM
Author: gebraset

According to Rolling Stone magazine, XM and Sirius combined operations back in May, but they are not merging their channels until this upcoming Wednesday. The combination of the two now has more than nineteen million people subscribed to the satellite radio service, and subscribers are expected to grow despite the tragic economy. There is no set list for the combination of channels, but a couple ideas have already been proposed as to what the lineup would look like after the merger. XM currently offers a package that includes the best of Sirius radio channels, while Sirius also offers the same type of package, except with the best of XM radio channels.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: November 10, 2008 @ time: 04:18AM
Author: Nemo

We have a pair of cases to begin your week. First up is the mid-tower NZXT Guardian 921 (reviewed by OCC here). The second case in the lineup is the full-tower Cooler Master HAF 932 (also reviewed by OCC here). In Core i7 news, we have an article of choosing the best memory along with a look at the ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition X58 motherboard. Check out the rest of the reviews below before you go.

Cases
NZXT Guardian 921 @ Bjorn3D
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full-Tower ATX Case @ Tweaknews

Gaming
Microsoft's Gears of War 2 Release Party and Gears of War 2  @ OCModShop

Memory
Intel Core i7 - Choosing the Best Memory Kit @ Techgage

Motherboards
ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition X58 Motherboard @ TweakTown

Notebooks
Apple's aluminum MacBook @ Tech Report

Speakers/Headphones
Razer Moray Gaming Earbuds @ Bjorn3D

Trade Shows/Conventions
NEXT 2008 show coverage @ DV Hardware


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Circuit City Files Chapter 11, Announces More Layoffs

Posted: November 10, 2008 @ time: 08:31AM
Author: Nemo

It looks like it could be a tough holiday season for Circuit City and its employees. Just one week after Circuit City announced another series of store closings and layoffs the company today announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Filing for Chapter 11 will allow Circuit City to put off its creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances and get back on its feet. The company also announced an additional 700 job cuts, over and above those announced last week. Circuit City also said it had arranged a $1.1 billion revolving line of credit to augment its working capital.


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