Monday, January 31, 2011

NVIDIA GTX 560 SLI versus AMD Radeon 6950 Xfire videos

As promised, here are the videos for GTX 560 SLI, but this is better viewed in comparison to the Radeon 6950 in Xfire. What I would love to see or for that matter test if I could get these companies to lend me some samples for a review, would be GTX 580 SLI vs 6950 triple XFire. That would bring the 3x Xfire mode to almost the price of a GTX 580 SLI setup.

Now here is one with GTX 560 SLI Vs Radeon 6870 Xfire.

GTX 560 Ti NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card Video Review & Tessellation Demo...

Here are two videos of the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 Video Card. The first one is actually quite a long and detailed one, whereas the second one deals with overclockign the card. I will see if I can get my hands on any SLI testing and benching videos soon.

ATI Eyefinity Setup Guide

Here is a short video on the basics of Eyefinity setup. If you have been thinking of buying and setting up an ATI Eyefinity 3 setup with 3 monitors for example, then this video is for you. Its good as a starting reference point. Especially more so for n00bs but good for everyone else, nonetheless.

AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G Hands-on at CES 2011

Here is a very fulfilling video about the Motorola Atrix 4G Android Phone. Also includes a good demo about the phone's special "laptop docking" feature.

Apple sued ... again: This time over iPhone 4 breaking glass

I love the United States. I mean, you caould sue over anything. I mean anything! You could sue just because the Sun shines, if you so please. The latest news in this regard is that Donald LeBuhn is sueing Apple over the iPhone 4′s glass housing.

LeBuhn has filed a class action suit in L.A. County, claiming that the company is aware of the problem and refuses to warn customers that ‘normal’ use of the phone could actually lead to a broken glass panel.
The report says that LeBuhn bought an iPhone 4 in September and that the glass broke on him three weeks later when his daughter dropped it to the ground, from a height of three feet. We would assume she did so accidentally.

Antec release new Kuhler H20 620 cooler

Antec release new Kuhler H20 620 cooler

Antec have entered into the CPU cooling market with the release of a new water cooler, based around Asetek technology.

This cooler is compatible with Intel's LGA 775, 1155, 1156 and 1366 motherboards, covering all the bases right up to the current Sandybridge products. It also supports AMD’s AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ platforms and has Antec’s three year limited warranty protection. The pump is rated to 50,000 hours, or around five years solid use.
The recommended price will be around $70 in the USA.
Performance wise, Antec are claiming a reduction of 20c when compared to the stock coolers, so therefore it should be up there with the best of the air coolers, while consuming a portion of the physical space around the CPU socket. - SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse Review - JSCO Noiseless Gaming Mouse JNL-101K Review

ASRock and Fatal1ty Taipei launch event

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cooler Master Launches Two New Elite Series Chassis | Hardware Canucks

Cooler Master Announces Elite 371 Value Gaming Case
The two words budget and case rarely come true when put together, but Cooler Master has mastered this by designing affordable chassis without compromising on quality. The new Elite 371 builds upon Cooler Master expertise and delivers high-end features in the affordable market space. Cooler Master believes that just because something is affordable, it doesn’t have to lack features or be a “budget” product.

The Elite 371 features a classic black Cooler Master design with clean, yet attractive lines. It has been built to last and uses high quality materials. It’s also been designed to keep the components inside the case cool and not only does it have space for plenty of additional cooling fans, but it can also be fitted with large CPU coolers.
Plenty of room to grow
The Elite 371 might be an affordable case, but that doesn’t mean it’s limited as it has plenty of room for your system to grow in as you upgrade. There are three 5.25-inch drive bays, as well as one forward facing 3.5-inch drive bay and five internal 3.5-inch drive bays for hard disk drives. There’s even room for a pair of high-end ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics cards from AMD.
High-end cooling
If you’re concerned about cooling your components, then the Elite 371 will put your mind to rest as it comes fitted with a rear 120mm fan and it has space for two additional top mounted 120mm fans, a front mounted 120 or 140mm, two 120 or 140mm side mounted fans as well as a bottom mounted 80, 90 or 120mm fan. The top mounted fans as well as the air-intake for the bottom mounted PSU all features air filters to reduce the dust that gets sucked into the case.
Cooler Master engineered
As with all Cooler Master chassis the Elite 371 has a range of practical features such as tool-free installation of both optical drives and hard drives, easy access to the back of the CPU socket for easy installation and removal of the CPU cooler and a pair of front mounted USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks.

Cooler Master Also Announces Elite 343 Value MATX Case

Cooler Master introduces the new Elite 343, mini tower chassis designed for Micro-ATX motherboards. This case comes with the Cooler Master’s excellent quality and design. For the average user, Elite 343 allows for a quiet environment. For anyone with a powerful PC, Elite 343 also fits the bill as adding fans for improved ventilation is easy. The good traits of easy installation, and a cool yet quiet interior environment combined with its outlook makes the Elite 343 a great option for users wanting to assemble compact systems.
Quiet Environment and High Ventilation
The Elite 343 allows for building compact systems to perform greatly without having to sacrifice on noise issues. With the pre-installed 120mm fan and mesh design on the front, Elite 343 gives users a quiet and constant cooling environment. For users needing additional ventilation, Elite 343 has provision in the back for installing 80 mm or 90 mm fan to enhance heat absorption.
Easy Assembly and Customization
The new Elite 343 has two 5.25” tool-free. The removable HDD cage and retaining holes allow for easy customization. If users want to install long graphic card like AMD HD 5970, they can remove the HDD cage in order to provide plenty of space for those long graphic cards. For people who want to have multiple hard disks, the HDD cage is their best companion. Discover how easy and fun it can be to install and maintain a system.

Crysis Versus Real Life

Crysis versus Real Life. You guess who wins. Just goes to show how good the graphics in Crysis Warhead really are.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mac OS X 10.6.7 is being seeded to devs.

The latest installment of updates from Apple has been seeded to devs. Strangely enough, this one doesn't contain any framebuffers relating to the 6xxx series Graphic Cards from AMD. This has led to speculation whether or not the 6xxx series will be used in the upcoming refresh or if NVIDIA will play ball again.

Pixelmator makes $1 million in 20 days on the Mac App Store, gives Adobe sleepless nights

London-based firm Pixelmator probably gave Adobe’s Photoshop team a few sleepless nights when they announced that they had made a whopping $1 million of sales in just 20 days on the recently launched Mac App Store.

Pixelmator is a lightweight image manipulation tool aimed at graphics professionals who may not need all of Photoshop’s tools and filters, and want to save money on Adobe’s hefty pricing. Pixelmator is currently on offer at just $29.99 in the Mac App Store. It offers many of the core features that Photoshop has such as layers, layer groups, gradients, transform tools, image/canvas size, typography formatting, optimization for web, and not to mention 64-bit performance (essential for snappy performance on Snow Leopard).

There are of course a few features still absent that Photoshop die-hards won’t be able to live without, such as layer styles and character spacing & line-height, but as Pixelmator has demonstrated, there is a sizeable demand for a lightweight graphic app to rival Photoshop, even just through the only recently released Mac App Store.

Install Custom Homebrew Firmware for jailbroken PS3

Now that you know how to Jailbreak a PS3 to v3.55, it is time to install you own custom home brew firmware on it.
Geohot is the one who a while ago published the hack for the PlayStation 3 and now you can learn how to install the custom homemade PlayStation 3 firmware, by reading the instructions in this post. So, Geohot decided to share with everyone the root keys for the PlayStation 3 and this means that now you can hack it.

Considering that the PlayStation 3 has been released in November, 2006 you might be temped to think that until now there was some other hacker that made public the PlayStation 3 root key, but you would be wrong, as Geohot is indeed the first hacker to hack and release for the public the PlayStation 3 root keys and using these, you will be able of installing a custom homemade PlayStation 3 Firmware. To install the custom home brew PS3 firmware you need an USB flash drive and do not perform any system update, as that will lock your device.

So, if you wish to know how to successfully install a custom home brew PS3 firmware on your gaming console, then you should follow the instructions listed below:
  1. First thing to do is to insert your USB flash stick into the PC.
  2. Now insert the following address into the root of the USB flash stick:’.
  3. Now you have to insert the USB flash stick into the PlayStation 3 console.
  4. Go to Game Tab and select ‘Install Package Files’.
  5. Now choose ‘test.pkg’ and the installation will start.
  6. When everything is set and done you will notice that the Geohot’s test package is listed under the Install Package Files.
  7. That’s it. Now you should wait for the PlayStation 3 community to create other packages.
Please note that I do not encourage anyone to install custom PS3 firmware nor hacking their gaming console. This post contains only informational content for the knowledge hungry.

Jailbreak PS3 free on 3.55 firmware

Right from GeoHot’s mouth, the genius behind all jailbreaking programs and tools, the monster has been tamed. The PlayStation 3 can be finally jailbroken. Actually, a guide has been even released by the master, in which he teaches you how to jailbreak the PS3 on 3.55 firmware. All is free, and you don’t have to use any other hardware equipment like a phone, a PS3 dongle or others. Also, you can use an older firmware as we are going to update it in the guide.
Don’t get too excited, as this is not as good as it sound like. The fail0verflow team warns us as by using this guide you cannot play any pirated / torrent games. All you can do is to install custom packages, with the provided installer, made by the Jailbreaking community. In the following weeks these should grow as mushrooms after rain so, don’t worry and be patient.

Procedure on How to Jailbreak PlayStation3 (PS3) free on 3.55 firmware

  1. Insert an USB stick in the PC.
  2. Make a “PS3” folder on the root of the card. Inside it, make another one called “Update”.
  3. Download .
  4. Unzip to PS3UPDAT.PUP.
  5. Move the PS3UPDAT.PUP in the “Update” folder.
  6. Plug the USB in the PS3.
  7. Go to the Settings Tab.
  8. Select “System Update”.
  9. Now choose “Update via the Storage Media”.
  10. Click OK when it will say that it has detected the PS3 3.55 firmware.
  11. After the update, your PS3 will beep 4 times and shut down.
  12. Start the console ( using the console and not the controller ).
  13. That’s it!
 Enjoy your jailbroken PS3.

Flying Yacht? Well its a concept.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its a Flying Yacht. Yes thats right, if this concept goes through we may as well see a flying yacht in the future. There are some rules that you have to follow when you create a concept. One of those rules is: don’t break the laws of physics. This vehicle doesn’t obey this rule.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dead Space 2 Video Review [HD]

Finally, a game review of Dead Space 2. This onw was awaited for quite some time. This is the longest video review I could find, hope you find it informative enough to help you gather a perspective about the game.
As usual, Isaak Clarke returns, and engineer unleashing hell on Necromorphs. Enjoy the review and if you buy the game, well, enjoy it as well. Looks very promising and the graphics are very good.

Sony PSP - codenamed NGP

Sony have given everyone a look of their upcoming PSP. They recently announced the jaw-dropping hardware configuration of the upcoming Sony PSP.
The new Sony product will sport an ARM processor. However, it is significantly more powerful than anything else on the market right now. They are using the Cortex A9 core,  quad core processor. Yes you read that right, "Quad Core". They are also using the SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit from Imagination Technologies, which also is a quad core design. This handheld device is going to be more powerful than a lot of budget - full grown desktop PCs.

Motorola Xoom Tablet Walkthrough and "Hands On"

The Motorola Xoom is running Android 3.0 "honeycomb".

Fujitsu Cider Oaktrail Tablet First Look at CES 2011

Here is the Fujitsu Oaktrail tablet pre production piece on display at CES 2011. You can hear them say it has 10 inch screen, 1366x768 resolution, 2GB memory and 60Gb hard driveand its running Windows &

Beauty of F35 take-off

Being a tech blog, I need to sometimes bring you stuff that is not just computer related. So here is a video of a F 35 taking off. Hope you like it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

AMD gives a view of the Upcoming Radeon HD 6990 Flagship Graphics Card

AMD Shows Off Upcoming Radeon HD 6990 Flagship | Hardware Canucks

AMD is getting ready to hand NVIDIA a knockout punch with its impending release of the dual GPU flagship card, the Radeon HD 6990. The card was paraded at an AMD press event in Asia yesterday.
The card, codenamed “Antilles”, is compromised of two 40nm Cayman GPU’s, likely to carry a mixture of specs from the HD 6950 and 6970, including a confirmed 3072 stream processors, and 4096 MB of memory. As shown in the photo’s, video output is limited to a single dual link DVI and four Display Port 1.2 connections. Power is provided by a 6 and 8-pin PCIe power connector and features a single Crossfire connector for CrossfireX capabilities.

The design is pretty much the same fare as the 6950 and 6970. The card is expected be roughly around 300mm in length.


Verizon Blackberry glitch hits iPhone launch?

Though Verizon's executives have emphatically asserted that execution of the upcoming iPhone launch will be flawless, a recent glitch in BlackBerry data traffic on the network could be cause for concern, a new report claims.

Customers on the Verizon Wireless network had reported having trouble connecting to the Internet on a BlackBerry support forum since last Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Verizon downplayed the issue saying, "There is no outage, and there hasn't been one," spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said. "Our engineers discovered that a small number of customers in a limited geographic area had technical glitches that resulted in their email being delayed up to an hour".

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

GTX 560Ti Reviews from the web

The NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti reviews are finally out. Yes gaming lovers, the much awaited GF 100 series card is here and it sure does pack a punch!
The list of reviews are here:


Tweaktown (this one is the Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti which according to Gigabyte can easily reach 1 ghz which it does)




MSI reveals new Mini ITX Mainboard MSI - MSI E3501A-E45

The brand new MSI mini ITX mobo labeled the MSI E3501A-E45 has been revealed by MSI.The Mini-ITX board features a dual-core E350 APU clocked at 1.6 GHz, AMD's Hudson M1 FCH chipset, built-in DirectX 11-compatible Radeon HD 6310 graphics (HDMI + D-Sub out), and two DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of DDR3-1333/1066/800 MHz memory. Other features include an 8-channel (7.1) HD audio subsystem with S/PDIF out and 10/100/1000 Mbits/sec Ethernet.

Pirate Bay to return as Music Bay?

Ahoy mateys, The Pirate Bay might be getting ready to give IFPI a little gift for its 78th anniversary.A Pirate Bay insider confirmed with TorrentFreak that something big is on the horizon, something that should have the music industry seemingly quaking in its boots. It's called The Music Bay, and when the domain name was originally registered years ago, the Pirate Bay crew said it would be the most efficient music sharing system ever built.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Build a $10 Android Wind-up charger

So you are worried about your Android device running out of juice just when you nee it the most, well then this is for you. Veteran Supermodder Ben Heck has heard your pleas, and is here to teach you how to build one cheap, hand-cranked Android charger. Of course there is always the other option of buying a battery charger, but what's the fun in that! If you are like me, I am sure this video will interest your inquisitive soul.

IS this the first official shot of the Sony PSP Phone?

While the PSP2 is not yet official, there have been fan Photoshop creations.This one however, seems to have originated from Sony.
Sony is expected to unveil the new PlayStation Portable, which is currently being called the PSP2 this week. As the day approaches, this art work surfaced online on 2ch, Japan's largest online forum.
The photo features a handheld believed to be the PSP2, which has a PSPgo style sliding shell. There is a 32 GB SD memory card as well, plus a "PSP2" memory stick. There is a long, thin stylus as well.
Unlike the current PSP, there are two analog nubs, giving this handheld a controller layout similar to the PS3.
What is fishy about the picture is that it appears to be a photograph of a handout of some kind. While handouts may be present at the January 27 press conference, it's also a good way for a Photoshopper to hide their work, as it masks any differences in resolution you'd be able to detect in an online image.
Official Sony art is typically at a higher resolution, but this art is not, which also sends off alarm bells. The buttons and the d-pad look to be at a slightly different resolution. The copyright in the bottom left, which appears on official Sony images, is cut off, too. Likewise, odd. However, as mentioned above, this purported PSP2 image could be photo taken of official Sony art or of an official Sony handout, hence these resolution inconsistencies.
The thumbsticks are in a different location from photos that appeared last fall of what is supposedly the PSP2.
Last October, Kotaku broke the news that the PSP2 will ditch the UMD format and could very well rival the Xbox 360 in horsepower.
Whether or not it is real, won't be known for sure if and when the rumored PSP2 is finally made public. However, Kotaku is reaching out to Sony and will update this post should the company comment.

Source: Kotaku

Facebooking is not a sin.... Amen....

Facebooking is not a sin, says Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope officially blessed the usage of Internet communication tools, especially social networks, but warned about risks.  

"In the search for sharing, for 'friends', there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself," he stated. He reminded Christians not to forget the interaction with others in the real world: "It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."
In his statement of Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age, he invited his community twice to actively participate in digital communication. "I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible." If these words are not compelling enough, he noted that the Vatican is using the new tools as well: "I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world. I repeat my invitation to them for the next World Youth Day in Madrid, where the new technologies are contributing greatly to the preparations."
This is a welcome change, especially if we remember that Pope Benedict XVI comes from the depths of a very conservative and Catholic area of Bavaria in Germany. Those who remember Pope Benedict as Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger preaching in Munich's cathedral may not have expected an apostolic approval of social networks from the Vatican.

Apple Reports First Quarter Results

Source: Apple 

Apple® announced its financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended December 25, 2010 on 18th January 2011. The Company posted record revenue of $26.74 billion and record net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $15.68 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.5 percent compared to 40.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I thus Rebrand you, says AMD to the HD 5750 and HD 5770 cards


The 'new' cards are aimed for OEM use, and like their predecessors have DirectX 11 support, 800 (6770) or 720 (6750) Stream Processors, a 128-bit memory interface, and GDDR5 memory. As a plus over their Juniper brethren, the Radeon HD 6700s come with a HDMI 1.4a output and OpenGL 4.1 support.

New Clarion in-car multimedia system VX 401E and VZ401E

Clarion has always laid a lot of importance to the connectivity and compatibility of its in-car entertainment systems, and consistently remained at the forefront of doing what it does best making world class audio systems with 100% compatibility functions.


  With Bluetooth and USB supported in-car audio systems becoming a must have even in entry level automobiles of today, Clarion latest multimedia systems now takes in-car gadgetry to a whole new level. The new and most advanced of its kin, the Clarion VX401E (2 DIN) and VZ401E (1 DIN) models have all the drivers and passengers needs fully taken care of with its endless list of advanced features providing the most refined in-car audio and video entertainment.

Apart from the usual audio playback option, the Clarion VX401E (2 DIN) and VZ401E (1 DIN) offers full audio and video functionality for iPod and iPhone users, and a Bluetooth interface that allows audio streaming via mobile phone, whilst also providing safe, hands-free access to a range of features on any supported phone. Both Clarion units are Official DivX® Certified products and support the DivX 6 format of the latest DVD-video, DVD-R and DVD-RW movie files.

All of this multimedia magic comes alive on a colourful fixed panel 2-DIN 6.2” WGA colour Digital LCD touch screen whose motorised flip-out screen is tilt adjustable, with both models featuring hard key controls for source and volume, adjustable brightness/contrast, and blue button illumination.

Mahindra Launches the Mahindra Moto GP Racing Team

The Mahindra Group today officially introduced its MotoGP racing team – Mahindra Racing to the media along with its two rider line-up that will compete in the 125cc class for the 2011 MotoGP season. Alberto Strazzari, CEO of Engines Engineering, will be heading the project joined by Nicola Casadei who is Mahindra Racing’s Team Manager. Mahindra’s Mufaddal Choonia is handling the role of a Team Principal.
Engines Engineering is an Italian firm that specializes in developing motorcycles and it has been actively involved in the sport of MotoGP since 2003 developing race bikes for several teams and manufacturers. The Mahindra team confirmed during the launch that an all-new machine is ready for the upcoming tests to be held in February where the two riders will get their first taste of the new Mahindra racebike. With a strong backing from an automotive giant like Mahindra, there is certainly a strong sense of optimism and fervour the Mahindra Racing Team.

Facebook Launches app for ... well .... for all phones that can connect to the internet

Source: Facebook Blog

Facebook is launching a new mobile app to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world. The Facebook for Feature Phones app works on more than 2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and other manufacturers, and it was built in close cooperation with Snaptu. The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates.
You don't need a smartphone to do this. So rest assured you don't have to buy the latest Android or iPhone to keep in touch with your social network.

14 mobile operators are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch, they are Dialog (Sri Lanka), Life (Ukraine), Play (Poland), StarHub (Singapore), STC (Saudi Arabia), Three (Hong Kong), Tunisiana (Tunisia), Viva (Dominican Republic), Vodafone (Romania). It is expected to launch in other countries like Canada, India, Mexico, Brazil and Bulgaria following the above launch.

Mercedes Benz buses to ply from Navi Mumbai to Bandra

Source: Zigwheels

Since laying the foundation stone for its bus building facility at its humongous Chakan Manufacturing Plant near Pune, Mercedes-Benz has been conducting trial runs of its city buses in Karnataka.
The latest addition to its city bus trial runs is one of the largest planned cities in the country, which is going through major infrastructural development due to its close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The new buses will run on the C.B.D to Bandra Railway Station route. Under the leadership of Chandrakant Aagonde, Chairman, N.M.M.T Mercedes will offer its buses to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (N.M.M.T) for a trial period of one month to check technical stability and viability of the buses on city road conditions.

Is NVIDIA revealing Tegra 3 at MWC

Source: Hexus

Nvidia's Mike Rayfield said he plans to release a new Tegra every year, leading to speculation that the third generation SoC will be revealed next month.

Are we going to see that "2" replaced by a "3" soon?
"I'm going to come pretty close to my cadence of a launch every year," said Rayfield. "It will be in production around the same time as my competitors' first dual-cores will." 
This will undoubtedly put manufacturers like Qualcomm, TI and others who typically take longer to launch new generations in a tight spot.

Apple's going to screw you(r) iPhone!

Source: Tomshardware

Apple is screwing its products in a new way, literally. They are using a new type of screw, the "pentalobe" or "pentalobular", as it is called, which is a rounded, five-pronged screw.
While most electronics with tamper-proof screws use the Torx head – which is available for purchase, but not readily available in most households – Apple has gone a step further with something completely new that even DIYers can't get. They want you to stop snooping around with stuff you paid for.
The new screw first appeared in the mid-2009 MacBook Pro to prevent battery swaps, and now it's also standard on the new MacBook Air.
The iPhone 4 originally shipped with the Phillips head screws, but now those who have brought their phones into Apple for repair are getting their devices back with the pentalobe screw. Apple's certainly taken additional measures to make sure that customers can't freely open up their own property.
iFixit's posted some additional information and even makes a kit available with screw that will roughly fit the iPhone 4 to swap out for a Phillips. Apple sure are going to great lengths to make sure you don't have your cake and eat it too.

Texting while walking, Woman falls into a fountain. At least she agrees its dangerous!


Time for humour. This woman was busy texting while walking in a mall (where she worked!! yes thats right) and fell right into the fountain. Though it seems funny it isn't. Even she accepted it was dangerous as she could well have been driving a car at the time. She is lucky she didn't.

Check out video on Youtube.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

General New: Nurse has sex with dying patient, loses license for 20 years!

Source: CBS

Amber Van Brunt

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS/AP) Amber Van Brunt, a 33-year-old nurse who worked in an Oklahoma hospice program, is being banned from the profession for 20 years after she allegedly had sex with a married terminally ill-patient at his home.
 Van Brunt, of Shawnee, located east of Oklahoma City, worked in a program at Angelic Family Hospice that provided nursing care for  patients at their homes.
The patient, who attempted suicide in March, two days after Van Brunt told him in a text message that she was pregnant by another man, died in May.

Apple + China = Pollution & poisoning of workers

File pic of a man walking past an iPod Advertisement
Apple are having a tough time right now in China, as 36 Chinese environmental groups are accusing them of failing to address concerns over pollution and worker health issues in factories which supply components for their products.

Facebook allows apps to access your basic information like Address, Phone number etc

Source: nakedsecurity

Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users. This has led to a situation where third party application developers are now able to access your home address and mobile phone number. Its goes without saying, a lot of people can see the danger signs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MSI GTX 580 in SLI Overclocked Review by Tweaktown

Here is a review of the MSI GTX 580 in SLI from one of my favourite sites, Tweaktown.
Link: Tweaktown

Linksys E4200 Dual band wireless router

Not only can this router give you the performance of is deserving top of the line title, but this can surely be mistaken as an iPad competitor. You have to look closely to realize it is a really sleek and sexy looking wireless router. It's upgraded features include the inheritance of 3x3 antennas and dual-band wireless-N from the previous models.

The star of Terminator 5 -Urwek's UR - 110

At first glance, the watch looks really futuristic. It actually resembles the terminator from Terminator 4. The cold metallic looks of this watch itself is enough to mesmerize you. And to add fuel to fire, this watch is expected to appear in Terminator 5. Now that really makes this watch a "must have" for Terminator buffs. Likewise, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on it. No word on the pricing though.

Three Kontron Platforms with AMD Embedded G series

This showed up today on AMD's corporate blog.

Kontron is a global leader and a continual innovator in embedded computing technology. We enable customers to focus on their core competencies by providing leading-edge engineering and highly-reliable embedded technology. With this task in mind, we will implement the new AMD Embedded G-Series on three different SFF (small form factor) designs.

Apple iTunes $10,000 gift card for 10 billionth customer

Apple is nearing 10 billion downloads. To celebrate this, they are giving away a $10000 gift card to the 10 billionth downloader. Thats a lot of goodies worth of cash. Who will be lucky winner. Only time will tell. Either way, Apple wins.

Since this has been up on the Apple website for many days now, one can only guess that there isn't much time left. Hurry up if you want to win it. Otherwise, you can be a spectator just like me.

For the source, click on the Title above.

Lenovo to create separate department for Tablets and phones

Lenovo is seeking to gain momentum in the Tablet and Mobile Phone market. It has decided to setup a secial department for this purpose.

There is "tremendous growth potential of the mobile Internet" and the company wants to "capitalise on these opportunities to drive growth," AFP cites Lenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing as saying.

Tt esports Challenger keyboard reviewed by bigbruin

To check out the review click on the title.

Enerax LuxuRay Case Review at Hardware Secrets

MSI's Twin Frozr II OC GTX 560 listed in retail stores in Europe.

MSI’s upcoming N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC card has been listed on some retail stores, ahead of the official release. This card will feature MSI’s excellent custom cooler with an ‘out of the box’ overclock.
The card was listed at 280 euros but at such an early date, this price is likely to change. The card operates at 880mhz on the core, which is an increase over the 823mhz reference figures. It has 1GB of GDDR5 memory onboard clocked at 4200mhz, across a 256 bit memory interface.

Cooler Master Turbine Master Fan Review

Cooler Master Turbine Master Fan Review

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cooler Master Spwan gaming mouse - 3500 dpi

Coolermaster unveiled their latest input offering the "Spawn" gaming mouse at CES 2011.  It’s an ultra responsive device that has been specially crafted for claw grip gamers. Competitive gamers will marvel at its lightweight, ergonomic and reassuringly solid design. Made for precise in-game tactical maneuvers, the Spawn mouse is topped with a high-performance 3500 DPI sensor, highly accurate scroll wheel, and includes extremely durable Japanese-made Omron micro switches that can endure 5 million clicks.

Cooler Master's latest fan, The Xtraflo

Cooler Master is revving up the computing world once again with its new XtraFlo computer fan. Possessing a rippling red PWM fan design, and compact, versatile hub, this unique, ingenious design provides a powerful airflow to cool even the most sizzling gaming computers. Anti-vibration rubber pads surround the edges, soothing the vibration of high RPMs, allowing concentration on the game, not the whirr of the computer. Central to this design is Cooler Master’s own DynaLoop™ Bearing mastery, allowing for an extended life and greater performance. Ultimately, the XtraFlo fan will be the coolest choice for the hottest computers.

Acer phasing out netbooks in favour of "Tablets"

You just thought that the the dual-core Tegra 2 that wowed everyone at CES would be the king of tablet processors for some time to come, but Acer thinks likewise. An official from the company has promised two to three new tablets, sized at either 7 or 10 inches diagonally, for the first half of this year. Now that makes us drool over it. It is decided it seems that netbooks will eventually be phased out in favour of such handheld devices. Who says you have enough processing power. Your tablet still can't make you coffee now, can it!

Source:  Endgadget

Steve Jobs on sick leave - Get well soon Steve.

Today is a holiday in the U.S., but all was not quiet on the American news wires. The big word today in the tech world is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is not well.

In a letter to the Apple team, which was posted to the Apple press page, Steve Jobs informs his employees that he'll be handing the day-to-day operations to Tim Cook.

Cook previously took over for Steve Jobs when the Apple leader was going through his liver transplant quest. Below is the email he passed on to the "team" at Apple.

Few CES 2011 Videos - Andoird Tabs

Here are a few Android based Tablets videos from CES 2011.

First up the Moto Xoom

Next up the Toshiba Tablet

Blackberry Playbook

The Vizio Tablet

 Asus Eee pad Slider

Lenovo Lepad

Another Moto Xoom Video

Notion Ink Adam

Thermaltake Level 10 GT video

Here is a video of the soon to be released Thermaltake Level 10 GT case. This is a preview of sorts given to by Tt at CES 2011. Here is the 6 min video. The case looks quite good for a $269 case. Still wonder if it can beat the Obsidian 800D at this price. But the "all" hot swappable drives get my juices flowing.

FastMac U-Socket now shipping out to the world.

FastMac's wall socket that serves up a pair of standard 110V power outlets alongside two USB juice ports is today taking the final steps to reaching its expectant owners' homes. Confirmation emails have been sent out to those who ordered earliest (see below) and the retail site promises a three- to four-week delivery time for orders placed today. The price is still just under $20, while the utility of being able to plug your USB device directly into the wall has probably never been higher. Time to find an USB Toaster to plug in to the wall socket!

Lag free Wii on PSP: Episode II

PSP Fanboy, Obiwan222222, is up to his old tricks once again. In his latest video, he shows that he has finally eliminated the lag problem that plagued his first attempt to play Wii on a PSP four years ago. Using a Wii emulator on a PC, some custom firmware, and a program called PSPDisplay, he has managed to stream video and sound to his PSP Go in real time. He also mapped the Wii controls (Wiimote waving excluded, we presume) to the handheld to complete the full Wii-on-PSP gameplaying experience. Check the video out below.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thermaltake reveals Level 10 GT Chassis

Last week at CES 2011, Thermaltake revealed it updated version of the Level 10 chassis, the Level 10 GT. In Thermaltake's own words, this is what they have to say about the new chassis.

"The design language of the Level 10 GT expresses a passion for visual aesthetics deriving from demanding and immersive game play and multimedia entertainment enthusiasm," the company said. "Modern games and entertainment applications also require highly advanced hardware configurations, which at the same time request more space and optimized ventilation than conventional hardware."

The full tower chassis weighs around 28 pounds and supports motherboards up to eATX. It also provides room for four 5.25-inch drives, five internal hot-swappable 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, and an external 2.5-inch drive. There's a 360-mm limit for VGA cards, a 190-mm height limit for the CPU cooler, and support for 1/2-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/4-inch water tubes. There's even room for a top-mounted radiator.

To satisy your cooling needs, the Level 10 GT's LED ColorShift system has a 200-mm front intake, a 200-mm top exhaust fan and a 200-mm side fan. Other features include a 140-mm rear Turbo exhaust, a windowed side panel, an all-black exterior and interior, and a top-mounted I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port and one HD Audio port.

All I can say is that after the Level 10 chassis, this chassis seems an even more sexier option with no loss of functionality. I surely would like to get my hands on this chassis for a review.

As of now, there is no word on pricing. However, if this is priced even around the range of the Obsidian 800D, expect this to sell like hot cakes.

Picture Source: Hexus

Blackberry Dakota Photographed and Spec'd

Look what I found. The new Blackberry Dakota got snapped by Boy Genius Report recently.
Its got a bit of the touchscreen thing going on for it. As is clearly evident from the pic above, the BB Dakota has almost half of its person dedicated to a QWERTY keypad in characteristic BB style.

Specs include a 2.8 inch capacitative touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash and image stabilisation, 4 GB built in memory and 768 MB of ram. The 2.8 inch capacitative VGA screen has a resolution of 640x480. The phone also supports WiFi b,g,n on 2.4 and 5 Ghz, 3G mobile hotspot, micro USB, Bluetooth; NFC, Magnetometer, Accelerometer and a Proximity sensor. The phone has a 10.5mm thick body and finally,it supports BlackBerry OS 6.1.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dead Space 2 Launch trailer released

With just under two weeks to go until the launch of Visceral Games' science fiction survival horror sequel, Dead Space 2, a launch trailer has been released. The plasma cutter-wielding protagonist Isaac Clarke is ready to tear apart some new aliens.

Those who enjoyed the first installment of this cool horror survival game, get ready for more action. Isaac Clarke is back and he has never been better.
The video, which has a very racy soundtrack, shows Isaac watching the infection caused by the mysterious Marker begin and spread, viciously fighting Necromorphs, as well as floating in Zero G. There will be plenty of human characters for players to interact with, along with the usual number of former humans.