Nvidia’s Dual GPU Beast GTX590 Being Launched On 22nd March!
Games Hardware

According to the news that’s been received from Nvidia, the release date of the AMD HD6990 killer, the GeForce GTX 590, will be launched on the 22nd of this month. The new upcoming GeForce GTX 590 will feature dual GF110 cores, a mammoth 1024 CUDA core count, 3GB GDDR5 memory across a 512 bit interface (256×2), dual 8Pin connectors and a TDP of 375W.

Coincidently,March 22nd is also the release day of Crysis 2.

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iOS 4.3 Final Build Is Out, Download Links Available
Gadgets

Today Apple released the final build of iOS 4.3 for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM only), iPod Touch 3G and 4G. The first Beta for iOS 4.3 was released on the 12th of January, second released on January 19th and the third and final one was released on 1st February. The GM was released on 2nd March.

iOS 4.3 brings a lot of changes including the following:

  • The ability to cancel the download/install of an app.
  • Personal hotspot options for the iPhone 4 (GSM only) which are limited to the carrier.
  • Airplay for third part apps.
  • Multi-touch gestures for the iPad 1 and 2 which are currently developer only.
  • Choosing between the mute and switch and rotation lock for the iPad’s side switch button.
  • Nitro JavaScript engine from the desktop version of Safari which improves iOS’ Safari’s performance a lot.
  • Subscription based payments for the App Store.
  • Facetime and Photo Booth for the iPad 2.
  • iTunes’ home sharing features and a lot of other performance and stability upgrades.

You can install the iOS 4.3 directly from iTunes or use the following links, Just download the files and open them in iTunes. Click the install button when the file opens in iTunes if promted.

Source: Apple

[Press Release] Logitech announces new Z906 surround sound speakers
Hardware

Logitech has just announced a long awaited successor to perhaps the most successful surround speaker system in PC history, the Z-5500. Z-5500 held the mantle of the best when it came to surround sound for games and movies on a computer or console.

So you can hear every detail in your movies, games and music, today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the Logitech® Surround Sound Speakers Z906. Delivering 500 watts (RMS) of power, the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are THX® Certified, creating a theater-quality audio experience in your living room.

“We’re delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech® Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System,” said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. “The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we’re confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room.”

Powerful Audio — 500 Watt, THX-Certified Speakers
The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers offer 500 watts (RMS) of power, delivering thunderous audio that can shake your house. Logitech’s newest speakers have met strict performance standards to achieve THX certification — so you can be sure that your entertainment will sound the way it was meant to.

For your Dolby® digital or DTS TM encoded soundtracks, onboard 5.1 digital decoding enables detailed surround sound — from the roar of the crowd to the footsteps right behind you. If you love house-shaking bass, the ported, side-firing subwoofer delivers 165 watts of pure, distortion-free bass. And the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers convert two-channel stereo into an immersive surround sound experience.

Designed for the Living Room — Connect Up to Six Audio Devices
The Logitech® Surround Sound Speakers Z906 not only sound good, they are designed to fit into your existing living room setup. You can connect up to six audio devices simultaneously — including your TV, DVD, DVR, Blu-Ray™ player, Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3, Wii™, iPod® and even your PC or Mac® laptop. And with its easy-to-read display and easy-to-stack design, the control console looks good with your home-entertainment system.

For your convenience, a wireless remote lets you control your listening experience without ever getting off the couch. And, wall-mountable satellites turn any room into a home theater.

The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in March 2011 for a suggested retail price of $349.99 (U.S.).

HTC 7 Mozart ROM with NoDo update leaks
Gadgets Software

Naturally when anyone hears the word ‘ROM’ the only thing that comes to mind is Android. Not this time though. A new ROM for HTC 7 Mozart has been leaked and its rumored to have the much awaited NoDo update. For those who dont know, NoDo update is suppose to bring the copy-paste function to Windows Phone 7 along with application performance improvements. The ROM can be found on the XDA forums where users are reported to have installed it without and problems and it is reported to be working well with all the new features intact. However those looking for some ‘additional’ perks from Microsoft will be disappointed as the update includes only what Microsoft promised.

With this release it seems the official update for all Windows Phone 7 is nearing its release date and if you are not the one to mess around with your phone, hold off for a few days till the official update arrives.

Source: Mobile Tech World

Google search Instant preview comes to Android
Software

Source: Androinica

Anybody who has used Google or who currently uses it might have seen a small magnifying glass in front of every search result. Google calls this instant previews and it allows the user to peek into the page without having to actually open it just by hovering the cursor over the magnifying glass. This greatly simplifies the searching process and makes it less cumbersome. This is done by skipping the constant going back and forth the results as you look for the relevant one because now you can simply see the preview of the result without having to open it.

While this may not be of such a great help on a desktop, it’s a blessing on a cellphone. With small screens and less processing power, it takes longer to open full HTML pages and repeatedly going back and forth the results does tend to become annoying. Not anymore. Google has added the preview functionality in all Android phones that run version 2.2 and above. Simply search for something and click on the magnifying glass to see a preview. Currently only 38 languages are supported.

Source: Androinica

iPhone 64GB Models Now On Sale In Hong Kong?
Gadgets

It seems that Apple is working on a 64gb iPhone 4 model, Well according to the information provided by Unwire.hk prototype samples of the 64gb iPhone 4 are being sold in the Hong Kong’s  “Grey Markets” over in China. According to the photos provided the phone indeed has 64gb of storage, The back of the phone states XXGB which is the same as iPhone prototype uncovered by Gizmodo last year. The back also states the model as 995-6049LL, FCC ID as BCG-XXXXXX, and the Model no. as XXXXX. Also the phone is not locked and in fully working condition.

We presume that Apple would be planning to launch the 64gb version of the iPhone 4 besides the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 which would easily solve all our memory problems.

Source: Unwire.hk

AMD’s HD 6990 Launched and Reviewed.
Hardware

AMD has finally released their Top of the line Flagship GPU “HD 6990″ which comes packed with Dual Cayman Chips capable enough to make it the fastest GPU on the planet. AMD did it twice, First with the HD 5970 and now with its HD 6990 which is a great achievement for the company itself.

The card only a few hours after its release has already been reviewed by different sites which include both reference and Oc’ed Variants by different vendors. Coming to the specs, the card features dual cayman chips running at 830Mhz (Reference Clock) and holds a total of 3071 Stream Processors (1536 from each chip) and holds a massive 4GB GDDR5 Memory (2x2GB) running across a Dual 256-bit wide memory interface running at 5000Mhz. Another great feature the card comes with is the Dual Bios Switch. This allows you to switch the card in two modes, One is the stock Bios mode while the other provides a slight boost in the clocks with 880Mhz Core.

The card provides superb performance and comes with enough Display ports to Eyefinity upto 6 Monitors and don’t you worry about the frame rate because this card can pump up more than 30-40 Avg frames at even the most extreme resolutions of 7680×1600 which is just insane. This is where the 4GB memory really shines.

The card is powered by Dual 8-Pin PCI-e Connectors and requires at least a 750W power supply and a power on 1000W Quad-CrossFireX configuration having a total TDP of 375W. The card however is cooled by only two copper blocks placed upon each core which are supplied air with one single yet noisy fan with a noise output of 72db. Hopefully, Vendors will come up with Custom variants of the card soon which will provide better cooling then the reference one.

The card while being a beast is also great for overclocking enthusiast with AMD already including the BIOS switch for OC mode which lets the card run at 830Mhz for GPU@1.75vy OverClock mode (OC), which would operate with a 880MHz GPU @ 1.75V and also capable of doing 900mhz and 6000Mhz at the same voltages and voltage regulators which would provide higher efficiency, Overclockers would break the barriers eve more. ;)

Also, Here’s some interesting thing posted by Anandtech, The CF and SLI results of HD 6970/6950 and GTX 580/570 yield better scores than the single card but you do want to know that multiple GPU solution means higher power consumptions and in some cases higher prices then a single solution card. However keeping these things aside you can see how well the HD 6970 perform in CF mode and same goes for the GTX 580 but those results were obtained at 2560x1600res. Higher resolutions in Eyefinity and 3D Vision Mode will affect the performance alot of the two cards against the single Hd6990.

You can check out the details and specs below of HD6990:

You can check out the review on different sites from the links given below:

Asus Radeon HD 6990 @ Techpowerup
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ AnandTech
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Tom’s Hardware
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ PC Perspective
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Hexus
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Benchmark Reviews
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Bjorn3D
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Guru3d.com
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Hardware-Mag (de)
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ HardwareCanucks
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ HardwareHeaven
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ HotHardware
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ LegitReviews
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ NeoSeeker
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Overclock3D.net
PowerColor HD 6990 4GB @ Overclock3D.net (CrossFireX)
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Rage3D
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ Tech Report
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB @ TechGage

Cooler Master showcases its new Mid-Tower “CM Storm Enforcer” Case.
Hardware

Cooler Master showcased its newest entry in the CM Storm Lineup, The CM Storm Enforcer Case which is a Mid-Tower case and is the latest addition alongisde the Storm Sniper and Storm Scout cases. The Case features an all-Black coating on Both Exterior and Interior.

From the pics taken on Cebit 2011, The case looks much more stunning than the other Mid-Tower case Storm Scout. However lacks the side panel fan mountings. The interior of the case is pretty much toll less and looks quite similar to a CM 690 Advanced with a removable HDD cage and Drive Bay brackets. You can check out the specs below:

Dimensions
- 229 x 484.5 x 523.5 mm (W x H x D)
Weight
- 8.9KG
Motherboard
- Micro-ATX, ATX
Materials
- Steel body, ABS plastic, Mesh bezel
5.25″ Drive Bays
- 4
3.5″ Drive Bays
- 7
Front panel
- USB2.0 x 2, USB3.0 x 2, Mic + Headphone
Cooling
- Front 200mm (RED LED – 1000RPM)
- Rear 120mm (1200RPM)
- Top 200mm (Optional)
Compatibility
- CPU Cooler Height: 175mm
- VGA Card Length: 270mm

The case would be avaialbe on 5th April and would be priced around £80.

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AMD releasing new Bulldozer based CPUs in June?
Hardware

According to X-bit Labs it has been revealed that AMD will be releasing its new FX Line of processors based on the Bulldozer architecture in June. AMD will release a total of Eight models of the CPU of which four are hexacore models with eight cores, two six-and two quad-core processors.

The new Bulldozer based FX CPUs will be built on a 32Nm Process integrated with DDR3 memory controller and will give 50% better performance on the same clocks as compared to the previous gen Phenom based processors.

AMD is also planning to release its Llano based APU’s (Accelerated Processing Units) from July which come in both dual and quad core models and all equipped with integrated graphics processors. AMD hasn’t confirmed this news yet but it’s likely they would call in a conference on this soon.

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New Deus EX: Human Revolution Screenshots and Release Date Revealed.
Games

EB Games have revealed the Australian release date for Deus EX: Human Revolution along with 3 new screenshots. The release date which is 25th August was revealed on their Page on twitter and the American/European release dates will be close to that too.

The fanboys still have to wait for five months to play the game, The Games director Jean-François Dugas also promised in a tweet that the official release date would be announced within this week. Till them you can have a view at the pics below and see what the game will have to offer:

Update – The game will be release a day later in UK on 26th August as confirmed by retailer game. The reason for the previous delay is listed below:

Citing managerial issues as a secondary concern, Square Enix ‘decided to spend additional time to further polish our upcoming game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, resulting in a shift in release timing from our prior plan of the current fiscal year to next fiscal year.

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Angry Birds Coming on Facebook in May. :D
Games

The popular Angry Birds has been confirmed to be released on Facebook in May, However it was previously announced to release in April. The Angry Birds Franchise has expanded considerably in a short period of time, It arrived first on the Apple iDevices then made its way on handheld consoles/consoles and even on the PC itself.

Now it’ll make its way on the most popular social networking site “Facebook” and would be a online based game. Rovio’s Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka confirmed that they’re willing to do a full release of the game in May. Rovio updated this message on the Official Facebook Page where you can get updates by clicking the “Like Button” and liking it can also get you bonus content in the game as it says on the page.

The game developers also said that they’ll provide a totally new experience in the Facebook version of the game as compared to the other versions.

The Rovio chief also mentioned that the game would leverage Facebook’s ‘collaborative nature’, giving the pigs “a more prominent role”.

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iPad 2 Will Be Available at 5:00PM  On Friday 11th March!
Gadgets General


Another Apple enthusiast site, Loop, have been able to confirm that the iPad will go on sale at around 5:00 pm (local time) across the U.S states. The device will be available at Apple retail locations at that time.

The iPad 2 features a 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen and packs the new faster, low power yet dual core A5 processor, and two cameras. The device will have a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video. The iPad 2 will be also running on the latest iOS 4.3.

The iPad 2, for the first time, will be available in either a choice of Black or White color. Stay tuned for more info as we cover the launch of the iPad 2 on 11th March!

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Update on the Android Malware issue
Software

Source: Engadget

You recently read about the applications containing malware that found themselves on the Android Market and on the internet. Google was very quick to act on it and using the kill switch feature on Android phones they were able to remotely wipe off the applications from the affected phones. They have now taken more steps in ridding the market of malware and protecting the Android users from future attacks.

Firstly the exploit does not effect users running Android version 2.2.2 or higher, so make sure your phone has the latest updates. This is far from the truth for most Android users as manufacturers take forever to push out updates.

Secondly all effected phones will receive an automatic market update that will undo the exploit. Users will receive the notification for the installation of this update. No action on their part is required as the procedure is automatic.

Further measures are being taken by Google to prevent any such incident to take place in the future, although they didn’t mention any specifics to what these measures are.

Google chose to have a very lenient hand as far as submitting applications to market is concerned and while that means a massive quantity of applications that do amazing things, it also comes at a price. However, it’s good to see Google acting quickly on this matter and taking necessary measures. That being said, the responsibility lies on the user. There is no way to rid the internet off malware applications completely so care should be taken to download applications from trusted sources and avoid cracked applications.

Source: Google

ASUS Radeon HD 6990 Gets Listed For Pre-Orders!
Games Hardware

Another tech site, TechPowerUp!, had spotted the listing of the new upcoming Dual GPU AMD HD 6990 Graphics Card for pre-order at an European retailer salland.eu.

The card can be pre-ordered for € 715, that’s around US $1,000! € 715 is a pretty steep price, even for pre-order as the card is expected to retail for around € 572.25 ($ 802).

The card carries the SKU EAH6990 3DI4S/4GD5. Specifications listed on the site show that the card carries a clock of 830 MHz core, and 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) memory that packs 4 GB of DDR5 memory. AMD’s Radeon HD 6990 graphics card is expected to be launched tomorrow, that is, the successor of the much fame acclaimed DX11 ATi HD 5970 Graphics Card.

Windows Phone 7 Pre-NoDo update fails yet again
Gadgets Software

Source: Winrumors

What should have been a very small update to allow future updates has turned into a nightmare for both Microsoft and Samsung Windows Phone 7 users.  Microsoft was suppose to roll out its ‘NoDo’ update in early March which would have allowed copy-paste and other performance enhancements. For some inexplicable reason, to allow this update to take effect WP7 phones needed a small pre-update update. These kind of updates are common in the desktop version of Windows 7. It should have been a seamless update but not for Samsung users. It bricked their phones beyond repair and for some lucky ones the update simply failed without bricking .

Microsoft was quick to respond to this and a week later they came out with a fix which would make Samsung users very happy; until they found out this update too is broken. Users get no information on the error other than a cryptic error code that means nothing. Microsoft’s workaround this error will aggravate users even more. They suggest you remove all media from the phone and retry the update. This is what they had to say:

“We’ve spent the last 24 hours aggressively investigating the issue, and have identified a work around for error code 800705b4. You can find it here. We appreciate the patience of customers affected by the error and will continue to carefully monitor the update rollout and troubleshoot any issues that arise.”

Microsoft claim only a 100 users are effected but any figure from a company directly should be taken with a pinch of salt. Even if its a 100 or just 10, a simple update like this should not have gone so horribly wrong. It only makes you wonder what will happen when the major updates start rolling out. When WP7 was launched Microsoft promised a smooth update procedure and so far the process has been far from it. If this is how things remain Microsoft can forget about competing with Android and Apple.

Source: Winrumors



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