Facebooks response to a subpoena
What happens if a cop sends a subpoena to Facebook asking for information about your account? What will be the response? Below is an extract of what is actually submitted:
Facebook already shares its Law Enforcement Guidelines publicly, but we
ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview
ECS of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well, today we preview the Z77H2-AX, a board that is going to surprise you. Dr. Evil's 'GOOOOOOOOOLD' will continuously pop into you mind whilst browsing through this review. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere.
The motherboard of course is intended for Intel's 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. With this preview we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself -- and really the pictures alone are worth it.
Read the article here.
NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Out
This is the first unified driver from the R300 family of drivers (versions 300.00 to 301.99).
GeForce R300 drivers are packed with new industry-leading, GeForce-exclusive features as well as some really nice performance increases in top games.
New in R300 Drivers:
New GPU Support
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition review
We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition with WindForce cooler. Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 680 OC (WindForce) edition comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with Gigabyte's durable component selection. Cooling will be based on the latest model of their three fan WindForce cooler, which I can say works pretty darn well in both performance and silence.
You'll spot two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking. The card's base clock frequency is set at 1071 MHz while the memory runs stock clocked.
Read the article here.
More Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 680 photos
This little gobbler is a little freaky, hence we like it. More photo's surfaced on Inno3D's upcoming iChill GeForce GTX 680, which is in fact a hybrid solution.
he card will be cooled with the help of a liquid cooling setup while fans cool down the other essential components on the PCB. The liquid cooling solution 'should' be able to keep the card at 44 Degrees C. Currently the rest of the specs are unknown, so that means we do not know the clock frequencies. Rumors are though that the clocks could be increased up-to 20% meaning a 1.2 GHz core clock on the card.
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ASUS Maximus V GENE ROG Motherboard
The ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) has launched its Maximus V Series motherboards with the Maximus V GENE. This micro-ATX powerhouse is built using the latest Intel Z77 chipset, which supports Intel's latest LGA1155 processors. Featuring full PCI-Express Gen-3 capabilities with Intel's 3rd Generation processor the Republic of Gamers team equips the Maximus V GENE with exclusive features such as the Extreme Engine DIGI+ II power control design, SupremeFX III gaming audio, Intel Ethernet with ROG GameFirst software and the newly added mPCIe Combo card.
The mPCIe Combo card is a new innovation by the ROG team, combining the twin functions of mPCIe with mSATA into a single, extensible add-in card that still allows full use of the PCI-Express slots for multi-GPU graphics. With the addition of an mSATA SSD for use with Intel Smart Response Technology or simply installing the entire OS, this frees up standard SATA ports for other uses. The combination of a standard mPCIe socket on the other side allows unique upgrades such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/4G, GPS and other connectivity.
The Maximus V GENE is true to the Republic of Gamers core, as a motherboard built for overclocking. Featuring the upgraded Extreme Engine DIGI+ II that includes 8+4+2 phase (CPU, iGPU, DRAM) and precise digital power control from two DIGI+ controllers combined with ROG UEFI BIOS functions, such as the new pre-configured memory IC profiles, yield a fantastic overclocking experience for enthusiasts.
Its 10k Black Metallic capacitors offer a 5x longer lifespan with 10k hours at 105C, and 20% better low temperature endurance - specifically selected for extreme cooling scenarios. The DRAM trace layout has also been further optimized over the previous Maximus IV generation to allow even higher frequencies as well.
SupremeFX III Sound - Premium Gaming Audio That Takes SNR To The 110dB Redline
Designed to bring gamers the best possible integrated audio, the SupremeFX III sound is a wholly separate sound PCB, identified by its 'redline' adjoining the main GENE motherboard. SupremeFX Shielding technology maximizes the audio quality by further isolating the audio processing from EMI, encasing the chipset under an aluminum cap. Combined with a large 1500uF buffer capacitor to provide sufficient energy to even the loudest sounds, SupremeFX III attains a lossless audio of up to 110dB SNR.
The addition of X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity, EAX Advanced HD 5.0, Creative Alchemy and THX TruStudio PRO complete the lineup of audio technologies on offer.
Intel Ethernet, ROG GameFirst and LucidLogix Virtu MVP
Intel Ethernet and ROG GameFirst software combines up to 35% saving in CPU usage with network traffic prioritizing, while LucidLogix Virtu MVP support enables a new hybrid graphics mode that boosts overall GPU performance by up to 60%.
Princeton Bluetooth Virtual KVM
There are times when a real keyboard and mouse would make it so much easier to add information to your tablet or smartphone, yet it's generally not that easy to make this happen. Japanese Princeton seems to have a solution that would simplify this greatly in the shape of its range of PSC Bluetooth KVM's.
What Princeton has done is to take a Bluetooth 3.0 dongle, some Windows and OS X drivers and added a sprinkle of its own software to allow for remote controlling of various devices. The magic is in the software, as it allows you to use the keyboard on your PC or Mac to controller either a smartphone, a tablet or another PC or Mac depending of which version you've bought.
The neat trick is that the input devices on the PC appear as Bluetooth HID devices which are generally well supported in most modern operating systems, no matter the device. There are of course some limitations here, for example mouse input only works on Android 3.1 or later, but keyboard input is meant to work on just about any mobile device. Sadly there's no screen mirroring, so you'll still have to look at the device in question, even though you're using the keyboard and mouse/trackpad of a PC or a Mac.
At 4,980 Yen (US$61/S$77) it's not a cheap solution though, but for anyone that wants to be able to use the same keyboard and mouse wirelessly with multiple devices, it might be money well spent. The USB dongles are compatible with Windows XP and later as well as OS X 10.6 or later. Sadly they're only ever likely to be available in Japan and the software is most likely only in Japanese.
Cougar Volant mid-tower gaming case
Cougar delivers Volant, a new mid-tower case for gamers. It features a rugged appearance and has room for up to eight fans.
COUGAR, leading German PC case and power supply brand, just introduced the latest addition to their line-up of high-end mid-tower PC cases. The COUGAR Volant with its optimized ventilation, by offering enough room for 8 installable fans, is particularly targeting demanding gamers and enthusiasts. To further improve ventilation and in-case airflow, the COUGAR Volant also sports an advanced cable-management keeping the inside clean and neat. Two holes in the backside of the chassis provide access for water cooling solutions. The combination of rugged lines, metal mesh elements and glossy surface ornaments lend the all-black COUGAR Volant mid-tower its unique gaming personality. A total of 7 PCIe slots allow for multiple-graphics setups in SLI and CrossfireX modes with state-of-the-art graphics cards of up to 320 mm/12.5
ECS Z77 Black Extreme Series Motherboards
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's top 3 motherboard maker, today reveals their first production of Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition. Available in two models, Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X, they are the top-of-the-line motherboards in the ECS Black Extreme Series, which enriches the series' themed slogan -- 'My Game, My Rules'.
The ECS Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition features triple-thickness gold plated connectors and has passed the strictest quality tests, giving power users the security that the gold plating won't wear out after extensive component upgrades, safe guarding the board from the threat of corrosion.
The individually-numbered, handcrafted motherboards are stunningly outfitted in cool black with dazzling gold plated key components, giving both the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X a sophisticated and classy appearance that is unprecedented in the PC motherboard industry. Key features include: ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI graphics support with next generation PCI Express 3.0 to achieve the ultimate in 3D gaming performance and visual quality, QoolTech IV visible temperature technology to protect your valuable PC components, and support for the fastest 3rd generation Intel Core processors.
To ensure maximum reliability and customer satisfaction ECS has enhanced its already stringent quality control procedures by increasing the testing cycle for each of these very special boards to three times longer than the industry standard and by raising the burn in testing temperature to 125% of the industry standard.
The Z77 Black Extreme Series boards are the first to provide full support for Intel's next-generation Ivy Bridge CPUs for cutting edge performance, but they still maintain compatibility with older socket 1155 CPUs to provide an easy upgrade path. The new Intel Z77 chipset at the heart of these motherboards is the first to include USB 3.0 support without external chips, bringing greater performance, expandability and reliability. Moreover, the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X are the first generation with official support for PCI Express 3.0 add-on card technology, to get the most out of future generations of graphics cards as well as today's most powerful models. The new Lucid Virtu MVP chip gives consumers both the high performance of add-on graphics cards and the economical power saving of integrated graphics - by switching between them seamlessly and automatically.
The Z77H2-AX is at the forefront of the performance desktop PC market with support for three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, providing astonishingly realistic high speed graphics and physics performance for the latest games and entertainment. The Z77H2-A2X has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, as well as a mini PCI Express slot. Both models provide enormous expansion capacity with an additional 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and even 2 PCI slots to support older add-on cards.
The ECS Golden Edition Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X both incorporate the Mini PCIe feature that provides mini SATA or mini PCIe interface in order to support Intel Smart Response / Intel Smart Connect / Intel Rapid Start technologies, enabling better power saving as well as system longevity with greater responsiveness.
ECS' Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Edition provides huge capacity for ultra high speed storage. The Z77H2-AX is equipped with eSATA x2 (6Gb) and SATA x6 (6Gb/s x4 + 3Gb/s x2), while the Z77H2-A2X has eSATA x1 (3Gb) with DVI output. It is worth to mention that the Z77H2-AX model features the PLX ExpressLane PEX 874 Multi-Graphics Solution Chip, effectively doubling PCI Express 3.0 support to 2x16, enabling the user to take advantage of all 3 PCIe slots and the possible combinations of x16 and x8 channel cards.
Both the Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X models offer Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 x6 and USB 2.0 x6 support, 3-way NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFireX support, EZ charger and 1 Gigabit LAN to boost stronger Internet connectivity functions and expansion ability to your computer.
For overclockers and modders, ECS' Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition provides a wealth of tweaking, control and adjustment features. Solid long-life capacitors in all critical areas guard against failure even in the most challenging conditions. Triple thickness gold plating on CPU, memory and add-on card sockets ensures these two models always provide a reliable connection, even with heavy use and in hostile environments. Thor Ultra Protection guards against component damage from static electricity in dry climates. And in a sea of lookalike products, the distinctive gold and black Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X boards are undoubtedly the best-looking motherboards around.
The Z77H2-AX and Z77H2-A2X models are initially available in the US market in a very limited quantity: 200 pcs. Each of these high-end Z77 Black Extreme Series - Golden Limited Edition motherboards is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity personally signed by the General Manager of ECS, emphasizing the company's determination to guarantee quality, performance and ultimate reliability to its customers.
Swiftech Officially Rolls-Out the Komodo HD7970 Waterblock for Radeon HD 7970 Cards
Swiftech announced retail sales of the Komodo HD7970 waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card.
Covering the full-length of the card to protect its fragile components, and featuring an enhanced thermal design, illuminated bridge, and a comprehensive package including single-slot PCI bracket and a back-plate, this is the most sophisticated full-cover waterblock offered by Swiftech to date. Companion accessories complete the offering with optional CrossFireX bridges and adjustable connectors for multiple card configurations.
Komodo HD7970: $154.95
XFire X2 bridge: $21.95
XFire X3 bridge: $27.95
Connectors: $4.49 to $7.95
"We took our sweet time to release this product, but in the end I think the result was worth the wait!" Said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman & CTA.
Cisco Smart Wi-Fi Routers
Cisco has introduced a new line of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with app-enabled capabilities. The EA Series consists of the EA4500, EA3500 and EA2700. Priced at $199, the Cisco Linksys EA4500 provides dual-band Wireless N connectivity up to 900 Mbps.
This Wi-Fi router offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB port, a DNLA server, basic parental controls, guest access and support for IPv6. The Cisco Linksys EA3500 provides dual-band Wireless N connectivity up to 750 Gbps.
It has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB port, a DNLA media server, basic parental controls, guest access and support for IPv6. The Linksys EA3500 retails for $139. And finally, the Cisco Linkysys EA2700 features dual-band Wireless N connectivity up to 600 Mbps. This model retails for just $99
Royal Machines 29298R Wireless Indoor/ Outdoor Speaker System
Amazon has started offering the Royal Machines 29298R wireless indoor/ outdoor speaker system. It is equipped with a waterproof casing that enables you to use it in all types of weather conditions.
The Royal Machines 29298R is perfect for use with your iPod, MP3 player, etc. You just need to connect the base station to your gadgets using a 3.5mm audio jack. The Royal Machines 29298R wireless speaker supports a distance of up to 150 feet from the base station. Each speaker also has its own volume control that creates the perfect sound balance. The Royal Machines 29298R wireless indoor/ outdoor speaker system retails for $91.73.
MSI notebook with Super RAID achieves 900MB/s
Brilliant stuff -- MSI has developed Super RAID for its new gaming laptops, a system that uses a 2.5" WD Scorpio Black 500GB HDD in combination with a pair of mSATA SSDs to deliver amazing performance. MSI's GT70 with Super RAID achieves an average read speed of 928.6MB/s with a burst rated at 1,997.2MB/s!
The SSDs you see are a pair of OEM models from SanDisk, and seem to be a pair of U100 drives. This notebook has two 64GB drives installed, with the RAID element of this setup handled by Intel's chipset. The 64GB models aren't the fastest mSATA's SSDs on the market with rated sequential read speeds of up to 450MB/sec and write speeds at 220MB/sec. In RAID 0 however, they're entirely different beasts.
The Super RAID setup shows off an average read speed of 928.6MB/sec with a burst rated at 1,997.2MB/sec in HD Tune Pro 5.00. This is something we would normally look past, interesting. A gaming notebook with storage capable of nearly 1GB/sec is quite impressive. I'm just wondering where my MSI GT70 notebook is and why MSI haven't sent me one yet.
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MSI Announces All New Intel 7 Series Mainboards
MSI, the manufacturer of World's fastest mainboard and graphics card is happy to announce the availability of the new MSI Intel 7 Series mainboards for the LGA1155 socket, powered by MSI's renowned Military Class III components.
The new Intel Z77, H77 and B75 chipset based mainboards support both 2nd Generation Intel Core CPUs as well as the upcoming 3rd Generation Intel Core CPUs. Built on this basis of Quality components and technology the MSI Intel 7 series mainboards have overclocking features to match with OC Genie II. Not only does OC Genie II enhance CPU, Memory and hard-drive speed but now, in combination with Lucid Virtu MVP, also Discrete DirectX 11 Graphics performance can be boosted! Well-known for its power saving hardware features such as Active Phase Switching (APS) and DrMOS II, MSI Intel 7 series mainboards can combine its performance with best-in-class power saving. MSI's Intel 7 series mainboards are truly one of the most well-rounded mainboards ever created and will surely find its way in many PC builds.
MSI's exemplary Military Class III Components honor the "Top Quality and Stability" slogan. DrMOS II (DriverMOSFET) is the latest edition to the Military Class family and enhances efficiency, reduces temperatures and provides Thermal Protection for extreme overclocking scenarios. The Hi-C CAP is an extremely efficient Tantalum based capacitor with a Nobel-prize winning automatic recovery function and Super Ferrite Choke (SFC) provides 30% more power at 10% higher efficiency compared to chokes used on other brand motherboards. The Japanese made Solid Capacitors provide a long lifetime under gaming loads compared to older liquid capacitors. All MSI Military Class III mainboard components have passed the stringent tests of the U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G deserving its name Military Class III components.
MSI OC Genie II is world's easiest overclocking technique and allows a complete performance overhaul with a simple push of a button. On the MSI's Z77, H77 and B75 series mainboards this leads to the ultimate performance experience. Pushing the OC Genie Button will push the CPU to 4.2 GHz for 18% better performance, overlock the system memory to 1866 MHz, speed ups hard-disk performance up to 4,5 times in combination with Intel ISRT SSD Caching Technology and now exclusively upgrades the performance of your Graphics card! My OC Genie is a new feature that allows end-users to customize their OC Genie II experience through MSI's unique ClickBIOS II interface. ClickBIOS II has received unanimous praise from worldwide media for its intuitive interface, design and availability as both an UEFI BIOS interface and Windows application. With the forward looking ClickBIOS II interface, MSI is ready for Windows 8 Certification.
MSI Z77, H77 and B75 series mainboards are equiped with an advanced integrated USB 3.0 controller which offers greatly improved transfer speeds versus 3rd party controllers. The MSI Z77A-GD80 will also rock the market as the first announced mainboard with Intel Thunderbolt support. With up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth and integrated power delivery it allows connectivity to a wide range of devices like high-res displays and high capacity external storage devices. With the MSI Z77A-GD80 with Thunderbolt you can satisfy the needs of any workstation or video editing storage bandwidth requirement.
MSI Intel Z77, H77 and B75 series mainboards support the new PCI Express Gen3 standard to deliver up to 32 GB/s of bandwidth to PCI Express cards. With this bandwidth you can enjoy GPU performance boosts and massive amounts of storage bandwidth for PCI Express based storage controllers. Memory on the MSI Intel Z77, H77 and B75 series mainboards support frequencies up to DDR3-2933 MHz.
Severe 28nm shortages at TSMC
According to a new information TSMC could have trouble with its 28nm manufacturing process. One would think that there would be more truth to all the statements from NVIDIA, Advanced Micro Devices and Taiwan Semiconductor manufacturing Company regarding the 28nm manufacturing process.
According to the most recent rumor published by Digitimes, TSMC is actually incapable of meeting demand for chips. Again. The 40nm node was troublesome enough but, even with all the extra research and assurances, history is repeating itself. The report makes mention of how yield rates of the 28nm are slowly improving, but this doesn't actually paint a clear picture of what level they are at.
Still, saying that TSMC cannot cope with demand needn't be synonymous with poor manufacturing capabilities. It can just as easily mean that 28nm yields are good, or at least passable, but that AMD, NVIDIA and Qualcomm simply have been asking for too much.
As a recap, Advanced Micro Devices needs 28nm chips for all its Radeon HD 7000 series of graphics cards, while NVIDIA has finally revealed the GeForce GTX 680. Neither corporation has another supplier to call upon.
Qualcomm, on the other hand, has started to order smartphone chips from United Microelectronics Corp. It still hasn't scraped together enough though.
TSMC would probably solve the whole problem by expanding 28nm foundry capacity, but it doesn't want to do so because it would lead to smaller gross margins.
It will start building the 5th-phase expansion of Fab 14 though (a 12-inch fab in Southern Taiwan Science Park) on April 9. Nevertheless, the total foundry capacity won't go up by more than 10% this year compared to the previous one (2011).