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Microsoft's Social Network

Microsoft joins the social network party.  Yup.  That's just what we need.  Another Microsoft product that is late - again.  The good news is that it offers nothing new, doesn't integrate well with your iPhone or Android and probably won't work in Ford/Microsofts MyTouch/Sync.  Enjoy.  Or Not. 

At the very least you should check it out.  Head on over to so.cl (pronounced "social") for all the wonder.

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Garganutan Graphics Gathering

 


Massive Motherboard Monday

As we start pounding through the hardware bits today, we've got a bunch of motherboard reviews all swept up in one place.  Enjoy!



AMD Believes in the Trinity

AMD has struggled to keep up in the enthusiast market, but they are not giving up just yet.  Their new 2nd Generation APU - specifically the A10-4600M 'Trinity' APU has recently made some noise in the interweb.  TechReport takes a look at this quad-core chip that packs in a total of 4MB of last-level cache and an estimated 1.3+ Billion transistors.  It's pretty funny when there are so many, that they have to use estimates...

Trinity isn't an especially large chip, as these things go, but it is a little larger than Llano—despite a lower transistor count estimate—and it's quite a bit larger than the quad-core versions of Sandy and Ivy Bridge. Then again, the 22-nm Ivy Bridge quad is positively tiny.


Video Game Launches

After a couple of big releases last week, this week may seem a little bland.  Still, ShackNews has posted up their release list and you can check the main titles below.  Ghost Recon makes a return - again.

PC

  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare (download - $15)
  • Iron Front - Liberation 1944


360

  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Joy Ride Turbo (XBLA - $10)
  • Men In Black: Alien Crisis
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier


PS3

  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (PSone Classic)
  • Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (PSN)
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (PSN)
  • Men In Black: Alien Crisis
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS2 Classic)
  • Sorcery
  • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain (PS2 Classic)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier


Wii

  • Men In Black: Alien Crisis


PSV

  • Table Top Tanks (PSN)


3DS

  • Deer Drive: Legends
  • Purr Pals: Perfection


NDS

  • Snakenoid Deluxe (DSiWare - $5)


Windows 8 Loses Aero

If you believe everything you read, it appears that the pretty Aero desktop we've come to know and love in Windows 7 (Vista had it, but it was clunky) could be totally gone with Windows 8.  I understand it would run better on tablet hardware without it, but come on - do I really want to go back to a Windows 2000 experience?  At this point, I think not.  Engadget has more.

It's safe to say that anticipation is high for the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview, which will become available in the first week of June. While we're still curious to see if Microsoft can better integrate the desktop and Metro environments of its latest operating system, the company has now revealed a significant change to the desktop portion of Windows 8 -- a completely restyled visual appearance.



Pair of PSUs

To make our day feel complete, Hardware Secrets brings us a couple of power supply reviews.  They've got both the LEPA B650 as well as the In Win GreenMe 750W units on their bench and show off these units in some of the best PSU reviews on the 'net.  Take a look if you want real details.

All wires are 18 AWG, which is the minimum recommended gauge. The number of connectors available is lower than we expected for a 750 W product. It would be better if the unit had four cables for video cards instead of only two, which would allow the out- of-the-box installation of two high-end video cards that require two power connectors each.


Facebook's Sponsored Ads

Every Facebook user sees a ton of ads every time they login, but just effective are those ads? Well according to VentureBeat, 44% of Facebook's users never click on these sponsored ads. Of all Facebook users, only 3% say they regularly clock on ads and 10% say they do it "often", which is actually higher than I would have thought but still leaves a ton of people who completely ignore the ads and really puts into question the effectiveness of Facebook ads.

General Motors caused a stir on Tuesday when it leaked that the company would stop running ads on Facebook due to them not being effective. GM will drop $10 million worth of ads, but it still plans to spend $30 million on marketing through Facebook. That story was poor timing for Facebook, which will have its record-breaking IPO this Friday.

For its 2011-2012 Search & Social Survey, Greenlight surveyed 500 people, including students, medical staff, accountants, lawyers, and others, to gain insight about their behavior on Facebook and their sentiments toward the company. On top of finding out 44 percent would never click on display ads, only 3 percent of respondents said they “regularly” clicked a sponsored ad; 10 percent said “often.”


$74 Android Mini Computer

Its pretty amazing to see technology shrink every year and now some Chinese retailers have compressed a miniature computer into the size of a flash drive for the low price of $74. This little PC is packing a 1.5GHz ARM CPU and 512MB of memory and outputs at 1080P. Arstechnica takes a closer look at this mini PC that can run either Linux of Android 4.0 without breaking a sweat.

Chinese retailers have started selling a miniature Linux computer that is housed in a 3.5-inch plastic case slightly larger than a USB thumb drive. Individual units are available online for $74.

The small computer has an AllWinner A10 single-core 1.5GHz ARM CPU, a Mali 400 GPU, and 512MB of RAM. An HDMI port on the exterior allows users to plug the computer into a television. It outputs at 1080p and is said to be capable of playing high-definition video.


Google+ is a lonely place

Lately there has been non-stop talk about Facebook and how many users it has, unfortunately for Google+ the same cannot be said. According to some new stats it looks like Google+'s 170 Million users aren't so active. According to these stats 30% of Google+ users have posted once, and the average lapse between posts is 12 days. Google of course doesn't agree with these stats, but most Google+ users will agree that its not as busy as Facebook and posts get much less attention. BusinessWorld has the details.

Google+ is a lonely place. At least according to a new study that paints the social networking site as a virtual tumbleweed town.

Using information culled from the public timelines of 40,000 randomly selected members, data analysis firm RJMetrics found that the Google+ population, which currently numbers 170 million, is largely disengaged, with user activity rapidly decaying—at least when it comes to public posts.


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