At this point, you're well aware of the "design flaw" affecting Intel's 6-series chipsets for Sandy Bridge. And if you've been keeping up with our related FAQ, you know that SATA ports 0/1 are unaffected by the bug. On Gigabyte boards, these are the two white SATA ports, which are both SATA 3.0. One way to figure out your SATA configuration is to tear off the side panel and take a peek inside, or you can download Gigabyte's new 6 Series SATA Check utility.
Maybe you know Rupert Murdoch as the crotchety old man who shakes an angry fist at the free news model inherent on the Internet. Others know him simply as the CEO of News Corp. Google knows him as the guy who wants to make his sites' links invisible to search. Some of you are probably asking, "Robert who?" Apple iPad owners now know him as the man who brought the first news app designed from the ground up for their magical tablets.
You can now use your iPhone or BlackBerry Tour, Curve, or Storm to order a Frappuccino at Starbucks, or anything else the outfit sells. All you need to do is download the Starbucks Card Mobile app.
"Enter your card number and your device will display a barcode you can use as your Starbucks Card to make purchases," Starbucks explains. "It's fast. It's easy. And it's a revolution in mobile payment."
Starbucks says the Mobile Pay feature is available at more than 7,500 store locations, including all Target Starbucks stores, in the U.S. You can check your local Starbucks by using the Store Locator and using the Mobile Payment filter.
Hope you don't mind a little self-promotion, readers, because GamesRadar (a fellow Future US site) has published their first iPhone app today, and we think it's worth a mention. It's free, it includes 60,000 cheats, guides and walkthroughs for over 8,600 games, it's constantly updated, and (did we mention?) it's FREE.
So if you've got an iPhone and even a passing interest in video games, give it a try. If you've got any feedback about the app, leave a review in the app store, or tell GamesRadar about it directly.
Google on Monday launched a new version of its Google Goggles, this latest release "faster and smarter than ever before." So smart, in fact, that you can now use it to solve Sudoku puzzles.
"Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be a frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle," Google explains. "Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we'll tell you the correct solution."
Other features of the new Goggles 1.3 client include improved barcode scanning and recognition of print ads. If you take a picture of an ad that strikes your fancy, Goggles will return search results about the product or brand, Google says.
It's becoming clear that the geek will inherit the English language. In 2008, Merriam-Webster added "webinar," "fanboy," "malware," "netroots," "pretexting," and other tech terms to the dictionary, and now less than two weeks into 2011, "app" has been selected as the "Word of the Year" by the American Dialect Society, MSNBC reports.
The shortened tech term received 69 votes by linguists in a meeting last Friday in Pittsburgh. "Nom" was also being considered, as were the words "junk," "Wikileaks," and "trend."
"Some years there's a very clear choice," said Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society. "I think this past year there wasn't anything clearly dominant. But there's no question 'app' is a very powerful word."
Some previous winners include "information superhighway" (1993), "tweet" (2010), and "Google" (Word of the Decade).
Microsoft is left with a little egg on its face after a developer spent just six hours cracking the DRM on its Windows Phone 7 platform, DailyTech reports.
The developer attempted the crack for technical blog site WPCentral, but it wasn't malicious in nature. Instead, WPCentral hopes this will help Microsoft improve its busted DRM scheme and has no plans of publishing how the hack works.
"We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration," WPCentral said.
As part of the proof-of-concept hack, the developer was able to create an app called FreeMarketPlace that's capable of downloading any app from Microsoft's WP7 Marketplace and stripping away the DRM. Those apps could then be loaded on an unlocked smartphone or saved to a PC.
Over the next two weeks, Google plans to roll out a new Android Market client to all devices running Android 1.6 or higher, which covers just about everyone. The update brings about a lot of groovy changes, such as a new carousel on the home and category screens, as well as one change that some will view as positively uncool.
"Since most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase, we will reduce the refund window on Market to 15 minutes," Google announced in a blog post. "This change will largely be transparent to buyers, but will help developers manage their businesses more effectively."
Android users have always had a full 24 hours to return an app for a full refund, so shortening the window to just 15 minutes is sure to tick some users off. At the same time, the grass isn't any greener on the Apple side, where iPhone/iPod touch users have to take a leap of faith that the app they're purchasing won't suck.
What do you think about this change? Will it affect your purchasing habits, or is this no big deal?
Oh, Skype. We have you to thank for transforming thousands, of not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people into cheapskates. I say that lovingly, for I, too, dream of a day when I can forever free myself from the confines of a monthly cell phone plan and run into the loving, warm embrace of no-monthly-cost, Skype-based chatting…
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit overdramatic. But it would be silly to think that Skype hasn’t radically transformed the way a lot of people go about their daily lives. In fact, some people do indeed subsist on this service, and this service alone, for all of their phone-based needs. And many more people use Skype to conduct business; to make podcasts; to call loved ones from afar, as is the case with Maximum PC dream date winner Magali and her French family.
In short, Skype is kind of a big deal. You know it, I know it, but… the one thing that you likely don’t know off the top of your head is all the different ways you can maximize your VoIP-chatting experience through the use of third-party Skype add-ons, software tweaks, and more! That’s what we’ll be covering in this comprehensive tips guide: Making Skype awesome.
If you're under the legal age for sexual intercourse in your state, then this post is irrelevant to you because you're practicing abstinence, right? Of course you are, now scurry along. For everyone else, there's a new app designed to help you from being caught with your pants down unprepared.
It's called iCondom, and while it doesn't dispense prophylactics from your iPhone, it does show you a list of the 10 nearest condom dispensers, address and all. It even shows you the price, because we all know that's exactly what's on your mind when you're about to get intimate.
There are a few caveats. For one, you'll need a partner to make something like this worthwhile. Secondly, it's only available for the iPhone (sorry Android users). And finally, the app knows the locations of dispensers in just a few areas, including New York City, Washington D.C., Paris, and Marselle.