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News Archives for August 2007

OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 04:38AM
Author: Nemo

Tech-Talk With GIGABYTE Marketing VP @ motherboards.org
Graphics Card Repair Guide Part 2 Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
Logitech VX Nano Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
Antec Sonata III Mini Tower @ Techgage
Ultra Products X-Blaster Mid-Tower Case @ PC Apex
Lost Planet Performance and DX10 @ [H]ardocp


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OCC News: Logitech Announces Two New PC Gaming Products

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 07:13AM
Author: Nemo

OverclockersClub -

Logitech today introduced the newest addition to its line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming – the G9 Lase Mouse.  The Logitech® G9 Laser Mouse takes customization to the next level, allowing gamers to modify nearly every part of the G9 mouse for the best personal fit, feel and performance.  Logitech also unveiled an upgrade to its G15 Gaming Keyboard – now with native support from the most popular games for its exclusive GamePanel™ LCD screen, a backlighted 160 by 43 pixel screen that gives gamers critical information during game play. The new G9 is a corded mouse offers gamers interchangeable grips, on-the-fly DPI switching ranging from 200 DPI to 3200 DPI, full-speed USB laser tracking, an onboard-memory profiling system, weight tuning, a custom-color LED and Logitech's exclusive hyper-fast MicroGear™ Precision Scroll Wheel.  The upgraded G15 Gaming Keyboard offers built-in support for popular games via its integrated LCD panel.  Native support for World of Warcraft, Battlefield 2142 and Quake Wars is included. In addition, the G15 keyboard includes a public software development kit (SDK), which allows gamers to program any game to leverage GamePanel for better performance.


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News: Apple updates iPhone, beats researchers' deadline

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 11:15AM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld -

Apple released a patch today that fixes a set of five different bugs in the iPhone related to browsing.  They were under the gun to post the fixes ahead of a deadline imposed by researchers who were poised to release additional details on the vulernability tomorrow at the Blach Hat conference currently underway in Las Vegas.  There are also reports that the patch fixes more than just bugs in the software.  Apparently, the patch checks for any changes in the phone's firmware.  If any changes are detected, such as those made to hack the phone, the update wipes the phone and reinstalls the updated firware thus erasing any modifications made by the user. - Nemo *News Editor*

"All five bugs are related to browsing, and include cross-site scripting and address-spoofing vulnerabilities. The two most dangerous vulnerabilities -- one in Safari, one in WebKit -- could be used by hackers to execute attack code on a vulnerable iPhone and possibly hijack the device. Although Apple does not rate vulnerabilities as Microsoft Corp. and other companies do, both of these bugs would rank as 'critical' on most vendors' threat scales."


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News: Sony to show Cell-based computing board

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 12:18PM
Author: Nemo

InfoWorld -

There was a lot of speculation on how the Cell processor would perform as a standalone computing device when the chip was announced two years ago by IBM, Sony and Toshiba.  The most prevalent use of the chip, of course, is in Sony's PS3 console.  Besides gaming, the PS3 has prooved to be a phenomal asset to the Folding@Home project.  IBM has announced its Roadrunner supercomputer project based on the Cell processor as well.  Now Sony is slated to demonstrate a Cell-based computer board next week at SIGGRAPH. - Nemo *News Editor*

"The "Cell Computing Board" prototype, which is small enough to be mounted into a 1U-size server for a 19-inch rack mount, combines the Cell Broadband Engine microprocessor and RSX graphics processor. This pairing results in a high-power computing platform that goes beyond the power of the Cell chip alone, said Sony. The company did not disclose precise performance data for the board."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 12:29PM
Author: Nemo

Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22inch Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Integrated Webcam @ Tweaknews.net
AluBoxDuo LAN @ Bjorn3D
X-Arcade Tankstick @ 3dGameMan
Commadore XX Gaming PC @ bit-tech.net
XCLIO Windtunnel Case @ RBMods


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OCC News: Foxconn Gladiator BIOS Sneak Preview

Posted: August 1, 2007 @ time: 10:51PM
Author: Nemo

OverclockersClub -

It was only two months ago that we reported on Foxconn's release of two new motherboards based on Intel's P35 (Bearlake) chipset - OCC News Post. Foxconn released these boards in early June in time to showcase them at Computex 2007. Foxconn offered these boards as part of their Core3 series of motherboards that stress greater reliability, usability and connectivity. Foxconn is will be offering a new tweaked and tuned board in this series targeted directly at the enthusiast market. Also based on Intel's P35 chipset, the new board will be called the MARS board, named after the Roman god of war. New to this board is Foxconn's Gladiator BIOS. While it is still too early for a full release of the specifications and features of the board, Foxconn has provided a sneak peak at one area of the Gladiator BIOS - the extensive voltage control options. - Nemo *News Editor*

"The Foxconn MARS motherboard is based on the Intel P35 chipset, and has been specially engineered for overclocking. Launching in September, it includes Gladiator BIOS – the most advanced and overclocking-friendly BIOS ever developed by Foxconn."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: August 2, 2007 @ time: 07:05AM
Author: Nemo

August ShoppingList @ PCSTATS
SilverStone SG03 SFF Case @ 3dGameMan
Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme @ Overclockers Online
Mario Party 8 @ Bona Fide Reviews
C2D E6750 Review and Overclocking: 3.8GHz on Air @ Neoseeker
Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD Motherboard @ Virtual-Hideout


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News: Microsoft To Trial Ad-Supported Works Package

Posted: August 2, 2007 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: jammin

BBC News - Microsoft has announced that it will be trialling a free (albeit ad-supported) version of its Works office package, due to debut with version 9.0, which should be launched by the end of the year. Seeing as there is more and more free or open source software out there which can do similar things to MS Office software, it should be interesting to see whether this proves a viable strategy for the company. The idea of adverts being displayed while working on documents doesn't really appeal to me. - jammin *News Editor*

"Microsoft has not said which PC makers it is working with on the project who will pre-install the ad-supported copies of Works. The software company said the trial would run until mid-2008 and was being run to find out if it can generate enough cash to support such a service. The usual retail price of Works in the US is $39.99 (£20). Microsoft has faced increasing competition in recent years as rivals produce free versions of business software that can be downloaded or used online."


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News: PS3 Will Get DVR In 2008

Posted: August 2, 2007 @ time: 08:50AM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Well, at least in New Zealand it apparently will, as Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand head of marketing Warwick Light recently talked about. The PS3 certainly has the potential to integrate such functions if given the necessary add ons, and it would fit in with Sony's idea of the console as an all singing, all dancing media machine. I can imagine even the 80GB HDD version of the console would start to look a little lacking once you started packing video onto it though - jammin *News Editor*

"Although Sony may release different functions according to region, it’s no secret that the PlayStation 3 is an extremely versatile media hub. As of firmware version 1.80, the PlayStation 3 is a Digital Living Networked Alliance (DLNA)-compatible device, allowing it to stream media.Light describes this new feature as “sort of a sharing format between compatible networked devices. It means I can have my laptop, and my PS3 can wirelessly detect movies, or music, or pictures stored on it and stream it to my TV. That content will appear on the PS3's X-media bar.”


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OCC News: Corsair Introduces VX Series PSUs

Posted: August 2, 2007 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: jammin

OverclockersClub - Having a particular interest in power supplies means that I am very interested to see new releases from companies with good track records. Corsair have only previously released two PSU models, but they have proved to be very popular and have won admiration from many consumers and reviewers. Corsair recently announced the release of its new VX series PSUs for the mainstream market. It will be interesting to see if these models continue to maintain the reputation Corsair has built for itself. - jammin *News Editor*

"Most component manufactures seem to have some kind of PSU line these days, other notable memory providers such as OCZ and Mushkin both provide such products and Corsair itself released its HX series of PSUs some time ago. The HX series (which included 520W and 620W units) has proved very successful, gaining a good reputation, notably for being quieter than most other PSUs available. The VX series supplies continue the same aesthetic, which would seem to suggest Corsair has continued to use Seasonic as its manufacturing partner. The new PSUs are aimed more at the mainstream buyer and come in with 450W and 550W ratings and Corsair is claiming these units are highly efficient and ultra-quiet."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 2, 2007 @ time: 10:43AM
Author: Nemo

Revoltec Rhodium @ bit-tech.net
Puget Systems Liquid Cooled Gaming Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Corsair DDR3 Product Preview @ [H]ardocp
Aztech Modem Bad Flash Recovery Guide Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
Heatsink Group Test - August 2007 @ bit-tech.net


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Morning Edition

Posted: August 3, 2007 @ time: 05:01AM
Author: Nemo

Gateway MT3705 Intel Duo Core Budget Laptop @ Madshrimps
LaCie D2 Extreme 320GB External Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Samsung Digimax S700 Digital Camera Review @ Madshrimps
Coolermaster Vortex 752 Cpu Cooler @ RBMods
Nesteq Nova 600W External PSU @ bit-tech.net

 


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News: NASA to probe Mars

Posted: August 4, 2007 @ time: 06:03AM
Author: oldfett

CNN -

Is there really water on Mars? Did life really exist on Mars? NASA hopes to find and explain this and more in its latest expedition to the red planet. The probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 5:26 this morning and is expected to touch down May 25, 2008. I can only express relief in that we are probing Mars and not Uranus. - oldfett *News Editor*

A robotic dirt and ice digger blasted off Saturday on a 422 million-mile journey to Mars that NASA hopes will culminate next spring in the first landing within the red planet's arctic circle. The unmanned Delta II rocket carrying the Phoenix Mars Lander rose from its seaside pad at 5:26 a.m., exactly on time, and hurtled through the clear moonlit sky.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: August 6, 2007 @ time: 05:15AM
Author: Nemo

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad CrossFire Edition @ [H]ardocp
How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap @ PCSTATS
Ultra X3 1600W Modular Power Supply @ 3dGameMan
StarCraft 2 Screenshots @ ThinkGaming.org
ASRock 4Core1333-FullHD HTPC Motherboard @ Virtual-Hideout
Hard Drive Buying Guide @ Tech ARP
Antec Nine Hundred Case @ GideonTech
Red Steel for Nintendo Wii @ Bona Fide Reviews


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News: Linux on Lenovo Laptops

Posted: August 6, 2007 @ time: 12:00PM
Author: jammin

BBC News - Lenovo will soon be offering Linux as a option on its laptops. This follows earlier Linux adoption by Dell, who has been selling PCs with a Linux OS pre-installed for a little while now. As more companies go down this route, the user base for Linux may expand. Analysts believe that about 6% of users run the OS, in a market which is obviously dominated by Microsoft. - jammin *News Editor*

"Linux was first released to the public almost 16 years ago and was developed by Linus Torvalds, who wanted to create a non-commercial alternative to an operating system used in many universities. Linux can be freely distributed, modified and used by anyone who wants it. It is predominantly used to power web servers and while its growth on desktop computers has been limited to technology specialists, its adoption by Lenovo and Dell points to wider acceptance."


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News: "Penryn" More Than Just A Die Shrink

Posted: August 6, 2007 @ time: 12:12PM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Intel's Penryn family of processors is set for release some time next quarter, with the aim no doubt, being to one-up AMDs Barcelona release (if it even needs to do that). There is more to Penryn than just a move to the 45nm process though, with Intel releasing details of the extra tweaks that have been made to the architecture. Technologies that were introduced with Conroe get improvements, notably with the addition of SSE4. - jammin *News Editor*

"New to the Advanced Digital Media Boost technology is the inclusion of a new Intel SSE4 instruction set. SSE4 introduces 47 new instructions to improve performance of video accelerators, graphics building blocks and streaming load. Intel claims a 2x performance gain in video acceleration tasks. There are 14 new instructions for video accelerator performance enhancement. Intel improves compiler auto-vectorization performance with 32 new instructions.Intel expects SSE4 optimizations to deliver performance improvements in video authoring, imagine, graphics, video search, off-chip accelerators, gaming and physics applications."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 6, 2007 @ time: 12:35PM
Author: Nemo

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Overclocking @ 3dGameMan
Revoltec Zirconium RT-101 ATX Case @ Madshrimps
Guide: Wireless Synchronization Between Your PC & HTPC @ ExtremeMHz
Super Talent 2GB 200x USB Flash Drive @ Virtual-Hideout
ASUS Blitz Forumla Motherboard @ [H]ardocp
Logitech Wave Cordless Desktop @ XYZ Computing


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 7, 2007 @ time: 04:51AM
Author: Nemo

Gigabyte V-Power Videocard Heatpipe Cooler @ Tweaknews.net
FightBoard Advanced @ Bjorn3D
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword @ bit-tech.net
Cellphone Emergency Charger by Eksitdata @ RBMods
Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure @ Viper Lair


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 8, 2007 @ time: 05:05AM
Author: Nemo

Installing Windows Vista For N00bs Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
The Bigs @ Game Apex
Sunbeamtech 3D Storm ATX Case @ Madshrimps
iRiver e10 6GB MP3 Player @ ThinkComputers.org
Logisys T-Coupe Mouse @ Techgage
LapWorks Futura Laptop Desk & Desktop Stand @ Virtual-Hideout


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 02:18AM
Author: Nemo

ASUS Blitz Extreme Motherboard @ [H]ardocp
Ultra Products X3 1000W Modular Power Supply @ PC Apex
Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Case @ 3dGameMan
Transformers: The Game @ Game Apex
Big Brain Academy Wii Degree @ Bona Fide Reviews
BFG 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB @ Neoseeker
ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard @ Virtual-Hideout


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News: Xbox 360 Price Cuts Made Official

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 04:53AM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - The speculation and leaked ads have been doing the rounds for a while now. In fact, ever since the PS3 got a price cut it has been predicted Microsoft would follow suit with its console. When there is that much talk, it often turns out to be true. MS put us all out of our misery yesterday when it made the Xbox 360 price cuts official. - jammin *News Editor*

"Microsoft officially announced the price drops for the three existing Xbox 360 SKUs. Beginning August 8, the Elite, Premium and Core will carry an MSRP of $449.99, $349.99 and $279.99 respectively. In addition, the previously announced Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition Console will be priced at $399.99 when it hits store shelves in September. The Halo 3-themed Xbox 360 features an HDMI port like the more expensive Elite and an "authentic Spartan green-and-gold finish." Microsoft also notes that the console will come with a Play and Charge kit."


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News: Blockbuster Buys Movielink

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 05:08AM
Author: jammin

Engagdet - The legal movie download market is still pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but the industry seems to be backing the idea even if it's only to try and avoid the widespread illegal downloading the music industry has faced. So rental company Blockbuster have snapped up download service Movielink, and will continue to operate it independently for now at least. You can probably expect elements of the service to pop up on Blockbusters site at some point the future too. - jammin *News Editor*

"We heard it was going to happen, and it did: Blockbuster bought Movielink for an undisclosed sum, surely to compliment its online offerings to better compete with arch-nemesis Netflix in the internet movie distribution game. And surely if it did sell for the piddly $50 mil figure being tossed around before, the barrier to this entry is just a drop in the bucket for the big blue movie rental giant."


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News: Xbox 360 Premium - Now With HDMI

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 05:17AM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - More good news for those considering buying a new Xbox 360 this week. As well as the recent announcement of the price cuts across the board, it seems that the Premium version of the console will now be shipping with an HDMI port. With the number of people owning HDTVs growing everyday (and the fact HDMI is generally the connection of choice), this is more of an expected revision than an added bonus. - jammin *News Editor*

"HDMI was first introduced on the Xbox 360 Elite in late April. That console came with a black finish and a 120GB HDD instead of the 20GB included on the Premium. A Microsoft represenative confirmed to Kotaku that the Xbox 360 Premium is indeed now shipping with an HDMI port. "Yes, we are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another choice in Xbox 360 owners' games and entertainment experience. Retailers are gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the channel to meet demand."


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News: So That's What The New iMac Looks Like

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 05:31AM
Author: jammin

Engadget - Apple unveiled its new iMac officially on Tuesday and the guys over at Engadget have already got their grubby little hands on one. Despite a few little niggles they seem to think Apple did a pretty good job on the new look. I would tend to agree with them on that as well. The new model makes the older white iMac look fat and dated in comparison. If you want a computer that looks good, it is hard to do much better. - jammin *News Editor*

"Our spankin' new fully-loaded 24-inch fourth gen iMac just arrived via FedEx, so for those that can't get enough of the most aluminum and glass clad Apple PC to date, we've got a ton of pics for you to pore over. Some first impressions on the device: The friendly, white packaging betrays the slick sense of style of the machine inside; Its 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and full-size drive is way snappy -- the machine boots from cold to desktop in 26 seconds....."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 02:11PM
Author: Nemo

OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Edition @ RBMods
Kworld PlusTV Dual DVB-T PCI-Express TV card @ bit-tech.net
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition @ Bjorn3D
PDA Vs. Paper : Fight! @ Tech ARP
ViewSonic VX2835wm 28 Inch LCD Display @ XYZ Computing


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OCC News: Halo 3 Becomes Fastest-Selling Pre-Ordered Video Game in History

Posted: August 9, 2007 @ time: 09:31PM
Author: Nemo

All hail to the chief, or should I say the Master Chief?  Unless you've been hiding under a rock, most of you know what I'm referring to.  Microsoft is slated to release the final installation in its Halo trilogy, Halo 3, on September 25.  Microsoft announced today that pre-orders for the Xbox 360 exclsuive game have gone past the 1 million mark.  The game will be released in 3 different flavors - Standard, Limited and Legendary.  Copies of the collectible Legendary may even well sell out before the game launch date.  Retailers such as GameStop and Best Buy have indicated that presales for Halo 3 have been the fastest in video game history.  In case the rest of the world hasn't heard, Microsoft is also parterning with several brands such as Mountain Dew, 7-Eleven, Pontiac, Comcast and Burger King to further promote the game.  PepsiCo's Mountain Dew brand is even co-branding a limited edition drink, Game Fuel, to go along with Halo 3's launch.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Morning Edition

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 02:02AM
Author: jammin

Alienware Area-51 7500 Desktop @ ThinkComputers.org
ASRock ALIVENF7G-HDREADY/M/ASR Geforce 7050 Motherboard @ PCStats
Targus Desktop USB 2.0 4-port hub @ Motherboards.org
SanDisk Cruzer Contour USB drive @ DVHardware.net
Biostar TF7050-M2 @ bit-tech.net
Logitech V220 Cordless Notebook Mouse @ DVHArdware
CoolerMaster Cosmos Case @ DVHardware


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News: PCI Express 3.0 Details

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 01:27PM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Now I know that PCIe 2.0 is hardly upon us yet, but that hasn't stopped the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) from drafting up the details for the next stage in the evolution of the standard. PCIe 3.0 will double the transfer rate of the 2.0 spec, bringing it to 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s - don't ask me to put that into a measurement you'll understand). The Group are also pushing to have new protocol extensions included to increase efficiency and power management. The good news is that it will remain backwards compatible with previous PCIe devices. Don't expect to see it getting out there for a while yet (2010-2011 is the figure quoted at the moment). - jammin *News Editor*

"PCIe 3.0 remains in development and isn’t slated for finalization until 2009. The group doesn’t expect industry adoption of the upcoming standard until 2H 2010-2011 timeframe, according to Yanes. The group is unsure which companies will support the upcoming PCIe 3.0 specification, but hints there are 900 companies that are part the PCI-SIG group that push the technology. “Graphics has been a strong proponent of PCI Express, they've always lead the charge of adopting a new generation,” Yanes said. “There's no reason to think this is any different. We certainly think graphic vendors will be a strong supporter with PCIe 3.0,” he added."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 01:32PM
Author: jammin

Lian-Li PC-A70 ATX Case @ Virtual-Hideout.net
SilverStone CW02 HTPC Case @ 3DGameman
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H AMD 690G Motherboard @ PCStats
Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 vs E6300 @ Madshrimps.be
Gigabyte 8500GT TurboForce @ Bjorn3D


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News: Universal To Trial DRM-Free Tracks, But Not On iTunes

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 01:40PM
Author: jammin

BBC News - You are unlikely to find many consumers who are fans of DRM (digital rights management) and many companies seem to be coming round to the idea of allowing their music out there without the usual copy protection. Universal is the latest to announce they will be opting to provide DRM-free music, albeit for a trial period only. The trial also notably excludes Apple's iTunes music store, which just happens to be the third largest music retailer in the US. - jammin *News Editor*

"Most major recording studios insist music sellers use DRM technology to curb online piracy. Universal artists include 50 Cent, the Black Eyed Peas, and Amy Winehouse. Universal said: "The experiment will run from August to January and analyze such factors as consumer demand, price sensitivity and piracy in regards to the availability of open MP3s." Retailers including Google, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.com, will participate in the DRM-free trial, Universal said."


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News: Toshiba Recalls More Sony Batteries

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 01:52PM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Recalls on Sony batteries have been going on for a while now, but with no news on the story recently. Until now that is, as Toshiba has issued a recall of batteries in laptops using Sony made cells. Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7 models built between January and April of 2006 are potentially affected. So if you think you may have one of the potentially faulty batteries in your Toshiba, check it out and get in touch with them if you do. - jammin *News Editor*

"The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Toshiba has received three reports outside of the United States of notebook batteries overheating, but no injuries have been reported. The CPSC suggests that consumers should stop using the recalled batteries and contact Toshiba to receive a free replacement battery. Consumers can continue to use the notebook computers safely, by turning the system off, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received. Consumers should use only batteries obtained from Toshiba or from an authorized Toshiba reseller."


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News: Fujitsu Technology Could Triple HDD Capacity

Posted: August 10, 2007 @ time: 02:16PM
Author: jammin

BetaNews - There always seems to be some story going around about storage media and how a new technology will allow ever higher densities of storage. Fujitsu has been talking recently about some of its technology, which involves using nano-scale structures to cram more data onto a hard drive platter. Of course, actual products are what most people are interested in. That being the case, Fujitsu are saying to expect 2.5" and 3.5" drives with three times the capacity of current models in three years. Pretty much in line with previous increases then I guess. - jammin *News Editor*

"The solution Fujitsu engineers came up with is in a sense anything but novel, and proof positive that Edison had the right idea a century ago. First, they create a mold of the inverse of the surface of their nanoscale HDDs, and into this mold they inscribe grooves. If you've ever played a vinyl record album...yes, that kind of groove, except just not spiral. Its pitch is just 45 nm wide, which is perfect for the spot size of the guiding laser Fujitsu has in mind. This "land groove mold" is then imprinted onto the HDD surface, with the embossed areas carving little notches, like in a potato garden, where pits can be planted and grown."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Saturday Edition

Posted: August 11, 2007 @ time: 11:04AM
Author: Nemo

Antec NP-100 Notebook Power Adapter @ DVHardware.net
X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610 Video Player @ PC Apex
Syfer Laptop Alarm @ Tech ARP
Ultra X3 800W and 1000W @ Overclockers Online
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 3.4 @ Tech ARP


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: August 12, 2007 @ time: 11:30PM
Author: Nemo

Kingston HyperX PC3-11000 DDR3 Memory Kit @ Virtual-Hideout
Hiper Type-R 530W Power Supply @ PC Apex
Innodisk 8GB USB Flash Drive - Smallest Is Finally Challenged @ ExtremeMHz
Gigabyte 8600GTS 256MB Silent Pipe 3 @ Techgage
Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers.org


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 13, 2007 @ time: 02:31PM
Author: Nemo

NVIDIA Mid Range 8600 GT vs 7600 GT Performance Comparison @ Madshrimps
GIGABYTE GT-U8000-RH digital TV Tuner @ TweakTown
Revoltec Zirconium PC Case @ Bjorn3D
Silent GeForce 8600 GT and 8600 GTS @ [H]ardocp
Taskbar Shuffle @ Tech ARP
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H Geforce 8500GT Videocard @ PCSTATS
Super Talent 1GB, 2GB & 4GB USB Flash Memory Drives @ PCSTATS


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 14, 2007 @ time: 05:19AM
Author: Nemo

Radeon HD 2600 XT vs. GeForce 8600 GT @ bit-tech.net
Arctic Cooling MX2 Thermal Compound @ RBMods
SteelSeries QcK Mousepad @ DV Hardware
Wii Board - What are the possibilities? @ Bonafide Reviews
Vantec EZ Swap EX & NexStar SX 2.5" Hard-Drive Enclosures @ Techgage


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OCC News: Antec Launches VERIS Media Components

Posted: August 14, 2007 @ time: 05:39PM
Author: Nemo

OverclockersClub -

Antec today announced two new additions to its Veris line of home media components. The new additions include the Fusion Black 430 and the A/V Cooler. The Fusion Black 430 is Antec's latest home theater PC enclosure. The new unit is an upgrade to the original Fusion media center case and includes a Windows MCE and Vista compatible IR receiver and remote control. The A/V Cooler is new and is designed to designed to keep A/V components cool and to prevent hot air from rising and damaging components stacked on top of each other.

"As more and more people pursue the digital lifestyle, Antec allows users to move their PCs to the living room to create and customize attractive home multimedia systems," said Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec. "The VERIS line of media components appeals not only to those who want to integrate computers into their living room, but also to the wider group who are interested in maintaining and upgrading their existing entertainment systems."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 14, 2007 @ time: 10:05PM
Author: Nemo

OCZ StealthXStream 600W Power Supply @ 3dGameMan.com
Corsair VX450W PSU @ [H]ardocp
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 3.5 @ Tech ARP
ATI Catalyst 7.8 Performance Analysis @ TweakTown
Antec Sonata III ATX Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
BAPCo's SYSmark 2007 Doesn't Work @ motherboards.org


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 15, 2007 @ time: 05:33PM
Author: Nemo

Nigerian 419 SCAM: Now the Music Video!?  @ PCSTATS
Samsung YP-K3 2GB MP3 Player @ Techgage
In Win Mountain Jade HTPC Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Cascading the Nautilus 500 @ Bjorn3D
Thermaltake Kandalf LCS Case @ ModTheBox
Swiftech H20-120 Compact Water Cooling @ 3dGameMan


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: August 16, 2007 @ time: 05:55AM
Author: Nemo

Synology DS207 2-Bay NAS Server @ Techgage
Thermaltake WingRS 101 Mid Tower Computer Case @ Tweaknews.net
Ideazon Fang Gamepad @ PC Apex
Thermaltake MaxOrb and V1 CPU Coolers @ bit-tech.net
Antec Sonata III @ metku.net


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 16, 2007 @ time: 04:31PM
Author: Nemo

Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler @ OCModShop
Jetway 966PDAG-PB Budget S775 Motherboard @ Madshrimps
GIGABYTE P35T-DQ6 (DDR3) @ TweakTown
CoolerMaster Vortex 752 @ Overclockers Online
Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi DSLR Camera @ Madshrimps


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Morning Edition

Posted: August 17, 2007 @ time: 04:12AM
Author: Nemo

Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core @ Techgage
Sunbeam Freezing Storm PC Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Four Low-Light 1/4'' Color CCD Cameras @ Virtual-Hideout
Zalman Multi Fan Controller ZM-MFC2 @ PC Apex
ASRock ConRoe 1333-DVI/H and Intel E2140 Budget System @ Madshrimps


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 17, 2007 @ time: 05:34PM
Author: Nemo

SimpleTech SimpleDrive @ Bjorn3D
AMD Barcelona : To Launch Or Not To Launch? @ Tech ARP
Memoirs Of A 2900XT CrossFire System @ motherboards.org
Samsung BDP-1200 Blu-Ray Player @ Accelenation
Moneual MonCaso 932 HTPC Case @ 3dGameMan


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OCC News: AMD Announces Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition

Posted: August 19, 2007 @ time: 10:49PM
Author: Nemo

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As we wait on AMD's new Barcelona and Phenom processor offerings, AMD is extending its existing lineup by announcing a new member of the Athlon 64 family - the Athlon 64 dual-core 6400+ "Black Edition" processor.  Clocked at 3.2GHz, the 6400+ is AMD's latest addition to its socket AM2 processor lineup.  The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ is built using a 90nm silicon-on-insulator process and feautures a single HyperTransport link and a shared integrated 128-bit wide memory controller (up to 12.8GB/sec bandwidth).  The Black Edition is expected to be available August 20, 2007 at an expected price of $239 US in lots of 1000.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: August 19, 2007 @ time: 10:58PM
Author: Nemo

Overclocking the G0 SLACR Q6600 to 4GHz @ TweakTown
DIY Camera Backpack Guide Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
Cooler Master Real Power M700 PSU @ TweakTown
Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave @ Techgage
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0: An Overclocker's Dream @ ExtremeMHz


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 20, 2007 @ time: 03:57PM
Author: Nemo

Vantec USB External 5.1 Audio Adapter @ Virtual-Hideout
Logitech X-240 2.1 Speaker System @ ThinkComputers.org
ASUS Blitz Formula @ Bjorn3D
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor @ PCSTATS
Eagle Tech Consus W-Series 3.5" USB External HDD Enclosure @ Madshrimps
Intel 45 nm Processors To Hit The Market Soon @ Tech ARP
BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Works? @ [H]ardocp
ThinkPad T61p Review @ XYZ Computing
iON EC-2 Aluminum ATX Media Center/HTPC Desktop Case Review @ Madshrimps


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OCC News: DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Choose HD DVD

Posted: August 20, 2007 @ time: 04:26PM
Author: Nemo

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The HD DVD Blu-Ray war took an interesting twist today as Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced they are settling on HD DVD exclusively for their new releases.  Paramount had previously released titles in both formats but decided to move to HD DVD exclusively based on the decision that that format offered better quality and  lower-priced players and reduced manufacturing costs.  That means that you'll be only able to get  "Blades of Glory", "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third" on HD DVD when they're released this fall.

"So far, most of the major Hollywood studios are selling Blu-Ray titles, and HD DVD sales have lagged. But some HD DVD supporters hope to broaden their appeal to consumers based on cost. The lowest-priced, stand-alone HD DVD player sells for $299, compared with $499 for the lowest-cost Blu-Ray option."


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 21, 2007 @ time: 04:56AM
Author: Nemo

MSI K9N4 SLI Motherboard @ RBMods
HIS Radeon HD 2600 XT IceQ Turbo GDDR3 @ bit-tech
Intel's E2140 & E2160 @ Neoseeoker
SOYO DYLM24D6 24" LCD Monitor @ 3dGameMan
Sparkle Calibre P850+ 8500GT 512MB @ Techgage
Antec P182 Performance One Elite Computer Case @ Tweaknews.net


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: August 21, 2007 @ time: 11:02AM
Author: Nemo

DFI Infinity P35 Blood-Iron Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard @ PCSTATS
Sunbeam Quarterback Case @ 3dGameMan
Creating A WinPE 2.0 Bootable USB Key @ Tech ARP
XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX Edition @ [H]ardocp
BioShock Gameplay @ bit-tech


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: August 22, 2007 @ time: 04:39AM
Author: Nemo

Corsair Survivor 8GB Flash Drive @ GideonTech
LG GSA-H62N SATA Dual Layer DVD-Writer @ PCSTATS
Silverstone Temjin TJ10 Tower Chassis @ ExtremeMHz
SilverStone Fan Compendium @ Overclockers Online
iOne Scorpius N2T Wireless Keyboard @ ThinkComputers.org
Zerotherm ZT-100 High Performance Thermal Grease @ Tweaknews.net
ASRock Conroe1333 eSATA2 - Crossfire @ TweakTown
Kingston 2GB PC2-6400 CL3 @ Techgage
QNAP TS-109 Pro @ Bjorn3D


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