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News Archives for November 2007

Folding@Home Recognized by Guinness World Records

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 07:50AM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - Folding @ Home is finally going into the Guinness World Records book. Folding @ Home is now the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world used to study complex medical problems, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's much more quickly. Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and head of the Folding@home project says, "Without them [the Folding@Home users] we would not be able to make the advancements we have made in our studies of several different diseases." Now that Guinness has recognized the system, it can proudly stand next to luminaries such as the man with the longest fingernails, and fastest land animal. OCC has it's very own Folding @ Home Team, more info can be found by clicking here.


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FCC Votes To Ban Exclusive Apartment-Cable Deals

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 08:20AM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to ban exclusive contracts between apartment and condominium owners and the cable television providers. The move will give apartment and condominium dwellers a greater choice of pay television services, instead of being locked in to one provider. "There is no reason that consumers living in apartment buildings should be locked into one service provider," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a statement.


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HD DVD Player to Break $100 Mark on Friday

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 08:47AM
Author: road-runner

DailyTech - Are you in the market for a cheap HD DVD player, or shopping for the Holiday Season? Walmart the largest grocery retailer in the United States is advertising the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for just $98 this Friday (November 2) while supplies last. The player may be an outdated product, but for that price it would be a great Holiday gift.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: kingdingeling

It's the time of day again for the hardware roundup. Starting over at TechARP, we have an update of the results for their x264 video encoding benchmark, but also an editorial about whether 64-bit Crysis is faster than it's 32-bit variant. The [OC]ModShop has posted an article about how media center PCs never have enough storage, a 'problem' known to many PC users these days. Going with storage, in case you are a laptop user and can't get enough of it, check out Western Digital's Scorpio 250GB being reviewed over at TweakTown. Moving onto cases, TweakTown also has the Thermaltake SopranoRS 101 and WingRS 100 on the review bench. Techgage also has the SilverStone Kublai KL01 Mid-Tower Case in testing. If you need a smaller HTPC case, the Virtual-Hideout might have the right case for you with it's review of the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Case. [H]ardOCP has a only-DDR3 motherboard in the testing system, the Asus P5E3 Deluxe, which is another addition to Asus' popular P5-series. As a PSU to go with that board, you could consider the Coolmax CUQ-1200B 1200W Power Supply, reviewed by PCStats.

- Coolmax CUQ-1200B 1200W Power Supply @ PCStats
- Never Enough Storage for a Media Center @ [OC]ModShop
- SilverStone Kublai KL01 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Techgage
- Western Digital Scorpio 250GB 2.5" HDD Review @ TweakTown
- Thermaltake SopranoRS 101 & WingRS 100 Review @ TweakTown
- Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- ASUS P5E3 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ [H]ardOCP
- ED#66 : Is 64-Bit Crysis Really Faster Than 32-Bit Crysis? @ TechARP
- x264 Benchmark Results Updated @ TechARP


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Microsoft Steps Up Pursuit of Software Pirates

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 11:48AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Microsoft announced Wednesday in its continued effort to stop piracy, and people from using pirated versions of its software it has filed 20 more lawsuits. Microsoft has launched a Web site, and also stated that it has filed the additional 20 lawsuits against people in 13 states. The states include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia, Microsoft said it has been systematically investigating and filing lawsuits over the past two years against individuals or companies it believes is illegally counterfeit or pirated versions of its software. Company's included so far are F.A.R., Bisdex and Computer America in Alabama; Ben's Hobby Computers and Ram Computers in Georgia; Cyber Cycle in Illinois; TNT Auto Glass and Computer Repair in Mississippi; and Puterology in New York.


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President Bush Signs Internet Tax Freedom Act

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 12:00PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - It's final, President Bush signed H.R. 3678, the "Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendment Acts of 2007," into law this week. The law prohibits multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce until Nov. 1, 2014. Congress voted unanimously in favor of the extension Tuesday. Bush signed it into law Wednesday. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) praised the last-minute move. Roger Cochetti, group director of U.S. Public Policy for CompTIA, said in a statement. "Congress's decision to extend the moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple or discriminatory taxes on internet sales for an unprecedented seven years signals this Congress' firm belief that the Internet is priceless engine for economic, social and civic advancement in the United States that must not be burdened with discriminatory and abusive tax schemes."


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FCC Urged to Stop Comcast Internet blocking

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 12:29PM
Author: road-runner

C|Net - Today the SavetheInternet.com Coalition and Internet scholars from Harvard, Yale and Stanford law schools filed a petition and complaint with the (FCC) Federal Communications Commission against ISP Comcast for blocking some peer-to-peer traffic. The Associated Press ran some tests and concluded that Comcast is blocking several peer-to-peer file sharing networks, BitTorrent to name one. There have been several other complaints from Comcast users, that their BitTorrent content has been blocked also. Of course Comcast denies that it is blocking any BitTorrent or any other kind of traffic. "Last year, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and opponents of Net Neutrality told Congress that the FCC has all the authority it needs to prevent exactly this sort of customer abuse by a major provider," Harold Feld, senior vice president of Media Access Project said in a statement. "Now we come to the acid test. Will the FCC, which vowed to protect our freedom to run the applications of our choice, stand up for citizens in the face of Comcast?"


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Linux PC Hits Shelves at Wal-Mart For $199

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 03:51PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - It's not a Gaming PC but if are you looking for a cheap PC just to browse the web, check email, other computing tasks, or maybe a Holiday gift then this might be the ticket. Everex a Taiwanese based PC maker and Wal-Mart have teamed up to bring you this cheap PC. The Everex TC2502 Green gPC features a Linux variant operating system, a 1.5GHz CPU manufactured by Intel's clone maker Via Technologies, an 80Gb hard drive, 512Mb of DDR2 RAM, stereo speakers and a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for $199.


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CoolIT Systems Unleashes the Boreas CPU/GPU Cooler

Posted: November 1, 2007 @ time: 05:11PM
Author: road-runner

CoolIT Systems - CoolIT Systems announced today a new addition to there high performance liquid cooling system, dubbed Boreas. Boreas is based on CoolIT's patented MTEC liquid cooling technology, and features 12 Thermoelectric Coolers(TECs) which is capable of cooling all of your computers components. This is a first for CoolIT to offer any MTEC Chiller for the DIY enthusiast to build and fill themselves. The Boreas is available now from CoolIT Systems starting at $450, and can be customized with multiple CPU/GPU configurations.


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Apple Releases Fix For iMacs That Freeze Up

Posted: November 2, 2007 @ time: 01:21PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - Thursday Apple issued two new software updates to fix the iMacs freezing problems. Machines that are being recommended to update are the 20" and 24" models, with the 2.0 GHz and the 2.4 GHz with Intel C2D processors and with the 2.8 GHz Core 2 Extreme. The updates are available on Apple's Web site now, update 1.3 is for the new Leopard version of Mac OS X, and update 1.2 is for Leopard's Tiger. Apple is recommending that customers update their machines either through the company's automatic update process or a download directly from Apple's Web site, however some users are reporting that the issue remains unfixed.


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Hardware Roundup: Saturday Edition

Posted: November 3, 2007 @ time: 02:10AM
Author: kingdingeling

Before the weekend, there are a lot of reviews posted on the net generally. Beginning at Motherboards.org, we find an article titled "SEO is dead", which refers to Search Engine Optimization as a standalone methodology. Next, the Virtual-Hideout reviews the Aquacomputer Aquaduct 360 XT Watercooling System, a complete watercooling system made in Germany. Staying with cooling, Frostytech has the Glacialtech Igloo 5062 Cu Light CPU Heatsink on the review bench, as well as the Glacialtech Igloo 5057 E CPU Heatsink. Switching to cases, we have the Thermaltake SopranoFX being reviewed by Bjorn3D, and the Sunbeam Tuniq 3 Mid-Tower Case on the test bench at ThinkComputers. Looking for a power supply? The 3dGameMan has the Gigabyte Odin GT 800W Power Supply up for reviewing, and ThinkComputers reviews the Rosewill RD600N 600W Power Supply. We also have two motherboards this morning, the Asus Maximus Formula SE over at Techspot, and the MSI P6N Diamond at PCStats. Further, TweakTown published an article about ATI's Q4 graphics line-up, and the [OC]ModShop posted a guide on how to enable the hidden 'Aurora' Boot Screen in Vista.

- Enable the Hidden 'Aurora' Boot Screen in Vista @ [OC]ModShop
- Glacialtech Igloo 5057 E CPU Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
- Glacialtech Igloo 5062 Cu CPU Light Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
- SEO is Dead Article @ Motherboards.org
- Rosewill RD600N 600W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers
- Gigabyte Odin GT 800W Power Supply Review @ 3dGameMan
- Aquacomputer Aquaduct 360 XT Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Thermaltake SopranoFX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
- Sunbeam Tuniq 3 Mid-Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- AMD's Q4 graphics line-up revealed @ TweakTown
- ASUS Maximus Formula SE motherboard Review @ TechSpot
- MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i Motherboard Review @ PCStats


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N.J. Man Gets Two Years Jail for AOL Spam Scam

Posted: November 3, 2007 @ time: 09:17AM
Author: road-runner

ZDNet - Friday a New Jersey man, Todd Moeller, 28, was sentenced to 27 months in Federal Prison for sending junk e-mails. Moeller and Adam Vitale of New York plead guilty to violating antispam laws and defeating AOL's filter system. The two were caught by a government informant with whom they made a deal to send junk e-mails advertising a computer security program in return for 50 percent of the profits. Moeller had access to 40 different servers and was spoofing the e-mail header to avoid getting caught. Moeller told the informant he had profited $40,000 a month from other spam e-mail scams that promoted stocks, prosecutors said. Moeller and Vitale sent more than 1.27 million e-mails for the informant in a weeks time to AOL subscribers. Vitale's sentencing will be November 13.


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Two Charged with Hacking PeopleSoft to Fix Grades

Posted: November 4, 2007 @ time: 10:30AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Two California men could spend up to 20 years in prison for hacking a California state university's system to change their grades. John Escalera, 29, and Gustavo Razo, 28, were indicted October 25 by the grand jury on charges of identity theft, unauthorized computer access, conspiracy and wire fraud. The indictment states that Escalera used "computer hacking techniques" to acquire the password of a supervisor and then used this account to get access to usernames and passwords used in the database. They could spend 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted.


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Microsoft & Daylight Savings Time

Posted: November 4, 2007 @ time: 11:06AM
Author: road-runner

Neowin - With the recent changes in Daylight Savings Time, starting three weeks earlier than normal, and ending a week later than usual, your computer may not display the correct time. You will need to get the appropriate updates from Microsoft in order to have the correct time, if you haven't already. If you use Automatic Updates for Windows Update you already have the necessary update to fix the date and time change, however, there are various other Microsoft programs that need to be updated also. If you have noticed that one of your programs displays the wrong time you will need to download the appropriate update from Microsoft.


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Samsung Launches Speedy SATA II SSDs

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Samsung announced today a new generation of 64GB SSDs that use 8Gb, 50nm single-level-cell (SLC) flash memory chips. The new drives, which should be available in early 2008 come in 1.8" and 2.5" form-factors, also feature a new SATA II interface for faster performance. The drives have a sequential write speed of 100MB/sec and sequential reads of 120MB/sec. The previous Samsung 64GB offering has a 45MB/sec write and 65MB/sec read. Samsung's first 32GB SSD is rated for 30MB/sec writes and 53MB/sec reads. "The 64GB SATA II SSD is based on Samsung’s cutting-edge NAND technology with dramatically improved performance specs that are taking system performance to a whole new level of efficiency," stated Samsung director of NAND flash marketing Jim Elliott.


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Sony Launches $2,500 VAIO UMPC

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 10:24AM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Although physically the device hasn't changed much since the VAIO UX series was first introduced in May 2006, there are some upgrades inside. The new device features an Intel Core Solo U2200 processor (1.2GHz), Intel's 945GMS Express Chipset, 1GB of DDR2 PC2-3200 memory, a 48GB solid-state disk (SSD), and a MemoryStick slot for additional storage. For wireless communication it uses Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection and WWAN (via AT&T EDGE). The VAIO UX series is available now for purchase from Sony's SonyStyle retail site for $2,499.


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Google Details Highly Anticipated "Android" Mobile Platform

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 10:43AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Today Google announced an open-development platform for mobile devices that could shake the wireless market up. The new platform, dubbed Android, has been developed by Google and backed by industry heavyweights like T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm and Motorola. The open-source platform will feature a complete set of components, with a operating system, middleware stack, customizable user interface and applications. "Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models." Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt said in a statement. The platform should be available in the second half of 2008.


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Noctua Introduces NF-P12 High-Impedance Fan

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 12:35PM
Author: road-runner

Noctua - Noctua made public today an addition to there 120mm fan line up, the NF-P12 high-impedance fan. The NF-P12 has been specifically designed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers, water-cooling radiators or cases with tight fan grills. The fan features psychoacoustic optimizations that make it less annoying to the human ear. Other features, Noctua's tried and tested SSO-Bearing, nine blade design with VCN, class-leading airflow to noise ratio, a MTBF of over 150,000 hours, and a 6 year manufacturer warranty. The NF-P12 is available now at a recommended price of EUR 19.90 / USD 24.90.


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Seagate Powers New Windows Home Server With Cutting-Edge Storage

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 01:46PM
Author: road-runner

Seagate - With the recent launch of Windows Home Server, and prebuilt Windows Home Servers hitting the markets from leading system builders the need for more storage capacity, performance and reliability, will increase. Seagate Technology proudly announced today that its leading-edge hard drives will power the new Windows Home Server. Seagate offers solutions for consumers to easily add storage capacity to Windows Home Server by installing 3.5" internal hard drives in the extra home server drive bays, by plugging in Seagate's FreeAgent, or the new Maxtor OneTouch, and four other external USB solutions for home server. Seagate's Barracuda DB35TM series offers whisper-quiet products designed for digital video recorders, and are available in all capacities of up to 1 terabyte (TB).


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Apple Posts QuickTime Security Fix

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 04:04PM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Apple issued an update today to fix its QuickTime media player, fixing at least seven critical security bugs. The QuickTime 7.3 update, released today, fixes at least seven flaws in the media player software. Apple said, six of the bugs could allow an attacker to take over a PC. In order to do this, the attacker would first have to trick someone into viewing a maliciously crafted movie or image file. Another flaw lies in QuickTime's Java, and could be used to get sensitive information or to run Java applets with elevated privileges, Apple said. The patches issued today are for Mac OS X, as well as Windows Vista and XP.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Evening Edition

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 05:46PM
Author: road-runner

Looking around the web this evening we have a ton of reviews and articles for the roundup. On the review bench this evening we have several motherboards, starting with a Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express, along with a November Shopping List both at PCStats, a MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard over at NVNews, and an ASUS Commando Motherboard Review at ThinkComputers. To cool things down we have a mini roundup comparing the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, HDT-S963, and the XP-S964 to one another at 3DGameMan. Another Mega-Heatsink Roundup putting 10 big bad cooling systems and heatsinks to the test at [H]ardOCP. It doesn't stop there, we have the Zalman CNPS7500-Cu, and CNPS8700 over at the Virtual-Hideout, and a couple of coolers being the Zalman CNPS8000 CPU & VF900-Cu GPU Cooler review at PCApex. For Video Cards we have yet, another NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Card with benchmarks comparing it to the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, and also a Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 12.82 both at TechArp. TweakNews has a nice review on a In Win BK623 Mt. Jade Desktop Media Case. Bjorn3D takes a look at a external hard drive enclosure, the A.C. Ryan AluBox eSATA if your looking for a storage enclosure. Cooler Master is giving away a Cosmos Case & Real Power Pro 1000W PSU over at 3DGameMan's. To roundup the roundup, a guide on sharing cellphone broadband at GideonTech.

- Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express @ PCStats
- PCSTATS November ShoppingList @ PCStats
- MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard @ NVNews
- ASUS Commando Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Cooler Roundup @ 3DGameMan
- Mega-Heatsink Roundup @ [H]ardOCP
- Zalman CNPS7500-Cu & CNPS8700 CPU Coolers @ Virtual-Hideout
- Zalman CNPS8000 CPU & VF900-Cu GPU Cooler @ PCApex
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Card Review Rev. 2.0 @ @ TechArp
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 12.82 @ TechArp
- In Win BK623 Mt. Jade Desktop Media Case @ TweakNews
- A.C. Ryan AluBox eSATA @ Bjorn3D
- Cosmos Case & Real Power Pro 1000W PSU Giveaway @ 3DGameMan
- Guide: Sharing cellphone broadband @ GideonTech


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Microsoft Says it Will Ship Visual Studio 2008 This Month

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 06:36PM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Microsoft Corp. said today that it will be releasing Visual Studio 2008 and its .Net Framework 3.5 technology by the end of this month. Today at the TechEd Developers 2007 conference in Barcelona, Spain, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, Soma Somasegar made the announcement. He also announced a Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of a new tool that developers will be able to use to enable collaboration and offline capabilities for any applications. Although the Web has changed what users expect in terms of interaction with desktop and Internet applications, companies have been challenged to build "richer, more connected applications and services" that could help them boost productivity and increase revenue, Somasegar said in a statement. He added that Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 will let developers use their existing skills to build more "compelling" applications for end users.


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NewEgg Mistakenly Ships Out Five Eee PCs for the Price of One

Posted: November 5, 2007 @ time: 07:10PM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - Apparently the new Asus Eee PC is so small that NewEgg did not know there was five of them in a single cardboard shipping box. Evidently they just put the shipping label on a box of PC's, without ever opening it to see how many was in there when they got them. NewEgg figured out what was happening after a little while and began trying to turn shipments around before they were delivered, however some customers actually received all five for the price of one. I wonder how many people did receive five for one?


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Zune 30 Firmware Update, New Marketplace Software Due November 13

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Microsoft announced their upcoming Zune a couple of months ago, but many were surprised to hear what came out yesterday. Not only is Microsoft going to release the new Zune next wek, but the highly touted firmware and software capabilities of the new Zune will also be vailable to original Zune owners (now known as Zune 30) as well! These features include: the ability to play back mpeg4 and h.264 video files, a drop in the 3-day rule in regards to transferred music, wireless sync capability over your wireless network, and more. The new firmware will be released November 13 according to Microsoft. The new Zune 80 carries a $249 price tag, has a larger screen and is thinner and lighter than the Zune 30. There will also be smaller flash-based Zunes, in 4 and 8 GB models, to compete with the iPod Nano.


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HP unveils Windows Home Server systems

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 07:55AM
Author: LoArmistead

Computer World - HP has begun taking pre-orders for its new MedaSmart server. the first OEM to utilize Microsoft's new Windows Home Server software. The server are priced to ship with 500GB hard drives for $599, and 1TB hard drivs for $749. Windows Home Server provides automatic backup of data, print and file sharing, and remote web-based access for up to 10 computers in a local network. Microsoft has put a lot of emphasis on the automatic backup feature, stressing the fact that consumers can not afford to lose their precious data such as family and vacation pictures. HP had initially delayed their adoption of the operating system due to router configuration issues with it, and conflicts with HP's network file sharing software that will come bundled with the system. The operating system is geared towards homes with multiple computers and printers (which already accompanies a large percentage of the market), and they will also offer a system builder edition.


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Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Mass Production

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 02:41PM
Author: road-runner

Super Talent - Looking for that latest, greatest, fastest USB Flash Drive? Super Talent announced today that the new PICO series USB Flash drives have moved into mass production. The new PICO series USB drives are manufactured using chip-on-board (COB) technology, which means the unpackaged Flash die is bonded directly to the printed circuit board (PCB). This new technology enables Super Talent to fit up to 4GB of Flash storage in smaller and slimmer case. PICO-A drives measure 38.7mm x 12.4mm x 3.9mm, and weigh less than 5 grams. "We designed PICO USB drives to be small, stylish and smart looking", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James. "PICO drives bring new levels of smallness and elegance to USB storage, making these drives more like a fashion accessory than a computer peripheral", added Mr. James. The new Flash Drives will be shipping in volume by late November with average prices ranging from $25 for a 2GB, and $45 for the 4GB.


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Crysis Crisis Deepens

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 04:14PM
Author: kingdingeling

Rock, Paper, Shotgun -

Maybe Crytek released the wrong Crysis Demo, maybe they are quietly fueling the EA hell, but there will surely be some panicking software developers in Coburg, Germany. As previously discovered, the entire script of the game was found amongst the demo files. Then someone finds out that with a simple config edit, players can activate DX10 effects, that are supposed to be Vista only, in XP. Now a german modder known as siLe`, is causing trouble for Crytek again. Whilst he was messing around with the Crysis Editor, he found out that you can add (useable of course) weapons and vehicles into the demo. The map with the added weapons can be downloaded here. Extract the level.pak file and write it over the current level.pak located in C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis SP Demo\Game\Levels\island. Now you have to start a new game (this mod only works when played in "normal" difficulty), fight your way through to the first Korean Base with the GPS Transmitter, at which point you head left to find vehicles and weapons.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Night Edition

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 09:54PM
Author: road-runner

Taking a look at our affiliates around the net this evening we have a few items of interest. First being some Video Card Reviews with an updated NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Review Rev. 3.0 at TechArp. PCStats checks out two Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H Geforce 8500GT Videocards in SLI to see how they add up. We have another CPU Heatsink Roundup, this time its the Fall 2007 Roundup at MadShrimps. If your shopping for a new case you may want to check out the Cooler Master CM690 Mid-Tower Review over at TweakTown. The Virtual-Hideout takes a look at the Thermaltake Max 4 External HDD Enclosure if you looking for to add some extra storage with that old hard drive you have laying around. Last on the list today is a Soundgraph Moneual Labs IMON Ultra Bay W/ Remote Control Review over at Tweaknews.

- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Card Review Rev. 3.0 @ TechArp
- Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H Geforce 8500GT Videocards in SLI @ PCStats
- CPU Heatsink Roundup Fall 2007 @ MadShrimps
- Cooler Master CM690 Mid-Tower Enclosure @ TweakTown
- Thermaltake Max 4 External HDD Enclosure @ Vitual-Hideout
- Soundgraph Moneual Labs IMON Ultra Bay W/ Remote Control @ Tweak News


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Motorola Launches MOTOPURE H12 Bluetooth Headset

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 10:33PM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - Motorola launched a new H12 Bluetooth headset today, dubbed MOTOPURE. The headset features a diamond cut metal housing, Moto's CrystalTalk dual microphone noise cancellation, and a full 5.5 hours talk with 200 hours standby time. The headset weighs in at 12 grams, and will cost you $99 after mail in rebate, and is available now at your local AT&T store.


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Lenovo Announces ThinkStation Workstations

Posted: November 6, 2007 @ time: 10:50PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Lenovo announced today that they will be entering into the workstation arena with its new ThinkStation family of products. Lenovo will have two ThinkStation workstations, the D10, and S10, based on the new Intel 45nm Penryn micro architecture. The D10 will feature two processor sockets and support Intel's quad-core Xeon 5400 series processors. The S10, will however, use the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor. Both models will come with dual GbE network ports, multiple drive bays, and USB 2.0 ports for expansion. Lenovo said both systems will feature NVIDIA graphic solutions, but gave no details. The units were announced today but will not hit the market till January 2008, the D10 will have a base price of $1,739 while the S10 will start at just $1,199.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Night Edition

Posted: November 7, 2007 @ time: 09:18PM
Author: oldfett

Running around the net late this evening a number of interesting reviews have been posted. The first of these is the Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling Hard Drive Enclosure reviewed by the the boys over at ThinkComputers. A few neat case reviews such as the Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS Full Tower Enthusiast Case over at Tweak News, the XCLIO 6030 Plus ATX Enclosure review can be found at the Virtual-Hideout, a video review of the Ultra m998 can be found at 3dGameMan, and finally the Rosewill R5605-BK over at ThinkComputers. All of you interested in the Skype phone a review for the NETGEAR SPH200D DECT Skype Phone can be found at TweakTown. Maybe its time to replace your aging keyboard with a new gaming keyboard? Take a look at the Ideazon MERC Stealth Gaming Keyboard review over at Techgage. A few motherboard were reviewed such as the Asus Blitz Formula S775 P35 Motharboard at MadShrimps and the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard can be found over at PCSTATS. Those demanding excessive power can look at the Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250w Power Supply reviewed over at [H]ardOCP. Finally our last review for the night is the MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo that can be found over at PCStats.

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS Full Tower Enthusiast Case @ Tweak News
XCLIO 6030 Plus ATX Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
Ultra m998 @ 3dGameMan
Rosewill R5605-BK @ ThinkComputers
NETGEAR SPH200D DECT Skype Phone @ TweakTown
Ideazon MERC Stealth Gaming Keyboard @ Techgage
Asus Blitz Formula S775 P35 Motharboard @ MadShrimps
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Intel P35 Express Motherboard @ PCStats
MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo @ PCStats
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250w Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP


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New Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Posted: November 7, 2007 @ time: 09:52PM
Author: oldfett

msnbc - Do you have a son or daughter that spends more time than is healthy on the Xbox 360? Are you the offspring spend to much time on it? Then rejoice or else tremble in fear as a new parental control for the Xbox 360 will allow parents to limit gaming time. Microsoft is going this route to try and make the Xbox 360 appear more family friendly for the upcoming Holiday Season. "As the customer base broadens, the demand for these kinds of capabilities does increase" said Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division. The time limit can be set on a daily or weekly basis, once the time limit is reached the console will automatically power off. My only question is will it autosave or give you a heads up before turning off?


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: November 8, 2007 @ time: 11:45AM
Author: oldfett

Running around cyberspace this afternoon a number of interesting reviews were brought to my attention. The first of these is the Cooler Master CM 690 ATX Enclosure reviewed by the guys over at the Virtual-Hideout. Have you been looking at jumping onto the Core 2 Duo bandwagon on a budget? Then why not take a look at the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R P35 Motherboard, a review of this fantastic little board can be found over at PCStats. I have been interested in the new 8800GT ever since it was released a short time ago so I found the review of the MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E OC review written by the boys over at NVNews to be enticing. Maybe Nvidia cards just arent your thing? Then take a look at the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT reviewed by Tech ARP. Our final review for this roundup is the Gigabyte iSOLO 210 Mid-Tower reviewed at Techgage.

Cooler Master CM 690 ATX Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R P35 Motherboard @ PCStats
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E OC @ NVNews
ATI Radeon HD 2900XT @ Tech ARP
Gigabyte iSOLO 210 Mid-Tower @ Techgage


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Target refuses to sell Manhunt 2

Posted: November 8, 2007 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: oldfett

GameDaily -

Well it looks like Rockstar's luck continues to move downhill as the retail chain Target refuses to allow Manhunt 2 on its shelves. This is following comments against the game from California State Senator and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A hack has also been released for the PSP to remove the blur from certain scenes in the game. "Target strives to provide merchandise that will appeal to a wide variety of guests. We also want guests to be comfortable with the purchasing decisions they make at Target. All video games and computer software sold at Target currently carry ratings by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)--from early childhood through mature audiences. While Manhunt 2 was given a Mature rating by the ERSB, we received additional information that players can potentially view previously filtered content by altering the game code. As a result, we have decided not to carry the game," the statement explained. I feel that this will soon snowball into further retail chains banning the game.


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Photoshop Express Beta Expected Late 2007

Posted: November 8, 2007 @ time: 05:06PM
Author: oldfett

c|net - The beta version of Adobe Photoshop Express is to be released later this year, with a final version following in 2008. For all of you who don't know what Photoshop Express is, it is an online service that is supposed to be available to anyone. The software is not designed to have near the functions of its bigger boxed brethren, but thats not Adobe's intent, the intent is a larger customer base. The project is also partnered with such sites as Photobucket and Shutterfly. Keep your eyes open for the beta this holiday season.


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World Community Grid to Aid Cancer Research

Posted: November 8, 2007 @ time: 07:11PM
Author: road-runner

PC World - World Community Grid one of the largest public computing grids, consisting of more than 795,000 computers around the world started a new project Tuesday, Help Conquer Cancer. The goal is to improve the results of protein X-ray crystallography, which helps researchers not only annotate unknown parts of the human proteome, but importantly improves their understanding of cancer initiation, progression and treatment. By using The World Community Grid the time it would take to analyze 90 million images of crystallized proteins is reduced from 162 years, to between one to two years. "Even with the largest computers we have, it would not be possible to finish this task," said Dr. Igor Jurisica, who leads the research team at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Canada, where the work is being done. Also participating in the work are scientists at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University Health Network.


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NVIDIA Records First Billion Dollar Quarter

Posted: November 8, 2007 @ time: 08:40PM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - With the big hitters like Microsoft, Sony, Apple, and AMD weighing in over the past couple of weeks, it's time to see how Nvidia fared in the 3rd fiscal quarter. Well, not to be left behind, Nvidia reported 1.12 billion dollars in revenues this past quarter. Net income was almost $236 million, a 121% increase over last year. Revenue this year for the chipmaker is $2.9 Billion, pulling out a net income of $540 million. Nvidia reports that part of its earnings were from the increase in desktop graphics cards, and the substancial 120% increase in demand for mobile graphics chips.


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Demonoid.com Shut Down by CRIA

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 11:19AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Next in the list of a world-wide crackdown on torrent sites, Demonoid.com was forced offline entirely today after the Canadian Recording Institute of America (CRIA) forced them offline in Canada not long ago. The frontpage of Demonoid now contains the following message: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." With the CRIA threatening to legally pursue any hosting company that rents out to torrent sites, it is doubtful that Demonoid will be able to find a host willing to fend off the wolves.


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Analysts grade Vista's first year: Did not meet expectations

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 11:27AM
Author: LoArmistead

Computer World - While Vista's uptake in the consumer market has been very strong, and a large reason why Microsoft reported some of its strongest earnings in eight years, some analysts are pointing out that while the home sector of Vista has been strong, the enterprise sector remains stagnant on Vista's uptake, nine to twelve months behind analysts' expectations. Where some industries were anticipating incorporating Vista into their businesses in late 2007 or early 2008, they are now revising their estimates to late 2008 or early 2009. Analysts say that Microsoft overanticipated the power of their operating system and the ability of programmers to update their programs to run on it, which is part of the reason many industries have yet to upgrade from Windows XP, which after several years on the market has proven itself to be a reliable home and business operating system.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Afternoon Edition

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 01:57PM
Author: oldfett

Running around that fantastic thing called the internet this afternoon we have a number of wonderful reviews to look at. I've been wanting the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad for awhile now and found the review over at PCStats to be informative. Is your monitor just not cutting it anymore? Then why not take a looks at the ViewSonic VA1930WM 19" Widescreen LCD reviewed at ThinkComputers or the Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC Widescreen LCD at Techgage if your budget is quite large. If your feeling the urge to dabble into watercooling take a look at the EnzoTech Sapphire CPU Water Block reviewed by the guys over at the Virtual-Hideout. For all of you who must have the latest gadgets take a look at the Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone reviewed over at Tech ARP. Everyone needs to relax and I feel the best way to do that is through video games, if your a Sam & Max fan look into Sam & Max Season 2: Ice Station reviewed by the boys over at [OC]ModShop.

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad @ PCStats
ViewSonic VA1930WM 19" Widescreen LCD @ ThinkComputers
Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC Widescreen LCD @ Techgage
EnzoTech Sapphire CPU Water Block @ Virtual-Hideout
Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone @ Tech ARP
Sam & Max Season 2: Ice Station @ [OC]ModShop


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Sony Releases PlayStation 3 Firmware Version 2.0

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 05:18PM
Author: road-runner

TechSpot - Sony released its PlayStation 3 firmware Thursday, a full version jump to 2.0. The changes in the firmware version 2.0 will be further integration of the PSP into the PS3 with Remote Start, which will allow users to turn their systems on and off remotely. Other new features noted are the addition of custom themes to personalize the XMB interface, the ability to build music and photo playlists, the creation of a PlayStation Network category on XMB, and parental controls which will be free until April 2008, after that you will have to pay an undisclosed fee. There was no mention of support for in-game XMB integration, private chats, or game invites. The firmware is available now using PS3's network update feature, or directly from SCEA's Network Update page.


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AMD Slammed With Suit Over Birth Defects

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 05:43PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - As if AMD has not had enough problems now comes more bad news. Maria Ruiz (no kin to Hector) was exposed to birth defect causing chemicals while she worked in AMD's Fab 14 clean room from 1988 to 2002. She had to seek medical attention at least twice while working at AMD due to fume inhalation. When she became pregnant she became concerned and inquired about health risks with a local doctor at the Austin Regional Clinic, but was told not to worry about it, and to feel free to return to work. Well sadly here son Ryan was born missing part of a limb and with brain damage. The Ruiz vs. AMD Lawsuit has some high power representation in the form of filing attorney Adam S. Ward, a partner in Allison & Ward, LLP and Steven Phillips of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP (New York). The enlistment of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP draws attention, in particular, because the firm successfully won an undisclosed settlement for IBM clean-room exposure victims in a similar case. The suit seeks exemplary damages and includes a five-count petition charging negligence, breach of warranty, fraudulent concealment and misrepresentation.


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Microsoft Introduces Windows License For Refurbished PCs

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 07:02PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - Microsoft announced today it is expanding its refurbishing rules to benefit companies who want to refurbish and re-sell their old PCs to new customers. The new Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program is an offspring of its current Community MAR, which is designed for educational institutions, charities, and nonprofit organizations. "Companies don't know what to do with their old PCs, so they collect dust in the company cafeteria or stack up in the hallways," Hani Shakeel, senior product manager of the Genuine Windows Product Marketing team said in a statement. "This is a very common fate for PCs these days, especially with the increased environmental regulations around the disposal of computers." The only operating systems offered with MAR for Refurbished PCs are, Windows XP Professional, and Windows XP Home, and the PCs that are being refurbished need to have the Certificate of Authenticity.


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Prince to Sue The Pirate Bay

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 07:19PM
Author: road-runner

C|Net - Pop star Prince is preparing to file three different lawsuits against The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is one of the world's well known BitTorrent indexing sites known to link to pirated copies of TV shows, films, music, and videos, while it ignores Hollywood's requests to remove them. Prince said he is filing suit's over the next few days against The Pirate Bay in the U.S., France, and Sweden, home of The Pirate Bay. Prince is also preparing to file civil suit against some Israel based companies that advertise on site. The pop star has hired Giacobbi and Web Sheriff, a service that protects copyrighted materials on the Internet.


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Seventeen Indicted For Cybercrime And ID Theft In New York

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 08:42PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - Wednesday seventeen people and one corporation being Western Express International of New York, have been indicted with trafficking in cybercrime, and identity theft, stolen credit cards, said Robert M. Morgenthau, a Manhattan District Attorney. A 173-count indictment is the result of a two year joint investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Manhattan District Attorney's Identity Theft Unit. The indictment said defendants with participating in a multinational, Internet based criminal enterprise known to authorities as the "Western Express Cybercrime Group" that trafficked in personal information and stolen credit card data. The defendants are being charged with a class B felony enterprise corruption, that is punishable with up to 25 years in Federal Prison if convicted. Other charges were money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records, scheme to defraud, and criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit the crimes of grand larceny.


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YouTube Releases Multi-file Uploader, Raises File Limits to 1 GB

Posted: November 9, 2007 @ time: 09:46PM
Author: LoArmistead

ReadWriteWeb - YouTube announced today that it is making available a desktop uploader that will enable users to upload bulk files to the online video website trafficked by millions of users everyday. Users will not only be able to bulk upload files, but the video size limit has been increased ten fold, from 100 megabytes to one gigabyte. Video length has remained capped at ten minutes, but the increased size allowable will lead to higher quality videos being stored on the site. The desktop uploader is only for Windows now, though a Mac version is in the works, according to YouTube.


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D-Wave's quantum computer ready for latest demo

Posted: November 10, 2007 @ time: 03:42PM
Author: kingdingeling

c|net -

D-Wave Systems claims to have produced the first quantum computer, a device that could carry out multiple calculations simultaneously using different quantum states of the system. Proposed by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman and elaborated on by David Deutsch in the 1980s, quantum computing has made slow progress because of the difficulty of building systems with more than a few quantum bits, or "qubits," and then maintaining them in a "coherent" state so that the different quantum states can operate at the same time and for long enough to carry out useful work. To get a long "decoherence time," quantum computers have had to be completely isolated from the outside world. Funded by venture capitalists, D-Wave is the only commercial quantum computing company, having raised $44 million US Dollars from partners. It demonstrated a 16-qubit computer, called Orion, in February, but scientists have been skeptical that D-Wave demonstrated true quantum computing, as no results have been published in peer-reviewed journals. This Monday's demonstration will however be overlooked by a Google scientist, to verify if this is a true quantum computer.


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Intel Poised to Enter New Era with Penryn

Posted: November 11, 2007 @ time: 07:01PM
Author: road-runner

eWeek - Intel is rolling out 16 new 45-nanometer processors Monday Nov. 12 code-named Penryn. The microarchitecture will remain the same, however there is a die shrink and will include 12 quad-core Xeon 5400 series processors, previously code-named Harpertown, and three dual-core Xeon 5200 series chips, formally called Wolfdale DP. The final processor is a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 for high-end and gaming. The new processors will use its Hafnium-based processor technology that will reduce power leakage—the electricity wasted while the transistors are idle—which will improve the power performance. The 45-nanometer will allow Intel to save on manufacturing costs since it can now squeeze more Penryn processors onto a 300 millimeter wafer than it could with 65-nanometers processors.


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Pilots to have "Terminator" helmet

Posted: November 11, 2007 @ time: 07:57PM
Author: sdy284

Times Online -

X-Ray glasses, everyone wanted them as a kid, and now pilots of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are getting something close. This technology will allow pilots to see the the fuselage of their aircraft! When asked about this technology, a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said "“It even will superimpose infra-red imagery on to the visor to allow the pilot to look through the cockpit floor at night and see the world below – like something out of Terminator. This is absolutely the cutting edge of technology.”

It's crazy how technology is progressing. Roughly twenty years ago, when Terminator was released, I'm sure they would've never guessed that this level of technology would be available this soon. It'll only be a matter of time before this tech makes it into the automotive industry. I can see it now "The new Ford 360; A regular car with a 360 degree view of the world around you, it's the first automobile to feature zero blind spots." So this tech will be pretty exciting to watch - sdy284 *News Editor*


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: November 12, 2007 @ time: 01:08PM
Author: kingdingeling

Today we have a lot of reviews around the net, ranging from CPUs to Video Cards with pretty much everything in between. Lets start with the 3DGameMan, who is reviewing the Aeneon XTUNE DDR3-1333 Memory today. Next, ThinkComputers has the Meizu M6 Mini Player up for reviewing, which is a neat alterantive to the iPod. They also have a review on the QNAP TS-109 Pro All-in-one NAS Server, a nice addition to home networks with a constant demand for storage. The Virtual-Hideout is giving us a nice Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Overview, showing how COD4 is a worthy successor of the Call of Duty series. TechARP has two articles for us today, one is a review of the Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone, the other examines the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Graphics Card. To view the images your graphics card spits out, you might consider the Hanns.G HW223DP 22" Widescreen LCD monitor, which is on the test bench at Accelenation. The OverClockers Cafe is looking at the Tuniq Ensemble 1200W PSU today, with which Tuniq is trying to make the jump into the higher-end PSU market. Madshrimps is testing the Pantone huey Monitor Color Correction-Calibrator, a tool that exists because not everyone perceives colour the same. Further, they have posted a 20-inch LCD comparison of the Samsung 204B and the H20 20.1. The [OC]ModShop is looking inside the Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer for us today, a new type of extra storage. TechGage posted a recap of the 30th AsylumLAN. TweakNews on the other hand is looking at the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 High End Gaming Enclosure, a great case for which you however have to pay top dollars. TweakTown has got their hands on one of the new 45nm Intel Penryn cores, namely the QX9650. [H]ardOCP took a closer look at a DX10 game, this time being Lord of the Rings Online. PCStats posted an article about the most common ways to kill a PC, something the 'noobs' should read before getting too far into the enthusiast world of computers. Last but not least, Motherboards.org is having a vote on people's favorite video card company.

- Aeneon XTUNE DDR3-1333 Memory Review @ 3DGameMan
- Meizu M6 Mini Player Review @ ThinkComputers
- QNAP TS-109 Pro All-in-one NAS Server Review @ ThinkComputers
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Overview @ Virtual-Hideout
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Graphics Card Review @ TechARP
- Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone Review @ TechARP
- HANNS.G HW223DP 22-inch Widescreen LCD Review @ Accelenation
- Tuniq Ensemble 1200w PSU Review @ OverClockers Cafe
- Pantone huey Monitor Color Correction-Calibrator Review @ Madshrimps
- 20inch LCD Comparison: H20 20.1 & Samsung 204B @ Madshrimps
- Inside the Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer @ [OC]ModShop
- AsylumLAN 30 Recap @ TechGage
- Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 High End Gaming Enclosure Review @ TweakNews
- Intel Core 2 Evolves QX9650 45nm Penryn Review @ TweakTown
- DX10 Fails AGAIN! Lord of the Rings Online Pretty, But Slow as a Dog @ [H]ardOCP
- Beginners Guides: Most Common Ways to Kill a PC @ PCStats
- Vote For Your Favorite Video Card Company @ Motherboards.org


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