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News Archives for June 2010

Corsair Unveils Professional Series Gold PSUs

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 03:08AM
Author: premiumgfx

Corsair today unveiled its new Professional Series Gold range of power supplies. The Professional Series consists of three models, the AX1200, AX850 and AX750, with 1200W, 850W and 750W ratings respectively as the names suggest. All models have exceeded 80 PLUS GOLD certification, and can deliver 90% efficiency at 50% load with an 115V AC input. This coupled with an advanced cooling design enables quiet and efficient performance. The Professional Series Gold PSUs are fully-modular allowing easy cable management, improved airflow and reduced clutter. All models can sustain their rated outputs at an ambient temperature of up to 50°C, meaning excellent reliability for high-performance applications, such as gaming. The Corsair Professional Series Gold PSUs will be backed by a seven year warranty. Corsair has not yet announced when the new series will be available for purchase.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 04:28AM
Author: Nemo

With Computex now underway in Taipei we're starting to see coverage coming back with new product reports from companies such as ASUS. OCZ and Corsair. In video today's roundup includes reviews on a Radeon HD 5830 card from XFX, a look at overclocking one of NVIDIA's latest GTX 465 cards as well as a TV tuner card from Elgato. There's plenty more from around the web to get your week started off, so be sure to read all the reviews by hitting the links below.

Monitors/TVs
Quick Review: Alienware OptX AW2310 23" LCD Monitor @ TweakTown

Motherboards
ZOTAC NM10-DTX WiFi (NM10-Express) Motherboard w/ Atom D510 CPU @ TweakTown
Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Networking
Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card @ ThinkComputers

Soundcards
ASUS and Sennheiser Unite with Xonar Xense HD Audio Solution @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
Thecus N4200 NAS @ Tweaknews

Tradeshows/Conventions
Computex: OCZ shows low cost PCIe SSD and new HSDL storage connection @ PC Perspective
Computex 2010: ASUS R.O.G. CG8490, Eee Pad's, ARES, A10 & More @ Legit Reviews
Corsair Graphite 600T Case and Airflow Pro Memory Preview @ Legit Reviews
Computex: Corsair previews Graphite 600T case, Pro Series PSUs and AirFlow Pro @ PC Perspective
Computex: GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds capacity for 40nm/28nm, focus on mobile @ PC Perspective

Video
XFX RADEON HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 Video Card @ Madshrimps
Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV Tuner @ Maximum CPU
Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 GC Video Card Overclocked @ TweakTown

Miscellany
MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2010 Benelux Final @ Madshrimps


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Globalfoundries Looking to Expand

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 11:19AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The joint project between AMD and an Abu Dhabi investment group, Globalfoundries Inc., is looking to expand and increase its chip making capacity. Still trailing Taiwan Semiconductor by a large margin, the company views this as a smart move. Demand shows no sign of decreasing, and a little extra competition in this sector couldn't hurt. The $6 billion that will be spent for this upgrade will be focused at the Dresden, Germany and upstate New York plants. The recent surge in demand for tablet PCs is helping to drive demand for build-to-order chip makers.


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Snapdragon Goes Dual-Core

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 11:35AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Qualcomm has announced that the Snapdragon processor, featured in popular mobile devices such as the Nexus One and Droid Incredible, will be getting a dual-core upgrade. The processor will have speeds up to 1.2GHz, greater than the current chips 1GHz. It is unknown when the chips will make an appearance on the market, but companies have already begun to develop products around the chip. The new chips will increase performance in media applications and will allow for 1080p video and 1280x800 screen resolutions. There will be two versions of the new chip, each geared toward a different wireless network type.


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E Ink Shows Off New Displays

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 02:49PM
Author: bp9801

E Ink, the company behind the screens of the same name, has shown off some new displays that are brighter, crisper, and apparently more flexible. The displays are all currently prototypes and the flagship model of those promises crisper and brighter colors. Now, the display is still not a full color screen but it instead has a filter applied on top of the black and white E Ink panel to make the colors brighter and deeper. Another display shown off was "fully flexible" though it could not display color. Yet another display could even display Flash video though E Ink was not letting anyone take video of it in action. Like I said, all of these displays are still prototypes so time will tell before any of them show up in e-readers.


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Panasonic Launches New Lumix FX75 Camera

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 03:05PM
Author: bp9801

Panasonic has shown off its new point and shoot camera today, the FX75, and it sounds like a very good option if you are in the market for a new camera. The camera packs a 14.1 megapixel sensor, a 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 lens with 5X optical zoom, and HD video recording capabilities. The HD video is recorded in the AVCHD Lite format though you also have the option to record in Motion JPEG, WVGA, and VGA. The FX75 also has intelligent picture processing options as well to help make the shots the best they can be. On the back you will find a 3 inch touchscreen that has a pretty nifty touch-to-focus function that I hope shows up on more cameras.

No word on pricing or availability was announced at this time but expect more information on that before long.


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Kingston HyperX 2333MHz, 2250MHz DDR3 Memory Kits Introduced

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 05:03PM
Author: Nemo

Kingston Technology announced two new DDR3 memory modules today at Computex including the world's fastest triple channel Intel-certified memory. Clocked at 2333MHz, Kingston’s HyperX triple-channel DDR3 memory kit achieved Intel XMP certification on the Core i7 platform and runs at 9-11-9-27 timings at 1.65 volts. The memory comes in 6GB and 3GB kits and Kingston also stated it will soon be releasing 2250MHz 6GB kits as well. Kingston had previous announced the world's fastest Intel-certified memory, a dual-channel DDR3 kit clocked at 2400MHz.

Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (U.S. only)
Kingston HyperX DDR3 2333MHz/2250MHz Features and Specifications
KHX2333C9D3T1FK3/6GX 6GB 2333MHz (CL9-11-9-27) @ 1.65v kit of 3 with fan optimized for XMP $543.00
KHX2333C9D3T1FK3/3GX/4G 3GB 2333MHz (CL9-11-9-27) @ 1.65v kit of 3 with fan optimized for XMP $272.00
KHX2333C9D3T1K3/3GX 3GB 2333MHz (CL9-11-9-27) @ 1.65v kit of 3 optimized for XMP $252.00
KHX2250C9D3T1FK3/6GX 6GB 2250MHz (CL9-11-9-27) @ 1.65v kit of 3 with fan optimized for XMP $369.00


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ASUS Lamborghini VX6 and VX7 Shown Off

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 05:37PM
Author: bp9801

Computex is in full swing and with that brings a plethora of new toys for us to enjoy. ASUS today has shown off two new laptops that are sure to please anyone. The new laptops are the Lamborghini VX6 and VX7 and each take advantage of the latest technology available today. The VX6 is an 11.6 inch netbook while the VX7 is a 15.6 inch notebook and each resemble a Lamborghini supercar in the design styles. Each laptop has a chiclet keyboard and Bang & Olfsen ICE power sound system though the internals are what truly set these apart. The smaller VX6 packs a dual-core Atom D525 processor, USB 3.0, and NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics with 512MB VRAM. The VX7 boasts an Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA "enthusiast graphics" though mum's the word on what that will be.

No word on pricing or availability was announced but more information should be forthcoming.


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CoolIT Systems Releases Four New Liquid Cooling Units

Posted: June 1, 2010 @ time: 06:32PM
Author: Nemo

CoolIT Systems has expanded its lineup of liquid cooling solutions with the introduction of four new liquid cooling solutions. At the top end is the ECO ALC 240 features a 240mm optimized radiator with a twin 120mm fan assembly which can be configured in a push or pull orientation. There is also a dual head version, the Dual ECO ALC 240, design for dual processor workstation and server systems. Smaller form factor systems or those with less space can benefit from the ECO 80 ALC and ECO 92 ALC featuring either a 80mm or 92mm fan and radiator. Prices start at $124.99 for the ECO 240 ALC, with the ECO ALC 80 and ECO ALC 92 going for $89.99 and $99.99 respectively.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: June 2, 2010 @ time: 05:12AM
Author: Nemo

It's a busy day in the review and hardware news world, especially with Computex 2010 underway in Taipei, where OCC staff member ClayMeow is currently in attendance and providing us with ongoing coverage. We have several cases to look at today including Thermaltake's V3 Black Edition mid-tower chassis (you can check out the OCC review here). There are also several storage items being covered today including external drives, a pair of solid state drives and Seagate's recently released Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" hybrid hard drive (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cases
IN WIN Dragon Slayer Micro-ATX Chassis @ TweakTown
Cooler Master 430 Elite @ LanOC Reviews
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition @ Rbmods

Networking
TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G/A 3150Mbps 3G Mobile Wireless Router @ TweakTown

Notebooks
Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook @ HotHardware

Power Supplies
Antec EarthWatts 750W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers
NZXT Premium Extension Cables @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
StarTech USB 3.0 Enclosure and PCIe Adapter @ TechSpot
Seagate's Momentus XT hard drive @ Tech Report
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro-RE SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
Hitachi 500Gb Portable Drive External USB 2.0 HDD @ Madshrimps
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB @ Techgage

Tradeshows/Conventions
OCZ Computex 2010 - RevoDrive, HSDL Interface and Vertex 2 @ Legit Reviews
Computex 2010 Day 1: Gigabyte shows off X58A-UD9, Notebooks, Tablets @ Legit Reviews
The EVGA SR-2 Motherboard Gets A Custom PC Case @ Legit Reviews
Computex: ASUS shows HYDRA board with integrated Radeon HD 5770 @ PC Perspective
Computex: AMD demos low power Fusion APU, announces Fusion Fund @ PC Perspective
iPad Competition from ASUS Eee Pad Tablet at Computex 2010 @ PCSTATS
AMD's world first Fusion APU Demonstration at Computex @ TweakTown
Gigabyte Showcases the X58A-UD9 with Unlocked Intel CPUs at Computex 2010 @ Bjorn3D
Asus unwraps a trio of very different tablets and Nvidia brings Fermi down to $279 with the new GeForce GTX 465 @ Tech Report
Super Talent promises promises bite-sized USB 3.0 thumb drive
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Hands-on with Asus' Eee Tablet eReader/Writer with Integrated Digicam @ HotHardware


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The US Government Wants to Monitor Your Internet Usage

Posted: June 2, 2010 @ time: 11:46AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Federal Communications Commission wants to monitor your internet connection, but not to catch you doing anything illegal. The FCC wants to attach a specialized router to your connection to monitor speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss among others. This is a part of the National Broadband Plan to map internet speed and availability in an attempt to improve internet in the country. The FCC is seeking 10,000 volunteers that have a stable broadband connection, aren't heavy downloaders, and don't have a bandwidth cap. By collecting this data, the FCC hopes to gain valuable information that will help to improve broadband and catch up with other countries in speed, and hopefully price. Volunteers will be able to see all the information collected through a web interface. If you are interested, you can sign up here.


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HP Launches Three New Monitors

Posted: June 2, 2010 @ time: 02:42PM
Author: bp9801

HP has announced today that it is launching three new monitors, one of them using an IPS panel. The HP ZR30w makes use of an S-IPS panel to display 1.07 billion colors which covers the entire sRGB spectrum and 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. The monitor is a 30 inch model with a resolution of 2560x1600 and a 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The ZR30w will connect with DisplayPort and DVI-D inputs though no mention was made of how many of either it has. You will also find a 4-port USB hub on the monitor as well as a 6-way adjustable stand that allows you to tilt, swivel, and adjust the height to your liking.

The two other monitors both launch under HP's Compaq family of monitors and are the S1922 and the S2021. The S1922 is an 18.5 inch model while the S2021 is a 20 inch and both come in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The S1922 comes in a resolution of 1366x768 while the S2021 has a resolution of 1600x900. They also have a 5ms response time and a 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Both monitors are designed for small businesses that need an affordable and reliable solution.

The HP ZR30w will launch today with a price of $1,299 while the Compaq's will be more affordable at $125 for the S1922 and $140 for the S2021.


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Galaxy Shows Off Dual-GPU GTX 470

Posted: June 2, 2010 @ time: 02:58PM
Author: bp9801

Computex is full of surprises and video card maker Galaxy certainly has a big one. The company has shown off a dual-GPU GTX 470 card. Thats right folks, a dual-GPU card using two GF100 chips. The card is a monster at 12 inches long and it requires two 8 pin PCI-e connectors. You read that right, two 8 pin PCI-e connectors just to make this power hungry beast work. A single GTX 470 has a TDP of 215W so you can imagine that two of them will double that figure to 430W. However, the two 8 pin connectors only supply 150W each and then the PCI-e x16 slot supplies another 75W which brings the maximum yield to 375W. That does not sound like enough juice to make the card work but perhaps Galaxy has downclocked each GPU in order to consume less power which would be one of the only ways to make it work. The card only has 2GB of memory which is far less than the 2.56GB two GTX 470s would use so perhaps the memory interface is only 256-bit to further reduce power usage. All in all though, this card is simply a prototype as NVIDIA has no plans for an official dual-GPU GF100-based card anytime soon.


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Lexar Launches Crucial Ballistix Memory with Thermal Sensor

Posted: June 3, 2010 @ time: 03:36AM
Author: premiumgfx

Lexar has launched its latest Crucial product, a Crucial Ballistix memory kit with a thermal sensor. The thermal sensor coupled with a monitoring utility allow users to view memory module temperatures instantly, helping with overclocking. The new kit also features a redesigned heat spreader with 32 fins for better cooling performance, up to 30% over the current Ballistix design according to Crucial. The new Ballistix memory is only available in a DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) kit. The Crucial Ballistix memory kit with thermal sensor (Product number: BL2KIT25664FN1608) is available exclusively from Newegg for $119.99, with more retailers getting it next month. The temperature-monitoring utility is available free of charge for purchasers of the kit from crucial.com.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: June 3, 2010 @ time: 04:44AM
Author: Nemo

Computex 2010 continues its run in Taipei and our roundup includes news from the show. Of course, you can follow OCC's coverage of the show here as OCC staff member ClayMeow brings us all the latest. In videocards we have several reviews looking at the latest cards from NVIDIA and ATI along with a comparison review to see how the two sides stack up against each other. There is a nice collection of reviews in today's roundup so be sure to check them all out using the links posted below.

Cases
Thermaltake Element-Q mITX HTPC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
IN WIN Android Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
The $2.50 Laptop Stand @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
PSU Roundup: Coolermaster vs BeQuiet vs Antec @ XSReviews

Storage/Hard Drives
RunCore Pro V 100GB SandForce SF-1200 Solid State Drive @ TweakTown

Tradeshows/Conventions
We sneak a peek at Shuttle's modular notebooks @ Tech Report
OCZ preps affordable PCIe solid-state drive @ Tech Report

Video
Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 in SLI Tested @ TweakTown
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/470 vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870/5850: Comparison Revisited @ TechSpot
Galaxy Streams Desktop to Your TV @ [H]ardOCP
Gigabyte R585OC Video Card @ [H]ardOCP

Miscellany
TweakTown Commander PC Benchmarked @ TweakTown


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Bigfoot Networks Debuts GPU/NIC Combo Card

Posted: June 3, 2010 @ time: 04:05PM
Author: bp9801

Bigfoot Networks, the company behind the Killer Gaming Network card, has unveiled a new product at Computex. This new product is the end result of a joint venture with TLU, the company behind the PowerColor brand, as it pairs a graphics card with a network card on one PCB. This GPU/NIC combo card does not have an official name yet but it does utilize a Radeon HD 5000 series GPU so the graphics power should be pretty good. No word on which GPU it uses but the combo card does sport two DVI ports, one HDMI output, and one gigabit Ethernet port. The company hopes that gamers who want or need a graphics upgrade will buy this product which will not only boost your gaming horsepower but help to prioritize what programs receive the most bandwidth which will come in handy during an online match.

There was no mention of a price but Bigfoot Networks is planning on the combo card costing less than the combined amount of a Killer NIC and an HD 5000 GPU. The product is expected to launch within a few months so we should not have that long of a wait to see if this new combo card is worth it.


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GTX 460 Specs Leaked?

Posted: June 3, 2010 @ time: 05:24PM
Author: bp9801

The folks over at bit-tech seem to have stumbled upon specifications for NVIDIA's new GTX 460 while at Computex. The card will be based on the upcoming GF104 chip and not the current GF100 the 400 series carry. The GTX 460 is essentially going to be half of a GTX 480 with only 768MB of GDDR5 memory and 240 stream processors powering the card, unlike we previously reported. It will be on a 192-bit interface and carry a TDP of 180W. Still a very high number for a card that is aimed to fall in between the ATI HD 5770 and HD 5830 in terms of performance. The GTX 460 will be 8.5 inches long which is the same size as an HD 5770. The launch models for the GTX 460 will all be reference designed with custom versions showing up later. Apparently, the GTX 460 will be capable of reaching the speeds and performance of a GTX 480 though I find that hard to believe. With half the stream processors, I do not think the performance will be able to match the current top dog from NVIDIA.

The card is expected to launch in the early to middle part of July though no word on a price was announced. Hopefully it will be cheaper than the recently launched GTX 465.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: June 4, 2010 @ time: 03:41AM
Author: Nemo

In the solid state drive market these days the SandForce SF-1200 controller seems to be the one to beat in terms of performance. ADATA is working with Marvell on its SATA 6G SSD controller and early results on a pre-production version of the drive seem promising with the potential of 400MB/s read performance a real possibility. When it comes to water cooling your CPU, assembling all the components from scratch can be a daunting, and expensive, proposition. CoolIT offers a number of pre-assembled cooling solutions including the ECO A.L.C. (also reviewed be OCC here) that take the hassle out of water cooling.

Cooling
CoolIT ECO A.L.C. @ Bjorn3D

Internet
Managing your Privacy Online: BitTorrent Downloads @ TechSpot

Mobile
HTC Droid Incredible @ HotHardware
Hot for tablet @ Tech Report

Speakers/Headphones
Ozone Oxid @ XSReviews

Storage/Hard Drives
SandForce SF-1200 SSD Firmware Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
Exclusive: A-DATA S501 128GB Marvell Controlled 400MB/s Preview @ TweakTown

Tradeshows/Conventions
Gigabyte mobos support 1500W CPU power, overclocking via iPad @ Tech Report
Kingston preps 64GB SD card, external USB 3.0 SSD @ Tech Report
We take a closer look at Asus' 10'' Eee Pad @ Tech Report
Gigabyte Technology Motherboard Marketing & Staff Interview @ Legit Reviews

Miscellany
Blu-ray Importing: June 2010 Buying Guide @ TweakTown
PCPer Podcast #107 @ PC Perspective


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Microsoft to Shut Down Bing Cashback

Posted: June 4, 2010 @ time: 12:54PM
Author: bp9801

After a run of two years, Microsoft has announced that it is going to shut down it's Bing Cashback program. The program was initially developed by Jellyfish.com, whom Microsoft bought in 2007, and offered customers a means of getting a rebate on a product searched through Bing. Once you found a vendor from Microsoft's preferred list, you would purchase your item and await for the rebate. Microsoft had hoped for a much larger adoption rate than what it got so the move was made today to close down the Cashback program. The Cashback program will remain active until July 30th and then after that, customers have one year to redeem any cash earned back through their purchases. The Bing Cashback program was a once important part of Microsoft's push to market its search engine as the number one to use with even Bill Gates promoting it. I know there have been several people who have used Bing Cashback on purchases lately so what is your take on the move to shut it down?


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Thermaltake Debuts New Keyboard Line

Posted: June 4, 2010 @ time: 06:48PM
Author: bp9801

Thermaltake has debuted a new line of keyboards at Computex. These keyboards will be branded under the Challenger name and are all mechanical keyboards aimed at gamers. Probably the most unique feature of the entire thing is that it comes with a little 6,000 RPM fan to help cool your hands down while you game. This little fan plugs into the keyboard's top panel and should be sufficient enough to blow a steady stream of cool air on your sweaty fingers. The Challenger line will have three keyboards aimed at different price points but all should have two USB ports and headphone/mic ports as well. The entry-level Challenger will come with 6 macro keys and 32KB of built-in memory to store your macros. The mid-range Challenger Pro will have 10 macro keys and presumably 64KB of built-in memory while the top of the line Challenger Ultimate will have 14 macro keys and 64KB of memory. The Challenger Ultimate is also listed as having 256 backlight options though no mention was made if the other two models will have backlighting as well. I can't see Thermaltake only having one of the keyboards with backlighting so expect the other two to carry it as well, albeit probably not 256 different options.

All the keyboards are expected to retail for under $100 with the Pro expected to cost $65. No word on a launch date was announced at this time.


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Logitech Announces Google TV Apps for Android and iPhone

Posted: June 6, 2010 @ time: 02:34PM
Author: bp9801

Back at Google's I/O Conference the company announced Google TV. Google TV is an Android-based software system that will allow much more internet content on your TV through a set-top box. One of the major partners for the project is Logitech which announced its "Harmony Link" technology a few days ago via a blog post. Harmony Link will allow any kind of signal to be received and then interpreted as an IR command. Virtually every remote control uses IR to send a signal and with Harmony Link, Logitech is ensuring full compatibility with any remote control on the market. Now, the sweet thing Logitech is doing is that it is going to launch free apps for Android phones, iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. Logitech has its Harmony 900 remote control which is pretty nifty in that it also uses RF signals to control devices that the IR cannot see. That remote retails for about 300 dollars and with the Harmony Link technology being able to interpret all manner of signals, a free app for your phone or iDevice will give you the power of that 300 dollar remote. Pretty sweet huh?


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 04:42AM
Author: Nemo

We have more than enough articles from around the the web to keep you busy today. With Computex 2010 finally over, there is a lot of coverage from our affiliates. Also as part of Computex, Kingston offered tours of its memory factory and we have a pair of articles about the tour. We have a couple of cases being reviewed including the GMC H-80 and the Thermaltake Armor A90 (also reviewed by OCC here). As you can see from the linsk below, there's tons more for you to look at, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

Cases
GMC H-80 Case @ Rbmods
Thermaltake Armor A90 Case @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
AMD Athlon-II X2-260 Regor Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Gadgets
Playseats FlightSeat @ LanOC Reviews

Gaming
Monster Hunter Tri: A Great Game Nearly Missed @ XSReviews
Alpha Protocol Xbox 360 @ TweakTown
The Games I Keep Going Back To @ Techgage

Memory
Touring Kingston Technology's Memory Facility In Taiwan @ Legit Reviews
Taking a Tour of Kingston's Hsinchu Factory @ Techgage

Mobile
Griffin iFM iPod Radio Tuner @ Maximum CPU

Motherboards
GIGABYTE P55A-UD7 (P55 Express) Motherboard @ TweakTown
MSI Big Bang XPower (X58 Express) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Notebooks
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Powered Notebook Sneak Peek @ HotHardware

Power Supplies
Kingwin Lazer Gold 850w PSU @ Overclocker Cafe

Prebuilts
MaxForce P55 Javelin @ LanOC Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speaker System @ Tweaknews

Storage/Hard Drives
Seagate Constellation (2TB x 3 Drives) & LSI 3Ware SAS 9750-4i 6Gb/s RAID Card @ Bjorn3D

Trade Shows/Conventions
Computex: Galaxy prepping dual-GTX 470 card and much more @ PC Perspective
ECS Computex 2010 Booth Coverage - Intel P67 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
GIGABYTE Technology Seminar at Computex 2010: Performance and Flexibility @ TweakTown
Bjorn3D @ Computex 2010: Kingston Announces USB 3.0 HyperX SSD and 64GB SDXC Memory Card @ Bjorn3D
Biostar and MSI show Sandy Bridge motherboards based on future Intel 6-series chipsets @ TechSpot
Bigfoot and TUL create graphics/networking hybrid that combines Killer NIC, Radeon 5000-series GPU @ Tech Report
Enermax and Seasonic show new PSUs with 80 Plus Gold certification @ Tech Report
PowerColor Shows Off Custom Video Cards At Computex 2010 @ Legit Reviews
The Booth Babes of Computex 2010 @ Techgage
Computex 2010: PowerColor Provides Sneak Peek of HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Edition @ Hot Hardware
Computex 2010: OCZ's Revo Drive - Affordable PCIe SSD Performance @ HotHardware
Computex 2010: ZOTAC Displays New ITX Motherboards, ZBOX Models @ HotHardware
Computex 2010: Booth Babes @ Legit Reviews

Video
Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 in SLI Overclocked @ TweakTown
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 480 with Galaxy GTX 465 as PhysX @ TweakTown

Miscellany
Toy Story Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown


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FarmVille and Guitar Hero Coming to the iPhone

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 02:49PM
Author: CheeseMan42

FarmVille and Guitar Hero, two extremely popular games, are coming soon to the iPhone. FarmVille is a Flash based game that dominates Facebook gaming, with roughly 80 million users. The iPhone version will be fully featured and won't require Flash to run. FarmVille will be available on the iPhone at the end of this month, an app that will surely have an explosion of downloads. Guitar Hero is available now for $3 and will bring its strumming controls to the iPhone. The game will feature songs from popular artists such as Queen and Rise Against. It will also features integration with Facebook to share your high scores with friends.


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Energy Star Certification Coming to Data Centers

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 03:10PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Many of you have probably heard of Energy Star, and you may even have some home appliances that are Energy Star certified. The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to extend this certification to data centers, which use about 1.5% of the total energy in the United States. The EPA hopes that this will give greater incentive to make data centers more efficient by allowing companies to market how "green" they are. To obtain the certification, data centers must be in the top 25% of their peers in energy use. The power usage effectiveness measurement will be used to determine the ranking, measuring how much energy actually reaches IT equipment based on how much is supplied to the data center.


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iPhone 4 Announced, Launches June 24th

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 03:18PM
Author: bp9801

After a few months of rumors and leaks, Apple has officially announced the iPhone 4 at its WWDC 2010 event today. It has a glass front and back with a stainless steel ribbon on every side that helps hold the structure. That ribbon is actually the antenna system for the phone though it uses the same GSM/UMTS signals as the iPhone 3GS. This is not a 4G phone but just the fourth version of the iPhone. The iPhone 4 has two cameras, one on the front and a rear one that gets an LED flash added to it. The camera is now 5 megapixels with a 5x digital zoom and the ability to record in 720p at 30 frames per second.

The display on the phone has seen a nice resolution bump to 960x640 which is four times the amount of pixels as the previous generation. It is rated at 326ppi which Apple claims is beyond the limit of the human eye. Just like the iPad, the iPhone 4 uses an IPS display for the touchscreen that carries a contrast ratio of 800:1. So now not only will you get a high resolution display you are also going to get a gorgeous looking display for your enjoyment. The screen is still the same 3.5 inch size.

The same A4 processor powering the iPad makes its way into the iPhone 4 so the performance should get a nice little bump. With the new processor, the phone will use a slightly larger battery than previous generations which will see usage at 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. The WiFi in the iPhone 4 is now 802.11n which is just nice to see.

On the software side, applications will automatically get high resolution text and buttons with the launch of the new iOS 4. Apple also says that with "a little bit of work" the developers can get the existing applications all to display at the larger resolution. Developers will also get access to a new gyroscope which gives devs "six axis" motion control between the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass. For consumers, you can take advtange of the camera's new ability to record in HD with an iMovie app though it will set you back $4.99. The front facing camera will use a new "FaceTime" feature that works over WiFi to enable video calling. It will work between two iPhone 4's with no setup required though you can always switch to the rear camera at any time.

The iPhone 4 will be available in white or black on June 24th from AT&T. The 16GB model will cost $199 and the 32GB model $299. AT&T is also going to give a little grace period to upgrade early but it will only be six months before your contract expires. Apple also announced that the 3GS will be lowered to $99 and the 3G will disappear entirely. Pre-orders start in one week and the U.S, the U.K, France, Germany, and Japan will get it at launch while 18 other countries will get it in July.


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iPhone OS 4 Renamed to iOS 4

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 03:31PM
Author: bp9801

To go along with the new iPhone, Apple announced that it is renaming the upcoming iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4. There will be roughly 1,500 new features included in iOS 4 along with multitasking, a unified inbox, app folders, and data detectors. Apple is encouraging all its developers to work with the iPhone 4's new high resolution display though iOS 4 will automatically redraw the text and controls for the older iDevices to display correctly. Bing is now a supported search engine along with Google and Yahoo. Google is still the default though I do believe you can switch which one that is.

Apple said that iOS 4 will be launch on June 21st for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPod Touch. Owners of the Touch will also get the new OS for free which is a first for them. Not all features will be supported across the devices however, with owners of the first generation iPod Touch being left out entirely and the iPhone 3G not supporting multitasking.


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Intel Engineer's Son Goes Missing, OCC Readers Asked for Help

Posted: June 7, 2010 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: Nemo

Intel has asked OCC to help get the word out about 7-year old Kyron Horman, a second grader who went missing at school last Friday. He was last seen by his stepmother heading towards his classroom only 150 feet away. Kyron is the son of an Intel employee and if you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Multonomah County Sheriff's office at 503-261-2847.

 


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Acer Unveils Aspire One 533 Netbook

Posted: June 8, 2010 @ time: 03:52AM
Author: premiumgfx

Acer has unveiled the latest refresh in its Aspire One netbook series. The Aspire One 533 features the Intel Atom N455/N475 CPUs, up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the Mobile Intel NM10 Express Chipset and the Intel GMA 3150. These enable the Aspire One 533 to perform everyday tasks such emailing and web browsing quickly and easily. The new netbook includes a 10.1" LED back-lit screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, making it perfect to view high-definition content on. Storage is more than sufficient with up to 250GB of hard drive space. Other connectivity options include an HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a card reader, webcam and microphone. A multi-gesture touchpad and 93% standard-size keyboard allow efficient user control and input. The Aspire One 533 weighs in at just over 1kg, is around 25mm thick, and lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge according to Acer. The Aspire One 533 will be available in black, red or white models from July 1, with pricing still to be finalised.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: June 8, 2010 @ time: 04:40AM
Author: Nemo

Thermaltake has made a name for itself in the computer business, partly due to the success of its cooling products. We've seen several Thermaltake coolers come through the review channels this year including two included in today's roundup - the Thermaltake Frio and the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. Moving along to cases, we have a pair of mid-tower units to check out including the NZXT Hades and the Antec Sonata Proto. Make sure you set aside some time to read all the reviews linked below.

Cases
NZXT Hades Computer Case @ Tweaknews
Antec Sonata Proto Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
Thermaltake Frio Universal Heatsink @ PC Perspective
Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler @ Rbmods

Input Devices
Logitech Flight System G940 @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard @ Neoseeker

Networking
TRENDnet TEW-673GRU Dual Band 300Mbps Wireless Router @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
SilverStone DS221 External 2.5-inch HDD Dual Bay RAID Enclosure @ ThinkComputers

Trade Shows/Conventions
Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-up @ HotHardware

Video
XFX HD 5870 Black Edition @ XSReviews


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Pulse RSS Reader Removed From iPad Store

Posted: June 8, 2010 @ time: 12:43PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Pulse RSS reader has been removed from the iPad app store at the request of the New York Times. As it is a paid app, costing $4, it violates the Terms of Use of the New York Times website, which prohibits commercial use of its content. Pulse has had over 35,000 downloads and impressed Steve Jobs enough that it was mentioned during the WWDC keynote speech. This could lead to the possibility of more readers being taken down as the good ones are usually paid apps and like to include the Times. The creators plan to work with Apple and remove the Times feed from the app.


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Western Digital Announces New Mac-Friendly External Hard Drives

Posted: June 8, 2010 @ time: 03:43PM
Author: bp9801

Western Digital today has announced a new line of external hard drives that are ideal for Mac users. The new drives are the My Book Studio LX series and feature a brushed aluminum enclosure to match your Mac. The drives feature a FireWire 800 port and a USB 2.0 port to connect to any computer you need to save or transfer files. The My Book Studio LX features WD SmartWare software to offer continuous and automatic backup as well as functionality with Apple Time Machine so you can choose which backup program you want to use. The drives also feature a 256-bit hardware-based encryption to make sure all your files are safe and secure.

Each drive is formatted for Mac and comes in a 1TB or 2TB option. The 1TB model will cost $199 while the 2TB will cost $299 with availability starting today.


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Alienware M11x Gets a Hardware Upgrade

Posted: June 8, 2010 @ time: 04:50PM
Author: bp9801

Dell today has announced that it's Alienware M11x laptop has gotten a much desired hardware update. Now, the M11x is Alienware's smallest laptop at 11 inches so it technically falls into the netbook line. Alienware is known for high-performance systems and the M11x is no different as it is a netbook that can play games and play them well. The new hardware comes in the form of new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and NVIDIA Optimus technology. The Core i5 and i7 processors can be overclocked beyond the factory defaults to allow you to get more horsepower from your investment.

The M11x  will offer the NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M graphics chip which will use 1GB of of VRAM to help power your games. You will also be able to benefit from NVIDIA PhysX in supported games. The NVIDIA Optimus technology will allow you to switch between the integrated Intel HD GMA and the discrete NVIDIA chip when you want to save battery life or play a demanding game.

The Alienware M11x will be available with the new upgrades starting today. The M11x may be called a netbook but the price certainly is not as it clocks in at $1,799.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 04:35AM
Author: Nemo

Netbooks have taken the mobile market by storm, but there are certainly many compelling reasons to go with a traditional notebook, especially if you are a business user or are looking for a desktop replacement. The two laptops reviewed here today fit the bill for both of those requirements as well as having multimedia capabilities. We have a review of the Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate video card (also reviewed by OCC here) for those looking for a quiet, mainstream card. You can check out the rest of the reviews in today's roundup using the links below.

Cooling
XtremeGear HP1216B @ LanOC Reviews

Mobile
Editorial: Why you should like the Apple iPad @ TweakTown
Apple’s iPhone 4 – Should You Get One? @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
MSI X58 PRO-E Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
GIGABYTE P55A-UD6 Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP

Networking
A List of Common Default Router IP Addresses @ TechSpot

Notebooks
Toshiba Tecra A11-S3540 @ HotHardware
Gateway NV59C09u 15.6-inch Core i3 Notebook @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
Enermax Pro87+ 600W @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
Creative World of Warcraft Wireless Headset @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Super Talent SuperCrypt 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Techgage

Video
Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate 1GB @ LanOC Reviews


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Google Maps Now Available in 11 New Countries

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: sdy284

As I'm sure our international members can attest, being left out of one of the best features that Google has can be kind of a let down. Well for the bulk of you, hopefully, Google has just fixed that. Google announced today that they have added support for 11 new countries to Google Maps. So obviously this is great news for a lot of people "across the pond."


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Sony 3DTVs Available for Pre-Sale at Sony Style Stores

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 12:40PM
Author: bp9801

Sony has long been teasing that its 3DTVs would be launching soon but now it is finally official. Sony has announced that its 3DTVs are up for pre-sale at Sony Style stores. There will be about seven 3D LED TVs launched with sizes ranging from 40 inches to 60 inches. Some of the TVs, like the BRAVIA XBR-LX900, will have the 3D sync transmitter built-in as well as including two pairs of active shutter glasses. Models like the BRAVIA XBR-HX909 and KDL-HX800 will need the 3D sync transmitter and glasses purchased at an additional cost which is kind of inconvenient since those are just 3D ready and not 3D integrated. Sony also announced that its Blu-Ray 3D players will be available in stores this July with a 3D firmware hitting the already available Blu-Ray players today.

The prices for the Sony 3DTVs will range from $2,100 to $5,000. No word on availability at other retailers currently but if you have a Sony Style store near you, then you are in luck.


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Playstation 3 Getting 3D Titles Tomorrow

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 01:35PM
Author: bp9801

The Playstation Network is down today for some scheduled maintenance and should be back up by 8:30PM PST tonight. Perhaps the maintenance is to prepare the Playstation 3 for the 3D titles that are launching tomorrow. Thats right, the PS3 is getting some 3D games to display on your new 3DTV, possibly even a Sony one. The games that are getting the 3D treatment are Pain, Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, and the demo for MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. The upcoming Playstation Move title The Fight: Lights Out will also support 3D when it launches so you can show off your new motion controller with a 3D game. These games will make the PS3 the first game console to support 3D but I just hope the 3D does not look tacked on since these games have already been available for some time. I guess tomorrow will be the first test of it.


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Team Fortress 2 Coming to the Mac?

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 03:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The newest official blog post seems to indicate that. The post indicates that there will be a big announcement tomorrow for the game, and several clues point to the Mac version of TF2. Such clues include the white earbuds being sported by the TF2 characters along with the note that the announcement rhymes with "Speem Gortress zmavailable on the Babac." TF2 will join the Half-Life series as those Source games ported to the Mac. If the Half-Life release was any indication, we should be able to expect a sale on TF2.


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Noctua Showcases New Designs at Computex 2010

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 10:13PM
Author: Nemo

At the recently concluded Computex 2010 Noctua showed off a series of its upcoming products and prototype designs for new CPU coolers. First up is a new 140mm cooler that makes use of a C-type design which allows for a lower design while still offering excellent component cooling. The unit incorporates six heatpipes and dual NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans which can be used with both fans for maximum performance or with a single fan mounted in either a high or low configuration depending on whether you're looking for maximum clearance or a low-profile mode for minimum height.

Noctua's engineers have been busy producing several prototype designs as well including a pair of D-type coolers and another pair of coolers in a U-type design. Each pair is comprised of 120mm and 92mm sizes. The 120mm D-type cooler uses six heat pipes to offer performance levels close to Noctua's NH-D14 flagship cooler in a smaller size for improved compatibility and can be operated with up to three 120mm fans. The final prototype design is for a 120/80mm dual-fan mode low profile cooler designed for mini-ITX mainboards and small HTPC enclosures. As with the C-type cooler, it's designed to be used in either dual- or single-fan mode depending on the application requirements.

It looks like Noctua had a lot to show off at Computex this year and we look forward to hearing more about these new designs and hopefully getting hold of a few for review purposes.


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Titan Fenrir EVO CPU Cooler Announced

Posted: June 9, 2010 @ time: 10:36PM
Author: Nemo

Titan has announced the Fenrir EVO, TTC-NK85TZ/CS@ (RB), CPU cooler which is a follow-on to the original Fenrir cooler we reviewed last year. The Fenrir EVO has been updated with a powerful fan featuring nine kukri-shaped blades for even quieter operation. The fan is spins at 800-2200 RPM and using the included PWM intelligent fan controller, is rated at <15-<35dBA. The all-in-one socket support makes it compatible with most Intel and AMD systems and should match the original Fenrir's cooling performance while offering a reduced noise signature. Titan expects the Fenrir EVO to become available next month at a yet to be disclosed price.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 04:25AM
Author: Nemo

There are a lot of cases out there to choose from and the mid-tower segment is especially crowded. Thermaltake certainly needs no introduction when it comes to cases and other components and it has updated its lineup with the Armor A90 (also reviewed by OCC here). Solid state drives have managed to proliferate with just about every component manufacturer having at least one product line, if not several. In our roundup today we get a chance to take a virtual tour of A-DATA's Taipei SSD plant as well as an opportunity to check out the Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 128GB drive.

Cases
Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Mid Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews

Cooling
Hiyatek HY-CF-6322 Foldable Notebook Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Memory
Corsair Dominator 1600 Mhz 7-8-7-20 Memory @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
Foxconn H55MX-S (H55 Express) Micro-ATX Motherboard @ TweakTown

Notebooks
MSI Wind U230-040 Review - MSI's Atom Smasher @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
How to make an SSD: Touring A-DATA's Taipei Factory @ TweakTown
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 128GB @ LanOC Reviews

Trade Shows/Conventions
Bjorn3D @ Computex 2010 - Gigabyte Press Conference @ Bjorn3D

Video
ASUS ENGTX480-2D1-1536 Geforce GTX 480 Videocard @ PCSTATS


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iPhone to T-Mobile?

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 12:49PM
Author: CheeseMan42

An analyst at Kaufman Brothers thinks that will be the case. The analyst believes that the GSM network of T-Mobile puts it ahead of Verizon to get the iPhone when the exclusivity deal with AT&T runs out. Both the 3GS and 4 models of the iPhone are compatible with the 2100MHz frequency used by T-Mobile, AT&T uses 1900MHz. The CDMA network used by Verizon would require much more modification to work. The analyst feels that the 34 million users of T-Mobile would welcome the iPhone, and that it would help combat the onslaught of Android phones. However, another analyst at J. Gold Associates feels that the much larger install base, marketing budget, and 3G coverage tip the scales in favor of Verizon.


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Logitech Launches Four HD Webcams

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 01:50PM
Author: bp9801

Logitech today has announced some new webcams that can all shoot in high definition. Logitech's top model, the HD Pro C910, offers 720p video calling and 1080p video recording along with Logitech Fluid Crystal technology and one-click HD-uploading to Facebook and Youtube. There will be three other models of HD webcams available to suit any requirement you want with the C510 being designed with portability in mind. That model also features 360 degree rotation to allow you to include more people in your video call though the C510 cannot do 1080p recording, just the 720p calling. The two other models are the C310 and the C270 which will feature 720p video calling and are aimed at people on a budget.

The price for the C910 will be $99, the C510 will be $59, the C310 at $49, and the C270 at $39. All models except for the C910 will be available starting in June in the U.S with Europe and Asia following in July and August. The C910 will be available starting in August in the three territories.


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Flash 10.1 is Official

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 04:37PM
Author: bp9801

Adobe today has finally made Flash 10.1 an official release. It had been in "release candidate" status since April of this year and it was in beta form since last November, but now it is finally official. Flash 10.1 enables hardware video acceleration on supported platforms though Mac users will have to wait for the "Gala" release before they can enjoy that element. "Gala" can be downloaded in "release candidate" form with the final version coming before long.

You can download Flash 10.1 directly from Adobe's website for your Windows or Mac computer and from the Android Market on your Android 2.2 device.


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ECS World Cup Giveaway

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 07:04PM
Author: Nemo

The World Cup may not generate as much interest in North America as in other parts of the world, but ECS has announced a giveaway contest tied in with the World Cup which should peek the interest of computer enthusiasts, even if you're not a soccer, er I mean football, fan. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, ECS is offering the chance to win one of 4 great computer components including a NVIDIA GeForce GTX480. In addition, ECS will be giving away 10 Black Series ECS soccer jerseys, giving away two every week of the World Cup from June 11 – July 11, 2010. Be sure to head on over to the ECS contest site to sign up for a chance to win.


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Sapphire Announces Support for U.S. Gaming Group

Posted: June 10, 2010 @ time: 08:08PM
Author: Nemo

Sapphire and Loaded, the North American professional gaming organization, today announced their partnership that will provide Loaded with the latest in hardware technology ranging from HD 500-series graphics cards to top of the line Sapphire motherboards. In addition, Sapphire will take advantage of the partnership to give fans the chance to win great prizes from Loaded contests throughout the year and will provide fans with the opportunity to take advantage of the promotions from their SAPPHIRE Select Club.

"Loaded has spent the past months in search for the right sponsor to fullfill our needs and really show off the value of the Loaded organization," said Brandon Freytag, Chief Executive Officer of Loaded, LLC. "Bringing Sapphire aboard is a big win for us. We always look to be #1 and now we have the backing of the #1 ATI provider in the world. Sapphire has many great products from graphic cards to motherboards and most notably a new Sapphire Select Club. We are very excited to sport all of the new Sapphire products for all our pro gamers. Stay tuned for many exciting giveaways and contest surrounding the Sapphire brand!"


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: June 11, 2010 @ time: 04:37AM
Author: Nemo

It looks like the attack of the mice in today's roundup as we have reviews on offerings from NZXT and Mionix along with an article looking at 12 different units.  To round things out there's a review covering the WoW and AION mousepads from SteelSeries. We also have a review on the NZXT Hades mid-tower case (also reviewed by OCC here). So, as we head into the weekend take a moment to enjoy all the best from our affiliates around the web by following the links below.

Cases
NZXT Hades Mid Tower Chassis @ TweakTown

Cooling
Xigmatek HDT SD964W Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews

Input Devices
Mionix Naos 5000 USB Gaming Laser Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Mouse Round-up: 12 Options, Every Budget Covered @ TechSpot
NZXT Avatar @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
MSI Big Bang XPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

Mousepads
SteelSeries WoW and AION Limited Edition Mouse Pads @ Madshrimps

Notebooks
Asus G51J Core i7-720QM GTX 260M Notebook @ Madshrimps
Where have all the good touchpads gone? @ Tech Report

Speakers/Headphones
Jays Q-Jays Earphones @ Rbmods

Storage/Hard Drives
Patriot Inferno 100GB SF-1200 Solid State Drive @ TweakTown
MIMOBOT Darth Vader Unmasked @ LanOC Reviews

Video
PNY GeForce GTX 470 @ HotHardware

Miscellany
Nerd Fitness: Part 2 - Getting Over the Hump @ XSReviews
PCPer Podcast #108 @ PC Perspective
Speck AftPack Notebook Backpack @ ThinkComputers


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Intel Core i7 990X in the Works

Posted: June 11, 2010 @ time: 12:08PM
Author: bp9801

Intel is evidently planning to updates its fastest CPU, the Core i7 980X, in the fourth quarter of this year. The new flagship will be called the Core i7 990X and should replace the 980X at the $999 price point. It will have an unlocked multiplier and six cores just like the 980X and a bump in clock speed to 3.46GHz potentially, though no official word came out on the actual clock speed of the chip.

Intel is also planning on releasing a Core i7 970 as a "cheap" six core processor in the third quarter but it is expected to launch just below $600. When the 990X hits in the following quarter, the 970 could see a lowering of price with another six core known as the 980 launching at the ~$600 area. The 980 will have a locked multiplier, just like the 970, but it will have a clock speed of 3.33GHz.

All of this seems a bit confusing especially with Intel's Sandy Bridge expected to launch in 2011. With the i7 getting a refresh so close to the launch of Sandy Bridge, it seems like the 990X will remain the flagship model since the Sandy Bridge parts at launch will be limited to quad cores.


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Microsoft Says No More Windows XP on New Netbooks After October 22

Posted: June 11, 2010 @ time: 02:07PM
Author: bp9801

Well, it seems that the venerable Windows XP is slowly coming to an end as Microsoft has announced that no new netbooks will use it after October 22nd. However, it seems the operating system could disappear before that date as Microsoft stated that 81% of all netbooks sold as of this past April have shipped with some form of Windows 7 installed. Whether it is Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium, it seems that the new OS is gaining quick ground in the netbook market. There should still be some netbooks that use Windows XP out there, so if you want to use that then try to grab one of those while you can before this October.


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Lawsuit Over Duke Nukem Settled

Posted: June 11, 2010 @ time: 03:15PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The latest chapter for the most notorious of vaporware is over. The lawsuit between Take-Two Interactive and 3D Realms over Duke Nukem Forever has been settled. The lawsuit has been dismissed and cannot be brought up again by either party. The lawsuit centered around a breach of contract due to the continuing delays in releasing the game, which still hasn't been released. No details regarding compensation, financial or otherwise, were mentioned. I just want to know if the game will ever be released.


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Apple Could Face Antitrust Suit

Posted: June 11, 2010 @ time: 03:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The recent decision by Apple to change the wording of its developer agreement for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch could land the company in some hot water. The new wording essentially prohibits developers from using the AdMob network, which coincidentally was recently purchased by Google. With the increasing presence of smartphones and other handheld devices, mobile advertising in apps is big money. By banning AdMob from its products, Apple could be severely hindering the profits of Google.


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