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News Archives for October 2010

Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: October 1, 2010 @ time: 03:30AM
Author: Nemo

As we get ready to head into the weekend we have a pair of reviews on GeForce GTX 480 video cards as well as a Radeon HD 5870 card. There's also a good mix of other reviews like a look at the Antec LanBoy Air case, an article covering the G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 8GB memory kit, ASUS' Crosshair IV Formula 890FX motherboard and more. You can check out all of these and more by using the links posed below.

Cases
Video Perspective: Antec LanBoy Air Customizable Case @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Civilization V GPU & CPU Performance In-depth @ TechSpot

Memory
G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 (1600MHz) 8GB Kit @ TweakTown

Modding
Quick Review: NZXT Sleeved LED Kit @ TweakTown

Motherboards
Asus Crosshair IV Formula 890FX Motherboard @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming Headset @ Techgage

Storage/Hard Drives
Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Dock @ Tweaknews

Trade Shows/Conventions
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference @ ThinkComputers

Video
My "Quiet" Galaxy GeForce GTX 480 SLI Build @[H]ardOCP
Asus Matrix 5870 2GB Video Card @ HotHardware
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews


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Windows Phone 7 Launching November 8th in the US, Exclusive to AT&T For Now

Posted: October 1, 2010 @ time: 12:51PM
Author: bp9801

The news is finally official. Microsoft's latest foray into the mobile phone world has gotten a launch date in the US. Windows Phone 7 will launch in the US on November 8th and it will exclusively premier on AT&T. AT&T won't only be the premier launch partner but it will be the only launch partner when WP7 hits, according to the Wall Street Journal. AT&T will have three phones running Windows Phone 7 at launch. One will be from Samsung, another from LG, and the last from HTC. AT&T being a launch partner for Microsoft is no surprise since it was announced earlier that no CDMA phones would be available, which Verizon and Sprint use, so it left pretty much AT&T and T-Mobile. With T-Mobile being left out at launch time, it seems rather odd for Microsoft to launch its new phone OS on only one carrier. You would think that a new platform would try to be on as many carriers as possible to help with sales but well, Microsoft must have thought otherwise. So, anyone out there on AT&T going to get a phone running Windows Phone 7? Anyone going to switch to AT&T or simply wait for a phone to hit your carrier?


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Gears of War 3 Delayed

Posted: October 1, 2010 @ time: 02:02PM
Author: bp9801

Well, this is certainly a blow to the gamers out there. Not long after announcing that Gears of War 3 would see a release in April of 2011 comes this bit of news that the game has been delayed. Now instead of that April 2011 release it will come out in the Fall of 2011. What may be the cause for the delay? Well, if you're thinking its something to do with a development snafu or something like that, think again. Microsoft Game Studios is moving Gears of War 3 to the fall for no other reason than to make it the marquee holiday title. That's right, the game is being delayed so it can be the game to get this holiday season. Personally, I think that is a bone headed move since the summer time is usually pretty sparse on the game launch calendar and Gears of War 3 would have been a welcome title for it, but now it is being pressed into line for the holiday season. I can't say I see the logic in that but maybe Microsoft does. How do you all feel about this?


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Team Fortress 2 Mann-Conomy Update

Posted: October 2, 2010 @ time: 09:13AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Valve has released a new update for Team Fortress 2, the Mann-Conomy update. This update isn't centered around any one class, but instead focuses on the games items. The center of the update is five new sets of items, created by the fine folks at Polycount. When a player has all items of a set equipped, they will get a special bonus. Also available is a new store where users can purchase items that can be obtained through drops and by crafting. Trading is also available, allowing players to swap items with friends, or anyone on the server. This update is sure to add plenty of excitement to the game, and I am off to go play it soon. Discuss it with other members in the forums and don't forget to check out the newest comic, featuring the adventures of Saxton Hale.


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New Apple TV Jailbroken

Posted: October 2, 2010 @ time: 09:25AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Another Apple product, the second generation Apple TV, has been jailbroken in little time. The new device is sparsely available, and many won't ship until mid October. The jailbreak is accomplished by using the SHAtter tool, developed by @pod2g. The tool targets the boot ROM and tricks the Apple TV into removing the iOS firmware image for a custom image from the Apple Dev Team. Users will be limited in how much they can do with this, as it only features 8GB of flash memory, which is also used for cache. Apple can't be happy about this, but the Library of Congress has stated that jailbreaking is legal and Apple will just have to deal with it.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: October 4, 2010 @ time: 03:33AM
Author: Nemo

We get to kick off the first week of October with a trio of gaming headset reviews, two of which are on Corsair's first foray into the market with its HS1 headset. Also in today's roundup is a look at the NZXT Phantom full-tower case, GIGABYTE's X58A-UD9  motherboard, the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB SSD and much more. All you need to do is use the links below to read the reviews from around the web.

Cases
NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews

Cooling
Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews

Gaming
F1 2010 PlayStation 3 @ TweakTown

Media Players

Apple TV Wireless HD Digital Media Player Preview @ Legit Reviews

Mobile
Kiwi U-Powered Solar & USB Portable Charger @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 Tested in Quad SLI w/ GTX 480 @ TweakTown

Networking
Trendnet TEW-691GR Router @ Rbmods

Prebuilts
HP Photosmart D110a e-All-in-One @ Maximum CPU

Speakers/Headphones
Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Headset @ Madshrimps
Corsair's HS1 gaming headset @ Tech Report
Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Techgage

Storage/Hard Drives
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown

Trade Shows/Conventions
Gigabyte GOOC2010 World Final @ Madshrimps

Video
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
HotHardware Video Podcast - October 1, 2010  @ HotHardware
Wall Street Blu-ray Movie @ TweakTown
Wicked Lasers S3 Arctic Spyder III 1 Watt Blue Laser @ TweakTown


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Microsoft Brings Back Windows 7 Family Packs

Posted: October 4, 2010 @ time: 03:31PM
Author: bp9801

If you happened to miss out on snagging one of the Family Packs of Windows 7 when it launched nearly a year ago, you apparently are not alone. Microsoft is seeing fit to re-release the Windows 7 Family Packs which allows you to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three computers provided each one is already running Windows XP or Windows Vista. The first time the Family Packs launched, they sold out in record time and Microsoft never issued more. Now, however, you can snag the Family Packs from Microsoft's online store for $149.99 or ten dollars less from Amazon. However, Microsoft does warn that supplies are limited so get yours while you can.


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Verizon to Refund Wrongful Charges

Posted: October 4, 2010 @ time: 04:47PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Verizon Wireless has announced that a software glitch was behind roughly $90 million in wrongful charges. Consumers were being charged for data usage on phones without data plans after hitting a button on their phones. After seeing that it tried to connect to the internet, the consumers would stop the process. Verizon had told the FCC that it had stopped these charges, but will pay back all the money in the form of credit on your bill or refund checks for those no longer with Verizon. Most of the 15 million users affected will see either $2 or $6 in reimbursement, but some could even see more. An analyst at Validas advises that consumers look carefully over every phone bill they receive for suspicious charges.


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Sapphire Technology Receives AMD Top Partner Status

Posted: October 4, 2010 @ time: 07:18PM
Author: Nemo

Sapphire has long been an AMD partner and that relationship is being recognized with the recent achievement of Elite Partner status in AMD's Fusion Partner Program. With this award, AMD is recognizing Sapphire and acknowledging that Sapphire will be an important player in future AMD Fusion technology and products. By giving Sapphire its top partner status, AMD is committing to supporting Sapphire in the early implementation, marketing and delivery of a range of AMD Fusion-based products.

“Our Elite partners are part of an exclusive, global group,” said David Kenyon, corporate vice president, Worldwide Channel Marketing, AMD. “We value Sapphire’s loyalty and willingness to commit to AMD and recognize the mutual strategic and commercial benefit of our partnership.”

AMD Fusion technology combines high-performance graphics technology and CPU functionality in a single device. Sapphire, in turn is committed to becoming a leader in AMD Fusion-based products.


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FLO TV is No More

Posted: October 4, 2010 @ time: 08:42PM
Author: bp9801

FLO TV was supposed to be a revolutionary step forward in how to watch television. You could watch a variety of shows on a little, handheld screen wherever you were. It sounded great on paper but in practice it was anything but that. There was yet another subscription fee to pay to watch the shows on the device and it seems that consumers simply did not want that. Well, consumers got their wish as Qualcomm, makers of FLO TV, have pulled the plug on the device effective immediately. Qualcomm has informed its retail partners to stop selling FLO TV products so you will no longer be able to buy one, if you were interested. Both AT&T and Verizon have the MediaFLO service which enables its handsets to view the programming and it appears that Qualcomm is in talks with both companies about the future of that service. For those already using a FLO TV, no word was announced on what to expect in terms of programming down the road. I can't say I am really surprised by Qualcomm's decision to axe FLO TV since I saw it as a major niche device, but for anyone using it how do you feel about it?


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 03:46AM
Author: Nemo

In our roundup today we have a pair of GeForce GTS 450 graphics cards from Galaxy and Gigabyte as well as cooling fans from Zalman. Antec has a new line of cases out under the Dark Fleet name and today we have a look at the DF-35 model. There is also a second mid-tower case in the roundup with the Cooler Master HAF 912 (also reviewed by OCC here). Take a few moments to peruse he rest of the offerings from around the web using the links below.

Cases
Antec DF 35 @ XSReviews
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers

Cooling
Zalman ZM-F3 FDB & ZM-SF3 Fans @ Bjorn3D

Mobile
Smartphone Buying Guide: Fourth Quarter 2010 @ TechSpot

Motherboards
Asus's Rampage III Gene and Sabertooth X58 motherboards @ Tech Report

Networking
Sitecom Wireless Simultaneous Dualband 300N XR Gigabit Gaming Router II @ Madshrimps

Prebuilts
iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior II X58M Custom Gaming PC @ TweakTown

Trade Shows / Conventions
WCG 2010 Grand Final: Gamers, Hardware, and Booth Babes @ Legit Reviews

Video
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Super OC Overclocking @ [H]ardOCP
GIGABYTE GeForce GTS 450 OC 1GB Video Card @ TweakTown

Miscellany
Inside the Computer Hardware Review Industry @ Benchmark Reviews


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Internet Explorer Global Usage Falls Below 50%

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 09:16AM
Author: ClayMeow

For the first time in its history, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has fallen below 50% for worldwide usage, according to StatCounter. StatCounter's latest research indicates that Internet Explorer usage fell to 49.87% in September, followed by Firefox at 31.5%, Chrome at 11.54%, Safari at 4.42%, and Opera at 2.03%. Although Firefox is Internet Explorer's closest competitor, it's actually Chrome that has been hurting it recently, as Chrome has more than tripled its usage over the past year, up from 3.69% in September 2009. Internet Explorer's biggest hit is coming from the European market, where its share has fallen to 40.26%. Microsoft's agreement in March with the European Commission to offer EU users a choice of browsers may have contributed to its decline.


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Think Nintendo's 3DS Price is High? Blame the Media!

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 10:07AM
Author: ClayMeow

When the price of Nintendo's 3DS was unveiled last week, many people felt it was way too high. Retailing for around $300 in Japan, the 3DS has Nintendo's most expensive launch price tag in the company's history, even when accounting for inflation. Nintendo's previously highest-priced console was the Wii at $250, followed by the Gamecube at $200, and the Virtual Boy at $180. The original DS was less than $150 at launch. Now some may argue that with its advanced technology and improved features, the price tag is justified. The problem is, that's not why it's priced so high. According to Nintendo's CEO, Satoru Iwata, the positive reaction from reporters and readers at this year's E3 was a major factor in setting such a high price. Many reports indicate that the 3D technology isn't that great, so the question is, was part of the positive reaction because everyone expected its price to be around $200? Nintendo is certainly taking a gamble. Do you think it's going to work out for them, or come back to bite them in the butt?


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NVIDIA to Sell Reference Video Cards Exclusively at Best Buy

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 04:55PM
Author: bp9801

This one is a little bit of a head scratcher. NVIDIA is going to start selling video cards at Best Buy that are pure reference. This means that these cards will carry only the NVIDIA logo and none of the add-in board partners typically associated with selling an NVIDIA video card. Best Buy will be the only place you can buy these reference cards which strikes me as a bit odd. Foxconn will be making the reference cards though NVIDIA will have a three year warranty on each one. NVIDIA is seeing the reference cards as a "complement" to the AIB partners but I am sure none of them will see it quite like that. Though, hopefully this means the AIB partners will then come up with better and more efficient cooling methods as a means to direct sales towards them. In any case, it should be interesting to see the pricing of the reference cards at Best Buy compared to the prices of the AIB partner cards already sold there.


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Android Gains in Popularity

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 05:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Android phones have had a good run this past year, and that is clear when you look at the sales figures. Nielsen research indicates that Android has been the most popular platform among smartphones sold in the last 6 months. The iPhone and BlackBerry are tied for second, with neither having any advantage over the other. BlackBerry still holds a 3% advantage over the iPhone in the smartphone market, with Android just 9% behind the iPhone. Both BlackBerry and the iPhone have seen drops in new purchases, while Android purchases have more than doubled since January. Many analysts predict that the Android platform will surpass both the iPhone and BlackBerry soon, perhaps even this year.


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Baseball Playoffs Begin Tomorrow

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 05:53PM
Author: ClayMeow

The Major League Baseball postseason begins tomorrow with the Division Series. In the American League, we have the Tampa Bay Rays against the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins against the New York Yankees. In the National League, we have the Philadelphia Phillies against the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants against the Atlanta Braves. Will the defending World Series Champions New York Yankees grab their 28th Title? Will the Phillies make a return trip to the Fall Classic? Or maybe the Rays or Rangers will win their first titles in franchise history?

Who do you think will win it all, and more importantly, who do you want to win it all?


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Toshiba Creates 3D TV That Doesn't Require Glasses

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 05:56PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Toshiba started the CEATEC trade show in Asia off with a bang. The Regza TV was unveiled on Sunday night, the day before the show opened. The TV is powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, and creates an image from 9 different directions to appear 3D. The TV is based on LED technology and will be available in 12 and 20 inch models. A 56 inch prototype was also shown, but won't be commercially available anytime soon. The 3D technology worked quite well, with a few restrictions. Sitting closer to the center of the TV produces the best 3D, and you must also be close to the TV. Laptops seem like a great use of the technology as users typically follow those constraints. The 12 and 20 inch models will be available in Japan at the end of the year for $1,500 and $2,900, respectively. The TV won't be coming to any other markets, but at least you don't have to wear those silly glasses.


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Video Game Prices Have Gone Down With Time

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 06:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

You may wonder how video game prices could be lower than they previously were. Anyone that is old enough to remember the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo knows how much those cartridges cost. When adjusted for inflation, many of those games would cost you about $75 today. Gaming today is cheaper than it has ever been before. Even some Nintendo 64 games retailed for up to $80. There are still expensive games today, with collectors editions carrying a higher price than the normal edition, with some added goodies of course. However, factoring in paid DLC could raise the price of some games. One contributing factor in price difference is the media used to hold games. Some cartridge games required more read only memory than others. ROM was very expensive back in those days. All you youngsters should appreciate how good you have it these days.


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Intel's New 25nm Solid State Drives to Boast Bigger Capacity and Longer Life?

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 07:17PM
Author: bp9801

It seems that when the new Intel 25nm solid state drives launch later this year and early next, they will bring more improvements then just a lower price. The capacity of the drives will be increased and the life expectancy of each drive will be prolonged as well. The new drives will be available in both the 2.5" and 1.8" form factor, with the 2.5" drives seeing an increase in capacity up to 600GB while the 1.8" drives will increase to 300GB. The current X25-M and X18-M drives can be had in 80 and 160GB capacities, the X25-V in 40GB and the X25-E in 32 and 64GB sizes. The new X25-M G3 drives will jump to sizes of 160, 300 and 600GB, the new X18-M in 160 and 300GB, the new X25-V will get an 80GB to go with the 40GB, while the X25-E will go to 100, 200, and 400GB capacities. The X25-M G3 drives will also reportedly be able to transfer up to 30 terabytes of data before they kick the bucket, plus a new feature that will help preserve the life of the drive in case of a power outage. The transfer rates will also be improved with up to 250MB/second read and 170MB/s write as well as 40,000 IOPS in 4k random writes. This would be a welcome speed increase for the SSDs but all of this information is merely speculation at this point. Until anything is officially confirmed, take it with a grain of salt.


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Duke Nukem Forever Live Demo Shown at Firstlook

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 07:25PM
Author: ClayMeow

Gearbox Software CEO and President Randy Pitchford took the stage at Firstlook 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands a few days ago to show off Duke Nukem Forever, the long-awaited first person shooter. For those of us who didn't get to attend the gaming convention, an attendee shot a video of the presentation and posted it to YouTube.

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The video contains boatloads of explicit language and sexual conotations, so if that kind of stuff bothers and/or disgusts you, well then you obviously didn't play Duke Nukem 3D, so what are you doing reading this?


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A Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Model in the Works

Posted: October 5, 2010 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: bp9801

Wireless Home Digital Interface, or WHDI, is a technology used to wirelessly stream content from a computer to your TV. Typically, this content has been HD videos streamed from a laptop to an HDTV. But what if there was a video card that had this same technology so you could wirelessly stream a video game to your big screen TV? Well, Galaxy and Amimon are partnering up to embed Amimon's WHDI technology in a GeForce GTX 460. The new card will be known as the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition and comes with an adapter you plug in to your TV. Once the video card is installed in your system, all the content will be able to be streamed to your TV, even when you play video games. The WHDI technology delivers uncompressed 1080p video at 60Hz up to 100 feet away, you can even stream HDCP content provided your TV can support it. Curiously, the GTX 460 WHDI Edition does not appear to have any vents on the rear of the card so your guess is as good as mine as to how the temperatures will be inside your case.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition video card will be available in October though no mention was made of pricing.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 02:29AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup turned up a pair of reviews on wireless mice from Microsoft and Logitech. There's also a pair of keyboards including a very interesting wireless mini-keyboard called the CandyBoard from VisionTek. We also have a pair of solid state drives being reviewed and a test bench case fro Lian Li aptly named the Spider.

Cases
Lian Li PC-T1R Mini ITX Spider Test Bench @ PC Perspective

Cooling
Scythe Rasetsu (SCRT-1000) CPU Cooler @ TweakTown

Input Devices
Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 @ Rbmods
VisionTek CandyBoard @ Neoseeker
Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Portable Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Arctic Cooling Arctic K381 Multi-Function Ultra-Slim Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Memory
Crucial Ballistix 1600MHZ Mod @ XSReviews

Notebooks
Lenovo Demos NVIDIA Optimus-Enabled ThinkPad T410s @ HotHardware

Storage/Hard Drives
Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD @ HotHardware
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB Solid State Drive @ TweakTown

Video
NVIDIA's Best Buy GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card Overview @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA Enters Retail with Direct Sales at Best Buy @ [H]ardOCP


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Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 10:05AM
Author: ClayMeow

Yesterday, 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced that Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition will include a free membership certificate for the "Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club". Among other things, like exclusive items, the First Access Club grants players early access to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo prior to its public release.

The Borderlands: GOTY Edition includes the original game, as well as all four DLC that have been released since its launch, including the most recent one, Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. The DLC wll not be included on the game disc, but instead require you to download them using vouchers. Borderlands has been generally well received by both critics and users - the PC version of the original game has a Metacritic score of 81. There's even a rather lively discussion in our forums.

As for the early access to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo, no date has been announced, with 2K Games merely stating that it will be out "prior to the retail launch of the game," which is slated for early 2011. Unsure if this game is for you? Check out the gameplay video posted yesterday.


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Western Digital Launches Three New External Hard Drives

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 02:56PM
Author: bp9801

Western Digital has just announced three new additions to its external hard drive family. One of them is in the My Books Essential family, another in the My Passport Essential and the last in the My Passport Essential SE family. The new My Books Essential drive is quite interesting in that it packs a single 3TB drive into its shell, along with the 1, 1.5, and 2TB drives already available. The drive uses USB 3.0 as the connection type so you should be able to transfer and store any amount of data you wish at fairly fast speeds, up to 150MB/second read. It is still backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports so don't worry if your computer doesn't have the new USB 3.0 spec, just the transfer speeds will be slower. The My Passport Essential drive is now available in a 500GB size and five different colors. The drive is still the smallest in the Western Digital family, and now it is available in a larger size. The My Passport Essential SE drive is available in 750GB and 1TB capacities and comes in four different colors. Each of the My Passport drives are powered directly through a USB port so you only need one cable when you carry them around.

Each of the drives carries a two year warranty and should be available now. The My Passport Essential drive will cost $99.99, the My Passport Essential SE 750GB at $129.99, the 1TB at $169.99, and the My Books Essential line ranges from $129.99 for the 1TB up to $249.99 for the 3TB.


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Logitech Launches Google TV Box

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 03:34PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Logitech Revue was announced in May at the Google I/O conference, and it was finally revealed today. The Revue is now available for pre-order and will ship at the end of the month. One of these fancy boxes will cost you $299, or $179 if you have Dish Network. As part of the package, consumers will get the Revue, keyboard, IR blaster, and an HDMI cable. The device will also be able to be controlled through a free Logitech Harmony app available for the iPhone and Android. Several other accessories including a webcam have been announced. The Revue will feature Google TV, an Android based system that integrates web content with traditional television channels. Several apps will be available on launch for popular services such as Netflix and Pandora. Google is also engaged in discussions with Hulu to bring that service to Google TV as well.


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E-paper Could Change E-Reader Market

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 05:17PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The e-reader market is currently dominated by the e-ink technology for its displays. The e-ink display is very low power and batteries can last for weeks. However, a new paper published by Gamma Dynamics in Applied Physics Letters unveils a new technology, dubbed e-paper. The e-paper retains the same low power characteristics, with a much higher refresh rate and brighter images. The main complaint about e-ink has been the slow refresh rate. E-paper is powered by a layer of flat electrodes between a pigment layer and an oil layer. When voltage is applied, the pigment will rise to the top, and vice versa. E-paper currently only supports gray scale, but experiments with color are underway. This could certainly be a big item in the e-reader market if devices like the Kindle chose to switch technologies.


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Kingston Announces Availability of 32GB microSDHC Card

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 07:10PM
Author: Nemo

With all the functionality embedded in mobile devices these days, it pays to have a high capacity storage card. Until recently Kingston offered its microSDHC cards in capacities up to 16GB. Today the company announced it will ship its first 32GB microSDHC Class 4 card on Monday, October 11. Imagine being able to store nearly 29,000 photos, over 6,000 songs and more than 2,000 minutes of video.

Kingston has tested the new high-capacity cards on the latest smartphones including the HTC Evo 4G and Shadow, Motorola Droid X, BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to ensure compatibility. The card is also available with a variety of adapters including SD and miniSD and you can also get a small USB reader for convenient data transfers. The base base price for the card itself is $153US; the price with two adapters or the USB reader is only $6 more.


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Yamaha Debuts Retro-Styled Line of Stereo Receivers

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 09:26PM
Author: bp9801

Yamaha has just launched its newest line of home stereo receivers that feature a distinctively retro look. The new Yamaha R-S line draws its inspiration from audio equipment from the 1970s and '80s with minimal aluminum front panels and large, over-sized knobs. The new receivers are the R-S300, R-S500, and R-S700 and though they have a retro look, that certainly does not apply on the internals. All feature the ability to use Yamaha's YBA-10 Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod dock options, a dedicated subwoofer output, and Yamaha ToP-ART circuitry. The ToP-ART circuitry is part of Yamaha's goal to maximize the digital quality while cutting down on analog circuitry inside the receivers. The R-S500 and R-S700 also feature Yamaha's Zone 2 technology which lets you listen to music and even control the receiver from another room. The R-S300 can deliver 50 watts per channel, the R-S500 can deliver 75 watts, and the R-S700 can pump out 100 watts per channel. If you happen to keep your tuner and amp separate, well, Yamaha has that covered as well with the A-S500 amp and T-S500 tuner. Both feature similar stylings to the R-S line but the A-S500 amp can deliver 85 watts per channel.

All of the new receivers will be available by the end of the month with pricing starting at $330 for the R-S300 and working its way up to $550 for the R-S700.


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Groundbreaking One Atom Thick Material

Posted: October 6, 2010 @ time: 09:33PM
Author: CowKing

Andre Geim, 51, and Konstantin Novoselov, 36, have discovered a way to make a miracle material that will revolutionize many existing technologies and even create new ones. The duo claim that this new material, called graphene, has the ability to conduct electricity just as well as copper and conduct heat better than any other known material. The electrical conductivity will play a major role in new transistor-based processors allowing for higher efficiency and a speed increase whereas silicon will just hit a wall. Graphene is, as one would guess, almost completely transparent, but is dense enough that helium will not pass through it. Due to the transparency and special electrical properties, graphene is ideal for touch screens and quite possibly solar cells. This will also help another material, plastic, become stronger, more heat resistant, and improve the electrical conduction. Oddly enough, the material was extracted from a piece of ordinary graphite, the material used in pencils, and some normal adhesive tape was used for picking up the tiny flakes of graphene.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 03:50AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup features several video-related articles including Radeon 5870 and GeForce GTS 450 cards as well as a review of the HIS Multi-View II. In cases there is a review on the Thermaltake Armor+ and we also turned up a look at Corsair's A70 CPU cooler. You might do a double take if you take a quick glance at the latest Droid phone from Motorola, thinking it's something from RIM instead, but the Droid Pro will be sporting the Android 2.2 OS and is slated to be released early next month.

Cases
Thermaltake Armor+ @ Maximum CPU

Cooling
Corsair Air Series A70 High-Performance CPU Cooler @ TweakTown

Input Devices
Cyborg's Rat 7 adjustable gaming mouse @ Tech Report

Mobile
The DROID Pro Preview @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards
ASRock 890GX Extreme4 and 890FX Deluxe4 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

Notebooks
HP Envy 14 Notebook @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Rosewill RGD1000 1000W Modular Power Supply @ TweakTown

Video
ASUS Radeon HD 5870 ROG Matrix and V2 Graphics Cards @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA enters retail graphics card market at Best Buy @ PC Perspective
HIS Multi-View II @ Bjorn3D
ECS GeForce GTS 450 1GB Black Video Card @ TweakTown

Miscellany
The Fourth Quarter 2010 Blu-ray Buyers Guide @ TweakTown


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Razer Releases a New Mousepad

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: bp9801

Razer is getting ready to release a new mousepad on the world, this time a new metal one that is designed to enhance the gliding capabilities of your mouse. The new mousepad is called the Razer Ironclad and it features a finely sandblasted surface that feels smooth to the touch. The sandblasted surface will minimize hand discomfort which should allow for longer sessions at the computer. There is just enough friction on the pad to give you precise targeting in a game without feeling too slick. The Ironclad is made from anodized aluminum and features an extra-large surface area that measures 320mm long and 270mm wide. It is also only 2.5mm high so it will just barely sit above your desk's surface. The bottom of the Ironclad has a non-slip rubber base to help keep it in place during heavy gaming. It is an all-white mousepad and comes with a carrying case to better protect it if you take it with to a LAN party.

The Razer Ironclad mousepad will be available in October for the U.S. and November for the rest of the world. Pricing will be $59.99.


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Hitachi-LG Show Off Second Generation Hybrid Optical Drive

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 01:12PM
Author: bp9801

Hitachi and LG have teamed up before to release a hybrid optical drive and now the two companies are set to launch the second generation of the device. Hitachi-LG Data Storage is a joint venture between the two that seeks to merge an optical disk drive with flash storage, thus creating an optical drive that can also function as a solid state drive. The second generation of the Hybrid Drive uses Micron's 25nm NAND flash memory in a capacity of 16, 32, or 64GB and pairs it with a DVD or Blu-ray player. The optical drive is ideal for laptops who only have one slot for a drive since now you can expand the storage capacity, albeit in a small way. The storage space is expected to increase in later versions so it will be interesting to see exactly how big it can go. The first generation drives went for nearly $200 so hopefully the second generation can lower that price, but no mention was made if the drive would be able to be bought separately or just in a laptop.


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I Love Asus Video

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 01:29PM
Author: Bosco

One of the better videos I have seen in a while. 

 


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SandForce Releases Information on New SF-2000 Series SSD Controllers

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 01:52PM
Author: bp9801

SandForce has just released some new information on its new SF-2000 series of solid state drive controllers. The new SF-2000 controllers use the SATA 6Gbps connection and can generate read and write speeds up to 500MB/second. That is the maximum limit of the SATA 6Gbps bus and SandForce will hit it which is just crazy fast for an SSD. As well as the fast read/write speeds, the SF-2000 series will be capable of 60,000 IOPS for 4k random read and write transfers. The new controller measures 14x14mm as opposed to 13x13mm of the SF-1000 series but SandForce declined to comment on the transistor count. The three model numbers will be the SF-2300, SF-2500, and SF-2600. The SF-2300 will be for industrial and military applications that are in high heat areas, the SF-2500 will be for SATA drives, while the SF-2600 will be for SAS drives. SandForce increased the encryption by adding an AES-256 engine in XTR mode to go with the AES-128 engine in CTR mode. The company also improved the SAS support since the controller can now handle non-512 byte sectors with ease. The SF-2000 series can also handle 166 Mega Transfers which is four times the amount the SF-1000 series can handle. The nice thing is that even with all this new horsepower, the SF-2000 series will use about the same amount of power as the SF-1000 series.

The SandForce SF-2000 series of controllers will enter mass production between the first and second quarter of next year. The pricing will be about even with the SF-1000 series. We can see products from the usual players (Corsair, G.Skill, OCZ, and the like) as early as next spring. So, who wants one of these new controllers in their new SSD now?


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ECS Announces A890GXM-A2 Black Series Motherboard

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 03:24PM
Author: ajmatson

For those AMD users out there, ECS has introduced a new addition to its AM3 lineup of motherboards that is aimed towards your inner enthusiast. As we saw with the ECS P55H-AK that was introduced in August, Elite Computer Group has been improving its "Black Series" boards with "Solid Features" and this one is no exception. The A890GXM-A2 motherboard is based off of the strong and popular AMD 890GX Northbridge and SB850 Southbridge and supports the latest AMD Six Core processors. ECS has also included the latest high speed goodies including SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0, and even tossed in a third PCI Express X16 slot for those of you who want to run more than two graphics cards in CrossFireX. I for one am curious how the re-design of their Black Series boards hold up under pressure, and I am definitely looking forward to the reviews. How about you? Would you give this board a run? Let us know in the forums.

 

  • ECS Anti-crash Connector Covers protect the rear I/O like video outputs perfectly against powder, dust even and static electricity
  • Bundled Norton Internet Security 2011 to protect system against virus and spyware
  • ECS 15μ Gold Contact offers 3 times extra protection to secure the motherboard stability and durability
  • ECS 4most™ Display Design contains HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and D-Sub connectors on the rear panel at once
  • ECS eBLU and ECS eDLU applications provide the most convenient way to update BIOS and Drivers
  • ECS eGS and ECS eSF applications decrease power consumption and increase cooling efficiency
  • ECS eOC overclocking utility offers an easy and safe way to overclocking under operation system
  • ECS eJIFFY” utility speeds up boot time and allows users to surf the internet without virus attac
  • ECS Qooltech™ III” comes with twin-heatpipe design to enhance cooling efficiency for PWM
  • ECS Easy Button and Easy Clear offer an easy way to enjoy boosting system performance without hassle
  • All solid capacitors and lower RDS(on) MOSFET improve durability and increase up to 50% efficiency and decrease the temperatures by 16%
  • eSATA 6.0Gbps solution” provides 2 times faster speed in accessing external storage than eSATA


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Microsoft Set to Release Record Number of Patches

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 03:44PM
Author: Nemo

The second Tuesday of each month is known as Patch Tuesday as that is when Microsoft issues its regularly scheduled set of security patches for its Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and other products. This coming Tuesday will see a record 16 bulletins covering 49 security vulnerabilities. The previous record holder was 34 vulnerabilities which Microsoft had released three times previously.

Microsoft is rating four of the 16 bulletins as “critical”, its highest severity rating, which means the flaw could be exploited to infect a system without user intervention. Ten of the remaining items were tagged as “important”, the second highest rating.

The fixes address flaws found in Windows operating system (all versions including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008), Internet Explorer, .NET framework, Microsoft Office and SharePoint. The patches should be released around 1 PM ET on Oct. 12 and you should start seeing them show up shortly after that assuming you have automatic updates enabled.


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Big News From Adobe

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 04:40PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Adobe has landed in the news today with a pair of interesting developments. The first is the release of some details regarding Adobe Reader, the popular PDF software that is regularly attacked. The "protected mode" upgrade was announced last July, but no release date has been announced. In this new mode, Reader will execute functions such as Javascript execution and 3D rendering within the application, removing access to any system resources. The application will have lower privileges than the system user, preventing hackers from accessing the registry, file system, or other important pieces. A trusted broker process will be introduced to allow for communication between the "sandbox" and the rest of the system. By doing this, Adobe hopes to stop hackers from taking over the system through its products. 

The other big development was a visit to Adobe by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. The visit sparked rumors of a possible acquisition or merger, and sent Adobe stock prices soaring, closing the day up 11%. An Adobe representative pointed out that the CEOs of both companies meet regularly, but the topics of their meetings aren't up for discussion. Microsoft always needs to be careful in situations like this, as antitrust regulators watch the company like hawks.


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Is Valve Trying to Send Microsoft a Message?

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 04:47PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Today marks the release of the new DLC for Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, "The Sacrifice". In it, gamers play from the perspective of the original survivors, in the time before "The Passing" DLC. Xbox 360 gamers will have to dish out $7 for the DLC, while PC gamers, of course, get it for free. Just to rub salt in the wound, the price of Left 4 Dead 2 has been lowered to $6.79 on Steam. This price includes the full game and all DLC and is still cheaper than just the recent DLC on Xbox 360. Xbox gamers shouldn't take this up with Valve, as they want to give the updates away for free. Microsoft, however, sees a great chance to make a buck. This comes after the announcement that Portal 2 will be coming to the PS3 with full support for Steamworks.


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Verizon Brings 4G to Thirty-Nine Cities in the US

Posted: October 7, 2010 @ time: 06:22PM
Author: CowKing

Verizon will now roll out more 4G coverage than was previously mentioned by the company. 39 cities will now be covered, up from the previous 25 cities. The cities planned for the new launch will be major, highly populated cities such as New York City and Los Angeles. When this service rolls out at the end of the year, over 75 percent of the included cities' populations will be able to use this service. Verizon's 4G service will have connection speeds of up to 10-12 Mbps download and up to 2-5 Mbps upload. Verizon also boasts that its new 4G network will reach 110 million Americans by the year's end, reaching 200 million Americans around the end of 2011, and it will be as extensive as its current 3G network in 2013. Sadly though for Verizon users, the only devices that will be able to use this when it launches will be the USB modems for users that have an open USB port and an OS that can run the software. For some good news, Verizon will show off some new phones with both 3G and 4G support at CES in January and the new phones will go on sale sometime in the middle of 2011. Verizon also says that its data plans will stay as demand for internet use rises on mobile platforms. You can read a full report of cities and the general outline of Verizon's plan here.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: October 8, 2010 @ time: 03:54AM
Author: Nemo

We wrap up the week with a trio of notebook reviews on units from ASUS and Lenovo. Media players in one form or another are starting to become standard components in today's media-centric homes and today we have a DVR-equipped player from ACRyan along with the latest unit from Apple. Also in our roundup today is a look at the Corsair AX850 850W power supply which seems to be another excellent unit.

Media Players
ACRyan PlayOn! HD DVR @ XSReviews
Apple TV (2010) @ Techgage

Motherboards
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H (890GX) Motherboard @ TweakTown

Notebooks
ASUS G73JW-A1 17.3-inch Gaming Notebook @ TweakTown
Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop @ HotHardware
Lenovo Z560 Core i3 15-in Notebook @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
NZXT Premium Sleeved Power Supply Cable @ Legit Reviews
Corsair AX850 850W Power Supply @ [H]ardOCP

Speakers/Headphones
Logitech G930 Wireless Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
SandForce SF-2000 Series SSD Controllers Detailed @ Legit Reviews

Miscellany
Yes, I still buy CDs @ Tech Report


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Apple's Newest Problem - Glassgate

Posted: October 8, 2010 @ time: 12:13PM
Author: ClayMeow

Immediately upon the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple was under scrutiny. It was quickly discovered that holding the iPhone 4 a certain way resulted in signal loss, even leading to dropped calls in some cases. Dubbed the "Death Grip", Apple claimed that all phones experienced signal loss when gripped a certain way, though none seemed as severe as the iPhone 4's signal loss. Apple's solution? Give every iPhone 4 owner a free Bumper, an Apple-designed case that merely protects the sides, but provides enough space to prevent the death grip. As it turns out, there may be another benefit to using a Bumper over a traditional slide-on case.

Dubbed "Glassgate" by Ryan Block over at Gdgt, it appears that because the back of the iPhone is glass, it's highly susceptible to scratching. You would think that using a slide-on case, designed to protect the back, would prevent this from happening, right? Wrong. In many cases, it seems that it would actually be the cause. According to Block, particulate matter, aka. dust, can get caught between the back of the phone and the case, not only causing unexpected scratching over time, but even cracking and fracturing of the entire glass. Imagine taking off your case one day and finding the back of your phone is completely shattered. Using a Bumper doesn't have this affect, as it doesn't cover the rear of the phone, though some users have reported that the sides of their phones have indeed become scratched with the Bumper-style cases.

So what is Apple doing about it? Attempting to solve the problem quietly before the media gets hold of the issue and the iPhone brand is once again tarnished. Oops! According to Block's sources inside and outside of Apple, the iPhone engineering team has gone into a "quiet lockdown" as they try to fix the problem. Until a few days ago, third party cases were pulled from Apple's store shelves and website, with the Bumper-style cases being the only option. The problem is, telling users they can only use Bumper-style cases may be the only solution, which won't go over too well. We may have to wait for the next iPhone until a real solution occurs — no glass back.


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Adobe AIR Comes to Android

Posted: October 8, 2010 @ time: 01:05PM
Author: bp9801

Its been talked about for a while but now Adobe AIR has finally landed on the Android platform. The Adobe AIR runtime is now available on the Android Market and with it will come a slew of new apps to take advantage of it. Developers using Flash Builder or Flash Professional CS5 can publish AIR apps directly to the Market and all everyone else will need for it is the runtime. Adobe AIR apps used on the desktop won't be compatible, so only apps designed for the Android platform will work. There should be a handful of apps already available however, since Adobe has had AIR for Android with some developers on a trial basis. In any case, this is good news for Android users as it will open up a whole new way to use and access apps.


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AT&T Increases Upgrade Fee for Certain Smartphones

Posted: October 8, 2010 @ time: 01:25PM
Author: bp9801

Well, this news is a bit depressing for folks on AT&T's network. The company has just announced that it is increasing its upgrade fee for anyone who gets a new smartphone before their contract is up. How big of an increase is it? Well, its going from $75 to $200 for the early upgrade. That's right, you will have to pay $200 if you want to upgrade to a new smartphone ahead of your scheduled upgrade date. The only phones affected seem to be BlackBerrys and Androids, while other phones will still carry the $75 fee. The iPhone is typically treated as a special case by AT&T, especially since it waived the upgrade fee when the phone was announced this summer. The reason BlackBerrys and Android phones are getting the big spike is due to the increasing cost of these phones, which with the phones costing nearly $200 or more on contract I can't see too many people happy to pay another $200 just to get the phone they want earlier than usual. Time will tell if this new strategy pans out and if it does, whether any of the other carriers will follow suit.


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Firefox 4 Beta Now Available for Android

Posted: October 8, 2010 @ time: 06:26PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Mozilla has announced that the Firefox 4 beta is now available for the Android OS. The mobile browser will feature Firefox Sync and Add-ons, among other features of the desktop browser. The major goal of this release was to increase performance over previous iterations. In addition to Electrolysis, allowing the browser to run as a separate process, Layers was also added. Layers increases graphics performance in scrolling, zooming, and animations. Firefox Sync allows you to take your bookmarks and passwords from your desktop to your phone and vice versa. The data is encrypted, keeping your information safe. Firefox continues to support technology such as HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, allowing for apps and add-ons to enhance the mobile experience.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 04:41AM
Author: Nemo

Today’s roundup includes several cases including a second look at the Colossus Black case from BitFenix. We also have cases from a pair of more established companies with SilverStone's Sugo Series SST-SG07B small form factor case along with the NZXT Phantom case (also reviewed by OCC here). We have a couple of OS-related articles with the announcement of the release of Ubuntu 10.10 and a guide to creating your own Hackintosh computer.

Cases
Revisiting the BitFenix Colossus Black PC Case @ Legit Reviews
SilverStone Sugo Series SST-SG07B Small Form Factor Chassis @ TweakTown
NZXT Phantom Case @ Rbmods

Gaming
Civilization V - A Newbie's Review @ Techgage

Networking
Linksys E3000 Wireless-N Router @ Maximum CPU

Operating Systems
Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and Derivatives Released @ HotHardware
Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh @ Benchmark Reviews

Prebuilts
AVADirect Custom Small Business Server System @ TweakTown

Sound Cards
ASUS Xonar DG PCI Sound Card @ TweakTown

Storage/Hard Drives
ineo Technology I-NA317U+ USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station @ TweakTown

Miscellany
HotHardware Video Podcast - October 8, 2010 @ HotHardware
Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden Blu-ray @ TweakTown


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Dust From Asteroid Hints at Alien Life

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 01:45PM
Author: CowKing

Japan's space program, JAXA, launched the Hayabusa mission in 2003 to land a probe on a passing asteroid to collect samples of a passing asteroid's exterior. After spending seven years waiting to get a landing on the asteroid and having to overcome many technical difficulties, the probe spent only 30 minutes collecting what it could, and quickly sped its way back to Earth for analysis of the samples by JAXA. The particles in question have foreign characteristics that don't match the regular dust and aluminum powders found in the rest of the sample. The researchers believe that the foreign particles did not originate from Earth, which is kind of silly when you think about it. Why would an asteroid have materials from Earth, or better yet how? At any rate, this was the first mission to successfully take samples from an asteroid and bring them back to Earth. This is only the first round of research on the samples, so keep a look out as further analysis is taken.


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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 7 Launch Dates and Handsets

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 03:50PM
Author: bp9801

Microsoft held a press event today to formally announce the availability of its new mobile phone platform, Windows Phone 7. Now, this OS is a lot different than Windows Mobile in that it is not trying to be a Windows OS on a phone, rather it is a phone OS with a Microsoft emphasis. The slogan being used for Windows Phone 7 is "Glance and Go" which is quite fitting since the OS has these Live Tiles that are fully customizable to display whatever information you want. There is also Xbox Live integration to play various games, including EA titles Need for Speed Undercover, Tetris, Monopoly, and The Sims 3. Other things that set Windows Phone 7 apart from the old Windows Mobile is the Metro UI which is quite nice to get around with, Zune integration which includes Zune Pass, Bing search and maps, Windows Live, the free Find My Phone service, and Microsoft Office Mobile.

Windows Phone 7 will include nine different handsets at launch, with a tenth being shown off ahead of its 2011 launch. Europe and Asia will be receiving the platform on October 21st while North America will get it on November 8th. By the end of the year, Microsoft will have Windows Phone 7 in 30 different countries on 60 different wireless carriers. Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung will be making the phones and each will have a Snapdragon processor and a 480x800 WVGA touchscreen. The carriers at launch include AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Vodafone, TELUS, América Móvil, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, and Telstra. In the early part of 2011, Sprint and Verizon will have Windows Phone 7 phones to round out the four major US carriers.

HTC will have four phones at launch and they include the 7 Surround, HD7, 7 Trophy, and 7 Mozart. Dell will have the Venue Pro at launch, Samsung will have the Focus and Omnia 7, while LG will have the Optimus 7 and Quantum. In the US, AT&T will be getting the HTC 7 Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum while T-Mobile will get the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. In Canada, TELUS will get the HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus 7 while America Movil in Mexico will also get the LG Optimus 7. It seems there will be plenty of handsets to choose from in North America, while the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, and Australia round out the European and Asian markets. Which carriers get which phones in which countries are a bit too numerous to list here, so I recommend you check out the full list at the source link.

Now that Windows Phone 7 has an official launch date, will you be getting one? Sound off here or in the forums.


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Ubuntu 10.10 Now Available

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 04:03PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Canonical has released Ubuntu 10.10, code named Maverick Meerkat. The newest version brings a host of updates and new features. The desktop environment has been updated to GNOME 2.32, which should help the transition when GNOME 3 becomes available. The Software Center has received a new look that should prove easier to navigate. Canonical plans to offer paid software soon and is currently testing the feature. The installer has also been improved, giving users the option to download updates during the install and install MP3 support. The most notable new feature appears to be the Unity netbook environment, providing for more efficient use of the limited real estate available on the small devices. Cloud storage through Ubuntu One has also been updated, giving users access to additional space priced at $2.99 per month for 20GB. The previous version of Ubuntu has brought my 5 year old laptop back to a much more usable state, and I encourage those of you with older hardware to give this a look.


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Hitachi Unveils New 10K RPM Hard Drive

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 04:12PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Hitachi GST has begun to ship its new hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K600. The new drive joins its enterprise lineup, and will be available in capacities of 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB. Although no price has been released, enterprise drives usually command a premium over drives typically used by consumers. The 10K RPM drive fits into a 2.5 inch form factor, and features two 6Gb/s SAS ports. Hitachi claims improvements of 15% and 18% in random and sequential performance, respectively. If these estimates are true, then it should prove to be popular in comparison to the competition. In addition to being faster, Hitachi claims that it uses 22% less power than competing products. Speed and power efficiency would make it great for data centers and servers.


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Pogoplug Pro Launches, Allows Remote Access to Four USB Hard Drives

Posted: October 11, 2010 @ time: 05:55PM
Author: bp9801

Cloud Engines has just launched the latest version of its Pogoplug, the Pogoplug Pro. Pogoplug Pro allows you to hook up to four USB hard drives and access the content remotely via its built-in Wi-Fi module. The past version of the Pogoplug lacked built-in Wi-Fi so the Pro version came out to rectify the problem. Pogoplug Pro allows you to share and access the content stored on the connected hard drives without having to upload the content to anything. You simply access it over the Internet and view it. You can even access and print content from iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and webOS devices provided you have the required app. Since the Pogoplug Pro has built-in Wi-Fi, you can set the device up wherever the USB hard drives are and not where the router is like the past model required.

The Pogoplug Pro is available starting today at Best Buy for $99.


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