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Monday, January 31, 2011

Surprise: Dell Streak 7 to sell for 200$ with contract, 450$ without one

If you remember, Dell is one of the few manufacturers who managed to bring a tablet in 2010, in their case the Dell Streak 5, an awkward 5 inch tablet which gained little momentum. They're now ready for the second generation, called Dell Streak 7, which is obvious a 7 inch tablet with similar specs as the first one, but with one important change: the Tegra 2 chipset that promises significant performance gains.

Gigabyte Rolls Out HD 6870 SuperOverclock UDV+ Graphics Card

Gigabyte introduced its fastest graphics card based on the AMD Radeon HD 6870 GPU, bearing the SuperOverclock (SOC) badge. SOC graphics cards make use of top quality components and a copper-rich PCB as prescribed by the company's own Ultra Durable VGA+ specifications, and use high-end cooling. The GV-R687SO-1GD, as it's formally known, carries clock speeds of 950/1150 (core/memory), against reference speeds of 900/1050 MHz. The card uses a 10-inch long PCB that uses a stronger VRM to leave room for some overclocking. The GPU itself is hand-picked by performance binning.

The card is cooled by Gigabyte's WindForce 3X GPU cooler, which makes use of a large aluminum fin array to which heat is conveyed by copper heat pipes, ventilated by three 80 mm fans. As with every other HD 6870, there are 1120 stream processors 1 GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, and display connectivity that includes two each of DVI and mini-DP, and one HDMI. Gigabyte's HD 6870 SOC is expected to be priced closer to the $250 mark.

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Intel Identifies Sandy Bridge Chipset Design Error, All Shipments Stopped

As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.

Exceleram Intros New Rippler Memory Kits for Sandy Bridge Processors

German memory maker Exceleram released five new Rippler series dual-channel DDR3 memory kits brandishing optimal support for Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture processors. The fleet consists of 2x 2 GB and 2x 4 GB pairs, carrying SPD/XMP profiles of 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz. It starts with ERS300A, which is a 2x 2 GB kit that does 1333 MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings, strictly adhering to the JEDEC PC3-10700H specification. Next is the ERS301A, which is a 2x 4 GB kit that also sticks to the JEDEC specification, doing 1333 MHz @ 9-9-9-24.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

LG’s G-slate not only displays 3D content, but also records it

LG is one of the few big names who didn't present any tablet at CES 2011, but we already know they're working closely with T-Mobile to bring the first Honeycomb 3.0 tablet to market, as soon as Google releases officially the OS. Apparently the use of the newest Android version is not the only novelty of the LG G-Slate, but the fact it will offer 3D capabilities, glasses free. And to top this off, apparently 3D recording is on the table too, which means on the back of the device we should see dual digital cameras.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review - Android takes on the iPad

Introduction and Hardware Overview

2010 saw the first releases of what can be considered a truely modern tablet computer. Instead of the old haphazard notebook computers turned tablet with resistive touch screens, we saw something new. Embedded systems with with capacitive, multi touch capable displays have invogorated the market for tablet computers. The forerunner of this new market segment by far is Apple's iPad. However, some people are not satisfied with Apple's closed platform in iOS, bringing on other competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the Android OS.

Giada has long been a supplier of small form factor computers and, while its announcements aren't overly frequent, they sometimes manage to make the headlines anyway, this once by making use of AMD's recently lunched Fusion platform.

Apple Slammed with Class Action Suit over iPhone 4 Glass Breaking

A California man has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple claiming the company is falsely advertising its controversial iPhone 4, after having its glass enclosure shattered as the result of a drop.

OtterBox Intros Commuter Series of Protective Covers for eBook Readers

Most people out there who've purchased an eBook reader typically use these things while being on the go, and for this reason, they also require some protective solutions specifically designed to keep them safe at all times, such as the ones included in the new Commuter Series by OtterBox.

MSI intros AMD Fusion-powered HTPC motherboard

If you've been itching to building a Fusion-based HTPC, the wait is nearly over. First shown during CES, MSI officially greeted its AMD Brazos-powered E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX motherboard with a press release earlier this week. The board will come with AMD's E-350 "Zacate" APU pre-installed, which has two 1.6GHz Bobcat processor cores paired and an integrated Radeon HD 6130 with a total TDP of only 18W.

Cooler Master launches two new budget Elite series cases

Cooler Master has introduced two new value-minded Elite series desktop cases. The Elite 343 is billed as a budget enclosure for the "average user," but it also offers a compact solution for gamers that don't require a massive full-tower case like the HAF 932 or HAF X. Although it isn't quite as short as Thermaltake's Armor A30, it measures a narrower 7.20 x 14.04 x 17.55 inches.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Packard Bell Go first USB 3.0 portable HDD

Packard Bell, a member of Acer group, has released its first external hard drive with USB 3.0 interface, the PB Go lineup.

Hitachi unveils enterprise class 3TB Ultrastar 7K3000 HDD

Hitachi has announced the industry's first 3TB enterprise class HDD, The Ultrstar 7K3000 drive spins at 7200 RPM, cased within a 3.5″ clamshell and is available in both, SAS plus SATA interfaces in capacities of 2TB or 3TB.

Point of View and TGT debut a trio of triple-fan-cooled GeForce GTX 560 cards

European add-in card maker Point of View has once again teamed up with the TGT team in Germany and together they developed three GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics cards that are sure to stand out thanks to their use of a triple-slot cooler.

ASRock becomes third-largest motherboard brand in 2010

ASRock had a strong showing in 2010, surpassing its elder rivals MSI and ECS in shipments to become the third-largest motherboard brand. The company moved two million branded motherboards in the fourth quarter of 2010 and eight million for the year, ahead of the seven million shipped by MSI and ECS (excluding OEM orders). Sticking true to its roots, a vast majority of ASRock's boards were entry-level products priced around $50.

Sony unveils next-gen PlayStation Portable, Android store

Sony had quite a few announcements to make at a media event yesterday in Japan. Although the recently unearthed Xperia Play was not part of the show (it's expected to be introduced at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona), attendees were still treated to a first look at the long-rumored PSP successor, which is codenamed Next Generation Portable or NGP. It looks very much like the original PSP handheld at first glance, but it's a whole 'nother beast inside.

Gaming system from Digital Storm

Digital Storm Unleashes New Enix Compact Gaming PC Powered by Sandy Bridge

Although one typically associates high-end gaming PCs with those large, towering, Full ATX cases, filled with fans and all sorts of LEDs, the truth of the matter is that, nowadays, such a system can also be crammed in a much smaller form factor, as Digital Storm's brand-new Enix system proves only too well.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Archos 9 tablet gets an SSD upgrade

Archos is clearly one of the brand names that manages to offer affordable tablets, with a lot of products priced in the 200-400 $ range, thus cheaper than the iPad and any other competing products. Of course Archos tablets are not the best you can get for the money, but you do get considerably better products than those no name Android tablets. One of the older models, the Archos 9, a 9 inch tablet as the name suggests, recently got a small upgrade in terms of performance: a 32 GB SSD drive.

PlayStation phone named Xperia Play, previewed early

Engadget has published an exclusive preview of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Phone, which is due to appear at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Reportedly named "Xperia Play", the device features a four-inch 854x480 multitouch screen that slides up to reveal PlayStation-esque controls. Gaming buttons include a D-pad, four action buttons (triangle, circle, square and x), two shoulder buttons, and two circular touchpads that serve as analog sticks.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card pictured

AMD's much anticipated Radeon HD 6990 made a brief public appearance this weekend in a demo by the company's graphics team manager Matt Skynner. The executive whipped out the card while discussing the company's APU technology, and while no actual details were revealed of the product itself, Japanese site 4gamer managed to get some close up shots of the massive dual-GPU card as well as a few details from reps at the event.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Overclocked Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti - dual-fan DirectCU cooler

Like many of its rivals, Asus has prepared something special (read custom) for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti launch (which is today), a card that is factory overclocked and makes use of a dual-slot, dual-fan DirectCU cooler.

Toshiba introduces industry’s first 1.8-inch hard drives with LIF SATA connectors

Toshiba has just revealed its newest line of PMP-friendly hard drives, with the industry's first 1.8-inch units being issued with low-insertion force (LIF) SATA connectors.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Art. Lebedev working on six-key peripheral based on Popularis technology

The Art. Lebedev Studio team has yesterday announced that its awaited Optimus Popularis keyboard will take longer than previously expected to become available but promised to ease the wait through the release of a new product, the Optimus Mini Six.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

HP Topaz - 9-inch tablet: 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor

HP's recently unearthed Topaz tablet has been fully detailed courtesy of leaked documents published by Pre Central. The webOS-based iPad competitor sports a familiar black color scheme with both HP and Palm branding, and it has an identically sized 9.7-inch 1024x768 multitouch display protected by oleophobic Gorilla Glass. Initial reports of a 1.2GHz processor were accurate as the device is powered by Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8660.

Motorola Xoom pegged for February 17 retail release

Motorola's recently unveiled Xoom tablet computer, which could become a serious market rival for Apple's hot-selling iPad, looks set for an imminent retail launch via the shelves of Best Buy.

Cisco Linksys E4200 wireless N router, stylish and powerful

Cisco is currently launched its latest wireless N router called the Cisco Linksys E4200. The new device is offers great design with also great performance.

Galaxy releasing two custom, overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards

KFA2 brand owner Galaxy Microsystems is ready for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti launch with not one but two custom-cooled and factory-overclocked cards based on Nvidia's GF114 GPU, the GTX 560 Ti GC Version and the GTX 560 Ti White Edition.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SAPPHIRE Announces HD 6870 TOXIC and Vapor-X Editions

SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced a new high performance model in its latest series of graphics cards - the HD 6870 TOXIC Edition with Vapor-X cooler. The SAPPHIRE HD 6870 TOXIC Edition has the same internal architecture as the standard model, with 1120 stream processors and 56 texture processing units, but clock speeds are increased to 970MHz for the core and 1150Mhz (4.6 Gb/sec effective) for the memory giving users a considerable boost in performance. The same SAPPHIRE exclusive cooler will also be offered on a model with the standard clocks of 900MHz core / 1050MHz memoy (4.2Gb/sec effective) - the SAPPHIRE HD 6870 Vapor-X Edition.

Veebeam HD Wireless HD Streaming

Veebeam HD Wireless HD Streaming is suitable for use in laptop with keyboard and track pad to control playback. The Veebeam HD Wireless HD Streaming offers users to stream Full HD (1080p) content from computer (PC or laptop) to HDTV over WiFi connectivity.

Apacer rolling out the AS202 solid state drives

Apacer Technology is expanding its solid state drive offer with a new line of entry-level models known as Pro II Series AS202 which feature a 2.5-inch form factor, MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips and a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface.

Palit Readies 3 GB GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card, Too

What happens in Gainward, stays in Palit. Gainward's parent company, Palit, is also readying a GeForce GTX 580 graphics card with 3 GB memory, like its subsidiary. Featuring a non-reference PCB and cooling assembly, Palit's latest card uses twelve 2 Gbit GDDR5 memory chips over a 384-bit wide memory interface to achieve 3072 MB (3 GB) in total.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sapphire Readies New Custom-Design HD 6970 2 GB Graphics Card

Sapphire is readying a new custom-design Radeon HD 6970 2 GB graphics card. The card uses a PCB that closely resembles the AMD reference-design PCB, but comes in blue color. It also uses a custom designed cooler that uses a traditional blower channeling air through a dense aluminum fin canal block.

Gainward Readies GeForce GTX 580 Phantom 3 GB Graphics Card

Last month, Gainward introduced its GeForce GTX 570 Phantom, which won quite some appreciation among readers for its radical design. The company decided to extend it to the GeForce GTX 580, too, since it's based on the same GF110 silicon. The only major change is that 2 Gbit memory chips are used, yielding a total memory of 3072 MB (3 GB). The memory is spread across 12 2 Gbit memory chips across a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. Clock speeds stick to NVIDIA reference: 783/1566/4020 MHz (core/CUDA cores/memory effective). The GTX 580 packs 512 CUDA cores.

Logitech Unveils Mouse Designed for Living Room

Today Logitech unveiled the Logitech Wireless Mouse M515, delivering easy navigation from soft surfaces like your sofa, bed or a pillow. The Logitech Wireless Mouse M515 features a sealed bottom case that makes gliding on fabric easy and worry free, and a hand-detection sensor so the mouse is only active when you want it to be.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Buffalo Intros Trio of Security-Enhanced USB Drives

Buffalo Technology released a trio of USB 2.0 flash drives that are an evolution of the RUF2-JVS series released last year. The series starts with RUF2-HSCLT, which gives you 256-bit AES data encryption.

I-O Data Intros 750 GB HDPC-U Portable Hard Drive

I-O Data is adding a new 750 GB variant to its HDPC-U family of portable hard drives. Measuring 75 (W) x 112 (D) x 14 (H) mm and weighing 160 g, these drives are available in four color options: "piano black", "orient blue", "bitter brown", and "pearl white", with a scratch-resistant surface finish. The drives use USB 2.0 interface for power and connectivity, and embed a 2.5" hard drive.

Buffalo Intros New 3 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Buffalo Technology released a new 3 terabyte external hard drive that uses the USB 3.0 interface. The HD-LBV3.0TU3 from Buffalo uses the traditional chassis shared by several hard drives from the company, but makes use of a single capacious 3 TB HDD.

Antec Skeleton Open Air case available in white too

Remembering the days when white was THE PC color, Antec has released a limited edition white version of its 2008-launched Skeleton open air case. Antec's panel-light chassis measures 419 x 330 x 376 mm, weights about 7kg and comes equipped with a 250mm LED-boasting TriCool fan.

I-O Data readies new, dual-drive RAID solution

By the end of this month I-O Data will release in Japan the HDC2-US series external drives which feature an USB 2.0/1.1 interface and pack two 1TB or 2TB HDDs configured either in RAID 0 or 1, depending on needs - extra storage or extra backup.

I-O Data goes colorful with new external DVD writer

I-O Data has recently announced a new external optical drive, a DVD burner known as DVRP-U8C which measures 137 (W) x 154 (D) x 20 (H) mm, weights about 350 grams, has a USB 2.0 interface and comes in five colors - black, white, red, blue and brown.

PowerColor debuts the dual BIOS-packing PCS++ HD6950 card

TUL Corp. has just introduced a nice new card powered by AMD's Cayman 40nm GPU, the PCS++ HD6950 which features a custom cooler (with two 92mm fans, three copper heatpipes and a copper base) and comes with two BIOSes, a default one that sets the core clock to 880 MHz, and a 'safe' one @ 800 MHz.

Evercool reveals the Transformer 3 CPU cooler

Taiwan-based Evercool Thermal is currently preparing the release of a new Transformer, no, not a robot that can turn into a machine, that's already trademarked, but a cooler to keep our precious processors company through thick and thin (better yet through cold and hot).

GeForce GTX 560 Ti strips for an early photo shoot

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card is even less of a 'secret' now thanks to a few early birds who put it through a photo shoot, exposing the reference version we'll officially see released next week on the 25th.

LaCie and Christofle try to turn heads with silver-plated flash drive

Fancy a stylish flash drive to increase your bling factor? Then you might want to call on LaCie and Christofle who are offering the Galet, a hand-crafted, pebble-shaped flash drive plated with 'precious' silver. Yes, it's shiny.

First Picture of HP webOS Tablet

Engadget has published the first two pictures of the upcoming webOS tablets made by HP. According to insider there is two tblet namely Topaz and Opal. the "Topaz" comes with a 9-inch display and the "Opal" have 7 inches diagonally. Both have a 1.2 gigahertz processor, and on second webOS which is shown in the pictures. "Topaz" has no hardware button on the front, but has a front camera. Both models have different types of connectivity.

Samsung Desktop Hub Central Station

Samsung presents the Samsung Central Station, a hub device which comes with screen. New Central Station detects the included wireless USB dongle which automatically connect your notebook, so user can start work on big screen without having to plug cables or adjust settings.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HIS to deliver two IceQ X-cooled Radeon HD 6850 cards

HIS' IceQ series of customized graphics cards will soon be welcoming two more models among its ranks, the Barts-powered Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X and IceQ X Turbo. Both models feature DirectX 11 support and are equipped with an IceQ fansink boasting one central 92mm fan and four beefy heatpipes.

1-Color Display NoteSlate Bridges the Gap Between Tablets, eReaders

Without a doubt, we're seeing plenty of Internet tablets and eReader-like devices making their way to the market these days, and while some of them do offer some pretty interesting features at more or less affordable price points, other are simply strange, their particular target segment not being very clear, and that's exactly the case with the NoteSlate.

Cooler Master Launch Turbine Master Fan

Cooler Master developed a new fan can produce a large airflow for a very low noise, the new model number is R4 TMBB-08FK-R0. This new fan go through as the High Air Flow Turbine Master and can be substituted for the regular 120mm fans inside the computer case or CPU cooler.The new Turbine fan Master has a round frame that ensures optimal air flow and also has a powerful motor that rotates 16 fan blades for increased air at low speed.