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CES 2011 Rumor Mill - Vizio planning on unveiling new tablet and smartphone

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:49 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Vizio, mostly known for their affordable HDTVs, is looking to make a big splash at CES in the mobile industry. An 8 inch tablet and 4 inch smartphone could be on display from Vizio according to Engadget. With Vizio's well known reputation for budget friendly devices, these could be hot items when they release.

 

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Buzz surrounding Vizio's tablet includes the fact that it may be running Android 3.0, also known as "Honeycomb." Vizio's smartphone includes stats like a 5mp camera, WiFi capability, a front facing camera for videoconferencing, and the Android OS as well. These devices could hit shelves in Summer 2011; We'll be there to take a look if these devices indeed hit the CES floor!

Samsung announces development of energy-conscious DDR4 memory

By: Don Lynn | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:29 pm

Here's an announcement that hardware fans have been looking forward to for some time. Samsung, one of the leaders in memory manufacturing, has announced today the development of a DDR4 DRAM stick that performs reads and writes with up to 40 percent more power efficiency than DDR3.

 

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Samsung's DDR4 currently has a bandwidth max of 2.13Gbps at 1.2V, but these modules are expected to eventually be able to hit speeds of 4Gbps. This memory will be a godsend to mobile devices like laptops which will be able to use Samsung's Pseudo Open Drain technology to minimize battery drain by the modules. Samsung is also working with server manufacturers to acquire the JEDEC certification necessary for server implementation.

Smart-Leaf Y Touch PC hangs on the wall

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:04 pm

AIO computers are a great way to save space on a desk or a counter in many homes or offices. The machines put all the hardware into the screen so no towers or other components have to be on or around the area where you put the screen. The catch for some users is that they don't have room on a counter for anything including an AIO computer. This is where a machine like the Smart-Leaf Y comes in.

 

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This AIO computer is a wall mountable unit that has an integrated flip down keyboard. The machine has touch capability for the screen and can be used as a TV as well. The screen of the AIO is a 19-inch unit and it has an integrated HDTV tuner and mic. It has WiFi inside and runs Windows 7 for the OS. The keyboard flips down for computer use and hides when not needed.

 

The machine is powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor and it has 2GB of RAM and 320GB of storage. The computer has a slot-loading DVD drive, has integrated WiFi, and more. The only things that can be added to the computer as accessories are longer return and repair warranties. The base price is $1,495 and the price with a 3-year warranty is an extra $195.

Smartfish Engage keyboard adjusts itself to prevent carpal tunnel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 6:00 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that types a lot knows that too much typing can lead to repetitive stress injuries for some folks like carpal tunnel if you are prone to that sort of condition or have it already an ergonomic keyboard can help you to get rid of that pain. Smartfish is showing off a new keyboard at CES 2011 that is a first for ergonomic offerings called the Smartfish Engage Keyboard.

 

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The Engage has a cool automated adjustment function that adjusts the keyboard subtly over time to keep the users hands from being in the same position for too long. This helps to reduce pain associated with carpal tunnel and other injuries and helps to prevent the injuries from happening. The keyboard has a standard split QWERTY ergonomic design.

 

Each hand gets its own keyboard section and the halves of the keyboard feature distance adjustment for comfort and the keyboard can be tilted up and down for angle. The keyboard is on display at CES and will sell for $149.99. You can get one right now directly from Smartfish.

Milli HD breaks cover at CES 2011

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 5:02 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - MiLi has been creating some really cool power devices for all sorts of gadgets like external battery packs that will keep your favorite gadgets all charged up and ready to use. The company is on hand at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and is unveiling a new docking station that will work with any dockable Apple device from the iPad to the iPhone and can shoot content out to your TV.

 

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The device is called the MiLi HD and it is a charging dock with HDMI output for your big screen that supports up to 1080i resolution. The device also has an integrated speaker and a mini USB connection. The dock will charge your device while it streams the content to your TV. Using the dock you can stream anything your iPad plays to your TV like Hulu Plus and Netflix. The device will sell for $99.99.

 

"No longer does your mobile entertainment have to be just mobile," says MiLi Power's Executive VP, Robert Grossman. "MiLi HD provides the most reliable option to connect your mobile device to your home entertainment systems. 2011 marks a rebirth of MiLi Power, with a new management team and a slew of new innovative products to hit the market, it's sure to be an exciting year!"

Zotac unveils new AD03 and AD03 Plus Blu-ray barebones rigs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 4:04 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Zotac has unveiled some new barebones HTPC machines that look more like a normal Blu-ray player than a HTPC. That is a good thing too since these machines will be in an entertainment center along with your other gear. The machines are the Zbox Blu-ray AD03 and AD03 Plus. They are exactly the same save one key feature.

 

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The Plus version comes packed with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD whereas the standard version has no memory or storage and the user has to add their own. Neither of the machines come with an OS installed. They both use the AMD E-350 APU running at 1.6GHz with dual-cores. Graphics for the machine are handled by AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU with 80 shaders and an engine clock of 500MHz.

 

Other features include a USB 3.0 port, a single mini-PCI Express expansion port, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and WiFi. The machines support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound and ship with Cyberlink PowerDVD software for playback of Blu-ray movies. The Plus version will sell for $499 and the normal version is $399.

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.2 beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:49 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.2 beta 2.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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Deal of the Day: 18.5" Planar PL1910W LCD Monitor for $40.02 plus $6.50 Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:43 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - 18.5" Planar PL1910W LCD Monitor for $40.02 plus $6.50 Shipping!.

 

Offer: $40.02 plus just $6.50 shipping gets you this 18.5" Planar PL1910W LCD monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution, 1000:1 contrast, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, VGA, DVI, and a 3 year warranty. Get one while you can, because this one is sure to run out of stock very VERY quickly!

 

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Breffo's Spiderpodium gives your tablet a unique stand

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 6:22 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Tablets are going to be the rage at CES 2011, so you know that tablet accessories are going to try to make their presence felt as well. CES 2011 Innovations Award Honoree Breffo is one of those companies with their unique Spiderpodium Tablet stand they are unveiling at CES.

 

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Pictured here hugging an iPad, the Spiderpodium Tablet will accommodate any tablet sized device with its 8 flexible arms that can "grip, stand, hang, or attach their tablet device virtually anywhere with a single accessory." The compact size also makes it easy to carry when not in use. No price was listed; availability is expected to begin on January 12th.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 5:58 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 4th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Acer Veriton VZ410G AIO Desktop @ TechReviewSource

- Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K & Core i7-2600K Processors @ Hardware Canucks

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI Computer P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard @ PCStats

- Gigabyte H67A-UD3H @ LANOC

- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 @ LANOC

- MSI P67A-GD65 @ LANOC

- Intel P67 3-Way Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker

 

Memory

 

- Exceleram DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 4GB Memory @ eTeknix

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