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Qualcomm Snapdragon 7-inch tablet roundup from Computex 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 31, 2011 1:22 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Besides just looking at the Quanta 10-inch Honeycomb tablet yesterday at the Qualcomm press conference here in Taipei, Nicole also spotted a bunch of 7-inch Android 2.3 tablets sitting around which all of course are powered by Snapdragon processors.

 

 

There were four tablets on display from OEMs including the HTC Flyer that we have already seen before.

 

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Check out the video above for a look at some new 7-inch tablets that may or may not be hitting the market in the months ahead.

Sony's NGP development to be less 'investment heavy', more 'affordable'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 31, 2011 1:09 am

Sony don't want anymore losses or at least want to dodge them when they can. The PlayStation 3 was a very heavy investment for Sony and it only started paying off a little while back, the latest hacks on their PSN network aren't helping and are building them up for a heavy hit in the near future. Their next-generation portable (NGP) is set to change this and will be less investment heavy and [hope to be] more profitable.

 

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Sony could use chip foundries to eliminate the cost of building their own semiconductor factory, also buying readily available parts or using contract manufacturers to reduce their upfront investment costs. Since they showed the NGP off earlier this year, Sony have been very quiet regarding the device. No launch date or price has been set and the investment is a key point in determining it's price when it launches.

Quanta Snapdragon MSM860 Android Honeycomb tablet hands-on

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 31, 2011 12:58 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday Nicole Scott stopped by the Qualcomm press conference and got a look at the what mobile devices the company is bringing out based on its Snapdragon chips.

 

 

First up Nicole got a hands-on with a prototype Quanta 10-inch tablet that is uses the MSM860 processor from Qualcomm. It comes installed with Android Honeycomb and Nicole was really impressed with the screen and she even compared it to Apple iPhone screens, she said the "this is a really great screen, the blacks are black and the colors are so vibrant".

 

As you can see from the video above, the device also has no issues at all either playing back very smooth and impressive looking HD video.

 

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At the moment we do not have any details on pricing or availability since Quanta won't actually sell this device, they will wait for a company to pick it up and brand it. Judging by what Nicole had to say though, it could be quite a grab for whoever gets it down the track a bit.

Corsair enter limbo competition with new Low Profile Vengeance series

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: May 30, 2011 5:57 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Corsair has got straight to work on what is officially Day 1 of Computex expanding the Vengeance series with a new LP Vengeance line. As you may have guessed from the title LP stands for Low Profile and compared to the current crop of Vengeance kits they are indeed not as tall following that more traditional height as you can see below.

 

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We don't have exact data on what kits we'll see in the new line but offering an ultra-low 1.35v default voltage the kits will no doubt be sitting around the 1600 / 1866MHz DDR CL9 speeds. What we do know is that the kits will be available in both Triple and Dual Channel form for the X58 and P67 / Z68 platform.

 

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Coming in a range of colors including Red, White and Blue the Vengeance LP series is a good looking one. The reduced height is also going to be appreciated for users who use massive air coolers and want good quality modules from a company like Corsair.

 

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No doubt we'll be seeing more from Corsair over the next day or two, for up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.

Corsair Link system control software previewed in detail

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 30, 2011 4:18 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - We saw an early glimpse of it earlier in the year at CES in Las Vegas, but today we stopped by the Corsair suite to get a detailed look at its upcoming Link control software which allows you to take control of what is going on inside your system.

 

 

In the video above you get to see a look at the software that is still in beta, but is getting close to being released. Corsair Link works with a USB control unit that slots into one of your drive bays and your fans and other devices such as lighting plugs into it.

 

It not only allows you to monitor temperatures, but also adjust fan speeds. So, right now you are saying you can control fan speeds now, but Corsair Link takes things quite a way further. For instance, if you have a light kit installed, you can adjust the lights to change depending on the GPU temperature, for instance.

 

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The software is actually very programmable so you can tweak around with it to your fancy and really see what is going on with your system vital signs. If you don't want to spend time tweaking with the software, we were told there would also be basic preset options you can chose for a quiet system or high performance with your fans running at full speed.

ASUS Padfone - Half Tablet, Half Smartphone, All Awesome!

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 30, 2011 2:40 pm

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Cameron is busy pounding the floor of Computex making sure we're getting you the latest and greatest information on everything tech related. ASUS have managed to steal the show today, though, with the new ASUS Padfone being announced.

 

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While information is still a little limited on the Padfone at the moment, what we can tell you is that it's two devices that can come together. We've got an ASUS Smartphone and an ASUS Tablet with the latter having a docking area for the Smartphone.

 

Below you can see a picture of the two devices by themselves with a single cable linking them to each other. Getting a unit hands on seems near impossible with the below being an early engineering sample that was only up and running last week.

 

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We'll bring you more information on not just the Padfone but everything else that's going on here at Computex as it comes through. For now, though, wish Cam good luck as he pushes and shoves his way through the crowds at Computex.

 

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For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.

Download of the Day: Macrium Reflect 4.2.3582

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 30, 2011 8:50 am

Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 4.2.3582.

 

A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.

 

•Don't compromise your data integrity with second best

 

Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.

 

•Simple step by step operation

Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.

 

•Automate the process

With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.

 

•Restore individual files and folders

Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.

 

•Recovery

In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.

 

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ASUS Eee PC X101 MeeGo netbook hands-on

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 30, 2011 7:58 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - We got an early hands-on with the Eee PC X101 here at the ASUS press conference on Day 0 at Computex.

 

 

The X101 is a brand new netbook being announced today that runs MeeGo. As far as the other specs go, it runs an Intel Atom N455 processor that brings with it 1GB of DDR3 memory. The system is "Instant On" and as you can see in the video above, it boots (and also shuts down) very quickly.

 

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There will also be the X101H that comes with Windows 7 Starter and either a HDD or SSD depending on how much money you have to spend.

 

As far as the size goes, it weighs in at around 900 grams - we weren't able to get an exact figure at this stage. And at the thickest point it is only 17.6mm thick. It comes in either red or brown. There is no word on pricing or availability at this stage.

Deal of the Day: HP TouchSmart 610t Multi-Touch All-in-One Desktop PC - $799 Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2011 7:14 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - HP TouchSmart 610t Multi-Touch All-in-One Desktop PC - $799 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: HP is offering $350 off their Touchsmart 610t Desktop PC. It features a slick all-in-one design with a Full HD 1920x1080p 23" multi-touch screen.

 

- 3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540 Dual Core

- 6GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [2 DIMMs]

- 750GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive

- Norton Internet Security 2011 - 15 month

- Integrated graphics - Intel HD

- Slot-load SuperMulti DVD burner with Lightscribe

- Wireless-N LAN card

- 6-in-1 memory card reader, 4 total USB, Beats audio

- HP wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse

- R.U.S.E. -- The art of deception [$50 value]

 

Use coupon code: DT5679 for the $350 off discount. Expires after just 200 uses.

 

HP TOUCHSMART 610T MULTI-TOUCH ALL-IN-ONE DESKTOP PC SALE

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 30, 2011 6:04 am

The latest happenings from around the web - May 30th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Maingear eX-L 15 Notebook Review: All Dressed Up and Ready to Game @ PC Perspective

- Android Honeycomb 3.1 Comes To The Asus Eee Pad Transformer @ Hot Hardware

 

Motherboard

 

- Asus Crosshair IV Formula @ Hardcoreware

- Intel P67 Roundup: ASUS, GIGABYTE, Intel & MSI @ Techgage

 

CPU

 

- Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent @ Phoronix

- AMD Phenom II X4 980BE CPU @ Metku

 

Video/Monitor

 

- MSI R6850 Cyclone IGDS Power Edition @ Neoseeker

- Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks @ Phoronix

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