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Paperback books taking a backseat to Kindle Books on Amazon

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 4:20 am

It wasn't so long ago that some were wondering whether e-books would be able to stick around for the longterm as a viable alternative to the books we know and love. Amazon's sales numbers seem to be putting that question to rest. According to their latest reports, Amazon is stating that 115 Kindle books are being sold for every 100 paperbacks on their site.


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Kindle books have been outrunning hardbacks for a while, with the Kindle books now outselling hardbacks by 43%. This makes sense considering the severe difference in costs. Overtaking the most cost-friendly paperbacks is quite a feather in the cap for the ebook and has helped Amazon have its first ever quarter with over $10 billion in sales. With over 810,000 titles in the Kindle Store, you're sure to find something for anyone without having to lug around a ton of books.

Heavy Rain film to be "fast-tracked"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 12:16 am

A film based on the PlayStation 3-exclusive title Heavy Rain is coming to a theatre near you soon. The Warner Bros. production is being prepped by NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch.


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Milch is in charge of making the film from David Cage's Heavy Rain and it said to be named "Rain". Milch will get his hands dirty with production once he has completed work on the first season of HBO's new series based on horse-racing, Luck. No release date has been mentioned.

Sidekick to make a comeback?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 28, 2011 12:11 am

Ah the Sidekick, I had one of those with the super-awesome unlimited txt messaging plans and pumped through it like there was no tomorrow. But, it seems the Sidekick is making a comeback and it's included some new superpowers.


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It looks to include 4G and also seems to be Android-powered. Gone is the swivel-based screen, the keyboard looks quite spaced out for your text-messaging goodness, a large enough screen and it is now being made by Samsung.

AMD Radeon HD6990 to include 3072 stream processors, ability to blow socks off at a 30ft radius

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 11:45 pm

Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.


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The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.

HTC's newest Android flagship handset spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 11:42 pm

Fans of HTC might be waiting for the Mobile World Congress to see some of that fresh HTC gear, but why wait? Take a look at the newest HTC flagship phone below in all it's glory.


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The handset is an obvious prototype by the serial number being planted right below the handsets face, the handset was spotted by a person waiting for the Taipei metro system (ya know, that's how most phones are spotted). This is definitely an Android-powered handset, so apologies to the WP7 fans.

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Microsoft sells 8 million Kinects in 60 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 11:37 pm

Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.


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8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.

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SAVANT introduces 16-Channel class D amp for multi-room audio

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 8:04 pm

If you are setting up a multi-room audio solution, you may need an amp of some sort. What sort of amp you need really depends on the complexity of the system you are designing. If you have a big home or a business that you want music in with a bunch of rooms, SAVANT has the amp for your system and it's called the AMP-1640.


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The 1640 has 16-channels of sound and provides 40 wpc at 8 ohms or 50 wpc at 4 ohms. The amp is a big unit that is rack mountable and takes up three slots in the rack. SAVANT designed it to work with any of its whole room audio systems. The frequency response of the amp is 20H to 20kHz.


Each of the channels has its own level control and has inputs for RCA and screw terminal jacks for speaker wire. The amp has no fans and has an overload protection circuit on the front panel. Configuration options allow the amp to support stereo and mono applications. The device is available now at an undisclosed price.

Scythe Universal Retention kit 3 holds aftermarket coolers to your CPU

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 7:10 pm

Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.


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The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.


The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.

iKit AutoCharge + USB will charge your iPad and a lot more on the road

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 6:00 pm

I have a few DC adapters around here that I have had for a while that plug into the DC outlet in my car to power my USB gear like the iPhone and more. The catch is that the chargers I have for the car lack the amps needed to be able to charge my iPad. If you plug the iPad in it gets no power. If you travel with your iPad a lot that is not a good thing.




A new DC charger has surfaced from iKit called the AutoCharge + USB and the thing will charge the iPad and any other USB charging device. The iKit offering provides 2.1 amps via a single USB port. The low profile device should fit in DC outlets in your car that are small or crowded too. It comes in white or black colors.


The charger also ships with a coiled USB cable that has an Apple charge adapter on one end. That means you can leave you normal cable at home and use the cable that comes with the AutoCharge + USB in the car. The device is available now for $24.95.

MSI GT680R-008US notebook packs in new Sandy Bridge processor and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 5:04 pm

MSI has added a new gaming notebook to its line of offerings that uses the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The machine is called the MSI GT680R-008US. I have had my hands on a few of these MSI gaming notebooks and they are generally pretty cool devices. The new machine has a Core i7-2630QM processor inside.




Other features of the notebook include a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and OLED backlighting. The graphics for the notebook are via GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM just for the video card. MSI puts 8GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM inside the machine and 1TB of total storage.


That 1TB of storage comes from a pair of 7200rpm 500GB HDDs. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is built in along with Bluetooth and THX TruStudio Pro audio. The notebook also has MSI cooler boost tech and Dynaudio premium sound speakers. Rounding out the features is a USB 3.0 port, 720p webcam, and HDMI output. The notebook can be ordered right now for $1649.99.

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