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HyperDrive HDD for iPad grows to 1TB

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 7:06 pm

When it comes to storage, iPad users don't get SD card slots like many other tablets offer for expansion. Once the internal storage on your iPad fills up, it's typically deletion that will get you more room for new apps and photos. HyperShop has a way around having to delete stuff for iPad users called the HyperDrive.

 

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The HyperDrive has been around for a while now and the company has announced that it has a new and higher capacity version for iPad users that is a bit cheaper than the older version of the HyperDrive with the built-in LCD and memory card readers. The new version comes in up to 1TB capacity and lacks the LCD and memory card slots.

 

The files on the drive are navigated directly from an the iPad. The 1TB version of the drive is $399.95 and will ship in 4-6 weeks according to the maker. The drive connects to the iPad via the USB camera connection kit, which isn't included. Since this is just a USB drive it would seem you can use it on computers as well.

Samsung integrates LOVEFiLM streaming into UK Blu-ray players

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 6:04 pm

If you are a home theater fan in the UK that uses a Samsung Blu-ray player that is internet connected and supports apps you are getting a new feature to enjoy. Samsung has announced that it will be integrated the streaming video service LOVEFiLM into its full line of Blu-ray players for the UK.

 

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Once the app lands any LOVEFiLM subscriber on a plan that is £5.99 monthly or more will be able to activate the app and stream films. The app will be offered via the Samsung Internet@TV service and will have a range of content. The content will include a number of Hollywood blockbuster films and independent films such as Cannes Film Festival nominees.

 

Samsung says that more apps will be coming during the year for the Blu-ray players. Andy Griffiths, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung UK comments, "Adding the LOVEFiLM streaming service to all Samsung Blu-ray players and Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems is great news for us at Samsung as we're dedicated to providing our customers with relevant and exciting content, all from the comfort of their own home."

Sandy Bridge "Cougar Point" chipset has design flaw, recalls imminent

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 4:46 pm

D'oh. It appears that the new Intel Sandy Bridge chipset has a flaw that can't be fixed with firmware or software. The issue has required a silicon redesign to fix and some systems shipped before the issue was discovered meaning that there are some Sandy Bridge machines in the wild already that will suffer from the issue.

 

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As far as silicon issues go, it could be worse. The affected machines will continue to work, the issue is with the SATA controller and performance will degrade over time. That means that while your rig might be fast right now, a year or so down the road things could be totally different with IO performance.

 

Intel is seeing some significant recalls in its future. The chipmaker has reduced expected revenue by $300 million to fix the issue and make the new version of the chipset design. The issue is specifically with the Intel 6 Series chipset known as Cougar Point. The total cost to repair and replace materials and systems on the market already is expected to hit $700 million. Intel doesn't expect the chipset issue to significantly impact its full year revenue. Intel expects to resume P67 chipset shipments in late February and meet full demand by March or April.

Toshiba NB550D netbook gets unboxed on video

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 4:02 pm

We like a good unboxing video of a new gadget or computer around these parts. The latest notebook to get the unboxing treatment comes our way via NetbookNews and is the Toshiba NB550D. The notebook gets power from an AMD C-50 CPU running at 1GHz. It has a 10.1-inch screen like most netbooks do.

 

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Graphics for the little machine are via Radeon HD 6250 and the APU used inside the rig promises to perform better than the Atom-based netbooks we generally see. The NB550D is a nice looking little machine with hints of green and a rubberized finish that keeps fingerprints away.

 

The notebook has a pair of Harmon Kardon speakers built-in, which is nice considering how anemic most netbook sound systems are. The machine has HDMI out and a lot more features as well. The worst thing about this notebook is that it will only be in Europe and won't head to the US. It will sell for about $450 in the EU. Check out the video below.

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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 1:08 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 31st, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Unboxing of the Toshiba NB550D with AMD C-50 and Harman/Kardon Speakers @ Netbooknews

- Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5" Laptop @ Techspot

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 @ Overclockers Club

- Sapphire Pure Black X58 @ Pureoverclock

- ASUS P8P67 EVO Motherboard @ OCIA

- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme @ Ocaholic

- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ Overclock3D

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Silentium! - MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II OC @ HT4U

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Download of the Day: Rainlendar 2.9 Beta 102

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 10:42 am

Our Download of the Day today is Rainlendar 2.9 Beta 102.

 

Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month. It is a very lightweight application that doesn't use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.

 

• Small and lightweight

• Different type events can have different appearence

• Supports Windows transparency

• Synchronizes events between several clients

• Localized for multiple languages

• Shows an alarm when an event is due

• Supports iCal files.

• Shows Outlook's appointments

• Includes a todo-list

• Works also as Litestep plugin

• Displays the current date in tray icon

• Can stick to the desktop (i.e. doesn't hide with Show Desktop)

• Hotkeys for quick access

• Easy skinning with an UI

 

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Deal of the Day: 60" Mitsubishi WD-60C10 3D DLP HDTV for $699.99 with FREE Shipping! 65" WD-65C10 for $799.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 9:52 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 60" Mitsubishi WD-60C10 3D DLP HDTV for $699.99 with FREE Shipping! 65" WD-65C10 for $799.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Dell has the 60" Mitsubishi WD-60C10 3D Ready Home Cinema DLA HDTV for $699.99 with FREE shipping. The 65" version, the WD-65C10 is an even better deal at just $799.99 with FREE shipping. These platinum black HDTV sets feature 1920 x 1080 resolution and a full array of inputs. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.

 

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Henry Cavill cast as Superman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 3:49 am

The new son of Krypton is, Henry Cavill. Warner Bros and Zack Synder (of Watchmen and 300 fame) are rebooting Superman and have finally cast The Man of Steel. The company sent out a press release this morning announcing it.

 

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There are no hard details on the movie yet, but the casting is now done for the main character and from the above photoshopped image, it doesn't look too bad at all! Hopefully they're smart in their casting of Lois, Zod, Luthor, etc.

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Sony pumps out 3.56 Firmware, says "take that" hackers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 3:31 am

Nothing is going to stop these hackers, but Sony doesn't care. They are pumping out firmware like it's nothing and are now up to 3.56. This "security patch" is an attempt to keep hackers from executing unsigned code that allows homebrew programs to run, as well as pirated games and online games to be backed.

 

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But, the new firmware was unpacked within hours but may be a little while away before the firmware is completely cracked. Those who are running hacked firmware are obviously being told not to update. Sony are continuing to keep people out of their system but the hackers are persistant. No one really wins from this and console sales from hacked systems can show that companies can still make money.

ASRock becomes world's third largest branded motherboard maker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 3:13 am

ASRock has now surpassed ECS and MSI in motherboard shipments for 2010. Impressive. ASRock shipped eight million retail motherboards last year and are set to become quite the thread in the high-end market.

 

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ECS and MSI each shipped roughly seven million retail motherboards last year, but with large OEM orders either company would suffer from losing their market position to ASRock. ASRock still has quite the hill to climb to catch up to Gigabyte and Asus with 18 million and 21.6 million boards sold last year respectively.

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