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V.I.O POV.HD video camera is tough enough for action sports

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:02 pm

There are bunches of different camcorders on the market today that are aimed at people that want to record sports and other things from their point of view. These cameras are generally rugged units that can withstand crashes and water that would kill a normal camcorder. The thing that many of these rugged camcorders have in common is that they need a plastic shell to be water and shock resistant.


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A new camera from V.I.O. has debuted called the POV.HD that needs no case to protect it from the elements. The camera is waterproof and very small. It can survive being submerged in a meter of water for half an hour and comes with a small handheld part that has an LED screen to let you view the video in the field.


The camera can be mounted to a helmet, goggle strap, and to other devices using two included mount styles. It also has a wireless remote control that lets the user tag video, start the recording, and stop recording that can be mounted to a goggle strap as well. The camera can be pre-ordered right now for $599.95.

Geek uses cold winter air to cool his gaming rig

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 6:00 pm

I've known some computer geeks that have tried some really out there ways to cool their PC. One dude used a massive copper pipe system buried in the snow outside to cool the liquid for his computer to some cold temperatures for overclocking. A guy over on Hack A Day has come up with a way to suck cold air from outside into his PC to cool things down.




The system is really simple and uses a coiled hose from a dryer along with the dryer vent hood that goes on the outside of a house and a piece of wood. The wood has a hole cut in it and a green Scotch-Brite pad was used as a filter to keep bugs and debris from getting into the computer.


A fan inside the machine in a puller config sucks the cold air from outside the house into the computer. The only thing I wonder about is condensation inside the machine. This proves geeks will do just about anything to get more performance from their computers.

Sennheiser's PC 360 Gaming Headphones Sound Really Good

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 5:53 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's been awhile since I've needed to wear headphones while gaming but while at CES I passed through the Sennheiser booth and listened to their PC 360 gaming headphones. The PC 360's reminded me of the companies high end audiophile headphones with the soft cushion surround that keeps your ears from sweating and helps to block out background noise.


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Here we see the PC 360's hanging out in the booth.


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Sennheiser had several different gaming headphones on display as well as several of their standard headphones in other sections of their booth. If you get a chance take a pair for a test drive. The PC 360's have an MSRP of 299.95 so bring a stack of cash with you because they aren't cheap.

Sony offers new custom build VAIO S notebooks

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 5:08 pm

When it comes to buying a notebook Sony has a wide range of offerings that are typically known as decent machines with high-prices. One of the things that Sony isn't known for is offering the buyer a lot of customization offerings. Generally, its notebooks come pre-configured and the buyer just opts for whatever they like best.




Sony has announced that buyers can now custom configure the Sony VAIO S notebook on the Sony Style website. The VAIO S offers a 13.3-inch screen and is about an inch think with a weight of a bit more than four pounds. The configuration options range from different processors and storage as well as customizable RAM and a backlit keyboard options.


The processors for the machine are up to an Intel Core i5-580M, the machine can be fitted with up to a 256GB SSD, and it will hold up to 8GB of RAM. An optional Blu-ray player is available and it can be fitted with a GeForce graphics card and Windows 7 Pro. When fitted with Intel graphics, the machine is also Wi-Di compatible for streaming media to the TV. Prices for the machine start at $874.99.

Nintendo 3DS stolen and taken apart in Taiwan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 4:22 pm

The Nintendo 3DS will be a big deal when it finally launches and many portable gamers will buy one of the consoles. Nintendo has hurt sales a bit by protecting itself from potential suits when it issued a warning that the 3DS might hurt the eyes of kids 6-years-old and under if they play the console. The 3DS isn't out yet and already some geeks in Taiwan have taken one and torn the thing down to show what's inside.


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We can only assume that since the 3DS isn't available by legal means at this point, the console that is torn down in the pics is stolen. Despite the theft of the device, this is the first glimpse at the hardware under the hood that we have seen. Despite the disassembly, details on the console and its innards are still scant.


The details that are thought to be correct so far include that the console has an ARM processor. The little battery is a 1300mAh unit and we have heard it's only good for a few hours of 3D play per charge. You can check out the hoards of pics of the teardown at the source link below.


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Download of the Day: Windows 7 Codecs 2.7.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:14 am

Our Download of the Day today is Windows 7 Codecs 2.7.3.


All the codecs you need for Windows 7 to play AVIs, DVDs and more!


It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the Windows 7 codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Windows 7 media center codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.


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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 2.7.3


- update ffdshow 3730

- update Gabest 2833

- improve suggested settings (MP4 fix)


Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 5:56 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This 17.3" LED-backlit 1600 x 900 resolution HP G72 laptop features a 2.4Ghz Intel Core i3-370M, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, HDMI output, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. A $50 rebate (expiring 6/11/11) takes the price down to $499.98 with FREE shipping.


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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 5:08 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 12th, 2010




- Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H Motherboard @ Funkykit

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 & X58 Intel Motherboard Preview @ LegitReviews

- Sapphire Expands Pure Series Line with "Pure Black" Intel X58 and P67 Motherboards @ HiTechLegion




- Corsair Dominator 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory @ Technic3D

- G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM 2x4GB Memory @ Hardware Canucks




- Cubitek Tattoo Fire Case @ Techpowerup

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Sapphire hits Intel mobo market in big way, early look at its P67 (video)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 4:39 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - As you would have seen earlier on today, we posted our review of the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard. That NDA came off on that one today.



We first saw and heard about it at the Sapphire suite last week in Las Vegas, but what Sapphire was also showing off was their almost completed Intel P67 motherboard. Sapphire getting into the motherboard business seriously is a pretty big surprise, but what's more surprising is that they are doing it with Intel chipset boards. For a company has always worked so closely with AMD on its video card business, it's big news.


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In the video above you get a look at the upcoming P67 motherboard that should go on sale next month as well as the X58, a cool looking vertical case mod that was done up by a Texan modder for Sapphire at CES and some other things that Sapphire were showing off at the show.

QNAP v3.4 firmware to launch January 14

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 12, 2011 2:30 am

QNAP devices are awesome-sauce. I run a TS-639Pro at home myself and could seriously, not live without it. Once you experience the amazing things that a great NAS can do, you'll never go back.


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QNAP has announced it will be rolling out it's v3.4 firmware starting January 14. The firmware fill be for Intel-based NAS devices only at first with the other NAS devices getting their v3.4 rollout on January 30.

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