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Sapphire's mini-ITX Brazos board gets snapped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 6, 2011 1:06 am

Remember when Sapphire nabbed the team from EVGA? Well, the results are below. Sapphire are now showing off their AMD Brazos based board with glee.


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It may look small, but we all know that great things come in small packages. The board includes an Ontario CPU (which should be clocked at 1.6GHz), two SO-DIMM slots and a full PCIe 16x slot which allows some high end gaming to be had on this pint-sized board.

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Google teases the world with Android 3.0 promo video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 6, 2011 12:40 am

Android Developers from Google released a promotional video accidentally, which was posted but then moved to private. But, with the powers of the internet it has been re-uploaded, so even with the mistake, everyone is benefiting.



Android 3.0 is a huge leap forward for tablets and there are rumors floating around that it will be exclusive to the form factor, meaning it might not be available for smartphones. The video supports this with "Entirely for Tablet" text on the video itself.

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NVIDIA announces the birth of the Super Phone

By: Sean Kalinich | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 6, 2011 12:32 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Today NVIDIA announced the birth of a new generation of personal computing devices. Co-Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage in a conference room in the Venetian and told the packed room that he was as excited about this year's CES as he was about the birth of DirectX and the Launch of Windows 95. Although by todays measure neither of these is a big deal and to many would seem comical Jen-Hsun went on to explain that with that single step the whole concept of the PC changed.


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The reason he is this excited is because he feels the computing world is going to change again. After leading us through a few slides (mostly numbers and growth charts) he told us that he was not going to do an actual product launch (but he did a little later). He casually mentioned Tegra 2 and that there would be some announcements about it throughout CES. Instead he said he was going to introduce to us a new product family. He called this "The Super Phone".

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Battlefield 3 on PC receiving "special effort"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2011 12:20 am

Some more details of Battlefield 3 on PC are emerging and it is becoming quite the love fest for PC gamers. Lead Designer at DICE, David Goldfarb, is laying rumors to rest of Battlefield 3 being a console port.


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He says that while the game is not an exclusive to PC, the PC version is getting 'extra attention'. Battlefield 3 is designed to run with DirectX 11 and will not work on Windows XP at all - while this is not new as there are some games that already won't work on XP, it's a step in the right direction.

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Withings Blood Pressure Monitor uses the iPhone

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 8:02 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Withings has been making some health related gear for a while now that interfaces with the iPhone. The first thing that we saw from the company was a scale that worked with an iPhone app for tracking weight loss and the scale could tweet your weight if you wanted. Withings has unveiled its latest iPhone using medical gadget at CES today and the new product is a blood pressure monitor.


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The system has a white blood pressure cuff and a pump that will inflate the cuff that attaches to the sync port on the iPhone. An app running on the iPhone records the blood pressure and shows the current reading for the user to see. The readings can be stored for comparison and sharing with a caregiver that is monitoring the blood pressure of the user.


The Withings Blood Pressure monitor will also work with the iPad and the iPod touch. The app on the iOS device runs the Withings API that allows the sharing of the readings with Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault services. The blood pressure system will ship this month for $129.

Gigabyte debuts its first AMD Fusion mini-ITX mainboard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 7:04 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Most people want big and powerful hardware when they are building up a gaming or enthusiast system with big cases and lots of room for components. When it comes to building up an HTPC for the living room the opposite is true, most of us want small and compact gear that won't take up much room. Gigabyte has unveiled a new mini-ITX mainboard at CES this week that is aimed directly at HTPC fans.


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The board is called the GA-E350N-USB3 and it is the first SFF HTPC mainboard from Gigabyte to use AMD Fusion technology inside. The board supports DirectX 11, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps ports and has HDMI output. The board also has special 3x power USB ports for charging devices like the iPad faster than a normal USB port can.


The board has the AMD E-350 dual-core processor on board and has HD 6310 graphics that support Blu-ray and more. The board also supports 7.1 surround sound with S/PDIF output. The USB 3.0 port on the mainboard uses the Renasas controller from NEC. Pricing on the board is unknown at this time.

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OnStar comes to all vehicles with new aftermarket mirror

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 6:04 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - I can remember how cool the OnStar system was back when I was young and the system first debuted. You could make phone calls and get all sorts of other features using the mirror or a button in a GM vehicle .OnStar is in just about every GM vehicle on the road today and has navigation, emergency, and anti-theft features.




I think that the biggest thing keeping folks from adopting the interesting system has been that it was linked to GM products only. At CES OnStar has announced that it has teamed up with Best Buy to offer a retail aftermarket solution that will be able to work in any vehicle on the road. The system is an aftermarket mirror that has all the OnStar hardware inside. The mirror will launch this spring at Best Buy only to start with and then hit other sellers too. It will sell for about $300.


The mirror will provide emergency assistance, vehicle security, automatic crash response, navigation, connections, and hands free Bluetooth. I wonder if the aftermarket system will be able to slow down vehicles that are stolen and unlock doors like the GM version.

CES Unveiled Fails to Impress

By: Sean Kalinich | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 5:18 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5, 2011 last night the Consumer Electronics Association held its first big event of their annual Consumer Electronics Show; CES Unveiled. This show is typically one that highlights all of the top products with many of the companies having won at least one products award during the year. However, this year seemed to be a rehash of last year with many of the same people showing the same stuff we talked about during CES 2010. After walking the overcrowded floor of the event for an hour we were able to find a few items that showed pretty good promise.


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One of the first companies that caught our eye was one called TechnoCel. This group makes battery packs for mobile devices. Now there is no shortage of products like this on the market so you might be wondering why we feel this is worth talking about. Well their latest one is capable of not only keeping your device charged on the go for about four hours, but also can charge it directly from the wall. The battery is contained inside the same pack as the power connector.


As you can see the PowerpakXT becomes a complete charging system while reducing the number of cables you have to carry around with you. We grabbed one and will be carrying it around with us for the rest of the show. CONTINUED...

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Parrot outs Asteroid Android powered car head unit

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 5:04 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - If you need any proof that Android is going into all sorts of products, this one is the proof you need. The OS is finding its way into all sorts of gadgets and tech for cars and lots more. The latest product to surface from Parrot has Android inside and is one place that I never considered seeing Android land. The product is called the Asteroid and it is a car stereo or head unit.




The device runs the Android OS and comes with a GPS dongle. When you connect the head unit with your own 3G dongle, you can get access to Parrot Maps for navigation, those maps can get traffic, and construction alerts on them. Parrot says that it will also be offering more apps for the Asteroid device later.


The head unit can play music and files from all sorts of inputs included SD cards, USB, iPhone, iPods, and Bluetooth devices. The radio also works as a hands free device for calls on the road. The coolest feature is voice search for music while you drive and if you have the Asteroid on a 3G network it will search the web for you as well. It has integrated AM and FM tuners with RDS support. Pricing is unknown and the device will hit the US in Q2 2011.

Trendnet debuts new 450Mbps wireless gaming adapter at CES 2011

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 4:06 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Trendnet has been at CES as long as I can recall and this year the company is pulling some really cool gear out of its hat for wireless fans. Trendnet has a new wireless gaming adapter that console users will like. The new adapter is called the 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter model TEW-687GA.


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The adapter promises blazing fast 802.11n wireless speeds and Trendnet says that it will break the 150Mbps perforce barrier and in testing the adapter has reached 200Mbps bursts transmissions. The adapter has MIMO technology integrated with three spatial streams per antenna for more bandwidth and better connectivity.


The adapter has a Gigabit wired Ethernet port and supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for easy construction for secure networks and more. The adapter works best when paired with the Trendnet TEW-691GR router, but it should work with any brand router. The adapter will ship this month for $149.99.


"TRENDnet was ecstatic to be able to deliver the first ever 450Mbps wireless n router to market in early June of last year, followed by the first ever 450Mbps access point last month," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TRENDnet. "The fact that we are also on pace to launch the very first 450Mbps wireless n adapter is yet another signal of TRENDnet's ability to innovate in the wireless networking space."

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