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Western Digital launches 7mm thick 1TB hard drive, resizes entire 2.5-inch WD Blue line

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:12 pm

Earlier today at the Computex 2013 show in Taipei, Taiwan, Western Digital announced that it has began shipping the world's thinnest 1 TB hard drive. The 2.5-inch WD Blue measures just 7 mm thick. The company says this opens up new storage solutions for the increasingly popular light-and-thin category of notebooks.

 

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Western Digital said that their entire line of 2.5-inch WD Blue drives from the 320GB to 1TB range will now be available in the 7mm thickness. The 7mm drives feature Western Digital's Shock Tolerance, Cool and Quiet, and Stable Track technologies for an improved customer experience.

 

"Users with large portfolios of content no longer need an Ultrabook or upgrading to a thin and light notebook," said Matt Rutledge , Vice President and General Manager for client storage products at WD. "This most compact 1TB hard drive to-date offers manufacturers of systems an upsell path for their customers who will now be able to choose systems offering both sleek design and high capacity."

Zalman's new Reserator3 Max will keep your CPU water-cooled, handles up to 400W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:01 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Zalman just introduced their new cases, the Z3 and Z3 Plus, and have now introduced a new 'ultimate water cooler' in the Reserator3 Max. Zalman's Reserator3 Max can handle an insane 400W, all while being 'ultra silent'.

 

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The Reserator3 Max has dual radial radiators, which are designed to maximize the air flow structure, and maximized cooling performance with its dual-oath radiator. The Reserator3 Max comes with a 120mm fan, and features a gorgeous design which includes black pearl nickel plated for corrosion prevention. Zalman are really pushing the silent factor here, which is something important when you're cooling down a super-intensive 400W.

ROCCAT unveils new gaming keyboard and mouse at Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:45 pm

This morning, ROCCAT announced two new products to its gaming peripheral collection. Up first is a new mouse dubbed the Cone Pure Optical which features an adjustable 4000dpi PRO-OPTIC R3 sensor for precision control on almost any surface.

 

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The mouse also features ROCCAT's Click Master Technology, Easy Shift[+] Button Duplicator, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor as well as a 16.8-million-color lighting system. ROCCAT also unveiled the Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.

 

The keyboard features per-key illumination, advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover, your choice of four different Cherry MX key switches, and a 1000Hz polling rate. Also being unveiled at Computex is the company's highly anticipated Power Grid smartphone app which we will learn more about later as well.

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Zalman unveils two new towers, the Z3 and Z3 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:31 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Zalman have just announced two new ATX Mid-Tower cases, the Z3 and Z3 Plus. The Z3 is available in black, while the Z3 Plus is available in either black or white. Both cases are made of a mix of plastic and steel.

 

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The Zalman Z3 and Z3 Plus cases support both standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, and are primed for some full-size graphic card action, supporting up to 320mm (12.5-inch) long GPU's. Both the Z3 and Z3 Plus have two 5.25-inch bays, and four 3.5-inch bays. The Z3 case includes one 120mm fan up top with a space for another, a single rear 120mm fan, and a single 120mm fan at the front.

 

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The Z3 Plus changes it up a little, offering two 120mm fans up top (both included), the same 120mm rear fan, and the same 120mm front fan but offers it with a LED. There's a fan controller included with both cases allowing you to tweak your fan settings. Both the Z3 and Z3 Plus include a headphone jack, mic jack, two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port.

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LeakedTT: Image of low-cost iPhone's rear cover have been spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:18 pm

We have been hearing rumors of a low-cost iPhone for almost 6 months now, and today it appears those rumors may just hold more weight than we originally thought. Images of the low-cost iPhone have surfaced on a Chinese social networking site.

 

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If legit, the images show off a device that looks very similar to the iPhone 3G with a round very smooth plastic back. This would make a lot of sense as Apple already has the tooling, molds and most of the design on hand. All they would need to do is update the hardware which would result in massive savings that they can then pass along to the customer.

 

Keep in mind that rumors are just that and this new leak looks much different than the leaked shell we saw two months ago. On the contrary this new image does appear to show the device using Apple's new smaller connector so that adds some weight to the rumor. TweakTown want to know what you think about the idea of a new low-cost iPhone. Is there simply no market for such a device with so many good android phones being available at a low price? Let us know in the comments!

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Crucial announce their new Ballistix Sport XT DDR3 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:01 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Crucial have just unveiled some sexy new DDR3 memory in the form of their Ballistix Sport XT range. The Ballistix Sport XT comes in 4GB and 8GB kits, and in both 1600Mhz and 1866MHz bundles.

 

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Crucial's new Ballistix Sport XT memory is designed for high-performance systems and features XMP profile for advanced speeds and timings. Crucial's new high-performance RAM has a limited lifetime warranty, which is limited to within ten years of the date of purchase. Crucial's new Ballistix Sport XT DDR3 RAM comes in both single DIMM's, dual-channel kits and quad-channel kits.

ASUS releases new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router capable of speeds up to 1900Mbps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 3:52 pm

ASUS will be showing off a ton of new products at this years's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. A lot of products will feature the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, and to complement those products, the company is launched a new 802.11ac router.

 

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The new ASUS RT-AC68U is being touted as the first dual-band 802.11ac router with AC1900 data rates up to 1900Mbps. This performance can be attributed to AiRadar Beamforming technology, which helps establish a stronger connections and produce 250 percent better range.

 

ASUS says that you will also build a file share between other ASUS routers via attached USB drives with no need for a PC or other device handling the transfer. At the time of publishing, there is no word on pricing or availability, but previous ASUS flagship routers ran in the $200 range and it would be safe to expect the RT-AC68U to be near that as well.

Broadcom introduces three new 802.11 Wi-Fi chips aimed at the PC and set-top box market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 3:16 pm

For most of the last year, Broadcom has focus all of his efforts on creating chips for the high-end and low-end mobile phone and tablet market. This morning, the company has announced three new Wi-Fi 802.11ac chips that are aimed at the PC and set-top box market.

 

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The company has just released the BCM4350, BCM43556, as well as the BCM43558 which all feature the more robust 2 X 2 MIMO antenna that is capable of hitting speeds of up to 866 Mbps. The chips also able to optimize traffic through a process called beamforming.

 

Broadcom says that the differences in the three chips revolve around everything but the Wi-Fi, with the BCM4350 featuring a more PC friendly set of interfaces that include Bluetooth 4.0, PCI express, and SDIO 3.0. The BCM43558 drops the PCI express and SDIO in favor of USB 3.0. Finally the BCM43556 ditches Bluetooth making it the least featured chip in the lineup.

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AVADirect announces new desktops featuring Intel's Haswell-based Core processors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 2:43 pm

AVADirect has just announced that it will begin offering Intel's Haswell processors in its lines of high-performance desktop PCs. The company will begin offering the process immediately and will apparently have the full line of Haswell processors available.

 

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Since the start of the i-series processor line, Intel has come a long way. As AVADirect continues to be an Intel Platinum Partner, it's only natural for AVADirect to take advantage of Intel's latest offerings. Intel's ability to create processors, holding such strong value, directly supports AVADirect's ability to create value in its services. AVADirect will continue to create configurations, based on Intel's Haswell processors, and will update AVADirect.com as configurations are released.

Nokia releases color-coded power packs to supplement Asha 501 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 2:15 pm

Nokia's compact $99 smartphone, the Asha 501, is definitely cute and intriguing. While its success is still up in the air, the company is continuing to release color-coded accessories for the device. This morning, the company has announced the DC-18 portable power pack that is available in four vibrant colors.

 

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Measuring in at just 57mm x 57mm, the power pack features a USB input and output, as well as an LCD which displays the current charge level. Nokia says that beginning with the Asha and DC-18, USB charging will be the company standard from this point forward.

 

We want to keep the phones juiced up so that people can stay connected. Last year we did an industry first by bringing wireless charging to mass market. We just launched the Nokia Asha 501 with an insanely long standby time, complemented it with DC-18 to provide power when most needed and enabled charging through millions of standard Micro-USB plugs out there.

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