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ASUS outs Tegra 2 Eee Pad Transformer tablet with detachable keyboard dock (video)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 12:30 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - You just got done seeing the new ASUS Eee Slate and one of the other products announced by the Taiwanese company today was the Eee Pad Transformer. Yes, yet another tablet to hit the market, but this one you want.

 

 

As you can see in the video above, it comes with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor for full 1080p video playback and ASUS claims it offers the fastest web browsing experience in this class as well as the best multi-tasking performance. Not only that, but ASUS also went on to say that it offers the fastest flash video performance. I am not sure exactly what that means and why it is important - but what is important is that you can watch 1080p YouTube content without dropping frames and / or bring the system to a halt.

 

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Besides the performance and while it is all good on that front and NVIDIA get some much needed love in this section of the market, the big thing with the Eee Pad Transformer is that comes with a dock. And not just any dock, it includes a full size QWERTY keyboard with extra USB ports and a card reader.

 

The dock also provides extended battery life bringing it up to an estimated 16 hours total, which if it works out to be true, should easily be able to provide enough battery for a full day of work on the road without needing a wall socket for charging.

Avatar Kinect allows Xbox Live Avatar interaction in a chat room

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 12:25 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Ah CES. Where people sneak past security and fall from the ceiling Mission Impossible style just to get glimpses of new tech or new anything really. But, we all love it, don't we?

 

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The latest leak is a picture of "Avatar Kinect". Avatar Kinect will be a system for Xbox Live avatar interaction in a separate chat room, where players talk to each other outside of games.

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LG Optimus Tab spotted?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 12:19 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - The rumored Optimus Tab may have been caught out at CES just now. It looks to be running Android 2.x and powered on an 8.9-inch display.

 

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There's no concrete info on it yet, but the tease alone is enough to get some feathers moving at LG. Samsung has joined Borat in having "great success!" with the Galaxy Tab, so LG will only want to replicate that and obviously that might be in the form of the Optimus Tab.

ASUS launches Eee Slate EP121 - world's most powerful tablet (video)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 12:09 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - ASUS has kicked off CES 2011 with the first major press conference here in Las Vegas and one of the new products they just got done announcing was the Eee Slate EP121, which is being promoted as the world's most powerful tablet computer.

 

 

ASUS Chairman Johnny Shih walked onto stage and introduced the EP121 as you can see in the video and it also includes a short demo. Specifications of the system include an Intel Core i5-470UM processor, 64GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, a 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 multi-touch IPS display and it will come installed with Windows 7 Home Premium.

 

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There are many input options including a Wacom digitizer pen, Bluetooth keyboard and the multi-touch screen.

 

The Eee Slate will go on sale this month and go for between $999 and $1099. ASUS showed a demo which included some fairly intensive multi-tasking and for consumers looking for a portable computing experience with powerful performance for its class, this will probably be one to watch closely.

Viking Modular Adds To Their DIMM Portfolio

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 12:00 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Viking Modular attended Storage Visions and today Cameron and I payed a visit. At the booth Viking displayed their SandForce based DIMM SSD that uses power from the memory slot to power the drive. We are still waiting for a pair of these drives to show up for our SR2 build but they are coming.

 

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New to the line up is the new DIMM memory module that is not an SSD but an actual memory module but the punch line is this module comes with its own battery back up add on. The battery appears to be a pair of capacitors that will allow for full time protection even in the event of a major power outage or hiccup in the system.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider & Transformer - tablets with physical keyboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 11:50 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - ASUS have finally unveiled their Tegra 2-powered 10.1-inch tablets that are unique because they include physical keyboards.

 

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The Eee Pad Slider (in the above picture, on the left) is poised to run Google's Honeycomb, includes an IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, mini-HDMI and mini-USB ports as well as a microSD card slot. It weighs 2.2-pounds and comes in at .5-inch thick. The Eee Pad Slider also includes dual cameras (1.2 megapixel front-facing and 5 megapixel with an LED flash on the back).

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imation Takes the Tape out of Tape Backup

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 11:46 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - imation takes has replaced the traditional tape back up device with a new, disk based backup system. The new RDX consists of the A8, an 8 cartridge iSCSI, 2U storage station and the eight removable cartridges. The system is capable of delivering up to 60MB/s or 150GB per hour performance.

 

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imation also released single dock versions, one for internal and one or external use. The external uses a USB 3.0 interface and the internal uses eSATA.

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Hitachi unveils new 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs for video duties

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 8:06 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Hitachi is at CES with all of its wide and varied product categories on display. Among the new offerings at the show are the new CinemaStar 5K2000 and C5K750 lines of AV HDDs. These drives are optimized for all sorts of video storage duties from DVRs to video surveillance. The drives are also optimized for silent operation and low power consumption.

 

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The 3.5-inch CinemaStar 5K2000 has 2TB and 1.5TB capacity HDDs in it. The drives boast 667GB per platter and use 4096-bit sectors. The drives need about 4.2W of power or less when idling and only produce 2.4 bels of noise in operation above ambient sound. The line of HDDs are shipping right now all around the world.

 

The smaller 2.5-inch C5K750 family of drives has 375GB per platter and is offered in three capacities. The capacity range includes 750GB, 640GB, and 500GB offerings. The drives sip power with about 0.5W needed when idling and about 1.5W in operation. The drives also use 4096-byte sectors and are shipping right now.

CES 2011 Rumor Mill - Vizio planning on unveiling new tablet and smartphone

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:49 pm

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Vizio, mostly known for their affordable HDTVs, is looking to make a big splash at CES in the mobile industry. An 8 inch tablet and 4 inch smartphone could be on display from Vizio according to Engadget. With Vizio's well known reputation for budget friendly devices, these could be hot items when they release.

 

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Buzz surrounding Vizio's tablet includes the fact that it may be running Android 3.0, also known as "Honeycomb." Vizio's smartphone includes stats like a 5mp camera, WiFi capability, a front facing camera for videoconferencing, and the Android OS as well. These devices could hit shelves in Summer 2011; We'll be there to take a look if these devices indeed hit the CES floor!

Samsung announces development of energy-conscious DDR4 memory

By: Don Lynn | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:29 pm

Here's an announcement that hardware fans have been looking forward to for some time. Samsung, one of the leaders in memory manufacturing, has announced today the development of a DDR4 DRAM stick that performs reads and writes with up to 40 percent more power efficiency than DDR3.

 

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Samsung's DDR4 currently has a bandwidth max of 2.13Gbps at 1.2V, but these modules are expected to eventually be able to hit speeds of 4Gbps. This memory will be a godsend to mobile devices like laptops which will be able to use Samsung's Pseudo Open Drain technology to minimize battery drain by the modules. Samsung is also working with server manufacturers to acquire the JEDEC certification necessary for server implementation.

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