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MSI teasing us again ahead of CES in the form of Sandy Bridge and Fusion based products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 3:37 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - MSI are pulling not just rabbits from their hats, but entire zoos of animals instead. Another tease before CES this upcoming week of some new Intel Sandy Bridge based tech as well as AMD's new Fusion based chips.


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MSI are showing off their Wind Top range, based on Intel's Sandy Bridge in 24 and 22-inch builds with AMD Brazos rocking the budget 20-inch model which is also meant to sport a Blu-ray drive.

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Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 3:34 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 2nd, 2010




- Jetway HA12-LF Motherboard @ Techwarelabs

- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 mini-ITX: Big Overclocks From A Small Board @

- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Preview @ Pureoverclock

- ASRock P55 Extreme4 LGA1156 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- Foxconn H67A-S H67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix

- ECS P67H2-A2 Socket 1155 Motherboard Preview @ OCIA

- Intel Sandy Bridge P67 3-Way Motherboard Preview @ Neoseeker




- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Video Card @ tbreak

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NVIDIA sets GeForce GTX560 launch date

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 3, 2011 3:24 am

CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA are off to a good start for 2011, the release of the mainstream successor to the GTX460 is arriving on 25th of January in the form of the GeForce GTX560.


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The card is meant to be much faster than it's predecessor and hopefully cheaper! If you're in the market for a new mainstream GPU, we'd suggest waiting a few weeks to see what this puppy can do.

AMD to have fisticuffs with Intel, bringing sexy back in the form of AMD FX!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jan 1, 2011 3:04 am

It seems like so long ago that AMD had the popular high end FX range. But, it was put to the side with the Phenom and Phenom II series processors as it just couldn't compete in higher end market segments, also because AMD did not want to dilute the FX identifier.


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Enter "Black Edition" which was the model with the unlocked BClk multipliers. But now AMD are bringing FX back with the new Bulldozer architecture, which gives the processor a much higher degree of inter-core integration, sharing of common components, higher instructions per clock-cycle and Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).

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China could be cracking down on internet phone usage

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 31, 2010 10:57 pm

It's rough to get a virtual foothold in the Chinese market; just ask Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Now China could be looking to crack down on internet phone services like Skype and other VoIP services in order to protect state-owned telephone companies.


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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated on its website that it's working to fight "illegal Internet phone services" which provide comparatively free information exchange in a country that likes to keep a tight lid on information flowing in and out. With the recent announcement of China now having over 450 million internet users, there's also a lot of money at stake for the Chinese government which has a stake in the telecoms. Skype and other similar services offer relatively cheap rates for the same services, and there's no doubt that keeping the money in their pockets is a large priority.

Gemini trojan targets Android devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 31, 2010 10:49 pm

The latest Android malware scare seems to be growing in China and has the possibility of spreading into other regions according to a report by security firm Lookout. Dubbed "Gemini," this trojan is one of the most complex found to date and is the first to display "botnet-like capablities."


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Gemini, which is infecting phones by latching on to legitimate apps downloaded from third party Android app stores, has the ability to infect the phone and then be controlled and read from a remote server. It can deliver lists of installed apps, send out the user's location, and even download apps on its own and prompt the phone owner to install them. The easiest way to avoid it at this point seems to be to stick to Android Market apps, so just like with your PC be careful what you download!

PlayBook battery issues denied by RIM

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 31, 2010 10:41 pm

Early beta units for RIM's highly anticipated PlayBook tablet have hit a few lucky hands recently, and it looks like the biggest gripe seems to be about battery life. While RIM advertises the tablet to have "comparable" battery life to competitors such as the claimed 10 hours for the iPad, testers like Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu are stating that the battery is lasting only "a few hours."


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RIM has been quick to dismiss these claims, stating that the early test units do not come with any sort of power management. A statement from the company said that "any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented. RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook's battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life." Looks like we'll have to wait for the final version to know for sure in May 2011.

Online holiday spending in the U.S. tops $30 billion

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2010 10:36 pm

It's no secret that online shopping is becoming more and more popular, especially during the holiday season where people (like me) prefer doing their Christmas shopping from home instead of battling traffic and crowds at the mall. The U.S. saw a significant increase in online holiday spending, reaching a new record of $30.81 billion for the first 56 days of November to December.


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This was a 13% increase over last year, with the week before Christmas netting $2.45 billion and a 17% increase all by itself. Computer hardware, which includes items like tablets, e-readers, and laptops in well, saw a healthy 23 percent increase over 2009 and even books and magazines came in second on the list with a 22 percent increase in sales. All in all, it was a good time to be an online retailer.

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LucidLogix virtualization could enable AMD and NVIDIA team-up on Sandy Bridge platform

By: Don Lynn | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 31, 2010 10:26 pm

Sandy Bridge is going to be one of the big stories at CES 2011, and LucidLogix has awaked from their slumber in a big way. The company's virtualization software could serve up the ability to make AMD and NVIDIA videos cards play nicely together in multicard setups on the Sandy Bridge platform.


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With support for DirectX11 and only requiring the ability to "connect the display screen directly to the motherboard's Sandy Bridge display output," hopefully this becomes an easy way to tinker with both the red and green side in the same rig. The 'Virtu' software is expected to hit beta and become available sometime next month.

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