The latest happenings from around the web - September 15th, 2010
- ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking
- ASUS P7H55D-M Evo Motherboard @ Modders-Inc.
- IDF 2010: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 and GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston HyperX DDR3: 2.5 GHz for Everyday @ InsideHW
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Unboxing @ eTeknix
- Patriot DDR3 Viper II eSector 5 Series 1600MHz Ram @ Bonafide Reviews
Kingston is jumping onto the USB 3.0 bandwagon with their first flash drive to take full advantage of the new interface. The newest Kingston DataTraveler, dubbed the "Ultimate," features maximum read speeds of 80 MB/s and write speeds of 60 MB/s. These are three times faster than the 30/20 advertised for the USB. 2.0 DataTravelers and in line with the real-world performance boost seen when jumping from USB 2.0 to 3.0.
"USB 3.0 is the next major milestone in Flash memory for USB products and Kingston wants to have a solution in the marketplace for early adopters," said Andrew Ewing, Kingston's USB business manager. The drives are backed by a five year warranty, and have recommended price tags of $89, $138 and $270 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 drives, respectively.
Acer was also at IDF today with some interesting goodies for the masses, including their new Revo 2 set-top box running Windows Media Center Embedded. It looks similar to previous versions of Media Center, with simplified streaming integration and the ability to stream live TV, internet, and movies.
The remote also gets some facetime here and is pretty sweet as well, allowing you to use it as a touchpad or a QUERTY keyboard with the push of a button. Acer is expecting the Revo 2 to be available sometime in the first half of 2011.
Intel keeps rolling out the new design ideas at IDF. Next on the list: a new classmate PC design. Featuring "increased ruggedness, longer battery life, improved water resistance and additional anti-microbial protection," this clamshell PC is built to take nearly whatever a kid can throw at it.
This design helps protect the PC against liquid spills of up to 100cc, accidental drops of up to 70cm, and may be implemented in classrooms worldwide with "a wide selection of purpose-built solutions for education tailored to meet their needs." Hopefully the price will also be tailored towards being able to get it in the classroom as well.
Twitter is holding a small and casual press conference at its offices at the moment and it has been talking about the new Twitter.com. We referenced a story from Mashable in an earlier post today and those rumors have turned out true.
Some of the new features include a new "faster and richer" design with mini profiles, easier to discover related content and of course images and video in tweets. "Now, it's easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube."
According to the new Twitter.com promo page, the rollout of these changes will come over the "next several weeks". The folks from Twitter will provide more updates over the next few days.
Following in the footsteps of earlier sales on Galaxy S smartphones, Amazon is selling the newly released Samsung Fascinate smartphone for a single penny. They're even throwing in free two day shipping so you can get a hold of your Verizon-branded Galaxy S goodness before the end of the week if you act fast. Of course, the usual two year contract requirement is in effect here. Act fast before they run out!
According to sources at Mashable, a leading social media news site, Twitter has something hatching right now. Even a Twitter company tweet suggests to confirm it in part.
If the rumor turns out to be correct, Twitter will bring images and videos to tweet posts. Twitter has been text only forever and if a tweeter wanted to include multimedia in their tweet post, they would use an external service like Twitpic for hosting and linking to images.
Obviously the proposed and we repeat rumored changes would have the folks over at Facebook worrying a little. The inclusion of multimedia in tweets blurs the line of difference between the two mega social networks. According to the story by Mashable, Twitter plans on making things more clear during a company press event due to be held at 7pm US EST.
16:38 US PST UPDATE: It's confirmed. New Twitter.com going live soon!
During one of the presentations at IDF, a rep from Dell showed off a fancy new 10-inch tablet product codenamed Sparta with the retail shipping name of 'Duo'. It uses an Intel Atom dual-core processor and comes installed with Windows 7 Premium.
At first you may think it is just a pretty good looking red framed tablet computer, but as the video and discussion on stage proceeds, you can see that it also comes with a keyboard. That got the crowded pretty excited and rightfully so, I would say. Basically the screen lifts up and reveals a keyboard and then you just flip the screen around to use it like you would a netbook.
The presenter mentions that it has the freedom of a normal tablet, but also the productivity of a normal netbook or notebook computer. Pretty well spot on.
Remember that thing called the PlayStation Move? It was announced earlier this year for a fall 2010 launch. Well folks that time has come... almost anyway. The Move bundle will go on sale in the United States on September 19 for $99.99 USD.
Inside the box you get a copy of Sports Champions, a Move motion controller, a PlayStation eye and a Move Game Demo disc. According to the Sonly blog chaps on video, it is everything you need as long as you have a PS3 console, of course.
If you don't already have a PS3, you can get a 320GB PS3 console, controller and Move bundle for $399.99 USD. So, are you going to buy one?
Yet another app store is ready to rock and roll today and it comes from one of the biggest players in the industry. Intel at IDF 2010 today announced to attending media that its Intel AppUp center netbook app store is out of beta and ready for consumers to use. Intel's app store has been talked about for a while now with careful anticipation around tech circles. But is it going to be a success?
Netbooks have been craving something to make them stand out from being purely just a small and cheaper notebook computer. AppUp should go a long way to helping things. I would hazard to guess that Intel's first aims and ambitions with its app store were to help bolster and cement the netbooks legitimate place in the market. However, take a look at the massive success Apple has seen with its app sales on its iDevices and clearly other incentives come into it, ah like... money. Google of course is also pushing apps on its also popular Android platform.
Intel has written up a deal with Best Buy in the United States (and Dixons in the UK and Croma in India) to pre-install its AppUp software on netbooks sold at its store which should get it off the ground running. Of course as of today you can also download AppUp for Windows XP as well as Windows 7 and Moblin.