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Canon launches PowerShot SX30 IS digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 6:04 pm

One of the most popular brands in the camera industry is Canon. The company has cameras for all sorts of needs from the professional photographer down to the kid looking for their first camera. Canon has unveiled a new camera today called the SX30 IS that is the world's first wide-angle 35x zoom digital camera.


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The camera can record HD video in 720p resolution using the entire 35x zoom range of the lens. The sensor of the camera is a 14.1MP unit and the camera uses the Canon Digic 4 image processor. The rear LCD screen of the camera is a 2.7-inch unit that has a variable angle making it easier to shoot photos using Live View.

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Weekly Giveaway: QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS and two Seagate Constellation ES 2TB HDDs worth $1200 USD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 5:52 pm

We have teamed up with both QNAP and Seagate this week to giveaway one truly wicked prize worth a staggering $1200 USD.


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QNAP were kind enough to chip it with one of their brand new and stylish looking TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS systems based on the new Intel Atom dual-core CPU (the new 1.8GHz model) and 1GB DDR-II RAM. It is a compact dual-bay NAS system that will look real nice sitting in the corner taking care of your important data.


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Seagate also came to the party chipping in not one, but two of their impressive 2TB Constellation ES (ST32000644NS) SATA 3Gb/s hard drives. If you decide to setup the drives in RAID 0 on the QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS you get a total of 4TB of storage space or if you want redundancy and setup in RAID 1, you get a total of 2TB.


Remember to become a fan of QNAP products over at their Facebook fan page right here and you can also check out the Seagate line of enterprise drivers right here, too.


Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone in the world can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

OCZ shows off RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD at IDF

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 5:12 pm

OCZ has cut back on some of its other projects like notebooks and gaming peripherals this year to focus on core offerings like storage and memory. With IDF in full swing this week, we are seeing some new gear being unveiled and OCZ is on hand at the show with a new SSD. The new SSD is designed to use a PCIe x4 slot rather than the SATA port inside the computer.




The new SSD plugs into x4 PCI Express slot and uses a SandForce processor to provide internal RAID 0 capability. The reason for cramming the SSD into the PCIe port rather than using the SATA port is that the PCIe slot doesn't have the bottleneck that SATA ports suffer from that can impede the performance of an SSD.

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Gigabyte unveils first mainboards with black PCBs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 4:04 pm

Gigabyte has some of the most popular mainboards around for enthusiasts and gamers that like to roll their own computers. The company has been around for a long time and offers a lot more than mainboards. For many enthusiasts what hardware looks like is almost as important as how well that hardware performance.




Gigabyte has unveiled its first mainboards that use black PCBs. The black PCB looks a lot better than the old and boring green I typically see on a mainboard today or the blue Gigabyte usually offers. The new boards are the P67A-UD5 and the P67A-UD7. The boards are the new high-end LGA1155 parts from Gigabyte. To keep with the dark stealth look of the mainboard Gigabyte also uses dark graphite color heat sinks.

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Puget systems is giving away two GTS 450 video cards

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 3:10 pm

Puget Systems is a maker of some nice gaming computers and the company likes to use some of the newest hardware around inside those machines. The company has announced that it is having a contest for gamers to offer the chance to win one of two new NVIDIA video cards.


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The video cards in question are the new GTS 450 cards with MSRP of $129 that debuted this week. The new video cards are cheap and aimed at mainstream gamers with full support for DirectX 11 and 3D Vision technology. Entering the contest doesn't require anything that is time consuming.

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Westmere-EX 10 core CPUs announced by Intel at IDF

By: Don Lynn | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 2:23 pm

One of Intel's big announcements at their IDF conference in San Francisco was the unveiling of their next-generation server CPUs, which have been dubbed "Westmere-EX." These will be built using the 32nm manufacturing process, which will allow Intel to include ten physical cores on these CPUs.


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Along with the increase in cores, Westmere-EX processors will be able to address 2TB of memory, which is two times the addressable memory of the previous generation. This is useful to large databases which will be able to run solely from memory as opposed to a non-volatile storage device. These CPUs are going to be compatible with the current Xeon 7500 series, which means you won't have to build a whole new system to use these new processors. Look for these to become available sometime in the first half of 2011.

Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 10:16 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 14th, 2010




- Intel IDF 2010 Coverage: Intel DP67BG Burrage Motherboard Pictures @ Legit Reviews

- IDF 2010 - GIGABYTE Goes For Gold With a First Look at their New P67A Motherboard Series @ Futurelooks

- Biostar TA890FXE @ Overclock3D




- MX-Tech Black Diamond DDR3-1600 4Gb Kit @ Funkykit

- G.SKILL 2133MHz DDR3 Pi-Series Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews




- MSI Geforce GTS 450 Cyclone OC Edition (1Gb GDDR5) @ Funkykit

- NVIDIA Release 260 GeForce Drivers @ Techarp

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Download of the Day: Blender 2.54 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 8:07 am

Our Download of the Day today is Blender 2.54 Beta.


Blender is an integrated application that enables the creation of a broad range of 2D and 3D content. Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Through it's open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.


Key Features:


• Fully integrated creation suite, offering a broad range of essential tools for the creation of 3D content, including modeling, uv-mapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animation, particle and other simulation, scripting, rendering, compositing, post-production, and game creation;

• Cross platform, with OpenGL uniform GUI on all platforms, ready to use for all versions of Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP), Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, Irix, Sun and numerous other operating systems;

• High quality 3D architecture enabling fast and efficient creation work-flow;

• More than 200,000 downloads of each release (users) worldwide;

• User community support by forums for questions, answers, and critique at and news services at;

• Small executable size, easy distribution.


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Intel demos WiDi Tablet technology at IDF 2010

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 4:31 am

Intel was not just all about processors during their keynote speech today at the IDF Conference in San Francisco. They also showed off a pretty interesting piece of technology on the tablet front: WiDi. This gives you the ability to wirelessly stream content from a tablet to a properly equipped HDTV.



Now that Intel has Infineon flying under their flag, they can work on iPad connectivity with Linux, Google Chrome OS, Android, OS X, Windows and MeeGo already compatible. This is a pretty fun little announcement that can make tablets capable of anything from remote control function to being a keyboard and mouse replacement if you want to surf from your couch and don't want to have to deal with the tablet's smaller screen when watching video or reading.

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