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Deal of the Day: 8" LED-backlit Vizio VTAB1008 Android 2.3 Tablet with 1Ghz CPU, 512MB Memory etc. for $199.67 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 12:08 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - 8" LED-backlit Vizio VTAB1008 Android 2.3 Tablet with 1Ghz CPU, 512MB Memory, 4GB Storage, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, GPS, Front Camera, microSD, mini HDMI, MicroUSB, IR Blaster for $199.67 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Amazon has the new Vizio 8" tablet on sale for just $199.67 with FREE shipping (MSRP: $329.00). This 8" LED-backlit capacitive multi-touch Android 2.3 tablet features 1024 x 768 resolution, 1Ghz CPU, 512MB memory, 4GB storage (plus microSD for expansion), 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, VGA front facing camera, micro USB, mini HDMI, GPS, IR blaster (so you can use it as a remote control), stereo sound x3 (changes according to your tablet orientation), and more.

 

VIZIO VTAB VTAB1008 ANDROID TABLET DEAL

 

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Logitech intro Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 themed gaming keyboard and mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 11:15 am

Logitech have just unveiled a new gaming keyboard and mouse in the form of the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, specially made for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is the official keyboard of COD: Modern Warfare 3 and sports military-style, night-vision green LED backlighting. It also features six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states.

 

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The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 also features up to 18 possible macro combinations per game, where they can allow you to perform single keystrokes or intricate multi-key combinations complete with mouse events, user-defined delays and repeating. New macros can even be recorded on the fly with the help of the Logitech Gaming Software (when installed).

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Chinese search engine, Baidu, sees revenue up 85% to $655 million, profit up 80% to $295 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 10:12 am

Chinese search engine Baidu posted their earnings today, and they've got some very impressive results. Total revenue in Q3 rocks along at $654.7 million, an 85.1-percent increase from the same period last year, net income was up 80-percent to $295 million. Diluted earnings for Q3 were $0.84; non-GAAP earnings were for the $0.86. Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu says:

 

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Baidu recorded stellar results in the third quarter driven by rapid growth in customer spending and user traffic. In particular, spending by large customers significantly outperformed our expectations as we continued to build strong relationships with high quality companies. China's search industry is still in its early stages, and as the clear industry leader we see enormous room for continuing growth as users and online marketing customers become increasingly sophisticated.

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Corsair Force Series SSD goes through some life testing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 9:22 am

For those of you who love your SSDs like me, you'll enjoy an interesting blog piece from Corsair. It's done by long time Corsair forum member Rafael Jaimes III, or by his forum name "Synbios". He sent Corsair some documentation of SSD life testing utilizing Corsair's Force F40-A SSDs.

 

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The submission is quite long, so I won't go into it too much (and to avoid spoilers from the results), but it goes into a very lengthy discussion about the lifespan and the general users questions on how long it will be. Because SSDs are a very new technology when compared to the now ageing mechanical platter-based tech, the number of failures of SSDs are currently quite low. But because they haven't been around as long as their competition, its hard to get a handle on what type of return rate they have.

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EA cements deal to bring third-party publishers' games to Origin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 8:09 am

Electronic Arts have just announced that their digital distribution platform, Origin, will now be offering third-party PC games starting in November. The first wave of publishers to sign a deal with Origin include Warner Bros., THQ and Capcom. This will bring hit titles such as Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third to Origin, with more games hitting Origin in the coming months.

 

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Origin already has over 100 EA games in its library and adding additional publishers only cements their service into competition against Valve and their digital distribution platform, Steam. David DeMartini (shaken, not stirred, thanks), senior vice president of Origin at EA says:

 

Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe. We're excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets release date sorted, UK gets the Ice Cream Sandwich on November 17th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 7:30 am

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has enjoyed its fair share of publicity lately, but a release date has been one of the best kept secrets of the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 device. But, leaked details are always the best and today we have the leaked release date via an Amazon product page and then confirmed by Samsung today.

 

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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is set to arrive on UK retailers' shelves on November 17, just over three weeks from now. If you want to get your lips wet with some of that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness, you can sign-up for a subsidized handset on Vodafone, O2 and 3UK, its intended HSPA+ carrier homes. If you'd like to get some of that pre-order, contract free goodness, you can always purchase it outright through Amazon.

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Motorola ships just 100,000 Xoom tablets last quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 6:29 am

Motorola Mobility just announced their Q3 earnings and within these sparkling financial details are a nugget of information for its shipment numbers for mobile devices. Their Android-rocking tablet, Xoom, only shipped 100,000 during Q3, that's shipped, not sold. The Xoom did just get a price slash down to $400, but this was after Q3 ended.

 

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It will be early 2012 before we know if the price cut helps the Xoom sales, but comparing them to Apple, the iPad shipped 11.1 million during Q3. Motorola after months of delays started upgrading Xooms to work with Verizon's LTE network, with the process requiring Xoom owners to send their tablets away for an upgrade.

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Facebook set to build massive server farm 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 5:12 am

Facebook sometimes gets the cold shoulder when it comes to privacy and their mobile apps, but todays news is a little different. Facebook are set to build a massive server farm 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle in LuleƄ, northern Sweden. The facility will include three 300,000 square feet server halls and it will be the first time that Facebook has built a data center outside of the US.

 

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This is becoming a trend for American companies, with Microsoft looking to build a server farm in Siberia, but the deal never gelled together. Google on the other hand is currently building a similar data center in Hamima in southern Finland. Facebook chose LuleƄ because of its cold climate, with server farms requiring massive amounts of cold air to keep the operating temperatures down. The average temperate in the area is around 2C (35.6F) and the temperature has not been above 30C (86F) for more than 24 hours since 1961.

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GTA V set to become the "biggest launch ever", 2K shares actually rise from the news

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 4:14 am

Shares in Take-Two Games have risen by 6-percent following the announcement of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 earlier this week. On Tuesday, Rockstar Games confirmed that GTA V's first teaser trailer will hit the Internet on November 2, where the announcement was made live with the game's official logo which shows a green-colored Roman numeral 'V' wrapped with a banner sporting the word 'Five.'

 

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Of course, we all know how the Internet and fans work. As soon as there's a teaser for something, there has to be an easter egg or hidden something (image, word, art, etc) within the tease. GTA V as you can imagine, is no different. Some keen gamers have discovered that the logo displayed above, is identical to the design of the $5 dollar bank noted issued in 1889 by the US Mint. An American setting has been rumored, but would Rockstar be breaking the rules by taking GTA back to the pre-1900s era?

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ZiiLABS demos 50-core Jaguar3 Android-based tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2011 3:21 am

Own a tablet? Impressed with your single or dual-core speed? Well, ZiiLabs have shown off their JAGUAR3 reference Android-based tablet, which sports a 50-core processor. Inside the JAGUAR3 is a ZMS-20 system-on-a-chip (SoC), which sports two 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores as well as an additional 48 StemCell processing cores, effectively bringing it up to a 50-core monster. There's not much technical details on the 48 StemCell cores, but ZiiLabs compares them to GPU cores and says they easily make ZMS-20 "the most powerful SoC available for tablets today."

 

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Passed out on the ground in a puddle of your own drool? Well, get your stuff together, kid. If you thought 50-cores were great, ZiiLabs will also intro the ZMS-40 to OEMs next year which sports, get this, 100-cores. The ZMS-40 SoC features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and 96 StemCell processors. This 100-core "4th-generation" chip is compatible with the Jaguar3, so OEMs will have no troubles upgrading the part as it becomes available.

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