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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 25, 2010 9:16 am

The latest happenings from around the web - 25/06/2010




- High-End Mainboards on AMD 890FX: Asus Crosshair IV Formula and Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 @ XBit Labs

- ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews




- Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Graphics Card @ Kitguru

- GeForce GTX 480 SLI vs. Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire: Round Two @ XBit Labs

- GeForce GTX 470 SLI against Radeon HD 5970: Deathmatch @ XBit Labs

- ATI Radeon HD 5550: Three different HTPC graphics cards @ HT4U

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The next "it phone" for the teen texter: The Samsung :)

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 25, 2010 4:03 am

Yes, I just used an emoticon in a news title. But it is warranted, because T-Mobile launched three new Samsung phones including the :). That's right, an emoticon as the name.


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The Gravity 3, Gravity T and, get this, the Samsung :) are social networking and texting based slider phones equipped with T-Mobile's Social Buzz which sends notifications and messages when there are new posts on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The Gravity models have 2mp cameras and 16gb of supportable memory while the  has a smaller 1.3mp camera, but shortcut buttons to messaging applications.


All three phones are now available in the U.S., but no international launches have been scheduled yet. C'mon, you know the whole world needs a smile……….:)

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100 Millionth Blackberry sold; RIM looking forward to two new devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 25, 2010 3:03 am

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RIM, the company that brings you Blackberry, are still doing a lot of business in the wake of the iPhone and Android crazes recently. RIM has reported a company record 11.2 million BlackBerries shipped in the spring quarter, a company record and 43 percent higher than last year. The company also reported the sale of their 100 millionth BlackBerry and 46 million accounts active.

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VidaBox introduces Media Center controls for iPad

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 25, 2010 2:11 am

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Vidabox, an award winning media server and control solution manufacturer, debuted their new iPad Media Center controls at the Asian Pacific CEDIA EXPO in Melbourne, Australia. This is believed to be the first such solution for Windows based Media Centers. This solution can be used to control your TV, media players, cable, satellite, and even be programmed to control lights in the house and other automated devices.

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iPhone 4 officially launches; problems reported amidst the hysteria

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 25, 2010 1:26 am

Well, it's officially here. The iPhone 4 officially launched today, to the delight of thousands of people. Reports are flooding in from all of the initial launch countries (USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan) of long lines, crowded stores, and joyous people clutching their prizes like a 6 year old getting their favorite toy at Christmas.


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But the story is not all happy-go-lucky. Reports of retail stores having no where near the expected stock on hand of iPhones and various problems with the unit itself have been cropping up all over the internet.

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Intel admits GPUs are 14x faster than CPUs in its tests

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 24, 2010 7:04 pm

When you have multiple companies operating in the same product category each wants to claim that their widget is faster than or better than the completion for one reason or another. This was the case when NVIDIA crafted its GPUs to run applications that were before that point only able to run on a CPU.


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Developers have claimed that the GPU is as much as 100x faster in some applications that the CPU. NVIDIA says that Intel has unveiled a paper at ISCA in France called "Debunking the 100x GPU vs. CPU Myth."

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Sony Vaio EA notebook gets embossed surface

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 24, 2010 6:06 pm

Sony has a Signature collection of notebooks that add design features that you don't find on the more mundane notebooks the firm offers. Sony has unveiled a new EA Signature series notebook that has an embossed lid with an Arabesque design.


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The design looks very girly to me, especially in the retina searing pink. You can also get the notebook in black or gold colors as well. The machine starts at $919.99 and has a 14-inch screen.

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Scythe offers USB foot pedals for gamers and computer users

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 24, 2010 5:04 pm

Scythe is probably more known for its cooling gear for computers than anything else. However, the company does offer a full line of other gear like peripherals.




Scythe has announced a new USB Foot Switch for computer users that attaches to the PC via USB and can be programmed to activate commands and actions in games or other software. The switches come in one, two, or three button setups.

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Google wins in Viacom suit

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 24, 2010 4:02 pm

You might recall back in 2007 Viacom sued Google and YouTube for allegedly violating copyright. Viacom contended that YouTube knowingly allowed video that violated copyright to be uploaded to the internet using its tools.




Reuters reports today that Google and YouTube have won the suit. The judge says that mere knowledge of possible copyright violations is not enough to hold YouTube accountable. Google has argued that it is protected under the Safe Harbor provision of the DMCA.

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SD Association adds new logos to show faster cards

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 24, 2010 3:02 pm

Shopping for a SD card if speed is important to you is difficult. All SD cards look the same no matter how much capacity they have or how fast they are leaving the shopper to trust the logos and packaging to make a purchase.


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The SD Association has announced new logos to help identify the faster memory cards on the marker. The new logos will go on cards meeting UHS-I specifications. The logo will only be used on SDXC and SDHC cards and promises data transfer of up to 104MB/s.

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