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New MacBook Air gets it's insides prodded

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 4:10 am

As with other Apple devices of late, the new MacBook Air has been taken down a dark alley, bashed across the head and taken advantage of - but, in a good way.

 

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We knew this before, but with it being opened it's now confirmed - the new MacBook Air is next to impossible to do self-service on, as it uses mostly propriety components. The interior is secured using five-sided Torx T5 screws - where as the rest of the components are so customised that it would be near impossible to find them in a parts store.

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Microsoft "doubling down" on PC gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 3:37 am

It looks like Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with it's plan for PC game retail domination... not only do they have Games for Windows Marketplace, but it's part of a larger picture for PC gamers that mean a lot to Microsoft.

 

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I'm very vocal about this myself, Microsoft push DX11 and Windows 7 yet nearly all games produced are made on consoles first, then ported to PC with "DX11" - yet the game was created with DX9-esque hardware in mind (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3) - where the PC has all this horse power and untapped ability - yet, is not really pushed.

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Samsung set to unveil new Android device November 8th

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 3:20 am

Samsung's raising quite a bit of fanfare about the newest device to hit their lineup. They've pegged November 8th as the unveiling date for their newest device with this ad and the murmurs have already started about what it will be.

 

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The stock ticker looking numbers in the ad is making most people point towards the official unveiling of the Samsung Continuum, a device that had its original leak via Engadget back on September 30th. The Android powered device features a second LED screen called the "Ticker," which makes conclusions easy to draw. Others are hoping for the first device to feature Google's new "Gingerbread" OS which has been a hot topic since Google put up a Gingerbread man on their campus.

 

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The iPhone gets some VLC lovin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:35 am

Been wanting to watch a tonne of videos on your iPhone without having to tediously convert them to a format that your iPhone is able to play them back with?

 

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Now's your chance - you can ride off into the sunset using VLC on the iPhone as it's now universal - it has gotten a speed boost too, and it's learnt a new ability, like Sylar did on Heroes - it can delete videos directly from your iPad or iPhone.

New SSD manufacturing plant opened by OCZ in Taiwan

By: Don Lynn | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:35 am

OCZ has given their solid state drive (SSD) availability a huge shot in the arm with the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Taipei today. The new facility is expected to ramp up OCZ's SSD production from 50,000 to 140,000 units a month.

 

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After over tripling their monthly unit sales between Q1 and August this year, OCZ is looking to keep up with that demand. According to Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, "Our new 20,000 square foot facility was set up in response to increased demand from OEMs for our Enterprise Solid State Drive products and significantly increases our monthly SSD capacity." Offering a wide variety of interface choices including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, USB 3.0, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL), OCZ is making a major play in the SSD industry and with the new facility they can only hope to keep the expansion going.

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hits the scene at Adobe MAX

By: | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:15 am

The BlackBerry PlayBook got some serious facetime at Adobe's MAX conference today. RIM and Adobe teamed up to announce an Adobe AIR SDK for the PlayBook platform with hardware integration that will give developers plenty to work with before the launch of the PlayBook next year. A fully functional PlayBook took center stage; something RIM didn't even pull off at their own event.

 

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Being a developer on this platform is looking to be a fairly nice affair; companies like Kobo were on hand to talk about the ease of development for the PlayBook platform and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis announced at the conference that all developers that create PlayBook apps that are approved into App World will receive a free PlayBook of their very own. That's a pretty sweet incentive to get the tablet off and running at launch. Check out a short video after the break.

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Borders announces e-reader price cuts galore

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:55 am

You know the holiday season is approaching when companies are stumbling over each other to announce price cuts on electronic devices. With the Kindle having so much success and a new Nook just around the corner from Barnes and Noble, Borders is turning to price cuts and free goodies to keep their devices on shopper's wishlists.

 

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For the next week, ordering an eReader from Borders will come with free shipping. The $299 Velocity Micro Cruz tablet comes with a $25 gift card, $30 has been cut from the Micro Cruz Reader (now $169.99) and the Kobo (now $129.99), and purchasing any Sony eReader will score you a free Sony Reader cover with built in light. Borders is also offering 20% off all accessories with any new e-reader purchase. Our guess is this is only the beginning of the price slashing wars, so keep your eyes peeled for more deals to come.

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Wifi Direct certifications starts, device-to-device transmission also starting soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:27 am

Bluetooth has some competition - Wi-Fi Direct is touted to everything Bluetooth does, but with far less issues and annoyances all while using a protocol that is far more widespread and easier to setup.

 

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Starting today - Wi-Fi Direct devices will enter the certification process - the actual products to use this tech are unknown at this point, but there should be some hardware on the shelves before Santa arrives in 2 more months.

 

Functionality wise, the claims stand out instantly - for someone to make a device-to-device connection over Wi-Fi just ONE of the devices needs to be Wi-Fi Direct certified. This will help create a user base out of the box, which is a great step towards instant sales.

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Patriot launches Torqx TRB line of SSDs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 7:04 pm

Patriot has been peddling RAM to gamers and Enthusiasts for a long time and like many other memory companies, Patriot has expanded into SSDs as well. Patriot has unveiled a new line of SSDs today called the Torqx TRB line that offer nice features and performance. The new 64GB SSD uses the latest controller from JMicron called the JMF616.

 

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The controller allows the SSD to operate at up to 260MB/s read speed and 115MB/s write speed for the 64GB version. A 32GB SSD is also offered using the JMicron JM612 controller allowing the SSD to operate at up to 245MB/s read speed and up to 60MB/s write. Both of the SSDs have a 3-year warranty and are designed to support TRIM in Windows 7.

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PSP Go price cut confirmed by Sony Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 6:06 pm

When it comes to mobile gaming I stick to my iPhone or iPad. I have a couple PSPs here in the house along with a couple Nintendo DSi systems that my kids play. We haven't used the PSPs in over a year now so the PSP format altogether isn't very appealing around my house. When I first heard of the PSP Go I thought it sounded cool enough until I realized that the games you have for your old PSPs were useless on the new Go. Many people felt that way and many retailers were mad that they could not sell software for the Go making it a bag of fail.

 

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Sony Japan has confirmed a price cut that has been rumored for the Go. In Japan the Go will see it's price chopped to 16,800 yen with taxes included. That works out to about $208 here in the US. The rumors that have been swirling claiming a new price of $199 are incoming for the Go for the States. With the Japanese price so close to the rumored price here at home, I would say the rumors are probably accurate.

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