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Deal of the Day: Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $11.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 5:25 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $11.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: The Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive is known to be a decent performer. At just $11.99 after rebate with FREE shipping, this is a fantastic bargain!

 

PATRIOT XPORTER 16GB USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE SALE

 

$5 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 08/15/2011.

 

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Google's Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive in October?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 3:00 am

Google's next-gen mobile operating system might arrive in just two months time. Ice Cream Sandwich is rumored to be arriving sometime in October with the rumor coming from BGR who have been tipped off by "a source with knowledge of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich plans." Of course, with this just being a rumor there are no solid plans or information. Apple is set to launch their next-generation iPhone 5 in between September and October so this would be a delicious time to release Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich is meant to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, as it will be capable of running on both which will be a nice change. Samsung is rumored to be the first ouf of the game with the first Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone in the form of the Nexus Prime. It is rumored to sport a Super AMOLED HD display running 720p with an OMAD 4460 processor inside. Other specs include a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera "delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance."

USB 3.0 to provide up to 100 watts of power, capable of driving monitors, notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 2:30 am

The next USB 3.0 specification is set to deliver something pretty amazing, 100w of power to devices. What this will allow is much more power to devices that are demanding of power without additional power through USB ports or stand-alone power. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the new standard would allow USB 3.0 ports to power and charge devices such as notebook PCs and would remain backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

 

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Currently, USB 3.0 can deliver speeds of up to 5Gb/sec to compatible products and also maintain currents and voltages up to 900mA at 5V for a maximum power output of just 4.5W. This was roughly double the maximum power output of USB 3.0 ports. The new USB 3.0 spec is more than twenty times its old power input and output and should set the industry on fire, allowing hungrier, more power-sucking products such as monitors, desk lamps and even notebook PCs to power from a single USB 3.0 port.

 

This would help in more ways than one, it would create an entire new market of products as well as clean up your desk and the tangle of cables leading to the power sockets on your wall. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group says that the new standard will be ready for industry evaluation at the end of 2011 and is set for release to manufacturers in early 2012.

NVIDIA confirms, no new GPU this year, fans cry green tears

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 1:43 am

AMD beat NVIDIA to the punch with the stellar 5000-series, with the Fermi taking the literal, hot seat in the competition and requiring a refresh to keep up technologically. Rumors have been flying that their 28nm-based Kepler GPU would see a launch this year (even if it were a paper launch) but it seems that is now out of the question. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA has come out and said:

 

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Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn't expect product to be available this year.

 

Keep in mind that AMD are still hammering away at their Southern Islands, HD 7000-series of GPU and should make a launch before years end. Just in time for Battlefield 3. However, if you want to stay on Team Green, you'll have to wait that little bit longer.

SATA-IO announce SATA Express, capable of 16Gb/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 1:34 am

With SATA 6Gbps not fast enough to keep up with todays SSDs, the Serial ATA International Organization had to come up with something, and quick. SATA-IO have just announced the development of a new standard that combines SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express interface. The new standard will be called "SATA Express," and will allow manufacturers to create devices that can access the bandwidth of the PCIe slots whilst remaining compatible with existing SATA applications.

 

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The combination of the technologies will provide 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s (one lane via PCIe 2.0 or two via PCIe 3.0) - which is a decent increase over SATA 3.0's single-channel throughput of 6Gb/s. SATA-IO is still concerned certain high-end consumer and enterprise configurations could saturate the existing 6Gb/s interface.

Continue reading 'SATA-IO announce SATA Express, capable of 16Gb/sec' (full post)

App of the Day: Facebook Messenger (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 5:16 pm

Our App of the Day today is Facebook Messenger for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

Mark and team launched Facebook Messenger yesterday which promises a faster way to message. It is a dedicated app (sadly only available for download in the US App Store at this stage) which make it easier to contact friends on your phone.

 

It has already shot to the top of the App Store list for hot new apps and is worth checking out.

 

Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

 

Top Features:

 

• Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts

• Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go

• Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message

• Include photos so friends can see what you're doing

 

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Low-Profile HD 6850 graphics card from AFOX on shelves in Japan

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 3:48 pm

A particularly interesting looking HD 6850 graphics card has been found in Japanese stores by a company unheard of to most, AFOX. It's not just the brand name and box design that stands out, though. More interestingly, this card is quite a big step away from the reference design in that it is of low-profile stature and without the need for external power.

 

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The low profile heatsink/fan design is also a standout feature with its dual-fan aluminum setup. AFOX appears to have left the stock clock rates on the card alone, however, which are 775MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the GDDR5 memory.

Continue reading 'Low-Profile HD 6850 graphics card from AFOX on shelves in Japan' (full post)

Could this be the iPhone 5? - Supposed prototype pictures

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 2:36 pm

Nudging closer to a still yet to be confirmed date for the release of Apple's fifth generation iPhone, website iPhone-release.com has obtained a couple of mysterious images that resemble what could well be a prototype of it.

 

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The photos indicate a slimmer body with bigger screen, but this could also potentially be the iPhone 4S. Nothing's confirmed at this stage, so we'll just have to wait and see what comes out in the wash.

 

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BitFenix is back in black with the Merc series mid towers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 1:44 pm

BitFenix is back in the limelight with yet another mid-tower chassis launched today that is aimed at the budget gaming crowd.

 

Dubbed the Merc, it comes in two variants - the Alpha and the Beta. Both cases are coated black inside and out, running measurements of 439 (H) x 190 (W) x 490 (D) mm. There is room to accomodate up to three 5.25" devices and there are seven 3.5" bays + 1x2.5" bay internally.

 

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The top mounted I/O panel has four USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks. Both versions of the case ship with a 120mm fan at the rear, but the "Beta" model is capable of taking on another five, while the Alpha can take up to eight fans total (you can see the mounting holes and mesh grills on top in the pic).

Continue reading 'BitFenix is back in black with the Merc series mid towers' (full post)

ECS releases a trio of A55 based FM1 boards for budgeteers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 12:27 pm

If you're on the hunt for an aggressively priced A55 chipset motherboard, budget conscious motherboard maker ECS could well be the go with three models introduced today.

 

These FM1 socket motherboards, suited to the AMD A-Series APUs (Llano) include the full ATX sized A55F-A for the home/budget gamer crowd, microATX sized A55F-M2 which would be a good little base for a HTPC, and also the mATX sized A55F-M3 that looks to be more so aimed toward office desktop machines.

 

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All three have a single PCI-E x16 slot for discrete graphics options if more VGA grunt is needed down the road, but many will find the quite capable integrated GPU core in the A-Series APUs more than decent enough for a budget build while also giving the ability to get a bit of 720p gaming in too.

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