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Jolicloud netbook to be called Jolibook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:00 pm

If you like, the idea of a netbook computer that runs a really fast version of Linux for it's OS you will be interested to hear that a new notebook powered by Jolicloud is apparently coming soon. The CEO of Jolicould tweeted some pics of the notebook a while back and it looks pretty crazy with artwork all over the front.

 

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Under that bright case is hardware that you would expect to find inside a netbook like an Intel Atom N550 CPU, 10.1-inch screen with 720p resolution, and 250GB of storage. Where this rig differs from the norm is that it doesn't run Windows or other common operating systems, it is powered the Jolicloud, which is Linux derived.

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Sources say AMD HD 6970 will beat NV GTX 580

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 4:02 pm

I don't think that any of us will be surprised that "sources" are saying that the AMD HD 6970 will beat the new NVIDIA GTX 580 in performance. What else would AMD say after all? It's not as if they can say, "our next card will suck." I like it when these two companies get to goading and competing with each other for the performance crown, and so should you.

 

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Competition like this is when we get new cards with even more performance as they trade the world's fastest title back and forth. The only downside is that the new cards seem to get more expensive each time they launch. The upside is a new faster card means price cuts on older hardware. Kit Guru cites sources that claim the HD 6970.

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Weekly Giveaway: Win one of three Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headsets

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 2:45 pm

We have teamed up with Psyko Audio Labs this week to giveaway three of their Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headsets to readers in North America and Europe.

 

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The Dawn of Audio is here and Psyko Audio is delivering gamers their new weapon. No one else can give you an audio experience that lets you hear where every sound comes from. They improve your positional awareness and your reaction time for improved game play. There is no DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to alter the sound, and no latency. They put you into the sweet spot. Wake up and play better.

 

This is a quantum leap in headphone technology. The Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset System creates 3D sound in exactly the same way a room system does - with 5 speakers plus the subwoofer positioned accurately around you. You hear precisely where every sound originates, the way you are supposed to. You get naturally immersive sound with no hassles, no latency, and no limits to where and when you want to play.

 

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

Boxee Box officially launched; Netflix and Hulu friendliness in the works

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:24 am

The Boxee Box official launch event has come and gone and the cats behind it have answered a few of the nagging questions many have had. The network blocking of their sites on the device were not specifically addressed, but two big dogs in the streaming industry are reportedly ready to jump on board: Netflix and Hulu Plus.

 

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Netflix is officially on board; all signs are pointing towards the Boxee Box being Netflix capable by the end of the year. Boxee even pictured a remote with a Netflix button at their event. The timetable on Hulu Plus is not as clear; talks are only in their beginning stages but Boxee is confident they will be bringing Hulu on board sometime soon; even if Hulu will be initially blocked from being streamed on launch day. Adding these two big boys to their already impressive codec list should help in the competition against Google TV; now if we could only get the networks on board.

Deal of the Day: Refurbed Samsung SyncMaster P2770H LCD 27" Monitor w/ Full HD, HDMI, DVI-D - $259 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:06 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Refurbed Samsung SyncMaster P2770H LCD 27" Monitor w/ Full HD, HDMI, DVI-D - $259 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: Buy.com has this refurbed Samsung SyncMaster 27" LCD monitor for just $259. This monitor has some crazy good specs:

 

- Full HD 1920x1080p Resolution

- 27" LCD Panel

- 2ms Response Time

- 70,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

- HDMI and DVI-D

 

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OS X 10.6.5 update released

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:02 am

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Along with the announcement of the iOS 4.2 update coming Friday, Apple was hard at work helping out Mac users as well. The OS X 10.6.5 update was made available for download today and brings a fairly long list of improvements. Included are fixes for printing issues, graphics and game performance improvements, as well as several security improvements. Check your updates for the download today; a full list of improvements is listed after the break.

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AMD Radeon 6970 delay due to component shortage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 4:14 am

Many AMD partners are wondering why they have not gotten AMD Radeon 6970 boards yet - but, it seems to stem from a shortage of a particular component from Texas Instruments, and now the yield issues that people are running around crying about.

 

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This Texas Instruments component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first introduced and used on the AMD Radeon 6800 series. The part is SO new that there is literally no information on the web about it, nor from the manufacturer itself.

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Microsoft Surface gets next-gen treatment, release "imminent"?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:14 am

Microsoft's Surface made a big splash when it was announced and shown off, but it's size and price kept it from being your next coffee table. But one of the software developers for the Microsoft Surface is indicating that the next-generation is "imminent" and will supposedly make the platform far more versatile.

 

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Iain McDonald of agency Amnesia Razorfish, owned by Microsoft until late 2009 and now part of the Publicis Groupe are saying that the next-gen Surface will be a flat surface concept, not the entire coffee table system with cameras and projectors underneath.

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Download of the Day: Defraggler 2.00.230

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:10 am

Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 2.00.230.

 

Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.

 

When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.

 

At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.

 

• Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag

• Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation

• Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly

• Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support

• Boot time defrag of system files

• Supports 37 major languages

 

Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!

 

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 3:08 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 11th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options @ Techspot

- ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM: The Champion @ InsideHW

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI P6 and H6 1155 motherboard info and pics leak @ Kitguru

- High End X58 Motherboard Roundup: Asus, Gigabyte and MSI Compared, Overclocked and Dissected @ Madshrimps

- Biostar A880G+ AMD Motherboard @ OCIA

 

CPU

 

- AMD CPU roadmap comes to light @ eTeknix

- AMD Brazos and Zacate Architecture Preview - Bobcat Explored @ 3DXtreme

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