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PowerColor mixes HD6970 with water for a cool card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 4:02 pm

PowerColor has been peddling some nice video cards for a long time now that geeks and gamers would really like to put inside their computers. Video cards, like CPUs and RAM, are often overclocked by the user to get more performance and to get the most out of a GPU, the card has to be cool. PowerColor's latest video card trades fans for a water block to keep the GPU nice and frosty.


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The card is called the PowerColor LCS HD6970. The thing has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a core clock of 925MHz. The memory clock for the card is 1425MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. The thing ships with lots of connectivity options and connectors with support for DVI, HDMI, and mini Display port all in the same device.


The copper cooling plate of the water block can cool the GPU to under 50C even under full load. The card comes with 3/8" and ½" fittings in the box. Pricing and availability on the card is not known at this time. You can expect to pay more than a normal PowerColor HD 6970 for sure.

MSI unveils it's gem, the Big Bang Marshal P67 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 2:14 pm

MSI are definitely wanting to have a huge party with the overclocking and enthusiast crowd as of late. First we have the amazing HAWK, Twin Frozr coolers, Big Bang motherboards and overclocked GPU's coming through at every angle.


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Now we have the top of the line Sandy Bridge mobo - the Big Bang Marshal. The board is an XL-ATX form-factor, with eight (!) PCIe 16x slots which can be used in either a four x16 or an eight x8 configuration. This is made possible thanks to Lucid's HydraLogix chip - which also enables any combination of AMD and NVIDIA GPU's to be used in multi-GPU setups.

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Download of the Day: ooVoo

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 1:54 pm

Our Download of the Day today is ooVoo


With ooVoo, you can connect with anyone, anytime, with video calls, video messages, phone calls, text and more. Use ooVoo to get face time with people you can't meet in person (and save travel time and money!). ooVoo makes life easier and more fun.




• 2-way video calls.

• Record and send 1 minute video messages.

• Create 1 video chat room to embed on a website.

• Friends without ooVoo can join a call with you from their browser.

• 6-way text chat.

• Send files up to 5MB at a time.


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Deal of the Day: JVC GC-FM2Y Picsio Pocket Camcorder 3" LCD HD Movie $99.99 plus Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 1:14 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - JVC GC-FM2Y Picsio Pocket Camcorder 3" LCD HD Movie $99.99 plus Shipping!.


Offer: Use coupon code: EBE15829 for $50 off the JVC GC-FM2Y Picsio pocket camcorder, taking the price down to just $99.99 plus shipping, expiring 12/31/10. This tiny unit features a 3" color touchscreen TFT, 1920 x 1080p full HD video, 5MP still picture, SD card slot, and a 1 year warranty. To be clear, this isn't going to give you the quality of a more expensive, full sized camcorder, but it's $99.99.


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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 12:37 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 30th, 2010




- Dell XPS 15 (L501X): Intel Core i7 840QM/2GB nVidia GT435m @ Kitguru

- Samsung SF510 Notebook @ Pureoverclock

- New 10-inch Eee Pads are getting launched during CES @ Netbooknews

- MSI Windpad 100W Hands On Video and full specs @ Netbooknews




- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Sneak Peek @ HiTechLegion

- Biostar TP67XE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets




- OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 ReaperX HPC 8GB Dual Channel Kit @ Pro-Clockers

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Mobile App of the Day: FreeAppADay for iPhone

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 6:11 am

Our Mobile App of the Day today is FreeAppADay for iPhone .


Apps love to pick at our wallets 99 cents to a few bucks at a time, but there's a lot of people out there that stick mostly to the free stuff but have a hard time finding new apps to try out. FreeAppADay, the official app of, may just be what you need to find your newest mobile distraction.


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With an advanced UI, Game Reviews, and a new Business section for those not wanting to be inundated by games every day, FreeAppADay offers up new free app suggestions every day. Whether you're looking for a new game to pass the time or an app to do something for you that you never knew you wanted, this is definitely worth a look. The app, normally, $2.99, is even free for a limited time over the holiday break. Pick it up on iTunes.

Skype for iPhone now includes video calling

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 5:42 am

Most outlets were expecting to have to wait another week for this to be made available, but obviously the folks at Skype just couldn't wait any longer. Version 3.0 for iPhone is live, complete with the highly anticipated video calling feature.


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Compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod Touch, Skype can now share real-time video with other iOS device users as well as PC, Mac, and Linux users. Video can also be received (but not sent) on the iPad and third gen iPod Touch. The service is free and works with 3G and WiFI data. FaceTime, it looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down.

Official serial cable for iPhone in the works

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 4:47 am

Remember back when we told you about the iPhone being hacked to be used with a serial port? Apparentlythe idea was more popular than we realized, because now those guys soon be able to put their homemade box away and pick up one of these cables.


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Redpark Product Development is in the process of bringing out an iPhone friendly serial cables, complete with a "Made for iPhone" certification. These will be useful for those using iPhones to interface with things like science equipment, point of sale machines, and other networks that use this port that you have probably long since forgotten about. The "Made for iPhone" cert requires a cable have one specific purpose when built, and first off the line will reportedly be the SKyWire whichlets your iPhone interface with telescopes with serial ports. Looks like you may be able to upload and share that neat meteor shower you watched?

CES Rumor Mill: Does huge price slash on HP Envy 13 mean a new ultra-thin laptop release is imminent?

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 4:31 am

HP's Envy 13, their answer to the Macbook Air, has gotten a serious price slash from $1499.99 to $999.99 With its 13.1-inch, 1366×768 screen, Intel 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo Processor (SL9300), 3GB of memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory, Beats audio, and 250GB (5400RPM) hard disk drive, that makes this a pretty attractive laptop for the price.


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The big question being raised at this point is whether HP is just looking to clear out old stock, or whether they've got something up their sleeves to compete with the newest Macbook Airs at CES. With the Envy 13 no longer even featured on the HP Envy page alongside its bigger brothers, it's anyone's guess at HP's strategy at this point. I guess we'll find out in about a week.

Q2005 and M1005 netbooks quietly hit Gigabyte product lineup

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 30, 2010 4:13 am

Two new netbooks have quietly hit the Gigabyte's product pages. The M1005, a netbook that comes complete with a docking station that was officially announced a couple of weeks ago, as well as the Q2005 have hit Gigabyte's site, if not stores.


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Both netbooks are sporting dual-core Atom 550 processors, with the Q2005 boasting a 10.1" 1024 x 600 display, 1 to 2GB of RAM, integrated graphics, 250 / 320 / 500GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth 3.0+HS (optional), 0.3MP webcam, 3-cell or 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium. The M1005 looks to be an updated M1022, with an improved 1.3 mp webcam and Gigabit LAN port over the Q2005 but only a four cell battery.

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