The latest happenings from around the web - August 30th, 2010
- GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 Motherboard @ Techwarelabs
- ECS P55H-AK Black Series @ tbreak
- ADATA XPG Gaming V2 6GB DDR31-1600 @ Pureoverclock
- Mach Xtreme Armor 1600 MHz CL8 4GB Kit @ Techpowerup
- Mafia II - A Look at Performance @ Techgage
- GTX 460 768MB and 1GB: Single and SLI @ Technic3D
- AXLE GeForce GTX 468 Ace 1 GB @ Techpowerup
Apple's iOS devices may become even more streamlined in the future if they are able to implement a patent that they have just applied for. The folks in Cupertino are apparently trying to devise a way to consolidate the headphone and microphone jacks into one unified input; making for one less hole in your devices.
According to the patent, this will help with things like dust invasion into devices(less holes, less dust) and could even help with voice quality with an extra noise canceling microphone Apple calls "audio beamforming." If they could make it happen, this could definitely make a lot of waves not only in the mobile world, but the tech world in general. Heaven knows I've mixed up the jacks more than once.
Viewsonic recently announced that they were going to be unveiling a new Android based tablet at IFA 2010 in Berlin, Germany next week, but they were short on details on the device. We now know a little more, and even have a few pictures to drool over.
Touch-sensitive buttons cross the bottom underneath the 7" screen and a side mounted headphone jack and USB port provide some connectivity. A front-facing camera will make this tablet video conference capable. These few tidbits are the only specs to be had for now, but that will surely change next week at the unveiling.
Sony may state that phones are for "texting your grandma and calling your girl," but there are companies out there trying to make smartphones into full fledged gaming devices. Designer Craig Rothwell has developed a device that gives full gamepad controls to a jailbroken iPhone with the iControlPad.
The original version was first introduced in 2008, but designers never released it due to design flaws and poor control. This new revision locks the iPhone in place with a padlock and spring mechanism and connects via a sync cable. No Apple support means that only jailbroken iPhones can use the device.
HTC has a history of releasing slick, classy looking phones but this one may just take the cake once it hits the streets. Boy Genius Report got their hands on some photos of a new HTC device that may be headed for Verizon to become their new flagship Android device.
The source of the photo stated that this phone "makes the Droid 2 look like a kids toy," and it's not hard to see why with the brushed aluminum accents, kickstand, and dual-LED flash equipped 8.0mp camera. No more info, not even a name, is available yet for the device, but I'm sure there will be more to come on this bad boy.
TweakTown fans have been pretty excited for the release of the Thermaltake Jing CPU cooler ever since our cooler pro Chad got an early sneak peek at it around a month ago. It looks the wait is finally over as Thermaltake has officially announced the release of the Jing.
The Jing cooler gets its name from the Chinese word for "silence, " and back up that claim with a high performance cooler that has up to a 200W cooling capacity and a fan rated at just 16 dBA at 800 rpm for those that desire whisper-quiet cooling.
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Garmin, one of the leading GPS makers, has recalled 1.25 million of their Nuvi personal navigation devices. Nuvi models 200W, 250W, 260W, and 7xx (where xx is a two-digit number) are being voluntarily recalled due to a battery, which was manufactured by a third party supplier, being prone to overheating and becoming a fire hazard when used with a specific circuit board.
This recall will include around 1.25 million devices, including nearly 800,000 that were sold in the U.S. According to the company's statement,. "Garmin will replace the battery and insert a spacer on top of the battery next to the PCB before returning the nüvi to affected customers free of charge." Garmin does not recommend owners attempt to replace the battery on their own.
Our Download of the Day today is Windows 7 Codecs 2.6.2.
All the codecs you need for Windows 7 to play AVIs, DVDs and more!
It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the Windows 7 codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Windows 7 media center codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - HP Compaq Tablet PC with 12.1" Display and Windows XP Pro for Only $299.99.
Offer: If you need a tablet PC and don't want to spend that much, you can pick up this HP Tablet that gives you a 12.1" display with a 1024x768 resolution, 1GB of memory, 60GB hard drive, Intel Pentium 1.86GHz processor, a CDRW/DVDROM drive, 802.11b/g, 6 cell battery, 56k modem, Gigabit Ethernet, Windows XP Pro and more! Shipping is $8 and change and there's no tax except in FL, IL, NC, TX, GA, SD and ID. While supplies last.