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AT&T says BlackBerry Touch 9810 'coming soon'

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:08 pm

AT&T's website now confirms that the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is "coming soon" which uses the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

 

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The phone sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3.2-inch 640x480 capacitive touchscreen display. Internally is a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage space, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and '4G' HSPA 14.4 Mbps support. It has a microSD card slot, rear 5MP camera (with 720p video recording) and front facing VGA camera.

 

The BlackBerry Touch 9810 should be available from the telco sometime later this month.

MSI readies up new 15.6-inch GTX-570M equipped gaming notebook

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 3:06 pm

MSI has just unveiled another gaming laptop with it already showing up in a few stores and being available for pre-order elsewhere.

 

The new GT683DX laptop is a 15.6-inch sized unit using one of NVIDIA's most recent high-end mobile GPUs, the GTX 570M with 1.5GB GDDR5 memory. The rest of the default specs include a 1920x1080 Full HD display, 2nd-gen Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, 1TB (500GBx2 / RAID 0) storage, 8X DVDRW, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 2xUSB 3.0, 720p webcam, 2.1 Dynaudio sound system and a 9-cell battery.

 

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Depending on how much extra you may like to spend over the $1,600 odd base price, you can switch things up for a 120GB SSD+750GB HDD, 12GB RAM, Blu-ray drive and matt-finish display.

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OCZ's next gen Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs arrive - 2,800MB/sec 3.2TB model tickle your fancy?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 1:54 pm

OCZ has today branched out its Z-Drive family of PCI Express based SSDs with its next-generation series in the Z-Drive R4, giving astonishing performance figures with up to 2,800MB/sec speeds on tap.

 

Making use of the Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA), the Z-Drive R4 uses either four or eight SandForce controllers as well as a proprietory SuperScale Storage controller from OCZ. The models using four SandForce chips are half height, while the SandForcex8 powered drives are full height cards.

 

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The Z-Drive R4 series use the PCI-E x8 interface and have TRIM/SCSI Unmap support, 128-bit & 256-bit AES encryption, using MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips. OCZ quotes IOPS of up to a whopping 500,000 in ideal conditions, with random 4k write performance topping out at around 410,000 IOPS.

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ZOTAC increases multi-display possibilities with new DP to dual HDMI adapters

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 12:40 pm

In a time when multi-monitor setups are more popular than ever before, ZOTAC is jumping onboard in making it easier for people to set up a multi-display output configuration that was previously not possible.

 

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These DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort to dual HDMI adapters are the first of their kind, allowing for example a single DisplayPort output on a notebook to be converted into two HDMI outputs. However, due to bandwidth limitations of the older DisplayPort 1.1a or earlier revsion, the maximum resolution possible from each of the two HDMI outputs is 1920x1080.

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Download of the Day: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:50 am

Our Download of the Day today is DAEMON Tools Lite 4.41.3.

 

With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or so called "disc image" files, which run directly on your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types. Use CD/DVD image converter to have one format images in your Image Catalog!

 

1. Emulate virtual CD/DVD-ROM/HD DVD and Blu-ray drives

 

DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Start working! Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn't it? Yes, but it is much faster!

 

2. Create a disc image

 

With DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] you can create ISO and MDS image files from original discs inserted in physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray drives. Or use images you have created earlier with other program. DAEMON Tools products work with variety of image types.

 

Key features

 

• creates *.iso and *.mds images;

• emulates up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives;

• performs image mounting and unmounting;

 

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Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 Desktop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 w/ 2 Year Warranty for $749.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 7:10 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the $749.99 after $413 instant discount & $100 stackable coupon: Dell XPS 8300 with 2nd gen 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7-2600, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, NVIDIA GeForce GT530 graphics, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 8-in-1 media card reader, THX TruStudio PC, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 2 year premium hardware warranty. Use stackable coupon code: LM?BF7P$FR9KCK expiring 8/15/11.

 

DELL XPS 8300 TOWER DESKTOP DEAL

 

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for August 3, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:56 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 3rd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- iBUYPOWER Gamer Power BTS11 System @ Pureoverclock

- Patriot Box Office Core @ Techpowerup

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS F1A75-M PRO Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H @ Pureoverclock

- Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors @ XBit Labs

 

CPU & APU

 

- AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review @ Hot Hardware

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Android takes nearly 50% of global smartphone market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:55 am

Google's Android OS has taken an amazing 48% of the smartphone market in Q2 of 2011, which is an all-time high according to a report by market research firm Canalys. Android overtook Symbian in Q4 of 2010 to become to top smartphone platform representing 32.9% market share at the time. Smartphone shipments have increased exponentially also, seeing a total of 107.7 million units shipped in Q2 of 2011 which is a 73% year-on-year growth.

 

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Android was also the biggest driver of smartphone shipments in Q2, with Android-based smartphone shipments being 379% year-over-year higher, coming in at 51.9 million total units shipped. This is thanks to Android being on so many different branded phones such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.

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Sony PlayStation Vita arriving in Europe in October?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:32 am

Sony have previously said their next-generation portable gaming machine, PlayStation Vita, will launch globally by the end of the year and have said more specifically, that'll it'll be in the fall. Blockbuster have jumped the gun, with IGN nabbing their flier which suggests the PS Vita will hit UK retail shelves on Friday, October 28, 2011. The advertisement suggests that both Vita models will arrive in Europe after two months. Will we see a US or Japan release at the same time? We don't know.

 

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As we can see from the above image (if true), the Vita will be £$229.99 for the Wi-Fi only model, with the 3G & Wi-Fi Vita at £279.99. Pricing doesn't seem too bad considering Sony has promised a PlayStation 3-level experience, as the Vita sports a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a multi-core PowerVT SGX543MP4 graphics chip that is four times as fast as the PSP. The Vita will come with a 5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 950x544, two micro-analog sticks to simulate the Dual Shock experience, front and rear-facing cameras, as well as a two-finger multitouch pad on the back of the Vita unit.

 

Sony is hoping that the front and rear touch screens will offer new three dimension-like motion gameplay experiences never before seem on any device through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions. A Sixaxis equivalent with a gyroscope and accelerometer is also available to let players control games by moving and tilting the Vita itself.

WD brings Current-Season On-Demand TV and Acclaimed Movies to its WD TV range with Hulu Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:15 am

WD have today announced that its making the Hulu Plus subscription service available to its WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub family of media players. WD TV customers can now watch hit TV shows, movies and catch up on previous seasons of their favorite shows.

 

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Hulu Plus compliments the already strong content offerings such as Netflix, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and many others. The Hulu Plus subscription service will allow WD TV customers in the US to watch nearly every episode from dozens of current hit programs all season long from networks such as ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, NBC and VH-1.

 

Series such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,South Park, Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy, to Glee andFamily Guy, to The Office and 30 Rock, dozens of classic shows like Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Miami Vice, Ugly Betty, Quantum Leap, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell andAlly McBeal, and hundreds of movies from Miramax and the Criterion Collection.

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