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Biostar show off new TH67XE Motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 8:44 am

Biostar have some new boards coming out in their LGA1156 range.


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The TH67XE is based on the H67 chipset, which supports the integrated graphics processor - when used on the correct Intel CPU. They give you USB 3.0 support and SATA 6 Gb/s. It also includes PCI-Express 2.0 x16 port, one PCI-Express x16, and PCI-Express x1, last but not least the older PCI slot. Extras include 8-channel HD audio, FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet. For displays, it comes with DVI and D-Sub.

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AMD Radeon 6850 and 6870 are go to launch on October 18!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 7:31 am

Disclaimer: right now, everything is "rumor" - until proven a fact, please keep this in mind.


For what has seemed like a very long time - AMD has teased us with no refresh of their Evergreen (5xxx series), then the name change from ATI to AMD and now finally, some concrete release dates for you to check on your calender.


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October 18, 2010.


This is the day AMD will unveil the new, now AMD branded, Radeon 6850 and 6870 cards. The 5k series was a great card for performance per watt, which has been AMD's strategy with the last generation of GPU. This generation kicks it up a few notches...


The 6870 will compete with the current 5850.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 7:17 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 29th, 2010




- ASUS ROG ARES: Limited god of war @ HT4U

- PNY GeForce GTS 450 1GB @ Pureoverclock

- NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide @ Benchmark Reviews

- GPU Super Computing a Benefit for the Masses @ HiTechLegion

- Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ Overclockers Club

- Lucid Hydra Technology and why you, as a consumer, should stay away from it @ Hardware Heaven

- Zotac GTX 460 AMP! Edition @ Technic3D




- Corsair Graphite Series 600T Chassis (Video Review) @ PC Perspective

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Telstra pass the 100k mark for T-Hubs and T-Boxes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 7:03 am

Today Telstra reported the company's performance for the 2010 - 2011 financial year, one of the golden goose in that report was that Telstra has sold around 100, 000 T-Box and T-Hub fixed phone tablet devices since they launched in June and April.


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100k may not seem like alot when held up against other similar devices (iPhones, iPads, Xbox 360's etc) but for a Telstra product, in this amount of time - it is definitely impressive. Specifically 64, 000 of both devices were sold in the first 2 months of this financial year - which in itself is impressive.


Telstra also announced a 6% increase in customer satisfaction scores and a 30% reduction in complaints to the ombudsman so far this year.


The new customer focused Telstra is looking like it's swinging things around and actually hugging customers, instead of rocking on a rocking chair with a shotgun in hand every time someone walks by...

Official Google Voice app for iOS not too far away

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 4:49 am

Third party apps like GV Connect have started popping into Apple's App Store to restore Google Voice function to iOS devices, but there had been no word whether Apple's revamped app restriction would actually allow the official Google-approved app to show its face on iTunes. It looks like Google Voice fans may not be waiting too much longer as the official app has reportedly already been given the go-ahead by the folks at Apple.


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After the initial scrape over a year ago when Google Voice in all its forms was dumped from the App Store, GV fans with iOS devices have not had the ability to take advantage of the free calling and other features, most likely because they didn't want VoIP calls cutting into the potential profits on their calling plans. It seems like everyone's willing to play nicely together now, which is great for customers. Since most people have cell phones and most plans offer free mobile to mobile, it's not like a lot of customers are burning up high amounts of premium minutes anymore anyways.

Hulu Plus being added to Roku lineup this fall

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 4:36 am

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The Roku media player has added a big name to its lineup: Hulu Plus. The $59-$99 players are looking to add the premium subscription service this fall which will help it compete against the likes of Apple TV and Google TV amongst the other media setups coming through the line. The $10 a month Hulu Plus offers an expanded library of TV episodes not available on Hulu, which makes dumping your expensive cable or satellite a more likely option every day with these media streamers.

Panasonic announces the Toughbook S9

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 3:27 am

Panasonic has launched their Toughbook S9 series of ultra-portable and impact resistant laptops. Touted as "the world's lightest 12.1" laptop with a DVD drive," the S9 weighs in at 3.0 pounds and boasts 11 hours of battery life.


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With a magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, the S9 is rated to handle drops of up to 30 inches and the spill resisitant keyboard offers protection against liquid-based mishaps as well. A 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 round out the specs. The Panasonic Toughbook S9 retails for around $2,499 depending on final specs.

Sony Ericsson announces the little LiveView screen for their Android phones

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 3:04 am

You've got a remote control for all your other electronic gadgets; why not your smartphone? Sony Ericsson has released the LiveView Screen to work as a tiny "second screen" to keep up with calls, music control, and other apps all without having to take your phone out of your pocket.



The LiveView connects with compatible Android-powered Sony-Ericsson phone via Bluetooth to give access to your music player, Android apps, and look at incoming calls without breaking stride. It can be worn in a watch strap, clipped to your laptop, or on a keychain. No price has been released, but Sony Ericsson expects the LiveView to become available by the end of the year.

TechCrunch acquired by AOL

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 2:44 am

Remember when AOL was known for sending you thousands of free dial up internet CDs and "You've Got Mail?" AOL is now making their move to consume tech media outlets, and TechCrunch is the latest to join the fold.


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AOL has acquired TechCrunch, a popular tech news outlet, and their related properties like MobileCrunch for a reported $40 million. The deal was officially announced and signed at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today in San Francisco between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch Founder and Co-editor Michael Arrington. TechCrunch joins Engadget, Switched, and Download Squad as major tech media players now flying under the AOL flag.

Intel's Larrabee is still alive, telling you to "come with me if you want to live"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 1:46 am

Intel's Larrabee just won't die, will it?


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Intel are adamant of entering into this market, and with the money they have - there's obviously no stopping them.


Intel are planning for a release in 2012, codename is "Knight's Corner", it's a 22nm HPC part and will hopefully compete with NVIDIA's Kepler and Maxwell GPGPU parts.


Intel has currently planned for it to have more than 50 cores, once they get down to 22nm. The TDP's will hopefully be good and "Knight's Corner" should at least come out before NVIDIA's Maxwell part. Intel plan to hit 22nm before the second half of 2011 while TMSC and GloFo won't be climbing the 22nm wall anytime before 2012.

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