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WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking kit launches

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 6:04 pm

WD has a ton of storage devices on the market today ranging from external storage devices like HDDs for backing up computers and adding more space to DVRs to internal HDDs for consumer and enterprise computers. WD has unveiled its latest offering and it's not for storage. The new product is called the WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking Kit.

 

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The kit is designed to allow the user to set up a 200Mbps high-speed network anywhere in the home using the power lines already in the walls. This sort of power line networking system is perfect for homes where WiFi networks don't work or devices lacking support for WiFi need to be connected. The new networking kit is designed with the speed needed for users to stream HD video content around the home. The device has four network ports for connecting devices.

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Logitech adds new products to Ultimate Ears line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 5:04 pm

Logitech purchased the Ultimate Ears earphone company a long while back. Ultimate Ears makes some very nice sets of earbuds that can be had in audiophile grade offerings that are expensive down to affordable sets that the normal consumer might be interested in. I have used several Ultimate Ears earphones and they generally perform well. Logitech has announced new additions to the line.

 

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The new Ultimate Ears models are the 500, 350, 200, as well as the 500vi and 200vi offerings. The 500 is the flagship offering of the new models with a small design made to sit flush with the ears and noise isolation with a detailed sound stage. The 500vi is the same earphones with inline controls and a mic for use with music phones like the iPhone. The 350 is a set of earphones that are optimized for lots of bass and to resist sweat during workouts.

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Samsung teases Galaxy Tab

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 4:05 pm

Samsung has released a site with a teaser video for their upcoming 7" tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

 

 

 

The video boasts video calling, full web browsing, and Android 2.2 "Froyo" onboard. Samsung is also rumored to be unveiling this tablet at IFA in Berlin, Germany on September 2nd so hopefully it won't be too long before we can get some real details and a look at Samsung's sweet looking device.

Microsoft first to market with CPU/GPU combo

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 4:02 pm

Both AMD and Intel have been talking about new CPU/GPU combination processors for a long time. When we first heard of the combination processors chipmakers were predicting that they would be the end of the discrete GPU. Whether that will play out remains to be seen, but I doubt it. We would have expected the first CPU/GPU hybrid to come from Intel or AMD, but Microsoft has beaten both to the punch.

 

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 team unveiled the new SoC that will power the coming slim Xbox 360 250GB gaming console. The SoC is built by Global Foundries on the 45nm process and combines the GPU and the CPU onto one chip. The goal Microsoft had in mind was making the construction of the gaming console cheaper in an effort to eek all the profit it could out of the console.

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AMD talks Bobcat and Bulldozer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 3:04 pm

AMD has offered up some official details on a pair of its new CPU cores called Bobcat and Bulldozer. The two cores are aimed at different ends of the market with the Bobcat core being a power sipping offering that is flexible and designed for energy-efficient computing. Bulldozer on the other hand is a core optimized for performance and scalability.

 

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Bobcat is the core that AMD expects to fight the Intel Atom for the netbook and low-end PC market. AMD claims that Bobcat can deliver 90% of the performance of today's mainstream computers in about half the area. Bobcat is targeting a sub-one-watt operation capability and is optimized for low power needs. The need for less power means that any mobile device using the Bobcat core will get longer runtime.

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Kingston 2333MHz DDR3 modules pushed beyond 3GHz

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 11:26 am

We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.

 

Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.

 

In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.

 

The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.

 

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ISP "Spin" spins up more aggressive plan structure - 2TB and 'free' ADSL2+ plans

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 10:02 am

We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.

 

Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.

 

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Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.

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Faster rate of 3G growth thanks to lower cost and faster speeds

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 9:38 am

An article published on the Sydney Morning Herald today sheds a bright light on the now rapid growth of 3G growth in Australia thanks to more competitive plans with lower pricing and more generous data allowances.

 

All the major carriers including Optus, Telstra and Vodafone offer plans giving upwards of 3GB of usage for as little as 30 bucks a month these days, in turn giving people less of a reason to depend on WiFi hot spots (something that is severely lacking in Australia compared to the likes of America and Europe) and travel on the go with always accessible internet.

 

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Further sign of 3G growth is attested to by the rise in sales of notebooks with embedded 3G. Notebook makers know more Australians are favouring notebooks off the shelf with 3G support inclusive and as such are equipping more models with this feature while costing less.

 

The price for a decent 3G connection with good monthly usage is still up there, but it's clearly heading down to Earth and becoming more easily within reach for many as a better on the go internet solution versus WiFi.

Download of the Day: Speccy 1.04.173

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 24, 2010 8:54 am

Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.04.173.

 

Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

 

• Processor brand and model

• Hard drive size and speed

• Amount of memory (RAM)

• Graphics card

• Operating system

 

At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.

 

If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.

 

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