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Intel Light Peak to land in early 2011

Shane McGlaun | Connectivity & Communications | Thu, Nov 4 2010 11:02 AM CDT

When it comes to interfaces on computers we all want more speed. USB 2.0 was great as an upgrade to USB 1.0 ports with more speed and better performance. Now that USB 2.0 is old, the new USB 3.0 port is what most people want on their computers. The catch is that USB 3.0 it not widely supported. The reason is that Intel doesn't have USB 3.0 on its platforms and may not until 2012.

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It looks that Intel's own speedy connectivity specification Light Peak will be supported before USB 3.0. An industry insider claims that support for Light Peak is coming in early 2011. Light Peak is faster than USB 3.0 with bandwidth of 10Gbps making it a very speedy connection. The scuttlebutt says that Apple may be one of the first companies to offer Light Peak on its computers.

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FTC mods antitrust settlement with Intel

Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Thu, Nov 4 2010 10:00 AM CDT

The FTC brought a massive antitrust case against Intel a while back. The core allegations were that Intel used bribes and outright threats while abusing its dominant position in the market to prevent competition from the likes of AMD and others in the CPU business. Intel was found to have been offering discounts and kickbacks to computer makers like Dell to not use AMD processors in their computers.

FTC mods antitrust settlement with Intel | TweakTown.com

Dell found itself in hot water over how it reported its earnings to investors after not reporting that some of the earnings were from the rebates from Intel. Part of the FTC settlement with Intel stipulated that Intel could not participate in anticompetitive practices in the market again. To meet that goal the FTC ordered that the chipmaker integrate the PCI Express interface into its platforms.

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Our RSS Feeds are now ad-free and show full content!

Cameron Wilmot | TweakTown | Thu, Nov 4 2010 7:36 AM CDT

Over the past couple days we have been tweaking around with our RSS feeds and are now happy to report we have made some marked improvements that we would like to share with you.

For starters, we are very happy to report that all of our RSS feeds are now completely ad-free. Now you get all of our latest content as soon as it comes out without the distraction of the necessary evil advertising that we know you all love.

Our RSS Feeds are now ad-free and show full content! | TweakTown.com

Next up all of our feeds now show full content, not just a little short preview like before. Our news and press release feeds show everything, but our articles, reviews and guides and gaming feeds show the first 500 words from the first page of each new piece. Since these are typically multiple pages, we weren't able to deliver the full content in these cases. Images even display in the feeds, but we disabled videos due to compatibility issues.

We have also added an "Everything Feed" which conveniently includes all of our content from both USA and AU Editions - with this feed, you won't miss a thing. If you aren't already using our feeds to keep instantly informed of all of our latest content (shame on you!), head on over to our RSS feeds page here and get going!

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Western Digital launches WD Photos app for Android

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Wed, Nov 3 2010 2:00 PM CDT

If you are anything like me, you probably have tons more photos of your family than you want to carry with you on your smartphone. Or you may have your device so crammed with apps and books that there just isn't enough room for your photos to be stored locally. If this is the case, you can use something like the Western Digital WD Photos app to access your photos remotely when you want to see them or share them.

Western Digital launches WD Photos app for Android | TweakTown.com

The app has been available for some smartphones for a while, but a version of the app for Android devices has just been announced. The new Android app is on the Android Market right now free of charge and works with the My Book Live home network drive. The app will run on all Android devices and lets you see the photos in the native resolution.

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Patriot Minikit Smart Bluetooth car kit works with any smartphone

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Wed, Nov 3 2010 1:12 PM CDT

There are some notable names in the world of hands free Bluetooth devices and the Parrot brand is right at the top of the list. The company makes all sorts of Bluetooth devices that span from the headset style worn on the ear to the style that mounts inside the car. Parrot even has a line of hands free systems that has to be installed by a dealer.

Patriot Minikit Smart Bluetooth car kit works with any smartphone | TweakTown.com

The latest offering from Parrot is the new Minikit Smart. The hands free kit can work with any smartphone on the market ranging from 56mm to 70mm wide. The device connects to the smartphone with Bluetooth and can allow the driver to talk hands free while using Bluetooth to send driving directions through the integrated speaker. That speaker has 2W of power.

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Gigabyte unveils budget GZ-P5 computer case

Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Wed, Nov 3 2010 11:06 AM CDT

Any fan of computers and computer hardware will know right away the name Gigabyte. The company is a major player in the computer hardware market with mainboards and other gear and the company has notebooks and a lot more. The latest product to surface from the company is a budget computer chassis that budget shoppers might like to check out called the GZ-P5.

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The case isn't flashy like some of the high-end offerings you will run across from Cooler Master and others, but it has the basic features that most people want and a price tag a fraction of the price that most high-end cases command. Gigabyte is offering the GZ-P5 for around $30. Yes, you read that right, a name brand computer chassis at $30. For the most part the specs of the case are decent given the price.

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Trendnet offers a pair of new USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Wed, Nov 3 2010 10:02 AM CDT

I am sure that there are tons of people out there that have old 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs lying around that are doing nothing other than collecting dust. Those drives are probably still good and you just don't want to trash them. Trendnet has a couple new external HDD enclosures that will let you take those old drives and make blazing fast external storage out of them. The new enclosures include the Trendnet TU3-S35 and the TU3-S25.

Trendnet offers a pair of new USB 3.0 HDD enclosures | TweakTown.com

The two enclosures have the same features with one notable exception. The S35 supports 3.5-inch SATA I or II HDDs and the S25 supports only 2.5-inch SATA I and II HDDs. Both of the enclosures connect directly to the USB 3.0 port offering up to 5Gbps of transfer speed. The enclosures will support drives with up to 1TB or more of storage space.

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A flood of NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 leaks, news, and rainbows

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Tue, Nov 2 2010 10:15 PM CDT

This is a bit of an added news bit to something I posted a few days ago in regards to the so close we can smell it cooking on the BBQ - GeForce GTX580 card. Some of the info was missing, and other sites are filling this gap.

A flood of NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 leaks, news, and rainbows 186 | TweakTown.com

We now have a "close to confirmed" TDP of 244W - slightly lower than the 480's rated 250W. Texture fillrate was flagged as one of the bottlenecks of the GTX480 - with the 580 effectively doubling the TMU to 128 - other than these fixes, it's a "fixed" release of the GTX480, something that the GTX480 was meant to be at launch, but cut down for various reasons.

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Apple's iPad has 95% of tablet marketshare in 3Q10

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Tue, Nov 2 2010 7:31 PM CDT

Strategy Analytics, a research firm - has said Apple has taken 95% of the 4.4 million unit worldwide tablet market, while another firm finds a very high satisfaction record amongst iPad owners.

Apple's iPad has 95% of tablet marketshare in 3Q10 | TweakTown.com

Obviously this isn't surprising - as there's not many tablets out there yet that compete with the iPad... but there's some juicier information.

"Global tablet shipments grew 26 percent sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010," said Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place."

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