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Friday Morning Roundup for May 21, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 21, 2010 8:33 am

The latest happenings from around the web - 21/05/2010




- Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard @ Overclock3D

- Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H and ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 @ Neoseeker




- Crucial Ballistix 4GB Kit DDR3-1600 CL8 BL2KIT25664BN1608 Memory @

- G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL7 6GB PI Series DDR3 Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews

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Newzbin is Down: This Time for Good

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Software | Posted: May 21, 2010 8:04 am

The courts have spoken and the people have shed a tear. Newzbin has just taken its place next to many other user friendly "content" websites and P2P software companies. Any announcement on the Newzbin website states:


Newzbin Closed

Regrettably the Newzbin website has to close as a result of the legal action against us. More details here:


But the post Newzbin Story is just beginning.




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Customer possibly shipped a GTX 465 by mistake

By: Don Lynn | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 21, 2010 4:14 am

There are very few times in life where getting something that's supposedly worse that what you ordered is a good thing. Receiving a video card that has not even been released yet could be one of those times. Imagine the surprise of the guy who was possibly shipped a Galaxy GTX 465, which is not slated for release until June 1st, instead of the GTX 470 he ordered.




He apparently became suspicious when he installed the card and the NVIDIA drivers would not take and he had to change the device id to get it to install. The card identifies with the reported GTX 465's lowered clocks and 1024mb of RAM.

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Foxconn's Tegra 2 tablet test driven

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 21, 2010 3:48 am

Rumors began swirling about an NVIDIA branded tablet at CES back in January, but nothing solid had been released. The folks at Engadget have managed to lay their hands on one of these Android powered prototypes and got to take it for a spin.




The Tegra-2 powered tablet is manufactured by Foxconn and sports an 8.9" WSVGA screen, a 1ghz ARM Cortex 9 CPU, and 1GB of RAM. It also features a front facing camera. The tablet was not seen booting into standard Android's full UI, it was only used running a 3D football title to show off the graphics punch this tablet has to offer. I guess the only question besides price and release date is the age old one: "Will it run Crysis?"

Android 2.2 becomes official

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 21, 2010 3:08 am

Google's I/O conference in California promised t be a hotspot for tech junkies with a lot of announcements, and they did not disappoint. Today Google officially announced the release of Android 2.2, codenamed "Froyo." A lot has been leaked about the speed and features of Android's newest OS but nothing had been made official until today.




Google, stating today that their partners were selling 100,000 new handsets per day, verified a lot of the rumors about Froyo's functionality. They reported it would be the world's fastest mobile browser, ensured Adobe Flash 10.1 support, the ability to make an Android phone a WiFi hotspot, and data tethering. The new V8 Javascript engine, compiler, and APIs and services will give developers plenty of fun new toys to tinker with.

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iPad outselling Macs; nipping at iPhone's heels

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 21, 2010 2:08 am



Apple's iPad is popular. While this is not exactly news, the data shown that Apple's iPad is selling 200,000 units a week while Macs are only pacing 110,000 a week is. The new tablet is outselling the rest of the Mac lineup combined and nipping at the heels of the 245,000 units per week the iPhone are garnering according to a report by RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky.

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Samsung bracing for huge growth in smartphone market

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 21, 2010 12:52 am



Lee-Woo-jong, vice president of marketing at Samsung Mobile Display, spoke at the Global Technology Summit and had confident words for the future of Samsung in the booming smartphone market. Samsung ranks as the largest display maker for mobile devices in the world and the biggest maker of the AM-OLED display screen that is becoming used more and more in next generation devices due to it being thinner, less power hungry, and having better image quality than previous generation models.

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Motion Computing unveils new rugged tablet computers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 20, 2010 9:42 pm

Rugged computers are really important in many environments. For instance in the medical industry where users are up and moving around all day machines are prone to be dropped. This is the environment where you tend to find many rugged tablets because they can be used with one hand and are able to survive some drops.




Motion Computing has announced a pair of new rugged tablet PCs with new features and more performance. The new models include the F5v Tablet PC and C5v MCA. Both of the machines are the first slate tablets to have Intel Core vPro processors inside.

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Update: Logitech Google TV companion box official images discovered

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 9:15 pm

We posted about Logitech's implementations of Google TV devices and apps about two hours ago, but in that time official press images of its companion box have surfaced.





You can see some closer up images of the box itself by clicking the link below.

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Poll Results - Who makes the best Internet browser?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Software | Posted: May 20, 2010 8:50 pm

We saw a better voting turn out this week - you folks lifted your game. Over 1,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you who makes the best Internet browser.




Somewhat matching our website traffic reports (and in hindsight thinking this poll will be a little skewed), TweakTown readers voted that Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, make the best Internet browser. It took 51% of the votes compared to 47% of our readers who use Firefox to access this website.


In second place came Google for its Chrome browser and it ended up taking 24% of the votes compared to 15% of our readers who use Chrome here. Third place went to Opera for its browser who took 11% of the votes compared to the 5% of our readers who use Opera and Opera Mini.

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