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ASRock becomes world's third largest branded motherboard maker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 3:13 am

ASRock has now surpassed ECS and MSI in motherboard shipments for 2010. Impressive. ASRock shipped eight million retail motherboards last year and are set to become quite the thread in the high-end market.




ECS and MSI each shipped roughly seven million retail motherboards last year, but with large OEM orders either company would suffer from losing their market position to ASRock. ASRock still has quite the hill to climb to catch up to Gigabyte and Asus with 18 million and 21.6 million boards sold last year respectively.

Samsung sells 2 million Galaxy Tabs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 3:01 am

Samsung has sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs since it's October debut into the market. The Galaxy Tab is available through 200 mobile carriers across 94 countries worldwide. Europe shipped 500, 000 units, North America with 350, 000 and Asia with around 330, 000 units.




Samsung has said consumer demand for the Galaxy Tab has outpaced it's supply in most countries. In comparison Apple sold 7.33 million iPads in the October to December period. Samsung is not taking this easily though, with an announcement of the Galaxy Tab 2 at the Mobile World Congress next month.

Logitech Australia offering 100% cash back on selected purchases!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 31, 2011 2:32 am

Logitech Australia has just announced that consumers are able to get a 100% cash back offer on selected Logitech products. During the month of February, Australian consumers can get a full cash back on various Logitech products. Logitech has set a $300, 000 budget for returning the cost of the purchase back to the customer.




When customers purchase a participating product they will be directed to a website to lodge a claim and will be reimbursed for the full amount of the product. Five separate claims per household.

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Weekend Roundup for January 30, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 30, 2011 4:12 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 30th, 2011




- MSI P67A-GD55 Intel P67 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

- Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 Motherboard @ Kitguru

- MSI Fusion Platform System Prototype - world first exclusive @ Kitguru




- Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu @ Overclock3D

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven

- GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review Roundup - Galaxy, MSI and Palit Compared @ PC Perspective

- Nvidia Researching Subpixel Reconstruction Antialiasing @ NGOHQ

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Corsair F120 120GB SandForce SSD breaks under 200 USD

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 12:32 pm

Like many of you we are always looking for a hot deal on SSDs. Newegg just filled my inbox with what looks to be the best deal I've seen so far on a SandForce 120GB SSD. For the next 48 hours Newegg will have the Corsair F120 for sale at 194.99 USD. If that price isn't hot enough for you then taking advantage of the 20 Dollar mail in rebate makes it a no brainer.




Read our review of the Corsair F120 here at TweakTown and then get over to Newegg to stake your claim before they all sell out.

Windows misses sales mark; tablets and mobile devices possibly to blame

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 3:10 am

After reporting a net income of $6.63 billion in their reports of the second fiscal quarter, not too many companies would be able to say that they had not hit their goals. But when you're Microsoft there's a different standard, even that amount of loot has a few things on the inside that could show downward trends.




The biggest winner for Microsoft was their Entertainment Division, which handles the Xbox 360 and the Kinect which helped that division grow its earning by 55%. The downward trend for Microsoft was actually their Windows OS, which missed their forecasts by nearly $300 million despite selling over 300 million licenses for Windows 7. The emergence of tablets and smartphones are cutting into the sales of products like netbooks and even PCs along with the Windows licenses that go with them.


While Windows grossed over $5 billion in revenue, there was a 30% drop in sales compared to a year ago. Then again, Windows 7 was a lot fresher product then. Microsoft is banking on Windows Phone 7, which is reporting high customer satisfaction rates, continuing to grow and products like Office which saw a 24% rise in revenue over last year, to pick up some of the slack that Windows is leaving.

"Super Wi-Fi" spectrum access granted to Google and eight other companies

By: Don Lynn | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:58 am

The so called "Super Wi-Fi" has gotten a few mentions here and there; coming up with a new standard is a slow and harrowing process. Another step was taken today with the FCC opening up the "white space" wireless spectrum and giving nine companies, including Google, permission to begin managing and administrating this spectrum which was used to provide a buffer between TV channels when analog was king.




With the complete move to digital TV, this buffer is no longer necessary and this white space can be put to use in other ways. Testing still needs to be done to make sure that the new wireless tech doesn't interfere with what's currently in place. The white space spectrum has the possibility of longer wavelengths, better penetration, and further reach than current Wi-Fi standards.


Google, Comsearch, Frequency Finder, KB Enterprises, LS Telecom, Key Bridge, Neustar, Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia Technology and WSdb are the nine companies that were given permission to work within the spectrum, including managing databases and building and managing devices. Many companies believe the possibility of a nationwide Wi-Fi network using this spectrum is possible if all goes well.

Biometric Bluetooth enabled wallet looks to ward off pickpockets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:45 am

Do you live in the inner city where pickpockets run rampant? Do you manage to leave your wallet randomly lying around? The Dunhill Biometric Wallet is a unique, if expensive, solution to thieves and forgetfulness.




Boasting a carbon fiber shell that makes it nearly impossible to safely open without using the integrated fingerprint reader, this wallet also has a Bluetooth alarm that will go off if it is ever more than five feet from your phone. This sounds seriously annoying, but I guess it's better than leaving your wallet on the table at the restaurant; you'll soon be trained to never forget it. At $825, it's an awfully expensive training tool as well.

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Verizon possibly trading mail in rebates in for instant rebates

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:34 am

One of the things that keeps more people from joining the smartphone revolution is the fairly stout upfront cost. Even with mail in rebates, a lot of people can't fork out 300-400 dollars and wait around for 8-12 weeks for the rebate to come; if it ever does. Verizon apparently feels your pain and is according to AndroidCentral may be considering doing away with mail-in rebates for all phones over the $150 price tag.




Phones at or below the $150 cutoff would have $50 rebates. With the standard new smartphone being around $200 after rebate, this is great news for those who want to score a top of the line phone without having to wait for a rebate. Instant rebates would take the place of mail-in rebates; to the happiness of customers everywhere. That is, as long as the prices stay the same and don't take a serious jump due to the new policy.

Nook Color gets a Honeycomb makeover

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 29, 2011 2:26 am

The new Honeycomb build for Android 3.0 has been out in the wild for a couple of days now, and we all knew it wouldn't be long until the modding community tried their hand at putting it on as many devices as possible. The folks at xda-developers are usually one of the first to release goodies like this, and their shots of Honeycomb running on the Nook Color are pretty sweet.




The Nook Color is quickly becoming a favorite in the tablet modding community, mostly because of its reasonable price and reasonable ease of use. This emulator is a bit like the original release: slow moving and hard to work with. Still it's something new to play with while the world waits for the official release. Then again, quite a few Android freaks are still seeing Froyo as a pipe dream.

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