Speakal unveils Cool iPig speaker dock for iPod/iPhone

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Dec 10, 2010 1:08 PM CST

Speakal is well known for making some crazy speaker docks for the iPhone, iPod and other MP3 players. The company has the iPig, iPanda, iBoo, and other docks that look like flowers or soccer balls. I have used Speakal products before and they actually sound good even if the look a bit strange. Speakal has announced a new device today called the Cool iPig.

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The Cool iPig is a lot like the original iPig but with a different design that is a bit edgier. The new Cool iPig gets elongated eyes that look like sunglasses to me. Those eyes are the speakers and the nose has the controls for the tracks and more. The ears on top have motion controls for volume and other functions. The device can dock the iPhone and dockable iPod devices.

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Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive breaks cover

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Dec 10, 2010 11:00 AM CST

Patriot has a bunch of different flash drives in its line of offerings. The company has unveiled its latest flash drive called the Patriot Supersonic. The new drive is small and rugged and offers the superior data transfer speeds of USB 3.0 along with an impressive amount of storage inside the rugged enclosure. The drive uses a single chip inside.

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Patriot's new flash drive uses a quad-channel interface for performance and has a very lightweight form factor. The single chip design eliminates the bottlenecks common in USB 3.0 drives today by eliminating the separate USB 3.0 bridge chip and USB 3.0 flash memory controller. Not only does that single chip eliminate bottlenecks, but it also makes for a smaller footprint.

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Engadget gets hands on new Google CR-48 chrome laptop

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Dec 10, 2010 10:00 AM CST

Anytime a new OS and a new notebook show up, you have our interest. When Google outted the Chrome Cr-48 notebook we wanted to know just how the thing works and the geeks over at Engadget have laid hands on the device to give us an idea. The machine looks a lot like the hoards of netbooks and ultraportable on the market and reminds me particularly of some of the newer Asus machines.

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The entire device is made from a matter black plastic with a rubberized finish. The notebook is 0.9-inches thick and weighs in at 3.6 pounds according to Google. The rig has VGA out, USB port, and a headphone jack along with a SD card reader all built-in. The keyboard is the common chicklet style and it looks good with correctly located keys and nice size shift keys.

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YouTube starting to remove video time limits

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Dec 9, 2010 8:30 PM CST

YouTube has had limits on videos since day one. For years it was 10 minutes, back in July YouTube upgraded that to 15 minutes. The reason was simple, YouTube needed a way to prevent users from uploading full television shows and movies that they didn't have the rights to.

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Today, YouTube announced it is removing the limit of 15 minutes for some users. Right now there's no indication of just how many users have had this limit removed, YouTube says that it's going to "begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes."

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Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception teaser trailer, screenshots and details!

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 9, 2010 6:38 PM CST

Lots of gaming news today - mainly because these games are some of the best in a series of games over the last few years and very, very popular to boot. Anyone who played Uncharted 2 would agree with me, right? Nod if you agree, yes, thanks!

Entertainment Weekly of all places unveiled Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception this morning and since then PlayStation Blog has updated with information, images and box art.

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Dead Space 2 demo is your Christmas present

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 9, 2010 6:12 PM CST

Fan of the original, amazingly atmospheric Dead Space? Well, you're in luck! Dead Space 2 is set for release early next year and a demo for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is due out on December 21!

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Unfortunately, no PC demo will be released. EA and Visceral have been kind enough to get their scares in before Christmas for the consoles with Dead Space 2 making it's debut on the Xbox Live Marketplace worldwide on December 21 with a PlayStation Network release the same day but for North America only. European PS3 owners will have to wait an extra day.

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Lite-On eNAU608 external DVD burner has a customizable case

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Dec 9, 2010 2:00 PM CST

I would say that about 99% of all the ultraportables and netbooks on the market lack an optical drive. For some people that might be ok, but if you are business type odds are at some point you will wish you had an optical drive. The lack of an optical drive also means that when you are traveling you can't watch a movie to pass the time. If you need an optical drive for a notebook or netbook that didn't come with one, Lite-On has unveiled one called the eNAU608 that might be perfect.

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The optical drive will write to DVDs and CDs and can play recorded media as well. It gets all the power it needs to operate directly from the USB port so no power adapter is needed for the device to function. The drive is very slim as well making it easy to pack away in your luggage or backpack. Despite its small size and USB-powered design, the optical drive supports DVD burning at 8x.

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Monster offers epic Daft Punk Tron: Legacy headphones

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Dec 9, 2010 11:08 AM CST

The product tie ins for the new Tron: Legacy flick are so widely varied that it's hard to see the tie in with some of the stuff. I have seen some clothing that looks like it was meant for strippers and all manner of toys and video games. We are also seeing audio gear and other electronics surface that tie in with the movie. Monster has unveiled a seriously high-end set of headphones that are the Daft Punk Edition Tron: Legacy headphones.

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The headphones are very high-end with a price tag that will make many geeks blush. If you want a set of the headphones, you will need to cough up about $350 to get them. The headphones are on Amazon and at other locations right now and have a cool design that is inspired by costumes worn by Daft Punk in the movie cameo. In addition to the Tron design theme and white color, the headphones also light up like stuff in the Tron world.

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Tablets coming in 2011 from Dell, Toshiba and Acer

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Dec 9, 2010 10:22 AM CST

We all know that tablets are going to be huge next year. The things are already selling in droves this year with only a few options on the market for consumers to choose from. The tablet market will swell just as the netbook market did in years past. Intel has offered up a new slide that shows the companies that will be offering up tablets in 2011 using Atom processors.

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The slide shows that the tablets will all use Atom processors but will run several different operating systems the OS' will include Windows, Android, and MeeGo. Major makers that will be offering Windows tablets include Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, and more. Google Android tablets will be offered by Cisco, Asus, Dell, AT&T, and more. MeeGo units will be the least offered it seems with Acer, WeTab, and a couple small firms offering them.

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A-DATA shows off S501 SATA-III SSD with vastly improved firmware

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Dec 9, 2010 1:23 AM CST

Yesterday we stopped by the A-DATA headquarters here in Taipei and one of the new products we were shown was their upcoming S501 SATA-III solid state disk drive.

If you are on the ball, you may remember Chris previewed this drive with some exclusive benchmarks back in June during Computex Taipei and he was completely blown away by the numbers he was able to produce on the show floor. Under ATTO Disk Benchmark, maximum read speeds hit around 408MB/s and maximum write speeds around 220MB/s.

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Those results are nothing to be sneezed at though - they are really impressive. Fast forward several months and A-DATA is getting close to actually releasing and selling the S501 and boy, I can tell you they have been working hard on boosting the performance of their first SATA-III SSD to insane levels. We were shown a drive running the latest (and we are told stable and near shipping) firmware that will be displayed during CES in Las Vegas next month that was able to hit a totally amazing 460MB/s on the read and 325MB/s on the write.

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This is all from a single 256GB 2.5-inch drive using Toshiba 34nm flash modules and a Marvell controller. One of the A-DATA PM's during our meeting commented that "2011 is all about the SSD when it comes to SATA-III, and normal hard drives should only be for SATA-II". CONT

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