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Club3D outs factory overclocked Radeon HD 6850 video card

Shane McGlaun | Video Cards & GPUs | Nov 5, 2010 1:00 PM CDT

For years we could get our hands on lots of factory, overclocked video cards from NVIDIA, but ATI would not allow the card partners to overclock its cards. This was ok for many enthusiasts because they like to overclock their cards themselves. The catch is that overclocking the card could void the warranty so some enthusiasts preferred the factory overclocked cards.

Club3D outs factory overclocked Radeon HD 6850 video card | TweakTown.com

Today we can get overclocked ATI cards directly from card partners to offer better performance right out of the box and keep the warranty intact. The latest factory overclocked ATI card comes from Club 3D and is called the Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Overclocked Edition. The card is the same as the other HD 6850 cards on the market save the higher clock speeds on the GPU and memory. The card has a GPU clock of 820MHz and a memory clock of 4400MHz.

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Gefen 1:4 splitter for HDMI supports 3D and lots more

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Nov 5, 2010 12:12 PM CDT

Home theater fans often need a bunch of different adapters and accessories to get their system working exactly how they want it to work. If you want a home theater with the same image on multiple screens for a video wall, you need some sort of splitter. Gefen has announced a new splitter called the 1:4 Splitter for HDMI with FST and 3D.


The splitter comes in white or black colors and can be wall mounted. It has a single HDMI input and four HDMI outputs. It works with HDCP for protected Blu-ray content and splits the source to four different screens with no loss in resolution or video quality. The splitter supports pass-through of 3D video and lossless audio formats.

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Sony Optiarc unveils new Blu-ray burners

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Nov 5, 2010 11:02 AM CDT

It seems like it was just last week that Blu-ray burners were a thousand bucks and almost no one had them. Once HD DVD died off the price for Blu-ray players and drives for computers started to come down and today you can pick up a BDR for your PC pretty cheaply. Sony Optiarc has a bunch of Blu-ray drives that it offers for computer users and it has added a couple new offerings to its line.


Both of the new drives share the same features and the only difference is that one of them is packaged for retail sale and the other is an OEM drive. The drives are both half-height 5.25-inch internal optical drives that use the SATA port for connectivity. The drives can burn to single layer 6x media at 12x speed.

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Jawbone Jambox looks like a giant BT headset

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Nov 5, 2010 10:04 AM CDT

Most Bluetooth headsets tend to look the same with black and silver designs that are more for function than fashion. The average Bluetooth headset is fine for many of us, but there are some out there that want their headsets to work well and look really good. For these folks there are are some fashionable headsets out there such as the offerings from Jawbone that put a lot of focus on looks and functionality.

Jawbone Jambox looks like a giant BT headset | TweakTown.com

Jawbone has unveiled a new product called the Jambox that is a Bluetooth speaker and hands free system that will work with any Bluetooth device including music phones, computers, and more. The speaker has a pair of drivers and an ultra small dome that claims to make a spectrum of sound almost as wide as the human ear can hear.

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Dell Streak gets video game control with hacked SNES controller

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Nov 4, 2010 12:06 PM CDT

For a long time gaming on a mobile phone really sucked. The graphics were bad, the games stunk, and most of us just didn't play mobile phone games for the most part. When the iPhone landed all of that changed for many of us with a big screen and serious mobile gaming chops. Today the market is flush with all sorts of mobile devices that can play some games and one of the things really needing work now on some platforms are the controls.


A geek has taken in upon himself to improve the gaming controls for the Dell Streak, and he has done an epic job of it. The builder goes by the name 0TheRain0 and he took an old SNES controller and hacked it to work with the Android-powered Dell Streak. The hack required the use of a Streak connector taken from a real accessory and some hard work.

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Intel Light Peak to land in early 2011

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.


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 | 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 | 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 | 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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