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Visa introduces case that turns iPhone into credit card

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 18, 2010 9:57 PM CDT

Visa and DeviceFidelity originally announced a couple of weeks ago that they were partnering up to build an iPhone case that would allow the iPhone to be used as a credit card at retailers that support no-swipe payment systems. This release was quickly pulled, but has resurfaced and been made official with pictures and an official release.

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DeviceFidelity released a near field communications chip last year that was put into a micro-SD card that could be used in compatible phones to let them act as contactless credit cards. Unfortunately, there are no current iPhones with microSD slots. The new case, named "In2Pay", plugs into the dock connector at the bottom of the iPhone and provides the power and interface for DeviceFidelity's microSD card and the communications chip.

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Android 2.2 update to end with a link to Flash enabled sites

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 18, 2010 8:05 PM CDT
Android 2.2 update to end with a link to Flash enabled sites | TweakTown.com

Android users everywhere are pretty fired up about all of the capabilities being brought to their phones with the "Froyo" update, Android 2.2. Speedier performance, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and tethering are just the tip of the iceberg. Now it is being reported that Android is taking a direct shot at Apple's list of "iPad optimized" (read: Adobe Flash-free) sites with a link to an Adobe Mobile website after the upgrade is completed.

This link is said to take Android users to a page that gives an option to either receive a full list of sites that are Flash 10.1 enabled or visit the Adobe site to receive Flash products.

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Microsoft polishes off Office 2010 with GPU acceleration abilities

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM CDT

GPU acceleration is one of the biggest talks of the town when focusing on ways to go beyond the limitations of older, traditional computational methods and we're seeing it being harnessed in more and exciting ways as time goes on.

One of the biggest software makers of all, Microsoft is now taking it on for use in their latest Office 2010 product suite with the help of AMD and their supporting Radeon HD 3000, 4000 and 5000 series graphics cards. PowerPoint users in particular will be able to benefit in several ways if running one of these graphics cards in their system. But there's also many other new capabilities and benefits across the board when making use of graphics acceleration versus earlier Office releases.

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Seagate confirms development of 3TB hard drives

Steve Dougherty | Storage | May 18, 2010 9:52 AM CDT

We first heard a whisper about a week ago that Seagate have apparently been working hard at pushing the capacity barrier further with the 3.5-inch form factor and are looking to bring out a new enterprise level Constellation ES series of drives later this year with a whopping 3TB capacity.

Seagate confirms development of 3TB hard drives | TweakTown.com

Confirmation from Seagate themselves has now been given that the company is in fact developing 3TB drives for launch later this year. But as is the case with 2TB drives currently, being the top capacity model means a much less attractive GB per dollar ratio.

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Price the major concern for mobile devices like the Kindle and iPad

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 17, 2010 10:35 PM CDT

A new survey has shown that price drops could be the only thing holding tablets and ereaders back from really taking off in the worldwide market. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a survey of around 13,000 consumers in 14 countries to get a feel for market feelings on devices like the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle.

Price the major concern for mobile devices like the Kindle and iPad | TweakTown.com

73 percent of those polled that were familiar with these devices said they were planning to purchase one of these items within one to three years. However, most U.S. consumers were only polled to be willing to pay 100-150 dollars for a device like the Kindle or 130-200 dollars for a multiple usage device like the iPad; significantly below current market value.

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Wacom DU-2231 and DTU-1631 pen enabled displays break cover

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | May 14, 2010 1:06 PM CDT

Wacom has been making pen tablets and pen enabled displays for specialty industries for a long time. The company makes displays aimed at the professional designer and medical industries. The screens let artists draw directly on the screen and doctors can do things like make notations directly on digital x-rays.

Wacom DU-2231 and DTU-1631 pen enabled displays break cover | TweakTown.com

Wacom has unveiled a pair of new pen-enabled displays called the DTU-2231 and the DTU-1631. Both are interactive pen displays and are aimed at presenters and other uses. The 2231 is a 21.5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and the 1631 is a 15.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution.

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Get a good gaming fix on your ultraportable

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | May 14, 2010 4:08 AM CDT

On the hunt for an addictive game that's not too taxing on performance for your CULV notebook with Intel graphics? - Geoff Gasior of Tech Report has found a gem with a game called Darwinia that he's been soaking up on his little Aspire 1810TZ for a while and explains why he feels it's a great game ideally suited to the ultraportable platform.

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The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running entirely inside a computer network and populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. Unfortunately Darwinia has been overrun by a computer virus which has multiplied out of control. Your task is to destroy the Viral Infection and save the Darwinians from extinction.

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NVIDIA GTX 465 specs and benchmarks leak out

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | May 14, 2010 2:44 AM CDT

After finding out yesterday when NVIDIA plans to officially release its third GTX 400 series graphics card in the GTX 465 (when Computex kicks off), a sample has already made its way into the hands of some Chinese folks over at eNet.

As such, they had shared out some interesting info about the card with screenshots of the NV driver control panel that reveal some of the key specs as well as taking it for a spin in several benchmarks to give an idea of expected performance.

NVIDIA GTX 465 specs and benchmarks leak out | TweakTown.com

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the sneak peek appears to have been pulled since. However, the folks over at Tech Report were quick to get the scoop on all the interesting bits about the card before this occured.

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Michael Dell demos Streak mobile internet device

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 13, 2010 10:15 PM CDT
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Michael Dell gave the keynote speech at the Citrix Synergy Conference and topped it off with a full minute sneak preview of the new Streak mobile internet device which has been rumored for months. This was the first public demo f the 5 inch long device and Dell advised the device will become available starting in June.

This mobile internet device features built in WiFI, Bluetooth, and wireless WAN capabilities as well as an 800 by 480 touchscreen display and 5 megapixel dual LED camera. It will run the latest Android OS.

Dell made the Streak look like a mighty capable device during the preview. As he showed off the Streak he stated, "The device we use to access our information shouldn't matter anymore.

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