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Amazon and ASUS team up - Kindle for PC e-book app on select ASUS units

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 24, 2010 7:54 am

With offering a Kindle e-book software application for PCs and ASUS shifting a lot of its netbooks and notebooks through there as well, the two mobs have decided to help each other out a bit here.


As of today, select laptops and netbooks from ASUS, when purchased through will come pre-installed with Amazon's Kindle for PC application; including the Eee PC 1005PE and UL30.




This already gives food for thought on just what other discussions ASUS and Amazon are now having (Psst, Eee Pad).

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Seagate unleashes 'Hybrid' SSD+HDD Momentus XT

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 24, 2010 6:40 am

The SSD world is more competitive than ever, especially since SandForce readied up their SF-1200 mainstream controllers for manufacturers which kept pricing down whilst pushing performance to new heights; a combination that has everyone jumping on the bandwagon.


However, big gun mechanical storage maker Seagate is focusing on bringing something much different to stand out from the crowd and has been developing some SSD-threatening 'hybrid' drives for mass market.




Seagate calls it the Momentus XT which marries a traditional mechanical 2.5-inch, 7200rpm, 250, 320 or 500GB (750GB rumoured to be in the works, too) 3Gbps SATA HDD with a 4GB solid state drive (likely from Seagate's Pulsar series).

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NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GTX 490?!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 24, 2010 5:52 am

With ATI's mighty HD 5970 still standing up proudly on the graphics card performance podium after more than six months, it's been a long time coming for NVIDIA to answer and while many were hoping the top dog single GPU GTX 480 would bring the goods, it falls short in many cases which isn't surprising given it's only a single GPU card.




Up until just very recently there wasn't even any real indication of NVIDIA working on a dual-GPU based GTX 400 series card, but this is obviously the most logical path to go down for NVIDIA to attempt a firm hold of the crown once again.


With Computex just around the corner, Lifting up a rock in Taiwan has shed a dim light on such a card being in the works; the GTX 490.

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Download of the Day: Skype

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 24, 2010 5:16 am

Our Download of the Day today is Skype


Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.


The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.


Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.



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Deal of the Day: Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More for May 23, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2010 4:34 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Chase - Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More!.


Offer: Receive 10,000 bonus points with your first purchase, earn 2 times the points for airfare bookings, 10 times the points for every dollar at select merchants, premium travel protection benefits, 24 hour 7 day a week LIVE dedicated customer service advisors, unlimited amount of points that can be earned and no annual fees! This is a card for those of you who have good credit rating but have had your current non-Chase credit card do strange things with your rewards or benefits.



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MSI to showcase 'GUS' external graphics solution for laptops at Computex

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 22, 2010 4:28 am

The folks over at bit-tech have been digging hard to find out what sort of things we can expect to see at this year's Computex from the big names in the biz and has got hold of some exclusive details and pics on what MSI has planned for the event.




Most interestingly, they spotted a mysterious black plastic box with silver mesh that is clearly designed aesthetically to attract ethusiasts/gamers. From the above picture alone you might have struggling to work out what exactly this is.


This should give you a pretty good idea :-




Indeed, this is MSI's first real stab at providing more powerful external graphics to boost gaming performance in laptops.

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Wikitude Drive for Android beta released

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 22, 2010 4:19 am



Turn by turn navigation is going to get a lot more fun If Mobilizy has its way. The brains behind the Wikitude augmented reality apps for Android, Nokia, and iPhone have announced Wikitude Drive for Android phones with Android 1.6 or later installed. This is the first augmented reality turn by turn navigation app that uses the phone's GPS and camera together to layer the selected route over a live view of what is in front of the car.


2,000 lucky beta testers were allowed to begin test driving (sic) the app on Thursday after downloading the app from the Android Market. After download number 2,000 the app will disappear from Android Market until either the beta expands or is ended.

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Faster mobile Core i5 processor coming this fall

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 22, 2010 4:00 am

A minor roadmap leak yesterday has indicated Intels plans to release a new mobile Core i5 processor during the fall. Dubbed the Core i5 580M, this processor is said to take over the position of the existing 540M processor, which will bring with it a clock increase from 2.53GHz to 2.66GHz.




When in Turbo Boost it will see a larger jump from the 540M's 3.06GHz ceiling to 3.33GHz and the IGP also gets a faster clock rate of 766MHz (500MHz on the 540M). However, the new 580M still uses the same 35W of power and 3MB L3 cache.

LG forecasting huge growth for e-readers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 22, 2010 2:46 am



While many may believe that multifunction devices like the iPad will spell doom for the dedicated e-reader market, LG Display has a different outlook on things. The South Korean company, which is the second largest producer of electronic paper behind Taiwan's Prime View International, is forecasting 76-78% growth by the end of the year.


Shipments of electronic paper displays jumped to 5 million units because of the strong growth of e-readers like Amazon's Kindle, but the emergence of tablets like the iPad with their color displays, multifunctional abilities and touch functions have led many to believe the e-reader will be short lived and pushed to the side.

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