iPad outselling Macs; nipping at iPhone's heels

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 20, 2010 9:08 PM CDT
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Apple's iPad is popular. While this is not exactly news, the data shown that Apple's iPad is selling 200,000 units a week while Macs are only pacing 110,000 a week is. The new tablet is outselling the rest of the Mac lineup combined and nipping at the heels of the 245,000 units per week the iPhone are garnering according to a report by RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky.

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Samsung bracing for huge growth in smartphone market

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 20, 2010 7:52 PM CDT
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Lee-Woo-jong, vice president of marketing at Samsung Mobile Display, spoke at the Global Technology Summit and had confident words for the future of Samsung in the booming smartphone market. Samsung ranks as the largest display maker for mobile devices in the world and the biggest maker of the AM-OLED display screen that is becoming used more and more in next generation devices due to it being thinner, less power hungry, and having better image quality than previous generation models.

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Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware (again)

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | May 20, 2010 2:44 PM CDT
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After a brief stumble with the first release of the firmware 0002 that left a handful of users locked out of their drives Crucial is ready to give it another go. An hour ago we recieved word that the new update tool is ready for mass consumption so users can update their RealSSD C300 drives to the latest 0002 FW that has working TRIM.

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Logitech CEO on Google TV: "Watching TV will never be the same"

Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 1:31 PM CDT

Logitech is one of the key partners in the Google TV platform that is due out in the form of HDTVs and devices this fall.

Logitech's role in the platform is to provide a Google TV companion box as well as accessories to enrich the whole experience of this new and improved web TV from your couch. As Junien Labrousse, Executive VP Products of Logitech recently explained in a video just uploaded to YouTube (below), Logitech will not only provide a companion box that leverages the famous and popular Harmony Remote technology, but included in the package will be a controller that is said to be optimized for the Google TV experience that combines a compact keyboard, remote control and touch pad.

Read on for more and a couple of interesting videos.

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Google tell us about Google TV with a video, go figure

Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | May 20, 2010 12:48 PM CDT

Google continues its worldwide international takeover plan today with the introduction of Google TV.

Information is coming out thick and fast right now and everything is still developing - stick with us here. It's been mentioned in the past on and off, but today Google officially introduced it today at its I/O developer event.

In short, though, what is it? It's basically a platform that brings Internet to the TV. We have seen many try this before and heard about it before, but none really as big as Google have tried it or pulled it off to any grand level. You'll be able to buy HDTVs probably in the fall timeframe or buy standalone set-top-boxes with Google TV embedded. Read more for the video.

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ASUS add 4-Way SLI support to Rampage III Extreme

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | May 20, 2010 7:16 AM CDT

ASUS are doing something very different to anything we've seen before with their premium X58 offering, the Rampage III Extreme. The board in itself is nothing all that unusual for a high calibre enthusiast offering of today; all the goodies and then some are in place; albeit, the lack of additional NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI action is a bit of a minus if a rich geek is looking to go all out.

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However, that's where ASUS is doing something very different in conjunction with a separately sold ROG series product suited specifically to this motherboard which it calls the 'ROG Xpander'.

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Google releases open-source WebM web based video format

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | May 20, 2010 4:30 AM CDT

After acquiring On2 in the second half of last year, maker of the VP8 video codec, Googles plans were to open-source this codec eventually and they've done just that today with an official launch.

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Google has announced the VP8 codec as part of a new format it calls WebM, which is a container (based on Matroska) that includes both VP8 video and Ogg Vorbis audio streams.

The format has been designed so that it'll run well on low-power devices like netbooks, tablets and handhelds; it'll also be an option for YouTube playback which will push the adoption rate much faster. H.264 patent licensing issues aren't of concern with this as WebM is open-source and licensed royalty free under a BSD-style license.

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Official Twitter app for iPhone released

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 19, 2010 4:40 PM CDT

Twitter has been a popular application for a while now both for those sitting at a computer or on the go. Until now, there has been no official app released by Twitter for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users. This has been changed as Twitter has officially released a Twitter app that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.

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The mobile team at Twitter has put in quite a bit of work making this app easy to use on the device and you do not even need a Twitter account to use the app. Functions include checking out Top Tweets, finding popular users, and locating tweets by geographic region are included as well as a streamlined signup process to get your own account started on Twitter.

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PowerColor putting finishing touches on Eyefinity12 HD 5970

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | May 19, 2010 6:35 AM CDT

Remember that modified HD 5970 from Power Color we first heard about back in April which gave not six, not eight, not even 10, but 12 mini-Display ports for 'Eyefinity12' lovin' ? - A bunch of new images released from PowerColor themselves today let us know it's definitely a reality and is coming to market very soon; most likely being prepared for launch during Computex early next month.

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These new pictures show the card for the first time with its cooler assembly mounted and a large and proud "12" stickered on it, of which it deserves to scream out loudly and proudly given its the first of its kind.

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ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 sighted

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | May 19, 2010 4:49 AM CDT

The third and cheapest member of the GTX 400 series of top-end graphics cards from NVIDIA is launching when Computex gets underway; that being the GTX 465.

The first images of a final retail version of the card have leaked out from ASUS, including a box shot and also confirmation of specs. NVIDIA were quick to have the information and images pulled by the source, but thankfully other sites got hold of the good stuff before this occured.

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Being one of the first GTX 465's out of the gate, the ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 is of course a referenced designed card. It uses a quiet carbon fibre theme with a basic ASUS logo stamped on it.

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