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BlackBerry 6 update promises tons of improvements for the Torch

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 12:52 am

The Blackberry Torch made its debut with a pretty large thud, mostly due to speed and responsiveness issues that have been plaguing the Torch and the BlackBerry 6 OS. RIM released a BlackBerry 6 update today that will hopefully clear up many of these issues.




The update promises a while slew of improvements, including faster page loading, app launching, rendering, as well as improved responsiveness and smoothness after unlocking the device. Even audio quality and scrolling are said to be improved with the update. This is a hefty list of promises to keep for one update, but if it delivers even half of this list there will be a ton of happy Torch owners out there. The OTA rollout has started and will continue over the next week and a half, or you can grab the update directly from RIM or AT&T.

NVIDIA CEO hulk-smashes rumour of foundry switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 12:43 am

It's not like NVIDIA is going through enough crap right now - to add to this are the rumours of NVIDIA entering into a deal with Global Foundaries to produce the upcoming Tegra SoC's - this deal would be nasty to now long time partner of NVIDIA, TMSC, as it would see NVIDIA getting all snuggly with GlobalFoundries - who is owned by competitor AMD.




href="">Digitimes reported that NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang emphasised NVIDIA's strong ongoing partnership with TMSC, denying any suggestions or rumours that it may be planning to change partners. He also took the opportunity to discuss NVIDIA's position in the market and how he saw them competing in the near future.


Huang blamed the companies failure in launching an entire range of Fermi-based products for allowing AMD to gain significant market share of AMD's Radeon HD 5000-series. Huang remains optimistic though, as to the company's fortunes in the 4th quarter. He mentioned both growth in China and the recovering markets in Europe and North America.

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Marvell and OLPC teaming up on tablet project for children worldwide

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 12:39 am

Marvell has just made a hefty investment in the One Laptop Per Child(OLPC) program by giving the organization a $5.6 million dollar grant to develop an educational tablet device for children. This tablet will be the first in the next generation of OLPC's XO devices, set to debut next year.




The OLPC's tablet would be rolled out in two stages. The first rollout would be an Android based device aimed at children in developed countries, with a simpler, Linux based device for children in developing nations to soon follow. These tablets would of course be based around Marvell chips, with the design and reference work available to Marvell and their partners to push broader adoption.

iPhone rumor mill: Verizon-ready iPhones going into mass production by end of the year; iPhone 5 coming in June

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 12:26 am

You're not tired of the Verizon/iPhone rumors yet, are you? Good! A source that claims to have been "briefed by Apple" has told the Wall Street Journal that CDMA enabled iPhone 4 devices are supposed to hit mass production by the end of the year, which would have them ready for Verizon customers by 2011.




The source also targeted June 5th of 2011 as the release date for the iPhone 5, so Verizon had better get going if they want to get the iPhone 4 on shelves before customers decide it's better to wait for the newest version. All of the "by the end of the year" rumors get harder to believe the closer we get to that time. It's already October; the end of the year is just around the corner!

Hitachi and LG team up on Blu-Ray cartridge based storage device

By: Don Lynn | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 12:11 am

Looking for an alternative to mechanical drives when backing up large amounts of data? Hitachi and LG have teamed up to develop a prototype NAS-like device that, in addition to using four hard-disks for storage, adds two slots for cartridges that hold eight Blu-Ray disks for up to 1TB of data storage per cartridge.




These discs are based on the new BDXL format which offers 128GB of storage on write-once discs and 100GB on rewriteable discs with several layers on each. The system moves little used data from the hard drives to the cartridges during automatic back-ups. The cartridges even include RFID chips that can be read by a handheld scanner to easily find out what data is on each cartridge while it is not in the device. No price is set as of yet, but LG and Hitachi hope to hit the market with this device sometime in 2011.

T-Mobile's G2 has microchip that makes rooting efforts "vanish"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 11:55 pm

It looks like the hardware developers are at it again in trying to keep the rooting community from modifying their Android devices. Reports are showing that T-Mobile's G2 handset includes a microchip that "prevents device owners from making permanent changes that allow custom modifications to the the Android operating system."




A report from New America states that the microchip includes a hardware rootkit that sniffs out third party ROMs and overrides them; reinstalling the original firmware over the custom ROM you worked so hard to install. G2 tinkerers are state that their roots "vanish" after a reboot, and are not happy about it. Considering the fact that there's a 40 page thread over at xda developers on the issue, I fully expect a workaround to be found anytime now.

Western Digital unveils updated USB 3.0 external HDDs with up to 3TB of storage

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 7:00 pm

There are a bunch of companies that offer external storage today that connects to your computer with USB. Most of those drives are still USB 2.0 and if you have a new computer that supports the much faster USB 3.0, you will want a new drive that can back up large data sets faster using USB 3.0 connectivity. WD has announced that it has expanded its line of external storage solutions with new capacities and USB 3.0 connectivity.




The drives with updated USB 3.0 support include the My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, and the My Book Essential. All of updated drives will support USB 3.0 at up to 5Gb/s and are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for older machines as well. The drives also ship with WD SmartWave visual backup software for automated backups of important files and software.

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Razer offers special editions of Naga MMO gaming mouse

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 6:10 pm

When it comes to high quality, gaming mice there are really only two companies that your average gamer looks to. Those companies include Logitech and Razer. Razer has some great gaming products, but its mice aren't exactly known for lots of bling or style. A Razer mouse tends to be black with some LED lighting thrown in to spice up the design. Razer has announced a couple special editions of its Naga MMO mouse that are very colorful.




The special editions include the Naga Maelstrom and the Naga Molten gaming mice. The Maelstrom mouse has a colorful swirl effect on it that looks sort of like a spiral galaxy to me. The better looking one in my opinion is the Molten version with a cracked red and orange lava design. The Maelstrom version also has blue lighting for the buttons and scroll wheel while the Molten has red lighting.

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Microsoft offers pink Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 to raise money for breast cancer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 5:06 pm

Microsoft has been in the peripheral business for a long time. The company now makes some decent gear for gamers with gaming keyboards and mice. The majority of the peripherals that Microsoft offers are for general computer users with a notebook or desktop. A full line of notebook mice from Microsoft has been around for a long time and the company has unveiled a new special edition of its Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 to raise money for breast cancer.




The mouse is the same as the other version of the WMM4000 that has been around for a while now. It has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and uses a nano transceiver that can be left plugged into a notebook during transit. The mouse uses the Microsoft BlueTrack sensor for better tracking on a variety of surfaces. I have used BlueTrack mice before and they work very well on anything other than a mirror.

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Acer updates AIO and nettop PCs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 4:04 pm

When it comes to desktop computers some of the most popular are AIO machines with all the hardware inside the screen. Nettops are also popular with netbook style hardware inside tiny computer cases for use in all sorts of settings like the living room and more. Acer has announced that it has updated its Veriton AIO line and the Veriton nettop line with new models today.




The AIO line gets the new Z410G and Z290G that both run Windows 7. The Z410G is a 21.5-inch screen AIO with desktop performance with the Z290G offering an 18.5-inch screen and Intel Atom processor inside. Both of the machines are set to land this month starting at $599. The larger 21.5-inch AIO has 1920 x 1080 resolution and uses a Pentium E5700 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and Intel GMA X4500 graphics. The Z290G has a resistive touch screen, Atom D525 CPU, 320GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Both machines have WiFi and a matching mouse and keyboard.

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