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Tablets coming in 2011 from Dell, Toshiba and Acer

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 10:22 CST

We all know that tablets are going to be huge next year. The things are already selling in droves this year with only a few options on the market for consumers to choose from. The tablet market will swell just as the netbook market did in years past. Intel has offered up a new slide that shows the companies that will be offering up tablets in 2011 using Atom processors.

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The slide shows that the tablets will all use Atom processors but will run several different operating systems the OS' will include Windows, Android, and MeeGo. Major makers that will be offering Windows tablets include Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, and more. Google Android tablets will be offered by Cisco, Asus, Dell, AT&T, and more. MeeGo units will be the least offered it seems with Acer, WeTab, and a couple small firms offering them.

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Download of the Day: GMail Drive 1.0.17

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 4:14 CST

Our Download of the Day today is GMail Drive 1.0.17.

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to it.

Ever since Google started to offer users a Gmail e-mail account, which includes storage space of 6000 megabytes, you have had plenty of storage space but not a lot to fill it up with. With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your Google Mail Account and retrieve them again.

When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the Gmail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer.

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Deal of the Day: Refurbed Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR w/ EF-S 18-55IS Lens - $349.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 3:46 CST

Our Deal of the Day today is the Canon - Refurbed Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR w/ EF-S 18-55IS Lens - $349.99 Shipped Free!.

Offer: If you've been looking for a good started digital SLR at an affordable price, this refurbished Canon Rebel XS w/ the 18-55mm IS lens from Canon is a good start. Nice price!

Use coupon code: DEC10SHIP for free shipping.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for December 9, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 3:00 CST

The latest happenings from around the web - December 9th, 2010

Systems

- Chromes Notebook CPU Details @ Netbooknews

- MSI FX600 Laptop Review (with nVidia Optimus Technology) @ Kitguru

Memory

- Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2133 (PC3-17000) 4Gb Kit @ Funkykit

- Patriot Viper Extreme 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 2000Mhz @ Overclockers.com

CPU

- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition @ Techwarelabs

- Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU @ Hardware Secrets

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A-DATA shows off S501 SATA-III SSD with vastly improved firmware

By: Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 1:23 CST

Yesterday we stopped by the A-DATA headquarters here in Taipei and one of the new products we were shown was their upcoming S501 SATA-III solid state disk drive.

If you are on the ball, you may remember Chris previewed this drive with some exclusive benchmarks back in June during Computex Taipei and he was completely blown away by the numbers he was able to produce on the show floor. Under ATTO Disk Benchmark, maximum read speeds hit around 408MB/s and maximum write speeds around 220MB/s.

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Those results are nothing to be sneezed at though - they are really impressive. Fast forward several months and A-DATA is getting close to actually releasing and selling the S501 and boy, I can tell you they have been working hard on boosting the performance of their first SATA-III SSD to insane levels. We were shown a drive running the latest (and we are told stable and near shipping) firmware that will be displayed during CES in Las Vegas next month that was able to hit a totally amazing 460MB/s on the read and 325MB/s on the write.

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This is all from a single 256GB 2.5-inch drive using Toshiba 34nm flash modules and a Marvell controller. One of the A-DATA PM's during our meeting commented that "2011 is all about the SSD when it comes to SATA-III, and normal hard drives should only be for SATA-II". CONT

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Epic's Infinity Blade now available on the App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 0:20 CST

Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.

Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.

Google fishing for beta testers of their Chrome OS notebook

By: Don Lynn | Laptops | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 @ 23:08 CST

In the interest of helping out my fellow tech junkies instead of making my odds better of scoring one of these myself, here's the lowdown on how to get yourself in the running for Google's recently announced CR-48 laptop that will be used to beta test their new Chrome OS.

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The process is pretty simple. Visit Google's application site, fill out a bunch of stuff about yourself and how you'll use the laptop if you're lucky enough to get one, and push send. You can even upload a video to tell Google how awesome a beta tester you would be. It was reported yesterday that 60,000 of these were shipped to Google by the manufacturer, but there's probably a good percentage set aside for Google employees and such. It's still not bad odds, so get your thinking cap on, click that Source Link, and apply today! Applications close December 21st.

RIM begins accepting BlackBerry Playbook app sumissions; free Playbook offer still stands for developers

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 @ 22:48 CST

RIM's heavily anticipated PlayBook tablet is getting closer to launch and they took a big step yesterday in getting ready with the announcement that app submissions are now being accepted. Better get your Adobe Air firing now, because a real treat is in store if you get your submission approved before launch: a free PlayBook of your very own.

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Yep, the giveaway is official that was first announced at the PlayBook's unveiling and the rules are pretty simple. Develop an awesome app, get it approved by RIM, score a free PlayBook. Limit's one per customer, not one per app, so don't go thinking you'll be able to tile your shower with them.

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Official Teaser!

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 @ 21:35 CST

Michael Bay's new Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon official teaser has been released.

The teaser is just that, not much footage but there are leaks of news that Buzz Aldrin plays himself in current time, the popular Megan Fox is out (after disputes with the Bay himself), Fergie's husband (Josh Duhamel) reprises his role and of course Sam Witwicky and his parents too.

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NASA shuttle PC's sold with sensitive data on HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 8, 2010 @ 20:16 CST

Want secret NASA data? Want the FBI chasing you down? Want to be on the run and live a life of looking over your back? Look no further than your trusty TweakTown news post.

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NASA has sold a bunch of PC's and components from NASA's shuttles from four different centers - Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers as well as Ames and Langley Research Centers. The various bits had reportedly "failed sanitization verification testing" or, weren't tested, period.

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