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ASRock develops world's first front USB 3.0 support with own I/O bracket

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 10:34 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Last week we visited ASRock who gave us an exclusive look at some of its new technologies including the Vision 3D HTPC and AIWI, but one thing we didn't have time to check out when we went to their office was an interesting new feature that will be bundled for free in ASRock's new P55 Extreme3 motherboard package.

 

 

ASRock has developed a simple yet smart little device that allows users to easily add two USB 3.0 ports to the front of their case. The device is really just a small bracket that fits into a spare FDD-sized opening at the front of your case and then a cable from the bracket runs to one of the USB 3.0 pin connectors on supported ASRock motherboards.

 

Something simple, but it's a great idea especially if you don't like fiddling around at the back of your system and besides, who doesn't like free? Chris Lee from ASRock told us in the video above that its P55 Extreme3 mobo will go on sale in next week or two.

Ballistix Gets Temperature Data Logging

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 10:16 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.

 

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I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future.

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Download of the Day: Pidgin 2.7.1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 7:44 am

Our Download of the Day today is Pidgin 2.7.1.

 

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

 

Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.

 

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

 

Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin's functionality above and beyond the standard features.

 

Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows.

 

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Deal of the Day: Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $114.99 with FREE Shipping after Coupon Code

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 7:35 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $114.99 with FREE Shipping after Coupon Code!.

 

Offer: Great price for this quiet, cool-running hard drive. Use code: EMCYSNV29 for $25 off, taking the price of this 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI hard drive with 3 year warranty down to just $114.99 with FREE shipping. Expires 6/2/10.

 

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for June 2, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 7:12 am

The latest happenings from around the web - 02/06/2010

 

COMPUTEX 2010 Coverage

 

- Computex: GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds capacity for 40nm/28nm, focus on mobile @ PC Perspective

- Noctua Exclusive at Computex 2010 @ Vortez UK

- Computex news: Intel, Global Foundries, Corsair, Super Talent, Nvidia, and Asus @ Tech Report

- OCZ Computex 2010 - RevoDrive, HSDL Interface and Vertex 2 @ Legit Reviews

- Computex 2010: Tuniq & Sunbeamtech Detail New Coolers and Chassis @ Hardware Canucks

- Computex 2010 Day 1: Gigabyte shows off X58A-UD9, Notebooks, Tablets @ Legit Reviews

- iPad Competition from ASUS Eee Pad Tablet at Computex 2010 @ PCStats

- Computex: ASUS shows HYDRA board with integrated Radeon HD 5770! @ PC Perspective

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ASUS Immensity concept mobo with discrete GPU and Hydra spotted

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 6:49 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - During an ASUS press event earlier today we ran into a brand new and unseen concept motherboard from the Taiwanese company called the Immensity.

 

 

It is an Intel X58 Express based ROG board for the latest Socket 1366 processors and what's real interesting about is that it comes with not only a Lucid Hydra processing chip onboard, but also a discrete GPU. And we aren't talking any standard Intel IGP, but a mid-range GPU from either NVIDIA or AMD, I don't think the actual choice has been made at this stage of the game, remembering what we saw was a very early concept mockup. I also doubt it is even working right now.

 

Kris from ASUS claimed that by adding in the onboard discrete GPU, users should see up to about a 20% increase in performance by combining it with your traditional discrete GPU in form of a usual PCI Express video card. Also since Lucid's much talked about Hydra chip is installed, you'll be able to mix and match any video card from ATI and NVIDIA and run them in Hydra dual or triple graphics mode.

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AMD's world first Fusion APU Demonstration at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 5:27 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Now this is pretty cool people. We just saw that AMD spoke about its Fusion APU chips at its Computex 2010 press conference, during it at the end Rick surprised us a little by giving attending press the world's first public demo of Fusion APU actually up and running.

 

 

Not only though was it running, but it was running Aliens vs Predator in DX11 mode with rather impressive visuals. It was interesting that Rick noted that only last fall did AMD showcase this same game at one of its DX11 press conference, but already they have the APU silicon working in what we would consider a seemingly fairly advanced state.

 

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AMD's first Fusion APU hardware will ship in the first half of 2011 if everything continues to go to plan as it seems it is now from the surface.

AMD shows first Fusion silicon, hardware coming 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 4:36 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Today at AMD's press conference in Taipei, Rick Bergman showed the first publically seen AMD Fusion silicon wafer that combines the main CPU and GPU into a single chip solution that AMD is calling the Accelerated Processing Unit or APU for short.

 

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Rick announced that we will see hardware based on AMD Fusion technology come out in the first half of next year.

 

This is a developing story and we will cover more after this press conference.

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Android OS updates reported to slow to one per year

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 4:22 am

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In an interview with the Silicon Valley Mercury News, Android founder and Google VP Andy Rubin spoke candidly about the growth of the Android platform and their upcoming plans. With eight releases in the first year and a half of Android's existence, Google's updates have been coming at around twice a year. The plans for the future include only a yearly update, as the Android OS stabilizes and allows their many carriers to catch up with the software.

 

"Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that's movin--it's hard for developers to keep up," Rubin said. "I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don't want developers to have to predict the innovation."

 

The 2010 released Android phones are expected to come with Android 2.2, or "Froyo," installed but many phones like the Motorola Backflip with the OS installed are still stuck with iterations as far back as 1.6 with updates not coming for months. Google hopes that slowing down the releases of OS updates will allow them to be easier to bring to phones and increase stability all around.

Samsung Wave ships with malware infected MicroSD card

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 3:54 am

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Samsung fans in the UK have been waiting for the new Bada powered Samsung Wave S8500 phone to ship, and finally got their wish granted today. This wish seems to be coming with an unexpected extra feature: malware. The program labeled as slmvsrv.exe looks to have accidentally been included on the included 1GB microSD card and will automatically install itself when inserted into any Windows based PC with autorun enabled, which it is by default.

 

Even the test unit sent to the folks at mobileburn was infected with this, with their handset apparently being made for the German market. Fortunately, most anti-virus programs seem to pick it up before it can do any real damage. The problem has been reported to Samsung, but before you hook up your Wave to your PC, I'd suggest making sure your anti-virus is up to date.

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