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TI buys semiconductor fab in China

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Texas Instruments makes all sorts of chips for a vast range of devices running from mobile phones and set top boxes to other electronic devices that you probably don't even know they work with. TI runs its own fabs where it builds its chips itself rather than being a fabless semiconductor firm like some that farm out the actual construction of their chips to someone else.




TI has announced today that it has acquired a new analog semiconductor fab in China. The fab is the first that TI has in China, is located in Chengdu, and will be known as TI Chengdu. The fab is a fully equipped 200mm fabrication facility and TI purchased the fab from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company at an undisclosed price.

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Cable Collar from Quirky helps you keep organized

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

I have mentioned Quirky products a few times around there and the things are pretty cool. Quirky has unveiled its latest product and it's one that will help you keep all those tangled wires running to and from your computer nice and neat. The thing is called the Cable Collar, it is designed to wind up some of the excess cord behind your desk that runs from your computer, and it will work with all manner of other gadget chargers as well.




The thing has enough space to wrap up to 24-inches of cable and is made to fit all plugs used in North America. The Cable Collar also has six integrated anchors for keeping the cords snug and secure. The plastic the Cable Collar is made form is heat resistant and will not interfere with the electrical connections of your gear.

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Telstra's Desire gets Froyo update in the next few days

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 0:00 CDT

After watching the rest of the world get Android's Froyo 2.2 update, Telstra Desire users have had to just wait, patiently for the release - or choose the rooting path. For myself, I've waited - patiently.




But, a user posted on Telstra's Twitter asking about it - with an employee replying "the wait is nearly over, should be released OTA within the next few days".


Better late than never, right?

Download of the Day: GOM Player

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 23:36 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is GOM Player


GOM is a FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in.


Codec Finder


GOM Player includes many codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) so you won't need to install separate codecs for most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one.


Play Broken AVI Files (Patented)


GOM Player's patented technology enables users to view files with broken indexes or that are still being downloaded.


Powerful Subtitle Support


GOM Player supports SMI, SRT, RT, SUB(with IDX) files for subtitle. You can even synchronize subtitle and video if there's any mismatch.


Convenient Playlist


If you run a video file and there is already a file with a similar name in the directory, it will be automatically added to your playlist. GOM Player has a similar playlist format as M3U, PLS, ASX.


Support Different Media Types


Along with different media format such as AVI, MPG, MPEG and DAT, GOM Player also supports streaming Windows media format (WMV, ASF, ASX). You can also watch DVD-quality videos with 5.1 channel audio output.



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Viewsonic tout new 24-inch V3D241wm-LED monitor with 3D glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 23:05 CDT

After NVIDIA has been owning the 3d-gaming market with it's 3D Vision bundles, AMD have been left in a 2D world.




Not anymore - with the launch of the Radeon 6000-series of GPU's next week, they will add 3d capabilities to the Radeon line, including support for Blu-ray 3D through the added feature of Multiview Video Coding (MVC) in UVD3.


Viewsonic are the first manufacturer to have AMD Radeon 3D support.


The V3D241wm-LED ships with 3d active-shutter glasses, the LED-backlit monitor obviously comes in at 120hz (to enable 3D), full HD 1920x1080 resolution, 2ms grey-to-grey response time and Viewsonic's quoted 20, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.


Stereo speakers are included, which are an amazing four-watts of output, a USB port is included for the plug-in of the included active-shutter glasses. The monitors comes with HDMI, DVI and VGA connections.

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T-Mobile to begin throttling bandwidth for extreme data users starting October 16th

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:57 CDT

It looks like T-Mobile may finally be getting around to the bandwidth throttling on high data users that they originally began talking about in April. Starting on October 16, when a user hits 5GB of data in a month the rest of the month will be plagued by lowered speeds when dealing with data-centric activities like web browsing.




This may seem a bit excessive to some, but according to the screen less than one percent of users will be affected by this change. T-Mobile says that this is "to ensure that all subscribers receive the best Web performance available," but my question is with such a low percentage of users being privy to this change, how much of an impact can it possibly make? I'm pretty sure that users aren't going to see a huge jump in speeds when this goes into effect.

WoW themed MMO mouse announced by SteelSeries

By: Don Lynn | Peripherals | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:53 CDT

You didn't think peripheral companies were going to let the Razer Naga have a stranglehold on MMO mice, did you? SteelSeries is jumping into the fray with their World of Warcraft themed MMO gaming mouse, dedicated to WoW's new "Cataclysm" release.




This mouse, developed in partnership with Blizzard, boasts a 14 button layout with over 130 preset game commands which can be changed in-game for tons of customization. Pulsation levels and illumination can be customized as well, and up to 10 character profiles can be saved. December 7th is the expected date this mouse will hit retail, going for an MSRP of $99.99/€89.99.

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iPad coming to AT&T and Verizon stores on October 28th

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:50 CDT

The iPad is indeed making its way into a ton of stores in the U.S. lately, and the next jump will be into AT&T and Verizon stores. Both mobile chains will begin carrying the iPad on October 28th.




Due to network incompatibility, Verizon will not be getting a 3G capable iPad. The iPad will come bundled with a Verizon MiFi 2200 portable hotspot. Prices will be $630 for a 16GB model, $730 for a 32GB model, and $830 for a 64GB model. The no-commitment 1GB data plan will run $20 a month. Over at AT&T, The 3G iPads will be sold at the usual retail prices of $629, $729, and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. The standard no-commitment 250MB and 2GB data plans for $15 and $25 per month will apply to the iPad as well.

Deal of the Day: Cameras, Camera Bundles and LCD Monitor Deals! Free Shipping on $49+

By: Steve Dougherty | | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:44 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Cameras, Camera Bundles and LCD Monitor Deals! Free Shipping on $49+!!.


Offer: They've got bundles that include memory cards, along with flat panel monitor deals to look at. Expires 10/18/10 at 5:55 AM CT.


- Canon PowerShot SD1400 for $199.99

- Nikon CoolPix L110 for $259.99

- Canon G11 Camera with 4GB SDHC memory card and camera bag for $419.99

- Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR for $1699.99

- Dell ST2410 24" Widescreen Monitor for $199.99


And more!




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AMD's future could be tablets, also see's an end to adding endless cores to CPU's

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 22:38 CDT

AMD's recently had it's Q3 2010 reports out - where they had a loss of $118 million from $1.62 billion in revenue.




At the same time, CEO Dirk Meyer changed his thoughts on the company's idea of tablets - saying that he believes Tablets will bite into the notebook and netbook markets - he elaborated by saying that he expects AMD's netbook parts to start appearing in slates in the next couple of years. He added that they would "show up with a differentiated offering with great graphics and video technology" when the market becomes large enough for them to offset it against their R&D investment.


In other news, AMD CTO of servers, Donald Newell mentioned that the number of individual core's on a chip won't continue to increase forever. He said "There will come an end to the core-count wars." "Just as the megahertz race was eventually defeated by thermal restrictions, so too will the number of cores on an chip cease to increase. " I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade".

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