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Stores gearing up for EVO 4G release

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 3, 2010 2:18 am



HTC Evo 4G fever has hit, and stores are bracing for the rush. Photos are out everywhere from Best Buy locations already taking in their shipments of the latest big name smartphone under Sprint's banner, and Radio Shack has reported that some of its stores will be opening at 6AM for the early birds that can't wait to get their hands on this device. Radio Shack also noted they have set aside some units for those that did not preorder as well, but obviously don't expect them to last long.


Evo 4G madness hits Friday; probably not for very long though as sell out is expected quickly.

Internet traffic will quadruple by 2014 according to Cisco

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 3, 2010 1:29 am



Cisco made the statement that they expect internet traffic to quadruple by 2014 during their annual Visual Networking Index. The huge growth of video traffic is being named as the driving force behind the growth, with both businesses and consumers running tons more video traffic with everything from YouTube to videoconferencing. Cisco stated that video will account for 91% of total consumer IP traffic by 2014, with it taking over the top spot from peer-to-peer traffic as the top generator by the end of this year.

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Exclusive Content: New Indilinx Barefoot Firmware On the Way

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2010 1:03 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - It is now official, TweakTown is now the SSD Authority. What makes us that, well because my new business cards that arrived last night say so and you know they can't be wrong. Moving on to some real news...




In our meeting with Indilinx yesterday we learned that a new firmware for existing Barefoot drives is on the way. We don't have a full change log and didn't ask for one but we do know that performance is going to go up in a few areas. The most significant comes from that dark stage in a SSDs life after it has been installed and hammered with day-to-day usage. Over time performance starts to degrade, it is just a fact of SSD life but Indilinx has changed up a few things to reduce the amount of performance loss.


I have to admit that I am impressed to hear that even after all this time Indilinx has been optimizing their firmware to get the most performance to the customer.


Look for a new firmware coming from your drive manufacture in the next month or less.

Motorola Flipout launched

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 3, 2010 12:09 am



Motorola's latest funky flavored handset has been released; the FlipOut. With 7 different color options, customizable home screens, a square shape, 3MP camera, and QUERTY keyboard with a separate row for number keys this looks like the latest must have for teenage text fiends everywhere.


The FlipOut runs on Android 2.1 with enhanced MOTOBLUR features to sync up with social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as pinch and zoom features for web browsing and photo sharing. People will most likely think of the Backflip due to the form factor according to analyst Avi Greengart. "The Backflip's form factor does help the phone stand out at retail. It's a different-looking kind of phone than everything else out there," Greengart said. "So polarizing form factors like this one are sometimes good. If you are polarized, that means some people hate it and some people love it. It's not vanilla."

AT&T stops unlimited data plans for iPhone and iPad

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 10:06 pm



Apple has created a lot of waves by announcing that as of June 7th, the days of the unlimited data plans for iPhones and iPads are over. Under their old plan, a $30 charge brought you all the Youtube Clips, movie streams, and downloads your device could handle. The new plans shake down as you see below:




If you go over on the 200mb plan, you are charged $15 for another 200mb. For the Data Pro plan, overages cost $10 per GB you use.


However, this isn't the only thing with Apple device users up in arms. The new tethering option that iPhone and IPad users were looking forward to is getting a change. Before, tethering cost $30 a month for 5GB of extra tethering data on top of your regular data usage. Now, tethering is only $20, but counts against your 2GB of usage.

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Sony unveils Billabong branded VAIO W in bright colors

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 7:08 pm

Sony has a lot of computers crammed into its VAIO line. The VAIO W series of netbooks was launched a while back and includes your basic netbooks at a price of about $450. Sony has announced a new special edition version of the VAIO W.




The special edition version is the VAIO W Imperial Lime Edition with a design inspired by and braded by surf clothing maker Billabong. The machine has bright stripped pattern on the lid and underneath the looks it is the same netbook we have already seen.

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Quanta unveils DST touchscreen tech at Computex

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 6:08 pm

Computex 2010- Computex is in full swing and so far there hasn't really been anything earth shattering announced. One of the cooler things to be unveiled at the show is new touchscreen tech from Quanta.




The new tech is called dispersive signal technology (DST) and was developed with help from 3M. Quanta expects the new DST tech to hit market later this year. DST is a touchscreen with an extra later of glass. The screen is able to find the location of a finger or a stylus on the screen using the shock created when the screen is touched.

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Borders taking pre-orders on Libre eBook Reader Pro

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 5:06 pm

Borders is working on offering a full line of eReaders in its physical locations around the country. The company says it plans to offer a good, better, best line up. The Libre is now up for pre-order at




I would assume the Libre to be the low end offering for the company with a price tag of only $119.99. You can pre-order the Libre now for delivery on July 2.

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iBUYPOWER now offers unlocked Core i5, i7 CPUs and GTX 465 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 4:08 pm

iBUYPOWER has been becoming one of the larger makers of gaming and boutique computers on the market. The company has systems ranging in price from the affordable up to fully loaded rigs costing as much as a nice car.




The company has announced that it is among the first to offer the new Intel unlocked Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs in its gaming rigs. The new Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K are joining the other processors already available. Machines with these processors start at $949.

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Asus knocks off 3DMark records with Rampage III Extreme rig

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 3:04 pm

Asus has been peddling that slick Rampage III Extreme mainboard for Intel CPUs for a while now. The board is packed with just about every feature that you could possibly need on a mainboard. Asus has announced that it used a machine based on the Rampage III Extreme to kill some benchmark records.




The PC ran the aforementioned mainboard, an Intel Core i7-980X CPU, GTX 465 video card and an ATI Radeon 5870 chipset 5870 Matrix Platinum. The machine was overclocked to the gills and then blitzed records on 3DMark Vantage and older versions of the benchmark.

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