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New SSD manufacturing plant opened by OCZ in Taiwan

By: Don Lynn | Storage | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:35 CDT

OCZ has given their solid state drive (SSD) availability a huge shot in the arm with the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Taipei today. The new facility is expected to ramp up OCZ's SSD production from 50,000 to 140,000 units a month.

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After over tripling their monthly unit sales between Q1 and August this year, OCZ is looking to keep up with that demand. According to Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group, "Our new 20,000 square foot facility was set up in response to increased demand from OEMs for our Enterprise Solid State Drive products and significantly increases our monthly SSD capacity." Offering a wide variety of interface choices including SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, USB 3.0, and the proprietary High-Speed Data Link (HSDL), OCZ is making a major play in the SSD industry and with the new facility they can only hope to keep the expansion going.

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hits the scene at Adobe MAX

By: | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:15 CDT

The BlackBerry PlayBook got some serious facetime at Adobe's MAX conference today. RIM and Adobe teamed up to announce an Adobe AIR SDK for the PlayBook platform with hardware integration that will give developers plenty to work with before the launch of the PlayBook next year. A fully functional PlayBook took center stage; something RIM didn't even pull off at their own event.

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Being a developer on this platform is looking to be a fairly nice affair; companies like Kobo were on hand to talk about the ease of development for the PlayBook platform and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis announced at the conference that all developers that create PlayBook apps that are approved into App World will receive a free PlayBook of their very own. That's a pretty sweet incentive to get the tablet off and running at launch. Check out a short video after the break.

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Borders announces e-reader price cuts galore

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 19:55 CDT

You know the holiday season is approaching when companies are stumbling over each other to announce price cuts on electronic devices. With the Kindle having so much success and a new Nook just around the corner from Barnes and Noble, Borders is turning to price cuts and free goodies to keep their devices on shopper's wishlists.

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For the next week, ordering an eReader from Borders will come with free shipping. The $299 Velocity Micro Cruz tablet comes with a $25 gift card, $30 has been cut from the Micro Cruz Reader (now $169.99) and the Kobo (now $129.99), and purchasing any Sony eReader will score you a free Sony Reader cover with built in light. Borders is also offering 20% off all accessories with any new e-reader purchase. Our guess is this is only the beginning of the price slashing wars, so keep your eyes peeled for more deals to come.

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Wifi Direct certifications starts, device-to-device transmission also starting soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 19:27 CDT

Bluetooth has some competition - Wi-Fi Direct is touted to everything Bluetooth does, but with far less issues and annoyances all while using a protocol that is far more widespread and easier to setup.

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Starting today - Wi-Fi Direct devices will enter the certification process - the actual products to use this tech are unknown at this point, but there should be some hardware on the shelves before Santa arrives in 2 more months.

Functionality wise, the claims stand out instantly - for someone to make a device-to-device connection over Wi-Fi just ONE of the devices needs to be Wi-Fi Direct certified. This will help create a user base out of the box, which is a great step towards instant sales.

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Patriot launches Torqx TRB line of SSDs

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

Patriot has been peddling RAM to gamers and Enthusiasts for a long time and like many other memory companies, Patriot has expanded into SSDs as well. Patriot has unveiled a new line of SSDs today called the Torqx TRB line that offer nice features and performance. The new 64GB SSD uses the latest controller from JMicron called the JMF616.

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The controller allows the SSD to operate at up to 260MB/s read speed and 115MB/s write speed for the 64GB version. A 32GB SSD is also offered using the JMicron JM612 controller allowing the SSD to operate at up to 245MB/s read speed and up to 60MB/s write. Both of the SSDs have a 3-year warranty and are designed to support TRIM in Windows 7.

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PSP Go price cut confirmed by Sony Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

When it comes to mobile gaming I stick to my iPhone or iPad. I have a couple PSPs here in the house along with a couple Nintendo DSi systems that my kids play. We haven't used the PSPs in over a year now so the PSP format altogether isn't very appealing around my house. When I first heard of the PSP Go I thought it sounded cool enough until I realized that the games you have for your old PSPs were useless on the new Go. Many people felt that way and many retailers were mad that they could not sell software for the Go making it a bag of fail.

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Sony Japan has confirmed a price cut that has been rumored for the Go. In Japan the Go will see it's price chopped to 16,800 yen with taxes included. That works out to about $208 here in the US. The rumors that have been swirling claiming a new price of $199 are incoming for the Go for the States. With the Japanese price so close to the rumored price here at home, I would say the rumors are probably accurate.

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Asus Eee 1015PW gets bright colors and nice hardware

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

I'm not really the sort of geek to buy flashy colored computers or hardware. I prefer more of a stealth look for my gear. Some people like to have nice specs and some flash on the outside when it comes to buying a machine. Women often want a netbook that has lots of style and works well and Asus has a new netbook that comes in some colors that will appeal to the style conscious women out there shopping for a new netbook. I know my wife would like the colors of this new Eee netbook.

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The new machine is called the Asus Eee 1015PW and the machine is a hardware clone of the existing Asus 1015PEM. That's not a bad thing at all considering as far as netbook hardware goes, the rigs are great on the inside. They have dual core Atom N550 processor, the LED backlit screen has 1024 x 600 resolution, and the battery is good for up to ten hours of use per charge. The netbook comes in some crazy colors with names like Purple Rain, Gold Dust, and Angel Skin.

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Xigmatek debuts cool Pantheon computer chassis

By: Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

I was just talking about the new all black Kingston HyperX memory cooler that would look good inside one of the all black computer cases that are on the market today. If you need an all black case to go with that new Kingston fan a new case from Xigmatek has launched today called the Pantheon. The case is all black inside and out ad has all sorts of features.

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The chassis has tool free 5.25-inch drive bays, six hot swappable HDD cages, USB 3.0 port, and dual fan controllers. It also has seven PCI slots and can have up to four 120mm fans on the side of the case for ventilation on the drives. The cooling system also supports a top fan up to 200mm and a bottom fan. In addition, the case has space for a 240/280mm radiator on the top of the chassis.

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Kingston offers gamers and enthusiasts all black HyperX fan

By: Shane McGlaun | RAM | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

When it comes time to build up a new gaming PC most of us want something that performs really well. We also tend to want the machine to look good and with many of the cool computer cases on the market today have clear side windows the way the hardware inside the machine looks is as important as how the case looks on the outside.

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Kingston has been selling a fan specifically made for its HyperX RAM for a long time now with the same blue color that the HyperX RAM sports. That blue fan might not go well if you are into the stealth look and are using one of the many cases that are black on the inside and out. If the blue color puts you off the fan, Kingston has announced a new black colored fan that cools just as well as the blue one.

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Download of the Day: Speccy 1.06.191

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Oct 25, 2010 @ 5:24 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.06.191.

Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

• Processor brand and model

• Hard drive size and speed

• Amount of memory (RAM)

• Graphics card

• Operating system

At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.

If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.

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