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Friday Morning Roundup for October 22, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 @ 3:40 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - October 22nd, 2010

Motherboard

- Asus P6X58D-E: Contemporary and Relatively Inexpensive LGA1366 Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- MSI G31TM-P35 motherboard @ Motherboards-reviews

Video/Monitor

- Dell LEDs the way with their new range of LED backlit LCD displays @ eTeknix

- Farewell to ATI: Radeon HD 5000 Graphics Card Family Roundup @ XBit Labs

- MSI N480GTX Lightning Review @ Overclock3D

- 3DMark 11 Preview @ LostCircuits

Audio/Media

- Xtreamer Pro Media Player @ CDRInfo

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Atheros Hybrid Wired/Wireless system gives you network access anywhere in the home

By: Don Lynn | Networking | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 @ 0:46 CDT

Sometimes living in a big house makes getting wireless signal to all corners of the placea real pain, or you've got a room where you want a computer but no way to run the internet without drilling holes or buying a wireless card. Networking is getting quite a bit simpler thanks to Atheros' Hybrid Networking System.

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The router gives you standard fare: 802.11 Wifi, Ethernet, all the usual goodies. The Homeplug AV powerline networking is where it gets interesting. Simply by plugging in the AC adapter, you've instantly got extended wireless signal and even an Ethernet port for network access on a non-wireless capable machine. No word on cost yet for this fun little device, but it is expected to ship by the end of the year.

PS3 Move reportedly flying off the shelves

By: Don Lynn | Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 @ 0:13 CDT

The Playstation Move has been a hot ticket item for Sony as reports are showing that over a million controllers have been sold in North and Latin America just 30 days after launch. "Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working hard to keep the product in stock," said SCEA chief executive Jack Tretton.

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The Playstation Move, which is Sony's answer to Wii motion controls, has two dozen games available for play including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011 and Killzone, with 15 more slated for launch by the end of the year. Combine that with a reasonable $99.99 price tag for a startup kit (Eye Camera, Wand, and secondary controller) versus Xbox 360's expected $149.99 pricetag on Kinect when it launches on November 4th, and Sony may be getting even more people on the Move this holiday season.

Windows Phone 7 hits T-Mobile on November 8th with the HD7

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 23:33 CDT

AT&T may have been the big face on Windows Phone 7's launch event in the U.S., but that doesn't mean that other companies are sitting around and letting them have all the fun. On November 8th, the same day AT&T announced they are launching their first WP7 handset, T-Mobile is also joining the game with the HTC HD7.

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This is quite a handset from #4 on the U.S. cellphone food chain. With a huge 4.3" screen, 720p recording, and a 16GB card included, the HD7 is bound to be quite a popular item when it hits shelves. The HD7 will retail at the usual smartphone price of $199.99 with a two year contract, so sign up for notifications now via their site to get ready for preorders.

Barnes and Noble event next week most likely centered around Nook Color

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 20:08 CDT

Barnes and Noble has a special event planned for next week, and everything is pointing towards a full color version of the Nook e-reader. The current version has a split e-paper and LCD interface.

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The seven inch device will run a version of Android, but no one is really sure where this device will exactly fall between e-reader and full blown tablet. Tablet functions will both differentiate it from Amazon's highly popular Kindle as well as make the $249 price tag a lot more attractive for those who don't want to shell out for an iPad or Galaxy Tab. Barnes and Noble is officially staying fairly close-mouthed with the details, but we'll find out soon enough what the Nook Color is really all about.

Winamp beta gets snuggly with Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 19:17 CDT

Dammit. The source to this email used my "whipped the Llama's ass" line - oh well.

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If you were a fan of Winamp, and use an Android 2.1 and above device - a beta copy of Winamp has launched on the Android. It's not a barebones release, it actually has some unique features built in.

Winamp on Android will allow you to wirelessly sync your computers mp3 library, it will also fully control that library through a widget and also offers scrobbling support for the Last.fm fans.

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Google Broadband set for trial at Stanford University

By: Don Lynn | Networking | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 18:30 CDT

Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.

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Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.