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iPad "killing netbooks," according to survey

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 12:42 am

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Retrevo, a consumer electronics site, recently surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that the iPad's popularity is taking a toll on netbook sales. When interested parties were asked whether they were planning on buying an iPad or a netbook 78 percent, or a little more than 3 out of 4, said they would choose the iPad while 22 percent favored a netbook.

 

Laptops are still staying popular with buyers as well, with 65 precent of people surveyed who were planning to make a mobile PC purchase this year said they would favor a regular laptop over a netbook.

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Yahoo! and Nokia join forces in the mobile market

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2010 10:59 pm

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Nokia and Yahoo have announced that they will be striking a partnership to create cross platform opportunities for both companies. Yahoo is expected to become the global provider of Nokia's Ovi e-mail and messaging services, while Nokia will power Yahoo's map service online and on all of their mobile devices.

 

With this deal Nokia, who has already partnered with Microsoft to offer Office products like Word and Excel on certain models of mobile devices, is continuing to target users who need enterprise features. Yahoo is looking to bolster their map and navigation features, and this partnership makes sense as Yahoo currently uses maps from Navteq who is owned by Nokia.

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Droid Incredible shortages continue

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2010 10:08 pm

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The Droid Incredible has arrived with rave reviews from most outlets. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants one has been able to get their hands on one, as waiting lists are growing and some pre-orders still have not been shipped.

 

Lowell McAdam of Verizon Wireless told people at the Barclays Capital conference today that component shortages were to blame for the unavailability of the Incredible. The major component to blame seems to be the Samsung AMOLED display which is becoming a popular display for many high end smartphones being released. McAdam reported that with enough supply that twice the number of Incredibles could have been sold.

 

It's being reported that these shortages could last into next year, which means getting your hands on the latest phones will continue to be quite a challenge.

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Sony unveils crazy thin rollable OLED display

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 26, 2010 7:06 pm

Displays today on our phones and computers are ridged devices that would break readily before they would bend. The ridged display has a lot to do with how small a particular device can be made.

 

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Sony has unveiled its latest creation today that is a flexible OLED display that can be rolled to a diameter of only 4mm while showing moving pictures. The breakthrough was made possible by using a new organic semiconductor called PXX that is easier to build with.

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Beastly notebook supports SLI and Crossfiredrool

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 26, 2010 6:38 pm

Gaming notebooks are a breed of their own. They offer good performance buy cost a ton and have atrocious battery life for the most part. Often you can buy a very nice and better performance gaming desktop for the same price.

 

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The world's first notebook with support for both SLI and Crossfire has been unveiled. The beast is called the Panther 2.0 from Eurocom and has a 17.3-inch screen, 24GB of RAM, 4TB of storage, USB 3.0 ports, and more.

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NVIDIA plans to keep GTX 470 going

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 26, 2010 6:06 pm

The rumor mill is always speculating on what products are coming to market along with products that will be killed off. The rumor mill of late has been speculating that NVIDIA might be ready to end the GTX 470's run despite it being new.

 

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The Tech Report reports that NVIDIA has stated it has no plans to kill off the GTX 470. NVIDIA mentioned the good, better, best arrangement for the Fermi line making the GTX 470 the better offering in the mix.

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VIA labs offers USB 3.0 host controller support four ports

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 26, 2010 5:10 pm

If you are lucky enough to have a desktop or a notebook with USB 3.0 ports, you probably have two ports at the most. The reason for this is that the host controllers typically only support a pair of the USB 3.0 ports.

 

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VIA Labs has announced that it will be showing off a new host controller at Computex that is called the VL800. The VL800 supports the simultaneous use of four USB 3.0 ports.

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MSI unveils i-Charger utility for iPad/iPhone/iPod charging

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 26, 2010 4:04 pm

The number of Apple gadgets like iPods, iPads, and iPhones that are in the hands of consumers today is massive. Many of these devices are connected to computers for charging and MSI has announced a new application that makes charging the devices more efficient.

 

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The application is called i-Charger and it is compatible with any computer using a MSI mainboard. The app lets the machine provide fast and safe USB charging for the gadgets.

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Intel mind reading tech on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 26, 2010 3:04 pm

If you stay up late enough to watch Jimmy Fallon on The Late Show, you know Fallon is a pretty big geek and likes his tech. Intel was on his show last night showing off mind reading technology that it was a part of.

 

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The tech isn't as out there as it sounds and Intel can't read you mind. The tech uses MRI imaging along with machine learning techniques to translate brain activity letting a computer figure out what people are thinking.

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Cooler Master unleashes HAF X packed full of goodies

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 26, 2010 1:01 pm

Cooler Master took wraps off its latest HAF (High Air Flow) full tower chassis today which it calls the HAF X. The second you lay eyes on the beast you know you are looking at a high end piece of equipment and Cooler Master has thrown as many of its tricks as possible at this one to deliver without dissapointment.

 

The beast weighs in at just over 14Kg, using steel material and a sleek all-black (inside and out) paint job. Measurements of the case come in at 230 (W) x 550 (H) x 590 (D) mm.

 

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Some of its many features include full tool-free installation, unique cable management system, front I/O panel with USB 3.0 support as well as eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire and audio ports and a large side window to show off your components.

 

The cooling system is also very impressive with room for not one, but two 200mm fans up top, 230mm at the front for intake, 200mm on the side and 140mm for rear exhaust. That oughtta be more than enough to keep your 3-Way SLI / CrossFireX systems content.

 

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Although the case isn't ready for mass market just yet, it will be just around the corner (whispers of June). In the meantime, we were able to get hold of an early sample for a good lookover and were highly impressed, especially at the $199 price point Cooler Master plans it to hit shelves at.

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