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ChatSquare to add chat and messaging functionality to FourSquare

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 21:04 CDT

Checking in with FourSquare is really neat and all, but what is it really worth beyond that? ChatSquare is looking to expand FourSquare functionality by allowing iPhone users to connect with other users in the same location.


ChatSquare links up with the FourSquare API to place you at your location and opens chatrooms and message boards for the location. Make new friends, comment on events, or laugh at someone's misfortune all without having to, you know, approach anyone or talk face to face. The app is not available yet, but you can keep up to date at Check out a short demo video at the Source Link.

Google's Gmail app for Android 2.2 updated

By: Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 20:47 CDT

For Android handset users, Google released the Froyo 2.2 update a little while back now, but their Gmail team have been a bit slow with upgrading their Gmail e-mail App on the Android OS. There's now an update available in the Android Market for the new Gmail client.


There's a few features included, such as a new header at the top of a message, with buttons for "star, reply, reply all and forward" which means you no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the message to access those functions.

One feature (that I have waited for) is "show quoted text" to reveal the previous message. In the current Gmail app, you're required to try and press the previous message tab - which sometimes doesn't work as planned.

GTC 2010 - AMAX GPU Personal Supercomputer has 4.12 Teraflops in one system

By: Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 20:43 CDT

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

In this video she found Shoulin Chua from AMAX Information Technologies who gave us an introduction to one of its GPU Personal Supercomputers. It fits in a couple Intel Westmere Xeon processors along with four NVIIDA Telsa C2050 GPU processors. Each one of the C2050 cards has 448 cores, so if you do the math that gives us the system a huge total of 1792 cores of processing power. All of that amazing power on tap within a system chassis translates to a mega 4.12 Teraflops of performance or enough to do all sorts of simulations and supercomputing applications.

The cost for such a system comes in at about $10,000 USD. Nicole, just hand over that check book and bring a few home for us, will you?

RIM's new tablet possibly set for unveiling next week

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 20:11 CDT

The Blackberry tablet that has been the source of rumors and questions with no real substance could finally be officially seeing the light of day soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, RIM could be unveiling the long awaited device at their Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.


According to the source, the "BlackPad" will run on a QNX operating system with a Marvell powered chip. It will have WiFi connection only with tethering possible through a regular BlackBerry device, which means the tablet will not be tied to a carrier or a service contract. No prices have been thrown around yet, but with no possibility of a discount on contract you can expect to shell out a chunk of change for your BlackBerry's new best friend.

GTC 2010 - Exxact Corp $15k GPU Workstation shows rendering power over CPU

By: Cameron Wilmot | Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 20:03 CDT

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

In this video she hunted down Jason Chen from Exxact Corporation who gave us an introduction of one of its high-end GPU workstations based around a couple Intel Westmere Xeon 5650 processors and a staggering four NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU computing processors which comes to over 1,700 cores when all counted up.

The system had a rendering benchmark from Tech-X which showcases the raw power of CPU versus GPU rendering. As you can see in the video above, on the left the CPU is drawing at around 1 FPS or so and on the right the GPU is drawing at around 65 FPS.

Galaxy S Femme AVEDA Limited Edition unveils a softer side of Samsung

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 19:44 CDT

Samsung is very proud of the worldwide saturation of their Galaxy S line of smartphones, and they've done a ton to make sure there's one for everyone. This is not only by releasing a Galaxy S variant for nearly every carrier out there, but they've even gone as far as marketing them to every demographic. Check out the South Korean Galaxy S Femme special edition.


If the bright pink color (they call it a mix of pink, pearl, and orange) didn't point towards the female demographic, the travel kit of various creams and an app from Aveda that gives out beauty advice makes it a dead giveaway. Only 5,000 of these sets are scheduled for release with no pricing info at this time.

NVIDIA releases roadmap for 2011 and 2013 GPUs

By: Don Lynn | Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 17:46 CDT

NVIDIA turned quite a few heads today at their GPU Technology Conference today. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's biggest announcement was the roadmap they've set up for their future graphics products, including the next two core architectures codenamed "Kepler" and "Maxwell."


Kepler's release is planned for 2011, with products using the core coming later in the year. Kepler is planned to be based around a 28nm fabrication process with three times more efficiency in DP FLOPS per watt than Fermi's architecture. Maxwell, slated for 2013, will be based on a 22nm fabrication process with eight times the efficiency of Fermi. These improvements will not only be based on core design, but changes in chip architecture, design, and software as well.

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Blue Microphones announces Mikey for Flip camcorders

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

When it comes to camcorders some of the most popular camcorders on the market are the low priced Flip line of camcorders like the Flip Mino and others. the cameras can shoot HD resolution video with impressive quality, but the sound often leaves a bit to be desired. This is where Blue Microphones comes in with its new Mikey for Flip.


Blue Microphones makes all sorts of mice for computer users down to professional musicians and recording mics. The Mikey for Flip is designed to connect to the FlipPort on the bottom of the Flip camcorders and enables studio quality sound. The use of the Mikey is an easy as connecting it to the camera with nothing else needed for operation.

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Leica debuts D-Lux 5 digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

If you want, a digital camera that looks as good as it performs you will want to check out the retro looking Leica offerings that are on the market. These cameras are not for the shopper on a budget, but they offer some great features with excellent quality. The latest camera added to the Leica line has debuted today and is called the D-Lux 5.


The digital camera has a Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-19.2mm F/2-3.3 ASPH lens. That lens has a focal range equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm film format. The camera has a host of automatic features along with full manual modes as well. The camera can also record 720p HD video in AVCHD-Lite format.

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Rotel outs cool RCX-1500 receiver supporting multiple sources

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

If you are a serious fan of audio in all sorts of formats, you may want a receiver that can handle multiple formats to cut down on the amount of gear around your home. Rotel has unveiled a new receiver that combines some nice features into one device. The RCX-1500 is a receiver with a CD player, FM/DAB tuner, and is capable of receiving internet radio as well.


The device uses a Wolfson 24-bit 192Khz DAC and has a Class D amp inside with 100W per channel. On the front panel, the receiver has a USB input that allows it to play content from music sources and it supports 30 presets for favorite stations. Supported formats include RealAudio, WMA, MP3, AAC & AAC+ (non DRM), AU, WAV and AIFF.

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