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Acer announces the LumiRead e-reader

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 17:55 CDT

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Acer, through a distribution agreement with Barnes and Noble, has officially announced their first e-reader device which they are calling the LumiRead. This device will feature a 6 inch E-Ink display, WiFi and 3G connectivity, and 2GB of onboard sorage which is expandable via a microSD slot. The LumiRead also boasts an ISBN scanner that will allow you to scan a physical book for later research and possible purchase online.

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Lensbaby Control Freak lens now shipping

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 14:12 CDT

The reasons people go with a DSLR over a point and shoot s to get better images and more control over the pictures they take. There are lenses for just about any need available for the different DSLR brands that are on the market too.

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Lensbaby has announced that its new lens called the Control Freak is now shipping. The lens ships with a double glass optic in it and the device is aimed at macro and table top photographers. The Control Freak allows the shooter to adjust the focus of the camera to their liking.

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Project Natal On October 26 for $149 says sources

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 13:10 CDT

Microsoft's motion control system called Project Natal has been known about for a long time now. The system is cool and uses a camera to see where the player is an turn that into movement on the screen.

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I mentioned earlier this month that the price for Natal was rumored to be about $200. Sources have come forward and told Edge-online that the price will be more like $149.

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Gym worker who found Motorola Droid Shadow gets fired

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 12:26 CDT

Early this week some images of an unreleased Motorola handset called the Droid Shadow surfaced at Gizmodo. The handset had reportedly been left in a Verizon corporate gym when a gym employee found the device.

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As the story goes, a friend of the worker sent pics and specs of the device to Gizmodo where they were put online. I thought at the time posting those pics was a bad move for the dude who found the device.

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Shuttle unveils 6-core Core i7 ready XPC Barebone SX58J3 PC

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

Shuttle is all about small form factor computers that take up little space while offering most of the performance that a larger machine provides. Shuttle has announced its latest SFF machine in its XPC barebone range called the SX58J3.

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The new machine has support for multiple Intel socket 1366 processors including the new Core i7 6-core beasts. It can be crammed with 16GB of RAM and uses the X58 Express chipset.

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AMDs first Fusion APUs to be built at both Globalfoundries and TSMC

By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 11:16 CDT

AMD is looking forward to demonstrating Fusion-ready systems at Computex which will be the first to combine a traditional processor with a graphics processing core on a single die for mainstream processing.

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Ryan over at PC Perspective has managed to scoop up a good amount of detail on AMD's plans to roll out Fusion into the market. AMD's first APU (accelerated processing unit) is codenamed Llano and will cater to the notebook market. Its formula is a combination of four x86 processor cores with a Redwood-class DX11 capable performance GPU on the same die.

The core is said to be built on GlobalFoundries 32m SIO process using High-K metal gate transistors. This means ATI GPUs manufactured by AMD rather than TSMC; the first time this has ever happened.

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The article at PC Perspective also goes into some detail on AMD's Ontario, a lower power/performance Fusion part that is being aimed at the Atom markets which will include a pair of x86 cores based on Bobcat architecture together with a lower spec'd DX11 GPU in an SoC (system on Chip) design.

The Ontario Fusion chip is going to be built in a 40nm process which indicates that this AMD part won't be built by Globalfoundries; rather TSMC.

HP launches three new LCDs for PC users

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

HP has pulled the wraps off a trio of new LCD monitors for computer users that are all under $200. The screens include the new S2031, 2010i, and S2231.

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The S2031 is a 20-inch widescreen LCD that has a 1600 x 900 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 200 nits of brightness. The LCD has VGA and DVI inputs and sells for $159.99. The 2010i is a 20-inch widescreen with the same resolution and contrast ration but 250 nits of brightness. It also sports integrated speakers and an adjustable stand for $179.99.

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USB cufflinks hide 2GB of storage each

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 10:00 CDT

I try to stay away from any function that requires me to wear a suit or a tuxedo. For that reason I don't own a pair of cufflinks and the last time I wore any was years ago when my cousin got married. Geeks that do have to get dressed up frequently might find these USB flash drive cufflinks perfect.

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The cufflinks come in silver, gunmetal, or gold colors and each hides a USB connector with 2GB of storage per cuff. The cufflinks can be engraved as well for $8 more for eight letters.

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Design house shows off some rock solid flash drives - literally

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 6:34 CDT

Many a times we've heard the words "rock solid" used to describe the build quality of a technological product. Seldom does that actual term fit literally, however.

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But in the case of some new flash drives a design house has been working on, the meaning can be used quite literally here.

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ViewSonic VEB632 JinYong eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 6:23 CDT

Today we attended a ViewSonic press conference in Taipei where the company used the event to launch a range of new eBook e-readers appropriately held at the eslite bookstore.

Next up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the special editor VEB632 JinYong Reader e-reader that is at the top-end of ViewSonic's new eBook range. It will go on sale in Taiwan in July with a rather rich street price of 14,800 NTD or around 462 USD at today's rate.

Yin Yong is a very famous Chinese martial arts novelist who has written some 36 books on the ancient Eastern fighting art that are enjoyed by Chinese all around the world. The VEB632 e-reader comes bundled with all of Jin Yong's books included on the 2GB of internal storage. The e-reader sports a six-inch e-ink display that supports an 800 x 600 resolution with up to 16 levels of grey. This model is slightly bigger and heavier than the previous VEB620 model we looked at, but it comes in at a still quite nimble and comfortable 250 grams or around 9 ounces.

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