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ViewSonic VEB620 eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 5:19 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.

First up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the cheapest of its new e-readers, the VEB620 eBook. But when we say cheap though, don't let they confuse it. It comes packed with features and the only thing it really misses out on is wireless connectivity, so you will either need to use a microSD card or copy books etc over via USB from your computer.

The unit will go on sale in Taiwan in a week or so with a street price of 6,990 NTD - which works out to be around 217 USD at today's exchange rate. The device comes with a six-inch screen with 16 levels of grey that is capable of an 800 x 600 resolution. It weighs in at a rather light and comfortable eight ounces or around 227 grams. It was really nice to hold and is made using soft plastics that feel good.

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MSI starts bundling Assassin's Creed II with select HD 5800 / HD 5900 series cards

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 5:06 CDT

We don't see as many video card partners these days including full version games to give the icing on the cake; certainly not as much as we used to. So it's nice to see MSI deciding to do this :-

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There's no doubt they've picked a real good'en to bundle with their new R5970 and R5870 series cards, being named Game of the Year by the New York Times and getting a big thumbs up from game reviewers everywhere. Nearly all of MSI's video cards in their lineup are non-reference in one form or another, be it superior coolers, factory overclocks or higher grade components for better stability, and in some models a mixture of all.

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Logitech goes color mad with Fantasy Collection

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 4:32 CDT

Logitech has been thinking very colorfully and has just re-launched a lot of its most popular and affordable peripherals (beginning with mice) that use very bright and loud colour schemes.

Logitech calls the new line-up the "Fantasy Collection". Products in this collection are available in a large range of color options, including Fleur Dark, Blue Swirl and Pink Balance just to name a few.

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Logitech is now advertising M305 and M310 mice in a wide range of colour schemes at the Fantasy Store.

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AMD releases Catalyst 10.5 WHQL Drivers

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 4:08 CDT

In usual monthly fashion AMD has just released its latest Catalyst driver suite for Radeon graphics cards; the 10.5s. A separate Mobility 10.5 driver suite is also now available for mobile Radeon users.

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There are two major additions to the 10.5 release. These include 120 Hz display support for all Radeon HD 4000 and 3000 series GPUs, meaning stereoscopic 3D is now possible. The other enhancements are found in the ATI Overdrive area, giving full support for overclocking functions even when cards are connected to multiple displays.

As always, AMD have managed to introduce a lot of bug fixes for the new release including Alien vs. Predator, Bad Company 2, Empire: Total War, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, Resident Evil 5 and Splinter Cell Conviction. Some of these fixes are only applicable to certain versions of Windows, however.

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Download of the Day: Piriform CCleaner 2.32.1165

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 3:28 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Piriform CCleaner 2.32.1165.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Cleans the following:

• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE

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Deal of the Day: $500 Off Fujitsu T1010 Tablet PC Coupon! Tablet T1010 for Only $799 with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 3:05 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Fujitsu Direct Store - $500 Off Fujitsu T1010 Tablet PC Coupon! Tablet T1010 for Only $799 with Free Shipping!.

Offer: The coupon works on 2 specific tablets, one of which gives you a Fujitsu Tablet for just $799!! You're getting the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 Tablet PC with a 13.3" WXGA touch screen display with an integrated webcam, Intel Core 2 P8600 processor, 2GB of memory, 120GB hard drive, Atheros WLAN 802.11a/g/n, Bluetooth, and 1 year INTERNATIONAL warranty. You also get a pack of replacement stylus and screen protectors. Choose the 2nd one from the top, $1399 with $100 savings = $1299. For the additional $500 off, please use coupon code: FAOUTLET6 (expires 6/3/10)

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Update: The coupon works on the "$1499" version of this LifeBook T1010 Tablet PC as well. It was $1599, which drops to $1499 thanks to the current promo, and then you use the coupon to knock another $500 off bringing your new total to just $999.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for May 27, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 2:14 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 27/05/2010

Motherboard

- ASRock 890GX Extreme3 with BIOS Version P1.80 Review Update @ OCInside

- ASUS P6X58D-E: Intel X58 board with SATA 6 and USB 3.0 @ InsideHW

- ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Video/Monitor

- Geforce 257.15 review: Better performance and higher quality - plus: Nvidia interview @ PCGamesHardware

- Zotac GTX 480 @ KitGuru

- World-Exclusive: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition @ Techpowerup

- Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD Radeon HD 5870 Videocard @ PCStats

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GPS system upgrade and overhaul underway

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2010 @ 21:26 CDT

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Does anyone actually remember breaking out one of those huge foldout maps to figure out which road or highway you needed to take to get where you are going? Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has flooded the market, from standalone GPS devices like TomToms to in-dash navigation in your vehicle to using your phone to figure out where you are and where you are going.

Now it is reported that the U.S. government is pumping 8 billion dollars into GPS system enhancements that will expand the range, improve the accuracy, and improve the reliability of GPS technology. This is no small feat: 24 new satellites are planned to replace the current satellites that make up the current system one at a time. The first satellite in the new system has just been launched this past weekend with the complete upgrade not scheduled to be done until 2021.

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Taptu introduces mobile Touch Web Directory

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2010 @ 20:52 CDT

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With all of the new touchscreen based smartphones and tablets coming out, some sites are still not optimized for this technology. Browsing some of these sites can be a hassle. Taptu is trying to ease some of your internet browsing frustrations with their Touch Web Directory, a search device to help users find "touch friendly web" sites that are optimized for touchscreens.

Taptu allows a user to search by featured touch sites and by category. There are 19 categories and 135 subcategories including Sports, Social, News, Entertainment, and more. It also allows sharing of content via social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter, and allows a small preview of sites before visiting them. This looks to be a great way to both discover new sites and take a fresh look at old favorites.

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iPad "killing netbooks," according to survey

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2010 @ 19:42 CDT

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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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