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Amazon Kindle takes serious price drop to $189

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 19:08 CDT

With the announcement of the $149 WiFi only Nook and a price cut of the original to $199 coming from Barnes and Noble, it looks like Amazon has reacted quickly and swiftly in the ever growing price war between the two big boys in the e-reader market. Amazon's Kindle is now selling for $189 on their website, a serious $70 drop from the $259 original price.

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Best Buy offers WiFi only Nook at $149.00

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

Most of us aren't out and about with our tech enough to spring for the extra cost associated with 3G hardware inside. This is the reason that many folks jumped on the WiFi only iPad rather than the 3G version.


A lot of the eReaders on the market include free WiFi, but we know we are really paying for the WiFi in the cost of the device. Barnes & Noble has been rumored to have a WiFi only version of the Nook coming for a while now.

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Face Time won't eat voice minutes says Apple

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 13:02 CDT

A lot of people out there may have been wondering if AT&T had come up with some scheme that would have allowed it to count Face Time video calls against their calling minutes. According to Apple, Face Time calls will not use voice minutes.


If you start a Face Time call from within a voice call, the voice call is terminated when Face Time connects. That means that you will not use your voice minutes. With AT&T not charging between AT&T subscribers, this was a bit of a moot point in the US.

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Lenovo smartbook based on Freescale hardware surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

There were lots of folks who were excited about the Lenovo Skylight smartbook that was shown off a while ago and for a while; it looked like the machine would go into production. Lenovo then killed the entire project.


Lenovo has now announced a similar project that will be a thin smartbook that is based on the Freescale Sabre platform. The heart of the platform is the iMX515 SOC with an ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 32KB of L1 cache and a DDR2 memory controller.

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Nikon S1000pj camera replacement rumor surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

A rumor is circulating that the Nikon S1000pj digital camera is getting replaced and its replacement camera has a new trick up its sleeve. The original camera could project the images it shot into a large image size.


The new camera isn't named and the specs we don't know about. What we do know is that the camera will have a projector and that projector is said to be able to connect to a PC and be used as a normal projector.

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Intel to shave big dollars off LGA1366 Core i7 950

By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 8:46 CDT

Intel is looking to go more aggressive with pricing on its LGA1366 Core i7 family which is said to go into effect on August 29 this year.

The biggest drop will be seen with the Core i7 950, a 3.06GHz quad-core chip which will cost you well over $500 U.S. at the moment. Intel is shaving a huge amount off this one, setting the mark at $294 and displacing the Core i7 930 2.8GHz variant.


This graph from the folks over at HKEPC also shows a new SKU in the Core i3 500 series, the Core i3 560. This is a dual core 3.33GHz variant and will be priced at $138.

ViewSonic introduces energy efficient VG28 LCD series

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 8:37 CDT

ViewSonic has just released a new famil of energy efficient widescreen monitors it calls the VG28. These monitors have both Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications, featuring an ECO mode that can give up to 30% in power savings.


There are four models in the line-up; a 20inch, 22-inch, 24-inch and 27-inch. All of them have a 5ms response time, give a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and have DVI inputs (with the 27-inch model also having HDMI) as well as USB ports. 2W speakers are integrated into all of the models in the line-up, too.

As for native resolutions on these panels, the 20-inch is 1600x900 whilst the rest of them sport 1920x1080 Full HD. MSRP pricing on the 20, 22, 24 and 27 monitors come in at $249, $299, $369 and $579.

Sony VAIO Z notebooks get higher res displays in the U.S.

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 3:10 CDT

Considering ownership of a top-end Sony VAIO laptop? - This might make it a bit more enticing for you. Sony has refreshed its VAIO Z series with the inclusion of a Core i7 processor and upgraded display running a native resolution of 1920x1080.


The best bit is that the display upgrade is free until July 3rd. So this may be just what you needed to seal the deal on your new laptop purchase. You can customize and finalise your purchase directly from the Sony Style webite.

Battle of the cylinders - Microsoft's Kinect vs. a log

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 2:21 CDT

When first out the gate at E3's press conference this time last week, Microsoft's Kinect got lots of 'oohs and whoaas' from the crowd. But since then, the finer details that really matter have gotten out to the disapproval of many folks who were hoping for a more polished, less limited piece of motion capturing equipment. What first looked to be an incredible piece of technology that would change the way we play games forever, now is starting to look like a good concept, but with too many limitations.

Sure, Kinect is still getting a ton of attention all over the web; the issue is, the majority of it is negative with stuff like this.


Let's hope the finer details yet to escape from Sony's clutches will make Move a more attractive looking option.