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Addonics intro new CFast cards + SATA adapters

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 @ 5:39 CDT

Storage peripherals maker Addonics has just dished up a couple new CFast memory cards and some adapters that give PC users the ability to connect the new cards via a SATA port for some extra solid state storage, giving read and write rates of up to 100MB/sec and 40MB/sec, respectively.

The two new CFast cards use MLC NAND Flash and are CF Type 1 compliant. The 8GB one will set you back $98.40 and the 32GB one $189.60.

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There are three adapters which differ for the purposes of different mountings. One is designed to be an internal bridge that will work either inside notebooks or desktops, while the other two differ in that one is designed to take up a PCI slot and one fitting into a 3.5-inch drive bay.

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Toshiba releases super fast 10k RPM 2.5-inch enterprise HDDs

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 @ 5:26 CDT

Toshiba has begun shipping a new Enterprise level series of 2.5-inch hard drives dubbed MBF which include the largest capacity SFF Enterprise HDD offerings available on the market at this time.

Being enterprise level, the MBF series use the SAS 6Gbps interface and spin at a rate of 10,025RPM. They carry a 16MB buffer and can be purchased in capacities of 300, 450 and 600GB.

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Noctua's display at Computex - New heatsinks/fans coming out to play

By: Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 @ 5:13 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - With so many companies products and showcases to cover at this year's Computex, getting a good scoop on every one of them was near impossible in the event's 4 day timeframe.

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We were unable to spend much time at the Noctua booth, but that doesn't mean they didn't have anything interesting on display. The company is reknowned for making top quality heatsinks that rival the best of the best and they had some real nice looking next-gen products on display that we can all look forward to.

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Download of the Day: Process Explorer 12.04

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 @ 1:53 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Process Explorer 12.04.

Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

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Deal of the Day: Cavalry 500GB Portable Hard Drive for $59.99 after Rebate with Free Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 @ 1:49 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Cavalry 500GB Portable Hard Drive for $59.99 after Rebate with Free Shipping.

Offer: $20 rebate brings it down to just $59.99 for 500GB of USB 2.0 portable storage space on the go. Rebate expires 6/16/10.

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Acer Aspire One D260: Netbook that dual boots Windows 7 and Android

By: Don Lynn | Laptops | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 23:03 CDT
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With the tech world going ga-ga over tablet news at the moment, interesting netbook news has been few and far between. Acer is trying to make news with their new Aspire One D260 which dual boots Windows 7 and Android. Booting the Android OS (version unknown at this point) is supposed to take only 15 seconds for minor applications like web surfing and email while Windows 7 is available for "larger" apps like word processing and video work.60 which dual boots Windows 7 and Android.

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Android powered Sony tablet possibly in the works

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 21:54 CDT
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Sony and Google have been getting awfully cozy with each other lately. At the I/O conference the two giants reported they would be coming together to create Google TV powered TV sets. Now the two are reported to be in cahoots on an Android powered tablet to take on the almighty iPad. CFO at Sony Nobuyuki Oneda stated in an interview that the company "has to develop a device similar to Apple's iPad tablet computer, because it is a different product category than the company's existing electronic-book reader."

Details are few and far between at this point, but it seems that every few days we are hearing about yet another "iPad killer." If Sony can bring a functional tablet at an attractive price point, then bring on the competition. Until then, we'll keep sorting through the supposed iPad killers until we find one that's ready to put on the gloves and fight.

Magnetic macro lens gives cell pics new life

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 21:15 CDT
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So your EVO 4G's camera can take some pretty nice shots of your friends out and about or that funny sign you passed on the highway, but it's still "only a cell phone camera." Blurry, low quality macro shots are to be expected from phone cameras, right? Well, take a look around at most big name online retailers like Ebay and Amazon for a magnet-mounted macro lens.

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