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Sidekick to make a comeback?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Jan 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm CST

Ah the Sidekick, I had one of those with the super-awesome unlimited txt messaging plans and pumped through it like there was no tomorrow. But, it seems the Sidekick is making a comeback and it's included some new superpowers.

Sidekick to make a comeback? | TweakTown.com

It looks to include 4G and also seems to be Android-powered. Gone is the swivel-based screen, the keyboard looks quite spaced out for your text-messaging goodness, a large enough screen and it is now being made by Samsung.

AMD Radeon HD6990 to include 3072 stream processors, ability to blow socks off at a 30ft radius

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Jan 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm CST

Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.

AMD Radeon HD6990 to include 3072 stream processors, ability to blow socks off at a 30ft radius | TweakTown.com

The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.

HTC's newest Android flagship handset spotted

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Jan 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm CST

Fans of HTC might be waiting for the Mobile World Congress to see some of that fresh HTC gear, but why wait? Take a look at the newest HTC flagship phone below in all it's glory.

HTC's newest Android flagship handset spotted 49 | TweakTown.com

The handset is an obvious prototype by the serial number being planted right below the handsets face, the handset was spotted by a person waiting for the Taipei metro system (ya know, that's how most phones are spotted). This is definitely an Android-powered handset, so apologies to the WP7 fans.

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Microsoft sells 8 million Kinects in 60 days

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm CST

Microsoft earnings have been released showing a 5% increase in revenues to $19.9 billion, impressive growth in their Entertainment and Devices division which has seen $3.7 billion in revenue this quarter versus last quarters $2.4 billion.

Microsoft sells 8 million Kinects in 60 days | TweakTown.com

8 million Kinects sold, just two months from launch! All up division revenue is up 55% this quarter, contributing to this success are sales of the Xbox 360, Kinect, Zune and Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live memberships grew by 30% and Xbox 360 console unit sales were up 21% making it "the world's fastest growing game console" according the Microsoft.

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SAVANT introduces 16-Channel class D amp for multi-room audio

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Jan 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm CST

If you are setting up a multi-room audio solution, you may need an amp of some sort. What sort of amp you need really depends on the complexity of the system you are designing. If you have a big home or a business that you want music in with a bunch of rooms, SAVANT has the amp for your system and it's called the AMP-1640.

SAVANT introduces 16-Channel class D amp for multi-room audio | TweakTown.com

The 1640 has 16-channels of sound and provides 40 wpc at 8 ohms or 50 wpc at 4 ohms. The amp is a big unit that is rack mountable and takes up three slots in the rack. SAVANT designed it to work with any of its whole room audio systems. The frequency response of the amp is 20H to 20kHz.

Each of the channels has its own level control and has inputs for RCA and screw terminal jacks for speaker wire. The amp has no fans and has an overload protection circuit on the front panel. Configuration options allow the amp to support stereo and mono applications. The device is available now at an undisclosed price.

Scythe Universal Retention kit 3 holds aftermarket coolers to your CPU

Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm CST

Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.

Scythe Universal Retention kit 3 holds aftermarket coolers to your CPU | TweakTown.com

The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.

The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.

iKit AutoCharge + USB will charge your iPad and a lot more on the road

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Jan 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm CST

I have a few DC adapters around here that I have had for a while that plug into the DC outlet in my car to power my USB gear like the iPhone and more. The catch is that the chargers I have for the car lack the amps needed to be able to charge my iPad. If you plug the iPad in it gets no power. If you travel with your iPad a lot that is not a good thing.

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A new DC charger has surfaced from iKit called the AutoCharge + USB and the thing will charge the iPad and any other USB charging device. The iKit offering provides 2.1 amps via a single USB port. The low profile device should fit in DC outlets in your car that are small or crowded too. It comes in white or black colors.

The charger also ships with a coiled USB cable that has an Apple charge adapter on one end. That means you can leave you normal cable at home and use the cable that comes with the AutoCharge + USB in the car. The device is available now for $24.95.

MSI GT680R-008US notebook packs in new Sandy Bridge processor and more

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Jan 27, 2011 at 11:04 am CST

MSI has added a new gaming notebook to its line of offerings that uses the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The machine is called the MSI GT680R-008US. I have had my hands on a few of these MSI gaming notebooks and they are generally pretty cool devices. The new machine has a Core i7-2630QM processor inside.

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Other features of the notebook include a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and OLED backlighting. The graphics for the notebook are via GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM just for the video card. MSI puts 8GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM inside the machine and 1TB of total storage.

That 1TB of storage comes from a pair of 7200rpm 500GB HDDs. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is built in along with Bluetooth and THX TruStudio Pro audio. The notebook also has MSI cooler boost tech and Dynaudio premium sound speakers. Rounding out the features is a USB 3.0 port, 720p webcam, and HDMI output. The notebook can be ordered right now for $1649.99.

Giada AMD Fusion A50 and several more nettops break cover

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Jan 27, 2011 at 10:12 am CST

Some think the nettop and netbook market are dead thanks to the tablets like the iPad. That isn't quite true just yet, there are still a lot of consumers that are shopping for these machines and there are a lot of computer makers still adding new machines to their lines. Giada has announced that it has launched four new nettops for 2011.

Giada AMD Fusion A50 and several more nettops break cover | TweakTown.com

The new machines include the Giada A50 with AMD Fusion, the Giada i50 with a Core i3 or i5 CPU inside, and the N50 with Atom and ION 2 power. Another larger line of nettops called the D2301 was also announced using Core processors and ION 2 graphics.

The other machines all share the same chassis. The A50 is the rig in the pic here and it has a single DDR3 RAM slot, a 2.5-inch HDD bay, WiFi, and Bluetooth is optional. It also has HDMI output, VGA out, and a single USB 3.0 port along with four USB 2.0 ports. The machine measures in at 190 x 150 x 25mm. The i50 packs in a Core i3-330UM CPU or an upgrade Core i5-430UM CPU and HD graphics along with 320GB of storage, WiFi and a lot more. The only change for the D50 is the sub for the Atom D525 CPU and ION 2 graphics.

Next-generation PSP announced by Sony at live Tokyo event

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jan 27, 2011 at 6:10 am CST

Sony's big event in Tokyo went down last night while most of those in the Americas were sleeping and the big announcement was the official unveiling of the next generation PSP handheld gaming device. Codenamed the NGP for now, this bad boy going to be a beast under the hood: A quad-core ARM Cortex 9 processor, WiFI and 3G data connectivity, GPS, a 5 inch OLED touchscreen, and a rear mounted touchpad are just the beginning of the specs that were shown off at the event.

Next-generation PSP announced by Sony at live Tokyo event | TweakTown.com

Five key concepts were given as the platform for the next PSP: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. A Playstation Move inspired accelerometer and fully capable dual analog sticks will help make this a move fully PS3-like experience, and a touchscreen on the back that lines up exactly with the front screen offers a little something new in game control.

According to those on the scene demos of games like Little Big Planet and Uncharted on the NGC were pretty smooth and looked just as good as their PS3 counterparts. There's even dual cameras and an electronic compass integrated into the device for even more device flexibility. Sony's planning on the NGP being ready for the holiday season of 2011, so you're going to have to be good all year so Santa will drop one of these in your stocking. Hit the Source Link for some demo videos and more from Engadget.

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