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FastMac begins shipping wall outlets with included USB sockets

Don Lynn | Peripherals | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:30 PM CST

It's been announced, delayed due to "safety concerns," and pushed back some more, but it looks like the FastMac U-Socket outlet is ready to make itself available to the world. This outlet, which provides standard (U.S.) 110V power along with two handy USB ports for your electronic device charging needs, is officially now available from FastMac.

FastMac begins shipping wall outlets with included USB sockets |

Apparently demand is high because although shipping has started today, the site is giving a 4-5 week turnaround time for new orders. Apparently no harder to install than a regular wall socket, this will be a great addition to any wall which is plagued by the huge AC adapters for things like smartphones that we all know and hate. Order one now for $20; if you're lucky you'll have it in time for Valentine's Day.

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Lucid gets Virtual

Sean Kalinich | Video Cards | Mon, Jan 17 2011 9:34 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.

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At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.

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RumorTT: Apples next-gen iPad 2 to include multi-core chip as well as double the screen resolution?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mon, Jan 17 2011 6:58 PM CST

Yesterday I talked about the next-gen iPad was getting a higher resolution display, well there are now more rumors that are pointing toward this actually happening. MacRumors is now saying that this might actually happen.

RumorTT: Apples next-gen iPad 2 to include multi-core chip as well as double the screen resolution? |

The fuel to this rumor is Apple's updated iBooks app at 1.1 accidentally included artwork for double the amount of pixels of the current iPad. The bookmark icon included art for the iPad, iPhone, iPhonex2 and iPadx2. The x2 versions are exactly double the resolution of the original versions.

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Evolve III Maestro tablet runs Android, MeeGo, and Windows 7

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Mon, Jan 17 2011 2:10 PM CST

I can certainly see the value in a tablet that runs Android and Windows 7. You can use Android when you want to mess about on the Android Market or play some cool mobile games. When you need to use your productivity software, you can boot over to Windows 7 and get access to all the software you normally use in the office.

Evolve III Maestro tablet runs Android, MeeGo, and Windows 7 |

A cool new tablet called the Evolve III Maestro has surfaced that will boot both Windows and Android, and it adds in a third OS. The tablet will also boot MeeGo, which will make the Linux faithful really happy. More is often better in the eyes of the consumer so having three OS' to choose from will appeal to many shoppers.

The tablet runs an Intel Atom N475 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and has a 32GB SSD for storage. The screen is 10-inches wide and the rig has WiFi and a 3G modem inside. The tablet is expected to ship in Q2 2011. Exactly what the thing will cost is unknown; it sounds more like a netbook than a pure tablet to me.

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Dell Adamo price cut again

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Mon, Jan 17 2011 1:04 PM CST

I really like the thin size and profile of the Apple MacBook Air, but I am just not interested in learning a new OS after years of using Windows. If you are like me and want a thin profile notebook that runs Windows and is sized similarly to the Air notebook the Dell Adamo is a good option. The machine has had its price cut again.

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As of now, you can order the base configuration of the Adamo from Dell for $799. That is $200 less than the price of the machine this time last year. For your money, you get a thin notebook that is about an inch thick and ir weighs right at 4 pounds. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS and it has 2GB of RAM inside.

That RAM is DDR3 running at 800MHz and the notebook has Intel GS45 graphics. Storage on the notebook is to a 128GB SSD and the screen is 13.4-inches with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 at 1.4GHz and the machine has optional 802.11n WiFi, 3G modem, and Bluetooth.

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Carbon Nanotubes make the world's lightest material weigh even less

Shane McGlaun | Science, Space & Robotics | Mon, Jan 17 2011 12:04 PM CST

Aerogel is a material that is a solid but has a tiny bit of weight to it making it the lightest solid material in the world. The translucent nature of the material has led to it being dubbed frozen smoke. The aerogel has been redesigned by researchers to make it even lighter weight using carbon nanotubes. The new material is called multiwalled carbon nanotube aerogel.


The researchers think that the material might be useful in electronics, inside chemical reactors, and to detect toxic substances. Traditional aerogels are made from silica, metal oxides, and other materials. Making an aerogel from carbon nanotubes has been tried before and is difficult to do.

The researchers that created the new material started with a liquid solution of carbon nanotubnes and then removed the liquid from the wet gel leaving behind the aerogel with a huge surface area. If all the nanotubes inside a one-ounce cube were unraveled and laid side to side and end to end they would cover three football fields.

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Epson unveils 13-inch printer for serious photographers

Shane McGlaun | Printers & Scanners | Mon, Jan 17 2011 11:00 AM CST

If you are a big fan of taking photos, you might have a digital camera or DSLR camera that has some serious resolution. You may feel that you are missing out on some of your resolution and clarity when you print photos using an average printer. Epson has unveiled a new printer with lots of high-end features that is aimed directly at the photography pro or serious hobbyist that needs the best prints possible.


The new printer is called the Epson Stylus Pro R3000 and Epson claims that the printer is the most advanced 13-inch printer ever. The printer uses nine different ink cartridges and each of those cartridges has 25.9ml of ink inside. The print head uses MicroPiezo AMC Print Head technology with 8-channels for precision and grain free prints.

The inks inside the nine cartridges are UltraChrome K3 with vivid Magenta ink tech. I can only assume that the ink for this printer will cost you as much as a nice normal printer when the cartridges need replaced. The printer itself is very expensive as well at an MSRP of $849. It is set to ship in March.

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Facebook adds new feature to share private details with apps

Shane McGlaun | Apps | Mon, Jan 17 2011 10:04 AM CST

I would bet that you use Facebook; most people are on the social network today. If you do use Facebook you need to be aware of a new feature that the site has added for developers that will share more of your private information with marketers and apps if you allow it. The new feature will give access to your mobile phone number and physical address.

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On the surface, the new feature seems useful and would allow things like ordering of products online without having to enter your shipping details. The fear for some users is that rouge apps would access the information and then sell it to marketers. That would allow more spam to your real world mailbox and more calls from sales douches to your mobile.

Facebook's Jeff Bowen said, "We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs."

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Iiyama is hoping to bring 30" monitor prices down

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Sun, Jan 16 2011 7:00 PM CST

KitGuru have put on their investigative-gear and put an article up regarding 30-inch screens. It's a great read and talks about breaking the "30-inch price control cartel". The number of places producing 30" panels? Numero uno.

Iiyama is hoping to bring 30

The article goes into detail of how 30-inch screen have not really dropped in price over the years with smaller screens seeing absolutely huge changes in pricing. A 23 or 24-inch screen can be had for under $250 without a problem.

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107 trillion emails sent in 2010

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Sun, Jan 16 2011 6:08 PM CST

Web monitoring site Pingdom is reporting that in 2010 alone, there were 107 trillion (that's 107, 000, 000, 000, 000) emails sent worldwide. Out of the 107 trillion, 10.9 percent of it were actual emails, the rest? Spam.

107 trillion emails sent in 2010 |

Supposedly there are 1.88 billion email users worldwide, 255 million websites (21.4 million are said to have opened in 2010). Twitter is a defining force on the web with 25 billion tweets last year and 100 million users added in 2010. Facebook of course takes the cake with 30 billion pieces of content (links, pics, videos, etc) each and every month!

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