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Wednesday Morning Roundup for June 23, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jun 23, 2010 @ 4:26 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 23/06/2010

Motherboard

- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard @ Pureoverclock

- ASUS P7H57D-V EVO Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- ASRock 890GX Extreme3 @ Overclock3D

- Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

CPU

- AMD Lisbon Opteron 4100 CPUs and FireStream GPUs Launch for Servers @ PC Perspective

- Opteron 4100 series aims for the clouds @ Tech Report

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3G/4G combo USB dongle launched by Sprint

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 21:59 CDT

If you are one of those that have 4G service but travel out where 3G is still king, this may be the mobile broadband modem for you. Sprint and Sierra Wireless have released the new Sprint 3G/4G USB 250U mobile broadband modem.

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This modem automatically switches between 3G and 4g data speeds depending on which coverage is available With a slim design and 180 degree rotating connector, the modem supports CDMA Dual-band 800/1900Mhz, GPS 1.5 Ghz L-Band and WiMAX2.5Ghz. Two LED lights show you which network is currently being used.

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Google Maps for Android version 4.3 available

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 21:36 CDT
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Google Maps for Android has released its latest update to version 4.3 and of course has a few new toys included to make your life a little easier. Search results for businesses now had user reviews on search pages including a color coded bar showing positive and negative reviews that you can tap for more detailed reviews. Public transit pages now have upcoming schedules included; just tap a train station on the map and get arrival and departure times so you don't miss your train or plane. Google Latitude has been improved so that you can instantly share your location with friend and contacts with just a couple of taps.

Google Maps for Android version 4.3 is available in all countries currently covered by Google Maps and is downloadable in the Android Market for phones sporting Android 1.6 and above.

MeeGo for handsets Alpha available June 30th

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 20:33 CDT
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Valterri Halla, director of MeeGo software at Nokia, has stated that Nokia plans to make a preliminary version of MeeGo software for handsets available on June 30th. A combination of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo platforms, MeeGo is a Linux based software planned to be the basis for Nokia's high end smartphone lineup later this year

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First iPhone 4 HD video hits Youtube

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 19:40 CDT

The lack of action in the video may not be spectacular, but any tidbits with "iPhone 4" involved somewhere are being gobbled up by fans everywhere. This is reportedly the first HD video shot with the iPhone 4's 720p capable onboard camera.

Considering it's a "phone camera," the quality looks pretty good with just a little skewing here and there. The iPhone 4 camera is definitely passable for checking out your kids playing in the park or catching a celebrity doing something naughty at a club.

Gioteck HF-1 PS3 controller designed for FPS gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

I have mentioned Gioteck a few times recently. The company announced during E3 that it would be bringing some of its cool gaming gear to the US. One of the items is the HF-1 PS3 controller.

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The HF-1 connects to the PS3 via Bluetooth and is arranged in a configuration like the Xbox 360 controllers. I prefer the PS3 layout myself. The entire controller is designed for comfort in the hands during long gaming sessions.

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Acer debuts new Aspire X3 and M3 desktops

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 13:08 CDT

Acer is the second largest maker of computers in the world. The company has computers for all segments of the market and has announced a couple of new desktops including the Aspire X3 and the Aspire M3.

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The X3 is a SFF machine that uses AMD Athlon II/Phenom II processors or Pentium E6600/Core i3 parts. The machine can have up to 1TB of storage and up to 4GB of RAM. Graphics options are Intel GMA HD or GeForce 9200 GPUs.

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Toshiba MBF2xxLRC HDDs debut

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Jun 22, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

Enterprise and business users that run a data center with lots of storage know that 2.5-nch HDDs can save power and money compared to 3.5-inch drives. The problem is that moving to smaller 2.5-inch HDDs often means moving to hardware that support the smaller drives.

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Toshiba has announced a new family of HDDs for the enterprise user that is called the MBF2xxLRC line. These drives are available in 600GB, 450GB, and 300GB capacities and are 2.5-inch form factor units. The drives are placed into a 3.5-inch bracket allowing them to be used with existing storage devices and servers.

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