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ASUS U36JC 13.3-inch notebook video hands-on from Taipei

By Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | Dec 2, 2010 at 10:03 am CST

ASUS held a press conference in Taipei today to announce its latest notebook, the U36JC. I couldn't attend the event personally, but luckily for us, Nicole of Netbook News fame was on hand to shoot a hands-on video of this new super slim laptop for us.

The U36JC features a 13.3-inch screen and comes installed with Windows 7 Home Premium and an Intel Core i5 460M processor and an NVIDIA GT310M GPU with 1GB of dedicated video memory. As far as memory goes, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive. As Nicole explains in the video above, it's an ultra slim notebook coming in at just 1.66 kilograms, yet it still packs in an 8-cell battery that should be able to provide pretty decent battery life for most applications.

ASUS U36JC 13.3-inch notebook video hands-on from Taipei | TweakTown.com

Nicole comments she is not a fan of glossy displays, but I reckon that style actually works pretty well, but I am still a bit on the fence. Getting a look at the notebook opened, we are presented with a stylish looking notebook with what Nicole describes a great chicklet keyboard, however she thought the shift keys are too small - I tend to agree.

Above the 1366 x 768 screen is a 0.3mp web camera for online chat, and as far as the track pad goes, it's a decent size and there is even a finger print scanner included. The mouse buttons are a little "clickly" (new word, Nicole?), but overall it looks to be a pretty decent notebook.

Fatal1ty motherboards return by ASRock, hands-on and chat about P67 Professional

By Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Dec 2, 2010 at 08:17 am CST

Here is one for the books! If you've been in the PC scene for some years, you'll remember back in the day that a guy by the name of Jonathan Wendel or "Fatal1ty" as he is known in the online world by his gaming tag, made some of the best gaming motherboards on the market with the once king we knew as ABIT.

Fast forward several years. I get a call from ASRock earlier this week saying that they have a special guest in town and I should come out to their office for an interview. Of course, that special guest from the US was Fatal1ty. He is in town to introduce his new Fatal1ty P67 Professional gaming motherboard exclusively to us here at TweakTown.

The Fatal1ty product team decided to work with ASRock after discussions started back at CeBIT in Germany earlier this year. Development has been on-going for the past two or three months and both sides are finally ready to show-off the fruits of their labor and planning. According to Jonathan and his team, ASRock was selected since they consider the Taiwanese motherboard maker "craftsman of motherboards" after inspecting its engineers and products over time.

Fatal1ty motherboards return by ASRock, hands-on and chat about P67 Professional | TweakTown.com

In the video above we speak with Chris Lee from ASRock Marketing and the man himself, the renowned American gamer with a new product in his hands to show off to the world. CONTINUED...

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iOS 4.2 update kills functionality of some USB devices on iPad

By Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Dec 2, 2010 at 08:17 am CST

There's a lot to like about Apple's iOS 4.2 update; especially if you're an iPad owner. Then again, Apple has given as well as taken away. Their help forums are all abuzz because the update has rendered many previously iPad friendly USB devices useless. If you've got this problem, here's why:

iOS 4.2 update kills functionality of some USB devices on iPad | TweakTown.com

The culprit in the update is that the USB power output has been dropped from 100ma to 20ma, making more power hungry card readers, keyboards, and such unable to get the juice they need to function even if they are straight from Apple themselves. Expectedly, this has iPad owners in an uproar that use their device for photo manipulation and with higher power devices. Nothing official from Apple on why the change was made has been released.

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Download of the Day: Growl 2.0.6

By Steve Dougherty | Software | Dec 2, 2010 at 01:10 am CST

Our Download of the Day today is Growl 2.0.6.

Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived - Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.

Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.

Download of the Day: Growl 2.0.6 | TweakTown.com

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The official adaption of Crysis 2 - yes, the book

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm CST

Maximum stealth, maximum power, maximum... reading? Yes, there is a Crysis book coming out. Crysis: Legion will be the official game novelisation written by Peter Watts - a Canadian science fiction author who was recently involved in an incident with US Border Patrol.

The official adaption of Crysis 2 - yes, the book | TweakTown.com

Crysis: Legion tells the story of the upcoming Crysis 2 - New York has been invaded by armoured aliens, a plague is wiping out the human race at an alarming rate and it is only a nano-suit wearing super-soldier that steps in to save mankind from extinction.

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Visiontek introduces GPU/NIC hybrid - Radeon 5770 + Bigfoot Killer NIC E2100

By Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Dec 1, 2010 at 09:00 pm CST

As I started this news report, I obviously have to choose a category but what do I choose? Video cards or Networking? After reassembling my head from it exploding at the thought of something never seen before (GPU + NIC combined) I thought it was a nifty idea.

Visiontek introduces GPU/NIC hybrid - Radeon 5770 + Bigfoot Killer NIC E2100 | TweakTown.com

Sure, it might not sell in the millions and Visiontek won't turn into Apple overnight - but when companies look at a box and think outside of the box, it is great. Visiontek and Bigfoot have co-developed a PCI-Express x16 expansion board that features both a GPU and NIC which is being touted as the "world's first online gaming upgrade card".

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Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program all systems go in US & UK

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 1, 2010 at 08:58 pm CST

Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.

Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program all systems go in US & UK | TweakTown.com

It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.

AMD explains IQ debate

By Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Dec 1, 2010 at 08:00 pm CST

Last week NVIDIA kicked off an IQ wave that has hit AMD and AMD are now finding themselves having to explain their situation. Hexus has sat down with Senior Manager of Software Engineering Andy Pomianowski and Technical Marketing Manager Dave Nalasco from AMD to talk about the situation.

AMD explains IQ debate | TweakTown.com

Dave started off saying there were some changes in the Catalyst drivers to coincide with the HD6000-series release GPU's, in which image quality was a big part of. At the center of all of this is the Catalyst AI - which controls a large range of settings via a single slider.

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