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MacBook sends audio and video out over Mini DisplayPort

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

The cheapest MacBook in the land got an update this week that brought with it new CPUs and graphics for the machine. There was also one significant feature that wasn't so obvious at first glance added to the machine.


MacRumors reports that the MacBook now has the capability of sending both audio and video out over the Mini DisplayPort. That means a buyer using the new MacBook can connect the notebook to their HDMI equipped TV using an available adapter.

Right now, there isn't a list of adapters supporting the feature offered, but that should come soon. The sub-$1000 MacBook will make for a decent HTPC machine with this new feature.

Intel unshackles Atom N550 CPU from screen size limits

By: Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 10:10 CDT

I never liked the fact that Intel limited the screen size manufacturers could use with Atom processors to 10.2-inches for the most part. Intel appears to have realized that netbooks may not be the death of sales of its higher-end processors.


Intel has announced that it will be lifting the limitation on screen sizes with the upcoming Atom N550 CPU. The CPU will be allowed to be used inside machines with screens of up to 12.1-inches.

When the CPU is used, the machine will need to have at least 1GB of RAM and either a 32GB SSD or a 250GB HDD. I bet the change is a result of increasing pressure from competition with AMD who is doing well in the ultraportable market right now.

PowerColor putting finishing touches on Eyefinity12 HD 5970

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 6:35 CDT

Remember that modified HD 5970 from Power Color we first heard about back in April which gave not six, not eight, not even 10, but 12 mini-Display ports for 'Eyefinity12' lovin' ? - A bunch of new images released from PowerColor themselves today let us know it's definitely a reality and is coming to market very soon; most likely being prepared for launch during Computex early next month.


These new pictures show the card for the first time with its cooler assembly mounted and a large and proud "12" stickered on it, of which it deserves to scream out loudly and proudly given its the first of its kind.

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Introducing Tech-Facts surveys on TweakTown: Win one of 5 Razer Gaming Mice

By: Cameron Wilmot | TweakTown | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 5:55 CDT

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Packard Bell take on AMDs VISION for EasyNote TM laptops

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 5:44 CDT

Packard Bell are planning to extend their EasyNote TM series of 15.6-inch sized notebooks with some AMD Danube powered models coming out this summer. Existing models in the series are all powered by Intel's Calpella platform, whilst these upcoming 'AMD VISION' units will give options for up to a quad-core Phenom II processor and DX11 graphics.


As shown above, the new series will be available in four colours - NightSky Black, Silk Silver, Starlight White and Cashmere Red. Configuration options include up to 640GB of storage, choice of DVD or Blu-ray drive, multi-card reader and HDMI output. Packard Bell will also include a Social Networks key enabling quick connection to contacts on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr as well as a copy of Adobe's Photoshop Elements 8.

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ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 sighted

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 4:49 CDT

The third and cheapest member of the GTX 400 series of top-end graphics cards from NVIDIA is launching when Computex gets underway; that being the GTX 465.

The first images of a final retail version of the card have leaked out from ASUS, including a box shot and also confirmation of specs. NVIDIA were quick to have the information and images pulled by the source, but thankfully other sites got hold of the good stuff before this occured.


Being one of the first GTX 465's out of the gate, the ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 is of course a referenced designed card. It uses a quiet carbon fibre theme with a basic ASUS logo stamped on it.

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KeySonic launches another HTPC friendly wireless keyboard w/ trackball

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 3:54 CDT

PC peripheral maker KeySonic has just added the KSK-5200 RFM wireless keyboard into its lineup this week which will attract many HTPC owners looking for a compact keyboard/mouse solution in the lounge.

This unit includes a scroll wheel and couple mouse buttons on the left, whilst on the right is a trackball, doing away with the need for a separate mouse.


Measurements of the keyboard come in at a tidy 388 x 42 x 185 mm, quite a good size considering the additional mouse functions on the sides. KeySonic has also implemented its SoftTouch membrane technology to give silent strokes on all keys. There are 12 hotkeys on the keyboard for multimedia and internet related tasks.

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MSI working on single and dual-screen tablets

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 3:14 CDT

The folks over at T-Break spotted a couple upcoming tablets from MSI on display at the DCC event in Fujairah, UAE which kicked off yesterday.


Whilst they were unable to get hold of any specs, what they were able to do is get a couple shots of the two tablets and ascertain that one uses a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen with a MicroSD slot and USB port resident. It's said to be shipping with Windows 7 later on this year.


The other tablet they saw is much more interesting with two individual screens that fold up notebook style. The screen on the bottom can be used as a keyboard or for things like two-page ebook reading. This unit is said to be running an Atom platform, also shipping with Windows 7 at launch.

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New HD 5670 cards coming with more stream processors

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 2:28 CDT

A chinese website has leaked details of a significantly revised version of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card coming out very soon. Whilst existing HD 5670's are based on the 40nm redwood core, the new ones will use the larger Juniper core that is used on the faster HD 5750 and HD 5770 cards. It's anyones guess at this stage as to why AMD felt the need to do this to an existing model in its HD 5000 series lineup rather than making it a separate SKU. Too many defective Juniper cores, perhaps?


Juniper gives up to 800 stream processors, but these will be cut back to 640 for the new HD 5670s. That's still a good jump on the 400 available in the redwood core, though.

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Logitech intros Wireless Desktop MK710 keyboard/mouse combo

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 1:36 CDT

Logitech as added a new Wireless Desktop keyboard/mouse combo into its lineup this week dubbed the Wireless Desktop MK710. The biggest highlight of this combo is the far improved battery life. Logitech reports its the first in the industry to give up to three years of battery life for both the keyboard and mouse.

Logitech includes its Unifying receiver with this combo; a very tiny little thing that allows for up to six compatible Logitech wireless mice and keyboards to be connected to it at the same time.


Other features of the Wireless Desktop MK710 include a low-profile keyboard with Logitech's Incurve keys and cushioned palm rest, small LCD dashboard that gives status for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Num Lock and battery life and a bunch of handy multimedia shortcut buttons.

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