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BFG decide to pull the plug on video card market

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 0:56 CDT

Wondering why you haven't seen any new graphics cards released from BFG lately? That's because there aren't any; not now and not in the foreseeable future. The company has announced this week that it has pulled the plug on the graphics card market, but it is kicking on with a range of power supplies, notebooks and Phobos desktop gaming PCs.

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We actually predicted this might happen as far back as the beginning of 2009 following a press release from Galaxy that hinted BFG Tech's solid partnership with mass etailer Best Buy was slipping.

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Download of the Day: IsoBuster 2.8

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 0:04 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is IsoBuster 2.8.

IsoBuster is an award winning , highly specialized and easy to use CD, DVD and blu-ray (BD, HD DVD) data recovery tool.

It supports all CD / DVD / BD / HD DVD formats and all common file-systems ... Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD or DVD disc, save important documents, precious pictures, video from the family, your only system backup, ... IsoBuster can do it all.

No accumulated cost if you need more than one type media supported. IsoBuster is a highly specialized yet easy to use optical media data recovery tool. It supports all optical disc formats and all common optical disc file-systems.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for May 18, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 23:41 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 19/05/2010

CPU

- AMD Athlon II X2 260 Dual Core Processor Performance @ Legit Reviews

- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands uses up to six CPU cores @ PCGamesHardware

- AMD Athlon II X4 960T OEM CPU @ Motherboards.org

- Intel Core i7-975 EE and Core i5-750 in Contemporary Games @ XBit Labs

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New ASUS EeePC boasts USB 3.0 and Optimus technology

By: Don Lynn | Laptops | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 22:56 CDT
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The Eee PC netbooks have been a staple of the industry since netbooks came into existence, and the ASUS Eee PC 1215 is looking to make the newest iteration even more powerful than those that came before. With USB 3.0 support for high speed data transfer and Ion graphics to support the onboard graphics you can switch between as needed, this little netbook looks to stretch the limits of what a netbook is capable of.

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Visa introduces case that turns iPhone into credit card

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 21:57 CDT

Visa and DeviceFidelity originally announced a couple of weeks ago that they were partnering up to build an iPhone case that would allow the iPhone to be used as a credit card at retailers that support no-swipe payment systems. This release was quickly pulled, but has resurfaced and been made official with pictures and an official release.

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DeviceFidelity released a near field communications chip last year that was put into a micro-SD card that could be used in compatible phones to let them act as contactless credit cards. Unfortunately, there are no current iPhones with microSD slots. The new case, named "In2Pay", plugs into the dock connector at the bottom of the iPhone and provides the power and interface for DeviceFidelity's microSD card and the communications chip.

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Android 2.2 update to end with a link to Flash enabled sites

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 20:05 CDT
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Android users everywhere are pretty fired up about all of the capabilities being brought to their phones with the "Froyo" update, Android 2.2. Speedier performance, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and tethering are just the tip of the iceberg. Now it is being reported that Android is taking a direct shot at Apple's list of "iPad optimized" (read: Adobe Flash-free) sites with a link to an Adobe Mobile website after the upgrade is completed.

This link is said to take Android users to a page that gives an option to either receive a full list of sites that are Flash 10.1 enabled or visit the Adobe site to receive Flash products.

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Mach Xtreme rolls out 1.8-inch solid state drives

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 19:58 CDT

Taiwanese storage maker Mach Xtreme has just introduced a new series of SSDs that is appropriately dubbed MX-Nano due to its 1.8-inch form factor.

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Mach Xtreme's MX-Nano series include models with 44-pin, 50-pin and ZIF PATA interfaces. They are MLC based drives with 256MB of cache and are capable of a max read and write rate of 120MB/sec and 65MB/sec, respectively. They have been given TRIM support and can be purchased in 30, 60, 120 and 240GB capacities.

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Mach Xtreme has given the MX-Nano series drives a 1 year warranty. Pricing is not yet known, however.

Amazon Kindle for Android slated for release later this summer

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 16:00 CDT

One of the few places that Android has lagged behind the rest of the smartphone pack is support for an app for Amazon Kindle. This is going to change later this summer when Kindle for Android, a free app that gives access to over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store.

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As with the Kindle app on other devices like the Blackberry, iPad, and PC this free app will incorporate Whipsersync technology which allows you to access your ebooks across any device you have that supports Kindle as well as saving your last read page, changing font sizes, and other features.

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Nintendo trademarks 3DSWare and 3DSPlay

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 14:14 CDT

We all know that the Nintendo 3DS is coming to market and will be unveiled at E3 next month. The new portable console has 3D graphics along with a 2D mode and the 3D gaming needs no glasses.

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Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the device and has filed trademarks on the 3DSWare and 3DSPlay trademarks. Those two trademarks will take no one by surprise and would fit in along with the WiiPlay that Nintendo already has.

There are lots of gamers out there looking to get their hands on the 3DS console and hopefully it will spawn some competition. We are hearing grumblings that a PSP 2 may be coming soon.

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