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Acer Aspire One D260: Netbook that dual boots Windows 7 and Android

By: Don Lynn | Laptops | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 23:03 CDT

With the tech world going ga-ga over tablet news at the moment, interesting netbook news has been few and far between. Acer is trying to make news with their new Aspire One D260 which dual boots Windows 7 and Android. Booting the Android OS (version unknown at this point) is supposed to take only 15 seconds for minor applications like web surfing and email while Windows 7 is available for "larger" apps like word processing and video work.60 which dual boots Windows 7 and Android.

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Android powered Sony tablet possibly in the works

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 21:54 CDT

Sony and Google have been getting awfully cozy with each other lately. At the I/O conference the two giants reported they would be coming together to create Google TV powered TV sets. Now the two are reported to be in cahoots on an Android powered tablet to take on the almighty iPad. CFO at Sony Nobuyuki Oneda stated in an interview that the company "has to develop a device similar to Apple's iPad tablet computer, because it is a different product category than the company's existing electronic-book reader."

Details are few and far between at this point, but it seems that every few days we are hearing about yet another "iPad killer." If Sony can bring a functional tablet at an attractive price point, then bring on the competition. Until then, we'll keep sorting through the supposed iPad killers until we find one that's ready to put on the gloves and fight.

Magnetic macro lens gives cell pics new life

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 21:15 CDT

So your EVO 4G's camera can take some pretty nice shots of your friends out and about or that funny sign you passed on the highway, but it's still "only a cell phone camera." Blurry, low quality macro shots are to be expected from phone cameras, right? Well, take a look around at most big name online retailers like Ebay and Amazon for a magnet-mounted macro lens.

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Google Maps Navigation launched for 11 European countries

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 16:30 CDT

Whether you're trying to find your way to the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or have a hot date in Amsterdam Google Maps now has you covered. Google Maps Navigation 4.2 has been launched in 11 European countries for Android 1.6 devices and higher. The countries now covered are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation system usable on Android phones.

The program will help you search for destinations, including layers for points of interest, gas stations, food stops, and anything else you may want to see on your road trip. If your device has Android 2.0 and above, Search by Voice is available now in French, German, Italian, and Spanish in addition to English. So don't forget your Android phone during that next trip to Europe!

SMK-Link unveils Notebook USB Audio Station

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

There are many things that are great about notebooks, and there are some that aren't so great. One of the things that isn't so great about using a notebook all the time is that the screens tend to be too low for many users. The speakers in most notebooks are also subpar.


SMK-Link has unveiled a new product called the Notebook USB Audio Station and it raises the screen for more comfortable work by 26-degrees. The stand also has a set of USB speakers that connect to the notebook with a single USB cable.

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Astro offers A30 Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker headset

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 13:12 CDT

Gamers will spend lots of cash on cool peripherals and accessories for their computer to get more enjoyment out of playing. If you throw some artwork on those peripherals that goes along with some of the popular game franchises out there gamers often get even more interested.


Astro has unveiled a new headset that is based on its A30 headphones that comes with logos from the popular Metal Gear solid franchise. The headphones are called the Peace Walker Special Edition A30 Headset.

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Panasonic offers pricing and availability details on Lumix FX75

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

About a week ago, I mentioned that Panasonic had a new digital camera called the FX75 that it has unveiled. When the camera was unveiled, Panasonic offered all the details except pricing and availability.


Today Panasonic has unveiled the pricing and availability for the FX75. The camera will ship in mid-July for $299.95 and will be offered in black and silver colors. For that much money you get a nice little point and shoot.

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ADATA S501 World's Fastest SSD Could Be 1.8"

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 11:34 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - You might remember that we tested what may end up being the world's fastest SSD at ADATA's Computex booth last week. The next day we went back and picked the drive up to do some additional testing on Cameron's X58A-UD7 and set his system up to the same specs as my dual test systems based on the same motherboard and Intel 975 EE processor. AVADirect supplied Cameron's and my Intel 975 EE procs.


The ADATA S501 128GB in engineering sample form is actually a 1.8" drive that rests in a 2.5" case. No word if a true 1.8" drive will be available but with the S501 hitting just over 400MB/s read speeds wouldn't it be something to have the world's fastest drive selling in the 1.8" form factor.

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