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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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Alienware M11x gets better performance

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

The Alienware M11x is a slick little ultraportable gaming rig that has been around for a while now. This is one of the few 11-inch computers that you can actually try to play recent games on and expect decent frame rates.


Dell and Alienware announced yesterday that the M11x is getting some performance improvements by way of some new hardware options. The machine can now be fitted with new Intel 2010 core i7 processors with Turbo boost tech that are over-clockable.

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Patriot's Artemis II: 56 Inferno SSDs Burn the Benchmarks Down

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 10:21 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - What do you call 56 SandForce 200GB SSDs, 7 LSI SATA / SAS RAID Controllers, 1 Supermicro dual Xeon Workstation board, dual Antec 1000 watt PSUs and a couple of hours spent setting it all up? Patriot is calling the setup Artemis II but I think we all agree that anything other than bad ass is an understatement.


It might not be the most conventional SSD array but it is the most impressive found at Computex this year.


Seven LSI 9260-8i controllers like the one we use here at the office for testing SAS drives fill the Supermicro workstation board. Each controller is capable to running 8 drives without using an expander. Patriot also managed to shove 12, 4GB sticks of memory in the board.

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WD TV Live Plus HD media player gets Netflix streaming capability

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

We have already talked about the slick WD TV Live HD Media player a few times. Last month WD announced that it was the first HD media player that was Windows 7 compatible. Today WD is announcing something much cooler than Windows 7 compatibility with the new TV Live Plus HD Media player.


WD has announced that the media player is now able to stream Netflix movies directly to your TV. Netflix is very busy getting its streaming capability into just about every device out there. I wish they would add more new release flicks to their streaming catalog.

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OCZ Technology Prepares for an Assault on the Enterprise

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 9:44 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - OCZ is currently the undisputed leader of desktop solid state drives but the company isn't stopping there. At Computex 2010 several enterprise and prosumer products were on display leading us to believe that OCZ will be looking to make a push in these markets.


The most innovative of the products shown is this little black box with an undisclosed SSD or array of SSDs inside. The box connects to a controller card through a propriety link, the cable is a standard mini SAS but signal sent by the card and SSD are not compatible with standard SAS controllers. The read speeds are said to be 930MB/s, write speeds of 790MB/s with 75,000 IOPS (4K Random). I will take the 4 channel controller and four black boxes plz.

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Tech-Facts Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse Survey Contest Update

By: Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2010 @ 7:33 CDT

After two weeks, we have a 6-way tie for first place!

Mark, Brandon, Jonathan, Don, Jacob and Chad are all tied for first place! And the rest of the guys are hot on their tails with one each. Remember, the top 5 win a free Razer Abyssus gaming mouse, so this contest isn't over yet!


Learn more about Tech-Facts here and how you can make money and win a Razer gaming mouse.

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