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Motorola Flipout launched

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 19:09 CDT
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Motorola's latest funky flavored handset has been released; the FlipOut. With 7 different color options, customizable home screens, a square shape, 3MP camera, and QUERTY keyboard with a separate row for number keys this looks like the latest must have for teenage text fiends everywhere.

The FlipOut runs on Android 2.1 with enhanced MOTOBLUR features to sync up with social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as pinch and zoom features for web browsing and photo sharing. People will most likely think of the Backflip due to the form factor according to analyst Avi Greengart. "The Backflip's form factor does help the phone stand out at retail. It's a different-looking kind of phone than everything else out there," Greengart said. "So polarizing form factors like this one are sometimes good. If you are polarized, that means some people hate it and some people love it. It's not vanilla."

AT&T stops unlimited data plans for iPhone and iPad

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 17:06 CDT
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Apple has created a lot of waves by announcing that as of June 7th, the days of the unlimited data plans for iPhones and iPads are over. Under their old plan, a $30 charge brought you all the Youtube Clips, movie streams, and downloads your device could handle. The new plans shake down as you see below:

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If you go over on the 200mb plan, you are charged $15 for another 200mb. For the Data Pro plan, overages cost $10 per GB you use.

However, this isn't the only thing with Apple device users up in arms. The new tethering option that iPhone and IPad users were looking forward to is getting a change. Before, tethering cost $30 a month for 5GB of extra tethering data on top of your regular data usage. Now, tethering is only $20, but counts against your 2GB of usage.

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Sony unveils Billabong branded VAIO W in bright colors

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 14:08 CDT

Sony has a lot of computers crammed into its VAIO line. The VAIO W series of netbooks was launched a while back and includes your basic netbooks at a price of about $450. Sony has announced a new special edition version of the VAIO W.

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The special edition version is the VAIO W Imperial Lime Edition with a design inspired by and braded by surf clothing maker Billabong. The machine has bright stripped pattern on the lid and underneath the looks it is the same netbook we have already seen.

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Quanta unveils DST touchscreen tech at Computex

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 13:08 CDT

Computex 2010- Computex is in full swing and so far there hasn't really been anything earth shattering announced. One of the cooler things to be unveiled at the show is new touchscreen tech from Quanta.

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The new tech is called dispersive signal technology (DST) and was developed with help from 3M. Quanta expects the new DST tech to hit market later this year. DST is a touchscreen with an extra later of glass. The screen is able to find the location of a finger or a stylus on the screen using the shock created when the screen is touched.

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Borders taking pre-orders on Libre eBook Reader Pro

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

Borders is working on offering a full line of eReaders in its physical locations around the country. The company says it plans to offer a good, better, best line up. The Libre is now up for pre-order at Borders.com.

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I would assume the Libre to be the low end offering for the company with a price tag of only $119.99. You can pre-order the Libre now for delivery on July 2.

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iBUYPOWER now offers unlocked Core i5, i7 CPUs and GTX 465 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 11:08 CDT

iBUYPOWER has been becoming one of the larger makers of gaming and boutique computers on the market. The company has systems ranging in price from the affordable up to fully loaded rigs costing as much as a nice car.

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The company has announced that it is among the first to offer the new Intel unlocked Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs in its gaming rigs. The new Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K are joining the other processors already available. Machines with these processors start at $949.

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Asus knocks off 3DMark records with Rampage III Extreme rig

By: Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

Asus has been peddling that slick Rampage III Extreme mainboard for Intel CPUs for a while now. The board is packed with just about every feature that you could possibly need on a mainboard. Asus has announced that it used a machine based on the Rampage III Extreme to kill some benchmark records.

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The PC ran the aforementioned mainboard, an Intel Core i7-980X CPU, GTX 465 video card and an ATI Radeon 5870 chipset 5870 Matrix Platinum. The machine was overclocked to the gills and then blitzed records on 3DMark Vantage and older versions of the benchmark.

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Exclusive Content: Indilinx Jetstream Pushed Back to 2011

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 5:51 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Indilinx, a leader in consumer performance solid state controllers has a product that we have all been waiting to see. Code Named Jet Stream, this SATA 6G controller was once thought to be hitting e-tail shelves in early 2010 but has been pushed back to 2011, possibly late 2011.

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Replacing the 16 channel Jet Stream in 2010 will be Barefoot 2, a product we know little about. Barefoot 2 will be an 8 channel controller with a maximum capacity of 512GB and wellÂ…that is really all I have at this time other than 2010 is the ETA and the words very soon came to the surface a few times.

The move to push Jet Stream back actually has more to do with Intel moving support for native ICH SATA 6G than anything else. With Intel out of the 6Gbps game now Indilinx doesn't want the headaches currently playing out with other SATA 6G products on the market already. We have experienced more than a few of those in our test lab already so even though we don't like hearing about a product delay we can understand the reasoning behind the move.

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ASRock develops world's first front USB 3.0 support with own I/O bracket

By: Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 5:34 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Last week we visited ASRock who gave us an exclusive look at some of its new technologies including the Vision 3D HTPC and AIWI, but one thing we didn't have time to check out when we went to their office was an interesting new feature that will be bundled for free in ASRock's new P55 Extreme3 motherboard package.

ASRock has developed a simple yet smart little device that allows users to easily add two USB 3.0 ports to the front of their case. The device is really just a small bracket that fits into a spare FDD-sized opening at the front of your case and then a cable from the bracket runs to one of the USB 3.0 pin connectors on supported ASRock motherboards.

Something simple, but it's a great idea especially if you don't like fiddling around at the back of your system and besides, who doesn't like free? Chris Lee from ASRock told us in the video above that its P55 Extreme3 mobo will go on sale in next week or two.

Ballistix Gets Temperature Data Logging

By: Chris Ramseyer | RAM | Posted: Jun 2, 2010 @ 5:16 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.

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I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future.

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