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Dell Duo Spinning Screen 10-inch Tablet / Netbook caught on video

By Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Sep 14, 2010 03:54 pm CDT

During one of the presentations at IDF, a rep from Dell showed off a fancy new 10-inch tablet product codenamed Sparta with the retail shipping name of 'Duo'. It uses an Intel Atom dual-core processor and comes installed with Windows 7 Premium.

At first you may think it is just a pretty good looking red framed tablet computer, but as the video and discussion on stage proceeds, you can see that it also comes with a keyboard. That got the crowded pretty excited and rightfully so, I would say. Basically the screen lifts up and reveals a keyboard and then you just flip the screen around to use it like you would a netbook.

The presenter mentions that it has the freedom of a normal tablet, but also the productivity of a normal netbook or notebook computer. Pretty well spot on.

Sony unbox the PlayStation Move bundle themselves, coming Sept 19

By Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Sep 14, 2010 03:21 pm CDT

Remember that thing called the PlayStation Move? It was announced earlier this year for a fall 2010 launch. Well folks that time has come... almost anyway. The Move bundle will go on sale in the United States on September 19 for $99.99 USD.

Inside the box you get a copy of Sports Champions, a Move motion controller, a PlayStation eye and a Move Game Demo disc. According to the Sonly blog chaps on video, it is everything you need as long as you have a PS3 console, of course.

If you don't already have a PS3, you can get a 320GB PS3 console, controller and Move bundle for $399.99 USD. So, are you going to buy one?

Intel AppUp netbook app store out of beta and ready to roll

By Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Sep 14, 2010 02:30 pm CDT

Yet another app store is ready to rock and roll today and it comes from one of the biggest players in the industry. Intel at IDF 2010 today announced to attending media that its Intel AppUp center netbook app store is out of beta and ready for consumers to use. Intel's app store has been talked about for a while now with careful anticipation around tech circles. But is it going to be a success?

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Netbooks have been craving something to make them stand out from being purely just a small and cheaper notebook computer. AppUp should go a long way to helping things. I would hazard to guess that Intel's first aims and ambitions with its app store were to help bolster and cement the netbooks legitimate place in the market. However, take a look at the massive success Apple has seen with its app sales on its iDevices and clearly other incentives come into it, ah like... money. Google of course is also pushing apps on its also popular Android platform.

Intel has written up a deal with Best Buy in the United States (and Dixons in the UK and Croma in India) to pre-install its AppUp software on netbooks sold at its store which should get it off the ground running. Of course as of today you can also download AppUp for Windows XP as well as Windows 7 and Moblin.

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Corsair launches Gaming Series PSUs

By Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 14, 2010 01:08 pm CDT

Corsair has been selling some of the best computer hardware on the market to gamers and enthusiasts for a long time now. The company has all sorts of gear from RAM and power supplies to cooling products and storage devices. Corsair has announced the expansion of its line of PSUs with a new Gaming Series of power supplies with three products.

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The new PSUs include the GS800, GS700, and GS600. The PSUs share many of the same feature swill all having a single +12V rail with up to 65A or reliable continuous power. The fan inside the PSUs is designed to produce little noise with a dual ball bearing design and automatic speed adjustment based on cooling needs. The PSUs also have LEDs in the fan on the GS700 and GS800 that the user can turn off completely and set to red, blue, or white.

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Canon launches PowerShot SX30 IS digital camera

By Shane McGlaun | | Sep 14, 2010 01:04 pm CDT

One of the most popular brands in the camera industry is Canon. The company has cameras for all sorts of needs from the professional photographer down to the kid looking for their first camera. Canon has unveiled a new camera today called the SX30 IS that is the world's first wide-angle 35x zoom digital camera.

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The camera can record HD video in 720p resolution using the entire 35x zoom range of the lens. The sensor of the camera is a 14.1MP unit and the camera uses the Canon Digic 4 image processor. The rear LCD screen of the camera is a 2.7-inch unit that has a variable angle making it easier to shoot photos using Live View.

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Weekly Giveaway: QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS and two Seagate Constellation ES 2TB HDDs worth $1200 USD

By Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Sep 14, 2010 12:52 pm CDT

We have teamed up with both QNAP and Seagate this week to giveaway one truly wicked prize worth a staggering $1200 USD.

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QNAP were kind enough to chip it with one of their brand new and stylish looking TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS systems based on the new Intel Atom dual-core CPU (the new 1.8GHz model) and 1GB DDR-II RAM. It is a compact dual-bay NAS system that will look real nice sitting in the corner taking care of your important data.

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Seagate also came to the party chipping in not one, but two of their impressive 2TB Constellation ES (ST32000644NS) SATA 3Gb/s hard drives. If you decide to setup the drives in RAID 0 on the QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS you get a total of 4TB of storage space or if you want redundancy and setup in RAID 1, you get a total of 2TB.

Remember to become a fan of QNAP products over at their Facebook fan page right here and you can also check out the Seagate line of enterprise drivers right here, too.

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone in the world can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

OCZ shows off RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD at IDF

By Shane McGlaun | Storage | Sep 14, 2010 12:12 pm CDT

OCZ has cut back on some of its other projects like notebooks and gaming peripherals this year to focus on core offerings like storage and memory. With IDF in full swing this week, we are seeing some new gear being unveiled and OCZ is on hand at the show with a new SSD. The new SSD is designed to use a PCIe x4 slot rather than the SATA port inside the computer.

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The new SSD plugs into x4 PCI Express slot and uses a SandForce processor to provide internal RAID 0 capability. The reason for cramming the SSD into the PCIe port rather than using the SATA port is that the PCIe slot doesn't have the bottleneck that SATA ports suffer from that can impede the performance of an SSD.

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Gigabyte unveils first mainboards with black PCBs

By Shane McGlaun | Motherboards | Sep 14, 2010 11:04 am CDT

Gigabyte has some of the most popular mainboards around for enthusiasts and gamers that like to roll their own computers. The company has been around for a long time and offers a lot more than mainboards. For many enthusiasts what hardware looks like is almost as important as how well that hardware performance.

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Gigabyte has unveiled its first mainboards that use black PCBs. The black PCB looks a lot better than the old and boring green I typically see on a mainboard today or the blue Gigabyte usually offers. The new boards are the P67A-UD5 and the P67A-UD7. The boards are the new high-end LGA1155 parts from Gigabyte. To keep with the dark stealth look of the mainboard Gigabyte also uses dark graphite color heat sinks.

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Puget systems is giving away two GTS 450 video cards

By Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Sep 14, 2010 10:10 am CDT

Puget Systems is a maker of some nice gaming computers and the company likes to use some of the newest hardware around inside those machines. The company has announced that it is having a contest for gamers to offer the chance to win one of two new NVIDIA video cards.

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The video cards in question are the new GTS 450 cards with MSRP of $129 that debuted this week. The new video cards are cheap and aimed at mainstream gamers with full support for DirectX 11 and 3D Vision technology. Entering the contest doesn't require anything that is time consuming.

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Westmere-EX 10 core CPUs announced by Intel at IDF

By Don Lynn | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Sep 14, 2010 09:23 am CDT

One of Intel's big announcements at their IDF conference in San Francisco was the unveiling of their next-generation server CPUs, which have been dubbed "Westmere-EX." These will be built using the 32nm manufacturing process, which will allow Intel to include ten physical cores on these CPUs.

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Along with the increase in cores, Westmere-EX processors will be able to address 2TB of memory, which is two times the addressable memory of the previous generation. This is useful to large databases which will be able to run solely from memory as opposed to a non-volatile storage device. These CPUs are going to be compatible with the current Xeon 7500 series, which means you won't have to build a whole new system to use these new processors. Look for these to become available sometime in the first half of 2011.

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