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Apple rumored to launch Magic Trackpad today

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

Anytime I have to work on a notebook for a long period of time, I end up changing to a normal mouse because I hate trackpads. I can live with most notebook keyboards, but I can't live with the trackpad.


Apple is apparently figuring that there are a lot of folks out there who would prefer to use a trackpad over a mouse even on their desktop computers. Apple is rumored to be unveiling a new device called the Magic Trackpad today.

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Pandigital Novel eReader lands at Kohl's for more than MSRP

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

I think most of us typically expect to pay under MSRP for devices. Most gadgets are tagged with an MSRP by the manufacturer and when the product actually hits market, the retailer discounts the price to some extent or at least sells for MSRP.


Pandigital unveiled its Novel eReader about a week ago. The device has a 7-inch color LCD, Android, and WiFi. The Novel measures 7.65" x 5.5" x 0.75" and weighs about a pound. When the Novel was unveiled, the MSRP was $199.99.

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Compaq launches Presario CQ62Z notebook

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 11:10 CDT

It's been years since I talked about anything from Compaq. I had a Compaq computer back in the day and thought it was really cool at the time. Since HP bought Compaq, we don't hear much from them anymore.


Compaq has announced a new notebook called the Presario CQ62Z that starts at a netbook-like price tag of $379.99. The base machine gets an AMD V-Series V120 CPU running at 2.2GHz. For that low price, you also get a 15.6-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, and ATI HD 4250 graphics.

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HP set to launch printers with email addresses

By: Shane McGlaun | Printers & Scanners | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

The first time I heard that HP was looking to put webOS into printers I thought the feature would be of little value. The New York Times has a report today on a new feature in printers, some of which will likely use webOS, that is very interesting.


HP is set to launch a new line of printers this month for consumers, with business printers coming later, that have their own email addresses. A web-connected printer with its own email address opens a whole new world for users of portable devices like the iPhone and iPad.

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Monday Morning Roundup for June 7, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 9:16 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 07/06/2010

COMPUTEX 2010 Coverage

- Silverstone Raven 03 - featuring VORTEX fans @ Kitguru

- Computex news: MSI, Enermax, Seasonic, Intel, Bigfoot, TUL, and Biostar @ Tech Report

- PowerColor Shows Off Custom Video Cards At Computex 2010 @ Legit Reviews

- COMPUTEX 2010 - Compro and Thecus Offer IP Cameras, NAS, and NVR Solutions @ Futurelooks

- The Booth Babes of Computex 2010 @ Techgage

- Computex Round-up: OCZ, Zotac, and Power Color @ Hot Hardware

- Computex 2010: Booth Babes @ Legit Reviews

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Samsung preparing Galaxy Tab 7, 8 and 10-inch Android tablets

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 5:20 CDT

In efforts to knock Apple off its high horse Samsung is preparing a full line-up of tablet devices that will first be introduced in South Korea sometime in late Q3 to early Q4, ideally before the iPad launches there to get a head start.


Samsung calls these the Galaxy Tab line and there will be 7-, 8- and 10-inch tablets coming. All of these tablets will run Android and have a TouchWiz user interface. it's expected they'll all sport 3G connectivity as well as WiFi and SK Telecom whom is South Korea's biggest mobile service provider is looking to sell them in big, big numbers thanks to aggressive pricing.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015T AMD powered netbook spotted on display

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 5:02 CDT

Tucked away at the back of ASUS' booth was a pre-release version of their upcoming Eee PC 1015T which the folks at Engadget got some brief hands-on time with.


This particular unit is said to be AMD based using one of AMD's V105 1.2GHz processors. It has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit (1024x600) display and comes with options for up to 4GB of RAM, 250 or 320GB HDD (plus 500GB of web storage), has Radeon HD 4200 IGP, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, optional Bluetooth 3.0 and a 6-cell battery giving up to 6 hours of use. The unit is also said to include USB 3.0 connectivity and will come in color options of black, white, red and blue.

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GIGABYTE readying up GTX 470 SuperOverclock

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 4:41 CDT

GIGABYTE had a large VGA display at Computex this year, the majority of which are made to stand out in the market using non-reference cooling solutions, factory overclocks and more attractive bundles.

One of the real standouts on display, though, would have been a new member of its highly impressive SuperOverclock series video cards that's based on the GTX 470. This is one GTX 470 well worth having and leaves the reference design for dead.


The GTX 470 SuperOverclock (GV-N470SO-13I) has been built using GIGABYTE's proprietory Ultra Durable VGA Plus (UDV+) technology on a modified (longer) PCB with superior VRM (12+2 phase). Further to this, GIGABYTE says it has hand-picked the GPU and memory chips for these particular cards to ensure optimum stability and the highest overclocking potential.

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Thermaltake rolls out Toughpower Grand series PSUs

By: Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 4:22 CDT

Swinging out a final playing card in closing of Computex this year, Thermaltake has bettered its line-up of high performance Toughpower series power supplies with some new 80 PLUS Gold Certified models.


The new Toughpower Grand series sport a sleek glossy black finish with rounded edges and currently there are two models in the series; a 650W and 750W.


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Download of the Day: Songbird 1.7.2

By: Steve Dougherty | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 7, 2010 @ 1:58 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Songbird 1.7.2.

Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.

It is integrated with these Web 2.0 services: mashTape, SHOUTcast Radio, Scrobbling, and Songkick concert tickets. You can enhance Songbird with community-contributed plugins like Media Flow.

Features include:

• GStreamer

• Smart Playlists

• Built-In Web Browser

• Multi-language Support

• Automatic Updates

• Setup Assistant

• Custom User Interface

• Library Management

• Developer Support

Beta features include portable device support, metadata management, album artwork, and subscriptions.


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