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Seagate unleashes 'Hybrid' SSD+HDD Momentus XT

Steve Dougherty | Storage | May 24, 2010 at 01:40 am CDT

The SSD world is more competitive than ever, especially since SandForce readied up their SF-1200 mainstream controllers for manufacturers which kept pricing down whilst pushing performance to new heights; a combination that has everyone jumping on the bandwagon.

However, big gun mechanical storage maker Seagate is focusing on bringing something much different to stand out from the crowd and has been developing some SSD-threatening 'hybrid' drives for mass market.

Seagate unleashes 'Hybrid' SSD+HDD Momentus XT |

Seagate calls it the Momentus XT which marries a traditional mechanical 2.5-inch, 7200rpm, 250, 320 or 500GB (750GB rumoured to be in the works, too) 3Gbps SATA HDD with a 4GB solid state drive (likely from Seagate's Pulsar series).

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NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GTX 490?!

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 24, 2010 at 12:52 am CDT

With ATI's mighty HD 5970 still standing up proudly on the graphics card performance podium after more than six months, it's been a long time coming for NVIDIA to answer and while many were hoping the top dog single GPU GTX 480 would bring the goods, it falls short in many cases which isn't surprising given it's only a single GPU card.

NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GTX 490?! |

Up until just very recently there wasn't even any real indication of NVIDIA working on a dual-GPU based GTX 400 series card, but this is obviously the most logical path to go down for NVIDIA to attempt a firm hold of the crown once again.

With Computex just around the corner, Lifting up a rock in Taiwan has shed a dim light on such a card being in the works; the GTX 490.

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MSI to showcase 'GUS' external graphics solution for laptops at Computex

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm CDT

The folks over at bit-tech have been digging hard to find out what sort of things we can expect to see at this year's Computex from the big names in the biz and has got hold of some exclusive details and pics on what MSI has planned for the event.

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Most interestingly, they spotted a mysterious black plastic box with silver mesh that is clearly designed aesthetically to attract ethusiasts/gamers. From the above picture alone you might have struggling to work out what exactly this is.

This should give you a pretty good idea :-

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Indeed, this is MSI's first real stab at providing more powerful external graphics to boost gaming performance in laptops.

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Wikitude Drive for Android beta released

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm CDT
Wikitude Drive for Android beta released |

Turn by turn navigation is going to get a lot more fun If Mobilizy has its way. The brains behind the Wikitude augmented reality apps for Android, Nokia, and iPhone have announced Wikitude Drive for Android phones with Android 1.6 or later installed. This is the first augmented reality turn by turn navigation app that uses the phone's GPS and camera together to layer the selected route over a live view of what is in front of the car.

2,000 lucky beta testers were allowed to begin test driving (sic) the app on Thursday after downloading the app from the Android Market. After download number 2,000 the app will disappear from Android Market until either the beta expands or is ended.

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Faster mobile Core i5 processor coming this fall

Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | May 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm CDT

A minor roadmap leak yesterday has indicated Intels plans to release a new mobile Core i5 processor during the fall. Dubbed the Core i5 580M, this processor is said to take over the position of the existing 540M processor, which will bring with it a clock increase from 2.53GHz to 2.66GHz.

Faster mobile Core i5 processor coming this fall |

When in Turbo Boost it will see a larger jump from the 540M's 3.06GHz ceiling to 3.33GHz and the IGP also gets a faster clock rate of 766MHz (500MHz on the 540M). However, the new 580M still uses the same 35W of power and 3MB L3 cache.

LG forecasting huge growth for e-readers

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 09:46 pm CDT
LG forecasting huge growth for e-readers |

While many may believe that multifunction devices like the iPad will spell doom for the dedicated e-reader market, LG Display has a different outlook on things. The South Korean company, which is the second largest producer of electronic paper behind Taiwan's Prime View International, is forecasting 76-78% growth by the end of the year.

Shipments of electronic paper displays jumped to 5 million units because of the strong growth of e-readers like Amazon's Kindle, but the emergence of tablets like the iPad with their color displays, multifunctional abilities and touch functions have led many to believe the e-reader will be short lived and pushed to the side.

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ExoPC Slate demonstrated

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 08:47 pm CDT

The ExoPC tablet, which has been teasing MID fans since the beginning of the year, seems to be closer to being released to tablet fans out there. A prototype version has been shown on video by Alexandre Vallieres-Lagace at Blogue de Geek who got to sit down with the developers and take it for a test drive.

ExoPC Slate demonstrated |

The final product name is planned to be the ExoPC "Slate" and runs a full version of Windows 7. 2GB of onboard ram keep things trucking along and a 8.9 inch screen with a max resolution of 1366x768 in full screen mode. With 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone and microphone port, this tablet will not be hurting for connectivity and Lagace was impressed with the video playback made possible by the Broadcom chipset Crystal HD.

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Google acquisition of AdMob cleared by FTC

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 08:01 pm CDT
Google acquisition of AdMob cleared by FTC |

The Federal Trade Commission officially cleared the acquisition of AdMob, a startup mobile advertising firm. This acquisition opens the door for Google to expand their mobile advertising section for marketers, mobile, app developers, and mobile publishers.

"As mobile phone usage increases, growth in mobile advertising is only going to accelerate. This benefits mobile developers and publishers who will get better advertising solutions, marketers who will find new ways to reach consumers, and users who will get better ads and more free content," stated Susan Wojcicki, Vice President of Product Management in her Google Blog release this morning.

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Eken M003 ebook reader released

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 04:49 pm CDT

The Chinese manufacturer Eken has released an affordable tablet option in the form of the Eken M003 tablet/ebook reader. This Android 1.6 powered device sports an 800x480 resolution 8" LCD display, 600MHz VIA processor, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 128MB RAM, and an SD card slot for up to 32GB storage.

Eken M003 ebook reader released |

While these specs may not be impressive to some, the price tag may change your mind. It is being sold for $240 USD a pop at the Chinagrabber website with a 2GB SD card for onboard storage. Throw in a 32GB card and you have yourself a decent little machine for a fraction of the cost of the higher power (and priced) alternatives. The M003 is available in pink, white, or black for your color customizing needs.

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Samsung Mobile sets world record for largest dodgeball game

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | May 21, 2010 at 02:08 pm CDT

I think the coaches got a sick thrill out of seeing the smaller kids get pounded by the bigger kids at dodgeball in middle school. It always seemed like someone was aiming for your nads too. Samsung has set a new world record for the largest game of dodgeball ever.

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The game was certified by the Guinness World Record people with a game of two teams with 712 players total. The game had 600 dodgeballs in play. I can't imagine the carnage that the initial volley caused, talk about a target rich environment. I bet one throw took out ten geeks.

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