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PDP's Kinect accessories add flexibility to your setup

Don Lynn | Peripherals | Aug 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm CDT

Looking to get the Kinect for the Xbox 360 but don't have room on the entertainment center to set it up? PDP has some solutions for you that will add a ton of flexibility to your Kinect mounting needs that will be available on launch day.

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First up is the $15 Kinect wall mount, which will help out the people who have their TV mounted on a wall or somewhere else that space is tight. There is also a $40 TV mount, which pretty much explains itself. If you need your Kinect to be floor mounted, PDP has a $30 tripod for plaing the unit anywhere around the room. You don't even have to worry about keeping the Kinect close to the Xbox if you can swing $50 for a 9 foot extension cable which PDP would be happy to provide.

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Windows Phone 7 head to head vs. Android Nexus One and iPhone 4

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm CDT

With all of the noise surrounding the pending drop of Windows Phone 7 devices, I know a lot of you are wondering how it stacks up against the Android and iPhone. The folks at pocketnow wondered the same thing, and fortunately had an LG Panther with a beta version of Windows Phone 7 to compare.

Considering this is only an early beta version, Windows Phone 7 seems to stack up fairly nicely against the competition; only lagging slightly behind its more polished competition in web browsing. The only thing I noticed was that the difference in screens is a bit striking, but that's not WP7's fault. Overall, it's more good news for Microsoft as they try to crash the Android/iPhone smartphone party.

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Periscope offers new Lighted Folio for Kindle 2 and Nook

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Aug 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm CDT

With the iPad blowing up the market right now, the eReader isn't as popular as it was a few months before tie iPad was unveiled. Despite the fact that the iPad is selling better than many eReaders, there are still lots of folks out there who would rather just get a good eReader like the Kindle 2 or the Barnes & Noble Nook. If you are one of these sorts the lack of a backlight for the screen means you will need a light of some sort to read in the dark.

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Periscope has been making its line of covers for various eReaders for a line time that have integrated lights. The company has announced that the latest version of its Periscope Lighted Folio is designed to work with the Kindle 2 and the Nook. The new Folio has the LED light inside powered by three AA batteries that is for reading in the dark.

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GefenTV offers new Auto Volume Stabilizer for TV fans

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Aug 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm CDT

I bet most of us can relate to wanting the volume to be the same for the commercials we see on TV as the show we are watching. It's irritating to when you are watching a show and then a commercial comes on that is five times as loud as the show you are watching. It's also annoying when you are watching at a reasonable volume on one channel and change channels to find the volume way louder than the previous station.

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GefenTV has announced a new product that will stop that from happening. The device is called the Auto Volume Stabilizer and it connects inline between your audio source and the speaker system you are using. The rear of the Auto Volume Stabilizer has ports for analog and digital sound inputs. Once the input is connected, the output is run from the stabilizer to your speakers.

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WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking kit launches

Shane McGlaun | Networking | Aug 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm CDT

WD has a ton of storage devices on the market today ranging from external storage devices like HDDs for backing up computers and adding more space to DVRs to internal HDDs for consumer and enterprise computers. WD has unveiled its latest offering and it's not for storage. The new product is called the WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking Kit.

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The kit is designed to allow the user to set up a 200Mbps high-speed network anywhere in the home using the power lines already in the walls. This sort of power line networking system is perfect for homes where WiFi networks don't work or devices lacking support for WiFi need to be connected. The new networking kit is designed with the speed needed for users to stream HD video content around the home. The device has four network ports for connecting devices.

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Logitech adds new products to Ultimate Ears line

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Aug 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm CDT

Logitech purchased the Ultimate Ears earphone company a long while back. Ultimate Ears makes some very nice sets of earbuds that can be had in audiophile grade offerings that are expensive down to affordable sets that the normal consumer might be interested in. I have used several Ultimate Ears earphones and they generally perform well. Logitech has announced new additions to the line.


The new Ultimate Ears models are the 500, 350, 200, as well as the 500vi and 200vi offerings. The 500 is the flagship offering of the new models with a small design made to sit flush with the ears and noise isolation with a detailed sound stage. The 500vi is the same earphones with inline controls and a mic for use with music phones like the iPhone. The 350 is a set of earphones that are optimized for lots of bass and to resist sweat during workouts.

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Samsung teases Galaxy Tab

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Aug 24, 2010 at 11:05 am CDT

Samsung has released a site with a teaser video for their upcoming 7" tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The video boasts video calling, full web browsing, and Android 2.2 "Froyo" onboard. Samsung is also rumored to be unveiling this tablet at IFA in Berlin, Germany on September 2nd so hopefully it won't be too long before we can get some real details and a look at Samsung's sweet looking device.

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Microsoft first to market with CPU/GPU combo

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Aug 24, 2010 at 11:02 am CDT

Both AMD and Intel have been talking about new CPU/GPU combination processors for a long time. When we first heard of the combination processors chipmakers were predicting that they would be the end of the discrete GPU. Whether that will play out remains to be seen, but I doubt it. We would have expected the first CPU/GPU hybrid to come from Intel or AMD, but Microsoft has beaten both to the punch.


Microsoft's Xbox 360 team unveiled the new SoC that will power the coming slim Xbox 360 250GB gaming console. The SoC is built by Global Foundries on the 45nm process and combines the GPU and the CPU onto one chip. The goal Microsoft had in mind was making the construction of the gaming console cheaper in an effort to eek all the profit it could out of the console.

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AMD talks Bobcat and Bulldozer

Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Aug 24, 2010 at 10:04 am CDT

AMD has offered up some official details on a pair of its new CPU cores called Bobcat and Bulldozer. The two cores are aimed at different ends of the market with the Bobcat core being a power sipping offering that is flexible and designed for energy-efficient computing. Bulldozer on the other hand is a core optimized for performance and scalability.

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Bobcat is the core that AMD expects to fight the Intel Atom for the netbook and low-end PC market. AMD claims that Bobcat can deliver 90% of the performance of today's mainstream computers in about half the area. Bobcat is targeting a sub-one-watt operation capability and is optimized for low power needs. The need for less power means that any mobile device using the Bobcat core will get longer runtime.

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Kingston 2333MHz DDR3 modules pushed beyond 3GHz

Steve Dougherty | RAM | Aug 24, 2010 at 6:26 am CDT

We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.

Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.

In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.

The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.

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