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ASUS pairs up with Seagate - adding Momentus XT hybrid drives into G73Jh-A3 notebook

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Tue, May 25 2010 6:40 AM CDT

As many of you know, Seagate launched their first hybrid HDD/SSD-type storage solution for consumers yesterday under its Momentus XT series. These new drives are based on traditional high-performance (7200rpm) 2.5-inch mechanical hard drives, but include a technology Seagate calls Adaptive memory which will move the most accessed files into a much faster solid state flash area for optimal performance that improves over time.

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Hitachi Maxell demo a 50 Terabyte tape

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Tue, May 25 2010 5:10 AM CDT

Hitachi Maxell has harnessed perpendicular magnetic recording technology to design an LTO-class tape with a super sized 50TB of capacity. A demo was constructed by Hitachi together with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to show it fully functional.

It's a highly impressive achievement given that the raw capacity of the highest-capacity LTO tape roadmapped to date is 12.8TB.

Hitachi Maxell demo a 50 Terabyte tape | TweakTown.com

Whilst it's very unlikely it will be mass marketed with identical principles to how Hitachi achieved 50TB here, it's a sign of what is possible when partnering certain technologies together and using carefully selected materials and methods to push the boundaries significantly.

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Intel gives better performance + battery life w/ new 32nm low voltage CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks

Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Tue, May 25 2010 4:28 AM CDT

Intel has just introduced a new family of ultra-low voltage Core series processors for ultra-thin (0.8 to 1-inch thick) laptops. These new Core series processors are based on their 32nm package, featuring Hyper Threading, integrated graphics and Turbo Boost on select models.

Intel claims these processors be capable of delivering up to 32% better performance over their predecessors whilst chewing through less power (around 15% more efficient) for longer battery life.

Intel gives better performance + battery life w/ new 32nm low voltage CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks | TweakTown.com

The new line-up starts with the Celeron U3400 running at 1.06GHz with two cores / two threads and 2MB of cache, said to cost $134. A notch up from there is a Pentium branded model in the U5400 running at 1.2GHz with two cores / two threads and carrying 3MB of cache.

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Team thinks green with latest Elite series DDR ULV modules

Steve Dougherty | RAM | Tue, May 25 2010 3:42 AM CDT

Team Group is thinking green with its latest release of Elite series DDR3 memory modules. These are rated to run at speeds of 1333MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 whilst only requiring 1.35v to do so reliably.

Team thinks green with latest Elite series DDR ULV modules | TweakTown.com

The modules come in both 2 and 4GB kits (as well as being available singularly) and are supported by lifetime warranties.

For further details, you can find Team's announcement here.

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Pandigital teams up with Barnes and Noble to bring color e-reader

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 24 2010 10:53 PM CDT
Pandigital teams up with Barnes and Noble to bring color e-reader | TweakTown.com

Pandigital, a company mostly currently known for their photo frames, is teaming up with Barnes and Noble to release a full color e-book reader in June. With a 7 inch touchscreen, WiFi connectivity, and multimedia capabilies, this e-book reader called the "Novel" is powered by an Arm 11 processor, 1GB of onboard memory and a slot for SD/MMC memory cards supporting up to 32GB capacity.

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iPad banned at Yankee Stadium

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 24 2010 10:11 PM CDT
iPad banned at Yankee Stadium | TweakTown.com

A report today was released that fans attending baseball games at Yankee Stadium in New York will have to leave their iPads at home. The stadium has a "no laptops" policy, which is a little odd since WiFi is available all over the complex. The argument came about when a fan attempting to attend a Red Sox/Yankees game at the complex was turned away due to having the iPad with her.

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iPhone 3GS 16GB to be available at Walmart for $97

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 24 2010 9:40 PM CDT
iPhone 3GS 16GB to be available at Walmart for $97 | TweakTown.com

Walmart has announced that their stores in the U.S.will be selling the 16GB iPhone 3GS for $97, which is $100 under the current retail price, starting on Tuesday. It is being said that the 3G iPhone 8GB, which has been retailing for $99, will no longer be shipped to stores so the 3GS looks like it will be sliding into the affordable sub-$100 phone and making room for the next-gen iPhone 4, expected to be officially announced during WWDC 2010 when Steve Jobs gives the keynote speech on June 7th.

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LG Windows 7 phone viewed at Microsoft Innovation Centre

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 24 2010 7:48 PM CDT

Last week the folks at the Microsoft Innovation Centre got their hands on a prototype of LG's latest and great smartphone codenamed Panther.

LG Windows 7 phone viewed at Microsoft Innovation Centre 001 | TweakTown.com

This Windows 7 based smartphone has been rumored to be around for a bit now and the MIC guys were allowed to test it to test Windows 7 applications in Singapore on an actual device as opposed to an emulator.

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MIT invents cheap gesture based computing tech

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, May 24 2010 2:06 PM CDT

Gesture and touch based computing is growing in popularity and in use around the world. Many notebooks and laptops today come with track pads that support gestures and many phones and computers use touch screens as well.

MIT invents cheap gesture based computing tech | TweakTown.com

MIT has developed a cheap way to get Minority Report style gesture computing by having the user wear some crazy bright gloves with splotches of color on them. The computer recognizes the colors and can tell what gesture is being made by the color scheme.

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Samsung unveils 19-inch transparent AMOLED

Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Mon, May 24 2010 1:08 PM CDT

Samsung has been working on all manner of screens and LCD tech for a long time. The company is one of the world's largest producers or LCD panels and those panels make their way into many other brands of TVs and computers.

Samsung unveils 19-inch transparent AMOLED | TweakTown.com

Samsung has unveiled the world's largest transparen't AMOLED screen. The screen is 19-inches and you can see through the image and the screen to what is behind it.

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