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USB cufflinks hide 2GB of storage each

Shane McGlaun | Storage | May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am CDT

I try to stay away from any function that requires me to wear a suit or a tuxedo. For that reason I don't own a pair of cufflinks and the last time I wore any was years ago when my cousin got married. Geeks that do have to get dressed up frequently might find these USB flash drive cufflinks perfect.

USB cufflinks hide 2GB of storage each | TweakTown.com

The cufflinks come in silver, gunmetal, or gold colors and each hides a USB connector with 2GB of storage per cuff. The cufflinks can be engraved as well for $8 more for eight letters.

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ViewSonic VEB632 JinYong eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | May 27, 2010 at 6:23 am CDT

Today we attended a ViewSonic press conference in Taipei where the company used the event to launch a range of new eBook e-readers appropriately held at the eslite bookstore.

Next up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the special editor VEB632 JinYong Reader e-reader that is at the top-end of ViewSonic's new eBook range. It will go on sale in Taiwan in July with a rather rich street price of 14,800 NTD or around 462 USD at today's rate.

Yin Yong is a very famous Chinese martial arts novelist who has written some 36 books on the ancient Eastern fighting art that are enjoyed by Chinese all around the world. The VEB632 e-reader comes bundled with all of Jin Yong's books included on the 2GB of internal storage. The e-reader sports a six-inch e-ink display that supports an 800 x 600 resolution with up to 16 levels of grey. This model is slightly bigger and heavier than the previous VEB620 model we looked at, but it comes in at a still quite nimble and comfortable 250 grams or around 9 ounces.

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Vroom Vroom, Team revs up new USB 3.0 ext. 2.5-inch HDD

Steve Dougherty | Storage | May 27, 2010 at 5:36 am CDT

Team Group will be displaying a new type of TP series external hard drive at Computex next week. It won't be hard to miss when you look at the boldened, unique external design and colour scheme :-

Vroom Vroom, Team revs up new USB 3.0 ext. 2.5-inch HDD | TweakTown.com

This is the TP1023. And yes, its design was inspired by a certain super car manufacturer. Might be an eye sore for many, but if its sports/super cars you dream about all day every day then i'm sure you'd be very proud of having this piece of kit sitting on your desk.

The TP1023 is designed to be shock proof with a unique hard drive suspension system and it surpassed the industrial specification for shock proof designs by a good margin in testing. The unit is USB 3.0 ready and is of course backward compatible with USB 2.0.

Team will be selling the TP1023 in capacities of 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB. For further details, you can read the official announcement here.

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ViewSonic VEB620 eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | May 27, 2010 at 5:19 am CDT

Today we attended a ViewSonic press conference in Taipei where the company used the event to launch a range of new eBook e-readers appropriately held at the eslite bookstore.

First up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the cheapest of its new e-readers, the VEB620 eBook. But when we say cheap though, don't let they confuse it. It comes packed with features and the only thing it really misses out on is wireless connectivity, so you will either need to use a microSD card or copy books etc over via USB from your computer.

The unit will go on sale in Taiwan in a week or so with a street price of 6,990 NTD - which works out to be around 217 USD at today's exchange rate. The device comes with a six-inch screen with 16 levels of grey that is capable of an 800 x 600 resolution. It weighs in at a rather light and comfortable eight ounces or around 227 grams. It was really nice to hold and is made using soft plastics that feel good.

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MSI starts bundling Assassin's Creed II with select HD 5800 / HD 5900 series cards

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 27, 2010 at 5:06 am CDT

We don't see as many video card partners these days including full version games to give the icing on the cake; certainly not as much as we used to. So it's nice to see MSI deciding to do this :-

MSI starts bundling Assassin's Creed II with select HD 5800 / HD 5900 series cards 07 | TweakTown.com

There's no doubt they've picked a real good'en to bundle with their new R5970 and R5870 series cards, being named Game of the Year by the New York Times and getting a big thumbs up from game reviewers everywhere. Nearly all of MSI's video cards in their lineup are non-reference in one form or another, be it superior coolers, factory overclocks or higher grade components for better stability, and in some models a mixture of all.

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Logitech goes color mad with Fantasy Collection

Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | May 27, 2010 at 4:32 am CDT

Logitech has been thinking very colorfully and has just re-launched a lot of its most popular and affordable peripherals (beginning with mice) that use very bright and loud colour schemes.

Logitech calls the new line-up the "Fantasy Collection". Products in this collection are available in a large range of color options, including Fleur Dark, Blue Swirl and Pink Balance just to name a few.

Logitech goes color mad with Fantasy Collection | TweakTown.com

Logitech is now advertising M305 and M310 mice in a wide range of colour schemes at the Fantasy Store.

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AMD releases Catalyst 10.5 WHQL Drivers

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 27, 2010 at 4:08 am CDT

In usual monthly fashion AMD has just released its latest Catalyst driver suite for Radeon graphics cards; the 10.5s. A separate Mobility 10.5 driver suite is also now available for mobile Radeon users.

AMD releases Catalyst 10.5 WHQL Drivers | TweakTown.com

There are two major additions to the 10.5 release. These include 120 Hz display support for all Radeon HD 4000 and 3000 series GPUs, meaning stereoscopic 3D is now possible. The other enhancements are found in the ATI Overdrive area, giving full support for overclocking functions even when cards are connected to multiple displays.

As always, AMD have managed to introduce a lot of bug fixes for the new release including Alien vs. Predator, Bad Company 2, Empire: Total War, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, Resident Evil 5 and Splinter Cell Conviction. Some of these fixes are only applicable to certain versions of Windows, however.

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GPS system upgrade and overhaul underway

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm CDT
GPS system upgrade and overhaul underway | TweakTown.com

Does anyone actually remember breaking out one of those huge foldout maps to figure out which road or highway you needed to take to get where you are going? Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has flooded the market, from standalone GPS devices like TomToms to in-dash navigation in your vehicle to using your phone to figure out where you are and where you are going.

Now it is reported that the U.S. government is pumping 8 billion dollars into GPS system enhancements that will expand the range, improve the accuracy, and improve the reliability of GPS technology. This is no small feat: 24 new satellites are planned to replace the current satellites that make up the current system one at a time. The first satellite in the new system has just been launched this past weekend with the complete upgrade not scheduled to be done until 2021.

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Taptu introduces mobile Touch Web Directory

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm CDT
Taptu introduces mobile Touch Web Directory | TweakTown.com

With all of the new touchscreen based smartphones and tablets coming out, some sites are still not optimized for this technology. Browsing some of these sites can be a hassle. Taptu is trying to ease some of your internet browsing frustrations with their Touch Web Directory, a search device to help users find "touch friendly web" sites that are optimized for touchscreens.

Taptu allows a user to search by featured touch sites and by category. There are 19 categories and 135 subcategories including Sports, Social, News, Entertainment, and more. It also allows sharing of content via social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter, and allows a small preview of sites before visiting them. This looks to be a great way to both discover new sites and take a fresh look at old favorites.

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