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eVGA readies up another X58 motherboard

By Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | May 24, 2010 06:02 am CDT

eVGA is making room for yet another FTW series X58 motherboard in its already busy line-up which it calls the X58 FTW3 (SKU: 132-GT-E768-KR). We know of its existence thanks to online retailer NCIX.com listing it early for $342.39 on its U.S. site and $319.99 Canadian.

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The listing gave a good amount of details on its specs which includes 8 phase CPU VRM, six DDR3 slots for triple channel support, three PCI-E x16 slots (running at x16, x8, x8 or x16, x16, N/A electrically as there is no additional bridge chip on this one) and carries support for 3-way SLI, 2-way SLI and CrossfireX.

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The board includes both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support as well as giving a stack of USB 2.0 ports, a couple gigabit ethernet ports, 8 channel audio and EVBot's OC module.

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GIGABYTE first out the gate with USB 3.0 supporting mini-ITX H55 board

By Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | May 24, 2010 03:14 am CDT

GIGABYTE has won the race in bringing to market the first mini-ITX form factor motherboard that features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.

The GA-H55N-USB3 is quite the little number for a HTPC builder if you want premium features and future-proofing in a small footprint from the get go. Despite the m-ITX size, the board packs in all the good stuff from GIGABYTE such as Ultra Durable 3, 3x USB Power, On/Off Charge for Apple devices, DES2 (energy saving), DualBIOS and the star of the show, USB 3.0 support via NEC's controller onboard.

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As the model name implies, this is a H55 chipset motherboard with support for LGA-1156 Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated graphics. You also get a PCI-E x16 slot for your video card of choice if more graphical power is your desire.

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Amazon and ASUS team up - Kindle for PC e-book app on select ASUS units

By Steve Dougherty | Laptops | May 24, 2010 02:54 am CDT

With Amazon.com offering a Kindle e-book software application for PCs and ASUS shifting a lot of its netbooks and notebooks through there as well, the two mobs have decided to help each other out a bit here.

As of today, select laptops and netbooks from ASUS, when purchased through Amazon.com will come pre-installed with Amazon's Kindle for PC application; including the Eee PC 1005PE and UL30.

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This already gives food for thought on just what other discussions ASUS and Amazon are now having (Psst, Eee Pad).

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Seagate unleashes 'Hybrid' SSD+HDD Momentus XT

By Steve Dougherty | Storage | May 24, 2010 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.

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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?!

By Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 24, 2010 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.

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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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Download of the Day: Skype 4.2.0.169

By Steve Dougherty | Software | May 24, 2010 12:16 am CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Skype 4.2.0.169.

Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.

Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.

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Deal of the Day: Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More for May 23, 2010

By Steve Dougherty | Business, Financial & Legal | May 23, 2010 11:34 pm CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Chase - Chase Sapphire Card with No Annual Fee, 10K Bonus Points, 24/7 DEDICATED Customer Service and More!.

Offer: Receive 10,000 bonus points with your first purchase, earn 2 times the points for airfare bookings, 10 times the points for every dollar at select merchants, premium travel protection benefits, 24 hour 7 day a week LIVE dedicated customer service advisors, unlimited amount of points that can be earned and no annual fees! This is a card for those of you who have good credit rating but have had your current non-Chase credit card do strange things with your rewards or benefits.

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

By Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 21, 2010 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

By Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 11:19 pm CDT
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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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