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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 :-

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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.

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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.

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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 |

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 |

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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iPad "killing netbooks," according to survey

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm CDT
iPad killing netbooks, according to survey |

Retrevo, a consumer electronics site, recently surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that the iPad's popularity is taking a toll on netbook sales. When interested parties were asked whether they were planning on buying an iPad or a netbook 78 percent, or a little more than 3 out of 4, said they would choose the iPad while 22 percent favored a netbook.

Laptops are still staying popular with buyers as well, with 65 precent of people surveyed who were planning to make a mobile PC purchase this year said they would favor a regular laptop over a netbook.

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Yahoo! and Nokia join forces in the mobile market

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm CDT
Yahoo! and Nokia join forces in the mobile market |

Nokia and Yahoo have announced that they will be striking a partnership to create cross platform opportunities for both companies. Yahoo is expected to become the global provider of Nokia's Ovi e-mail and messaging services, while Nokia will power Yahoo's map service online and on all of their mobile devices.

With this deal Nokia, who has already partnered with Microsoft to offer Office products like Word and Excel on certain models of mobile devices, is continuing to target users who need enterprise features. Yahoo is looking to bolster their map and navigation features, and this partnership makes sense as Yahoo currently uses maps from Navteq who is owned by Nokia.

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Droid Incredible shortages continue

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm CDT
Droid Incredible shortages continue |

The Droid Incredible has arrived with rave reviews from most outlets. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants one has been able to get their hands on one, as waiting lists are growing and some pre-orders still have not been shipped.

Lowell McAdam of Verizon Wireless told people at the Barclays Capital conference today that component shortages were to blame for the unavailability of the Incredible. The major component to blame seems to be the Samsung AMOLED display which is becoming a popular display for many high end smartphones being released. McAdam reported that with enough supply that twice the number of Incredibles could have been sold.

It's being reported that these shortages could last into next year, which means getting your hands on the latest phones will continue to be quite a challenge.

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Sony unveils crazy thin rollable OLED display

Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | May 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm CDT

Displays today on our phones and computers are ridged devices that would break readily before they would bend. The ridged display has a lot to do with how small a particular device can be made.

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Sony has unveiled its latest creation today that is a flexible OLED display that can be rolled to a diameter of only 4mm while showing moving pictures. The breakthrough was made possible by using a new organic semiconductor called PXX that is easier to build with.

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Beastly notebook supports SLI and Crossfire...drool

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | May 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm CDT

Gaming notebooks are a breed of their own. They offer good performance buy cost a ton and have atrocious battery life for the most part. Often you can buy a very nice and better performance gaming desktop for the same price.

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The world's first notebook with support for both SLI and Crossfire has been unveiled. The beast is called the Panther 2.0 from Eurocom and has a 17.3-inch screen, 24GB of RAM, 4TB of storage, USB 3.0 ports, and more.

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