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ExoPC Slate demonstrated

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm CDT

The ExoPC tablet, which has been teasing MID fans since the beginning of the year, seems to be closer to being released to tablet fans out there. A prototype version has been shown on video by Alexandre Vallieres-Lagace at Blogue de Geek who got to sit down with the developers and take it for a test drive.

ExoPC Slate demonstrated | TweakTown.com

The final product name is planned to be the ExoPC "Slate" and runs a full version of Windows 7. 2GB of onboard ram keep things trucking along and a 8.9 inch screen with a max resolution of 1366x768 in full screen mode. With 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone and microphone port, this tablet will not be hurting for connectivity and Lagace was impressed with the video playback made possible by the Broadcom chipset Crystal HD.

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Google acquisition of AdMob cleared by FTC

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm CDT
Google acquisition of AdMob cleared by FTC | TweakTown.com

The Federal Trade Commission officially cleared the acquisition of AdMob, a startup mobile advertising firm. This acquisition opens the door for Google to expand their mobile advertising section for marketers, mobile, app developers, and mobile publishers.

"As mobile phone usage increases, growth in mobile advertising is only going to accelerate. This benefits mobile developers and publishers who will get better advertising solutions, marketers who will find new ways to reach consumers, and users who will get better ads and more free content," stated Susan Wojcicki, Vice President of Product Management in her Google Blog release this morning.

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Eken M003 ebook reader released

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm CDT

The Chinese manufacturer Eken has released an affordable tablet option in the form of the Eken M003 tablet/ebook reader. This Android 1.6 powered device sports an 800x480 resolution 8" LCD display, 600MHz VIA processor, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 128MB RAM, and an SD card slot for up to 32GB storage.

Eken M003 ebook reader released | TweakTown.com

While these specs may not be impressive to some, the price tag may change your mind. It is being sold for $240 USD a pop at the Chinagrabber website with a 2GB SD card for onboard storage. Throw in a 32GB card and you have yourself a decent little machine for a fraction of the cost of the higher power (and priced) alternatives. The M003 is available in pink, white, or black for your color customizing needs.

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Samsung Mobile sets world record for largest dodgeball game

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | May 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm CDT

I think the coaches got a sick thrill out of seeing the smaller kids get pounded by the bigger kids at dodgeball in middle school. It always seemed like someone was aiming for your nads too. Samsung has set a new world record for the largest game of dodgeball ever.

Samsung Mobile sets world record for largest dodgeball game | TweakTown.com

The game was certified by the Guinness World Record people with a game of two teams with 712 players total. The game had 600 dodgeballs in play. I can't imagine the carnage that the initial volley caused, talk about a target rich environment. I bet one throw took out ten geeks.

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Adesso debuts new full-size mechanical gaming keyboard

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | May 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm CDT

When it comes to lots of typing and gaming many gamers and computer users prefer keys that are very clicky and have lots of tactile feel and feedback. Unfortunately, old style mechanical keyboards are rare today.

Adesso debuts new full-size mechanical gaming keyboard | TweakTown.com

Adesso has announced a new keyboard aimed at gamers that use mechanical keys for clicky sound and good typing feel. The keyboard is full-size with 104 keys and it is called the MKB-135B. The keys are rated for 20 million presses.

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Best Buy offers Xbox 360 and Laptop combo for grads

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | May 21, 2010 at 11:04 am CDT

Graduation day is here for high school and college students around the country. Many high school students are getting ready to head away from home to college this fall and will need some stuff to get by. Best Buy has a nice combination offer for graduates that includes two essential items.

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For $899.98 the bundle includes an Xbox 360 Arcade game console and your choice of one of two computers. Both computers are laptops and share most of the same features. Both run windows 7 Home Premium, have Core i5 CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDDs.

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HP really is full of crap with manure powered data center vision

Shane McGlaun | | May 21, 2010 at 10:08 am CDT

I don't know much about cows other than they taste pretty good if you cook them just right. I do know that they poop a lot, which I believe is where the term crap load comes from. HP has some interesting plans that involve all that cow poo and powering data centers.

HP really is full of crap with manure powered data center vision | TweakTown.com

According to HP, the manure produced by an average dairy cow each day amount to about 120 pounds and can produce 3kWh of electricity. That is enough power for the TV usage in three US homes per day. HP is working to take the manure and turn it into power.

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Scythe releases compact Kama Bay AMD 2000 amplifiers

Steve Dougherty | Audio, Sound & Speakers | May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am CDT

Scythe has announced its new Kama Bay AMP 2000 audio amplifier for PCs today, a Class D amplifier that can be either mounted into a vacant 5.25" bay in a system or positioned solely on a desk without looking like an eyesore.

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It's actually quite an attractive little unit which is available in both black and silver. One of its highlights is that it uses Yamaha's digital IC YDA138 on the PCB as an improvement in sound quality versus other Kama series amps Scythe has in its line-up.

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It is a 2-channel amp with a maximum output rating of 2 x 10 Watt (8 Ù), maximum efficiency of 88% (8 Ù / 10 W) and Signal/Noise ratio of 103 dB, or 95dB when using headphones.

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GIGABYTE's GA-X58A-UD9 now showing in stock

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | May 21, 2010 at 8:59 am CDT

GIGABYTEs mighty GA-X58A-UD9 is now available for purchase with stock showing at several well known retailers/e-tailers throughout the U.s. - This is an enthusiasts/overclockers dream of an X58 motherboard with everything bar the kitchen sink packed into it.

GIGABYTE's GA-X58A-UD9 now showing in stock | TweakTown.com

The board boasts loudly and proudly six DDR3-2200+ supporting slots, seven PCI-E x16 slots with a couple NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI goodness, both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support, a 24-phase power design to ensure excellent stability for super high overclocks, a bunch of exclusive GIGABYTE technologies in the way of power management, BIOS features and overall board quality, monster cooling system with a waterblock on the Northbridge and much, much more.

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FutureMark reveal a few more tid bits on next-gen 3DMark

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | May 21, 2010 at 8:22 am CDT

The next generation 3DMark benchmarking suite isn't all that far away with FutureMark planning for a Q3, 2010 launch. Some new details have come to light which gives one particularly promising piece of information, or should I say, lack of; no mention of PhysX!

The inclusion of PhysX support in Vantage was disliked by many due to its proprietory nature favouring NVIDIA. Sticking to open industry standard features this time around that are available across all DirectX 11 based graphics cards (with primary focus on new texturing and hardware tessellation features) makes for a nice even playing field that 3DMark has been much loved for in past releases.

FutureMark reveal a few more tid bits on next-gen 3DMark | TweakTown.com

Little is known yet about the main theme FutureMark are basing "3DMark 11" on...

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