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Gym worker who found Motorola Droid Shadow gets fired

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 12:26 PM CDT

Early this week some images of an unreleased Motorola handset called the Droid Shadow surfaced at Gizmodo. The handset had reportedly been left in a Verizon corporate gym when a gym employee found the device.

Gym worker who found Motorola Droid Shadow gets fired | TweakTown.com

As the story goes, a friend of the worker sent pics and specs of the device to Gizmodo where they were put online. I thought at the time posting those pics was a bad move for the dude who found the device.

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Shuttle unveils 6-core Core i7 ready XPC Barebone SX58J3 PC

Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Thu, May 27 2010 12:04 PM CDT

Shuttle is all about small form factor computers that take up little space while offering most of the performance that a larger machine provides. Shuttle has announced its latest SFF machine in its XPC barebone range called the SX58J3.

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The new machine has support for multiple Intel socket 1366 processors including the new Core i7 6-core beasts. It can be crammed with 16GB of RAM and uses the X58 Express chipset.

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AMDs first Fusion APUs to be built at both Globalfoundries and TSMC

Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Thu, May 27 2010 11:16 AM CDT

AMD is looking forward to demonstrating Fusion-ready systems at Computex which will be the first to combine a traditional processor with a graphics processing core on a single die for mainstream processing.

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Ryan over at PC Perspective has managed to scoop up a good amount of detail on AMD's plans to roll out Fusion into the market. AMD's first APU (accelerated processing unit) is codenamed Llano and will cater to the notebook market. Its formula is a combination of four x86 processor cores with a Redwood-class DX11 capable performance GPU on the same die.

The core is said to be built on GlobalFoundries 32m SIO process using High-K metal gate transistors. This means ATI GPUs manufactured by AMD rather than TSMC; the first time this has ever happened.

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The article at PC Perspective also goes into some detail on AMD's Ontario, a lower power/performance Fusion part that is being aimed at the Atom markets which will include a pair of x86 cores based on Bobcat architecture together with a lower spec'd DX11 GPU in an SoC (system on Chip) design.

The Ontario Fusion chip is going to be built in a 40nm process which indicates that this AMD part won't be built by Globalfoundries; rather TSMC.

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HP launches three new LCDs for PC users

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Thu, May 27 2010 11:04 AM CDT

HP has pulled the wraps off a trio of new LCD monitors for computer users that are all under $200. The screens include the new S2031, 2010i, and S2231.

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The S2031 is a 20-inch widescreen LCD that has a 1600 x 900 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 200 nits of brightness. The LCD has VGA and DVI inputs and sells for $159.99. The 2010i is a 20-inch widescreen with the same resolution and contrast ration but 250 nits of brightness. It also sports integrated speakers and an adjustable stand for $179.99.

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USB cufflinks hide 2GB of storage each

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Thu, May 27 2010 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 | Thu, May 27 2010 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 | Thu, May 27 2010 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 | Thu, May 27 2010 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 | Thu, May 27 2010 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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