OCZ Releases Illuminati Keyboard

Zac O'Vadka | Peripherals | Feb 18, 2009 11:59 PM CST

OCZ has expanded their Alchemy line of peripherals by introducing the Illuminati keyboard. The new keyboard is meant for multimedia consumers and has a slew of features that accommodate the needs of gamers and enthusiasts as well.

OCZ Technology Introduces Alchemy Illuminati Backlit Keyboard Designed for Multimedia Users

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The Illuminati gives you a choice in backlight color, red or blue. Both will allow easier use of the keyboard in the dark and coupled with the rubber coated keys for your long sessions of key-stroking it just looks gorgeous. The board also features fourteen qucik launch keys for better access to multimedia. You can catch the full details of the press release here.

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Mobility Radeon 4870X2 Just Days Away

Zac O'Vadka | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 18, 2009 8:10 PM CST

The folks over at GPU Cafe were told by Asus that their new W90 notebook will launch on February 23rd. What makes it so special that that the W90 will feature the upcomming ATI Mobility Radeon 4870X2 GPU. The mobile version of the 4870X2 wll have clock speeds of 600 MHz on the core and 900 MHz for the memory.

ATI Mobility Radeon 4870X2

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Lenovo may be first to use ION in Netbooks

Sean Kalinich | Laptops | Feb 18, 2009 12:11 PM CST

Is it me or has the netbook become its own monster? When the concept was first pushed out it was all about small, light, portable internet and basic office/school tasks. Now everything has changed.

If rumors are to be believed Lenovo will be dropping the new HD capable nVidia ION under the hood of its new netbooks. The new Lenovos won't be your typical netbooks, they will run in 11.6 and 21.1 inch flavors.

This could be good for Lenovo if they can get it to market before everyone else and very good for nVidia. If the Lenovo netbooks are a success it means further adoption in the market and more revenue for nVidia.

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New Case with Battery for iPhone Appears

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 18, 2009 8:28 AM CST

Something that falls in the interesting category crossed my desk this morning.

This is a new case for the iPhone, but it is not a simple "protect your phone" type of case. No, this case includes a battery to help increase the usefulness of your iPhone between charges.

The new gadget is called the iConn+ iBP1200 it looks like an oversized leather slide-in case for the iPhone but once you open the front flap you find out that it is much more.

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Bluetooth Over Wi-Fi is Blazing Fast

Zac O'Vadka | Networking | Feb 18, 2009 12:57 AM CST

Gizmodo has the details on perhaps what is one of the most promising showcases of upcoming technology from the 2009 MWC. Officially specified as "alternate MAC/PHY", you will now be able to have peer-to-peer connectivity coupled with Wi-Fi transfer speeds seamlessly and easily. Devices will shake hands via Bluetooth when paired up. Then, when any file transfer begins, communication will take place over the Wi-Fi hardware giving you a speedy wireless transfer. After the transfer is over, the Wi-Fi connection is dropped and communication is resumed via Bluetooth.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group says that the specification will be official in April. Fortunately we might not have to wait long to be able to use it. Broadcom states that some of their current production chips already have the ability and only a software upgrade will be required to implement it.

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Linksys and Trend Micro Team Up Inside Your Router

Zac O'Vadka | | Feb 17, 2009 9:57 PM CST

Linksys and Trend Micro have developed a new protection suite for your home network. Home Network Defender is powered by Trend Micro and runs in the firmware on some of the latest Linksys by Cisco routers. Currently only the WRT610N and WRT310N routers are supported, but they are working on bringing it to the WRT160N soon.

Home Network Defender (HND) works to protect you much like a firewall, but is much more user-friendly and doesn't run on your PC, freeing up valuable system resources that are often consumed by typical internet protection suites. As HND runs on the router it provides protection before a threat even reaches the devices inside your network and thus enhancing your protection and decreasing your risks. HND also makes managing your home network simple from a single centralized location. Parental controls can be set for individual devices and network activity reports can be pulled instant from anywhere in the world to monitor what is happening with your network. Updates are applied continuously and in in real-time to ensure that your protection is up-to-date.

Home Network Defender

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hhgregg Stores to Accept Circuit City Gift Cards

Zac O'Vadka | | Feb 17, 2009 6:08 PM CST

Surely many of our readers have some Circuit City gift cards laying around and most of you have probably felt the need to hurry up and spend them or else risk losing the money tied to the card. If you are like some of us here at TweakTown, you have been to your local store and realized that even their so called liquidation prices are often above the retail price you would pay at other electronics stores. So what are you to do with that gift card that might just represent a large chunk of your new flat panel TV or home theater system?

hhgregg Stores to Accept Circuit City Gift Cards

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Acer Announces Four New Smart Phones

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 17, 2009 1:30 PM CST

With the Mobile World Congress going on in Barcelona it is no wonder much of the news this week is about phones.

Well here is some more for you. It seems that Acer has just announced four smart phones of their very own. The phones show up on the heels of their purchase of Eten and while one was announced by Eten before the purchase the others appear to e new projects.

All four phones offer some very good features and show promising specs.

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nVidia demos Android on Tegra

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 17, 2009 12:12 PM CST

nVidia may have found a new market to work on. It seems the Tegra SoC (system on chip) is quite the performer. It is not just capable of running windows but can handle Google's Android OS as well.

At the Mobile World Congress nVidia was seen to be showing off Android running on the Tegra while trumpeting about their new Tegra 600.

This new version of Tegra will run around $99 and can deliver an MID (Mobile Internet Device) capable of an HD quality experience while giving days of battery life.

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Internet Explorer will RTM in March

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 17, 2009 11:00 AM CST

The gang over at TechARP has gotten a hold of information relating to the release candidate of Internet Explorer 8.0.

While this is good news all by itself, TechARP also thinks it means that Windows 7 might be ready much sooner than Microsoft has previously stated.

As it stands now Windows 7 is expected to be released in early 2010, but with IE8 already being pushed out to OEMs this could mean the 7 launch schedule has been pushed up.

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