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MSI WindPad 110 10-inch Android tablet hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 31 2010 1:38 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - MSI just got done with hosting its pre-Computex press conference and launched and showcased a host of new products.

Update: Sorry folks, we had a bad line when trying to get the video uploaded and as you may have noticed, it was partly cut off towards the end. We're working on resolving the signal issues for further video content to go up during the course of this week straight from the show floor.

As we expected during this show, MSI launched one of its first tablet computers, it's called the WindPad 110. It is a 10-inch tablet based on the Google Android operating system. The MSI PM that we spoke to was a little tight on full details, but she did tell us that the retail price should be around 499 USD and come out in a month or two after the Windows and Atom based WindPad 100 that we will cover a bit later.

So, how does it compared to the iPad folks? Let us know by commenting below.

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Non Intel-based Google TV boxes to be displayed at Computex

Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sun, May 30 2010 11:01 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Walking around Taipei the day before Computex begins tends to unleash all sorts of interesting stories... or rumors we should say.

During our walk around this morning we heard whispers that a certain large Taiwanese company will be showcasing a Google TV set-top-box later today. We would have snappy some photos for you but this unit is still on the way, probably from China.

Due to confidentiality reasons we are unable to disclose who is making and selling the box, but we can tell you that it will be using VIA Tech silicon. This especially came to us as a shock since as far as we knew only boxes would come out with a special design Intel Atom processor and chipset.

More to come as the story develops.

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BitFenix Survivor computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sat, May 29 2010 12:52 PM CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and in our second video we got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming rugged and rubber coated Survivor mid tower computer case for gamers on the move. Again, this product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with an estimated street price of around 140 USD.

The Survivor is like the Colossus a case like we have never seen before and it will most likely end up being the second product to be released by BitFenix. The rubber coating used is very soft and feels nice to touch. We also like the idea of the unique handle design that should make it easier for gamers to carry their system around to LAN parties and such.

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BitFenix Colossus computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sat, May 29 2010 12:41 PM CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming and really impressive Colossus full tower computer case. The product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with a very estimated street price of around 170 USD.

The Colossus is a very hip and new breed of computer case that will come in either white or black. It is a very important product for BitFenix since it is their very first product that will go on the market; the team does not intend on rushing it and will take as long as it needs to perfect it before it goes on sale.

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Ikonik shows us its new cases and power supplies

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sat, May 29 2010 12:20 PM CDT

Yesterday we visited the Ikonik office in Taipei where they gave us an early introduction of what they will be showing at the re-named Tabutex Computex event next week.

We were given an introduction to a total of three new computer cases including the SOHO, M1000 and the Optimus 1200. All very nice cases with varying uses, we really liked the Optimus 1200 model that has a front face that resembles Optimus Prime from Transformers.

We were also shown Ikonik's new Vulcan+ series of power supplies which come in sizes of 850, 1000 and 1200 watt. They look like they have the moves to impress with 80 PLUS Gold certification. Watch our video above to get a close-up look at all of the new products.

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So, what's going to be hot at Computex Taipei 2010?

Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | Fri, May 28 2010 8:00 PM CDT

Every few weeks or so we hold a tech event in Taipei for people involved in the tech industry. It is a time where these people get together and discuss technology developments and shares some drinks.

For this event, we just finished of our latest gathering and for a change I thought it would be interesting to see what the folks thought would be hot at Computex Taipei 2010 next week. Without holding...

There you go.

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Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, May 28 2010 10:04 AM CDT
Thousands ecstatic as the iPad officially goes international | TweakTown.com

iPad fans in Europe, Asia, and Australia were greeted with long lines and longer wait times as the international launch of the iPad hit today. In bursts of emotion usually reserved for those scoring the hottest Christmas toy of the season, consumers who were lucky enough to score one of the tablets were seen screaming and cheering in places like London and Paris.

The iPad was launched today in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Lines started forming as early as 3AM in Frankfurt Germany with excited customers waiting to get their hands on the mobile device. Apple Stores worldwide opened an hour early for the event to accommodate the swarms of customers flocking to their stores. People were given numbered tickets for their shot at an iPad and most stores had extra security in place to try and avoid any trouble those leaving with their prizes might run into. "I'm a bit embarrassed to be part of the masses, but the thing is, tonight it's going to be sold out," one unidentified man told AP Television News.

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Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, May 28 2010 12:45 AM CDT
Mobile gaming revenue could hit $11.4 billion by 2014 | TweakTown.com

Games aren't just for consoles, PCs, and kitchen tables anymore. Playing games on your mobile devices has become commonplace, especially with the advent of the iPhone and other touch devices. This revenue stream is becoming a huge roaring river, and is only expected to get bigger. The research firm Gartner predicted last week that gaming revenue worldwide would reach $5.6 billion dollars and is expected to nearly double to $1.4 billion dollars by the end of 2014.

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FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 10:37 PM CDT
FCC looking deeper into wireless billing practices | TweakTown.com

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who aren't the first company people think of when it comes to government entities on their side, may be making a push to make wireless devices users happy by taking a deeper look into wireless carriers and their billing practices.

The fact that they have been investigating billing practices and outrageous early termination fees is not eally recent news; however it seems that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team have been turning up the heat on the big boys in wireless. According to a survey released Wenesday, many consumers have been "shocked" by extra fees on their bills and also have reversed findings that the wireless market is competitive, instead calling the industry "concentrated."

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Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Thu, May 27 2010 9:53 PM CDT
Microsoft needs an answer to the iPad according to report | TweakTown.com

Analysts at Forrester have released a report saying that Microsoft needs to answer the Apple iPad with a Windows based tablet to compete with the iPad and many other tablets coming into the market, arguing that tablets are "the next important computing form."

In the report released Thusday, JP Gownder and Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester, stated: "To keep its products front and center, Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system."

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