Xigmatek's Carbonado CPU cooler ready for release

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 6, 2010 8:59 AM CST

Details have surfaced regarding a new CPU cooler on the horizon from Xigmatek which it calls the Carbonado (S1284V).

As you can see from the image above, this is another tower-style cooler which of course includes Xigmatek's HDT (heat-pipe direct touch) technology with the use of four 8mm heatpipes.

Dimensions come in at 120 (W) x 60 (H) x 159 (D) mm with a weight of 660g. The included 120mm fan uses a transparent housing and blades and white LEDs, spinning at between 1000 and 2200rpm.

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Zalman readies up trio of new products in time for CES

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 6, 2010 8:39 AM CST

CES 2010 - In prep for CES, Zalman has unveiled three new products this week and the folks at Hardware Canucks are the first to get the scoop on them prior to the commencement of the show.

First up is Zalman's new CNPS10X Performa CPU cooler, a tweaked derivative of the other two CNPS10X coolers in this lineup. Zalman does away with unnecessary cosmetic attributes whilst retaining the features that make it a highly competitive cooler in a lower price bracket.

Next is the new VF3000 series VGA cooler which is suited to both current and older high performance graphics cards with its dual 92mm fans and a quartet of large-diameter copper heatpipes.

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CES 2010 early peak at some cool new odds and ends

Sean Kalinich | RAM | Jan 6, 2010 8:14 AM CST

CES 2010 - While many know CES as a time when the big companies launch all of their new hardware and projects for the year there are quite a few other companies there. These are the little and not so little guys that are pushing their products on the market in an attempt to get some press time.

While at CES Unveiled we got the chance to walk around and talk to a few companies that you might not have ever heard of, but that had some impressive products nonetheless. One of the first ones that we saw was a company called ZOMM ( which stands for Zachry, Olivia and Madison's Mom). The device they were pushing was also called ZOMM and was pretty impressive. When I first saw it I thought it was nothing more than a new form of Life Alert. However after a quick talk I found that I was way off the mark. ZOMM is a wireless leash, speaker phone, caller id and much more for your Bluetooth enabled cellphone. ZOMM was created by Laurie Penix, as a way to help people keep track of their Cell Phones. But the idea did not stop there.

The ZOMM is a small round device that can fit easily onto your keychain. From there you connect it to your phone Via Bluetooth. Once it is connected it can alert you if you are too far from the phone. This acts as an invisible leash and can help you if you are prone to forgetting to pick up your phone. But as we mentioned there is more to it. It is also a fully functional speaker phone and can also be used to as a caller ID device. The last feature was is the one that had me thinking of life alert. This was the personal alarm feature. According to ZOMM as this is a Bluetooth device and works through your cell phone it will work in any country without issue.

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Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter flying thing impresses at CES Unveiled

Cameron Wilmot | Drones | Jan 5, 2010 9:58 PM CST

CES 2010 - CES Unveiled a preview event before the big show begins is still underway here in Las Vegas, but it was extremely crowded and there wasn't a whole bunch of stuff there that impressed.

One thing that did draw the crowds was Parrot's AR.Drone quadricopter. It's a toy that is said to allow video games to become reality. It comes with wireless networking support and two cameras - one on the bottom to track speed and one at the front to provide a cockpit view.

You can control the copter from your iPhone or iPod touch at this stage after linking up to it over wireless. Parrot also has launched the toy based on a open platform and has an SDK for registered developers who wish to built games and apps based around it for folks who like this kind of thing, and seeing it in person - I'm sure I could mess around with it for hours without getting bored.

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Gamecore brings PC games to your living room screen

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Jan 5, 2010 12:04 PM CST

I have often wanted to put a computer in the living room so I could play games on my big screen. I never did it because I don't want my massive gaming desktop sitting in the living room. A company called iGugu has unveiled a new device called Gamecore that can solve this problem.

The Gamecore device consists of a wireless remote, a transmitter, and a receiver that can send the game to your TV from your PC. The transmitter and receiver have to be connected with network cable, which is an issue.

The main component of the system is the Gamecore wireless remote that features a trackball, joystick, QWERTY keyboard, and six accelerometers allowing the device to support motion control of games. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.

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Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station breaks cover

Shane McGlaun | Networking | Jan 5, 2010 12:03 PM CST

I am a big fan of wireless computer gear; I have more cables running across my desk than I want. It would be great to shed all those cables and go wireless. Iomega has announced a new external storage interface device called the iConnect that will cut some of those wires.

The device has built-in wireless connectivity and a pair of USB ports that allow the iConnect to be used as a wireless print server and a wireless network storage device, assuming you plug an external hard drive into one of the USB ports. The device supports 802.11b/g/n networks and has a wired gigabit Ethernet port as well.

The iConnect is compatible with Apple Time Machine backups and works with Windows computers as well. It supports CIFS/SMB/Rally (Microsoft), AFP/Bonjour (Apple), HTTP, HTTPS network protocols and can be configured for remote access from anywhere in the world. The device will ship in February for $99.99.

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Lenovo unveils skylight smartbook

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Jan 5, 2010 12:00 PM CST

I'm not sure what to make of the smartbooks starting to hit the market. The first time I saw a netbook I thought the devices would never make it and today I own one and love it. I'm not going to say that the smartbook is not going to make it right now, but the things are costly enough to put them head to head with many netbooks.

Lenovo has announced its first smartbook called the Skylight that is set to ship this spring. The machine runs a 1GHz Qualcomm snapdragon processor. This is the same processor found in some smartphones. The device has a 10-inch screen with HD resolution.

Lenovo claims that the battery life is long enough for ten hours of straight use. The device appears to have a proprietary operating system and is designed for surfing the web. The device will sell for $499 when it ships and Lenovo says that AT&T will be offering a subsidized version. I'd rather have a netbook with Windows at that price.

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WirelessHD 2.0 is coming - 4K res support and much more

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Jan 5, 2010 6:18 AM CST

WirelessHD will be given an update in the near future and the companies backing it up have already outlined the goals for this 2.0 revision.

The WirelessHD Consortium says the next-gen WirelessHD specs bring :-

- Data transfer speeds in the range of 10 to 28 Gbps so as to provide enough bandwidth for higher resolution content

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eVGA throws all its tricks (and then some) into dual-socket LGA-1366 board

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 4, 2010 8:21 AM CST

A pretty outrageous motherboard has been spotted online from eVGA which they will quite likely show off during CES which kicks off in a few days.

This thing is an absolute monster; a dual socket LGA-1366 offering which looks to be Intel 5500 "Tylersberg" or X58 powered with ICH10-class Southbridge. It is neither XL-ATX or EATX in exact dimensions with a said length of 13.58 inches (344.93mm) and possibly a little wider than EATX as well.

Each LGA-1366 socket gets six DDR3 DIMM slots with independant 3-phase digital PWM circuit, whilst the CPU sockets themselves get 8-phases each. The CPU VRM requires input from an 8-pin ATX and also what looks to be an additional 6-pin +12V (PCI-E) connector. Further to that is a spot for additional 6-pin PCI-E power along with the usual 24-pin ATX connector to feed the beast, albeit some of these extra power inputs may only be needed for extreme overclocking.

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Team unveils new X092 USB 2.0/eSATA flash drive

With CES coming up there are hoards of new flash drives and other gear hitting the market that support USB 3.0. Most of the new products I have been seeing lately are USB 3.0. Today a new flash drive turned up form Team Group called the X092 that is not USB 3.0.

The drive is USB 2.0 and eSATA certified and offers fast read and write speeds. When connected via eSATA the drive is good for read speed of 110MB/sec and 40MB/sec write speed. The drive has enough performance to transfer a 4.5GB movie file in 42 seconds.

The X092 will be offered in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities and is RoHS compliant. The thing is covered by a two year warranty and weighs 24 grams. Availability and pricing info is unknown at this time.

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