iPhone OS 3.0 enters Beta 4 stage

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Apr 29, 2009 8:27 AM CDT

The iPhone OS 3.0 has entered the BETA 4 stage. But according to people that have the new OS there is not much new to see.

One thing they do talk about is that the formerly empty store settings pane now has some information in it. The problem is there is nothing exciting there and only seems to link you to a bland web page that allows you to edit your account information.

To get OS 3.0 working you will also need to upgrade to the new iTunes, 8.2 (which is not out just yet.)

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ASRock and Pegatron NV ION systems go on display

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 29, 2009 4:47 AM CDT

During a recent press conference in Taipei, NVIDIA commented to Chinese press that it expected to have 40 of its Intel Atom CPU based ION platforms on the market by the end of the year.

The report says that there will be a mixture of single-core Atom 230 and dual-core Atom 330 systems available and we will probably end up seeing many of them during Computex Taipei, which is held during early June.

ASRock and Pegatron NV ION systems go on display

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Intel cuts SSD X25 and X18 prices as expected

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Apr 29, 2009 1:40 AM CDT

As expected, Intel has just announced price cuts to its line of X25 and X18 SSD drives.

Start at the top of the line, the 160GB SSD has dropped in price down to $630 and the smaller form factor sized 80GB X18-M down to $320. The popular 80GB X25-M has dropped from $390 down to $340. Finally the 32GB X25-E drive has gone from $410 to $390. All prices are in US dollars.

Intel cuts SSD X25 and X18 prices as expected

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Intel Launches New SFF Motherboards

Zac O'Vadka | Motherboards | Apr 29, 2009 1:33 AM CDT

Intel has announced two new motherboards hoping to spur some growth in the area of small form factor computing.

First up is the D945GSEJT boarth that comes fully integrated with an Atom N270 processor and the Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset. Intel seems to think this low-power nettop platform is great for building all-in-one or thin client PC's.

Intel Launches New SFF Motherboards

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Microsoft Increases Security In Windows 7 For USB

Microsoft has made a last minute change to Windows 7 in an effort to try and increase security even more. This time around they have removed the AutoRun feature for most USB drives.

Microsoft Increases Security In Windows 7 For USB

This will hopefully prevent malware from tricking users into running an application, at least that is Microsoft's intent. All USB drives won't be affected however. Drives that use specialized software such as U3 will still continue to show up as DVD drives, thus allowing them to still utilize AutoRun.

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Apple Might be working on two devices for Verizon

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 28, 2009 1:13 PM CDT

Wow, the Apple rumor mill is out in force today. The current one is that Apple is looking to cheat on long term partner AT&T by developing a pair of devices for Verizon.

The new devices would include a lower end iPhone, something Apple has repeatedly denied even considering and an iPod touch on Steroids dubbed the Media Pad by the press.

According to CNet this Media Pad could be the true source of all the Apple Netbook rumors. If true this means that Apple with dodge the Sub $500 computer question by making an overpriced media player instead.

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Asus launches OC'd HD 4770 with Voltage Tweak

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 28, 2009 12:50 PM CDT

Asus, looking to be first off of the plate has made a move that is not making ATi/AMD happy at all.

What Asus has done is this, they have pushed out an overclocked 4770 on the day of launch. The new card called the EAH4770 TOP features the usual 40nm and the stock cooler with reference design but the CPU is pushed up to 800MHz and 3.4GHz for the memory. This is up from the stock speeds of 750MHa and 3.2GHz.

But to add a little extra Asus has thown in a voltage tweak that pushes the voltage up from .95v to 1.2v this allows for a further boost to 950MHz+ for the GPU and an impressive 4600MHz for the memory.

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Acer shows off ION in the AspireRevo

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 28, 2009 12:15 PM CDT

Well Acer is the first to get their ION feet wet and actually provide a sample for the press to drool over.

Called the AspireRevo this new Nettop is combining a Dual Core Atom (230) with the ION MCP containing the GeFroce 9400. According to Acer the AspireRevo can shovel out 1080p video quite nicely. Combined with a 7.1 Audio Codec the new nettop could double as a fully functional HTPC once you add a USB or e-SATA BluRay Drive and a USB HD TV tuner.

But you may want to wait until Windows 7 Hits as other than the Multi-Core Atom and the 9400 the Revo looks to be a pretty standard nettop offering.

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HP ignoring additional nVidia GPU/MCP issues

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 28, 2009 12:04 PM CDT

We all remember the fiasco over the issues with certain nVidia GPUs and MCPs. There were posts all over the internet about it. But in the end HP, Dell and Apple all decided to extend warrantees for affected systems.

Or so we all thought, it would seem that HP has chosen not to cover all systems that are having the GPU/MCP problems. They put up an initial list and that was that. Anyone that has a different model not on the list that has the same problem is just out of luck.

It seems that people have been complaining about the dv9500 having problems with thermal failure, but HP is turning a deaf ear to their cries.

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