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All News for January 2011

Today’s pre-launch of Intel’s Sandy Bridge-based processors should come as no surprise to anyone who even remotely follows the PC tech scene. We, along with Intel and numerous other companies and media outlets, have been slowly leaking Sandy Bridge and Sandy Bridge-related details for many months now. Heck, we’ve even showed... Read more...
About this time last year, Intel offered us a complete processor revamp and architecture update for both the desktop and mobile markets.  Intel called it their evolutionary "tick" step in their manufacturing process migration from 45 to 32nm.  The "tock," as it were, follows along in cadence offering refinement and feature enhancement... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new ThinkPad notebooks. Lenovo has a history of announcing new machines at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, and they are taking the opportunity to announce five new machines in Las Vegas. Yes, five! The ThinkPad Edge E220s, ThinkPad Edge E420s, ThinkPad Edge E420... Read more...
Video: Inno3D Geforce GTX580 Overclock Review @ XtremeComputing Memory and Storage: 7" Sylvania SDVD8732 Widescreen Portable DVD Player w/Additional LCD Screen @ TestFreaks Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks Systems: Samsung SF510 Notebook @ PureOverclock Cases, Cooling & Misc.: Coolage X120TF Heatsink... Read more...
Verizon is reportedly dropping the price on the Samsung Galaxy Tab by $100, to $499. Additionally, Verizon is going to throw in $60 worth of free movie rentals, either via the Blockbuster app or Media Hub. For those who might have purchased recently, according to the report, if you have your receipt and it's been within the last two weeks,... Read more...
The question just has to be asked: "Why didn't I think of that?!" Magnetic connectors have been around for years. They solve a common problem, in that they'll break apart if too much tension is applied. Apple has a patented version on their notebooks, a technology dubbed MagSafe, that is easily our favorite AC adapter technologies amongst... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show for 2011 hasn't even started yet, but already things are warming up near Las Vegas. While Vizio themselves have yet to make a proper announcement, The Wall Street Journal has published a report that essentially spills the beans on two new major products from America's low-cost TV leader... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new things for the Boxee Box. Boxee Box owners have been wishing and waiting for Netflix support ever since it went on sale in November of last year, and now the team is providing an official update. Unfortunately, neither Netflix nor VUDU apps were available for the holidays. But there was plenty of other things... Read more...
One of the Nook's claim to fame when it launched was that you could lend books that you purchased to other Nook users for up to two weeks. In a way, it was just like owning a real book, which you can obviously lend to someone at will. Amazon's Kindle couldn't do that, but a new year represents the turning of a new leaf. The company has just... Read more...
Many people have a box or drawer full of old chargers for our old cell phones. Although the charger may function just fine, due to special connection types, we often can't reuse a charger when we switch phones. After all these years of dealing with different chargers and various connections between phones and other devices, some good news... Read more...
Another day, another month, another year...another media player. That's the trend we're seeing, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. Most all of the major players have contributed to the sector, with Western Digital, Netgear, D-Link, Roku, Apple and loads more introducing new networked set-top boxes to the market. And now, smaller players... Read more...
The mystery! The intrigue! The suspense! It's all a part of AMD's latest thriller. It's coming to select cinemas near you soon, and it involves something pretty special: Fusion. AMD's Fusion APU has been making the circles for some time now, combining the power of a CPU and a GPU into one power plant. What's in store for consumers? Hard to... Read more...
For the first time, Facebook has surpassed Google to become the most visited website in the U.S. for the majority of 2010. According to online measurement service Experian Hitwise, Facebook topped Google with 8.9 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010. Google came in a close second with 7.2 percent of all visits. In 2008... Read more...
Well, that was short lived. Consumer electronics have a pretty short life-cycle these days. Even the HTC-build Google Nexus One only remained on sale for a few months, and now one of Clear's mobile hotspot devices has bit the dust. The iSpot was an interesting product from the start. It was a small 4G pebble that provided access to WiMAX services... Read more...
Come to think of it, it has been quite some time since we have seen a PC enclosure that truly blew us away. Thermaltake's Level 10 will always hold a special place in our hearts, but outside of that, the custom enclosure market has been a little more quiet than usual. Thankfully, Fractal Designs is kicking the new year off with a bang. The... Read more...
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