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All News for January 2011

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the GPU of the week, with a tempting price point and great frame rate results to go with it. Companies are already lining up to offer new graphics cards based on that new core, and Zotac is right there on the bandwagon. The company has today let loose their newest GPU, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Based on our... Read more...
Is the surround sound system dead? Not quite, but it's not nearly as necessary as it was just five years ago. At that point, running miles of speaker cable around your den was a dreadful requirement to get legitimate surround sound, but audio technologies have evolved quite substantially in the span of just a few... Read more...
If you are one of the people that happens to be running a bleeding-edge 'alpha 1' version of Ubuntu Linux on your main desktop machine (and who isn't?), you may have noticed a particular change in recent days: OpenOffice has been replaced by LibreOffice for the upcoming (next April) Ubuntu 11.04 release. What is OpenOffice, what is LibreOffice,... Read more...
NVIDIA's affordable gaming GPU solution is all the rage this week, with the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti offering loads of performance with a reasonable price tag. As fate would have it, a load of GPU makers are jumping at the chance to unveil new graphics cards based on this new core. Gigabyte is one of those companies, today revealing the new... Read more...
One of the most significant impacts of the iPad (and of tablets more generally) has been the devices' perceived ability to alleviate the crushing financial woes currently afflicting most major newspapers and magazines. The general theory is that customers, who are used to reading web content for free, will pay a monthly charge for the privilege... Read more...
Seagate issued a general announcement yesterday in an apparent attempt to clarify its SSD plans going forward. Of all the various hard drive vendors, Seagate has been by far the most acrimonious towards SSD development; former CEO Bill Watkins' plans for dealing with the introduction of SSDs was to threaten to sue the companies out of existence.... Read more...
Razer, in the speaker business? Oh yeah! Razer actually isn't a stranger to the speaker world, and definitely not to the headphone world. The company has definitely focused more on keyboards and mice over the past few months, but today is a day for something different. The company's new Ferox Twin Speaker Set uses a design that emits omni-directional... Read more...
World's fastest notebook? We hear that a lot these days. Almost every single time that NVIDIA, Intel or AMD release new mobile hardware, the first laptop company to implement that technology into their gear gets to lay claim to a "world's fastest." Today, the award goes to Maingear. The company has just introduced the new EX-L 15, which is... Read more...
For the better part of the second half of 2010 there's been plenty of hype surrounding the emerging tablet market, but few actual product releases. As 2011 slowly gets underway, things are starting to look different already. CES was bustling with working tablets, Android 3.0 is just around the corner, HP is expected to launch its webOS-based... Read more...
Someone over at Hewlett-Packard is apparently ultra-excited about the company's upcoming Topaz tablet -- the first slate to be built around HP's semi-newly acquired webOS platform -- and has leaked a ton of info and pictures to Pre|Central. Topaz, as you already know, is the name HP is giving its first webOS-based slate, and while some of... Read more...
It's hard out there for PC makers. There's just so much competition hitting you from every angle, and with AMD and Intel introducing new gear every month it seems, it has to be hard to keep your supply channel in check. But Origin PC has been hanging in there with the best of 'em since launching a year or so ago, and today they're announcing... Read more...
If you’ve been on top of the graphics space the last few months, you’ll no doubt be aware that NVIDIA recently introduced the GeForce GTX 580 and 570, which feature the GF110 GPU; an updated version of the GF100 which arrived with the GeForce GTX 480. In a similar move, the GF114 GPU that powers the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a... Read more...
Are you familiar with NOOKnewsstand? If not, you're probably alone based on Barnes & Noble's most recent press release. The company's digital periodical subscription service has apparently been doing quite well, exceeding 650,000 subscriptions and single copy sales in just the first two months. The company claims that this is being driven... Read more...
What have you 'Liked' today? Anything? Probably a lot of things. Well over 500 million Facebook accounts exist, and that number is growing rapidly every single day. The world is becoming more of a digital one, and it's safe to say we're living in a "digital age." With social networking becoming so prominent and playing such a huge role in... Read more...
Security firm Imperva reports that a hacker is selling access to military, educational, and government websites for bargain basement prices ranging from $55-499. Imperva, which reported on the hacker on Friday, believes that he was able to gain access to the sites through a SQL injection technique. The priciest hack is access to the homepages... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And if you can't buy 'em, create some competition! That's the route that Google is taking these days, with reports coming out this week that Google is planning to launch a new Groupon rival called 'Google Offers." The search giant has yet to confirm or deny the news, but being that it was initially reported... Read more...
Video: Zotac Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card Review @ OCIA.net MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II @ techPowerUp Samsung FX2490HD 24" LED Hybrid HDTV & Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 BFBC2 Vietnam Edition @ Techgage ASUS Radeon 6950 and 6970 @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3... Read more...
When you generally think about storage, you think about sizes getting bigger and prices getting smaller. But there are always exceptions to the rule. Toshiba's new 1.8-inch hard drives fit that mold. They aren't the biggest, and they probably aren't the cheapest, and they definitely won't be as quick as your average... Read more...
In the notebook world, we see a lot of change. Ultraportables have become hip, and netbooks changed the category forever. But on the desktop side, change comes a lot slower. The "beige box PC" reigned for what felt like a decade, and for some time, Alienware was just about the only major company doing unique cases... Read more...
Sandy Bridge is the big new buzzword in the consumer PC industry now that CES 2011 is behind us, and every PC maker in existence is jumping at the chance to offer Intel's new wave of Core CPUs. CyberPower is joining that group, today introducing a new partnership with Newegg to offer three new pre-built gaming rigs. The systems, Gamer Ultra... Read more...
Good news for AMD users who have been waiting for OpenGL 4.1 support within Windows and Linux. AMD has just announced wide-ranging support for OpenGL 4.1 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro, FireGL and Radeon graphics card. The new support is being enabled with a new driver release: the FirePro and FireGL drivers are... Read more...
The Internet isn't quite "everywhere" yet, but it's well on the way to being so. Rural broadband projects are hoping to take the Web to new places, and with 4G networks popping up all over the place, mobile connectivity is booming as well. One place where the Internet has only recently found is the automobile. While some cars have been equipped... Read more...
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