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All News for November 2011

Back in 2001, VIA introduced the mini-ITX form factor, and modders everywhere had a nifty little platform upon which to build interesting projects, both for fun and for profit. VIA is commemorating the mini-ITX’s 10th anniversary with an ebook retrospective, which is a free download for all interested. The ebook features the history... Read more...
It appears as though more of us are eschewing Black Friday, with its physical, emotional, and spiritual toll, and looking toward Cyber Monday as the day to snag our savings. According to comScore, Cyber Monday this year was the heaviest day of online spending in U.S. history. Collectively, buyers spent $1.25 billion online at U.S. websites.... Read more...
Lenovo talked a big game about how it was going to leapfrog ahead of Dell in the global PC market to become the world's second largest PC brand, and lo and behold, the company backed up its bravado with a strong third quarter. According to figures by market research firm IHS iSuppli, Lenovo's PC shipments in the third... Read more...
Spotify officially has its game face on. The spunky streaming service that seemingly took forever to land on U.S. shores is not only here (that's old news now), but it now has apps! The new Spotify Platform gives third party developers the chance to build creative and awesome music-based apps, propelling Spotify up a level in the process.... Read more...
Google released Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The latest version of Maps now has the ability to help you navigate inside of buildings. With the launch, Google has partnered with some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan to provide maps. As Google says, this is just the start: The company is planning... Read more...
Super Talent announced a new line of high speed, quad-channel Registered DDR3 RDIMM modules for servers running at 1600MHz. As server admins know, there is often a problem that arises if all memory slots are populated on a motherboard. If all of the slots are populated, the memory must throttle its performance in... Read more...
Looking to piece together a new PC? You'll need some power. NZXT has just issued their HALE82 PSU series, complete with 80+ Bronze Certification operating with high efficiency:  at 20%, 50%, and 100% loads, efficiencies are 82%, 85%, and 82% respectively. It's equipped with a 120mm two-ball bearing fan, high quality 100% Japanese solid... Read more...
It might just be the most incredible mouse, or perhaps the most unique mouse, you've ever seen. It's probably from this side of Jupiter, and it's certainly not for gamers. It's for professionals -- pros who could use an insane amount of buttons and knobs at their fingertips while computing. 3Dconnexion's SpaceMouse Pro is a 3D mouse meant... Read more...
Powerline isn't as popular as it once was, but it's still living life as best it can. TRENDnet has just launched a new, smaller adapter that's actually poised to hide out pretty well in your living room. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E, and the 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E2K,... Read more...
At the Server Design Summit this week, STEC will demo its latest MLC flash-based SSDs. The company’s flagship ZeusIOPS line now includes a high-endurance model with the ability to deliver up to 30 full capacity read/writes per day for five years (or about 33 Petabytes of data over the life of a 600GB drive). The new model, the ZeusIOPS... Read more...
Acer introduced a new 27-inch 3D monitor that is capable of converting any 2D content to 3D. The new Acer HR274H features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and uses Acer's chip-based solution for converting 2D content to 3D. The monitor connects to your 3D-enabled PC, Blu-ray player, game console, cable set top box, or camera via a single HDMI cable... Read more...
OCZ announced the Talos 2 Serial Attached SCSI SSD Series. As the follow-up to the Talos Series which was available in a 3.5 inch form factor, the Talos 2 features a 2.5-inch form factor and offers capacities ranging from 100GB to 1TB in MLC, eMLC, and SLC NAND configurations. The Talos 2 also offers increased I/O performance and scalability.... Read more...
EVGA announced a pair of new graphics cards with 448 cores, the EVGA GTX 560 Ti FTW and the EVGA GTX 560 Ti Classified. The two cards have identical specs and key features. They both feature 797MHz core clocks, 3900MHz memory clocks, and 1594MHz shader clocks; 448 CUDA cores; PCI-E 2.0 bus; and 1280MB of GDDR5 memory... Read more...
Apple is spreading some holiday cheer to iDevice fans by offering free shipping on all products ordered online through its Apple store or via the Cupertino company's Apple Store iOS app. There's no minimum amount you have to spend; if it's available for purchase, it ships free to your door until December 22nd. Somewhat tying into the promotion... Read more...
Listen up fellas, this one applies to you. According to a report in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, your laptop's wireless signal could be killing your sperm. That's right, downloading music or firing off an email might be wiping out millions of potential offspring every time you sit down with your notebook. Reuters read the report... Read more...
Just in time for the holiday buying season, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand new graphics card. Sort of. Today, NVIDIA is announcing the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores. Some of you may be thinking, “Hey! GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards use the GF114 GPU which offers a maximum of 384 cores!” And you’d be right. This new GeForce... Read more...
Look who showed up on the gaming headphone scene. Sennheiser, a trusted name in the world of audio, has just introduced two new headphone models, both of which are targeting Xbox gamers. The X 320 and X2 are the company's first-ever Xbox headsets, and they're designed for all the Xbox LIVE action you can handle. The top-of-the-line X 320 features... Read more...
Typing on the go? There's a keyboard for that. Verbatim has just launched a new Bluetooth keyboard aimed at those who need something portable. Mostly for use with tablets -- like the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Xoom, etc. It's called the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard, and it pretty much does what it says. Users can play, pause and control iTunes music... Read more...
Believe it or not, Acer makes more than all-in-one PCs, notebooks and NAS drives. The company also has a thing for smartphones, and the new Liquid Express is the latest in the Liquid lineup. It's an Android-based handset with an NFC chip, making it the first from the company with that technology built in. It's... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive... Read more...
It’s a happy day for AMD loyalists. The company is partnering with Patriot Memory and VisionTek Products to offer AMD-branded memory modules. AMD’s new lines of DIMMs are designed to make deciding which memory to use with your AMD- or Intel-based system simpler, and they also make it nice and easy to sell bundles of AMD products.... Read more...
If the NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU cooler is just too bulky for you, NZXT released the HAVIK 120, a smaller and purportedly more versatile version of the HAVIK 140. Being more compact, the HAVIK 120 is designed to put less strain on the motherboard and also provide more room in the case for cabling and components. Features include four 8mm fan pipes... Read more...
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