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When it comes to enhancing PC performance, no tweak or mod is too small to consider. Asetek is well-known for their dabbling in liquid cooling, and the company announced earlier in the year that they would soon be releasing a CPU cooler. Now, they've assembled a video to showcase the liquid cooled PNY XLR8 GTX prototype, and it's looking mighty... Read more...
Whenever a new SSD drops, that always catches our ear. But whenever we hear about solid state drives getting cheaper -- that really catches our attention. Texas Memory Systems has been a name that we're hearing more often these days, and the company is about to get a ton of eyeballs after announcing that they have... Read more...
If you were wondering exactly why AT&T decided it wanted to acquire T-Mobile USA, it's easy: the company has cried "Uncle." It basically has admitted it can't handle the iPhone. AT&T has filed its Public Interest Statement regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA with the SEC. AT&T said: A... Read more...
Recent rumors and leaks indicate that the iPhone 5 won't be significantly different from the iPhone 4, but it will have a faster processor, said to be the A5 currently shipping in the iPad 2. A new report indicates that some developers have been gifted with iPhone 4's with the A5 processor instead of the... Read more...
Kindle for Android is nothing new; the app has been around for a long while, giving users of Google's mobile OS the ability to tap into Amazon's vast e-book store and buy / read material right on their Android device. But the swarm of Android tablets have had to use a non-optimized version for awhile now. Thankfully, Amazon's fixing that.... Read more...
There's been quite a heavy flow of Kindle-related news this week, hitting just as rumors started flying that the company behind it may be interested in doing their own tablet, too. Amazon has just introduced a new Direct Publishing model that will allow authors and publishers to independently publish their books in the Amazon.de Kindle Store.... Read more...
MSI announced the CX640MX notebook with an Intel second generation Core i processor and nVidia GeForce 410M discrete graphics card. This notebook comes with a number of added functions including MSI’s Time Stamp backup and restore technology, SRS PC Sound wrap around sound, a light sensor to extend battery life, MSI's intuitive smart... Read more...
If you've been following Skype closely, you may remember a unique security hole that was unearthed a few days ago. It caught quite a lot of tracking, and with around 30 million Skypers online each day, it's easy to understand why. Acting swiftly, Skype has just released a new version of Skype for Android into the Android Market, containing... Read more...
We never really assumed that this wasn't a done-deal, but now it's truly a done-deal. There's no turning back for Nokia, who has just revealed a "definitive agreement" with Microsoft to utilize their Windows Phone 7 operation system on smartphones. The deal is likely being announced to give consumers and analysts... Read more...
Razer's more typical controllers are easy to describe: mice, keyboards and joysticks usually comprise the company's line. But the Hydra is something entirely different. It's a new set of motion sensing controllers, and while they were announced first a few months back, they're just now being put on sale. Naturally, the timing here is perfectly... Read more...
If you've been itching to get your hands on Verizon Wireless' hot new 4G LTE smartphone, there's no time like the present. For a limited time, Amazon is offering the HTC Thunderbolt with a Verizon Wireless contract for a reduced price of $129.99. This special pricing is only available through midnight Pacific Time on Monday, April 25. As you... Read more...
Citing manufacturing issues at Apple that led to a shortfall of iPad shipments, market research firm IHS iSuppli reduced its shipment forecast for 2011 to 39.7 million units. That figure includes all iPad models and is down from iSuppli's February's forecast of 43.7 million units, a reduction of more than 9 percent... Read more...
Maingear knows a thing or three about building high-end gaming systems, but it's not all fun and games. The boutique system builder also constructs heavy-duty workstations like the Quantum Shift, which Maingear has just updated with Intel's new Xeon Processor E3-1200 family. "The pairing of the new Intel Xeon E3 1200... Read more...
DRS Technologies has been produced rugged, hardcore gear for some time, and they aren't stopping now. The company just announced that their ARMOR X10gx rugged tablet has been approved for connectivity on the Sprint 3G network. This certification will enable ARMOR customers that utilize the integrated WWAN capabilities of the X10gx on Sprint’s... Read more...
As the furball around a recently publicized hidden iOS location tracking file continues to expand, both a senator and a congressman have sent separate letters to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking about the file and why it is unencrypted. At the same time, it seems the discovery is not a discovery after all. Sen. Al Franken... Read more...
Flip Video may be over and done with, but there are plenty of options out there for those who still believe in the form factor. Samsung Electronics has one of those alternatives, as the "multi-proof" W200 pocket cam seeks to bring Full HD video filming to those who just need a camcorder in their front pocket. It features a 5MP BSI CMOS sensor,... Read more...
These days, there are pretty much only two kinds of 3D TVs on the market: active ones, and passive ones. But Toshiba is breaking out another word with their latest set from Japan: polarizing. The Regza ZP2 is the company's latest, and will ship in 32" and 26" screen sizes. They're expected to retail for between 130,000 and 150,000 yen, and... Read more...
In less than a week, there will be another LTE smartphone option from Verizon Wireless. Samsung Mobile and Verizon Wireless announced the Droid Charge will be available on April 28. The Charge is Samsung’s first LTE smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with... Read more...
Ouch! Bad news from Nokia this week, with the company's smartphone share falling to 26% in the latest report. That's a shocking fall. Not too many years ago, Nokia's share overall was pushing 50%, and now, their overall share has slipped to beneath 30%. We had all ideas that things would be tough for Nokia in the short-term after their switch... Read more...
45nm? Old. 32nm? Close, but no cigar. 19nm? That's the stuff. We're just kidding around about 45nm process technology being "so last year," but in reality, things truly are evolving really quickly in the CPU universe. And maybe even faster in the memory universe. SanDisk is obviously a major player in the latter, and they just announced a... Read more...
Sony this week announced that it's putting to rest its PSP Go handheld game console and will no longer produce or ship additional units once inventory runs out. To anyone who follows the portable gaming scene, this shouldn't come as any surprise, unless you're simply shocked it took Sony this long to throw in the white towel. Despite Sony's... Read more...
Underscoring why Verizon Wireless made such an aggressive push to secure rights to sell Apple's iPhone, the wireless carrier today announced activation figures for the coveted smartphone, saying it turned on service for 2.2 million iPhone devices in the first quarter alone. What's more, Verizon said the iPhone 4 produced the most successful... Read more...
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