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AMD unveils Opteron 6000 8 and 12-core CPUs

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on March 29th, 2010

AMD has been offering Opteron processor for a while now that have six cores inside. The company has now announced that it has new Opteron 6000 series processors available that have 8-cores and 12-cores.

The new processors are aimed at the server environment and will be offered in servers from HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD says that the new processors offer twice the performance of the previous generation 6-core processors.

Android is catching up to the iPhone OS

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

The iPhone OS is the king of smartphone traffic and the mobile web share right now, but the Android OS is catching up and nipping at it’s heels. Maybe it’s because of the slew of Android-powered devices that were rolled out recently or maybe less people are paying for iPhones and iPod touches these days.

RIM, webOS and Windows Mobile have a long way to go if they want to catch up. Do you have a prediction as to who will come out ahead?

Sony PS3 update 3.21 removes “Other OS” feature

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on March 29th, 2010

I have had a PS3 since the console launched and I have seen the other OS feature on the machine several times, but I have never used it. I bet that most of you are the same way.

If you do use the other OS feature for some reason you have a decision to make. Sony has Announced that the latest firmware update that is set to hit this week will eliminate the Other OS feature.

Zune HD 64 shows up

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

The link may not work, but look at that. The Zune HD 64 has made an appearance on the official Zune website. Seems like Microsoft has something they want to tell us.

A 64GB Zune HD, which doubles the capacity of the previous model and means that we have three models to choose from. There’s no further info on it just yet, but as soon as Microsoft wants to stop teasing us and give us some real info, we’ll let you know.

Apple confirms Best Buy iPads at launch

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

It’s almost time Apple fans. There has not been such a demand for pads of any kind since the great monthly visit of ’03. The iPad launches this Saturday, April 3. If you haven’t already pre-ordered, you can try your hand at getting one at retail this weekend.

Apple has confirmed that all 221 of its Apple Stores will have the tablets on sale, and has also confirmed that most Best Buys will have them. Stores will open at 9:00am, so you better be there.

Eclipse LiteTouch LCD Touchscreen Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

That is one smokingly hot and sexy keyboard. If you’ve been waiting for this sleek beauty, then we have some good news. The Eclipse Litetouch Keyboard has now cleared FCC and it’s almost available to purchase. The Eclipse Litetouch is unique not just because it looks good, but the number pad on the right side of the keyboard has been replaced with an LCD touchscreen.

You can program it with multiple sets of controls to be displayed. The Eclipse Litetouch keyboard will be available in a wired version for $99 and a wireless version for $129.

Sharp unveils two new Aquos Blu-Ray Recorders

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Sharp has released two new Blu-Ray recorders in the BD-HDW55 and BD-HDW53. The BD-HDW55 comes with a 500GB HDD, while the BD-HDW53 comes with a smaller 320GB HDD. Both recorders offer 10x more recording time compared to the usual DR recording method.

The Sharp Aquos BD-HDW55 will give you up to 63-hours of HD video recording and the 50GB Blu-ray disc supports only 6-hour of HD video. We don’t have any info on pricing for these Blu-ray recorders yet, but hopefully we will have more details soon.

Samsung launches Ultra Compact SMX-C20UN Digital Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

The Samsung SMX-C20UN digital camcorder features a unique 25-degree active angle lens, allowing you to shoot in comfort for extended periods of time. It also has a handy Edit function, so you to combine and divide files directly on the camcorder itself.

The Samsung SMX-C20UN also supports Superior Video Compression (H.264), so you can record more videos using less memory. Those are some nice features and the Samsung SMX-C20UN won’t break the bank at just $199.99.

Darth Vader wants to stab your books

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Vader doesn’t like books. When faced with a shelf full of books, he’s been known to violently stab them with his lightsaber. If you feel the same way as I do about the Star Wars prequels, these bookends would be the perfect place for any prequel-related books and movies as they will be stabbed with a lightsaber and left on the shelf.

The light saber is illuminated from the inside, powered by batteries. It’s priced at $49.95 and worth every penny.

LG outs world’s first full LED 3D TV

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

The LX9500 has an innovative backlight structure that will deliver an amazing 3D experience. It has a stunning brightness, a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, TruMotion 400Hz and of course a 3D picture. It’s available in 47 inch and 55 inch versions.

The LX9500 also supports the Multi Picture Format, the 3D picture standard that allows users to create and enjoy 3D content effortlessly. On the LX9500, viewers can immediately see images snapped with 3D cameras without having to first convert them on their PCs.

MacBook 3D concept, glasses included

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Everyone else is going 3D, so why not take a look at what a MacBook 3D would be like? That’s what designer Tai Chiem has done here with this glimpse into what it could be like. This concept MacBook has stereoscopic iSight cameras, 3D glasses and a hingeless spine design.

We don’t have any info on how it all works, it’s just a dream for all of you apple fans to drool over. Somehow, I don’t think Apple will be making anything 3D like this anytime soon.

Roundbox Computer will make learning fun

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

They never had cool stuff like this when I was a kid. The Roundbox is a portable computer that is designed to encourage creative learning for children. No boring books with boring old text. Instead there is a digital camera, video game console, TV, DVD player, computer and pen, all in one rugged device that your child can’t destroy easily.

What more do you need for learning? It’s for kids from ages 5-14 and has a computer mode, gaming mode, movie mode, art mode and camera mode. The touchpad can even be removed and converted into a wireless mouse.

iPad clone for $290

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Apple’s iPad won’t be the only iPad launching on April 3rd. It will be joined by a clone from Shenzhen Huayi, who will release their fake iPad on that date for $290. That’s half the price of the real iPad.

It goes without saying that you get what you pay for though. I mean, look at that click wheel at the bottom. You certainly won’t be tricked into buying one of these based on looks alone. Probably better to spend your dough on the real thing.

Yahoo iPad app screenshots

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Some screenshots of Yahoo’s iPad app have surfaced, and it looks way better than their website and uses the iPad’s screen space well. In just a few days the iPad will start shipping, so it’s time to start thinking about apps.

This one will be on your list just because it looks so nice. They did a great job with the UI. I hope others are paying attention. Not at all what you would expect from Yahoo.

New iPad pre-orders will not ship until April 12

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

The date for iPad pre-orders has been shifted back to April 12th, according to Apple’s website. People who have pre-ordered before today can still expect to get their iPads on April 3rd, so no worries there.

But those pre-ordering today & after should not expect the pre-orders to arrive before April 12th. The change suggests that Apple has completely sold out of the original online amount of WiFi iPads. 3G iPad models still have a shipping date of “late April.”