Hardware

Kingston releases affordable SSD upgrade kits and new memory cooler

During Computex, Kingston announced two new products to the market. The first new product is a new addition to their SSDNow series of solid state drives. The new SSDs that were announced today will be known as the V series as opposed to their E and M series of drives. These drives will come as bundles for the end user in two forms, one being a laptop upgrade bundle and the other being a desktop upgrade bundle. We recently did a review of their M series bundle for the desktop which you can view here. Because these drives will be aimed towards the value segment

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Hardware

Corsair has a new case and it has an aquired taste

The case that Corsair will be announcing for Computex 2009 tomorrow is going to be called the 800D and be part of their Obsidian series of cases. This will be the first case that Corsair has ever released and as such there may be some things that may need some work. This case will sport a steel structure that is painted inside and out matte black and will have a brushed aluminum front panel. This case will also have a windowed side panel in order to allow people to show off their magnificent water-cooling setup or cable management. Or even worse, their awful cable management.

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs

Google announces new communication project called Google Wave

Google has announced a new project to add to their portfolio of interesting and sometimes useful apps. This new one is known as Google Wave. What exactly is wave? Wave is what Google believes email would look like if it were invented today as opposed to 40 some odd years ago. Because of this, Google believes it should incorporate various means of communication that we use today in order to better our ability to communicate with others. While the use of the word email may seem very familiar to you, in reality it really isn’t anything like email. I would describe Google Wave as a

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Hardware

Gigabyte announces new motherboard lineup for Computex 2009

During this year’s Computex in Taipei Gigabyte Technology Co., will be announcing a slew of innovative products in their motherboard lineups that will bring them further into the enthusiast and mainstream markets. One of the technologies that Gigabyte will be announcing during Computex will be their newly designed 24-phase power VRM which is designed to deliver more and cleaner power to the CPU. While this may be a good development, we can only reserve our judgment of such a technology until we do a review of this 24-phase power design and compare it against other motherboard manufacturers with other VRM designs. The 24-phase tech will

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Hardware

Kingston Announces 12GB kit of 1600mhz DDR3

  Today, Kingston has announced a one of a kind triple channel memory kit. What makes this kit so unique is that it is actually a 3 stick 12GB kit, enabling you to run 24GB of memory on an i7 based platform, motherboard permitting of course. While 4GB modules are not necessarily anything new, they are still quite rare and expensive. What makes this release impressive is that these modules are actually running at 1600 MHz and CL9-9-9-27 while all other 4GB modules run at 1333 MHz.   This announcement is a great development for gamers and people who need every ounce of memory bandwidth

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Business

Circuit City Resurrected Under the Arms of TigerDirect and Systemax

Today, we witness the resurrection of circuitcity.com. If the information we interpreted from the video located on the circuitcity website [and other rumors and leaks] is to be belived; it looks like the owners of both Systemax and Tigerdirect are behind the purchase of Circuit City.  Tigerdirect and systemax have become pretty acclimated to taking dead retailers and incorporating them into their brand. They did this with the remaining CompUSA stores in Florida and actually renamed their own stores to match that brand, although the websites of CompUSA and Tigerdirect are pretty much identical. So what we’d expect to see is a Tigerdirect website with a circuit city name with Tigerdirect employees taking your orders

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Apple, Companies, Hardware

Consumer Reports fakes a consumer report about Macs?

Recently, we wrote an article about the Mac tax and how ridiculous some ridiculous statements had been made by the media in regards to the cost of Macs versus PCs. Today, we come against another form of media claiming that Macs are indeed better than PCs. This time, though, the bias is blatantly shown by what was once considered a respectable measure of product quality and value, Consumer Reports. It had been brought to my attention by a blogger on laptopmag.com by the name of Dana Wollman. The blogger specifically responds to a claim by AppleInsider that MacBooks swept the latest Consumer Report scores. Unfortunately

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Hardware

PICTORIAL: Gigabyte GO OC 2009 Inside out

Gigabyte recently held its GO OC 2009 Pan American Finals. The event’s winner will pack his bags and fly to Taiwan on June 3rd to compete for the world title and 5000 U.S. dollars in prize money. Today we are covering this event as we stated in our previous article on both days of the event with a plethora of images. Here is the banner that greeted all of the visitors and competitors, introducing us to the "Dirty Dozen + 1", overclockers that competed in the GO OC 2009.   Here is a shot of the room where the entire event went down. The picture below can be described as

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Business, Hardware, Interviews

INTERVIEW: Dynamite Data Mining App saves money in recession

After hearing about a new price engine add-on, we decided to catch up with Steve Kovsky from Dynamite Data, a San Diego based company, about their new technology. In short, this program installs as a browser [Firefox, Ed.] add-on and captures the lowest tech goods prices in real time and lets you know if the price you are looking at is indeed the lowest price. BSN*: Hi Steve, what do you do within the company? Dynamite: I am the VP of business development, and director of research, so I focus on forging partnerships with other businesses that can benefit from our real-time e-commerce data, as

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Hardware

Gigabyte?s GO OC US Regionals this Saturday

Giga-Byte Computer Co. Ltd., or simply known as GigaByte decided to put things into higher gear. The company opened itself to overclockers last year, and since then the company pushed the overclocking mantra across product segments too. In order to put the money where their mouth is, the company organized a world-wide tournament – GO OC 2009 [Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship]. The Pan American Final competition will be held in the City of Industry [Los Angeles, CA]. The event will start this coming Saturday [April 25th, Ed.] and go through Sunday – yielding a Pan American winner that will travel to the World Championship event

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Business

The Pirate Bay Saga is not over yet – judge biased, cause for mistrial?

As many of us had expected, the owners of The Pirate Bay would appeal the decision made by the judge in regards to their jail time and the settlement of millions of dollars. Today, it appears, they may have a lucky break in getting the ruling made by the judge overturned. As reported by Radio’s P3 news program in Sweden, which the judge is a member of some of the very same copyright protection organizations as some of the main entertainment industry groups that, brought the suit. One legal expert familiar with the situation believes that the associations that Judge Tomas Norström [Norstrom] has are

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Ferrari answers Volvo, releases a free racing game

For the past four years, Ferrari went aggressively with the use of Internet and computing related technologies. This sports car manufacturer vastly expanded its online presence and the company wasn’t afraid to try the newest technologies. For instance, you can see Ferrari’s latest Formula 1 car in a Full 360 degree view with various levels of zoom on a dedicated website that is by far – the best out of any F1 team. It didn’t stop there, as the Ferrari California was launched through a series of exclusive e-mails that included the details of the car such as sound of the engine, the door opening,

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Business, Hardware

Thermaltake: Copying is the sincerest form of flattery

Taking a look at the Thermaltake official forum we noticed a recently released product: Thermaltake Element G case. This case seemed to look pretty good and seemed to appeal to the gamer crowd especially considering some of the marketing art they provide on the very same page. As a side note, we’re not exactly quite sure how changing colors of fans will dictate your gaming experience, but that’s not the purpose of this article. The real problem is that we have seen this case before. This case, with a few minor exceptions is nothing else but a knock-off of the already announced Cooler Master Storm

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Graphics, Hardware

Buyer-beware: Samsung 3D LCD requires two people assembly?

Recently, EVGA launched ELP [EVGA Loaner Program], which is an interesting scheme that allows someone to test-drive a particular technology before deciding on purchase. Under this program, a member of EVGA forums [free sign-up, Ed.] can receive a part for two weeks, submit a review and send the part to the next evaluator. We participated in a program that allowed us to test out a pair of GeForce 3D Vision glasses as well as a 22" 120 Hz Samsung monitor. Just like the program, we had two weeks to test this out and after that, send it out to the next one – expect a

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs

Trillian Astra cometh, squashes TweetDeck and others like bugs

After much waiting, Cerulean Studios released a public beta [to the tune of a few thousand downloads] of the IM client Trillian Astra. This application is a much needed update to the Trillian application that we all came to know and love. The Great Wait lasted for quite a bit of time, as the regular version [3.1] was not very Vista friendly and featured a very bland user interface. The new Astra retains many features of the old Trillian IM client, but also adds support for more IM based applications in order to stay in tune with the times. Up until now, because of all

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