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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Review: Kingston KHX11000D3LLK2/2G DDR3 @ GideonTech.com
"Kingston Technology has opened some new doors in the world of RAM. We have been asked to test drive and show you some of the new HyperX DDR3 RAM. The modules I received are 1375MHz with CL timings of 7-7-7-20 and 1.7v. Let's see how well this first round of DDR3 modules stack up."

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bit-tech News: Wolf King Timberwolf Gaming Keyboard review
"On the plus side, for gaming it holds up very well and is both comfortable and responsive, placing a great number of keys at our fingertips and thoughtfully leaving the lower end of the pad empty as a wrist support. Lovely. On the downside, the rest of the keyboard feels a little awkward to use and clustering the keys all together means it's definitely unsuited for office gamers who will spend the majority of time typing and game only for an hour or two a day. Then again, office gamers aren't really the market for the Timberwolf. It's more aimed at hardcore players who spend the majority of time gaming and who need a keyboard for their gaming machine //outside of the office. For that audience, the Timberwolf holds up very well despite a few small design flaws."

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Nouveau: Where It Stands Today
"The last time we had written an article on Nouveau, the community project working on developing an open-source 3D display driver for NVIDIA hardware, was this past January after being enlightened by glxgears finally being able to run on NVIDIA's NV4x GPUs. Since then many developments have occurred with this open-source NVIDIA driver as we have covered in several news postings. In this article today we will share with you where the Nouveau project stands today from a user perspective as well as testing out the driver on a few more NVIDIA systems."

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Friday, June 29, 2007
I4U: Apple TV Review
"If you are a heavy iTunes user with lots of video and music on your iPod and sitting on your computer, the Apple TV will make watching your content more enjoyable on a big screen. I was disappointed to see that the Apple TV does not come with any type of cables to connect the device to your TV. You would think at the price you are paying for even the 40GB version I am looking at here Apple could have thrown in a cheap component cable at minimum."

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A-DATA PD17 Flash Drive 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The absolutely tiny A-DATA PD17 is not only the company's smallest, but lightest offering as well. The modern shape, coupled with the choice of three colors and great construction make for a very unique device. Even though it is so small, performance is very good and the PD17 is ReadyBoost capable as well."

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PQI Traveling Disk i221 @ techPowerUp
"Looking for a tough durable quick transfering memory stick? PQI's new Traveling Disk series might be a good place to start looking. Today we have the pleasure of reviewing a sample of the Traveling Disk series, and we'll see how well it stacks up compared to other drives."

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Technic3D/Xigmatek HDT-S963
"The Xigmatek HDT-S963 CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. Direct Touch Heatpipes on the Base for better cooling results ? See you in the following Review the second Cooler with this design (3R-Systems Ice Age) against others CPU Cooler."

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Overclock3D Content: SteelSeries SX Mouse Mat
"Chris "Ins" Buer is back with a world exclusive look at the latest technological breakthrough by SteelSeries. We go beneath the "surface" to bring you the new SteelSeries SX mouse mat."

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Netgear Skype SPH200D Wifi Phone
"Thanks to ADSL and cable, Internet connections have undergone an exponential growth in Spain. It is now possible to make telephone calls via Internet, with such devices as Netgear WiFi SPH200D."

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bit-tech News: Mod of the Month competition - June 2007
"Late in 2006, we here at //bit-tech wowed the world with our Mod of the Year competition. Thanks to you, our loyal readers and community members, we were able to host the largest modding competition to date, featuring twelve of the best mods to grace our front page. This year, we've worked hard to bring some more of that type of community love back to our forums - and we have a lot to show for it. Welcome to the first ever Mod of the Month contest, our replacement for our popular Project Log Updates. The premise is simple - like the updates before, I pick a few of the best mods our project logs have going (that aren't //bit-tech affiliated already), and we'll let those of you who are members of our community be the judge. Voting will begin on Friday at 5pm GMT and run for one week, and is open to all members of the forums. Simply pop into the article's discussion thread during that time and choose your favourite! The winner of the contest gets a great prize from some of the best supporters of modding around."

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Exclusive: Alienware Area-51 m7950 Gaming Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"The system we were sent was pretty loaded specification wise, which accounts for the full on £2,462 price label, compared to the rather less eye watering £1,198 that the system starts at. Coming under the Area-51 umbrella, the m7950 we were sent features an Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 running at 2.33GHz, combined with nVidia SLI graphics."

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Samsung NV7 OPS @ TrustedReviews
"There is a prime example of Schneider Kreuznachís finest product on this, the Samsung NV7 OPS. It is a high-spec 7.2-megapixel camera launched at the same time as the gorgeous NV10 which I reviewed last September. It shares many design similarities with the NV10, although there are also many differences. One large and obvious difference is the NV7ís big 7x zoom Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan lens."

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Cooljag 92-Cu Intel/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the Falcon 92-Cu, Cooljag could have had a solid performer if the temps would have been a bit lower that the aluminum version. This cooler easily outperforms the stocker and does so in a very quiet, unassuming manner, but it's not appreciably better than the Falcon 92-Al. Then, of course there's the mounting system failure issue. This is disappointing and inexcusable. The installation inconvenience can be glossed over, owing to the fact that most users install a cooler only once."

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Samsung CLX-2160N @ TrustedReviews
"Samsung trumpets its CLX-2160N colour, laser-based, all-in-one machine as the world's smallest colour laser MFP. We certainly haven't seen anything to challenge that, as the complete machine is smaller than several colour laser printers weíve looked at this year. The price is also good, coming in at just under £300, where most colour laser MFPs are nearer £500."

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I4U: XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty Video Card Review
"Passive cooling means absolute silence when gaming or watching movies, from your video card anyhow. XFX has priced the 8600 GT Fatal1ty well, at right around $150 online making this a great card for the price. The XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty will play all the latest games, including upcoming DirectX 10 titles so you can be ready to game now and in the future. This would make an awesome media center video card."

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Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Summer is the perfect time for many things: vacation, picnics, camping, and spending time at the beach. Unfortunatly, all this warm weather means that computers will not be running as cool as they normally would, and system stability can become threatened. Benchmark Reviews has recently tested the MaxOrb CL-P0369 from Thermaltake. Read on to discover if this product is a computer enthusiast and overclockers dream, or just another fancy fan with some heat pipes."

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
How To: Hide Your Identity Online @ Digital Trends
"We show you how to hide your identity online, so you can surf the web anonymously."

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LG Prada (KE850) Mobile Phone
"Not too long ago we took a look at the LG Shine and this time we are going to the next level with LGís most elaborate fashion phone, the KE850 or as itís better known, the Prada. To be fair to LG, the Prada phone arrived ahead of the Apple iPhone and it features a touch interface, although, it is not quite multi-touch. The phone itself is tiny for a touch screen device, as it measures just 99x54x12mm (HxWxD) and weighs a mere 85 grams. This in itself makes the Prada phone quite attractive, although that depends if you donít mind being without a physical keypad or not. The Prada does have a few buttons, although only three of them are located at the front fascia. What youíll find here is the make and end call buttons and a back button. The end call button also takes you back to the standby screen and powers on and off the phone."

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ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT @ techPowerUp
"ATI's new Radeon HD 2400 XT comes with the RV610 GPU which is built in 65nm. This means the GPU is cheap to make and consumes very little power. AMD has also added several new power savings features which makes this card one of the least power hungry on the market. For a price of only $79 you will be able to play back HD videos on almost any CPU using an HDMI + HDCP + Audio link with the UVD HD video acceleration hardware."

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AMD Radeon HD 2400PRO/2600XT Preview
"Today AMD has officially released their low-end and mainstream graphics cards in the Radeon HD 2000 family, the Radeon HD 2400 and Radeon HD 2600 series respectively. While these new graphics cards should already be at your favorite retailer or presently in route, where are the Linux drivers? AMD's high-end Radeon HD 2900XT was pushed out the door in early May, but we have yet to see any official support for that or any of the graphics processors in the Radeon HD 2000 series under Linux."

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bit-tech News: Running on Steam - a look at digital distribution now and in the future
"In order to get 13 million on board, you have to get their publishers as well as some pretty big titles. And how do you do that, when you directly compete with their business? A publisher's job is to bring a developer's game to the public, for a pretty hefty sum. Getting the indie developers, of course, is a lot easier...and that is exactly what Valve did, starting with itself. After the fallout with Vivendi Universal regarding the original Half-Life and the costs for its sequel, Valve decided to give Steam its first shot as more than just a match-making and anti-cheat program. It used Steam as the activation method for HL2, providing it with each boxed copy. With the HL2 bomb dropped, it was time to get serious with indie developers."

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Antec Veris MX-1 HD Enclosure
"The use of external HD enclosures is undergoing continuous expansion. As the demand increases, manufacturers try to improve the models they launch."

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Nexus Morpho Premium Aluminum Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The design team that created this case did an amazing job at making it look good. The cooling in the case would be more than adequate if a blowhole and side panel fans had been included. The all aluminum finish really does stand out but its not enough to warrant the price tag. At an expected price of close to 300 Euro this case could use a lot of work before I would even consider recommending it. No one will want to spend this much on a case only to have to purchase fans and cut a blowhole in it so its safe to use."

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Research @ Intel 2007 @ TrustedReviews
"It was a shame we only had a day to look round all the research projects as there were plenty more I would have liked to look at and many more questions I could've asked the researchers. However, one thing is without doubt, there's going to be some interesting things coming out from Intel in the coming years."

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Sennheiser PXC 450 NoiseGard 2.0 Headphones@ TrustedReviews
"They've certainly got a quality feel to them. As soon as you open up the box with its posh, magnetised flap, you know that you've purchased some serious gear. The headband and circumaural earcups (the kind that sit over and around your ears) are wrapped in luxurious soft leather and are beautifully softly padded. The chunky hinges and headband, underneath their luxurious cladding, are constructed of hard-wearing steel and aluminium."

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Mesh Elite Quad Express-SP @ TrustedReviews
"If you want a top-class PC which can be used for all kinds of multimedia work and as a second TV with digital recording and excellent video and sound, the Elite Quad Express-SP is a great choice. While not all the applications you may want to run are yet written for multi-core processing, more and more will be and the spec and build of this machine will stand you in good stead for several years."

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ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB @ TheTechLounge
"ATI is changing pace from their flagship by releasing their DirectX 10 mainstream cards within recent memory of NVIDIA's mainstream release. NVIDIA's mainstream release was memorable if bitter; the advantages of the unified shader architecture that made the 8800-series of video cards so powerful didn't have the same puissance once it was cut down for the masses. Made people sad. So a lot of people are excited about these mainstream cards. Not everyone wants a video card that costs $400 or more, and for a while there, the options were: buy a crappy mainstream current-generation card, or buy an aging card from way back when, that yeah, plays games as good (if not better) but doesn't have the features and consumes a lot of power, puts out a lot of heat, and makes all the noise associated with high-end parts."

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ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT @ techPowerUp
"The HD 2600 XT is AMD's new midrange flagship card which is based on the RV630 GPU. This is the first time that a midrange card comes equipped with GDDR4 memory - 256 MB in our case. AMD's new card comes with features such as DirectX 10 support and full HD video acceleration by dedicated hardware called UVD. But is this enough to beat NVIDIA's new products?"

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Powercolor Radeon HD 2400 Pro @ techPowerUp
"Powercolor's Radeon HD 2400 Pro uses AMD's new RV610 GPU with 256 MB of DDR2 memory. With its special video acceleration features and low-profile PCB design the card seems to be a good choice for small form factor media PC systems."

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Logitech G7 (Carbon Fibre special edition) Review @ Oz Case Modz
"Its awsome to hold in your hand, it fits perfectly like its molded! With the battery inside the mouse, it does get quite heavy, but for some gamers who like heavy mouses, maybe not enough. I must admit, I liked having two buttons on the side of my MX518 for net browsing (back and forward) but the G7 only has one, that defaults to Back on your browser."

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Ancient Wars: Sparta Review @ Oz Case Modz
"Hey, remember that 300 movie? You know the one that generated so much hype and was absolutely awesome? Today, I can barely remember seeing it, despite it being the best movie I had ever seen, at the time, anyway. So what does 300 have to do with ancient wars: Sparta? Well, a few things actually, and not just the Battle of Thermopylae."

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Open Source for Everyone Guide @ Digital Trends
"Here is our guide to creating a PC that runs off of open source software."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 2GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"Today we take a look at the Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 2GB kit from Crucial Technology. For those who haven't heard of the Tracer range, these modules feature eye catching blue backlighting and activity LEDs, making this RAM an excellent choice for making your PC really stand out! With most modern games using more and more memory and at the same time needing loads of bandwidth, this memory would be great for high-end gaming systems."

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PQI Intelligent Drive i810 @ techPowerUp
"Flash drives are a huge thing these days, and more and more companies are producing them. Today we'll take a look at PQI's new Intelligent Drive, which is the smallest flash drive in the world. Available in 1 GB to 4 GB capacities, it's sure to be a hit in the consumer product sector."

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Swiftech Apogee GT @ techPowerUp
"Trends in waterblock design don't change often. Until recently, it was thought that jet-impingement was the best way to go for achieving the lowest temperature when cooling a processor. Then came along quad-core CPUs, and it became evident that we must look at other ways of cooling these beasts ‚Äď their core surface is very large, so waterblock designers were forced to return to old-school, large surface area waterblocks. The Apogee GT is one of the first blocks that attempts to offer jet-impingement performance from a block relying on a simple array of copper pins ‚Äď can it succeed?"

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Evercool Buffalo HPFA-10025 AMD Heatsink Review
"The Evercool Buffalo HPFA-10025 is a lower-noise AMD Athlon64 heatsink for socket 754, 939, 940 and AM2 processors. A fan resembling the kind used with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro heatsink is employed to move air relatively quietly through the aluminum fins. Evercool's Buffalo HPFA-10025 heatsink is made from a simple mix of "U" shaped copper heatpipes and 60 stacked aluminum fins."

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When Will Google Do Hardware? @ The TechZone
"Google has also produced a variety of applications designed specifically for the mobile environment. Gmail comes in a mobile version that is better suited for the smaller screens of Pocket PC devices. Google Maps have worked very well with KDDI cell phones in Japan, though they have yet to make quite as big a splash in North America. With all of this "software" development, Google is starting to look like the new Microsoft, so... you've got to wonder, when will Google finally take the next logical step and actually produce some branded hardware?"

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Technic3D/Brimax LM-19XD TFT
"The Brimax LM-19XD TFT arrived Technic3D. What a 19"

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An Open Letter To ATI/AMD
"David Stevens, a Linux user and Phoronix reader, had written a letter to ATI/AMD expressing concern over their lack of providing an official free software driver. David had asked this letter be made openly available and shared with our readers."

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bit-tech News: XFX nForce 680i SLI motherboard review
"As far as the XFX nForce 680i SLI goes, it doesn't have the best warranty period, but it's still a great board and yet again we have great overclocking, super solid stability, great performance and a very user friendly BIOS. If you do find it for the right price compared to the competition, you won't be disappointed."

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Antec P190 Case @ Bjorn3D
"Today, some six months after the expected launch, this case is finally available on the US market. We at Bjorn3D have every intent of giving the review sample of the Antec P190 that we received the most thorough review possible. If it's as good as it sounds on paper this case may markedly change the way we look at building and powering our cases in the future. If not we'll be one of the first to let you know. Join us in our own Bjorn3D lab as we examine every nuance this case has to offer."

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HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One USB Printer Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I have never been a big fan of the "Swiss Army Knife" approach to things, but when Geeks.com offered us the HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One USB Printer, it just looked too good to pass up. The HP Officejet 5610 offers a full featured printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine all in one attractive and reasonably priced package."

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Thermaltake PurePower RX 600 Watt Modular Active PFC Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermaltake's Purepower RX 600W has proven to be a very capable PSU. With impressive stability, quiet operation, modular design with plenty of connectors and sleeved cabling, the RX 600W brings a lot to the table and does so with a fairly modest price tag. Available at several online retailers for around $120 US, I would consider this PSU to be a very good value for the enthusiast who doesn't need to power a couple of 8800 Ultra video cards."

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Samsung Q1 Ultra - Ultra-Mobile PC @ TrustedReviews
"The Q1 Ultra is a big improvement over the original Q1. The screen is superb, the interface far more intuitive and the whole package is simply more usable. Despite this, Iím still not convinced about the UMPC platform itself, and I fail to see why anyone would opt for a Q1 Ultra instead of an ultra-portable notebook, like Samsungís own Q40."

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LC Power Hyperion 700 W Power Supply
"Most people wish they have the best for their PC, but it is not always possible, since we sometimes cannot afford what we would really want to have. Nevertheless, there are many products with an excellent value for money that can be the perfect choice."

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iRiver T60 (4GB) @ TrustedReviews
"On the face of it, though, this player is a bit of an odd product. For starters it has an unusual shape Ė while every other manufacturer is trying to slim their players down to the point at which they virtually disappear into thin air, iRiver has produced something that looks very much like a very small Toblerone."

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Overlord (Xbox 360) @ TrustedReviews
"There are a few ways in which you could characterise Overlord. You could call it a fantasy RPG with a difference. You could get technical and call it a strategy/action RPG hybrid. You could talk influences and describe it as Pikimin meets Dungeon Keeper meets Fable. Perhaps, however, itís best to just say this: itís the game that makes you feel good about doing bad."

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Antec P182 Mid-Tower Case @ TheTechLounge
"Cases are one of the least frequently updated PC parts. You might get a new motherboard and CPU, more RAM and a bigger hard drive, but you stick those parts in the same old case. Even my own workstation - if you added up the age of all the parts in the PC (my parts have an average age of 10 months) they'd still be collectively younger than my case (six and a half years). But the time comes, and the bell tolls for these old cases. Once at the top of their game, they now are relegated to the cellar. Bigger fans and fancier features make the old cases look prehistoric. Features like cable routing, integrated rubber spacers for vibration abatement and rubber grommets for routing your liquid cooling tubes are all the rage these days."

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Drobo Storage Robot Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Standalone backup solutions are always a great alternative to effortlessly backing up necessary files in case disaster strikes, and it usually strikes at the worst possible time when you forgot to update your backups over the last weekend. However, things arenít so bad these days. With the rise of online backup services and terabytes worth of storage space in third party devices with complimentary applications, thereís no reason to lose any data now."

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Redefining Online OSes and Discussing Their Value @ OSWeekly.com
"What defines an online operating system? In my neck of the woods, it would have to be the applications it comes with. The biggest problem I see at this point with online operating systems is that they have you emulating what you already have access to, thus canceling out any shot of providing added value."

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iPhone: Only the Millionaires Need Apply @ CoolTechZone.com
"Apple and AT&T today unveiled the prices for the iPhone service, and these prices are far from average. As if paying $499 and $599 isnít enough, AT&T wants you to sign up for the minimum price of $59.99 and go as high as $99.99. Thatís a substantial price difference between what non-iPhone handset users will normally sign up for and what iPhone users are being forced to sign up for. Thatís just for the single handset, too. Family plans and additional service details are expected to come later as the iPhone launch draws near."

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LiveWires Custom Fit Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Regardless of how much money you spend on earphones, sometimes, it all goes to waste because the earphones are uncomfortable and they donít fit you properly. If you have experienced this problem, then certainly you have looked at custom fitted earphones that are molded to fit your ears exclusively. While that option is always open, the price tag is a little too much for most of us to swallow. Thankfully, this is where LiveWires comes in to take care of the pricing problem."

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Zonbu: An Environmentally Friendly Linux PC @ OSWeekly.com
"When I first heard about Zonbu, I was skeptical. After all, much of it sounded too good to be true. But after carefully reviewing it, I found that Zonbu may have hit upon a niche market that to this day is largely ignored."

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Running Windows on Mac: A Rising New Trend @ OSWeekly.com
"Nowadays, thereís a lot more to a Mac than OS X. Thanks to Parallels, VMware, and Appleís own Boot Camp, that beautiful Mac that you have sitting on your desk, or on your lap, can also run Windows. Granted, the experience doesnít even come close to matching that of OS X (in my opinion), but it can be done. Due to the large exposure and applications catalog that Windows has, itís easy to see why many users would supplement their OS X usage with a little bit of Windows from time to time, but did you ever stop to think about the fact that thereís a segment of users who buy a Mac solely to run Windows? It may seem crazy, but itís being done."

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Spire Pininfarina @ techPowerUp
"The Spire Pininfarina is a very unique case, designed by the Italian design studio. The 6 mm thick aluminum and steel body make this case really heavy. It is a real back breaker if you plan to carry this one to a LAN party. The unique looks also continue with the butterfly doors, which make for some very simple installation."

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Archos Generation 5 Launch Coverage @ TheTechLounge (CORRECT LINK THIS TIME...)
"Michael covered Archos' Generation 5 launch event in NYC last week, and the new Archos 605 was the rockstar of the show. The real question is, does the 605 seem ill-featured or me-too? Despite some initial missteps with the UI, the lack of an out-of-the-box browser and frustration that the company joins the throngs of people telling me to pay more money for content I've already bought, I think the Archos 605 is a strong entry into the market. If I didn't have anything that plays video, and especially if I was in the same situation and looking to replace my iPod, I'd definitely be buying. And if you're willing to commit, the combination of the 605 with the DVR dock and TV Plus makes for a remarkably complete media ecosystem. Which could make lazy people like me very happy."

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Coolage Freezer Orb F0-Z924AL Intel Heatsink Review
"The Coolage Freezer Orb heatsink is designed for Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and as with most heatsinks seeking to banish the stock Intel heatsink from the PC, it comes equipped with a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan. Coolage's Freezer Orb F0-Z924AL heatsink is compatible with socket 775 Intel Pentium and Core 2 Duo CPUs."

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bit-tech News: An interview with Roy Taylor, SVP Content Relations at Nvidia - TWIMTBP, DX10 and beyond
"Roy was quick to point out that"

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Planar PD7010 DLP projector @ TrustedReviews
"It looks like it means business, at any rate. Its high-gloss black finish wrapped around a delightfully curvaceous and reasonably diminutive body is tailor made to look good on a coffee table, suggesting that Planar knows the sort of design ethic that the UK domestic market loves."

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Gennum nX6000 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Other than the occasional electronic glitch, the Gennum nX6000 Bluetooth headset has performed flawlessly in the weeks that we have used it. The headset is pretty comfortable, but if you are not used to an in-the-ear-type of headset, you might be cautious of long-term use. I had no problem with wearing it for long periods of time. With the addition of the ear hook, the headset sits very lightly on your ear."

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The Darkness on Xbox 360 reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"As it is though, The Darkness is a fantastic action game which would have been a must-have title if it had only been released six months or so ago. Instead, it must now cope with simply being an utterly fantastic game that Xbox addicts will still want to pick up and play for sure. Just be wary that it's wounded by a few relatively minor flaws."

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QNAP QBack-25 HDD Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The QNAP QBack-25 is an external HDD enclosure for 2.5" HDDs connected via USB. The use of 2.5" drives allows that it is powered by USB only. What makes the unit special is the included backup software which can easily compete with professional solutions. It is very easy to use and has a clean screen layout. Optional 256-bit AES encryption helps you protect your data from prying eyes. With a price of about $35 this unit is also very competitively priced."

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DDR-3 Gaming Performance Analysis
"DDR-3 makes the decision even harder as it carries an extreme cost at the moment but do those dollars actually translate into extreme gaming performance? Technically speaking, in pure megabytes per second, it is fast, thanks to the attainable speeds 1500MHz double data rate and beyond which can be achieved, without too much effort. However, the big issue with DDR-3 memory right now is the fact that its latency is high, much higher comparatively to more finely tuned DDR-2. What does this all really mean for the gamer, though? Are we going to be pushing an extra 1FPS? Maybe 10? It all remains to be seen."

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Samsung SyncMaster 206BW 20 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"If you are in the market for an excellent widescreen monitor that is practically great at everything related to computer use, I would bet hard earned money that you will be happy with this monitor reviewed today.."

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Corsair TurboFlash Windows Vista Accelerator 1 GB USB Memory
"USB port is doomed to be used with only a printer, a scanner or a digital camera, without taking advantage of its awesome bandwidth. Corsair pushes this port with the Turbo Flash 1GB."

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Samsung Q45 @ TrustedReviews
"As with the R20 and R70, the Q45 continues Samsungís penchant for sleek and simple designs which feature a shiny black outer casing and matt black interior. Clearly Samsung wants to foster a unified look that can be easily identified as belonging to the company, and in this it has been pretty successful."

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Pentax Optio T30 @ TrustedReviews
"It too is a 3x zoom ultra-compact (as are most of Pentaxís range) with the same 3-inch monitor with touch-screen interface, but this time it features a 7.1-megapixel CCD, a massive 0.1 megapixels bigger than its predecessor. It also has a slightly re-designed body, and as weíll see it also has several other improvements."

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I4U: Foxconn 8600 GT Overclocked Graphics Card Review
"The 8600 GT overclocked from Foxconn isnít HDCP compliant so it wonít work for Blu-ray or HD DVD playback, but it is a very good, low cost DirectX 10 graphics card for gamers shopping in the sub $150 price range. Foxconnís 8600 GT Overclocked graphics card falls right in line with the overclocked 8600 GT cards I have tested previously including the XFX 8600 GT XXX and the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked."

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Silverstone SST-GD01S-MXR HTPC Case Review @ The TechZone
"Silverstone is known for their Lascala line of high quality HTPC cases. Since their initial introduction, this line of HTPC cases has been continuously rated the best in their field. Riding on this success, Silverstone has decided to start a new line of HTPC cases. Entitled Grandia, this new series will still have the same fit and finish of previous Silverstone chassis but with some added new features. Today we are reviewing the first case in this series, the GD01S-MXR."

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Monday, June 25, 2007
The Solaris Installation Experience
"There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't"

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Scythe Andy Samurai Master @ techPowerUp
"I was extremely pleased with the Andy Samurai Master Cooler. The quality of the construction is excellent, the base is very smooth and flat, and the whole cooler is light in weight. The installation was so incredibly easy, it only required a few quick steps, and nothing had to be removed from the case to install it. On top of that, the performance was great. Although fan noise was not completely silent, it was rather low and, in fact, much lower than the three heatsinks tested against it."

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NZXT Hush @ techPowerUp
"The NZXT Hush is the newest case in their line-up. The name is also the main feature of this enclosure, as the interior is covered by noise reducing dampening foam. This includes the bottom, sides, front and top of the case. While the interior layout is not very unique, but the screwless design is a great addition and works well. As we are used to from NZXT the exterior design looks great, especially with the blue LED fan and lighting in the door."

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ATI Catalyst 7.6 Performance Analysis
"AMDís ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT continues to see performance increases and it is clear that this month the driver team had their eye on improving OpenGL performance, which is great considering Enemy Territory is just around the corner. The bad news is though that there are still no changes to AA tests and this is something that is hurting the HD 2900 XT at the moment. It manages to look impressive when you compare it to the Nvidia cards in non-AA tests (and as far as price is concerned) but as soon as you start to crank up the settings like AA and AF, it can begin to slump."

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Xigmatek HDT-S963 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
"This is not your average aluminum heatsink with copper heatpipes, but it looks innocent enough from the outside. The Xigmatek HDT-S963 heatsink is a unique thermal solution because the German thermal engineers who designed it, made its three copper heatpipes come in direct contact with the CPU itself. If you take the Xigmatek HDT-S963 in hand and flip it over, you'll see an aluminum base with three long grooves cut into it."

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Asus P5B-VM Micro-ATX Motherboard Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at the P5B-VM from Asus. We paired this motherboard with a Core 2 Duo processor, but it's quad-core ready, and has some nice specs including an Intel G965/ICH8 chipset, four memory slots, and a 1066 MHz FSB. In case you want to keep things simple is has on-board graphics, courtesy of Intel, but it also has a PCI Express x16 slot you so you can throw in a video card if you want. On paper this looks like a very solid Micro-ATX motherboard, one that has many of the features one would need from an ATX motherboard, but is considerable smaller. For testing we put this motherboard in a SilverStone SG03 case, one of the more compact Micro-ATX cases on the market, with an Intel E6600 processor, 500GB Western Digital WD5000KS, and 2GB of Kingston DDR2 RAM. The end result was a Micro-ATX system that was designed to offer serious performance without taking up much space. Let's take a closer look at the heart of the system, the P5B-VM..."

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Technic3D/Titan Twin Turbo VGA Cooler
"The new Graphics Card Heatsink from Titan,the Twin Turbo, arrived Technic3D. Silent and very good cooling characteristics with Heatpipe? See you in the following Review with a MSI NVIDIA 6600 GT."

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ASUS 2900 XT and 8800 Ultra Compared
"When we had a look at the Radeon HD 2900 XT the other week from MSI we were impressed with it as the new drivers gave it a big boost and it was capable of outperforming the GeForce 8800 GTX at times - could the HD 2900 XT continue to perform and even pass the Ultra? With both AMDís and Nvidiaís top cards in hand thanks to ASUS, we will have a look at what exactly ASUS has done with the cards and then continue to pit them against each other."

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 preview @ bit-tech.net
"If anything though performance is a given with the E6750 and the biggest thing to discuss here is the price. Based on the fact that the Core 2 Duo E6850 is rumoured to cost as little as $266 in 1000 unit quantities, the Core 2 Duo E6750 is going to be even cheaper than that. Currently, the Core 2 Duo E6700 is $316, so the upcoming price cuts could see some very healthy cost cuts from the consumerís perspective."

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Xinix USB CD SmartBox CL-600 @ Bjorn3D
"I have to admit that I am not the world most organized person. Part of the problem of not being the most organized person is have to keep track of all the copies of CDs and DVDs which I have burned; believe me, itís not an easy task. I have tried using individual CD case, the CD labeling kit, and write the contents on the backside of the CD when comes to label and organize my collection. As for the storage, I have long give up using individual CD cases and those CD wallets or albums and just store the disks in the spindle box, which is how I usually purchase the blank disks. Although some of these methods of storing and organizing disks work better than other, one of the problems that I face is a quick way to sieve through the collection and find the right disk. This is the reason when I see theXinix USB CD SmartBox CL-600 from CrazyPC, I thought to myself, maybe this will solve my problem of organizing my collection and searching for the right disk quickly. Let's join!"

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Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit PC Controller Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With 20 programmable keys and three different game modes, it should satisfy those with even the most meticulous preferences. Laptop gamers would find it useful as it would be worlds of improvement over the built-in keyboard. It's comfortable to use, the software is straightforward, and the backlit keys look cool as well.."

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Mio DigiWalker C220 @ TrustedReviews
"At the end of the day, the success or failure of a sat-nav device ultimately comes down to its accuracy, usability and practicality, not technological bling - a test that Mio's top of the range C520t fell foul of. Can its 'low-end' C220 remedy the situation?"

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Samsung LE52M87BD 52in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"And now that second full HD foray is here, weíre actually even more excited about it. For itís arrived in the form of the LE52M87BD: a truly gorgeous 52in monster boasting intriguing features galore. Interested? You should be."

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Nox Magma Case
"Our PC needs a roomy case, with a good cooling system and, why not, awesome lightning. Nox wants the modding touch to become a mass-feature in its cases, and Magma is a good example of this."

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iPhone Launch: Crazier Than PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii @ CoolTechZone.com
"As we get closer to iPhoneís launch day, perhaps the most anticipated gadget of 2007, you have to wonder how the launch will play out. If PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii launches were any indications, you can bet the iPhone launch will put the console launches to shame. With Apple getting ready to ship millions of units across the US and AT&T ready to control the craziness with 2,000 newly recruited troops on the frontline, itís going to be quite a spectacle."

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Linksys iPhone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"While we wait for the real iPhone to show up, we thought it would be interesting to warm up for the real iPhone with Linksysí iPhone. Yes, itís the same iPhone from the Apple vs. Cisco legal dispute, so itís only fair to see what makes Linksysí iPhone so special that warranted both companies to go against each other. Was it really necessary for Cisco to go after Apple for the iPhone? We shall see."

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Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"In the past, we have explored the reality that, in many forms, the much anticipated"

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Sony HDR-HC7 HD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The new Sony HDV HDR-HC7 has a 3.2MP ClearVid CMOS imager, optical image stabilization and lots of other goodies."

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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Cyber Snipa Pro Gamer Mouse Matt @ techPowerUp
"The Cyber Snipa Pro Gamer Mouse Matt is a perfectly sized cloth pad. It is surprisingly thin and comes packaged in a clear tube. The image on the pad gears this surface toward FPS gamers. The slighly rough surface may take a bit of getting used to, but actually works quite well. We take three different mice for a spin on the surface. The Cyber Snipa pad is sized perfectly for mid range gamers while still being small enough for high sensitity players and big enough if you use low sensitivity settings."

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SteelSeries SX @ techPowerUp
"The SteelSeries SX gaming mouse pad is made from highly polished aluminum which gives this pad a completely new type of surface grip. In our testing we come to the conclusion that the pad is extremely accurate and great for fast paced gaming. The only drawback is the high price of almost $60."

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Antec TP3-650 Rev. A2 650W PSU Ripple Tested @ Benchmark Reviews
"The power supply unit is the single most important part of any computer. Regardless of the system there is a given rule: whether it is a simple workstation with integrated components or an advanced gaming system with fresh piece of technology available, everything requires power to operate. As anyone who has suffered the failure of a low-end power supply will tell you: not all power supply units (PSUís) are created equal. Benchmark Reviews updates the original review with new features and load tested Oscilloscope ripple results for the A2 Revision Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU."

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NVIDIA Graphics: Linux v. Solaris
"At Phoronix we are constantly exploring the different display drivers under Linux, and while we have reviewed Sun's Check Tool and test motherboards with Solaris in addition to covering a few other areas, we have yet to perform a graphics driver comparison between Linux and Solaris. That is until today. With interest in Solaris on the rise thanks to Project Indiana, we have decided to finally offer our first quantitative graphics comparison between Linux and Solaris with the NVIDIA proprietary drivers."

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ViewSonic VX2435wm 24" widescreen LCD @ bit-tech.net
"ViewSonic has done some good things with this 24"

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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Abit Airpace WiFi PCI-E card @ bit-tech.net
"There's a lot to like about the Abit Airpace WiFi card, not least that it finally makes our PCI-Express x1 slots a lot less useless and solves our network cable woes. With a decent length of cable and a steady, reliable connection provided by it we found that the card holds its own and not only does what it says, but does it well."

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Episodic Gaming OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"Episodic gaming is an issue which is very close to my heart as a writer, journalist and gamer. As a writer, I love the way that episodic distribution opens up a whole new way of writing for games, while as a journalist it was an essay on the problems of episodic game developments which got me this job and as a gamer I simply look forward to the promise of more regular, interactive stories in an episodic format."

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Sunbeam 3D Storm @ techPowerUp
"One of the things I like about the Sunbeam 3D Storm case is the mesh front with washable open-cell foam to help keep dust from entering the system. The black mesh and the silver aluminum add a subtle touch of class to the case and give it a lot of style. The 3D Core Fan system adds greater flexibility to the positioning of the fans, as well as supporting up to four 120 mm fans. The Core Fan system works very well to help reduce component temperatures, especially with passively cooled components."

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Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers
"Movie decoding is handled comfortably here with support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Prologic 2, DTS and DTS 96/24 hardware decoding Ė definitely no lack of support here. The Z-5450's handled movie soundtracks very comfortably with no issues of dialogue clarity from the centre channel of any digital noise from the amplifier. Our previous concern about the subwoofer's ability to play low frequency bass notes have arisen again here with demanding film soundtracks at times asking a little more than the unit can deliver resulting in the usual garbled fluffy port distortion, which are characteristic of this design in many different shapes and forms. However, having said that, and for the most part, movie quality performance was a first rate foray into multi-channel surround happiness. As the demands of movies are generally the same sonically as music when comparing basic characteristics, the same pros and cons do for the most part apply here, with the foremost concern being bass performance but it probably wouldnít be enough to steer me away from this system."

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I4U: Mameroom Designs Ultimate Arcade II with Tankstick Arcade Cabinet Review
"My test sample was the Ultimate Arcade II with the Tankstick base. Fit, finish and build quality are top notch and if you ever wanted your own upright arcade game in your home this is the review for you. Having bought several pieces of assembly required furniture over the years; I normally expect to see at least one piece damaged in shipping. Mameroom Designs packed these boxes extremely well; the other assembly required furniture makers could learn a thing or three from these guys. All sides of the box were padded with half inch thick foam, and these guys even used small, cut strips of foam between the pieces that touch each other on the interior of the box."

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DFI Infinity NF650I Ultra Motherboard
"600i series chipsets have taken off quite remarkably because of their high feature set, full speed SLI, a new MCP with more SATA ports and the ability to have a third graphics slot on the high-end 680i SLI for physics. 680i LT recently made its debut to provide a more cost effective chipset based on the 680i design with full speed SLI, but not support for physics slot. 650i SLI used the original SLI design by splitting the single PCI Express x16 slot down into two PCIe x8 slots and reduced the amount of SATA ports and Ethernet connections. Today we are looking at the first of the more value orientated chipsets form Nvidia in the 600 series - the 650i Ultra. Designed similar to that of the 650i SLI, it supports all of the same features bar one - SLI support. DFI has provided their Infinity NF650i Ultra board for us to test but how does it perform? Letís find out right now!"

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Friday, June 22, 2007
Rexflo 80, 92, 120mm PWM Fans
"Rexus, ever hear of them? Neither had we until an ambitious representative had contacted us and sent out three of their Rexflo fans. Rexus does sell a number of different fans manufactured by Panaflo, Delta, Sunon, Evercool, and Nidec, but they also maintain the Rexflo series for fans that run very quiet and use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) for reducing noise and managing the fan speed. The fans at hand today are the Rexflo 80mm, 92mm, and 120mm models."

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Rosewill RCX-Z3 Heatsink Review
"TRosewill RCX-Z3 is a hefty heatsink designed for all current AMD and Intel processor families so it should appeal to all users. The RCX-Z3 features no less than six copper heat pipes, a very thick copper base, 52 thin aluminum fins, a small extruded aluminum heatsink, and four strategically placed blue LEDs for internal illumination."

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nMediaPC 288 SA HTPC Case at Modders-Inc
"The Home Theater Personal Computer is all the rage as you can do all of the above and more. But finding the right case to meet you needs and match your current audio / video equipment might be a challenge. nMediaPC.com might just have what you are looking for."

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Intel's Mighty Dual Xeon Beast - V8 Platform Preview @ Legit Reviews
"After using the Intel Workstation Board S5000XVN with a pair of yet to be released Xeon X5365 'Clovertown' processors its safe to say that this is by far the fastest system that we have ever built or used. The 'V8' incarnation that Intel showed off is not the average grocery getter, it is the muscle cars of computing. This system is reserved for those power users that don't care about how many Watts of power are consumed or how expensive this system will end up being as this is about having the best performance and nothing more."

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A-DATA RB19 Flash Drive 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA is expanding their rugged flash memory line-up with the RB19. It features a thick rubber casing and is not just water resistant, but completely water proof. The green/gray USB stick looks quite nice and does have a very solid impression. We benchmark the flash drive and even drop it in a glass of water, to make sure it can deliver flawlessly after the dive."

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Loki preview @ bit-tech.net
"The hack 'n' slash genre is one which I haven't played enough of in recent years, mainly because games of the hack 'n' slash variant tend to be of poor quality and are often immediately bargain bin material or the stuff of weird Doom 3 mods. The hack 'n' slash genre still has a lot to offer though in theory, as long as a good enough game can be made of it. Simple interfaces, focus on combat and RPG-lite elements; these are the hallmarks of hack 'n' slash which make it ideal for laptop gaming and some casual RPG fans. So, since we RPG fanatics are otherwise left around waiting for Fallout 3 and //Mass Effect, we'll have a look at the upcoming //Loki and see if it can tide us over or if it's nothing more than the bargain bin material we're used to."

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OCZ Technology Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Right between the left mouse button and the scroll wheel is a red button known as the "triple threat", which will send the same mouse click to the computer three times with a single press. The idea is that in first person shooters the OCZ Technology Equalizer will give you an advantage over other players; some people will just call it cheating."

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Razer Barracuda Headset
"When a gamer searches for a headset to enjoy the gaming experience, he must take into account certain factors, such as a microphone with an optimal sound quality, the size of the cups and a long cable."

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Technic3D/EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI vs. ABIT IN9 32X MAX
"The EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI Mainboard arrived Technic3D. The Mainboard with the"

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Genius Traveler 915 Laser Mouse @ TrustedReviews
"Iíve always though that Genius was something of a boastful name for a company, especially one that hasnít produced anything thatís changed the world. What Genius does do is offer a surprisingly large range of PC peripherals, ranging from mice and keyboards to webcam and game pads and quite a few things in between. Iíve always associated it with low cost, budget items and have never actually reviewed any of its products. Indeed TrustedReviews has previously only looked at only one, a set of headphones (actually two - it was the group winner in my keyboard and mouse combo group test in 2004...! Gordon). But its Traveler 915 Laser mouse seemed quite cute so I thought Iíd take a closer look."

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Lexmark T642 @ TrustedReviews
"Lexmark has long been a main player in expandable laser printers, machines that can grow with you as your business develops, offering more paper trays, collation and stapling facilities and separate feeds for envelopes and special media. The T642 is one such machine, which starts as a simple but quick, standalone printer, and can be expanded to the large workgroup or small departmental level, by judicious addition of options."

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[SPAM] Toshiba Portégé R500 Hands-On Preview @ TrustedReviews
"You may remember Gordon writing about the new Toshiba Portťgť R500, the super slim ultra-portable which, among other things, features the world's slimmest optical drive. Today I had the chance to see the new chassis at an event dedicated to the R500 and the Toshiba Transatlantic Challenge, where explorer and all round daredevil David Hemplemen Adams will be attempting to cross the Atlantic in the smallest balloon ever."

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Apple Safari 3 for Windows (public beta) @ TrustedReviews
"The benighted PC manikin played by Dave Mitchell in Apple's recent ads must be thinking Robert Webbís Mac is having yet another coy giggle. Having bubbled on about how much better the software is that's supplied with a Mac, Apple has decided to offer some of it on the platform of its market-leading rival; it has released the Safari Internet browser for Windows."

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Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1610 @ TrustedReviews
"Despite being around for what seems like an age, the Tablet PC format is still something of a niche product. Business users find a use for them, but consumers Ė not unreasonably Ė see the extra functionality as an expensive luxury. Another regular complaint of tablets is they can be a tad bulky, especially since by nature portability is vital function of a Tablet PC Ė even more so than a typical notebook."

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PNY 8800GTX 768MX XLR8 Edition @ TheTechLounge
"When I played with Asus' 8800GTX, I was disappointed. It wasn't special.It was a stock-clocked GTX, with a stock trimmings, a simple bundle, at a price well above the competition. It didn't even overclock that well. What we have here from PNY is a stock-overclocked 8800GTX, part of their"

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4GB OCZ VBoost USB Flash Drive Review @ The TechZone
"One of the critical selling features of the OCZ VBoost drive is that it is certified for use with Vista ReadyBoost, an innovation that lets you boost the performance of your Windows Vista-based computer by using the flash memory within the drive as a supplement to your on-board RAM. It's not quite as effective as truly having an extra four gigs of RAM, but it's a lot better than nothing. By providing a supplementary memory cache, the drive rewards you with faster retrieval and storage of files."

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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"The engineers at Zaward are something like a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, because they have taken to a unique style of functional cooling devices. One of their featured products is the Sylphee aluminum CPU cooler. Benchmark Reviews tested this dual-heatpipe dual-impeller cooler, and it proved to be a very unique product, with results just as uncommon. Read on to see if function came before fashion, or if these looks can kill you system."

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Thermalright Ultra-90 Low Noise Heatsink Review
"The Thermalright Ultra-90 heatsink is more compact than its brethern, but remarkably the performance differences aren't nearly as large as you might expect. The reference list above illustrates very well how most Intel heatsinks react to 150W of heat from the CPU test die... In this case though, the Thermalright Ultra-90 proved itself exceptionally!"

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NVIDIA 100.14.11 Display Driver Examined
"It was just two weeks ago that NVIDIA had introduced the 100.14.09 display driver, but today we have another new Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD driver out from the green binary camp. The NVIDIA 100.14.11 display driver adds support for their new GeForce 7 integrated graphics, fixes console restoration problems, and improves some other areas of their Linux (as well as FreeBSD and Solaris) driver."

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Overclock3D Content: Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones
"Today we put Razer's Barracuda HP-1 headphones in the hands of our very own professional gamer - Chris "Ins" Buer. Read on to find out if they improved his game or just left him open to attacks from the rear!"

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nMediaPC HTPC 500BA at Modders-Inc
"The addition of a HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer) to a home entertainment system is becoming more and more common these days. A consumer can easily build a PC to handle their digital audio and video needs at a reasonable price. From a DIY (Do It Yourself) point of view, there are endless options available."

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Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at the Samsung Q1 Ultra (Q1U), the second generation of what is said to have been the most popular of the UMPCs, though Sony's UX was probably the best received. In the Q1U Samsung has taken a page from Sony's play book and included a QWERTY keyboard, though this one cleverly fits on slate-style device with no mechanical action necessary to get to it. The Q1U has also addressed other shortcomings with the first generation UMPCs as well as with the Q1 specifically."

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Kingston HyperX KHX9600D2K2/2G DDR2 memory @ bit-tech.net
"For the price you simply cannot do better than the Kingston HyperX PC2-9600. So what if they run really hot? They do the job just fine with the right settings and they work perfectly well and even in excess of what they're rated at. You've also got a lifetime warranty and free technical support. They don't have EPP or look pimped out and they should if you're buying performance memory. But then again, there becomes a point where you just forego all the extras and setting for the pure saving. They maybe not as absolutely fast as the equivalent speed Corsair memory, but they certainly aren't slow, and for a few hundred notes saving I wouldn't complain. You're still buying a pair of sticks with a good brand, and it's a price we'd certainly pay."

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Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8 GB USB Memory
"The USB memories market has gone through a lot of changes in a little time. From those old and expensive 64 MB models now we have arrived to cheaper models with greater capacities (1, 2, 4 or 8 GB) and improved features."

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XFX 7950GT 512mb 550M @ Bjorn3D
"Ah yes, our good friends at XFX have done it again. They have brought my PC back from the brink of the junk yard. Just when I thought I wouldnít be able to get any more performance out of my computer, XFX gives me one more reason not to build an entirely new rig just yet with the XFX 7950GT 512MB 550M. This card makes my PC feel like the young stallion it once was. Playing Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars or Quake 4 was alright before the card but now, it is like the difference between night and day. Seriously, this card is a diamond in the rough."

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Beyond3D :: NVIDIA's Tesla General Computing GPUs
"The basic unit of the current Tesla line, the Tesla C870, should be very familiar to anyone who's seen the GeForce 8800. It's essentially an 8800 GTX--a 575MHz core clock and 128 SPs at 1.35GHz--with 1.5GiB of GDDR3 RAM. Of course, it's not quite an 8800 GTX--there are no display outputs at all on the card"

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: 750W-1000W PSU shootout
"Since the release of NVIDIA's top-of-the-range G80 graphics processor, we've had graphics cards that can drain 200W from computer's PSU - and demand 400W if used in pairs. Since the kind of CPU you'd use on a PC with a pair of G80s will consume about 100W itself, it's obvious that you're quickly going to run out of power if all you have available is a 500W PSU."

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4GB OCZ Rally 2 USB Flash Drive Review @ The TechZone
"In terms of performance, this drive is right at the top of its class. Boasting "leading edge Dual Channel technology", the Rally2 sends and receives files just as fast as any other stick available. When I ran the drive through HD Tune, it had an eerily steady data transfer rate of about 20MB/sec (they claim up to 28MB/sec read and 15MB/sec write). Unlike other drives where there are occasional dips in performance, this was about as steady as it comes. Better still, the access time was a very impressive 0.6ms. If you want fast, the OCZ Rally2 is definitely for you. According to the official product page, it "leaves the competitors in the dust." I'm inclined to agree."

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
How To: Create A MySpace Band Page @ Digital Trends
"Propel your band to stardom by creating a MySpace page. Now just keep your fingers crossed!"

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Microsoft sues Immersion... but what happened? - OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"With a costly judgement all but guaranteed, Sony had no choice but to step behind the settlement doors with Immersion... and walk out more than $90m lighter. Talk about being bent over... that's a sixth of the entire company's profits in 2006, and almost a quarter of what the Games division made in 2005. It was really a brilliant scheme. Microsoft gets out of the patent issue for a paltry sum and a small loan (the patent wasn't ever worth that much, anyhow). Its biggest competitor, on the other hand, gets utterly screwed by the legal system and ends up diverting massive resources away from its next console launch (which was subsequently delayed). And all the while, MS makes a new friend out of Immersion, which is laughing all the way to the bank. All that was left was for Immersion to pay back its little loan and nobody would be any the wiser."

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ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"If you're a novice at computer hardware, you may want to have a more experienced friend handy when setting up the ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard. This MicroATX board is not as user friendly as we'd like it, but then again with a price point of ~$70 CDN you really can't complain. The Hardware Installation Guide while brief is pretty detailed and the User's Guide is also very well written. From hardware installation to BIOS and driver setup, ECS has this part of its game pretty well down."

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Scythe Katana II SCKTN-2000 Heatsink Review
"Like many of the heatsinks coming out of Scythe's Japanese headquarters, the Katana II heatsink (model no. SCKTN-2000) makes use of one large slow rotating fan to push air through an array of slanted aluminum cooling fins. The fans' low speed of 1500RPM makes the Katana II a very quiet heatsink under operation. "

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Kingston, OCZ and Super Talent USB Flash Drives @ Legit Reviews
"A couple weeks ago at Computex 2007 memory companies Kingston Technology, OCZ Technology and Super Talent gave us samples of one of their more recent USB drives to try out and to see what we think of them. LR has been using these Flash drives for the past couple of weeks and it seems that OCZ Technology and Super Talent have aimed their efforts at increasing the transfer speeds on their products, while Kingston Technology has been hard at work building a small device that appeals to both men and women..."

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OCZ VBoost USB Flash Drive for Windows Vista @ Benchmark Reviews
"Microsoft promised the world with their latest Operating System: Windows Vista. One of the few features in Vista which wasn't scrapped to make the release deadline was Windows ReadyBoost. While dependent on a suitable flash drive to provide a faster cache, Windows ReadyBoost claimed to significantly improve system responsiveness. OCZ understood the need for high-speed flash memory, and offers the VBoost USB Flash Drive for Windows Vista. This article will test and review the hardware, but more importantly it will answer why you may not need to buy into the Microsoft marketing spin."

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KateOS 3.6 Beta 2
"The second beta release for KateOS 3.6 features a new update notifier, the new Linux 2.6.21.4 kernel, X.Org 7.2, Xfce 4.4.1, and updates to the installer itself along with stomping a fair number of bugs. KateOS 3.6 features an installable LiveCD as well as an install DVD for installing this desktop Linux distribution with ease along with the possibility to select from GNOME, KDE, and Xfce."

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ECS NF650iSLIT-A nVIDIA nForce 650i Motherboard Review
"The ECS NF650iSLIT-A motherboard supports every Socket 775 processor on a 533/800/1066 MHZ FSB, from the Celeron D to the Pentium 4/D/XE series, and of course the Core 2 Duo/Quad processors. It will also do 133MHz FSB through overclocking, so that potentially brings the Intel Penryn core into the fold as well. Onboard goodies include dual PCI Express slots for SLI, a Gigabit network connection, 7.1 channel High Definition audio, four Serial ATA II ports, two IDE channels and the usual collection of USB jacks. The ECS NF650iSLIT-A is built with the nVidia nForce 650i Northbridge (C55) and nForce 430 (MCP51) Southbridge."

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Vantec LapCool 5 at Modders-Inc
"With laptop computer temperatures on the rise and no space in a laptop to add new fans, how do you add cooling? Let's take a look at Vantec's Lapcool 5 with adjustable dual silent fans and built-in three port USB2.0 USB-powered interface and see how it handles the task."

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Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Corsair has hit the market with another 'tough' flash drive, this time in the form of the Survivor series. The 8GB Corsair Flash Survivor GT isn't your typical "indoor cat" variety of USB 2.0 flash drive. In addition to boasting high transfer rates, this drive is enclosed in a tough aircraft grade shell that is sealed with o-rings providing water resistance to 200 meters."

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Company of Heroes DirectX 10 comparison & performance @ bit-tech.net
"More importantly, we must give kudos to Relic for taking the time to give Company of Heroes fans a graphical update for free. It's incredibly hard to take a DirectX 9.0 game and successfully port it to DirectX 10 - there are undoubtedly a lot of features that the developers had to turn down because they would have required a complete engine overhaul. Given the amount of time we could imagine that taking, it wasn't worth it when there is essentially no financial return on the developer's time. From what we've been told though, there will be some more pronounced DirectX 10 effects in the expansion pack which is coming later this year."

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Ultra X3 1000Watt SLI Ready Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Ultra X3 proves itself to be a tough product to beat. Modular cabling ensures that you only use the cables you need, and the FlexForce design allows for easy cable routing and improved airflow. The fit and finish is excellent, lending a classy look to the PSU. Voltages remained steady under the harshest testing I could come up with, and to top it off, it performed in relative silence. Add to this Ultra's lifetime warranty, and you have a definite winner."

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Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"The overall majority of typical motherboard chipset heatsinks and 'fansinks' typically offer only just sufficient cooling, but no further. If that wasn't enough many of the lower cost enthusiast motherboards will often sacrifice silence for a high-speed fan in the process. Typically these fans only last one or two years at most before wearing out and needing to be replaced, as some computer users unfortunately discovered only after their board had overheated and failed."

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Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP 27in LCD Display @ TrustedReviews
"This is getting silly. Weíve had a 24in displays for a while now, which is why both NEC and Acer have starting offering 26in displays. Dell however, was clearly a bit miffed that it, the company that introduced the concept of the large, affordable monitor, no longer had the biggest toy in town. As a response itís launched the 2707WFP, a 27in display. Boys will be boys."

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Colin McRae: DiRT @ TrustedReviews
"Really, how far does a series have to drift away from its original premise before it all gets a bit ridiculous? Bar the appearance of the Scotsmanís name in the after-race placings and the fact that itís an off-road racing game, finding elements that link DiRT to previous titles in the Colin McRae series is something of a challenge. Where have Colin and Nicky Grist disappeared to? Why has everything gone transatlantic? Why is the very first thing you hear when you start the game the voice of US pro-racer and X-games gold medallist Travis Pastrana? Do you want to play a rally game in which your co-driver addresses you as dude?"

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Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB @ TrustedReviews
"The basic format and design of Apple's revolutionary iPod has remained unchanged over the years and despite many pretenders to the throne, its popularity has never waned. It's a design classic and Apple has wisely declined to mess with it."

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EyeOS Review @ OSWeekly.com
"With the war raging on between various Web 2.0 companies, Iím still trying to fully grasp why I need to care one way or the other when it comes to the different online operating systems out there. Today, the one that has the best shot at even being looked at seriously appears to be EyeOS. Today, we will be looking at their latest offering and what it can do for you."

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How-To: Resolve Ubuntu Wireless Problems @ OSWeekly.com
"Since starting on my quest for a flawless wireless support with Ubuntu Dapper, and then finally understanding the level of support to be expected with the Ubuntu distro itself, I've come to the following conclusions."

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Top 5 Reasons Why Safari Will Fail on Windows @ CoolTechZone.com
"Appleís Safari is making its way to the Windows platform with the serious intention of making a dent in the market. As brilliant as the people are at Apple, I canít help but laugh at their, to put it politely, delusion. Before I ramble on too much, here are my five reasons why Safari will fail on the Windows platform."

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Safari for Windows: Who Cares? @ OSWeekly.com
"The news has been out for some time, the new Safari beta is now available for Windows users. And yet for the life of me, I cannot understand where the desire to take on yet another web browser into the Windows world is coming from? Today, we will explore this issue closely."

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Surface: Microsofts Next Winner @ OSWeekly.com
"I have seen Microsoft come to market with both successes and failures. And even some efforts that remain largely, undetermined. Well, it is safe to say that their latest effort, known as Microsoft Surface, holds more promise than I ever expected."

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Aerocool Iceland Watercooling Kit
"A lot of watercooling kits, instead of making life easier to amateurs, often put them into trouble. Aerocool bursts into the watercooling market with ďIcelandĒ, a good kit which will not deceive anybody."

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Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 @ CoolTechZone.com
"Microsoft is working to release a new keyboard and mouse duo thatís supposed to be far better than anything else we have seen so far in the market. And it appears as though, albeit initially, that Microsoft just may succeed in their aspiration. Scheduled for the September 2007 launch, the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 features a sleek layout with LED backlighting to enable you to see the keys in dull lighting conditions."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Antec Nine Hundred ATX Case @ Viper Lair
"Installation and functionality wins high marks around here, and the Nine Hundred delivers on both counts. Setting up a system was a piece of cake (other than our scratched PSU), and everything from controlling the fans to having all the required inputs and outputs was simple to setup and use. Given the increasing popularity of eSATA, it would have been nice to see one of these connections instead of the FireWire which we don't feel is used very much by most mainstream users."

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XtremeMac Luna Review @ Digital Trends
"You normally do not think of style or features when it comes to a clock radio. Then again, the XtremeMac Luna is not your typical clock radio."

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Cooler Master Stacker 832 @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master Stacker 832 is the company's biggest, baddest and by far most unique case. It is the third generation Stacker and has not only grown in overall dimensions but also has some very unique features. Screwless drive installation, mainboard tray and very quiet fans make this case perfect for high-end SLI or Crossfire systems."

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Computex 2007: Evercool @ techPowerUp!
"Evercool has a small booth in Hall 1. It is packed to the rim with different cooling products. There is a CPU liquid cooling system as big as a normal air cooler and several very unique notebook and component cooling products."

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Computex 2007: Noctua & Coolink @ techPowerUp!
"Noctua and Coolink are sharing a booth at Computex. The unique brown fans and the large and extremely well performing NF-S12 are present. Cooling is introducing the Silenator CPU Cooler and is displaying their fan line-up as well as their other cooling products."

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Computex 2007: Patriot @ techPowerUp!
"Patriot is showing off a few very interesting and spacious USB flash devices at their booth. These have a capacity of up to 16 GB. The same goes for their SDHC card present. You will also find DDR3 up and running, for example DDR3 1500 MHz and DDR2 1262.5 MHz in their display case."

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Computex 2007: Qimonda @ techPowerUp!
"You will not find any overclocked DDR2 or DDR3 memory at the Qimonda booth. They have focused on special products like memory embedded on a mainboard or SODIMM to DIMM adapters. DDR memory and the full range of DDR3 memory - including DDR3 SODIMMs can be viewed at their booth"

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Computex 2007: Arctic Cooling @ techPowerUp!
"Arctic Cooling is displaying some very unique cooling solutions. There is a new Accelero GPU cooler for today's high end cards like the R600, as well as the new Freezer. Both carry the Xtreme name tag. There are a few mainstream and low profile coolers as well as the first power supply present at the booth with high efficiency rating."

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Computex 2007: TwinMOS @ techPowerUp!
"TwinMOS is has a very diverse range of products on display. You may only know the brand due to their computer memory products, but there is more. You will find all types of very interesting flash based memory cards as well as USB sticks at the booth. TwinMOS even manufactures Apple iPod speakers and car GPS units."

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Computex 2007: Toppower @ techPowerUp!
"Top Power and the japanes case manufacturer Abee are sharing a booth to display their products. Top Power is showing off their external 2000W PSU as well as some very unique and small ATX units. Abee has some amazing all aluminum cases with multi-color paint jobs on display."

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Computex 2007: Vizo @ techPowerUp!
"Vizo is showing off a wide range of PC accessories, lighting and cooling as well as some very interesting internal and external USB devices. A full range of hard drive enclosures for 2.5 and 3.5 inch hard drives in multiple colors can also be viewed at their booth at Computex."

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Akasa Evo Blue AK-922 Heatsink Review
"The Akasa AK-922 is a hefty heatsink designed for all current AMD and Intel processor families so it should appeal to all users. The AK-922 'Evo Blue' features no less than six copper heat pipes, a very thick copper base, 52 thin aluminum fins, a small extruded aluminum heatsink, and four strategically placed blue LEDs for internal illumination. Three interchangeable base plates allow the Akasa Ak-922 heatsink to be installed on a variety of motherboards, while a 92mm PWM fan spins at speeds of 600 to 3000 rpm. According to our real world sound measurements that translates into noise levels of approximately 60.3 dBA to 42.1 dBA. Standing in at just over 138mm tall, the AK-922 'Evo Blue' heatsink weighs an astounding 852 grams. The Akasa AK-922 'Evo Blue' heatsink heatsink is compatible with socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD Athlon64 and socket 775 Intel Pentium 4/D, Core 2 Duo/Quad processors."

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Technic3D/Aerocool GateWatch 2
"The Aerocool GateWatch 2 Fan Control arrived Technic3D. You will control your Fans for a low noise System? The GateWatch are Ready for 4 Fans and Fits in 2 x 5.25"

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Scythe Mine Rev.B SCMN-1100 Heatsink Review
"The Scythe Mine Rev.B is a funny looking cooler, with a 100mm fan at the center and two separate columns of aluminum cooling fins on either side. Like the Asus Arctic Square Frostytech reviewed previously, this Scythe heatsink (model no. SCMN-1100) makes use of one large fan to pull air into the heatsink and then expel it. The aluminum fins have a shape oddly resembling the geometry of a stealth fighter, and that seems to work just as well at making the Scythe Mine Rev.B a very quiet heatsink under power. The fan rotates at a fixed speed of 1500 RPM, yet there are no thermal throttling or PWM speed controls."

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[News] Logitech G5 Laser Mouse (Revision 2) Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Well, it took some time, but Logitech has finally released a new version of the G5 that features the much-requested second thumb button. This is basically a return to the same design that had been featured on the earlier MX518 and MX510 mice, and one that shouldn't have been changed in the first place. Officially, Logitech is calling this new mouse the same as its predecessor - the 'G5 Laser Mouse'. I'm referring to it as the G5 Revision 2, since it's clearly an upgraded version of the original."

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The Open-Source ATI R500 Driver
"Last week the first open-source ATI R500 (Radeon X1000 series) driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development, but a small set of developers have been working on reverse engineering this GPU class for the past couple of months. This driver does not yet contain any 3D functionality or support for features that most end-users expect. At this point, the driver just contains very basic initialization and set video mode support for a portion of the Radeon X1000 family. Even with this very basic R500 driver, we couldn't help but to explore the Avivo driver for the past few days."

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HEXUS.net - opinions :: What happens when BA loses your luggage? Pretty much nothing...
"First, although my bags were checked in Taipei, there was no record of them in the system. No, not just my missing bag - there was no record of any of my bags, even the ones that did arrive safely! So, according to British Airways' staff, and I quote, my bag "could be anywhere between here and Taipei". Fact is it seemed to me, that the guy at BA seemed genuinely relieved that I'd managed to get any bags back at all."

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EVGA nForce 650i SLI motherboard @ bit-tech.net
"There's no doubt EVGA is up against it in this market segment. It may have a silent board with three very useful PCI slots, but it's an unattractive board. The lack of additional extras, aside from automatic graphics card overclocking from a variety of just two graphics cards doesn't fair well in an extremely competitive mainstream marketplace. What EVGA does do right is the bundle in the box, if that's important to you: EVGA has certainly got it right that's for sure. The boards it produces have a great warranty (on the condition you register), price and super solid, overclocking friendly motherboard. But it's all at the cost of other essential differentiating features and core performance."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: Antec P182 - the system case the P180 should have been?
"Last summer, we reviewed Antec's P180 system case, discovering a bunch of issues that we got pretty vocal about. Fast forward to today and we now have the chance to find out if the second incarnation of the P18X series, the P182, is a better proposition."

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Pentax Optio A30 @ TrustedReviews
"Iíve always liked Pentax cameras. Iíve owned several Pentax 35mm and Digital SLRs over the past twenty-five years and Iíve taken some of my favourite photos with them. However I try not to let my personal bias get in the way of an objective review, and it has to be said that over the past couple of years I have not been particularly impressed by many of Pentaxís Optio range of digital compact cameras."

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Goodmans LD2661HDFVT 26in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"In the normal scheme of things, the unashamedly large scale of our home entertainment dreams tend to mean weíre not particularly drawn to TVs as small as 26in. But every now and then a 26in TV arrives that does something special enough to catch our eagle AV eye and weíre driven to getting it in for a test. Cue the Goodmans LD2661HDFVT."

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Samsung SE-S184M USB DVD-CD Recorder
"Currently, it may be interesting to have an external DVD recorder and/or player for our PC or laptop since, for example, we will overcome the limitations of having an only optical drive."

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I4U: ATI HD 2900 XT Graphics Card Review
"This graphics card has 700 million transistors and is built on 80nm fab. Memory is 512MB of GDDR3 with a 512-bit, 8-channel interface. ATI uses 320 stream processing units and 128-bit floating point precision for all operations. The ATI HD 2900 XT is also fully DirectX 10 compliant and uses shader model 4.0."

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Samsung DVD-HD960 DVD Player Review @ Digital Trends
"The Samsung DVD-HD960 DVD player upconverts your old DVDs to HD resolutions and includes support for DivX encoded files."

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Edova Innovations Xpad Notebook Heat Shield
"Injuries from overheated notebooks or exploding batteries have become a real problem over the past few years. If you would rather not suffer from a scalding hot computer on your lap or subject yourself to injury, Edova Innovations offers the Xpad notebook heat shield. Benchmark Reviews will give a hands-on review and explore this rugged product."

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Monday, June 18, 2007
ATI Catalyst 7.5 Performance Analysis
"We are late! We know! Not really sure what happened but there seemed to be a snowball of events that caused us to run a little behind this month. Anyway, you know what they say - ďbetter late than neverĒ. Let us have a quick look at the main pieces of the release notes and move on to the benchmarks."

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W PSU @ Viper Lair
"At first glance, we can see that a total of 191 Watts are provided on the +3.3v and +5v rails, 540W on the +12v rail, 9.6W on the negative rails, and 17.5W on the +5v rail (for USB) giving us 650W total. The Real Power Pro is rated for a maximum of 780W but under normal circumstances (that's equipped in a PC that will max it out) it runs at 650W continuous. The Real Power Pro also has triple +12v rails (peaks of 19A across the board). Additional rails will aid in keeping a system stable as you can separate devices based on power consumption into the rails of your choosing."

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Albatron GeForce 8600GT-256 PCI Express Videocard Review
"In the 3D tests we see that the Albatron 8600GT-256 performs rather well for its GPU class, and that for the most part it can play modern games at 1024x768 without difficulty. Turning up the resolution or completely maxing out the image quality settings is not a great idea. Nvidia's GeForce 8600GT GPU simply doesn't have enough memory bandwidth to handle that kind of load."

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Beyond3D - interviews :: Sir Eric Demers on AMD R600
"Part of the myriad things we do here at Beyond3D when covering a graphics architecture is go as deep as we can with the personnel at the IHV that actually architected, concocted, designed, built and shipped the thing. That might take the form of an email exchange or phonecall, or maybe a drunken conversation over cheap bar snacks and bad tequila at a tech event in a seedy hotel bar. So it's with great pleasure that we managed to corner one (Sir) Eric Demers, architecture lead on R600 over a couple of those methods mentioned."

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Asus Arctic Square Heatsink Review
"The new Asus Arctic Square heatsink Frostytech is testing out for you today consists of an array of nickel plated aluminum fins wrapped around a 92 mm fan that is set within the body of the heatsink. It's a simple arrangement of fan and cooling fins, but one that draws cool air into the heatsink and expels warmed air out the other side. Noise never becomes much of an issue with this heatsink because the fan impeller does not rotate more than 2300RPM."

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Technic3D/Microsoft Reclusa
"The new Microsoft Reclusa Gamer Keyboard arrived Technic3D. A Gamer Keyboard with blue background LEDs,"

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Patriot PDC22G9200ELK PC2-9200 2GB DDR2-1150 Memory Review
"Patriot Memory has made quite a name for itself in the DDR2 market, its memory may not be the fanciest but damn does it go fast. To make things even sweeter, it prices its memory modules very aggressively and the PDC22G9200ELK is a prime example of the best of both worlds."

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Archos 704 WiFi Portable Media Player @ TheTechLounge
"The 704 WiFi is the current flagship product in Archos's lineup, available in 40GB or 80GB capacities. While the 40GB version we tested doesn't offer the most storage space of players in its class, the 704 WiFi's 7"

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Antec NP-100 Review at XYZ Computing
"Because manufacturers tend to heavily overcharge for replacement adapters a number of companies have started to sell them. Even if you haven't lost your power adapter it makes sense to have two so you can, for example, leave one at home and the other at the office. This will save a pound or so off of your travel equipment and allow you to actually appreciate that ultraportable. Antec has come out with a product that could benefit a lot of notebook users- a universal notebook adapter. In many ways the NP-100 is just your standard power adapter, but it will work almost any notebook and it's cheaper then buying from the manufacturer."

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How It Works - Zoom Lenses @ TrustedReviews
"There are many different designs for zoom lenses, but they all have some basic principals in common. They consist of a number of differently shaped individual lenses or Ďelementsí, some of which move relative to one another to alter the magnification of the image without altering the focus."

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Mio DigiWalker C520t @ TrustedReviews
"Personally, I reckon they should be touting sat-nav's green credentials. After all, having fewer people driving around aimlessly for miles with no idea of how to get to where they want to go is bound to reduce our national carbon dioxide output. But no, strangely enough it's stuff like widescreens and traffic avoidance systems that seem to get the manufacturers excited."

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Corsair Survivor 8 GB Reviewed at Metku.net
"Over the Internet this device has been shot, pounded with hammer and who knows what. Only unique test that would't risk my life as well as the Survivor's was the combination of water and pressure: a freezer. Mug filled with water and Corsair was put in to -20 įC to find out if its really waterproof and can handle some pressure."

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Razer DeathAdder Mouse at Modders-Inc
"Being the best in gaming mice is where Razer has earned its reputation, and they continue to work hard on staying number one with each new mouse. The Razer DeathAdder is their most recent mouse to help retain the throne."

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Overclock3D Content: A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case
"Looking for a high-end water cooling ready case and have plenty of cash to splash? Well then maybe A+Case have the answer as we take a look at their Black Pearl WCR in our UK exclusive review."

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Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The build quality is outstanding, the active cooling is both effective and quiet and the eSATA performance is excellent. Installation is very straightforward and easily accomplished due to the screw and latch design and the MX-1 has a great look with simple, elegant lines and the blue LED tucked away beneath the Antec logo on the front. USB 2.0 connectivity is also provided and cable lengths are generous."

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XFX 680i SLI @ Bjorn3D
"XFX, a major player in graphics solutions and an NVIDIA partner released their versions of the entire NVIDIA produced 600 series of motherboards approximately 2 months ago. The XFX 680i LT SLI and 650i Ultra motherboards were on the market first to more closely coincide with NVIDIA's official release date of these products. To our knowledge XFX's version of the 680i SLI has just become available in the US within the last few weeks. Was this an incredibly smart business decision on the part of XFX bypassing the proverbial dog days which followed after the 680i SLI's initial release? Did they wait on the board's BIOS to be refined to a point where their customers would be extremely happy? Or was there another reason? Unfortunately, we don't know the answer to any of those questions."

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Alphacool USB 2.0 external LCD
"Nowadays it is quite fashionable for modders to have a LCD display in the PC. The main drawback of it is that it requires a precious space to be mounted. Alphacool has thought about it and this brand has launched an external USB LCD display."

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The Future of Apps: Cross Platform Compatibility @ OSWeekly.com
"These days, virtualization options are a dime a dozen. VMware, Parallels, Win4Lin and so on. But what about running applications natively on a different platform from what they were originally designed for? Ah, now there is the real question: is their enough demand for this?"

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What Fanboys Could Learn from Mac and PC @ OSWeekly.com
"By now, anyone whoís had an interest in viewing the video from the joint meeting of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference has probably already done so, but if you havenít had a chance or even an interest in viewing it, then I would encourage anyone whoís even casually interested in these two titans and their respective operating systems to take some time out of their schedules to sit down and view it."

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Apples Doomed in Enterprise: Who Cares? @ OSWeekly.com
"Face it, Apple, generally speaking, has not made a real stride towards capturing any real piece of Corporate America. To this day, Microsoft remains the king of the jungle, although arguably by default rather than a collection of fantastic products. They are usable, but they are the only viable option at this point: this is generally the way most people look at Microsoft products. Regardless, the question remains: why hasn't Apple worked to take on a bigger chunk of the enterprise market?"

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Computex 2007 Wrap Up @ The TechZone
"Computex Taipei maybe over but we're not done showing you all the cool stuff we saw at the biggest technology trade show in Asia. This year's event featured a lot of rain but that didn't put a damper on the show as Computex experienced record attendance and sales."

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Google OS Expands: MS, Apple and Linux Need Not Worry @ OSWeekly.com
"It's wild, but for a company that has continuously pointed out their lack of interest in getting into the desktop market, Google sure has been pushing the application side of things awfully hard lately. Think about it, why in the world have they been so confident that their web applications would be enough to sway the preexisting habits of the typical PC user? Simple, because Google knew that they would one day be offering both online and offline Web applications."

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Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We have taken a look at a number of Shureís earphones, and they have all been excellent. Naturally, they come with a hefty price tag, but they are certainly worth it to the right demographics. To switch gears slightly, we decided to review the companyís most affordable pair today, the SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones. Set at $149.99, they are priced above average than a lot of earphones and headphones in the market, but we wouldnít put them on the"

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The Psychology of Mac Zealots @ CoolTechZone.com
"Itís true that fanboys, regardless of what company they support, are annoying. Very annoying, in fact. But today, Iím going to side with the Mac Zealots and attempt to see why they behave the way they do. Obviously, this isnít truly exclusive to Mac users. My theory could be applied to any group that supports a particular company, especially if the company happens to be the underdog in its respective industry. This could be Linux, Apple OS X (i.e., the Mac community), AMD and a plethora of others."

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Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC M1 @ techPowerUp
"The Killer NIC by Bigfoot Networks is a network card specifically designed for the needs of gamers. It comes with a 400 MHz RISC processor onboard that handles all network processing functions, giving the games more CPU time to use. In addition to that the processor can run small applications like a Firewall or BitTorrent client independently from the host system."

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All-In-One Printers Guide @ Digital Trends
"We list some of our favorite multi-function printers based on price, performance and utility."

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Sunday, June 17, 2007
Computex 2007: Team Group @ techPowerUp!
"Team Group is showing off some amazing DDR2 and DDR3 memory using heatpipe cooling. They are also one of the few to have a running quad channel 8 GB DDR2 system at their booth. Besides that you will find a few interesting memory sticks as well as DDR2 1300 MHz and DDR3 at 1333MHz."

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Computex 2007: Cooler Master @ techPowerUp!
"Cooler Master is showing off their new Cosmos as well as some other cases at their suite. A 1250W power supply connected to two SLI systems is on display as well as their new line-up of CPU coolers. On top of that, there are watercooling systems for both NVIDIA and ATI cards being shown."

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Saturday, June 16, 2007
New Google Linux Apps Coming Soon
"In addition to Chris DiBona's words about NVIDIA and ATI binary display drivers, Google had also made an interesting splash at the first-ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit (which they had kindly hosted at their Mountain View campus) during a presentation by the Google Linux Client Team. What was it? Well, there are some"

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Review: Vizo Igloo water cooler
"Before receiving the Igloo from VIZO, I was kind of stoked to be receiving an all-in-one water cooling heatsink. Although water is not a new idea for cooling computers, the small all-in-one piece is not something you see every day. For the user who wants his or her space in their case, this might be what you are looking for."

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Friday, June 15, 2007
Computex 2007: Leadtek @ techPowerUp!
"Leadtek is showing off their overclocked and watercooled GeForce 8800 Ultra at Computex. They even have an SLI kit up and running on a single waterblock. The rest of the GeForce 8 series can also be viewed, with many factory overclocked variants and some very unique cooling solutions."

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Computex 2007: NZXT @ techPowerUp!
"NZXT has some very unique cases on display in their suite at the Hyatt. The Rouge is the ultimate LAN party case, without the usual space restrictions or thermal problems. You will also find some high quality mainstream enclosures, power supplies and notebook cooling pads in the suite."

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NH overclocks Radeon HD 2900 XF CrossFire and GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI at DreamHack Summer 2007 @ NordicHardware
"Together with processor manufacturer Intel and component manufacturer ASUS we have gathered the latest hardware money can buy, no matter if we look at the processor or graphics card market. With Intel's latest processors and both NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI and AMD/ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT CrossFire multi-GPU systems available you can count on a number of enjoyable displays of raw computer performance."

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HEXUS.tv - features :: CoolIT takes CrossFire to a new level
"We talk to Geoff Lyons, CEO of CoolIT Systems, at Computex 2007 about his company's new ATi CrossFire liquid cooler - which can take your PC over 20,000 in 3DMark06 whilst still running at 53C."

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Technic3D/Enermax Big Chakra
"The Enermax Big Chakra is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the High-End Big Chakra with a new Cooling concept (250mm blue LED Fan) presents."

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Computex 2007: Zaward @ techPowerUp!
"Zaward has a small booth at Computex, but their CPU coolers are quite out of the ordinary. Some feature direct touch heatpipes, while others use golf fans in combination with heatpipes for silent operation. A pre-filled watercooling kit and passive northbridge heatsink can also be viewed at their booth"

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ECS Factory Tour 2007 - Making a Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
"If the board has passed all testing so far it will be built in a test system that is on the line and fired up with a hard drive operating Windows XP. Every function is tested individually after all the board drivers are installed to make sure that all features on the board are working correctly. Even audio files are played to make sure the audio connections are working right. Notice they fill all four memory banks full and..."

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Computex 2007: DFI @ techPowerUp!
"DFI is one of the top manufacturers for high-end enthusiast motherboards, so it does not surprise to see new products using all the latest and greatest in chipset technology. We could see new Intel X38 motherboards with both DDR2 and DDR3. Also on display was the new AMD RD790 motherboard for AMD Socket AM2. Soon, DFI will announce a revolutionary feature that improves cooling of the motherboard components."

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XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra 650M Extreme reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"//XFX's GeForce 8800 Ultra 650M Extreme is probably the only 8800 Ultra that represents reasonable value for money at the moment. Until now, GeForce 8800 Ultras from Nvidia's board partners have been priced well out of the reach of most hardcore enthusiasts and thus have only been a viable purchase for those with more money than sense. Thankfully, XFX has delivered a GeForce 8800 Ultra with decent clock speeds and a very aggressive price and until other board partners follow suit, XFX's GeForce 8800 Ultra 650M Extreme is the pick of the bunch.//"

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ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition GPU Cooler
"When we purchase a brand-new graphics card, one of the first steps we take is to change its HSF. Although it may seem whimsical, nothing further from reality. A good cooler will let us have a better performance in gaming."

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Dell 1720dn laser printer @ TrustedReviews
"This is a small, neat, very boxy personal laser, coloured in a two-tone black and dark metal finish that will see it fit into most home and business environments without shouting. The layout is conventional with a 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom, a single sheet feed slot above that and the output tray set into the printerís top surface."

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Mercury Meltdown Revolution @ TrustedReviews
"Mercury Meltdown Revolution navigates the fine line between variety and challenge perfectly, nothing is repeated too readily and anything new is quickly and seamlessly assimilated into the gameplay. Even when you complete a level there's an immediate sense that you want to go back and do it better; to collect all the bonuses, make it to the end with all your mercury blob intact and all within the time limit."

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ASUS 8800GTX 768MB @ TheTechLounge
"The 8800GTX, after many months on the market, is still the best of the best. Sure, there's one card for competition: the 8800 Ultra; but that's sort of a joke; it's basically a stock-overclocked GTX, with a $150 premium. (The joke is really on the buyer.) ATI has given NVIDIA no reason to worry, since their HD 2000-series doesn't have a card like it. Without any competition to speak of, that leaves one question: which 8800GTX is best? That depends on the price, extra features and bundle."

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Google Photos In Mountain View
"Google wouldn't allow visitors or those involved with the LF Collaboration Summit to take photographs inside their Mountain View campus buildings, but outside was fair-game. With that said, enclosed in this article are a number of photographs from this visit. Sorry, no pictures of their Space Ship One replica, their eco-friendly items, Goobuntu, or all of the Naked machines."

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LG Shine KE970 Mobile Phone
"The Shine is a slider and the keypad is as such situated behind the screen when it is not in use and it simply slides out below the screen to reveal the keypad. If you have used a recent Motorola in the RAZR family, then you will be familiar with the kind of keypad that LG outfitted the Shine with. It is not as tactile as a normal keypad, but it is not as bad as a touch screen. When it comes to phone keypads, the same rules applies as it does to PC input peripherals, there is a lot of personal preference that goes into your choice. You generally do not have to use the keypad, as apart from the call buttons, the clear button and the number pad, all other controls are located below the screen and you can use these to make calls from your contact list. There are two soft keys that correspond to the menu options on the screen. The main control consists of a scroll wheel Ė or scroll key as LG wants to call it Ė with a button on each side of it. The scroll wheel works very much like that one a mouse, but due to its size, it is not as responsive as it should be and there did not seem to be a setting to change the sensitivity. The buttons on each side of the scroll wheel are used to go left or right in the menus, while the scroll wheel is for up and down navigation as well as making selections."

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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Super Talent STF SM USB 2.0 4GB Flash Drive @ Viper Lair
"Flash Drives keep getting bigger and performance is increasing even as we increase in size, as Super Talent has proven here today. The applications for a flash drive have multiplied as storage has increased and Super Talent is offering you plenty of space with performance. Hell, with Super Talent's 4GB or 8GB Flash Memory Drive, you can easily bring your entire Operating System with you as you travel."

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 Review @ Digital Trends
"The compact Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 camcorder records in high-definition and has an innovative design, but the competition is eating it alive."

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Computex 2007: Winchip @ techPowerUp!
"Winchip may not be well known in Europe or the Americas, but have made a name for themselves in Asia. They are trying to break into the european market and have some very interesting and well performing memory on display at their Computex booth."

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HEXUS.net - COMPUTEX 2007 :: Cooler Master factory tour. Interested in chassis? Read this.
"Many HEXUS readers will be familiar with Cooler Master's range. Few, however, will be know much about the company or how it manages to create products that are so generally well received. Well, that's about to change! The company recently invited us - along with some of its customers - to tour its manufacturing facilities in China."

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Computex 2007 - The Booth Babes @ The TechZone
"The use of booth babes (or show girls as they're call in Asia) in a trade show is nothing new. After all, one of the best way to dress up a booth is by having it manned by a bunch of hot women. However, Computex uses booth babes for more than just decoration. Unlike other trade shows, where the girls just stand around and look good, the babes are Computex can be divided into five unique working groups."

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Technic3D/ Logitech G11
"The Logitech G11 Keyboard arrived Technic3D. The little brother from the G15 good for Gamer?. Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink Review
"The Rosewill RCX-Z2 heatsink is designed for socket 775 Intel Pentium D and Core 2 Duo processors. Pulse Width Modulation compatible fans are noted by their 4-pin power connectors, and what PWM does is enable the BIOS to directly control fan speed. The impeller speed increases or decreases relative to the processor's temperature at any given moment, in this case between 500RPM and 3400RPM."

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I4U: ViewSonic PJ258D iPod Projector Review
"Today we are having a look at the ViewSonic PJ258D iPod Projector. This projector fits neatly into the ViewSonic line of iPod connectivity devices and allows you to watch your iPod movies and TV shows on a large screen. ViewSonic packed some very nice specs into the ViewSonic PJ258D projector. Brightness is rated at 2000 lumens making it quite bright and easy to watch in rooms with lots of light. The unit utilizes DLP technology for improved color and sharper graphics. One of the cool features of the ViewSonic PJ258D projector is that you can simply unplug it and go; you donít have to go through a lengthy cool down process."

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Computex 2007: Biostar @ techPowerUp!
"Biostar has been doing incredibly well with their T-Series motherboards. The latest products use all the new Intel chipsets like X38 and G33. On the video cards side the V-Ranger voltage control features have been extended to the GeForce 8600 Series."

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VIA EPIA EX - Mini-ITX at the next level
"C7 adds VIAís new Step Ahead technology suite. To put it down, Step Ahead is a series of branch prediction instructions and software on the CPU to predict frequently accessed data to allow quicker access to certain programs on the system, this come in handy for the digital home and office environments where prediction is a lot easier than with gaming. The C7 also gets an increased pipeline, up from 10 stages on the C3 to a 16 stage pipeline Ė that is two stages more than the Pentium M series had from Intel. Lastly VIAís V4 bus may sound new, and in fact it is for VIA Ė it is the first time they have used this bus, however V4 is simply another name for the Intel FSB used on the Pentium 4ís and Pentium-M CPU. Currently the C7 uses a 100MHz quad-pumped bus (or 400MHz QDR) which is the same as what the original Pentium 4ís came out with Ė it does give the VIA CPU a lot more bandwidth to play with over its C3 counterpart."

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PNY D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 Performance Edition 2GB PC2-9384 Memory Review
"When it comes to memory shopping for your computer, flashes of flair complement the quality of the memory rather than make up for its deficiencies. Never ever buy RAM by the way it looks - you're fooling yourself if you do. Good memory is all about the specs, clock speeds and CAS latency timings. Warranty and service/support come second.... and if it just happens to look cool than all the better. However, the appearance of memory modules for a performance tuned computer are totally un-important."

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HTC Touch Windows Mobile Smartphone @ TrustedReviews
"I was actually starting to believe that HTC didnít know how to get anything wrong with its products, managing to produce one great, feature rich, incredibly usable handset after another. But then I got my hands on the new HTC Touch and I realised that even HTC could get things wrong, very wrong in fact."

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Fujitsu P1610 Tablet Review at XYZ Computing
"Looking at the system we can see that it is quite compact, roughly 9" x 6.5" x 1.25" in fact. At the time of it's release there were not many notebooks this size (there still aren't), but we should see more on the way as system's like Asus' Eee and VIA's Nanobook, both of which debuted at Computex this year, start to surface. The 8.9" LCD makes for a computer that is significantly smaller than what we commonly refer to as an ultraportable (for example Thinkpad X60s, Sony TX, or Dell's D420). This means an undersized keyboard and limited functions on the computer, though make no mistake about it- the P1610 is a full-fledged stand-alone system. Being a tablet the LCD can open like a laptop or, once opened, rotate and be folded down."

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Icemat Siberia In-Ear Headset at Modders-Inc
"Today we are taking a look at one of Icemat's new headsets, the Siberia In-Ear Headset. The Siberia In-Ear headset is designed to be used with VoIP and other digital devices. The headset includes unidirectional microphone, and includes three distinct ear coverings that can be changed out to fit different ear sizes. This design will allow the user to keep sound at a safe level without having to sacrifice the audio quality."

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Thrustmaster Run'N'Drive Gamepad
"For many hardcore gamers, it may be quite interesting to use the same gamepad for their PC and console, PS2 or PS3 in particular. Thrustmaster covers their needs with their RuníNíDrive."

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Samsung 32GB Solid State Drive @ TrustedReviews
"Everyone here at the TrustedReviews office has a bit of a penchant for ultra mobile laptops. The regular travelling and 24/7 nature of our work means we're constantly working on the move and we require long lasting low weight laptops to facilitate this. Take Computex, for instance, a 12 hour flight to Hong Kong, another quick hop to Taipei and then four days of walking from booth to endless booth, only to be followed by a another 20 hours of travelling back to Blighty. In between all this moving about you then actually have to find some time to sit down and write about it all. Without a laptop that can keep going for most of the day, this can be next to impossible."

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Evesham Prestige VP Plus @ TrustedReviews
"Evesham Technology is one of the oldest PC manufacturers in the UK and has a reputation for both well-built products and good after-sales service. It may not be the cheapest source for a business PCs, but over the years many customers have returned to Evesham to renew their aging systems."

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Canon PowerShot A570 IS @ TrustedReviews
"For just over a year now, any time anyone has asked me to recommend a good low-cost mid-range camera with manual controls, I have unhesitatingly pointed them at the Canon PowerShot A540, which I reviewed here in May of last year. However my recommendation will be changing from now on, because Canon has recently replaced the deservedly popular A540 with this, the PowerShot A570 IS."

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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 @ TrustedReviews
"Ask anyone in the TR office and you'll probably find that we all like our notebooks as small as possible. Sure, a desktop replacement has its uses, as does a gaming notebook or a media notebook but as our activities often take us out of the office the smaller the notebook, the better. Thus the Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P7230 is certainly of interest, with the 10.6in display and 1.37kg weight putting it squarely in the ultra-portable bracket. Even more attractive is the internal HSDPA module which, along with the ubiquitous 802.11a/b/g wireless, gives the P7230 as much wireless connectivity as you're ever likely to need short of strapping your own personal satellite to your back."

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Computex 2007 - FiringSquad Invitational @ The TechZone
"In its fourth year at Computex Taipei, the FiringSquad Invitational brings hardware manufacturers together in a friendly game of Command & Conquer. In addition to gaming, members of the technology media help select the best systems from a bunch of categories. The competing manufacturers pull out all the stops for the Invitational by bringing the most powerful system they can create."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
PNY XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 2GB PC2-8500 Memory Review
"The PNY XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 dual channel memory kit has a default clock speed of DDR2-1066 MHz while using 5-5-5-15 timings and a voltage of 2.2V. The XLR8 D22GX85XL-5 is compatible with nVIDIA's EPP standard so that means if you're a novice overclocker, team the memory up with the proper motherboard and the system will overclock itself."

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Computex 2007: Alutek @ techPowerUp!
"Elixir has a fancy yellow booth, showing off various DDR3 1066 or 1333 MHz modules for notebooks and desktops. Their demo system is running the new memory at 1600 MHz, while you will also find DDR2 sticks running 1066 MHz at default voltage on display."

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Computex 2007: Elixir @ techPowerUp!
"Elixir has a fancy yellow booth, showing off various DDR3 1066 or 1333 MHz modules for notebooks and desktops. Their demo system is running the new memory at 1600 MHz, while you will also find DDR2 sticks running 1066 MHz at default voltage on display."

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Computex 2007: ASRock @ techPowerUp!
"ASRock had a number of cost-effective Core 2 Duo motherboards on display which all support up to 1333 MHz FSB. Another novelty was the ConRoe 1333-DVI/H R2.0 which comes with a DVI add-on card that has to be installed in a PCI-Express slot and reroutes the Intel Integrated Graphics to a DVI port with HDCP support."

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Computex 2007: Corsair @ techPowerUp!
"At Corsair you could see the world's fastest DDR3 memory running at 2000 MHz, that's 1000 MHz real clock. Also several shipping DDR3 products were on display in addition to a static demo of ATI's new RD790 chipset motherboard."

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GMC R-2 Toast Computer Case reviewed in Metku.net
"R-2 Toast is a very small full-ATX case with an interesting design, and after testing it I think there might be a situation when such small case could come in use. First of all obviously this must be one of the smallest ATX-cases in the markets when talking about the depth, but secondly this is also, atleast in my opinion, pretty nice looking! The glossy side panels and after a while I started liking the front panel as well."

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Computex 2007: Girls @ techPowerUp!
"At this year's Computex you could see an incredible number of hot girls that were presenting products or playing games with the crowd. We took over 190 photos of the hottest babes in their short sexy skirts. Full resolution shots are available for your viewing pleasure."

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HEC Group Zephyr 650W ATX Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Noise is always a concern, and I am happy to say that even with the 120mm and 80mm fan in the Zephyr 650W, the system remains virtually silent. You have to pay close attention to notice the thermally controlled changes in fan speed, as you simply can not hear them even when they are operating at full speed."

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Asus Artic Square CPU Cooler
"Asus does not stop scaling posts in the cooling field, especially with respect to CPU coolers. With their new model, Artic Square, we will have a compact HSF with a wonderful design."

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How-To: Making a Bart PE Disk @ Bjorn3D
"There are several different programs that can be added to the disk to help backup, recover, image the PC, and troubleshoot many problems. Examples of the many programs that can be installed include Lavasoft Adaware SE, SpyBot Search and Destroy, HijackThis, CWShredder, AV7 Personal, McAfee Stinger, RootKitty, Handy Recovery, Free Undelete, DBXtract, DriveImage XML, Symantec Ghost, and many many others. Once you have added the files needed in the builder, pop the CD or DVD into the drive and boot from the CD/DVD ROM. It will start with a bootup screen for Bart's PE and then will go to a 'Windows is Loading' screen. It is actually loading off the CD instead of the hard drive. The operating system loads into RAM so that it does not physically use the hard drive. Once the PE disk has booted you can browse the internet, update programs, make an image of the PC with Ghost, run file management tools, use remote desktop, and there is even an option to use VMware while in PE. !"

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Computex 2007: Akasa @ techPowerUp!
"Akasa has brought an all new line-up of VGA coolers to Computex and is also showing off new CPU coolers and brand-new power supplies with 135 mm fans. Even a golden colored, actively cooled notebook cooling pad can be viewed at their booth."

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Computex 2007: A-DATA @ techPowerUp!
"A-DATA is showing off a lot of different and very innovative flash memory devices. You will find tiny memory sticks as well as rugged ones at their booth. All new DDR2 1200 MHz and DDR3 memory is also on display, while their new line-up of digital picture frames is being shown off for the first time."

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MSI P35 Platinum reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"//The feature set is solid, it looks great and offers enough to keep the majority of people interested. The box could offer a few more extras like additional USB ports and the board's eSATA solution is inferior to Gigabyte's optional bracket. However, if you're a fan of quiet computing and want something rock solid stable with an enthusiast friendly BIOS, superb overclocking and a not too stressing price, then the MSI P35 Platinum should definitely be one to consider."

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Ultra Microfly BX6 Micro-ATX Case w/ 600w XVS Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Ultra MicroFly BX6 is one of the nicest cases I've had the chance to work with. The classy good looks, flawless finish, and small footprint will find a home in any home media center setup. Installation of components is relatively painless, with plenty of room for the necessary bits that make up a good media PC."

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Apple TVs Expandable OS @ OSWeekly.com
"Does anyone out there have an Apple TV yet? Iím sure that some of our readers have probably forked over a few hundred dollars in order to own Appleís latest addition to the home entertainment space, and Iíd love to hear some of your thoughts on the device. Does it sink or float (figuratively, of course)?"

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Consequences of Closed Source Software in Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"With the news of Linspire's CNR coming soon to Ubuntu, and Automatix now offering a limited number of closed source, commercial applications, what possible consequences will this have on the Linux community and open source as a whole?"

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Touch and Feel Your Computer @ OSWeekly.com
"Do you enjoy touching your computers? That may sound weird and creepy, but Iím not talking about touching your computers in general. Instead, Iím referring to the way in which you interact with them. For many of us, the keyboard and mouse are still our primary methods of interacting with computers, and they work just fine. If youíre a little adventurous, you may have either looked into or tried some of the alternative and futuristic interfaces that promise to become a bigger part of our lives in the near future."

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What MS Could Gain from OSS and Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"Last time, we discussed Microsoft, their approach to protecting patents and why the enforcement of this is going to cost them much more than just some market share. Today, we will be taking this a step further by examining what they are losing out on by continuing with their dinosaur approach to creative property."

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Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitechís Premium Notebook headset is an interesting product with a blend of design, functionality and quality rolled into a single device. Although itís foldable and storable in a hard plastic travel case, itís certainly durable for everyday use. The travel case was something that we didnít expect from Logitech at all, but again, they continue to impress us with their out-of-the-box thinking. How do they do it?"

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Kensington QuickSeek FM Transmitter Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"The QuickSeek from Kensington is an interestingly simple product, as is the case with a lot of the companyís other products. Itís designed to quickly find FM signals for your iPod and have those stations at your fingertips on the go. The device is relatively compact and sturdy enough to handle standard wear-ní-tear without any problems at all."

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Hiper HCK-1K18A-US Black "Darkness" Alloy USB Keyboard Review
"Most experts would agree that at the very top of the personal equipment list there are three peripheral devices: the mouse, keyboard, and the display. Keyboards often seem to be either the very first or the very last personal equipment upgrade for computer enthusiasts. Benchmark Reviews see's the reason for this growing market which fights for your desktop space, and examines the Hiper HCK-1K18A-US Black Alloy USB Keyboard."

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SanDisk Sansa Connect Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sansa Connect is a great MP3 player, especially for folks looking for a subscription-based, iTunes-free experience."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200-watt Modular PSU
"Thermaltake has long been known for their ability to cool a computer system and for making quality enclosures, but they have recently been making a name for themselves as a premier power supply manufacturer as well. With the growing needs of modern enthusiast level rigs, power has become a concern, so the folks at Thermaltake have put together a monster of a PSU for your high power needs. Introducing the W0133RU Toughpower 1200-watt power supply. While big numbers are impressive, we will take a look at the features included with this behemoth and see if it has not only the power we need in our monster machine, but the features to allow us to be the king of the hill."

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8GB
"Last month we had reviewed the Corsair Survivor GT and found it to be one amazing flash drive. This flash drive offered an 8GB capacity backed by blazing speeds, but if that wasn't enough, the drive was indestructible. We had tossed the Survivor GT into a pool, whacked it with a hammer, and even boiled it in a pot of water, but none of these actions had killed or even damaged the drive. Today we are back with another flash drive review from Corsair but this time around, it's the Flash Voyager GT, or the step-up from the Corsair Flash Voyager."

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Technic3D/Hiperflow Fan
"The Hiperflow Fan Series from Hiper arrived Technic3D. The Fans in a white"

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I4U: PNY XLR8 8800 Ultra Overclocked Graphics Card Review
"PNY clocks the PNY XLR8 8800 Ultra Overclocked to 648 MHz on the core and 2.2GHz on the memory. The shader clock on the PNY XLR8 8800 Ultra Overclocked runs 1512MHz. Memory bandwidth is 107.4 GB/sec and the fill rate is 41.4 billion pixels per second."

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[News] OCZ 1GB 80x Secure Digital Dual Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With the OCZ SD Dual connection system, I no longer have to worry if I have my card reader with me or if the closest computer has the proper media slots. Instead, I just pop the top cover off and use a free USB port on the closest computer I can get a hold of. It definitely makes my life easier, and it can for you as well"

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OCZ ProXstream 1000W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ ProXstream 1000W Power Supply not only looks nice and has a great warranty, but it also performs just fantastic. The rails on the unit hold up under load whether at default settings or overclocked. There was not one hick-up at all. You will not have any issues supplying enough power to your system with this unit. The unit also comes with enough connectors (and power) to run an SLi setup and more (it comes with four PCIe connectors)...."

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Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU @ Bjorn3D
"We now have 3D graphics with SLI and Crossfire technology and todayís high-end gaming systems can require that much power for a single video card alone and sometimes more. The GeForce 8800 GTX video card with 768MB of ram that I want in my monster gaming rig requires 175 watts and nVidia recommends at least a 450W power supply unit. And thatís just for one card. But remember, Iím dreaming big here. I want two of those cards in my rig. I want SLI baby!"

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: eVGA 8800 Ultra KO, yours for just £520!
"Arguably NVIDIA didn't need GeForce 8800 Ultra at all - the Radeon HD 2900 XT failed even to answer the performance question posed by GeForce 8800 GTS. So what do NVIDIA's partners do with 8800 Ultra when faced with that reality? Why, they overclock it, of course, and we're taking a close look at one example, the £520 eVGA 8800 Ultra KO."

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Razer DeathAdder Gamer Mouse
"Most gamers search for a mouse which does not slip from the hand, which flies over the mousepad and which you can configure depending on your taste. Razer has listened to them and, as a response, they present DeathAdder."

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MSI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB Graphics Card
"The initial drivers were nothing to get excited about and made the performance overall look pretty ordinary. The biggest problem though is that it seems most people have already made up their minds - I will not lie to you, I had. I honestly saw the initial test results and thought the card was a joke considering how long we had been waiting for it. The good news is that ATI are really on the ball when it comes to drivers. It has been like this for a few years now and it only took a new set of drivers to really make the HD 2900 XT something worth having as far as we are concerned."

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The Top 5 Most Moddable Games @ bit-tech.net
"A while back, we revisited some of the great games of old that could really use a spit-shine and a re-release. Of course, despite all of our wishes, hopes and dreams, the past is the past. Those games (and others so wonderfully pointed out) will always remain in our memories for what they //are, but that got me thinking...what about the games that we love because of what we're able to make them?"

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Thermaltake V1 Heatpipe Copper AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Don't let the odd appearance fool you. It may look strange, but the V1 performs just as well as other air coolers that have a more traditional round or square shape. It works on the idea that heat rises, and it makes sense to apply that to a CPU air cooler by using a vertically aligned fan and copper fins to move heat up and out. I also can't say enough about how easy the installation was; it was by far the quickest install of a cooler I've done in a couple years."

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Monday, June 11, 2007
Jetart Bay Freezer Giveaway @ Techdomain
"With thanks to Belowzero.net.au, TechDomain is pleased to present our latest giveaway - a Jetart BC1 Bay Freezer! The Jetart Bay Freezer is a great addition to help you remove some hot air from your PC case. The Bay Freezer features two quiet fans which extract hot air through a 5.25" bay to target hot/dead spots in your case. Entrys close 10pm AEST on the 10th July 2007."

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HEXUS.tv - features :: AMD immersive gaming
"AMD's incorrigible Richard Huddy explains some of the graphics rendering capabilities of the new Radeon HD 2000 series, and how it enables an unparalleled level of realism."

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Technic3D/Jetway JM2A692-GDG Mainboard
"The Jetway JM2A692-GDG Mainboard arrived Technic3D. The Mainboard with Multimedia (HDMI) and Onboard Graphics for AMD AM2 CPUs with a small price? See you the the following Review on Windows and Linux."

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Lenovo ThinkPad T61 Notebook Review at XYZ Computing
"We've been seeing a lot of changes in the notebook market lately and hardly anyone has been more on top of recent advances than Lenovo. The newest upgrade to the ThinkPad's popular T series is the T61, which is a revision of the T60, but comes along with a number of big changes including a 14.1" widescreen and Intel's Centrino Duo platform. The move to Centrino Duo, also know as Santa Rosa, is especially interesting because it means that there are also changes to the processor, chipset, and wireless interface. The T series notebooks are the powerhouses of the ThinkPad line so any changes to them are a big deal. These portable workstations are popular with many users who have come to rely on their performance and dependability. They may not be as light as the X61s or as cool as a new Sony ultraportable but they have come to be recognized as the ThinkPad user's ThinkPad."

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Computex Taipei 2007 Aftermath
"While Computex has officially ended, TAITRA (the Taiwan External Trade Development Council) had taken the Computex press to Contrel Technology Co and the Southern Taiwan Science Park. Contrel is the manufacturer of LCD manufacturing machines. Also on the visit was TSMC and other companies based in Taiwan. Members of the press were also provided with a meal, luxurious rooms at the Tayih Landis hotel, and other benefits. Farewell to Taiwan until next year!"

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OCZ Technology PC2-6400 System Elite 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 Review @ Bigbruin.com
"While they may be best known for the high performance, enthusiast grade memory, they do offer products for mainstream use. I thought it might be interesting to step away from the bleeding edge of performance and have a look at memory OCZ Technology considers appropriate for "System Builders and Integrators"."

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Sun's Check Tool: Does Your Hardware Work?
"It wasn't until last week during a meeting with Sun that some new light was shed on the Solaris Check Tool and as a result we decided to explore this tool further. Sun's Check Tool is a bootable CD that lets the user know whether the hardware they have installed is likely to work with Solaris or not. If a third-party driver is needed for a particular piece of hardware, the Sun Check Tool will even provide a link to the driver needed. There are currently a few rough spots with the tool, but improvements are planned and in this article we will share more information on this program that can tell you in a matter of minutes whether you'll face a hardware compatibility nightmare or will be running Solaris/Solaris Express with ease."

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Antec Sonata III @ Bjorn3D
"Can a good thing get better? In an industry where changes are happening at an incredible pace, you donít usually see things that have maintained the same looks and design for three generations. The Antec Sonata has stood the test of the time. Ever since the first Sonata entered the market back in 2003, it was one of the best looking cases that also packed a lot of features and functions. Throughout the last few years, the folks at Antec have kept the original design and added a few modifications here and there but maintained the overall aesthetics. Today, four years since the first Sonata's launch, Antec has released the third generation of Sonata and Bjorn3D has the privilege of reviewing this case and seeing what changes Antec has done with this case."

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Samsung Q40 HSDPA Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"Now Iím looking at the direct descendant of the Q30, the originally named Q40. At first glance, this Q40 looks exactly the same as the Q30 from over two years ago, but Samsung has not been resting on its laurels. First up, I should mention that this is an ultra-portable notebook in the true sense of the word, which means that there is no integrated optical drive."

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Ubiquio 701 UMPC @ TrustedReviews
"First impressions are good. In format it's very similar to the Q1: slightly bigger, but still highly portable. It's about the size of a large-format paperback book, with a seven inch, 800 x 480 touch-sensitive screen on one side, surrounded by a number of thumb-operated controls. It looks reasonably smart too, mimicking the Q1's glossy finish, and feels very solidly built with no rattles or creaks apparent in the chassis. The number of fiddly buttons have been kept to a minimum, and this helps the 701 maintain a sleek, uncluttered look."

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Vizo Master Panel II
"It is quite common for a user to have plenty of hi-tech electronic items, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, external HDs with e-SATA ports, etc."

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GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM-S2H Motherboard
"Compared to that of the GeForce 6150 chipset, AMD has really got a winner - its ability to run HDMI as well as superior graphics core makes it a more ideal chipset for the K8, giving you a full AMD system with AMD CPU and AMD chipset. Today we are looking at the GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM motherboard designed with the AMD 690G chipset. So let us see how well it compares to the MSI based motherboard which we recently tested in our labs."

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[News] Tagan GuardianX 1000W Silver Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overclockers with SLI systems will appreciate the stability and power as they push their dual and quad core processors to their limits on top of enjoying exceptional graphics performance. Ultimately, the Tagan Team has done a fine job of building a quality, dependable 1000 watt power supply..."

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Sunday, June 10, 2007
JVC Everio GZ-HD7 HDD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The JVC Everio GZ-HD7 can record up to five hours of HD video at a 1920 x 1080i resolution thanks to a large and spacious 60GB HDD."

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Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for Nintendo Wii @ bit-tech.net
"In the end, Armageddon is clearly flawed in several areas and doesn't come close to making the most of the Wii's unique capabilities. On the other hand it is the best beat-em-up currently available for the Wii and will definitely be of interest to violent nine year olds. It is the classic trade-off - it doesn't play as well as something like / /Soul Calibur but could quite easily last twice as long if you focused on getting 100 percent complete. Of course, only die-hard //Mortal Kombat fans would put that much effort into a game which is otherwise thoroughly average, balancing off control and game issues with sheer quantity of players and unlockables."

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Saturday, June 9, 2007
Parsix 0.90 Test 3
"The third test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 0.90 is now available. New in this LiveCD is GNOME 2.18.2, Sun Java replaced by GCJ, added the Parsix Book to the LiveCD, several bug fixes, glibc 2.5, and many other improvements. If you've never tried out Parsix, it's based on a combination of KANOTIX and Debian that is a well polished distribution worth trying out for desktop users."

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elmor overclocks Radeon HD 2900 XT CrossFire - New 3DMark 05 world record @ NordicHardware
"The graphics cards were running at 920/980MHz, while the processor, an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800, was pushed to 5280MHz (440x12) using a mousepot rev3. The motherboard was (a personal favorite of mine), Abit AW9D-MAX, paired with Teamgroup OPB Edition running at 1:1 3-3-3-4 and a Tagan 1100W power supply."

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D-EFI-nitely Maybe OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"The daze continued as I walked over to the computer I was requested to repair, and started doing the key dance for the BIOS. You know the one - you don't know whether it will be F1 or Del, so you tap them both in quick succession while praying to whatever deity you fancy that it's not some odd key like F8. I think they throw those in there just to make us look stupid. Anyhow, the BIOS screen flashed up in its bright yellow, blue and white with fixed-width fonts, and it hit me. It's been 26 years since the first IBM PC, but it still turns on with the exact same method - the BIOS. Forget highways, we're still using dirt roads."

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Friday, June 8, 2007
Revoltec Zirconium reviewed @ bit-tech.net
"The Revoltec Zirconium is possibly one of our least favourite cases in a long while. Not only did it look like something a B-movie director would discard as being tacky, it lacked the key features we want in a case such as a removable motherboard tray and didn't hold up well in heat testing."

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NVIDIA 100.14.09 Display Driver
"We have previously looked at the NVIDIA 100.14.03 and 100.14.06 display drivers, but this afternoon we finally have our hands on the stable NVIDIA 100.14.09 driver. New in version 100.14.09 is added GeForce 8 and Quadro product support, improved notebook GPU support, improved RenderAccel support for sub-pixel anti-aliased fonts, added Xv brightness and contrast controls, improved interaction with newer kernels, and fixing an issue with nvidia-settings. The new yet-to-be-released GeForce 8 names have also tipped up in the release notes. We've seen many of these features introduced in the previous 100.14.xx builds, but they are now officially supported."

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Computex Taipei 2007 Day 4
"Ending off our Computex Taipei coverage for 2007 we have some pictures from Gigabyte's Swan Room Suite at the Grand Hyatt where they were comparing their P35-DS3P motherboard to the ASUS P5K. When it came to a temperature comparison, Gigabyte's P35-based motherboard was the clear winner. Gigabyte also had out their GA-M790-DQ6, which is one of their motherboards based upon the AMD RD790 Chipset."

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TWL Continued Coverage of Computex 2007
"Check out Techwarelabs continuing coverage of Computex 2007. We have vendor coverage as well as some videos of amazing technology at work and some humor thrown in just for fun. We have posted video's from Thermaltake, Cool IT Systems, Fatal1ty, and OCZ"

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ATI R200 Linux Driver Redux
"Last week we had published The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux, and to no real surprise, the feedback ranged from beliefs that it was propaganda to others being grateful that AMD finally shared some additional information with their Linux customers about the fglrx development cycle. While the article was far from being propaganda, what had outraged a number of open-source developers were AMD's comments on the R200 support or there the lack of. In this article, we have a few additional comments to share along with what some open-source developers had to say about AMD's information."

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Tagan Silver Power SP-1000E @ Bjorn3D
"So you bought your quad-core CPU, your dual graphics card setup, your terabyte worth of hard drives and everything else needed to make every PC enthusiast jealous, but what are you going to use to power all of that hardware? You mean you didn't think you would need to get a stronger power supply than what came with your case? What used to be an often overlooked part of a custom PC build, quality power supplies have become a necessity when building a new PC with any sort of horsepower. It wasn't too long ago when you could get away with a 250-watt unit, but with some current graphics cards requiring at least 500-watts, these units won't cut it anymore. In steps Tagan with the Silver Power SP-1000E 1,000-watt power supply. Yes, you read that correctly, 1,000-watts. With more power than most systems require and just as many power connections, the SP-1000E is a power supply that will live a long life in any PC."

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ATI Sapphire ATI X1650 y Sapphire X1950GT Graphic Cards
"A change in technology is often the perfect way to find high quality products at low prices. ATi, with its X1650 and 1950 GT tries to cover the requirements of mid-range uses."

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T100 @ TrustedReviews
"Despite the fact that it is one of the most prolific manufacturers of digital cameras, with a very significant share of the market, for some reason Sony often seems reluctant to send me compact cameras for review. The last time I got to take a look at one was the Cyber-shot DSC-W70 almost six months ago. I donít understand, itís not like I slated it or anything."

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[SPAM] Toshiba Portégé G500 @ TrustedReviews
"So how small is the Portťgť G500? Not very, as it happens. Toshiba has opted for a slider format and this means that the device is rather chunky. It is not particularly tall or wide at 96mm tall and 49mm wide. But it is very thick at 22.9mm, and rather heavy at 135g. Compare these dimensions to those of Orangeís SPV E650 (102 x 49 x 18mm and 130g) and there is a considerable difference in chunkiness, yet the SPV E650 has a full QWERTY keyboard hidden away under its long edge slider, while the Portťgť G500 can only muster a more usual number pad."

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Thursday, June 7, 2007
HIPER HIPERFLOW 80 and 120mm Fans @ Viper Lair
"All three fans seen here today feel like quality, are solid, and have an extremely pleasing look to them. I have to say that the chrome bladed 120mm is without a doubt my favourite, but they are all good looking items. They all perform well enough but of course the silence of the fans in operation is more than just clever engineering; the slow running and therefore low output of the fans has to be taken into account here. Still, the CFM output despite the low noise and low fan speeds is quite high and certainly high enough for the majority of applications."

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Stanton T.90 USB Turntable Review @ Digital Trends
"The Stanton T.90 USB turntable is great for professional DJs, or those that simply want to convert their vinyl into digital music."

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Patriot PDC22G9200ELK PC2-9200 2GB DDR2-1150 Memory Review
"The minimum amount of memory you should be running a computer with is 2GB RAM, even if you're only running Microsoft WindowsXP. If it's Microsoft Windows Vista, even more memory may be required! I've noticed that extra memory helps when I play my favorite game titles, and particularly so if you like to play with all the eye candy maxed out. More memory is a must!"

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Antec P182 Case Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at the newest case in the Performance One series, the P182. This is the follow-up to the P180, a case that was high awaited but left some buyers wanting more. The goal of the P182 was to tweak the old design and fix some of the issues people had with it while staying true to the Performance One roots. It is worth noting that the P182 arrives at about the same time as two other high-end cases from Antec. The first is an alternate version to the P182, known as the P182 SE. This case features an incredible mirror-coated stainless steel exterior and a painted interior but is otherwise identical to the P182. The other case is the P190, Antec's new top-of-the-line dual-PSU case. We first saw this case about a year ago and it is finally making its way to the market."

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[News] Titan TTC-G4TZ Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"When I was in my first year of university and living in residence, there was a buddy of mine whose laptop was always overheating and shutting down. He had to resort to raising it off the table using four decks of playing cards and pointing a fan at the gap. This cooler would've been perfect for him."

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary @ bit-tech.net
"Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a stonker of a game, proving capable on all fronts and brilliant in a few. It certainly has its problems -- mainly involving a sometimes dodgy camera and occasionally frustrating combat -- but for the bulk of it //Anniversary not only recaptures the brilliance of the original //Tomb Raider, but distills that brilliance and provides a double dose. Plot wise, the game isn't anywhere near as gripping as / /Legend was and the lack of supporting characters damages the way in which the story is told, but in terms of gameplay it's everything its predecessor was and more. While / /Anniversary isn't quite the best game in the //Tomb Raider series, it's certainly close and for those who prefer length or replayability over story, //Anniversary/ could well be the best game they buy this year. Heaps of unlockables and a string of coherent and expansive levels mean that the Lara's latest exploration has come back with mountains of gaming gold."

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Panasonic PT-AE1000E 1080p Projector @ TrustedReviews
"The PT-AE1000E employs Epsonís C2Fine technology, using three 1,920 x 1,080 panels making it a fine match for a Sky HD box, dedicated HD DVD and Blu-ray players and the X-Box 360 and PlayStation 3. Panasonic has a long history of success with its PT-AE line, which are renowned for offering great value for money and things are no different here."

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Computex Taipei 2007 Day 3
"Today is the third day of Computex and we have more coverage for all our readers! Today we took a close look at Abit, Corsair, Gigabyte, NZXT, Shuttle, and SilverStone! We have news today on the SilverStone Temjin TJ10, SilverStone Kublai series, and a number of new motherboards from Abit and Gigabyte."

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SilverStone MS-04 HD Case
"No doubt SATA disks have replaced our beloved IDE in short time. Nevertheless, these are perfect so as to have an external unit which keeps important data or, simply, to become a daily-use unit."

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XFX 650i Ultra @ Bjorn3D
"This board has a lot going for it and during my testing the board remained rock solid and offered such a great level of performance I would almost feel guilty for paying such a small price for such a great product. The board does have a couple of issues though none of them were deal breakers for me. As long as you take your time and plan ahead while assembling your rig you should have no problems with this motherboard. Overclocking was stellar, the board remained stable and gaming at 3.5 GHz was a real pleasure. This is a great board offered at a great price. Value has a new meaning."

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Cooljag Falcon 92-AL AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"It takes a fair amount of guts to enter an established market with a new product and little name recognition. Especially the enthusiast CPU cooler market. You'd better have a good product with some solid performance. With the Falcon 92-Al, it looks like Cooljag will be making a name for themselves. This cooler easily outperforms the stocker and does so in a very quiet, unassuming manner."

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Microsoft Expression Web @ TrustedReviews
"Expression Web is Microsoftís successor to FrontPage. Itís part of the Expression Studio, which also includes Expression Design, Expression Media and Expression Blend, but is currently the only full product released. It lines up fair and square against Adobe Dreamweaver but is more standards-based than the ex-Macromedia product."

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Forza Motorsport 2 @ TrustedReviews
"Few would argue that when it comes to console based driving epics, Polyphonyís Gran Turismo series sits head and shoulders above the competition. In fact, Gran Turismo was always such a triumph of accurate racing dynamics and beautifully rendered automotive pornography, that it wasnít until after Gran Turismo 4 had launched that anything resembling a worthy opponent appeared. That game was Forza Motorsport, and it finally gave Xbox owners a retort, when their PS2 owning mates threw GT4 in their face."

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OCZ Technology GameXStream 1010w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"A lot has changed over the last year or so, with OCZ expanding to sell not only memory but coolers and mice as well, not to add the fact they also offer a extensive range of PSU's. Which brings us to what we are looking at today, The OCZ GameXStream 1010w PSU"

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Computex 2007: GeIL @ techPowerUp!
"GeIL is showing off three systems, one running DDR3, another DDR2 PC2-9200 CL4-4-4-12 and a third with a whooping 8 GB quad channel kit of their new Black Dragon series DDR2. You will also find notebook and Macintosh memory at their booth. A small assortement of USB flash devices rounds up GeIL's offering."

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Computex 2007: Scythe @ techPowerUp!
"Scythe is letting visitors take a look at their newest CPU coolers like the Kama Cross or Ninja Mini, as well as a prototype of an immensly large CPU cooler, which utilize 10 heatpipes as well as a very large fan. In other areas, we show you a few very useful products and their Japan exclusive power supplies."

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Phoronix + O'Reilly Media Contest
"We are pleased to announce that Phoronix is now media partners with O'Reilly for the upcoming Ubuntu Live conference. With that said we are running a contest to giveaway a free pass to the Ubuntu Live conference (an $895 value) taking place in Portland this July."

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Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote
"†††† Since none of the manufacturers filling my entertainment system shelves can offer more than simple one-device remotes, I was in need of either a deluxe remote control caddy with labeled organizer, or I would need to get a universal remote control and take a day off work just to program it. It was a quest for the unobtainable, a journey for the unthinkable; I wanted to replace a collection of remote controls with... One Remote to Control Them All. Logitech heard my cries of despair, and presented the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote Control to save the day."

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Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 1
"Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn has been out for less than two months but tomorrow we will see the first alpha (or in this case it's called a"

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Computex Taipei 2007 Day 2
"Today was Day 2 of Computex 2007 and among the booths we stopped at today were for ASUS, HIS, Kingmax, OCZ Technology, PQI, and Intel. OCZ had the very impressive Actuator and we tried it out while Intel's press conference was about the Express G33, Q33, P35, Q35, and X38 Chipsets."

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ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"At first glance the little purple ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard is probably more aimed towards the workstation market with both DVI and analog monitor support. If you choose to hook up the motherboard to your TV though that can be done by picking up a DVI-to-HDMI converter. The converter dongle is available at most major computer stores and would extend the AMD690GM-M2's multimedia capabilities."

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Linspires New CNR Takes on Other Distros @ OSWeekly.com
"Linspire is a company that is never dull in regards to controversy. >From their Lindows days to the recent Freespire release day, they have always been in the thick of things. Lately, however, it feels like they have been overly quiet, maybe too quiet. Perhaps it has something to do with people and their expectation of seeing the latest developments of CNR to other distributions."

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Linux vs. Microsoft: Get Ready for the Patent War @ OSWeekly.com
"So, this is what we have been leveled to: patent wars. Earlier this week, I learned that the Linux Foundation has a portfolio of patents they own themselves and are quite willing to take Microsoft on in a patent war. And while I support the Linux Foundation fighting the good fight, I believe there are some issues that had better be considered."

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Downgrading: The New Windows Vista Trend @ OSWeekly.com
"Operating system upgrades are usually considered to be just that - an upgrade. This implies that the system is improved; however, not everyone has the same idea about whether or not an improvement is actually an improvement. What looks good and makes sense to one person may seem like a complete disaster to someone else. You canít please everyone, but you can certainly try. Overall, a good product is a good product, and while there may be some personal dislikes, these can usually be pushed out of the way so as not to hinder product adoption."

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Archos 704 WiFi Multimedia Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Portable multimedia players are not necessarily a luxury these days; however, compared to yesteryears, they have certainly improved with additional features and a better user interface. The Archos 704 WiFi A/V player, for instance, is a step in the right direction with a multitude of impressive options, in addition to the standard support for various audio and video formats."

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Future Sonics Atrio M8 Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Last week, we had the chance to take a look at amazing sounding, yet cost effective earphones from a relatively unknown brand, Future Sonics. The Future Sonics Atrio M5 earphones were a pure pleasure to use and the M8 are similar to the M5 in almost all ways, except for the color scheme."

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nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"From the appearance, to the silent operation, I definitely see the nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case being the home for my HTPC for a while. The unique design and the great number of ventilation holes will help with heat dissipation, and keep the system running nice and quiet without interruption to the home theater environment it is a part of."

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850 W Power Supply
"Since we are immersed in a deep technology change, with releases such as DDR3 memories, graphics cards which are compatible with DX10 or the new K10 processor, it is basic for our PC to have a stable and powerful PSU."

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Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 @ Bjorn3D
"In the past, many manufactures would release graphic cards with modified heat sink and fans from reference designs to provide better cooling and to enhance overclocking. However, lately, many manufactures simply sell reference design cards from either AMD/ATI or NVIDIA without any modification except putting their own labels on the card. Therefore, for users who seek to have quieter graphic cards or cooler cards would have to resort to the heat sinks and fans from third party manufactures. Luckily there are no shortages of manufactures that produce well-designed products. Today, we will take a look at one of these products from Arctic Cooling, the Accelero S2, a merely $22 graphic card cooler that promises to reduce operating temperature and overall system noise."

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[News] Thecus N5200 NAS Server Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It's fast, it's small enough to be transported to LAN parties and has an incredibly powerful yet simple interface. While the average user isn't going to want to spend $1000 on a NAS, there is a large section of small businesses who should be VERY interested in this. LAN organizers should check this out, photographers, video editing, people with large collections of media, and anyone who wants a central file server that does gigabit speeds."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Thermaltake TMG ND1 Graphics Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"When I made the decision not to use water cooling on my video card any longer, I had to find a cooler that would fit back on my NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT. After making the dreaded trip back into the parts closet, I was able to dig up the old stock cooler that came on the NVIDIA card. I thought,"

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Introduction at XYZ Computing
"We have been getting a lot of cool gear in lately but something I have been looking forward to just arrived on my doorstep- the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC. This is something I have had a chance to play with before, but I will finally be able to really take a good look at this system over the next few weeks."

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Computex 2007: MACS & Casetek @ techPowerUp!
"Even though MACS is not such a well known brand, their cooling products are very innovative and they are one of the few to implement TECs into all their products. The GPU coolers are even compatible with NVIDIA G80 graphic cards. MACS also sells cases under the Casetek brand. Their newest offering is simply such a unique case, that we could not pass up the chance to snap a few pictures and bring you all the details of the new V. Gemini case."

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Computex 2007: PQI @ techPowerUp!
"PQI is a well known memory and flash storage manufacturer. They have a great booth at Computex and are showing off incredibly small and innovative USB storage devices, high performance DDR2 memory as well as DDR3 DIMMs. Their Intelligent Stick Mini and Card Drive have some incredible dimensions and capacities with 4 GB and 32 GB respectively."

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Build your own Linux server guide @ bit-tech.net
"After showing that one of the known pitfalls of Linux isn't as bad as most expected, it's about time to get things into gear and show one of the strengths of Linux. It's a known fact that Linux (or any other flavour of 'Nix) is a great OS to run on that low power, the-day-before-yesterday's-generation hardware. That's because the strength of Linux lies in its Command Line Interface (CLI). While scary to those who are used to point and click, CLI offers a no-nonsense, straight to the point and low-overhead powerhouse."

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TWL Continued Coverage of CES 2007
"The opening of Compytex 2007 brings innovations and technology to the world that will drive markets and manufacturers for the following year and possibly further. Take a look at a few of our pictures and stay tuned for updates."

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Computex Taipei 2007 Day 1
"Today is the first day of one of the world's largest trade shows. We at Phoronix have spent it wandering the endless aisles at Computex Taipei. As with previous years, the exhibition takes place in four massive buildings. Let's take a look at what the companies have for us this year! Today we are featuring DFI, Enermax, Gigabyte, Seasonic, Sparkle, Thermaltake, and a number of other companies."

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MNPCTech's 120mm Blowhole Kit at Modders-Inc.com
"Trying to decide what accessories to add to your case can be a time consuming chore. When it comes to eye catching Bling Bling, make sure to head over to MNPCTech.com and check out their excellent case accessories. We took a look at their Vandal Resistant switches and Bulgin Switch mounting plate."

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XFX 8800 Ultra XXX @ Bjorn3D
"NVIDIA over the years has used the name 'Ultra' with some of their products. Usually this means a little faster core and maybe some faster RAM. The first time that we at Bjorn3D saw an 'Ultra' name come into play was when we picked up a Hercules TNT 2 Ultra to replace an outdated STB TNT. This time around NVIDIA is using the 'Ultra' moniker for a newer version of their already extremely popular 8800GTX. The base 8800 Ultra clocks do not look that promising as you can buy overclocked 8800GTXís with the same speed if not faster. XFX changes this by bringing you 3 different versions of the Ultra. These are the $799.99 Ultra which matches NVIDIAís reference Ultra speed, the $829.00 USD overclocked Ultra which is faster yet, and finally; the $879.00 XXX version which is by far the fastest of the trio and the product we'll be reviewing today."

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Thermaltake iXoft Passive Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With its passive heatshift technology, the iXoft is a unique notebook cooler yet it still manages to do an effective job. There are a lot of advantages to this cooler including silent operation, no power consumption, and portability. No fans, no wires, and no extra battery power used Ė just place it under the notebook and it's ready to go."

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Sony VAIO VGN-FZ11L @ TrustedReviews
"Billed as providing ďEntertainment in styleĒ the FZ range should be brimming with all the multimedia goodies that would make for a perfect portable living room entertainment centre. However, only half the range features the all important HDMI output for connecting to HDTVs and none of them have TV tuners or screens large enough to display 1080p video. Moreover, none of them ship with Media Center remotes. All of which suggests the Entertainment moniker is a bit of a misnomer but thatís not to say the FZ series isnít good, itís just a bit mis-branded."

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd @ TrustedReviews
"Itís been a few months since I last reviewed one of Fujifilmís F-series cameras, in fact it was January and the camera was the FinePix F31fd. I have to admit I like the F-series cameras a lot. For the most part they have managed to combine cutting-edge technology, solid build quality and excellent photographic results in a stylish and compact package. There arenít many brands that have been so consistently good for so long."

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Mushkin 2x1GB PC5300 EM2 Dual Channel Kit
"Nowadays, DDR2 memories are so cheap that it is possible to find a 2GB kit for less than 200Ä. Mushkin is a manufacturer whose main concern is the production of high-performance RAM memories."

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Computex 2007: Pre Show Tour @ bit-tech.net
"Over the course of the meetings, we've seen quite a few things. Obviously Intel's recently announced P35 Bearlake chipset was a feature, but more interestingly we got to see early revisions of boards based on the replacement for the ageing 975X chipset: the X38 Express chipset, which is set for release sometime in September. In addition, we also had a first look at AMD's first enthusiast chipset: RD790, which comes complete with support for the company's upcoming Phenom processors. Let's have a look at what each of the manufacturers showed us."

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[News] Silverstone MS04 External 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"As far as 3.5"

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Canon HV20 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Canon HV20 uses a 2.96-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC DV II processor, first found on Canon's $10,000 pro-level XL H1."

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Monday, June 4, 2007
AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 45W CPU @ Viper Lair
"It's important to put into perspective what we're looking at today. If you're looking to build a high-end gaming PC or some sort of high-level video editing workstation, this processor isn't going to be for you. The intended market will be corporate workstations and the silent PC or HTPC market. We have a forum thread going on debating the benefits of energy efficient processors and energy bills. Unless you're a home user who leaves their PC on 24/7, you probably won't see much in the way of savings, but this won't be the case for cubicle farms."

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The Linux Hardware Puzzle
"With Phoronix turning three years old tomorrow I thought this would be a good time to share with all of you what had led Phoronix to where it is today and the direction that it is headed into for the future. There's still much work left to be accomplished, but we long to see the day when the Linux and Solaris hardware experience to upgrade a PC, build a new PC, or to buy a PC will be carefree and you largely won't need to worry about any kernel panics, disk controller issues, or other problems due to your choice of hardware. In the past few years we have seen terrific strides made specifically by Linux developers in new hardware support, but it still largely remains a puzzle for alternative OS users to find hardware that is fully compatible with their operating system of choice."

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Overclock3D Content: Asus P5K P35 Socket 775 Motherboard
"Today I'll be taking a look at Asus' first Bearlake (P35) chipset motherboard. Still based around DDR2, and with stiff competition from its elder P5B (P965) brother, how will it hold up?"

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Computex 2007: Introduction @ techPowerUp!
"COMPUTEX Taipei, or Taipei International Information Technology Show is held in Taipei annually since 1981. It is the largest computer expo on the asian continent, with a constant growth every year. We took a quick look at behind the scenes to see a lot of construction work going on, even on the eve before the show."

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Raidsonic Icy Box IB-281U USB 2.0 2,5" HD External Case
"Information and data related to our work are so valuable that we normally make backup copies in order to avoid accidents. External HD cases for 2.5Ē hard drives are at the peak of their popularity due to their small size and good transfer rates."

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In Win BT611 mATX Case with 300W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The BT611 may not have alot of bells and whistles, but it does provide a very attractive, compact, and quiet home for your basic mATX system. In addition to these features, the whole thing comes ready to power a modern system thanks to the rather beefy 300W TFX power supply and its dual 12V rails."

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Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC2-8500 @ Bjorn3D
"For those curious to know the current price situation is from a strong oversupply of memory chips coordinated with somewhat lower than anticipated demand, which has created the current abundance of mail-in-rebates and price slashing that can be found in general. Word is that some memory manufacturers are now cutting production rather than risk taking losses. Prices are currently as low as they can go and should actually climb a little once the supply situation stabilizes, so donít wait to long if looking for that new kit of RAM!"

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Application Installers: Let's Be Open @ OSWeekly.com
"Can someone please tell me why software installers that alter the operating system in backhanded ways are still tolerated by so many people? In the past, it seemed like every application installer known to mankind made some sort of annoying modification to the settings for your operating system and its associated applications, and oftentimes this happened without your consent. Some installers were so vague about what they were doing that they tricked you into doing something hat you didnít want to do."

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Apple Preps Kids As Future Mac Users @ OSWeekly.com
"Developing and releasing an operating system isnít good enough in this day and age. If you were in the shoes of Microsoft or Apple, your goal would be to get people to use your software in interesting ways, and in turn, you would need to be there to support them through each step of the way. Operating systems open up so many different possibilities, and if uneducated users arenít guided through some of these possibilities, then they may just resort to browsing the Internet and playing Solitaire."

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T-Mobile Wing Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"After the success of T-Mobileís Sidekick series, the company is at it again with smartphones, and this time, itís an early adopter of Microsoftís Windows Mobile 6 OS. That fact alone should make it very interesting, and interesting it is. T-Mobile has always gone after the young and hip crowd, and the Wing is no different in that regard."

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The End of DRM is Near @ CoolTechZone.com
"It looks like the end of DRM is near. First, letís all take the time to congratulate Apple and EMI for being gutsy enough to offer DRM-free music. Talk about kicking the RIAA right in the shins and itís amusing to see"

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Windows Mobile: The BlackBerry Killer @ OSWeekly.com
"It's simply a matter of limited choices. Even though Iím impressed with what BlackBerry has offered us over the years, Iím beginning to see where Windows Mobile could take the lead in the long term in the marketplace if RIM cannot do something to further appeal to the market at large."

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Creative ZEN Stone Review @ Digital Trends
"While the Creative ZEN Stone lacks features found on most MP3 players, you will be hard-pressed to find another quality player for $40 bucks."

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SilverStone SG03 Micro-ATX Case Review at XYZ Computing
"SilverStone's product literature calls the SG03 the "SFF enclosure of the future" which is a bold claim, but they correctly identified some of the most important trends happening with enclosures right now. These can be seen in aspects of the SG03's design including use the of lots of quiet cooling, an aluminum chassis, and a cool-but-classy exterior."

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Sunday, June 3, 2007
QPAD UC mouse pad at Modders-Inc.com
"Looking for a portable mouse pad to take to lan parties? The QPAD UC is 3-millimeters thick, uncoated, wide yet portable. Whether you're on the go or sitting at home, the QPAD UC is versatile enough to handle the task."

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Building An Ubuntu MythTV Box
"With more and more people assembling MythTV boxes as alternatives to Windows Media Center or going out and buying a TiVO, for this introductory article we will share some recommendations of hardware we had used on a recent MythTV build along with other information to consider when building your next home theater PC."

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OCZ PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Edition Heat Pipe cooling for memory
"Our last OCZ memory review on TweakTown was the OCZ FlexXLC water cooled memory modules that were able to run rings around Mushkin and Corsair, at least till the Dominator memory hit. Today we have OCZís next memory module set designed for the enthusiast who does not have the option or does not want to run water cooling in their systems, this being the radically air cooled Reaper HPC edition memory running at PC2-9200 or 1150MHz DDR."

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[News] APEVIA X-Qpack2 Micro Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Just over a year ago, Diceman reviewed the original Q-pack from Aspire. Well, this time around we get to review the second generation of the Q-pack, called the X-Qpack2. It's from the same company, but they also have a new name, which is Apevia. The X-Qpack2 is a micro size aluminum enclosure that comes in a rainbow of colors: black, silver, blue, green, red, and yellow. These cases have the three sided windows; however, they also offer a non-windowed version, and those come in silver and black. The one offered up for review is the X-QPACK2-BL/500, which is the blue front with the windowed panels. So, with a nice choice of colors and styles, it's now time to see if the second generation enclosure measures up to it's first generation."

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Saturday, June 2, 2007
Good Work Systems Fragpedal Classic @ bit-tech.net
"In the end though, we have to judge the Fragpedal on its actual merits and not the potential it might hold and, on that basis, the Fragpedal is a horribly designed and pretty useless gadget which is ridiculously priced. We're sorry to leave it on such an awful pun, but gamers should really just give the Fragpedal the boot and find something better to spend their money on."

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ATI Versus NVIDIA on Company of Heroes DirectX 10 @ Legit Reviews
"After testing the first DirectX 10 game patch on the popular title Company of Heroes we again find out that ATI finishes behind NVIDIA in DX10 performance tests. Sure, the AMD/ATI drivers are still new and need to be worked on, but it doesn't seem like the current Radeon 2900 XT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory has the muscle to compete with the GeForce 8 series on DirectX 10 game titles. The current Radeon 2900 XT with GDDR3 memory? It seems that later this month AMD will be releasing a new Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card with 1GB of GDDR4 memory. AMD plans to take another shot at NVIDIA with..."

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Gaming Smack Talk OpEd @ bit-tech.net
"I've got a confession to make and it involves the story of how I first got into games journalism, so buckle in for what's bound to be an exciting and passionate story of one man and his inability to stop taking games seriously."

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I4U: BFG 8800 Ultra OC Video Card Review
"BFG is well known for overclocked already fast NVIDIA graphics cards and making them into speedy monsters. The BFG 8800 Ultra OC is no exception, BFG overclocks the core frequency to 630MHz, the memory clock to 2220MHz giving 106.6GB/s of memory bandwidth, and overclocked the shader to 1566MHz."

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Review: GT3 Sport Case
"The GT3 Sport Case is a small form factor case created by the folks at GTR Tech Corporation. However, this isn't your every day small form factor (SFF) case. One of the big limits they have removed is the fact that you have to use a limited motherboard or a MicroATX board. They have opened up the motherboard tray to the standard 12Ē x 9.5Ē ATX motherboard size. So you now have the option of using full size components typically found in mid or full sized cases in a SFF case."

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Friday, June 1, 2007
First Look at Lenovo's Thinkpad X61 and X61s at XYZ Computing
"The initial Thinkpads to go Santa Rosa were the T61 and R61, the first of which is a mobile workstation with a widescreen 14.1" LCD and the second being the Thinkpad's more economical system which will slowly be taking the place of the Z series (it's also available in a 14.1" widescreen). The next round of Thinkpads to be upgraded are the X series 12.1" ultraportables- the X61, the X61s (which uses a low voltage processor) and the X61 tablet. We just got in samples of the X61 and the X61s for testing and will be looking at the tablet in a few weeks."

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MSI K9AGM2-FIH All in One HTPC Motherboard based on AMD 690G
"The first chipset to come out under the AMD brand is the 690G series which we first looked at though ECS. This chipset is designed to be a value product for AMD and its Athlon processors. Today we have a new motherboard from MSI based on the new AMD 690G chipset series with support for HDMI which makes it perfect for the Home Theatre PC users out there. Let us today have a look at the MSI K9AGM2 and see exactly what it has to offer."

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[News] OCZ 2x1GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If the concept works for motherboards, CPU, and VGA coolers, why not on memory modules? The OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Memory is such a creature now utilizing the heat pipe design accompanying some very capable PC2-6400, PC2-8500, and PC2-9200 memory modules. Being the power hungry user I am, it was an excellent treat to receive the kit in the mail. Allow me to give you a quick informative tour of what it can do."

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Bestfeel VisRa PS1 y VisLa MS1 Mouse Pads
"Until very recently, left-handed gamers have been at a disadvantage with respect to right-handed ones, since manufacturers did not take into account their needs when designing new products."

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The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux
"Last year when AMD announced their acquisition of ATI it led many to wonder how this would impact the quality of their Linux support and driver. Some had even speculated that AMD would be opening the code to at least a subset of their graphics drivers, and while this issue has come up again more recently, we will cover this particular topic in a different article. In this article we will be exposing what truly consists of the ATI/AMD driver development cycle and ultimately what they are really doing to improve their image in the Linux community. We have been granted unprecedented access to share with you their once unknown driver development model."

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BlackBerry Curve 8300 @ TrustedReviews
"The Curve is certainly a neat little BlackBerry, small and light, and comfortable to use. Iíd have liked Wi-Fi and 3G but at least RIM is clearly working hard at developing its multimedia capabilities. For a first attempt in that respect the Curve does pretty well."

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Canon Selphy CP750 @ TrustedReviews
"Canon created a range of useful dye-sublimation printers with its first Selphy releases, but now it has come to refresh them it has to inject new life into what are basically very similar designs. Unlike the ES1, which featured a Ďsit up and begí design, the CP750 is small and squat, as earlier Selphys were."

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Sony VAIO VGN-TZ1MN @ TrustedReviews
"Sony has built on the good points of the TX Series but also taken some inspiration from the iconic X505VP and produced a truly stunning ultra-portable notebook. Sony has mastered the LED backlight technology and created the best notebook screen Iíve ever seen, while Intelís new dual-core ULV mobile chip is also a triumph for the ultra-portable notebook platform. It could do with more memory, but other than that Sony has pretty much hit the target in every area."

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HEXUS.net - reviews :: LGA 775 CPU Cooler *Mega Test* - 25 Coolers Tested
"In the lead up to our testing, we had to read a great deal of documentation to get up to speed with the LGA 775 specification. We needed to understand the rules that manufacturers are supposed to abide by and by just how much they are pushing the limits of the socket design."

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LapWorks Ergo Riser Aluminum Desktop Stand Review @ The TechZone
"The Aluminum Desktop Stand from the folks at LapWorks addresses many of the concerns that people have when using a laptop computer. Not only does it make the experience more comfortable, it also helps your computer perform better by effectively dissipating heat. But how does it do that and can a few pieces of aluminum justify the $60 (MSRP) asking price? Well, I had a chance to take this cooling stand out for a test drive and the results were remarkably impressive."

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I4U: LapWorks Laptop Desk 2.0 Review
"The surface of the Laptop Desk 2.0 has channels to help keep your notebook cool by allowing heat to dissipate via convection. Flat parts of the surface of the Laptop Desk 2.0 are covered with non-skid rubber that not only keeps your notebook from slipping off the stand, but also helps to cool it by conduction."

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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R mobo @ bit-tech.net
"It's inexpensive, as fast as other P35 boards and overclocks like a beast. You could certainly do better on the included feature and accessories front, but that's not like it doesn't give you plenty of expandability on-board. If I was looking for an inexpensive, solid performing, future proof backbone to a new system; the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R would certainly be high on my list."

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