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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure @ Viper Lair
"The Antec MX-1 is easily the best hard drive enclosure we've worked with. It's well built, easy to assemble and a snap to use. It's also quiet. The cooling fan is barely audible, and completely unnoticeable in with our PC on, which is also rather quiet. It is rather large, but this does add some peace of mind in that it is going to be able to withstand a bit of abuse. There also isn't much in the way of bling, but we think it looks just fine."

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GIGABYTE Triton 180 @ techPowerUp
"One of the biggest names around in the consumer computer world has a new case out called the Triton 180. GIGABYTE, well known for their motherboards and graphics cards has a reach on just about every product type out there in the computer market. So today we will see if their cases are as good as their other products."

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I4U: OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum Dual Channel RAM Review
"This RAM performs well, but is best used by a 64-bit version of Windows XP or Windows Vista. OCZ also prices this RAM kit well for the amount of memory you are getting. The OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum Dual Channel has latencies of 5-4-4-15 and runs at 800 MHz. the voltage requirements are 2.1V, and the memory carries OCZ’s extended voltage protection that allows you to keep the warranty when you overclock so long as the voltage to the RAM doesn’t exceed 2.2V."

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OCZ ModXStream 780W Power Supply at Modders-Inc
"The choices are becoming endless when it is time to choose a power supply for todays demanding computer components. The consumer has several things to consider, loudness, output, efficiency, and usability to name just a few. Today we are going to take a look at the OCZ ModXStream power supply which is available in the 780W configuration as well as a 900W configuration."

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Logitech VX Nano Mouse Review at XYZ Computing
"The VX Nano does a few things differently from the VX though. First, and most importantly, it is smaller, so it is that much more portable than the older mouse. Secondly, the Nano has an incredibly small RF dongle. This device is under 0.75" long, so is composed mainly of the metal USB housing and will only stick out of your computer about a quarter of an inch. Like on the VX Revolution, the dongle can be stored inside the mouse so you won't misplace it, though it is so small enough that you can just leave it in your notebook. Unlike the VX and MX, the VX Nano uses an ambidextrous design."

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bit-tech News: Commodore's XX Gaming PC
"All in all, for a first effort, Commodore is aiming in the right area and there's always a compromise to what can be actually offered and what everyone might like. What's on offer should certainly suit a vast majority of people who don't want to spend the time and effort researching what makes a good gaming system, it's all provided here. Fortunately for Commodore, this ignorance may be bliss in noise consideration, however you don't get top end hardware without a certain noise cost. True, this particular system won't appeal to most of you reading this that prefer to make your own gaming systems, but it does offer good value for money as a complete system and the G/GS options could be great for family or friends who need a general purpose PC yet still enjoy a bit of gaming now and then. So the Commodore XX represents good value, and the skins offer some variety even if the case is a bit ambiguous underneath. If we had to drop Ł3,000 on a pre-built PC, the Commodore would still be a definite consideration for the shopping list but we'd probably still go for a Vadim or Dell XPS 720."

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DDR2 to the Max High-end kits Tested
"Today we have DDR2 memory modules topping out at 1200MHz DDR2 or 600MHz clock speeds, and this is using only around 2.4v which is within the safe zone. With even more time, cooling and voltage adjustments, more can be possible. We have five different memory kits for your viewing pleasure, all of them designed to run at speeds beyond DDR2 800MHz for the Athlon 64 X2s and also Intel’s P965 and P35 chipsets which have memory support for 800MHz and beyond."

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Sunbeamtech Quarterback ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Sunbeamtech is one of the many manufacturers that regularly releases new cases to keep up with a rapidly changing market. One of their latest models, the Quarterback, is an ATX midtower style case that includes many of the features that computer enthusiasts want, while also including a few unique touches."

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Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Earlier this month, we reviewed Dell's Inspiron 531 slim desktop computer, and we recommended the system for its lightweight and feature-rich attraction. However, in addition to the 531, Dell also offers 530, an Intel version of the 531. Even though there is very little difference between the two in terms of physical outlook and added features, it's certainly different when it comes to price points and hardware components."

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Rocketfish Twister Laser Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Although there are a number of notebook mice in the market, and they are generally similar to one another, once in a while we see a truly interesting product that defies traditional product designs and ends up being quite interesting. That's the case with Rocketfish's Twister, at least. It's one of the smallest notebook mice in the market with updated ergonomics and a whole new dimension to portable mice. Based on the latest laser engine, it's smooth and precise with regular operations, but it does have a few major quirks that prevents it from becoming our favorite."

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Top 5 Linux Myths @ OSWeekly.com
"The sheer ignorance regarding casual Linux users astounds me to no end. While I'm not interested in pointing fingers, there is a lot of misinformation about the Linux community, and we will help to dispel some of these myths, once and for all."

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What's Wrong With Dell Selling Linux PCs @ OSWeekly.com
"Predictably, it seems that Dell is dropping Ubuntu PC prices which at first pass would seem like fantastic news. But then you have to couple this fact with the realization that they are not exactly promoting their provided Ubuntu PCs. Actually, they are downright difficult to locate without using the"

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Linux Has Just Vanished Forever @ OSWeekly.com
"Straightaway, I would like to apologize if the title of this piece feels a little strange, but I'm going to be exploring what most of us would do if all of the different flavors of Linux were to suddenly"

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What's Wrong With Windows Subscription @ OSWeekly.com
"I think we’ve all worn ourselves out with talking about Vista. You might think that it’s now time for all of us to take break from talking about Windows and focus on items of higher and more relevant importance, but sure enough, just as one thing wears out, another takes its place. Whether good or bad, Microsoft doesn’t want us to stop talking about Windows, and even though many of us are just now getting used to Vista, Microsoft is already generating discussion about the next release of Windows which has a working title of Windows 7. Whatever the final name of the OS ends up being is anyone’s guess right now, but no matter what the name is, we’re likely to see some interesting and controversial changes in this next version of Windows."

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OS X Only Good for Entertainment @ CoolTechZone.com
"Operating systems are unique in various ways. Even though Windows, OS X, and Linux are all capable of doing most of the same things, the way that they’re built and the applications that have been created for them go a long way in helping each OS to stand out in a different way."

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Sigma SD14 Digital SLR @ TrustedReviews
"The Sigma SD14 is unique. It is currently the only camera that uses a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS sensor, which operates on a different principle to the Bayer-mask mosaic sensors used by every other digital camera on the market. It isn’t the first one to do so, since the two previous Sigma digital SLRs, the SD9 and SD10, used earlier smaller versions of the X3 sensor, but since those cameras are no longer in production the SD14 is the only model available that uses this innovative technology."

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LG 50PB65 50in plasma TV @ TrustedReviews
"Chocolate is one of our favourite things. We can’t get enough of the stuff and we really don’t like its name to be taken in vain. So our relationship with LG’s ‘Chocolate’ 50PB65 50in plasma TV gets off to a decidedly rocky start when biting enthusiastically into a corner of it gives us nothing but toothache for our trouble. Hmm."

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HP Pavilion S3040 @ TrustedReviews
"The S3000 is aimed squarely at the home user who wants a computer with enough horsepower for all those normal tasks but with none of the extra frills and, perhaps most importantly, that they’d be happy to have sitting proudly on their desk."

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D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark Reviews
"Draft N is all the buzz around the WiFi circles, and manufacturers are pushing their early products onto store shelves dispite the constant technical changes to the new unapproved draft. Although early product relases incorporating the 802.11n draft 1.0 were first seen in 2006, they did not seem to win over critics' opinion because of poor performance. The D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router is a draft 802.11n compliant device which claims to be up to 14x faster and have 6x the range of 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b devices."

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Monday, July 30, 2007
A Woman's Primer to Building Her Own Computer - Part 1
"The computer world has known for a long time that girls are to be taken seriously. Games can be ridiculously fun and appeal to everyone. And it's not just about The Sims and Bejeweled; girls want to grab a lightsaber or don platemail and save the world from Oblivion just as much as boys do, so what's stopping us from building our own computers?"

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HP Pavilion a6130n Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP Pavilion a3160n comes with a blistering fast 3GB of RAM standard as part of the system. However, it lacks DVI output."

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Silverstone Sugo SG02 SFF chassis @ techPowerUp
"The Sugo SG02 is a small form factor case for MicroATX motherboards which is based on the SG01 Evolution but brings it to the mainstream segment at a much lower price point. The interior of the SFF case is kept very simple but efficient, which makes installation a breeze, while the very unusual white color variant will certainly stand out on any desk, living room or LAN party and goes great with a silver optical drive or two."

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AirLive WL-5400CAM WLAN IP Camera @ techPowerUp
"The AirLive WLAN IP Camera is a solid and easy to setup camera, which can be implemented into any existing wired or wireless network infrastructure. The included software allows you to control four devices at the same time, making it the perfect choice for all your surveilance purposes."

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NVIDIA & ATI GTK Benchmarks
"Since publishing our Avivo versus fglrx driver GtkPerf benchmarks that compared the GTK performance between the community open-source driver and ATI's official driver, we have received a number of requests for more of these 2D benchmarks with different graphics cards and different drivers. While this is not one of our formal articles, we have completed a few more GtkPerf tests with NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards to see how the GTK performance stacks up."

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Logitech Harmony 1000 Universal Remote and Wireless Extender Review @ Bigbruin.com
"At over $400 for the kit as reviewed, this is obviously quite a bit of money for a universal remote control, but the features, capabilities, and absolute simple operation may make it worth it to many people. Don't think of just your enjoyment, but consider the peace you will be buying by eliminating all the times you have to stop what you are doing to go put on a video tape for the kids or an exercise DVD for the wife, simply because they can't figure out the remotes! In my mind, that would be worth the investment."

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Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ700B 42in Plasma TV @ TrustedReviews
"I first saw this TV at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January and I’ve been hassling Panasonic about getting a review sample ever since. You see, the TH-42PZ700B represents a landmark in the plasma high definition TV arena, and it strikes a hefty blow for plasma technology in the face of better and better specified LCD competition. What makes this plasma TV so special? It’s the World’s first 42in 1080p plasma screen – something that Panasonic’s engineers should be very proud of."

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Telmap Navigator 3 sat-nav software @ TrustedReviews
"This might not be the most exciting sat-nav software to look at, but it is easy to read and the directions are extremely clear. Turnings are highlighted with bright yellow arrows and the current route marked in red – it’s even clearer than Wayfinder 7's maps. The user interface is straightforward to find your way around, while voice prompts are timely and clear too. In testing I never found myself wrong-footed, waiting for the maps to catch up."

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USRobotics Wireless Ndx Router @ TrustedReviews
"And so to the router itself, which is an unassuming slab of silver/grey plastic with three removable aerials at the rear. Alas, Gigabit Ethernet isn’t on the menu as you get a standard quartet of switched Fast Ethernet ports which could cause a potential bottleneck between high-speed wireless clients and LAN systems. The RJ-45 WAN port means you’ll need a cable or ADSL broadband modem with a suitable connection but USR does offer a version with an integral ADSL2/2+ modem."

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bit-tech News: Mod of the Month - July 2007
"Well, we're here again - another month has passed. Whether you've been enjoying the rain in Blighty, the rain in the US, or the rain elsewhere, one thing's for sure - it seems to have been a wet July. Of course, that's not without its benefits - many of our modders have been"

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Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste
"Of course, when it comes to cooling there is more than just the cooler. Besides the normal considerations of airflow and such, the Thermal Interface Material (TIM) plays a huge role in the overall effectiveness of the cooling solution. This holds especially true for those diehard overclockers where even small variations in temperature can make a difference in terms of processor speed. Enter the above mentioned Arctic Cooling with a new TIM they have dubbed MX-2. While there are not that many players in this market area, the names that are out there have a huge reputation. So relax for a few as we take a look at this newcomer in the TIM market and see if it has what it takes to be a worthy consideration for your next project."

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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Kodak EasyShare V1003 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Kodak V1003 has a 10MP resolution, 3X optical zoom and nine different colors to choose from, so it will match your purse, shoes - or whatever."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W is a massive power supply that can deliver power to any system you could build or dream of. With a total of 99 amps (!) on four 12V rails it easily exceeds any specifications and should be a good choice for a high-performance system with multiple video cards."

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ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDReady
"It has been a while since we last reviewed an ASRock motherboard, but this budget manufacturer has kept churning out new and more innovative products. The ASRock motherboard we have our hands on for this Linux and Solaris review is the ALiveNF7G-HDready, which combines NVIDIA's GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a MCP with a wealth of integrated extras such as IEEE-1394a Firewire to offer a rather good package for its low price. This motherboard is also capable of handling 720p H.264 video playback with low CPU Utilization and HDCP decoding through supported software."

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MSI 8600GTS Diamond Plus with HDMI
"Digital TV users might currently find themselves with a Home Theater PC which utilizes a standard VGA cable, the other popular choice is a DVI-to-HDMI cable. The good news is that if you’re using the former but think it’s time to go digital connectivity between your HTPC and TV, we might have just the card for you."

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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Review: Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler @ GideonTech.com
"Noctua has sent over another one of their cooling products for us to look at. This time around we received the chipset cooler NC-U6, the miniature version of their main board chipset cooler."

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Xigmatek HDT-S963 CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The Xigmatek HDT-S963 CPU cooler has shown to be able to hold its own in the cooling area. With the added deflector we seen an improvement of cooling for the surrounding CPU components. The fan is mounted via rubber mounts, which will isolate vibrations and reduce noise generated by the unit."

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Solaris Express SXCE Build 69
"What does Solaris look like? It's actually a question we've been asked quite a bit since beginning to cover Solaris at Phoronix earlier this year. When using the GNOME desktop, it doesn't look much different from Linux aside from StarOffice and Sun Studio and a few other things being included, but of course it will look even more like Linux once there is the Project Indiana OpenSolaris distribution. Anyways, with the launch of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) Build 69 yesterday, we've taken some screenshots to show the latest and greatest with Solaris"

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bit-tech News: Sword of The New World: Granado Espada
"You see, in our minds this isn’t a single game, but is actually two. On the one hand, we have the free to play trial version which lets players get to level 20 and experiment with the majority of what the game has to offer, but not all. That game is quite good. You can play enough of the game to get a taste of it and still have some more to play afterwards. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that with the right approach, the free version of the game offers just the right amount of gameplay and by the time you’ve seen everything it has to offer the majority of players will already be getting bored with the whole game and will be ready to forget about it completely. But, then there’s the other game; the one you have to pay for..."

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Friday, July 27, 2007
Technic3D/Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
"The Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Game from Ubisoft arrived Technic3D. How does the gameplay hold up and what changes have been to the system since the last game? All better than the First Part? See you in the following Review."

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I4U: Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers Review
"Logitech includes a zippered carry case as well to make taking the V20 speakers on the road a bit easier. These speakers work well for many uses from VOIP, music and movies. Size wise the Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers are about the size of a standard paperback book each and come in a fitted carry case made of padded fabric. On the back of each speaker is a stand that pops out to allow the speakers to stand upright during use."

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Dissecting The ATI/AMD Linux Driver
"If you have been reading our ATI/AMD Linux display driver reviews for some time, you will know that there are periods where it doesn't look like the fglrx driver is actively being worked on, but in fact changes are being made "under the hood". We are going through one of these droughts right now where not many new features or bug fixes are being introduced, though a lot of work is going on internally. We have decided to dissect the last 19 months of driver releases from ATI/AMD to expose some interesting facts and what should be coming in the future."

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QPAD|UC Mousepad
"We normally tend to underestimate the importance of a mousepad, but a hardcore games knows that a good choice in this sense will improve his gaming performance dramatically."

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bit-tech News: HTPC face-off: VIA EPIA EX vs AMD 690G
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Zalman ZM-NC1000 Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The ZM-NC1000 is a very well built piece of notebook cooling hardware. But what it gains in performance, it loses in bulk and weight. If you are in the market for a cooling option for the road, then just keep on searching. This big boy weighs in at over 2.5lbs an when you add that kind of weight to an already loaded laptop bag, then expect a chore when you are lugging this around an airport. Add in the rather stiff price, and Zalman is really painted themselves in a premium niche corner."

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Calibre P860, GeForce 8600GT
"The strengths of the card are instead the quality of the components. Not only is the card very fast right out of the box, it overclocks like a dream, allowing a mainstream gamer on a budget to get even more performance out of it. The 512 MB DDR3 memory also helps the performance of the card. The card also does not cost much more than other brand 8600GT cards making it a very good buy as long as you do not need HDCP-support."

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Olympus E-410 Digital SLR @ TrustedReviews
"Although currently slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, the E-410 has several advantages, not least its compact dimensions, low weight and useful live view feature. It also offers fast performance, extremely high image quality and a very wide range of creative control. If you want a highly portable DSLR and aren’t too bothered about image stabilisation then the E-410 would make a rewarding enthusiast’s camera."

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Acer TravelMate 6292 @ TrustedReviews
"As a company it has a reputation for putting out powerful hardware at competitive prices, and the TravelMate 6292 continues this trend. Our review sample (model number 6292-302G16N) is available for around Ł1,050 and sports an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 clocked at 2.0GHz, with 4MB L2 Cache and an 800MHz Front Side Bus. This is ably supported by 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM, a 160GB SATA hard drive, integrated Intel X3100 graphics and a Super-Multi DVD burner drive."

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NZXT Lexa Blackline @ techPowerUp
"NZXT has updated the Lexa series with a more affordable Blackline versions. The steel cases can be had with either blue or red lighting effects and feature all the bells and whistles of the original Lexa, but with an all black color. Aside from the awesome outside looks the Lexa features a clean interiour which has lots of space, even for the biggest video cards. An LCD display with three sensors completes the package."

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Corsair Flash Survivor (8GB) Review @ Digital Trends
"The Corsair Flash Survivor is the toughest flash drive we have ever seen, the question is whether you need something like this or not."

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Title Fixed- What is Tiny, Green, and Penguin-Friendly at XYZ Computing
"Lately there has been considerable growth in the small form factor segment of the industry and many more people are beginning to appreciate the advantages of these systems. Tiny systems take up less space, create less noise, and are seen as "greener" than their full-sized brethren (because consume less power). Also, by using a low power processor and not many parts companies have been able to keep price down, despite the added cost of undersized componentry. This article briefly goes over six mini systems that you don't have to build yourself. They are an ideal platform for a project or for a silent system for simple tasks like checking your email. The intention was to find systems that are small, Linux-ready, and customizable, but price was factored in as well."

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"Lately there has been considerable growth in the small form factor segment of the industry and many more people are beginning to appreciate the advantages of these systems. Tiny systems take up less space, create less noise, and are seen as "greener" than their full-sized brethren (because consume less power). Also, by using a low power processor and not many parts companies have been able to keep price down, despite the added cost of undersized componentry. This article briefly goes over six mini systems that you don't have to build yourself. They are an ideal platform for a project or for a silent system for simple tasks like checking your email. The intention was to find systems that are small, Linux-ready, and customizable, but price was factored in as well."

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Technic3D/A.C. Ryan Alubox
"The A.C. Ryan Alubox External Hard Drive Enclosure arrived Technic3D. USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity for 3,5"

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bit-tech News: 2.0GHz Barcelona to compete with 2.33GHz Clovertown
"Demski then chimed in to add some more context to Payet’s statements. //“Even though 2.0GHz doesn’t sound like a lot, we will put our 2.0GHz part up against their 2.33GHz part and we will be very comfortable with that. “If you compare our medium power part to their medium power part we think we’ll be compare very favourably. And the same is true with the low power parts. The thing we’re lacking is that we don’t have that SE high performance part, which is coming later this year,” he said."

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Speed-Link Illuminated Dark Metal Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"Speed-Link's newest offering utilizes a snazy blue and black color theme, packed in a very thin and compact aluminum package. The Illuminated Dark Metal Keyboard takes the existing small profile keyboard line-up of the company and aims to deliver a quiet, comfortable, good looking and sturdy keyboard."

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I4U: Logitech Wave Review
"The mouse included with the Wave desktop isn’t perfect, but will more than do the job. If you have been looking for a wireless ergonomic keyboard, the Cordless Desktop Wave is well worth a look. At the top of the Wave keyboard are the standard media keys we are all used to for volume, forward/reverse, stop, and play/pause. Arrayed on each side of the media keys are pairs of keys specific to Windows Vista functions. On the left side of the media keys are dedicated hot keys for images, and Vista Gadgets. On the right side are keys for your music folder and media center access."

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I4U: Logitech V450 cordless Mouse for Notebooks Review
"This mouse is small and compact with good wireless performance and tracking on many surfaces. the wireless receiver also stores inside the mouse for portability. A few qualms keep this mouse from being perfect, but it is a good option for mobile workers. The wireless receiver slips into a dock on the bottom of the mouse for storage and when you dock the receiver it turns the mouse off so no battery power is used. Power is provided by a pair of AA batteries with a claimed life span of up to one year."

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bit-tech News: Zalman's Z-Machine GT1000 chassis
"The case itself though is even more impressive than our initial impressions lead us to believe. Not only does it look good to the eye, but the build quality is through the roof thanks to some thick, removable aluminium panels and the tight fit of the individual components. The insides of the case are good too, providing extra room for storage addicts and a motherboard panel that can be completely detached from the main body. There are some weak points, such as the lack of cushioning on the doors and an absent PSU shelf which puts too much weight on the supporting screws, but it’s obvious that a lot of thought has been put into the design and, again, the sturdy quality of the case compensates for the handful of oversights."

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Corsair Nautilus 500
"Corsair takes out all the guess work and gives you a rock solid item that offers very good performance. I was also shocked how easily it beat out the Big Typhoon. I knew it would do well but it really flexed its muscles when the heat got turned up. The sound from the unit was also easy on the ears. If you run multiple fans at full speed then this unit will give you a much quieter experience."

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Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-Ray Disc Player Review @ Tweaknews.net
"So you finally saved up some money to buy your dream home theater system. You have your new 1080p large screen television as wide as a livingroom wall, you have your surround sound system that could rival the noise created by god himself, but you are still missing that final piece to the perfect high definition movie viewing puzzle. As you should know, a standard DVD player would just disgrace your new investment seeing the recent evolution of players has kicked it up a notch to the new HD standard."

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HP LP3065 30in LCD Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"Only a couple of years ago, Apple’s 30in Cinema Display was your only option if you wanted a 2,560 x 1,600 monitor, but a lot has changed since then. Obviously Dell appeared on the scene, making 30in displays far more affordable and adding better screen adjustment into the bargain. I reviewed Dell’s latest 30in display last week – the UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC – which was a decent screen apart from the lack of colour calibration at the factory. While the superb Samsung 305T offered outstanding image quality and colour accuracy out of the box. The HP LP3065 provides another option for anyone looking for a 30in display, but how does it fare against the competition?"

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Dell 1320c colour laser printer @ TrustedReviews
"Dell is becoming a major supplier of printers in its own right and to offer a compact colour laser for a little over Ł220 puts it in direct competition with names like Canon, HP, Lexmark and Xerox. It's not just the initial price of the printer, though, that determines the overall cost of ownership."

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MSI RX2600XT @ TrustedReviews
"Based on ATI's HD 2600 XT graphics chip coupled with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and priced at Ł95.14 (guideline price), the RX2600XT is around Ł10 cheaper than the XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT and carries a very similar feature set. Both cards have similar gaming performance (which we'll look at in detail later), dedicated video decoding engines, two dual-link DVI outputs, and large passive heatsinks. Of course there are some subtle - and some not so subtle - differences but essentially it's a straight out fight between the two."

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT 256MB
"A few months back we looked at the Gigabyte GeForce 8500GT 256MB graphics card, which was a factory-overclocked $100 graphics card from Gigabyte that came topped with a passively cooled copper heatsink. Today we are back with Gigabyte as we look at their step-up from the 8500GT, which is the 8600GT GV-NX86T256D."

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Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Digital Trends
"The Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse gives you all the performance you would expect, without the wires."

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Corsair HX620W Power Supply
"Present-day systems demand more and more power. Due to this, it is necessary to have a good power supply unit, capable of giving your components what they need, without losing stability."

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Alienware Aurora m9700 17-inch Notebook @ TheTechLounge
"When I think laptop, I think portable computing. I want to be able to check some mail, sync some music, and basically, go a long time out of the house without worrying about where I'm going to find a free outlet. I'm also the sort who uses a laptop for work, not games, and would rather spend my gaming budget on a capable desktop. But I understand wanting a laptop that can game, I've done the LAN party deal for posterity. I also understand the appeal of the desktop replacement: a quiet computer that takes up almost no space is something most everyone agrees with."

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PNY D22GX93XLP-5 XLR8 Performance Edition 2GB PC2-9384 Memory Review
"Updated with better overclocking results! 2.2V seems to be what the PNY memory needed because the clock speed increased another 100 MHz without any difficulty. The memory ended up hitting a maximum speed of 1160 MHz and that's definitely very respectable with 4-4-4-12 timings! Let's check out what these bad boys can do when the timings are loosened up."

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A-DATA PD18 Flash Drive 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA has shown off some very unique USB storage devices in various shapes and sizes. The tiny PD17 already impressed, but lacked the overall performance. This is where the PD18 can shine, with much better results in a very small package and twice the storage space - 2GB."

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First Look: Toshiba R500 Notebook at XYZ Computing
"So what is so special about the R500? For starters, it is the slimmest notebook ever to have an optical drive. That's right- this 12", 2.4 pound, 0.77" thick notebook has a DVD drive on board. The drive is a 7mm thick tray model (instead of a slot loader) that is downright impressive. With so many ultraportables, even those that outweigh the R500 by a pound, ditching their optical drive this is going to be a major selling point for some buyers. Aside from the size and weight, both of which are impressive, other high points include a Core 2 Duo U7600 processor, transreflective LED backlit display, and a spill-resistant keyboard."

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Technic3D/better quietly PC
"The better quietly Intel General PC arrived Technic3D. The new PC come with Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 CPU (Arctic Cooling Heatsink), 2GB Kingston Ram, XFX Graphic Card and Asus P5B Mainboard. For Office and Gaming very Silent? See you in the following Review."

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AirLive WMU-6500FS WiFi HDD & Downloader @ techPowerUp
"The OvisLink powered AirLive WiFi enclosure may look just like a normal NAS storage device, but it has a lot more to offer than that. The well constructed and easy to use web interface can convert the enclosure to an iTunes server, can handle your FTP, HTTP and even BitTorrent downloads - straight to the internal IDE or SATA hard drive."

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Logitech MX Air Cordless Air Mouse @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitech is at it again with a revolutionary new mouse that appears to have been inspired from Nintendo's Wii controller. You see, it's not an average mouse. Similar to the Wii controller where you can move the controller in the air for specified body movements and control your game characters, Logitech's newly announced MX Air cordless mouse does the same. The only difference is that instead of working in games, it works with a select few multimedia applications to make browsing and working with your multimedia files a breeze."

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Logitech VX Nano Laser Mouse @ CoolTechZone.com
"In addition to the recent launch of its MX Air Cordless Air mouse, Logitech has also revealed a brand new mobile mouse, the Logitech VX Nano Laser. As the name suggests, it's based on the increasingly popular laser engine for better performance and precision. But perhaps the most important aspect to note with the VX Nano is its crazily small USB connector and a sleek new slim design."

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Mandriva 2007 Spring Version Review: Part 2 @ OSWeekly.com
"In the previous piece on Mandriva's usability, we looked at the good and the bad of booting to the Live CD and then finally installing the distribution. In this article, we will pick up with installing software, the available selection of such software and the overall analysis of the distro."

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OS X Only Good for Entertainment @ OSWeekly.com
"Operating systems are unique in various ways. Even though Windows, OS X, and Linux are all capable of doing most of the same things, the way that they’re built and the applications that have been created for them go a long way in helping each OS to stand out in a different way."

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Mandriva 2007 Spring Version Review: Part I @ OSWeekly.com
"Considering the fact that everyone has Ubuntu-fever, with PCLinuxOS as a close second, I thought it might be fun to check in on Mandriva (once known as Mandrake), to see how their latest beginner-friendly distribution is doing."

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OS X iPods: The iPhone Takeover @ CoolTechZone.com
"If iPods could talk, I’m sure they’d be saying that they feel pretty neglected right now. They’ve had their day in the spotlight, and now the iPhone has stolen some of their popularity. Steve Jobs may have called the iPhone the best iPod that Apple’s ever made, but even though it has the features of an iPod, it’s a very different experience, and therefore shouldn’t really be considered as a true iPod."

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Microsoft: Get Back to Windows, Forget About the Web @ OSWeekly.com
"Microsoft may be involved in an obscene amount of business ventures, but to me, the one thing that will always represent Microsoft as a company is Windows. They can keep pumping out Zunes and XBOX 360 video game consoles all they want, but their operating system is still their flagship product for better or for worse."

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Creative Zen Stone Plus @ TrustedReviews
"At 2GB it has twice as much memory as the Shuffle – enough for around 500 MP3 tracks at 128kbit/sec. It has a microphone (the Shuffle doesn't), so you can use it as an impromptu dictaphone. It has a standard mini-USB connection, so you don't have to carry the daft little docking station around with you as you do with the Shuffle, and with the stubby USB cable that comes in the box, you can simply drag-and-drop music files to it, rather than being force to use proprietary software."

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Eizo FlexScan HD2441W 24in LCD Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"Eizo is ringing the changes with the 24in HD2441W, which is aimed firmly at the movie watching, PC and console gaming fraternity, yet also offers better colour accuracy than its competitors. It sports a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 and boasts the presence of not one, but two HDMI ports."

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bit-tech News: Overclocking Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600
"One comparison that we’ve made in the office over the last week or so since we started really tinkering with our Core 2 Quad Q6600 is to the Athlon XP 2500+ for those of you that remember that CPU. At the time, AMD’s flagship processor was the XP 3200+, which was clocked at 11x200MHz. The XP 2500+ shared the same multiplier as the 3200+, but used the slower 166MHz front side bus speed. Getting flagship performance out of the XP 2500+ was as simple as increasing the front side bus from 166MHz to 200MHz – virtually every processor did that on stock volts. I think we’re going to see something similar with the Core 2 Quad Q6600 – it shares the same multiplier as the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, but uses a 1066MHz front side bus instead of 1333MHz."

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Antec Fusion HTPC M/ATX case Review @ XtremeComputing
"All in all this is a very smart little case, the lack of fan in the hard drive chamber did have me concerned that the drives would run too hot, but while they were a little warmer than with active cooling it was nothing to be alarmed about. Also excess heat is able to escape through the vents at the bottom of this chamber."

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Hiper HPU-4K530-MS Type R Modular 530W PSU @ Benchmark Reviews
"Hiper combines show-quality looks with plenty of features in the HPU-4K530-MS Type R Modular 530W PSU. The dual +12V rails offer regulated power distribution, and can power even the most demanding equipment. Hiper's Type M PSU appears to have inherited all of the good looks, but does it have muscle? Benchmark Reviews will load test the DC voltage regulation and AC ripple to find out what the Type R is made of."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Xilence Gaming Edition 800w PSU @ Viper Lair
"The Xilence Gaming Edition 800w PSU appears to be a good unit, although it is overshadowed slightly by other units on the market. The Xilence is certainly well constructed, and the 135mm cooling fan is not something you see all that often."

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XClio 3060 Plus @ techPowerUp
"Over the years, fans inside computer cases have more than doubled in size. Original case fans were 80mm, but more recent cases are including 140mm or even 250mm fans. The XClio 3060 Plus takes it one giant step further by including a huge 360mm side panel fan. Is bigger really better?"

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HP w2207 22-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP w2207 22-inch LCD monitor will dress up any room with it's innovative design and stylish flare."

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Technic3D/Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP
"The Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP CPU Heatsink with a small Price arrived Technic3D. The new silent Heatsink for Barebones or HTPC? See you in the following Review."

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I4U: BoomChair 2.1 Multimedia Chair Review
"The BoomChair 2.1 folds down to make storage easier and is comfortable enough for extended use. Adults can sit in it comfortably as well as kids and the vibration motors add a new sensation to your gaming or movie watching. RCA cables you need are included as well as a RCA to headphone jack. The RCA to headphone cable is used to connect MP3 players and portable game systems like the PSP to the chair."

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 is a 12 megapixel point-and-shoot camera priced at under $399 USD."

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Gigabyte's Digital TV GSmart t600 Mobile
"First of all, what sets the GSmart t600 apart from every other Windows Mobile powered device so far is its built-in digital TV tuners. That is not a typo, as the GSmart t600 features no less than three different TV tuners as well as two radio tuners. It has hardware support for DVB-T, DVB-H and T-DMB when it comes to TV and T-DMB, and DAB when it comes to radio, but it will also receive DVB-T transmitted radio as well."

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bit-tech News: Build your own server - Part 2
"Leading the line of requested features was Webmin. Webmin is a web-based administrative interface to the server. Through that interface you can alter almost everything on the server, going from setting the correct time to adding Samba shares or users. Because this application is so powerful, it's also very dangerous. The Webmin interface is a great way for evil people to gain control over your server, because once they get an entry point into Webmin, your server will be under their control. So a healthy level of care is needed, so you don't open up your server for all the nasty ones around. Nonetheless, it is a great package that makes the life of a newly found admin a lot easier. If you want to give it a hands-on try before actually installing it on your own, the Webmin developers offer a demo application that gives you a feel of what Webmin has to offer. Before you can actually start using Webmin on our server, it must be installed, of course. Well, the Webmin package isn't included in the universe repositories offered by Ubuntu. But don't fear, just a couple of steps are needed to add Webmin to the repository. You should know the drill by now and be able to fire up Synaptic with your eyes shut. In case you are a bit rusty by now, “//Applications” -> “//System” is a good place to start your search."

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Q3 Innovations UV HAWK Personal Ultraviolet Sunlight Meter Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Although I have never used a product like this before, it definitely is a tool I will use in my life from now on. This product takes the guess work out of protecting yourself from getting a burn and damaging your skin. With this tool in hand, precise measurements can be obtained to use in your daily recreational planning and what you need to do to protect yourself, or your family from the sun."

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Olympus E-510 Digital SLR @ TrustedReviews
"Then it dawned on me – the scene on the monitor… I’m so used to using compact digital cameras with live monitor views that it just didn’t strike me as unusual to be seeing the same thing on the E-510. But of course the E-510 is an SLR, and SLRs don’t have live view. Except this one does."

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Wayfinder Navigator 7 @ TrustedReviews
"Wayfinder Navigator 7, however, takes the concept of the connected sat-nav system to extremes. Instead of storing the maps on a data card locally Wayfinder takes your route request and sends map, route and other pertinent data in small chunks to the phone as and when required."

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ViewSonic VX2255wmh 22in LCD @ TrustedReviews
"Our sample is the piano-key white edition, the VX2255wmh, while there's also a piano black edition with the 'wmb' model suffix. If anything we prefer a black finish, but glossy white isn't without its appeal and Apple users will certainly appreciate the potential synergy. For its part this ViewSonic isn’t as ornate as the rather overpriced Apple displays, but the design is still attractive."

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Intel Threading Building Blocks 2.0
"Last night at a media party during OSCON and Ubuntu Live 2007, Intel had announced the release of Intel Threading Building Blocks 2.0, which marks the GPLv2 open-source availability of the code. James Reinders had made this presentation going through a look at multi-core processors and parallel programming followed by this announcement. To drive interest in TBB 2.0, Intel has announced an open-source competition for integrating TBB into open-source projects where you can win a multi-core laptop. With the Intel party just ending a few hours ago, we have enclosed many of Reinders' slides and we will be sharing more information shortly. One extra tid-bit is that Intel is working with multiple (yet to be named) game developers on integrating Threading Building Blocks 2.0. Several distributions will also be shipping Intel's TBB 2.0."

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RatPadz XT and GS Gaming Surface Mouse Pads @ Benchmark Reviews
"RatPadz was one of the early innovators to the mousing surface industry, with product releases dating back to 1999. Now, more than eight years later the market has seen a myriad of surfaces claiming everything imaginable, but the RatPadz GS and XT Mousing Surface continue to provide gamers and enthusiasts with a solid solution for fast and comfortable mousing surfaces. Benchmark Reviews investigates the RatPadz series, which makes no performance claims at all but seems to still deliver big results."

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Monday, July 23, 2007
Ubuntu Live 2007 Day 2
"On the second day of the Ubuntu Live 2007 conference presented by Canonical and O'Reilly was a keynote by Intel's Doug Fisher, Matt Zimmerman, and Tim O'Reilly among others. Also taking place were sessions on such topics as CloneZilla, Ubuntu on laptops, Dell Linux systems, and over two dozen other sessions. Ubuntu Live 2007 is now more or less done except for all of the parties and OSCON 2007 taking place the remainder of the week. Among the photographs to share today include some pictures from the OpenMoko in the exhibit hall, System76 laptops, and slides on Ubuntu's release road-map."

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Zotac Passive GeForce 8600 GT ZONE Edition @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's new GeForce 8600 GT ZONE Edition is running without any form of active cooling. It also has an audio input which allows you to feed external audio into the HDMI stream which is output via DVI plus an adapter, which is included of course. For a price of $129, or about $10 over a regular 8600 GT you will get several added benefits for very little extra cost."

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Nine Dream Notebooks at XYZ Computing
"Now that notebook computers are ubiquitous they have become just another tool in our computing lives. This means that too many of us are stuck using the cheapest one we can find, normally a 6-pound, 15.4" system. This system, in all likelihood, does not get moved around very often because it is heavy and the battery only lasts for an hour or two. This doesn't have to be the case though, especially if money is not an issue. With the technologies available today a notebook can be under three pounds, have a battery life of over 10 hours, and pack in an optical drive and a dual core processor if you are willing to pony up the dough to buy it (or convince your boss that you need one)."

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Acer v200 series Portable Navigator @ TrustedReviews
"In theory this line-up should be able to compete with offerings from the likes of TomTom, Garmin and in particular Mio, whose products run on the same operating system core. Alas, the sum of the v200's various parts is rather less than one might hope for."

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Sony VAIO VGN-TZ12VN @ TrustedReviews
"To be honest, this is the machine that I really wanted to look at, because this is the first Sony notebook to ship with a solid state hard drive, which goes a long way to explain the cost. For me, solid state drives and ultra-portable notebooks are the perfect match. In fact, my current notebook is just that – a Samsung Q40 with a 32GB solid state drive – and I’ve been more than happy to trade off capacity for lightning fast access times."

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D-Link NetDefend DFL-210 @ TrustedReviews
"The majority of budget priced broadband routers provide a basic level of firewall protection but for many small to medium businesses this isn’t enough. They want features such as a high throughput firewall they can customize for business use, and not games, plus VPN termination along with traffic management and user authentication as well. D-Link’s latest DFL-210 aims to offer these features and more and all at an affordable price."

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Technic3D/Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
"The new Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the High-End Tower with a new Cooling concept and many Features presents."

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I4U: Thrustmaster T-Charge All NW Nintendo Wii Remote Charging Stand Review
"The best part about the Thrustmaster T-charge All NW is that you no longer have to remove the batteries from the Wii remotes to charge them, you simply place the remotes into the cradle and they keep charged when not in use. Two new battery doors are included with the Thrustmaster T-charge All NW that hold the smaller rechargeable AAA batteries and have the rear contacts for recharging to happen. The batteries last a long time and require four hours for a full charge and provide up to 15 hours of continuous use on a charge."

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WinFast HDTV Cinema TV Tuner card at Modders-Inc.com
"The Leadtek WinFast HDTV offers several great features such as Digital ATSC, Analog Terrestrial / CATV Receiving, Record and Playback DVD-quality TV program on PC, and it supports EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and schedule recording just to list a few of them."

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bit-tech News: Writing for the LCD: FPS games
"One thing which is constantly interesting about the first-person perspective is how prominent it is in games compared to movies and written stories. In games, practically every other title is a FPS game and almost all of the major releases for the last five years have used the FPS template in some way, from //Half-Life 2/ and /Prey to the upcoming //Haze and //Crysis, yet in cinema there are hardly any movies which harness a first-person view and the only ones in recent memory are //The Blair Witch Project and //Doom, the latter of which doesn't really count in our opinion since it just copies the game. In books however the first-person perspective is more commonly used, though not a majority, so it seems odd that it's so prevalent in modern gaming culture. The reason for this is most likely that games are an interactive medium and therefore recognise that the first-person perspective is the most natural one to use when presenting an environment from the viewpoint of a single character. Books and movies meanwhile choose generally to seize a third-person point of view as it frees them from the very difficulties which Rob pointed out earlier on; a third-person perspective allows the writer of a book or movie the opportunity to cut away to some off-screen action a lot more fluidly."

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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Cooler Master is a manufacturer that has a long standing reputation for building quality computer components including; cooling devices, cases, and power supplies. They have recently expanded their line up of power supplies and have provided one of their new models to review... the Real Power Pro 750W power supply model number RS-750-ACAA-A1, a power supply so new that it isn't available for sale as of the time of this review."

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Overclock3D Content: Skullcandy G.I Rasta Stereo Headphones
"What do you get when you cross a pair of DJ headphones with Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat? The G.I Rasta headphones from Skullcandy of course! Read on to find out more..."

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Overclock3D Content: Skullcandy G.I Rasta Stereo Headphones
"What do you get when you cross a pair of DJ headphones with Jason's technicoloured dreamcoat? The G.I Rasta headphones from Skullcandy of course! Read on to find out more..."

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XFX Fatal1ty Geforce Overclocked 7600 GT Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"At first I wasn't expecting much from a passively cooled and overclocked mainstream videocard. To be honest, I thought it was a recipe for product disaster. Surprisingly, this card held out just fine and in some cases surpassed my expectations by a large margin. This card packs much more punch than I would expect out of a mainstream videocard. It is stable, it is dead silent, and with proper case ventilation and cleaning shouldn't be a concern to use for a long period of time. Plus let's not forget that when placed inside a windowed case it will look great as well.."

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RIM BlackBerry 8300 Curve Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Only a few short months after the launch of the BlackBerry 8800, RIM has reacted well to the demands of business users and revealed a revamped version of its highly popular smartphone, the BlackBerry 8300 Curve. Since there is little difference between the 8800 and 8300 in terms of features, we'll skip the regurgitation from our 8800 review and direct you to read all about RIM's 8000 series there. With that said, let's get started."

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Dell Inspiron 531 Desktop Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"A whole slew of PC manufacturers are moving into the slim desktop space with a number of models that are perfect for small businesses or casual home users, and logically so. Who wants a big, beige box these days? It's all about convergence and small form factors, and that's where Dell hopes to lead the way with its Inspiron 531 Desktop models. As is the case with desktops and notebooks, they are relatively dull. There are very few things that differentiates one PC from another, especially from OEM companies like Dell and HP. Nonetheless we are excited to take a look at Dell's new offering and dissecting it for you."

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The Future of Elections: Open Source Voting @ OSWeekly.com
"I do not honestly care which OS each of you choose to run. For some of you, it will be Windows, others OS X. And for a growing number of the remaining minority, your OS of choice will be one of the Linux flavors available today."

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The Sorry State of Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) in Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"Have you looked at the HCL (Hardware Compatibly List) for your preferred Linux distribution lately? Do you see it? Exactly, it's a mess. Even with a strong community effort working to keep the list updated and as fresh as possible, it's nearly impossible to make the list worth the page it's rendered on."

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The Importance of Plugins on Mobile Devices @ OSWeekly.com
"At the time of this writing, I’m almost a week into owning my iPhone, and I’m still not regretting the purchase. In fact, it’s already helped me out a number of times. Whenever I show someone how accurate the browser is with rendering Web sites, they’ll inevitably want to try visiting a site that has features in Flash, and when they do, they express their disappointment at the fact that the iPhone currently doesn’t support Flash."

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OS X iPods: The iPhone Takeover @ OSWeekly.com
"If iPods could talk, I’m sure they’d be saying that they feel pretty neglected right now. They’ve had their day in the spotlight, and now the iPhone has stolen some of their popularity. Steve Jobs may have called the iPhone the best iPod that Apple’s ever made, but even though it has the features of an iPod, it’s a very different experience, and therefore shouldn’t really be considered as a true iPod."

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Apple: At the Mercy of Record Labels @ CoolTechZone.com
"At this point in time, Apple seems unstoppable. Not only are they riding high off of the unbelievable success of the iPhone, but all other aspects of what they do appear to be surging, too. Consumers are rushing to purchase Macs, iPods, and media from iTunes, and there’s also a great amount of interest in the forthcoming release of Leopard. There’s no doubt that this is both a good time to be working at Apple and a good time to be an investor in the company, but when you step away from the situation for a moment, it’s truly eye-opening to see how fast it could all begin to fall apart."

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iriver clix gen 2 / clix Rhapsody @ TheTechLounge
"The Clix player is a 4 gigabyte model in line with other such players as the iPod nano, Sansa e200 series, and other flash memory-based portable media players. iriver may not have the market share of the aforementioned Apple product or the distinction of being the inventor of solid state memory (like Sandisk), but they always pull out great designs that match and even surpass the feature sets of the big name players. I'm hoping the Clix Rhapsody will keep giving them a run for their money and that it lives up to all my self-imagined hype."

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NZXT Lexa Blackline Mid-Tower ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"NZXT has just introduced the NZXT Lexa Blackline just in time for summer, with newly modified design and a menacing Black and Red theme. The Blackline comes equipped with two red 120mm LED fans running at 23dba and a top 80mm exhaust fan. The front bezel is piano black to match the gloss black finish everywhere else. The Blackline chassis is reinforced by an 1mm steel chassis, and comes pre-drilled for external water-cooling and screwless installation of expansion cards. Benchmark Reviews is the very first site on the scene offering you an excellent first-look at the latest NZXT offering."

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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ubuntu Live 2007 Day 1
"Starting out the first-ever Ubuntu Live 2007 conference was Mark Shuttleworth's keynote followed by Stephen O'Grady and Jeff Waugh. The day was broken up into a variety of sessions from the deployment of an open-source model at Purdue-Fort Wayne to building cross-OS applications on Linux. Starting off the day was the announcements of Canonical Landscape for system monitoring and management and Ubuntu 8.04 being a Long Term Support (LTS) release. The day had ended with free food and drinks along with some entertainment and other fun. The Ubuntu Live 2007 conference is being put on by Canonical and O'Reilly in Portland, Oregon this week prior to the start of OSCON 2007. Phoronix served as media partners with O'Reilly for this event."

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Overclock3D Content: OC3D Competition - "Three for All"
"Well we haven't run one of our usual awesome competitions for a while so we thought it was about time we did. Our good friends at NanoPoint have provided some fantastic prizes, so come and take a look"

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bit-tech News: The Laws of PhysX
"Maybe Unreal Tournament 3 will be that game which first crosses the line between simply providing extra eye candy and providing a fundamentally different game experience with a must-have status, but we won’t know it until the game is released and this is what really illustrates the problem Ageia faces; without a string of must-have games set up to use the PPU, few gamers will risk investing in a new piece of hardware, but with few gamers willing to invest in the hardware it still remains to be seen if enough of the big developers are willing to take the plunge and develop games which will require the PhysX hardware."

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ATI Catalyst 7.7 Performance Analysis
"As we roll into a new financial year we find ourselves again with a new set of catalyst drivers for the month of July. Though this month the Catalyst Performance Analysis is getting a bit of an overhaul. The X1950XTX is going bye-bye along with the X1600XT, in their place we will use the HD2600PRO and HD2600XT. We will also continue to use the HD2900XT as the high-end card, and for a look at last generation we will include the highly popular X1950PRO which was really the only card that has been selling in the enthusiast sector for AMD."

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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Intel QX6850 Quad-Core CPU - 1333MHz FSB
"For the most part the 266MHz (or 1066MHz quad pumped) FSB has been the big power behind the success of the Core 2, now Intel has upped this to 333MHz (or 1333MHz quad pumped). Today we are testing out the high-end Core 2 Extreme QX6850 along with some other processors to see if the 1333MHz FSB offers a noticable performance increase over the usual 1066MHz parts."

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bit-tech News: Samsung 32GB Solid State Drive
"So for mobile devices, look for one already using it or if you’re upgrading a recent notebook make sure it’s SATA. As far as we’re concerned with performance desktops, the alternatives still offer better value and a performance then the SSD. It’ll be some time yet before a solid state drive is suitable for desktop systems but considering the rampage of Flash development, it shouldn’t be too much longer for us."

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Sunbeam Silent Whisper @ techPowerUp
"Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest heatsink on the market. Some users are stuck with the noisy stock coolers that are lacking in performance. What else can the user do? We take a look at a new entry level heatsink from Sunbeam called the Silent Whisper. At just $19.99, the budget-minded consumer might just have a reason to get rid of the stock heatsink."

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Friday, July 20, 2007
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 3
"The third alpha release for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon is now available for download. New in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 3 include the latest desktop effects powered by Compiz Fusion, the GNOME 2.19.5 development release, the Gutsy Gibbon server installation now includes Ebox for network services control, and a lot of work between Tribe 2 and Tribe 3 has went into improving AppArmor. Some of the improvements found in Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 3 thanks to the latest development build of GNOME include appearance preferences improvements, GNOME power manager profiles, and a horde of improvements to the Rhythmbox music player. For your viewing pleasure we have uploaded some screenshots of Ubuntu Tribe 3 to Phoronix."

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I4U: Cooler Master COSMOS PC Case Review
"This is one of the most well made cases around and is designed to reduce noise in your room and keep your components cool at the same time. If you thought the Cooler Master Stacker series of PC cases were nice looking, wait to you check out the new Cooler Master COSMOS. As soon as you pop the side panels off you notice a large black plastic VGA duct that helps blow cool air over your video card or cards. The duct even has an aluminum plate on it that says Cooler Master. This entire case is set up with one goal in mind, to keep your rig cool."

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Fujifilm FinePix S5700 @ TrustedReviews
"Well it looks like Fuji has done it again, because this week I’m taking a look at the replacement for the S5600, the new S5700 (how do they come up with these names?). It offers the same 10x zoom capability, but now adds 7.1 megapixels, a 2.5-in monitor and a new intelligent flash system, and you can get all of this for under Ł130. How is that even possible?"

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First Look- ThinkPad T61p at XYZ Computing
"In case you are not very familiar with the ThinkPads, this model is "performance" version the T series' mobile workstations. It features a number of enhancements over the T61, which we reviewed a few weeks ago and follows up the popular T60p. The system is brand new and was officially announced just days ago so many of the details about it are not readily available, but can generally be found with some searching."

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Technic3D/BFG 8600 GTS OC2
"The new BFG 8600 GTS OC2 arrived Technic3D. The BFG Overclocking Graphic Card with DirectX 10 and a"

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Apple iPhone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"June 29th was a pivotal day in the world. I?m sure some other things happened, but in my mind, one of the only things that I can remember is the iPhone launch. After all, the news about it was everywhere. The wheels on the hype machine were rolling better than they ever have before, and no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn?t get away from it. However, the million dollar question is, was it worth it?"

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Microsoft Surface: Say Goodbye to Keyboards and Mice @ CoolTechZone.com
"In a previous article, I had mixed feelings about the new Microsoft Surface project, as it was really difficult to understand where the market for such a thing would be. Then I watched some new footage on DL.TV and I will admit, even as a Linux guy, that I was blown away."

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Cardo S640 Bluetooth Headset Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Cardo's S640 Bluetooth headset promises to be a trend setter that's going to change the way we use wireless headsets. Although we've all enjoyed the wireless capability of Bluetooth headsets, the idea to wear them around the ears has always been wishy-washy. It tends to get awkward wearing a headset with bright blinking LED lights for hours and occupy your ear to avoid missing a call. With the S640, that's a thing of the past."

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Eagle Tech Computers External Hard Drive Enclosures Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This is the first time I have had the opportunity to look at an enclosure from Eagle Tech Computers, and they have sent over two different 3.5" hard drive enclosures to review. One is a IDE/SATA to USB hybrid enclosure from their T-Series, and the other is a SATA to eSATA/USB enclosure from their M-Series."

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Apple: At the Mercy of the Record Labels @ OSWeekly.com
"At this point in time, Apple seems unstoppable. Not only are they riding high off of the unbelievable success of the iPhone, but all other aspects of what they do appear to be surging, too. Consumers are rushing to purchase Macs, iPods, and media from iTunes, and there’s also a great amount of interest in the forthcoming release of Leopard. There’s no doubt that this is both a good time to be working at Apple and a good time to be an investor in the company, but when you step away from the situation for a moment, it’s truly eye-opening to see how fast it could all begin to fall apart."

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2008: The Year for the Linux Desktop? @ OSWeekly.com
"As my week progresses, I'm seeing entirely too many utopia articles, such as this one. And while much of the article is spot on, especially with those who would rather play in traffic that use Vista, the problem of wireless Internet connectivity and popular media codecs very much remains in disarray."

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Linux Takes Away Developer Time From Windows? @ OSWeekly.com
"Before everyone goes to arms over the title, consider this: Linux options are much more than just the desktop environment. Linux remains largely entrenched in the server realm, along with substantial growth in the mobile markets as well."

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Mozilla Firefox eBay Edition Review @ OSWeekly.com
"eBay has been a force to be reckoned with for sometime now. They're a powerhouse and an innovator in the online auction arena. But after their falling out with Google, it felt like there were still a number of unanswered questions that had not been addressed: will the departure affect eBay's traffic levels, what will the impact be on the eBay participants and how do they intend on harnessing new growth? Recently, I discovered how they intend to do all of the above - all within a single deal with Mozilla."

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bit-tech News: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for PC
"The truth is that //GRAW 2 just doesn’t feel substantially different to the first game however and despite a few smaller tweaks the vast majority of interface and game design is the same, with a lot of the levels painted with the same sandy, Mexican pueblo palette. It’s not so much a flaw in the game, as //GRAW 2 is still fun to play and tactical shooter fans will find just what they need within it, but even those avowed fans of the genre and series may end up looking down on //GRAW 2. It doesn’t really add to the features taken from the first //GRAW and the player is left feeling cheated, wondering what happened to the revolutionary sequel they were promised and where they got the new //GRAW map pack from."

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Brother HL-2070N @ TrustedReviews
"Personal laser printers continue to be a popular choice for those wanting simple, high-definition text and graphics printing. Brother's HL-2070N has a flexible range of connection options, an unusual desktop profile, and costs little over Ł100."

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Commodore XX - Gaming PC @ TrustedReviews
"I’ve been told that the owners are all big fans of the original Commodore machines and that the company has been set up in the spirit of those times – to offer the best entertainment machines it can, by gamers, for gamers. There is a flavour of this on the Commodore Gaming web site, with a section dedicated to the history of Commodore. The question is, is appropriating a classic name enough for it to succeed, and is there space for them in the market along with obvious rivals such as Alienware?"

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Tacens Supero 1000 Power Supply
"Any PSU over 1000W must have a very efficient cooling system which at the same time remains as silent as possible."

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Logitch MX Revolution Laser Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"Logitech has produced a very solid mouse in the MX Revolution. The free spin mode on the MicroGear scroll wheel is an absolute blast to use, and the overall size and shape make for a very comfortable experience. The rechargeable internal battery has its pros and cons, but overall, I'm quite pleased with how everything went during the trial period. Logitech should definitely include some sort of mechanism to prevent losing the USB micro receiver, however."

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Overlord: Most Evil Video Game of 2007 for PC/XBox 360
"Overlord is an action adventure game, set in a seriously warped fantasy world. Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord’s Dark Tower. Only the player’s actions will determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it’s all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game has pitched Benchmark Reviews into twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters."

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Thursday, July 19, 2007
A.C. Ryan AluBox LAN @ techPowerUp
"The new AluBox series from A.C. Ryan covers all types of hard drive enclosures utilizing both IDE and SATA drives, with various connection options. We get to take a look at the AluBox LAN in its IDE flavor, which boasts USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity."

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Review: GIGABYTE P35C-DS3R Motherboard
"The Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R motherboard is part of their Ultra Durable 2 motherboard line which sports Low Rds(on) mosfet for lower temps, ferrite core chokes for less energy and all-solid capacitors (a plus for those that had the electrolytic cap leak on them) for a longer life."

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Cool Jag Falcon 92 Cu @ techPowerUp
"CoolJag's new Falcon 92 Cu CPU cooler comes with wide compatibility for all current sockets. As the name suggests the cooler is made from Copper - a cheaper Aluminum version is available as well. During our testing we came to the conclusion that this extremely quiet cooler has no problems keeping up with the other heatsinks we tested so far."

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Icy Box IB-168SK SATA Rack
"Such an old device as a rack is taking on so much importance, above all due to its easy use."

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AMD 8.39.4 Display Driver
"Last month was an interesting time for AMD and their ATI Linux display driver. The Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 series were introduced, but as we have unfortunately come to expect, there was not a supported R600 driver that day or even that month. In fact, there still is no Linux driver to support any graphics card in the R600 series. Though making the month unique were two display drivers being released in the same week. The 8.38.6 driver had introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 support as well as some minor fixes, but nothing to spark interest in the minds of end-users. The second Linux driver released, 8.38.7, had come down the pipeline as a hot-fix release to correct a bug where aticonfig would crash and remove your xorg.conf. Moving forward to the 8.39.4 driver released today, we still have no AIGLX or R600 support, but we do have Fedora 7 support!"

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Intel 1333FSB Processors Arrive - QX6850 and E6750 Reviewed @ Legit Reviews
"Having a Front Side Bus (FSB) of 1066MHz is old news as Intel has now officially moved over to a faster 1333MHz FSB that helps improve performance. The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now the flagship processor and rightly so as it dished out the pain with ease. The Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 offers some serious bang for your buck and should be popular this fall for the back to school shopping season..."

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Can Linux Save the UMPC? at XYZ Computing
"Getting back to the original question- saving the UMPC is a very difficult task. There is no doubt that Linux could work on the UMPC and that it could improve it while still offering a full-fledged operating system, but making it a success is another story altogether. The original idea of the UMPC, a flyweight travel companion that was smaller than your notebook and more affordable is something that has yet to be realized. With the pending release of Intel's MIDs and mobile Ubuntu there is hope for this form factor though. The problem still consists of explaining to people what the UMPC/MID can do and then getting them to understand why it is something that you would carry with you instead of a notebook, not something you buy instead of one."

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Coolink Silentator @ Bjorn3D
"Recently we at Bjorn3D received a press release from a company that we were at the time unfamiliar with, Coolink. Coolink was touting the the results of their new cooler the Silentator. An excerpt from that press release stated: 'While developing the Silentator, we could build on the basis of Noctua's award-winning Ultra-Low-Noise coolers, which are manufactured in our factories', explains Timothy Chu, Coolink CEO. 'We've revised the layout of the cooling fins and optimized it towards maximum performance and lower weight. Linking top-notch performance, quality and efficiency, the Silentator is a true Coolink product!' Given the extremely favorable results we had experienced previously in reviewing Noctua products we decided to review this product in hopes that one of the best technologies available would only get better."

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bit-tech News: EA FIFA 07 Kicker case mod by Butterkneter
"Ah, the summer months are beautiful, aren't they? There are so many great things to do for the 20 hours that the weather's nice: barbeques, beach visits, football... Well, it may not be the greatest weather for any of the above in Blighty, but that doesn't stop a good German guy from having a go. Olly, also known as Butterkneter, has done just that with his new EA FIFA 2007 mod. After all, what good is a PC without its very own tabletop-football?"

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Cooler Master Aquagate S1 INTEL/AMD Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Cooler Master has definitely made it easy to get into watercooling with the Aquagate S1. With everything ready to go out of the box, it's as easy to install as a typical air cooled heatsink and still manages to keep an overclocked processor cool. The small water pump is quiet and the radiator fan is adjustable so noise levels can be lowered when the computer is idle. For those with windowed cases, the system will be a nice looking addition with its blue LED fan and transparent tubing with blue coolant."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC28500 (1066 MHz) Review @ XtremeComputing
"At the top of the ram we have the gap for the activity lights in two rows, these are really just for appearance but as I mentioned earlier those buying these sticks over the regular Ballistix will be purchasing them because of this. Let us move on and see how they fair up in the performance stakes shall we. Link: http://www.xtremecomputing.co.uk/review.php?id=359 50x50 thumb: http://www.xtremecomputing.co.uk/images/review/preview359.jpg Larger (256x 256) thumb: http://www.xtremecomputing.co.uk/images/review/preview359a.jpg As always a news post is appreciated and thanks in advance?keep your news coming to news@xtremecomputing.co.uk BR Richard Owner/Lead Editor XtremeComputing P.S if we have been having mail server issues of late, please could you also post review news below if you did not receive it already. Title: Genius ErgoMedia 500 Controller Review @ XtremeComputing Quote:"

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Planar PX2611W 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review
"Planar offers the very competitive PX2611W - a 26 inch widescreen LCD monitor that is ideal for most PC's, including web browsing, photography work, and especially gaming. It features a 1920x1200 WUXGA native resolution with 8 bits of color per pixel (as opposed to six), has DVI-D with HDCP and analog VGA inputs, a wide color gamut, and is using the same internal LCD panel as the high-end NEC 2690WUXi. Benchmark Reviews will analyze the quality and value behind the Planar PX2611W 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
NVIDIA GeForce 8: Linux vs. Windows
"When it comes to binary display drivers under Linux, NVIDIA is generally known as the company that's able to offer drivers that are on par with their Windows driver. Unlike the known performance issues with the ATI/AMD fglrx driver where it's not uncommon for the driver to be 50% slower than the Windows Catalyst equivalent, the NVIDIA Linux driver has performed roughly the same if not faster in some cases. This has also been true for the NVIDIA Solaris driver as the performance bastion can largely be attributed to the shared driver code-base between all NVIDIA-supported platforms (Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD). However, with the GeForce 8 series we have come across some unusual issues that are limiting the performance of the GeForce 8 series under Linux and Solaris. In this article, we have additional information on these austere performance problems along with benchmarks showing the frame-rate differences between Windows XP and Linux."

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JVC HD-61FN97 Review @ Digital Trends
"The JVC HD-61FN97 is a 61-inch MicroDisplay rear projection television that features a stunning 1080p picture."

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Technic3D/Razer Tarantula
"The Razer Tarantula Gamer Keyboard arrived Technic3D. A Keyboard for Pro Gamer with Onboard Profile Memory, Media center keys, 10 programmable gaming hotkeys and more with add-on accessories? Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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How to Streamline Your RSS Reading at XYZ Computing
"Reading your favorite sites or keeping track of topics through RSS is one of the best ways to optimize your online reading. Not only will reading through RSS save time by not having to visit sites but you will no longer need an extensive bookmark list, there will be less loading time, and you won't have to sort through as many advertisements. Even so, RSS has problems of it's own. There are a lot of potential issues, but a big one is how easy it is to add more feeds. This is not a problem in and of itself, but you can easily overwhelm yourself simply by trying to consume too much. Another problem is that it becomes a constant flow of information to you so by the time you what originally intended to new posts are popping up and you can get stuck reading for extended periods of time."

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Biostar Sigma-Gate VR8603TS21 GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review
"The videocard itself was plain jane, but it's Sigma-Gate overclocking software was very unique. Arguably the most versatile videocard overclocking utility from a vendor, Biostar's Sigma-Gate and V-Ranger software allowed us to push that videocard to its max. Literally. The key to our overclocking Zen was adjustable GPU and memory voltage options. Sadly, Biostar's V-Ranger software only works with its Sigma-Gate videocards. Don't forget to check out the maximum videocard overclocking chart at the end, it's got to be the coolest page on the web! :D"

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CoolIT Systems RAM Fan and PCI Cooling Booster Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The list of features and specifications for these two CoolIT Systems products make claims that testing has proven to be on the money (for the most part). Both the RAM Fan and the PCI Cooling Booster provide effective cooling for the components they were designed for, cooling these components can lead to better overclocking, and other system features in the area will benefit from the additional air flow washing over them."

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bit-tech News: Bioshock hands-on preview
"So, the only real question left is; are we still as excited about //Bioshock are we? Do we reckon the game will bring in new fans or will it serve only to alienate the genre's current fans? Well, if there was only one thing that we could say about //Bioshock then it would be to emphasise the way that the game has managed to successfully tread the line between reviving the old elements of gameplay which fans and enthusiasts will know and appreciate, but has also bought in new gaming elements and, most importantly, found a way to balance the same systems for both Xbox 360 and PC. //Bioshock is a fusion of 1920s art deco level design and a 1950s take on the effects of genetic engineering, played in a 1960s setting and if we could promise you anything it’d be that, come the end of //this year, we’ll see //Bioshock drawing in more fans and support than ever thanks to the renewed focus and gameplay which manages to keep the old and welcome the new at the same time. It may not be to tastes of the hardcore //System Shock fans but, short of a remake, those fans would never be happy anyway and the vast majority of gamers will find //Bioshock to be a new and invigorating take on one of the greatest games of all time."

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Overclock3D Content: Gainward Bliss 8800 Ultra
"nVidia sealed their place as the current king of the GPU market when they released the 8800 Ultra. We take a look at Gainwards take on this speed demon..."

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Gigabyte Blue Eye Video Card Water Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Gigabyte's Blue Eye GPU liquid cooling kit was relatively easy to install, posted up some great performance and looks pretty cool to boot. I added it to Gigabyte's Galaxy II liquid cooling kit, but it's designed to interface with just about any other system as well. Retailing for around $40 US, the Blue Eye won't give your wallet a black eye either."

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Tacens Supero 600 Power Supply
"When it is quite hot, our fans show how noisy they can be when they are at full performance. Tacens boasts of having the most silent products in the market."

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Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC - 30in Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"Things have moved on a lot since then though and the 30in monitor market is far livelier. Apple is no longer the only competition in this sector, with Dell now having to compete with the likes of Samsung’s superb SyncMaster 305T as well as the HP LP3065 (a full review of which will follow soon after this one). It therefore comes as no surprise that Dell has launched a new version of its 30in display, which represents the third generation of the product. But how does it stack up to the stiff competition?"

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Transformers: The Game @ TrustedReviews
"Here’s the good stuff. The modelling and animation of the various ‘robots in disguise’ is exceptional. The way the camera barrels up and down as it follows behind them, a bit like the great shakey-cam in Gears of War, gives them a real sense of weight and power. Watching Bumblebee turn into a yellow sports car or Optimus Prime transform into a truck may be enough for the most nostalgic lovers of the old cartoon to justify the buying price."

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Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD 1500VA 900W LCD Rackmount UPS @ BmR
"Tripp Lite markets the SMART1500LCD as the rack-ready battery backup solution from their SmartPro Digital UPS line of products. They claim that this 1500VA 900W line-interactive UPS for personal computers, workstations, home entertainment systems and media centers will offer enough protection to corrects brownouts as low as 75V and overvoltages to 147V back to 120V nominal levels. Overall it seems very promising, but Benchmark Reviews will have to test their marketing mettle before we buy into it."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunbeam Tuniq Tower @ techPowerUp
"The Sunbeam Tuniq tower is one of the largest heatsinks around, with a 120mm fan sandwiched between two rows of aluminum fins. The three U-shaped copper heatpipes carry away the heat from the copper base, and the included fan controller allows the user to dial in the fan speed and noise to their liking. The Tuniq Tower goes on the test bench to see what kind of performance this monster can give."

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10 Reasons to Buy a Nintendo DS Lite at XYZ Computing
"In the future we can expect a lot from the DS. This is true not only because developers have figured out how to use the stylus and how to better integrate the two screens into the gaming experience, but for other reasons as well. One of the most important is that the success of the DS has meant that a number of highly awaited titles are making their way onto the DS. These are not just portable offshoots but first rate games that would previously have been seen on one of the big three consoles. Also the DS' unique form factor and touchscreen have allowed for a number of games that really lend themselves to the system, like Brain Age and WarioWare."

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I4U: Sprint Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 EV-DO Modem Review
"Sprint has a nice EV-DO modem called the Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 that runs from the USB port of your computer. Speeds in EV-DO Rev A areas are fantastic, but if you are in areas not served by Rev A speeds, the connection is very slow. Setting the Sprint Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 up requires the installation of the mobile broadband software and two vacant USB ports. The modem can operate from one USB port, but there may not be enough power for full speeds."

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bit-tech News: Intel's Core 2 refresh: QX6850, E6850 & E6750 tested
"If you are dead set on an Intel CPU, obviously the question that I’m sure is on those people’s minds at the moment is whether you should opt for the Q6600 or the E6850, which are both at similar price points. Personally, I would opt for the quad-core processor every time, but that’s because I’m quite a heavy multi-tasker and I often find myself short of processing time on a dual-core processor. I like to be able to continue what I’m doing when I’m running a processor intensive task and since most applications that you’re likely to use benefit from no more than two cores. Add this to the fact that there are a slew of games coming out in the future that will benefit from quad-cores – Crysis is the first, and from what we’ve heard there are plenty more too. In recent times, games haven’t really benefited from high processor clock speeds because they’re graphics limited rather than CPU limited. This trend is going to continue, but as games engines get more complex, more will need to be done at any given point in time – that’s where quad-core processors will really come into their own."

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A.C.Ryan AluBox ESATA/USB2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The AluBox is cheaply priced and performs admirably. As you can see above it also looks pretty cool with its subtle blue LED indicator. All in all I am quite impressed with this unit and I don't think you could do much better for this price. Whilst I did have some issues putting it together it was nothing a little time and patience couldn't sort out."

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Western Digital My Book Pro 500 GB HD
"When you search for a support system, it is quite convenient for it to join high capacity and quality, together with safety."

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Palit HD 2600 PRO and HD 2600 XT Sonic
"What we intend to find out today is whether or not these cards are worth looking at. Can the HD 2600 series from AMD battle against the 8500 and 8600 series from Nvidia? While we focus on that we also see what Palit have done with these particular models."

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Iomega StorCenter Pro 150d Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"NAS devices for timely backing up your data are a must-have for individuals and businesses alike. They save a lot of time, automate the painful task of backing up files manually and are life saviors when one of the hard drives crash in your system. When that happens, there's no better feeling knowing that your collection of home videos, family photos and music files are safe and sound, tucked away in a backup home server. That's what Iomega's StorCenter Pro 150d is. It's essentially a home server that connects to the client PC and backs up data without much user input."

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Safari: The iPhone?s Real OS @ CoolTechZone.com
"Even though I?ve already talked a little bit about it, I still can?t get over the fact that Apple is trying to sell all of us on the fact that third-party application support on the iPhone means building a Web 2.0 application that can run on top of the Safari engine. A third-party application on a phone isn?t just some Web site that?s treated like an application - it?s much more than that. I was truly hoping that Apple would open up the iPhone more than they are, but they?ve let me and many other Apple fans down with this development."

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Creative Zen Stone Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"If you are one of the few people in the market who haven't purchased an iPod family member yet for whatever reason, you may want to take a look at another Shuffle killer before finally giving in to Apple's power. The Creative Zen Stone, for what it's worth, is a strong contender, albeit with a few reservations that should be expected for the price tag. It's clearly not the most interesting looking device to hit the market, but for minimalists and tech novices, it will do wonders. And if nothing else, it should at least provide a cheap introduction to the iPod. Hey, for budding tech enthusiasts, this could be a great way to introduce them to advanced technology."

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ZOTAC GeForce 8400GS 256MB - Budget DX10
"In my profession you become very used to testing cards on a regular basis which continue to spit out 10k runs in 3DMark06, so when you see a card that scores as low as this one it's hard to think highly of it. Though the bottom line is that at this price point it’s not actually too bad of a card. In fact it’s pretty useful thanks to the low profile design. As for DX 10 performance, while we didn’t test that side of things out you’re going to find that you will be forced to play at 800 x 600 in order to get a playable setup. This would defeat the purpose somewhat, as the lower resolution textures just don’t look as good and the advantage of DX 10 from a gaming perspective is nowhere near as strong."

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Microsoft Makes Windows Users Lazy @ OSWeekly.com
"If there is one common theme amongst forum threads talking about Windows XP, it is the amount of complaints about how the posters are infected with a variety of different bugs. Despite being told over and again how to avoid these issues, more often than not these instances are not so much the fault of the OS (be it rather insecure), but the habits of the users who use it."

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iPhones 64-bit Windows Incompatibility Investigated @ OSWeekly.com
"It's the user at fault, right? I say this with the assumption that the employees selling these devices are being 100 percent clear with the end users who are interested in purchasing the latest Apple gadget. Honestly, blaming Apple or Microsoft here would be irrational."

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Microsoft Loses Marketing Battle Against Users @ OSWeekly.com
"With much of the 'yawn-fest' surrounding Vista's release, Microsoft has had their hands full trying to keep their brand from being seen as becoming the digital version of K-Mart for IP properties. What makes this all the more tragic is that Microsoft does have some great product releases, such as Surface, Xbox 360 and of course, Windows Mobile. But this becomes back page news when we hear about them allegedly paying bloggers to speak their advertising copy as if it will carry more weight coming from"

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Porting OS X Apps to Windows: A Good Idea @ OSWeekly.com
"When discussions about cross-platform software get started, they usually relate to bringing Windows software to OS X. With such a large catalog of available titles, it’s easy to see why many users, who’ve either been using Apple’s operating system for years, or are just switching over to the other side, want to be able to run certain Windows applications natively on their Macs. Sure, many of the titles may be uninspired, but I can think of a few Windows applications in particular that I wish would be fully ported to OS X."

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Monday, July 16, 2007
DragonModz Hard Drive Activity Meter at Modders-Inc
"The guys over at DragonModz decided to make things easy for those that don't have access to everything needed. They have created what they call the DragonMeter, which is a 10 LED hard drive activity meter."

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Overlord PC/XBox 360 Video Game by Codemasters
"Overlord is an action adventure game, set in a seriously warped fantasy world. Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord’s Dark Tower. Only the player’s actions will determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it’s all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game has pitched Benchmark Reviews into twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters."

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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review @ Digital Trends
"With a street price of around $350, this camera has 10-megapixel resolution, a 3.5x zoom, optical image stabilization, 3200 ISO and other goodies."

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Akasa AK-975Cu Intel 2U Heatsink Review
"The Akasa AK-975Cu is a compact little Intel socket 775 heatsink that stands no more than 77mm tall. It comes with a 70mm PWM fan that varies in speed from 1000-3500RPM, and a convenient patch of pre-applied thermal compound on its base. The cooler is based on a copper block with aluminum fins and a pair of copper heatpipes to help distribute the heat to stubby cooling fins. All joints are soldered to lower thermal resistance."

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MSI P35 Platinum Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
"To say the MSI P35 Platinum motherboard overclocks well is an understatement, it's the fastest Socket 775 motherboard that PCSTATS has tested to date! It's the first board to break the 500 MHz FSB mark with a Core 2 Duo processor, and that is fantastic if you ask me. The Intel P35 Express overclocks like a monster, it's certainly an exciting time to be an enthusiast! Just remember to disable Intel EIST in the BIOS before trying to reach for the stars. ;-) Don't forget to check out the maximum videocard overclocking chart at the end, it's got to be the coolest page on the web! :D"

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SilverStone FM83 & FM123 Fans
"We don't look at many cooling fans at Phoronix, but after being impressed by a variety of SilverStone products over the years -- such as the Sugo SG03, Temjin TJ09, and Zeus ST75ZF -- when SilverStone told us about some new variable speed fans they had released, we decided to take a look at them. The fans we are looking at in this review include the SilverStone FM83 and FM123."

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ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT @ TrustedReviews
"To this end ATI recently launched the HD 2600 XT, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2400 XT, and HD 2400 Pro graphics cards. These will be directly competing with the 8600 GT, 8500 GT, and 8400 GS from nVidia in the sub Ł100 market. Indeed prices for these parts start at Ł87 for the HD 2600 XT and finish with the HD 2400 Pro at Ł34."

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HTC P6300 Windows Mobile PDA phone @ TrustedReviews
"The new P6300 smartphone (around Ł400 SIM-free) represents a return to business-as-usual for HTC and anyone expecting iPhone-rivalling fancy pants features will be sorely disappointed. This is, pure and simple, a Windows Mobile-based PDA phone with no fancy extras, aimed at business or corporate users."

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Iomega StorCenter Pro 150d @ TrustedReviews
"Build quality is undeniably superb but this is a very big box. It dwarfs our ReadyNAS NV appliance, standing over 6cms higher, 5cms wider and nearly 9cms deeper. It’s a lot noisier as well with the two large rear mounted fans quite intrusive on the desktop. The drives are mounted in hot-swap carriers behind a lockable front door and accompanied by a row of status LEDs to one side. The appliance sports pairs of USB 2.0 ports, fore and aft, and these can be used to connect external storage devices and a printer for sharing over the network."

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Intel Launches The Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800 @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile processor operates at 2.6 GHz, with 4 MB of shared L2 Advanced Smart Cache, and an 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). All the usual Intel technologies such as VT, EIST, EM64T and XD/NX bit are supported, but it should be noted that Intel has removed support for Intel Dynamic Acceleration (IDA) on the Extreme series..."

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Overclock3D Content: Asus P5K vs Asus P5K3 Benchmarks (DDR2 vs DDR3)
"After reviewing the Asus P5K DDR2 based motherboard just over a month ago, we were left wondering how the DDR3 based P5K3 would compare. Today we're back with both boards in a head to head DDR2 vs DDR3 battle!"

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Technic3D/Antazone AS-D 1000
"The Antazone AS-D 1000 HDD Heatsink arrived Technic3D. High Performance with four copper heat pipes and low noise with anti-shock protection guards? Only a optical Feature? See you in the following Review"

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NZXT: The HUSH Case @ Bjorn3D
"Cases have come a long way from the big, boxy, plain Jane chassis they once were. NZXT has done a good job previously on their cases making them quiet and cool. Let's see what they have to say about their new case the HUSH."

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bit-tech News: OCZ DDR2 Memory Group Test
"Without doubt, OCZ is one of the most popular performance memory suppliers. Having also recently acquired PC Power and Cooling who is renowned for its top quality PSUs, OCZ is slowly becoming an all round brand for enthusiasts. Its memory range can appear at the more flamboyant end of the market, more so than Corsair's DHX technology but perhaps not quite Team Group Xtreem. Its range includes the FlexXLC, which comes complete with a huge heatsink and included watercooling option, along with the latest Reaper modules that include a heatpipe to lift the heat from the heatspreaders up into the case cavity where there's greater airflow."

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Nox Media Imon Case
"Thanks to the gradual incorporation of HD format in our homes, HTPCs look more tempting every passing day. We will have a system prepared for taking a leap to high definition, without dispensing with the functionalities of a PC."

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Synology Diskstation DS107E Network Attached Storage Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews.net
"As a reviewer, it's always a pleasure to work with a product that performs as advertised. While a lot of products that we get here at Tweaknews meet expectations, it's a rare instance that we find one that exceeds expectations. The Synology Disk Station DS107e is just such a product. I was very impressed with what the DS107e was capable of. I was astounded at how easily Synology allowed me, a relative neophyte in this arena, to make all the features work."

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Logitech MX Air Review @ Digital Trends
"If Michael Jordan were to choose a mouse, the Logitech MX Air would certainly be it. This is the HTPC controller you have been waiting for."

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Antec P190 Case Review at XYZ Computing
"As you may have guessed, there is a lot that sets the P190 apart from most other cases. The biggest selling point is the new Neo-Link dual power supply system, which means that the P190 comes with two power supplies that work together to put out 1200W of power. That is a main reason why the case is so expensive (and why it's so heavy), as a single Antec power supply unit (for example the Antec True Power Quattro) will cost upwards of $215. The Neo-Link consists of two separate power supplies, which, instead of being redundant, work in tandem to power the system. Other features include dual 140mm fans on the top and a monster 200mm fan on the left side panel, as well as a special snake light for working inside the case. One of the most important distinctions that sets this case aside from the P182 and Antec's other performance cases is that the P190 can fit an extended ATX motherboard while the others cannot."

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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Installing The Avivo Driver On Ubuntu
"It was just a month ago that the open-source Avivo driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series was introduced to the public, but in this time we've seen some great progress made. This open-source R500 driver now contains RandR 1.2 support, support for a variety of R500 graphics cards, and most recently support for Shadow Framebuffer was added. The Avivo driver still isn't comparable when it comes to the features found in the fglrx driver or even the open-source Radeon driver for the R200/300/400 series, but it's a work in progress. If you are running into problems with the fglrx driver, stuck using the VESA driver for one reason or another, or just want to get rid of the binary blob and experiment with this open-source driver, we have written a guide for setting up the Avivo driver from source on Ubuntu."

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
GNOME 2.19.5 Desktop
"Thanks to the power of GARNOME, this afternoon we decided to take a look at GNOME 2.19.5, which was released this past Wednesday. GNOME 2.19.5 is the fifth development release in the road to GNOME 2.20, which will arrive this September. Among the bits of the GNOME desktop with new features in this release include Eye of GNOME, Evince, Evolution, GDM, gedit, and many other packages."

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bit-tech News: World in Conflict Multiplayer beta impressions
"Well, part of us is very excited. Very excited. The game looks not just awesome, but //awesome to the max; the type of game which might make us use words like 'rowdy' and 'gnarly' if we were cool surfer dudes. Instead, being tech geeks we have to settle with saying that the volumetric smoke effects are awesome and the camera controls are both excellent and intuitive, allowing full and free-roaming control. Gameplay is excellent too, the perfect blend of small squad action, cooperative teamplay and edge-of-seat large scale battles. Units are excellently priced and balanced so that gameplay never gets too old and, while the unit selection is quite limited, there's still plenty of variation there to keep us entertained."

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Friday, July 13, 2007
MNPCTechs Billet Machined Drive Bay Covers at Modders-Inc
"Want to give the front panel of your case a great look? MNPCTechs 5.25" Drive Bay Covers and recently released some 3.5" Drive Bay Covers. The drive bay covers are made of 6061 billet aluminum and will add a nice look to the front of your case."

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Thermaltake Soprano RS 101 @ techPowerUp
"The newest addition to Thermaltake's Soprano line of cases is the Soprano RS 101, an entry-level mid-tower boasting a glossy piano-black finish to the front bezel. With tool-less PCI slots and drive bays, a full sized window with a myriad of fan options and plenty of style, Thermaltake scores a big win for the budget-minded consumer."

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OpenSolaris "Indiana" Information
"This week Sun's Glynn Foster had two presentations on Project Indiana in Australia and Ireland. In the talks Glynn had went over the basic information on what Project Indiana is about as well as sharing other details and listening to feedback from the audience. These slides are now published on the Internet, some of which we will be sharing in this article as well as talking about some of the points."

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Technic3D/Perixx Periboard 501
"The Perixx Periboard 501 Keyboard arrived Technic3D. Touchpad for Easy Control of Mouse Function, USB Interface with 2 USB 1.1 Hubs and One-touch Keyboard Control for A udio/Video Playback, Email, Internet Surfing. Technic3D will see the functions in the following Review."

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Cosair, Kingston, OCZ & Super Talent DDR3 1333MHz Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"After taking a look at these four DDR3 kits it's clear that the Kingston HyperX PC3-11000 is the clear choice as it overclocks the highest at tight timings and won more benchmarks than any other kit. The fact that it's also the lowest priced kit of the ones that are available doesn't hurt anything either!"

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Intel GMA950 & 2.1.0 Driver
"It was earlier this month that version 2.1.0 of the xf86-video-intel driver was released, which among other things had introduced open-source Linux graphics support for the G33, Q33, and Q35 chipsets as well as fixing a horde of bugs and adding PCI IDs for the 945GME, 965GME, and 965GLE chips. As our last Intel graphics performance article was looking at the Q965 back in May, in this article we have enclosed some benchmarks from Intel's GMA 950 IGP using the new xf86-video-intel 2.1.0 driver."

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Apevia X-Qpack 2 CM500 Camouflage SFF Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Apevia has been offering computer chassis solutions long before my LAN party days, but it wasn't until recently that they hit the scene big with their colorful line of gaming cases. Already into its second generation, the X-QPack2 has long since become a favorite among gamers who have evolved their methods of transporting computer equipment. Designed as a small form factor enclosure, Benchmark Reviews will get the first look at the newly released Apevia X-Qpack 2 CM500 Camouflage SFF Case."

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bit-tech News: Zotac GeForce 8800 GTX AMP! Edition
"On the whole, Zotac's first foray into our labs has been a pretty good one. Of course there is very little differentiation, aside from clockspeeds, from most other board partners out there because Nvidia's high-end cards are all built by a third party contractor. However, what we have seen is that even a relatively new manufacturer can polish Nvidia's now nine month old GeForce 8800 GTX and create a pretty good product. We're a little disappointed that Zotac didn't increase the shader clock speed, but considering the relatively small performance difference this isn't a massive issue. Games are becoming more shader heavy and as proven by the GeForce 8800 Ultra, the higher shader clock results in ultimately higher performance even despite a lower"

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CoolIT Systems Eliminator @ Bjorn3D
"The Eliminator is a smaller version of the Freezone. Not only that it is smaller in size, it is also much cheaper than the the Freezone; it is a whopping $200 cheaper at the retail price of $199.99. Of course the burning question are why the difference of $200 and what has been changed and can it perform just as good as the Freezone? Let’s delve into these questions as we take a deeper look at the Eliminator and hopefully shine some lights into your purchasing decision."

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A.C.Ryan AluBox e-SATA-USB 2.0 HD Enclosure
"It is quite important to have a backup of our data, crucial or not, so as to avoid possible failures of the main hard drive unit."

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Logitech Cordless Skype Internet Handset Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For those who frequently use Skype, I can't see a reason not to buy the Logitech Cordless Internet Handset. The menus are easy to navigate through and the phone is easily synced with a Skype contact list, so all that is required to make calls is a PC with Skype running. The phone can do the rest. Call quality is great and installation is as simple as it gets."

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Thursday, July 12, 2007
World-Exclusive: Winchip DDR3 1600 MHz 1 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"DDR3 P35 boards and the new memory standard were a big topic at CeBIT and all major memory manufacturers showed DDR3 up and running at Computex. One of these companies is Winchip with their DDR3 1600 MHz CL8-8-8-15 memory. We take a first look at the new memory to let you know, what it holds in store."

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Guide to Affordable Online Faxing @ Digital Trends
"In this day and age, online faxing services rule the phone lines. We show you how to do it right."

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Intel Stock Core 2 Duo Radial Curved Bifurcated Fin Heatsink
"The Intel RCBFH design is engineered to be cheap to produce, easy to install, and thermally efficient. This is the stock Core 2 Duo heatsink, and it is generally speaking a well designed mass-produced cooler. The heatsink uses a suspended 4-pin PWM 84mm diameter Nidec F09A-12B1S2 fan, it conforms to ATX motherboard keep-out and high recommendations, and LGA775 weight restrictions."

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Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Power Supply Unit Review at XYZ Computing
"So, what's the deal with the ZM600-HP? Zalman says "ZM600-HP is ultra-quiet power supply complies with ATX12V Version 2.2, and supports the latest dual-core CPUs, as well as the latest dual graphic card systems (SLI)" so it looks like the type of PSU most builders are in need of. The 600W output means it is not one of the more powerful units available, in fact, it has about half the power of the high power units making all the headlines lately, but if you are looking to build a quiet computer or you are not running two high-end video cards, you don't need a 1000+ watt power supply. Plus, 600W from Zalman should mean 600W, so there is no need to compensate for a supposedly high power PSU."

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Finally an Otterbox for Palm Treo 680, 750 and 755p Users @ Legit Reviews
"Numerous times I've taken the OtterBox 1921 out on the Missouri River on a 2005 Yamaha WaveRunner GP1300R and my phone has lived every time. Doing over 70MPH on the water while jumping barge wakes is not the ideal place to have a phone, but with the OtterBox 1921 protecting my phone I don't have to worry. The Treo goes in the storage compartment and is then out on the shore or sandbar being used seconds later when taking a break and hanging out with friends..."

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MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review
"With its NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC, MSI gives consumers an even more attractive package by selling a pre-overclocked GeForce 8600GT videocard straight from the factory. Stock speeds for this GPU are 540 MHz core, 1400 MHz memory. The MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC runs with its GPU at 580 MHz and memory at 1600 MHz! That should give us a little bit of extra "umph" at higher resolutions. Don't forget to check out the maximum videocard overclocking chart at the end, it's got to be the coolest page on the web! :D"

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NZXT Precise 1200W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"To put it simply, the NZXT Precise 1200W Power Supply is superb. The voltage regulation is way above par, the overall build quality is very good, and it has a simple understated design without any gawdy extras. Anyone who has a huge, power hungry computer may be interested in this unit, but unless your middle name is "Overkill", then it will honestly be a lot more power than you could possibly need."

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bit-tech News: Abit IP35 Pro
"It's good to know Abit can still make a great board and one that is completely designed with the enthusiast and overclocker in mind. It's no MAX board, but for Ł120 it's a damn sight cheaper than the IN9-32X MAX and should overclock to at least similar levels. With such a tailoring to this niche of user we can forgive Abit for some of the board's shortcomings, like very few USB ports and PCI-based Ethernet controllers. Also, if you consider the attention to detail with design tweaks like the enhanced power regulation, uGuru and large voltage adjustment potential, including the ability to adjust GTL Reference voltage."

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HIS Radeon IceQ Turbo X1650XT 256MEG PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For the dollar, this HIS's overclocked version of the X1650XT brings a lot of performance to the table for a small amount of money. There is no manufacturer on the market that gives you more in a mainstream package than HIS. This is why I have grown to respect this company for what they give to their customers in terms of quality and quantity. If you are in the mainstream market for a card, you owe yourself the time to check this card out."

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Overclock3D Content: Sapphire HD 2900 XT
"ATI announced their first DirectX 10 part a few months ago. We get in a Sapphire 2900 XT and see what we think of it."

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Overclock3D Content: Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player
"Looking for easy access to your MP3, video and image collections via your TV without the need for an expensive HTPC setup? Maybe Icy Box have the answer with their HDD Media Player."

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Freecom Network MediaPlayer 350 WLAN 500GB @ TrustedReviews
"Like Netgear's highly capable EVA 8000 I reviewed a couple of months back, this can connect to your home network wirelessly and stream audio, video and HD video content straight to your TV or hi-fi so you can watch all those downloaded files without having to burn them onto DVD or connect your laptop to the telly."

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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-3000
"TV is still one of the most important mass media in the world. Therefore, the inclusion of a TV receiver for PC or HTPC is winning increasing popularity in the multimedia aspect."

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Scan 3XS Classic Media Centre @ TrustedReviews
"Media Center PCs for use in a living room continue to sell well and Scan has decided to add a machine which looks much more like a hi-fi component than a PC. Supplied without monitor, keyboard or mouse for Ł1,000, it’s designed for use with the Media Center front-end within Windows Vista Home Premium."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
AMD Radeon HD 2000 Series & Linux
"Since January of this year we have been telling you that AMD has been silently working on R600 (Radeon HD 2000) support for their proprietary Linux"

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Thermaltake Max Orb @ techPowerUp
"The Max Orb is Thermaltake's new "flagship" cooler, which consists of six heatpipes, a nickel-plated copper base and lightweight aluminum fins. This new cooler is compatible with many current CPU socket types, including Intel's Socket T (LGA775) and AMD's Sockets AM2, 939 and 754. The Max Orb definitely has a lot of good looks, but what about the performance?"

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Danger Den Torture Rack @ techPowerUp
"Danger Den has been making water cooling blocks for ages. Now the company has decided to expand its portfolio and has started offering cases. Danger Den offers acrylic cases, with optional UV panels. Today, we take a look at the Torture rack - a case that is supposed to let you stress components to the max, provide adequate cooling for them, and make it easy for you to change over stuff quickly and efficiently."

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Lian-Li PC-A05 Mid-Tower Case @ TheTechlounge
"What can be said about Lian-Li? I have always felt their name was synonymous with quality, style, and shiny brushed aluminum. Lian-Li's own website describes the company as one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of aluminum PC cases in Taiwan. And rightfully so. With over twenty years of experience, Lian-Li is a salty dog. The PC-A05 is a new offering, and a departure from previous doctrine 'Big Is Beautiful', which targets the lower segment of the market. The case promises to be very un-big in size while remaining big on features. An ambitious endeavor, but can it deliver?"

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Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED Low Noise Heatsink Review
"The Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED is a slightly more compact version of the CNPS7700-C LED heatsink - a massive cooler with a wingspan of nearly 140mm - and slightly lighter too. The heatsink is compatible with socket 478 & 775 Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad processors, and socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD Athlon64 CPUs."

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Technic3D/NZXT HS-001S Hush
"The NZXT HS-001S Hush is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The HUSH is equipped with two 120mm fans (running at low speeds)and have installed rubber padding near fans and hard drives to further reduce the sound level. This NZXT also ships with USB 2.0, Firewire, and HD audio support.See you in the following Review which qualities the new HS-001S Gamer Case presents."

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Creative HS-900 Headset
"Sometimes it gets quite difficult to find a headset which perfectly fits our needs. It is even harder when we do not have much money to spend. To solve this, Creative has a wide range of products for any user and budget."

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Albatron Mini-ITX KI690-AM2 Reviewed
"We have already seen one of their boards based on the 754 socket and GeForce 6150 chipset, and while adequate for a basic setup its lack of dual channel memory and HDMI features make it a bit obsolete for a HD media center in today’s market. With that said, we now have the latest installment from Albatron, the KI690-AM2. By its name it gives away a couple of secrets."

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Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Give Away @ Bigbruin.com
"MA Labs, the leading computer component distributor in the United States, has teamed up with Bigbruin.com for a new and exciting give away. Up for grabs is a full retail copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, which has a price of over $275 (US) according to PriceGrabber. The rules are simple, just complete the brief perception survey regarding Windows Vista."

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HP Pavilion dv2600ea @ TrustedReviews
"When it comes to well designed notebooks it's usually Apple that gets all of the attention. However, manufacturers of Windows based machines have been making great strides in recent years and when I see machines such as HP's Pavilion dv2560ea I can't help think that it's a little unfair that Apple gets all the glory. The comparisons will be made however, as the Pavilion dv2560ea is in the same size, weight and price bracket as Apple's Macbook, and Samsung's Q70."

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bit-tech News: Gigabyte Poseidon chassis
"Either way you can’t really argue with the price as the case is both sturdy and a decent performer in our testing regime. The build quality is adequate and the design is both stylish and sleek and every enthusiast knows that a decent case pays for itself in spades, which is just what the Poseidon does. Of course, there are other cases which are even better than this one which only cost a little more, but if your budget is strictly set in stone and you can't afford another £20, then the Poseidon is an excellent choice, though there's always going to be one which is slightly better."

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Cooler Master Real Power 750 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Cooler Master's Real Power Pro 750W has performed admirably throughout several days of testing. And it looks good doing it. I like the finish a lot, but there is some very good performance to compliment it. It's quiet, stable and compact with plenty of power and nice sleeving. This seems to be a quality unit that should support all but the most power-hungry systems."

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Why Apple Won't Launch iPhone Nano Soon @ CoolTechZone.com
"I've been somewhat excited about the iPhone for a while now, and after all, it's something to be excited about. With one of the best product launches in the history, not only has Apple rekindled the fire to have yet another Apple product in your portfolio, but the company has shaken the entire mobile industry singlehandedly. Maybe now we'll see some interesting phones come out. It's always pathetic to see companies (and industries, for that matter) go stale for years until an underdog comes along and kicks everyone into high gear to start innovating again."

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2P Slim-Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"A lot of us are fond of the extraordinary desktop mice from Logitech and Microsoft, to name a couple of top performers, but notebook mice for traveling are generally a pain to work with considering their small size. Since a lot of us have large enough hands, portable mice are almost always uncomfortable. Of course, you could stick with your notebook's trackpad, but even that's not enough, according to Slim-Mouse. The company's 2P Slim-Mouse is the world's slimmest mouse that's available to consumers, especially road warriors for its comfort, portability factor and ergonomics."

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Google vs. Microsoft: Google Loses This Battle @ OSWeekly.com
"It’s been a few years since it first began, but it’s hard to forget about Microsoft’s antitrust trouble, especially since items related to it keep popping up on the radar. Many people relished the fact that a company as big and devious as Microsoft finally got the smack down, and it’s hard to ignore the fact that they had it coming. Their actions are what brought it on, and there’s no backing down from that fact."

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The Future of Publishing with Linux Magazines @ OSWeekly.com
"Not too long ago, I subscribed to a Linux magazine for beginners called Tux. Fantastic magazine, but the last I heard they were"

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LG Muziq @ CoolTechZone.com
"LG has been on fire lately with a number of successes in partnership with Verizon Wireless. However, LG and Sprint's relations haven't been too fruitful after the Fusion release, and they desperately need a phone that can make a mark for them in the market. Thankfully, LG's Muziq appears to be a promising device that will do the trick, hopefully."

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Russia Windows Piracy Hoopla: Could It Be Fake? @ OSWeekly.com
"Most of you by now have heard about the Russian ATM show here with what appears to be an unactivated copy of Windows running on it. In response to this surfacing on a number of popular sites throughout the 'Net, I'm going to do something that no one else seems to be willing to do - consider what this actually means, not simply what it appears to mean. As we all know, these days everything is not as it always appears."

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Microsoft Surface: Say Goodbye to Keyboards and Mice @ OSWeekly.com
"In a previous article, I had mixed feelings about the new Microsoft Surface project, as it was really difficult to understand where the market for such a thing would be. Then I watched some new footage on DL.TV and I will admit, even as a Linux guy, that I was blown away."

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Sony Walkman NW-E015 @ TrustedReviews
"Despite the player's USB thumb-drive design you cannot simply drag tracks to it from your hard drive, use Windows Media Player or any other player you might favour. The only way to transfer tracks to the NW-E015 is to fire up SonicStage CP 4.3, wait for a while for it to boot up…then wait for it to update information on the player…and then, when you try to copy your music across to it, wait for it to update the track information before finally getting around to performing the task at hand."

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma @ TrustedReviews
"Still, if Ninja Gaiden Sigma can be a rather dated and adolescent experience at times, it’s hard to resist its gung-ho spirit or the constant, heady rush of its stylised violence. For every minute that you’re annoyed by the dated structure or frustrated by its ludicrous demands on your skill and stamina, there are ten when the action is exhilarating and the atmosphere totally immersive. For all its revamped looks it’s not a game that belongs in this generation; it’s too far away from the freeform, cinematic worlds we now hold dear. Yet it proves that when you add gorgeous graphics to the values of an older generation – breakneck pacing and a meaty challenge – the results can still hold water today."

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NZXT HUSH Silent ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Introducing the NZXT HUSH, a chassis designed from grounds up to be quiet while having ample cooling. Game and work without all the noise, thanks to the sound dampening foam that is used on the top, side, and bottom panels of the case. The HUSH is equipped with two 120mm fans running at low speeds while still achieving high levels of air flow. High-end gaming requires faster hard drives and power supplies, so we've installed rubber padding near fans and hard drives to further reduce the sound level. The HUSH also ships with USB 2.0, Firewire, and HD audio support. Benchmark Reviews proves that you can compute in peace, with the HUSH Classic Series Silent Computer Chassis."

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
2P Slim Mouse Laptop Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"And it doesn't get much more compact that the ridiculously skinny Slim Mouse from 2P. This mouse is so thin that it fits inside the PC slot on the side of your notebook. In this way, you don't even need to dedicate a pocket in your backpack or laptop bag for the mouse: it fits INSIDE your notebook."

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Technic3D/Revoltec Lightmouse Precision 2
"The new Revoltec Lightmouse Precision 2 arrived Technic3D. The Mouse with Modding function and a small price for Gamer? See you in the following Review on Technic3D"

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XFX 680i LT and 650i Ultra Motherboard Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"XFX will be a welcome addition to the motherboard market. If they continue the tradition of great service and support that they have with their video cards to their motherboard line, there will be no doubt that they will succeed in this dog-eat-dog market. The XFX 650i Ultra and XFX 680i LT motherboards would be a great way to upgrade your box to the latest and greatest, and a great way to do it with a well known name..."

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CentOS LiveCD 5.0
"CentOS, the popular community Linux distribution based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has been at version 5.0 since April of this year, but joining the CentOS 5.0 fleet today is the LiveCD. The CentOS 5.0 LiveCD is based upon CentOS 5.0 i386 and can work out to be a modest Linux workstation or recovery distribution. Included with this new Linux LiveCD is OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, GNOME 2.16, GAIM 2.0.0, and Thunderbird 1.5. While this isn't a great Linux desktop distribution, if you're after a workstation or recovery-oriented distribution, the CentOS 5.0 LiveCD looks great."

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PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart
"Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know how the various videocards tested perform relative to each other. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked core and memory clock speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability."

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bit-tech News: Engraving 101
"I can only say that there are thousands of small tricks and techniques that you can use to perfect your design, but I've tried to get in all the basic things that you need to think about in this guide. Engraving is great fun and it can take your mods to a whole new level. Its easy to get started and if you only take it slow and don't rush your work, you will get good results."

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Vantec EZ Swap EX 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Recognizing that people want to store and share their data in the smallest form factor, Vantec has developed a hard drive enclosure that will allow you to use a 2.5" SATA hard drive externally or internally. The Vantec EZ Swap EX 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure is the compact, internal/external, storage solution we're talking about."

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Optoma ThemeScene HD73 projector @ TrustedReviews
"We don’t mind admitting that we’re pretty excited by Optoma’s ThemeScene HD73. Why? Because it uses a DarkChip3 DLP chipset – a relatively recent, high-specification 1,280 x 768 affair that usually only appears on projectors costing several hundreds of pounds more than the HD73."

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Vantec AVOX Jukebox @ Bjorn3D
"The Vantec AVOC Jukebox is a small device intended for this purpose. Not only is it able to play back a variety of media files, it also can be used as a portable storage disk as well as a host USB device. But is it any good in any or all of these functions? That is what this review is intended to find out."

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Matrox Extio - Remote Multi-Display System @ TrustedReviews
"Ok, so almost all graphics cards can drive two monitors these days, but Matrox has been producing four-head cards for years, which are ideal for financial institutions and medical facilities, where multiple displays are imperative but 3D graphics are unnecessary. Never a company to sit back on its laurels, Matrox has now evolved its multi monitor solution to a secure remote access system."

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Canon Digital IXUS 75 @ TrustedReviews
"With this in mind, this week I’m taking a look at the IXUS 75, the 7-megapixel replacement for the IXUS 65, launched in February this year. Like the 65, which it closely resembles, it is a high-spec ultra-compact, featuring an f/2.8 – 4.9 3x zoom lens with a focal length range equivalent to 35-105mm, a large 3-in LCD monitor and face detection focusing. It is ultra-compact in size, measuring 91.6 x 56.8 x 19.6mm and weighing 130g minus battery or card. It’s neither the smallest nor the lightest camera on the market, but it will still slip easily into a shirt pocket."

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Thermaltake Shark Aluminum ATX Full Tower Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermaltake's Shark chassis has a lot going for it. It's light, stylish, roomy and does cool very well. Features like the removable mobo tray, rail storage scheme, drive installation design and front door treatment make the Shark a pleasure to work in and aesthetically pleasing. It's quiet, sturdy and the interior design is great for wire management, making a neat, tidy installation relatively easy."

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Genius Look 313 Media Webcam Review @ The TechZone
"One of the first things that will strike you about the Genius Look 313 Media webcam -- they call it a "multifunctional & 330k pixels video camera", but I'm just going to call it a webcam -- is that it's quite a large item. This is because it not only contains an image capturing camera, but flanking the manually-focusing lens on either side is a speaker. What's more, you can twist this tube 90 degrees so that the speakers actually point towards you, instead of jutting out the sides. Nifty idea."

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Monday, July 9, 2007
Elgato Turbo.264 Review @ Digital Trends
"Convert your movies, TV shows or video clips to Apple TV or iPod format with ease thanks to the Elgato Turbo.264."

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SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset @ TheTechLounge
"Like Razer, now that the SteelSeries brand is something that can be leveraged within the gaming community, they're branching out and offering more gaming related products. Today we'll be taking a look at one of those products, the SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset. The 3H is actually only one of a number of different gaming headsets offered by SteelSeries, and aside from their in-ear model, it's their most compact and inexpensive offering to-date. Let's take a closer look and see if the 3H can compete in the crowded budget segment and offer good value for the money."

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Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 SATA2 1 TB Hard Disc
"The first 1TB disk is now here thanks to Hitachi, with in a little time has being able to go barehead with its excellent and fast products."

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A.C.Ryan AluBoxDuo LAN SATA2 HD Enclosure
"Using an external case has got plenty of advantages, such as being able to easily backup our data or share our files in a totally autonomous way."

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Mushkin XP2-6400 2 GB CL4 Kit @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin is well known for the solid memory kits they make. Today we have the Mushkin XP2-6400 2 GB on our test bench. These modules are specced to run at DDR2-800 at CL4. With a price of $150 for 2 GB this kit is sure not the cheapest, but it comes with Micron D9 memory chips. In our testing we saw very nice voltage scaling up to DDR2-1136 at CL5."

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MSI P35 Platinum Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review
"The MSI P35 Platinum motherboard overclocks pretty well (to 408 MHz), even though it does not have CPU clock multiplier adjustments in the BIOS. The new Intel P35 Express platform looks to be an excellent overclocker. We're excited to see what kind of results will be possible with a 1333MHZ FSB processor... Don't forget to check out the maximum motherboard overclocking chart at the end! :D"

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Icemat Glass 2nd Edition Mousepad @ techPowerUp
"The Icemat 2nd Edition mouse pad utilizes actual glass as surface. Making this material usable for optical and laser mice is certainly no small feat. We take a look at the black pad, but Icemat offers it in many other different colors as well."

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Akasa AK-965 Intel Core 2 Duo Heatsink Review
"Akasa's AK-965 heatsink utilizes three "U" shaped copper heatpipes to connect a compact copper base block with widely spaced aluminum fins. It's 95mm PWM fan spins only as fast as needed to achieve good temperature control, and works well at moving air relatively quietly through the aluminum fins. Copper heatpipes are positioned close to the processor, and in the direct path of airflow at the other end. All good thermal design criteria in fact. Now if this heatsink looks familiar to you, it's because this arrangement of copper and aluminum works, so many other companies have released similarly built heatsinks. "

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Compro T750 Review - XSReviews
"After spending hundreds of pounds on your top-notch new PC and an equally expensive monitor, you want to make the most of it. Rather than splitting your cash on a TV as well, why not use a TV tuner? Well today I have the Compro VideoMate T750 which will hopefully prove why."

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Asus MW201U 20 Inch LCD Display Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Asus' MW201U, a twenty inch widescreen LCD display. Judging from your initial impression of the display you can probably already tell that Asus is not reinventing the LCD monitor with the MW201U but is instead trying to offer a solid alternative to big name manufacturers like Samsung, Dell, and Viewsonic. Asus has a pretty big name itself, but when it comes to display sales in the US it's still an underdog. Their monitors are aimed at enthusiasts who like the brand and people looking for a good deal on a performance monitor. With the MW201U currently going for $249 it looks like a lot of monitor for the money."

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Ultra Products Summer Give Away @ Bigbruin.com
"Ultra Products and Big Bruin are teaming up to bring you a new give away. Up for grabs is a selection of cool items from the current Ultra Products line up, including a 600W X3 Energy Efficient Modular Power Supply, a 2GB Hydra MP3 Player, and a 7 Port USB Buddy Hub."

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HIS ICEQ3 Radeon X1950 Pro 256Meg PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This videocard has more or less everything that a gamer needs other than a sufficient amount of onboard memory. Although this card looks great, comes with a complete hardware bundle and software package with a full version game, it all means nothing when a card is hampered with a lack of sufficient memory for today's gaming environment."

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bit-tech News: 900W to 1100W PSU Group Test
"None of the PSUs we've looked at are perfect, even the recommended Tagan comes short by not including the 8-pin PCI-Express connectors and as stated, even the perfectly featured Enermax is"

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Wii) @ TrustedReviews
"Never one to disappoint, EA has managed to release Order of the Phoenix for every platform you could imagine – it sent us every single one of them too. And, as much as we'd love to look at all them, we've plumped for the Wii edition. As one might expect it's characterised by one single defining difference: the remote. In OotF (Order of the Phoenix) – not to be confused with OoT – the remote and Nunchuk are used to mimic the actions of using a"

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Lexmark X4550 @ TrustedReviews
"Lexmark has enjoyed considerable success with its economically priced all-in-ones and has a wide range of machines with slightly different functions sets, to suit most home and home office customers. The X4550 sits towards the higher end of the range and boasts wireless as well as a USB connection."

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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P @ Bjorn3D
"Evolution is the driving force behind change. It's what causes all forms of life to evolve in order to survive in their environment. The recently released P35 chipset is the next step in Northbridge evolution and Intel's answer to a changing environment in mid-range motherboards. Gone are the days when buying a mid-range board would leave you wanting for more features. Now when you buy a board such as the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P you get eight, that's right eight, SATA-II ports and a whopping twelve USB 2.0 ports. This is all on top of some serious overclocking capabilities and high quality components. But trust me it just sounds expensive. So without further ado I present the next step in the evolution of the motherboard; the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P."

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Technic3D/Terratec Noxon iRadio
"The Terratec Noxon iRadio arrived Technic3D. The NOXON iRadio is also a network audio player that lets you enjoy the music on your hard drive anywhere in the house. All of its functions can be controlled with the remote or using buttons directly on the device. WLAN standards and encryption types are supported. See you in the following Review which qualities the Noxon iRadio presents."

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HP LP3065 30-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP LP3065 is an amazing 30-inch monitor that appeals to gamers and professionals alike."

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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition @ techPowerUp
"Matrox made some waves with their GXM (Graphics eXpansion Modules) when they where first released, starting with the DualHead2Go. This module enabled dual monitor use with a single output. Their newest addition is the DualHead2Go Digital, which uses DVI as output method to allow higher resolutions. We try the device in Windows XP and Mac OS X using two 19 inch DVI based LCD montors."

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NVIDIA GeForce 7050
"The NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and 6150 integrated graphics processors have been relatively popular among Linux and Windows users. These IGPs have been common in HTPC setups with the NVIDIA driver working out well with MythTV. NVIDIA's GeForce 6100/6150 parts have also appeared in a number of desktop systems, and while these IGPs cannot really handle modern games, they have no troubles with Beryl or Compiz. However, it's now time that the GeForce 6 series moves on with NVIDIA having recently introduced the NVIDIA GeForce 7025 and 7050 with the nForce 630a as the replacement for the GeForce 6100 and 6150 with the nForce 410/430. We have decided to look at the NVIDIA GeForce 7050 today as we compare it to the GeForce 6150 and test it in a variety of Linux graphics benchmarks."

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Crucial PC2-8500 CL5 Ballistix DDR2 RAM @ Benchmark Reviews
"Everyone always wants good stable system memory, but not everyone wants to pay the price. When computer enthusiasts build or upgrade a system, RAM purchases are often relegated to the cheapest parts available, saving money at the expense of performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested the 2GB set of Crucial PC2-8500 CL5 Ballistix BL12864AA1065 DDR2 RAM against the rest of the competition, and the results may just be enough to sway your opinion away from discount memory."

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bit-tech News: Cult of Personality
"//Are you sick of all the hype over the iPhone? Why is it that the arrival of so many great products are virtually ignored, when it seems like Cupertino is a PR hotspot? Brett Thomas talks to us about jeans and apples, and how they all tie out to some good thinking."

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Plantronics CS70N Wireless Office Headset System @ Legit Reviews
"In the past we have evaluated many of their Bluetooth headsets that they have released on the market, but today we mix it up a bit (sort of like the Lakers’ first draft pick) and evaluate this luxury $400 Plantronics CS70N Wireless Office Headset system. I say luxury, but in reality, dropping this kind of money for certain companies and workers is not that big of a deal. If you are on the phone all day in an office environment, then you will want something that is comfortable to wear and is built solid..."

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Apple iPhone (Full Review) @ TheTechLounge
"Looking back now, things seemed so different in my coverage of the iPhone announcement... I talked the most about the phones features, rather than the user experience. And that's what the iPhone has come to symbolize. It doesn't have 3G speeds, GPS, Adobe Flash or stereo Bluetooth capabilities, but judging from the long lines and sold out stores this past weekend it doesn't seem to matter that much. What does seem to matter is making the experience easier and more convenient, and having it all in one device. The content of the ads (unlike most other phone ads which tell you what their products can do) showed you what the product does along with how it gets done. People could see how easy getting around the phone was, and that's what they wanted. After all, what good is a phone if the features are too difficult for most people to utilize? But would a huge bug with the data and phone service be enough to sour my experience?"

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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Coolink Silentator Review @ TechDomain
"Overall I was very impressed by the Coolink Silentator. It performed very well, especially considering that by all accounts it is a budget cooler (RRP is around $40aud cheaper then the Noctua). While there are a couple of things that could be better, this cooler is without a doubt a good investment if you are currently in the market."

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Review: Zalman CNPS9700 LED HSF @ GideonTech.com
"With great temps come great noise; even in my computer filled office. So I switched things back to smart fan, and the noise level dropped considerably. Temperature gone up from 27C to 30C, which really is not that bad of a trade-off for a quieter system."

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Zenwalk Live 4.6
"Zenwalk Live has been updated against Zenwalk Linux 4.6 and this LiveCD distribution now features Xfce 4.4.1 with notification support, the Xfce Thunar file manager can now handle video thumbnails, and many new Xfce 4.4 panel plug-ins have been added or updated. At the system level is GCC 4.1, Glibc 2.5, and binutils 2.17.50. Last but not least, Zenwalk Live 4.6 includes the Linux-Live scripts with LZMA enabled Squashfs support. Zenwalk Live 4.6 will cost you about 400MB of bandwidth, but it's definitely an interesting LiveCD that is worth trying out whether you're a Linux junkie or Windows user."

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Coolink Silentator HSF Giveaway @ TechDomain
"With thanks to Coolink, TechDomain is pleased to present our latest giveaway - a Coolink Silentator! This HSF is based on the Noctua NH-U12F, and is undoubtably one of the best air cooling solutions on the market today. Be one of the first people to own a Silentator, and get your entry in NOW!"

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bit-tech News: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for PC
"Lost Planet has an audience, there’s no doubt about that and that audience will no doubt enjoy every moment they spend with Wayne and Gale (really, new names please), but for the majority of gamers //Lost Planet just doesn’t warrant the full retail price tag or the hassle of downloading and setting up a Steam account if you don’t already have one. Find it again in a few months when the price is down to a tenner and reconsider it then."

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Friday, July 6, 2007
Antec MX-1 eSATA & USB 2.0 HDD enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Antec MX-1 is part of the new Veris brand and features a very unique design. You get eSATA and USB 2.0 connectiviy inside a solid plastic & aluminum enclosure. It is a bit larger than most enclosures, but features a very effective cooling design to keep the temperature of the installed SATA drive down to a minimum."

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GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II @ techPowerUp
"Are you looking to get into water cooling, but are not quite sure where to start, or want something a little more than a pre-built cooler? Well we may have a solution for that - The GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II Water Cooler. Today we will take a look at GIGABYTE's new water kit and put it to the test."

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Akasa AK-876 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
"Akasa's AK-876 heatsink utilizes three "U" shaped copper heatpipes to connect a compact copper base block with widely spaced aluminum fins. It's 95mm PWM fan spins only as fast as needed to achieve good temperature control, and works well at moving air relatively quietly through the aluminum fins. Copper heatpipes are positioned close to the processor, and in the direct path of airflow at the other end. All good thermal design criteria in fact."

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OCZ Reaper HPC 2GB PC2-8500
"Earlier this year we had reviewed OCZ's Flex XLC memory, which was great if you planned on water cooling your memory with its Xtreme Liquid Convection heatspreaders, but if water near your computer system frights you, OCZ recently introduced a new alternative that uses a heat-pipe conduit for cooling your DDR2 memory. This cooper cooling solution is patent-pending and is designed to transfer the heat away from the memory through the copper heat-pipe and to an aluminum fin array. The memory at hand today is the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC edition, which runs at DDR2-1066 with 5-5-5-15 timings and is backed by an OCZ lifetime warranty."

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bit-tech News: Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
"On the whole, I am very impressed with the TripleHead2Go but there are some definite drawbacks that you might want to consider before taking the plunge. Not every game is supported and you can't guarantee that games you're wanting to play in the future will have support for the super-wide resolutions that the TripleHead2Go can handle. Thus, if you end up in a situation where a game you've been dying to play isn't supported by the TripleHead, you'll be limited to playing on just one of the screens. If this was to happen, you'd feel a little short-changed because for the same amount of money, you could have picked up a single 24"

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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard
"Keyboards for gamers are now in full expansion. Now, manufacturers bet for traditional keyboard adapted to gamers' needs, without forgetting those users who want to have a high-quality device with a great performance."

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Saitek GM3200 3200dpi Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Despite its large size, I found this mouse to be a pleasure to use. With six programmable buttons, four DPI settings that can be changed on-the-fly, and removable weights it will appeal to a wide range of gamers with all the customization options. Response time is superb and two button profiles can be saved with Saitek's SST programming software. Even the traction on the bottom of the mouse can be adjusted by flipping over the weight covers."

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Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti @ TrustedReviews
"It’s the flagship of Canon’s Digital IXUS range, the 900 Ti launched last September. It’s a high-spec pocket compact camera, featuring a 3x zoom lens, 10.0-megapixel 1/1.8"

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Matrox Triple Head2Go Digital Edition @ TrustedReviews
"It was over a year ago that I looked at Matrox’s TripleHead2Go – a fantastic little device that enabled you to run three screens off a single graphics output, with a maximum resolution of 3,840 x 1,024. Plug it into a notebook and you could have those three screens in addition to the notebook’s own - a four screen display, enough for even the most desktop real-estate hungry user. What's it simply does it to present itself to Windows as a single very large display, which you can then divide up using the supplied software. There was one major drawback however, and that was that the device was VGA only, which meant that all of your external displays would not be quite as crisp and sharp as they possibly could be. Just to be clear, the VGA output on a graphics card is analogue, while LCD displays are inherently digital, so with a VGA version the display has to turn the analogue input back into a digital signal, which makes for a slightly less sharp image. With the new Digital Edition though, the entire path remains digital, keeping the image clean, crisp and clear."

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Synology Cube Station CS-407e (2TB) @ TrustedReviews
"The Cube Station CS-407e builds on the successes of its predecessor and now offers an even better personal network storage solution. General performance is average at best but for the price you won’t find many other desktop NAS appliances offering this level of capacity and features."

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Crossfire HD 2900 XT vs. 8800 Ultra
"The top dog for anyone wanting to go the Nvidia route is the 8800 Ultra, it’s a fast card but it doesn’t exactly scream performance-to-cost ratio. With pricing that starts around $600US to $700US, they’re certainly not cheap. The HD 2900 XT is the card sitting up top of the ATI pyramid. Pricing is closer to the $400US mark for just about all brands. A pair in crossfire is going to set you back around $800US."

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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler @ Viper Lair
"We were very impressed with the Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler (CL-P0401) in many areas. The V1 is certainly one of the easiest air coolers to install, second only to the asetek VapoChill Micro. I cannot stress enough how annoying it normally is to remove a motherboard for a new cooler, especially when a lot of time was spent neatly routing cables and making everything presentable. No motherboard removal is needed assuming you're already using a cooler that locks in using AMD or Intel's current anchoring system."

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Antec Sonata III @ techPowerUp
"The Antec Sonata III is continuing the line-up with new looks, interior layout and a very solid and highly efficient EarthWatts 500W power supply. All this for a mere $149 USD, so we take a real close look and fill it with some high end hardware to let you know how it holds up."

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Technic3D/Revoltec Zirconium
"The Revoltec Zirconium is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the new Revoltec Gamer Case with place for 4x 5,25"

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3RSystem Iceage 120 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
" I'm going to do away with any suspense and just tell you that it performs in the top 10 on both AMD and Intel test platforms. The 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink FrostyTech is reviewing today is equipped with four exposed copper heatpipes at its base, vibration absorbing foam pads behind the fan, a 120mm low speed fan and a fan speed controller. At the other end of the 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink is where all the fun stuff happens. Swaged into an aluminum block are four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which make direct contact with the CPU, so the conduction path is about as direct as it gets."

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HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 eSATA Tested
"ICH9 is Intel’s latest update to the southbridge, sporting six SATA ports with the ability to use port multipliers if motherboard vendors wish to. This is especially helpful if you want to run eSATA and internal SATA off the existing six ports. While southbridge SATA controllers have advanced, we can’t forget add-on cards. When you run out of ports on your board, it’s time to slap in an extra card with SATA, and one of the biggest players is HighPoint. HighPoint has been on the front of the peripherals storage add-on for the last five years. HighPoint was rather slow to start adopting native SATA chips, but rather used its own IDE chips with PATA to SATA bridges. This was okay for generation one drives, but gen two drives supporting 3Gbps and NCQ simply won’t cut it on a bridge chip."

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I4U: PowerColor HD 2900 XT Video Card Review
"PowerColor has a nice card here, though it is outperformed by some of the high-end NVIDIA graphics cards. However, ATI fans looking for the fastest product ATI has right now, the PowerColor HD 2900 XT is it. The PowerColor HD 2900 XT shares the same feature set as the ATI HD 2900 XT that we tested previously. The core frequency is 740MHz, and the memory clock is 1650MHz. The same 80nm fabrication process is used and what we see here is the same exact ATI HD 2900 XT that I reviewed previously with some PowerColor stickers and different packaging."

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Using an Xbox 360 HD DVD Player on a desktop PC @ Legit Reviews
"My home theater personal computer (HTPC) has Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate installed along with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT series video card, which makes setting everything up a breeze. The Xbox 360 HD DVD player was connected to the HTPC via the supplied USB cable and plugged into a power source. After connecting the HD DVD player to the computer with nothing more than the USB cable we can now worry about getting the HD content from the computer to the television with the HDMI cable..."

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Antec Fusion Media Center Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Antec Fusion Media Center Case is definitely nothing like the early cases from Antec (back when "the average PC had less memory than today’s cellphones"), and is quite different from many cases on the market today. This HTPC case has a refined style and high end features that have me anxious to dive into this review."

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Dell Latitude D630 @ TrustedReviews
"And, though this is a new notebook with, among other things, an updated chipset and CPU, the actual chassis hasn't changed one iota since the D620. This will no doubt please the aforementioned IT Managers; hence the quote. Indeed, it should please the users too because the D620 was a great notebook, walking away with a Recommended award for its trouble. Can the D630 repeat the trick?"

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Samsung LN-T4061F 40 Inch 1080p High Definition LCD TV Review @ Tweaknews.net
"To boil down a recommendation for a TV such as the LN-T4061F reviewed today, you have to ask whether you REALLY need to spend the money for 1080p. Will you be buying a HDDVD or Blu-ray disc player to compliment this TV? Will you be upgrading to HD cable or satellite service? Will you or your kids be enjoying XBox 360 or PS3 1080p HD gaming on this TV? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, yes, feel free to purchase this TV. If not, there are a lot more affordable lower resolution models available."

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Apple iPhone Review @ Digital Trends
"The Apple iPhone is a revolutionary product that will change the way cell phones are used forever. Yes, it's that amazing."

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bit-tech News: SanDisk Sansa Base Station review
"Stacked up against other iPod docks and MP3 stations, the Sansa Base Station is OK in value terms and even I have to admit that the price isn't exactly sky-high. In fact, it's quite reasonable for an MP3 player hub and, while I personally remain unconvinced of exactly how useful the product is, it's a sure thing that the Base Station makes cables less of a hassle and is going to be a valuable addition to the auditory arsenal of any audiophile on the go."

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ZEROtherm BTF90 CPU Cooler
"HSF manufacturers are trying hard in order to achieve lighter and more stylized designs, so as to avoid them to be damaging to the motherboard without losing cooling ability."

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Adobe Digital Editions 1.0 @ TrustedReviews
"The eBook is a technology that’s been coming ‘Real Soon Now’ for some years. You’ve been able to read a whole book on your PC, notebook or PDA for a while, but so far comparatively few (484,933 sales in Q2, 2005*) regularly do so. Adobe’s introduction of Digital Editions aims to change that. In the same way that it’s made the PDF file ubiquitous for disseminating documentation and sales materials, the company clearly hopes to do the same for the .epub electronic book."

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XFX 8600GT Fatal1ty Professional Series @ Bjorn3D
"Today at Bjorn3D we have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the second product in XFX's Fatal1ty Professional series, the GeForce 8600GT. With an endorsement from the world's #1 gamer this gaming graphics solution has big shoes to fill. We plan to use typical testing regimen modified ever so slightly to determine if this product can fill those shoes, or maybe even go beyond."

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Panasonic ToughBook CF-30 Rugged Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"Back in November 2005 I reviewed the Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 and proclaimed it the ultimate rugged notebook. In fact the CF-29 was so good, that Panasonic has only just replaced it with this, the CF-30. Like the CF-29 before it, the CF-30 looks like it could survive an earthquake, and while looks can often be deceptive, in this case, I rather think that they aren’t."

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
nPowertek NPH-1000 Heatsink Review
"Will the NPH-1000 kick butt or rise in temperature like a runaway nuclear reactor? Who knows, at Frostytech we rely on hard numbers. nPowertek's NPH-1000 heatsink is a predominantly copper heatsink with an aluminum base, four heatpipes and a 95mm fan. The heatsink is compatible with AMD Athlon64 socket 754/939/940 & AM2 sockets, and Intel Core 2 Duo socket LGA775 CPUs."

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Winchip DDR2 1200 MHz 2 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"Winchip is a well known brand in Asia and is now entering the European market with their memory products. The company has a long history in the OEM sector, while the heatspreader of their PC2-9600 memory looks quite unigue. The 2 GB memory kit, which costs $199, can manage an impressive 1240 MHz at CL5-5-5-15 on our testbed."

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Technic3D/MS-Tech LV-370
"The MS-Tech LV-370 Webcam arrived Technic3D. High-resolution USB Webcam with integrated picture function ready for Skype? See you in the following Review."

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I4U: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB External Hard Drive Review
"One of the first things that you see once you open the box containing the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external hard drive is the instructions with the words “this won’t take long” printed on the front. Seagate knows how to live up to that promise too, all you need to do is plug the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external hard drive into the AC outlet then plug it into your PC via one of the trio of connection options including USB 2.0, e-SATA and FireWire 400."

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PCSTATS July Shopping List
"We know how confusing it can be choosing the right components for a new computer system, or an upgrade to an existing one. That's we've assembled the PCstats.com ShoppingList as a guide to help you get good gear. Below you'll find one of the three ShoppingList's which you can print out and bring to your local retailer, or use as a general set of guidelines. We cover the basic components needed to assemble a full system, with monitor, and list the average $USD price each part retails for. Use the ShoppingList as a guide to build a better "white box" system, or follow our recommendations to the letter - it's totally up to you."

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Overclock3D Content: OCZ FlexXLC Edition PC2-9200 (1150mhz) 2GB DDR2 Kit
"Looking for some water cooled ram but don't like the look of those tacky after-market heatspreaders? OCZ may well be the answer to your prayers with their lineup of hybrid water/air cooled FlexXLC modules."

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The State of ATI Linux 2007
"It was on July 20, 2006 that I had issued The State of ATI Linux while ending off the ATI Redblog, which was a fifty-day experiment for using the ATI fglrx driver under Linux exclusively to see how well the driver really could compare to that of NVIDIA's binary competition. It's going on a year later and it's now time for this year's address as far as what I have seen from the driver in the past year and where I hope and believe the driver is going in the near future."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 W Power Supply
"With the arrival of DDR2, AMD Barcelona and new-generation graphics cards, PSUs have to adapt to the new circumstances."

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Up close and personal with Shuttle
"Yesterday, yours truly headed over to the Shuttle HQ here in Taipei for a visit to bring you the latest news of what Shuttle is working on and what will happen over the next few months. There has been a lot of turmoil about Shuttle recently and there have been some rumours about the company being sold, but they’re not true according to the people we’ve spoken to. Shuttle is refocusing its product development and it is moving away from some of the low cost products it launched last year as they proved to be uncompetitive. The good news is that Shuttle has a solid launch schedule of new products that will be arriving in a steady stream over the next couple of months, with the first products appearing later this month. Shuttle also has a new marketing team onboard and is focusing on making its products better than ever. A wide range of new features will be incorporated, some more useful than others, but it looks like Shuttle has no intention of giving up."

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The HD2400 and HD2600 @ Bjorn3D
"6 weeks ago AMD revealed their new line-up of Direct10X cards. The star at that show was the HD2900XT which also was released short afterward. At the same time the low and midrange HD2400 and HD2600 GPU’s were presented. These GPU’s however were not ready for release and thus we never got a chance to test them properly."

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Lenovo 3000 N200 Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"The last Lenovo notebook we looked at was the N100, that Spode reviewed back in September. It was a cheap, chunky and cheerful alternative to the more exclusive ThinkPad range, that Lenovo also produce, and it impressed us enough to gain a recommended award. However, if you want something with a bit more oomph the N100 has a bigger brother, the uncannily named N200."

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Apple iPod nano 4GB @ TrustedReviews
"Apple may have blazed a trail in the world of digital music players for the past few years, but in the flash player stakes it's beginning to fall behind the competition. Not in the number of players it sells, or the amount of legal music downloads its customers enjoy, but in what it's managing to fit into its smaller players. It still insists on not squeezing a screen onto its shuffle while other manufacturers' tiny players are building them in. And its latest nano, despite much of the competition incorporating video playback features as standard, is still sticking to its music-only philosophy, even though it has a lovely colour screen."

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The Darkness @ TrustedReviews
"If you read around a bit, you’ll come across several opinions on The Darkness – and all of the sensible ones will be good. Some people merely think it’s another fine leftfield FPS from the creators of Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Others think it’s a storming cinematic FPS let down by a few minor shortcomings. Me? I think it’s easily the best FPS so far this year, and the best narrative-driven FPS since Half-Life 2: Episode One."

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bit-tech News: "Beyond the Grave" case mod worklog
"There comes a point in every major modder's life where he or she becomes known by a defining work. This doesn't mean that such great projects aren't ever followed up or preceded by other masterpieces, just that the one project defines the modder's particular"

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OCZ Technology Secure Digital Dual Review @ The TechZone
"Clearly, the single greatest feature that makes this SD card different is the fact that it quickly and easily converts into a USB flash drive. Approximately one-third of the memory card slides off to reveal a USB connector, making it very easy for you to transfer files to and from just about any computer. This means that you no longer have to fumble with external memory card readers and you don't have to worry about whether or not your friend's laptop has an SD card slot."

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Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Modular PSU
"It's difficult to justify the need for a 1200W power supply unit, since every appliance in my entire house would need to be combined just to consume this much electricity. However, if you are trying to build a better Death Star, or just simply trying to play Star Wars on your super-computer, the future of high-output PSU's is here. Channel Well Technology designed the Toughpower W0133RU 1200W power supply for Thermaltake, and it provides enough juice to sustain a small village, but Benchmark Reviews will test voltage regulation and power ripple before we give our praise."

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Super Talent DH Series 200x 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Super Talent has taken their classic enclosure for USB 2.0 flash memory and stuffed it with a 200x device. This means it should be one of the fastest memory sticks out there with more than 30 MB/s. These benchmark results together with the sturdy aluminum casing make this a rock solid choice."

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Scythe Kama Cross SCKC-1000 Heatsink Review
"This week FrostyTech is testing out the Scythe Kama Cross (SCKC-1000) heatsink. This puppy takes on a unique shape, a little clever fin geometry, and the ubiquitous copper heatpipe to get the job done. At first glance the Scythe Kama Cross has everything it should need to be successful, but as always we'll wait until the thermal results are in... "

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Technic3D/Logitech G25
"The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel arrived Technic3D. 900° Rotation, Dual-Motor Force Feedback, Metal Gas and Brake Pedals, 6 Speed Stick Shift and Hand-Stitched Leather. That High-End Racing Wheel for Pro Gamer? See you in the following Review."

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I4U: Toshiba USB 2.0 200GB External Hard Drive Review
"The Toshiba drive isn’t the fastest external drive around, but it more than makes up for what it lacks in speed on portability and ease of use. Typically, with external hard drives you need to plug them into a USB port to interface with your PC and plug them into the AC outlet to power the drive itself. Toshiba used a very power efficient notebook drive that can draw all of the power it needs directly from the PC USB port."

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Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB External Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The five year warranty is another key selling point on the FreeAgent Pro. While you could easily add a Seagate drive (with its own 5 year warranty) to any old enclosure, Seagate has bundled the whole thing together for you, thrown in some useful software, and then applied their industry leading warranty to the whole thing."

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Casio Exilim EX-Z75 @ TrustedReviews
"Considering that price, it’s hard to believe just how good the EX-Z75 actually is. For starters it’s a great looking camera. It has an all-aluminium body finished in an attractive brushed texture, with a polished bezel around the lens. As well as the silver version seen here it’s also available in black, blue or pink."

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Adobe CS3 Production Premium @ TrustedReviews
"With so much included in the box, it’s hard not to call Adobe CS3 Production Premium great value, even at the whopping Ł1,500 price. For a start, you get at least Ł500 worth more software for your money than you did with the previous version... ...In a nutshell, Adobe CS3 Production Premium costs an overwhelming amount, but you get an overwhelming amount of software for your money."

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Zotac GeForce 8800GTX AMP! Edition
"8800GTX AMP! Edition is a fantastic graphics card from Zotac, especially considering they are very new to the market. We can see that the overclock really manages to give us some serious performance gains across the board. This is an excellent way for a new company to stand out, and the name “AMP! Edition” sounds pretty funky, too. The biggest let down is the package. The inclusion of component cables is nice but it would have been good to see a game included as well. Though as mentioned earlier, there’s probably a good reason for this. Given the company has only officially launched earlier this year, it’s likely they haven’t been able to strike a deal up with the game manufacturers as yet. On the other hand, the card is clocked at the same speeds as the 8800GTX XXX edition from XFX, so the lack of any included games and the urge to be priced aggressively to compete in the market means that this could be a great alternative."

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Cooler Master GeminII CPU/Motherboard Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Cooler Master took a gamble bringing such a large cooler to market. The sheer size of the GeminII will preclude its use on some motherboards, and I can see that it will be a very tight fit in some smaller cases. Performance wise, the GeminII posted up some good numbers on the testbed, but fell short of the lofty expectations that a cooler of this size and design would inspire. This is not to say that the cooling performance was lacking; it wasn't. I just think it would be reasonable to expect more from the GeminII."

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Creative Fatal1ty Headset
"We can call a product excellent when it is far superior to those belonging to the same category. Consequently, we can say Creative Fatal1ty headset to be so, since it is a high-quality product designed for hardcore gamers."

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Monday, July 2, 2007
Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2.4GHz Review @ Digital Trends
"2.4GHz"

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Overclock3D Content: Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)
"When we do a mouse review usually we are reviewing a mouse that's the latest and greatest from one of the top makers. This time, however, we take a look at something a little different..."

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Edubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2
"Out of all of the Ubuntu derivative distributions, the one that's received the least amount of attention really has been Edubuntu. With a slogan of"

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I4U: BFG 8600 GTS OC2 Video Card Review
"BFG is breaking away from using the stock NVIDIA reference cooling solution in favor of a custom solution with better performance. This new cooling solution allows for faster clock speeds on the new BFG 8600 GTS OC2 video card. In fact, this video card is the fastest 8600 GTS that I have tested. It’s really nice to see BFG putting some effort into better cooling solutions that enable higher clock speeds without resorting to using heat sinks that take a single slot card and turn it into t dual slot card. BFG’s heat sink did a great job of keeping the card cool no matter how long I used it."

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Technic3D/Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
"The passiv Graphics Card Heatsink from Arctic Cooling,the Accelero S1, arrived Technic3D. The"

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Antec "Performance One" P190 Enclosure
"The power that is default to the case is also massive, just like the case. With 1200-watts to make use of and enough connectors to jump start three rigs besides your own, you should not ever have to fear about not having enough juice to get the job done. In the event that this just isn’t enough power for you, the dual mounts for the power supplies will also allow you to install an industry standard PSU of your liking. Just make sure of length measurements before your purchase. Another feature that we have covered is the soundproofing material used in this case. This material is used on both side panels and is meant to help keep the noise from escaping to the outside world. While this isn’t a totally silent enclosure, the amount of noise is certainly minimal when considering the amount of airflow being moved around. With fans on the LOW setting, I can barely hear them running. Even with all fans set to HIGH, the noise is far less than the noise made from the high-end graphics cards being sold today."

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and X61s Notebooks Reviewed at XYZ Computing
"Overall, not a lot has changed from the X60. The system is still the same old 12" ultraportable that so many road warriors have come to appreciate, it still has that conservative ThinkPad styling, and- you guessed it- still no optical drive. There is good news though because changes were made inside the system. The biggest move was an upgrade to the notebooks' platform as the new systems use Intel's Centrino Duo technology. This platform, which affects the wireless, chipset, and processor, is also known as "Santa Rosa" and marks an appreciable evolution in notebook design. Another change is that the processors were upgraded. While the X60 moved up from one set of Core 2 Duos to another, the X60s had a major change as it moved from a Core Duo process up to the new Core 2 Duo line. The X61s still uses an ultra low voltage processor, in our case the L7500 (1.6GHz), but the move to Core 2 Duo should have a nice impact on performance, or at least a more significant than that see on the X61."

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Factory Tour - Kingston Technology Taiwan @ Legit Reviews
"Inside the lobby of the Hsin-Chu manufacturing plant, one will find Kingston's Far East Headquarters as well as four production levels where memory modules are being assembled. The Hsin-Chu manufacturing plant was opened in 1997, and has state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) lines that are used to make memory modules. Once the memory has been made, they go through..."

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Camera Armor Review in Metku.net
"For many people, the camera is regarded as a tool for the photographer in the same way that a hammer is a tool for a carpenter. You use it to take pictures and no emotions attached. The guys at Made Products have most probably anticipated this concern and they have come up with a product called Camera Armor, addressing just this."

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Samsung Q70 @ TrustedReviews
"Overall the Q70 is another sleek and attractive notebook from Samsung. The shiny black exterior provides the initial eye-catching element, and the metallic internal finish provides a very different but no less attractive effect. General performance is excellent, while the nVidia 8400M GS provides some limited gaming performance for those who require it."

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Toshiba Portégé G900 @ TrustedReviews
"The G900 is a mixed bag. On the plus side, it has a big screen, great keyboard and the inclusion of Windows Mobile 6 makes it a highly practical mobile communications device and office companion. The fingerprint reader is also a bonus for those who want to keep sensitive information away from prying eyes. On the down side, it is bulky, heavy and battery life is disappointing."

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Netgear Storage Central Turbo @ TrustedReviews
"The SC101T remedies the shortcomings of its predecessor and adds support for high capacity SATA hard disks. Performance is up with most desktop NAS appliances making this a very interesting and affordable alternative for shared network storage although make sure you have a few spare IP addresses to hand."

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bit-tech News: Asus PG221 22" widescreen monitor
"There are, of course, features that the PG221 has and the 215TW doesn't, but it's going to be a question of whether those features are needed by the potential buyer. In a pure battle between the 215TW and the PG221 on the image quality front, the Samsung was notably better than the Asus. But, after a bit of tweaking, the image quality delivered by the PG221 was still pretty good. I guess it's a question of whether you need the extra features that the Asus provides, or whether you're after a great all-round monitor at a fantastic price. I can't help but feel that, because of the 215TW's aggressive pricing, the PG221 (even with its fantastic set of features) just doesn't do enough to justify spending any more than Ł240 on a 20"

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Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 PRO AGP Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, this videocard is an excellent replacement for anyone trying to get an extra year or so out of their exist AGP enabled computer. For a small US$180 investment, you can game with the rest of them and enjoy comfortable framerates from a computer that some companies are trying to convince you is"

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Intel's Budget Chipset Evolves ECS G33
"To this end, new chipsets have come to the air of the Core 2 desktop platform. First there was the P965, the best chipset Intel has released in ages. It overclocked extremely well and supported DDR2-800 memory technology. Now with DDR-3 hitting the shelves, Intel has its next generation of hybrid chipsets out which are designed to bridge the DDR-2 to DDR-3 platform gap (similar to how i915 supported both DDR and DDR-2 memory on a single chip, depending on what you want to use). We have looked at the mainstream version of the bridge chipset, the P35 has proven to be a very powerful performer. Today we are looking at the first of the value chipsets with Intel’s latest integrated graphics core, the G33. ECS has provided us with their latest G33 motherboard to test."

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Vizo Orbiter HD Cooler
"Due to high speeds and increasing data density of the plates, it is crucial to cool hard drives suitably."

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Tagan A+ Black Pearl @ Bjorn3D
"Today's society demands a high level of versatility. From our phones that can play music and organize our schedule to our computers that can play Hi-Def movies while surfing the web and gaming. So it should come as no surprise that we demand more from a computer case than just a plain beige shell to keep our stuff safe. We want function. We want options. We want style! In the past you were considered lucky if you got 2 of them in the same chassis, but that was the past. Now I give you a glimpse of the future, today. The Tagan A+ Black Pearl full tower case. You want functionality? You have a 4-channel fan controller and temp gauge with LCD readout and evaporate thermal zones. You want options? How about water and air cooling ready. You want style? This case is gorgeous."

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iPhone: Still No BlackBerry Killer @ CoolTechZone.com
"Apple’s wonder phone is finally here, and although it delivers on its hype, it’s still not a BlackBerry killer. I was initially going to comment on the two key factors: lack of a physical keyboard with tactile feedback and lack of connectivity to Microsoft Exchange that other smartphones are so good at. However, as it turns out, the iPhone can connect to Microsoft Exchange through a third-party application, so that point is null and void. Just in time, too."

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iPhone Delivers on Excessive Hype @ CoolTechZone.com
"The iPhone is finally here after months of wait, and reviews are pouring in. The overall consensus is that the iPhone delivers on a lot of its hype, and is worth the price tag. Whew! At least Apple dodged that bullet. However, there are still a few quirks with the first-generation of Apple’s wonder phone, but that’s to be expected. Any company, including Apple, knows it has to improve the iPhone now that it has seen user reaction to the first-generation product."

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Welcome the iPhone Accessories Mania @ CoolTechZone.com
"Up until now, you were probably tired of hearing about the latest iPod accessories. Well, fear not. Now that Apple’s amazingly hyped iPhone has debuted in the US, the company is already prepping for third-party companies to reveal a plethora of iPhone exclusive gadgets in the near future. In fact, Apple already has an iPhone accessories page on its official website that lists a variety of accessories that you can purchase in case paying $499/$599 didn’t make enough of a dent in your pocket."

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Linux Less Secure Than Vista @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been hearing a lot lately about how Windows Vista is being said to be more secure overall than the popular Linux distros in the market today. After soaking this in and having a chance to think about it, I can come to only one conclusion: Microsoft must believe that vulnerabilities are worse than actual, in motion exploits being used against exiting operating systems."

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Zonbu: The Linux PC Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"There has been some controversy about this, so hopefully today, I can clear the air. Yes, in order to benefit from Zonbu, you will need a subscription. But when subscribing, please understand two very important factors:"

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Google, Microsoft Battle Continues With Vista @ OSWeekly.com
"Why is Google so bent on getting their apps on the Vista Desktop? Well, besides the obvious wish to expand their software properties' reach into as many homes as possible, I believe it has to do with their real core mission - information."

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Safari: The iPhones Real OS @ OSWeekly.com
"Even though I’ve already talked a little bit about it, I still can’t get over the fact that Apple is trying to sell all of us on the fact that third-party application support on the iPhone means building a Web 2.0 application that can run on top of the Safari engine. A third-party application on a phone isn’t just some Web site that’s treated like an application - it’s much more than that. I was truly hoping that Apple would open up the iPhone more than they are, but they’ve let me and many other Apple fans down with this development."

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My First Day with Apple's iPhone @ TheTechLounge
"I arrive at the mall here in Las Vegas where the Apple store is located around 10:45 AM on Friday. An eight hour wait would lay ahead of me as I waited in line for that once in a lifetime product. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a big water bottle later, it was six o'clock and we were cheering (as well as being cheered on by Apple store employees) as the Apple store reopened and ushered in their first customer for the new phone."

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Antec P182 ATX Case @ Viper Lair
"Although I have never used any other top end cases I have had a chance to take a look at several and the Antec Performance One Series (P150 - P190) has always been at the top if my list. The changes made to the P182 are a huge step forward IMO, I only have one gripe and that's the placement of the fan in the lower chamber."

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Akasa AllInOne Control Panel @ techPowerUp
"The AllInOne control panel from Akasa offers, just as the name implies, connectivity of all kinds. You will also get a small LCD display to control two fans and two temperature diodes. The unit itself is of high quality and the clean design should look great inside a case - even the red one."

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Overclock3D Content: XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series
"After reviewing XFX's 8600 GT "XXX" Edition last month we decided we rather liked it. XFX then told us they were releasing a passive 8600 GT, clocked at the same high clocks. Who were we to turn down the opportunity to review it?"

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Overclock3D Content: XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series
"After reviewing XFX's 7600 GT "XXX" Edition last month we decided we rather liked it. XFX then told us they were releasing a passive 7600 GT, clocked at the same high clocks. Who were we to turn down the opportunity to review it?"

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bit-tech News: Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer soundcard
"For around ÂŁ62 (inc. VAT), (or ÂŁ56 if you are a regular contributor in our community and qualify for free delivery with Scan) the Creative XtremeGamer is a serious bargain. You might be a bit wary of investing in a PCI card, but the slots should still be around in motherboards for a few years yet, and it's a small investment compared to shelling out ÂŁ150-plus for the top models. It's Vista support is really very good, although we'd still like Creative to include a task bar icon like they do in Windows XP. Okay, you don't get the 64MB of X-RAM or I/O connector for expansion, but you still get a very capable card for entertainment, gaming and audio creation. Some people would argue that on-board sound does the job just fine, especially since many now offer the same extra Dolby and DTS that discrete cards use, but the sound quality of the XtremeGamer is just head and shoulders over anything on-board."

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ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe
"A year ago we had reviewed the M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi motherboard from ASUS, which was a phenomenal Socket AM2 motherboard that used NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI Chipset and featured a number of ASUS innovations. Recently ASUS had sent out to us an updated M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi, which adds official support for Microsoft Windows Vista. At hand today we have re-tested the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe and now have additional compatibility comments for Linux as well as Solaris."

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Super Talent DH series 4GB Pen Drive
"Super Talent might not be the first memory brand that springs to mind; although they have a wide range of competitive products and we’re taking a quick look here at what they’re claiming is the world’s fastest USB 2.0 memory key. It’s always amusing when you get sent a product for review that claims world’s fastest, since they rarely are. The Super Talent DH series of USB memory keys are “Ultra-fast 200x” and they have a claimed read speed of 30MB/s. We tested out the 4GB version but the DH series comes in sizes ranging from 512MB to 8GB."

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