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Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound @ techPowerUp
"Tuniq launches a new thermal compound that should be available September 10, 2007. We put it to the test against Arctic Silver 5 and the older TX-1 compound to see how easy it is to work with, how easy it cleans up and how well it performs."

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AMD vs. Intel: What to Get? Which is Better?
"The nice thing about being computer enthusiast is that right now both AMD and Intel platforms support a lot of cross compatible hardware. Sure the CPU and motherboards are platform specific, but you can share DDR2 memory, videocards and other peripherals easily enough. If PC speed is what you crave, you can jump from one processor platform to the next ever couple months, taking your memory, videocards, hard drives and everything else along with you."

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Tagan A+ CS-A380 @ Bjorn3D
"In the quest for more and more silence without compromising airflow some people will go to great lengths to keep their PC quiet. Some people even have the PC in a different room of the house and run cables to it for the sake of silence. Fans get bigger, CPU's shrink and time marches on. Today we have Tagan's newest addition to their line of A+ cases. Named the CS-A380, the name may not roll of the tongue quite as smoothly as Black Pearl but what it lacks in title it surely makes up for with a monstrous 250mm front fan. With the great success of the Black Pearl Tagan has set a high standard for itself. Can the CS-A380 match the level of the Black Pearl and more importantly, the scrutiny of our readers or will it crash and burn? Let's find out."

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bit-tech News: Mod of the Month - August 2007
"Well, it's that time yet again. Months go by so quickly, don't they? It seems that just yesterday we were congratulating rigormortem on his fantastic project and winning July's Mod of the Month. during the dog days of summer. That's why the winner of August's competition will be winning some choice watercooling gear from Of course, it wasn't just yesterday. In fact, it's been a month since the last contest, and since then we've had our eyes set on cooling off Coolercases UKFeser One cooling for some Feser One fluid and Feser tube in your colour of choice. Finally, what's a radiator without some fans and other accessories? Our monthly sponsor, AC Ryan is here to help - the winner will pick up a new Radgrillz, a couple awesome fans and some other fun toys, along with in the form of a Danger Den TDX waterblock and a BlackIce 240mm radiator. Of course, you'll need a bit of fluid to pump through it and some tubes to put them together, so we've also teamed up with bit-tech.net and AC Ryan vinyl window stickers."

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Xclio Wind Tunnel Extreme Cooling PC Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The portion of the Wind Tunnel's side panel that houses the two 25cm fans protrudes from the side of the case to compensate for the depth of the fans, so there won't be any issues with clearance between your components and the fans. There are also some ventilation holes on the top part of the side panel to let heat escape from the case."

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Winchip DDR2 1200MHz PC2-9600 2GB RAM Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Ever since Intel released the 3 series chipset, DDR2 has had the wind taken from its sails so that DDR3 could make waves. This was meant with the best intentions, but as DDR3 was released to public it didn't take long for people to realize it was still too immature to compete against DDR2 in regards to performance. This put the weight of the world back on the shoulders of DDR2, which has just earned a repreive from execution. But now that manufacturers are tooling up for DDR3 production, there are only few names remaining on the shrinking list which are still releasing high-performance system memory for the DDR2 platform. Winchip still knows that DDR2 has performance potential left in it, and offers the 1200MHz PC2-9600 2GB DDR2 RAM Kit to Benchmark Reviews for testing."

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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"The SD850 IS looks just a shade better than the zillions of silver-bodied aim-and-forget digicams for sale."

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Zaward Vivo Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Next month Zaward will be releasing a new CPU heatsink called the Vivo. This new cooler is based on a 92mm fan and uses exposed heatpipes that contact the CPU heatspreader directly. Add to that the Dimple Technology Golf fan and a unique fan shroud, the Vivo's compact size really packs a punch."

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Technic3D/FSP Blue Storm II 500W
"The FSP Blue Storm II 500W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a blue PSU with a very high efficiency. The FSP Blue Storm II the same how the"

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PCSTATS September ShoppingList
"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 why we've assembled the PCSTATS 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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Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Corsair has done an excellent job with a design that is secure without the need for platform dependent software or complex and expensive biometric devices. While the Padlock is not the most fashionable design, this is clearly a product of function over form. Data transfer rates are ample enough for most users and the only real drawback is that the max capacity available is 2GB, which I expect Corsair to expand before long..."

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I4U: X-Arcade Tankstick Arcade Controller Review
"In addition to the dual joysticks there are the one and two player buttons along with eight buttons arrayed near each joystick and a trackball that feels like it came right out of a Millipede game. There are also pair of buttons on each side of the Tankstick that are ideally suited for flippers if you are into pinball games."

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MNPCTechs billet aluminum accessories at Modders-Inc
"This is another great product from MNPCTech, and yet again we have a situation where you can't say a bad thing about them."

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The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now
"Back in April of 2006, a proprietary driver from ATI that had supported the Radeon X1000"

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NZXT Lexa Blackline Performance Midtower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I have yet to figure out exactly what grabbed my attention with the NZXT Lexa Blackline Performance Midtower ATX Case, but the sleek design of a black case with red accents really appealed to me, and I had to check it out. From my previous experience with a case from NZXT I was pretty sure that I would not be disappointed, and the Lexa Blackline lived up to my expectations. In fact, while I normally prefer full tower cases, I have now decided to use this as my primary case."

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bit-tech News: BioShock - Gameplay, Graphics & Performance
"With regard to the graphics, we've shown you the differences that there are between the DirectX 9.0 and DirectX 10 versions of the game and it is ultimately up to you whether you want to buy Windows Vista (if you don't own it already) to play the game with the additional effects which, despite being subtle in some cases, do help to make the game feel more realistic. It's not the best-looking game we've played this year, but it's certainly up there -- one thing that's definitely worth a special mention is the game's water, which is without doubt the best we've seen.//"

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CoolIT Ram Fan Memory Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"It's always nice to review a product that does exactly what it advertises, and the RAM Fan succeeds in that. It will be especially useful to overclockers who often push RAM voltages to high levels and would benefit from active cooling. With a price of only $20 US and installation that only takes a few minutes, I can't see any reason not to highly recommend this product."

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Apevia X-Telstar Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case @ BmR
"Today I'm reviewing the Apevia X-Telstar Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case. You might know Apevia from their many other products or particularly their very nice X-Navigator cases. The X-Telstar's prominent features are: large see-through side window panel; and a front LCD display; twelve drive bays; solid aluminum chassis; and three 120mm (large) fans. It is marketed as a gaming case however I'm sure you could load up Photoshop or a web browser up if your computer was inside, too. I wouldn't go so far as to say that any accounting or legal/law related programs would open on a computer in this case."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Nespresso Le Cube C185 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Nespresso C185 Le Cube is the ultimate espresso machine and comes with multiple flavors to choose from."

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Technic3D/Magicool DIY
"The Magicool DIY Watercooling Set arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a Set with a very small price. Silent and a good temperatures?"

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Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard reviewed at Metku.net
"Reclusa feels like a 'just another keyboard'. It has a good 'feel' for long typing sessions. It's silent and it has enough shortcut keys which are quite nicely located around the keyboard. It doesn't have any big flaws either but all the small mistakes put together make the whole product look bad."

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Beginners Guides: Ten Steps to a Secure PC - UPDATED!
"The next five procedures can be considered essential for any computer user that values the sanctity of his or her data. By following these five easy steps, you can avoid 99% of the potential trouble lying in wait for you on the Internet."

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA 3 Gbps Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Western Digital may not be able to toot their horn for being the first to the 750GB plateau, but unless you have a time machine and want to go back 15 months, does it really matter at this point? The Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB Hard Drive is one of a very few options at this capacity or higher, and it is well worth consideration by anyone looking for a big drive."

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bit-tech News: Asus P5K3 Premium part 2
"The performance in 2D testing favours //slightly better in the way of the Premium, and even at 1,500MHz it doesn't really extend the lead that much. Also, it's not like you can't just buy some 1,500MHz memory and drop it in a Deluxe, however it seems to be tailored more to preferring lower latency memory like the 1,066MHz DDR3 at 6-6-6-15 instead of 1,333MHz at 7-7-7-20. Overclocking is not outright superb, although it is certainly capable and stability is much the same story. In all it feels like a very average board for Asus and one just not worthy of the price tag: it can be had for £140 more than an already expensive product combination, it only comes with a three year warranty on the memory and if just one of the 32 chips go the whole board has to be returned. Hats off for the innovation and having the balls to make a product like this, but I wonder if Asus will actually sell enough to recoup at least the development costs? I think this should be chalked down to"

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ICY DOCK MB663UR-1S @ Bjorn3D
"Did you ever have a laptop go bad and you forgot to backup the precious data? Professional data retrieval could cost a significant amount of dollars. A simpler solution would be to purchase a 2.5’’ external/internal storage enclosure which would allow you to connect the hard drive to a desktop for data retrieval. For a retail price of approximately $20, it would be an invaluable investment when it comes to data rescue. Here at Bjorn3D, we have previously looked at ICY Dock’s 2.5 IDE internal/external enclosure and today, we are going to take a look at ICY Dock’s 2.5’’ SATA internal/external enclosure."

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Iiyama ProLite B2403WS 24in LCD @ TrustedReviews
"As of writing the Iiyama ProLite B2403WS is the best value 24in LCD you can buy. This certainly doesn't make it best though, and plenty of compromises are made to get you that super cheap price. This makes it a good bet for the gamer on a budget, or the home office worker, who just wants a big screen with the resolution to match, though those with more discerning requirements should still look to the more expensive models."

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Dell Vostro 200 @ TrustedReviews
"A good, solid small-business PC, which would be even more useful in a home office, where you might want entertainment and leisure services as well. Although the base price of £276 (£235 ex VAT) looks extremely attractive, bear in mind that to get to the specification reviewed here costs a lot more than that. As with all pick ‘n' mix, you can end up paying more than you expected."

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Space Giraffe @ TrustedReviews
"Classic Minter and more than just a retro-psychedelic curiosity. Space Giraffe may be too trippy and complex for the mainstream, and sometimes too over-powering for its own good, but that doesn't mean it won't find and deserve a sizable following of fans."

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Games Convention 2007: Hardware @ techPowerUp
"The Games Convention 2007 had some very interesting hardware product launches. We have scoured the halls, snapped pictures and collected information on all the interesting new releases at the show."

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Ultra X-Pro 800W Aluminum PSU ULT33185 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Ultra has been in the business of producing good looking products which are known to perform well, and still not cost a fortune. We recently reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler, which offered a unique blend of technologies into one product. Equally as unique is the Ultra X-Pro 800W Aluminum PSU ULT33185, which matches a very attractive power supply chassis with high-performance electronics previously found in mission critical components. Offering 800 watts of power gives the X-Pro a very wide range of applications: from pedestal servers to hardcore gaming systems. Benchmark Reviews has seen plenty of power supplies that look good, and they often promise more than they deliver. Ultra's X-Pro 800W will need to prove that function still comes before fashion."

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TrekStor DataStation duo w.u. 1TB Review @ Digital Trends
"TrekStor's DataStation duo w.u. 1 terabyte USB 2.0 drive is a sleek, satin-black, monolithic external hard drive."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Zaward Twin Towers Chipset Cooler @ techPowerUp
"In the quest for silent performance, users are looking toward heatpipes for most of their cooling needs. Today we are looking at the new fanless chipset cooler from Zaward, called the Twin Towers. This chipset cooler has two heatpipes, one of which can rotate around the other to reduce compatibility issues. We put the Twin Towers to the test to see what kind of performance comes with its silence."

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X.Org 7.3 Preview
"Scheduled for release tomorrow is X.Org 7.3. Among the new features for X.Org 7.3 include the Xorg server 1.4, an application for adjusting a display's backlight, updated display drivers, and support for font catalog directories. Version 1.4 of the X.Org server contains such features as RandR 1.2 support, input hot-plugging, KDrive enhancements, Solaris DTrace support, and EXA improvements. In this article today, we will briefly go over some of the changes found in X.Org 7.3 and we will follow up with some benchmarks in early September."

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Technic3D/Nexus NX-8050 500W
"The Nexus NX-8050 500W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a black PSU with Modular and Sleeved cables. The Nexus NX-8050 500W the same how the"

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I4U: Cyber Snipa Dog Tags Flash Drive Review
"This pair of dog tags hangs around your neck and hides a flash drive and a small set of PC tools. The tools included are very small and suited to working with screws and nuts that are not very tight. Any attempts to use the tools on very tight screws would probably result in damaging the tools."

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Ultra 7 Port USB Buddy Hub at Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products has came up with a little solution that will not only allow you to easily add USB devices to your computer easily, but it will also allow you to connect the Hub to a second computer so you can share the devices between the two computers."

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A Look Back At The AMD Athlon Processor Series @ Legit Reviews
"After going back five years and looking at the performance of the Athlon XP 1800+, it is amazing to see how far we have come in just five years. A good number of our readers still have Athlon XP systems in use and this article was a great opportunity to show them what they are missing out on as none of the major hardware review sites include these processor in updated performance charts any longer. The new Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor is a welcomed addition to the Athlon series of processors, but it's sad knowing that this will likely be the last speed step for the Athlon series..."

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bit-tech News: Cooler Master Cosmos
"All in all, the Cosmos is a solidly built and attractive case which performs well enough in heat testing and runs near silently. This alone puts it high in the upper echelons of PC cases, but it's price point is a little awkward and shaving just a little off the cost would instantly make it a much more attractive case. Pound signs aside though, the Cosmos is a worthy addition to the Cooler Master range and a good buy for anyone who can spare the dough."

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Xclio Propeller Black Computer Case W/ 360mm Side Fan Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I had high hopes for the Propeller, considering how much I liked XClio's 188A chassis, but it wasn't to be. When considering a budget case, there are some shortcomings one can ignore. The Spartan interior is roomy, but doesn't have many amenities or innovative features. I know how to use a screwdriver; I can deal with that. Especially considering the Propellers low cost. On close examination, it lacks the kind of fit and finish I like to see in a chassis, but for $65 and a 360mm fan, I can live with it."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 @ TrustedReviews
"Panasonic keeps chipping away at Canon's position in the premium ultra-compact market, and with the wide-angle Lumix DMC-FX33 it has a camera that can take on the best of the IXUS range. It has style, elegance, build quality, performance and simplicity of operation, and while it is slightly lacking in picture quality it will seldom disappoint, producing good pictures in almost any situation."

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Philips 32PFL7562D 32in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"If you look carefully, it's easy to see the ‘cracks' left by the features the 32PFL7562D has had to go without in order to hit its low price. But with some judicious tweaking of the TV's settings, it's possible to at least partially Polyfilla over some of those cracks, leaving you with a TV that easily outperforms its price point."

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NEC MultiSync LCD2470WNX @ TrustedReviews
"NEC monitors may be thick from the side, but they're certainly not stupid. NEC delivers another master class in vibrancy, colour accuracy and viewing angles, making this a fine choice for office or photographic work. Grumbles such as its lack of HDMI or component, and some minor other issues, mean it's not ideal for the gamer, though the price would probably be enough to put them off."

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Monday, August 27, 2007
Olympus Evolt E-510 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Olympus Evolt E-510 is a 10MP digital SLR that's great for novices or those without an extensive lens collection."

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Technic3D/Revoltec FightPad
"The Revoltec FightPad arrived Technic3D. The Gamer Pad with blue LED and a small price for Gamer? See you in the following Review the third Product from the Revoltec Gaming Edition on Technic3D"

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I4U: Humanscale CPU 600 PC Holder Review
"Today we are going to take a look at a product from Humanscale called the CPU 600. This product is designed to lift your CPU case off the floor and help air flow to your system by getting the CPU up under the desk. The CPU 600 is large enough for the majority of mid tower cases, but if you use a full tower case it won’t fit. The CPU holder is mounted to the underside of your desk and includes the hardware that you need for installation."

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Toshiba R500 Notebook Review at XYZ Computing
"The R500 received a lot of hype right from the start because of a few important distinctions. First of all, the R500 was (and still is) the slimmest notebook currently available with an optical drive. Its 7mm thick drive allows a total closed system height of just 0.77". Not long after the initial announcement the R500 made more headlines when different SKUs were announced, one of which (the R500-S5003) was called the world's lightest 12" notebook. At 1.7lbs for model with a 12.1" LCD (though no optical drive) this version of the R500 is obviously an incredible system, though its 64GB solid-state disk also helps to set it apart from the crowd. The R500 also touts the longest battery life of any 12.1" widescreen notebook, though this is something that we will look into more closely."

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Promise SATA300 TX4 SATA 2.0
"We don't review many disk controllers or hard drives at Phoronix but we decided to take a quick look at the Promise Technology SATA300 TX4 PCI controller card, which promises to be a cost-effective 4-port Serial ATA 2.0 controller. Two of the features include Native Command Queuing and Tagged Command Queuing support, but how does its performance compare to solutions integrated on the motherboard? In this review of the Promise SATA300 TX4 we tested it with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn using an nForce 430 chipset."

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VIZO Dual Fan Card at Modders-Inc
"VIZO Technology Corp. seems to have been pumping out the attractive mods for the beautiful people as of late, and this review item is yet another visually appealing product from them!"

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Games Convention 2007: Girls @ techPowerUp
"After running wild search patterns through the halls of Games Convention Germany we are proud to present you the finest collection of booth babes from Europe's biggest gaming show. You will find 300 high-res photos to get an impression of what you missed."

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Swiftech MCW-60 @ Bjorn3D
"Desperate times call for desperate measures. You may have heard this saying spoken throughout history and while those who have uttered these words may have been referring to periods of great struggle I am sure seeing the current state of video cards this quote applies here. As GPU's continue to hunger for more and more power they will continue to generate more and more heat. Gone are the days when a simple piece of metal would suffice. Even mid-range cards such as the 8800GTS require a dual-slot cooling solution to tame the beast within. What is an enthusiast to do? Sure you can get a nice large cooler if you can live with the noise it generates. What about water cooling? Ya know, that stuff you're NOT supposed to bring near expensive electronics. Before you decide me mad and click that little red 'X' what if I told you that you need not be so desperate to try water cooling. That a company with higher quality standards than most car manufacturers has a waterblock that destro!"

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Steel Series SX Pro Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews.net
"In the end it comes down to one question: Are you prepared to pay for the best. At a hefty 49.95 Euro (US$70) this is not a product a casual user will be interested in. I personally would never spend that much on a mouse pad but I don’t claim to be an avid gamer either. If you are looking for the best gaming pad money can buy, you’ve found it. If you are looking for good performance at an affordable price, keep looking."

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Logitech VX Nano Notebook Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We did a First Look on Logitech's VX Nano notebook mouse when it was first announced, and from all angles (read theoretically) it appeared to be another successful product in the company's ever expanding peripherals portfolio. Yes, we tend to be biased from time to time, but you can't blame us. Logitech has a historic track record of successful devices, and unless proven wrong, we have no reason to believe otherwise."

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Windows 7: Will It Provide What Vista Did Not? @ OSWeekly.com
"If we are to get serious about Windows 7, we need to accept that Vista is basically a better looking Windows Me release. Like Windows Me, Vista has a lions share of improvements, but at the same time, it is a step backwards as vendors apparently were not ready with their hardware during the OS release."

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iLike iLife and iWork @ OSWeekly.com
"Apple recently held a special event all about the Mac in which they unveiled some new products to keep us occupied. In terms of hardware, the new slim keyboard is pretty nifty, but the star of the show had to be the iMac. It’s the same, yet different model, and while I’m still trying to warm up to some of the design choices, I find myself tempted to upgrade my aging iMac G5 with one of these new models, especially since mine is beginning to experience some hardware troubles."

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PC-BSD Meets Software Piracy? @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been a fan of PC-BSD for sometime now; however, it was after discovering this page that had me disturbed. Using PC-BSD's awesome packaging methods, the webmaster of this site has apparently packaged some applications that might cause some licensing concerns. Not in violation of the GPL, as this is the BSD license in force here. No, rather the fact that we are seeing potential piracy, or at the very least, an over zealous user distributing 'trial' versions of Photoshop and MS Office '97."

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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Technic3D/AC Turbo modules
"The Arctic Cooling Turbo modules arrived Technic3D. The Fans without frames on the Accelero Graphic Card Heatsink for nice Cooling?. See you the following Review."

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bit-tech News: Attack on Pearl Harbour
"Attack on Pearl Harbour lacks a lot of depth and you really just have to take things in it at face value. It’s a short sharp burst of fun and unless you desire to re-enact some of those famous battles then I would recommend that your money would probably be better spent elsewhere."

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Saturday, August 25, 2007
Kinc and Shamino breaks 27,000 in 3DMark 06 with Mushkin and ASUS HD 2900 XT CrossFire @ NordicHardware
"This brings Kinc, and Shamino of course, back to the top of the 3DMark 06 Hall of Fame, along with the Radeon HD 2900 XT. The new GPU-pots (rev4) with a thicker base really does wonders for the Radeon HD 2900 XT, and there might even be more coming. The new world record is 27,039 points and it might even get a tweak or two before the Games Convention is over."

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bit-tech News: Exclusive Hands-on preview of Haze
"Created to help present and challenge some of the taboos and issues which affect all computer games, such as in-game violence and the way in which it is glorified, Haze is gutsy to say the least. With a story that will seriously encourage players to question how they view the world around them and a game design which puts this message across through some excellent gameplay features as well as plot, //Haze is set to be the first real must-have game for the PlayStation 3."

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Friday, August 24, 2007
Ubuntu's displayconfig-gtk
"One of the new features to land with Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 5 is the displayconfig-gtk. This new GTK control panel is similar to NVIDIA's nvidia-settings panel and ATI's Catalyst Control Center, which allow for GUI-based modifying of your xorg.conf to control such options as the display resolution, setting up multiple display heads in either an extended mode or mirroring, and changing your graphics driver. In this article, we are taking a brief tour of this early displayconfig-gtk application."

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Camp Okutta; Ak-47 training for your 12 year old
"Camp Okutta is and Adventure Camp for kids aged 8-12, but it's not like any summer camp that you or I went to. Among the activities at Camp Okutta are AK-47 assult training, grenade and land mine warfare amongst others. I guess it's better to have your little kids trained in guerilla warfare at a early age. Don't believe me, see the promotional video below."

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Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D 2GB DDR3-1800 Memory Kit Review
"Enthusiasts and Corsair go together like milk and cookies, and as expected Corsair is one of the first manufacturers to actually get its DDR3 memory modules to the market. Corsair's 2GB DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory kit is wicked fast, but that speed comes with a very high price tag: $784 CDN ($744 US, £371 GBP). Compared to what we're used to seeing from ultra high end enthusiast grade DDR2, it's pricey. Compared to a similar class of high end DDR3 memory on the market, it's actually quite comparable."

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bit-tech News: Asus P5K3 Premium part 1
"Asus makes a good looking, well made product with a great layout that's an evolution of the P5K series we've seen before. But the thing is, is that it's //just like/ the P5K series. The features might as well be identical and even though the concept is very innovative and screams /"

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Mushkin HP-580AP 580W Enhanced Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Finding a modular power supply that can handle a multi-GPU system can be a little tough, but the Mushkin HP-580AP 580W Enhanced Power Supply seems capable of handling just about any of the latest video cards. And with RailFusion, the system can combine the multiple 12V rails into one if it happens to need more than the 20 Amps provided on a single 12V rail."

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BlueAnt Z9 Headset Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"There is an abundance of headsets in the market. In fact, we'll even go as far as to say that headsets have become a commodity, and just like a lot of commodities, the glamor effect starts to wear off quickly. However, with BlueAnt's Z9, that may not be so. There's nothing earth shatteringly special about Z9 for the most part, but that's where it shines. Odd, but true."

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Audio-Technica ANC7 Headphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"While I applaud the efforts to catch people who profit on close source software for profit against the license, I believe there is a lesson here and it dates back to the 1920's. During the prohibition on alcohol here in the States in that era, mobsters managed to make a tidy fortune on the sale of this forbidden substance."

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Why Microsoft Should Be Worried About Piracy @ OSWeekly.com
"While I applaud the efforts to catch people who profit on close source software for profit against the license, I believe there is a lesson here and it dates back to the 1920's. During the prohibition on alcohol here in the States in that era, mobsters managed to make a tidy fortune on the sale of this forbidden substance."

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Intellectual Property Cold War Rages On @ OSWeekly.com
"I have pointed this out time and again. Like it or not, the patent war is already here. Luckily, if it hits full throttle, Google will be a part of it on the side of Linux vendors. Google uses Linux and is ready to battle alongside the rest of Open Invention Network, utilizing a collection of Linux patents against Microsoft if it comes down to it. In short, we have ourselves a virtual cold war of intellectual property (IP) propaganda."

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"I'm a VIP," Thanks Apple @ OSWeekly.com
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1333MHz ... Who Are the Big Dogs? @ Bjorn3D
"For the last month or so the hot discussion in the computer enthusiast community has centered around motherboards based on the Intel P35/ICH9R chipset. The hype for these products has been nothing short of phenomenal. In discussions that we've read on various enthusiast forums a few of the many primary reasons we could ascertain for this fervor were: (Note: We paraphrased for brevity's sake.)"

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite @ TrustedReviews
"The Xbox 360 Elite may not address the noise pollution issue that has plagued Microsoft's console since launch, but it does bring some key new features to the platform. HDMI support is a welcome addition, while the increased hard disk capacity will definitely be needed when the full Video Marketplace launches in Europe."

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HP LaserJet P2014 @ TrustedReviews
"The LaserJet P2014 is a good, solid, no-nonsense mono laser printer which will be a useful asset in a home office or small business. While it's not the cheapest mono laser to run, it's quick, particularly for the first page out, and produces high quality pages of both text and, more unusually, greyscale photo images."

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Kodak EasyShare E610 Printer Dock @ TrustedReviews
"Although the E610 is expensive to buy on its own when compared to an inkjet printer, and has quite high running costs, for the technophobic home user who just wants good quality snapshot prints with the minimum of fuss and without having to use a computer it is an ideal choice, especially when used with a compatible Kodak camera. The bargain bundle price only adds to the appeal."

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CoolIT PCI Cooling Booster Review @ Tweaknews.net
"CoolIT Systems guaranteed a cooler video card after installing this fan, and it did indeed do the job. The results were not as great as I was hoping for, but that was mostly due to unforeseen incompatibilities between the case and the fan. Even a slight drop in video card temperatures is welcome especially when the install is so easy (in a compatible case) and the price is an easy to take $15- $20 US."

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MNPCTech Case Handles and 120mm Fan Grill
"Today we got some eyecandy products to take a look at from MNPCTech. The guys at MNPCTech have have produced some outstanding products and offer a excellent craftsmanship with their services."

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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 5
"The feature freeze, upstream version freeze, and the first artwork deadline passed last week for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. With these freezes, Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 5 has been released with the last of the new features until Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Ubuntu has now adopted system-config-printer (which was originally developed by Red Hat and Fedora) for handling the printing needs that gnome-cups-manager once had controlled, CUPS being upgraded to 1.3, a plug-in finder wizard and extension manager for Firefox in Ubuntu, and the new displayconfig-gtk panel for graphically controlling your X settings. Ubuntu 7.10 is shaping up very nicely and we have one more Tribe release and then the beta release, followed by the final release of Gutsy Gibbon on October 18."

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HIS Radeon HD 2600 PRO IceQ 512MB @ Viper Lair
"One area that the HIS Radeon HD 2600 PRO IceQ 512MB shines in is it's Multi-media capabilities. Two Gold plated (with black inlay) Dual Link DVI ports and an included ATI DVI to HDMI adapter are just the start of a great card for High Definition HTPC duty, and offers an air of stack system hi-fi authority in appearance. The UVD (Universal Video Decoder) Engine makes light work of H.264 and (apparently) VC-1, which means you don't need a killer CPU for video decoding; the cheaper video card can do most of the work and let you put the extra cash towards paying for an expensive Blu-ray or less expensive HD-DVD drive."

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Microsoft Windows Vista & ReadyBoost: Does it Make a Difference?
"For instance, Microsoft Windows Vista load up times with 512MB of system memory and no ReadyBoost was ~47 seconds. When equipped with a 2GB ReadyBoost USB drive, boot time was cut down by 7 seconds. It was also quite a surprise to see that ReadyBoost boosted framerates of Doom 3 and FEAR when the system was running 512MB of memory."

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In Win F430 Red Mid Tower ATX Gamers Case @ Legit Reviews
"If you spend a little time at any local LAN you will notice gamers like to trick out their PC case like gearheads trick out a car. In Win has designed a case to combine the two worlds, and we now have the F430. The design of the case takes styling queues from the Ferrari F430 sports car and when you power up the system instead of the standard beep you get the sound of a Ferrari starting up..."

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Nouveau Companion 26
"Through a joint effort between Phoronix and the Nouveau project, we will now be publishing the Nouveau Companion on Phoronix to update the progress made by these developers working on an open-source display driver for NVIDIA's complete selection of hardware from the NV0x chips to the latest models in the GeForce and Quadro series. This is the 26th edition of the Nouveau Companion which provides an updated status on the Nouveau driver with the progress being made in the areas of X-Video, video overlays for the different NVIDIA GPU series, and renouveau-parse for parsing XML dumps. These developers still need help especially with the NVIDIA GeForce 8 series hardware."

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bit-tech News: XFX's GeForce 8600 GT 620M XXX Edition
"Despite the lack of HDCP support in the current version, XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX Edition is probably one of the best bang for buck mid-range DirectX 10 graphics cards out there. From as little as £90 including VAT, the card delivers performance that is not too far off Nvidia's GeForce 8600 GTS and, with a bit of overclocking, you can achieve practically the same performance as the 8600 GTS. The cheapest GeForce 8600 GTS out there today will cost you around £110 (inc. VAT), which is another £20 more than the XFX GeForce 8600 GT 620M XXX Edition. First, you have to first ask yourself whether the extra £20 that XFX's card costs over a standard clocked 8600 GT is worth spending, and then you have to ask yourself if it's worth spending another £20 to get an 8600 GTS. Stretching to £90 would be worthwhile, in my opinion, but stretching to £110 will not make as much of a difference."

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Samsung SyncMaster 245B 24in Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"The Samsung SyncMaster 245B is definitely a value focussed 24in display, where hitting a price point was clearly the goal over offering great image quality. If you're looking for a 1,920 x 1,200 monitor for gaming and you're on a very tight budget, then this is definitely an attractive option."

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Exclusive: Asus U3 Hands-On @ TrustedReviews
"The Asus U3 is certainly quite an unusual product. It approaches the 13.3in form factor quite differently to other manufactures, removing the optical drive but adding discrete and integrated graphics along with eSATA and GPS. In this sense it's very feature rich, and caters for a whole raft of niches not normally found on other notebooks. Whether this proves winning formula we'll just have to wait and see, and naturally you can tell us your thoughts in the forums."

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DirectX 10: the Good, the Bad, and the Pretty @ TrustedReviews
"DirectX 10 games are slowly starting to appear on the shelves so we thought it was about time we looked at what Microsoft's new API is capable of."

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Corsair Padlock USB Flash Drive Review at Metku.net
"Now it is Corsair's turn to bring something new to the market; A padlock drive with Pin number protection. I like the concept but the idea alone can carry the product only so far. Let's find out how the Padlock fairs up."

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bit-tech News: Watercooling 101
"There are few things in the enthusiast computing world that are as misunderstood and feared as water cooling. When done right, it can be a beautiful addition to a case while keeping temperatures down and noise low. When done poorly, it can be a tangled mess of dangerous tubing that cools worse than air, but can fry your new £350 graphics card in a moment. It's the fear of that latter scenario which has left many of us on our safe, air-cooled ground. After all, investing in water cooling is not cheap to begin with, and when added to the risks, it almost seems like a no-brainer to go buy the latest block of Zalman copper and call it a day. Some people wouldn't even know where to begin when setting up a system. Yeah, there are basic parts, but which ones? Is it best to stick with a brand name? Is there a certain size to buy? And how can the system stay safe if there's a leak?"

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SilverStone Temjin TJ10
"Last year we reviewed the SilverStone Temjin TJ09, which was an incredible EATX chassis and the best that we had seen all year. Well, half way through 2007 at Computex Taipei we caught our first glimpse of the Temjin TJ10 and now in August we finally have our hands on this beautiful-looking computer enclosure. The Temjin TJ10 takes the winning TJ09 design but incorporates several improvements. What are these changes for the TJ10 and is this case worth the $320+ price tag? We'll tell you in the world's first review of the SilverStone TJ10-BW."

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QNAP TS-109 Pro @ Bjorn3D
"Here at Bjorn3D, we have reviewed many NAS from various vendors, ranging from QNAP, Synology, Sans Digital, to Vantec. One thing that is certain is that each new product comes to our lab is packed with more features and most of the time, much more user-friendly. This makes NAS a great addition to any home user with multiple computers. Many of these NASes are virtually maintenance-free and the installation process is as easy as hooking up a few cables to the hard drive."

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A Fire In The Head @ TrustedReviews
"With a pair of Grado Labs Prestige Series SR325i headphones in one hand and an itty bitty headphone amp in the other, Jon proves that you don't need to spend thousands of pounds to get truly Hi-Fi sound. In fact, for under £500, anyone can enjoy audiophile results."

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Epson Insight Day @ TrustedReviews
"TrustedReviews is invited to sunny Spain to learn first hand about Epson's new Claria and Durabrite Ultra ink technologies and look at its new printer range."

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Blue Dragon @ TrustedReviews
"Don't go into Blue Dragon expecting Final Fantasy. Instead, think of a big, brash, Japanese cartoon, stuffed with warmth and charm, and structured around some brilliantly engineered gameplay."

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Zerotherm ZT-100 High Performance Thermal Grease Review @ Tweaknews.net
"ZEROtherm has a great product in its ZT-100 thermal grease. It performs on par with the best in its class and is easy to apply. It’s also available for sale now and competitively priced at around $6 for the 3.5g package. The included finger cot applicator is re-useable and widely available should the user need additional units."

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CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W LCD UPS
"The CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W LCD UPS, designed for mid to high-end computer systems, features dynamic line conditioning and an Intelligent LCD diagnostic display. Real-time system vitals can be viewed from this display and the unit can be conveniently mounted in a workstation cabinet or directly on the desktop. The CP1500AVRLCD also guards against surges/spikes, and offers battery backup in the event of brownouts or total power loss. Benchmark Reviews tests to see just how well the 1500 VA UPS compares to the competition, and crowns a new king of the hill."

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Modders-Inc/Ultra Giveaway
"Modders-Inc.com and Ultra Products has teamed together once again to bring you a great giveaway that is simple to enter and easy to win; what more could you ask for! Modders-Inc is going to kick it up a notch with 3 winners and the grand prize will be a total of all 3 great prizes worth over $300.00 USD (MSRP)!"

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
GlobalSat GPS Data Logger DG-100 Review @ Digital Trends
"The DG-100 is a GPS data logger that, when turned on, pings a satellite network to track and log its location on earth."

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LG GSA-H62N SATA Dual Layer DVD-Writer Review
"Serial ATA optical drives are now readily available, and the timing couldn't be better as motherboards are quickly loosing the last vestiges of the IDE connector. Parallel IDE has been on the outs forever, but optical drives have only recently adopted SATA to replace it. For the longest time Plextor was the only optical drive manufacturer that offered SATA DVD and CD-ROM drives. Those drives were priced at three to four times what regular optical drives cost... but now it's easy to find an Serial ATA optical drive for under $40. Newer, faster, cheaper - that's the PC industry!"

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Review: Corsair Survivor 8GB Flash Drive @ GideonTech.com
"The front of the package describes a few of the extreme highlights that come with this flash memory drive. Features like anti-shock and water-resistant operation are main selling points. The water resistant feature is a nice one to anyone that has washed their flash drives by accident in the washer or having your kids throw it into the fish tank."

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Technic3D/ Logitech G15
"The Logitech G15 Keyboard arrived Technic3D. The big brother from the G11 with Display better for Gamer?. Technic3D will see that in the following Review."

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Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard Review
"The Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard really shines when it comes to overclocking. Intel's P35 Express is a great overclocking chipset and the Biostar board was able to reach an incredible 512 MHz FSB! Just imagine the overclocking possibilities with a board like this and a screamer like the 1333MHz FSB Intel Core 2 Duo E6750!"

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2GB Corsair 1800MHz DOMINATOR CL7 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The DDR3 memory kit we will be looking at today from Corsair is one of the very first 2GB 1800MHz CL7 memory kits that use highly screened Micron ICs that have been found to offer great timings and high clock frequencies. The Corsair Twin3X2048-1333C9DHX memory kit that we reviewed last month was built using Qimonda memory ICs and with 9-9-9-24 timings it was found to have the loosest timings of all the memory kits involved in the roundup. Fast forward one month later and Corsair now has a kit running with 7-7-7-20 timings at 1800MHz..."

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ECS G33T-M2 (V1.0) Intel G33 mATX Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"ECS has released a new mATX motherboard based on the Intel G33 chipset, their model number G33T-M2 (V1.0). This motherboard offers a budget conscious solution for "ultra slim multimedia systems" that leaves a few of the G33 chipset's capabilities on the shelf for the higher priced boards to offer. It is not geared towards serious gamers and enthusiasts, but it also isn't a lightweight."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 @ TrustedReviews
"Launched last month, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 has the largest zoom range you can currently find on a digital compact, with a huge 18x Carl Zeiss lens equivalent to 18-504mm, as well as the acclaimed MegaOIS image stabilisation system. But has the new Venus Engine III processor managed to beat the usual Panasonic bugbear of image noise?"

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Sony VPL-VW100 Projector @ TrustedReviews
"Any Sony fanatics with the necessary readies to afford a VW100 - including its potentially stratospheric running costs - can buy one safe in the knowledge that they'll be blown away by what it's capable of. But although its colours are slightly more natural at times, overall we can't honestly say that the VW100 outperforms JVC's DLA-HD1..."

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Sony VAIO VGN-CR11Z/R @ TrustedReviews
"Overall the CR11Z/R, and the whole CR series, is another excellent example of Sony design and quality. Fine, it's not the cheapest out there but then nothing in this class looks or feels quite as good, which adds its own sense of value beyond that of simply specs and raw speed."

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Antec P182 Performance One Elite Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With the P182 chassis, Antec has proved that, “If it ain't broke, you can probably still fix it!” They've taken the proven P180 chassis, gotten rid of a few superfluous features, added some very nice convenience and appearance features and kept the quiet cooling performance that made the P180 such a great case. The new look, with its gun-metal gray panels is a big improvement and the cable management features are a welcome improvement over the original."

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bit-tech News: BioShock Gameplay Review
"For all the fancy gameplay elements and attention to detail though, //BioShock is still a game about a story. There's no multiplayer side which will give the game extra life either, so the story is doubly important. Talking about the game's story is something made incredibly difficult thanks to the spoiler-free nature of this article, but you don't need to worry and we won't give in to the over-whelming urge to tell all. Let it only be said that the game's over-arching plot is full of twists, turns and emotional //grab you by the short and curlies then yank you out of your chair moments. The story, which is told in first person by an utterly silent narrator, is told not just through cutscenes either. Audio logs litter the ruins of Rapture, just as in //System Shock 2 or the much less inspiring //Doom 3."

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SOYO ST-SYLA04 FreeStyler 600 BlueTooth Mono Headset Review
"Everyday I see more people talking on cell phones with wireless hands-free devices, but the days of having a wire attached to your phone to have a hands free conversation are almost gone. Now Bluetooth headsets are the choice of many for hands-free solutions, as a matter of fact I can’t remember the last time I saw someone with a wire attached to their cell phone. Most people have retired their wires and now just talk on their phones or use Bluetooth headsets. Introducing the FreeStyler 600 Bluetooth V2.0 headset, SOYO has made a product that is easy to use and is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled cell phone. Currently, the majority of newer cell phones are equipped to handle Bluetooth devices, making Bluetooth hands-free headsets an option for most. In this review, SOYO’s Freestyle 600 headset is examined."

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Monday, August 20, 2007
ASUS Radeon HD 2600PRO Preview
"Two weeks ago we looked at the Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB from Sapphire Technology and in preparation for the new ATI/AMD Linux display driver coming soon, today we are previewing the ASUS EAH2600PRO 256MB graphics card. This PCI Express graphics card has HDMI output support with HDCP compliance, OpenGL 2.0 support, and its core runs at 600MHz with a 1000MHz memory clock. Distinguishing this graphics card from the reference ATI Radeon HD 2600PRO is claims that this ASUS cooling solution is 20 degrees Celsius cooler than the reference model."

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Depths of Peril Game Review @ Techdomain
"Today we take a look at something that has the potential to be a fresh outlook on the slightly tired RPG scene. Does Depths of Peril live up to its promise, or is it another clone that will end up gathering dust on your HDD? Also, before I get to mention it, we have a demo release available, so you can get your hands on that too!"

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Review @ Digital Trends
"Casio Exilim EX-Z77 camera has a special YouTube capture mode that let's you make videos specifically for the video site."

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ThinkPad T61p Review at XYZ Computing
"People who demand more from their notebook than an internet connection, a screen, and a keyboard and who are less concerned about weight can get a surprising amount of power from the right machine. Today's processors and large amounts of RAM can be combined with high resolution displays to make for notebooks that have all the power you would need yet is still able to be moved around. The notebook we will be looking at in this article is the ThinkPad T61p from Lenovo. This is the high performance version of the ThinkPad T61, the first notebook from Lenovo to use Intel's Santa Rosa platform. The T61p is essentially an upgraded version of the T61 with certain options that are mandatory and a number of performance benefits over the rest of the ThinkPad line. This is the most powerful ThinkPad currently available- and ever released- so it's been highly awaited by tech professionals and all sorts of demanding mobile users."

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Technic3D/Hiper TypeM Mk II 730W
"The new Hiper TypeM Mk II 730W with USB (HPU-5M730-SE)PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a PSU with a USB-Hub and Power-only USB-connection. The PSU Ready for the T3D Eco Award and enough power for High-End PCs?"

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ECS G33T-M2 Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS G33T-M2 motherboard proved to be a stable platform to build a system around and had solid performance numbers to go along with the stability. If you don't need any PATA drives then this Micro-ATX motherboard should fit the bill..."

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ePower Technology EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU Review
"It was almost a year ago when Benchmark Reviews first witnessed 1.0 kilowatt power supply units on the market. Around that same time, people were testing their SLi and CrossFire setups, and with rumor of Quad-SLi later becoming a reality it seemed like everyone would be using this much power into the future. Looking back, I am thankful the motherboard manufacturers essentially killed this idea, since it really seems rediculous to need four video cards for anything. But for those who live and die by the virtual sword (gaming), there are cost-friendly solutions such as the ePower Technology EP-1200P10 xScale 1200W PSU."

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I4U: 50 inch Hitachi P50S601 1080p Plasma HDTV Review
"With great image quality, multiple HD and SD component inputs and a motorized swiveling stand the P50S601 HDTV from Hitachi is one of the best HDTV sets that I have tested. A built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner combines digital and analog channels into one tuner. Hitachi also provides three customized settings for each input that allows you to match the picture to the viewing environment. This allows for a brighter picture during the day when the viewing environment tends to be brighter and a dimmer display at night when not as much brightness is needed."

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review
"The coolest thing about the new 1333MHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors like the E6750 is its overclocking capability! The previous Core 2 Duo CPU generation could reach 3.4-3.6 GHz without much difficulty, but the new 'G0' stepping can do even better. The Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 PCSTATS tested was able to hit a spectacular 3.8 GHz while the stock Intel heatsink. We've already read reports online of other benchmarkers who have achieved close to 4 GHz on air cooling!"

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bit-tech News: HIS Radeon HD 2600 XT IceQ Turbo GDDR3
"At around £75 (inc. VAT), the card is around £10 cheaper than Sapphire's GDDR4-based 2600 XT. Based on the differences in performance and price, the HIS 2600 XT IceQ Turbo GDDR3 looks like a bargain compared in isolation to the Sapphire HD 2600 XT GDDR4. However, when you throw the 8600 GT into the mix, for which a standard clocked card can be purchased for around £5 less than HIS's card, and the decision becomes a little trickier. The Radeon X1950 Pro is a better buy at the moment because of the lack of compelling DX10 content available at the moment. However, that could change at the end of the week when potentially the biggest game of the year (which comes complete with DX10 support) is released. Waiting until then would be advisable in our opinion, but if you're dead set on buying a DirectX 10 card today, both the GeForce 8600 GT and Radeon HD 2600 XT should deliver respectable performance in upcoming DX10 titles. The question is though, whether that DX10 gaming experience will be better than the DX9 experience achievable on a Radeon X1950 Pro -- that is something we hope will become clearer over the next couple of weeks."

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Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones @ techPowerUp
"Zalman's latest ZM-RS6F USB headphones are based on a C-Media USB sound card and a 5.1 capable headset that can do real surround sound. The whole unit has been built to deliver a maximum of comfort while still being rugged and easy to transport. Another plus is that it is quite affordable when compared to other solutions with similar features."

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ASUS Blitz Formula @ Bjorn3D
"We have had our review sample of the ASUS Blitz Formula for the past three weeks. Rather than rushing to be the first kids on the block with a review of this new board we opted to wait until all our preferred test conditions could be met. Namely we wanted to perform all our tests at the native 1333MHz speed this board supports, ergo we were delayed by waiting for our new processor to arrive. We feel the wait was worth it and hope you'll enjoy our findings as much as we enjoyed gathering them."

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Etymotic Research ety8 Bluetooth Earphones @ TrustedReviews
"Etymotic Research has produced the only set of wireless earphones that I would be willing to use. The sound quality is better than I ever imagined it would be, even with a name like Etymotic on the box, and the remote control of the player/phone is also very cool."

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OQO Model 02 Ultra Mobile PC @ TrustedReviews
"The OQO Model 02 clearly isn't for everyone. But if you need more power than a smartphone, want a built-in keyboard and the power of a Windows PC in your pocket, then it's a straight fight between the OQO and Sony's UX1XN. The latter is the more powerful and fully featured device but OQO's Model 02 has taken the desirability of the original model up a notch and has made it much more usable."

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transtec PROVIGO 210 Mini-SAN @ TrustedReviews
"The Mini-SAN delivers a fair amount of storage for the price and superior management tools to Netgear's SC101T. Performance won't worry most iSCSI products but it is faster than a lot of NAS appliances. It's not perfect, but this is the best implementation of Zetera's Z-SAN technology currently available."

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Seagate FreeAgent Pro Hard Drive Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Last week, we reviewed Seagate's FreeAgent Go portable hard drive, and came away impressed with the unit. Today, we have the company's FreeAgent Pro in our lab, and it, too, appears to be another successful product in Seagate's product line. Unlike the FreeAgent Go, the Pro offers a standalone, NAS alternative to more complicated units. And while the company promises 24/7 connectivity, it's a bit complicated, and technically not the case. Allow us to explain."

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Planon DocuPen RC800 Handheld Scanner Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Today, I learned that VMware has arrived for the Mac. Great, so now we have VMware entering a space that Parallels and Cross Over Office has long since dominated in! Who cares, seriously? If VMware, or any other virtualization option, wanted to really make some worthwhile headlines, it would need to close a deal with Apple allowing users to use OS X on a Windows desktop without violating Apple's EULA."

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Linux-Styled Software Installation For Windows? @ OSWeekly.com
"With any Debian-based distribution of Linux, nothing rocks harder than being able to copy and paste a ton of text into a Linux shell and then watch as a bundle of open source applications are installed. Enter Win-Get for Windows."

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Windows Tech Writers Wrong About Linux @ OSWeekly.com
"At least we are making some progress in the field of Windows using tech writers speaking with any level of clarity about Linux as a viable alternative. Yet as good as the article linked above is, its writer is wrong with one seriously flawed statement."

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Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac: Who Needs It? @ OSWeekly.com
"Software release delays are just a part of life in the technology industry. No matter how set a particular company or developer may be on unleashing new software title or update by a certain time, that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re going to reach their goal. Any number of things can crop up at the last moment and cause an unexpected delay, so it’s always good to take release dates in the software industry with a grain of salt. Just think, Apple had to delay Leopard until October, and Microsoft has had to delay... well, everything. You’ll be interested to know that they’re at it again."

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OS X On A Windows PC @ OSWeekly.com
"Today, I learned that VMware has arrived for the Mac. Great, so now we have VMware entering a space that Parallels and Cross Over Office has long since dominated in! Who cares, seriously? If VMware, or any other virtualization option, wanted to really make some worthwhile headlines, it would need to close a deal with Apple allowing users to use OS X on a Windows desktop without violating Apple's EULA."

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Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Review @ Digital Trends
"The Logitech Wave keyboard slopes downward to give you a truly ergonomic experience. But does it work?"

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Sunday, August 19, 2007
bit-tech News: Chicks dig RAM
"The beauty of it is, back in 2000 and 2001, 512MB was a LOT - enough that Windows 2000 only used about 15-20 percent of it at max. Often, the computer would idle with barely over 10 percent used. We could say that Win2k was efficient, but I think the more proper word is"

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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Linux For Older PC Hardware
"At Phoronix we are constantly running Linux benchmarks with quad-core and even octal-core systems with more than enough RAM and all of the latest and greatest hardware from the chipsets to the graphics cards. However, with an increasing number of new Linux users trying out Linux for the first time on their old computers, we have been asked to conduct some benchmarks using popular desktop Linux distributions on older hardware. We have done just that as we try out Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, and SimplyMEPIS with an old Intel Northwood system."

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Overclock3D Content: Asus 2600XT and 2600Pro - ATI mid range performance
"ATI's mid-range was filled out after the release of the 2900XT. We take a look at the 2600 series with two cards from Asus. See how they do inside..."

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The Noctua NF-S12 and the NFR8 Silent fans Review @
"Today I shall be taking a look at a product from Noctua that promises to be the answer to those seeking that silent dream. The Noctua NF- S12 and the NF – R8. We only got one NF – S12 (120mm) as we know most 120mm fans can be run silently, but on the R8 we decided to get 3 of these in to replace a complete set of fans in one rather loud UV acrylic case. Trust me even with the quiet golf ball fan there is still a slight hum of fan noise, so let us see if the Noctua’s can give me even more piece and quiet shall we."

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Friday, August 17, 2007
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
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Akasa Integral P2NES 2.5" IDE/SATA @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa Integral PNES is one of the first 2.5 inch external enclosures which can either utilize an IDE or SATA drive. This also results in a USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity, which makes the P2NES perfect for anybody with na eSATA equipped PC at home or work and a USB 2.0 equipped notebook"

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bit-tech News: The World of Indie Games
"The best thing about indie games nowadays though is the way they are spreading to other systems and are being encouraged by some of the major developers, like Microsoft. Microsoft in particular is going crazy for indie developers and cheaply giving away support and assets to indie game makers who want to sign up to the XNA Creators Club. Doing so allows designers to create their own games, with the hope of distributing them on Xbox Live and becoming the next Geometry Wars. But Microsoft isn't alone in the way it is encouraging indie developers. Nintendo too is eager to entice bedroom-based game designers to the Wii and is encouraging developers to make 'WiiWare' games which will build on the unique and lower-end appeal of the Wii as a console."

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SimpleTech SimpleDrive @ Bjorn3D
"Many times a simple USB flash drive just isn't the right tool for the job. Other times, writable optical media isn't the best choice either. Sometimes you need something a little more robust; a little more refined. Sometimes you need an external hard drive. SimpleTech, recently aquired by Fabrik Inc., has just released the SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive, a sleek, stylish and effective means of providing plenty of storage in a highly portable configuration. Here is what SimpleTech has to say about their SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive:"

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Thermalright HR-05 IFX SLI Chipset Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I was on the Thermalright website looking for more information on the HR-05 SLI when I saw the latest version, the HR-05 IFX SLI. It wasn't listed on any online stores, and I didn't see any published reviews, so we contacted them and they agreed to send over a review sample of this brand new chipset cooler. The IFX version is fairly similar to the original HR-05 SLI, but the new "Wild Fire" design catches your eye as something different right away."

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Kodak EasyShare C743 @ TrustedReviews
"The Kodak EasyShare C743's low price may be a temptation, but don't be fooled; it actually represents extremely poor value for money. The meagre list of features, horrible zoom control, slow performance, appalling low-light ability, limited battery life and very poor image quality will prove to be a major disappointment for anyone unlucky enough to find themselves in possession of this camera. If the C-series is going the way of the Dodo then the C743 will not be missed."

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RIM BlackBerry 8820 @ TrustedReviews
"With the 8820, RIM has essentially taken an already fantastic business tool and by adding Wi-Fi, made it even better. It's what the 8800 should have been from the start."

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Kodak EasyShare 5500 @ TrustedReviews
"This machine, at twice the price of the EasyShare 5300, is not as impressive as the cheaper model. While the ADF and duplexer are useful additions for office use, the scanner takes a while to warm up and the duplexer takes a while to turn the paper over and prevents the printing of headers close to the top of a page. Printing is slow, too and although the quality is quite good overall, it's only the promise of low-cost photo prints which should swing you in its favour."

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I4U: Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse Review
"The MX Air feels a lot like the Wii remote in use and has surprisingly good accuracy both in normal use on a desk and in the air. The Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse is a low profile, narrow design that uses glossy black plastic and shiny chrome trim on the bottom. The mouse matches pretty well with the Logitech DiNovo Edge keyboard, but would match better if Logitech had used brushed silver rather than shiny silver."

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The Most Anticipated Games of Winter 2007 @ Benchmark Reviews
"The summer didn't exactly bring all of the DirectX 10 sizzle we hoped for, but this winter is looking like things will really begin to heat up for gamers. Benchmark Reviews walks though five of the most anticipated video games ending 2007. We have: World in Conflict, Medal Of Honor: Airborne, Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, and Assassin's Creed. Feast your eyes on some of the most exciting games to hit the widescreen!"

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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Callpod Chargepod Review @ Digital Trends
"The Chargepod lets you charge up to 6 devices, including MP3 players, cell phones and GPS systems, all at once."

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Overclock3D Content: Asus Blitz Extreme P35 Socket 775 Motherboard
"After the success of Asus' first P35 chipset motherboard, we've been given the opportunity to test the tweaked out "Republic of Gamers" version affectionately known as the Blitz. Will it come out all guns blazing or bomb it big time? Read on to find out."

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Zalman ZM-DS4F @ techPowerUp
"Zalman first showed their compact ZM-DS4F headphones at Computex. The headphones are designed in an Apple white and can be folded together for easy transportation. Inside you will find two individual audio drives per ear cup which improves sound quality a lot. Actually, it will be hard to find a better set of headphones in the sub-$30 price range."

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2GB Kingston ultra low-latency 1375MHz CL5 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston ultra low-latency PC3 1375MHz DDR3 HyperX memory modules have shown that lower CAS latencies deliver better performance in our benchmark testing. While other memory companies have been aiming to reach higher clock frequencies, Kingston has been busy working on screening Elpida memory ICs to offer tighter timings and it seems to have paid off as they are the only ones with CL5 memory at PC3-10666 or PC3-11000 speeds...."

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Aerocool FP-01 55-in-1 Multifunction Panel with Card Reader Review @ Bigbruin.com
"5.25" bay devices are like high tech Swiss Army knives, and the capabilities have grown to the point where the number of functions that can be squeezed into a small patch of real estate on the front of a case is really rather crazy... The item up for review takes multi-tasking to a new level by incorporating a digital display with controls/alarms for three fans and three temperature sensors, with a 55-in-1 multimedia card reader, a USB port, and an eSATA connection. In my opinion, one of the best things about it is that all of these items fit into just one 5.25" bay without looking cluttered."

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bit-tech News: Thermaltake's MaxOrb and V1 CPU coolers
"Neither of these heatsinks are outright cheaper than the competition, but they are both available around the ?30 mark - this is certainly a viable cost to anyone looking for a performance cooler. The MaxOrb is on the right side of that ?30 depending where you shop and offers a marginally better performance, although it is physically larger. But does that matter? It still fits on every board we tried it on and even though the mounting is a bit of a hassle at first, once the clips are on/screws are in, it's job done in five minutes. Pop the kettle on and have a brew waiting for when you've finished. The V1 has more intuitive and accessible clips, whereas the Orb needs clips and a screw retention, but the beauty of the MaxOrb is that the retention clips don't need forcefully pushing into the motherboard because they are just used to mount the surrounding plate. All in all, set the fan to medium-low and both will cool fantastically well for a very reasonable investment of around ?30. Both provide a great cooler for the investment, but the MaxOrb simply looks great in a case and despite being a pain to install, once in, it performs better than the V1 with a similar amount of (low) noise."

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bit-tech News: i31 Photo Roundup
"If you're unfamiliar with the i-Series, it's the UK's largest LAN party and is currently held three times per year at Newbury's racecourse. The events are organised and hosted by Multiplay, and other events, like the World Cyber Games are usually thrown into the mix as well, because most of the gamers involved in WCG attend the i-Series events too. i31 took place last weekend at the same time as this year's World Cyber Games UK qualifiers, and it happened to be Multiplay's largest ever i-Series event, with over 1,300 gamers present. It's fair to say that the gaming market is considered quite a lucrative on by many hardware manufacturers, as it's essentially games that drive most of us to upgrade our PCs."

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Thermaltake WingRS 101 Mid Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For a basic computer build, the Wing RS case is a good choice. It has a simple but sleek look and installing drives doesn’t get any easier. The price is right too at around $50 US."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Review @ Digital Trends
"T-Mobile @Home is a hybrid of cell phone service and wireless calling that uses both Wi-Fi and GSM networks."

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Myvu Personal Media Viewer @ techPowerUp
"Watching video on an iPod is nice, but sometimes it can be difficult. The Myvu Personal Media Viewer allows the user to view video by looking through a set of glasses, putting the display up in front wherever the user looks. Add in a set of noise-reducing earbuds and the Myvu Personal Media Viewer is the perfect iPod accessory for the frequent traveler or a college dorm."

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Technic3D/Silentmaxx FrostBite Pro
"The Silentmaxx FrostBite Pro CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. High-End Cooling and this very silent? See you in the following Review the Cooler against others CPU Cooler."

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Open-Source ATI Driver Gets TV-Out Support [How-To Guide]
"Thanks to recent commits in the RandR 1.2 branch for the open-source X.Org Radeon driver, it's now possible to use S-Video and composite TV output on your ATI graphics card without any patches. This is not limited to the R200 series but will also work with the R300 series and theoretically any graphics card supported by the xf86-video-ati driver. In this guide have outlined the instructions for enabling TV output support from the Radeon driver git code as well as some of the current limitations."

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bit-tech News: Blacksite: Area 51 preview
"Blacksite: Area 51 is set to be shaping up rather nicely then. There’s the promise of a fully developed and beautifully realised story here thanks to the involvement of industry figureheads like Harvey Smith and Susan O’Connor and the utterly magnificent UE3 engine which ties it all together into one gorgeous package. More important than any of the additions to the game and the improvements to the engine though are the things that have been pulled back and ripped out of the original template."

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Cascading the Nautilus 500 @ Bjorn3D
"Anyone over the age of twenty-one might remember a fun commercial for a doublemint gum whose message was double your pleasure, double your fun. It showed two young twin ladies, two young puppies, etc. Basically, things were better in two's This idea has been adopted by the computer industry with open arms. Two cores in a CPU, two sockets in a motherboard, two video cards in tandem. Heck even hard drives are getting in on the double action with RAID. Sadly though heatsinks have been left out of the party (How would you fit two Tuniq Towers on a CPU anyway?). Well today we are going to have a bit of fun. We are going to see what two Corsair Nautilus 500 kit's can do for us when it comes time to party. We recently reviewed the Nautilus 500 here and found it to be an exceptionally easy unit to install and offered excellent cooling and value."

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Creative Zen Vision W 30GB Media Player @ TrustedReviews
"Creative's Zen Vision W is a capable media player, despite some flaws. The wide screen is bright and does a fine job of displaying movies. Audio performance is excellent and size-wise it really isn't that bad, though if I was being picky I'd have liked it to be a touch slimmer. £215 is also very reasonable for a widescreen player with so much capacity."

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Trauma Center: Second Opinion @ TrustedReviews
"A good DS game makes a great Wii title. Like House without the bitter wisecracks or ER without all the personal growth nonsense, Second Opinion is a hugely enjoyable chunk of medical melodrama."

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 @ TrustedReviews
"The megapixel arms race is on again, with the introduction of a new generation of 12MP digital compact cameras from several major manufacturers. This is Sony's take on the the idea, featuring a Carl Zeiss 3x zoom lens and image stabilisation. But is more really better?"

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Seagate FreeAgent Go Hard Drive Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Segate's FreeAgent series of hard drives are an excellent way to protect your data without the need for a complicated NAS storage device, which is great for beginners who may find working with NAS devices somewhat complicated. The FreeAgent Go is the smallest external drive of its series and promises a multitude of features and topnotch performance at affordable prices. FreeAgent Go is available in three flavors: 80GB, 120GB and 160GB (our evaluation unit) and the only differentiating factor between the three is their storage size, naturally."

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SanDisk Cruzer Contour Drive Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"To keep up with the rest of the industry, SanDisk has added another flash drive to its existing portfolio, the Cruzer Contour. It's an interesting new drive, to say the least, with an updated design and better performance. The design is perhaps one of the most intuitive ones we have seen in a while. Essentially, it's based around the slider design with a slight twist. You need to slide the drive backward and then forward to access the USB connector, and slide it forward and then backward to insert it back."

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Firefox On Windows: Zero Day Concerns Have Arrived @ OSWeekly.com
"For many people using Firefox on Windows XP, this should prove to be a real eye opener. So when Vista users are complaining about the 'hassle' of the UAC popping up, consider what happens when there is no layer of security to slow embedded nasties from doing bad things to your PC."

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Leopard Finally Gets UNIX Certified @ OSWeekly.com
"When most casual users of OS X hear in passing that the operating system is based on UNIX, they don’t give it a second thought. To them, it can be built on anything as long as it works. After all, when you don’t fully understand something like UNIX, you can’t really appreciate it. In fact, many of you probably know enough to know that an OS based on UNIX is a good thing, but to the UNIX fanatics out there, the stability, security, and compatibility is big deal. They live for this stuff."

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Vista Paranoia Running Deep @ OSWeekly.com
"Whether or not this is a reality is actually beside the point. What I think is interesting is how people are putting much of their concern into Vista and less into Google. Both companies maintain different behaviors that, at the end of the day, provide questionable levels of privacy. But to charge Microsoft with 'contributing to making domestic spying' seems rather silly to me. Not because they would or wouldn't do it, rather because better information would be be gathered over Hotmail and MSN searches."

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In Defense of Microsoft: Thank You @ OSWeekly.com
"As a full time Linux user and someone who in the past has expressed concern over some of the choices Microsoft has made, this attempt by one single Digg.com user really irks me. Not considering the repercussions of stating something so completely untrue as fact, I honestly have a real problem with the following statement..."

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Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler Review
"A thermo-electric cooler (TEC), also known as a Peltier Cooler, is a solid-state active heat pump capable of transferring heat from one side of the device to the other. The Ultra ULT33186 ChillTec CPU cooler uses a TEC, sandwiched between two copper plates, each plate with four heat-pipes leading to a large fan cooled radiator. Ideal for hardcore cooling, Benchmark Reviews will discover the potential advantages over standard air cooling solutions, and weigh the ChillTec against a large collection of competitors."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
D-Link DIR-660 Limited Edition Review @ Digital Trends
"D-Link's sassy new"

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Antec Sonata III ATX Enclosure Reviewed at Metku.net
"Antec Sonata-series cases have been popular amongst the enthusiast for years already and now the series has reached its third version. It's interesting to see if and how Antec has managed to futher-improve the already pretty through-tought product."

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QNAP TS-109 Pro Turbo Station @ techPowerUp
"Nowadays a lot of people have a dedicated home server for data storage, downloads or both. The TS-109 Pro is the latest fully featured NAS server by QNAP, it allows you to house everything your home-serving heart requires in a little box without making your energy bill go through the roof. Among the included features are Gigabit Ethernet, BitTorrent Downloader, Apache+PHP+MySQL Server, FTP and more. Since the system is based on Linux it can also be customized to suit more advanced users."

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Nigerian 419 SCAM: Now the Music Video!?
"It was bound to happen, a musician in Nigeria by the name of Nkem Owoh has made a music video and posted it to YouTube about the whole Nigerian 419 Scam thing... cause inevitably ex-Minister what's-his-face always fails to transfer that $28,000,000 he stole from his government to your neighbourhood bank account... I wonder why?"

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ECS P35T-A Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the ECS P35T-A being a solid mainstream board we can only hope that ECS does something special with the Intel X38 Express Chipset to give the gaming enthusiast community something to look forward to! When the ECS P35T-A becomes available in the market it will offer the best price versus performance ratio of any Intel P35 Express boards on the market, but make sure it has the features you want as to get the price this low ECS had to trim some of the features off..."

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Xclio 3060 Plus ATX Case with 36cm Fan Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Xclio was one of the first manufacturers to incorporate oversized fans in their cases when they released the A380 Super Tower Case with two 25cm fans. Now they have released the 3060 Plus, a mid-tower case with a 36cm fan on the side panel! Let's take a look at this case, and see whether the incredibly large case fan offers any benefits."

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bit-tech News: AMD ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR4 vs. Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
"Neither the GeForce 8600 GT and Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR4 deliver a good enough gaming experience to give the previous generation cards a run for their money in the variety of games we've tested here. Sadly, there's no compelling DirectX 10 content out there at the moment and that's a good enough reason to stay away from these cards for the time being. If you're on a tight budget and need to buy a graphics card for around £80 today, we'd recommend looking at the Radeon X1950 Pro as it'll offer a consistently better gaming experience than the new mid-range cards from AMD and Nvidia. If AMD and Nvidia's promises of DirectX 10 content that performs well on mid-range hardware hold true, this may change in the future. However, we're unable to predict what might happen when in the future - at least on the performance front. Finally, if you're a movie buff, you'll probably find the new HD video acceleration features in both of these new GPUs cool -- we do too. Sadly though, the current 24-bit colour depth limitation in Windows means that your HD movie playback device is not only going to cost more than a set top box, but it's also not going to be able to match their feature set."

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bit-tech News: Crysis hands-on preview
"One of the major talking points since we first previewed //Crysis was the sheer quality of the graphics. On that front, //Crysis most definitely delivers and even though we were merely playing the DirectX 9.0 version of the game, it's easily one of the best looking games we've ever played - if not the best outright. The lighting was stunning, especially when you went for a swim - the rays of light and reflections from the water on the sea bed were breathtaking. Of course, lighting on its own is all well and good, but it's never going to deliver a truly immersive experience without some good shadows. It's lucky, then, that //Crysis also delivers on that front too - the shadows are right up there with the lighting effects and really helped to make for an immersive experience."

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Sony Bravia KDL-32D3000 LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"In terms of features and specifications the 32D3000 is a huge step forward from previous Bravia LCDs - and there are definite picture performance benefits too. Yet we just can’t shake the feeling that with some of the features appearing somewhat wasted on a set as small as this, perhaps the 32D3000’s slightly premium price is more than you really need to pay for a good 32in TV."

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Sapphire HD 2900 XT 1024MB DDR4 @ TrustedReviews
"It seems ATI made the right decision when it chose not to ship HD 2900 XTs with 1024MB of memory. While doubling the memory quota does improve performance by a small margin, it is nowhere near enough to justify the increase in cost the extra memory would have demanded."

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Terratec Noxon 2 Radio for iPod @ TrustedReviews
"An interesting concoction of music technologies, offering internet radio, FM radio, network audio, and an iPod dock. However, it has fussy looks and minor build issues and the cheap remote disappoint for a £200 product. Browsing large collections on an iPod via the remote and small screen is also something of a chore."

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Monday, August 13, 2007
Freestyle Audio Fusion DMP 512 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Freestyle Audio 512DMP MP3 player is waterproof to 10 feet, and shock resistant. The ear buds are terrible, and sound quality is even worse."

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Sony HDR-CX7 HD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sony HDR-CX7 records high-definition video to flash based memory. It also features an amazing 10x optical zoom."

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AMD 8.40.4 Display Driver
"Last month marked the introduction of Fedora 7 support with the fglrx 8.39.4 ATI/AMD driver but not much more than that was to be found aside from an undocumented XML file. This driver did also present watermark problems that led to the driver being recalled and a corrected driver being pushed out. Today the fglrx 8.40.4 driver has been released and while many had speculated the 8.40 series would mark the introduction of the new Linux driver code-base, that's not the case for 8.40.4 driver. What changes does the 8.40.4 driver hold in store for Linux users? We'll tell you today but there isn't much."

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Danger Den DD-29XT HD 2900 XT Waterblock @ techPowerUp
"Danger Den is considered to be one of the best companies around when it comes to high performance watercooling hardware. Taking a similar approach used on their previous Tyee waterblock, Danger Den designed a full coverage waterblock for the Radeon HD 2900 Series, the DD-29XT. The waterblock and can cool both the GPU, Memory and Voltage Regulators efficiently and promises dramatic results."

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Super Talent 1GB, 2GB & 4GB USB Flash Memory Drives Review
"Super Talent is better known for its high speed system memory but it also does high speed USB drives and I'm not kidding on the high speed part. Its DH line of USB drives have an impressive 200x speed rating (30MB/s) and from the benchmark results, the USB drives that we tested surpassed that mark by an additional 10%! Write performance was not shabby either hitting 180x speed or 27MB/s!"

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Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review
"In terms of performance the Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H can handle DirectX 9.0 games at resolutions of 1024x768 pretty well. DirectX 10 titles like Call of Juarez and Lost Planet are a bit too much for it though. If you're a big time gamer you might be better served to save up a bit more to get something that's one or two classes higher. If you're just a casual gamer though the GV-NX85T256H should be sufficient. It's also perfectly suitable for running a Windows Vista PC, with all of the eye candy that operating system allows for menus, explorer windows and navigation."

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Technic3D/SolyTech SL-8600EPS 600W
"The SolyTech SL-8600EPS 600W PSU from Antler Group arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a PSU with a blue 140mm Fan. The SolyTech SL-8600EPS 600W PSU the same how the"

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I4U: Kodak EASYSHARE 5300 All-in-One Printer Review
"Today we are taking a look at a great new all-in-one printer from Kodak called the EASYSHARE 5300 All-in-One printer. The biggest feature of the Kodak EASYSHARE 5300 All-in-One Printer is the low cost ink. You can buy a black ink cartridge for only $9.99 and the five color ink cartridge sells for only $4.99. A kit containing one black and one color cartridge is available for $22.99. That is about half what the ink on my Epson RX700 printer costs to purchase."

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Proprietary vs. OSS Software: The Debate Continues @ OSWeekly.com
"Proprietary code powers the world banks, networks, voting machines and other critical applications that we regularly interact with. But the real question is where mission critical applications like this can be done with open source code, as many open source advocates would like to see happen. There are concerns regarding the security of allowing open source applications into the mission critical fields, such as voting and banking, while others believe that with certain implementations, it could be done securely."

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Wi-Gear iMuffs MB210 Wireless Headphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Wireless headphones are the latest in portable audio and for a good reason. Gone are the days of messing with wires. With WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options available on a variety of modern day devices, it's only logical to adapt with changing trends and embrace the future of wireless technologies. Welcome Wi-Gear and its iMuffs MB210 wireless headphones for the beloved iPod music player. iMuffs is the exclusive product in the company's product line thus far, but the company promises to expand with additional devices later in its lifespan."

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Vista's Success Analyzed @ OSWeekly.com
"Unquestionably, Vista has met and perhaps even surpassed most sales expectations. This includes OEM and boxed sales of the new Windows operating system. But what we never hear Microsoft talking about is the level of satisfaction from their customers who elected to purchase this OS. Today, we'll explore this perspective based on my research in this area."

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The Problems With Dual Booting @ OSWeekly.com
"Whether your computer is primarily running Windows, OS X, or Linux, are you or have you ever thought about dual booting two operating systems? It can be done, and why only have one when two are twice as nice, or so they say."

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The Future of OS Widgets @ OSWeekly.com
"Widgets are more than just a passing fad - they’re here to stay. These little doodads have gone from being simple interfaces that quickly display data to becoming interactive tools that are beginning to rival certain traditional software options in a number of important ways. Not only are they hip, but they’re extremely useful, too."

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Why Safari Isn't a Safe Development Platform @ CoolTechZone.com
"Widgets are more than just a passing fad - they’re here to stay. These little doodads have gone from being simple interfaces that quickly display data to becoming interactive tools that are beginning to rival certain traditional software options in a number of important ways. Not only are they hip, but they’re extremely useful, too."

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Medion 6486 PC @ TrustedReviews
"Overall, the Medion 6486 PC is a very well-integrated system, ideally suited to a family home or to an individual, perhaps a student, who wants to experiment with multimedia and have all their PC-based entertainment in one smart box."

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Clive Barker's Jericho - Preview @ TrustedReviews
"Jericho is a strong prospect with a very different atmosphere and some very interesting game mechanics, and it just remains to be seen how well Barker and Mercury Steam can maintain and build momentum across the length of the game. Can they freak you out and raise the tension as well as they can clearly gross you out? For now, Jericho is a game with buckets of blood, but also buckets of potential."

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D-Link DKT-810 ADSL2/2+ Modem Router Starter Kit @ TrustedReviews
"Most starter kits don’t offer big savings as after shopping around we found we could buy both components separately for about £9 more than the cost of the kit. Nevertheless, this partnership is very easy to install and use, offers a comparatively good range of features and is future proofed by D-Link’s enormous guarantee."

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Revoltec Zirconium PC Case @ Bjorn3D
"With variety of cases we are faced with today it isn't easy to pick one. Companies tend to outclass each other in design, latest trends, comfort and price. We see more and more enclosures that take the shape of our hi-fi systems -- size and style wise. Beige and white aren't the only colors being used anymore. Todays scheme concentrates more on black and silver tones with various tints and shades."

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Your First Date With Vbespy
"Jerome Glisse and his posse of open-source developers have been making good progress with an open-source"

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GIGABYTE GT-U8000-RH digital TV Tuner
"This is a Hybrid tuner, which means that it can tune in both analogue and digital DVB-T TV programs. GIGABYTE also has a digital only version, the U7000, which is a physically smaller model. Both models are based on a Dibcom chipset and if this doesn’t say anything to you, then what you should know is that this is one of the best DVB-T chipsets on the market for PC applications. It allows for the device that’s it’s based on to be used on the move, in fact it should work in speeds up to 100km/h (or a little over 60miles/h), so you could in reality use this in your car or onboard most trains which is connected to whatever mobile device you are using that includes a USB port and supported operating system (Windows XP and Vista – both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)."

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Arctic Cooling MX2 Thermal Compound Review @ XtremeComputing
"For those of you who don’t know what a thermal compound does allow me to explain. Its job is to transfer heat as efficiently as possible between a heatsink and a processor (or any other such similar setup). Without a thermal compound in place CPUs would overheat, as there are far too many micro imperfections in the base of a heatsink (and top of a CPU) to be able to effectively transfer heat (not to mention that air trapped between the two would hinder this already poor performance)."

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D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has been lucky enough to receive the D-Link DNS-323. I won't leave much room for surprise: this SATA RAID Gigabit NAS is one hot little number, with plenty of features and performance available at an incredibly affordable price. Are you looking to compare network attached storage devices, or ready to buy? You had better read about the DNS-323 before you make that decision!"

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Sunday, August 12, 2007
Plantronics Voyager 520 Review @ Digital Trends
"The 520 has an entirely new design, superior noise cancellation technology, excellent sound quality, 8 hours talk time and 180 hours standby."

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bit-tech News: Nvidia nForce 680i SLI Lab Update with P30 BIOS
"There's no doubt that if you want ultimate compatibility for the latest processors and 1333MHz FSB then the latest P30 BIOS is a de-facto upgrade. However, it's disappointing that the performance hasn't shown itself to match the claims in virtually every single test. We used the exact same drivers and hardware on both machines so they are as directly comparable as possible, the only difference is the re-branding, however the fundamental board underneath is still the same. * *It's not as if it was limited to one board either, we had two in from EVGA and XFX and both offered the same out the box, so we are pretty certain it's not a"

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Overclock3D Content: XTracPads Ripper XL v2 Mouse Mat
"Running out of mouse surface? Let's see if the XTracPads Ripper XL v2 can remedy your thirst for additional real-estate."

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Saturday, August 11, 2007
bit-tech News: A look at Omega Sektor - the UK's largest LAN gaming centre
"I spent a good ten or twenty minutes talking to these potential customers and the one thing that I found most amazing was that they all believed the games were running on maximum settings, despite the fact that I later showed them it was default settings and that the PC prevented you from pushing the texture detail to high. Still, I pushed the topic forwards and asked them if they would be willing to pay for time in the centre. The answer was a unanimous yes, despite the fact that none of them knew how the centre was to be priced. When I outlined the pricing plan to them, they accepted it as perfectly reasonable given the quality of the hardware and selection of games and services. Herded back into the Omega Sektor-mobile and sent back towards the train station, I was no longer struggling with my conclusions. Omega Sektor had successfully won me over and it wasn’t because of the fancy cars and flowing wine either. Omega Sektor struck a chord with me, making me enthusiastic about competitive gaming again and bringing back the old adrenaline rush which only LAN gaming can deliver. Couple that buzz with the reasonable prices and the backing of companies like Intel and Scan Computers, it’s hard to deny that Omega Sektor is set to be the hub for professional and competitive gaming in the UK."

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Sapphire HD 2900XT 512MB Preview
"There is no R600 Linux driver yet, but as we have shared before it is coming later this year. When the Linux support does arrive, we will be delivering same-day Linux benchmarks with a plethora of different graphics cards as well as seeing if the new AMD Linux driver can finally outperform NVIDIA's binary driver and hardware, which for years has been faster under Linux. Among the many graphics cards that we will be using to deliver these initial benchmarks is the Sapphire Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB. In this preview while being stuck with the old driver, we have a few words to say on Sapphire's fastest 512MB GPU aside from what we had shared in our launch-day Radeon HD 2900XT coverage."

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Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones
"Although it wasn’t long ago we had a look at a pair of Zalman headphones, we’ve already got a new pair for you to check out. Well, new isn’t entirely the truth, as the ZM-RS6Fs arn’t new, they’ve been around for a few years now. What Zalman has done to refresh them is to integrate a USB sound card and add a USB connector on the end of the cable."

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Thermaltake Mozart IP @ techPowerUp
"Today, more and more consumers are adding PCs to their home theater systems. With the goal of using it to watch DVDs, listen to music and surf the Internet, these consumers want something that functions well and looks great. The Thermaltake Mozart IP helps bring all those features to the home theater, with the added bonus of an iPod dock that works with or without the PC powered on. Using the included Media Lab display and iMedian software, many functions are at the user's fingertips with an infrared remote control."

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Intel P35 Motherboards - Five In The Pit
"Now that P35 has been given the all clear and is designed to run with the new 1333MHz FSB CPUs, P35 based boards are hitting the shelves. Today we have five on offer, each from a different company. The purpose is of course to see what is on offer, what is worth your money and who has the best features. Gigabyte, ASUS, ABIT, Foxconn and ECS put their mid-range boards on the chopping block for us, so let’s get stuck into this."

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Friday, August 10, 2007
Technic3D/ XFX 8800 Ultra XXX
"The XFX 8800 Ultra XXX arrived Technic3D. The Graphic Card XFX NVIDIA 8800 Ultra XXX with 675 MHz Core, 1.150 MHz Memory and 1.667 MHz Shader better than others High-End Graphic Cards? Technic3D will see that, on Windows Vista, in the following Review."

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Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H AMD 690G Motherboard Review
"For AMD to succeed in the future, it needs to build a pedigree of inexpensive and fully featured chipsets that draw in users on a budget. After all, we all want to spend the absolute least for the most return, right? With that kind of mind set, a motherboard based on the AMD 690G that offers you good solid performance in WindowsXP or Vista, comes with a built in videocard, and even allows you to output HD movies to a big screen HDTV via one thin HDMI cable... all for under $100 bucks. That kind of feature set is hard to resist, and one of the reasons why the AMD 690G is so popular."

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Gigabyte 8500GT TurboForce (GV-NX85T256HP) @ Bjorn3D
"At a recent briefing for AMD’s latest entry and mid-range cards, the HD2400 and HD2600, I was told an interesting little tidbit that AMD had found out. It turns out that a lot of the customers buying their previous entry-level cards, the X1300, had bought it mainly for playing games. Even AMD was surprised that people would first spend as little as possible on the video card and then buy games each month for 50-100$ instead of buying a few less games and put the saved money on a faster card . It probably is not as strange as it sounds though. We have all seen all those “gaming computers” that are being sold with slow X1300, NVIDIA 7300LE cards or even (shudder) on-board video. How should Joe Average know what is a good gaming card or not?"

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bit-tech News: Metaboli - gaming on demand
"In terms of interface, support and design however, Metaboli is superbly executed and well put together. The system offers detailed system requirements, which is a great advantage. The reader reviews are universally useless and Metaboli would do well to mimic Steam by showing a Metacritic score for the game instead, but the vast majority of titles will already be familiar to most players so it isn’t an immediate problem. It should also be pointed out that the forums were somewhat sparsely populated. When you get right down to the core of it, Metaboli is an incredibly well designed system that comes the closest to rivalling Steam or Gametap to date. Whether it can continue to rise in the ranks and impress gamers remains to be seen as it’s still early days for it, but there’s no reason we can see why Metaboli won’t be the next ‘big thing’. Especially when a glance over the Term and Conditions reveals that it's possible to organise a ?1 trial period."

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HTC P4550 Kaiser Smartphone @ TrustedReviews
"With the P4550, HTC has taken what was already a competent smartphone and thought really hard about how to make it better. The result is a handset that does pretty much everything you could possibly want a handset to do."

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Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS @ TrustedReviews
"The EasyShare Z712 IS is Kodak’s top-of-the-range super-zoom, and it has an impressive specification. Build quality and handling are superb, overall performance is well above average, low light performance is exceptional and the optical image stabilisation system is very effective. Picture quality is generally very good, but it could have been even better if the excellent Schneider-Kreuznach lens wasn’t let down by a small sensor and over-enthusiastic image compression."

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HP Photosmart C5280 All-in-One @ TrustedReviews
"This is a good looking all-in-one, but in comparison with earlier machines we're not happy with the print quality, the noise of the scan head and the lack of a PictBridge socket. For these reasons, the Photosmart C5280 doesn't score as well as we thought it would upon opening the box."

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I4U: Insignia NS-LCD37 37-inch LCD HDTV Review
"If you are looking to get yourself a HDTV set before Football season kicks off, but you don’t want to spend lots of cash the Insignia 37” HDTV is a great choice with a low price and good picture quality. The native resolution is 1366 x 768 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The brightness of the display is 500 cd/m2 and the contrast ratio is 1000:1 A 3D Y/C comb filter is included for better picture quality."

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Thursday, August 9, 2007
Asus Arctic Square CPU Cooler @ Viper Lair
"I like my water-cooling, and in recent years the CPU cooler market has lost it's attraction. However, I was intrigued by the design of the Arctic Square and was hopeful that it might prove to be interesting. Holding it in my hands for the first time I became more than a little concerned that it just wouldn't be able to perform all that well. It was mainly aluminium and quite light considering the size. Testing proved it to be quite the sleeper though, with load temperatures almost as low as the stock coolers idle temperatures."

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Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050 is a 10MP camera featuring a 3x optical zoom and a 2.6-inch LCD display."

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ViewSonic VX2835wm 28 Inch LCD Display Review at XYZ Computing
"The VX2835wm is basically a larger version of the VX2235wm that we reviewed a few weeks ago with a few upgrades here and there. The VX2835wm's cabinet is the same and it still has speakers and a very respectable price point. Since we are already familiar with the VX series, let's take a quick look at how ViewSonic did with their largest and newest display. Looking at the VX2835wm we can see that it is an upgrade to previous VX models. Despite the VX2835wm's larger size, they all feature a similar base, controls, and cabinet, so the only major change that can be observed at a casual glance is the LCD."

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Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 4
"There is about two months left until the final release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but today marks the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 4. New in this alpha release is GNOME 2.19.6, desktop search capabilities through Tracker, fast user switching support, deskbar applet, OpenOffice.org 2.3, AppArmor by default, and a smooth shutdown splash screen. Next week is the feature freeze, upstream version freeze, and the first artwork deadline for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon."

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ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, 2600 Pro and 2600 XT Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"As much as the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 line was a disappointment to gaming enthusiasts on a budget, the AMD HD 2400 and 2600 lines are even more so. Although they offer a great feature set including DirectX 10 capabilities, performance is often times below their last generation of cards on current DX 9 games..."

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bit-tech News: Project Nakamura, Japanese wooden case mod
"After finishing my last case, Yuugou, I was ready to take a break but I got the opportunity I had been waiting for for a long time: to build a case for a paying client. This worked out great because the client wanted a mATX case and that was what I planned on doing next. This case would become a test of not only speed (since I had less than a few months to complete the project) but also my ability to accommodate a client which I felt turned out great in the end."

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ASRock ConRoe1333-DVI/H
"Last month we looked at the ALiveNF7G-HDReady from ASRock, which was a great budget motherboard that had integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7050 graphics that made it suitable for an HTPC or multimedia setup and it came topped with Gigabit LAN support and IEEE-1394 Firewire. We are back with ASRock today as we look at their ConRoe1333-DVI/H motherboard. ASRock's ConRoe1333-DVI/H is based on Intel's 945G Chipset and is compatible with Intel 1333MHz Core 2 Duo processors, uses GMA 950 graphics, and is home to many more features."

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Silverstone ST85F Strider 850W @ techPowerUp
"The Silverstone Strider 850W is a power supply designed with gamers in mind. It comes with a modularity feature and allows up to eight PCI-Express video card connectors to be used. As fan a 135mm variant is employed, together with the high efficiency of 80%+ it allows the unit to be very quiet, considering the maximum power output of 850W."

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In Win BK623 Mt. Jade mATX Case with 300W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The 5.25" drive bay also doubles as part of something best described as a processor isolation chamber. Air is drawn in through the vents in the top of the case, through the removable air filter mounted to the top of the drive bay by the processor's fan, and then it exhausted out of the vents found above the rear I/O panel. This cooling arrangement is another point that reminds me of a BTX setup, as the processor fan doubles as the case cooling fan."

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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition @ Bjorn3D
"Your head hurts, bad. Feels like you've been in a comma for the past thirty years. Your vision is still a little blurry as you open your eyes. What room is this? Look like a hospital room. How did you get here? Doesn't matter, you're safe for the moment. You try to remember what happened but all that's left is the memory of your father's death by the creature called 'Green eye' and the NEVEC corporation's involvement in the Frontier Project. The door to your room opens and man walks in introducing himself as Yuri. Removing a thermal energy (T-eng) coupling from your arm he whispers that this will be our little secret just as two more people walk in. A young woman named Luka and her brother, an eccentric young man named Rick. Seems you were rescued by some snow pirates. Over the next few weeks as you begin to regain your stregnth you hear about plans to attack the Akrid and slow the NEVEC coporation's plans for the Frontier Project. All the snow pirate's need is someone who c!"

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Lenovo ThinkPad T61 @ TrustedReviews
"Compared to the Dell Latitude D630 the ThinkPad T61 looks like poor value, but you do have to look deeper than basic specs. The keyboard on the T61 is staggeringly good, while the extra features like monitor configuration, wireless setup and the ThinkVantage suite add masses of functionality for the end user and IT manager. Add to that the Centrino Pro remote management functionality, and the fact that this is one of the few Santa Rosa based notebooks to actually sport Draft-N Wi-Fi, and the T61 makes a good argument for itself and its price."

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Western Digital 160GB Passport @ TrustedReviews
"The Western Digital Passport is small, stylish, light, cheap and capacious. It may be a little delicate but with a bit of care it should be the perfect portable storage solution."

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Motorola MC 35 Enterprise Digital Assistant @ TrustedReviews
"Rugged or semi-rugged handhelds aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, and have a finite set of markets. Looks are less important than ergonomics, though they shouldn’t be thrown out of the window completely. In this case the looks are pretty uninspiring, but more significantly the mini joystick makes navigation less intuitive than it could be. Maybe Motorola will add a little something to the mix here (though hopefully not flat keyboards). On the plus side, battery life is outstanding, and that’s going to be paramount to the kind of business user who spends most of his time out in the field."

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CarPuter/Car Computer Vauxhall/Opel Astra Coupe Install @ XtremeComputing
"OK where do I start, my Nick is DaveMark and I have been with car PCs since 2000 but back then they were very basic custom made power supplies and bodged wiring and simple MP3 play back. Now in 2007 new products are constantly coming out for in car design, Such as Incar Power supplies, car designed cases & fanless motherboards. All these parts make it much easier to bring computers into cars.."

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
BFG 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB Review,resend w/URL
"The BFG 8800 GTS OC2 is a graphics cardwith some serious-firepower. The card is aimed to interest gamers who are willingly to pay for high performance, but are perhaps not wanting to shell out the top dollar for the pricey pinnacle of GPU technologyright now, the 8800 GTX. Being an overclocked 8800 GTS card with 640 MBs of memory, this BFG offering could be seen as addressing a midway point between the attractive price of a 320 MB-variant 8800 GTS, compared to the expensive performance of a 8800 GTX."

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Article about Europe's largest LAN party, The Campus Party
"There are LAN Gaming events and then there are THE LAN Gaming Events! This article will show you what we experienced in the 11th Campus Party in Valencia, Spain. As there were so much to see, I'm sure that we missed a lot, but hopefully you'll get the idea what this Europe's largest LAN Party is all about."

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Review @ Digital Trends
"The Lenovo Thinkpad X61 is thin-and-light while still offering blistering fast performance. We just wish the screen was better."

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Technic3D/Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8GB
"The Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8GB Flash Drive arrived Technic3D. Fast and faster with the Outdoor Stick? See you in the following Review against other Sticks."

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I4U: LTB Audio Q-Bass 2.1 Stereo Wireless Headset Review
"A mic is also built-in allowing you to use the headphones for VOIP and gaming. If you like bass in your music, movies and games the Q-Bass headphones are a great option. The headphones are a shiny black along with matte black plastic that looks fantastic. The ear cups are smaller than many other headsets on the market giving them a streamlined look."

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Overclock3D Content: CellShock PC2-9200 (DDR2-1150) 2GB Kit
"Just over 2 months ago we took a look at CellShock's PC2-6400 DDR2 kit. Today we're back again, but this time pushing their very sexy PC2-9200 kit to its limits."

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bit-tech News: Biostar TF7050-M2 - Nvidia's GeForce 7050PV chipset
"At the end of the day, for £45 this board is inexpensive as opposed to cheap. It's a quality product with a lot going for it, even though it doesn't have the full package and some socket placements are a bit iffy. If you can live with just 720p or 1080i (providing you aren't using an LCD HDTV with the latter) then it can play back both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs as long as you're willing to shell out for the expensive player on top. The MSI K9AGM2 is more stable and does the fundamental job just as well, but the Biostar TF7050-M2 has a few more features here and there but only lasted the eight hours under serious load. The real kicker is Nvidia's //driver limitation on 1080p support, regardless of attempted playback or even overclocking the IGP."

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DLO HomeDock Music Remote Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"DLO continues to play with its HomeDock series and releases another product that promises to move music from earbuds to quality stereo speakers without wires, at least for the most part. DLO's HomeDock Music Remote is an interesting unit that introduces a couple of new enhancements that make working with wireless controllers a little less painful. Once again, just like TuneStik, the core idea behind the product isn't earth shattering, but the overall upgrade to the product and its functionality is more useful."

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DLO TuneStik Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Despite the number of FM transmitters for the iPod in the market, DLO's TuneStik is a little different with its functionality and versatility. While a lot of third-party FM transmitters work well, they are not as portable and intuitive with their interface as TuneStik. And that's essentially the only thing that differentiates TuneStik from others."

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What's Wrong With Windows Subscription @ CoolTechZone.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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CNR is Coming: Linux May Never be the Same @ OSWeekly.com
"A while back, I wrote about CNR coming out for other distributions of Linux, such as Ubuntu. And while so many people pointed to the fact that we already have apt-get, YaST, among other application installation solutions, no one seems to have an answer to the legality of using restricted codecs and fonts here in the States. This is where Linspire will come in."

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Why We Need a $200 Linux Notebook in the US @ OSWeekly.com
"Without a question, having access to a truly entry level notebook like this one running Linux is going to make a lot of lower income families very happy. Ringing in at $189 USD, this provides users looking for a click and type workstation for a very reasonable cost."

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FCC Gives Virtual Finger to Open Source Wireless @ OSWeekly.com
"It's proof once again that proprietary projects are seen as more secure by those who are still seeking a clue. Frankly, we have enough challenges with chipset vendors that having the FCC provide their 'expert' opinion is simply not that helpful to further wireless development on the Linux front. Nonetheless, there it is."

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Why Safari Isn't a Safe Development Platform @ OSWeekly.com
"Although some exploits for OS X have been found, they hardly ever have an impact on a large number of users, and they are usually publicized just to prove a concept and encourage Apple to fix the holes. Due to this relatively false sense of OS security, some people use their Macs and walk around with their iPhones without a care in the world, but while that may work most of the time, it still helps to be aware of the problems that are out there."

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SanDisk Sansa Express (2GB) @ TrustedReviews
"As with all of the competition at this price, SanDisk's Sansa Express has its weaknesses. In this case it's a slight deficiency in the sound quality department and file format support. However if it's features you want, headphones that won't need replacing straight out of the box and the potential for a cheap memory upgrade, there really is no competition at the price. In the world of budget, flash-based MP3 players it's truly championship-winning material."

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HP w2207 22in LCD Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"There's a great deal to like about the HP w2207. It offers market leading design, superb adjustability and has all the features a display should. Image quality is generally excellent, however it comes with the notable caveat that it sometimes struggles with motion smearing and ghosting. Even so this is a great monitor, and if you can excuse the motion problems it will serve you well."

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Surf's Up @ TrustedReviews
"An entertaining ride that’s over far too soon. The lack of ‘wow’ factor and online features is also disappointing on the 360, PC and PS3. Enjoy the ‘chowder’, penguin dudes."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Lenovo 3000 V200 (2.2GHz) Review @ Digital Trends
"The Lenovo 3000 V200 is ultra-portable, ultra-powerful, and downright sexy. Find out why this is your next laptop."

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Overclock3D Content: OCZ release SPD-Z - flash the SPD of your RAM
"OCZ have announced a revolutionary system whereby you can set the SPD of your your RAM to whatever speed you can (or it can reach). This has got to be heaven for overclockers. Read on inside..."

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bit-tech News: Kworld PlusTV Dual DVB-T PCI-E TV card
"True, the card //is low profile and it works fine with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 without any fiddling, giving multiple recording and viewing options in a single card, but the lack of Vista and Linux support and the high price cripple an otherwise decent product. There are arguments for its good points and arguments for its bad points but ultimately, we, TV Freaks, were left wanting just a little more from the Kworld PlusTV card."

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Overclock3D Content: XFX 8400 GS 256mb
"Are you in need of a card packed with features, DirectX 10 support and cheap as chips? Perhaps the XFX 8400 GS is for you. Read on to find out more..."

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Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2"
"This morning Sun Microsystems will officially introduce their Niagara 2 processor, which consists of eight processing cores and is capable of handling 64 threads simultaneously. It's official name is the Sun UltraSPARC T2 and it will be unveiled at their Executive Briefing Center in Menlo Park, California. We were invited to this event, but we had run into scheduling problems at the last minute though we do have some information to share with you in this technical brief."

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FightBoard Advanced @ Bjorn3D
"The Fightboard is part of Revoltecs Fight Patrol product line. This product line consists of the Fightmouse, the FightBoard, the FightMat, the FightPad and the FightFittings. They even got a website, http://www.fightpatrol.net. “To Serve and Protect the best Gaming Hardware available”. That is our mission. Gamers need hardware that they can win with! It's our duty to develop and protect efficient hardware for you. That's what I – Sergeant Revoltec - und my FightPatrol stand for.' I personally find the whole setup quite cheesy."

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projectiondesign Action! M20 projector @ TrustedReviews
"When you get the M20 and its BrilliantColor system firing on all cylinders, the result is genuine movie magic that more than justifies the slightly premium price point."

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Philips SHN7500 Noise Cancelling Earphones @ TrustedReviews
"There’s a lot that’s good about the SHN-750 earphones. The design is excellent and makes them very comfortable to wear, even when running. The sound quality is decent, while the price is also surprisingly reasonable. However, I have to question the need for active noise cancelling when it comes to in-ear earphones. With a good seal, you should barely be able to hear ambient noise anyway. Add to this the fact that the active noise cancelling in the SHN750s is very subtle at best, and also results in low frequency buzzing when hooked up to a mains powered device."

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BenQ DC-T700 @ TrustedReviews
"With all the recent problems at BenQ, including Ability taking over its camera business, is this the last good one for a while?"

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Amaryllo Trip Tracker GPS Review @ XtremeComputing
"There must be a plethora of Tony Christie related japes we could drop in here if we really wanted to. Amaryllo (yes, we know, it's spelt differently) is a relatively new company on the GPS scene, founded in late 2005 out of Amsterdam by a small group of professional enthusiasts. The Amaryllo Trip Tracker is, it would seem, targeted at the amateur enthusiast rather than the high-end use, such as walkers, back-packers, mountain bikers, wind surfers and sailors. At just under £90 for the non-Bluetooth version it's comparable in price to other products on the market."

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Monday, August 6, 2007
Gigabyte V-Power Videocard Heatpipe Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Gigabyte’s V-Power VGA cooler is a great looking product with good cooling and is relatively easy to install. The materials, fit and finish are very good and the cooler is compact enough to be used in the vast majority of SLI/CrossFire systems. It’s also very quiet, approaching complete silence when at its lowest fan speed setting."

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Technic3D/SilverPower SP-600A2C 600W
"The SilverPower SP-600A2C 600W PSU from Maxpoint (Tagan) arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D a PSU with a blue Fan. The SilverPower a"

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Linux 2.6.23-rc2 Kernel Performance
"While the Linux 2.6.23 kernel is only weeks into development, it's already generated quite a bit of attention. From the merging of the Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) to the -rc2 kernel being"

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I4U: Logitech Cordless Mediaboard Review
"Good wireless range and typing comfort makes the Mediaboard a great choice for those who type on the PS3. the only real drawback is the price, which is on the high side. Logitech has a keyboard designed for the PS3 called the Logitech Cordless Mediaboard. Looking and feeling just like one of Logitech’s computer keyboards, the Logitech Cordless Mediaboard has great typing feel and full sized keys."

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Logitech Wave Cordless Desktop Review at XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at the wireless desktop, what Logitech calls the Cordless Desktop Wave. This package, which retails for about $90, includes the Wave keyboard, a laser mouse, and a USB RF adapter to allow them both to connect to your computer. Logitech, despite being a leader in the input device market, has not released many ergonomically-inspired products so this could potentially be an important offering for them. With an more people than ever using their computer for multiple hours a day, the focus on comfort is an increasingly important trend with input devices. The Wave keyboard's design is not nearly as drastic as some other models available, but the intention is the same- to put a person's hand in a position that is comfortable and ergonomically sound. The does this by slightly turning the outer edges of the main block of keys to prevent the wrists from being at an unnatural angle and by giving a wave contour to the keys so as to match the varying lengths of your fingers. The Wave also uses a padded wrist rest and tilt adjustments that can place the keyboard at three different heights in order to match the user's preference."

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Upgrading from Windows Mobile 5 to WM6
"If you own a fairly recent Windows Mobile 5 device (let’s say less than a year old or there abouts), then the chance that you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 is quite high. Today we’re taking a closer look at how to upgrade the HTC Hermes, this also known as the TyTN. HTC isn’t the only device manufacturer to offer upgrades for its Windows Mobile 5 devices, and if you’re a Dopod owner you’ll find that HTC has actually purchased Dopod and offers the same upgrades for the Dopod devices."

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Sony RDR-HXD870 Digital Video Recorder @ TrustedReviews
"The RDR-HXD870 is a magnificent hard-disk/DVD combi recorder that boasts a staggering array of features (including the all-important Series Recording) and killer performance. But the biggest bonus is the price – at just over £200 it’s much more affordable than its spec sheet would suggest, making it a real bargain to boot. Given Sony’s usual ‘pricier than thou’ attitude, this deck makes a refreshing change."

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QNAP TS-109 Pro Turbo Station @ TrustedReviews
"When we reviewed the Synology CS-407e we thought it wasn’t possible to get any more features at this price point but QNAP has proved us wrong. Overall performance is particularly good and although the Download Station feature is of limited value there’s little this box can’t do - the backup features are also a cut above the rest."

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Garmin nüvi 200W Sat-Nav @ TrustedReviews
"Despite some weaknesses, Garmin has produced a sound navigation product in the nüvi 200W. The maps are very clear, routing is competent and disaster free, while audio instructions are mostly reliable. More importantly it's extremely easy to use and most of the significant functions are very obvious and simple to access – it's almost worth having for that detour function alone."

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bit-tech News: Tikki Aquarium case mod by thechoozen
"We started this project with the idea of a cool looking aquarium, but then we couldn't stop. So we quickly decided to modify our plans...and instead of just building an aquarium from a plexiglass tube, we would integrate a small multimedia PC in it. This way, it can be used to watch movies, browse the web etc."

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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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SOYO FM-SY-SLIM20GB 20GB 1.8" SlimEx Platinum
"Do you remember SOYO?  It has been almost ten years now since I build my very first computer system from parts ordered over the web.  Back then, it was all about searching Price Watch for deals, and the AMD K6-II CPU.  I clearly remember learning how difficult it was assigning IRQ addresses for dial-up modems, and how troublesome it was to load the drivers for Windows 98.  In those days it was very common to find SOYO brand motherboards for sale almost everywhere you shopped, and most often times those motherboards fetched a premium for the high-end accessories they featured.  Those were the good old days, and that was the old SOYO. These days SOYO is best known for consumer electronics, communication equipment, and several computer peripheral devices.  SOYO hasn't produced a motherboard is several years, with the last being targeted for the Intel Socket-478 P4 based i875P chipset.  Benchmark Reviews has decided it was time for the public to get reacquainted with SOYO, and so we begin by offering our review of the SOYO FM-SY-SLIM20GB 20GB SlimEx Platinum External USB 1.8" Hard Drive."

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Sunday, August 5, 2007
Overclock3D Content: Agiea talk GRAW 2, Unreal 3 and whats to come
"We were invited along to talk to Michael Steele and Dan forster of Ageia Technologies about GRAW 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and anything else upcoming from Ageia. It was interesting and, at points, pretty darn cool. See what they say inside..."

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bit-tech News: Transformers for Xbox 360
"For the mass audience and for casual gamers out there with money to burn, Transformers does the job well enough, but for the hardcore gamer or the //Transformers enthusiast, //Transformers will quickly leave you wanting and, in our opinion, you’d be better off dusting off your old Megatron and Optimus Prime toys and going to play in your own sandbox. And don’t pretend that you don’t still have those toys kept somewhere safe in mint condition - we know you do."

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SunbeamTech UV UFO Acrylic Cube Review @ XtremeComputing
"Well Sunbeamtech have been around for a few years and have offered some great products, from cases, to lights and even lighted feet for your case. Also they are responsible for the Tuniq cooler under the brand of Tuniq, So when I heard they had released a UV version of their cube I decided to drop them a line and get one in for review."

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Saturday, August 4, 2007
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser Review @ Digital Trends
"The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser is a compelling desktop setup at just $99 bucks, however it falls short of expectations."

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Technic3D/Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evo II (830 SE)
"The new Coolermaster Stacker 830 Evo II (830 SE) is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities and Features the new revision from the High-End Tower for Water Cooling presents."

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Review: Antec Nine Hundred Case @ GideonTech.com
"Today we are going to take a look at the Antec Nine Hundred gaming case. This is a mid-tower ATX case with the capability of using ATX and uATX motherboards. With this case, any gamer or regular computer user who wants a little kick-in-their-case, will be totally satisfied at not only the look and quality, but the whole tower itself inside and out."

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SilverStone Milo ML02
"Over the years of looking at SilverStone products we have seen a wide variety of cases and with all of them they've sported top-notch construction, excellent designs with useful features, and with each new model their products only seem to get better. Two of the SilverStone cases we looked at recently were the Temjin TJ09 and the Sugo SG03 SFF. The SilverStone TJ09 chassis was the best ATX case we'd seen all of last year and we are looking forward to seeing if this year's Temjin TJ10 can continue in that success. Meanwhile, the Sugo SG03 is what we had called the"

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bit-tech News: Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
"The sleek and smooth implementation of Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword blends in extremely well with the original game. So well in fact, that a lot of the time you will find yourself, as I did, believing that new elements of the gameplay have been there ever since the original //Civilization IV. The espionage system seems slightly hit and miss and I’m sure fans will continue either loving it or hating it. In fact, I reckon that the same opinion will be shared with the majority of the new major improvements, including the corporation system and random events. However, you cannot argue with variation and though you may dislike these new gameplay features, they are easy enough to ignore and balanced enough to be a powerful mechanism for victory if undertaken. It’s easy to see that //Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword brings enough content to appeal to the hardcore //Civilization fans, giving them even more paths to victory and also removing the war-centric feel of the previous games. Additionally, the new content is also strong enough to bring the old fans who got bored crawling back for just a little more of this wonderful game."

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DDR3 Shootout - Geil, Kingston & OCZ
"We have been prattling on about DDR3 and the Intel platform for some time now. It has only been a few months since DDR3 hit the shore, but its already starting to be produced in mass, especially by the enthusiast companies such as OCZ, Micron, Mushkin, Corsair, Geil and so on. Today we have three DDR3 memory kits on test; OCZ’s DDR3-1333MHz, Geil’s DDR3-1066MHz and Kingston’s DDR3-1375MHz."

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Friday, August 3, 2007
HSDPA connection sharing from WM6 phones
"In an ever connected digital world, users are doing all they can to stay connected to the Internet. Manufacturers realize this and that is why you are seeing many new types of portable devices hit the stores such as smaller notebook computers, Ultra Mobile computers (UMPC), internet tablets and a multitude of Pocket PC style smartphones. All of these devices include many data connection options such as regular gigabit or 10/100 local area networking, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi as well as many different mobile phone network connectivity types such as GPRS, EDGE (EGPRS), 3G (W-CDMA) and the newest kid on the block, 3.5G or HSDPA which is short for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access."

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How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
"Once you have a general idea on those two fronts, the next decision is whether to get a PC that suits you from a large vendor like Dell, a local computer store or even try building it yourself. All three are valid routes, but if you are technically inclined, building a computer from scratch is a fun way to ensure you get exactly what you want."

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BlueAnt Supertooth Light Bluetooth Speakerphone Review @ Legit Reviews
"The BlueAnt Supertooth Light Bluetooth handsfree speakerphone is an easy way to create a hands-free environment in your automobile. It easily mounts to your sun visor and comes with noise-cancelling technology powered by a Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The sound quality coming from the speaker is very..."

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Eagle Tech Computers D-Series External Storage System Review @ Bigbruin.com
"This review will take a look at an interesting new enclosure from Eagle Tech Computers. Their D-Series External Storage System, model ET-CSDU2F-BK, supports two SATA hard drive (with capacities up to 750GB each) in either a RAID 0 or JBOD configuration, and connects to a host computer via either USB 2.0 or Firewire."

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SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51 Pre-Beta
"MEPIS has been making news this week with the return to Debian as the base for its upcoming SimplyMEPIS 7 release. Debian was the MEPIS base prior to their short-lived relationship with Ubuntu on the bottom. Continuing with the news, yesterday afternoon was the first development release to reincorporate the Debian Stable OS core was SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51prebeta. This pre-beta release includes the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, Debian Etch core, KDE 3.5.7, Firefox 2.0.0.5, and OpenOffice.org 2.2.1."

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bit-tech News: Nesteq Nova 600W External PSU
"It's a great looking and innovative product with so much potential, that actually works silently rather than just claiming it on the packaging like so many others. But unfortunately there was a complete lacking in attention to detail: the PSU fails on half of its rails as soon as you hit full load and the cabling quality and connectors used are nothing special. At £130 including VAT, it is a lot of money to spend and if you're using it for a little case with reasonably low power components for a silent system, you'll likely get away with it. 3.3V and 5V are less important that 12V rails in a modern PC, but you're more likely to encounter stability issues if you use it with a higher specced PC. In all, good concept but could certainly do better."

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Olympus FE-230 @ TrustedReviews
"The FE-230 is Olympus' entry into the fastest-selling sector of the digital camera market. It's very simple and easy to use, but has it got what it takes to compete with similar models from Casio, Canon, Nikon and Pentax?"

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RAC Satnav 220 @ TrustedReviews
"The fuzzy searching alone is enough to make me want the RAC Sat-nav 220 in my car. Add in the wide screen, superbly loud and precise spoken directions, TMC information and European maps and I’m hooked. If the RAC wants to offer added, non sat-nav features, though, it needs to think carefully about what to offer and how they should be implemented."

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Lexmark Z1420 Wi-Fi Enabled Inkjet Printer @ TrustedReviews
"There's no doubt it can be useful to have a printer which doesn't need to be connected to a PC via a USB cable. If you already have a wireless network in your home or office, or if you're contemplating getting one later on, the Z1420 is an inexpensive printer to buy and run. It's also a very slow printer, particularly printing colour, and doesn't give the best print quality you can get, even at this low entry price."

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Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad
"The game controller in your hand can make all the difference, sometimes between liking a game, and loving it, or just for getting the game to do what you intend. Is the controller designed well? Does it slip in your hands? Is it built well? Does it allow customizing of its buttons? Some controllers offer features others don't. Scheduled to be released in September 2007, just in time for the holidays, the Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3 in 1 Controllers represent their latest with six axis of movement. Benchmark Reviews offers an early review of the 'Rumble Force' version. It offers vibration feedback in addition to full PS2/PS3 and PC compatibility, button/mini-stick/d-pad reprogramming, new-generation mini-sticks, and all in a controller that is comfortable to hold and use."

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Thursday, August 2, 2007
Zalman ZM-DS4F Dual Stereo Headphones
"Zalman might not be your first port of call when it comes to gaming headphones, and the ZM-RS6F which the company launched a few years ago isn’t the greatest looking pair of headphones around. To top it off, despite the six integrated speakers they were never a great seller from what I could tell. However, the good news is that Zalman are about to launch two new headphones, and today we’re looking at the ZM-DS4F."

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bit-tech News: Heatsink Group Test
"The BTF90’s performance was somewhat surprising, as it managed to take the top spot for CPU temperatures. The use of copper throughout the heatsink has obviously paid off but it would have been good to see the cooler deliver the same performance with lower noise at full load. Copper’s thermal conduction is better than aluminium’s, but its thermal radiation is worse than aluminium (meaning that it tends to be more reluctant at letting heat escape). As a result of this, the BTF90 responds better at higher fan speeds than some of the hybrid heatsinks this goes up against and therefore we can understand why Zerotherm has opted to increase the speed as temperatures increase. Its results were better than the Zalman CNPS9700LED with both coolers running at high speed, but neither is really suited for a near-silent system. Thankfully, the BTF90 is quieter than the CNPS9700LED, but it’s still the loudest cooler at load in this selection of heatsinks."

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Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-800MA1S 800W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Kingwin is one manufacturer that recognizes that performance is important, but individuality is high on the list of desired features with many computer enthusiasts. Most of the products they manufacture are very eye-catching, and this is an understatement when looking at their new Mach 1 800W Power Supply, model number ABT-800MA1S. This unit is rated for 800W continuous output, has rather unique modular cables, and has many blue lights throughout."

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Overclock3D Content: Tagan 2-Force II TG700-U33 700w PSU
"Today we'll be taking a look at one of the latest 700w PSU's to roll out of the factory doors at Tagan. The TG700-U33 boasts quad rails, silent operation and a good price point, but will it deliver the goods during our tests."

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Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet @ TrustedReviews
"I'm going to give the Bamboo a tentative thumbs-up. It's very easy to get used to and in use it's responsive and flexible. It may not be the cheapest consumer graphics tablet on the market but it is the best looking and the addition of the touch ring really does make it a viable alternative to a mouse – if not permanently, at least to give your wrist something else to do."

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Asus Xonar D2 Sound Card @ TrustedReviews
"If you're after a solution that offers a high quality home theatre experience or want something for entry-level music production, the Xonar offers a strong package. With a comprehensive PDF manual (marred by the usual translation mistakes), Vista drivers and a thoughtful design, this is an impressive and capable card."

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Movavi VideoSuite 4.5 @ TrustedReviews
"Creating or editing a video is one thing, but getting it onto the player of your choice is another. It might be a PC, Mac, or something more portable, like an iPod or Sony PSP. One application that specialises in video conversions is Movavi’s VideoSuite, where even the company’s name describes how to move from Quicktime .mov files to Windows .avi ones. It’s cheaper than most of its competitors, so what do you get after you download a copy?"

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AC Ryan AcrylPanel Mirror 2 Review @ XtremeComputing
"today we are looking at some AcrylPanel™ Mirror 2 from the modding side of A.C.Ryan, Mirror acrylic I hear you say that’s not new, well you may be wrong, the A.C Ryan mirror 2 is a 2 sided 2 way version which has some benefits as you will see later on."

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GlacialPower GP-PS550BP Real Power 550W ATX PSU
"Some of the players in the power supply industry have made a big name for themselves with a product line full of sparkle, or ultra glamorous design. Others take a different approach and offer the best product they can design at the best price possible. GlacialPower is such a company, and Benchmark Reviews was fortunate enough to shine the light on their GP-PS550BP Real Power 550W Power Supply Unit with series of ripple and regulation tests."

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
PCSTATS August ShoppingList
"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 why we've assembled the PCSTATS 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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Origen AE S21T HTPC Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The Origen AE S21T with a retail price of about $1000 is the company's flagship HTPC case. Its features like unique layout, incredibly solid construction, modern design, 12.1 inch full HD capable motorized dropdown touch screen and insane price are something you will not find in any other HTPC enclosure. It created a lot of waves as soon as first images surfaced on the Internet and was a big attraction at CeBIT this year."

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I4U: Logitech VX Nano Review
"If you are a fan of the VX Revolution, you will probably like the VX Nano even more. The tiny USB receiver is the highlight of the Nano and the free wheel scroll is great as well. The Logitech VX Nano is a laser mouse with 800 dpi sensitivity and it is able to track accurately on any surface but clear glass and mirrored finishes. The most important feature of the Logitech VX Nano is the tiny USB Nano receiver that is a mere fraction of the size of typical notebook mouse wireless receivers."

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Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 EATX
"In 2004, Cooler Master released its Stacker STC-T01, considered a legend and pioneer of case design. Its unprecedented 11 drive bays, dual power supply mounts, build quality, and simple but elegant design gave users a level of flexibility and working space, which destroyed copycats down the road. Among these copycats were the Raidmax Katana, Xion Stacker, and Thermaltake Armor; the Armor was the most successful of them. However, it still lagged behind the original Stacker in almost all aspects. But this is all ancient history. Three years later, Cooler Master has unveiled its new flagship chassis, the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000. You would expect it to be just another no holds barred ultimate performance chassis, but Cooler Master defines this case as"

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Corsair VX450W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
"The new Corsair VX450W power supply incorporates a single +12V power rail that is designed to deliver continuous power under heavy loads while keeping things simple inside the unit. On modern computers the +12V rail is the most important to pay attention to and the CMPSU-450VX has a dedicated solid single +12V rail of 33A (41A on VX550W)..."

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Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22inch Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Integrated Webcam Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Viewsonic VX2255wmb with its integrated webcam is an all in one solution to the VOIP or video chatting consumer. With a rather simple setup, in minutes you can have your monitor properly setup, recording video or chatting with your friends online. I do have to admit, the functionality does get rather handy when the situation arises, but this monitor does need some polish before I would personally lay my money down to purchase it."

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AluBoxDuo LAN @ Bjorn3D
"If you have more than one computer in your home network you probably want to access the extra storage from all of them at the same time. To achieve this there are several types of external enclosures available that work over the network. AC Ryan has released a range of enclosures and the one that we are reviewing today, the AluBoxDuo LAN, is a NDAS enclosure that not only is supposed to be much faster than a NAS-solution but also offers a couple of extra cool features like aggregation or RAID of the hard drives."

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bit-tech News: Revoltec Rhodium case review
"When it gets right down to the final conclusions though, we reckon the Rhodium is a massive improvement over the retch-worthy Zirconium, which I am still not allowed to place anywhere in sight of passer-bys. The Rhodium is a handsome, quiet PC chassis with a superior construction and the overall product is let down only in a few minor areas. It still waits to be seen if the value of the case will stand up as we hope it will, but if it does then the Rhodium could well be a decently nice, quiet case for a gamer on a budget -- providing they can funnel some extra funds into cooling solutions."

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Evercool Zodiac EC-301 Laptop Cooler
"Most of us do enjoy the advantages of laptops thanks to the price decrease they have experimented in the last few months. Besides, their capacities have almost reached those of desktop PCs."

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TrekStor vibez (12GB) @ TrustedReviews
"TrekStor’s vibez has a really easy-to-use interface and the wheel works as well as any iPod. There are plenty of features to play with, plus there’s wide file format support, superb sound quality and excellent bundled earbuds. If you don't need video playback and don't want to buy an iPod it's a worthy contender for a place on your shortlist"

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NEC Versa S970 @ TrustedReviews
"A solid performer it may be, but the NEC Versa S970 is notably behind the times and there are plenty of better options out there for the business user."

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Sword of the New World: Granado Espada @ TrustedReviews
"One Korean MMO import that you shouldn’t be scared to sample. It might be a little dumb and combat driven for some tastes, but the relentless hack-and-slash action will keep you playing long past any sensible bedtime."

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Custom USB Drive - Project: Enter the USB @ TheTechLounge
"Once I had successfully freed the USB drive from its lame shell, it was time to think. Whatever am I going to put this little thing inside? And so the search began. I thought about doing a better Lego mod - unoriginal; ChapStick - too thin; film canister - too fat; USB cable shell - too short; gutted iPod - too spendy. Hmm... nothing on my desk was really striking me as a great idea. So the search continued. To the closet! As I rummaged through piles of miscellaneous electronics, cables, and computer accessories, I paused as I held an old keyboard in my hand."

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