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Sunday, September 30, 2007
bit-tech Review: Halo 3
"So, is Halo 3 the best game ever? No, I don't think so, but it is bloody good. The most obvious comparison will be to last month's //BioShock, but that is somewhat unfair. //BioShock is a single player only game, which means that far more development time could be spent on the graphics and presentation. It's also worth remembering that //Halo 3 couldn't really break new ground in the single player campaign, since Bungie had to think about the continuity with the previous two titles - //BioShock was under no such constraints. One thing's for sure though, I haven't enjoyed playing any Xbox 360 game more than //Halo 3, whether in single or multiplayer mode, and that just about says it all. / /Halo 3 isn't the ground breaking epic that many had expected it to be, specifically in the visual department. But what you are getting is a well written, well paced and well presented end to the //Halo trilogy that should keep any fan very happy. Add to that simply the best console based online gaming experience ever, and it's clear that //Halo 3 represents yet another triumph for the Xbox 360."

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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Review: TAGAN ITZ 1300W PSU @ GideonTech.com
"This PSU is not one for your basic machine. This is an ITZ 1300 watt PSU made for high end equipment. There is enough power and rails to provide most game system builds with all it's needs and leave ample power to spare. When you first pick up the box be warned it is not light weight. A rough estimate would make it about two to three times the weight of a normal 600w PSU."

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bit-tech Review: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
"//Opposing Fronts is an excellent addition to the realm of WWII RTS games and the fact that it can be played either with or without the original game is a great boon to genre fans. On top of this the game has undergone a variety of the enhancements and tweaks. Not only is there the two new campaigns and the new teams to toy with, but there’s also day and night cycles and some interesting weather effects which impact on gameplay. Muddy terrain will slow down heavy vehicles, while a burst of sunlight may give a troop of infantry a surge of courage and hope. These new weather effects don’t play a huge part in the game design and it’s probably possible to pass them by without noticing, but the addition is interesting and unique enough to be noteworthy."

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The Progress Of The RadeonHD Driver
"It's going on two weeks since the RadeonHD driver was made available, which is AMD's sanctioned open-source driver for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series (as well as future generations of AMD GPUs). In this time, we have seen some great progress made with this open-source driver and have a few additional remarks to share about its status and the first bits of this driver's roadmap."

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GIGABYTE 3D Mercury @ techPowerUp
"3D Mercury is the name of GIGABYTE's first ever case with an integrated water cooling system. The case is aimed at first time water cooling buyers and is extremely easy to setup and maintain. Is this case worth the money or is it just another overpriced attempt to fuse a water cooling system and a chassis?"

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Friday, September 28, 2007
Technic3D/Teufel Motiv 4 You 2 Speaker
"The Teufel"

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I4U: Microsoft SideWinder Mouse Review
"The SideWinder Mouse has some cool features like an LCD display built-in and an included accessory box that doubles as a cable holder. Sensitivity is 200 to 2000 dpi and adjustable on-the-fly. The thumb buttons are strange looking metal buds stacked vertically on the right side of the mouse. At first glance, it seems like one of those poor design calls where you will be ever pressing the spot where your thumb buttons used to be. However, the buttons are very intuitive, the bottom one goes backwards, and the top goes forward. It takes all of a second to get used to the unorthodox layout."

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Asus EN8600 GTS 256MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Asus EN8600GTS in our possession is 100% reference, coming with a GPU clock speed of 675 MHz, 1.45 GHz Shader clock, and 2.0 GHz memory. The 256 MB of memory rides a bus that is only 128 bits wide, yet is still capable of 32 GB/s transfer rate. As you can see in the photo above, we have the “Stalker” sticker attached to the heat sink on the card. The rest of the card is..."

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Akasa Power Max 1000W @ techPowerUp
"Akasa's new PowerMax Family of power supplies offers power for demanding gamers and enthusiasts. We test the 1000W version today which has a large number of connectors on extremely long cables in an ATX standard sized case. The unit boasts a high efficiency of over 82% which may even help you save some money on your electricity bill."

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T.I.M. Shootout @ Bjorn3D
"Advances have been made in many fields of computer technology from displays to video cards and hard drive capacities to thermal pastes. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that no self-respecting enthusiast would ever be caught using generic white paste to help cool their expensive computer equipment. Thermal interface material or TIM is something that anyone with a bit of patience and a few dollars can use to help lower the temperatures of their computer's CPU, video card and even their Northbridge. Back in the day it was perfectly acceptable to use the included white paste that came with heatsinks as the heat output of PC's was much lower than it is today. With ever increasing energy requirements it quickly became apparent that this generic goop just wasn't going to cut it anymore. Company after company began developing the next best thing since sliced bread to help aid in heat transfer. With so many different options available from silver particles to diamond dust it is ea!"

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bit-tech Feature: Mod of the Month - September 2007
"It's that time again - the month of September is drawing to a close, so we've been digging through the //bit-tech community forums like pigs looking for truffles. Or something like that...but, hey, we found some good ones! Yet again we've had a clear showing of talent from the community in the Project Logs - it seems the start of school and uni has just encouraged people to get even busier than before. We have some great new projects from some terrific new members this time - more than half of our entries are modders who have been with us for less than a year! That doesn't mean they don't know their stuff, though."

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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Dice Electronics iTPA-220 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Dice Electronics iTPA-220 iPod speaker amp system offers a retro look, and warm sound, but it ends there."

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I4U: Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 Review
"The mouse is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X making it a viable option for virtually all notebook users. If your notebook is Bluetooth equipped you can also use the mouse without the wireless transceiver that has 1GB of memory inside. Though the mouse is small, Microsoft was still able to get two navigation buttons on the side of the mouse that by default move back and forth through web pages and files or folders on your computer. The mouse is small measuring in at 2.63-inches wide by 3.35-inches long."

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Technic3D/Zignum Slim MM
"The Zignum Slim MM Keyboard arrived Technic3D. The third Keyboard in the Technic3D Editorship with a white"

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Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta
"We are just about three weeks out from the final release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but those wishing to try out the new release early or wish to help in testing, the Ubuntu 7.10 Beta release is available today. This Ubuntu Beta release, which will be succeeded by the Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate and then the final release, contains GNOME 2.20 and other updated packages such as GIMP 2.4.0-rc2 and Pidgin 2.2.0. The Ubuntu 7.10 Beta is coming out one month since the last development release, Tribe 5, since Tribe 6 was never released to the public. The new Gutsy Gibbon artwork and wallpaper are also present in this test release."

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World-Exclusive: Razer Diamondback 3G @ techPowerUp
"After a long wait the Razer Diamondback Mouse is back on the market. The new version is dubbed Diamondback 3G and features Razer's famous 3G infrared sensor for bargain price of $49.99. Other than the sensor there are only a few changes to the design, so can it live up to the expectations?"

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bit-tech Review: Kingston KHX11000D3LLK2/2G and OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum Edition DDR3 memory
"Overall, the Kingston performs better in 2D applications when it's running at 1,333MHz with its default timings, whereas the OCZ seems to run better at 1,066MHz with lower latencies. On average there's a couple of memory heavy situations, like Xvid encoding, where the Kingston is just simply faster than the OCZ. This isn't reflected in 3D where the OCZ is the faster memory across all the games we've tested here. So which one is better? We'd have to say neither of them are in the grand scheme of things. If you do a lot of intensive 2D work then the Kingston is more likely to suit you and if you're a gamer, you might find that the OCZ is a better choice. It's hardly surprising that they both overclock virtually identically as well, considering they use the same DRAM chips - the Kingston can handle fractionally lower latencies but the OCZ does 8MHz more at the top end. ~1,430-1,440MHz from 1,333MHz modules is hardly that much to shout about, but at least both of them are consistent. Compared to the //engineering sample Corsair DHX modules, which managed to achieve 1,520MHz, but that was at CAS-9 which negates almost any frequency advantage."

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Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray Player Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Samsung's BD-P1200 is a step forward and a slight step back. Sure it now carries the new HDMI v1.3 standard, but it fails to take full advantage of what the new specification has to offer. In addition, although a lot of the bugs were worked out, some of the functionality was removed as well. The BD-P1000 had a handy memory card reader which would be great for people wanted to view their photos and video files seamlessly on their HDTV. The BD-P1200 has that functionality stripped away."

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OCZ Technology PC3-10666 Gold Edition 2GB DDR3 Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"OCZ Technology is one of the many companies already marketing DDR3 modules, and their PC3-10666 Gold Edition 2GB DDR3 Kit is rated at 1333MHz and 9-9-9-26 timings. This review will take a look at this new DDR3 kit as compared to a 1066MHz DDR2 kit in order to see whether it is currently worth upgrading."

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 universal PC cooler @ Bjorn3D
"There has been a lot of great products coming out of Cooler Master's stable lately. These include Cosmos and Stacker enclosures as well as cooling accessories and high-end power supplies. Not so long ago, I've compared Cooler Master HyperTX against Thermaltake TMG A1 HSF. The results were fantastic for HyperTX considering the designs haven't varied at all."

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Kinc and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 utterly crushes the SuperPi 1M, 3DMark 05 and 06 world records! @ NordicHardware
"After benching the night away, Kinc not only smashed the SuperPi 1M world record with the QX9650 running at 5600 MHz, he also completely rewrote the book on good 3DMark 05 and 06 results. The new world records are now 37,095 points in 3DMark 05 and 27,542 points in 3DMark 06."

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Zaward TwinTowers NB heatpipe Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I am going to be looking at a product from a company that, if I am brutally honest, I know very little about. That company is Zaward and the product in question is the Zaward ZCT004 Twin Towers chipset cooler."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Motorola MOTO Q music 9m Review @ Digital Trends
"The MOTO Q music 9m is touted as the perfect multimedia phone for music, video and social networking."

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Hercules Dualpix Exchange Webcam Review
"The use of webcams is becoming more and more popular for videoconferencing, that is to say, having live and real-time connection with people who are in two or more different locations."

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NVIDIA SLI: Linux vs. Windows
"It is going on two years since support for Scalable Link Interface (SLI) was introduced into NVIDIA's Linux binary display driver. This support had come a year after it was officially launched and supported by the Windows ForceWare display driver. As we had seen at the end of 2005 with two GeForce 6 graphics cards in SLI, its performance was very sluggish, and there were a number of problems to be found with Linux SLI. While we have routinely tested new NVIDIA graphics cards under Linux SLI internally, there hasn't been much to report on as the experience has been very foul. However, things have changed recently and with the recent NVIDIA 100.14.19 display driver release using GeForce 8 hardware -- we finally have some modest numbers to report on in a Linux SLI configuration. Linux SLI is still far from perfect, but in this article we've used two GeForce 8600GT graphics cards in an SLI configuration under both Linux and Windows to compare the single and dual GPU performance under both operating systems."

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Coolink Silentator CPU Cooler Review
"We are lucky to have a great amount of heatsinks among which we can choose the best for us. Big, little, passive, with two fans or a modding touch, there are lots of different choices."

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Technic3D/Chill CP-520A4 520W
"The Chill CP-520A4 520W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU Review with a high efficiency. Make the 140 mm Ultra Silent Fan, 2x PCI-Express for SLI and CrossFire and Full black cable Sleeving this PSU better than other PSUs?"

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Interview: John Beekley of Corsair Memory in 2007 @ Legit Reviews
"Good gawd, man, where did you spot those?!? OK, I guess I’ll spill the beans... This is a new product line called the NANOMATOR that we think will take the Apple market by storm..."

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I4U: Logitech AudioHub Review
"The Logitech AudioHub has 15 watts of total power with a pair of 2-inch tweeters and one 3-inch driver for the woofer. The device is compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, X, and Vista as well as Mac OS X or higher. The AC power cable is 6-feet long and the AudioHub includes a 2-foot fixed USB cable and a 4-foot extension USB cable."

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bit-tech Review: Zotac's GeForce 8600 GT ZONE Edition
"Ultimately, the buying decision is going to depend on your needs because there is no clear //must buy in the midrange at the moment. Previous-generation DirectX 9 cards outperform their //replacements, but the new generation of cards have DX10 support and better HD video capabilities. I guess if you're after a mainstream graphics card with a good set of home theatre features and respectable performance in both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 games, Zotac's card looks to be a better purchase than the Radeon HD 2600 XT, but it's a bit expensive for our tastes at the moment. You could say Zotac's GeForce 8600 GT ZONE Edition is a jack of all trades, master of none at its current price."

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Logitech G9 Laser Mouse at Modders-Inc
"Logitech has gone in a new direction with their latest gaming mouse. This time they have dedicated a mouse just for that purpose. A whole new design has been created with the G9 along with new ideas, feel, and the best from the past. Can the G9 be the best gaming mouse available?"

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Corsair DOMINATOR TWIN3X2048-1800C7 DDR3 @ Bjorn3D
"One of the computer world’s most famous quotes (although he probably never said it) is of course Bill Gates saying that ”we will never need more than 640 Kb of memory”. As we all know there can never be “enough” memory in a computer system. As memory gets cheaper and the upper limit of what the processor can address has increased, the memory need of the software we use somehow keeps increasing. Not only that, as the performance of the other components in a system increases, so does the demands on the memory."

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Apple iMac 20in @ TrustedReviews
"Apple's 20in iMac lives up to the hype. It's a lovely machine to look at and to use, and even in its base spec it's fast enough for the average person and very good value too. In a nutshell, it's the best desktop computer around, though you might want to wait for Leopard, the next version of MacOSX to be released before going for it."

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World in Conflict @ TrustedReviews
"Action packed, adrenalised and undeniably spectacular, World in Conflict is the first RTS to give Company of Heroes a run for its money, and the current front-runner for RTS game of the year."

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Apple iPod nano 8GB (3rd gen) @ TrustedReviews
"The latest nano is another success for Apple. The design is absolutely lovely, the screen is excellent and the Cover Flow interface is an effective addition in terms of ease of use. Audiophiles will probably pass it by, as will feature fiends, but for the majority it's a good player at a great price and another feather in the cap of Apple Inc."

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Ubuntu Disappoints, Breaks Promises With Rapid Growth @ OSWeekly.com
"It's been a wild ride, but I have definitely not regretted my choice to make Ubuntu a major part of my life. As a full-time user, I have been charged by Windows and Linux user alike for not following their own lemming-like mindsets. And this has bothered me for some time now. Today, I hope to clear the air with everyone, even though you will never get through to the most hardcore users of both platforms. Let's get started."

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Why Windows Will Never Die @ OSWeekly.com
"As a pundit or an analyst, it’s easy to go on and on about how people are using technology, but until you get a firsthand look at how technology is being used in the real world (in other words, outside of the echo chamber), then you’re really not qualified to speak the truth when it’s based on speculation. Instead, you have to base your comments on trends and the overall feel of the industry. For example, from the discussion that’s taking place online and the straight numbers it’s easy to see that more and more people are switching to Apple and OS X, but it’s definitely true that this isn’t the case with everyone."

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Artists: Drop OS X, Give Linux a Try @ OSWeekly.com
"Can artists get away with using a PC over a Mac? When considering the fact that many art students are likely to be working inside of Mac labs at their respective schools, it does tend to make sense to follow the flow of things and use a Mac at home as well."

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320 for T-Mobile Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"RIM yesterday announced a new addition of its successful BlackBerry Curve for T-Mobile users, dubbed the 8320. While all of the features and disappointments carry over to the T-Mobile version, there are a couple of things that made us smile. Please check out our original BlackBerry Curve review to get an in-depth look at the original series. For the purpose of this review, we'll quickly talk about the new additions and move on."

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Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Microsoft's latest mobile mouse is an interesting device, to say the least. While it continues to sport an awkwardly tiny size with uncomfortable ergonomics, it's the features that count. At least in this case. And yes, we are making an exception in this review. Who would've thought Microsoft would be an exception in a positive way? Hmm... they must be onto something with its mobile memory mouse 8000 for mobile users on the go."

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Xigmatek XP-S964 Copper Heatpipe 92mm CPU Cooler Review
"Ideally every CPU cooler should perform well, which most do. But in the age of advertising and marketing, consumers are easily mislead into believing a product will perform well just because of the company branding it. I have reviewed some very nice coolers over the summer by some of the most well known names in the industry; only to be let down by their claims of premium performance. Well, to be honest, prior to very recently I had never heard of Xigmatek before. Just a few weeks ago Benchmark Reviews unveiled the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, which tested to be the best-performing CPU we have seen to date. Perhaps on the same level is the Xigmatek XP-S964 Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Systemax Venture VX2 Gaming System Review @ Digital Trends
"The Systemax VX2 desktop PC offers a lot of power with an Intel Core2 Quad processor and RAID configured hard drives."

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Sun Solaris Express Developer 9/07 Review
"The quarterly release of Solaris Express Developer Edition is now available for download. Among the new features in Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 is a new Solaris installer, a GUI utility for DTrace with Sun Studio 12, and many updated packages. In this article at Phoronix we have some screenshots from SXDE 9/07 as well as information on some of the other changes and our thoughts."

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS @ TrustedReviews
"Canon has been on a bit of a winning streak lately. Not content with nearly half of the world's digital SLR sales, it has recently updated virtually its entire compact camera range with outstanding new models, including this long-awaited replacement for the excellent and extremely popular S3 IS."

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Technic3D/Nanoxia FX Fan Series
"The Nanoxia FX Fan Series arrived Technic3D. The Fans in a black/green Design for quiet running and long-life? See you the following Review."

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Spire Verticool III CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Spire’s Verticool III CPU cooler turned out to be a good cooler. With a smaller foot print than the Zalman 9700 LED, the Verticool III should have no issues fitting in just about any mid tower. With the included fan controller, the Verticool II has the ability to be virtually silent when you need it to be. When it comes to cooling..."

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bit-tech Preview: Portal - hands-on
"That said, there are a handful of things which concern us. The first is replayability, which looks like it may be incredibly limited. After all, when you ignore the cool factor of the portal gun we’re essentially left with a simple, short puzzle game which some suspect may have been added on merely to bulk up the value-for-money appeal of The Orange Box. The too-frequent loading screens are also a bit of a cause for worry and whether these are due to the pace at which we were progressing (the first rooms are deliberately, but ridiculously easy) or an actual limitation of the engine makes no difference. Of course, none of that really matters because the game still plays brilliantly and is a great example of how a simple, innovative idea can be incorporated into a game successfully without picking up lots of chaff and game clichés along the way. / /Portal has one or two problems, but these are minor at worst and don’t really detract from the game experience. Easy to pick up, hilarious and deliciously streamlined, //Portal could yet prove to be the best weapon in //The Orange Box’s arsenal."

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Linux DDR3 Synthetic Benchmarks
"We have several DDR3 related articles in the works, but in this article we will be looking just at the DDR3 system memory performance in the RAMspeed synthetic benchmark under Linux. The DDR3 memory we'll be using is the OCZ DDR3-1333 2GB Gold Kit with a part number of OCZ3G13332GK."

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bit-tech Preview: Crysis Multiplayer Beta Impressions
"So, is Crysis the next best thing or a just a very pretty but still dead fish floating in the vast and ever-changing ocean of PC games? The chances are you’ve already made up your mind on the issue, but you still came here and read this far in order to hear my thoughts so you’ll still have to sit down and listen. Or read. Whatever. The problem with / /Crysis as far as I can see is that it may be perilously close to falling into the same trap as //Far Cry – ending up a gorgeous game with some very interesting gameplay elements, but still marred on a few basic issues. The short ten hour length of the singleplayer game and the quick movement between the jungle, frozen island and spaceship environments may just be a saving grace for the singleplayer game if rumours are to be believed. With the multiplayer though, the gameplay still feels a little confused and broken. Wonky physics and performance issues are easily forgiven in a beta version, but the actual premise and the design of the power struggle mode is still something I’d call into question. Even the gamemodes themselves could change as the game moves from beta to gold status and if you’re one of the few people who’s genuinely confused about whether or not / /Crysis will live up to the hype then you’re going to have to hold on and wait until you can get a taste of the game."

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NEC PlasmaSync 50XR6 50in plasma @ TrustedReviews
"In sheer performance terms, the 50XR6 is a revelation for NEC, clearly benefiting in spades from the brand's new Pioneer connection. And thanks to some recent and rampant price cutting online, it's also remarkably good value by NEC standards. The greater domestication and feature sophistication of rival 50in models like the full HD Samsung PS-50P96FD (reviewed only last week) and Panasonic's terrific HD Ready 50PX70 (now selling for under £1200 in some quarters) might still ultimately divert your attention away from this new, improved NEC effort. But the fact that it is now seriously even competing with such big consumer electronics names is something NEC should rightly be proud of."

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Momento i-mate 100 @ TrustedReviews
"The momento i-mate 100 has some really innovative WiFi enabled services that make sharing photos with family and friends easier than ever. However, the fact you have to pay for these services combined with mediocre screen quality, sub-par usability, and a high initial outlay, means the i-mate is hard to recommend."

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OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Edition 2GB Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Edition 2GB Kit is typical of the type of high performance memory products available today. What isn't typical about these modules is the heat pipe cooling solution OCZ Technology developed to get the most out of this memory. Also atypical to this market segment is OCZ Technology's 2.35V EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) which extends lifetime warranty coverage for these modules to cover usage up to 2.35 Volts."

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Corsair Survivor GT USB Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net
"While I didn't back my car over the Survivor to “crash test” it, the drive has a solid feel, and certainly looks like it could stand up to quite a bit of abuse. The water resistance is a nice plus, given that the drive is meant to be carried around, leading to the possibility of dropping it in a puddle, toilet, swimming pool, etc. You can rest assured that the Survivor will handle it all."

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Monday, September 24, 2007
Thermaltake Bigwater 760i @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake's new BigWater 760i watercooling kit is an affordable and compact solution to users who are are afraid of the cost or the complexity of a full kit. It is easy to install, so even less experienced people can get their feet wet with watercooling."

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"Add premium sound to your notebook with the Logitech AudioHub. It even comes with extra USB ports!"

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Technic3D/Coolink Silentator
"The Coolink Silentator CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. Good and quiet Fan for perfect Cooling? See you in the following Review the Coolink High-End Cooler against others CPU Cooler."

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I4U: HP w2207 22-inch LCD Monitor Review
"The integrated speakers are rear-facing units so you don’t have to look at speaker grills on the front of your display. The speakers sound good with decent mids and highs, but lack bass for my tastes. The display stand on the HP w2207 22-inch widescreen monitor adjusts for height only."

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Panasonic Toughbook W5 Notebook Review at XYZ Computing
"Panasonic's W5 is one of the few ultraportable notebooks on the market that places an importance on durability and outright strength. Other companies like to say that their notebooks can take abuse, but very few of them actually get close to achieving what you might call "rugged". Panasonic actually calls the W5 "business-rugged" which is a take on their semi-rugged and fully-rugged models though it does not have to pass the same certifications. This review will be looking at Panasonic's W5 notebook. The Toughbook line is known for it's fully rugged models, some of which are strong enough to be shot or dropped repeatedly, but the W5 is part of the line's business series. These business notebooks are inspired by the design of the more robust models, but are considerably lighter and less expensive."

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Black Macbook and Vodafone 3G USB Modem Competition @ TrustedReviews
"TrustedReviews and Vodafone have got together to give you the chance to win one of only eight black Vodafone USB modems in the UK - and a Black Apple MacBook to go with it!"

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Cooler Than the iPhone @ TrustedReviews
"A wonderful quote popped up on the Quote of the Day section of my iGoogle page the other day which read,"

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Binatone Carrera X350 Sat-Nav @ TrustedReviews
"In the Carrera X350, Binatone has made a decent stab at producing a comprehensive sat-nav for not much cash. It's well-featured for a device so cheap and isn't too hard to use. Maps are clear and navigation, once you've set up a route, is good. However, its slow calculation of simple routes and inability to calculate complicated ones effectively render all of this effort useless. After all, what's the point in having a sat-nav that can't get you to Wales or Liverpool from London?"

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SMC TigerStore SMCNAS24 @ TrustedReviews
"SMC delivers a nicely built NAS appliance at a reasonable price. The documentation could be more informative and it does come up well short of features when compared with the likes of Buffalo, NetGear, Synology and QNAP but performance is a cut above the rest"

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Pro Football Pick 'Em Contest @ Bigbruin.com
"Bigbruin.com has launched a weekly contest modeled after the pro football pool you might join down at the office. A few key differences are that this one requires no money, each week will feature new prizes from a variety of sponsors, and you don't have to make small talk with the creepy guy from accouting around the water cooler. This week's prize is a new set of Saitek A-200 Portable 2.1 Speakers, an excellent companion to any MP3 player, laptop, or PC."

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bit-tech Review: MSI's P35 Diamond motherboard
"The MSI P35 Diamond performs well but isn't exceptional and the additional extras are a welcome effort but might not appeal to everyone. I constantly found myself writing"

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I4U:Toshiba Regza 42X3000P 42 inch 1080p HDTV Review
"Performance highlights of the Toshiba Regza 42X3000P (similar to 42X3030D but without digital TV Tuner) include 6.000:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m² brightness, 8 msec response time, active backlight control, PIXEL PROcessing III PRO, 3D color management and Cross Color Noise Suppression. When connecting the Sony PS3 and using 1080p output the Toshiba Regza 42X3000P shows what it really is made for. The HD image is stunning and very crisp. Game footage looks sharp and clear."

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Linux vs. Mac: Should I Get a Mac? @ OSWeekly.com
"In the past, I have found myself hesitant to jump to the Macintosh platform. It was not because there is anything wrong with OS X per se, but the lack of an application called Evolution, among other Linux-only applications, that I would miss using Ubuntu. Obviously, I could dual-boot with BootCamp, (no, thanks) or even better, consider using Parallels, as it has some fairly sweet integration into the OS X desktop. Too bad another virtualization product has kicked Parallels to the curb with performance."

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Dell and The Saga of Poor Linux Support @ OSWeekly.com
"Certainly another reason to consider when buying your Ubuntu PCs from System76 over Dell, it seems to me. Having dealt with Dell 'support' in the past, it's clear. It is the over-sized anchor on an already sinking ship."

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Why OS X Saves You Money @ OSWeekly.com
"Changes are afoot in the world of operating systems. For the longest time, the Mac and its associated operating system has been widely regarded as one of the most expensive computing choices out there. To be honest, there is some truth to that, especially when you consider the past. If you bought a Mac, then you had money to spend, and it was as simple as that. Of course, if you take a couple steps back about a decade or two, it’s clear that not many people saw the value of the Mac in terms of dollars and cents and beyond with previous versions of the Mac OS. But OS X changed all of that."

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Microsoft Notebook Mouse 7000 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Earlier today, we reviewed Microsoft's Notebook Mouse 5000 on CoolTechZone.com, and recommended it with reservations. Simply put, there wasn't anything particularly special about it. The 7000 is a step above the 5000, and thankfully, it does offer an interesting mix between a mobile and a desktop mouse. It continues to be wireless, albeit this time, it's with 2.4GHz wireless USB standard, instead of Bluetooth with 5000. The transceiver inserts underside the mouse for easy storage, but unfortunately, during our tests, it didn't fit in snuggly. Which was odd. We would like to believe that we are exclusive to the problem, so if any of you readers have this mouse, we would like to hear your thoughts on it."

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Microsoft Notebook Mouse 5000 Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Microsoft's latest mobile mouse has at least one good thing going for it, the wireless connectivity option through Bluetooth. Unlike other wireless mice that use wireless USB to marry the mouse to the PC, seeing Bluetooth was a bit surprising, but it didn't take long for us to get used to it. While having Bluetooth is nice and hasslefree, do take note that all notebooks don't have built-in support for Bluetooth. In that case, you are out of luck unless you purchase a separate Bluetooth dongle to connect the two. If you are going to do that, you might as well get a USB wireless mouse."

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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Logitech G9 Laser Mouse Review by Metku.net
"Most gamers will agree that the mouse is one the most important pieces of input hardware one can have when gaming. Mouse is also the main input device in most game genres so it is easy to see why manufacturers would like to find the Holy Grail of gaming mouse design. Today that company is Logitech and their G9 Laser Mouse. Does it have The Right Stuff?"

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How to overclock Radeon HD 2900 XT CrossFire @ NordicHardware
"We've received many e-mails över the last few months regarding how to overclock two Radeon HD 2900 XT in CrossFire mode. Unfortunately we haven't had a good answer for you, but with some help from macci, now a resident of AMD/ATI, we can now present this guide, which shows you how to overclock Radeon HD 2900 XT when you have two of them running in CrossFire mode."

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Saturday, September 22, 2007
bit-tech Feature: Microsoft's PC Hardware Day
"All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the Hardware Day and it was honestly quite fascinating to see how a team of designers can continue to progress on a tool which many of us take for advantage each and every day. Sure, it wasn’t the most interesting thing I’ve ever done and when I was playing / /Portal later in the day (watch the front page for an upcoming preview) I can’t honestly say that I was left thinking about how much I wanted to go back in time by a few hours and get another look at that keyboard, but I still enjoyed my time at the Hardware Day. The one thing I was definitely able to take away from the event, other than a handful of leaflets and a throat even more sore than it was before, was an appreciation for how hard Microsoft works on even the most simple of devices. The amount of work that goes into constantly assessing and reassessing even where to put the buttons on a mouse is something which is baffling, but also reassuring."

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Creative Ways To Open Beer With Computer Hardware
"Earlier this week Intel threw some great events aside from the Intel Developer Forum itself. On Tuesday night was the PCI Express 2.0 launch party, which was a phenomenal event. The PCI Express 2.0 party took place at Jillians across the street from the Moscone Center and featured a few gifts, casino gaming, raffles, and excellent food accompanied by great drinks all for free. It is certainly a great way to celebrate PCI Express 2.0! On both Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Intel had also hosted a reception during their IDF Technology Showcase, which consisted of free food, beer, and wine while browsing the different vendor booths. Thursday marked the end of the Intel Developer Forum with a drop in attendance for IDF on the last day, but we ended it with a bang thanks to a mini Phoronix bash. During that, innovative ways for opening beer bottles were demonstrated. Interested in finding out how you can open a beer bottle (or most any glass bottle for that matter) using a range of computer parts from a motherboard to RAM and even a USB mouse? We documented these steps with plenty of pictures as well as sharing which hardware doesn't convert into a bottle opener so easily."

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Friday, September 21, 2007
Logitech AudioHub Review @ Digital Trends
"Add premium sound to your notebook with the Logitech AudioHub. It even comes with extra USB ports!"

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Technic3D/Hiper HCK-1W20
"The Hiper HCK-1W20 Keyboard arrived Technic3D. Responsive slim key design, scissor-type key mechanism and Purple LED in a white"

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I4U: OWC 2GB Apple MacBook SODIMM DDR2 RAM Kit Review
"After installing the OWC 2GB (1024MB x 2) Matched Pair DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz DIMMs the computer RAM much faster under VMware. I could change mailboxes in outlook with lag of only a second at most. Running Photoshop Elements was also faster and the entire system in general ran smoother."

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Ultra Products 7 Port USB Buddy Hub Review @ Bigbruin.com
"A majority of today's computer peripherals utilize USB technology. Keyboards, mice, printers, cameras, scanners, thumb drives, drink warmers, and even foam missile cannons all connect through USB. For real convenience, it would be nice to be able to share all of these USB devices between two computers. You wouldn't even have to reload your cannons, just hit a button and switch to the next one! This is where the Ultra Products 7 Port USB Buddy Hub comes in."

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Antazone AS-C1000 INTEL/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"All in all this is a very poor showing from Antazone. Whilst the build quality was superb and the finish very clean and tidy the cooling performance and mounting solution really let this product down. I can't in good conscience recommend this cooler to anyone. The price is good for a copper cooler but unless you want a new cooler for your dated P4 Northwood or Socket A system then you'd better keep looking."

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VisionTek Radeon HD 2400 Pro @ Bjorn3D
"Despite the fact that we all wish to own the best graphic cards on the market, the reality is that not all of us can afford or need the top of the line 8800 GTX or HD 2900XT. Many users are looking for a simple graphic card that does not cost a leg or an arm and offers a better performance than the integrated graphic that is included with their system. Both NVIDIA and ATI have cards that will satisfy the need of the budget buyer. We have looked at the NVIDIA’s 8500 GT and ATI HD 2600 XT and today we will take a look at the HD 2400 Pro from VisionTek."

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Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
"Many manufacturers search out designs that will help them develop a product known for extraordinary performance. Benchmark Reviews has already reviewed many of the very best CPU coolers available to enthusiasts, from the very unique and original Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler to the oversized Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler. Not long ago, we even reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler which combined three different cooling technologies into one solution. All of these products performed very well, but none of them really set itself apart from the pack. In this review we will test the Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU cooler against a field of top competitors."

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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 multimedia projector features 1080p resolution using 3LCD technology."

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Technic3D/Silverstone SST-SG02W Evolution Sugo
"The new Silverstone SST-SG02W Evolution Sugo is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities and Features the little aluminum µATX Case presents."

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Intel IDF Fall 2007: Day 3
"On the final day of the Intel Fall 2007 IDF was Renee James and Justin Rattner with the two final keynotes. Among the topics today were virtualization, Intel's open-source projects, a new What If project from Intel, Intel 8-core gaming, the 3D Internet, and a new LessWatts initiative from Intel with additional work by Red Hat and Oracle. Microsoft also talked about their work with Novell in optimizing SuSE for running in virtual environments on Windows Server 2008. Check out the photographs where we've also squeezed in a few remaining photographs from the PCI Express 2.0 party and the technology showcase."

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NVIDIA 100.14.19 + 8800GTS 640MB
"This past Tuesday NVIDIA finally delivered an updated Linux and Solaris display driver (100.14.19) after they failed to deliver a newer driver since June of this year -- not even a new beta driver! This new software release does, however, contain a number of fixes especially for the GeForce 8 series. After we're all recovered from Intel's Fall 2007 IDF we will follow up with additional NVIDIA benchmarks, but in between IDF parties we benchmarked a GeForce 8800GTS 640MB with the previous 100.14.11 display driver and then the new 100.14.19 driver release. The performance regression fix is very apparent!"

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I4U: Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 Review
"Power for the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 comes from a pair of included AAA batteries and the mouse features a battery life indicator that glows when it’s time to replace the batteries. Microsoft says you can get three months of use out of one set of batteries."

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Fall IDF 2007 - Intel V8 SkullTrail System Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The most impressive SkullTrail machine on display. was fitted with a pair of quad-core 45nm processors running at 4.0GHz each with SLI enabled as it seems that since SkullTrail uses a pair of nForce MCP's on the SkullTrail motherboard it will support SLI, which is a first for Intel motherboards...."

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Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler at Modders-Inc
"The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 utilizes a 120mm rifle bearing fan that is rated at 1000 - 2200 RPM and produces 72.1 - 99.6 CFM's (depending on RPM). The fan has a moderate noise level of 28 - 32 dBA, which should be fairly quite in a closed case."

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Gigabyte iSolo 210 Computer Chassis Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Gigabyte has proven once again they are a fierce competitor in the case market with the iSolo 210. With its mesh side window and sleek, classy look, this case looks great sitting on a desk. The inside is spacious with enough room to install an internal liquid cooling system, and the option to mount an external system is there also with holes to run tubes already in place."

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Nexus Silent Caterpillar Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Once everything was installed I powered up the pc and I had to check the fans were spinning as it is practically silent, especially with the cpu cooler fan turned down to low speed. Just the occasional murmur from the hard drive and that’s it.Nice!"

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Logitech G9 Laser Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Logitech continues to expand its G series of gaming products with G9, the latest super gaming mouse for hardcore gamers. The company nails the design once again with a black, mystic exterior, and an interesting design with a host of programmable buttons. With Logitech, customization is where it's at, and surely the G9 is no different in that regard. In addition to the programmable buttons, you can also customize the on board LED lights to work with specific profiles. For instance, with Logitech's Setpoint 5.0 application, you can set up to 5x profiles, and all of these profiles can be programmed to display different colors to alert you, the user, about their status."

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Apple iPod Touch Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Soon after Apple launched its iPhone, it send everyone buzzing about the iPhone-like iPod. A lot of people were impressed with the iPhone, but wished Apple released an iPhone without the call making option. Well, Apple probably anticipated that response from the community and months later, it announced a revolutionary new product, the iPod Touch. Not only is it a revolutionary product for Apple, but it's also the most advanced music player in the market today. Once again, Apple invades the market like a fierce competitor. If you have the iPhone and you are intimately familiar with the device, you won't find anything new with the iPod Touch. If anything, you might actually want to keep your iPhone just for the sake of a few more applications that the Touch doesn't have."

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Hackers: Operating System's Best Friends @ OSWeekly.com
"Hackers are often viewed as the renegades of the tech world, and while that is true to some extent, we have to distinguish a bad hacker from a good hacker. One definition of a hacker is a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data while another definition pegs a hacker as an enthusiastic and skillful computer programmer or user. You see, you can’t use the word hacker in only a negative way because it can actually be used as a positive thing. In fact, it’s beneficial that we have (good) hackers."

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Linux Browser Review Roundup @ OSWeekly.com
"Many of you may not realize this if you are new to the Linux world, but there are other browsers out there beside Firefox. It's a powerful browser, yet with it becoming more and more popular, exploits are sure to begin turning up. Today, we will be looking at alternative browsers that are for Linux only."

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Linux Community Issues Lead Beginners Back to Windows @ OSWeekly.com
"Each piece had its merits, but I still believe that most Linux users simply do not get what Windows users are looking for in an OS. It's not just familiarity and an abundance of applications. It's about being able to purchase the hardware and software they want, without wondering if it will work with WINE or if Linux happens to be compatible with it."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
1080p Projector Buying Guide @ Digital Trends
"Here are four new HD projectors that should be on your big-screen radar - all for a price of course."

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New Project Indiana Details Emerge At IDF
"Following this morning's mobility speak by Intel, Ian Murdock took the stage in one of the small rooms at the Moscone Center West to talk about the OpenSolaris Binary Distribution that is currently known as Project Indiana. We captured all of the slides Ian had shown, and while most of the information he shared was just reiterated from his past talks, there was some interesting details worth sharing. Among the advantages of Project Indiana is that it will use Sun's ZFS as the default file-system, and Project Indiana will be taking full advantage of its abilities to create snapshots and perform rollbacks if something with the system's software goes wrong. With Sun's past work with the GNOME project, GNOME will be the desktop environment in Project Indiana said Ian Murdock. He had gone on to reiterate several other basic points such as the single CD installation with network-based package management (likely powered by apt). Project Indiana will also be easier to acquire, as it will be available through mirrors that do not need registration and will be distributed via Bit Torrent. Another goal of Ian's is also to modernize the command line."

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Hot Gaming Notebooks Get Air Conditioning @ Legit Reviews
"Here is a picture of a prototype Embraco cooler, which had thermal sensors showing the air temperature before and after the refrigeration process takes place. The outside ambient temperature was 23.1C, while the temperature of the air coming out of the cooler was a chill 13.6C. This is about a 41% reduction in ambient temperature which should drastically improve the thermals of the notebook..."

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Intel IDF Fall 2007: Showcase
"Taking place yesterday afternoon during Intel's Fall 2007 IDF was their technology showcase and reception. There were a variety of booths setup with all different manufacturers from American Megatrends to Corsair and NVIDIA. While Microsoft did have a large presence at this showcase, Intel did have a booth setup for talking about power-savings technologies on Linux from their PowerTOP software to the tick-less kernel and other power management capabilities."

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Technic3D/NesteQ ECS 5001 500W
"The NesteQ ECS 5001 500W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with a very high efficiency. Make the Easy Connecting System for the cables and Smart Fan Controlling System this PSU better than other PSUs?"

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ATI Sapphire HD 2600 XT GPU Review
"With the imminent arrival of the first games which will totally support DirectX 10, both ATi & nVidia seem to be ready."

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Acousti Products AcoustiCase 340 Quiet Computer Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Given the refined styling and minimal noise generated by the test system, the Acousti Products AcoustiCase 340 Quiet Computer Case is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to appreciate what a computer system can do for them, without being particularly aware of the computer itself. The style makes it appropriate for use in an office or a living room, as it doesn't cry out for attention with bold colors, bright lights, or other gadgets that might distract from its use. Couple this with the extremely low noise operation and the entire system could become virtually invisible."

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Jetway 966PDAG @ Bjorn3D
"am constantly amazed to hear how old systems a lot of people have. While us hard core users probably already have a Core 2 Duo or AM2 CPU, a lot of people still are running systems with P4 or even worse. There are a lot of reasons people do not upgrade. Lack of knowledge on how to do it is one reason but a far more probable reason is the cost of upgrade. However, with the recent drop in the price for the Core 2 Duo’s and the release of the cheap E2x00 and E4x00 C2D’s there now is a perfect time to upgrade an old system without breaking the bank."

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Ai Technology Cool Silver Thermal Grease Review @ Tweaknews.net
"AI Technology has brought an excellent product to the market with its Cool Silver thermal paste. It outperforms the best in its class and is very easy to apply. It's also available for sale now and competitively priced at around $6 for the 3.5g package, making it a very good value."

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Heavenly Sword @ TrustedReviews
"Beneath the high production values there's a fairly average hack-and-slash game with a few nice ideas and some fun sniping chapters. But look at those visuals, get caught up in the experience, and you might end up saying"

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Sony VAIO VGN-SZ61VN @ TrustedReviews
"Expensive it may be, but the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ61VN combines unrivalled performance, portability and mobility thanks to high performance components and a sleek and light chassis. Thus, for the power user only, this comes highly recommended."

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Archos 605 WiFi 30GB @ TrustedReviews
"The fact that you get 30GB of storage, a touch-sensitive 800 x 480 4.3in widescreen and Wi-Fi in a product costing less than £200 is amazing. Add in its wireless streaming, TV recording ability, good looks and ease of use and you've got a product that's nothing short of miraculous."

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Aeneon Xtune PC2-8500 CL5 1066MHz DDR2 RAM Kit Review @ BmR
"High speed, reduced latency, excellent graphic performance and cool design – this is what today’s enthusiastic gamers are looking for. Aeneon offers a brand new series of overclocking memory modules designed on the needs of the most demanding hardware enthusiasts. The new Aeneon Xtune PC2-8500 CL5 1066MHz DDR2 overclocking memory modules feature exceptional system performance without any compromise of fast, stable and reliable system operation."

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Plantronics .audio 480 PC Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"The Plantronics .Audio 480 doubles as both a Skype headset, and MP3/media player headphones. Does it do both well though?"

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Intel IDF Fall 2007: Day 1
"Intel's Fall 2007 Developer Forum started today in San Francisco at Moscone Center West, and there is already a number of exciting happenings to report on. We will have more formal articles to report on shortly, but in this article we've attached several photographs taken so far today. Among the happenings were the Nehalem demonstration, 32nm talk, and also Gordon Moore was on stage for an hour talking about various topics. Gordon Moore had talked about Moore's Law coming to a likely end in the next 10 to 15 years, pico bucks, language recognition in computing, and even his fishing trips. Later in the day a new Sun workstation was shown that hasn't yet been released but is Intel Tigerton compatible and ships with a massive amount of RAM. Virtualization was also a very hot topic later in the day."

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Fall IDF 2007 - Intel X38 and 45nm Yorkfield Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
"The good news is that this 3.87GHz Yorkfield beast is air cooled with a heat sink that is 'normal', which means overclocks like this should be easy to reach with aftermarket cooling. The bad news is that the test system was only running in single channel mode, which seemed a bit strange..."

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I4U: Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for Mac Review
"If you are looking for a larger keyboard with a full number pad for use with your MacBook or MacBook Pro at your desk, the Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for Mac is a great option. Connectivity is via a USB mini-receiver that plugs into any Mac that has a USB port. Wireless range is good enough for use across the room without issue for both the mouse and keyboard. Mac users running Boot Camp will also be glad to hear the Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for Mac works inside Windows as well."

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The Intel P35 Chipset Motherboard Round-Up @ Legit Reviews
"So where do we end this thing? Like we do all our other reviews, by letting you make a decision based on the facts that were presented in this round-up. Each of these boards has a strength, whether it is in its performance, bundle or price. After using Intel P35 Express based boards from abit, Asus, ECS, Foxconn and Gigabyte..."

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Ultra Products Giveaway at Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products and Modders-Inc.com has teamed to bring you an awesome. Modders-Inc was able 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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Technic3D/Xigmatek HDT-S1283
"The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The Big Brother from the Xigmatek HDT-S963 Cooler with Direct Touch Heatpipes on the Base for better cooling results. See you in the following Review the third Cooler with this design (Xigmatek HDT-S963 and 3R-Systems Ice Age)against others CPU Cooler."

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Mass Effect Preview @ TrustedReviews
"Mass Effect could be the game that brings console RPGs to the masses. With cutting edge graphics, innovative combat and branching storyline, it looks like Mass Effect has it all."

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LG BH100 HD Combi player @ TrustedReviews
"We guess it's possible to see a small ray of hope in the BH100. After all, it certainly proves that a combi player can deliver good quality video playback from both next-gen formats. However, that ray of hope applies to future products only. For as it stands the BH100 feels like a merely half-finished affair that compromises the full potential of both HD formats to far greater a degree than we're willing to accept."

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Casio Exilim EX-Z1200 @ TrustedReviews
"The Casio Exilim EX-Z1200 is a technological marvel, a pocket-sized compact camera packed with advanced features and useful creative options. It has superior build quality, good handling and class-leading performance, and decent image quality. The only real question is whether you feel it's worth paying a significant premium for a trivial increase in image resolution."

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Patriot Extreme Performance PC2-9600 review @ XtremeComputing
"I decided to give the results from the Patriot in both 1200mhz and 1000mhz at 4,4,4,10 on everest due to the scale of memory performance increase and although the read was less at 1000mhz we saw for the first time in Everest a copy exceed 8000 on the score."

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Monday, September 17, 2007
HP Pavilion HDX 20-inch Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP Pavilion HDX laptop is one of the largest and meanest systems we have seen, and it comes with an attitude!"

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Introducing The RadeonHD Linux Driver
"Not only is AMD providing the open-source community with their ATI GPU specifications, but they have also been partnering with Novell on the development of a new open-source display driver. We've been telling you about AMD's open-source work all month, and today the new driver is finally available for download. It is still very much a work in progress and isn't much further along than the open-source R500 Avivo driver. However, this new driver does support the Radeon HD 2000 (R600) family. This new X.Org driver is called RadeonHD and in this article we have some initial information to share with additional articles coming later in the day."

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I4U: Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse Review
"The scroll wheel is changeable at the click of a button on the bottom of the mouse and moves from standard click mode to free-wheel mode for fast scrolling of long documents and web pages. When in click mode or free-wheel mode you can still map commands to the scroll wheel click. Logitech also equipped the G9 with interchangeable grips that change the feel of the mouse."

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V-Moda's Vibe Duo - iPod & iPhone Headphones @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, V-Moda does an excellent job with this headset adapting the finest qualities of their high-quality Vibe earphones into this twin Vibe Duo headset. They have also integrated a very capable microphone with passive noise cancelation for telephony use. Anyone with an Apple iPhone who is trying to enjoy the best sound possible would really do themselves a favor by grabbing up a set of these high-quality and extremely comfortable headphones. We can only hope to see more “all-in-one” mobile devices like the iPhone so that more users can take advantage of these great dual-purpose headphones..."

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SilverStone Kublai KL02
"Back during Computex Taipei 2007, David Lin had found the Kublai series among the many cases at SilverStone's booth. At that time the Kublai series wasn't officially announced so at first it wasn't know if David just had too much to drink at the previous night's party (like in the past at Computex Taipei) or whether the Kublai was actually a great find. Well, since then the Kublai series was officially announced as a cheaper alternative to the Temjin series while providing adequate cooling and quietness that computer enthusiasts have come to expect from SilverStone. At hand today we have the SilverStone Kublai KL02, which is one of the two cases currently making up this new ATX tower series."

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Ultra Products X3 1000 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Except for those running a massive system that includes a good deal of the latest hardware, 1000W is more power than you could possibly need. During the course of the review, the Ultra Products X3 1000 Watt modular power supply came close to powering two full systems, and there was still plenty of power left to toss much more hardware at it."

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Thermaltake SwingRS 100 @ Bjorn3D
"Do you remember the first PC computer case you had? Mine belonged to an IBM-PS1 desktop and, while practical, was beige, bland and pretty dull looking. As the years went by and I started to build my own computers, I started to try to mod my cases, not only to make them look better but also to improve cooling and other features. I still remember the first case window kit I bought and how much time I spent first cutting the hole out and then get the window to fit in. Does anyone actually put in their own case window anymore? I doubt it."

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Asus P526 GPS-Enabled Smartphone @ TrustedReviews
"The Asus P526 ticks plenty of smartphone boxes. It runs on the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, it's slim, and the design - while not iPhone sexy - is smart with some intelligent touches. You also get a decent GPS receiver for your money. However, no 3G, Wi-Fi and a less-than-impressive processor put it out of contention for a place in our list of favourite smartphones."

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The Moon On A Stick @ TrustedReviews
"After a few days scouring the web I couldn't for the life of me find a single solution that offered everything that iTunes did, or at least that did it all better. I was flabbergasted. I knew iTunes was good, but I didn't realise it was this far ahead of the game."

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AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7170 @ TrustedReviews
"The ISDN features are of limited value to UK users making this a comparatively pricey router although there's no denying the 7170 delivers some of the best VoIP features around. The USB port is still the slower variety although it is more versatile than those offered on many competing routers and the new Child Protection option also has some interesting possibilities."

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Samsung PS-50P96FD 50in Plasma TV @ TrustedReviews
"After a few days scouring the web I couldn't for the life of me find a single solution that offered everything that iTunes did, or at least that did it all better. I was flabbergasted. I knew iTunes was good, but I didn't realise it was this far ahead of the game."

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Thermalright V2 VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thermalright has a real winner on their hands in the V2 cooler. There's a lot of performance in this compact heatsink and the CrossFire/SLI user, as well as HTPC enthusiasts, should take notice. In passive cooling mode it adequately (and silently) cooled this factory overclocked 7900 graphics card. Adding an inexpensive 80mm fan resulted in outstanding cooling performance."

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Sunday, September 16, 2007
Panasonic HDC-SX5 Review @ Digital Trends
"The new Panasonic 3-CCD HDR-SX5 is a hybrid in that it records HD to SD memory cards or 3-inch blank DVDs."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition at Modders-Inc
"OCZ has become a preferred vendor because of its Extended Voltage Protection warranty that covers the memory even if the memory voltage is bumped higher than stock. The OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition is ready to push any system that can handle the 1066MHz modules, but can it handle being pushed back?"

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Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click Mobile @ techPowerUp
"The Pro|Click Mobile is Razer's first go at designing a cordless laptop mouse. Being cordless and a laptop mouse seems to be some feat, but has Razer been able to make a good performing mouse that avoids all of the obvious pitfalls associated with cordless laptop mice?"

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Vinagre, An Excellent GNOME VNC Client
"A few days ago one of the Vino developers, Jonh Wendell, released a new public build of Vinagre. Vinagre is designed to be a VNC client for the GNOME desktop and while it is still under development, in our testing thus far we found it to be an excellent VNC client. In this article, we'll be offering a brief preview of Vinagre 0.3."

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Saturday, September 15, 2007
Open-Source Developers Speak Out About AMD
"AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community. Those that responded were David Airlie, Daniel Stone, Jerome Glisse, Stephane Marchesin, and Oliver McFadden. Mark Shuttleworth had also previously commented on AMD's efforts."

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Friday, September 14, 2007
Matrox TripleHead2Go Analog Edition @ techPowerUp
"Matrox has made some waves with their recent release of the DualHead2Go Digital GXM module, but the TripleHead2Go Analog has one great feature which the dual display variant lacks: Surround Gaming. We fire up a classic and a brand new game, to show you what you could be gaming on with the TripleHead2Go GXM module."

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bit-tech Review: BFGTech GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 ThermoIntelligence
"BFGTech's GeForce 8600 GTS OC ThermoIntelligence is a great example of a GeForce 8600 GTS and it delivers good performance for a gamer running a 17"

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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L
"Earlier this week David Lin reviewed the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3S and on the review bench today we have the GA-P31-DS3L from Gigabyte. This P31 motherboard supports Intel's Core 2 45nm processors, DDR2-1066 memory, all-solid capacitors, and many of the other innovations found on the GA-P35-DS3S. Nevertheless, is the GA-P31-DS3L that currently sells for about $75 USD able to perform well under Linux like the GA-P35-DS3S?"

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In the Zone ... Tagan ITZ 1300 Watt Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"Today, we at Bjorn3D are going to be reviewing one of the latest solutions reputed to satisfy the needs of these power hungry systems; the Tagan TG1300-U33 ITZ 1300 Watt power supply. Our pre-review enthusiasm for this product went through the roof when we learned that the engineers at ABS Gaming Labs certified this power supply for the most extreme gaming rigs needing ultra performance. By the way ITZ is an acronym for 'In the Zone' and suggests the level of performance the extreme gamer and/or enthusiast should be able to enjoy with the ITZ 1300. Please join us as we explore this product's features and capabilities in great detail and determine whether this product truly brings the goods to the table."

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Olympus mju 760 @ TrustedReviews
"In most respects the Olympus mju 760 is a typical feature-starved budget-priced 3x zoom pocket compact, but superior build quality, stylish design, excellent low-light focusing and of course its weatherproof body set it apart from the crowd. Image quality is no better than most cameras in its class, but no worse either. As a basic snapshot camera it offers excellent value for money."

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WolfKing Warrior Gamepad Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For hardcore FPS players who don't mind un-learning a couple things about the traditional controls on a QWERTY keyboard, the Warrior will reward with a comfortable and ergonomically sound gaming experience. I can't say that it made me a better player, but let's be realistic – does anything other than practice and skill make someone a better FPS gamer?"

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DDR2 and DDR3 Memory Round Up @ TrustedReviews
"Is it worth spending extra on some shiny new DDR3 memory? we lift the lid on DDR3 performance."

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Kyocera Mita FS-1116MFP @ TrustedReviews
"This is a neat and serviceable multi-function device, which requires very little maintenance and integrates all the main business functions into one, small-footprint device. Print output is good, though copying can be patchy and, surprisingly for Kyocera Mita, it's not the cheapest machine in its class to run."

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bit-tech News: MSI X38 Diamond preview
"Overall, the board has better features than usual which is always good, however it just feels a touch sporadic and there isn't that elegance in the design. I know, if it works then what the hell, right? But for example, dedicating a whole PCI-Express x1 lane for just one IDE port feels... wrong. MSI is limited by the options of chipsets available, true, but it seems like there's just been a check list and stuff has been progressively thrown on then the dots have been joined. On a slightly different note, we did ask about MSI's RD790 motherboard, but there's currently no word on it just yet. This is both surprising and slightly worrying - we can only assume that it's because Phenom parts are still a little way away, and so we'll know more when you can buy the CPUs for it."

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Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 Mid-Tower ATX Case @ BmR
"Computer enthusiasts are a lot like automobile owners: we all want something different than everyone else while expressing ourselves at the same time. With so many options to choose from, both in the auto industry and the computer industry, it isn't very difficult to find your taste. Just last week I reviewed the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case, which could easily share relation to the exotic sports cars we can't afford. It was a very nice case, to be sure, but at the end of the day a sports car only has one purpose. Today we take the Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 Midtower ATX Case for a test drive, and right away I can tell this will be the Range Rover of computer cases."

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The Vantec EZ-Swap EX portable hard drive enclosure at Modders-Inc.com
"The Vantec EZ-Swap EX portable hard drive enclosure. Vantec really pulled no punches when they produced this device. Not only does this lil puppy go anywhere you want it to (with a USB port), when you get home you can pop it into your desktop PC and have all of your data at even faster than USB 2.0 speeds!"

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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Review: Sunbeamtech Freezing Storm Case @ GideonTech.com
"These last few weeks I have been working hard on a couple of Sunbeamtech cases. The first one we are going to take a good look at is the Freezing Storm. The case comes with numerous 120mm fans, 10 drive bays, and a pre-cut side window with fan vents to manage anything you throw at it. The Freezing Storm comes in two colors, silver and black. Today, we have the black version on our testing station."

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How To: Avoid Phishing Scams @ Digital Trends
"Our guide will walk you through how to spot those fake emails that steal your personal information."

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Fedora 8 Test 2
"Fedora 8 Test 2 hit the web this morning and accompanying this release are now four LiveCD images. There is the traditional Fedora Live CD version followed by a KDE version and now there is a developer Live edition and FEL. FEL is short for Fedora Electronic Lab and is designed to be a LiveCD edition for those engineers working on electronics. Anyhow, Fedora 8 Test 2 features the latest test release in the GNOME 2.19 series, is based upon the Linux 2.6.23 kernel, and PulseAudio is now used as the advanced sound server. These days the Fedora project isn't generating as much buzz as Ubuntu, but Fedora 8 Test 2 is certainly worth checking out for any Red Hat enthusiasts and those wishing to live on the bleeding edge. If there's one thing to enjoy about Fedora 8, the artwork improvements since Fedora 7 are absolutely great!"

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I4U: Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Review
"If you are looking for a notebook headset that works well for music, movies and casual gaming plus has the ability to work with Skype or other VOIP services this is the review for you. Sound quality is impressive; the Logitech Premium Notebook Headset has decent levels of bass along with crisp highs and mids. Volume levels are good; I found anything higher than mid way up the inline volume controller was uncomfortable in my use."

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bit-tech Review: Vadim Fusion LQX Intel-775G2
"There were only a few issues that we found with the machine. First is of course the aforementioned paintwork blemishes, which Vadim has assured us are because the paint job was completed in half the normal turnaround time. Secondly, the base plate on the BlastFlow Siberian waterblock gets pretty warm because it's not actively cooled like the DangerDen, but it's still far away from hot enough to cause instabilities. And finally, the fan and pump controller needs some work or replacement because the flashing is annoying. Every Vadim machine is hand built and tested by a single person, it's not just run off a factory in China then shipped to your door in a brown box. The personal service is a key component and attraction that makes a Vadim system seem worth the price. If we disregard the £1,000 custom paint job that's not quite perfect, this Vadim machine is well worth buying. However, we have to evaluate what's in front of us and despite Vadim assuring us that the paint blemishes were because of the quick turnaround, we can't guarantee that those won't be there in PCs built for paying customers. Our advice would be to check over your PC very carefully if you go for the custom paint, and if there are any issues, report them to Vadim sooner rather than later. From what we know of the company, the guys at Vadim will want to make sure that you're 100 per cent happy with your machine."

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1GB IronKey USB Flash Drive With Hardware Encryption @ Legit Reviews
"The security on this drive is clearly second to none. Anyone business owner that deals with sensitive information really should consider these drives. If there is a even a slim chance that the data could be stolen or lost this is the drive for you. With security breaches and lost data from companies and even our own governments its possible that electronic companies are now pushing themselves into a direction that will make IronKey the gold standard for other companies to look up to..."

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Western Digital Scorpio 250GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Scorpio 250GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive is a great addition or upgrade for anyone looking for the maximum storage possible in the 2.5" form factor. In addition to a traditional installation inside a computer, the 250GB Scorpio drive would make an excellent choice for use in a portable enclosure, and as tested it can even be used to upgrade to a Sony Playstation 3."

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Toshiba Qosmio G40-10E @ TrustedReviews
"If you have the money and want a multimedia notebook then the Qosmio G40-10E has you covered. An HD DVD-R drive and a superb display combine to great effect and, despite a few design foibles, a combination of size and design give it a distinct visual impact."

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VeryPC GreenPC @ TrustedReviews
"The GreenPC succeeds in cutting power consumption by a significant margin and comes with one of the best software and support packages I've come across, so it's very close to being recommended. However, when running Windows Vista, it simply doesn't have enough RAM and performance suffers because of it. So, I'd either recommend getting more RAM or downgrading to Windows XP to maintain satisfactory performance."

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Gigabyte GA-G31MX-S2 Micro-ATX @ TrustedReviews
"The GA-G31MX-S2 is absurdly cheap and it'll be absolutely fine if you're building a basic Core 2 Duo PC for your mum. However, gamers, home entertainment enthusiasts and overclockers should give it a wide berth."

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OCZ Stealth X Stream 600 Watt PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at some hardware from possibly one of the best-known names in the PC hardware industry. That company being OCZ and the hardware in question is the OCZ Stealth X Stream 600watt power supply. Whilst most people associate OCZ with memory, rightly so as their memory is some of the best available, OCZ also manufacture cooling products and power supplies too"

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Apple iPod Classic (160GB) Review @ Digital Trends
"The newely refreshed Apple iPod, dubbed the"

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Razer Barracuda AC-1 With ALSA
"Last November at Phoronix we had featured a preview of the Razer Barracuda AC-1 sound card and after taking off its EMI shield we had found that this card depended upon the C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788 audio processor, which at the time was not supported under Linux. Though support had come in the Open Sound System (OSS) version 4.0 for this CMI8788 APU. Well, now finally in ALSA 1.0.15 the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture will support this C-Media audio chip. ALSA 1.0.15-rc1 was released recently and contains the initial CMI8788 audio driver. In this article we will be taking a quick look at where this driver stands today for the Razer Barracuda AC-1 under Linux."

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Technic3D/Hiper Anubis
"The new Hiper Anubis is the next PC Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities and Features the new and first ATX High-End Tower from Hiper presents. Thats a Case God in Black?"

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I4U: Seagate Momentus ST9160823ASG 7200.2 160GB SATA Notebook Hard Drive Review
"Notebook hard drives small physical stature hides some large internal capacities. The Seagate Momentus ST9160823ASG 160GB 7200.2 SATA HDD we are looking at today is as fast as notebook hard drives get with a 7200-rpm rotational speed."

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Rogue Galaxy @ TrustedReviews
"It's been a great year for the PS2 - like an aged theatrical ham given one more chance at the spotlight, it's delivered performance after performance that has shown the younger generation that the old codger of the console world still has what it takes. Okami and God of War 2 should be in most sensible best of lists, some people (though not me) regard Final Fantasy XII as the best RPG of all time, and even Burnout Dominator can stake a claim to being the year's finest arcade racer. But with Rogue Galaxy we're in the era of the final flourish. With no major exclusives after September, the PS2 is heading off to what passes for retirement in console circles - a few more years of dwindling franchise updates and cheap kiddie-flick adaptations."

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Cowon D2 DMB 4GB MP3/Media Player @ TrustedReviews
"Bringing true innovation to a sector as intensely competitive as MP3 players is a difficult thing to do. Mostly, companies satisfy themselves with trying to outdo each other on the style front. Others focus on sound quality above all else, and there are one or two who just chuck as many features at their players as possible and then sell them at seemingly suicidal prices."

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TwinMOS BooM System 2.1 Speaker for iPod @ TrustedReviews
"TwinMos is a name that's familiar to me, but for its range of memory products, so I must admit I was slightly surprised to find this Boom System for iPod waiting to be reviewed in the office. Performance memory - iPod speakers:"

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bit-tech Guide: PC Audio 101
"This guide walks you through the basics of setting up your PC to get the best performance without spending any cash, and the best ways to spend a bit of dosh if you're so inclined. One thing to remember throughout the course of this guide -- good sound is highly subjective. One person may find one setup unlistenable whereas another may find it fantastic. Can't tell the difference between MP3 and FLAC? Then you may as well save some hard drive space and stick with MP3. If you're completely happy with on-board audio, stick with it."

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Corsair Flash Padlock USB Drive @ Bjorn3D
"The tiny flash drive is a great portable device but due to its size, it’s also prone to be lost. Although they are cheap to replace as you can get a gig of storage for about $10, the invaluable data lost is what one should worry about, especially the important personal information stored on the drive. We have seen many companies selling various flash drives with different ways of offering security to the flash drive. Corsair has recently released a hardware-based security flash drive, the Flash Padlock, and today we get a chance to take a look at the Flash Padlock and put this drive to the test."

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Intel X6800 Core 2 Extreme Dual Core Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"But where does this processor really fit in? Is it worth the ~US$1000 current pricetag or is there something that is faster from Intel that can be purchased for the same money? Well, for one thing, you won't need a new motherboard if you stick to the 1066Mhz FSB, but with the quad-core line dropping in price, will this processor be deemed the black sheep of Intel's higher end processor lineup?"

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Thermaltake V1 Universal CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main- stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake's company motto,"

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p Review @ Digital Trends
"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P
"Gigabyte has long been a very big name in computer hardware. They manufacture almost any sort of hardware you can imagine. High quality computer cases, motherboards, video cards, laptops, CPU coolers, you name it they have it (they even have a cell phone!). Like ASUS, they are able to diversify and cover a massive segment of the industry, and they are able to do this without sacrificing quality and performance. An impressive feat indeed. Not so long ago, Gigabyte made a massive splash in the enthusiast/overclocking world with their release of the board known as the DS3. The 965P-DS3 was one of the best overclocking motherboards ever to be released on the market. Not only was it brilliantly designed, but very importantly, it was brilliantly priced. Everyone could afford it because it was not only better performing, but also cheaper than the competition. Overclocking was BY FAR the easiest we have ever encountered in all our years of experience. This is also partially because almost all of the Core 2 Duos are simply beasts. The P35-DS3P that we will be looking at today carries the same DS3 mark. This board is really the successor to the incredible 965P-DS3 and should be held to the same standards of quality and performance."

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Biostar 8600 GTS 512 MB GDDR3 @ techPowerUp
"Biostar is the first manufacturer to put 512 MB of fast GDDR3 memory on a GeForce 8600 GTS card, which usually comes with 256 MB. Since GDDR3 memory is expensive, the card retails for around $50 more than the regular variant. Are 256 MB additional video memory worth the price difference?"

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CoolIT Systems Freezone Thermoelectric CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The CoolIT Systems Freezone Thermoelectric CPU Cooler lives up to the name. The Freezone is capable of handling 175W of power and this means it can help you push your modern AMD or Intel processor to higher clock speeds with lower temperatures. Despite the complex appearance of the system, installation is surprisingly easy, meaning you will be up and running on your cooler CPU in no time."

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Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-800MA1S 800 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Kingwin has a very solid performer here. Modular cabling, near silent running, and solid voltages all make for a winning combination. I liked the attention to detail, which is rare in the PSU market at this price point. The finish is flawless, the modular cabling is solid, without that sloppy feeling plastic connectors can give."

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bit-tech News: First look at Gigabyte's GA-X38T-DQ6 motherboard
"Gigabyte's GA-X38T-DQ6 is a board we've found great favour in. We've found it very hard to fault the layout if you choose a heatsink that doesn't need to be bolted to the motherboard and even as an engineering sample it's worked flawlessly throughout our testing. There has been some niggles with the Ethernet adapters but the retail boards are working as expected and should be shipping very soon. It's been a fantastic board to work with even in this early stage, but from the looks of pre-orders, it will be expensive at around £190. Therefore only time will tell if the bundle, stability and extra features due from Intel make it worth the while. Nvidia could command a price premium on the nForce 680i SLI because it had EPP and SLI, but is CrossFire and Intel's Extreme Memory held in the same regard? At least the X38 chipset should provide a diverse range of motherboard options, unlike the nForce 680i SLI, and being an Intel chipset we'd expect it to be far more reliable as well."

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Medal of Honor: Airborne @ TrustedReviews
"EA manages to turn around the fortunes of its venerable WWII franchise with a surprising, innovative game that might just be the best of its type."

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Pioneer BDP-LX70 Blu-ray Player @ TrustedReviews
"Overall the LX70 makes us sad. For while a big part of us wants to jump up and down and shout from the rooftops about how unprecedentedly great its HD pictures are, another big part of us tragically has no choice but to accept that unless you've got enough money to upgrade from this deck in just a few months time, when more fully specified Blu-ray models start to come along, you're probably better off leaving the LX70 on the shelf."

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Dell Inspiron 530 @ TrustedReviews
"Dell's latest range of home user PCs are better looking than ever and for the basic models, they're still as cheap as chips. However, as soon as you start adding extras to your configuration the price quickly rises and alternatives from other manufacturers may be worth a look. Also, the down turn in the quality of Dell's monitors means I'd recommend looking elsewhere for your display."

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SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor MT-GW-DYLM24D6 @ BmR
"The SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor MT-GW-DYLM24D6 incorporates superior TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display technology in a stylish compact design that frees up valuable desk space, with a wide-angle flat screen that offers a view of the screen from various angles without compromising image quality. Featuring high brightness, sharp contrast and vivid colors for hours of comfortable viewing, while SOYO’s built-in speakers deliver stereo-quality sound."

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Why Microsoft Will Always Rule The Enterprise Space @ OSWeekly.com
"For what feels like an eternity, Microsoft has been the master of the enterprise space. Despite Microsoft's ongoing flops in the marketing department, which apparently has been a problem going back to the 386 days, they do speak to the needs of the enterprise user. At least in their earlier commercials, they bothered to demonstrate functionality."

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Linspire Needs to Drop OS, Focus Exclusively On CNR @ OSWeekly.com
"Linspire fans thought I was nuts when I first suggested giving up their OEM business. Even Kevin Carmony had his say regarding the issue. Well, in light of the various differences of opinion, I wish Kevin well in his new endeavors because as of recently, our differences of opinion no longer apply."

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Firefox Extensions That Cost Sites Money @ OSWeekly.com
"It seems harmless enough at first, the desire to keep ads from overtaking the content you wish to view from your favorite websites. But what so many people seem to fail to understand is that many of these content providers are using ads to make a living. Otherwise, there would be no time to gather the content and post original works in the first place."

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Apple iPod Classic Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Yesterday, we had the opportunity to review Apple's 3rd generation iPod Nano, and needless to say, we came away impressed with the latest carnation of the iPod family. Apple is too good at what it does, and it shows. Today, we have the iPod Classic in our lab, and unfortunately, we don't know what to write about. Yes, it's a rarity with us, considering how we love to publish our opinions, but there's nothing differentiating between the 3rd generation iPod Nano and iPod Classic. Other than the larger display, higher storage capacity and an overall increase in size, both devices are identical to one another. Of course, that's a good thing, for the most part."

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Apple iPod Touch @ CoolTechZone.com
"This week, we have published our review of the 3rd generation iPod Nano and iPod Classic and came away impressed with both units. However, it will be some time before we can get a hold of the iPod Touch, but we don't expect to be wowed at all. After all, it's just an iPhone with phone integration stripped out. However, one thing is for sure, Apple listened to its user base and delivered an appetizing music player that's far ahead of anything others can offer. If you thought Creative, iRiver and others were catching up to Apple, think again."

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Monday, September 10, 2007
Audioengine A2 Review @ Digital Trends
"Add some audiophile quality speakers to your desktop or laptop system with the Audioengine A2's."

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Nexus Caterpillar Silent System PC Case review by Metku.net
"Now Nexus has come up with a new case in their range of quiet cases, the Caterpillar. It comes equipped with two quiet fans and the panels are covered in sound-absorbing material. How well have they accomplished with the compromise between being quiet and having a good ventilation this time?"

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Technic3D/Logitech MX Revolution
"The Logitech MX Revolution arrived Technic3D. The Mouse for Office and Gamer a Revolution? See you in the following Review on Technic3D"

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Voice Post Roundup: Asus Eee, Panasonic W5, Pico-ITX and More at XYZ Computing
"If you have been following XYZ Computing's front page you probably have noticed our voice posts. These are a project we are working on in which I record some thoughts on a topic of my choosing. This is a major departure from XYZ's normal way of doing things, but they have gone well and we think they are worth checking out. The topics include Panasonic's W5 notebook, the Eee from Asus, Pico-ITX, and HP's Blackbird 002 gaming computer."

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Targan TurboJet 1100 watt PSU at Modders-Inc
"The TurboJet 1100 watt PSU is a premium line power supply designed to deliver consistent and reliable power to your sensitive computer electronics."

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Folding on the Intel V8 - Eight Cores of F@H @ Legit Reviews
"Many of you probably remember our Intel V8 preview that showed some serious processing power. Instead of just letting a system like this collect dust, we have put this system to good use running Folding @ Home for Team 38296. We set out to see just how many points per day we could get with such a beast using various configurations featuring the Linux SMP client, Windows SMP client, ATI GPU Client, and VMWare."

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Mio Digiwalker A501 GPS PDA Phone @ TrustedReviews
"Mio's A501 is a reasonable stab at melding both smartphone and sat-nav. It has a touch-screen, which mobile phones with sat-nav bolted on generally don't, and it's also smaller than most PDA phones with GPS. If you truly don't want to be bogged down with yet another gizmo when popping out and about, it's worth considering for these features alone - especially as the driving guidance is so good. Overall, though, there are just too many other flaws for a wholehearted recommendation. The screen's too reflective, the software slightly laggy and the phone itself isn't the prettiest or the most fully featured. And if that lot doesn't put you off maybe the £334 price tag will."

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 80GB External Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"There are many options out there when it comes to external hard drives, so it is difficult to get too excited about any of them unless they do something really special. While the 80GB Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini looks good, works well, and is easy to use, what really sets it apart from many of the other drives on the market is the software."

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Dell Latitude D531 @ TrustedReviews
"Dell's Latitude D531 is a solidly made and well targeted machine, however it's let down by the sluggishness of AMD's mobile platform and, as a consequence, it would be well worth scouting the market thoroughly before settling on this system."

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Buffalo Nfiniti WZR-AG300NH @ TrustedReviews
"There has been a mass of controversy surrounding the draft 802.11n standard but the fact that the mighty Cisco has recently announced support will give it a huge boost in acceptance for business use. Note that the WZR-AG300NH is only draft 1.0 compliant but it is offering a veritable feast of wireless features. However, this router is comparatively expensive so unless you really feel the 802.11a support is of benefit then consider D-Link's DIR-655 as this offers a lot more features and equally good performance for a lot less hard cash."

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How to Get Around Website Blocks @ Bigbruin.com
"Bigbruin.com has an independently authored look at web proxies... As Internet use becomes increasingly common at the workplace and in schools, so do attempts to limit access to certain websites. With bosses and principals trying to put a hamper on web surfing and increase productivity, they have resorted to installing firewalls and web filters that block many harmless websites, including Big Bruin."

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Cooler Master CM Media 282 Hybrid Desktop/HTPC Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"To sum it up, this is quite a versatile case. It can be used to build a HTPC or a full fledged overclocked gaming tower, and converting between the two takes just a matter of minutes. Unlike many HTPC chassis this case supports both the micro and full ATX form factors and there is plenty of room inside for hard drives."

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Revoltec Rhodium Tower @ Bjorn3D
"PC cases have undergone a huge evolution the last 10-15 years. While at the dawn of the PC era you could only find beige and boring cases, now basically every case looks designed. This of course means that it is hard to stand out from the competition, even more if you are not a big case-company like Antec or Thermaltake."

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Apple iPod Nano (3rd Generation) Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We couldn't wait to get our hands on the latest of Apple's iPod music players, as the company put on its annual show to update the most successful product line in its history last week. Needless to say, the industry is buzzing once again and for a good reason. We've got to be honest though. When Jobs first showcased the new line, our jaws dropped. We were horrified with the new designs. They appeared to be chubby, clunky and anything but sexy. Was Apple losing its touch with reality? Who would want an out of shape iPod? Certainly not us. But we were wrong."

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bit-tech Mod: The Tetris Mod
"Out of all of those great games though there was one which got people hooked all over the world - Tetris. The game seemed so very simple...all you had to do was place every little piece into a wall. Of course, simple doesn't mean easy - blocks dropped quicker and quicker, and the minutes flew by just as quickly. Thousands of colourful hours in eight bits, double matches trying to be the best in the"

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Why Microsoft Should Abandon Windows, Embrace BSD @ OSWeekly.com
"By now, it's fairly apparent that Vista is not such a good thing in the grand scheme of things. Even after considering Vista's successes, Microsoft needs to consider where Windows is going to be in the next 10 years. Windows 7 will have its work cut out for it, but what happens after that? Should Microsoft start a dual OS approach to the market? According to latest rumors about Windows 7 features, it sounds like a good idea."

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Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"With a successful line of"

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Windows, Linux, OS X User Interfaces: All Fluff, No Function @ OSWeekly.com
"I have been wondering about this for sometime now - what defines a professional looking UI for an operating system? Recently, with the release of OS X's latest, Windows Vista and Beryl on various Linux distributions, it seems that there has been plenty of emphasis on the OS interface."

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Apple Dislikes Gaming and Makes It Clear @ OSWeekly.com
"As a Mac user, I’m glad that I’m not really into games, because if I was, I’d be deeply disappointed. There’s just nothing to get excited about, and as the popularity of OS X continues to rise, this is going to have to change. Windows is still the winner when it comes to gaming, and that’s not going to change for a long time, if ever. Some people may have initially been excited by claims from EA that they were going to simultaneously release some of their Windows games on the Mac, but they haven’t truly delivered on those promises, and in all honesty, the discussed titles haven’t exactly been very compelling. Besides, they’re not exclusive Mac titles, anyway."

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ASUS P5E3 Deluxe X38 with an air-cooled QX6850 sets a new memory bandwidth record @ NordicHardware
"Besides the P5E3 Deluxe we also have Corsair's new DDR3 Dominator memory and it is working flawlessly at 2,000 MHz with 7-6-5-15 1T timings. With some assistance from the cold Swedish Autumn night and an extreme airflow, we managed to push Intel's QX6850 to 4,470 MHz and reach a memory bandwidth read speed of 13,425 MB/s, a new record."

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Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular PSU TPQ-850
"Last year the Antec TP3-650 TruePower Trio was still making waves in the market, offering 650W of power for an unbeatable price. This year, Antec has returned with a newly designed and very improved power supply unit: the TruePower Quattro. Available to gamers and hardware enthusiasts in need of either 850 or 1000 watts of power output, the new TPQ-850 and TPQ-1000 are poised to energize even the most power-hungry system. Benchmark Reviews has tested the AC voltage ripple and DC power regulation of many top-end power supplies over the past months, and now it's time to see how the Antec TruePower Quattro 850W PSU TPQ-850 compares to the field of competition in this hardware review."

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Sunday, September 9, 2007
2007 Back-to-School Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"It's time for your kid to head back to school for another grueling, but exciting, year ahead. And, unlike a decade ago, students now look to technology to make their lives simpler, more organized and, let's face it, fun. But with so many gadgets on the market, it's tough to decide which are good and which are absolutely necessary. To that end, we have compiled a list of back to school essentials for your favorite student. Whether they're heading back to high school or heading off to college, the following items are sure bets that will steer them in the right direction."

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NVIDIA: Got Specifications?
"This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only announcing their new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon HD 2000 support, immense performance improvements, and AIGLX, but it was accompanied by an announcement that they will be delivering specifications to the X.Org development community. These two announcements came after intense work internally at AMD and over a long period of time, but literally overnight it changed the minds of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its once notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing that a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their proprietary software can update their views to assist and embrace the open-source Linux community while remaining competitive as a company in a triopoloy market. They have also thus reaffirmed that Linux is a viable desktop operating system. But the ball has now landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play ball by pushing forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three GPU manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they may find themselves in trouble down the road."

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VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"When building an HTPC system, one of the main problems is finding a decent keyboard and mouse that won't take up too much room. Often a good keyboard is just a standard full sized desktop keyboard in a wireless version. Then there is the issue of cursor control. A mouse often gets misplaced, and remote control units are awkward at best. VidaBox's new Premium Wireless Keyboard features a built-in optical trackball, and the size is as compact as a laptop keyboard."

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bit-tech Review: Be Quiet!'s PC Noise Absorber Kit
"If you have an entirely closed system and have gone to extreme lengths elsewhere first: fans, hard drives and heatsinks, then yes it will take that extra bit more off. But then again, if you've been that pedantic anyway with your components why didn't you consider a"

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Saturday, September 8, 2007
Intel Core 2 Duo Performance: L2 cache @ NordicHardware
"To elaborate further, you can remove all of the cache and make a really cheap processor. It will not only be very cheap, but also extremely slow. But how much does the second level of cache really influence and affect the performance of today's Core 2 Duo processors? We at NordicHardware have gathered three processors, with 4MB, 2MB and 1MB respectively, to investigate this more thoroughly."

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Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Game-Play
"All week we have talked about the performance of the 8.41 display driver and the performance on various ATI graphics cards from the R300 series to the latest R600 graphics card. In some of these articles, we have briefly commented on the image quality, but in this article we will be looking exclusively at the image quality while gaming with the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB under Linux."

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Corsair VX450W @ techPowerUp
"Corsair's new VX450W power supply comes with a maximum load of 450W. While this may not sound much it is absolutely sufficient to power most of today's systems. The PSU has a very high efficiency of over 83% which allows the fan to run slower because there is not so much excess heat to get rid of. In our fan noise testing this extremely silent unit leads by a large margin over all other PSUs tested so far."

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Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW 22inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For the Syncmaster 2232GW being reviewed today, Samsung took their main 22"

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Creative The Zen Stone Plus Mp3 Player Review @ XtremeComputing
"Overall the looks and styling of the Zen Stone Plus have been really impressive, not only is it compact and sporty to look at but most of all the lightweight ness and pebble like shape of the device makes it a winner in my books so far, so with all that said let’s upload some tunes to hear how it sounds."

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Friday, September 7, 2007
A-DATA Extreme Edition 1200+ 1GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA is joining the band wagon of 1200 MHz memory with their Extreme Edition memory. Many manufacturers have displayed memory at these speeds at Computex this year. The kits are available in 1 or 2 GB variants and come with the new, cleaner heatspreader. This Extreme Edition memory is the first to manage 1200 MHz at default voltage with no problems at all."

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I4U: Bioshock for PC Video Game Review
"The sheen effect as you walk through water running over entry ways and doors is very cool. I ran the game maxed out at 2560 x 1600 on my test system. I found that at these settings the game locked up very frequently. At least every ten minutes of game time I would get a lock up and have to press reset to recover."

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Ultra Products Giveaway
"Ultra Products and Modders-Inc.com has teamed to bring you an awesome. Modders-Inc was able 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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ATI Radeon HD 2400/2600 On Linux
"This week has been extremely exciting to say the least. We started by telling you about the AMD 8.41 Display Driver which is largely rewritten and offers Radeon HD 2000 product support, performance improvements, and soon will support AIGLX. Four articles looking at the R300/400, R500, and R600 performance under Linux followed that preview. Then yesterday we told you about AMD's new open-source strategy for supporting Linux and the open-source community. Well, what do we have for you today? With the 8.41 display driver we have completed some additional benchmarks using the Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB and Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB graphics cards. In this article, we see if these two mid-range ATI Radeon HD 2000 graphics cards are able to compete against NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series."

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PowerColor HD 2600 XT @ Bjorn3D
"It's been quite hectic lately with these Shader Model 4.0 cards being out. Not only NVIDIA came up as a winner here in terms of availability, the performance of G80 cards was more than standard when compared against R600 boards. The end of June marked AMD's launch of ATI Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 series which were pretty late anyway. Take a note though that mainstream and entry level cards are always overdue and flagship high-end products come first to the game."

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Olympus FE-250 @ TrustedReviews
"With the FE-250, Olympus has redeemed many of the black marks gathered by previous models in the series. For a very reasonable price it offers excellent build quality, decent performance and excellent picture quality, while maintaining the simplicity and ease-of-use for which it was designed."

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Samsung SyncMaster XL20 LED Backlight Monitor @ TrustedReviews
"With the XL20, Samsung has clearly tried to bring the benefits of LED backlit displays to a more affordable price point and thereby a greater audience. On that score, it's succeeded admirably. I've never seen an LCD display with colours as rich. If you want access to a wide colour gamut display, without paying earth shattering prices, then right now this is your only choice."

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Epson Stylus Photo R285 @ TrustedReviews
"This is a reasonable ink-jet photo printer, but it doesn't stand out from the crowd. Similar models from Canon and HP provide higher quality prints on plain paper and can match the Stylus Photo R285 on speed, despite their lower paper specifications. The Epson machine is quite cheap to run, but can be noisy, particularly if you print in draft mode."

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Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Black Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case @ BmR
"I very seldom find myself in awe of any product design these days, since most manufacturers are more willing to produce a good product that can be mass produced than a truly great product requiring extensive effort. It doesn't happen often, but I have recently discovered the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, a beautiful black high-end gaming mid-tower ATX computer case that has refined itself to the point of prestige. Hardware enthusiasts and hardcore gamers will delight in this fine chassis, and Benchmark Reviews offers you something you are not likely to find again for some time: innovation."

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Thursday, September 6, 2007
Mark Shuttleworth Talks On ATI's New Linux Drivers
"Mark Shuttleworth, the self-made millionaire and leader of the Ubuntu project, has been very vocal about the adoption of free software and that"

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Netgear EVA8000 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Netgear EVA8000 lets you stream content from your PC directly to your television, all in glorious HD."

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EXCLUSIVE: AMD's New Open-Source Strategy Explained
"Rumors and speculations have been flying around for months about ATI/AMD opening up the source-code to their Linux display driver or providing their GPU specifications to community developers. This for the most part had started after Henri Richard's statement at the Red Hat Summit earlier this year. Well, those rumors can finally be put to rest. AMD will be providing NDA specifications, an open-source library, and there is a new open-source graphics driver as a result. AMD will continue producing a closed-source proprietary driver; however, they are opening the source-code to a critical library with accompanying GPU specifications for X.Org developers. To get the ball rolling, AMD is also funding the development of a new open-source R500/600 driver."

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Seagate NYC Blogger Event Coverage @ Bigbruin.com
"In between trips to the bar and stops with the hors d’oeuvre waiters, I spent some time checking out each item on display at the Seagate NYC Blogger Event held on September 05, 2007, and compiled this summary of what the present and near future at Seagate looks like. With items such as the D.A.V.E., Momentus and Barracuda FDE drives, and the brand new OneTouch 4 series of external hard drives from Maxtor on hand, there were plenty of interesting items to check out."

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NVIDIA Forceware 163.44 Beta Drivers For Bioshock @ Legit Reviews
"After running circles for three sets of two minutes on each driver we came up a bit dizzy, but the results were able to show impressive driver improvement over the months before BIOSHOCK was released. The Forceware 163.44 Beta drivers are clearly in the lead and while they didn't double the performance level versus the Forceware 158.18 drivers they came close. Just by updating the video card drivers we were able to pick up 34 frames per second, which is a 69.4% performance improvement!"

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OCZ Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse at Modders-Inc
"I have used cordless mice for years and have never found a corded mouse that I would leave on my system. This is the first one that I would even consider keeping. It responds very well and is close to the same feel that I am accustomed to."

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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad CF @ techPowerUp
"PC Power and Cooling is without doubt one of the best power supply manufacturers out there. Recently they have been bought by OCZ and we are now seeing the first products which are geared for the masses. The Silencer 750W Quad CF comes with an ATI CrossFire certification and boasts four PCI-E power connectors. In our testing we saw excellent regulation qualities and very high efficiency of up to 82%."

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Medieval 2: Total War - Kingdoms @ TrustedReviews
"Kingdoms does exactly what a good expansion pack should do, not just adding new content but reinvigorating the whole game experience. Four campaigns, each one worthy of a separate release, make it a bumper value pack for Total War fans."

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Laplink PCmover 3 @ TrustedReviews
"This is a very clever piece of software that goes further than other migration tools. It handles not only documents, but also any applications you can legally move and the settings which you have made to make your life easier. £35.64 doesn't seem a lot for this, but that only pays for a one-'use' (not user) license."

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Microsoft Fails With Windows Live SkyDrive @ OSWeekly.com
"Now that Microsoft is offering free online storage, the question is whether we should put much credence into allowing others to remotely store and secure our hard drive data? With Google still running behind on this, could this be Microsoft's entrance into the beginnings of an online OS?"

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Xandros Means Business: Exchanges Protocols With Microsoft @ OSWeekly.com
"Xandros has received a fair share of grief from the community who was not thrilled about the strong arm, er, I mean IP protection payments to Microsoft. As I have explained in the past, I understand Xandros' concerns over a potential legal battle, in addition to the issues of selling a product to customers when you have a constant legal threat to worry about. In that aspect, I 'get' why they gave in to the Redmond giant."

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Automatix Backlash: Why the Hate? @ OSWeekly.com
"In order for Automatix to be as hated as it has become by a select few, we need to first examine the reasons why the application is allegedly being targeted with such harsh words. With this article, we will closely examine why a lot of people who whine about this application hosing their system need to research the product more intimately before jumping to conclusions."

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Shure SE110 Sound Isolating Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Shure has recently announced an economic version of its SE series earphones for $99. While Shure has gradually transitioned from a pro-only company to an earphones legend for mainstream consumers, it's still a little limiting when a lot of the earphones hover around $200 with some going for as high as $500. There's nothing mainstream about these price tags, but that's about to change with the SE110. The SE110, with its $99 price tag, promises to be a fine entry level unit in Shure's otherwise high-profile and luxurious product line."

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Archos 605 WiFi Video Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We recently reviewed Archos' 405 video player and came away impressed. However, it had a few quirks that annoyed us, but we recommended it nonetheless. Today, we have Archos' 605 WiFi in our hands, and you can expect for it to be a killer device that beats every other PVP out of the water. Yes, it's a big brother to 405, and it offers a number of interesting features that 405 lacked for obvious reasons."

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3C Heatsink Review
"The Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C is a heavy heatsink, so it installs with very secure mounting hardware that is quite inconvenient. The heatsink is compatible with socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD Athlon64 processors and socket 775 Intel CPUs. In each case, the motherboard must be removed from the computer case and a metal rear-PCB support bracket installed. The Fourier IV's mounting screws go in from the back of the motherboard to the front where the heatsink support bracket is. It takes at least two hands to do this, and the rear metal support plate doesn't have an adhesive patch to keep it in place so it's tricky."

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T-Mobile Wing Review @ Digital Trends
"The T-Mobile Wing is a good balance between Sidekick's user friendliness and a Blackberry's raw power."

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I4U: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU Review
"If you are looking for a processor to be the brains of your new gaming machine, but don’t want to break the bank the E6750 is a great option. You will want to be sure if you opt for the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 that your mainboard supports the 1333MHz FSB speed. Mainboards that do support the FSB are the Intel P35 and the NVIDIA 680i and 650i mainboards. The P35 offers DDR3 support while the NVIDIA chipsets don’t, right now that’s not much of an issue with DDR3 not affecting performance much."

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Tritton USB 5.1 Digital Headset at Modders-Inc
"For the hardcore gamers, the challenge of picking the right headset is even tougher. With todays games offering top quality sound, you need a top quality headset to take advantage of it. Today we are going to look at one of Tritton Technologies AXPC USB 5.1 Digital headsets."

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 750 GB Hard Disc
"When we intend to purchase a brand-new hard drive to store our data, it is quite usual to focus on capacity and forget the rest."

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PC Power and Cooling 750 Quad Black Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Overall, the performance of the PC Power and Cooling 750 Quad Black Power Supply was extremely impressive. Even with the extra load added by the synthetic load generator thrown on top of everything else the test system had to offer, the voltage rails wouldn't budge. They just kept on reporting the same static data, which is what you would like to see. Whether the data was being read instantaneously via a multimeter or over time with diagnostic software, the unit made it clear it could handle much more."

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Intel QX6850 Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core 1333MHZ FSB Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"To boil it down, this processor will blow you mind if you ever personally witness it ripping through data and information like an F5 tornado through a Oklahoma trailer park. It is equally as awe-inspiring and you might just lose your house paying for it."

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Dremel Glue Gun
"Some of the accessories we could want to place onto our mod could be so small that it will be impossible to screw them. This is, therefore, one of the situations where the use of glue becomes crucial."

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iRex Technologies iLiad Reader @ TrustedReviews
"The iLiad is a superb idea and the screen is wonderful and I could see myself using it as a document reader. However, despite the well put together documentation, you need to be tech savvy to get the most out of the device and overall, it's expensive."

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Parrot Party Bluetooth Speakers @ TrustedReviews
"Parrot's Party speakers are certainly well-designed for listening to music on the move. You can use them to play music from your phone, MP3 player or laptop without wires; they're compact and solid enough to travel with; and Bluetooth pairing works about as well as you'd hope it would. At £80 they're also pretty good value considering all the extra technology and, despite the distortion at the high end (over Bluetooth), general sound quality, volume and battery life is good for a device this small."

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook @ TrustedReviews
"As an alternative to onboard notebook sound, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook is a reasonable solution, but I really don't like having to source and buy the breakout box separately, which does push the price up out of the low budget range."

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ATI R500 Linux Performance Revisited With New Driver
"Since Linux support for the Radeon X1000"

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AMD: Accelerating Open-Source Drivers?
"So far today at Phoronix we've published the AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview, ATI R300/400 Linux Performance, ATI R500 Linux Performance, and ATI Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Performance -- yet, it's only ten minutes past midnight! However, looking at AMD's official statement on the Linux driver, there is a rather interesting sentence about good things to come..."

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EXCLUSIVE: ATI Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Performance
"Back when the Radeon X1000"

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ATI R300/400 Linux Performance Revisited With New Driver
"To some extent, ATI's R300 and R400 series is more popular than the R500 (and now R600) series for Linux users. The R300/400 series has a reliable open-source driver and while the performance of the X.Org Radeon driver lags behind ATI's binary driver, it's currently the fastest for offering open-source 3D performance on dedicated graphics cards. With the cards being around much longer, they are also much cheaper and have become somewhat popular for Linux desktops that can power Compiz and Beryl "eye candy" effects. However, it's just not the R500 and R600 series that receive a nice performance boost from the new ATI/AMD Linux driver, but so does the R300/400 series. Using the fglrx 8.41 driver on this older graphics hardware will allow for a sizable performance improvement compared to the older binary drivers. Much of AMD's focus is on the R500 and R600 series, as is our focus, but we've completed some benchmarks comparing the new and old fglrx drivers using an ATI Mobility Radeon X300 64MB and ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB graphics card."

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EXCLUSIVE: AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview
"While many thought this day would never come or that it was some form of propaganda, it's coming and it's coming this month. The AMD fglrx 8.41 driver features a brand new underlying code-base that has been under development for well over a year. At Phoronix we have literally spent hundreds of hours using and testing this new driver, and to say the least it is truly a new experience on the ATI Linux front. The new driver delivers massive performance improvements, Radeon HD 2000 (R600) support, and a whole lot more. This article is the first of five articles that will be published today at Phoronix as we examine the new AMD Linux driver extensively on all fronts from seeing how it can handle the flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card to going back to past graphics card families to show the dramatic performance improvements."

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
GalaXy TVistoU2F Multimedia HDD Enclosure @ Viper Lair
"While HTPC is the rage, those of us with space limitations, as well as budget ones find several shortcomings to that particular solution. Then we have the Media Center solutions brought to us by the likes of D-Link and Netgear, where they use your OS and storage and their bandwidth to display multimedia on your TV, these have been hit or miss on several things, bandwidth and source system performance being dominant. Now comes GalaXy with an embedded Linux solution that could just fill that void."

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Logitech VX Nano Review @ Digital Trends
"Billed as an ultra-portable mouse with a surprisingly small USB receiver, the VX Nano is marketed mainly toward laptop users."

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D-Tek Fuzion GPU and Uni-Sink @ techPowerUp
"Before the next generation of GPUs is released, we must deal with NVIDIA's flag-ship card, the 8800 Ultra, and the massive amounts of heat it produces. There are several air cooling options available, but enthusiasts will surely select water cooling. The D-Tek Fuzion GPU block offers versatility, and coupled with the Uni-Sink it should be a great solution for cooling 8800 Ultra and GTX cards. Is it the same in practice as in theory?"

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Review: Tagan ICYBOX Enclosure @ GideonTech.com
"Tagan Technology sent over one of their ICYBOX external enclosures for us to test. This enclosure is built for SATA 2.5"

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Technic3D/LC-Power Cosmo Cool
"Three LC-Power Cosmo Cool CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The First Cooler with copper, the second with Alu and the third with alu/copper. Have all three Cooler a chance against others CPU Cooler on the market? See you in the following Review"

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Western Digital RaptorX WD1500AHFD 150GB Clear Top SATA Hard Drive Review
"If you want the highest performance Serial ATA hard drives available, there's only one manufacturer to turn to and that's Western Digital. Its enterprise class Raptor hard drives are a hit among computer enthusiasts. The Western Digital Raptor hard drive achieves its remarkable performance thanks to the high rotation speed of its platters. At 10,000 RPM the WD Raptor is definitely one of the fastest spinning Serial ATA desktop HDD on the market, on par with enterprise level SCSI counterparts. While 7200 RPM drives are improving in performance by increasing platter density and putting larger caches on the HDD, Western Digital uses a "brute force" type method in increasing performance. It's not be the most elegant way but hey it works very well. ;-)"

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ASUS P5E3 Deluxe - Intel X38 Preview @ NordicHardware
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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam Review at XYZ Computing
"In this review we will be looking at Logitech's new QuickCam Pro 9000. This is an upper tier product and though it does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the company's other offerings it should be the type of high quality, no nonsense product that many people are looking for. This is not their smallest camera, but it is aimed at users who are looking for a great experience with HD video, proper lighting, and great sound from an integrated microphone. There are a lot of webcams available at, or under, the Pro 9000's $99 price point so choosing one can be difficult. The Pro looks great on paper but we will be taking a close look to see how it performs under actual use. Logitech has been doing a very solid job with the webcams lately so expectations are high, especially given the price of this model."

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Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"With a new design and update to an already great family of Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics has given the Voyager line of headsets a flagship they can be proud of. Improving on the comfort level of the Voyager 510 as well as a nice leap forward in sound quality and volume, the Voyager 520 is a solid heir and should provide those looking for more ‘minimalist’ styling exactly what they are looking for..."

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Sony VPL-VW50 Projector @ TrustedReviews
"With the VPL-VW50, Sony has proved that SXRD really does have the potential to become a mass market phenomenon, serving up a scintillating performance that makes the £2,700 price tag seem almost ridiculously affordable."

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Brother DCP-9040CN Multi-Function Device @ TrustedReviews
"The Brother DCP-9040CN is a well-designed colour laser, multifunction machine which does pretty much what the company claims. For all that, it's not particularly cheap to buy or run. Print quality is slightly above average and print speeds are good, but there's little expansion potential, if your company grows."

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Nikon CoolPix S50c @ TrustedReviews
"The CoolPix S50c is an attractive and well-made camera, and the WiFi capability is both useful and easy to use, but its sluggish performance, unimpressive picture quality and very slow AF system are major problems. Considering the price, unless you really want that wireless connectivity it's a hard camera to recommend."

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Creative Zen MP3 Player @ CoolTechZone.com
"While much of the consumer electronics world is focused on Apple's iPod, Creative is in a world of its own. It's refreshing, to say the least, especially when the company is actively kicking it. The latest music player to hit Creative's product line is the Zen, as if we haven't had enough of Zen to begin with. Really, somebody at Creative must really love the name Zen, since they aren't willing to let it go. It's meant to replace Zen Vision:M when it debuts soon. Despite the stale name, it promises to be a fine, very fine, player. Here's what it has to offer..."

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Archos 405 Portable Media Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Archos is the company to look out for. Their products have been generally impressive historically, and the 405 promises to be another star in Archos' sky of product line. The Archos 405 is a small, portable unit that's designed to fit in your pocket. With the silver color scheme that sets a classy, sleek tone of the product with a row of buttons on the right edge, it's a natural fit for most users. The controls are slightly awkward with skip forward/backward functions located on the same key, but Archos has given the top and bottom functions their own keys."

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Windows XP Thumb Drive Edition Is Real @ OSWeekly.com
"This is hardly a new concept, as I have been screaming about the desire to see something like this coming into existence out of market demand. Well, the market has apparently grown tired of waiting. Microsoft, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee."

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Web Browsers For Kids: Are They Worth It? @ OSWeekly.com
"In the past, most parents have had to make a choice with regard to their child's online safety and viewing privileges. Either to rely on high-tech methods, such as search filters and website blocking tools, or instead, put the computer in a family room so as to keep an eye on them. Others will point out how there is a level of trust and that none of this is needed. Unfortunately, that is utter nonsense, and I can promise you that your child, if they have an Internet connection, is most definitely at risk of viewing or participating in inappropriate activities."

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Apple and Microsoft: Listen to Your Developers @ OSWeekly.com
"Although users do have a strong influence when it comes to operating systems, developers are truly the lifeblood of operating systems. With users, if they don’t use the OS, then there’s no real sustainability there, but if there’s no solid developer support for a particular operating system, then the company behind the OS is not even going to be able to attract users in the first place. While it may be true that online applications are the wave of the future and the reality for here and now, desktop software is still important, and it’s foolish to say that it doesn’t matter anymore."

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Ultra X3 600Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Ultra X3 600W power supply has a lot to recommend. Its fully modular design and FlexForce cabling system are very unique and will be a boon to users who like to have neat, tidy installs. The cable assortment is complete and provides the user with plenty of connectors supporting a wide variety of configurations. The X3 is relatively compact, very stable and efficient. This should be more than enough PSU for the vast majority of users."

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WinFast PX8600 GTS TDH Extreme Video Card at Modders-Inc.com
"The new Leadtek/WinFast PX8600 GTS TDH Extreme graphics card with the GDDR3 memory clocked to 1000(2000)Mhz and the GPU set to 710Mhz it is set to be a real screamer for the money, but can it do it? We put this new card through some hard testing and it came out without a scratch."

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Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ BmR
"Heatpipes have not been an integrated part of the CPU heatsink for very long now, but the tall design with a fan fixed to the front has already been done several times over. Copper heatpipes, and later copper bases, helped reach the coolest temperatures available from air cooling, but enthusiasts didn't have to wait long for the next advancement. Xigmatek has delivered the HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm cooling fan, and Benchmark Reviews is simply amazed by the unprecedented results. This is by far the best cooler we have yet to test."

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Monday, September 3, 2007
Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master Cosmos is the company's newest high-end offering designed to be a follow up on the highly successful Stacker Series. The case did not only grow in dimension & weight but also offers a long list of new and unique features. You will find seperate hard drive drawers, four fans and foam covered side panels among many other details."

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LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ (2TB) Review @ Digital Trends
"The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 2TB external hard drive is the jack-of-all-trades with its FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 interfaces."

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I4U: SanDisk Sansa Express DAP Review
"Impressively given the small size of the Express SanDisk includes a FM tuner that works well, a four line OLED screen and a mic for voice recording. You can even record direct from FM radio. If you need to charge or sync the SanDisk Sansa Express in a crowded USB hub SanDisk includes a short USB cable as well."

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Nouveau Driver Q&A (NVIDIA Driver Developer Questions)
"On the Phoronix Forums we have been running a Q&A with the developers of the Nouveau project. For those out of the loop or new to Linux, the Nouveau project aims to provide an open-source 2D/3D graphics driver for NVIDIA hardware. After collecting a number of questions from our readers, KoalaBR and Marcheu have answered these questions. The questions range from whether there will be open-source SLI support to asking if NVIDIA has ever contacted the Nouveau developers."

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Thermaltake Tai-Chi M+ @ Bjorn3D
"As notebooks become more powerful, they are also getting hotter. Many of today’s gaming notebooks are made with high performance CPU, dedicated GPU, and a fast 7200 rpm hard drive. These components offer excellent performance but also generate tremendous heat, something you don’t want to find on your notebook. Unlike desktop components, notebook components usually are not replaceable and even if they are, it is usually not easy to do by average users. Hence, the cooling of the notebook components are highly dependant on the level of craftsmanship used by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, due to the need to keep the notebooks light, sometimes it is not easy to offer the best cooling for all the top of the line CPU, GPU, and hard drives inside that one-inch portable unit."

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TDS Nomad 800L Rugged PDA @ TrustedReviews
"The Nomad is no ordinary PDA. It isn't cheap or sleek but it's built like the proverbial brick outhouse and can take a hell of a lot of abuse - check out our video! So if your business has a need for a tough piece of technology that'll work outdoors without seizing up, or your staff work in extreme environments, it fits the bill nicely."

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Acer Altos easyStore @ TrustedReviews
"As a NAS appliance the easyStore leaves a lot to be desired as its features are very basic. Nevertheless, it offers plenty of storage for the price and its iSCSI based data backup and bare metal recovery features make it a unique proposition."

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Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD700 32in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews
"AV purists that we unashamedly are, there's no doubt whatsoever that the 32LXD700 is a hugely impressive LCD TV thoroughly deserving of its 9 out of 10 overall score. But it would nonetheless be remiss of us if we didn't point out that if you're not bothered by the 32LXD700's extra audio power, third HDMI and SD card slot, you can actually get the same terrific picture quality from Panasonic's 32LXD70 model for a good few quid less. The choice is yours."

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Tripp Lite Smart1000LCD UPS @ techPowerUp
"Most users these days know to at least protect their PCs with a surge protector, but in truth, that is not nearly enough. Surge protectors do not protect against blackouts, brownouts or "dirty" power, but an interruptible power supply can. Today we takes a look at the Smart1000LCD UPS from Tripp Lite. It is a 1000VA / 500W unit with a blue backlit LCD display that provides real-time power status."

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Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 1333MHZ FSB Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The people that will be taking advantage of this new processor will be the new system builders trying to get their best bang for the buck at the moment. Seeing this processor can be purchased for under US$200, it is a lot cheaper than the US$320 E6700 it is replacing. In my opinion, Intel is inviting people to take advantage of this processor by cutting the price so drastically that the price difference could allow you to buy the different motherboard to take advantage of it."

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Logisys Area 51 Black ATX Window Case CS51WBK @ BmR
"Logisys started something back in 2003 when they introduced the Logisys Acrylic LED PC feet for PC chassis, and began to infuse gamers hearts alike with innovations with LEDs and case design. Now years later we have a something LAN gamers alike can take from LAN party to LAN party playing games they all enjoy while sporting the Logisys Area 51W computer case. New to this Area 51W case is a large side window that a previous Area 51 did not have, true to Logisys design, we can enjoy superb air flow and functionality. Benchmark Reviews gives you an up-close look at the Logisys CS51WBK Black ATX Window Case."

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Sunday, September 2, 2007
Zykon M1 Gamer Mouse @ techPowerUp
"The Zykon M1 is a very cool looking mouse, featuring red LED lighting and a scroll wheel that can be seen from the bottom of the mouse. It is smaller and lighter than most gaming mice these days, which makes it great for low sensitivity gamers, especially with large cloth mouse pads."

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Corsair Flash PadLock 2GB
"Corsair is known for their high-performance system memory and for the past two years or so, we have seen very innovative flash products from this memory leader. The Corsair Flash Voyager marked the era of waterproof flash drives only to be succeeded by the Flash Voyager GT. Both of these USB flash drive series not only performed great and handled all of our durability tests, but it was also backed by a ten-year warranty and official support for Linux. Earlier this year, however, Corsair redefined durable flash drives by unleashing the Flash Survivor GT. In our premiere review of the Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB, the flash drive was not only fast but had withstood our harsh torture treatment, which consisted of letting the Flash Survivor GT rest at the bottom of an 8 foot deep pool, smashing it with a hammer, and even boiled it in a pot of water. At the end of the day, the Corsair Flash Survivor GT continued to operate like it was brand new with its leading performance edge. Today at Phoronix we are testing out Corsair's latest flash memory product, which claims to offer affordable security for your data via a hardware-based lock. This product at hand is the Corsair Flash PadLock and in this review we go as far as taking apart the entire flash drive to look at its locking mechanism."

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Saturday, September 1, 2007
World-Exclusive: Zalman VF1000 LED & RHS88 @ techPowerUp
"After a long wait the Zalman VF1000 LED VGA cooler has finally arrived. It is a special cooler designed to meet the cooling requirements of today's high-end cards like the GeForce 8800 Series. The additional RHS88 heatsink plate is required for proper cooling of other components on the board like voltage regulation circuitry. This all copper beauty sure does look nice, but can it live up to the expectations?"

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Zenwalk Linux 4.8 Beta
"Among Linux distributions, Zenwalk is really an unsung hero. This distribution is great when it comes to the quality of the software, package selection, and the all-around feel of the distribution. Zenwalk is shortly coming up on its v4.8 milestone and earlier this week the first beta was released. New in Zenwalk Linux 4.8 Beta is the Linux 2.6.22.5 kernel as well as IceWeasel and IceDove replacing Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird accompanied by the GMusicBrowser. The Xfce user interface has also been tweaked slightly and new artwork can also be found in Zenwalk 4.8. Zenwalk 4.8 is shaping up quite well from what can be seen in the beta release and it's highly recommended to check it out if you have time over this Labor Day weekend."

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Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts MP Beta Preview
"Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts has been anticipated for some time now. Since THQ and Relic have just released the multiplayer public beta, it seemed only fitting that Benchmark Reviews offer a preview. While CoH:OF didn't make it into our Most Anticipated Games of Winter 2007 article because it is more of a supplemental addon than it is a completely new game, it is still considered by many to be one of the best Real Time Strategy games of the recent past."

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