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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Intel's Poulsbo Driver A Bloody Mess?
"Intel outsourced the development of their Poulsbo graphics driver, which turned out to be a bloody mess for Intel's customers. The driver hasn't been updated in months and is struck with limitations. Intel also prides itself upon its open-source support, yet there are two binary blobs within this half-working driver for some Intel Atom systems."

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How To: Setup an HDMI Home Theater @ Digital Trends
"Although today's high-definition televisions (HDTVs) are more technically advanced than ever, the good news for everyday users is that connecting home theater components keeps getting simpler. Thank the advent of HDMI, an all-in-one digital cable that carries both audio and video signals between individual pieces of equipment. With just one cable connecting each device to your AV receiver or your TV, it's easy to mix and match parts in minutes. Here's a step-by-step guide to connecting standard home theater components using the format, including a Blu-ray disc player, satellite (or cable TV) receiver, an AV receiver for surround sound and an HDTV."

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Friday, January 30, 2009
Netbook Buyer's Guide @ Digital Trends
"Netbooks are a relative newcomer to the world of portable computers. They sit comfortably at the opposite end of the spectrum from the"

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Thecus N4100PRO NAS Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Thecus N4100PRO uses an AMD Geode LX800 processor and 256MB of DDR memory for powerful data-processing capabilities. The N4100PRO has the capacity for four 3.5"

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Jays c-Jays Headphones @ techPowerUp
"Swedish headphone manufacturer Jays recently released the much anticipated c-Jays supra-aural headphones. Their slim design together with a customizable sound signature has made quite a stir amongst the headphone crowd."

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CSX 3GB DDR3-1600MHz Memory
"Unless you are located in Germany or some other parts of Europe, chances are you have never heard of Compustocx. Compustocx, or CSX for short, is a German manufacturer of system memory modules for computers and is one of the largest memory upgrade providers for Apple computers. CSX has also ventured into producing solid-state drives, audio products, and FB-DIMM memory. Recently though we were asked by a US representative for Compustocx to look at one of their newest DDR3 memory kits, which we gladly accepted. The RAM we are testing out today is the CSX 3GB DDR3-1660MHz (CSXO-CEC3-1600-3GB-3KIT) memory kit."

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
First Look: Energizer Zinc Air Prismatic Battery @ Legit Reviews
"The Zinc Air system requires oxygen from the air as “fuel” to operate. The air access holes under the tape have been included to support the maximum rate capability of the battery. When the battery tab is removed, the battery is “fully open”. The rate of oxygen flow required is proportional to the discharge rate. Therefore, limiting the amount of air access to a zinc air battery can increase the useful life of the battery from 1 – 3 months with no air management to 1 – 2 years using air management. The Energizer PP355 battery has an air requirement of 1.3 cc air/min @ 25 mA, so there is a minimum amount needed for the battery to operate. By using air as fuel it will leave design companies with the ability to custom tailor a battery to their device, which is very innovative..."

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Hiyatek HB-8700 7-Port USB Hub Review @ Bigbruin.com
"If you find yourself contemplating what to unplug each time you want to use a different USB device, perhaps it is time to pick up a hub. A unit like the Hiyatek HB-8700 7-Port USB hub will provide you much greater connectivity without taking up much space, while offering the convenience of a vertical or horizontal installation."

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ASRock N7AD-SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"This N7AD-SLI motherboard from ASRock certainly had potential to be what it was created to be: an affordable enthusiast board that, while not a top dog, would be a great overclocker, and a board that would allow for upgrades like SLI. Performance on this board was decent, but we were left wondering how much better it would have been if we had not had the limitations that we had in setting our DDR timings..."

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PC Accessories and Peripherals Buyer's Guide @ Digital Trends
"It's not time for a full PC upgrade just yet, but the love you felt for your once-shiny, new PC this time last year has faded. Time for the computing equivalent of a marital aid. A slick new keyboard, big bright LCD monitor, a sleek wireless mouse, a web cam, a wireless headset or a nice set of speakers can go a long way to reigniting your love affair with the erstwhile cutting-edge machine. And when it does come time for an upgrade, your new peripherals come along for the ride."

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ASUS P6T @ Bjorn3D
"Over the years Asus has been one of the top innovators in the PC market, regardless if it has to do with their mother boards or any of their many other product divisions. And with the release of the new Intel Core i7 Asus hasn't stood still either by bringing out several mother boards before the CPU was even officially released. Since the CPU's release Asus has upped their offerings in the i7 field by offering no less than seven different models to fully cover the entire market price points."

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OCZ Apex 120GB SSD OCZSSD2-1APX120G @ Benchmark Reviews
"OCZ may not have created the Solid State Drive, but they've done more to bring SSD technology mainstream than any other company in the industry. Once SSDs could outperform their HDD counterpart, it was all about price and capacity. The OCZ Core Series helped to offer affordable Solid State Drive technology to the masses, but capacity and stuttering became new issues. Using a pair of JMicron JMF602B SSD controllers to organize two banks of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules into a JMB390 controller, the new OCZ Apex Series SSD offers an impressive capacity with internal RAID-0 performance to subdue stuttering. Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the OCZSSD2-1APX120G against over two dozen other products in this article."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W Modular ATX Power Suppply Review @ Tweaknews
"I'm very impressed with Cooler Master's Silent Pro M600W. Here's a quiet, compact, high-quality PSU with flat modular cabling, high efficiency and a five-year warranty from an established company. Cooler Master also includes silicone vibration gaskets and black mounting screws."

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Sapphire Ultimate HD4670 Passively Cooled Graphics Card review in Metku
"Now that the HD4670 cards have been on the market for a while, we are starting to see some non-reference models of these also. The card in question today, is Sapphire's Ultimate HD4670 card which is completely passively cooled."

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Tagan SuperRock 680W TG680-U33II @ techPowerUp
"The Tagan SuperRock 680W is a great power supply for budget aware users who are looking for a cost effective way to power their system. With 680W it should be good for almost everything you can throw at it. During our testing we found out that the PSU is running very quiet which makes it a good candidate for a silent media PC system, too."

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Video Games: How to Setup Parental Controls @ Digital Trends
"The family that plays together stays together, but as every parent knows, you can't always be around when the kids want to enjoy a quick game of Madden or Super Smash Bros. In addition, there are also games (*cough* Gears of War 2 *cough*) that you might not want your tots to play alone, if at all. Luckily, the manufacturers of popular consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 have created built-in parental controls that can help keep sprouts safe from inappropriate content. Here's how to make sure junior doesn't get an eyeful."

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XFX GTX-285 XXX @ Bjorn3D
"There has seldom been a time in GPU history that has been more exciting. New more powerful GPU's are popping up all over the place. Last year we saw the introduction of the 4870, 4870x2, GTX-260, GTX-260 216, GTX-280, and this year already we've seen the GTX-295 and now the XFX GTX-285 XXX. That's more excitement than we've seen in a long time. Combine that with the Core i7 introduction and toss one of those puppies on a good board with the Intel Core i7 965 Extreme and you've got heart pumping graphics madness."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Intel Moblin V2 Core Alpha: It Boots Fast!
"Intel has been at the forefront of producing hardware for netbooks and other mobile devices thanks to their Atom processor family, but they are also looking at being a key part of the mobile software ecosystem. Back in 2007 we witnessed the launch of the Moblin project, which is Intel's open-source venture for creating a complete stack of software for these mobile devices. Originally, the Moblin core was based upon Ubuntu, but Intel ended up rebasing off Fedora last year and they have been preparing for the second version of their core operating system. Just this week they released Moblin V2 Core Alpha, which we are looking at in this article. Specifically, we are looking at how fast this Intel software is able to boot!"

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ATI Catalyst Driver Release 8.12 Hotfix HD4850X2 Test @ Bigbruin.com
"ATI has recently released a hotfix to their Catalyst Driver version 8.12 intended to improve DirectX10 performance in multi-core CPU systems and to resolve BSOD issues using dual ATI Radeon HD 4850 in CrossFireX configurations. With a HD4850x2 in hand, I had to see if the 10-25% performance increase in some applications was indeed possible."

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ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard Pictures - Socket AM3 @ Legit Reviews
"While we've had a number of engineering sample motherboards floating around our test bench in recent weeks the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard is the first retail motherboard to show up at our door step. The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard packaging states that it is designed for the new AMD AM3 processor series. It also says that the board uses 100% Japan-made solid capacitors that have a VRM of 57 years at 65C as well as other features like anti-surge protection, DDR3 Memory, Quad CrossFireX, Express Gate, and an 8+2 phase power design. It is clear that this AMD 790FX chipset powered board is loaded with a ton of interesting features, so let's open the box and see what it comes with..."

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OCZ Throttle (eSATA Flash Drive) @ Bjorn3D
"OCZ has recently launched the Throttle. It is one of the kind portable storage as it is a flashed based drive but uses eSATA port and USB for data transfer. By combining both technologies, OCZ virtually ensures that the drive will have the better transfer rate and at the same time, keeps the durability of the flash based storage. Bjorn3D is quite fortunate that the good folks at OCZ are kind enough to ship one of of the Throttle drives to us for a review. Today, we shall see how this thing performs. Can this device revolutionize the storage on the go? Let's find out."

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Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The GA-EX58-UD4P is the latest high performance X58-Express Series motherboard from GIGABYTE, designed to unleash the awesome power of Intel's new Core i7 processors and replaces the GA-EX58-UD5. Equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3-channel DDR3 support, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, Ultra Durable 3 technology and the industry's most extensive range of overclocking features, the EX58-UD4P is bringing excitement back into the high performance motherboard industry. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard to their EX58-EXTREME, Intel's DX58SO Smackover, and last-generations GA-X48T-DQ6."

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Monday, January 26, 2009
Tutorial: How to get started with microcontrollers - Part 1 in Metku.net
"Nowadays the most commonly used microcontrollers in do-it-yourself projects are Atmel's AVR- and Microchip's PIC-families. In this article we will introduce you to Atmel's AVR and how to get started with them."

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Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Having used the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard for the last few weeks I have been very impressed with the performance. For anyone looking at a moderate cost, high performance solution it is definitely the way to go. Overclocking is where the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P really shines, I was able to take my retail Q9450 with just an 8x multiplier and crank it up a full 1200MHz without going over 1.3v..."

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10
"While there are many different netbooks on the market, one of the models that has been selling quite well and is popular with many enthusiasts is the IdeaPad S10 from Lenovo. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 can be customized, but is equipped with an Intel Atom N270 processor, a 10.2"

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Mirrors Edge Performance Review @ Bjorn3D
"Mirrors Edge by Electronic Arts was released for PC on January 13th 2009 and is the first game with fully integrated PhysX designed to run on Nvidia GPU's. Some time back Nvidia purchased Ageia which invented PhysX and a Physics Processing Unit that can perform PhysX processing much faster than a CPU. With the acquisition of Ageia Nvidia push the technology to the forefront of graphics processing. Previously PhysX was a phenomenon and you purchased a separate PhysX card which just kind of hung around in your machine and didn't do much for you. Ageia just didn't have the Corporate resources to mainstream PhysX even though it's a great idea for effects in games that provide a more realistic user intractable environment."

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Acer P244W Review @ Digital Trends
"Filling in the rather niche space between commonplace 22-inch LCD monitors and larger 26-inch models, Acer's 24-inch P244W promises buyers a hefty chunk of screen and full 1080p resolution for a reasonable $340. While the price manages to please, though, not many other aspects of this monitor really do. Mediocre image quality, a wobbly, barely adjustable mount, and lackluster connectivity all had us reluctantly admitting that you get what you pay for when it comes to monitors."

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Sunday, January 25, 2009
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P DDR2 P45 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"There are certain products in every category that somehow manage to attain legendary, if not mythical stature. In the Intel socket based motherboard world that status is frequently obtained not by feature count, not by component selection, not by build quality, but by an ethereal capability to do one thing well: overclock the pins off the latest generation of Intel CPU. The fact that this capability is inextricably linked to the skill of the person tweaking the BIOS, and in many cases is difficult to repeat, only seems to add to the legend. Just as it is impossible to predict which aspiring new actor or actress will become the new darling of the Hollywood glitterati, there is an element of chance as to which motherboard among the many on offer will grab the brass ring. GIGABYTE Technologies Inc. offers 24 version of P45 based Socket 775 motherboards, yet one of them is a diva of the overclocking community. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to bring you our findings on the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard."

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Friday, January 23, 2009
AMD R700 2D Driver Performance Comparison
"Earlier this week we delivered results from a comparison between the Catalyst and X.Org Radeon drivers looking at the R500 2D performance. With a lot of interest having been generated from that, we have now carried out the same set of tests again but this time using an ATI Radeon HD 4850 (RV770) graphics card and the experimental EXA support."

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V-Moda Vibe II Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"We used our Denon AVR receiver, Apple iPhone, Blackberry Bold, Cowon A2, and Dell Precision laptop computer as our test devices to drive the headset. We found that the new design on the V-Moda Vibe II headset had very slight improvements over the original Vibe and Vibe Duo. Bass response seemed to have improved over earlier versions producing really chest-thumping lows without distortion. Our reference test track was Hans Zimmer’s “The Kraken” from the Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack. Even at very high sound levels, the Vibe II headphones didn’t seem to waver and stood up to Zimmer’s low-frequency onslaught better than our beloved original Vibe headphones..."

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Super Talent Godfather Flash Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Super Talent Godfather flash drive has a unique appearance and includes a bunch of images that should appeal to the Godfather fans out there. Novelty aside, the drive still takes care of the important things by being super compact, offering decent transfer rates, and by being available in a wide range of capacities (1GB - 16GB)."

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NZXT Zero 2 @ Bjorn3D
"After NZXT's long unprecedented success with their Zero case, they went back to the drawing board once again to redesign and perfect what they now call the Zero 2. Today, more than ever, companies like NZXT are looking for a means to manufacture quality products at a cheaper price, without many compromises made on the overall functionality or the finish of their products. The only issue with that is, often times, companies cut corners on the features that matter and the features that consumers look for in cases."

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Travel Tips: Keeping Electronics and Gadgets Safe @ Digital Trends
"Pushing aside the logistics of securing power and Internet connectivity for your travelling circus of electronics, keeping them safe from accidents, evildoers and the forces of nature can also present a challenge. With water, gravity and greed all conspiring to take away the gadgets you love dearly, you'll need to invest in the right equipment to keep them safe."

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Thecus N4100PRO 4-Bay Network Attached Storage System Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Thecus has focused their business on network attached storage devices, and they definitely know what they are doing. The N4100PRO is well built, attractively styled, fairly easy to configure, and installing drives is simple. Testing shows that it is capable of respectable data transfer rates that easily outshine a less powerful NAS device."

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Sony Blu-ray BDV-IS1000 Review @ Digital Trends
"Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems are still a rarity-there are currently only a few models available from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. What's more, they're pricey. Sony's BDV-IS1000 lists for $1,000, keeping it just outside the realm of most mainstream consumers. But the biggest hurdle, as we found out, is simply that they don't always work. Despite trying two systems, spending an hour on the line with a support specialist, and about half that time again on a conference call with a product manager, we were unable to make the system's rear wireless speakers connect with the main amplifier. Other than that one, rather significant inconvenience, it's a sweet system."

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ASUS EAH4870 Matrix 512MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Asus Matrix HD 4870 is a most unusual card to overclock. Unlike nearly every other video card I've overclocked, this particular card has been equipped with everything you would need to reach the limits of the components. With Asus' iTracker software, you can increase the GPU and GDDR5 voltages well past what would be useful on air-cooling..."

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Sony PRS-700 Reader Digital Book Review @ Digital Trends
"Eyestrain, cramped fingers, sore wrists these are the hallmarks of reading online. In fact, when doing so, usability experts assert that we're not really reading at all, and flip through websites so fast that we barely even register the information in our brains (no skimming this review, please!). An electronic, or"

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FSP Group Booster X5 450 Watt Dedicated Videocard Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"I can definitely see the niche that this product sets out to fill, and it does a good job of filling it. Available from the FSP website for less than $80 US, this is a great value for the enthusiast needing more graphics power but unable or unwilling to spring for a new power supply."

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Cooler Master Sniper CM Storm Case
"With the start of the new year, comes a new line of gaming cases from one of the most recognized case manufacturers in the industry: Cooler Master. Launched this month during CES, the new CM Storm division of Cooler Master promises to be the ulimate solution for gamers. Do they deliver? We'll find out today as Benchmark Reviews takes a look at one of the first products to get the CM Storm seal of approval: the Sniper Gaming Case SGC-6000-KKN1-GP."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
SageTV HD Theater Review @ Digital Trends
"The SageTV HD Theater is akin to Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player in that it can stream music and video to your television independent of a computer-that means you don't need a computer at all. Like that device, it's outfitted with HDMI, composite, component, and S-video outputs, and analog and S/PDIF audio outputs. Also similar to the WD TV, the HD Theater delivers video resolution up to 1080p. But if you're the type who expects to plug something in and have it just work, the SageTV HD Theater probably isn't the right media extender for you. That's not to say that the device is extremely buggy or poorly designed; it's just most appropriate for people who like to tinker and share their experience on online forums."

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Sleek-Audio W1 Wireless Kit @ techPowerUp
"Sleek-Audio's much anticipated wireless kit has finally arrived, dubbed the W1 it brings Kleer wireless technology to all Sleek-Audio earphones currently in production. With the promise of uncompromised sound quality and wireless operation this product is sure to meet the demands of many customers worldwide."

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Digital Photography Tips: Improving Picture Quality @ Digital Trends
"One of the advantages of digital cameras over traditional film-based models is units' sheer simplicity. Today, taking pictures is a simple"

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6-Way Intel Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"As for the coolers themselves, the Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler is the winner in our testing. Either in its original single fan configuration or in its new SE1366 dual fan configuration it led the pack and did it quietly Next in line is the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme 1366RT. It's heavy and has a name as long as my arm, but it is quiet and performs well. The Ultra 120 is a very popular line of coolers and for good reason - it is solidly built. This is the only other cooler in our round up other than the NH-U12P that I don’t worry about bending up the cooling fins when I handle it..."

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QNAP NVR-1012 Network Surveillance System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Overall, this is an excellent showing from QNAP. In as little as one afternoon, it is possible to set up a network surveillance system that can be monitored from any computer with an internet connection. Versatility is also a strong suit - cameras can use a wired or wireless connection, recording can take place on any day and time you wish, and external drives can be attached for backup or to increase storage capacity."

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BFG GTX-295 @ Bjorn3D
"BFG has been a favorite among computer enthusiasts for quite a while now. Known for their high quality cutting edge Nvidia GPU's and high efficiency power supplies, many an enthusiast has browsed the BFG site longing for that massive GPU that would complete their gaming shrine. Since the introduction of the GTX-200 series things have been really exciting in the GPU world."

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ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini HDTV Tuner @ Benchmark Reviews
"Come February 17, 2009, most major broadcast stations in the US will make the final switch from analog to digital broadcasts and this has been coming for a long time.  This switch will affect the computer user two-fold. The analog video tuners that people bought long ago will not pick up broadcasts any longer. But, at the same time, it's a great opportunity for HTPC and media center builders to develop a digital TV recorder and viewer for their computers. The ASUS My Cinema U3100Mini steps into place as a portable digital TV tuner and recorder with the ability to accept both ATSC signals over the air as well as QAM signals through coaxial cable connections.  Does the ASUS My Cinema U3100 Mini deliver?"

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Technology Dictionary: Common Terms Defined @ Digital Trends
"Listen to two tech-savvy people chat away and your head will spin: It's all gigahertz this and megapixel that. Thankfully for those who can't tell the difference between Blu-ray and Bluetooth, HDMI and HDTV, we're happy to provide a handy glossary to several common acronyms, phrases and other industry jargon relating to televisions, computers, mobile phones and other consumer electronics:"

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Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 Brings New Benchmarking Features
"Phoronix Media today released Phoronix Test Suite 1.6, which is an incremental update to its flagship testing software. Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 (codenamed"

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CES 2009 @ Bjorn3D
"This year I attended the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, unfortunately, with confusion and really not knowing what to do and how to go about it, it kept me from actually visiting the booths inside the Las Vegas Convention Center itself. This was my very first CES so, as always, there's bound to be some problems. But I did get a chance to meet up with some companies that had displays throughout the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. These companies felt it was a better idea to set up their displays at their hotel rooms so they could get a better one on one with reviewers, editors, and other related sites/businesses in the computer industry. I met with five companies on a one on one interview."

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Intel X25-M SATA 80GB MLC SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"In early September, 2008 Intel released their mainstream series of solid state drives. In its initial offfering Intel brought two drives to market, the X18-M and the X25-M built respectively on the 1.8" and 2.5" form factors. The initial capacity of these drives was 80 GB and recently a 160 GB version was released. Solid State Drives are rapidly changing the computing landscape, and many enthusiasts are using SSD technology in their primary systems to help boost performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested nearly all of the products available to the retail market in this sector, and several have done quite well while others fall flat. It used to be that performance was the largest hurdle for mass storage NAND Solid State Drives, followed by stability, and later price. In this review, we will give a thorough overview as well as benchmark test the linear bandwidth performance of the Intel X25-M 80 GB SSDSA2MH080G15E solid state SATA drive and compares it against the top competition."

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Monday, January 19, 2009
Leadtek GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's latest addition to their graphics card lineup is based around the 55 nanometer GT200b. The new card offers more performance, consumes less power and is quieter than the previous model. Yet these improvements cost you a premium of about $70 over the GTX 280. Is that price justified?"

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32 GB Patriot Warp v2 Solid State Drive review in Metku.net
"SSDs are trying to enter market and replace platter based hard drives. Technologywise they surpass the old way of storaging data magnetically so why the SSD market is still so slow eventhough the drives have been around for couple of years now?"

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ECS X58B-A Black Series Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"Recently, Intel has been releasing new computer related technologies so quickly that PC builders like myself are having a hard time keeping up with them. Intel's latest offering, Core i7, a new processor lineup has brought on a slew of new motherboards for all kinds of users. The motherboard we will be taking a look at today is the ECS X58B-A Black Series, which from the name you can tell is based off Intel's latest chipset, x58. ECS released this motherboard, attacking the budget builders out there, yet at the same time giving them some great overclocking room, a nice multi-GPU solution and an amazing bang for your buck value. Being the first motherboard on the market to support SLI and Crossfire, this motherboard is one of a kind. Let's go ahead and take a look at what ECS is really about."

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Sunday, January 18, 2009
ASUS ENGTX285 TOP GeForce GTX 285 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA Continues to refine the GT200 GPU, and the latest 55nm version offers better efficiency and higher performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews performance tests the ASUS GeForce GTX 285 against a wide range of video cards. With 1GB of GDDR3 video memory clocked to 1300MHz, and 240 cores working at 1550MHz, the ENGTX285 TOP pushes frame rates to a new high. Benchmarks will help set these video cards apart, but price will ultimately decide the products fate."

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Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital @ techPowerUp
"While many are satisfied with having a single screen, imagine gaming across 3 displays with 180° vision. The Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital overcomes the shortcoming of a single or dual display setup and gives you the possiblity to connect up to three DVI based LCD screens with a total resolution of up to 5040 x 1050 for real surround gaming."

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Running 12GB of DDR3 Triple Channel Memory on Intel Core i7 Platforms @ Legit Reviews
"Armed with two Corsair DOMINATOR 6GB 1866MHz CL9 memory kits with the AIRFLOW fan I set out to see how easy it would be to run 12GB of memory on an Intel Core i7 desktop system. These TR3X6G1866C9DF memory kits retail for $449 each and are fastest Core i7 triple channel memory kit that Corsair has to offer. Since these kits go through the tightest screening and binning at Corsair I figured that a pair of these kits should provide not only the best chance at getting 12GB of memory running, but also the best performance should overclocking be in order..."

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AMD Catalyst vs. X.Org Radeon Driver 2D Performance
"One of the common complaints about the ATI Catalyst Linux driver is slow 2D performance, but is this really the case? Does AMD's binary-only Linux driver have 2D performance issues that could actually make it run slower than the open-source driver developed by the X.Org community through specifications released by AMD? In this article we have run a total of 28 benchmarks looking squarely at the 2D performance between the Catalyst (fglrx) driver and the xf86-video-ati (Radeon) drivers on Ubuntu Linux."

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G.Skill Titan 256 MB SSD (FM-25S2S-256GBT1) @ Bjorn3D
"With Solid State Drives scoring high on the Geeks techno-lust list, we've been covering more SSD's to help you keep up with the technology. Drives we've seen up until now were lacking in space, making them somewhat impractical for a primary boot drive big enough to meet your everyday needs. Sizes we've seen range from 32 GB to 128 GB, and while the 128 GB is a decent size, with high speed internet and downloading songs and media content a common place occurrence, it's just not quite big enough. We've been waiting for larger drives that are more feasible for the every day user."

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
Samsung SyncMaster T240 24" LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Through over a 1000 hours of testing, this workhorse has proven its value time and time again through dependability, flexibility, craftsmanship, aesthetics and overall user experience. If you are in need of a monitor that does it all, and want a larger supported resolution, you will be happy with this product."

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Friday, January 16, 2009
Top Online Video Services Compared @ Digital Trends
"With more than a dozen services competing for the same eyeballs, a shakeout is pretty much inevitable, though. Here's our guide to eight contenders with the best prospects for long-term survival. Amazon Video on Demand, Blockbuster OnDemand, CinemaNow, the iTunes Store, and Vudu all rent downloadable movies and sell downloadable episodes of new and classic TV shows. Netflix allows you to stream many older movies and some TV episodes as part of its subscription DVD-rental service. Hulu and Joost are free movie-, TV-, and music-streaming services supported by advertising. Have a look through our in-depth recaps of all, and we're confident you'll never bother checking out a DVD again."

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Travel Tips: Finding an Internet Connection @ Digital Trends
"Assuming you've already figured out how to keep your laptop powered on your next major jaunt across the continent, staying connected to the Web is your next major travel hurdle. After all, Solitaire and a handful of movies can keep you entertained for a bit, but what you really brought a laptop for is e-mail, Web surfing, Skype, and all the other niceties of connectivity. So, how do you tap into the Internet when your friendly home Ethernet cable is dangling under an empty desk 1,000 miles away?"

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HP MediaSmart EX487 Review @ Digital Trends
"Fresh off a momentous victory at Macworld, HP has started 2009 on a positive note. The company has a full line of new netbooks, larger Touchsmart all-in-one desktops, the TX2 notebook with touch control, and plenty of peripherals and gadgets to keep us busy here at Digital Trends. (They seem to have dropped out of the smartphone market, however.) The MediaSmart EX487, a server for home use that works just as well for small businesses, won the best-of-show award at Macworld, even though it runs a Windows OS product. As a second-generation update, the server is an ideal companion on the road to digital nirvana. It's fast, has plenty of expansion options, is easy to configure, and runs reliably."

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OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"If you are looking for something faster than a USB 2.0 Flash drive for file transfers the eSATA interface it certainly an option that you should look into if the systems you work with have eSATA available on them. When moving roughly 30GB of files like we did in the real world testing the OCZ Throttle saved over a half an hour of time and to those that work on deadlines or are in a hurry that is very important..."

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CES 2009: What's Brewin' @ Bigbruin.com
"The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the place where high tech companies go to get their new products seen. The 2009 edition was no different, and the Bigbruin.com crew was there again to see what was brewin' in consumer electronics. This article is going to take a look at a cross section of interesting items encountered this year."

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Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"Zalman's CNPS9900 LED is their newest all copper model in the CNPS series. A silent 120 mm blue LED fan has been placed between two arrays of pure copper fins. With exceptional performance and amazing looks, the CNPS9900 LED is a great CPU cooler if you can justify spending $79 for a CPU cooler."

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In Win Commander 1200 @ Bjorn3D
"Enter the In Win Commander series of power supplies. Designed with the enthusiast/gamer in mind, they promise to deliver clean, stable power while maintaining a high efficiency rating. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review the 1200W version, but they are available in anywhere from 650W all the way up to 1500W. For many users, 600W is more than enough. But there is a certain group, a rather large group, that believe too much power is never enough. I, of course, happen to fall into the latter group. Why settle for 600W when you can have 1200W? It can offer several benefits. Not the least of which is higher efficiency. Many users mistakenly believe that when they hook up a 1KW power supply their power bill will go up as a direct result. When you have a highly efficient power supply, however, you're not drawing any more wattage from the wall than you would with a smaller PSU, you simply have more room to grow."

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ATP EarthDrive: A USB Flash Drive Made Of Corn
"In late 2005 we looked at the ATP ToughDrive 1GB flash drive and in 2006 looked at ATP's ProMax 150x CF card, but since then we haven't heard much from this company. However, they have recently released two new products, which we are looking at today. There is the ATP 8GB EarthDrive, which is advertised as the world's first recyclable USB drive, and secondly there is the ATP 8GB ToughDrive. The EarthDrive is made of a biodegradable material that is derived from corn."

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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Do Expensive Home Audio/Video Cables Matter? @ Digital Trends
"The question is as old as the audio-video industry itself: Do high-quality cables really matter? In fact, it may not surprise you to note that it's even one of the most common questions that custom installers are asked by clients building high-performance systems. But finally, we here at DT can provide an answer: Predictably, it's an emphatic"

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Choosing the Right PC @ Digital Trends
"Your existing PC is so slow it can barely run Windows Solitaire. Video editing? Hardly. You'd be lucky if you can edit a Word document without it crashing. If this sounds familiar, don't fret, as there's some good news for computer users facing the inevitable upgrade: There's never been a better time to buy a new PC."

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Antec P1000 Computer Case Prototype @ Benchmark Reviews
"Antec has been the top choice for system builders and hardware enthusiasts for almost a decade now, which is quite surprising when you consider the competition. But the good old days of beige box computer cases with plenty of fans lining the inside are long gone. To achieve market dominance in 2009, you have to manufacturer a product that features everything more would consider desirable. While visiting with Mr. Han Liu, Antec's product development director present at the 2009 International CES, Benchmark Reviews discussed the Antec P1000 gaming chassis prototype."

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Thermaltake V9 Gaming Case @ Bjorn3D
"Some people like simple mid tower cases that are freakishly boring and get stuffed inside a desk. Others like over the top full tower gaming cases with all the bells and whistles. Then, you have guys like me who are in the middle. We like modern good looking gaming mid towers that give exceptional cooling. Something you can take to a LAN party and people aren't like 'Holy $%17', but are more like 'Hey man, that's a nice PC you got there'. Today, Thermaltake kindly dropped off at my doorstep the V9 Marvelous Gaming Case. It has four 5 1/4' bays, seven 3.5' bays, two 120mm fans, a 230mm fan on the top, and a place to put a slim 80mm fan behind the CPU socket on the motherboard tray. It even has two holes predrilled and ready for external water cooling, as well as slits and an air filter for your power supply's fan."

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HIS Ice4 TurboX Radeon HD4850 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"As with all HIS videocards I have reviewed in the past, this product pulls through and does exactly what HIS intended it to do. HIS intended to bring a videocard that is overclocked right out of the box while providing a very stable gaming experience thanks to their attractive and very efficient cooler. To say the least, they did accomplish their goal."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tutorial: Lapping your CPU @ Metku.net
"IHS or Integrated Heat Spreader is the visible top of a CPU that features the prints for processor type and manufacturing date. Usually this copper plate is more or less crooked when the processor leaves the factory and this leads to a bad contact between the CPU and the cooler. This, again, causes the CPU core temperature to rise with any cooler. This is the issue that the CPU lapping tries to overcome. In this article we'll show you updated instructions to lapping your heat spreader."

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AMD Phenom II Dragon Platform Review
"Today we are looking at the AMD Dragon platform powered by the new AMD Phenom II 940 Black Edition. The 940 is one of the best processor bargains and offers lots of bang for your buck. AMD is keep to point out that the 940 is part of its Dragon platform, which offers impressive levels of performance at prices that the mainstream gamer or computer user can afford."

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Fujitsu LifeBook N7010 Review @ Digital Trends
"Fujitsu, best known in the notebook space for its business tablets, is showing the consumer crowd a little love with the $1,499 LifeBook N7010, which is being billed by the Japanese electronics company as an"

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Callpod Dragon V2 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"We actually, went outside to test the range of the Callpod Dragon V2 Bluetooth Headset to see just how far we could get away from the mobile device. While on the phone, I sat my Blackberry Bold on the mailbox in front of the house and started walking up the street. Well, I’m not sure I got 100 meters away, but the Dragon V2 didn’t seem to care about distance as it kept the connection with no static. I went a bit further up the road, but started to get concerned since I couldn’t really see my cell phone anymore (see red arrow in above picture)..."

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Silverstone Strider 700w Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"One of the least thought about components, but most important, when building a computer system is the power supply. A quality power supply can make all the difference between a nice stable system and one that is constantly giving you random errors that are next to impossible to track down. In a worst case situation, a low quality power supply can actually damage your components or completely kill your entire dream system."

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Travel Tips: Keeping Gadgets and PCs Powered @ Digital Trends
"Keeping Your Gadgets Powered Before you take off for a trip with a pile of gadgets in tow, take our simple advice to make sure they keep on humming."

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Thecus N3200 Pro Raid 5 Three Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Thecus took a great NAS and made it even better with the N3200 Pro. It's difficult to tell it apart from the original N3200 just by looking at it, because underneath the hood is where all the upgrades have taken place. During testing, RAID 5 build time was impressive and transferring files with the Pro model is faster when compared to its predecessor."

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
AMD Fusion Media Explorer Tool @ Benchmark Reviews
"Free software is quickly becomming the standard of measure for many tech-savvy consumers. Open Office does for users one thing that Microsoft Office does not: save hundreds of dollars. Linux distributions deliver a fully-funtional Operating System to users, with better stability and security than the expensive Windows and Mac O/S counterparts. In this article, Benchmark Reviews introduces another very helpful software program which will soon improve the user experience without an attached price tag: meet the AMD Fusion Media Explorer."

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10 Best Photo Printers Reviewed @ Digital Trends
"Your office printer is great at churning out documents, and your home printer is a jack of all trades, master of none-it prints fine, but your photos don't have that luster that screams"

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Epson Artisan 800 Review @ Digital Trends
"When a device tries to be all things to all people, it usually winds up satisfying no one. Most all-in-one printers, for example, are good for lightweight office tasks, but they make lousy photo printers. Epson's Artisan 800 is much better than that: It's a fabulous photo printer and a pretty good light-duty office machine. We expect a multi-function printer with a $300 price tag to include a long list of features and deliver impeccable performance, and the Artisan 800 doesn't disappoint on either count. Let's take a look at features, first, available by clicking to go to the next page."

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NVIDIA Ion Platform Benchmark Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The Pico-ITX form factor specifications call for the board to be 10 x 7.2 cm (3.9 x 2.8 in) and that is exactly what size the NVIDIA Ion board is. To get an idea of just how small the Pico-ITX form factor is you really need to place it next to an ATX motherboard, which is 305 mm wide by 244 mm deep (12"

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Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook
"As we shared last month, at Phoronix we will begin delivering reviews of retail netbooks and notebooks with all testing (of course) being done under Linux. Earlier this month we looked at the Samsung NC10 Netbook and are in the process of working on a few other reviews currently, but in this review we are looking at Dell's Inspiron 1525 notebook."

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Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card NE/98TX+XT352 @ BmR
"Benchmark Reviews has had the wonderful opportunity to review and critique some of the best and most powerful video cards currently available anywhere. These items are very exciting, dreams of playing your favorite video game as large as life and silky smooth abound. Wouldn't it be great if we could all afford one of these monster video cards? Today Benchmark Reviews will take a close look at what I'll call a junior monster. Currently fourth in nvidias lineup of single GPU cards, the Geforce 9800 GTX+ is a card for the mainstream gamer and offers refinements on an already proven design, specifically the wildly popular and powerful G92 core. With a die shrink to 55nm speeds are up and temps are down. We will focus specifically on the PALiT non reference design Geforce 9800 GTX+ NE/98TX+XT352. With it's nearly silent cooler and slightly overclocked core this card should put up some good numbers. Let's get to it!"

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Monday, January 12, 2009
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review @ Digital Trends
"Call us excited. The new Canon EOS 5D Mark II is one of the most anticipated D-SLRs of 2008. Not only does it have a 21.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, the camera is the first in its class to record 1080p high-def video. The Nikon D90 was officially the first D-SLR to record HD clips, but it did 720p footage. We liked some aspects of the $999 D90, but as a camcorder it definitely had its flaws. Now archrival Canon has outdone the D90 with a much better imaging processor, and enhanced video capture. Of course all these goodies come with a steep price-namely $2,699 for the body alone-three times the D90--although slightly less than the $2,999 full-frame 24.6MP Sony DSLR-A900 which doesn't record video at all. At first chance we charged the battery and were off to the races."

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3D Vision for GeForce Benchmark Performance Impact @ BmR
"At the time that I received the 3D Vision for GeForce kit from NVIDIA, Benchmark Reviews was packing up for the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While I would personally consider the 3D Vision kit to be an experience enhancing product, and not a competitive tool, there have been a few questions in regard to the overall impact on frame-rate performance. So with CES behind us now, I have returned to deliver some benchmarks showing what kind of performance you can expect from the 3D Vision for GeForce gaming kit."

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Features of Phoronix Test Suite 1.6 "Tydal"
"We are preparing to release Phoronix Test Suite 1.6"

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Kingston HyperX DC DDR3-1800 @ Bjorn3D
"When building or upgrading a new PC there are always several options to consider regarding every component. One of the most confusing, for many users at least, is memory. I have friends(as I'm sure most of us do)that have trouble distinguishing between memory and hard disk space, that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about all the different options out there. DDR2 had several different categories as the specifications aged and evolved. When DDR3 came about we were faced with an array of choices since the day the first product hit the shelves. Memory rated for different bus speeds, timings, voltages, and of course, prices."

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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Ubuntu 9.04 Receives EXT4 Support
"With the EXT4 file-system having been stabilized with the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, the Ubuntu developers are preparing to adopt this evolutionary Linux file-system update. EXT4 will not replace EXT3 as the default file-system until at least Ubuntu 9.10, but as of yesterday, Ubuntu 9.04 now has install-time support for EXT4. In this article we are looking at the EXT4 support within Ubuntu as well as providing a few Linux file-system benchmarks from a netbook-embedded solid-state drive. In this article we have published Ubuntu benchmarks of EXT4, EXT3, XFS, JFS, and ReiserFS file-systems."

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Intel Atom 2GB Memory Performance
"Most netbooks currently on the market offer 512MB or 1GB of system memory and only a single DDR2 SO-DIMM slot. However, with most of the netbooks a 2GB memory module could be easily installed, but what performance benefits does that yield for an Intel Atom powered device? In this article we have a few benchmarks comparing the 1GB versus 2GB memory performance on the Atom-powered Samsung NC10."

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Saturday, January 10, 2009
CES 2009 Coverage @ Legit Reviews
"Psyko Audio Labs has announced a 5.1 Gaming headset with quite a few speakers including a subwoofer for each ear. They call it"

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Thursday, January 8, 2009
Best Budget Home Audio and Speakers @ Digital Trends
"You've purchased a beautiful big-screen HDTV, and now you want a tuneful home theater audio system to go with it. Shopping for a surround-sound system, however, can be mind-boggling. Not only is the difference in quality across the spectrum of available speakers vast, there are several different types of systems that you can purchase - from floor-standing models, to bookshelf speakers, to all-in-one designs. Adding to shopper confusion, speakers are notoriously hard to buy because their sound depends, in large part, on the nature of your room. Finally, there are really inexpensive choices that sound terrible, but there are also some bargain systems from respected manufacturers that sound incredible (the same is true for more expensive models). Here, we'll focus on budget solutions that offer a high-quality audio experience for a relatively low price. For home theater, you really need surround sound, so for our purposes we have limited our audio selection to systems providing true or virtual surround sound."

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TeleNav Shotgun Review @ Digital Trends
"For most consumers, a GPS device is not a tech gadget for geeks - it's a critical necessity of the commuter lifestyle and an everyday way to find your way around town. You might not know the meaning of the term"

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AMD Video BIOS Disassembler Released
"Just a little more than a week after AMD openly released R600/700 GPU code to begin development of an open-source 3D driver for their ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 hardware, a disassembler and table dumper for their video BIOS abstraction layer has been released to developers. This tool called AtomDis was used early on in the development of the RadeonHD driver by Novell and is now being released under the GNU GPLv2 license to assist interested open-source developers or act as an instrument to those learning about graphics processor programming."

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EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The EVGA GeForce GTX 295 graphics card has solid performance numbers and was hands down the faster card after the benchmark numbers were averaged out and the wins added up. If that wasn't enough the GeForce GTX 295 is also more energy efficient! Since the GeForce GTX 295 takes up the same number of slots, performs better and uses less power doing it there isn't really anything negative to say about the card. It comes into the market as the flagship card from NVIDIA and successfully took away the performance crown from ATI without a big fuss..."

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Asus GTX-295 (ENGTX295) @ Bjorn3D
"It's that magical time of year again when CES is just hours away and new products to excite and tempt the computer enthusiast are popping up all over the place. One of the most exciting products out there is the Nvidia GTX-295, reported to be the fastest single GPU (Single PCI-E slot connection, dual slot cooler, Dual GPU) out there. We've chosen the Asus GTX-295 for our lead out article. Asus has been a major player in the computer industry for a long time and viewed as one of the premium brands. They were kind enough to ship us their Asus GTX-295 (ENGTX-295) to run against our battery of tests and considerable selection of GPU's. We'll run our usual battery of tests against this graphics behemoth, and step outside the box and throw in some additional testing to see if it is indeed the fastest single GPU on the planet."

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Nvidia 3D Vision @ Bjorn3D
"Every once in a while you see a product that is destined to change the face of computing. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does it reminds you that there are still new and innovative products out there that will amuse and amaze you. When we were first contacted about the Nvidia 3D Vision 3D vision gaming system we had mixed feelings. With Nvidia's name behind it we were sure it was going to be a good product launch and that it would be a workable 3D gaming system, but we didn't really know what to expect."

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NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Gaming Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"It was exactly one year ago that I shared my first experiences with stereoscopic gaming in the 2008 CES Technology Highlights article. Although the wireless active-shutter glasses felt ready for prime-time back then, the full-retail product would have to wait for an official launch. Making a debut at the 2009 CES, the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision gaming kit offers a visual experience like no other 3D product before it. While only first-hand experience can best describe the product, Benchmark Reviews hints at how the out-of-screen effects generated by GeForce 3D Vision will change games forever."

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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"For the average consumer, Phenom II is a surprisingly efficient powerhouse and its power consumption numbers will only get better once all the power saving features are enabled in BIOS. It is also a relatively cheap platform, compared to Core i7. An off-the-cuff estimate, I'd say you pay 60% of the price for a Core i7 system and get 80% of the performance...."

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
CES 2009: Corsair and MSI @ Legit Reviews
"At the Corsair Memory hotel suite we got our first look at the highly anticipated thermoelectric (TEC) TEC cooled Corsair DOMINATOR GT DDR3 memory modules. Thermoelectric cooling uses the Peltier effect to create a heat flux between the junction of two different types of materials. One side of the Peltier cooler acts as a cold plate as the heat is transfered to the other side, which is known as the hot plate. All this is done by the flow of electrical current and it has worked very well for over a hundred years as the technology was discovered in 1834..."

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10 Best Digital Photo Frames Reviewed @ Digital Trends
"We got our hands on 10 models of various shapes and sizes and evaluated them on performance, features, and build quality. A few general comments: If manufacturers are listening, we would love to see some battery operated units. Not one offered batteries as an option, which makes hanging these things on your wall less than desirable as power cords hang down from the frame. Additionally, for the purposes of this roundup, we did not list the memory cards supported for every frame, but most include a 6-in-1 card reader."

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Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player Review @ Digital Trends
"With so much digital media available at our fingertips, the computer has become a trusty companion when it comes to content management. It may be busting at the seams, but it's a nice alternative for those that don't have thousands of dollars to plunk down on a dedicated media server. Now the only problem is how to enjoy that entertainment. You could curl up on the couch or office chair and experience everything right on your desktop. However, unless you're the type to hook a 60-inch screen up to your PC, stuff can often get a bit lost in the translation. For those times when the small screen just doesn't deliver the goods, the WD TV HD Media Player wants to make the transition from small to big screen pretty seamless."

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CES 2009: ASUS - Innovation Inspired by Consumers @ Legit Reviews
"ASUS has created some new innovative products to expand their Eee brand. One of the most intriguing is the Eee Keyboard. The Eee Keyboard is a fully functional PC that features Ultra Wideband HDMI. So this device can be used to stream HD content to a properly equipped HDTV. There is a 5"

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Antec Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case @ Bjorn3D
"Being a big brute isn't necessarily a bad thing these days when it comes to finding a housing for a gaming rig. There can be strength in both sheer size and in sheer numbers. The Antec Twelve Hundred full tower case is an example of the two. This chassis is brutishly large and includes six fans with blue LEDs, one of which, a top mounted 200mm fan, blows directly on the CPU and RAM. The other five fans are 120mm, three for air intake, and two for air exhaust. Two more optional 120mm fans can be mounted, for a grand total of eight fans."

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In Win Matrix Tiny Tower Micro ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"On the whole, I'm pretty impressed with In Win's Matrix tiny-tower chassis. It has a distinctive look and sports some very nice features for a case of this size. The pearl white/black color scheme is refreshing and the multiple doors maintain a uniform look while providing easy access to the external drives and ports. I'm also impressed with the cooling scheme In Win uses here. It's no mean feat to cool a chassis this small and crowded, but the Matrix does a good job in this respect, all the while keeping noise to a minimum."

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CES 2009: CES Unveiled Pre-show Event @ Legit Reviews
"AMD was at the CES Unveiled event, but surprisingly Phenom II was not to be found. Expect to see more about Phenom II in the next day or so. However, AMD was showing off a trio of brand new, incredibly sleek, HP notebooks called DV2..."

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD MSD-SATA3535-064 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Solid State Drives are rapidly changing the computing landscape, and many enthusiasts are using SSD technology in their primary systems to help boost performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested nearly all of the products available to the retail market in this sector, and several do well while others fall flat. It used to be that performance was the largest hurdle for mass storage NAND Solid State Drives, followed by stability, and later price. In this article, we benchmark test the linear bandwidth performance of the Mtron MOBI 3500 3.5-Inch SSD MSD-SATA3535-064 and compares it against the top competition."

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10 Picture Taking Tips @ Digital Trends
"Let's face it: Most of the photos populating the amateur shutterbug's camera are, shall we say, less than ready for a gallery viewing. There are the dim ones, the washed out ones, and even the ones with a thumb over the lens. Don't forget our old favorites either: The open mouth, the pinched face and the demonic red-eye. But the good news is that it doesn't have to be that way forever. In fact, if you follow just a few simple tips, you can soon be shooting the type of photos guaranteed to put a smile on any viewer's face. Here are ten easy, everyday hints to help you get started snapping like the pros:"

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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR6 LCD TV Review @ Digital Trends
"Winter is a wonderful time of the year-especially for those who want to sled downhill. If you can't find hills or snow nearby, just look at a diagram showing prices of LCD HDTVs-it's a sweet downward angle that'll make any prospective buyer a happy camper. Sony's new 52-inch XBR6 model is a great example. It launched last fall at $3,499, dropped quickly to $2,999 and, as we speak, sells on Amazon for less than $2,400. That's 1,000 clams in anyone's language. And since it's part of Sony's higher-end XBR series, it's loaded with many performance boosters including a 120Hz refresh rate and advanced video processing; 1080p quality is given. Now is this tier-one LCD HDTV a winner? In a few clicks of the supplied remote, we'll find out."

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ThermoLab Baram CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Baram CPU cooler made a strong first impression for ThermoLab and what they are capable of... I hope to see more products from them in the future. The cooler performed quite well during testing, and for those interested in running their system in near silence, the Baram will cooperate with temperatures that may be better than on some more popular (and louder) coolers."

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Phoenix Technologies HyperSpace
"Fifteen months ago we exclusively showed off SplashTop from DeviceVM, which was an instant-on Linux environment embedded into ASUS motherboards and since then it has worked its way into products from other OEMs. DeviceVM continues to work on further refining SplashTop by adding in virtualization support and other features, along with a promised developer SDK. Phoenix Technologies, the company producing the BIOSes for many of the motherboards on the market, is today introducing their SplashTop competitor. HyperSpace is the Phoenix Technologies product being unveiled this morning with several distinct differences from SplashTop."

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Cooler Master Stacker 832 SE @ Bjorn3D
"Cooler Master has been known for filling the market with top notch enclosures, power supplies and general PC accessories. There isn’t really a trend when it comes down to desktop department. However, it’s safe to say geeks favor a clean type design with a lot of functionality rather than flashy and scary looking “things” up on their desks. If you are into Japanese cars, it’s called JDM style (Japanese Domestic Market). Although used in conjunction with automotive industry, this term describes functionality and unique style (the two have to go together). The original Stacker case became a widely popular full tower chassis amongst PC enthusiasts and custom system builders. The last couple of years brought quite a few changes to the external and internal design as well as overall functionality."

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Razer Moray Noise Isolating Earbud Headphones Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The Moray didn't convince me to toss aside my set of over-the-ear headphones, but for laptop gamers or anyone who uses a portable music device this is a great step up in quality from the included ear buds. The best part is they carry a reasonable price tag."

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Monday, January 5, 2009
Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The CNPS9900 LED CPU cooler features the familiar look of a Zalman product, with a variety of innovations and refinements that make it stand out over models from previous generations in the CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System) product line. A 120mm fan is located in between two rings of thin copper fins that dissipate the processor's heat thanks to three heatpipe loops."

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NZXT Whisper @ techPowerUp
"The NZXT Whisper aims to give you the basis for silent computing with sound dampening all around the interior of the chassis. A large compartment design with the possibility of an eATX motherboard and a heavy duty front door, make for an interesting case."

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Is Blu-ray Worth Buying? @ Digital Trends
"With stock values plummeting and your 401K on the brink of becoming a 40K, it's getting increasingly hard to look at next-generation Blu-ray disc players as a sound investment. The big question: While the high-definition storage format quickly ousted HD DVD for popular dominance amongst entertainment enthusiasts, at current prices, does it deserve a place in your home?"

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Samsung Omnia Review @ Digital Trends
"Like the Blackberry Storm, the Samsung Omnia is part of the first wave of post-iPhone smartphones aimed directly for the Apple market. From its lack of a keyboard to its multimedia capabilities, Samsung is going for convenience, portability and multi-functionality. It is a valiant attempt, but lots of unusual design choices make the Omnia more awkward than progressive.."

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Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 6GB Triple-Channel Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair Dominator 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 triple channel memory kit was a fun memory kit to review as it features a revised heat spreader and some Samsung ICs that were friendly to overclocking. The memory performance seen on Intel Core i7 platforms never gets old and is just as impressive today as it was when I saw it for the very first time. It was only a matter of time before Intel moved beyond dual channel technology and it seems that the time was right other than the fact that the country is in a recession...."

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Koolance VID-487 GPU Water Block @ Bjorn3D
"When the “Big Boss Man” said that we were getting another Koolance full coverage video card block in for review and it was for an ATi HD 4870, I jumped at the chance. Koolance has been around from the beginning and they are well known for their high quality products. As a matter of fact, my first ever video card water block was from Koolance many years ago. One of the main reasons I stopped using them back then is that they were primarily small tube low flow systems and I had moved on to massive big tube custom built high flow systems. But here in the past year or so, Koolance has developed products that work well with both types of water cooling loops. So I’m really looking forward to seeing just how well their block will stand up to one of the industries' favorites, the Swiftech MCW60, as well as Sapphire's own high-end air cooler, the Vapor-X."

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SilverStone Raven (RVM01B) Mouse Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from one of my favourite computer hardware manufacturers, the highly respected SilverStone. The actual product I am looking at is a little bit unusual for SilverStone as the product I will be looking at is a gaming mouse, the Raven RVM01B."

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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q4 2008 @ Benchmark Reviews
"From my experience, 2008 has been a very good year for CPU coolers. We've tested the OCZ Vendetta 2 to perform as well or better than coolers twice its price, and we've discovered that the Thermaltake V14 Pro can deliver top cooling performance while looking good. But heading into 2009 we must bid farewell to the LGA775 platform, which has been the home to many of our most popular products, and welcome in the new LGA1366 socket for the Intel Core i7 CPU & X58 platform. This Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q4 2008 article will be the last foreseeable socket T series round-up from Benchmark Reviews, unless something really big changes the landscape."

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Samung NC10 Netbook
"It seems that each and every week there are new netbooks that are introduced, but there are not many differences between most models. Some netbooks will have a slightly longer battery life, a different exterior, or a solid-state drive, but there are more similarities than differences. However, one of the latest companies to join the netbook bandwagon here in the United States has been Samsung with the introduction of the NC10. Is there anything special about this 10.2-inch Atom-powered netbook? We will tell you in this Linux review of the Samsung NC10."

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Nonaoxia Nano Fans @ Bjorn3D
"Its not everyday a reviewer like myself can let his hair down and come up with a new way of reviewing a product. Nanoxia has done exactly that, by allowed me to let my hair down and just plain have fun, and torture a perfectly good fan. MUHAHAHAHA!!! Let's get on with the review (specifications first as always and then testing) to see how these little fans held up."

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Saturday, January 3, 2009
NZXT Guardian 921 @ techPowerUp
"The Guardian 921 is an interesting looking chassis, featuring a "shield" as a door and a "head" raised above the rest of the case with a temperature LCD screen. Included with the case are three temperature sensors that can be placed at important locations that need to be monitored."

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Cooler Master Aquagate Max @ Bjorn3D
"Granted, there are better cooling methods such as phase change. The problems with these other methods is the sheer upkeep. If you want to run sub-zero temperatures with a phase change system, you will have to insulate your motherboard from the liquid that condenses. Though water needs a little upkeep to keep it in good condition, it is not nearly as time consuming as phase changing. On top of that, there is the price difference."

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Friday, January 2, 2009
CoolIT Systems Domino A.L.C. Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the Domino A.L.C. simply blew me away like no other cooler has in years. When the performance numbers showed that the Domino A.L.C. was outperforming the Thermaltake BigWater 760is I was floored to say the least. The price tag on the Thermaltake BigWater 760is is $149, which is more than double that of the Domino A.L.C. and it performed worse. This just goes to show that a water cooling kit needs to be a well rounded and polished to get the best performance. CoolIT Systems seems to have the Domino A.L.C. setup with the optimal hardware and water flow to have a winner on their hands..."

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AMD Shanghai Opteron 2384
"Last quarter AMD introduced their"

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Glacial Altair A381 (iMon) @ Bjorn3D
"With high definition digital entertainment gaining popularity, having an HTPC setup is almost becoming a standard nowadays. It is easy to purchase a pre-built system for recording and playback HD contents. TiVo and Apple TV are a couple of example. Users can even add a TV tuner card to an existing system to convert it to an HTPC setup. For many computer enthusiasts, building their own system tailored to their needs is half the fun. Choosing the right case, one which offers ample expansion slots and good cooling, is essential for any HTPC. Of course, if the system can run at near silence, that would be a great plus when you immerse yourself in that digital enjoyment."

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Thursday, January 1, 2009
Linux Solid-State Drive Benchmarks
"With the number of netbooks on the market continuing to increase each month and more of these mobile devices switching to solid-state drives for their reliability, extended battery life, and faster performance, SSDs are becoming quite common and finding themselves meeting many Linux hosts. How though does the real-world performance differ between hard disk drives and solid-state drives on Linux? We have run several tests atop Ubuntu on a Samsung netbook with a HDD and SSD. In addition, we have also looked at the encryption performance using both types of drives."

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SilenX IXG-80HA2 & IXG-3F2 @ Bjorn3D
"With video cards not only getting bigger and faster, they are requiring a lot more power to run them. And with them using more volts and having more capabilities, it is only natural for them to run hotter. Video card manufacturers usually only use the bare minimum on cooling solutions for the cards that they sell. For many of us, when we buy a new CPU, we normally purchase an after market cooler for them because we know that the standard cooler just does not cut it when it comes to cooling. With this being said, we can not expect a standard cooler to handle today's video cards. It is also rare to find a GPU cooler that fits both Nvidia's 2xxGTX's and ATI's HD48xx video cards. The folks at SilenX have made a GPU cooler that not only cools well, but fits both Nvidia's 2xxGTX series of cards and ATI's HD4870 GPU's. So, let's take a look at the IXG-80HA2 GPU cooler and the Tri fan IXG-3F2from SilenX."

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Sony BDP-S350 Review @ Digital Trends
"Now that the price has dropped on Sony's BDP-S350 to $299, full-featured Blu-ray Disc players are coming into reach for the rest of us. Early generation Blu-ray Disc players were not only more expensive, but bulky, and took a long time to start up (time to run to the kitchen for a snack). Sony addressed these problems in the BDP-S350, a player that launched this past summer. The Quick Start feature shaves minutes off start up time, and the new design is no larger than a slim-line DVD player. But don't let the familiar look and feel fool you: This is full high-definition picture and sound. Add features like 1080p/24 for filmed movie playback, BD-Live and Bonus View for online special features, and you have a player that will give you all you want from a Blu-ray Disc player at a more affordable price."

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