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Everything old is new again: NVIDIA rebrands Fermi-based GT 520 and 510 into 600-series

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NVIDIA may have trotted out a brand new beast, ripe with fresh Kepler architecture, but that doesn't mean it put Fermi to bed. Allow us to introduce you to the GT 520 and the GT 510, or as they now prefer to be called, the GeForce GT 620 and...
Everything old is new again: NVIDIA rebrands Fermi-based GT 520 and 510 into 600-series

Start button utility strips even more '8' from Windows 8, has sold 'tens of thousands' of copies

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When we first reported on Start8, a mod that brings the tried-and-tested Start button back to Windows 8, it was impossible to know how fiercely the fires of controversy would burn over Microsoft's new interface. Some of us adjusted the full-screen Start "experience" pretty quickly, but it's also clear...
Start button utility strips even more '8' from Windows 8, has sold 'tens of thousands' of copies
Former AMD graphics CTO Eric Demers hired by Qualcomm

Zotac's StreamBox and RAIDbox build upon the ZBOX's HTPC pedigree

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Zotac has this media-friendly SFF computer thing pretty much nailed. For years the company has been churning out ever smaller machines purpose built for living rooms and media servers. The StreamBox and RAIDbox aren't standalone computers, but accessories that build on the home theater capabilities of their ZBOX PCs....
Zotac's StreamBox and RAIDbox build upon the ZBOX's HTPC pedigree
Gooseberry takes on Raspberry Pi with $62 Android-based PC

Haswell preview suggests similar gains to Ivy Bridge over Sandy Bridge

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A detailed performance test of a prototype Core i7 Haswell chip by tom’s Hardware suggests that it will offer a 7-13% performance gain over equivalent Ivy Bridge CPUs, a similar gain to that experienced with the move from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. The integrated HD 4600 GPU experiences an...
Haswell preview suggests similar gains to Ivy Bridge over Sandy Bridge
Rumor: Galaxy S III to hit US and Canada June 20th, Galaxy Note coming to T-Mobile July 11th

Intel SSD 520 review roundup: too expensive

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The first reviews of the Intel SSD 520 were published today, giving us a good idea of whether or not Intel's latest solid-state drive deserves to find its way into your next laptop, HTPC or gaming rig. PC Perspective, Tech Report, AnandTech, Tom's Hardware, Hexus, Storage Review,The SSD Review,...
Intel SSD 520 review roundup: too expensive

Autodesk, researchers develop 'magic finger' that reads gestures from any surface (video)

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By combining a camera that detects surfaces with one that perceives motion, Canadian university researchers and Autodesk have made a sensor that reads finger gestures based on which part of your body you swipe. The first camera can detect pre-programmed materials like clothing, which would allow finger movements made...
Autodesk, researchers develop 'magic finger' that reads gestures from any surface (video)

Spent the weekend offline? Here are some great reads you may have missed

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The weekend offers opportunities to turn our backs on screens and spend some time away from the digital world. Our authors happen to often work 24/7 though, and the news usually breaks on the same schedule. So here is what you may have missed during the weekend, carefully gathered from and...
Spent the weekend offline? Here are some great reads you may have missed

Is that USB drive safe? ClevX partners with Kingston to boost portable data security

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Seattle-area technology company ClevX is partnering with Kingston to boost the security of two models of Kingston USB flash drives. The ClevX technology runs on the flash drives themselves to keep them free of rootkits, viruses and other digital threats. It’s an approach that could grab the attention of corporate IT managers. The need...
Is that USB drive safe? ClevX partners with Kingston to boost portable data security

Apple 1 motherboard auctioned off for $374,500

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The exposed Apple 1 motherboard sold today. Sotheby's Today Sotheby’s auctioned off one of the world’s last functioning Apple 1 motherboards for $374,500, more than double the high estimate—$180,000—that auction house had made for the early Apple computer. Apple only made about 200 of its first computers, which sold...
Apple 1 motherboard auctioned off for $374,500

Qualcomm hires former AMD CTO, makes 'em pay for dropping mobile

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Qualcomm is hiring AMD's former CTO Eric Demers to help the company produce a blockbuster mobile graphics chip. It needs the silicon for its big push for smartphone dominance (and tablets running Windows RT) in the face of strong competition from Imagination Technologies' Series 6 PowerVR and NVIDIA's Tegra...
Qualcomm hires former AMD CTO, makes 'em pay for dropping mobile

Browser Shootout Shows Minor Variations In Performance – It’s Still A Matter Of Taste

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The browser wars are in a tense state of suspension right now. The once-obvious advantages of one and disadvantages of another can’t be counted on as much as they could a year ago, and fast-changing standards and interaction methods have produced a sort of uneasy détente while everyone awaits the...
Browser Shootout Shows Minor Variations In Performance – It’s Still A Matter Of Taste

Sprint salesman refuses to sell iPhone to customer, says his 'fingers are too fat' to use it

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We’ve known for a while now that some mobile carriers have been instructing their sales staff to start pushing their customers away from Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and toward Android or Windows Phone devices. The reason is simple: carriers pay a lot more to subsidize Apple’s popular smartphone than they do with other...
Sprint salesman refuses to sell iPhone to customer, says his 'fingers are too fat' to use it

CEOh no he didn't!: Rahul Sood heckles HP over strangely named Envy h8 PC

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It's no secret that Rahul Sood, who now runs Microsoft's Bing Fund, feels a twinge of bitterness towards his previous employer. Having worked for HP until 2010, and having endowed it with the Envy sub-brand, he's since been forced to watch from the sidelines while the mothership floundered. But...
CEOh no he didn't!: Rahul Sood heckles HP over strangely named Envy h8 PC

Here's Proof A Cheaper iPhone May Be On Its Way (AAPL)

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Apple needs to sell more iPhones. Despite posting a record-breaking quarter, investors still want more. Rumor has it, a budget iPhone is on its way. Tom's Hardware has uncovered a patent for a plastic iPhone with no home button. The patent was filed in February 2012 but was awarded just...
Here's Proof A Cheaper iPhone May Be On Its Way (AAPL)

AMD FX-8350 review roundup: enthusiasts still won't be totally enthused

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Now that AMD's fresh new FX processors based on the Piledriver architecture are out in the wild, the specialist hardware sites have seen fit to benchmark the top-lining FX-8350. Overall, the group feels that AMD has at least closed the gap a bit on Intel's Core juggernaut with a...
AMD FX-8350 review roundup: enthusiasts still won't be totally enthused

Phorm Pops Up Again, This Time in Brazil

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Phorm, the controversial startup that delivers targeted ads based on a person’s web surfing, has signed deals with five Internet Service Providers in Brazil. After customer and regulatory outrage in the UK over the idea that ISPs would monitor a person’s web surfing habits through deep packet inspection in order...
Phorm Pops Up Again, This Time in Brazil

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 review round-up: 'just get here if you can'

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While the world still waits for the GTX 680 to reach Newegg, NVIDIA has pushed ahead with the next card down in its stack: the $399 GTX 670. This more affordable card keeps most of the main Kepler credentials intact, but it necessarily makes a few compromises on the...
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 review round-up: 'just get here if you can'

AMD Trinity review roundup: good bang for your entry level buck

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It's never easy playing second fiddle, but AMD is trying their best to keep Intel on their toes with its latest line of Trinity desktop chips. We were introduced to the Trinity last week, but now the official reviews are in from the usual specialist sites. The consensus seems...
AMD Trinity review roundup: good bang for your entry level buck

Does Ivy Bridge replace discrete video cards for gaming?

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With Intel’s release of its new third-generation Core (aka “Ivy Bridge”) processing platform, the general consensus among tech reviewers seems to be that the processor company has finally made something of a breakthrough in how it handles its integrated graphics. AnandTech, Hot Hardware, Legit Reviews, Tom’s Hardware, and more —...
Does Ivy Bridge replace discrete video cards for gaming?

New iPad Notes: Battery Charging at 100%, Safari Scaling Images

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A couple of new findings as people spend more time with their new iPads. First, iLounge reports on findings by DisplayMate on the new iPads charging behavior. It turns out the iPad continues to charge for as long as an hour after it says its at 100%, suggesting the on-screen...
New iPad Notes: Battery Charging at 100%, Safari Scaling Images

Ubuntu 11.10 beats out Windows 7 in benchmark grudge match

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In the mother of all grudge matches, Tom’s Hardware has pitched Windows 7 against Ubuntu 11.10 in a dizzying array of benchmarks — and the winner might surprise you.Out of six test categories — Start and stop times, File copy times, Archiving, Multimedia, System, and Gaming — Oneiric Ocelot came...
Ubuntu 11.10 beats out Windows 7 in benchmark grudge match

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 and 660 review roundup: hitting the sweet spot, sometimes

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If you're building or upgrading a budget gaming rig, it'll be hard to ignore the GeForce GTX 650 and 660. Whether or not NVIDIA's new chipsets are worth the glance is another matter, and early reviews suggest that a sale depends on just which market you're in. The GTX...
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 and 660 review roundup: hitting the sweet spot, sometimes

ViewSonic's TD2220 two-point touch monitor gets priced at $330, will ship to coincide with Windows 8

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While we had expected ViewSonic's TD2220 to arrive earlier this year, we'll forgive its lackadaisical timekeeping just this once. The two-point touch, 1,920 x 1,080 LED display arrives in North and Latin America in the third week of October -- around the same time as the similarly digit-friendly Windows...
ViewSonic's TD2220 two-point touch monitor gets priced at $330, will ship to coincide with Windows 8

Intel SSD 520 review roundup: Intel reliability, SandForce speeds starting at $149

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There's plenty of SSD options out there, but Intel's NAND drives are among the most well thought of, simply because they're so reliable. But, with the top speed of competing SSDs spiraling higher, Intel's rock-solid reputation may not be enough for some enthusiasts. Enter the SSD 520, with a...
Intel SSD 520 review roundup: Intel reliability, SandForce speeds starting at $149

Bose intros AE2w Bluetooth headphones, competitively priced at $250

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Although Bose has been using Bluetooth in its Aviation headsets, SoundLink portable speakers and earpieces for cellphones, wireless headphones have been lacking from the company's roster. That's changing today, with the company email-blasting US customers about its just-released AE2w Bluetooth headphones. Think of these as a pair of AE2...
Bose intros AE2w Bluetooth headphones, competitively priced at $250

I'm Already On My Third iPhone 5 In Seven Months (AAPL)

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I picked up my third iPhone 5 in seven months from the Apple Store in Grand Central Terminal last week. My first iPhone 5, which I bought a few weeks after the device launched in September last year, had a faulty home button that was completely unusable by January. Since...
I'm Already On My Third iPhone 5 In Seven Months (AAPL)

Old school MS-Apple drama: Microsoft bans iPads and Macs

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A recent email leak seems to suggest that Microsoft will soon ban employees from expensing Apple products. While they are not prohibited from buying Macs and iPads for their own personal use, the company is banning departments from purchasing Apple products for employees. Furthermore, Microsoft will be phasing out any...
Old school MS-Apple drama: Microsoft bans iPads and Macs
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