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VIA Launches New Low Power QuadCore Nano CPU

VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance...

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Futuremark Finally Releases PCMark 7 to the Public

It seems like we've been waiting since the dawn of time for this one, but PCMark 7, Futuremark's latest benchmark for evaluating system performance in Windows 7, is now live and ready for download and/or purchase. As we've stated before, most users will likely opt for the free version, which offers unlimited benchmark runs of the main test,...

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Hardware Roundup

Video: AMD Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card Review @ X-bitLabs MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III PE OC'ed Video Card Review @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 @ techPowerUp Intel Z68 Chipset...

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Nielsen: Digital Downlaods Drive Music Sales Up in 2011

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold the boat a minute, young fella. We like to fancy ourselves an intelligent bunch, but something just isn't adding up. According to market research firm The Nielsen Company, music sales in the U.S. are up 1.6 percent in 2011. The reason, Nielsen says, has a lot to do with the explosive growth of digital album and track...

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Lenovo Readies ThinkPad X1 for May 17th Launch (Cheesy Video Enclosed)

Take a sigh of relief Hollywood studios, it doesn't appear as though Lenovo is going to come swooping in and steal anyone's thunder on the big screen, or even the computer screen via YouTube. But that's okay, we're not interested in Lenovo's movie-making chops, it just so happens that the OEM chose to reveal its new ThinkPad X1 in a cheesy...

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Emphase SSD Touts "Self-Destruct" Feature

We have heard of rugged SSDs, but this is really taking things to a new level. Emphase, which is a company providing Industrial and Military solid state storage for embedded systems, has launched a new series of rugged Military-grade storage with MIL-STD-810F compliance. But not only that; these new SSDs can "self-destruct" with the push of...

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet, The Full Review

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is a more complete Android-based tablet PC with a companion docking station that affords it the ability to act as an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook as well.  It's based on NVIDIA's powerful dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16 - 32GB of internal storage.  If you were waiting...

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Lian Li's PC-U6 Cowry Case Is Wildest Yet

Well, this is crazy. The case shown here just might be the most strangely designed PC chassis that we have ever seen, and we have definitely seen some strange ones in our day. It's designed by Lian Li, which is a company that's well known for putting together some pretty intense designs. The company calls this "a piece of art," and we guess...

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AT&T to Spend $1M Fighting Texting While Driving

AT&T sold more than 5.5 million smartphones in Q1 2011, the most it ever sold in any first quarter. During the same period, it added 2 million more wireless subscribers to its roster (now counting 97.5 million). Today it pledged to spend $1 million combating the menace known as texting while driving. AT&T will spend the $1...

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VIA QuadCore CPU Launches At 1.2GHz

When you think "new CPU," names like AMD and Intel pop to mind. But VIA is a huge player in the processor game, particularly on smaller, lower-cost devices where power draw is a major concern. The company's newest chip is radically different than past chips, though, and the words "quad-core" should tell you a lot. The newest chip is the world's...

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CyberPower Adds Z68 Systems To Desktop Lineup

New mainboards? Check! New machines based on those motherboards? You bet! CyberPower has just revealed a new gaming desktop and workstation line based on Intel's next-gen Z68 chipset with SSD caching as well as LucidLogix Virtu Software. The new platform obviously supports Intel's 2nd-gen Sandy Bridge processors, and opens up a new level of...

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Paper Phone Bends To Operate, Dazzles On Video

Display technologies have stalled. There, we said it. A few years ago, we were seriously seeing tons of innovation with display technologies -- everything from color e-ink to Mirasol. But hardly any of those technologies ever grew into a product that could be shipped to consumers, and thus, we're left with normal B&W e-paper and LCDs,...

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MSI Reveals Z68 Motherboard With CrossFireX / SLI Support

The big news this week in the motherboard world? Z68! Tons of companies introduced new Z68 mainboards, including MSI. MSI's never one to wait around to release a new board once a platform is launched, and this week's no different. The company's newest device features OC Genie II, which enables insane performance boosts at the user's command....

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 Spring Update Set For May 19th, Rumor Says

Updates, updates, updates. That's the name of the game these days. Google's talking updates, iOS has updates, and starting May 19th, Xbox 360 will have updates. At least, that's the word. A leaked presentation slide over at Joystiq confirms that May 19th is the day where the company's Sprint 2011 update will launch, adding PayPal and other...

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Magellan's RoadMate 9055-LM Ships With 7" Screen, Free Lifetime Maps

We're not even trying to think about what our lives would be like without GPS. We'd be back to maps, struggling to determine which direction will take us from point A to point B. Thankfully, the world we live in is filled with navigation options, including the Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM. This large vehicle nav solution is now being equipped...

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