Archive for Nov 28, 2011

OCZ Octane SSD reviews round-up

OCZ Octane SSD reviews round-up

This week we're seeing the fabulously powerful and relatively inexpensive OCZ Octane 1TB 2.5-inch SSD hit the review block, and what we're seeing here is that the manufacturers have backed up their claims in more ways than one. Price per gigabyte on this device is lower than the competition while the strength its displaying in this first round of hands-on looks is showing it to be more than a contender in the benchmark department. Could this be your next solid state drive, dare we ask?

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus pre-orders open tomorrow, no proof necessary

Verizon Galaxy Nexus pre-orders open tomorrow, no proof necessary

There's a few claims being written up today on the Galaxy Nexus as it'll be dropping on Verizon, each of them pointing in the direction of a pre-order date starting tomorrow, the 29th of November, 2011. What we're hearing is that there's this fellow by the name of Mike Peak who has been the only person in the world who's been able to contact Verizon and get a solid date out of them as far as when the magical Ice Cream Sandwich device will be available for purchase complete with LTE connectivity. The date is tomorrow, says the supposed Verizon customer assistant on the other end of the phone, and the event is a start for pre-release orders.

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Verbatim debuts Ultra-Slim Bluetooth keyboards for iPads, iPhone and Android tablets

Verbatim debuts Ultra-Slim Bluetooth keyboards for iPads, iPhone and Android tablets

Verbatim launched a new tablet peripheral today called the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard. The keyboard is about as thin as a No. 2 pencil and is compatible with your iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, or other Bluetooth-enabled device with HID keyboard support. This means that it would also work with Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom.

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Urbanears Plattan black quilted edition revealed

Urbanears Plattan black quilted edition revealed

There's a pair of headphones in your future, one made by Urbanears and called Plattan, the start of a line of earpieces made with both comfort and fashionability in mind. This isn't the first time Urbanears have made a set of earpieces with both of those features in mind, but what you'll get is certainly something unique, what with the undeniably cool quilted material that'll make your head say "ahhh." You get 40mm handmade drivers for fantastic sound, a fold-down design to keep the phones transportable, and almost as a bonus, a "Zound Plug" that allows you to daisy chain the sound to all your friends!

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GameStop reveals PS Vita accessories pricing

GameStop reveals PS Vita accessories pricing

GameStop has unveiled all the pricing information for Sony's PS Vita next-gen portable along with the pricing of its official accessories. Those include various capacity memory cards, USB cables, docks, car adapters, and a starter kit. However, the device isn't set to launch in the US until February 22 of next year.

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Gigabyte Booktop T1132N revealed: twisty-screen returns with Core i5

Gigabyte Booktop T1132N revealed: twisty-screen returns with Core i5

When its time to get weird, Gigabyte has you covered with a laptop that flips up, around, and sideways, providing what was back before the tablet era the original slate PC - and now it's time for the newest model, complete with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, the Booktop T1132N. This device has a touchscreen display, a display that can be pulled up to a laptop, twisted around backwards and over the keyboard to be used as a tablet, and pulled back in so the whole mess can be docked in an upright position to be used as a tower desktop PC.

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Windows Phone 7 Facebook app usage spike suggests strong holiday sales

Windows Phone 7 Facebook app usage spike suggests strong holiday sales

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 sales may finally be seeing a stronger performance as we approach the holiday season. The number of people using Microsoft's Facebook Integration for Windows Phone 7 has shot up in the past two weeks from 1,000,000 on November 11 to 1,100,000 on November 25. According to previous calculations by the WMPU blog, this could mean a gain of over 600,000 new Windows Phone users this holiday.

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Pink Nintendo 3DS announced with nintendogs in tow

Pink Nintendo 3DS announced with nintendogs in tow

For a product that was in a bit of trouble for having low sales the first few months it was out, Nintendo's 3DS is certainly continuing to release the iterations, today's announcement on a special packaged game and color combination, namely pink! The Nintendo 3DS in Pink joins the already available Flame Red 3DS bundled with Super Mario 3D Land and the also just announced Hyrule-toting Zelda edition of the gaming system, this team taking on the United States market this holiday season. And what's better than pink Nintendo 3DS? A pink Nintendo 3DS with a puppy game in the box!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review

AT&T and Samsung have brought forth a tablet that adds to their set of sleek Android-based slates, this one the first to work with the carrier's 4G LTE network. Inside you'll find the rather powerful 1.5Ghz Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core processor, Samsung's custom user interface TouchWiz UX made specifically for tablets, and either 16 or 32GB or internal storage. You can take 3 megapixel photos and 720p videos with the back-facing camera, slightly less impressive media with the front-facing 2 megapixel camera. As this tablet is thin, so is it speedy, and as there are now more than four different models of tablet running Android from Samsung on the market today, surely they've gotten the formula correct enough to warrant such an array by now - wouldn't you say?

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Google I/O 2012 extended to three full days of fun

Google I/O 2012 extended to three full days of fun

This year we saw the biggest Google I/O yet, complete with free tablets, free Chromebooks, and a few modems to round out the bunch - and next year promises to trump the entire past with today's announcement of an extension to three days. The event is usually just a tiny little thing with no more than a few large keynotes and some presenters, no big deal, (I'm sure some of you will have a heart attack and disagree), but next year promises to be a big bang to say the least. June 27th until the 29th is the time, and we'll be there to show off all Google ends up offering up.

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NVIDIA releases GeForce 290.36 Beta Drivers for Batman, Battlefield 3, MW3, Skyrim

NVIDIA releases GeForce 290.36 Beta Drivers for Batman, Battlefield 3, MW3, Skyrim

It's time for an update for all you gamers out there playing any of the newest round of ground-breaking NVIDIA-powered PC games, this GeForce 290.36 Beta Driver release correcting bugs and adding features you might never have known were there in the first place! NVIDIA lets us know that players of Batman: Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, should certainly update to this newest driver set, and Battlefield 3 as well as Crysis 2 will receive fixes for tiny broken bits like the "random appearance of triangular artifacts" in the former game. Grab it now!

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