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The Daily Slash: January 7, 2011

The Daily Slash: January 7, 2011

What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!

This isn't the first and it isn't going to be the last roundup post of CES news and info for this season. It's one big thwack. Comb with me, if you will, through the content and devour the ingredients. Joy! PREVIEW: my favorite is the Notion Ink Adam hands-on at CES 2011 - wowie!

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Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator

Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator

Sort of! This is MakerBot Industries' Thing-O-Matic, a home 3D printer for just over a thousand dollars ($1,225.00). Holy crap that's awesome. It's approximately 12 inches by 12 inches by 16 inches and can print 3D objects that you design on your desktop "continuously for hours at a time." This is the same sort of machine we had (probably still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design - last I checked they were using it to carve 3D replicas of human heads. All this stuff gets cut down from MakerBot ABS Plastic, which you get 1 pound of to work with for starters when you buy the Thing-O-Matic kit. Make a thousand rabbits!

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Toshiba Power Outage Stops Flash Memory Supply

Toshiba Power Outage Stops Flash Memory Supply

Toshiba sent out a news bit today saying that their Yokkaichi plant is in the midst of a power outage and that this failure (at 5:21AM yesterday) could affect flash memory supply. This failure wont be fixed until sometime Friday, the supply hit planned for shipments toward January and February of 2011. No estimates were given on how this will affect Toshiba's partners or if their products will be able to ship on time. Apple, who is currently using Toshiba for their MacBook Air's SSD, is said to be fine since it also depends on Samsung and Hynix.

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Super Talent UltraDrive MX 480GB SSD up for sale at hefty $1,200

Super Talent UltraDrive MX 480GB SSD up for sale at hefty $1,200

Super Talent has put its 480GB UltraDrive MX SSD up for sale, offering the speed of an SSD along with the sort of capacity you'd usually associated with a regular platter-based hard drive. Announced back in July, the 2.5-inch drive packs dual interfaces, with both both SATA II and mini-USB connections for use as an internal or external drive, or indeed for easily imaging the SSD with the contents of your own storage if upgrading.

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Leica D-LUX 5 digital camera launches

Leica D-LUX 5 digital camera launches

I think that the Leica line of cameras are some of the best looking digital cameras out there. I really like the more simplistic and retro looks of the cameras they offer. Leica has added a new digital camera to its product mix called the D-Lux 5. The new camera has a faster Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1 to 19.2mm F2-3.3 ASPH lens than the older D-Lux 4 digital camera.

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Samsung 1GHz Orion Cortex A9 CPU plus performance flash and 5MP/14.6MP CMOS chips outed

Samsung 1GHz Orion Cortex A9 CPU plus performance flash and 5MP/14.6MP CMOS chips outed

Samsung told us they were planning a whole family of Galaxy Tab slates, and having seen the company's component news this morning we're now pretty excited at what those tablets might offer.  Samsung Electronics has outed its 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 "Orion" processor, a dual-core chip with five-times the 3D crunching abilities of its predecessor, together with high-performance 8-gigabyte (GB) and 16GB moviNAND flash memory and a pair of back-illuminated CMOS chips for mobile devices, shooting either 5-megapixel or 14.6-megapixel stills.

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Pixels Eight Times Smaller Than Apple’s Retina Display Created

Pixels Eight Times Smaller Than Apple’s Retina Display Created

The Retina Display, which is one of the main features of the iPhone 4, stirred quite a bit of discussion after the official announcement. Even scientists got into the fray, putting in their own two cents whenever they were asked. (And yes, we asked.) Apple boasts that the Retina Display is as good as it gets, as the human eye can't even register anything better. More or less. But that's not stopping researchers from making it better, though. It's just been made known that pixels eight times smaller than those used in the Retina Display have been created.

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