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Intel Sandy Bridge chips packing PCI Express 3.0, super-frugal battery life possible?

Intel Sandy Bridge chips packing PCI Express 3.0, super-frugal battery life possible?

We're hearing increasing amounts about Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge platform, the 32nm chip architecture expected to begin production in Q4 2010, and now a few new tidbits have us even more excited.  According to Hardmac's sources, Sandy Bridge will not only include native USB 3.0 support but PCI Express 3.0, for faster intercommunication with GPUs and other components; meanwhile we should apparently expect some healthy battery life improvements.

LG HDTV roadmap leaks: 3D LX9500 from mid-May

LG HDTV roadmap leaks: 3D LX9500 from mid-May

A leaked spreadsheet has tipped LG's upcoming HDTV range, together with various different A/V components.  According to the document - which now looks to have been closed down - the LG LCD and plasma HDTVs the company announced back at CES 2010 will begin to arrive in March and April this year; of most interest, perhaps, is that the company's 3D LX9500 HDTV will ship in the second week of May.

PS3 3D gaming due Summer 2010

PS3 3D gaming due Summer 2010

Remember how we told you the Sony PS3 was compatible with the Blu-ray Disc Associations finalized 3D specification back in December 2009?  If you've been wondering when exactly that 3D technology would actually arrive on the console, the answer is sometime this summer.  Pocket-lint grabbed John Koller, director of hardware marketing for SCEA, and pestered him into confirming that Sony are currently developing 3D stereoscopic games that are scheduled to arrive alongside the company's 3D LCD HDTVs over summer 2010.

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway has given its desktop range a shot of Core i3, i5 and i7 in the arm, with new FX Series gaming machines, SX Series small-form-factors and DX Series multimedia machines all getting Intel's latest processors.  Of the three, the FX models are the most interesting; inside their glossy tower casings there's up to a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, ATI Radeon HD5850 1GB graphics and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, with prices kicking off at $1,299.99.

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Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Take a look at the guts of these two Blu-ray players; can you spot the difference?  If your answer is "no, Chris, I can't" then pat yourself on the back, since as far as Audioholics can tell, there is no difference.  That would be fine, if the Oppo BDP-83 (on the left, and which has an MRSP of $499) hadn't been used as the donor machine for the Lexicon BD-30 (on the right, and which has an MRSP of $3,500).

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VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

It used to be that you'd need a day-pass to a professional recording studio if you really wanted to do justice to your Human League tribute album, but these days you can do it all in your bedroom.  VIA's latest - the VIA Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 Audio Controller - takes things to the next level, offering 8 channels of 24-bit/192kHz recording or playback with a single USB 2.0 hookup to your host computer.

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Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

It's sometimes a challenge to understand how arguably better technologies often lose out to things that are inferior. We've seen it time and time again. The problem is that consumers are often not interested in the "best" technology but are more than satisfied with that which is "good enough". These days, a good example would be to look at Blu-Ray and how it's being adopted by consumers.

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