Tech News April 2009

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GOOC 2009 Kicks Off – 13 Overclockers Face Off
Legit Reviews :: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“When doing extreme overclocking insulation is the name of the game and it seems every overclocker had their own idea as to what is best. Some overclockers brought their own motherboard stands like Jody ‘3oh6’ Bailey from Canada pictured above. 3oh6 is 29 years only and the only overclocker here from Canada. He got here by being ranked 1st in Canada on hwbot.org in not one, but five hardware configurations….”

ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Phoronix :: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“As we have noted before, ASRock continues to step up the capabilities of their products and with each new iteration of motherboards we see more feature-rich, enthusiast-oriented products from this cost-oriented company. With the current global economy, more consumers will be looking for more cost effective products, which places ASRock in a prime position. One of the cheapest Intel X58 motherboards on the market is the ASRock X58 SuperComputer, which has a number of exciting features but at a lower cost. In this article today we are seeing how well the ASRock X58 SuperComputer runs with Linux.”

Top 20 Best Ever Beginners GUIDES – A Wealth of Info on DIY PC Fixing
Frosty Tech :: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“For the 90% of us without disposable money to fritter away on fancy new computer hardware each month, PCSTATS presents its TOP 15 BEST EVER Beginners GUIDES as chosen by you! A better computer doesn’t necessarily come by spending money. All you need is the right Tweaking insight from a panel of experts who spend their days fixing PCs, revving them up, and know how to clearly explain it all. PCSTATS Beginners Guides are for newbies frustrated with a broken PC, for experts looking to refresh their skils, and for everyone in between.”

Supermicro SuperServer 5035L-IB Review 
Virutal Hideout :: Monday, April 27, 2009
““Server” and “Desktop” are words that are used all the time, a lot of times I think that not everyone really understands what they really mean. In fact there is no standard that makes every server different from every desktop. There is nothing stopping the average user from using Supermicro’s SuperServer 5035L-IB as an everyday “Desktop” computer. It can do all the web surfing, email, word documents and spread sheets you could throw at it. When looking at the 5035 as a server, at least for a small/home business system, it makes even more sense. Dual networking makes using it as a router/firewall a breeze. Also having a web server connected to a database with no other online access is a very common security “Best practice”. Most small businesses and home offices will also not have a dedicated sever room, so noise levels end up being a much bigger deal, in this aspect it really excels.”

Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX Wifi
IT Reviewed :: Monday, April 27, 2009
“Aside from being a high-performance Mini-ITX platform, Zotac’s GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi is also a neat platform for home theatre PCs. Pairing the motherboard with a low-power 45nm Intelprocessor would make a low-power and cool-running media centre with wireless network connectivity. You’re going to have to get over the hurdle of picking a compatible enclosure and power supply, and you should remember that the GeForce 9300 chipset isn’t as powerful as the 9400 used in nVidia’s Ion system. You should also bear in mind that there’s only support for two internal drives, and memory support doesn’t include the latest cutting-edge DDR3. And if you intend to use a proper graphics card you’ll need a larger case, so you might as well plump for a Micro-ATXmotherboard. Finally, I should point out that the LGA775 socket doesn’t have much of an upgrade path looking forward. But then there isn’t one for soldered-on Atom CPUs, either. At least with LGA775 there is a wide range of models to suit just about every need and budget. Sure you can get an Atom-based Mini-ITX board for half the price, but Zotac’s offering is in its own class if you want to build either a diminutive home theatre PC that can play back Blu-ray movies smoothly over HDMI or, with the addition of a discrete graphics card, a potent gaming rig that’s easy to carry to LAN parties. In fact, it is the best Mini-ITX board I’ve ever tested.”

Top 10 Celebrities on Twitter 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
When Oprah hefted her considerable bulk into the Twitter bandwagon this week, sending the site’s servers reeling with a 43 percent jump in traffic, she was only the latest in a quickly growing list of celebrities to use microblogging to reach the masses. The idols we love to fawn over have begun spoon feeding their thoughts to the masses, 140 characters at a time, over the Web. And if you’re a fan of celebrity gossip rags, Perez Hilton, and Extra, you had better grab an account and start catching up. But with such a flood of celebs out there, who to follow? We sifted out our top 10 celebrity twitterers.”

HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The HP LaserJet CP2025dn is a sub-$500 compact color laser printer that prints double-sided documents and connects via USB 2.0…

Metal Gear Solid Touch for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you grew up in the 80s, you knew about Metal Gear for the Nintendo. It was tricky, your character Solid Snake was a…

Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 All-Purpose Laptop
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Good for office and home use, the Y650 all-purpose laptop offers a big screen but remains light enough to lug around.

JellyCar for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Among its many talents, the iPhone excels at giving you ways to pass the time. This is particularly true if you’ve got small…

Mine, Build, and Expand in Dyson Freeware Game
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Take over an asteroid belt in this deceptively deep, free, RTS game.

Foto-Mosaik-Edda Makes Magnificent Photo Mosaics
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Combine thousands of photos into a single amazing mosaic image with this freebie.

Micro Express JHL9050 All-Purpose Laptop
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The JHL9050 laptop might not be much to look at, but Micro Express once again delivers speed at a reasonable price.

Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 52-Inch HDTV
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The price is right for this HDTV, but the Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 displays unexceptional pictures and lacks the extras found in better sets.

Dictionary.com for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Dictionary.com’s new, free app for the iPhone and iPod touch offers a solid online dictionary. Dictionary.com boasts more than…

DLO IBoom Home
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
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Samsung LN55A950 55-Inch HDTV
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The LED-backlit Samsung LN55A90 produces a very good picture, and this HDTV has an ethernet connection, too.

Vizio VF550XVT 55-Inch HDTV
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The VF550XVT packs a 55-inch LCD screen at a reasonable price, but its image, sound, and extra features don’t add up to a very good HDTV.

CardMaster Manages Your Contacts–For Free
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Track your contacts with this simple-to-use freebie.

Netbook or Ultraportable: Which Is Best for the Job?
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The boundaries between the two portable computer types are blurring. Here’s how to decide if a laptop or a netbook is right for you.

Top 10 Unlocked Smartphones
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Freedom of choice–that’s the biggest advantage of buying an unlocked phone. You’re not bound to a carrier, and you have some pretty enticing choices when it comes to a handset. Presented By: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series Smart. It’s the new speed. Introducing the new Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series.It adapts to low workloads so you and your servers can use less energy.That’s the new IT intelligence.See why information technology is now intelligent technology. www.intel.com/business/xeon/index.htm   Ads by Pheedo

The Top 50- to 55-Inch HDTVs
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Looking for a big new HDTV for spring? Consider these six PC World-tested TVs.

FlipBook for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Anyone with even a slightly creative bent or a shred of drawing skill will appreciate FlipBook. The app enables you to make…

Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gamer Keyboard
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
After reviewing the SideWinder X8 gaming mouse I was offered the chance to check out its gaming keyboard brethren: the SideWinder X6. Microsoft is slowly building a reputation for quality PC gaming peripherals and the SideWinder X6 is another step in that direction. Although the gaming keyboard market is already very crowded having another quality keyboard choice can never hurt. The new SideWinder X6 is designed for the gamer in mind yet is also an excellent everyday use keyboard. As gamers look for any edge possible the SideWinder X6 delivers features galore. How do ninety programmable Macros sound? That is a lot of WOW spells. How about profile switching? In addition we find the usual media keys, an adjustable backlight and a switchable keypad. So let’s see if the SideWinder X6 is the keyboard to rule them all. Lets get started…

Word Twiddle for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Creative writers trying to wrestle their way out of a block sometimes use a simple exercise to summon the muse: They open a…

Shorten Your Java Programming Time with JavaRebel
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
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BumpTop Turns Your Desktop Into a 3D Room
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Create a 3D desktop with organized piles of icons and files, picture frames, and sticky notes.

MindRaider Means to Map Your Mind–But May Drive You Out of It Instead
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Organize your ideas in a mindmap (if your mind works the way this free software does).

Ulti-mat Seven F-X2 Mousepad
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Most people don’t think of mousepads when they’re upgrading their computers, or even using them really, I know many people that just use their desktop and no pad at all. Personally I’ve come to realize that there is such a thing as a good mousepad, and there are differences between them, surfaces, sizes, and brands. A good mousepad can make a big difference between a good computing experience and a not so good one. You can get pads in many sizes, shapes, colors and materials, which you’ll choose depends on your own personal preferences. Today for review I’ve got the Ulti-mat Seven F-X2 for review, it’s a smaller mousepad, made for those with limited space on their desktops. Just because you don’t have much room on your desktop though doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the luxury of using a high quality mousepad. The Seven F-X2 is an excellent choice for a mousepad, it’s well made and very slick, my mouse just glides across it effortlessly. Ulti-mat is company that honestly I hadn’t really heard of until they contacted me about reviewing their products, and I’m happy they did, they’re sent me three pads to test out, and so far the two I’ve tried are excellent, in both quality and usefulness.

Kodak EasyShare C913
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
These days, US$100 will buy you around 20 rolls of Kodak Gold film, which will give you about 720 exposures–or it’ll net you…

Speedtest.net Speed Test
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
One of the simplest and best designed free apps you’ll find in the App Store, Speedtest.net Speed Test can tell you whether…

Thesaurus Apps for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
As a graduate student, I spend a good amount of my time writing papers with titles like “The Ramifications of Convivial Design…

First Look: Qlikview for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Qliktech has been integrating their Qlikview software suite into some major companies’ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)…

Blue Microphones Eyeball Webcam
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The pricey Eyeball Webcam offers good looks and phenomenal audio quality, and it’s built for on-the-go Webcasters.

First Look: Tweetie for Mac
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Now that all manner of Twitter clients have perched on the iPhone’s software branches, the Mac desktop market is exploding…

Two Great Music Creation Utilities
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Creating and mixing music is no different than any other creative profession. You develop a workflow that works for you, and…


Brighten Eyes and Teeth in Photos With Pearly Whites
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
This Photoshop plug-in automatically finds and brightens teeth and the whites of eyes in photographs.

Auto Context Firefox Addon Powers Up Highlighted Text
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
This handy Firefox add-on lets you do more with the text you highlight.

Sway for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Platforming games have been around for as long as video games have been popular. Everyone remembers his/her first time playing…

GeoDefense for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
In as much as you want to consider yourself a responsible adult, capable of paying the rent, feeding your pets, and caring for…

Panasonic TH-50PZ850U 50-Inch HDTV
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has fantastic extras, but only average picture quality for a 50-inch plasma HDTV.

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PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
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Advanced Vista Optimizer 2009 Works as Promised…But Is It Worth the Price?
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Keep Windows XP or Vista running in tip-top shape with this utility.

DMG Canvas 1.0.8
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you’ve been using Mac OS X for a while, you’ve likely noticed that many software companies customize their CDs, DVDs, and…

Ancient Frog for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ancient Frog is a meditative puzzle game from Ancient Workshop with beautiful imagery and a serene soundtrack that’s as…

Runes of Magic: A Free, Fun, WoW Clone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
This free-to-play MMORPG is actually worth your time (and the money you don’t spend on it).

Spring Colors: Best Printers for Photos
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Capture the colors of spring–and Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, or family picnics–with one of these particularly skillful photo printers.

G-Technolgy G-RAID Mini2 SSD
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The market has remained relatively thin when it comes to solid-state drives (SSDs), but there is certainly a consumer interest…

Ulti-mat: Breathe X3 Mousepad
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Over the last few days I’ve taken a look at two pads from Ulti-mat, and they were decent products overall. Today for review I’ve got another mousepad from Ulti-mat, the Breathe X3, a large sized all cloth pad.

Amazon Kindle 2 vs. Sony Reader Face-Off
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Our visual tour contrasts the two leading e-book readers available today.

MeeHive for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Personalized newspapers have been the dream of media mavens for a couple of decades now. Obviously, the Internet makes it…

Vin Diesel: Quit Your Day Job
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Two Vin Diesel games have come out in the past few weeks. Not only are both worth the money, they’re better than some movies. Or are they?

Top 5 50-, 52- and 55-Inch HDTVs
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The latest big HDTVs deliver stellar performance, a generous array of the newest inputs, and unique picture adjustment features–at great prices. Check back frequently for the latest updates.

Ulti-mat: Solid X3 Mousepad
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yesterday I looked at the Ulti-mat Seven mousepad, today I’ve got another from Ulti-mat, the Solid X3. This pad is much larger, almost double the size of the Seven, and it’s very different all around as well. The Seven was very slick and smooth, the Solid X3 is a smooth surface, but yet offers quite a bot of resistance. The Solid X3 is a cloth and plastic style pad, it has a plastic surface but yet still remains flexible.

TappyTunes for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
With the rash of music-based games available today on every gaming device, it is a refreshing change of pace to see a music…

First Look: Tweetie for Mac
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Now that all manner of Twitter clients have perched on the iPhone’s software branches, the Mac desktop market is aflutter with…

WSJ — The Wall Street Journal for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Wall Street Journal may still be protecting much of its content with a pay-wall on the Web, but its new iPhone app is…

Chop Sushi for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
As the App Store becomes crowded with games, more companies come up with more unusual ideas to stick out from the crowd. Enter…

Arctic RC Memory Cooler
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
RAM module heatspreaders are pretty common place with most quality memory. Heatspreaders allow the memory to reach higher clock speeds and voltages by dissipating the extra heat created by the memory. To reach even higher overclocks, the memory may need to be actively cooled or something like the Arctic Cooling Arctic RC heatspreaders. Arctic Cooling uses a radical long fin design which allows greater heat dissipation and provides improved airflow around the spreader. According to Arctic Cooling, these heatspreaders allow temperature drops of 34% from conventional heatspreaders. So let’s see how this heatspreader performs. Let’s get started…….

Lose It for IPhone
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The hardest part about losing weight doesn’t necessarily involve diet and exercise. Rather, the challenge can sometimes be…

Oki Printing Solutions MC560 Color Laser Multifunction Printer
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Inexpensive toner aside, an MFP that costs this much ought to incorporate better design and deliver better performance.

The New York Times Crosswords Daily 2009
PC World :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
To some people, solving crossword puzzles means sitting in your favorite chair with a folded-over section of the newspaper and…

DimasTech Bench Table Easy V2
TechPowerUp :: Monday, April 20, 2009
The DimasTech BenchTable Easy is a metal overclocking/testing station with the possibility to hold large water cooling kits. Unlike some other tables out there, you can stuff this puppy with three optical drives, four hard drives and add double or triple radiators to the rig. On top of that, you can freely choose from a whole array of colors to customize the look of your own Bench Table.

Zero Moving Parts PC – Totally Silent Computing
Tweak Town :: Monday, April 20, 2009
“There’s a bit of mad scientist in all of us deep down I think. For years I’ve always wanted a computer that made absolutely no noise at all and looking at all the “noise reducing” products on the market would begin to make my wallet cry at the cost of silencing my current system.

The time is right, I have convinced myself. The time is now to build a system that can handle the entertainment and the everyday without so much as a whisper emanating from the case. But before we jump right in, we have to identify the right components for the job; it’s important to layout the more demanding things we want the system to achieve so that the machine can meet all expectations.”

Tune Up When the Economy Turns Down 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, April 16, 2009
“In December of 2005, the housing boom that began a decade earlier continued its crazy uphill ride, seemingly oblivious to a variety of red flags appearing across the country. By October of 2007, that boom had revealed itself as one very big, very hurtful bubble, and home prices were sliding steeply downhill. Yet you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, as it obliviously surged past the 14000 mark for the first time in history.”

BFG Interview with Johnn Malley on Phobos
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
We recently had the chance to have a conversation with John Malley, BFG Tech’s Senior Director of Marketing, regarding the company’s recently released Phobos line of high-end gaming systems. We asked about the current state of the Phobos product line and its unique features and service options, and John also spoke about future possibilities for the company as well. Come on by to see what John had to say about Phobos and why BFG thinks now was the right time to introduce such a system…

A Look at Outdated Technology That Refuses to Die
Futurelooks :: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
We like to think that we live on the bleeding edge of technology, playing with a tablet PC netbook and a cutting edge computer mouse. However, there are some people out there who refuse to innovate, sticking with what’s known and comfortable. And here are five pieces of outdated technology that they continue to use. Why can’t you just let it die?!

ASUS EeeTop PC ET1602 Touchscreen PC 
Techgage :: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
All-in-one PCs aren’t new, but an affordable one equipped with a touchscreen is. That’s exactly what ASUS delivers with their EeeTop PC, a 15.6-inch offering designed to give you a new way to use your computer, while living up to the standards that the Eee brand has become for. While it lacks beefy hardware, the under $600 price tag creates a very attractive product.

Belkin Powerline AV+ Starter Kit Review
IT Reviewed :: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
“When it comes to the crunch, the Powerline AV+ Starter Kit is a dead simple powerline solution that does exactly what it promises. Sure it is pricey and a touch bulky, and I’d have preferred it in white like my existing Netgear stuff, but no configuration means no nonsense. My Internet connection is a paltry 8Mbps, so I experienced absolutely no problem testing the Powerline AV+’s theoretical cap of 200Mbps – the only time I ever got a sniff of the cap was when I was transferring stuff over a local network. I actually clocked the adapters working at around 165Mbps, which is faster than 802.11g (54Mbps), but a bit slower than 802.11n (around 248Mbps). I didn’t even experience any slowdown or latency compared to connecting straight into my router. Overall, a satisfying networking experience.”

GIGABYTE GO OC 2009 Asia Regional Final – Event Coverage Video
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, April 08, 2009
“We just got back from Thailand, where GIGABYTE held the GO OC 2009 Asia Regional final, at the massive Pantip Plaza computer market complex in busy old Bangkok over the past weekend. Top overclockers from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam attended the event, each attempting to make it to the world final in Taiwan in June during Computex.

We had a fantastic time in Thailand thanks to GIGABYTE and all of the other sponsors. It was great to meet and re-meet all of the overclockers from the Pan Asia region and also experience all that Bangkok and Pattaya has to offer. We’ll leave you with some pictures – don’t forget to watch the video stream or download the HD 720p version.”

Graphics Card + CPU, Part 6
IXBT :: Tuesday, April 07, 2009
“We proceed with a series of practical articles, in which we analyze sufficiency of various CPU+GPU combinations for games, trying to keep our test conditions as close to popular realia as possible. We hope that such articles will come in handy to readers willing to reasonably distribute their budget between a graphics card and a processor.”

Netbook Computing : Staying Productive While Remaining Afloat in a Recession
Tweaknews :: Tuesday, April 07, 2009
“Now what does someone like me do with such a tiny laptop? Well, I bring it everywhere I go! It’s easy to do so, being the size of a hardcover novel. I’m constantly working on documents, whether resumes or more recreational writing, and this little guy is a great way to get those documents done. When it comes to writing on a computer, I believe that the human/machine interface should be as transparent as possible; this netbook facilitates that transparency easily.”

Evolution Gaming Gear: Mouse Pad MP3 Review
Overclockers Online :: Monday, April 06, 2009
After a few more weeks of gaming and using Photoshop, the MP3 has served me well. Using my current mouse, the Creative Fatal1ty 1010, life was good as I effortlessly moved my mouse across the (nearly) frictionless cloth surface. Also, depending on how polished or dirty your desk surface is depends on how much the mouse pad will slip around. It doesn’t move on glass surfaces whatsoever and so to move it you will have to completely pick it up and place it where you want it. Wood surfaces are decent; it will move a little if you give it a nudge, but if you intentionally try to adjust it, it will do so very easily.

Alienware Area-51 X58 Review 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, April 01, 2009
With Intel’s new Core i7 processors and Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 295 cards drawing rave reviews from performance enthusiasts, it only makes sense that one system combining both would be among the best available. And Alienware’s X58 meets that expectation. The $5,200 gaming machine that recently arrived on our doorstep proves that proven components and attentive design produce a machine that’s nearly unstoppable. But is it worth it for the price tag?”