Tech News February 2010

PCI-Express USB 3.0 Host Controller Card and USB3.0 Extension Cable
Test Freaks :: Sunday, February 28, 2010
“Today for review I’ve got two products and actually two reviews for you. The first review is of a PCI-Express USB3.0 Host Controller Card and a handy USB3.0 Extension Cable. Following this review will be a second review of a 2.5” USB3.0 enable hard drive enclosure. The reason I’m doing it this way is that they are separate products in their own right, and they deserve to be looked at that way. So read on for a look at the PCIE card and Extension cable, then check back later today for the second review of the enclosure… ”

UNITEK 2 Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
Test Freaks :: Sunday, February 28, 2010
“Today for review I’ve got the Unitek 2 Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card supplied by BrandoUSB. I took a look at one last week, it was a no-name or generic card and the speeds were decent, or at least they seemed that way as I didn’t have anything to compare it to. In this review today I’ll be comparing that no-name brand to the Unitek one I have today to see if there’s any difference between a name brand card and a generic one. ”

AMD Interview February 21, 2010 (Ian McNaughton)
Hi Tech Legion :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Computer Ed interviews, Ian McNaughton of AMD. The focus is “Green Computing”, Ed and Ian examine the Energy Efficient AMD Processors. Find out how it’s done and what TDP means and how it works. Ian and Ed discuss what TDP does, how it works differences between AMD and Intel TDP’s and much more, including Cool n Quiet. . This is an Interview even Enthusiasts will not want to miss. This interview is part of the “Green Series” of interviews and articles Hi Tech Legion and The Computer Ed Radio Show will be featuring for the month of February 2010.”

The Five Stages of Benchmark Loss
Phoronix :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
“This weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles, Matthew Tippett and I presented a talk entitled Five Stages of Benchmark Loss: PTS and You. In this hour-long talk, we covered Linux benchmarking, what has been learned over the years of benchmarking at Phoronix, the Phoronix Test Suite, and the five stages that users and developers generally go through when they lose out on benchmarking results. For those that were unable to attend this event, here are the slides and recordings.”

Gateway SX2840-01 Review 
Tech Review Source :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
“The SX2840-01 from Gateway features the new Intel Core i3-530 CPU in a small-form factor desktop computer that has a small price to go with it. Its multimedia features are aimed and media-enthusiasts and offers decent performance.”

Build A Top-Notch Gaming PC Designed for Overclocking for $700
OCIA :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
“With the flood of parts available on the market, along with new ones coming out at an insane rate, it can be hard to keep up with all of them and figure out which parts are truly worth your money. This is where this article comes in, by showing you what parts will give you the most performance and allow you to build a top-notch Gaming PC out of a $700 budget. When done properly, overclocking is a relatively easy way to get a nice performance boost without additional costs. This build features components that were picked in part due to their ability to overclock well.”

Wacom Bamboo CTH-460 Review 
Tech Review Source :: Friday, February 26, 2010
“When we deal with Wacom, we know we’re in for a good, reliable product and they delivered with their Bamboo Pen and Touch CTH-460. the $99.99 track pad supports multi touch, which lets you scroll up and down through web pages and more, or zoom in and out of photos and other visual images using gestures with your finger. It edits both documents and images and rotates images on either a PC or Mac.”

Seagate BlackArmor 500GB PS 110 USB 3.0 Performance Kit
Test Freaks :: Thursday, February 25, 2010
“Today for review I’ve got another USB3.0 enabled product, this time it’s actually a kit from Seagate. This kit includes the new BlackArmor PS110 500gb 2.5” portable hard drive that is equipped with a 7200RPM drive inside and of course a USB 3.0 interface. The kit also includes a USB3.0 ExpressCard so you can have your laptop or netbook USB3.0 enabled. It’s a nice kit overall, it includes everything you need to add USB3.0 to your computer. I reviewed the original BlackArmor PS110 last year and I figured why not compare the two to each other especially since the original BlackArmor only had a 5400RPM hard drive in it. ”

Mean Time Between Failure: A Misleading Spec
Hardware Secrets :: Thursday, February 25, 2010
“MTBF stands for Mean Time Between Failures. It’s a term that IT professionals use this number to predict the reliability of hardware devices, especially hard disk drives. But this idea is usually flawed. Here’s why.”

March 2010 system guide
Tech Report :: Thursday, February 25, 2010
In the wake of our big processor roundup, we’ve refreshed TR’s system guide with more finely tuned CPU recommendations, new graphics cards, and motherboards featuring 6Gbps Serial ATA and USB 3.0 connectivity.

USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps Tested On Gigabyte P55A-UD6
Madshrimps :: Monday, February 08, 2010
A couple of motherboard manufacturers are now including SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 chips on their motherboards. In this to the point article, we take look at the performance for SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 compared with their predecessors.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-140f Review
Tech Review Source :: Monday, February 08, 2010
“The HP Pavilion Elite HPE-140f, which was shown off at CES 2010, is HP’s latest consumer elitedesktop PC. It’s aimed at high-end multimedia users and comes loaded with 8GB of RAM, a TV tuner, and more. With a retail price of just over $1000, it is a great value for the money.”

PowerColor Interview February 7, 2010
Hi Tech Legion :: Monday, February 08, 2010
Computer Ed interviews, Gene Chi of Powercolor. The focus is “Green Computing”, Ed and Gene Chi examine the PowerColor “Go Green” Radeon HD5750 Series Video Card. Find out how it’s done and why PowerColor “Go Green” is the only 5750 on the market that requires no additional power, no decrease in clock and memory speeds and is passively cooled. This interview is part of the “Green Series” of Live Radio interviews and articles Hi Tech Legion and The Computer Ed Radio Show will be featuring for the month of February 2010.”

Green Computing – Criteria and Expectations 
Hi Tech Legion :: Saturday, February 06, 2010
“My philosophy on “Green” computing may or may not be the same as everyone else’s so I will explain what my expectations and criteria will be. I have an enthusiast background so some may accuse me of taking an “Enthusiast point of view with my expectations.

The computer will be dubbed “The Lean Green Gaming Machine”

Technocel Powerpak Review
CCE Reviews :: Saturday, February 06, 2010
The Technocel is a pretty handy device. It is capable of charging a wide variety of devices right out of the box. It has allowed me to extend the play time of my MP3 player and, for my friends, make a quick phone call when their original cellphone battery is already dead.

Nexus Air Duster Review 
XS Reviews :: Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Nexus produce a wide variety of products, from cases to CPU Coolers, Power Supplies, and duster cleaning materials? Seems Nexus feel that dusty PCs need a bit of attention, and the best way to go about it is with a cleaning spray specifically designed for internal PC components while being “Ozone Friendly.”

SteelSeries Interview with Kim Rom 
Hardware Heaven :: Wednesday, February 03, 2010
“HardwareHeaven gets chance to catch up with Kim Rom, Chief Marketing Officer for SteelSeries. Get the lowdown on his role within SteelSeries, what games he’s currently into and more.”
Motorola T805 Bluetooth GPS Receiver
Test Freaks :: Sunday, February 28, 2010
“Today for review I’ve got a little GPS receiver from Motorola just called the T805 from our friends at MobileFun. It’s small and portable, it fits right in the palm of your hand really. The T805 can be used with basically any Bluetooth enabled phone but you can also use it with a netbook or laptop, as long as you’ve got GPS software on it. The T805 comes with a car charger and mount and a trial subscription to Motonav navigation software. In my time with the T805 I’ve found that it works very well and it’s a nice solution to add GPS to your devices. ”

Why is Flash such a problem on the iPad?
Tweak Town :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
“Not that long ago Steve Jobs made a statement during an interview with the Wall Street Journal that if he allowed Flash to run on the iPad it would reduce the battery life down to 1.5 hours. Now, this is an interesting comment, especially coming from someone that has attacked Adobe on more than one occasion saying that no one should even use it.

But what was Steve talking about? Is he saying that Flash is so inefficient that there is no way to get it working properly on a mobile device? Is he exposing (unintentionally) that the iPad’s hardware is not up to running Flash? Let’s take a look at some of the facts in the situation and see what we can find.”

That’s what I call security! 
Hardware Secrets :: Thursday, February 25, 2010
“A very interesting way to hide valuables is to use a safe that doesn\’t look like a safe. If a burglar enters your house and you have a safe, it will be the bandit\’s primary target and we heard stories of people coarsed to open their safes at gun point when bandits entered their houses. If you Google “diversion safes” you will find all sort of “camouflage” safes, from Coca-Cola cans to surge protectors. You can see some examples here. But… Would you use this “safe” made out of a underwear with a skid mark?”

2010’s Top Business Gadgets and Technology Trends
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
“Good news for modern professionals  the future of high-tech is here, and its rife with opportunities to enhance communications, maximize productivity, and revolutionize the way the way that business is done on nearly every front. As previewed earlier this year at the 2010 ConsumerElectronics Show (CES), a wired wonderland where the hottest gadgets and technology trends of coming months are revealed, the future truly is now. From WiFi-ready, touchscreen-equipped cars to app-enabled home theater components and Skype-compatible TVs that let you videoconference right from your living room screen, theres no end to the commercial possibilities in sight. Imagine selling software programs direct to shoppers right on their 3D HDTV, marketing copies of your latest book for download via digital eReader or filling customers orders right from a shiny new tablet PC.”

Palm Pre Plus Review
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
“Last year, Palm turned CES upside down with the Palm Pre one of the few new smartphones to make the iPhone look dated. After a slow-but-auspicious launch over the summer, Palm returned to CES this year with a much less earth-shattering pair of refreshes: the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. Besides migrating to Verizon, the Pre Plus brings a handful of modest updates, including a handful of exterior tweaks, more memory, and doubling storage from 8GB to 16GB. Verizon charges a reasonable $150 for the fresh model, but the original flavor can still be had on Sprint for $80 through Amazon. Do a few megahertz here and a few MB of RAM there really warrant the upgrade, or even a switch to Verizon? We sat down with the Plus to find out.”
G-Force HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Sunday, February 28, 2010
The dawn of the CG age has enabled us to see some miraculous sights. Dead public figures brought back to life, sprawling alien vistas, and this; crime fighting Guinea pigs.

Within moments of the start of the film, the audience is asked to believe the central premise of G-Force; that technology has been developed which allows guinea pigs to be able to speak perfect English. Once an audience has accepted this, for the purpose of entertainment they rightly will believe anything. So it’s not a terrible stretch to believe that they can fight crime, drive, dance etc. All of which, rest assured, occur in its scant 80 minutes run time.”

Gunnar Optiks Wi-FIVE Digital Performance Eyewear Review 
Legit Reviews :: Saturday, February 27, 2010
“People are spending an ever-increasing amount of time in front of computer screens as our lives become more intertwined with technology. This increase correlates to an increase in health hazards from repetitive motion injuries, neck and back problems, and eye strain. Gunnar has recognized this and has put together a diverse product line dedicated to mitigating the strain we are putting on our eyes with some of their special lens and optic technologies. They sent us over a sample pair of their Wi-FIVE digital performance eyewear from their Catalyst collection to see how effective we felt they were. For $99, if they work as advertised, they should be well worth the investment…”

Four Tech Movies Every IT Pro Should See 
Hardware Secrets :: Friday, February 26, 2010
“It doesn’t matter if you are a newcomer to the IT industry or a veteran with over 30 years of expertise: there are some movies that I love and think that all people working on the computer industry should watch. They are entertaining and educative at the same time.”

Sandisk SlotRadio Hands-On 
BCC Hardware :: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We have just posted a “light” review of the Sandisk SlotRadio platform. We’ve got 1,000 rock songs on a MicroSD card and Jason fires up the tunes on the original SlotRadio as well as the updated Sansa Clip+ player that now plays SlotRadio. If you want a simple way to play music without installing bloated iTunes or Zune software, you should check out the review to find out if SlotRadio is right for you.

Roku XR Review
ASE Labs :: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Most people should have heard about the ease of use that the Netflix streaming service provides. One of the major components of this ease of use would be the set top boxes that provide the service on TVs. Roku was the original and is still the best way to get streaming Netflix to your TV, right now.

Star Trek: Generations HD Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Saturday, February 06, 2010
“With the continuing success of Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV screens, it was clear that after the swansong that was Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, the baton needed to be passed from the original Star Trek crew and onto the new kids on the block. However, the trick would be to sate fans of the original series, whilst also appealing to the younger audience that had reinvigorated the aging franchise. Ultimately, despite same gaping flaws, leaps in logic and a not entirely successful melding of elements, Generations did just enough to ensure more films would come.

An accident onboard the newly christened Enterprise D results in the disappearance of decorated Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Decades later, the crew of the Enterprise E (the Next Generation crew) investigate an attack on a nearby observatory, revealing a much deeper plot to destroy a planet, to secure a place in the path of a mysterious travelling beam of energy called the Nexus which also may hold the key to the whereabouts of James T. Kirk.”

Effortless Ways to Download Video Content from YouTube and Other Sites
Tech Spot :: Wednesday, February 03, 2010
If you’ve browsed the Web at all in the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos. The site serves over a billion every day both on their own and through the zillions of sites that choose to embed videos hosted on their platform.

We bet at least once you’ve wondered about downloading a clip and although there are many tips and services around to help you accomplish such a feat, here’s a few we consider to be the best.

Best HDTVs of 2010
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, February 03, 2010
“As we saw at CES 2010, a new year brings new TVs. Lots of them. But with release dates stretching well into fall, not all that you can ogle over on the Internet can find its way into the living room. With that in mind, weve highlighted a few of the most stunning TVs in stores now alongside some of the most promising technology of tomorrow behold the best HDTVs of 2010.”