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Microsoft demos USB 3.0 support for Windows 8

Software stack aims to maintain compatibility

Microsoft has finally demonstrated USB 3.0 compatibility for Windows 8. In the company's engineering blog, Windows team leader Steven Sinofsky pointed out the challenges in adopting the new standard without compromising compatibility with existing hardware and software built...


Patent trolls fight as Mosaid rebuffs Wi-LAN takeover

Mosaid tells shareholders to ignore Wi-LAN offer

An offer of $480 CAD million ($490 million) by patent troll Wi-LAN directly to the shareholders of Mosaid Technologies, a similar company, has been proposed on Wednesday. Mosaid asked its shareholders on Thursday to ignore the offer, however, according to a recent report. Mosaid...


Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet dated for August 23

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet gets official date

Lenovo in a low-key move gave the ThinkPad Tablet a hard ship date after it updated the product page. The pro Android 3.1 slate is now due to ship August 23. Prices still start off at $480 for the 16GB base version and step up to $510 for one with 32GB and pen input.


DealNN roundup: pre-owned 8GB iPhone 3G, now $119

Deals on iPhones, gaming headsets, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on iPhones, gaming headsets, and more. Cowboom.com today is featuring the pre-owned 8GB iPhone 3G as its deal of the day, which includes a 3.5-inch LCD display with 320 x 480 resolution, built-in camera, Bluetooth 2.0 support,...


Toshiba Thrive tablet gets early unboxing

Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet gets unboxing

The Toshiba Thrive 7-inch Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet has been given an early unboxing ahead of its launch. In the silent video (embedded below) the user shows the device removed from its packaging with a quick view of the tablet itself as the contents of the box. The Thrive,...


Toshiba Thrive goes on sale early in Austin

Best Buy breaks Toshiba Thrive street date

An Austin-area Best Buy has broken the street date on Toshiba's Thrive tablet. Officially due to ship on July 10, the Android 3 tablet was found by one user at the Thrive Forums with not just an active demo unit but 14 in stock and cleared to sell. Only the 16GB models were...


OWC intros Mercury Electra 6G SSD

Promises read rates up to 556MBps

Other World Computing has launched a new upgrade SSD, the Mercury Electra 6G. The drive is SandForce-based, and designed for SATA 3.0 ports running up to 6Gbps. This allows sustained read rates of 556MBps, or slightly slower writes at 523MBps. Both speeds are said to be up...


Apple refurbs: Mac mini only $719

Reduced prices on refurbished Apple products

Today at Apple's online store save on refurbished items like the 2.4GHz Mac Mini with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, it's now $599 after a $100 price cut. Or jump to the 2.66GHz refurb. Mac mini with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, now $719. For $849 go portable with...


Apple refurbs: MacBook Airs starting at $849

Refurbished Macs at discount prices

Apple's online store today is currently offering refurbished MacBook Air models starting as low as $849 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid-state hard drive. Also priced at $849 is a 13.3-inch MBA with a 1.86GHz processor,...


OWC ships larger, faster SSD upgrades for 2010 MacBook Air

Disks deliver 68 percent faster sustained speeds

Other World Computing has launched a set of upgrades for the 2010 MacBook Air series, debuting its OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express Solid State Drive today. It offers up to four times the capacity of the factory storage space, and features seven percent over-provisioning and SandForce...


QuickerTek outs antennas for Airport Extreme, Time Capsule

Higher-gain externals claim up to 3x signal

QuickerTek has upgraded their external antennas designed to improve both reception and transmission of wireless signals on the on Airport Extreme 802.11n base station and the Time Capsule, now offering 5dBi tri-band antennas compared to the previous 3dBi. The company says the...


AMD intros Radeon E6760 embedded GPU

Chip supports six displays, OpenCL

AMD has introduced a new graphics processor, the Radeon E6760, that is geared for embedded devices used by businesses. The component features OpenCL and DirectX 11 support, while enabling devices to distribute video output to six independent displays. Input can be processed...


MySpace may take selloff bids of $100m-plus this week

MySpace takes bids from six companies in selloff

News Corp's plans to sell off MySpace will come to a head this week, insiders said Tuesday night. About six companies, possibly including Vevo and Bebo's recent acquirer Criterion Capital Partners, were all expected to make bids by the end of the week. A Wall Street Journal...


Apple refurbs: Mac minis starting at $499

Refurbished Macs at reduced prices

Today at Apple's online store choose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac models starting at only $499 for the refurbished Mac mini (early 2009 model) with a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. For $100 more, $599, upgrade to the Mac...


DealNN roundup: refurb. MacBook Pro, now only $1019

Deals on Macs, iPhone accessories, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on MacBook Pros, iPhone accessories, and more. Apple.com this week has lowered the price on several MacBook Pros, one of which is the refurbished 2.66GHz MacBook Pro with 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 4GB of RAM,...


Apple refurbs: six Macs at two price points, $849 and $1019

Refurbished Macs at discount prices

Apple's online store today has a nice blend of refurbished Macs at two very low price points. The first three are all priced at $849 after a $150 discount. First is a refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive. Next...


Apple refurbs: 11.6-inch MacBook Air only $849

Reduced prices on refurbished MacBooks

Currently at Apple's online store select from a variety of refurbished portable Macs like the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive, it was $999, but has been cut by $150 to $849. Also available for $849 is the 13.3-inch MacBook...


Early Xoom reviews: powerful but too expensive, rushed

First Xoom reviews show mixed but positive

The very first, pre-release reviews for the Motorola Xoom (our hands-on) have surfaced and provided mostly positive looks but with significant flaws. The WSJ's Walt Mossberg, often a champion of Apple hardware, noted that Android 3.0 is much improved;...


Radio Shack to sell Motorola Atrix 4G for $150

Handset set to arrive on February 22

Radio Shack has announced that it will offer Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone at a slight discount compared to other retailers, enabling customers to pick up the new handset for $150 with a two-year AT&T contract. The retailer is also offering a more modest discount on the Lapdock...


HTC launches Facebook-oriented Salsa and ChaCha phones

Feature dedicated Facebook button, instant sharing

True to the leak running up to HTC's World Mobile Congress event, HTC has delivered the first mobile phones with a dedicated Facebook button. While not officially called Facebook phones, the new HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha are centred on delivering...


AMD quietly slips out Radeon HD 6450, 6570, 6670

AMD Radeon HD 6450, 6570, 6670 hit mid-range

AMD on Monday held a low-profile launch for three new mid-range Radeon HD desktop video cards destined for computer builders. The Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 have the same DirectX 11 (OpenGL 4) features and GDDR5 memory support as their larger counterparts but have been trimmed...


Briefly: Mercury Elite-AL Pro 12TB, Walter Foster iPad app

MEDL releases art instructional app

Other World Computing has announced that it is expanding the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 desktop RAID storage line capacity to 12TB. The Qx2 features a quad interface of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports, as well as four selectable hardware RAID settings. Customers...


NVIDIA rolls out GeForce GTX 570 at lower $350 price tag

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 official at mid-range

NVIDIA today confirmed its second-ever GeForce 500 series chipset in a push to bring its new graphics to the mainstream. The GTX 570 has the exact same 480 cores as the old GTX 480 but, through the refined architecture, runs at a higher 732MHz main clock speed, 1.46GHz clock...


Palit leaks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 ahead of launch

Palit spoils GeForce GTX 570 specs before debut

Video card maker Palit late today spoiled NVIDIA's plans for its next 500-series graphics chipset with details given out days ahead of launch. Sales sheets sent out early have shown the GeForce GTX 570, a more mainstream alternative to the GTX 580, that would potentially outperform...


Best Buy deals: free GPS with iPod touch, free smartphones

Best Buy post-BF deal gives free GPS with iPod

Best Buy today kicked off a post-Thanksgiving sale with a heavy emphasis on iPods. The deal gives those who buy an 8GB fourth-generation iPod touch a free GPS unit from the store's in-house Insignia badge. Other iPods are also on sale, ranging from $5 for a fourth-generation...


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