Monday, November 30, 2009

AV-Comparatives List Top Antimalware Software

AV-Comparatives is an Austrian based Non-Profit-Organization, which provides independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public. During the course of the year the company has tested 16 of the most commonly used Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware programs out there.

The following products are tested in the current main comparatives:

avast! Professional Edition 4.8
AVG Anti-Virus 8.5
AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9
BitDefender Antivirus 2010
eScan Anti-Virus 10
ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus 4.0
F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010
G DATA AntiVirus 2010

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010
Kingsoft Antivirus 2009
McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009
Microsoft Live OneCare 2.5
Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.10
Sophos Anti-Virus 7.6
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2010
TrustPort Antivirus 2009

During the most recent test the AV-Comparatives used two sets of malware: Set A, which contains malware signatures found from December 2007 to December 2008 (of which most products could detect over 97 percent), and Set B, which contains malware from the last seven months (1.6 million samples). The set included the following categories of malware: Trojans (69.5 percent), Backdoors/Bots (20.7 percent), Worms (6.1 percent), other malware (1.5 percent), and Windows viruses (0.4 percent).

This test focused on how well each piece of software detected the malware proactively, without it being executed, using complex generic signatures, behavior analysis, heuristics, and so on. The basic idea is to see how well new malware can be caught without having to be updated or having to download new signatures.

In the basic summary results Avira won out hands down, however the software listed 21 false positives, dropping its overall ranking.
  1. AVIRA AntiVir Premium 74 percent
  2. G DATA Antivirus 66 percent
  3. Kaspersky AntiVirus 64 percent
  4. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.437.0: 60 percent
  5. F-Secure Antivirus 10.00.246: 56 percent
  6. Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 beta: 56 percent
  7. Avast Professional Edition 4.8.1348: 53 percent
  8. BitDefender Antivirus 53 percent
  9. eScan AntiVirus 10.0.997.491: 53 percent
  10. AVG Antivirus 8.5.406: 49 percent
  11. Trustport Antivirus 49 percent
  12. McAfee VirusScan Plus 13.11.102: 47 percent
  13. Symantec Norton Antivirus 36 percent
  14. Sophos Antivirus 7.6.10: 34 percent
  15. Norman Antivirus & AntiSpyware 7.10.02: 32 percent
  16. Kingsoft Antivirus 2009.08.05.16: 32 percent

In the overall rankings AV-Comparatives gives the nod to G DATA, Kaspersky, ESET, F-Secure, Microsoft, Avast, BitDefender and eScan. All of which earned their 3 stars "advanced plus" ranking. AVIRA (based mainly on false pos), AVG and Symantec all earned 2 stars for an "advanced" rating. While standard (one star) rating went to McAfee, TrustPort, Sophos, Norman and Kingsoft.

It should be noted during the AV-Comparatives Malware removal tests from Oct 2009 none of the 16 software packaged tested actually tested "very good". eScan, Microsoft and Symantec were the only three to achieve "good" ranking at both removal of Malware and removal of leftovers (reg entires, executables ect).

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Woot Builds A Community Based Deals Site

Leave it to the crazy folks that brought us the Woot Off to jump headlong into a community based deals site. That's right the bargain site is creating a new user-generated site apply names Deals.Woot

Deals.Woot is a social bookmarking/forum version of Woot that, much like our other favorite deals sites, lets users post, vote and discuss deals.

The site itself was launched just before the holiday shopping season, and features a familiar Woot(esq) feel. The top of the site currently features a frame with five "Sponsored Deals." The deals aren't chosen by the users (in this case, money does talk), but the community can still comment.

The bottom of the site features the more familiar thread look with user generated deals and discussion. Deals can be listed via freshness or popularity with either being broken down a little further according to other parameters such as most votes, most comments ect. Popular deals are broken down according to days, weeks ect and according to Deals.Woot are listed not by actual user popularity but popularity based on their "fancy algorithm". I take that to mean most discussion and most clickthroughs.

In My opinion (IMO)

Just browsing the site I don't are for the layout much. I personally prefer the forum structure of SlickDeals or FatWallet. The search function worked well enough, however I had to tinker with it to get more relevant posts.

I checked a few deals that I found interesting and found several bad or dead links and what looks like several spam posts. When I say spam posts I mean several members that only posted deals from a single site and none of the sites where sites I've heard of.

Given a bit more moderation and a bit more structure the site might not be that bad. After all it is from the same guys that gave us Woot, Sellout.Woot and Wine.Woot.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

'Black Friday', Not So Black After All

Black Friday is meant to be the one day a year that most retailers can finally get their number into the "black", however it appears as though this year might not have been as profitable as most had hoped.

The early numbers indicate sales increased slightly over last year but the numbers weren't as good as most companies wished for. According to the National Retail Federation roughly 195 million consumers waded through heavy traffic to shop in stores and online over the Black Friday weekend. Those numbers are nearly 23million from the 172 million last year. But in a reversal average spending dropped to $343.31 per person from $372.57 a year ago.

The increase in traffic did however lead to an overall increase in sales, just not as much as most had expected. ShopperTrak, which measures traffic and sales in 500,000 locations across the country, said it estimated Black Friday in-store sales at $10.66 billion, versus $10.606 billion on Black Friday 2008, an increase of just 0.5 percent.

Overall sales for the four-day weekend totaled $41.2 billion, up marginally from $41 billion last year, the NRF estimated. The trade group bases its figures on a survey, conducted Thursday through Saturday, of roughly 5,000 consumers and includes a projection for Sunday.

“Shoppers proved this weekend that they were willing to open their wallets for a bargain, heading out to take advantage of great deals on less expensive items like toys, small appliances and winter clothes,” said Tracy Mullin, NRF President and CEO. “While retailers are encouraged by the number of Americans who shopped over Black Friday weekend, they know they have their work cut out for them to keep people coming back through Christmas. Shoppers can continue to expect retailers to focus on low prices and bargains through the end of December.”

The lower than expect spending levels showed that most consumers in this tight economy are being more bargain conscious leaving the high ticket items on the shelves and reach for more discretionary items.

According to the survey, nearly one-third (32.2%) of shoppers purchased toys, an increase of 12.9 percent from last year. Additionally, more people purchased sporting goods (12.6% vs. 11.4% last year), personal care or beauty items (22.4% vs. 19.0%) and gift cards (21.2% vs. 18.7%).

In a surprising reversal of trends this year more shopper chose to visit retail stores or department stores over online shopping. The favorite amongst shoppers being department stores, with nearly half (49.4%) of holiday shoppers visiting at least one, a 12.9% increase from last year. Experian Hitwise reported that compared to a year ago traffic to retail web sites was down 9%, though traffic to Black Friday-themed web sites was up 9% compared to last year.

ComScore reported Black Friday saw $595 million in online sales, making it the second heaviest online spending day to date in 2009 and representing an 11-percent increase versus Black Friday 2008.

For the second straight year was the most visited Web site on Black Friday receiving 13.55% of top retail traffic in the U.S., followed by Wal-Mart with 11.18%, Target with 5.65%, Best Buy with 4.62%, and Sears with 2.95%.

As for Black Friday themed sites, comScore studied eight Black Friday deal sites for the five days ending Black Friday (Nov. 23-27) compared to the corresponding days last year, finding that led the pack with 3.9 million unique visitors, up 4 percent versus last year. followed with 3.5 million visitors, while (up 136 percent to 2.3 million visitors) showed the fastest growth.

With the weekend nearly over, and most of the BF deals behind us its time to look towards Cyber Monday.

According to a BIGresearch survey funded by the NRF, 96.5 million Americans plan to shop on Cyber Monday this year, up from 85 million in 2008. About 87.1 percent of retailers plan to hold special Cyber Monday sales, an increase from 83.7 percent last year.

Several sites including,, and posted their Cyber Monday deals early. With several other sites starting the sales as early as midnight on Sunday. A few great place to track the best Cyber Monday deals include, and

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chromium OS Early Benchmarks - The Results Don't Look Good

Google's Chromium OS hasn't been officially released yet however developers have been working with the recently released source code to compile testbed version of the new OS and so far things look fairly disappointing.

Phoronix took their preview build of the Chromium OS and tested it against Moblin, Fedora 12, openSUSE 11.2 and Ubuntu on a Samsung NC10 and well Chromium's initial numbers just don't look good.

Phronix's tests included H.264 video playback, OpenArena, LZMA compression, 7-Zip compression, IOzone, PostMark, dcraw, OGG Encoding, FFmpeg and x264 video encoding. They also tested for CPU use battery life with Chromium coming in dead last in every single area. Phoronix did admit that some of the test results might be skewed because of various issues.

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology does not appear to be functioning appropriately under Chromium. Then there is the use of the EXT3 file-system by default in Intel's Moblin and Google's Chromium OS which caused them to suffer in some of the tests compared to the others running with EXT4.

In their conclusion Phoronix said, "It is far too early to say how Google's Chromium OS will perform in the end considering that it is roughly a year out from shipping with any netbooks or other devices. Our first benchmarks of Chromium OS show that its system performance is nothing too spectacular at this time, but we will certainly be looking at its performance again as this Google distribution matures."

I personally have yet to play around with Chromium, personally I don't care much for the Chrome interface which the OS is built largely around. Nor do I care for the "cloud" design that requires applications to be utilized online. That said these early numbers really aren't that surprising. Chrome is very much in the alpha state therefore it hasn't been optimized and tweaked as much as any of the other OS's tested. Then there is also the fact that a lot of the benchmarking done really can't effectively test what a cloud-based operating system is meant to do.

So for now at least I'm going to take these early tests with a grain of salt and remain open to giving it a chance. I say say give it a year, at least let it hit beta and then we can see how it performs. If the numbers are still well below the competition then we can talk.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Second Generation PogoPlug Released

Next-generation Hardware Design and Software Provide Enhanced Storage, Multimedia and Social Media Capabilities


Cloud Engines, Inc. unveiled the second generation of the award winning Pogoplug multimedia sharing device today giving consumers more flexibility to store personal content safely in the home and access, manage, and share it from anywhere on the Internet. The new Pogoplug hardware sports a new design boasting multiple USB ports supporting up to 4 external drives for expanded data capacity. The new Pogoplug also gives users improved sharing capabilities, an easy drag-and-drop interface to create engaging multi-media slide shows, seamless media playback, and enhanced sharing with friends on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

Pogoplug acts like a gateway from your home or office through the Internet. It allows you to access, share and even stream your personal digital media directly to anybody, anywhere in the world. Your content always remains physically in your home or office, making it secure, convenient and available on your terms. Pogoplug is perfect for those individuals with increasingly mobile lifestyles and small businesses in need of simple, inexpensive mobile data access solutions.

“The reaction to the Pogoplug has been incredible. By listening to user feedback and following our own product roadmap, we are bringing a great second-generation product that gives our customers access to a host of new features that both improve the function of the Pogoplug, and add to the fun of using it as well.” said Daniel Putterman, CEO of Cloud Engines, Inc. “We are committed to giving our customers the best way to access their data from anywhere in the world, pushing the envelope with both product quality and design aesthetic. The result is what you see here today.”


The new Pogoplug design retains the simplicity and ease of use of the original while listening to consumer feedback and adding the ability to directly connect up to 4 external hard drives at once. The resulting product boasts an improved design with greatly improved functionality for users with multiple drives and an increasing need for easy synching and sharing of their digital libraries. This upgrade turns the Pogoplug into an even more prominent feature in the modern digital home or small business.


Automatically Synchronize Photos, Videos, Music and Other Selected Content
Users can synchronize their Pogoplug with their PC or Mac to automatically import new content from popular applications such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, and iPhoto. This feature allows Pogoplug owners to “set it and forget it” and always have access to new photos, videos and music from anywhere on the Internet.

Drag-and-Drop Music and Photo Slideshows
Users can easily create and share fun and engaging slideshows using their stored photos, videos and music. Creating a slideshow with Pogoplug is as simple as drag and drop, and sharing these slideshows is just as easy as ever. Once a user’s link is shared and viewed, their slideshow will immediately begin with the photos, videos and music they selected, playing seamlessly in the viewer’s browser.

Easier Sharing with Pogoplug Address Book
Pogoplug Address Book greatly improves the speed and ease of use of sharing with a user’s friends and family. Pogoplug automatically remembers all email addresses entered in a user’s previous shares - even if that share no longer exists – and makes them available in an easy to use address book to make sharing truly one click away.

Global Search Across Multiple Drives and Pogoplugs
With support for multiple drives on a single Pogoplug (and multiple Pogoplugs on the same account) Pogoplug has added "global" search support across all of a user’s Pogoplugs and drives. Search filters are now a distinct feature, allowing users to view all of their photos, videos and music in a single organized view, or to search for a specific file across all Pogoplugs and drives.

Organize Your Music, Photos and Videos
Pogoplug automatically displays music by Album, Artist and Genre, and shows cover art for quick access to a user’s favorite music. Photos are now displayed by photo timeline and videos are only a click away, including the ability to watch a preview in the thumbnail itself.

Play movies directly from, or even to the iPhone
Pogoplug now supports the playback of videos directly from a Pogoplug, with support for the most popular cameras, video cameras and mobile phones. Movies can be shared and viewed directly from the Pogoplug website – or even from an iPhone!

Pricing and Availability
We are currently taking Pre-Orders for Pogoplug at Units will ship before the end of the year – just in time for the Holiday Season. The Pogoplug has a suggested retail price of $129, with no additional service fees.

The Pogoplug is a device that connects up to 4 external hard drives to the Internet. It is designed for consumers who have an external hard drive and have high speed Internet. Consumers can securely access and share all of their content [Files, Photos, and Video] from any Web browser or enabled mobile device with no additional monthly fees. Free your inner drive.

Source: PogoPlug Press Release

Monday, November 23, 2009

CyberPower Rolls Out Exclusive "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" Gaming Rigs

CyberPower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, has rolled out a trio of new AMD and Intel-powered gaming systems for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers that will turn any would-be "Grinch" into a holiday hero.

From now through the end of the Thanksgiving weekend CyberPower will make available three custom-built PCs with special promotions, extra mail-in rebates, and a 10% discount off the entire order whether the customer chooses the base model or customizes their gaming rig through CyberPower's "configurator."

CyberPower brings the latest platforms and technology to these Black Friday Gaming Rigs. CyberPower customers can choose between the Gamer Ultra 7500 featuring AMD's Athlon II X2 245 processor, the Gamer Xtreme 2200 powered by the latest Core i5-750 processor, or the Gamer Infinity 9000 with the highly overclockable Intel Core i7-920 processor. For work and/or game, CyberPower has you covered with the power and performance each system brings.

For price conscientious shoppers, the Gamer Ultra 7500 combines the perfect balance of price and performance. The system includes AMD's Athlon II X2 245 CPU and 4GBs of DDR3 memory; NVIDIA GT220 graphics card, 24X CDRW, and a 500GB hard drive. The Gamer Ultra 7500 starts at $590 before any discounts and savings.

The Gamer Xtreme 2200 delivers smart and efficient performance at an unbeatable price. Powered by the latest Intel P55 platform and the i5-750 processor with turbo-boost, users can be sure they'll have the performance needed to accomplish any task speedily. The system also includes 4GB of DDR3 memory; GT220 graphics card; 1-terabyte hard drive; 24X DVDRW; all starting at $805.

For those extra special people on your gift list, CyberPower offers its Gamer Infinity 9000. For those who want uncompromising power, the Gamer Infinity 9000 includes the overclocking friendly Intel Core i7-920 processor on Intel's X58 chipset. 6GBs of tri-channel memory is included for maximum performance and decrease load times. ATI's DX11 ready 5750 graphics card is included for smooth, detailed game play. A 1-terabyte hard drive and DVDRW is included for the starting price of $1,099.

All models come pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and will be discounted an additional 10%. The series can be ordered direct from CyberPower and customized with a number of components, memory and drive options from the company web site. All CyberPower computer systems come with a 3-year limited warranty and free lifetime labor and phone support.

On top of all the holiday promotions and discounts, CyberPower extends a special thanks to all its fans and supporters by giving back this holiday. CyberPower warms up your holiday season with its holiday facebook giveaway featuring tons of goodies and prizes including a LAN Mini gaming system!

Offical Walmart Black Friday 2009 Ads Now Online

The speculation is over and no longer do you need to look through ads scans or unofficial leaks. Walmart has officially posted their Black Friday Ads online for your viewing pleasure you can find you local circular by entering your zip code on this page.

Listed below are some of the hotter deals I've found at my local Walmart, not all items will be available at all stores and quantities will be limited so make sure you get out there early!

Walmart Local Ad

Doorbusters from 5am -11am 11/27 include
Laptops and PCs

eMachines eME627 Laptop Computer $198
  • AMD Athlon 64 Processor TF-20
    Offers 1.6GHz speed, a 667MHz system bus, and 512KB L2 cache
  • 2GB of PC2 @667MHz DDR2 Memory, expandable to 4GB
    Handles multimedia and multitasking
  • 160GB SATA hard drive, rated at 5400rpm speed
    Stores up to 45,000 photos, or up to 39,000 songs, or up to 19 hours of HD video and more
  • SuperMulti Double-Layer DVD burner
    Plays and creates CDs and DVDs in a variety of different formats
  • 15.6" HD Widescreen WXGA High-Brightness Display
    1366x768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio
    ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics with up to 1919MB of HyperMemory supporting Shader Model 4.0, Microsoft DirectX 10
  • Wireless WiFI & Wired 10/100 Ethernet port
    Connects to a broadband modem (cable or DSL) or a network
    802.11 b/g wireless LAN, connects wirelessly to a network, hotpost or broadband router.

HP G60-519wm Laptop Computer $298
  • Intel Celeron Processor 900
    Provides 2.2GHz speed, an 800MB frontside bus, and 1MB L2 cache
  • 3GB of DDR2 system memory
    Furnishes enough memory for today's demanding applications and can be expanded to 4GB
  • 250GB SATA hard drive, 5200 rpm
    Stores up to 71,000 photos, or up to 62,000 songs, or up to 30 hours of HD video, and more
  • LightScribe SuperMulti DVD optical drive with double-layer support
    Plays and creates CDs and DVDs with support for 11 different formats
    LightScribe technology etches custom labels right onto LightScribe-ready discs
  • Wireless Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet
    Connect to a broadband modem (cable or DSL) wirelessly or using the wired 10/100 Ethernet port
    Also wirelessly connects to a Wi-Fi signal/hotspot with 802.11b/g wireless LAN
  • 15.6" diagonal BrightView widescreen display
    Presents 1366 x 768 resolution (WXGA)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M (shared) with up to 1309MB of total available graphics memory

HP G71-329wm Laptop Computer $398
  • Intel Celeron Processor 900
    Provides 2.2GHz speed, an 800MB frontside bus, and 1MB L2 cache
  • 4GB of DDR2 system memory
    Furnishes enough memory for today's demanding applications and can be expanded to 4GB
  • 320GB SATA hard drive, 5400 rpm
    Stores up to 90,000 photos, or up to 79,000songs, or up to 38 hours of HD video, and more
  • LightScribe SuperMulti DVD optical drive with double-layer support
    Plays and creates CDs and DVDs with support for 11 different formats
  • LightScribe technology etches custom labels right onto LightScribe-ready discs
  • 17.3" diagonal BrightView widescreen display
    Presents 1600 x 900 resolution (WXGA)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M (shared) with up to 1695MB of total available graphics memory
  • Wireless Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet
    Connect to a broadband modem (cable or DSL) wirelessly or using the wired 10/100 Ethernet port
    Also wirelessly connects to a Wi-Fi signal/hotspot with 802.11b/g wireless LAN
X Rocker Turbo Sound Gaming Chair, Black and Silver $35
  • Backlit speakers in headrest
  • Subwoofer for rich bass and vibration
  • Input for MP3 player
  • Units folds in half
  • Side control panel, vloume, base, power, input/output jacks, headphone jack
  • Connection capability - Xbox, Playstations, Wii, Gameboy, MP3/Ipod/CD/DVD, Home Theatre

Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 $50

Features Include:

  • Rock out your way! Players can beat on drums, sing along, groove as a bassist and shred riffs as guitarists (using a licensed replica of the legendary Fender™ Stratocaster™) - either in single player career mode leading a band, in multiplayer as part of the band, or against each other - in person or online!
  • Unrivaled song library! Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists ? from punk, metal and alternative to classic and southern rock of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
  • Fully customizable! Form your own band, create and customize your own rocker, and then travel on a fast rise to fame around the world in a quest for rock `n? roll glory!
  • Rock `n Roll Never Dies! Supports downloadable content for never-ending challenges.

Xbox 360 Arcade Console with Bonus $199

Xbox 360 Bundle includes:

  • Xbox 360 Arcade Console w/ Wireless Controller
  • Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa game for Xbox 360
  • Madagascar DVD
  • Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa DVD

120 GB PlayStation 3 Console with Bonus $299

PlayStation 3 bundle includes:

  • PlayStation 3 120GB Console
  • inFAMOUS game for PS3
  • Batman Arkham Asylum game for PS3
  • Dark Knight Blu-ray disc movie

Sony Cyber-shot DSCS930 Silver Digital Camera $79
  • 10.1 Megapixels
  • 3x Optical zoom
  • 2.4" LCD screen
  • Face detection and Steadyshot Image Stabilization
  • Includes carrying case

Nikon CoolPix S230 Black Digital Camera $139
  • 10 Megapixels
  • 3x Optical zoom
  • 3" LCD touch screen
  • High-resolution touchscreen LCD
  • Automatic Scene Selector Mode; Smart Portrait System
GPS Systems

TomTom One 125-SE GPS $59
  • 3.5" color touchscreen
  • Maps of the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Spoken directions and street names
TomTom XL325-SE GPS $89
  • 4.3" color touchscreen
  • Maps of the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Spoken directions and street names

New Malicious iPhone Worm Acts Like Botnet

F-Secure research director Mikko Hypponen posted a warning Sunday night via the F-secure blog warning that there is a new potential threat facing jailbroken iPhones.

Mikko writes "We've received a sample of a malicious iPhone worm with botnet functionality. Like the Ikee worm, it only affects Jailbroken iPhones which have SSH installed and have not changed the default password. This one connects to a web-based command & control center running at in Lithuania. The worm is not widespread, but it is much more serious than the first iPhone worm as it seems to try to steal information from the devices. We're working on full analysis and should have it available later."

The report was orginally broken by the BBC News which reported the new malicious worm is specifically targeting people in the Netherlands who are using their iPhones for internet banking with Dutch online bank ING Direct.

Hypponen confirmed the reports stating, "It's fairly isolated and specific to Netherlands but it is capable of spreading." Adding although the number of infected phones was thought to be in the hundreds rather than thousands, the worm could jump from phone to phone among owners using the same wi-fi hotspot.

According to the BBC a spokesperson for ING Direct said that a warning was going to be put on the bank's official website.

"We are also briefing call center personnel," she added. "It's important to remember that the worm only affects jail-broken phones and it is only aimed at customers in the Netherlands."

Utilizing a fake ING Direct login page, the hackers in control of the "worm" can collect your online banking credentials and, presumably, all the cash within your accounts.

For users infected with the worm their root password will have been changed. According to Paul Ducklin, Sophos's Head of Technology, the original password was 'alpine' but with the worm taking control of your infected phone it has now been changed to 'ohshit'. If you try this log-in and actually get in, you are almost certainly infected with the virus. More details can be found via Ducklin's blog at Sophos.

Best Buy Black Friday 2009 DoorBusters

Best Buy has officially posted their door buster deals for Black Friday 2009. Some of these are pretty darn good deals, one of which is an HP laptop for under $200!! All door buster deals will require a ticket which means you will more than likely have to stand in line and I almost guarantee that means getting there very early!

Below is a list of a few of the deals Best Buy is offering for Black Friday 2009, a full list can be found by clicking here and you can view the full weekly add by clicking here.

Samsung LN46B640 46" LCD HDTV - $999 this is currently on-sale for $1199 so at $999 you are saving well over $200

HP G60-507DX Laptop with Intel Celeron 900 Processor - $197 they list it at $549 but the specs are almost identical to the $249 Acer they sold two weeks ago. This comes with a Celly 900, 2gigs of DDR2, a 160GB HDD and Windows 7.

Sony VAIO VGN-NW235F/W Laptop $399 - the details aren't listed on the Best Buy site but the specs listed from Sony are as follows, Intel Pentium T4300 (2.10GHz) Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 15.5" widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD burning, webcam

Dynex DX-L321-10A 32" LCD HDTV - $299 - this product is already listed on and on-sale at that price but you have to pay shipping. IMO that's a fair trade-off for not standing inline, so I'd buy it online if you are planning on getting it.

Samsung UN46B6000VF 46" LED-LCD HDTV - $1,599 - this isn't a bad deal but its only $150 below current cost at several online retailers and can be had cheaper at Abe's Of Maine -$1588.18

Garmin nüvi 205W - $99.99 - they list it at $199, however most sites like Newegg have it for $135

Here are a few highlights of items available on via the Black Friday Ad:

Acer X203H 20" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD Monitor for $79.99
features include a 1600 x 900 maximum resolution at 60Hz, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, HDCP DVI ports and VGA ports

Epson Stylus NX110 Multifunction Printer/ Copier/ Scanner for $29.99
Features include 48-bit color, scan resolution up to 600 x 1200 dpi (9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated), Prints up to 28 ppm in black, up to 14 ppm in color

Compaq Mini 110c-1100DX Netbook for $179.99
features - 10.1" WSVGA antiglare LED widescreen display, N270 Intel Atom processor, 1GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Magellan SE4 GPS for $89.99
features - 4.3" color, backlit touch-screen display, Text-to-speech and turn-by-turn voice prompts, Preloaded NAVTEQ maps

What you need to know before heading down there and waiting in line forever!!

Doorbuster FAQs

What are the store hours?
  • is open 24/7/365.
  • All retail stores will be closed for Thanksgiving.
  • Stores will open at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 27, and close at 10 p.m.
  • Stores will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, and close at 10 p.m.
  • Additional store hours can be found in our Store Locator.

What time will tickets be handed out to customers?

  • Each store will decide when to hand out tickets in the two hours before store opening. Stores base their decisions on multiple factors, including the length of the line, the weather, and store personnel levels.
  • Tickets will be handed out until they are gone. Lines tend to form early, and Best Buy is unable to guarantee that all customers will receive a ticket.

How will tickets be provided prior to store opening?

  • A line of customers will form outside of Best Buy stores and tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • In most cases tickets will be handed out by store personnel prior to store opening.
  • Best Buy reserves the right to refuse service or to provide a ticket to anyone it deems necessary. Best Buy will cancel ticketing and line formation if customer participation is deemed unlawful by local law enforcement agencies.

How many tickets can a single customer get?

  • Each customer is eligible to receive one ticket per applicable item. If a customer wants to purchase 10 different items, then he or she is eligible to receive one ticket (if applicable) for each of those 10 items.
  • All customers in line are eligible to receive a ticket based on ticket availability. Customers are not required to be an adult (age 18 or older) in order to receive a ticket.

By what time does a customer have to redeem the ticket?

  • Each ticket includes a time deadline for when it must be redeemed.

Why is it necessary to have a ticket to purchase select products?

  • Ticketing will help to ensure the safety of both Best Buy customers and employees when the stores open. Tickets also help to ensure that those customers who arrive first can purchase the products they want.

What are doorbusters?

  • Doorbuster products are front-cover limited-quantity items on the Thanksgiving Day advertisement in your local newspaper. If you do not receive a copy of the advertisement, it can viewed in the Weekly Ad section of

What products require tickets?

  • Select front-cover and other limited-quantity items from our Thanksgiving Day advertisement will require tickets.
  • The ticket will grant the customer the ability to buy the item for a limited time.

What if I previously purchased a product at Best Buy and the price is now lower in your Friday advertisement, TV ads or on What if I find a lower price available at a Best Buy competitor on Friday?

What is Best Buy's holiday gift return and exchange policy?

Are there any errors in the Thanksgiving day ad?

  • Yes. On page 12 of the November 27th - 28th ad insert we advertised our store hours as open from 9am to 11pm on Saturday, November 28th. Our store hours are 9am to 10pm on Saturday, November 28th. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

Newegg Pre-Black Friday Sale

Newegg's Pre-Black Friday Sale started tonight at midnight! (12:01AM PST)

Below is a full list of their early Black Friday deals, since I'm posting this well after midnight all the prices should be in affect.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Find Free iPhone, iPod, iMac And Mac Mini Repair Guides At iFixit

DIY'ers are all the same we all love to tear into broken gadgets and try to fix them ourselves and with most devices you can. Sometimes though you'll find you need a disassembly guide or perhaps even some troubleshooting techniques. Well if you're an Apple product owner (iPhone, iPod, iMac or Mac Mini) then the fine folks at have just what you want.

iFixit has just released over 240 repair guides, complete with in-depth disassembly guides, troubleshooting techniques, and even photos. These handy guides are super easy to follow, give detailed step by step techniques and provide tons of information. Each guide is very user friendly and very well written, in not too technical or geeky jargon.

Along with the step by step guide there is a list of tools need that also features a color coded guide as to which tool is need for which part. At the bottom of each guide there's a nice section for notes that can be added by other users providing some first hand experience.

The site is indeed very useful for anyone that might have an Apple Gadget that is no longer covered under warranty or for that Geek that just likes tearing things apart.

Google Chrome OS Makes It's Debut

Within hours of Google announcing they'd be releasing the Google Chrome source code to the public engineers went to work compiling said code into a workable OS, well sort of.

After reading the announcement GDGT engineer Jon Ursenbach got to work compiling the code, trying to see if he could get an instance of Chromium OS running in a virtual machine. Its not a stand alone version of the OS but it is a workable version that is great for fooling around and it does show of the potential for the new operating environment.

If you want to test it out and see what the hype is all about you can download a copy of the virtual machine to use in VMware, VirtualBox, and on a USB drive here (300MB compressed / 700MB uncompressed):

There is a second option for downloading and running the OS which involves getting the files via torrent. This option however can be a bit risky and getting things working can be tricky. Fortunately TechCrunch has posted a fairly easy walk-through that should help. Just make sure you check the torrent, and make sure you can the files with an AV. There have been reports of many fake builds showing up on torrent sites.

Everything You Need To Know About Chrome OS

Since Google's initial announcement that they'd be building an OS there was a lot of hype and speculation as to what it would and how it would look and run. Well here are a few brief answers to what it is. Keep in mind the OS itself has not officially been released, Google has said that won't happen until some time next year. Right now we just have access to the source code, so some things might change and builders of course will build upon what's there so we will see several different variations.

  • It's an operating environment not a system: Essentially Chrome is not a traditional operating system its more of a browser than anything. Meaning that it'll be based around preexisting Web services like Gmail, Google Docs, and so on. There are going to be no conventional applications, just Web applications—nothing gets installed, updated, or loaded locally in any way. Therefore what you have is an operating environment not a system
  • It only runs Web apps: It's going to integrate Web apps into the operating system deeper than we've ever seen before, meaning that a) they'll seem more like native apps than Web apps and b) they'll be able to tap into local resources more than a typical Web app in Firefox, for example. They're Web apps in name, but they'll have native powers.
  • How, exactly?: With HTML 5. This is the next version of HTML, which gives the browser more access to local resources like location info, offline storage—the kinds of things you'd normally associate with native apps.
  • Chrome is Chrome: The user's experience with Chrome OS will basically be synonymous with their experience on Chrome Browser. Technically speaking, Chrome OS is a Linux-based OS, but you won't be installing Linux binaries like you might on Ubuntu or some other Linux distribution. Any "apps" you have will be used within the browser. Chrome OS is effectively a new version of Chrome, that you can't leave.
  • It's super-light. It starts up in a matter of seconds, Google has said 7 seconds or less, which is viable since you have no applications to load. You'll boot straight into the Chrome browser which is apparently very, very optimized for Chrome OS, so it should be faster than we've ever seen it.
  • It won't support hard drives, just solid state storage and I assume that means USB storage as well. This is going to be a bold move I mean SSD drives are becoming cheaper but they still aren't mainstream and who is going to want to boost the cost of a cheap netbook by adding an SSD just to run Google Chrome?
  • You'll have to buy a Chrome OS device: Hardware support sounds like it might be pretty slim. Chance are you'll be able to hack this thing onto your current machine, but you won't just be able to install it to replace Windows, or opt for it on your next laptop, for example. You'll have to buy hardware that Google approved, either component by component, or in a whole package. They're already working on reference designs.
  • For now, it's for netbooks. It's not intended for desktops, to the point that Google is saying that the first generation of Chrome hardware will be secondary machines.

When will Google Chrome be released and what will it run on?

For now, at least this is all speculation because Google hasn't set an official release date nor have they given specifics on any upcoming devices. From the details given on the Chromium Blog and the Official Google Blog we do know that the release of the code comes "almost a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users" and they mentioned that the Chrome OS will be ready for consumers this time next year. So we can speculate that they will have it ready for "beta" by late spring possibly even early summer.

As for actual device that will be running the new OS Google has said it will launch Chrome OS netbooks in the holiday season 2010; tablets and laptops running Chrome OS will launch at a later date. Chrome's demo at the presentation was running on an Eee PC, so that seems one likely target.

As mentioned, the upcoming hardware will feature SSDs only so that puts a lot of limits on what devices will and won't be released with the OS. So netbooks, MID devices and possible some other handhelds are likely. Google's vice president of product management, Sundar Pichai, said the reasoning behind going SSD only is because "We want Google Chrome OS to be blazingly fast. From the time you press boot, you want it to be like a TV. In addition to making the boot time fast, we want the end-to-end experience to be fast."

My thoughts and opinion

In my personal opinion Google Chrome doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in. I've ran some of the insta-boot linux environments that offer limited functionality and I really wasn't impressed. Sure you can get online in a flash but that doesn't offer me much. I spend more time logging onto the web based sites to get my work than I would if I just booted into Windows where it was saved.

Web based applications are nice to have and do make life a little easier especially since I don't have to buy some of the software that is available. But what happens when I'm offline and in a pinch? What do I do then? If files or apps aren't stored locally I guess I'll be SOL.

I enjoy fast boot times, and I enjoy a fast OS, but I'm not willing to give up the conveniences that go with having a fully functional OS. At least not at this time. Sure the devices the Chrome OS is meant for are meant more or less for basic usage (web, email ect) but that's probably also the reason why I don't own those devices. I'm not a basic user and I want my devices to be able to handle my demands.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Casio Introduces Tough New EX-G1

Just in time for the holidays Casio introduces a hot new waterproof camera for us to drool over, the new Casio Exlim EX-G1. Measuring a petite 103.5 x 64.2 x 19.9mm, that's less than an inch think for those who don't do metric, and featuring full waterproof and shockproof capabilities this ultra thin ultra portable camera can go just about anywhere.

The EX-G1 offers swimmers, skiers or the outdoor enthusiast up to 3 meters (10 feet) of waterproofing and has been drop tested to withstand falls of up 2.13 meters (7 feet). All this means this little camera is going to be tough and ready for just about any outdoor situation, whether it be lounging around on the beach, that backwoods hike or just having fun in the sun.

I haven't got a chance to get me hands on one yet, but I know I'd love to see one in my stocking this Christmas!

EXILIM G – Waterproof and Dustproof, in a .78-inch, Smart Design

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Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the EX-G1 shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera—the first in the company’s new EXILIM G brand of digital cameras. With its smart design featuring functional beauty, the EX-G1 embodies Casio’s endurance-minded features and specifications in a sleek 0.78-inch low-profile camera.

Casio first introduced the shock-resistant G-SHOCK timepiece to the world in 1983. The G-SHOCK brand remains extremely popular among consumers and adventure enthusiasts around the globe thanks to its distinctive, unique design, rugged toughness and practicality, even under severe environmental conditions. In 2000, Casio launched the G’zOne, a durable, water-resistant mobile phone.

Casio is positioning the EXILIM G brand in an “endurance” category, which demonstrates its determination to create digital cameras suitable for top athletes and adventurers. The endurance category caters to those who never quit challenging both extreme conditions and their own limits. The new model was developed to embody this brand concept, using Casio’s years of experience creating technologies for shock resistance, waterproofing and slim-line design.

The EX-G1 is designed with shock-resistant elements throughout the camera, both inside and out, creating a smart look in a slim-line camera with functional beauty. In addition to capturing high-resolution 12.1 effective megapixel images, the EX-G1 also features modes such as interval shooting and multi-image capture which utilize the camera’s endurance qualities. The interval shooting function can automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals, enabling users to capture great shots while engaged in active sports such as snowboarding or cycling.

“Whether it is the lifestyle that you have chosen or your career path that requires you to carry a camera tough enough to endure life’s elements, the EXILIM G EX-G1 offers an endurance level that will withstand the demands of your daily routine,” says Toshi Iguchi, senior general manager of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The EX-G1, Casio’s toughest camera to date, is a prime example of Casio’s constant devotion to creating cameras to accommodate all levels of photographers.”

Through rigorous testing, the EX-G1 has been designed and created with a shock-resistant shell which passes drop tests including multiple falls from seven feet. Featuring a two-layer construction with a stainless steel outer-casing, the EX-G1 inner body withstands shock and water damage. The camera’s intelligent design is constructed with a resin cover to protect the body side near the shutter and a resin lens ring to protect the lens.

The technologically-advanced design features waterproof performance and corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing. The EX-G1 can be used at depths at 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes. Water will not penetrate the camera even when directly sprayed with jets of water from every direction corresponding to Protection Class 6 (IPX6). Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as 14°F*6, Casio’s EX-G1 boldly captures images where any adventurer goes.

The EX-G1 will hit shelves in December 2009 with an MSRP of $299.99 and will be available in black and red.


Slim-line Design with Toughness Construction

  • Shock Resistance
    The EXILIM G EX-G1 offers the world’s thinnest profile* of .78 inch (excluding protruding parts) in a shock-resistant digital camera. The camera passed multiple drop tests of seven feet based on Casio’s own standard**.
  • Waterproof/Dustproof
    The EX-G1 offers waterproof performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing, and can be used for 60 continuous minutes at a water depth of 10 feet***. It also withstands water jets corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IPX6” waterproofing, and can be directly rinsed under running water. The EX-G1 is also impervious to dust, with performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IP6X” dustproofing.
  • Freezeproof
    Withstanding ever the coldest of temperatures, the EX-G1 endures through temperatures as low as 14 °F.

Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design

  • Exterior
    The outer body of the EX-G1 is made from stainless steel to withstand external shocks while a polycarbonate cover absorbs shocks to the body side near the shutter. The camera’s wrist-strap holder is made of die-cast zinc to withstand drops while a rotating lock secures the external memory slot cover. For additional protection, the EX-G1 comes with two types of detachable protectors to absorb shocks.
  • Internal construction
    The waterproof inner body of the camera is made from polycarbonate reinforced with fiberglass while a buckle-lock construction is added to absorb impact, using fewer screws to secure the inner body. Additionally, the camera’s frame comes equipped with speaker and microphone filters to prevent water from penetrating the camera.
  • Lens
    To prevent damage to the camera’s lens, a resin ring as been added around the glass casing to ease shocks to the lens area. With the addition of a reinforced, glass lens cover, the EX-G1 is tooled with a multi coating that is water-repellent and prevents light reflection from ruining pictures. To further protect the camera from impact, high-performance damping material has been added to protect the lens unit from external shocks.
  • LCD panel
    The acrylic plate to protect the LCD from water pressure and shocks is 1.5 times thicker than conventional point-and-shoot cameras. The LCD panel features a resin mount to ease shocks to the LCD panel area.

BEST SHOT functions befitting a waterproof, shock-resistant camera

  • Interval shooting
    The interval shooting function allows users to automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals while engaged in action sports such as cycling, snowboarding, and wind surfing*5. With the EX-G1, users can take powerful photos from inside the action, the kind which are usually almost impossible to capture. The shooting interval can be set at 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 3 minutes, and the capture time for movies may be set at 3, 10, 20, or 30 minutes
  • Great for a variety of outdoor photography scenes
    The BEST SHOT function enables users to take beautiful photos just by selecting the desired subject scene. The EX-G1 includes additional BEST SHOT settings suitable for various outdoor situations, such as “snow” and “beach” scene settings, which automatically adjust to prevent subject underexposure due to the brightness of snow or sun. There is also an “underwater” setting to control the tendency of underwater photos to come out looking too blue.

12.1 effective megapixels
This thin stylish model features a large 2.5-inch monitor with 230,400 dots of high resolution and a non-extending 3X zoom lens ranging from 38-114mm (35 mm film camera equivalent).

Intelligent AF
When the camera is pointed at a desired shot, the Intelligent AF function automatically detects the photo subject even if it is not a human face and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly.

Advanced Dynamic Photo function
Casio’s original Dynamic Photo function, which creates composite moving images using the camera’s own high-speed image processing technology, now does even more. When a moving subject is cut out of a number of images and combined with a different still shot that forms the background, the size of the subject can be changed to suit the background image. Additionally, the Dynamic Photo video can easily be converted in-camera into a motion JPEG movie file. Moving graphics such as hearts and bouquets of flowers are included so that users can have fun decorating their still images using the Dynamic Photo function. Casio not only allows users to have fun taking and viewing photos, but also provides innovative new ways for them to create original images, right on the camera.

Wide Screen Movies
The camera also features a wide format (16:9) Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 848x480 pixels.

For more details on the Exilim EX-G1 checkout Casio's Exilim G site.

Source: CASIO

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Intel Wants You To Tweet Your Best Haiku

Write a Haiku, Themed "Why I want a Home Server And Be Entered For Your Chance To Win a Home Server from Intel, Microsoft

Gadget-philes that need an excuse to flex their artistic muscle are encouraged to submit an entry to the Intel and Microsoft Home Server Haiku Challenge. The challenge, which asks participants to express how a home server could bring peace of mind to their daily digital lives, will be accepting submissions until December 11. All entries are eligible to win one-of-three home servers that will arrive in time for the holidays to stream and share photos, videos and music with family and friends. For more information on winning a home server featuring the Intel architecture and Microsoft Windows Home Server software, visit


Three first prize winners will win a Home Server powered by Intel Inside and Microsoft Windows Home Server software, ten second prize winners will win a Microsoft Zune HD 16 GB digital audio player, and ten third prize winners will win a 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive.

Contest Details:
  • The contest begins Nov. 16th, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. and ends Dec. 11th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m.
  • One entry per e-mail address
  • You must have a Twitter account to enter
  • 100 entries will be randomly drawn at the end of the contest
  • 23 of the 100 random entries will be judged and selected as winners
  • Winners will be notified by telephone within 10 days after the end of the contest and winning Haikus will be posted on
  • Intel and Microsoft may post Haiku entries online and will assume ownership of them
  • Please see complete contest rules

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AMD Introduces ATI Radeon HD 5970

ati logo Massive overclocking potential enables PC gaming enthusiasts to dominate their gameplay with DirectX 11 expand the game experience with ATI Eyefinity technology and accelerate with ATI Stream technology

AMD today announced the flagship installment in the award-winning line of graphics cards, the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest card ever created.1 The new ultra high-end model joins a growing list of the world’s first and only graphics cards to fully support Microsoft DirectX 11 technology and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology.

radeon hd 5970
Designed to support the most demanding PC games at ultra-high resolutions and image quality settings, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 has unlocked overclocking potential, granting access to every bit of power the card has to offer through ATI Overdrive technology. Now shipping from retailers and available in the channel, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 also launches today in new Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora desktop PCs.

Record-breaking overclocking capabilities take Dragon Platform technology to the forefront for users that demand the utmost control in performance tuning. The unrivaled overclocking capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 are enabled by the unique design of the card, which features advanced fan and vapor chamber technologies and a fully vented exhaust to keep the card cool and ensure overclocking headroom using ATI Overdrive™ technology.2 The formidable combination of AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 7-Series chipsets, and ATI Radeon HD graphics deliver comprehensive tuning, immersive entertainment, and outstanding value.

Enthusiasts can expand their field of view, ATI Radeon HD 5970, driving up to three displays at once, delivering an unmatched maximum resolution of 7680x1600 and creating an unparalleled game play experience. For the first time ever, ATI CrossFireX technology leverages the power of multiple graphics processors to deliver even more game performance in 20 of today’s popular titles when using ATI Eyefinity technology, with more to come.

The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card delivers nearly 5 TeraFLOPS of compute power, ensuring superior performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, as well as in previous versions of DirectX and OpenGL titles. With the world’s most powerful graphics core built on 40nm process technology harnessing up to 3,200 stream processors, gamers can enjoy DirectX 11 games now, such as EA Phenomic’s BattleForge and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Call of Pripyat from GSC Game World, with many more titles on the way, including:
New features and functionality of ATI Stream technology allow users to harness the ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card to enhance their computing experience, helping to improve the performance of enabled media, entertainment and productivity applications. ATI Stream technology and the HD 5970 support both Direct Compute 11 and OpenCL industry standards for application acceleration.
Delivering full-fledged performance when needed, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 also leads in power efficiency by automatically powering down unused GPU resources when not in use, resulting in idle desktop power consumption as low as 42 watts.

The ATI Radeon HD 5970 is supported by a wide range of add-in-board companies, including ASK, Asus, Club 3D, Diamond, Gigabyte, High Tech, MSI, Sapphire, Tul/Power Color, Visiontek and XFX.
To celebrate the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 and to conclude a series of contests created to celebrate AMD’s 40th anniversary year, AMD is announcing the third and final contest designed to give back to AMD fans and supporters. Starting today, fans of AMD on Facebook will be able to enter to win one of 10 Microsoft Xbox 360s or one of 10 Wiis from Nintendo. One gaming system will be given away every weekday for four weeks. Full contest rules and details available online:

“With the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card in the world, we’ve cemented AMD as the unquestioned graphics leader,” said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group. “With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, the new card, coupled with the awesome power of ATI Eyefinity technology, is the ultimate setup for serious gamers.”

“The extraordinary performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 is a perfect match for the Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora desktops,” said Frank Azor, senior product planning manager, Dell Gaming. “By offering this level of graphics capability as well as the visual and performance enhancements made possible by DirectX 11 hardware, gamers will benefit from enhanced image quality enabling an incredibly intense gaming experience.”

ATI Radeon 5970 Benchmarks And Reviews

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Availability And Pricing

The HD 5970 showed online this afternoon at Newegg however like the 5870 it currently isn't listed in stock. Here are a couple links as well as pricing details for anyone interested.

Source: AMD

Google Scholar Now With Legal Opinions

Some of you outside of the academia might not know what Google Scholar if you don't don't feel bad but you should. Google Scholar is one of those essential tools that could possibly help you save some time, money and numerous trips to the library. And now it might help you learn a little about the laws that affect you on a daily basis.

Google Scholar is a free service that helps users search scholarly literature such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports and starting today it allows users to find laws that govern us.

With today's announcement from Google, online users can now use Scholar to find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts. Meaning you can now use a friendly Google type interface to find legal opinions by either by searching for cases (like Planned Parenthood v. Casey), or by topics (like desegregation) or other queries that you are interested in.

Google Scholar is as easy to use as the normal Google web search interface especially with the helpfulness of the "advanced search" options, which can automatically narrow search results to a specific journal or article, specific years or specific states or one of several subject matters. This is very handy for doing research projects, homework or for you geeks out there that just need to know.

The most relevant results will be listed first, in order of the authors ranking, the amount of references that are linked to it and their relevance to other scholarly literature, and the ranking of the publication that the journal appears in. No need to weed through bad pages as all the Web pages that are going to be "scholarly."

MSI Announces Afterburner Overclocking Competition

MSI and Guru3D want to see how far you can OC your GPU

Sick and tired of the cliché that the overclocking competitions are always chasing for the highest performance? What about competing the overclocking percentage this time? MSI - the world leading graphics card and mainboard brand-manufacturer and Guru3D - the world famous graphics card review site, will hold an "afterburner overclocking competition" together. Different kinds of GPUs and different levels of graphics cards can compete in the same competition this time. We "only" compete for the maximum overclocking percentage, and the winner may be not the one who gets the highest 3DMark score! Using N220GT-MD1G to beat R5870-PM2D1G up will no longer be a dream!

Starting from 2009/11/18 to 2009/12/18, players can log in the discussion thread of "MSI afterburner overclocking competition" in the forums of Guru3D and post one system picture as well as one screenshot that includes MSI afterburner overclocking v1.30 and 600 seconds of Furmark burning test by one of the MSI N9000/N200/R4000/R5000 series graphics cards.*

After deadline, MSI will award the top 3 winners based on their overclocking percentage with the prizes including the most exciting products like: MSI R5870-PM2D1G, MSI BigBang Fuzion, and MSI N275GTX Lightning. MSI will also choose 3 lucky people from the rest players to give away limited N9600GT Diamond graphics card.

Besides "Afterburner overclocking competition", MSI will also hold an "Afterburner skin competition", players get to upload the skin that is designed by themselves to the discussion thread of "Afterburner skin competition" for members in Guru3D forum to vote for their favorite skin. MSI will provide prizes including MSI P55-GD80, MSI R4890 Cyclone OC, and MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC for the top 3 skins winner. Moreover, 3 lucky participants can also earn the N9600GT Diamond graphics cards provided by MSI for joining the vote.

How can you not attract by all these prizes and crazy ideas? Click and join us now: (Click here) Prepare one MSI qualified graphics card to see how far you can reach or design some incredible skins for afterburner to win prizes right away!

Source: MSI