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Video Review #661: Zalman TNN 300 Compact Fanless Case

The Zalman TNN 300 Compact Fanless Case is a marvel! This case sets a new standard for silent microATX design. The way Zalman has implemented heatpipes and heatsinks in this case is nothing short of brilliant. The overall quality and looks are also exceptional. Let's not forget this is an all aluminum case. Those who demand the best and need their computers silent will defiantly drool over this product. If you would rather a standard ATX case, Zalman has the TNN 500 model. Watch the Video to find out more...

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Video Review #664: Connect3D X1900XT Video Card

If you wish to play the latest games with all the eye candy enabled on a widescreen display, a very fast Video Card is required. The Connect3D X1900 XT 512MB GDDRIII with dual DVI-I and VIVO is just that card. It loaded with the technologies and 512MB of GDDR3 memory gives this card a clear advantage. In a single configuration it's hardcore enough, but for the gamer that needs the fastest setup, it is also Crossfire ready. This is one product that can handle any graphically demanding game. Watch the Video to find out more..


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Sony's OLED TVs on hold

Nobody, least of all Sony, ever said it would be easy to start cranking out OLED TVs. It doesn't help matters to be in a financial crunch.

So it should come as little surprise that according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal (subscriber access only), losses in Sony's TV division are driving the electronics giant to put a hold on future OLEDs TVs.

Sony OLED TVs

Sony shows off its OLED TVs at CES 2007. That's a 27-inch model in the middle; all the others are 11-inch models.
(Credit: Michael Kanellos/CNET)

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PS3 price drop, Slim model launch imminent

Remember all of those rumors about a PlayStation 3 price drop and a new, slimmer model? Well they might not be rumors for much longer as just hours before Sony is slated to begin its press conference at Gamescom in Cologne, several leaks have sprung from a few notable retailers. FYE was first up when an employee snapped a pic of a new banner that has the 80GB model going for a “new low price” of $299.99 and the 160GB Uncharted bundle for $399.99.

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Hackers set new high score for credit card theft at 130M

A Florida man may have busted the world record for consumer data theft after allegedly stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers. The US Department of Justice announced Monday afternoon that 28-year-old Albert Gonzales and two co-conspirators had been indicted for conspiracy. If true, Gonzales and gang may have beaten the credit card theft high score of 45 million accounts nearly three times over.

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Google: Satisfaction Guaranteed

Google leads the search industry in market share. No surprise, then, that it leads the industry in customer satisfaction as well.

The company has once again achieved top rank among Internet search engines and portals in the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, the seventh time it has done so in eight years. This year Google (GOOG) received 86 points, out of a possible 100, besting Yahoo’s (YHOO) 77 points, Microsoft’s (MSFT) 75, Ask.com’s 74 and AOL’s 70.

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Brain’s Wrinkles Protect Against Head Banging

As you greet the new week by banging your head on your desk in office despair, rest assured: The brain’s wrinkled surface protects you from non-existential damage.

The prevailing explanation for the brain’s crenellations is that they increase computational capacity by packing a large surface area into a small space. Exactly how this works is a matter of speculation, but abnormalities have been linked to disorders like autism and depression.


PS3 Firmware 3.0 Adds New XMB, Dynamic Themes, Avatars

PlayStation 3 firmware 3.0 is coming soon, bringing with it nex XMB functionality, a status indicator, a friends list redesign, dynamic themes, avatars, and much more.

Announced during Gamescom and highlighted at the PlayStation blog, firmware 3.0 doesn't revolutionalize the way we navigate the PlayStation 3, but it does bring some welcome changes. The most prevalent of the changes is a status bar in the top right of the screen, which shows your avatar, your user icon, what you are up to, and a mail icon, in case you have messages waiting.


Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console – according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).

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Need For Speed Shift Screenshots

New Need For Speed Shift screenshots direct from EA's German press event


New Battlefield Bad Company 2 Trailer, Screenshots

Having announced earlier today that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be released on March 3, 2010, EA has released new screenshots and a trailer for DICE's shooter. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is slated to hit PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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