Razer Launches Two Xbox 360 Gaming Accessories

From DailyTech: As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets under way in Las Vegas, peripheral maker Razer announced it has made several gaming accessories for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. The Razer Onza "professional gaming controller" for the Xbox 360 is a controller that includes adjustable tension on analog sticks, two multi-function buttons, and unique customization for gamers.

The controller is available with a $49.99 MSRP.

ASUS to Spin Off Mainboard Manufacturing on June 1st

From X-bit Labs: Asustek Computer plans to spin off its design and manufacturing service subsidiary Pegatron on the 1st of June, 2010. The company decided to speed up the procedure of initial public offering (IPO) of Pegatron in order to minimize the uncertainties and facilitate the Pegatron IPO process.

AMD Unwraps Vision Pro Platform for Business Computers

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices this week details its latest Vision Pro platform designed for commercial personal computers. The new will support advanced visual computing experience, including support of multi-monitor configurations, as well as improved security features. Although the platform is designed for both desktops and notebooks, the latter will be the first to take advantage of Vision Pro.

Nvidia Optimus Promises to Optimize Performance and Power Consumption

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. plans to introduce a new technology for mobile computers that will finally marry high-performance graphics and low power consumption in Q1 2010, the company said in a statement. The technology is called Optimus and is claimed to be unique for Nvidia.

Adobe testing automatic updater for Reader, Acrobat

From InfoWorld: Next week, Adobe Systems will begin testing new automatic software designed to make it easier for Reader and Acrobat users to keep their products up-to-date.

The company will begin a beta test of its new updater, called the Acrobat Refresh Manager, with next week's critical security updates, due Jan. 12, said Brad Arkin, Adobe's director of product security and privacy.

Logitech's New Lapdesk N700 Cools and Plays Music

From PC World: Heat-dissipating pads aren't new--and they're a must for anyone who habitually uses a notebook on the couch or in bed (hey, you know you've been there). The N700 also isn't the first pad to improve on the basic concept by adding a built-in fan that sends cool air wafting through a ventilated surface underneath the laptop (which typically sits on slightly raised runners on either side of the vent). But I've never before run into a pad with integrated speakers.

Firefox 3.5.7 fix could 'goose' browser upgrades

From CNET News.com: Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5.7 and 3.0.17 Tuesday to fix a common crash problem and an issue in which people weren't getting much of a suggestion that they should upgrade.

Firefox is supposed to prominently tell users when a major upgrade is available, but Mozilla was puzzled by recent data suggesting fewer than expected people actually installed the new version, according to a bug report.

Intel Sneaks Out 40GB X25-V G2 SSD to Retailers

From DailyTech: Maybe we were napping under a rock when this SSD was announced, but it now looks as though Intel has a 40GB “value” version of its second generation SSD available for consumers. When the X-25M G2 was released last year, it was available in 80GB and 160GB versions. Shortly afterwards, Kingston began rebranding Intel's G2 SSDs and included just 40GB of storage onboard.

Crucial C300 6Gbps SATA SSD Looks to Claim Fastest Drive Title

From DailyTech: Micron announced the RealSSD C300 with 6Gbps SATA support early in December. It partnered with the Marvell Technology Group to create a new proprietary controller that will be used exclusively with Micron's latest generation of SSDs. The controller supports the use of ONFI 2.1 34nm NAND flash memory sourced from IMFT, Micron's joint venture with Intel.

Via Technologies Unveils 4 Port USB 3.0 Controller

From X-bit Labs: Via Technologies, a well known chip designer, has announced the industry’s first 4-port USB 3.0 controller. The device is aimed at mainboards, notebooks and other devices for which SuperSpeed USB support is a benefit.


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