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Judging by a sneak Computex preview, EVGA‘s intentions for the upcoming GTX 680 Classified graphics card are not a thorny mystery. With an optional water-cooling block and voltage control inputs, there’s plenty here to seduce the hardcore modder. The company isn’t talking numbers just yet, but if terms like “14-phase power design” whet your appetite, then you’re in luck. In any case, like its other Classified mates, it’s apt to be the company’s top GeForce GTX 680 performer. So, if you’re plugging in the pumps and hoses for that next mod, you might want to leave a slot — or four — open for this one.
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You might remember Le Pan’s tablets from CES this year, of which only one was truly ready at the time. The company is now ready to hit the US in earnest, but you’ll have to forget the company name along with the earlier designs: it’s now Matsunichi, and it’s planning to kick off its US-ready makeover through the MarquisPad MP977. The tablet shares the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display of the Le Pan II, but it’s now running a slightly speedier dual-core, 1.2GHz TI chip (likely the same OMAP 4430 as in the Droid Xyboard), ships with Android 4.0 out of the gate and comes in a sleeker — not to mention browner — shell. Storage is being cut in half over the Le Pan II to just 4GB between the internal memory and a bundled microSD card, though, and the battery is good for a very modest five hours. Nonetheless, the $ 249 sticker and a May release will put the MP977 in the running with the slower but more capacious Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
Matsunichi also teased us with a roadmap for a pair of future tablets in the process. The 10.1-inch MP1010 will keep the resolution, but it’ll run on a quicker 1.5GHz TI processor and carry a total of 10GB of space when it appears sometime between June and August. If those 0.4 inches of extra glass are just too much to bear, an MP979 will bring all the extra storage and speed of the MP1010 to a 9.7-inch screen sometime between August and September.
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A life spent caught up in the drudgery of retail is usually pretty free of frills, but Verizon Wireless employees may soon be getting a shot at some swanky hardware if some newly-leaked images hold true. According to Android And Me, Verizon has reached out to their employees with an offer they may not be able to refuse: limited edition Droid RAZRs and Droid RAZR MAXXs.
And what’s so limited about these edition then? The employee-only Droid RAZR sports a red and black finish on its backside rather than the monochrome stylings of its more mundane brethren, along with the device’s number within the production run.
Meanwhile, the device’s front sports a “limited edition” engraving just so no one mistakes it for a more pedestrian device. Just to sweeten the pot, Verizon is also throwing in a free multimedia dock for any employee willing to take the bait.
Not a bad deal at all, especially considering the supposed price tags involved: employees will be able to snag a limited edition 16GB Droid RAZR for a scant $ 99, while a similarly tricked out MAXX will set them back $ 199.
No word on how big the production runs are or when they’ll be released, but I wouldn’t be surprised if all of these highfaluting handsets get snapped up in a hurry. Even so, I give it about 20 minutes before the first few enterprising Verizon employees try to flip their new toys for a profit on eBay or Craiglist, so the mobile collectors among you may want to keep yours eyes peeled.
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Call us crazy, but we’re guessing that the Joby you knew last year will look nothing like the Joby that we see this time next year. Once famous for crafting flexible tripods for simple point and shoot cameras, the outfit has branched out quite significantly since. Case in point: the Switchback. Joby’s still relying on its flexible mount expertise by including a tripod with this here lighting instrument, but it’s the device itself that steals the show. The water resistant Switchback is a two-piece product; there’s a headlamp that can be worn around your dome, and it can be shoved into a lantern container for those sit-around-the-campfire moments. The light itself has a central white beam with two power levels, and it’s surrounded by a foursome of Cree LEDs that shine blue or red (and can be toggled with a button press). Joby throws a pair of AA batteries in for good measure, and in our testing, we found it sufficient enough for backyard gatherings and the like. The lantern apparatus has a clip on the bottom in order to affix the aforesaid tripod, but in practice we found it fairly simple to tip over when not wrapped around a tree limb. At any rate, it’s on sale today for $ 59.95 for those looking to hit the forests in the near future.