This Week in Geek: iPad-Free Edition!

Here we take a look at some exciting topics that crossed our screens this week, including the PAX East convention, leaked information on the upcoming six-core chips from AMD, Windows Phone 7 running on a Windows Mobile 6.5-based HTC phone, and a questionable service from Best Buy involving 3D TV glasses. I promise that there will be no last-minute iPad rumors, or reviews of unreleased iPad applications.

Welcome Home! PAX East 2010: A Gamernerd's Mecca

If you're unfamiliar with what PAX stands for, it's the Penny Arcade Expo, a convention started by the creators of the popular Penny Arcade Web comic. Our Mike Keller spent some time at the expo last weekend in Boston, and reported on the interactive-platform games, keynote speaker Wil Wheaton, an exhibit hall packed with gadgets and gizmos, as well as the non-stop playing of Rock Band, Mario, and any other game imaginable. Read on!

Details of AMD's Six-core Phenom II Chips Leaked Online

Due out later this month, details on AMD's Phenom II chips have been leaked. Not only running at 3.5 GHz in Turbo mode, these chips will have six cores and draw 125 watts, meaning they're probably designed for high-end gaming machines. AMD neither confirmed nor denied the details from the leak, so stay tuned for the actual release of these chips later this month and we'll see how their specs match up with the rumors. Get the skinny...

HTC HD2 Caught Running Windows Phone 7 OS

Not thrilled by the idea of having your HTC HD2 stuck running Windows Mobile 6.5? A new hack/port released will make it possible to upgrade your HD2 to Windows Phone 7 OS. Now if only HTC and Microsoft would get the hint and work together to release an official Windows Phone 7 update for the HD2... Check it out!

Report: Best Buy Charging Consumers To 'Sync' 3D Glasses

After paying thousands of dollars for a new 3D home theater system, do you really want to shell out another $150 to "sync" a pair of 3D glasses with your new TV? Chris Brandrick explores how the Geek Squad offers to "synchronize" 3D glasses with a TV when the glasses don't even need to be synced! Go forth...

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