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Three Releases 40% Faster Dongle

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 2:22 am

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Yes Americans, we know it's not the best name for a device. Sure looks like a dongle though, right?


The British mobile provider Three announced a new and improved version of their broadband dongle, the Huawei E367. The dongle should be available in stores (wherever Three is accessible) starting next week, and boasts 40% faster browsing speeds.


David Kerrigan, Three's head of mobile broadband, reportedly touted the new device's capability:


Huawei has done a great job delivering this superior dongle, in both form and function. Whether browsing the internet, downloading files or streaming video, this dongle delivers an even better internet experience on our 3G network, which is built for mobile internet.


The dongle will be available for £69.99 on PAYG with 1GB pre-loaded, £49.99 on a 1GB, or a 30-day rolling contract and £15.99 per month with 5GB per month. Existing customers will be able to upgrade to the new dongle for £59.99. The price is waived for new customers if they sign up for the 15GB monthly package on a two year contract for £18.03 per month. As an American, I feel slightly peeved at the discrepancy between broadband here and in England. I mean, we won the war, right? Doesn't that mean we should have monthly broadband deals for 15gb a month for $20? You can barely get more than 2gb a month without paying absurd prices and usage fees.

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Qantas now allow economy passengers to pick seats

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 2:10 am

Economy passengers flying internationally with Qantas are now able to select where they want to sit when they purchase their tickets online, this comes as an additional $20 cost.


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Sophia Connelly, a spokesperson for Qantas has said:


We've had [seat selection] for a while and widened it to include all our customers

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Facebook now has 250 million mobile users per month - if I had a penny for everyone of those users...

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 2:00 am

If we jump into the DeLorean and set the clock back to February 2010, Facebook was proud to let the world know that they had 100 million mobile users per month. Fast forward to today and Facebook are now proudly boasting they have 250 million mobile users per month, with this news Facebook are listening to their users and instead of having two dedicated mobile Facebook sites ( and they will be merging into the one site.


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Generally Android and iPhone users are directed to while most other users are directed to, now that the sites are merging there are going to be people that are worried they'll get a restricted or downgraded Facebook experience. Fear not! Facebook Head of Mobile Products, Erick Tseng explains that up until now having two versions of Facebook's mobile website led to issues.

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Microsoft's "updated Xbox 360 disc format" to add one extra GB to discs?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 1:30 am

A new disc format is being beta tested by Microsoft in a new dashboard upgrade that is set to increase the storage of an Xbox 360 game disc by 1GB. Currently the maximum available space allocated to game data on the current disc format is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD , iwth over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.


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Beta testers of the new dashboard upgrade get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. This is most likely not just a free gift, but the disc probably uses the new format.

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Valve: "We're not done with Gordon Freeman", possible Half Life teaser in Portal 2?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 1:00 am

Valve have been very quiet about any future Half Life titles, with Half Life 2: Episode 3 eventually coming out or possibly skipping it and going directly to Half Life 3. But, Valve Software's Doug Lambardi has said that the team at Valve are not done with the Half Life world or Gordon Freeman.


You will ever see it, yes. We are not done with Gordon Freeman's adventures. I have nothing other than that to tell you today, but hang in there with us.


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There we have it, confirmation from Valve that there is something to look forward to with the Half Life series - when we get it will be the biggest question. I personally think Valve are working on Source 2.0 and will unveil this with Half Life 3.

Max Payne 3 images released, "he's coming"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 12:34 am

Rockstar have just listed the lid on some Max Payne 3 images... they're not in-game shots but at least it's something. The first shot shows Max as though he's running along near a window and shooting his pistol with the second shot being a glamor shot with guns akimbo.


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Whatever the hell these shots mean, I can't wait - as a huge fan of the original titles, I'm thoroughly excited for this one. Looking forward to getting my slow-mo on!


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Google Tackles Facial Recognition Mobile App

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 31, 2011 7:18 pm

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The "internet of things" just got one step closer to the "internet of people" with Google telling CNN Technology today that they are in the process of developing a Mobile App with which users can snap photos of people to learn about their personal information.


Whoops. Hello, privacy advocates? Not much to talk about recently? Boom.


The director of the project, Harmut Neven, founder of Neven Vision, a facial recognition company acquired by Google in 2006, claims that Google has this technology for a very long time- it's evidently wading through the privacy concerns that has held it back. No surprise there. The app will most likely be an extension of the already available "Goggles" feature on the Google Mobile App which utilizes object recognition to search "things" int he real world online.


Facial recognition is however nothing new to the Tech World- Nintendo features a facial recognition video game called Face Raiders for their handheld Nintendo 3DS, and Apple recently acquired a facial recognition software company called Polar Rose. Viewdle, another facial recognition and social media company, is funded by giants like Research in Motion and Qualcomm.

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GoDaddy CEO Kills Elephant, Reinvokes Colonial Oppression of Africa

By: Trak Lord | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 31, 2011 6:51 pm

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There is just something really, really wrong with this video.


GoDaddy CEO Cecil Rhodes- I mean, Bob Parsons, is the new Great White Hunter. He has successfully saved an African village from a terrible, awful elephant that was allegedly destroying their crops, like, every day.


In all fairness to Parsons, the villagers did ask him to help them out, but what's with the video? Like this shot:


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Was this really necessary? What's the moral here- you kill one elephant for fun, give it to a village, throw some hats on some people and blast the AC-DC?

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Intel Sandybridge Taiwan Launch: Dancing Robots & Girl Bands!?!?

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Mar 31, 2011 6:34 pm

Intel Taiwan hailed the launch of the 2nd Generation Core i Series with the 'Intel Get 2gether Party' that was as flashy as the speeds Sandybridge delivers! The event was as star studded as it was flashy with celebrities such as Janet Hsieh, Big Mouth & the Korean girl band Visual Dream. In true APAC style there were dancing robots, scantily clad girls, asexual male dancers, WIDI demos, 3D glasses and a bevy of peace signs every where we turned!




The 2nd Generation Core i Series, code name Sandybridge have been knows for sometime, with their official release happening back at CES. What this launch was about was getting Taiwan excited about the processors hitting the streets and becoming available for purchase. Intel APAC GM Navin Shenoy swung Taipei to join in the celebration that involved all of Taiwans major OEMs.



In case some how you've managed to miss it, highlights of the 2nd Gen processors are built around a new 32nm microarchitecture. This includes more energy-efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance along with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0.


We're particularly excited about the improved video editing capabilities of this series so we can render video's like the one above quicker!

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Download of the Day: System Mechanic 10

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 31, 2011 10:44 am

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You can easily perform dozens of performance-boosting optimizations in one step!


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