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Deal of the Day: 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 8:14 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Use promotional coupon code: EMCKJHE22 to drop the price of the 2TB Western Digital Elements USB 2.0 external hard drive down to just $89.99 with FREE shipping. Good until 1/31/11 or while supplies last.

 

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Tt eSPORTS introduces Black Element gaming mouse

By: Don Lynn | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:47 am

Tt eSports, Thermaltake's new gaming peripheral division, has been super busy with new product rollouts. The latest announcement is the release of the Black Element, a gaming mouse with a ton of features.

 

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Sporting a 6500 DPI laser, nine macro buttons, and Omron gaming switches rated for five million keystrokes, the Black Element is geared towards MMO and RTS gamers. Adjustable weights, a rubber coating, 128kb onboard memory, and adjustable lighting with five available colors help you make this mouse truly your own. Custom software gives you control of the memory onboard the Element with up to 5 profile assignments and 45 total macros and this is a pretty customizable mouse. No release date or price were announced at this time.

$30 unlimited data plan planned for new Verizon iPhone customers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:26 am

Verizon is coming out with both barrels blazing to get Apple fans on board when their iPhone 4 launches. Although their tiered data plan is already in place, Verizon is offering a $30 unlimited data plan for early iPhone 4 adopters.

 

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This will not be a permanent deal; Verizon COO Lowell McAdams stated that this is a limited time offer and the tiered data plans would be put back into place shortly after launch for iPhone 4 users. With AT&T's similar $30 unlimited plan already being extinct, this looks like another shot fired to score some of their userbase. Bring on the competition; it looks like the only real winner in this thing will be Apple.

Kingston possibly teaming up with JMicron

By: Don Lynn | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:17 am

Memory specialists Kingston may be moving to purchase a share of SSD controller supplier JMicron in the near future. Kingston, which already uses JMicron controllers in their SSD lineup, was reportedly brought into the deal after an investment partnership with Toshiba went south.

 

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Kingston accounted for 30% of JMicron's controller shipments in 2010, with Kingston expanding its lineup of SSDs between 64 and 512GB. A meeting was scheduled for the 25th according to sources, but nothing further has been officially released at this time.

Newest Kinect usage: Star Wars style holograms?

By: Don Lynn | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 7:00 am

It's not news that the Kinect has gotten the attention of modders; from guys stuck in basements with a soldering iron and a dream to students at the biggest universities it seems everyone has their own new Kinect mod. The Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab have their own dream for the Kinect: Star Wars-esque hologram sending, R2-D2 style.

 

 

The holograms are based around the Kinect and a few other easy to find hardware pieces, which is a big jump from a similar transmitter that was shown last year that required 16 cameras and ran at a terrible FPS. These Kinect holograms, which are captured and streamed over a PC internet connection, can hit 15 frames per second, with the MIT guys thinking they'll eventually hit 30 FPS. Next stop, a Death Star orbiting our planet.

Browser ad tracking? Mozilla and Google say no thanks

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 6:30 am

Don't like being tracked and having ads that are supposedly pointed towards you popping up? Both Mozilla and Google are implementing new ways to "opt out" of these types of ad tracking in updates to their browsers.

 

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Google is using a cookie based approach for Chrome, calling it "Keep my Opt Outs." This extension is explained as being able to "permanently [opt] your browser out of online ad personalization via cookies." The big bonus here is that it will work well with Google based ads, which tons of sites use so it will be more noticeable in most user browsing sessions.

 

Mozilla's plan for its Firefox browser includes an HTTP header that tells web sites that the users wants to opt-out of OBA. Alex Fowler, Mozilla's global privacy and public policy leader, stated that they "believe the header-based approach has the potential to be better for the web in the long run because it is a clearer and more universal opt-out mechanism than cookies or blacklists." This is different from other cookie or registry opt out functions.

Razer Ferox, portable gaming speakers with an impressive design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 12:21 am

Razer are really pushing their gear lately, most of it being reviewed by sites, magazines and actual people, all loving it. Today is another day, another release from Razer with an impressive looking Ferox portable gaming system.

 

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The speakers are described as "sophisticated, modern day boombox for gamers," they also promise to deliver room-filling, 360 degree omni-directional sound, 12 hours of battery life from the built-in rechargeable batteries and the best bit? Full compatibility with any device with a 3.5mm jack.

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Women hangs up on Apple, they were calling her to congratulate her on the $10, 000 prize

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 12:08 am

Gail Davis from Orpington, England had received a call from Apple offering the prize of $10, 000 for the 10 billionth app downloaded from iTunes. She assumed it was a fake call and said "Thankyou very much, I'm not interested" and hung up. But it was real.

 

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Her daughters had apparently told her the call was genuine and that one of them had just downloaded the PaperGlider app, Gail called Apple back, yet the person on the other end was not very helpful. Luckily, Apple called her back, Eddue Cue, Apple's VP of iTunes to be precise and this time she didn't hang up.

Next-gen iPhone and iPad to get Near Field Communication?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 12:01 am

There's talk of Near Field Communication hitting the next-generation iPhone and iPads with Richard Doherty of Envisioneering group thinks it will be included in the next-gen Apple products.

 

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The feature would bring contact-less payments which have already begun popping up in Japan and is virtually commonplace there, Doherty also predicts Apple will add it to their devices with a "revamp" of iTunes too. The iTunes revamp would allow the use of iTunes gift card balances and the credit card info Apple already has from you to make swiping payments at compatible retail outlets.

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AMD slices Radeon prices, introduces 1GB Radeon HD6950

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 25, 2011 11:53 pm

AMD are dropping prices and introducing a new card just in time for NVIDIA's GTX560 Ti launch. The 1GB HD6950 variant will be priced at $259. The card is identical to the 2GB HD6950, except it has half the memory.

 

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AMD have also cut prices on the 2GB HD6950, from $289 to $269 and the HD6850 has seen a cut from $239 to $219. Not bad at all, and even better if you were wondering what to buy, now you have plenty of choice from either company.

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