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Deal of the Day: HP ENVY 15 Premium 15.6" Laptop w/i5-2430M, Radeon 7690M- $897.49 Shipped!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 1:25 pm

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP ENVY 15 Premium 15.6" Laptop PC w/ i5-2430M, Radeon 7690M, 6GB DDR3, Radiance Keyboard - $897.49 Shipped!




HP's new 15% off ENVY Laptops may not seem as good as the previous 30% coupon, but with the $250 instant rebate, you're actually getting a BETTER price by almost $50!


2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2450M, 2.5GHz to 3.1GHz

1GB AMD Radeon 7690M Graphics w/ HDMI and DisplayPort

6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory

500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)

Slot-Loading SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW

Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth w/ Wireless Display Support

Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard

2 year limited warranty included


The ENVY 15 has been completely revamped and improved inside and out. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of work!


Use coupon code: NBE4836 for the 15% discount. Expires 02/25/2012 or after 450 uses.




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Download of the Day: Skype

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 12:26 pm

Our Download of the Day is Skype




Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.


Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.


Skype calling - Skype has all the features of an ordinary phone so it's even easier to manage your calls.

Video calling - see who you are talking to at the same time as speaking to them.

Add Skype and SkypeOut contacts - Add contacts who use Skype and those who use ordinary phones so you can call more people.

Organising groups - group contacts under certain names and share them with your contacts so they can talk to them too.

Basic chat and emoticons - when it's not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts.

Group chat - for when it's easier to chat or Instant Message (IM) all your friends at once.

Profile settings - change how you appear to the world and let people know a bit about you.

Conference calling - talk to more than one friend at a time.

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Mobile App of the Day: Google Docs for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:26 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Google Docs for Android.




Create, edit, upload and share your documents with the Google Docs app.


* Designed for Android to save you time finding your docs

* Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds

* Make quick changes to spreadsheets

* View your documents, PDFs, presentations and more

* Mark files as available offline for view access even when you're not connected

* Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format

* Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document

* Share docs with your device's contacts

* Optimized experience to take advantage of larger screens for tablet users, Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)

* Improved Google documents reading experience for tablet users

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PlayStation Vita gets Facebook app, now on the US PlayStation Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:34 am

Sony's official US launch for the PlayStation Vita sported LiveTweeting, Wi-Fi-only Netflix access, and Flickr's photo-based networking but missed out on Facebook and Foursquare apps. Well, today that is changed, my friends.




Sony have announced that Facebook is now available for the PS Vita in the form of a 12MB free download from the PlayStation Store. If you've got a PS Vita, first off, how do you find it? Secondly, you should be grabbing the Facebook app and posting your thoughts as a comment on our Facebook page, that would be, in the words of Beavis and Butthead, "cool".


I walked past my local JB Hi-Fi store yesterday (electronics retailer for you non-Australians) and was a bit too busy with my 11-month-old 'dada-ing' and pointing to everything to stop in and see the Australian launch stuff for it. I'm tempted, and I have a few friends who have said good things about it. But, it still needs a kick-arse killer-app in my opinion, for me to justify purchasing something I would only use every now and again.

Google update Flight Search, find flights while on the go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:26 am

Google launched Flight Search for the desktop in September last year, and since then they have been working that hammer to nail down its features, as well as increasing coverage and making it easier to find flight results directly from on your desktop. Now, they've just made it much easier, allowing you to find flights departing from the US directly from your mobile device.




Google have used an example:


For example, when you search for [flights from Chicago to Daytona Beach] you'll see a table that shows available flights, including duration and prices. You can adjust dates on the page, or click any flight to further research and book your trip.


Flight Search on mobiles offers the same feature set that Flight Search on the desktop did, with the following features:


Find flights quickly with results that load instantly and a list that's easy to scan.

Discover places to go on a map - see ticket prices for various destinations by surfing the map. You can filter by price, airline, or flight duration.

Find the best time to go - Click the calendar icon to see what dates will get you low prices.


This feature is available for both Android and iOS-based devices.

RumorTT: Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro's could adopt MacBook Air's form factor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:24 am

I love my 2011 Edition 17-inch MacBook Pro, I use it to do all of my TweakTown work and its just a workhorse, it doesn't generally skip a beat. I love it for it's IPS-based 17-inch 1920x1200-pixel panel, which is absolutely gorgeous. But, this news scares me.




Apple are rumored to take a leaf from the MacBook Air's design, and push this into their professional notebook line: the MacBook Pro. Apple have been waiting for Intel's shrunken-down Ivy Bridge processors before launching a new MacBook this year, and now AppleInsider are claiming that the shift will see Apple move their MBP line to be along the lines of the Air's design aesthetic, which will cover 11- to 17-inch models later this year.


This will include new, ultra-thin unibody enclosures that jettison yesteryear technologies like optical disk drives and traditional hard drives in favor of models with lightweight chassis that employ flash-memory based solid-state drives, instant-on capabilities, extended battery life, and rely on digital distribution for software and media.


"They're all going to look like MacBook Airs," one person familiar with the new MacBook Pro designs told AppleInsider. Meanwhile, existing MacBook Pro designs are expected to be phased out over the course of the year.

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VIA demonstrates world's first quad-core Mini-ITX motherboard, EPIA-M900

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:01 am

Earlier this week we took a trip to the VIA Technologies office not far from our very own actually here in Taipei and got an introduction to a few new products including the brand new VIA EPIA-M900.



The EPIA-M900 is a Mini-ITX motherboard designed for the embedded market and what's special about this board is that it is the world's first to offer a quad-core processor on a Mini-ITX platform. This processor we speak about is the new VIA QuadCore E-Series at 1.2GHz and it also includes Adaptive Overclocking to increase the processor clock speed a little when under heavy load. What's great about this platform besides its small size and fit me anywhere type design, is that it has a TDP (thermal design power) rating of just 27.5 watts.




The processor is teamed up with the VIA VX900H Media System Processor (chipset) and when combined is able to playback 720p and 1080p video as well as offer up to 8GB of DDR3 memory support along with some other goodies you'd expect such as gigabit LAN, HDMI, VGA, four USB 2.0 ports and audio output. The board also includes a single PCIe x16 slot (with effective speed up to PCIe x8) which would allow you to add in a video card if you require additional video outputs for your digital signage needs or whatever else it may be.


We shot a video as you can see above with Mike from VIA who gave us a bit of an introduction and hands-on time with the VIA EPIA-M900.

Valve's Gabe Newell talks DRM, is also open to developing gaming hardware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:29 am

The Penny Arcade Report has a pretty juicy review with gaming development god himself, Gabe Newell. In the interview, we don't find out the most importan news to man-kind: the release date of Half-Life 3, but we do find out that Gabe says Valve don'e want to get into the cycle of constantly developing sequels.




Even though that's all they do: Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter Strike: Source/Global Offensive, Half-Life 2 (and the Episodes), and more. Gabe also talks about DRM, and says that rather than telling game developers what they can and can't do with their anti-piracy techniques, Newell prefers to show them actual data.


Recently I was in a meeting and there's a company that had a third party DRM solution and we showed them look, this is what happens, at this point in your life cycle your DRM got hacked, right? Now let's look at the data, did your sales change at all? No, your sales didn't change one bit. Right? So here's before and after, here's where you have DRM that annoys your customers and causing huge numbers of support calls and in theory you would think that you would see a huge drop off in sales after that got hacked, and instead there was absolutely no difference in sales before or after. You know, and then we tell them you actually probably lost a whole bunch of sales as near as we can tell, here's how much money you lost by bundling that with your product.

Hitachi announce Travelstar Z7K500, a 2.5-inch drive that measures up at just 7mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:29 am

HDDs are getting smaller in size, with some drives hitting a very nice 7mm thick. This is attributed to the runaway-train that is going to be the Ultrabooks, and vendors are wanting to get on that train before it leaves the platform. This is where Hitachi have stepped in, announcing their new series of 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives.




They come in the form of the new Travelstar Z7K500 series, where Hitachi are offering 7,200RPM 500GB drives with a super-slim 7mm profile. The new model sports the SATA 6Gbps interface, 32MB of cache, and Hitachi are claiming up to 33-percent more performance than other 2.5-inch drives.


The new Travelstar Z7K500 drives draws just 1.8W of power during read/write operations, and just 0.8W when in low-power idle mode. Hitachi have also gone one step further offering models with self-encryption and an enhanced-availability SKU for use in data center environments. Hitachi will debut the Travelstar Z7K500 series in 250, 320, and 500GB drives. We should expect volume shipments to start in March.

Google Docs for Android updated, now lets you collaborate and edit, anywhere

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:35 am

Google Docs, for me at least, is a truly amazing thing. I can edit my documents on-the-go, create lists, and share them, and more. Today, GOogle have updated the Google Docs for Android app, where they've baked in the same features we all know and love from the desktop, to your smartphone and tablets.



The collaborative experience has been pushed into the mobile app, which now lets you see updates in real-time as others type on their computers, phones or tablets - all pushed to your Android-based device, all you have to do is tap the document to join in.


Google have also updated the interface to make it easier to work with documents on-the-go. With the updated Google Docs for Android app, you can now pinch to zoom and focus on a specific paragraph of text, or alternatively, see the whole document at a glace. Google have also added in rich text formatting so you can do things like quick bullet list, add color to documents, or just both something important.

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