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Android's 2.3 Gingerbread update gets a look over

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 1:49 am

Gizmodo have given Android's 2.3 OS a work through and are very impressed. The update doesn't bring fancy new updated features, functions or other stuff - it's just simple refinement.

 

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They've said Google have slowed down and really taken a look inside Android and changed the way it looks, feels and responds. Most of the work in Android 2.3 will be experienced in Nexus One, T-Mobile G2 and the Nexus S which means most Android users might not even see the 'real' Android 2.3 experience.

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Voyager 1 to exit our solar system soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 1:05 am

NASA's Voyager 1 began it's journey in 1977 leaving Earth for the unknown. It has been surfing the solar winds for this entire time taking pictures along it's journey and slowly updating it's Facebook status update.

 

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It's now on it's way out of our solar system and nearing the edge of the Heliopause (the official edge of our solar system). Voyager 1 is currently a staggering 10-billion miles away and it issuing out "solid zeroes" which means it's not detecting any more outward movement from solar winds.

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Man Officially Cured Of HIV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 12:52 am

For the first time ever - a man has been cured of HIV. The steps to reach the success nearly killed him but this success also opens a slight gap of hope to someday killing off the disease, permanently.

 

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Timothy Ray Brown went through some pretty aggressive treatment consisting of chemotherapy that destroyed the majority of his immune cells, total body irradiation and finally a risky stem-cell transplant that nearly 1/3 of patients don't live through.

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Forza 4 gets Kinect controls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 15, 2010 12:33 am

Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Kinect support for Forza 4. Forza 4 will still include support for the standard controller and various steering wheels, with Kinect being an optional bonus for those with the Kinect kit.

 

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Forza 4 now stands as a confirmed hybrid title that will offer the Kinect support and is expected to be released in both standard and Limited Edition just like Forza 3.

Angry Birds hits 50 million downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 11:59 pm

Rovio's Angry Birds just can't keep out of the news! Angry Birds is just over 12 months old and has hit the 50-million download mark which is quite the achievement.

 

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It sits up there with a select few gaming franchises that have hit this mark such as Bejeweled (50 million) and Legend of Zelda (59 million). So to be at 50 million within a year, this is something only a few companies can brag about.

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Google Voice app for iPad and iPod touch lands

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 8:08 pm

Google has been offering Google Voice for a long time now and a bunch of people have been happily using it since it launched for merging multiple numbers and other things into one place. Google has announced today that an app for Google Voice is now available for the iPad and the iPod touch. The new version of Google Voice allows the user to do anything on the iPad and touch that the iPhone user can, except make voice calls.

 

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You can use the app on the iPad and touch to start calls using your phone though by simply hitting the button and then choosing which number you want the call to go out from. The feature is called Click2Call. There have also been a number of other things updated in the app. Push notifications enabled means that Text forwarding is disabled automatically so you don't get multiple notifications.

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Colorful unveils IGame single slot NVIDIA GTS 450 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 7:04 pm

I can remember back when I first got into PC gaming in a big way, the video cards were all single slots. I remember the first time I heard a card was going to need two slots, I thought that a dual slot card would never catch on. Here we are today with dual slot video cards being normal and single slot cards being the parts we rarely see. Most of our rigs can handle a dual slot card without any issues, but for some uses, you need a thin card that takes up less space.

 

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A Chinese company called Colorful has shown off a new concept card that is in the works that is a single slot card with an interesting PCB design. The video card is a single slot NVIDIA GTS 450 card with a copper plate heat sink and what appears to be an aluminum tunnel system on top for shooting air across the hot GPU.

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Hitachi GST ships three different 3TB storage devices

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 6:02 pm

It seems like storage capacities in traditional HDDs are growing every time I look around. Hitachi has announced that it is now shipping a line of new storage products that each has 3TB of storage capacity. The new HDDs are said to be the first HDDs to pass the 2.2TB capacity limit on 32-bit Windows XP machines with no extra hardware needed.

 

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Hitachi is now shipping a new internal HDD kit that has all that someone wanting to upgrade either computer to 3TB of storage needs. The kit includes the 3TB 7200rpm Deskstar HDD, instructions, software to allow most OS's to see all the storage space as one big drive, and screws needed. The HDD uses a 64MB buffer and the 6Gb/s SATA interface. The 3TB HDD kit is shipping this week and will sell for $250.

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Super Mario All-Stars for Wii has four classic games on one disc

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 5:04 pm

I would be willing to bet that any gamer that was around when the Super Nintendo game system came out way back in the day spent time playing Super Mario Bros. That was the game to have and probably the title I spent most of my summers playing as a kid. It's hard to get away from the fact that Mario is turning 25 this year and to celebrate Nintendo has been offering up some special titles.

 

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The latest of the special titles is called Super Mario All-Stars. The game is for the Wii and is a limited edition package that has four classic Mario games that you can play on the Wii console. Along with the games, the special bundle also has a soundtrack CD and a commemorative book with illustrations from the game.

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Seagate offers green HDD with industry's highest performance

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 4:22 pm

When it comes to storage, Seagate is one of the biggest names in the storage industry with its line of offerings for computers and enterprise use. Seagate is big on green storage and has unveiled a new line of HDDs that it claims have the industry's highest performance while sipping power. The new line is called the Barracuda Green hard drive.

 

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The drives spin at 5900 rpm, which is the fastest in the industry for green drives. The drives are also the first to use 4K sectors in the desktop segment. In addition to sipping power, the drives are also made with green practices. The drives can be 70% of more recycled and use low halogen compounds. The new line of drives is offered in 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB with all shipping right now. The line was formerly known as the Barracuda LP series.

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