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Twitter CEO Evan Williams steps down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 12:12 am

Twitter's CEO Evan Williams is stepping down and handing his torch over to Chief Operating Officer, Dick Costolo.

 

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Williams said he will stay involved in "product strategy", while the new CEO, Costolo takes charge of various monetization efforts Twitter has launched in the past few months - most of them focusing on providing marketing and advertising services.

 

During his run as CEO, Twitter grew from around 20 employees to 300, the number of tweets exploded from 1.25 million daily to 90 million, registered users also saw the same explosion in numbers going from 3 million to more than 160 million.

 

Considering Twitter was created as a "side project" in 2006 - it has come a very long way in the past 4 years.

Geek turns old MacBook into DIY tablet

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 7:02 pm

Having the batteries blow up inside your notebook and break the thing is not a good deal. This is exactly what happened to one geek's 2007 model MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU inside. The batteries overheated, exploded, and killed the machine. Rather than toss it in the trash the guy took it apart and crafted his own Mac tablet.

 

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The guy cobbled together some of the internal components from the notebook with a touchscreen and a custom made case. The finished product is a very nice looking tablet that has touch capability in a package with the bezel turned the correct way rather than being flipped around.

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Altek Leo 3.5G Android phone packs awesome camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 6:02 pm

One of the worst things about my iPhone is that the camera isn't that great. If you want a smartphone with a popular OS that has a high-end digital camera inside that can replace your point and shoot, Altek has unveiled the launch date for the perfect phone for you. The phone is called the Leo 3.5G and it runs the Android OS.

 

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The device will specifically run Android 2.1 and has a 3.2-inch screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and supports 3.5G HSPA/WCDMA networks. The big feature though is the digital camera inside the smartphone. That camera has a 14MP image sensor that will allow high-resolution photos to be taken on your phone. The camera can also record 720p HD video.

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ExoPC gets delayed again

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 5:04 pm

ExoPc has been talking up its slate computer for a long time now and the thing has run in a number of issues that have resulted in long delays. The ExoPC was set to ship this month based on the order it was pre-ordered in. That shipment will not happen for many users due to a manufacturing error that resulted in damaged machines.

 

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The manufacturing error had to do with a faulty piece of equipment on the Pegatron assembly line where the ExoPC is built. The faulty equipment was responsible for the touchscreen install and was pressing too hard, resulting in cracks in some of the screens. The faulty gear has to be replaced, leading to a delay in shipment. A stronger LCD with the same specs has also been sourced for the ExoPC.

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Verizon Wireless to issue $90M in refunds to customers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 4:02 pm

Back before I had my iPhone years ago, I used a normal flip phone that could get online if I wanted to but had no data plan. I never used the web on the phone because it really sucked for that use. However, on more than one occasion I accidentally launched the browser while trying to do something else. You can't close that browser until it connects and downloads its data and by that point, you are charged for data use even if you don't have a data plan.

 

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Verizon Wireless is in some hot water over just such a practice and has announced that it will be issuing its users up to $90 million in refunds. The refunds will go out to 15 million former and current customers of Verizon. Those eligible for the refunds that are still with Verizon will see credits to their bill in the range of $2 to $6 though some may get bigger refunds.

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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 3:58 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 4th, 2010

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gigabyte 'SOC' Exclusive GTX480/470 @ Vortez UK

- ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

- Arctic cooling L2 Pro meets GTX 460 @ Hardware Overclock

 

Audio/Media

 

- Radiopaq Dots Review - 'The tiny earphones with the big sound' @ Kitguru

- Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Techgage

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- XFX Pro Series 650W Power Supply @ Kitguru

- Antec Lanboy Air Case @ Vortez UK

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Habey's tiny BIS-6620 supports 1080p video

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 3:02 pm

Habey has unveiled a new and very small little PC that supports full 1080p video. This little machine will make for a very good HTPC for users like me who want a small machine for watching web video on a big screen, but don't want a full size computer that takes up tons of space. The new offering from Habey is called the BIS-6620-IV.

 

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The tiny little computer can fit in the palm of your hand and measures in at a petit 4.5" x 4.5" x 1.5" and is very quiet. It runs an Atom Z5xx series processor and has an HDMI 1.3 output with digital audio. The machine supports a number of operating systems with Windows Embedded Standard 7, XP, Vista, Linux and more.

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Download of the Day: WinPatrol 19.0.2010.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 9:06 am

Our Download of the Day today is WinPatrol 19.0.2010.0.

 

WinPatrol alerts you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a multipurpose support utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.

 

WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshots of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.

 

You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.

 

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Deal of the Day: 30% Off Coupon Code for Downloadable PC & Mac Games at BigFishGames

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2010 8:19 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the BigFishGames.com - 30% Off Coupon Code for Downloadable PC & Mac Games.

 

Offer: I don't know about you, but I LOVE playing games on the computer. I'm not a big console fan, and the types of games I like most are time management. Luckily, BigFishGames.com has a ton of those. They also have a bunch of other categories of games, so take advantage of this coupon! Get 30% off any regular game (Collector's Edition don't count) when you use code: BIGFISHGAMES30 (exp 10/6/10).

 

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Saturday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 2, 2010 8:09 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 2nd, 2010

 

CPU

 

- AMD Athlon X2 II 265 Processor/CPU @ Techwarelabs

- Intel reveals "Sandy Bridge" - Detailed Technology-Preview of the new processors @ HT4U

 

Audio/Media

 

- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset @ EverythingUSB

- Corsair's HS1 gaming headset @ Tech Report

- Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Headset @ Madshrimps

- Apple TV Wireless HD Digital Media Player Preview @ Legit Reviews

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- NZXT HALE90 850w PSU @ Overclock3D

- NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews

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