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Netflix and Disney-ABC sign streaming deal for programs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 6:04 pm

Netflix is constantly looking to build up the library of streaming offerings that it has on offer to its subscribers. You can bet that the search for more content is at a fevered pitch with the recent addition of a streaming only offering for Netflix members. Netflix has now announced that it has signed a very important new streaming deal with Disney-ABC that will see many of the popular shows from ABC and Disney coming to the streaming service.




The new agreement gives Netflix access to hundreds of shows from ABC, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. The deal has a caveat though, the programs will be offered no sooner than 15-days after they initially air on the network. That means if you miss an episode you will have to wait at least 15 days to see it via Netflix.

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Monster offers epic Daft Punk Tron: Legacy headphones

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 5:08 pm

The product tie ins for the new Tron: Legacy flick are so widely varied that it's hard to see the tie in with some of the stuff. I have seen some clothing that looks like it was meant for strippers and all manner of toys and video games. We are also seeing audio gear and other electronics surface that tie in with the movie. Monster has unveiled a seriously high-end set of headphones that are the Daft Punk Edition Tron: Legacy headphones.




The headphones are very high-end with a price tag that will make many geeks blush. If you want a set of the headphones, you will need to cough up about $350 to get them. The headphones are on Amazon and at other locations right now and have a cool design that is inspired by costumes worn by Daft Punk in the movie cameo. In addition to the Tron design theme and white color, the headphones also light up like stuff in the Tron world.

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Tablets coming in 2011 from Dell, Toshiba and Acer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 4:22 pm

We all know that tablets are going to be huge next year. The things are already selling in droves this year with only a few options on the market for consumers to choose from. The tablet market will swell just as the netbook market did in years past. Intel has offered up a new slide that shows the companies that will be offering up tablets in 2011 using Atom processors.


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The slide shows that the tablets will all use Atom processors but will run several different operating systems the OS' will include Windows, Android, and MeeGo. Major makers that will be offering Windows tablets include Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, and more. Google Android tablets will be offered by Cisco, Asus, Dell, AT&T, and more. MeeGo units will be the least offered it seems with Acer, WeTab, and a couple small firms offering them.

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Download of the Day: GMail Drive 1.0.17

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 10:14 am

Our Download of the Day today is GMail Drive 1.0.17.


GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.


GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to it.


Ever since Google started to offer users a Gmail e-mail account, which includes storage space of 6000 megabytes, you have had plenty of storage space but not a lot to fill it up with. With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your Google Mail Account and retrieve them again.


When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the Gmail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer.


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Deal of the Day: Refurbed Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR w/ EF-S 18-55IS Lens - $349.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 9:46 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Canon - Refurbed Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR w/ EF-S 18-55IS Lens - $349.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: If you've been looking for a good started digital SLR at an affordable price, this refurbished Canon Rebel XS w/ the 18-55mm IS lens from Canon is a good start. Nice price!


Use coupon code: DEC10SHIP for free shipping.


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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 9:00 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 9th, 2010




- Chromes Notebook CPU Details @ Netbooknews

- MSI FX600 Laptop Review (with nVidia Optimus Technology) @ Kitguru




- Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2133 (PC3-17000) 4Gb Kit @ Funkykit

- Patriot Viper Extreme 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 2000Mhz @




- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition @ Techwarelabs

- Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU @ Hardware Secrets

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A-DATA shows off S501 SATA-III SSD with vastly improved firmware

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 7:23 am

Yesterday we stopped by the A-DATA headquarters here in Taipei and one of the new products we were shown was their upcoming S501 SATA-III solid state disk drive.


If you are on the ball, you may remember Chris previewed this drive with some exclusive benchmarks back in June during Computex Taipei and he was completely blown away by the numbers he was able to produce on the show floor. Under ATTO Disk Benchmark, maximum read speeds hit around 408MB/s and maximum write speeds around 220MB/s.


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Those results are nothing to be sneezed at though - they are really impressive. Fast forward several months and A-DATA is getting close to actually releasing and selling the S501 and boy, I can tell you they have been working hard on boosting the performance of their first SATA-III SSD to insane levels. We were shown a drive running the latest (and we are told stable and near shipping) firmware that will be displayed during CES in Las Vegas next month that was able to hit a totally amazing 460MB/s on the read and 325MB/s on the write.


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This is all from a single 256GB 2.5-inch drive using Toshiba 34nm flash modules and a Marvell controller. One of the A-DATA PM's during our meeting commented that "2011 is all about the SSD when it comes to SATA-III, and normal hard drives should only be for SATA-II". CONT

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Epic's Infinity Blade now available on the App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 6:20 am

Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.



Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.

Google fishing for beta testers of their Chrome OS notebook

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 5:08 am

In the interest of helping out my fellow tech junkies instead of making my odds better of scoring one of these myself, here's the lowdown on how to get yourself in the running for Google's recently announced CR-48 laptop that will be used to beta test their new Chrome OS.


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The process is pretty simple. Visit Google's application site, fill out a bunch of stuff about yourself and how you'll use the laptop if you're lucky enough to get one, and push send. You can even upload a video to tell Google how awesome a beta tester you would be. It was reported yesterday that 60,000 of these were shipped to Google by the manufacturer, but there's probably a good percentage set aside for Google employees and such. It's still not bad odds, so get your thinking cap on, click that Source Link, and apply today! Applications close December 21st.

RIM begins accepting BlackBerry Playbook app sumissions; free Playbook offer still stands for developers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 4:48 am

RIM's heavily anticipated PlayBook tablet is getting closer to launch and they took a big step yesterday in getting ready with the announcement that app submissions are now being accepted. Better get your Adobe Air firing now, because a real treat is in store if you get your submission approved before launch: a free PlayBook of your very own.


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Yep, the giveaway is official that was first announced at the PlayBook's unveiling and the rules are pretty simple. Develop an awesome app, get it approved by RIM, score a free PlayBook. Limit's one per customer, not one per app, so don't go thinking you'll be able to tile your shower with them.

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