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Tt eSports debuts new Shock gaming headset

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 5:06 pm

Gamers often prefer to play with headphones even if they are alone in the house and can use any speakers they want. Often headphones allow you to hear more nuances of the sound like that enemy creeping up behind you before you see them. While many of the new headsets that have been launching over the last few months have had virtual surround tech inside. Tt eSports has unveiled a cool new headset that uses stereo sound.

 

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The headset is called the Shock and it is specifically designed for gaming. The headset has a microphone that allows the player to chat and issue orders when playing with a team. The mic has noise cancelling technology built-in to get the users voice rather than background sound.

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HP launches new printers including slick Envy 100 AIO

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 5:04 pm

HP has been offering printers, cameras, computers and all sorts of other gear for a long time now. Some of the best looking computers that the company offers are the Envy line of thin and portable machines. HP has now added printers to the Envy mark and the first is the Envy 100 e-All-in-One.

 

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The printer is made to look as good as it performs. It looks more like a media server or set top box than a printer with no exposed paper or output trays. Those trays slide out like a CD ROM tray does on a computer to keep things looking neat. The printer runs the Android operating system and has a 3.45-inch touchscreen on the front. The printer uses two ink cartridges with one black and one for color printing.

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OnLive Wi-Fi Beta service launches

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 4:02 pm

OnLive has been available for a while now and is an interesting way to get your video games. The idea is that you can play all sorts of video games without having to go to the store and make a purchase. The streaming service has a monthly fee to be a member and then you still have to purchase the video games as well. Since launch, you have had to have your machine connected to a wired web connection to play.

 

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OnLive has announced that it has a new Wi-Fi Beta service now available that lets users wanting to play some games on a notebook use a wireless connection. According to the company all you need to do is launch OnLive and the user will get a prompt for Wi-Fi Beta that they can select if they are using WiFi when the app is launched.

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Peek 9 breaks cover with pricing and full details

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 3:06 pm

I know a few people that really like to text and email from their mobile phones, but have cancelled their data plans due to cost issues. If you are one of these folks that doesn't want to pay for a data plan, but still want to be able to text and send emails to people the Peek 9 may be perfect for you.

 

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The Peek 9 device looks like a thin slate style smartphone. It lacks voice capability, but it has wireless connectivity that will allow you to send emails and texts to cell phone and computer users. The device sells for $69.99 with no service or for $99.99; you can get it bundled with two months of service. The service is $19.95 monthly, $49.95 quarterly, or $179.95 for a year. You can also get lifetime service for $129.99.

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iFixIt breaks apart the PlayStation Move

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 7:44 am

Check mate iFixIt.

 

Sony's latest addition to the PlayStation, Move, has been torn apart by iFixIt. They discovered it's about as "complex as a mobile phone, but without the radio chip".

 

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They did find some interesting things inside though - apart from the magic used to make it work:

 

"The Wii and PlayStation use different methods of locating their controllers. The Wii Remote has an infrared (IR) sensor built into the controller, and uses triangulation from the IR emitters on the sensor bar placed near the TV to locate itself. PlayStation Move, unlike the Wii, can locate the motion controller in 3D space. The PlayStation Eye camera visually recognizes the X/Y position as well as the relative size of the glowing sphere on the motion controller to pinpoint the controller's location.

 

The Move contains many of components found in today's smartphones: a processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth transmitter, vibrating motor, and even a MEMS compass. It's an amazing amount of tech for the money, even though we still think it's steep to pay $50 for a controller. Compared to a $40 WiiMote, though, it's quite the bang for the buck."

 

Is it just me, or is tech sexier when in pieces?

Intel wants $50 to Software Unlock CPU features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 7:37 am

Intel plan to charge users $50 to software unlock their CPU's.

 

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WHAT. Yes, you read that right - Intel want to charge people for software unlocks - is this the future of CPU's?

 

Intel's Pentium G9651 LGA1156 dual core CPU hasn't not had much air-time, compared to the G6950. But, the G9651 supports "hardware feature upgrades" which by purchasing them enable certain locked features through software. The $50 upgrade gives the G9651 user support for HyperThreading tech, enabling four threads on the processor and unlocks the disabled 1MB of L3 cache.

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Download of the Day: SmartFTP 4.0.1138.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 6:48 am

Our Download of the Day today is SmartFTP 4.0.1138.0.

 

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

 

SmartFTP can be used for:

 

• Web site publishing and maintenance

• Upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files

• Share your files with your friends and coworkers

• Backups of local or remote files

 

SmartFTP offers these features:

 

• Quickly rename multiple files.

• Search your hard drive in the Local Browser (Windows Vista and higher)

 

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Toyota Australia goes Windows 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 6:34 am

Toyota Australia signs new four-year IT deal.

 

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The new deal will be announced this week, has also been increased to include desktop management and service desk functions. The bulk of Toyota's computing services functions, including mid-range and mainframe computing will now run under a single agreement with Fujitsu.

 

Included in the desktop part of the deal, Fujitsu will roll out Microsoft's Windows 7 OS to it's end users.

 

The value of the new four-year deal is not yet known, but it's more than likely less than it paid previously - partly because of the declining hardware costs of the last few years.

Deal of the Day: Kingston DTL/8GB 8GB DataTraveler DTLocker USB Flash Drive for $9.95 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 6:10 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Kingston DTL/8GB 8GB DataTraveler DTLocker USB Flash Drive for $9.95 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Get this 8GB drive from Kingston's DataTraveler Locker family, with user-defined personal security, hardware encryption, and a 5 year warranty. A $15 mail in rebate (expiring 9/27/10) takes the price down to just $9.95, and shipping is FREE.

 

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Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 5:52 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 20th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- HP Mini 5103 @ Techreviewsource

- Logic Supply SolidLogic Montivina Fanless Mini-ITX System @ SilentPCReview

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Gigabyte's H55 Mini-ITX mobo squeezes into the Silverstone SG07 case @ Tech Report

 

CPU

 

- AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Performance @ Legit Reviews

- Power dissipation of Intel's LGA1156 processors @ HT4U

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Zotac Geforce GTS 450 (1Gb GDDR5) @ Funkykit

- AMD FirePro V9800 4GB Professional Graphics Card @ PC Perspective

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