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Microsoft Security Essentials expanding to small business sector

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 6:23 am

Microsoft Security Essentials has quickly become one of the more popular free antivirus programs out there, and now Microsoft is getting ready to expand the program into the small business sector with free installation for up to 10 PCs.


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With small businesses having to pinch pennies at every corner, not having to pay for PC protection comes through as a major plus. "Many consumers and an increasing number of small businesses are either unwilling or unable to pay the ongoing subscription costs for the security suite solutions that come on their PCs," stated Eric Foster of Microsoft in his blog. With MSE grading as good or better than some of the most famous free and paid solutions out there, this should be a no-brainer for small business owners needing malware and virus protection.

Google Android device database makes phone selection easier

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 5:59 am

Okay, so an iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone. But with the flood of Android phones saturating the market, it may be difficult for a rookie to decide what Android device is right for their needs. Google is trying to make the decision making process easier with the Google Phone Gallery.


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The Google Phone Gallery has an international and pretty dang near complete list of all of the Android based handsets currently out there for purchase, and outlines the features of each one. They can be compared side by side and ordered alphabetically or by release date. Only handsets are included for now; no tablets yet. So if you're in the market for a new phone and Android tickles your fancy, let Google pair you up with your perfect handset today!

MotorMouth II from Scosche brings painless hands free calling on the road

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 5:38 am

The wave of hands-free devices in your vehicle continues to grow as the outrage over phone usage while driving builds. Scosche's MotorMouth II brings Bluetooth enabled hands-free calling to any vehicle with a 3.5mm auxiliary input.


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The premise is simple: Connect the MotorMouth to your phone via Bluetooth, plug it iot the 3.5mm jack in your vehicle's head unit, and chat away during calls and hear the responses from your car's speakers. Unlike other devices, this one doesn't seem to require a specific radio frequency to be on or any of that noise. The MotorMouth II will even stream music from your phone. The MotorMouth II will retail for $79.99 USD.Check out the full demo video after the break.

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iiNet shareholders "overwhelmingly" vote for takeover of AAPT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 1:26 am

iiNet shareholders today overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of AAPT's consumer devision at iiNet's Extraordinary General Meeting held today.


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iiNet's CEO, Michael Malone said that "the overwhelming support from iiNet shareholders is a reflection of the compelling strategic rationale for the acquisition and confidence in the company." "iiNet will become the clear leading challenger brand in the Australian telecommunications market following the acquisition of AAPT's Consumer Division, iiNet will have more than 1.3 million customer services, including in excess of 650,000 DSL subscribers, the second largest in Australia."


He also added "In addition, we will have over 2,000 staff across four countries dedicated to maintaining the Company's high quality customer service. iiNet's significant scale position, combined with our ever growing suite of cool products, well known brands and market leading service levels uniquely positions the company for continued growth in the changing industry landscape."


iiNet shareholders now having approved the acquisition, completion of the acquisition will occur on September 30, 2010. The acquisition has been entirely funded from cash on hand and the extension of existing debt facilities.


This move should push iiNet into Australia's second biggest ISP position.

Facebook and Skype possibly teaming up for video chat functionality

By: Don Lynn | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 12:14 am

As much as seemingly zillions of people love Facebook, the chat function leaves quite a bit to be desired for some. Facebook's possible answer? Teaming up with Skype to bring SMS messaging and video and voice chatting to Facebook Connect.


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Rumor has it that Facebook and Skype are close to putting together a deal that will allow Skype users to integrate their accounts with Facebook Connect, letting users use the much more popular Skype interface to video or voice chat with their Facebook friends. No word on whether it will be available on the mobile platform as well as PC, but we may have our answer when the Skype 5.0 beta hits in a couple of weeks.

BitFenix announce Survivor Mid-Tower PC case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 11:57 pm

Today BitFenix announce the Survivor Mid-Tower PC Case - it's their new mid-tower ATX gaming case, with ruggedized features combined with elegant styling.


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Gamers can look forward to the following features:


- Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports

- Hideaway carrying handle for easy transport

- Light controls to turn the LED logo on and off

- BitFenix S2(TM) Peripheral Security

- BitFenix Lockdown(TM) Hardware Stabilizer

- Modular hard disk cage for extra-long graphics cards

- Space for up to seven 3.5" or nine 2.5" drives

- Install up to two 200mm fans or three 120mm fans

- Friendly installation and setup


In addition to the Survivor, BitFenix are also releasing a more basic version named the Survivor Core. This model does not include the USB 3.0/BitFenix S2/BitFenix Lockdown and replaces the 2 x 200mm LED fans with a single 200mm non-LED fan.


Watch out for them in mid-November!

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Gateway launches new NV59C66U Notebook with integrated WiMax

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 11:52 pm

Gateway have unveiled a new notebook, the NV59C66U with integrated WiMAX wireless connectivity and a deluxe look and feel.


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The Gateway NV59C66U uses the Intel 6250 wireless card, which can connect to both WiMAX and Wi-Fi networks. Because of this, the Gateway NV59C66U will be able to be connected to mobile networks on the move - while at home, or on the road (once connected to a WiMAX provider).


The Gateway NV series feature Intel Core i3 and Core i5 as well as the AMD Athlon and AMD Turion processors. Supporting up to 4GB of memory, upgradeable to 8GB total. Storage wise, we have 320 and 500GB.


Other features include a High Defition webcam that allows web chat and video email with incredible clarity thanks to its 1280x1024 resolution, Gigabyte Ethernet connectivity ensures fast wired connections. The Gateway NV59C66U also features a high definition LED-backlit TFT widescreen display - the Gateway NV Series have 2 sizes: 15.6 and 17.1", using resolutions of 1366x768 and 1600x900 respectively.

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Wednesday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 6:25 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 30th, 2010




- ASUS & Gigabyte X58 Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker

- ASRock 870iCafe AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers




- 2500MHz Patriot Viper-II Sector-5 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

- OCZ Gold (2×4GB) PC3-10666 Low Voltage Memory Kit @ Techreaction

- Kingston HyperX H2O PC3 16000 3x2GB Cas 9 @ Overclockers Club




- PNY GeForce GTS 450 1GB XLR8 @ Hardware Canucks

- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 - The Super-Affordable Fermi @ Techgage

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Patriot Memory offers cool 5.25-inch bay storage enclosure called Convoy

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 4:54 pm

Patriot Memory is a name well known to most computer enthusiasts. The company makes some popular RAM and a line of SSDs that have good performance. The company also has all sorts of other products for storing data as well. The latest product to surface form the company is the Convoy series of RAID enclosures that are designed to fit inside a 5.25-inch drive bay on your desktop computer.




The enclosures have four drive bays that are hot swappable and work with any 2.5-inch HDD or SSD that is 12.5mm or under in thickness. Patriot has two products in the Convoy series with the Convoy 425S and the 425XL. Both have aluminum chassis and a pair of 40mm fans to keep the drives cool when in use.

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Toshiba unveils A665-3D laptop with NVIDIA 3D Vision tech

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 4:04 pm

You don't have to look very hard to realize that the big feature that various manufacturers in the tech industry are pushing this year is 3D. The number of 3D capable computers, Blu-ray player's and TVs is constantly increasing on the market today even though by most accounts consumers aren't adopting 3D in the capacity that manufacturers hoped. That hasn't stopped Toshiba from pulling the covers off a new 3D notebook called the Satellite A665 3D.




The notebook uses NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and ships with a single pair of active 3D glasses. The screen of the notebook is a 15.6-inch HD TruBrite LED backlit offering with a 120Hz refresh rate. The CPU options for the machine include a Core i5-460M or a Core i7-740QM both with Turbo Boost technology inside. NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 350M GPU handles the video action.

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