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Remote control changes channel on TV when it smells a fart

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 6:04 pm

This DIY project may well be one of the best gags ever for the frequent flatulator in your home. A builder going by the name Schmidtn has designed a remote control that will change the TV to a random channel when it smells a fart.

 

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The builder came up with the idea after seeing an office chair that Tweeted each time it detected a fart and a hack that changed the TV channel using one of those brain wave headsets. This would make a seriously good practical joke.

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OWC Multi-Mount gives lots of options for storage

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 5:06 pm

Other World Computing, otherwise known as OWC, has unveiled a new product dubbed Multi-Mount. There are multiple different versions of the Multi-Mount that are used for different mounting needs.

 

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All of the mounts allow you to put storage into bays that weren't designed to hold an SSD or HDD. There are versions of the Multi-Mount that will let you store a single 3.5" HDD or a pair of 2.5" SSDs or HDDs inside an optical drive bay.

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PowerColor unveils HD5870 V2 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 4:02 pm

PowerColor has announced the latest addition to its line of video cards using ATI GPUs. The card is called the LCS HD5870 V2. The card ships with a full waterblock installed for keeping the card extra cool with an existing liquid cooling system.

 

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The card has a core clock of 950MHz and a memory clock of 1200MHz. PowerColor claims that the cooling solution can keep the card at 50C under full load. The card comes bundled with DiRT2 video game.

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Free iPhone 4 cases ready for order via app

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 3:24 pm

The wait for the promised free case is about over for iPhone 4 owners. Apple today launched a free app called the iPhone 4 Case Program that will get iPhone 4 owners on their way to scoring their free case or bumper. Doing this via phone helps Apple verify your serial number and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) info to keep you from typing it into a web form.

 

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If you prefer a case, you can choose from the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 in Smoke, the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 in Clear, the Belkin Shield Micra for iPhone 4 in Clear, the Griffin Motif iPhone 4 Diamonds/Smoke, the Griffin Reveal Etch iPhone 4 - Black/Black Graphite, the Speck Fitted Case iPhone 4 - Black Tartan, and the Speck PixelSkin HD iPhone 4 - Black. The Black iPhone 4 bumper is also available.

Razer to drop Tron peripherals in Q4

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 3:00 pm

We already saw most of the sweet Razer Tron branded peripherals a while back when they were first unveiled. What we didn't have a good indication of was when we could buy the gear.

 

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Razer has announced that its full line of Tron peripherals will land in the US and around the globe in Q4 2010. My money says that the gear lands in October so we have plenty of time to buy for the holidays.

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Microsoft launching Halo Reach Xbox 360 Bundle in September

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 9:36 am

The folks over at InsiderX have gotten the scoop on an upcoming Xbox 360 bundle hitting Aussie shelves on September 15 which looks real decent.

 

This is dubbed the Limited Edition Halo Reach bundle, sporting not only the Halo Reach game title, but a LCE silver Halo Reach themed console, two LCE silver Halo Reach wireless controllers, a headset and a 250GB hard drive.

 

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Another nice touch that was mentioned is when you first turn the console on, it makes a Halo-themed sound and also the shield power-up sound is made when you press Eject.

 

Price? Microsoft are looking to launch it at $549RRP.

Study indicates 90% of torrents online are illegal (shock, horror?!)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 8:54 am

The results of a BitTorrent specific study have been published this week by researchers at the University of Ballarat which claim that only 10% of torrents available on the net are legit, whilst the remainder all breach copyright. They used Torrentz.com to make this analysis; a search engine that combines results from all the most popular BitTorrent sites such as Demonoid, TorrentBay, BitReactor etc.

 

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I'm surprised that 10% of the results they obtained pointed to legal downloads, considering Torrentz.com links only to illegal torrent downloading sources......

 

Of course, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) were quick to lap up the results of this report and have published it in full (in PDF format) on their website.

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ASUS offering up over $12k in prizes for H55/P55 mobo buyers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 8:24 am

If you're an aussie who's purchased an ASUS H55 or P55 based motherboard between June 1st and now, or is planning to buy before July 31st, you're eligible to enter an AU only competition ASUS is running at the moment.

 

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The luckiest of all involved will win an ASUS Gaming Pack valued at 7 Grand, whilst there will also be prizes handed out to 30 other folks; 10 x ASUS O!Play Air, 10 x ASUS EAH7750 Formula and 10 x ASUS Wireless N Router RT-N13U B1 products.

 

You can get to the official competition page here where you can sign up for a chance to win. Good luck fellow aussies!

Download of the Day: BSplayer 2.5.5

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 7:24 am

Our Download of the Day today is BSplayer 2.5.5.

 

BSplayer is an application that plays back all kinds of media files (avi,mpg,asf,wmv,wav,mp3...) and specialises in video and DIVX playback.

 

Main Features

 

• Display subtitles - Support custom subtitles position, color, font, transparency,... Supported formats: MicroDVD, Subviewer, SubRip

• Fully skinnable - Any shape, transparent skins...

• Resizable movie window

• Multilingual

• Drag & drop support

• Command line support

• Pan-scan and custom pan-scan option

• Custom aspect ratios

• Playlist support

• Resolution changing

• Frame capture

• AVI files with more than 2 audio streams supported (multilanguage)

• Support for OGM files, including more then 2 audio/video tracks, supports embeded subtitles/chapters

• External audio file supported

• S/PDIF output supported for AC3 files (with Intervideo audio decoder)

• INI files

• Remote control support - WinLIRC

• Bookmarks

• Simple equalizer (DirectX 8 required)

• Playback rate (1/2x, 1x, 2x) and custom

• and lots of other features not listed here, try it out.

 

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Aussie Only Weekly Giveaway - Corsair Hydro Series H50 High-performance CPU Cooler worth $159 AUD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 7:05 am

We have teamed up with Corsair and Altech Computers their exclusive distributors in Australia to giveaway a Corsair Hydro Series H50 High-performance CPU cooler worth $159 AUD to one of our lucky Australian readers.

 

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The Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler gives you the power of liquid cooling in a compact, easy to install package. You get superior cooling for higher overclocking performance without the complexity of traditional liquid-cooling systems.

 

The Hydro Series H50 goes head-to-head with top of the line heatsinks, but maintains the near silence of liquid cooling for annoyance-free cooling performance. Due to its compact form factor, the H50 is the ideal solution for any case with a 120mm fan mount, even small form factor cases that prevent the installation of traditional heatpipe based air coolers. So whether you want world-class cooling, lower noise levels than your current CPU cooler, or something that fits in your small form factor case, the closed-loop Hydro Series H50 takes your CPU's temperature to new lows and takes up less room doing it.

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