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Seagate Momentus XT 'hybrid' drives land down under

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 19, 2010 8:31 am

Seagate has just introduced its new Momentus XT hybrid drives to market in the land of Oz which utilize a form of technology not seen in other companies' drives at this time.


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The word hybrid is the best way to describe the inner workings of the drive; a combination of solid state storage and traditional mechanical platter storage is used together to give improved performance characteristics whilst also giving larger storage capacities at cheaper prices to fully fledged SSDs.


The folks over at APC were able to get a good scoop on the the new Momentus XT series of drives from Seagate the other day, including a video of Seagate running a benchmark demonstration for them that gives a good idea of performance versus a traditional Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5-inch HDD in identical notebooks side by side.

Optus gives a tick next to Phase 1 of LTE 4G network prep

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 19, 2010 8:06 am

Optus' first demonstration of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile service took place in Gordon, Sydney recently, which proved to be quite a success.


Utilising two base stations at Gorden and Pymble combined with mobile network equipment provided by Nokia Siemens Networks, Optus' LTE technology achieved quite impressive download speeds of 40Mbps and upload speeds of 850Kbps, which equates to around about a 10x boost in performance over current speeds on their existing 3G network.


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The second phase of Optus' trial is said to commence a little later this year which will see the use of many more base stations that will give the ability to put a lot more load on the network. Phase 2 will also be used to see how the network interacts with existing 2G and 3G networks.


Most of Optus' LTE vendors are anticipating a worldwide commercial launch of the tech near the end of the year.

Video rental stores worst enemy: The Internet

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 19, 2010 7:51 am

It's not hard to understand in today's world of technology why many services of yesteryear have become redundant and forced people and corporations to go the way of the internet highway. In many ways this is for the better for all parties involved, but there are a lot of cases where the ease of accessibility and usefulness of internet based services is a big black cloud hanging over many business owners heads.


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One such example applies to owners of video rental stores. With such advents as Foxtel IQ, fetchTV, Telstra's T-Box etc. giving a vastly growing number of movies on demand, this is one of the main reasons why you see Blockbuster and Video Ezy stores shutting down that were once upon a time booming with activity. It's all too easy to jump on the net and pay for a movie download or stream these days, too. The convenience of such means less people taking trips to their local video rental store.

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1 beta 1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 19, 2010 7:18 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1 beta 1.


foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.


Main features:


• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.


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Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for Sony BDPS1000ES Single-disc black ES series Blu-ray Disc player for $179.88 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 19, 2010 6:36 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Vann's - Coupon Code for Sony BDPS1000ES Single-disc black ES series Blu-ray Disc player for $179.88 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Great price for this originally $699 Sony ES series Blu-ray disc players. This unit includes built in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, 4GB external flash memory, 7.1 channel analog audio output, and a full 5 year warranty!


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Saturday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 17, 2010 3:58 am

The latest happenings from around the web - July 17, 2010




- Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 @ Techgage

- MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 Motherboard @ OCIA




- Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate and HD 5550 OC @ Neoseeker

- Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum @ Overclockers Club

- nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 @ Overclock3D

- Asus Mars II - DUAL GTX480 GPU - Leaked Pictures! @ Overclock3D

- If Mars II rocks up in August at £1,250 will it be the first GTX490 to market? @ Kitguru

- EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SC SLI Video Card @ Legit Reviews

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July the set time for 17 country launch and white iPhone release

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 16, 2010 10:15 pm

More news from the Apple conference included some tidbits that people worldwide have been waiting for. Steve Jobs confirmed that those waiting for the white version of the iPhone should not have to wait much longer, as he confirmed shipping should take place in July.


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Jobs also nailed down July as the launch time for the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries. These countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. South Korea was supposed to be a part of this list but was not included.

According to Motorola, eFuse will not brick your Droid X

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 16, 2010 9:44 pm

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Yesterday it was reported by many outlets, including yours truly, that the eFuse technology will brick your Droid X if the phone finds anything modded or hacked in the software. The guys at Engadget decided to do a little more digging and got a response from Motorola. Motorola states that eFuse will not kill your phone; it will simply go into recovery mode until approved software is reinstalled. It seems the modders out there will still have a rough time tinkering with the Droid X, but the results don't seem to be as bad as initially reported.

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iPhone 4 cases free for all users

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 16, 2010 8:30 pm

The Apple iPhone 4 press conference has come and gone, and Steve Jobs did throw iPhone 4 owners a bone when it comes to the dreaded reception problem. All iPhone 4 owners will receive a free bumper or case.


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Current case and bumper owners will receive a refund on what they paid for theirs, and anyone who purchases an iPhone 4 through September will receive a free bumper or case. There will be a few options on what you can receive. This offer is supposed to be rolled out next week.

Sharp BDXL discs in 100GB and 128GB surface in Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 16, 2010 7:04 pm

Not too long ago the specifications for BDXL were finalized allowing makers to get on with producing Blu-ray discs with much higher capacity. Sharp is the first to offer BDXL media, at least in Japan.


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The new media will be offered in 100GB three layer and 128GB 4-layer versions and will only work in the Sharp BD/HDW700 Blu-ray player and recorder. 128GB BDXL-R and BDXL-RE formats will be offered with the 100GB disc only getting rewritable versions.

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