iiNet shareholders today overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of AAPT's consumer devision at iiNet's Extraordinary General Meeting held today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Gateway have unveiled a new notebook, the NV59C66U with integrated WiMAX wireless connectivity and a deluxe look and feel.
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.
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
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.
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.
There are a lot of people out there who swim to keep fit. These folks would probably like to listen to some music while they work out, just as people who work out on dry land like to do. The catch for the swimmer is that water and your typical headphones and PMPs simply don't mix. Those that sweat a lot during workouts in the gym will also tell you that sweat can ruin your headphones. A company called H2O Audio has announced a new set of headphones that can survive in the water called the Surge 2G.
The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% waterproof and can be used up to 12-feet deep. The headphones are also completely resistant to being washed and to heavy sweating. Naturally, you will have to pair these headphones with some sort of waterproof case for your PMP or buy one of the several waterproof players that H2O audio sells. The headphones are designed for bass amplified sound.
I have talked about Sharkoon on a couple of occasions and typically the product the company is unveiling is storage related. Sharkoon is famous for its SATA HDD docks that allow you to use HDDs to store and access data without having to find a place inside your computer for the drives. Generally, those docks are clearly designed to be used at the desk, not in your entertainment center with a HTPC machine. Sharkoon has unveiled a new SATA dock called the QuickPort Home that is just for HTPC fans.
The dock looks like a set top box or home theater component with an attractive and thin chassis that has a flip down door to reveal the HDD dock and other ports. Behind that front panel are push to open slots for 3.5 and 2.5-inch HDDs with SATA connectivity. When a HDD is inserted into either slot, it sits flush with the chassis allowing the door to be closed for a cleaner look.
Gateway has a large line of notebooks, desktops, and AIO computers. While the majority of the market for computers over the last few years has migrated towards notebooks and netbooks and away from desktop computers the AIO segment is still very popular. Gateway has announced the new ZX4951 and ZX6951 AIO desktops to cater to the needs of this popular segment and those looking for a desktop that takes up as little space as possible.
The two machines are very similar and share the same new design with a curved bottom edge and adjustable stands. The curved edge has lighting that can be adjusted for brightness that illuminates the included wireless keyboard and can be used for room mood lighting reckons Gateway. The ZX4951 uses a 21.5-inch screen, the ZX6951 has a 23-inch screen and both of the machines have HD resolution.