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NORAD to track Santa Claus this Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:25 am

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has every year since 1955 counted down to Christmas Eve and tracks Santa's tracks as he delivers presents all across the world. Google also started this in 2004 and has since partnered with NORAD on this fun-filled adventure from 2007.


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This year is no different, with today marking the kick off to this years countdown at - on the NORAD site kids can play holiday-themed games (a new one released each day!) and get updates from the North Pole as Santa prepares his big sleigh ride.

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AMD Fusion II on next-generation XBox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:05 am

Microsoft's next-generation XBox is obviously being worked on and while the externals (the look and packaging) might be nowhere near finalised, hardware is having to be done right now and locked in with various companies with AMD looking like Microsoft's BFF for the new XBox.


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The original XBox launched in 2001 with an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. At the time it was more or less a PC in a new shell. At the time Intel complained that no money was being made from the CPU's being sold to Microsoft so they were scrubbing the entire project off as a marketing and brand awareness exercise (but we all know Intel is now the king of the CPU market, so maybe it worked?).

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Samsung announces plans to produce NFC chips

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 10:15 pm

Samsung has long been known as a maker of memory chips, and now they are bringing that knowledge into the near-field communications realm with their announcement of plans to begin manufacturing NFC chips that will be the first to include embedded flash memory.


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NFC technology, which allows short range data transmission and communication that is used in things like swiping your phone like a credit card to pay a bill, is becoming a hot idea. With Android 2.3 set to have NFC support and the upcoming Nexus S already shown to have the ability to take advantage of the tech, it makes sense for them to handle the process themselves. Production of the chips is slated to start sometime in Q1 2011.

Verizon officially announces 4G LTE; lights go on December 5th

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 9:50 pm

No real surprises came from Verizon's press event today. Their 4G LTE network is officially starting up in 38 cities and 60 airports across the U.S. starting December 5th. Verizon states it will cover "one third of Americans." $50 will get you 5GB of data a month while $80 a month will get you 10GB.


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According to Verizon, customers can expect 5-12Mbps downstream and 2-5Mbps upstream in "real-world, loaded network environments." Current phones are not currently compatible with LTE; Verizon is making the LG VL600 USB adapter available at launch to take advantage of LTE with the Pantech UML290 coming later. More "consumer oriented" devices are expected to get some face time at CES next month. Check out the full list of covered areas after the break.

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Audio-Technica debuts noise cancelling headphones under $100

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 8:02 pm

When most of us want to listen to our favorite music or watch a movie, we want to hear the audio not the noise in the room around us. This is particularly true for the user that travels a lot in a car, plane, or train where things can be noisy. Noise cancelling headphones are also a great way to block out noisy spouses and kids so you can get some work done. Audio-Technica has unveiled two new sets of noise cancelling headphones.


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The new offerings include the ATH-ANC27 and the ATH-ANC25. The ANC27 set claims to block up to 85% of the noise in the room around you and the ANC25 version will block up to 80% of the noise. Both headphones use active noise cancellation and use high-efficiency drivers inside. Both of the headphone models are compatible with the iPhone and iPods as well as computers and in-flight entertainment systems.

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Wednesday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 7:25 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 1st, 2010




- Apple 13" MacBook Air @ Hot Hardware

- Chillblast Fusion Challenger System @ Hardware Heaven

- Lenovo Edge 11" Notebook @ tbreak

- Acer Aspire 1551 11.6-inch Notebook @ Legit Reviews




- Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Review: Lucid HydraLogix inside @ Techspot

- Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed @ Overclock3D

- ASRock 890GX Extreme3 Mainboard @ RWLabs

- ASUS P7H55-M/USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven

- ASUS Sabertooth X58 @ Pureoverclock

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Samsung shows off sweet new Super PLS LCD

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 7:00 pm

One of the most compelling reasons for me to upgrade to the iPhone 4 from my iPhone 3GS (other than the cracked screen on my 3GS) was that the iPhone 4 has a much better screen. The quality of the screen is one of the biggest reasons that media consuming smartphone users will use to upgrade to a new device. That is assuming that a geek needs any reason at all to upgrade other than a new device is available.


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One of the largest companies in the mobile display market is Samsung Mobile Display. SMD makes screens for all sorts of smartphones and other devices and the company has unveiled a new screen technology called Super LPS that will replace current generation IPS screens. You can see from the image here that the Super PLS screen is much clearer and brighter than other screens on the market. According to SMD, the new screen is 100% better in viewing angles and 10% brighter than other screens on the market.

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Apple patent app shows off sweet new MagSafe cables

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 6:04 pm

I think that more patent applications surface from Apple than any other company. Maybe it's that we only hear about the Apple ones, either way a cool new app has surfaced today that comes from Apple and shows some cool tech that we may be seeing on future Mac computers and notebooks. The patent app shows off a new version of the MagSafe cable, which is one of the coolest things about the MacBook line of notebooks in my opinion.




The MagSafe cable is familiar to many of us with the design that pops free easily if it's pulled on to keep you from catching the cord and knocking the notebook off a desk. The patent app outlines a new version of the MagSafe connector that provides the juice the notebook needs along with servicing the function of a power cable as well.

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H2O Audio launches Flex waterproof and sweat proof earbuds

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 5:00 pm

The weather has finally turned cool here in Texas so thinking about swimming right now is enough to give me chills. If you live where it is warm all the time or have an indoor pool you like to use, H2O Audio has a new set of waterproof earbuds that will also stand up to sweat without breaking on you. The new earbuds are called the Flex All Sport buds and they are offered in four different colors.




You can get the things in Super Hero Blue, Envy Green, Onyx Black, and Power Pink. They look nice and the Super Hero Blue ones remind me of Superman. The Flex earbuds promise clear and rich sound in up to three feet of water and the ability to stand up to the sweatiest of workouts without breaking down. They ship with three different earplug sizes for a comfortable fit and you can pick up a set in any color right now for $29.99.

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