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App of the Day: Skype 2.1 for Android

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 5:24 pm

Our App of the Day today is Skype 2.1 for Android for Android 2.1 or later.

 

The latest version of Skype for Android (2.1.0.46) comes with better support for video calling on more Android devices. If you were lacking that feature before, definetly get this app or update to the current version.

 

Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the move Skype 2.1 for Android lets you make free voice and video Skype-to-Skype calls, and call phones and landlines at great Skype rates on the move.

 

Video calling now supported on more Android phones. See the What's New section for full handset list.

 

Features:

Free* Skype-to-Skype IM, calls and video calls over 3G or WiFi.

Cheap calls and SMS to landlines or mobiles at great Skype rates

 

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Sony's PlayStation Vita on your XMAS wishlist? Sorry folks, bad news

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 4:08 pm

Contrary to the assumption (and inevitable, uncontrollable excitement) made based on recent reports that Sony's next handheld gaming weapon, the PlayStation Vita would launch in Europe in October, it's somewhat disappointing to hear today that the chances of that are apparently slim to none.

 

Bloomberg has reported today that Kazuo Hirai, the exec. deputy president of Sony Corp. is making it clear that the Vita will not launch in the US or Europe until early next year, which means the only folks to get their hands on it in time for Christmas will be in Japan.

 

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It seems a little odd if true, as the console has already passed through the FCC and Sony would be missing out on the booming festive trade by making this decision.

 

The PlayStation Vita, once eventually launched, will come in two variants - a WiFi-only model for $249 and a 3G equipped model at $299.

Omnivision paves way for even slimmer smart phones/tablets with OV8850 camera sensor

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 2:56 pm

The digital imaging experts at OmniVision Technologies have just polished off their latest piece of tech for smart phones and tablets, a new 8 Megapixel sensor designed for implementation in future ultra-slim models.

 

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The OV8850 is the first CMOS sensor of its kind, built on a 1.1-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture. It is capable of enabling autofocus modules that are 20% slimmar than what is currently available which in turn will allow for even slimmer mobile devices to be created. Where current-gen OmniBSI chips are built on 1.4-micron architecture, the OV8850 also brings significant improvements in power efficiency as well as producing a better quality image.

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Pandigital launches Star, Nova and Planet 7-inch tablets w/ aggressive pricing

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 1:42 pm

Pandigital is making a splash in the thriving tablet market with three new 7-inch models in the Star, Nova and Planet.

 

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All three are low cost offerings at under $200 and look to give an attractive mix of features for the price. The Planet and Star variants run Android 2.2, while the Nova uses Android 2.3. All run off ARM Cortex A9 processors.

 

The cheapest of the three is the Star (codenamed R70B200) at just $159. It uses an 800x480 resolution ActiveTouch LCD screen and has 256MB of RAM, 2GB built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, stereo speakers, rear and front facing camera, mini USB port and micro HDMI output.

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ZOTAC and CoolIT join forces with new water cooled products

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 12:54 pm

Following the launch of its DisplayPort to dual HDMI adapters yesterday, ZOTAC makes headlines again today with a couple more products.

 

In collaboration with water cooling specialists CoolIT, ZOTAC has introduced the liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 580 Infinity Edition which has CoolIT's OMNI self-contained water cooling system mounted.

 

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ZOTAC ships the card with increased clock rates of 815/1630MHz on the core and shader, and 4100MHz on the 1536MB of GDDR5 memory. The card itself is otherwise much a standard fare with its 512 CUDA cores, 384-bit memory interface and dual-DVI and single mini HDMI outputs.

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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 6.0 Beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 9:08 am

Our Download of the Day today is Thunderbird 6.0 Beta 2.

 

Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

 

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

 

• Tabbed email

• An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail

• Lightning fast search

• Smart folders

 

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Deal of the Day: 3TB HP SimpleSave External USB 3.0 / 2.0 Hard Drive for $129.99 shipped

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 8:30 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 3TB HP SimpleSave External USB 3.0 / 2.0 Hard Drive for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Staples has a great price at just $129.99 with FREE shipping for this 3TB HP SimpleSave external USB 3.0 & 2.0 hard drive. It comes preformatted for Windows and includes automatic backup software.

 

3TB HP SIMPLESAVE WDBW2A0030HBK EXTERNAL USB 3.0/2.0 HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 6:55 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 4th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 GEN 3 Intel Motherboard @ Techwarelabs

- MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition Motherboard @ Vortez

 

CPU & APU

 

- Intel Sandy Bridge Speeds Up On Linux 3.1 Kernel @ Phoronix

- Intel lines up 2500k/2600k price cuts to welcome FX @ Kitguru

 

Video/Monitor

 

- GIGABYTE GTX570 1280MB 'Super Overclock' Edition @ Vortez

- MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition Review: What a GTX 580 Should Be @ PC Perspective

- Sapphire HD 6950 Toxic Edition 2GB @ Kitguru

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GameBox for Facebook allows Facebook games on the iPad, CityVille players pass out from excitement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 3:00 am

Facebook gaming addicts rejoice! GameBox for Facebook is here and promises Facebook games on your iPad. Right now it only supports two games, Digital Chocolate's Army Attack and the ever-so-popular CityVille from Zynga. More games are obviously on their way promises the app's developer. Nothing will look different on the iPad either, everything looks the exactly as it does on Facebook.

 

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The way it works is the actual flash rendering is happening in the cloud, with the GameBox app relaying things back and forth to your iPad. The next question is, does the developer have permission from Zynga and other game companies to do this? Right now, GameBox for Facebook is on the App Store for $2.99.

iPhone 5 to launch September 23?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2011 2:30 am

Could it be? Could Apple be releasing their next-generation iPhone just six weeks from now? According to KitGuru, "Apple sources" are claiming that the iPhone 5 will launch on Friday, September 23, 2011. There's not much else known at this point, but anything iPhone-related is juicy. Let's hope that the next phone isn't just a polished iPhone and it brings something new to the table and not just 1 - 2 features.

 

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If you're in the market for an iPhone 4, I would highly suggest you wait it out and grab the iPhone 5 if it does indeed arrive on September 23.

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