Verizon customers with unlimited data had better start keeping an eye on their data usage. Ivan Seiderberg, the CEO of Verizon, has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that their unlimited data plan will be replaced by a tiered plan. Seiderberg stated their prices will be different than AT&T's recently introduced plans, but who knows whether they will be higher or lower. The timeframe stated was within the next four to six months, so you've got a little time to do your homework before you have to worry about every little megabyte.
Universal Remote Control has slowly but steadily climbing from the realm of remote control manufacturers to total home automation experts. URC made a big splash at CEDIA 2010 with their new Total Control line of home automation products designed to control everything you could possibly automate in your house, from home theater to lights and HVAC.
The Total Control line, with its two new remote controls, can control network systems, surveillance, a streaming network player, keypads, and audio amplifiers in up to 32 zones in your house. URC even boasts totally uncompressed sound in their home theater systems. Perfect synchronization is also kept so that TVs in different rooms are not a second or two behind each other. The systems are also iPad and iPhone controllable. Total Control will only be available via custom installers, but no dates have been announced yet.
Netflix was for most of its life a mail order DVD business. Netflix put such a hurt on Blockbuster than the Blockbuster chain has now been forced to file for bankruptcy. As Netflix evolves the company is now streaming content directly to consumers with a large and ever growing catalog of movies and TV shows available to stream.
Netflix and NBC announced a new deal that will see Netflix get access to some of the best shows that NBC Universal offers. The new deal will bring episodes from every season of "Saturday Night Live" to the streaming service as well as day after broadcasts of new episodes. Subscribers will also get every episode from last season of shows like "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Toshiba has all sorts of notebooks in its line and we have seen the Satellite L635 before when it debuted earlier this year. Toshiba and Best Buy have taken that L635 notebook and made a new model that is aimed directly at kids called the Satellite L635 Kids PC. The machine is a full-size laptop with special safety features and software that will keep kids safe and entertained.
The machine comes with software called KidZui, which is a browser made specifically for kids. Net Nanny software is also included to set boundaries on how and where the notebook can be used. The machine also ships with two Disney movies installed and comes with the Lego Batman video game ready for kids to play.
Gaming notebooks are some of the most powerful notebooks that you can buy and because of all that power, they tend to be some of the largest and most expensive machines you can buy. AVADirect has announced that it is now shipping a new notebook called the X7200 that has some insane specs that will make mobile gamers drool.
The big notebook can be fitted with a pair of the new NVIDIA GTX 480M GPUs in SLI mode. A single 480M is powerful on its own, but a pair will make the notebook performance better than many gaming desktops. The X7200 has an aluminum skin and can be fitted with up to 12GB of RAM. It also features a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
If you watch football games on TV, you have undoubtedly seen the huge video walls that many of the stadiums in pro and college football have giant screens that help fans in the stadium get closer to the action even if they are in the nosebleed section. NASCAR and racing fans that visit Charlotte Motor Speedway will be to see the world's largest HD video wall built by Panasonic.
The screen is set to start construction on October 13 and the schedule will have the screen finished by April of 2011. The gigantic screen will sit trackside between turns two and three. The size of the enormous screen is hard to fathom. It will have a total of 16,000 square feet of space. That is the size of some grocery stores.
Power strips are something that just about every computer user has a few of around the house or office. There are a number of green power strips on the market today that use a switch to turn off all the power to connected devices when not needed. There are also some that are on timers to turn things off at specific times to save power.
A new power strip called the HiSaver has turned up that uses motion sensing technology to determine when no one is in the room and turn off your gear. The power strip has a motion sensing box that sits on the desk. When it senses no one in the room it waits ten more minutes and then shuts devices attached to three power saving outlets off. The device has one outlet that is always on.
Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.05.183.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!
Processor brand and model
Hard drive size and speed
Amount of memory (RAM)
At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.
If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.
Deal of the Day: Dell Studio XPS 8100 with 8GB of Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, Core i5 and 20" LCD Monitor for $949.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Dell Studio XPS 8100 with 8GB of Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, Core i5 and 20" LCD Monitor for $949.99.
Offer: Get a fully loaded Studio desktop computer for $949.99 after a $409 savings. It features a 20" Dell ST2010HD widescreen flat panel monitor, Intel Core i5-650 processor, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM memory, 1GB SATA 7200 rpm hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce G310 512MB video, DVD+/-RW and even a 2 year warranty! Expires 10/7/10.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 24th, 2010
- ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Motherboard @ Kitguru
- ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 Motherboard @ Pureoverclock
- Phenom II x4 970 Black Edition CPU @ Techwarelabs
- AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1GHz Processor/CPU @ Techwarelabs
- Wicked Audio Reverb Headphones @ Megatechnews
- Genaudio AstoundSound Audio Expander 3.0 @ Legit Reviews
- Gaming Headset Buyer's Guide & Roundup @ Hot Hardware