Back before I had my iPhone years ago, I used a normal flip phone that could get online if I wanted to but had no data plan. I never used the web on the phone because it really sucked for that use. However, on more than one occasion I accidentally launched the browser while trying to do something else. You can't close that browser until it connects and downloads its data and by that point, you are charged for data use even if you don't have a data plan.
Verizon Wireless is in some hot water over just such a practice and has announced that it will be issuing its users up to $90 million in refunds. The refunds will go out to 15 million former and current customers of Verizon. Those eligible for the refunds that are still with Verizon will see credits to their bill in the range of $2 to $6 though some may get bigger refunds.
The latest happenings from around the web - October 4th, 2010
- Gigabyte 'SOC' Exclusive GTX480/470 @ Vortez UK
- ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- Arctic cooling L2 Pro meets GTX 460 @ Hardware Overclock
- Radiopaq Dots Review - 'The tiny earphones with the big sound' @ Kitguru
- Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Techgage
- XFX Pro Series 650W Power Supply @ Kitguru
- Antec Lanboy Air Case @ Vortez UK
Habey has unveiled a new and very small little PC that supports full 1080p video. This little machine will make for a very good HTPC for users like me who want a small machine for watching web video on a big screen, but don't want a full size computer that takes up tons of space. The new offering from Habey is called the BIS-6620-IV.
The tiny little computer can fit in the palm of your hand and measures in at a petit 4.5" x 4.5" x 1.5" and is very quiet. It runs an Atom Z5xx series processor and has an HDMI 1.3 output with digital audio. The machine supports a number of operating systems with Windows Embedded Standard 7, XP, Vista, Linux and more.
Our Download of the Day today is WinPatrol 19.0.2010.0.
WinPatrol alerts you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a multipurpose support utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.
WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshots of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.
You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.
Our Deal of the Day today is the BigFishGames.com - 30% Off Coupon Code for Downloadable PC & Mac Games.
Offer: I don't know about you, but I LOVE playing games on the computer. I'm not a big console fan, and the types of games I like most are time management. Luckily, BigFishGames.com has a ton of those. They also have a bunch of other categories of games, so take advantage of this coupon! Get 30% off any regular game (Collector's Edition don't count) when you use code: BIGFISHGAMES30 (exp 10/6/10).
The latest happenings from around the web - October 2nd, 2010
- AMD Athlon X2 II 265 Processor/CPU @ Techwarelabs
- Intel reveals "Sandy Bridge" - Detailed Technology-Preview of the new processors @ HT4U
- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset @ EverythingUSB
- Corsair's HS1 gaming headset @ Tech Report
- Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Headset @ Madshrimps
- Apple TV Wireless HD Digital Media Player Preview @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT HALE90 850w PSU @ Overclock3D
- NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews
One day we won't need an outlet to power or charge our gadgets, the sun will do it for us. Today the average solar cell can't capture enough power from the sun to charge or power most of our gadgets in a reasonable amount of time. A new concept gadget has surfaced with the Sony brand that uses solar power called the Eclipse.
The Eclipse is a media a player that sticks to a window with a suction cup. The backside solar panels are able to capture power from the sun and apparently, the concept only uses solar power. The device would feature Bluetooth for connecting to a smartphone or PC for music streaming and getting other content and weather information.
When it comes to listening to your favorite music, where you live often has a lot to do with the types of radio stations in your area. For instance, my area has a ton of country music stations, but offers no modern rock station so you can either listen to pop or old 80's rock. For people in this situation, Sirius XM satellite radio is perfect.
Many new vehicles come with the hardware for satellite radio installed, but if you need an add-on radio to tune into the Sirius XM offerings the company has a new one that you might like called the XM Snap! that will sell for under $60. The Snap is set to launch this month and will be able to tune any of the content offered on the network.
Panasonic has a full line of digital cameras here in the US that are also sold around the world going by the Lumix name. The cameras are generally very good and are popular on the market globally. Panasonic has announced that it will be launching a Lumix mobile phone this month in Japan. The phone will naturally be focused on high quality pictures.
The details that Panasonic has offered so far include that the phone will use a Mobile VenusEngine to give better image quality. The phone will have integrated flash and a 13MP sensor. Panasonic says that the shutter button will be easy to press and the LCD will be easy to see for operating as a touch panel in camera mode.
Despite all the heat Google has taken for Street View in many countries for things like invading privacy and stealing WiFi data, the service is cool. My town has very limited coverage when it comes to Street View, but the coverage it has comes in very handy when I want to see what a place really looks like if I am not sure where it is.
There are many other cities around the country that are lacking coverage altogether. Despite some holes in the US, Google has announced that Street View is now available for Antarctica. The catch is that the coldest continent has no actual streets so its more like Google Walk View. The new coverage along with coverage for Brazil and Ireland means that Street View is now available for all seven continents.