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Twitter looking to add European branch in 2011

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:30 am

I'm not going to surprise anyone when I say Twitter is a global phenomenon. After stating earlier in the year that more than 60% of their users live outside the U.S., a Twitter spokesman has revealed to Mashable that they are planning on expanding into Europe in 2011.


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According to the spokesman, "Twitter plans to have a small number of people on the ground in Europe in 2011. We're currently researching locations and potential candidates." There weren't any more details released, but there is speculation that the new jobs would center around sales and business development.

Xbox 360 turns 5 - decides to give itself a RROD free birthday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:24 am

Microsoft's second foray into the console gaming world was the Xbox 360 - which today, turns 5.


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As you would say with a child's birthday - oh how time flies. Another year, and the 360 is still as successful as ever especially with the recent launch of the Kinect.

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Windows Phone 7 devices use Genuine Software checks to avoid hacking

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:17 am

The first big roadblock to Windows Phone 7 modding has been found. According to Conflipper, a former Windows Mobile hacker, Windows Phone 7 devices ship with a "Genuine Software" checker which gives you the screen below if you try to access Xbox Live, Marketplace, Windows Live, or Zune from a device running an OS version that doesn't match up with your hardware key.


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This grouchy screen isn't the only drawback to hacking a WP7 device. Mobile users who are found modifying their phones to run pirated games or fiddle with their Xbox Live achievements will get perma-banned from Xbox Live; much like the policy on modded Xbox consoles.

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Netflix adds unlimited streaming plan; raises prices for DVD plans

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 1:01 am

It's good news, bad news for Netflix fans today. The good news: Netflix is now offering an unlimited streaming-only subscription plan for those of you who can't be bothered with physical media. The bad: Netflix is raising prices on several other plans that are based around DVDs.


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The unlimited streaming plan will run $7.99 a month, which puts it right in line with Hulu Plus' offering. This plan is available right now. As for the price hikes, the 1-DVD and 2-DVDs out at a time plans will rise by $1 while the 3 DVDs-plan will jump $3 to $19.99. This will definitely make the streaming option a lot more attractive to those who have an internet connection that can handle it.

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iOS 4.2 released by Apple

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 23, 2010 12:50 am

iOS 4 device owners, rejoice! iOS 4.2 is live and ready for public consumption. Give your device a little time; the download is close to 625MB so it'll take a bit to get it going.


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iOS 4.2 is available for the iPad, iPhones 3G and later, and iPod Touch devices 2nd generation and above. The biggest amount of excitement is over iPad multitasking being unleashed, but app folder enhancements as well as the addition of the Game Center, AirPlay, and AirPrint make this a must download as well.

Apple sings the Apple TV 4.1 tune - AirPlay now all systems go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 22, 2010 11:44 pm

Apple have now officially made Apple TV 4.1 live.


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For those of you with an Apple TV unit - the update is all systems go, and is now able to play video to your Apple TV from your iTunes equipped PC or iOS based device. The new software also includes VoiceOver support for spoken menus and meta data.

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Viewsonic unleashes 1080p projector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 22, 2010 11:37 pm

Viewsonic are hitting the internet waves today with the announcement of their Pro 8 series projector, which is meant to be ideal for enthusiasts and installers.


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ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced the addition of the Pro8200 projector to its Pro 8 Series projector product line, equipped with Full HD 1080p resolution for high-definition viewing from the comfort of home.

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Cox Communications launches Trio guide and whole home DVR

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 22, 2010 8:00 pm

If you live in an area of the US, where you get cable from Cox Communications the company has announced a new service that will get your attention quickly. The new service wraps a new Trio program guide into a package with a DVR system that works for your entire home. That means you can record a program on any DVR in your home and then play it back on any TV in the house.


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The part I like the best is that the new service has a bookmarking option. That means you can start watching a program in the living room and then bookmark it to pick up right where you left off in the bedroom. The DVRs used in the system have 500GB of storage.

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Geek packs computer hardware inside old beer keg

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 22, 2010 7:34 pm

Generally, computers and beverages don't mix well. If you spill a beer or a soft drink on your computer, you may be kissing your rig goodbye. I am sure that many people (myself included) are perfectly willing to risk killing their computer in an effort to partake in their favorite frosty beverage while they play some computer games.


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One geek has taken his love of beer and computers and used the two things to create an epic casemod that all you beer fans will love. The dude took an old Anheuser-Busch keg and cut it open with various windows and ports to be able to cram his computer hardware inside and keep the stuff running cool. The finished case was powder coated in black and then trimmed in chrome.

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Dell Inspiron Duo up for pre-order at Microsoft Store online

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 22, 2010 7:00 pm

Dell has been talking up its interesting convertible notebook called the Inspiron Duo for a while now. The machine isn't like your typical convertible netbook where the entire LCD rotates around for tablet mode on a hinge. The screen of the Duo is attached to a pivot in the middle for the frame allowing it to flip around as needed.


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The Inspiron Duo is on the Microsoft Store online for pre-order right now. The machine will cost you $549 for the netbook only and you can add Signature Premium to it for an additional $99. Signature Premium service is an entire year of VIP tech support and LoJack for laptops.

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