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Facebook still deny phone rumours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 1:28 am

Facebook are still disliking the phone rumours.

 

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Bloomberg are still pushing the news of a Facebook branded phone, which would integrate social networking directly into the mobile phone. Facebook deny all rumours - but three people "familiar with the matter" say Facebook are not working on one phone - but two phones with London based manufacturer INQ that would be sold by AT&T.

 

Sources claim the phones will be released in the first half of 2011 in Europe and the second half of 2011 in the US.

 

When Facebook has 500 million users, with this number growing every day - it would be a smart move. To have a phone completely integrated with Facebook - but, Google's Android OS does this pretty well with Google integration + Facebook back end for contacts, etc - but a fully Facebook integrated phone would be pretty amazing.

AMD Radeon HD 6700 series spec chart leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 1:04 am

This could be a rumour - but from all the information provided, leaked and the stellar 5k series that preceded it - this could be true.

 

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It looks as though the mainstream entry from AMD, the 6770 is going to be faster... yes, faster, than the current 5850 cards. If this is true, NVIDIA is in for a next-gen world of hurt.

 

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Mobile App of the Day: Snooth Wine

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 4:41 am

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Snooth Wine.

 

Going out with some high class friends and want to impress them with your wine knowledge? Snooth's new iPhone app can help you choose the right bottle or glass for any occasion. Snooth's new app includes a search by color, name, year, country, or many other parameters.

 

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The app can also find nearby locations that stock your favorite wine as well as online retailers. If you step up to the Pro version, you can take advantage of your iPhone's camera to use their image recognition system to snap a picture of a label and get reviews and information about the wine in case you're at a store and are having a hard time choosing the right bottle for you. The paid version also erases ads that appear in the free version. Ready to put on a fake acent and use terms like "oaky" and "leathery?" Check out the free version or get the Pro version for only $4.99.

Windows Phone 7 will not support tethering after all

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 4:02 am

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It seems that Microsoft seems to be a little confused on the tethering issue when it comes to Windows Phone 7. After a rep stated yesterday that tethering would be available but the carrier's call on whether to enable it, Microsoft released an official statement that tethering is in fact not supported by WP7. Word around the campfire is it could be a possible addition in a future release, but there's no official word of this.

Amazon Kindle's first paid app: Scrabble

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 3:19 am

Yes, the Kindle can be used for more than enjoying a good book and basic internet browsing. The Kindle has some app functionality too, but until now they had been free. Amazon has now released their first "premium" app: Scrabble.

 

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Enjoy the classic game on the Kindle DX or the 2nd and 3rd generation Kindles. You can play against the Kindle or with a friend using "Pass and Play," where you hand the device back and forth. All of this Scrabble goodness will only cost you five bucks, and can be downloaded via Amazon Whispernet.

EVO 4G update lifts 30 FPS cap

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 3:03 am

One of the things that has been irking EVO 4G owners for a while was the 30 FPS

cap on video that was initially blamed on hardware limitations of the HDMI-out. Well, it seems that this little "issue" is no longer because a minor update rolled out this week has pulled the cap from the EVO.

 

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Hackers had previously been able to get around the FPS limit by tinkering with the code, so it baffled a lot of people that HTC would initially state that a hardware issue was the problem. If you have an EVO and haven't done an update in a couple of days, get to it! Your streaming addiction will thank you.

Verizon saying goodbye to unlimited data; bringing in tiered pricing

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 2:31 am

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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.

URC shows off "Total Control" at CEDIA 2010

By: Don Lynn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 25, 2010 2:13 am

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.

 

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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.

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NBC and Netflix pen streaming content deal

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 24, 2010 7:04 pm

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.

 

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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."

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Toshiba and Best Buy offer Satellite L635 Kids PC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 24, 2010 6:14 pm

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.

 

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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.

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