So, the iPhone 4s are now in many aussies hands country wide; thoughts? - Are you holding off for a bit (or forced to due to sell-outs of initial batches) and wondering if it really is the right way to go over some other phones you've been eying off recently? - Stuart Kennedy of The Australian IT column gives his thoughts and also brings up that wretched antennagate issue plaguing folks in the states.
Does the 'gripe of death' haunt us Aussies, too? - Apparently so.
The fault works like this: grab an iPhone 4 with your hand wrapped around the gadget so that it covers the antennas at the base of the case and the presence of your paw throttles the life out of the network connection.
Having read reams about the complaint coming out of the US when the phone launched there late last month, I was curious to see whether the problem would surface on our own 3G networks.
In providing a better broadband service for its inner city customers which will also allow it to compete head-to-head with the NBN for profitable household customers, Optus has just reached completion on a $25 million upgrade to make its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable network 4x faster, resulting in a speed of up to 75Mbit/sec, versus the NBN's 100Mbit/sec fibre line that's being rolled out over an eight year period.
Optus is allowing its 430,000 customers on its cable network in the surburban areas surrounding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to get the much faster speeds now available to them for an additional $15 per month, though this will also require the cost of a new modem that can take advantage of the extra bandwidth on tap.
We have teamed up with HIS to giveaway one of its new HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB video cards as well as one of its HD 5550 Silence 512MB video cards and they have a combined value worth $252 USD!
The lucky winner of this week's giveaway will not only win one, but two video cards from HIS. The first is the new HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCIe video card that comes with DirectX 11 and Eyefinity support. In the package, you will also get a DiRT 2 game coupon inside as a bonus.
The second video card is the HD 5550 Silence 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCIe video card that comes with DirectX 11 and Full HD 1080p output support.
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly prize, anyone in the world can enter! You don't pay the shipping charges.
We have teamed up with Corsair and Altech Computers their exclusive distributors in Australia to giveaway a Corsair TX-650 ATX power supply worth $159 AUD to one of our lucky Australian readers.
The Corsair TX power supplies are engineered using advanced technology and components typically found with high performance power supplies. With design features such as a dedicated, single +12V rail offer the maximum compatibility with the latest system components. Energy efficient circuitry capable of delivering greater than 80% efficiency ratings across 20%, 50%, and 100% load conditions make the TX family of PSUs ideal for the value/quality conscious enthusiast.
With a large 140mm (120mm on TX650W) diameter temperature-controlled fan that is ultra quiet, yet still more than sufficient to cool the internals of the system, reliability and stability are no longer worries for the gamer, overclocker or enthusiast and high-end system builder.
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly prize, only Australian readers can enter! You don't pay the shipping charges.
Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 1.21.209.
Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.
When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.
At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.
Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag
Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation
Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly
Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support
Supports 37 major languages
Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!
Deal of the Day: Asus G51JX-X2 Notebook PC w/ Full HD Screen, Intel Core i7-720QM - $999.99 Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the CompUSA - Asus G51JX-X2 Notebook PC w/ Full HD Screen, Intel Core i7-720QM - $999.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Get a great deal on this Asus G51JX-X2 Notebook PC. Perfect for back-to-school gaming or a power user.
- 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core CPU
- 15.6" 1920x1080P Resolution LED Backlit Screen
- 4GB DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
- 1GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
The latest happenings from around the web - August 3rd, 2010
- eVGA SR2 - preparation update article Part 2 @ Kitguru
- ASRock 890GX Extreme3 Motherboard @ IXBTLabs
- ASUS GeForce GTX 460 SLI Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
- HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 Videocard @ Tweaknews
Microsoft has announced pricing and availability for the latest version of their Office suite for Mac. It will come in three versions: Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 for $119, Office for Mac Home & Business 2011 for $199, and Office for Mac Academic 2011 for $99. Academic and Home and Student include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Messenger, while Home and Business includes Outlook as well. Microsoft is planning availability sometime in October.
Amazon began taking orders for their newest Kindle about a week ago, and now preordering the device will not even get you one on launch day. Looking up its product page on Amazon gives you a big red "Sold Out" message.
E-reader fans have definitely been looking to the "Kindle 3," with its lighter design, improved functionality, and comparatively wallet-friendly price tag. Pre-ordering now only gives you a "place in line" with no definite ship date. I guess standing in line is not only reserved for camping out in front of stores anymore
Froyo is here, EVO 4G fans! The Android 2.2 update is now being rolled out over the air one day ahead of schedule. Those that installed the unofficial update that came out the other day will have to wait a bit for a fix from Sprint to get you hooked back up. So what are you waiting for; The updated OS, slicker UI, and of course your flashlight ability is waiting for you!