The latest happenings from around the web - September 8th, 2010
- eVGA GTX 460 1GB Superclocked SLI @ Kitguru
- XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited @ Overclockers Club
- Cooler Master HAF 912 Case @ LANOC
- Antec High Current Pro 1200W Power Supply @ Jonnyguru
- NMediaPC 1080P HTPC Case @ PC Perspective
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 650 W Power Supply @ Hardware Secrets
Our Download of the Day today is Skype 18.104.22.168.
Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.
The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.
Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Sears - Sony VAIO P-Series Lifestyle PC's for $399.97!.
Offer: This is a really huge deal on the normally $800-950 Sony VAIO P-Series netbooks (or Lifestyle PC's, as Sony likes to call them). If you want one, you'll have to jump on it soon though, as they're running out. Also be sure to check out local pickup.
With so many TVs becoming internet capable, regular remotes are becoming less and less useful in this digital age. Using the arrow keys to poke around a keyboard on the screen just isn't going to cut it. Philips Home Control is looking to make you throw your old remote in a drawer for good with their new DUAL remote.
Philips Home Control briefly showed the device at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, but not too many details were given. Obviously it gives you all of the regular remote functions like volume, channel changing, and whatnot but hidden underneath is a full QUERTY keyboard and an optical sensor and touchpad offer more input methods. The sleek, metallic design just tops it all off making it an input device anyone would love to have on their coffee table.
With texting while driving becoming a big reason for so many car accidents, injuries, and deaths all over the world, people everywhere are looking for ways to deter drivers from engaging in this possibly dangerous activity. The developers of Text No More have come up with a genius way to keep people from texting while driving: give them free stuff!
Text No More is an app available on all smartphone platforms that will hold incoming texts while it is active; sending a response stating that the person is driving and cannot reply. After the app is turned off or the time limit is over, the user will receive a coupon for every text that was blocked. Users can also gain points towards bigger prizes like iPhones and laptops.
It may be last minute, but Verizon has announced that the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon's flavor of the Galaxy S smartphone, will be available in stores on September 9th with online orders being taken starting tomorrow.
This will complete the launch of the Galaxy S variants, with the Epic 4G from Sprint, Vibrant from T-Mobile, and Captivate from AT&T already available. The $199 with a 2 year contract smartphone price that is becoming the standard will apply to the Fascinate as well at launch; no word on when Amazon will have it available for a penny like they did with the previously stated phones.
Keyboards on your smartphone? Unnecessary. Touchscreens? So last year. It's time to let your mind start doing all of the work, and PLX Devices Inc. is here to help you do that with the XWave. This device, when paired with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch "allows you to control your mind and the world around it."
When you combine the hardware with the free XWave app, you can train your brain to control attention, relaxation, and meditation levels. The app gives you different objectives to achieve this, and also allows users to connect with each other XWave users with XWave Music. Third party designers can even develop XWave apps with PLX's SDK.
IOGEAR has released the Composite AV Cable with Charge and Sync, a very useful all in one cable solution for iPod and iPhone owners. The name may be a mouthful, but this product has more functionality than a Swiss Army Knife.
This cable uses the 30 pin dock connector on an iPod or iPhone to connect the device to a TV, home theater, or stereo system via composite video and analog audio ports. A USB connection is included for PC connectivity, and IOGEAR even includes a USB power adapter to charge your device from a wall so you don't run out of battery while sending media to your TV or stereo. The IOGEAR Composite AV Cable with Charge and Sync can be had for around $40 USD online.
VIA has all sorts of products from mainboards for all manner of computer systems to CPUs and other offerings. The company has many embedded offerings that have the mainboard along with the CPU for various uses in the business and enterprise markets. VIA unveiled its newest embedded offering today called the EPIA-M850 aimed at commercial use.
The mainboard is a mini-ITX offering with the latest 64-bit VIA Nano E-series processor inside. The CPU is paired with a VIA VX900 media system processor to create a complete platform for commercial embedded multimedia and media center uses. The board can be had with two models of the Nano processor.
Back in Q1 2010 Acer was able to beat Dell to take the second place spot on the iSuppli list of the top five shippers of computers around the world. The latest numbers are in from iSuppli this time running down the top shippers in the PC market for Q2 2010. There have been some changes at the top of the list and lots of negative growth for major players.
Dell was able to beat Acer out and recapture its second place spot on the list. Dell shipped 10.5 million PCs for the quarter giving it 12.8% of the market. Acer shipped 10.1 million PCs giving it 12.4% of the market. Dell lost 1.2% compared to Q1 while Acer lost 6.2%. The leader for the 16th quarter in a row on the list is HP.