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Scosche finally ships slick new reVIVE II Dual USB chargers for iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 6:08 pm

When it comes to accessories like cables, docks and all sorts of other stuff for Apple devices like iPods and the iPhone, Scosche is a big favorite for many. Scosche is also big on accessories for the iPad as well. One of the first things that many iPad buyers realized when they went to charge their iPad from a computer is that not all USB ports are up to the task of charging the iPad thanks to the iPad needing 2.1 amps of power. That means many notebook and PC USB ports won't charge the iPad.

 

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Scosche put some cool chargers for the iPad up for pre-order a while back called the reVIVE II chargers. Both of the chargers are very similar with one notable difference. One of them is designed for use in the home with your AC outlet and the other is designed for use in the car via a DC outlet. Both of the chargers pack in dual USB ports.

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Logitech tosses C910 HD webcam onto market

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 5:08 pm

Logitech is probably best known for all of its sweet gaming peripherals like the G9 laser mouse and the G15 gaming keyboard. Logitech is a lot more than a gaming peripheral company though and has some of the best general-purpose keyboards on the market. I don't think I could get through my day without my trusty Logitech Illuminated keyboard.

 

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Logitech is also a big name in other categories like Harmony remote controls and webcams. The company has shipped out a new HD webcam called the C910 that is now available to purchase around the world. The C910's full name is the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910. The thing is capable of recording video from your computer in full 1080p. That will be great for the users who make their own VLOG or like to upload to YouTube.

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Gefen offers high-end surround sound speakers for small spaces

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 4:08 pm

Home theater systems can get very expensive if you want audiophile quality speakers and components. In a large room you can pretty much choose any size speakers and be ok. In a small space like a bedroom or a conference room where surround sound is needed choosing speakers that are too large just won't work for space reasons. Gefen has announced a new set of surround sound speakers called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers.

 

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The speaker set consists of five different satellites providing two front and two rear channel speakers along with a center speaker. A subwoofer for improved bass is not included, but these are designed for audio quality not deep bass says the maker. Gefen says that the speakers are designed to work best with its own GefenTV Audio Processor, but they will work with any AV amp you want to use.

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Razer offers up Orca gaming and music headphones

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 3:02 pm

Razer is known for making some of the coolest gear for gamers around with a line of keyboards, mice, and audio solutions. The company is also known for choosing names for its products from the animal and insect world. For instance its keyboards are named after spiders, the gaming mice are named after snakes, and its audio offerings are named after water living creatures such as the Barracuda sound card.

 

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Razer has released its latest audio offering and the product is called the Orca. If you watch Animal Planet you know that is the killer whale. The Orca gaming headphones are made in a green color with black trim. With the name being Orca you might expect black and white colors. Perhaps this is the color for irradiated killer whales.

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Paramount Pictures and TweakTown's "War of the Worlds" Blu-ray Movie Giveaway Draws to a Close

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 1:04 pm

Together with Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, last week we fired up a competition where participants would be in with a chance to win one of five copies of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds".

 

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The competition has now come to a close and we will be announcing the winners shortly. Thanks to everyone who sent in their answer. You could be one of the lucky ones, so stay tuned!

Riding the Jolicloud - The perfect netbook partner?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 11:52 am

The folks at APC have taken a closer look at the Jolicloud OS which is based around Ubuntu and aimed squarely at the netbook crowd.

 

The particularly interesting aspect of this OS is that the main guts of it are located on hosted servers. Almost everything is based inside the browser which is like an open source version of Google Chrome (called Chromium). As an example, rather than this OS making use of apps like Open Office or Koffice, its default productivity suite is set up to harness Google's cloud based Google Docs.

 

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The shot above of the desktop shows a sparse, but clean layout. It's all fairly straight forward stuff and most people should be able to fathem out what's going on in a very short space of time. Certainly, from APC's experience with it they were quick to feel how 'lightweight' it is, but for a lot of people buying netbooks Jolicloud could potentially be an ideal alternative and does away with a lot of unecessary clutter found on the likes of Windows 7 or even XP.

 

Check out the full rundown on it via the source link folks.

Fujitsu give terrific bang for your buck with new AH530 15.6-inch laptop

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 11:06 am

There's a new kid on the block from Fujitsu with its latest mid-size LifeBook which you should start to see hitting aussie retailers shelves this week.

 

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This is the LifeBook AH530 which will set you back $1,199. What do you get for your 1200 Bucks? quite a good deal, really. The 15.6-inch sized lappy sports a dedicated numeric keypad, while internally is where the real bang for buck commences. Under the hood there's a 2.4GHz Core i5-450M processor, 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard disk in base form; some well spec'd hardware for the price you pay.

 

The six-cell battery is said to be good for about four hours and the unit comes shipped with Windows 7 Professional installed.

Industry experts back Conroy up - Coalition's mixed bag broadband plan is a step backwards

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 10:32 am

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has made some critical, yet valid points that even providers and other industry experts agree to in relation to the Coalition's wireless plan as a means to attempt to uplift the condition of Australia's internet.

 

Stephen says "The Coalition's focus on wireless defies the advice of industry experts who agree it is a complementary technology to fibre and will not deliver the high speeds and capacity needed for the delivery of healthcare, education and business applications of the future.

 

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Even providers agree that hybrid fibre coaxial is not the answer to Australia's broadband future. Like wireless, broadband on HFC is shared, which means the more people using it, the slower it gets".

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Internode gives Telstra some stiff competition on its DSLAM w/ 240GB plans

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 10:08 am

A blog post from Internode's Managing Director Simon Hackett yesterday morning has revealed plans by the ISP to give an even more aggressive broadband offer on its own Agile DSLAM ports than Telstra's 200GB plan it announced just recently.

 

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The plan gives a whopping 240GB per month for $99.95 as a standalone product, or $89.95 when bundled with a NodeLine phone service. This is the same price point as Telstra's plan while giving an additional 40GB a month of data usage. However, the plan is said to be limited to about 149 exchanges at this stage.

 

Further to this, Internode has reviewed and 'simplified' the plans it offers on Telstra's infrastructure, which includes the suspension of its Easy Broadband sign-ups and 200GB 'Fast' plan which Telstra recently blew out of the water, undercutting it by $100 per month.

 

Customers on these existing plans will remain on them unless they decide to change.

Centrelink wants $40 Mill for storage upgrades

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 9:38 am

Apart from a customised pod at its Canberra Data Centre, Centrelink's data centres are more than 20 years old now and the federal agency has reached a time where it needs a storage upgrade; a mighty big one.

 

A pre-tender notice has been sighted which gives indication that Centrelink is planning to issue a request for tender (RTF) by October which could be as much as $40 Million. With this, it would purchase enterprise storage equipment that includes disk, mainframe, data protection and archiving products.

 

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Some other inclusions on the list of purchases would be an enterprise document and record management system (EDRMS), software for storage management (SRM), reporting and chargeback and professional services for deployment and projects.

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