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Gateway launch re-branded Acer tablet - TP Series A60

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 2:40 pm

In somewhat quiet fashion Acer's subsidiary Gateway looks to have released its first 10-inch Android tablet this week, the TP Series A60 with it popping up on Canada's FutureShop for sale.




The unit is more or less a rebranding of Acer's Iconica Tab A500. It runs 3.1 (Honeycomb), weighs about 765 grams, is 1.3cm thick and uses a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen. Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC (using two ARM cores @ 1GHz), it packs 1GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage, has an SDHC card slot, 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, built-in GPS, a couple USB ports and a 6,520 mAh battery that is said to give it about 8 hours of operation.

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Thermaltake go Massive with new notebook cooler

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 1:34 pm

Often we'll see the release of yet another notebook cooler into the market that does little to stand out and impress us with anything we haven't already seen before. However, Thermaltake have stepped forward in radical fashion and announced today something that does indeed have its eye catching attributes straight off the bat.




Appropriately dubbed the "Massive 23 GT" notebook cooler, it sports a beefy 200mm fan which can operate between 5 and 800RPM, giving up to 24 dBA of sound output. The overall unit measures 352 x 293.1 x 41.4 mm, weighing in at 907 grams and supports notebooks sized anywhere between 10 and 17 inches.

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Borderlands 2 gets 14 minutes of wobblecam footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 11:57 am

There has been 14 minutes of leaked Borderlands 2 footage that someone has caught on camera and uploaded to the Internet. You can see a fair bit of stuff going on in the game and while I don't want to spoil much - I seriously can't wait for this game. It's looking good and the improvements they've done (even to something like the HUD) look pretty darn cool. Check out the 14 minutes of wobblecam footage below:




Download of the Day: MediaMonkey Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 8:09 am

Our Download of the Day today is MediaMonkey Beta.


MediaMonkey is a music manager and jukebox for serious music collectors and iPod users. It catalogs your CDs, OGG, WMA, MPC, FLAC, APE, WAV and MP3 audio files. It offers an intelligent tag editor which looks up missing Album Art and track information via Freedb and the web, and an automated file and directory renamer to organize your music library.


• Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface

• Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata

• Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down

• Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume

• Record CDs into OGG, MP3, FLAC and WMA files

• Convert MP3s, OGG, FLAC and WMA files into other formats with the Audio Converter

• Create playlists and music mixes quickly and easily to suit any occasion

• Synchronize with iPods / MP3 players effortlessly and convert tracks on-the-fly

• Download audio content using the new integrated Podcatcher.

• Use MediaMonkey for Parties or other public places with Party Mode

• Create Statistics and other Reports of your music collection as Excel, html, or xml files.

• Customize MediaMonkey with Skins, visualizations, plug-ins and scripts to make it do what you want it to.

• Plus much more...



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iPhone 5 for Sprint hitting Best Buy in October, pre-orders this week?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 6:00 am

A leaked Best Buy document shows that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores are anticipating taking pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5 as early as this week with the actual hardware rocking up in Best Buy stores as early as the first week of October! Sprint looks to be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch and Best Buy is quick off the mark to make note that Apple product introduction and launch dates are subject to change, but a pre-order date changing is pretty different from a new carrier getting a phone for the first time.




Excited, iPhone fans?

Amazon's 7-inch tablet to be priced at $250?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 4:53 am

Amazon's upcoming Google Android-powered 7-inch tablet is reportedly called "Amazon Kindle," but differs from the other Kindles. The new Kindle is due for launch in November and at a very eye-opening price of just $250. Amazon's competitive price mixed with their large range of content could push the Kindle into the race against already established tablets like the iPad and GALAXY Tab.




Amazon are using an older Android 2.2 OS but have built things on top of it of course and have deeply integrated their services into the new tablet with a Kindle app for reading books, Amazon's Cloud Player for music, Amazon's Instant Video player for watching movies and Amazon's Android Appstore. The Kindle reportedly only has a single-core chip and 6GB of internal storage and the initial Kindel will be WiFi-only.


The biggest news is of course, the price. At $250 it is super competitive and should gain a fair amount of sales on price alone.

HTC Runnymede, 4.7-inch display, Beats audio, great camera but only single core?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 3:00 am

HTC have sure been quietly brilliant lately with the announcement of yet another Android-based smartphone. The new phone is called the Runnymede and will sport a decent set of specs including Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Sense 3.5 on top, a 4.7-inch 800x480-pixel display, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (720p video, dual flash), a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, less than 10mm thick, DLNA and includes HTC's Beats headphones (note: note earphones).




Only a single-core processor? Just an 800x480-pixel resolution? Really? But then, we do have more details on the specs:


The camera, for instance, is said to feature a backlit sensor plus 28mm wide-angle lens and focal ratio of f/2.2 (compared to the iPhone 4's smaller f/2.8); in video mode, it can supposedly capture footage at 60 frames-per-second, more than twice that of the average handset. Obviously sound quality will also play a big role here, with Runnymede featuring SRS Surround, dual microphones, and even recognizing when it's plugged into the Beats headphones.

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GALAXY Tab 7.7 yanked from IFA, Apple lawsuit strikes again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 2:00 am

It was only a few days ago that I posted about the upcoming GALAXY Tab 7.7 that was shown off alongside the GALAXY Note smartphone at IFA. A Dusseldorf-based court has granted Apple's request to add the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 to the list of banned Samsung devices in Germany. The result? Samsung is forbidden from selling or marketing the GALAXY Tab 7.7 in Germany. Samsung spokesman James Chung said to Bloomberg, "Samsung respects the court's decision," and he went on to add that Apple's actions in this matter "severely limits consumer choice in Germany."




Apple needs to drop the sh*t, seriously. I'm sure most people would agree. Why don't they release new products, instead of suing anyone that releases something that even remotely resembles their iPad. They know their sales will go down eventually because of their lack of innovation and lack of products within the iPad range. Whereas Samsung have multiple sizes, multiple prices within those sizes, and are constantly releasing new products.


Grow up, Apple.

LG's "Dual Play" TV allow gamers to share a single screen, different view

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 1:12 am

LG have introduced a new TV range dubbed "Dual View". The new Dual View televisions allow gamers to use the same television but see different images thanks to a new style of 3D glasses. The new tech was shown off by Microsoft and is set to go on same with a limited number of LG TV's, displays two separate pictures on the same screen, and then uses the power of the new 3D -style glasses to ensure each player can see a different image each.




Screen cheating be gone! This new tech is only available on the Xbox platform and works with LG's Cinema 3D range, inclusive of the new flagship LW980T. Gamers will have to slap down more dinero for additional pairs of special glasses. Usually gamers play with split screen, but this new tech would allow both gamers a full-screen gaming experience, with each of them looking at completely different images.


Cool, huh?

Prepare to zoom in for the kill with SkyDrift - Coming Sept 7th

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2011 9:40 am

Word from Digital Reality lets us know their upcoming aerial racing game, SkyDrift will be soaring its way onto the PlayStation network and Xbox LIVE Arcade on September 7th. It's described as a fast paced, arcade-heavy title which gives players an addictive racing experience with smooth, light and quick flight style.




There are eight modern high-tech planes to choose from, tuned to be the ultimate killing machines, and there are over 30 racing skins to choose from, 33 racing events from exotic locations around the globe and single as well as multiplayer challenges with up to eight players.


SkyDrift is more than your typical arcade style racing game," says Peter Nyester, SkyDrift Producer, Digital Reality. "Our team worked hard to deliver realistic, cutting edge graphics that are visually stunning, which really transform the overall feel of the gameplay. Skydrift combines all the best elements of arcade-heavy games with stimulating graphics and smooth game play - creating the ultimate racing experience.

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