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iOS devices call back to Apple whenever a WiFi connection is started

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 10, 2010 2:01 am

A few people have noticed that when you connect an iOS device to the internet, the first thing it does is make a connection back to Apple via the following address. You may have even noticed it flash by yourself and thought nothing of it.


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While some may cry out that Apple is checking up on you and your device, security experts have studied the issue and stated that there is no privacy issue involved. The only real issue out there is that some believe that this little URL and the connection it makes could possibly fall into the wrong hands, leaving iOS device owners vulnerable to possible hackers and other internet nasties. For now it's just a quick peek over your shoulder, but always keep your guard up out there on the information superhighway.

LaCie launches small Rikki and Minimus USB 3.0 HDDs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:04 pm

LaCie is a big name when it comes to external storage devices. The products that the company offers tend to put as much emphasis on how the drives look as how well they perform. There is nothing wrong with that, it's great to have a drive that looks good and performs good too. LaCie has unveiled a pair of new and good looking USB 3.0 drives today.


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The new drives are the Minimus and the Rikki. Both of the drives connect to USB 3.0 ports and offer data transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Both of the drives are also enclosed in an attractive brushed aluminum chassis. That chassis not only looks good but helps the drives dissipate heat and is recyclable.

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Nokia debuts Nokia Mobile TV Headset for watching TV on the go

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 6:06 pm

Today's smartphones are great for keeping entertained when you are commuting or have nothing else today away from the home or office. You can stream all sorts of TV, sports, and movie content from various online sources. The catch is that if you are in a data roaming area or have a pay as you go data plan, streaming video content can get expensive very fast.


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Nokia has announced a new solution that will allow users of Nokia smartphones that run Symbian^3 to watch TV programming on the go with no need for a data connection or WiFi network. That means that users can watch all the programming they want for free. The solution is called the Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H. As the name suggests the headset has an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.

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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle coming to Aussie gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 5:08 pm

The announcement of bundles from Microsoft with an Xbox 360 Slim and the Kinect system have been made in other countries like the US previously. Australian gamers know that the prices that people pay in other parts of the world can't merely be converted to get an idea of what a product will cost Down Under.




The Aussie retail machine has to be fed and often that means paying a lot more than what other countries have to fork over for the same gear. Microsoft has gone official today with pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle in Australia. The bundle will include a 250GB Xbox 360 and the Kinect kit for $549. The console is a glossy black unit, not the tired old white and will have integrated 802.11n WiFi like the new slim consoles offer.

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ARM announces Cortex-A15 processor for smartphones and other devices

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 4:08 pm

The smartphone world is running on single core processors for now, but soon there will be new devices hitting the market that will use dual-core processors inside. Some of the first will be LG smartphones with Tegra 2 processors inside. Other companies are also bringing dual-core processors to market that will be placed inside smartphones and all manner of other devices.




The latest new processor to be unveiled is the ARM Cortex-A15 processor. ARM claims that the aggregate performance of the little A15 is over five times that of what is offered inside today's high-end smartphones and over ten times the performance of ARM based infrastructure platforms. In smartphones and mobile computing devices, the A15 will run at 1GHz to 1.5GHz and have as many as two cores.

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Courts give Microsoft legal ownership of botnet domains

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 3:06 pm

We can all agree that the internet is fantastic and opens up an entire world of information and other fun stuff for us to consume. We can also agree that the internet can be a massive pile of crap that we have to deal with thanks to spam, viruses, and botnets. Microsoft is fighting botnets and has won a major legal battle against one of the big botnets this week.


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A US District Court judge for the Eastern Virginia district has granted Microsoft ownership of 276 domains that were once part of the massive Waledac cybergang botnet. The botnet was hit with the first major blow early this year when the same judge granted a temporary restraining order that took the 276 domains offline.

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 8:43 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 9th, 2010




- Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5Ghz in Q1 2011, Dualcore in the first half of next year @ Netbooknews

- Exclusive AMD Fusion processor picture @ Kitguru




- PNY GTX 460 XLR8 1GB Video Card @ Pureoverclock

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclocked Edition Video Card @ Ninjalane

- ASUS Radeon HD 5850 1GB DirectCu TOP @ Hardware Canucks




- Cougar GX-700: 80 Plus Gold from a new brand @ SilentPCReview

- Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX Computer Case @ OverclockersHQ

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Download of the Day: 7-Zip 9.16 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:44 am

Our Download of the Day today is 7-Zip 9.16 Beta.


7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.


The main features of 7-Zip are:


• High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression

• Supported packing / unpacking formats: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR

• Supported formats for unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.

• Compression ratio for ZIP and GZIP formats: 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip

• Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats

• Self-extracting capability for 7z format

• Integration with Windows Shell

• Powerful File Manager

• Powerful command line version

• Plugin for FAR Manager

• Localizations for 74 languages


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Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, DVD, and 20" LCD Monitor for $419 plus Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:26 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 160GB HD, DVD, and 20" LCD Monitor for $419 plus Shipping!.


Offer: $419 (plus just $8 shipping) after $256 instant savings gets you this Dell Vostro 230 mini tower desktop with 2.93Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 w/VT, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 160GB hard drive, 16x DVD-ROM, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, 15-month antivirus, and 1 year warranty, plus a Dell E2011H LCD monitor. Expires 9/8/10.


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AMOLED screen production to increase tenfold in 2011 according to Samsung

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 3:51 am

If you're one of the many who have been frustrated by the shortages of stock when it comes to the latest and greatest smartphones, you may know that the culprit has been that fancy AMOLED that they come equipped with and that Samsung can't keep up with demand. Samsung has taken a major step forward in ramping up the supplies with their new facility opens in July; ramping production up from 3 million units per month to 30 million.


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Many phones, like the EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible, have faced repeated pushbacks in delivery dates due to the shortage of these screens. With some devices turning to alternatives like Sony's Super LCD screens, Samsung had to make it a priority to start meeting the huge demand for their AMOLED screens. "We've put in a great deal of effort to move up mass production," Lee Woo-Jong, vice president of marketing for the display business, said in an e-mail to the Dow Jones Newswire.

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