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Download of the Day: Google Earth

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 7:36 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth


Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.


Google Earth's features include:


See global changes with decades of historic imagery


If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.


Dive beneath the surface of the ocean


In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.


Track and share your paths with others


Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.


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Deal of the Day: 24" Samsung LCD Equipped Dell Vostro 230 Slim Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, and More for $499.99 plus $8 Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 7:20 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 24" Samsung LCD Equipped Dell Vostro 230 Slim Desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, and More for $499.99 plus $8 Shipping!.


Offer: $499.99 after a big $311 instant discount gets you this Dell Vostro 230 Slim Tower Desktop with 2.93Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 w/VT, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, 15-month antivirus, a 1 year warranty, plus a 24" (23.6" viewable) Samsung 2494LW 1080p LCD monitor with MagiColor (it's listed at the bottom of the "My System Details" section along the right, and also shows up in your cart), expiring 8/18/10 or while supplies last. Even shipping is discounted to just $8.


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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 6:46 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 18th, 2010




- ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Atom 330/nVidia ION Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

- GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- Jetway MA3-880GP Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- ASRock X58 Extreme3 @ Pureoverclock




- Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 Super Overclock @ Hardware Canucks

- ATI HD5550 and HD5570 GDDR5 @ LANOC

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Sony takes a shot at iPhone in latest PSP ad

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 5:28 am

Sony has obviously taken offense to the fact that some are looking at smartphones as a gaming platform. After last week's demo at QuakeCon of Rage on the iPhone4, it seems Sony is not-so-subtly firing a shot across Apple's bow with their latest commercial.




This is a bit odd after Sony's own announcement not too long ago that they are developing an Android "gaming" phone. Maybe they're just planning on making the PSP able to make phone calls? It better be "built for big boy games" or this may come back to haunt them.

Microsoft reveals XBox Live launch titles for Windows Phone 7

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 4:13 am

Halo, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero were among the familiar names mentioned when Microsoft announced today their full list of launch titles for the Windows Phone 7 version of Xbox Live. Over sixty games are on the docket for the WP7 version of Xbox Live Marketplace.


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Microsoft also showed off a big set of features for XBox Live's WP7 integration including full avatar integration, messaging, friends lists, and achievements. Every game will have a try-before-you buy demo available which is excellent for those of us who don't like to plop down hard earned cash for games we end up hating.

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X3 "Touch and Type" featurephones unveiled by Nokia

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 3:18 am

Nokia has announced a major facelift to their X3 phone lineup with the X3 'Touch and Type' phones. These "hybrid" phones look like a normal candy bar phone with a standard 12 button keypad, but also features a 2.4" touchscreen as well.


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Bluetooth, 3G, and WiFi connectivity, an FM and music player, a 5mp camera, and an included 16GB memory card round out the major features of the phone which will be available in five different colors with a brushed aluminum design. Access to Nokia's Ovi Store will of course be available, and the phone is expected to release this fall with a pricetag around $160 USD.

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Using PayPal for Android Market purchases could happen by the end of the year

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 2:25 am

While using PayPal on your Android phone has been around for a while now, purchasing apps from the Android Market with your PayPal account has been beyond the user's grasp. This may be changing soon, as the folks from Google and Paypal are in talks and could may paying for apps via PayPal a reality by the end of the year.


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Currently, Android users that don't have carrier billing have to use Google Checkout for app purchasing which makes sense since they fly under the same flag. This would definitely take some work, as app sales are currently split 70/30, with the developer getting the 70 percent. As those of use who use this system regularly know, PayPal is definitely going to want their cut of the money.

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160GB and 320GB Playstation 3 systems coming soon

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 1:57 am

Sony has announced today that the Playstation 3 units sold in North America will be getting a hard drive upgrade. The new options will be units with 160 or 320 gigabyte drives. According to Sony, customer demand for more space for music, movies, and game content is the main reason for the upgrade.


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Scott Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing at Sony, stated that "as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows." The 160GB PS3 will replace the 120GB version and take on the same $299 USD price tag, while the 320GB version will be packaged with the Playstation Move for $399 USD.

Asus lower shipment estimates for Eee netbooks thanks to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 7:10 pm

Asus is not doing well with its netbook shipments right now. The company has been shipping tons of the small machines, but over the last few months the netbook market overall has started softening as the market matures. The improving economy also means that more consumers have the extra money to buy a normal notebook rather than a netbook. One other big reasons that shipments of netbooks for Asus are slowing is the iPad.


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Asus has announced that it has been forced to reduce its shipping estimates for netbook for the year. Asus has reduced its target shipment for its Q3 to 1.4 million units. That announcement came from an investor's conference on August 13 and was made by Asus CEO Jerry Shen. Asus also announced at the time that it was reducing its overall financial outlook for the year due to decreased shipments of mainboards, notebooks, and netbooks.

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MSI FX600-002US now available at a great price

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 6:06 pm

I have been impressed with the last few MSI notebook computers that I have messed with. The things tend to offer lots of performance and style at a good price. Some details of the MSI FX600 leaked online not too long ago, but we were missing a few key pieces of the puzzle. Those pieces included things like price and when you could buy the machine.


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Judging by the specifications of the machine it was easy to imagine that the machine would be selling for well lover $1000 when it landed. The MSI FX600-002US notebook has gone official and offers a 15.6-inch LED backlit screen and an Intel Core i5-450M CPU. The machine also has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M GPU with 1GB of memory and 4GB of system memory.

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