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Android market now has over 100k apps - still sparring with Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 1:01 am

Google's Android is slowly getting popular, with the help of multiple handsets it is gaining traction throughout the world as competition for the once lone soldier of the battlefield, Apple's iPhone.


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Google has announced it has hit the 100, 000 apps milestone - surpassing the number of apps on competing stores from BlackBerry, Nokia or Palm. Even with 100k apps, they're still number 2 in the market, to the iPhone with over 300k.


It has taken Google 20 months to get to the 100k milestone, where it took Apple 16 months to get to the same 100k mark. The more popular the Market gets, the more work Google will have to do to it's Market to keep everything in good order. Consider that it takes a developer and average of 6 minutes to get an App into the Market, compared to *four days* on Apple's App Store - how is it that Google are falling behind in the number of Apps they host?

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Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 27, 2010 12:29 am

Microsoft have released SP1 for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to the public.


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After being in the obvious beta availability, they have finally entered RTM (Release to Manufacturing).


As for whether you'll benefit from SP1? Well, if you're a user of Windows Server 2008 R2, the only new features for you will be, related virtualization technologies, Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.

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Mophie workbook for iPad is highly adjustable for comfort

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 7:04 pm

Mophie has made a name for itself making some awesome accessories for the iPhone with things like cases with batteries inside and other gear. The company also has a few items that work with the iPad that fans of the tablet can purchase. The company has added a new accessory to its iPad line with a case called the workbook designed to make the tablet more comfortable to use and protect it from the daily grind.


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The workbook is a case with synthetic leather on the outside and a soft fabric on the inside to prevent scratches. When closed the workbook protects the iPad from bumps and drops. When the user wants to work with the iPad or watch some video the workbook has infinitely adjustable screen angle options to choose from.

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Nintendo puts its Wii Remote in 65.3 million hands

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 6:12 pm

Nintendo has been busy the last few months with the celebration surrounding the 25th birthday for Mario and for the original Nintendo game system. Nintendo is offering up some sales details on the Wii and its accessories to show off how many units it has moved even if the popularity of the Wii is waning today. The number of controllers sold by Nintendo is impressive.


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According to the gaming company, it has sold 46,000 Wii Remotes daily in the US. It has moved a total of 65.3 million Wii Remotes so far in the US alone. That number would be much higher if sales globally were figured into the numbers. Nintendo trys to give an idea of how many controllers 65.3 million actually is with some illustrations. The most interesting is that 65.3 million is enough to give one to every person living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota.

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Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac hits beta

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 5:00 pm

If you are looking forward to getting your hands on a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone when they hit the market soon and use Mac, you may have worried how you were going to synchronize the phone and connect it to the computer. Considering the smartphone is a Microsoft OS device that would be an understandable worry. Microsoft has announced that the software needed for Mac users is now in beta.




The Mac app is called Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. The app is available at the Windows Download Center and the Mac must be running OS 10.5 Leopard or higher to use the software. If your Mac meets those specs, you can grab it to allow sync of music, photos, video, and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to the WinPo 7 device.

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Adorama unveils cool iBoard Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for iPhone and iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 4:02 pm

If you try to work from an iPad exclusively, it can be done but you will not want to do that with the onscreen keyboard for an extended period. Thankfully, the iPad supports Bluetooth keyboards and you can connect an external keyboard to the iPad and work all you want in comfort. The iPhone and iPod touch also support a BT keyboard in later models.




Photography shop Adorama has been rolling out all sorts of new products into its catalog for a long time and it has a wide range of gear that has nothing to go with cameras today. The latest new item from the company is a BT keyboard called the iBoard Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. The iBoard supports the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and has some dedicated keys to access sites with one button press.

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WD TV Live Hub has 1TB of storage, streams movies and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 3:04 pm

Western Digital is a big player in the storage market with a huge range of traditional storage drives for notebooks, desktops, enterprise, and media center needs. The company has announced that it has added a new streaming media player to its WD TV media player line. The new player is called the WD TV Live Hub and it has some very nice specifications.


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The machine has support for full HD 1080p resolution and has 1TB HDD integrated that can store content from computers on the same network. The device will be offered exclusively at Best Buy online and will be inside all Best Buy locations around the country as well. The WD TV Live Hub supports streaming of flicks through Blockbuster on Demand the same day that the titles are released on disc. The device also supports YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and a lot more.

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Download of the Day: SUPER v2010 build 39

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:48 pm

Our Download of the Day today is SUPER v2010 build 39.


SUPER is an easy-to-use Multimedia Encoder and Player, requiring only one simple click.


If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER is all you need.


SUPER supports any Multimedia file format. SUPER plays files that cannot be played with WMP or even other libavcodec-based players like MPC and VLC. SUPER also plays and saves Internet Media Streams of different protocols (mms://, rtsp://, and http://).


SUPER is the fastest and simplest tool to encode full-length movies to any other format without any time or function limitation. It does NOT require any additional external codecs. They're all built in!


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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:41 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 26th, 2010




- G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers

- Mushkin PC10666 Low Voltage RAM @ Overclock3D




- MSI R6870 and R6850 @ tbreak

- Samsung LN46C650 @ Techreviewsource

- AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 in CrossFireX @ Techgage

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 @ Neoseeker

- 23" LG Flatron W2340VG 1080p LCD Monitor @ iGadgetlife

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

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