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PhotoFast iPADock is perfect for multiple Apple gadget homes

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 3:02 pm

I bet there are lots of people out there who have several Apple gadgets in their home. I know my house does with a pair of iPhones, an iPod touch, and an iPad. To keep from having Apple cables all over the place we tend to fight for the single charge plug that is in the office for all four of the gadgets. A new dock has surfaced from PhotoFast that will make it easy to charge up to four devices at once.

 

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The new dock is called the iPADock and it has a design that allows you to change how many devices can be charged to meet your needs. The dock can charge four iPhones or iPods on its two rows. It can also charge two iPads or a single iPad and a pair of iPhones at the same time. The dock appears to use the stock charge cables for your gadgets.

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Download of the Day: Rainlendar 2.8 Beta 94

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 8:04 am

Our Download of the Day today is Rainlendar 2.8 Beta 94.

 

Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month. It is a very lightweight application that doesn't use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.

 

• Small and lightweight

• Different type events can have different appearence

• Supports Windows transparency

• Synchronizes events between several clients

• Localized for multiple languages

• Shows an alarm when an event is due

• Supports iCal files.

• Shows Outlook's appointments

• Includes a todo-list

• Works also as Litestep plugin

• Displays the current date in tray icon

• Can stick to the desktop (i.e. doesn't hide with Show Desktop)

• Hotkeys for quick access

• Easy skinning with an UI

 

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Deal of the Day: Panasonic DMP-BD65K Internet-Enabled Blu-ray Player for $88.88 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 7:38 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the hhgregg - Panasonic DMP-BD65K Internet-Enabled Blu-ray Player for $88.88 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Great price for a quality, high speed (0.5 second quick-start), Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, and Picasa enabled Blu-ray player at just $88.88 with FREE shipping. Limit 1 per customer. Expires 9/2/10.

 

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 7:03 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 31st, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 @ Techreviewsource

- Toshiba's Nile-powered Satellite T235D notebook @ Tech Report

- Desktop PC Platform - Saved By Overclocking @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- AMD offers low cost Eyefinity adapter, kills off ATI brand @ PC Perspective

- AMD Updates Us on Eyefinity & Announces $30 Cable @ Techgage

- ATI Eyefinity Active DisplayPort Adapter @ Neoseeker

- Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 5970 4 GB @ Hardware-Mag

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Amazon's Kindle 3 screen definitely improved over previous generation

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 3:21 am

Think that the Kindle 3 can't be THAT much better than previous versions? Want a reason to upgrade? Take a look at this side by side shot posted by an avid Kindle fan who owns both the second(left) and third(right) generation of Amazon's e-reader:

 

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The Kindle seems to be taking serious strides when it comes to screen clarity and contrast. With the WiFi only version starting at a comparatively wallet friendly $139, it seems that the Kindle is making a serious sales play for those who don't want to plop down serious coin for the more expensive tablets coming around the corner.

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eFuse not stopping Droid X rooting and custom ROMs

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 2:39 am

Motorola has tried their best to keep the Droid X from being accessible to custom ROMs, rooting, and other OS bypasses, but the hacking community is a pretty persistent lot and it seems that more and more backdoors are appearing all over.

 

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The alternate firmware "Sapphire," originally designed for the first Droid, and Birdman's "FlyX" ROM are just a couple of the custom ROM's that have begun peeking out from the underground scene. Custom ROMs allow hardcore phone users to access alternative apps, install new versions of Android like Froyo, and even unlock functions like mobile hotspot usage for free.

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Starcraft II app for iOS devices in the works

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 12:15 am

Addicted to StarCraft II? Can't stand to leave your computer and stop playing? You may be able to play it on an iOS based device soon. Developer Daniel Hellerman and a team of enterprising individuals are working on an app that will allow a user to play a version of the popular RTS on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

 

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The app works by interfacing through a program with a copy of StarCraft II running on the user's PC. The app then acts as a remote control, giving in-game control through a specially designed interface for touchscreen devices. Mid-September is the expected release time for the app which is expected to go for $2 USD.

XBox Live price increase coming November 1st

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 11:50 pm

Fans of Xbox Live are soon going to have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to continue playing online. Starting November 1st, Xbox live is getting its first price increase in its eight year history.

 

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In the United States, one-year Gold memberships are bumping up ten dollars to $59.99 USD. Monthly subscriptions will rise from $7.99 to $9.99, and three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99. Microsoft is running a special deal right now for U.S. customers that will allow them to lock in a year for $39.99 to give them a little buffer before having to pay the higher price.

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Google reportedly in talks for PPV movie rentals on YouTube

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 7:02 pm

Google purchased YouTube for a huge sum of money in part because of the massive amount of traffic the video site has. So far, Google hasn't been able to come up with a way to monetize all that traffic ideally. That means that Google is leaving money on the table.

 

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Advertisers are not flocking to place adds on the videos streamed from YouTube because most of the videos on the service are made by individuals and big advertisers aren't keen on putting there brands with content that might be poorly made or in poor taste. One of the ways that Google hopes to lure more advertisers is with higher quality content made by pros.

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Intel to buy Infineon Wireless Solutions Business

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 6:10 pm

Intel is the largest CPU maker on the planet and is one of the biggest companies operating in other technology segments. Recently Intel gobbled up McAfee, the company famous for anti-virus and malware protection. Intel has now announced that it intends to acquire the Wireless Solutions Business arm of Infineon called WLS.

 

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WLS will continue to operate as a separate company from Intel and will continue to serve the customers it currently has, including those using ARM tech. The deal has been approved by the boards from both companies and is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.

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