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Google Broadband set for trial at Stanford University

By: Don Lynn | More News: Networking | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 11:30 pm

Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.

 

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Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.

Mobile App of the Day: Winamp for Android

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 10:57 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Winamp for Android.

 

Winamp has been on the music player scene since 1997, offering desktop users a pretty nice alternative to the standard fare like Windows Media Player. Winamp has now gone mobile; announcing availability on the Android platform today.

 

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Not only does Winamp for Android offer up a "complete media management solution" for your Android device, but you can also sync via Wi-Fi or USB or to your desktop library if you are running the Winamp 5.59 beta on your PC. Scrobbling with Last.fm is also supported, as well as a widget to run Winamp from your home screen and even your lock screen. The PC beta required for sync can be downloaded here, and you can search the Android Market for Winamp to grab the app or scan the QR code after the break.

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Ergo tablet coming to Italy soon

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 7:02 pm

It's not uncommon for a notebook or other device to be unveiled by a large supplier that ends up being rebranded and sold by a bunch of different companies all around the world. Such is the case with the Pegatron tablet that has been sold as the WePad, Masterpad, and under other names so far. That same tablet is being rebranded and shipped over to Italy as the Ergo tablet.

 

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The Ergo will run Windows 7 and while most of the features are the same as its brethren under other names, the Ergo does have a few unique features. Ergo had Pegatron add a 2MP camera rather than the 1.3MP the other versions use. The Ergo also gets GPS, ambient light sensor, and 3G connectivity that are missing on some other versions.

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GeForce GTX 580 pegged to be 20% faster than the GTX 480

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 6:06 pm

NVIDIA is always at work on new video cards and GPUs for different user groups that it can sell and put on the market to fight AMD and its ATI video cards. One of the better cards from NVIDIA over the last few years was the GTX 480 and if you were a fan of that card's performance, you will really like the GTX 580 that is coming according to DigiTimes.

 

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The GTX 580 is supposed to offer 20% faster performance than the GTX 480 it will replace according to DigiTimes sources at video card manufacturers. The 580 will be a GF110-based video card and is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December according to sources. NVIDIA will also reportedly have new GPU families coming out next year.

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AT&T unveils new pay as you go data plans for international travelers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:18 pm

If you travel out of the country and use your data plan on your notebook or mobile phone chances are you will end up getting charged much more than you think you will. Some people have traveled overseas and ended up with wireless bills in the thousands of dollars range after downloading movies or TV episodes.

 

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If you travel to other countries and you really need access to data on your notebook or netbook with an integrated modem or with a USB modem, AT&T has unveiled some new pay as you go options that will keep you from being hit with a giant bill when you get home. The new data packages cover 100 countries including Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and lots more. The plans start at $24.99 and go up to $199.99.

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Dell unveils new XPS laptops aimed at HP Envy line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:04 pm

For many years before Dell bought Voodoo, its gaming line of computers was the XPS series. After the purchase of Voodoo PC, Dell migrated the XPS line of notebooks and desktops towards machines that were more focused on media than pure gaming. Dell has unveiled a few new notebooks for the XPS family this week that include some thin and well equipped machines that are aimed directly at the thin and sexy HP Envy line of notebooks.

 

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Dell's new XPS notebooks include anodized and brushed aluminum finishes, backlit keyboards, and lots of media features. The new notebooks offer a variety of screen sizes with offerings in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch categories. Even the base configuration of the notebooks has some nice hardware inside with Intel Core i5 460M CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce 420M GPUs with Optimus tech for power savings, and 500GB HDDs that spin at 7200 rpm.

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Griffin offers cool new mount for iPad called the Cabinet mount

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 3:04 pm

The iPad is a great tablet that can replace a notebook or a netbook for many users. There are many folks out there that have an iPad that probably never take it out of the house. If you are this sort of user and you want a nice mount that you can use to mount the iPad in the kitchen, bathroom, or office where it will be safe and easy to use the Griffin Cabinet mount for iPad may be perfect.

 

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The mount does just what the name implies with a special mounting option that allows the thing to be mounted to any cabinet on the front, side, or bottom. The mount is made so that it can tilt 90-degrees front and back to allow the iPad to fold flat against the bottom of a cabinet. It will also rotate 360-degrees around to allow the iPad to be viewed at any angle.

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.1 beta 1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 9:24 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.1 beta 1.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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Deal of the Day: Panasonic Viera 50" 1080P Plasma HD TV for $899.99 with Free Delivery

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:50 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Sears - Panasonic Viera 50" 1080P Plasma HD TV for $899.99 with Free Delivery!!.

 

Offer: You get the full 1080P resolution, the 2 million to 1 contrast ratio, 600hz and of course 50" of real estate. For a limited time, they're even shipping this big TV to your place for FREE. Free Shipping offer expire 10/23/10.

 

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