Internode has started it's FetchTV service to customers who expressed interest in its early adopter program to sign up.
Customers who have a current ADSL2+ service on an Internode DSLAM and are close enough to the exchange to receive more than 4.5Mbps downstream can apply for the service with a reduced setup cost of $49 ($99 when the full commercial service launches) and pay a standard monthly fee of $29.95 without the need of committing to a 24 month contract.
During the trial, Internode will only a certain few ADSL modem routers, others may work but those users will have to configure it themselves.
At the end of the trial, the test dummies will have an option to cancel the service, return the set-top box OR sign onto a contract of 24 months from the date they first took the services.
When the full service launches, Internode has planned to offer the full FetchTV service to customers with fast enough connections, where those with slower connections can opt for a "lite" service, which will include just a portion of the programming at a lower cost.
Within the first phase of the trial, Internode are inviting customers from the list that want to take on the full service, they also added that the "lite" service will be enabled within the Early Adopter program - but no date is given, the full commercial release also has no date.
Acer has one of the more popular lines of netbooks on the market with the Aspire one offerings. The company has a wide range of netbooks with different specifications and features inside to cater to the needs of different users. Tablets like the iPad may be talking away sales from netbooks, but there are still new offerings coming to market that consumers will like. Acer has a new machine today that has CPU options and nice features called the Aspire One AOD255 netbook.
The AOD255 can be had with two different Atom CPU options. One of the CPUs is a single-core N450 and the other is the newer dual-core N550 CPU. Both of the processors support DDR3 RAM and the netbook gets 1GB of RAM no matter the CPU you chose to start with. Acer says the netbooks are good for a full day of use on a single charge with a battery life claim of 8-hours per charge.
There are tons of speaker docks on the market today that will work with the iPad and the iPhone. There aren't that many available that will work with the iPad though. If you want, a dock that will charge your iPad while you listen to music or watch video iLuv has a new offering for you. The new iMM747 speaker dock will support any dockable Apple device.
One of the cooler features of the dock is that you don't have to mess with those little cradles that you have to exchange to support different devices on some docks. The iMM747 has an adjustable back that will work with any dockable iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad without those trays. The speaker dock is larger and wider than many we see thanks to its ability to work with the iPad. The dock measures 14.3" W x 5" H x 3.7" D and weighs 2-pounds.
I love it when one device can take the place of several others. I would love to be able to get the DSL modem off my desk and integrate it right into my wireless router. A new device from AudioCodes called the MediaPack 252 has debuted that integrates the ADSL modem with a WiFi router and several other things.
The MP252 supports HD VoIP and has an integrated handset for placing VoIP calls and has provisions to be used as a PBX device. If your web connection is critical to your business or home life, the 252 has a USB port for failover to a 3G mobile broadband modem for an uninterrupted connection. The device can also be used as a home media sharing hub to share storage, printers, and security cameras across the network.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Skype for Android.
Android owners everywhere have been asking for ages for an official app from Skype, and it's finally here. It's time to check out Skype for Android.
If you're already a Skype user, you know the drill: free Skype to Skype calling, free IM sending and receiving, and cheap WiFi or 3G call rates to non-Skype numbers. People who are already Skype members will have full access to their contact lists for an easy transition. If you haven't been down this road yet, this is another great reason to give Skype a try. Connect anywhere in the world via a PC, iOS device, and now via Android devices. Read more about Skype for Android here or grab it directly from your Android mobile device here. Android 2.1 or later is required.
I have used small and low cost camcorders before and generally they have good video quality with HD resolution and other features. Most of them have sound that doesn't match up with the quality of the video though. It always seems like the subject of the video sounds very far away to me. Samsung has announced a new camcorder called the Q3HD that promises audio quality as good as the video.
The little Zoom camcorder has stereo recording capability with the renowned Zoom audio technology. The camcorder can shoot 720p and 1080p HD resolution video and stores that video to SD cards. The 720p video can be filmed t 30fps or 60fps with 1080p in 30fps only. The camera also has 4x digital zoom. An integrated LCD and speaker lets you play the recordings back on the go.
When it comes to headphones I want something that sounds better than the junk that ships with my iPhone, but I certainly won't spend hundreds of bucks, let alone thousands for a set of headphones. If you are an audiophile with money to burn or a new credit card to break in Ultrasone has a new set of headphones called the Edition 10 headphones.
The things are the first open back headphones to come from Ultrasone and are a limited edition. Only 2010 units will be made and each will have its own serial number. The Edition 10 headphones have a Zebrano wood stand and a wooden storage box. The drivers are paired for optimum sound and are 40mm each. Ultrasone also uses magnets that are 10% more powerful than others for higher sound pressure levels.
Our Download of the Day today is Windows Live Messenger 2011.
Windows Live Messenger makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the people you care about.
Favorites and groups - Put the people you chat with most at the top of your contacts, so you easily see when they're online. Want to chat with several people in one window? Just set up a group.
Share photos - Look at photos together, right in the conversation window. And Messenger tells you when people you know post new photos on Windows Live.
Customize - Show off your personal style with custom scenes, animated display pictures, and signature sounds.
Mobile and web - Using a public computer without Messenger? No problem! You can chat on the web from Windows Live Hotmail. Or, use Messenger on your mobile phone.
Get Messenger and stay in touch.
The latest happenings from around the web - October 5th, 2010
- Asus's Rampage III Gene and Sabertooth X58 motherboards @ Tech Report
- ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard @ BCCHardware
- Gigabyte 890FX-A UD7 @ Overclock3D
- GTX 480 Water Block Roundup @ Pureoverclock
- ARCHOS TV+ 80GB WiFi Digital Video Recorder @ Bigbruin
- GMC R-2 Toast Case @ Hardware Secrets
- Xion Predator Gaming Series AXP 970 Case @ Overclockers Club
- Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers