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Samsung whips out new EcoGreen F4EG HDD

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 7:10 pm

Samsung has added a new HDD to its line of Eco Green offerings. The newest drive is called the F4EG and is the follow up to the F3EG. The drive is good for storing up to 880 hours of video or 500,000 songs.

 

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The HDD has 19% better standby time performance and 23% lower power consumption than the F3EG. The lower power usage is thanks in part to new platters that store 667GB each.

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Kingston launches HyperX H2O RAM

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 6:04 pm

Kingston has been building and selling enthusiast RAM for computers for a long time. The company has a line of RAM that is popular with gamers and overclockers in the HyperX series.

 

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The new HyperX H2O series RAM is notable because rather than having the traditional aluminum heat sink the RAM has a heat sink that has barbs for liquid cooling. The heat sink allows water to be circulated through the heat sink for better cooling.

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StarCraft II is largest PC game release of the year

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 5:04 pm

The PC game StarCraft II launched recently and was one of the most anticipated PC games in a long time. The game has now set day one sales records according to Blizzard.

 

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The game sold more than 1 million copies around the world making it the best selling game of 2010 within the first 24 hours on the market. In the first 48 hours the game was available it sold 1.5 million copies.

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Logitech unveils new Alert video security system

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 4:06 pm

Logitech has announced a new home security system that records HD video with motion alerts and is accessible from anywhere. The new system is called Logitech Alert.

 

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The system comes in an Alert 750i Master system and a weatherproof 750e Outdoor Master System with night-vision. Both master systems come with the HD camera and PC software for recoding video on a Mac or a PC.

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MXI Security unveils Stealth M600 Encrypted flash drive

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 3:04 pm

When it comes to storing sensitive government files and documents on a flash drive, the contents of the files have to be protected from unauthorized access. That means that the files have to be encrypted.

 

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For governments to use these drives they often have to carry certifications that are government approved. MXI Security has announced a new flash drive called the M600 that is government approved for the UK with CESG CAPS certification.

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Getting an iPhone 4? - Watch out for franchised Telstra T-Life stores

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 11:14 am

More dirty deeds from the inevitable; Telstra is reported to have been rorting its iPhone 4 customers at its T-Life stores by charging them prices that are significantly higher than what is advertised on their website.

 

It has been said that in some instances there are stores asking customers to sign contracts that agree to more than $1,000 of additional charges versus what is advertised here. Also, while it is well known that Telstra charges its post paid customers an up front cost for its 16 or 32GB iPhones, depending on the size of the monthly cap, some T-Life stores are also tacking on further monthly handset fees that adds up to hundreds of dollars across the full term of the contract.

 

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A member of the Whirlpool forums has said that he approached the T-Life store manager about these discrepencies and was given a charming reply. Apparently the manager said that because he is the owner of the franchise he can charge whatever the hell he wants. He doesn't have to issue subsidised phones nor does he have to follow the iPhone 4 plans that Telstra have on their website.

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AFACT appeals case against iiNet for illegal movie downloaders

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 10:52 am

Following a Federal Court decision which found iiNet not to have authorised customers to illegally download films using its service, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) along with the 34 film studios it's representing is in the process of appealing at the Federal Court in Sydney and states that iiNet had both the technical ability and powers to prevent customers from abusing its network for film piracy, yet failed to act.

 

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Much of this morning's court hearing was spent by the AFACT in outlining the internal steps iiNet could (and should) have taken to prevent a user's ability to infrige; these steps in order of sequence being warnings, flagging their account, shaping, playpenning, giving suspension and then termination altogether.

 

A member of the AFACT has told the court yesterday that iinet has been given details of infringing customers every week for the past 59 weeks.

 

The appeal is expected to last through most of this week.

iPhone 4 grip of death haunts aussies, too

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 10:26 am

So, the iPhone 4s are now in many aussies hands country wide; thoughts? - Are you holding off for a bit (or forced to due to sell-outs of initial batches) and wondering if it really is the right way to go over some other phones you've been eying off recently? - Stuart Kennedy of The Australian IT column gives his thoughts and also brings up that wretched antennagate issue plaguing folks in the states.

 

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Does the 'gripe of death' haunt us Aussies, too? - Apparently so.

 

The fault works like this: grab an iPhone 4 with your hand wrapped around the gadget so that it covers the antennas at the base of the case and the presence of your paw throttles the life out of the network connection.

 

Having read reams about the complaint coming out of the US when the phone launched there late last month, I was curious to see whether the problem would surface on our own 3G networks.

 

It does.

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Optus quadruple broadband service speeds in major cities

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 10:09 am

In providing a better broadband service for its inner city customers which will also allow it to compete head-to-head with the NBN for profitable household customers, Optus has just reached completion on a $25 million upgrade to make its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable network 4x faster, resulting in a speed of up to 75Mbit/sec, versus the NBN's 100Mbit/sec fibre line that's being rolled out over an eight year period.

 

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Optus is allowing its 430,000 customers on its cable network in the surburban areas surrounding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to get the much faster speeds now available to them for an additional $15 per month, though this will also require the cost of a new modem that can take advantage of the extra bandwidth on tap.

Weekly Giveaway: HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB and HD 5550 Silence 512MB video cards

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 9:42 am

We have teamed up with HIS to giveaway one of its new HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB video cards as well as one of its HD 5550 Silence 512MB video cards and they have a combined value worth $252 USD!

 

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The lucky winner of this week's giveaway will not only win one, but two video cards from HIS. The first is the new HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCIe video card that comes with DirectX 11 and Eyefinity support. In the package, you will also get a DiRT 2 game coupon inside as a bonus.

 

The second video card is the HD 5550 Silence 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCIe video card that comes with DirectX 11 and Full HD 1080p output support.

 

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly prize, anyone in the world can enter! You don't pay the shipping charges.

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