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Samsung Galaxy Tab, haxxing your home

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2010 12:56 am

Samsung have shown off a tech-demo of the Home Watcher Remote, which is dream app shown on the upcoming Galaxy Tab.

 

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A widget on the Galaxy Tab will be able to tell the oven in your house to cook the recipe, add a timer and adjust oven temperature at the touch of the Galaxy Tab's screen - if that wasn't already good enough, it can control other items in your house - such as washing machines, dryers, TV's, stoves and vacuums.

 

The demo isn't guaranteed to be released to customers - but it's a glimpse of the future of home automation.

 

Does it mean I'll have to stop dancing around my house in my sexy lil' apron?

 

Here's a video demo of it:

 

Antec's breath of fresh air - Antec LanBoy Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 28, 2010 12:39 am

Antec have a new case that's about to be released, in the famous LanBoy range, the LanBoy Air.

 

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It seems like a great case for lanners, or for people who like a change (within the case). I think I might end up getting one - I loved the previous LanBoy cases and this seems like a next-gen change on that same great case.

 

Antec have the following speel on it:

 

"The LanBoy Air sports unprecedented top-to-bottom mesh construction for extensive air ventilation and includes five 120 mm fans (two front-adjustable speed 120 mm blue LED fans and three 120 mm TwoCool™ two-speed blue LED fans) with space to mount up to 15 total fans. The fans are positioned to create positive air pressure, bringing cool air in and around hard drives and graphics cards, and expelling hot air and dust through the chassis' perforated panels.

 

The LanBoy Air has an entirely reconfigurable interior with 11 total drive bays (including nine modular bays to accommodate six internal 3.5" drives and three external 5.25" drives.) The 3.5" drives can also take advantage of Antec's exclusive AirMount™ suspension mounting system, which suspends hard drives in the drive bays, reducing vibration and increasing ease of use. Additionally, the 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays can be easily configured in three horizontal orientations: facing the front, right or left to accommodate users' desired chassis arrangements. This chassis also comes with two internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive bays.

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Verizon debuts Mobile Recovery app for smartphones on their network

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 28, 2010 12:17 am

Always losing your Verizon wireless device? Verizon's Mobile Recovery is just what forgetful people need to track down their precious phone. Now offered as a free app for Total Equipment Coverage subscribers, this Mobile Recovery app offers several options for tracking down a BlackBerry, Android, or webOS device.

 

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When the app is installed, users will be able to remotely lock their phone, sound an alarm (even if the phone is on vibrate or silent), and offer GPS directions to the device with turn by turn directions and an address if the phone is out of earshot. If you can't find your phone, Verizon offers next day replacement and the ability to remotely wipe and use BackUp Assistant to load up their new phone with their address books. This may seem like old hat to iPhone users, but it will be great for those that live an iOS free lifestyle.

iPhone 4: 200,000 pre-orders in two days in China

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 28, 2010 12:02 am

It seems that the iPhone 4's invasion of China is going very well. Reports from China Unicom state that over 200,000 units have been pre-ordered since the iPhone 4 went on sale Saturday. Online orders have now been halted due to the demand.

 

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China Unicom, the sole iPhone 4 distributor in China, has gotten the iPhone 4 into the hands of about 60,000 buyers so far, which will destroy sales of the iPhone 3GS which took six weeks to sell 100,000 units in China in 2009. High prices were blamed for the relative lack of sales of previous generations in China.

Blackberry "PlayBook" Tablet made official by RIM

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 9:29 pm

RIM has finally put the BlackBerry tablet rumors to rest by unveiling the Playbook at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference in San Francisco this afternoon. The tablet is planned to hit the U.S. in "early 2011" while going international later in Q2.

 

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Most of the rumors of specs were pretty much on point: 7" 1024 x 600 WSVGA screen, dual HD cameras (5mp rear facing, 3mp front facing) to incorporate video conferencing, HDMI and microHDMI outputs with full 1080p recording capability, and Wireless N and Bluetooth integration. More specs and a promo video after the break.

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Origin set to launch new Eon17 gaming notebook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 7:04 pm

In the world of gaming computer makers one of the newest names is Origin. The company has some nice gaming notebooks in its line already and it has announced the addition of a new and very powerful notebook to its arsenal. The latest offering from Origin is the Eon17. The machine has a massive 17.3-inch screen.

 

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The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also has a SuperMulti Blu-ray disc burner that can burn media and lets the machine be a powerful home theater computer. The notebook has HDMI 1.4 output that supports 3D content on a larger screen. The notebook uses several different CPUs up to the Core i7-980X desktop processor.

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German newspaper claims Nintendo 3DS hits Japan in November

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 6:04 pm

The mobile gaming market has several players and for years the players were the console companies like Nintendo and Sony. With the iPhone and iPod touch becoming more popular, those devices are now taking some of the market from the console makers. The clear leader in mobile gaming has been the Nintendo DS for a long time.

 

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The DS is very important for Nintendo as its best selling console so any update to the machine is a big deal for the gaming firm. The next update for the DS will be the 3DS that we heard about months ago. A launch date of November 20 leaked a while back from a tweet posted by a designer claiming to have made accessories for the 3DS. A German publication is now offering a different launch date for the 3Ds.

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Sony refreshed Vaio notebook line with new color and options

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 5:02 pm

Sony has announced a refreshed line of Vaio computers that has new features and a new color that users can pick from. The refreshed line is Sony's winter product offering that will carry the retailer through the holiday season. The new updates include CPU options and a few other updates for some machines.

 

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The Vaio EB/EA/AC line of laptops has new CPU options with Core i5-580 and i5-460M CPU options now available along with a new Pentium processor for those looking for a budget notebook. The machines can also be had with a 1GB video card of some sort. Sony is offering free HD screen upgrades while supplies last through October 9 as well. The new color for these notebooks is purple. Sony has updated its AIO L series machine with a Blu-ray drive that can play movies and burn to Blu-ray media.

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Massive Sanyo PLC-HF10000L large venue projector unveiled with 10,000 lumens

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 4:00 pm

When it comes to projectors there are small and cheap portable units that aren't bright enough to be used in a room with any light turned on. There are mid range offerings that have a decent price and are suitable for home theater fans looking for a bigger image. There are also some massively huge projectors that are designed for large venues with some high-end features like the PLC-HF10000L we see today.

 

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This massive projector from Sanyo has 10,000 lumens of brightness and a wide color gamut thanks to Sanyo QuaDrive technology. QuaDrive puts a yellow color element in with the red, green, and blue that an average 3LCD projector has. The addition of the yellow element allows for more colors and better image quality.

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Acer unveils new TimelineX notebooks

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 27, 2010 3:04 pm

Acer has announced that it has some newly update TimelineX notebooks being unveiled today for the first time. The new series of machines keep with the tradition of thin profiles and long battery life that the Timeline series has been known for. The new additions to the line include the 1830T, 3820T, 4820T, and 5820T.

 

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The little TimelineX 1830T-68U118 configuration has a small 11.6-inch screen combined with a powerful Core i7-680UM CPU with Turbo Boost Technology. The machine weighs 3.09 pounds, the screen is LED backlit with an HD resolution, and it has 8-hours of battery life. The machine measures 11.22" W x 8.03" D x 1.10-1.10" H and it features Bluetooth, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage. The machine sells for $899.99. Other configurations for the machine are available as well.

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