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Deal of the Day: Aluminum Bluetooth 2.0 Keyboard & Case for Apple iPad 2 for $27.99 plus $4.99 Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 1, 2011 5:52 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the CellPhoneShop - Aluminum Bluetooth 2.0 Keyboard & Case for Apple iPad 2 for $27.99 plus $4.99 Shipping!.

 

Offer: This is a really cool sleek little aluminum keyboard for those of you sporting an Apple iPad 2. It connects via Bluetooth 2.0, holds your iPad 2 at a good viewing angle, and has a built in rechargeable LiOh battery that charges via USB. When you close it, it acts as a case for the face of your tablet. When you open it, your iPad 2 automatically turns on.

 

Check out the video of it: APPLE IPAD 2 KEYBOARD CASE VIDEO

 

Get it here: APPLE IPAD 2 KEYBOARD CASE DEAL

 

Use coupon code: jumpond for 20% off a $30+ purchase, taking the price down to just $27.99 plus $4.99 shipping. Expires 12/31/11.

 

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iPhone 4 gets NFC the hard way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 1, 2011 3:00 am

Have an iPhone 4? Want some of that hawt NFC action? If your bank provides smaller credit cards with NFC chips, you can add one to your iPhone 4 right now. All you have to do is remove the back cover of your iPhone 4, position the card behind the battery and you're all systems go. The glass backer is said to be thin enough for credit card terminals and the source says that they've had success scanning it with thick cases.

 

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So if you'd like to get your NFC on (why is it when I type NFC, I automatically type KFC and have to re-type it... nicely played, NFC) then do so at your own peril. If you do the NFC upgrade, please let me know how you went!

Nintendo president, Satora Iwata, takes 50% pay cut

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 1, 2011 2:30 am

Nintendo have been having a hard time with their Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console, it hasn't been selling well and is not seeing the sales they were expecting. Last week they dropped the price of the 3DS to drive more sales and the latest news on top of all of this is that Nintendo employees will also face some form of salary reduction.

 

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It's not just employees either, Satora Iwata, Nintendo's President will be accepting the same punishment as staff with his salary being reduced from £1.2 million to £600,000 a year. Other chiefs will take a 30-percent reduction to reduce overall costs. He said:

 

For cuts in fixed salaries, I'm taking a fifty percent cut, other representative directors are taking a 30 percent cut, and other execs are taking a 20 percent cut.

iTunes 11 set to receive UI overhaul, deeper iCloud integration

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 1, 2011 1:52 am

Reports are out that the new version of Apple's most popular media player on Windows and Mac, iTunes 11, will feature a UI overhaul as well as deeper iCloud integration. The new UI will be cleaner than the current one and the iTunes Store will not just be a contained web browser anymore. It will instead be properly integrated into iTunes.

 

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The source of this story, iDownloadBlog says:

 

It's no secret that iTunes is due for a UI upgrade, and this should come true with the release of iTunes 11. A reliable source of ours has stated that iTunes 11, the next major update to iTunes, will be revamped from the ground up.

 

The basic layout of the iTunes UI hasn't changed since the first version. This new update will have a completely different UI and better iCloud integration.

 

From what we're hearing, the UI would be much more cleaner and "slick." iCloud is also going to be more closely integrated with iTunes. Rather than the iTunes Store being essentially a web browser, the Store will actually be integrated into the entire app- much like Spotify is currently.

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Google debuts tablet-optimized search live for iPad, Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 1, 2011 1:41 am

On Friday, Google confirmed its plans and optimized its search page for tablets. Both iPads and Android-based tablets will now see a much more streamlined, simpler results page with larger, more touch-friendly interface elements. The tweaked search page brings larger, faster-loading images as well as continuous scroll to take advantage of the tablet format.

 

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The new tablet-optimized search will work in both landscape and portrait modes, available to 36 languages and should roll out over the next couple of days. Right now every iPad user will see it, but Android support requires Android 3.1 or later and will lock out 3.0 users as well as early Android 2.x tablets.

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Telstra opens $13M Experience Centre in Melbourne

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 30, 2011 4:20 am

Yesterday Telstra opened the doors for the first time to the Telstra Experience Centre (TEC) in Melbourne. This comes after the first TEC was launched in Sydney in November 2007, which has seen triple growth in customer traffic numbers in its 3 years of operation with over 1000 customers visiting the centre last year.

 

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The Melbourne centre was constructed over a 190 day period in which over $13 million was outlaid. The complex is Telstra'a largest customer facility yet covering a total of 3,055 square meters and features 16 demonstration areas used to showcase various active technologies as well as two user-testing laboratories and two product design areas.

 

The Experience and Collaboration zones alone cover 2,185 square meters, while the eight video conferencing demonstration rooms cover an additional 870 square meters. Over 40km of cabling was used during construction with 897 data points, and 8km worth of fibre optic cabling ran in the wall of the New Horizon room.

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Friday Evening Roundup for July 29, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 30, 2011 3:30 am

The latest happenings from around the web - July 29th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini @ Hot Hardware

- ASRock Core HT @ Pureoverclock

- ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC @ Overclockers Club

- ASUS G74 Review: A Subtle Redesign @ PC Perspective

 

Motherboard

 

- Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 @ Hardware Overclock

- Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven

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App of the Day: MyPad - for Facebook & Twitter (iPad)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 29, 2011 6:03 pm

Our App of the Day today is MyPad - for Facebook & Twitter 2.0.4 for iPad with iOS 3.2 or later.

 

MyPad is a great little app for the iPad which brings Facebook and Twitter integration with a very snazzy and functional way. I liked it that much I even paid for the ad-free version. It should be a good fix for many until Facebook officially bring out its iPad app.

 

Facebook & Twitter beautifully designed for the iPad.

 

View multiple profiles as stackable, scrollable pages that are visually stunning and interactive.

• Chat

• Swipe-based navigation

• Beautiful Photo Galleries (now with Slideshow)

• Tweet and Retweet (via + button, Timeline is coming next week!)

• Birthday & Event Calendars

• Support for multiple Facebook accounts

• Interactive Video Player

• Games with Friends - Poker, Tiny Zoo, Tiny Chef, Mob Empire & more!

• Upload & Download Photos

• iPad2 Camera Support

• Photo Effects & Change Profile Picture

• Quick Links (Inbox, Notifications, Groups, Profile, News Feed, Friends, Search & more!)

• Portrait & Landscape modes

• Pull-Down to Refresh

 

A more friendly way of being social. Optimized for fun.

 

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White Samsung Galaxy S II just around the corner?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 29, 2011 4:16 pm

Fancy the super popular Samsung Galaxy S II in all white attire? Latest word has it that it's scheduled for launch on August 15 in Europe, with several stores there already having listed it at around £499 ($816'ish USD).

 

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The white Galaxy S II is otherwise identical with its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (800x480) screen, 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor, 1GB of RAM and rear 8MP camera.

 

Meanwhile, the U.S. is yet to even see the Galaxy S II but it's finally looking like it will be coming very soon.

Biostar intros updated budget oriented Z68 board w/ improved CPU VRM

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 29, 2011 2:56 pm

If you're looking for a decent entry level Z68 on the cheap, you may be interested to know that Biostar are delivering what looks to be a fairly well rounded budget board in the new TZ68K+ that they've just launched this week.

 

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Biostar actually already has what looks like an identical board in its current lineup, the TZ68A+, however the new TZ68K+ differs in that it sports a stronger CPU VRM arrangement with 8 phases vs. the 4-phase VRM setup on the TZ68A+, making it a bit more attractive if you want to get a decent overclock. As a result of the chunkier VRM setup, it now has its own heatsink to assist in keeping temps at bay.

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