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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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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:12 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 21st, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Toshiba Satellite A665: Notebook in 3D @ InsideHW

- HP Mini 5103 Netbook @ Testfreaks

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gainward GeForce GTX470 Golden Sample VS XFX Radeon 5870 AVP Edition Comparison @ RWLabs

- MSI Geforce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB @ Techpowerup

- EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Audio/Media

 

- Arctic Sound P311 Headphones @ Pro-Clockers

- Zen X-Fi Style 8GB media player @ XSReview

- Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Overclockers Club

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Foxtel on Xbox 360 will not be unmetered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 7:32 am

A few days ago I talked about Foxtel's new Xbox 360 service - it's still planned to launch next month but will not be unmetered because ISP's are offering their own internet TV solutions.

 

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To put things in perspective, an hour of standard-definition streaming content is rumoured to use around 800MB of data - while the average television viewing is around 21 hours per week, equating to 16.5GB of data per week.

 

iiNet communications manager Anthony Fisk said while users are free to use the Foxtel service - it won't be unmetered.

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Origin release the EON 17 gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:48 am

Origin are looking to get a lot of attention lately - this is no different, they have announced their new EON17 which is unmatched against any of the notebook competitors.

 

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They've gone and thrown a desktop worth of components into a notebook - including Intel's Core i7 desktop processor and up to 24GB of memory!

 

The EON17 features two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M video cards in SLI, a Super Multi Blu-Ray Burner Combo and high definition audio.

 

Other features are:

 

17.3 Full HD Widescreen, 16.9, 1920 x 1080

Up to Intel Core i7 980X Desktop Processors

Up to Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Video Cards in SLI

Up to 24GB of Triple Channel DDR3 Memory

Up to Three Hard Drives

Full Size Keyboard with Numeric Key Pad

HDMI In and Out; Optical Digital Out, and 7.1 HD Audio

Touch Sensitive Multi-Gesture Pad and Instant Access Buttons

FaceTime for iMac beta now available

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:02 am

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One of the big announcements at the "Back to the IMac" event today was the inclusion of FaceTime in OS X. The integrated webcam in most Macs makes this a pretty obvious move along with keeping all Apple devices on a similar footing. Steve Jobs did not give an official launch date, but interested Mac owners can download the beta from Apple and give the software a whirl. Expect bugs and glitches in this early release; even the demo at the Apple event was brief.

Publisher of "Angry Birds" acquired by EA

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 3:49 am

It looks like the publishers of the hit mobile game "Angry Birds" is officially cashing in. Chillingo has been reportedly acquired by gaming bigwig Electronic Arts (EA) for a cool $20 million in cash.

 

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While this acquisition may make it look like the Angry Birds will fly under EA's flag, this will not necessarily be so. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, officially owns the rights to the game that has been a popular staple for iPhone owners for quite a while and Android owners who saw it hit their platform in September. With this purchase and the recent acquisition of FaceBook game developer PlayFish, it seems like EA is looking to make serious strides into the mobile market.

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