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Verizon to offer Skype Calls over 3G

By: Array

If you are a one of those people getting tired of the ever increasing and changing rates of your mobile phone plan then today might have some news for you to be happy about. It seems that Verizon, in its ever increasing attempts to stick it to its competition is going to allow unlimited Skype calls over their 3G network. This is something that you cannot do on any other network provider in the US at the time of this writing.

 

The new "service" will become available in March for a wide range of smartphones with accompanying data plans. You will need to download and install the Skype Mobile application and of course you will need to have a Skype plan if you want to talk to people that are not already on Skype but still this is a huge step forward.

 

I am sure that this new feature will come up in future Verizon commercials, especially given AT&T's stance on the VoIP service and other applications that use up the limited bandwidth that AT&T's network has.

 

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Wi-Reach mobile hotspot for 3G/4G unveiled

By: Array

When it comes to connecting multiple computers to a 3G connection on the road, you need a mobile router or a personal hotspot. There are several on the market, but most of them are self-contained and won't let you use an existing USB modem for connectivity.

 

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A new mobile hotspot called the Wi-Reach has been unveiled at MWC 2010 by a company called Connect One. The device is battery powered and charges via USB. It has 5 hours of run time per charge and a built-in USB port for plugging in your modem.

 

The device supports 3G and 4G USB modems and can connect up to ten computers to the internet via WiFi. The router is available direct from Connect One for $99 and will be offered through private label programs as well.

 

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Active Media Products releases USB 3.0-ready external 2.5-inch enclosures

By: Array

Combining the benefits of SSDs together with USB 3.0 connectivity for external use, Active Media Products has just launched a new series of external 2.5-inch SSDs it calls the Aviator-2.

 

Supporting up to 4.8Gbit/sec thanks to the use of USB 3.0, these external 2.5-inch SSDs don't suffer the huge bottleneck that comes with using USB 2.0 based external solutions. The Aviator-2 is also quite slim and tidy looking, measuring just over 3 x 5 inches.

 

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You can purchase the Aviator-2 on its own (case only), ready for any standard 2.5-inch SATA HDD ($34.95), or you can get a bundled unit which comes with a 64GB ($259.95) or 128GB ($449.95) Predator X7 SSD thats capable of reading at speeds of up to 200MB/sec.

 

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Active Media Products' press release mentions that secondary power is not required when using the Predator X7 SSD, with the included USB 3.0 cable being sufficient for both power and data transfer. However, to cater to some HDDS which might be a bit more power hungry, a USB 2.0 power cable is also included.

 

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Deal of the Day: External Hard Drive Deals with USB 2.0 & eSATA. 1TB for $89.99, 2TB for $149.99, after Rebate

By: Array

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - External Hard Drive Deals with USB 2.0 & eSATA. 1TB for $89.99, 2TB for $149.99, after Rebate.

 

Offer: Two great external storage deals from Buy.com, each with both USB 2.0 and eSATA connections:

 

2TB 7200RPM 32MB buffer Cavalry Passio CAXH drive for $149.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 2/16/10). CAVALRY PASSIO CAXH3702T3 2TB USB 2.0 ESATA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE REBATE DEAL
1TB 5900RPM Fantom Greendrive with 2 year warranty and backup software for $89.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 2/15/10). FANTOM GDII1000EU GREENDRIVE II 1TB USB 2.0 ESATA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE REBATE DEAL

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

 

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Deal of the Day: External Hard Drive Deals with USB 2.0 & eSATA. 1TB for $89.99, 2TB for $149.99

By: Array

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - External Hard Drive Deals with USB 2.0 & eSATA. 1TB for $89.99, 2TB for $149.99, after Rebate.

 

Offer: Two great external storage deals from Buy.com, each with both USB 2.0 and eSATA connections:

 

2TB 7200RPM 32MB buffer Cavalry Passio CAXH drive for $149.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 2/16/10). CAVALRY PASSIO CAXH3702T3 2TB USB 2.0 ESATA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE REBATE DEAL

 

1TB 5900RPM Fantom Greendrive with 2 year warranty and backup software for $89.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 2/15/10). FANTOM GDII1000EU GREENDRIVE II 1TB USB 2.0 ESATA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE REBATE DEAL

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

 

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Wisair Wireless USB DisplayDock for Macs coming soon

By: Array

Notebook users often buy a notebook for the portability it offers. However, in the home or office many of the same users want a larger keyboard and display to make for more comfortable working conditions. Wisair has announced a new wireless dock for Mac users that will be coming soon and will allow the best of both worlds for Apple fans.

 

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The device is called the Wireless USB DisplayDock for Mac. Wisair reports that the dock will be coming from four different OEMs by the end of March. The system allows the user to connect an external LCD, keyboard, mouse, and speakers to the receiver and send video and audio from the transmitter on the notebook.

 

The device only needs a single USB port on the Mac system. That means you don't have to spend money on the expensive Apple adapters for your notebook to get external video. The device will work with all Mac OS versions and there is no word on pricing.

 

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New NEC USB 3.0 firmware update available

By: Array

GIGABYTE has just kindly let us know about a firmware update for the NEC USB 3.0 controller found on many of its latest motherboards. The update is primarily for the purposes of improving USB 3.0 device compatibility.

 

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The new firmware is inclusive of an executable update tool which you simply run from within Windows to have your controller updated to the latest. Please note; this Update Tool is only suited to Windows 7 and Vista.

 

If you have one of these boards from GIGABYTE, then you have NEC's USB 3.0 controller which can be updated with the use of this firmware update tool :-

 

X58A-UD7/UD5/UD3R
P55A-UD7/UD6/UD5/UD4P/UD4/UD3P/UD3R/UD3, P55-USB3/USB3L
H57M-USb3
H55M-USB3
EP45T-USB3P
EP43T-USB3
EP41T-USB3, EP41T-USB3L

 

790XT-USB3
790XTA-UD4
890GPA-UD3H
790FXTA-UD5
770TA-UD3
770T-USB3
785GMT-USB3

 

I would presume this firmware update tool is also fine to use on other manufacturers boards running NEC's USB 3.0 controller, or any standalone PCI-E cards with the chip for that matter.

 

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Sumbeamtech gets in on USB 3.0 product rush

By: Array

Getting in on the initial stages of USB 3.0 market growth, Sumbeamtech has just unveiled three USB 3.0 products including the USB3.0 Airbox, USB3.0 HDDPAL and and SuperSpeed USB3.0 expansion card.

 

Beginning with the USB3.0 Airbox, this is an external HDD enclosure constructed out of aluminum and supports 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 2TB.

 

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It also includes an 80mm blue-LED fan working at 1600RPM to assist in keeping your drive cool.

 

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Sunbeamtech's new HDDPAL is a convenient HDD/SSD docking station for both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives. The unit allows for hot plug and play use and measures 132 x 94 x 69 mm.

 

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Last up is the SuperSpeed USB3.0 expansion card which is not unlike other USB 3.0 PCI-E x1 cards we've seen pop up in the market already.

 

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No word on availability or pricing for these USB 3.0 based products as yet.

 

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Scosche debuts solBAT II for charging USB devices

By: Array

Most technology fans have been out and about with their mobile phone or MP3 player and started to run out of power. When this happens, you can either head to the nearest AC outlet to recharge or just stop using your device.

 

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Scosche has announced a new solar powered battery charger called the solBAT II that will charge any device that can get power via USB using the power of the sun. The battery inside the charger is a 1500mAh unit with a 5V output.

 

The battery will work with Blackberrys, iPhones, and iPods along with numerous other devices. It ships with a windshield mount and a clip to hang the charger on a bag. The solBAT II will sell for $29.99.

 

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