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Samsung unveils new 31 Series LCDs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 3:02 pm

The cost of LCDs for computer users is coming down all the time. I remember how expensive an LCD was back when most of us were still running CRT screens and today you can pick an LCD up for practically nothing. Samsung is huge in the LCD TV business and the company produces all sorts of LCDs for computer users too. The company has pulled the covers off a new series of displays for computer users called the 31 Series.




The series includes the 20-inch, BX2031, 21.5-inch BX2231, 23-inch BX2331 and 24-inch BX2431 screens. All of the screens use LED backlight tech to save power, provide nice colors, and image quality. The screens also use Samsung Magic Angle tech to make sure full contrast and color is available from all angles. The screens have many of the same features in common, save the small BX2031 that has its own specs like a 1600 x 900 resolution and only VGA/DVI-D inputs.

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Mobile App of the Day: Google Goggles for iPhone

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 1:48 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Google Goggles for iPhone.


Google Goggles is a popular image based search program that up until now has only been available on Android devices. This is not the case anymore as Google Goggles has been added to the Google Mobile App in the App Store.



Google Goggles allows you to use your iPhone or iPod Touch's camera to take a picture of a landmark, a book, a bottle of wine, and many other items to get more information about them. You can even use the device to photograph a business card and have the info stored in your contact information. Items like people, animals, and cars are not identifiable for now.


Google Goggles is limited to iOS4 devices with cameras like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the newest iPod Touch. The Google Mobile App with Google Goggles is free at the App Store so pick it up and start learning more about the world around you!

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Download of the Day: 7-Zip 9.17 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 10:32 am

Our Download of the Day today is 7-Zip 9.17 Beta.


7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.


The main features of 7-Zip are:


• High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression

• Supported packing / unpacking formats: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR

• Supported formats for unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.

• Compression ratio for ZIP and GZIP formats: 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip

• Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats

• Self-extracting capability for 7z format

• Integration with Windows Shell

• Powerful File Manager

• Powerful command line version

• Plugin for FAR Manager

• Localizations for 74 languages



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Deal of the Day: Samsung UN55C6500 55" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + Samsung BDC5500 Blu-Ray Player + Samsung WIS09ABGN USB Wifi Linkstick + HDMI Cable - $1,828.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 9:58 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the BuyDig - Samsung UN55C6500 55" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + Samsung BDC5500 Blu-Ray Player + Samsung WIS09ABGN USB Wifi Linkstick + HDMI Cable - $1,828.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: Check out this awesome bundle deal from BuyDig:


- Samsung UN55C6500 - 55" 1080p 120Hz 1.1 inch Thin LED HDTV

- Samsung BD-C5500 - High-definition Blu-ray Disc Player

- Samsung WIS09ABGN LinkStick Wireless LAN Adapter

- 6 ft. HDMI Cable


This is a complete HDTV setup with the super premium Samsung products! Simply checkout and the discount should be automatically reflected.




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Wednesday Morning Roundup for October 6, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 9:23 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 6th, 2010




- Lenovo Celebrates 60M ThinkPads Sold, NVIDIA Optimus-Enabled T410s Demos Slickest Implementation Yet @ Hot Hardware

- HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultraslim PC @ Testfreaks

- The Day After Tomorrow: Personal Computers in 2020 @ XBit Labs

- The Ultimate Racer Netbook: Acer Ferrari One 200 @ XBit Labs




- Sector 7 - PC3-14400 (1800 MHz) 6GB RAM/Memory Kit @ Techwarelabs

- Crucial Ballistix 1600MHZ MOD @ XSReviews

- Mushkin PC12800 6GB Ridgeback @ Overclock3D

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Android OS is numero uno among US phone buyers in the past 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 4:33 am

Google can rest easy, Android is killing it in the US with recent sales.




In the six months leading up to August 2010 - 32% of US new phone buys had purchased a phone with Google's Android OS, which beats out RIM's 26% and Apple's 25%.


It's interesting - as Apple (to me at least) feels like it's talked about more, where Google has much more phones to sell because it can sell it's OS to multiple companies. I think the market will continue to reflect this unless Apple release something "truly magical" or perhaps, "extraordinary" or even something "new", instead of a slightly upgraded iPhone.

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Motorola Droid Pro - Motorola's BlackBerry??

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 4:19 am

Engadget have a nice little speel on the newly announced Motorola Droid Pro - it has a physical keyboard which is a change in this touch-screen world we now live in.




It definitely has Android as the OS, a 1GHz processor and capacitive touchscreen.


As for detailed specs, it's features the following;


1GHz OMAP 3620 w/MDM6600 chipset

512MB of memory w/2GB of onboard stoage

802.11n 2.4GHz WIFI

Bluetooth 2.1

Tri-band UMTS

Dual LED Flash w/auto-focus camera


And strange, but uniquely features a programmable key on the side that asks you what you want it to do the first time you press it.

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Toshiba turns back on OLED production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 3:11 am

It wasn't long ago when display enthusiasts got excited over OLED news, a few demos here and there and just the news of it "will be out in a few years".




Well, Toshiba has slapped that in the face - they have decided to cut OLD plans, the decision was based on a surge in demands for LCD's this year, another contributing factor was the recent financial crisis hurting the earnings for Toshiba.


Toshiba's subsidiary company, Toshiba Mobile Display Corp partnered with Panasonic had invested $190 million in 2008 to set up a production line for OLED at a factory in Ishikawa prefecture. Their plan was to produce 1.5 million OLED screens for smartphones per year - but obviously this won't be happening now.


All staff involved with the now cancelled production and R&D of OLED will be transferred to the LCD panel division - this is a great move, at least the staff aren't just being laid off. The company will now focus on OLED-related R&D for lighting equipment only.

Internode start the FetchTV trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 12:29 am

Internode has started it's FetchTV service to customers who expressed interest in its early adopter program to sign up.




Customers who have a current ADSL2+ service on an Internode DSLAM and are close enough to the exchange to receive more than 4.5Mbps downstream can apply for the service with a reduced setup cost of $49 ($99 when the full commercial service launches) and pay a standard monthly fee of $29.95 without the need of committing to a 24 month contract.


During the trial, Internode will only a certain few ADSL modem routers, others may work but those users will have to configure it themselves.


At the end of the trial, the test dummies will have an option to cancel the service, return the set-top box OR sign onto a contract of 24 months from the date they first took the services.


When the full service launches, Internode has planned to offer the full FetchTV service to customers with fast enough connections, where those with slower connections can opt for a "lite" service, which will include just a portion of the programming at a lower cost.


Within the first phase of the trial, Internode are inviting customers from the list that want to take on the full service, they also added that the "lite" service will be enabled within the Early Adopter program - but no date is given, the full commercial release also has no date.

Acer announces new Aspire One AOD255 netbook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 6:04 pm

Acer has one of the more popular lines of netbooks on the market with the Aspire one offerings. The company has a wide range of netbooks with different specifications and features inside to cater to the needs of different users. Tablets like the iPad may be talking away sales from netbooks, but there are still new offerings coming to market that consumers will like. Acer has a new machine today that has CPU options and nice features called the Aspire One AOD255 netbook.




The AOD255 can be had with two different Atom CPU options. One of the CPUs is a single-core N450 and the other is the newer dual-core N550 CPU. Both of the processors support DDR3 RAM and the netbook gets 1GB of RAM no matter the CPU you chose to start with. Acer says the netbooks are good for a full day of use on a single charge with a battery life claim of 8-hours per charge.

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