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GefenTV offers new Auto Volume Stabilizer for TV fans

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Aug 24 2010 2:04 PM CDT

I bet most of us can relate to wanting the volume to be the same for the commercials we see on TV as the show we are watching. It's irritating to when you are watching a show and then a commercial comes on that is five times as loud as the show you are watching. It's also annoying when you are watching at a reasonable volume on one channel and change channels to find the volume way louder than the previous station.

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GefenTV has announced a new product that will stop that from happening. The device is called the Auto Volume Stabilizer and it connects inline between your audio source and the speaker system you are using. The rear of the Auto Volume Stabilizer has ports for analog and digital sound inputs. Once the input is connected, the output is run from the stabilizer to your speakers.

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Logitech adds new products to Ultimate Ears line

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Tue, Aug 24 2010 12:04 PM CDT

Logitech purchased the Ultimate Ears earphone company a long while back. Ultimate Ears makes some very nice sets of earbuds that can be had in audiophile grade offerings that are expensive down to affordable sets that the normal consumer might be interested in. I have used several Ultimate Ears earphones and they generally perform well. Logitech has announced new additions to the line.


The new Ultimate Ears models are the 500, 350, 200, as well as the 500vi and 200vi offerings. The 500 is the flagship offering of the new models with a small design made to sit flush with the ears and noise isolation with a detailed sound stage. The 500vi is the same earphones with inline controls and a mic for use with music phones like the iPhone. The 350 is a set of earphones that are optimized for lots of bass and to resist sweat during workouts.

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Microsoft first to market with CPU/GPU combo

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Tue, Aug 24 2010 11:02 AM CDT

Both AMD and Intel have been talking about new CPU/GPU combination processors for a long time. When we first heard of the combination processors chipmakers were predicting that they would be the end of the discrete GPU. Whether that will play out remains to be seen, but I doubt it. We would have expected the first CPU/GPU hybrid to come from Intel or AMD, but Microsoft has beaten both to the punch.


Microsoft's Xbox 360 team unveiled the new SoC that will power the coming slim Xbox 360 250GB gaming console. The SoC is built by Global Foundries on the 45nm process and combines the GPU and the CPU onto one chip. The goal Microsoft had in mind was making the construction of the gaming console cheaper in an effort to eek all the profit it could out of the console.

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AMD talks Bobcat and Bulldozer

Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Tue, Aug 24 2010 10:04 AM CDT

AMD has offered up some official details on a pair of its new CPU cores called Bobcat and Bulldozer. The two cores are aimed at different ends of the market with the Bobcat core being a power sipping offering that is flexible and designed for energy-efficient computing. Bulldozer on the other hand is a core optimized for performance and scalability.

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Bobcat is the core that AMD expects to fight the Intel Atom for the netbook and low-end PC market. AMD claims that Bobcat can deliver 90% of the performance of today's mainstream computers in about half the area. Bobcat is targeting a sub-one-watt operation capability and is optimized for low power needs. The need for less power means that any mobile device using the Bobcat core will get longer runtime.

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ISP "Spin" spins up more aggressive plan structure - 2TB and 'free' ADSL2+ plans

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Tue, Aug 24 2010 5:02 AM CDT

We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.

Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.


Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.

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Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 23 2010 8:10 PM CDT
Android upgrade schedule released by Motorola |

One of the downfalls of owning an Android phone is that you have to wait for an OS update to come to your phone as well as your carrier; it's not just one big happy update for everyone. There are lots of lucky phones running Android 2.2, while others are still stuck on 1.6. Motorola has cleared up the pathway for the expected updates coming for their phones worldwide, and released the schedule this past weekend.

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Australia's hung parliament - Where's it leave our tech?

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Sun, Aug 22 2010 11:22 PM CDT

Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.

Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.

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LG Optimus line will include ten smartphones and a tablet by the end of the year

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 20 2010 10:19 PM CDT

LG may be a little late jumping into the smartphone business, but that's not stopping them from having supreme confidence in their new products getting ready to hit the market. They have plans for ten new smartphones and an Android tablet under their Optimus banner by the end of the year and sell five million devices globally across 120 operators.

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Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile-devices unit, has high hopes; especially for the tablet. "Our tablet will be better than the iPad," he stated. "It's going to be surprisingly productive." The tablet will be based on the Android OS and focus on "the ability to create content instead of simply displaying it." No word yet on whether a wireless carrier will be involved in distribution of the tablet.

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PS Jailbreak hacks your PS3 using USB

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Thu, Aug 19 2010 2:06 PM CDT

If you were so inclined, you could hack your PS3 right now to allow you to play games from the HDD or install homebrew software that you might want. The catch is that most of those hacking solutions involve opening up the case and voiding your warranty. That can be a big hassle for a lot of gamers.

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A company called PS Jailbreak has announced a new hacking solution that doesn't require you to open up your PS3 or add any chips to the machine. It will work with the old fat PS3 and the new PS3 Slim as well. The device is a USB flash drive that you plug into the PS3. Once plugged in a GUI launches and walks you through the setup of the software.

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Samsung debuts new S2 Portable USB 3.0 external HDD

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Thu, Aug 19 2010 12:06 PM CDT

External storage solutions have been around for a very long time and they are getting better all the time with more storage capacity and better performance. As the amount of data people store on their computers grows, the time it takes to back up a machine gets longer and longer. Many don't have the time or patience to wait for USB 2.0 backups to complete.


This is where USB 3.0 comes in with much greater bandwidth allowing large backups to be completed more quickly. Samsung has announced a new version of its S2 Portable external HDD that has USB 3.0 connectivity. The new drive uses a 2.5-inch HDD inside that spins at 7200 rpm. The drive also uses Samsung features to make it quieter when in operation.

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