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Gefen offers high-end surround sound speakers for small spaces

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Wed, Aug 11 2010 11:08 AM CDT

Home theater systems can get very expensive if you want audiophile quality speakers and components. In a large room you can pretty much choose any size speakers and be ok. In a small space like a bedroom or a conference room where surround sound is needed choosing speakers that are too large just won't work for space reasons. Gefen has announced a new set of surround sound speakers called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers.

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The speaker set consists of five different satellites providing two front and two rear channel speakers along with a center speaker. A subwoofer for improved bass is not included, but these are designed for audio quality not deep bass says the maker. Gefen says that the speakers are designed to work best with its own GefenTV Audio Processor, but they will work with any AV amp you want to use.

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Razer offers up Orca gaming and music headphones

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Wed, Aug 11 2010 10:02 AM CDT

Razer is known for making some of the coolest gear for gamers around with a line of keyboards, mice, and audio solutions. The company is also known for choosing names for its products from the animal and insect world. For instance its keyboards are named after spiders, the gaming mice are named after snakes, and its audio offerings are named after water living creatures such as the Barracuda sound card.

Razer offers up Orca gaming and music headphones | TweakTown.com

Razer has released its latest audio offering and the product is called the Orca. If you watch Animal Planet you know that is the killer whale. The Orca gaming headphones are made in a green color with black trim. With the name being Orca you might expect black and white colors. Perhaps this is the color for irradiated killer whales.

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Industry experts back Conroy up - Coalition's mixed bag broadband plan is a step backwards

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Wed, Aug 11 2010 5:32 AM CDT

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has made some critical, yet valid points that even providers and other industry experts agree to in relation to the Coalition's wireless plan as a means to attempt to uplift the condition of Australia's internet.

Stephen says "The Coalition's focus on wireless defies the advice of industry experts who agree it is a complementary technology to fibre and will not deliver the high speeds and capacity needed for the delivery of healthcare, education and business applications of the future.

Industry experts back Conroy up - Coalition's mixed bag broadband plan is a step backwards | TweakTown.com

Even providers agree that hybrid fibre coaxial is not the answer to Australia's broadband future. Like wireless, broadband on HFC is shared, which means the more people using it, the slower it gets".

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Centrelink wants $40 Mill for storage upgrades

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Wed, Aug 11 2010 4:38 AM CDT

Apart from a customised pod at its Canberra Data Centre, Centrelink's data centres are more than 20 years old now and the federal agency has reached a time where it needs a storage upgrade; a mighty big one.

A pre-tender notice has been sighted which gives indication that Centrelink is planning to issue a request for tender (RTF) by October which could be as much as $40 Million. With this, it would purchase enterprise storage equipment that includes disk, mainframe, data protection and archiving products.

Centrelink wants $40 Mill for storage upgrades | TweakTown.com

Some other inclusions on the list of purchases would be an enterprise document and record management system (EDRMS), software for storage management (SRM), reporting and chargeback and professional services for deployment and projects.

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Telstra to offer up first prepaid Android phone - HTC Wildfire w/ Swype

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Tue, Aug 10 2010 6:44 AM CDT

Telstra has today launched its first prepaid Android phone; HTC's Wildfire. This phone comes with a few nice features not seen on the more powerful HTC Desire, with a major highlight being Swype keyboard input which is a global exclusive for Telstra on this phone.

Telstra to offer up first prepaid Android phone - HTC Wildfire w/ Swype | TweakTown.com

The Swype software allows the user to input text using swiping finger gestures across the on-screen keyboard as opposed to tapping individual keys. It is said to be a much faster mechanism for input once the user has gotten a bit of practice time in.

HTC's Wildfire also comes with a Bluetooth contacts importing tool for easier importation of important data from older phones made by other manufacturers. A new Flashlight app is included as well; this making use of the phone's LED camera flash.

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Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Tue, Aug 10 2010 5:48 AM CDT

After the Coalition let it be known late last week that they plan to axe the NBN in favour of a wireless based broadband plan, the ICT sector is full of people shaking their heads at this idea. Internet Industry Association Chief Executive Peter Coroneos has shared his views on this and says that any credible national broadband plan would require fibre as a central element.

Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea | TweakTown.com

"We appreciate the value of wireless technology, but for the reason we argued (in our manifesto) it will never be a substitute for fibre".

While Optus and Telstra haven't yet commented, a cross-section of telecommunications and technology interest groups said that a wireless-centric policy would actually take the country backwards.

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Flash/Frash now running on iPhone 4

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Mon, Aug 9 2010 6:58 PM CDT

Unhappy you can't have Flash on your iPhone 4? If you're willing to jump through a few hoops, you can now get a version of Flash, known as Frash, running on your iPhone 4. This version is said to run on the iPhone 3GS and iPads as well.

Comex, the guy who's also responsible for the famous JailbreakMe and Spirit tools, is behind this one too. Check out the video above to see it in action, and grab the detailed instructions at the Source Link to give it a go yourself.

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Sweet motion controlled Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots rock

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Mon, Aug 9 2010 2:06 PM CDT

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots have been around since I was a little kid. My brother and I used to play them a lot and frequently you never knew who won because the heads would just pop up of their own accord.

Sweet motion controlled Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots rock | TweakTown.com

A couple designers have cobbled together a high tech version of the game using an old school plastic game along with some servos and other gear to make a motion control version. The controls use Chronos watches packed with sensors.

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The Opposition's plans re. NBN coming out

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Mon, Aug 9 2010 2:10 AM CDT

It's becoming clearer as to what the Opposition plans to do with the NBN, should it win the election on August 21. Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb was on ABC Radio this morning and gave good indication of what would most likely be happening if a Coalition return to power takes place.

The project will definitively be halted, But what has been done so far (incl. the Tasmanian leg of the NBN of which portions are already in operation and serving households) will remain in place, but will more than likely be sold off to telecommunications operators.

The Opposition's plans re. NBN coming out | TweakTown.com

Mr Robb went on to say that while the Opposition would be ditching the NBN, they acknowledge that an internet alternative is still a strong point of focus for them and there is promise of a faster, better system on the cards that can be built for a lot less than the $43 Billion that will be swallowed up by the NBN.

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Europe states Micro-USB will be standard for their smartphone charging in January 2011

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Fri, Aug 6 2010 8:04 PM CDT
Europe states Micro-USB will be standard for their smartphone charging in January 2011 | TweakTown.com

Have you ever had your phone die either on the road with a friend or at their house, oly to realize they don't have a charger that works with your phone? It's happened to me more than once, and I've always wondered why there couldn't just be a standard connection over all cell phones. Well, the forward thinkers in the European Commission have heard these same outcries, and are set to make micro-USB the standard for smartphones and data-enabled phones starting in January 2011.

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