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TiVo gets a $200 price slash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 6:30 am

The TiVo personal video recorder is getting a $200 price drop this week and will also get a bundle pack with either free movie downloads or cash back and a Wi-Fi adapter.

 

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Currently it sits at AU$699, the $200 drop will bring it to under AU$500 at AU$499. The price drop takes effect on the 12th of November and includes an AU$50 cash back or AU$100 credit on the TiVo internet TV portal, CASPA.

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Zaggmate iPad case offers integrated keyboard

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 5:58 am

One of the big gripes about the iPad is the fact that typing on a tablet, well, stinks. There's quite a few options coming out to deal with this situation, and one of the most versatile is Zagg's new Zaggmate case.

 

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Offered with or without a built in keyboard, the Zaggmate protects the iPad as well as providing a clip on stand that allows you to view your iPad horizontally or vertically. The full QUERTY keyboard offers full function for easier typing when playing with Pages or typing out your next novel at Starbucks when you forgot your Macbook. No set date for release is out; Zaggmate with keyboard will run $99.99 while the version without a keyboard is "only" $69.99.

Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2011 (17.15)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 5:56 am

Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 (17.15).

 

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

 

It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.

 

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Ask.com officially retired from the search game

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 5:38 am

I'll admit it; I thought it was pretty sweet when Ask Jeeves came about and you could type in a question and the site would answer it for you, whether by providing web links or more straightforward answers. Today Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, has officially bowed out of the web search business that it entered in 1996. After years of not finding a suitable way to compete with big dogs Google and Microsoft, Ask.com's owner InterActiveCorp (IAC) is cutting 130 engineering jobs in China and New Jersey in the U.S.

 

 

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Ask.com will now focus on their new community based Q&A service that was launched this summer. Ask.com's search engine will now deliver results from a competing company, although it is not clear yet whether this will be covered under IAC's current deal with Google or if Microsoft will poke their nose in there to get Bing results used.

Duracell myGrid USB charger powers anything you can throw at it

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:48 am

Duracell's newest USB powered charger is a jack of all trades when it comes to what it can be used with. From mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers, it's ready for anything that needs juice after being wirelessly charged atop a myGrid charging slab.

 

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Also able to be charged via USB as well, this 35 dollar device is slim and tiny for stuffing in your pocket or suitcase for power on the go. The amount of time it can power a device varies of course, but they list mp3 players at around 30 hours, smartphones at four hours, and e-readers at 100 hours. Look for the myGrid USB charger to hit shelves this holiday season.

eSTI2 project looks to develop blood testing chip for mobile devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:36 am

The mobile industry is making its way into a ton of fields and one area that it is becoming more and more influential is the medical field. From tablet implementation in hospitals to scheduling appointments online, mobile tech is looking to explode in the field. One of the biggest ideas getting a huge financial bump today is the eSTI2 project, which has received a four million GBP grant from the UK's Medical Research Coucil to develop a chip that could make blood testing for things like blood sugar, STIs and STDs something you can handle from home.

 

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The goal is pretty awesome: skip the trip to the doctors office and get results that can take labs days to even weeks in around 15 minutes from your mobile device. Recent advances in miniaturization would allow a thumbdrive sized chip to take a sample of blood, saliva, or urine and pass the information on to the mobile device for processing. The prototypes only cost around 30 dollars to make currently but the developers are hoping to drive the cost below five dollars to make them easy to get in the hands of developing countries and the poorer segment.

Beautiful Modeler the basis of possible future 3D modeling apps for iPad

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:20 am

3D is becoming all the rage these days, and Interactive Fabrication may be bringing it into the app world with the "Beautiful Modeler" iPad app. Using the iPad's multitouch screen to control 3D modeling, this looks like something Pixar might use to put together one of their movies.

 

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While it's not available via the App Store as an official app, this 3D application looks more like the basis for other apps and Interactive Fabrication has made the source code public for devs who might want to play with it and compile an actual app. It's a bit difficult to explain in text, so check out the video after the break and a lot more at the Source Link.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for November 9, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:18 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 10th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- AMD Vision - The $399 Brazos Notebook Platform Preview @ Legit Reviews

- Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) @ Digitaltrends

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Funkykit

- AMD begins shipping Brazos, announces Bulldozer-based APUs @ Tech Report

 

CPU

 

- AMD prepares new x6 Phenoms @ eTeknix

- AMD begins shipping Brazos, announces Bulldozer-based APUs @ Tech Report

- AMD begins shipping Fusion APUs @ eTeknix

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TRENDnet Launches World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 3:04 am

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM. The ultra compact form factor measures a remarkable 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm).

 

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When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter.

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