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Verizon makes $400,000 investment in CardStar

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 3:38 am

Verizon's plans for mobile world domination took another step forward today as they invested $400,000 USD into CardStar, a Boston-based company that replaces "club" and "rewards" cards with a digital replica that is usable through an iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry app to keep you from having to dig through your wallet or purse to find that pesky card.




With reportedly over 700,000 users and 1.4 million downloads, CardStar is another step for Verizon into the mobile commerce market. According to CardStar CEO Andy Miller, "The carriers have long been looking at the mobile wallet idea, especially mobile payments ...But mobile payment is not here yet. So, what else is in someone's wallet? A lot of different cards and the common thread is loyalty cards."

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

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 3:19 am

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.




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.

iOS update to cure iPhone 3G sluggishness "coming soon"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 21, 2010 12:09 am

The big gripe with iOS4 has been that for iPhone 3G owners, it renders the phone slow and sluggish. Many owners even went back to iOS 3 to reverse the problem. Complaints have piled up since June, and recently a customer took his complaint to the big man himself: Steve Jobs.




After shooting an e-mail to the CEO himself, reportedly a short response came from Jobs stating "software update coming soon." Apple is not confirming the report or the e-mail, but the hope for 3G owners is that Jobs was referring to the iOS 4.1 update, which developers have already laid their hands on.

XFX announces single slot HD 5770 video card

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 7:04 pm

XFX was at first only selling NVIDIA video cards. Over the last few years, the company has added a full assortment of ATI branded Radeon video cards covering all sorts of uses from HTPC to high-end gaming. The latest video card to come from XFX is the Radeon HD 5770 in a single slot flavor.




The new card is available in a version with five mini DisplayPorts while the basic version has a single mini-display port. The single slot card has a special heat sink and fan setup that has 15% more heatpipe surface area allowing the card to run cooler inside a cramped chassis. The special heat sink system is also designed for low noise with up to 23.5dB lower noise production than the dual slot card.

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Canon G12 digital camera leaks again

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 6:04 pm

This must be the week of cameras, there have been several new digital cameras unveiled over the last few days. One of those cameras that has surfaced is the Canon G12 digital camera. The camera has been leaked apparently by CNET Asia who received a copy of a press release with some details of the new camera on it.




The Canon G series cameras are the point and shoot cameras that have manual features. The new camera has a 10MP CCD, which should make for nice image quality. The lens used on the G12 is a 5x optical zoom unit with f/2.8-4.5 range. The rear LCD is a 2.8-inch unit that swivels and tilts with a resolution of 480 x 320.

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Ricoh unveils new CX4 digital camera in Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 5:02 pm

For me the Ricoh brand is more associated with printers and copiers than digital cameras. In Japan, the company does sell some digital cameras and the company has unveiled a new digital camera called the CX4. The new camera is set to ship on September 3 at an undisclosed price.




The camera has an optical zoom lens with 10.7x optical zoom that is equivalent to a 28-300mm focal range. The camera has a shutter that is designed to improve the image quality in low light photography. The camera also has an interesting subject tracking focus feature that tracks a subject and keeps the m in focus automatically.

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120GB and 250GB PS3s getting phased out in UK

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 4:02 pm

If you are a PS3 fan in the UK that has been waiting to buy a new console for whatever the reason may be, you might want to start shopping now. Any geek knows that the time to get some good deals on hardware is when new replacements are announced and the old stuff is on clearance.




The current 120GB and 250GB PS3 consoles are being phased out according to reports in the UK. The consoles will be replaced with new 320GB and 160GB units. If you can live without that extra storage space, you may be able to find some closeout steals on existing consoles.

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Logitech unveils new Wireless Headset H760

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 3:04 pm

Logitech has been busy the last month or so rolling out all manner of new products include some new gaming gear and keyboards. The company has also just announced a new wireless headset for computer users called the H760. This headset is designed for the user who makes VoIP calls from their PC and wants to make those calls with no wires.




Back when I used to work in an office, the women were always complaining that the headsets they wore that went over the head messed up their hair. If you are the sort that worries about your hair, the H760 headset uses a behind the ear style. The headset also has molded foam ear pads for comfort.

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White iPhone 4 unboxing video leaked

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 1:51 pm

Still holding out for the white iPhone 4? Well, we're only here to make you drool some more, not give you an official launch date. 9to5Mac has scooped an unboxing video that gives you a good look at a white unit that may have been "scrapped by Apple at the last minute after defects in the white color clarity were found."




Manufacturing challenges have been blamed for the delay in release of the white version of the iPhone 4 with no official word when consumers should start camping outside stores to get one. For now, enjoy the video and we'll keep you posted.

Weekly Giveaway: BitFenix Colossus computer case worth $169 USD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 20, 2010 11:03 am

We have teamed up with brand new chassis company BitFenix to giveaway one of its new and impressive Colossus cases which is worth $169 USD!




Colossus represents the first product released by BitFenix and serves as their flagship PC chassis. This E-ATX full tower case brings PC chassis design to a new level, combining an aggressive futuristic design with clean modern lines. It also comes with a laundry list of interesting features, including:


• Choice of Monolith Black or Glacier White

• Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports

• PWM Fan Controller for fine tune fan speeds with greater precision

• Multimode Light Controls

• Advanced LED Lighting System with user-selectable red and blue

• BitFenix S3™ Storage and Security

• Complete cable management

• Seven hard disk bays and eight PCI slots

• Install up to two 230mm fans, three 140mm fans, or three 120mm fans

• Easy Installation and setup


Colossus will be available on store shelves by mid-September 2010.


Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly prize, anyone in the world can enter! You don't pay the shipping charges.