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Saturday Morning Roundup for August 7, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 6:59 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 7th, 2010




- MSI Wind U160 Netbook @ Kitguru

- Puget Systems Serenity SPCR Edition Ultra Quiet Gaming PC @ PC Perspective

- Alienware M11x R2 @ Hardware Heaven




- ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Graphics Card @ Vortez UK

- Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD - Overclocking Monster @ Ocaholic

- Viewsonic VA2323wm 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor @ BigBruin

- Sapphire 5970 Toxic @ Overclock3D

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"ASUS powered" Windows Phone 7 shows up in Pakistan

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 3:09 am

A tweet from the user Shaistajafri brought a slick looking device that appears to be the first Windows Phone 7 device in the wild. Apparently it belongs to her brother, who lives in Pakistan.




This phone, with its brushed metal finish and having "Powered by ASUS" on the front, also appears to have a front facing camera as well. It seems the tweet and the user have now been removed, but if this is a pre-production model, I'm ready to know more about it. The ASUS tag has surprised a lot of people because they were not tagged as one of the companies contracted to build developer handsets.

App Store now includes "Try before you Buy"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 1:30 am

If you haven't been poking around Apple's App Store lately, you may not have noticed the new section: Try Before You Buy." The App Store now has a section where you can download free demo versions of premium apps before you lay down the money for them.




This isn't quite as good as Google's 24 hour return policy on apps from the Android Market, but it's definitely a step in the right direction to avoid app buyer's remorse. Check it out under "Features" then "Free in the App Store."

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

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 1:04 am



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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CEO of HP resigns amidst sexual harassment allegations

By: Don Lynn | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 11:11 pm



Mark Hurd, the CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP), has resigned from his position today after a marketing consultant for the company accused him of sexual harassment. The Board of Directors of HP launched an independent investigation of the accusations on June 29th after a letter was sent to outside legal counsel about the incident.

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August 12th confirmed for Droid 2 launch at Best Buy

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 7:56 pm

The date going around the rumor mill for the launch of the highly anticipated Droid 2 has been August 12th. Now it seems that date has become official, at least for Best Buy stores. The folks at Engadget got a hold of a screenshot from the "inside" at Best Buy confirming the date.




The most powerful Droid phone to date with a beefier core, Wireless N and mobile hotspot connectivity have been on the wishlist for Droid fans for quite a while, and now it looks like it's only about a week away. Expect "Sold Out" reports to be coming around this time next week.