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9-year-old UK girl plays dead in front of Google Street View car

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 7:06 pm

I will never understand what gets people so riled up about the Street View car rolling through their neighborhoods. In Europe, we have seen mobs block the car from entering their neighborhoods. I would like the Street View car to come down my road so I could prank it like this little girl from the UK did.




She was outside playing and spied the car coming. She decided to go all out and play dead. She took the acting job seriously and didn't just lay there; she kicked off her shoes so it looked like someone ran her over and knocked her out of her shoes. It's actually pretty funny, I don't think my 9-year-old son would have even noticed a car with a giant camera on top rolling down our street. That is unless said car was selling ice cream.

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Pentax adds four new colors to its already bright K-x DSLR line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 6:08 pm

Good old Pentax has been pushing that K-x entry-level DSLR camera for a while now. When the thing started to get long in the tooth a replacement didn't come. Pentax decided to appeal to customers with bright colors rather than new features. Apparently, that tactic is working since four new colors have been added to the K-x line.




One of the colors will appeal to women with a pink hue usually only found in your medicine cabinet. Pentax also offers new beige, chocolate brown, and olive green versions of the camera. All of the new color cams are the same price as the other models already on the market at $649. For that much green you get a whole camera kit.

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Axon Haptic tablet details surface

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 5:10 pm

Tablet computers are hot right now thanks to the iPad that is selling so well for Apple. Most of the tablets coming from other companies like HP are more like netbooks than a normal tablet like the iPad though. A company called Axon has unveiled all the specs for its Haptic tablet machine. The Haptic will run Mac OS X according to the firm.




However, as other firms have found out putting OS X on non-Apple hardware will incur the swift wrath of Apple legal types. Therefore, Axon "strongly recommends" you not install OS X on the machine. It can run Windows or Linux as well if you like those better. The hardware is typical netbook fare under the tablet cover.

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Rambus and NVIDIA mostly settle memory controller issues

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 5:04 pm

News hit earlier this year when Rambus claimed that NVIDIA infringed on its patents with use memory controller technology in some of its GeForce line of video cards.




Just earlier today a press release hit the wire that Rambus and NVIDIA signed a patent license agreement to deal with such infringements. The release said that Rambus granted NVIDIA a patent license for certain memory controllers at a 1% royalty rate for SDR memory controllers and a 2% royalty rate for other memory controllers (including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, and portions of GDDR5 memory controllers). Although, it was also stated that NVIDIA has not granted any licenses to Rambus.


It was noted that the agreement went into effect on August 12, 2010. It may only prove to be a stopgap though to relieve tensions a little as it was also noted that the parties have not signed any releases of liability, nor dismissed any outstanding litigation between them. That basically means, there could be more money going to the lawyers later on or possibly more agreements down the track.

Official photos of MSI WindPad 100 Windows 7 Tablet surface

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 4:31 pm

Netbook News managed to get their hands on official press photos of the Windows 7 powered MSI WindPad 100 tablet that is due to be officially launched at IFA 2010 early next month.




We had a chance to get up and close with the WindPad 100 during Computex Taipei in June this year and the video we published has been very popular. Clearly there is a lot of interest in this product and it's an important one for MSI.


The pictures show the existence of a black and white model that can be docked in a white docking station that on the back provides extra connectivity to the device including two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jacks, networking port, VGA, HDMI and AC power input.

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RadioShack to pedal Samsung Galaxy S from three carriers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 4:04 pm

RadioShack has been around for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my first computers came from RadioShack. The electronics seller has all manner of stuff and back in the day, it was one of the go to locations for buying tech. As bigger electronics firms like Best Buy came around the need to go into RadioShack has waned for most of us.




The company is turning itself around though an attempting to bring more folks into stores by offering phone sales from just about every carrier there is. The latest device The Shack is offering is the Samsung Galaxy S. you can choose the smartphone from three different carriers. You can get the Samsung Epic for Sprint, the Vibrant for T-Mobile, and the Captivate for AT&T.

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ASUS set to launch Eee Tablet with Linux in October

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 3:45 pm

According to a report by Dan Nystedt of IDG News, ASUS is set to launch its anticipated Eee Tablet device in October for around $300 USD. The report claimed that this is a rough price and the final price will vary from region to region.




It was thought by many that the device from ASUS would use Google's Android operating system, but instead it will use a special flavored Linux distribution developed by ASUS. The device will feature an 8-inch touchscreen using a normal LCD display without being backlit. It is said to be able to support 64 shades of gray with a 1024 x 768 resolution. As well as being an e-reading device along with note taking abilities aimed at students, the device can connect to the Internet and surf thanks its built-in web browser via a wireless connection.


The report also claimed that the Eee Tablet may renamed to "Eee Note" to avoid confusion in the market. Since the Eee Tablet is more of an e-reader than anything else, it may not be a bad move by the Taiwanese company.

COD: Black Ops Prestige Edition is epic

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 2:31 pm

Activision is pulling out all the stops when it comes to the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise. The game publisher has already announced that it is investing more in the launch of Black Ops than it has ever invested in a game. Naturally COD: Black Ops will get the obligatory collectors editions for gamers to buy.




Typically, the collector's editions come with some stuff that is cool, but that stuff doesn't compel most of us to grab the special version of the game up. Things like free DLC, art books, and metal game tins don't really grab my attention. When you start throwing in sweet remote control cars though, my interest is piqued.

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Centrelink and Medicare make efforts to do away with queues

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 11:45 am

Following a demonstration at the CeBIT Sydney 2010 technology show a short while back, both CENTRELINK and Medicare are going to start using electronic handheld devices at their entrances to access customers' information.


This is for the most part in efforts to do away with the messy queues seen in these places daily. The device can tap into a mass of information that will determine what's required before the customer takes a seat (as opposed to going into a queue).




Human Services ICT infrastructure deputy secretary John Wadeson says "Queues are bad news. What we're aiming for is a scenario where people will be met at the door by someone with a handheld device and there'll be a brief interchange to find out what's required.


Once we know that, people will be directed to a seat - not a queue. It's about being able to quickly access all of our information on a little device and making the right decisions in directing people to our face-to-face services.

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Download of the Day: Growl 2.0.4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 13, 2010 11:24 am

Our Download of the Day today is Growl 2.0.4.


Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived - Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.


Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.



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