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Intel's classmate PC design revealed at IDF

By: Don Lynn | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 15, 2010 3:16 am

Intel keeps rolling out the new design ideas at IDF. Next on the list: a new classmate PC design. Featuring "increased ruggedness, longer battery life, improved water resistance and additional anti-microbial protection," this clamshell PC is built to take nearly whatever a kid can throw at it.




This design helps protect the PC against liquid spills of up to 100cc, accidental drops of up to 70cm, and may be implemented in classrooms worldwide with "a wide selection of purpose-built solutions for education tailored to meet their needs." Hopefully the price will also be tailored towards being able to get it in the classroom as well.

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New rolling out over next few weeks, see intro video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 11:57 pm

Twitter is holding a small and casual press conference at its offices at the moment and it has been talking about the new We referenced a story from Mashable in an earlier post today and those rumors have turned out true.



Some of the new features include a new "faster and richer" design with mini profiles, easier to discover related content and of course images and video in tweets. "Now, it's easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube."


According to the new promo page, the rollout of these changes will come over the "next several weeks". The folks from Twitter will provide more updates over the next few days.

Amazon selling the Samsung Fascinate for only a penny

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 11:57 pm



Following in the footsteps of earlier sales on Galaxy S smartphones, Amazon is selling the newly released Samsung Fascinate smartphone for a single penny. They're even throwing in free two day shipping so you can get a hold of your Verizon-branded Galaxy S goodness before the end of the week if you act fast. Of course, the usual two year contract requirement is in effect here. Act fast before they run out!

Something hatching at Twitter, images and videos in tweets?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 10:45 pm

According to sources at Mashable, a leading social media news site, Twitter has something hatching right now. Even a Twitter company tweet suggests to confirm it in part.




If the rumor turns out to be correct, Twitter will bring images and videos to tweet posts. Twitter has been text only forever and if a tweeter wanted to include multimedia in their tweet post, they would use an external service like Twitpic for hosting and linking to images.


Obviously the proposed and we repeat rumored changes would have the folks over at Facebook worrying a little. The inclusion of multimedia in tweets blurs the line of difference between the two mega social networks. According to the story by Mashable, Twitter plans on making things more clear during a company press event due to be held at 7pm US EST.


16:38 US PST UPDATE: It's confirmed. New going live soon!

Dell Duo Spinning Screen 10-inch Tablet / Netbook caught on video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 8:54 pm

During one of the presentations at IDF, a rep from Dell showed off a fancy new 10-inch tablet product codenamed Sparta with the retail shipping name of 'Duo'. It uses an Intel Atom dual-core processor and comes installed with Windows 7 Premium.



At first you may think it is just a pretty good looking red framed tablet computer, but as the video and discussion on stage proceeds, you can see that it also comes with a keyboard. That got the crowded pretty excited and rightfully so, I would say. Basically the screen lifts up and reveals a keyboard and then you just flip the screen around to use it like you would a netbook.


The presenter mentions that it has the freedom of a normal tablet, but also the productivity of a normal netbook or notebook computer. Pretty well spot on.

Sony unbox the PlayStation Move bundle themselves, coming Sept 19

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 8:21 pm

Remember that thing called the PlayStation Move? It was announced earlier this year for a fall 2010 launch. Well folks that time has come... almost anyway. The Move bundle will go on sale in the United States on September 19 for $99.99 USD.



Inside the box you get a copy of Sports Champions, a Move motion controller, a PlayStation eye and a Move Game Demo disc. According to the Sonly blog chaps on video, it is everything you need as long as you have a PS3 console, of course.


If you don't already have a PS3, you can get a 320GB PS3 console, controller and Move bundle for $399.99 USD. So, are you going to buy one?

Intel AppUp netbook app store out of beta and ready to roll

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 7:30 pm

Yet another app store is ready to rock and roll today and it comes from one of the biggest players in the industry. Intel at IDF 2010 today announced to attending media that its Intel AppUp center netbook app store is out of beta and ready for consumers to use. Intel's app store has been talked about for a while now with careful anticipation around tech circles. But is it going to be a success?




Netbooks have been craving something to make them stand out from being purely just a small and cheaper notebook computer. AppUp should go a long way to helping things. I would hazard to guess that Intel's first aims and ambitions with its app store were to help bolster and cement the netbooks legitimate place in the market. However, take a look at the massive success Apple has seen with its app sales on its iDevices and clearly other incentives come into it, ah like... money. Google of course is also pushing apps on its also popular Android platform.


Intel has written up a deal with Best Buy in the United States (and Dixons in the UK and Croma in India) to pre-install its AppUp software on netbooks sold at its store which should get it off the ground running. Of course as of today you can also download AppUp for Windows XP as well as Windows 7 and Moblin.

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Corsair launches Gaming Series PSUs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 6:08 pm

Corsair has been selling some of the best computer hardware on the market to gamers and enthusiasts for a long time now. The company has all sorts of gear from RAM and power supplies to cooling products and storage devices. Corsair has announced the expansion of its line of PSUs with a new Gaming Series of power supplies with three products.




The new PSUs include the GS800, GS700, and GS600. The PSUs share many of the same feature swill all having a single +12V rail with up to 65A or reliable continuous power. The fan inside the PSUs is designed to produce little noise with a dual ball bearing design and automatic speed adjustment based on cooling needs. The PSUs also have LEDs in the fan on the GS700 and GS800 that the user can turn off completely and set to red, blue, or white.

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Canon launches PowerShot SX30 IS digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 6:04 pm

One of the most popular brands in the camera industry is Canon. The company has cameras for all sorts of needs from the professional photographer down to the kid looking for their first camera. Canon has unveiled a new camera today called the SX30 IS that is the world's first wide-angle 35x zoom digital camera.




The camera can record HD video in 720p resolution using the entire 35x zoom range of the lens. The sensor of the camera is a 14.1MP unit and the camera uses the Canon Digic 4 image processor. The rear LCD screen of the camera is a 2.7-inch unit that has a variable angle making it easier to shoot photos using Live View.

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Weekly Giveaway: QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS and two Seagate Constellation ES 2TB HDDs worth $1200 USD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 14, 2010 5:52 pm

We have teamed up with both QNAP and Seagate this week to giveaway one truly wicked prize worth a staggering $1200 USD.




QNAP were kind enough to chip it with one of their brand new and stylish looking TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS systems based on the new Intel Atom dual-core CPU (the new 1.8GHz model) and 1GB DDR-II RAM. It is a compact dual-bay NAS system that will look real nice sitting in the corner taking care of your important data.




Seagate also came to the party chipping in not one, but two of their impressive 2TB Constellation ES (ST32000644NS) SATA 3Gb/s hard drives. If you decide to setup the drives in RAID 0 on the QNAP TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS you get a total of 4TB of storage space or if you want redundancy and setup in RAID 1, you get a total of 2TB.


Remember to become a fan of QNAP products over at their Facebook fan page right here and you can also check out the Seagate line of enterprise drivers right here, too.


Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone in the world can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.