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Thursday Morning Roundup for October 21, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:12 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 21st, 2010

 

Systems

 

- Toshiba Satellite A665: Notebook in 3D @ InsideHW

- HP Mini 5103 Netbook @ Testfreaks

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gainward GeForce GTX470 Golden Sample VS XFX Radeon 5870 AVP Edition Comparison @ RWLabs

- MSI Geforce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB @ Techpowerup

- EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Audio/Media

 

- Arctic Sound P311 Headphones @ Pro-Clockers

- Zen X-Fi Style 8GB media player @ XSReview

- Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset @ Overclockers Club

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Foxtel on Xbox 360 will not be unmetered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 7:32 am

A few days ago I talked about Foxtel's new Xbox 360 service - it's still planned to launch next month but will not be unmetered because ISP's are offering their own internet TV solutions.

 

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To put things in perspective, an hour of standard-definition streaming content is rumoured to use around 800MB of data - while the average television viewing is around 21 hours per week, equating to 16.5GB of data per week.

 

iiNet communications manager Anthony Fisk said while users are free to use the Foxtel service - it won't be unmetered.

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Origin release the EON 17 gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:48 am

Origin are looking to get a lot of attention lately - this is no different, they have announced their new EON17 which is unmatched against any of the notebook competitors.

 

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They've gone and thrown a desktop worth of components into a notebook - including Intel's Core i7 desktop processor and up to 24GB of memory!

 

The EON17 features two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M video cards in SLI, a Super Multi Blu-Ray Burner Combo and high definition audio.

 

Other features are:

 

17.3 Full HD Widescreen, 16.9, 1920 x 1080

Up to Intel Core i7 980X Desktop Processors

Up to Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Video Cards in SLI

Up to 24GB of Triple Channel DDR3 Memory

Up to Three Hard Drives

Full Size Keyboard with Numeric Key Pad

HDMI In and Out; Optical Digital Out, and 7.1 HD Audio

Touch Sensitive Multi-Gesture Pad and Instant Access Buttons

FaceTime for iMac beta now available

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 4:02 am

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One of the big announcements at the "Back to the IMac" event today was the inclusion of FaceTime in OS X. The integrated webcam in most Macs makes this a pretty obvious move along with keeping all Apple devices on a similar footing. Steve Jobs did not give an official launch date, but interested Mac owners can download the beta from Apple and give the software a whirl. Expect bugs and glitches in this early release; even the demo at the Apple event was brief.

Publisher of "Angry Birds" acquired by EA

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 3:49 am

It looks like the publishers of the hit mobile game "Angry Birds" is officially cashing in. Chillingo has been reportedly acquired by gaming bigwig Electronic Arts (EA) for a cool $20 million in cash.

 

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While this acquisition may make it look like the Angry Birds will fly under EA's flag, this will not necessarily be so. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, officially owns the rights to the game that has been a popular staple for iPhone owners for quite a while and Android owners who saw it hit their platform in September. With this purchase and the recent acquisition of FaceBook game developer PlayFish, it seems like EA is looking to make serious strides into the mobile market.

Galaxy Tab set to hit Verizon on November 11th

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 3:29 am

The iPad will have some company on Verizon Store shelves soon after it arrives. They have announced a launch date of November 11th for the Galaxy Tab, at a price of $599.

 

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This price may put it at a serious disadvantage against the iPad considering that the prices for Apple's tablet starts at $499. The ten inch iPad also gives a lager screen than the seven inch Galaxy Tab, although Samsung's tablet boasts dual cameras, the Android OS, and 3G connectivity which the iPad lacks. 1GB data plans will go for $20 a month.

MacBook Pro receives 2.8 GHz Core i7 upgradeability

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 3:22 am

It wasn't big news at Apple's Mac event today, but the MacBook Pro is getting a little more juice under the hood. For an extra $400, 15 inch and 17 inch MacBook Pros can now be configured with a blazing fast 2.8GHz Core i7 processor.

 

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Most believe that this processor is the Core i7-640m that Intel released last month, which would give you the ability to turbo boost this MacBook to 3.4GHz. That's obviously quite speedy for a laptop, even if you are paying the famous Apple premium price to get it.

Mana Bar to open another bar in Melbourne

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 1:33 am

Mana Bar started off in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley - the first of it's kind to use a concept of video game consoles in a cocktail bar - it has been successful enough to venture into a second bar, now set to launch in Melbourne in December.

 

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They've confirmed they've signed a lease for a venue to be in Fitzroy and have started renovating the place for the launch later this year. They said they had spent months looking for the right place - to end up settling down on this one as it's situated next to other high class cocktail bars and it's also close to Melbourne's tram network.

 

There's no concrete date for the opening as they want to get it right before announcing, Guy "Yug" Blomberg said: "The date is something we're taking really seriously. We had people fly up to Brisbane last time, so we want to make sure we get it right."

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Apple debut the new MacBook Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 1:11 am

We've known it's coming for a while - and with the "back to the Mac" news of late, it's been quite obvious Apple would tease the Apple lovers worldwide, today has arrived.

 

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Apple have now shown off, and released all in a single day - enter, MacBook Air.

 

Available in 11.6 and 13.3" the new MacBook airs are thinner, lighter, and feature a massive number of upgrades and little things that always make the Apple products stand above the rest.

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SteelSeries partner up with GUNNAR Optiks to annouce new gaming glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 12:18 am

Popular gaming brand SteelSeries has saddled up with GUNNAR Optiks to release a range of gaming glasses.

 

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Both companies today announced a co-branded pair of digital performance eyewear called "SteelSeries Scope" - the glasses are designed to improve visual efficiency, reduce eye strain and improve contrast during those long gaming sessions. The SteelSeries Scope also includes a large lens for extended peripheral vision - improving overall coverage and adding a consistent transition of sight. The glasses will feature a SteelSeries branded flat temple - designed for comfort while wearing gaming headsets.

 

Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries said: "We've built our brand on the belief that gamers want peripherals and accessories that provide a competitive advantage that will help improve their experience and game,"

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