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Wednesday Morning Roundup for October 6, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 9:23 am

The latest happenings from around the web - October 6th, 2010




- Lenovo Celebrates 60M ThinkPads Sold, NVIDIA Optimus-Enabled T410s Demos Slickest Implementation Yet @ Hot Hardware

- HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultraslim PC @ Testfreaks

- The Day After Tomorrow: Personal Computers in 2020 @ XBit Labs

- The Ultimate Racer Netbook: Acer Ferrari One 200 @ XBit Labs




- Sector 7 - PC3-14400 (1800 MHz) 6GB RAM/Memory Kit @ Techwarelabs

- Crucial Ballistix 1600MHZ MOD @ XSReviews

- Mushkin PC12800 6GB Ridgeback @ Overclock3D

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Android OS is numero uno among US phone buyers in the past 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 4:33 am

Google can rest easy, Android is killing it in the US with recent sales.




In the six months leading up to August 2010 - 32% of US new phone buys had purchased a phone with Google's Android OS, which beats out RIM's 26% and Apple's 25%.


It's interesting - as Apple (to me at least) feels like it's talked about more, where Google has much more phones to sell because it can sell it's OS to multiple companies. I think the market will continue to reflect this unless Apple release something "truly magical" or perhaps, "extraordinary" or even something "new", instead of a slightly upgraded iPhone.

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Motorola Droid Pro - Motorola's BlackBerry??

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 4:19 am

Engadget have a nice little speel on the newly announced Motorola Droid Pro - it has a physical keyboard which is a change in this touch-screen world we now live in.




It definitely has Android as the OS, a 1GHz processor and capacitive touchscreen.


As for detailed specs, it's features the following;


1GHz OMAP 3620 w/MDM6600 chipset

512MB of memory w/2GB of onboard stoage

802.11n 2.4GHz WIFI

Bluetooth 2.1

Tri-band UMTS

Dual LED Flash w/auto-focus camera


And strange, but uniquely features a programmable key on the side that asks you what you want it to do the first time you press it.

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Toshiba turns back on OLED production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 3:11 am

It wasn't long ago when display enthusiasts got excited over OLED news, a few demos here and there and just the news of it "will be out in a few years".




Well, Toshiba has slapped that in the face - they have decided to cut OLD plans, the decision was based on a surge in demands for LCD's this year, another contributing factor was the recent financial crisis hurting the earnings for Toshiba.


Toshiba's subsidiary company, Toshiba Mobile Display Corp partnered with Panasonic had invested $190 million in 2008 to set up a production line for OLED at a factory in Ishikawa prefecture. Their plan was to produce 1.5 million OLED screens for smartphones per year - but obviously this won't be happening now.


All staff involved with the now cancelled production and R&D of OLED will be transferred to the LCD panel division - this is a great move, at least the staff aren't just being laid off. The company will now focus on OLED-related R&D for lighting equipment only.

Internode start the FetchTV trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 12:29 am

Internode has started it's FetchTV service to customers who expressed interest in its early adopter program to sign up.




Customers who have a current ADSL2+ service on an Internode DSLAM and are close enough to the exchange to receive more than 4.5Mbps downstream can apply for the service with a reduced setup cost of $49 ($99 when the full commercial service launches) and pay a standard monthly fee of $29.95 without the need of committing to a 24 month contract.


During the trial, Internode will only a certain few ADSL modem routers, others may work but those users will have to configure it themselves.


At the end of the trial, the test dummies will have an option to cancel the service, return the set-top box OR sign onto a contract of 24 months from the date they first took the services.


When the full service launches, Internode has planned to offer the full FetchTV service to customers with fast enough connections, where those with slower connections can opt for a "lite" service, which will include just a portion of the programming at a lower cost.


Within the first phase of the trial, Internode are inviting customers from the list that want to take on the full service, they also added that the "lite" service will be enabled within the Early Adopter program - but no date is given, the full commercial release also has no date.

Acer announces new Aspire One AOD255 netbook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 6:04 pm

Acer has one of the more popular lines of netbooks on the market with the Aspire one offerings. The company has a wide range of netbooks with different specifications and features inside to cater to the needs of different users. Tablets like the iPad may be talking away sales from netbooks, but there are still new offerings coming to market that consumers will like. Acer has a new machine today that has CPU options and nice features called the Aspire One AOD255 netbook.




The AOD255 can be had with two different Atom CPU options. One of the CPUs is a single-core N450 and the other is the newer dual-core N550 CPU. Both of the processors support DDR3 RAM and the netbook gets 1GB of RAM no matter the CPU you chose to start with. Acer says the netbooks are good for a full day of use on a single charge with a battery life claim of 8-hours per charge.

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iLuv iMM747 dock supports the iPad, iPhone, and iPod

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 5:04 pm

There are tons of speaker docks on the market today that will work with the iPad and the iPhone. There aren't that many available that will work with the iPad though. If you want, a dock that will charge your iPad while you listen to music or watch video iLuv has a new offering for you. The new iMM747 speaker dock will support any dockable Apple device.




One of the cooler features of the dock is that you don't have to mess with those little cradles that you have to exchange to support different devices on some docks. The iMM747 has an adjustable back that will work with any dockable iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad without those trays. The speaker dock is larger and wider than many we see thanks to its ability to work with the iPad. The dock measures 14.3" W x 5" H x 3.7" D and weighs 2-pounds.

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AudioCodes MediaPack 252 gateway offers connectivity for just about everything

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Networking | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 5:00 pm

I love it when one device can take the place of several others. I would love to be able to get the DSL modem off my desk and integrate it right into my wireless router. A new device from AudioCodes called the MediaPack 252 has debuted that integrates the ADSL modem with a WiFi router and several other things.




The MP252 supports HD VoIP and has an integrated handset for placing VoIP calls and has provisions to be used as a PBX device. If your web connection is critical to your business or home life, the 252 has a USB port for failover to a 3G mobile broadband modem for an uninterrupted connection. The device can also be used as a home media sharing hub to share storage, printers, and security cameras across the network.

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Mobile App of the Day: Skype for Android

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 4:09 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Skype for Android.


Android owners everywhere have been asking for ages for an official app from Skype, and it's finally here. It's time to check out Skype for Android.




If you're already a Skype user, you know the drill: free Skype to Skype calling, free IM sending and receiving, and cheap WiFi or 3G call rates to non-Skype numbers. People who are already Skype members will have full access to their contact lists for an easy transition. If you haven't been down this road yet, this is another great reason to give Skype a try. Connect anywhere in the world via a PC, iOS device, and now via Android devices. Read more about Skype for Android here or grab it directly from your Android mobile device here. Android 2.1 or later is required.

Samson Q3HD Handy Video Recorder gets HD audio and video

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 5, 2010 4:04 pm

I have used small and low cost camcorders before and generally they have good video quality with HD resolution and other features. Most of them have sound that doesn't match up with the quality of the video though. It always seems like the subject of the video sounds very far away to me. Samsung has announced a new camcorder called the Q3HD that promises audio quality as good as the video.




The little Zoom camcorder has stereo recording capability with the renowned Zoom audio technology. The camcorder can shoot 720p and 1080p HD resolution video and stores that video to SD cards. The 720p video can be filmed t 30fps or 60fps with 1080p in 30fps only. The camera also has 4x digital zoom. An integrated LCD and speaker lets you play the recordings back on the go.

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