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XBox Live price increase coming November 1st

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 11:50 pm

Fans of Xbox Live are soon going to have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to continue playing online. Starting November 1st, Xbox live is getting its first price increase in its eight year history.




In the United States, one-year Gold memberships are bumping up ten dollars to $59.99 USD. Monthly subscriptions will rise from $7.99 to $9.99, and three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99. Microsoft is running a special deal right now for U.S. customers that will allow them to lock in a year for $39.99 to give them a little buffer before having to pay the higher price.

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Google reportedly in talks for PPV movie rentals on YouTube

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 7:02 pm

Google purchased YouTube for a huge sum of money in part because of the massive amount of traffic the video site has. So far, Google hasn't been able to come up with a way to monetize all that traffic ideally. That means that Google is leaving money on the table.




Advertisers are not flocking to place adds on the videos streamed from YouTube because most of the videos on the service are made by individuals and big advertisers aren't keen on putting there brands with content that might be poorly made or in poor taste. One of the ways that Google hopes to lure more advertisers is with higher quality content made by pros.

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Intel to buy Infineon Wireless Solutions Business

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 6:10 pm

Intel is the largest CPU maker on the planet and is one of the biggest companies operating in other technology segments. Recently Intel gobbled up McAfee, the company famous for anti-virus and malware protection. Intel has now announced that it intends to acquire the Wireless Solutions Business arm of Infineon called WLS.




WLS will continue to operate as a separate company from Intel and will continue to serve the customers it currently has, including those using ARM tech. The deal has been approved by the boards from both companies and is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.

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Gigabyte offers up the only passive Radeon HD5770 graphics card around

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 4:02 pm

Most video cards have fans that keep the GPU and other heat generating components on the card cool. Some of the lower power video cards are passively cooled making them silent. A very quiet video card is very desirable when you are putting the card inside a computer that will be in a living room for a HTPC or in a bedroom where noise can be a bother.




Gigabyte has announced the market's only passively cooled Radeon HD5770 video card. The card supports all of the features that the standard 5770 card support like DirectX 11, Eyefinity, ATI Stream, CrossFireX and more. The card is officially called the Gigabyte GV-R577SL-1GD.

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Grace Digital Audio debuts new outdoor speakers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 4:02 pm

I know many people who can't function without music to listen too. If they are outside grilling, playing with the kid's, or at the lake swimming they want music to listen too. If you are the sort that spends a lot of time outside and you want music to listen to while you are out there Grace Digital Audio has unveiled a new line of waterproof speakers that you can use outside without worrying about getting them wet.




The new line includes the Rock Speaker, which looks like a rock unsurprisingly. It has a 1x1" tweeter and a 1 x 4" full range speaker inside. The overall dimensions are 12.13" x 15.51" x 14.29". The speakers are powered by an AC adapter or an internal rechargeable battery and the whole thing is IPX7 approved. Wireless range is 150-feet and the battery is good for 7 hours.

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ATI brand being retired by AMD later this year

By: Don Lynn | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 3:23 pm

The murmurs you have been hearing are now officially true; the ATI branding is being retired by AMD later this year. Products that have been sporting the ATI and Radeon/FirePro co-branding will now simply drop the ATI.




ATI has cited some extensive market research as the catalyst for the change, stating that "AMD preference triples when respondent is aware of ATI/AMD merger" and the "AMD brand is stronger than ATI vs. graphics competitors." This indicated "permission" to dump the ATI branding from video cards and fly them under AMD's flag. The change is expected to roll out with the new AMD cards coming out later this year; current cards on the market will not be renamed.

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Titan debuts new CPU cooler

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 3:08 pm

When it comes to keeping your CPU cool, some just use the plain heat sink and fan combos that the CPU makers design. Others go to more extreme measures to keep their CPUs cool and operating correctly when they overclock with liquid cooling. More users will simply go with a more efficient heat sink and fan combo from a company like Titan.




Titan has announced a new CPU cooler called the TTC-NC25TZ. This CPU cooler is made to fit just about any AMD or Intel CPU that is around today. The cooler is a low profile unit that is 46mm height and has four 6mm heat pipes with direct contact tech to conduct the maximum amount of heat. The cooler supports CPUs with TDP of 130W.

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Aussies can benefit from Google Voice's free calls to U.S. and Canada, too

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 10:54 am

Google introduced a new call-out service dubbed "Google Voice" last week and noted that the service is only available for U.S. residents at this time.


However, there is a little 'tweak' that can be made which allows us Australians to make use of it, too. And many of you will want to, especially if you often make calls to the U.S. or Canada, as Google is allowing you to do this for free until the end of this year. You can also use Google Voice to call other international numbers for as low as $0.02c USD per minute.




First of all, you need to sign into GMail. From there make sure your Language setting is adjusted to "English (US)". Once you've done that you should see a "Call Phone" option under your name in the Chat section on the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on that you should be prompted to download and install a browser plug-in after which you should be all suited up for calling.

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ANZ allow iPhone users to transfer funds from their mobile

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 9:50 am

Following 12 months of development, ANZ has just made available Australia's first "pay by mobile" application. This has been developed for use with Apple's iPhone and allows its customers to send money to any Australian bank account only using their mobile phone number as an identifier.




The application, dubbed goMoney only asks for the mobile phone number of the payer followed by the amount you wish to transfer. Payment is enabled automatically for existing GoMoney customers that have registered for the service, while new recipients who aren't customers of ANZ receive a text message with a website to visit to finalise the payment into an account of their choice.


It should be noted that while this service is free with no fees involved, it excludes BPAY payment options and also will not work on jailbroken iPhones.

Telstra ramps up Next G business offerings with 'unlimited' plan

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 9:14 am

Telstra has recently shown to be much more aggressive with its range of broadband internet plans for consumers including some more friendly terms on its wireless Next G based services. Now it's shifted focus onto its business customers and has something on offer many businesses will be interested in; unlimited Next G plans.


The plan comes as an option with Telstra's newly released $299 Ultimate USB modem which is able to take full advantage of the company's dual channel HSPA+ upgrade that gives up to 42Mbit/s (theoretical) download speeds. This network has been installed in all major capitals as well as a number of regional centres, with Telstra estimating that 50% of Australia's population has access to said upgraded network.




As for the unlimited plan, of course there are a few conditions attached. For a start, there is a fair use restriction in place that sits at around 120GB, give or take. Secondly, the unlimited plan is only available to government and enterprise fleet buyers who purchase the aforementioned Ultimate USB modems. As to how many modem purchases need to be made to quality for said plan, Telstra wouldn't give an exact figure, but indicated it to be 'in the hundreds'.

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