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Barnes and Noble event next week most likely centered around Nook Color

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 20:08 CDT

Barnes and Noble has a special event planned for next week, and everything is pointing towards a full color version of the Nook e-reader. The current version has a split e-paper and LCD interface.

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The seven inch device will run a version of Android, but no one is really sure where this device will exactly fall between e-reader and full blown tablet. Tablet functions will both differentiate it from Amazon's highly popular Kindle as well as make the $249 price tag a lot more attractive for those who don't want to shell out for an iPad or Galaxy Tab. Barnes and Noble is officially staying fairly close-mouthed with the details, but we'll find out soon enough what the Nook Color is really all about.

Winamp beta gets snuggly with Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 19:17 CDT

Dammit. The source to this email used my "whipped the Llama's ass" line - oh well.

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If you were a fan of Winamp, and use an Android 2.1 and above device - a beta copy of Winamp has launched on the Android. It's not a barebones release, it actually has some unique features built in.

Winamp on Android will allow you to wirelessly sync your computers mp3 library, it will also fully control that library through a widget and also offers scrobbling support for the Last.fm fans.

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Google Broadband set for trial at Stanford University

By: Don Lynn | Networking | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 18:30 CDT

Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.

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Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.

Mobile App of the Day: Winamp for Android

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 17:57 CDT

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

Winamp has been on the music player scene since 1997, offering desktop users a pretty nice alternative to the standard fare like Windows Media Player. Winamp has now gone mobile; announcing availability on the Android platform today.

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Not only does Winamp for Android offer up a "complete media management solution" for your Android device, but you can also sync via Wi-Fi or USB or to your desktop library if you are running the Winamp 5.59 beta on your PC. Scrobbling with Last.fm is also supported, as well as a widget to run Winamp from your home screen and even your lock screen. The PC beta required for sync can be downloaded here, and you can search the Android Market for Winamp to grab the app or scan the QR code after the break.

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Ergo tablet coming to Italy soon

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

It's not uncommon for a notebook or other device to be unveiled by a large supplier that ends up being rebranded and sold by a bunch of different companies all around the world. Such is the case with the Pegatron tablet that has been sold as the WePad, Masterpad, and under other names so far. That same tablet is being rebranded and shipped over to Italy as the Ergo tablet.

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The Ergo will run Windows 7 and while most of the features are the same as its brethren under other names, the Ergo does have a few unique features. Ergo had Pegatron add a 2MP camera rather than the 1.3MP the other versions use. The Ergo also gets GPS, ambient light sensor, and 3G connectivity that are missing on some other versions.

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GeForce GTX 580 pegged to be 20% faster than the GTX 480

By: Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

NVIDIA is always at work on new video cards and GPUs for different user groups that it can sell and put on the market to fight AMD and its ATI video cards. One of the better cards from NVIDIA over the last few years was the GTX 480 and if you were a fan of that card's performance, you will really like the GTX 580 that is coming according to DigiTimes.

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The GTX 580 is supposed to offer 20% faster performance than the GTX 480 it will replace according to DigiTimes sources at video card manufacturers. The 580 will be a GF110-based video card and is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December according to sources. NVIDIA will also reportedly have new GPU families coming out next year.

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AT&T unveils new pay as you go data plans for international travelers

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 11:18 CDT

If you travel out of the country and use your data plan on your notebook or mobile phone chances are you will end up getting charged much more than you think you will. Some people have traveled overseas and ended up with wireless bills in the thousands of dollars range after downloading movies or TV episodes.

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If you travel to other countries and you really need access to data on your notebook or netbook with an integrated modem or with a USB modem, AT&T has unveiled some new pay as you go options that will keep you from being hit with a giant bill when you get home. The new data packages cover 100 countries including Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and lots more. The plans start at $24.99 and go up to $199.99.

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Dell unveils new XPS laptops aimed at HP Envy line

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Oct 21, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

For many years before Dell bought Voodoo, its gaming line of computers was the XPS series. After the purchase of Voodoo PC, Dell migrated the XPS line of notebooks and desktops towards machines that were more focused on media than pure gaming. Dell has unveiled a few new notebooks for the XPS family this week that include some thin and well equipped machines that are aimed directly at the thin and sexy HP Envy line of notebooks.

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Dell's new XPS notebooks include anodized and brushed aluminum finishes, backlit keyboards, and lots of media features. The new notebooks offer a variety of screen sizes with offerings in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch categories. Even the base configuration of the notebooks has some nice hardware inside with Intel Core i5 460M CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce 420M GPUs with Optimus tech for power savings, and 500GB HDDs that spin at 7200 rpm.

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