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PSA: Cell phones are pretty dirty devices

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 22:52 CDT

Looks like there's something else for germaphobes to worry about: smartphones! According to a study at Stanford University, a phone can be covered with up to 18 times more germs than a toilet flush handle.




According to the study, "If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips. A fair amount of it may go from your fingers to your eyes, mouth or nose, the most likely routes of infection." The facts make sense considering how often you drag your dirty fingers across your phone; I just find it funny how they love to throw the word "toilet" into these studies. Toilet handles are generally touched by one finger for a second or so; phones are prone to all day touching. Of course it's gonna be more germtastic!

Froyo starts hitting Galaxy S phones

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 22:42 CDT

Samsung promised that all of their many Galaxy S smartphones around the world would receive the Android 2.2 "Froyo" update, and they have started making good on that promise. Countries in the Nordic region are the first to get an official taste of Froyo starting today.




Rollout to other European countries is expected to start soon, and then "Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world" after that. With five million handsets to update, it's understandable it could take a while. Check out the list of fixes after the break.

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Windows browsers taken through the trenches, tested and results within

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 20:44 CDT

The guys over at Ars Technica have an interesting article with browser being pitted against one another.




They've used an Asus laptop in every test - to keep the results even, the tests used are: SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark, V8 Benchmark Suite, Nontroppo General Browser Load-Time Test and Peacekeeper: The Browser Benchmark.


The browsers tested are: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.


The results are definitely interesting - you might find you've changed web browsers at the end of reading the article, or mind find your mind at ease with the browser of choice.

Full version of Angry Birds now available for FREE on Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 19:55 CDT

For so long - Android users have had to wait to fling birds across their screen.






Enter, Angry Birds - the hugely popular Apple iOS based game. It has been in the Android Market for a few weeks under BETA, but now the full game is on the Android Market.... for free!!


Of course, there's always a set back - while it's free, it's ads-supported. I just tried it now, it's a 12MB download. The ad's are not that annoying, it's free so that's nothing to complain about!

NVIDIA preparing GTX580 to swing punches with the 6970?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 19:29 CDT

I just love GPU wars - I seriously do. We all win because of it, each team will try to bring something out to smash the other and because of the runaway success of the 4k and 5k Radeon GPU's - NVIDIA has some serious thunder stealing to do.




With the 6k launch very imminent, NVIDIA need something - and here we go, the leaks of a GTX580 with full 512 CUDA cores.


Now, these are rumours - so don't start lighting your pitchforks and gathering your peeps... But, NVIDIA are supposedly working on a new Fermi GPU called "GF110" which builds on a restructured design with new clusters. This is NOT a reworked GF100 GPU with all CUDA cores unlocked - but a new solution, design, layout and it should hopefully see a big increase in texture units.


Currently GTX480 has 60 texture units, but according to sources NVIDIA has re-jigged it's GPU to grab texture units by the balls and squeeze them to give us 128 texture units. This is done by changing the ratio in the SM units from 8:1 to 4:1 (CUDA cores relative to TMU's) - the latter is something they did with the GT200 GPU.

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VPlayer for Android - whispers sweet nothings in your ear

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 19:11 CDT

Finally, we have a VLC-equivalent player on the Android.




It will support nearly any file you feed it without an issue, a free alpha version is available now.


VPlayer offers support for virtually any video format you need, files like DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV and WMV to name a few. But, it is in alpha form so it's not super stable - but it's something.


"Old Spice Guy" tabbed for Australian Windows Phone 7 commercials

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 18:59 CDT

"Look at your phone. Now look at me. Now back to your phone. Now back to ME."


Okay, the ads may not go exactly like that, but Microsoft is taking advantage of the viral popularity of Isaiah Mustafa, better known as "The Old Spice Guy," for their Australian Windows Phone 7 commercials.




Mustafa, a former NFL (American) football player, hit the big time with a series of commercials for Old Spice featuring a cocky attitude and everything a girl could ever want. Whether Microsoft can put him in a spot where his skills can be fully utilized is the question. But hey, how hard is it to work a commercial around a guy who can turn an oyster with two tickets to that thing you like into diamonds?

Judge approves $100M Dell settlement for fraud charges

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

Back early in the summer it came out that the SEC had filed charges against Dell computers for alleged fraudulent accounting practices when reporting its earnings to stockholders. After fighting the case in court, Dell Computers finally came back and proposed a $100 million settlement offer to the SEC, which had to be approved by the judge presiding over the case.




That judge has given the $100 million fine the nod and Dell is set to put the legal row behind it and move forward. The charges stemmed from the fact that Dell failed to disclose to shareholders that some of the money it was reporting as earnings was in fact payments from Intel to remain an Intel exclusive processor company. The payments were to prevent Dell from buying AMD processors. The practice of paying for exclusivity has also landed Intel in hot water with authorities and resulted in a huge fine for the world's largest chipmaker.

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Cricket Crosswave hot spot device launches with Cricket Wireless

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 13:02 CDT

If you have a netbook, notebook, or an iPad that has WiFi but not 3G connectivity on the go you may have wished on more than one occasion that you had a broadband modem for the device. The problem for many folks is that while 3G mobile broadband might be appealing the thought of a two-year contract for a device that we may not use that often is far from appealing, not counting the price of buying the modem as well.




Cricket Wireless is a no contract wireless provider that serves much of the US. The company has a 3G network that offers data speeds of up to 1.4Mbps at its peak. Cricket has announced that its cool Crosswave mobile hotspot is now in Cricket Wireless retail stores for purchase at $149.99. The mobile hotspot is small and measures in at under 4-inches high and under half an inch thick. That small size will make the thing easy to take with you on the road.

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Pandora unveils new gift subscriptions in time for holiday shopping

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

Geeks can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Many of us tend to already have the latest gadgets and the best computer gear so finding gifts for birthdays and holidays is challenging. If you know a geek that likes music, and most do, Pandora has a cool new gift subscription offering that is working right now that will make an excellent gift.




The service will let you purchase a gift subscription for a year's worth of access to anyone you want. The gift price for a year is $36 and you can give the gift as a printable gift card or as an email gift card. The email option will be perfect for people who want to give someone a gift that lives far away. Another cool feature of the email option is that you can schedule the gift to be sent up to a year in advance.

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