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Wednesday Morning Roundup for October 13, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 @ 3:19 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - October 13th, 2010

Motherboard

- Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX WiFi Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Memory

- OCZ PC3-17000 Flex EX 12GB RAM @ OverclockersClub

CPU

- AMD Athlon II X3 450 CPU/Processor @ Techwarelabs

- Intel Core i7-950 @ Overclock3D

Video/Monitor

- Inno3D GeForce GT 430 1GB Graphics Card Unboxing Video @ eteknix

- Radeon HD 6800 performance figures leaked @ eTeknix

- eVGA GTX460 FTW Review (v Reference HD5870) @ Kitguru

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Foxtel has their TV guide with some iPad lub

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 @ 0:39 CDT

Foxtel have released an iPad-friendly app of their TV guide. There is an iPhone version too, but this is a much bigger version obviously.

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The Foxtel iPad app lets you browse Foxtel, looking at the 14 day EPG, iQ and iQ2 subscribers are able to set reminders and schedule recordings remotely. Features will obviously change over time, but for now that's all there is.

Mobile App of the Day: Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 23:34 CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone.

Rumors started floating a couple days ago that the update for Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone was coming with some cool new features, and now version 2.0 is ready for public consumption. Yahoo Messenger now includes free video and voice calling to your Friends list as well as low cost voice calls to any landline or mobile phone.

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All of the normal IM functions are included as well, along with instant notifications and free SMS. The app can also run in the background, which allows for multitasking. Video calling requires an iOS device running 4.1 or later, so if you're ready to try out an alternative to Fring and Facetime then grab Yahoo! Messenger 2.0 on iTunes.

Sony's Google TV capable HDTV line coming this weekend

By: Don Lynn | HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 22:23 CDT

Sony has introduced their newest line of internet capable TVs at a press event in New York City. These 1080p TVs will come loaded with the new Google TV software onboard. These TVs will be available at SonyStyle.com on Saturday and in Best Buy stores on Sunday.

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This line will include 24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″ versions with all but the 24" TV being LED backlit. Prices will run from $599 for the 24" model to $1399 for the 46". The Google TV software will bring features Hulu, Twitter, Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora to your television as well as Google Chrome for web browsing. Google TV's huge QWERTY remote is included, complete with a ton of function buttons for running anything you can think of. Android's OS will handle the included apps with the Android Market expected to be available next year.

Sprint now offering refurbished smartphones at discounted prices

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 21:53 CDT

Want to get in on the smartphone craze but don't quite have the up-front loot for the newest and shiniest phones? Sprint is looking to help you. A limited selection of refurbished phones will be made available that are reset to factory settings and free of cosmetic defects for highly discounted prices.

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The phones included in the initial rollout for current customers are the BlackBerry Tour for $79.99, the green Samsung Reclaim and the blue or pink Sanyo 2700 for $49.99. New contract customers can get a refurbished HTC Hero or Tour for $29.99 or the other listed phones for free. The phones only have a 30 day return policy, but it's not a bad deal if you don't have up to $200 up front for something brand new.

iPad coming to Wal-Mart on Friday

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 21:41 CDT

Apple's iPad, which has already been made available at Target, Best Buy, and Amazon, will be made available at Wal-Mart starting on Friday. Availability will begin online with orders being picked up in stores, with in-store stock expected at 2,300 stores by the end of the year.

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Despite Wal-Mart's well known discounted prices on most items, the iPad's pricing is not expected to undercut Apple's prices through the Apple Store and their website. Wal-Mart will sell the most basic WiFi version for $499, with prices increasing to $829 for the top of the line 64GB 3G/WiFi model.

Aluratek launches multifunctional Internet Radio Alarm Clock

By: Don Lynn | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 21:14 CDT

Aluratek has released a pretty versatile looking product called the Internet Radio Alarm Clock(IRAC). With a WiFi connection, this little device can stream content from over 11,000 radio stations worldwide with no monthly subscription fees.

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The IRAC does really function as an alarm clock, allowing you to wake up to your choice of alarm tones, radio stations, or even music from an external USB device such as an Ipod or flash drive. An FM tuner is built in for local radio service, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and dual RCA plugs to connect some beefier speakers than the onboard 2x2W stereo provided. The Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock retails for $99 and is available now.

Windows Phone 7, a trial of the "Live Tiles and Hubs" interface

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 20:32 CDT

There's tonnes of news, photos, etc floating around the interwebs today about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

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There's a big difference between WP7, iOS, Android and Blackberry - which by this video, is quite obvious from the start. The latter mobile OS's generally have a desktop with icons, where Windows Phone 7 is a completely different experience. It opens up with dynamic tiles which update with changing content from the phones app's.

The idea is that, all of the info is not hidden inside the apps, but displayed directly on the first screen you see.

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Zune software to finally become Mac-friendly

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 20:28 CDT

One thing that Zune software has never done since its initial availability in 2006 is play nice with Macs. With Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, this may be about to change. Oded Ran, an executive at Microsoft, tweeted today that Zune software will be made available for Mac users to sync with WP7.

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The tweet has since been removed, but it shows some progress towards the Zune and Windows Phone 7 devices being Apple-friendly. This makes a lot of sense; there's no reason to alienate a chunk of your potential user base when you're trying to elbow your way back into the smartphone market.

Google Chrome OS to be released on a month?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 @ 19:37 CDT

Right now, Google Chrome OS is in release candidate stages.. for those of you who don't know what release candidate is, it's also referred to as "RC". Obviously, the words are simple enough to decipher to "a candidate for release", which always means it's pretty close to shipping time.

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Chrome OS was teased last year - in November, and Google promised it would be released before the end of 2010. It looks like that promise just might be polished in gold, or is that chrome?

Some speed bumps along the way - the explosion of Android, also losing their key Chrome OS engineer to Facebook.

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