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Thursday Evening Roundup for October 14, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 21:36 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - October 15th, 2010

Video/Monitor

- Zotac GTX460 2GB @ tbreak

- i3DSpeed, September 2010 @ ixbtlabs

- GeForce GTS 450 SLI: a Happy Pair @ XBit Labs

- Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP Graphics Card @ XBit Labs

- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - the overview @ HT4U

Cooling

- Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 CPU Cooler Unboxing Video @ eTeknix

- Evercool Booster Cool Wrist Pad @ BayReviews

- Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler @ RWLabs

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Telstra removes unlock fee for Apple iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 20:05 CDT

Telstra at the moment charge if you want to unlock the phone from it's Telstra-locked network, most people are ok with this - but when purchasing a $1000 phone, you kind of want to own it and not be locked to just one carrier. Telstra have been charging customers a fee to unlock the phones.

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All iPhones purchased from Telstra are locked to the Telstra mobile network by default and will only work with a Telstra sim card - even with this news, that will still be the case.

Telstra have had numerous customers ask them they'd like to use their iPhone overseas when travelling - by putting the local countries sim card in, but the network lock has prevented this from happening until now.

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Mobile App of the Day: TweetDeck for Android

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 19:35 CDT

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

TweetDeck for Android has been in beta for about 11 versions now, but now it is ready for prime time and the official version is now available on the Android Market. Check out the full set of features in the official video below:

TweetDeck is an all-in-one solution for many social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, and FourSquare. Updates are color coded by which site they come from, and things like replying, retweeting, and photo addition are made as simple as a few taps. It's not as feature-enriched as the PC version, but for a mobile device it's a great way to keep from having to visit several sites for updates. Grap the app here from your Android phone or use the QR code below. Make sure you uninstall any beta versions before grabbing the official app.

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Skype 5 and Facebook are unofficial lovers

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 19:31 CDT

Skype official version 5 is out, including group chat which was previously seen in betas - can now link up with your Facebook account for status updating and quick calls to friends Skype or landline numbers.

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Amongst bug and performance fixes, includes group video chat. The Facebook integration is also included - you'll have to ask your friends to list their Skype names on Facebook.

Skype 5 is a free download for Windows users only - future editions of Skype for other clients will included group chat, eventually.

AMD has some thoughts on NVIDIA

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 18:58 CDT

The lads over at KitGuru have an interesting interview with Richard Huddy of AMD.

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If you're a fan of GPU's (from either team) it's a very good read. There will be more interviews to come.

The interview explains a lot about both business practices, benchmark's, the Batman AA scandal, DX11, the future of PC gaming and hardware and how every game up until 2012 will be developed around the AMD Radeon as they were the first GPU company with DX11 level hardware.

Here are some snippets from the interview:

"With one exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon"

We asked Huddy about the ways in which differences in hardware design translate into the DevRel push. "AMD being able to deliver DirectX 11 hardware into the hands of developers a full 6 months ahead of nVidia, means that with one single known exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon hardware. that gives us a huge advantage".

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Netflix on PS3 gaining 1080p and 5.1 surround support; also getting rid of the need for a disc

By: Don Lynn | Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 18:33 CDT

The PlayStation 3 is getting a pretty big-time update Monday for Netflix fans! Here's the full scoop from Eric Limpel, Vice President of Network Operations at Playstation:

First off, you'll be able to throw that silly disc away that you've had to pop in every time you've wanted to use Netflix as it will be no longer necessary. Second, 1080p streaming and Dolby Plus 5.1 surround sound support will be added to upgrade the viewing experience. The original release stated only 1080i would be available, but the bigwigs at PlayStation have since edited out that nasty little "I" for the much more awesome "p".

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Boost Mobile offers bill "shrinkage" for prompt payments

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 17:50 CDT

Most cell companies only pay attention to the people who are behind on paying their bills. Boost Mobile is looking to buck that trend with a great offer to those who pay on time: a reduction in your monthly bill.

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For every six months your payment is received on time on an unlimited plan, Boost Mobile will cut five dollars off of the monthly bill. This can only be applied three times, for a total of $15 off your monthly bill, but a $50 unlimited plan being knocked down to $35 seems like a pretty sweet deal. If you've already earned a discount, you don't lose it if you're late with a payment afterwards. Current Boost customers need to call customer service to opt-in to the program, so call them up and tell them you're ready for their "Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage" plan.

bModo12 Windows 7 tablet surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

One thing we can count on is that over the coming months there will be a ton of new tablets that hit the market with various hardware configurations, operating systems, and price points. Most users are seemingly waiting on Android tablets to hit the market, but there will be many that want Windows so they can use the Office software they are used to. A new Windows 7 tablet has surface from a company called bModo called the bModo12.

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The tablet sounds like netbook on the inside with an Intel Atom processor, dual USB ports, a single SD card slot, HDMI output, and a SIM card slot. That SIM card slot will mean the device will be able to get mobile broadband access. The tablet also has a VGA resolution camera mounted on the front for video conferencing. The processor runs at 1.6GHz and the machine has 1GB of RAM. bModo says the tablet is like a combination of the iPad, Tablet, and notebook PC.

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Sony adds new enhancements to NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 13:12 CDT

Sony was one of the early entries into the market for interchangeable lens cameras that aren't DSLR offerings like micro four-thirds cameras. Sony has announced that it is adding new features to the NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras that will make them better and easier to use for owners. It's nice to see that camera markers like Sony are adding new features via firmware updates today rather than just tossing a camera out and leaving new features for newer models.

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Sony has announced a new firmware that works with the NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras. The update is available for download right now with versions for Mac and Windows PCs available. The update adds support for autofocus for 14 new Sony lenses including the entire range of A-mount optics by Sony and Carl Zeiss. That range of lenses includes telephotos, primes, and zoom lenses. The update also brings new aperture settings.

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SteelSeries unveils full line of Medal of Honor gaming gear

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

SteelSeries has been making gaming peripherals for a long time now. The company bought the rights to one of the coolest gaming keyboards on the market that has interchangeable keysets a while back. SteelSeries is supporting that keyboard with new keysets that are specifically made for certain game titles like the Medal of Honor game from EA that is coming soon. EA has announced a keyset for the Shift along with several other peripherals.

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The MoH keypad for the Shift keyboard will sell for $24.99 alone or with a bundle including the keyset and the Shift keyboard for $99. If interchangeable keysets isn't your bag, a special version of the 6Gv2 keyboard with MoH images printed on it will be available for $99.99 as well. If you like your current keyboard and mouse, but want some MoH bling there will be a version of the QcK mouse pad with artwork from the game for $14.99.

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