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New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller works with Windows 7

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 @ 12:08 CST

When it comes to gaming, some genres simply aren't good for use with game pads and controllers like the Xbox 360 uses from the perspective of PC gamers. Sure console gamers will argue that the gamepad on their Xbox 360 rocks for Call of Duty and some will even claim they will pwn PC gamers using a mouse and keyboard. The PC gamers out there know the score though.

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That said there are some games that many PC gamers like to play that plain suck on the keyboard and mouse control system. Games like racing sims and flying games are perfect examples. If you have one of the new Xbox 360 wireless controllers and you have a hankering to play a game on your Windows 7 PC that needs a controller you can use the Xbox wireless controller on your rig.

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Samsung crams tons of new display techs into FPD 2010 booth

By: Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 @ 10:21 CST

Each year there are a number of tech shows that go on all around the world to highlight specific types of gear. We all tend to focus on CES mostly here in the states, but over in Japan, one of the more interesting shows is usually FPD and this year's show is going now. The FPD show focuses on display tech and Samsung had some interesting displays inside its booth as the show.

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The Samsung booth had a 7-inch AMOLED screen that is expected to land in a table next year. The thing has a 1024 x 600 resolution with 16.7M colors and lots more. A dual screen clamshell device was spied in the booth that looks interesting with a couple 4.5-inch AMOLED screens inside with high contrast at 100K:1 and 300CD/m2 brightness. One of the coolest screens was the foldable display measuring 5.3-inches that folds in the middle and still packs nice specs.

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Zowie Gear outs new gaming keyboard called Celeritas

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 @ 10:00 CST

Not all keyboards are up to the rigors of gaming. If you have ever tried to play a FPS or other game with a junk keyboard that shipped with a cheap PC you have seen more ghosting than most haunted houses and know exactly what I mean. When it comes to gaming keyboards, not all of them are created equal either. Many gamers lust after a gaming keyboard with mechanical keys more than one packed with macros and other features many won't use.

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A company called Zowie Gear has unveiled a new gaming keyboard with mechanical keys called the Celeritas. The company says that the keyboard is the perfect weapon for competition where response time and the ability to move freely are essential. The Celeritas is designed specifically for competitive gamers. The keyboard has 18K gold plated brown mechanical switched for increased durability and better feel.

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TiVo gets a $200 price slash

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 @ 0:30 CST

The TiVo personal video recorder is getting a $200 price drop this week and will also get a bundle pack with either free movie downloads or cash back and a Wi-Fi adapter.

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Currently it sits at AU$699, the $200 drop will bring it to under AU$500 at AU$499. The price drop takes effect on the 12th of November and includes an AU$50 cash back or AU$100 credit on the TiVo internet TV portal, CASPA.

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Zaggmate iPad case offers integrated keyboard

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 9, 2010 @ 23:58 CST

One of the big gripes about the iPad is the fact that typing on a tablet, well, stinks. There's quite a few options coming out to deal with this situation, and one of the most versatile is Zagg's new Zaggmate case.

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Offered with or without a built in keyboard, the Zaggmate protects the iPad as well as providing a clip on stand that allows you to view your iPad horizontally or vertically. The full QUERTY keyboard offers full function for easier typing when playing with Pages or typing out your next novel at Starbucks when you forgot your Macbook. No set date for release is out; Zaggmate with keyboard will run $99.99 while the version without a keyboard is "only" $69.99.

Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2011 (17.15)

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Nov 9, 2010 @ 23:56 CST

Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 (17.15).

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.

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Ask.com officially retired from the search game

By: Don Lynn | Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 9, 2010 @ 23:38 CST

I'll admit it; I thought it was pretty sweet when Ask Jeeves came about and you could type in a question and the site would answer it for you, whether by providing web links or more straightforward answers. Today Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, has officially bowed out of the web search business that it entered in 1996. After years of not finding a suitable way to compete with big dogs Google and Microsoft, Ask.com's owner InterActiveCorp (IAC) is cutting 130 engineering jobs in China and New Jersey in the U.S.

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Ask.com will now focus on their new community based Q&A service that was launched this summer. Ask.com's search engine will now deliver results from a competing company, although it is not clear yet whether this will be covered under IAC's current deal with Google or if Microsoft will poke their nose in there to get Bing results used.

Duracell myGrid USB charger powers anything you can throw at it

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 9, 2010 @ 22:48 CST

Duracell's newest USB powered charger is a jack of all trades when it comes to what it can be used with. From mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers, it's ready for anything that needs juice after being wirelessly charged atop a myGrid charging slab.

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Also able to be charged via USB as well, this 35 dollar device is slim and tiny for stuffing in your pocket or suitcase for power on the go. The amount of time it can power a device varies of course, but they list mp3 players at around 30 hours, smartphones at four hours, and e-readers at 100 hours. Look for the myGrid USB charger to hit shelves this holiday season.

eSTI2 project looks to develop blood testing chip for mobile devices

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 9, 2010 @ 22:36 CST

The mobile industry is making its way into a ton of fields and one area that it is becoming more and more influential is the medical field. From tablet implementation in hospitals to scheduling appointments online, mobile tech is looking to explode in the field. One of the biggest ideas getting a huge financial bump today is the eSTI2 project, which has received a four million GBP grant from the UK's Medical Research Coucil to develop a chip that could make blood testing for things like blood sugar, STIs and STDs something you can handle from home.

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The goal is pretty awesome: skip the trip to the doctors office and get results that can take labs days to even weeks in around 15 minutes from your mobile device. Recent advances in miniaturization would allow a thumbdrive sized chip to take a sample of blood, saliva, or urine and pass the information on to the mobile device for processing. The prototypes only cost around 30 dollars to make currently but the developers are hoping to drive the cost below five dollars to make them easy to get in the hands of developing countries and the poorer segment.