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Patriot Minikit Smart Bluetooth car kit works with any smartphone

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 13:12 CDT

There are some notable names in the world of hands free Bluetooth devices and the Parrot brand is right at the top of the list. The company makes all sorts of Bluetooth devices that span from the headset style worn on the ear to the style that mounts inside the car. Parrot even has a line of hands free systems that has to be installed by a dealer.


The latest offering from Parrot is the new Minikit Smart. The hands free kit can work with any smartphone on the market ranging from 56mm to 70mm wide. The device connects to the smartphone with Bluetooth and can allow the driver to talk hands free while using Bluetooth to send driving directions through the integrated speaker. That speaker has 2W of power.

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Foremay shows off world's fastest 1.8" SSD

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 12:00 CDT

SSDs are in all manner of electronics and other devices today. The SSD is ideally suited to small devices since they have no moving parts and require very little power to operate. The SSD also has very good performance offering much better performance than you get from traditional HDDs despite the power savings the SSD offers. A company called Foremay has unveiled what it claims to be the world's fastest SSD in 1.8-inch size.


The tiny little SSD can be had in up to 400GB storage capacity and it offers performance on par with larger drives. The SSD has read/write speeds of up to 280MB/s and random read/write IOPS at 4KB up to 30,000 for read and 18,000 for writes. The little SSD is aimed at use in consumer electronics, HPC, and enterprise servers as well as high-end laptop markets.

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Gigabyte unveils budget GZ-P5 computer case

By: Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

Any fan of computers and computer hardware will know right away the name Gigabyte. The company is a major player in the computer hardware market with mainboards and other gear and the company has notebooks and a lot more. The latest product to surface from the company is a budget computer chassis that budget shoppers might like to check out called the GZ-P5.


The case isn't flashy like some of the high-end offerings you will run across from Cooler Master and others, but it has the basic features that most people want and a price tag a fraction of the price that most high-end cases command. Gigabyte is offering the GZ-P5 for around $30. Yes, you read that right, a name brand computer chassis at $30. For the most part the specs of the case are decent given the price.

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Trendnet offers a pair of new USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

I am sure that there are tons of people out there that have old 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs lying around that are doing nothing other than collecting dust. Those drives are probably still good and you just don't want to trash them. Trendnet has a couple new external HDD enclosures that will let you take those old drives and make blazing fast external storage out of them. The new enclosures include the Trendnet TU3-S35 and the TU3-S25.


The two enclosures have the same features with one notable exception. The S35 supports 3.5-inch SATA I or II HDDs and the S25 supports only 2.5-inch SATA I and II HDDs. Both of the enclosures connect directly to the USB 3.0 port offering up to 5Gbps of transfer speed. The enclosures will support drives with up to 1TB or more of storage space.

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Download of the Day: Notepad++ 5.8.3

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 5:44 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Notepad++ 5.8.3.

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.

Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

• Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding


• User Defined Syntax Highlighting

• Auto-completion

• Multi-Document

• Multi-View

• Regular Expression Search/Replace supported

• Full Drag 'N' Drop supported

• Dynamic position of Views

• File Status Auto-detection

• Zoom in and zoom out

• Multi-Language environment supported

• Bookmark

• Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting

• Macro recording and playback


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Deal of the Day: 15.6" HD LED-backlit Dell Inspiron 15 with Intel Dual Core, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-G, and More for $479.99 plus Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 5:06 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - 15.6" HD LED-backlit Dell Inspiron 15 with Intel Dual Core, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-G, and More for $479.99 plus Shipping!.

Offer: Dell home has a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop at just $479.99 plus shipping after $125 instant discount. This 15.6" LED-backlit TFT equipped laptop includes a 2.3Ghz Intel Dual-Core T4500 processor, 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g wireless, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 11/11/10 at 5:55AM CT.


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Wednesday Morning Roundup for November 3, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 4:23 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - November 3rd, 2010


- Gateway ID49C11u Notebook @ Techreviewsource

- HP EliteBook 2540p @ Digitaltrends


- Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 @ Hot Hardware

- NVidia GeForce GTS 450 SLI Performance @ Ninjalane

- The Latest nVidia GTX580 news @ Kitguru

- MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5 OC Edition and ZOTAC AMP! Edition 1GB GeForce GTX 460 @ Futurelooks

- StarCraft II Performance Benchmarks: 3D Vision Tested on Nvidia DX11 Video Cards @ HiTechLegion

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Mobile App of the Day: Photospeak

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 @ 0:25 CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Photospeak.

Sending pictures to a friend's email or text inbox is something anyone can do. How would you like a way to give those photos of you a voice and personalized message? It's possible with Photospeak.

Photospeak allows users to integrate voice messages with photos from their album or with 3D avatars. You can also purchase items to add to photos like hair, glasses, and other "accessories" to dress up your photos. The latest update now has taken away the requirement of an internet connection for creating new faces as well as updating video sharing options. Now you can share your Photospeak videos via Facebook, email, or save them in your Photo Album for later use. The app is $2.99 and available on Android and iOS devices, so search PhotoSpeak in the Android Market or grab it on iTunes.

Recent Mac virus threats has three companies jumping on the Mac antivirus train

By: Don Lynn | Software | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 @ 23:52 CDT

The "Macs don't get viruses" argument has been pretty tired for a while now, and with the recent Koobface and Boonana malware threats Sophos, ESET, and Trend Micro have all released Mac-friendly security products to thwart viruses and malware aimed at the Mac platform.


The Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is a free antivirus that is designed to protect against viruses, malware, and other threats; "even those designed for Windows." ESET Cybersecurity is a spinoff of their NOD32 Antivirus that requires a yearly subscription but also includes educational tools for staying safe online. Trend Micro's Worry-Free Business Security 7 now offers an advanced version of their Windows product that is Mac compatible.

Hopefully these products hitting the market can be a step towards getting the uneducated to stop using the "Macs don't get viruses" line as a reason to buy one...

Foursquare implementing business owner flagging to crack down on "armchair mayors"

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 @ 23:37 CDT

Apparently, Foursquare mayordom is serious business. In an attempt to foil users who are checking in near locations instead of at locations that are trying to rack up check-ins to become mayor and reap all the benefits attached to the title, Foursquare is allowing business owners to flag users that are not in the business while checking in.


Going on the premise that business owners would recognize regular patrons and their visiting habits, this option is above and beyond the GPS location verification that was implemented a few months ago. Foursquare stated that "If a Mayor is flagged by a business owner, they'll be removed from office immediately and the next user in line will take over as Mayor. We're still in the very early stages of experimenting with this feature and will most likely be tweaking it based on feedback from business owners." Take that, armchair mayors.