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160GB and 320GB Playstation 3 systems coming soon

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 20:57 CDT

Sony has announced today that the Playstation 3 units sold in North America will be getting a hard drive upgrade. The new options will be units with 160 or 320 gigabyte drives. According to Sony, customer demand for more space for music, movies, and game content is the main reason for the upgrade.


Scott Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing at Sony, stated that "as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows." The 160GB PS3 will replace the 120GB version and take on the same $299 USD price tag, while the 320GB version will be packaged with the Playstation Move for $399 USD.

Asus lower shipment estimates for Eee netbooks thanks to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 14:10 CDT

Asus is not doing well with its netbook shipments right now. The company has been shipping tons of the small machines, but over the last few months the netbook market overall has started softening as the market matures. The improving economy also means that more consumers have the extra money to buy a normal notebook rather than a netbook. One other big reasons that shipments of netbooks for Asus are slowing is the iPad.


Asus has announced that it has been forced to reduce its shipping estimates for netbook for the year. Asus has reduced its target shipment for its Q3 to 1.4 million units. That announcement came from an investor's conference on August 13 and was made by Asus CEO Jerry Shen. Asus also announced at the time that it was reducing its overall financial outlook for the year due to decreased shipments of mainboards, notebooks, and netbooks.

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MSI FX600-002US now available at a great price

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

I have been impressed with the last few MSI notebook computers that I have messed with. The things tend to offer lots of performance and style at a good price. Some details of the MSI FX600 leaked online not too long ago, but we were missing a few key pieces of the puzzle. Those pieces included things like price and when you could buy the machine.


Judging by the specifications of the machine it was easy to imagine that the machine would be selling for well lover $1000 when it landed. The MSI FX600-002US notebook has gone official and offers a 15.6-inch LED backlit screen and an Intel Core i5-450M CPU. The machine also has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M GPU with 1GB of memory and 4GB of system memory.

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Sceptre announces easy to assemble new home theater furniture

By: Shane McGlaun | HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

Sceptre has been peddling some nice and inexpensive LCD TVs for a while now that come in a range of sizes. The sets can be purchased online and in retail stores like Target and more. One thing that many people who buy a new TV want and need is a place to set that TV for viewing. Sceptre has announced a nice new line of home theater furniture that you don't need tools to build.


If you have ever put together one of those DIY style wood entertainment centers that has all the screws and cams, you know what a massive pain the build process can be. The big feature of the Sceptre line of entertainment furniture is that the build process needs no tools and claims to be able to be finished in only a few minutes. The line includes three different pieces.

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Nikon offers up sweet new Coolpix X1100pj digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

A while back Nikon unveiled a cool digital camera in its point-and-shoot Coolpix line that had a projector built in to share those photos and video on the camera with more people. The company has now unveiled a follow up to that original projector equipped camera called the Coolpix S1100pj. Compared to the predecessor, the new camera has more features and a better projector module according to Nikon.


The S1100pj is 40% brighter than the previous projector camera with 14 lumens of light output. That is certainly not that bright and will mean that you need a dark room to really see detail in the video and photos projected with the camera. Most pico projectors are questionable in even dimly lit room with more lumens than that. Still, the camera is interesting and has another cool feature the original lacks -- USB connectivity.

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Lian Li adds new PC-C50 HTPC chassis to line

By: Shane McGlaun | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

They say once you go Lian Li you never go back. Well, OK so maybe they don't say that but all of the Lian Li cases I have used over the years were much better than most other cases on the market. The big downside to Lain Li gear is that the company knows it makes good products and charges dearly for them. A Lian Li case sometimes costs as much as a netbook to purchase.


Lian Li has added a new HTPC chassis that might be just the thing for the living room computer user looking for performance and good looks. The case is offered in black or silver brushed aluminum finishes. It works with Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX mainboards and measures in at a svelte 445 mm x 167 mm x 325mm and weighs 3.2kg. The chassis also has a plethora of front mount ports and connectors to keep you from having to dig behind your HTPC.

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Component contracts assigned for Apple iPad 2

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 7:08 CDT

A reputable major Taiwanese newspaper has indicated that Apple has another iPad like tablet device on the horizon which could see a launch as early as Christmas of this year. The information given suggests a 7-inch sized tablet in the works with assembly already underway by some Taiwanese companies.


The Economic Daily News financial newspaper mentions that these Taiwanese companies have been given a number of component contracts for the new "iPad 2", including Chimei Innolux supplying the 7-inch LCD screens that are said to use the same IPS tech found in the existing iPad. Cando Corporation will be the Touchscreen technology suppliers for these screens, according to the report.

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Don't take the bait, ignore the Dislike button scam!

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 6:38 CDT

Survey scams continue to suck many unsuspecting Facebook users in and result in the automated spreading of messages to all of the people on their friends list. A new one is quickly attracting many people to click on it as it promises a feature that a large number of Facebook users have been wanting for a long time, a "DISLIKE" button.


This spam scam gives messages including "I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!" and "Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!". Clicking install will have it requesting for permission to access your personal information, post to your wall and access data even when you're not using it. With a hold of your permissions it will spread messages of which you responded to your friends.

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Qantus' multi-view X-ray machines can scan laptops in bags

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 6:12 CDT

If you do a fair bit of travel and can't be without your laptop wherever you go, you'll understand the annoyance of having to dig your laptop out of its bag every time for carry-on scanning.

QANTAS is actually working on a technology that could see an end to this hassle which harnesses new multi-view X-ray machines that provide an enhanced display that is much clearer and more detailed.


A trial of the technology took place in Sydney recently and Qantas officials and passengers were both very satisfied with the results. The security process was sped up noticably and helped eliminate delays caused by people who don't take their laptops out ahead of time.

But despite the trial's success, there is still a hurdle; the Office of Transport Security is not fond of any new procedures that would allow passengers to keep their laptops in their bags. Hopefully in time they will take a closer look and see it is a faster alternative without security being compromised.

Tony stands up tall and says Wireless is still the answer

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 17, 2010 @ 5:32 CDT

Despite all the constructive critisicm being handed back to him in layman's terms (due to being "no Bill Gates"), Tony Abbott is continuing to ignore industry experts who are outlining many flaws about the Coalition's alternative broadband policy to Labor's nationwide fibre network.

Last night on ABC's Q&A program he went on another wireless happy talking spree about it being the smarter choice. The Coalition have been questioning whether people will really need the bandwidth provided by a fibre network, while experts in the industry find this ludicrous.


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