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VPlayer for Android - whispers sweet nothings in your ear

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 19:11 CDT

Finally, we have a VLC-equivalent player on the Android.

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It will support nearly any file you feed it without an issue, a free alpha version is available now.

VPlayer offers support for virtually any video format you need, files like DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV and WMV to name a few. But, it is in alpha form so it's not super stable - but it's something.

"Old Spice Guy" tabbed for Australian Windows Phone 7 commercials

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 18:59 CDT

"Look at your phone. Now look at me. Now back to your phone. Now back to ME."

Okay, the ads may not go exactly like that, but Microsoft is taking advantage of the viral popularity of Isaiah Mustafa, better known as "The Old Spice Guy," for their Australian Windows Phone 7 commercials.

Mustafa, a former NFL (American) football player, hit the big time with a series of commercials for Old Spice featuring a cocky attitude and everything a girl could ever want. Whether Microsoft can put him in a spot where his skills can be fully utilized is the question. But hey, how hard is it to work a commercial around a guy who can turn an oyster with two tickets to that thing you like into diamonds?

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Judge approves $100M Dell settlement for fraud charges

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

Back early in the summer it came out that the SEC had filed charges against Dell computers for alleged fraudulent accounting practices when reporting its earnings to stockholders. After fighting the case in court, Dell Computers finally came back and proposed a $100 million settlement offer to the SEC, which had to be approved by the judge presiding over the case.

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That judge has given the $100 million fine the nod and Dell is set to put the legal row behind it and move forward. The charges stemmed from the fact that Dell failed to disclose to shareholders that some of the money it was reporting as earnings was in fact payments from Intel to remain an Intel exclusive processor company. The payments were to prevent Dell from buying AMD processors. The practice of paying for exclusivity has also landed Intel in hot water with authorities and resulted in a huge fine for the world's largest chipmaker.

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Cricket Crosswave hot spot device launches with Cricket Wireless

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 13:02 CDT

If you have a netbook, notebook, or an iPad that has WiFi but not 3G connectivity on the go you may have wished on more than one occasion that you had a broadband modem for the device. The problem for many folks is that while 3G mobile broadband might be appealing the thought of a two-year contract for a device that we may not use that often is far from appealing, not counting the price of buying the modem as well.

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Cricket Wireless is a no contract wireless provider that serves much of the US. The company has a 3G network that offers data speeds of up to 1.4Mbps at its peak. Cricket has announced that its cool Crosswave mobile hotspot is now in Cricket Wireless retail stores for purchase at $149.99. The mobile hotspot is small and measures in at under 4-inches high and under half an inch thick. That small size will make the thing easy to take with you on the road.

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Pandora unveils new gift subscriptions in time for holiday shopping

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

Geeks can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Many of us tend to already have the latest gadgets and the best computer gear so finding gifts for birthdays and holidays is challenging. If you know a geek that likes music, and most do, Pandora has a cool new gift subscription offering that is working right now that will make an excellent gift.

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The service will let you purchase a gift subscription for a year's worth of access to anyone you want. The gift price for a year is $36 and you can give the gift as a printable gift card or as an email gift card. The email option will be perfect for people who want to give someone a gift that lives far away. Another cool feature of the email option is that you can schedule the gift to be sent up to a year in advance.

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TI buys semiconductor fab in China

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Texas Instruments makes all sorts of chips for a vast range of devices running from mobile phones and set top boxes to other electronic devices that you probably don't even know they work with. TI runs its own fabs where it builds its chips itself rather than being a fabless semiconductor firm like some that farm out the actual construction of their chips to someone else.

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TI has announced today that it has acquired a new analog semiconductor fab in China. The fab is the first that TI has in China, is located in Chengdu, and will be known as TI Chengdu. The fab is a fully equipped 200mm fabrication facility and TI purchased the fab from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company at an undisclosed price.

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Cable Collar from Quirky helps you keep organized

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

I have mentioned Quirky products a few times around there and the things are pretty cool. Quirky has unveiled its latest product and it's one that will help you keep all those tangled wires running to and from your computer nice and neat. The thing is called the Cable Collar, it is designed to wind up some of the excess cord behind your desk that runs from your computer, and it will work with all manner of other gadget chargers as well.

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The thing has enough space to wrap up to 24-inches of cable and is made to fit all plugs used in North America. The Cable Collar also has six integrated anchors for keeping the cords snug and secure. The plastic the Cable Collar is made form is heat resistant and will not interfere with the electrical connections of your gear.

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Telstra's Desire gets Froyo update in the next few days

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 @ 0:00 CDT

After watching the rest of the world get Android's Froyo 2.2 update, Telstra Desire users have had to just wait, patiently for the release - or choose the rooting path. For myself, I've waited - patiently.

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But, a user posted on Telstra's Twitter asking about it - with an employee replying "the wait is nearly over, should be released OTA within the next few days".

Better late than never, right?

Download of the Day: GOM Player 2.1.27.5031

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 23:36 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is GOM Player 2.1.27.5031.

GOM is a FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in.

Codec Finder

GOM Player includes many codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) so you won't need to install separate codecs for most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one.

Play Broken AVI Files (Patented)

GOM Player's patented technology enables users to view files with broken indexes or that are still being downloaded.

Powerful Subtitle Support

GOM Player supports SMI, SRT, RT, SUB(with IDX) files for subtitle. You can even synchronize subtitle and video if there's any mismatch.

Convenient Playlist

If you run a video file and there is already a file with a similar name in the directory, it will be automatically added to your playlist. GOM Player has a similar playlist format as M3U, PLS, ASX.

Support Different Media Types

Along with different media format such as AVI, MPG, MPEG and DAT, GOM Player also supports streaming Windows media format (WMV, ASF, ASX). You can also watch DVD-quality videos with 5.1 channel audio output.

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Viewsonic tout new 24-inch V3D241wm-LED monitor with 3D glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 14, 2010 @ 23:05 CDT

After NVIDIA has been owning the 3d-gaming market with it's 3D Vision bundles, AMD have been left in a 2D world.

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Not anymore - with the launch of the Radeon 6000-series of GPU's next week, they will add 3d capabilities to the Radeon line, including support for Blu-ray 3D through the added feature of Multiview Video Coding (MVC) in UVD3.

Viewsonic are the first manufacturer to have AMD Radeon 3D support.

The V3D241wm-LED ships with 3d active-shutter glasses, the LED-backlit monitor obviously comes in at 120hz (to enable 3D), full HD 1920x1080 resolution, 2ms grey-to-grey response time and Viewsonic's quoted 20, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Stereo speakers are included, which are an amazing four-watts of output, a USB port is included for the plug-in of the included active-shutter glasses. The monitors comes with HDMI, DVI and VGA connections.

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