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Asus unveils B series notebooks

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

Asus has notebooks for just about every conceivable user group and market. The company has just announced a new line of notebooks that are aimed at business users that want power and portability.


The best part of the new machines for me is that they all have matte screens. That means less glare! The B series includes the B53J, B53F, B43J, and B43F. The 53 models have 15.6-inch screens and the 43 versions have 14.1-inch screens. The J and F models are the same other than the screen sizes.

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Netflix and pay channel Epix working on streaming deal

By: Shane McGlaun | HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 12:10 CDT

I know that there are lots of you out there who are like me and want to be able to stream every movie that hits DVD as soon as it is on the market. Unfortunately, the movie studios are still delaying streaming and other rental forms until the DVD has been on the market for a while.


Netflix is looking to expand its streaming offerings though and has opened up its checkbook to make that happen. Netflix is reportedly talking with pay network Epix about a streaming deal worth nearly a billion dollars over five years.

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Aiaiai whips out DJ bred TMA-1 headphones

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

When it comes to the audio market and headphones in general the offerings often get rather ornate. If you want something with good sound quality that has a stealthy appearance without a lot of bling, it can be a challenge with some brands to find just what you want.


A company called Aiaiai has announced a new set of headphones built in conjunction with pro DJs called the TMA-1. These headphones have a simple, black design with a matte finish that is subtle and industrial looking.

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Weekly Giveaway: HIS HD 5670 IceQ 1GB video card and other goodies

By: Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 10:11 CDT

We have teamed up with HIS to giveaway one of its new Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 1GB video cards as well as one of its Multi-View II adapters and a HIS solar rechargeable LED flashlight. Combined value worth $223 USD!


The lucky winner of this week's giveaway will not only win one HD 5670 IceQ 1GB video card but also a couple other goodies.

Second is the HIS Multi-View II Adapter that is Mac & Window 7 compatible. Imagine surfing the web, screen emails, watch DVD and even work on presentation all at once without flipping through windows. Just plugs in the HIS Multi-View II and you instantly connect to a second screen! Support up to 2048x1152 (2.4 MegaPixels) pixel resolution and 6 monitors connection at the same time, it's as easy as connecting a USB gadget. Once you have more than multi-monitors hooked up, multi-tasking is made far easier and increase productivity.

The third and final prize is a HIS Solar Rechargeable LED Flashlight.

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly prize, anyone in the world can enter! You don't pay the shipping charges.

Zotac drops new H55-ITX WiFi mini-ITX platform mainboard

By: Shane McGlaun | Motherboards | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

Zotac has tossed a new mainboard onto the market for users looking for a very small system. The new board is called the H55-ITX WiFi Mini-ITX platform. The little board packs in USB 3.0 and more for small form factor machines.


The platform supports Intel Core i7 800 series CPUs and has a passive heat sink for cool temps and less noise production. The machine has a pair of external USB 3.0 ports and integrated WiFi. The board also supports Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs.

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Aussie Only Weekly Giveaway: Corsair 16GB Flash "Voyager GT" USB 2.0 Drive worth $89 AUD

By: Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 9:43 CDT

We have teamed up with Corsair and Altech Computers their exclusive distributors in Australia to giveaway a Corsair 16GB Flash "Voyager GT" USB 2.0 pen drive worth $89 AUD to one of our lucky Australian readers.


The Corsair Flash Voyager family is comprised of two outstanding products. The Flash Voyager GT is designed from the ground up for speed, optimizing transfer rates of both reads and writes, while Flash Voyager provides a durable USB drive in large capacities.

The Flash Voyager and Flash Voyager GT are enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber housing. Boasting water-resistant properties, these drives allow users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Several reviews of the Flash Voyager products have demonstrated the ruggedness, durability, and reliability of the Flash Voyager family. The Flash Voyager has been shown laundered, baked, frozen, boiled, dropped, and even run over by a SUV in many third party reviews. After all the punishment it receives, the drive continues to work.

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Telstra to offer up first prepaid Android phone - HTC Wildfire w/ Swype

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 6:44 CDT

Telstra has today launched its first prepaid Android phone; HTC's Wildfire. This phone comes with a few nice features not seen on the more powerful HTC Desire, with a major highlight being Swype keyboard input which is a global exclusive for Telstra on this phone.


The Swype software allows the user to input text using swiping finger gestures across the on-screen keyboard as opposed to tapping individual keys. It is said to be a much faster mechanism for input once the user has gotten a bit of practice time in.

HTC's Wildfire also comes with a Bluetooth contacts importing tool for easier importation of important data from older phones made by other manufacturers. A new Flashlight app is included as well; this making use of the phone's LED camera flash.

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Coalition's alternative broadband idea is out the bag

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 6:08 CDT

Following our earlier story on industry disapproval to what the Coalition had previously unveiled in terms of its alternative broadband policy deliverance versus the NBN, the cat is now out the bag and full details are known as to what it is exactly they have on the cards.

Their alternative idea is only said to cost about $6.3 Billion which will go towards a mix of fibre, cable and wireless technologies to deliver affordable high-speed connections nationwide by 2016; this being two years ahead of Labor's plan.


The scheme includes $2.75Bn for the construction of an optic fibre backhaul network, but will also rely on at least another $750 Million from the private sector. The end result will be speeds of up to 100Mbps in metro areas already served by fibre or HFC cable, and up to 12Mbps in other areas via wireless and satellite connections.

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Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 5:48 CDT

After the Coalition let it be known late last week that they plan to axe the NBN in favour of a wireless based broadband plan, the ICT sector is full of people shaking their heads at this idea. Internet Industry Association Chief Executive Peter Coroneos has shared his views on this and says that any credible national broadband plan would require fibre as a central element.


"We appreciate the value of wireless technology, but for the reason we argued (in our manifesto) it will never be a substitute for fibre".

While Optus and Telstra haven't yet commented, a cross-section of telecommunications and technology interest groups said that a wireless-centric policy would actually take the country backwards.

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Filters getting turned on from ISPs Telstra and Optus mid next year

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 @ 5:10 CDT

It was certainly a big thumbs up from many of us after hearing of Liberal's disapproval towards Labour's mandatory filter late last week, but even if Liberal wins the election, we're not entirely free from enforced filtering.


In harnessing a blacklist that has been compiled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) which blocks an unknown number of child pornography websites and others, both ISPs Telstra and Optus (so far) have agreed to voluntarily implement this blacklist mid next year. This equates to about 5 million internet users that will start receiving a 'clean feed' from this time.