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Panasonic micro four thirds cameras get 3D lens

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

Panasonic has been peddling those slick micro four thirds cameras in the Lumix G series for a while now. The little cameras have interchangeable lenses like a DSLR.

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The Lumix G Micro System cameras have a new lens option coming before the end of the year. The new lens allows the camera to shoot 3D photos. The lens puts two optic elements inside the diameter of the lens mount.

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Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D consumer camcorder gets official

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Panasonic has been teasing with some bits of info about a 3D consumer camcorder for a while now. That 3D camcorder has finally gone official with the coming out party for the HDC-SDT750 camcorder.

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The camera is billed as the world's first 3D consumer camcorder and can also record in full 1080p HD 2D format. The camera uses AVCHD file format when the 3D lens is removed. The 3D lens records left and right eye images at the same time though two lenses. The images recorded with the camera use the side-by-side 3D method.

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Apple offers update 1.0 for Magic Trackpad and Multi-touch Trackpad

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

Yesterday marked the launch of the Apple Magic Trackpad for the first time. The device is a Bluetooth connecting trackpad very much like the trackpad on MacBook computers specifically for the desktop.

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Apple has also released a new update for the Magic Trackpad and for the multi-touch trackpads on some MacBooks called update 1.0. The new update has all the software needed to operate the Magic Trackpad.

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Free bumper cases for Apple and Optus iPhone 4 buyers

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 5:35 CDT

As per Apple in the U.S. alleviating the 'antennagate' (signal loss) issue with iPhone 4s by issuing out a free bumper case, Apple Australia has today confirmed that it, too will be issuing a free case to iPhone 4 buyers. An Apple spokesperson has said the deal will run until September 30.

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The folks at APC were also able to confirm that Optus are providing free bumpers to its iPhone 4 customers, too.

Telstra? - nothing. And if you buy one from them when you collect your iPhone 4 there, are there any rebates? Nope. Not like the U.S. folks who get the amount of a bumper case purchased at AT&T refunded by Apple.

New submarine internet cable to stretch from AU to the states

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 5:14 CDT

As it stands currently, Australia has five major submarine telecommucations cables that carry internet traffic between it and other countries. Telstra has always owned most of the cable capacity that leaves the country. Needless to say, there's been a big void in terms of wholesale price competition in this area since day dot.

However, things are looking up with not only the recent launch of Pipe Networks' carrier neutral cable in Australia dubbed PPC-1 (soley for providing wholesale services to retail providers), but now plans are confirmed for a new 13,600-kilometre submarine cable to be laid that is said to double internet capacity out of the country.

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The two companies making it happen are Pacnet and a new one called Pacific Fibre who are together investing an estimated AU$450 Million to make it happen, which they plan to have ready for use by 2013.

The end result should mean lower wholesale pricing thanks to more competition, which should be reflected in retail plans, if not so much with cheaper rates, higher quotas.

Telstra cop an $18.55 Million fine for 'exchange capping'

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 4:51 CDT

After a drawn out legal battle between Telstra and the ACCC, judgement was handed down to the largest Telco in Australia today which results in the company being required to pay out an $18.55 Million Dollar fine.

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The fine was given to them for "exchange capping", whereby they were restricting exchange access to other internet service providers, leaving them with no alternative but to install their own DSLAM infrastructures to connect new customers.

There was no way Telstra could find the perfect excuse to dodge this one; it's clearly yet another dirty move on their part. In the end, Telstra said "Since the start of the case, we have acknowledged that mistakes were made. We accept the judgement which has been handed down. We will not be appealing."

Dell Streak not coming in July, but pricing leaked: $299 with contract, $549 without

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 4:30 CDT

Dell originally had the 5 inch Streak tablet/smartphone hybrid listed for release in "late July," but as that time gets here it's looking bleak for those looking forward to the device. A Dell spokesman told ComputerWorld that "I can say definitely that the Dell Streak won't go on sale in July," despite the Dell site still saying otherwise.

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A blog post that has since been taken down by Dell did state that the Streak will be available for $299 USD with a contract with AT&T and $549 without. Dell and AT&T did not confirm these prices, but AT&T makes sense since Dell stated the Streak would run on a GSM network and have ruled out T-Mobile, which only leaves AT&T.

Download of the Day: Any Video Converter 3.07

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 4:30 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 2.78.

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.

• User-friendly interface that is easy to use.

• Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more

• Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.

• Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video

• Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.

• Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .

• World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.

• Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...

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Deal of the Day: Combo Deal - eVGA GeForce 210 512MB Video Card & PCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU - $24.98 after Rebates

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 3:59 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - [Combo Deal] eVGA GeForce 210 512MB Video Card & PCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU - $24.98 after Rebates, Shipped Free!.

Offer: Another great combo deal from NewEgg:

- EVGA 512-P3-1213-LR GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

- OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for July 28, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jul 28, 2010 @ 3:23 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - July 27, 2010

Systems

- Silverstone Sugo SG07 Review (featuring Intel 655k & Zotac H55 ITX) @ Kitguru

- Dell Inspiron Zino HD @ Missing Remote

Motherboard

- AMD 890GX - Gigabyte vs. ASRock @ Metku

- MSI P55A-GD65 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASRock X58 Extreme 3 LGA1366 Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- Asus Rampage III Extreme - Overclocking Hero @ Ocaholic

- Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Motherboard @ tbreak

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