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Canon shows off world's largest CMOS sensor

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 14:02 CDT

Canon is and easily recognizable name in the photographic world. The company has been making cameras since the digital camera was a dream in some geeks mind. Canon is big in the camera world, but what some might not know is that the company is also big in the research and development end of the camera market and actively develops new tech.


The latest new tech from Canon comes in the form of what it claims is the world's largest CMOS sensor. The gigantic sensor measures 202 x 205mm. The sensor is so huge that only one is made from each 300mm silicon wafer. The new sensor is 40 times larger than the next largest commercial sensor Canon produces today.

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Google unveils Gmail Priority Inbox

By: Shane McGlaun | Software | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

I use Gmail for my personal email account and over the years I have ended up on mailing lists for stuff that isn't spam, but really isn't that important to me. What that means is that while Gmail does a decent job of filtering all the offers for pills to make my Johnson larger into the spam folder, I still end up wading through tons of mail to find the stuff that is important to me and I need to respond to.


Google has announced a new beta feature for Gmail users called Priority Inbox that will be rolled out to all Gmail users over the next week or so. The new feature looks at the messages you reply to and the people you email most and sets those as higher priority than others. When a message from one of those users comes in it will be automatically filtered to an important box for you to check first.

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Viewsonic Viewpad with Android gets official

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

With the iPad blowing up the sales charts and taking a bunch of sales away from the netbook market it's no surprise that there are hoards of new tablets coming soon to a store near you. Many people are waiting for tablets with Android as the operating system to start to hit the market rather than buy the locked down iPad from Apple.


A new tablet from Viewsonic has surfaced called the Viewpad 7. The Viewpad 7 runs Android for its operating system, specifically Android 2.2. The 7 in the name refers to the screen size of 7-inches and the tablet has integrated GSM/3G connectivity. Other features include a front facing camera for video calls and a 3MP rear camera for taking pics.

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Corsair launches USB gaming headset called HS1

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

When you say Corsair gaming headsets aren't what will jump to mind for many people. What I tend to think of when I hear the Corsair name is enthusiast memory products for gaming machines, flash drives, and SSDs. Corsair has announced a new USB gaming headset today that only needs a single USB connection for power and to get the audio from your computer to the headset.


The new headset is called the Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming Headset. As you would expect from any gaming headset the HS1 features a mic that swivels out of the way when you don't need it and flips down when you want to talk in game. The headset uses a closed back design to block out noise and has an adjustable headband for comfort.

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PhotoFast iPADock is perfect for multiple Apple gadget homes

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

I bet there are lots of people out there who have several Apple gadgets in their home. I know my house does with a pair of iPhones, an iPod touch, and an iPad. To keep from having Apple cables all over the place we tend to fight for the single charge plug that is in the office for all four of the gadgets. A new dock has surfaced from PhotoFast that will make it easy to charge up to four devices at once.


The new dock is called the iPADock and it has a design that allows you to change how many devices can be charged to meet your needs. The dock can charge four iPhones or iPods on its two rows. It can also charge two iPads or a single iPad and a pair of iPhones at the same time. The dock appears to use the stock charge cables for your gadgets.

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Download of the Day: Rainlendar 2.8 Beta 94

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 3:04 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Rainlendar 2.8 Beta 94.

Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month. It is a very lightweight application that doesn't use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.

• Small and lightweight

• Different type events can have different appearence

• Supports Windows transparency

• Synchronizes events between several clients

• Localized for multiple languages

• Shows an alarm when an event is due

• Supports iCal files.

• Shows Outlook's appointments

• Includes a todo-list

• Works also as Litestep plugin

• Displays the current date in tray icon

• Can stick to the desktop (i.e. doesn't hide with Show Desktop)

• Hotkeys for quick access

• Easy skinning with an UI


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Deal of the Day: Panasonic DMP-BD65K Internet-Enabled Blu-ray Player for $88.88 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 2:38 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the hhgregg - Panasonic DMP-BD65K Internet-Enabled Blu-ray Player for $88.88 with FREE Shipping!.

Offer: Great price for a quality, high speed (0.5 second quick-start), Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, and Picasa enabled Blu-ray player at just $88.88 with FREE shipping. Limit 1 per customer. Expires 9/2/10.


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Tuesday Morning Roundup for August 31, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Aug 31, 2010 @ 2:03 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - August 31st, 2010


- Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 @ Techreviewsource

- Toshiba's Nile-powered Satellite T235D notebook @ Tech Report

- Desktop PC Platform - Saved By Overclocking @ Benchmark Reviews


- AMD offers low cost Eyefinity adapter, kills off ATI brand @ PC Perspective

- AMD Updates Us on Eyefinity & Announces $30 Cable @ Techgage

- ATI Eyefinity Active DisplayPort Adapter @ Neoseeker

- Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 5970 4 GB @ Hardware-Mag

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Amazon's Kindle 3 screen definitely improved over previous generation

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 @ 22:21 CDT

Think that the Kindle 3 can't be THAT much better than previous versions? Want a reason to upgrade? Take a look at this side by side shot posted by an avid Kindle fan who owns both the second(left) and third(right) generation of Amazon's e-reader:


The Kindle seems to be taking serious strides when it comes to screen clarity and contrast. With the WiFi only version starting at a comparatively wallet friendly $139, it seems that the Kindle is making a serious sales play for those who don't want to plop down serious coin for the more expensive tablets coming around the corner.

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eFuse not stopping Droid X rooting and custom ROMs

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 30, 2010 @ 21:39 CDT

Motorola has tried their best to keep the Droid X from being accessible to custom ROMs, rooting, and other OS bypasses, but the hacking community is a pretty persistent lot and it seems that more and more backdoors are appearing all over.


The alternate firmware "Sapphire," originally designed for the first Droid, and Birdman's "FlyX" ROM are just a couple of the custom ROM's that have begun peeking out from the underground scene. Custom ROMs allow hardcore phone users to access alternative apps, install new versions of Android like Froyo, and even unlock functions like mobile hotspot usage for free.

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