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New Apple TV device torn down at iFixit

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

I have an original Apple TV and the thing sucks so bad that it is virtually useless. Out of all the time I have owned it, I bet I have used the thing three times. Talk about an epic fail of a product. When Apple announced the new Apple TV, I was not interested even a bit in the thing considering how bad the first product was. There are a lot of people excited about the new device though so maybe it won't suck as bad as the original.

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If you are interested in the new Apple TV and would like to see what the thing is hiding inside its black case, iFixit has ripped one apart already. The new version is much smaller than the original and comes with a remote control. Should you ever want to repair your device on your own, this tear down could come in handy.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for September 30, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 6:28 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - September 30th, 2010

Motherboard

- ASRock 870iCafe Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3: Full-Featured Mini-ITX Mainboard for LGA1156 Platform @ XBit Labs

- Asus Crosshair IV Extreme @ Overclock3D

Video/Monitor

- EVGA GTS450 Superoverclocked @ Hardware Bistro

- Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450 Video Card @ Ninjalane

- VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 1GB PCIe @ ReviewStash

- Gigabyte releaases world's fastest graphics card (KG sneak peek) @ Kitguru

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Download of the Day: Picasa 3.8 Build 115.66

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 5:48 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 115.66.

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.

The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

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The latest version includes the following changes:

Changes in Version 115.66

* Fixed "Manage Online Contacts" 403 errors.

* Fixed corrupt metadata bug.

* Fixed various Face Movie crashes.

* NEF files appear again for mass storage devices on Windows 7.

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Zune Pass and ESPN on board for XBox Live Fall update

By: Don Lynn | Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 1:42 CDT

The update for Xbox Live has been announced and quite a few new features are on the horizon. 360 owners should be seeing the update hit on or around November 4th.

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Gold subscribers will get access to ESPN for Xbox Live, which gives access to more than 3,500 sporting events per year, including college football, MLB, NBA and soccer. Voice chat while watching games will be available, as well as Full HD video and DVR capability. The Zune Pass is also making an appearance, with unlimited music streaming and DRM-infused downloads coming available for $15 a month. There will even be a social music function that allows you to connect with other Xbox Live users with similar music tastes. You may finally find that special someone who shares your love for Yanni!

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Microsoft Security Essentials expanding to small business sector

By: Don Lynn | Software | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 1:23 CDT

Microsoft Security Essentials has quickly become one of the more popular free antivirus programs out there, and now Microsoft is getting ready to expand the program into the small business sector with free installation for up to 10 PCs.

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With small businesses having to pinch pennies at every corner, not having to pay for PC protection comes through as a major plus. "Many consumers and an increasing number of small businesses are either unwilling or unable to pay the ongoing subscription costs for the security suite solutions that come on their PCs," stated Eric Foster of Microsoft in his blog. With MSE grading as good or better than some of the most famous free and paid solutions out there, this should be a no-brainer for small business owners needing malware and virus protection.

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Google Android device database makes phone selection easier

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 0:59 CDT

Okay, so an iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone. But with the flood of Android phones saturating the market, it may be difficult for a rookie to decide what Android device is right for their needs. Google is trying to make the decision making process easier with the Google Phone Gallery.

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The Google Phone Gallery has an international and pretty dang near complete list of all of the Android based handsets currently out there for purchase, and outlines the features of each one. They can be compared side by side and ordered alphabetically or by release date. Only handsets are included for now; no tablets yet. So if you're in the market for a new phone and Android tickles your fancy, let Google pair you up with your perfect handset today!

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MotorMouth II from Scosche brings painless hands free calling on the road

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 @ 0:38 CDT

The wave of hands-free devices in your vehicle continues to grow as the outrage over phone usage while driving builds. Scosche's MotorMouth II brings Bluetooth enabled hands-free calling to any vehicle with a 3.5mm auxiliary input.

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The premise is simple: Connect the MotorMouth to your phone via Bluetooth, plug it iot the 3.5mm jack in your vehicle's head unit, and chat away during calls and hear the responses from your car's speakers. Unlike other devices, this one doesn't seem to require a specific radio frequency to be on or any of that noise. The MotorMouth II will even stream music from your phone. The MotorMouth II will retail for $79.99 USD.Check out the full demo video after the break.

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iiNet shareholders "overwhelmingly" vote for takeover of AAPT

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 @ 20:26 CDT

iiNet shareholders today overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of AAPT's consumer devision at iiNet's Extraordinary General Meeting held today.

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iiNet's CEO, Michael Malone said that "the overwhelming support from iiNet shareholders is a reflection of the compelling strategic rationale for the acquisition and confidence in the company." "iiNet will become the clear leading challenger brand in the Australian telecommunications market following the acquisition of AAPT's Consumer Division, iiNet will have more than 1.3 million customer services, including in excess of 650,000 DSL subscribers, the second largest in Australia."

He also added "In addition, we will have over 2,000 staff across four countries dedicated to maintaining the Company's high quality customer service. iiNet's significant scale position, combined with our ever growing suite of cool products, well known brands and market leading service levels uniquely positions the company for continued growth in the changing industry landscape."

iiNet shareholders now having approved the acquisition, completion of the acquisition will occur on September 30, 2010. The acquisition has been entirely funded from cash on hand and the extension of existing debt facilities.

This move should push iiNet into Australia's second biggest ISP position.

Facebook and Skype possibly teaming up for video chat functionality

By: Don Lynn | Social Networking | Posted: Sep 29, 2010 @ 19:14 CDT

As much as seemingly zillions of people love Facebook, the chat function leaves quite a bit to be desired for some. Facebook's possible answer? Teaming up with Skype to bring SMS messaging and video and voice chatting to Facebook Connect.

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Rumor has it that Facebook and Skype are close to putting together a deal that will allow Skype users to integrate their accounts with Facebook Connect, letting users use the much more popular Skype interface to video or voice chat with their Facebook friends. No word on whether it will be available on the mobile platform as well as PC, but we may have our answer when the Skype 5.0 beta hits in a couple of weeks.

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