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Android platform may become Special Ops tool

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:10 CDT

It looks like even the U.S. Government is on board with Android. The United States Special Operations Command has nailed down Android as the platform of choice to produce a fleet of devices for their entire force. Android will reportedly be the base platform for the next generation of the Tactical Situational Awareness Application Suite, or TactSA.


This set of tools is available to all special ops member and includes communications, mapping, and whiteboard tools to use in the field. The open-source ideals of the Android platform makes sense for government programs since they can tweak it to their specifications, although it will probably look nothing like the Android we know and love once they're done with it. No word yet on whether Angry Birds will be used as a strategic exercise.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 to launch in under 4 weeks?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:04 CDT

Well! This is turning into quite the fight between the GPU titans, NVIDIA and AMD.

NVIDIA have had information slowly leaking out about their upcoming GF110-based GPU, the GeForce GTX580 for a few weeks now - but the specs and information are starting to get a bit more precise, instead of guesstimates.


For nearly 6 months now, the GTX480 has been the single fastest [single] GPU available - yes the Radeon 5970 is faster, but it's a dual GPU design. AMD had the market for Q4 2009 and Q1 2010, but NVIDIA have at least been able to claim that victory amongst the sour grapes of the card (power, heat, noise, delays, etc).

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3G and WiFi now at the summit of Mount Everest

By: Don Lynn | Networking | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 21:35 CDT

It's almost getting to the point that you can't go anywhere in the world without being connected. Ncell, a joint venture between the Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera and some private investors, has installed a 3G and WiFi capable GSM network base station at the base of Mount Everest.


Long famous as the highest point in the world, the summit of Mount Everest no longer requires a satellite phone to make a call. Ncell tested the station by making the world's highest video call at 17,388 feet and has confirmed the network is working at the summit. Ncell also plans to have 90% of Nepal's population covered by the end of next year. Now all your Twitter followers and Facebook friends will be able to know you've completed your climb of Mount Everest the second you reach the top. Hooray?

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ASUS with several tablets on the horizon

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 21:25 CDT

It's no secret that the tablet market is looking to get pretty saturated in the next few months, and ASUS is looking to get their piece of the pie with several offerings of their own. They have tablets in four form factors looking to start launching in December.


The big boy of the group is a 12 inch tablet that will run Windows on an Intel chipset. There will be two seven inch models, one sporting WiFi and the other with "3.5G" and phone capabilities. A pair of nine inch models are also on the horizon, one with the similar Intel/Windows setup as the twelve incher with the other Tegra 2 model running Android. A ten inch EeePad has been spotted in the wild as well. All in all, it looks like ASUS may have a tablet for anyone when these bad boys start hitting shelves.

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Bang & Olufsen unveils new 32-inch BeoVision 10 LED TV

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

Bang & Olufsen makes some undeniably high-end gear for audiophiles and video fans. I have tested a few of their offerings over the years for the iPhone and iPods and the stuff looks very cool and sounds really good too. I have also had some of their headphones and speakers for computers in my hands and all around the gear has been top notch. B&O has a line of crazy expensive LED TVs for people with the loot to afford high-end hardware for the living room and the company has announced a new, smaller screen set to its line.


B&O have unveiled, the new 32-inch BeoVision 10 LED TV. The TV uses edge lit LED backlighting and the set measures in at 32" x 29.2" x 2.52" and weighs 59.4 pounds. It can be had in black or white cabinets and the frame of the TV is silver. Several fabric colors can be use do the front for accenting including black, blue, gray, silver, orange, and white. The screen can show 16.7 million colors.

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Swedish mobile carrier wires summit of Mount Everest for 3G

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 13:10 CDT

I'm not sure why it is that in my area I can't seem to get a reliable 3G connection with AT&T on my iPhone. The connection drops in and out of 3G and will go from one bar to full bars depending on how I hold my head and what time of day it is. Anyone with a similar problem knows how frustrating it can be. My 3G connection might be spotty here in Texas and AT&T may drive me crazy, but folks at the top of Mount Everest can now get full 3G connectivity for voice and data.


A Swedish telecom company called TeliaSonera has wired up a nearby village called Gorakshep that is in the Everest region. The 3G base station near the city has the oomph it needs to shoot a signal to the 17,000-foot peak of Everest. The system has enough bandwidth that a video call was made from a base camp at Mount Everest.

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Harman Kardon shows off HKTS 60 home theater in a box speaker system

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 12:00 CDT

Home theater in a box systems have been around for a long time and they tend to put all of the stuff you need in one package so you don't have to guess at what to buy for a nice home theater system. Not all home theater in a box systems are created equal though, some include cables, the Blu-ray player and speakers while others only have speakers.


Harman Kardon has announced a new home theater in a box system called the HKTS 60 that offers speakers only. The company is well known for its line of speakers and has been selling gear for a long time for computer users and audiophiles, plus it has sound systems in some cars and trucks as well. The HKTS 60 system features a powered 8-inch sub with 200W of power, four identical 2.5-inch dual-driver satellites, and matching center channel speaker.

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ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air ships

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Once up on a time I bought a MacBook and used it for a few weeks before deciding, I was a Windows man through and through and selling the thing on eBay for more than I paid proving that some fan boys will pay anything to win an auction. I had the Zagg invisibleSHIELD film on that MacBook to keep it from getting all scratched up and I use the film on my iPhone as well.


The stuff is really cool because it's clear, you can't really even tell it's on the notebook or your smartphone if you do a good job with the install. The film is also tough, it's nearly impossible to cut the stuff, even purposefully with a knife. The film Zagg uses was designed to protect helicopter rotor blades for the military.

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NEC unveils new 23-inch PA231W computer screen

By: Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

NEC has been shilling a lot of display for computers and projectors for years. The company has been in the display business going back to the days when massive CRT screens were what we all used. As the tech has improved over the years, NEC has kept up and has a wide range of LCD offerings today for all sorts of users. The latest new computer display from the company is the NEC PA231W. The screen is a 23-inch unit with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which means it will do full 1080p HD.


The display is aimed at graphics pros and other folks that do things were color accuracy is critical. It covers 71.6% of the NTSC color space and has a DisplayPort input, dual DVI-D inputs, and VGA. The screen also has a USB hub and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The color lookup tables are 14-bit for precise color calibration.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.00.1303

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Oct 29, 2010 @ 4:38 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.00.1303.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Cleans the following:

• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE


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