PayPal iPhone app update makes it easy to deposit checks

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Oct 7, 2010 2:04 PM CDT

One of the things that I hate to do is go to the bank and deposit checks. Luckily most of my pay doesn't come on checks so I can skip this hassle for most of the month. If you use PayPal a lot and have lots of checks to deposit the company has announced a new update to its iPhone app that will save you a trip to the bank to deposit the check. The update is version 2.7.

With version 2.7 of the app PayPal now allows you to take an image of a check front and back and then submit the check for deposit without having to actually go anywhere. PayPal isn't the only bank who does this; there are some other major banks that have a similar service. PayPal does say the user needs to hang onto the check for 15 days.

It is supposed to take about six days for the money to actually hit your PayPal account using this method. That means PayPal gets an extra few days before you can toss the check into the trashcan. The check capture service is powered by BankServ. The update also brings various bug fixes to the app for better performance. The app can be downloaded right now from the App Store.

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Energizer unveils new AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case with Battery

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Oct 7, 2010 1:06 PM CDT

Of all the complaints about the iPhone in all its various models, one of the most common is that the smartphone has a short battery life. The battery life each user gets varies a lot depending on how they use the device and sometimes even humidity can affect the run time of batteries. Whatever the reason the battery life for users is shorter than they like, many people turn to cases with batteries inside to get more use from their iPhone.

There are already several cases on the market today that offer a battery inside for the iPhone 4 and older models. None of them has the same sort of name recognition as Energizer does though. The battery giant has announced a new case specifically for the iPhone 4 called the AP1201. The case has a battery inside that claims to "almost double" the battery life of the iPhone 4 while protecting the device from drops and bumps.

The battery inside the case is charged via USB. The case battery and the battery inside the iPhone can both be charged at the same time thanks to pass through charging design. Energizer claims that the case is good for as many as 500 charges in its lifetime. That sounds a bit short to me, charging it each day will get you only around a year and a half use out of the thing. The AP1201 is in stores right now around the country for $69.99.

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Samsung debuts new NF310 netbook

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Oct 7, 2010 12:04 PM CDT

The iPad has bit into netbook sales significantly according to some analysts. The netbook market is still doing well though with robust sales. There are many netbooks to choose from on the market already today, and that number just keeps growing. Samsung has several notebooks and netbooks already and the company has announced the addition of a new netbook to its lineup called the NF301.

The NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and LED backlighting. The netbook has an Intel Atom N550 dual-core CPU and runs Windows 7 Starter. Other features of the machine include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage, and a 3W stereo speaker system. The battery promises over nine hours of run time per charge and the netbook has 802.11b/g/n networking.

The weight for the small netbook is 2.87 pounds. The machine has the Samsung Charge and Sleep USB ports so you can charge your USB gadgets while the netbook is powered off. It will come in silver and has a spill-resistant keyboard design along with a touchpad supporting gestures. The NF310 will hit stores this fall for $399.

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Sony Playstation game The Shoot lands on October 19

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Oct 7, 2010 11:04 AM CDT

There are gamers all around the world who are waiting to get their hands on the new Playstation Move controller system. Many of those gamers will certainly be looking to play some of the shooting games that are offered for the console and will want a gun accessory to make those games more realistic. The official Sony Shooting Attachment accessory is set to launch this month along with an exclusive PS3 game for use with the accessory or without.

Sony announced today that the retro looking Shooting Accessory pistol accessory will land in the US on October 19. That is the same day that the PS3 exclusive shooting game called The Shoot will hit store shelves as well. The Shoot will cast the player as an action-movie hero that has to go through five different movie sets blasting away at enemies.

The game looks pretty cool and has underwater sets, sci-fi, and horror scenes among others. The game will feature combos and other power ups too. Pricing for the game and the Shooting Accessory are unknown right now.

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Razer offers up new Ironclad mouse pad for gamers

Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Oct 7, 2010 10:24 AM CDT

There are as many choices for a mouse pad for gamers as there are other gaming peripherals. Some gamers like rough textured cloth pads and others like really smooth, low friction plastic surfaces that let the mouse glide around without much resistance or noise. If you are the type of gamer that likes a mouse pad that glides easily around a surface Razer's new Ironclad may be just for you.

The new mouse pad is made from anodized aluminum with a finely sandblasted surface. The Ironclad is made to minimize hand discomfort and to improve control. The mouse pad also promises enough friction that you can aim accurately. The surface of the Ironclad is extra large to allow for more mousing area.

The surface of the Ironclad will work with all mice and it has a non-slip rubber base that will keep the mouse pad from moving around during intense battles. Razer ships the mouse pad with a carry case to keep it safe during transit. The size of the mouse pad is 320mm L x 270mm W x 2.5mm H. It will ship in the US this month for $59.99 and will launch globally in November.

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AMD extends it's AMD Fusion partner program to distributors

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 7, 2010 1:04 AM CDT

AMD is stamping it's one year anniversary of the AMD Fusion Partner Program by introducing the AMD Fusion Partner Program distributor track. The expanded program will give distributors access to all of the benefits and goodies within the AMD Fusion Partner Program to help increases sales of AMD-based solutions. AMD is also introducing the AMD Rewards Program - which is being used to add sales-based incentives for partners to increase channel sales growth.

David Kenyon, corporate vice president, Worldwide Channel Marketing, AMD said "It's amazing to see how far we've come in such a short amount of time," he also added "By extending the AMD Fusion Partner Program to all of our valued distribution partners, AMD is proud to now offer them vital information, motivation, support and incentives to help them to be successful in today's marketplace."

AMD Fusion Partner Program Structure

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Intel's next-gen SSD specs leaked?

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Oct 6, 2010 11:21 PM CDT

With current SandForce controller based SSD's owning the SSD battlefield - it's hard to get lost in the blurry smoke of it all.

Intel did have some amazing SSD's but were quickly de-throned by cheaper alternatives that may have not been as good in some benchmarks, but pricing and availability (as well as range of brands) will always triumph, until now?

The leaked specs think it'll be using memory made by IMFT based on a 25nm process. It's a joint venture between Intel and Micron, as well as the development of triple-level-cell (TLC) flash chips that will give higher-densities and lower priced memory. The source explains that it estimates the capacities to double without an increase in price.

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XFX announce Pro series PSU range

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Oct 6, 2010 11:04 PM CDT

Long time VGA lovers, XFX have just announced the launch of the Pro series PSU's.

There's always the usual arguments of single-rail versus multiple dedicated 12V rails - but XFX have chosen to go down the single-rail highway by calling it "EasyRail" technology which provides nearly all of the power over one rail.

XFX aren't out to steal the entire market with this release, obviously it's their first range and first time into the PSU market but all of the important features are included at a competitive price.

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Facebook changes - "giving you more control"

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Oct 6, 2010 9:07 PM CDT

I know this isn't tech related - but TweakTown is intertwined with Facebook and so are 500, 000, 000 and counting users.

I'll keep this short and sweet.

Facebook have been touting some changes lately - which of course they keep under wraps. With the release of "The Social Network" it doesn't come as a surprise that Zuckerberg and co would use this time frame to update Facebook.

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Samsung announce the world's first 1ms LCD panel

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Oct 6, 2010 7:56 PM CDT

LCD's have come a very long way - from the original 20ms monsters they were, to now 30", 3D/120hz, Eyefinity/Surround Vision setups... Samsung are another first to the market with 1ms response time.

Samsung announce the P2770FH LCD which is rated at 1ms.

Young Bae, Samsung's director of display marketing issued a statement saying "a prime example of Samsung's leadership in display engineering, and creative professionals and computer gamers seeking the best possible viewing experience will immediately appreciate its benefits."

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