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August 12th confirmed for Droid 2 launch at Best Buy

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 14:56 CDT

The date going around the rumor mill for the launch of the highly anticipated Droid 2 has been August 12th. Now it seems that date has become official, at least for Best Buy stores. The folks at Engadget got a hold of a screenshot from the "inside" at Best Buy confirming the date.

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The most powerful Droid phone to date with a beefier core, Wireless N and mobile hotspot connectivity have been on the wishlist for Droid fans for quite a while, and now it looks like it's only about a week away. Expect "Sold Out" reports to be coming around this time next week.

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Dish Network unveils new DVR scheduler app for iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

There have been DVR scheduler apps out for several smartphones for a while now and the apps are pretty cool. You can use them to control recordings on your DVR at home from anywhere.

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Dish Network has now announced new DVR scheduler application that is claimed to be the first specifically optimized for the iPad. The app gives the user full control over their DVR and works with multiple DVRs in the same home.

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V-Moda unveils new Crossfade LP headphone colors

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 13:14 CDT

When it comes to headphones, you can generally find some that are made simply to sound good and you can find some that are made for looking good. On occasion, you can find headphones that do both like the V-Moda Crossfade LP.

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V-Moda unveiled its Crossfade LP headphones a while back with a black and chrome design. The company has a now announced that it has two new versions of the Crossfade LP with different color schemes.

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Elma Electronic Systems debuts new secure erase storage solution

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 12:06 CDT

Most of us know that just because you hit the delete button on your computer to remove a file from your HDD or external storage doesn't mean the data is actually gone. The data sits on the drive and is simply marked to allow overwriting by the OS.

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That means if you have sensitive files you don't want to fall into the wrong hands you have to use special processes for deleting data. Elma Electronic Systems has introduced a new mass storage device that uses erasing techniques that meet ten different military and defense secure erase standards.

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Swann Security debuts OutbackCam security camera

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Home security is a big deal for lots of people. We all l need to keep our families safe and protect the cool stuff we work so hard to buy. Swann Security makes all manner of security cameras and their gear and has announced a new security camera.

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The OutbackCam is a rugged security camera that is inside an all-weather case and has an integrated DVR. The camera can take still shots or video in color or black and white. The camera resolution is 2MP.

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Flash Rods flash drives are made from toy cars

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

I am both a computer geek and a car guy at the same time. It's not often that I can run across a product that reconciles both my favorite things into one product. The Flash Rods do just that though.

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These flash drives each have 4GB of storage and that storage is crammed inside an off the shelf Hot Wheels style car. Each of the drives is made by hand and you can get just about any car you can think of.

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TPG makes a big mistake in email to customers today

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 4:54 CDT

TPG made a big boo boo today when it accidently revealed hundreds of its business customers e-mail addresses in a billing e-mail that was sent out today.

ZDNet Australia was given the heads up about the error from several of TPG's business customers earlier this afternoon which expressed concern over privacy breaching.

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The e-mail sighted by ZDNet appears to have been sent out to 500 addresses simply advising their business customers that their bill was ready for viewing.

TPG is yet to respond in relation to this error.

Dell launch new 11.6-inch Inspiron M101z for just $699

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 4:01 CDT

Dell have made available a new 11.6-inch ultra-portable to the Australian market today as a new member to its Inspiron family; the M101z.

This unit comes with an optional dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo processor running at 1.3GHz, or you can go for the cheaper single core Neo K125 which operates at 1.7GHz. Everything else is much of a standard fare; including 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD running Windows 7 Home Basic in base form, with options to boost it to 4GB with a 320GB HDD and 7 Home Premium if the wallet allows.

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Dell claims battery life to be around six hours with this unit, but reports abroad are saying you can more or less expect four hours out of it if you're relatively light on usage.

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Latest stats are out on digital television growth

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 3:46 CDT

Some interesting stats down under have emerged in relation to how fast homes are adopting new technologies; in this case, digital television.

The federal government's Digital Switchover Taskforce has released figures for the second quarter of this year which show that the amount of homes switching to digital TV have surged during the June quarter due to significant growth in the Sydney and Melbourne markets.

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The biggest surge in the quarter was seen in Sydney, where it jumped 10 points to 71%, whilst in melbourne it has risen 13 points to 77% of homes. This is also the same period when the first region in Australia (Mildura/Sunraysia) switched off its analog TV signal, giving pure digital transmission only. 99% of households in this area have made the switch.

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Liberals make it clear they're against mandatory internet filtering

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Aug 6, 2010 @ 3:16 CDT

Many of you will be very pleased to hear that the Coalition has announced that it in no way supports the implementation of a mandatory internet filter in Australia and providing it wins the election on August 21, will most certainly scrap it.

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During a conversation with ABC Radiop's Triple J, Joe Hockey said "We believe the internet filter would not work. We believe it's a flawed policy. It's not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offence (sic) that is going through email. The ISP-based filter system does not work."

In being opposed to the internet filter, the Abbott government's onus would be placed on parents to monitor their children's internet usage. "We will implement practical and effective measures to enhance online safety and security including PC-based filters for families" said Mr. Hockey.

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