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Atomic9 Bluetooth Wristband Speaker phone turns your plain phone into a wrist phone

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

If you liked those watch phones that you can wear on your wrist that have surfaced this year, but you want to keep your existing handset a new option is available. A company called Atomic9 has unveiled a wrist worn Bluetooth speakerphone.


The device has a 30-foot range to let you walk and move around the home or office without the phone on you. When a call comes in the wristband can beep or vibrate and speak caller ID info.

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Duracell outs new universal netbook charger

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 12:10 CDT

If you have a netbook that you take back and forth from home to the office you have probably wished that you had two power adapters at some point. Having to crawl under the desk to unplug and plug that power cord is a pain.


If you need a new power adapter for your netbook, Duracell has announced a new offering that is priced well. The Duracell Portable Universal Netbook AC Adapter sells for a bit under $50 and will be in stores and online.

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Redbox crams Blu-ray flicks into 13,300 of its kiosks

By: Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

One of the only places I can rent movies in my town is from the Redbox kiosks that are in just about every grocery store in town. I have long wished that there were Blu-ray films in the kiosks and that wish has finally come true.


Redbox announced this week that it has added Blu-rays to 13,300 of its rental kiosks around the country. The company also plans to have Blu-ray films in all 23,000 kiosks it operates by this fall.

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Parrot AR.Drone up for pre-order ships September 3

By: Shane McGlaun | Drones | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 10:02 CDT

One of the coolest things that was at CES this year was the Parrot AR.Drone. The cool helicopter device with four propellers is controlled by the iPhone and has a camera built-in.


If you have had a serious Jones for the thing since it debuted and have been waiting for pricing and availability information here it is. The AR.Drone will ship on September 3 for $299.

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iiNet takes over AAPT's consumer business

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 4:24 CDT

iiNet has given confirmation to the Australian Stock Exchange that it is planning to acquire the consumer business of AAPT for a sum of $60 Million AUD. This acquisition will result in iiNet taking on an additional 113,000 DSL customers along with approx. 251,000 other consumer connections. The acquisition is expected to have occured in full in September this year.


The deal will also mean iiNet takes over AAPT's webmail domain, consumer billing system and also AAPT's outsourced consumer call centre in Manila, Philippines (comprising about 250 staff members). Around 40 of AAPT's employees will also transfer under iiNet wing whose roles are to continue managing the billing and other core systems.

Full details about the acquisition plans over at the source.

NBN expanding to 93% fibre footprint

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 4:14 CDT

Labour is more confident than ever about its NBN project with Julia Gillard mentioning earlier today that there has been an expansion made to the project which will result in a 3% rise in coverage across the country. Previously set at 90%, the additional 3% promised today equates to another 300,000 more premises being catered to. With this expansion, Julia Gillard reaffirmed that the $43 Billion network is still on schedule and remains on budget.


The Federal Government also unveiled network maps today that outline transit links, fibre and fixed wireless coverage areas. Any premises in the geographical majority that was located outside of those areas can still be connected via 12 Mbps satellite.

Victoria Government handing out 500 iPads to select Hospitals for trial

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 3:52 CDT

Victoria's state government sees logic in giving a number of hospitals in the state a bunch of Apple iPads; no less than 500 to be handed out. The trial is set to commence from January of next year; details of which hospitals would be getting some of the iPads weren't disclosed at this time.

Daniel Andrews whom is Victoria's Health Minister said the roll-out is costing about $500,000 in total; the iPads are going to be handed over to graduate doctors, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses for use while treating patients.


"The iPads will allow doctors and nurses to access any web-enabled application run by their hospital as they move around the hospital, as well as allowing them to tap into health information resources. The iPads will connect via the Wi-Fi networks that allow secure, safe wireless connectivity within the hospital while not affecting other important and sensitive electronic patient care equipment."

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Download of the Day: Digsby Beta (build 80)

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 3:42 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Digsby Beta (build 80).

Digsby provides you with IM, email and Social networks in one easy to use application.

Instant Messaging - Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.

Email Notifications - Digsby is an email notification tool that alerts you of new email and lets you perform actions such as 'Delete' or 'Report Spam' with just one click.

Social Networking - Digsby is a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages and gives you a live Newsfeed of what your friends are up to.

Version 38 onwards is a stub installer that includes numerous toolbars etc., we recommend you do not install these.


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iPhone 4 availability delayed in NZ

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 3:26 CDT

I'm sure there were a lot of annoyed Kiwis looking to pick up a shiny new iPhone 4 today after finding out that despite the launch having taken place early this morning, Vodafone, Magnum Mac and JB Hi-Fi stores weren't handing out the phones.


ZDNet Australia were informed by staff at JB Hi-Fi in Queen St, Auckland that they simply did not have any iPhone 4s in stock and had no idea when they'd be getting them.....

When speaking to Magnum Mac, they didn't have any real reasoning behind the lack of phones either. It wasn't until 12:42pm when a Vodafone spokesperson sent a comment to say the carrier was finally shifting the phones when NZ folks could start to get their hands on them. As it stands, they still have to wait until this evening before Apple turns on the switch for online sales.

The reason for the delay is not known for sure; media reports are saying it's partly due to a stouch between Vodafone and Apple, or it could simply be down to a shipping problem.

Deal of the Day: Lenovo G455 Laptop with 14" Display, 4GB of Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon H4200 and More for $449 after eCoupon

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jul 30, 2010 @ 3:06 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Lenovo G455 Laptop with 14" Display, 4GB of Memory, ATI Mobility Radeon H4200 and More for $449 after eCoupon.

Offer: You get a 14" WXGA LED Backlit display with 1366x768 resolution, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, a big 500GB hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD4200 512MB video, dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 802.11b/g/n, AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core M320 processor, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 6 cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and a 1 year warranty! Coupon discounts another $180 off the $120 already applied, giving you a combined savings of $300!! Use eCoupon: USPG34726 (expires 8/2/10 or after 300 uses)


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