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HiSaver power strip uses motion sensing to turn off peripherals

Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Sep 24, 2010 at 10:02 am CDT

Power strips are something that just about every computer user has a few of around the house or office. There are a number of green power strips on the market today that use a switch to turn off all the power to connected devices when not needed. There are also some that are on timers to turn things off at specific times to save power.

HiSaver power strip uses motion sensing to turn off peripherals | TweakTown.com

A new power strip called the HiSaver has turned up that uses motion sensing technology to determine when no one is in the room and turn off your gear. The power strip has a motion sensing box that sits on the desk. When it senses no one in the room it waits ten more minutes and then shuts devices attached to three power saving outlets off. The device has one outlet that is always on.

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Mobile App of the Day: Kindle for Android

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm CDT

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Kindle for Android.

Amazon's Kindle app has been a popular alternative for those who want to have a ton of books at their fingertips but aren't quite ready to jump into an e-reader. Kindle for Android has just released a new version with some new features to keep it as one of the best e-reader apps out there.

Mobile App of the Day: Kindle for Android 001 | TweakTown.com

Kindle for Android now supports search for words or phrases in the text of an e-book, either by typing in the phrase or speaking it into the phone. The ability to add and synchronize notes between devices in an e-book has also been added, in case you make notes in your e-book on your phone and need to access them from another device later. A screen lock has also been implemented to "freeze" a page either in landscape or portrait mode. The Kindle app is free, but you'll have to pay for you e-books of course. Learn more here or grab the barcode after the break.

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Intel's AppUp store adds support for Australian users

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Sep 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm CDT

Last week at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel opened up the AppUp store for netbooks - but Australian users were restricted to downloading only free applications, until now.

Intel's AppUp store adds support for Australian users | TweakTown.com

The store now allows Australian users to purchase applications.

Currently, the most popular downloaded apps on AppUp are free - prices for paid applications start from 99C (US) to over $100.

The applications are designed to run on netbooks, so they'll run at a resolution of up to 1024x600. Any application downloaded from the AppUp store will work on any computer that uses Intel Architecture, as well as Windows 7 and MeeGo OS's.

Marvell announces triple-core chip for tablets

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sep 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm CDT

Marvell has announced a triple-core tablet for tablets and smartphones.

Marvell announces triple-core chip for tablets | TweakTown.com

The company's Armada 628 triple-core chip has two cores running at 1.5GHz each and it's third core running at 624Mhz. The chip also has integrated graphics that will allow it to play 3D high-definition video.

The Armada 628 chip is based on the Arm processor design. The two 1.5GHz cores are for "high-performance computing, to run applications over multiple cores" while the third core is optimized for low-power computing.

Marvell also added the chip will be able to provide up to 10 hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music.... all from a single charge.

As a bonus - it also supports the USB 3.0 interface.

Desire HD ROM ported to Droid Incredible and original Desire

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm CDT

It took less than a week after the official announcement of the Desire HD for the rooting community to get a hold of the ROM of the device and start tinkering with it. Now the ROM is being run on several devices: the HTC HD2, the Droid Incredible, the EVO 4G, and the HTC Desire.

Desire HD ROM ported to Droid Incredible and original Desire | TweakTown.com

The build seems to be working okay with all of the devices although there are a few bugs. The biggest drawbacks so far are a lack of camera function as well as missing 4G and WiFi functionality on the hacked ROM. Aside from the obvious bugs, the folks at XDA Developers seem to be having a good time with the fast booting Desire HD firmware. Not bad work for less than a week.

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FCC officially gives "Super Wi-Fi" the green light

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm CDT

It's been in the works for a few years now, but the FCC has now officially cleared the path for "Super Wi-Fi" technology to hit the market. Super Wi-Fi takes advantage of the "white space" in the spectrum between TV channel signals.

FCC officially gives Super Wi-Fi the green light | TweakTown.com

Without getting too horribly technical, Super-WiFi basically would act the same as regular Wi-Fi except with a more powerful signal. Super Wi-Fi signal could travel several miles with possible download speeds between 15 and 20Mbps; something the router you're currently using couldn't even think about doing. No more worrying about getting signal through walls or on your front porch. While we may not reap the benefits of Super Wi-Fi for a couple years, it's nice to see the next big thing in wireless tech moving forward.

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JD Power survey chooses iPhone as top smartphone

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm CDT

For all the news and noise about the iPhone 4's antenna problems, it hasn't stopped Apple from taking home one of the biggest awards out there. For the fourth year in a row, Apple has claimed JD Power's customer satisfaction award in the smartphone market.

JD Power survey chooses iPhone as top smartphone | TweakTown.com

Surveys were collected between January and June 2010 from 6,821 smartphone owners and 11,803 traditional cell phone owners who've used their phones for less than two years. Categories included ease of operation, operating system design, physical design, features, and battery life. Apple scored 800 out of a possible 1000 points, with Motorola claiming second at 791 and HTC grabbing the third spot at 781.

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Nokia's "Calling All Innovators" offers developers a share of $10 Million worth of cash and prizes

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm CDT

Do you have some developer cred and want to get your hands on some serious loot? Nokia is running a contest for developers to come up with new apps for the Nokia N8 and future devices. Nokia, which has a huge market share in Europe but not so much in North America, is running this contest for North American developers in partnership with AT&T.

Nokia's Calling All Innovators offers developers a share of $10 Million worth of cash and prizes | TweakTown.com

The top prize is $100,000 USD / $104,153 CAD and $1.9 million USD / $ 2,012,978 CAD in marketing promotion for the relevant App by Nokia. There are a ton of runner up prizes with more major cash prizes, and Nokia is encouraging Android and Apple developers to dive into the Nokia Qt SDK. Interested? Get more info here.

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Epson debut new Home Theater Projector category

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sep 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm CDT

Today Epson announced the world's first HT Projector with 3LCD reflective technology with contrast ratios up to 1, 000, 000:1

Epson debut new Home Theater Projector category | TweakTown.com

The new models are to be named, PowerLite Pro Cinema 61000 and 31000 and also the Home Cinema 21000. Designed for custom installers and HT enthusiasts, these projectors feature a world first 3LCD reflective technology as well as featuring Epson's "UltraBlack" technology for exceptional picture quality and astounding contrast ratios.

"We are very excited to debut our new home theater projector line-up to the custom installation channel," said Marge Ang, senior product manager, Epson America. "These powerful, feature-packed projectors demonstrate Epson's commitment to provide dealers with top-of-the-line products that allow them to design customized home entertainment systems for their customers."

The Pro Cinema 31000 and Home Cinema 21000 round out Epson's mid-level offerings in the sub-$4,500 and sub-$3,300 categories, respectively. Available in black with a silver lens ring, the Pro Cinema 31000 offers 500,000:1 contrast ratio as well as the professional-level ISF Certification color tools featured in the Pro Cinema 61000. The Home Cinema 21000 is cased in a white design and delivers outstanding image quality for a reasonable price for home theater enthusiasts who don't require the professional-level color tools and installation management features.

Windows Phone 7 supports tethering, if the carriers allow it

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Sep 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm CDT

Microsoft has taken a similar line to Google and Apple on tethering with Windows Phone 7. A report states that Windows Phone 7 devices will support tethering, but carriers will have final say over whether the function is enabled or not.

Windows Phone 7 supports tethering, if the carriers allow it | TweakTown.com

Tethering, which allows a mobile device to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, has had a hard time gathering a lot of support by the carriers. Some offer it at an extra charge, others avoid it altogether. It seems that unlimited data plans are just dandy when you're the only one using it, but when five of your buddies are linked in as well it becomes a problem. Rooters and jailbreakers have found various ways around the carrier block on other devices; we're pretty sure that Windows Phone 7 will fall prey to their ways as well.

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