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New iPod Touch photos leaked

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 22:23 CDT

The first pictures of the newest iPod Touch in development were posted today by the Vietnamese site Tinhte. The most obvious difference from previous models is that this Touch shows an integrated camera. Engadget reports that the DVT-1 stamp on the back shows this as an early test unit that is only for testing and not anything resembling a final product.

The camera is reported to be a 2mp camera and according to the label has 64GB of onboard memory. Apple is said to be making some announcements of new products such as the new iPhone at the WorldWide Developers Conference of June 7th so hopefully the new iPod Touch will get its face officially shown to the world during that time.

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Android 2.1 finally available for the Hero

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 21:47 CDT

This morning a welcome sight to Hero users everywhere popped up on the Sprint website; the long awaited Android 2.1 OS upgrade. Originally planned for release in February, 2.1 had been pushed back for various reasons but is now official.


The major upgrades as listed by HTC are upgrades to Android OS 2.1 Éclair, enhancements to Sense UI, enhancements to corporate email support, and a variety of minor bug fixes from previous versions.

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iPhone OS 4.0 Beta includes data tethering

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 20:34 CDT

Apple's latest beta of their iPhone OS, beta 4, has just recently been released to developers. One of the things that are getting Apple fans geeked up is the inclusion of AT&T internet tethering which is something iPhone WWAN users have been clamoring for for quite some time.

Although this beta is only available to developers and seems to be working, it's inclusion into the final 4.0 OS is still up in the air due to AT&T's statement a few weeks ago that they were waiting on better network performance before making tethering available to the public. With the recent news of Android phones getting tethering in Android 2.2 though, this may be pushing Apple's hand just a bit.

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Acer rolls out Android and Windows Mobile based smartphones

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 17:58 CDT

Acer made a splash at the Digital Consumer Channel event in the United Arab Emirates by showing off six Android and Windows Mobile based smartphones that are slated for release soon. Acer reps were said to be very excited about these releases, slated to be fully done by October.

These devices cover the entire price spectrum, half below the $250 USD mark. One of the Android based phones had a very Blackberry feel with a candybar design with a full keyboard, although some will not be impressed with the power of the 450mhz CPU. One of the higher priced phones feature Liquid technology and the full Android OS, which is leading into Liquid 2 hopefully being out by the end of this year.

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Official Twitter app for iPhone released

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 16:40 CDT

Twitter has been a popular application for a while now both for those sitting at a computer or on the go. Until now, there has been no official app released by Twitter for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users. This has been changed as Twitter has officially released a Twitter app that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.


The mobile team at Twitter has put in quite a bit of work making this app easy to use on the device and you do not even need a Twitter account to use the app. Functions include checking out Top Tweets, finding popular users, and locating tweets by geographic region are included as well as a streamlined signup process to get your own account started on Twitter.

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NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround driver delayed

By: Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

ATI already has tech that lets gamers expand their gaming experience to multiple screens. The first time I saw this tech it was cool, but I knew I wouldn't like it because of the image lost to screen bezels.


NVIDIA is hard at work on similar technology called 3D Vision surround. Big green announced today that the driver for the technology is not ready. According to NVIDIA's Tom Peterson the surround driver needs final improvements.

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WebOS headed to internet capable printers

By: Shane McGlaun | Printers & Scanners | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

HP recently purchased Palm and got its hands on the only good thing Palm had left - WebOS. Most of us figured that WebOS would turn up on tablet computers and maybe HP smartphones, but the OS is also coming to some devices you might not have considered.


One of the devices I didn't think about seeing WebOS on are printers. HP has said that WebOS will be coming to web-connected printers. The OS will be used on printers that let users do things like print tickets directly from Fandango or pictures from Snapfish.

I really don't see this sort of printer taking off. Most of us will be very close to our computers when we are using a printer and it is easier to find the information on your computer than on a printer's small screen.

Air Force moves 30K soldiers from communications to cyberspace specialty

By: Shane McGlaun | Hacking & Security | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 12:10 CDT

The sheer amount of data and computer systems that is in use in the military in the US is staggering. It takes a fleet of specialists to support these systems and ensure the data is safe and available to those who need it.


The Air Force has had communications officers for years that are tasked with maintaining the computer systems at a base. The Air Force has taken about 30,000 of these communications specialists and retasked them as cyberspace specialists.

The new specialty will still maintain the computer systems at bases around the world, but they will also be experts on how computers and communications can improve war-fighting capabilities. The new officers will spend 115 days in training compared to the 26 day training that communications officers received.

MacBook sends audio and video out over Mini DisplayPort

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

The cheapest MacBook in the land got an update this week that brought with it new CPUs and graphics for the machine. There was also one significant feature that wasn't so obvious at first glance added to the machine.


MacRumors reports that the MacBook now has the capability of sending both audio and video out over the Mini DisplayPort. That means a buyer using the new MacBook can connect the notebook to their HDMI equipped TV using an available adapter.

Right now, there isn't a list of adapters supporting the feature offered, but that should come soon. The sub-$1000 MacBook will make for a decent HTPC machine with this new feature.

Intel unshackles Atom N550 CPU from screen size limits

By: Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 10:10 CDT

I never liked the fact that Intel limited the screen size manufacturers could use with Atom processors to 10.2-inches for the most part. Intel appears to have realized that netbooks may not be the death of sales of its higher-end processors.


Intel has announced that it will be lifting the limitation on screen sizes with the upcoming Atom N550 CPU. The CPU will be allowed to be used inside machines with screens of up to 12.1-inches.

When the CPU is used, the machine will need to have at least 1GB of RAM and either a 32GB SSD or a 250GB HDD. I bet the change is a result of increasing pressure from competition with AMD who is doing well in the ultraportable market right now.