Verizon Wireless announces new mobile phone trade-in program

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 30, 2010 11:02 AM CDT

If you are already a Verizon customer or are a customer on another network that is looking to migrate over to Verizon, the wireless provider has a new program you may find interesting. The company has unveiled a new program where you can trade in any mobile phone working or not and get money in the form of a gift card towards a Verizon purchase.

Verizon Wireless announces new mobile phone trade-in program

There is naturally a catch to the new service and that catch is that you get very little money for your phone. I dropped my iPhone 3GS a while back and it works, but the screen cracked. Verizon would give me about $12 for my iPhone. If the iPhone had a screen that was not cracked, I could get a bit more for it.

If you have a new iPhone 4 in 16GB of 32GB varieties and want to trade it in Verizon will give you $212. That is assuming the device has no cracks and still works. The program will send you a pre-paid return shipment box to send the handset in and then the gift card is sent back to you. In most cases, I would bet you could get more money for your device off eBay or Craigslist. The Verizon program will also accept devices and donate them to charity.

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New Apple TV device torn down at iFixit

Shane McGlaun | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sep 30, 2010 10:04 AM CDT

I have an original Apple TV and the thing sucks so bad that it is virtually useless. Out of all the time I have owned it, I bet I have used the thing three times. Talk about an epic fail of a product. When Apple announced the new Apple TV, I was not interested even a bit in the thing considering how bad the first product was. There are a lot of people excited about the new device though so maybe it won't suck as bad as the original.

If you are interested in the new Apple TV and would like to see what the thing is hiding inside its black case, iFixit has ripped one apart already. The new version is much smaller than the original and comes with a remote control. Should you ever want to repair your device on your own, this tear down could come in handy.

The first step to getting inside the device was to remove the rubber base. Strangely, the thermal pad that you can see as soon as the base is off is conducting heat to the plastic base, not metal. After that some Philips screws and a screwdriver later you get a look at the innards of the little device. One interesting find is that there are solder pads on the side of the new Apple TV that are unused and match perfectly with the dock cable connector.

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Gateway launches new NV59C66U Notebook with integrated WiMax

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Sep 29, 2010 6:52 PM CDT

Gateway have unveiled a new notebook, the NV59C66U with integrated WiMAX wireless connectivity and a deluxe look and feel.

The Gateway NV59C66U uses the Intel 6250 wireless card, which can connect to both WiMAX and Wi-Fi networks. Because of this, the Gateway NV59C66U will be able to be connected to mobile networks on the move - while at home, or on the road (once connected to a WiMAX provider).

The Gateway NV series feature Intel Core i3 and Core i5 as well as the AMD Athlon and AMD Turion processors. Supporting up to 4GB of memory, upgradeable to 8GB total. Storage wise, we have 320 and 500GB.

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Toshiba unveils A665-3D laptop with NVIDIA 3D Vision tech

Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Sep 29, 2010 11:04 AM CDT

You don't have to look very hard to realize that the big feature that various manufacturers in the tech industry are pushing this year is 3D. The number of 3D capable computers, Blu-ray player's and TVs is constantly increasing on the market today even though by most accounts consumers aren't adopting 3D in the capacity that manufacturers hoped. That hasn't stopped Toshiba from pulling the covers off a new 3D notebook called the Satellite A665 3D.

The notebook uses NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and ships with a single pair of active 3D glasses. The screen of the notebook is a 15.6-inch HD TruBrite LED backlit offering with a 120Hz refresh rate. The CPU options for the machine include a Core i5-460M or a Core i7-740QM both with Turbo Boost technology inside. NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 350M GPU handles the video action.

The Blu-ray drive can burn to DVD media and has Label Flash technology. The onboard sound system for the notebook is from harman/kardon and has Dolby Advanced Audio tech. Other features include up to 6GB of RAM, 640GB of storage, a HDMI 1.4 output, WiFi, optional WiMax, and a 6-cell standard battery. Bluetooth and a 12-cell battery are both optional as well. The machine will ship in October with a price starting at $1299.99.

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H20 Audio Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones surface

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Sep 29, 2010 10:24 AM CDT

There are a lot of people out there who swim to keep fit. These folks would probably like to listen to some music while they work out, just as people who work out on dry land like to do. The catch for the swimmer is that water and your typical headphones and PMPs simply don't mix. Those that sweat a lot during workouts in the gym will also tell you that sweat can ruin your headphones. A company called H2O Audio has announced a new set of headphones that can survive in the water called the Surge 2G.

The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% waterproof and can be used up to 12-feet deep. The headphones are also completely resistant to being washed and to heavy sweating. Naturally, you will have to pair these headphones with some sort of waterproof case for your PMP or buy one of the several waterproof players that H2O audio sells. The headphones are designed for bass amplified sound.

The earplugs the headphones use isolate outside noise, help improve the bass, and keep water out of the ears. Each set of headphones ships with five different sizes of elastomer earplugs in XS through XL for a personalized fit. The headphones are tested for water resistance before they ship and you can order a set now for $49.99.

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Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Home HDD docking station is perfect for HTPC use

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Sep 29, 2010 10:22 AM CDT

I have talked about Sharkoon on a couple of occasions and typically the product the company is unveiling is storage related. Sharkoon is famous for its SATA HDD docks that allow you to use HDDs to store and access data without having to find a place inside your computer for the drives. Generally, those docks are clearly designed to be used at the desk, not in your entertainment center with a HTPC machine. Sharkoon has unveiled a new SATA dock called the QuickPort Home that is just for HTPC fans.

The dock looks like a set top box or home theater component with an attractive and thin chassis that has a flip down door to reveal the HDD dock and other ports. Behind that front panel are push to open slots for 3.5 and 2.5-inch HDDs with SATA connectivity. When a HDD is inserted into either slot, it sits flush with the chassis allowing the door to be closed for a cleaner look.

Connectivity for the device includes eSATA and USB 2.0. The QuickPort Home also has a memory card reader supporting SD/SDHC, MMC, and MS memory cards. There is also a pair of USB ports with one on the front and one on the back for directly connecting flash drives and other storage devices. The dock measures 240 x 206 x 47.5mm and weighs 950 grams. It will sell for 49.90 euro and can be purchased at Sharkoon retailers.

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Gateway adds new AIO PCs to its lineup

Shane McGlaun | Computer Systems | Sep 29, 2010 10:05 AM CDT

Gateway has a large line of notebooks, desktops, and AIO computers. While the majority of the market for computers over the last few years has migrated towards notebooks and netbooks and away from desktop computers the AIO segment is still very popular. Gateway has announced the new ZX4951 and ZX6951 AIO desktops to cater to the needs of this popular segment and those looking for a desktop that takes up as little space as possible.

The two machines are very similar and share the same new design with a curved bottom edge and adjustable stands. The curved edge has lighting that can be adjusted for brightness that illuminates the included wireless keyboard and can be used for room mood lighting reckons Gateway. The ZX4951 uses a 21.5-inch screen, the ZX6951 has a 23-inch screen and both of the machines have HD resolution.

The CPU inside the new AIOs can be a range of parts including Pentium and Core i3 offerings. Gateway also crams Blu-ray drives into both machines and the ZX6951 comes with a TV tuner inside. The screen resolution on both AIOs supports full HD and the PCs ship with 4GB of RAM. The RAM can be expanded to 16GB and storage options include 500GB and 640GB HDDs. HD audio with 5.1-channel support is a common feature. Pricing for the machines ranges from $899.99 to $999.99 and both are available in the US right now.

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AMD Radeon 6850 and 6870 are go to launch on October 18!

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 29, 2010 2:31 AM CDT

Disclaimer: right now, everything is "rumor" - until proven a fact, please keep this in mind.

For what has seemed like a very long time - AMD has teased us with no refresh of their Evergreen (5xxx series), then the name change from ATI to AMD and now finally, some concrete release dates for you to check on your calender.

October 18, 2010.

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Toshiba to tease with glasses-less 3D TV

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Sep 28, 2010 8:18 PM CDT

Toshiba are set to show off a 3D TV on Monday that doesn't require 3D glasses.

3D TV's have been out for less than a year from the big manufacturers, all of them require the user/s to wear special glasses to see the 3D content. At the moment the technology involved in the glasses are presented with similar images, then rapidly change between each eye - this is how the 3D effect is shown to your eyes, but because it's going so fast - you don't notice the flicker, you just enjoy the 3D effect, albeit - with glasses on.

Toshiba's new technology throws the glasses away. Exact details of the technology won't be unveiled until Monday - but research by other companies has relied on a filter being placed on top of the TV screen - this filter sends a slightly different image to each eye.

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ORIGIN Unleashes $22,799 PC-Xbox 360 Hybrid Gaming System

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Sep 28, 2010 8:07 PM CDT

Checked your piggy bank lately?? Been doing the paper run for your neighborhood? Good. You'll need it for this beast.

ORIGIN have revealed a $22, 799 PC-Xbox 360 hybrid gaming beast.

This thing is the absolute bees-knees of high end tech, kinda like Cold Rock ice-cream, it mashes together things that shouldn't be mashed together - but ultimately, it tastes awesome. Mixing a high end, overclocked, liquid-cooled PC with the popular Xbox 360 gaming platform is a pretty ingenius idea.

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