Archive for Nov 24, 2009

AT&T offers DataConnect Pass for mobile broadband without contract

AT&T offers DataConnect Pass for mobile broadband without contract

The problem for me with mobile broadband is that I only need it a few days out of the year. That said, when I need it I need it. The catch is that I don’t use it enough to justify the $60 monthly cost of the average plan. If you are like me, AT&T has announced a new DataConnect Pass that makes mobile data flexible with day, week, and month passes with no contract.

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LG tosses X120 netbook into the US market

LG tosses X120 netbook into the US market

We may not be getting those rather odd Levi's special edition LG X120 netbooks that were spied in Korea back in July, but we are getting the plain X120 netbook. LG announced today that it was offering the X120 in America.

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RIM and Motorola sued by Klausner Technologies for patent infringement

RIM and Motorola sued by Klausner Technologies for patent infringement

Patent infringement suits are certainly nothing new in the technology industry. Over the last year, these sorts of suits are increasingly filed in a court in East Texas because the judge has a history of siding with the patent holders. The latest suit to be filed in the Eastern District of Texas is by Klausner Technologies against RIM and Motorola.

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Samsung adds 2TB capacity to external Story Station HDD line

Samsung adds 2TB capacity to external Story Station HDD line

External storage is necessary for backing up data and keeping your digital media like pictures and songs safe in the event of a PC crash. Samsung has announced a new and higher capacity version of its Story Station external HDD with 2TB of space that is ideal for data backups and large files.

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SGI unveils Altix UV supercomputer

SGI unveils Altix UV supercomputer

We have talked about SGI before when it unveiled the Octane III desk side supercomputer back in September. SGI is back with the unveiling of what it claims to be the world's fastest supercomputer called the Altix UV.

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TomTom One 125 SE and XL 325 SE GPS units hit Walmart on Black Friday

TomTom One 125 SE and XL 325 SE GPS units hit Walmart on Black Friday

Friday is Black Friday meaning that there will be hoards of people out shopping and some of the best deals of the Christmas season. TomTom has announced that Walmart will be offering deals on two new and exclusive GPS devices in the store on Black Friday starting at 5am.

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Mini QWERTY controller with trackpad is ideal wireless addition to your HTPC

Mini QWERTY controller with trackpad is ideal wireless addition to your HTPC

Unusually-shaped peripherals are always good to see, and this wireless combo trackpad and mini QWERTY thumbboard looks to be a nifty addition to an HTPC setup.  Boasting a roughly 30ft range using the included 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle, you get both mousing control with a 2.8-inch trackpad and text-entry with a backlit keyboard.

Video demo after the cut

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LG GT540 Android smartphone unearthed in user agent profile

LG GT540 Android smartphone unearthed in user agent profile

LG's first Android smartphone, the GW620, was initially spotted in some unearthed HTML lurking in the company's website; now some further user agent diving has turned up another Android smartphone, the LG GT540.  Full specifications of the GT540 are unknown, but it's expected to have a 320 x 480 touchscreen together with GSM/EDGE/HSPA connectivity.

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Nintendo DSi LL suffers indignity of teardown

Nintendo DSi LL suffers indignity of teardown

We've marvelled at the prodigious size of the Nintendo DSi LL, freshly released in Japan this past weekend, but PC Watch took things one step further and broke open their gaming handheld.  Their teardown does sadly confirm that Nintendo didn't take advantage of the extra room to squeeze in anything especially exciting.

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Large Hadron Collider smashes its first protons

Think back over the last 24 hours or so – did you feel a shimmer in the fabric of the universe?  If not, you’re obviously not tuned into CERN, who powered up the Large Hadron Collider and fired two proton beams simultaneously for the first time yesterday.  While the first collisions have already been spotted, it’s still early days for Higgs boson spotting overall: the scientists in charge of the LHC still have to ramp up the proton speed, with a target of 1.2 trillion electron volts (TeV) by Christmas.

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HTC HD2 tweak enables WiFi N support

As if the HTC HD2 needed any more hyperbole, it’s now emerged that the Windows Phone can actually be coaxed to use WiFi 802.11n networks rather than just the advertised b/g support.  The tweak was identified over at xda-developers and requires a registry hack; however some users have reported significant increases in battery consumption when the higher-speed wireless is switched on.

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Core i7 iMac DOA and cracked-screen woes reported

Apple’s 27-inch iMac did the Cupertino company proud when we reviewed the Core 2 Duo model last month, but trouble is afoot with the freshly-shipping Core i7 models.  Various Apple support forum threads are suggesting that not only are some Core i7 iMacs turning up DOA and refusing to power on, others have hit desktops only for their eager buyers to discover the glass screen has cracked.

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