Archive for Jan 27, 2011

OWC Media Center bundle turns Mac mini into a home entertainment system

OWC Media Center bundle turns Mac mini into a home entertainment system

Want a new, OS X based media center experience but can't be bothered putting it all together yourself? OWC is pleased to exchange your money for convenience with the OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini, comprising a pre-upgraded Mac mini, up to 12TB of storage in an external RAID 5 enclosure, various digital TV tuner options and Plex preinstalled.

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Facebook denies HTC phone rumors

Facebook denies HTC phone rumors

Facebook has denied reports that HTC is making a Facebook-branded smartphone, with a spokesperson suggesting "the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown." According to Dan Rose, Facebook's head of business development, the speculation is simply over-assumption based on "just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs and integrated them into their device in an interesting way."

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Skype for Mac drops beta, charges for group video calls [Video]

Skype for Mac drops beta, charges for group video calls [Video]

Skype has stripped the beta label from its Skype for Mac app, and in the process made group video calling a premium - i.e. paid - feature. $4.99 gets you a day's use of group video, or there's a monthly subscription for $8.99. Meanwhile, Skype has also slimmed down the UI and stuffed more of IM conversations into the screen at any one time.

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Nokia “must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem” says CEO

Nokia “must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem” says CEO

Nokia needs to "change faster" to keep up with the cellphone market, CEO Stephen Elop has admitted, but it's his ecosystem comments during the company's financial results call that have tongues wagging. The Nokia/Android/Windows Phone 7 speculation has proven sturdily resilient to common sense and the Finns' own denials, and Elop's suggestion that Nokia "must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem" is unlikely to do much bar fueling the rumors.

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Verizon HTC Android phone latest to leak

Verizon HTC Android phone latest to leak

Short of only making a single prototype and sewing it into Peter Chou's trouser pocket, we're not sure what HTC could do to stop its smartphones leaking and spoiling the surprise come launch day; still, if they didn't we wouldn't get premature glimpses of models like this Verizon slab from the mobile01 forums. Hot on the heels of the potential Desire replacement from earlier today, this Verizon-branded model is also expected to run Android.

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RIM insists “no possibility” of BlackBerry backdoor for India

RIM insists “no possibility” of BlackBerry backdoor for India

RIM has told the Indian government that there is no way that it can supply covert access to encrypted emails sent using BlackBerry smartphones, in the process risking finding its service in the country cut off over security concerns. The denial is the latest in a back & forth battle between the Canadian company and the Indian security forces, over concerns that BlackBerry phones will be used by terrorists and dissidents to communicate, and RIM's persistent claims that a monitoring system would be technologically infeasible.

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Assero Defender will make you look like an asshat

Assero Defender will make you look like an asshat

I really like my iPad. I do worry that I will drop it and crush the screen sometime, but that worry isn't strong enough for me to wear something like this new iPad holder called the Assero Defender. It looks like one of those baby carriers that some people carry infants around in.

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Apple will support TD-LTE standard says China Mobile

Apple will support TD-LTE standard says China Mobile

With the iPhone, now hitting Verizon with CDMA support and the device being on 3G networks around the world there are other carriers using different standards that want the iPhone too. In China, the iPhone has been offered for a while now on China Unicom.

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AT&T finances: 4.1m iPhones & 442k tablets activated

AT&T finances: 4.1m iPhones & 442k tablets activated

AT&T has announced its financial figures for Q4 2010, and the carrier has been buoyed by strong iPhone and tablet activations. Wireless revenues as a whole are up 9.9-percent, aided by 4.1m iPhone activations in the three month period, along with 442,000 tablet activations. We can't credit the iPad for the entireity of that figure, however, since it also includes Android slates like the Galaxy Tab.

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Trimble Ranger 3 rugged outdoor computer debuts

Trimble Ranger 3 rugged outdoor computer debuts

Trimble has announced a new rugged outdoor computer called the Ranger 3. The computer is made for people that work outside in harsh environments like surveying, construction, forestry, and a lot more. The Ranger 3 has a sunlight readable VGA resolution display.

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Yahoo Mail gets YouSendIt integration

Yahoo Mail gets YouSendIt integration

If you have ever needed to send a large file to someone and your email account is too slow you may have gone searching for an alternative to email for big attachments. This is how I came across YouSendIt a long time ago. The service lets you upload a file to their servers and send a link to the person that needs the file so they can download it.

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Parrot names Horizon Hobby as distributor for AR.Drone in the US and Canada

Parrot names Horizon Hobby as distributor for AR.Drone in the US and Canada

We have a major infatuation with the AR.Drone around here. The thing flies, it's remote controlled, and control is handled by the iPhone or iPad. Add that in with the hackable nature of the device with geeks adding some cool features to the flying machine.

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