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Chumby 8 Hands on

Chumby 8 Hands on

Turns out that the Chumby 2, which was the name of the device a reportedly leaked image was being associated with, is actually called the Chumby 8. And it is indeed thinner, with a base that still promotes the usual USB ports needed to transfer data. Even with a thinner body, the Chumby 8 packs plenty of new features.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC for Xbox 360 Landing February 1

Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC for Xbox 360 Landing February 1

It hasn't been a secret that Microsoft has a deal with all of the right people to carry the first downloadable content for the mega-hit that is Call of Duty: Black Ops, but perhaps it's the timing of the announcement that seems like it might rub all of those players on other systems, like Sony's PlayStation 3. Courtesy of Major Nelson's latest podcast, it's been confirmed that the first DLC for Black Ops, entitled First Strike, will indeed be coming to the Xbox 360 first, and it's launching on February 1st.

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MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

With most of the excitement happening in Apple's iPad tablet, MacBook Air ultraportable and iPhone 4 smartphone segments, the poor MacBook Pro has been somewhat relegated. The latest rumors, however, suggest that's all likely to change in April 2011, with Three Guys and a Podcast tipping a significant refresh that will see the new MacBook Pro gain not only up to 512GB of SSD storage in a wholesale shift to solid-state memory, but the adoption of Intel's Light Peak technology.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Food, family, festivities: the holidays can be stressful, and that's before you decide what should go inside the wrapping paper. SlashGear can't help you with the cooking, but we can cut through the sales hyperbole and help you pick the best in consumer electronics so that the only disappointment this December is the brussels sprouts. In our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide we've picked our favorite cellphones, computers, accessories and more, so read on for the best in tech this season! (We'll be updating the Holiday Gift Guide throughout the holiday season)

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iTunes Movies hit Japan alongside Apple TV

iTunes Movies hit Japan alongside Apple TV

iTunes users in Japan now have more ways to drain their credit cards, as Apple announces movie purchase and rentals have finally arrived there. It's a relatively small selection initially - "over 1,000" split between rentals or purchases - with a mixture of standard- and high-definition; iTunes HD movie purchases start at ¥2,000 for catalog titles and recent releases and ¥2,500 for new releases.

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Jabra STONE2 packs new voice control system

Jabra STONE2 packs new voice control system

Jabra has outed its latest Bluetooth headset, an update to the distinctive - some would say plain odd - STONE. The Jabra STONE2 gets an updated, glossy finish but, more usefully, a new voice-control system that allows you to initiate calls, answer them and reject them all with spoken commands. However, throw in Jabra's selected third-party apps and there's a whole lot more functionality to play with.

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Patriot Memory updates Patriot Box Office media player

Patriot Memory updates Patriot Box Office media player

There are so many streaming media boxes on the market that it can be hard to keep up with all of them today. Patriot Memory, the company famous for computer RAM and storage, has announced that it has updated its own streaming media box called the Patriot Box Office. The changes to the device are intended to increase the functionality and the name of the device was changed as well. The Patriot Box Office is now known as the PBO Core.

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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub packs 1TB, 1080p, streaming & more

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub packs 1TB, 1080p, streaming & more

Western Digital has outed its latest media-streaming set top box, the WD TV Live Hub, a low-profile 1TB drive with Full HD 1080p playback support and Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, Pandora and YouTube.  As you'd expect, there's a fulsome list of supported file types - including MPEG4, Xvid, MKV, H.264 and MOV - while ports include gigabit ethernet, two USB 2.0, HDMI, composite and component video, and optical audio.

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Microsoft release Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac [Video]

Microsoft release Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac [Video]

Microsoft has released its beta of the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac app, that will allow OS X users to sync their photos, videos, music and podcasts between their new smartphone and their desktop.  Available through Microsoft's download site, the app links in with iPhoto - for photos and videos - and iTunes - for audio - allowing either complete or selective transfer of content to the handset.

Video demo after the cut

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