Syavash Pahore
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I am a PC gamer at heart, love strategy/Simulation genre and quality games in general. Also interested and up-to date with all things Android and technology in general.
iPad Theft incidents brewing up in NYC
Gadgets

According to the New York Post, an Apple Store in the city is experiencing theft incidents in bright day light.

While delivering a shipment of iPads to the store, a Hispanic thief snatched a box of 5 iPads while the driver was stacking the boxes and fled down a street. In another incident at the same store, a guy asked for directions from a UPS driver delivering iPads. While he was distracted, an associate got his hands on a box of iPads and fled the scene. According to the driver the Hispanic thief was 5’10 and weighed about 175 pounds.

Due to the repeated incidents, even the staff at the store are now unaware about delivery schedules to avoid further mishaps. Hopefully Apple will track down the stolen iPads when they are eventually synced with Itunes.

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iPhone 4 antenna band contact causes dead signals.
Gadgets

Recenty there have been reports over the web regarding a flaw in the iPhone 4. As it turns out, the device looses signal strength when the silver antenna headband around the screen is touched.

According to a reviewer, Walt Mossberg:

On at least six occasions during my tests, the new iPhone was either reporting “no service” or searching for a network while the old one, held in my other hand, was showing at least a couple of bars. Neither Apple nor AT&T could explain this.

The problem could possibly have been caused due to a firmware issue. The iPhone 4 defers from the old generation iPhone in the way it picks signals. Instead of picking the strongest signal like the 3rd gen iPhones, the iPhone4 picks the highest quality signal. As this change has not been represented in the firmware it could explain  the lack of signals when the Antenna band is touched.

If this is the case, iPhone customers can rest assured the problem will be dealt with since it is a known bug according to Apple. Since Apple has been made aware of the bug we can hope this is a firmware issue and hope a quick fix can be release soon, this can be quite the complication for all the left handed users of the iPhone.

But its surprising to see that such a issue was not found during the final testing of the phone, it would be okay if the issue had a minimal rate of 2% of total phones but this problem is almost in every iPhone 4 sold. But I am 99% sure despite this issue the sales of the iPhone 4 will definitely sky rocket and out sell the previous iPhones. (As always Apple can sell snow to an eskimo(s))

Source : Wired

HP’s latest netbook aimed at school children
Hardware

HP has introduced a new netbook designed for school children. The HP Mini 100e netbook has a rugged build and a spill-resistant keyboard to ensure children don’t accidentaly damage the netbook. It even has a LED on the back of the LCD display that lights up to indicate the laptop is being used for surfing the web so that teachers are aware of children’s activities.

Priced at $299 the netbook weighs 3.2pounds which could be a significant problem since such devices for children should be VERY lightweight and portable. The netbook will not be for sale directly to children instead it will be provided to educational facilities.

Specifications:

  • Intel Atom N455 processor
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 10inch LED Display
  • Ethernet adapter and Wifi
  • An option between a 3cell or 6cell battery depending on use
  • Comes with essential pre-installed software such as MS Office
  • A choice of Windows 7, Linux Enterprise 1.1 or Windows XP to run the netbook

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Droid X Officially Announced by Verizon
Software

Over the world, Droid fans have been eagerly waiting to get even the smallest piece of information about the Droid X. Now the waiting is finally over.  Verizon has officially announced that the Droid X will ship on 15th July. It will be available through Verizon as well as other retailers.

Confirmed Specifications:

  • 1GHz OMAP processor
  • 8GB built-in memory
  • 16GB MicroSD card also included with an option to upgrade to a 32GB MicroSD card
  • The Droid doubles as a  Wifi spot for $20 a month
  • 4.3inch touchscreen
  • 3 microphones for voice, video and noise cancellation
  • 8MP camera that can record in 720p
  • HDMI output

The Droid X will run on Google’s Android OS however it will be V2.1. Users can get the newer V2.2 OS later on as a download. The device has a onscreen multi-touch keyboard and will cost $299 with a 2year contract. However  a $100 mail-in-rebate will bring the price down to just $199.

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Lexar reveals Crucial’s latest budget SSD
Hardware

Lexar Media, has announced a new addition to Crucial’s SSD lineup, the RealSSD C300. The 64GB Solid State drive offers great value witth a prrice tag of $150.

The SSD features up-to 335MB/s read speeds and up-to 75Mb’s write speeds as well as a  3 year limited warranty. The 2.5inch drive has a SATA 6GB/s interface but it is also backward-compatible with SATA 3GB/s.

Overall the drive offers great performance at a relatively small price tag and is ideal for use as a booting device for desktop PCs to ensure optimum Windows performance.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox Live Family subscription plan details
Games

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox Live Family Subscription plan will cost you $100. For that you’re getting Xlive Gold Membership for four consoles. The family plan also allows you to access Microsoft’s Family Center. You can use the Master console to control purchases made by other consoles, how often the consoles are used and how Microsoft points are distributed.

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More information revealed regarding GTX460
Hardware

More information is available about Nvidia’s soon to be launched GTX460 graphics card. The card will have a 1GB and a 768MB version. Both will be clocked at 675/1350/1800 with 336 shader processors. However thhe 768MB version will be based on a 192bit interface whereas the 1GB variant will be based on a 256bit interface.

Both the cars will be available, starting 14th July, the 768MB version will be available for $230 whereas the GTX460 1GB version will be available for $250.

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Thermalright’s HR02 and Silver Arrow CPU Coolers announced.
General

Thermalright is a very well known name when it comes cooing solutions for PCs. Many of their CPU coolers are renowned for their awesome performance such as the TRUE120.

Today they have revealed two new CPU Coolers. The HR02 is a huge single tower cooler. It dissipates heat through 6 X 6mm heatpipes that transfer heat to 32 aluminium fins. The cooler includes fan retention clips for 120mm and 140mm fans that can be bought separately. The cooler weighs 1.1kg and measures 110X 140 X 160mm (LxWxH)


Another addition to their CPU Cooler lineup is the ThermalRight Silver Arrow. The cooler transfers heat through 4 8mm heatpipes that have a U shaped design. The CPU cooler is built with a twin tower design. It comes with two TY-series fan that spin have a maximum speed of 1300rpm and and a maximum noise level of 21dBa.


Both the coolers support all major sockets, prices are yet to be revealed.

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Arctic Cooling enters PC Peripherals market
General

As the name suggests, Arcting Cooling specializes in designing PC cooling solutions such as CPU coolers and thermal pastes. Now though they have made a bold jump into the PC peripherals market with a new keyboard and two gaming mice.

The K381 is a ultra slim keyboard designed with simplicity in mind.  It has the standard keyboard layout and 12 additional keys for functions such as volume control. The slim design makes this a very comfortable keyboard with the ability to use your desk as an over-sized wrist-pad. The  keyboard costs $25 and comes with a 2 year limited warranty and choice of black or white color.

The M551  and M571 are high sensitivity gaming mice with a precise 2400DPI sensor. Both mice have an ergonomic shape that ensures comfort for long gaming sessions. Whereas the M551 is a basic gaming mouse, the M571 offers an extra button that can be used for different functions and some 6.5gram weight measures that help users tweak the mouse to suit their preferences.

The mice are quite cheap, the M551 will sell for $25 whereas the M571 will see for $30. The mice will be available this September with a 2 year limited warranty.

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Apple decides to track its customers
Gadgets

Apple is well known for their approach to “own” their customers instead of just selling stuff to them. Enforcing restrictions such as forcing its customer’s to buy Apps off Itunes have had a negative impact on the company’s image.

Now though Apple has announced it will track each and every Apple Customer and use that information for their own use as well as distribute it to other companies that develop applications for Itunes. Although you can avoid sending information to third-party companies, you can’t stop Apple using that same information otherwise they will restrict access to the Itunes Store.

According to Apple, there is “no harm” in letting Apple follow you around since the information will be used to provide essential data for apps such as MobileMe.

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SteelSeries: Starcraft II gaming gear
Hardware

Recently we saw the launch of Razer’s Starcraft II themed gear. Now Steelseries has joined the action with their gaming gear designed specifically for Starcraft II. The gaming peripherals will launch on the same day as Starcraft II.

The SteelSeries Limited Edition ZBoard will retail for $70. The gaming keyboard bundle includes the Zboard gaming keyboard as well as two sets of keys. There is a standard QWERTY keyset for everyday use and a special keyset for playing Starcraft II. The keyset allows users to issue in-game commands through “shortcut keys”. All the keys are fully programmable through the Z Engine II software. The Zboard Keysets are also available separately for $25.


In addition to the Zboard, Steelseries has also announced two Starcraft II themed Limited Edition mouse pads. The Qck Tychus Findlay and Marauder which will sell for $15 each. The mouse pads are adorned with beautiful Starcraft II artwork. They are built with high quality materials that provide a smooth surface for gamers.

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OnLive cloud gaming service, pricing revealed.
Games

Recently we saw the launch of Onlive, which is a cloud gaming service aimed at people with slow PCs that want to play newer games. The monetary benefits gained by such a service seemed promising and now prices have been revealed for certain games:

  • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity : $9.99 for unlimited access
  • Assassin’s Creed II : $39.99 for unlimited access
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum : $6.99 for 5 days / $4.99 for 3 days
  • Borderlands : $29.99 unlimited access / $8.99 for 5 days / $5.99 for 3 days
  • Brain Challenge : $4.99 unlimited access
  • Colin McRae DiRT 2 : Demo Only
  • Defense Grid Gold : $13.99 unlimited access / $6.99 for 5 days
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin : $19.99 unlimited access
  • Just Cause 2 : $49.99 unlimited access
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 : Demo Only
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion : $9.99 unlimited access
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands : $49.99 unlimited access
  • Puzzle Chronicles : $9.99 unlimited access / $3.99 for 3 days
  • Red Faction: Guerilla : $19.99 unlimited access
  • Shatter : $8.99 unlimited access
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction : $59.99 unlimited access
  • Trine : Demo Only
  • Unreal Tournament III: Titan Pack : $19.99 unlimited access / $6.99 for 5 days / $4.99 for 3 days
  • World of Goo : $19.99 unlimited access / $6.99 for 5 days / $3.99 for 3 days

Its evident OnLive will save you lots of money if you consider the cost of a whole PC or a console, however prices for these games aren’t that good, considering ” unlimited access” at this time means these are only 3 year rent prices for the games due to licensing limitations. The service is even less desirable if you consider the $15 a month subscription fees which is necessary to play games EVEN if you have “unlimited access”

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MSI reveals CR630 notebook
Hardware

MSI’s CR630 is part of MSI’s Classic range of notebooks. Its aimed at consumers that demand a portable high performance machine with a big battery life.

The notebook  features AMD’s Danube platform which should help boost the battery life as well as accelerate video decoding and high definition videos. It’s powered by an AMD’s Athlon II processor and an HD4270 GPU coupled with a 16:9 ratio 15.6inch HD screen that is ideally suited for viewing DVDs.

Other features:

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Motorola Droid 2: First hands-on video
Software

Now you can finally see what the Motorola Driod 2 is all about. Andriod and ME have done a video review of the smartphone

Unlike the Droid X, the Droid 2 has a physical QWERTY keyboard. Its powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP3630 CPU with 512MB RAM and a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. The new hardware has made it significantly faster than its predecessor.


For more information watch the video below:



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Viewsonic has announced VG28 series eco-friendly monitors.
Hardware

Viewsonic is a well-known brand when it comes to computer displays.  Recently they have launched a new series of monitors known as VG28. This series will include monitors with an eco-friendly design that have several features that help in saving power and desk space as well as provide comfort to the consumers.

The series has 20″, 22″,  24″ and 27″ variants.

Main features:

  • Energy Star 5.0 rating
  • EPEAT certification
  • Adjustable height with swivel and tilt function
  • Up-to 30% power savings in Eco mode
  • Slim bezel
  • Built-in speakers
  • VGA/DVI connectivity
  • 2port USB Hub

The 20″ VG2028wm has a native resolution of  a native resolution of 1600X900 whereas the 22″, 24″ and 27″ models have a resolution of 1920X1080. The 27″ model also has an HDMI input and 4 USB ports instead of 2.

Prices are as follows:

  1. VG2028wm @ $250
  2. VG2228wm @ $300
  3. VG2428wm @ $370
  4. VG2728wm @ $580

Th 20″ and 24″ models are available now whereas the 24″ and 28″ models will be launched in July.

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