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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2010Archive Listing

Wednesday June 30, 2010

Amazon Acquires Woot

Woot has been acquired by Amazon and to celebrate…they made a rap video.


[H]otDeal of the Day

Just a reminder that we still have those [H]otDeals for you guys looking to save some serious cash on your next upgrade. You can get $70 off and free shipping on an EVGA GeForce GTX 480 SuperClocked video card or $55 off and free shipping on an EVGA GeForce GTX 260. There is also a deal for a Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case for only $19.99 or a LG Blu-ray Combo Drive for just $79.99 after applying a $20 off coupon. You’d better hurry though, these deals expire tomorrow.

Microsoft Kills Kin

Microsoft is killing its Kin after just a few short weeks? Wow. That was fast.

"We have made the decision to focus on our Windows Phone 7 launch and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."


Smart Computing Islands on Everyday Surfaces

[H] reader Darren E. sent us a link to this video presentation from Intel Labs demonstrating smart computing islands on everyday surfaces. I could definitely see this tech in smart homes in the very near future.

Tabletop computing: the future user experience, according to Intel Labs, uses projected displays on everyday household surfaces like kitchen countertops to create interactive "islands". A user could have a movie playing while making dinner or search and display a recipe right there on the counter.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

In-Win Griffin Black Mid Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews

Vantec NexStar CX SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External HDD Case @ TWL


Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Heatsink @ OCIA


Asus 5870 + XFX 5850 CrossFireX Mismatch @ techREACTION

NVIDIA Surround with GeForce GTX 470 @ PC Perspective

Openness To Decide Whether ‘Google Me’ Is Genius or Garbage

Hey everybody, let’s all speculate on an unconfirmed rumor about Google’s answer to Facebook. C’mon, it’ll be fun! I like how the article asks "genius or garbage" about something that doesn’t even exist yet.

Speculation about the service stems from a single deleted tweet by Digg CEO Kevin Rose, in which he said there was a "huge rumor" that Google was planning a Facebook competitor called "Google Me." Google would not confirm to that it is working on a new social network, and even if it is, Google Me may not be the title, in part because it’s already a song and a movie.


Cisco Launches an Android Powered Tablet

Cisco has just announced the Android powered Cius tablet. While I don’t see this as an "iPad killer," the Cius has HD video, HD audio, 802.11A/B/G/N Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and Bluetooth 3.0 and Android for an OS, so it doesn’t look too shabby. Thanks to Cerulean for the link.

Help your employees stay connected to their work, increase productivity, and reduce costs. The innovative Cisco Cius is an ultra-portable, mobile collaboration business tablet that offers access to essential business applications and technologies.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Aliens vs Predator DLC Next Week @ Blue’s News

European PSN Releases for June 30 @ Joystiq

Hulu Plus on PS3 Requires PlayStation Plus? @ Shacknews

The Evolution of Game Controllers @ Extra Life

Feds Seize Movie Piracy Websites in Sweeping Raid

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

The raids were the first actions in a new initiative to combat Internet counterfeiting and piracy called "Operation In Our Sites." The nine websites that were seized include,, and Movies-Links.TV.


Suit Over Faulty Computers Highlights Dell’s Decline

Just when you think a lawsuit has gone totally stale, recently unsealed documents uncover a bunch of really interesting stuff. It would seems that Dell not only new they were selling faulty computers back in 2003 - 2005, they tried covering it up as they continued to sell them. Thanks to valve1138 for the heads up.

Documents recently unsealed in a three-year-old lawsuit against Dell show that the company’s employees were actually aware that the computers were likely to break. Still, the employees tried to play down the problem to customers and allowed customers to rely on trouble-prone machines, putting their businesses at risk.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Revoltec Sixty 3 Case @ Technic3D

Sunbeamtech Air Box USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure @ MadShrimps

Xigmatek Utgard Computer Case @ BmR


ZonePlayer S5 Multi-Room Music System @ Hardware Secrets


PowerColor HD5870 PCS+ @ LanOC

An iPhone Wish List Looks Like an Android Feature List

Now this has to be a tad bit embarrassing. A recent survey found that the top four things iPhone customers really want…are already available on Android phones.

The survey, conducted by interactive research firm Vision Critical, lists a choice of wireless network (39 percent) as the number one thing that smartphone buyers in the U.S. would most like to have in the Apple iPhone. Android devices, of course, are available across multiple wireless carriers while the iPhone can only be used (without jailbreaking) on AT&T; in the U.S.