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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2011Archive Listing

Monday January 31, 2011

Google's Voice-to-Tweet Service

Are you stuck in a country with no internet access? Do you really need to tweet something? If you answered "yes" to that question then you are in luck...Google has just launched a new Voice-to-Tweet service! Thanks to Terry O. for the linkage.

We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to


Amazon Prime Users Get Free Unlimited Movie Streaming?

Wow, imagine how many people would sign up for Amazon Prime if this turns out to be real. The original page has disappeared but, if anyone at Amazon is listening, please make this a reality.

Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of our readers says he's seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options. That's a nice bonus for the $79 / year package that currently adds a few free shipping bonuses and it would be cheaper on a yearly basis than Netflix's Watch Instantly ($95.88.)


Crooks Using Skimmers On Bank Doors

By now you all know about keeping an eye out for card skimmers on ATMs but what about the bank door? You know, the one you just swiped your card at to get to the ATM. Yup, now crooks are stealing your info at the door. mad

In a twist to the usual ATM skimmer scam, there's a new report from Krebs on Security about crooks who put the skimmer inside the bank door-lock. When you swipe your card to get inside, they grab your digits. A camera hidden behind a mirror above the ATM and pointed down at the keypad records your PIN code when you punch it in.


Students Make $15 Portable Solar Panel / Light Source

Students from the University of Michigan have developed a portable solar panel / light source that can be used to charge your cell phone that will cost $15. Someone needs to give these guys some money to get this thing off the ground.


Intel's Sandy Bridge Chipset Flaw: The Fallout

C|Net has posted an article today on the fallout of Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset flaw. The article basically sums up what we know about the flaw so far and who is affected.

Bottom line: if you are a consumer who's run out and grabbed a high-end laptop or desktop gaming rig in the last few weeks with an Intel quad-core processor billed as Intel's Second Generation Intel Core Processor, then you potentially have a problem.

Ongoing Discussion

Stupid Hacker Story of the Day

I have heard some bizarre hacker stories before but this one takes the cake. Well, at least for today anyway. wink

We asked them for their resumes and told them it’s the law in Canada, and we can’t work with them any other way. They than gave me their full names and resumes. Many of the places they "worked for" were places they tried to hack and extort. For instance the other paid dating site he hacked he listed it on his resume as working for them, obviously we called themů Now we start thinking both of them are completely retarded.


Microcenter and Others Pulling P67 / H67 Motherboards

We just got a tip from forum member "mothman" that retailers like Microcenter have removed Intel P67 / H67 motherboards from its online store. A quick check of the company website confirms that these boards have been removed from the site. Readers are reporting other retail sites that have removed these motherboards as well. Hit the link to find out which sites have pulled these boards and / or to let us know of other retailers doing the same.

FCC Moves to Dismiss Net Neutrality Lawsuits

The Federal Communications Commission is trying to get the recent net neutrality lawsuits dismissed. Why? The cases were filed too early. eek!

The FCC said in a statement that the companies filed their suits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit too early. The new rules that were approved by the Commission in December have not taken effect yet. "The rules that govern when and how parties may challenge FCC orders are clear, and Verizon and MetroPCS filed too early when they challenged the Open Internet order," the FCC said in a press release.


Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3

The crew at Overclockers Club have posted a review of the Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 today for your viewing pleasure.

The X58-USB3 does also support multi-GPU configurations by either ATI or NVIDIA. This provides not only the ability to be more powerful but also gives the diversity of being able to use which ever brand you may prefer or have on hand. When it came down to overclocking, the motherboard didn't really give me any problems getting up to 3.8GHz with the i7 920; however, that clock speed seems to be the maximum that my chip can reach as it is a C0 stepping.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Academy Patch @ Blue's News

First Anarchy Reigns Gameplay Footage @ Joystiq

Real Life FPS Ammo Counter @ Kotaku

Sony Plans to Re-Release UMD Games on NGP @ Shacknews

Hunter Killer Flying Robot of Death

Prepare yourself for the baddest killer flying robot...ever. Thanks to Matthew Wagley for the heads up! Matt also suggested that this should be controllable over the internet, wouldn't that be a blast?


XFX Pro Series Core Edition Power Supply

We've just put the finishing touches on our evaluation of the new Pro Series Core Edition PSUs from XFX today. If you are in the market for a new power supply, or you plan on upgrading soon, make sure you read this.

XFX is telling us that its new Pro Series Core Edition power supplies are focused on providing high efficiencies and tight voltage regulation. Today we review its 650 watt, 750 watt, and 850 watt PSUs and tell you whether or not this new series of XFX power supply is worth your hard earned money.