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Hades Acheron A3 Gaming Mousepad

AcheronWe have just taken a look at the Hades Acheron A3 Gaming Mousepad.  This pad is a massive beast that measures in at 500mm x 400mm (19.7in x 15.7in).  That is massive and along with the size, this thing performs like a champ for a cloth pad.  We are very impressed with it overall and it's one of the few things that have scored so well at BCCHardware.  Take a look and see if the Acheron would fit your gaming lifestyle.

I spend a lot of time on the computer surfing around and gaming. So, naturally I have drinks on my desk. I think you know where this going...I decided to pour some water in the center of the pad to see how long it would take to soak in. After 20 minutes I gave up because the water did not soak in at all. It just floated on top and wiped off completely dry.

Inside Foxconn's iPhone factories

Over the past few weeks Foxconn has been in the news again thanks to riots at their iPhone factories. Crumby working conditions and long hours are to blame, yet Foxconn still remains a huge employer in China and people are lining up to get a job with them. Most articles I've seen floating around are just quick reports on Foxconn but CNET has sent a reporter over to China to investigate what goes on inside these factories and if you want to find out more about how your high tech gadgets are made you will want to read their report.

If you want to understand why iPhones are made in this corner of the world, look no further than Li Yue.

When I met the effervescent 21-year-old, she was lined up at a kiosk outside the gates of the massive assembly plant owned by Foxconn. Li, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts and carrying a pink parasol to beat the heat on a scorcher of a June day, was among a group of a dozen or so candidates applying for a job with the Taiwanese firm. Not a specific job, mind you. Any job.

It's not as if Li, who just finished her first year as a student at Henan Police College, didn't have much going for her. She was bright and engaging. She spoke more than passing English. And she conveyed an eagerness to get started.


Cable companies want to make your console obsolete

Major cable companies like AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner are starting to wage a war against consoles like the PlayStation and XBOX that is successful will make your consoles obsolete. Obviously these companies are interesting in grabbing a piece of the $24+ Billion dollar gaming market and they are looking to cloud-gaming services to help integrate gaming into their cable boxes. You probably won't see these new boxes soon, but in the next year or two you can guarantee that these big cable companies will be coming out with hardware with games included in an attempt to get you to stay with them. Bloomberg has more details.

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are gearing up for a push to deliver video games directly to televisions, said people with knowledge of the matter, a strategy shift that poses a threat to traditional consoles such as the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox.

Trials of cloud-gaming services are likely to start later this year so carriers can test and tweak the technology before wider deployments that may begin as early as 2013, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Other carriers are aiming for 2014, the people said.


MySpace is coming back

MySpace is coming back! MySpace has new owners and are showing off some of their upcoming features that will be part of the site redesign and relaunch. MySpace is going for a "media-centric" approach and is hoping to bring users back to the network which once was the biggest social media site on the internet. It will be very interesting to see if they can recapture the magic they once had, but if nothing else it might push the other social media sites to step up their game to compete with their new features. CNET has the full story,

MySpace's new owners, which includes actor/recording star Justin Timberlake, are teasing the coming of a revamped service.

A video found at features a slick video touting a service flush with photos, video, and music from young and beautiful people. Yep -- as expected, MySpace appears to be coming back as a media-centric social networking service. The Financial Times spotted the new teaser clip first.

Google Maps is coming back to the iPhone

Most likely after realizing that Apple users make up a big part of their user base, Google is apparently working on bringing Google Maps back to the iPhone (iOS 6) by the end of the year. It's going to take them a few months to get the new App up and working due to the lack of notice that Apple gave them, however, if you are a iPhone user you will get your maps back eventually which is good news. Gizmodo has more on this story,

Corroborating an earlier report, the New York Times is reporting that Google is currently developing Google Maps for iOS and hopes to finish it by the end of the year. So iPhone owners running iOS 6, get used to the mixed up world of Apple Maps for the next couple of months. Why the delay on making an iOS version of Google Maps? Well, like The Verge reported before, Google was caught off guard. 

Episode #178 - No Google Maps for You!

Episode #178 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will discuss the flagship Windows Phone from HTC, no Google Maps and Huawei builds its own OS - just in case.   We have those stories and more...

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Android App Pick - Song Pop

We have just posted up our 51st App Pick of the Week and this week we bring your Song Pop.  This is another music-related App, but this one is all about fun and competing against your friends!  Take a look and see how fun and addictive a "name that tune" game can actually be!

Song Pop

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

Dell XPS One 27 - Dell's iMac

Dell has now taken aim at the iMac with their XPS One 27 All-in-One PC that is being reviewed over at FutureLooks.  This is a pretty slick PC for sure, but I'm not exactly sure if I'd want a 27" largely-non-upgradable PC.  That is the beauty of a desktop system.  Still, find out why it's awesome (or not) before you spend you money.

There are other all-in-one PCs out there that boast touchscreen capabilities, but this is not one of them. As impressive as the beyond HD 27-inch display may be, it is not a touch panel. I imagine that Dell may start outfitting some variation of the XPS One 27 with a touchscreen when Windows 8 launches next month.

Opera Mini 7.5 Android Browser

Opera is a browser company that has had some hits and misses.  Their latest Android browser - Opera Mini 7.5, now has a pretty slick "Smart Page" feature that makes it a lot more social - all in one place.  I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up the cross-machine sync'ing of Chrome, but it may be worth a look.

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