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Lenovo Ditches Dongles

Lenovo feels your pain when it comes to signing up for long-term contracts or fussing with USB 3G sticks, MiFi devices and the like and is now offering a contract-free solution called Lenovo Mobile Access.  There a few options that include quick email checking, day passes and monthly passes as well.  It's worth a look if you've got a 3G equipped Lenovo laptop.

Designed to fit the needs of both individual and "prosumer" customers, Lenovo Mobile Access delivers broadband connectivity that's available anytime, anywhere yet users pay only for the access they need. Flexible, no-contract payment options let casual users buy a "Time Pass" for as little as USD 1.95 for 30 minutes or USD 8.95 for one day1-perfect to quickly sync email or ensure online access during travel. Users with more frequent connectivity requirements, or who work with large media files can purchase monthly plans with 2GB or 6GB of data access, along with the option for automatic monthly renewal.

Video Game Action

As is typical of a Monday morning here at BCCHardware, we have a link to the latest video game releases for the week.  ShackNews has all the info, but we have snagged their basic list below.


  • Krater (download - $15)
  • The Adventures of Shuggy (Steam)
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (download)
  • Splice (download - $10)


  • Babel Rising (XBLA)
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Lollipop Chainsaw


  • Babel Rising (PSN)
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Lollipop Chainsaw


  • Gravity Rush
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • PulzAR (PSN)


  • Gungnir


  • 7 Wonders II (DSiWare - $8)
  • Devil Band: Rock the Underworld (DSiWare - $2)
  • iCarly: Groovy Foodie!


If you want to check out a few new games, take a look at Mad Riders for the XBLA at HardwareHeaven.  They also take a look at Sorcery for the PS3 and Game of Thrones for the PC.  To round up the game reviews, Techgage shares their thoughts on Max Payne 3 for the PC.

Storage Stack

As we finish up the news for this fine Monday morning, we've got a few storage bits to share.

Unreal Engine 4 Action

Get your first look at a real time in-engine tech demo of Unreal 4 in this GT.TV walk-through with Epic's Sr. Technical Artist Alan Willard!

Thanks @jaymorrison


Apple seeks to block Samsung Galaxy S3

It was really only a matter of time before the next round of Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits came around, this time Apple is asking that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 be blocked from selling in the U.S. This of course isn't the first time Apple has tried to stop Samsung and chances are good won't be the last. SFGate has the full story on this lawsuit as well as some of the previous Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits.

Apple Inc. sought to block sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest Galaxy smartphones in the U.S., deepening their worldwide patent dispute and raising pressure on the maker of the biggest iPhone competitor.

Apple asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to include the Galaxy S III in its request to block sales of Samsung products in the U.S., according to a June 5 filing by the Cupertino, California-based company. The Samsung phone will go on sale in the U.S. this month after the U.K. release in May, Apple said.

Megaupload users can have their files back

After being shutdown for almost half a year, Megaupload users might finally be able to get their legitimate files back with a couple stipulations. Obviously this is good news for the people who used Megaupload for legitimate purposes, however, one still has to ask wonder how someone could upload everything to a site a keep no backups, especially if it was important enough to file a lawsuit over. TorrentFreak has the story.

Almost half a year has passed since Megaupload’s servers were raided by the U.S. Government, and still there is no agreement on how former users can retrieve their files. Previously the authorities and MPAA have objected against such a mass retrieval, but in a filing at the court today the movie industry changed its tone. The MPAA states that users can have their files back as long as access to copyrighted files is blocked.

Change your last.fm password

Following in the steps of Linkedin and eHarmony this week who both had major security issues, Last.fm is the latest to have issues and is recommending you change your password. Of all the sites that have been hacked Last.fm is the only one who actually warned users and didn't deny the rumors until it was glaringly obvious that they'd been hacked. The Verge has the details.

Following in the ignominious footsteps of LinkedIn and eHarmony, Last.fm is today disclosing that it too has suffered a security breach that has led to "the leak of some Last.fm user passwords." The note from the company doesn't go into any more depth than that, with a related tweet adding that a security issue is being investigated and advising that, as a precaution, all users should log in and change their passwords.

Sennheiser VMX 200 Bluetooth Headset

VMX 200We have just taken a look at the Sennheiser VMX 200 Bluetooth Headset.  This headset is labeled as a "business" headset and we'll take a look at the features, quality and performance to find out how it performs and stacks up to all of the other headsets we've looked at over the years.  Check it out if you are shopping for a new headset.

In the end, the Sennheiser VMX 200 is a basic headset that will set you back over $100 online and although it has only a few features, it does them pretty well.  As I mentioned in the audio clip above, this "business headset" appeals to those who are all about voice calls and nothing else.

Hardware Kickoff

If you are looking for a piece of hardware that you can use to read books, get on the web, email, play games and more, there are a lot of choices these days.  If you want portability you can go with something like the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 over at HardwareHeaven today.  Maybe you're looking for something even more basic - such as the Binatone ReadMe Color eReader at HardwareLook and that's all you need.

For some of you though, you are looking for power and portability.  The ASUS N56VM Notebook uses the new Ivy Bridge platform and is wicked fast.  TechReport takes a look.  Another machine that's plenty fast is the Alienware M14X R2 at HardwareHeaven.  This is also packing Ivy Bridge.  HardwareHeaven looks at the obscure Medion Erazer X6821 laptop today as well and scores a hat trick.

Although not really portable, there are a some great options for mini-PCs that connect to your TV or any other screen for that matter.  TweakTown gets up close and personal with the ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC with Blu-Ray.  This is a pretty sharp looking product for a former "pure" cooling company that now has a great lineup of products.  If you want smaller though, you will have to check out the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus over at XSReviews.  This thing is about as small as a hockey puck... but square.


Origin understands customers

Origin (which is owned by EA) has come out and said that they aren't going to be copying Steam's business model anytime soon of offering games at deeply discounted prices because "it cheapens the intellectual property". Apparently Origin understands what customers want and they want a premium experience which apparently Origin will be offering, which is good news for people who like to spend more money. Eurogamer takes a look at the Origin vs. Steam battle that has been going for a while now.

Origin boss David DeMartini toldGamesindustry International that random deep-discounting of games "cheapens" IP, and promised not to copy the practice.

"We won't be doing that," he said, bluntly. "Obviously they think it's the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.

"I know both sides of it, I understand it. If you want to sell a whole bunch of units, that is certainly a way to do that, to sell a whole bunch of stuff at a low price. The game makers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we're not trying to be Target. We're trying to be Nordstrom.

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