Silicon Power A66 Drives
Silicon Power A66 Drives

Gear Guide
Fenix PD36 TAC

OLight Open 2, Obulb and MR2
OLight Open, Obulb & MR2

Alcatel 1B & 1X
Alcatel 1B & 1X Smartphones

Now even car stereos can play Angry Birds

In case you can't get enough of Angry Birds and would like to play it on your car stereo you are in luck thanks to Clarion's Mirage IVI car deck. While Angry Birds might be kinda gimicky for this unit, it also is running Android and a ton of other features. Engadget takes a look at a car stereo with more technology than you can shake a stick at.

Remember the Clarion Malaysia IVI that was teased back in December? The company's just unveiled the finished product, which you can call Mr. Clarion Mirage. The Android-running car stereo, head unit, erm, In-Vehicle Infotainment system is a hefty Double DIN unit, with a 6.5-inch display up front and plenty of tech packed inside. Intel's embedded systems division Wind River supplied the customized version of Froyo, Navigon offered up a navigation engine and industrial designers Plextex helped design the hardware.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone

We have just taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone.  This device is part phone, part tablet and (almost) all awesome.  Samsung combines a fast dual-core processor with a massive 5.3" screen running 1280x800 and puts in a nice package with  an "S Pen" for greater functionality.  If you are in the market for a new device, please check our review for all the details.

Galaxy Note

It's quite a site to behold when you first lay your eyes and hands on the Galaxy Note.  It dwarfs any other smartphone on the market and even when Samsung held it up to the Galaxy Nexus with it's 4.65" screen, the Note looked much larger.  Even with the larger size, it can easily be held and used (for the most part) with one hand when you're surfing, making calls, and playing around on this multipurpose device.

Peace & War

I know it's Wednesday, and if you want to just mellow out today, perhaps the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 reviewed over at HardwareHeaven is a great game to help you sit back, relax and look forward to the weekend.  Or, if you're uptight and just need to vent some frustration and anger, maybe Street Fighter X Tekken at MEGATechReviews will help be your therapist.  Either way, take a look at these diverse games to see which one fits your style.

On the single player side of the equation, you get your regular arcade mode where you battle through a series of teams, face the Pandora’d team described above, and then face the final boss. If you have one of the pre-formed pairings, you also get the “fight your rival” match that you had in SFIV. There are plenty of stages, including multi-level environments.

Apple has 4G Issues Down Under

Apple has been happy to sue the pants off of Samsung in Australia and yet when they market their new "4G LTE" iPad "Down Under" they forget to mention the fact that the wireless providers don't actually use the same spectrum that the iPad does so you aren't going to get 4G.  This has caused a fair bit of trouble and Apple has had to offer refunds to keep things peaceable.  More over here.

The new iPad works on 4G networks in the United States and Canada, but not the 4G networks that are available to Australians. Telstra, the largest network operator in Australia, uses LTE in the 1800-MHz band and Vividwireless uses WiMax in the 2300-MHz band. The iPad supports LTE in the 700-MHz and 2100-MHz bands, which are used by network operators in North America.

Power Supply Pile


Ivy Bridge Overclocking

TweakTown has a couple of Ivy Bridge chips and pushes them pretty hard with some decent cooling.  They take the Core i7 3770K and the Core i5 3570K and manage to get some extra performance out of these chips - although not as much as with the 2600K Sandy Bridge.  Take a look for all the details.

Still if we've learned one thing, *cough* Bulldozer *cough*, it's that MHz isn't everything. While our 3770k comes clocked 400MHz lower than our older 2600k, can the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform offer better efficiency at the clock rate? Well, there's really only one way to find out.


Episode #152 - The iPad is Hot, Literally

Episode #152 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 be discussing Google Chrome was #1, the iPad is hot - literally and no Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7. We have those stories and more...

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Xbox - Not Just for Gaming

According to an article at CNET, Xbox is used for gaming about half of the time.  Typical usage is about 84 hours a month and over half of that is spent watching videos and listening to music.  That means that Microsoft gets it.  They know how to market a console.  Too bad they can't figure out how to market a phone or a tablet.

Microsoft has been dramatically increasing the amount of non-gaming content available to Xbox Live users. Last year, the company launched a major update to its dashboard, delivering programming from a host of providers, including ESPN, Hulu Plus, and others. Over the last several months, other services have brought their content to the Xbox 360.

Mice and Keyboards

Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse - XSReviews
--=-- Cyborg M.M.O.7 Gaming Mouse - eTeknix --=-- Steelseries Diablo III Mouse - XSReviews --=-- Corsair Vengeance M60 / M90 Gaming Mice - EverythingUSB --=-- Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse - eTeknix --=-- Steelseries WoW Legendary Edition MMO Mouse - XtremeComputing

Tt eSports MEKA G-UNIT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - NikkTech --=-- Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard - HardwareSecrets - NikkTech --=-- Rosewill RK-8200 Backlit Gaming Keyboard - HiTechLegion --=-- CM Storm QuickFire Rapid (Cherry MX Blue) Gaming Keyboard - HiTechLegion

Android App Pick - SketchIt Online HD

We have just posted up our 25th App Pick of the Week and this week we've got some a fun App that you can flex the S Pen of your Galaxy Note (or fingers) with.  SketchIt is a lot like Pictionary and the best thing about this app is that it is free and has no ads!  Check it out and snag it up!

SketchIt Online

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

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