This Aluminum Survival Rifle Converts To A Fishing Rod

Aluminum AND carbon fiber. Survival rifles aren’t really that exciting anymore. Often found in emergency kits for downed airmen who might be trapped in the hostile outdoors; the compact weapons are designed with ultimate simplicity in mind. No surprise then that the latest from Mountain View Machine & Welding, the Pack Rifle,  barely manages a handful of parts. Even better, it’s convertible.

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Nvidia: PC Better Than Consoles

Nvidia is well known for speaking its mind, whether in its legendary tussles with Intel or just on a matter of principle. Of course, as is usually the case with corporations, matters of principle boil down to money, which Nvidia has made a lot of, mostly on PC hardware. It stands to reason then that it would cater to its customer base and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

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Xbox.com Adds Xbox Live Gold Auto-Renewal Cancellation Options

Today turned out to be a mystical day after all, since nothing short of supernatural energies could have made Microsoft relinquish its white-knuckled grip on our sadly vulnerable attention spans and, by extension, wallets.  Xbox.com is getting a makeover, bringing it in line with the new Metro UI as well as finally adding auto-renewal cancellation functionality.

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Verzo Kinzo Smartphone Lands for $459 with Boring Features

If you want, a “luxury” smartphone and the looks and style are more important to you than the hardware inside the device the Verzo Kinzo might be just the device you need. The smartphone runs the outdated Froyo OS with a custom UI over the top. I would wager it would be a long time before you get an update thanks to that custom UI too.

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T-Mobile Springboard Tablet Release Delayed Until November 16th

If you have been waiting patiently for the arrival of your new T-Mobile Springboard Tablet you might be a little disappoint to learn that T-Mobile has now pushed back the release date until November 16th.

It was originally though that the T-Mobile Springboard would be released on the 7th of November, and no information has been released as the reason for the delay.

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Sony Launching UMD Passport For PS Vita

Sony has unveiled plans to launch a UMD Passport for its PS Vita console once it officially released. Gamers with large libraries of UMD games from previous PSP consoles will be able to sign up for access to the new UMD Passport. However you wont be able to simply port your game across to play on the new PS Vita device.

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Apple iOS 5.0.1 Update Not Solved Battery Issues For All Users

Apple rolled out their new iOS 5.0.1 update this morning in an attempt to help stop batteries draining quite so fast on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, after battery problems were reported by a number of users using iOS 5 over the last couple of weeks.

Well the iOS 5.0.1 update has been used for sometime, and even after initial trials stating that the update would fix the problem, the update doesn’t seem to have fixed the problem for everyone. With many users complaining that their battery life is still draining away just as quickly.

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Iomega eGo Mac Edition Portable Storage Launched

Iomega has added a new portable storage solution to its range in the form of the Iomega eGo Mac Edition, design specifically for Apple Mac users. The new Mac version has as rugged design and is equipped with 2 x FireWire 800 ports and 1 x USB 2.0, but unfortunately no Thunderbolt connection.

Its sleek rugged design and included Iomega Drop Guard case has been created to provide a safety net if you should drop your drive giving you added protection from drops up to 7 ft.

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Chrome OS Becomes Windows Friendly With NTFS Support

Google has this week rolled out a new update for its Chrome OS which now allows users to play a little more friendly with the latest Microsoft Windows Operating systems, thanks to the added NTFS support.

Chrome version 15.0.874.117, Platform version: 1011.118 now support NTFS and includes a number of other features such as a new Web user interface login, additional support for playback of key media codecs and improved video decode performance.

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Voice Of Apple’s iPhone 4S UK Siri Speaks Out

When I got my iPhone 4S and started using Siri, I thought that the voice sounded familiar, it turns out that the UK voice of Siri was done by voice over artist Jon Briggs, who has done voice overs for a number of popular TV shows here in the UK.

Although Jon Briggs didn’t record the his voice for Apple, it was a company called Scansoft, which he recorded over 5,000 phrases for over a three week period, and the  phrases were then used by Siri, which was taken over by Apple.

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Opera 11.60 Beta Released

Opera has this week released it latest Opera 11.60 beta version for download, which includes HTML5 microdata support, ECMAScript 5.1 and further HTML5 support.

Opera 11.60 beta includes a new HTML5-compliant parser, which provides richer functionality to web developers and improved compatibility with other browsers. Opera’s address field has also been redesigned with new search suggestions, and improved results display in History and Bookmarks.

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Samsung Illusion Details Revealed

We haven’t heard anything about the Samsung Illusion for a while now, the device is supposed to be headed to Verizon Wireless, and now the guys over at Android Central have found out some more details about the Samsung Illusion.

The Samsung Illusion will come with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM.

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Other specifications on the Samsung Illusion include a 3 megapixel camera, and the device is expected to retail for around $100 and should hit Verizon some time this month.

Source Android Central