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iArthouseNow that Netflix has cut back on Indy cinema, this might be a good time to check out iArthouse. They have over 800 international and arthouse films and plan thousands by the end of the year. They offer ad-supported free streaming video, subscription, and download-to-burn options. Download their free StreamBurner software and start shopping from film companies such as Vanguard Cinema and Arts Alliance America. We really dig that they offer online free screenings of such classics as “M,” Hitchcock’s “39 Steps,” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

(Thanks, Kristin)

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India PCs

India has agreed to work on the planet’s cheapest laptop. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari says that the country will try to develop $10.00 units for school kids. Back in 2006, the Indian Government decided not to go for the OLPC program but seems to have changed its mind. The project will be funded by the Reliance Anil Dhirubahi Group and will launch in Maharashtra’s Khairat village. They are hoping to cover about 25,000 towns 6,000 villages by the end of this year.

 

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Vibrating Alarm Clock

Can’t stand noisy alarms? The Vibrating Alarm Clock goes under your pillow or blanket and it will shake you into submission. It also works by audible mode and has a built-in light so that you can shut it off in the dark. Karlson’s timepiece can be set with the sliding cover so that you won’t roll over and accidentally set it off. It also features a snooze mode and comes with its charging base and adapter at a $49.31 price. Those fearful of earthquakes should probably pass on this one.

 

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X-1 PhoneIndia’s Spice Mobile has unveiled its X-1 Phone for game freaks. With a 2.4-inch display, it features a gaming controller peripheral, a 2 megapixel cam, Yamaha 3D surround sound, a call blacklist, and an integrated FM tuner. In addition, it has a memory slot for cards up to 2GB, Bluetooth connectivity, and comes with pre-loaded games and dedicated keys. The Spice X-1 retails for about $210.00.

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Torch DriveMascot Flash Drive

Wonder how China will be able to pay for all that high-tech stuff from the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Summer Olympics? Aside from tickets, Lenovo has become the official drive designer/manufacturer. Their Limited Edition 4BG thumb drive is made from the same material as the torch and goes for a whopping $980.00. Their Mascot series of 4GB flash drives have a Fuwa image on the front and one has the logo. The set is available for a less expensive $199.99.

If you are really into the games and want a different perspective, visit Lenovo’s site for news, extreme coverage, and Medal Tracker.

 

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During 2008, we got the opportunity to chat with ‘s Seth Killian about the much anticipated Street Fighter IV. Seth gives us some insight into the development of the next generation of Street Fighter, and then demos a few of the new characters for us, our favorite being El Fuerte, the luchador chef. He shows off some of the super moves, the 2D/3D play mechanics, and let’s us know which characters he uses to win tournaments. We also talk to Seth about the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade and PSN title, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

We are definitely looking forward to getting our hands on Street FIghter IV for an extended period of time.

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Barack Obama SMS

Whether you like him or you don’t, you have got to hand it to Barack Obama and the things his campaign is doing to reach potential voters and get them engaged. Case in point, his using SMS as a marketing tool. You see, Obama is set to announce his running mate between now and the Democratic Convention. That’s a given. However, instead of just leaving it at that, he is inviting his supporters (or, really, anyone) to sign up so that they can get an email and/or SMS the moment that the announcement is made. From the site:

Barack is about to choose a running mate, and he wants you to know first. You have helped build this movement from the bottom up, and Barack wants you to be part of this important moment.

Sign up today and we’ll send you an email announcing Barack’s running mate.

You can also text VP to 62262 to receive a text message on your mobile phone.

How’s that for using today’s technology to reach out? Meanwhile, McCain is still trying to grasp just what the Internet is.

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R/C ZombieAdmit it. You are the first to run to any new Zombie movie. Now you can terrorize your friends, co-workers, and pets with your own RC undead toy. He stands 7 3/4-inches and you can activate him by simply pressing a button on the brain-shaped remote. Once revived, he will drag himself around while moving his neck, shoulders, and hips, and, as a bonus, will moan a bit. The remote controlled ghoulie needs three AAA batteries (not included) to work and comes with a MSRP of $24.95.

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SnagIt

SnagIt 9 works like your regular screen capture but it certainly is a lot easier. The software lets you grab a shot, store it in a media library, or turn it into a graphic. Then share by adding it to your document, presentation, etc. You can combine images by simple drag and drop. SnagIt includes arrow, callouts, and color fill, and more to tidy them up. TechSmith is offering their products at prices beginning at $49.95 or try it free for 30 days. Oddly enough, we had to use our own screen capture to grab an image of the box.

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App Store downloads

Well, if you were curious just how successful the has been since its launch, Steve Jobs spilled the beans in an interview published in the Wall Street Journal this morning. First and foremost, the most amazing part is that sales in the App Store hit about $30 million. Now, if you think about that figure and realize that only keeps 30% of it (well, 30% of sales of apps that aren’t their own), that is $9 million for Apple, and $21 million for developers.

Of course, a large percentage of apps downloaded are free. You just know those have to be popular, right? Well, we didn’t get an official breakdown of free app downloads versus paid, but Jobs did say that there have been over 60 million downloads from the App Store. That’s an average of 2 million downloads per day, every day. If you had any doubt that the App Store would be a hit, well, there’s your proof.

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