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Samsung Galaxy S3 | Live Launch Event – 7pm Tonight

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Bit of a late post here but I’m at work (shh!), so need to keep it short and sweet.

Samsung’s launch event will take place at 7pm tonight (in less than 20 minutes) – where we will see the launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.

You can get Samsung launch event live coverage (via PC Advisor) using the link below:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/mobile-phone/3355245/samsung-galaxy-s3-launch-live/

Or, if you want live video footage of the event, follow the link below:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/20122/watch_samsung_galaxy_s_iii_event_live

I’ll be watching this via my iPad 2 from my desk, oh yes !

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New Gaming/AV Set-Up

Firstly, before I get started with the main post. I just want to say I hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday and I wish you all the best for 2012 when it arrives. It’s been a very busy month for me, with an increase in hours at work and trying to sort things out for Christmas, free-time has been very hard to find lately.  As a result of this, I have been a tad AWOL and I will try posting a lot of new stuff when I get the chance. Right, back on topic and please excuse my crappy Blackberry phone camera (it sucks !)…

After using a 22″ BenQ monitor for most of my gaming needs over the last 2-3 years, I have finally upgraded to something a little bigger and better. Due to working quite a lot this month and the fact I’ve been wanting to buy myself a nice flatscreen TV for a good while now, I took the plunge and upgraded my 22″ monitor to this…

LG 42LW650T: 42", Full HD 1080p, Cinema 3D, LEDplus TV

The LG 42LW650T: A 42″, full HD 1080p, cinema 3D, LEDplus TV (so glad there isn’t anymore D’s, B’s, P’s or HD’s involved in the description: ”Yeah I got a..wait for it… a 42 inch full 1080p, HD, 3D, LED, Freeview HD, MP3, USB, DVD, TV” – you get the idea).

But wait theres plenty more…

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Steam: Massive Sale

It’s starting to get really cold over here in Scotland but Steam have made sure to keep us warm with the HOT monster sale they have on just now.

Steam’s Autumn Sale 2011 started yesterday and will finish on Sunday 27th of November. There are literally hundreds of PC games you can download at a fraction of the price and there will be even more bargains added over the weekend.

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November News Update

As you could all probably see from the date of my last post, it’s been rather quiet on the news front over on iTech.

There are a couple of reasons behind this…

The motherboard I had in my PC we decided was getting replaced with a new one and so my PC was out of action for a few days. I’m thinking about putting money towards a new PC build early next year, so maxing out the PC I have just now is out of the question. However, the new motherboard we opted for was the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe which we picked up for under £40. Nice little upgrade from the previous motherboard. The replacement MB was fitted last night, so my computer is back up and running at long last.

I also started a new job at Amazon so have been rather busy with that lately amongst trying to fit in some BF3, MW3 and Skyrim game-time. Skyrim has been dominating though and MW3 pretty much is just collecting dust at the moment.

Posts on iTech will be a lot more frequent now, with more content being added to all sections, as opposed to focusing purely on the gaming section. This doesn’t mean there will be no posts in the gaming section, it means I’m going to try add more into the other sections of the site first. Due to starting a new job I’m planning on scheduling future posts, so that even when I’m not at my PC, content will be published on the site. I’m also hoping to pick up the Hauppage DVR over Christmas so I can get some gameplay/tutorial videos uploaded to the site. Which pretty much means an iTech YouTube channel will be on its way very soon too.

Happy Halloween From iTech Online

Happy Halloween Everyone.

Since we’re a tad ‘old’ to go trick or treating now and our Halloween party was on Friday past (bit strange I know, but true), iTech will be slicing into a bunch of Xbox 360 & PS2 games (with the lights off and the sound up loud of course) and watching some classic horror movies later on tonight.

Whilst I wouldn’t class the games as super scary, they certainly do fit the Halloween picture nicely. Condemned 2 definitely has its fair share of ‘heart-attack’ moments and Silent Hill 2 never fails to send shivers down my spine.

The games we have lined up so far are:

  • Condemned 2
  • Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
  • Left 4 Dead (co-op)
  • Resident Evil 5 (co-op)

Afterwards-if we’re still alive of course-we’ll be indulging in some Ouija board antics and settling down to watch the classic 1982 horror movie from Jon Carpenter, The Thing !

If you have any plans for Halloween yourself let me know what your up to in the comments section below.

Hope you all have a good Halloween and take care, you never know whats lurking round the next corner !

Kawasaki tests tidal energy technology in Orkney

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) announced it will test tidal energy technology at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Scottish Waters up in Orkney.

KHI are said to be developing a tidal power generation system which will be tested in the waters up North.

First Minister Alex Salmond welcomed the announcement from KHI by saying…

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Sony Offers To ‘saftey check’ Sony Bravia TV Sets – Due To Potential Component Overheating Risks

Sony released a statement today, saying they are offering free safety checks on Sony Bravia TV sets, spanding over 8 different models of the Sony Bravia TV series, which could be faulty – due to the possibility of an overheating component.

Sony: Check the back of the TV Label to identify model number

The company has said that many consumer models could be faulty and in rare cases could potentially overheat creating a possible fire risk. So far all of the overheating reports have come solely from Japan and none from Europe or the US yet.

The eight models of LCD TV that could have this faulty component are: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500

These units were manufactured in 2007 and 2008 and Sony has urged if anyone experiences any abnormal noises, smells or smoke from the units, to turn the unit off immediately – as this will prevent further damage.

Consumers should check the label on the back of their TV to check if they have any of the models listed above.

The tech firm also pointed out that customers who have purchased faulty models, can take them to their local Sony Center store (or have an engineer came round to the house) for a free inspection and also free repair if needed !

New Next-Gen Offshore Windtech Developement Centre Opens in Scotland

A £12.5 million next-generation wind technology centre was officially opened in Scotland last week by first minister Alex Salmond and Jorge Calvet, the chief executive and chairman of leading international wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa.

Looking to increase its engineer workforce to 180 after 3 years, the Spanish based company set up its Offshore Wind Technology Centre at Strathclyde business park, just eight miles outside of Glasgow City Centre. The centers sole work focus will be on the design and development of the company’s offshore wind platform (G14X-6/7.0MW).

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