miercuri, 29 iunie 2011

Logitech Cooling Pad N200

Logitech has launched a gadget that would be of theoretical to cool the laptop. Cooling Pad N200 provides an efficient cooling fan due to a silent, leaning, which has a large grill. Airflow that crosses back and sides provides ventilation Lapdesk's constant, and with two-speed fan and a switch, you can adjust the strength winds liking. Unfortunately, the gadget is powered by battery laptop via a USB cable, reducing the autonomy of the system and battery life cycles of loading / unloading becoming more common.
Logitech Cooling Pad N200 will be available in Europe starting in June at a suggested retail price of 39.99 Euro.

AMD launches chipset ASUS motherboards 9

ASUS launches in Europe chipset motherboards with AMD 9. New motherboard, equipped with chipsets supporting AMD processors 990FX/990X/970 and AM3 +, were the first fully compatible with the AM3 + CPUs. Series models are available M5A99/97, TUF Sabertooth 990FX and Crosshair Formula V.

M5A99/97 Series Intelligent Dual benefit Processors (DIP), which combines TurboV Processor Unit (TPU) and Energy Processor Unit (EPU). Premium models also include, UEFI BIOS and the second generation with DIGI + VRM DIP (Digital mode power supply), the first of its kind on an AMD board. The new motherboards are the first AMD-based chipsets that will support both AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI.

Sabertooth 990FX is the latest model added TUF series, is the first chip based on AMD. Recognized for unsurpassed quality and reliability in extreme conditions, Sabertooth 990FX motherboard uses Ceram! X, an exclusive material used in aerospace, surface cooling with a 50% higher, which effectively removes heat from critical components of the system. 

marți, 28 iunie 2011

Kingston DataTraveler 108

Kingston launches in Europa a new series of flash sticks. The new devices are available in the Kingston 4GB storage, 8GB and 16GB for each variant there is a different color. In addition, it has a 5 year warranty and technical support 24 / 7. A very interesting evolution of these memories is the final price paid by the consumer. 33Euro, users can access a 16GB stick large enough to carry movies FullHD resolution

  • Capacities - 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
  • Dimensions 1.47 "x 0.78" x 0.39 "(37.33mm x 19.97mm x 10.00mm)
  • Temperature operationally - from 0 ° C to 60 ° C
  • Storage temperature - from -20 ° C to 85 ° C
  • Warranty - 5 years
  • Available - With urDrive (optional)
  • Available in multiple colors: 4GB - Blue, 8GB - red, 16GB - Grey

LG Optimus One goes to Gingerbread

One of smartphones sold very well in our country updateul oprimeşte to Android Gingerbread 2.3.3. V20G version of the software began to be made ​​available to users updateul operating system can be performed using LGMobile application update.

luni, 27 iunie 2011

Google Places Two Bets on a Post-PC World

Two gadgets that began shipping last week represent assaults from Google on the dominant model of computing, in which we use a cursor and a keyboard to manipulate boxes and windows on a virtual desktop. Samsung makes the hardware for both: the Series 5 Chromebook notebook, the first computer with the browser-only ChromeOS, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, whose operating system is the latest version of Honeycomb, the tablet edition of Google's Android mobile operating system.
These products have arrived at a pivotal moment for computing. Steve Jobs popularized the phrase "post-PC era" to describe what's supposed to come next, with the iPad displacing the window-driven, desktop-focused experience that the word "computer" conjures up. Now Google too is offering alternatives to that experience, taking on traditional computing with a pincer movement of tablets and Chromebooks. That the two are advancing together may be either an accident or a deliberate attempt to establish distinct post-PC categories—all we know for sure that Google likes to experiment publicly.
The Galaxy Tab 

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a close match for—some might say it mimics—that proven PC-skewering weapon the iPad 2. The tablet that I reviewed is a special edition, with Android logos on the back, that was handed out to developers and lent to journalists at the Google I/O conference last month. You can buy it without the decoration for $500 with 16 gigabytes of storage or $600 with 32 GB. It's WiFi-only for now, but a version with a cellular data plan is due out soon.

Small Nuclear Reactors Get a Customer

One of the biggest obstacles to constructing nuclear power plants is that they tend to be extremely large and expensive. Now one utility is taking steps toward constructing a plant that uses small modular reactors that can be built faster and more cheaply than conventional ones. This week the Tennessee Valley Authority signed a letter of intent with nuclear-reactor maker Babcock & Wilcox to work together to build up to six small reactors near Clinch River, Tennessee. If the plan goes ahead, these could be the first small modular commercial nuclear power plants.
The plan comes at a time when many nuclear projects are stalled because of safety concerns and also for reasons of cost. Babcock & Wilcox's modular reactors require less capital than conventional ones, and they have some safety advantages as well. The letter of intent does not guarantee that the plants will be built, according to TVA, but it will start work on the engineering needed to undertake the extensive nuclear-plant permit process and environmental reviews of the site. Last year, TVA initiated discussions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on how to proceed with licensing the novel small nuclear-reactor design. 

In the past, utilities have preferred very large nuclear reactors—over 1,000 megawatts—to take advantage of economies of scale. But large reactors have a long lag time between when funding is raised and when the plant starts generating revenue, and this creates a problem, says Andrew Kadak, a former professor of nuclear engineering at MIT and a consultant at Exponent Failure Analysis. When the cost of interest is figured in, smaller reactors look more attractive. Lenders are typically willing to charge less interest on smaller loans, and the plants can be expected to start generating revenue faster. TVA's are projected to take three years to build, as opposed to five or more for conventional plants. Smaller reactors also avoid the need for expensive transmission upgrades to link them to the grid.

vineri, 24 iunie 2011

The Playbook Is Now On Sale

As previously announced, the Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry Playbook has hit Harvey Norman shelves today. While it’s not a perfect device, it does do the best job of multitasking out of any tablet on the market, and BlackBerry Bridge is a welcome security option for enterprise types. Who’s going to get one?

Motorola Xoom Now Selling Through Optus

Want to get yourself some of that fancy honeycomb action on the Motorola Xoom, but don’t want to go with Telstra? The good news is that as of today, the Android tablet is now available through Optus.

Pricing starts at $0 up front on a $60 data plan over 24 months, which includes 10GB of data to use each month. You can opt to pay over 12 months or 24 months with either monthly device repayments or an upfront fee, but you can’t buy the tablet outright, unfortunately.

joi, 23 iunie 2011

This Gaming Rig Fights For The User

The Acer Predator G5910 is not a desktop for posers, pansies, pedestrian players. It’s a serious desktop for serious gamers, with serious guts to match. Oh, and hey jeez it looks like Tron, everybody! It is  very good PC.

Specs? Specs! You’re looking at up to quad-core Core i7 guts Tron, 16GB memory Tron, 8TB of storage Tron, a 12-in-one memory card slot Tron, and NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon compatibility Tron. And an overclockable K-Series option Tron that might just melt your face off.

Two New Tools for Self-Tracking

"A super-watch and sensors that track how often you brush your teeth and walk the dog among other things."
As Nadeem Kassam sauntered down the hall of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, over Memorial Day weekend, all attention was on his wrist. The museum was host to the first annual Quantified Self conference, a gathering of people who use different tools to record a variety of personal metrics with the goal of improving their health, happiness, and productivity.
Kassam was sporting the hottest new fitness monitoring gadget: a device that looks and acts like a watch, but which also measures heart rate and other physiological factors. The monitor, made by self-tracking startup called Basis (which Kassam cofounded), is unique in the number of metrics it tracks; it detects heart rate from the wrist using near infrared spectroscopy, along with both skin and ambient temperature, and galvanic skin response, a measure of sweat on the skin that is linked to both physical activity and stress or excitement. Only a few people have been selected as beta testers for the device, which is slated to come out "soon."
"We analyze five different data streams and figure out what people are doing in the context of life," says Julie Wilner, product director at Basis. "High heart rate and temperature probably means someone is exercising." Low activity, as recorded by the accelerometer, suggests the wearer is sleeping. The device also tracks quality of sleep based on movement during this phase. It combines various measures to calculate the number of calories burned during the course of a day. Accompanying software helps users track and visualize how they are progressing over time. "Are they becoming more active?" says Wilner. "Do they get better or worse sleep on certain day of the week?"
The Basis watch is one of a growing number of new tools that seeks to passively collect data on the wearer's health and behavior with the aim of helping them to change it for the better. These devices are part of the new movement in self-tracking, enabled by a new generation of wireless devices and smart phone apps to track exercise, nutrition, sleep, mood, and other variables.  "In the past, only a motivated few would keep a diary for more than a few weeks," says Wilner. "We want to bring these tools to people who wouldn't do this on their own, people who make New Year's resolutions but don't keep them."

miercuri, 22 iunie 2011

Motorola Clutch i475

The Motorola Clutch i475 is a basic messaging phone for Boost Mobile.

LG Infinia LW5600

The LG LW5600 series evinced excellent color in bright and dark areas, along with relatively deep black levels and even screen uniformity for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV. Its matte screen works well in bright rooms. The Smart TV Internet portal is well-designed with a solid selection of streaming services, and LG includes a Wi-Fi dongle. The secondary motion-sensitive remote provides a cool, easy-to-use control option. Passive 3D on this TV has minimal crosstalk, is brighter than active, and LG includes four pairs of lightweight, nonpowered glasses.

This LG LED TV is relatively expensive. Its edge-lit local dimming LED scheme produces some artifacts and blooming; highlights were somewhat muted in dark scenes; and even from off-angle the picture loses contrast worse than most such TVs. The LW5600's Smart TV lacks Pandora, and its search is next to useless. Passive 3D shows a softer image with more artifacts and worse overall quality than active.

While passive 3D has its flaws, the LG LW5600's 2D picture quality is very good for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, especially in bright rooms.

luni, 20 iunie 2011

Samsung Exhibit 4G

A great price makes the Samsung Exhibit 4G a compelling option for Android fans on the lookout for a deal, without sacrificing features.

As the carriers dash to strengthen and expand their 4G networks, more high-quality 4G-capable phones are hitting the market. T-Mobile's Samsung Exhibit 4G is the sixth 4G phone for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. Like the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, the Exhibit is a more affordable handset that's still feature-rich without leaning too heavily on your wallet. What helps it stand out is a balance of value with up-to-the minute features. In addition to its speed, it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google's most current OS. It has a punchy 1GHz processor, two cameras, movie rentals, and live and on-demand programming from T-Mobile TV.
The Exhibit costs just $79.99 after a mail-in rebate and with a new, two-year service agreement, and it comes in black and violet. (We reviewed the black one here.)
The Samsung Exhibit 4G is a medium-size candy bar phone with rounded corners up top and some interesting angles at the bottom. It stands 4.7 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.5-inch thick, and it weighs 4.2 ounces. The Exhibit doesn't look premium, but it is comfortable, thanks to the soft-touch finish on its black or violet back cover, and a similar but more rubbery material surrounding the phone face. Samsung's characteristic shiny black plastic shows up on the front, spines, and accents. Flip up the Exhibit's base and you'll see it's made of harder plastic with an alligator skin design.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the thinnest ThinkPad ever made, and it's a slim, cleanly designed 13-incher worth a look for business travelers--but it's not as thin as a MacBook Air, and its battery life isn't as good, either. 

To be thin, in the world of laptops, is to be beautiful. We've seen this trend ebb and flow, such as when the MacBook Air and Dell Adamo first made their debuts a few years ago, and in a post-iPad world, thin is in again. First came the new MacBook Air, then the Samsung Series 9, and now Lenovo has unveiled its own thin 13-inch laptop, the $1,399 ThinkPad X1

HTC Sensation 4G

HTC and T-Mobile first introduced the HTC Sensation 4G back in April, and we were instantly enamored of the Android smartphone. Not only did HTC give the phone a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4.3-inch qHD display, but it enhanced the user experience by adding some great features to the HTC Sense user interface. We've had to wait two long months since that fateful day in April, but T-Mobile customers will finally get the chance to get their hands on the HTC Sensation 4G starting June 15 for a price of $199.99

duminică, 19 iunie 2011

MintyBoost Kit - v3.0

Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc... battery-pack and recharger!
This project includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge. If you have a Nintendo DS/GBA or a PSP you can buy charger cables from us, too.

The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an small space such as an Altoids gum or mint tin, and will run your iPod for hours, 2.5x more than you'd get from a 9V USB charger! You can use rechargeable batteries too.

New In Version 3: Provides 500mA @ 5V, tested and designed to work with all the latest iGadgets including the latest iPhones and iPods, etc., improved efficiency for high-drain devices, works much better with LiPoly battery mods.

sâmbătă, 18 iunie 2011

LG Revolution review

The army of high-speed broadband phones is actively seeking new recruits to join its rapidly-growing force, and the LG Revolution is the latest to graduate from boot camp. We've witnessed the emergence of three Verizon LTE handsets in as many months, beginning with the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge a few weeks later. As if this wasn't enough choice to tempt your tastebuds already, the LG Revolution - the entertaining climax to the classic 4G trilogy that was born one full moon after that. With three options, all so close to each other in dimension and features, it's natural to compare all of 'em and make the call on which one is the best of the bunch. Is LG's first crack at Verizon's LTE network truly a game-changer, as its name suggests? Or does this Revolution fail to even get its feet off the ground? Read on after the break to find out.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

We already knew it was coming -- Samsung hasn't been particularly shy about its teasing- but the big day has finally arrived, and the Series 5 Chromebook is now officially shipping to those eagerly awaiting the Google-powered laptop. If you weren't among the high-end coupon clippers who snatched one up during the surprise sale at Gilt a couple of weeks ago, you can now pick up a Chromebook of your own. At least for now, however, it looks like you'll have to settle for a white exterior - the "Titan Silver" (also known as black) edition is still in pre-order mode at both Best Buy and Amazon.

The Invisible iPhone

Over time, using your smart phone touch screen becomes second nature, to the point where you can even do some tasks without looking. Researchers in Germany are now working on a system that would let you perform such actions without even holding the phone instead you'd tap your palm, and the movements would be interpreted by an "imaginary phone" system that would relay the request to your actual phone.
The concept relies on a depth-sensitive camera to pick up the tapping and sliding interactions on a palm,  software to analyze the video, and a wireless radio to send the instructions back to the iPhone. Patrick Baudisch, professor of computer science at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, says the imaginary phone prototype "serves as a shortcut that frees users from the necessity to retrieve the actual physical device."
Baudisch and his team envision someone doing dishes when his smart phone rings. Instead of quickly drying his hands and fumbling to answer, the imaginary phone lets him simply slide a finger across his palm to answer it remotely.
The imaginary phone project, developed by Baudisch and his team, which includes Hasso Plattner Institute students Sean Gustafson and Christian Holz, is reminiscent of a gesture-based interface called SixthSense developed by Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry of MIT, but it differs in a couple of significant ways. First, there are no new gestures to learn—the invisible phone concept simply transfers the iPhone screen onto a hand. Second, there's no feedback, unlike SixthSense, which uses a projector to provide an interface on any surface. Lack of visual feedback limits the imaginary phone, but it isn't intended to completely replace the device, just to make certain interactions more convenient.

vineri, 17 iunie 2011

Microsoft Makes It Easier to Hack the Kinect

Today, Microsoft launched Kinect for Windows, a software development kit that makes it easier for programmers to dream up new uses for its gesture-sensing hardware. Microsoft also organized a 24-hour "code camp," at which hackers, academics, and hobbyists gave the software a try.
At the end of the camp, one group of hackers presented a game that would allow a traveling parent to interact with a child back at home. The child controls a character in a maze by moving in front of a Kinect, while the parent controls a character through accelerometers in a Windows 7 smart phone. The two can play cooperatively and talk to each other over the phone and the Kinect's microphones. Another project developed during the camp lets users control a toy helicopter with gestures. A third gives Kinect users control of a virtual orchestra, including the ability to swell sound levels by lifting their hands. A fourth group created virtual light sabers.
Shortly after the Kinect launched late last year, hackers started enthusiastically coopting it for all sorts of  the purposes, to take advantage of its sophisticated depth-sensing capabilities. They were able to do it because they found a way to pull raw data from the device. A community of developers devoted to figuring out how to process that data also sprang up. Kinect for Windows gives outside developers access to software that Microsoft uses to process Kinect data, and also interfaces it whet smoothly other Microsoft products, such as the Windows 7 and Windows 7 Phone operating systems.
The Kinect, which retails for $150, includes sensors that hackers say rival or exceed those in pieces of hardware that sell for thousands. The device contains depth sensors, a camera, and an array of microphones. Hobbyists have used the Kinect to do everything from helping robots navigate to controlling unmanned flying drones with body movements.

A Virtual Test for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By combining virtual reality with data from physiological sensors, researchers at Draper Laboratory are trying to develop a new way to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which people who have undergone a traumatic event experience it again and again.
The research is of particular interest to the military, because many fighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. Many have also been subjected to explosions or other trauma, often resulting in mild traumatic brain injury. The two disorders have similar symptoms but require different treatments, so accurate diagnosis is crucial.

A diagnosis of PTSD is currently based on interviews with a physician and the presence of certain symptoms, such as flashbacks of the trauma and difficulty in sleeping and concentrating. But if the disorder could be diagnosed more precisely and objectively, it could help physicians distinguish PTSD from other disorders, and also help in assessing the effectiveness of specific treatments.
In a pilot study of seven people with PTSD, seven healthy people, and 11 people with trauma but not PTSD, Andrea Webb, who is a psychophysiologist at Draper, and collaborators measured heart rate, finger pulse, respiration, and skin conductance (a measure of stress and excitement), first when the person was calm and then when he or she was shown potentially frightening scenes via virtual-reality goggles. The virtual-reality scenes became progressively more intense. For example, the first might be a helicopter flying overhead; the last might be an insurgent running toward the subject while shooting his weapon.

iCufflinks - v1.0

Sophisticated. Modern. Open Source. Gorgeously machined aluminum with a subtle pulsating LED. Perfect for Father's day or for that geek who loves technology and needs to get dressed up for a special event. Welcome to the future!
This is a new type of product for Adafruit, we want to create wearable electronics that are subtle, fun to wear and look classy. We're starting with cufflinks and soon we will have a necklace version shortly.
The cufflinks are CNC machined from the finest 6 series aluminum for durability and beauty. The iCufflinks are a remarkable accessory. Machined with a "screw in backing". Each iCufflink contains a circuit board with pulsating LED and battery.

Reverse engineered
The "pulsing" is similar to the "breathing" LED pattern on many laptop and computer systems. The default pattern is reverse engineered from the Apple "breathing" LED on Macs, MacBooks, iMacs, etc.

Designed and made in North America
Cufflinks are lovingly machined in Toronto, Canda by Ross and Doell, assembled in New York, New York USA. Created by Mike Doell, Limor Fried and Phillip Torrone. 


Kinect for Windows SDK

Microsoft's been talking up its forthcoming Kinect for Windows SDK  for quite a while now, and it looks like developers might soon finally be able to get their hands on it. According to WinRumors, Microsoft will roll out the beta version of the SDK during a special event on Channel 9 at 9:30 AM Pacific time (12:30 Eastern) tomorrow - something that's now been backed up somewhat by the Channel 9 website itself, which is simply promising a "special Kinect focused event tomorrow." WinRumors is also reporting that the President of Microsoft Spain said during an appearance at a conference today that the beta SDK would be available "this week." So, it certainly seems like things are lining up for a release -it's just a shame that "Kinect applications" doesn't have the same ring as Kinect hacks.

joi, 16 iunie 2011

Toshiba adds 19 incher to battery-powered TV line

So, those 32- and 24-inch, battery-packing Power TV sets were a little too unwieldy for you, huh? We understand, and so does Toshiba, that's why the company is downsizing its outlet-independent line to 19-inches - surely you won't mind lugging around this 11 pounder. Ok, maybe you're not actually meant to carry it with you, but you could move it from room to room without worrying about finding an receptacle. The lithium ion battery pack can push 720 p images to the screen for up to five hours, though firing up the integrated 1Seg tuner during a black out cuts that back to about three. In addition to its low energy usage, it can be instructed to charge only during off peak hours -- saving you some dough on your electricity bills. The Regza 19P2 will hit shelves in Japan early next month for a rumored price of about $500, while extra battery packs will go on sale in August for around $90.


The first time we saw the rumored Supersonic we were blown away. HTC and Google had just wowed us with the Nexus One, and here we were looking at something even better -- a 4.3-inch phone with WiMAX wrapped in a white body. This prototype was buggy and had abysmal battery life, but it was real. Four months later it landed in our hands at Google I/O. We're of course talking about the EVO 4G which went on to become a runaway hit for HTC and Sprint as the first ever 4G smartphone in the US. And here we are a year later with the HTC EVO 3D, the legitimate heir to Sprint's mobile kingdom -- at least until the Motorola Photon 4G comes along. When we first played with the 3D-capable handset at CTIA we were suitably impressed, but we left with a lot of unanswered questions. How do the 1.2GHz dual core processor and qHD display affect battery life? Is 3D a compelling feature or just a gimmick? What is 2D camera performance like with the lower specced camera? Is the EVO 3D a worthy replacement for the EVO 4G? Find out in our review after the break.