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Gefen has a knack for delivering some pretty high-end, niche adapters in the audio/video world, and if you can dream up a conversion scenario, they can probably hook you up with an adapter to handle it. That also means that most of their wares are priced too high for the average consumer, but the company's latest... Read more...
Guess what? Tablet PCs are hotter than ever, and while the market never really took off when it tried years ago, this thing just might be different. Things are slimmer, faster and more power efficient, and more companies are looking to get into the game. We're still curious to see exactly how these will fit into a world that is already populated... Read more...
Google's Nexus One made waves in the smartphone industry. Big waves. Everyone knew that the phone was constructed by HTC but labeled by Google, and now it looks like HTC has revealed their own version of the Nexus One: the Desire.Launched at Mobile World Congress, this ultra-sleek smartphone is basically a modified... Read more...
Outside of solid state technology, the newest SATA interface is probably the biggest thing to happen to the storage industry in the past few years. We're talking about SATA 6Gb/sec, which doubles up the SATA 3Gb/sec interface that most hard drives and systems are tailored to work with today. This obviously speeds up... Read more...
Hot on the heels of our Wind U135 review, here comes a new shipment of MSI notebooks for those looking for something a bit more powerful (and a bit larger). A total of three 15.6" and one 16" notebooks are now shipping in the United States, with a starting price tag of $529.99.All four of these fit into MSI's... Read more...
Acer's a growing force in the booming smartphone market, and while it doesn't yet have a huge footprint in the United States, cranking out phones like this can't hurt. Just a few months after the Liquid A1 was announced, the Liquid e is being introduced in order to keep up with the rapid pace of technological innovation. Where the A1 used... Read more...
Just a year or two ago, processor speed was the least of one's worry when shopping for a new smartphone. So long as it could make calls, send/receive texts and check your e-mail every so often, it was plenty powerful. Now, phones are capable of so much more thanks to advanced operating systems like Android and iPhone... Read more...
Cameras have become an integral part of cellphones, and smartphones in particular simply have to have a good camera in order to look legitimate in the face of mounting competition. Just a few years ago, consumers were satisfied if their phone had any sort of camera; today, they want the camera to be of good quality... Read more...
You have to hand it to 'em--Lenovo knows how to market their products. With the tablet/slate PC revolution upon us, many companies are taking the opportunity to dive headfirst in. We aren't sure if Lenovo has yet another tablet planned (though the smartbook that was unveiled at CES hasn't received enough credit, in... Read more...
Sony Ericsson just unveiled their Vivaz phone a few weeks ago, and already the device's successor (or partner, at least) is being released at Mobile World Congress. The Vivaz pro follows the X10 mini and X10 mini pro in being a standard upgrade to an existing handset, with the main addition to the Vivaz pro being a... Read more...
Moblin and Maemo, Maemo and Moblin. Now, you two turn and face one another, shake hands, and start living together. It sounds like an odd relationship, but if there were ever forced marriages in operating systems, this would be one of the most talked about. Two companies that have historically been rivals, at least in... Read more...
It's funny how our world has changed in the past couple of years. For the longest while, new technologies came to mainstream, full-size notebooks first. For those willing to pay the premium, they also had to pick up a larger machine. Now, with netbooks being as huge as they are, newer technologies are hitting those small machines first. Who... Read more...
  We have been fans of MSI's Wind series of netbooks. They have consistently rivaled Asus' Eee PC range and HP's Mini line, and the competition has been good for the industry. MSI's Wind line has remained relatively consistent over the years, with the design staying mostly the same, but the internals progressively... Read more...
Microsoft has been taking a beating over the past couple of years in the mobile market, with operating systems such as webOS, iPhone OS and Android really stealing the thunder that was once owned by Windows Mobile. Even Windows Mobile 6.5.3 was way behind those other next generation systems in many ways, and Microsoft... Read more...
Mobile World Congress has opened up in Spain, and the cellphone/smartphone news is overflowing. It's pretty much the CES for mobile phones, and Sony Ericsson is on-hand to deliver two of their newest devices. Following up on the nicely styled XPERIA X10, the company has issued the XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro, both of which are... Read more...
There's no denying that we live in a world full of amazing technology, but most of that stays far, far away from the washing machine. But what if your gadgets were safe for washing, and what if your gadgets were on your clothes? Or what if they were your clothes? Those are the questions being asked and answered at the... Read more...
Touchscreen computing still has a long ways to go before it's popular in the mainstream, but if anyone can help, it's Asus. This company basically started the netbook craze that's still going on now, and they have just announced their latest in the famous Eee PC, which just so happens to feature a multi-touch panel... Read more...
Microsoft seems to have quite the issue on their hands. Just a few days after the company began to receive complaints that a company-issued patch was causing seemingly random freezes and reboots on select Windows XP systems, there has been yet another update from the company to inform us all that malware may be to... Read more...
We would take these figures with a certain grain of salt, but based on our own experiences with texting and the societal changes that have followed, we actually tend to find the numbers quite believable. MocoSpace is a social network that strives based not on web views, but mobile views. Thus, most anyone involved in... Read more...
With Windows Mobile, webOS, Android, BlackBerry OS and iPhone OS dominating the smartphone scene, you might think that yet another mobile platform would just be overkill. But not if you're Samsung. The company has unveiled its first major Bada-based phone (the Wave) at Mobile World Congress in Spain, and aside from... Read more...
"Kids these days" has never had a deeper meaning. Back in our day, rolling along on the school bus was a painful experience. The only chance we had to break from the misery was to bust out a textbook and start studying (not gonna happen), or if we were lucky, we'd get a driver nice enough to allow us to use our... Read more...
SSDs are still overpriced for most average consumers, but the companies responsible for making them are constantly searching for ways to make them larger (in terms of capacity), smaller (in terms of form factor) and cheaper (in terms of real dollars). Toshiba has their own line of solid state drives right now, but just as the company has innovated... Read more...
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