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Although the word has been out for a while, T-Mobile and RIM finally announced a price and shipping date for the first ever BlackBerry flip phone, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. Launching today in black for $149.99 with a two-year contract, the Pearl Flip 8220 features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, a SureType keyboard, 2MP camera with video, and a 2.4-inch internal display. Like many flips, the phone also has an external display for easy access to calendar reminders, email, text messages, and phone calls at a glance. The Pearl Flip 8220 uses the popular “pearl” trackball for navigation.   Full specs include: • Support for Unlimited HotSpot Calling • myFaves support • Six popular instant... Read more...
Against the backdrop of rumors swirling around the net that Apple will announce a new Macbook Pro tomorrow, amongst a smattering of other notebooks, we have a thorough and detailed look at Lenovo’s counter-strike assault in the mobile workstation arena.The Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is targeted as a graphics professional’s dream machine and even includes and integrated Wacom tablet and Digitizer pen. Powered with a Core 2 Duo T9600 processor (quad-core options available), up to 8GB of system memory, dual 160GB hard drives in RAID 0, a ThinkPad MaxBright 17” LCD screen and NVIDIA’s QuadroFX 3700M professional graphics under the hood, you know this machine means business.If you think you need the upcoming... Read more...
When you think of a high-powered graphics workstation, the first thing which typically comes to mind is a huge, bulky tower chassis, packed to the brim with multiple processors, high-end graphics cards, and multiple hard disks. For the most part, this assumption is still fairly accurate, as these are the components which designers and artists usually require, and they aren't available anywhere else. Thus, artists have more or less been chained to their desks and their big, perfectly calibrated monitors. This isn't to say that there aren't options for the mobile workstation user, however, they have never really been up to par with what you could accomplish with a full tower. Almost every... Read more...
Obviously all the extra searches and scans at airports which have followed 9/11 mean that getting through an airport has become a marathon process.  One such part of an airport visit may be reduced in duration, thanks to technology.It all began with Richard Reid.  Reid was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a Boeing 767 on American Airlines Flight 63, a flight from Paris, Charles De Gaulle International Airport to Miami International Airport, USA, by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes.  And since then, examining shoes has become a constant at not just airports, but at some courthouses and other secure facilities.Israel has introduced a step-on scanner... Read more...
DRM (and lawsuits) aside, Spore has sold a ton of copies. In late September Electronic Arts (EA) said it had already sold 1 million copies (combined PC, Mac and Nintendo DS) sales since shipping on September 7th, despite DRM "Protest Creatures" and critical end user reviews at stores like Amazon.com.Slightly over a week ago listings for something appeared at both Amazon.com (since removed) and GameStop appeared, showing a add-on pack called the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack. There was a ship date of November 18th, but no additional info, and no word from EA about it. Showing up on the EA Store as a pre-order is pretty good confirmation, however. And, with that listing on the EA Store, we... Read more...
We're not sure what's more frightening about this, the fact that the Russians figured out how to do it or that WiFi networks are effectively now completely insecure.  ElcomSoft claims they can "recover" WPA and WPA2 encypted passwords using any NVIDIA-based graphics subsystem in a workstation, desktop or even a notebook, to crack WPA encyption over 100 times fastest than with a standard CPU.  This might not mean much to the average home user because, let's face it, serious thugs aren't bothering to hack into your home network to leech your bandwidth or steal a single user's personal information.  However, for the corporate sector, this "press release" is a huge wake-up... Read more...
The bruhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, even months after the initial headlines have faded. Despite Nvidia's promises to Apple that its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT-based MacBook Pros had dodged the bullet and were immune from the defect, Apple now counters that it wasn't, in fact, so lucky: "In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M... Read more...
Hawking Technologies Introduces The First Wireless-300N Range Extender Compatible With All 802.11 b/g/n Access Points And Routers HWREN1: Double the Effective Distance of your Wireless 802.11b/g/n Network and Eliminate Wireless Dead Zones IRVINE, CA – Hawking Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of innovative wired and wireless networking solutions for home, workgroup, and corporate users, announced today that it has begun shipping the Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Range Extender. The new, high performance Wireless-300N Range Extender expands Hawking’s award-winning line of Hi-Gain WiFi Range Extending products, which allow users to effectively increase the distance and performance of their wireless... Read more...
Acer Leads the Industry with the Introduction of the First Wireless 4G WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks for the U.S. MarketAspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 unveiled at first U.S. WiMAX network launch in Baltimore SAN JOSE, Calif. and BALTIMORE -- Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PC company (source: Gartner data, 2Q 2008), today unveiled its first WiMAX-enabled notebooks – Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 – in support of the nation’s first U.S. WiMAX wireless broadband network launched by XOHM in Baltimore. Demonstrating the company’s focus on delivering innovative technology solutions, the Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 are WiMAX-enabled Intel® Centrino 2-based notebooks... Read more...
We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this.  We keep typing Mail Googles. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank.  That said ...Anyone remember when on Friends Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had "closure" over their non-existent relationship? Well, that's called "drunk dialing." In a "not-that-useful-but-at-least-offbeat" Gmail Labs "feature," Google is introducing Mail Goggles, which aim to prevent you from "drunk emailing."To access it, you go into Settings, and then the Lab subsection. Scroll down and you'll see it (by default it's disabled). Enable it, and now you're "protected" from sending... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone, that the submission phase of the Tech Makeover campaign ended yesterday, and it's now time to vote for your favorite entries. The response has been absolutely awesome to this event, and the Tech Makeover website is loaded with some great makeover candidates. Some of the stories are touching and heartfelt, while others are fun and lively. To determine the winners, we need your help to sort everything out! Please point your browser to the Tech Makeover site and vote for your favorite candidates. Remember, we'll be visiting the lucky winners personally, and will be giving them a serious technology infusion! We're also going to be shooting some video of the whole process!... Read more...
Weezer has done it again in a stroke of viral genius.  With their recent exclusive Yahoo! video release of the song "Trouble Maker, they offer a encore show-stealing performance.  Just as they did with the ground-breaking YouTube release of their hit "Pork and Beans", where they featured a number of viral internet video "stars", the group breaks new ground by once again, calling upon a "crowd sourced' concept, getting their fans into the act in a very special way.  In August, the band shot the video for Troublemaker in Los Angeles where they summoned fans to help them break several world records.  The entire shoot was overseen by Guiness Book of World Records... Read more...
RAZER™FUSES FORM AND FUNCTION WITHRAZER LYCOSA MIRROR SPECIAL EDITION™ AND RAZER ARCTOSA™  The Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition is a high-gloss mirror finish gaming keyboard while the Razer Arctosa is a stylish stealth black on black gaming keyboard Carlsbad, Calif. – October 07, 2008 – Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of the Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition and the Razer Arctosa, inspired by fusing both form and function into an ultra-sleek gaming keyboard. Both gaming keyboards retain the stylistic appeal and main features of the Razer Lycosa, with subtle differences to appeal... Read more...
Kingston Technology Releases Limited Edition HyperX Modules with Black Heatspreaders -- Available Only at Newegg Fountain Valley, CA – October 6, 2008 – Kingston Technology Co., Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its popular 1066MHz HyperX DDR2 memory modules are available with limited edition black heatspreaders, exclusively for U.S. customers at online e-tailer Newegg.com. Available for Kingston part # KHX8500AD2K2/4G, the black heatspreaders show off Kingston's enthusiast memory in a new light while guaranteeing the same thermal performance benefits as the famous signature blue heatspreaders. The promotion is for a limited time only and available while supplies... Read more...
Plug in two drives: Sharkoon has endowed its popular QuickPort with a second hard drive slot, now offering its docking station for externally housed mass-storage in the model "SATA QuickPort Duo".With the Sharkoon QuickPort, a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drive can be quickly and easily connected to computers without permanent installation in an external enclosure. Now, a second HDD slot allows the QuickPort Duo to service two hard drives at once, irrespective of whether they are 2.5" or 3.5" drives. The two slots are covered by folding covers with small cut-outs for notebook hard drives. Both smaller and larger hard drives are held securely in place, and drives are removed through an easy-to-use release... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone--tomorrow October 6, 2008 is the last day for entries into the Tech Makeover giveaway! Contest details are below!Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover... Read more...
A Computer Mouse Breaks New Ground Working with a mouse for many years can cause pain in the hands, arms and in the neck and shoulders. Scientists at the medical universities of Rotterdam and Maastricht have therefore developed a new mouse called 'HandshoeMouse'. But what can this mouse do that others can't? The mouse – invented as early as the 1960s at the Stanford Research Institute in California – revolutionised the operation of computers. Moving towards and selecting functions, texts and files on the monitor became easy, intuitive and comfortable. It is just that the mouse itself is not comfortable to use: in order to control it, millions of very small movements are necessary with a posture... Read more...
It has been almost exactly one year since we saw the Asus Eee line of notebooks hit store shelves and it has been quite a year for this little side project from Asus. The original Asus Eee PC lineup, even with its flaws, turned out to be a massive surprise hit, as Asus hit a price and form factor that the market was finally ready to adopt for an ultra-mobile notebook. The Eee PC, while not truly the first of its kind, cemented the "netbook' product category, which has encouraged potential buyers to accept this genre of products. Since its release, we've seen nearly every major OEM produce a similar product to compete with the Eee, although Asus's six month lead in this arena has... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after suffering... Read more...
Synopsis:  With an Intel Core 2 Duo low power dual-core processor under its hood, this machine is capable in many mainstream user applications and could make for a decent Home Theater PC.  Aficionados may scoff at the system's integrated Intel X3100 graphics, which does not provide full offload processing for HD video.  However, the Studio Hybrid has more than enough power to playback full 1080p resolution content with its Core 2 Duo dual core processor, standard 160GB hard drive and DDR2-667 system memory.  As a minimalistic business-class machine, family computer or college-bound bookshelf computer, the Studio Hybrid has all the basic features... Read more...
Kingston Technology Launches 2GHz HyperX DDR3 MemoryEPP Frequency, Timing Tested Peak-Performing 2000MHz Modules Ready to Enhance Enthusiast PCs, Gaming Rigs Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of 2GHz HyperX DDR3 memory modules, the fastest-performing DDR3 available to date.Shipping immediately in 2GB memory kits, the new HyperX PC3-16000 memory offers gaming enthusiasts top-of-the-line Enhanced Performance Profile (EPP) ready memory with EPP profiles pre-programmed on the modules."Two Gigahertz is now the sweet spot for many benchmarking enthusiasts and Kingston's new 2GHz HyperX DDR3 memory is fully tested at specified... Read more...
Many would love it if Google (GOOG) would split their stock.  After all, the price it currently sits at makes it difficult for the average Joe to buy 100 shares.  Given that, some many have read their stock ticker yesterday when this all started and thought "great!"But one should not believe everything one reads.  While that applies to politics and the news, it sure as heck also applied to your stock ticker right at the close of trading yesterday.  Hearts may have stopped and fingers may have clacked across keyboards as GOOG seemed to dive to 1 penny.  But if you bought into that, hopefully you didn't buy huge amounts of that penny stock, because it was a mistake, and... Read more...
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