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New ATI Graphics Card has Champagne Features at Beer Prices

Posted in ATI,Video Cards by Paul Patterson on October 18th, 2006

ATI X1950 Pro

Those gamers looking for high-end features in a mid-priced video card have a new option in the new ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics card.
ATI’s fastest multi-GPU platform
The Radeon X1950 Pro is the first graphics card to make use of new native CrossFire technology, thereby simplifying the multi-GPU experience by eliminating the need for a branded CrossFire Edition card.

CrossFire is a graphics technology developed by ATI to compete with NVIDIA’s dual-video-card SLI technology. The CrossFire system allows two ATI video cards run in a parallel pipeline to help improve gaming performance, which is similar to how NVIDIA’s SLI works. ATI claims that their CrossFire solution will work with any 3D games or applications.

The Radeon X1950 Pro is also ready to support the Premium Windows Aero User Experience on Windows Vista. Windows Aero is the name for the new graphical user interface in Windows Vista and …

Some Sick iPods

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2006

iPod VirusYes, I think the iPod is pretty cool, but we are talking about the more common use of the word “sick”.

Apple said yesterday that it had discovered that a some of its Video iPods shipped with a Windows virus on the player.

“Less than 1 percent” of the Video iPods sold after Sept. 12 were infected with the Windows RavMon.exe virus, Apple said.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it,” Apple said in a statement on it’s web site. “So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy …

iRobot Dirt Dog has some Neat Tricks

Posted in Home,iRobot,Robots by Quagmire on October 18th, 2006

iRobot Dirt DogiRobot released a new model to its line vacuuming robots. The iRobot Dirt Dog can be commanded to clean your garage by sweeping under workbenches, cars and other hard-to-reach places. This friendly Dog picks up all the nasty debris such as: nuts, bolts, dirt, and any other fragments from your shop floor.
Dirt Dog Features
The Dirt Dog sports high-speed, counter-rotating brushes to keep your workspace clean. The specially designed brushes sweep up dirt and debris that clings to rough surfaces. Cleanup is easy as the Dirt Dog features an easy-to-empty oversized Bagless Debris Bin which means there are no bags to worry about.

The Dirt Dog is powered by a 14.4 Volt Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery which can be fully charged in seven hours.

The Dirt Dog uses the iRobot AWARE Robot Intelligence System, Stair Avoidance System. Stair Avoidance System to keep your faithful …

Olympus WS-320M Voice Recorder

Posted in Olympus,Voice Recorders by Chetz on October 17th, 2006

Olympus WS 320-MVoice recorders had a time when I thought they were pretty cool because they had those tiny little cassette tapes. I remember going to the doctor’s office (for routine visits, of course) and seeing many little tapes lying around with different files where the doctors would dictate on them and file them away.

Well, voice records have come a long way, and dictation is not recorded onto little tapes anymore. If you are in need of a good voice recorder for dictation or anything else, Olympus has a sweet one. The Olympus WS-320M is a digital voice recorder with a few extra features. Aside from being able to record up to 277 hours, it can also be used as a music player supporting MP3’s and WMA files, and will work as a storage drive with up …

Mighty Mini MoGo Mouse

Posted in Mouse,Newton Peripherals by Darrin Olson on October 17th, 2006

MoGo MouseInnovation like this are great to see, and this one really caught my eye. At first glance I had no clue what it was, but soon learned that I was looking at wireless notebook mouse, the MoGo Mouse to be specific. The functionality of the MoGo mouse is not necessarily what makes this so cool for me, although they did pack all the functionality of a wireless Bluetooth mouse into a very small flat design.

The thing that makes this notebook mouse unique is that it happens to be the exact size of a PC card, and the MoGo Mouse happens to fit into a standard notebook PC card slot for storage. No mouse laying around in your laptop bag…cool. Also, no batteries that need replacing…way cool! While this mouse happens to be in the PC card slot, the PC just happens to charge it …

Nokia Teams with Digital Media Distributor Loudeye

Posted in Nokia by Quagmire on October 17th, 2006

NokiaNokia recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Loudeye Corp for about $60 million. Loudeye is a leader in digital music distribution across Europe. The company’s digital media offerings range from application development to content acquisition, fulfillment, and distribution with services consisting of encoding media content and metadata content creation.

“With this acquisition completed, Nokia is on target to deliver the best fully integrated mobile music experience to our customers during 2007,” said Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president and general manager, Multimedia, Nokia. “This new team brings the enthusiasm and expertise that make experiences such as our recently announced Music Recommenders service possible. Our vision is to enable people to access all the music they want, anywhere, anytime and at a reasonable cost; this is driving the development of our music offering.”

Digital music is one of the key drivers for selling higher-priced phones …

iPhone nano by January?

Posted in Apple,Mobile Phones by Paul Patterson on October 17th, 2006

AppleAccording to new rumors surrounding Apple Computer, the digital music behemoth is readying two new cellphone models for possible release in January. In a report by Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora, these new models could launch at the January 2007 MacWorld conference. Reports of Apple officially filing for the ‘iPhone’ trademark further fuel the rumors.

Tortora went on to say that “recent checks” give him reason to believe Apple will begin selling a smartphone and a slim music phone.

No information has been released as to what type of business model Apple will use to sell the phones. T-Mobile is considered a likely partner after Chief Executive Robert Dotson said during a press conference Oct. 6 that Apple’s operating system represents the future of next-generation wireless networks.


Razor-Thin BenQ Camera is Worlds Slimmest 7 Megapixel

Posted in BenQ,Digital Cameras by Paul Patterson on October 17th, 2006

BenQ X720BenQ recently introduced the X720, a 7 megapixel digital camera with the world’s slimmest body measuring in at a slender 12.5 mm. The X720 features a smc Pentax lens, 3x optical zoom, 1/2.5 inch CCD image sensor and a bright 2.5 inch LCD display. Other functions include:

S.S.F (Super Shake-Free) system allows the user to record photographs and videos with brighter, more natural color.
Supports high light sensitivity of up to ISO 1200 and up to ISO 4000 in recording mode. This helps to facilitate shooting fast-moving objects or taking photos in poor lighting conditions.
Offers 7-scene modes for quick setting adjustments as well as PictBridge function for direct photo printing via a compatible printer.

The BenQ X720 comes wrapped in a sharp stainless-steel case with a shiny metal grip. The new camera was recently awarded with the prestigious 2006 iF China Design Award and 2006 …

The Electric Bug Swatter

Posted in Outdoors by Chetz on October 16th, 2006

Electric Bug Swatter No more swatting bugs and leaving a smashed mess when you are using the Electric Bug Swatter. Yes, it is just like it sounds. Similar to the blue bug “zappers” on your uncles porch years ago, you now can carry that power in your own hand.

When using the Electric Bug Swatter, you simply turn on the switch to charge the electric current and heat up your racket. Two AA batteries send approximately 1400 volts at a low amperage coursing through the grid of bug death and zap insects dead in mid air. Hold the racket still and you can let the bugs come to you, unwittingly flying straight into inescapable doom.

This swatter gave us hours of unintended uses and enjoyment, but please note that this is not a toy, which Quagmire can vouch for as you do not want to let someone …

Just Point and Shoot with Pure Digital Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video by Quagmire on October 16th, 2006

Pure Digital Point and Shoot

Pure Digital Technologies, a pioneer in developing one-time use cameras and camcorders has released the Point & Shoot Video Camcorder.

The new camcorder is a great alternative for those people who want a simple, no-frills solution for creating and sharing high quality home movies. Compact, affordable, and easy-to-use; Pure Digital’s new camcorder allows anyone to easily record and share their adventures with one push of a button.

The Point and Shoot also plugs into a PC via USB and has built-in software to transfer and process the video with one click. Pure Digital is surely hoping to cash in on the proliferation of online video sharing services like YouTube, MSN Soapbox and Yahoo video with this new camera.

The Point and Shoot comes in two models, one that holds 30 …

Vodafone Releases 3G Handsets

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2006

Vodafone LG KU800Vodafone has released a set of new 3G phones in time for the end of year holidays, some of which will offer the 3G service at entry level prices. Vodafone also has six HSDPA phones that allow high speed internet access with Motorola and Samsung Electronics.

The new phones, including the LG KU800 (pictured here) and the LG L600V among other designs are offering mobile TV services and Vodafone Radio DJ music service all at higher speeds previously were not available. The handsets can also be used as a modem for downloading email and similar tasks.

The new phones can help providers bring speeds of 1.8 megabits per second to mobile phone users, and potentially as much as 14mbps later on. Existing 3G networks usually havei nternet speeds of about 384 kbps. The new phones have been reported to smaller, have improved functionality and …


Microsoft Views Vista Release in Europe and Korea

Posted in Microsoft,Vista by Paul Patterson on October 16th, 2006

Windows Vista

Microsoft confirmed that it is on track to deliver its new operating system, Windows Vista, for worldwide consumption to its volume license business customers in November; while worldwide general availability is expected in January. Microsoft also confirmed that it would be releasing Windows Vista in Europe and Korea on schedule, following discussions with the European Commission and the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

“We are excited to bring the security enhancements and innovative new features of Windows Vista to our customers and partners around the world, and we are committed to adhering to local law in every region of the world,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

Microsoft has agreed to make a number of changes to Windows Vista in response to guidance the company received from the European Commission. These discussions involved changes to Vista Search Features, the Microsoft Office for fixed …

Intel Quad Core Chips in November

Posted in Intel,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2006

Intel Quad Core In a continuing race with AMD, Intel is planning on bringing its quad-core chips to market in a new line of HP workstations on November 13th.

Invitations have been sent out to the presentation event, but no indication of what models or prices will be involved.

A launch date in November by Intel for the new chips would mean that Intel brings quad-core processors to the market before AMD does, which would be a significant win for Intel in this race with AMD. AMD has stated plans to release a quad-core chip in mid-2007, in which AMD claims it will have a supurior design.

The advantage of the quad-core chip is it’s ability to provide more processign power and handle more tasks simultaneously compared to current chips, and at the same time not increasing power consumption or heat generated. The gamers will be the true …

Monster Home Theater Remote

Posted in Home Theater,Monster,Remotes by Chetz on October 16th, 2006

Monster Home Theater Controller 100Monster is well known for high quality sound, and they have continued it along with better enabling the use of their other high quality items by offering the Monster Home Theater Contoller 100.

This remote has a rechargeable battery, a small charging cradle and features a 3.2″ color LCD screen with up to 8 customizable functions you can program into the remote control to command up to 15 devices in your home theater world, including things like televisions, projectors, DVRs, PVRs, laserdisc players, satellites, cable boxes, amplifiers, receivers, VCRs, DVD players, and even stereo systems.

The Monster Controller has a form fitting design to fit your hand and makes convenient use of the most common buttons for driving your entertainment. Some unique dedicated buttons include a surround sound button to toggle through your different sound options, and a picture aspect ration …

SmartDisk Firelite Xpress shows files on the drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2006

SmartDisk Firelite XpressThe SmartDisk Firelite Xpress is a portable hard drive with a cholesteric liquid crystal display that is always on without external power and allows you to see what files are stored on the drive without having to connect it to a computer.

I had to look up cholesteric so I’ll save you the same trouble:

“..of or pertaining to a form of liquid crystal having molecules arranged in thick, regular layers, and displaying marked color effects, esp. in polarized light.” -Dictionary.com

The LCD window shows the drive label, the last file save date, user-defined text, total drive capacity (comes in 60GB and 120GB) and available space. The actual drive is SATA and connects and transfers data via a USB port at 480 MB/second.

Weighing in at 10 oz and having dimensions of 3.3 x 5.1 x .9 inches this drive is very portable and extremely …