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Archive for March, 2010

Don’t turn on your PS3 until PSN bug is fixed

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

So that PlayStation Network problem that hit late last night is apparently a serious disaster now. Sony is now saying that you shouldn’t use “fat” PS3 models at all, since a clock-related bug might cause some data loss.

Go ahead and use your PS3 slim. It isn’t affected. And that’s why there have been conflicting reports since last night. Sony says it is working to get it fixed in the next 24 hours, but for the moment fat PS3 owners should just go outside and experience real life. Maybe meet a girl, settle down.

PS3′s fighting global network issues

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

If you are a big PS3 fan that has been trying to play games online or just get online period, you may have noticed an error today. All across the world, numerous reports are coming in that the network is having issues often giving an obscure error message.

PS3 games with online functionality are reportedly not working either. Most of the issues are seemingly seen by users of older consoles before the Slim. Some theories claim the issue is a calendar error on older consoles.

Casio EX-S7 and EX-Z35 digital cams unveiled

Posted in Casio by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

PMA 2010 saw the launch of a number of new digital cameras this year. The new cameras ranged from cheap point and shoots to more expensive and feature-laden devices. Casio added a couple new digital cameras to its EXILIM line including the EX-S7 and the EX-Z35.

The S7 is a 12.1MP camera with 3x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD. The camera has several automatic features like Face Detection and more. The S7 can record 720p HD video and stores to SD and SDHC memory cards.

Team unveils Xtreem-S1 SSD at CeBIT

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

CeBIT is a show that is much more focused on computer hardware and other items than CES is. CeBIT kicked off today in Germany and among the new PC hardware being shown off is the Team Xtreem-S1 SSD.

The SSD uses a Sandforce processor for performance and promises up to 270MB/s read speed and write speed of 260MB/s. The SSD uses the SATA II 3Gb/sec interface and supports Windows 7 Trim function.

MSI 890GXM-G65 HTPC mainboard for geeks who roll their own

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

There are all kinds of computer geeks out there. Some of them like computers that are pre-built with fruity logos on them and others like hardware that is more open and the ability to roll their own machine to meet their needs. MSI has a new mainboard for the AMD fan looking for the latest features.

The board is called the 890GXM-G65 and offers USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces. The board is aimed at HTPC use and supports DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0. The machine also has OC Genie Lite software for overclocking and uses solid-state capacitors.

Dell Studio 1558 Touch with Core i5

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

Looks like Dell has some brand new laptops in their catalog, the Studio 1558 Touch and a multitouch Studio 17 Touch. No details are available on the Studio 1558, but we know that it will be equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and a 320GB hard drive.

It has a starting price of $999 and of course the price goes up from there depending on the configuration you choose. If you like fingerprints on your laptop screen, stay tuned.

Shenzhen TESO iPad clone

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

The iPad has yet to be released and clones are already hitting the market. Ironically, the Teso made iPad clone will be powered by the Windows 7 operating system, while featuring multi-touch, with the guts of a netbook inside. The device doesn’t even have a name yet.

Specifically, some specs include a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, GPS, 3G and a 3,000mAh battery. Nothing on price yet.

Saitek Slim Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

Saitek’s latest Slim Keyboard is available for both Mac and PC and both feature a slim profile along with chiclet style keys. If this pink one doesn’t suit you, there are a wide range of colors to choose from: It comes in black, metallic red, metallic blue, aubergine, olive green and pink.

Number crunchers need not worry. This keyboard may be slim, but it’s wide enough to include a numeric keypad. Nothing on price yet, but you’ll want to start deciding which color best suits your Mac.

Wacom Cintiq 21UX with 2048 Pressure Levels and Back Touchpads

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

If you like Wacom’s Cintiq display tablets, you’ll really like their new 21-inch model, the Cintiq 21UX. Wacom says that it has better pen performance and ergonomics and their new Grip Pen has their new Tip Sensor technology that requires near-zero pressure to start painting. It also boasts 2048 levels of pressure, double the previous model. How about eight programmable keys on each side of the tablet, over the bezel?

The most interesting feature is the two touch strips on the sides of the tablet, on the back of the bezel. They operate like mini-trackpads, which can be used for four functions depending on the application. Just change the function with your thumb using a button on the front of the tablet and use your middle or forefinger to manipulate the touchpad up and down.

Archos 7 and Archos 8 Home Tablets official, $200 each

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

Archos has always made quality products and now they are offering up two Android-powered Archos Home Tablets that will each cost only $200. The Archos 7 Home Tablet is basically a refresh to their Archos 5 Internet Tablet, a 7-inch touchscreen Android tablet with Wi-Fi and USB. A 2GB model will be available in April for about $200 across the pond.

The Archos 8 Home Tablet is an 8-inch touchscreen tablet with 4GB of storage that will be available across the pond in May for about $200 as well.