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Water powered calculator

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

At last a green solution to all of those calculators that run on gas. Think about it. No more carbon monoxide fatalities during math class. No more having to take your calculator to the mechanic to get an emmisions check. At last, we can cleanly crunch numbers.

So I exaggerated a little. This water powered calculator is still cool. It uses three water batteries for power which have two electrodes inside made from a special alloy. When immersed in water they produce electricity through a chemical reaction.

Self-Publishing is easy with Amazon’s Digital Text Platform

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

Whether you own an ereader or not, chances are you’ve heard all about how self-publishing is easier today than it has ever been before, allowing authors to quickly and easily publish their work. And I’m here to tell you that it’s true. However many authors out there still haven’t taken advantage of it.

Maybe you don’t have the time to look into it, maybe you’re still getting over the sting from all of the rejection letters you got in the old days, with the old way of publishing. Whatever the reason, many times we hear about new and great ways to do things and it just goes in one ear and out the other. Probably because we think there has to be a catch.

USB 3.0 memory card reader unveiled by Pretec

Posted in USB 3.0 by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2010

One of the things that I don’t like about my high capacity memory cards is moving a lot of pictures from them to my PC in bulk. I tend to just snap pics until the card is full. It can take a long time to transfer lots of GB of pics to the PC via USB.

Pretec has announced the world’s first USB 3.0 memory card reader called the P240. This super fast memory card reader has up to 5Gb/s of bandwidth. That makes it perfect for transferring lots of images and video to and from memory cards.

Corsair offers up new modular power supplies

Posted in Corsair by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2010

I just mentioned that Corsair has unveiled a new computer case that is very nice for enthusiasts and gamers. The perfect add on for that case for powering your new rig would be one of the newly announced Corsair Professional Series Gold PSUs.

The line of PSUs is 80 Plus Gold Certified for efficiency. The PSUs promise 90% efficiency at 50% load when used with 115V AC input. Using the PSU with 230V AC power ups that to 92% efficiency. The new line offers 1200W, 850W, and 750W units.

Corsair unveils 600T mid-tower PC case

Posted in Corsair by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2010

Corsair has been making computer cases for a while and the company offers some very cool cases that gamers and enthusiasts have enjoyed. Along with the line of cases, Corsair also has SSDs, PSUs and lots of other computer hardware.

Corsair has added a new case to its line today called the 600T. The new case has the features of a full-tower in a more compact mid-tower design. One of the coolest features is that the 600T has a USB 3.0 port on the front panel for easy access.

Synaptics shows off touch pad that can tell a palm from a finger

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2010

When I first started using my netbook when I travelled for work I often ended up hitting the track pad with the palm of my hand. That made whatever I was typing end up in a place other than where I wanted it to be. I ended up having to turn the track pad off when I was doing lots of typing to stop that from happening.

Synaptics has announced new technology at Computex that will stop accidental activation of the track pad by the palm of your hand. The tech is called TouchPad-IS and is capable of recognizing up to four fingers.

Asus announces G53 RoG 3D gaming notebook

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

3D is still the focus in 2010 and so Asus has introduced its 3D gaming notebook, the RoG G53. There’s no release date or price mentioned yet, but since we’re talking a gaming notebook that supports 3D, you’ll be paying a premium.

Some specs include: Core i3, i5 and i7 processor options, Up to 16GB of DDR3 memory on the quad-core machines (up to 8GB for dual-core options), 15.6-inch LED backlit HD display, NVIDIA graphics, Dual hard drive/SSD support, Optional Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI 1.4 port.

Asus announces Lamborghini VX6 And VX7 notebooks

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

The VX6 and VX7 Lamborghini-branded notebooks were shown off at Computex. The VX6 is white with the typical Lamborghini styling. The 12-inch netbook is powered by a dual-core 1.83GHz Atom D525 processor, NVIDIA ION 2 graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Windows 7, and has a 12.-1inch 1366 x 768 pixel display.

The larger VX7 offers a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and supports up to 16GB of ram. No official word on pricing just yet, so that money is going to keep burning a hole in your pocket. Rest assured, it will be expensive.

Samsung USB powered monitor

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

On the plus side, this monitor is USB powered. Even if it isn’t very portable. Samsung showed off the 18.5-inch LCD monitor a few days ago. It connects through USB and is powered by USB. So how did Samsung manage to accomplish this? According to the company, they did it “by improving the transmittance of the panel and the luminance efficiency of the backlight”. In other words, by dramatically lowering the monitor’s power consumption to as low as 6.3-watts.

Samsung plans on releasing some products just like this by next year. Here’s another drawback though. The monitor is only good for 30,000 hours, compared to 50,000 hours for conventional displays. I guess that isn’t too bad since this is for specialized needs.

Hitachi outs 320GB world’s fastest 7mm hard drive

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

Hitachi is claiming the world’s first 320GB hard disk drive to spin at 7,200 RPM in a 7-mm thick package. The 2.5-inch Serial ATA 3Gbps Travelstar Z7K320 boasts a 1,334Mbps maximum transfer rate with a 16MB cache. This HDD draws 1.8 watts during read/write and 0.8 watts while idle, at 23dB when idle or 24dB when seeking.

Thanks to the slim form factor, it’s ready to boldly go some places that standard 9.5-mm thick drives can’t. Expect these to hit production lines in August and appear in next generation ultra-thin netbooks.