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AMD Shows Off Native Quad Core Processor

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 30th, 2006

AMD Native Quad-Core X86 Processor Today AMD did a demonstration of the world’s first Native Quad-Core X86 Processor, (codenamed Barcelona), at the annual Industry Analyst Forum in California. The demonstration was done on a four processor server platform running Windows 2003 Server 64 bit. The demonstration also showed the ease of upgrading the server simply by replacing the four DDR2-based Opteron processors with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron’s and updating the BIOS.

Randy Allen, the corporate vice president for AMD in the Server and Workstation Division stated “AMD is guided by an overarching strategy to reduce datacenter complexity and to deliver performance increases without forcing customers to endure disruptive platform transitions,”. Allen added, “We discussed quad-core requirements with our customers and their end users, and determined that, as we did with the introduction of dual-core x86 processors in 2005, only a native quad-core x86 server processor …

Mvix Wirelss HD Media Center Bridges Gap From PC

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on November 29th, 2006

Mvix Wireless Media Center with HD Looking for a handy multimedia gadget to bridge the gap between your PC and your HDTV? This multimedia device could do the trick. The Mvix Media Center is really an external hard drive enclosure with it’s own processor, a Linux OS and some tools to playback just about any multimedia file you have.

This new version of the Mvix adds support for HD video output to your TV and wireless connectivity via 802.11b/g. (You can also connect via an Ethernet cable.) You can connect to your TV like you would connect any other audio and video components with composite, component, s-video or DVI, and you connect audio out with RCA jacks or even use a FM transmitter to play the sound on your FM stereo.

Once set up you simply transfer files from your PC to the Mvix device and play …

PetWatch Automatic Pet Feeder

Posted in Pets,PetWatch by Darrin Olson on November 25th, 2006

PetWatch Automatic Pet FeederThere are all types of issues that pet owners might deal with, especially when it comes to the nutrition of their pet. Feeding your pet too much, too little, too much at once or not at all! The PetWatch automatic pet feeder can solve a lot of these issues, especially for those of us that have to leave their pet at home all day alone.

The PetWatch pet feeder can be set to automatically dole out a serving of food for you pet up to 5 times a day at scheduled intervals. It is also accessible through a wireless network so you can get online and check how things are going and even view your pet through a built in camera in the feeder. There is also a remote control to make the set-up a little easier.

If your pet gets lonely without your …

The Pin Clock

Posted in Clocks,Home by Darrin Olson on November 21st, 2006

Pin ClockThis is a pretty novel idea for a “digital” clock. The Pin Clock looks a lot like that pin game you may have played with as a kid, where you can put the pins on your face and they take it’s shape.

In this case, the pins are pushed out or pulled in to take the shape of the numbers to represent the current time. As the minutes change, the pins make sounds as the move in and out like the old sound of time changes on the board at the train station. The web site states that you can “hear a pin clock”.

We saw this item at Uncommon Goods, and at the time of this post they are saying that pin clock is not only unavailable, but they are discontinuing them, so you may have to look around or check eBay for this time …

Nintendo Launches Wii, Takes On PS3

Posted in Games,News,Nintendo,Wii by Darrin Olson on November 19th, 2006

Nintendo WiiNintendo launched it’s new Wii video game console in New York last night at midnight, meeting more than a thousand eagerly awaiting fans. Some fans had been in line for days awaiting the launch in the hopes of being one the first to get their hands on the new console. Surprisingly, the US launch was done prior to the launch in the companies home of Japan. This was done, according to Nintendo, in order to take advantage of the earlier holiday shopping season in the US.

This bold launch by Nintendo comes only two days after the launch of the PS3, and puts the two gaming giants in a head to head battle in this seasons gaming console wars. The Wii game system does not have near the processing power or graphic capabilities of the it’s PS3 and Xbox rivals, and has a price that …

Did You Get Your PS3, Yet?

Posted in PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 18th, 2006

Sony PS3 Released in the USIn case you have been in a cave the last few days, Sony released it’s next generation game console to United States customers yesterday at stores across the country, and like the PS3 sales in Japan only a week ago, the consoles were reportedly gone in a matter of minutes. Sony geared up to be able to offer 400,000 PS3 consoles to the US market for the launch date, and Sony wants to have 1 million available to US customers by the end of the year.

Sony has two versions of the PS3 available, and numbers on how many of each are not clear. The less expensive of the two offerings contains a 20 GB hard drive for $499, while the other version is retailing for $599 with a 60 GB hard drive and WiFi capabilities. Both versions have Sony’s impressive …

Less Is More With The Motorola W220

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 17th, 2006

Motorola W220Not everyone needs all the flash and bling of the features and fancy cases in new mobile phones. A nice looking, practical phone is found in the Motorola W220 which was launched earlier this year. This is the kind of phone that you would be comfortable with letting your daughter date.

The W220 has a clean a slim design similar to the Motorola RAZR, but without all the extra flash and price. There is no MP3 player, no camera and no flashy videos or pictures on an external display.

The mobile phone does however have FM radio. Nice, safe FM radio. It also has three indicators on the front of the phone that are not visible until they are needed. When you have a missed call, a message or your battery is low these three lights will simply and clearly let you know at a glance, …

Nikon Releases The D40 Compact Digital SLR – Even You Can Use It

Posted in Digital Cameras,News,Nikon by Darrin Olson on November 16th, 2006

Nikon D40If you are one of the many that would like to be able to take great photos with the performance of a digital SLR camera, but never wanted to invest the money or take the time to learn all the features involved, Nikon has come out with the right camera for you. This digital camera could very well bridge the gap for many amateur photographers from the popular point and shoot compact cameras to a little more serious but manageable photographing instrument.

One significant features of this offering has nothing to do with the camera specs, but is the price. At an estimated $599, consumers can get a pretty nice, lightweight and SLR camera for less than most similar models. Another nice feature is the 2.5″ color display. Nikon has made a more novice, user-friendly display on the screen with a few different layouts to …

Charge Your Gadget Batteries With No Wires

Posted in Magnets,News by Darrin Olson on November 15th, 2006

 Marin SoljačićTuesday at the Industrial Physics Forum in San Francisco, Marin Soljačić, assistant professor at MIT, along with colleagues presented an approach to power and/or charge electronic devices wirelessly from a couple of meters away.

The idea is that there would be some type of base station that the devices would need to be in proximity of to receive the transfer of energy through the air. The base station would be plugged into a regular electrical outlet, or “holes” to you old Seinfeld fans. The base station would then emit some low-frequency electromagnetic radiation around the base. The radiation would be at a specific frequency that would need to be matched by some type of circuitry component inside the gadget that would receive the power, and when the base and the component get close to each other resonating at the same frequency, the component could …

glofiish X500 Mobile Office

Posted in glofiish,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 15th, 2006

Glofish X500The glofiish X500 is a great contender for the ultimate mobile business solution device. ETEN boasts that at the time of its production, the glofiish X500 is the thinnest phone running Windows Pocket PC and having communications through Quad-band GSM, WiFi and GPS all in one device. On top of that, the X500 also supports Bluetooth to allow you to use a headset or full keyboard without wires.

A built-in Qwerty keyboard would always be nice, but it would certainly affect the size of the new glofiish mobile phone which will require you to type on the screen or with an external keyboard. The dimensions on this gadget are a mere 113mm x 59.5mm x 15.5mm and it weighs a svelte 146g with the battery installed. The display screen is also a decent sized 2.8″ TFT-LCD with a resolution of 240 x 320 and 65,536 …

Intel Launches Quad Chips, Gets Jump On Competition

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 14th, 2006

Intel Quad Core Chips ReleasedIntel has made significant jumps over the past year, and on Tuesday they have officially launched their Quad Core Chips which Intel says are more energy efficient, have better utilization and are more reliable and then previous generations of Intel processors as well as the competition. This chip offers the equivalent processing strength of four separate processors in one chip. This is the second major release this year after Intel announced the Core 2 Duo in August and now the Quad Core, doubling the offered processing power twice in a year.

“In one year, we’ve achieved a four-fold increase in performance. That is stunning,” Pat Gelsinger, head of Intel’s Digital Enterprise group, told the Financial Times.

The Xeon 5300 and the Core 2 Extreme are the first two chips being released with the Quad processing power and are intended for …

Message Plant Has Secret Message Branded On

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on November 13th, 2006

Message PlantThis might be a stretch for a site about technology and gadgets, but I think this is pretty cool anyway. This is the Message Plant, and is basically a plant that you get shipped to you in a can as a seed. You grow it and a message that was somehow stamped onto it will appear.

The plants can be purchased and shipped for about $15, and once you get the plant and add water and some sun, it takes a little over a week and the plant will have grown enough for you to see the message. The message can consist of two lines (one above the other) and up to 10 characters each for a total of a 20 character message. You can even have logos or simple images put on the plant instead of text if you want to call in and …

Cingular and Samsung Unveil BlackJack SmartPhone

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,Samsung,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 13th, 2006

Samsung SGH-i607 BlackJack SmartphoneCingular and Samsung have finally released the SGH-i607 BlackJack Smartphone in time for the holiday season and to have it in the race along side the Motorola Q and the Dash. The Blackjack fills a void for mobile phone users in the US with a Smartphone that has supports GSM along with EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA. The phone also supports Bluetooth, but unfortunately is without any built in WiFi support.

This phone comes with a slightly awkward looking QWERTY keyboard, a 320×240 screen resolution and a built in 1.3-megapixal camera. The Blackjack weighs in at only 3.5 ounces and is about a half an inch thick. The included battery gives it 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 11 days of standby, which is a nice jab to it’s main competitor the Q, which has some shorter battery life …

Sony PlayStation 3 Welcomed in Japan

Posted in Games,News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 11th, 2006

Playstation 3 Released In JapanTokyo, JapanSony released the much anticipated PlayStation 3 game console to Japanese in-store sales on Saturday, and the results were good news for the bean-counters at Sony.

Online advanced orders of the PS3 were available through Amazon.com for Japan in October, but people lined up overnight at participating stores throughout Tokyo hoping to be one of the limited numbers of people able to purchase the new game console. At least one person was reported to be in line for the purchase even before the store closed the previous day. According to the New York Times, online auctions of the new Playstation 3 went quickly and as high as $1,100. This is more than double the cost of the basic PS3 model with a 20 GB hard drive at around $425.

The Washington Post reported that so may people were lined up …

Motorola O ROKR Bluetooth Sunglasses

Posted in Apparel,Bluetooth,Headphones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 11th, 2006

Motorola O ROKR

Oakley and Motorola teamed up to make these O ROKR sunglasses / headset. The sunglasses are made from light weight “O Matter” weighing about 54 grams so that they can be comfortable for extended periods of time. The lenses are interchangeable (comes with one set) and they are made from Plutonite to filter 100% of all UV rays.

What makes this a cool gadget is the fact that the O ROKR glasses double as a Bluetooth wireless headset. You can use the dual ear pieces attached to the sunglasses to listen to a Bluetooth enabled phone or a music player with Bluetooth or a Bluetooth adapter. You can also take calls from your phone on the O ROKR glasses like you would with a normal Bluetooth headset.

The glasses have functionality built into them to remotely operate the playing devices. You can control volume, answer …