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Passport announces 9500ix radar detector with GPS

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2008

Passport 9500ixIf you are the type that is a perennial speeder you probably already have a radar detector in your car. Not all radar detectors are created equal and if you have an older one you know how each time you drive by a Wal-Mart it goes off.

Escort is one of the top names in radar detectors and its Passport line has a new item called the 9500ix. This radar detector has the 360-degree protection from radar and laser speed detectors. In addition to the standard radar and laser detection the 9500ix also has a GPS-enabled database for speed cameras.

RazorBook 400 gets Windows CE update

Posted in Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2008

RazorBook 400Tiny notebooks are all the rage right now in a fad that was kicked off by ASUS with its tiny Eee notebooks. The hallmark of the mini-notebook or netbook is small size and a low price tag. Systems are often powered by the Linux OS to keep prices down.

For some Linux works fine and for others a Windows environment is preferred. Not too long ago we talked about the $299 Linux powered RazerBook 400 mini-notebook. 3K computers, the makers of the RazorBook 400, have announced a new updated version of the tiny notebook.

Sprint says Instinct is breaking sales records

Posted in Sprint by Shane McGlaun on June 27th, 2008

Samsung InstinctWith the iPhone 3G coming many handset makers and wireless service providers are trying to launch competitive products to try and steal some of the iPhone thunder from Apple and AT&T. One of the most interesting devices to take aim at the iPhone is the Samsung Instinct.

Sprint has announced that the Instinct has become its fastest-selling EVDO handset ever in only a week of availability. The Instinct is exclusive to Sprint and went on sale June 20. Sprint says that the record setting sales of the device has caused a few problems though.

Dell Video Chat application bundled with new Studio Notebooks

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on June 27th, 2008

Dell Video ChatText chatting with friends and family around the world is a nice way to stay in touch, without racking up huge phone bills doing it. Typing isn’t as enjoyable as talking for most people and if you can actually see your friends or family when talking to them it is even better.

Yesterday Dell announced a new Studio series of notebooks and the notebooks are also bundled with a new video chat application called Dell Video Chat that is powered by SightSpeed. As you might guess from the name the application allows you to talk to people and see their faces as you talk using your Internet connection and a webcam.

Alltel Wireless offers access to 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots

Posted in Alltel by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2008

Alltel WiFiUsers who are on the road a lot or find themselves out and about with their notebooks frequently are always on the lookout for hotspots for work and play. Alltel announced today that it was teaming up with Boingo Wireless to offer customers access to more than 25000 hotspots around the country.

The service is called Alltel Wi-Fi and can be purchased by anyone in the US as a standalone offer with unlimited Wi-Fi access for $19.99 a month or $3.99 per day with no contract. Alltel’s Wi-Fi plan also includes service in 100 airports across the nation.

Asetek liquid cooling system for AMD HD 4870 available

Posted in Video Cards by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2008

AMD HD 4870PC enthusiasts that are into overclocking may be familiar with the name Asetek as the makers of the Vapochill phase change cooling system that allows for high levels of overclocking on your CPU. Asetek also makes a complete line of liquid cooling gear for various computer components.

Asetek announced that it is the first to market with a liquid cooling system for the AMD HD4870 that was announced officially just this week. The Asetek system is a single slot design that allows OEMs to build HD 4870 with highly overclocked GPUs for greater performance.

Zagg invisibleSHIELD for iPhone 3G

Posted in iPhone by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2008

Zagg invisibleSHIELD for iPhone 3GBack when the original iPhone launched I was upset that a few short weeks after I got my phone it had scratches all over it. To keep this from getting any worse I got my hands on a product from Zagg called invisibleSHIELD. The stuff is made from a super strong and invisible film the military uses to protect the blades of helicopters from scratches and nicks.

Zagg cuts the stuff to the exact fit for the iPhone and has for the last three weeks been offering pre-order kits that protect the screen and body of the iPhone 3G. Zagg says that so far it has had 50,000 orders for the iPhone 3G kit.

Genius 2.0 Touch Speaker System gives music the finger

Posted in Genius by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2008

Genius 2.0 Touch Speaker SystemThere is something a bit cheeky about a company who calls itself Genius. Still, I have looked at several Genius products over the years and for the most part they tend to perform well. The latest product from Genius has been announced and it is called the SP-T1200 2.0 Touch Speaker System.

As you might surmise from the name of the product, the speakers are controlled with the touch of a finger. Users are able to control the volume, bass, and treble by sliding a finger across the front of the speakers. The slide bar illuminates as you move the finger across the bar to show what level settings are at.

T-Mobile announces new home phone plan for $10 monthly

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2008

T-Mobile LogoThere are lots of people out there who no longer have a home phone, preferring instead to use only cellular phones. However, for some people giving up their home phone is something they don’t want to do. For these folks finding ways to save money on home calling can be a priority with the average home phone bill hitting $65.

T-Mobile has announced a new home calling plan today called T-Mobile @Home that only costs $10 per month for unlimited nationwide phone calls. The service will be offered starting on July 2 and allows users to keep their existing home phone number and add the $10 month fee to their existing T-Mobile bill.

AMD officially launches the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 video cards

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2008

AMD Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 video cardNVIDIA and AMD/ATI routinely fight it out in the video card market for dominance and the gamers dollar. Recently NVIDIA has been producing the better performing video cards, but AMD is back with a new family of GPUs selling at low prices that it hopes will grab some of NVIDIA’s market.

AMD announced officially today its Radeon HD 4800 series video cards with 800 processing cores. The HD 4850 carries a retail price of $199 and has a stock GPU speed of 625 MHz. Memory for the card is 512MB of GDDR3. AMD says that the GPU in the card can deliver a teraflop of computing power.

World’s first power assisted luggage for those who travel heavy

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2008

Live Luggage Power Assisted BagI don’t travel all that much, but when I do one of the biggest pains is schlepping all of my gear the 20 miles through the airport. Inevitably I am running through the airport trying to make my flight, making pulling the bags even less fun.

A company from England has announced the world’s first power assisted luggage that aims to make the trek through the airport and to the hotel easier by making the luggage pull itself. The bag uses a pancake wheel technology and an Anti-Gravity handle to put a major portion of the bags weight over the wheels.

Logitech unveils premium Mac webcam

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2008

Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for MacLogitech has a long history of making some of the best webcams available for computer users. What Logitech doesn’t have much of a history offering are Mac compatible webcams. In fact this week Logitech announced its first ever Mac compatible webcam that uses premium technologies.

The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac has Carl Zeiss optics and is compatible with iChat and Skype on the Mac. The camera also uses a voice coil motor for its focusing system rather than a stepper motor. Thus provides faster focusing and allows the webcam to focus on objects as close as 10cm from the lens.

Mtron announces new SSDs and new SSD controller tech

Posted in Mtron by Shane McGlaun on June 20th, 2008

Mtron XTM 7500Today the common speed that SSDs operate at is 130MB/s for read and 120MB/s for write speed. This is significantly faster than traditional hard drives can match, even when spinning at 10000 RPM. Eventually the SSD will replace the traditional hard drive, but right now the hard drive still reigns supreme.

Mtron has announced a new controller technology for SSDs that will make the SSD even more appealing to enterprise customers. The new controller tech uses 8-channels rather than the 4 used today. Mtron says the new controller technology will allow for read speeds of 260MB/s and write speeds of 240MB/s. Drives based on the new controller technology are expected in early 2009.

ASUS DisplayLink LCDs get ship date

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on June 20th, 2008

ASUS VW202B DisplayLink MonitorFor most computer users who want more than one display adding a second isn’t that hard if you have a video card that supports dual monitors. Going above a pair of displays requires an additional video card. This can be in the form of a USB adapter or actually installing a second video card into your PC, which can be a hassle.

Thankfully DisplayLink promises to make that difficulty a thing of the past by allowing you to simply connect a second, third, or even more displays via a simple USB connection. ASUS has announced that its new VW223B 23-inch LCD and its VW202B LCD are both DisplayLink Certified.

Samsung Instinct coming June 20 to Sprint

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 19th, 2008

Samsung InstinctWe have talked about the Samsung Instinct before here at SlipperyBrick. This week Sprint announced that the phone would be available on June 20. The price for the device will be $129.99 after a 2-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.

The Instinct was originally pegged at a price of $199; Sprint surely felt pressure to drop the price after the iPhone 3G came in at $199. The Instinct looks very similar to the original iPhone, though it adds a couple buttons to answer and disconnect calls to the front.