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AAXA Technologies unveils M1 Limited Micro Projector

Posted in Projectors by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

There is a huge range of sizes and capabilities when it comes to projectors. You can get some huge projectors running into the tens of thousands of dollars range for use in the home. You can also get some cheap and tiny projectors for mobile users.

AAXA has unveiled a new projector that falls into that latter category called the M1 Limited Micro Projector. This projector is an updated version of the M1 that AAXA launched last year. The original version had 66 lumens of brightness.

UVmini kills germs on your toothbrush

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

I spent the first decade after I left college working in the hospital. The thing you always have to worry about there are germs making you sick and spreading them to other people that you see.

Every hospital I have ever seen used UV light to kill airborne germs, the tech is known to work well. A new gadget has turned up called the UVmini that uses this tech to kill germs on your toothbrush.

Canon EOS 7D firmware update fixes problem with AF and movie mode

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

Anytime we buy gear that turns out to have problems with how it operates it can be very frustrating. The best geeks can hope for is that the manufacturer will quickly offer up a fix for the issues.

If you own a Canon EOS 7D a new firmware update is available that takes the camera to version 1.2.2. The new firmware update fixes an annoying issue where the aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some lenses.

Rambus wins in patent dispute with NVIDIA

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

Rambus an NVIDIA have been fighting a patent war for a while now. Rambus alleges that just about everything that NVIDIA builds infringes on patents it owns.

Rambus took the case to the ITC and sought an injunction barring the import of the infringing products, which is just about everything but Ion from NVIDIA. Today the ITC ruled in Rambus’ favor and granted the injunction.

Dell announces solutions for Studio XPS 1645 throttling issue

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Dell has had the Studio XPS 1645 notebook on the market for several months now. The device has known throttling issues in some usage scenarios.

Dell has offered a solution to the problem that includes a new BIOS and a replacement power supply. The throttling issue was found to be related to the low power output of the power supply according to Dell.

Active Media Products unveils DOM for servers and embedded systems

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Active Media Products has unveiled a new storage solution for servers and embedded systems that are short on space and don’t need lots of storage space. The new solution is the IDA Disk-on-Module.

The DOM is a small MLC flash storage solution with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage. The device is fully Linux and Windows compatible. The DOM module slips directly into the IDE port on the mainboard.

MyFord Touch and Sync hands on

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Last week I spent a couple days with Ford in Dearborn, Michigan checking out the new MyFord Touch and Sync system that will debut first in the 2011 Edge SUV. This very cool system allows the driver to customize the view on the instrument panel to suit whatever their focus is.

The MyFord Touch system on the 2011 Edge has a large analog tach in the center of the cluster with two smaller 4.2-inch LCD screen on each side. Using the dual D-pad controller located on each side of the steering wheel you can move through all manner of gauges and information related to the entertainment, navigation, and climate controls of the vehicle. The system also has a larger 8-inch touchscreen in the dash that shows navigation and other items.

LG can’t meet demand for iPhone and iPad screens from Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

I think that anyone who has tried to buy a new Apple product like the iPad or iPhone on launch day and the days and weeks thereafter knows that shortages are common. The main reason for shortages of Apple products like these is that Apple can’t get enough screens.

LG Display builds the screens for many of the Apple products including the iPad and iPhone. LG has stated that it will not be able to meet the demand that Apple has for screens.

Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle unveiled

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

Microsoft has a history of making special edition Xbox 360 consoles to celebrate games like Halo. With the new Halo: Reach game coming soon a new branded and limited edition Xbox 360 has been unveiled.

The new bundle is called the Halo: Reach bundle and it features a customized version of the new slim Xbox 360. The console is silver in color and has Halo-reach graphics and sound effects from the Halo universe.

Standivarius Aero laptop stand sticks to the notebook

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

All of the laptops stands I have seen over the years are basically the same. They lift the screen of your notebook up for more comfortable work and are separate from your notebook.

A company called Standivarius has announced a new laptop stand called the Aero that is not only much thinner than the average notebook stand, but also sticks to the bottom of the notebook so you always have it at hand. That means you can slip the notebook and the stand into your bag as one unit.

Dell coughs up $100M in SEC settlement

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

Dell was hit with allegations by the SEC that it had improperly disclosed and used improper accounting when reporting finances between 2001 and 2006. The SEC filed suit against Dell seeking damages because of the alleged practices.

Dell set aside a fund with $100 million to settle the case previously. Dell Inc has announced that the SEC has accepted the $100 million settlement offer and that Dell is neither admitting nor denying the charges filed against it.

Samsung PL200 digital camera is small with lots of resolution

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

Samsung has unveiled a new and compact digital camera that still packs in lots of resolution and other features. The camera is called the PL200 and measures in at 3.9″ x 2.3″ x 0.83″.

Despite the small size of the camera the little beast packs in a 14.2-megapixel sensor and has a rear LCD that measures 3-inches and has a resolution of 230k and can shoot HD resolution video. The video is recorded in 720p at 30 frames per second in H.264 format.

Microsoft allegedly axed cross-platform gaming service because console gamers were powned

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

We will never know without Microsoft fessing up if this rumor is true or not, but it has more than a tinge of believability. Raul Sood from HP-owned Voodoo has stated that sources have told him that the reason Microsoft killed off its cross-platform gaming service that was in testing was because console gamers were smeared by PC gamers.

According to Sood, console gamers lost every single match during testing of the cross-platform service when paired against a PC gamer. This is an interesting claim and explains why after Microsoft talked up the service and went to testing it never came to market.

Circuit board table is DIY at its geekiest

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

I know that my wife would never let a coffee table as geeky as the one this DIY guy created from old computer parts into our house. This thing would look really good in my office though. The builder took old mainboards and other computer parts and built one of the coolest tables I have seen.

The table is actually made from two tables with a smaller table that the mainboards and components are attached to inside the larger table. The larger table is made from wood and glass with LED lights to let you see all the geekery inside the glass table.

HydroFill device makes hydrogen for MiniPak fuel cell charger

Posted in fuel cell by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the things that promise to power our gadgets without needing to plug them in or use electricity. However, getting the hydrogen for the fuel cells to run on does require power of some sort.

A new device called the HydroFill is available that can be ran from an AC outlet or a solar panel. The device uses plain distilled water to generate hydrogen that it stores inside HydroStik containers. Those HydroStik containers can then be used in the MiniPak hand held fuel cell charger.