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Samsung 2263DX 22-inch display with 7-inch LCD Grafted on

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 25th, 2008

Samsung 2263DX LCDIf the Samsung 2263DX 22-inch LCD is Dr. Evil, the small 7-inch LCD grafted onto it would definitely be Mini Me. The idea is that the main 22-inch screen can be used for normal work and the secondary 7-inch screen can be used to extend your desktop to keep other stuff visible.

I guess you could use the little screen for IM applications, RSS feeds, and TV watching or other things. The 7-inch screen attaches to the main display via an arm that allows it to be mounted to either side of the main display or above it. The small display connects to the main display via a mini USB cable so you don’t need to directly connect the small screen to your computer.

Samsung announces S2 Pebble and S3 Slim PMPs

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 24th, 2008

Samsung Announces S3 and S2 PMPsLong gone are the days when a PMP was a simple rectangular device with not much thought to the looks of the device. Sure Apple still makes mostly rectangular MP3 players with its iPod line, but many other PMP makers are looking to more organic shapes and bright colors to woo buyers.

Samsung announced a pair of new PMPs called the S2 Pebble and the S3 Slim Portable Media Player. As you can guess from the Pebble designation with the S2 the PMP has a rounded pebble shape. It is only available in 1GB capacity and can be had in green, purple, red, black, and white colors. The Pebble lacks any display and has its controls on the back for a clean and uncluttered look. Supported file formats include MP3, WMA, and OGG.

AMD ships a trio of triple-core processors

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2008

AMD Phenom X3 CPU LogoAMD has been taking a beating in the marketplace for a while now at the hands of rival Intel. While Intel profits are up AMDs lagging sales have led to executives leaving the company and talks of employee cutbacks and restructuring of the company.

In an attempt to get some of its lost sales back AMD announced three new Phenom X3 triple-core processors today. The three processors are best combined with the AMD 780 series chipset according to AMD. This will unlock a full HD experience and what AMD calls stunning gaming and digital performance.

Seagate ships 1 billionth hard drive

Posted in Seagate by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2008

Seagate ships billionth hard driveI remember my first computer; it didn’t even have a hard drive. Any computer geek that started young in the 80’s will remember them too. Seagate says when it shipped its first hard drive in 1979 the thing had a paltry 5MB of storage and cost $1,500. That wouldn’t hold one of your hi-rez LOLKat pics today.

Seagate says that it is the first hard drive manufacturer to ship one billion hard drives. It took Seagate 29 years to ship 1 billion drives and it says that 500 million of the drives shipped in 2007 alone compared to only 30 million shipped in 1990.

Pioneer launches $1500 in-car amp sure to make the neighbors mad

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2008

Pioneer PRS-A900

Car audio is one of those things you love or hate. I’m mostly in the latter category thanks to my neighbor and his booming car stereo he seems incapable of turning down as he pulls up at 2 in the morning. The police in your town may take issue to it as well but if you just have to prove you have the loudest stereo in town, Pioneer has your amp.

Pioneer announced its new Premier PRS-A900 amp today and it is hella expensive at $1500. Pioneer says that it had the goal of ultimate performance despite the price tag and it shows. For $1500 you might expect a bazillion watts of power and you would be wrong.

HP upgrades MediaSmart TVs with Media Center Extender

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on April 18th, 2008

HP MediaSmart TVMany of us have lots of digital content on our computers from digital home movies and photos to recorded TV shows. One of the good things Vista offered in its more expensive versions was Windows Media Center making it easy to record programs over-the-air. The catch for many of us is that watching movies and TV shows on a small computer screen is less than ideal.

This is where HP came in with its Internet connected HP MediaSmart TV that can view Internet programming with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. HP announced this week that it is the first company to release Microsoft’s Media Center Extender capability in an Internet-connected HDTV.

eMachines launches two new cheap-o desktop computers

Posted in Desktop PCs by Shane McGlaun on April 17th, 2008

eMachines T5254I’m the go to guy for my friends and family when it comes time to buy a new computer. They always want to know what sort to of PC they should buy. For the most part my family doesn’t play games and don’t need the quad-core, SLI running beasts that I am fond of. What dear old mom and dad need is a simple system that will surf the net and can be bought cheap.

The name eMachines is pretty much synonymous with cheap computers today and it announced a pair of new and low cost machines that would do mom and dad proud. The first new machine is the eMachines T3646 and the rig can be had for only $299.99 without a display. At that price you won’t get high-end components. The machine runs on an AMD Sempron LE-1250 CPU, sports 1GB of RAM and has a 160GB hard drive. The OS is Windows Vista Home Basic.

Navigon introduces GPS with high-end features at entry-level price

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2008

Navigon 2100 GPS UnitI think GPS navigation devices are the best thing to happen to man in a long time. And by man, I really mean men, guys, dudes– you get the picture. Before GPS we had to use paper maps with our lady friends doing the map reading or do the unthinkable—stop and ask directions. Both of those previous scenarios just don’t sit well with most guys. Then along comes GPS and saves us from getting lost and hearing our ladies complain that they told us to take that left 20 miles ago.

The really good news is that more GPS makers are getting in on the action and the price of GPS units is coming down every day. Navigon says that its latest GPS devices provide high-end features at entry-level prices. It introduced two new models this week called the 2100 Max and the 2120 Max. The difference between the two devices is that the 2120 Max has maps of the U.S. and Canada and can only be bought in Canada for $329 CAD. The 2100 sells in the U.S. and only has U.S. maps on it for $299.

Dell listens to customers with the Vostro 1310 & 1510

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2008

Dell Vostro 1310Business users are typically more demanding of their notebooks than normal consumers. Business users tend to want portability, power and pretty much everything else. The boss approving the orders wants all that stuff too, but at a cheap price.

Dell says it has listened to its business customers and delivered everything they want with its new Vostro 1310 and 1510 notebooks. The 1310 notebook has a 13.3-inch screen and the 1510 is a 15.4-inch notebook. Dell says that the 13.3-inch Vostro has 94% of the viewing area of the 14.1-inch Vostro, but weighs 20% less.

Blockbuster wants to buy Circuit City

Posted in mergers by Shane McGlaun on April 14th, 2008

Blockbuster Wants to Buy Circuit CityWhen it comes to getting my gadget or video game fix and I don’t want to wait for something to ship from an online store it’s off to Best Buy or Circuit City for me. I also like to watch lots of movies and I am in the movie store almost every Tuesday looking for something cool to watch and Blockbuster is a store of choice. It seems that Blockbuster and Circuit City could see a merger at some time in the near future.

Blockbuster announced today that it has offered to buy Circuit City for $6.00 per share in cash with the offer subject to due diligence. Blockbuster says that the offer was made in a letter sent to Circuit City Chairman and CEO Philip Schoonover on February 17 on behalf of the Blockbuster Board of Directors.

AgfaPhoto launches tiny HD camcorder for Europe

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on April 11th, 2008

AgfaPhoto DV-5000ZIf there is one thing that makes carting cameras and camcorders with you to family events and kid’s activities easier it’s small devices. I bought my wife a Sanyo Xacti HD camcorder because I wanted something small that was easy to stash. Most married guys know that once the wife tires of holding something you end up keeping up with it.

AgfaPhoto has a new HD camcorder that records at 1280 x 720 in MPEG-4 and uses H.264 compression. The tiny camcorder measures only 4.7-inches x 2.75-inches and weighs under 200g. Videos are shot in 16:9 wide screen format and can be played directly on your HDTV at home.

Kingston launches low priced DDR3 RAM

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on April 10th, 2008

Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MhzI am a big fan of computer hardware and when NVIDIA launched its new gear a few weeks back including the 9800 GX2, 9800 GTX and the 790i Ultra mainboards I was very excited. I was especially glad to see NVIDIA finally put out a DDR3 compatible mainboard.

Kingston announced its latest RAM recently that looks to be the perfect complement to the NVIDIA 790i Ultra. Kingston released 1600MHz DDR3 memory in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB kits. Anyone that has prices DDR3 Ram knows that the stuff is expensive. Kingston says its 1600MHz HyperX DDR3 is designed to be economically priced.

Western Digital glams up My Passport USB drives

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on April 9th, 2008

WD My Passport USB Drive in ColorsI’m a more traditional geek and tend to not want any bright colors in my external storage products. I guess there are enough people out there that feel differently and Western Digital has felt the need to glam up the common USB drive with bright and often girly colors.

Western Digital announced today that it was now offering its popular My Passport drive in 11 different colors. The available colors include black, brilliant orange, super sunny yellow, raindrop blue, arctic white, deep viola, cherry red, ultra mint, real red, intense blue, and vibrant pink. The white drive might be just the thing for Mac heads, at least until the new MacBook’s hit with the aluminum skin.

SpaceNavigator for Notebook launches

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2008

SpaceNavigator for NotebooksI’m sure some of the real on-the-go types that work with 3D graphics and such all the time will find this device very useful. I used to own one of the full size SpaceNavigator devices and I am obviously not the target demographic for the device because I just didn’t find a use for it.

However, with the recent announcement that the SpaceNavigator will be SecondLife compatible mobile SecondLife fans might find the thing useful. 3Dconnexion says that the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks is more compact than the normal desktop device and weighs about half as much.

N-Gage launches globally today

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2008

Nokia N95 N-GageThe N-Gage mobile games service from Nokia goes live today and here’s hoping it doesn’t suck as badly as the original N-Gage. At least this time around Nokia is making more than one compatible N-Gage device rather than one odd looking phone like we got with the original service.

Nokia says that players on the N-Gage service will be able to connect to other players to play games via the N-Gage Arena community. Nokia also says that the N-Gage platform has exclusive titles that will only be available on the N-Gage platform.