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Sanyo PLC-XW60 is smallest and lightest XGA Projector

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2008

Sanyo PLC-XW60Projectors can be used for all sorts of things from projecting that boring PowerPoint project at the office to playing some Warcraft with a 100-inches of gaming glory on your living room wall. The catch is that often projectors are bulky devices that cost a lot of money.

Sanyo introduced a new projector today that it claims to be the industries smallest and lightest XGA LCD projector. The PLC-XW60 has a resolution of 1024 x 768 and weighs only 3.6 pounds. It’s not only light, but it is physically small as well with dimensions of 10.4 x 2.17 x 7.40 inches (WxHxD).

Take-Two Interactive laughs and farts in the general direction of EA

Posted in EA by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2008

I fart in your general directionNot too long ago EA offered to buy Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two is well known as the publisher of some of the most popular and controversial games to be found for console and PC gaming systems. Take-Two is the publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto series, Bioshock, and Manhunt.

EA offered to buy Take-Two Interactive for a paltry $26 per share. I say paltry because Take-Two stock has been commonly trading for slightly more than the $26 offer. Take-Two recommended to its stockholders that they turn down the EA offer as inadequate.

Wii Rock Band launch date set

Posted in Wii by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2008

Wii Rock Band launch dateAnyone who has played Rock Band with a group of friends knows what fun the game can be. When it originally launched the game was only available for Xbox 360 and the PS3. EA confirmed in January that a Wii version would turn up sooner a later.

The official launch date for the Wii version of Rock Band was announced today. The game will hit store shelves on June 22, 2008 at a MSRP of $169.99. The Wii version will be launched in the familiar special edition bundle that comes with the guitar, drums, mic, and software.

Plextor forgets HD DVD is dead, releases Blu-ray HD DVD combo drives

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2008

Plextor Blu-ray combo driveI for one was sort of glad that Blu-ray finally won the format wars, though I was bummed that I had just bought a HD DVD player. Now you can’t even buy or rent HD DVD flicks in my local area so that fancy Toshiba HD DVD player is a brick.

I guess someone forgot to tell Plextor that the format wars were over. Plextor announced a couple new hybrid drives yesterday that can play both HD formats. I guess those of us who got the five free HD DVDs still need some way to play them.

Intel announces new L5400 series Xeon server CPUs

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2008

Intel Xeon processorsServers serve us well for many tasks behind the scenes from hosting the web pages we like to running the applications your boss, aka “The Man”, makes you use at work. Faster processors for these servers are a good thing.

The faster the processors the faster you can get your work done and the more time you have to surf the Internet, or as we call it when you surf the net at work—“research”. Intel announced a couple new server processors today in its Xeon line. The new parts fit into the L5400 series and both the processors use Intel’s 45nm manufacturing process.

Kyocera whips out world’s fastest inkjet printhead

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2008

Kyocera KJ4 PrintheadI’m betting that I am not the only printer owner that feels like I have to wait an eternity to get my photos printed out from my inkjet printer. A faster printer that still produces good image quality would be great for many of us.

Kyocera announced a new printhead today that may help meet that goal called the KJ4 series. Kyocera calls that printhead the world’s fastest drop-on-demand inkjet print head. The device can print full 600 dpi color output at 150 meters per minute which is over five miles per hour.

Memorex iWakes you up with your iPod

Posted in Clocks by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2008

Memorex iWake Alarm ClockIf you aren’t a morning person and need a bit of a boost to get you out of the bed Memorex has a new device that might help you wake up. The Memorex iWake clock Radio for the iPod was announced today and the radio is available in three bright colors—red, blue, and purple.

The device has a built-in iPod dock and can wake you to music from your iPod or wake you to the AM/FM radio built-in. The iPod dock can charge and power all iPod models. If the bright colors don’t float your boat, you can get the iWake in black or white as well.

Mio Moov 200, 210, 300, and 310 coming to the US

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2008

Mio Moov GPS UnitNavigation units are becoming one of the most used car electronics devices around. They are a great way to get from location to location without having to stop and ask directions and without getting lost or having to resort to a paper map.

Mio Technology announced four new GPS devices today using content from its recently acquired Navman purchase. The four devices are the Mio Moov 200, 210, 300, and 310. All four models have a touch screen with the 210 and 200 using a 3.5-inch touch screen and the 300 and 310 units featuring 4.3-inch touch screens.

Garmin & Kenwood in-dash electronics partnership continues

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2008

Kenwood In-dash Powered by GarminIt really sucks when you get lost and it’s even worse if you happen to have a wife or significant other in the car at the time to tell you that you should have stopped for directions. The easy way to avoid this is to get a navigation unit, but for some the thought of cluttering up their car with a navigation unit is unbearable. Kenwood’s new products that feature built-in navigation in-dash may be just the ticket.

Garmin and Kenwood announced today that they were extending their relationship. Gamin will be the exclusive navigation supplier for Kenwood’s new 2008 line of in-dash automotive electronics. Garmin and Kenwood also say that they will work together on advertising for the new Kenwood products featuring Garmin navigation.

Fujitsu’s new 320GB notebook HDD spins at 7200 RPM

Posted in Hard Drives by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2008

Fujitsu 320GB 7200 RPM Notebook HDDA notebook hard drive sporting 320GB isn’t a new capacity and there are larger notebook drives available right now. However, what is interesting about the new 320GB Fujitsu MHZ2 BJ series notebook drive is that it spins at 7200 RPM.

Typically when a notebook hard drive gets into higher capacities it has to slow down to 5400 RPM or even less for some drives. Not so with the new Fujitsu drive, it gets to spin at full speed. Fujitsu says that the drive has an average latency time of 4.17ms and has a read seek time of 10.5ms and a write seek time of 12ms.

Averatec launches the 12.1-inch 2575 notebook

Posted in PCs by Shane McGlaun on March 21st, 2008

Averatec 2575For many road warriors, business people and students what is most appealing in a notebook is a small size. The problem is that the smaller the notebook, the more they tend to cost on average. Thankfully, Averatec makes some decently speced systems at reasonable prices. Averatec has introduced a new ultra portable notebook called the 2575 that won’t break the bank.

The 2575 is a 12.1-inch notebook that runs on an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core processor running at 2.2GHz. The operating system for the notebook is Vista Home Premium and the tiny computer has built-in 802.11 b/g networking as well.

PS3 software update adds BD-LIVE

Posted in PS3 by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2008

PS3 Software UpdateAnyone that has been shopping for a Blu-ray player since the HD format war is finally over will want to give the PS3 a serious look. Not only is the PS3 one of the cheaper Blu-ray players, but it is one of the few that can be upgraded via software updates to support new features. Plus you get to play some sweet games as well.

Sony announced today that the coming version 2.20 software update scheduled for release late in March will add support for Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE. The update will allow users to get new interactive content available on some Blu-ray titles.

Asus announces U2E 11-inch notebook

Posted in UMPC by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2008

ASUS U2E NotebookASUS launched its latest ultraportable notebook today and it’s a looker. The ASUS U2E is an 11-inch notebook weighing only 2.7 pounds and clad in leather. According to ASUS the notebook is hand crafted and designed to appeal to the user’s sense of style.

The U2E claims to be the lightest notebook available with a built-in DVD-RW drive and the system runs on Windows Vista. Since Vista is resource intensive ASUS ships the U2E with 3GB of high-speed DDR2 memory.

SanDisk Offers DRM free music on microSD card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2008

SanDisk Sansa SessionsWe all like our music without DRM and many places from iTunes to Wal-Mart are now offering tracks with no DRM. SanDisk announced that it will able be offering exclusive tracks that are DRM free pre-loaded onto microSD cards.

SanDisk says that it will promote more than 50 new and emerging artists on microSD cards to help launch the new 8GB Sansa Fuze PMP. The “Sansa Sessions” microSD card includes music across several genres including rock, pop, hip hop and the cards include music videos and photos from more than 30 record labels.

Nokia N82 now available in black

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on March 18th, 2008

Nokia N82 in BlackNokia announced a new color for its ever popular N82 today. A new sleek black N82 will join the line alongside the Silver N82 that we wrote about in November of 2007. Other than the color change the black N82 is the same feature wise as the silver one.

The N82 sports the ability to operate on the WCDMA 2100 (HSDPA), EGSM900, GSM850/1800/1900 MHz (EGPRS) frequencies. The phone weighs 114g and has up to 100MB of dynamic internal memory for messaging, ring tones, images, video clips and more. A hot-swappable microSD card slot is available for memory expansion.