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Windows Vista and Office 2007 Available November 30, or Sooner?

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

Windows VistaKeeping on track with earlier Vista release information, Microsoft has said that it’s enterprise version of the new Vista operating system will be available on November 30th to business customers along with Office 2007 and MS Exchange Server 2007. Vista is not expected to be available to the general public until early next year, but PC manufacturers should start seeing the copies of the new OS within a couple weeks to be able to start shipping to their business customers. The global launch event is scheduled to be held in New York with a number of smaller launches following in January and February in 15 different US cities.

Various reports have come out recently such as one from M&C Tech Munich stating that “Microsoft has offered to equip PC’s bought now with the new operating system called Vista under special conditions.” I’m interpreting this …

JVC HDD/DVD/MiniDV Recorder

Posted in Digital Video,Home Theater,JVC by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

JVC DR-DX5S HDD/DVD/MiniDV Video RecorderThis is a really cool video recorder from JVC with triple action recording for HDD, DVD and MiniDVD. The device can record in multiple formats, including MiniDV, HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R, and it can play almost every popular format currently out there. The list of playable formats for the DR-DX5S from JVC include the same recording formats already listed along with CD, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG digital still images.

The video recorder records it’s data to an internal 250 GB hard drive and features 6-way dubbing, a bit-rate optimizer and high speeding dubbing up to 64x. Also,this device has a MiniDV deck built right in. Another pretty cool feature is the comprehensive remote, which has a lot of functionality and is probably too big to get lost in the cushion of the couch.

The JVC DR-DX5S is a great …

Pink MOTOSLVR from Motorola

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 4th, 2006

Motorola SLVR Pink The main attention to the Motorola MOTOSLVR L6 is mostly due to the fact that is just so thin, just as the name implies, and now you can get the MOTOSLVR in pink, too. The key features of the pink MOTOSLVR are not any different from that of the other colors, but we have a rundown of what you can find on both the standard and pink version

The ability to synchronize your phone with iTunes is one of the coolest application features built into this phone. You can sync up the mobile phone to your iTunes music library, download the songs you want and play them as well as manage your play lists right on the phone. The media can then be stored on a removable flash memory card.

Bluetooth connectivity is available on the MOTOSLVR which will support wireless headphones to listen …

Nintendo Plans Midnight Launch Events for Wii

Posted in News,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on November 4th, 2006

WiiWith only 17 days remaining until the worldwide launch of the Wii, Nintendo is planning midnight launch parties at selected locations from New York to Los Angeles to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Nintendo’s revolutionary new Wii video game console goes on sale at the stroke of midnight the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19 and fans of the console franchise will need to get in line fast, as demand is sure to be high for the holiday season.

Midnight launch events will begin at Toys “R” Us Times Square in Manhattan and GameStop at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. The Nintendo-sponsored events will feature live music and entertainment, fun, games, special guests from Nintendo. Many other retailers are expected to hold their own midnight launch events.

“Toys “R” Us Times Square will be the first store in the United States where customers can both experience, and purchase Wii,

Pexagon Store-It 1.8″ Portable USB Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Paul Patterson on November 4th, 2006

Pexagon Store It

The Pexagon Store-It 1.8″ USB Hard Drive is a razor-thin (1.3cm) portable hard drive that features an integrated one button backup. This new model in the Store-It series is 30% smaller and 40% lighter than the 2.5″ Store-It Drives and uses a Hitachi Travelstar hard drive.

The one-touch backup system includes Retrospect backup software which supports multiple sources, allowing you to back up two or more hard drives easily. The patented Progressive Backup technology backs up only new and changed data after the first full backup. The system also allows you to password protect, encrypt and verify your backups easily.

This drive is perfect for adding storage or backing up any USB-enabled desktop or notebook computer. The pocket-sized hard drive features a rugged extruded aluminum case to protect your data as it bounces around in your pocket or backpack.

The …

Game On with Creative Mouse Gamer HD7600L

Posted in Mouse by Quagmire on November 4th, 2006

Creative HD7600LNow that you have your new gaming rig all tricked out, it’s time to add some flair to your mouse. The Creative Mouse Gamer HD7600L lets your customize your mouse with three interchangeable “Game-On” covers.

The HD7600L also benefits from a resolution of 2,400 dpi with a tracking speed of 40 inches per second. Finicky gamers can adjust the dpi setting through the control switch to change instantly between 400, 800, 1600 and 2400 dpi for optimum speed, precision and accuracy.

The Mouse Gamer connects via USB and features EasyGlide Teflon Feet for ultra-smooth mouse action during all your high-stakes games. The Creative Mouse Gamer HD7600L is available now.

Shockproof Waterproof Olympus Stylus 720 SW

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging by Chetz on November 4th, 2006

Olympus Stylus 720 SW Doing different types of outdoor activities are enjoyable for many people, and having your digital camera along is nice, but there is always the issue of where you can put it so it will be safe, dry and free from getting bumped around.

Olympus has heard this call and responded with the Stylus 720 SW. This digital camera may be everything you are looking for in a point and shoot type camera that you can take with you everywhere.

The Stylus 720 SW is shockproof up to 5 feet according to Olympus and absorbs impacts while preserving the images.

The 720 is also waterproof up to 10 feet deep for as long as an hour for fresh or salt water. This isn’t just water resistant in case you drop it accidentally, they actually promote taking it underwater and taking a picture.

Another key part …

PowerDesk PC

Posted in PCs by Chetz on November 3rd, 2006

PowerDeskWhat if your desk is the computer?

This is a pretty cool concept that the designers at PowerDesk have taken to new levels. They create desks that have a PC built in, complete with disc drives, power buttons and USB ports conveniently located right in the desk.

This is nice as it avoids having to find a desk that looks nice along with a place to put a PC tower and hide all the cables that go along with it. PowerDesk has many different styles of PC’s embedded into desks, counter tops or coffee tables, and according to their website they accept challenges for whatever else you would like them to try to build a PC into.

This is definitely not the thing for notebook users, or anyone who needs to frequently move their PC but it is a nice solution for keeping an office aesthetically pleasing while …

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme Chips Released

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2006

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme QX6700Intel has gone ahead and released a quad core processor called the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, seemingly right on the heels of it’s Core 2 Duo release 4 months ago. This is the first try Intel has had at putting 4 cores into one processor, and reports have shown that they seem to have done a good job.

This new processor is just as it sounds, having 4 cores which literally can process 4 time the amount of a single core processor at the same time. Keep in mind though, that although the power is there with this new technology, only applications that are built to take advantage of the additional threads of processor will truly benefit from it. Some applications may not present a great improvement, but this really opens up the power of the ones that do.

Reports point out …

Apple Adds 8GB iPod nano RED to Lineup

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News by Quagmire on November 3rd, 2006

Apple iPod nano redApple has released a new 8GB model of the popular iPod nano RED Special Edition in response to the overwhelming demand of the 4GB iPod nano RED SE. The new version of the iPod nano RED has 8GB of storage and holds up to 2,000 songs

The new model features the same striking red aluminum case and features 24 hours of battery life, Apple’s innovative Click Wheel, redesigned earbud headphones, USB 2.0 cable, and completely skip-free playback. As with the other iPod RED model, Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each player to the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

“Customer response to the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition has been off the charts,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to add

Gennum nXZEN VoIP Bluetooth Headset

Posted in Bluetooth,Skype,VoIP by Paul Patterson on November 3rd, 2006

Gennum nXZEN VoIP HeadsetGennum Corporation today announced the release of the nXZEN VoIP headset, the newest device in its family of Bluetooth products. The nXZEN VoIP headset combines Gennum’s nXZEN 5000 extreme noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset with the new nXZEN USB audio dongle into a Skype certified solution.

“As communication options continue to expand, with Skype and other broadband telephony providers gaining a substantial user base, the demand for wireless VoIP headsets is growing” said Gora Ganguli, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Gennum.

The nXZEN VoIP headset system is a snap to setup as the nXZEN dongle eliminates the need to install Bluetooth drivers directly on one’s PC. The headset allows call, answer/terminate, and last number redial functions up to 33ft(10m) from the PC. The headset provides a full seven hours of talk time with 100 hours of standby.

Gennum is a Canadian designer, manufacturer, …

Motorola V360 – Function Over Flash

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2006

Motorola V360Motorola seems to have taken a slightly different approach with the V360 compared to the slim RAZR’s, KRZR’s etc. The photo here may not look too flashy, but I assure you it is not the photo. The Motorola V360 is a nice and small clam shell style phone, just slightly smaller than it’s predecessor the V330, but not much.

What the V360 lacked for looks it makes up for with some pretty decent functionality. It has digital camera with decent image and 4x digital zoom, and the ability to download ringtones, games, wallpapers and screensavers if you would like to attempt to dress it up a little.

For calling you can take advantage of a speaker phone and enhanced phonebook that allows photos of the contacts, and you can put people on mute if you would like. It also supports SMS, MMS and EMS along with …

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK P1610 Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Paul Patterson on November 3rd, 2006

Fujitsu P1610 The feather-light LIFEBOOK P1610 Notebook may just be the perfect companion for the weary road-warrior looking to trade in their old clunky, heavy laptop for a newer, lighter model. The P1610 sports an innovative bi-directional hinge, and indoor/outdoor touch screen display making it a versatile, fully featured powerful notebook and an ultra light convertible Tablet PC in one unit.

Ultra light and weighing less than 1kg, the LIFEBOOK P1610 notebook offers the power and convenience of a notebook with the versatility to handle those unique applications that are best suited for a tablet PC. Rotate the 8.9 inch TFT display (1280 x 768) 360° to share your great ideas or flip it over to convert your notebook into a tablet PC and enjoy the full advantages of pen functionality. Other features of the P1610 incude:

The P1610 utilizes the latest Intel Core Solo …

Google Gmail App For Your Mobile Device

Posted in Google,Mobile Phones,News,Smart Devices by Chetz on November 2nd, 2006

Google GMail For Mobile DevicesGoogle has announced a free Java application that can be downloaded to your mobile device as an advanced interface to Gmail. Mobile phone users that have internet enabled phones and access can already get their Gmail through their browser, but this application gives a richer, faster and more intuitive experience, according to Google.

The new mobile interface has pretty much the same look and feel as the normal Gmail browser based application, but does not require the mobile phone browser and in turn gives quicker access to email messages through the new Java based application.

The application continues to synchronize the same way it does for the web application as well, so no data is stored exclusively local within the mobile device. Sent items, deleted items and inbox all will have the same data whether you are on your PC or on your …

Excite Truck – Wii Game Feature

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on November 2nd, 2006

Excite Truck 1Many will remember the successful Excite Bike on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Memories of the body English and arm-flailing necessary to land those big-air jumps are sure to come back. Well, you can relive that experience with Excite Truck for the Wii. Excite Truck is a solid game which nicely fills the racing genre for the Wii launch and will surely satisfy even the staunchest of racing fans.

The game features 11 vehicles and loads of dynamic terrain. Picking up items on the course can cause the terrain to deform in real time making for some interesting gameplay. Excite TruckThis can turn innocent-looking bumps into massive launch pads that affect not only your route, but that of buddy too. Other items can instantaneously change the scaling of the environment around you or make …