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Adobe Digital Editions Manages Digital Publications

Posted in ebooks,News by Paul Patterson on October 25th, 2006

Adobe LabsAdobe Digital Editions, a new Rich Internet Application for digital publishing, was recently introduced by Adobe in a public beta. Adobe Digital Editions delivers an innovative way to acquire, read, and manage your favorite eBooks, digital magazines, digital newspapers and other digital publications. Digital Editions is designed to support a wide range of business models including public domain texts, ad-supported content, library lending and other subscription models, and the purchase of eBooks.

Digital Editions supports PDF as well as an XHTML-based publication format which renders dynamic content that can be easily adapted to different sized displays. Digital Editions also works offline, allowing you to purchase your digital media and take it with you on the road.

Publisher’s rights will be protected through a new hosted content authorization service. This new Adobe Digital Editions Protection Service will allow publishers to choose from …

Blackberry and Palm Invite You To The Opera

Posted in BlackBerry,News,Palm,Smart Devices by Chetz on October 24th, 2006

Opera Mini for Palm BlackberryOpera Mini, which launched in February 2006, has recently released new version of its mobile browser for use on the Palm Treo and BlackBerry mobile devices, with the intention of offering a clean “…no-frills, instant gateway to the World Wide Web on today’s basic line of mobile phones,” according to Rolf Assev who is the Chief Commercial Officer of Opera Software.

Opera Mini is a smaller and more simplified version of the standard Opera browser,and is supposed to offer faster page rendering while using less memory, which in turn means less minutes of air time for the plan subscriber. The mobile version has nothing less than Google as the default page for search. The Opera Mini browser and the Opera 9, which was released in June 206, are available for free download at the Opera site.

Of course you must have an plan …

New Dell PowerEdge’s Have AMD Inside

Posted in AMD,Dell,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Dell With AMD Processor

Dell unveiled two PowerEdge servers at a press conference at Oracle Open World yesterday which both feature AMD Opteron processors. These processors are “SE” variations, which were previously only available in servers from Sun Microsystems. This is after a near 7-year hold that Intel had on the giant computer maker.

The first server that was introduced was the Dell PowerEdge 6950, which is a four-socket server designed for database software, server consolidation, along with similar uses. Dell states that the performance is is still at industry leading speeds while it can use up to 20 percent less power than similar previous-generation servers from Dell. The 6950 features quad Opterons running from 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz.

The second server introduced with the AMD Opteron was the Dell PowerEdge SC1435, which is a two-socket server optimized for high-performance compute clusters, distributed Web serving and …

Sony NAV-U Avoids the Traffic

Posted in GPS,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 24th, 2006

Sony NV U71T Sony Electronics today revealed the latest nav-u personal navigation system. The new NV-U71T model is the second offering in the company’s navigation lineup and aims to help daily commuters avoid traffic,

Slimmer than the first model, the nav-u is ready to use right out of the box. The new interface has been redesigned based on customer feedback and eliminates unnecessary drilling down through multiple menu systems for common functions. The user-friendly device helps drivers map destinations and locate points of interest, and hopefully avoid traffic congestion along the way.

The navigator includes an RDS-TMC real-time traffic receiver built into the supplied cradle. The device works by notifying the driver of heavy traffic areas and automatically gives them an alternate route choice. The live traffic service does require a separate subscription at $4.95 a month, but customers will receive …

Blizzard Postpones Burning Crusade

Posted in Games,News by Quagmire on October 24th, 2006

World of WarcraftToday is a sad day for countless World of Warcraft players as Blizzard Entertainment announced that it will be pushing back the release date for The Burning Crusade, the eagerly anticipated expansion to the epic MMORPG. The Burning Crusade will be pushed back to January 2007 to give Blizzard additional time to further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm surrounding World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and we’re excited about putting the finishing touches on all of the new content,” said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve.”

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the first expansion to be released for the popular MMORPG. The expansion will offer players …

Dub PimpStar Rims Do More Than Spin

Posted in Automotive by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Dub Pimpstar RimsYou are looking at a moving vehicle that has the PimpStar rims from Dub. These rims have built-in full color LED lights with a microprocessor and wireless modem on each wheel. This allows you to sit in your vehicle with the included software on your notebook PC and place virtually an image, text or a combination of both to display on your rims while driving. You can display the same thing on all rims or have something different on each one. All this can be done and changed as often as you want while you drive.

The included software for the Pimpstar rims allows you to pre-load a set of images to each wheel and allows them to change at different time intervals.

The rims can come in many, many different styles, are completely waterproof and run off of the vehicles electrical system, so there …

Intel Core 2 Duo Coming out in MacBooks

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Intel Core 2 Duo Apple MacBookAfter some time of speculation, Apple announced today that its entire line of MacBook Pro laptops would now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 4MB of shared L2 cache, as well as double the memory and larger hard drives. Apple states that this increase in processing power will make the Macbook up to 39 percent faster than it’s previous generation 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than 7 times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing was quoted saying “We are thrilled that our notebook sales are growing twice as fast as the overall notebook market, and we hope these new MacBook Pro models continue that success”.

The new MacBook Pro’s are coming out in three differnt models:

15-inch model with a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM
15-inch model with a 2.33GHz …

Dell Optimizes with Opteron-Powered Servers

Posted in Dell,Processors by Paul Patterson on October 24th, 2006

Dell OpteronDell has announced that two new models in its family of PowerEdge servers would feature AMD Opteron processors. The new processors will be found in the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 servers and are designed to lower power consumption and reduce complexity in server environments.

The Dell PowerEdge 6950 is a four-socket server designed for enterprise applications such as databases, server consolidation, and virtualization. The PowerEdge SC1435 is a two-socket server designed for high-performance clusters, distributed Web serving and small- to medium-sized businesses.

The AMD Opteron was the first of AMD’s eighth-generation x86 processors based on the K8 core, and the first processor to implement the AMD64 (x86-64) instruction set architecture. The Opteron family was released on April 22, 2003 and was intended to compete in the same server market segment as the Intel Xeon processor.

The PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 with dual-core, next-generation …

Tiny Black Pearl Mobile Phone

Posted in Bluetooth,Digital Audio,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Black Pearl GSMThe Black Pearl GSM from Haier weighs in at only 64g and is 3.5 inches at it’s longest point which makes this probably the smallest mobile phone I have seen (aside from Zoolander of course).

The Black Pearl GSM is comparable to the size of a lipstick case, and aside from the world phone GSM capabilities the tiny mobile device also contains an MP3 player, FM Stereo tuner, a voice recorder and a nice 1.1″ color OLED display at a 96×96 resolution.

With the small Black Pearl GSM, you can also transmit that FM signal, use it as a USB memory drive with it’s existing 128MB (it charges via the USB interface, by the way) and add additional storage up to 1GB with the Trans-Flash slot or use wireless Bluetooth to transfer your data from this small, almost thumb drive size mobile phone.

The Black Pearl …

Amazon Announces Auto Parts Store

Posted in Amazon,News by Paul Patterson on October 23rd, 2006

AmazonAmazon.com today announced the opening of its new Automotive Parts and Accessories Store which features over 1 million new, used and remanufactured parts from leading parts and accessories manufacturers such as: Actron, Fram, Holley, Hurst, K&N Engineering, Lund, Meguiar’s, Raybestos and Schumacher. The Store will also list parts from more than 250 independent auto, truck and motorcycle parts retailers.

“We’re providing a broad selection of products for auto enthusiasts, who are passionate about the appearance and performance of their cars, but also making the Automotive Store convenient for the everyday motorist who is looking for basic car care and maintenance items,” said Steve Frazier, vice president, Automotive at Amazon.com.

The new store features an innovative Parts Finder that allows users to enter the make, model, and year of their car. The system will leverage Amazon’s unique technology platform to find the auto part data from over …

Nokia Releases 6133 With T-Mobile

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2006

Nokia 6133The Nokia 6133 mobile phone became the latest of many available from T-Mobile USA recently. The 6133 is a clam shell design with a 1.3 megapixel camera and video recorder, integrated music player and T-Mobile’s “myFaves” service, which lets you call 5 different predefined numbers unlimited in the US.

The Nokia 6133 also has quad-band technology for world use, and supports multiple audio formats including MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+. The mobile phone can also store approximately 750 songs with an optional 1 GB MicroSD card, and uses Bluetooth technology for a wireless headset. The handset is available for $100 with a plan with T-Mobile.
Nokia 6133 Dimensions: 3.61 x 1.88 x 0.79 inches (at largest points), 3.95 ounces.

Press Release [Nokia]

eEye Digital Security to Offer Free Blink Personal

Posted in Security,Services by Chetz on October 23rd, 2006

eEye Digital Blink PersonaleEye Digital Security has announced the release of it’s Blink Personal software product, which is a free version of its existing Blink endpoint security solution. This product is for use on Windows based PC’s and is free for non-commercial use only. This creates some competition for similar PC security products from companies like Norton and the free version of ZoneAlarm.

What contributes to making the Blink Personal product unique, aside from being free for non-commercial use, is that in a single product it offers a combination of multiple layers of technology that protect against identity theft, worms, trojan horses and other hacker attack methods.

The free eEye Blink Personal product solution contains the following technologies:

A Protocol-based Intrusion Prevention System which stops both known and unknown attacks from reaching your OS.
Application Protection that prevents buffer overflow attacks.
A System Firewall to protect inbound and outbound …

Samsung EW-700 WiFiFone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Samsung,VoIP by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2006

Samsung EW-700 WiFiFoneThe new Samsung EX-700 WiFiFONE is the product of a joint effort between Samsung and Eidicom. While it could possibly be a little “easier on the eyes” the EX-700 looks like an impressive product to further enhance and improve the usability of VoIP phones.

Keep in mind that despite its looks this is still a VoIP phone which requires Wi-Fi, so it gets access the same way you would with a PC by using your own wireless network or finding a public “hotspot”. They have also added a lot of cool features not usually found in a VoIP phone to date which makes it somewhat of a hybrid VoIP smartphone.

Some of the features on the Samsung EW-700 on what looks like a custom OS includes a web browser, IM client, multimedia player, a 2 megapixel camera, the ability for video and …

BitTorrent to become key Ingredient in Internet-Connected Devices

Posted in News by Paul Patterson on October 23rd, 2006

BitTorrentBitTorrent, today announced it is collaborating with a number of global hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products.

BitTorrent is home to the popular peer-to-peer file distribution protocol, and is also the name of a free software implementation of the protocol. Created in 2001, BitTorrent is designed to transfer large files without incurring costly server and bandwidth resources.

Consumer electronics manufacturers are recognizing the importance of integrating the BitTorrent protocol given the tremendous growth of BitTorrent technology adoption around the world. Integration of the BitTorrent platform into their products ensures a fast and seamless download experience for consumers.

ASUS, Planex and QNAP are the first manufacturers to announce plans to embed BitTorrent’s download manager and client into their digital home products. The line-up of devices include the industry’s most innovative wireless routers, media servers and network attached storage (NAS) devices. Hardware that supports the BitTorrent protocol will …

Sony Releases Media Manager Software for PSP

Posted in PSP,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 22nd, 2006

Playstation PortableSony announced the availability of Media Manager for its PSP gaming system. The new software for PC facilitates the transfer of multimedia content to a PSP system.

This new release builds on the initial version of the software released last November. This is great news for the millions of PSP owners who use their systems for more than just gaming. The updated software enables you to easily and quickly load your videos, music, photos and more onto your Memory Stick Duo.
Updated Media Manager Features

Expanded options for converting video, music, and photos
Subscribe to podcasts, video blogs, and PSP formatted magazines. View the built-in directory of popular RSS feeds.
Transfer home movies on DVD or video from DVD camcorders with support for Windows Media Center.
Transfer documents, including Excel, Word, HTML, .txt, saved games, and Internet browser bookmarks from PCs, onto the PSP system.
Move saved games between …