The latest from Neuros is the Neuros LINK, which will let you watch videos from places like Hulu, YouTube and the like on your TV, subscription free, through courtesy of their own TV service. However, the LINK doesn’t appear to have any internal storage. It does boast six USB ports so you can attach your own drives that have photos, video or music. You’ll also get HDMI and optical S/PDIF outputs, a gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g WiFi, and an included wireless “keymote” with trackball. The device is available now for $300, but it’s still in a “gamma release,” so early adopters can get one in exchange for a few bugs.
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A new CPU from Intel is big news around the PC enthusiast realm. Intel has introduced its latest Core i7 CPU that promises to deliver vastly superior performance compared to the previous generation of Intel processors.
According to Intel, the Core i7 parts deliver 40% more performance in processing intensive applications compared to the previous generation of processors. The CPU features Turbo Boost Technology that accelerates performance to match a computer user’s needs and the workload of the system at the time.
It wasn’t so long ago that a wireless broadband modem was a large and clunky device that often needed two of your available USB ports to operate. The things drew lots of power and were just plain big. Modems today have shrunk in size and need less power from your notebook. Verizon has announced a new and small wireless broadband modem that will be available soon.
The modem is called the USB760 Micro Modem and it offers a microSD card slot that supports up to 8GB of storage. The software needed to use the modem on Windows and Mac systems is installed on the modem so no disc is needed. The modem is sized more like a USB drive that the typical broadband modem.
Ooma’s Telo is the first dedicated phone that lets users use both a cordless handset and a matching router to make unlimited calls within the US as well as free international calls, but there’s a catch, the recipient has to be an Ooma owner as well. Ooma plans to use the Internet for its range of services including caller ID and ringtones, the ability to talk to a computer while updating contacts remotely and playing voice mail away from the phone. It will even send address information instantly whenever you place a 911 call for emergencies. You’re going to need a reliable and fast broadband connection. The Ooma Telo will retail for $250.
Those familiar with the different offerings from various electronics makers in the (PRODUCT) RED line will know that the idea behind the products is to get consumers to buy the items and the maker of the gear donates money to help fight AIDS in Africa. Typically the product themselves are differentiated by red color.
Dell has introduced some new (PRODUCT) RED laptops that use artwork rather than simply being red. The laptops in question are run of the mill Dell Studio 15 and 17 machines. Prices for the rigs start at $649 for the Studio 15 and $799 for the Studio 17.
The first time we heard of Tritton it was for a set of USB powered headphones that offered surround sound without the need for a surround sound card on your PC. The headphones worked fairly well and allow computers without a sound card to get a taste of surround sound gaming.
Tritton is back with another new product called the AX Pro 5.1 Surround Sound Headset. The headphones are true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound capable and offer in-line volume adjustment. They work with DVDs, PC, Mac, PS2, PS3, Xbox, and any other device with an optical out.
Any parent or person who takes lots of digital pictures will like a digital photo frame this holiday season. A digital frame is a very easy way to get the photos a person takes from the computer to a photo frame for viewing — without having to print them out.
Viewsonic has introduced a pair of new digital photo frames called the DPG801BK and the DPG807BK that start at $129 and feature SwifTouch touch screen technology. The touch screen technology used by Viewsonic prevents clutter and smudges on the screen.
NVIDIA has been having a rough couple of quarters recently posting a loss thanks to defective GPUs in notebooks and then seeing profits decline significantly. That hasn’t stopped the graphics firm from bringing new products to market like the 9400M GPU and today it has announced a new professional graphics card.
The Quadro FX 5800 is the industry’s first graphics card to use 4GB of graphics memory. The card features CUDA massively parallel processing architectures and is aimed at the oil/gas exploration, medical imaging, and styling/design markets.
Blu-ray was able to beat HD DVD early this year to become the HD format champion. After it won the format wars many hoped that the price for Blu-ray players would become more affordable. So far that price drop hasn’t really materialized.
According to ABI Research, the Blu-ray price drop may finally be here. ABI says that prices for Blu-ray players this holiday season could be as low as $150 to $200. Amazon has a Samsung Blu-ray player for $200 that includes four Blu-ray movies with it. According to ABI Blu-ray hardware makers need to reduce prices to gain the momentum needed to penetrate the market further.
50Mbps connection seems like a dream, but it’s soon to be a dream come true for Virgin Media subscribers. They’ve announced the sleek and super-fast DOCSIS 3.0 broadband modem that goes with the speed.
With this beautiful mini-monolithic device you’ll be able to attain the full 50Mbps speeds to download MP3 tracks in under 1 second flat and scatter photos to the far corners of the Earth in nanoseconds. UK users will be able to get the package at the end of the year. The rest of us will just have to wait. Hey, they may have speed, but let’s not forget, they are still driving on the wrong side of the road. So…You know. We rule.
It looks like ASUS fans have another model to consider from the company, the new N20A model. At around 4 pounds, this one has a 12.1-inch WXGA display, described as “glare-type”, and it gets a boost in the performance as well. You can choose from four different Core 2 Duo processors, though it sports an integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics chipset. You’ll get up to 4GB of RAM, a max 320GB hard drive, and a DVD burner, built-in webcam, memory card reader. There are also HDMI and VGA outputs, three USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, eSATA port, 8-in-1 media card reader, and the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 in select models. No word on price yet.
I have been a big fan of EA’s Need for Speed franchise for years. Most of us have probably played the games and though that it would be cool to do those things in real life; aside from crashing, running form the cops and being arrested that is.
EA has announced that it will be bringing some of the cool Need for Speed action to the real world in a live racing event to be held next summer called Need for Speed Live. The event will last for a full week and include racing, drifting, and video game competitions.
LG’s new laptop may look like the XNOTE P300 on the outside, but the P310 model has a decent upgrade under the hood. It now runs on the Centrino 2 platform. Includes a speedier 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, 3GB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of Intel Turbo Memory a 320GB hard drive, and decent NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics, and the same LED-backlit 13.3-inch display as before. No word on a price yet, but it will likely be just over $2,000. It’s available in a lovely black rose detailed aluminum finish.
Back when I had a real job I worked in the health care field. I can tell you from experience that the hospital is one of the roughest places on the planet for a computer. Machines are dropped, stepped on, bled on, pooped on, and crushed between walls and heavy gear very frequently.
The trick is to have computers rugged enough to withstand frequent cleanings and the perils of hard use. Panasonic has announced its latest fully rugged computer system called the Toughbook H1 that is designed specifically for the medical setting. The machine uses the Intel Atom Z540 CPU and runs Windows Vista Business.
Unless you live under a rock you know that the economy in the U.S. and abroad is taking a beating right now. Despite the slow economy PC sales and shipments have continued to grow. Some research firms attribute the continued growth in part to the shipment of netbook computers.
IDC reported today that CPU shipments for Q3 2008 hit record highs. Worldwide CPU shipments for PCs grew 14% compared to the previous quarter and grew 15.8% over the previous year. The research firm reports that the Atom from Intel contributed significantly to the overall market performance. Even taking the Intel Atom out of the equation IDC reports that the CPU market grew by 8.3% from the previous quarter and 8.7% from the previous year.