Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Acer launches laptop with Intel's quadcore chip

Acer on Monday launched a powerful quadcore laptop at a price that may appeal to buyers on a budget.

The company's Aspire 8930G-7665 notebook computer is designed as a gaming laptop or a desktop replacement. Powered by Intel Corp.'s Core 2 Quad mobile processor, it sports four cores, runs at up to 2.53 GHz and includes 12MB of cache, according to Acer.

With a starting price of $1,799, Acer's new offering could be a bargain compared to expensive quadcore laptops from the world's top PC vendors. Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. both offer quadcore laptops as either gaming laptops or mobile workstations with prices starting at over $2,000. Acer is the world's third-largest PC vendor -- behind HP and Dell, according to analyst firm IDC.

The Aspire 8930G-7665 includes an 18.4-in, screen that can display high-definition images and video. It also includes 4GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce 9700M GT graphics card with 512MB of video memory, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray Disc drive and Wi-Fi wireless networking. It comes with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Premium.

The laptop is now available in the U.S. through retailers, according to Acer. The company could not be immediately reached for comment about when the new Aspire model would be available worldwide.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

7 fun tech gadgets for women

"A look at technology with a feminine side"

If you don't know high def from high heels, and the thought of even going into an electronics store makes your eyes glaze over, this is for you.

Rich Demuro, a senior editor at technology Web site CNET.com, offers some new tech toys that are in touch with their feminine side.

Here’s the latest in fun (and pink!) gadgets to satisfy both the inner geek and girly girl:

1. Digital camera
>>>Casio EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7 $399.99.

  • Casio 7.2-megapixel EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7, the most powerful zoom in the stylish EXILIM® series of compact digital cameras.
  • This new model is the world's slimmest digital camera with a 7X optical zoom lens. Easily fits in a shirt pocket or small purse.
  • "Auto Tracking AF" f unction follows moving subjects, keeping them continuously in focus until the photo is taken.
  • Anti Shake reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings.
  • Electronic camera shake compensation function eliminates blur when shooting in movie mode.
  • Records 16:9 wide-aspect movies compatible with wide-screen TVs.

2. Pink laptop
>>>Sony VAIO C Series Laptop, Pink, Green & Silver Colors, $1,449.99.

  • Designed to express personality, new line of slim notebooks comes in five hip colors.
  • Backed by an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, the VAIO C model also has plenty of power for high-speed computing and an energy-efficient battery life so you can enjoy games, music and movies longer.
  • Weighting in at about 5 pounds.
  • The model also serves as a well-equipped home theater away from home. It features a 13.3-inch widescreen display (measured diagonally).

3. Pink XM radio
>>>XM Radio Pink Pioneer Inno, $199.99.

  • Support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's fight against breast cancer. $30 from each inno sold and activated go to the Komen Foundation.
  • Live XM when portable or docked.
  • MP3 (WMA) storage and play.
  • 50 hours storage of XM recordings.
  • Compatible with XM + Napster.
  • Built-in wireless FM transmitter.

4. Fashion phone
>>>Nokia 7380 Fashion Phone, $359.99.

  • Accentuated with leather, cloth, metal, and ceramic-inspired finishes.
  • Glass mirror display with light-enhanced effects.
  • Capture the spotlight with a 2-megapixel camera.
  • 2-megapixel camera.
  • Video streaming.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Shared memory of 52 MB for user data: contacts, text messages, multimedia messages, ringing tones, images, video clips, calendar notes, to-do list, and applications.
  • Integrated music player for MP3/AAC/M4A formats.
  • FM radio (requires st ereo headset, sold separately).
  • Ring tones: Video ringing tones, MP3, AAC, MIDI-64 ringing tones.

5. Designer computer mice
>>>Pat Says Now designer computer mice, $30 to $25,000.

  • Pat Says Now is Switzerland's first manufacturer of individual computer mice.
  • Featured on show: a ladybug, a bunny rabbit, a leopard print mouse.
  • Company even sells a $25,000 diamond-laced computer mouse.

>>>Origim's Superior Lady Diamond MP3 Watch D01, $109.99.

  • All in one: MP3 Player for 3D Music (MP3, WMA, ASF), 512 MB Flash USB 2.0 drive to carry digital photos, documents and music all together.
  • Built-in Digital Voice Recorder with MIC allows you to record 18 hours conversation.
  • Max play time: 6-8 hours for full recharge
  • Color: silver dial with pink bank .

7. Designer Shoe Wheel
>>>By Rakku, $65.

  • The Shoe Wheel is the brainchild of designer Danilo Torro, who formed a Hong Kong based company manufacturing private label fashion collections.
  • Alternative to piling up his family's shoes in the corner of their spare bedroom.
  • Paying homage to the Shoe Wheel's Asian Roots, Torro and his partner, Lori Quon, named their company "Rakku," meaning "rack" in Japanese.
  • This model fits shoes up to men's size 10.5

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs

In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application "Antivirus 2009" from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.

December's version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a free utility that Microsoft pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday, targeted one of the most popular phony security app, Antivirus 2009. According to Microsoft, the MSRT erased the fake from over 394,000 PCs in the first nine days after it released this month's edition on Dec. 9.

Last month, Microsoft trumpeted a similar cleaning operation against another family of bogus security software that it said had purged nearly a million machines of programs like "Advanced Antivirus," "Ultimate Antivirus 2008" and "XPert Antivirus."

December's campaign targeted a different family -- dubbed "W32/FakeXPA" by Microsoft -- that includes fake security software going by names such as "Antivirus XP," "AntivirusXP 2008" and "Antivirus 2009."

Windows users increasingly have been plagued with worthless security software as criminals bundle the money makers with other malware or seed significant users with waves of spam touting the programs. According to one researcher, cybercrooks can pull in as much as $5 million a year by installing the rogue programs on PCs, then dunning users with infection claims and constant pop-ups until the victims pay $40 or $50 to purchase the useless applications.

Microsoft also aimed the December version of MSRT at an affiliated piece of malware, called "W32/Yektel," that works alongside W32FakeXPA and is often bundled with the phony security software.

Classified by Microsoft as a Trojan horse, Yektel takes advantage of users' worries about browser security by inserting false warnings into Internet Explorer. Those warnings, explained Microsoft researcher Hamish O'Dea in a post to the company's malware protection center blog two weeks ago, appear at random and mimic IE's own legitimate drop-down alerts.

Newer variations of the Yektel Trojan go a step further, and insert phony warnings into Google search results, said O'Dea. Whenever these even-sneakier versions detect IE rendering a URL that includes "google," it inserts a fake message that reads "Google has detected unregistered Antivirus 2009 copy on your computer. Google recommends you activate Antivirus 2009 to protect your PC from malicious intrusions from the Internet."
The links from Yektel's IE and Google warnings, of course, take users to a Web site where users are urged to pay $50 to register Antivirus 2009.

Windows users can download the MSRT manually from Microsoft's Web site or via the Windows Update service.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sony T700

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 is closely related to the DSC-T77 that was announced at the same time. The T77 is a replacement for last year's DSC-T70 model, and both new cameras feature a higher-res 10-megapixel sensor which is coupled to a more powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 4x optical zoom. Where the T70 had an already roomy 16:9 aspect ratio 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD, the Sony T700 boosts this to an even larger 3.5-inch display with a staggering 921,600 dots of resolution, triple that of its lower-priced sibling. The other main difference from the T77 is that the DSC-T700 has almost four gigabytes of available memory, vastly more than the 15MB found in the T77.

The Sony T700's 35 to 140mm equivalent lens has a little extra reach at both ends of the zoom range as compared to last year's T70, and incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake at slow shutter speeds. This despite a body that is just 0.6 inches thick. Other Sony T700 features include ISO sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 3,200, a Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo card slot, and power from a proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The Sony T700 also offers USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connectivity for connection to a personal computer, and high-definition video connectivity for viewing your images on the latest HD televisions. To help take even more advantage of the built-in memory, a bundled Picture Motion Browser application allows low-res VGA duplicates of images to be easily made on a PC and uploaded back to the camera automatically, to allow for a vast photo library to be stored on the camera for viewing on the LCD when away from home.

The Cyber-shot T700 includes Sony's face detection technology, capable of detecting eight faces simultaneously, and is linked not only to the camera's autoexposure and autofocus systems as in most similar systems but also to white balance and flash metering as well. This allows the camera to ensure proper flash exposure and pleasing flesh tones. The face detection system also provides both an updated Smile Shutter function, and the existing child/adult priority mode, as well as a new anti-blink function in portrait mode that automatically captures two images and then discards any with the subjects' eyes closed. If eyes are closed in both photos, the camera warns of this so you can retake the photo.

The T700 features Sony's Bionz image processor, first seen in the company's Alpha DSLRs. Sony says Bionz offers improved image quality, faster response times, and better battery life in its compact cameras. Also on offer is an updated intelligent scene recognition function, which can now automatically select from eight different scene modes including macro, portrait, and landscape.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 ships from September 2008 priced at US$400, and body color choices include red, champagne gold, pink, dark gray and silver. Be sure to check our shopping links for a better price on the Sony T700.

Basic Specifications
Resolution: 10.10 Megapixels
Lens: 4.00x zoom
(35-140mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
LCD Size: 3.5 inch
ISO: 80-3200
Shutter: 1-1/1000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Mem Type: MS Duo / MS PRO Duo
Battery: Custom LiIon
Dimensions: 3.7x2.3x0.6in
Weight: 5.6 oz
(159 g)
MSRP: $400
Availability: 09/2008

Asus P6T Deluxe Intel X58 motherboard

Having just recently examined the new Intel Core i7 processors, the timing seems perfect to also show you in detail a motherboard designed to take advantage of these CPUs. The Asus P6T Deluxe sports the new Intel X58 chipset and is one of the first production Core i7 motherboards available in the market.

With the Core i7 just becoming available this month, you can expect to pay premium prices not only for the processors but also for the mainboard that goes along that purchase. Initially we expect the P6T Deluxe to retail for a little over $300, making it an expensive alternative.

Because of the added cost inherent of moving to a new platform, building a new Core i7 computer is going to be quite steep. The base model Core i7 processor will set you back an initial $284, which is not too bad, but combined with a $300 motherboard and a triple-channel DDR3 memory kit, that should add up to around $800 just for the guts of a Core i7 system.

Yet, given the blazing fast performance offered by this new platform, justifying the price tag may not be too difficult for those who can afford it. After all, a few years ago you could end up paying $1,000 for a 'top of the line' Pentium 4 that heated up like crazy. Today's cheaper alternative winds up being the Core 2 Duo which is no slouch, so stepping into Core i7 territory right now can be considered a luxury.

But back to the P6T Deluxe, there may be a few good reasons to dish out some extra cash for this new motherboard. Besides the obvious stuff like Core i7 and triple-channel memory support across six DIMM slots, this Asus motherboard has something else very exciting on offer.

The Intel X58 is the first chipset to offer universal support for multiple graphics cards. In other words, it can handle both ATI Crossfire and Nvidia SLI technologies. That doesn't mean all X58 motherboards will necessarily support both, but the P6T Deluxe certainly does.

It's also worth of mention that Asus offers an even more extreme gaming-oriented version of the Asus P6T Deluxe called the Rampage II Extreme, which we hope to show you at a later time. The P6T Deluxe on the other hand is more of an all-rounder, designed as a high-end Core i7 motherboard for anyone making the move to this platform.

Much has changed with the Core i7 processors, and these have impacted the chipset and motherboard design as well.

inMotion iM600

When Altec Lansing introduced the original inMotion, it set new standards for sound and size and let a whole lot of music out of the iPod. Now Altec Lansing raises the bar again with an innovative and performance-leading new model. The Altec Lansing iM600 sound system offers stereo sound from dual 2-inch neodymium drivers optimized for high-frequency extension (better highs, in other words). It offers more power and output than any other system in its class and, what’s more, it features another Altec Lansing engineering innovation called the Expanded Sound Stage technology: ESS makes the speakers sound further apart than they really are, giving the user a heightened stereo effect.

The iM600 also features a stereo FM radio and can double as a clock radio when plugged in to an electrical outlet (AC adapter included). It includes rechargeable Li-ion batteries and a wireless remote. And it syncs and charges all dockable iPod models.

Whether on the go or on your desk or tabletop, the iM600 resets the expectations for features and performance in a sound solution for the iPod.

Features :
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
    Listen to over 7 hours of continuous play (or use the included AC adapter)

  • Full-function remote

  • Alarm clock
    The iM600 is fully compatible with iPod models that have the alarm clock and sleep timer features.

  • FM radio
    With convenient remote controls and station presets, LCD display, and telescopic antenna.

  • Superior bass enhancement technology
    Quality bass without a subwoofer.

  • Expanded Sound Stage technology
    inMotion’s proprietary signal processing widens the stereophonic image to dramatically expand the audio soundstage.

  • Compact design
    Folds to close at 11“ wide, 1.7“ deep, and 6“ high (283 mm x 43 mm x 152 mm) for convenient mobility.

  • Input jack
    For second device connection, including CD, DVD, and MP3 players.

  • Weighs
    Only 2.1 pounds (0.9 kg).

Monday, December 22, 2008


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