Author Archives: Steven Grady


Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 released

Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 released

Microsoft released the final version of the Vista and Server 2008 SP 2 today and they can be downloaded through the Microsoft Update center on your PC. For both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions, any beta builds of SP 2 MUST be uninstalled before attempting to install the final version. In order to uninstall the beta build, use the Control Panel application Programs and Features, select "View installed updates", and look for KB94846 in "Windows".

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Hantech Siso Tablo Review

Hantech Siso Tablo Review

It’s been a long time coming. Due to several snags, such as finding a PC copy of Photoshop and Illustrator and an artist to test out the capabilities of the Tablo, I’m a bit late in getting this review up. If you forgot what the heck a Tablo is, the device turns any laptop into a tablet PC, enabling drawing, control, and other functions all directly on the screen of the computer. The Tablo is a fantastic device, and amazingly inexpensive ($99) making it a must have for any graphic artist, business user, or student who likes to hand-write notes in class.

SlashGear Test Drives a Lincoln MKS-Part 2

SlashGear Test Drives a Lincoln MKS-Part 2

Ford gave me the keys to a really nice Lincoln MKS. You can check out the first part of my experience here. In today's video, I demonstrate the music functionality and call features of Microsoft SYNC in the Lincoln MKS. The car was fun to drive, and all of the technology features made for endless fun as I downloaded phone books and talked to the car and told it to change tracks. Doris (the name I gave the female voice in the car) responded very well and SYNC was able to pick up my commands without a problem.

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SlashGear tests out a Lincoln MKS-Part 1

SlashGear tests out a Lincoln MKS-Part 1

In addition to the daunting task of testing out a FyreTV, I was also given the assignment of test driving a Lincoln MKS on my vacation in California. Yes, I am that dedicated. The Lincoln MKS is the mid-size luxury sedan with all of the fixings. Hand-stitched leather seating, duel climate control, a powerful engine, All Wheel Drive, and most importantly (to this publication anyway) Microsoft Sync and the GPS.

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FyreTV UnBoXXXing (SFW)

FyreTV UnBoXXXing (SFW)

This was an interesting assignment. SlashGear has received some FyreTV BoXXXes (Yes, three X's) and absolutely must review them. Oh the terrible, terrible things this job makes me do. Explanation and video after the jump.

Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Unboxing

Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Unboxing

I'll admit, I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened up the Pacemaker. The functionality and the features of the device are astounding. The Pacemaker Pocket DJ system is a 60 GB portable turntable and mixer that allows you to store your music, beats, and mixes on the internal storage, and spin your music on the go. The Pacemaker features the ability to play two tracks side by side, allowing fading and mixing between the two tracks. Cross fading and mixing is an easy task since you can select any two tracks on the device and have one playing while the other is cued up. Whatever track is active will play through the speakers, while you can have the preview of the cued track playing through the headphones.

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Samsung Tocco S8300 Ultra Edition review

Samsung Tocco S8300 Ultra Edition review

The Samsung Tocco is a sleek slider/touchscreen combo feature phone that packs a ton of functionality into a small form factor. It’s stylish and nice to use, and the red color will draw attention from those around you (at least it did for me). The phone was enjoyable to use, and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI was implemented nicely. Most noticeable on this phone is AMOLED display, which shines beautifully in any light, even outside.

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Samsung Instinct S30 Review

Samsung Instinct S30 Review

As mentioned before, the Samsung Instinct S30 is the followup to Sprint’s most popular phone from last year. Originally, the Instinct was positioned as an iPhone killer. While that never actually happened, the Instinct was a great phone in its own right; easy to use, reliable, and offering a good user experience. I mean, I use one. Sprint and Samsung released the S30 to follow up on the goodness that the first Instinct brought them. While there are only a few differences between the previous generation and the S30, the new model fills a crucial role for Sprint, especially with the imminent release of the Palm Pre.

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Samsung Instinct S30 Unboxing

Samsung Instinct S30 Unboxing

Officially announced at CTIA in March, the Samsung Instinct S30 was released for the public yesterday. We were sent a phone to test out, and we thought you'd like to see the unboxing and first impressions of it. You know you love seeing shiny new gadgets unwrapped.

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