Archive for July, 2006

MoMoLight

MoMoLight

The MoMolight for notebook computers is based on the “Philips Ambilight” technology. The idea is to make the user’s viewing experience more comfortable by using a directshow filter to calculate the average color on the top, left and right border of screen. Ok, I understood everything up to that point got lost after the explanation that it sends the calculation to a microcontroller that does PWM control of three separate banks of red, green and blue cold-cathodes. Can someone explain this idea to me like I’m a 4-year old kid please?

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Microsoft Argo / Zune MP3 Video player

Microsoft Argo / Zune MP3 Video player

While the information provide by Engadget and Gizmodo are still rumors and unconfirmed, it's very likely and credible that the image below is indeed the Microsoft Zune (it's possible that the device also went by the code name Argo.

According to Engadget’s report, the Zuno display is 4:3 ratio not 16:9.  The screen size might be in the range of 3 to 3.5-inches wide.  There's also a big wheel with two buttons on either side; the left seems to be a "back" and the right is a "play/pause" button.

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Funky funky Gelaskin

Funky funky Gelaskin

Bored with the same old white iPod skin. Now theres a new skin product called the Gelaskin. These skins are made with vinyl that protect your iPod video/nano/mini/4th generation from nicks and scratches. It doesn't even leave any weird bubbles on your iPod. The GelaSkins’ can be removed and put on other iPods, they have a residue-free adhesion. They cost about $14.95 per piece

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Brick Type Hard Disk Enclosure by Lacie

Brick Type Hard Disk Enclosure by Lacie

Do you love colorful objects and playable toys. Well, Lacie has now made it a reality, this brick type hard disk enclosure by Lacie make storing much more fun. It is a new hard drive to back up and store your video, mp3, and office files. It also comes with USB 2.0 to transfer all of your files. It comes 160GB (white $99.99), 250GB (red $129.99), 300GB (blue $169.99) and 500GB (red $349.99). Honestly, your boss wouldn't think of you of being a heavy toy fan.

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AMD will roll out FX-64 in Q4

AMD will roll out FX-64 in Q4

There is a buzz at HKEPC (in Chinese) about AMD releasing FX-64 (90nm) by 4Q at $999 a pop and it will be available to system integrators by August 8th 2006. Nothing really new about it other than higher clock speed bump to 3.0Ghz. AMD is still using 125W on FX-64 which indicate AMD will conserve their 95W for the Quad chip and lower clock speed CPU at run on 65W. AMD's fab capacity is still keeping them from moving their latest chips to 65nm which Intel will take advantage of by releasing their soon to be out core2 Duo line up. At this moment, many of the early benchmark on AMD's fastest CPU against Intel's Conroe does not favor AMD in anyway. I really do hope AMD could stay competitive against Intel, they have done a great job doing it for the past couple years, unfortunately i have not seen anything on AMD's roadmap that will be able to smoke the fastest Conroe yet.

Rimax LED Speakers: Overkill?

Rimax LED Speakers: Overkill?

LED-mania is everywhere; people are beginning to stick these simple little diodes into everything. We covered an LED-powered lamp/fake aquarium last week, and now it appears that Rimax feels that we need to watch LEDs light up in sync with our music. Enter the Music LED Speakers, which does just that. When plugged into an audio source, the blue LEDs on the outer rim of these speakers light up and dim to the beat.

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New Details on the Microsoft “mPod”

New Details on the Microsoft “mPod”

Thanks to the Seattle Times, we have even more information on what could turn out to be Microsoft's iPod-killer (which we've dubbed the mPod for now). Codenamed Argo, the device is apparently being designed as part of a "complete line" of Xbox-related gear. By "complete line," we're assuming that means that there will be more to this lineup than just the Argo and the Xbox 360 (hint hint). Argo's team is being led by J Allard, the man who co-developed the Xbox, and includes members from the MSN Music team and Allard's XNA Framework team.

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Venzero Unveils LilOne PMP

Venzero Unveils LilOne PMP

Portable media players are everywhere today, since these devices are one of the new must-have gadgets around. While some might consider the Venzero LilOne to be a bit of a wimp in the world of PMPs, the device is not without its place in the world. Sporting a 6 GB micro hard drive, the LilOne isn't shy of features, allowing users to play both video and audio (and pictures too, but who uses those anymore?) in its tiny 1.5-inch, 262,000-color screen.

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Matsushita Readies 103-inch Plasma TV for Sale

Matsushita Readies 103-inch Plasma TV for Sale

Just in case you feel that your current TV is simply not large enough for your tastes, Matsushita is ready to begin selling their monster-sized 103-inch plasma TV, otherwise known as "that big-ass TV that requires a second mortgage on your home to buy." It features such state-of-the-art features as 1080p HDTV capabilities and a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and weighs in at an astounding 215 kg (or roughly 474 lbs.).

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Maltron Keyboard: Painful or No?

Maltron Keyboard: Painful or No?

If you thought that Microsoft's "natural" keyboard was an oddball device, you haven't seen anything yet. Say hello to the Maltron "L Type" USB keyboard. Designed with a more natural typing feel in mind, the keyboard is, according to Maltron, fully ergonomic and fits the natural contour of one's hand to make typing easier. The keys are all tilted and arranged so that your wrists never move, which cuts down on unnecessary movement (and therefore carpal tunnel).

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