Archive for July, 2006

DS Lite Screen Passes Impromptu Stress Test

DS Lite Screen Passes Impromptu Stress Test

Just in case you're concerned about your Nintendo DS Lite's screen being on the fragile side (especially after today's story about the hinges on the new handhelds breaking), these guys have decided to show you just how durable these little gaming devices are. Taking the liberty of using a store's display unit (they didn't specify which store, probably to save their asses from getting sued), the stress testers proceeded to press on the screen with both thumbs, trying to see how far the device would go before snapping.

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Macbook vs. Dell Latitude: Which is hotter?

Macbook vs. Dell Latitude: Which is hotter?

We've seen how the Macbook's excessive heat can be used to cook your breakfast (which isn't a good sign as far as computers go). But is Apple's little gem alone with this heat issue, or are other Core Duo-based notebooks running just as hot as Apple's well-publicized stove computer. Brian Krische wanted to know, so he put a Macbook and a Dell Laititude D620 to the test to see which laptop will scold your lap faster.

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Core 2 Duo Benchmarks and AMD Price Cut

Core 2 Duo Benchmarks and AMD Price Cut

Intel has had the NDA restriction for Core 2 Duo lifted for a while now, and benchmarks for the new chips have started popping up on the Internet. Most of the benchmarks suggest that Intel is taking back the CPU king crown, beating the AMD64 chips mightily. Core 2 Duo CPUs are priced very well and competitivly. Kyle from hardOCP posted a couple benchmarks in what I think is the most comprehensive benchmarking session so far. Kyle split them up into couple of sections: the gaming performance, music/images/movie performance, and power consumption. SharkyExtreme also posted Core 2 Extreme X6800 & Core 2 Duo E6700 Review and of course, let's not forget Anand's reviews.

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DS Lites Can’t Handle the Pressure?

DS Lites Can’t Handle the Pressure?

Well, with all the good press that Nintendo and the DS Lite have enjoyed thus far, some bad news was going to arrive eventually. Reports are coming in from all over the Internet that the new handhelds have some difficulty withstanding the pressures of opening and closing; specifically, a small crack appears on the left-hand side of the hinge, starting off as a small crack and gradually getting larger as the device is used more.

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Samsung Ships the HL-S5679W LED DLP

Samsung Ships the HL-S5679W LED DLP

If you've been waiting with bated breath for Samsung's 56-inch, LED-based DLP HDTV, you need to wait no longer. Samsung has begun to ship this $4,200 set to eager customers all over the world. Being LED-based, the set has a lifespan of 20,000 hours, meaning that the set is only good for 2.28 years of non-stop television. If this doesn't bother you (and unless you leave your TV on nonstop, the lifespan should be a lot longer than 2 years), the HL-S5679W also features 1080p resolution, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, analog and digital tunes, HDMI ports, and energy-saving features. So if you don't mind the limit lifespan, go grab one of these new sets and make your HDTV experience a worthwhile one.

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Mobile Compia PDA for Day Traders

Mobile Compia PDA for Day Traders

Day traders don’t get your hopes up just yet because the MC-700 is probably not going to be available state side. This PDA is designed and built for folks with the need to stay on top of stock tickers. The 3.5-inch touch screen LCD is optimized for displaying stock market information. It’s likely made for the Korean market running on their CDMA network. Other features include 64MB SDRAM, 128MB FlashROM and a miniSD slot for memory expansion. The MC-700 sports a 312 MHz Xscale PXA270 chip set running on Windows CE 5.0 (yuck!).

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Daewoo Lucoms UMPC – The Solo M1

Daewoo Lucoms UMPC – The Solo M1


Well if you can’t or unwilling to manufacture your own UMPC, the other solution is to clone someone else’s and slap your name on it.  That’s exactly what Daewoo Lucoms has done.  Their very own (wink wink) UMPC is called the Solo M1.  The heart and soul of the Solo M1 is the Founder UMPC.  The Solo M1 features a Celeron 900, 7” touch-screen, MS Tablet PC operating system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 1.3 mega-pixel video camera, DMB TV tuner and a S-Video out.  And it does come with a cradle.  I’d have to say that the Solo M1’s list of specs does seem more attractive than the Samsung Q1.

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Digital HERO Sports Wrist Camera

Digital HERO Sports Wrist Camera


Come on, there’s a little bit of show-off in all of us.  Have you ever tried to take a picture while jumping out of an airplane, surf, snowboard or basically anything that requires your full attention yet you still want to capture the moment on photo or video?  The Digital HERO Waterproof Sports Wrist Camera by Go Pro is the solution – it features a shockproof case, water-resistance up to 30 feet underwater and weighs less than 3oz.
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Mobile Core 2 Duos To Launch Next Week ?

Mobile Core 2 Duos To Launch Next Week ?

Well, it looks like it's time to start drooling. Intel's mobile Core 2 Duos (codenamed Merom) could be launching alongside their desktop brethren when the Conroe chips become available on July 23rd. Merom had originally been scheduled to debut in August, with general availability occuring at the end of that month. However, this new schedule means that we could easily see Merom chips ship by mid-August, getting the processors to consumers faster than anticipated.

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