Archive for June, 2008

HP Pavilion dv5z gives AMD Puma option for media notebook

HP Pavilion dv5z gives AMD Puma option for media notebook

HP have announced an AMD Puma version of their dv5 notebook, the dv5z, which offers a choice of AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core, Turion X2 Dual-Core Ultra or Athlon mobile CPUs.  Built around a 15.4-inch screen, buyers can specify up to 4GB of RAM, a choice of ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated or ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB dedicated graphics, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner with optional Blu-ray.

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PsyStar Open Computer gets roundabout access to Apple updates

PsyStar Open Computer gets roundabout access to Apple updates

PsyStar, maker of OS X clone computers, have solved half of their most significant drawbacks, though there's still some confusion over exactly how legitimate their solution is.  Although the appeal of a cheap machine running Apple's lauded software was a draw for many, the inability to load an existing copy of Leopard (you had to buy it from PsyStar) and the absence of Apple updates left them lacking polish.  Now PsyStar are offering access to Apple Updates, but not in the way you might immediately think.

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Dell Studio notebooks launch with Blu-ray & multi-color options

Dell Studio notebooks launch with Blu-ray & multi-color options

Dell has announced its new Studio notebook range, and they've gone all out with color options.  Available in two screen sizes, 15-inch and 17-inch, the Vista laptops have up to an Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB), up to 4GB of RAM, a choice of integrated Intel X3100 graphics or a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650.  There's also some new Dell software that's debuting on the notebooks, including an OS X-like dock.

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AMD Shrike chipset could power your 2009 ultraportable

AMD Shrike chipset could power your 2009 ultraportable

AMD may be quiet right now on the "grown up" ultraportable chipset front, but expect all that to change as the company rolls out its Shrike platform.  Intended for full-power ultraportables, such as Lenovo's X61, rather than budget notebooks (which would be served by the Puma chipset), Shrike is built on AMD's Fusion chip; that includes both a CPU and separate GPU on the same silicon.

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Chrysler uconnect Web turns car into WiFi hotspot

Chrysler uconnect Web turns car into WiFi hotspot

Chrysler has announced that its 2009 model-year cars will be have a wireless communication option called uconnect.  Made up of Bluetooth hands-free, hard-drive based media, Sirius TV & Radio, GPS and, most interestingly, the ability to turn your car into a WiFi hotspot, uconnect will be available on most Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles starting in August.

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Pinnacle PCTV 1080i USB TV tuners support ATSC & digital cable

Pinnacle PCTV 1080i USB TV tuners support ATSC & digital cable

Pinnacle have announced their latest two USB TV tuners, the PCTV HD Stick and the PCTV HD Pro Stick. As with their predecessors, both tuners can receive free digital HD and SD TV over-the-air (ATSC) channels; however, they now support unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM) channels. The tuner/demodulator itself has also been upgraded, and is now more sensitive for improved reception of both analog and digital TV.

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