Archive for Sep 24, 2008

Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition: overclocked bargain

Palit have released a quad-output graphics card based on ATI's Radeon 4870 HD.  The Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition consists of an overclocked ATI chipset with a sizable dual-fan cooler and switchable dual-BIOS for 'sonic' and 'turbo' modes.  The output options are twin HDCP-compliant DVI and a DisplayPort socket, with included converters for DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI.

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Sylvania MAGNI netbook is rebranded MSI Wind

Sylvania have made a third stab at the netbook market and, since their rebranded Everex Cloudbook and g MESO models didn't exactly set the world alight, they're taking no chances and partnering with MSI this time around.  Come the holidays you'll be able to pick up the Sylvania MAGNI, a rebranded version of the MSI Wind, with a 10-inch display, 120GB hard-drive and 1GB of RAM.

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Dell Precision M6400 workstation: 17-inch media cruncher

Dell have launched their latest Precision workstation, the M6400, with a 17-inch LED backlit 1920 x 1200 display (with 100-percent RGB color gamut), Core 2 Duo Quad Core Extreme CPU and up to 16GB of RAM.  The media monster can be specified with up to 1TB of internal storage, courtesy of dual 500GB 5,400rpm drives in RAID0 or RAID1 configuration, or 128GB of solid-state storage.  Graphics are courtesy of NVIDA, either a Quadro FX 3700M 1GB or Quadro FX 2700M 512MB.

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Spykee WiFi Erector Robot Video Demo

The first user videos of the Meccano Spykee WiFi robot are beginning to emerge, demonstrating the open-source 'bot in action.  Courtesy of Sven comes this first clip, a full demo of Spykee in its constituent parts, then assembled and terrorizing some children.  He also shows the internet interface, through which you can control Spykee from anywhere with a network connection.

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Dell preps first 16:9 monitor with affordable panel, 22-inch S2209W shown up in Taiwan

A lucky tester from Taiwan has got hold of two unheard of Dell S2209W monitors, perhaps the prototype, soon to release 22-inch monitors with 16:9 Aspect Ratio. Digital PC flat panel with native resolution of 1920x1080 is unusual; that’s a 16:9 aspect ratio for TV display and not a commonly used 16:10 as featured in most PC monitor. I could be wrong but I’ve never heard of one and even the first 22-inch WUXGA from Lenovo L220x is 16:10. Is Dell prepping for new line of multimedia display or breaking the PC monitor tradition with first 16:9 PC monitor? It would be interesting to see the scaling with 16:9 monitor on PC or Mac for that matters.

Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS is 14 Megapixel too

We’re not expecting anything less from Kodak when it comes to digital compact camera. The third leader in digital compact market has cooked up another feature rich compact with 14MP CCD image sensor; an EasyShare Z1485 with Optic served by a 5x Optical, 5x digital 35-175mm (35mm equiv.) lens with 2.5-inch 230k pixel LCD. The EasyShare has all the basic features you would expect from Kodak such as Optical image stabilization, smart captures mode, Face Detection and a number of shooting modes, video capture etc.

Panasonic’s UniPhier is World’s First Full HD Divx-Certified SOC

The Blu-ray enthusiasts may prefer Anchor bay or silicon Optic over Panasonic’s in-house UniPhier when it comes to video processing; they may have to live without the hope of full HD Divx support at present. Divx, Inc has knighted the Panasonic UniPhier(R) System LSI with Full 1080p DivX HD Certification for use in the latest Blu-ray devices.

Panasonics promises World’s first 3D full HD Plasma Theater System

Panasonic showed off its 103-inch Plasma with an additional of 3D system at the opening of CEATEC, in Japan. The demonstration kicked off with a set of battery powered 3D goggles and Blu-Ray player in a big Plasma screen. What? Another 3D technology that requires goggles? The company claimed they have developed the World's first full HD Plasma Theater System with true-to-life 3D images; technology utilized a sequential image processing to distribute full HD video to left and right eye from Blu-ray source.

T-Mobile G1 Live Demo Videos: Amazon, Street View, Android Market & more

You've seen the photos, now for the hands-on video!  We spent some serious time with T-Mobile's G1 smartphone yesterday, the first production device based on Google's Android platform, and shot footage of everything we thought SlashGear readers would be interested in.  After the cut you'll find clips of the Android Market download store in action, Google Street View with the intuitive compass navigation, and Amazon's DRM-free MP3 music store, which will be pre-installed on every G1.

Check out the G1 demo videos after the cut

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Scented DVDs push the boundaries of sense

You might remember that just a few weeks ago, a line of scented laptops were announced. And while that is certainly different, it's not exactly a true product draw. That's why I can't understand why someone would want to make a scented DVD, but that's precisely what's happening.

The Rub and Smell discs have a scented ink on the surface, so consumers can associate a particular scent with a particular film. The idea behind these discs is to increase "product awareness" and utilize the strong memories associated with aromas in encourage purchasing decisions.

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