Archive for September, 2008

Clarion MiND GPS MID gets $650 November release; 3G coming Spring 2009

Clarion MiND GPS MID gets $650 November release; 3G coming Spring 2009

Clarion have set both a price and a more specific release date for their MiND GPS Mobile Internet Device hybrid.  The touchscreen unit, announced back in January, will launch in the US and Canada in November 2008, priced at $649.99, with a European release following in January 2009 for €649.99.  Clarion have also given more detail on the MiND's functionality, together with confirming that a 3G-equipped version will be released in Spring 2009.

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Griffin Simplifi iPod & iPhone dock with card reader & USB hub

Griffin Simplifi iPod & iPhone dock with card reader & USB hub

If you're regularly charging and synchronizing your iPod then you probably know - or could imagine - how useful a dock can be.  Thing is, it's also yet another lump on your desk; enter Griffin's Simplifi, which basically says that if you're going to grant something real-estate in your life then it really ought to bring more to the party.  That's why the Simplifi has a multiformat card reader and USB hub.

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Gone but not forgotten: New Firmware Update for range of Toshiba HD-DVD players

Gone but not forgotten: New Firmware Update for range of Toshiba HD-DVD players

I know what you’re thinking, why bother with Format pronounced death eight long months ago? After all, only millions of obsolete HD-DVD players left after Toshiba pulled the plug on the Format War. Not so, those with HD DVD players can still use these to play legacy DVDs and upconvert them to HD resolutions. I still have the A35 remains on the component shelf and continue to upscale a gorgeous image. My only concerns are playback stability since day one and 1080/24p jagging issues on AVC material and I never thought Toshiba would address the issues with continues firmware updates after losing the Format War.

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Metal Gear Solid DIY rubber-band gun

Metal Gear Solid DIY rubber-band gun

It only fires rubber bands, but you'd be forgiven for thinking this fan-made replica of Snake's pistol from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was a lot more dangerous.  Hand-made, it loads by cocking open the top section and threading elastic bands - up to twelve - onto the ratchet wheel; flip off the safety catch and you can either fire them one at a time or in rapid-succession.

Check out the demo video and image gallery after the cut

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Wall-mounted Six PC Custom Render-Farm

Wall-mounted Six PC Custom Render-Farm

If you've got to have a six-PC render farm for your business, you might as well make it look good.  Designer Fredrik Perman moved offices in North Carolina, and decided to put his six Intel dual-core PCs up on the wall of the lobby in a custom plexiglass case.  Lighting is from LED fans and ten 10-inch cold-cathode tubes hidden behind the aluminium frame.

More pictures of the wall-mounted render-farm after the cut

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Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Japanese scientists have discovered a method of changing magnetic domains - such as those used in RAM and hard-drives - using magnetic fields rather than the current process of electromagnets, in a system that could see storage become faster and more energy efficient.  Magnetic domains, tiny regions inside magnetic materials that behave as individual magnets and can be flipped from north to south, are currently manipulated by an electromagnet, encoding binary 1 or 0.  With the new system that electromagnet is bypassed: applying voltage to a nearby electrode creates an electric field that shifts the domains.

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Zeiss’s cinemizer is mobile eyewear for Ipod and Nokia N

Zeiss’s cinemizer is mobile eyewear for Ipod and Nokia N

The German Optics Specialist has spoken- To the crowd of Nokia N users, wears das Cinemizer if you want to watch realistic cinema quality movies and television. The Zeiss’s Cinemizer is a portable home cinema goggles weights at a mere quarter of a pound, and can simulate 39-inch of display with viewing distance twice the screen size from compatible mobile phones.

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