Archive for October, 2008

Dell Optiplex line gets a refresh

Dell Optiplex line gets a refresh

Dell is keeping up with the pack as they've announced plans to refresh their Optiplex desktop line today. Most interesting is the Atom processor-based computer that's slated to be super thin.

The updated machines use less power and would be a wise investment for those with older computer models that are power hogs. That's the hope anyway, in pushing new computers out the door in the midst of a recession. But the Optiplex line up updates are compelling. Included will be more availability for Flexible Computing and Manage Desktop services.

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TV prices have fallen in September

TV prices have fallen in September

TV prices are pretty much in a free fall. And even though it seemed all of the huge price drops had already passed by, HDTVs continue to get price cuts and in September, prices fell 22 percent in all categories.

According to a survey by DisplaySearch, large TV models got the biggest price drops in comparison to the same time last year. In fact, the largest popular size, which is 52-inch LCDs, fell by 30 percent. That's pretty staggering. In contrast, 20-inch LCD screens only got a 4 percent reduction.

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Mitsubishi LASERVUE L65-A90 Laser TV now Shipping

Mitsubishi LASERVUE L65-A90 Laser TV now Shipping

The 65-inch Mitsubishi LASERVUE Rear Projection TV has been receiving great deal of attentions since its announcement in early April. It’s not only the first laser powered HDTV but also capable of displaying wider color gamut- with twice the HDTV color space, 3D-ready viewing technology, contrasty and colorful images with performance equivalent or better of Kuro TV- all at one third of power consumption with comparable models.

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FieldCREW User Research Tablet concept

FieldCREW User Research Tablet concept

Looking like a cross between a Speak & Spell and a Star Trek tricorder, this tablet concept by the Bressler Group's Rob Tannen is intended for user researchers gathering product design feedback.  Called the FieldCREW User Research Concept Platform, it includes wireless, remotely controlled tracking video cameras to observe user interaction, wireless tagging units that automatically record a "review this" point on the timeline, and subvocalization microphones that allow the researcher to record discrete observations.

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New Firmware 1.0.3 fixes Canon EOS 50D’s Err99

New Firmware 1.0.3 fixes Canon EOS 50D’s Err99

Like the infamous Windows’s BSOD, Err99 is Canon’s DSLR dreaded error code for general operation failure. Whenever that’s a contact issue between lenses and body, bad battery, defective storage card or any ill exception to camera operation, the body will lock up and throw a catch-all error code of 99. No blue screen of death but the user has to remove and reinsert battery to get the camera up and running again once the error occurred. If you google err99, there are endless results of problems and suggested solutions to the must-distressed issue.

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Sony Rolly SEP-50BT dancing PMP robot gets Bluetooth remote control

Sony Rolly SEP-50BT dancing PMP robot gets Bluetooth remote control

Relatively pointless, underspecified in key areas like storage, and in today's economic climate a needless luxury; all criticisms that could fairly be aimed at the Sony Rolly, and yet people keep buying them.  Latest update to the dancing, spinning, flashing and flapping PMP is the ability to control it via Bluetooth: the Sony Rolly SEP-50BT has just 2GB of onboard storage and a 5hr battery life, but now you can use your cellphone or Bluetooth-enabled PC to trundle it about.

Video demo of the Sony Rolly SEP-50BT after the cut

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