Ah, science. How you intrigue me. Take for instance what NASA is up to. Their Stratospheric Observatory Infrared Astronomy or SOFIA airborne telescope is nearing its first day on the job (though that's still three years away) and the device just got its picture taken for all to see.
Wow. This thing is tiny. The Cube Speaker is made by Landport, a Japanese company, and apparently the tiny audio output device can fit within the palm of your hand. So for those that want audio on the go, but want to limit the bulk by as much as possible, this may very well be the way to go.
I don't know about you, but I love solar-powered chargers and gadgets of that nature. So when I saw the iPower SX from Battech, I knew it was something I'd have to share with you all. Even though there are numerous solar-powered chargers on the market already, I don't think we could ever really have enough.
It looks like we're in store for a serious speed up when it comes to Windows 7. While previous talk revolved around GPU acceleration, Microsoft is now implementing something called the WARP system, which will make it so DirectX 10 acceleration can occur on the CPU alone.
Apparently, part of the reason for the WARP is to stave off some of the problems Vista occurred when some systems couldn't run the OS, even though the spec list said they could. WARP stands for Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform. This system will work fine on systems with just an 800MHz processor.
Microsoft has already performed some Crysis benchmark tests on the new system and the results were quite impressive with 7.36fps frame rate with 800 x 600 on a PC running Core i7. This is better than the current Intel integrated graphics have been able to produce. And while this certainly isn't an alternative to a dedicated GPU, it is a decent built-in solution.
I never liked the idea of a white finish audio video device. Call me old fashion, but a matte or shiny Apple-white gadget looks strangely odd on my conventional all-black component shelf. It’s not just the color mismatch, it reflects light greater than the conventional darker or gun-metal components in a dim home theater environment. What do I know? We’ve seen more audio video devices caught up with Apple-white fever; JVC is the latest manufacturer to join the bandwagon.
If we posted up every single store that has a Black Friday sale going on today, then we wouldn't have time to post anything else! But one thing is for certain, Dell is offering up quite a few deals that are worth noting and acting on, if you're interested.
Given the usual refrain that accompanies any new netbook announcement - "under the hood there's Intel's N270 1.6GHz Atom processor..." - you'd think the silicon company would be happy with their lot in life. However it looks as though they're not so sure; Stu Pann, vice president in the sales and marketing group at Intel, has described netbooks as "not something you're going to use day in and day out."
Face it, your in-camera auto white balance feature works poorly in condition like indoor lightings source from various color temperatures. Despite shooting in Raw format, uncorrected color setting often results in higher digital noise and wicked color cast after post-processing. A great white-balance tool comes in handy for critical photography assignments.
Rogers Wireless have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Although no official press release has been issued by the carrier, the smartphone has apparently been listed in the Rogers Library database. Priced from $179.99 with a three-year agreement (plus voice and data tariffs), the 8900 has both WiFi and GPS.
Amazon have either underestimated the Oprah-effect or merely messed up on their stock management: shipping on the Kindle ebook reader is currently listed as in 11 to 13 weeks time, overshooting Christmas and pegging deliveries as sometime in Q1 2009. That makes the second year in a row that the retailer could not meet demand.