Archive for Dec 29, 2008

New vent device saves you money by controlling ventilation

New vent device saves you money by controlling ventilation

Having central heating is easy and covenant, but what is convenient doesn’t always mean it’s going to be cost effective. This method heats rooms that are not in use; no one really needs every single room to be the same temperature. The Vent-Miser Programmable Energy Saving Vent saves you money by controlling individual room temperature.

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Quanta is out, Foxconn to contract the next-gen iMac

Apple must be laughing at this so-called reliable source, Digitimes has revised its last report on Economic Daily News regarding the manufacturer behind the iMac all-in-one PC. As of today, Quanta is out of the picture, it was Foxconn who has secured a 800,000 units shipment per month contract with Jobs to build the allegedly next gen iMac to be announced at Macworld Conference next week.

So unless there are new updates next week on who makes what from which contract. Here’s the new standing : Foxconn and Catcher Technology are in bed to supply the magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis while Foxconn will seek partnership in cooling module from Auras Technology. A cooling module? Could that possible hint a change in current-fan based cooling system?

In any case, we will find out in a week there will be a new iMac or just another rumor. Just a reminder that Slashgear will be bringing MacWorld conference live coverage. Be sure to check us out at http://live.slashgear.com

LG preps a slim 24-inch LCD with a million to 1 contrast for CES 2009

LG preps a slim 24-inch LCD with a million to 1 contrast for CES 2009

Few details slipped though a German site this morning revealed another ultra high contrast monitor, with a million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio, on its way to CES 2009 in a short couple weeks. This time, LG will be presenting the W2486L LED BLU 24-inch LCD monitor with a LED backlit technology.

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iPhone 3G selling in France without a contract

iPhone 3G selling in France without a contract

When Apple was thinking about selling the iPhone 3G in France, they elected to go with Orange as the exclusive carrier, however the problem is France prohibits carriers to extend this lock longer than a six month period.

In addition to this limitation French service provider Bouygues Telecom SA, filed a complaint with the Competition Council about that agreement back in September. The Competition Council reached a decision earlier this month in which any French carrier would be able to offer the iPhone 3G if they so choose.

Bouygues Telecom and SFR still have yet to begin selling the iPhone 3G as FNAC has. From what we hear the iPhone 3G that FNAC is selling is an unlocked version, but we are still unclear. For now you can pick up the 8GB version for of €799 ($1,122USD), in France, or the 16BG version for €899 ($1,262USS).

Acer Aspire 8930G now featured Intel Quad-Core Q9000 Mobile Processor

Acer Aspire 8930G now featured Intel Quad-Core Q9000 Mobile Processor

The increasingly popular netbook-size laptops are ramping up the traffic these days, it’s quite a refreshment to see a full-grown laptop replacement rather than another small-people notebook. Acer has renewed its Aspire 8930G with latest Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9000 CPU, adding much raw power to its 18.4-inch screen, Blu-ray drive, Nvidia graphics powered high end gaming and multimedia mobile powerhouse.

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PS Audio ships IP-enabled PowerPlay power conditioners

PS Audio ships IP-enabled PowerPlay power conditioners

Remotely access power management system is not a new application in IT fields for server or datacenter services; but it’s for home-theater appliances, especially a niche market product such as power conditioner. Announced exactly one year ago, PS audio finally gets the go-ahead to ship its globally accessible, IP-enabled power conditioner Powerplay today.

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Focal iPod set can collapse to form a sphere-shape speaker

Focal iPod set can collapse to form a sphere-shape speaker

Focal Japan, not to be confused with the Frenchman Focal JMlab that brought you the Utopia series ultra high-end speakers, has launch a new unique iPod speaker set that can form a creative sphere shape with two speakers collapse for storing when not in use.

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Dissidia debuts at number one in Japan by selling 489,126 copies

Dissidia debuts at number one in Japan by selling 489,126 copies

As to be expected Dssidia was number one on last week’s Media Create Japanese sales charts by selling 489,126 copies. This however was not the best debut week ever for a Japanese PSP release title, that honor goes to Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G with the absurdly high number of 820,000 sold in the first week.

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ASUS S121 netbook breaks cover: 12.1-inch S101

ASUS S121 netbook breaks cover: 12.1-inch S101

Asustek's latest netbook has broken cover, in the shape of the 12.1-inch ASUS S121.  A larger-screen version of the ASUS S101, full details on the netbook are unknown - and ASUS are yet to officially confirm it - but it's believed to be based on the usual Intel Atom N270 platform.

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G-Dog Servo Robot Puppy

G-Dog Servo Robot Puppy

G-Robots has created a tiny robot dog kit that actually seems like it would be a lot of fun. The kit appears to be fairly easy to assemble making it great for just about anyone. This robot’s movements are pretty amazing, it is able to get itself off of the ground with almost no trouble at all.

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HP Compaq Mini 700 gets OS X with working WiFi & webcam: Video demo

HP Compaq Mini 700 gets OS X with working WiFi & webcam: Video demo

While seeing OS X running on various traditionally Linux or Windows netbooks is nothing new, there's still a frisson of pleasure to be had from a new machine getting its unofficial Apple stripes.  When said-new-machine is the HP Compaq Mini 700, the Euro version of the HP Mini 1000 and a particularly desirable and impressive machine in its own right, that gets all the more interesting.

Video demo of the OS X HP Mini 700 after the cut

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Concept laptop has collapsible OLED Screens

Concept laptop has collapsible OLED Screens

A concept computer is definitely a first for me. How far can a designer push the envelope, combining art and technology to extend beyond ordinary for a simple laptop? Designed by Kyle Cherry, Prime Gaming Laptop has envisaged a new type of laptop with creative in mind- a concept laptop with innovative collapsible OLED screens to offering a variety of aspect ratios for utmost gaming experience.

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