Archive for Feb 20, 2009

HTC Magic live video demo from MWC

HTC Magic live video demo from MWC

If the Palm Pre isn't to your taste, and you prefer your smartphones with a little more Android flavor, then MWC's other standout device has to be the HTC Magic.  Announced exclusively on Vofadone in Europe, the second official smartphone to run Google's open-source Android platform drops the hardware keyboard and bulky casing of the T-Mobile G1 and replaces it with a slick on-screen QWERTY and contoured white body.

Demo video of the HTC Magic Android smartphone after the cut

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Leaked Photo indicates next-gen Mac mini with Mini displayPort

Leaked Photo indicates next-gen Mac mini with Mini displayPort

Appleinsider has today reported a photo leak showing the rear of supposedly the new Mac Mini with revamped ports. Among the clues we can glean, assuming this image is legit, is that it supports early claim of DVI port to be replaced with Mini DisplayPort and Mini DVI to support newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a FireWire 800 jack and gains an additional USB port.

Can this be a real McCoy? Appleinisder said they don’t vouch for its authenticity but this is the 2nd picture they have gathered showing similar design. Although it seems out of fashion for Apple to equip an entry-level Mac mini with a FW 800, but nothing is certain until it’s official.

Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix has today announced an immediate shipping of its Vuzix iWear, AV310, a personal video eyewear that’s virtually wielding a giant 52-inch large screen display over your head, from any video sources on-the-go. The new AV310 claims World’s first virtual reality eyewear with widescreen aspect ratio, and is a better-equipped unit compares to the AC230 XL we reviewed last month.

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Honeywell preps 82-inch 1080p LCD TV

Honeywell preps 82-inch 1080p LCD TV

The behemoth’s screen real estate territory is usually belongs to the Japanese and Korean, hardly we’ve seen a giant TV, especially over the size of 80-inch, coming from an American brand like the Honeywell. Not any longer, apparently the company has readied an 82-inch beast, gunning at domestic LCD HDTV market in a big way.

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8ft Steampunk Frankenstein Computer case mod

8ft Steampunk Frankenstein Computer case mod

As insane Steampunk PC case mods go, this Frankenstein machine by D. Mattocks will take some beating.  Standing almost eight feet tall, and bristling with copper piping, vintage gauges and glass indicator lights from an old navy ship, it's not so much a computer as a tribute to H.G. Wells, Dr Frankenstein and the sort of coffin Isambard Kingdom Brunel would've probably liked to be buried in.

The vent was salvaged from an old church, and now acts as the air inlet for the water-cooling system.  Meanwhile everything is backlight with green cold-cathode tubes, which manage to make the Frankenstein Computer look even more ominous.  Happily one of the gauges does actually show the computer temperature, though there's probably not a steam blow-off valve.

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BenQ nStation i91: all-in-one PC as easy as a TV

BenQ nStation i91: all-in-one PC as easy as a TV

BenQ have announced their own all-in-one desktop PC, and while some manufacturers go for touchscreens and others superlative media playback, the nStation i91 is all about ease of use.  In fact, BenQ are saying that, thanks to their intuitive control knob on the lower right-hand side of the display, the nStation i91 is as straightforward as a TV.  Behind the glossy bezel there's an AMD Semperon 210U processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, while the non-touchscreen display itself is 18.5-inches 16:9.

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Triple-LCD setup boosts performance by over 35% claim researchers

Triple-LCD setup boosts performance by over 35% claim researchers

While many people are still struggling to find the desk space (and money) for a dual-monitor setup, according to Fujitsu and the Fraunhofer IAO laboratory we should actually be squeezing three displays into our workspace if we want real performance improvements.  Compared to users completing tasks on a single 19-inch LCD, those with three such screens linked together saw a 35.5-percent jump in efficiency.

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