Archive for May 21, 2009

Ionic-cooling system may soon cool off notebooks

Ionic-cooling system may soon cool off notebooks

Well this is pretty cool! It seems a company called Tessera is working on a new system that uses ionic-cooling for cooling down hot laptops that are running at faster and faster speeds. This new cooling idea might be able to offer 30% more cooling than a standard fan according to Tessera and the University of Washington.

The added bonus is it uses half the power. And with no moving parts, there's less likelihood of breakdown and noise. During the demonstration of this new technology, the cooler was put by a vent in a notebook. Then, pipes that are filled with liquid pull the heat away from the chipset and move it to the ionic system.

The system contains two electrodes, one with ionizing air molecules, the other with a receiver for the molecules. As these ions move from one spot to the other, this causes neutral air to move across hot areas, making for cooling. This is still a ways off from being included in your next notebook, but it's an interesting technology that we might see as soon as next year.

Grimlock and Trypticon Transformer mice are cool

Grimlock and Trypticon Transformer mice are cool

Buzz is already starting to ramp up for the upcoming Transformers 2 movie, but who knew that everyday things like a computer mouse could take on a new form as well? These Transformers mice are certainly interesting, to say the least.

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Verbatim Color Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse revealed

Verbatim Color Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse revealed

Verbatim announced their latest mouse offering today with the Color Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse. This mouse works with both Windows and Mac-based systems and uses 2.4GHz RF wireless to connect the device with your computer.

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NEC updates LCD2490WUXi2 with improved color

NEC updates LCD2490WUXi2 with improved color

NEC released an updated to their LCD2490WUXi2 display today in an effort to boost the color on this 24-inch LCD display. As a part of the MultiSync 90 series, NEC hasn't updated these models in a while, so this is a welcome announcement.

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MSI Wind U123 now on sale

MSI Wind U123 now on sale

If you've been interested in a new netbook for quite some time but have been hoping for one to be released that's within your price range, the MSI Wind U123 , just might be your answer. The computer manufacturer, MSI Computer, has just released their latest netbook and it has quite a bit to offer.

This new netbook sports an Intel Atom 1.66 GHz N280 processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It also features an ergonomic keyboard for ease of use and a 10.2-inch LCD display.

The U123 comes with EasyFace identification software, and the option of a 6-cell or a 9-cell battery. It's also available in four different color options including white, grey, red and blue. You can get the MSI Wind U123 starting today for $379.99.

GPS could crash in 2010 warns US government agency

GPS could crash in 2010 warns US government agency

Far be it from the US government to prompt fear and stoke the fires of dread, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) are warning that the GPS system as we know it might fail as soon as 2010.  According to their latest report, a delayed overhaul and poor management have led to a lack of new global positioning satellites to replace those at the end of their lifespan.

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Apple iPhone glowing logo video demo

Apple iPhone glowing logo video demo

One of the slightly less useful - but undeniably cool - elements predicted for the upcoming iPhone third-generation refresh is a glowing Apple logo.  Apple's design team may be disappointed to hear, though, that they're not the first to do such a thing; in fact, a group of Russian modders spent around $300 last year making the logo on a first-gen iPhone glow.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple Media Pad won’t launch until 2010 says analyst

Apple Media Pad won’t launch until 2010 says analyst

Apple's rumored Media Pad touchscreen tablet is coming, but not as fast as many are expecting.  That's the latest opinion from perennial Apple commentator, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.  Munster has published a note today stating his opinion that development a touchscreen tablet is underway, but that since it'll require a third-generation of mobile OS X "more robust" than that on the iPhone, it won't hit the market until 2010.

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Rock Band Unplugged for PSP leaks; Could cause PSP glitches

Rock Band Unplugged for PSP leaks; Could cause PSP glitches

Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP has leaked, three weeks ahead of the game's official release.  Already to be found on popular torrent sites, the Harmonix title has already been downloaded almost fourteen thousand time according to just one metric.  However, some users are reporting serious issues when playing the illegally-obtained game.

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Next-gen iPhone processor & graphics boost tipped in job listing

Apple are advertising for a low level iPhone programmer with aptitude in ARM processors and NEON vector units.  The job listing suggests that the next-gen iPhone will use an ARMv7 Cortex processor rather than the ARMv6 processor as in the iPhone 3G and iPod touch, as NEON is the extended multimedia acceleration instruction set associated with the newer, faster CPU.

That would certainly fit with the most recent specification tips for the upcoming third-generation smartphone, which predict that the iPhone will have double the processing power of the current model, together with video recording and editing capabilities.  NEON would certainly allow the new phone to take advantage of the ARMv7 Cortex’s increased multimedia prowess.

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AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale early

AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale early

We weren't expecting it until tomorrow, but the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has been listed on AT&T's website as available to buy.  Priced at $199.99 following a $100 mail-in rebate, the phone has a full QWERTY keyboard, EDGE data connection and WiFi.

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Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

Taking something very familiar and twisting it into something new, this "Rubik's Cube Font Generator" adapts the swiveling, rotating form-factor of the classic puzzle and changes it into a printing stamp.  The handiwork of Jas Bhachu of the Liverpool School of Art & Design, the cube has rubber stamp impressions on four of its sides, and by twisting it through different orientations can create a variety of characters.

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