Archive for Jul 26, 2010

Toshiba Portege R705 Review

Toshiba Portege R705 Review

Toshiba's Portege R705 is an unexpected addition to the company's ultraportable range. Based on the Portege R700 unveiled as part of Toshiba's 25th anniversary for notebooks, the R705-P25 is a Best Buy exclusive with an MRSP of $889.99 but a street price that scrapes in at under $800. That makes it the cheapest Portege to date, and Toshiba would like us to remember it's also the lightest 13.3-inch notebook with an integrated optical drive (outside of Japan, at least). Light in the bag and light on the wallet: is the downside lightweight performance? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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iMac stock shortages continue ahead of tipped range refresh

iMac stock shortages continue ahead of tipped range refresh

Speculation of an imminent iMac refresh continues apace, with AppleInsider hearing that some Apple stores are reporting low or non-existent stock of both 21.5- and 27-inch versions of the all-in-one desktop.  The news follows recent leaks that tipped updated iMacs with USB 3.0, faster FireWire connectivity and even touchscreen functionality; a new entry-level machine with an Intel Core i3 CPU has been mentioned, together with dual-core Core i5 and quad-core Core i5/i7 models.

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Mac mini gets the Colorware treatment

Mac mini gets the Colorware treatment

Colorware has been splashing its paint about again, and come up with this: a custom version of Apple's Mac mini.  All the usual hues are available, with solid, metallic and pearl palettes together with regular or soft-touch finishes, and you can choose different colors for the aluminum chassis and the Apple logo.

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Sprint Palm Pixi gets WiFi transplant from Pre Plus [Video]

Sprint Palm Pixi gets WiFi transplant from Pre Plus [Video]

The absence of WiFi from Sprint's Palm Pixi was all the more galling when Verizon's version, the Pixi Plus, went on sale with its extra shot of wireless.  One owner, PreCentral forum member gitit20, decided that the original Pixi was ripe for a shot of DIY modding, and so he's transplanted the wireless card from a Verizon Palm Pre Plus into his Pixi and got the whole thing running.

Video demo after the cut

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Cool camera app puts historical scenes into modern pics

Cool camera app puts historical scenes into modern pics

Every year as people travel for work and vacations millions of photos are taken in places where important events happened in history. A cool new application has surfaced that is being designed by folks from MIT that mingles old photos with new ones.

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Crazy helmets look like brains, boobs, butts, and bald heads

Crazy helmets look like brains, boobs, butts, and bald heads

If the zombie hoards ever invade and you need to protect your cranium whilst simultaneously tricking them into thinking eating your helmet is really eating your brain good.kz has you covered. The company has unveiled some wild helmets to protect your noggin while cruising on your scooter or motorcycle.

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iPhone 4 spreads this Friday: 17 more countries on July 30th

iPhone 4 spreads this Friday: 17 more countries on July 30th

Apple would hate for you to forget their roll-out plans for the iPhone 4, and so they're just sent out a quick reminder that as of this coming Friday, July 30th, the fourth-generation smartphone will go on sale in seventeen more countries.  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland will join the existing five countries where the iPhone 4 is on sale (France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US), though of course it will only be available in black for the time being.

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Get Android on your desktop with these steps

Get Android on your desktop with these steps

If you are a big Android fan and having the OS on your smartphone isn’t enough for you, you can get it on your netbook or desktop computer now. To get Android to run on your machine you need to follow a few steps.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1 gets augmented reality demo [Video]

Olympus PEN E-PL1 gets augmented reality demo [Video]

You might remember the augmented reality business cards we wrote about all the way back in July 2009; well, Olympus has taken the same idea and turned it into a pretty neat interactive demo for their PEN E-PL1 micro-four-thirds camera.  Using a paper cut-out of the E-PL1 and your computer's webcam, the demo can show a life-sized 3D representation of the camera with clickable features, working still and video capture, and instant upload of content you create to Facebook and YouTube.

Video demo after the cut

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MSI GT660R gaming notebook launches in US

MSI GT660R gaming notebook launches in US

MSI makes some very nice computers in all sorts of categories form netbooks to full gaming notebooks with high-end hardware. The latest high-end notebook from MSI is the new GT660R gaming notebook that is now available in the US.

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Dell offers power supply and BIOS updgrade to Studio XPS 1645 owners

Dell offers power supply and BIOS updgrade to Studio XPS 1645 owners

If you are one of the notebook users who purchased a Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook computer and had issues with throttling when running CPU intensive apps, a solution is finally here. Dell admitted back in February that there was an issue that caused throttling of the notebooks and affected performance depending on usage.

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LG Display can’t meet Apple demand yet may cut production

LG Display can’t meet Apple demand yet may cut production

When the demand for components like LCD screens that go in Apple products like the iPad is so high that Apple can’t build enough and the lack of LCD screens is the cause you would think that production of LCDs would increase. I mentioned last week that LG Display stated it would likely be 2011 before it could meet the demand for LCD screens from Apple and other makers.

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