Portable TV tuners have reached such a low price point that one of the only ways for profit-seeking manufacturers to turn is HDTV; for the entertainment-seeking road warrior, that means a new generation of portable television that promises super-high resolution. However, with even standard definition tuners sometimes suffering from poor quality except when used with a fixed aerial, the difficulty is not in building the USB dongle itself but an antenna capable of receiving a strong enough signal. TabletPCReview picked up Plextor's PX-HDTV500U to see if it could manage.
I found a list of the top 8 most complex watches in the world the other day. I am a pretty big fan of good watches, chances are I am not talking about that one your aunt got you last Christmas, and if I am, is anyone in your family adopting 21 year olds?
The one at the top of the list is made by a company called HD3 Complication. It’s called the Vulcania. It was designed with Jules Verne in mind, and with a bi axial tourbillion. I am not entirely sure what that is, but it’s in several of these watches. Anyways, the best part about this watch is that it costs 166,500 pounds, which means you can double that number to get an estimate of price in USD.
I know there have been days where I feel like not moving, usually I just scream from bed at my girlfriend, but now there is a solution for people like me. And that solution is the Hubo-FX-1, a wheel chair with legs! Imagine walking over 6 feet tall while in a sitting position towering over your coworkers and classmates.
If you normally get rid of your discs via a shredder, then you may not be aware that the leftover plastic shards can give off a chemical from the disc coating that is harmful to the environment. Well, either you didn’t know, or you simply don’t care. I’m sure for those of us that shred discs once in a blue moon, the effect is not so critical. But for industries with lots of confidential information stored on discs that must be destroyed, the eco-friendly Plextor PlexEraser PX-OE100E standalone drive will do the job leaving them ready to be recycled without any data being recoverable. Works with eight types of disc formats in both 12cm and 8cm sizes. Priced at $249.
Plextor PlexEraser Destroys Discs So You Don’t Have To [Via: CrunchGear]
With all this noise about Sony getting their own Blu-ray DVD drives ready for the masses, it's easy to overlook the other Blu-ray options available. Plextor has announced their first Blu-ray burner, the PX-B900A, an internal ATAPI drive for normal PCs. While no price has been announced yet (though it should come in lower than the price for a comparable Sony drive), the unit will be able to write to BD-R and BD-RE discs at 2x while also supporting DVD-RAM, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RWs. And for all you computer lovers, the drive comes in both black and white to match whatever fits your style. Look for the new drive to hit shelves this fall.
Plextor readies Blu-ray recorder [Reg Hardware]
A senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to climb into the stratosphere underneath a helium balloon, then cut his connection with a well-placed explosive charge and began a descent which saw him pass 800 mph and require him to deploy his main parachute in less than five minutes.
A "virtual telescope" which owes its precision not to complex, high-strength optics but to precisely flying a pair of satellites in tandem and combining the data from each could help the hunt for Earth-like planets in the galaxy and even picture the event horizon of a black hole, NASA scientists suggest. Although space telescopes like Hubble have been operating for several decades, the new virtual telescope project will take a distinctively different approach, initially using two CubeSats - tiny satellites far cheaper and easier to launch, thanks to their compact and standardized design - that would each contribute a part of the overall vision process.