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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 41 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 41 2009

After spending most of Friday curled in a ball twitching and drooling after losing power and Internet access for almost 12 hours, I am glad to be back online and in the 21st century again. Just in time to hunker down and dose myself with a nice helping of week in review for your perusal. Chris reviewed the GSM Palm Pre and found the camera wasn't as good as some of its peers but found plenty to like in the end. The webOS operating system stands apart from rival OS'. Buffalo announced the HD-HU3 USB 3.0 drive and controller that will be shipping in Japan this month. The drive isn’t even that expensive; I hope it comes to America too.

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WD TV Mini Media Player offers cheap big-screen playback

WD TV Mini Media Player offers cheap big-screen playback

Western Digital have announced their newest compact media player, the WD TV Mini Media Player, which replaces last year's unit with the same name.  A palm-sized box with 1080i HD resolution support and the ability to play content both from an attached USB hard-drive including RealNetworks' RealVideo support, the WD TV Mini offers image, audio and video playback complete with a remote control.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB is largest 2.5″ HDD around

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB is largest 2.5″ HDD around

We're used to laptops lagging behind their desktop counterparts when it comes to storage - after all, there's only so much you can fit into a 2.5-inch drive casing - but Western Digital are delivering a much-needed capacity kick with the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB.  Billed as the industry's first 1TB mobile hard-drive, the Scorpio Blue 1TB - and its 750GB companion - support the 3Gbps SATA interface. 

They're also some of the quietest 2.5-inch drives on the market, according to Western Digital anyway.  The company has used its WhisperDrive technology with clever seek-algorithms to reduce unnecessary spinning.  They also have ShockGuard and SecurePark, which protect against bumps and jolts, together with ensuring long-term reliability. 

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