Archive for Oct 31, 2007

Archos 605 WiFi reviewed: ousts iPod Touch

Over at ArsGeek there’s some serious canoodling going on: they’ve got their hands on Archos’ 605 WiFi PMP and fallen in love with the 30GB music, video and picture device.  I’m not all that surprised, really; from when we saw the PMP at IFA 2007 it’s been the ominous, hardball player on the media horizon. 



Verizon Voyager spec sheet leaked

The Christmas season looks set to be a hot one, with Apple’s iPhone coming under attack from the Samsung F700 (our review of which is coming very soon) and Verizon’s Voyager.  Both touchscreen cellphones, one a slider and the other a clamshell; we showed you preview footage of the Voyager from the carrier’s booth at CTIA but until now we’ve only had relatively scant details of the phone’s capabilities.  Well that’s all changed, after a leaked data sheet has flaunted the Voyager’s innards across the internet.



ASUS Eee PC for sale

Sure enough, it’s finally for sale here in the US. The flagship 4GB model with half a gig of RAM, a 900MHz processor, and b/g wifi will run you $400. Honestly, that’s pretty much a jack, I mean Wal-Mart right now is selling a laptop with a 1.5GHz processor, half a gig of RAM, 60GB of hard drive space, and a 15.4” screen tack on a DVD burner, the same wifi as the Eee, and Vista Home and that makes the Wal-Mart PC not only a better performer, but $2 cheaper.

Sure, if it was really rugged, or if it looked really cool, it might be worth it. But anyone looking at a photo set of the laptop can see its fairly ugly, and there have been reports of this thing feeling a little like a milk jug running computer hardware. So why all the hubbub for an overpriced hunk of junk?


Wayfinder digital compass

Sure, you could buy one of these and pretend like you know something about following directions and using a compass, or you could just quit playing macho and go buy something with GPS and a touchscreen. No seriously, how many of you out there actually know what a compass is let alone how to use one?

I learned, thanks to the BSA, I am pretty sure it’s a requirement along the way to getting your Eagle Scout, but after I learned how to use a map and compass and other markers to find my way if I ever got lost, I started realizing how few other people know how to. With this day and age of everything even my iPod Touch (thanks to some hacking) having maps, and more devices every day, including my Helio, having GPS, its only gotten worse.


Kodak EasyShare V1253

This camera is pretty amazing for a point and shoot, it cranks out 12 megapixels, that’s pretty good even by DSLR standards. But there aren’t interchangeable lenses, and this thing only has a 3x optical zoom, all that hype for such a let down.

Sure you can record video in 720p and take 12MP stills, but in order to view them on your TV you either have to offload them to an HD optical format for viewing on an HD optical disc player, or you have to buy one of their docks. There is also a 3.1-inch LCD on the back, with reportedly easy to navigate features and menus.


Linksys WRT600N

Oh, all this WiFi N business makes me chuckle, they don’t even have a set standard, its still in draft stages, and they have been selling the hardware for like a year or something like that, so dumb. Anyways, Linksys is bringing you the latest from Draft 2.0.

It uses a Broadcom chipset for dual-band 802.11n goodness and even had gigabit Ethernet ports. You can even hook up an external USB drive and make it into and NAS as well.


Gun camera tests

No, it’s not a camera that shoots bullets or a gun that shoots cameras, it’s a camera that mounts onto a gun that the Orange County Sheriff’s department is getting to test. Albeit no the most pleasing task carrying around a gun that will record every shot you make, it could expose how poor your accuracy is, or worse yet show the real serial killer you are.

I honestly don’t know what the purpose of this tech is on a day to day basis, unless they want to drive an office mad by making them watch their recent shooting victim slowly have the life leave their body. Other than that it will make YouTube a lot more interesting.


Killer Notebooks Uchigatana packs desktop power

Not like say a Toshiba packs desktop power with comparable speeds, memory capacities and all that. This thing packs desktop power as in there is an LGA 775 socket with a desktop Intel processor inside the case of this laptop.

This isn’t the first laptop on the block to give this ago, I have a Gateway that I hate with a passion because it has a desktop processor in it and overheated constantly and kept battery life at a mere half hour, maybe more if I was lucky. Apparently the battery issues with this laptop are pretty much the same, and they even had to beef up the power adapter to make it run, but they seem to have a pretty good solution for the cooling.


Ion Audio LP-to-Audio converter

Do you have an iPod? Do you have a large collection of vinyl? Do you have a strong desire to combine the two by making your iPod play records? Too bad, but you can easily rip your vinyl tracks to your iPod for easy listening.

The only issue would come when you tried skipping tracks. With this latest turntable you can connect it to your PC and rip the records to it, thus allowing you to edit out all the hisses, pops, scratches, and making it possible to divide it up into separate tracks.


Western Digital ships 320GB notebook hard drives

Western Digital ships 320GB notebook hard drives

Western Digital starting to ship its new Scorpio 320GB 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive (WD3200BEVT). I use the 250GB version on my own laptop and have been quite happy with its performance despite the 5400RPM rotation speed.

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“Unbreakable” copy brotection broken, Transformers widely downloaded

I would hate to be someone that worked to create new forms of copy protection for digital media. First, I don’t like copy protection, as I strongly believe I should be allowed to do whatever I choose with my media. Secondly, it would really suck watching all of my hard work undone in a few days or weeks. A fine example would be the recent release of Transformers.


Rock Band demo showing up at local Best Buy stores

I found myself wandering into my local Best Buy in search of a a cable that I seem to have misplaced at some point. As I made my way back to the computer section I was greeted by the unmistakable sound of clicking drumsticks. If you’ve ever played the drums, you really can’t miss it. Hearing that sound coming from the game section could only mean one thing: Rock Band.


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