May 28, 2011

Digital Storm ODE gaming system Now Available

Gamers can be a fussy lot, as they tend to look outwards first if they are on a losing streak. Could it be the mouse? Perhaps the keyboard isn’t quite right, or the standard, age-old excuse of “My computer’s too slow to keep up with the action”. Well, Digital Storm wants to make sure that you no longer have any more excuses the next time you lose, at least not from the processing point of view with their first pre-built gaming system known as ODE.

Just what is the ODE? This will be very different from Digital Storm’s previous individually customized gaming rigs, as ODE will allow hardcore and interested PC gamers to acquire the best technology without having to select each individual component. Digital Storm will do this for you prior, having pre-selected and fully optimized all of the hardware within so that you get unparalleled performance per dollar.

With a liquid cooled 5.0GHz extreme overclocked Intel i7 2600K processor inside (you can pick up your jaws from the floor already), a dual SLI configuration that sports two NVIDIA GTX 570’s, and a super fast Intel solid state drive (SSD) will let the ODE deliver super fluid graphical performance that will certainly have you salivate all over, so make sure that there are tissues ready.

All ODE models will be constructed with the same boutique level quality and care, where this pre-built machine will be fully loaded with a perfectly balanced configuration, shipping in just 72 hours so that you can get your gaming fix ASAP. Since it is ready right out of the box, you need not worry about missing components or sub-par parts, everything has been done for you already, you just need to pony up the dough.

Digital Storm’s ODE gaming rigs will come in four different pre-set configurations, retailing for $1,499 onwards.

Ultra-Thin Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V Review

The slim and ultra-compact Sony Cyber-Shot TX100V is light weight and easily sips into the pocket.  It is more faster  and is the first sony camera to include an 3.5 inch OLED touch screen for more vibrant pictures, selection and viewing pictures. The 3D still image feature allows you to create a 3D effect by combining two or more images taken at the same location.

Features Sony Cyber-Shot TX100V:

•    16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
•    3.5 inch OLED touch screen
•    1080@60p HD video recording
•     GPS and compass
•    automatic panoramic shots
•    3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama
•    iSweep Panorama

The new backlight correction function automatically adjust the light according to the surrounding providing sufficient brightness and clarity of the picture. Using the background defocus you can highlight the foreground subject (object) and blurs the background.

Other functions that this cool Sony camera offers include Anti-blink, motion detection, face detection, smile shutter, superior auto mode, soft skin tone, high speed shooting and anti motion blue. It is shockproof if fallen from a height of 1.5 m and works fine underwater up to 5 meters. The model is bit expensive  pricing $380 then its counter parts but is worth.


HTC Trophy 7 Smartphone

The HTC Trophy 7 smartphone is arriving to US shores via Verizon Wireless. This new Windows 7 smartphone will particularly appeal to those who are Xbox Live gamers. The HTC Trophy 7 is one of those few existing devices currently that allows its users to play games with Xbox Live subscribers.

The HTC Trophy 7 is primarily being marketed as a gaming smartphone of sorts. The HTC Trophy 7 comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB ROM, 576MB RAM and an 8GB worth of internal phone storage. It also comes with a 3.8 inch touchscreen display, 5MP camera, 720p video recording capability as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The HTC Trophy 7 will be available at Verizon Wireless on May 26. It is expected to cost around US$149 with a service contract.


May 16, 2011

Apple iPhone 4 Portable Gaming Extension Concept

iPhone and iPod touch gaming could be a really big hit, but the most notable drawbacks on touchscreen gaming is the lack of physical d-pad like what to Sony PSP, Nintendo DSi and Sony Xperia Play boldly features. Ooh, until this concept could hit the market those who are thinking that  iPhone’s touchscreen seem like a miserable game playing experience will need to think twice.

Alan Li designed a Yanko Design entry to make those finger-tapping jerk happy with a concept of a portable extension accessory “that slides together both forming a protective case and turning the iPhone 4 into a portable gaming device. The sleek design upholds Apple’s aesthetic while adding a joypad, four-button game control, and external speakers.”

I just wish this concept could go on Kickstarter to be funded and be dropped on the market anytime soon. Ooh, and forget about Apple they don’t mind this kind of design.

Snap a rainbow with Olympus cameras

I have to admit it – Olympus won me over with from the start of its latest announcement when it said that it had brought out a purple camera. Now, I know I’m not supposed to be all girlie and be swayed by such trivialities, so let’s get back on track and take a look at the technical specifications.

The Olympus VR-310 also comes in red, black and silver and offers the benefits of a 10x super-wide optical zoom, which should enable you to take great group shots or snap distant objects in great detail. The 14mp snapper has seven creative Magic Filters and 720p HD Movie – all for the price of £130.

For another tenner, you could snap up the Olympus VR-320 (exclusive to Jessops) It has a 12.5x super wide optical zoom lens,14 Megapixels, HD movie, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment. This cute compact is available in black, red, silver and navy blue.

If you’re tough on your gadgets, you might want to spend a tad more and go for the Olympus TG-310, which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. Capable of shooting HD movies and 14 megapixel still photos with the dramatic realism of 3D, the camera has Eye-Fi card compatibility, which means you can automatically upload your pictures and movies wirelessly to your computer or website. The cameras can also be charged through USB. The Olympus TG-130 costs £160 and comes in blue, orange, red, white & silver.

Finally, if your budget can stretch considerably higher, the retro style of the Olympus E-PL2 may well appeal. This latest in the Olympus PEN series is lightweight and compact, and Olympus says you will get SLR-quality shots thanks to Live Guide, which teaches beginners step-by-step how to capture great images. Like an SLR, the camera features interchangeable lenses, plus there are six Art Filters (which can be layered) to add colour and drama. The cost of this flexibility? £529.99

Panasonic Hi-Fi HC15 Feature Review

A new Hi-Fi without an iPod dock? What were the engineers behind the Panasonic SC-HC15 thinking? That people could live with MP3 CDs and USB sticks filled with tunes as long as the system looks good enough? We tested that theory out.


First of all – it sounds good. Whatever voodoo that goes on in the name of the Aero Stream Port, it works well. You get a rich, robust bass from the 10W speakers when the volume is at normal levels – and it really pounds as your crank it higher.

The sound distorts a bit at very low-levels – although that can only be expected. You should probably stop worrying about your neighbours and crank it up, anyway.

It’s also pretty beautiful. It’s piano-black finish and slender design (just 69mm thick) make it an ideal shelf-sitter. The thin profile and sleek design mean that it’s really unobtrusive – unlike bigger CD systems.

The front even mechanically slides open in a very-futuristic-for-1990 kind of way. The display is equally bachelor-tastic – a white on black.


The device plays normal CDs, MP3 CDs and USB sticks – so it’s not totally old tech. We’re not entirely sure who still uses MP3 CDs, but it’ll be great for the less-tech savvy generation.

Plug an iPhone into the USB dock and it won’t work, however – a big disappointment for today’s Apple generation. We still can’t get past the question – who downloads music onto USB sticks to play? If you do, please write in. Our thoughts are that a dock with a built-in mini-jack cable would have been more useful.


The HC15 sounds good, and its bachelor-friendly 90′s design is still in style. Unfortunately, the technology also feels a bit 1990′s. This means that today’s tapping and sliding iOS generation may find it a bit retro, in the “oh wait, this Sega Megadrive isn’t very good anymore” kind of way. Tech-heads should move on.

If you’re looking for a device for a less tech-aware consumer, the Panasonic sounds good, and is so simple, elegant and small, it won’t look out of place anywhere.


Road Mate 9055-LM Navigation System

Magellan has launched its new road navigation system which is available in the market by the name of Road Mate 9055-LM.This latest model from the company comes in a sleek design and offers many features which make it a perfect guide during all your tours.

This device consists of a 7 inch display screen which is capable of offering a resolution count of WVGA type. This display screen can let users also use the QWERTY or the traditional keyboard as well. What’s special about it is the fact that it comes preloaded with many premium maps which are updated on a regular basis to give directions of regions like USA, Canada and Puerto Rico.

This navigation system is mainly useful for minivans, SUVs, RVs and trucks. It has been powered by a Samsung 2450 CPU and is capable of supporting a microSD card slot as well. The address book provided on it can help to store contact information and free lifetime Traffic is capable of providing real-time traffic related information.

NEC launches its latest tablet PC called VersaPro VT

A Japanese multinational company, NEC has unveiled its latest tablet PC by the name of VersaPro VT Tablet. This new device runs on the Windows 7 professional 32 bit operating system and has various other features which seem to be of decent quality. Even from the looks of it, one tends to find it pretty attractive.

The connectivity options offered by this device include Bluetooth, Wifi, USB port as well as HDMI port. There comes a 10.1 inch display screen which is obviously touch in nature and offers a resolution count of 1280×800 pixels. The processor which powers this tablet is a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor.
There comes a 2GB DDR3 RAM fitted in with VersaPro VT tablet along with a Intel GMA 600 graphics card. This new tablet is based on the OAK Trail platform and consists of a 64GB solid state drive fitted in with it. The battery which it is equipped with is removable in nature.


May 12, 2011

Google – working on a new Google TV?

Google TV didn’t achieve major success because Google had legal issues with broadcast services, but that might change soon because rumor has it that Google is working on a new version of Google TV. To make things even more interesting, Google might introduce new Google TV at this year’s Google I/O which will take place later this month.

Of course, the new Google TV will be faster than its predecessor because it will house a faster chip, and it will offer a new interface that should enhance user experiences. In addition, new Google TV will support Android Market, so you’ll be able to download apps for your Google TV as well. This means that we might get a chance to see Gmail, Google Talk, and Google Voice, along with other services on our TV screens.


Motion Computing's CL900 Tablet Now Available

It's been a while since we first laid eyes upon this rugged little guy, but Motion Computing's CL900 tablet is finally available for orders, starting at $899. Designed with enterprise markets in mind, the 2.1-pound Windows 7 slate runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Atom Z670 processor and rocks a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 multi-touch display that's shielded in Corning Gorilla Glass. Seated atop that display is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 3.0-megapixel sensor keeping watch over the backside. Boasting a thickness of 15.5mm, the device also offers up to 2GB of RAM (along with a 30GB or 62GB SSD), promises a battery life of up to eight hours and houses a USB port, SD card slot and Bluetooth 3.0 module. For now, the CL900 is only available at select retailers, though Motion is selling peripherals and accessories directly from its site. Check out the source links for more details.

LG Introduces the Optimus Black

LG was late entering the smartphone market with a competitive flagship handset, but it looks like the company is launching a winner with the Optimus Black.

The Optimus Black looks rather like much of its competition, combining the black-slab touchscreen design with a candybar form-factor. With this device, however, LG has some hidden features up its sleeve, which might give it a slight edge over the competition.

Its main selling point is its screen, which features a new technology called the Nova Display. LG’s NOVA technology is designed to give a consistently clear display, and it crucially uses significantly less power in everyday use to rival OLED panels. Furthermore, LG is boasting that it has the brightest screen ever on a smart, with 700 nit (compared to the iPhone 4′s 500 nit).

LG also managed to make the Optimus Black amusingly thin and light. It weighs in at 3.84 ounces (109 grams) and 0.36” (9.2mm) at its thickest, which really raises the bar, considering that it has a large 4″, 480×800 pixel display.
Internal specs for this device aren’t especially innovative, but they’re good enough to put the Optimus Black on par with other major Android models on the market. You’ll find it Android 2.2 out of the box, but LG is promising an early upgrade to Android 2.3 (Honeycomb).

It packs 2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, and a TI OMAP 1 GHz processor. There are two cameras: the rear 5MP camera with autofocus, and a 2MP front-facing camera for video chatting and self portraits.

One other novel feature is WiFi direct, which allows WiFi enabled devices to communicate with each other directly. This will make things like file transfers and printing much easier to do, so kudos to LG for adding some innovative software to the Optimus Black.

Microsoft Acquires VoIP Giant Skype

One of the worlds biggest companies, Microsoft, recently looked into purchasing the leading VoIP service, Skype, amongst others such as Google, Apple and Facebook. Very early on, $5.8 Billion was offered, and the results are somewhat surprising.

When offered the $5.8 Billion in April, Microsoft was one of the first to make an offer for acquisition of Skype, and there were doubts as to whether or not it would be outdone by other companies who have recently been dominating the market, such as Google, Apple, and even Amazon. In a conference call with reporters, Microsoft’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, said that Skype is something that Microsoft hopes will reach more people who take use of the variety of it’s products. This could mean possible integration into things like Xbox Live, as well as integration of Windows based phones.

Integrating with Windows phones would allow Microsoft to better compete with big shot companies Google and Apple and with their Google Voice and Facetime. For Xbox, this could mean possible improvements for Microsoft’s Kinect, improving the playability and responsiveness of the system. One only wonders if Skype chat and video chat will thus be integrated into Xbox Live, though currently MSN is integrated into it, yet it seems to have little success.

With the acquisition of Skype, Microsoft will again assert itself as one of the biggest giants in business. If it manages to do well with the new software, it could soar with new features for so many of it’s  new products. While PC/Mac users may not see much of a difference in it’s integration, this acquisition leaves the door wide open for possibilities for devices like Xbox, Windows Phones, and even possibly the Zune which has recently been seeing a decline in sales in the past few years. What happens with next with Microsoft is all only speculation, but it is certainly something very exciting to ponder.


May 7, 2011

Apple Update the iMac

Over the past few weeks, there's been some speculation about a new 2011 line of iMac's being launched by Apple. That speculation can now come to an end as Apple has indeed launched a new range of iMacs.

Just like the previous generation, there are four different models to choose from with two of them having 21.5 inch screens and two of them having larger 27 inch screens. Each has a faster CPU which is now quad-core for every model. Each has 3x faster graphics power and includes a HD camera to be used with FaceTime. The new Thunderbolt port is also included in the 2011 refresh.

The 2011 iMac range looks very similar to the 2010 models. The screens use an LED backlight and also show the same amount of pixels. The screens are also IPS allowing for a wider viewing angle.

The quad-core processors are said to be up to 70 percent faster than the previous generation of the iMac. The lowest processor is an Intel Core I5 that is included on the basic 21.5 inch model. On the 27 inch models, buyers get a Core i7 chip.

21.5 Inch iMac Specs

The smaller 21.5 inch iMacs come in two options. The first is priced at $1199 and the second at $1499. The differences that bring the price up are the processor which on the lower priced model is a 2.5GHz Core i5 with 6MB on-chip L3 cache. The higher priced model has a 2.7GHz i5 also with the same 6MB of cache.

Both 21.5 inch models come with 4GB of memory on 2x2GB running at 1333MHz (DDR3). Memory can be configured up to 16GB when ordered online.

For storage there's 500GB on the low end model and 1TB on the high end model. The bottom end model cannot be upgraded (or at least Apple doesn't list that possibility), while the upper end model can have up to 2TB of storage on hard drive, or 256GB on SSD if required.

The graphics on the 21.5 inch models are powered by AMD Radeon HD chips with the lower end having a 6750M processor with 512MB of GDDR5. The upper end model has a similar 6770M chip with the same amount of RAM.

If you want the option to upgrade more, go for the higher priced 21.5 inch model as you can change the storage as well as RAM.

27 Inch iMac Specs

The larger 27 inch models also come in two variations with the lower end costing $1699 and the upper end costing $1999 (both base models). On the lower end model you'll find a 2.7GHz Core i5 CPU with 6MB of cache. The upper model has a 3.1GHz Core i5 as standard.

Both models come with a 1TB harddrive as standard which can be upgraded on both models to 2TB or to 256GB SSD just like the upper 21.5 inch model.

The graphics chip on the lower end is the 6770M and on the upper end model, it's the 6970M along with 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

The upper end model is a little more configurable than the other 27 inch model in that you can opt for a faster 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 if desired. A faster graphics card can also be selected if needed with up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory.


RIM Launches Blackberry Style 9670 in India Market

The Canadian telecommunication and wireless device manufacturer Research In Motion has introduced its latest offering in smartphones, Blackberry Style 9670. Justifying its name, this clamshell from RIM looks very elegant, whether it is flipped up or down. Blackberry phones are known for their ergonomic QWERTY keypads, and Style 9670 is no exception. In spite of being a clamshell phone it features a full WERTY keypad which will be liked by those who write lots of long emails but want a clamshell phone.

Features and specs of Blackberry Style 9670:

    * Dual display
          o External display: 2-inch 240×320 TFT LCD
          o Internal display: 2.7-inch 360×400 TFT LCD
    * Operating System: Blackberry 6
    * Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G support
    * 5MP camera with auto-focus, IS, flash, and 640×480 video recording
    * 3.5mm headset jack
    * 512MB internal memory
    * Supports up to 32GB microSD card with 8GB card included
    * 1150mAh battery
    * Full QWERTY
    * Trackpad
    * Backlit keyboard

Blackberry Style 9670 Price in India

RIM has launched Blackberry Style 9670 as a CDMA-only phone. It is available with either of the three networks viz., Reliance (India), Tata DoCoMo, and Tata Indicom. RIM has priced Style 9670 at Rs. 24,999. 

May 5, 2011

LG Blade P430 Laptop Now Available

Laptops are getting thinner and lighter without having to change their size in terms of viewing displays. This may be an appropriate route for laptops to go since they need to compete in a market now shared with those for tablets and netbooks. And with manufacturers like LG of Korea, laptops get even thinner and lighter with its new Blade P430 laptop.

The new LG Blade P430 Laptop is an ultra-thin notebook that has a depth of 23.8mm and only weighs 1.94kg. It is significantly lighter than the conventional notebooks with 13 inch display screens. This makes the notebook quite handy to bring along and comfortable enough to carry around.

Despite its slimmer profile the LG Blade P430 Laptop features a second generation Intel Core i7 processor. It also comes with a NVIDIA Graphics GeForceGT 520M with 1GB DDR3 RAM. Additionally, the notebook comes with a maximum of 8GB memory, a 1.3 HD webcam, up to 750GB 2.5 SATA HDD, DVD optical drive as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The new LG Blade P430 Laptop is expected to be available in the market by the end of May. Pricing for this new ultra thin notebook has not yet been provided.

May 4, 2011

Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Ink Jet Printer Launch

Epson has recently come out with a printer which takes creativity to another new level and this printer is called as Epson Stylus photo R2000 Ink Jet and offers promising quality features along with producing prints of super fine quality.

This is a 13 inch wide device which can be used to deliver remarkable performance by using the high capacity cartridges. The special feature associated with Photo R2000 is the fact that it comes with networking and wireless connectivity ability as well as flexible media handling. This printer can produce prints of highly glossy nature which becomes possible through Epson Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink.

The additional features offered by this latest device include Hi-Speed USB 2.0, wireless 802.11 n and also 100Mbit Ethernet support which are the various connectivity specifications that can be used. One can achieve smoother color transitions and also extraordinary highlight and shadow details which is possible through the AccuPhoto HG imaging technology.

Samsung F480 Tocco VS Samsung M8800 Pixon

Samsung F480 Tocco VS Samsung M8800 Pixon is taken into application just to accomplish out the similarities and the differences amid both the gadgets, which will added advice you to accomplish out which of the two Samsung handsets is appropriate by you. The Samsung F480 Tocco comes with a dimensional abstracts of 98.4 x 55 x 11.6 mm admitting the Samsung M8800 Pixon comes with dimensional abstracts of 107.9 x 54.6 x 13.8 mm. Also, area the above has a weight of 100.6 gm, the closing has weight of 121 gm.

Where the M8800 Pixon has a TFT arresting touchscreen of 3.2 inches creating a affectation application 256K colours, the F480 Tocco has a abate TFT capacitive touchscreen of 2.8 inches creating a affectation application 256K colours. Also, the Pixon has an accelerometer sensor which is not there in the added handset.

An centralized anamnesis of 200 MB is accessible in the Samsung M8800 Pixon and the aforementioned is of 232 MB in the Samsung F480 Tocco. Also, they alter with account to their abundant anamnesis capacity. Area the Pixon can be broadcast upto 16 GB through a microSD card, the added one can be broadcast upto 8 GB through the aforementioned means.

Class 10 GPRS and Class 10 EDGE are accurate in the M8800 while the added handset has the abutment of Class 12 GPRS and Class 12 EDGE. For the manual of the letters and added stuffs both the accessories accept the USB as able-bodied as the Bluetooth. With the advice of these appearance present, both the accessories can be abundant with the stuffs present in them.

ORIGIN EON17-S with Intel Core i7 overclocked to 4.5 GHz

Gaming laptops were out of favor recently regarding to Intel Sandy Bridge mainstream machines from all vendors taking up all the attention. We had enough of them by now and luckily ORIGIN has just finished overclocking 2nd generation Intel Extreme Edition Core i7 so that you could configure your ORIGIN EON17-S with a 4.0 GHz to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost processor. This is in EON17-S’ top configuration and the company also provides you with a fistful of processing units, graphics cards, storage modules, etc. to choose from.

We have played with an online configurator a bit to figure out that a compromising rig with above mentioned quad-core Intel Extreme Edition Core i7-2920XM and a top NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M with 2 GB GDDR5 frame plus 16 GB DDR3 dual-channel SDRAM @ 1 600 MHz, a hybrid 240 GB SSD / 750 GB HDD @ 7 200 rpm storage and a standard 17.3-inch 1 920 × 1 080 Full HD LED display subtotals under $4 500.

A maxed out ORIGIN EON17-S goes way past $10 000 mainly due to 32 GB RAM and 2 × 512 GB SSDs.

Oh, by the way, even an 8-cell detachable battery which comes as standard won’t last two hours and it weighs 8.6 lbs. So there might be not as much gaming on the go as you would expect. Shipments start in mid May.


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