Category Archives: COMPUTING

Anything to do with computing, be it mobile or desktop and encompasses area such as peripherals, tablets, desktop PC and similar.

yet another Android Tablet – NEC LifeTouch Tablet Terminal

NEC LifeTouch Tablet Terminal
(photo credit: nec.co.jp) NEC LifeTouch Tablet | US$tbc | www.nec.co.jp

questions: which product is flocking the market besides iPad cases/sleeves? answer: Android-based tablet, or simply put ‘tablet’ in general. after iPad, manufacturers are feeling more comfortable in rolling out tablets to the mass market. this can be witness by the introduction of Blackberry Playbook, the Galaxy Tab, AlessiTab and more recently, the Creative Tablet.

NEC is no exception and it announced its Android-based tablet, dubbed the “LifeTouch” tablet terminal on the 10th this month. according to NEC, it will be a “new cloud communicator”, “in support of corporate client services through cloud computing“.

the LifeTouch will spot a 7-inch LCD with Android operation system and reportedly to be of “thin design”, weighing at approximately 370 grams. other than these, nothing much is known about this “cloud communicator” which will start shipping at the end of the month in Japan. strangely, not much info is available at this point despite the availability date is just round the corner.

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read press release.

Creative new tablets and media player running on Android announced

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Creative ZiiO Pure (from S$359) | Creative ZEN Touch 2 (from S$279) | www.creative.com

its been quite a while since we last heard from Creative. just yesterday, Creative surprises us with the introduction of a pair of tablet dubbed the ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet and a new portable media player, the Zen Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device. both of these will run on Android 2.1.

ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet
the tablet is available in 7-inch and 10-inch screen size with screen resolutions of 800 x 480 px and 1024 x 600 px respectively. both screen sizes will be available in 8GB and 16GB capacities. that’s kind of limited storage space for a tablet. to compensate for the limited storage, there’s a SD expansion slot that support up to 32GB.

the touchscreen is of 262k color TFT, resistive touch and powering the ZiiO is the ZiiLABS ZMS-08 processor. perhaps the main (and only) selling point for the ZiiO is the Creative’s X-Fi technology. since it’s an Android tablet, emails, surfing of web will be part of it’s basic functionality and interestingly, users can download “exciting content ranging from fun apps and games to eBooks” from the Creative ZiiStore. with that statement, i supposed Creative will be opening their own online apps store as well? i can’t help but to wonder how many apps and developers Creative will be able to garner.

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Creative ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 7inch - looking suspiciously like the Kindle without the keyboard

other features include front-facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g, HDMI out, accelerometer, 3.5mm stereo jack and mini-USB. supported audio formats include MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV and Audible Format. as for video, it will support H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MJPEG, MOV, AVI and MKV. according to Creative’s website, requirements for this tablet are Microsoft Windows (XP SP2/64bit, Vista or 7) and USB ports. no mention of Mac, so i guess Apple users will be left out in the cold.

besides the obvious screen size difference between the 7-inch and 10-inch models, the 7-inch utilizes microSD expansion slot supporting up to 32GB, instead of the standard SD size.

ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device
the ZEN Touch 2 comes in 2 version: one with GPS and one without GPS. this 3.2″ screen size media player has a resistive touch 262k color TFT touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 px. both version is available in either 8GB or 16GB storage capacity which pretty small for a media player these days. to compensate for the lack of storage, both models has an microSD expansion slot supporting up to 32GB.

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like the Apple iPod Touch, the ZEN Touch 2 allows user to surf the Internet using WiFi and play games which can be downloaded from the Android market. some of the goodies are 2MP rear-facing camera, bluetooth 2.1 EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, accelerometer, video out via composite cable (sold separately).

both model touted a 25 hours of continuous playback for audio and 5 hours for video playback. the ZEN Touch 2 runs on Android 2.1. physically, both model does not exhibit any difference, but with the GPS model, it comes with FM radio, GPS (of course) and E-compass.

hmmm, why does it sound so suspiciously Apple iPod Touch alike?

the ZiiO Pure and ZEN Touch 2 will be available via Creative online store from end-December and at the retail stores from January 2011.

WD My Passport Essential & My Book Essential with SuperSpeed USB

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My Passport Essential (US$99.99) | My Book Essential (from US$129.99) | www.wdc.com

Western Digital has rolled it’s new generation My Passport Essential and My Book Essential supporting the SuperSpeed USB 3.0. aesthetically, the drives are still pretty much the same as the USB 2.0 counterpart. if speed is what you are up for, these are the drives to watch out. Continue reading WD My Passport Essential & My Book Essential with SuperSpeed USB

techART. back-up 2 infinity

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(doodled by mike.)
i had a scare of my life when i, momentarily, failed to read from my Network Attached Storage (NAS). this incident prompted me with this question: do i need to back-up my back-ups as well? if so, is there an end to it (the back-up)? really, reliability is the issue here. how much can we trust the product that we bought to back-up our data?

i had a nasty experienced with a desktop hard drive a couple of years ago. i had tons of data in it and one fine day (in fact, just a few days after the purchase), it just quit on me. i brought it to the service center and all i got was a one-to-one exchange with no effort to retrieve my data. as a result, i lost many design stuff that i have done. do i really have to back-up my external storage as well? hence, it could be a case of ‘back-up to infinity’. what’s your thought?

go green with Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 | US$79.99 | www.logitech.com

the frustration of replacing wireless keyboard batteries might just be things of the past. in comes the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, which is solar-powered, of course. it’s wafer-thin… almost, measuring just 1/3 of an inch.

this keyboard charges itself whenever there’s natural or artificial light and it will stay charged for three months in total darkness – just in case you decided to be in the darkness for 3 months. so it could be ideal for North Pole, maybe? there’s even a Logitech Solar App to assist you in monitoring the power you have (the keyboard, not you) and check-in to how much power you’re getting from your desk lamp.

the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is not available immediately, but it’s available for pre-order now. wanna go green? grab this then.

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
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1/3 of an inch thin... can you get any thinner than this?
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Power button...
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Logitech-only concave key cap design
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the go-between: Freecom Hard Drive Dock

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(photo source: freecom.com) Freecom Hard Drive Dock | US$33.90 | www.freecom.com

this product is not the newest new product but i find that it is really useful and an useful product deserved mentioning again. what happen if you need some info on an old HDD that isn’t installed on a PC? (personal experience, unfortunately) previously, you would have to reinstall it into a PC or get yourself an external hard drive enclosure. i have a few old hard drives lying around and the Freecom Hard Drive Dock could definitely be in action to retrieve data that i have in those hard drives.

the Hard Drive Dock accepts both 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA internal hard drives and the dock itself comes with both USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity. there’s no cooling fan with this dock, thus operation is quite. i guess you don’t need any cooling when you drive is naked. docking the internal SATA hard drives to the dock enable you to quickly retrieve of data, formatting the drive et cetera, without installing the drive back to the PC. why didn’t anybody came up with this earlier?

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world’s smallest USB 3.0 desktop & portable hard drives – LaCie Minimus and Rikiki

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LaCie Rikiki & Minimus USB 3.0 | from US$94.99 & US$129.99 | www.lacie.com

LaCie introduced a new version of the Rikiki portable hard drive with USB 3.0 interface. clad in tough aluminum casing, it has a minimalist feel to it. with the USB3.0 interface, it is capable of supporting up to 5Gb/s of transfer speed. Rikiki comes in at 500GB and 1TB capacity. no worry if you don’t have USB3.0 on your computer, it is backward compatible with USB2.0 too. Continue reading world’s smallest USB 3.0 desktop & portable hard drives – LaCie Minimus and Rikiki

Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac

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just spent more than hour viewing the keynote on the Apple Special Event named “Back to the Mac”. a few things were announced, including the ‘sneak peek’ of the 8th major Mac OS X release, Lion. the event kicked off with intro by Jobs, with Tim Cook giving the audience a run down of the current state of the Mac. i’m sure we have heard those many times over over the couple of weeks, so i won’t go into that. besides, we are more interested in what Steve wanted us to know. yes? Continue reading Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac

brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops

over the years, tech companies must have found out the close relation between super car lovers and gadget lovers. hence the birth of the collaboration between consumer gadgets and super car branding. not that the consumer gadgets will get any insane horsepower or ultra streamline aerodynamics profile, and no i’m very sure the gadgets didn’t turn up in a wind-tunnel test. let’s have a look a few of those collaborations, although some of the products may have already been released for a few months now. featured here are just a few recent collaborations, not mentioning attempts by Koenigsegg Supercar or Ego with their Bently branded, odd looking laptops. Continue reading brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops