Category Archives: COMPUTING

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

Toshiba adds NB520 and NB500 to its netbook family tree

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Toshiba NB500 & NB520 | US$tbc | www.toshiba.com

was it just me feeling that the netbook market has somewhat ‘tone-down’? perhaps it might be due to the overwhelming attention to tablet over the last few months – which has taken the spotlight away from the once darling of portable computing. in anyway, Toshiba has announces a duo of new netbook, the NB500 and NB520, to be available sometime first quarter of 2011. generally, both netbooks will spot a 10.1-inch LED-backlit TRUBRITE displays with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600, up to 250GB of hard drive storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and VGA webcam. connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports (why not 3.0?), Ethernet, as well as a 2-in-1 card reader. needless to say, one would be the entry-level netbook, while the other would be the ‘higher-end’ model.

other than the aforementioned similarities, processor, memory, battery life and connectivity will differ between the mini NB500 and mini NB520. the NB520 will be powered by Intel Atom N550 processor, gets up 2GB of DDR3 memory and features Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. while the NB500 will be powered by Intel Atom N455 processor and gets 1GB of DDR2 memory. additionally, the mini NB520 will get some sweet sound treatment in the form of embedded Harman/Kardon stereo speakers with 2 x 2 watts output and Dolby Advance Audio technology.

there’s no words on the pricing as yet but we expect some hints on the pricing in coming month. seriously, with all the rage for tablets in the market right now, i wonder if there’s a market for netbooks. somehow, consumers has turned their attention to tablet more and hence, any announcement of netbooks isn’t going to turn heads much. just some months ago, any casual conversation would involve notebooks in the topic. these days, its “have you seen that tablet?” – well mostly.

via ZDNET

Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad

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this is one iPad that you do not wish to have a case over it. seriously, with the iPad back etched with images from the video ‘Dominate Another Day’, you wouldn’t want to keep them hidden away. apparently, only selected list of people gets to receive this limited edition “Dominate Another Day” iPad. according to CNET, “Dominated Another Day” is a viral marketing campaign on YouTube promoting basketball legend Michael Jordan’s brand. Continue reading Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad

the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive

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fans of the 80s sci-fi movie ‘Back To The Future’ (Universal Pictures, 1985) will definitely go gaga over this piece of hard drive in DeLorean Time Machine guise. this 1:18 scale replica features working hood and gull wing doors and has every bits of detail you would expect from a proper DeLorean Time Machine including the Fusion reactor and the 1950s moon rims. Continue reading the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive

Japan to get Snoopy-themed Onkyo Windows-based Tablet

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(image credit: Onkyo Japan) Onkyo Snoopy-themed Tablet | ¥79,800 | www.jp.onkyo.com

Onkyo seeks to give its Onkyo tablet a boost with the Japan-only Snoopy-themed tablet. Snoopy or Peanuts fan can expect a Snoopy drawing (with his best friend, Woodstock) on the back of the tablet, a Snoopy stylus and a special “Peanuts” (the comic, not the nut…) case. also included with tablet are special screensavers, icons, wallpapers and a Snoopy calendar.

spotting a 10.1 inch LCD with 1024 x 600px resolution and running on Atom N450 1.66GHz processor, the tablet will have 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, two USB ports, SD/SDHC/MMC card reader and a built-in webcam. connectivity includes wireless 802.11b/g/n and bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

on the software front, it will be powered by Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. the Snoopy Onkyo Windows Tablet is open for pre-order now with an expected shipment in March 2011. do note that this is a limited edition Japan-only tablet, so Snoopy fans outside of Japan has to seek other means of acquiring it.

then again, being a Japan-only product, the language used will be in Japanese. that includes the documentations and the Operating System. unless you are able to read Japanese language, you can probably give it a pass.

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via CrunchGear

sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer

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(image credit: Razer) TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer | US$99.99 | www.razerzone.com

if you feel all grown up and the toy TRON Zero G Light Cycle isn’t your cup of tea then the TRON Gaming Mouse might be an alternative for fans of TRON. video games and other product movie tie-ins are not uncommon but not a common thing for gaming peripherals.

TRON Gaming Mouse features 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor and an ambidextrous design which is both left and right hand-friendly. of course, there’s the ‘compulsory’ iconic blue lights trickling all over the mouse. other features include light and sound effects at startup and shutdown, lighting alerts, seven Hyperesponse buttons, ultrapolling and the now-common-to-Razer braided USB cable. Continue reading sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer

why go for silver/grey MacBook Air when you can have one with colors?

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(image credit: ColorWare) ColorWare MacBook Air | US$1,870 | www.colorwarepc.com

if you already own a ton of recent Apple products, chances are you might be tired of the trademark silver/grey look. so before you lay your hand on a brand new MacBook Air, why not give it some colors of your choice? Ferrari Gloss Red MacBook Air? Cotton Candy Pink Apple logo? why not? Continue reading why go for silver/grey MacBook Air when you can have one with colors?

iOS 4.2 Software Update for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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(image credit: Apple) iOS 4.2 | US$free | www.apple.com

the wait is finally over. Apple has released the iOS 4.2 Software Update on the November 22nd. the OS finally sees its release after a short delay due to reported issue with WiFi on the iOS Software Update. prior to this, Apple has released the iOS 4.2 GM or the Gold Master edition which requires manual updating. no one will be more thrilled than iPad users. lets see a show of hands: which iPad users are not thrilled? please raise your hands…

iOS 4.2 brings features such as folders, multitasking, Game Center and unified inbox, features previously enjoyed by iPhone and iPod Touch users, to iPad. the iOS 4.2 Software Update also adds the much anticipated AirPrint and AirPlay to all compatible devices. well, maybe not as much anticipation for Air Play.

Air Print allows user to wirelessly print email, photos, web pages and documents directly from their iOS devices without the need for software download or drivers. Air Play lets user stream digital media wirelessly from their iOS devices to their AirPlay-enabled speakers. cool. finally i have some use for my AirPort Express, which has been lying around.

there’s another feature, dubbed “Find My iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch”, which enables users to locate their missing device and protect its data. Apple stated that this feature is “now free on any iPhone 4, iPad or fourth-generation iPod Touch running iOS 4.2.” this feature, once set-up, user can find their lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock and initiate a remote wipe to delete the data on the lost device. iPhone 4 was specifically singled out, therefore i suppose this feature won’t be available for 3G and 3GS users.

iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPhone 3G and above, second-generation to fourth-generation iPod Touch and of course, the iPad. as always, some of the features of iOS 4.2 may not be available to older generation devices. basic requirement for updating to iOS 4.2 is iTunes 10.1. i am super thrilled and i am making my updates as we speaks.

NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics card for Mac Pro later this month

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(photo credit: nvidia.com) NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Graphics Card | US$1,199.95 | www.nvidia.com

if you’re looking to give your Mac Pro a boost in the graphics department, here’s a piece of good news: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit with Fermi technology will be available for Mac Pro later this month.

the Quadro 4000 card features the 256 NVIDIA CUDA processing cores with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 3D stereo bracket. connectivity will be in the form of DisplayPort and a Dual Link DVI-I port.

for a grand price of US$1,199.95, graphic and video professionals on Mac Pro can stop envying their Windows counterpart. wow. if only i have a Mac Pro…

via ZDNET

purpose built LCD monitor for different Gaming Genre

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Mitsubishi Electric LCD Monitor | US$tbc | www.mitsubishielectric.com
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ghosting and blur images resulting in fast game play maybe a thing of the past. Mitsubishi Electric will be releasing a LCD monitor that is designed with gaming in mind. so how do they intend to do that? the trick is by controlling its LED backlight and the use of a double-speed interpolation technology at a frequency of 120Hz.

this 23-inch monitor will spot an IPS (in-plane switching) full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px) display designed for three genre of game modes, namely shooter/music games, role-playing games (RPG)/adventure games and sports/racing and action games. each genre or category has a different priority in terms of image quality improvement technologies. Continue reading purpose built LCD monitor for different Gaming Genre

start from young: PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop

PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop

(photo credit: peeweepc.com) PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop | US$549 | www.peeweepc.com

why settle for monochrome LCD screen toy laptop when you get a real one for your kids? adults won’t settle for less, why should kids? i wanted to say this for a long time: i wish those pretend-to-be toy laptop doesn’t even exist. seriously. luckily, we have the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop to keep the kids happy and actually learn something about computer.

granted it is an expensive gadget for kids as compared with cheaper “adult” notebooks in the market today but the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop is designed (or rather, conditioned) for kids. with its ruggedized outer casing which is drop-proof (tested with 50cm drop test) and spill-resistant keyboard, it will take just about any torment your kid can unleash on it.

there are real laptop for kids, and also touchscreen for kids (such as the upcoming Fisher-Price iXL) but the Pivot 2.0 is both. its a “dual mode” PC meaning its a resistive touchscreen tablet and a PC laptop in one package. powered by Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and Intel 945GSE Chipset, the PC also features 160GB 1.8″ PATA HDD, 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2GB), 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader, USB 2.0 ports, touch pad and a touch screen that’s capable of handwriting recognition.

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connectivity includes RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1/8″ external mic-in jack, 1/8″ external headphone jack, 15-pin VGA port, Bluetooth-ready, WI-FI 802.11 b/g/n and Kensington Lock ready. completing this full-feature tablet/laptop are rotatable screen 10.1 inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, integrated UMA Intel Graphics, integrated 2-channel audio with 1W speakers, a 1.3MP webcam and built-in accelerometer.

there’s no CD-ROM though, but you can always get an external CD-ROM drive to go with it if required. the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop comes preloaded with Windows XP Home, 15 games and 2 security apps. talk about starting from young.

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