Category Archives: COMPUTING

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

LaCie GALET is a luxurious-chic USB flash drive

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(image credit: LaCie) LaCie Christofle Galet USB Flash Drive | US$130.00 | www.lacie.com

LaCie is not stranger in combining tech with design. new from LaCie is this luxury USB flash drive designed in collaboration with Christofle. measuring 39-mm in diameter, this pebble-shaped USB flash drive is silver plated with Christofle’s more than 180-years of in-depth knowledge in silver-plating process. the 4 GB USB is equipped with speedy USB 3.0 technology, while still has backward compability with both USB 2.0 and 1.1. it even comes with a keychain strap, giving you an option to double-up the USB flash drive as a keychain. Continue reading LaCie GALET is a luxurious-chic USB flash drive

Moneual Lab desktop PC has a LCD fused to its chassis

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(image credit: Moneual Lab) Moneual Lab Dual Screen PC | approximately US$1,500.00 | www.moneual.com

there are gadgets out in the market that prompts us to ask “do we really need that?” the Moneual Lab Dual Screen PC or DSPC is probably one of those gadgets. the DSPC has something no other PC in the market has: a secondary LCD display fused to the front of the chassis. no details were given at this stage other than it will cost around $1,500 which is not exactly cheap. from the photos, it appears that the secondary screen is more for widgets display which reminisces the Dell XPS420’s mini display, albeit being much larger. do we really need another display? or do we really need a display that’s fused to the chassis for that matter? if i chose to place my PC on the floor, wouldn’t it render the secondary display useless?

practicality aside, the design is nevertheless, nice. i like the silver face with the easy access to the jacks, ports and of course, the slot-in drive. anyway, is it me or did anyone see a little elongation of the widgets in the photo?

via Oh Gizmo!

improved 2nd generation Microsoft Surface went on a diet

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(image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft Surface 2.0 | US$7,600.00 | www.microsoft.com/surface/

we all know there’s no way Microsoft was going let itself left out from the biggest electronics show on earth. in the the recent CES 2011, held in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled its next generation touchscreen table, simply known as Surface 2.0. the most notable features of the Surface 2.0 is its ability to scan documents that are placed on its surface and of course, a much sleeker, slimmer figure of about 10-cm of thickness (4-inches).

the touchscreen hardware is by the way of the Samsung SUR40 and needless to say, software is based on Windows 7. the built-in infrared sensors in the screen are capable of processing input from up to 52 touches simultaneously, allowing a whole bunch of people to poke on it at the same time. as with its predecessor, the Surface 2.0 is designed with businesses in mind but if you have a fetish for everything touchscreen, including your table, you probably can get it later this year via Samsung at a price of $7,600.

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are these leaked images of the rumored iPad 2?

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if you haven’t seen or heard, there were some ‘leaked images’ of the rumored iPad 2 circulating around the net. it appeared to be some ‘mockup’ images rather than real images but then again, mockup or real model it is sure looking good. the supposedly 2nd generation iPad will spot a flat back therefore, we users won’t have to suffer with wobbly wobble like the first generation iPad. we secretly wish the next iteration will have high-res IPS panel that will support full HD.

meanwhile, regardless of real of bluff, here are some images for your to savor.

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via M.I.C.Gadget

experimental Life Twitter automatically tweets your every move

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(image credit: Damian Koh/CNET Asia)

we all know social network is here to stay and how it has changed the way we socialized and share information with our family and friends. oddly, we have the fetish to share our thoughts over social network by the means of Facebook and Twitter, for examples. what if you can share what you are doing without even logging in and tweet about it? that is what researchers Kan Taiwei and Teng Chinhung from the National Taiwan University and Yuan Ze University, respectively, have in mind.

the idea is to have variety of sensors embedded in your mug, pillow, light switches et cetera and these sensors, detects what you do and sends your action to your computer via XBee, a wireless communication device, which would in turn tweet the corresponding action on Twitter. then again, why would i want everyone to know my every movement? i have never thought of that. did you? imagine the whole world knows that you had just hit the sack or just off the lights. it feel kind of strange and i would certainly feel ‘exposed’. anyway, would anyone want to know such trivia matters to begin with? perhaps, if you happened to have a stalker – then he or she would be delighted to know your every move.

in anyway, that’s just an experimental idea being showcased at the recent computer graphics and animation conference Siggraph Asia in Seoul, South Korea. concepts are just dreams, which might not even come true. just imagine the logistic requires to embed those sensors, besides, they have got to be small enough and yet capable of sending signal over WiFi. letting everyone knows, even the most trivia matters, might expose ourselves to identity theft and encourage people to monitor your every move (aka stalking), thus knowing your habits and routine. i am not quite sure if i want that. do you?

below is a comic-relief on our take of the experimental Life Twitter topic… enjoy!

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via CRAVE

Gresso gives the iPad African Blackwood and a 18K gold Apple logo

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(image credit: Gresso) iPad Gresso | US$tbc | www.gresso.com

millions of iPad are not the streets now, time to differentiate yours from the rest of the pack. Gresso, the maker of luxury mobile phone, announces the iPad Gresso, a designer modify iPad framed in the 200-year-old African Blackwood and topped up with a 18K gold Apple logo. how’s that for a luxurious iPad?

the dark nature of the African Blackwood with a subtle touch of 18K logo gives the iPad Gresso a luxurious, and yet classy feel as opposed to all-out diamond or gold item. it is said that the African Blackwood or Mpingo is the most valuable tree in the world, which hinted that this is not for common folks in terms of price.

iPad Gresso will go on sale on New Year’s eve, however there’s no words on the pricing.

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via Slash Gear

2010 Digital Life snazzy Dream PC cost $10,000

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if money is no object, this could be the PC you would build. the Dream PC is an annual project undertaken by Digital Life to build a, er… snazzy Dream personal computer that has the latest hardware in it. the result is this lean, mean Dream machine that packs a six-cores Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition cooled by a Corsair Hydro H70 closed-top water-cooling system.

there’s no point in trying to narrate the goodies packed into it because i am too overwhelmed by it that i am lost for words. lets settle for a run down what lurks within the mean Coolermaster HAF X tower casing:

Main board: Gigabit X58A-UD09
RAM: 3 x Geil Evo Two GET312GB2000C9TC DDR3 rated at 2,000MHz with heat sinks (total 12GB of RAM)
Hard Drives: Crucial Real SSD 256GB, OCZ Revodrive X2 240GB SSD, Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Optical: LG BH10 Blu-ray writer
Graphics: 3 x AMD Radeon HD6970 (from Sapphire, Gigabyte and AMD reference series)
Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200w
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Steel series 7G keyboard and G700 5700dpi mouse
Display: Dell U3011 30-inch LCD (IPS panel)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM)
Sound: Denon AVR-2311 AV amplifier and Jamo 102HCS6 home theater speakers

total cost: S$13,315 (approximately US$10,186).

one word: wow. life’s good when you have loads of money. unfortunately, the PC won’t last (i.e. not for sale, either). after it is built and showed off, it will be dismantled and all the parts return to their respective vendors. it is, after all, a test of what can be achieved when the best hardware comes together as one.

Digital Life is a regular supplement paper of the Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper. the weekly supplement gives reader insight to tech developments and news.

leaked iPad Mini surfaced in Taiwan – real or bluff?

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(credit: screenshot by mike taken from Jimmy Lin’s blog post) Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin holding up both iPad and the “iPad mini”

how real is this? by now this news must have spread like wild fire. Jimmy Lin, a Taiwanese pop star published on his blog, a picture of him holding up an iPad and what looks like a mini iPad. nothing much was said except for the headline “new toy iPad mini”. if it’s legit, we are curious how it get it. whatever it is, if it’s another ‘lost prototype’, then i guess he will be hearing from Steve Jobs real soon.

Steve are you reading this? is it true? if it is true, can you let us in on some sneak-peek already?

via Akihabara News

Thanko Warming Mouse keeps your hand warm while you work

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(image credit: GeekStuff4u) Thanko Warming Mouse | ¥2,900.00 | www.geekstuff4u.com

this winter, you don’t have suffer from cold hands while working on your computer. at least not if you’re using the Thanko Warming Mouse. well, you can choose to wear gloves while using your standard mouse but you won’t feel your mouse a bit. so i guess, a naked hand is still the way to go to handle a mouse.

basically, this is a real working computer mouse which warm your hands at the same time. connection to your comp is via an USB cable and user can choose between two warming modes. you expect up to 46 degrees of warming that will enable you continue working on your computer without having cold hands. though you will need to hold the mouse with both hands if you want to get both your hands warm. kind of awkward if you try to move the mouse with both hands.

the biggest orders of Microsoft Surface used in karaoke bar [videos]

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check this out. Microsoft Surface finally sees practical use in Hong Kong Red MR karaoke bar. Red MR has 80 units of the Microsoft Surface in 80 of its karaoke rooms and with plan to increase to 300 units in future. it should be the biggest order for the Microsoft Surface to date.

i guess Microsoft will be proud to know at least their Surface is seeing some real use in the commercial sector. though the order number of 80 is hardly considered ‘big’ in commercial sense, but still it is a start. we are more than excited to see things going towards the REAL future. well, we don’t need to detail further, check out the videos below and witness for yourself.

via M.I.C.Gadget