Category Archives: COMPUTING

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

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.

PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop
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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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the fastest key money can buy: LaCie FastKey USB3.0 SSD

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(photo credit: lacie.com) LaCie FastKey | from US$149.99 | www.lacie.com

don’t have a fast car? fret not. you can have the fastest key. it looks like LaCie is moving pretty quick with the implementation of the SuperSpeed USB on its line of portable storage. the latest to join the rank is the LaCie FastKey. the FastKey boost a lightning-fast speed of up to 260MB/s* and uses a Solid Sate Drive (SSD) with DRAM cache for storage clad in a stylish and sturdy metal casing. Continue reading the fastest key money can buy: LaCie FastKey USB3.0 SSD

the future of computer: Xi3 Modular Computer

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Xi3 Modular Computer | from US$849 | www.xi3.org

just when we thought computer couldn’t go any smaller, Xi3 unveiled a small cube-like computer, dubbed the Xi3 Modular Computer. measuring less than 4-inches (101.6mm) per side, the Xi3 base model is being powered by AMD Athlon Dual Core 3400E 22W processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM and comes with a 8GB SSD flash drive.

in order to keep the size to the minimum, the classic motherboard is separated into three boards. the first board house the processors and RAM, and the other two are the I/O boards, handling all connectivity and input/output requirements. the Xi3 is designed in a way that the boards can be quickly removed, modified and/or replaced.

accordingly to Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation, the concept behind the Xi3 is the “believe that computers should be upgradeable and up-dateable over and over and over again” and the Xi3 is “potentially the last computer you ever need to buy.”

the Xi3 is suited for both office and home use and with the sleek aluminum casing of Xi3 serving as a heat sink for the computer. together with the aluminum casing, a flow-through design and the placement of the processors play a part in “mitigating and dissipate heat blooms inside the enclosure itself.”

aside from being petite in size, less than 20 watts is required to power the Xi3. the Xi3 is available in limited quantities today for evaluation and proofs-of-concepts purposes. the standard model comes in gray but for an additional US$15 to US$30, you can choose from nine other different colors. the Xi3 will be slated for the mass market in early 2011.

personally, i thought this is one computer that i wouldn’t want to miss. frankly, i am rather tired of conventional computer with bulky casing. the Xi3 could means an awesome space-saving solution for our work desk and aesthetically pleasing too. place this on your work desk and people will be asking ‘wooo…. hey what’s that?’

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sleek lines of the Xi3 modular computer
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this is how small the Xi3 is
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the different color options, including a chrome version
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the Xi3 optional mounting accessories
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yet another Android Tablet – NEC LifeTouch Tablet Terminal

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(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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