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Cool 15.6-inch LCD is powered by a USB port

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 7:06 pm

LCDs that get connectivity for video and power from a single USB port aren't new. They have been around for a while now and are often used by folks with notebooks and netbooks to get a larger screen in the office and on the go. The thing that most of the users USB-powered screens have in common is that they tend to be small with screens 10-inches and under in size.

 

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A new LCD has surfaced from a Japanese company called Green House dubbed the GH-USD16K that has a very large 15.6-inch screen. It's not that a 15.6-inch LCD is big by any means, but when you consider that the LCD gets all the power it needs to operate and the connectivity for video from a single USB port the screen is huge.

 

The power sipping nature of the screen is what allows it to operate on a USB port. The screen needs only 5W to operate and you can hook as many as six of the screens to one computer. The resolution is 1366 x 768 and it has a 400:1 contrast ratio. The screen has a brightness rating of 220cd/m2 and has a Japanese price that works out to about $215 in the US. There is no word on availability outside if Japan.

Is the Nintendo 3DS making users sick?

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 6:02 pm

When it comes to 3D movies and content some people just can't stand the stuff. This isn't always just because they aren't fans of 3D; some people really can't watch 3D content without getting sick. I know a few people who never see 3D films because they get dizzy and feel bad. Reports are coming in that Nintendo held a showcase for the new 3DS console in Japan recently and journalists covering the show claim that some people got ill from playing the 3DS.

 

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One of the publications is called Friday and is described by Kotaku as a tabloid. According to the author of the story in the Friday publication, several people using the 3DS at the show complained of feeling ill. In fact, the author of the story in the tabloid said he felt "seasick." Friday wasn't the only publication on hand that noted some folks felt sick.

 

Nikkei was there and did a video interview with one user who complained that after a minute of play, his eyes felt "tired", but he noted he could "bear it" and kept playing. I would say that 3D on the 3DS will be no different than 3D on other mediums and will cause some folks discomfort.

Epson announces new G6000 series projectors

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 5:22 pm

Epson has announced a new line of projectors that will slot into its range of education offerings that have some nice new features. The projectors should be perfectly acceptable for other uses in the home and office too. The new line includes the D6150, G6155W, and the D6250. The three projectors have many common features like a filter life of 10,000 hours and a lamp life of 5,000 hours.

 

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The D6150 has 3500 lumens of color and white light output and XGA resolution. The D6155W has the same 3500 lumens of light output and has WXGA resolution. The D6250 bumps the brightness up to 4,000 lumens and has a XGA resolution. The projectors have the same connectivity with HDMI, USB plug and play, sound and mouse support over one cable, and the ability to give presentations directly from USB drives.

 

The projectors also have integrated Ethernet connectivity and can be fitted with an optional WiFi adapter for wireless networking. Side-by-side screen tech is built-in and the projectors have lots of adjustability for screen settings. Lenses used on the projectors have 1.6x optical zoom and the projectors use 3LCD tech for image quality. The 6150 will sell for $1649, the 6155W sells for $1799, and the D6250 sells for $1799 with all three shipping in April.

Silver Bullet flash drive from AMP won't get you drunk

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 4:16 pm

Flash drives are one of those things that are so common today that most of us have a bunch of them lying around that we use when needed. There are a lot of folks out there that like to collect flash drives, especially of the novelty variety that Active Media Products is famous for. The company has unveiled a new larger-than-life .22 caliber silver bullet flash drive.

 

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The drive looks like a .22 bullet with a silver colored case. The flash drive is much larger than a tiny .22 though with dimensions of 2.6" x 0.6". Like all flash drives, most computers won't need drivers to use the storage device. It will work on USB 2.1 and 1.1 ports on Mac and PC computers.

 

The drive is plug-and-play capable and has a metal case that is rugged and shock resistant. The case also has a rubber seal that keeps water from getting to the storage media inside the bullet case. You can order the Silver Bullet USB Drive on Amazon right now with a 4GB version for $13.95 and an 8GB version for $20.95.

Download of the Day: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 11:30 am

Our Download of the Day today is FastStone Image Viewer 4.3.

 

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.

 

Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen.

 

Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more.

 

It supports all major graphic formats:

 

• BMP

• JPEG

• JPEG 2000

• animated GIF

• PNG

• PCX

• TIFF

• WMF

• ICO

• TGA

 

It also supports popular digital camera RAW formats:

 

• CRW

• CR2

• NEF

• PEF

• RAF

• MRW

• ORF

• SRF

• DNG

 

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Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 10:12 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!.

 

Offer: Dell has an incredible price on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 at just $399 after $345 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Wireless Broadband Built-in, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Shipping comes out to just $8 too. While this was scheduled to expire 11/17/11 at 11AM CT, it looks like they've extended it. We're unsure of when the new expiration is.

 

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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 8:42 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 18th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P8H67-M EVO Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- Sandy Bridge, Part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG P67 Motherboards @ SilentPCReview

- Intels H67- und P67-Chipsatz - Performance Report @ HT4U

- ZOTAC H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- ASRock P67 3-Way Motherboard Roundup @ Pureoverclock

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Zotac GTX 570 AMP! Edition @ tbreak

- EVGA Geforce GTX 570 Superclocked @ Hardware Canucks

- Intel's SandyBridge II HD Gfx, Open GL and AVX Performance @ LostCircuits

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Music Unlimited from Nokia cut from most markets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 5:52 am

One service that many Nokia customers are used to getting with their phones is Ovi Music Unlimited, a service that allows free music downloads and is backed by some major players like Vivendi's Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music Group and Sony. Well, it seems the service isn't as popular as Nokia would like and it is being cut from most worldwide markets.

 

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Apparently the fact that the music had DRM that locked any music that was downloaded to that specific device doesn't go over very well with customers, especially with so many other DRM-free options available. Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa are among the markets that will still have the service available. Current users in markets that are losing the service will still have access to downloaded tracks, and Nokia's music store will still be available for those who want to download DRM-free tunes.

A behind the scenes look at how Lexar makes their products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 4:50 am

Found this video on my daily troll of websites, a behind the scenes look at Lexar (a division of Micron) and their production process. Micron is the only chip manufacturing plant in the US and more specifically it's in Ohio.

 

 

The video is great, little facts amaze me like, the plant's clean room is 100 times cleaner than a hospitals operating room. Crazy fact! It also shows just how much work can go into something so small.

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Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence from Apple

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2011 4:41 am

It looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs is off to battle another nemesis, and it's not the PC or competing tablets. Jobs announced to his employees this morning that he is taking a medical leave of absence from Apple, leaving Tim Cook to handle the day to day operations at Apple.

 

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You can say what you want about Jobs, but you can't say he isn't tough. His previous medical history includes a bout with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009, both of which he fully recovered from. No specifics were relased about the reason for the latest leave of absence, but more may be released during Apple's Q4 and 2010 earnings release tomorrow.

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