Panasonic is probably best known for its TVs and other home theater gear like Blu-ray players. The company has a line of notebooks that are used in a lot of business settings because they are ruggedized called the Toughbook line. Toughbooks come in a number of models to suit the needs of each user and the latest new machine to be added to the range is the CF-C1.
The CF-C1 is a convertible notebook that can be used as a tablet as well. The machine has a multi-touch resistive touchscreen that supports gestures and can be used by workers that wear gloves. The screen also uses a matte finish so glare is not such a problem as it is on glossy screen notebooks. The machine also has dual batteries that can be hot swapped allowing for up to ten hours of use.
When it comes to video cards for your computer there are a lot of different brands and models to choose from. Most of them will have the same tech inside and offer the same features. Galaxy has a new NVIDIA GTX 460 video card that is different from the other GTX 460 cards already on the market with a new and very cool feature that will make it easy for you to send content from your PC to the TV.
The video card is called the GTX 460 WHDI edition and it looks a bit like a WiFi expansion card has been grafted to the back of a normal video card. The WHDI edition has five antennas on the rear that stream any content including games and video from your PC directly to your living room TV. A receiver box connects directly to your TV.
I am a big fan of Klipsch speakers for many uses. The best surround sound computer speakers I have ever owned came from Klipsch and the company has some fantastic home theater speakers as well. Many of the speakers that come from Klipsch are very expensive, but some of them are not out of the reach of most of us.
The latest offering from Klipsch is a speaker that isn't too expensive at $199.99 and is designed to be used outside with the Klipsch LightSpeaker system. The LightSpeaker system isn't included with the AudioRock speaker though and if you don't have one it will set you back another $600. The AudioRock speaker is weatherproof and rustproof. Inside the speaker are dual 0.75" tweeters and a dual voice coil 5.25" woofer.
If you are already a Verizon customer or are a customer on another network that is looking to migrate over to Verizon, the wireless provider has a new program you may find interesting. The company has unveiled a new program where you can trade in any mobile phone working or not and get money in the form of a gift card towards a Verizon purchase.
There is naturally a catch to the new service and that catch is that you get very little money for your phone. I dropped my iPhone 3GS a while back and it works, but the screen cracked. Verizon would give me about $12 for my iPhone. If the iPhone had a screen that was not cracked, I could get a bit more for it.
I have an original Apple TV and the thing sucks so bad that it is virtually useless. Out of all the time I have owned it, I bet I have used the thing three times. Talk about an epic fail of a product. When Apple announced the new Apple TV, I was not interested even a bit in the thing considering how bad the first product was. There are a lot of people excited about the new device though so maybe it won't suck as bad as the original.
If you are interested in the new Apple TV and would like to see what the thing is hiding inside its black case, iFixit has ripped one apart already. The new version is much smaller than the original and comes with a remote control. Should you ever want to repair your device on your own, this tear down could come in handy.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 30th, 2010
- ASRock 870iCafe Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3: Full-Featured Mini-ITX Mainboard for LGA1156 Platform @ XBit Labs
- Asus Crosshair IV Extreme @ Overclock3D
- EVGA GTS450 Superoverclocked @ Hardware Bistro
- Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450 Video Card @ Ninjalane
- VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 1GB PCIe @ ReviewStash
- Gigabyte releaases world's fastest graphics card (KG sneak peek) @ Kitguru
Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 115.66.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.
The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 115.66
* Fixed "Manage Online Contacts" 403 errors.
* Fixed corrupt metadata bug.
* Fixed various Face Movie crashes.
* NEF files appear again for mass storage devices on Windows 7.
The update for Xbox Live has been announced and quite a few new features are on the horizon. 360 owners should be seeing the update hit on or around November 4th.
Gold subscribers will get access to ESPN for Xbox Live, which gives access to more than 3,500 sporting events per year, including college football, MLB, NBA and soccer. Voice chat while watching games will be available, as well as Full HD video and DVR capability. The Zune Pass is also making an appearance, with unlimited music streaming and DRM-infused downloads coming available for $15 a month. There will even be a social music function that allows you to connect with other Xbox Live users with similar music tastes. You may finally find that special someone who shares your love for Yanni!
Microsoft Security Essentials has quickly become one of the more popular free antivirus programs out there, and now Microsoft is getting ready to expand the program into the small business sector with free installation for up to 10 PCs.
With small businesses having to pinch pennies at every corner, not having to pay for PC protection comes through as a major plus. "Many consumers and an increasing number of small businesses are either unwilling or unable to pay the ongoing subscription costs for the security suite solutions that come on their PCs," stated Eric Foster of Microsoft in his blog. With MSE grading as good or better than some of the most famous free and paid solutions out there, this should be a no-brainer for small business owners needing malware and virus protection.