It's almost getting to the point that you can't go anywhere in the world without being connected. Ncell, a joint venture between the Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera and some private investors, has installed a 3G and WiFi capable GSM network base station at the base of Mount Everest.
Long famous as the highest point in the world, the summit of Mount Everest no longer requires a satellite phone to make a call. Ncell tested the station by making the world's highest video call at 17,388 feet and has confirmed the network is working at the summit. Ncell also plans to have 90% of Nepal's population covered by the end of next year. Now all your Twitter followers and Facebook friends will be able to know you've completed your climb of Mount Everest the second you reach the top. Hooray?
It's no secret that the tablet market is looking to get pretty saturated in the next few months, and ASUS is looking to get their piece of the pie with several offerings of their own. They have tablets in four form factors looking to start launching in December.
The big boy of the group is a 12 inch tablet that will run Windows on an Intel chipset. There will be two seven inch models, one sporting WiFi and the other with "3.5G" and phone capabilities. A pair of nine inch models are also on the horizon, one with the similar Intel/Windows setup as the twelve incher with the other Tegra 2 model running Android. A ten inch EeePad has been spotted in the wild as well. All in all, it looks like ASUS may have a tablet for anyone when these bad boys start hitting shelves.
Bang & Olufsen makes some undeniably high-end gear for audiophiles and video fans. I have tested a few of their offerings over the years for the iPhone and iPods and the stuff looks very cool and sounds really good too. I have also had some of their headphones and speakers for computers in my hands and all around the gear has been top notch. B&O has a line of crazy expensive LED TVs for people with the loot to afford high-end hardware for the living room and the company has announced a new, smaller screen set to its line.
B&O have unveiled, the new 32-inch BeoVision 10 LED TV. The TV uses edge lit LED backlighting and the set measures in at 32" x 29.2" x 2.52" and weighs 59.4 pounds. It can be had in black or white cabinets and the frame of the TV is silver. Several fabric colors can be use do the front for accenting including black, blue, gray, silver, orange, and white. The screen can show 16.7 million colors.
I'm not sure why it is that in my area I can't seem to get a reliable 3G connection with AT&T on my iPhone. The connection drops in and out of 3G and will go from one bar to full bars depending on how I hold my head and what time of day it is. Anyone with a similar problem knows how frustrating it can be. My 3G connection might be spotty here in Texas and AT&T may drive me crazy, but folks at the top of Mount Everest can now get full 3G connectivity for voice and data.
A Swedish telecom company called TeliaSonera has wired up a nearby village called Gorakshep that is in the Everest region. The 3G base station near the city has the oomph it needs to shoot a signal to the 17,000-foot peak of Everest. The system has enough bandwidth that a video call was made from a base camp at Mount Everest.
Home theater in a box systems have been around for a long time and they tend to put all of the stuff you need in one package so you don't have to guess at what to buy for a nice home theater system. Not all home theater in a box systems are created equal though, some include cables, the Blu-ray player and speakers while others only have speakers.
Harman Kardon has announced a new home theater in a box system called the HKTS 60 that offers speakers only. The company is well known for its line of speakers and has been selling gear for a long time for computer users and audiophiles, plus it has sound systems in some cars and trucks as well. The HKTS 60 system features a powered 8-inch sub with 200W of power, four identical 2.5-inch dual-driver satellites, and matching center channel speaker.
Once up on a time I bought a MacBook and used it for a few weeks before deciding, I was a Windows man through and through and selling the thing on eBay for more than I paid proving that some fan boys will pay anything to win an auction. I had the Zagg invisibleSHIELD film on that MacBook to keep it from getting all scratched up and I use the film on my iPhone as well.
The stuff is really cool because it's clear, you can't really even tell it's on the notebook or your smartphone if you do a good job with the install. The film is also tough, it's nearly impossible to cut the stuff, even purposefully with a knife. The film Zagg uses was designed to protect helicopter rotor blades for the military.
NEC has been shilling a lot of display for computers and projectors for years. The company has been in the display business going back to the days when massive CRT screens were what we all used. As the tech has improved over the years, NEC has kept up and has a wide range of LCD offerings today for all sorts of users. The latest new computer display from the company is the NEC PA231W. The screen is a 23-inch unit with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which means it will do full 1080p HD.
The display is aimed at graphics pros and other folks that do things were color accuracy is critical. It covers 71.6% of the NTSC color space and has a DisplayPort input, dual DVI-D inputs, and VGA. The screen also has a USB hub and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The color lookup tables are 14-bit for precise color calibration.
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.00.1303.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
100% Spyware FREE
Earlier today we visited the BitFenix offices here in Taipei and got acquainted with some of its new case fans and accessories for its range of computer cases.
First up David introduced us to their full range of new Spectre case fans. The fluid dynamic bearing fans come in either black or white and in a range of sizes (12cm - 52 CFM and 18 dB-A, 14cm - 60 CFM and 18 dB-A, 20cm - 65 CFM and 19 dB-A and 23cm - 115 CFM and 20 dB-A) for your cooling needs. There is the standard Spectre that comes in black or white and then there is the Spectre LED that just comes in black with four LEDs if I recall correctly. LED fan colors up for grabs are green, blue, orange, white and red.
Next on the agenda and kind of linked in with the BitFenix fans is the Hydra, which is a LED fan controller. This nifty little black device allows you to hook in up to 9 Spectre LED fans and adjust the intensity of the LEDs on the fans.
Following on in the video above we finished off with the S2, which is a cool little security device that prevents people stealing your expensive cabled peripherals such as mouse and keyboard. It simply mounts on the back of your case by way of a magnetic and padlock and you run your cables through the S2 to prevent theft.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Computer Geeks - 28" I-Inc IH282HPB Dual HDMI 1920x1200 Resolution Widescreen LCD Monitor for $199.99.
Offer: Factory refurbished, you get a large 28" monitor with a very nice 1920x1200 resolution, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response time, 150000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 2 HDMI with HDCP connectors. Mount it, use it as a TV (built in speakers are included) or whatever you'd like for just $199.99. Expires 10/31/10