They say once you go Lian Li you never go back. Well, OK so maybe they don't say that but all of the Lian Li cases I have used over the years were much better than most other cases on the market. The big downside to Lain Li gear is that the company knows it makes good products and charges dearly for them. A Lian Li case sometimes costs as much as a netbook to purchase.
Lian Li has added a new HTPC chassis that might be just the thing for the living room computer user looking for performance and good looks. The case is offered in black or silver brushed aluminum finishes. It works with Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX mainboards and measures in at a svelte 445 mm x 167 mm x 325mm and weighs 3.2kg. The chassis also has a plethora of front mount ports and connectors to keep you from having to dig behind your HTPC.
A reputable major Taiwanese newspaper has indicated that Apple has another iPad like tablet device on the horizon which could see a launch as early as Christmas of this year. The information given suggests a 7-inch sized tablet in the works with assembly already underway by some Taiwanese companies.
The Economic Daily News financial newspaper mentions that these Taiwanese companies have been given a number of component contracts for the new "iPad 2", including Chimei Innolux supplying the 7-inch LCD screens that are said to use the same IPS tech found in the existing iPad. Cando Corporation will be the Touchscreen technology suppliers for these screens, according to the report.
Survey scams continue to suck many unsuspecting Facebook users in and result in the automated spreading of messages to all of the people on their friends list. A new one is quickly attracting many people to click on it as it promises a feature that a large number of Facebook users have been wanting for a long time, a "DISLIKE" button.
This spam scam gives messages including "I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!" and "Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!". Clicking install will have it requesting for permission to access your personal information, post to your wall and access data even when you're not using it. With a hold of your permissions it will spread messages of which you responded to your friends.
If you do a fair bit of travel and can't be without your laptop wherever you go, you'll understand the annoyance of having to dig your laptop out of its bag every time for carry-on scanning.
QANTAS is actually working on a technology that could see an end to this hassle which harnesses new multi-view X-ray machines that provide an enhanced display that is much clearer and more detailed.
A trial of the technology took place in Sydney recently and Qantas officials and passengers were both very satisfied with the results. The security process was sped up noticably and helped eliminate delays caused by people who don't take their laptops out ahead of time.
But despite the trial's success, there is still a hurdle; the Office of Transport Security is not fond of any new procedures that would allow passengers to keep their laptops in their bags. Hopefully in time they will take a closer look and see it is a faster alternative without security being compromised.
Despite all the constructive critisicm being handed back to him in layman's terms (due to being "no Bill Gates"), Tony Abbott is continuing to ignore industry experts who are outlining many flaws about the Coalition's alternative broadband policy to Labor's nationwide fibre network.
Last night on ABC's Q&A program he went on another wireless happy talking spree about it being the smarter choice. The Coalition have been questioning whether people will really need the bandwidth provided by a fibre network, while experts in the industry find this ludicrous.
A date has been set for the launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect addon in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It will hit shelves in these countries on November 10, just six days after the U.S. release and will carry a £130 price tag (in the UK specifically).
So there you have it; ample time to get your hands on one ahead of Christmas.
It seems that iOS 4 is ready for devices that haven't even made it to the streets. A source at Apple told the folks at BGR that there is a some code in iOS4 that queries the device it is running on. If the device is either a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2, the device auto-activates and bypasses the need to run iTunes.
The source also stated that this code is a regular inclusion every year before a device release to allow field testing of devices without activation and usually removed before launch. This does add to the rumors of the CDMA iPhone being on the verge of arrival, and the iPad 2 inclusion is interesting as well as it may be hitting field testing soon.
While Intel has been planning to move the Atom processors into the realm of "always on" devices since March, it has taken until now for them to get official. The Intel D425 and D525 have been announced by Intel for devices like the NAS and for RAID arrays.
Both processors are clocked at 1.8GHz, but the D525 is a dual-core processor while the D425 is only a single core. Both processors will support DDR3 SODIMMs and have been optimized for storage applications. They will also be paired up with a new I/O controller, called the 82801 IR I/O. Many high-end companies like LG, Netgear, and LaCie are already on board with the new processors.
Our Download of the Day today is InfraRecorder 0.51.
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
InfraRecorder is released under GPL version 3.
Create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs as well as disc images.
Supports recording to dual-layer DVDs.
Blank (erase) rewritable discs using four different methods.
Record disc images (ISO and BIN/CUE).
Fixate discs (write lead-out information to prevent further data from being added to the disc).
Scan the SCSI/IDE bus for devices and collect information about their capabilities.
Create disc copies, on the fly and using a temporary disc image.
Import session data from multi-session discs and add more sessions to them.
Display disc information.
Save audio and data tracks to files (.wav, .wma, .ogg, .mp3 and .iso).
While WiMax is still not the norm in a lot of places, the backers of the high speed wireless technology have big plans for the future. An industry group reported today that WiMax 2 will be set to be an industry standard by early next year if all goes well.
802.16m , the key wireless technology within WiMax 2, could be standardized as early as November by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and could get formal approval early next year. Device certification could come in late 2011. 802.16m delivers up to 120Mbps download speeds and lower latency that the original WiMax technology.