For a long time there were eReaders seemingly coming to market every day. Over the last month or so the eReader market has been quiet, I am sure that has a lot to do with the iPad. Apple is selling the iPad by the millions and can't keep up with demand and the thing works as an eReader and a lot more. Pandigital does have a new eReader that it is talking about called the Novel 7-inch color multimedia eReader.
The device has a glossy black bezel and weighs in at 11.8 ounces. The 7-inch screen has a matte finish (YAY!), supports touch input, and has a stylus that stashes in the side of the eReader. The reader and its color screen can be used to surf the web, read, view photos, check email, and watch movies. It also has a music player built-in.
A long time ago, Logitech offered up what I think is the best keyboard ever made for general computer work - the Illuminated Keyboard. This wired keyboard is very thin and has backlit keys, which at the time it debuted was a feature only common to gaming keyboards. Today Logitech has unveiled a new keyboard called the Wireless illuminated Keyboard K800.
This keyboard lacks the super thin profile of the wired Illuminated Keyboard, but makes up for it to some extend by cutting the wires tying you down. The K800 uses the Logitech unified receiver to connect to the computer and that one receiver will work with compatible mice too. The keyboard has adjustable backlighting that can be dimmed or turned off.
We just got done with our weekly update of the TweakTown SBG systems and the unlimited price Admiral PC saw most of the attention.
Removed was a standard SAPPHIRE HD 5970 video card and it was replaced with the faster SAPPHIRE HD 5970 4GB TOXIC Edition. Enabling the system with an insane amount of 3D performance, we have recommended not only one of these video cards, but two, since the GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 motherboard can handle it.
Also changed was the memory with the addition of G.SKILL's fastest triple-channel RAM kit called the PI + Turbulence II 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-2000. It even comes with active cooling to keep things under control. With these changes now in place, the Admiral SBG PC now comes in at a totally unreasonable and ridiculous $14,102 USD!
The other two more practical and affordable systems stayed relatively the same except with some price and link corrections.
ioSafe has been offering a rugged external storage device for a long time that connects to a computer via USB 2.0. The drive is special because not only is it rugged to survive little spills and bumps in the office on a daily basis, but the thing can withstand catastrophic disasters like floods or fire as well. That means that those irreplaceable digital photos or work documents can be saved even if the drive itself is unusable.
The only real issue that I have ever taken with the ioSafe offering that has been around was the fact that the USB 2.0 connectivity was too slow for large data sets. ioSafe has announced a new version of its external storage solution that has new connectivity methods that will make backing up lots of data much faster. The new ioSafe product is the SoloPro USB 3.0 HDD.
When it comes to video cards there are two big companies that most gamers choose from - NVIDIA and ATI/AMD. For a long time the cards to get were offerings from NVIDIA for many enthusiasts, though ATI is coming on strong with some of its recent cards offering good performance at a good price. Zotac is an NVIDIA card partner and has announced the availability of a factory overclocked video card called the GTX 460 AMP! Edition.
The new video card has 20% higher clock speeds than your average GTX 460 card. The video card has 1GB of RAM and has a core clock of 810MHz with 336 unified shaders and a shader clock of 1620MHz. The card also has a memory clock of 4000Mhz for the 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory it sports.
In the market for a new AV receiver to manage all your home theatre gear? cnet Australia has posted up a bit of a guide on what to look out for in some of the new models rolling out.
AV receivers tend to only see minor adjustments/additions across consecutive updated models, certainly at a slower rate to the likes of flat panels and Blu-ray players, but there are a number of new features that are becoming available on some of the new AV receivers coming out this year which you may or may not need.
Cnet's guide talks about 3D compatibility, Audio Return Channel, Standby pass-through, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and more to give you an idea on whether or not you should be looking for a receiver with one or more of these new features.
The IPTV market in Australia is about to see another expansion with Sony Australia hooking up with Yahoo!7 to provide PS3 console users additional television content via Yahoo!7's PLUS7 catch-up TV service, set to commence at the end of this month.
This will make available many popular series' that air on the station including Home and Away, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Heroes and more. This is in addition to a large amount of content already available for viewing through ABC iView, VidZoneTV (a music video service) and videos on demand via the PlayStation Network Video Delivery service.
While movies and computer games are forced to be submitted to the Australian Classification Board as part of their release, the vast world of mobile phone apps and games are allowed to bypass this classification process.
The labor Party has caught onto this 'loophole' as they put it, and believe it needs to be addressed. As it stands now, the Classification Board charges up to $2040 for a computer game to gain classification. Fines are handed to those who breach classification, which can reach up to $25,000.
Along with several other major ISPs in the country, including Telstra and Internode, iiNet has just revamped its line of broadband plans and claims it has brought the first plan down under with a whopping Terabyte of included quota.
The heavy 1TB plan will become available as of this coming Friday. The 1TB is split down the middle with 500GB offered during on-peak and 500GB off-peak. The cost of this monster plan is much lower than you'd have otherwise thought, too. The plan will cost between $99.95 and $119.95 a month, depending on whether ADSL1, ADSL2+ or naked DSL is chosen and if you bundle the plan with a telephone service.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth 18.104.22.1687.
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth's features include:
See global changes with decades of historic imagery
If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.
Dive beneath the surface of the ocean
In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.
Track and share your paths with others
Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.