The latest happenings from around the web - October 2nd, 2010
- AMD Athlon X2 II 265 Processor/CPU @ Techwarelabs
- Intel reveals "Sandy Bridge" - Detailed Technology-Preview of the new processors @ HT4U
- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset @ EverythingUSB
- Corsair's HS1 gaming headset @ Tech Report
- Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Headset @ Madshrimps
- Apple TV Wireless HD Digital Media Player Preview @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT HALE90 850w PSU @ Overclock3D
- NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews
One day we won't need an outlet to power or charge our gadgets, the sun will do it for us. Today the average solar cell can't capture enough power from the sun to charge or power most of our gadgets in a reasonable amount of time. A new concept gadget has surfaced with the Sony brand that uses solar power called the Eclipse.
The Eclipse is a media a player that sticks to a window with a suction cup. The backside solar panels are able to capture power from the sun and apparently, the concept only uses solar power. The device would feature Bluetooth for connecting to a smartphone or PC for music streaming and getting other content and weather information.
When it comes to listening to your favorite music, where you live often has a lot to do with the types of radio stations in your area. For instance, my area has a ton of country music stations, but offers no modern rock station so you can either listen to pop or old 80's rock. For people in this situation, Sirius XM satellite radio is perfect.
Many new vehicles come with the hardware for satellite radio installed, but if you need an add-on radio to tune into the Sirius XM offerings the company has a new one that you might like called the XM Snap! that will sell for under $60. The Snap is set to launch this month and will be able to tune any of the content offered on the network.
Panasonic has a full line of digital cameras here in the US that are also sold around the world going by the Lumix name. The cameras are generally very good and are popular on the market globally. Panasonic has announced that it will be launching a Lumix mobile phone this month in Japan. The phone will naturally be focused on high quality pictures.
The details that Panasonic has offered so far include that the phone will use a Mobile VenusEngine to give better image quality. The phone will have integrated flash and a 13MP sensor. Panasonic says that the shutter button will be easy to press and the LCD will be easy to see for operating as a touch panel in camera mode.
Despite all the heat Google has taken for Street View in many countries for things like invading privacy and stealing WiFi data, the service is cool. My town has very limited coverage when it comes to Street View, but the coverage it has comes in very handy when I want to see what a place really looks like if I am not sure where it is.
There are many other cities around the country that are lacking coverage altogether. Despite some holes in the US, Google has announced that Street View is now available for Antarctica. The catch is that the coldest continent has no actual streets so its more like Google Walk View. The new coverage along with coverage for Brazil and Ireland means that Street View is now available for all seven continents.
Sometimes products hit the market and we all wonder just what the maker was thinking when they came up with the idea. One of the more recent products that had many asking WTF was the Microsoft Kin phones. The Kin project reportedly spanned two years and when the phone was released, it failed after only two months on the market.
That failure certainly hurt some egos over at Microsoft and apparently, the pain was felt in places other than ego for CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer lead Microsoft to a record year, but his bonus for the end of the year was half what it could have been. Don't feel sorry for Ballmer though, half the possible bonus was still $670,000.
Why hullo there Leo Apotheker - he has been named the new CEO and President of HP.
HP named Leo Apotheker today as their new CEO and President - Leo Apotheker has been with SAP for over 20 years will also join HP's board of directors. He will take effect as CEO come November 1st.
We knew this was coming because of Mark Hurd's exit in August.
HP also named Ray Lane as the new Chairman of it's Board of Directors.
Foxtel have roll out IPTV service.
The On-Demand IPTV service enables customers to download movies and TV shows via their internet connection.
The new services goes hand in hand with Foxtel's iQ2 On Demand service - and now offers hundreds of extra movies and up to a thousand TV shows.
TV shows are available for AU$2.95 each and users can download entire series of shows like Mad Men, Summer Heights High and Australia's Next Top Model.
Movies are also available, in the seperate "Movie Library On Demand" for AU$3.95 each.
All downloadable content is in standard definition and counts toward your download quota with your ISP - Bigpond users will receive unmetered usage.
If you have Foxtel iQ2 you will need to connect an Ethernet cable to the back of your device, make sure you have the update or do it yourself, and ring Foxtel on 131 999 to activate it. Users of the upgraded iQ with Ethernet will be enabled in December 2010.
This is the first time Foxtel has enabled usage of internet content, and last year Foxtel's Patrick Delany explained that the company's iQ2Go backup service would go live this year. But no word yet as to whether this is still in development.
Microsoft has released the 2011 version of Windows Live Essentials - the consumer package of it's "software plus services" (S+S) strategy.
Currently, Windows Live Essentials provides the following, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, Mesh, Mail, Family Safety, Writer, Messenger Companion, Bing Bar, and the Outlook Connector Pack.
New features in Photo Gallery include "Photo Fuse", which is used to combine the best parts of multiple shots (for example, it will choose bits of the picture which are good and ditch the rest - like someone blinking in a picture) and easy retouching. It also incorporates face recognition to help find and organise your photos, also adding integration into Flickr, Facebook and SkyDrive.
Movie Maker can also turn a set of photos from Photo Gallery into a movie - after which it can be sent to YouTube, Facebook or SkyDrive, burnt to a DVD (requires Windows DVD Maker) or saved in formates suitable for a variety of devices.
Remember the faulty NVIDIA GPU debacle a few years back? If you do, there has been a lawsuit brewing for a while now which has finally been settled.
The NVIDIA GPU issue was found in Apple and Dell laptops - the settlement includes are placement of the GPU or MCP - while users of the HP laptops that were affected will get a full replacement laptop, "similar in kind and value".
Anyone who has already paid for repairs to their laptop due to the faulty GPU issues will be allowed a full reimbursement, provided they have the documentation and invoices for all repairs.
You'll have to wait until after December 20th for the final hearing with claims only to start after that.