There are tons of uses for embedded computers in business and the home. People can use embedded computers to control digital signs and some geeks figure out ways to cram them into cars for a mobile PC, the uses are nearly unlimited. Habey is big in the embedded PC market and the companies latest embedded machine is small, but has tons of connectivity and expansion capabilities.
The machine is called the WIT-1800 and it uses either an Intel Atom N450 or D410 processor along with the ICH8M chipset. The machine also has four mini-PCIe slots onboard, which is impressive for a small machine. Those four expansion slots can be filled with a two 3G cards for wireless broadband, WiFi cards, and other things like SSD storage.
The thing that bothers me the most about surround sound is the wires that have to go to the rear speakers. They clutter the room and in some rooms running wires is very hard to do. In this instance, the user can opt to skip the rear channel speakers or they can just run the wires across the room and deal with the looks. Another option is a wireless rear speaker system and Aperion Audio has a new offering that needs no wires.
The system is called the Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System and it has a pair of rear speakers, the transmitter, and the wires needed for connecting it to your receiver. The speakers each have a 4.5-inch woven fiberglass woofer and a 1-inch tweeter. The enclosure is made from MDF and has a ported enclosure. The enclosure measures in at 9.8" H x 6" W x 6.3" D and weighs 15 pounds. The frequency response is 55Hz to 20kHz.
When it comes to headphones and earphones, anything will do for some users. For some listeners they want a set of headphones with good sound and the ability to control music. If these listeners are on a music phone like the iPhone, most folks also want headphones that have a mic and the ability to take calls without having to unplug or use speakerphone. Urbanears has unveiled a new set of headphones that is specifically for the iPhone.
The headphones are called the Urbanears Plattan Plus. The headphones have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a remote integrated into the cable. They are made for iPhone certified meaning they function perfectly for controlling the music on the device and for making and receiving calls. The Plattan Plus headphones have controls for answering and ending calls and for adjusting the volume of the tracks.
MSI has pulled the wraps off a new notebook that uses tech to help extend the battery with dual GPUs inside. The tech is the same as what NVIDIA has been offering for a while with Optimus, but goes by MSIs own name in this iteration. MSI called the graphics switching tech GPU Boost technology. The tech allows the machine to change from a power sipping internal GPU to a discrete GPU for more power when needed.
The discrete GPU in this case is the NVIDIA GeForce 310M with 512MB of RAM. The notebook also has a special MSI exclusive anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating. I'm not sure what that means other than the thing has a raised embossed finish on the wrist rest and lid. The notebook also has Cinema Pro technology for the best graphics for movies and video content. The screen of the machine is a 15.6-inch LED backlit 720p resolution unit.
In preparation for Kinect, Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox 360. Some people will already have it, others will be getting it in the coming hours, but the dash looks nice and clean and carries with it a huge set of new features.
Some of these include ESPN on Xbox Live, Zune Music and Netflix Search for those with a Gold account and living in a supported region. Others for everyone include improved voice quality, improved Gamertag creation, improvement in the process of connecting to a wireless network and more.
For the full list of changes, it is worth checking out the Major's post at his blog.
Our Download of the Day today is Cloud Antivirus 1.3.0.
Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won't even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud.
Panda Cloud Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs' servers.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is truly install and forget. Don't worry about updates, configuration or complicated decisions ever again.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell Vostro 1015 and 1014 Laptops for $478 plus Just $8 Shipping!.
Offer: Two laptop choices at just $478 plus $8 shipping. They each include a 2.1Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 w/VT, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 160GB HD, DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 2MP webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty.
It has been a long-standing rumor - a Facebook branded phone... well, Facebook has invited press to it's Palo Alto HQ in the US on Wednesday to supposedly unveil some big mobile news. Speculation on this, is of course Facebook will finally release a Facebook-branded smartphone.
Even some previously top of the mountain mobile King's like Nokia and Sony Ericsson are struggling to keep customers, or release something that stays in the headlines like Apple, Google or Microsoft and their respective phones, or mobile OS's - Facebook is a name big enough in the world to actually do this.
Intel's new G3 SSD has been spotted - amongst the newer, younger SandForce-based SSD's - it's getting harder to know "which one is best".
Intel didn't take long to punch back, it has polished it's X25 SSD and shrunk it to 25nm as a follow-up to it's G2 release, touted as the "Postville Refresh". Strangely - the G3 part was pouched from an eBay equivalent in China - someone has of course purchased it and ran benchmarks on it.
For fans of a NAS server - if you haven't used one, you really should - 18 months with one myself and I'll never, ever go back, this will be something you will like to read.
Today, Thecus pulled the veil back on their new 4-bay NAS, the Thecus N4200Eco NAS Server which promises to deliver next-generation performance and functionality.