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Another nifty gadget has just been unveiled from X-Micro in the "TV-BAR USB TV Tuner". Sized and shaped not all too different to your usual USB pen drive, this little wonder provides easy radio and digital HDTV tuning (and recording) capabilities by means of USB connectivity. For the full scoop, check the announcement here folks.
Taipei, October 15, 2005 - X-Micro Technology Corp. announced its new TV-BAR, a mini digital TV tuner that's the size of a regular USB flash drive. The TV-BAR tuner plugs into a USB port to turn a personal computer into a digital TV/Radio receiver and recorder. Watch TV live on a computer monitor, and record sports, news, and entertainment onto the computer's hard disk; then burn the recorded programs onto DVD. Never miss a program with the TV-BAR's scheduled recording feature.
The TV-BAR lets users enjoy the crispness and detail of HDTV, providing higher resolution and a superior viewing experience compared to analog. Fully compliant with the DVB-T digital terrestrial protocol, the TV-BAR provides reception of DVD quality TV images and sound. The TV-BAR also lets users listen to digital terrestrial radio on their PC.
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Several announcements were made from GeIL yesterday as they provide details of their PC2-6400 DDR2 Value series modules (w/ timings of 5-5-5-15), PC2-5300 DDR2 Ultra series modules (w/ timings of 3-4-4-8), and also a new addition to their DAViD series in the "Extreme Performance Dual Channel USB Pen Drive", one of the fastest flash USB drives available (alongside OCZ's first released dual-channel Rally offering). For press release details and images on each, right-click/save as on the below links.
Dual Channel Pen Drive:-
Taipei, Taiwan, September 2005. GeIL is proud to announce the release of the all new DAViD 100 Series - Extreme Performance Dual Channel USB Pen Drive. Clocking at 198X (30Mb/sec Read & 20Mb/sec Write speed)**, it is one of the world's fastest flash USB drives available.
The ingenious implementation of adopting Dual Channel technology into flash USB drive allows one channel of the flash to be dedicated to read and the other dedicated to write. Squeezing out maximum performance and enhanced stability while transferring data at insance speed.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
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- Samsung SC-D353 DV Camcorder @ MrPCPro
- Ulti-Mat Add 'n Slide @ XYZComputing
- XFX XGear Headset With Vibration Function @ Hardware Secrets
- Asus A8N-E AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 PCI-E motherboard @ A1-Electronics
- Asus Vento 3600 ATX Case @ The TechZone
- Asour Multimedia Hub @ ThinkComputers
- Call of Duty 2: 512MB matters updated @ AMDZone
OCZ have made headlines today with an announcement supporting the release of their new Rally flash drive which is said to be the fastest USB 2.0 flash drive on the market, thanks to the implementation of "dual channel" technology. This zippy little storage unit will be available for purchase in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB sizes.
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supply solutions, is excited to announce the release of the fastest USB 2.0 Flash Drive on the market. The high performance OCZ Rally Flash Drive implements leading edge Dual Channel Technology to deliver the high-speed data transfer rates that are needed by today's enthusiasts and professionals on-the-go.
Prior to OCZ Technology's decision to enter the flash media market, flash drive technology did not offer above-average performance-a requirement OCZ has of all our products. After determining the advantages flash drive dual channel technology, OCZ knew they could offer the first high performance flash drive to deliver truly superior data transfer rates.
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- Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU Heatsink/Fan @ Futurelooks
- Asetek WaterChill AMD & Intel water cooler system @ A1-Electronics
- Great, But Why Intel? @ The TechZone
- Jabra BT250v Bluetooth Headset @ XYZComputing
- Frontier Labs NEX 3 MP3 Player @ TechIMO
- Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS Notebook: Serious Audio for Portable Systems @ XBit Labs
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GIGABYTE have just dished out a new and improved variant of their bluetooth USB adapter which now has a wireless range of up to 100 metres along with some minor cosmetical tweaks. You can get to all the details on the new GN-BTD02 Bluetooth USB Adapter within GIGABYTE's official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan December 27th 2004 - GIGABYTE Technology®, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced its shipment of the GIGABYTE Bluetooth USB Adapter (GN-BTD02). The GN-BTD02 is GIGABYTE's second generation Bluetooth USB adapter featuring beefed up wireless range, now up to 100 meters and an eye-catching silver finish casing with deep wine colored accents. Simply connect the GN-BTD02 Bluetooth USB Adapter to the USB port of your Desktop or Laptop PC and enjoy the freedom and convenience of Bluetooth wireless technology.
This can be put under the category of totally insane computer gadgets - a hair shaver, which is powered by your computers USB port.
Quite a novel idea... until your keyboard finds itself clogged with hair, of course.
More information @ AKIBA PC Hotline
In the market for an external hard drive but can't make your mind up whether to go USB 2.0 or FireWire?
Well X-bit labs decided to find out for themslves just which one is the better and if you want to know then you better get over there.
We decided to figure out which interface of all available today is the most efficient for disk subsystems: the praised USB 2.0, the FireWire or the old buddy ATA/100. The experiments were carried out with Western Digital WD1200BB hard disk drive, and the results appeared really unexpected!More information at X-bit labs
Modfactor.com has a look at Maxtor's Personal Storage 3000LE 40GB USB 2.0 external hard drive.
If you want a fast and easy backup solution then you can't go wrong with the Maxtor 3000LE. Also, if 40GB is not enough for you (because you're some big shot or something) Maxtor also has a 120GB 3000LE unit. For the price you are paying this is well worth it.More information at Modfactor.com
MonkeyReview posted a review on the 40GB MicroGB external USB 2.0 drive from Wiebetech.
Wiebetech seems to be gaining momentum within the industry and seem to be shooting big, based on what we have seen in there white paper documentation and on there site they seem to have the combination down pat, Good performance, Competitively priced, and versatile. We have seen two of these proven to be true, Price and Versatility, but we need a little more proof before we can say it has the great performance we hope to see.More information at MonkeyReview
The Tech Report takes a look at two USB KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches for those interested.
The USB revolution hasn't just applied to mice and keyboards, either. Portable audio players, digital cameras, printers, scanners, and even the RF remote dongle for ATI's Remote Wonder use USB. It was really only a matter of time before KVM switch makers took notice. After all, if you have multiple computers tied together with a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor, why not share your scanner and printer, as well?More information at The Tech Report
Today we've lined up Belkin's SOHO OmniView USB/Audio and IOGear's MiniView III for comparison. Belkin and IOGear each have an ace in the hole, but which one wins the hand all depends on the cards you're holding. What the heck am I talking about? Read our USB KVM switch comparison to find out.