If you're a Gmail lover who finds themself spending countless hours a day using the service, you might like to know there's been a hardware peripheral designed solely for use with it.
It's called the Gboard and is essentially a panel of 19 color coded buttons with icons that isolate the most useful Gmail shortcuts onto a seperate USB-connected device measuring 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 mm.
To fuel the Gmail addict in you some more, head over to this page and pick one up for 20 bucks.
Christmas is here and gamers probably have all sorts of PC hardware and peripherals on their wish lists. A new gaming mouse is a good gift idea for many gamers and SteelSeries has announced a new and limited edition gaming mouse for the Sudden Attack online shooter.
I have never heard of that game, but it is apparently big in Asia. The special edition SteelSeries Ikari mouse has a camouflage design on top and a sensor capable of 40,000 samples per second. The mouse also has built-in macro recording capability for use in MMO and RTS games.
The special edition QcK mouse pas has artwork form the Sudden Attack video game on the top. The pad is cloth covered and is 6mm thick. The back of the mouse pad has a non-skid material to keep it in place. The mouse will sell for $79.99 and the mouse pad sells for $11.99.
The folks at LifeHacker have put together a very handy list of all the keyboard shortcuts to make navigating your way around Windows 7 a whole lot faster and easier. Think of it like the Windows 7 bible. If you're able to memerize most of these then all the more power to you with your l33t Windows 7 expertise.
Whilst the video above demonstrates just how convenient the use of these shortcuts can be, the full master list in text form can be obtained via the source link below. It's highly recommended you make note of this!
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Remember the little Asus Eee Keyboard? You know the one that was shown off at Computex and everyone was so excited about it. Well that little device is finally going to make its US debut in October.
The tiny little self-contained device features a 4-inch touch screen and even wireless HDMI. Asus is also packing in the usual Atom 1.6GHz CPU 1GB DDR2 RAM (would be better with 2GB) and either a 16 or 32GB HDD. Just large enough for a Windows 7 install for use as a media center.
There is no work on the size of the internal battery yet though. Pricing should be about $500 which is pretty close to what Asus said when they first showed it off. It seems likely that the timing of the launch means that some flavor of Windows 7 will be offered but it is also possible that Mobiln might be preinstalled.
Still I think this would look pretty cool sitting on just about any coffee table.
This is just one of those things I just had to write about. As I was cruising the net in search of something interesting to write about I kept coming back to this.
It is one of the most gaudy yet cool arm chairs that I have ever seen. This combination of turquoise and black leather, chrome and aluminum is nothing less than a Harley Davidson Edition custom built chair from First Impressions.
It has everything, from exhaust pipes to side view mirrors. It even makes engine sounds when you kick out the foot rest. That is guaranteed to annoy your wife and bring that feeling of satisfaction that goes with sleeping on the couch.
Now this is watching TV in truly manly style.
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Ok this is a new one, using the keyboard to actually infect a system. This new type (at least new to me) can be used to take complete control of an Apple Keyboard and then a system through the use of a BIOS hack.
The hack is complete and can even keylog items entered at book time meaning it can grab encryption keys entered and of course your system password.
The attack on the keyboard takes less than 18 seconds to upload roughly 100kb of code into the keyboards firmware. The payload can be inserted thanks to a number of flaws already in existence in OSX.
The truly bad part about this is that once your keyboard is possessed you cannot simply wipe your drive to get rid of it. Doing that would still leave you open to immediate re-infection because it is the hardware that is infected.
Video courtesy of Digital Society
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Intel's Moblin has been making the rounds this year (I had it installed in a Virtual Machine for a month) it even managed to pop up on an Asus Eee Keyboard at Computex.
Luckily the gang at netbooks.de were ready with a video camera and caught the whole thing.
Although the Eee Keyboard in the shot is not a production system (after all Moblin is still in Beta Stage) it is very interesting to see on the Eee Keyboard. I have a feeling that once it is launched we may see a lot more of Intel's Moblin.
Read more here.
The model you can see is only a prototype at present, but there's no reason that ASUS couldn't deliver a Moblin version alongside the Windows XP Eee Keyboard. Hardware in this case looks to be unchanged, so we'd still expect the same Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of SSD storage. Wireless HDMI is believed to be an option.
What the video doesn't show is any media functionality, so it remains to be seen what advantages there Moblin may bring over the Microsoft OS. ASUS have repeatedly assured us that the Eee Keyboard will launch this month, priced at around $400.
We told you that Asus was planning an EEE-Keyboard PC back at CES. Now it looks like we may actually see it soon.
According to Engadget the new keyboard PC will hit the streets in June.
Asus originally planned for a launch in late Q3 but has moved that up quite a bit if the new launch date is correct.
The EEE Keyboard will feature an Atom N270, and a small (about 5-inch) touch screen on the side. Other possibilities include a 32GB SSD and 802.11n wireless. But these are not confirmed.
Read more here
Members will recall that this function has a complete computer Eee Keyboard it? ASUS has finally decided to launch the Eee Keyboard this, ASUS will be pointed out that the formal launch by the end of June this year, specifications and price information will be published Computex
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Microsoft announced Tuesday that the SideWinder X8 mouse would be available in stores this week.
The new SideWinder X8 finally cuts the cord with 2.4Ghz wireless functionality and the body of the mouse has undergone a mild redesign.
Microsoft says that the battery life will last about 30 hours of active gaming before you have to recharge. You will also be able to charge the mouse while continuing to use it with the charging cable.
Aside from from the wireless addition, the new mouse also utilizes Microsoft's BlueTrack technology. This will allow the mouse to track on virtually any surface and will track between 250 dpi and 4,000 dpi.
Retail price for the SideWinder X8 will set you back US$ 99.95.
"Many gamers have long desired a wireless gaming mouse that doesn't compromise on performance, and Microsoft delivers with the SideWinder X8 Mouse," said Bill Jukes, product marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware. "Combining the best tracking performance available with an innovative wireless solution, this mouse will change the way gamers perceive wireless performance."
OCZ has expanded their Alchemy line of peripherals by introducing the Illuminati keyboard. The new keyboard is meant for multimedia consumers and has a slew of features that accommodate the needs of gamers and enthusiasts as well.
The Illuminati gives you a choice in backlight color, red or blue. Both will allow easier use of the keyboard in the dark and coupled with the rubber coated keys for your long sessions of key-stroking it just looks gorgeous. The board also features fourteen qucik launch keys for better access to multimedia. You can catch the full details of the press release here.
The Illuminati keyboard is designed with all the features of a quality keyboard without the hefty price tag, combining sleek style and comfort with the features and personalization consumers demand from their peripherals. The Alchemy line embodies the needs of gamers and value-oriented consumers through a diverse lineup of peripherals and components that will provide PC users the ultimate hardware to take on the most demanding tasks at a price point that is attainable for all budgets.
Does anyone remember internet TV? Well I just had a flash back to those horrible devices when I came across a write up on Asus' new EEEPC Keyboard.
This new device runs Windows XP and is a complete system in a keyboard. It even has a small LCD Display but is meant to connect wirelessly to a TV or monitor.
To me it seems like a novelty product that might have very short legs.
But I could be wrong as Asus has been known to make things work where others have failed. Either way it will be a new product to keep an eye on.
Read more at Hardware Secrets.
The basic specs for Eee Keyboard you can see on Figure 5 and includes Atom N270 or N330 CPU, 1 GB DDR2, wireless network 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, built-in microphone and speakers, VGA output, HDMI output, 4-in-1 memory card reader, USB 2.0 ports, 5" LCD display with touch-screen capability (800 x 480 native resolution), 16 GB or 32 GB solid state drive (SSD) and weighting less than 2 pounds (1 Kg).
Aaah, reminiscing of the good ole' Commodore days. ASUS has taken wraps off its latest Eee creation today, albeit in prototype form. Say hello to the Eee Keyboard; a full-sized keyboard with the PC built into it.
Details are scarce at the minute but I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about it when CES kicks off tomorrow. From what Engadget has learned about it, it has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity along with a speaker, mic and 5-inch interactive display/touch screen.
What's also particularly nice about it is its highly compact nature and a weight of less than 2 pounds. It can also connect to any external display (with perhaps the exception of DisplayPort). ASUS has promised this puppy will indeed be going into full production.
You can view more photos of the prototype model here.
Razer's Lycosa keyboards are a favorite amongst many serious gamers with a whole host of features that make ones gaming experience a true delight.
And should you not like the original matte black appearance, you'll be glad to know Razer's now offering it in a fancy mirror gloss finish.
Not only this, but if the price tag's a little too high for you there's now the option of going for the slightly downgraded variant, dubbed the Arctosa. This model comes in at $30 less and drops features such as backlighting, USB and audio ports.
The Arctosa can be purchased in either a silver/black or black on black theme (invisible lettering) if you're l33t enough to know what every key is and love the stealth look.
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HP has come out of its shell a bit with some mice and keyboards that most would have thought the likes of HP wouldn't dare tackle up against the competition.
CrunchGear has spotted these two rodents which are said to both carry similar specs including variable DPI adjustment from 400 to 2400, 500MHz polling rate, various profile settings and a quality laser-based sensor.
The left offering (HDX) is evidently the more conservative of the two with its ambidextrous design whilst the fancy looking gaming mouse on the right gets his characteristics with the help of Voodoo.
As another refreshing addition to their range of input peripherals is this new wireless desktop pack, which for the most part carries nothing revolutionary, apart from a few small things, that is.
This keyboard has an all in one "ctrl-alt-del" key for the really lazy (or really dumb) users. Reminds me of the old 'any' key jokes. Another interesting aspect of the keyboard is the inclusion of a "rotary button" to the top left and a mass of function keys squashed together (ugh).
The Vector mouse has a right-handed curve to it and technically should be quite comfortable; but as with most mice, it's difficult to assume without trying it yourself. You can also see two small buttons wedged closely together at the top left, which seems like a bit of an odd position.
No word on pricing or availablity yet; we'll keep you posted.
Microsoft have churned out no less than four individual press releases today which introduce the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 and Wireless Media Desktop 1000, Arc Mouse and Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000, BlueTrack advanced tracking technology and finally the LifeCam VX-5500 webcam.
None of the aforementioned PRs are short on info, so I'll allow them to cover the details along with the below supplied images.