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OmniVision debuts world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: May 18, 2010 6:04 pm

One of the ways that our devices can get smaller and smaller is by having smaller components available. while we want smaller devices, we also want higher quality components and cameras as well.




A company called OmniVision has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution known as the OV2720. The camera is the world's first 1/6-inhc native 1080p 30 fps HD CMOS image sensor designed for netbooks, notebooks, and webcams.


The device doesn't scale or crop video shot in 1080p resolution and uses 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel for low light sensitivity. The sensor has a z-height of only 3.5mm.

ViewSonic launch new ULV Mini PC - VOT125

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 18, 2010 5:12 pm

We first saw this tidy little mini PC at CES earlier in the year and now ViewSonic has announced that it is available for pre-order starting at $499 U.S.




The VOT125 PC Mini uses a compact 1.5" by 5.1" by 4.5" shiny black chassis and has good enough specs for basic home and office tasks. It is an Intel ultra-low voltage powered unit with CPU options starting at the entry level Celeron SU743 or SU2300, or for additional cost you can go with a Pentium SU4100 or Core 2 Duo SU7300.




The unit comes with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hdd, Ethernet, WiFi, DVI and HDMI connectivity as well as a 3-in-1 card reader. ViewSonic ships it with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.

Digital Foci offers new white Photo Book PBK-080

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 18, 2010 5:08 pm

When it comes to showing off all those digital photos you take you can put them into a digital photo frame at home for viewing or you can send them to your small smartphone for mobile viewing. Digital Foci has an alternative to showing photos on the go called the Photo Book.




The device is now available in white color and has an 8-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 600. The device has 4GB of internal storage and has a memory card reader covering major formats like CF, SD, SDHC, MS Pro, and more.


The device supports JPEG, RAW, BMP, TIFF, and GIF image formats and MP3, AAC, and WMA audio formats. Video in MJPEG, MPEG-1, and MPEG-4 SP is supported. The device is shipping this month for right under $190.

OCZ unveils 750W Fatal1ty branded PSU for gamers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 18, 2010 4:28 pm

OCZ has just released a new high performance 750 watt PSU to market backed by pro gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. This Fatal1ty branded power supply is aimed primarily at gamers and sports modular, flat cabling that helps in giving superior airflow throughout the system.




The unit features a single beefy +12v rail and is ticked with 80Plus Bronze certification thanks to 85% typical load efficiency. It is cooled by a thermally controlled 135mm double ball-bearing red-LED fan which is said to be near-silent.




Connectors include 1 x 20/24-pin ATX, 1 x 8-pin CPU, 1 x 4+4-pin CPU, 4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E, 6 x Peripheral, 2 x Floppy and 6 x SATA.

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Kiwi U-Powered solar charger debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 18, 2010 4:04 pm

Keeping devices powered up if you use them a lot can be a big challenge. Thankfully, there are a number of cases and external batteries on the market to increase the run time of all manner of devices from GPS to smartphones and cameras.




KiwiChoice has unveiled a new solar charger called the Kiwi U-Powered that has three solar panels that rotate out to gather up power from the sun. The charger has a 2000mAh internal battery that is a lithium polymer unit.


The device can charge the internal battery from USB in 3.5-4.5 hours. The internal battery can be charged from sunlight alone in 17 or more hours. You can pick the gadget up for $49.99 right now.

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Apple refreshes MacBook with better CPU/GPU at same price

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 18, 2010 3:54 pm

With little notice Apple has just rolled out a MacBook refresh that is now available for purchase at the Apple Store in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and a few others, with a global launch to take place very soon now.




The new MacBook has a faster 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo in it along with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics and a reported 10 hours of battery life, versus a maximum of 7 hours on its predecessor.




The CPU and GPU is actually the same as what Apple is using in its entry level 13-inch MacBook Pros, but the unit is selling for a good bit less at just $999 versus $1,199 for the Pro.

Microsoft polishes off Office 2010 with GPU acceleration abilities

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 18, 2010 3:24 pm

GPU acceleration is one of the biggest talks of the town when focusing on ways to go beyond the limitations of older, traditional computational methods and we're seeing it being harnessed in more and exciting ways as time goes on.


One of the biggest software makers of all, Microsoft is now taking it on for use in their latest Office 2010 product suite with the help of AMD and their supporting Radeon HD 3000, 4000 and 5000 series graphics cards. PowerPoint users in particular will be able to benefit in several ways if running one of these graphics cards in their system. But there's also many other new capabilities and benefits across the board when making use of graphics acceleration versus earlier Office releases.



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FTC asked to investigate Google WiFi data capture issue

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Networking | Posted: May 18, 2010 3:10 pm

Google recently announced that an unknown component in the software that its Street View vehicles use to capture SSID and MAC address info from secure WiFi networks they encounter was also capturing data from open networks. Google admitted that the "payload" was being captured from the open networks but claims it did not use the data.




Google says that the capturing of data from open and unprotected WiFi networks was discovered after a German regulatory commission asked for information on the practices of capturing information by Street View vehicles. Google says it has grounded the Street View fleet and has initiated a third party investigation.

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Seagate confirms development of 3TB hard drives

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 18, 2010 2:52 pm

We first heard a whisper about a week ago that Seagate have apparently been working hard at pushing the capacity barrier further with the 3.5-inch form factor and are looking to bring out a new enterprise level Constellation ES series of drives later this year with a whopping 3TB capacity.




Confirmation from Seagate themselves has now been given that the company is in fact developing 3TB drives for launch later this year. But as is the case with 2TB drives currently, being the top capacity model means a much less attractive GB per dollar ratio.

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Download of the Day: Miranda 0.8.23

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 18, 2010 2:22 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Miranda 0.8.23.


Miranda IM is a multi-protocol instant messenger client for Windows. Miranda IM uses very little memory and is extremely fast. It requires no installation and can be fitted on a single floppy disc. Its powerful plugin system makes Miranda IM very flexible. Only the most basic features are built in, but there are currently more than 350 free plugins available for download that allows users to extend the functionality of Miranda IM.


Available Protocols are:


• AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)

• Gadu-Gadu

• IAX (Inter-Asterisk Exchange)


• IRC (Internet Relay Chat)

• Jabber


• Netsend

• Tlen

• Yahoo

• And more...



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