Boost Online Gaming Performance with Killer NIC K1 Network Card

It's perfect upgrade to Falcon Northwest's high-quality custom gaming PCs, the Killer NIC K1 is a high-performance network card designed specifically to improve online gaming performance.

Falcon Northwest and Bigfoot Networks have teamed up to bring a killer gaming experience to customers building one of Falcon's best-of-class, award-winning PC systems. Gamers can now order Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC™ K1 gaming network card as an upgrade option on Falcon Northwest Gaming PCs, including the Mach V, Talon and FragBox systems. Now Falcon Northwest customers can get the competitive edge in their online gaming experience by using the Killer NIC K1 - the only network card that reduces lag and delivers smoother, more responsive online game play.

Killer NIC K1 Network CardFeatures to look on..

* Improves responsiveness by bypassing the Windows® stack and reducing in-game ping
* Smoothes game play and increases frame rates by offloading network processing from the CPU to the NPU
* Features built-in gamer-grade Killer Hardware Firewall & Killer Hardware Bandwidth Control to manage and secure your gaming network with high-performance tools.
* reduce lag and latency often experienced in high action interactive MMO and First Person Shooter games.
* Killer accelerates your game data for a smoother more responsive online gaming experience and a competitive edge in the sense Faster Game Data and Smoother Gameplay When it Matters Most.
* Offloads all network processing from the CPU to boost frame rates, especially during moments of intense action.
* Game network packets are prioritized so they get to and from your game faster.

Falcon Northwest makes PCs for enthusiasts. It invented the custom Gaming PC concept back in 1992 and has won every major award from just about every PC review outlet. Falcon Northwest offers its customers PC speed, reliability, compatibility and customization.

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LG Develops World's First LTE Handset Modem Chip

LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, Worlds First LTE Handset Modem Chipannounced on 10th of this December to indicate that it has independently developed the first handset (user equipment) modem chip based on 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)* technology standards. The modem chip can theoretically support wireless download speeds of 100Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of 50Mbps. This represents a significant step toward creating a market-ready 4G* phone.

"Now that LG has developed and tested the first 4G handset modem, a commercially viable LTE handset is on the horizon," said Dr. Woo Hyun Paik, CTO of LG Electronics. "This latest breakthrough gives us a strong technology advantage that we will use to bolster our industry leadership."

The Modem Chip is the most crucial component required to create a viable 4G handset with LTE technology, the leading candidate to become the fourth generation mobile phone technology standard to mention here is to qualify as 4G, a network technology must be able to transfer data at over 1 Gbps to a stationary receiver or 100Mbps to a receiver moving at 60 Km/h. This is 50 times faster than WCDMA for moving receivers and 10 times faster than wired broadband internet connections for stationary receivers. 4G networks are also IP-based, making them more efficient.

LG demonstrated the chip today at its Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab in Anyang, Korea, achieving wireless download speeds of 60 Mbps and upload speeds of 20 Mbps. The fastest phones currently on the market use HSDPA technology and download at a maximum speed of 7.6 Mbps.

Watch the Video Demonstration Here

Higher download speeds are becoming more and more important as people are increasingly using their mobile phones to watch movies, listen to music and browse the internet. With LTE technology, users can download a 700 MB movie file in less than one minute at speeds of 100 Mbps. LTE technology would also allow consumers to simultaneously stream four HD movies without any buffering.

The Modem Chip is the most crucial component required to create a viable 4G handset with LTE technology, the leading candidate to become the fourth generation mobile phone technology standard.

For more information, please visit www.lge.com

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Logitech G13 Advanced PC Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G13 Advanced PC Gaming Keyboard the new game accessory for PC. G13 gameboard features a powerful built-in LCD screen, 25 programmable keys and onboard memory, helping you take your PC gameplay to the next level.

“Unlike other gameboards that focus only on programmability, the G13 advanced gameboard incorporates the principles of our award winning Comfort Wave design…the G13 gameboard gives you a powerful advantage over those forced to work with less.”

The G13 Advanced Gaming Keyboard has pre-configured settings for many popular games like World of Warcraft - Burning Crusade, Lord of the Rings Online - Shadows of Angmar, Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare and more..
Logitech G13 PC Gaming KeyboardIn the sense G13 has three game modes, 25 programmable keys, and a programmable analog stick. This allows for over 87 ways to control your game, and even allows for custom button profiles as well as creating macros without having to pause the game. Another prominent feature is the 160 x 43 pixel GamePanel LCD screen gives you a secondary source for useful information from a variety of games and programs to show live game stats, system info, or messages from other players. Aside from the screen, the G13 includes backlighting with several color options, and the ability to save three key profiles on the device itself, handy for swapping it between different PCs.

The Logitech G13 will be available in stores this month including Europe and United States at around ~$80

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Ultra-Portable Speaker System for iPhone and iPod

LiveSpeakR™ Prepares to Launch the First Ultra-Portable Speaker System for iPhone of 2nd & 3rd Generations and also for both iPod Touch Generations

The LiveSpeakR™ is a unique ultra-portable speaker system that fits in your pocket! livespeakr-uprightInvented by 24-year-old Erik Groset and Robin Defay the partnership heads of DGA (Digital Group Audio) a subsidiary of D&G Solutions, LLC. the LiveSpeakR™ (www.livespeakr.com) is a speaker system for the iPhone and iPod Touch unlike any other. It features a set of speakers that fold-up and store conveniently behind the device for maximum portability. The speakers expand, contract, and rotate to work with both portrait and landscape modes, as well as speaker-phone mode. The LiveSpeakR™ is shielded against radio frequency interference in order to exude maximum sound quality and reduce unnecessary cellular interference eliminating the need to put your phone in "airplane" mode.

This amazing new speaker system features a set of speakers that fold-up and store conveniently behind the iPhone when they are not in use allowing for maximum portability. When the unit is stored (or hidden) it piggy-backs on the iPhone or iPod Touch making it portable enough to fit in your pocket for on-the-go multimedia. The unique style of the LiveSpeakR™ is visually stunning featuring bold design inspired by modern art. At launch the product will be available in black or white with more colors to come.

Unique Features that one finds

LiveSpeakR™ on its competitors has its truly impressive functionality and highly innovative set of features. Livespeakr ExtendedThe system itself is ultra-portable and connects to your media player using a specially made 4-in-1 "Super" cradle that also acts as a protective case. Using an innovative design the cradle can uniquely hold all versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The cradle then locks into place on the LiveSpeakR™ and rotates (functioning much like the handling of a Rubik's cube) to interact with both the landscape and portrait positions within the media players. Then simply turn the LiveSpeakR™ on to enjoy the high quality speakers that are shielded against the radio frequency interference which plagues other speaker systems. When the iPhone receives an incoming phone call, the music is automatically fades and the LiveSpeakR™ acts as a speakerphone enhancement, routing the call audio through the speakers and allowing convenient conference call capability.

Pricing and Availability

The LiveSpeakR™ ultra-portable speaker system will be available worldwide in January 2009 for $129.95 (U.S. MSRP). Starting from December, pre-sales are available at special promotional price of $99.99. This promotion is reserved for the first 2,000 orders placed, so don't miss out on this great deal! For retail/internet locations and more information visit: http://www.LiveSpeakR.com

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Dell Announces Its Smallest Commercial Desktop Ever

Dell Inc. announced its smallest commercial desktop system ever, the OptiPlex 160. Designed for environments where physical space is at a premium and built with practical technology for general-purpose computing applications, the OptiPlex 160 is designed to deliver energy efficiency and reliability in a space-saving design that maximizes productivity while reducing workspace clutter OptiPlex desktops are among the most eco-friendly business desktops available worldwide, with power management features to help you consume less energy and save on IT costs.

“With today’s release of the 160, we are rounding out a complete refresh of OptiPlex products from the world’s top seller of business desktops.* The OptiPlex 160 adds yet another low-profile, entry-level option to our diverse portfolio of enterprise solutions, delivering essential performance for common office applications,” said Darrel Ward, director, Dell Product Group.

Dell OptiPlex FX160
Like all of Dell’s OptiPlex desktops, the 160 comes with a long, managed lifecycle and the support of Dell systems management solutions such as the Dell Client Manager console. All OptiPlex desktops feature optional customizable Dell Services such as ProSupport, extended limited warranties, Custom Factory Integration, Installation and Deployment Services and many more.

The Main Features to ponder here are

* Designed for space-constrained offices, the OptiPlex 160 weighs in starting at less than five pounds and includes innovative mounting options
* Helps reduce energy consumption with highly efficient power supply and a low-voltage Intel® AtomTM processor
* Dell’s smallest commercial desktop footprint
* 87% efficient internal power supply
* Up to 160 GB hard drive or up to 64 GB solid state drive
* Optional wireless networking and up to 4 GB of memory
* Low-voltage Intel Atom processor


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New Tritton AXPRO 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Gaming Headset

Global Souring UK Ltd, Releases the New Tritton AXPRO 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Gaming Headset into the UK Market. The headset is compatible with all major gaming systems and AXPRO 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Gaming Headset supports audio and voice communication for all major gaming systems including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PC, and any other devices with optical out connections.

"The AX Pro is by far the most versatile gaming headset on the market, Tritton AXPRO 5.1helping players of any level to fully immerse themselves in their gaming experience," said Christopher Von Huben (president- Tritton Technologies) "New games are constantly being developed with ultra-advanced audio features such as Dolby Digital surround sound and the AXPRO enables players to completely integrate the game's audio elements, as well as tune out exterior distractions. For the competitive gamers, the AX Pro provides a real competitive edge as they can hear every audio detail from every direction in a game."

The headset is Dolby Digital, Pro logic-certified and uses four drivers in each ear cup to give gamers a three-dimensional audio surround sound experience. Beyond the impressive driver-to-ear ratio, the AXPRO comes with an in-line independent volume control for voice chat. With the headset supporting audio and voice communication for all major systems, players can rely on the AXPRO alone, no matter the console that they choose to use it on.

Coming to Features

* True 5.1 Digital Audio Headset
* Powered in-line volume control for PC users with Analog 5.1, the ultimate PC gaming headphone
* Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic Certified
* Digital audio connection for DVD, PC, PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX360, and all other devices with Optical digital audio output
* 8 independent speakers, 4 in each ear cup
* Illuminated In-line volume adjustment for Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer controls
* Includes external 5.1 audio controller
* Detachable microphone, for PC gamers and XBOX live compatible Playstation Live compatible
* Light weight headset with deep circumauraul (around the ears) design allows for comfort even during periods of extended gaming


The AXPRO is now available from www.cooleststuff.co.uk and through Tritton's exclusive UK wholesale distributor: Global Sourcing UK Ltd.

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Walmart.com is offering special values on Nintendo Wiis

Walmart.com is helping moms everywhere be the hero this Christmas by making tens of thousands of Nintendo Wii consoles, one of the the hottest selling gifts this season, available for purchase from 8th of December on online at walmart.com and only still supplies last.

Nintendo Wii Console
Walmart.com will offer Nintendo Wii consoles for Price of $249.24, two Wii games for $30 and accessories starting under $10. Customers who have been looking for the hard-to-find Nintendo Wii now have an opportunity to purchase the top selling video game console at a great value.

"We're thrilled to be able to provide more customers the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Nintendo Wii this Christmas," said Kelly Thompson, Walmart.com chief merchant. "Based on the success we've seen with Wii Fit and Nintendo Wii, customers recognize that Walmart.com is the online destination for the strongest values and best selection in video games this season."

In addition to Nintendo Wii consoles and accessories, Walmart.com is also offering special values on the popular handheld Nintendo DS Lite and games. The following items are available starting today, while supplies last:

Nintendo Wii

* Wii video game console - $249.24
* Wii video games - 2 for $30 on select titles
* Accessories, such as the Nintendo Wii Racing Wheel - starting under $10
* Nintendo Wii Value Bundle including console, game, accessory pack and extra set of controllers - $329 ($30 savings)


Nintendo DS Lite

* DS Lite, choice of 6 colors - $129
* DS Lite video games - 2 for $20 on select titles
* Nintendo DS Lite Value Bundle includes handheld unit in customer's choice of colors, two games and accessory kit - $159 ($20 savings)


About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club locations in the United States. The Company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The Company's securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT.

More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at walmart.com


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Google Wins Gold in FMA 2008 for their Contribution to Mobile Search

Google, the Mobile Search innovators given the top award selected by Juniper Research as Gold winner in the Future Mobile Awards for mobile search category in Hampshire, UK. The Future Mobile Awards are given to companies that have made a significant contribution to their sector and are poised to make considerable market impact in the future. The gold award recognises Google as being a leading light in the development of the sector.
Future Mobile Awards
We're excited to hear that our mobile search has been recognised by the Future Mobile awards 2008. We're passionate about helping people find the information they need quickly and easily, wherever they are, and mobile search is an important part of that.

Dr Windsor Holden, panel judge and Principal Analyst at Juniper Research says, "Through the development of Google Mobile, Google has provided consumers with a user-friendly interface and applications which have successfully translated its appeal in the fixed environment into the mobile space. Furthermore, its release for the iPhone - integrating its multiple services into a single interface - has provided additional enhancements to the user experience."

The awards were granted by a panel of expert judges based on a number of criteria, including: Innovation; Customer retention and growth; Commercial deployment; Ease of use/user interface; Revenue generation; Pricing (for services/products); and Capability/functionality. Gold and Silver awards were conferred for each category - Gold awarded to Google, and Silver to JumpTap - within the mobile search category.

Sara Rowghani, product marketing manager for Google's mobile programmes in Europe, said "We're excited to hear that our mobile search has been recognised by the Future Mobile awards 2008. We're passionate about helping people find the information they need quickly and easily, wherever they are, and mobile search is an important part of that."

Google provides a wide range of search, ads and apps products for both desktop PCs and mobiles. Stay connected on the go with Google Mail, Search, Maps and other Google products. To find out what products you can get on your phone, visit m.google.co.uk from your phone browser. For press enquiries please contact Anthony House at house@google.com.

For further information on the awards please visit www.juniperresearch.com/futuremobileawards.htm or contact John Levett at john.levett@juniperresearch.com telephone +44(0)1256 830002.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary

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Sixteen Channel PCI Express Frame Grabber from Sensoray

Sixteen channel PCI Express frame grabber from Sensoray captures up to 480 frames per second. Sensoray announced the newest addition to their extensive line of OEM video capture cards with the release of their Model 817, PCI-Express JPEG frame grabber.
Sixteen Channel PCI Express Frame Grabber
The 817 is a PCI Express x1 card that captures 16 separate channels of compressed JPEG or uncompressed bitmaps at 480 total frames per second, or 30 frames per second on all 16 channels simultaneously. The board provides complete capture flexibility, all capture parameters can be set independently for each capture channel. The 817 supports x1 or wider (x4, x8, x16) PCI Express slots.

An internal crosspoint 16 X 4 analog crosspoint video switch is used to route any combination of four input channels to external video monitors. Each of the four video outputs can be individually turned on or off allowing the outputs of multiple 817's to the same monitor.

Model 817 contains four identical video capture and processing units (VCPU), each of which handles 4 input video channels. Each VCPU employs a 4-channel video decoder to convert analog video into digital, and a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) to capture digitized video and handle various processing tasks: frame decimation, caption overlay, JPEG compression, status reporting, etc.

An optional single line text caption of up to 80 characters can be overlaid on the captured image before compression.

Sensoray provides an SDK for the 817 that includes drivers and demo applications for both Windows and Linux operating systems.

Pricing
OEM quantity pricing for the 817 is $705. Lower quantity pricing is also available.

For more information, or to speak to an engineer regarding a custom design, visit www.sensoray.com, or email support @ sensoray.com

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Sony Ericsson launch new Handset TM506 the Feature-Rich Phone in early September

Sony Ericsson today announced the expansion of its carrier channels in the U.S. to include wireless leader T-Mobile USA, starting with the launch of the TM506 in early September. Sony Ericsson will now reach more than 31 million wireless subscribers through this partnership. The TM506, Sony Ericsson’s first handset supporting T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum (1700/2100), is a compact and stylish clamshell phone that delivers an exceptional Web experience in an eye-catching design.

Style and elegance

With an all around eye catching design, the TM506 was created for on-the-go consumers who want to express personal style with a feature-rich handset fully loaded for a multimedia experience. Users can reflect their personal fashion sense, choosing between Chrome with Amber or Emerald highlights with a sleek ebony gloss.
Sony Ericsson
Compact power

The TM506 proves that good things come in small packages. Its compact design fits into any pocket, purse or briefcase for consumers on the move. An outer display allows users to glance at the caller ID without having to open the phone, and the compact handset is packed with 3G download speeds for faster access (in select markets) to media and content viewing anytime, anywhere. Users can store their favorite tracks and share music with their friends using the removable Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™). Plus, it's easy to keep up with the latest news and weather information with customizable Web feeds.

Connect without limits

Users can capture and share special moments as photos or video clips with a 2.0 megapixel camera with My Album, slide show and video blogging capability. Stereo Bluetooth® connectivity allows hands-free wireless calls, and with Bluetooth® stereo headphones, users can hear their favorite music the way it was meant to be heard.

A built-in GPS navigation feature in the TM506 along with the TeleNav® application from T-Mobile allows users to always know their location. T-Mobile consumers have numerous messaging and communication options such as sending pictures, videos, IM notes and e-mail from their TM506 to their faves from the homescreen with T-Mobile myFaves®.

The TM506 will be available in early September at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.com.

TM506 Phone At-A-Glance

* Weight: 3.4 ounces, including battery (approx.)
* Size: 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.69 inches (approx.)
* Talk Time: Up to 9.5 hours GSM; up to 3.5 hours UMTS (approx.)
* Standby Time: Up to 250 hours GSM, up to 250 hours UMTS (approx.)
* 2.0 Megapixel Camera
* Media Center
* aGPS Built-in
* TeleNav® Navigator
* RSS Feeds
* myFaves-enabled
* Audio Postcard
* Quicksend
* Mobile Backup (T-Mobile Address Book)
* Bluetooth® 2.0 / A2DP / Stereo streaming
* Tri-Band GSM (850/1800/1900)
* Dual-Band UMTS (1700/2100 & 2100)
* GSM/GRPS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA

Legal Information

1) Talk and standby times are affected by network settings, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. games.

2) Web feeds, text and e-mail require an appropriate T-Mobile data plan.

The liquid identity logo is registered trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Sony, Memory Stick Micro and M2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

Bluetooth is a trademark or registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc.

Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2008.

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New iPod® Speaker System from Boston Acoustics, Inc.

Boston Acoustics, Inc., a world-renowned manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, announced the introduction of the Horizon i-DS2 the iPod Speaker System. Sr. Vice President & General Manager Eli Harary, mentioned “Our new Horizon i-DS2 is all about bringing a new level of fun, flexibility and performance to the iPod experience. The sleek and compact unit literally fits anywhere and can easily be moved from room to room. Best of all, with its premium quality high-performance loudspeakers and powerful 60 watt system, the i-DS2 lets users `play DJ' to their heart's content.”

Looking into details iPod® Speaker System is stylish and compact solution for bringing the music of any Apple® iPod® to life in great room-filling stereo sound. With built-in dual 3 1/2” full-range speakers and 60 watts of dynamic power, iPod Speaker Systemthe Horizon i-DS2 is a high performance system with deep powerful bass and crisp clean stereo sound that lets users dock and charge their iPods while listening to their favorite music. And reflecting Boston Acoustics’ Play Smart™ attitude, the i-DS2 features the company’s innovative P.O.P. design concept, which lets users quickly and easily change the look of their unit to match any room’s décor using a variety of different colored speaker grilles.

Hip and Compact One-Piece Design; Acoustically Tuned Chamber

The Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 iPod Speaker System features a hip and compact (5 ½” x 12 ¾” x 5 13/16”) one-piece design geared toward the needs of today’s design-conscious, music-everywhere oriented consumer. With its appealing high gloss cabinet design and perforated metal front grille, the i-DS2 combines contemporary design with extraordinary performance. To ensure the highest quality audio performance, the i-DS2 features an acoustically tuned chamber for maximum bass response. For total flexibility, the universal iPod dock accommodates any model iPod, and the ergonomically designed “mini remote” gives users easy “across the room” access to familiar iPod commands.

A Great Performer with All the Right Connections

The Horizon i-DS2 features a composite video output that also lets users show off photos and videos from any video-capable iPod on their TV. In addition, a USB connector allows for iPod communication with iTunes and an auxiliary input allows connections to other media players as well.

Make It Your Own… with Boston Acoustics P.O.P

The Horizon i-DS2 iPod Speaker System comes in either gloss black or gloss white, with matching perforated metal grilles. However, to make it easy for customers to individualize the look of their i-DS2 and match it perfectly to the décor of any room in the house, today or anytime in the future (kitchen, den, bedroom, bathroom), it features Boston Acoustics’ new Personal Options Plan (P.O.P.) design concept. P.O.P. lets users customize the look of their i-DS2 by offering optional metal grilles available in a wide variety of colors, including Glacier, Rosebud, Onyx, Pearl Gray, Caramel, Chocolat, Silver, Spanish Moss, Olive and Chili Pepper. To purchase a new grille, customers can simply visit the Boston Acoustics website www.bostonacoustics.com and select the color of their choice or contact those dealers that will be stocking the grille color options.

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Microsoft Windows 7 for a late 2009 or early 2010 preview Video

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft is aiming Windows 7 the new upcoming operating system for a late 2009 or early 2010 release (and according to our sources Q4 is the targeted time frame, since Microsoft does not want to miss the Christmas season again). If the company will be out by Christmas 2009, it will beat Apple in its own game, being the first to bring multi-touch user interface to the PC market. Apple's next OS X version dubbed Snow Leopard is schedule for an early 2009 released. For the first time, Apple's OS X won't be focused on new end-user features. Instead, Apple said it will optimize OS code, re-write it for full 64-bit support and support GPUs for general-purpose processing tasks.

Cool features watch Windows 7 (seven) preview, the first Official Video below..

There is no denying that the initial news about Windows 7, Vista’s successor, weren’t Microsoft Windows 7especially great for Microsoft. Vista is by far not as successful as Microsoft would have hoped and Windows 7 will have to carry the company until a completely new operating system, speculated to be code-named Midori, will be available. So, will Windows 7 be another Vista? Will it lag behind OS X Snow Leopard? Is multi-touch UI really as great as Microsoft claims it will be?

It seems that Microsoft is now confident enough to offer a sneak peek at the new Windows features at its upcoming developer and hardware conferences in October and November. It even set up an official Windows 7 blog on which senior engineers promise to discuss the operating system with users. It is a different approach than what the company took with Vista and appears that the wave of Vista criticism has had an impact.

Microsoft said that it will publicly reveal details and "in-depth technical information" about Windows 7 to developers attending its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) set to take place from October 26-29 and at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) scheduled for November 5-7.

Writing on the new Windows 7 blog, Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan, senior engineering team leaders, pledged to document the pace of development and offer a peak at Windows 7 features in the works from time to time. "With this blog we're opening up a two-way discussion about how we are making Windows 7," the company wrote. "We strongly believe that success for Windows 7 includes an open and honest, and two-way, discussion about how we balance all of these interests and deliver software on the scale of Windows. We promise and will deliver such a dialog with this blog."

It is quite apparent that Microsoft will be gauging early interest for the yet-to-be-revealed Windows 7 features and establish a measure to control or at least balance the news flow about Windows 7. Actual information coming out of this blog may actually be not as comprehensive as Windows might expect, as the authors said they will "not set expectations around the release that end up disappointing," like "features that don't make it, claims that don't stick, or support we don't provide."

So far, Microsoft kept a low profile on Windows 7 features. In terms of the base technology, we know that its kernel will be based on Windows Server 2008 kernel, which is an evolution of the Windows Vista kernel. It will keep the current driver model and will not be able to tap GPU for general-purpose computing. In short, Microsoft decided to play it safe and keep the Windows foundation in place. The new operating system comes in times when Microsoft is facing increasing competition on its own soil, especially by Apple whose OS X now leapfrogs Windows in terms of features and innovation. We can already hear Apple and pessimists saying that Windows 7 will be little more than a giant Windows Vista patch that uses multi-touch support as a sales pitch.

In fact, the only end-user feature that was promoted to this point was a multi-touch interface that will support multi-finger gestures in Windows, similar to the iPhone. Multi-touch will not be the default input method, but it will improve user interaction in all applications if the user chooses to use it. For example, you will be able to play a virtual piano by touching virtual keys on the screen, easily drag photos around the screen, rotate and zoom photos with two fingers and employ other multi-touch-based gestures to manipulate objects on the screen. The company first demonstrated these features at the WSJ's D: All Things Digital conference in May.

Have a Look at this new features that beacons with Windows 7



Windows 7 code named Windows Vienna actually is a very early concept Video based on a older version of Windows 7



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Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 available in September 2008

Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 will be available in stores this September, offering consumers a high performance mobile workstation with a great capacity for graphic design and digital content creation.

watch the demonstration video at Siggraph 2008 below to confirm the robustness of high performance mobile workstation

"Lenovo has engineered a new breed of mobile workstations with the ThinkPad W700," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. "No other PC manufacturer delivers the sheer quality, power and performance and cutting-edge innovation packed into this mobile workstation. It will truly change the way digital content and other application-heavy users work by simplifying and streamlining tasks to make them even more productive."
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700
The laptop incorporates a built-in digitizer and color calibrator, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB graphics, the Intel Centrino 2 processor, dual hard drives with RAID configuration, up to 8 GB of memory, wireless connectivity, and an optional Blu-Ray DVD player.

The W700 was created with designers in mind, but the laptop will appeal to data and graphics-intensive users in all fields. The 17-inch screen provides more than twice the resolution of typical displays, and its 72% color gamut provides more than 50% greater color intensity than typical displays. The workstation supports HD video, DVI, Display Port and VGA. The W700 also includes impressive new features sure to appeal to the graphic design crowd. The digitizer maps images to the entire screen, or an area defined by the user, enabling easy configuration of images, and the color calibrator automatically adjusts the display's color up to four times a month, keeping images accurate.

Five USB ports and a 7-in-1 multicard reader allow easy content management, and models are available with Intel vPro technology for complete manageability. The W700 can be equipped with dual hard drives, with one of them being solid state drive storage, for maximum mobile capacity. The workstation features WLAN, WWAN2, and WiMax connectivity, and is compatible with Bluetooth and ultra wideband technology.

Watch the Lenovo Thinkpad W700 Live demonstration at Siggraph 2008




Price: $2,978

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Genepax has Unveiled a Car that runs only on Water as Fuel!

Genepax, a Japanese venture company has unveiled a car that runs on water as Fuel. All it requires is a litre of water. In fact, any kind of water to be exact, whether its river, rain, sea water, or even Japanese tea sounds funny, ofcourse that's cent percent true..
Car on that runs only on Water
Genepax Co Ltd explained the technologies used in its new fuel cell system "Water Energy System (WES)," which uses water as a fuel and does not emit CO2. "The main characteristic of this car is that no external input is needed. The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water inside for you to add from time to time," said Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Chief Executive Officer of Genepax, after he proudly announced the company's invention.

As per the claims it runs only on a 300W "Water Energy System (WES)" where WATER is the only FUEL. Once water is poured into the water tank at the back of the car, the newly invented energy generator takes out the hydrogen from the water, releases electrons and finally generates electrical power. According to Genepax, the main feature of the new system is that it uses the company's membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which contains a material capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction.

"We highly recommend our system since it does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars," said Hirasawa, who is hoping to advertise the car in time for the upcoming G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan.

According to the company, 1 liter of water keeps the car running for about an hour with a speed of 80 kilometers or 50 miles an hour. 120W fuel cell systemThe company has applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese automobile manufacturers to mass manufacture their invention in the very near future. As fuel prices continue rising and people look for greener alternatives, companies globally are trying to come up with alternatives.

Though the company did not reveal the details, it "succeeded in adopting a well-known process to produce hydrogen from water to the MEA," said Hirasawa Kiyoshi, the company's president. This process is allegedly similar to the mechanism that produces hydrogen by a reaction of metal hydride and water. But compared with the existing method, the new process is expected to produce hydrogen from water for longer time, the company said.

With the new process, the cell needs only water and air, eliminating the need for a hydrogen reformer and high-pressure hydrogen tank. Moreover, the MEA requires no special catalysts, and the required amount of rare metals such as platinum is almost the same as that of existing systems, Genepax said.

Unlike the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), which uses methanol as a fuel, the new system does not emit CO2. Internal portion of the 120W fuel cell stackIn addition, it is expected to have a longer life because catalyst degradation (poisoning) caused by CO does not occur on the fuel electrode side. As it has only been slightly more than a year since the company completed the prototype, it plans to collect more data on the product life.

At the conference, Genepax unveiled a fuel cell stack with a rated output of 120W and a fuel cell system with a rated output of 300W. In the demonstration, the 120W fuel cell stack was first supplied with water by using a dry-cell battery operated pump. After power was generated, it was operated as a passive system with the pump turned off.

This time, the voltage of the fuel cell stack was 25-30V. Because the stack is composed of 40 cells connected in series, it is expected that the output per cell is 3W or higher, the voltage is about 0.5-0.7V, and the current is about 6-7A. The power density is likely to be not less than 30mW/cm2 because the reaction area of the cell is 10 x 10 cm.

Meanwhile, the 300W fuel cell system is an active system, which supplies water and air with a pump. In the demonstration, Genepax powered the TV and the lighting equipment with a lead-acid battery charged by using the system. 300W generation system mounted in a luggage roomIn addition, the 300W system was mounted in the luggage room of a compact electric vehicle "Reva" manufactured by Takeoka Mini Car Products Co Ltd, and the vehicle was actually driven by the system.

Genepax initially planned to develop a 500W system, but failed to procure the materials for MEA in time and ended up in making a 300W system.

For the future, the company intends to provide 1kw-class generation systems for use in electric vehicles and houses. Instead of driving electric vehicles with this system alone, the company expects to use it as a generator to charge the secondary battery used in electric vehicles.

Although the production cost is currently about ¥2,000,000 (US$18,522), it can be reduced to ¥500,000 ($5,000) or lower if Genepax succeeds in mass production. The company believes that its fuel cell system can compete with residential solar cell systems if the cost can be reduced to this level.

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High-Tech HydroWorx to Help NASA Astronauts

NASA has turned to HydroWorx's aquatic therapy pools for help with the conditioning and health of its astronauts. NASA LogoThe Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is where U.S. astronauts live and train; the facility is working on a project called the Center for Space Flight Performance and Research. This high-tech health center will incorporate HydroWorx hydrotherapy pools to keep its space travelers fit and healthy.

Well HydroWorx has specialized in designing, manufacturing and marketing the worlds finest water therapy and conditioning equipment for the home, sports, healthcare, eldercare and fitness markets. The company's core technologies are centered upon maximizing the therapeutic properties of water to accelerate rehabilitation and provide a nearly stress free medium for exercise.

The Center plans to include a HydroWorx 1200 Series underwater treadmill pool, a ThermalPlunge hot tub and a PolarPlunge cold tub.

Have look at this Video to get an idea of actual aquatic therapy



The 1200 Series swim spa is a quantum leap forward in aquatic therapy and wellness. Its ground-breaking design allows healthcare professionals with limited space to enjoy the benefits of our aquatic therapy and exercise in a compact package. The entire pool floor is fully adjustable in height, which will allow the astronauts to simply stand or sit on the treadmill while it is flush with the surrounding floor and be lowered into the water. The pool depth can reach 6' within 30 seconds, so the astronauts' coaches and physical therapists can strategically unload 20% to 90% of their bodyweight by raising or lowering the treadmill to manipulate water depth. This comes in handy training for zero gravity.

The astronauts will be able to walk or run against resistance jets, which are essential for exercise, therapy, rehabilitation, swimming, or deep tissue massage. These jets are adjustable to up to 200 different water speeds. Attaching a massage hose harnesses the force of a jet into a focused stream, creating a deep, wide band of pressure for subcutaneous, therapeutic penetration and myofascial release.

All functions of the HydroWorx pool are computer monitored and will be able to be recorded to validate and track astronaut recovery and progress.

The 1200 Series pool will include three underwater cameras and a flat screen viewing monitor which will greatly enhance the NASA therapist's diagnostic capabilities when evaluating an astronaut's underwater gait pattern.

NASA's awareness of the benefits of hot and cold water therapy prompted their purchase of the other HydroWorx pools for the facility. The hot water (94º- 110º) and cold pools (50º) will allow U.S. astronauts to speedily recover from strain and exercise. Strategic pool jets can be positioned in any configuration for soothing massage or trigger point patterns. Attaching a massage hose harnesses the force of a jet into a focused stream, creating a deep, wide band of pressure for hot or cold subcutaneous, therapeutic penetration and myofascial release.

The thermal heating units are engineered to distribute warm or hot water to relax tight muscles and stimulate the release of endorphins. This will aid astronauts in stretching and warming-up pre-activity or soothing tired muscles post-activity.

HydroWorx's Polar Chiller systems maintain water temperatures at a therapeutic 50º to control joint inflammation and enhance recovery by constricting muscle fibers to pump out lactic acid.

With the addition of HydroWorx aquatic therapy pools in the Center for Space Flight Performance and Research, NASA's astronauts' fitness and health should be out of this world.

About HydroWorx:
HydroWorx specializes in designing, manufacturing, and marketing the world's finest water therapy and conditioning equipment for the home, sports, healthcare, eldercare, and fitness markets. The company leads the industry in scientific research and data supporting the therapeutic and rehabilitative properties of hydrotherapy. HydroWorx has sold residential pools and professional aquatic therapy pools in all 50 states and twelve countries. HydroWorx's extensive and elite client list includes Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, renowned orthopedic surgeons, the, the University of Texas, USC, LSU, Ohio State, as well as Nike, the San Antonio Spurs, and Notre Dame. European Cup champs Manchester United Football Club and the Super Bowl champion New York Giants are also among hundreds of other distinguished customers.


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Ergonomically designed Computer Furniture

Ergonomically Speaking, Computer Furniture Doesn't Get Any Better Than This from Versa Tables.

It's no mystery that for the past decade Versa Tables has been manufacturing and selling some of the most durable, functional computer furniture available on the market today. With several lines of computer desks and tables filling classrooms, Computer Furniturecomputer labs, and training centers across the country, the quality of Versa Tables has never been in question. Due to the increasing length of time that people are spending at their desk in front of a computer, though, ergonomics has become one of the biggest concerns when it comes to choosing the very best computer furniture.

When we design and manufacture computer furniture at Versa, we keep three main points in mind; functionality, durability, and ergonomics

"When we design and manufacture computer furniture at Versa, we keep three main points in mind; functionality, durability, and ergonomics", remarked Chris Stormer, Chief Operations Officer at Versa Tables. "All three issues are of the utmost importance to us, but ergonomics often takes the most time and effort due to the ever changing way people are incorporating computers and new technology into their lives. The ergonomic standard for keyboard trays in 2001 may be different than the standard of today, and we are able to incorporate those changes into our designs as they happen. That's one of the most unique aspects of our company. We are flexible enough to shift with the market and always be one step ahead of the competition."

As one of the top suppliers of computer desks and tables to universities and military Computer Furnituretraining centers in the United States, Versa Tables has a lot of pressure to perform. It's not just a demand from the public to produce ergonomically correct products that appeal to the market, it's meeting and exceeding some of the most stringent testing guidelines governing the manufacturing sector in the U.S. The ANSI / BIFMA Safety and Performance Guidelines are developed by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association Engineering Committee. The standards are reviewed every five years according to guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standards are intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis for evaluating safety, durability, and the structural adequacy of the specified furniture, independent of construction materials. The standards define specific tests, laboratory equipment to be used, the conditions of test, and the minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating these products.

"All Versa Tables products meet or exceed ANSI / BIFMA testing guidelines", mentioned Stormer. "Not many people who are in the market for computer furniture even know what that means, so a lot of our competitors don't even bother to spend the time and money it requires to achieve these standards. Computer FurnitureIt matters to us though. Knowing that are customers are getting furniture that not only meets their needs, but is the best when it comes to safety, structural integrity and ergonomics makes every painstaking hour and dollar spent 100% worth it for us."

In a landscape riddled with cheap knockoffs and foreign-import substandard furniture, American made tables and desks from Versa Tables are a breath of fresh air. When evaluating your next purchase of computer furniture, it's a good idea to use the focus on the same three points that Versa does; functionality, durability, and ergonomics.

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Run your Car on Regular Tap Water, Yes this true

New Technology Allows You to Convert Your Car to Run on Regular Tap Water - Skyrocketing Gas Prices are Causing Frustrated Car and Truck Owners to Search for Fuel Alternatives

Well the price of oil at an all-time high, car owners around the world are searching for ways to save money on gas. A new report teaches car owners how to run a combustion engine car or truck on water, saving huge money at the gas pump. View this video describing technology involved.



Oil is the lifeblood of America's economy. Americans drive and fly more than any other nation in the world, contributing to rising oil prices. America uses a full 25% of the world's oil, mostly for transportation.

Much of the U.S. oil supply comes from overseas sources, making the U.S . dependent on other nations to supply the lifeblood of the transportation system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the remaining U.S. oil fields are becoming increasingly costly to produce because much of the easy-to-find oil has already been recovered.

With some industry experts predicting prices will top $500 for a barrel of oil within a few years, it appears there is no end in sight for gas price increases, making it all the more important to find alternative fuel sources, such as water.

The combination of swelling oil prices, a slowing global economy, and increased unemployment, are causing car owners to explore alternatives to spending money on new, more energy-efficient cars. While water has long been considered as an alternative fuel source, without the recent rise in gas prices, car owners were not motivated to explore the technology.

The technology behind using water to run a car includes using the battery in your car to take water and separate it into "HHO," which stands for Hydrogen, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. This gas burns very effectively and keeps the power of the Hydrogen, but it stays stable, just like water. Only a small amount of water is needed, since a lot of HHO gas can be made from just a quart of water. This gas is actually more potent than regular gasoline, so it can also enhance most cars' performance and improve gas mileage.

American's are reluctant to give up their gas-guzzling SUVs, so must seek ways to reduce their gasoline costs. According to the Energy Information Administration "Record crude oil prices are pushing current and expected gasoline prices to record levels." And predictions show no slowing of the upward trend in gas prices, affecting every part of the world economy. Learning to run a car on water is an option whose time has come.

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HP Blackbird 002 the extreme Gaming PC on retail stores and online shops this summer

On June 9th, 2008 HP announced that the award-winning HP Blackbird 002 will be available in an exclusive configuration at Amazon.com, Newegg.com and select Best Buy, Circuit City, J&R HP Blackbird 002and Micro Center retail stores and online shops this summer...

This is the first time HP Blackbird 002 will be available in retail stores, making it more accessible to consumers and allowing them the chance to experience it up close and personal. The retail configuration will include the cutting-edge design and performance elements that set this machine apart from other desktop PCs in its class. The retail displays will include video demonstrations of the system and offer live game play.

Since its introduction, the HP Blackbird 002 with Voodoo DNA has attracted accolades for features including the ability to handle extreme computing challenges, from next-generation games to demanding professional applications, as well as its isolated thermal chambers, tool-free accessibility, and cable-free hard drive installation. Recognized for its ground-breaking design, the HP Blackbird 002’s attention-getting shape combines a stylish sensibility and cool practicality.

“While Blackbird has been well-received online, we know there is a large segment of consumers who crave a hands-on experience before making a purchase decision,” said Mike Perkins, vice president and general manager, Voodoo Business Unit, HP. “We are introducing the HP Blackbird 002 to a new audience and anticipate a fantastic response to this one-of-a-kind fragging machine.”

This is Video review of Computer Shopper magazine Associate Editor Matthew Murray on the HP Blackbird 002 With Voodoo DNA, a new High-End Desktop and Gaming PC well have a look...




The HP Blackbird 002’s exclusive retail configuration is priced at $3,299, and includes:

* Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q9450
* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1
* Quiet, liquid cooled CPU
* NVIDIA nForce SLI motherboard with RAID support
* Dual SLI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics cards with support for Microsoft® DirectX 10
* 4,096 MB Corsair Dominator system memory with DHX technology
* 500 GB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive
* Five internal, hot-swappable hard drive bays
* 7.1 onboard HD audio
* Concealed USB, FireWire® and audio ports, plus 15-in-1 memory card reader
* 900 watt power plant
* One-year HP limited warranty and toll-free phone support

On June 29, a list of availability dates and retail locations will be available at www.hp.com/go/bbretail. Customers can also continue to purchase and configure the HP Blackbird 002 online at www.hp.com/voodoodna or via phone by calling +1 877 776 4752.

Complete Technical Specifications:
HP Blackbird 002 Gaming
Motherboards:
* EVGA 780i
* Asus Maximus Formula X38

Processor:
Intel® Core™ Micro architecture

* Up to SSE 3 support
* Energy efficiency optimization
* Thermal cut-outs to mitigate damage from system overclocking

Configurations:
* Intel® Core2™ Duo 2.66GHz [E6750]; 4MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Duo 3.0GHz [E6850]; 4MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Duo 2.66GHz [E8200]; 6MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Duo 3.0GHz [E8400]; 6MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Quad 2.40GHz [Q6600]; 8MB of L2 cache; 1066 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Quad 2.66GHz [Q9450]; 12MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Quad 2.83GHz [Q9550]; 12MB of L2 cache; 1333 MHz FSB
* Intel® Core2™ Extreme Quad-Core 3.0GHz [QX6850]; 8MB of L2 cache; 1333MHz
* Intel® Core2™ Extreme Quad-Core 3.0GHz [QX9650]; 12MB of L2 cache; 1333MHz

Memory:
* 2 or 4 GB 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM
* 2 or 4 GB 800 MHz CORSAIR PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
* 2 or 4 GB 1066MHz CORSAIR PC2-8500 DDR2 SDRAM SLI Ready

Four DIMM slots supporting up to 4 GB of main memory
256-bit-wide memory architecture

Graphics and Displays:
Two Doublewide, 16-lane PCI Express graphics slot with one or more of the following graphic cards installed:

* NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, supports Dual-Link DVI
* NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX, with 768MB of GDDR3 SDRAM supports Dual-Link DVI (available with liquid cooling)
* NVIDIA GeForce 8800 ULTRA, with 768MB of GDDR3 SDRAM supports Dual-Link DVI (available with liquid cooling)

* ATI RADEON HD3870 XT, with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, supports Dual-Link DVI (available with liquid-cooling)
* ATI RADEON HD3870 X2, with 1GB of GDDR4 SDRAM, supports Dual-Link DVI

Supports both ATI Crossfire and NVDIA SLI multiple graphic card configurations
Four slots to support NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire configurations with two PCIe graphics cards
Dual-link DVI ports support up to 2560 by 1600 pixels.
Support for analog resolutions up to 2048 by 1536 pixels at 85HZ
DVI to VGA adapter included
Dual-display support for extended desktops and video cloning modes

Physics
* AGEIA PhysX™ 100 Series PCI-E Accelerator Card

Networking
Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) ports that can support jumbo frames with low latency on gigabit connections

Storage
Flexible RAID capabilities

Five independent Serial ATA hard drive bays
Up to 5TB of internal storage using drives with the following capacities:

* Hard drive bays 1 – 5 can be configured with the following drives
o 160GB 10,000 rpm SATA (Western Digital Raptor)
o 320GB 7200 rpm SATA
o 500GB 7200 rpm SATA
o 750GB 7200 rpm SATA
o 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA

Two Super multi-drive, slim slots with Lightscribe (DVD+/-R/RW+/-DL)

* Writes DVD-R discs at up to 16x speed
* Writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 4x speed
* Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
* Writes CD-R discs at up to 40x speed
* Writes CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed
* Reads CDs at up to 24x speed

A single 5 1/4 bay for Blu-ray and HD DVD-ROM Super multi-drive with LightScribe BD-R/RE SL/DL read and write compatible

* CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM, +R/RW, +/- R DL
* CD Family, DVD-ROM read compatible
* HD DVD-ROM/R read compatible

Electrical and environmental requirements
* Line voltage: 100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)
* Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz single phase
* Current: Maximum of 12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)
* Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
* Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
* Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
* Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet

Peripherals and audio
Back panel:
* One PS/2 mouse port
* One PS/2 keyboard port
* Two eSATA ports
* One IEEE1394 port
* LCD screen (for diagnostics and status)
* LCD back light button (some boards only)
* SPDIF out and optical out port
* Two RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet) ports (number depends on MB)
* Four USB 2.0 ports (number depends on MB)

Top panel:
* 15 in 1 multi-card reader
* One IEEE1394 port
* Two USB 2.0 ports
* One 1/8" microphone jack
* One 1/8" headphone jack

Audio Options
* ADI onboard audio
* Creative Audio Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer
* Creative Audio Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional

Features
* Speaker and Headphone connections: Stereo to 7.1 (Line Out via three 3.5mm mini jacks)
* Flexijack: Line In / Microphone In / Digital Out / Digital I/O via shared 3.5mm mini jack
* Auxiliary Line level Input: 4-pin Molex connector

Expansion slots
* 3 PCIe x16 slots (The two blue PCIe x16 slots operate with a full compliment of 16 PCI Express lanes, while the third white slot operates with only 8)
* 1 PCIe x1 slot
* 2 PCI v2.2 slots

Operating System and Software
* Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate
* Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium

Security
* Grisoft AVG Professional (1 year base for all models)
* Grisoft AVG Professional (2 year upgrade available)
* Grisoft AVG Internet Security (2 year license available

Productivity
* Adobe® Reader®
* Microsoft® Office Pro 2007
* Microsoft® Office Small Business Edition 2007
* Microsoft® Office Basic 2007

Media Software
* CyberLink PowerDirector
* CyberLink Power2Go
* CyberLink DVD Play
* CyberLink Label Print

Supplemental Discs
* Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Installation DVD
* Driver and Applications Recovery DVD

Size and weight
* Height: 598.64 mm (23.5 inches)
* Width: 266.96 mm (9 inches)
* Length: 557.23 mm (22 inches)
* Weight (full configuration): 72 pounds (32.659 kg)


About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
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Water Powered Cell Phones

Get Ready for Water Powered Cell Phones

Samsung has developed a new kind of cell phone battery that's powered by water and is aiming to bring it to market by 2010...

Samsung Electro - Mechanics has developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on water, writes the Chosun Ilbo.
Water Powered Cell Phone
Oh Yong-soo, vice president of Samsung Electro-Mechanics' research centre, who said that when the handset is turned on, metal and water in the phone react to produce hydrogen gas.

The gas is then supplied to the fuel cell where it reacts with oxygen in the air to generate power.

Other fuel cells need methanol to produce hydrogen, while Samsung's needs only water.

Since the micro-fuel cell can generate up to three watts of electricity, it could be used in mobile devices. The new fuel cell could power a handset for ten hours, twice as long as rechargeable batteries. Oh Yong-soo said water-powered handsets are expected to hit the market by 2010.

In 2010 your mobile phone may be powered by water. Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced that it has developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on H20.

"When the handset is turned on, metal and water in the phone react to produce hydrogen gas," explained Oh Yong-soo, vice president of Samsung Electro-Mechanics' research center. "The gas is then supplied to the fuel cell where it reacts with oxygen in the air to generate power." Other fuel cells need methanol to produce hydrogen, while Samsung's needs only water.
Block Diagram Water Powered Cell Phone
Since the micro-fuel cell can generate up to three watts of electricity, it could be used in mobile devices, the company said. The new fuel cell could power a handset for 10 hours, twice as long as rechargeable batteries.

Samsung claims this type of battery could last up to 10 hours and by Samsung’s usage calculations would have to be replaced every five days. Its next development would be a water based power system that doesn’t rely on the hydrogen cartridge.

Oh said water-powered handsets are expected to hit the market by 2010. "If the user uses the phone for four hours a day on average, they would have to change the hydrogen cartridge about every five days," Oh said. "Later handsets will be developed that don't need the hydrogen cartridges to be changed, and would only need to be filled with water."

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PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service that will become available in Fall 2008

Sony Computer Entertainment Announces Expansion of Closed Beta Testing for PLAYSTATION®Home in Summer 2008

Open Beta Service Scheduled For Fall 2008...

Tokyo, April 22, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will expand the Closed Beta testing for PLAYSTATION®Home in Summer 2008, inviting a further number of registrants from the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) users. Following completion of the Expanded Closed Beta test, the PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service will commence in Fall 2008.

“We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Our overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on PLAYSTATION Home. Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service, maintaining the PlayStation® tradition.”

The PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service that will become available in Fall 2008 will be built around providing new and fun community gaming experiences.
Details of the Closed Beta testing features, registration for the test and the opening of the service will be announced as they become available.

About PLAYSTATION®Home


PLAYSTATION®Home is the visual representation of the PlayStation® community. It is an evolving online social gaming service built for PS3® users to meet and share gaming experiences.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.


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Seagate announced it's the first to ship one Billionth Hard Disk Drive

Seagate First to Ship - One Billion Hard Drives - Expects Next Billion Within Five Years

Digital Content Explosion Creates Huge Growth in Demand for Storage; Seagate Now Shipping 111,600 Terabytes Each Day – Over One Terabyte of Storage Every Second...

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-April 22, 2008 - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) announced today that it is the first hard drive manufacturer worldwide to have shipped 1 billion hard drives – a number not only staggering in size but also emblematic of the massive amount of digital content being created in the home, hand, office, car and dozens of other markets. Consider this: the 1 billion hard drives Seagate has delivered equates to approximately 79 million terabytes, able to store 158 billion hours of digital video or 1.2 trillion hours of your favorite music – and Seagate hard drives and storage solutions enable people to create, share, enjoy and protect more digital content every day.

As further testimony to its market leadership and the central role storage solutions play in the digital world today, Seagate projects that although it took 29 years to reach the 1 billion milestone, the company will ship its next billion in less than five years. Also, by the time its nearest competitor reaches 1 billion drives shipped, Seagate will already be close to shipping its second billion.

Seagate’s billionth drive milestone comes as hard drive shipments continue to increase dramatically. According to Gartner Group, last year alone more than 500 million drives were shipped, compared to 1990, when slightly less than 30 million were shipped.

In 1979, Seagate’s first product, the ST506 hard drive, could store 5 megabytes of data or the equivalent of one MP3 song. The drive weighed about five pounds and cost $1,500, or $300 per megabyte. Today, a typical Seagate hard drive offers a terabyte of data (or 1 million megabytes), which has enough capacity to record 32 days of high-definition video around the clock – at a cost of 1/5000th of a cent ($0.00022) per megabyte.

“This company has an amazing, colorful and important history, which continues to be written every day by our 55,000 employees around the world,” said Bill Watkins, Seagate CEO. “Al Shugart and a few others started the company behind a convenience store in 1979 and enabled the birth of the first PCs. Today we’re at the center of the digital content revolution. So reaching this milestone is a great opportunity for us to reflect on our accomplishments and those of our predecessors, and to also look forward to the great things we can still achieve as a company.”

Long-time Seagate customer, HP, congratulated the company on this achievement. “Reaching this milestone could only be possible through exceptionally strong leadership, committed employees and deep corporate values that focus on innovation, collaboration and delivering superior customer service,” said Ike Harris, VP of notebook supply chain at HP. “These values are very consistent with HP’s and this alignment reflects the strength of our partnership.”

The rapid growth of digital content continues to come from a wide range of sources. For example, analysts estimate that there are over one billion digital still and phone cameras in the world and that those devices accounted for 250 billion created images in 2006. It is predicted that user-generated content sites (like Flickr and YouTube) will produce 65 billion downloads/views by 2010.

“Digital content proliferation is a long-term phenomenon,” according to John Rydning, IDC’s Research Director for hard drives. “This phenomenon is pushing demand for hard drives to more than 600 million units per year by 2010 and will continue to fuel hard drive demand in the decade ahead.”

For more information on this important milestone, please go to the website: http://1b.seagatestorage.com

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com.

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