Archive for August, 2008

ASUS introduces the Bamboo Notebook

Posted: August 31, 2008 in Tech

Asus announced the launch of its Bamboo Series notebooks in the form of a 12.1-inch and an 11.1-inch model. The series is based on the Asus Eco Book concept.

The new series uses the company’s Super Hybrid Engine technology that makes them significantly energy-efficient. It has the capacity to observe current working environment and adjust the notebook’s settings in real time based on what the user needs. This technology can reportedly improve battery life and extend it by 35 to 70 percent.

The Bamboo series is touted as one of Asus most “environment-friendly” products.

Logitech Announces Squeezebox Boombox

Posted: August 31, 2008 in Tech

Logitech unveiled the Logitech Squeezebox Boom all-in-one network music player, featuring an integrated amplifier, high-performance speakers and a simplified setup.

With the Logitech Squeezebox Boom all-in-one network music player, you can listen to your digital music in the kitchen, the bedroom or any other room in your home – without needing to attach external speakers.

Just plug the new Logitech network music player into a power outlet – there are no additional wires to connect. Then, using your existing home network, you can listen to the music you love from the personal collection on your computer, your favorite Internet radio stations, and subscription services such as Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius – even when the computer is off.

MSI announces three new notebooks

Posted: August 31, 2008 in Tech

Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced three new notebooks – VR440, GX720 and GX400, all featuring MSI’s exclusive ECO Engine, a power management function to extend the battery life when performing different tasks.

The VR440 adopts Intel Pentium processors with a 14.1-inch LCD panel. The GX720 features a 17-inch LCD display and is equipped with the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT GPU. The GX400 also features a similar specification as the GX720, but the webcam is 1.3-megapixel and it has a smaller 14.1-inch display.

Google will soon release Android Market

Posted: August 31, 2008 in Tech

Google has announced an online store named Android Market which would be similar to Apple App Store.

Android Market as the name suggest would be for Google Android based mobile devices which are expected to be launched in the market by the end of this year.

This store would enable the owners of Android mobile phones to download and install third party applications.

Yahoo scraps ‘Yahoo Mash’

Posted: August 31, 2008 in Tech

Internet company Yahoo announced without explanation it will close Yahoo Mash in Sept. 29. The one-year old service permitted users to create profiles of friends and use “modules” in a manner akin to Facebook.

In 2007, Yahoo killed Mixd, an attempt at mobile social-networking that lived only a few months.

Google last year introduced “OpenSocial,” a project to bring social-networking beyond just MySpace and Facebook by allowing any Web site to offer social-networking features.

Nikon DSLR D90 Can Record Movies

Posted: August 28, 2008 in Tech

Nikon has introduced what it claims is the first DSLR with the ability to record video – The Nikon D90.

The mid-range D90 will capture video at a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 720 at 24 frames per second. The D90 has a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is capable of capturing up to 4.5 frames per second.

The 3in LCD screen includes a Live View mode, which is almost a pre-requisite for shooting video, and offers a claimed viewing angle of 170 degrees.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

Posted: August 28, 2008 in Tech

Microsoft has unveiled Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, and is available for download.

The big new feature is InPrivate, which comes in two forms.

InPrivate browsing is for when people don’t want to leave any traces when they’re browsing websites – so no temporary internet files, no form data, no cookies, no browsing history. InPrivate Blocking is slightly different again. This answers the problem, according to Microsoft, of third parties having access to your information without your knowledge.

Other security features include an automatic filter that prevents cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks by scanning link query strings for external code. Rather than blocking the link, the tool simply removes the code link to render the site safe.