Gadget News March 2007

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ThermalTake Tai-Chi M+ notebook cooler review

DV Hardware :: Friday, March 30, 2007
ThermalTake is pretty famous for its cooling products, cases and power supplies. In this review I take a look at their new Tai-Chi M+ notebook cooler, this product is designed for widescreen notebooks and besides making them run less hot it should also improve ergonomics a bit. The cooler slighly raises the laptop , making it a bit easier to type and to view the LCD display of your system.

Fanotec Nodal Ninja 3 Spherical Tripod Head Review
XYZ Computing :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Spherical tripod heads, like the Nodal Ninja, do not resemble spheres. In fact, they usually have more than one straight pieces and look almost like a modern version of the navigation equipment one would find on a 17th century galleon. The “spherical” element is the concept that the tripod head holds the camera in a particular position in space that allows it to rotate about its exact entrance pupil. When this entrance pupil becomes the axis of rotation in every direction, the camera’s lens becomes a segment of a sphere. When the photographer uses the spherical tripod head to rotate the camera about its entrance pupil in between exposures, each exposure can become a curved “tile” within a digital spherical representation of the entire environment. The smaller the focal length, the larger this tile will be, so wide-angle lenses require fewer exposures to complete an entire scene.

Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review
Overclockers Club :: Friday, March 30, 2007
“After realizing the unit is not capable of customization, the second thing people have noted is “Why?” This is a valid question that I haven’t come up with a solid answer for despite the fact I have had a lot of time with this gadget. It really is tough to defend this question because the Pro Gamer is a niche item that anyone can do without. The more time I spent with it the more people asked the magic question. “Why?” Well I’m not sure but I have become agitated the more I hear it. It makes me feel like Edward Furlong in Terminator 2 when Arnie repeatedly asks why things are the way they are. “I just don’t know why ok Governor?” It’s pretty tough to defend something that offers no new features, takes up a USB port and may make you the center of ridicule if you break it out.”

Thecus N2100 NAS Review
Techgage :: Friday, March 30, 2007
If you are looking for a quality NAS, the N2100 from Thecus is worth your consideration. It can act as a music and photo sharing hub and even an FTP server, among others. Though, the best part might be it’s price.

CTIA 2007 Photo Blog
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, March 30, 2007
We bring you the sights and gear on display at the 2007 Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) trade show in Orlando, Florida. 

Worst Products of Winter
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Buyer beware: These are the worst products we’ve seen during the first three months of 2007. 

Amp’D Live
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 30, 2007

Sprint TV
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 30, 2007

CTIA Mobile Phone Show: Our Picks and Pans
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
From bad bling to phone Zen to Bill Clinton–here’s the best and worst of what we saw at this big mobile phone extravaganza. 

CTIA’s Hottest Products and Services
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
These are the things that had them talking at the big CTIA wireless show. 

RIM Seeking New BlackBerry Apps
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Research In Motion releases new APIs, hoping to expand the types of programs developers can make for its device. 

Sony’s PlayStation 3 Going to 80GB
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Sony is planning a version of the PlayStation 3 game console with a larger hard drive. 

Can a Sony Ericsson W950i Replace Your iPod?
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
It’s a terrific phone for music devotees, but the slow data connection speed and a few design quirks left me unimpressed. 

Motorola Rizr Z3
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
This well-designed multimedia phone performs satisfactorily, though its keys are a bit stiff. 

Sony Ericsson W300i
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Solid budget music phone is light and compact but a little hard to navigate. 

Samsung SCH-u740
PC World Gadgets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
This phone sports an unusual dual-hinge design and some deep messaging capabilities. 

LG vx9900 EnV
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The EnV isn’t the slimmest cell phone around, but it offers excellent messaging features and great multimedia options.

 

Nokia 6133
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A plain design cloaks a phone containing a good set of features at a fair price. 

Cingular’s Video Share Service Has Business Side
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The live-video-stream technology will be supported on busines, as well as consumer phones. 

Samsung SGH-a707 (Sync)
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
For a device that claims to be a music phone, the Sync makes listening to music a lot harder than it should be. 

RIM BlackBerry 8800
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Among this phone’s impressive features are excellent e-mail options, built-in GPS, and a sleek design. 

Motorola Launches Rugged PDA/Phone
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
New Motorola PDA/phone hyprid has GPS and Bluetooth, and can read bar codes. 

LG Phones to Carry Google Software
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
LG Electronics is launching several cell phones with preinstalled Google software and services. 

Put the You in YouTube
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We test five kinds of video-capture devices to find out which ones are best for posting online. 

Cisco Adds 3G to Small-Biz Router
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
At CTIA Cisco is introducing a 3G wireless module for its branch and small-business routers. 

Symbian Mobile OS Gets TV, Digicam Support
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Symbian update adds support for digital TV, cameras, databases, VoIP roaming, and more. 

Voice Drives New Mobile Services
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Voice–the original cell phone application–makes a comeback as an input technology for new data services. 

Static Clears on Mobile TV
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
CTIA showcases a variety of mobile video services and technologies. 

Your Photo Questions Answered
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Dust detecting, static electricity, jaggies, and more. 

Zoom Your Way to Mobile Content with ZenZui
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Microsoft-backed ZenZui promises slick, easy access to Web content. 

New Walkman Phone Sports Slim Design, Pedometer
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
At this week’s CTIA conference in Orlando, Fla., Sony Ericsson showed off the forthcoming W580 Walkman Phone, which will go on sale starting in the Fall. 


Sprint Announces New WiMax Details
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Carrier names WiMax device makers, further WiMax expansion plans, and a name for its TV-phone-wireless service

First Look: Samsung’s Two-Faced iPhone Fighter
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Samsung seeks to upstage Apple’s iPhone. 

Symantec: PC-Level Security on Mobile Devices?
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
CTIA report: Symantec Mobile Security Suite 5.0 adds VPN, encryption, antispam, and more. 

New Tool Tracks Cell Usage
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
MeterDirect may give advertisers, mobile services a better sense of what customers want, use. 

LG Unveils Two Shiny Clamshell Cell Phones
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
LG also introduces a stereo Bluetooth speaker on the eve of the big CTIA mobile phone show. 

Mapquest Expands Free Services to Handsets
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The Web mapping pioneer’s improved free mobile services join a growing number of mapping and navigation options for cell phones. 

High-End Digicams Shown
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Japanese vendors highlight high-megapixel single-lens reflex models at photo imaging show. 

News In Brief
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Television on cell phones; an online version of Photoshop. 

FCC Unlikely to Lift Airplane Cell Phone Ban
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Chairman says he will ask the commission to retain the ban. 

Web VIPs, Phone Bill Mysteries, European PS3s
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Readers discuss our most important people on the Web list, more mystery cell phone charges, and Sony’s European version of the PS3. 

Used Phones–The Deals and the Duds
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Buying a refurbished phone can sometimes be the smarter way to go. 

Broadcom to U.S.: Ban Phones With Qualcomm Chips
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
UPDATE: Qualcom responds to Broadcom’s call for U.S. ban on its chips. 

Nokia Ships Its First GPS Phone
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Nokia has started shipping its GPS-enabled N95 mobile phone in Europe and Asia. 

Digital Bumper Stickers and More
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
License plate frames go digital, high-def devices cut their cables, and audiophiles get new earphone options. 

Can Cameras Do SDHC?
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Older cameras designed to work with SD Cards aren’t equipped to handle Secure Digital High Capacity media. 

New Cameras Know Your Face Anywhere
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Some of the latest point-and-shoot digital cameras have a new feature: facial recognition. 

Fancy Phones Sell, but Services Lag
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Consumers in both the U.S. and Europe are flocking to phones with advanced data features, but not their provider’s services. 

Sprint Gives Away GPS Service
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Subsribers to Sprint Nextel low-cost data-service will be able to use a new location service for free. 

Windows Mobile 6: New E-Mail Options
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Handheld operating system also adds new editing powers in core Office apps. Plus, Ultra Mobile PCs get a new face. 

Microsoft Late with Zune Firmware Update
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Updates to the iPod rival’s software were not delivered on schedule. 

Cool HD and Media Players
PC World Gadgets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
An update on the newest HD players and recorders from Japan, as well as Sony’s Video Walkman. 

Hands-On With the Helio Ocean
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hands-On With the Helio Ocean
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Samsung SCH-U620
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A good balance of voice quality and mobile TV flair, this is an attractive little phone with an entertaining twist. 

Companies Aim to Put Projectors in Cell Phones
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Although the latest and greatest cell phones are all the rage at this years CTIA show, a new mobile device category emerged that many are calling “nano” or “pico” projectors. 

Startup VeryKool Targets U.S. Cell-Phone Market
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Many have tried, many have fallen. Count VeryKool amongst the eager new faces trying to break into the cell-phone market. 

Hands-On with ZenZui Mobile UI
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We get an early demo of Microsoft’s radical new ZenZui user interface for mobile devices. 

Sony Ericsson: Expect More From Us
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Company execs said consumers can expect better music software and more phones for T-Mobile and Cingular subscribers. 

CTIA 2007 Photo Blog
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We bring you the sights and gear on display at the 2007 Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) trade show in Orlando, Florida. 

AT&T: In Cell Phones, Simple Is the New Sexy
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The new killer app for wireless is ease of use. That’s the word that Randall Stephenson, chief operating officer of AT&T, delivered in his keynote speech at the 2007 CTIA Wireless conference here. 

Lognetmedia ML-903 ICON 2000DPI Laser Mouse Review
Overclockers Club :: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
“So the claim of “80 clicks in 10 seconds” seems very optimistic, but after using this mouse in many games and applications, I think this rate of clicking would be possible if you had almost super-human clicking abilities. That is to say, the primary and secondary mouse buttons have a “hair trigger” response that require less force than my Logitech MX518 or Microsoft Intellimouse Explorerer 3.0. This proved itself useful in Rainbow Six: Vegas when I had one of the weapons on single shot rate-of-fire, with a silencer, and needed to take out a few enemies at once. It certainly shone here as an incredibly accurate and lightning-fast mouse for first-person shooter (FPS) games.”