Tech News February 2009

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 reviewed 
IT Reviewed :: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
“Available in expanded colour palette options to express your personal style (Obsidian Black, Alpine White, Cherry Red, Pretty Pink, Ice Blue and Jade Green), the Mini 10 is more than capable of handling the basic computing tasks it was designed for. However, thanks to Intel’s wretchedgraphics chipset and poor driver support, the video playback – both streaming Internet video and files stored on the hard drive – brings the machine to a crippling halt. To add insult to injury, the Mini 10 boats an operating time of under 3 hours from the 4-cell battery, which is borderline acceptable. The Mini 10 is a fine all-round netbook, but we’d have liked a much better battery life and 3G built in as standard. The lack of solid state storage at launch (February 26) is another disappointment, as is no Gigabit Ethernet for super-speedy wired networking.”

iXBT Labs Review: Graphics Card + CPU, Part 5
IXBT :: Friday, February 20, 2009
“We proceed with a series of practical articles, in which we analyze sufficiency of various CPU+GPU combinations for games, trying to keep our test conditions as close to popular realia as possible. We hope that such articles will come in handy to readers willing to reasonably distribute their budgetbetween a graphics card and a processor.”

Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme Gaming Rig
Hot Hardware :: Friday, February 20, 2009
We have just posted a new article at HotHardware, in which we evaluate the features, performance, and value of the Smooth Creations LANShark Gaming Rig. Smooth Creations offers three different base configuration levels of the LANShark: Standard, Pro and Extreme. We received the LANShark Extreme for analysis in our labs. The “Extreme” configured LANShark is the most tricked out version offered by Smooth Creations. It is without a doubt an extremely impressive looking, custom painted system, complemented by equally impressive hardware components, including an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, a Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive, a Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 video card, 8GB of Kingston HyperX memory, and a complete watercooling system. Come on by the site and check it out…

Chenbro PC617
Inside HW :: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“Chenbro PC617 is mid-size computer chassis that can be “home” for any micro ATX or full ATX sized motherboard. All dimensions are standard and only interesting design elements are light on front side and sliding “grill”. Since this chassis isn’t designed specifically for any customer group, it can be interesting to wide user profiles: from gamers to users that fancy elegant futuristic design. As mentioned above, this model has sliding “grill” that slides in upper position when it covers drive bays or in lower position when it covers area that is lighted with violet LEDs. This lower position can be useful in case you want to hide light source…”

The Future of PCs and Home Computing
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We take a look at the future of home computing and what tomorrow holds for the next generation of PCs.”

Hardware Confusion 2009
Tweak Guides :: Monday, February 16, 2009
Hardware Confusion 2009 is an article detailing one man’s journey through the PC hardware selection, purchasing and building process. It’s lengthy, and a tad self-indulgent at times, but within lies what I hope to be not only some useful information for those who wish to build a Core i7 system, but also a range of interesting facts and issues to consider for virtually anyone thinking about upgrading their system in the near future.

Interview with Alexander Mast (Hiper)
Driver Heaven :: Friday, February 13, 2009
To be honest we have just released our 1 KW as we really don’t see a big need for it. We have had 1.2 and 1.5 ready for some time but really other than a marketing benefit the product will not be a long lasting item. As by the time we actually will need 1KW and more the way the connectors will feed the system would have changed. To give you an example you may not know, the connectors that connect the PSU cables to the board and various devices are made to carry 75 watts, any more they melt. That is except the PCI-E connector (they had to change them as they needed more power for the GPU) can carry 150 before they start melting. So as you can see when the devices like GPU or boards come that need more power either we have to have loads of the existing connectors, or we will be asked to change like we were with advent of SLI to the new higher rated material.

Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi 2GB Memory Card
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Pictures, videos and all that require some sort of memory card usually, and you’ve got many choices when it comes to purchasing one. Only one out there though can wirelessly transfer your pictures to your computer or even to the internet, and that’s the Lexar Shoot-n-Sync, which is the Eye-Fi Wi-Fi enable memory card. So today I’m taking a look at the Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi 2gb memory card. It enables you to wirelessly transmit your photos back to your computer so there’s no need to ever take the card out of your camera. Read on to check it out…

Beef Up Security With Runscanner?
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Runscanner adds a useful layer of as-needed scanning protection, but the similar HijackThis may be a better bet.

Milog for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Milog from SymplySoft helps you carefully track your mileage, whether you’re a road warrior logging business miles driven for…


SnapTell for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
These days, it has become more and more difficult to find a new technology that feels magical. Think of the feeling you got…

The Ultra-thin Brenthaven Metrolite BP
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I’ve been using a laptop backpack from Brenthaven for years now. Not a series of backpacks–a single blue backpack. There’s a…

Internet Explorer 8 Offers Improved Privacy and Security
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here’s a look at some of the key features that will be included in IE 8, and why companies may be better off using it than Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Darts for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In theory, Darts sounds like a great game for the iPhone. But as slick as the iPhone’s touch screen and accelerometer are…

Get a Move-On With iPhone App RunKeeper Pro
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Track your running or walking regimen with this full-featured iPhone app.

To-Do Lists for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
After completing a to-do item, scratching it off on paper can be quite satisfying. It has a feeling of finality that tapping…

Banish Unwanted Dialog Boxes With Buzof
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Stop pressing the same buttons over and over. Buzof can do it for you.

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 5
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In the fifth in a 10-part series looking at the changes in Windows 7, our colleagues at InfoWorld take a look at the Action Center and User Account Controls.

LiveScribe Digital Pen Talks Back
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This digital pen is a great choice for students, journalists. and meeting-hoppers.

Western Digital My Passport for Mac 500GB
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Western Digital’s My Passport For Mac is a solid, compact, comparatively speedy little USB-only portable hard drive that also…

Explore Rolandoland in Free iPhone Game Rolando Lite
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Rolando Lite lets test-drive the funny, cute, and amazingly fun Rolando iPhone game–for free.

InchCalc+ for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
If you use a ruler or a tape measure, you’ve got an excellent tool in InchCalc+ from River Studio. The construction calculator…

Jaadu Remote Desktop for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Jugaari has quickly made a name of itself, building iPhone apps that give you control over your computer via your mobile…

GarageBand ’09
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Unless you have an active interest in producing podcasts or creating a musical score, it’s likely you’ve opened GarageBand…

Word Trouble? Consult TheSage for Free
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Consult TheSage’s English Dictionary and Thesaurus for just the right word at just the right price: free.

Review: StoreIt for IPhone
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
StoreIt for the iPhone and iPod touch allows you to create very simple databases of information–expense logs, time logs…

Asus Eee PC 1000HE
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A smart netbook that not only gets the design right — and it’s priced to move.

Acer Aspire One AOD150
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Acer follows its popular Aspire One netbook with a slightly sleeker model.

The Ten Greatest PC Games Ever
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We examined 30 years of PC gaming history to identify ten of its all-time greatest games.

Clean Up Duplicates With File Replicator
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Clean up all the old copies of a file on your disk in one fell swoop with this clever freebie.

Browse Safely–and Faster–With Password Manager
PC World :: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Log in automatically to Web sites–and encrypt the passwords. Password Manager handles both these important matters.