Tech News January 2009

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ASUS internal clashes could create a new brand?
Tweak Town :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
“By an anonymous source, we were handed a Taiwan-based magazine called “Business Today” (like Taiwan’s version of the Economist) and in this week’s issue, there is a big story published regarding the internal power struggle battles between Johnny Shih, who is the chairman of Asustek and Tung Tsu Hsien who is the new boss of Pegatron, which is the breakaway OEM division of Asustek.

We managed to get the magazine article translated, since the news is not online at all (even in Taiwan). In the lengthy article, it outlines how the now chairman of Pegatron, Tung Tsu Hsien, was forced out of the ASUS board and into his new position handling OEM business against the likes of Foxconn and others.

While only touching on the issue very lightly, the article writer claims that Tung Tsu Hsien has a strong interest in brand business, especially in the growing China market. It is said that Tung Tsu Hsien takes care of his staff very well and won the hearts of many influential and talented staff – many staff from the R&D and industrial design team at ASUS decided to follow Tung Tsu Hsien to Pegatron.”

Hiyatek HB-8700 7-Port USB Hub Review 
Big Bruin :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
If you find yourself contemplating what to unplug each time you want to use a different USB device, perhaps it is time to pick up a hub. A unit like the Hiyatek HB-8700 7-Port USB hub will provide you much greater connectivity without taking up much space, while offering the convenience of a vertical or horizontal installation.

First Look: Energizer Zinc Air Prismatic Battery 
Legit Reviews :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
“The Zinc Air system requires oxygen from the air as “fuel” to operate. The air access holes under the tape have been included to support the maximum rate capability of the battery. When the battery tab is removed, the battery is “fully open”. The rate of oxygen flow required is proportional to the discharge rate. Therefore, limiting the amount of air access to a zinc air battery can increase the useful life of the battery from 1 – 3 months with no air management to 1 – 2 years using air management. The Energizer PP355 battery has an air requirement of 1.3 cc air/min @ 25 mA, so there is a minimum amount needed for the battery to operate. By using air as fuel it will leave design companies with the ability to custom tailor a battery to their device, which is very innovative…”

Manage Your Bank Account With Accounts & Budgets Free
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Wrangle a single bank account and budget with this free personal finance software.

F-Secure Internet Security 2009 Security Software
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
F-Secure’s suite has decent detection and a clear, informative interface, but other security packages offer stronger protection.

Lay It All Out With Family Budget Planner for Excel
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Don’t put it off until later in the year. Plan your family’s annual budget with this free spreadsheet.

CoolIT Domino A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Techgage :: Monday, January 26, 2009
If you want to get rid of that air CPU cooler, but find water-cooling too complicated and expensive, CoolIT might have just what you’re looking for. Their Domino A.L.C. is designed to offer greater cooling-abilities over air, while retaining reasonable noise-levels. Best of all, it’s inexpensive, at $80, and won’t hold back your impressive overclocks.

Picturesque 2.0.3
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs online or flipping through a brochure, you’ve no doubt noticed that the…

Hard Drives With Pizzazz: Media and More
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Photo viewers, multimedia playback, memory card transfers–these hard disk drives do more than just sit on your desk and store your digital stuff.

Keep Things Together With Virtual Folder
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Ease navigation and simplify project management with “virtual” folders.

Windows 7 Security Features Get Tough
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Windows 7 includes several new security features that are likely to convince even the most stubborn corporate client to upgrade.

Dig Out of Debt With Debt Reduction Calculator
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
It’s all too easy to slide into debt, and all too hard to climb out of it. This free Excel spreadsheet shows you the way.

Downloads for Hard Economic Times
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
In this economy, you need to watch every penny. With these 12 downloads, almost all of them free, you can manage your finances, maintain your PC, and be productive without spending hundreds of dollars.

Third-party Browsers for the IPhone
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
While there are many questions I’m used to answering about my iPhone–from “What’s your favorite app?” to “How’s the battery…


BitDefender Internet Security 2009 Security Software
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
BitDefender’s security suite offers good protection for a great price if you’re willing to put up with a few interface annoyances.

Universal A/C Travel Chargers with USB Port
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Today I’ve got a short review for you, something that quite a few people might find useful though if they travel. USBFever has sent me over a universal travel charger with USB charging capabilities built in. This product features interchangeable power plugs so you can basically use it anywhere in the world, it also has a pass through as well so it acts as an adapter for your current devices while it charges your USB powered ones.

Peak Pro 6
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
BIAS’ Peak Pro is a longtime standby for audio production on the Mac, used by musicians, podcasters, sound designers, and…

Official Shakespearean Audio Insulter
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays containing 20,000 to 30,000 words, depending on who’s doing the counting. Some of the words…

Avira Premium Security Suite 8.2 Security Software
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Avira’s security suite is a good choice for more-technical users who want the best detection but don’t need phone support or parental controls.

Shazam for IPhone
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
You know that song? On the radio? By that band? What’s it called? You know, the one with the guitars? That really catchy one?

AccuWeather.com for IPhone
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Most people don’t expect much of the person delivering the weather report– timeliness, a peek beyond the obvious, and of…

MacBook Air 1.6GHz
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Though Apple announced a second generation of the MacBook Air in October of last year, a shipping delay, some surprising…

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6 Whips Your PC Into Shape
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Looking for an easy and complete solution to get your PC running better? Optimize your PC with this complete tuneup suite.

Textcast 1.0.2
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
If you’ve got a daily commute or if you travel often, podcasts are a great way to keep up with the latest news and your…

NVIDIA’s ION Platform: Hands-On Impressions
Techgage :: Monday, January 26, 2009
There’s been a fair amount of attention hovering around NVIDIA’s ION this month, and for good reason. It’s small, offers decent performance, and can deliver huge peripheral connectivity. We were able to spend some time with the ION earlier this month, putting it through various tests, such as gaming, HD playback and even Photoshop. Read on for all of our experiences.

Top Internet Security Suites
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Symantec’s easy-to-use Norton suite is a solid performer overall. BitDefender’s package is a great value, while Avira beat all competitors in malware detection.

Be a Microsurgeon in Your Mind (And Your iPhone)
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Dr. Awesome, report to your iPhone, stat! Perform microsurgery on your iPhone in this well-designed and funny game.

DigiYumi: Xbox Live Real Life Security Issues
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
An interview with a victim of Microsoft’s current predatory business model for Xbox Live who was overcharged for 3 years.

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2009 Security Software
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Trend Micro’s suite fails at the most basic task of detecting and blocking malicious software. Not recommended.

IDive 300 IPod/iPhone Underwater Case
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
If you’re a professional scuba diver, there’s probably one aspect of your career that you really dislike: the interminable…

T-Mobile G1
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
There are those who think the T-Mobile G1, based on Google’s Android OS, is the first smart phone platform to come along that…

Panda Internet Security 2009 Security Software
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
The Panda security suite covers all the bases with its features, and it scans quickly, but it lags behind some rivals at malware detection.

Acer TravelMate 6293 All-Purpose Laptop
PC World :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Acer’s TravelMate 6293 all-purpose laptop will thrill corporate bean counters with its long battery life.