Tech News November 2008

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TechSpot Holiday Gift Guide 2008
Techspot :: Thursday, November 27, 2008
Only a few weeks now stand between you and that fateful morning of December 25th, but there’s still plenty of time to purchase and wrap your list of gifts. But perhaps you don’t even have a list yet! Well, if that’s the case and you have a family of tech-fiends, our buying guide might just be your savior.

The TechSpot holiday gift guide is not your standard catalog-esque gift guide but one directed toward those special silicon lovers. So, fathers, brothers, husbands and sons rejoice as you spread the word about this thoughtfully compiled list of technology toys, utilities and gadgets. Perhaps it will pay off this Christmas and you won’t be disappointed by that lovely pair of handwoven socks from your aunt.

Top Ten Best Black Friday Deals
Digital Trends :: Thursday, November 27, 2008
“It takes some pretty spectacular deals to pry Americans out of their recliners late every Turkey Day and send them out into blistering cold parking lots to camp for hours, but retailers have it figured it out with Black Friday. And if you’re looking to score a big-screen TV for half of what it normally runs for, get a printer bundled with your camera for free, or pick up an MP3 player for the cost of a cup of coffee, you’ll be out there too. With the economy forcing consumers to pinch their pennies even more this year, and retailers trying even harder to open those cautiously held wallets, the deals are ripe for the picking. Here are a few of our favorite picks for this year.”

TR’s Christmas 2008 system guide
Tech Report :: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We cleverly side-stepped Intel’s Core i7 offensive in our previous guide by focusing on cheaper systems. Now that the Core i7 is out, we’ve revised our guide with higher-end configs that use the new hardware. And, of course, price fluctuations have given us an opportunity to freshen up our other builds. Read on to see the systems we recommend for $500, $800, $1,200, $1,600, and almost $4,000.

What NOT To Give This Techy Gift Giving Season
PC Stats :: Friday, November 21, 2008
“It’s Christmas time and PCSTATS is feeling generous. So for the holidays I’ve prepared a short guide on what types of gifts to consider for the technology-challenged…. basically three tips to heed so you don’t end up being a personal tech support help line after the holidays.”

Eagle iNeo I-NA303USUE 3.5″/5.25″ SATA to USB/eSATA docking station with enclosure
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Hard drive enclosures come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be a very useful gadget for taking large amounts of data with you if need be. Today for review I’ve got another portable hard drive enclosure, but this on is a bit different, it features a dock that fits into your 5.25” bay. You insert the enclosure into the dock, transfer your data, then just pop the enclosure back out and away you go. It’s a nice idea that I find very useful and convenient. So read one to learn more…

Vantec AeroFlow FX 92 CPU Cooler Reviewed
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Ok, a few days ago I took a look at the Vantec AeroFlow FX120, today I’ve got the little brother to that cooler, the AeroFlow FX 92. How does it compare to the larger version? Read on to find out…

Ewoo HandMusic
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, November 21, 2008
As a reviewer, I get to play with some cool tech gadgets and every once in awhile, something unique and exciting comes my way. Today I will look at one of these products. Ewoo, the makers of the eFizz Travel, have the released HandMusic. This is an accessory for the iPod and is really distinctive. The HandMusic is a remote control and docking station plus a whole lot more. It allows the user control of the iPod from virtually anywhere within your home. Ewoo uses a 2.4 Ghz radio link allowing the remote to function from up to 500 feet away. The remote features a 1.8” TFT LCD display that lets the user control their iPod/iPhone from a distance with an interface that is very similar to the iPod’s. Let’s take a closer look at the HandMusic…..

Nyko Charge Base 2 for the PS3
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, November 21, 2008
One of the best features of the latest next gen consoles is that the controllers are wireless. This also means that these controllers are now battery powered. Of course, you can always use rechargeable batteries. Luckily, Sony actually went one step better and created a controller with a built in rechargeable battery. To charge these controllers, they use a mini USB port for available power. So to get the DualShock 3 or Sixaxis controller juiced up, you need to hook it up to a USB on a PC or on the PS3 itself. Having cables hanging off your PS3 is unsightly and can get in the way. Now, there is an easier way to charge up two PS3 controllers at once. Nyko, the makers of the excellent Wii Charge Station recharger, has released the Charge Base 2 for the PS3. This charging station is AC powered and is compact so it can be stored easily. Let’s take a closer look…..

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W170 Point-and-Shoot Camera
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Fun features abound in this wide-angle Sony point-and-shoot camera, but images come out a bit soft.

Targus Chill Mat for Mac
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
If you spend a lot of time Web surfing on the couch — or on the patio, or in bed, or anywhere else where there’s no tabletop…

Concert Vault for IPhone
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Want to listen to Pink Floyd’s May 9, 1977 performance from Oakland, Calif., while waiting for your flight at the airport? Or…

Sonos Multi-Room Music System 2.7
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Read enough reviews and you understand that part of a reviewer’s job is to present an unemotional — even detached –…

Contribute CS4
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Adobe Contribute CS4 allows Web site content contributors (writers, editors, artists, and other non-technical folk) to easily…

The Social Gaming Guide
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Want to play a quick online game and maybe make a new friend in the process? Discover fantastic shooting games, multiplayer desktop tower defense, and other cool casual games–all in your browser.

Hands on With Optoma’s Pocket Pico Projector
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Optoma’s impressive Pico Projector really fits in your hand–it’s the same size as a cell phone.

Smart Phone OS Smackdown
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
The ‘smart’ in smart phones comes from the software they run. Which operating system–iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or Symbian–packs the most power, usability, and potential?

Gateway MC7803u All-Purpose Laptop
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Gateway’s MC7803u laptop promises entertainment features–but while the price is right, some aspects of its performance aren’t.

HP HDX16: All-Purpose Multimedia
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
This machine brings desktop replacement performance and features to the all-purpose class–and does it well.

Cyberlink DVD Suite 7 Ultra Disc-Burning Software
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Cyberlink’s burning suite is easier to use and almost as powerful as the competing offerings from Nero and Roxio.

Classics for IPhone
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Look, there is simply no way e-books will ever replace traditional books, printed on paper and bound in cloth. There is…

Scosche Passport
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Although all recent iPods, and both iPhone models, require a USB connection to sync with your computer, until this year’s…

Review: Pentax Optio A40
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
This 12-megapixel compact point and shoot digicam has a number of interesting features that are supposed to make easy work of difficult shots.

Adobe Soundbooth CS4
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Like its predecessor, Adobe’s audio editing application, Soundbooth CS4, is a compromise. Although it includes more advanced…

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Graphics Software
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Support for multiple-page documents (at last) and lots of improvements make this a worthy upgrade.

Optoma Pico Pocket Projector
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Optoma’s diminutive projector makes a great traveling companion, despite somewhat fuzzy image projection.

TeleNav Shotgun Connected GPS Device
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
The Shotgun’s GPS features are reasonably good, but the optional (and pricey) connected service really shines.

Falcon Northwest Mach V
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
If you can afford it, the Mach V packs in the latest technologies–including Intel’s new Core i7 processor–for the pinnacle of powerful PC performance.

Fieldrunners for IPhone
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
The concept of a “tower defense” game isn’t particularly new: It’s where you build defensive structures to prevent successive…

Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD Camcorder
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
This Panasonic high-def camcorder offers great usability and control, but its image quality is merely decent.

JVC Everio GZ-HD40 HD Camcorder
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
The big hard drive of JVC’s GZ-HD40 is offset by the camcorder’s big price–and its simply adequate performance.

Samsung YP-S2 (Pebble) MP3 Player
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
This MP3 player packs lots of advanced features into a minimalist design, but its sound quality is a bit disappointing.

Pantech C610 Cell Phone from AT&T
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
This low-cost 3G phone is not bad if you can live with the small keypad and display screens.

The Mobile Office, Part 1
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
Netbooks like the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 let you slip your office into a small bag–if you don’t mind making some compromises.

Gammatech Durabook D15TS All-Purpose Laptop
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
A good performer, the semiruggedized D15TS laptop is a reasonable choice for secure indoor and outdoor use.

Westinghouse Digital TX-52F480S 52-Inch LCD HDTV
PC World :: Friday, November 21, 2008
The Westinghouse Digital TX-52F480S attractively displays images and has a few nice touches, but it doesn’t match the better TVs in its price range.