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Apogee rolls out Duet 2 pro audio interface for Macs

1 Apr

Recently drop $500 on an Apogee Duet audio interface for your Mac electronic gadgets after pondering one for all these years? Then we’re afraid we’ve got a bit of bad news for you, as the company has now finally rolled out a successor to the highly-desirable device. Apparently redesigned from the ground up, the new Duet 2 expectedly ditches FireWire in favor of USB, and packs some “completely redesigned” mic preamps and converters, along with two inputs and four outputs, a pair of configurable touch pads, and even an all new OLED display that replaces the basic LED meters on the original. Of course, the one thing that stays the same is the professional-level price — look for this one to set you back $595 when it’s available next month.

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Hercules re-invents the netbook again, launches 10-inch Linux- and A8-powered eCAFE

1 Apr

It’s perhaps a little too early to be feeling all retro-nostalgic for the netbook, with much of the industry moving on up to your notbooks and your tablet tech gadgets and such, so we’ll just say that Hercules is still kickin’ it old school by launching its eCAFE netbooks. There are two models, the Slim HD and EX HD, the former tipping the scales at 1.9lbs and measuring only .8-inches thick, while the EX model is a bit heftier at 2.5lbs and 1.1-inches, managing 13 hours of “real use” battery life. Both are said to smoothly play 720p video on their 10-inch, 1024 x 600 displays or export it over HDMI, running a custom flavor of Linux and powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Hercules says this “sets a new standard” in netbooks tech gadgets, but 8 or 16GB of flash storage and 512MB of RAM sounds all too familiar to us, and if that cramped, recessed keyboard is the future we’re quite happy to stick in the present, thanks.

Source from Engadget

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 noise-canceling earbuds now shipping

1 Apr

Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC32 noise-canceling earbuds are now available, featuring an inline volume control and active noise cancellation circuitry.

Audio gear maker Audio-Technica is looking to step up its game in the consumer headphone arena, announcing that its new ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint active noise-canceling earbuds are now available online and via retailers. The electronic gadgets of ATH-ANC23′s feature an inline volume control that can be used with any sound source, along with active noise cancellation circuitry that generates interference to block out background noise so users can enjoy their music without blasting their heads apart. The earbuds also feature “Comply Foam Tips” in small, medium, and large sizes that sport a patented memory foam design that comfortably seals off the ear canal to make the noise-cancellation technology more effective.

The ATH-ANC23′s noise-cancellation circuitry runs off a AAA battery that’s stored inline with the volume control, so users can keep their phones or media players electronic gadgets safely tucked away in their pockets and still be able to control music volume. Audio-Technica says the noise cancellation technology can block out up to 90 percent of background sound, enabling users to focus more on their audio or other media. Audio-Technica also includes a carrying pouch and and airline adapter with the units.

The ATH-ANC23 earbuds carry a suggested retail price of $99.95, although they’ll be available from Audio-Technica directly for $79.95.

Source from digitaltrends

Samsung Galaxy S Update Could Bring 1.4GHz CPU

1 Apr

The Samsung Galaxy S could be getting a revamp in the next couple of months from what we see on a leaked image. Although some might have believed the Galaxy S2 will replace the Galaxy S tech gadgets, it seems now that a 2011 edition of the old smartphone will be launching, along with a faster processor.

The leaked document, in Russian, shows the Galaxy S 2011 Edition (I9001) and along with it, some technical specs that show it will be running a 1.4GHz MSM8255T chip inside.

The battery on the Galaxy S 2011 Edition tech gadgets is 1650mAh and we see it also uses a 4.0 inch Super AMOLED display. When it launches, it will also run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.

As for pricing and launch locations, we hear it will be about 24,000 rubles when it launches in Russia next month.

 

Source from gadgetvenue

Nexus 7000 Mouse Is Ultra Quiet, Not Great For Annoying Co-Workers

1 Apr

If ordering a new mouse off Amazon — because it looked cool and you have prime — only to find that it clicks like a 1980s keyboard frustrates you, then check out the Nexus 7000 quiet mouse. These tech gadgets have a great shape and look, comes in white or black, has one of those really tiny USB receiver dongles, and costs only $28.

via The Awesomer

 

HTC Touch 3G

1 Apr

HTC Touch 3G is the 3G version of HTC Touch. It has a CPU which gives 528 MHz CPU speed, 192 MB RAM, and 256 MB ROM. The cellphone is one of the earliest 3G cellphone with dedicated processor launched by any company. It offers various features and has become a pioneer in 3G cellphones. These electronic gadgets have a 3.15 megapixel camera and 2.8 inch TFT resistive touch screen. The touch screen has TouchFLO finger swipe navigation, handwriting recognition and 5 way navigation technologies. It is one of the primal Windows based smartphones. The cellphone is definitely a benchmark for 21st century people.

HTC Arrive review

1 Apr

Though it was teased late last year — on the same day that HTC announced its very first Windows Phone 7 devices, in fact — the company’s QWERTY-packing 7 Pro has taken its sweet time to make it to American airwaves; in the process, it’s gone through a name change and picked up the first big platform update from Microsoft. The phone we now know as the Arrive is finally available from Sprint, becoming the first Windows Phone 7 tech gadgets available on a CDMA network. These days, it’s pretty unusual for an HTC handset — or a handset on any American carrier, really, regardless of manufacturer — to take this long to make it to subscribers’ hands after announcement, but in this case, Sprint’s hands were tied: Microsoft simply didn’t support CDMA initially, which explains why both AT&T and T-Mobile have been enjoying a selection of models from Samsung, LG, Dell, and HTC alike while Sprint and Verizon have been patiently twiddling their thumbs.

The CDMA dry spell’s over, though; the Arrive marks just the first of what should be several Redmond-powered phones over the course of 2011. Is it a fitting first effort? And how does it fare against the GSM models that beat it to market?

Read more http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/31/htc-arrive-review/

BlackBerry Touch / Monaco gets manhandled, said to get official in May

1 Apr

Our interest in the BlackBerry Touch (codename Monaco) was piqued when we first caught wind of the device, and we had a feeling it’d be making its way into the wild ever since one showed up in Verizon red around mid-Feburary. Now, BGR has managed to procure an unreleased prototype, and we’ve gotta say that we like what we’re seeing. According to the pub, it should get official at BlackBerry World electronic gadgets in May, and it’ll run OS 6.1 underneath that 800 x 480-pixel screen. The new BB6 is said to use a BlackBerry ID in place of a PIN for certain key functions — a necessary move for non-BB platforms rumored to be getting BBM (a historically PIN-based service). BGR also claims it won’t be getting the Storm nomenclature, so we apologize in advance to the SurePress fanboys. Either way, we’ve got an inkling that we’ll be hearing more as we get closer to May, but unfortunately our dreams of a super AMOLED-equipped Torch running stock Android with a BBM app will just remain figments of our imagination.

 

Source from Engadget

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

1 Apr

Sony has launched a new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 digital SLR camera that boosted with unbelievable features. It has a 7.2 megapixel camera which offers high quality resolution pictures. It has a real-image optical view finder and a 3 inch LCD monitor. It has a Canon 36-432 mm lens which gives 12 x optical zoom. It has a powerful battery consuming system which gives a great output and can be used for days without charging. These tech gadgets have a spot and multi metering systems. It has built in flash with four user selectable modes. It also offers different movie mode with sound. So, it is a camera that offers everything present in the market. It will cost around $500.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56X Reviews

1 Apr

 

The good: With a new Intel Core i5 CPU, sharp design, and nearly all-day battery life, the Toshiba Portege R835 is a smartly priced alternative to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The bad: Intel’s integrated graphics are better than they used to be, but still not gamer-friendly, and features such as Bluetooth and mobile broadband are missing from some configs.

The bottom line: With three more hours of battery life over last year’s model, Toshiba’s new R800 series of Portege laptops are hard to beat, even in the highly competitive 13-inch laptop category.

 

Any laptop reviewer has a handful of go-to systems ready to recommend at a moment’s notice. Recent favorites include Apple’s latest MacBook Pros and HP’s AMD-powered Pavilion dm1. One of our favorite electronic gadgets from last year was Toshiba’s Portege R700 series. At the time we said, “The quest for the perfect laptop is ultimately fruitless….That said, the new Toshiba Portege R705 comes about as close as anything we’ve seen this year, offering a great mix of price, design, features, and performance.”

Over time, however, the R705 lost some of its luster, as newer laptops moved to Intel’s second generation of Core i-series CPUs, which promised better performance and longer battery life. Fortunately, Toshiba is ready with a new Portege series, this time called the R800. Nearly physically identical to the R700, the new models (we’ve got the $929 Toshiba Portege R835-P56X) add current-gen Intel CPUs, along with USB 3.0, while keeping the same magnesium alloy chassis and thin, lightweight design. The biggest surprise is the vastly improved battery life, topping 7 hours, and beating even the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

A few different configurations include or exclude Bluetooth or Intel’s Wireless Display technology, or drop to a slower Core i3 processor, so check the features list carefully, especially as the price difference between most configs is only about $30.

Much like last year’s R700 series electronic gadgets, the R835 has a subtle dark blue tint to its brushed-metal magnesium alloy chassis. The body feels sturdy despite its light weight, but this is not nearly as thin as Samsung’s Series 9 or the MacBook Air–both of which are much more expensive. Sadly, this new version keeps the one visual element we disliked last time: the overly chromed screen hinges, which just look cheap.

The keyboard, like most current consumer laptop keyboards, uses flat, widely spaced island-style keys, except these keys are slightly more rectangular than most, which may throw off touch typists. This does, however, leave more room for the oversize touch pad, which is close to what you’d see on a MacBook, except with a pair of large standalone left and right mouse buttons.

Toshiba’s keyboards typically have a vertical row of dedicated page-up, page-down, home, and end keys along the right side. This makes them easy to find, but at the same time pushes the Enter and Right Shift keys in from where you’d instinctively expect them to be. Media control buttons, volume, mute, etc., can also be hard to find, relegated to alternate F-key assignments and indicated on dark gray on black keys. Like the R705, the R835 lacks a backlit keyboard; for $900 it should be a standard feature. Despite these flaws, the R835 still offers an excellent overall typing and touch pad experience.

Returning for the second year is a handful of custom Toshiba software utilities. ReelTime displays recent documents and Web pages in thumbnail form along the bottom of the screen, and Bulletin Board combines photos and notes in a single workspace. Both are slick, usable programs, but they’re proprietary and require a time investment in learning them, which you may not want to bother with unless you’re dedicated to using only Toshiba computers.

The 13.3-inch LED display has a native resolution of 1,366×768 pixels–roughly comparable with the MacBook’s 1,280×800 pixels, but less than the 1,440×900-pixel 13-inch display found in the 13-inch MacBook Air electronic gadgets. Though bright, the off-axis viewing angles on the R835 weren’t great, and we’ve never been impressed with the onboard audio in the Portege laptops.

Our configuration of the R835 included a fast Intel Core i5 processor; other configurations trade down to a Core i3, but also include Bluetooth, WiMax, and Intel’s Wireless Display, for beaming video signals to an eternal display (via a sold-separately HDMI receiver). It can be confusing to mix and match among them, so make sure the model you’re looking at has the features and components you want.

With a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4GB of RAM,and a 640GB 5,400rpm hard drive, our Portege R835 ran slightly behind the newest Sandy Bridge Core i5 MacBook Pro, by a small amount in single-app tests, but by a larger margin in our multitasking test. Both outperformed Samsung’s 9 Series 13-inch, which also has a new Intel CPU, but of the low-voltage variety. While the Series 9 is thinner and all-around sexier, the Portege R835 was much faster than the Samsung in all of our tests. It’s also worth noting that you could almost buy two Portege R835 laptops for the cost of a single Samsung Series 9 electronic gadgets.

The latest Intel integrated graphics are better than those from last year, but that still won’t make this a great option as a dedicated gaming machine. In our older Unreal Tournament III test, the game ran at 63.9 frames per second at 1,366×768 pixels, which is respectable. But in a newer game, Street Fighter IV, we got 27 frames per second at the same resolution, just short of playable.

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/toshiba-portege-r835-p56x/4505-3121_7-34449812.html#ixzz1IEZC6EtO