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MSI releases new CX640 and CR640 notebooks

20 Apr

MSI has just announced that they will be introducing a couple of mainstream notebooks, namely the CX640 and CR640 tech gadgets that will arrive at the doorsteps of online retailers in North America. These two will come in the 15.6” form factor, where you will find specifications starting from the Intel Core i3-2310M Processor with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M with Optimus technology powering the CX640′s innards, although there is always the option to go for something of lesser power – Intel’s HD 3000 Graphics chipset instead in the CR640.

The silver colored CX640-071US is slated to retail from $679.99 upwards, while the black CR640-035US has been slapped with a $629.99 price tag for those who are interested, and regardless of which model you purchase, they’re enough for general school or work use, although gamers might want to look into the former model instead of the latter due to the presence of a dedicated video card.

In order to keep up with the times, MSI will also throw in 4GB of system memory and 500GB hard drives in both models. Not only that, the elegantly designed notebooks will ship with a bunch of other features such as worry free one-touch back-up and restore with MSI’s Time Stamp technology, where a single touch of the Time Stamp button will put your mind at rest where crashes, viruses, and data loss are concerned.

Integrated extra hard drive protection is also thrown into the mix by an engineering move to change the position of the C Series’ hard drive to the middle of the chassis, while keeping it surrounded by a unique housing that will do its bit in protecting your data from the occasional drop or shock.

Apart from that, both the MSI CR640 and CX640 tech gadgets will also sport Fast Boot technology, letting the unit power up approximately two times faster compared to its rivals in the market. Data transfer is also a whole lot speedier now with USB 3.0 connectivity, so make sure you have a USB 3.0 hard drive or compatible data storage device if you want to take advantage of that kind of speed.

by Coolest Gadgets

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Sonos For Android Is Here, Devices Now Support Airplay

20 Apr

You’ve been waiting and now it’s here: Sonos has just announced the availability of the free Controller on the Android platform. It is compatible with almost all Android phones and tablets electronic gadgets and supports the standard Sonos feature set (music assignment, browsing, search) as well as a few interesting additions.

The app takes advantage of Android’s native speech recognition to offer voice search (“Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute”) and it also highjacks your Android device’s volume keys to control the volume of the Sonos device.

The Sonos system now also supports Airplay but in a very roundabout way. If you have an Airport Express with Airplay support (or Apple TV, for that matter), you can transmit audio from an iPad, iPod, or iPhone electronic gadgets to that device using Airplay. You can then take the live stream from the Airplay device and send it to any Sonos device on your network. It’s obviously not ideal, but it works. You can still transmit audio from multiple devices (including iTunes libraries) around your network.

Sonos has been slowly but surely cementing their position as one of the premier whole-home audio solutions and these small but significant changes are a testament to their dedication to slow and steady improvement. The 3.4 update is available to Sonos users now and should download automatically when you launch the desktop application.

Source from CrunchGear

Check out this the HECTOR spider robot

20 Apr

This spidery looking robot is designed by the University of Bielefeld’s Department of Biological Cybernetics, and it is the HECTOR, which is a weird quasi-acronym meaning the HExapod Cognitive auTonmously Operating Robot.

This mechanical arachnid is about a meter long, and weighs in at 12 kilograms, with 13 percent of it being the exoskeleton. I’m not certain what percentage of a real spider’s weight is its exoskeleton, but it does have joints on its legs that allow for 20 degrees, just like a real spider tech gadgets.

This is one of those robots that I would like to see made, if it didn’t creep me out so much. I think that there is something about spiders that tend to freak people out. Perhaps that is why there were these mechanical spiders hunting Tom Selleck in the movie Runaway. Man, going back in time for that reference!

Here’s a more recent reference, as HECTOR tech gadgets look a little like the IC Hexapod that we reported on three years ago, which bore a strong resemblance to the probe droid from The Empire Strikes Back.

I wonder what is the use of this mechanical arachnid. Perhaps it could be used to take pictures, but it is too large to be covert.

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Maxell’s Vibrabone HP-VBC40 earbuds can rattle your skull, if you’d like

20 Apr

Maxell has taken a slightly different approach to the bone conduction trope with its new Vibrabone HP-VBC40 earbuds electronic gadgets – headphones that combine standard stereo drivers with the same bone-rattling, vibration-based technology we’ve all come to know and love.

According to Maxell, the Vibrabone’s hybrid system enhances the bass that would be coursing its way through your cranium, while its dual volume control allows users to fine tune that bass flow.

Apparently, this bass adjustment mechanism puts less stress on your eardrums, which might make the entire bone conduction concept seem slightly less creepy. The earbuds electronic gadgets come in black, blue and white, and will be available in Japan toward the end of April, for a little under ¥4,000 or about $50.

sourceMaxell

iPhone 4 running iOS 5 Captured on Video

20 Apr

iOS 5.0 has been captured running on a white iPhone 4 tech gadgets over in Vietnam. The video comes from Tinhte.vn who also leaked a number of iPhone 4 videos last year.

What we see on the new version of iOS is a slight change to multi-tasking in that you get thumbnails of each app open across the whole screen, rather than the regular taskbar that slides up from the bottom of the screen.

We could be looking at the real iOS 5.0 here (an early beta), or we could be looking at a jailbroken device with a few apps installed to give the Exposé style multitasking window. What gives it a hint of being real is that it comes from the site that also leaked the iPhone 4 tech gadgets reliably last year. Some aspects of the OS look a bit clunky at the moment, but as iOS 5 is still months away, we can expect that.

What also isn’t known at the moment is if we are looking at a genuine white iPhone 4, or just a fake with white replacement parts.

The video below gives a demonstration of how it all works and if real, a small glimpse of what could be coming to the iPhone 4 and 5 tech gadgets later this year.

Source: Engadget,gadgetvenue

Antec Rockus 2.1 Speakers Pros, Cons

20 Apr

Short version: Not bad, but the “3D” effect isn’t very compelling, and the lack of extra features makes the $200 price unpalatable.

Features:

150 watts (25/satellite, 100 in sub)
3.5mm, RCA, Optical inputs
“3Dsst” virtual surround sound
MSRP: $200

Pros:

Very clear sound
Plenty loud
Unique look

Cons:

Missing out on the midrange
Relatively small “sweet spot”
Virtual surround you can take or leave
No headphone output, aux/mic input on puck

Conclusion

Unfortunately, with great speakers like the Logitech Z623s electronic gadgets or classics like Klipsch’s Promedia 2.1s going for $50 less, I just can’t recommend these Antecs electronic gadgets. Looks like the longtime hardware maker still has a lot to learn about making a compelling speaker set.

Motorola delays Droid Bionic launch until summer to make ‘several enhancements’

20 Apr

There’s not a lot of details on this one, but the Wall Street Journal has just confirmed with Motorola that the launch of the Droid Bionic tech gadgets will be delayed until summer, and that it might not be available for purchase until sometime in the third quarter (or late summer, in other words). As for the reason for the delay, a Motorola spokesperson would only say that the company is “incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience,” based on feedback its received since the phone was announced way back at CES in January.

Source from Engadget

Elonex eTouch 1000ET

20 Apr

Available from Toys R Us and Asda, the eTouch seems designed to lure shoppers into thinking they’re getting something like an IPad for much less. Only once you get hands-on does the truth sink in. Silver plastic is no substitute for brushed aluminum, and there’s a worrying give on the corners of the front panel. At £1 BO inc VAT, this should be expected.

And it does have good points. It’s a fairly lightweight 695g and, unlike its fruity inspiration, connectivity is pretty good. On the bottom there’s a mini-USB port to transfer files between the device and a PC, plus a full-sized USB 2 port for connecting a keyboard, mouse or USB Memory Stick. On the right-hand side there’s a microSD slot, along with a proprietary network port that works with an optional Ethernet adapter.

The eTouch electronic gadgets can handle HD video playback, with our test 720p H.264 trailers running without a stutter. It can also be transformed into a kind of laptop, as the optional case incorporates a netbook-sized keyboard. While it runs on Android 2.1 with minimal customization, you do get access to the Android Market.

The doom and gloom starts with the screen. The 1,024 x 600 display is dim and fuzzy. More seriously, it’s resistive. Selecting apps and pressing keys is more prodding than tapping, and scrolling through web pages or selecting individual links is a challenge.

There’s more trouble with software. The operating system doesn’t seem stable on the hardware, and there are regular pauses, even if only for a second.

Finally, battery life of these electronic gadgets is miserable. A tablet should support hours of browsing, but it lasts for only around three hours of active use, and if left in standby will run out in about six. It seems a tempting impulse buy, but we advise you move along the aisle and don’t look back.