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MSI trots out 20-inch Wind Top AE2070 with USB 3.0, Wind Touch 4 UI

3 May

MSI sure is keeping itself busy with all-in-ones these days. The inexpensive Wind Top AE2050 tech gadgets arrived stateside a month ago, and now the company is back with the Wind Top AE2070, a more tricked-out 20-incher.

This iteration also has a 1600 x 900 display, but steps up to USB 3.0 and can be upgraded to a 3.1GHz Core i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics. Other specs include a 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive, two three-watt speakers, a DVD burner, and a 6-in-1 memory card reader.

Software-wise, these tech gadgets run Windows 7 along with the latest version of MSI’s Wind Touch UI, which includes Facebook and Twitter buttons in the browser, a dedicated window for viewing photos and video, sticky notes, and weather and time widgets for the desktop.

No word yet on pricing or availability, though we assume it’ll be more wallet-friendly than this.

Source from Engadget

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Lego Audio Book Helmet can read to kids

27 Apr

Since the beginning of recorded audio, there has been books written to work in tandem with a record, cassette, CD, or digital file so that children can be read to.

This concept helmet is by Jonathan Robson, and his helmet allows a child to hear a story by plugging a Lego Brick USB stick in back on a USB slot in the back. On the Lego bricks/USB sticks are stories that go along with Lego comic books, and I believe that the child is supposed to read the comic, while the helmet electronic gadgets provide the sounds.

I’m not certain how the technology of that would work, nor what would power this (presumably batteries or some USB charging of some type). I think it is interesting that it is shaped like a helmet from a Space Lego minifig, and made so the kid is in a private world of narration.

I believe that the comic books would be available by subscription via the mail, and the info on the Lego bricks will probably be downloaded via some iTunes service of some type. However, it is still in its concept stage, but we’ll see if it ever comes to pass at the Lego catalog.

by Coolest Gadgets

Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 specs emerge in leaked manual

26 Apr

Since we first peeked the new Sandy Bridge-equipped Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 tech gadgets back in February we haven’t heard much about these mobile workstations. We still don’t have prices or a release date, but a leaked manual has finally delivered some specs — and CAD enthusiasts won’t be disappointed. Both the 15.6-inch M4600 and the 17-inch M6600 can be configured with up to a Core i7 Quad Extreme 2920XM and 32GB of RAM. The smaller, 6.3-pound M4600 comes standard with a 1GB AMD FirePro M5950 and can be upgraded to an NVIDIA Quadro 2000M with 2GB. The more beastly 7.5-pound M6600 starts with a 2GB FirePro M8900 and has options ranging all the way up to a 4GB Quadro 5010M. Both tech gadgets also come packing two USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 connectors, an eSATA jack, and an IEEE 1394 port, giving you plenty of room to plug in all the external drives, cameras, scientific instruments, and cat-shaped mouse cozies your little heart desires.

Source from Engadget  Dell [PDF]

Sony Ericsson slaps Walkman logo on X8, renames it W8

22 Apr

Take one Xperia X8, add a dash of color, paint a “W” on it and, voilà, you have the first Walkman phone running Android — the W8 electronic gadgets. We’re not seeing it on the US Sony Ericsson site yet, but a quick visit to the company’s German page reveals the decidedly low-end specs:

a 3-inch, 320 x 480 touchscreen, a 600MHz processor, 168MB of RAM and Android 2.1. The W8 may not recapture the luster the Walkman brand enjoyed in its TPS-L2 heyday, but at least it’ll update your Twitter status. Gallery below.

Source from Engadget

How to Keep Your iPhone and iPad Location Data Private

21 Apr

We heard earlier that iPhones and iPads electronic gadgets are silently and consistently tracking our locations, and logging the info when we perform syncs or backups. While this fact may be kind of scary on its own, the worst part is that the data is totally unencrypted and available to anyone who gets their hands on your devices or backup folders on your laptop. As of now, there’s no way to stop your iOS 4-running electronic gadgets from logging this data, but you can keep it on lockdown with a simple click.

Want to know how to keep this data private? Just keep reading.

By encrypting your backups, your location data will be accessible only by password. In order to add this layer of security to your iDevice, first, you must plug it into your computer and connect to iTunes. Select your device from the iTunes menu, and then scroll down to the bottom of the device’s main screen. Click the button that says “Encrypt iPhone (or iPad electronic gadgets) Backup” and then enter a hacker-proof password. It’s that simple.

Source from geeksugar

ASUS works Sandy Bridge magic on thin-and-light U31E, U31SD, and U36SD

19 Apr

It appears that ASUS is finally ready to show its line of thin-and-light machines some Sandy Bridge love. Swedish site Technytt claims to have the exclusive scoop on a trio of laptops — the U31SD, U31E, and U36SD — that will find their way to retail channels in late May. The U31SD electronic gadgets are already showing up on the ASUS site, with the option of either a Core i5 2410M or Core i3 2310M , and a choice of Intel integrated graphics or a 1GB GeForce GT 520M card. All three 13.3-inch machines will reportedly have similar specs, though the U31E will supposedly lack a discrete graphics option. The U31SD tips the scales at a perfectly portable 3.9 pounds and it’s safe to assume the U36SD electronic gadgets will match up size-wise with the svelte U36JG, which is just 0.75-inches thick and weighs 3.5 pounds. There’s no official word from ASUS regarding price or availability .

Source from Engadget

Apple Says Samsung “Chose To Copy” iPhone and iPad, Sues Them

19 Apr

Wowza. Think that Samsung’s Galaxy phones or Galaxy Tabs tech gadgets are a little bit too much like the iPhone and iPad? Apple agrees. So much so, in fact, that they’re taking Samsung to court over it.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has just filed a suit against Samsung on the following basis:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products”

So, what does Apple want out of all of this? A bit of everything: an injunction (potentially preventing Samsung from manufacturing more Galaxy tech gadgets until the case is settled), damages (read: money), and, perhaps most importantly, being able to legally say “Yeah, Samsung totally copied us.”

The timeline, for those wondering: Apple’s first iPhone was released in 2007. By the time the second iPhone was released in 2008, the series was already quite clearly a hit. In 2010, Samsung released the Galaxy S — which, while Android-powered, was running a custom user-interface (TouchWiz) that certainly does bear a stronger resemblance to iOS than the stock Android skin does. In April of 2010, Apple released the original iPad; Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was announced in September of that year.

It’ll be incredibly interesting to watch how this case goes, as it sets a rather important precedent. We’re moving beyond enforcing patents on specific ideas here, and into the realm of simply shouting “Hey, they copied us!” when competition starts to heat up. While Apple certainly made the idea of displaying a grid of icons on a slab of glass popular, it’s not a novel one. Once that idea has been done once, there are only so many unique ways to do it.

Also interesting: Samsung makes part of the iPhone and the iPad tech gadgets. Samsung has supplied the processors for Apple’s mobile devices from the very beginning, from the S5L8900 in the original iPhone to the A5 in the iPad 2.

Source from MobileCrunch

White iPhone 4 Could Arrive within Weeks

15 Apr

The White iPhone 4 has been very elusive over the last 9 to 10 months. It was first announced along with the regular iPhone 4 tech gadgets and since then, it has been delayed over and over to a point where most people believe Apple wont bother with the device and instead launch a white iPhone 5 in the next few months.

Bloomberg is now reporting that “three people with knowledge of the plans” have said the white iPhone will be launching within the next few weeks, before the end of April.

The new version of the smartphone is expected to arrive on both the AT&T network as well as Verizon network. The report doesn’t tell us if international locations will get the device, but we suspect they will in time.

We also hear that Apple could be pushing the launch of the device so that it takes the pressure off the launch of the iPhone 5 tech gadgets later this year. By selling a lot of white iPhone 4′s, it would lower the demand for the iPhone 5 a little and help keep the shortages down to a minimum.

Reasons for the delay have never been officially announced, but have been hinted as being problems with the white coloring, problems with peeling, problems with the flash leaking as well as sensor problems. Perhaps these are all good guesses, but I doubt Apple will make any official announcement regarding this.

Price wise, expect them to cost the same as the regular black versions of the same tech gadgets.

Source from gadgetvenue

A 23-inch Tablet Coming From Lenovo This Year?

13 Apr

Lenovo be crazy. Or smart. Either way it seems the firm is hoping to out a 23-inch tablet by the end of 2011. This comes right from William Cai, a Lenovo senior specialist in marketing, during a talk at this year’s Gadget Show Live. I’m going with smart rather than dumb.

The man goes on to talk about the obvious challenges with the project with battery life being the biggest issue. Apparently the electronic gadgets, if it really exists, would be based off of Lenovo’s all-in-one series, which sort of lends to the idea that this will be a convertible or dockable device rather than a dedicated tablet. A 23-inch tablet would be a tough sell on its own, but there might be a market for an all-in-one computer where you can move the screen to the kitchen or living room for an hour. Actually, it’s rather surprising that HP who constantly reinvents its all-in-one touchsmart computers haven’t already done this.

Cai via TechRadar.

It’s obviously not for full mobility use, but it could be moved from room to room in the house and used with a full keyboard, or as a television.Or you could lay it on a table top and use it for family games.

We’re hoping that we can launch it later this year.

I’m sold. I doubt Lenovo would actually out the product this year with touchscreen prices still fetching high prices, but this certainly feels like the next step in the computing evolution timeline. Plus, with that much screen real estate, my issues with controlling Windows 7 electronic gadgets with a touchscreen is moot.

 

Source from CrunchGear

Panasonic AG-3DP1 shoots movies in 3D

12 Apr

Panasonic has just announced the AG-3DP1, a new camcorder designed for shooting movies in 3D. The shoulder-mounted camcorder packs a 3D twin-lens, and is designed for users planning to shoot 3D tech gadgets of live events, sports, documentaries and independent films. The AG-3DP1 packs 2 1/3″ full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS images with enhanced sensitivity, a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor for generating full production quality, native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. The camera also captures 3D footage directly through the dual-lens, without the need for any external equipment or post processing – it is possible to just shoot and cut footage from the camera to make a 3D movie. With functions like variable frame rate to create fast and slow motion effects, users can get creative with the camera itself. The lenses of these tech gadgets can zoom up to 17x and the camera records up to 80 minutes of footage on dual 64GB P2 cards in AVC-Intra 100 1080/24pN and a 3.2″ LCD display for previewing recorded footage rounds things off. No prices have been announced but we can expect to see the 3DP1 on sale in autumn this year. With 3D cameras becoming more accessible to everybody – you can expect a lot more 3D movies to start popping up in the future, especially in the indie movie scene.

Source from ubergizmo