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Alienware Announces Area-51 m15x and m17x Laptops

Submitted by lalit on November 19, 2007 - 1:05pm.

Alienware officially announced Area-51 m15x and m17x laptops with 15” and 17” screens respectively. Both the laptops will have Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme processors, NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX, above 1080p video resolution and 667MHz DDR2 RAM. The 15” model will come with dual hard drives and the 17” will have three hard drives. No details are available right now about the price or date of release but if you give your email address to Alienware website they will inform you as soon as it is available.
Alienware

Circuit City and Best Buy Black Friday Ads Available Online

Submitted by lalit on November 10, 2007 - 6:21pm.

Less then fourteen days are left for Black Friday 2007 and if you are like me you would like to know what deals are offered (to make your shopping list). Blackfriday.info has posted ads from Circuit City and Best Buy two off my favorite stores for Black Friday shopping. The website also has ads from  Kmart, JC Penney, Costco, Walmart and many other stores. Bfads.net has also posted Black Friday ads with pics from many store.

Apple Releases iPhone and iPod Touch Firmware Update 1.1.2

Submitted by lalit on November 9, 2007 - 10:20am.

Apple has released the firmware update for iPhone and iPod Touch, the firmware is yet not available through iTunes but you can download it from Apples website. In iPhone firmware Apple has added Modem firmware v4.2.13_G, TIFF Exploit patch, battery statue icon in iTunes, International Keyboard and custom ringtones section. There is no indication that Apple has added the voice note feature to the iPhone. In iPod Touch Apple added the Add Event functionality to its calendar application. You can download the updates from Apples website [Via Macrumors.com]
iPhone
iPod Touch

10% to 25% Increase in Performance for The New Macbooks

Submitted by lalit on November 7, 2007 - 8:23pm.

Despite a modest increase in clock speed, the new Macbooks showed performance increase of 10% to 25% in tests conducted by Primate Labs. The memory performance test showed an increase of about 15% and the overall system performance was up by 10%. Since the increase in clock speed of the processor is very little, this increase in performance can be a result of the 800MHz system bus that is used in the Santa Rosa platform. The new Macbook also uses the faster GMA X3100 integrated graphics, which should improve the 3D acceleration compared to the old Macbook that came with GMA 950 graphics.

Fourth Generation 100Mbps Cellular Internet Tested Successfully

Submitted by lalit on November 7, 2007 - 6:09pm.

Nokia and several other cellular electronics firms announced today that the first tests for Long Term Evolution (LTE) service has met its peak speeds both for connections fixed in place and mobile users such as those traveling by car. The 4G cellular service will provide as much as 100 megabits in download and 50 megabits in uploads that is more then 10 times the speed offered by present 3G wireless technology. Commercial LTE services should start appearing by 2010. The two major benefits of LTE are low latency and increased bandwidth, which would help in improving the video and gaming services to mobile handsets.

Samsung Launches SyncMaster 245T The Enhanced Color Spectrum LCD in US

Submitted by lalit on November 7, 2007 - 11:15am.

Samsung today announced the availability of SyncMaster 245T, a 24” computer LCD. The LCD is designed for consumers looking for accurate color reproduction, as the panel can reproduce 97% of the NTSC color gamut. The dynamic contrast ratio of 1500:1 helps in producing deeper black levels. To eliminate ghosting artifacts Samsung uses active motion compensation and 6ms average pixel response times. The LCD comes with component inputs, HDMI, DVI and four USB ports and it will cost you $800.

Google Announces Open Handset Alliance and Android

Submitted by lalit on November 5, 2007 - 1:53pm.

Google along with T-mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and twenty-nine others companies have joined hand to form Open Handset Alliance. The alliance has jointly developed Android, a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. Android Software Development Kit (SDK) will be released on November 12th. Android is built on Linux Kernel and like Linux it will also be an open source platform for mobile application development. Very little information is available about the user interface and other technical details but Google’s CEO said that a 200MHz ARM9 processor will be the minimum requirement to run the software. You can get more information about the alliance and Android on Open Handset Alliance website.

LG Releases KS20 (LG Prada 2) in Europe

Submitted by lalit on November 5, 2007 - 12:37pm.

LG today announced the availability of KS20, a touchscreen smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6 Pro. The phone features HSDPA (3G), GSM (900/1800/1900MHz), WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot and 128MB internal memory. The 2.8” touchscreen (240X320) can be operated by fingertip or stylus and the phone also has handwriting recognition. On the software side the phone comes with Google Maps, Myspace, Ebay and the usual applications bundled with windows mobile pro. The phone has 2 cameras, the VGA camera in front is for video calls and the 2-megapixel autofocus camera in the back is for video recoding and photos.

Walmart’s Secret In-Store Specials Website

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 8:12pm.

Walmart has launched a secret in-store specials website for this holiday season. The website shows what will be going on sale soon. The website will be updated throughout the holiday season with new in-store specials. At present the website is showing Friday November 2nd 8 a.m. specials, $98.87 for Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player, $14.96 for HD DVD’s, $348 for Acer Laptop, $998 for Sanyo 50” Plasma HDTV and $144.72 for Fisher-Price NASCAR Ride-On. Keep checking this website for latest information about what is going on sale at your local Walmart.
Walmart In-Store Specials

First Known Mac Trojan Hits the Internet

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 7:36pm.

The Trojan appears to be originating from several pornography sites. On the website that have the Trojan, when you click to view a video, you are led to a page with the following prompt:
Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file.
Please click here to download new version of codec.
If you click the link browser starts to download a DMG file. Browser will warn you that its a DMG file containing an application and ask you to click continue or cancel. If you click continue even after browser warning the DMG file will be executed and the Trojan will ask you to provide the admin password to install. If after these warnings you still type in your admin password the Trojan will install and allow external Root level access. The most important thing to know is that you shouldn’t download DMG file without knowing the source or eligibility of the website.