Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook Laptop

Samsung Series 9 13.3

While speed and storage have dramatically increased, the size of computers has been shrinking to the effect that today; the sleeker the better is the norm. Laptops have taken over the bulky desktops, and small-space dwellers can seize on the popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. If you are looking for a laptop, check out the just released, super-compact Samsung Series 9.  This 13-inch version is basically a shrunken version of the bigger model released earlier, but has one less USB 3.0 port. As Ultrabooks are flooding the market for the next school season, the Series 9 remains one of the most stunning options out there. It is lightweight and rigid with a unibody aluminum chassis. It is exceptionally light and weighs just 2.55 pounds (1.16kg), and measures just 0.5 inches (12.7mm) thick at its widest point, making it one of the skinniest Ultrabooks money can buy.

There is one USB 2.0 socket and one 3.0; micro-HDMI and mini VGA output; a 4-in-1 memory card reader; a standard 3.5mm headphone jack; and a miniature Ethernet port, which  can be used with an included adapter. It boasts a 10-hour battery and fast boot time (just 9.8 seconds). The Series 9 starts at $1,299.99 (for the i5 version) at Best Buy or amazon.com.

Apple TV

Apple TV screen display

Stream your purchased iTunes content directly to your TV. HD movies, TV shows and music can now all be enjoyed on your big screen TV. If you have an iPad, iPod Touch or an iPhone, you can wirelessly stream your content whether it’s standard definition or high definition, directly to your apple TV through Apple’s Air Play technology. Additionally, you can also use Apple TV to access Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and live Major League Baseball games. The user interface is simple enough to navigate for young and old alike. Read More →

LG Smart TV Upgrader

LG Smart TV upgrader

It’s always nice to have the latest model TV in your living room, but there is a price tag to new models. If your older flat screen TV does not have all the bells and whistles of the newer models, LG’s smart TV upgrader converts any TV into a smart TV.  For just $99.99, you can upgrade your TV to a SMART TV with the LG SMART TV Upgrader ST600! Select from the most popular content from a variety of apps including Read More →

iPhone 4 Titanium Case from Case-Mate

iPhone case made out of strong titanium

With all the problems we heard about the iPhone 4’s connection issues with the so called “Death Grip”, one would wonder why there would be a metal case on the market made out of metal. But here we are, with one tough and expensive ($300) Case-Mate Titanium iPhone case.

The beautiful case is machined from a single piece of titanium which provides strength and a modern sleek look. Titanium, which can be found in luxury vehicles and jet engines, adds durability and chances are, the case will outlive the iPhone 4. A laser etched logo puts a nice finishing touch to the case.  The kit also comes with a tool set as minor assembly is required as well as buttons for volume are included. Read More →

iPad Pics, dimensions and first impressions

Well, it finally happened…  Way back in July, many speculated about a tablet coming from Apple, and now we get to see how close everyone came with their guesses.

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Am I disappointed?  Well … yes and no.  It’s cool, it’s really f-ing cool.  It’s almost exactly what I expected from Apple,  but it’s not exactly what I wanted.

[singlepic id=143 w=500 h= float=]I think it’s evident by many of the speculative renderings that some additional connectivity was expected.  We wanted, at the very least, a built in USB port.  I think the other thing everyone wanted was a full-blown version of OS-X and not the iPod Touch software running on a large screen.

Oh, and can I just mention the name….  Uhm.  iPad just sounds like a feminine product.  I don’t know why, since crunchpad sounds like a great name and doesn’t bring tampax to mind, but I can’t shake the image….

Anyway — I can’t wait to get my hands on one for a little real-word play.  Maybe it’ll be enough for me — at the very least, it’ll make a great little news-reader and e-book platform.

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It’s HD5970 day

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AMD’s newest top-of-the-line huge honkin’ dual-GPU beast of a graphics card has been officially released today, & the reviews are hitting the interwebs.  The verdict?  AMD’s made an enthusiast card that enthusiasts will appreciate not only for eye-bleeding speed, but overall build quality as well.  That is… if they can find one to spend their hard-earned money on…  On to the reviews:

HP buys 3Com; hopes to compete with Cisco

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A tidy sum of just a hair under $3 billion.  I’m not so sure that adding 3Com’s gear to their ProCurve gear will make any sort of dent in Cisco’s market share, but then again, I’m not a major business analyst, either.

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Crunchpad Release Date…

Perhaps … NEVER!  The last few days have been full of rumors that the Crunchpad is dead, but is it?  Are Mike Arringtons dreams of producing a $200 $300 tablet dead in the water?

CrunchPad

The time-line behind the Cruchpad does play out like your typical too-good-to-be-true vaporware product, but the evidence of real working prototypes and even fancy packaging have leaked into the wild making this more than some drawing board pipe-dream.  It’s real, it works and we’ve seen it.

Many seem to think that the project might be scrapped due to higher than anticipated production cost.  Arrington has stated that he wants to sell the CrunchPad as cheap as possible — initially shooting for the $200 price point, and later saying “you can sell it for $300 and probably not go out of business”.  Is cost the sticking point?  Are they worries that people won’t pay more than $300 for a tablet that won’t do anything more than surf the web?

Another popular theory is that Fusion Garage and their Linux/WebKit based browser OS may be the hitch in the giddy-up.  Perhaps with Google and their open source Chrome OS seemingly around the corner, Mike has made the decision to dump Fusion Garage and wait for the Google offering to become a reality.  This would definitely put the CrunchPad in a holding pattern, but since Google Chrome OS is bound to be very well developed and more full-featured than the Fusion Garage offering, it seems it’d be a much smarter way to go.

So, is the CrunchPad dead?  Has the project run into problem it can’t overcome or are the delays just a reflection of changes in market overall?  I for one hope to to be sitting on my couch, surfing all my favorite blogs on a  CrunchPad, or Google Tablet, in the near future.

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