Freeware application Libra is a collection-management software designed to help you keep track of your DVDs, CDs, books, or video games. Just enter in or use your computer’s webcam to scan the barcode of anything in your collection, and Libra automatically retrieves the information for that product, including a nice picture to display on your virtual shelf. You can use Libra to manage your collection, track items you’ve loaned out, or print catalogs of your stuff. Currently in beta (and possibly a touch unstable), Libra is a free download, Windows only.
When you’re at a computer that’s missing a vital file or application, like an office workstation that’s locked down, a friend’s system or coffee shop computer, you can still get to a desktop that contains your essentials—on the web. A “webtop” is a virtual desktop that you access using only a browser, and it can include much of the stuff you’d expect on a local computer desktop: like file storage and management, a calendar, RSS reader, email client, and photo viewer. While there are several web desktops available these days, the free and open source EyeOS application is the most accessible, useful, and promising one out there. Follow along to see what a web-based desktop looks like, and how it can help you get things done when you’re locked down or out of pocket.
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Alienware’s mean machine just got faster. Today Alienware came out with a new version of Area-51 ALX CF desktop that supports newly launched AMD CrossFireX technology for multi-GPU set-up. Using this powerful technology you can customize ALX with ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 dual graphics card for faster performance. Other specs remains the same.
“Alienware is extreme high-performance PC gaming,” said Marc Diana, Product Marketing Manager for Alienware, “and expectations are never higher than when dealing with the ALX CrossFireX, our most sophisticated desktop system. Adding the awesome power of a quad graphics solution like CrossFireX to the ALX desktop is just one more way Alienware strives to deliver the world’s best PC gaming experience.”
At max you can customize this machine with 4.0GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics, 128GB SSD or 2TB hard drive, additional 2TB storage, 4X dual layer Blu-ray, and Vista Ultimate. The Area-51 ALX CF with these specs is all yours for about $10,000.
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Just yesterday Dell introduced its first truly tough notebook computer and today we have ARMOR from ruggedness major DRS. The ARMOR line up include two machines — the 12.1″ C12 Convertible Notebook and the 10.4″ X10 Tablet (pictured above). “DRS has extensive experience developing systems that meet and exceed military requirements and survive extremely harsh environments around the globe. Whether it’s a soldier in need of mission-critical information in the desert or a utility worker in need of automation in the field, ARMOR rugged mobile computing devices survive the rough conditions they face on a daily basis,” said Michael J. Sheehan, president of DRS Technologies’ Tactical Computing strategic business unit.
This new line of rugged mobile computers offers data protection technology, “anywhere” connectivity and sunlight readable display options, making these computers the ideal solution for industrial and government customers interested in ensuring situational awareness, protecting valuable data and/or increasing worker efficiency.
Housed in a specially designed aluminum DuraCase chassis with ShutOut sealing technology, the ARMOR X10 Tablet meets IP 66 level protection from dust, dirt, water and other damaging elements while still offering no-flap input connections and hot-swappable battery access without the need for tools.
Features (ARMOR X10)
1.2 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor U2500
up to 2GB DDR2 RAM
80GB HDD or 8GB/16GB SSD
10.4-inch sunlight readable, transmissive LCD (XGA: 1024 x 768)
Windows XP Tablet PC
Features (ARMOR C12)
1.2 GHz (ULV) Intel Core Solo Processor U1400
up to 2GB DDR2 RAM
12.1-inch sunlight-readable LCD (XGA: 1024 x 768)
full-size 84-key keyboard with backlight
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC or Linux
802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi
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Samsung Electronics today updated its hard drive offerings with two new drives, the 2.5″ Spinpoint M6 500GB for notebooks and 250GB Spinpoint MP2. Samsung said that it’s M6 is the “world’s first” 500GB laptop drive, but I think that title goes to Hitachi who had released a 2.5″ half-terabyte drive couple of days before Samsung unveiled their own version. And the interesting thing is that ASUS has already announced a Multimedia notebook M-Series with Hitachi’s 500GB 5K500 hard drive.
Samsung’s new Spinpoint M6 consists of three 167GB platters in a 2.5” hard drive frame measuring just 9.5mm in height. It features a 5400rpm spindle speed, a 8MB cache, and 3.0Gbps SATA interface with a Free-Fall-Sensor available as an optional feature.
The Spinpoint MP2 is targeted towards desktops and server segment. Its a 250GB 2.5” hard drive consisting of two 125GB disks, operating at a 7200rpm rotation speed. It also boast Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to offer ultra quiet operation.
The Spinpoint M6 is currently shipping for $299 and the MP2 will be available to key OEM manufacturers from March 2008.
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Seagate Technology announced it will begin shipping its new Cheetah 15K.6 hard drive this month. Designed for the world’s most demanding enterprise storage environments, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive is Seagate’s highest-performance hard drive ever in a 3.5-inch form factor, with a 28% increase in sustained data transfer rates compared to previous generations. With this new performance on tap, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive remarkably consumes significantly less power, using up to 61% less watts/GB at idle. The drive comes in 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB capacities.
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Already jumping in the air? Sure, if you’re a nerd who likes to watch porn in HD. Reportedly, Sony is working on some cool new hard drive technology which will make those typical 160GB HDD redundant. This new tech packs one terabit data per square inch — that’s five times the density of existing hard disks!
The Inquirer reports, “it’s a basic technique for writing data based on magneto-optical hybrid recording. Data bits are written to disk medium using laser light concentrated on an almost microscopic area of disc. So it makes traditional storage more efficient.”
No word on when we’ll see the prototype.
Source : Inquirer
If the researchers at Bangor University (Britain) have their way then in future you’ll be able to download 15 full-length Hollywood movies in one minute! Reportedly, they’ve developed a device which promises broadband 100 times faster and a quarter the price it is today. If the technology becomes successful then it’ll surely transform the communications industry, home life and the workplace.
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A team of engineers at a British university have developed a device which promises broadband 100 times faster and a quarter the price it is today.
Using existing telecommunications but channelling the data more efficiently, the machine will be able to download 15 full-length Hollywood movies a minute, the team says.
The scientists at Bangor University are now set to build a prototype of their machine.
Dr Jianming Tang, of the university’s School of Electronic Engineering, hopes their efforts will transform the communications industry, home life and the workplace.
He said: “The new larger- and faster-capacity networks would revolutionise home entertainment, delivering high-speed high-definition films and television, high-power computer games and home video-conferencing facilities.
“This will make remote working far easier and could have many other applications such as supporting older people in their homes, enabling applications such as tele-medicine to flourish.”
Dr Tang has just been awarded the Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Prize as part of the Royal Society’s annual From Labs To Riches event, designed to highlight the awards and schemes that boost innovation and wealth creation from science, engineering and technology.
Of the new device, he said today: “Importantly, it works with the existing fibre optic technology we have, so there is no need to rip out the cabling which runs the country’s telecommunications network.
“Projections have also shown a more efficient use of the network will cut costs for every user by up to 75 per cent.
He added it is too early to predict the high-street cost of the device, which will look very much like a DVD player and will sit between the broadband outlet and computer.
Anyone who thinks that downloading 15 feature films in a minute seems a trifle unnecessary should think again, Dr Tang suggested.
“People may wonder how we will use this far greater capacity but applications develop through use, as we have already seen with the internet and telecoms technology,” he said.
The team has been using funding of one million euros (£760,000) given to Bangor University to participate in a three-year EU-funded project called Alpha.
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The Ubuntu Geek blog gives us the skinny on how to install the web-app-focused gOS operating system, star of Wal-Mart’s $200 PC, on an Ubuntu system (or most any distro ending in -buntu, for that matter). While gOS is still available as a free download/live CD, placing it on your actual hard drive gives you a chance to see if it runs a little faster and smoother than your current *buntu system, and might make a convert out of you. To see what’s worth checking out, head over to Adam’s guide to turning an old PC into a webapp monster.
Want to keep an ever-present eye on an item you just know is going to go discount at any moment? Price!pinx offers a price-watching service that doesn’t require searching (like PriceAmbush) or limit itself only to Amazon, eBay, or any other big-name site. You provide your email address to Price!pinx, then add their bookmarklet to your browser’s links bar. When you see a price you think/hope will go lower, highlight it and then hit the “!pinx” link. The site will then email you when it notices a drop in the digits. Looks like pretty handy stuff, although I haven’t had the good fortune to see an item go on sale in the last 30 minutes.
A slow or error-prone Outlook might mean your Personal Folders—the place where all your appointments, messages, and other data are kept—are corrupt and in need of some fixin’. The How-To Geek shows you the ins and outs of using a built-in Outlook tool to back up and repair your data, and hopefully get Outlook moving a little swifter once again. The Geek’s tutorial should work for most any running version of Outlook. For a backup-only solution, try another free Microsoft tool.
Firefox with Greasemonkey only: The YouTube H.264 user script adds a link to view and download the higher-quality version of YouTube videos in page. You already know how to hack YouTube URLs to access a higher resolution and audio quality version of a clip, and this script makes downloading the HQ version easy. (See the difference between regular and HQ videos.) Be warned: This script can take time to render the links (sometimes it hangs indefinitely), and the HQ version isn’t available for all videos. Once the kinks get ironed out, I’ll add it to the Better YouTube extension. The YouTube H.264 user script is a free download that works with Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension.
We’ve got IMAP for email, iCal and other syncing options for calendars, but what about our address books? Most likely you use a combination of proprietary services like Facebook and other social networks, desktop address books, cell phone and webmail contact lists to keep track of who’s who in your life, but there’s still no easy way to maintain and sync your digital Rolodex wherever you need it.
Now that Google’s released the Contacts API—which lets apps easily access your Gmail contacts list—it feels like we’re a step closer to the possibility of a central, sync’ed address book. (Though the API uses a Google-specific data format.)
We’ve published some crazy-ass workarounds for syncing your address book the way you can do email with IMAP, and we’ve questioned people in charge of these things about possible solutions like LDAP, but so far, nothing feels like an adequate solution.
Do you have trouble keeping track of contacts? What’s your dream contact application syncing scenario? Tell us where you’d like to see Google’s Contacts API—or just the state of contact management overall—to go from here in the comments.
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iPhone/iPod touch only: The MXTube application searches and saves YouTube videos directly to your iPhone or iPod touch so you can play them back at any time, whether you’ve got an active internet connection or not. I gave it a try this morning and it works exactly as advertised and looks great. The only drawback is that it doesn’t integrate with your iPod videos, but given time, I suppose anything’s possible. And now that we know you’ll have to wait another three months before you see any official third-party application support from Apple, we’ll just have to keep enjoying killer third-party apps the old-fashioned way—through a jailbroken iPhone via Installer.app.
Financial blogger J.D. Roth was recently the victim of mail theft, including some tax documents. After reporting the theft to the postal service, Roth received a flyer from the Federal Trade Commission with techniques for fighting identity theft. Instead of giving the thieves the opportunity to cash in on any sensitive information they may have obtained, Roth followed every step of the FTC’s flier, which takes a three-pronged approach to identity theft prevention: Deter, Detect, and Defend. For each step, the FTC provides smart steps you can take to keep yourself secure (deter), methods for staying alert in the event someone does steal your personal information (detect), and tips for dealing with a theft that has already occurred (defend). For more, check out the FTC’s official identity theft site.
If you’ve been following along with the long-running Hacker vs. iPhone saga that’s been dragging out since the iPhone’s release late last June, your days of jailbreaking may finally be coming to an end. Today, Steve Jobs and the folks at Apple have announced their official support for third-party applications along with Enterprise support for push email and calendars, Activesync and Exchange support. Hit the jump for more details and what this means for your and your iPhone or iPod touch.
Download New Apps with the App Store
If official third-party app support piques your interest most, Apple delivered with some exciting announcements. First, if you’ve already jailbroken you iPhone or iTouch and experienced what installing apps is like through the excellent Installer.app, Apple’s official application management software, called the App Store, works just like Installer.app; it allows you to install, manage, update, or uninstall any application directly from your device, either over EDGE or Wi-Fi. Unlike Installer.app, the official App Store integrates with iTunes so you can also sideload apps through iTunes if you don’t feel like installing on-the-go.
Pricing and Availability
One of the biggest concerns surrounding Apple’s official support of third-party apps versus what we’ve seen in the hacker community concerns price—namely, that Apple might charge for all apps similar to how they charge for games through the iTunes store. Luckily, Apple is leaving price in the hands of the developers, meaning that devs can choose whether or not to charge for an app, and free distribution is still an option. Jobs has also said that they won’t block VoIP apps (on Wi-Fi, at least), so that’s crazy exciting for anyone looking to save a few minutes of talk-time when they’re sitting at a hotspot.The new App Store won’t see the light of day on your iPhone or iPod touch until sometime in June, along with the iPhone 2.0 update (though a beta release will be available to developers today). iPod touch users are getting the same update, but it will come with a yet-to-be-determined “nominal” charge.
The question remains, though, whether or not Apple’s hand in distributing apps will hinder developers’ and users’ freedom. If Apple were to start refusing viable apps because it interfered with their or AT&T’s business models, for example, the return of iPhone hacks and jailbreaks would be inevitable.
Coming Soon iPhone Apps
So what can we expect to see out of the new SDK? Aside from seeing likely improvements to the best iPhone and iPod touch apps that are already running on jailbroken devices, Apple previewed a few apps already in development using the official software developer’s kit. Among them, Apple previewed an official AIM client from AOL and some multi-touch games, including Spore and Monkey Ball. Anyone who’s played iPhysics on a hacked iPhone knows how exciting the simple gaming possibilities are on the iPhone, and as such these look very promising.
Aside from the official SDK and third-party apps, the other huge announcement that may have a huge influence the iPhone’s viability as a full-on corporate device is its new support for enterprise features. That includes everything from push email, calendars, and contacts to Cisco VPN support and Activesync and Exchange support. If an iPhone’s stolen or lost, your corporate IT department can even remotely wipe your phone clean of sensitive data.
Thanks to Gizmodo for their extensive coverage of this Apple event.
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Just uploaded a new version of the Better YouTube Firefox extension, which now includes support for YouTube’s high resolution videos. You already know that a simple URL hack can magically up the quality of some videos; now with Better YouTube installed, no URL modification’s required. I highly recommend turning on YouTube HD with the Theater View in Better YouTube’s options for quite the viewing experience. Grab the update from Firefox’s Add-ons dialog, or click through to download it manually.