Samsung NC20 Notebook Unveiled

Samsung is not really a major player in the world of notebooks but apparently this new development that they have released in the market is bound to get them noticed. Samsung has apparently come up with a 12.1 inch notebook to adopt VIA’s hot, hot Nano platform, announcing today the 12″, fat-batteried NC20.

The demand for laptops has evidently been growing. Most people are turning to mobile solutions to aid them in their daily needs, both personally and professionally. And with these added features that Samsung has infused in their new line of laptops, don’t be surprised if people suddenly demand for them despite the price that many are expecting to hit the roof.

Catered to a niche well above its 10″, Atom-powered NC10 stablemate, the NC20 is has decidedly un-netbooklike specs. Aside from the 1.3GHz VIA Nano ULV U2250 processor and the choice of XP Home (wise!), the list is straight laptop: 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD (with an SSD option), a generously resolved 1280X800 LCD, a 6-cell battery that promises more than 6.5 hours of operation and an uncompromised set of ports, adapters and inbuilt accessories. No price has been announced yet, and therein lies the rub: it’s almost certainly going to be expensive.

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Apple Releases New and Improved Safari Browsers

Apple announced the launch of its latest beta version Safari 4 browser, claiming it to be faster with improved navigation and searching.

According to the company, Safari 4 loads JavaScript “up to 30 times faster than IE7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3.” As for HTML pages, Safari, “loads [them] three times faster than IE 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.” Safari 4 is also the first browser to pass Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test.

Other new features in Safari 4 include Top Sites, giving users a visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier.

The new version of Safari also includes a Smart Address field and Smart Search. Smart Address will automatically show a drop down menu when a user begin typing a URL into the address field. It shows the top hit, suggestions from the user’s Bookmarks and suggestions from his history. Smart search gives the user suggestions from Google and previous searches that he has made using Safari.

The new beta version is available for download at Apple’s Safari Web page with both Windows and Mac OS versions ready for testing.

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450 Rollover Minutes: AT&T Nation – Save!

I’ve been looking at the AT&T Nation rollover minute deals for a while now, scouring details to see who has the best deal on 450 minutes. After wasting hours on the ‘phone’ and ‘mobile’ web sites checking their discounts I finally checked Amazon and bingo!

I shouldn’t be surprised, but I really figured one of the major cellphone web sites, or even AT&T would have the best offer (especially since they invented rollover minutes!), not Amazon.

Note that Amazon requires your zip code for most of their cellphone products since they need to know what is available in your area. Especially with roll over plans.

OWC Mercury Pro Blu Player

The times are changing and so are the burners that would usually be familiar as standard CD and DVD burners. With blu ray technology comes the burners as well, offering Blu-ray and DVD burning for any PC or Mac with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity. The new Mercury Pro also doubles the burn speed of the previous-generation version.

Available immediately priced starting at $399.99, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are ideal for consumers with large amounts of High-Definition or other video, photos, music, and data files that they want to author, archive, or retrieve using a single disk.

With twice the Blu-ray burn speed over earlier Mercury Pro models, the new Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are capable of burning 50GB of data, equal to 50,000 JPEG images, 17,500 MP3 songs, 25 DVD quality movies, or just under four hours of High Definition video, onto a single disc as quickly as 30 minutes.

Additionally, Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives read and/or write virtually all optical media, including DVD-RAM, DVD Dual-Layer R/RW, DVD R/RW, and CD-R/RW, as well as Blu-ray.

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Toshiba Protégé Tablet PCs Boosted by Centrino

Toshiba has always been a reliable and dependable brand in the world of mobile computing. And with new powerful tablet PCs and notebooks in the market today, what makes Toshiba stand out is of course its brand name which has been a familiar one for the past decade.

And while Toshiba is sure to get its share of buyers who prefer their brand, they have made sure by boosting the actual processors with Centrino technology. They have actually announced three new tablet PCs, all based on the M750 model and offering Intel Core 2 Duo processors, LED backlit displays and standard WiFi a/g/n.

The Toshiba Portégé M750-S7211, Portégé M750-S7212 and Portégé M750-S7213 have 2GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB hard-drives (5,400rpm in the case of the S7211, 7,200rpm in the other two versions) and a 12.1-inch XGA display with digital pen input.

“Administrators, teachers and students can feel confident with their computer purchase as Toshiba delivers the Portégé M750 with full performance processors, upmost security, functional features and generous warranty coverage,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of Product Development & Marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Additionally, the Portégé M750 series is among the greenest available with its EnergyStar 4.0 and RoHS Compliance and its Gold EPEAT rating.”

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Acer Aspire One Notebook

For the people looking for ideal and affordable mobile solutions, then this new offering by Acer, the Acer Aspire One Notebook may be the one for you. This netbook is 10.1” to which Acer hopes to further increase its market share that has already seen its smaller 8.9? predecessor make a splash earlier on. The Aspire One AOD150 will start from an extremely affordable $349.99 upwards.

Just check out the specs of the new Acer Notebook:
• Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
• Windows XP® Home with Service Pack 3
• 10.1-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD 1024 x 600
• Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
• 1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
• Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• 160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive
• Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
• Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
• Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera
• Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
• Three USB 2.0 Ports
• 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh)
• 2.95 lbs.
• 10.2” (W) x 8.0” (D) x 1.31” (H)

A good buy for $349.99 Acer is indeed trying to position itself towards the growing demand for mobile solutions today. You will be able to choose from a quartet of high-gloss color options including seashell white, sapphire blue, ruby red and diamond black to suit your personality.

Acer has made sure this new netbook looks good with stylish details such as an aerodynamic-shaped metallic hinge with a colored accent and a brushed-metal palm rest that are pleasing to the eyes.

Each purchase will also come with the usual preinstalled software from Acer including:
• Acer eRecovery Management
• Acer Launch Manager
• Adobe Reader
• McAfee Internet Security Suite
• Microsoft Office Trial 2007

It comes with a one year warranty just like most computers today.

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P5 Media Center PC Introduced

S1 Digital has reportedly unveiled a tempting new desktop solution, the P5 Media Center which boasts of a custom designed, living room friendly chassis with silent headpipe cooling technology. If you think that is neat, wait until you find out what is inside.

The P500 can be equipped with up to 4 CableCARD HDTV or 2 ATSC/QAM and NTSC tuners. Standard you’ll get 3TB of RAID-5 storage, a Blu-ray drive (profile 2.0), Gigabit Ethernet, 4GB of memory, a Intel E8500 Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz processor, ATI All-In-Wonder 3650 (with HDMI / DVI / Component / VGA video outputs), and a slick Logitech DiNovo Mini bluetooth keyboard / media center remote.

With all that power under the hood, S1Digital says the P500 is capable of supporting “up to three zones of audio and video streaming (via Extenders or other Media Centers).” Starting Price: $5,999.

Now that is quite a piece of machinery for a reasonable price made for multimedia freaks looking for a reliable desktop solution. As if that wasn’t enough, S1Digital’s close partnership with Autonomic Controls enables S1Digital’s Media Centers and Servers to be controlled via Crestron, AMX, RTI, HAI and PC based touchscreens over IP or RS232, including full two way feedback.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB Hard Drive

With Western Digital and Hitachi unveiling their own versions of TB hard drives, Seagate is surely one hard disk manufacturer that will not be left behind. In fact, they have unveiled their own model, the Barracuda 7200.12 HD. It is the first mainstream desktop hard drive to feature high areal density that allows to store more data on each disk. Now that is something worth considering as file size requirements today are getting larger by the minute.

The 7,200rpm Barracuda drive packs 1TB (terabyte) of storage capacity on an areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch to deliver the best combination of capacity, performance and reliability for PCs, desktop RAID and personal external storage. The drive’s Serial ATA 3Gbps (gigabits per second) interface delivers sustained data rate of up to 160MBps for fast boot, application startup and file access.

If 1TB of storage is too much for you, the 3.5in drive also comes in 750GB and 500GB capacities with cache options of 32MB and 16MB. But then again, today the ideal position to take is go for the larger drives even if you think that they are too much. The price disparity may be a couple of dollars but think of the future. In the long end, you will find yourself upgrading your hard drive so why wait.

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Goodbye Mice Hello Touch Screen

Touch Screen technology is obviously the new craze as far as providing an alternative interface in the world of PC computing. One day, they may even replace the standard keyboards or mice, two PC components that are needed to enjoy the privileges of using a PC.

At the moment, the real issue is cost. Technology comes with a price and apparently this is one aspect that is the stumbling block of consumers who want to make the jump to new technology. Actually that has always been the case. As far as which technology to use, here is one design that is bound to point us towards that concrete proof of PC interface shifts.

Proposed to be sold as a stand-alone unit the HP LiM (Less is More) concept is set to feature a 19? transparent touch OLED screen along with a wireless keyboard. The touch screen slides down to create a more ergonomic touch experience and easy navigation. It also features a virtual trackpad thus cutting down on mouse costs.

It does seem enticing to look forward to promising tomorrows. But the matter of cost is also another thing to consider. During these times of economic recession, all we can do is wait for economies to improve. If not, all of these will remain concepts and restricted to people who can really afford them.

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