Mini N97 Has Been Announced

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Nokia has announced the N97 mini, a slightly smaller version of the existing N97.  The smaller size comes at a price. The mini will have a shorter battery life than its big brother, and a smaller memory: only 8GB instead of 32GB. The display is also smaller, 3.2 inches instead of 3.5 inches, but the resolution is still 640×360 pixels. The N97 mini will ship in October

 

 

Source: PC World

Snow Leopard is Climbing to the Top

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Apple has just announced the pre-order new Mac OS, Snow Leopard which would launch Friday, Aug. 28. The ComputerWorld reported today that Pre-orders for Apple Inc.’s Snow Leopard regained the top positions on Amazon.com’s software bestseller list while pre-order Windows 7′s best spot is at No. 31.

 

 

the $29 Snow Leopard and the $49 Snow Leopard Family Pack were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Amazon’s software sales chart. The $49 Family Pack provides licenses for five Macs.

 

Source: ComputerWorld

Nokia Booklet 3G

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Nokia has crossovered and joined the Netbook market. According to the Nokia’s press, Nokia will join the ranks of netbook manufacturers with a stylish Windows-based offering called the Nokia Booklet 3G. It will have the looks of an Apple notebook and the guts of a PC.

 

Detailed specs, market availability and pricing will be announced at Nokia World on September 2. But here is what we know, according to details included in Nokia’s press release:

 

* The Nokia Booklet 3G also ships with a GPS unit.

* The 10-inch display will be glass, just like Apple’s family of aluminum MacBooks, for improved HD- and media-viewing.

* Built-in access to the Nokia Music Store

* Netbook will allow you to sync data with your Nokia handset or to a Web-based storage service.

* Booklet 3G will have hooks to Nokia’s broad suite of Ovi services that include games, music and video offerings, and office productivity applications.

 

Source: PC World

Bomber Worms

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Karen Osborn, from the University of California San Diego, told BBC News that she and her colleagues found the worms accidentally, whilst exploring the deep oceans with remotely operated submersible vehicles. The team found them whilst exploring the waters just above the sea-bed off the west coast of the US. They were exploring depths of up to 3,700m when they spotted the creatures.

 

 

The interesting parts of the discovery were that each of the seven species was transparent, produced colourful bioluminescence, and released the glowing bombs, which probably serve to distract predators while the worm escapes. The team has named the first of these species Swima bombiviridis.

 

 

Source: BBC News

New PS3 Comes Slimmer in September

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Whew.. I’m so glad that I have made the right decision for not buying Sony Playstation 3. The rumors have been floating around for the past few months about the PS3 price would cut down and the newer and slimer PS3 would be released soon.

 

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Finally, the rumors have become true. Sony will release the new model of PS3 in September. The price for previous model of PS3 will be lowered by $100.  The news also reported that Sony introduced the PS3 Slim Tuesday at the GamesCom conference in Germany. The new model, scheduled for release in the first week of September, has the same features as the older versions, but takes up 33% less space and consumes 34% less power, according to Sony. It’ll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe, September 3 for Japan), and will retail for $300 (or 300 Euro, or 29,980 Yen). It’s smaller and lighter, has a 120GB HDD, and packs “all the same features” of the regular PS3.

 

The Endgadget website provided the full spec below:

Spec sheet:

  • Product name: PlayStation 3
  • Product code: CECH-2000A (Charcoal Black)
  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
  • GPU: RSX
  • Audio output:LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
  • Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard disk: 120GB 2.5″ Serial ATA
  • USB 2.0 ports: 2
  • Networking:Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (+EDR)
  • Controller:Wireless Controller (Bluetooth) x 1
  • AV outputs: HDMI x 1, AV MULTI OUT x 1, Digital out (optical) x 1
  • Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
  • BD / DVD / CD drive (read only): BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
  • Power: AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: Approx. 250W
  • External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part): Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
  • Mass: Approx. 3.2kg
  • Included in box: PlayStation 3 system × 1, Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1

Apple Tablet

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Apple has been focusing so much on touch-screen devices and it is a time for Apple to step up the game. Rumors about Apple Table has been spread out for a few months now. Lately, analyst has predicted what apple tablet would look like. Here are some predictions:

 

• Be similar to an iPod touch, only larger, capable of running most of the 70,000 applications on the iPhone App Store plus a new category of apps designed for the bigger screen.

• Will be used primarily for Web surfing, e-mail, and digital media, competing with netbooks without being a netbook.

• Will be priced between an iPhone and a MacBook — between $500 and $700.

• Is likely to include a 3G cellular modem and could be subsidized by a carrier — either AT&T (T) or Verizon (VZ).

• Will sell better than Apple TV did its first year (1.2 million units).

• Could in fact sell 2 million units at $600 each to generate $1.2 billion and add about 3% to Apple’s revenue stream in calendar 2010.

 

Source:  http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/07/apples-1-2-billion-tablet-computer/

Arctic Ice is Thining

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Daily Tech reported that NASA study showed how Arctic sea ice thinned between the winters of 2004 and 2008. According to the satellite measurements, the ice has been thinning at a rate of 7 inches per year for a total of 2.2 feet in the last year.  Multi-year ice, meanwhile, shrunk by 42 percent.  Ice cover, meanwhile decreased 595,000 square miles (nearly the size of Alaska’s land area!!)

 

 

The new study is much more accurate than previous studies that estimated ice volume based on area.  The team says a combination of recent global warming and anomalies in patterns of sea ice circulation are to blame for the melting sea ice.

 

So.. please raise awareness of global warming!!

 

Source: Daily Tech

Sony New Netbook

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Sony has just announced that they are going to release a new line of Netbook, called Vaio W.

 

 

The Sony Vaio W is a 10.1-inch Netbook, with an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP, and a 160GB hard drive–all fairly common specs for the category. But many laptops with similar specs run $299-$399, while Sony says the Vaio W “will retail for about $500.”

 

 

You know.. Sony always sells stuff higher price than others because they believed that their product quality is higher than others. the Vaio W packs in a higher-resolution screen at 1,366×768. There’s also 802.11n Wi-Fi, a separate Memory Stick slot (on top of the standard SD card slot), Bluetooth, and Sony’s typical fit and finish, which usually includes excellent keyboards and touchpads. The Vaio W is 1.3 inches thick, weighs 2.6 pounds, and will come in three colors–berry pink, sugar white, and cocoa brown.

 

 

The system is available for pre-order from Sony starting Tuesday, and should be arriving in retail stores sometime next month.

Source: CNet

Happy 30th Birthday to Walkman

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Sony Walkman is the biggest hit gadget in 80s and today is its birthday! According to the InfoWorld

The first Walkman, the TPS-L2, cost ¥33,000 in Japan and US$200 in the U.S., but despite the relatively high price tag the reception was enthusiastic. In 1980 The Wall Street Journal called the Walkman “one of the hottest new status symbols around” and noted that prospective U.S. owners faced a month-long wait because of a backlog in orders.

 

Windows 7 Half Price

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Microsoft’s new strategy to boast up the sales is to offer 50% Windows 7 upgrade version. This is very very good deal! Many websites are participating in this promotion. You can pre-order from BestBuy.com or Amazon.com.

 

It’s only $49.99 for home premium version and $99.99 for the professional premium version. The Windows 7 will be officially released on October 22.