BCC Alex - a simple notebook for Dummies

Friday, February 26, 2010

Company Broadband Computer Company (BCC) announced a 15-inch laptop for the simple name of Alex. The device is as simple as its name: it is designed for users who are not particularly well versed in modern technology and the computer - for you. Alex completed a particular flash drive, without which it simply will not work. Installing it into a USB port, you will have access to the operating system based on Linux, an interface which provides some of the most essential parts: e-mail, Internet, media player, contact list, photo editor and image viewer. There are also office applications (word processor and spreadsheets) that are compatible with the documents Microsoft Office.

In fact, BCC Alex - is a modified laptop Clevo M760T with 1.66 GHz Celeron CPU, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, DVD drive and wireless adapter Wi-Fi. Obviously, such a notebook useful for novice users, only teaching them the basics of computer literacy, for example, children or, conversely, people old age. Cost BCC Alex is 400 pounds ($ 620) plus $ 15 or $ 40 per month, depending on whether the user will need to connect to the broadband network.

What can we expect from video cards GeForce GTX 400 series in terms of performance?

We have already reported that NVIDIA has plans to present its new series, GeForce GTX 400 gaming event on PAX East, which will be held in late March in the U.S. Boston. Recall that in this line includes models of GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470, which promise to become the first graphics cards, NVIDIA, built on the basis of Fermi architecture and equipped with technology to support DirectX 11.

Although up to debut a series of video cards GeForce GTX 400 is still a whole month, a Turkish site DonanimHaber already published some of the characteristics of these adapters, from which one can construct predictions about their performance. The resource at the same time refers to some sources, "having access to the data model of graphics cards.

According to published figures, boosters GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470, as previously thought, made on the basis of the chip GF100, which includes 512 nuclei CUDA, 16 geometric blocks, 64 texture units and 48 blocks ROP, as well as 384-bit bus memory.

However, GeForce GTX 480 is a fully functional solution, while the GeForce GTX 470 features several curtailed. For example, in the low-end model will be available only 448 or 480 nuclei CUDA, and GDDR5 memory it is connected to the GPU for a few more narrow (possibly 320-bit) interface.

Output adapter GeForce GTX 470, according to information from the same sources, will be between competing rates of the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and Radeon HD 5870 and the TDP of this model is equal to 300 watts. At the same time, the GeForce GTX 480, as expected, only slightly outperforms the speed of the current flagship of the NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 295, at least in the existing applications. Interestingly, the card GeForce GTX 480 has already appeared in price lists and is available for pre-order for $ 699.

Netbooks ASUS Eee PC 1018P, 1016P and 1015P will debut at CeBIT next week

It was learned that the company ASUSTeK Computer will present at the upcoming CeBIT 2010 show three new models in a series of Eee PC: 1018P, 1016P and 1015P. All three netbook equipped with 10-inch displays and built, presumably, on the Intel Atom processors, a new generation (platform Pine Trail). Information on the technical characteristics of devices are still few. We only know that the ASUS Eee PC 1015P, it is obvious heir to the model 1005P. He will retain matte display and keyboard chiclet, but will touchpad larger and aluminum casing, and battery life is 14 hours.

ASUS Eee PC 1016P, in turn, is focused on the business segment. It is assumed that he also enclosed in an aluminum housing and can work up to 14 hours offline on a single charge. And finally, ASUS Eee PC 1018P is a 18 mm thin device - this is the slimmest netbook kompanii.On port will be equipped with USB 3.0, fingerprint sensor, and be able to "survive" without charge to 10 hours.

Flagship IP Camera Panasonic BB-HCM581CE support two-way communication

Panasonic has introduced the flagship model range of IP cameras - BB-HCM581CE. Novelty is primarily intended for the corporate sector, as well as its ability to allow you to perform tasks, which are typical for him. First may be noted the possibility of bilateral ties. Using the built in (or external) microphone, and connecting active speakers, the manager can not only see but also to communicate with people who are close to the camera. That is in addition to the surveillance camera can work as a communication device that opens new perspectives in staff management and control over workflow.

One of the main advantages of new items are ample opportunities for management review of the new camera. The spherical shape of the body accurately define the position of the lens: rotates up to 360 ^(o) and tilt up to 128 ^(o). The cell BB-HCM581CE uses specialized optics, which is capable to zoom in 21 times, as well as digital zoom 2x.

To control and viewing images from the camera enough device that has a browser and Internet connection: PC, laptop, phone, player, or console. Also, the camera can automatically send images by e-mail, FTP and HTTP protocols in accordance with predetermined events, such as a certain schedule, motion sensors, volume, alarm. With such functions to observe and record exactly when needed. In the absence of network connection, IP-camera BB-HCM581CE can record video and images on SD card, for which there is a special slot.

The new flagship of the Panasonic uses a technology called progressive scan, which allows motion video in high quality without the "chaser" and blur the image. The basic format for the transmission of video is MPEG-4, which provides high-quality picture and sound at low cost traffic in the network. Thus there is a choice of three options for video resolutions: VGA, QVGA, and SCIF. This allows you to set the camera in networks with different speed capabilities. IP-Camera BB-HCM581CE transfers the image to mobile devices in a JPEG, so that even the most simple modern mobile phone can show the image from the camera.

Cards say: Nikon is preparing the announcement of a new amateur camera

Company Nikon, known as one of the world's leading suppliers of photographic equipment, apparently, is preparing the announcement of some new camera. The Japanese manufacturer released a series of promotional teaser, which shows the mysterious card with numbers and words in French.

Thus, starting with the digit 8, the company has the countdown and in each map offers a little hint at what awaits us. For example, the first map is written (in English translation) "I am", the second - "I am fun", which suggests forthcoming announcement of a non-professional camera.

On what specifically will be submitted to Nikon, is still only speculate. However unlikely it will be replaced SLR D700, rumors of which recently are more likely to occur in the World Wide Web. Some experts believe that Nikon is preparing to release his first camera with interchangeable lenses, are not related to the class of SLR cameras.

Interestingly, the countdown cards should be completed on Friday, March 5, immediately preceding the scheduled on March 8 press conference Nikon. This press conference will be held in the UK and it will probably be announced that same interesting plans to announce the Japanese manufacturer.

Microsoft starts the countdown to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 2000

As promised at the end of last year, Microsoft is beginning to inform users of the Windows operating system of an impending termination of support for previously released versions of this software platform. In an information report distributed by the Redmond company, users' attention is drawn to certain versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista on the approximation of the time when support for these software platforms will be phased out.

For example, support for Windows Vista RTM will be completed by April 13, 2010, and for all versions of Windows 2000 operating system, Windows XP SP2 similar to "X Day" will occur on July 13 this year. At the same time users of these software platforms is recommended to upgrade to the latest version by downloading the appropriate service pack (Service Pack), and even better - buy a copy of Windows 7.

Bluetrek Crescendo - the first Bluetooth headset with the support of applications

The company introduced a wireless headset Bluetrek called Crescendo. Accessories unusual in that for him the company decided to implement now fashionable idea of an online store application. It will be called Talk2Me App Store and it can be downloaded various programs that extend the functionality of Bluetooth headsets. For example, this may be an application to use the service Personal Handsfree Assistant Dial2Do, which allows you to listen to emails and saying the answer, which will then be sent to the addressee. Another application bing411 allows you to search the Internet through voice control.

In addition, the headset Bluetrek Crescendo supports noise NoiseLock, which can cope with background noise volume to 85 dB, this may be the noise of wind or a passing by vehicles. The headset can work up to 5 hours of talk time on one charge and about a week - in standby mode. It is quite compact and weighs only 10 grams. While not reported on the cost of Bluetrek Crescendo.

Graphics Card ASUS ROG Ares - new details

Just recently, we reported the details of super-powerful graphics card ASUS ROG Ares, worked out by Taiwan-based ASUSTeK Computer. We already know that this accelerator will be made on the basis of the most productive in today adapter Radeon HD 5970 and received two 40-nm chip Cypress, as well as 4 GB of GDDR5 memory interface 2 x 256 bits.

Now resource SemiAccurate published several shots, which shows a printed circuit board accelerator ASUS ROG Ares and the location of its various elements. As seen in these photos, this circuit board has a greater height as compared to the reference model in the Radeon HD 5970.

This design leaves more space for wiring, but significantly reduces the number of computer cases that can accommodate this' graphic monster. In addition, each of the two GPU in the ASUS ROG Ares is combined with 4-phase power system, and the video card itself is equipped with two 8-pin and one 6-pin power connectors. Add that the clock speeds ASUS ROG Ares equal to 850 and 1200 MHz for both GPU and memory respectively.

Sharp PB20ZU approved by the FCC - the side project of the slider Pure Microsoft Pink

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the device under the label PB20ZU produced by Sharp. Supposedly, this model can be related to the rumored project Microsoft Pink, whose existence, however, she never confirmed. Not so long ago was approved by the FCC unit with a similar markings - PB10ZU. Judging by the sketch, which you can see its round shape, we can assume that this slider Turtle from sliding down QWERTY keyboard.

The materials on Sharp PB20ZU site FCC data on the device too much. No, and his photographs, but judging by the similar sketch showing the location of the label FCC it could be a model Pure. It is believed that the Pure - is a side slider usual elongated shape with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. His image had appeared in the network. From the files FCC currently is available only to the presence of communication modules CDMA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Perhaps the announcement Turtle and Pure - mobile devices under the brand of Microsoft - is to wait for the exhibition CTIA.

Present a multi-navigator Mio Moov V780 at CeBIT 2010

Company Mio at CeBIT will demonstrate a new multi-functional navigation device with a 7-inch screen - Mio Moov V780 and a separate mapping solution - additional maps of Europe on microSD for the series navigators Mio Moov S.

According to the company, Mio Moov V780 - is more than just a navigator. The device uses software Mio Spirit, equipped with a flat 7-inch screen, supports video resolution of High Definition, takes digital television, can be synchronized with other devices wirelessly - all this will provide convenient navigation, the new entertainment and Internet access. Navigator supports Wi-Fi, optional - 3,5 G and WiMAX, as he received 4 or 8 GB of internal memory and slot for memory cards format microSD. In addition, Mio has provided for him a special case with a QWERTY-keyboard.

Additional maps of 44 countries in Europe for a series of navigation systems Mio Moov S - is a plug-side image maps in the media such as microSD, realized on the basis of software Mio Spirit. Users will be able to avoid the tedious procedures of download, activation and installation. All you need to do - is connect the microSD card to your browser, and begin to use it.

Lady USB-drives Prestigio

Prestigio Technologies obyavida about entering the market the original USB-drives - Prestigio Necklace and Prestigio Leather Data Flash Limited Edition.

Prestigio Necklace - elegant gold-plated pendant, decorated with a rose. Under the metal shell hides a high-speed USB-storage capacity of 4 or 8 GB. The set includes a gold plated chain and carabiner attachment allows Prestigio Necklace and a suspension for a cell phone. The price for 4 GB version is 1 390 rubles, and an 8 GB - 1 890 rubles.

On the eve of holidays also Prestigio launches limited series of enclosures in a familiar form factor flash drive - Prestigio Leather Data Flash. Limited Edition version differs unusual texture and bright color, used for decoration. Options for registration include bright red, azure blue, matte gold and pale pink, with the right colors for jewelry travel pouch included. Available volumes - from 4 to 16 GB Limited Edition prices remain at the level of the classical - from 1 290 to 2 490 rubles.

Business smartphone Nokia E73 will be released in June

The network has new information on the smart phone Nokia E73. Announcement of this business model, which will follow the E71 and E72, is still ahead. And while some of the data revealed the resource TmoNews. According to him, this may be the most smartphone Nokia Mystic, whose picture appeared on the Internet last month. Judging from the photo, the device with a horizontal display and an integrated QWERTY keyboard design is reminiscent of predecessors. Apparently, Nokia E73 running Symbian S60 3rd Edition.

Same resource TmoNews reported that Nokia E73 will be available in the U.S. operator T-Mobile in June. It is possible that around the same time it will be released in other regions with other operators, or "unlocked" form. The cost of the new business smartphone, is likely to be quite low, and he will be in demand among the users. Can also assume that the Nokia E73 will be more functional predecessors, though no data on its technical characteristics of virtually none.

Samsung Caliber (SCH-r860) - touch phone for MetroPCS

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the North American mobile phone operator MetroPCS new mobile phone with touch controls - Samsung Caliber (SCH-r860), equipped with a proprietary interface TouchWiz, social support networks such as Facebook and MySpace, as well as a full HTML browser.

Among other features Samsung Caliber refers to the presence of support other than text messages and emails, also instant messaging. In addition, this is the place 3 MP camera with video recording, wireless technology, Bluetooth, carrier-applications and services, audio and video player, microSD slot for memory cards, whose volume can be 16 GB.

Other specifications of Samsung Caliber (SCH-r860):

  • Support communications standards: CDMA 1x800/1900 MHz, EVDO Rev 0, AWS 1700/2100 MHz band
  • Dimensions: 55,9 h114, 3h11, 9 mm
  • Weight: 106 gr.
  • Display: touchscreen, widescreen 3.2-inch, TFT, displaying more than 262 thousand colors
  • Battery: 1080 mAh
  • Support AGPS navigation
  • Memory: 124 MB available to the user; microSD memory card
  • Preset camera applications: MetroNavigator GPS navigation system, Metro 411 Directory Assistance, MetroWEB
  • Other applications: Calendar, World Clock, Alarm Clock, Converters, Calculator, Notes, Sekundumer

MTS starts selling BlackBerry smartphone through the Internet-shop "The Messenger"

The mobile operator MTS announced an agreement with Internet-shop "The Messenger" on the use of this site for sales of smartphones BlackBerry.

Online shop Svyaznoy presented smartphones BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Curve 8520. As the operator, the cost of BlackBerry devices in the Internet-shop "The Messenger" corresponds to the cost of similar devices in the retail network of MTS. Devices BlackBerry, presented in the Internet-shop "The Messenger", only work with SIM-card of the MTS.

New media player Ritmix RF-7700 on sale soon

Company BLADE (distributor of portable electronic equipment) has announced the imminent appearance on Russia's market of new multimedia player Ritmix RF-7700, supports all types of multimedia.

Ritmix RF-7700 can play video without converting to the 2.4-inch LCD screen, and view photos and read e-books. Media player, with the words of the company, different user-friendly interface, 8-cell variants of your desktop.

RF-7700 is equipped with a voice recorder, built-in FM-band radio tuner with 30 radio stations and the ability to record radio broadcasts, as well as built-in game "Mosaic". The memory device (up to 8 GB) can be increased by using memory card format micro-SD.

The emergence of Russia's market MP3-player Ritmix RF-7700 is expected in mid-March this year.

Smarpbook Logo: not smartbook and logo, and compact laptop with 3G modem

Company Smartbook best known not for its products, and litigation in an attempt to defend its exclusive right to use the name. Failed to achieve anything, but not the biggest company became known. And now in March at the CeBit trade show the company is preparing to submit to what, according to the "pioneers", one must show a "smartbook. This type of device is defined as an intermediate between smartphones and netbooks - a device possessing the ARM-processors and built-in 3G modem. Like smartbook Smarpbook Logo has UMTS-module connection, screen and keyboard. Battery provides a very decent reserve battery life. This similarity with the products of other companies are running out.

Smarpbook Logo should be classified as Ultra-CULV laptops, because it ULV Intel processor formed the basis of this device. The screen is also too large for the usual smartbuka: 11.6-inches with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. RAM model has 1 GB hard drive - 250 GB, HDMI-out and preloaded operating system Windows 7 Home Premium. According to the manufacturer, the notebook can work on a single charge the battery up to 8 hours. The device weighs 1.3 kg.

By all accounts, a model - a typical representative of the average compact notebooks, the visible presence of a built-in 3G modem. In the sale Smarpbook Logo arrive this spring, and its price in Europe at 699 euros.

LG KF305: stylish clamshell average

Company LG Electronics unveiled in Russia market new phone KF305. He continues the popular series of phones KF300. Compared with its predecessor the phone features an advanced set of features and a more stylish design. In glossy 16.2 mm thick phone has the basic necessary functions.

The external display showing the calls, messages and time, hidden behind reflective panel. The internal display has a diagonal of 2.2 inches. A distinctive feature of KF305 is a special keyboard design with large embossed numerals, which is convenient for a set of SMS and phone numbers. Shortcuts are located under the internal screen, providing quick access to the most requested features.

The phone has assembled a set of necessary functions: Built-in 2-megapixel camera with video recording, audio player with basic playback formats - MP3, AAC, AAC +, AAC + +, WMA, FM-radio, Bluetooth 2.0. Sound Dolby Mobile enhances the quality of playback of music tracks. All this adds a simple telephone connection to a computer via USB. The phone supports microSD memory cards up to 4 GB.

In addition, the phone services are available Yandex: Search, Weather, News, Dictionaries, television programs, as well as applications: Ya-line, and Yandex.Maps Yandeks.Metro, which allow to receive the necessary information.

Android - «Men's" operating system

According to statistical research conducted by Admob in January 2010, among users of devices running Android dominated by males. Among the respondents were only users of iPhone, iPod and webOS, therefore, remains unknown gender ratio for users of Symbian and Windows Mobile.

As seen from the graph, while users of iPhone, iPod and webOS divided into between the sexes almost equally, then the holders of Android-smartphone nearly three-quarters of exclusively male. The reason is primarily the most technically complicated devices with Android, and a greater need for the user to engage in self-tuning, which requires certain skills and interest. At the same time the least demanded in terms of customization of the platform as a multimedia device iPod touch sex ratio becomes almost in favor of women: 46% to 54%.

Yota celebrate compatible devices known Yota Ready

Yota company announced the launch of a certification program devices Yota Ready. Certificate Yota Ready receive the device, which to access the Internet through Mobile WiMAX can just plug the USB-modem Yota.

The certification process requires no special effort and cost to producers, but will make their product more attractive to users and provide information and advertising support within the program.

Users can buy a new device with a preloaded option, or make them available to the device in the Yota Ready with a simple software upgrade. After that internet access based on the principle Plug-n-Play - «plug and work".

Yota Ready With new features can get Wi-Fi routers, but in the long term - and TV game consoles, navigators, video phones, etc. The new option adds the functionality of virtually any device with a USB-port, which requires a broadband wireless access and Internet.

LG KF350 Ice Cream: a gift for LG Eighth of March

LG will feast on the eve of International Women's Day presented a model of mobile phone average for women. But, whereas, an international festival - a local release. Phone LG KF350 Ice Cream (ice cream) is designed for the Indian market and the prospects for its appearance in other countries is not reported. Phone is a slider, in something reminiscent of all other models of the manufacturer. The front panel has razed LED screen that can show the current time, the number of incoming call or other notification. Housing is made of glossy plastic and will be offered in bright colors of women: white, pink, blue and pistachio.

The internal screen has a diagonal 2.2-inch displays up to 262 000 colors and has a resolution of 240x320 pixels. LG KF350 Ice Cream is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera with video recording, FM-radio receiver and a full-fledged music player. 25 MB of built-in phone memory can be expanded memory card up to 2 GB. Communication opportunities presented WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML browser, Bluetooth module and a universal connector microUSB. The device is designed to work in GSM networks and supports data transmission via EDGE and GPRS. The battery capacity of 800 mAh provides operation up to 5 hours of talk time or up to 350 hours of standby time.

In the sale in the India phone LG KF350 Ice Cream arrive on March 8.