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New Firmware Update For 27” Apple iMac Available

Apple products have been having a plethora of issues in the past one year. First poor HDD performance in their new Macbook Pros, then the iPhone 3GS overheating etc. Apple had recently launched new 21.5and 27iMacs during thenew-apple-imac month of October. The new iMacs featured Intel Core i5 and i7 based processors, DDR3 Memory, and a bigger screen size. The new iMacs were plagued with many problems like cracked screens apparently due to poor packaging issue and flickering on the screen.

Apple today released a new Firmware update meant only for the 27iMacs with either ATi HD4670 or HD4850. This firmware update reportedly fixes the flickering issue present in the 27iMacs. Users who had spent a fortune and ordered an iMac as a X-Mas gift for themselves were pretty disappointed when Apple postponed their delivery dates to after the holiday season. When a spokesperson from Apple was asked about the delay in the deliveries, he told The new iMac has been a huge hit and we are working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible.   We apologize for any inconvenience or delay in delivery this may cause our customers,” instead of accepting the fact that Apple has been delaying the shipments of the new iMacs due to graphical glitches.

The update page states that Do not disturb or shut off the power on your iMac during this update. Loss of power could result in your iMac failing to start up.The firmware update weighs in at 683KB and is only for iMacs running OS X 10.6.2 or higher.The firmware update can be directly downloaded from Apple’s server from here.

Intel Announces “Pineview” Based Atom Processors

Netbooks have sold like hot cakes this year. Their small form factor, along with the extraAtom long battery life have made them a big hit among the consumers. The Intel Atom processor which is used by all the netbook manufacturers, has always been criticized for its poor performance, and on the other hand it has always been praised for its low power consumption. The Intel Atom processor is usually coupled with a 945 based chipset which consumes a lot of power. Intel have been working hard on this front and the result is Pineview.

The new processor has a DDR2 Memory controller, graphics processor integrated into its core which not only reduces the manufacturing cost, but also reduces the power consumption by a huge margin. The Pineview series of processor will be coupled with a brand new chipset as well the NM10 Express Chipset. The pineview processor and the NM10 Express chipset collectively form the PineTrail platform. The NM10 Express Chipset supports upto 8 USB 2.0 ports, and has 2x 32bit PCIe Slots along with Intel’s HD Audio.

The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models,said Mooly Eden, Intel’s   Corporate Vice President and the General Manager of Intel’s PC Client Group.

We’re excited to be delivering the next-generation Atom platform and working across the industry as we head into a second phase of growth, powering innovative new system designs with better performance, smaller footprints and better battery life,”

Intel announced 3 new Pineview based processors D410, D510 and N450. The D510 processor is a dual core one and has 1MB of L2 cache with a TDP of 15W, and are meant only for entry level desktop PCs. The D410 and the N450 processor are single core ones and have a L2 cache of 512KB. The D510 processor has a TDP of 12W (including the chipset) while the N450 has a TDP of 7W (Including the chipset). All the three processors run at 1.66GHz.

Weighing Scale Tweets Your Weight to Twitter Friends [Stupid Gadgets]

I have seen stupid gadgets, I have seen ones which are useless, I have seen ones which should have been made at all, however, I am not sure which category this one falls into.

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A French company has developed a weighing scale.. which can tweet your weight to your followers. Now I am not sure whether that it is an innovation or a waste of time.

This weighing scale can also send your weight to a blog or to your iPhone, now that is a real waste of time in the name of innovation. For those who want to know, this weighing scale can connect to a Wi-Fi network and access your Twitter, blog or iPhone. It is developed by Withings, a French technology company, which creates the Internet body scale. Well, this product is for real too and you can buy it for $159.

Could you please weigh in with your thoughts on this please?

Bluetooth 4.0 Specifications Revealed

Bluetooth is one feature which everyone in today’s modern world uses to share files withbluetooth his or her friend circle. Currently Bluetooth is in version 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 will soon be implemented in mobiles from next year. Today at Bellevue, WA, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the specifications of upcoming Bluetooth 4.0. The transfer rate offered by Bluetooth 4.0 will be around 1Mbps, and it will transmit data at 2.4Ghz frequency.

Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of Bluetooth SIG said With today’s announcement the race is on for product designers to be the first to market. Bluetooth low energy modules for all sorts of new products may now be qualified this is an important step towards our goal of enabling new markets with Bluetooth wireless technology. For example, the Continua Health Alliance has already selected Bluetooth low energy technology as a transport for the next version of its guidelines.

Bluetooth 4.0 will see the implementation of bluetooth technology in many fields which we have not even imagined until now like Medical, Healthcare, Sports and Fitness etc. Today’s news from the Bluetooth SIG is an exciting step forward for technology in mobile health and wellness devices,said Rick Cnossen, president and board chair, Continua Health Alliance. Our selection of Bluetooth low energy for the Continua Version Two Design Guidelines extends exciting new capabilities to manufacturers and consumers alike, as well as enabling additional use cases within the Continua ecosystem.”

Bluetooth 4.0 features two types of implementation single mode and dual mode. Single mode chip features a link layer providing very low idle power consumption. On the other hand, the dual mode chip can be integrated into an old bluetooth controller. This will allow manufacturers to save cost to a certain extent. and still be able to provide the low power consumption offered by Bluetooth 4.0. The security has also been beefed up to full AES-128 encryption using CCM.

Nokia has been committed to this ultra low power wireless technology since its Wibree technology development. Now we are happy to see the adoption of the Bluetooth low energy specification, which will open up new market opportunities and space to innovate for the industry. The wide manufacturer base behind Bluetooth low energy technology and the combined industry effort will result in exciting new user experiences in the mobile space,said Markku Verkama, Director, Devices R&D Nokia.

Dell Introduces Inspiron One 19 and Studio 17: Touchscreen Desktop and Laptop

Dell, the 3rd largest PC manufacturer of the world, has launched a new notebook and computer each, with touch-screen functionality. dell-logo-online-newThe Inspiron One 19 computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 RAM, and a maximum storage capacity of 750GB. The screen size of the LCD is 19″, having a resolution of 1440*900. The screen is, according to Dell, multi-touch enabled.

The Inspiron One 19, and Studio 17 laptop, feature Wifi, 1.3Mp webcam, a dual 2-watt speakersalong with 6 USB ports. The Studio 17 laptop is the first ever notebook from Dell to offer touchscreen functionality. It features a Core i7 processor, and supports a maximum of 8GB RAM. The laptop has a 17.3screen, with a resolution of 1600*900. It also comes with JBL branded speakers, and the storage size of the hard-disk is expandable to a maximum of 1TB. A Blu-Ray Drive is optional with the laptop. The graphics department of Studio 17 laptop is handled by the relatively low-end ATi Radeon HD4650. Both the computer and the laptop, come pre-loaded with Windows 7. Dell did not announce the price of the Studio 17 laptop, but the Inspiron One 19 computer will be available in India with a MRP of Rs 29,900.

JVC Launches XS-SR3 Speakers for iPod/iPhone

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JVC today launched its XS-SR3 speaker which is compatible with Apple’s iPod/iPhone. The speaker can hold the iPod/iPhone either in vertical or horizontal mode, so that you can enjoy your videos in widescreen. The JVC XS-SR3 comes with a 5W speaker, which according to JVC is enough to blow you away when you crank the volume level to the maximum. The retail package of the device also includes a remote. The speakers also feature two ports for audio input analog and digital. The speakers and the dock have a sleek design to match the glossy black color of the device. JVC also states that the speakers can alternatively be used a computer speaker system.

The device will be available from the end of this month and the retail price will be around 149.95 US$.

JooJoo : Linux based Tablet PC

Mike Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch had been working for over an year on a super cool Tablet PC called Crunchpad. However, two days before the product debut, Mike got into a disagreement with the partnet company Fusion Garage and the whole project imploded and the Crunchpad never saw the light of the day.

Fusion Garage, however, have gone ahead to rename and re-market the Crunchpad as JooJoo.

The JooJoo tablet PC is 12.1 inch widescreen , multi-touch tablet with a 1Ghz Atom processor and 1 GB RAM. It runs a custom Linux OS targeted towards Internet browsing and has Wifi 802.11b/g capability as well as an in-built accelerometer for all the iPhone-like cool features. Other standard tablet PC features include Bluetooth, USB ports, Speakers and a micro-phone. It has a 4GB SSD as opposed to Flash RAM present in most mobile devices.

Originally priced at $200, JooJoo is now available for pre-order from it’s site at $500. Although this is one of the more cooler looking devices out there, a 250% increase in price for a gadget running Open Source software and no special features like support for 3G or TV/HDMI output maybe slightly over the top.

MSI X-Slim X350 CULV Laptop

1819030 MSI is soon going to launch a laptop which has a 13.4inch LED Backlit display with a resolution of 1366*768., and weighs in only 3.31pounds. The model number of this CULV laptop is X-Slim X350 and like the earlier X-Slim models, this laptop also features an Intel CULV Core 2 Duo processor.   The laptop has a promising battery life of up to 9 hours. It also features an integrated HDMI port, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi, 1.3MP Camera, SD Card Reader and an Intel GMA4500 handles the graphics department. The laptop runs on Windows 7 Home Premium and an external DVD or a Blu-Ray drive is optional with the laptop.

There is no official word from MSI about the pricing of this CULV laptop till now. I think this laptop will be launched by MSI at the upcoming CES 2010.

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Seagate Momentus: World Thinnest Laptop Drive

The slim is in. I would prefer to carry around a full fledged laptop that weighs just 2-3 pounds in weight (not a netbook). More often than not, slim laptops usually lack a lot of features, and most of the time it is due to the components that form a part of it.

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It looks like Seagate on their part are trying to do their best to help me achieve my goal of a 2-3 pound laptops by releasing the World’s thinnest and slimmest hard drive for laptops and netbooks. Momentus Thin drive, as the drive is known, is the thinnest 2.5hard drive and is only 7mm in height.

Momentus ® Thin drive, the world’s thinnest 2.5-inch hard disk drive for ultra-portable and entry-level laptops, high-end netbooks, backup devices and consumer electronics. At a wafer-thin 7mm in height 25 percent slimmer than traditional 9.5mm 2.5-inch laptop hard drives the Momentus Thin drive gives original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and system integrators significantly lower cost-per-gigabyte storage than solid state and 1.8-inch drives, enabling a new breed of entry-level thin laptops.

Also Read: How to Recover Data from Dead Laptops

In addition to being the slimmest of the lot, Seagate also aims to make it the cheapest storage drive for laptops. Key features of Momentus include:

  • Broad capacity range from 160GB to 500GB for all your mobile storage needs.
  • Energy-efficient power consumption provides long battery life off the grid.
  • Self-encrypting drive option gives you the data security you’ve been waiting for.
  • Perpendicular recording technology delivers higher areal density on two platters – up to 500GBs.
  • G-Force Protection technology gives you the robust solution you require in today’s highly mobile world.

Momentus Thin drives are not on sale right now and no pricing is available, however you can the capacity for the drives will be between 160GB and 250GB. Amazon has Momentus 500GB SATA drive for sale starting at $49.99 up to $105 for different storage options.

[Seagate Momentus via Gizmodo]

Shock Proof Portable Hard Drive

Recently, I dropped my Seagate Hard drive and sadly enough it gave up on my  bad treatment towards it. Yes, it is dead. Ever since then, I have been in search of a shock proof portable hard drive and PQI H560 offers exactly the same.

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PQI H560 sports a special rubber material and unique internal shock-absorption suspension, which prevents the hard drive from the exterior shock. PQI H560 comes in a 2.5SATA interface with USB2.0 interface, integrated USB connector and a one-touch backup button. It’s available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB sizes and has a 3 year warranty.

It weighs barely 350 g (0.77 lb) with a dimension of 144 x 81.5 x 22.4 mm (5.67 x 3.21 x 0.88 in). Priced at around $120 for the 500GB version is quite a steal, considering the fact that it does not look bad either. Check out the video in which the hard drive is brutally abused.

Buy Sony VAIO VGN-FW510F/B – 16.4”, Core2 Duo 2.2 GHZ, 4GB Ram, Windows 7 for $650 [Laptop Deals]

Fancy getting your hands on a really cool laptop for a really cheap price? BestBuy has a deal for you. You can buy a Sony VAIO T6600 laptop for as low as $650 with free pickup in select areas. It of course comes with the coolest OS right now, .

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Specs include:

  • Intel ® Coreâ„¢2 Duo mobile processor T6600
  • 2 high-performance processing cores
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 memory expandable to 8GB
  • Multiformat DVD ±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
  • 16.4" LCD widescreen display
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
  • Dedicated A/V buttons
  • Built-in MOTION EYE webcam
  • Multimedia card reader
  • i.LINK (IEEE 1394) port and 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in Intel ® WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Gigabit fast Ethernet LAN
  • VAIO Media Plus
  • Weighs 6.9 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
  • Good battery life upto 3 hours
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled

Software package included: With Microsoft Works SE 9.0, VAIO Multimedia Suite and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 also included.

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HP Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer for $40 [Printer Deals]

Looking to buy a new printer? How about a cheap throwaway deal? HP Shopping has an Officejet 6000 Wireless printer on sale for $59.99, however, after applying a coupon code you can get another $20 rebate, bringing the total price down to $39.99.

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The HP Officejet 6000 prints 32 pages per minute and uses up-to 40% less energy. For more details, visit the HP Shopping site. To get the additional $20 discount, apply the coupon code SVMY478761 during checkout.

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The product comes with free standard shipping, however, taxes may be applied for your state.

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Buy Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports for $170 [Gadget Deals]

Wii fans who haven’t yet bought the console yet, here is you chance to get some discount on the Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports included.

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eBay has 10 brand new Nintendo Wii systems for sale which also includes Wii Sports for $169.99 and free shipping. The offer is only valid for the next 22 hours, so go ahead and make a deal if you have waiting for it.

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Buy Nokia N900 for $449.99 with MIR [Gadget Deals]

We have been posting several gadget deals for Nokia N900, some of them don’t last very long. If you have missed the earlier deals, here is another chance to buy Nokia N900 at a discounted rate of $449.99 before taxes.

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The phone comes with a $100 instant rebate and $50 mail in rebate. You can also apply up-to $22 (which may go up-to $90 on Friday) in Cash back while purchasing Nokia N900. Buy Nokia N900 at Dell Accessories.

Amazon also has the Nokia N900 for a price of $499.99 after discounts and MIR with no taxes in some states.

Amazon Extends Battery Life of Newest Kindle by 85 Percent

Today, Amazon announced that the latest generation Kindle will receive 85 percent more battery life and a native PDF reader.

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Kindle now promises battery life of up to seven days even with WiFi turned on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of four days. With wireless turned off, it lasts for about two weeks, which is same as previous version.

The 6-inch Kindle now has a built-in native PDF reader that enables Kindle customers to read professional and personal documents in their original PDF format without conversion, something we have been waiting for since ages. The previous purchasers of the new Kindle will also receive the 85 percent battery life improvements with wireless on, and a native PDF support via a firmware update automatically delivered via Whispernet wireless. Native PDF support will also be available for some earlier versions of Kindle via an automatic Whispernet wireless firmware update.

All around it looks like a good update for e-book readers. Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle.