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HTC Begins US Marketing Push With Great TV Ad

HTC has recently started pushing their brand in TV, print, outdoor, and online advertising marketed towards the US market, now, HTC isn’t exactly new to the market game but they haven’t ever done it before in the US.

It isn’t like we haven’t heard of HTC, they have built many wonderful carrier branded phones, but now they’ve decided to push the brand name.

One of the first TV ads has been posted on YouTube and I want to share it with you all, not only because this is the first of, what I expect to be, many TV ads by HTC but also because it is a really well done ad. I love this ad, it reminds me a little bit of Apple’s ad the way that they show the device at the end but I’ll let it go, whoever thought of this idea must have a little bit of brilliance in them.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Announces Works SE (Sponsored Edition)

Microsoft has begun offering a free advertising supported version of Microsoft Works, you know that not as good as Microsoft Office suite of applications that seems to be pre-installed on nearly every computer from major manufacturers because it only costs like $1.00 for the manufacturer to add it in, yea, that one.

Currently this brand new Microsoft Works SE (Sponsored Edition) doesn’t seem to be available to just anyone but is only available to PC manufacturers who want to install it on systems that they sell.

This version of works runs just as well as the full version but users will see an advertisement in the program window. I don’t really know why manufacturers would want to use this program instead of something like OpenOffice, except maybe if they think that Microsoft has the kind of name brand that would make people spring for a computer because it has a not so wonderful Office suite installed on it, but none the less if you want to purchase a computer with Microsoft Works SE pre-installed it is showing up on a handful of models being sold by manufacturers in the US, Canada, and a few European countries.

AMD Graphics Cards

AMD ATI Radeon 4850 and 4870 Details Show Up Online

AMD has seen some great developments in the way of releasing the 4800 series of graphics cards and therefore will be moving up the launch of these graphics cards.

Manufacturing improvements will give these GPUs higher clock speeds, the mid-range will jump from a 670MHz core seen in the 3850 to more than 800MHz in the 4850, while the 4870 should be the first mainstream graphics chipset ever to top 1GHz.

Not only will the 4800 series have higher clock speeds, the chips will also be more efficient at the same clock speed as previous GPUs. With an increase to 32 texture management units both of the initial 4800 models will be able to handle more simultaneous pixel and geometry effects at once. Memory on these new cards will run between 1.8GHz and 2.2GHz thanks to newer GDDR5 memory.

AMD has already confirmed that it will be announcing new graphics chips in May and is also rumored to be releasing the new cards at the same time. The launch may also reveal new Mobility Radeon HD chipsets with similar improvements. Pricing has not been talked about yet but the 4850 and 4870 are both rumored to be coming with 512MB of memory and should price in at around $179 to $219. Other cards may come with as little as 256MB of memory or as much as 1GB.

Although AMD is bumbling around a little bit on the CPU side, they may be fairly future proof because of their capability to produce both CPUs and GPUs that run darn well, while Nvidia is only capable of producing GPUs and Intel is really only good at making CPUs and not very good with the GPU side of things.


Cell Phones Sony Video

PhoneArena Previews Sony Ericsson C902

5MP camera
2-inch display
160MB built in memory
M2 card slot
Bluetooth 2.0 w/A2DP


Apple PC Photos Random Tech

Psystar’s President Says That The Company Is The Real Deal

Forbes managed to get an interview with the man behind Psystar. You remember Psystar as that seemingly crazy hardware vendor that has decided to start selling “OpenComputers” with Apple’s OS X preinstalled, a well equipped one can be had for only $555.

Psystar’s President Rudy Pedraza insists that his company is the real deal. “It’s not that we can’t provide the product or [that] Apple can stop us from providing the product. The truth is, we can’t process your credit card.” This was said in response to the fact that Psystar’s payment gateway disappeared late last week when news of fraudulent dealings swarmed around the internet. Pedraza says that they were able to process a large number of orders before their payment system was put on hold and that they just moved into a new facility after a few address changes on the Psystar website.

I’m not going to tell anyone that they should purchase a computer from Psystar, in fact I would rather people wait a bit until some reviews of units actually start to come out, or some actual proof that they are going to ship them starts to materialize.


Picture above is from Gizmodo, and is of the Psystar sign in the new facilities window.

Random Tech VOIP

Skype to Offer $9.95/month Unlimited International Calling

Alongside rumors that Ebay would be selling Skype… to… maybe… Google? Skype, who had a pretty successful first quarter is announcing that starting today anyone can sign up for unlimited calling to landlines in any of 34 countries across the world for $9.95 per month and also includes unlimited calling to U.S. landlines and cellphones.

International cellphone calls are restricted to Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

This is a darn good deal and I expect Skype to do fairly well during the recession, especially if you can get super cheap calling to nearly anywhere in the world. I know Ebay probably doesn’t want Skype but it must be worth something to somebody.


Hard Drives Storage

Western Digital Releases VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM 300GB Hard Drive

The 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drive is actually a 2.5″ hard drive enclosed in a 3.5″ form factor heat sink. The VelociRaptor 300 is a 300GB hard drive with a 3.0Gbps SATA interface, Western Digital says that the drive is capable of sustaining 120MB/s which is incredibly fast for a single hard drive.

AnandTech reports that the drive averages about 98.4MB/s. This difference in speed is mostly due to the fact that reading data from the outside of the platter won’t be as fast as reading data from the inside of the platter.

The drive will be priced at $300 which is a great deal considering how fast it is. The drive will surely make a dent in the enterprise market where fast drive speeds are a must and I would imagine that this drive would also do pretty well for media professionals capturing video to hard drives.

Western Digital

Computers Notebooks PC Photos

HP Mini-Note 2133 Unboxing Pics

An Engadget reader received his HP Mini-Note 2133 in the mail and sent them some great unboxing pics. I’ll tell you what, I would really enjoy having one of these computer. It’s a great design and looks like it has excellent build quality, much better than the Asus Eee PC.

HP Mini-Note 2133 Unboxing Gallery

I figured I’d also throw in a video from LaptopMag showing off the HP Mini-Note 2133.

Intel Processors

Overclockers Push 8-Core Skulltrail to 6GHz

Intel would be proud that their 8-core platform has been overclocked to 6GHz by some overclockers on XtremeSystems forum.

All I can say is, wow! Those 8-cores at 6GHz gives you a total of 48GHz of processing power.


Cell Phones Review Video

HTC Touch Cruise Hands On Video

PhoneArena got their hands on a HTC Touch Cruise and was able to show it off on video.

Personally the phone looks pretty good but it looks a little big and clunky (although I could be wrong, I’ve never held one myself). It is a decent looking design but unfortunately Windows Mobile isn’t exactly the best mobile operating system and therefore I don’t think I would ever use one.

Apple MacBook MacBook Pro Rumor

Aluminium MacBook With Multi-Touch and New MacBook Pro Design at WWDC

A reader of MacRumors came across a .Mac web page yesterday that contained images for Apple products. Two of the products on this web page aren’t shipping yet. A new Aluminium MacBook with Multi-Touch and a new MacBook Pro that looks super thin and has an iMac-like screen.

Usually this would just be dismissed as a Apple fan mock up but the web page did list a valid iTunes store account and password.

MacRumors didn’t like to the page because of the account information but did post screenshots of it.

The pages also included information for iTunes 8, a 32GB iPhone, and a WWDC launch date (June 10th).

The fact that this is a live site makes me find it very hard to believe but at the same time, the design work is very well done and looks very similar to designs that Apple uses on their site as well. So take this with a grain of salt if you’d like but it has been quite a while since we’ve seen any updates to the notebook designs and the upgrades mentioned are exactly what the rumors of design changes have been for months now. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this is exactly what we saw.


Apple PC Photos Random Tech

Psystar Seems To Be Some Sort of Hoax

So Gizmodo decided to do some investigative reporting and looked into what is actually at the supposed location of the Mac clone making Psystar.

First of all, the address on the website did change at some point in the past couple of days from a residence to the address of a USA Koen Pack. Yes, that’s right, so if this company actually does exist either they are very secretive about their location or USA Keon Pack acquired them for an untold sum of money.

So now that this is know, if you were thinking about buying the OpenMac, don’t because who knows what they are going to do with your credit card information. If you want a cheap headless Mac, just buy a Mac Mini and deal with the lower powered computer, it isn’t that big of a deal, I’ve been running on a MacBook (which has incredibly similar specs to the Mac Mini) for over a year now and it runs just fine, not the speediest thing on the block (or in my house) but it does all that I need it to.