Computers PC Photos

Dell Studio Hybrid Pictures

It seems that Dell has been hard at work making some cool and interesting new PCs. First the Dell E and now the Studio Hybrid. This new PC has an orange plexiglas shell, an Intel chipset, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, Wifi, DVD+R drive, 5 USB ports, HDMI, S/PDIF, DVI, and a memory card reader.

There is no word yet on a hard release date or what the exact cost is going to be, but it is likely it will come later this year for between $500 and $700.

More pictures can be seen at Engadget.

Apple Cell Phones iPhone Rumor

AT&T Subsidizing the iPhone $325

A recent analyst note from Opeenheimer claims that AT&T is subsidizing the iPhone $325, this is how Apple was able to reach such a low price on the iPhone 3G ($199 for 8GB and $299 for 16GB).

This isn’t too far fetched, since AT&T was previously doing a revenue share deal with Apple monthly for each iPhone subscriber it wouldn’t be surprising that Apple would want to get that money up front instead.

On top of the $325 the analyst also said that AT&T is giving Apple $100 for each iPhone 3G sold at an Apple store, as commission.

This seems about right to me, since AT&T isn’t giving Apple money monthly anymore I’m sure in the exclusivity agreement some sort of revenue sharing was mandatory but it seems like AT&T is getting the short end of the stick. From everything that I’ve seen the iPhone is only costing Apple $100 to manufacture now, which means they are making profit all over the place, from the App Store, from the iTunes Store, from the actual sale of the phone, and from AT&T. And yet, what is AT&T left with, I guess the right to say that they have the coolest phone on the block.


Random Tech

Netflix Removing Secondary Queues From Accounts

Netflix is eliminating Profiles. That means if you have multiple queues on one account you should probably think about moving the DVDs from your secondary queues to your main one.

The reason for doing this?

“By discontinuing the feature, we will be able to put more focus and resources site and service improvements that benefit everyone, consistent to how we have grown the service over the years.” -Steve Swasey

Are you kidding with me? How is removing one of the best features of the site going to improve the service in any way? It seems a little ridiculous to me, I don’t use Netflix Profiles but I know plenty of people that do, I talked to one of them and they said this:

“I’m not going to be leaving Netflix because they are removing profiles but it seems a little stupid to me, I don’t understand why they can’t keep the profiles going and still improve the service.” -friend of the blog

The real problem is that the only actual competition to Netflix is Blockbuster, and let’s face it, they’re kind of a joke.

Well, the profiles will be removed on September 1, 2008 and if you want to keep the DVDs in those queues you’re going to have to (what seems to be) manually add each one to your main queue (it’d be nice if they made a simple tool that would help you do that).

Hacking Netflix

Cell Phones GPS Photos

Garmin Nuvifone Gets Pictured

Laptop Mag had a chance to spend some time with the Garmin Nuvifone, and here’s a rundown of their impressions.

  • Still a prototype so it didn’t have GPS or an internet connection yet
  • The touchscreen is soft and non-reflective
  • The keyboard seemed nice and it does have an auto complete function
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band 3.5G HSDPA data
  • 802.11b/g
  • Available in the fourth quarter of this year
  • The camera application froze the device they were looking at

But, the real big deal with their post was the large amount of photos taken of the device. Which you can view through the link below.

Apple Application iPhone

Adobe Has Flash Running on iPhone Simulator

The blogosphere was all abuzz about this quote:

We have a version that’s working on the emulation. This is still on the computer and you know, we have to continue to move it from a test environment onto the device and continue to make it work. So we are pleased with the internal progress that we’ve made to date.

What very few people talked about is the idea that the iPhone simulator runs code much smoother then the actual iPhone does. That of course, means that Adobe didn’t really do much.

Currently there is no API for building Safari plugins and unless Apple wants to help Adobe out by giving them the information they need and the “okay” to actually build Flash for the iPhone, it just isn’t going to happen.

I really don’t think that we will see Flash on the iPhone any time soon (meaning the next year or so) Apple clearly doesn’t want Flash on the iPhone and have said nothing that would even be close to saying that. Unless Adobe is able to convince Apple that they will do a good job building Flash for the iPhone you won’t ever see it.

I don’t think Apple is being a jerk in this situation, It’s clear to me (from my experiences with laptops) that putting flash on the iPhone would not only be pretty rough on its processor but also severely effect battery life. One of the best things about the iPhone is that I can go an entire day without worrying about my battery dieing, if I have to start thinking about what websites I visit because they might have flash on it and kill my battery I wouldn’t enjoy the iPhone as much as I do.


Gaming Video

Crysis Running On An Eee PC

Now isn’t the Eee PC actually rendering the game but instead it is a new version of StreamMyGame which allows users to play games from their more powerful PCs on their lower end notebooks and desktops by streaming the video from the game over the network.

Although I’ve never played Crysis I would guess that it wouldn’t be that great on a 7″ screen, but on the other hand it is a cool thing that is now at least possible.

Graphics Cards Nvidia

Nvidia Introduces Geforce GTX 280 and GTX 260

Nvidia has officially introduced its new Geforce GTX 280 and GTX 260 graphics cards. The GTX 280, which will be Nvidia’s new high end GPU, is supposed to be 50% faster then the 8800GX2 when in its overclocked AMP! Edition.

The GTX 280 has 1GB of GDDR3 memory with a 512-bit memory interface, this means you’ll be getting about 142GB/s memory bandwidth. But, with all that power means you have to pay a price, a high price, $649 to be exact.

The mid-range GTX 260 will have 896MB of memory and go for $399.

Both of these GPUs will be released on store shelves on June 26.

Press Release

Apple MacBook Notebooks

Still No Power Adapter But It Should Be Here Today (I Hope) (update)

Update: I received the power adapter at 11:30am and it is working great. Apple makes it very easy to send back my old one too, all I have to do is put it in the box that the new one came in rip off the label (underneath the shipping label is the return label), tape up the package and it’s ready to go.

I’ve been tracking my power adapter through DHL and according to the latest update (which was about 2 hours ago) the power adapter is about an hour away from my house. My guess is that it has to come to the local DHL distribution center and then to my house but hopefully that means I will get it around noon.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen any value from the extra $170 or so that I paid for AppleCare, Apple gave me great service and the only thing they asked of me was to put a $72 charge on my credit card until they received my old power adapter. I’ve managed to get by mostly using my old PC but I still have about 2 hours worth of battery life left in my MacBook, that should mean I’ll be blogging today, but I can’t make too many promises.

Apple MacBook Notebooks

Broken MacBook Power Adapter

I won’t be posting as much today and tomorrow, the Magsafe power adapter for my MacBook isn’t working right. As you can see from these pictures, the plastic around the actual power cable has melted and because of that it no longer works.

I called up Apple and they said they would send me a new one for no cost at all (thanks to AppleCare). The person I talked to said that I should get it in the next day or two. So now I have about 3 hours of battery life left before my MacBook dies. So until the power adapter comes I’ll be stuck using my old PC.

(the pictures were taken with my iPhone camera so excuse the quality).

Computers Mobile Notebooks PC Video

Asus Eee PC 1000H Unbox

TweakTown managed to purchase one of the brand new Asus Eee PC 1000H subnotebooks and unboxed it.

The notebook has a 10″ display, an Intel Atom processor, and 802.11n. TweakTown will soon have a full review of the unit but for now here’s their unbox video:


AMD ATI Graphics Cards

AMD Radeon 4850 Details Show Up on Amazon accidentally put the AMD Radeon 4850 graphics card on sale earlier then it was supposed to and because of that we now have some more information on the specs for the card.

The Radeon 4850 will be priced at around $200.

Amazon’s technical specifications:

“ASIC: RV7000, 512MB Memory, GDDR3 Memory Configuration, 256-bit Memory Interface, Display Formats:x2 Dual Link DVI + HDTV-out with built-in HDMI, PCI Express 2.0 support, 480 Stream Processing units, Direct X 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1,OpenGL 2.0, ATI Crossfire X Multi-GPU Support for highly scalable performance (Up to four GPU support with an AMD 790FX based motherboard), High-speed 128-bit-HDR (High Dynamic Range) rendering, 55nm process technology, ATI Avivo HD Video and Display Technology, Game Physics processing capability, Up to 24X Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing, Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD, ATI PowerPlay energy conserving technology.”

As you can see above the cards are promoting “Game Physics processing capability,” which is most likely going to be using Havok. Amazon also says that it requires a 450 Watt or greater power supply and the card will ship with two DVI to VGA adapters, an S-Video cable, a Crossfire bridge interconnect, a component adapter, and a DVI to HDMI adapter.

Overall the graphics card looks like it will be a step in the right direction for AMD but I’m still worried that the only thing that will let AMD truly compete in the GPU space is integrating the GPU and CPU on one die.

TG Daily

Computers Mobile Notebooks PC

Dell Inspiron Mini Now Called “Dell E”

What many have been calling the Dell Inspiron Mini has finally been revealed as the Dell E (not necessarily set in stone, but that is what they’re calling it). The new notebook line will come in two types, a 8.9″ model and a 12.1″ model called the “E Slim.”

The E Slim looks like it will compete more with the MacBook Air and the X300 while the 8.9″ model will be competing with the Eee 900. The device should be released sometime in August/September.

All of the notebooks will be running Linux or Windows XP (presumably chosen by the customer).

The Dell E will have a price starting at $299.

All of these small notebooks should be making Palm think twice about their choice to cease production of the Foleo (which I wanted really bad), but what makes me so frustrated in this whole situation is the fact that Engadget gave the Foleo such a terrible review and yet now they seem to be falling all over themselves over ever single new small notebook that gets announced.