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  • Routers in Cali Must Now Have Security Warnings

    According to a new California law, any device “that includes an integrated and enabled wireless access point…[that] is manufactured on or after October 1, 2007, for use in a small office, home office, or residential setting, and that is used in a federally unlicensed spectrum,” will have to include some a warning about the dangers of not securing your wireless network. Read More

  • D-Link DNS-323 Network Attached Storage

    The DNS-323 is D-Link’s newest network attached storage (NAS) targeted towards the home and small business audience. It has a gigabit ethernet connection, something that’s very important for a NAS, and two SATA hard drive slots for storage. The DNS-323 can support RAID 1 for mirror your data, protecting your precious videos and iTunes music from being lost, something our own John B… Read More

  • Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2

    Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2, with MTV’s Urge music service, is now availible for download . If you’re running WMA 11 Beta 1, you should probably get this ASAP. Beta 2 features: Fixing issues. Fixes have been made for issues that occurred in the first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. Additional online stores are now available. More online stores are… Read More

  • Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1

    The word is out: Toshiba is releasing two new second gen HD DVD players in Europe. Both the HD-E1 and HD-XE1 are on display at IFA, and are quite a step up compared to current Toshiba HD DVD players out here in America. The HD-XE1 goes full HD with 1080p resolution and an HDMI 1.3 port which supports 48-bit color. TheseHD DVD players have also gotten a whole lot prettier than the current… Read More

  • Creative TravelDock Z500 For Zen Vision M and V Players

    This TravelDock fits Creative Zen Vision M (30 and 60GB versions), V, and V Plus players, and comes with a wireless remote so you can control your songs from across the room. Not much info is available yet on this player, since it’s only been seen in a COMEX Convention Brochure, but people are guessing that the dock may have audio out so you can view video on your TV. From firsthand… Read More

  • Sony Officially Announces and Prices PSP GPS and Camera

    The launch date for the Sony PSP camera has been set for November 2 in Japan, retailing for 5,000 Yen ($42). The camera can be used as a webcam, thanks to its 1.3 megapixel sensor and microphone. With the PSP’s WiFi, and appropriate software, it should probably be useful as a VoIP solution. The Sony PSP GPS receiver will be on sale in Japan December 7 for 6,000 Yen ($51), and will… Read More

  • Maxtor Fusion Drive: First Impressions


    I’m just getting around to opening the Maxtor Fusion drive we received this week and I can honestly say that it’s an incredible device. It’s the perfect mix between media server and network storage device and despite its staid exterior it’s definitely a home and small office winner. I’ll be doing an in-depth review next week, but here are some first impressions: Read More

  • 120mph Electric Car

    This car is no run-of-the-mill ugly electric car, thank you very much. This little baby can go from zero to 60 in four seconds flat, it has a top speed of 120 m.p.h. in one gear, and it is about as wide as most motorcycles at only 39″. If you’re brave enough to take this on the road (or to be seen in public with one – Blake), it should be pretty easy to maneuver around all… Read More

  • LG U830 Cell Phone Is Surprisingly Un-chocolatey

    The previously unannounced LG U830 made an appearance at IFA 2006. And despite looking like the other LG chocolate phones with its smooth black surface, it’s not actually in the Black Label. The U830 does have a 2 megapixel camera, 200MB of internal storage and Bluetooth. Some other LG notes from the show are the KG920, which has a 5 megapixel camera, and the KG328, which is just 9.9mm… Read More

  • Panasonic Announces WiFi Phone for Skype

    Panasonic Communications is working to develop a WiFi phone for use with Skype. The WiFi phone will allow Skype users to send and recieve calls to other Skype users from any WiFi access point. Due out fourth quarter 2006, the WiFi phone core will also feature SkypeOut, SkypeIn, Skype Voicemail and call forwarding. The phone will not require browser authentication and it will be Skype… Read More

  • Philips GoGear SA9200 Flash-Based MP3 Player

    Coming in both 1GB and 2GB sizes, the GoGear SA9200 is targeted towards the iPod Nano flash-based MP3 player market. The player is only 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, and weighs 48 grams. There’s support for MP3 and DRMed WMA files. It’s also got an optional dock which works with the Philips Streamium system. The screen measures 1.7-inches and has color, and is touch sensitive, which is… Read More

  • Burn Your Cell Phone

    A new AP article has hit the ‘net discussing the fact that you can’t truly delete all the info off of your cell phone. Apparently, a company called Trust Digital bought 10 different phones on eBay and tested the phone-security tools that they sell to buisenesses. These weren’t old $5 Nokias, either. They were all “capable of working with corporate e-mail… Read More

  • SanDisk Sansa c200 MP3 Player Announced at IFA

    Some audio player news comign out of IFA 2006 today. Now it’s the Sansa c200 MP3 player from SanDisk. In traditional SanDisk fashion, it has a 1 or 2GB flash drive embedded inside, and a Micro SD card slot for even more storage. Is it just us, or does anyone else think SanDisk includes the expanded memory in order to sell more SD cards? The player itself has a color LCD screen, has 15… Read More

  • Pioneer to Release Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Drive

    Pioneer announced at IFA that it will be releasing a drive capable of reading both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. The BDR-103 will utilize Ricoh’s smart blue laser diode that can recognize what type of disc has been inserted. There have been a few of these drives that have been announced in the past. None of them have gelled, so here’s hoping that the BDR-103 actually makes it to market. Read More

  • Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Boombox With Built-In Speakers

    What do you get when you combine a Samsung MP3 player with a set of built-in speakers? Something fairly decent, actually. The Samsung YP-K5 MP3 player looks like a regular player from the front, but has a sliding speaker case mounted on its rear. So how is it? Well, for a flash-based MP3 player it’s kind of bulky. Three times the thickness of an iPod Nano actually. The UI itself is… Read More

  • Apple Updates Mini

    People are reporting that their recently ordered Mac Minis have been quietly upgraded prior to shipping. As a revision on the old specs, the new Minis feature: Core Duo 1.66GHz instead of Core Solo 1.5GHz HD 100GB instead of 60GB SuperDrive instead of a Combo! Not a huge revision, but a revision nonetheless. There has been much speculation that this update was coming, but many expected it to be… Read More

  • Firefox 2 Available for Developers (And You)

    Desktoplinux.com went ahead and downloaded Mozilla’s Firefox 2 Beta 2 edition and were kind enough to do a rundown of the new features. Right now, it’s only available from Mozilla’s FTP site, here. It’s only supposed to be used by developers, but if you really just NEEEEED it now, here’s a rundown of the new features, as listed by the Firefox team: Read More

  • Samsung SDC-MS61 6-megapixel Shooter Revealed At IFA

    Not much detail yet, but the SDC-MS61 point and shoot from Samsung was just announced at IFA. It has 6 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD, MP3 recording and shoots MPEG4 video. It even plays back MP3s, which is definitely useful when you’re trying to take pictures of stuff. More info as it comes in. Samsung’s SDC-MS61 little black digital camera [Shiny Shiny] Read More

  • Paris Hilton is a L33t HaXor

    ? Paris Hilton Hacks Voice Mail using Asterick [VoIP & Gadgets Blog] Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Motorola Q Winner

    OK. This wasn’t hard at all. Even the folks who sent in a bunch of fake photos (*cough* *cough*) – which I did not specifically prohibit, by the way – couldn’t touch the tenacity of one young man and his camera. Now to process the creative photos for the winner of the Kodak v603… I’m thinking we won’t even vote, but to be fair I think we will. Read More