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Archive | October 11, 2010

Zune 4.7 software released, available for download

The latest version of Zune PC Client (4.7) is now out in the wild, available for download. Its launch coincides with the launch of Windows Phone 7 and it is the Microsoft equivalent of Apple iTunes. The most important new features are of course, support for the new Windows Phone 7 handsets (and also available are apps for Windows Phone 7) and HD video streaming.

You can download the new Zune version here. If you are an existing user, you’ll be prompted to update next time you’ll start the application.

The new version will keep compatibility with all Zune devices including Zune HD and offers access to Zune Pass, movies, TV shows, etc. Just like the Zune client from XBOX 360, Zune 4.7 can start HD streams instantly using a Microsoft proprietary technology.

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN for pre-order at Amazon – includes Nvidia ION 2 and Atom N550

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN is one of the first netbooks to be built around Nvidia’s latest ION 2 GPU platform and also the dual core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 and is available for pre-order at Amazon. Still called a netbook because of its form factor but performance wise, while not quite on par with Intel Core i7, still offers speed unheard of for notebooks only a year ago combined with an impresive 9.5 Hours estimated battery life. The price is a rather reasonable $429 (together with Amazon’s free shipping and no tax goodies) and don’t forget the HDMI out!

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN Technical Specs:

  • Intel Atom Dual Core N550
  • 9.5 Hours of Battery Life; Windows 7 Starter Operating System (32 bit); 0.3MP Webcam
  • Nvidia Ion2 Dedicated Graphics; HDMI and VGA Out; 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 10.1-Inch 1024X600 WSVGA Matte Finish LED Display; 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0; Chiclet Keyboard
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max; 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage

Hyundai shows 70” Microsoft Surface-like Table Monitor, looks like an iPhone on steroids

And now to something really cool that you’ll never afford (or at least not in the next 5 years). Hyundai IT is presenting this week at Korea’s Kintex show, a gorgeous surface computer that can be also used as a table. Eerily similar with Microsoft’s own Surface, the display is 70 inches in size and 1080p resolution. Multi-touch is of course present but since this is an early concept, there are no details about price or any future availability.

What it strikes us as weird however is the fact that, from this angle is looks very much like a giant iPhone device.

via Akihabara News

PogoPlug Pro launches – new wireless NAS device

A while ago we reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent DockStart Network Adapter, a small and very cheap NAS with 4 USB ports, containing PogoPlug technology so you can access your files from outside your home.

The PogoPlug runs on Linux and it is highly hackable. Today, a new unit was launched – the PogoPlug Pro. The functionality is pretty much the same like in the old version without the Pro-oriented features like sharing controls, multiple users and various usage statistics, destined to appeal to the business oriented users. The four USB ports are still available with an added bonus: Wireless access (802.11 b/g/n). And, if the PC is not enough, there are readily available applications to access your content (music, photos, video) from Android, iPad, BlackBerry, and webOS platforms. The MSRP price is set at $99 which makes it a competitor to the DLNA capable WD My Book Live. If you intend to watch the movies stored on your hard drive  from the Internet, remember: The quality will be limited by your Internet connection’s  upload speed. PogoPlug Pro accepts NTFS, FAT32, HFS+, EXT2, EXT3 formatted USB hard disks and sports a fast Gigabit Ethernet Connection. Not directly advertised, but PogoPlug also has some sort of DLNA functionality embedded since it can be configured to feed media to both XBOX 360 and PS3 (it won’t transcode your videos though, so you’ll be able to play only the video formats supported by XBOX 360 or PS3)

Windows Phone 7 officially launched, handsets galore

If you think the old Microsoft doesn’t have any sparks left, you are wrong. Today they launched the long awaited Windows Phone 7 platform together with several enticing handsets from HTC, DELL, Samsung and LG. At this point, of course we cannot talked about an iPhone killer platform since iPhones are so entrenched in our life, it would probably take a nuclear was to kill them, and even then, after the humanity is long gone, you could still find iPhones together with roaches, scorpions and Coca-Cola cans spreaded around the surface of the Earth. But I digress, lets spend some moments and dwell into what is new…

Windows Phone 7 Handsets:

By the end of the year, Windows Phone 7 platform will be launched in 30 countries with handsets delivered by Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung. HTC leads the pack with no less than five models. Here is a small table: (all the initial models will feature WVGA – 480×800 pixels displays and, while not as sharp as iPhone 4’s retina display it should be good enough considering the display size). Read More…