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7:30 PM

VAIO UX180 from Sony: Ultimate Portable Device

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Sony VAIO UX180: Your portable style statement


People prefer buying notebooks due to their portability. There can be nothing better than having a notebook, as they fulfill all your functional needs and can also be your style statement. The new sleek Sony VAIO UX180 has been launched recently in the market. VAIO UX180 has a 4.5 inch LCD. However, it does not have any hardware buttons to manage brightness. You have to do this through an application. Its LCD panel is touch-sensitive, so it works well with stylus input. The keyboard of Sony VAIO UX180 is revealed when you slide its display up or its body down. The whole process of sliding depends on the way you look at the product. The 64 buttons, with 8.6mm pitch and 0.15mm stroke, of the keyboard does not cause much trouble to a user, who works for short periods. The UX180 also includes an analog pointing stick, which functions similar to pointing nub of notebooks, which directs the mouse according to your requirements.

Sony VAIO UX180 comes with two integrated digital cameras, one in front, and one in the back. The one in front is a .3 Megapixel sensor that is designed to be used for video in chat clients and the like. The rear camera is 1.3 Megapixel and exposed by sliding up the screen. It’s designed for taking stills or video. Sony has also included an application for handling the cameras and taking shots and videos. Sony VAIO UX180 also comes with an integrated biometric scanner. This gives you another layer of security from spywares. The fingerprint scanner can be used at both the BIOS and Windows levels. Registering your fingers is very easy. It’s also quite fast and generally recognizes your finger on the first try. VAIO UX180 consists of a mono speaker, integrated microphone and separate jacks for microphone-in and headphones. The speakers of the notebook are way below expectations of a user, still they give adequate performance.

Sony VAIO UX180 uses the Intel Processor U1400 (1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache). For productivity uses, the processor and the included 512 MB DDR2 RAM with 30 GB SATA hard drive is sufficient. They included disk drive shock protection, which in a nice small droppable unit like this, is much appreciated. They offer three levels of protection, the more protection, the less performance. The default is at the medium level. The notebook is triple threat wireless. They’ve got the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but also included access to the Cingular data network.

They have included fully-functional docking stations, which can make huge difference to you as a user. Sony VAIO UX180 can be regarded as a base computer for its users. VAIO UX180 can drop into dock and acquires power, 3 USB, VGA, IEEE 1394, AV out port and Ethernet. Sony has tossed in 1 dongle, which supplements Ethernet, AV out and VGA out. These included utilities are imperative for this platform.

Notebook buyers, who are looking for something in the ultra-portable category, should give the Sony VAIO UX180 a serious consideration.

Specifications

Processor:

  • Model: Intel Core Solo U1300
  • Speed: 1.06 GHz
  • Front Side Bus: 533 MHz
  • Cache: 2 MB L2

Screen:

  • Size: 4.5-inch
  • Screen Type: WSVGA TFT active matrix

Graphics card:

  • Type: Integrated Graphics
  • Version: 3-128 MB Intel GMA 950
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs

Memory:
Hard Disk

  • Size: 30 GB
  • Type: 4200 RPM

RAM

  • Size: 512 MB
  • Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Ports:
  • USB 2.0 Port: 3
  • VGA Slot: 1
  • Headphone Port: 1
  • Mic-in Port: 1
  • RJ-45: 1
  • S-video: 1
  • ExpressCard/54: 1
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire: 1

Networking:

  • WLAN: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
  • Bluetooth: 2.0

OS (operating system): Windows Vista
Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Pros: Sony VAIO UX180 has an innovative and lightweight design. It has intuitive user interface and attached keyboards. It has 2 inbuilt cameras along with plenty of connections and ports. Its screen is adequate for watching videos.

Cons: Sony VAIO UX180 has a tiny and highly reflective screen. Typing for long periods on its keyboard is trouble. Battery Life is also very poor.

Price: $ 1,799

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12:21 PM

Dell XPS M1710 is launched

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Dell XPS M1710 is the latest gaming laptop by Dell. Wow.. Looking awesome...


Now a days people are looking something extra from notebooks. These people want to have a device having all features of desktop including great specification apart from mobility. As XPS M1710 is a gaming notebook, it has the highest performing components available for suiting the requirements of high-end games. This notebook is available in two different colors, “Formula Red” or “Metallic black”. Dell has fixed the weight of this notebook to 8.8 Lbs. It has a battery which having 9 cells. Also, it is positioned in the very front area of the notebook. One of the great feature of this is that you can push it on to light up 5 green LEDs to know much charging is left. This feature will work even if the notebook is switched off.. I am pretty excited with this feature.

One of the unique feature is that unlike other notebooks, the keyboard keys of Dell XPS M1710 are not black. Instead the color is silver color which infact matches the case color.The touchpad is adequate in space to the XPS lighting, but the most important thing is that it has good size and works well with scroll zones on the right side for vertical scroll and on the bottom for horizontal scroll. It has an integrated sub-woofer which provides decent bass. Good for music lovers like me right..

A very cool feature of this notebook: Dell XPS M1710 is that it has Media Direct functionality through which we can load up our machne very quickly. through this we can play music, watch DVDs or even view pictures. To enable this, there is a "Media Direct" button on the front. You just have to click on that. Dell XPS M1710 comes with 6 USB ports. Apart from that, it has VGA out, DVI and S-Video out for video connectivity. It has a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics card to enable high end graphics games. It has a wide screen of 17 inches. The notebook has a native resolution of 1920*1200. It has a True life feature for display which enables the notebooks to display higher contrast, brightness and colors. It also supports in playing games.

Intel's Duo processor T2600 is the heart of this notebook. The speed of the processor is 2.16 GHz having a 2 MB cache. Also the processor supports a 2 GB DDR2 RAM which can be extended to 4 GBs. XPS M1710 notebook has a 120 GB SATA hard disk having 7200 rpm. Also it has a 3945 wireless card supporting a, b and g brands which means connectivity from even a longer distance as well. Dell XPS M1710 provides 3 options in terms of Operating System: Windows XP Home edition, Windows XP HomProfessional edition and Windows XP Media Centre Edition. I belive last one should be preferred for gaming savvy persons.

The Specifications are:

Processor:

* Model: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200
* Speed: 2.00 GHz
* Data Bus Speed: 667 MHz
* Cache: 4 MB L2

Screen:

* Size: 17-inch
* Screen Type: TFT active matrix Widescreen
* Max Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)

Graphics Card:

* Graphics Processor: 256MB NVIDIA
* Vendor: GeForce 7900 GS PCI Express x16

Hard Disk:

* Size: 120 GB
* Type: Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm Portable

RAM:

* Size: 2 GB / 4 GB (max)
* Type: DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz

Ports:

* USB 2.0 Port: 6
* VGA Slot: 1
* Headphone Port: 1
* Mic-in Port: 1
* DVI-D out: 1
* RJ-11: 1
* RJ-45: 1
* S-video: 1
* ExpressCard/54: 1
* IEEE 1394 FireWire: 1
* Consumer IR: 1

Networking:

* WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g
* Bluetooth: 2.1 (optional)

Useful For: Hardcore Gamers

Advantages: This notebook has an excellent 3D performance which I must say is fantastic for gaming or high-end 3D tasks. Also,it has an eye catching looks, especially the lights, screen and the colors with a sturdy and great keyboard.

Disadvantages: It has some problems in the Wireless connectivity.

Price: Dell has quoted the price to $4,215

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12:04 AM

Google Chrome's about:internets Easter Egg

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Hey Google Chrome users, type "about:internets" into the address bar to get something real funny.

This is what happens:


I was poking around and found some more about:* pages. A few, actually. Enjoy.

about:memory
about:stats
about:network
about:internets
about:histograms
about:dns
about:cache
about:plugins
about:version

After some hit and trail, I found references to two more, but they don't appear to do anything. Maybe they are for some debugging purpose only. Anyways, you can still see:

about:objects
about:chrome-nativeui

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10:04 AM

Google Chrome beating Opera's market Share

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Breaking news guys.

In just 2 days of its release, Google's Chrome browser has taken over Opera's market share and now they are eying on the bigger fish. You all must be aware of this big fish. My initial thought was that Google will certainly take some time to make their presence feel in the Browser war but now the way they are going, I can say they have some critical plans to dismantle the bigger fishes in this browser war. According to some latest news, people are switching on to Google Chrome and most shockingly, they are coming from Microsoft's Internet Explorer and not from Firefox.

With this, Google must have raised alarming signals to the Giant Microsoft. I am just wondering how embarrassing it would be from Microsoft's point of view if they start losing their browser share to Google. Hmmmmmm.

Well, regarding my experience, I have switched on to Chrome as a Google lover and inspite of some shortcomings, I am not going back to another browsers. Also, the UI of chrome is so eye catching which was a very strong reason in my switching to Chrome.

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10:46 PM

Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 Launched

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The second milestone of the next release of Firefox has been launched and available for download. The code name is: Shiretoko Alpha 2. Strange name isnt it!!!!!!

This Shiretoko Alpha 2 actually is built on the pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, which forms the core of rich internet applications such as Firefox. One most important to note for you guys is that this release is not meant for general public as such. Its being released only for developers and testers. I can say it still contains some issues yet to be fixed.


This Alpha of Shiretoko / Gecko 1.9.1 introduces several new features:

Some of the links where you can find Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 for download are:-

Lets see what sort of response it gets from the users.

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10:37 AM

Google Launched Picasa 3.0

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One more good news for Google lovers: Google has officially launched Picasa 3.0. Any idea what is it? Ok let me tell you its a free desktop based Software which is used mainly for organizing your photos like printing or even editing in a creative manner. You can even integrate Picasa 3.0 with online Picasa Web albums for sharing of your pictures. Pretty cool concept though...

And a very coolest thing is that there is a provision to sync your PC albums to the web Picasa which means changes you make in your PC will be saved in your web album as well..



Google has today launched Picasa 3.0 ,a free desktop software for Windows that helps you organize, print, and creatively edit your photos. Picasa also integrates seamlessly with Picasa Web Albums for sharing your photos online — with just one click in Picasa 3, you can sync albums from your PC to the web, so that any changes or additions you make on your PC are automatically reflected on your web gallery.

Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums (PWA) is a photo-sharing web application from Google often compared to programs like Flickr and Zooomr.

It allows users with accounts at Google to store and share upto 1 GBof photos for free. Users can purchase more storage space, which is shared between other Google services, to a total of:

Some of the features of Picasa 3.0 are:
  • A drag-and-drop photo-collage tool giving you total freedom over layout and content
  • A powerful retouching brush to wipe out scratches and blemishes and repairing old photos.
  • A slideshow movie maker that uploads to YouTube with a click
  • Automatic red-eye reduction
  • Smart auto-cropping facility.
  • A Photo Viewer which can launch very fast and used to quickly inspect and manipulate your images from Windows platform.
Keywords: Picasa, Picasa 3.0, Technology Boost

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8:57 AM

For Google Lovers: Google launching Chrome browser

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Breaking news from California(CA). Google announced that it will launch its own browser: Chrome on Tuesday.

Now you will probably think whether Google has also entered into Browser war along with Microsoft and Firefox. Google really thinks that we need another browser and forget others as it has been designed by ever smart Google with a purpose not only to browse the web but also to run applications. Great concept right!!!!!!!

Google is also mentioning this Chrome browser will do your browsing pretty fast and moreover unlike other browsers, it is pretty stable and highly secure.

These are the words from the Vice President of product management and engineering director of Google INC in a blog: " We realized that the web has eveolved from simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and we need to develop a browser thinking about this". We not only need a browser but also a modern platform for our webpages along with running applications and thats the reason behing creation of Chrome.

According to Google, I can expect this browser to be very simple and very much user friendly though right now this is just an assumption. Also Google is claiming it will make your navigation pretty simple. The browser is also expected to be an open source browser: Great move.

Google is claiming that while designing this Chrome browser, they thought of improving speed and responsiveness. Also, its has a very powerful JavaScript Engine to power up the upcoming next generation of web applications which are not very much compatible with today's applications. These people are also aying that they are still not done and working on the browser
. But as of now they have released this beta version for Windows platform so that they can gather user comments and improve the browser in their next release. The chrome browser is also expected to be released for MAC and LINUX in the near future.

Although Google is appreciating the recent releases of Firefox3, IE 8 and Opera 9.52 with words like : There is certainly a lot of product development engineering and market experince" but we are also not lagging behing. Overall, Google has decided to stamp its dominance in the browser war as well.

I am pretty excited with this move.. Cheerzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Note:
You can download complete Chrome browser from the following rapidshare link instead of downloading partially from Google:

http://rapidshare.com/files/142129854/chrome_installer.exe

For Fun: Type this "about:memory" in Chrome’s address bar. Also try for "about:stats"

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9:52 AM

MSI Wind U100 - Technology in the world of laptops

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These days more and more people have an inclined towards Laptops which we also call Notebooks in order to carry out their day to day routine work. People are not passionate to acquire a laptop and now a days it has become a trend to buy great configuration along with attractive looks.

I am going to tell you about a new notebook which has been launched in the market. Its MSI Wind U100. It is designed by Micro Star International. While Wind stands for Wi-Fi network device. Its around 2.6 pounds and having a large screen of 10'' and has Intel 1.6 GHz Atom processor. It has also a full size keyboard. The most exciting feature of this coolest notebook is that it is overclockable from just a single touch of a button. Also, its battery is quite good and lasts for around 5 hours on a full charge. Also 1GB of RAM is the standard.

Also, this notebook as i mentioned above has a large 10" screen in order to make an additional difference in the usability factor which is taken into great consideration these days. Apple's IPhone being a perfect example. Also, the resolution in this notebook is 1024*600 against the conventional 800*480. This means now the users can see a webpage completely without the need to use scrollbars which becomes quite irritating at times. Also,this notebooks has a 1.3 megapixel webcam to take your snaps, 3 USB slots and a tiny stereo.

MSI Wind U100 has a standard support of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network and 10/100 connectivity.
I am sorry to say guys but this notebook doesnt support WWAN technology. But it has bluetooth and WIFI to compensate for this lacking. This notebook has a 4 in 1 media card reader which gives the support for SD, memory stick and MMC etc etc.


MSI Wind U100 comes with a Windows XP and not Vista thankfully. On testing this notebook under heavy load, it gave great performance means its quite stable. Also, it is so much powerful that it takes only 5 seconds to boot giving you no time to relax and have a cup of tea in between.


The standard model of this notebook contains 80 GB hard disk along with 1 GB DDR (667 MHz). This notebook supports great graphics which means you can play you heaviest graphic game in this. Cool..Isnt it..The frame rate procuded by Wind U100 is pretty smooth which is also one of the reason for getting such an appreciation by experts all over the globe. It is usually for professionals, who wants a fast laptop to do their routine work.

Let see the specifications as well

Processor



  • Model: Intel® Atom™ N270

  • Speed: 1.6 GHz

  • Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

  • Cache :512

  • Graphics card:


  • Type: Integrated Graphics

  • Version: Intel® GMA950

  • Weight: 2.6 lbs

    Screen:
  • Size: 10-inch

  • Screen Type: WSVGA LCD

  • Memory:


  • Hard Disk: Size: 80 GB

  • Type: SATA 1RAM

  • Size: 1 GB

  • Type: DDR 667 MHz

  • Ports:


  • USB 2.0 Port: 3

  • VGA Slot: 1

  • Headphone Port: 1

  • Mic-in Port: 1

  • Networking:


  • LAN: 10/100

  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g

  • Bluetooth: 2.1
Advantages and Disadvantages of this notebook

Advantages:Great amount of space to store data. Even for gamers people who wants non-Direct-X games will surely like this laptop. Lastly, with such a wide screen, you probably can urf the net with great ease. ;)

Disadvantages: Due to preinstalled configuration, WIND may not allow installation of games that require very hid end graphics. Also it doesnt supports WWAN. Lastly, there is no option to install a solid state hard drive.

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9:49 AM