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In the November issue of Computer

Service orientation is not a technology but an extremely wide-ranging philosophy or paradigm. It spans technical scenarios like back-end services, telecommunications, high-level business processes, and day-to-day Web services for everybody. Service orientation’s wide spectrum of maturity mirrors this range. The technological realization of this vision is still in its infancy and is dominated by effect-focused illustrative examples. The goal of this issue is to contribute to the convergence of the currently scattered service-oriented communities and foster the development of a common domain structure now stably adopted in mature technologies such as hardware design and telecommunications

Computer and Information Technology (CIT)

Computer and Information Technology (formerly Computer Technology - CPT) prepares students for existing and emerging jobs and careers in the application of information systems and technology to plan, analyze, design, construct, maintain, and manage

1. Software Development
2. Systems Integration
3. Data Management
4. Computer Networks

In addition, CIT is developing courses in the following signature areas:
1. Cyberforensics
2. Biomedical Informatics
3. High Performance Computing
4. Information Security
5. Wireless Networking

Samsung L830/L730

The ‘Samsung L830’ has 8.1 mega pixels, and the L730 has 7.2 mega pixels, and they both have a 3x optical zoom. The Samsung L series, the leader in the high quality digital camera market, has evolved to become more stylish, with its metal front cover and minimalist design concept.

With the Samsung exclusive Multi Charge system that has been adopted in the Samsung L830/L730, recharging and data transmission can be done at the same time by connecting a combined recharging and USB cable. Without a heavy charging unit or cradle, the Samsung L830/L730 claims to be the easiest digital camera to carry around with you.

- The L830/L730 is ideally suited for family gatherings such as picnics, school exhibitions or trips, with all its extra functions such as Face Recognition (AF & AE) and Red-eye fix. The Face Recognition (AF & AE) function recognizes individuals and takes the best portrait, while the Red-eye fix takes care of the red-eye phenomenon during and after shooting.

- The 2.5” Intelligent TFT LCD fitted to the camera automatically adjusts its brightness according to the surrounding levels and offers the optimum visibility. Also the camera is equipped with Samsung’s proprietary ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) and high sensitivity ISO 1600, which ensures sharply-focused images without flash in an indoor environment

- The Mode Dial of the ‘Samsung L830/L730’ enhances ease of use when operating the camera with only one hand. Photo frames, cartoons and stickers add more fun to taking pictures.

- The ‘Samsung L830/L730’ has a powerful movie function using MPEG4, an SVGA level resolution (800ⅹ592), and is equipped with both an editing capability and a variety of image viewing functions.

The ‘Samsung L83T

No more boring, everyday pictures! The exclusive Samsung L83T digital camera allows you to express your creativity.

- The ‘Samsung L83T’ is a digital camera for the active young generation who live with their cameras, to capture the bright moments in their daily lives. Along with many functions for still picture taking, the ‘Samsung L83T’ is also equipped with several movie functions, which make it easy to create cartoons, artistic pictures and movies.

- The strengthened movie functionality of i-Movie enables shooting a long movie using a high compression MPEG4 type large screen, and a resolution of SVGA (800X592). Various other functions including a 3x optical zoom while shooting, successive recording, in which the user can pause while taking a movie and restart shooting later in the same file, and still image capture, and editing, meet the needs of the latest UCC (User Created Contents) trend.

- Also, still pictures can be edited in unique styles. With the color filter function, the user can choose one person to keep in color, and make the others black and white. Cartoon shooting gives you the fun of creating a cartoon, and using composite shooting, several shots can be taken in one screen.
Images can be decorated with stickers in different and shapes, such as a heart, using the sticker function, and there are photo frames to help you make up a special album. Other functions, including the ability to change the colors, will help users to create unique and unforgettable pictures.

- The ‘Samsung L83T’ is equipped with a Face Recognition function (AF & AE) and Red-eye fix during and after taking a portrait, for best results. Samsung’s proprietary ARS (Advanced Shake Reduction) helps to take a sharply-focused picture without flash even in dimly lit conditions, and this feature makes the Samsung L83T especially
useful in museums.

- The ‘Samsung L83T’ also features a 1cm super macro for taking detailed pictures of a ring or a flower, and a motion capture facility whereby the camera can take 7 pictures a second. By selecting the motion timer, users can take pictures of themselves without a remote control. A wise shot function is also included, to provide a more exciting picture-taking experience.

NV Series ( NV20, NV15, NV8)

The NV series comes in two colours: royal black and iron silver. The NV design achieves an exquisite harmony, balancing respect for tradition with its retro look, and a modern feeling with its advanced technology.
- The fast Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR), combined with an Auto Contrast Balance (ACB) feature enables even more perfect image production.
- Smart Touch gives you an innovative method of operation with fingertip control
- The NV Series boasts the highest specification embodied in a compact, together with rich state-of-the-art features: 12.1 mega pixels, a Schneider lens, and Face Recognition AF & AE.

1. The NV Series are cutting-edge digital cameras featuring high resolution (12.1 mega, 10.1 mega, or 8.1 mega pixels) Schneider lenses. A further advance from the existing NV design which has enjoyed great popularity; royal black and iron silver colours have been added, and a high-gloss finish has been applied for a more elegant design.

2. The Auto Contrast Balance(ACB) feature, which automatically corrects the brightness of objects by analyzing differences in the intensity of the light, enables faithful representation of detail even in environments with high back-lighting or contrast.

3. Furthermore, Samsung’s proprietary Fast ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) feature enables blur-free, sharp images at a fast speed of 0.7 seconds.

4. The innovative Smart Touch interface more conveniently aids the selection and adjustment of desired functions through various combinations of the L-shaped horizontal and vertical buttons.

5. The NV20, NV15, and NV8 offer Face Recognition AF & AE for optimal portrait photography, and a Red-eye Fix that automatically eliminates red-eye from your pictures, in addition to manual photography features. On top of this, high-quality videos and GIF animations can be created, and a variety of pictures can be taken using motion capture and high-speed continuous shooting at 2 shots per second.

Multimedia digital camera i85

Pictures, videos, music, movies, novels, travel information – all in the palm of your hand.

- Enjoy a variety of culture: PMP, MP3, world travel information, text books, and i-movies.
- A slim multimedia digital camera featuring 8.2 mega pixels and a 5x optical zoom.
- Body of four colours (silver, black, red, and gold) with a distinctive colour material finish (CMF)- Very useful for UCC (user-created contents) production, with powerful video editing features such as shot continuity and video section editing

□ The i85 supports a wide variety of media such as PMP, MP3, text books, and i-movies. It is a multi-media digital camera that plays music when you travel, shows a movie when you are waiting for a friend, and turns into a novel in the subway train on your way home. What’s more, it is your best travel companion - providing tour information on 30 countries around the world.

□ The i85 is a slim, high-resolution digital camera featuring 8.2 mega pixels, a 5x optical zoom, and a 3.0 inch LCD display that shows much larger and clearer images.

□ With the distinctive CMF (Colour Material Finish) of the stainless material, the i85 offers a wider selection of colours: silver, black, red, and gold.

□ The video feature, which is now more useful than ever thanks to the UCC (user-created contents) boom, supports the high-compression MPEG-4 format (SVGA class 800 X 592) for more vivid, sharper images. Moreover, shot continuity, which allows file continuity to be maintained when a video shot is paused, still image capturing, and video section editing are very useful features for the production of your own UCC.

□ Samsung’s proprietary ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) and highly sensitive ISO 1600 enables you to take clear, blur-free indoor images even without a flash. Additional features include Face Recognition AF & AE for optimal portrait photography, and a Red-eye Fix that eliminates red-eye from your pictures.

□ The i85 has adopted a flash animation GUI (Graphic User Interface) and also offers an amusing BGM feature for you to enjoy a slide show of your pictures with background music.

Title Samsung Digital camera’s Samsung i70 Scoops Top “EISA AWARD”

- The i70 has won an EISA Award for European Design, the highest authority for technology awards
in Europe
- Its revolutionary design has caught the European eye

Samsung Techwin (represented by Lee Joonggoo, www. has announced that its Samsung i70 digital camera, released in the first half of the year, has taken top honours at the prestigious EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) European Design Camera Awards 2007-2008.

The EISA Awards are also known as the Nobel Prizes of the camera industry, and the selection committee for the Awards consists of 50 experts chosen from over 20 European countries. EISA’s top honours are awarded after strict quality testing by these experts in a total of five sectors: Audio, Home Theatre, Video, Photo,and Mobile Devices.

According to EISA, the Samsung i70 - European Design Camera for 2007-2008 - offers “an innovative sliding cover” and “a 4-coloured full metal body”, and is “an attractive compact camera having lens decorated with cubic zircon, having a sensitive look and feel about its design”. EISA also said that the i70 is expected to have great appeal to younger customers because of its MPEG-4 movie display function and multi-media functions, which include an MP3 player.

The i70 provides features such as an innovative sliding cover, high quality with 7.2M pixels, a 3” wide LCD, an SRS surround audio system with MP3 player, a slim stainless body with a special finish, and a lens coated with cubic zircon. The camera is well-equipped with plenty of powerful functions, and its design is both sensitive and advanced.

A Samsung insider said “Samsung Techwin has developed real confidence in terms of its design, as well as its already proven quality & technical capability, as this EISA Award proves. Samsung will continue to develop new products that are able to satisfy the needs of European customers.”

As you probably remember, the Samsung NV10 also won the EISA Award for Compact Digital Camera last year.

Samsung Digital camera's i85 has been given the honor of the first CES2008 Innovation Award

Samsung Techwin announced that its Samsung i85 digital camera will receive the honor of the first CES Innovation Award at the 4 day CES2008 in Las Vegas, from January 7th until the 10th.

The CES Innovation Award is given to products exhibited at CES that show excellence in technology and design as judged by the ISDA (Industrial Designers Society of America)

CES announced that the Samsung Techwin digital camera which won the prize in the digital imaging category, the Samsung i85, was an innovative product capable of multitasking with picture, video, music, movie, text viewing, and world tour guide features.

The light and slim Samsung i85 provides excellent portability, an Inner Zoom Samsung lens for quick operation, and improved mobility and functionality. There is a choice of four different stainless colors: silver, black, red and gold.

It is also equipped with face recognition AF & AE features for taking portraits and ACB (Auto Contrast Balance) for automatically adjusting the brightness of a subject. It is possible to capture detailed images in a shooting environment that has backlighting or a high contrast between light and dark. In addition, its Red Eye Fix feature automatically corrects red eyes, and its video, motion capture, and other features allow the user to shoot a wider variety of pictures.

A Samsung Techwin representative said, “This award means that the product's quality is recognized by experts not just in Europe but also North America. We will continue to lead innovation in global digital camera products.”

Nokia 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte

Nokia has rolled out their new 8800s. They are the Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte, featuring an elegant and sophisticated design theme that takes inspiration from nature and sets it apart from the crowd. By tapping the steel surface below the display, you will get an analogue clock appears. They have the 'turn-to-mute' feature which allows user to quiet their phone by simply turning the over the phone, the screen-side down.

Nokia Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte come with a 2.0-inch QVGA 240×320 pixels, OLED display with up to 16 million colors, 3.2-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, 3G capabilities, 1GB built-in memory storage, microUSB all-in-one connector and an anti-fingerprint coating on its glass and metal. The Nokia Nokia 8800 Arte will be available in the fourth quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of 1000 EURO while the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte will follow in the first quarter of 2008 and retail for approximately 1150 EURO, both prices are excluding taxes and subsidies.

Nokia 8800 Arte/ Arte Sapphire at a glance
Available: Q4 2007 - Q1 2008
Network: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 UMTS 2100
Data: GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G)
Screen: 240x320 pixels, 16m colours
Camera: 3.2 megapixels
Size: Large slider 109 x 46 x 15mm / 150 grams
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory card: No
Infra-red: No
Polyphonic: No
Java: Yes
Battery life: 3 hours talk / 12 days stan

Online Forex Trading

Tips For Global Forex Trading
You’ve decided to become a trader on the Forex market but since you’ve never played on the currency market you aren’t sure where to start. Not to worry – we’ve got some great tips for global Forex trading,

Forex is the foreign exchange market where currencies are bought and sold. It began back in the 1970’s with the introduction of free exchange rates and floating currencies. Thanks to the internet more and more people are able to reap the profits of the currency market with global Forex trading.

This is a market that trades as over US$1 trillion a day. It trades more than any other market. There are some distinct differences in the currency market compared to the stock market. Money moves much faster so no single investor has the ability to actually affect market price and trades are able to open and close within seconds which is not possible on the stock market.

To start your global Forex trading you need to open a Forex account. Just fill in the application and the sign the margin agreement which let’s the broker intervene at any time. That makes sense since it’s the broker’s money that just makes sense.

You need to choose a trading strategy that works for you. Different strategies work for different traders to don’t try to makes something work, instead find the right trading strategy for you.

It’s important to understand that trends move prices so a smart investor will make trends their friend and even go so far as to examine historical trends.

The top five currency pairs are USD/Yen, Euro/Yen, Swiss franc/USD, Pound USD/ and the Euro/USD. Make sure you know and understand them.

Examine the charts at 1 hour, 4 hour, and daily. This will give you the daily trends and plenty of opportunity to trade. Sure you can trade every 15 minutes if you like but that’s not really practical.

Now that you’ve got all your global Forex trading tips you’re ready to see some profits.

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Overtrading: Each trade costs you a couple of pips—Consider your trades well before you make them. Each faulty trade, even if exited quickly, drains equity.
Bad money management: One bad trade can wipe out a year of patient, smart trading. Manage your risk using stop loss orders, so that you never risk too high a percentage of your equity on any one single trade.

Lack of knowledge: If you have never traded Forex before, educate yourself! Successful traders are not born that way. The difference between success and failure in the Forex market depends in no small part on the knowledge and education of a trader. For the beginning trader, a proper education is essential before investing in the Foreign Exchange. Find a program you are comfortable with, and begin practicing on a demo account.

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Google Notebook Tour

The mini Google Notebook
Access Google Notebook features from any web page.
Download the extension to access Google Notebook and all its functionality without ever leaving the web page you're on; you can view your notebooks, organize them into sections, add notes of your own, and more. Open and close the mini Google Notebook by simply clicking the notebook icon in your browser's status bar.

Clip information with a single click.
Quickly add clippings of web content (images, text and links) straight to your notebook by highlighting the content you want and clicking the "Clip" button in the mini Google Notebook.

The full-page view
Organize your notes.
Keep all your notes organized by creating multiple notebooks for different subjects or by dividing a single notebook into several sections. You can also easily rearrange your notes by dragging-and-dropping them from one section or notebook to another.

Add your own thoughts.
Click the "New note" button and start typing to add text notes to your notebook, or click the "Add comment" link within a note to add comments to clippings you've collected.

Search the full text of your notebooks.
Easily find any information in your notebooks using the search box at the top of the page.

Collaborate and share with others
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Invite your friends to collaborate on a notebook with you, giving them full access to edit that notebook and add their own notes.

Publish your notebook.
Share your notebook with everyone on the web by making it a public web page. Your published notebook will be assigned a unique web address that you can then share with friends and family.
Discover others' notebooks, too.
Search for notebooks that others have created and published to the web.


Nokia N93i Cellphone

The original Nokia N93 is a fantastic phone with one real drawback.. it's a bit of a brick. At 180 grams, the N93 is one of the heaviest and largest phones on the market. So, as a remedy to this Nokia have come up with the N93i which is slimmer and lighter... but only just.

The Nokia N93i weighs 163 grams and measures 108 x 58 x 25mm (compared to the N93 which is 118 x 56 x 28mm). Nokia have also improved the display in the N93i which is now in 16 million colours and has a wider viewing angle.

There's a reason for all this weight though.. as with its predecessor, the N93i is a feature packed digital imaging phone with a very high quality 3.2 megapixel with 3X optical zoom, VGA resolution video capture, TV output, an FM radio, a large 2.4" 240x320 pixel display, multimedia player, miniSD expandable memory, Bluetooth, 3G and WiFi support plus the Symbian S60 operating system. Everything else is pretty much the same as the N93, so we won't dwell on it here.

Nokia say that the talktime on the N93i is 1.7-3.3 hours on 3G, 3.1-3.9 hours on GSM which is significantly less than the N93's quoted 5 hours maximum talktime. Both the N93i and N93 have similar (but not identical) batteries - the N93i comes with the BL-5F 950mAh unit, the N93 has the BP-6M 970mAh one, so perhaps Nokia are being a little more conservative when it comes to the battery life figures. Either way, the N93i will drain the battery pretty quickly, and if using WiFi and Bluetooth, you can expect an even shorter battery life. But.. a bigger battery would mean a heavier phone, and you can see the problem.

The N93i has had a bit of a makeover too.. it's a sleeker, shinier phone than the original version and overall this perhaps makes the N93i look less intimidating than the older, chunkier model.

Nokia say that the N93i will be available during Q1 2007 for an unsubsidised price of around €600/£380 before tax.

Nokia N93i
Network: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 / WCDMA 2100
Dimensions/Weight: 118 x 56 x 28 mm / 180 gr
Screen: 240x320 pixels, 16m colours
Audio MP3 Player: MP3 / AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / WMA
Camera: 3.2 megapixels
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory card: miniSD
Java: Yes
Polyphonic: Yes
Infra-red: Yes
Battery life: 3 hours talk / 10 days standby
Available: Q1 2007

Motorola RIZR Z6 announced

At CES 2007 Las Vegas Motorola joined the gang and presented the successor of the popular RIZR Z3 - the MOTORIZR Z6. The new slider is part of the new MOTOMUSIC platform and comes along with the updated EDGE version of the Motorola MING A1200 model. It seems that Motorola would keep their marketing strategy of producing slightly updated version to their existing handsets instead of making entirely new mobiles from scratch. The prospects of a new group of music-oriented devices sounds exciting since this is the current trend on the market and Motorola didn't have such mobiles up until now.

The Motorola RIZR Z6 will run on a new Linux-Java-based user interface and promises enhanced music experience featuring connectivity with Windows Media Player 11 and supporting Janus DRM. It will have the same design as its predecessor RIZR Z3 with almost the same size but it will weigh 10 g less. The new RIZR Z6 will have an improved display - this time with QVGA resolution, but it will retain the 2 megapixel camera of the predecessor. We hope that there would be some improvement in the camera quality department too since the RIZR Z3 deserved some criticism along that line of functionality. The MOTORIZR Z6 is expected to be available in the first half of 2007.

Network: GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
Announced: 2007, January
Status: Coming Soon

Dimensions: 105 x 45 x 16.2 mm, 69 cc
Weight: 105 g

Type: TFT, 256K colors
Size: 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches
- Screensavers and wallpapers
- Downloadable logos

Type: Polyphonic, MP3, AAC
Customization Download
Vibration: Yes

Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records 10 dialed, 10 received, 10 missed calls
Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
- 64 MB internal memory

GPRS: Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.0
Infrared port: No
USB: Yes, v2.0

OS: Linux - based
Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML
Games: Yes
Colors: Black
Camera: 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, flash
- Java MIDP 2.0
- MP3/AAC/AAC+ player
- T9
- Organizer
- Calculator
- Built-in handsfree
- Voice dial
- Voice memo

Standard battery, Li-Ion 780 mAh
Stand-by Up to 400 h
Talk time Up to 7 h

Apple iPhone

Apple has announced its iPhone, it is 11.6 mm thin with a 480 x 320 touch screen display with multi touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen. iPhone features a 2-megapixel camera, 4GB or 8GB storage, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. It runs on OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes of course. Partnership with Yahoo, this allows all iPhone users to hook up with the IMAP email. Battery life, 5 hours for calls or video and 16 hours in music mode, standby mode has not been announced. The 4GB will be priced $499 while the 8GB priced $599 on two-year contract with Cingular in US. iPhone will be shipped Stateside in June, Europe in fourth quarter and Asia in 2008.

Introducing iphone
iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

iPhone features the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse. It’s an entirely new interface based on a large multi-touch display and innovative new software that lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flip through photos and email them with a touch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page — all by simply using iPhone’s multi-touch display.

Intelligent Keyboard
iPhone’s full QWERTY soft keyboard lets you easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones.

Widescreen iPod
iPhone is a widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content — including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies — on a beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display. It also lets you sync your content from the iTunes library on your PC or Mac. And then you can access it all with just the touch of a finger.

Revolutionary phone
iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log. It also automatically syncs all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email.

Breakthrough Internet Device
iPhone features a rich HTML email client and Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device — which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo! search. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi or EDGE.
Technical Specifications
Screen size 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method Multi-touch
Operating system OS X
Storage 4GB or 8GB
GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 2.0 megapixels
Battery Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing
Up to 16 hours Audio playback
Dimensions 4.5*2.4*0.46 inches / 115*61*11.6mm
Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Sony Ericsson K660i

Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of the K660, an HSDPA (mobile broadband) enabled phone with clever features like illuminated shortcut keys that only become active when surfing the Net, and desktop tickers that provide regular updates from your favourite websites; all designed to make Web browsing on the move as simple and convenient as at your computer.

The K660 makes browsing the mobile Web straightforward. The phone’s navigation key serves as a "magnetic mouse pointer" when in Web mode, letting you find your way around the page just as you would on a PC.

The K660 is engineered to ensure that you’re not kept waiting for the news or content that matters to you. Music, video or email – HSDPA technology lets you download it all at speeds that are up to four times faster than regular 3G.

The K660 squeezes a 2.0 megapixel camera into its compact frame, making it easy to capture the moment. And since the Web is at your fingertips, it’s just a few clicks to upload your picture to your blog and share it instantly with friends and family.

Sony Ericsson K660i at a glance
Available: Q1 2008
Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 UMTS 2100
Screen: 240x320 pixels, 262k colours
Camera: 2 megapixels
Size: Medium monoblock 104 x 47 x 15mm / 95 grams
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory card: Memory Stick Micro
Infra-red: No
Polyphonic: Yes
Java: Yes
Battery life: 9 hours talk / 14 days standby (GSM)
4.5 hours talk / 14 days standby (3G)

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050 Stylish 10.1 MP Digital Camera

Casio announced the release of the Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050, the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras. Featuring a newly developed, high-performance, image-processing module, Casio’s new EX-Z1050 makes it even easier to enjoy shooting super-high resolution, 10.1-megapixel images.

The Casio EX-Z1050 is more than just convenient, stylish and cool: this camera is a truly high-performance device. It is built with the highly sophisticated Exilim Engine 2.0 — a high-performance, image-processing module that not only improves image quality, but also boosts performance by delivering new motion analysis technology.

This latest model in the Exilim series also delivers best-in-class high-speed, continuous shooting at 7 shots per second until memory is full, empowering users to capture every split second of an action-packed scene. The Super Life Battery of Casio EX-Z1050 allows up to 370 shots to be taken when fully charged. The Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050 will have a suggested retail price of $299.99 and will be available in four fashionable colors – pink, blue, black and silver.

Samsung i7 Digital Camera

Samsung i7 with a 3 inch touch screen LCD which rotates through 180 degrees

Building on its heritage in digital camera innovation, Samsung Cameras has today unveiled the sleek i7 equipped with an industry leading, intuitive, Physical User Interface (PUI) designed to make capturing and enjoying special moments an effortless affair. A must-have for any cool hunter, the i7 is equipped with a 3.0” touch screen LCD which rotates through 180 degrees allowing the user to quickly switch between features, so that they’re always ready to capture the action. An inbuilt Tour Guide function provides instant access to travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries, so you’ll always know where the action is! The 7 mega pixels i7, with 3x optical zoom, has been created for those who want to capture sound, video and photos wherever they are without comprising on feature quality or design. With the LCD in neutral (0 degrees) the user can access SRS quality music files through the integrated MP3 player; with the LCD rotated to 90 degrees it’s for PMP (Portable Multimedia Player) function; and turned a full 180 degrees, high quality still images and MPEG-4 SVGA quality moving pictures can be taken. On camera editing means that it’s simple to keep the best material and cut unwanted elements without having to wait until you can get access to a computer. The i7 multimedia capabilities also provides access to the easy to use Tour Guide function providing quick access to information about places to see and things to do in over 4,500 regions in 30 countries.

Further information can also be downloaded directly from the internet, and with 450 MB of internal memory you won’t need to worry about space for favorite travel tips. The Samsung i7 camera is equipped with the Samsung Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and ISO 1600 high sensitivity support so that images remain crisp and detailed even without a flash. It also features the Face Recognition AF & AE so that perfect portraits of friends, family or strangers can always be guaranteed! The striking new Samsung i7 is the perfect camera packed with intelligently integrated multimedia features. The i7 will retail at £249.99 and will be available from leading high street and online retailers from mid-March 2007.

Pentax Optio A30 Compact Digital Camera

PENTAX has announced the Optio A30 to be shown at the PMA Photo Marketing Association International trade show. The Optio A30 provides speedy operation and gives outstanding high-quality photos and video capture with its many useful features.

This compact lightweight camera is capable of capturing images in 10MP resolution. The high intensity 2.5” LCD screen is clear and can easily be viewed, even in the bright sunlight. Keeping the clarity, its Intelligent Zoom function provides digital magnification with the image clarity of an optical zoom.

Further enhancing the images are the Shake Reduction (SR) functions used in its image processing engine. SR uses a gyro sensor and a shifting CCD system to provide enhanced corrective effects. The Digital SR mode effectively reduces camera shake and subject blur by adjusting the sensitivity pertaining to the brightness of the cameras focus. Also SR reduction is available while shooting videos. Using an electronic shake reduction solely for video capture, distortions in images affected by software camera shakes are corrected.

The Optio A30 is also a DivX Certified digital camera. DivX capability provides a higher quality with a significantly reduced file size. For business and social purposes, it is especially useful for sharing videos because of its compressed size. Other Features include 15 shooting and 15 playback modes, Calendar Display function, 22MB internal memory, removable SD and SDHC memory cards, and support for PictBridge connections. Availability will be late March and will be priced at $349.95.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

A new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens succeeds the versatile Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens as a high-performance L-series wide-angle zoom lens, specifically designed for improved peripheral image quality. Compatible with all Canon EOS SLRs past and present, it uses three high-precision spherical lens elements and two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lens elements to minimize lateral chromatic aberration and to produce superb image quality with excellent resolution and contrast. New coatings minimize ghosting and flare. It is an internal focus design, so the front element does not rotate during focusing and zooming, a convenience for users of circular polarizer filters.

The lens is also fully gasketed and sealed for dust and moisture resistance, and it features an electronic diaphragm with circular blades for natural-looking background blur effects.

Panasonic HDC-DX1 With New 3CCD

Panasonic is introducing new astonishing High Definition 3CCD video camera with the Panasonic HDC-DX1. Their efforts of the HDC-DX1 are to keep up with the growing popularity of High-Definition video and to provide crisp, clear image quality.

This camcorder is on tough, compact which is one of the world’s smallest and lightest 3CCD HD video cameras available. You can choose from SDHC memory cards or the dual-layer DVD to save and record your videos. It features a Leica Dicomar Lens and a 3CCD camera system used in numerous professional broadcast cameras. The model includes an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) that provides clearer quality images by minimizing the shaking and blurring that can arise due to shaky hands. A feature that puts this camera way above other cameras alike is its 5 microphones which allow recording for 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Panasonic HDC-DX1 is setting a higher image and sound recording standards for other cameras alike and are giving home users a means to make their own personal High Definition recordings.

Mustek DV700TZ and DV530TZ Camcorders

The new Mustek DV700TZ and DV530TZ camcorders are simple to use as point-and-shoot cameras. These new camcorders are designed to be very compact and portable with multi functions such as built-in digital still camera, digital voice recorder, MP3 player and webcam.

The DV700TZ features 3X optical and 8X digital zoom with 7.0 megapixels CCD sensors and equipped with 2.5inch LTPS swivel LCD displaying 720 X 480 resolutions at 30fps. A 64MB internal memory is not very ideal for video capturing but you have the options to add more storage using its SD memory slot.

The cheaper DV530TZ features a 5.3MP CCD sensor for recording 640 x 480 video at a fluid 30 frames-per-second in MPEG-4 format. As with the DV700TZ, there is also WAV-format voice recording, MP3 music playback, and webcam capabilities. The DV700TZ will cost you $299 and DV530TZ will retailed for $229.

Sony DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 Super Zoom Cameras

The new Sony 8-megapixel super zoom digital cameras DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 are designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods with Sony’s new advanced sports shooting mode. The sports shooting mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot. Both cameras Sony DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 feature powerful Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for up-close shots of big plays on the field .Both cameras are powered by the Bionz processing engine, first used in Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera system. This new circuitry speeds up response times and delivers the fast image processing speeds needed to produce color-rich, detailed pictures for true high-definition photo viewing. The Sony H9 and H7 cameras incorporate Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake. Their high sensitivity, up to ISO3200, also helps to fight blur resulting from fast-moving subjects.

The H9 camera takes fast-action shooting a step further. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen so that you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position. The H7 camera has a non-articulating but large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy sharing and viewing. The Sony H9 camera is the only Cyber-shot model in this year’s line to feature NightShot technology. This feature allows you to take photographs in environments with virtually no light so you won’t miss the action, even at a late night game. The Sony DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 cameras will ship in April for about $480 and $400, respectively.

Hasselblad H3D-31 Professional Camera

Hasselblad extends the appeal of its outstanding H3D DSLR camera system to a new professional photographic audience with the launch of the Hasselblad H3D-31, the 31 megapixel version of the H3D-39, the world’s first 48mm full-frame DSLR camera system. Featuring near full-frame capture, the H3D-31 uses a 44×33mm sensor enhanced with micro-lenses to boost ISO rating one stop to a new maximum of ISO 800. The system’s new high-speed capture architecture, which is common to all H3D models and enables the fastest possible operation, also gives the H3D-31 an impressive capture rate of 1.2 seconds per image in either mobile or tethered mode. These features give the Hasselblad H3D-31 the highest burst rate of the H3D family and make it the camera of choice for the professional mobile photographer. Developed around a brand new digital camera engine, the H3D takes lens performance and image sharpness to new levels. When compared with high-end 35mm DSLRs, the H3D delivers unmatched pixel resolution, better colors and detail rendering and a new choice of viewfinders for creative image composition.

The H3D-22 and its nearly double-resolution H3D-39 counterpart are both full frame 48mm DSLR’s using the sensor format 36×48mm. These cameras operate up to ISO400 with a capture speed of up to 1.4 seconds per capture. The H3D-22 and H3D-39 are the preferred choice of professional commercial photographers. The new Hasselblad H3D-31 is available immediately worldwide through Hasselblad’s national subsidiaries and channel partners with a retail price of 24,995 US$ or 19,900 Euros.

Olympus E-410 Digital SLR

The Olympus E-410 is the smallest, slimmest, lightest interchangeable lens digital SRL camera in the world today. The world's smallest, slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera, the E-410 incorporates all the core features of Olympus E-System cameras, including the Dedicated Digital Design, Dust Reduction and Live View functions. Despite its ultra-compact design, the E-410 provides highest level of image quality available today. Thanks to the newly developed 10-million pixel Live MOS sensor with low noise and low power consumption and the new TruePic III image processing engine, the E-410 delivers picture quality that easily meets the requirements of professional users. Fitting comfortably in the hand and providing outstanding portability, the E-410 offers a degree of simplicity and ease of use that no digital SLR can match. The Olympus E-410 also permits autofocusing to be used together with Live View monitoring, as well as making it possible to confirm the effects of exposure correction or white balance adjustment on the monitor screen.With its ultra-slim, ultra-compact (129.5 x 91 x 53 mm) ultra-lightweight design,( 375 grams main body only), the Olympus E-410 combines the convenience and portability of a pocket camera with the power and performance of a full-fledged digital SLR camera. Easy to carry and easy to use, the E-410 lets you enjoy the true pleasure of photography anywhere, anytime. Olympus will be releasing the new E-410 digital SLR camera at the end of April 2007.

Ricoh GR DIGITAL II Digital Camera

Ricoh is coming out with the successor to its high-resolution GR DIGITAL released in October 2005. The GR Digital II features 28mm equiv. lens from its predecessor, matching it to a new 10-megapixel sensor and new GR Engine II image processing system. There is a new electronic leveling system (like the Nikon D3) and the option to shoot TLR-style square images. It comes with a larger buffer memory and halved RAW file-write time with the option of continuous shooting. Battery life is improved with up to 370 shots now possible on a charge, an up from the previous 250 shots. It boasts of a compact 25mm thin magnesium alloy body. A new 1/1.75-inch CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels is employed to achieve improved resolution with an increased number of pixels. The camera features a warning sound sensor that can be set to let you know if the camera is level during shooting. The camera has a 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel display with a high 160º viewing angle is easy to view from both low and high angles.

A variety of monochromatic expressions are possible with the black-and-white settings. Color, color depth, contrast, and sharpness of an image can each be adjusted in +/- five steps. Color can be selected as desired from sepia, red, green, blue, and purple. The function button allows for one-push mode switching. Settings can be registered to switch between "JPEG and RAW," "Snap and AF," "color and black & white," and others for quick switching of modes when sudden photo opportunities present themselves. The Ricoh GR Digital II will cost £399.99 ($834) when it hits UK shops in December.

Asus A7K-A1, 17-inch Laptop with AMD chipset

Asustek’s new 17-inch AMD-powered entertainment notebook – the Asus A7K-A1 - is now available for purchase through online retailers in the United States.

The Asus A7K-A1, which is the first model in the new A7K series, features the AMD Turion64 X2 TL-60 processor at 2GHz and the DirectX 10-ready ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 dedicated video card with 256MB of DDR3 video memory. This laptop has 2GB of DDR2 system memory, a 160GB hard drive at 5400rpm, and a DVD burner. The notebook’s 17” widescreen display provides 1440-by-900 pixel resolution.

Regarding networking, the A7K-A1 has 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Gigabit Ethernet LAN connections, a 56K modem, and a Bluetooth module. Its ports and slots include an ExpressCard slot, five USB ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader, an eSATA connector, and a Firewire. For audio/video output, there are HDMI, VGA, S-Video and S/PDIF outputs, while for audio/video input there is an AV-In port.

The Asus A7K-A1 also features four built-in stereo speakers and a 1.3-megapixel web camera, and weighs 9lbs with a 8-cell battery. It ships with Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.

This notebook is available through NewEgg for $1,239.99 after instant savings, which is a great price for a 17-incher with a dedicated DirectX 10 graphics.

ASUS VX1 Lamborghini Notebook

It seems that having a laptop stamped with an Italian sports car brand is the in-thing these days. Acer has been hanging around the pit-lane with Ferrari, and Asus has teamed up with Lamborghini to create the VX1. It comes in a choice of black or yellow trim - Lamborghini's corporate colors - although there's more to the VX1 than a cool paint job...

Acer's other team loyalty is AMD, so it's perhaps no surprise Asus has gone with Intel. The VX1 is a Centrino laptop. My review model came with a Core Duo T2500 processor clocked at 2GHz, although models with a Core 2 Duo processor will be available soon, Asus tells me. The chipset is the Intel 945PM, so there's no integrated graphics. Asus has gone for the Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 VX with 512MB of Turbo Cache, which is a souped up version of the GeForce Go 7400 but still far from a suitable solution for gaming on the move. This is rather disappointing considering the Lamborghini badge, and one would think that Asus would've fitted a more powerful graphics chip into the VX1.

The review model also came with 2GB of DDR 2 memory - which is more in line with what you would expect from a top of the range laptop - and a 160GB IDE hard drive. It's disappointing (again) that Asus hasn't gone for SATA here - the machine's chipset supports it - as this is quickly becoming the norm on new notebooks. The optical drive is a super-multi DVD writer which handles all the common formats and DVD-RAM. It's not the fastest drive out there and it's not, alas, a slot-load unit.

The optical drive is mounted on the left-hand side of the chassis alongside an ExpressCard 54 bay, a four-pin FireWire connector, an infra-red receiver and a standard VGA connector. There's no DVI or HDMI connector, which again is a shame on a machine so clearly targeting the performance end of the notebook market.

The right-hand side is home to four USB 2.0 ports spread out along the length of the laptop; a multi-format memory card reader that accepts SD, MMC and various Memory Stick formats; a headphone and microphone socket, with optical S/PDIF output inside the latter; and finally a 56Kbps modem and a Gigabit Ethernet connector.

The VX1 ships with a carbon fibre-look laptop bag as well as a Lamborghini branded zip-up carrying pouch. This is a nice bonus, but again doesn't make up for the shortcomings.

Toshiba G35-AV660 Core 2 Duo

Meet the new Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660 Core 2 Duo Laptop. A true entertainment center, the Qosmio G35-AV660 takes you to the heart of the action with true-to-life high-definition movies and hi-fi audio. With a HD DVD-ROM and DVD SuperMulti drive, this laptop is a first of sorts.

Featuring a 2.0GHz T7200 Core 2 Duo processor, the G35-AV660 is bundled with 2GB of RAM and a brilliant TruBrite 17" widescreen UXGA display at a maximum resolution of 1900x1200 pixels. Behind the scenes, the display is handled by a GeForce Go 7600 display card with 256MB of GDDR3 memory.

Bluetooth? Check. Wireless 802.11 a/b/g? Check. Two 120GB hard drives give you enough space to store gazillions of movies. Biometric security is default, thanks to a finger-print reader. The G35-AV660 also includes a security cable lock slot.

Audio playback on the harmon/kardon Bass Reflex speakers and Dolby Home Theater digital audio enhancements deliver audio just like your home theater system. With a 9-cell Li-ion battery, Toshiba claims up to 2.5 hours on a full charge.

Weighing in at 10.1 pounds, the Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660 laptop carries a price tag of US $3,499. Check out the full specs in the extended entry.

Processor Type
Core 2 Duo
Processor Number

Processor Speed

Operating System
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005

Memory Size

Display Size

Display Type
Widescreen UXGA with Ultimate TruBrite Technology

Display Resolution

Graphics Chipset
GeForce® Go 7600

Graphics Memory

Hard Drive Size
240GB: 120GB HDD+120GB HDD

Hard Drive Speed

Optical Drive
HD DVD-ROM and DVD-SuperMulti (+R double layer) drive (in one optical drive)

Wireless LAN
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)

Bluetooth® V2.0 + EDR

Input Devices
85 key US keyboard, Hot Key Functions, Windows Key Function, Dual Mode Pad, CD/DVD Buttons, QosmioPlayer Remote Control, Application Launch Button, Microsoft® Windows® Media Center Edition 2005 remote control

Finger Print Reader, Password Security, Security Cable Lock Slot, Hot Key Security

V.92 Modem


harman/kardon® Bass Reflex speakers, 1-bit Digital Amplifier, Dolby® Home Theatre Digital audio enhancements, Built-in microphone

AC Adapter
120W (15V 8.0A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input

Battery Type
Li-Ion (9-cell, 7050mAh)

Battery Life
Up to 2.5 hours

PC Card Slots
1-Type II PC Card Slot

PC Express Slot
1-ExpressCard Slot

Media Port
5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter, S-Video IN, TOSHIBA TV Tuner

USB Slots
4-USB (2.0)

i.LINK IEEE-1394

TV-out (S Video)

Fast Infrared
Infrared for Consumer Remote only

InterVideo® WinDVD® Creator 2 Platinum, Microsoft® Office OneNote®, Microsoft Works, Sonic® Solutions RecordNow! Basic , Sonic® PrimeTime, InterVideo® WinDVD® 5, TOSHIBA QosmioPlayer, TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, WildTangent Game Console, TOSHIBA HD DVD Player

Starting at 10.1 lbs.

Titanium Silver, Silver

1-Yr Parts and Labor (Home Service), 1-Year Battery

Eduwise: A Sub-$400 Notebook PC by Intel

At the on going fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 “Classmate PC” code named Eduwise for the emerging markets.

The notebooks are ear marked for volume production from the first quarter of 2007.

The Eduwise features Intel Celeron M CPU paired with 915 GMS chipsets and a 7-inch WVXGA (800 X 480 LCD display. The model has 1 GB flash memory instead of HDD because Intel felt that in the hands of children’s the HDDs will not be able to survive the impacts and rough handlings. A 6-cell standard Lithium Ion battery is the power source.

The system will adopt the Windows XP embedded OS. As a threat deterrent, the notebook will come with asset-control software, so if it is out of the classroom for too many days, the notebook disables itself.

The Classmate will also sport a special version of Windows so as to prevent kids from accessing Internet sites programs that have not been designated by parents or teachers as off-limits.
The first batch of the notebooks will be distributed in Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and India.

The machine ranges in price from US$220 to US$300 most of the price variation will depend on the taxes in the individual country.

Fujitsu Concept PC

Shown off at CEATEC, these two Concept Tablet PCs look like something even sexier than MacBooks and MacBook Pros. First there's the Turn Tablet PC, which is a large PC with a magnetic screen and a stylus that runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. It includes a standard keyboard and touch-pad, with a slot-loading DVD drive on the front.

The second is a smaller UMPC-like device with the swiveling screen and a PSP/PS3-like UI. We're not exactly sure what the swiveling screen is for, but it sure does look cool. Plan on seeing these in your local Circuit City around the year two thousand and never.

Rock Pegasus 330 Notebook

Due to an unforeseen accident involving a wallet-shaped projectile (presumably, a wallet? - ed) and a rather bouncy sofa, my Sony Vaio no longer has a working @ key. Not only does this particular character get used a lot, but on a UK keyboard the same key also provides the apostrophe.

As they say, every cloud has a silver lining - so when this Rock Pegasus 330 turned up in the labs, not only was its small size perfect for me to take to Computex, but it gave me some real hands on time with the machine.

The Pegasus 330 is a small notebook, weighing in at only 2.1kg making it perfect for anyone on the go. It opens up nicely even on a fairly cramped aeroplane, with room to spare. It has a small 13.3in widescreen display running at 1,280 x 768 using the integrated Intel 945GM graphics, so you won’t be playing any games. But this resolution is fine for word processing, email and other general use.

Inside there is an Intel Core Duo T2400, which operates at 1.83GHz. At the moment, this particularly processor offers the best value for money - so a good choice on Rock’s part. There is also 1GB of DDR2 memory, made up of two 512MB Corsair 4-4-4-12 modules. Being configured like this means performance should be a little better as it is running in dual-channel, but this makes upgrading difficult. If you want 2GB, you should specify this in the configurator and pay a little extra at the beginning.

The Pegasus 330 has several unique features worth noting. When plugged into the mains, the system is automatically overclocked by 5 per cent - in this case to 1.93GHz. I wouldn’t say no to an extra 100MHz, and this is well within the tolerance of the Core Duo range of processors. If the whole concept of overclocking scares every cell in your body, then you can turn this off in the BIOS.

Next to the power button lives two other buttons, each with unique functions. One is the silence button that will lower the clock speeds of the CPU so that the system fan doesn’t need to turn on. The system seemed really quiet anyway but it makes it perfect for listening to music before bed time, without being woken up by the intermittent sound of a whirring fan. Finally, there is the InterVideo InstantOn button. Pressing this button instead of the power button boots in to InterVideo's playback software, which is a Linux distribution stored on the computer. From here you can play DVDs, CDs, MP3's and control the supplied TV Tuner. This saves the hassle of booting in to Windows, which obviously takes time. Instant On is a bit of an exaggeration though, as it takes around 10 seconds to boot in to.

The speakers aren’t great for listening to music, but there is a stereo jack for audio output, so you can plug it in to a set of external support.

As some of you may know from my previous reviews, I’m not a big fan of trackpads and I don’t get on with them well at all. Because of this I have always had a love for the ThinkPad trackpoint and have found myself remarkably adept at keyboard shortcuts. The trackpad on my Sony Vaio is one of those rare trackpads that I actually do get on with – but this in itself is proof that it can’t just be me and that good trackpads are around.

On this notebook, it was certainly one of the better ones I’ve used and definitely rivalling the Sony. Occasionally the pointer would dart around the screen or it just didn’t seem to move at all but I think even the best trackpads suffer from this occasionally. I would certainly consider this trackpad to be above average and if I can use it for a couple of weeks without going crazy, it could be worse.

ASUS Unleashes Secure Laptops & Tablet

ASUSTeK Computer (ASUS) has today officially launched the R1 tablet PC, V1 and F2 laptop series which offer a smart balance of mobility and performance with comprehensive security features that protect with both software as well as hardware solutions, providing a secure and convenient computing experience for business professionals on the go.

ASUS protected computing starts with fingerprint authentication that grants strict access only to the designated owner. With one swipe, the electronic imaging mechanism reads the fingerprint pattern from the live layer of skin, bypassing any common skin surface conditions that can impair the accuracy of the reading.

With ASUS Security Protect Manager, you can choose to setup multi-factor authentication requirements for data access of different security level. Both passwords and fingerprints can be used as the method of verification. Passwords are encrypted and stored in the hardware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM) ensuring end-to-end security and avoid attacks by hackers looking to capture passwords and encryption keys for sensitive data.

The R1F (317x232x35mm, 1.98kg) offers a wide aspect visual enjoyment while remaining compact for high mobility. The 180-degrees convertible LCD screen allows easy presentation and data sharing during meetings or at gatherings. Increase productivity and efficiency with handwritten input capability. Together with InfoPen software, users can record and edit images or documents as easy as on a piece of paper with colour and highlighter options. The DigiPen stylus also has an eraser end and mouse control buttons so that users can now navigate a wide range of applications with single-handed ease.

Key features of the tablet PC include Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology, Intel Core Duo Processor T2050/T2250/T2300E/T2400/T2500, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5500/T5600/T7200/T7400, Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, up to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz memory, 13.3-inch WXGA Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD, SATA 80/100/120GB HDD (second HDD available), hot swappable optical drive, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR, three USB ports, Express Card, 8-in-1 Card-Reader, Fingerprint Reader, and TPM (optional).

The V1 (363x263x357mm, 2.7kg) series is an ultra-slim 15.4-inch model. The detachable docking station is an ideal solution for quick connection of peripherals, power and communication devices. Whether at home or in the office, it offers advanced practicality and time saved when leaving and returning to the desk.

Key features include Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology, Intel Core 2 Duo Processors T7600/T7400/ T7200/T5600/T5500, Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection, Microsoft Windows XP, up to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz memory, 15.4-inch ZBD LCD, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256/512MB, SATA 80/100/120GB HDD (second HDD available), 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth V2.0+EDR, three USB 2.0 ports, Card Reader, S/PDIF, Express Card, and Fingerprint Reader.

The F2 (343x280x40mm, 2.7kg) series offers wire-free communication ‘anywhere’. With exclusive ASUS MiVo module, users of Skype can place a mobile-to-mobile, mobile-to-PC or PC-to-mobile call anywhere in the world for the price of a local call. A broadband connection such as cable or DSL and access to a regular phone line are the only connections required to make a MiVo call. Once connected, MiVo monitors the Skype session and automatically forwards any incoming as well as outgoing Skype calls to any designated phone/PC, giving users the ultimate wireless freedom even away from the notebook!

The laptop includes Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology, Intel Core Solo Processor T1350, Intel Core Duo Processor T2050/T2250/T2300E/T2400/T2500, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5500/T5600/T7200/T7400, or Intel Celeron M 420/430, Mobile Intel 945GM/940GML Express Chipset (F2F/HF) or Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset (F2J/JE), Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection, Microsoft’s Windows XP, up to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz memory, 15-inch XGA LCD, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400/1450 DDRII 128MB, SATA 80/100/120/160GGB HDD, 1.3-Megapixel Webcamera (optional), 10/100/1000, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth V2.0+EDR (optional feature), three USB, TV-Out, Express Card, 7-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint reader, and TPM (optional).

Children's Machine (CM1) Production Specs

Now that One Laptop Per Child have given its computer a name, CM1, The Children's Machine, it's also reveling more about the notebook's specs.

Unlike any laptop ever built
CM1 is not a cost-reduced version of today's laptop; we have fundamentally reconsidered personal computer architecture—hardware, software, and display. Unlike any laptop ever built, CM1:
● Creates its own mesh network out of the box. Each machine is a full-time wireless router. Children—as well as their teachers and families—in the remotest regions of the globe will be connected both to one another and to the Internet.

● Features a 7.5-inch, 1200×900-pixel, TFT screen and self-refreshing display with higher resolution (200 DPI) than 95% of the laptops on the market today. Two display modes are available: a transmissive, full-color mode; and a reflective, high-resolution mode that is sunlight readable. Both of these modes consume very little power: the transmissive mode consumes one watt—about one seventh of the average LCD power consumption in a laptop; and the reflective mode consumes a miserly 0.2 watts.

● Can selectively suspend operation of its CPU, which makes possible further remarkable power savings. The laptop nominally consumes less than two watts—less than one tenth of what a standard laptop consumes—so little that CM1 can be recharged by human power. This is a critical advance for the half-billion children who have no access to electricity.

Free software

To enhance performance and reliability while containing costs, CM1 is not burdened by the bloat of excess code, the “feature-itis” that is responsible for much of the clumsiness, unreliability, and expense of many modern laptops. We intend for CM1 to start up in an instant—faster than any commercial laptop now available—and move briskly through its operations.

CM1 is an open-source machine: free software gives children the opportunity to fully own the machine in every sense. While we don't expect every child to become a programmer, we don't want any ceiling imposed on those children who choose to modify their machines. We are using open document formats for much the same reason: transparency is empowering. The children—and their teachers—will have the freedom to reshape, reinvent, and reapply their software, hardware, and content.

The generation-one machine’s core electronics begin with the 400Mhz AMD Geode processor. There are 128MB of dynamic RAM and 512MB of SLC NAND flash memory on board. The basic integrated operating system is a “skinny” Fedora distribution of Linux. The user interface is specially designed to support collaborative learning and teaching: every activity comes with a support network of teachers and children, so learning need not be an isolated, lonely endeavor.
Each machine features a video/still camera, three external USB-2.0 ports, plus an SD slot.
CM1 is VOIP-enabled, creating another link among users (both locally and globally). It features Csound, an incredibly powerful and versatile music synthesis software that takes advantage of a full-featured audio codec (and the mesh network for collaborative musical performances). There are internal stereo speakers, as well as a stereo line-out jack. The microphone is built in, with a mic-in jack, which offers another unique feature: “sensor input” mode. The children can plug in any of a number of home-made data sensor, enabling them, for example, to turn their machines into thermometers or oscilloscopes.

Form factorForm factor was a priority from the start: the laptop could not be big, heavy, fragile, trivial, ugly, dangerous, or dull. Another imperative was visual distinction. In part, the goal is to strongly appeal to CM1’s intended users; but the machine’s distinctive appearance is also meant to discourage gray-market traffic. There’s no mistaking what it is and who it is for.

CM1 is about the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox. Thanks to its flexible design and “transformer” hinge, the laptop easily assumes any of several configurations: standard laptop use, ebook reading, and gaming.
The laptop has soft, rounded edges. The integrated handle is kid-sized, as is the sealed, rubber-membrane keyboard. The novel, dual-mode, extra-wide touchpad supports pointing as well as drawing and writing.

Safety and reliabilityCM1 is fully compliant with the European Union’s RoHS Directive. It contains no hazardous materials. Its NiMH batteries contain no toxic heavy metals, plus it features enhanced battery management for an extended recharge-cycle lifetime. It will also tolerate alternate power-charging sources, such as car batteries.
To top off the battery—for use at home and where power is not available—CM1 can be hand powered. It will come with at least two of three options: a crank, a pedal, or a pull-cord. It is also possible that children could have a second battery for gang-charging at school while they are using their laptop in class.
Experience shows that the laptop components most likely to fail are its hard drive and internal connectors. CM1 has no hard drive to crash and only two internal cables. For added robustness, the machine’s plastic walls are 2.0mm thick, as opposed to the standard 1.3mm. Its mesh network antennas, which far out-perform those of the typical laptop, double as external covers for the USB ports, which are protected internally as well. The display is also cushioned by internal “bumpers.”
The estimated product lifetime is at least five years. To help ensure such durability, the machines will be subject to factory testing to destruction as well as in situ field testing by children.
A real computerSome computer industry figures have publicly dismissed the CM1 as a stripped-down toy—a gadget. “Geez”, asked one, “why not get a real computer?” Indeed. These individuals certainly now know better: as a not-for-profit, we have done something out of their reach—something for the children of the world. Comments and critiques are, of course, always welcome at
"a unique harmony of form and function; a flexible, ultra low-cost, power-efficient, responsive, and durable machine with which nations of the emerging world can leapfrog decades of development"What might those surprises be? Comparing the CM1 page to the original hardware specs we find that the OLPC computer will have:
● a 400Mhz AMD Geode processor instead of a 366 Mhz one● an integrated digital video camera and still camera (resolution for either is unknown still) ● an SD slot, which is a curious diversion from the usual all-Open Source mantra● VoIP-enabled with microphone and speaker jacks. No word on the VIOP software.● CM1's plastic walls are 2.0mm thick, .7 mm more than the standard 1.3mm.
For those worried that the OLPC will become a environmental mess at the end of its life expectancy, a fanciful 5 years according to OLPC:"The CM1 is fully compliant with the European Union’s RoHS Directive. It contains no hazardous materials. Its NiMH batteries contain no toxic heavy metals."

Review WidowPC Sting 517D

Overview & Introduction
WidowPC Sting 517D notebook
The WidowPC Sting 517D is a high-end gaming notebook with more power than most desktops. It features a high-resolution 17” display, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and the holy grail of notebook GPUs, the Nvidia GeForce Go7900GTX with 512MB of dedicated memory.

Processor: Intel Core2Duo T7600 2.33GHz
Memory: 2GB WidowPC L33T RAM
Screen: 17" 1920x1200 WUXGA
Hard Drive One: 100GB 7200RPM SATA
Hot Swappable Hard Drive: 100GB 7200RPM SATA (only available on specialrequest)
Hot Swappable Optical Drive: External DVD-RAM Multidrive
Video Card: nVidia 7900 GTX 512MB Cache
Wireless: Intel Pro Wireless 54Mbps a/b/g with Bluetooth
Operating System: Microsoft XP Professional
Media Features: 1.3Mpixel Digital Video Camera, 4-in-1 card reader Our 517D has the highest specifications available, and it is certainly not for the budget-conscious, its final price as configured is retail $4,799.75. According to WidowPC, the price is “always negotiable”, so I would assume it can be had for less. The 517D starts at $2,695.

With a Core 2 Duo processor and a 512MB Nvidia graphics card, the 517D's first and foremost audience is gamers. The 517D is also targeted toward those who use 3D modeling applications extensively, as it has an option for the most powerful mobile workstation card available, the Nvidia QuadroFX Go2500 512MB, which is based on the Go7900GTX.

When it comes to competition, there are very few notebooks that can stand up to the 517D in terms of overall performance. Its number one competitor is the Dell XPS M1710, which is also very expensive and does not have the feature set that the 517D does.

Alienware's Area-51 m5750 is another 17” gaming notebook, but its ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 256MB has considerably less performance than the 517D's Nvidia Go7900GTX 512MB.
the design and overall appearance are a far cry from the ordinary notebook. From top to bottom, the 517D is a work of art. All aspects of the design fit together seamlessly, and nothing looks out of place.

Thickness: Front, 1”, back, 1.8”
Weight: 9.4 pounds w/ battery
Across: 15.6”
Front to back: 11.5”

The 517D is a heavy notebook, without a doubt. It is difficult to use on a lap because the main fan is on the right side of the notebook, and a knee can easily block it. I recommend getting some sort of pad if this is to see lap use.
The most eye-catching aspect of this notebook is the lid. Made out of aluminum, it is all-black and has the WidowPC signature black widow spider logo right in the center.

The Core 2 Duo T7600's performance is nothing short of mind blowing. It is the fastest mobile processor on the market, and it looks as if it will stay in that position for some time.
The installed hard drive is a Hitachi 100GB 7,200RPM unit. It operates at a low temperature, although it is a bit noisy as Hitachi hard drives traditionally are. A soft clicking noise is audible when the drive is accessed. Loading times for games and other applications were very fast.

2GB of RAM is a must-have for gamers and power users. The latest games will require more than 1GB of RAM to run smoothly at the highest settings. I did not run out of RAM during any scenario.

The WidowPC Sting 517D has a multitude of ports as a desktop replacement should have, including an ever rare DVI-D port for connections to external monitors and HDTVs, four USB 2.0 ports, and a legacy Serial port. The port placement is detailed in the following photos. All descriptions are left to right.The Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-K16 optical drive installed in our 517D reads and writes CDs and DVDs, along with dual-layer DVDs. The drive was reasonably quiet for all tasks, and I did not have any problems burning different types of media.

Samsung Q40 Pink Laptop

Looks like the color pink is here to stay in the digital world. While all you macho men out there may not touch a pink laptop from miles, us girls don’t mind some pink! The UK store PC World has released an exclusive Samsung Q40 Pink Laptop, which will surely get noticed in the dull black and white world of notebooks. Weighing just 1.15kg and about 1 inch thick, the Q40 may just be a girl’s new best friend!Not just a pretty package, the Q40 is powered by an Intel 1.2GHz Core Solo processor and has specs like 512MB RAM, 60GB hard disk drive, 12.1-inch widescreen SuperClear display, and an external DVD re-writer. There is Wi-Fi connectivity and it uses Microsoft’s Windows XP professional as its operating system. It is available now and you can but it from the PC World website or select PC World stores.Computing doesn’t have to be grey or dull, says PC World. The UK superstore has pumped some colour into the world of technology with the exclusive Samsung Q40 Pink Laptop.The striking (and I’m not sure in a good way - Ed!) laptop brings together unique looks and the latest technology in an ultra-portable small, lightweight size.The Samsung Q40 Pink Laptop weighs only 1.15kg and is under an inch thick. It’s so slim and light that it’s an ideal choice for mobile working. The Q40 is easy to slip into a stylish bag to carry and use everywhere; on the train or plane, in the hotel or at home.
The Samsung Q40 Laptop isn’t just pretty to look at, the glossy pink top hides a well specified, powerful laptop from one of the best names in the industry. Features include a Intel 1.2GHz Core Solo processor, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard disk drive, 12.1-inch widescreen SuperClear display, and an external DVD re-writer. The laptop is wireless enabled and comes complete with Microsoft’s Windows XP professional and a range of security software.Colour conscious consumers can find a range of other colourful and useful accessories at PC World proving that computing certainly doesn’t have to be grey or dull. For instance, a Swordfish 14-inch pink laptop sleeve provides an added layer to protection for your laptops and is priced at £14.99. Made from neoprene memory foam the sleeves are available in a range of sizes and other bright colours including Red, Green, Turquoise, Purple and Black.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t Review

This is a review for the new 14.1 widescreen ThinkPad Z61t with titanium cover. The Z61t is the update to the newer widescreen Z series of ThinkPads. It sports Intel's Core Duo processor. The Z series is the more multimedia oriented notebook in the ThinkPad line with a widescreen display, built-in web cam, media card reader, FireWire connector and more. It combines the convenience and mobility of a notebook with the performance and functionality of a desktop.
Reason for Buying
I used to have a Dell Inspiron 1100, bought 3 years ago just because I thought it was a good deal. It used a 2 GHz Celeron processor. I soon realized what a mistake it was. I used to curse it every other day. It was nothing but a brick and after 1 year of it would mysteriously shutdown after using it for more than 2 hours. It was producing enough heat to keep my house warm in winter. I ditched it after just 1 years of use. I was somehow managing with my office supplied Pentium III 900 MHz desktop.Then along came my daughter, who is 4 months old now. My wife started complaining that I was spending too much time at the home-office with my desktop, not spending enough time with my daughter. She couldn't find time to use the desktop as well, as the baby needed constant attention. So I decided I needed to get a laptop so that I could watch TV, watch my daughter and browse all at the same time. I also wanted something light so that I can easily carry it around the house with one hand. Another requirement was to have all the data to be in one secure place. I have an external USB hard disk /printer/ DVD burner, LCD monitor etc. Also I make it a point to backup my computer frequently with the external hard disk. I couldn't afford to connect all these accessories and disconnect them one by one when I needed to carry the laptop. So, a mature and easy docking solution was a must.
How and Where Purchased
My initial budget was around $1000. I started with Sony but didn't really like their pricing and lack of core duo in a 14-inch laptop. My friend had a Fujitsu notebook and I was impressed with its quality. But I couldn't configure a Fujitsu notebook for less than $2000 with a core duo processor. I spent some time looking at an HP dv2000t, but their docking solution is a joke. Plus, the build quality wasn't enough for me. Next was the Dell latitude D620. The build quality looked good. I'm not sure why I looked at Dell again given my first experience, but either way I decided against the D620 at the last moment because of lack of S-video and previous Dell nightmares. I then found and took my friend's suggestion to take a look at ThinkPads. I didn't know Lenovo had widescreen consumer oriented notebooks. After researching for 2-days I was hooked. I needed a ThinkPad at any cost. I raised my budget to $1,400 but still couldn't configure one with Bluetooth and a DVD writer for under $1,600 with tax. Then I figured out that IBM has EPP pricing which really makes sense. Dell has 12% EPP, but after researching I found Dell EPP was more expensive than non-EPP if you use certain Dell coupons. HP just gives you 10% for EPP. After raising my budget to $1,800, I found an IBM consultant at work and got access to EPP pricing. I had to ship the notebook to Delaware to save $110 tax.
The total cost was, $1,599 ( laptop ) + $265 ( Advanced Dock) + $92 ( 3 year warranty) - $200 ( Discount) = $1,756. The web price will be around $2,600 with tax. I will talk about the additional $200 discount in the support section!
ThinkPad Z61t specs as reviewed:
2.0 GHz Intel T2500 Core Duo
14.1" WXGA+, 1440X900 LCD display
100GB hard drive (5400rpms)
CD-RW/ 8X DVD-RW Multi-burner
Modem Built-in Camera and microphone
Sudden motion sensor
Fingerprint Reader
802.11 a/b/g wireless built-in
Verizon EVDO built-in
3-in-one card reader
3-year international depot warranty
4.3 lbs Plus
Z61 advanced Dock
Model# 94402CU
Build & Design
The Z61t is built solidly but not rock solid like T series. It was a little thicker than I imagined. The titanium cover is a plus and looks decent unlike those shiny HP laptops. As soon as you open the screen, you will notice that this laptop feels solid. The inside is made from rugged and elegant high quality plastic.Two metal hinges of same size support the display. There is no wobbling when opening and closing the lid. You will need both the hands to open the screen. Also, if you try to open it with just one hand, you don't see the screen bend like other laptops. The look and feel of the area around the screen might even make you think it's made of metal not plastic. The only thing that looks plastic is the shiny EVDO antenna cover which is attached to the screen.To get an idea of the relative thickness of the Z61t, I placed 2 miniDV tapes next to the laptop. The laptop is around 1 inch thick.