The problem: You've got a ton of digital music, photos, and video on your computer's hard drive, but you want to enjoy all that media on the big TV and stereo system in your living room--not hunched over the laptop screen. If you've got a network connection and one of the latest game consoles (an Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3, or--when paired with the free Orb software--even a Nintendo Wii), you may not need any new hardware--each of them can stream a wide variety of audio, video, and photo formats from your PC to your TV over your home network. However, if you're not a gamer, or you need a more robust solution--more file support, for instance--there are alternatives, such as the MediaGate MG-450HD. … Read more
Fujitsu announced two new 2.5-inch hard drives Monday that push capacity up a big notch to 400GB and 500GB.
The models will begin shipping in May, and the company said it hopes to ship 20 million this fiscal year.
But the drives, part of the MHZ2 BT series, aren't the fastest models around, spinning at 4,200rpm. Many laptop drives spin at 5,400rpm, and some at 7,200rpm. But it does consume relatively little power--1.8 watts when reading or writing, according to the company.
Fujitsu also intends the drive for use in digital video recorders, set-top … Read more
Now this is more like it. Mimobots weren't meant for the designer treatment. As anyone can plainly see, they've always been best suited for the likes of anime stars, game heroes, and, of course, Star Wars characters.
The newest of Mimoco's novelty USB flash drives is an expansion of the latter galactic category with its "Mimobot Series 2," which includes Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. OhGizmo says these memory keys will be produced in limited quantities with capacities from 1GB to 4GB, starting at $50 each. They certainly took their time … Read more
No matter what kind of cars you're into, it can't be denied that there's just nothing like a Ferrari. Even when they're tiny.
Yes, there are other remote-controlled cars that might even go faster, but they'll always be pretenders to the throne in our book. Officially licensed by the racing legend, the "RealDrive Nano" racers come in miniature replicas of the Testarossa, F430, 512BB, and Enzo on a 1/58 scale, according to Technabob.
Intricately detailed, they include LED corner lights and respond to different wavelengths so as many as four can be … Read more
Samsung is touting the reliability of solid-state drives, while citing an explosive market for the devices in server computers.
SSDs are based on flash memory chip technology and have no moving parts. Hard-disk drives (HDDs), in contrast, use read-write heads that hover over spinning platters to access and record data. With no moving parts, SSDs avoid both the risk of mechanical failure and the mechanical delays of HDDs. Therefore, SSDs are generally faster and more reliable. The catch is the cost: SSDs are currently much more expensive than HDDs.
There are also concerns about wear. That is, flash has the … Read more
Microsoft's hard drive in the cloud is now a reality.
On Thursday, Microsoft removed the beta tag from the Windows Live SkyDrive service. More importantly, it upped the amount of free online storage to 5GB, giving users roughly the same amount of storage that comes on a new Eee PC. That's up from a recent cap of 1GB.
The service allows for personal folders as well as ones that are shared with a select group of friends, or the public at large. Microsoft is also expanding the service to 38 countries or regions including large swaths of Europe, … Read more
It's well known that the cult of the iPod has led to much design inspiration, but who would have thought the same of the Wiimote? Just today there are two new examples.
First is the Wedisk from SolarMemo, a USB flash drive with a maximum 8GB storage capacity. It can't be used to cook or bowl, but Engadget says it does have a functional button that releases the key from the USB port. Less interesting is the Wiimote Metal Tin from Fractalspin, though GeekAlerts notes that it can come in handy for storing cartridges. Neither, however, comes with … Read more
Mobile users away from their computers have had a handful of options for directory services in the past couple of years. There's TellMe (555-TELL), FREE-411, CALL-411, and GOOG-411 to name some of the free ones. There are also the official ones from each of the carriers that are billed a la carte--and usually at a high price.
This morning FREE-411 (one of the older services of the crowd) has announced a partnership with a useful driving directions service Dial DIR-ECT-IONS to help people find phone numbers and addresses for businesses or residential listings along with step-by-step directions for how … Read more
Considering how many golden pigs and boars we saw last year, it might seem that the noble rat is getting slighted this Lunar New Year. Kingston, however, is doing its best to give the rodent some respect.
The "Data Traveler 101" is a 2GB flash drive that won't break the bank, piggy or otherwise, according to Chip Chick. And at less than $14 the USB key, which bears the a rat and an inscription etched in red, may be the cheapest limited edition ever made.
After using the solid-state-drive version of the MacBook Air for about 10 days, the notebook's potential is what sticks with me the most. The seminal construction and the influence this will have on future designs is what sets the Air apart.
Note: This is not a CNET review. The Apple MacBook Air CNET review is here. What follows is a brief personal observation, not a review.
In day-to-day use, I am impressed by the Air's boot times (under 30 seconds), resume times (instantly from sleep mode), and lack of hard-drive "thrashing" that occurs invariably on my … Read more