Archive for May, 2008

Griffin PowerDock, enough for 2

2 iPods, 2 iPhones, 1 iPod and 1 iPhone, wow. So many ways to keep your Apple toys powered. Ordered and waiting patiently by the mailbox.

“Does your family own a family of iPod or iPhone models? Can you only find one charger when all of you need to recharge? Call a cease-fire with PowerDock, a charging base where every iPod and iPhone in the house can get together to charge its batteries.” (Griffin)

BenQ T850 8 megapixel camera, thin and touchscreen *drool

BenQ announced the launch of the world’s slimmest 8-mega-pixel digital camera, the T850 with 1600 ISO, 3x optical zoom and smc PENTAX lens. Sleek and compact at 14.9mm thick, the T850’s chic stainless steel casing (available in black or red) reflects the minimalist operating ease of the camera. Exceptional efficiency and user-friendliness are made possible by the highly intuitive photo taking and photo editing functions, which center around smartly organized circular touch buttons on the 3” TFT LCD screen. Furthermore, almost all camera functions can be accessed and engaged by using one of three simple finger movements: tap, circle, swipe. In fact, the T850 standouts among touch screen cameras as the only one employing a natural “swipe” gesture for viewing photos and video. A comprehensive selection of options including “Smile Catch”, Auto Face Tracking, Z Lighting, advanced photo art, scribble & scrawl and Quick Bar make the T850 a fabulously fun companion for bringing enjoyment and quality to today’s digital life. (BenQ)

Judge slaps Dell on the wrist, “bad financing, that was very bad”

The New York State Supreme Court has dealt a blow against Dell by ruling that the company and its affiliate, Dell Financial Services, engaged in fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices, and abusive debt collection practices.

Justice Joseph Teresi ruled against the companies late last week, saying that Dell repeatedly misled customers and failed to live up to promises. The monetary damages have yet to be determined, but New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that Dell will eventually have to pay back customers. The company will also have to turn over any “unlawfully earned” profits to the state.

“For too long at Dell the promise of customer service was a bait and switch that left thousands of people paying for essentially no service at all,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We have won an important victory that will force Dell to live up to its responsibilities and pay back its customers for profits that were pocketed but not deserved. This decision sends an important message that all corporations will be held accountable for the promises they make to consumers.” (ArsTechnica)

UK gamer developers flee from taxes to … Canada?

Gaming, as an industry, has become an economic powerhouse. The growth of the industry in the US is exceeding the overall growth of the US economy, and is in fact a bright spot in an otherwise dour picture of the nation’s finances. Game developers are creating a product that is doing very well in even the worldwide market, and where these companies set up shops, jobs and cash follow. Developers in the UK are now pressuring the government to step up tax breaks for the gaming industry, and they’re wielding a very real stick: developers have already begun to flee for the greener pastures of Canada.

15 game companies have joined a lobbying group called “Games Up?” to fight for better benefits in the UK. “All our key competitors offer tax breaks and grants, putting UK developers at a disadvantage,” said Richard Wilson, a chief executive of Tiga, the UK trade organization for game developers. (ArsTechnica)

Iomega comes out with sexy external drives

Great capacity with style to match! The Iomega® eGo™ Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 1TB provides a simple and stylish solution for all your storage needs. Ideal for adding capacity to your system. This plug and play drive delivers maximum performance. With EMC® Retrospect HD (PC) included (via download) for easy file backup, it’s the easiest way to save up to 4,000,000* photos, 18,500* hours of music, 1,500* hours of video and more! Iomega

Asus comes out with Eee box

Small is the new big, big consumer item that is. Following on the heels of it’s hotly sold Eee PC UMPC comes the Asus Eee Box. The new mini pc is about the size of a hard cover book and will come with either a Linux or Windows XP operating system (just like the laptop).

Current configurations of the Eee Box include a choice of hard drives from 80GB to 250GB in size, and allow users to compute daily services and surf the Internet wirelessly via 802.11n Wi-Fi.

The device comes with four USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports, two each in front and back, and a slot for MMCs (Multimedia Cards), SD (Secure Digital) cards and Memory Sticks. (link)


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