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iPod & iPhone Video Out: Background and In-Depth Review
 

"This year, Apple gave the iPhone and the new Classic, Touch, and Nano models improved TV out features while harmonizing the AV cables used by its entire product line. Here's a look at what's what's changed, a review of Apple's recently released AV Cable kits, why the invented controversy about Apple's new cables is simply misinformed, and how using an iPod for video output compares against Apple TV."

Apple Insider

 
Sex and marriage with robots? It could happen
 

"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience. Levy recently completed his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships, covering many of the privileges and practices that generally come with marriage as well as outside of it."

msnbc

 
IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance
 

"The IE team has been very hard at work on IE 8 for the past several months and they hit a huge milestone last Friday evening. The IE dev team checked in a bunch of code that included several new features implemented in the core rendering engine that enable IE to pass the ACID 2 test! This is great news for web developers: IE 8 is going to be our most standards compliant browser to date. Passing ACID 2 is really a combined side effect of all the new features that have been developed for IE 8."

Channel 9

 
Call of Duty 5 Not Coming to PC?
 

"Call of Duty 5 has recently been confirmed by Activision Blizzard, shortly after the company merger. But there has still been no word on who will develop it. There have been several rumors that Infinity Ward, who developed the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty 4, will NOT be developing the next installment, if so, chances are that it will go to Treyarch, who developed Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty 3. If Call of Duty 5 does go to Treyarch chances are that the game will be restricted to consoles only, seeing that Treyarch is traditionally a console-only developer."

COD4 Boards

 
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 1Gb?
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/thumbs/2_88001.pngLooks like Nvidia has something up its sleeves with a 1GB 8800GT reference card out on the market from company "Palit". Can't wait for more information on this one.

eWiz

 
Asus Silent Knight II
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_asussilent.pngAsus is mainly known for their brilliant motherboards but in the last couple of years they have been working outside of the motherboard, with numerous gadgets from heatsinks to laptops.

Today we look at the Asus Silent King II which is a revised version of the original Silent Knight II. The Silent Knight II is the one of the quietest heatsinks tested so far. Sound pressure levels are better than most coolers running idle reviewed.

The Asus Silent Knight II performs well against previously tested CPU coolers. The design is a bit awkward but it is defiantly an efficient cooler. Usually smaller fans produce more noise because they need to rotate faster to move the same amount of air compared larger fans.
Overall the Silent Knight II cooler performs extremely well against other CPU coolers.

One of the only negatives I can see from this cooler is the awkward installation, you'll have to make sure all the wires are out of the way and angle the fan correctly to get it installed, some AM2 users have reported difficulty installing it. Hopefully it's not a widespread issue.

 
Samsung 245T
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_samsung245t.pngTaking a close look at the Samsung 245T we see a very firm and strong built monitor with speakers and a very crisp glossy black exterior finish. There's a generous amount of height adjustment, along with tilt control, pivot and rotation. Moreover, despite its relative size and weight the quality of the stand ensures the panel remains stable and easy to adjust whenever it's required. This monitor is also easy on the eye, being simple yet classy thanks to a nice slim bezel and an all black casing. As ever, there's an elegance and simplicity to Samsung's monitor design that's always pleasing to see.

The 245T uses a premium Samsung S-PVA panel for better viewing angles and rich colors compared to TN panels. For gaming there is a 4:3 ratio option so that way you are not stuck with widescreen or unporportional images when you need to lower your resolution, giving this monitor perfect balance between gaming and work.

While I did notice a small buzzing noise emminating from what I assume is the monitor, it seems to be worthy of the entry fee.

 
No Wow, No How: Windows Vista
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/thumbs/5_140583-windowsvistagears_180.jpg"It's not that Vista is awful. The integrated security and parental controls are nice, and the Aero interface is as whizzy as it gets. Searching and wireless networking are much faster and easier than under XP."

PC World

 
Cooler Master Cosmos
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_cosmosfront.pngFrom the people who brought you the amazing Centurion case line, comes the Cooler Master Cosmos. This new case seems to be quite a departure from traditional Cooler Master designs, sporting a sleek eerily Macish design to its well thought out tool-less design, Cooler Master seems to have put a lot of effort into this design, and it clearly shows.

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_cosmoside.pngThe Cosmos itself is forged out of a very high quality steel which had me fooled into thinking it was really thick aluminum. The downside to their use of steel is the obvious weigh in at around 37 pounds, adding a small challenging for anyone planning on using this for lans. For the price ($200), they managed to include everything you'd need in the box. Four low speed 120mm fans, sound absorbing fans, two top exhaust fans, and a dedicated VGA cooling bar, Cooler Master certainly knows how to pamper us.

The Power Supply mounts at the bottom and an addition "fold" near the motherboard makes hiding cables fairly easy. The attention to detail in this case makes the $200 entry fee definitely worth it. Everything in the case comes preinstalled and ready to go, from the fans to the vga cooler, and even the sturdy handles.

Even with all the great things the Cooler Master team stuffed in this case, there's still a couple of negatives I'd like to see worked out. There's absolutely no included motherboard speaker, some of us find those annoying beeps to be fairly helpful in the case of a system failure. In some instances the layout (VGA cooler, exhaust) can boost your temperatures, when we ran a regular Core 2 Duo, we saw even temperatures, however for whatever reason a Quad Core showed 10F more heat. This case is clearly designed for water cooling in mind it seems. I would have also liked to see better cooling for the HDD rack, as it stands some HDDs can generate a bit of extra easily preventable heat.  I'm still not sure why they decided to use Steel over Aluminum, being able to easily move a case around is a pretty nice "feature".

Overall however, Cooler Master crafted a very nice high end case, but not without it's negatives. Hopefully the engineering team can work these out in another revision.

 
Phantom Lapboard
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_phantomboard.png
"The Phantom® Lapboard is a combination wireless keyboard, laser mouse and hard surface that makes it easy for you to work or play games from your couch, easy chair or any comfortable setting in your home or workplace. The Lapboard includes wireless technology, ergonomic design, one-touch features, and a wireless laser mouse. Its innovative design features a keyboard that rotates 360-degrees to accommodate left or right-handed users and inclines on a 22-degree angle with a hard surface below for the Phantom Laser Mouse. The Lapboard's interchangeable key-face technology is designed for game-specific and business software applications for PC or Apple Mac platforms."

Phantom Entertainment

 
Xbox Live Portable System
 

 
Mad Dog Blue Cathode Fan
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/2_bluecathode.pngSo you've got your blue case, your blue cathodes, your blue motherboard, and your weak blue LED fans. It's obviously time to upgrade. Enter the Mad Dog Blue Cathode fan when you simply can't get enough gaudy outrageous stuff inside of your computer.

The fan itself is pretty alright, 3500RPM, not too loud, however the fan can't be mounted in a tool-less case as the cathode gets in the way, all you lazy people out there are going to have to pass this one up.

The cathode is pretty bright, I wouldn't recommend having this computer within your visual range as it might throw you off. It's a pretty good deal however considering that you can find one of these for around $5.

All in all, if you're looking for an annoyingly bright fan for the cheap, Mad Dog's got your back.

 
PCI Fan Bracket
 

http://reviewstash.com/imgupload/thumbs/2_pcibracket.pngWho knew Ghetto could be this easy? All you hardware enthusiasts out there will most likely be shocked that you couldn't put two and two together; tape makes things stick, believe it or not.

Don't feel like paying $15 for a premade fan from parts you assume are worth $.50? Then stick it to the man with this easy mod. You're going to need some tape, avoid electric tape if you can, opt for something stronger and more reinforced, ala duct tape, but if you've got no other choice, you can always snatch a roll of electric tape. You'll also need a spare PCI bracket and an 80-90mm fan.

Simply tape the fan just a little under the point that you need to screw into the PCI-Bracket. Slap it in your computer and you should be good to go.

 
iPhone Video Recording
 

 
Your Cellphone May Be Your Flight’s Boarding Pass
 

"With the world constantly moving towards a paperless society, we see more innovative ways of getting rid of paper transactions. The method of Electronic Ticketing is often used, and soon you may be able to board your flight using your cellphone as the boarding pass."

Walyou

 

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