As gaming notebooks continue to march into mainstream price points, your lap is becoming the new hot spot (literally) for gaming goodness. That might not be the best thing for your little swimmers, let alone all that high-end hardware cramped into a 15-inch chassis. But it's great for companies putting out notebook coolers, like NZXT has done with its just-announced Cyro S.
"Just like its award-winning big brother, the Cyro LX, this [Cyro S] cools not only the fan vents, but it removes heat from the entire notebook case which is crucial for high performance gaming making the Cyro S best in its class for effective notebook cooling," said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT.
The sleek-looking Cyro S comes constructed out of thick, brushed aluminum to help whisk heat away, aided by two adjustable 120mm fans for active cooling duties. A rubber finish elevates the notebook ever-so-slightly to prevent heat from building up and beef up its airflow. You can power the Cyro S via a USB port or with the included AC adapter.
NZXT says the Cyro S will be available later this month for $50 from Newegg.
T-Mobile's G1 smartphone may not have been the iPhone killer some were expecting, but there's no doubt Google's open-source Android platform is here to stay. So what does the future hold for Android?
According to Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow a staggering 900 percent in 2009, driven by widespread vendor and developer support. Coming in a distant second (in terms of growth), Apple iPhone OS will see a 79 percent growth rate in the same time period.
"The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the US in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009," said Tom Kang, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79% annually in 2009."
Thanks to its low-cost licensing model, mostly open-source structure, and support for cloud services, Android has the potential to be a major force in the smartphone market by the end of the year.
Like, OMG! Netbooks are soooo cute! But "once you get beyond how cute they are, you'll find that netbooks can do a lot more than check your mail." For example, they can help you 'Get healthier' (tech tip #2) by tracking exercise and food intake at free online sites, and to 'Eat better' (tech tip #3) by finding recipes online. You can even 'Get Organized' (tech tip #4), because "Remember the Milk is a free, tweakable online task manager." Or use a netbook to 'Chill out' (tech tip #5).
These are all real tech tips, and they're all listed on Della, Dell's new microsite dedicated to helping women shop for notebooks without focusing on all those manly GHz and GB abbreviations. The new site pays particular attention to the Dell Mini 10 and Studio notebooks, making it a point to convince women that these laptops won't cramp their stylish lifestyle.
Last year several geek-inspired words made it into the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, including 'webinar', 'netroots', 'pretexting', 'fanboy', and 'malware'. Whether Merriam-Webster choose to recognize it or not, 'noob' might soon become a real English term as well, as determined by the Global Language Monitor (GLM).
"The widespread popularity of English as a second language in Asia has brought about the most fertile period of word generation since William Shakespeare's time with new terms coined on average every 98 minutes, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports.
It takes using a word 25,000 times by media outlets and social networking sites for the GLM to acknowledge it, and the race is on to become the one millionth English word. Other possible entries include 'defollow,' 'defriend,' 'greenwashing,' 'and chiconomics.'
Ah, spring: when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of upgrading. But, alas! Your fancy new videocard is too big for your tiny case, and you’re running out of hard drive bays for your RAID. Fear not! A classy full-tower chassis can be just the solution.
In this roundup we’ve collected five full-tower cases—big and tall enclosures with all the bells and whistles: new looks, toolless expansion slots, intake filters, drive bays aplenty, and more. Space-saving isn’t a priority here: The focus is on features, with room for as much hardware as you need to cram in. If you want a portable rig or something to nestle under your desk, these aren’t the cases for you. But if you’re looking to make the most of your computer, portability be damned, one of these beauts could be your huckleberry.
In evaluating these cases, we focused on a few key points: overall build quality, aesthetics, ease of installation, cooling options, convenience, and features like front-panel connectors. We kept price in mind, too, but only to a degree: After all, we’re Maximum PC. We don’t mind paying for excellence; we just object when gear is offensively overpriced.
This anti-zombie kit came in the mail today, courtesy of PopCap and their latest Plant vs Zombies game. We're not sure if it's going to be effective, but we're definitely curious. The seed has been planted and the tin pot now sits by the window, absorbing the awesome power of the sun. Observe the seed standing guard for the inevitable undead apocalypse after the jump.
The release of the FBI’s surveillance programs budget for 2010 has revealed some pretty interesting new programs, one of which fall under the “awesome code name” category.
The budget shows that the FBI is in the process of developing a new “Advanced Electronic Surveillance” program, which is funded at $233.9 million in 2010. It will have 133 employees, 15 of whom are agents.
Along with this, another program named “Going Dark,” will provide support to the electronic surveillance program by collecting intelligence and evidence. “The term 'Going Dark' does not refer to a specific capability, but is a program name for the part of the FBI, Operational Technology Division's (OTD) lawful interception program which is shared with other law enforcement agencies,” stated an FBI spokesman.
In Norway, Lyse has quickly become the largest fiber-to-the-home provider thanks to their innovative new business model that asks their customers to preregister before any fiber is dug, and then offers then $400 savings if they dig up their own trench from the street to their home. So far, 80 percent of their customers have taken them up the offer.
According to Herbjørn Tjeltveit of Lyse, “They (the customer) can arrange things just the way they want,” which has made for happier customers. Evidently, Nordic folk have issues with a corporation digging through their meticulously planted flower gardens.
All this support has given Lyse some breathing room as well – having jumped from 500 to 130,000 customers in just over a year, they’ve got quite a bit of money to use for infrastructure. Word is that they’re already testing both 100Mbps and 1,000Mbps connections.
According to the website for the Missouri University School of Journalism, “Effective Fall 2009, students majoring in Journalism at Missouri are required to have either an iPod Touch (the minimum requirement) or iPhone to allow for the delivery of freshman-orientation information as well as course material. Students will electronically download such material to either of those devices from iTunes University, a no-cost component of the iTunes Store.”
On top of this, undergraduate students will be required to have wireless laptops, with Microsoft Office installed. “Students are encouraged to acquire wireless laptop technology from Apple, which the School has designated as its preferred provider,” continues the website.
And, for those that prefer a Windows machine, “That's an option, but it's one we do not recommend unless you plan to make a career of computer-assisted reporting. By the time you purchase photo, audio and video software for a PC, you probably will have spent more than you would if buying a comparable Apple Computer. Buy a PC if you prefer to do so, but make sure it is wireless and has Microsoft Office. Almost 100 percent of last year's freshmen chose Apple computers.”
As if going to school wasn’t expensive enough, now it would seem that the Apple tax is a requirement. Oh well, what’s another few grand on top of the 40 or so that you’re spending on a year’s tuition?
Continuing with the series of Justin.TV-streamed video podcasts, the gang recorded another live podcast for the first week of May. Everybody shares their thoughts on the new Windows 7 RC, and discuss the merits of Amazon's Kindle DX. Listeners call in to ask about file permission problems (a solution found here), and we all lament the passing of 3D Realms. Also, no rant of the week this time as Gordon was out last week, but Norm gives try at expressing his rage toward the new Wolverine film. Apologies for the late post, but stay tuned this week for a special episode where Gordon reveals his reaction to the Star Trek movie. Did he love it or loathe it? Place bets now!
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