Uttering what every geek longs to hear (albeit admittedly not from an OEM), Dell says it's new multitouch Studio 19 all-in-one PC "Begs to be Touched." Those touches first came from Japan, where the Studio 19 debuted a month and a half ago, and is now being brought to the States for local groping.
Starting at $800, a base configuration includes an Intel Pentium Dual core E5200 processor (2.5GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus), 3GB of DDR2-800 RAM, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, integrated Nvidia GeForce 9200 graphics, slot load DVD burner, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Several configuration options are available, including upgrading the proc to a Core 2 Quad Q8200 (2.33GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 1333MHz frontside bus), 4GB of RAM, up to a 750GB hard drive, GeForce 9400 integrated graphics, and slot load Blu-ray player.
All but one of the configurations come with an 18.5-inch touchscreen LCD with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366x768 resolution. Only the $700 model doesn't include touchscreen functionality, as well as less RAM (2GB) and Vista Home Basic 32-bit.
Our initial impression of NEC’s widescreen 26-inch EA261WM LCD monitor was overwhelmingly positive, primarily due to the thought put into its ergonomics. What puzzles us most about monitor design is why—even with obscenely expensive panels—user comfort is so often overlooked. If you’re planning on shelling out a load of cash for a monitor, something as simple as height adjustment (rather than the default homebrew solution of piles of books) seems like an obvious feature. The EA261WM includes not only height adjustment but pivot, tilt, and swivel adjustments as well, making it easy to share information on your screen with coworkers or even switch to a portrait configuration, should the need arise.
The EA261WM is also one of only 26 monitors to achieve EPEAT’s gold rating, the highest standard for environmental friendliness. To further emphasize its green attributes, the monitor includes an ECO mode, which lowers power consumption, and a carbon-footprint reader tells you just how much you’re doing to save the planet by lowering the brightness on your monitor.
In Win XP, folders automatically display in Explorer in alphabetical order. I want to order folders chronologically by calendar month, i.e., January, February, March, etc., but Explorer displays them alphabetically. Is there a way to change the order that folders are displayed? —Dave Schaffer
The latest graphics rumor making the rounds for the past month was that Nvidia would be releasing a single-PCB version of its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 videocard, however it was unclear what other changes the design alteration would result in. At least until now.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the slimmer, single-PCB GTX 295 looks to be more about cutting costs than adding performance. Following in ATI's footsteps, Nvidia will place both GPUs on a single circuit board, which should help the company save a bit on manufacturing.
However, only the memory is said to getting a small boost, with Nvidia increasing the reference design's frequency from 1000MHz on the dual-PCB version to 1100MHz on the single-PCB. Both the core and shaders clockspeeds will remain the same at 576MHz and 1242MHz, respectively, and despite shelving the second PCB, it will still be a dual-slot card. It will also be half an inch longer, Fudzilla says, measuring a full eleven inches.
If the rumor holds true, look for the revised card to show up by the middle of May with no change to its price point.
Originally thought to be an April Fool's Day prank posting, apparently Mitek Systems really did develop software that lets customers deposit paper checks using their cell phone. All that's required is a cellphone with a 2-megapixel or higher camera.
The way it works is customers must first download the app from their bank. Once installed, they'll log in, enter in the amount of the check, and then take a snapshot of the check they're trying to deposit and wait for the software to optimize and validate the pic. Do the same for the back of the check and all that's left is to transmit the data to the bank.
Not a bad way to do your banking for those without Direct Deposit, assuming you're okay with sending your bank account information through the airwaves.
Two new nettops based on Nvidia's Ion platform have been unveiled in Taipei this week, one by ASRock and the other by Pegatron Technology. ASRock's Ion 330 trades in the oft-used single-core Atom processor for a dual-core variant, the Atom 330 CPU (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus). Not much else is known about the PC, other than it comes with an integrated DVD optical drive.
Taking up a slimmer form factor, Pegatron's Cape 7 comes encased in white plastic and has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a power connector for an external power brick. It doesn't come with an optical drive, nor are there any details regarding the processor.
While these are some of the first dual-core Atom 330 based nettops to be spotted in the wild, they won't be the last. According to web rumblings, Nvidia expects around 40 Ion platforms to show up on the markt by the end of the year, some of which are bound to come with dual-core Atoms.
A lot has changed in the browser landscape over the past 15 years, including some, like Netscape Navigator, going by the wayside. During that time, Opera has grown into one of the most web compliant browsers around, was one of the first to implement tabbed browsing, and introduced mouse gestures way back in 2001.
"Geir and I knew the web would forever change how people live, work, and play -- the web browser would be the tool to enable that transformation," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "Today, I am humbled by what our company, together with the worldwide community of Opera users, has achieved. In the next 15 years, billions of people will jon the web. I am confident we will give them even more reasons to choose Opera."
Outside of the desktop, Opera has been used in both the Nintendo DS and on the Wii. A mobile version of the browser -- Opera Mobile -- has also found a home on several smartphones and PDAs, as well as Opera Mini being used on many mobile phones.
You can read more about what makes Opera tick in our recent Browser Battle feature, right after you wish it a happy 15th birthday.
After nearly three years of development, Panda Security today released the public beta of its Panda Cloud Antivirus, which the company claims is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. By taking AV duties to the cloud and combining it with local detection technologies, Panda says it can do a better job at protecting your PC than a traditional virus scanner.
"Thanks to Panda Security's Collective Intelligence malware and goodware online database, Panda Cloud Antivirus detects more malware than traditional signature-based solutions which take longer to detect the most recent, and therefore most dangerous, variants," Pedro Bustamanta, Panda Senior Research Advisor, wrote in a blog entry.
The local portion of the program takes up roughly 50MB of hard drive space while consuming about 17MB of RAM, according to a Cnet report. By the time Panda Cloud Antivirus exits the beta stage, Bustamante hopes to have the RAM consumption down to 12MB.
One potential downside to relying on the cloud for antivirus protection is that your PC would be left vulnerable without an internet connection. But not to worry, says Bustamante, who clarified that a local cache copy of Collective Intelligence is kept on the PC for just such scenarios.
One step forward, two steps back. After talking up reality-based shooter Six Days in Fallujah as its next big thing – not to mention potentially opening the door for other games to actually sneak behind the lines of wars that aren’t WWII – publisher Konami came down with a case of cold feet. The publisher’s reason for the startlingly snappy about-face? Controversy.
“After seeing the reaction to the videogame in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and email, we decided several days ago not to sell it,” said a Konami rep.
“We were informed on Thursday night that Konami had decided to pull out of Six Days in Fallujah,” Atomic Games president Peter Tamte said in an official statement. “This caught us by surprise. Development of the game had been progressing very well and on schedule.”
Six Days in Fallujah has not, however, bitten the big one. As of now, it’s merely without a publisher, though finding one with the stones to take a jog through the PR minefield that this game presents probably won’t be an easy task.
Our guess: Six Days in Fallujah will end up spending a smidge more than six days in publishing purgatory. Maybe that’ll give Atomic Games some time to think about giving Fallujah a slight revamp. We can only hope.
For Street Fighter IV on the PC, phase one of the “Are we allowed to get excited yet?” cycle is complete. After a quick trip through the rumor mill, Capcom has officially confirmed the port. Now, if it can just replicate that sterling success with the other phases – the most pressing of which places an “Is it plagued by crippling bugs?” in the Q column – then we’re golden. Especially since patient PC players can lord a few bonus features over the heads of their console rivals.
Those features include, most notably, expanded visual options, with new artistic effects like sumi-e ink (think SFIV’s rad announcement trailer) and watercolor shaders joining the typical PC suite of graphical bells and whistles. Also putting a bit more punch behind SFIV’s PC edition is Games For Windows Live support, which brings with it in-game messaging, friends lists, voice chat, and achievements.
Unfortunately, Xbox 360 combatants won’t be able to join PC pugilists in the ring, as cross-platform play has been ruled out by Capcom’s Christian Svensson. It’s just as well, though; punching console fanboys is far more satisfying in real life anyway.
Game’s out this summer. Check out the first link for a bunch of screenshots comparing the game’s new visual effects.