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Now, it’s true that something like parental controls are usually the last “cool” feature you’d expect a blog site to chat about, but Vista has big plans for keeping Timmy’s future porn habit at bay. The administrator account can impose controls on each user, including what times the accounts are allowed to access the computer, what sort of web site filters are applied (allow Timmy to see sites tagged “pornography” but not “bomb-making”, etc.) and even time limits—how many hours per day he’s allowed on the machine. One of the most impressive elements of this implementation is that the access limitations for web filtering are controlled at the network application layer. What this means is that they’re applied across the board: In Internet Explorer, Firefox or any other browser, feed readers or any other services bouncing over TCP/IP. I go into some more of the advanced parental control features after the jump.

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DualCor Mobile Computer

CES affords us the opportunity to see many new and wonderful devices that will never make it to market. Fortunately, the DualCor cPC isn’t one of those. The Dual Cor is a relatively small form-factor, full-fledged mobile PC. It sports a 1.5 GHz processor (and another, lower speed chip), 40 GB HD and 1 GB of DDR memory. Its namesake is highlighted by two separate processors running two separate operating systems. The 1.5 GHz x86 processor runs Windows XP Tablet Edition. From the XP interface, you can switch cores and OSes to Windows Mobile 2005, allowing you to run your box considerably longer and allowing it to function on the road as a normal PDA (and, potentially, a cell phone).

The device is absolutely loaded with features, including Bluetooth, WiFi, EVDO, a headphone & microphone jack, a CF II slot, two full USB 2.0 ports and the ability to export to a regular VGA display at 1280x1024 resolution. It also features a touchscreen and utilizes the Tablet architecture for easy data entry on the go. The device is expected to ship in March 2006 for roughly $1500, which is a steal if you ask us.

Andru will have a full video interview with the DualCor CEO up as soon as we figure out an elegant way to get them off his camcorder.


Nokia N80After quite the two hour, four mile (seriously) trek from the airport involving a chiseling shuttle driver, a misguided monorail stop, a late attempt into the Gates Keynote and finally getting our badgeholders at the only place still open at 8 pm, we arrived at Digital Experience. DE is a press-only event that took place in the Bellagio’s Grand Ballroom. Some 100+ companies were there showing off their latest and greatest, and here’s what we found out:

TiVo claims that we’ll finally have a standalone HD TiVo by “mid 2006.” We won’t be holding our breaths for this one. Logitech released a new set of Bluetooth headphones that allow you to playback music from your (compatible) cell phone, with an integrated microphone that lets you answer calls mid-jam, right from the unit itself. It also featured some integrated play controls, letting your track forward and backward at will. (Link goes to a unit that looks almost identical.) Logitech also released what appears to be one of the first cordless desktop keyboard and mouse kits built specifically for the Mac. It includes a two-button mouse and a ten-day warning LED when the battery is low.

Nokia showed off the new N80, their first 3 megapixel camera and an absolute beauty. I got some hands on time with it, and I’ll be publishing details about it shortly. For now, it’s a slide form-factor, has a dedicated shutter button, and switches to landscape mode when you go to take a photo. The temptation to steal it was strong, until the Nokia rep informed me it’s a pre-production model that has quite a few bugs still.

We’ll be posting a lot more throughout the day, including some video interviews and more pics. For now, enjoy the picture of the chocolate fountains at Digital Experience. Stocked with fresh strawberries, marshmallows and pound cake, it’s important you know the sacrifices we make for you.


Walkman W810

Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced the latest addition to its line-up of Walkman-branded music cell phones in the Satin Black W810.  The Sony Ericsson W810 is a Quad-band EDGE phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), which lets you listen to hours of music, capture and send high-resolution images, access the Internet, as well as take advantage of fast data download speeds for games and streaming video and stay connected through instant messaging or email.  The latest Walkman phone comes with a 512MB removable Memory Stick PRO Duo, which can be upgraded to a 2GB Memory Stick if one sees fit. There is also a 2 mega-pixel auto-focus camera.  As with all Walkman phones, your music automatically pauses when an incoming call is received and begins playing again when the call ends.  The phone also offers a music-only mode for those occasions when the phone function must be disengaged, such as during air travel. 

Look for this one to ship in Spring 2006. In the meantime, we will have a video up soon going over the phone in detail.


Sonos ZP80

Sonos, Inc., the developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the digital home, has just introduced a new ZonePlayer to complement their original music system.  The Sonos ZonePlayer ZP80 allows you play all your digital music, all over your house, on all of your favorite audio equipment – a home theater system, powered speakers, a premium table top radio, etc. By connecting a ZP80 to any amplified audio device via the analog or digital outputs, that device instantly and seamlessly becomes part of a wireless, multi-room digital music system.  This provides the consumer with the power to use the full-color Sonos

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remote control to manage all of their music, in all of their rooms. “We created the ZP80 because many of the rooms where consumers want to listen to digital music already have an amplifier,” said John MacFarlane, chief executive officer, Sonos, Inc.  “Our goal is to provide digital music lovers with a range of products for building a wireless digital music system throughout their homes.” These will be available in Spring 2006 at $349 USD a pop.


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Covering CESOkay, we are finishing

starting our packing and finalizing our CES schedules. We hit Vegas tomorrow afternoon, and plan on four days of gadget uber-love to exude from our pores. We are primed and ready to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage right from the show floor, from behind closed doors, and from those CES parties we know and love. That being the case, we figured we would create a destination you could go to for all your CES news. Thusly, Covering CES was born. Be sure to check out Covering CES constantly. We aim to please.


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Micro MosquitoThis year Interactive Toy Concepts (ITC) is unveiling the world’s smallest, most stable and lightest indoor helicopter, the Micro Mosquito. In the vein of our aforementioned miniature flying helicopter, the Micro Mosquito is the world’s smallest, lightest and most stable indoor helicopter. Only inches long, its packed with high-tech ingenuity as this flying wonder fits in the palm of your hand. Based on award-winning coaxial rotor design, the Micro Mosquito flies in all directions with 3 channel digital control going up, down, forward, reverse, turning left and right and it even hovers. Its open structure design combined with glowing green eyes lets you see the inner workings while you watch in awe at its total control flight performance. A great gadget toy for the home or office.


GameDR ScreenMax

For Sony PSP fans frustrated by the inability to connect their extra-small dream machines to larger viewing screens, Digital Innovations is set to release the GameDR Excelerator Series ScreenMax for PSP Video Transmission System, which the company is touting as the first product that makes it possible to play PSP games and movies on any TV or computer monitor. You can pick it up in stores for $69.99 USD.

In addition to the ScreenMax, DI will launch several new exciting product lines at CES on January 5th.  All new products will be available for demo and review. Digital Innovations will also hold a press conference at the LVCC on January 5th at 3:00 PM CT to launch the winner of their 1st Annual D.O.C. Awards (Design, Originality, Creativity).


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PowerSquid Surge

Newpoint is set to show off the next generation of their PowerSquid power multiplier at CES.  The PowerSquid power multiplier’s unique design offers a flexible alternative to rigid, straight-line power strips – featuring 6 tentacle-like cords to accommodate adapters of all sizes. The new additions to the line offer surge protection for the first time as well as a $150,000 Connected Equipment Warranty, adding practical functionality to the stylish design. Expect the new PowerSquid’s price range to go from $29.99 to $69.99 USD.


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iRiver G10

We have been waiting to get a good look at iRiver’s latest, and here it is. The iRiver G10 has a beautiful 262,000 color 800x480 color screen, which matches perfectly with the device’s 3D graphics processor. Being an iRiver device, you can rest at ease knowing it will handle music, videos, and images as well, all on the internal 4GB or 8GB drive. To top it off, this one runs Windows Mobile 5.0. You can trust that we will definitely be going hands on with this one when we hit the CES show floor. From the looks of it, if it could play UMDs. it would so beat the PSP.

(Thanks, Rick!)


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