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Bleeding Edge TV 327: HP Envy 13 Giveaway

Remember those HP Envy 13 notebooks we told you about? Well, we are in the middle of a contest where we are giving one away. Here’s your official reminder, because you don’t have much more time left to enter! Check out the video above for the full scoop, and then head on over to the official HP Envy 13 giveaway page for all the details on how to enter.


Win our HP Envy 13 premium notebook!

Remember that HP Envy 13 we showed off a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, the one that was even featured in Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance music video? Well, thanks to HP, we’ve got one to give away to one of our readers. All you need to tell is is what you want the HP Envy to do for you. Need some ideas? Check out the video above. There are a few guidelines:

  • Videos may be SD or HD, live-action, or animation, and must be under 100 MBs in size.
  • Videos must clearly answer the question “What do you want the new HP Envy to do for you?”
  • Videos must be posted to YouTube, and announced on Twitter with a link to the YouTube video. Start your tweet with “Hey @gearlive” and include the hashtag #HPEnvy.
  • All content must be owned by entrant.
  • Anything depicting violence, bodily harm (including cigarette smoking), profanity, nudity or explicit sexual content, or unlawful activity, including underage drinking, binge drinking, or gambling is not permitted in any video submission.

So, why is the HP Envy 13 cool? There are a bunch of reasons you should be interested. Aside from being slim and stylish, it weighs just 3.74 pounds and is less than 1-inch thin. It rocks a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo that lets you play movies or edit video without lag, and there’s even an optional ultra-high capacity battery that’ll last up to 18 hours. Lastly, the 400 nit display is gorgeous, twice as bright as other similar notebook displays.

Wanna win? You’ve got all the details - get to work on submitting those videos! You have until December 18th at 11:59 PM PST to get them in.

Bleeding Edge TV 325: HP Envy 13 and Envy 15 notebook computers

In this episode, we give you a look at the Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 notebooks. These are the flagship, top-of-the-line HP notebooks, incorporating great displays with a clickable trackpad (although, it doesn’t support multitouch gestures.) The Envy 13 also has a ridiculous 16-hour battery life. For those of you audiophiles out there that need something with a bit more punch, you’ve got the HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition, which comes with the Studio headphones, DJ tools software, and a few custom settings as well. Want one? You can find all three models on Amazon:

Hit the video above for the full scoop on the HP Envy notebook line.

Averatec N3400 notebook: 13.3-inches, $799

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: PC / Laptop

Averatec N3400 laptop

Averatec has recently unveiled a new sort of laptop with the 13.3-inch N3400, a very lightweight laptop that weighs in at less than four pounds. It has a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and an integrated Intel GMA X4500D graphics, as well as a bundled external DVD burner. Averatec is shipping the N3400 now, and it’s offered at a price of $799.

Read More | Business Wire

Sony debuts $500 netbook with hi-res display, launches in August

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Design, PC / Laptop

Sony Vaio W Brown

Yeah, so I’m a Mac user. However, I cannot deny my attraction to the Sony VAIO W-Series. These models have a slick, ultra-portable design and come in three fun colors – berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown. The W Series incorporates a high-resolution, 1366x768, LED-backlit 10.1-inch ultra-wide display, making it easy to view two full web pages—bye bye side scrolling. You also get a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 160GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, built-in webcam, Ethernet, and more. Starting at $499.99, Sony VAIO W-Series offers a stylish secondary PC alternative for those who travel and need to keep connected.

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HP Pavilion dv2 12.1-inch laptop review

HP dv2 review

The Pavilion dv2 Entertainment PC aims to fit into the gap between full-featured notebook, and ultra-portable netbook. In fact, depending on your needs, the dv2 could be the best of both worlds. It’s very thin, weighing just under four pounds, and packs an AMD Athlon Neo processor with 4GB RAM, Vista Home Premium 64-bit, a widescreen 12.1-inch LED-backlit display, 320GB hard drive, HDMI out, quad-mode Wi-Fi with 802.11n support, and a 5:1 media card reader. Even better? Since we are talking about full-featured notebooks, the dv2 even has an external Blu-ray drive. We’ve got our full review thoughts on the device, after the jump.

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Windows 7 RC Out This Week

Windows 7 logoWindows 7 is on its way. The RC is in the final stages of being released for program developers and IT pros on April 30, while the masses will have to wait until May 5. There is no word yet when it will come preloaded on PCs or available in shops but the estimate is July. Windows 7 should be easier to swallow than Vista with its new touchsceen functions and interaction with digital cameras and PMPs.

Read More | IB Times

Dell Inspiron 545/545s Desktops

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, PC / Laptop

Inspiron 545

Dell has come out with two new desktops, the Inspiron 545 and 545s. Options include six different processors, including Intel Celeron, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. It doesn’t stop there, as AMD Sempron, Athlon X2 or Phenom X4 can be selected. The 545 will hold up to 8GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Add to that 6 USB ports, optional HDMI and Blu-ray drive, and 8 available colors. No price or due date has been released.


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Microsoft Notebook Cooling Base

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Microsoft, PC / Laptop, USB

Cooling BaseMicrosoft has unveiled a Notebook Cooling Base with flip-up stand, a first for the company. Only 1.16-inches thick,  it is curved so that it will fit on a desk or lap if adjusted 90º. The USB-powered fan has a built-in height adjustment, comes in black and white, and is lightweight and compact at a size of 11.4 x 11.4-inch. It should be out around November at a price of about $30.00.

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IBM Develops Advanced Computer Voice

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Science

IBM LogoIBM is working on an advanced computer voice that is almost indistinguishable from a human’s. Referred to as “generating paralinguistic phenomena via markup in text-to-speech syntheses,” the voice is programmed to use verbal tics like, ‘um’ and ‘er.’ It can react to an interruption by saying “shhh” and has an algorithm that can learn expressions at correct sentence points. The company plans on using them in telephone helplines, satellite navigation systems, cameras, etc. So we guess the Authors Guild may have a valid concern about the next generation of Kindle after all.

Read More | Telegraph