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Unboxing Live 032: OLPC XO-1 - One Laptop Per Child

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Laptop, PC, Videocasts

In this episode of Unboxing Live, we open up the OLPC XO-1. If that doesn’t sound familiar, this is the infamous One Laptop Per Child computer, aimed to help children in third-world countries with learning. The XO-1, previously known as the $100 Laptop or Children’s Machine, is an inexpensive laptop computer intended to be distributed to children in developing countries around the world, to provide them with access to knowledge, and opportunities to “explore, experiment and express themselves”. The laptop is developed by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) social welfare organization, and manufactured by the Taiwanese computer company, Quanta Computer.


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Denver Airport Censors WiFi Service

Denver International AirportIf you plan on traveling to Denver International Airport, expect free, but censored WiFi service. Spokesperson Chuck Cannon explained that officials considered some sites to be “potentially racy.” These include the Vanity Fair site and boingboing. He says they would rather have a few upset parents than their kids’ access to Websites that may contain what they consider borderline porn. The service, which was instigated in November, seems to be utilizing the same tech that is used in Sudan and Kuwait to keep their countrymen/women in line. Those that giveth sometimes also taketh away.

Read More | Denver Post

Limit TV Time and Kids Lose Weight

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science, Video Games

Kid Playing Video GamesStudies show that more kids are becoming obese these days due to more emphasis on video games, TVs, and computers, rather than actually exercising. Big Macs only add to the problem. Leonard Epstein of the State University of New York and team came up with a monitoring device that cuts time in half, resulting in overweight kids being forced to do something else that would burn those calories. After 2 years, the study found that kids who were restricted by 17.5 hours a week ended up with lower BMIs. We think this would be a good idea for some of the adults we know.

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Dell Sees (Product) Red

XPS OneDell and Microsoft have teamed together and come up with (PRODUCT) RED items to help fight AIDS in Africa. The line includes:

  • The XPS One that offers high def viewing for multimedia. At a price beginning at $1,599.00, $80.00 goes to the Global Fund.
  • The ultra-thin (0.9-inch) XPS M1330 has a 13.3-inch display and an MSRP starting at $1,149.00 and $50.00 to the Global Fund.
  • The 15.4-inch XPS M1530 has a built-in webcam and fingerprint reader with a price starting at $1,149.00, with $50.00 for the Global Fund.
  • Dell’s 948 Printer is an all-in-one, and operates with or without computer connection. At a price of $149.00, $5.00 is given to the Global Fund.

There are lots of choices, lots of help for Africa.

Read More | Dell

Bleeding Edge TV 231: Eee PC Full Desktop Mode, and installing Beryl for more awesomeness

The second in our series of Asus Eee PC how-to videos, this episode features instructions on how to activate the ‘s hidden Full Desktop Mode, a power-user mode featuring a launcher similar to the Start menu from Windows. Additionally, Nate True demonstrates how to activate Beryl, a 3d desktop effect engine that adds stunning visual effects to your desktop, including windows that stretch and wobble like Jell-O when you move them around and a rotating desktop cube display.

The process to install and activate Beryl is a bit involved, though the results are quite worth it. Check out the video for the details - and as promised, here are the two long lines so you can copy and paste them to your console:

To authorize the community Eee PC repository:

curl http://download.tuxfamily.org/eeepcrepos/key.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Remember the trailing hyphen (-) IS required. To authorize the Beryl repository:

curl http://debian.beryl-project.org/root@lupine.me.uk.gpg | sudo apt-key add -

Again, the ending hyphen (-) is required. We have a few more Eee PC hacks on the way, so be sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss any.


CES 2008 Video: Samsung’s 2263DX Sidecar Monitor

Check the video above for details on ‘s new 2263DX dual monitor setup. The 2263DX features a large display much like the standard displays computer users interact with every day, but also includes a smaller secondary monitor which is mounted on an arm allowing it to be placed above the main monitor or too either of the sides. This secondary monitor allows for short bits of information to be viewed at a glance. Windows sideshow, email account summaries, web video conferencing and other information that is useful to have displayed at all times are ideal for this monitor as they do not take up valuable working real-estate from the main monitor. The main monitor features standard DVI, VGA, and connections, but to simplify connection the smaller monitor is connected via and contains a miniature USB video card.


CES 2008 Video: VoodooPC $22,000 24k Gold Omen AU PC

At ‘s section of ‘s booth, we got a look and some specs about their Elemental series Omen AU, a completely gold-plated PC, covered in 24 karat gold. Sporting the classic Voodoo wiring job and with support for up to triple SLI, the entirely water-cooled, quad-core system seriously rocks. The price tag is enough to by a nice car, however, at $22,000. Only two have been sold thus far, but I imagine Flava-Flav will be calling to have them put one on a chain soon enough.

Sure you’ll need a second mortgage to enjoy this system, but it’s one of the few pieces of technology on the floor you can say will actually increase in value over time. (The price of gold rising dramatically lately.)

Hit the video and see it first-hand, and check out our photo gallery for some up-close pics.


Lenovo To Release Trio of Notebooks in U.S.

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

Lenovo Notebook

China’s Lenovo has finally introduced its first computers in the States since it bought out IBM in 2005, although they now sell them in China, Singapore, and India. Their 3 new notebooks feature software with user recognition for log-in without a password and multimedia tech for music, images, and videos. They will be available in a choice of black, red, or blue. One of them has debuted at a price of $799.00, another will be out towards the end of the month for ~$1,199.00, with a third to come in April. Lenovo will also be selling them in other countries after the unveiling here.

Read More | Reuters

Unboxing Live 026: HP Pavilion HDX Dragon Entertainment Notebook PC

In this episode, we open up the Pavilion HDX Dragon PC. This thing is a monster - a 20.1-inch notebook that specializes in home entertainment, sporting dual-lamp displays and weighing in at 15.5 pounds. Other stats of note on the HDX Dragon are the 64-bit Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB included memory (it supports up to 4GB), HP Imprint casing (looks very sleek), and fingerprint reader for security.

Since it’s a computer geared towards entertainment, the video card should also be mentioned. The HDX Dragon ships with a 512MB ATi Mobility Radeon HD2600 XT. That means that you get DirectX 10 support out of the box. Continuing on the whole entertainment meme, it also has a built-in -ROM drive, allowing you to play back your HD DVD movies at .

Finally we have the connections, which are too many for us to go through - so we will let HP tell the story here:

The HDX comes with 4 USB 2.0 ports, an Express Card/54 slot (which also supports Express Card/34), an HDMI port, an S-Video, a VGA, an RJ-11, an RK-45, an IEEE 1394 FireWire, and a Consumer IR. A 5-in-1 digital media Card reader supports Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, and xD-Picture Cards. You get an eSATA port for high-speed data transfer to external storage devices up to six times faster than existing solutions, which is perfect for high-def video content recording. There’s an integrated 802.11a/g/b/pre-N plus Bluetooth for highest-speed wireless connections. And the adjustable webcam with integrated microphones lets you capture still photos and short videos and for live video chat.

So yeah - they packed a lot into this machine. Now hit the video to actually see how it all came together.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!

Read More | HP Pavilion HDX Dragon Product Page

The Circuit Board Mini Photo Album

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Accessories

Circuit Board Photo AlbumSo we recently told you about the diskette notepad, made of actual floppy disks and lined paper. Clearly jealous, circuit boards are now seeking their share of the limelight, as you can now buy photo albums (remember those?) with a front and back cover made of these recycled computer parts. Each album has six plastic wallets that hold twelve 2.5 x 3” photos. What techie geek or digital camera-phile wouldn’t love this? Available for $17 USD.

Read More | Acorn Studios via Chip Chick


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