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Is this the Mac nano?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors,

Mac nano

We’ve been hearing rumors of doing away with the Mac mini for quite a while now, and we were even surprised when the line received a refresh a couple of months ago. Now rumors are churning again that Apple might finally kill off the Mac mini, in favor of a new, slim Mac nano. As you can see in the image above, the Mac looks similar to an Apple TV, and includes an IR receiver. The question is - is this the Mac nano? As we all know, launches at the end of this month. We are expecting a few Apple announcements surrounding that - possibly an updated Apple TV, HD movies in iTunes, and some changes in the Mac line.

[Thanks, Jake!]

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Man files $5 billion suit against Google

Posted by Sparky Categories: Google, Internet, Software,

Google lawsuit

Citing claims of privacy invasion and terrorisim, a one Dylan Jayne has filed a (handwritten) suit against . Mr. Jayne (who gives one of our favorite Firefly characters a bad name) seems a bit off his rocker on this one. He states that not only has Google failed to fight terrorisim, but they also seem to have invaded his privacy as indicated by the following statement: “I, Dylan Stephen Jayne, plaintiff, has [sic] a social security number that when the social security number is turned upside down in its entirety it is a scrambled code that does spell the name Google®.”

Last time I checked Google’s business model didn’t seem to cover stopping terrorism, leaving that job to the ‘professionals’ over at Homeland Security. His claims of privacy invasion also seem a little far fetched - it’s hard to think a fortune 100 company would pick it’s name based soley on the Social Security number of a lone loser from Pennsylvania.

In a way it’s a sad statement about the United States legal system that a case like this will even be heard by a judge. If Mr. Jayne can’t even be bothered to type up his Complaint can he really be considered compentent enough with computers to really even understand what exactly it is that Google does? Check out the Ars Technica article for more information on this weird little case and keep your eyes peeled here late breaking news as it percolates through the Justice system.

Read More | Ars Technica

Tips for saving power on Linux

Posted by Sparky Categories: Internet, PC / Laptop, Software,

Most modern operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and by Apple, feature technology to turn off internal devices and manage power to be more environmentally friendly and squeeze every last drop of juice out of batteries on portable computers. Unfortunately many distributions don’t offer these features built in quite yet.

Enter Less Watts, a site dedicated to configuring Linux systems and machines to consume less power. Featuring tips and tricks for reducing power consumption in Linux, and links to a number of projects aimed at bringing these technologies to more and more distributions soon. The site looks to be fairly new, but has a great mailing list which looks like a great resource for anyone trying to reign in their power use on Linux boxes.

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Sony to Issue New Laptop Series NR

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

Sony Series NR

Sony has just unveiled their new entry level notebooks with a lesser price, at least for them. At a size of 14.2 x 10.6 x 1.5-inches and a weight of over 6 lbs, all three feature a 15.4-inch WXGA screen with XBRITE-ECO technology, hold one GB of DDR2 memory, and feature a graphics accelerator and a dual-layer DVD burner. The NR110 and 120 have a 1160 GB HDD while the NR140 features 120GB HDD.

Available in brown, white, or granite, Sony claims run is between 2.5 and 7.5 hours, depending on battery used. Since their laptops generally hang around the $950.00 mark, we suspect that the lesser price for the NR series at $750.00 is their way of saying, “We’re okay now. Buy Me.” Look for them next month at Sony Style.

 

Read More | Daily Tech

Bleeding Edge TV 183: HP “Your Life is the Show” Montage

A few days ago threw a big launch party in NYC celebrating the launch of a bunch of products. We are talking about new handhelds, consumer and business oriented notebook computers, and a bunch of other gadgets and software announcements. Over the next few days, we will be publishing a bunch of video content from the event, focusing on the products themselves. For now, enjoy this preview - a montage of the sights and sounds from the event.

UPDATES: Here are more videos from the event:


A Mouse for Every Taste

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Peripherals,

Brain MouseGear Live MouseSuisse Mouse

Swiss company Pat Says Now features a “computer maus” for those who are particular about their peripherals. We found this 3-button Brain Wheelmouse with a 520 dpi resolution that connects to your USB with a PS/2 plug and is compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux. It is available in a Limited Edition for EUR €24,90 (~$34.00.)

We are also rather partial to this 3-button optical Suisse Mouse because you can never have too many Swiss Army toys around the house. Suitable for PC and Mac, it features a 800 dpi resolution and a price of €29,90 (~$41.00.) Both mice come with 3 year warranties. The company also customizes so that you can use your own design or company logo.

Read More | Pat Says Now

Toshiba To Produce 320GB Hard Drives for Laptops

hard driveComputers just keep getting bigger spacewise, thank goodness, especially for those of us who have a tendency to keep everything video that they ever recorded, just in case it is the beginning of a YouTube masterpiece. Toshiba will begin production on a 320GB hard-disk drive for laptops before the end of this year. The 2.5-inch drive is one of a series of five that will be a part of their MKxx52SX family. The 320GB model has two platters, while the others will offer between 80 and 250GB of space. The drives will connect through a 3Gbps SATA interface. No pricing or exact release date has been made available.

Read More | Mobility Today

Bleeding Edge TV 177: Interview: Stacy Wolff, Director of Notebook Product Design at HP

This episode was sponsored by Geek Squad’s Idea Festival. Submit your ideas for using technology to save the planet at ideafest.geeksquad.com.

At Gnomedex 7.0, we caught up with Stacy Wolff of . This is the man in charge of designing all those shiny (literally) new laptops we have been seeing come out of Hewlett-Packard. We talk to Stacy about product design in a day and age where fashion can be just as important as function - after all, has turned computers into accessories. Stacy shows us the thought process behind a couple of new consumer-level and professional-level HP notebooks in this video.


Unboxing Live 023: The New iMac

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

This episode was sponsored by Geek Squad’s Idea Festival. Submit your ideas for using technology to save the planet at ideafest.geeksquad.com.

In this episode of Unboxing Live, we show you the new . The new aluminum and glass iMac was announced yesterday, and we were able to get our hands on one for your (and our) unboxing pleasure. We show you the new iMac, along with everything else that is packed in, including the newly redesigned Apple keyboard.

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


Apple Set To Update iMac Line In August?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, PC / Laptop, Rumors,

Santa Rosa iMac

It’s been almost three years since the iMac has enjoyed a redesign, when it went from the old-school lamp stand look to the current “monitor with chin” enclosure. Well, the rumor mill is churning again, this time with speculation that will be updating the with another new look by August. The expectation is that the design will feature a 2-inch thick aluminum enclosure, which would make it look similar to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. Furthermore, it is believed that the 17-inch iMac will go the way of the dodo, as Apple looks to release the newer model in 20- and 24-inch sizes only. Lastly, it would only make sense that these models get a bit more horsepower under the hood as well - that should come by way of Santa Rosa processors at speeds up to 2.4 GHz, as well as 1.3 megapixel iSight cameras. We know, August can’t come fast enough.


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