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Dell UltraSharp U2311h promo code

If you’re looking to up your productivity game, you’ll wanna pay attention to today’s . It’s been said many times that adding screen real estate to your computer setup is one way to boost productivity, and today we’ve got 25% of deals on a couple of Dell UltraSharp monitors. These are IPS LCD displays with 1080p resolution, and they’ve got DisplayPort and DVI options, four USB ports, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. These things are seriously fantastic, and you get 25% off both the 23-inch U2311H model, and the 21.5-inch U2211H model. Here you go:


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apple 27-inch cinema display

We’ve been waiting a long time-seriously, years—for Apple to release some sort of update to the top-end of their Cinema Display line, and they’ve finally gone and done it. Today, Apple announced their new 27-inch Cinema Display. It boasts a resolution of 2560x1440 and costs $999, just $100 more than the 24-inch model that is is replacing. In fact, Apple is also discontinuing the 30-inch LCD model, which currently sells for a whopping $1799.

You get the same ports that you had on the 24-inch model, but pick up a brighter panel with an improved response time (12ms, down from the older 14ms of the 24-inch model.) Apple will be shipping these in September.

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Lenovo A70z giveaway

Hot on the heels of our Lenovo A63 giveaway, we’ve got another great Lenovo desktop to give away. This time, we are giving away a brand new Lenovo A70z all-in-one desktop PC. This giveaway contest will last through July 16, so just a few days, so you you’ll want to act quickly to enter. Before we get to the details on entering, here are the specs on the Lenovo A70z PC:

  • 2.94 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB RAM
  • 300GB hard drive
  • 19-inch 16x10 widescreen display
  • Windows 7 Professional

So, how do you win? You just need to add us as a friend on Digg, and let us know about it on Twitter!

Here’s how to enter:

Bonus Entry:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page, “Like” the page, and leave a comment on our wall about the contest. This will earn you a second entry into the contest.

Again, you can choose to do one, or both—if you do both, you are entered into the contest twice! Unfortunately, this one is only open to residents of the US and Canada, since the product is zoned for North America. We will be announcing a winner on July 17, so you’ve gotta enter by July 16 11:59 PDT to qualify. We are one of many sites giving away the A70z, so hit the break for a list of others where you can get the same opportunity.

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Motorola Droid X vs iPhone 4

Here’s an image of the Motorola next to the . We thought it was interesting because the Droid X has a monstrous 4.3-inch display, compared to the iPhone 4 and it’s 3.5-inch screen. However, the smaller iPhone Retina Display actually packs more pixels in, despite its smaller size. The iPhone 4 display resolution is 960x640. Over on the Droid X side of things, it’s 854x480. Sometimes size doesn’t matter—it’s what do you with the size you’ve got. That said, it’s way easier to watch video content on the Droid X than it is the iPhone 4, just because the screen has so much more room.


iPod shuffle touchscreen

If tw.apple.pro is to be believed, this is another leaked piece of an upcoming Apple product. What you are looking at is a 1.2-inch by 1.2-inch touchscreen display. Of course, that leaves us wondering, what the heck would Apple do with a touchscreen display this tiny? Could this be the display for the next iPod shuffle, finally bringing visual cues to that device? Could it be for an upcoming remote control? Or a watch? Something else? Let us know your thoughts!


Lenovo A63 giveaway

We are giving away a brand new Lenovo A63 desktop PC alongside two 22-inch widescreen Lenovo ThinkVision monitors to one of our readers. This giveaway contest will last through July 2, so just a few days, so you you’ll want to act quickly to enter. Before we get to the details on entering, here are the specs on the Lenovo A63 PC:

  • 2.9 GHz AMD Athlon II X2
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB hard drive
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • VGA + DVI outputs
  • Two Lenovo ThinkVision 22-inch displays

So, how do you win? You’ve got two ways to enter, and if you do both, you earn two entries into the giveaway, To enter:

Entry Method One:

Entry Method Two:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page, “Like” the page, and leave a comment on our wall about the contest.

Bonus Entry:
We just added a third bonus entry option! All you need to do is follow Gear Live on Digg and you will get one more entry into the drawing!

Again, you can choose to do one, or both—if you do both, you are entered into the contest twice! Unfortunately, this one is only open to residents of the US and Canada, since the product is zoned for North America. We will be announcing a winner on July 3, so you’ve gotta enter by July 2 11:59 PDT to qualify. We are one of many sites giving away the A63, so hit the break for a list of others where you can get the same opportunity.

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3D HDTV health hazard

When announced the 3DS, they made sure to make the press aware that children should have the 3D effect disabled if they were going to use the handheld console. Manufacturers of 3D HDTV sets have also included warnings that stated that there is a possible health risk to certain viewers, and have provided guidance that children should be limited in their 3D exposure. Year ago, Sega was going to release a 3D virtual reality headset that was quickly and quietly shelved, despite being seen as the future of gaming 15 years ago. Now news has come out that all of these warnings are based on years of research cover ups, and the details are finally being brought out now that 3D entertainment is much more readily available than it was in years past.

In a nutshell, the problem is that children under 7 are still developing their vision, and the 3D effect actually forces you into strabismus, essentially giving yourself temporary lazy eye. Since children are still developing, you run a severe risk of having them end up with permanent strabismus (or, lazy eye.) This is the reason that so many manufacturers want to be overly cautious with the use of 3D as it pertains to children, and it’s also a good reason for parents to sit up and take notice as well. Now that 3D HDTVs are on the market, we’ve gone from having super rare opportunity to view 3D content, to a bunch of animated movies incorporating it (so, 2-6 hours per month, depending on how often you go to those,) to potentially having 3D on in your home on a constant basis.

A lot of higher-ups within the consumer electronics industry point to the fact that the data is 15 years old, and that they may be new factors since the technology has advanced. However, the fact remains that all content that shows a different image to each eye (which is all 3D) forces you into strabismus. More research is needed to find out if 3D HDTV is safe for children, as well as adults, especially for prolonged lengths of time.

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Intelligent Digital SignThis week, Intel announced the availability of technology made especially for digital signage.  The new platform, based on Windows Embedded Standard 7 and running on Intel Core i5/i7 processors, along with technology such as touch screens to allow interactivity from a passerby.

The “Intelligent Digital Sign” also could use a camera to use what they call “anonymous video analytics” to show items of interest to the user at an appropriate height for the user, along with gender recognition software.  The sign is large enough that if another person comes up to the ad and interacts, they would be presented with their own advertisement while the first person continued their own experience. 

I’m a bit wary of anything using a camera or having access to my cellular phone, but take a look at the release and decide for yourself.  The release also has a video from back in January when they demonstrated the system.

Read More | Microsoft: Next Generation of Digital Signage Applications Is Possible Today

Newegg Digital Photo Frame Sale

has a set of deep discounts on digital photo frames to go along with Mother’s Day, and we figured we’d give you the heads up. They’ve got a total of ten frames on sale from manufacturers like HP, Viewsonic, Hannspree, and others, some for as much as 30% off. There are some good deals, and some nice frames available—in fact, who says you need to buy one to give to mom, right? You can get a look at all the discounted digital photo frames at Newegg, which all ship for free as well.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.

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Apple 30-inch cinema display

If you’ve been waiting to pick up a new 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, but were waiting until Apple released an LED-backlit version, there may be hope for you yet. Now, we don’t want to get your hopes up too much, but from the looks of things, the 30-inch Cinema Display have been pushed back. Typically, they would ship within 24 hours, but as of today, it is showing a 5-7 business day wait. Historically, when there is a large and sudden shipping delay like that, we’ve seen a product refresh follow soon thereafter. Now that Apple has worked out the 27-inch iMac LED display issues, maybe it’s finally time that the 30-inch display gets update (or replaced with a standalone LED-backlit 27-inch Cinema Display.)

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