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Maingear eX-L 18: The World’s Fastest Laptop with a Tramp Stamp [Laptops]

by on Jul.24, 2009, under 3D, Ads, Art, Blu-Ray, dash, Hd, Home Automation, intel, Nvidia, Os, PC, PCs, power, Pro, Processor, ps, Raid, Ram, Rc, Red, Sata, Sd, Setu, Ssd, star, Top, Ui, Up, Ups, usb, Zap

I don’t know that anyone is going to double check Maingear’s claims that their eX-L 18 laptop is the world’s quickest. But if the glowing lower back tattoo is any indication, it’s as “fast” as any Dell I’ve met. The 18.4-inch laptop is powered by configurations including an Intel Core 2 Extreme quad processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M graphics cards, 8GB of RAM, three 2.5″ SATA or SSD drives (in RAID if you wish), and Blu-ray—setups that start at $3,000 but easily run up to $6,500. Ports include eSATA, HDMI, USB 2.0, and FireWire, but we know why you’re interested. It’s the glowiest, most irresistible toy you’ve spotted since your neighbor’s bug zapper. [ Maingear ]

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Garmin Neverfone Nuvifone G60 Ships Next Week To Someone, Somewhere [Garmin]

by on Jul.24, 2009, under 3g, 3gs, Ads, Art, Cellphones, dash, gps, Hd, Home Automation, Linux, Make, Navi, Navigation, News, Os, PC, phone, pnds, pre, price, Pro, ps, Rc, Rf, S60, smartphone, star, store, Stores, Taiwan, Tegra, Ui, Video, wait, windows, Windows Mobile

Garmin, which has been fairly frank about how totally, like, hard it is to make a new smartphone, has finally announced they’ll be shipping the Nuvifone S60 to Taiwan on the 27th. It only took the—wait, 19 months ? It was January of 2008 when we first caught wind of Garmin’s widening ambitions, and grabbed our first joyful glimpse of the navigation-centric handset, followed by an (also joyful!) hands-on . But that was in February, nearly a year after the announcement. And also, again, that was February , about six months ago. The ASUS-built Nuvifone was uniformly impressive from the start—with a custom-built Linux OS, creative location-aware applications, clean styling—but it’ll have a much tougher go of it in the age of app stores, especially against the 3GS, Pre, and Hero, which have pretty impressive GPS integration in their own right. Sadly all we’re learning today is that the G60—to be followed closely by the much less exciting Windows Mobile M20 —is only shipping in Taiwan for now, which we can at least take to mean the product is finally ready. US release, decidedly not happening in Q3 of last year , is still unknown, as is the price. [ Garmin ]

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A Centrifuge Spin Cycle A Day Keeps the Muscle Loss Away…In Space [Space]

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Ads, Art, Blockquote, design, Hd, Home Automation, issues, Led, Make, media, Medical, Muscle loss, Nas, Nasa, Nec, Os, oss, Pillownauts, pre, Pro, Rc, Red, Rim, Science, Space, Stand, Study, Tent, time, Via, Zero Gravity

Experiments are showing that muscle loss caused by prolonged periods spent in zero gravity could be prevented (or at least lessened) by daily spins in a centrifuge. Just thinking about this makes me nauseous, so there goes being an astronaut. Remember those “pillownauts” ? Just like them, folks at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are spending weeks at a time in bed, except they’re also spending an hour each day being spun around in a centrifuge designed by NASA. The idea is that creating an effect that feels like standing against “a force two and half times that of gravity” will assist in restoring muscle synthesis (and thereby possibly preventing muscle loss). While the study takes detailed measurements of protein synthesis and muscle breakdown, UTMB associate professor Douglas Paddon-Jones warns that it’s not without flaws: “[T]he rate of muscle protein synthesis alone does not necessarily predict changes in muscle function. But, he pointed out, it was still a strong indicator that a relatively brief intervention could have a positive effect in preventing zero-gravity muscle loss – one that might also be applied on Earth. Paddon-Jones continues on to explain that joy rides in centrifuges aren’t the end-all solution to the muscle loss issues in space, but at least the study also has potential for clinical applications for the immobile and elderly suffering down here. [ Journal of Applied Physiology via Science Daily ] Photo by LanceCheungImages

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Nvidia’s Tegra-Based Netbook Christened "Firefly" [Unconfirmed]

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Ads, Art, dash, Hd, Home Automation, Led, Linux, media, microsoft, News, Nvidia, PC, phone, Phones, power, Pro, ps, Push, Rc, Real, Red, Rumor, smartphone, Smartphones, Tegra, time, unconfirmed, Up, upc, Via, windows, Windows CE, Zune, zune hd

Nvidia seems to be shopping around a teeny netbook running the company’s Tegra ARM chipset and, of all things, Windows CE . It looks very barebones, since Tegra is really meant for smartphones, and nobody seems too thrilled with it. Tegra is a huge strength for tiny devices like the upcoming Zune HD, but in a full-sized netbook, it’ll have a hard time running media or multitasking. OS is a problem too—does anybody actually like Windows CE? Maybe a Linux distro (or Chrome OS) could work, but even that’s kind of pushing it. Regardless, it’s rumored to have a September release date, though of course we hardly know anything about the product and don’t have any particular reason to trust that date. Come on, Nvidia, just stick the Tegra in a bunch of smartphones where it belongs! [ Semi-Accurate News via Crunchgear ]

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Foxconn’s CEO Supposedly Under Tax Evasion Investigation By IRS? [Iphone Leak Suicide]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under 3D, Ads, apple, E3, Hd, Home Automation, phone, Plus, Rc, Red, sense, Tax, Tax Evasion, Terry guo, time, Ui, Up, woman

Foxconn, otherwise known as the company involved in the iPhone suicide , supposedly just had their CEO fingered by the IRS for tax evasion . Up to $1.49 billion worth. But it’s not so simple. The accusation that the CEO was under tax evasion investigations came from a former reporter for a Chinese magazine. The accusation was made on her personal blog, and was then denied by Foxconn (whose parent company is Hon Hai ) as “a bunch of nonsense.” There may be a reason to believe them. These charges do seem a bit strange when you look at them for more than 10 seconds. The woman claims that the IRS demands the (up to) $1.49 billion worth be paid up, plus a fine of up to three times that amount. And it gets even stranger when you consider that the same reporter was found guilty of blackmailing the CEO for $1 million, and was sentenced to a year and ten months. [ Chinapost – Thanks Ben! ] Image credit

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Hunt and Peck Keyboard Thinks It’s Helping, But It Really Isn’t [Wtf]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under Ads, E3, Hd, Home Automation, itc, Lg, Maps, Os, Prank, Pro, ps, Qwerty, Rc, Red, search, Ui, Uk, Vlt, Wtf

Say, for some reason, you’ve never encountered the QWERTY keyboard layout we’ve used in the US and UK for nearly 150 years. This Hunt and Peck keyboard think it’s helping by reorganizing the keys alphabetically, but trust us, it’s not. The Hunt and Peck keyboard features a one-button switch between alphabetical and QWERTY, and helpfully lists both letters on each key so you can get even more confused than you undoubtedly are already. It also maps certain irritating acronyms to the function keys, so even though you’ve never seen a keyboard before, you can type LOL and ROFL with ease, and more confusion. It costs $30 , if you’re looking for a keyboard for one of those feral children raised by wolves or, more probably, you want to play a prank on somebody by switching all their keys around. [ Oh Gizmo! ]

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Toshiba TG01 Gets Super-Sensitive With Third-Party Motion Sensor [Toshiba]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under 3D, Ads, Art, diy, Gadget, Hd, Home Automation, itc, Make, motion, motion-sensor, motionplus, Os, party, phone, Plus, power, Rc, Red, Research, search, sex, smartphone, snap, snapdragon, TG01, third, Toshiba, Toshiba TG01, Ui, Up, usb, Via, Video, Videos, Wii, Wii MotionPlus, windows, Windows Mobile

Folks at Usuda Research Institute and Systems Corp got tired of their Toshiba TG01s just not being sensitive enough. (Unlike that dreamy Wii MotionPlus!) So rather than calling it quits on the relationship, they built a super-sensitive motion sensor . If you hit the link for a pair of videos, you’ll see the DIY motion sensor in action. Those crazy tinkerers were able to make the attachment work by taking advantage of the TG01s USB host functionality, so this could be just one of the first examples of expansions for this gadget. Yeah, maybe the motion sensor isn’t very attractive and maybe using it to scroll through and zoom in and out of pictures isn’t that exciting, but I’m giddy that there could be a “shake to refresh” function reactive enough for me to not look like an idiot while shaking my phone. Oh! And the best part? The sleek and sexy TG01 has gotten through the FCC . [ wmpoweruser via MobileCrunch ]

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Loop-In Concept Allows Users To Surf on Sidewalks [Concept]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under 3D, 3g, Ads, Concept, design, Hd, Home Automation, Led, Push, Rc, Rf, Setu, skate, surf, Surfing, transport, Transportation, Up

The Loop-In transportation concept hopes to combine the sensations of surfing and skating in to one device that users can use anywhere. The outside wheels have the ability to maneuver on a wide variety of surfaces and rotate independently of the board. The designers expect their wheel/board setup will give users the feeling of “pushing on a wave continuously”. Hopefully there are plans to manufacture the Loop-In soon, though I doubt it will be able to replicate the thrill of getting barreled. [ Tuvie ]

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Hacker Claims iPhone 3GS Encryption is Incredibly, Dangerously Easy to Crack [IPhone]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under 3g, 3gs, Ads, apple, Art, BlackBerry, Gadget, Hack, Hd, Home Automation, iPhone 3G, iphone 3gs, Nec, Pee, phone, Rc, Reading, Red, security, Software, star, Ui, Up, Update, web, windows, Windows Mobile, wired

Noted iPhone security destroyer Jonathan Zdziarski has cracked the iPhone 3GS encryption security, which is to be expected, but the ease and speed with which he did it is worrisome. Zdziarski claims the iPhone 3GS is thus “useless” to businesses. The iPhone certainly isn’t as ubiquitous for corporate use as BlackBerry or even Windows Mobile, but that’s starting to change, and Zdziarski is very concerned that the iPhone 3GS’s security puts sensitive data at unnecessary risk. He claims that with easily-available software, anybody can break into an iPhone 3GS and start extracting data within two minutes, and access everything on the phone within 45. After reading this, we could see why companies might just be reluctant to trade their BlackBerrys in for a shiny new iPhone 3GS. [ Wired ]

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Handerpants: Support Where You Never Knew You Needed It [Handerpants]

by on Jul.23, 2009, under 3D, Ads, dash, Display, E3, Gadget, Gadgets, Hd, Home Automation, Isp, mid, phone, Rc, Rf, time, Treadmill, Underwear, Up, Via, Video

Do you ever find yourself lacking support, your middle and index fingers dangling all over the place?—yes!—well you’re in luck, Handerpants are here to save the day. I’m normally a Hander-boxers guy, but I need something more for my workouts on the iPhone Treadmill —that’s where these tighty-whities shine. The Handerpants are made of 95% cotton and 5% Spandex to ensure a comfortable fit, and are a bargain at $11.95 a pair. If you still can’t get enough Handerpants magic after watching the video, there is a free ringtone so you can relive the wonderment everytime you get a call. [ Handerpants via Craziest Gadgets ]

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