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How to change a tire on your moving car, and not be late for work due to a blowout

February 28th, 2011



Funny how the Saudi Arabians do amusement video at times. This might seem fake to some, especially when the wheels touching the ground doesn’t seem to be spinning. The ‘Dumb meter’ might explode if you test it on this video. Many say that this is fake, as so many people moving around, and the wheels being removed, can easily offset the balance of the car thus making it crash. Also, this car needs to be RWD (Right Wheel Drive) in order to let the two wheels not spinning to remove the wheels, and yet moving on the right side. Well, let’s just enjoy this video and ignore reality.

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HTC’s ChaCha might not make it to Facebook’s ball dance this year

February 28th, 2011

HTC’s ChaCha might not make it to Facebook’s ball dance this year

Previously people keep on asking Mark Zuckerberg if there’s a Facebook Phone and he keeps on denying. All of a sudden HTC steps up and announce a phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the ChaCha. This might sound like a typical dance name, but the Taiwanese handset maker has been granted the opportunity to rectify its naming gaffe courtesy of a trademark infringement suit brought by ChaCha Inc.

That company trademarked its name and logo in 2007 for its text and voice internet search engine services and is (rightfully) displeased with the HTC’s choice of names for its Facebook-focused handset. ChaCha doesn’t want mobile users thinking that it’s endorsed the phone, and given that the company’s bread and butter is providing mobile search, such confusion seems likely. ChaCha is asking for money damages and a permanent injunction to prevent the phone from going to market with its name.

Bad luck there HTC. Now, how about naming it ChatChat? Is that trademarked as well?

SOURCE via PhoneScoop

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Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice

February 28th, 2011

Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice

Here’s a more budget-friendly 720p webcam from Microsoft, and it’s called the new LifeCam HD-3000, if you don’t really fancy the 1080p LifeCam Studio and want to save some bucks from shaving some ‘p’s. It goes for a mere $39.99, a big shave from the $100 for half the P that you get. Read more…

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OCZ's consumer-grade Vertex 3 SSD gets benched; SandForce SF-2281 helps it spank competition

February 28th, 2011

OCZ's consumer-grade Vertex 3 SSD gets benched; SandForce SF-2281 helps it spank competition

Now here’s some very interesting news. Last we heard about OCZ’s Vertex 3 Pro swiping the floor of the SSD market with the help of SandForce’s SF-2200 NAND controller. However, that particular Vertex 3 Pro is an enterprise class product, and so OCZ is preparing a more ‘down to earth’ Vertex 3 for the average peasant. But shockingly, the plain ol’ Vertex 3 does the same ridiculous 550MB/sec read speed, with an even faster 525MB/sec write speed, at a somewhat tamer price.

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Luke, this is your mum!

February 28th, 2011
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Patriot Wildfire SSD with SandForce SF-2200 Processor blasts everything away

February 28th, 2011

Patriot Wildfire SSD with SandForce SF-2200 Processor blasts everything away

SandForce’s new SF-2200 SSD controller has been a very strong contender in the SSD market, and now Patriot has picked it up for their new Wildfire SSD, making it the second SSD to use this NAND controller in the market besides OCZ Vertex 3.

According to SandForce, this processor enables the drive to provide 500MB/s sequential read and write speeds, making the SATA 6GB/s interface finally useful. The SandForce SF-2200 processor also offers AES-256 and 128 data encryption, integrated enhanced DuraClass Technology, ECC Recovery and Native Command Queuing (up to 32 commands). The Patriot Wildfire SSD series also feature a standard 2.5-inch form factor for compatibility with notebooks and desktops.

Available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage capacities, the Patriot Wildfire will be released in Q2 2011, about the same time as OCZ’s Vertex 3. Each purchase also comes equipped with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket for compatibility with standard hard drive mounting, which should be handy to some.

SOURCE via TomsHardware

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Torture yourself with this IQ Alarm Clock by Oliver Sha

February 28th, 2011

Torture yourself with this IQ Alarm Clock by Oliver Sha

Alarm clock has been very advance these days. They just won’t stop whining even when you press them. Here’s a good example of an alarm clock that will make you work ‘hard’ to stop it. The iQ alarm clock by Oliver Sha, creatively designed to have no snooze button and no stop button. The IQ Alarm makes you answer 1 to 3 tricky questions before it will shut up. What makes the clock more interesting is that it has a hard-to-open battery compartment, so to power it off you need to press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Or, you can just prepare a hammer next to your bed.

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Intel Oak Trail Atom Z670 tablets to arrive at the end of March

February 28th, 2011

Intel Oak Trail Atom Z670 tablets to arrive at the end of March

We’ve heard a lot about Intel’s next Atom processor, which is the Oak Trail chip. News has been cooking very hot about how great this new Atom processor is, and how powerful tablets and netbooks featuring it will be, but we’ve yet to see any products featuring it that’s hitting the market. However, now we finally get some clearer launch date.

Apparently Intel has been hard at work in the labs to improve the battery life and performance of its Oak Trail silicon, and now they finally promise some slates with the new 1.5Ghz Atom Z670 chip inside. It’s said that the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 will launch on March 30, 2011, and it has the Oak Trail Atom processor at heart. That seems to line up with what we’ve heard on timing, since both the Oak Trail-powered Samsung Sliding PC 7 and MSI WindPad 100W were announced with March availability. Let’s see how they fared compared to the many dual-core ARM processors in the market.

SOURCE via Fudzilla

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LTE iPhones coming soon?

February 28th, 2011

LTE iPhones coming soon?

Verizon Wireless just got their CDMA version iPhone 4 this month, but the iPhone didn’t actually take advantage of Verizon’s latest LTE network. The LTE spotlight was instead taken by Motorola’s Droid Bionic, which is essentially the Atrix 4G, but with CDMA and less RAM. However, Verizon express that Apple is indeed heading the LTE way.

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Quirky Mantis LED Lamp

February 28th, 2011

Quirky Mantis LED Lamp

Here’s a new LED table lamp for your desktop. The Quirky Mantis is a battery-powered clip-on task lamp that lights up your workspace, with minimal interference to your surroundings. It’s also good in shining a light on your keyboard, besides bookshelf, worktable, or any other dark spot. No need for those LED-backlit keyboards anymore.

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