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  • Fake iPhone with HM coupon….from China – ...
    By on November 24th, 2008 | 14 Comments14 Comments Comments

    fake iPhone

    I found this on Tech-On! and they had tear down a fake iPhone made from, you guessed right, China! I’m Chinese and I feel really embarrased for all these copy cat electronics and not just electronics, practically anything China can and will copy if there’s a market for it, that’s why I better buy my electronics and everything else in CDON, also because I get a lot of discounts all the time with hm rabattkod.

    As explained in the said story, it is a lot easier to break the fake iPhone, or the ciPhone as they called it and the internal parts are all simplified as to cut down the manufacturing cost obviously. Based on looking at the image from the article, even the size is different with the fake one slightly longer but then again it won’t be noticeable unless you put it side by side with the real iPhone. Looking closely you can also see the text at the back of the phones are different as well.

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    In terms of hardware, the chip used in the fake iPhone “is widely used for general no-name mobile phones in China and it costs about US$6 per set”. An engineer from Tech-On! estimated that the total manufacturing cost is “roughly ¥3,000 to 5,000″ and is sold for ¥16,000 a pop (approx US$170), that’s at least ¥11,000 in profit!

    The article also reported the “slow response” from the touch panel which isn’t a surprise really given that the fake phone uses a generic low cost chip.

     

    Source: Tech-On!

  • Manage your fleet of vehicles from a single computer ...
    By on November 18th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    With ever increasing operation costs that businesses need to endure these days, every dollar saved is a still a dollar saved. For businesses that operate with a fleet of cars, trucks and vans for example, which can be very daunting tasks and the operation costs can increase as there are more vehicles to manage. With GPS Fleet Tracking solutions, which allow businesses to monitor all their vehicles and other assets from a single computer. This will greatly reduce the operating costs for them and eliminating unnecessary cost and wasted time. There are a lot of benefits of using these fleet tracking systems with with different features but the common feature is they can all monitor fleets of vehicles with ease.

    Some key features are:

    - location updates with option to pick update interval (2-15 minutes)

    -breadcrumbs trail, trails of visited locations can be displayed on the map so the owners know where their employees have been to

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    - vehicle maintenance monitoring such as vehicle check up reminders

    - vehicles’ idle times, engine on/off monitoring

     

     

    As you can see, these GPS Fleet Tracking systems are pretty much “Big Brother” for the businesses. I think employees of a business should not feel that their privacies have been or will be violated. Although the systems track your performance of driving a truck, for example. They are not meant for tracking their personal privacies if used properly. I believe the reason why business owners with working ethics is soley for monitoring their cost of operating their fleets. If someone feels violated by driving vehicles that have one of these “Big Brother” systems installed, he or she should not agree to the job offer in the first place anyway. And besides, why should he or she have problems with being monitored by these systems for operating the owners’ assets unless that person has something to hide. Its not like someone is sitting beside the person and monitoring him or her!

    What if I was the owner of a fleet of a thousand trucks? Certainly I think GPS Fleet Tracking systems will certainly reduce my operation costs. Its common sense really because, again, I can monitor my entire fleet with a single computer. Although it probably makes more sense to monitor them with a few computers because I think its more efficient for mulitple people to monitor when I have a large fleet. But either way, I don’t need to personally keep track of all of them one by one by say, calling on them? Now I can track multiple of them all at once, and can be also installed in new houses purchased from sites as https://www.williampitt.com/search/real-estate-sales/greenwich-ct/.

    These systems also work for parents tracking where and how their teenage kids drive. I mean if they don’t like being monitored, then they don’t get to drive, simple as that! Parents really just want to make sure their kids are not speeding and/or driving to somewhere their parents don’t know about. Then again to each of its own. This is going to sound contradicting but I would feel uncomfortable being monitored while driving. But then again I guess the systems are more suitable for teenage kids that HAVE to be monitored, with so many cars and home automation now a days is important you use the right tools to connect all of these devices, for example best z wave hub is the perfect solution for connect external devices to home automation systems, so everything work flawless and fast.

    GPS Fleet Tracking Systems are definitely great ways to monitoring businesses’ fleet of vehicles by tracking them from a single point, a computer in this case. With the extensive features offered by these systems, businesses can no doubt benefit and greatly reduce their operation costs.

    Image source: GPS Fleet Tracking Systems

  • Speech by laser helped brain damaged girl, 6, to say ...
    By on October 31st, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    I actually found out about this through Digg but the actual article is from MailOnline. This has to be one of the most touching news I have heard in the past 6 months or possibly more. How would you feel if you had a old daugther who was born brain damaged said to you “I Love You” for the first time in 6 years?

    With the help of modern technology, a £17,000 MyTobii Smartbox machine from Sweden, which tracks the eye movement of the person, in this case little 6 year old Elke Wisbey’s, detects which icon she is looking at and speaks out the word or phrase for her. Her first word, or phrase rather, is “I Love You”. At first her parents thought the system was “stuck” but when her father asked her if she said “I Love You” to them, she answered “Yes”.

    I’m very happy for her and her family now that their local newspaper helped raise the money to buy the machine for them. Though this girl has severe brain damage but she quickly learned to use the machine to play games and even surf the internet with it.

    I hope that this technology will become more affordable for even the less fortunate people with brain damage. It makes a huge difference because this will help bridge the communication gap between these people and their relatives.

  • Samsung shows off whooping 40 inch OLED panels and Tr...
    By on October 30th, 2008 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments

    Its been a while since I found anything interesting news regarding OLED or organic light emitting diode technology which consumes less energy than traditional LCD panels which is important for people who want to save energy, they can also install solar panels in Murrieta from the site https://www.calstatesolar.com/residential-solar-panels/murrieta-ca/ so the safe even more. Mostly small size displays and mobile devices. Samsung blew my mind by its demostration of its 40 inch OLED panel. The panel displays in full HD of 1920×1080 (1080p) with a 1 million to 1 contrast ratio. From the two images, the quality seems really bright and sharp, that’s all I can say by just looking at the images. But what I am really impressed by it is that its only 8.9mm thick! But unfortunately this is not mass production ready yet and even if it was, you wouldn’t want to know how much it would cost for a 40 inch OLED panel based on what Sony’s 11 inch OLED display for well over $1,000 USD anyway.

    Now I would like to see Sony coming up with its own 40+ inch OLED panel sometime soon.

    By the way, I really love that “Please don’t touch it” sign at the bottom.

    And you think that’s all Samsung has to showoff? Think again.

    It is also showing of a translucent OLED panel with a transmittance of 30% and resolution of 840 ×504, though the panel is actually a combination of 4 smaller 12.1 inch panels. Although its not in full HD I can see this being applied for different places such as having a TV while you shower, or having Christmas themed pictures displaying through the “window” panels or anywhere there are translucent objects.

    Sources from Tech-On!:
    40 inch OLED Panel
    Transparent OLED Panel




  • All your cable needs – showmecables.com
    By on October 7th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    I recently found this site that sells all kinds of cables from HDMI cables for your HD TV, COAX cables, digital camera cables, computer monitors’ cables and the list goes on. Aside from cables, the site also sells cable racks, cabinets, surge protectors and shelves as well as tools and equipments to deal with the cables like cable cutters, electrical tape & tie wraps. I can surely say that this site is all you need to go to with all the cable related needs. The list of products that you can purchase is extensive.

    As a full HD TV owner, first thing I looked at was the HDMI product page that range from HDMI female/female coupler which connects the two male ends of two HDMI cables to make a longer cable and HDMI female/HDMI male right-angle adapter which I have never seen. It would complete the HDMI product page if it had the HDMI selector, a device with similar similar concept as a multi-port USB hub which you can connect multiple HDMI sources like PlayStation 3, Blu-ray player and satellite systems to one single HD display device (HD TV for example), was available for purchase as well.

    In terms of the site design, showmecables isn’t the flashiest site out there. But it is very easy to navigate through different categories/pages. I recommend this site to anyone who are looking for cables, and I mean any types of cables, I’m pretty sure showmecables has them!

  • Tweaked Cell processor for Sony PlayStation 4
    By on September 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    I was reading an article on cnet and I have to agree completely with what David Carnoy have mentioned about the present and future of the Sony PlayStation. The current PlayStation 3 has just started to take off with the lowered production cost (chip shrunk from 90nm down to 45nm) and with slightly more games worth purchasing. Sony should get back or at least break even from the investment and money lost from selling each console under cost when it first came out. That won’t be possible however, if Sony started researching on a completely new processor chip from the ground up as it would need to inject a huge chunk of money for research and development all over again, well before Sony could profit from the current console. Therefore it makes much sense for Sony to stick to the current chip design and modify it.

    As a PlayStation 3 (60GB with Spiderman 3 Blu-ray DVD) owner since November 2007, I would prefer to hold on to this console for at least a few more years as oppose to buying a new console every 2 years because I’m just not ready to make another expensive purchase, just like most of us normal consumers who would like to make purchases at the cheapest possible price unlike the hardcore gaming fans who will rush to get new consoles/games on their very first release days. I too agree Sony should improve the current console, not just on the technical side but the look and feel of the console as well. The PlayStation 3 console is huge, though its surprisingly quiet. It would be great if its size could be reduced to the same side as the slim PlayStation 2. I think the slim version of the PS2 is one of the sleekest console of all time, if not THE sleekest. And I assume by the time it can be shrunk to that size, the price will drop as well?

    Sony should ignore and forget about Microsoft from releasing an XBox 720 or XBox1080 (I personally like the name XBox1080 as it would match with the current Full HD format). Why? What happened to the earlier versions of the XBox360? Remember the infamous Red Ring of Death? How many times did someone you know had to send back the console for a repair or a new one? Don’t get me wrong, I am not a PS3 fanboy and certainly not here to bash XBox360, at least not in this article and I don’t see a point in bashing it anyway as I heard from people the newer versions are much more stable than the older ones. I just want to point out that history would repeat itself if Microsoft rushed into releasing a new console. And even if a new XBox is released with better graphic capabilities, its not all about the graphics. First if a game has great graphics but no actual playing value, the game would still not be worth purchasing, well most of the time. Take the Nintendo Wii for example, it doesn’t have the graphics compare to the XBox360 and PlayStation 3 but its the best selling console these days. The reason is because it is innovative and it suits a broader range of audience from non gamers, casual gamers and to the hardcore gamers. To me its basically a tweaked GameCube!

    But then again, imagine what the PlayStation 4 can do with a completely new chip. :)

    What do you think?

  • Are your PC’s drivers outdated?
    By on September 29th, 2008 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    Have you ever experienced a scenario where one of your frequently used programs stopped working because one of your hardware’s drivers was out of date? And what are drivers?

    Drivers are software that all the PCs need in order to communicate with hardware such as Nexgen printers and copiers, fax machines and scanners. One example of such scenario would be for example, in PC gaming, say you had a video card and assume you never updated your driver except the time during the initial installation when you started using your current PC for the first time. You wanted to play a fairly new game, chances are you would need to update the driver of your video card. Without updating your driver, you would not be able to either start the game or play the game in a stable way.

    Now you know that your hardware are constantly in need of the most up to date drivers, you might ask, is this going to be tedious work to check for new drivers for all your hardware? Uniblue’s driver update tool called Uniblue DriverScanner will help you do all the scanning. You can get the free trail version from their site as well which scans your entire computer’s hardware/devices and displays to you which drivers are out of date, up to date and the total number of drivers you have installed. Full version will allow you to download required/recommended drivers by clicking the “Download Driver” button. If you are worried that the new driver will cause problems to your computer, the scanner also gives you the option to backup all your drivers as well as ones you have selected to perform a backup. When something goes wrong, you know have the backup to restore to previous stable state.

    With this software, you will not have to worry about which driver for which hardware is out of date. With a touch of a button, it will scan your entire computer and inform you which drivers need to be updated. Instead of letting your frequently used programs to tell you they need driver updates and stop you from using them, let this scanner tell you what you need to update before you use those programs.

  • DRM on Sony PlayStation Network video service
    By on September 25th, 2008 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    Next time you want to buy a movie on the PSN, short for PlayStation Network, you might want to think again before you make the purchase. According to Sony, once you have purchased a movie, it can only be re-downloaded once and that’s with the assistance from SCEA’s consumer services. While I understand why Sony would want to implement such restriction on movies because of pirating/copy right issues. It is a major turn off for us consumers because we cannot keep what we rightfully purchased. Then what’s the point of purchasing online? Might as well buy the physical Blu-ray DVDs which you can watch anytime and don’t have to worry about re-purchasing them. I for one will continue to purchase physical Blu-ray DVDs for the foreseeable future.

    And again it comes down to one question, even if there’s no DRM restriction on purchasing any content on PlayStation Network, do you rather have a stack of hard drive disks storing all your movies and contents or a stack of Blu-ray DVDs. I will go with the latter, at least for now and until someone invents affordable storage devices equal to or smaller than the size of a disc.

    Source from: DaileyTech