Tascam’s new TM-ST1 is a stereo microphone with stereo pattern switching. Users can select between 90 120 degree stereo pickup patterns to vary the amount of ambience, audience sound or background noise captured in the recording. The mid-side design captures a wide stereo field while maintaining a solid center image for great mono compatibility.
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Tackle demanding 3D apps, power through rich gaming environments and manage your high-def media library with the new Gateway FX540 series. Designed to deliver heavy-hitting quad-core power, these Gateway desktops are specialized for high-end gaming, video editing, photo-processing and other power-hungry applications. With factory overclock, the Gateweay FX540XT’s CPU jacks up clock speed to more than 3.66GHz and drive an overall processor speed increase of 20%. Gateway offers standard limited warranty on any overclocked system, ensuring that you get a stable, overclocked system tricked out for maximum speed.
Following the success of their iTube iPod dock, Fatman has launched another interesting product – Mothership tube amplifier. And it’s not only its idiosyncratic appearance that’s alluring. This flagship of the Fatman range comprises of the Fatman Controlroom preamplifier (with three line inputs and one phono input) and two Fatman Engineroom Mono Block amplifiers, each delivering 200w of pure tube power. Gizmodo says that it is recommended that you don’t use the 128kbps music you download from iTunes as a source for an amp that costs almost ten grand. What amused more is that the comparison they made for it – ‘It’d be like paying for a lady escort and having her go fetch your dry cleaning.’
USRobotics, announced the addition of the USR9640 USR Mini Cam for Skype to its Skype product family today. Optimized for Skype, the USR Mini Cam features true 1.3 megapixel capture capability and full motion video at up to 30 frames per second. The webcam supports new codecs that enable high quality video from a small device. The camera automatically adjusts to low-light conditions, and includes image tuning options such as brightness, saturation, contrast, and horizontal and vertical reversing. Face-tracking auto-focus, digital zoom, and a full 70-degree viewing angle, make the USR Mini Cam the ideal camera for both desktop and laptop video communications.
The portable, compact Pocket Viewer from firstStreet is a magnifier in a class all its own. Boasting a 7x magnification and a well lit display, it’s the perfect solution for reading, writing and seeing what you want, whenever you need to. More then just a simple magnifier, this viewer uses camera style technology to create a level of clarity, brightness and contrast not found with other handhelds. The built in retractable writing stand adds increased flexibility making it possible to sign checks or write a brief note. Another great feature of firstStreet Pocket Magnifier is it offers three different options for viewing: a white on black view, a black on white view, and a full color view for viewing photographs or illustrations.
Do you struggle to hear the TV, or do family members complain the TV is too loud? Then perhaps TV Ears2 from first Street is the solution you are looking for. TV Ears 2 is a powerful new device that helps you to listen to the television at your own level while others may adjust the volume to fit theirs. With the new Television Audio Processing (TAP) TV Ears 2 dramatically enhances not only regular dialogue, but also brings hard to hear voices and whispers above the programs background noises so they’ll stand out. Boasting a maximum volume of 120dB – almost three times that of other headsets – TV Ears helps you hear every word clearly! In addition there are adjustable volume and tone controls that allow you to customize the output to match your hearing needs.
The high consumption of sweetened food and drink increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet. A heavy intake of fizzy drinks, creamed fruit and sugar in coffee are three common ways of increasing the risk. Pancreatic cancer is a very serious form of cancer that is possibly caused when the pancreas produces heightened levels of insulin as a consequence of upset glucose metabolism. A well-known way of increasing insulin production is to eat a lot of sugar.
AMD today announced the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition represents a high-performance PCI Express graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual. Upgrading to the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac helps pro-application users maximize their creative potential with the powerful PCI Express-based Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac is the fastest graphics processor upgrade available for Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual systems.
High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC), the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile -based devices, today unveiled its most versatile PDA Phone to date: the Cingular 8525. The device is the first PDA Phone to be released in North America with High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), which allows users to perform voice and data functions simultaneously. In addition, the Cingular 8525 is the first HSDPA PDA Phone with tri-band 3G usability and can roam in the US, Europe, and Asia (including Japan). The Cingular 8525 is the first tri-band HSDPA 3G Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0- based PDA Phone, which, with its compact size and ultimate connectivity, is truly the complete mobile office solution. Users can utilize the device’s wireless broadband access, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to access corporate or personal e-mail.
A research center newly created by the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) aims to put light-sensitive switches in the body’s cells that can be flipped on and off as easily as a remote control operates a TV. Optical switches like these could trigger a chemical reaction, initiate a muscle contraction, activate a drug or stimulate a nerve cell – all at the flash of a light.
Eastman Kodak Company continues its leadership position in image sensor technology with the release of the KODAK KAI-16000 Image Sensor, offering the highest resolution interline transfer CCD image sensor available for commercial and industrial markets. Building on Kodak’s robust CCD technology, the KAI-16000 is a 35mm optical format 16 megapixel CCD targeted at the industrial, scientific, aerial, and security markets. The sensor allows camera manufacturers to improve system throughput by utilizing a wider field of view while also enhancing image quality.The KODAK KAI-16000 image sensor is designed for manufacturers of cameras serving the machine vision, aerial imaging, and security industries. KAI-16000 allows these companies to build advanced imaging systems that capture a wider field of view without sacrificing image quality. This wider field of view improves overall system throughput allowing automated optical inspection systems to increase the number of parts inspected per hour.
The Internet search leader Google Inc. is converting its renowned headquarters nicknamed the ‘Googleplex’ to run partly on solar power, hoping to set an example for corporate America. Google Inc announced this during a solar energy conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. Google believes the sun eventually can deliver as much as 30 percent of the power at its 1-million-square-foot campus in Mountain View — a suburb about 35 miles south of San Francisco. The ambitious project will require installing more than 9,200 solar panels on a high-tech Googleplex. After leasing the offices for several years, Google bought the campus for $319 million earlier this year. Once they’re in place next spring, the solar panels are expected to produce about 1.6 megawatts of electricity, or enough power to supply about 1,000 homes. The job is being handled by Pasadena-based EI Solutions, part of a high-tech incubator run by entrepreneur Bill Gross, whose idea to link ads to search engine requests during the 1990 inspired the business model that generates most of Google’s profits.
Pure Digital’s video camcorder with one-click uploads to Google Video and Sony’s Grouper video-sharing service
Pure Digital today announced an update to the popular Pure Digital’s point & shoot video camcorder. The new camcorder is aimed at the online video-sharing craze. The new camcorder from Pure Digital connects directly to a PC and features one-click uploads to Google Video and Sony’s Grouper video-sharing service. Two versions of the camcorder- one that holds 30 minutes of video clips and one a 60-minute version – are now being shipped to stores. Millions of people, who look at a site like YouTube also, want to put their videos up, but have no idea how to do it. Instead of tangling with video-transfer cables and editing software, the new Pure Digital’s camcorder’s built in software allows transfer and process the video with one click.
Dell enhanced the award-winning XPS M1710 mobile gaming system with innovative high-performance and entertainment technologies. For the first time, Dell is enabling enthusiasts to tune, or overclock, the system’s new Intel Core 2 Duo T7600G mobile processor to operate at faster speeds for better performance. The latest NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX notebook GPU with 512MB memory delivers a 3-D gaming experience at high-definition resolutions. The Dell XPS M1710 offers a 17.1-inch widescreen display with TrueLife technology for crisp and vivid images (WUXGA 1920×1200) – perfect for gaming, perfect for movies. The XPS M1710 features up to 4GB4 of dual-channel memory and up to 120GB of SATA storage capacity. Play hard, work hard – the M1710 is a mobile muscle machine that has power to spare.
The new Dell W3707C 37″ High Definition LCD TV delivers a wide aspect, high-definition resolution giving you life-like picture quality. Dell’s new W3707C LCD TV features optimal combinations of resolution, contrast ratio and brightness that deliver vivid images and motion video with razor-sharp picture clarity even in well-lit rooms or near windows. The Dell W3707C include a built-in high-definition television tuner that allow users to enjoy HD content over-the-air as well as an array of digital and analog A/V connectors that make it easy to connect to a wide range of devices such as cable set-top boxes, Blu-ray and HD-DVD players, and personal computers.