Tulip E-Go Notebooks: Fashion & Notebooks Coming Together
Now those are some notebooks with fashion! It would make nice high-tech gifts for women ;) This Dutch-designed portable comes in as many as 8 different covers to match the rest of your outfit. While fashionistas may go for its looks, the specs should appeal to anyone: AMD's latest 64-bit Turion processor, a gigabyte of RAM, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Interchangeable faceplates will let style cognoscenti keep up with the latest designs after the Tulip went on sale in October for US $3,000.
As for he Tulip E-Go diamond shown above ... it only costs € 283,000 (US $333,685.32)!
On the other hand, Intel and Toray Ultrasuede unveiled Monday November 28 the “ultrafashionable” concept laptop PCs. The unique result of their collaboration is a laptop design that screams chic, featuring Ultrasuede® to deliver a unique and luxurious personal touch to mobile computing, along with the performance, mobility and wireless computing capabilities provided by Intel® Centrino® mobile technology.
Mozilla Released Final Version Of FireFox 1.5 Web Browser Today!
The final version of the Mozilla Firefox 1.5 web browser finally arrived. Packed with a new homepage (mozilla.com for Firefox and Thunderbird), the new version comes after only three release candidates.
Firefox 1.5 promises a better web experience, faster browsing, improved automatic updates, improved tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking, stronger security and more.
Possibly one of the first features that users will notice is the ability to move and rearrange the tabs simply by a drag & drop operation.
Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
The browser also got a "Clear Private Data" feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages were added, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.
Firefox 1.5 includes better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
The storage specialist will initially offer a removable system based on 300GB media and capable of transfering data at a rate of 20MBps, Maxell said. However, the company said the technology, designed by InPhase Technologies, is capable of achieving 1.6TB per disk - and that's uncompressed capacity - with a 120MBps bandwidth.
Optware to Launch the First 200GB HVD Disc in 2006
Japanese Optware announced last month that the first generation of its Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) will be available in the U.S market next summer (2006).
The company announced October 20th the establishment of the OPTWARE Corporation of America Inc., a new company based in the US, that will help the promotion of the next generation mass storage system.
The HVD player/recorder machines as well as the first-generation writeable discs that can store 200GB will go on sale from next June for the enterprise storage market, and HVD players accompanied by 100GB read-only HVD discs should be available for the consumer market in 2008. The new 200GB HVD media will be available for around US $80-100. Moreover, the first HVD drives will be priced at US $30,000.
Motherboard producer AOpen launched on November 12th a new mini PC that has an astonishing resemblance to Apple's Mac Mini. Click here to see the spec comparison between the two. It measures only 150x150x50 mm and has a volume of 1.1 liters. The system is based on the Intel 915 GM chipset.
Two models are available. The entry level one (MP915-C)integrates an Intel Celeron M 1.4 GHz processor and is priced at US$609. The second one (MP915-P)is built around an Intel Pentium M 1.7 GHz CPU and comes in at US$788.
Initially, the new mini PCs is sold only in Taiwan. For global distribution, which will begin in 2006, AOpen will use its established authorized resellers.
In Taiwan, the AOpen mini PC will be bundled with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, while for the US market the company signed a deal with Linspire to offer a Linux version of the system.
I just added this new protocol to Fahad Inc. Now you can use the BitTorrent technology to download (OpenOffice.org 2.0) and (Linspire 5.0 Live) ... Look at the BitTorrent menu in the left frame. I might add more downloadable programs in the near future. I have used BitTorrent to download the (Linspire 5.0 Live) operating system and I found it to be very useful.
The BitTorrent is a new capability recently has been added to HE.NET. Currently I'm limited to 25 torrent files but that might change in the future.
Carbon Dioxide Levels Highest In 650,000 Years!
From the Woods Hole Research Center site (www.whrc.org/carbon)
Tiny air bubbles trapped in Antarctic ice show there are more climate-changing greenhouse gases in today's atmosphere than at any time in the past 650,000 years.
The finding - which comes in the run-up to next week's major climate conference in Canada - is strong evidence that humans have changed the climate more in the past 200 years than nature did over millennia.
LaCie Introduces Brick Desktop Hard Drives & Mobile Hard Drives That Look Like LEGOs!
LaCie has introduced its Brick Desktop Hard Drive and Brick Mobile Hard Drive Editions— a new line of external hard disk drives for Macs and PCs that resemble the popular LEGO children’s building block toys. The new drives range in price from US$119.99 to $329.99 depending on capacity and form factor.
The LaCie Brick Desktop drives connect to a Mac or PC using USB 2.0 LaCie’s Mobile versions come in USB 2.0 and FireWire combo versions or USB 2.0 only. All drives include backup software that compatible with Mac OS and Windows.
The Desktop Editions will ship by the end of December, according to LaCie. The Mobile Editions are coming in January.
Those LEGOs are too expensive to play with! The drives are stackable and would attract children so be aware ;)
Oakley Thumb 2: Looks Cooler Than The Old One Oakley Thumb Sunglasses, But Is It Worth Trying?
For sure it looks much cooler than the old (Oakley Thumb) sunglasses! From the review it received from Gizmodo, it looks like this one worth considering to purchase. The bad thing about this is the price ... the retail price is ($449)! So would you like to have one of these Mission Impossible 2 sunglasses?
Library Of Congress Plans World Digital Library
The U.S. Library of Congress is kicked off a campaign Tuesday November 22nd to work with other nation's libraries to build a World Digital Library, starting with a $3 million donation from Google Inc..
Librarian of Congress James Billington said he is looking to attract further private funding to develop bilingual projects, featuring millions of unique objects, with libraries in China, India, the Muslim world and other nations.
This builds on major existing digital documentary projects by the Library of Congress -- one preserving an online record of Americana and another documenting ties between the United States and Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain.
"The World Digital Library is an attempt to go beyond Europe and the Americas...into cultures where the majority of the world is," Billington told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Now that is a noble goal and I hope the whole world will respond to this huge and very beneficial project. Also thanks to Google for the donation and hope it will continue donating to such great causes.
Emirates Airlines To Buy 42 Boeing 777s For $9.7 Billion
A Boeing 777 lands at Dubai international airport November 19, 2005
Emirates Airlines has placed an order for 42 Boeing 777 jets worth $9.7 billion at list prices, the airlines' chairman said Sunday November 20th.
Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the Emirates' aircraft to be powered by General Electric Co. GE-90 engines in a deal worth $2.5 billion include 24 Boeing 777-300 ERs, plus 10 777-200 LR Worldliners and eight 777 freighters.
Emirates, which has a current fleet of 83 planes, is scheduled to receive the first aircraft from the order in 2007, and has an option to buy 20 more 777s.
The announcement was made at the annual Dubai Airshow, the largest regional aircraft exhibition.
Hundreds of video game fans endured chilly temperatures on both U.S. coasts to be among the first to get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 video game console, which went on sale in North America today.
Gamers camped out in front of stores, braving rain in Manhattan and dense fog in Seattle, to get their hands on the new video game machine, designed to offer near-photo-realistic graphics, play music and video and link up gaming communities over the Internet.
Like Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Revolution due out next year, Xbox 360 is a more powerful system designed to appeal to a wider swath of consumers. Instead of the black, bulky original Xbox, Microsoft designed the white-and-silver Xbox 360 with more curves and a smaller profile, with a detachable front panel that can be swapped out with panels of various colors and designs.
"I feel amazing," said Peter Gonzalez, 19, from Manhattan. Gonzalez, shivering after waiting nearly 30 hours in front of Best Buy Co. Inc.'s midtown Manhattan store to buy the new Xbox!
Too bad that I'm not into video games ... unlike my collage years ;)
Google AdSense Launches "Advertise On This Site" Feature
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Although Google promised past Thursday the new feature to appear within a couple of weeks, I was surprised to see it actually available today!
"Advertise on this site" links in your Google AdSense units let advertisers know they have the opportunity to place ads on your site, and enable them to act precisely at their moment of interest with the click of a mouse.
When advertisers click on these links, they'll be taken to a landing page from which they can quickly open an AdWords account and create an ad targeting your site. More advertisers competing for your inventory means more revenue for you.
Click at the picture above to see how the link looks like or rather click at (Advertise on this site) link at my Google AdSense to see the target link. Also you can take the Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up Tour.
I don't usually like health and energy products, but for this one I can make an exception! Fit Now Plus is an energy drink that can be added to your favorite smoothie and boost your energy up for the rest of the day. It has (0) calories, (0) carb, (0) sugar, (0) fat, and full of vitamins, gensings, and herbs. I usually add it to a cup of orange juice and the the taste becomes absolutly great :)
It is not widely available in all stores, but you still can order it through the website.
No longer you need to panic in an event of a stolen thumbdrive. If you've a LG trackable flash drive, sooner or later you'll get an email informing your precious data whereabouts. And that's all thanks to the embedded Inspice Trace - the privacy-safe tracking software.
During initial registration, you are supposed to file with Inspice Trace your drive serial number, model and your email address. Then if someone else tries to access the drive's data, the embedded program will send out a homing beacon (IP address, host name, etc), helping you to trace the data. For all these to work, we bet the bad guys need to decrypt your data using a Internet-enabled Windows. We weren't so sure if the program would work on a Mac.
Recovering the drive might be futile, but there's an invaluable remote deletion function that conforms to US DoD 5220.22M to prevent unauthorized access. Though, this is only available to 'Enterprise' edition users.
Wow! I'm sure many guys I know will be very interested in this kind of USB Flash Drives! I know I am ....... :)
Google Analytics: Professional Web Statistics For Free!
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Again I'm writing about Google ... but again, this is not my fault! This is just another interesting service from Google and I just have to try it ;) I just signed up to this "another" free serivce from Google and I'm waiting. They said it might take up to 6 hours in order for the statistics of my web page to apprear ... well, I guess I will wait and see ... The above picture shows how the statistics page looks like ... no data in it still ...
This service used to cose $199 a month! Can you believe that?
The Google Story: A Book By David Vise ... Another Google Book?
After the John Battelle's The Search, comes The Google Story, a book by Washington Post staff writer David Vise went on sale yesterday. Is it just another book about Google? I don't know ... I have ordered the book and I it is on the way to my mail box. Can't wait to read it really :) You can buy it from Amazon for less than US $18.00
David Vise was online at Noon ET Nov. 16 to discuss his new book, "The Google Story". You can read the transcript at:
That was a scary surprise when I first laid my eyes on it! I saw my face among many other people's faces! But then when I scrolled down and saw the name of (Philipp Lenssen), I was reliefed. Why? Because I sent him my name, URL address and picture myself! Well, I will let read what Philipp says about his page at:
Today, Microsoft finally released the enterprise version of their Windows Desktop Search product. The next generation document search functionality has been brought to businesses around the world.
"These new enterprise-class enhancements to the desktop search capabilities we introduced last spring will empower IT professionals to deliver higher productivity, lower IT management costs and greater ease of use throughout their organizations", said the MSN Search corporate vice president Christopher Payne.
Apparently, this new desktop search fad has materialized into the main battlefield for most of the more popular search engines. These now include Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.
Although the new release of the search tool is more up-to-date, there isn’t anything too spectacular about the add-ons. The big bright spot is that the new search toolbar lets business users search within their corporate intranet, but it won’t index or crawl through corporate data.
The desktop search will be included in 15 languages and unlike its toolbar counterpart, the business users won’t have to constantly launch the toolbar to get to the search function.
Product planner Heather Friedland added that "We will be looking to enhance the consumer versions of our product later this year with similar features."
Kill Bill's Browser & Explorer Destroyer: FireFox War Against Microsoft's Internet Explorer!
Four friends and full-time political activists from Worcester, Massachusetts have launched two pro-Firefox websites - Explorer Destroyer and Kill Bill's Browser.
A few days ago Google announced that they would pay $1 for each referral to Firefox with Google Toolbar (currently available only for U.S. Publishers). According to the four activists, Google set the stage for Firefox to literally "take back the web" and go from 11 percent of browsers to over 50 percent.
Explorer Destroyer has some free scripts that one can put on their website to encourage users to switch to Firefox from Internet Explorer. The scripts will detect whether a visitor is running Internet Explorer, and if they are, it will either show a splash page telling them to switch or it will put a big switch banner at the top of the page. If one signs up for Google's referral program, he/she can make $1 for each person that switches.
Killbillsbrowser.com is a parody site with jokes about Internet Explorer, but it's also a medium to convince people to switch. The site has the colors of Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill and lists 13 reasons, like "Mozilla has never made a talking paperclip" and "Your computer won't spend its free time telling the world about Viagra soft tabs" - why people should switch to Firefox.
Now the question is ... Would IE fight back? And if yes, how?
BitTorrent: New Media-Sharing Protocol Or Just Following The Footsteps Of Napster & Kazza?
Others have come before him offering technology that made music and media free: first there was Napster's Shawn Fanning, then the European duo behind Kazaa. Those self-styled Robin Hoods quickly found themselves shut down or forced to stay just one step ahead of entertainment industry lawyers.
The 30-year-old Cohen's invention BitTorrent is the next generation. It makes it simple to download massive, bandwidth intensive files. BitTorrent is so popular that it now accounts for at least 20% of the entire volume of the Internet. And it's attracted over 45 million users. For high schoolers and college students, using BitTorrent is as natural as wielding a cell phone.
The advantage of serving files via the BitTorrent protocol as compared to HTTP is BitTorrent is more bandwidth efficient than HTTP (from the server perspective) when serving large files to a large number of people. I'm currently using it to download (Linspire Live) and it seems to be working very well! :)
Go Linspire! Linspire Offers To License All Korean PCs For $5M & Micro Center Will Sell Desktops And Laptops Running Linspire!
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Now I think this is an offer worth considering! After Microsoft threatening to stop selling Windows in South Korea, the President & CEO of Linspire has offered to the Koreans to license Linux and basic office productivity software for $5 million!
Linspire (Linux Operating System) had gained great reputation for security, stability, affordability and with an easy-to-use desktop environment.
In another example of the creeping acceptance of the Linux operating system, the Micro Center chain of computer stores said it will devote floor space and staff to Linspire open source software in its 19 computer superstores.
Micro Center said internal surveys revealed that more than 75 percent of its customers are interested in Linux-based operating systems as either a primary or alternative operating system.
2.6 Million km/hr Moving Star Hints At Massive Black Hole
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Astronomers have discovered a massive star moving extremely quickly through the outer halo of the Milky Way, and into intergalactic space. The star, named HE0437-5439, was discovered as part of the Hamburg/ESO sky survey, and was clocked traveling at 723 km/s, or 2.6 million kilometres per hour (1.6 million miles an hour). It's possible that the star was accelerated when it came too close to a supermassive black hole in the centre of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Galactic Centre of the Milky Way hosts such a black hole of about 2.5 million solar masses, and this might have accelerated HE0437-5439.
HE0437-5439 moves so fast that the gravitational attraction of the Milky Way is too small to keep it bound to the Galaxy. Hence the hyper-velocity star will escape into intergalactic space.
But the necessary travel time was found to be more than three times the age of the star. Hence the star is too young to have travelled all the way from the Galactic centre to its present location. Either the star is older than it appears or it was born and accelerated elsewhere.
Looking at all this ... all I can say is can we really imagine how slow we are moving?.... And how short our lives really are? .... And how small is our world is? There is for sure an almighty creator who created all those starts and planets ... and us ...
135 Million Year Old Crocodile Found In Argentina!
A bizarre marine crocodile that lived 135 million years ago in what is now Argentina had the head of a dinosaur and the tail of a fish, palaeontologists said on Thursday.
With flipper-like feet and a tail like those found on fish, the crocodile is believed to have been about 12 feet (4 meters) long. The animal also had large sharp teeth -- some 13 in all -- that palaeontologists say were more often found in dinosaurs.
We all should thank Allah for that this animal do not exist anymore or our lives here on earth would be a nightmare!
US Modulur Monster Drive: Cheap, Low Power Consumption, & Shiny!
The "Monstor Drive" by US Modular (2GB) costs about the same as a 512MB flash drive and weighs about half an ounce. The drive is available with a capacity of 2GB, 4GB and 6GB. It promises fast, reliable, cost-effective storage for any device with a USB port. The Monstor Drive supports Windows and Macintosh, and no drivers are required.
Other features of the Monstor Drive include low power consumption, 1500G shock resistance rating, rotational speed of 4200rpm, media transfer rate of 52.4 to 99.6Mbit/s and a data transfer rate of 3.3 to 6.5MB/s.
SBC, Yahoo! Planning Co-branded Mobile Phone!
Expanding upon their long-term relationship, Yahoo! and SBC Communications plan to release a co-branded mobile phone by mid-2006, an SBC spokesman said yesterday. Yahoo! and SBC are presently working to integrate data stored on consumers' Yahoo! accounts with the phone's expected picture-taking, music playing, and e-mailing capabilities.
For example, if consumers change contact information stored on their Yahoo! contact list, the information stored on the mobile device should adjust accordingly. Likewise, pictures taken with the phone's 1.3 megapixel camera will be immediately accessible via users' Yahoo! online photo services. Plus, users can expect integration between the phone's MP3 and Yahoo! Music, SBC's spokesman said.
Google Launches Google Local For Mobile Beta
Google Inc. began today offering a downloadable application that extends its Google Local service to some mobile phone users. Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery, Google Local for mobile is a free download that lets you find local hangouts and businesses across town or across the country — right from your phone.
Detailed directions: Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions.
Integrated search results: Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.
Easily movable maps: Interactive, draggable maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.
Satellite imagery: Get a bird's eye view of your desired location.
Local for mobile works with most Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones, especially those purchased within the past year; this includes phones offered by Cingular, Sprint and T-Mobile. At this time, Local for mobile doesn't support BREW-enabled phones (e.g. Verizon, Alltel, U.S. Cellular), Nextel phones, Blackberry devices or Palm devices. To see whether the application will work on your phone, simply visit http://www.google.com/glm/getstarted.html and answer a few questions about your mobile phone.
Flock Browser Developer Preview 0.5pre: 13 Things You Should Really Try With Flock!
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Now this is really great news people! Flock Browser Developer Preview 0.5pre has been released! It is still somewhere between alpha and beta, but you still can download it and give it a shot! It is a great browser and very useful tool for bloggers and "flickrs". If you want to see how the new browser looks like, click at the above picture to view a larger one. Here's a list of thirteen things you really should try with Flock:
The Star button
Most Frequently Visited / Most Recently Added
Multiple favorites toolbars
On the Fly Aggregation
Read more details about the above features by visiting:
Google Stock Is Nearing $400 In Value: How High Can It Reach?
Shares of Google have nearly doubled this year and have surged about 350 percent since the company's initial public offering in August 2004. As of Wednesday morning, the stock was trading around $380. So it only needs to head about 5 percent higher to pass the rarified air that is the $400 level.
Google now has a market value of $106 billion. It is worth more than twice as much as its top rival Yahoo!
Microsoft has announced two new brands for the delivery of online services: Windows Live and Microsoft Office Live as a way to compete with Google & Yahoo web services.
Bill Gates unveiled the company's new online strategy, with Windows Live intended 'to bring together all the elements of an individual's digital world' while Office Live helps small companies 'do business online'.
Windows Live (which is in beta) is a Web portal with a "Sidebar" navigation system, tools for searching and reading RSS feeds, and "Gadgets" which can extend its functionality. It seems to be, basically, a repackaged version of Start.com, another experimental Microsoft portal that's been around for awhile.
Also visit Windows Live Ideas where you can check out the very latest Windows Live products. Current ideas are:
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered what they say are two more tiny moons orbiting the planet Pluto, the first evidence yet that any object in the solar system beyond Neptune has more than one satellite.
Pluto has one large moon -- Charon, discovered in 1978 -- in orbit about 12,000 miles from the planet, but until yesterday's announcement, neither Pluto nor any other object in the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy, rocky objects orbiting in the far reaches of the solar system, was known to have multiple companions.
The two moons were spotted in May by astronomers using Hubble to size up potential targets for investigation by NASA's New Horizons mission, scheduled to be launched early in 2006 on a multiyear expedition to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
Update (8/27/2006): The names of the new moons are Nix & Hydra.