SoundGate Tablet PC Has Musicians Excited
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Even though Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido’s design is only a concept right now that doesn’t mean it won’t be around in the near future. The SoundGate PC is a Tablet/laptop hybrid made especially for musicians, but I am sure it will appeal to other users.
The Tablet has a 10-inch touchscreen LCD, a flip-style QWERTY keyboard and features playback/record buttons on top and volume knobs inside. The I/O ports include headphones jack, RCA, USB, XLR, 6.3 mm audio jack, LAN/Magic and integrated optical drive. If this Tablet makes its way to the market, I know many amateur musicians who will be happy, as long as the price is nice to their wallets.
Emano Tec Introduces the MedTab
With all the mobile clinical assistants (MCA) popping up on the market, Emano Tec had to join in on the fun. They recently announced their new Tablet, the MedTab. This Tablet weighs less than a pound, sports an 8-hour battery life and can sustain a 3-foot drop onto concrete without damage. It’s almost like an upgraded PDA since it is small and light enough to carry in a lab coat pocket.
HP to Have Linux Loaded PCs Before Dell?
Even though Dell has been taking suggestions on their Idea Storm website, it looks as though HP has beat them to the punch this time. A few of HP’s notebooks are certified to work with Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system and also with Red Hat. We are not for sure when we will see these because other manufacturers want in on the Linux action as well.
Samsung Starts Shipping the First Hybrid Hard Drive
Samsung announced that it has begun shipping its hybrid hard drive to the commercial marketplace. The 2.5″ MH80 series hybrid hard drive comes in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities. Samsung is the first company to offer a hybrid hard drive; it is currently available to select OEM customers and will be available a short time later at retail and commercial outlets.
The MH80 series hybrid drive is optimized to work with Windows Vista. The drives are composed of the hard disk itself and 128MB or 256MB of OneNAND Flash cache memory. The hard drive uses Microsoft ReadyDrive software to decrease boot times and increase battery life. According to Samsung, the drive can provide up to a 50 percent reduction in boot time compared to a traditional hard drive. The MH80 hybrid drive also consumes 70 to 90 percent less power than a traditional hard drive, which means about a 30 minute increase in battery life.
Matrox Debuts TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
Matrox recently released the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest product in Matrox’s lineup of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM). The Digital Edition allows for digital output and supports a stretched desktop of up to 3840×1024 that is three 1280×1024 monitors. The connection is all digital thanks to DVI-D connection.
The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition’s ability to support ultra-widescreen resolutions enables gamers to immerse themselves in a Surround Gaming experience. Games can be expanded across three screens, allowing users to see more of the game. Over 150 popular game titles are currently supported. The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition will be available in Q2 for a suggested retail price of $329 USD.
Laplink Announces Free Laplink USB Cable Giveaway
Laplink is giving away a free Laplink USB transfer cable (MSRP $39.95) with every copy of PCmover or PCsync purchased. If you recently purchased Vista then you might be in the market for some helpful software like PCmover or PCsync, which helps you move files and sync data between computers. Did I mention you get it for free and that is always a bonus, especially if you are already purchasing something from the company.