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September 20, 2009

LaCie puts out a new portable DVD-RW drive – Wanna buy it??

LaCie puts out a new portable DVD-RW drive – but who will buy it?

LaCie Portable DVD±RW, Design by Sam Hecht

LaCie Portable DVD

LaCie Portable DVD

Product Specifications

LaCie Portable DVD±RW

LaCie Portable DVD±RW

  • Product Type:

External Hard drive

  • Capacity:

500 GB

  • Data Transfer Rate:

35 MB/s

  • Rotational Speed:

5400 RPM

  • Interface:

1 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 PIN USB Type A

  • Buffer Size:

8 MB

  • Form Factor:

2.5″

  • Dimensions (WXDXH):

8.1 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm

  • Weight:

0.195 Kg

  • Compliant Standards:

128-bit AES

  • Warranty:

2 Years Manufacturer Warranty

 
 

LcCie Portable DVD-Suite

LcCie Portable DVD-Suite

 
It’s nice in its way. It will play DVDs, it’ll write data on ‘em, it’ll even inscribe them with text and graphics if you care to utilize the Lightscribe function. But I can hardly think of a single situation in which something like this would be needed. Can you?

I mean, netbooks would croak after powering this thing for half an hour. Every regular-sized laptop worth its salt has a DVD drive already. The market for these must just be incredibly small.

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August 31, 2009

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Touches All…

The Right Notes for Music Lovers

Nokia 5530 Picture Release

 
Karachi, August 31st, 2009: Nokia has introduced the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a compact XpressMusic device that uses a touch interface for accessing people and content on the brilliantly clear homescreen. The ‘scrolling’ Contacts Bar provides direct access to 20 people and their latest conversations and media updates. The homescreen also features one touch shortcuts to content and popular social networks, like Facebook and MySpace. The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic follows in the footsteps of the top-rated Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, expanding the touch XpressMusic phone range with a youthful device that has a solid stainless steel frame finish and comes in five vivid colors.

“Nokia touch phones started off with the extremely popular device 5800 Xpress Music and now with Nokia 5530 XpressMusic we have brought the touch technology to lower price point. We believe that Touch phones are the future for youth and XpressMusic being the most popular brand is a natural fit. With the new Nokia 5530 consumers can enjoy their media on 2.9 inch widescreen which brings to life sharp picture quality at a touch. Sporting a sleek design, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is available in vibrant colors.”

said Afzal Shahabuddin, Head of Marketing, Nokia Pakistan.

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At the core of the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is the music and entertainment experience. It is an ideal device for those who wish to quickly and easily access, share and mix a huge selection of media. In true XpressMusic form, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is a great music player with 27 hours of playback time, excellent audio quality and a 4 GB memory card for storing music and other media. Videos, either self made or from social media sites such as Youtube and Facebook can be enjoyed on the brilliantly clear 2.9 inch widescreen display. New music can be purchased through the Nokia Music Store, either directly on the phone or through a PC. The music collection is easily managed and can be synchronized with the PC using the Nokia Music for PC application. Calls and music can be conveniently managed and listened to with the Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205 with tangle-free cable.

 
 
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The innovative ‘people carousel’ features thumbnail images of up to 20 close friends and provides easy access to them and their communications history including emails, phone calls, photos or other social media updates. The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic also features the pop-up Media Bar so music, photos, videos, Internet and on-line sharing applications such as Ovi Share, Flickr and VOX are just a touch away.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic supports GSM/EDGE networks and also offers fast and affordable access to internet services via the integrated wireless LAN over the ubiquitous wireless networks. Nokia is collaborating with Boingo and offers three months of free Internet access in select markets. Boingo works with hundreds of hotspot operators around the world in familiar locations such as airports, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants.

July 10, 2009

Students Create Portable Device To Detect Suicide Bombers

Washington, 27th June: A group of students have developed a portable device to detect the weapons of suicide bombers.

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According to latest reports, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the weapons of suicide bombers, are responsible for about half of soldier casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. To get rid of these IEDs, A group of University of Michigan Engineering undergraduate students has developed a new way to detect IEDs that appears to be magnitudes cheaper than comparable approaches used.

Students invented a wireless network of portable hand-held metal detectors that could be hidden in trash cans, under tables, in flower pots. For Example, The detectors are designed to be part of a wireless sensor network that conveys to a base station where suspicious objects are located and who might be carrying them.

Compared with existing technology, the sensors are cheaper, lower-power and longer-range. Each of the sensors weighs about 2 pounds.

Nilton Renno, a professor in the U-M Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Expressed his sentiments as: The Invention of this man-portable device really exceed every technology that exist in Market today.

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Ashwin Lalendran, an engineering student who worked on the project and graduated in May explained that:
“The core technology is based on a magnetometer, or metal detector. Our sensors are small, flexible to deploy, inexpensive and scalable. It’s extremely novel technology.”

 
The U-M students recently won an Air Force-sponsored competition with Ohio State University.The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson, Air Force Base sponsored the project as well as the contest. “Such contests are regularly held across the country to provide rapid reaction and innovative solutions to the Department of Defense’s urgent needs,” says Capt. Nate Terning, AFRL rapid reaction projects director.

It is really an Excellent turnout in Technology. Tenning said, “Regardless of the competition results, often successful ideas from each student team can be combined into a product which is then realized for DoD use in the future.”

This project undertook in Renno’s Engineering 450 senior level design class. Renno said,
“They clearly have an excellent understanding of the problem. They also thought strategically and designed and optimized their solution. The combination of a movable command center with a wireless sensor network can be easily deployed in the field and adapted to different situations”

Bruce Block, an engineer in the Space Physics Research Laboratory who worked with the students express emotional feeling as,
“I am very proud of the team for applying a sound engineering approach and a lot of imagination to the solution of an extremely difficult real-world problem. They worked well together and never gave up when the going got rough
 

Exclusive Video of this project in which the team illustrates the network and the background details of the project. Check out the Video illustration of “Portable Device To Detect Suicide Bombers” on my blog’s Sidebar Under Exclusive Links Tag.

 

The students will continue to work on this project through the summer. Other students involved are:
Steve Boland, a senior atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences major,
Andry Supian, a mechanical engineering major who graduated in April,
Brian Hale, a senior aerospace engineering major,
Kevin Huang, a junior computer science major,
Michael Shin, a junior computer engineering major and
Vitaly Shatkovsky, a mechanical engineering major who graduated in April.

Other Space Physics Research Lab engineers who assisted are Steve Musko and Steve Rogacki

 
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Major Information and Quotes are Adapted from materials provided by University of Michigan.

Michigan Engineering:
The University of Michigan College of Engineering is ranked among the top engineering schools in the country. At more than $130 million annually, its engineering research budget is one of largest of any public university. Michigan Engineering is home to 11 academic departments and a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. The college plays a leading role in the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute and hosts the world class Lurie Nanofabrication Facility.

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