Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 is a pretty splashy debut: Its first ever all-in-one is a simple curved slab that's supposedly the thinnest all-in-one in the industry.

Beyond the form factor—which borrows liberally from the new Star Trek and the iMac (the frameless black bezel looks like it was copy and pasted)—it's actually a disappointingly standard all-in-one affair, with a smallish 21.5-inch screen and nothing you can't get on the new Vaio LV. And it's missing, at least from the spec sheet, one of the Vaio's killer features—HDMI in, which would let it be a total bedroom TV replacement. Still, it does have an awesome Swiss Army knife of a remote—it's an air mouse, accelerometer controller for games and Skype VOIP handset (it acts like a cordless phone). It starts at $999, but all the cool stuff (like Blu-ray) is add-ons, so it'll probably get pricey pretty fast.

lenovo_all_in_one_CybersSystem.BlogSpotIdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop
Lenovo brings consumers the next generation of desktop computing with the IdeaCentre A600 – Lenovo’s first all-in-one desktop. The new, sleek IdeaCentre A600 all-in-one features a 21.5-inch frameless screen, and provides discerning space-conscious and style-conscious users a modern design that measures only one inch at its slimmest point, making it the slimmest all-in-one in the industry2.

For the entertainment enthusiast, the all-in-one offers a true Hi-Def experience featuring a 16:9 aspect ratio screen for cinema-like viewing and support for 1920x1080 full HD resolution delivering outstanding image quality. The integrated speaker system includes a bass sub-woofer and Dolby® Home Theatre™ audio certification, while the optional Blu-ray player completes the home cinema experience. Users can also take advantage of a digital TV tuner for watching and recording their favorite TV programs. Users can opt to include the Microsoft Vista Media Center for easy recording of TV programs and interactive navigation between videos, music and TV programs.

For gaming enthusiasts, Lenovo developed the first-of-its-kind 4-in-1 optional remote controller. It is the first to bring PC users the ability to play games using the remote control’s ‘motion drive’ feature, which controls on-screen objects according to the movement of the remote.

Unlike competitor’s remotes, the Lenovo 4-in-1 remote controller can also be used as a VOIP handset3 to make and receive phone calls over the Internet, similar to a typical cordless telephone. The remote also serves as a media center/TV remote, and with Microsoft Vista Media Center users can use the controller to operate DVDs, movies and TV. Additionally, the remote also functions as an “air mouse” so it can be used to operate the cursor on the screen, eliminating the inconvenience of using a wired mouse.

At the core of the all-in-one is a powerful desktop computer with choices of Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, optional ATI Radeon™ graphics card technology with DirectX10 support, up to 4GB of fast DDR3 memory for improved multitasking, and up to 1TB (1000GB) of hard drive space for storing hundreds of videos, music and other documents. Equipped with the latest high-performance mobile processor technology, the all-in-one runs whisper-quiet even when performing intensive tasks.

IdeaCentre A600
21.5-inch frameless screen, full HD resolution 1920 X 1080 resolution
Intel Pentium Dual Core & Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors
Intel G45M Chipset
DDR3 1066MHz, 1GB-4GB and up to 1 TB (1,000 GB) of HD space
Integrated graphics with support for DirectX10 , Optional DX10 256M OR 512M OR ATI graphics
Connectivity – Intel a/b/g Optional a/b/g/n, Ethernet
VeriFace 3.5 facial recognition
Dolby Home Theatre
Optional Blu-Ray DVD player
Optional hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner
Touch sensitive controls
Optional 4-in-1 remote control
6-in-1 card reader
6 USB 2.0 ports and 1 firewire (1394)
1.3 or 2 megapixel camera
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The HP 2133 Mini-Note was and still is ahead of its time, design-wise, with an aluminum finish that made the original ASUS eeePC 4G look like an infant's toy.

As one of the first netbooks that cultivated a revolution, it was enticingly presented and crafted to look like its Elitebook business siblings. But it wasn't without flaws. Specifically, the Via processing innards weren't at all speedy and required excessive cooling, resulting in significant fan noise and heat coming from the base.

The newly minted HP Mini 2140 changes all that, replacing the older parts with faster and more energy-efficient ones from the Intel Atom platform while keeping the impeccably fresh design intact. It's basically a business and education version of the HP Mini 1000, and will be presented this week at CES 2009 in Las Vegas.

HP_netbook_2140_CybersSystem.BlogSpotFrom the outside, you can't tell the Mini 2140 from its predecessor. The aluminum alloy finish, a glaring departure from the white lacquered designs of the Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind, and the Lenovo IdeaPad S10, is what made the Mini-Note exceptional in the first place. The 2140, starting at 2.6 pounds (with the 3-cell battery), is slightly lighter than the 2133. It's as heavy as the Mini 1000 (2.5 lbs) and the MSI Wind (2.6 lbs), and a bit heavier than the Acer Aspire One (2.1 lbs), the lightest in the netbook category.

The 2140 could've been as light the Acer One had it not moved to a bigger screen. It now sports a 10-inch widescreen like those of the Wind, the Mini 1000, and the ASUS eeePC 1002HA, rather than an 8.9-inch one. The 1,366-by-768 resolution is a first for a 10-inch screen, a departure from the 1,024-by-600 ones found on most netbooks. The 92% keyboard is one of the biggest, as big and as nice to type with as the Wind's, the 1002HA's, and the Mini 1000's. The Samsung NC10-14GB's, keyboard, however, has a miniscule advantage with its 93% keyboard. As with its predecessor, an exceptional keyboard doesn't help the placement of its mouse buttons, as as they flank the touchpad on either side). I found it easier to navigate with two hands.

The 2140 ranks high in features. Its 2 USB ports don't sound impressive, but foregoing a third USB port for an ExpressCard 34 slot is a wise choice. This slot can be used to expand its capabilities, by adding, for instance, FireWire ports, extra USB ports, a TV tuner, or mobile broadband.

Oddly enough, this business netbook doesn't integrate mobile broadband or 3G wireless. Meanwhile, the Mini 1000 – a consumer netbook, mind you – does. Otherwise, the 2140 has an impressive selection of storage options, including 160 Gbyte (5,400 and 7,200 RPM) spinning drives or an Intel 80-GB solid-state drive (SSD). Capacity-wise, the Samsung NC10 has a slight edge with its 320-GB, 5400rpm drive. Like all netbooks, the 2140 comes with an SD slot for digital camera cards and a webcam for video chatterboxes.

Performance is a complete turnaround from the original 2133. The Via processor, coupled with S3G graphics, was simply too slow compared to other netbooks. Heat dissipation was another issue, as you could hear the fan kick in on a regular basis. (full Story)

AMDs New Athlon Neo Enters the Netbook Matrix  

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Intel-based netbooks are arguably the most talked-about platforms to date. AMD finally has an answer to them: the Athlon Neo.

Monday night, AMD launched its Yukon platform at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), consisting of the AMD Athlon Neo processor and either an ATI Radeon HD 3450 discrete GPU or the X1250 integrated graphics.

While the platform won't compete with the likes of the MSI Wind, the ASUS eeePCs, and the rest of the netbook market. AMD has said it believes that there's a void that needs to be filled in the 12- and 13-inch space (referring to the size of the screens), and netbooks are too small and aren't providing the profit margins the company needs to succeed in this space. In layman's terms, AMD wants to offer its customers an oversized netbook for under $1,000.

The Athlon Neo is supposed to be the equivalent of the Intel Atom processor, only it's much larger and less energy efficient, which is why the company is targeting laptops that are bigger but are still considered ultraportables. It will designate a line of "slim and stylish" notebooks, according to Bahr Mahony director of notebook product marketing for AMD.

The Neo's footprint measures 27 mm by 27 mm and has a thermal envelope of 15 watts. Compared to the Atom's 22-by-22 mm footprint and its 2.5W thermal envelope, you can see why the Athlon Neo's not really meant for anything that has a sub- 12-inch screen. At this launch, there will be a single Neo variant—the 1.6GHz Ahtlon Neo, and one of the first laptops to showcase it is the HP Pavilion DV2. Similar notebooks will cost between $699 and $899, Mahony said.

Since the Neo is a larger package than the Atom, expect performance scores to be better than those of netbooks: 2.5 times faster than a 1.6-GHz Atom and GMA 950 platform, although 30 percent slower than a 1.6-GHz Core 2 Duo, which is also considerably more expensive.

The single-core Athlon Neo processor features a 512MB L2 cache, Direct X 9 graphics, and support for 667MHz DDR2 memory.

Like all platforms, whether AMD or Intel, the processor makes up a portion, albeit a huge one, of the Yukon platform. The graphics subsystem is the other part. A Neo laptop will be paired either with the ATI Radeon HD 3450—a discrete GPU for light 3D applications, games, and high-definition video—or ATI Radeon X1250 UMA graphics, for better battery life. There isn't a wireless component, as is common in Intel platforms. As always, AMD will leave it up to third-party players like Atheros and Broadcom to address this void. (full Story)

Is SSL Cracked?  

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A presentation at a recent security conference in Berlin revealed research that appears to threaten the core of a major Internet security protocol, SSL. In fact, it doesn't really threaten anything for now, and we have the researchers to thank for that.

One small part of implementing SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the use of hash functions. Many certificate authorities still use an old and weak hash function called MD5, and a compromise of this function allowed the researchers to create their own SSL certificates that would be trusted by any browser out there. Click here to read more on the subject.

The specific issue of MD5-based certificates will probably be cleaned up very soon, before any attackers could replicate the work and implement the ultimate phishing attack, where a fake site would look absolutely authentic. Other compromises of SSL will come in the future and perhaps from a similar approach. (full Story)

Symantec Reports Windows RPC Worm  

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Have you patched your Windows systems against the RPC vulnerability reported in October? There have been attacks, but Symantec is reporting a new worm based on this attack.

They call it W32.Downadup.B and rate it a level 2 or "Low" threat. Microsoft's description of the worm includes a list of the names used by other AV vendors.

The worm spreads by multiple means, including the MS08-067 vulnerability patched in October and via network shares with weak passwords.

Once executed on a target system it copies itself to numerous locations and registers itself as a Windows service with a name based on a combination of words from a list. It also runs itself from the System registry run key and deletes all System Restore Points to make it harder to recover.

It changes the system network configuration in order to make it spread faster, but in a way that will break certain applications and make general network access less efficient. It also modifies the Windows Firewall to allow other systems to download the attack from it and creates an HTTP server on a random port in order to serve it. It also monitors DNS requests in order to block access to a list of security-related sites in order to defeat attempts to remove itself. Finally, it sets up a system for downloading updates to itself.

Like many previous attacks, this one can theoretically run on Windows Vista or Windows 7, but in a default configuration it's not likely to run successfully, and there are multiple levels at which the user would at least get a warning of it. It's primarily an attack on XP. There are many good practices an XP user engage in to prevent the attack, but the sort of user who would do these would have patched their system against MS08-067 by now. Beyond that vulnerability… (full Story)

Many laptops are now advertising secondary operating systems that boot up in a matter of seconds. You might have seen one, and if so, there's a good chance that it is a Linux environment—one that works in tandem with a version of Windows Vista or XP.

These pre-boot environments are simplistic and quickly accessible, with low power consumption and correspondingly enormous battery benefits. Until now, these Linux environments were custom-tailored to a specific laptop and haven't been available as separate install files.

At CES 2009, Phoenix launched downloadable versions, dubbed Hyperspace Dual and Hyperspace Hybrid, which can be installed on any laptop. There are limitations, though.

Phoenix sent me two test laptops, one with Hyperspace Dual and the other with Hybrid. The concept is simple: Since most users primarily use their laptops for web surfing, why go through the trouble of booting into Windows? A minute of your life is wasted, and it eats up the laptop's battery life.

Hyperspace resides as a layer underneath Windows and boots up in a matter of seconds. Once you're in, there's a left pane made up of settings and customizable icons, the latter of which are entirely made up of shortcuts to popular Internet sites such as Gmail, YouTube, meebo, Amazon.com, and Flickr, to name a few. The network settings are at the top of the pane, which you'll need to access the Internet. There are three options here: Wired, Wi-Fi, and WWAN (if a 3G card is detected). Both the wired and Wi-Fi settings worked flawlessly with PCMag.com's networks.

Hyperspace is fast and easy to grasp, but its functionalities are limited. For instance—at least for now—physical drives in Windows aren't accessible, reading and writing data files with a Linux application like OpenOffice is not supported, and music and videos residing on the hard drive are off limits. Phoenix is working on other features at the moment, so it's limiting Hyperspace to just Web navigation.

One's choice of Hyperspace version is based on system requirements. Hybrid has the most potential, because it utilizes the virtualization technologies of Intel and AMD processors. Users can instantly toggle back and forth between operating systems, with battery savings of up to 25 percent if you're in Hyperspace, according to Phoenix. While using Hyperspace, you can put Windows in Sleep or Hibernate modes, or shut it down completely.

There is a catch, however. Installing Hybrid requires that your laptop uses Intel's or AMD's virtualization technology, and from my findings, not many laptops do. GRC has a free downloadable application that detects if your laptop has virtualization, and you can also check your BIOS for this setting. For laptops that don't support virtualization, Hyperspace Dual is your only option, which involves shutting down the inactive operating system.  (full Story)

HP is introducing the "HP Firebird with VoodooDNA" 802 and 803 PCs, which will be featured at the CES 2009 show this week in Las Vegas.

Both Firebirds join the Voodoo Omen and HP's Blackbird gaming PCs, as a more compact gaming PC for 2009. Both versions of the Firebird are style-forward, eschewing the blocky gaming tower of the past: the Firebird has a slimmer, firebird_HP_CybersSystem.BlogSpot.comfloating design ID that evokes the Blackbird while keeping the slim theme. Like the Blackbird, the Firebird is easy to get into and service, though the slimmer chassis predictably has less expansion space.

The Firebird centers around a quad-core Intel Core 2 Quad processor (liquid cooled, naturally), dual Nvidia GeForce 9800S graphics cards in SLI configuration, and 4 Gbytes of DDR2 memory. The 802 comes with a Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor, 500GB (2 x 250-GB) hard drive capacity, and a slot-loading DVD burner. The 803 comes with a faster Q9550 processor, 640 GB (2 x 320GB) hard drive capacity, and Blu-ray player/DVD burner combo drive (also slot-loading). The Firebird's power supply is external, which saves space in the chassis, while giving the Firebird better power efficiency than other gaming desktops. (full Story)

Xbox 360’s 2008 News-Makers  

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2008, it was predicted, was to be the beginning of the end for Microsoft. It’s lead over Sony was born of an early launch and the competition fumbling its first year, some said. But with the forward-looking PS3 picking up steam, the 360 would slowly lose market share and eventually cede the year, sales-wise, to Sony.

Now however, it looks like that won’t be the case, and the reason for the turn-around is also the story of the console’s 2008—a series of strong management decisions and wise market reads that could give the business the strength to power through the entirety of the generation.

Edge will also be covering Sony, Nintendo and the PC’s past 12 months in the days to come. (story Link)

Blu-Ray, Cut Prices Or You’re Toast  

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Paul Sweeting at ContentAgenda argues that Blu-ray needs to stop pretending it’s a revolutionary new format like DVD and start acting like what it is…a minor quality improvement that consumers won’t pay any more for.

The first order of Blu-ray business for 2009 is an adjustment in strategic planning around the format, by both hardware makers and the studios, some of which will happen naturally but some of which will be forced on the industry.

First and foremost, the PlayStation 3 Trojan Horse strategy has been a bust. For a number of reasons (some related to Blu-ray, some not) the PS3 has fallen into a distant third in the game-console sweepstakes, behind the Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. (story Link)

New AMD Quad-Cores Start Shipping Early  

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In a surprising move, online vendors have begun to offer AMD’s latest quad-core processors a while before they have been actually displayed to the public. The new processors on offer are the quad-core Phenol II chips, designed to run at at speeds from 2.8GHz to 3GHz and come with 8MB of cache. Among these the Phenom II X4 920 runs at 2.8GHz and is being retailed for between $271 and $317 USD while the Phenom II X4 940 which runs at 3GHz is being sold for anything between $304 and $373 USD, depending on the online store. They run on DDR2 platforms and will be moved to DDR3 platforms based on the AM3 sockets, later this year.
This move comes as a big surprise, because AMD has not yet introduced these processors. Their launch is earmarked for CES 09, which will be held in January ‘09. (story Link)

Getting Windows 7 on your HP Touchsmart PC  

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Windows 7 certainly has a lot of potential to allow users to fully take advantage of touch-surface interfaces, and the HP Touchsmart PC is no exception. If you are planning to get one or already have one, it would be a fun project to install Windows 7 on it and expand your Touchsmart’s touch-screen capabilities. (story Link)


Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers 05  

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Some new Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers No. 05 Wallpaper:
You can find more Dual Screen wallpapers "Here" and more HQ HD wallpapers "Here".

Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers 04  

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Today is Time to Upload some new Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers. so lets begins With No. 04 Wallpaper:
You can find more Dual Screen wallpapers "Here" and more HQ HD wallpapers "Here".

Sling Media has announced the long-awaited iPhone version of SlingPlayer Mobile, the mobile app that lets Slingbox owners watch their cable boxes or DVRs on the go.

The iPhone version offers similar controls to SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry, including its novel ribbon interface. But the new iPhone app takes advantage of that handset's touch screen and larger display. The interface sports many of the same icon designs as the BlackBerry version, albeit larger ones that are more finger-friendly. 

slingplayer_iphone_CybersSystem.BlogSpot.comI had a chance to test an alpha version of the app on an iPhone 3G. Slingbox owners can log onto the iPhone version using their online accounts, which store all of the appropriate Slingbox tags for use across multiple platforms. For starters, there's a new Home Channel Set feature that lets you specify what the default channel is whenever you fire up the app on the iPhone, even if the cable box back at home is set to a different channel. You can also set up a separate Mobile Favorites list that downloads straight to the device.

One nice touch: you can surf Favorite channels by flicking right or left with your index finger. The app responded within about one second per "flick;" it seemed quite fast given the remote channel changing that's happening in the background over the Internet. This is great for surfing your favorite channels, without having to return to the Program Guide or clutter up the screen with various UI elements. Flicking up and down, instead of left and right, changes the channel normally (from the entire list of available channels, not just your favorites), again without having to bring up the remote control or guide.

Unfortunately, while the new app fills the iPhone's screen with a nice, smooth picture, it doesn't take full advantage of the increased screen resolution. The app scales up the same 320 x 240 pixel image from the Windows Mobile and BlackBerry versions to fit the iPhone's 320 x 480 pixel screen. Having said that, it still looked sharp when blown up to full screen, with reasonable smoothness over a weak 3G signal and near 30 fps animation over Wi-Fi.

The alpha version I tried had a couple of UI glitches, including a malfunctioning volume slider and a messy icon arrangement. But given Sling Media's excellent software track record, I expect the company to take care of these issues by the time the app is released.

There's no word yet on price, but all previous mobile versions (Windows Mobile, Palm OS, BlackBerry, Symbian) have cost $29.95. And of course you need a Slingbox of some kind. Brian Jaquet, a spokesperson for Sling Media, said that the company plans to submit a final version to Apple by the end of the first quarter 2009. If Apple's quick turnaround on other apps is any indication, and if Apple doesn't find any issues with SlingPlayer Mobile, it could appear for sale within days after that.  (full Story)

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