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Lenovo IdeaPad Y-Series, S10 Netbook, and IdeaCentre A600 Available This Month

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A bunch of products are being released by Lenovo this month, including the: IdeaPad Y650/Y550/Y450, IdeaCentre A600, and IdeaPad S10. These said products were first shown off at CES and will be available on Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com, Newegg.com, and Lenovo's own official website by the end of this month (April). All of these products will have a 16:9 aspect ratio, so it'll be useful for those widescreen HD movies.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 (16-inches), Y550 (15.6-inches), and Y450 (14-inches) will all have Intel processors, Dolby Home Theater surround sound, Nvidia graphics cards, and Lenovo's OneKey Theater software. The IdeaPads will be somewhat configurable; it will have your choice of up to 500GB of HDD storage, and up to 4GB of RAM. To cap it off, the Y650 is said to be only an inch thick.

The IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one PC with a 21.5-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD 1080p resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 1TB of HDD storage, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, WiFi, a 6-in-1 media card reader, an optional Blu-ray player, VeriFace face recognition technology, and has a couple of USB ports on the back. As I pointed out in January, I felt that this all-in-one PC could be the sexiest all-in-one I've ever seen and I'm going to stick with what I said.

The Lenovo S10 netbook has one big feature which is Lenovo QuickStart. This will load your OS quickly so that you can get right down to work as fast as possible. Lenovo will also implement a new social networking software called LenovoSocial onto the netbook.

[Beta News]

Rock Band Unplugged Set To Launch On June 9

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The date has been confirmed by MTV Games and Harmonix. It will be similar to the console version of Rock Band, so don't expect anything too different. Some songs from Rock Band Unplugged (more information here) have also been confirmed:

  • "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down

  • "Miss Murder" by AFI

  • "Would?" by Alice in Chains

  • "Gasoline" by Audioslave

  • "Show Me the Way" by Black Tide

  • "What's My Age Again" by Blink 182

  • "Less Talk More Rokk" by Freezepop

  • "ABC" by Jackson 5

  • "Rock Your Socks" by Tenacious D

  • I'm not into rock music, but I do know the song "Miss Murder" because it's in Guitar Hero III. "Lastly, the developers also revealed Sony's plans to issue limited edition PSP Entertainment Packs bearing the Rock Band branding. Contained in the bundle will be a piano black PSP, Rock Band Unplugged, a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, and a code to download School of Rock from the PlayStation Store -- all for the MSRP of $199.99 [USD]." Don't forget, expect a June 9 release date!

    [1 Up]

    The Fairly Boring Toshiba Satellite Pro S300-EZ2521

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    Clearly targeted for those in the workplace / office scene. The boxy and boring look is not meant to stand out - which I dislike. The Toshiba Satellite Pro S300-EZ2521 has a 15.4-inch display with a WXGA resolution, a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD (only 5400RPM), SuperMulti DVD burner, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics card, WiFi, Bluetooth, and an integrated webcam for those Skype business meetings. No word on the price or availability, but I'm not interested. It's too business-y for my liking.


    Next Apple iPhone This June?

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    Apple has had a couple of so-called "leaks" regarding the functionality of the next iPhone (FM transmitter, 802.11n, video recording, upgraded camera, and OLED screens). With the release of the Palm Pre (the iPhone killer) soon, Apple should be strapping themselves up for their next iPhone release. The big tip could be something in June of this year. As of right now it's unclear whether the tip could be an actual release of the next iPhone or it could just mark the announcement of the next iPhone. Either way it looks like this Summer will be packed with some well-needed heat.

    [Slash Gear]

    PC vs Mac Ad III: Buying a Sony Vaio For Gaming?

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    Windows decided to switch it up and go with a 12-year old boy as the main spokesperson in this ad. He was originally looking for a laptop with speed, lots of HDD storage, and gaming capabilities. Basically, he ends up choosing a Sony Vaio over a Mac because it has a Blu-ray drive. I may not know much about the Sony Vaio that they chose, but last time I checked Sony Vaio's tend to be a bit on the expensive side and I know they aren't exactly for gaming. I think it was the wrong choice for the family, but they seemed happy anyway. Hey, Microsoft! Sign me up for your next ad, MDG just isn't cutting it... Yes, I am fully aware that you probably don't even know the brand MDG. It's a Canadian thing - just about the worst PC brand out there.


    Mitsubishi 82-Inch 3D-Ready Home Theater HDTV; and 16-Speaker Unisen HDTV

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    Mitsubishi is known for their gigantic HDTVs - and their vehicles. They have their LaserVue's and they also have their Electric Diamond Vision in the new Yankee Stadium. What you see above is a part of Mitsubishi's new Home Theater TV lineup. This new lineup includes the 737-series (consists of 60, 65, 73, 82-inch models), 837-series (consists of 65, 73, 82-inch models), and the 82-inch WD-82737 HDTV. The WD-82737 is 3d-ready, has 120Hz technology, has four HDMI sockets, an "exclusive 6-color processor," and has a "JADE Activity-based user interface" - whatever that is. Every TV set that has been mentioned thus far will have a price range in the ballpark of $1,499 to $4,999 USD.

    Just in case you're not exactly ready to jump onto the 3D bandwagon then why not pick up an HDTV with 16-speakers built-in? "First up is the new Unisen line, comprised of the 151 Series (40-, 46- and 52-inches), the 153 Series (40-, 46- and 52-inches) and the high-end Diamond 259 Series (46- and 52-inches). All of these TVs will have a 5.1-channel 16-speaker bar, an UltraThin Frame design, 120Hz "Smooth Film Motion" technology, four HDMI sockets, and a USB media port. "The top end crew also includes an iSP calibration microphone, Plush1080p 5G 18-bit digital video processing, a wired IR input and few swank blue accents." These new Mitsubishi TVs are expected to hit America next month with a price range of $1,799 to $3,299 USD. For all of the exact pricings make sure to check out the links below.

    [Engadget (3D-Ready), Engadget (Unisen)]

    Circuit City To Make A Come Back Online?


    Circuit City recently shut down all of their stores in America, but they may not be down for the count yet. Their official website now says that the "website will reopen in the coming weeks." Could Circuit City be planning something in the near future? We'll just have to wait and see. An online Circuit City store could be in the making here.

    [Maximum PC]

    Windows 7 Pre-RC Build 7077 On BitTorrent

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    The RC that was scheduled to be released tomorrow has been pushed back to the end of May - old news. But, another Build (7077) has made its way to the public via torrents. Build 7077 is not really much of an improvement to the last Build (7057) that leaked out. It has a new, small Start Menu ""Orb" tweak, some new sounds, and only a slight visual revamp in the Media Center. If you're interested, then go check it out. I might download it to get rid of this network driver problem I'm having with Build 7057.

    [Life Hacker]

    AU KDDI G9 Looks Amazing; Has a 1Seg TV Tuner

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    "AU KDDI, a Japanese company, recently unveiled a new brand called iida that is intended to bring in consumers that care about making a fashion statement. Their latest offering is the G9 from Sony Ericsson, a slider that's gotten the fancy treatment." Personally, I'm liking the design of this phone, I just don't like how thick the phone is. It has a nice looking 3-inch touchscreen display with an 854 x 480 resolution, a microSD slot, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1Seg TV tuner. The phone has a stainless steel body with a coat of a titanium compound, so it really makes the phone look superb. "You can record content using this device and you can use a mobile pico projector to display content received from the 1Seg tuner on your wall or a screen." The phone also has 3.5-hours of talk time and has 230 hours of standby. The phone will be available in 3 colours: black with green accents, a titanium finish with silver accents (pictured) or a mirror finish with pink accents. This phone looks amazing and I'm curious to know how much it is going for; I'm also not sure whether it's already available or not.

    Update: As of right now, it looks like there is no official release date or pricing on the Sony Ericsson G9.

    [Slash Gear, Hot Cellular Phone]

    Samsung B5702 Dual-SIM Handset is Now Official

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    The Samsung B5702 is one of the only two phones capable of rocking quad-band with dual-SIM cards. The other phone is the Acer DX600 which was released a couple of days ago. Anyways, the B5702 has a 2.4-inch QVGA display, FM radio, a 3MP camera with autofocus, and Bluetooth - just to name a few. The feature that stands out the most is the ability to use two different SIM cards and being able to switch between them without even rebooting the phone. It has two LED lights on the side which will indicate which SIM card is being used and will have a button that will allow you to switch between the two SIM cards. Expect the B5702 to be released in a number of places - in Russia first - starting in May 2009 for around $420 USD. For more pictures of the Samsung B5702 click on the link below.

    [GSM Arena]

    Dai Nippon Printing's OLED Poster

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    This is an OLED poster. It uses 40% less power than fluorescent lights and is expected to have a lifetime of 20,000 hours. I think this poster was a waste of money to create because OLEDs are still expensive, duh! Oh well, count on the Asians to do it first. I'm just waiting for these displays to take over LCDs, even though that could take a couple of years. I'm willing to wait though.


    HP Pavilion Dv6, Dv7, HDX 16 and Others Get Updated

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    Let's kick off the HP notebooks updates with the HP Pavilion Dv6 (above). It is getting some downgrades so that the price will shrink a little bit. It will be receiving the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 and the Core 2 Duo T6400 CPU and also the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4530 and HD4650 graphics cards. The Pavilion Dv7 notebook also has some new changes. It has some upgrades, such as: the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4000-series graphics card, and a Core 2 Quad Q90000 CPU. The HDX 16 (and possibly HDX 18), on the other hand, will be receiving some upgrades; it will be getting Nvidia's GeForce GT 130M graphics card. Looks like Giampaulo chose the wrong time to get his HP HDX 16.