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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Zune Music Pass Launches In Australia

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 05:40 PM

http://www.zune.net/en-AU/products/...ass/default.htm

Oh, yes, fellow Aussies. You'd better believe it. The Zune Music Pass has finally launched in Australia, which means 13 million songs and unlimited music video streaming are now at your fingertips on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, PC, and web. You can get started now with a free 14-day trial; then, if it's to your liking, continue your subscription for $11.99 AUD per month, or go all out with an annual pass that nets you twelve months for the price of ten. Happy listening!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Is it Time to Say Goodbye to the PC?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ta...oice,13121.html

"The impression is certainly there. Microsoft had record revenue thanks to its Office business, server software and the Xbox 360. Windows, however, suffered from the third consecutive quarterly revenue decline. Is the market moving away from PCs and toward tablets and smartphones?"

The desktop PC has been a faithful companion to many of us for years, if not decades. Always there to write letters, play games and open up the world of the Internet to us. However, that has changed. As technology has improved, the need for a big box sitting at a desk is no longer needed and we are mobile, bringing our powerful computers with us. Even more, with wireless communication advancing, we have access to massive amounts of information and computing power. Is the desktop PC still relevant?

The Luddite in me says yes. Being someone who always believes in own his or her own data, I think that having ones own resources is important. However, as the world has shown with the success of cloud computing, a lot of people are quite comfortable in a world where their stuff is handled by everyone but themselves. The desktop PC has definitely been marginalized and I can see a world where many people never need one. Chances are, there are plenty of people like that already. I do think that the desktop still has a place, at least in the work environment, but that is more for practical reasons. There is no technical reason for it, only practical.

Still, I do not see that as wholly a bad thing. The advancement of smartphones and tablets have done wonders to free us from those dark rooms only illuminated by the glow of a monitor. We are mobile and more interactive than ever.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Puget Systems Serenity SPCR Edition Reviewed: Shh...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4155/...ty-spcr-edition

"This is our second review unit from the Washington-based Puget Systems (our first was several years ago when they were first starting out), and it's a doozy. While the P67/H67 chipset recall has proven to be a boot to the collective breadbasket of the industry, we were fortunate enough to get the Serenity SPCR Edition in before the recall hit, and Puget was kind enough to let us review it anyhow. That seems reasonable, since the SATA bug in the chipset isn't liable to affect any of our test results outside of PCMark, leaving us with an opportunity to show you a remarkable system that you'll be able to get your hands on in the near future."

I love quiet computers. I love fast computers. Those two things don't often go together, but if you work at it long enough, sometimes they do. If you're not willing/able to do that kind of work yourself, buying a system that's quiet right out of the box is the next best thing. This system was built in conjunction with the awesome Web site Silent PC Review; I used that site as a resource when I was on my quest for silencing my Core i7 system.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Digital Storm's New Slim Enix Desktop Cools From The Bottom Up

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/compblackops.asp

"Overclocked, custom-built PCs are nothing new, and neither is 4.7GHz from the factory. But Digital Storm has managed to take one of Intel's newest Sandy Bridge chips to that height, and it's doing so in a case that's far sleeker than most of the towers out there. The all-new Enix relies on a Micro-ATX system board, vertical heat dissipation and a mobo that's rotating 90 degrees -- a move that's being made in order to "take advantage of heat's natural tendency to rise." Consumers can order one starting today, with the $1,132 base unit boasting a Core i3-2100, 4GB of DDR3-1600 memory, NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT 220, a 1TB hard drive and a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. The high-end model tops out at just north of two large, with each model offering a hot-swap bay and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Eye candy is below, and the source link shouldn't be ventured to unless you're fairly immune to impulse buys."

This desktop PC is a bit unique in it's layout and I recommend you look at the pictures on Engadgets website to see what I mean. With a top to bottom layout aimed at better cooling, it's certainly different from other PC designs I've seen. I'm not sure that having all the inputs for keyboard, mouse, USB and display on the bottom of the case is great for easy access though.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Is The PC dead?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011...ets-smartphone/

"It was fun while it lasted, but as of 2011 the era of the desktop computer is officially over. At least that's the overriding message of last week's gadget and gear extravaganza in Las Vegas known as the Consumer Electronics Show: The PC is dead."

Every year someone claims the end of the PC is nigh, the PC is dead. I like to think that it's role is changing, rather than dying. At CES this year there was huge amounts of news about new tablets and mobile devices, but not very much about PC's. I don't agree that the death of the PC is nigh as per this article by Fox News. Tablets and netbooks are very much the mobile device of choice these days for the average consumer, while the laptop is still the mobile device of corporates. At home tablets and netbooks are brilliant for in the living room to quickly surf the internet, look things up, but for gaming, or more prolonged surfing and document creation, I think people will still use a PC. The ease of use of the keyboard and mouse cannot be overlooked. I mainly use my android tablet in the living room to look things up I see on TV, or just to check emails or facebook. If I'm looking for a holiday, for example, that will require lots of sites open on different tabs, then I will use the PC, same with writing a document, or editting photo's. It's just easier for me, and I can't see that changing anytime soon. What do you think? Is the PC dying out?

Tags: hardware, pc, dead

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Journey to a Media PC in the Living Room

Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

Here's how it all started: like many people (and I would guess a majority of DHT readers), building my home theatre started slowly. First it was the big screen TV from Costco. That was pretty cool as we hoisted it up on the wall, but then we needed better sound, so it was off to the audio shop for a 5.1 receiver/amplifier and so on and so on -- bit by bit getting pieces of equipment and jury-rigging them together as they are added. Eventually, it got to the point where I was the only one in the house who knew how to get everything working (which is quite the accomplishment, given that I have two pretty techno-saavy teenaged sons!!). Read more...


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z, an all-in-one desktop computer designed for the SOHO market (small office/home office). If you haven't already watched my unboxing and first impressions video, check that out first.

This is a corporate-looking machine, so it doesn't win any awards in the looks department, but it gets the job done in a compact, power-efficient manner. Prices start at $499 USD; the model I was sent for long-term review costs $729 USD. The A70z I was sent has an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 CPU running at 2.93 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, an Intel GMA X4500 GPU, built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 19" 16:10 matte screen (1440 x 900 resolution), built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam and microphone, a CD/DVD drive, and built-in speakers. Read more...


Friday, June 11, 2010

Orange's OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:09 AM

http://www.orangeamps.com/features.asp?ID=163

"Orange Amplifiers, the British based pioneering force in guitar amplifiers, can now announce the final specification and price for the much anticipated and revolutionary all-in-one computer amplifier speaker - The OPC. The OPC is more than a high quality all-in-one powerful computer, it has been designed to deliver playing, recording, editing and computing capabilities to musicians and music aficionados."

Boy, does this ever take me back! Back in my teens/early 20's I was really involved in live music, and I'd see an Orange amp every now and then - they're certainly unique looking! Orange has decided to make something else decidedly unique: an all-in-one computer that looks like one of their amps. The speakers at the heart of it all? Twin JBL 6.5" 55 Watt RMS Dual Concentric Speakers, boasting 15 watt RMS per channel stereo amplifier (into 4 ohms) with a 2 band EQ. Not bad! Read more...


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is the End of the Traditional Desktop Near?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...adStoriesArea.1

"Netbooks are forecast to comprise one-fifth of the 133 million notebooks to be shipped in 2009, and the more than 3.5 million all-in-one desktops shipped in 2008 is expected to double by 2010, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. While all-in-ones are still a small part of the desktop market, it's one of the only desktop form factors that's actually growing."

Say it ain't so! While I am certain that the desktop PC will eventually meet its demise, I think we're still quite a few years away from not being able to find it in stores. Notebooks, netbooks, all-in-ones all exist based on the premise of a computer being something like an appliance, at least when it comes to hardware. It's only been in the past few years that this has really made sense with processor speeds leveling off, and as of this year, low cost, decently performing graphics are available. But desktop PCs still have the edge in expandability, and more importantly, value. For the same cost of a 10" netbook, a 15.4" laptop or a 19" all-in-one, you can get a much more powerful desktop PC and it is much easier to add another hard drive, multiple tv tuner cards or even if you want to leverage what stuff you already have like an LCD monitor or that keyboard you really like, the price goes down even more. Eventually, things will probably become much more of a server/client setup, even for home or the cloud, but until then, those careful to watch their pennies may be ignoring a really viable option if you don't consder a desktop PC.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Announcing Dell's Cutting-Edge PC Design: Built From Bamboo and Milk Jugs??!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...dell.bamboo.pc/

"Dell today unveiled a "never before seen" environmentally conscious computer clad in bamboo, which occupies 81 percent of the space typically taken by a traditional PC tower. While specifications were sparse, Earth2Tech reveals that the computer is made of 70 percent recycled materials, such as old bottles, milk jugs, and detergent cases, and that it would be available later this year for between $500 and $700."



Looks like Dell is attempting to cash in on the push (frenzy) to go "green". I think it's a great idea to use recycled materials, as long as that means the price doesn't become inflated just for being a "green" PC. I'm not a fan of the bamboo finish (hopefully they'll offer some other finishes), but if you want a PC in a Mac mini form-factor, then this might be the PC you're looking for. Would you be willing to dish out $500-$700 (or pay a premium) for an eco-friendly PC?


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