Friday, November 12, 2010
The data on the drive was easily retrieved and had handily-labelled folders. One marked ‘Nato Secret’ held information and photographs of police command posts in Helmand and notes about the police manning the area. These included the number of men, their weapons and patrol details.
The files also held pictures and personal information about “hundreds” of volunteers who had joined the Afghan police force and army. There was also a copy of the “Afghan National Police Tactical Handbook” which showed how the police would tackle the Taliban rebels and gave details on how to recognise a roadside bomb.
All of the data was unencrypted and freely accessible. Had it fallen into the hands of the Taliban, the information could have put Afghan lives in greater danger and compromised the British presence in the country.
Sugden, a graduate of Sandhurst, served with the Coldstream Guards as an anti-tank platoon commander in Afghanistan and has since just completed a year as the Queen’s equerry, or personal assistant.
This laptop story is the latest in a string of bad news about Ministry of Defence (MoD) data losses. In July it was revealed that 340 laptops and numerous USB memory sticks had been lost or stolen over a two-year period and a complete server was taken from a secure site in 2008.
The eBay laptop has now been returned and the MoD said that it is investigating how this latest security breach came about.
If you're looking for a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, chances are you will be out of luck. There may be some discounts on the Apple laptop lineup, but you're not likely to find the rock-bottom prices that you will find on HP, Compaq, and eMachines laptops.
In the Best Buy Black Friday list, I found the MacBook Pro 13" computer for $1,199 - a quick glance at Apple.com confirmed my beliefs, as that is the retail price of the MacBook Pro in question.
MORE BEST BUY DEALS AVAILABLE HERE.
However, other Black Friday deals on laptops at Best Buy include: $150 off any Samsung Laptop, a
Thursday, November 4, 2010
According to data released by the research firm, Pacific Media Associates, the share of the TV market for 30 to 34-inch L.C.D. TVs jumped to 24 percent in February from 16 percent in January.Anytime I read the word "obvious", I have an immediate need to try and prove the statement wrong. Now, Mr. Poor (great name for this thesis by the way) could be correct, but I see two other possible explanations for this trend.
That move was at the expense of larger sets. Market share sales for 45 to 49-inch L.C.D. TVs dropped to 14 percent from 18 percent and the 40- to 44-inch L.C.D. and plasma segment moved to 18 percent from 20 percent.
The reason, according to Alfred Poor, Pacific Media Associates’ senior research associate, is obvious: it’s the economy.
First, as TV prices lower, people who weren't previously able to afford an HDTV can now do so. The richer people are still purchasing their expensive TVs, but now additional customers are purchasing lower end models. This quote appears to back me up:
One interesting counterpoint to the shift to smaller and cheaper sets is that the biggest TVs, those 50 inches and above, have not seen a drop in sales.Second, as many people already have upgraded their primary TV to HD, now they are looking to upgrade the one in the bedroom or in the kids' room. This secondary TV is not going to be watched as often and therefore people choose to pay less for it.
And once I got into my debunking mood, I couldn't let this statement go unchallenged either:
By shifting to smaller-sized models, consumers are saving hundreds of dollars. In February, the average 40 to 45-inch set cost $1,287, according to Mr. Poor. But the average price for a 30 to 34-inch model was almost half that, $685.Mr. Poor may find it amazing that we pay this much, but I find it amazing that people pay so little for their TVs. Let me explain.
At the beginning of this decade, the average selling price for a standard-definition 34-inch picture tube TV was around $400. “We’ve asked consumers to triple the price they pay for a TV. It’s amazing that people have been paying this much.”
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Alpha A700 is the highly anticipated second DSLR from Sony and the first to be entirely designed by Sony itself. Announced in September 2007 it fills a gap above the original A100 body, targeting serious enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers with higher resolution and more powerful features.
The A700 features a jump in resolution to 12.2 Megapixels with a new CMOS sensor, making it the highest resolution Alpha body, and a step-up from existing rival 10 Megapixel DSLRs. The sensor measures the same size as the existing APS-C chip in the A100, so rumours of a 1.25x crop or larger didn’t emerge for this particular model. On the upside though, this makes the A700 compatible with the full range of Alpha lenses including DT models, and like the A100 before it, all effectively become stabilised thanks to the built-in – and improved – Super SteadyShot.
Like most new DSLRs, Sony’s made the jump in screen size to 3in, but fitted the A700 with a super high resolution model sporting 640x480 resolution which is four times finer than typical 230k screens. And while every digital camera features a TV output, with better models even offering Component options for analogue HD connectivity, the A700 takes it one step further with an HDMI port for full digital HD output.
Sony of course understands you can’t woo higher-end photographers with gadgets alone, so has equipped the A700 with the kind of traditional features you’d expect from a semi-pro DSLR. As such you’ll find a PC Sync port for external lighting, 5fps continuous shooting, an 11-area AF system, interchangeable focusing screens, buttons offering direct access to key settings, both thumb and finger dials, the choice of uncompressed and compressed RAW files, 6400 ISO sensitivity and an optional battery / portrait grip. It’s also tougher with dust and moisture resistance. Perhaps the only thing missing is a secondary status screen on top of the body for shooting information, although to be fair the superb 3in colour monitor goes a long way to make up for it.
While the earlier Alpha A100 was little more than a rebadged Konica Minolta 5D with a higher resolution sensor, the Alpha A700 is a brand new, 100% Sony product. It clearly states the company’s intention to seriously go after the semi-pro market, although as such it’s up against very stiff competition from the likes of Canon’s new EOS 40D, Nikon’s D300 and the Olympus E-3. Since the A700 looks so close to one of the prototype DSLRs previewed by Sony earlier in 2007, it also implies the second prototype, a higher-end product still, could be closer to reality than thought.Following our detailed preview in September we're pleased to now publish our in-depth review of a final production model. Over the following pages you'll find out how the Sony A700 performs in terms of resolution, noise, anti-shake, anti-dust and of course, general design, features and handling.
The Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop is powered by 1.60 GHz Intel Pentium Core Duo Processor T2050 and it features 2-MB Cache, 667MHz FSB, Intel Mobile 945PM Chipset mainboard, 512-MB DDR2 SDRAM (upgrdable to 1-GB maximum in 2 slots), 80-GB 5400rpm SATA hard disk drive and a standard 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive.
The Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop sports 15.4-inch (39.1 cm) Widescreen TFT Active Matrix WXGA display powered by ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 Graphics chipset with Hypermemory and shared memory which is capable of upto 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution.
Preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, the Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop is equipped with Dell 1390 Mini Card Wireless WiFi 802.11a/b/ LAN connection, integrated Dell Wireless Bluetooth connection (optional), integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connection, and a 56kbps V.92 fax/modem card.
Dell Inspiron 1300 Laptop PC
The Dell Inspiron 1300 Laptop is powered by 1.70 GHz Intel Pentium M Processor 735 and it features 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB, Intel 945PM Chipset, 256-MB DDR2 SDRAM (upgrdable to 1-GB maximum in 2 slots), 40-GB ATA/100 5400rpm hard disk drive and 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive.
The Dell Inspiron 1300 Laptop sports 14.1-inch Widescreen TFT Active Matrix WXGA display powered by integrated Intel Media Accelerator GMA 950 Graphics Chipset with upto 128 MB shared RAM capable of upto 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution.
Preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, the Dell Inspiron 1300 Laptop is equipped with Dell 1390 Mini Card Wireless WiFi 802.11a/b/ LAN connection, integrated Dell Wireless Bluetooth connection (optional), integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connection, and a 56kbps V.92 fax/modem card.
The Dell Inspiron 640M Laptop is powered by 2.0 GHz Intel Core-Duo Processor T2300 and it features 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB, Intel 945PM Chipset, 512-MB DDR2 SDRAM (up to 2-GB maximum in 2 slots), 60-GB SATA 5400rpm Hard Drive and 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive.
Dell Inspiron 640M Laptop sports 14.1-inch Widescreen TFT Active Matrix WXGA display powered by integrated Intel Media Accelerator GMA 950 Graphics Chipset with upto 128 MB shared RAM capable of upto 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution.
Preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, the Dell Inspiron 640M Laptop comes with Dell 1390 Mini Card Wireless WiFi 802.11a/b/connection, integrated Dell Wireless Bluetooth connection, integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connection, and 56kbps V.92 fax/modem.
Dell XPS M1210 Laptop PC
The Dell XPS M1210 Laptop PC is powered by latest 1.66 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T2300 and it features 2-MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB, Intel Alviso 915GM / ICH6-M Chipset, 512-MB DDR2-533 SDRAM (667 MHz), 60 GB SATA 5400 rpm hard drive and a standard 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Optical Drive.
Made of highly durable magnesium alloy frame,, the new Dell XPS M1210 Laptop sports a small 12.1 inch (30.7 cm) Widescreen WXGA TFT display with TrueLife technology for crisp and vivid images powered by Intel GMA950 graphics chipset with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory offering upto 1280 x 768 pixels native resolution.
The GMA950 graphics hardware also supports Microsoft’s Direct X9, Pixelshader 2.0, and DualView monitor.
Panasonic recently introduced the Panasonic Toughbook S9, the world’s lightest (3.0 lbs) 12.1” laptop with an integrated DVD drive. Powered by the Intel Core i5-520M vPro processor the Toughbook S9 can deliver up to 11 hours of battery life with a standard battery. The Toughbook S9 can handle up to a 30" drop thanks to its tough magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive. The Panasonic Toughbook S9 is available now in the United States with an estimated street price of $2,499. The Panasonic configurator is not yet available online for this Toughbook, so we aren't sure what options are available.
Introducing the world's lightest 12.1" laptop with a DVD drive, the 3.0 lb. Panasonic Toughbook S9. With an amazing 11 hours of battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and optional Gobi™2000 mobile broadband, the Toughbook S9 was designed for the mobile professional. The Toughbook S9 can handle up to a 30" drop thanks to its tough magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive. And it has a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad so it can survive the bangs, bumps and spills of a hectic day. Add to that the flexibility of supporting both analog (VGA) and digital (HDMI) video outputs, support for the latest SD card standard (SDXC), a DVD drive, a 12.1" LED widescreen display, increased security and remote management with Intel vPro technology, and easy to use circular scrolling, and you get a laptop that lets you do more than you ever expected. And not just at your desk.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
HTC launched two Android mobile phones in an effort to secure its standing as a top competitor against Apple's iPhone.
The mobile phone maker hopes that its large-screen Desire HD and the Desire Z, which has a fold-out keyboard, will mount a tough challenge against the iPhone 4. The two HTC phones run on Google's Android operating system.
The announcement comes a day after Nokia launched three handsets to strengthen its smartphone division.
Network operators and mobile phone makers are hoping that consumers go for a multimedia experience on the move.
Patrick Choumet, Vodafone's global director of terminals, said that smartphone sales are soaring. He notes that smartphone sales now make up more than 30 percent of the market. His company expects smartphones to make up 70 percent of total mobile phone sales in three years
The new HTC phones are based on Android 2.2, the latest version of the Google operating system.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
They made phones for all the big-name mobile networks to brand up themselves.
Now they make some of the best handsets around.
So it's interesting that little-known HUAWEI are now heading in the same direction.
They make the mobile internet dongles used by millions around the world so this phone is an exciting launch.
Called the IDEOS, it costs somewhere between £99 and £129 and is one of the cheapest Android mobiles we've seen.
And it doesn't skimp on specs.
For a start it runs the latest 2.2 version of the Google operating system.
It also has Wi-Fi and can double up as a Wi-Fi router to get up to eight other devices online.
With more than 70,000 apps available in the Android Market, you can customise this phone to your heart's content.
It will also take an SD card to store your music, movies, photos and documents.
Due out in the middle of October, it comes in three different colours and should sell really well.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It seems that the more technology advances the more the designers have to push the boat out to satisfy our appetite for weird and wonderful gadgets and gizmos. If we take mobiles as an example, we only have to look at what was available a few years back to see how far we’ve come. Remember the brick?
In recent years we’ve seen the SmartPhone come into being, we can browse the Internet, send emails, check flights, book holidays, and even pay our bills. Mobile phones come in all sorts of sizes and colours with various distinguishing features that separate them from the rest and of course we have our favourites. So what could possibly be next?
Here we have a concept mobile by designer Andy Kurovets and you’ll either love it or hate it. The Bend Mobile has what you would expect a standard phone to have like a screen, a keypad and a camera. This one, however, goes way out there when it comes to design.