I saw over on Engadget that the Windows 8 Developer Preview will be available for download tonight, at 8PM PST. There’s no activation and it’ll be available for 32bit and 64bit x86 processors. Of course, don’t go installing this on a computer you rely on – It’s a developer preview and bound to have unknown or unexpected problems. Good luck downloading, and let us know what you think of Microsoft’s newest in the comments!
Update: Download site is now online
[Via Engadget, Microsoft Download Site ]
Looking like a cross between an Atari 800XL and a Blackberry 9900, this device was spotted over on CrackBerry.com forums. It seems a site called MaxPDA.com posted a bunch of pictures of this device, and nobody seems to know if this is a prototype, a one-off copy, or ( hopefully not, in my humble opinion ) an indication of Blackberry’s new designs. The “Proceeding” name across the top is odd, the keyboard is completely strange, but the internals look modern. One of the shots shows the battery cover off, and it looks like NFC ( Near-Field Communications) or wireless charging ( ala Touchstone ) is implemented. MaxPDA also reports it’s running OS 7.0, so it’s also not a new QNX-OS based device. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think of this strange device.
[Via Crackberry.com, MaxPDA.com]
The Sewell MiniDeck is a small USB display adapter with drivers for OS X and Windows. You connect one end into USB and the other end into a monitor, and just like that you end up with another display without having to add a video card. The connected display won’t support 3D acceleration, but it does let you easily add an additional display to a laptop, desktop, or netbook. Read on to see how the device works, and how well it does driving a screen. Read More →
By now, 2011, everyone has a number of electronic devices at home that need to be charged. I keep rotating between two different sets of charging options: a special place for each device, like a nightstand or bookcase, or a location on the end of my desk with an snakes nest of cables. The Dock.ID tries to help manage the charging of devices with a desktop unit that has space for 3 devices to charge and/or sync at the same time. Click on ahead for the review… Read More →
All too rarely we get to see a product that does exactly what it promises for a fair price, with good support and a solid design. The BearExtender N3 is that kind of product but only for folks running Mac OS X. They’ve now released the PC version, called the BearExtender PC, and we’re going to see how this wireless USB 802.11n adapter performs. Read on to see more… Read More →
Koss recently released a new set of headphones, the KEB40’s, into the affordable segment of the market. These small, metal, capsule-shaped headphones promise high-fidelity sound and long-lasting quality, but retail for under $30. How do they shape up? Read on for more… Read More →
Engadget’s been invited to an Apple Event on Oct 20th, at 10am PT. As you can see from the invite, there’s a Lion hiding behind that logo making folks think Apple will preview ‘Lion': The next version of the Mac OS. Hopefully new Mac hardware will make the rounds too, like a redesigned Mac Pro which still looks pretty much like a G5 from the outside. I’m also hopeful Apple’s redesigned Air will show up, which was rumored to have an 11″ screen. Engadget’ll be blogging the event live, so check them out next Wednesday for the minute-by-minute starting at 10am PT.
I saw over on Engadget that Seagate released a new BackArmor NAS 440… That has 12TB of storage in a 4-drive NAS for $1899.99 . No, that’s not a type-o : 12TB of storage in a 4-drive array. Somehow the BlackArmor team has snagged the 3TB drives that us regular people can’t buy at the store yet, and stuffed four of them into the 12TB NAS 440. And it’s available now, for shipping to you. For the raid-ologists, this equals around 9TB of usable space in a RAID5 array, but then your collection of legally ripped DVD’s will be protected against a drive failure. And there’s more… Read More →
Blackberry 6, RIM’s soon to be released update to the BlackBerry OS, is shown off in an action packed new video. The next big release for RIM is looking to be a touch-focused affair with a slick new look, and it’s as clean and purposeful as ever. Social media looks to be integrated gracefully, as you can see with the FaceBook and Twitter additions to the homepage. The screenshots also show a software keyboard, and promise a “visual, fluid interface”, which makes me hope RIM is going to bring some spiffy new hardware to run this new OS on. Take a look at the BlackBerry 6 Sneak Peak 2 video yourself, and tell us in the comments what you think of BlackBerry’s upcoming OS.
The gateway between your home/office network and the rest of the internet is your router, and in most cases it’s a very ‘dumb’ device. That’s started to change, with routers becoming more useful, and I started thinking about getting an upgrade. I’ve been using a Linksys WRT-54GL with DD-WRT firmware for the last couple months after my Airport Extreme got hit by lighting ( in Brooklyn! ). So I started thinking about what I’d upgrade to, and I heard about the Fonera router; It’s a community, everyone who’s part of the community gets free wifi from everyone else. Supposedly you can also make money off of people buying connection time through your Fonera, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens. But about a month ago, FON released their latest router and firmware, La Fonera 2.0N, and I decided to purchase one. Read on for my review of this very capable internet device. Read More →
Using an SD-Card, FlashDrive, or even a multi-Terabyte USB HardDrive, the CiragoTV Mini lets you playback videos, pictures and music that you downloaded or created at your computer on your television in beautiful 720P or 1080i ( and 480i & 480p for any tube owners ). This isn’t a networked UPNP media playback system with wireless or even ethernet: it’s a far simpler solution utilizing the classic SneakerNet to transfer files on a storage device. For around $70 retail, you’ll get a box a little bigger than a deck of cards with AV and HDMI output, a remote, AC adapter, and some composite AV cables. Plug your SD card ( Or USB hard drive/flash drive ) into the CiragoTV Mini, and it’s quickly being shown on your television in excellent quality. Read on for more information… Read More →