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Potato Battery

clock June 21, 2010 20:25 by author Ty

Potatoes can be used as a solid organic electric battery and utilized in countries where electrical infrastructure is not yet established. Boiling the potato increases electrical power by 10 times and using zinc and copper electrodes on a treated potato will produce power 50 fold cheaper than 1.5 Volt D cell batteries. This is an incredibly efficient way of creating green power at a low cost, which can be grown in your backyard. There is one downside, the zinc and copper rods will corrode away and need to be replaced. The power created from the potatoes can be used by low powered devices, such as LED lights, communication devices, and small radios.

Source: http://hothardware.com/News/Potatoes-May-Power-The-Batteries-Of-The-Future/

 

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iOS 4 - New Update for iPhone at 10AM PST

clock June 21, 2010 18:31 by author Ty

Apple will be releasing the new iOS 4 update for all iPhone 3GS cell phone owners and third generation iPod Touch owners at 10AM PST (1PM EST) Monday, June 21st. The iOS4 update will not work with older iPhone 3G and second generation iPod Touch devices. The update is currently not available with iTunes, but Apple updated iTunes to a 9.2 version last week. The same timing was used when Apple's 3.0 OS was rolled out last year on June 17th. The new iOS 4 will offer multitasking, folders and unified email boxes.

More information on the Apple iOS4 software update can be found on Apple's Web site.

 Apple Iphone iOS4 Update

 

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Virus on New Olympus Stylus Cameras

clock June 17, 2010 21:18 by author John

 

A malware infection can be found in the new Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 digital camera's internal memory card. The Olympus camera itself will not get damaged from the virus, but it will infect your Windows PC with an autorun worm. Once the camera is plugged into a Windows PC with a USB cable, then the virus is triggered to autorun. Not all of the Olympus Stylus cameras are infected, however there are over 1700 Olympus Stylus cameras on the market with the virus. This can be found by checking the serial number on the camera.

 

The Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 is known to be waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof but it is not virus proof.

Olympus has a Tough 6010 support page covering on how to handle the virus issue. There is also a removal process available for the virus. Make sure to use a translator for the page with Google Translator or Babblefish, as it is in Japanese.

Olympus Tough Stylus 6010 technical documentation for the virus:

"Use the products to all the inconvenience and said very sincerely sorry. Humbly apologize."

"When you connect the USB camera to a computer terminal, is operating the software for the computer virus may be automatically remove the virus is detected or below. The name of the virus detection software is different for each virus."

Virus names with AniVirus Protections:

WORM_AUTORUN.KFJ - Trend Micro Inc.
Trojan.Gen - Symantec Corporation
Generic! Atr - McAfee, Inc.

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Battle of the Cell Phones - Droid Incredible, iPhone 4, EVO 4G, HD2

clock June 15, 2010 19:53 by author Jessie

The cell phone market has gotten really competitive between Apple and HTC. Apple has been dominating the market with their 3G and 3GS cell phones, but HTC has put a huge dent in their market share with the new batch of HTC phones running OS: Android 2.1, the new HTC EVO 4G running OS: Android 2.1, and the new HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile 6.5. Cell phone providers are also competitive with only certain cell phones available with each provider. With the new release of the Apple iPhone 4 cell phone on June 24th, we should see how competitive HTC will be with their HTC HD2, HTC EVO, and HTC Droid. Below is a breakdown of cell phones and cell phone providers. Each cell phone has their own targeted features, so we decided to provide the basic specs.

Top Cell Phones for June of 2010.

Verizon: HTC Droid Incredible

  • OS: Android 2.1 Google Experience Device
  • 1 Ghz snapdragon processor
  • 8 MegaPixle Camera with auto focus and video
  • 3.7" Screen 480X800 WVGAOLED Touch Screen
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • Micro SD Card Slot. Expandable up to 32GB.

AT&T: Apple iPhone 4

  • iOS 4 Apple
  • Apple A4 Processor
  • 8 MegaPixle Camera with Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio auto focus and video. With front facing camera.
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • 2G / 3G

Sprint: HTC EVO 4G

  • OS: Android 2.1
  • 1 Ghz snapdragon processor
  • 8 MegaPixle Camera with auto focus and video. With 1.3 Megapixle front facing Camera.
  • 4.3" Screen 800X480 65k colors. Touch Screen
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • Micro SD Card Slot. 8GB included. Expandable up to 32GB.
  • 4G WiMAX and HDMI-port hardware

T-Mobile: HTC HD2

  • OS: Windows Mobile 6.5
  • 1 Ghz snapdragon processor
  • 5 MegaPixle Camera.
  • 4.3" Multitouch Screen 480 X 800 WVGA
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • Micro SD Card Slot. Expandable up to 32GB.

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Which Laptops have the Best Battery Life?

clock June 14, 2010 20:48 by author Ty

Laptop Battery Life HP Dell Apple Acer Toshiba Gateway

Sometimes a long laptop battery life is the key factor in why we own a laptop. CNET has done some extensive testing on which laptops have the longest battery life. Of course a netbook would be the winner in this category, but CNET has classified them into different classes. These classes are netbooks, 13-inch laptops, midsize laptops, and desktop replacements.

Each laptop manufacturer has their own determination on how long their laptop's battery life is supposed to last. So instead of having these results skewed, CNET did a benchmark by using a standard video playback test to see how long each laptop lasted playing a movie. Below were their results.

Netbooks (10/11-inch displays) Battery life
Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 (SD) 459 minutes
MSI Wind U160 438 minutes
Acer Aspire One 532h-2326 429 minutes
 
13-inch laptops
Apple MacBook, Spring 2010 387 minutes
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Spring 2010 360 minutes
Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324 359 minutes
 
Midsize laptops (14/15-inch displays)
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Spring 2010 356 minutes
Gateway EC5809u 343 minutes
HP Pavilion dv4-2165dx 334 minutes
 
Desktop replacments (16/17/18-inch displays)
Toshiba A505-S6025 268 minutes
Asus K60IJ-RBLX05 205 minutes
HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx 178 minutes

 

 

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20007267-1.html

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