As you may recall, Sony’s latest VAIO P series is packaged with the Gobi chipset which is more than capable of running on both HSDPA and EV-DO for connectivity. Unfortunately, Sony (just US?) has chosen to block HSDPA access and has locked the super lightweight, pocketable notebook to connecting only via a Verizon Wireless EV-DO connection. But now, thanks to blogger tnkgrl, Sony’s restrictive plans are now virtually non-existent and those without a VZW contract will not have any problems at all when looking to connect via HSDPA. Tnkgrl has successfully hacked the HSDPA on the VAIO P, allowing it to be utilized by those not afraid to void a warranty on the $900 machine.
Click on tnkgrl’s link below, where there will be links to instructions on this mod and also some more pictures of the process.
I suppose the title could also be called rich people furnitures too. Do you have a laptop and often like to do your work on it while sitting in front of your tv? Well now you don’t need to make it so complicated. No more dragging the laptop out into the lounge and run out of battery after a few hours, then to find yourself looking for the laptop power adapter. Because the Athena Multimedia Sofa will take care of all of that, it’s got its own built in pc. The designer Artanova hasn’t given any specs, but from what it looks like, the display should have touch capability. The luxury though does come at an eye-popping price of approx. $15,436, which seems like a bit over the top in these hard times – so the PC in this sofa better be a quiet one, if not that would be quite annoying!
Dubbed the Zero-Watt PC, don’t let this name confuse you as being a PC that consumes no energy at all to run. The machine is called Zero-Watt PC simply because it can be managed in a standby state despite consuming no power, as claimed by Fujitsu Siemens (FSC). No one but FSC knows exactly how this has been achieved, however we will soon find out as FSC will be bringing their latest environment friendly creation to the CeBIT show, where the Zero-Watt PC will get its first public outing. CeBIT kicks off on 3 March in Hannover, Germany.
Check out this fabulous retro PC design by Thomas who is a BA (Hons) student at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth, though this was just a one off final year project for Thomas, I certainly wouldn’t mind paying to have one of these sitting in my living room as a media centre and impressing my guests!
Let’s face it, us geeks are not terribly fit. We’re really good at sitting in front of the computer, while our fingers and hands may be hard at work, not really any other part of our body is! So maybe this could help us out. Chris Hall from Pocket-lint have got a list of gadgets here which are not just fun gadgets in its own right but also provides ways (application) in which their technology could possibly help get us fit again.
I know quite alot of our readers here have the iPhone, the StepTrak Lite app from the App Store is free and is basically a pedometer on your iPhone. It’s not bad at all for those who may want to start ‘lite’ with some gentle walking first , it’s free so why not give it a go?
Here’s a screenshot of StepTrak Lite:
If you own the Mac Mini or any PC similar in size, you will know how convenient it is to have a computer that small for your everyday needs. However thus far, the limitation of these mini PCs have been their overall performance, not that they’re not good, they’re just missing something.
Imagine this, an entire PC, capable of decoding and playing full 1080p HD video content, in a box that fits in the palm of your hand with a 3″ x 4″ motherboard. Based on Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor with the hearty support of NVIDIA’s GeForce 9400M core logic MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores, NVIDIA’s Ion has to be one of the most capable Atom-based small form-factor solutions to be built thus far.
Check out the video below in which, Drew Henry, General Manager of NVIDIA’s MCP Business Unit covers NVIDIA’s tiny new Ion small form factor PC platform equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M.
Check out HotHardware here for more details on the NVIDIA Ion Small Form Factor PC