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Microsoft set to unveil new Windows Mobile services

image According to Neowin, Microsoft is planning to unveil three new mobile services at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month. The software giant is allegedly aiming to move your mobile data into the cloud and rival Apple’s MobileMe service. The three services will be called Skybox, Skyline and the already well rumoured Skymarket. Microsoft is also expected to unveil Windows Mobile 6.5 at the MWC. Little details are available on the 6.5 upgrade Neowin tell us that those leaked 6.5 screenshots we saw previously are genuine concept shots for the honeycomb web start menu. More after the break.

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Acer Introduces 23-Inch Display with Sensor Touch

Not much news coming from the regular sources at the moment, looks like many manufacturers are holding off until MWC in February but I did get this little nugget earlier today. However, not as exciting as I first thought as looking at the press release title I expected it to be a touch-screen display, however however SensorTouch simply refers to a touch sensitive control for adjusting display settings. Disappointing perhaps but still sounds like a excellent monitor!

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Take a look at the press release below which also talks about a new range of Aspire desktops:

Acer today announced the slick new Acer 23-inch widescreen display and Acer Aspire desktop PC line-up for customers in the United States. The Aspire desktops range from several compact models to an aggressively designed, power-packed gaming system.

Featuring a new form factor, the Acer H233H bmid 23-inch display offers cinematic quality with sleek styling. This new display provides excellent picture quality, boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio for maximum HD support, a high contrast ratio and fast response time. The glossy black bezel adds an extra design element that looks attractive in any home or office.

The desktop PC line features the compact, yet powerful Acer® Aspire X3200, X1700 and X1200 small form factor (SFF) PCs outfitted with 3 to 4GB of memory. The newest member is the Aspire X1700, which boasts an Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor and 4GB DDR2 memory, for extremely fast system response.

“The new 23-inch display offers users the best HD support available with a sleek new form factor and advanced features, making it ideal for a variety of viewing needs,” said Stephanie Eggert, Senior Manager, Retail Desktop Product Planning for Acer America. “Boasting NVIDIA® GeForce® G100 graphics with DirectX 10 support, the new Aspire X1700 delivers stunning performance in a compact chassis. The powerful processor and graphics combination on our SFF desktops and Predator gaming PCs infuse games, movies and photos with rich, lifelike images.”

Sleek Display Provides Cinematic Quality for Entertaining and Productivity

Combining form and function, the Acer H233H bmid 23-inch widescreen high-definition LCD display offers consumers superb high-definition picture quality in a sleek design. The display also features SensorTouch technology, a touch-sensing solution with effortless settings for one-touch convenience. The LED illuminated controls replace the buttons that are standard on many displays. These intuitive controls maintain the product’s streamlined look, while automatically sensing contact with the lightest touch.

Whether playing games, watching movies, creating digital content or working, the Acer H233H bmid provides excellent visual quality. It delivers the maximum level of HD support with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920×1080 resolution, making it ideal for viewing the latest high-definition video, movies and digital content.

To further enhance visual performance, the Acer H233H features a 40,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. It also offers 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles for an improved viewing experience. Additionally, the display supports VGA and HDMI as well as DVI (with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) for viewing digital movies, digital photos, PC files and copy protected content.

To boost the visual experience of movies and games, the Acer H233H bmid also comes with two premium speakers for high-performance sound.

Feature Rich, Compact Desktops

For ease and practicality, the Aspire X1200, X1700 and X3200 SFF desktops as well as the Aspire Predator gaming PC are designed with the card reader, audio jacks and ports located conveniently on the front of the chassis to provide easy access. The Aspire X1200, X1700 and X3200 towers measure just 10.4-inches (H) x 4-inches (W) x 14.4-inches (L).

Newest Model: Aspire X1700 – Power-Packed SFF

Packed with power and performance, the newest model in the line, the Aspire X1700 features an Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E2200, which enables users to enjoy crystal-clear digital media, create advanced graphics, and handle productivity tasks with ease and speed. The 4GB DDR2 memory provides ultra-fast system response, critical for multitasking and power hungry applications. Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics enhance multimedia performance with support for the latest DirectX games. Connect directly to an external LCD or flat-screen TV with HDMI for crisp, high-quality visuals and high-fidelity audio using only one cable.

With nine USB 2.0 ports and a multi-in-one card reader, users can easily bring multimedia devices together. The huge 640GB SATA II hard drive (2) provides enough room to store a vast library of music, movies and games. Watch movies and burn DVDs and CDs with the SuperMulti Drive. With Labelflash™ technology, personalize CDs by laser burning unique, high-resolution transparent images directly on the label side of discs right after they’re burned.

Gaming PC: Radical Design, Ready for Combat

The Aspire Predator G7710 desktop PC series was designed to fire up gamers with its aggressive design, performance and price. This striking gaming rig pushes performance limits. It boasts a very powerful Intel i7-940 processor, a whopping 6GB DDR3 memory and an entire terabyte of storage for housing even the most graphic intensive games and movies. It’s also outfitted with a cutting-edge cooling system and RAID 0, 1, 5, 1+0 modes for keeping data secure. Action packed, this feature-rich machine comes armed with accessories, including a specially designed gaming mouse and a multimedia keyboard with keys that light up for play in the dark.

 

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Verizon’s Wireless Extender femtocell coming next week

logo_lgLike many people I would really like to drop my landline phone, but I have terrible reception in my home. If I could get a reliable signal in my living room I would  cut the cord in a hot second. Starting January 25th Verizon has a solution for people like me. Verizon’s wireless extender is set to drop January 25th. A femtocell is a tiny cell relay station that connects to your home’s internet connection, and will give you great reception over 5000 square feet ( 465 square meters).  Sprint already has a similar device called Airave, that costs an additional $15 a month, but that is about half the cost of a phone line from the cable company. So far only CDMA femtocells are available, and the devices are only 1xRTT data (CDMA’s EDGE equivalent).
No pricing information is available for Verizon’s service, but if it is inline with Sprint’s service, it should be well worth it for people who need a little help with reception in their home.

Source: Engadget

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