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Samsung LN46A850 HGTV

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The manufacturers are currently looking to have great depths in their upcoming premium panels and the all new Samsung LN46A850 which in 1.9 inches is the thinnest HDTV of the company. Additionally the colours of LN46A850 are brilliantly accurate, its reproduction of high and standard definition sources is admirably detailed and its video black inky dark. This new HDTV from Samsung comes packed with some useful extras which means it offers great support in network streaming of your multimedia content, but the best thing is that it is attractive and comes as a affordably prices thin cabinet television.

The Samsung LN46A850 boasts of a glossy black frame, which surrounds its screen that is designed with a subtle reddish amber with outer edges. When you compare this unit with other Samsung HDTV series like A750 the screen frame is actually narrowed by one third and it measures around 2 inches wide and 3 inches wide from the bottom. The swivel action table stand of LN46A850 is perfectly constructed from a rectangular shaped sheet comprising of tempered glass that complements the TV frame. The Samsung LN46A850 comes with two elegantly designed remote controls. One is the main remote control which has an identical design to the fully backlit and updated like that of A950 series and the other is a mini remote nearly palm size which includes volume, channel and power controls in a simple arrangement making it easier for children and guest to use.

The A/V ports on this LN46A850 include 4 HDMI ports along with VGA, two component video inputs and RF input for antenna use. Additionally it also has a digital audio output which operates with almost any connected source. However the multimedia audio output is only available when you use the integrated DTV tuner of the TV and all the other sources are only limited to just stereo output. There is also a USB port on the left side which can easily read JPEG and MP3 files. The Ethernet port at the back of the TV allows local access to your compliant server devices that contain pictures, audio and video files. A windows based computer can also utilize the provided Samsung PC share manager software to access multimedia content from a network connection.

There is a Just Scan picture setting in the LN46A850 which is mapped around every 1080i/p video pixel which is perfect for the 1080p resolution. Apart form this the pre adjusted movie picture preset of the LN46A850 actually produced a colour response which was almost a perfect match compared to the standards used in HD video production. As the Samsung LN46A850 uses an outstanding calibrated picture settings it offers an impressive picture contrast of nearly 3,487:1 which is one of the best results you might have come across. Although the power consumption has steadily declined the estimated operating cost of LN46A850 which is around $3.7 a month with its default picture setup is fairly good when compared to the similar $5.18 a month of Sony KDL-46Z4100.

LG, Samsung develop solar-powered cell phones

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Most people had long been waiting for a sharp cure in cell phone technology to use some renewable source of energy. This has been proved by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics who would soon unveil their prototype handsets which can be charged through solar panels built in the cases.

The cell phone from Samsung called the Blue Earth is designed as touch screen model that is designed with curved corners which looks much like their previous well curved pebble model. Samsung continued with the environment theme saying that the phone has been manufactured from specific recycled plastic and it does not include any harmful substances like phthalates, brominated flame retardants and beryllium. There are solar cells on the cell phone which occupies most of the rear case of the cell phone.

However, LG did not provide many details about their prototype cell phone, but a few pictures from LG Electronics would show you what seems to be the version of their KF750 Secret handset like, similar to the Samsung as this model from LG also comes with solar cells that cover most of the rear casing of the cell phone. These two cell phones from the two huge electronic consumer manufacturers were declared almost at the same time by the respective company in South Korea this month. However it has been observed that in both these cell phones the solar panels do not prove to offer enough power to operate the cell phone directly and so they are basically used for recharging the standard cell phone battery that is built into the device.

Now, you might even be thinking that these new cell phones with an innovative technology might be meaning an end to all the charging devices. As the answer here seems almost certain it is actual not, at least initially. Samsung has said that their Blue Earth cell phone is packed with charger but they also added that the device is an energy resourceful device which draws just about 30 milliwatts when in its standby mode. However according to LG, they hope to commercialize these solar charged cell phones when they have a model which offers at least 3 minutes of talk time after being charges for around ten minutes.

Therefore, in the shallow limits of a bag or pocket the phones will not be capable of charging and so the users will need to make sure that they are frequently out in the sunlight. Additionally as the solar panels are fixed at the rear side of the device, they should be placed faced down for highest efficiency which can lead to scuffing and scratching of the display.

Regardless of these few drawbacks, the development of these cell phones means that are companies thinking about designing and manufacturing eco friendly products or they are thinking about environmentally conscious people along with the increasing market for green and earth friendly products. However, both the companies have still not offered any timing for the prototypes to become commercial devices and also about their pricing details.

Full-disk encryption for all computer drives

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The six biggest computer drive manufacturers of the world have published this week the final specifications for single and full disk encryption standards which capable to be used in all hard disk drivers, encryption key management applications and solid state drivers. After it is enabled any disk which uses these specifications would be locked without a password and this password would be required even before booting the computer. The three specifications of The Trusted Computing Group can cover storage devices in desktop computers and consumer laptops and also as enterprise class drivers when used in disk storage arrays and servers.

Robert Thibadeau the TCG chairman and chief technologist in Seagate Technology said that this entirely represents capable commitments from all disk driver makers in this world. He further said that they are protecting the data when at rest. When the laptop is powered down or when a USB drive is unplugged or if administrator has pulled down a drive from the server it can actually be brought up and used without feeding in a cryptographically powerful password. However if you don’t have it then you probably won’t be able to sell it even on eBay.

When you are using a single and full disk encryption specification all the drive manufacturers can break your security to firmware of their products while even lower the cost of production and increase the efficiency of security technologies. When an application or an operating system writes data to its self encrypting drive a bottleneck is not created by any software which might have to interrupt the I/O stream and convert your data so that the user can see the encrypted data at I/O speed without any slowdown. Robert Thibadeau further said that the encryption machinery also does not use any power. When the machinery reads the data from a drive it also displays it to your clearly as it is completely transparent and clearly readable.

The Trusted Computer Group (TCG) includes companies like LSI Logic, Wave Systems, Western Digital, UNLINK Technology, Toshiba, IBM, Samsung, Seagate Technology and Hitachi GST. Jon Oltisk the analyst in Enterprise Strategy Group said that in five years time you would see your drive coming off the production line and it would be encrypted with virtually zero cost for it.

Included in the three specifications is the Opal Specification that describes minimum requirements for all the storage devices in laptops and computers. The other is Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification and this is aimed at drives in high volume applications and data centers where generally there is less security configuration during installation. The third specification includes the Storage Interface Interactions specifications. This specification describes how the previous Storage Core specifications of TCG and other specifications interact with other standards regarding connections and storage interface. For instance this specification supports a huge number of transports that include ATA serial and parallel, ATAPI, Fibre Channel and SCSI SAS. Most of the drive manufacturers including Hitachi, Fujitsu and Seagate have already supported this specification for the same drives.

Intel readies push into mobile Internet devices

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Apple Corporation did not take it kindly to the disparaging remarks being made openly recently by some of the Intel executives regarding the iPhone and its chips. In fact the computer makers were so incensed that Steve Jobs the chief executive called the Chief Executive of Intel to complain that people become familiar with the matter. However although the jobs stopped and the publicity of Intel was backed off the episode is still a reminder of their larger ambitions for the handheld computers and cell phones and how these plans would put it at loggerheads with good longtime partners.

Intel is one of the largest chipmaker in the world, currently designing new chips along with a new version of open source Linux operating system that would specially be designed to run the new class of MIDs or Mobile internet Devices. This would let the consumers enjoy high definition videos, download directions or local business listing while on the go or even make internet powered phone calls. This effort by Intel could foretell an attempt by the company to land their products in the pocket size smartphones which is a category where Apple has already sole nearly 17.4 million products.

However as Intel tries to step into the growing market of Smartphone and handheld chip devices, it was estimated it would be worth nearly $3 billion this year by iSuppli as mobile internet devices would even compete with several iPhone for consumers. The Linux effort of Intel also facades a threat to a longtime association with Microsoft, which is also trying to launch their Windows Mobile operating system in several handheld devices. Additionally Intel would also be stuffing up with Linux talent partially to aid in the handheld effort.

The new Linux software that is named as Moblin 2 is expected to be in the hands of software developers by March which would run new portable computers which are set to arrive into the markets during this midyear. As companies like BenQ, Hitachi and Lenovo have already made MIDs through some previous designs; Intel also plans to announce their new partners by February at the Mobile Technology conference in Spain.

After Intel provided a few version of Linux for the mobile devices that would run its chips, they are hoping to jump starts a new breed of handheld computers into a category which they are largely shut off. Most of the Smartphones like Palm’s new Pre and iPhone which have gathered great compliments right from their launch actually run chips that are designed by ARM and are licensed by manufacturers like Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. The fight on which most companies supply software and chips for smaller and powerful handheld computers like MIDs actually comes as the PC retreat from the tech industry. However the worldwide PC sales are expected to drop a bit by nearly 5 percent as the waning demand has split forth quarter profit of Intel and has also exhausted second quarter earning of Microsoft.