November 10, 2009

MSI Series laptops

Msi launches five new C Series laptops

Msi C series CX600, CX700, CR600-013, CR600-017 and CR700

MSI introduced five new C Series laptops, the CX600, CX700, CR600-013, CR600-017 and CR700 , packing some decent specifications, but as usual for C series nothing special. The models 600 packs a 16-inch and models 700 a 17.3-inch display. Continue reading »

Maingear presents eX-L 18, supposedly “worlds most pawerful gaming laptop”

Maingear eX-L 18

According to MainGear, they launched the worlds most powerful gaming laptop, the eX-L 18. It boasts 18.4-inch (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) LCD display, Intel Core 2 Extreme X9300 (2.53Ghz) quad processor with an Intel MCP79 chipset, Continue reading »


Toshiba launched series of kitchen-friendly TV sets, the 18.5-inch 19LV612U. It’s made from stainless steel and it’s intendet for use in kitchen because it blends easly with microwave oven, refrigerator and other kitchen appliances. Continue reading »

Samsung R720

Samsung announced new multimedia notebook, the 17.3-inch R720. Its powered by Intel Centrino 2 processor, ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics has 17.3-inch (16:9 aspect ratio) LED display, stereo speakers with subwoofer and Windows Vista Home Premium. Samsung R720 will be available in the UK market from July.

Casio Exilim EX-H10

Casio has recently announced the Exilim EX-H10, a new compact digital camera which will come with 10X optical zoom lens.It has a 3-inch LCD, ultra-wide angle 24mm lens stabilized by a 12.1 megapixel sensor with up to ISO 3200 sensitivity, CCD-shift image stabilization and ability to convert JPEGs into motion video at 720p (30 fps). Continue reading »

Averatec have introduced new all-in-one desktop PC, the Averatec D1200. It boasts 25.5-inch Full HD (1920×1200) LCD screen, Intel Core 2 Duo E5200 2.5Ghz processor, Intel’s G4500HD graphics, 4GB DDR2 RAM and 320GB hard drive. Continue reading »

How your cell phone can diagnose disease

The hardware added to this cell phone costs around $10.(Credit: Ozcan Research Group/UCLA)
To picture the next-gen microscope, don't picture a microscope at all. Aydogan Ozcan, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, is adapting cell phones to sample biological images.

This is no iPhone app. Ozcan, who formed the company Microskia (on the heels of the UC Berkeley team that developed CellScope), has built a prototype whose cell phone camera sensor can detect a slide's contents at a cellular level--reading, for example, an increase in white blood cell count that might indicate a new infection or injury. That information can then be forwarded wirelessly to a lab or hospital.

The brilliance of Ozcan's design is that magnification is done electronically, requiring no lens. (CellScope, on the other hand, takes a more conventional approach as a miniature microscope with expensive lenses.) Ozcan simply added LEDs to the phone, and those diodes direct light over the sample, which is analyzed in front of the camera sensor. The resulting hologram is recorded by the camera as a collection of pixels, and can be analyzed through Ozcan's software for diagnostic decisions.

The applications for this kind of affordable and mobile device abound. Screening for malaria is a big one, or monitoring someone's white blood cell count throughout chemotherapy.Viruses such as HIV and H1N1 are currently too small to detect at this point, Ozcan told me by phone: "They are so small compared to the wavelength of light that their scattering is not going to help. But there are ways to get around this through optics, that we are working on.
"When the technology does get there, he says, you could "photograph" your own nasal swab, upload it to a Web site that compares images for diagnosis, and know whether you have the flu without ever leaving bed.
Because let's face it: the last place someone with a compromised immune system should be is a crowded emergency room.