Day: March 2, 2010

ASUS makes DR-900 e-reader official

source – By Vladislav Savov

We’ve spent all our time hearing about a DR-950, but today at CeBIT ASUS has trotted out a DR-900 as its first 9-inch ebook reader. It doesn’t appear manifestly different from what we’ve heard and seenalready, with WiFi connectivity augmented with a 3G option, and a battery life rated to last a pretty radical 10,000 pages on a single charge. The interface on show clearly invites touch interaction, and we can fill in a few gaps with what we know of the DR-950, namely a 1024 x 768 resolution on a Sipix panel, 4GB of integrated storage, 3.5mm headphone jack, and support for PDF, TXT, MP3 and ePUB files. We’ll be tracking down an official price and release date shortly, as well as smudging a few fingerprints on these before the day is through.

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Opera 10.50 for Windows

source – by Robin Wauters

Opera Software today released Opera 10.50, which it touts as “the fastest Web browser thus-far produced for Windows computers” (which, in turn, calls for a comprehensive speed test – anyone?). The desktop browser has also been given a completely new design, adopting some of the style elements Google Chrome users will be familiar with.

Additionally, Opera 10.50 comes with a private browsing feature that enables people to browse for porn surprise gifts for their partners without leaving any traces.

The desktop browser, which is free to use, lands on Windows at a time when Microsoft has just rolling out its ballot screen for European users of the OS, presenting them with a choice in browsers (supposedly random, but not in reality, as we pointed out last week).

The Norwegian software maker calls Opera 10.50 the fastest browser they’ve ever produced, courtesy of a brand new JavaScript engine (Carakan) and a graphics library (Vega). The browser is also said to include improved standards support for HTML5 and CSS3.

For Windows 7 and Vista users, there are some more goodies: Opera now fully supports Aero Glass, Aero Peek and Jump Lists. You can easily access your Speed Dials, tabs and more from the Taskbar.

Opera 10.50 is available for Windows in 42 different languages – Mac and Linux versions are “coming soon”.

Google buys Picnik – online image editing app

source – Posted by Brian Axe, Product Management Director

More than ever before, people are sharing and storing their photos online. But until recently, you had to edit your photos using client software on your computer. Today, we’re excited to announce that Google has acquired Picnik, one of the first sites to bring photo editing to the cloud. Using Picnik, you can crop, do touch-ups and add cool effects to your photos, all without leaving your web browser.

We’re not announcing any significant changes to Picnik today, though we’ll be working hard on integration and new features. As well, we’d like to continue supporting all existing Picnik partners so that users will continue to be able to add their photos from other photo sharing sites, make edits in the cloud and then save and share to all relevant networks.

We’re very impressed with the Picnik team and the product they’ve created, and we’re excited to welcome them to Google. We’re looking forward to collaborating closely with them to improve the online photo editing experience on the web. In the meantime, we encourage you to head to Picnik, import some of your photos from Picasa Web Albums, Flickr or Facebook and try your hand at photo editing in the cloud!

21 Amazing Pool Ideas For Contemporary Houses

source – Author: Lavinia

In his incessant search for inspiring design ideas, Michael gathered a collection of 21 fabulous pools in order to boost our reader’s spirits. You can take them as beautiful ideas and you can appreciate their shape and style. But what we would like you to do is keep the designs in mind and consider these pictures as inspiring concepts for your future pool, whether its construction will occur in two weeks or ten years. They are all outdoor pools, some integrated in the house construction, others in the perimeter of the domain, close to the actual building. The ones that are located near the sea are particularly spectacular. We also like the wooden decks and the gazebos. Hope you will enjoy this display of elegance and design eccentricity and if you have any pool ideas you would like to share with us, don’t hesitate!

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Gigabyte T1000 takes a new twist on life with Atom N470 and a multitouch display

source – By Joanna Stern

Ever get the feeling that what you see on paper just isn’t going to be as good in person? That’s sort of how we felt today when we stopped by Gigabyte’s CeBIT booth to get a look at its newly announced T1000 netvertible. On the spec front the T1000 has everything we could possibly want in a netbook — a new 1.83GHz Atom N470, 2GB of RAM, a chiclet keyboard and a 1366 x 768-resolution multitouch display — but in our few minutes of use things were far from rainbows and butterflies. The resistive touch panel required a pretty firm press, and when in slate mode there’s no buttons (or accelerometer) for rotating the device. While we liked the chiclet keyboard, we’ll never understand why Gigabyte has kept the two mouse buttons on the sides of the touchpad. We realize that we may be jumping to conclusions too quickly here, so we’ll let you decide for yourselves with the help of a short video after the break.

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