Archive for September, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free utility that provides real-time protection to identify and eliminate harmful viruses and other malware from your PC.

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The folks at HowToGeek have offered up an in depth guide for installing and using Security Essentials.

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An unusual bike design, “Forkless – Cruiser” by Olli Erkkila. He built it for his graduation project at the Institute of Design in Lahti, Finland.

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Techradar posted an article that featured 10 new electric cars that they spotted at the Frankfurt Motor show. I was intrigued with them, not becuase they’re “green” but because of the “futuristic” look of most of them.

1. Audi e-Tron
Audi’s e-Tron is one of the show’s biggest surprises. A concept for now, it is an electric version of the R8 supercar with four motors – one at each wheel – churning out 313bhp and a colossal 3,319 lb/ft of torque. That’s about 20 times the overtaking muscle of a Ford Focus.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

2. BMW VisionED
BMW’s concept is fast and frugal. It has a 1.5-litre plug-in electric/diesel motor that emits only 99g/km of carbon emissions and can hit 60mph in 4.8 seconds. It also has two electric motors, one powering the front wheels, the other the rears. The intelligent suspension even knows the type of road you’re driving on and will adjust the dampers accordingly.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

3. Citroen REVOLTe
Remember the Citroen 2CV, the zany French city car that’s now a collector’s item? Well Citroen has previewed its new 2CV. Called the REVOLTe, it is likely to be offered as both a hybrid (petrol and electric) and electric only making it perfect for clean, urban fun. It’s certainly funky, with rear-hinged doors, three seats and a foldable solar-powered roof.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

4. Hyundai Blue
2012 is the year of the London Olympics but we’ll also see this new track star making an appearance. It’s called the Hyundai Blue, a new sports car with a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a 100kw electric motor for instantaneous acceleration. The roof even features solar panels for recharging on the move.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

5. Lexus LF-CH
Lexus is taking on the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series with its new LF-CH hatch – except it will be offered with just a hybrid engine. This will be a sector first and bring fume-free motoring to the masses. It’s also clever inside; to keep distracting buttons in the cabin to a minimum the LF-CH features “remote touch controls”, which enable the driver to scroll through the in-car systems with a mouse-style controller.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

6. Mercedes F-Cell
Finally, an electric car that can escape the city. Range, as in distance, is the Achilles heel of electric cars – you can only travel short distances before they need to be recharged. But this new Mercedes F-Cell has an electric engine that can travel 250 miles between top-ups.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

7. Peugeot BB1
The wacky BB1 from Peugeot seats four people in tandem. Two electric motors power the rear wheels, and the driver uses bike-like handlebars rather than pedals and a steering wheel to control it. The downside is it’ll only go 75 miles before you’ll need to recharge.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

8. Renault Zoe Z.E. Concept
Renault showed four new electric cars this year, but it’s Zoe that caught our eye. The front doors open like scissors, and the rear is like a butterfly’s wings, while its 100kw motor will provide power for 100 miles before a refill. The spoiler also pops out at speed to provide greater aerodynamic but efficiency but the bit that we like most is the climate control system that can “hydrate” and “detox”.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

9. Trabant
The Trabant name is synonymous with the former Soviet Block. It was the communist ‘people car’ and as such was as basic as a flea-ridden mule. However, Trabant is back, and very much westernised. This new electric car has a snazzy design incorporating a solar panel on the roof for battery replenishment on the go.

Electric cars from the frankfurt motor show

10. VW L1
VW’s L1 is an electric car with a back-up diesel engine for when you’ve long distances to cover. Weighing a meagre 380kg and seating just two passengers in tandem like a motorbike, this little diesel-electric hybrid should be a flier when – not if – it goes on sale. Who said green cars can’t be fun?

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Original article on Techradar.

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The world of ebooks is about to start a new chapter with the arrival of the cheapest digital reader on the market. Asus, one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics businesses, confirmed last week that it is planning to shake up the market in the same way it did when it launched the first netbook — the low-cost alternative to the laptop.

Asus claims its ebook reader will be cleverer and more versatile than the current crop available from companies such as Sony and Amazon. It aims to unveil the device before the end of the year, according to Jerry Shen, the company’s president — and it may not be just one device, either.

The company is looking at a budget and a premium version, according to a spokesman for Asus in the UK. Details are scarce but the more expensive device is expected to follow closely a prototype dreamt up by the firm’s research and development team earlier this year.

Unlike current ebook readers, which take the form of a single flat screen, the Asus device has a hinged spine, like a printed book. This, in theory, enables its owner to read an ebook much like a normal book, using the touchscreen to “turn” the pages from one screen to the next. It also gives the user the option of seeing the text on one screen while browsing a web page on the other. One of the screens could also act as a virtual keypad for the device to be used like a laptop. Whereas current ebook readers have monochrome screens, the Asus would be full colour. The maker says it may also feature “speakers, a webcam and a mic for Skype”, allowing cheap phone calls over the internet.

Read the entire article on Technology Times.

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With the proliferation of lightweight and wide-screen notebooks, it was only a matter of time before someone realized that they make decent e-book readers when they’re sideways. EeeRotate makes swapping orientation easy.

Once installed, the tiny application rotates your screen and trackpad input using keyboard shortcuts. CTRL+ALT+RIGHT rotates your screen and touchpad input 90 degrees clockwise, CTRL+ALT+UP returns it to normal. Interestingly, in our tests EeeRotate would rotate the touchpad input, but not the input from the USB mouse plugged into the laptop. The navigation wasn’t difficult using either one of them, and you’d likely not have an external mouse plugged in if you were using it as an e-book reader, but it’s worth noting. Next time you find yourself reading lengthy documents on your wide screen laptop or netbook, EeeRotate can help you take advantage of your expansive screen space. EeeRotate is freeware, Windows only.

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Original article: lifehacker

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I had previously posted an article on Josh Silver’s water filled eyeglasses that are instantly adjustable to meet your prescription needs. I ran across a TED talk in which Josh demos the glasses.

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