Dell to launch Latitude 2120 netbook at CES?

Among the many new-product announcements that have been released in the time leading up to CES, word on the web is that Dell will launch a new Latitude 2120 netbook at the Vegas convention next week. Apparently, the 2120 has specs identical to the previously available 2110, but gets double the computing power of the single core Intel Atom N470 chipset in its predecessor courtesy of a dual core N550 processor. While the upgraded processor is the big news, sources indicate the newest Latitude gets an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, which should be a welcome addition for those students planning to watch March Madness during that 10AM lecture this spring semester. No word on price or availability, so interested parties will have to wait until the official launch for such details.

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Create Your Own Mosaics In Seconds Using Flickr Images

This article was written on November 10, 2006 by CyberNet.

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Have you ever wanted to create your own mosaic of an image but don’t feel like sitting down for days and days trying to find pictures that match the color you need? Then you need to use the free online Image Mosiac Generator. Just upload your PNG, GIF, JPG, or JPEG image file and it will scrounge Flickr looking for images that will match the colors. If you don’t have any pictures you want to upload at least checkout the ones they have done on their homepage.

As you can see I did it will our logo but I used a low quality version so that the tiling is more apparent. If you stand back a few feet from your monitor you almost won’t be able to tell the difference between the real logo and the one that I generated.

This is actually more fun than I initially thought it would be. I have found myself uploading several images to see the result. :D

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How would you change webOS 2.0?

Earlier this year, we asked how you’d change Palm’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, both of which were launched with webOS 1.x. Needless to say, a lot can happen in three calendar quarters. Since, HP has swallowed Palm up, and webOS 2.0 has hit the wilds of our wondrous planet. The Pre 2 wasn’t exactly the most enthralling device to launch the OS on, but it is what it is. And now, we’re curious to know how you’d overhaul it if given the seat that Mark Hurd once resided in. Have you grown annoyed by any specific thing within webOS 2.0? Would you have tweaked the distribution process? Are you satisfied with developer participation? Would you alter certain things knowing that a nondescript webOS tablet was on the horizon? Go ahead and spend your last moments of 2010 in comments below — who knows what the next year holds for this gem of a mobile OS.

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CyberNotes Giveaway: NoteScraps is the Perfect Post-it Note Replacement

This article was written on April 23, 2007 by CyberNet.

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Notescraps1One of the ways that I keep myself organized is by writing little notes here and there, and making “to-do” lists. It’s suited me well, but the problem is that sometimes the notes have important information that I want to hang on to, and so I never throw them out. I end up with a desk and monitor filled with post-it notes, and finding notes when I need them turns into a hideous task. I knew there had to be a better way to manage my little notes, but I just wasn’t sure what.

My problem was solved recently when I was introduced to NoteScraps which does exactly what my post-it notes have done for me all along, except better! NoteScraps is a program for Windows Vista or Windows XP to help you store all of the bits of information that you’d normally write down.  The difference being, not only can you take notes, you can search your notes to find the one that you’re looking for.


  • Each note is automatically time stamped so that you know when you wrote it.
  • Use shift + windows key + “N” to open a new note
  • Use shift + windows key + “F” to search your notes
  • Clean, simple interface with no menus
  • Color-code notes with a choice of 5 different colors

Another nice feature is that you’re able to export all of your notes.  All you have to do is go to your My Documents folder, and find the NoteScraps folder.  Within that folder you’ll find one document with all of your notes in plain text.

My two favorite features are that you’re able to color-code your notes, and you can search them.  Color coding has been extremely helpful because I’ve chosen one color for work related notes, and another color for home related notes.

If you’re using the trial version, you’re limited to 10 notes, and for the majority of the people, that’s enough. If you’d need more than 10 notes open at a time you can purchase NoteScraps for $20.00. It requires .NET Framework 3.0 if you’re using windows XP.



So far over the last few weeks that I’ve been using NoteScraps, I’ve found it to be the perfect replacement for all of my post-it notes. However, there are a few things I’d like to see changed. First, I’d like to see simple formatting like bullets and bold text. There are certain things in my notes that I’d like to have stand out. I’d also like an option to quickly delete a note. As it stands, you need to select all of the text within a note and press delete.  An X in the corner would be helpful.

I’d also like to be able to choose the order of my notes.  Right now it shows the most recently modified item first.  This is a logical way to do it, however, I’d like to be able to select which note goes where.

I realize that the application isn’t intended to be feature intensive. There are applications that are designed with all of the bells and whistles like EverNote which was just recently mentioned in the Forum. However, I think a few small changes like the addition of a delete button and minimal formatting would make NoteScraps even better.

Wrapping it up

Notescraps2NoteScraps is the perfect post-it note replacement, and a great way to keep all of your scraps of information organized in one location. I love that I’m able to color-code each of my notes, and that I’m able to easily search my notes using the find feature.

Remember, you can download the free trial that never expires and you’ll be able to use 10 notes.  You can delete notes and create new ones, you just can’t ever exceed 10 at a time.  The paid version while a bit high in price at $20.00, gives you unlimited notes. Just download the trial, and then once you have the trial installed, you’ll see the option to “Buy Now.”

My desk and my monitor are finally free of post-it notes, and now all of my important bits of information have been moved to NoteScraps.

Click here to watch a high resolution movie demonstrating NoteScraps.


If you think that NoteScraps would be useful, leave a comment below.  We’ll select five people at random who will get the full version of NoteScraps valued at $20.00!

  • This is open to anybody over the age of 18 worldwide with an email address, except void where prohibited.
  • You MUST include an email address in the email field of the comment (this is not displayed publicly) because we will be passing on the five winning email addresses to the developers so that they can email the license code to you.
  • Only one entry per person. If more than one entry is submitted, all entries will be void.

You have until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, April 24th to enter. Winners will be announced Wednesday morning on April 25th.

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Netflix and VUDU not hitting Boxee Box till January… as if you couldn’t have guessed

According to a post that’s just gone live on Boxee’s blog, users of the Boxee Box won’t see VUDU or Netflix content on their TVs until January. We know, the wait will be painful. According to the Boxee team, VUDU offerings should hit the platform as soon as next week, but Netflix won’t be made available until the end of the month. The company claims that both services are up and running in its offices, but more time was needed to “test each application to make sure they are ready for launch.” It’s nice to know where we stand, though it would have been even nicer to get more frequent updates on the status of these apps, instead of a last-minute blog post on New Year’s Eve.

Still, the post has equal touches of hopefulness for the bright future Boxee sees for home entertainment, and acknowledgment of the massive challenges the startup faces in the coming year. In their words: “As we get ready for the New Year tomorrow and CES next week, it’s clear that in 2011 we will be competing with companies that spend more feeding their employees that we have to pay ours. We’re confident though that our small team will continue to push the envelop of what people expect from their TVs.” Here at Engadget, we’re eager to see how it all plays out, but we’re definitely rooting for underdogs like Boxee who have pioneered so much of what the world is just waking up to. 2011 is going to be a crazy year!

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PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year’s Day 2011

We’re not exactly sure of the cause of this fancy new issue affecting Apple’s super cool iPhone line of cellphones, but apparently you’ve got trouble come 1/1/2011. According to an explosive stream of frustration-filled tweets on the Twitter microblogging service, when the clock strikes midnight, one off alarms will cease to sing out. The issue sounds eerily similar to recent Daylight Savings Time trouble we witnessed back in November, although we saw both repeating alarm and single alarm failures.

So how can you fix this potentially life-ruining problem? Well until Apple patches its OS — and it’s currently unclear if this is just iOS 4.2.1 or earlier versions as well — you can simply create a recurring alarm at the time you need to be woken up, and then disable it once your dreams are completely ruined. We’re taking a deeper look into the issue and have contacted Apple — if we get more news, you guys will be the first to know. In the meantime, feel free to commiserate in comments, and… happy new year?

Update: 9to5 Mac says that the bug will get fixed all by itself once the calendar hits January 3rd. We haven’t confirmed this, but if it turns out to be the case, that’s pretty good news. In less good news, the issue seems to be affecting iOS 4.1 and 4.0.2 as well.

Update 2: Apple responded to us on the issue, though they didn’t offer any surprises:

We’re aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year’s Day 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is your brain. This is your brain on video games

Sure, you’ve probably seen countless scientific studies involving video games — but have you have you ever wondered what your brain actually looked like while your playing video games? Well, feast your eyes on the image above. That’s an MRI scan of New York Times writer Matt Richtel’s brain that was captured while he played a simple driving game — all in the name of science (and journalism), of course. As Richtel notes, however, that’s just one example of the ways researchers are using such technology to “map the ethereal concept of attention,” and scientists have turned up some other interesting findings as of late. Researchers at the University of Utah, for instance, have found that people’s ability to juggle two tasks begins to drop off in their 30s and then sharply drops in their 40s, which contradicts earlier suspicions that people’s ability to multitask only began to degrade when they’re much older. Some other researchers are still suspicious of those findings, however, and Dr. Gazzaley of the University of California at San Diego is quick to point out that all of this research is still in the earliest stages — he’s expecting some more detailed findings next year when his team expands their tests and begin to incorporate EEG monitoring as well.

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SPlayer: A Light and Fast Media Player

This article was written on February 18, 2010 by CyberNet.


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These days computers are becoming more and more of a media hub for users to watch movies or television shows on. For awhile I’ve switched between a handful of media players including VLC, KMPlayer, and GOM. All of those are excellent in their own way, and now I think I’ll also have to add SPlayer to the list. On top of supporting the wide array of media types that the others do, SPlayer is fast.

The best thing about SPlayer is hands-down the simple interface. As you can see in the screenshot above it’s nice because all of the buttons are overlaid on the video when you move your mouse, and there are no visible menus to distract you. Not only that, but there is a minimalist mode (pictured above) that gets rid of the minimize/maximize/close buttons that are typically at the top of a window so that you get a very clean viewing experiencing without needing to go to full-screen mode.

splayer windows 7.pngAs expected SPlayer also integrates with Windows 7 nicely. One way it does that is to show the progress of whatever you’re watching in the Taskbar icon, and I’m hoping that in an upcoming release it will also some basic jumplist support (for things like recently played movies). Thanks to some out-of-the-box jumplist functionality in Windows 7, however, you can always drag a file onto the SPlayer icon to have that particular file pinned to the jumplist menu. Whenever you select that video from the list SPlayer will immediately open and start playing it.

And I can’t forget to mention the performance, which is rather incredible. Starting up SPlayer takes about a second on my machine, and to start playing a video all I have to do is drag the file somewhere in the window. In terms of memory usage SPlayer uses about 5MB when sitting idle and around 36MB when a movie is playing. That definitely falls within the range of acceptability.

Everything about this app feels snappy, clean, and well thought out. I give the developers a lot of credit for the attention to detail that ensures users will have the best experience possible. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

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Via Motors E-REV hybrid trucks power your commute and the job site too (video)

Via Motors E-REV hybrid trucks power your commute and the job site too

Hybrid cars have officially jumped the shark, boring drivers from coast to coast as they smugly hypermile wherever they’re going. Meanwhile, those with big trucks have been relatively out of luck, having to stop frequently for gas — and to scrape the remains of those little hybrids out of their fender wells. That’s changing soon, with Via Motors taking its rebranded Chevy trucks (dig that flying V on the grille) and offering them to fleets in 2011, with sales to individuals coming two years later (you can get in line now for $1,000 down). Big companies like, apparently, PG&E will be able to roll in these so-called E-REV trucks that offer either 20 or 40 miles of electric range, augmented by an onboard generator. Yes, it’s a series hybrid layout similar in theory to the Volt, with the internal combustion engine charging the batteries which, in turn, send juice to the 268hp motor. Interestingly, though, that generator can power other things as well, providing 120 or 240V to tools, lights, maybe even hot tubs if you’re a super cool contractor. No word on anticipated vehicle cost nor efficiency, but we’re not expecting miracles on either front.

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Engadget Podcast 223 – 12.31.2010

What are you doing tonight? How about………………listening to all 100 minutes of the 2010 wrap-up edition of the Engadget Podcast? The Engadget Podcasters reminisce and predict as we peer into the void of yet another year of exciting and flawed technology. They just keep coming, and rest assured — we’ll just keep podcasting.

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