Weather superimposed on Google maps

Weather Underground has announced their new Wundermaps feature that superimposes precipitation maps and radar on the familiar Google maps interface. They go way beyond what weather.com offers by also including all the weather stations that upload data to their service so you get a realtime picture of temperature and wind at multiple locations in the…

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Samsung battery give 10% longer life to laptops

According to the Korea Times Samsung SDI has signed a deal to provide laptop batteries to Dell and HP. The new batteries have 7.7% more capacity, 10% more in-use time, and recharges quicker than the 2600mAh batteries currently in use. Samsung also plan on an even more powerful 3000mAh battery in the near future. (more…

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Big LCD TV price cuts coming next month

Sony is going to be making big price cuts in their LCD TVs next month in order to try to gain market share. It appears that Sony’s big competitors Toshiba, Sharp, Sansung, LG will follow suit. It is also likely that the lower end producers such as Westinghouse and Vizio will cut their prices to…

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Psystar open computer reviewed

CNET got a Psystar Open Computer running MacOS Leopard to review. They don’t have the full review posted yet but they have put up a slideshow and an unboxing video: slideshow unboxing The full review should be up later today. It seems like despite all the naysayers who thought it was a scam the product…

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Solar panel roof for your Prius

Now this is a smart idea for those people who feel that their hybrid car lifestyle just isn’t good enough for the environment. The SEV solar module for 2004-2006 Toyota Prius cars generates 215 watts of power which the makers claim provides up to an extra 20 miles of gas-free travel a day and a…

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New Fujitsu lifebook tablet pc spotted in Germany

TabletPCReview found out about an unannounced tablet pc shown recently by Fujitsu in Germany. Here’s what they know: “At this point the following specifications are known: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 13.3″ passive digitizer Display, Accessories in the same design. As I mentioned, not much is known at this time or if this model will…

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Pet porthole is particularly pointless

Boing Boing posted about this $30 pet porthole from Hammacher-Schlemmer. That is the last thing I would put in my fence: I don’t want my dogs to see what is going on outside the backyard – if they see things (mailman, UPS truck, someone walking by, a cat) they bark, I don’t want the little…

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Six 24″ LCD monitors reviewed

X-Bit Labs have posted a review and face-off between six newer 24″ LCD monitors from Acer, Dell, NEC, and Samsung. We were rooting for the Dell 2407WFP to win as we have two of them on the PC we use to write ShinyPlastic but here’s what they concluded: “Although four out of the six monitors…

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Toshiba laptops get facial recognition security software

Toshiba’s laptops with “fusion finish” (the U400, M300, A300 and P300) will now come with facial recognition software that won’t let you login unless your face (or whatever other part of your anatomy you waved at the webcam during setup) matches a database of stored user images. In unrelated news police expect the number of…

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