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Acer Unveils Massive Multimedia Notebook


By Shane McGlaun

I can understand why some users would be interested in multimedia notebooks. The machines tend to be feature packed, have good graphics, and be able to play movies while you are on the go. The downside to the class of machines is that they are usually expensive and can be very large.

Acer has announced a new multimedia computer called the Acer Aspire 8935G. Some specifications of the machine are not announced at this time. What we do know is that the machine will use Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, run Windows Vista Home Premium, and sports a massive 18.4-inch LCD.

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Baylis Hand-Cranked Eco EP-MX71 Improves On The Wind-Up Radio

Baylis Eco EP-MX71 Hand-Cranked Media Player (Image courtesy the Daily Mail)
By Andrew Liszewski

A wind-up radio is great for emergencies, or when you don’t have access to power, but there’s the downside of being limited to only listening to what’s on the radio. Thankfully Trevor Baylis, who apparently gained some level of notoriety for developing the wind-up radio in the first place, has now created a wind-up multimedia player. While prototypes were shown in August of last year, the final version is now complete and Reg Hardware actually had a chance to test it out.

As a result of the on-board generator the EP-MX71 can’t compare to the iPod in terms of size, but after an initial charge of 10 hours via USB the player can be completely independent of any external power source, not including your arms. One minute of winding should give you an extra 20 minutes of MP3 playback, or 10 minutes of video. The current version only has 2GB of memory on-board (they hope to expand that to 4GB and 8GB eventually) but it also includes an SD card slot making it infinitely expandable right out of the box.

Video files have to be converted to an AMV format before they can be enjoyed on the 1.8 inch LCD display, but the player natively supports the MP3, WMA, WAV and Ogg music formats. In fact it can even record audio from an analog source directly to MP3 files if you still have a few old mix tapes lying around. Overall Reg Hardware gave the player an 85%, and when it goes on sale it will have a suggested retail price of about $270.

[ Baylis Eco EP-MX71 ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Qtrax Promises Millions Of Free Songs, Delivers None


By Luke Anderson

I would be willing to venture that more than a few people reading this have downloaded music illegally. I’ll admit that I used to do my fair share back in the day, but being a little older and wiser, have been legally purchasing my music from iTunes for some time. Recently I heard about Qtrax, which is a legal site that will let you download as much music as you want, for free. The only catch is that it is DRM protected, and you have to watch some ads. Seems like a small price to pay for unlimited music downloads, right?

I’m sure that it would work out just fine, if they actually have any music to download. Unfortunately, the service went live yesterday, sans downloads. They had been talking big about the deals they had with the big four labels for over 25 million tracks, the only problem was that they didn’t have anything signed with even a single one of them.

You know what they say, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

[ Qtrax ] VIA [ p2pnet ]

Euricase Multimedia Ring Box may Outshine the Ring

Euricase Ring Box (Image via Euricase)
By Shane McGlaun

I remember the day I asked my wife to marry me, and you had better believe she does. Women have photographic memories when it comes to that sort of thing. If you really want to remember the big day and have a memento to give that will be around for years to come, Euri Inc. has a new ring box that will make it happen.

This is no ordinary ring box that will be tossed aside to get at the sparkly centerpiece inside the box. In fact, the Euricase may be cooler than the ring you are giving. The Euricase has a built-in 2-inch LCD screen and enough memory to store up to 500 photos or 60 minutes of video.

The screen is in the top lid of the ring box and when the box is opened the multimedia show starts. LED lights shine onto the ring and alarm and calendar functions are built-in as well. The Euricase will run you $198.95 and transferring video and images is done by USB from your computer.

[ Euri Inc. ] VIA [ Everything USB ]