A Week of Great Tech News

CANADA HAS SOMETHING TO FLIP ABOUT

The Flip Video Ultra Series compact digital camcorder has finally made it to Canada. This pocket size camcorder couldn’t be simpler to use. There’s a red record button, a playback button and a delete button. The built in flip out USB connector means no cable worries and the included  built-in software for editing, organizing and sharing, makes this a must have get-up-and-go camcorder that your grandmother can actually use.  Created by Pure Digital Technologies, the Flip Video is available now at Wal-Mart for $159.99. Technically the Flip Video is VGA resolution at 30 FPS similar to most of today’s better digital point-and-shoot cameras but it’s much easier and handier to use. This is a winner, but how will it compete with Creative’s $99.99 Vado? Check out my review at  www.edmontonjournal.com this Saturday.

INTEL PUTS PEDAL TO THE MEDAL WITH NEW CHIPSETS

This week at Computex, Intel Corporation launched new technologies featuring significant advances in video and graphics, performance and energy efficiency. The Intel 4 Series Chipset family, consisting of the Intel G45, G43, P45 and P43 Express Chipsets, will get computers in line with demanding home applications like HD TV.

The flagship G45 Express Chipset (basically the chip guts of a motherboard on which the CPU, memory and all computer traffic takes place) has an updated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD which will enable up to 1080p HD video playback and editing. An HDMI connector is included now, finally allowing full integration of PCs and the cutting edge living room. You won’t need additional decoders to playback Blu-ray videos on this puppy, and imagine connecting your PC directly to your flat panel’s HDMI port. The new motherboards work with all existing 45 nm Intel processors. The graphics chip also boasts improved visuals including optimized performance and support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0.

The Intel P45 Express Chipset, a follow up to the Intel P35 Express Chipset, is designed for mainstream platforms, including a new simple-to-use tuning tool to speed up your motherboard including CPU. Hang on to your seats folks, power computing has just fired its booster rockets to a higher orbit. And you won’t be needing a PS3 for your hot PC gaming and Blu-ray movie watching.

PDF POWER BOOST

Adobe announced Acrobat 9, a much improved version for creating PDF software. Every component has been injected with steroids making this release one of the most important in Adobe’s history.  It comes in three versions but Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended which I just got a beta of, includes three cool new features. The ability to build PDF Portfolios that combine multiple types of files (including Office files) in a single PDF document, the ability to store video files in PDF files that can be viewed by anyone using Adobe Reader 9 regardless of whether they have the right video playback codecs installed and the ability to compare documents in collaborative work environments. Despite all the new tools, if you are used to version 8 you will be up to speed with version 9 in no time. Can’t say more for now but like all good things in life, you get what you pay for. For more info go to: http://www.adobe.com/

 

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