Saturday, March 26, 2011

Apple Releases iPad2

iPad 2 

Thinner, lighter, and
full of great ideas.

Once you pick up iPad 2, it’ll be hard to put down. That’s the idea behind the all-new design. It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands.2 And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books so natural, you might forget there’s incredible technology under your fingers.

Dual-core A5 chip.
It’s fast, times two.

Two powerful cores in one A5 chip mean iPad can do twice the work at once. You’ll notice the difference when you’re surfing the web, watching movies, making FaceTime video calls, gaming, and going from app to app to app. Multitasking is smoother, apps load faster, and everything just works better.

Superfast graphics.
Go, gamers, go.

With up to nine times the graphics performance, gameplay on iPad is even smoother and more realistic. And faster graphics help apps perform better — especially those with video. You’ll see it when you’re scrolling through your photo library, editing video with iMovie, and viewing animations in Keynote.

Two cameras. And a big hello to FaceTime for iPad.

You’ll see two cameras on iPad — one on the front and one on the back. They may be tiny, but they’re a big deal. They’re designed for FaceTime video calling, and they work together so you can talk to your favorite people and see them smile and laugh back at you.3 The front camera puts you and your friend face-to-face. Switch to the back camera during your video call to share where you are, who you’re with, or what’s going on around you. When you’re not using FaceTime, let the back camera roll if you see something movie-worthy. It’s HD, so whatever you shoot is a mini-masterpiece. And you can take wacky snapshots in Photo Booth. It’s the most fun a face can have

iPad Smart Cover. Designed for iPad. And vice versa.

iPad 2 and the iPad Smart Cover are made for each other. Literally.4 We designed the iPad Smart Cover to work side-by-side with iPad — and on top and underneath it, too. Smart magnetic technology built into each really pulls them together. The iPad Smart Cover falls perfectly into place and stays put to protect your iPad screen, yet doesn’t add bulk to its thin, light design. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad wakes up instantly. Close it and your iPad goes to sleep automatically. And here’s another smart part: It transforms into the perfect movie-watching, game-playing, web-surfing stand. It comes in 10 bright colors — including five in rich, aniline-dyed Italian leather.5 Choose your favorite, and your iPad will be smart all around

LED-backlit display.
The view is amazing.

iPad is one big, beautiful display — 9.7 inches of high-resolution photos, movies, web pages, books, and more. LED backlighting makes everything you see remarkably crisp, vivid, and bright. Even in places with low light, like an airplane. And there’s no wrong way to hold iPad. It’s designed to show off everything in portrait and landscape, so with every turn (even upside down), the display adjusts to fit. Because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Everything’s at your fingertips.

Technology is at its best when it feels completely natural, almost like there’s no technology at all. That’s Multi-Touch on iPad. You use your fingers to do everything, so everything you do — surfing the web, typing email, reading books, and swiping through photos — is easier and a lot more fun. How does it work? When your fingers touch the display, it senses them using electrical fields. Then it instantly transforms your taps, swipes, pinches, and flicks into lifelike actions. Just like that.

iOS 4.
The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

iOS 4 is the operating system for iPad (along with iPhone and iPod touch). It lets you browse, read, and see everything just by touching the screen. It includes all the powerful, innovative, and fun built-in apps you use every day, many times a day. And it’s the platform on which more than 65,000 other amazing apps have been created for iPad. It’s highly secure, stable, and responsive, and it’s made to work seamlessly with the iPad hardware. iOS 4 is the reason no other device has yet come close to iPad.

Wi-Fi and 3G.
Two great ways to stay connected.

Every iPad is built with advanced 802.11n wireless technology. It automatically finds Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad is also available with 3G connectivity on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless networks. So if you’re somewhere without Wi-Fi, such as outdoors on a camping trip or on the road, you can still surf the web, check email, or get directions

Gyro, accelerometer, and compass. 
iPad knows your every move.

With the built-in accelerometer, you can rotate iPad to portrait or landscape, or even upside down, and whatever you’re watching, reading, or seeing adjusts to fit the display. And now the accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, and compass all work together. They sense which direction iPad is heading and how it’s moving. So games, maps, and other apps know your every twist, turn, tilt, and 360. It’s an epic win for gaming. And it’s just the beginning of better-than-ever iPad apps.

Your movie-photo-music stream.

All the great stuff on your iPad — your music, photos, and video — can now stream wirelessly to your HDTV and speakers via AirPlay-enabled speakers or Apple TV on a Wi-Fi network.7 With just a tap on the AirPlay icon, blast some tunes, have a movie night, show off some photos, or watch YouTube. And go big.

Video mirroring.
What you do is what they see.

Video mirroring is new for iPad and for every app, web page, presentation, video, movie, or photo you want to show a big audience. Just plug in the Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (sold separately) and your HDTV or projector becomes a bigger version of your iPad. One plug, that’s it. Everyone sees what’s on your display — even when you rotate iPad from portrait to landscape or zoom in and out on photos. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Product Overview

Unparalleled optical performance in a fast and steady telephoto zoom: In the pursuit to achieve the most
outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron's Anniversary lens - the SP AF70-300mm
 F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) - utilizes an advanced optical design that features an LD (Low Dispersion)
and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element made from specialized materials that prevent chromatic 
aberration. As a result, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) boasts sharper contrast
and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class. In addition, it is the first Tamron lens 
sporting a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), Tamron's very own ultrasonic auto-focus drive mechanism.
 This USD mechanism delivers fast focusing, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing
sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. The lens also boasts Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration 
Compensation) image stabilization to assist in hand-held photography, not only at long focal length
ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing 
photographic freedom. This comnbination of best in class image resolution, Ultrasonic Silent Drive and
 Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology, culminating in the production
of a premium 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

Sample Images

Technical Drawing

Optical/Mechanical Feature Key


Lens Construction (Groups/Elements)12/17
Angle of View34°21'-8°15'
Diaphragm Blade Number9
Minimum ApertureF/32-45
Minimum Focus Distance1.5m (59.05 in)
Macro Magnification Ratio1:4 (at f = 300mm: MFD 1.5m)
Filter DiameterΓΈ62
Weight765g * (26.98 oz)
Length *142.7mm  (5.61 in)
Full Length **151.1mm #(5.9 in)
Diameter81.5mm #(3.21 in)
AccessoryFlower shaped Lens hood
MountCanon - Available
Nikon - Available
* Length means the size from the head of the barrel to the flange of the mount.
** Full Length means the size from the head of the barrel to the end of the lens.
# Length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount. Specifications, appearance, 
   functionality, etc., may be changed without prior notice.
##The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality,
    as the body of Sony digital SLR cameras include image stabilization functionality.

Nvidia Geforce GTX580

Fast. Quiet. Deadly

Nvidia membuktikan penguasaannya dalam bidang penghasilan kad grafik yang berkuasa tinggi bagi menundukkan musuh seterunya, ATI. ATI yang tekenal dengan model HD Radeon ternyata bukan lawan bagi kad Nvidia siri Geforce GTX ini. Dianggap sebagai kad GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) terpantas di dunia buat masa kini, ia menampilkan beberapa ciri estetika dan fungsi yang menakjubkan. Ia mampu menyokong DX11 (Direct X 11) iaitu sebuah teknologi dalam penghasilan visual-visual tinggi. 

Kad Nvidia GTX 580 ini juga menyokong teknologi 3D Surround dalam permainan-permainan video unggul masa kini seperti Just Cause 2, Crysis dan sebagainya yang menggunakan teknologi 3D untuk menyerlahkan lagi permainan video mereka. Dengan adanya teknologi 3D ini, grafik tersebut akan kelihatan seolah-olah terkeluar dari skrin dan hampir mengenai anda. Justeru itu, pengalaman dalam bermain permainan menggunakan 3D ini pastinya mengujakan anda. Konsep 3D Surround ini ialah dengan menggunakan 3 monitor yang berbeza yang disatukan menjadi satu unit paparan. Bermaksud ketiga-tiga monitor ini bergabung untuk menghasilkan satu gambar yang lebih luas dan realistik. Resolusi paparan juga akan menjadi lebih tinggi iaitu kira-kira 6100x1080. Bayangkanlah betapa luasnya paparan visual itu!

Bagi mengalami visualisasi 3D itu, anda haruslah memiliki kit 3D keluaran Nvidia. Ia dijual pada harga kira-kira $199 atau lebih kurang RM600. Di dalam kit itu terdapat:

1) Sepasang cermin mata 3D, dengan saku simpanan, boleh dilaras mengikut keselesaan dan kain pencuci mikrofiber.
2) Pengawal USB 3D Vision
3) 5" VESA stereo headset
4) 10" DVI-HDMI kabel
5) Kabel pengecas 6"
6) Nota panduan
7) Installation CD

Antara permainan video yang menggunakan teknologi 3D Nvidia ini ialah:

1) Battlefield Bad Company 2
2) Batman: Arkham Asylum
3) Dead Rising 2
4) Mafia II
5) Metro 2033: The Last Refuge
6) Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2

Dell Alienware Area-51 ALX

"The Most Powerful Alienware Desktop Ever"

Sejarah Alienware

Mendengar kata-kata ini pasti membuatkan anda semua tertanya-tanya apakah yang begitu istimewa dengan desktop keluaran Alienware ini. Sejarah Alienware ini bermula apabila Nelson Gonzalez dan Alex Aguila mengasaskan Alienware, yang menghasilkan desktop, notebook dan pembuatan desktop secara 'custom-made' pada tahap maksimum. Menurut kakitangan Alienware, nama Alienware muncul apabila pengasasnya tertarik pada siri 'The X-File'. Alienware merupakan satu organisasi yang berada di bawah syarikat Dell. Alienware berpangkalan di The Hammocks, unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida berhampiran Miami.

Alienware Area-51 ALX

Pada harga bermula $3999 atau lebih kurang RM12,000, pasti anda semua akan terkejut dengan harga desktop ini yang melampau  mahal. Namun, dengan harga ini, pihak Alienware telah memberikan anda prestasi terbaik dan tidak mungkin dapat disaingi syarikat-syarikat komputer yang lain. Model Alienware ini (Area-51 ALX) merupakan dekstop terpantas pernah dihasilkan oleh pihak Alienware.

Antara ciri istimewanya termasuklah:
i) Exclusive ALX anodized space black chassis, featuring a motorized drive door. Bermaksud 'casing' desktop ini telah diselaputi dengan cas-cas positif dan mempunyai fungsi pintu bermotor. Ini bermaksud bahagian hadapannya boleh dibuka dengan hanya menekan butang yang tertentu.

II) Complete domination standard: Includes Alienware TactX™ Keyboard, TactX Mouse and TactX Headset. Bersedia untuk tergamam dengan rekaannya yang begitu unik dan futuristik. Dan untuk info tambahan, keyboard dan mousenya mempunyai pelbagai skema warna dan pencahayaan yang berbeza. Bermaksud anda boleh memilih warna lampu yang akan dinyalakan pada keyboard dan mouse anda melalui perisian yang terdapat di dalam sistem Alienware di desktop tersebut.

Spesifikasi bagi model Alienware Area-51 ALX ini adalah seperti berikut:

Processor: Intel Core i7X 980X (4GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
RAM (Random Access Memory): 12GB Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz, 3 DIMMS (Dual In-    Line Memory Module)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (Alienware System)
Hard Drive: 2000GB (2 Terabyte) SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Optical Drive:
i) Single Optical Disc Drive Option
6X Dual Layer Blu-Ray Disc (BD-RE, DVDRW, CD-RW
ii) Dual Optical Disc Drive Option 
24X Dual Layer Burner (DVDRW)
6X Dual Layer Blu-Ray Disc (BD-RE, DVDRW, CD-RW)
Graphic Card: 2048MB ATI HD6950 Radeon
Motherboard: Alienware Approved Intel X58 ATX Motherboard
Processor Cooling: High-Performance Liquid Cooling

Buat pengetahuan anda, dekstop ini memerlukan sistem cooling menggunakan air bagi mengawal haba yang dihasilkan oleh komponen-komponen koomputer ini yang beroperasi pada tahap maksumim. Komponen-komponen ini amat sensitif kepada haba. Jadi, sistem penyejukannya dapat menstabilkan suhu dalaman komputer dan membolehkan komputer Alienwware ini menaburkan jasanya kepada anda.