Compaq Presario CQ1-1020 all-in-one: Atom-equipped, ready for grandma's email sessions originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Computer Monger | HP | Email this | Comments
Friday, April 16, 2010
Update: Dell hit us up with a totally corporate line when we dug deeper for details:
So insightful."Dell continually develops and tests new products that extend the mobile experience. We have not made any product announcements and do not comment on speculation, rumor or unannounced products."
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2TB hard drive review roundup: Samsung, Seagate and WD throw down originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Hot Hardware | Email this | Comments
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Toshiba's new REGZA record over LAN, convert 2D to 3D quite soon in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 01:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Gizmodo  ! ;| Toshiba (JP), Nikkei (Tech-On) | Email this | Comments
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Windows/Mac/Linux: TeamViewer, the remote desktop tool that makes for easy tech support or desktop viewing across systems, has released a Linux client, making it really helpful tool for Linux fans looking to provide a little cross-OS support for their friends.
Not that we're assuming that a desktop Linux user is the one always giving out tech support, but—okay, we kind of are. TeamViewer, one of our Hive Five contestants for remote desktop tools, makes helping out with computer fixes easier than setting up a VNC client on the ailing system and connecting. Reader PowerPatrick PowerPatrick pointed out the availability of the full Linux client, which is free for home and non-commercial use.
Posted by Augustine at 10:37 PM
You're planning on upgrading your hard drive, but there's one small problem: How do you get your data from the old hard drive to the new one, without reinstalling everything? Here's a step-by-step guide to seamlessly transition to a new drive.
Photo by Jeff Kubina.
If you've bumped up against the limits of your small, old hard drive over and over, it may be time to upgrade. In some instances, all the desktop user may need to do is install a second (or third) hard drive for a little more space. But that's not always an option, especially for laptop users. The solution: Clone your old drive—complete with your operating system and all your data—to a new, bigger drive.
For the purpose of this article, we're going to start after the point at which you've physically installed the hard drive—there's just a couple of screws and a cable, after all, but if you still need some help you can check out our guide to installing a hard drive for a primer on the basic technique.
Below, we'll highlight a few tools that can help you clone your old hard drive to a new one (and choose a favorite we'll use), detail a few of the finer points for getting started on a laptop or desktop computer, then guide you through the cloning and upgrading process.
Options for Cloning Your Drive
To upgrade your hard drive without reinstalling everything, you'll need to use a utility to make an exact copy, or clone, from the old hard drive to the new one. A number of commercial tools will do this for you, and even some free Windows utilities can make a copy of your drive while your PC is running. For example, see our guide to using DriveImageXML to hot image your PC's hard drive, which is an excellent tool for making a backup. The problem, however, is that it doesn't create a true clone of the drive, since you'd still have to reinstall the Windows bootloader using a repair CD if you wanted to boot into your cloned drive.
The bigger problem, particularly if you're upgrading a laptop, is that you need to have a copy of Windows already running for most of the free utilities to work; most laptops can only have one drive hooked up at a time. In this case, your best free option is the Linux-based Clonezilla Live CD, which streamlines the process of imaging your drive to an external drive or even a shared folder on another PC.
Upgrading a Desktop Hard Drive
When it comes to upgrades, desktops are always going to be easier to deal with since you can easily get in there and move cables around, and in this case, because you can hook both drives up at the same time, greatly simplifying the whole process.
What you'll want to do is hook the new drive up—since we'll be using a boot CD, you can save a step by plugging the new hard drive into the primary slot, and move the old one to the secondary—so once the cloning is done you won't have to do anything else.
Upgrading a Laptop Hard Drive
Method One: While some laptops have the capability to swap out the optical drive and add another hard drive, it's not common, so you'll need to use an external USB hard drive, or potentially another PC with a shared folder, to save an image of the current drive. Once you've created the image, you can install the new drive, and then restore the image onto the new hard drive.
Method Two: Your other option is to install the new hard drive, use an external USB to SATA adapter to hook the old drive to the laptop, and then clone the drives that way. This eliminates the extra step of copying to a secondary device, but requires spending a little extra money for something you might not use very often—so you might want to borrow one from a geek friend that does PC repair (or just use the first method above).
How to Clone Your Drive with Clonezilla
Now we're ready to clone our old drive to our new one. The first thing you'll need to do is download a copy of the Clonezilla ISO image, and then use a software like ImgBurn to burn it to a CD. For best results, you should grab the Alternative Ubuntu-based version, which has better compatibility with modern hardware.
Once you've got the live CD burnt to a disc, restart your computer, boot off the CD, and accept all the default settings until you get to the screen where you can choose to create an image of the drive, or sync one drive directly to another drive. If you have both drives connected, you can simply use the device to device option, otherwise choose to create an image.
Assuming you chose to create an image, you will need to choose where the image will be stored, whether on an external drive, SSH server, or you can use the SAMBA option, which will allow you to connect to a Windows shared folder to store the image. Either of the latter two options will step you through a set of wizard screens to help you get hooked up to the server.
If you chose the local device option, you'll be prompted to select the drive that you want to save the image on. Make sure that this drive is formatted with NTFS or a Linux filesystem—you should not use a drive with FAT32 since the 4GB maximum file size will probably cause the cloning to fail.
At this point you'll be prompted to either save or restore a disk or partition—you should always use the disk image option here, and not single partitions, as you need the bootloader to stay intact on the new drive to make sure Windows is bootable. Since we're making an image file here, choose the first option, and follow through the wizard to select the drive and give it a name.
Creating the cloned drive image will take a while, but at the end you should see the option to shutdown or restart your PC. Laptop users, it's time to swap out the old hard drive with the new one, so we can restore the cloned image. If you did a direct disk to disk copy (which you probably did if you're on a desktop), you can skip the next step ("Finishing Up").
Restoring the Cloned Image
Now that you have the new hard drive installed in the PC, boot off Clonezilla again, follow through all of the same prompts until you get to the screen where you have to choose to save or restore the image. Choose the restoredisk option, choose the image to restore from (it's the one we just created above), and then choose the new disk that you want to overwrite.
You'll be prompted twice to make sure that you really want to overwrite the drive (make sure you've got the right drive installed—that is, the new, big, empty one), and the restore process will take a while. Once it's all done, you can remove the CD and reboot the PC from your new drive, directly into Windows.
Bonus: The Expert Linux Method
If you're a little more comfortable with Linux, there's any number of command-line tools like partimage or dd that can get the job done easily from an Linux Live CD. For instance, to copy one drive to another using dd, simply use the following command, substituting sda and sdb for your source and destination device names.
dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
To create an image file instead, you can use a command similar to the following one suggested by reader @zarekthenerd, substituting sda for your source drive name, and modifying the path to your external hard drive:
dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/EXTERNAL/backup.img bs=4096
Once you've created the image, you can swap out your hard drive, boot from the live CD again, and then reverse the command:
dd if=/media/EXTERNAL/backup.img of=/dev/sda bs=4096
Finishing Up: Boot Up and Expand the Partition
Now that we're all done cloning the drive, all you need to do is boot up your PC, wait for Windows to finish figuring out that you have a new drive and installing the device drivers, and then we're ready to fix the one remaining problem—the current drive partition is the same size as the old drive.
If you're using Windows 7 or Vista, open up Windows Disk Management through the Start menu search box, or by right-clicking on Computer and choosing the Manage option. Once there, right-click the partition and choose Extend Volume to make the partition fill the entire disk.
At this point you should be able to head into Computer and see that your new hard drive is now nice and spacious.
If you're using Windows XP, you're going to have to take another route (it doesn't have a robust, built-in partition manager); you could choose to create another partition, or if you want to resize your primary partition, you can boot from the GParted Live CD and make the changes in there by clicking on the partition and using the Resize/Move button.
So have you ever upgraded from one hard drive to another one? Did you do the full reinstall, or use a cloning software? Share your experience in the comments.
Posted by Augustine at 10:37 PM
Starting today, Google Chrome and Firefox 3.6 users can drag and drop attachments into Gmail messages without hassling through the slow, kind of annoying manual file upload. Gmail has also increased their support for Google Calendar with a new Invitation feature.
Drag-and-drop support allows you to simply attach a file into Gmail composition window by dragging the file from an open window into it. There's not much to it beyond that, but it's an incredibly handy feature to have.
Also, provided you have permission and access to view other people's Google Calendar, you can now view them when sending out an invitation. Under the subject field in Gmail, there's a new Invitation link to invite other people to an event. You can check your invitee's availability without going into Google Calendar to compare times. When you're finished, a preview of the invitation will appear in your email message. After you send the email, the event's automatically added to your calendar and your friend's calendar.
It's a good day to be a Gmail user.
Insert a calendar invitation [The Official Gmail Blog]
Posted by Augustine at 10:36 PM
Having dual, triple, or even more monitors can be a productivity boon, but it's not without quirks. Despite the increase in multi-monitor-friendly features in current operating systems, you still have to tweak and tune for a smooth multi-monitor experience.
Photo by totalAldo.
This week we want to hear about the tools you use to manage, tweak, and tame your multi-monitor setup for maximum usability and productivity. What tools enhance your miles of screen real estate? Share your favorite tool and what makes it so great in the comments below.
Hive Five nominations take place in the comments, where you post your favorite tool for the job. We get hundreds of comments, so to make your nomination clear, please include it at the top of your comment like so: VOTE: X. Please don't include your vote in a reply to another commenter. Instead, make your vote and reply separate comments. If you don't follow this format, we may not count your vote. To prevent tampering with the results, votes from first-time commenters may not be counted. After you've made your nomination, let us know what makes it stand out from the competition.
About the Hive Five: The Hive Five feature series asks readers to answer the most frequently asked question we get: "Which tool is the best?" Once a week we'll put out a call for contenders looking for the best solution to a certain problem, then YOU tell us your favorite tools to get the job done. Every weekend, we'll report back with the top five recommendations and give you a chance to vote on which is best. For an example, check out last week's Five Best Home Inventory Tools.
Posted by Augustine at 10:34 PM
TVLogic debuts 56-inch LUM-560W 4K x 2K LCD a few years ahead of time originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink iTech News | NAB Show | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:25 PM
Update: We've also got a live shot of the device after the break. Thanks, Bryan!
Update 2: Verizon's own Incredible site is now live -- have fun over there! Thanks, Artem!
Update 3: We've confirmed that the phone will be up for pre-sale at Best Buy starting on the 18th, and per usual, this route will ensure you get the handset for $199.99 sans any mail-in rebate hassles.
HTC Droid Incredible officially official for Verizon, April 29 for $200 (updated with a live shot!) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:25 PM
Apple looking to hire camera expert, iPad Camera Kit to support USB audio? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Apple Insider | Apple, iLounge | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:23 PM
[Thanks, Andy, ArjanD]
Winscape virtual window features Wiimote headtracking, absolutely made of win originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Slashdot | RationalCraft | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:23 PM
Leica V-Lux 20 gets leaked with (nearly) reasonable price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Leica Rumors | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:21 PM
Intel's experimental sensor analyzes appliance power consumption from single outlet originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Intel (video) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:20 AM
A company named RipCode has an interesting solution to Apple's blocking of Flash on the iPad. Simply transcode Flash video to play right in Safari, much like you can stream various video codecs over your home network.
According to RipCode, their TransAct Transcoder V6 requires no special clients or modifications to host sites. Rather, RipCode will transcode simple Flash content like Hulu clips in the cloud to an iPad-friendly codec, providing a transparent fix to the Flash-less iPad.
(You could play YouTube clips straight from YouTube, for instance, without ever knowing the difference.)
Of course, two things need to happen for RipCode to be successful: Individual siites needs to adopt the technology (even if it requires no special site recoding), and Apple needs to turn a blind eye to the loophole (lest they seal it shut through a firmware update).
Posted by Augustine at 3:17 AM
You already just sort of know, logically and instinctively, that Google's got a ridiculous number of servers working for them. That doesn't make it any less mind-boggling when visualized. Get ready for a lot of scrolling.
Of course, not all servers are created equal—so "more" is a problematic word here. And I'm betting this wouldn't look quite so lopsided if big hitters like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon were represented. Regardless, though, such a massive difference of scale is incredibly impressive, even if not entirely surprising. [Intac via Reddit]
Posted by Augustine at 3:15 AM
It's a familiar situation: you're halfway out the door when you realize the gadget you just pocketed is utterly out of juice. The FreePlay ZipCharge battery can give you precious extra hours of life with a mere 60 second charge.
It's not quite as sleek as some other batteries, like the HyperMac Nano, but the FreePlay ZipCharge is for when you need juice and you need it fast.
The company claims that charging the battery for 60 seconds will give you 2 hours of iPod playback and 8 hours of standby on your phone, or 15 minutes of talk time. A 10 minute charge, they say, will give you 10 hours of talk time or 20 hours of playback on your MP3 player. The kit comes with 8 different adapters for charging all manner of gadgets from big name brands.
The £49.95 super battery, which charges 4 times faster than a lithium-ion counterparts, gets its power from "clever nano physics stuff that you need a very big forehead to understand," though the 850mAh ZipCharge can only give your device of choice one full charge, as opposed to the 1800mAh HyperMac Nano which can do so almost twice over.
We'll be reviewing the ZipCharge soon to see if it lives up to its claims. It's only available in the UK for now, with a US-compatible version coming in the next few months, but if you're a UK resident sick of dead (device) weight pulling down your pockets, you can order a ZipCharge now at CuteBitz.
clever nano physics stuff that you need a very big forehead to understand.
Posted by Augustine at 3:14 AM
GPNC Korea announces the first me-too Android HDTV originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Android Community | Akihabara News | Email this | Comments
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Sony UK's 3DTV launch includes a few free games to get early adopters started originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Samsung NB30 netbook gains touchscreen, inflated price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Apr 2010 22:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista | Notebook Italia | Email this&nb! sp;|&nbs p;Comments
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