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Verizon and Apple in talks to carry iPhone

Apple and Verizon consider iPhone deal!

Since we have almost no coverage for AT&T at our house, the idea of owning a iPhone seems completely impractical. Also my company has a corporate plan with Verizon so I could not justify another phone with yet another carrier. But if they move forward with this, I might have one of those shiny little devices too. 🙂

iPhone


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LED TV

Samsung LED TV UN46B7100 SideSamsung LED TV UN46B7100 Front

I am in love with this new Samsung LED TV. Not only does the performance make me drool but that it is eco-friendly. The claim is that the LED TV uses 40% lower power consumption and an ultra low power consuming standby mode. In addition no mercury, lead, or volatile organic compounds are used in the construction which means it is clean and safe to recycle.

Though, one of the coolest things about it is that you can connect it to your network with Medi@2.0. This allows the user to do a lot of interactive things without having to connect a computer to it.

Internet@TV – Content Service: Receive content from Yahoo!, Flickr, and more via on-screen TV widgets.
DLNA®: Sync your connectable home electronics and display remote content on your TV.
Pre-loaded Content Library™ (Flash): Enjoy hours of built-in entertainment features then personalize it by adding content that’s available online.
USB 2.0 Movie: Show digital home movies, photos, PC presentations and more on your TV, using the remote.

Here are some of the stats
All of it is 1080P (1920×1080) including the PC input.

40″ Model (UN40B7000)
TV without stand: 39.2” x 24.8” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 32.6 lbs.

46″ Model (UN46B7000)
TV without stand: 44.4” x 27.8” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 39.0 lbs.

55″ Model (UN55B7000)
TV without stand: 51.7” x 32.1” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 48.9 lbs.

Inputs/Outputs:

  • 4 HDMI ports v 1.3
  • Anynet™ Plus (HDMI-CEC): allows peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player to be controlled by a Samsung TV remote control.
  • 2 USB 2.0 Movie
  • 1 PC Input
  • 1 Ethernet
  • 1 Optical Sound output
  • 1 Component Video inputs

Specs:

  • Built-in digital tuner
  • 3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Response time: 4ms response time (this is good)
  • Auto Motion Plus 120Hz™: Reduces blur and enhances image detail when viewing fast motion video sequences.
  • HD-Grade pixel resolution: High resolution pixel density is combined with a built-in image scaler to handle inputs from a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources.

Features

  • Medi@2.0 (see above)
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) (from any source to any source)
  • Game Mode: with one touch of a button it enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games.

Rock Band anyone?

Oh and if you want to buy one for me, I hear frys.com is having an amazing sale on them.  🙂


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Vista Display Settings Shortcut

I have a Lenovo w500 and it loves to have display driver issues but it also likes to change display settings whenever anything changes in the environment, like when I connect a monitor or projector, dock my computer, or look at it wrong. So the fact that I had to click through several menus to get to display settings every time really kind of peeved me.

I decided that it is too much hassle to try to fix the root problem (windows) and I made a desktop shortcut instead.

Here is how you can make your own or you can download it here:
Display Settings

Right Click on the Desktop
Left Click on New >
Left Click on Shortcut
Type the following in the text box that says Type the location of the item:

control.exe desk.cpl,@0,3

Click [Next]
Type the following in the text box that says Type a Name for this shortcut:

Display Settings

Click [Finish]
And you are done.