The Soul MP3 CD Player by AVC technologies is one of the few on the market that can play burned CD-R's. Unlike regular memory module based CD players, the SOUL is relatively cheap at $150 and so is the choice of media at around a buck a CD-R. All you have to do is supply the CD Burner and the library of songs to burn to them. Here's a clip:
Our friends from x-bit labs have found some interesting info about the upcoming mainstream version of GeForce3.
Cards for testers should be available by June, but the launch is actually scheduled for autumn. The price is going to be about $150. As for perfomance, NV17 is expected to outperform GeForce2 GTS and GeForce2 Pro based graphics cards, unfortunately, we do not know what type of memory will use NV17. Of course, GeForce2 MX successor should be compliant with DirectX 8. Traditionally, cost-effective card will support TwinView fuction.
NVidia has the best PR managers in the world. They have promoted the GeForce3 so well for those two months that have passed from the moment of the announcement that despite of high cost, cards are sold instantly. For example, guys from Bjorn3D phoned three stores and found out that all of them had ordered at total of 217 VisionTek GeForce 3 cards. The funny thing was the the cards did not last on the shelfs more than 15 minutes.
Eurocom in Canada has been making highly upgradeable notebooks for the last 10 years. Unlike companies like DELL, that will void your warranty the minute you try to upgrade an internal component, Eurocom encourages it! In fact, one of their selling points is that you can upgrade any of their notebooks at anytime. We had a chance to review their top of the line Eurocom, the 8500V, which sports a 1 GHz processor. Here's a clip: