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 Wednesday, 11-June-2008  02:15:57 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Silent PC Review look at the 750GB and 1TB Samsung F1 drives and compare the airborne acoustic and vibration-induced noise levels against several other HDDs. Both forms of noise are evaluated objectively and subjectively. Both the subjective and objective analyses are essential to understanding the acoustics of the drives. Airborne acoustics are measured using a professional caliber SLM. Measurements are taken at a distance of one meter above the top of the drive using an A-weighted filter. Vibration noise is rated on a scale of 1-10 by comparing against our standard reference drives.

Hewlett-Packard will be releasing 50 new products at a conference being held in Berlin today. Of those products, HP added new touches to just about everything, freshening up its Touchsmart all-in-one desktop, commercial and consumer notebook lines, as well as two machines within its high-end gaming brand, Voodoo PC. You can find more information on this conference here.

One of the products that HP have already introduced at this event is the 30-bit 24" DreamColor LCD monitor. Designed for professionals for whom accurate color management is essential and consumers who seek to use only the best in technology innovations, the HP DreamColor display achieves more than 64 times the colors available on mainstream LCDs. Reds, blues and greens are visibly deeper, blacks are four times darker and whites are adjustable.

Fudzilla believes the price of 120GB SSD drives could be as low as USD$299 by Christmas. Just a few months ago you would have to spend more than twice as much to get half of the capacity, but we believe that the prices of MLC memory are rapidly going down and therefore the SSDs are getting cheaper.

A new variant of a crypto virus discovered at the start of last month which encrypts your data until you pay the ransom has been cracked. "Now the password has been uncovered, there should be no reason for anyone hit by this ransomware attack to have to make any payments to the criminals behind it," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos. Update: A few people are saying that's an old version, and the new one has not yet been cracked.

Apple will be cracking down on UK citizens looking to purchase an iPhone outright and unlock it. According to our sources at O2, Brits who want to buy a 3G iPhone are going to have to sign up to a contract before they can get their hands on one, wherever they buy it. … If you don't want to get tied to a contract you'll have to choose the pay-as-you-go option, which hasn't been priced yet but is likely to be more than a couple of hundred quid.

If they don't like that they can choose a phone which resembles an iPhone, the Samsung Omnia. Like the iPhone, Samsung's Omnia aims to make Internet browsing easy, and has a wide screen for viewing video as well as music capabilities and a 5 megapixel camera. It runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile software.

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