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RCA Studio II
2013-04-28 10:25:17

The RCA Studio II was released in January 1977 by RCA as a video game console. It had black and white graphics that were similar to Pong consoles. Game control used two built-in ten button keypads instead of controllers. The keypads made it difficult for two player games to be played because the players would have to sit so close together. It was discontinued in 1979. It used a switch box...

Bally Astrocade
2013-04-28 10:15:51

The Bally Astrocade is a video game console and simple computer combination manufactured by Midway. The original name was the Bally Home Library Computer released in 1977 by mail order only, but shipments were delayed and the system was renamed the Bally Professional Arcade. In 1979 Bally sold the Consumer Product Division and a partnership was formed and in 1981 the system was released as the...

Cybook Opus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Cybook Opus is an e-book reader produced by Bookeen from France, released on July 27, 2009. The operating system for the Opus is Linux with an open source firmware. In June 2010, Bookeen published and improved firmware with a one-second mode which allows the device to be turned on and off in one second. It also keeps the last page read open and the user does not have to reboot each time....

Cybook Gen3
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Cybook Gen3 is an e-Reader designed for reading e-books, e-news, and for listening to audio books or MP3 music. It was produced by Bookeen, a French company, and released on October 29, 2007. The display is a six-inch E-Ink screen using 166 dpi, black and white, 2-bit grayscale and on the gold edition 8-bit grayscale was used. The screen is readable under sunlight and only uses the...

OlivePad
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The OlivePad designed and developed by Olive Telecom, is a line of tablet computers originally for India. The original was the OlivePad VT100 released on October 23, 2010. Currently there are three other models, the VTW100, and two models in development, the VTR200 and the VT300. The VT100 uses the Android 2.2 operating system with 3G connectivity, and supports video calling. The display is...

LePad
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The LePad is a line of tablet computers sold by Lenovo in China. It was released in China in 2011. The LePad uses the Android 2.2 operating system, with either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The display features a 10.1-inch screen with a front facing camera for video calling, and has a battery life of eight hours. Outside china, in 2012, Lenovo released other versions of the LePad, under the name...

IdeaPad
2014-01-05 00:00:00

The IdeaPad is a line of laptop computers from Lenovo, first released in 2008 with three models the Y710, Y510 and U110. Since the original release, six other models have been developed -- the G series, S series, V series, Y series, U series, and Z series. IdeaPad also produced a tablet and depending on the model, either the Android or Windows 7 operating system is used. The K1 and A1 use...

Asus Eee Pad Transformer
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a tablet computer powered by Android released on March 30, 2011, with an optional docking keyboard. The device has a 10.1 inch multi-touch screen, a Wi-Fi module, but lacks 3G connectivity. The docking key board was available simultaneously with the tablet. It has QWERTY keys, a trackpad, an SD card reader, two USB ports, and an extra battery for up to 16...

Magnavox Odyssey
2013-04-27 08:11:36

The Magnavox Odyssey was the first home video console produced in the world. It was manufactured by Magnavox and released in August 1972. The unit was discontinued in 1975 with a total of 330,000 systems sold. Its successor was the Magnavox Odyssey 2. A working prototype of the console was finished in 1968, known as the brown box. This prototype is displayed at the Smithsonian...

Toshiba Thrive
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Toshiba Thrive is a tablet computer released by Toshiba on July 10, 2011 in the 10.1-inch model and in December 2011, in the 7-inch model. It uses the AT&T 4G network with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Toshiba released an upgrade for the Thrive, but it caused instability in the device, so as of December 2012, Toshiba only uses version 3.2.1. The successor to the Thrive is the...

Word of the Day
ambsace
  • Bad luck; misfortune.
  • The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.
The word 'ambsace' comes from a Latin word meaning 'both'.