Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Earbud style headphones already do a pretty good job at blocking out most ambient sounds and noises while you listen to music, but they’re not perfect. Neither are Pioneer’s new SE-NC31C-K earbuds, but thanks to built-in noise cancelling technology they manage to filter out about 90% of unwanted sounds, which could mean the difference between enduring crying babies for hours or catching a few Z’s on a long flight.

The earbuds feature some surprisingly hefty 14.3mm drivers which should deliver impressive bass performance, and the inline sound processing unit is powered by a single AAA battery which is promised to provide up to 120 hours of peace and quiet. Available now for a reasonable $99 given the extra noise cancelling functionality.

Toorox 03.2011

Jörn Lindau has announced the availability of a new development version of Toorox, a Gentoo-based desktop distribution, which previews the latest development snapshot of GNOME 3: "The next generation of the GNOME 3.0 desktop is near completion. If you want to test it, you can get the recent development release of Toorox 03.2011 'GNOME3-RC'. It's only available as a 32-bit image. It contains Linux kernel 2.6.37, GNOME 3.0 RC, X.Org Server 1.9.5, LibreOffice 3.3.2, IceCat 3.6.16.... Attention should be paid to the fact, that GNOME 3 needs accelerated graphics support. If the video driver doesn't support this, the desktop will start in a fallback mode" which can't represent all of the functions and the look and feel of the new generation of GNOME. This will happen, for example, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. But this is no problem - click on Systemconfig in the black panel and start the NVIDIA driver." Here is the full release announcement with screenshots. Download: Toorox_03.2011-32bit_GNOME3-RC.iso (1,482MB, MD5).

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openSUSE 11.4 "Edu Li-f-e"

Jigish Gohil has announced the release of openSUSE 11.4 "Edu Li-f-e", a specialist edition of openSUSE designed for schools: "The openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 11.4. This release includes the latest carefully selected software for students, educators, as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make a productive computing experience for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional. Right out of the box, educators and parents will be pleased to see over 150 applications to fit their student's needs. A wide range including mental exercise tools like Brain Workshop and GBrainy, science applications like Chemtool, mathematical programs like Euler, artistic development software like TuxPaint and GIMP...." Read the full release announcement which includes screenshots. Download: openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.4-1-i686.iso (2,862MB, MD5).

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Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23

Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23, a new stable version of the specialist live CD designed for disk cloning: "Stable Clonezilla Live 1.2.8-23 has been released. This release includes major enhancements, changes and bug fixes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded to Debian 'Sid' (as of 2011-03-28); Linux kernel was updated to 2.6.38; Partclone was updated to 0.2.22; Live-boot was updated to 2.0.15; language files were updated; new packages were added - disktype, ufsutils; Memtest86+ was updated to 4.20; a mechanism was added to check if the saved image is restorable; a better mechanism was added to deal with multiple slices of a BSD system; 'noatime' and 'nodiratime' options are now used when mounting file system in prep-ocsroot...." Continue reading the release announcement for a full changelog. Download (MD5): clonezilla-live-1.2.8-23-i686.iso (128MB), clonezilla-live-1.2.8-23-amd64.iso (134MB).

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