Friday, March 25, 2011

Casio’s New Baby-G Shock Watch Features Black Light Ultraviolet Illumination

If you’re worried you might be a little too old to be hitting the clubbing scene on the weekends, Casio’s new Baby-G Shock watches will bring the clubbing scene to you. Introduced at Baselworld 2011 in Switzerland, the watches feature a fashion-forward design with oversized and overlapping numbers around the face that are all coated with a special fluorescent ink that glows like neon (hence the feature being referred to as the ‘Neon Illuminator’) thanks to a built-in black light ultraviolet LED.

And since blacklights aren’t always the safest thing to stare at, Casio has ensured the ultraviolet LEDs used on these new Baby-G watches correspond to international safety standards… as long as you don’t over do it:

The ultraviolet LED offers safety corresponding to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for Class 1M. However, an optical lens such as a magnifying glass must not be used for direct viewing of the ultraviolet light source.

Personally I won’t wear a watch I can’t take a magnifying glass to, but I suspect it won’t be an issue for the general consumer populous. Pricing and availability are currently unknown, but the BGA-130 & 131 will come in a variety of color schemes including those pictured above as well as a matte black option.

Zenwalk Linux 7.0

Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.0, a Slackware-based desktop distribution featuring the new Xfce 4.8 desktop: "Zenwalk Linux 7.0 is available for immediate download. Still desktop, Internet and multimedia oriented, Zenwalk 7.0 is a milestone in the evolution of the distribution. This release brings several major changes at user level and system level. At user level, the Xfce desktop environment has been updated to major version 4.8.1, coming with a new VFS, Xfce 4.8 allows CIFS and SFTP shares browsing through the file manager, making it mostly feature equivalent to GNOME while still a lot faster. The new panel has good support for transparency, and is packaged with many plugins out of the box. We are pleased to announce that will be replaced by LibreOffice.". Read the rest of the release announcement for full details. Download: zenwalk-7.0.iso (583MB, MD5).

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Trisquel GNU/Linux 4.5

Rubén Rodríguez has announced the release of Trisquel GNU/Linux 4.5, an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution built from free (as defined by Free Software Foundation) components only: "Our latest version is ready for download. It includes a lot of updates, along with an overhaul of the development process which was largely upgraded to simplify automation. This improvements made it easier to apply changes to the upstream packages, leading to a much more polished result. Along with many bug fixes, 'Slaine' comes with a new boot manager for live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. 'Slaine' is based on Ubuntu 10.10, the main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, X.Org 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla-based web browser 3.6.15, 3.2.". Here is the full release announcement. Download: trisquel_4.5_i686.iso (683MB, MD5, torrent), trisquel_4.5_amd64.iso (702MB, MD5, torrent).

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