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The everything set
The everything set It’s a carry-along entertainment and information center—AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tape—along with a built-in mike and sleep switch. Six D cells power it. It’s $249.95, from Sampo, 1050 Arthur Ave., Elk Grove Village, III. 60007.
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Dense disc
“Unconventional” recording formats make recovering data from old disks a bit tricky. A problem the Archive Team has been dealing with as they endeavor to preserve roughly everything that has ever been stored. Ever. Dense disc The MD-4 computer mini-disc unit from IMSAI (14860 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, Calif. 94577) uses conventional Micropolis drives, but […]
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Desk-top terminal
Desk-top terminal This 12x9x2-1/2-inch display takes the place of a full-size computer CRT terminal. It displays 12 lines of 40 characters and is touch sensitive—you give commands by just touching spots on the screen. Price: $3500. General Digital, 700 Burnside Ave., E. Hartford, Conn. 06108.
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Intellivision: Game/teacher
Game/teacher Hook Intellivision to your color TV and its preprogrammed software lets you do everything from play games to learn a language. It has 60-by-92-line graphics in 16 colors. With keyboard, it’s $499. Maker: Mattel Electronics, 5150 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250.
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Car Computers - new electronic know-it-alls
Get instant mpg, time of arrival, miles to go, and more—at the push of a button By BILL HAWKINS You've been on the road for hours. The clock says you're running late, the gas gauge says you're running low. And there's a desolate stretch of highway ahead between you and your destination. Should you take the extra time to look for a gas station or do you continue, hoping the lonely roadway is shorter than your fuel supply?
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World's thinnest watch
I would buy almost anything if it was called the Concord Delirium I. World’s thinnest watch A quartz analog watch barely as thick as a nickel has been introduced by Ebauches SA of Switzerland and ETA, its subsidiary. The solid-gold watch, only 1.98 mm thick (0.52 mm thinner than its nearest rival, says the maker), […]
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What's New IN ELECTRONICS
What’s New IN ELECTRONICS BY WILLIAM J. HAWKINS Game/teacher Hook Intellivision to your color TV and its preprogrammed software lets you do everything from play games to learn a language. It has 60-by-92-line graphics in 16 colors. With keyboard, it’s $499. Maker: Mattel Electronics, 5150 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250. The everything set It’s a […]
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1979 Review of the Cray-1 Supercomputer
Incredible Cray-1 cruises at 80 million operations a second It's 10 times faster than the biggest IBM, with six times more memory By JIM SCHEFTER "Step into the computer," said my guide. I did, and felt the chilling sensation of moving into the megabit maw of a machine so advanced in electronic intellect that it can only talk to other machines.
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Helium Plasma Speakers
"Jack's Welding? My loudspeakers are low. Fill 'em up with helium, please." Strange phone call? It'll be routine for affluent audiophiles using a new speaker system, the Hill Type 1. Type 1 cabinets contain a helium bottle good for about 300 hours of playing time. Minute amounts of helium bleed into a glowing plasma, or highly ionized gas—heart of the speaker from Plasmatronics Inc. (2460 Alamo, S.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87106).
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IBM'S high-density super-fast microcircuit
Microcircuits like the V6-inch-square chip enlarged above now carry 10 times as many circuits as ordinary silicon devices. International Business Machines Corp. researchers also put more zip in their experimental chip: It's four times faster but draws one-tenth the power of previous field-effect transistor (FET) circuits.
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