Microsoft Hardware Announces 2 New LifeCams

The MS Hardware Press Release information is mostly copied below.  Today they announced two new LifeCam models that will hit store shelves later this month.  The VX-7000 and the NX-3000 each boast a sleek design alongside impressive features for capturing and sharing photos with friends and family.


The VX-7000 is designed for the desktop PC, with a 2.0-megapixel sensor for HD video (2.0 MP) and still photography (7.6 MP interpolated).  Its new design allows it to fit seamlessly onto a PC monitor; in addition, it offers:

  • Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation
  • 71-degree wide-angle lens
  • Automatic adjustments for low-light conditions
  • Illuminated LED to indicate when it’s in use


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For laptop PCs, the NX-3000 offers video at 640×480 resolution, HD still photography (1.3 MP) and a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation.  Other features are:

  • Automatic audio control to enhance sound clarity
  • Swivel lens to adjust camera angle for use on notebooks
  • Illuminated LED indicates when it’s in use
  • Video Effects to personalize video calls
  • Protective carrying case

LifeCam users with Windows Live Messenger (Beta) should note that they can take advantage of a new virtual photo album called Photo Swap, which allows sharing of photos in real time.

Both the VX-7000 and NX-3000 will be available later this month, at estimated retail prices of US$99.95 and US$59.95, respectively.

Gadgets / Devices

Windows Live Moms? This Is Getting Out Of Hand

Windows Live has created a site at, think of it as Live Spaces for mothers.

It’s a place to:

 “Learn, Share, Laugh” and create an online space for your baby. You can record your excitement in the ‘first times’ and satisfaction in the ‘last times’, document them with words and photos your loved ones can share online. Create a web site just for them! Capture that first smile, first step, first tooth!

The two main spaces here are “Mommy’s Place” and “Baby’s Corner



Windows Live Translator Beta

Move over Babelfish, here comes Windows Live Translator.

It’ll do text translation as well as web page translation. One cool feature is called ‘Bilingual Viewer‘ where the returned web page can be shown side by side with the original. Once in this view you can switch target language, enter new URLs and basically navigate in one side which will render in the other as well.

Click the thumbnail, it’ll take you to the side by side view with EN & DE.

Live Translator


Booth Babes, Some That Could Skin A Buck

I was browsing Field & Stream online and ran across their tradeshow analysis of the SHOT show in Orlando, Fl this year. SHOT is the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, if you’re *really* interested and I think you’re not, you can read about the show in this press release or at the About page from

Anyway, the F & S page had a SHOT show gallery of Booth Babes! To see more booth babes on Geeknews, it has it’s own category, we’re big fans of the Booth Babe profession.

Below is a sampling of the babes including a couple of odd ones like the two-headed deer and the Annie Oakley sisters. To see the full gallery of 14 pics, follow my lead to Field & Stream.


Field and Stream Booth Babes 1

Field and Stream Booth Babes 2

Field and Stream Booth Babes 3

Field and Stream Booth Babes 4


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GOOG Tricked Users With Sponsored Links


I’ve seen this one brewing on the back burner for a little while but it looks like it’s finally making progress through the courts, though today’s hearing was adjourned for another month. You may have heard of this case before regarding a couple of car dealerships and a trade magazine in Australia.

Internet Behemoth Google was accused Monday of misleading web users and misidentifying sponsored links in a court case brought by Australia’s consumer watchdog.

In what it says is a world-first action, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleges Google failed to distinguish between paid advertisements and “organic” results generated by the search engine.

Read more at E-Commerce Times.