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Although most of the attention on Motorola's new phones has centered around the KRZR K1, recent documents show that the American cellphone designer will bring its equally style-focused RIZR Z3 to the US as well. A recent FCC filing provides evidence that the upcoming slider phone is almost ready to ship to US carriers. The RIZR shares several features with its flip-phone KRZR parallel, including a 2-megapixel camera, EDGE broadband, a microSD card slot, and an improved interface for elements such as the address book. Motorola has said that the RIZR should be released to cellphone service providers before the end of 2006 and will compare in price to the original cost of the RAZR. Click through for phone images from the FCC document.
Intel's first quad-core processors will launch on November 13th, according to an invitation to a Hewlett-Packard press event. Though the invitation didn't reveal specific systems, it notes that the computer builder will be introducing a new line of workstations that are timed to coincide with the projected release of Intel's first quad-core desktop processors. The HP workstations are specifically expected to use the Xeon 5300, a quad-core variant of the dual-core 5100 series used in professional systems such as the Mac Pro. At present, quad-core processors are generally reserved for massively parallel duties such as CAD and scientific simulations, though Intel has also said that it will release mainstream Core 2s with four cores to target high-end gamers. Apple and other workstation system designers have yet to indicate any plans of their own regarding the new Xeons.
After heavily promoting its FM radio recording feature as an advantage over Apple's iPod line, Creative has been forced to disable the feature in its Zen Vision:M music players, according to owners. Members of Creative's official discussion forums report that a recent firmware update removes FM recording as an option, limiting the player's FM support to listening only and the recording to a microphone. The decision was made "due to licensing," says one user who contacted technical support, indicating that Creative has bowed to pressure from the music industry. The RIAA and other major music label organizations have regularly considered recording radio broadcasts as a copyright violation. Creative has since pulled the firmware update (version 1.50.02) but doesn't list FM recording as a feature on the Vision:M product page.
The Sony-Ericsson partnership has resulted in phones tied to Sony's better-known labels, including CyberShot for camera phones and Walkman for music. Sony added to this symbolic connection with its recently announced SO903i phone for Japan's NTT DoCoMo. Appropriately linked to Sony's Bravia line of LCD TVs, the phone has an extremely large 3-inch, 432x240 internal display and uses the same Reality MAX video processing engine as Bravia flat-panel screens. A 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilizer and a large external display also underscore the phone's visual focus. It also includes the by now expected music features and has several dedicated music buttons on the outer shell and 1GB of built-in memory to store its media (Memory Stick Pro and miniSD are also supported). NTT DoCoMo doesn't list a price and says only that the phone is "coming soon." Click through for a gallery of the phone in white.
Health product maker OSIM has introduced a unique music player that should appeal to those who frequently get stiff backs and shoulders but don't necessarily have the luxury of visiting a masseuse. While at heart the OSIM iGoGo is a basic music player with only 128MB of built-in memory and an MMC card slot for more, it also ships with two gel massage pads that connect through an RF wireless signal to the main unit. The pads can be set to massage in one of seven different preset ways or can alternately synchronize with the music on the player. Shipping now for $500 US, the iGoGo is expensive as a pure jukebox but is less expensive than several trips to a massage parlor. [Note: link may redirect some users to OSIM's main page]
A photo of the music player itself is available after the jump.
iRiver's minimalist Clix media player is set to receive a significant upgrade, according to the Swedish site Min Hembio. The site has obtained photos of an upcoming version that would double the flash storage inside to 4GB, greatly improving the usefulness of the Clix for the larger file sizes of games and videos. Also noticeable in the photos is the move upscale in design: instead of the basic white shell, the 4GB version will come entirely in glossy black with a chrome edge. No details of its launch timeframe or price were announced, though the existence of final photography means its release should be close and that it will be priced similarly to Apple's iPod nano.
The photos are available after the jump.
Dual recently updated its GPS navigation systems with a model that may be useful to travelers who find themselves under high stress while following directions. The NavAtlas XNAV3550 shares many features common to GPS units today including an MP3 player and spoken direction support, but adds LED turn signals at opposite ends of the receiver that prevent drivers from missing a turn due to conversations or their focus on the road ahead. A 1GB SD card is bundled with the system and comes preloaded with a map of the US and millions of points of interest. The 3550 is shipping from MobileMusic for $800.
Sapphire on Friday launched what it said is the fastest video card on Earth. Its TOXIC X1950 XTX is one of the few video cards available that ships with a water cooling system built-in. The reduced heat gives Sapphire the room to improve the speed of the already-fast Radeon X1950 chip by delivering the new TOXIC board from the factory with a core overclocked from 650 to 700MHz and the 512MB of GDDR4 memory overclocked to an effective 2GHz. Owners can also choose whether to prioritize performance or silence in the cooling system: the built-in fan can operate either at full speed to cool the system further during gaming and unofficial overclocking, or else throttle back to generate virtually no noise in a standard case. Sapphire is releasing the new card in both a regular and multi-card CrossFire Edition next week for $549.
Almost every camera case available today is utilitarian. Women who would like something more visually appealing often have to search for specialty designers to buy a case they like. Nikon is opting to make this hunt easier for a limited amount of time with its Zac Posen camera case. The well-known fashion designer wanted to show his love for Nikon cameras by designing a product for them, the company says. The result is an Italian leather case made to recall classic camera bags and which fits the camera maker's more compact COOLPIX models, particularly the S7c and S9. The Zac Posen case is available now for free to a limited number of COOLPIX owners who register at the case's website.
Microsoft has reluctantly made concessions to the European Commission and the South Korean government in order to release Windows Vista on time, according to a Reuters report. In what the software company would only call "constructive dialogue," Microsoft has altered features of its future OS to help prevent possible violations of competition laws in Europe and Korea. The company would not divulge specific details of what had been changed, but sources speaking to Reuters say that the primary difference is the ability to remove built-in Microsoft applications and replace them with software from third parties.
This would take the concessions a step further than was the case for Windows XP, whose eventual concessions involved only the option of changing program defaults and a limited edition for Europe that removed Windows Media Player. Depending on the exact terms, these updates may satisfy competitors Adobe and Symantec, which have lobbied the European Commission to demand action against what they claim is Microsoft's abuse of its OS monopoly in the anti-virus and document markets.
More special edition phones were unveiled on Friday, this time through the US division of T-Mobile. The company today said it would release two new versions of its Sidekick 3 messenger phone for more style-conscious subscribers. One of these is influenced by the urban clothing shop Lifted Research Group, whose unique Sidekick model takes on a green shell and keyboard with a tree pattern around the screen edge.
For more feminine T-Mobile users, a version created by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg will also ship at the same time. This version is all black save for bright red lipstick kisses around the bezel and a pink number pad. Both it and the LRG edition will be available for pre-order on October 30th and will likely match the $350 price of the regular Sidekick 3. Large photos of both versions can be found after the jump.
The second major release of the (PRODUCT) Red campaign today was announced by cellphone maker Motorola. The MOTORAZR (RED) is a uniquely colored version of the company's existing V3m that includes a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a microSD slot for storing AAC and MP3 music. As with the red iPod nano, part of the proceeds from sales of the red RAZR will go to the (RED) Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Two US carriers are partners for the launch. The first to receive the phone is U.S. Cellular, which will be offering the phone for $80 with a two-year plan and will be donating $17 directly to the Global Fund for every (RED) phone sold. The provider is making the phone available today at Motorola's Chicago retail presence on North Michigan Avenue; U.S. Cellular retail stores will carry the MOTORAZR (RED) in early November. Next to ship the fundraising handset will be Sprint, which says that subscribers can receive an e-mail notification when their version of the phone is ready in early November. Sprint will sell the new RAZR for $65 with a two-year contract or $305 by itself.
Details and a photo of the (RED) Bluetooth headset are available after the jump.
As was previously confirmed, Apple has officially launched a special color of its iPod nano to help combat AIDS. Buying the iPod nano (PRODUCT) Red donates $10 to the Global Fund of the (RED) charity, which was founded by Bobby Shriver and U2's Bono to support AIDS prevention and treatment in Africa. Aside from the bright red aluminum shell, the new iPod nano also features an engraved (PRODUCT) Red logo on the back and red elements in the packaging. The price has remained unchanged from standard versions with the sole 4GB Red model shipping now for $199. This edition will only be available through the online Apple Store and in the company's own retail outlets. Click through for profile photos.
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