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ATP SD Trio Professional Plus multi-format SD card

11/03, 6:00pm

ATP SD Trio Pro Plus card

ATP has rolled out the SD Trio Professional Plus (not pictured), a flash card which supports all three SD formats: microSD, miniSD, and standard SD. The smaller SD formats, used on devices like cellphones, often require people to buy extra SD cards on top of ones they might have for a computer or digital camera. ATP's system involves two SD adapters and a USB reader, the latter being used mainly for PC connections. The card is further said to be fully waterproof and resistant to extreme temperatures. It should be on sale today from retailers such as Best Buy and Target, but sizes and prices are unknown.

Aigo F029 wristwatch player

11/03, 5:35pm

Aigo F029 wristwatch playe

Early this month Aigo will be launching the F029, a multimedia wristwatch player. It will support photos, TXT e-books and AVI/MP4 video, as well as MP3, Ogg and WMA audio. Users can even record voice into WAV format or treat the watch as a simple flash drive. Aigo claims that the player's lithium ion battery can provide up to 2.5 hours of video playback, or as much as 4.5 hours of music. The watch will come in 512MB and 1GB sizes, and according to The Register, sell for 79 and 99 ($151 and $189) respectively. Online retailers carrying the product should include Argos, Amazon.co.uk, and Komplett.

ASUS Lamborghini VX1-5E004P notebook

11/03, 4:45pm

ASUS Lamborghini notebook

ASUS has partnered with Lamborghini to produce the VX1-5E004P, a new notebook in its series modelled after the latter company's exotic sport cars. An angular frame bears a bright yellow color and the famous Lamborghini badging. Inside, the computer runs a 2GHz Core Duo processor and has 2GB of RAM, expandable to four. The videocard is a GeForce Go 7400 VX with 128MB of RAM. Inputs on the system include IR, Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire ports, and built-in Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g wireless. As opposed to some competing "luxury" notebooks, the VX1's screen is 4:3 instead of widescreen, but it is 15.4 inches and can handle SXGA resolution (up to 1280x768). The laptop can be found for as little as $2,800 at TigerDirect. Ferrari fans may want to consider Acer's recent notebooks.

Samsung W579 world phone

11/03, 1:35pm

Samsung W579 World Phone

Normally most concerned with its native Korea and the West, Samsung is introducing a world phone made for the often complex Chinese market. The combination of dual-band CDMA and tri-band GSM gives cellphone subscribers the ability to use networks in other countries without buying another handset. This clamshell design also caters to its Chinese target audience by including a 240x320 touchscreen and stylus to allow text messaging in the users' own tongues. A 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and built-in music playback are expected to complete the W579's feature set. No official release information has been listed, but Samsung promises to deliver the phone soon. A full photo is available after the jump courtesy of IT-168.

ASUS launches ultra high-range WiFi access points

11/03, 1:05pm

WL-320 WiFi Access Points

ASUS on Friday revealed its WL-320 line of WiFi access points for users seeking greater range without resorting to more expensive 802.11n hardware. Both the WL-320gE (bottom left) and WL-320gP (upper right) feature a 20dBm signal amplifier that can maintain a connection as far as 850m away when unobstructed, according to ASUS' claims. Either access point can alternatively serve as a bridge for Ethernet-only devices or repeat the signal from a host router. The gE variant is a basic model with a single 5dBm antenna; the gP adds a second antenna for better signal strength as well as support for power-over-Ethernet when a dedicated power source isn't available. Pricing and release details weren't mentioned as part of the announcement.

Sanyo Xacti S50 digital camera

11/03, 1:05pm

Sanyo Xacti S50 camera

Sanyo has announced the Xacti S50, a 5MP compact camera that will begin its sales in Germany. Its lens will have 2x optical zoom and a substantial aperture range of f/2.8 in wide to f/4 in telephoto. The preview LCD will be a standard 2.5 inches, but Sanyo's LTPS technology should reduce power consumption, and an Auto-Adjust function will scale brightness based on ambient light. Users will be able to create on-camera slideshows with special effects such as background music and post-processing. Users who take self-portraits will note a tiny mirror by the lens barrel. An unusual feature for a compact camera is a manual focus mode, allowing better precision in difficult lighting situations. The S50 will premiere at Ringfoto in November for the cost of 99 ($65) including VAT.

Hammacher Schlemmer Bicycle MP3 Player

11/03, 12:30pm

Bicycle MP3 Player

Hammacher Schlemmer today launched a digital audio player made explicitly for cyclists. The Bicycle MP3 Player mounts to the 1-inch tube frame standard on most bicycles and gives riders a way to easily control and play their music while moving. The unit includes built-in stereo speakers to let the cyclist listen to music without the potentially dangerous isolation of headphones. Built-in storage is limited to 1GB of flash memory, but MMC and SD cards can be used to add to that capacity. The player is also independent of its mount and can be connected through USB to transfer music from a Mac or Windows PC. Hammacher plans to release the Bicycle MP3 Player on November 30th for $130.

ZScanner 700 portable 3D laser scanner

11/03, 12:00pm

ZScanner 700 3D Scanner

Z Corporation says it hopes to change the accessibility of laser scanning with its recently launched ZScanner 700. While most 3D scanners must sit upright or even remain stationary to generate the final image, the ZScanner is handheld and can automatically detect its relative position. This completely eliminates the need for a fixed mount or for stitching together a final 3D object, the company says. The scanner connects to any computer through FireWire and can be used as a simple way to generate 3D models for artwork, games, or industrial designs. Z Corporation currently sells the device to professionals for $39,900.

Wal-Mart selling laptop for $398

11/03, 11:55am

Wal-Mart $398 laptop

A forum poster at Black Friday has observed that from November 5th to the 11th, Wal-Mart will be selling Compaq's Presario V5305WM for just $398. There should be 15 per store, but a limit of one per customer with no rainchecks. The 5305 has 512MB of RAM, a 2GHz Sempron processor, and a 128MB Radeon Xpress videocard. Other notable features are a 24x DVD/CD-RW drive as well as 802.11b/g wireless being built-in. Note that despite the timing (and the website), this is not a "Black Friday" deal. This year's Black Friday falls on November 24th.

Hannspree HANNSlounge LCD TV

11/03, 11:05am

HANNSlounge LCD TV

Hannspree, a company mostly known for making TVs aimed at children, has begun producing a more "mature" LCD line called HANNSlounge. Sets should soon be available in 26-, 32-, and 37-inch sizes. Each model is surrounded by a false mahogany frame, at the sides of which are chrome-finish supports that eliminate the need to hang or otherwise anchor the TV. Each display is also capable of resolutions up to 1080i, but only the 32- and 37-inch sets have 1200:1 contrast, 8ms response times, and six-in-one card slots that support CF, SD, Memory Sticks and more. The 26-inch model has 16ms response and 600:1 contrast. Pricing and release dates for the HANNSlounge line have yet to be announced.

SolidAlliance releases gold USB flash drive

11/03, 11:05am

Mottainai Gold USB Drive

SolidAlliance, a company known for producing USB flash drives in exotic formats, today unveiled a special model designed in dedication to traditional Japanese craftmakers. Called the MOTTAINAI, the 2GB drive's body is made of bronze but is gold-plated to emphasize its luxury appeal. The memory chips themselves are sheltered by crystals from the well-known Japanese glassworkers Statsuma Kiriko. Users may also have the choice to upgrade the memory later, SolidAlliance notes: as the less modernized construction requires screws to hold the case together, the design raises the possibility of replacing the existing drive with a higher-capacity model in the future. The company is preparing to launch its MOTTAINAI luxury drive in mid-November for approximately $767 US.

Magellan eXplorist XL for hikers

11/03, 10:30am

Magellan eXplorist XL

Following yesterday's announcement of the multifunction CrossoverGPS, Magellan has also revealed its eXplorist XL for outdoor travellers. Unlike the earlier device, the eXplorist XL is vertically-oriented for handheld use by hikers and is further toughened against drops and shocks through its rubber shell. The 3.5-inch screen is readable even in direct sunlight and is the largest of its kind for any dedicated GPS handheld, Magellan says. The company adds that its receiver is geotagging-friendly and bundles a management program that can share marked locations between the eXplorist and its host computer. Basic maps of North America are built into the system's memory, Magellan says, but owners can buy and transfer more detailed marine, sea, and trail maps via SD card to specialize its role. Magellan sells the XL today for $400.

MSN Music shuttered in light of iPod, Zune

11/03, 9:45am

MSN Music Shuttered

Microsoft no longer intends to run its MSN Music service as a self-contained music store, the company announced today. Beginning November 14th, customers who attempt to buy songs from the Microsoft site will instead be directed either to Real's Rhapsody web-based store or the Zune Marketplace. The site itself will be remade to focus on live concerts, artist interviews, and free access to the existing MSN Radio service. Microsoft first opened MSN Music in September 2004 as a response to the iTunes Store and trumpeted the wider range of compatible music players. The recent announcement of the Zune and its proprietary online store has been regarded by many as evidence of frustration on Microsoft's part with its earlier, open-ended model and its lack of success relative to the closed system of the iPod and iTunes.

Creative intros 2400 DPI gaming mouse, keyboard

11/03, 9:00am

Creative Gaming Mouse

Creative has launched two new controllers made specifically for high-end gamers. The Mouse Gamer HD7600L stands out for its ultra-high precision, 2400 DPI laser sensor that Creative says can provide an edge in response times for fast action games. The sensitivity can also be adjusted to 400, 800, or 1600 DPI in real-time via a switch for those instances when slower movement is necessary. Owners can also program all five buttons as well as the DPI switch, and can customize the mouse itself with replaceable, chameleon-tinted faceplates. The HD7600L is already available in Singapore for $57 US and should appear in North America soon. Details of Creative's new gaming keyboard follow after the jump.

Apple adds iPod nano 8GB (Product) RED

11/03, 8:05am

8GB iPod nano Product RED

Apple has quietly added an 8GB model of its iPod nano (Product) RED to its online and retail stores. As with the earlier 4GB edition, the 8GB nano is functionally identical to its regular equivalent and adds only a red aluminum shell as well as the (Product) RED logo on the reverse side. Pricing remains the same as for the $249 black model, though Apple hasn't yet indicated whether it will donate more than its previous $10 per sale to the Global Fund against AIDS in Africa. The new model ships in 1-2 business days from the online Apple Store.

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