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PNY Technologies is deploying a 2GB model of the Picture Card, a flash storage medium in the lesser-known xD format. xD is mainly intended for certain lines of cameras from Fuji and Olympus. PNY estimates that Picture Cards can now hold up to 1,000 photos, shot at 8MP resolution in Olympus' HQ (High-Quality) mode. The development is significant in that most xD cards are 1GB or less. PNY eventually expects to build cards ranging up to 8GB. At the moment, a 2GB xD-Picture Card can only be had for Ł61 ($116) from European retailers, but it should soon migrate online to sites like Misco and ebuyer.
Following the news that it would be selling the KRZR K1m, Sprint has now announced it will sell the SLVR L7c as the MOTOSLVR. The product will be Sprint's first candybar phone equipped with EVDO broadband. Operating through the Power Vision network, the phone should capable of streaming movies, downloading music, and receiving 50-plus streaming TV stations. Users will also be able to stream news, weather and sports information. General SLVR features of note include Bluetooth, a microSD slot, and a VGA still/video camera. The MOTOSLVR should premiere sometime in early November.
German company Maxfield has produced a new media player dubbed the MAX-IVY. Central to its design is the thin, flat surface, which is only 0.3 inches thick and has no protruding buttons. The player is instead controlled through the 1.8-inch touchscreen and the blue-lit touchpad. The primary purpose of the IVY is audio, and to that end it supports Ogg, MP3 and WMA files, including WMA-DRM. It can record anywhere between 64 to 256 hours of voice depending on the quality. Maxfield additionally says that the player can handle photos and video, but the company is not specifying formats. The IVY is currently selling in 1 (€109/$139), 2 (€139/$177) and 4GB (€179/$228) sizes from sources such as Amazon.de.
Car entertainment producer Vizualogic used its recent presence at the SEMA aftermarket show to introduce the VMOD (PDF) media PC designed for vehicles. Though the company has released few specifications, it indicates that the VMOD integrates with car-based displays to serve as a media jukebox and information tool. GPS and satellite radio support is also built-in, Vizualogic adds, and the entire system is controlled by custom software by StreetDeck that simplifies access while on the road. The computer itself is made to hide as easily as possible within a vehicle and uses a Celeron M alongside a 40GB mobile hard drive to reduce its footprint. Pricing and an official release date have yet to be announced.
Japanese electronics maker Elecom has released its new ASP-P100 iPod dock as a combination synchronization tool and stand-alone speaker system. Only slightly taller than a standard Universal Dock, the P100 includes a 2-watt stereo speaker system that can play music directly from the iPod whether plugged into a an AC outlet or using four AAA batteries. The dock can also charge the player when plugged into AC power or when synchronized with a Mac or Windows PC through USB. The P100 supports all dockable iPods and ships in black or white. Elecom says the dock will be available soon in Japan for $54 US.
A newer, slim Samsung handset is being readied for Sprint, according to leaked specifications posted online. The A610 (pictured) continues the Korean company's emphasis on thin design and is only 0.59 inches thick despite its clamshell shape. The phone is targeted at Sprint's mid-range subscribers and will ship with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and support for EVDO Internet connections. Sprint-specific features such as mobile TV and the Sprint Music Store should also be supported. No pricing information has been revealed, though the phone will be ready to ship by the end of 2006. Click through for photos.
Kanguru's Bio Slider II is a USB 2.0 flash drive with a built-in fingerprint reader. When a user first sets up the drive, he's asked to rest his finger on the reader for an initial scan; thereafter, only he and authorized secondary users have data access. The security software and up to ten fingerprints are kept onboard. To access the Bio Slider, users need only connect it and make a quick swipe with the appropriate finger. Password access can be toggled as an option should you be worried about the reader malfunctioning. The drive uses 128-bit encryption, and is only compatible with Windows 98 or greater. Pricing for the product starts at $80 for 256MB, and scales to $280 for 5.4GB.
While Wal-Mart is said to expect major publicity for its $398 laptop sale, an equally low-cost deal is available through HP itself, according to Notebooks.com. The normally $699 Compaq Presario V3000Z receives a combination discount and rebate that lowers its price to $399, matching the Wal-Mart model in price despite a more recent design. The 14-inch V3000Z ships with a 1.8GHz Sempron processor that outperforms the less efficient 2GHz chip of the V5305, according to HP. Although other features are similar, Notebooks.com indicates that the online-only system is available for $359 for faculty and students who register with HP's academic discount program. The V3000Z is already shipping.
iSymphony today positioned its new multi-role DVD Music Micro System for iPod as a complete alternative to most basic home theaters. The 50-watt stereo supports music playback from all iPods through a top-mounted Universal Dock as well as auxiliary input for the iPod shuffle and generic music players. In addition, however, the M2 includes a progressive-scan DVD player that can display both conventional movies as well as DivX, MPEG-4, and VCD videos. The drive also serves as an MP3- and WMA-capable CD player. Unifying these three functions is the clock radio, according to iSymphony: owners can set the built-in alarm to wake the user to the music of the iPod, a CD, or a preset AM/FM radio station. The choice also exists to play music stored on SD or Memory Stick cards as well as any removable USB storage hardware. The M2 ships now from Sam's Club for $200.
Although many phones make use of the Linux operating system, FIC's newly-announced GTA001 will be the first to leave the platform open-sourced, SlashGear reports. Features such as GSM, MP3 playback and GPS navigation will come default with the phone, but FIC will be releasing the SDK (Software Development Kit) to the public, hoping to encourage third-party developers to add extras. Software can be free or a commercial venture. The base phone will be equipped with technology such as a 2.8-inch, 480x640 LCD, mesh file-sharing via USB, and a touchscreen with gesture recognition. A Samsung S3C2410 processor will be tied to 128MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM. No date or cost has been suggested for the phone.
LG has deployed a pair of new LCD displays, writes Akihabara News. The LX76D and LX96D are 17- and 19-inch computer monitors, capable of resolutions up to 1280x1024. Each has a brightness rating of 300cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, enhanced by LG's Digital Fine Contrast technology, which adjusts brightness and contrast automatically based on incoming images. The company claims that this is particularly helpful with dark scenes. Response times for the displays are measured at 2ms. The units are also capable of accepting TV input, this due to LG's Digital Display and Media format. Plans for pricing and distribution of the monitors have yet to be published.
Hewlett-Packard today made its first entry into the ultra-large computer display market by posting early official details of its LP3065 computer LCD. While news of the screen appeared in advance, the latest information has revealed HP's intentions to compete in terms of both features and price. The LP3065 will sport three dual-link DVI ports, according to HP, in contrast to the single connector on both Apple and Dell monitors. Its 92% NTSC color gamut will also be complemented by a high 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 300cd/m2 brightness. Crucially, the new design is expected to ship for $1,699 when available November 11th, placing the high-end design closer in price to Dell's $1,499 basic model.
Sony Ericsson has announced that it will buy UIQ Technology, a software developer working for the Symbian group, says Reuters. UIQ produces a variant of the Symbian OS, and Sony Ericsson is already its biggest client. The company's software can be found on Sony phones such as the P990, the M600, and the W950. Conversely, Symbian's biggest overall client is Nokia, who layer their Series 60 software on top of the OS. The UIQ acquisition will give both Sony and Nokia proprietary phone software. It should be noted, though, that the latter two companies have significant shareholdings in Symbian itself. Sony says its purchase should be completed within the coming months; the exact amount it is paying for UIQ is undisclosed.
Oakley has just upgraded its THUMP line of music-playing sunglasses with its new THUMP PRO line. The new frames are based on Oakley's more conventional BOTTLECAP design but add a more advanced music player than was present in the original THUMP model, with capacities ranging between 256MB and 1GB and expanded format support for AAC, Audible, MP3, and WMA audio. All models are compatible with Macs and Windows PCs. The company says it has also ensured that the glasses themselves are improved for listening: the frame material, dubbed UNOBTAINIUM, increases grip alongside perspiration, preventing the integrated earbuds from slipping out of position. Models are available with black, bronze, or gray frames and ship soon for prices ranging between $249 (256MB) and $349 (1GB). A complete image is available after the jump.
Dell on Tuesday expanded its range of AMD-based desktops with an entry-level workstation intended for professionals. Available in either a mini-tower or desktop case, the Optiplex 740 can be configured with as much as a 2.6GHz Athlon 64 X2 processor, making the new Optiplex the fastest AMD-based Dell system to date. The system shares the same design principles as its Intel equivalents, including the HyperCool chassis that maintains continuous airflow. A base configuration begins at $549 with a 2.2GHz Athlon 64, 512MB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and no optical storage in a desktop case. New systems are expected to ship within two weeks.
A specialist in electroluminescence, Helpdezk today previewed a new range of earphones meant to add color to music listening. The company's !Tude lights up the entire length of earphone cord using electrically-triggered phosphorescents, adding a conspicuous glow in low light with one of six colors. Listeners can also choose to synchronize the pulses of light with the beat of the music. While these lights can potentially be fragile, Helpdezk says, flexible nylon nets around the cables ruggedize them to where they can withstand even rough daily use. The lighting can last for approximately 10 hours of continuous use with two AAA batteries and can be turned off in daylight or to conserve power. Each !Tude set ships with plastic cradles for multiple iPod models. No pricing or launch details are available.
Samsung today revealed the P9000, a hybrid computer and phone that the company claims is a true example of mobile convergence. Unlike ultra-mobile PCs, the P9000 has a unique, folding keyboard that lets owners have a full QWERTY keyboard and 5-inch screen for data while still maintaining a shape compact enough to be used for phone calls. Samsung notes that the device is also uniquely equipped to connect to both Internet and phone services: users can connect to both EVDO and WiMAX mobile broadband networks as well as place calls on CDMA cellular providers. Common cellphone features such as a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and dedicated media playback are also standard. More details and a complete photo are available after the jump.
Microsoft revealed late on Monday that it has made an unprecedented deal that will see the Xbox 360 as the first gaming console capable of purchasing and playing movies and TV shows. Beginning November 22nd -- the first anniversary of the Xbox 360 launch -- a new entertainment section in the Xbox Live Marketplace will carry both high-definition and standard editions of videos from major networks and movie studios, allowing any Xbox Live account owner to rent full-length movies or purchase videos directly from their consoles. Buyers of TV shows in particular will have the option of deleting and re-downloading shows when space. No pricing has yet been announced; Microsoft also did not mention any plans for an upgraded hard drive to replace the 20GB model currently bundled with the Xbox 360 Premium system.
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