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Dell has announced that as of today, some of its laptops are offering Sprint Mobile Broadband support built in. The XPS M1210, the Precision M65, and the D420, D620, and D820 Latitude systems all have the Dell Wireless 5700-S EVDO card as an option. EVDO allows a laptop to connect without Ethernet or WiFi; in the the case of SMB, however, users must be within one of 220 cities or 486 airports in the United States. The card costs $179 and SMB service is $60 a month with a two-year subscription.
Cowon said on Monday that it has launched the D2, one of the world's most compact but fully capable portable media players. Similar to iRiver's Clix, the Cowon player uses hidden controls to maintain a large screen without adding significantly to the player's size: the D2 is only slightly larger than its 2.5-inch, 16 million color display. However, the handheld keeps all the features of bulkier players, Cowon says: music, photos, video, and even Korea's preferred DMB mobile TV standard are playable on the device without add-ons. Battery life is listed only at 8 hours for DMB viewing; however, music playback extends that time to a much longer 45 hours. The player contains either 1, 2, or 4GB of built-in flash memory but can add more through SD cards. Cowon has not announced launch details, though the player may not appear in North America without removing DMB support. A full-sized photo of the player in its optional red follows after the jump.
Memory specialists OCZ have announced the development of a new memory module, the PC2-9200 FlexXLC. Consisting of two 1GB DDR2 strips, the 9200 is distinguished by alternate cooling methods. The first is through air fins and an eight-layer PCB, which transfers heat passively and reduces crosstalk. The second is through liquid cooling, which can be injected over the memory through pre-installed copper tubes. OCZ claims that theirs is the only memory module to come stock with such technology. Each module is covered by a lifetime warranty. Pricing for the 9200 is undisclosed, but it should be selling online by the end of the week.
Rock completed its notebook line on Monday with the addition of its Xtreme SL Pro. With a 20-inch, 1680x1050 display, the SL Pro is meant as a full desktop replacement for gamers and demanding 3D professionals who still need occasional portability. Slimmer than Dell's XPS M2010, the new Rock system also emphasizes power in twos, according to the system builder. The PC turns to AMD's dual-core Turion 64 X2 for its core CPU and ships with two GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics chips paired through SLI for extra 3D performance. A Quadro 2500M workstation graphics chip is available for professionals. Media playback is also highlighted in the design, which has as many as two 160GB hard drives and can be outfitted with an internal, digital TV tuner for recording and watching most broadcasts. Rock has made the notebook available today for £2,499 ($4,740) after tax with a standard 2GHz Turion 64 X2, 1GB of RAM, and dual 100GB hard drives.
Cingular today started offering the Sierra Wireless-made AirCard 875, a PC Card adapter that can connect to all of the carrier's mobile broadband services. The AirCard 875 operates as a tri-band device on Cingular's faster HSDPA network, supporting up to 700Kbps downstream as well as 120Kbps upstream in real-world conditions; it can also connect to the more pervasive but slower EDGE network as a quad-band device. Support for the rarer GPRS and UMTS networks is similarly present and gives travelers a roaming ability on European networks, Cingular says. The AirCard ships today for $350 by itself, but can be had for as low as $50 with the addition of a two-year contract and rebate.
Clarion is currently shipping two new products for the holiday season. The NAX970HD is a GPS system which Clarion claims is their first in North America to use their 3D menu interface, based on Windows Automotive 5.0 and updatable through the unit's 30GB hard drive. The unit's database covers all of the continental United States and portions of Canada. Other features of the 970 include voice guidance, automatic route adjustment, and a built-in gyroscopic sensor.
The interface requires a screen however, and to that end Clarion is promoting the MAX675VD (pictured). The touchscreen "multimedia station" handles TV, CDs, DVDs, satellite radio, and more. Particularly noteworthy is its iPod integration, which not only accepts audio and video from the players but displays an iTunes library on-screen. Clarion's "2-Zone" technology allows two different AV sources to play in the front and back sections of a car. The MAX675VD and the NAX970HD are retailing for $1,200 apiece. Click below to see more images.
Pantech's distinctive PN-820 clamshell phone is expected to launch with cellular provider Verizon next month, as revealed today by an online leak. As with the already available Cingular 3125, the PN-820 uses the full Windows Mobile 5 operating system despite its use of a number pad instead of a keyboard. This gives it the abilities of costlier smartphones without the bulk created by extra text keys, Pantech explains. The phone can use pocket editions of common tools such as Microsoft Office and Windows Media Player, allowing it to edit documents or play media from the home and workplace alike. The PN-820 will also share many features of Verizon's other mid-range phones, including a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and EVDO broadband. The phone is expected to launch with the US carrier on December 29th, although pricing has not been revealed. A full-size photo is available after the jump.
Bluetooth specialist Jabra today previewed its hybrid BT 8010 headset. Where most cellphone headsets are limited solely to mono or stereo sound, the new Jabra headset invites flexibility, according to the company. Listeners can either use just the primary earpiece when holding a conversation or attach a smaller, secondary earpiece through an audio cable to add stereo for music listening. This gives callers a choice between audio quality and battery life: though listening with both earpieces can last for up to 6 hours per battery charge, that life can be extended to 10 hours when calling is the only concern. Pricing and availablity have not been announced.
Creative increased the listening options available to Zen Vision:M owners on Monday by debuting two new speaker sets for its Zen line of players. The flagship X-Fi Sound System Z600 is designed as a home theater addition and uses the same X-Fi processing hardware as found in the Xmod to improve audio quality on an attached Zen Vision:M player; the 24-bit Crystalizer is said to restore many of the details lost in compressed audio and optionally adds a virtual surround effect. The speakers themselves are designed for power, says Creative, and generates a total 200 watts of sustained power through two 35-watt satellites and a 130-watt subwoofer. The Z600 can be connected to TVs or other displays for playing videos and can sync the Vision:M with a host PC even while playing music. Creative ships the Z600 on November 24th for $399.
Click through for etails and a photo of the companion Z500.
i-mate's newly-revealed JAQ3 is a messenger phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC. Applications such as Office Mobile, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player Mobile come pre-loaded. Central to the hardware design is a 2.4-inch landscape touchscreen, which allows simpler control through a stylus. The phone is also controlled via a scrollwheel, a QWERTY keypad, and five navigation buttons. It can connect to the Internet through GPRS, EDGE, and 802.11b/g WiFi, and it has a 2 megapixel camera located on the back. Each device comes bundled a trial version of i-mate Suite, a program designed to share and safeguard business data. The JAQ3 is now on sale in the Middle East.
Jaguar today revealed JaguarWatch, a tracking service for its cars that the automaker says is the first Internet-based system of its kind in the US. Instead of providing tracking data solely to Jaguar or the police during an emergency, JaguarWatch uses a MicroTRAK GPS unit that relays its information to an Internet-based server. Drivers can track their car from the Web regardless of its current state. Additionally, JaguarWatch can track and flag information according to the driver's own preferences, the company says. The tracker can signal an alert when the Jaguar reaches a user-specified distance from home, and will log the route and speed of the car to either warn the owner of a a possible theft or simply to note the destinations of recent trips. Jaguar plans to sell JaguarWatch for all its car models as an accessory at its dealerships beginning in December 2006; no pricing information is available.
Sharp today unveiled its unique Papyrus PW-TC900 media-focused dictionary. While its central feature is a Japanese dictionary capable of translating English and providing audio pronunciation guides for as many as 26,000 English words, the TC900 is also the first such device to also have built-in mobile TV, according to Sharp. The new dictionary can receive broadcasts in Japan's 1Seg digital broadcast format and has a pivoting screen that rotates 180 degrees when the owner focuses solely on TV viewing. Sharp adds that the TC900 is a general-purpose MP3 player that supports MP3 playback and eBooks stored on SD cards. This most recent Papyrus is expected to ship to Japan on December 8th for an open price.
A part of the WAVIO series, Onkyo's LX-1J speakers connect to devices such as PCs and digital audio players. Unlike most products their size, however, the 1Js are designed to have a wide audio field, and produce a fair amount of bass from a TPDB (Twin-Port Double-Bass) subwoofer located at the rear. Because of the integrated shape of the speakers, they can be stood vertically or laid flat, depending on the room available and the subjective sound quality. The speakers have 1W of output per channel and produce frequencies between 200Hz and 20KHz. Power is provided by an AC adapter or four AA batteries. The product goes on sale December 25th at retail, as well as from Onkyo's online sales site.
NEC's forthcoming MultiSync LCD2690WUXi-BK has an irregular 16:10 aspect ratio, with a width of 25.5 inches. The display should also be HD ready, being equipped with VGA, DVI-I, and DVI-D HDCP inputs, and supporting resolutions up to 1920x1200 (1080p is 1920x1080). Contrast is measured at 800:1 with 400cd/m2 brightness. Response times can be as low as 12ms, but the display does have a 178-degree viewing angle, as well as a purported 91-percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The display is being marketed primarily towards businesses such as hospitals. As of press time, no cost or release date had been set.
Citing the often glacial encoding time of software as a barrier to portable movie watching, ADS Tech on Monday unveiled its InstantVideo To-Go add-on. Plugging in via USB, the adapter provides onboard hardware acceleration specifically made to convert video into the highly efficient but demanding H.264 format used by the iPod, the PSP, and other more recent portable media players. Where a standard 100-minute in DVD's native MPEG-2 format would take 300 minutes to transcode into H.264 on a typical CPU, the combination of the InstantVideo To Go and ADS' own software reduces that time to only 20 minutes, according to the company's testing. The USB video encoder is expected to ship soon for $80.
LG's much anticipated VX9900 smartphone has received an official launch date, according to its initial carrier Verizon. To be nicknamed the enV, the folding handset is expected to launch in early December for $320 without any contract, while one-year and two-year contracts reduce the price of the phone to $200 and $150 respectively. The relatively affordable pricing comes despite a relatively aggressive feature set, according to the company, as it combines a complete keyboard with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and EVDO. The VX9900 is also noteworthy for its unique vertical clamshell that maintains full phone controls on its outer shell.
Similarly to the Nabaztag/tag WiFi rabbit, IZI Robotics' netoy will read out news, weather, and audio books streamed from a wireless connection, AVING reports. By contrast, though, the netoy will depend on Korean wireless ISP Nespot for its data. More localized functions will include a wake-up call and daily scheduling. The robot has a 1.5-inch LCD built into its chest, and moves its arms and torsos about as it speaks from 2W stereo speakers. Pricing and distribution information is unannounced, but it seems unlikely that the netoy will migrate from Korean shores.
Music company Ministry of Sound is today offering its simple Clip Stix music player. Similar to the recently released second-generation iPod shuffle, the screenless Clip Stix integrates a full-size clip on its back that lets it attach safely to clothes for running or other high-impact exercise. The 256MB flash player can play songs in either MP3 or WMA format and comes preloaded with 10 songs from the Ministry of Sound itself. Battery life is rated at a modest 4.5 hours, according to the company. The player ships soon in black or pink for £30 ($57 US) after taxes, significantly undercutting the price of the entry-level iPod.
BenQ today said it has released four new computer displays in its professional-series lineup that are targeted at business but available to everyone. Most notable is the new FP92W ($269, pictured), which BenQ says is the first 19-inch widescreen to have a 5ms response time. This makes it ideal for games, videos, and oter fast-action scenes, the company claims. Also released in widescreen is the FP222W ($499), a 22-inch, 1680x1050 display with similar performance. Two standard-ratio displays were also released to complement more mainstream use: the FP73GS ($229) and FP93GS ($289) are 17-inch and 19-inch 4:3 displays that both have ultra-thin bezels for dual-screen arrangements.
All four displays have both DVI and VGA inputs. Each also promises the same 5ms pixel response rate, a 700:1 contrast ratio, and the company's automatic i Key and Senseye systems for automatically adjusting the display and its color quality. The new LCDs are all expected to ship in mid-November.
Radio Shack today began carrying Accurian's new Tabletop HD Radio, a home receiver for those who live in areas where the high-quality terrestrial broadcast format is available. The system supports both HD2 stations as well as all the data associated with them, Accurian says. Listeners can view song information, traffic, weather, and other data on the system's built-in LCD, which can also indicate signal strength and other features not present with analog radios. The company similarly boasts improved quality for earlier technologies. The Tabletop HD Radio's FM reception approaches CD quality, according to Accurian, and can clean AM radio to raise its quality to FM standards. Radio Shack ships the new radio today for $200.
Cellphone maker HTC this morning revealed the P4350, a higher-end smartphone that the company hopes can set new benchmarks for convenience. The full-length QWERTY keyboard sports a semi-automatic sliding mechanism that can speed typing. The P4350 is also unusually thin and light for its full-sized, sliding design, HTC claims: at 0.67 inches thick and 0.37 pounds, the handheld more closely fits the shape of bar phones. HTC has designed the device as a true world phone and has given it quad-band support for GSM cell networks, Bluetooth 2.0, EDGE broadband, and WiFi. Its use of Windows Mobile 5 also promises full support for mobile production tools such as the portable edition of the Microsoft Office suite. Initially launching for Europe and the Middle East in December at a price of $735 US, the phone is likely to see a US launch through Cingular, which has previously launched HTC-made phones such as the Cingular 8525. A full photo is available after the jump.
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