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Pantone announces hueyPRO color calibrator

02/26, 6:00pm

Pantone hueyPRO

Color specialists Pantone have announced the hueyPRO, a calibrator which automatically adjusts CRT and LCD monitors based on colorimeter readings. The device is roughly the size of a marker pen, and is mainly intended for professional illustrators and photographers, but can also be used for accuracy in games and movies. Unlike the standard huey (pictured), the PRO is designed for users who need to maintain consistency across multiple monitors. It should be available in April for a price of $129, and will work with Mac OS X 10.3.9, or Windows XP, 2000 or Vista.

Sprint lobs "grenade" of all-in-one cell service

02/26, 5:20pm

Sprint Unlimited Access

Sprint on Monday revealed an early form of its new Unlimited Access Pack, a service plan designed to compete against Helio and other virtual network operators who focus on live video streaming and other Internet-heavy cellphone use. The deal gives subscribers effectively unrestricted access to all of the US carrier's phone-related services, including data-intensive Internet access and text messaging, for $120 per month. A separate plan including home PC access is also ready for $150 per month, the company says.

iPod to get Cover Flow?

02/26, 5:15pm

iPod to Get Cover Flow

Apple is planning to add its much-vaunted Cover Flow visual album browsing to the iPod through a firmware update, according to a video provided by an anonymous source. The feature would all but mirror the feature introduced first in iTunes 7 for computers and later in the still unreleased iPhone, giving the first alternative to text-based menus since the iPod was first born in 2001. Although details of exactly when and how Cover Flow would be triggered were not revealed, the video suggests that the interface change occurs when browsing albums, reverting back to the familiar control scheme when a particular album is chosen.

The source also claimed that there would be no truly new iPods before the iPhone's release in June, allowing the cellphone to take center stage. Read through to see the video itself. [via Gizmodo]

T-Mobile joins KRZR fray with exclusive model

02/26, 4:10pm

Moto KRZR for T-Mobile

T-Mobile will become the fourth major carrier in the States to get the KRZR phone, leaked sell sheets have revealed. The company will receive a special edition of the Motorola phone in a unique color -- dubbed "silver quartz" -- and should have true stereo Bluetooth support, a feature reportedly disabled in the blue AT&T model. The custom KRZR will also tap into T-Mobile's MyFaves for free calling to favorites, the leak said.

Although no price was uncovered in the sheets, the new document sets a firm date of March 26th for the official debut of the T-Mobile version, which is fundamentally the same in other respects with a 2-megapixel camera, EDGE Internet, and microSD card storage. The full images follow after the break. [via CrunchGear]

Meizu readies 8GB mini video player

02/26, 3:40pm

Meizu M6 8GB Enroute

Meizu today said it was about to release a new version of its M6 Mini Player, according to a newly leaked photo (pictured). The iPod-influenced media device should get an upgrade to 8GB of flash storage, giving a significant lift to support for music, photos, and videos. The design and shape should remain close to the original M6 in spite of the added memory. Meizu anticipates launching the 8GB model on March 1st for an unknown price, though the device should sell for far less than most competing hardware given the $164 price of the 4GB edition.

The Chinese firm also announced today that it would push back the launch of the M3, also known as the MusicCard. The iPod nano-like, music focused player was due to be released at the same time as the M6 but will now see an introduction later in the month. No specific reason was given for the delay. [via MeizuMe]

Sony working on low-cost Blu-Ray player

02/26, 3:15pm

Sony BDP-S300 Player

Sony today revealed a new, budget Blu-Ray movie player targeted at the mainstream. Called the BDP-S300, the device will be a smaller version of the company's BDP-S1 (pictured) at roughly the size of a modern-day DVD player. Despite the size reduction, however, the company promises features not present in Toshiba's own $499 HD-A2 and even Sony's own introductory player. Video will output at a full 1080p for TVs that can support the resolution, unlike the Toshiba; the S300 will also have support for audio CDs, a feature missing from the inaugural S1.

The new model should be available by summer at a price of $599, far below the $999 of the existing model. Prices should also dip below the all-important $500 mark by the end of the year, Sony said. The price may affect Sony's sales of the PlayStation 3, which plays Blu-Ray at $499 but is sold at a loss to encourage sales.

Grundig preps slim Linux media phones

02/26, 2:35pm

Grundig U900 and X900

Normally associated with its stereos, Grundig has launched a duo of cellphones meant to tackle the fiercely competitive ultra-thin market. As the firm's new flagship, the Linux-based U900 is designed around 3G wireless. Though measuring 0.55 inches thick, the phone has room for both a rear 2-megapixel camera and a front VGA camera for sending videos across a UMTS mobile broadband connection. Live video streaming is also made possible by the enhanced support, Grundig says. A healthy 100MB of built-in flash stores media onboard helps casual users avoid resorting to the microSD card slot for added storage. An FM radio is also built-in for an alternative to the user's own collection.

Read through for Grundig's second phone and product shots.

Dell Latitude D630, D830 slipping out in April?

02/26, 1:25pm

Latitude D630 in April

Dell may launch Intel's latest notebook platform early, according to multiple product leaks. Confirmed by a driver page on Dell's own site, the 14-inch Latitude D630 and 15.4-inch D830 will represent the first major changes to the design in a year. No specifications were revealed, but both systems are expected to use Intel's new Santa Rosa platform, which enhances the Core 2 Duo with a faster 800MHz system bus, 802.11n wireless, and drastically enhanced integrated graphics.

Importantly, a corroborating leak at Switzerland's St. Gallen University indicates a late April launch for the D630 -- suggesting that Dell will preempt Intel's officially scheduled May release for Santa Rosa-equipped notebooks. The move could signal an earlier than expected launch from other companies. [via Notebook Review]

Tekkeon ezSpeak Bluetooth speakerphone

02/26, 1:20pm

Bluetooth speakerphone

Tekkeon's newly-released ezSpeak lets owners completely detach from their cellphone. Inside is a Bluetooth 1.2 receiver, which handles both incoming and outgoing calls, as well as the display of caller ID, battery power and volume level. Perhaps most importantly, the ezSpeak can be used to redial recent numbers, or dial new numbers with voice. The device can sit on a seat or desk or clip to a car's sunvisor. A lithium-polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of talk time or 220 hours (nine days) of standby. Tekkeon is selling the ezSpeak today for $80, which includes the visor clip and a 12V car charger.

Denon showcases DVD upscaler, high-end audio

02/26, 12:35pm

Denon upscaler and hi-fi

At Friday's Sound & Vision expo in Bristol, England, Denon displayed a new pair of high-end AV products. Foremost is the DVD-2930, a player which can upscale to an impressive 1080p resolution, while still costing a relatively manageable 650 ($1,276). By contrast, the similarly-capable DVD-A1XVA may cost hundreds of dollars more. The 2930 is also well-equipped to handle a variety of formats, such as MP3, DivX 6, SACD, and DVD Audio. Computer monitors can be used to view video in VGA, XGA, WXGA and SXGA resolutions. The 2930 is on sale now.

Audiophiles will appreciate the CX3 hi-fi system, which comes with features like gold-plated input terminals and a connection for iPod docks. The accompanying CD player can handle SACD and MP3/WMA discs, and the matching speakers produce 75W per channel with 8 ohms of resistance. The CX3 should also be on sale already, though prices can only be had by ordering a catalogue.

Samsung budget style phone arrives at T-Mobile

02/26, 11:55am

Samsung t219 at T-Mobile

The American division of T-Mobile today began carrying the Samsung t219. The budget flip-phone brings a level of sleekness to the field, says the cell network: a glossy red or brown shell frames both the outside and the inside, while an unusually large external LCD provides a quick notifier for calls and signal strength. Basic Internet access is also a staple feature: AIM, ICQ, Windows Live, and Yahoo messages will all relay though the phone.

The t219 works with T-Mobile's MyFaves service for making free calls to five favorite contacts regardless of their provider, and sell for $20 as part of a two-year agreement. Click through for profile shots. [via Phone Scoop]

Hidden features of the iPhone

02/26, 11:20am

Hidden iPhone features

A YouTube video by Actioncorp (embedded below) claims to glean unmentioned features of the Apple iPhone by analyzing Steve Jobs' recent MacWorld keynote. The Calendar application was scarcely mentioned during the presentation, for instance, but still photos reveal three different views (Day, Month, Year) and a display of upcoming events within a timeframe. Also, when scrolling through lists on the phone, a column of letters on the right-hand side lets users tap to instantly jump to sections alphabetically. The most interesting revelation may be the likelihood of ringtones bought or created by the user, which is suggested by the likes of a "Ringtones" tab used in the keynote version of iTunes. Click below for more details.

Olympus teases with hints of new DSLRs

02/26, 11:20am

Olympus Upcoming DSLRs

Camera maker Olympus late yesterday posted a teaser image on its European page, hinting at future cameras to be revealed at the upcoming PMA photography expo next month. Although no details of the cameras themselves were directly revealed, the image suggests that at least two models will debut at the event. The models are likely to be direct replacements of the compact E-400 or E-500 models as well as the full-size E-1.

The cameras have no set release date but should be previewed three days in advance of PMA, receiving a formal introduction on March 5th. [via DPReview]

Estari takes orders for dual-screen notebook

02/26, 10:50am

Estari Dual-Screen Laptop

Estari today said it was ready to take orders for its unique DC15 portable. Taking the influence of the Nintendo DS to its logical extreme, the recently announced PC uses two 15-inch touchscreens both for visuals and for control: owners tap the screen with their fingers or a stylus, using a virutal keyboard for text. The displays work in either portrait or landscape modes as with a desktop, the company says. Estari has also ruggedized the notebook, treating it as a briefcase with a hardened metal shell and a handle.

The system is available today and ships with a 1.83GHz Core Duo, 1GB of RAM, and 60GB of storage for a premium $4,350; options from the factory can upgrade storage to 100GB and an external FireWire DVD burner.

Philips' high-security memo recorder

02/26, 10:40am

High-security voice memos

Philips' new Digital Pocket Memo 9600 is not an ordinary voice recorder; it's designed to record potentially sensitive information, and block access to anyone who isn't approved. Dictation is password-protected within the recorder, and it's compliant with HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and other security standards. It should retain some ease of use however, since it has voice control, simple buttons, and a large backlit display. Files are recorded to SD/MMC cards up to 2GB in size, and transferred off via a Mini-USB port. Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4 is required. The recorder should begin shipping in March.

MediaREADY Recon blends DV cams with media players

02/26, 10:00am

MediaREADY Recon

MediaREADY on Monday introduced its first-ever DV cameras, giving them a unique twist to reflect their creator's roots. The Recon and Recon Pro both emphasize media playback: the basic Recon model offers MP3 songs with lyrics as well as MP4 video, while the slimmer but more advanced Pro edition adds WAV and WMA. Each also holds 32MB of internal flash memory and can record voice by itself in addition to movies.

Besides format support, camera quality and storage also dictate the differences between models. In addition to recording video, the Recon Pro captures still images at a native 5 megapixels and at an interpolated 12 megapixels, with image stabilization as well as an SD card slot for longer-running videos. The basic Recon is intended as a first-time camera and uses a more modest 3.2-megapixel sensor (5 megapixels interpolated), removes SD storage, and can run on only two AA batteries. MediaREADY ships the two in March at $149 for the base Recon and $249 for the Recon Pro.

AT&T adds gold hue to 3G-capable RAZR V3xx

02/26, 9:25am

Moto RAZR V3xx Gold

AT&T today unveiled the RAZR V3xx Gold. The new clamshell merges both the gold-tinted shell of the Dolce & Gabbana RAZR, previously limited only to an exclusive unlocked model, with the 3G wireless abilities of the V3xx released earlier with the cell carrier in the RAZR's more conventional gray. The V3xx primarily adds HSDPA broadband for quicker Internet access, maintaining the 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and microSD slot from before.

The provider sells the Gold edition at a slight premium over its more ordinary counterpart, offering it for $100 when joined with a two-year contract. AT&T also retails the phone for $280 without a plan.

BitTorrent opens video download store

02/26, 8:50am

BitTorrent Store Official

BitTorrent this morning officially launched the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, the company's own approach to paid video downloads. As outlined by the company in late January, the service hopes to challenge larger rivals by using its own distributed download technology, keeping downloads fast while offloading some of the bandwidth to customers. Prices and accessibility vary based on content, BitTorrent says: movies are available only for rent at prices of $4 for new titles and $3 for older releases, while TV shows are available as permanent downloads for $2 each. Rentals expire 24 hours after play or after 30 days. Music videos and some PC games are also available, BitTorrent says.

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