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British and other European computer owners may be interested in the HVR-4000, Hauppauge's upcoming TV tuner. The 4000 is unique in that it supports four different broadcast formats, including analog, Freeview, satellite, and HD satellite. The card fits into a PCI slot, and in turn accepts inputs from aerial and satellite receivers. Programs on DVB-S2 can be recorded in the original H.264 codec, and DiSEqC 1.0 can be used to switch between four separate satellite sources. The HVR-4000 is due in the United Kingdom in mid-March, and should sell for an average of £179 ($345).
Samsung today all but confirmed the launch of the Q1 Ultra. Posting just a preview image of the device (formerly known as the Q2 on its Taiwanese front page, the company validated early claims about the UMPC that have many anticipating the new handheld. A built-in QWERTY keyboard split between either side of the sharper 1024x600 display will finally provide Q1 owners the ability to type without using the on-screen keyboard. Other specifications are likely to be true as well given the update, including the addition of mobile broadband through HSDPA (3G wireless) and WiBro.
An official announcement is expected on Thursday early into the CeBIT show, though a US launch remains unknown and may require stripping some of the wireless technology. [via UMPC News]
Soundwalk has recently tailored a unique portable audio system in the form of its MP3 Player Sports Vest. Pockets on the vest cradle both an MP3 player and a cellphone at the same time and will output their sound through stereo speakers built into the shoulder straps, ensuring not just that there are no loose cables from the player but that the owner doesn't require a set of potentially isolating headphones. A toggle on the vest switches quickly between either the player or the cellphone to quickly handle calls.
Shipping now, the vest comes with reflective strips for safety and either a black or a red color scheme. Either color sells for $70. [via Chip Chick]
Leaked details surfaced today about Clevo's latest desktop replacement notebook, the D900C. The notebook should be the world's fastest notebook upon its release, early specs say: the 2-inch thick body provides room for desktop Core 2 Duo chips, letting the system run even the 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme processor. Dual 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics chips in SLI will also offer desktop-class graphics.
In an unusual move, Panasonic on Tuesday decided to shake up the normally dull world of photocopiers with the C3. Rather than use safer beige or gray, the multifunction device comes in black, blue, red, and yellow -- a choice that can improve not only their appeal but also the moods of the workers who have to use the machines daily, the company claims.
Two versions of the copier are available: the basic C264S2 line prints at 26 pages per minute in color or monochrome with the ability to copy, fax, print, and scan from its 40GB hard drive, a 10Mbps Ethernet connection, and PC Card or SD card slots; the higher-end C354S2 prints black-and-white faster at 35 pages per minute and adds 100Mbps Ethernet to the device for larger documents. Every C3 model should be available today, though pricing is only to be found through dealers.
HP was by far the leading seller of PCs at retail shops in the US, according to newly published info from NPD. Triggered in part by the launch of Windows Vista, the company took over 43 percent of all desktop sales in stores during the month, and also claimed the top spot for notebook at over 23 percent. The company also managed to claim second place in the desktop arena, according to the study, taking over 12 percent through sales of Compaq desktops. Emachines and Toshiba were the company's chief rivals in the desktop and portable spaces at almost 11 percent and 19 percent respectively.
The full details of Meizu's M3 Music Card player have been revealed, according to a post by the company on its official forum. Consciously designed with the influence of Apple's first-generation iPod nano in mind, the device uses a vertical touchstrip to navigate content instead of a scroll wheel. A 1.5-inch LCD is also close to the Apple design.
Feature support, the company says, is much broader: besides adding support for rarer formats such as FLAC and OGG to the more commonplace MP3/WAV/WMA standards, the M3 can play XviD-encoded AVI videos at 25 frames per second. An FM tuner and MP3-based voice recording are also features absent from its iPod rival. Playback time is rated at 23 hours for music and five hours for video.
Trekstor has revealed that it will launch the DataStation maxi t.uch at the CeBIT expo beginning tomorrow in Germany. It replaces three devices at once, the firm says. As a USB 2.0 external hard drive, it stores as much as 400GB of data and has an automated backup function; relatively rare is the 9-in-1 card reader, which can transfer photos directly to the backup drive as well as to the main computer. Two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports also let the device serve as a hub for other peripherals without adding to a desk's clutter.
Although seeing its first public appearance at CeBIT, the maxi t.uch is available in Europe today for prices ranging between €120 ($158) for the 250GB model and €175 ($231) for the 400GB model. It comes pre-formatted and works with all modern Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs. [via Gizmag]
Sony is planning a more pocketable version of the PSP, according to the company's UK director Ray Maguire. The executive told a press gathering for the company's PSP in Education Initiative that a "smaller, lighter" version of the gaming system was in the works, and would thin out the system without shrinking its centerpiece 4-inch LCD. That's "fixed," Maguire said.
Although no specifications or timetables were given out for the updated PSP, the improved shape is likely to stem from improved hardware inside, which has remained unchanged since the PSP was introduced worldwide in 2005. The $250 price may also drop with more easily-made parts. [via GamesIndustry]
Sanyo's newest camera is the DMX-CG65, also known as the Xacti 2.0. Based on the design of the C6, the principal upgrade is the expanded storage capacity, since it can now handle SDHC cards as well, granting capacities of 4GB or higher. An 8GB SDHC card can hold up to 10 hours of VGA video at 30fps. Helping is the addition of the H.264 codec, which may be particularly useful for its support on iPods. In still mode, meanwhile, the camera takes advantage of its full six megapixels, interpolating if necessary to 10 megapixels. Light sensitivity ranges from ISO 50 to 1600. The camera will first go on sale in Japan in late April.
Telus today helped introduce Amp'd Mobile Canada. One of the first virtual networks to operate in the country, Amp'd is like its American counterpart in emphasizing Internet access and media over typical calling. In Canadian form, the service will depend on Telus' phone network and will have streaming TV clips from both familiar American networks such as The Comedy Network and Canada-specific stations, including MuchMusic.
Set to launch today, Amp'd Mobile's pricing has not yet been updated but is expected to be competitive, with the emphasis on relatively affordable Internet plans. However, the company is now officially selling the Amp'd RAZR V3M, a customized version of Motorola's music-oriented clamshell. The Amp'd version adds a 256MB microSD card as well as a custom black-and-red color scheme. It sells for $300 Canadian ($257 US) without a contract.
AVerMedia has released the Combo PCIe, notable for being one of the few internal TV tuner cards to use PCIe, and support both HD and standard-definition signals. The Combo is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Media Center computers, and can handle ATSC and QAM broadcasts, whether they're sent over-the-air or through coaxial cable. Users can also rely on the card to connect AV equipment, such as camcorders and DVD players, or operate as a PVR unit, recording on schedule (or timeshift) in MPEG-2 format. A special 3D comb filter is said to lower the CPU demands of the Combo versus other cards. The product is out now for $120.
Viacom today sued YouTube for $1 billion, marking the largest-ever suit of its kind for Internet videos. The media outlet openly accused YouTube and its parent company Google of deliberately allowing illegal material to be hosted through the site, asking for both financial damages and an injunction against any other Viacom-related clips from reaching the site.
"YouTube's strategy has been to avoid taking proactive steps," read an official Viacom statement. "Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal."
Sony-Ericsson is readying a phone to challenge the best Nokia has to offer, according to leaked details. The K850i will represent the phone designer's signature camera phone and will snap photos at 5 megapixels with a bright Xenon flash, eclipsing the 3.2-megapixel K810 announced just last month. The bar-shaped device should also be a true 3G phone with a front VGA camera and mobile broadband through UMTS.
The features won't, however, cut into size and should allow for both a large 2.2-inch LCD and an 0.51-inch thick body. Battery life should be equally surprising at 9 hours of active talk time and 350 hours of standby. Full details of the phone may be revealed at tomorrow's CeBIT show, where the phone is likely to see an initially Europe-only launch. Click through for full images. [via Terminal]
Following in the wake of last week's PMA photography expo, Casio today introduced the EX-Z65. As a new entry-level model for the company's characteristically thin Exilim range, the Z65 steps down from January's Z75 and Z1050 only by dropping its resolution to 6 megapixels. The camera still manages 3X optical zoom and a software-based anti-shake mode that doubles ISO to 800 for stable shots. Previews take place on a 2.6-inch widescreen LCD.
The camera is expected to ship later month in Europe for €199 ($262). An announcement for North America hasn't been made but is likely to come at a lower price should Casio decide to bring the camera across the Atlantic. [via Let's Go Digital]
Panasonic and joip together announced on Monday the GLOBARANGE, a combination of a dual-mode phone and a special VoIP service. The phone itself is a 5.8GHz cordless model with DECT support that can handle both landline calls as well as Internet voice without the need for a host PC. Instead of Skype, however, Panasonic has opted to use joip, a newer VoIP service which both companies claim has an edge over other services. Callers can set up forwarding to multiple phone numbers, custom ringtones, and e-mail notices for incoming voice mail.
The phone should be available this summer for an unspecified price. Its accompanying joip service is currently in a joinable beta test on PCs and should be free for calls between fellow GLOBARANGE and joip users when completed later this year. Outbound calls to real-world numbers are expected to have a low fee.
GPS device maker ViaMichelin announced today that it will grow its X-series by two at CeBIT. The X-960 (pictured) is a basic mapping system with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 300MHz Samsung processor, and 64MB of RAM as well as 128MB of ROM. Battery life is rated at two hours when not plugged into a car's 12-volt socket. At the mid-range is the similar X-970T: although the same size, it gains Bluetooth for hands-free calls, a faster 400MHz chip, and support for RDS as well as optional live traffic updates. Both X-series refreshes will use version 7 of ViaMichelin's Navigation System software.
JVC on Tuesday ventured into unfamiliar territory with its new LC8 line of LCD TVs. Although all models are capable of 720p with a single HDMI input and combination analog and digital TV tuners, the 20-inch LT-20LC8 breaks from normally conservative colors by shipping in brown, gold, and pink to match the decor in a given room. Silver is also available for more cautious viewers.
The 20-inch LCD ships in April alongside the largest model, the 37-inch LT-37LC8, which will be available only in black or silver. Two mid-range models, the 32-inch LT-32LC8 and 26-inch LT-26LC8, will ship later this month. Pricing is unknown, though these sets are likely to be converted for sale in the US at a later date.
SanDisk this morning unveiled the SSD SATA 5000, its first solid-state drive for notebooks to use the faster Serial ATA standard. The 32GB drive uses its flash memory to transfer data far more quickly than a hard disk can in practice. Reading data can be sustained at 67MB per second; seek times are even quicker, taking only 0.11 milliseconds to reach data that would take 17 milliseconds to find on a hard disk. The performance means that even Windows Vista Enterprise will boot in 30 seconds, according to the company's tests.
Conceived as a drop-in replacement for other notebook drives, the SATA 5000 fits into a standard 2.5-inch space without any changes but consumes less than half the power. Pricing is set comparatively low for flash drives: the current 32GB version is available to system builders now for $350.
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