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Edifier previews angular E3300 speakers

03/29, 5:50pm

Edifier E3300 speakers

Chinese multinational Edifier used the recent CeBIT expo in Hannover, Germany to preview its e3300 speakers, a radical redesign of earlier products like the e3100s. Unlike its rectagular predecessors, all components of the e3300s are pyramidal -- including the 32W, down-firing subwoofer, which nevertheless positions the power button at the top for easier access. Since each satellite only possesses 9W of power, the purpose of the speakers appears to be computers and light stereo use, such as iPod playback. No release information has been mentioned, but Edifier's global reach will likely bring the e3300s to North America. [via AVING]

Super-small iRiver S10 on sale in US

03/29, 4:35pm

iRiver S10 on Sale in US

iRiver's S10 music player is finally on sale in the US, a search of the company's online store has revealed. The 2GB flash player had previously been available only in Asia but has already garnered attention for its small dimensions, which are only slightly larger than its 1.15-inch screen thanks to screen borders that double as direction buttons. Not all of the features have been publicized for its American release but should still include MP3, OGG, and WMA playback as well as an FM tuner/recorder combination and a microphone for voice recording.

A limited batch of S10 units is available at the time of this writing and sells for $170, reflecting the cost of importing the small music jukebox from its Korean home. [via Crave]

Panasonic formally readies 5.1-surround HD cams

03/29, 4:05pm

Panasonic SD1 Cam for US

Following the announcement of its 2007 plasma line, Panasonic on Thursday also prepped for the final release of two new HD camcorders. The HDC-SD1 (pictured) and HDC-DX1 together record at widescreen 1080i and can opt for 5.1-channel surround sound thanks in part to the use of AVCHD recording, which saves space on the SDHC cards (for the SD1) or mini DVDs (DX1) used for storage. A 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilization is common across either camera.

Prices have dropped since the initial announcement, according to the company: the DX1 and SD1 alike will retail for $1,300 when they reach stores by the end of the month.

Panasonic confirms 2007 plasma line launch info

03/29, 3:40pm

Panasonic 2007 Plasmas

Panasonic this afternoon filled in the final release information for its plasma TV line for 2007, providing the first real upgrade to the displays since the PX60 series last year. In addition to seven previously announced models between, two new sets in the new PZ750U line are being released, Panasonic says.

Both the 50-inch TH-50PZ750U and 58-inch TH-58PZ750U will both match the 1080p native resolution of newer plasmas while catering to truly dedicated viewers: a Studio Reference Mode matches the same color palettes seen by professional film monitors, and a pro calibration mode will let hobbyists fine-tune settings usually hidden in technician-only controls. Either set will also sport three HDMI connectors when they go on sale in June for $4,000 (50-inch) and $5,500 (58-inch). A list of the remaining sets follows after the jump.

JVC unwraps floating MP3 player

03/29, 2:55pm

JVC Floating MP3 Player

JVC has released the distinctive AW33 portable music player. The white, cone-shaped gadget is designed specifically for the bathtub and the pool, floating at the surface to play music; it avoids the size and weight that would drag it underwater by using an NXT flat-panel speaker. The shell is nevertheless waterproof up to one meter (39 inches) and has an LED ring that both helps find the player and also pulses in time with the music for entertainment's sake.

Features are modest, with 256MB of flash memory holding MP3 or WMA (including protected WMA) songs for up to 15 hours of continuous playback. JVC ships the AW33 in Japan for $170 including a translucent stand that holds the player outside of the water. [via New Launches]

Sidekick ID accidentally revealed at CTIA

03/29, 2:15pm

Sidekick ID Accident

The Sidekick ID has been unintentionally revealed at the CTIA phone expo, an observant photographer has revealed. Cellphone producer UTStarcom, which produces the Sidekick line on behalf of Danger and T-Mobile, had all but confirmed the device by posting full-size advertising at its show booth, only realizing its error a day later when it spray-painted the ID-specific parts of the unannounced handheld.

The leak validates earlier claims about the device, which is said to strip some secondary features from the current high-end Sidekick 3 to roughly halve the price. Neither Danger, T-Mobile, nor UTStarcom has commented on the leak. Click through for a larger image. [via Gizmodo]

DosPara PCs include Nvidia Quadro

03/29, 2:05pm

DosPara PCs w/Quadro

Japanese assembler DosPara is selling three new PCs in its Prime Create line. The preeminent model is the HDV, which takes the unusual approach of using an Nvidia Quadro FX 1500, normally intended purely for workstation purposes. The 2D replaces this with an ATI Radeon X1650, and all three systems have 80 and 320GB hard drives. More than one machine supports up to 8GB of RAM. Prices were unavailable at press time. [via Akihabara News]

DLO ships new TransDock with video

03/29, 1:20pm

TransDock with Video ships

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today began shipping its newest TransDock car system, a device that broadcasts iPod music through a vehicle's existing FM stereo while adding mobile video capabilities. The new device features a distinctive new design with interchangeable faceplates, offering integration both visually as well as technically with a vehicle's interior. TransDock securely cradles and charges the iPod while offering full control of bass, treble, and volume settings directly from the vehicle's console. The accessory holds up to four programmable presets to help users jump to commonly used frequencies, and includes an integrated antenna with a built-in USB power charger for use with cellular phones or other devices. TransDock is priced at $100.

Sony plans to one-up Microsoft with 80GB PS3

03/29, 1:10pm

Sony plans 80GB PS3

Sony is planning to upgrade the Playstation 3 to include an 80GB hard drive, says IDG News. The change was actually discovered as a result of an FCC filing, in which Sony applied for a change to the PS3's Bluetooth transmitter; the cover letter states that the change was necessary for "the difference of the capacity of hard disk," later identified as 80GB. Sony currently sells 20 and 60GB PS3s, the latter of which also has WiFi and slots for CF, SD and Memory Stick cards.

The news comes not long after the revelation of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite, which also raises the hard drive space, moving from 20 to 120GB. The console represents a serious threat to Sony, which has not sold nearly as many PS3s as it expected.

EMusic goes large with 300-song MP3 subscriptions

03/29, 12:50pm

EMusic Connoisseur

Second-place iTunes rival EMusic this morning unveiled its Connoisseur plans on its unprotected MP3 music store. The tiers are developed for the most dedicated music listeners who were previously limited by the service's 99-song monthly cap and who wanted a larger number of guaranteed song downloads than the 75 provided by the main $20 per month subscription, the company says.

Three levels are available beginning today: the $25 per month Basic Connoisseur edges out earlier deals with 100 songs, while the Plus Connoisseur ($50) and Premium Connoisseur ($75) plans offer 200 and an unheralded 300 songs per month respectively. As always, the songs are compatible with iPods and any other device that supports the MP3 standard. [via LAPTOP]

Sirius to offer backseat satellite TV on Chryslers

03/29, 12:20pm

Sirius Backseat TV

Sirius on Thursday unveiled full details of Sirius Backseat TV, the company's new satellite TV service for cars. The technology will let subscribers watch TV from three child-oriented channels -- Nickelodeon, The Cartoon Network, and The Disney Channel -- either on the rear TV screens of equipped vehicles as well as on a MyGig-compatible front TV while the vehicle is stopped. Customers will have the choice of listening to satellite radio at the front when TV plays in the back, Sirius says.

PSP update brings T-Mobile Wi-Fi, 480p video

03/29, 11:25am

PSP Gets T-Mobile Wi-Fi

Sony and T-Mobile today announced full details of the 3.30 update for the PlayStation Portable, revealing in particular that the gaming handheld can now easily connect to T-Mobile's Wi-Fi HotSpot networks. The update makes it possible to visit any of the secure wireless connections using only the gamepad to sign in. The service isn't restricted, T-Mobile says: PSP owners can browse and stream media from websites as well as play games either on the Internet or against others at the hotspot itself.

MS aims at iPhone-like browsing

03/29, 10:55am

Microsoft Deepfish Browser

Microsoft today issued a response to the iPhone's mobile version of Safari with Deepfish, the codename for a new technology designed for Windows Mobile 5 or 6 smartphones to provide a more desktop-like web browser experience. The software automatically creates a complete image of a website, preserving the formatting intended by its creator; instead of using a touchscreen, however, the Microsoft-developed component uses the joystick or keypad to guide a selection box over an area to zoom in for a closer view of an image or text. Pressing the select button on the phone again lets the user switch between dynamic elements such as hyperlinks and text forms.

Iomega intros 2TB external RAID backup drive

03/29, 10:45am

Iomega 2TB RAID drive

The newest storage product from Iomega is the Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive (not pictured), with the considerable capacity of 2TB. The Pro is actually four 500GB SATA drives linked in a RAID configuration, with each drive being removable for future upgrades, but lockable in separate bays. RAID 0, 0+1, 5 and 5+ levels can be chosen, and port options include FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0. An LCD panel displays the RAID level as well as fan, temperature and capacity status. The Pro is both Mac and Windows compatible, including Windows Vista, and comes with EMC Retrospect Express, which can backup a system even when the computer is not logged in. The drive will go on sale April 10th for $1,700.

Gateway intros Core 2-powered SFF desktop

03/29, 10:05am

Gateway E-2610

Gateway today unveiled the E-2610, a new small form factor PC tailored to schools and others where space can be as important as performance. The PC is based on a BTX design that cools the insides more efficiently than the more common ATX does, Gateway claims, and ships in shapes ranging from a mini-tower with six expansion bays to a three-bay SFF case for small desks. Size doesn't affect performance options, as the new models can choose from Core 2 Duo processors. There are also concessions made for the systems' pro audience: the gigabit Ethernet port can remotely warn a console of problems with the system without depending on Windows.

Stock models are shipping today from Gateway at a $599 price; the company hasn't mentioned minimum specifications but adds that every new system ships with Windows Vista.

Apple intros Complete My Album for iTunes

03/29, 9:40am

iTunes Complete My Album

Apple on Thursday revealed Complete My Album, a new feature for the iTunes Storethat allows customers to turn their individual tracks into a complete album at a reduced price by giving them a full 99 cent credit for every track previously purchased from that album. Customers have up to 180 days after buying the individual songs from any qualifying album to purchase the rest of that album at a discount: someone who has bought three 99-cent songs from a $10 album, for example, can buy the rest of the album for $7.02 -- saving them both the need to re-purchase tracks they already own as well as the time needed to download them again, according to Apple.

Video surfaces of iPhone at CTIA

03/29, 9:00am

Video of iPhone at CTIA

A video today surfaced of the iPhone's appearance on Tuesday at the CTIA phone expo in Orlando. The short clip provides additional details about its demonstration by AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson, showing that his example unit was functional and equal in features to the edition used by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld San Francisco in January. The executive also joked that teenagers who had seen the Apple device were pressuring him to get the device early.

(Video available in full article)

Nokia unveils swivelling XpressMusic phone, more

03/29, 8:40am

Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

Nokia on Thursday morning contributed a trio of later entries into the phone announcements at the CTIA phone expo. Leading the announcements is the 5700 XpressMusic (PDF). As hinted at through a promo image, the phone is a bar variant of the 5300 whose keypad rotates for different modes: twisting it halfway points a 2-megapixel camera outwards for photos or videos, while completely reversing the pad reveals dedicated controls for media playback. Nokia also stresses format support with unprotected AAC/MP3/WMA support for its microSD slot as well as protected WMA for music from online stores such as Napster.

The phone's Internet access is handled through UMTS, reflecting its targeted release in Europe this spring at a price of 350 Euros ($467), though a quad-band GSM radio in the phone should ensure a North American version later in the year. Click through for more phones and a gallery.

Apple overriding Apple TV mods?

03/29, 7:45am

Apple TV Mods Overridden

Apple may have a means of reversing hacks made to its own devices, according to reports. Multiple owners who have successfully used a security bypass in the past to install their own software on the media hub have suddenly found that the access to their systems was closed overnight, preventing anything but the official Apple TV front end from running properly.

"My startup script to disable the firewall got its permissions stripped," wrote one user.

Intel to ship faster Penryn chips in 2007

03/29, 12:50am

Intel Penryn chips coming

Ahead of new mobile Core 2 Duos expected in May, Intel on Wednesday announced that it will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year and outlined its new Nehalem chip architecture expected in 2008. The six new "Penryn" processors, including both dual- and quad-core variations, will benefit from enhancements to the Intel Core microarchitecture and also Intel's new 45nm Hi-k process technology, which the company claims results in higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

Penryn's new microarchitecture enhancements will bring extended battery life for mobile devices, enhanced performance for single-threaded applications, new SIMD extensions for better performance, enhanced virtualization, more instruction executions per clock cycle, larger on-chip caches, and higher processor speeds of more than 3GHz, the Santa Clara-company claimed.

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