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Griffin Technology today announced its new, pocket-sized FM transmitter for iPod: its new iTrip Pocket now available and shipping, brings all the functionality as other products in the iTrip family as well as a few innovative new features--in a new, smaller form-factor. iTrip Pocket lets iPod users listen over the FM radio in their car, without encumbering wires. Barely bigger than the dock connector it plugs into, iTrip Pocket is designed to perfectly match the profile of the 2nd generation iPod nano, though it also works with other dock connector iPod models. iTrip Pocket broadcasts the audio signal from the user's iPod to any user-selected FM frequency, sharing the music with the whole car. iTrip Pocket FM Transmitter for iPod (4042-NTRPDA) is priced at $50.
Seen for years as a bastion of free expression, the Internet is quickly becoming restricted by governments worldwide, says a group called the OpenNet Initiative. While less than a handful of countries were engaged in "state-mandated net filtering" in 2002, OpenNet claims that five years later, there are at least 25 governments blocking content, out of a total of 41 countries surveyed. Three reasons for censorship tend to dominate the group's report: maintaining political power, alleged security issues, and enforcing perceived morality.
LG on Friday shipped the KP202, a compact flip-phone for GSM networks. Its highlight is a VGA camera with a relatively rare continuous-shot mode that can capture three images in a row for parties, sports, or other spur-of-the-moment scenes. Onboard memory is reportedly a large 64MB and helps for storing full polyphonic ringtones and still photos.
The Chinese company Haier has developed an LCD with an extremely unusual feature, a printer port. Although the L47A18 also has a pair of USB ports, those wanting to print photos or movie stills from the TV can apparently send them directly to a full-size, dedicated printer, rather than a compact machine. The TV is a 47-inch set, and also has a card reader that should make local printing more attractive. Resolutions up to 1080p are supported, with two HDMI ports being present on the back. The A18 should already be on sale in China for the equivalent of $2,666. [via T3]
Freenex today rolled out its VITAS 7000 GPS system for travelers who need maps and entertainment in a single device. Like most high-end systems, it relies on a 7-inch touchscreen and has secondary entertainment functions such as MP3 and movie playback, a 3D navigation mode, and an FM transmitter for broadcasting its sound to a larger car stereo. The 7000's addition comes through digital TV, Freenex explains. A DMB tuner can not only pick up digital broadcasts and claims a distinct picture-in-picture mode: owners can place either the TV feed or the map in a separate overlay at different sizes, letting passengers watch shows without interrupting the driver's route.
Santech became one of the earliest regional PC builders to join in the launch of notebooks with Intel's Santa Rosa and faster NVIDIA video as their basis. Forming the foundation is the T34, which in spite of its 13.3-inch screen is driven by a new 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and uses a 256MB GeForce 8400M GS for full-speed visuals in Windows Vista. The PC house also boasts 1GB of RAM, 802.11n wireless, and the option of either a 160GB 5400RPM drive (for the T3410) or a 100GB 7200RPM drive (for the T3420).
Japanese manufacturer BlueDot has released a new portable TV which is extremely compact, even by the standards of the region. The BTV-400 has a four-inch screen, but is only 4.9 inches long -- and perhaps more crucially, it is only 0.4 inches thick, making it easy to fit into a pocket. The set also weighs a mere 4.2 ounces. Viewers can make use of an electronic program guide, and watch 1Seg mobile broadcasts within Japan. The 400 is on sale in black, white or red for 30,000 yen, or about $247. [via Akihabara News]
Creative is about to make another attempt at upsetting Apple in the mid-range flash player business, as shown by a photo snapped at a Singapore retail shop. The Zen Wav will have a smooth, rounded metallic (or metal-like) shell similar to the iPod nano. By using the small directional pad borrowed from the Zen V line, however, the company will integrate a pair of speakers to provide public listening without a speaker dock. Also divulged in the leak is a 1.5-inch screen for displaying photos and videos, an FM radio, and recording for either its voice microphone or a direct line-in jack.
Korean display maker Dahan today showcased one of the largest-ever screens to feature a multiple-input touchscreen. The DH1000W can range between 100 and 220 inches, and has been shown at 120 inches in size as proof that its rear-projection system works. As with the iPhone, the display accepts multiple touch and can use the feature both in custom-written software as well as resizing windows and navigating the interface in Windows 2000 or XP. Adding the technology doesn't significantly affect responsiveness, according to the company, with pixel lag holding to a 10ms average.
Dell's upcoming XPS 720 gaming tower has been all but exposed today through a service manual. Previewed through the company's own IdeaStorm submission, the aluminum chassis will be available in the company's standard silver standard case or the glossy black model reserved for the water-cooled H2C. Choices will be similar to today's models with the choice of CPUs ranging from the mainstream Core 2 Duo to the quad-core Core 2 Extreme. NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTS and GTX cards will form the backbone of graphics; in a rare addition to mass-produced PCs, the 720 will have a separate 300W power supply for its graphics to allow dual-card setups without causing undue strain on the main system.
Another new Sony Ericsson phone has received approval by the Federal Communications Commission, namely the M610i -- codenamed the Lizy. It is a tri-band GSM phone with 3G UMTS broadband, but there are no photos available, and few other specifications exist, other than the fact that it will support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. More can be gleaned from the fact it should be related to the M600i, a phone generally designed for business users. It runs the Symbian OS, and supports push e-mail and document editing, as well as AAC and MP3 playback. There is 60MB of internal memory, with a Memory Stick Micro slot providing extra storage. [via Unwired View]
Danger's Sidekick messaging phones should be receiving native GPS support, according to the company's own job postings. A search for a software engineering intern reveals that the company is looking for help to "formalize the Java Native Interface and glue layer for binding the BT serial support as a GPS provider of data," the company says. The technique refers to adding support for a Bluetooth-enabled GPS device such as an in-car system or a handheld, letting the phone find its location without an internal receiver.
An act proposed by a hearing in the US House of Representatives could change the definition of broadband, and have potentially far-reaching consequences, writes Ars Technica. Though both corporations and the government appear to be in favor of a national broadband plan, the Broadband Census of America Act (BCAA) is being formulated to determine just which areas need improved Internet access.
The current controversy is over what the FCC considers broadband versus practical reality. At present the organization says that broadband is 200Kbps; this is challenged by the current draft of the BCAA, which would start broadband at 2Mbps, a faster speed in many cases than outlying ADSL services. The Act would also redefine which areas have broadband, since at present, even a single access point qualifies a ZIP code.
The Prada phone by LG is available in the US as an unlocked device, according to a new review. While its February launch as a tri-band GSM device largely excluded the phone from an official launch with a US carrier, the touchscreen phone is known to work with both AT&T and T-Mobile in San Francisco and other areas that support the phone's 1900MHz band. All of the features of the Prada remain intact, including its 2-megapixel camera, AAC/MP3 playback, and MPEG-4 videos.
Colorware, which has been offering custom-colored iPods for some time, has turned its attentions to the Microsoft Zune. While the player can already be had in black, brown, white and pink colors, Colorware offers a much greater palette, and shoppers can have the body, back, wheel and button all painted separate tones. Customers can further choose between metallic or solid paint, and the coating is said to be scratch-resistant. There are two ways to get a custom Zune: a new player costs $325, but buyers can also send in an existing player, which cuts the base price down to $74; in either case details cost extra. [via cliczune]
Philips' most recent contribution to the iPod realm is the AJ300D, a new dock that meshes with a clock and AM/FM radio. Its compact yet monolithic shape contains 6W speakers, and it also relies on Panasonic's "wOOx" technology, which is said to improve the depth and power of bass. Owners can wake up to either radio or an MP3 player; it is designed mainly for any iPod except the shuffle, but it also fits players in Philips' Go Gear line. Other audio sources can be heard through an auxiliary input. The remote is also noteworthy, since it has five buttons which let listeners jump straight to a particular radio station. The dock can be bought for approximately $80. [via SCI FI Tech]
Americans will receive a special version of the HTC Herald, according to photos of the newly unboxed device. Rebranded as the T-Mobile Wing, the finished device (shown at left) undergoes a radical change to a much more stylized navigation button layout and a textured blue shell instead of a smooth black. Owners will also see Windows Mobile 6 Professional preloaded on the phone, giving them Office Mobile as well as better web browsing. A 2-megapixel camera and EDGE support will be unchanged from the model already released in Europe as the Xda terra.
In a somewhat unusual step, the Japanese division of Panasonic is using two popular figures to promote a special edition of the Lumix DMC-FX30. Not only does the camera bear the ubiquitous image of Hello Kitty, already found on other cameras, it also has an "A" symbol for Ayumi Hamasaki, a Lumix spokeswoman and one of the country's most famous singers.
The camera itself is a 7.2-megapixel model with 3.6x optical zoom, covering a 28-100mm range, with an anti-shake stabilizer to reduce blur. The LCD screen measures 2.5 inches. Though there is only 27MB of internal memory, the camera is one of the few that supports both SD and SDHC cards, which should allow as much as 32GB of removable storage. The special edition is "coming soon" according to the online shop mu-mo. [via Impress Watch]
Dell at its Hybrid Business conference yesterday demonstrated what will likely be the future of its computer LCDs with an unnamed concept. The panel uses the recently established DisplayPort video standard to transmit both video and data across a single cable. The technology allows every aspect of a display -- including the demonstrator's speakers, webcam, and touch-sensitive controls -- to run without clutter. It also eliminates a lot of the back-end processing hardware that adds to the bulk of most LCDs, Dell says, allowing the new 0.5-inch thick display to "float" behind a pane of glass rather than depend on a metal or plastic shell. Display resolutions can also be much higher at 3840x2400 without resorting to dual links, as with DVI.
Samsung on Friday rounded out its LCD TVs with its 19-inch LN19R71B display. One of the smallest TVs in the company's wineglass-inspired Bordeaux range, the screen uses dual acoustic chambers to hide its 6W stereo speakers while providing the expected sound. All of Samsung's typical image quality boosts are present, including DNIe for scrubbing noise from the signal and boosting color details: Samsung claims a 600:1 contrast ratio which is strong for the size. An 8ms response time is quick enough for movies and games.
Nokia this morning finished the week with the introduction of the 3109 Classic. Thought of as a balance between the basics and useful features, the phone includes Bluetooth and a microSD slot for its built-in music player but strips out any sort of digital camera; the choice suits both those who don't want to pay for the excess of a camera or businesses where photography could be a security risk, Nokia says. The phone also boasts other slightly above-basic features such as an e-mail client and speakerphone. Battery life is rated at 4 hours of active talk time and 16 days on standby.
Bucking the trend for phone releases in the West, Canadian cell provider Fido today announced that it was the first to pick up the Nokia 6300 in North America. First introduced for Europe in a fall preview, the device brings the media focus of more recent Nokia phones to a candybar platform with an FM radio, AAC/MP3 music playback, 135MB of built-in memory, and a microSD card. A 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and EDGE are also stock.
Chipmaker AMD today launched one of its first clear challenges to Intel's Core platform. Codenamed "Puma," the platform is a combination mainboard and CPU which will both be much faster than today's hardware while also fine-tuning battery life. A new CPU architecture, nicknamed "Griffin," will be one of AMD's first explicitly tailored for mobile use. In contrast to the current Turion 64 X2, which is fundamentally an Athlon converted for notebook use, "Griffin" will have completely independent power levels for each processor core as well as the HyperTransport system links; the system can lower clock speeds and power draw whenever the system idles or is put into a power-saving mode.
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