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Home audio specialists Boston Acoustics on Tuesday introduced three individual speaker series for HDTVs and other home theater setups. The high-end Horizon models (pictured) are designed for flexibility and include different sizes of satellites and subwoofers. The system starts at $100 for a pair of simpler HS 40 bookshelf speakers but scales upwards to include the premium HS 460 floor-standing speakers at $400. Owners can also mix and match subwoofers between the 10-inch, 150-watt HPS10 SE ($300) to the 300-watt HPS 12HO ($500). A wireless sub, the 8-inch HPS 8Wi ($400), is available for setups where bass is needed away from the main satellites.
DJ specialist Numark is readying the iDJ2, a pro-level mixing board intended for iPods. Unlike many such boards, the iPod is treated as the primary source for all music: two can be connected simultaneously, or a single iPod can feed two different tracks. Generic USB ports allow the use of key drives, other media players, and external hard drives; the iDJ2 also has a host of more conventional line inputs, as well as XLR and RCA connections.
Electronics maker Samsung today rolled out its SMT-i8080 phone for home users that want more than just voice calling. An Ethernet connection allows the phone to participate in two-way video calls through its flip-up LCD and embedded video camera. Navigation controls directly below the LCD addtionally bring a handful of Internet features well-suited to a land line: owners can buy from certain stores and reserve movie tickets, stream audio, or watch a selection of Internet-based TV channels.
Chinese jukebox designer Meizu today capitalized on its recent success in music by revealing the mDock, its first dedicated speaker accessory. The design is based on Fiio's PS1120 and is built for the M6 Mini Player. Like docks for the iPod or Zune, charges the device as well as pumping out stereo sound. Audio is controlled through top-mounted buttons, but whether or not a wireless remote is an option has not been announced.
Motorola is set to announce more than just the RAZR2 V8 for T-Mobile, says the same source that revealed the t639 announcement. The W490 will closely resemble the W385 and most of Motorola's recent world phones and will handle basic functions while still offering the style of the KRZR. No camera or Bluetooth is present, but the device will be capable of playing music (likely on microSD storage) and should handle picture messaging, apps, and T-Mobile's own myFaves service.
MicroNet has begun selling the SR-4 Blackbird, a compact RAID array that weighs approximately 12 pounds. The unit holds four drives for a maximum capacity of 4TB, and uses eSATA-300, with a "pure" SATA II architecture inside that eliminates bridges and protocol conversions. Combined with a 16MB cache, the SR-4 can read data at speeds of up to 240MBps, and write at approximately 200MBps. Each version of the array comes bundled with an eSATA RAID controller, can be configured for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD setups. Mac, Linux and Windows systems are supported; costs start at $600 for a 1TB array, with an additional two-port PCIe card. The 4TB array is not yet listed.
Option today revealed that the FCC has approved its GlobeTrotter Express HSUPA ExpressCard, making it the first card of its type to be ready for the US. The card supports the 7.2Mbps maximum download speeds of today's 3G-class, HSDPA networks but adds the extra-quick upload speeds that give HSUPA its name. At peak, the card can upload a full 2Mbps versus the 384Kbps maximum of the best HSDPA networks, Option says. Travelers can also roam across different speeds and network formats, ranging from current 3.6Mbps and 1.8Mbps HSDPA networks to Europe's UMTS and the oldest EDGE and GPRS standards.
T-Mobile USA's impending 3G network is about to receive its first phone, according to newly leaked company material. Rather than use HSDPA similar to AT&T's network, the Samsung t639 (shown) will connect to T-Mobile's 1700MHz UMTS service and deliver comparable high-speed Internet access anywhere within the carrier's own coverage. The clamshell design will be similar to many of Samsung's mid-range phones with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and media playback from a microSD card.
Cowon today announced that both its D2 (pictured) and iAudio 7 have jumped to 16GB of capacity, doubling the amount of storage compared to earlier models. The storage allows either system to hold as many as 4,000 songs and is a better fit for more or longer video clips in the case of the D2. The iAudio 7 reaches the benchmark with 16GB of memory built-in; reaching the goal for the larger-screened but thinner D2 touchscreen player requires a combo pack that ships a D2 with 8GB of built-in memory plus an 8GB SDHC card, according to Cowon.
The Russian cellphone retailer Mobitronix has leaked information about two upcoming Samsung phones, the F310 and the F330. The former (right) is also known as the Bang & Olufsen Serenata, and is suitably focused around music, with a massive 4GB of built-in memory. Aside from music however, the phone should also be able to play MPEG-4 files on a 240x240, 262,000 color touchscreen. Connection options should include tri-band GSM, as well as 2100MHz EDGE or HSDPA, albeit with a maximum speed of just 1.8Mbps.
T-Mobile's American division has reportedly leaked details about a re-release of the Pearl, one of the most popular phones in RIM's BlackBerry lineup. Internally, the new T-Mobile version is ultimately unchanged, but as of September 4th, the phone will come in three different colors: "Ruby Red," "Boiled in Blue" and "Glitterin' Gold." These should complement the existing Blazing Black and Whiplash White models. Pricing for the new colors has not been revealed, but it is unlikely to exceed the costs of current phones, which range from $150 to $350 depending on the discounts available. [via Boy Genius Report]
Zagg today unveiled RockStic, a portable speaker system designed for Apple's iPod that aims to provide high sound quality with complete portability. RockStic's compact size makes it easy to use at home or on-the-go, utilizing battery power for mobility. The speaker system is housed an a durable aluminum enclosure, and includes a charging dock that works with all dockable iPod models. Zagg's RockStic features a line-in port to support other digital players, and includes a full-function remote control alongside an AC power adapter and a media cable. The RockStic is available for $50 at an introductory price (normally $70) in silver, black, and bright pink.
The iPhone's previous restriction to AT&T phone service may have been fully broken, according to claims made by forum members testing out utilities. A combination of a blank TurboSIM card ($80), utilities such as AppleSaft from Bladox, and SSH access let users remotely enter the phone over Wi-Fi and tell it to write the SIM with valid information from another carrier, effectively placing the phone on any GSM cellular network with full incoming and outgoing calls. Basic GPRS data (but not EDGE) also works, claim some users.
Samsung today revealed that its Yepp line will grow to include a new touchscreen player that the company hopes will take on Apple's iPod nano. The YP-P2 will include a three-inch LCD with touch as the near-exclusive control scheme; like the iPhone, the only physical controls needed are a lone front button and side-mounted controls for power and volume. The expanded screen serves as an ideal platform for watching MPEG-4 or WMV videos at a native widescreen ratio, Samsung says. Other rare features are also standard, such as Bluetooth for wireless headphones and a file browser for manually clearing files from the player.
Fujitsu today launched two extra-small notebooks, including its first UMPC for North America. The LifeBook U810 was first introduced in Japan, and straddles the line between UMPCs and convertible tablets with a 5.6-inch screen that either folds out for conventional typing or swivels around for handwriting and other gesture-based commands. The system approaches normal notebook resolutions with a 1024x600 display and packs Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a fingerprint reader.
Logic3 on Tuesday unveiled "the first" dedicated, portable speaker system for use with Apple's popular iPhone. The i-Station Traveller for iPhone offers a black gloss finish and silver trim--to match the look and feel of the iPhone. It can expand to accommodate the iPhone either vertically and or horizontally between the two speakers. Without the iPhone, users can slide the speakers together for easy storage/transport--the compacted system measures just 170mm. The mobile stereo system features two 35mm neodymium drivers, which the company claims can generate an combined output of 4 watts. The system also features specific technology to reduce TDMA noise (the sound emitted from mobile phones). The new i-Station Traveller also works with iPods and any gadget with a 3.5mm jack and includes a 3.5mm-to-2.5mm stereo converter as well as a velvet-finish case. It is powered by four AAA batteries and will be available soon for £30.
Serving travelers for whom every drop in size and weight is important, InFocus on Tuesday released the Work Big IN12. The projector uses newer, compact DLP techniques to slim down the unit to 1.7 inches tall and 3.9 pounds while still delivering a 1024x768 native resolution suitable to computers and to rescaled DVD and HD video input. Presenters also have many options for placing the projector in a room: thanks to a 2X zoom, wide-angle lens, the IN12 can sit less than three feet away from the screen. InFocus claims the system is bright enough for many rooms at 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and an 1,800:1 contrast ratio.
Nokia on Tuesday issued a product advisory for more than 46 million batteries that could potentially explode while being charged. While approximately 100 incidents of overheating reported globally, it claims that no serious injuries or property damage have been reported and is offering free product replacements. The advisory affects Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by the Japan-based Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd (a.k.a. Panasonic) between December 2005 and November 2006; none of its other 250 million Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries are affected, the company said. The BL-5C, which is one of 14 different battery models used in Nokia products, is manufactured for Nokia by several suppliers, including Matsushita/Panasonic.
Sony-Ericsson today launched the K770i, its latest Cyber-shot phone. Also nicknamed the "Victoria," the handset revolves around making its camera as simple to use as possible. The 3.2-megapixel sensor is supported by auto-focus, 3X digital zoom, and an LED flash; completely unique to the K770 are several light-up icons on the keypad in camera mode that provide shortcuts to common camera adjustments without having to memorize the interface. Photos are likewise editable on the phone itself and are easily transferable thanks to a standard mini-USB connection and PictBridge printing support.
Logitech on Tuesday released the V470 wireless mouse for notebooks. The mouse is close in spirit to the V450 but swaps RF for Bluetooth, permitting many notebook computers to take advantage of the higher precision of a laser sensor without needing an external dongle. The pointer supports Bluetooth 1.2 and intelligently hops between frequencies to avoid choppiness when Wi-Fi is also switched on. Running time is also reportedly long at four months of regular use before requiring a fresh set of batteries.
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