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LaCie has announced a new line of products with industrial design by Sam Hecht. The new Portable DVD±RW Drive with LightScribe has no feet, switches, or breaks and is less than one inch tall, and one pound in weight. It can use FireWire or USB 2.0, and is fully bus-powered. The USB 2.0 version comes bundled with Easy Media Creator Suite 9 for Windows, while the FireWire version comes with Toast 8 Titanium for Mac OS X. The drive is equipped with LightScribe, which allows users to burn silkscreen-quality labels directly onto CDs and DVDs with a laser instead of a printer. The device is priced at $100 in USB 2.0 and $150 in FireWire flavor.
The SCO Group may disappear altogether in the wake of the company's bankruptcy, according to the company's latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The company reported that there was "substantial doubt" it would survive after losing its patent dispute with Novell over Linux and facing a similar, impending challenge with IBM, both of which will deprive the company of the money it was hoping to collect. The Linux licensing program SCO had hoped to use to pressure Linux-using organizations into paying royalties was completely unsuccessful, according to the filing.
NEC has released details on the NP4001, its latest pro-level projector. Appropriately, it has a brightness rating of 4500 ANSI lumens, and can be used at distances anywhere between 2.8 and 283 feet. Its maximum contrast ratio is 2,300:1, but this is adjusted dynamically to fit each frame; similarly, BrilliantColor processing is used to tweak for the best colors and blacks. The projector has a native resolution of 1280x768, scalable to 1600x1200, and users can control the device remotely via an Ethernet connection. Shipment is expected in October at a cost of $6,000.
Ambient Devices today released its Market Maven device for home investors who want a quick glance at the stock market without the trouble of most computer-based options. Similar to the Forecast Umbrella, the Maven takes its data over traditional radio airwaves rather than resorting to short-range Wi-Fi or a costly cellular link. This evades the need for specialized software, a subscription, or any setup at all, according to Ambient. The system provides average figures and graphs for the three major US markets as well as individual stocks; it can automatically sync its clock and knows when to switch from its normal 15-minute periodic coverage to a summary after the markets close.
AOL has launched a new website called BlueString, its attempt at a file-sharing service similiar to the likes of Flickr. BlueString goes considerably farther however, allowing people to upload music and videos as well as photos, which can fill up to 5GB of free storage. 50GB is $99 per year. The site's namesake feature meanwhile is called "String It," and allows users to link and combine media in presentations that can be shared with others. This includes being able to embed media on other websites.
Bose on Tuesday grew its Multimedia line of speakers with the MusicMonitor. An American adaptation of the Micro Music Monitor from Japan, the speaker set is designed to be portable when necessary, but offer the same power as desktop systems. The pair is light enough to be toted in a carrying bag and includes a rare dynamic power level system. When plugged into a wall outlet, the system outputs at 20 watts across both channels; a pair of AA batteries will let it run at two watts attached to a notebook or any other portable source.
Just hinted at last week in an alleged O2 teaser, Motorola has confirmed the existence of the RIZR Z10, an improvement on the existing Z8. While it marks a cosmetic shift from green accents to silver, the biggest change is internal, a move from a two-megapixel camera to one with 3.2 megapixels plus autofocus and flash. An HSDPA receiver should allow broadband up to speeds of 3.6Mbps, with GPRS and EDGE serving as fallbacks.
Lenovo today followed up the launch of its L220x 22-inch screen with its compact M57 desktop. Although it comes in small and ultra-small form factor cases, the system uses full desktop Core 2 processors to manage high-demand tasks: up to a 3GHz Core 2 Duo can fit into the M57p while the normal M57 scales up to Core 2 Quad models. The M57p also gains an edge on office networks through Intel's vPro technology that lets IT managers remotely troubleshoot the PC even when initially turned off, saving the hassle of a visit to reboot a system or reinstall software.
1stWorks on Tuesday announced the launch of Files2Phones, a Web-based application that instantly displays the contents of files on a remote PC to an iPhone or iPod touch -- using SSL technology to protect the data. The company claims that any application or file type, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, audio, video, even CAD drawings -- virtually any file that can be opened on your PC -- can now be viewed remotely on your iPhone or iPod touch. The application requires users install server software on their PC (Windows-only) and drop the local directories or individual files for remote access into public, private or guest folders. The files are immediately added to the personal F2P directory at a personalized .myf2p.com page on Web -- where they can be viewed using the Safari browser. Security is managed by user/password and time-frame (in addition to detailed logging of all transfers/requests).
Chipmaker Intel today launched its Intel Developer Forum of the fall by demonstrating its smallest-ever processor technology. Company chief Paul Otellini revealed that the company had successfully developed the world's first working CPUs built on a 32 nanometer manufacturing process, eclipsing even the 45nm "Penryn" chips that will only launch by the end of this year. The newer chips rely on a combination of an improved version of "Penryn's" high-k metal gate transistors with enhanced logic and static RAM to pack a record number of transistors on to a single chip: a full processor uses 1.9 billion transistors while 4 million will fit into the space of a single period character on a computer screen, Intel boasted.
Having announced plans to join the OpenOffice project just last week, IBM has now launched its own free office suite, Lotus Symphony. The software currently supports Windows XP, Vista and Linux machines, with a Mac OS version forthcoming; included are three programs, Presentations, Spreadsheets and the Documents word processor. All of these promote the OpenDocument Format (ODF), a standard first championed in OpenOffice. To maintain compatiblity however, Symphony supports Microsoft's Office formats, and can export to Adobe PDF files.
Lenovo, not normally known for its monitors, has announced the ThinkVision L220x, a high-end LCD model. The 220x is a 22-inch display with a 16:10 widescreen ratio, but most crucially, it supports resolutions up to WUXGA (1920x1200) -- allowing it to handle 1080p, a rarity in the monitor's size class. Most 22-inch models can only scale up to 1680x1050.
Suitably, the 220x has both VGA and DVI inputs, the latter allowing protected HD content through HDCP. The monitor also has one USB input and four USB outputs, allowing a variety of connection schemes. Lenovo plans to sell the screen for $550 when it ships this November. [via CrunchGear]
Premium camera maker Hasselblad today introduced its most advanced medium-format digital SLR back yet. The H3D-II improves image quality further with improved noise and vignetting reduction, even at the maximum 39-megapixel resolution of the line. Previews are also easier with a much larger 3-inch display replacing the outgoing 2.2-inch version. Professionals can also geo-tag images by using a new GPS system: the II adds a Global Image Locator that combines with new image editing tools from the company to record the position of shots when taken. Coordinates can be sent directly to Google Earth to be seen by anyone, Hasselblad says, and not just the photographers themselves.
EDGE Tech on Tuesday morning hoped to jolt the often conservative world of external hard drives with a series of larger-capacity and more colorful DiskGO models. Both the company's 3.5" Portable and its smaller 2.5" Ultra Portable ship in the traditional black or silver of computer hardware but also white (Glacier) and a bright red (Ruby) that fit into stylized environments. Storage has also been given a boost with up to 1TB in a single slot for the Quad Interface model and 750GB in the new multi-color desktop drives. The mobile 2.5-inch models continue to top out at 160GB but can be powered solely by a notebook's own power supply.
Belkin today updated its iPod peripherals with a major revamp of its TuneBase FM transmitter. The new version now sports the company's ClearScan technology and will automatically find the clearest station to use for beaming its music to a car stereo. This change also replaces the button-only front face with a large LCD that identifies the current station and indicates whether the new Pro mode is turned on to boost audio quality and volume. The new model is also the first transmitter from Belkin to specifically support the iPod touch as well as the latest generations of the iPod classic and iPod nano, and charges all models over a car's 12-volt port.
Toshiba on Tuesday shipped out the TDP-PX10U, one of its lightest projectors yet but also a model capable of driving a home theater as well as a presentation. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds and about 2.6 inches thick, the DLP-based unit is light and slim enough to fit in a briefcase but still outputs a native 1024x768 resolution with scaling support for HD signals up to 1080i. Image quality also withstands the rigors of less than ideal conditions with a relatively bright 2,200-lumen light source and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. Small size is no obstacle and images up to 300 inches are possible with the right distance. A small 35-inch image is possible from as close as 5.3 feet
Creative today launched what it says is its most advanced headphone set to date. The Aurvana X-Fi is the first wearable audio gear from Creative to include the X-Fi Crystalizer hardware from the company's sound cards and will actively restore many of the missing details found in compressed AAC and MP3 tracks. The headphones will also cancel up to 20dB of noise or add a 3D spatialization effect. Listeners can even mix and match different effects depending on the environment, Creative says. These effects are provided for up to nine hours on two AAA batteries, though the headphones will operate like any other earphone set without power.
Nokia this morning upgraded its Eseries smartphones with the E51. The new stainless steel design is one of the simplest devices coming from Nokia to include both cellular Internet access and Wi-Fi and is designed to be used both as a business phone and as a personal phone. For professionals, the E51 supports VoIP and can easily run Gizmo or other free apps for Internet calling; it also includes dedicated calendar and e-mail keys as well as a status light that indicates mail from Microsoft Exchange or most any other source. Software also promises a simplified setup for e-mail and a home icon tailored to the most frequently used apps.
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