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Digital Foci has introduced the "Pocket Album," a digital keychain photo viewer with a 1.5-inch color LCD screen and 8MB of built-in memory that the company says can hold up to 74 digital images. The device comes bundled with Photo Viewer software, which allows you to convert JPG or BMP images and send them to the Pocket Album. The tool also includes crop, rotate and resize functions. The device runs on Lithium-ion batteries with up to 9 hours of battery life. The batteries can be recharged with the included AC adapter or with a USB cable. Other features for the device include a built-in clock with an automatic on/off timer and adjustable LCD contrast. The Pocket Album is priced at $40 and weighs 1.2 ounces, measuring about 2 inches tall.
Nikon intends to put out more affordable full-frame DSLRs, says Steve Heiner, the company's senior technical manager of SLR marketing. At present, the only Nikon DSLR with a full-frame sensor is the upcoming D3, a top-end professional camera. At $5,000, it is far more expensive than many people can justify, and it is also faced with competition from Canon's $2,300 EOS-5D. Heiner explains however that the D3's FX sensor represents a size Nikon is committed to, and that "We have seen so many technologies at the highest end that migrate downward."
Dell's first tablet PC, the Latitude XT, today received definitive specifications courtesy of leaked shots supplied to the French enthusiast group LesDelliens. In its final form, the device will be powered by Intel's 1.2GHz ultra low-voltage Core 2 Duo but use an AMD-made ATI mainboard with Radeon Xpress 1250 integrated graphics providing Vista-capable output. Buyers will have the pick of a 12-inch touch LCD lit either by a traditional cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) backlight or a pricier but thinner, more efficient, and more accurate LED light. The XT will have Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi as options for those who need the extra wireless support.
Pinnacle today upgraded its PCTV video tuners with both its most advanced USB tuner and one of its rare internal models. Building on past models, the PCTV HD Ultimate Stick (shown) completely eliminates the need for software on the PC: integrated flash memory holds DVR software that runs directly from the drive and can record as much as two hours of TV programming on the device itself as well as to a hard disk. Pinnacle's offering is also one of the few that can pick up unencrypted digital cable signals with a ClearQAM receiver as well as the ATSC tuner need for over-the-air HD broadcasts. The HD Ultimate Stick needs a Windows XP or Vista PC and should be in stores within the next few days at a price of $130.
Typically associated exclusively with the American market, Dell is nevertheless selling a new LCD monitor in Japan, the 22-inch SP2208WFP. Like the American, 20-inch SP2008WFP, it has a native resolution of 1680x1050, and a built-in two-megapixel webcam. The 2208 however has a full three HDMI inputs, where many monitors have one or nil. More conventional DVI-D and analog D-Sub 15 ports are also present, as well as four USB connections. The screen itself is capable of 2,000:1 contrast, with a 2ms response time. The 2208 costs 59,800 yen ($510).
T-Mobile has already started selling its first 3G-class phone, according to a report made by Phone Scoop. Official carrier stores in New York City are said to have started carrying the Samsung t639, an Americanized version of the B660 and a GSM adaptation of the CDMA-only Alltel Hue. In the new trim, the device adds a 1,700MHz UMTS radio that allows it to run at 3G speeds, allowing T-Mobile customers to download from the Internet much more quickly than EDGE and also make calls on the enhanced network when inside its coverage area.
The Korean luxury brand of Pantech, Sky, has revealed its latest phone, the IM-U220. The product joins the preceding 210 in offering 7.2Mbps HSDPA, a technology just deploying in Korea, and extremely rare everywhere else. The phones also share a microSD slot in common, although the camera in the 220 is reduced to 1.3 megapixels. The greatest difference is in form factor, since while the 210 is a fairly conventional slider, the 220 adopts a "banana slider" shape similar to Motorola's RIZR Z8. It should be released shortly for 400,000 won ($437). [via Akihabara News]
Motorola today continued its string of releases with the advent of the RAZR2 Luxury Edition. The flip phone takes the already upscale aluminum and steel design and adds both 18- and 24-carat gold plating on the hinge and accent points. The black shell also features pinstripes around the external touch display and a snakeskin-like back texture, Motorola says. 2GB of built-in flash memory also provides a practical feature that separates the premium RAZR2 from most other versions. A gold-accented H680 Bluetooth headset and leather case also come bundled with the Luxury Edition.
Despite an inadvertent teaser release by the company earlier this week, Sprint today officially confirmed the launch of the LG Rumor. The device blends between a conventional feature phone and a smartphone with a lateral slide-out keyboard geared towards e-mail and text messaging. A hot button on the phone switches instantly to messaging mode; sliding the keyboard automatically preps the messaging menu for use. Software on the phone also provides quick access to social networking sites like Facebook as well as multiple IM chat networks. Users can also blend text and voice, Sprint says: the phone can provide "text tones" that audibly identify text message senders and convert the user's text messages to voice on a recipient's end.
AT&T Mobility today announced that its president and chief executive Stan Sigman would retire after 42 years at the company. The move would take effect immediately and would see Regional Telecom group president Ralph de la Vega take the helm; Sigman would remain to help transition to the new leadership until the end of the year, the company said. De la Vega will report to Randall Stephenson, who remains the chief executive for AT&T as a whole.
As a counterpart to the announcement of the MOTO U9, Motorola has also announced several "everyday" phones that cater to simpler interests. The most advanced of these is the W377 (pictured at right), a fliphone which features Bluetooth, MP3 ringtones and a built-in FM radio. A VGA camera is included, as is 10MB of user storage. The W206 and W213 are candybars stripped down to the 377's ringtones and radio, the latter only being available on the 213. Memory is shrunk down to 1MB.
The W175 and W180 lose even the special ringtones, although the W180 keeps radio. Finally, the W160 also has radio, but it and the W156 switch from color screens to monochrome. All of the new W-series phones should be out by the end of 2007.
Sony Japan has decided to mark the 10th anniversary of its profitable VAIO Note 505 with a new, special edition of the VAIO Type T notebook. Resembling its predecessor, the VGN-TZ91 has a 11.1-inch LCD, with a native resolution of 1366x768. The processor is a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo, running on an Intel 945GMS Express motherboard with integrated graphics, but accessories include Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, an ExpressCard slot and ports for SD/MMC cards and Memory Sticks. Japanese-only features include slots for FOMA 3G broadband and FeliCa smartcards.
Motorola today surprised the market with news of the MOTO U9, a new clamshell music phone that carries on the legacy of the company's ROKR music phones. Its design borrows equally from the PEBL flip phone as well as the more recent RAZR2; the smooth outer shell is broken only by a stealth OLED display that pop ups call and music information only when needed. A set of touch-sensitive music controls on the outside translate from the RAZR2 (without haptic feedback) in addition to the CrystalTalk technology which cancels outside noise and adjusts volume to ensure an audible conversation. Its software interface and 2-megapixel camera are also new to the PEBL-like shape and are shared with some RAZR2 handsets.
Following quickly after the release of new supporting software, PhotoVu has launched a new digital photo frame, the PV2265w. The screen measures 22 inches in a 16:10 widescreen format, and has a native resolution of 1680x1050, with up to 16 million colors. Users can load photos through a USB flash drive inserted into a hidden slot, or connect remotely through Wi-Fi. This latter option allows users to control the display from a web browser, and set up slideshows via RSS feeds. Some supported services include Flickr, Picasa, and iPhoto/.Mac.
Sprint on Thursday morning livened up the Samsung UpStage with the B'Phone edition, a limited-run version of the handset with influence from singer and UpStage promoter Beyonce Knowles. The musician's version varies from the ordinary model (review) with a two-tone red shell as well as a gold-colored directional pad and trim. It starts up with a Beyonce wallpaper and comes with special access to a catalog of her music and videos on Sprint's online store, including a rare song from her youth.
Samsung's U900 Ultra Edition phone will be rechristened the Flipshot when it arrives in the US through Verizon, according to leaked details provided by Mobiledia. The device has had most of its American specifications revealed and will earn its name through its swiveling display: twisting the LCD horizontally helps turn the phone into an impromptu 3-megapixel camera or camcorder with a photo-friendly landscape view. An onboard flash and image editing software produce better-looking shots before they reach a computer or are sent to a friend.
Sanyo today revealed that it was transferring its cellphone business to Kyocera for an undetermined amount, according to a report by the Kyodo World Service. The Katana maker agreed to offload its handset manufacturing for a yet to be determined amount after suffering a $387 million loss in 2006 due in part to low phone sales. The focus will instead be on batteries and other areas where business is thriving, Sanyo said. No date was given for the deal, although both Kyocera and Sanyo hoped to finalize details by the end of 2007.
Gateway on Thursday ramped up its efforts to pull in holiday sales by releasing a new set of portables and desktops. Its 17-inch P-series notebook line now has multiple speed grades to draw users who want the screen size without a high price. The base P-6801 cuts price by using a 1.46GHz Pentium dual-core, 1GB of memory, and basic but recent Intel X3100 integrated graphics; at the same time, it offers a relatively large 160GB hard disk and metal, Motorola RAZR-like media buttons. A second model, the P-6822, adds the 64-bit capable 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a larger 250GB drive, and HDMI output to link with an HDTV. Both versions of the notebook should be available by October 14th for prices of $800 and $950 respectively.
Accompanying the K630, Sony-Ericsson today also saw fit to unveil the HCB-105, a new Bluetooth hands-free speaker that saves drivers from having to reach for their phone or a dash-mounted speaker unit. The Swedish firm's new device is designed to clip just to the overhead visor in a car, where the microphone placement is ideal. At the same time, its narrow shape makes it genuinely pocketable to prevent theft or for use in other locations. The call, answer, and volume buttons are all deliberately oversized to cut down on distractions.
Timing its launch with news of strong sales, Sony-Ericsson today released the K630i and a companion Bluetooth speaker set to bring wireless music to the new phone and most any similar device. The new candybar handset is intended as an all-purpose phone that focuses on media functions but can handle some business tasks on the side. For day-to-day use, the phone comes with a 2-megapixel camera as well as a dedicated music key like most Walkman phones; for work, it brings full Exchange e-mail support. Both sides can take advantage of 3G Internet access over HSDPA to stream audio and video (including video calls) as well as check e-mail and the web at speeds closer to landline broadband.
AT&T on Thursday clarified its disconcerting internet terms-of-service, completely reversing its stance with a much more progressive policy that it says underscores "the company's commitment to freedom of speech and open dialogue...whether that be via the Internet or elsewhere on the AT&T network." The world's largest telecom company -- and US largest wireless carrier -- apologized for the confusion and reiterated it would not terminate or suspend a customers' Internet access service based upon their political views or criticism of AT&T. Previously, the company TOS said the company could terminate service for any behavior it deemed detrimental to the company or subsidiaries, as noted earlier this month by weblog Gizmodo:
Users can now unlock iPhones running the latest v1.1.1 firmware, despite warnings from Apple that its v1.1.1 update would likely damage (i.e., "brick") phones that were unlocked to run on non-AT&T networks. Following the public release of the first "jail-break" hack for iPhone v1.1.1, iPhoneSimFree has released an updated version of its unlock software for v1.1.1 users that not only works with the v1.1.1 firmware but also can restore "bricked" iPhones, according to the team: "Our sincere congratulations, to the iPhone/ iTouch Dev Team for their brilliant work in finding an ingenious way to jailbreak the 1.1.1 system. This exciting news means we are now able to gladly welcome all SIMFREE unlocked phone owners to UPGRADE to 1.1.1 if they so wish."
Rogers Wireless has announced that it will carry the LG Shine Slider, which sports a stainless steel body and a 2.2 inch mirror-like screen, in Canada. The Shine Slider is an HSPA model, which can take advantage of Rogers wireless video calling. Other features include access to the Rogers MusicStore, a 2 megapixel camera, a built-in MP3 player, a microSD memory slot and stereo Bluetooth capabilities. The Canadian LG Shine Slider will be premiered during a special event at the Birks Yorkville store in Toronto on October 11th at 7 p.m. It will be available exclusively at Rogers on-line and at retail locations at the beginning of November. Previously, an anonymous source posted images of what appears to the LG's popular Shine phone with AT&T markings. This suggests that the phone will be adopted by the American carrier.
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