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Sonnet Technologies today launched its Fusion F3 RAID storage system. Two 3.5 inch SATA RAID drives used, with offered capacities between 1TB and 3TB. The drives can be configured in a concatenated array for maximum space, RAID 0 for speed, or RAID 1 for data protection. Transfer speeds using are claimed to be as high as 165 MB/sec using RAID 0. Users can choose between eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB2.0 connections.
GETAC has launched its latest rugged notebook/tablet, the V100. An optional LED backlit display achieves a brightness of 1200 nits (candelas per square meter) and uses anti-reflective technology to reduce glare for easy viewing in direct sunlight, all without sacrificing battery life, according to GETAC. The V100 can be used as a notebook or tablet, with full 180 degree rotation of the screen. Following the tradition of other GETAC products, the V100 is MIL-STD810F and IP54 compliant for protection against water, dust, and shock.
Gefen has introduced a new rack mount product for systems integration, a 1:5 Splitter for HDMI over CAT-5. One HDMI source signal can be simultaneously sent to five different displays. Four displays can be placed up to 45 meters away on CAT-5 and still receive full 1080p resolution. The distance can be doubled if the resolution is reduced to 1080i. Video and audio signals are sent using two cables.
Proavia has unveiled its latest pro audio recording device, the S4UF FireWire disk array. The rack-mount solution uses a dual layer enclosure, claimed to reduce noise generated by disc cooling. Four hot-swappable 7200rpm serial ATA drives can used individually or connected as a RAID array for data protection. The S4UF is compatible with Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cakewalk, Samplitude, Nuendo, Cubase, Final Cut Studio, and other software.
System and portable memory maker Kingston on Wednesday introduced the 8GB Multi-Kit and 4GB microSDHC card plus USB reader, meant to make transferring data between computers, mobile devices and cellphones quicker and easier. The 8GB Multi-Kit includes an 8GB microSDHC memory card along with a mini- and full-size adapter and a USB reader that allows the memory card to be used with the majority of computers, portable electronics and cellphones out on the market.
An ultra-low cost PC was unveiled by HiVision at the IFA show by Chinese manufacturer HiVision, prompting comparisons to and fresh criticism of the OLPC notebook, as the former offers many of the same features at the latter's originally intended price. The Linux-based notebook, called the HiVision miniNote Linux Laptop, reportedly features a MIPS-based processor and 128MB or RAM along with built-in Wi-Fi and just 1GB of flash memory. The paltry amount of memory will be offset with an SDHC card reader and three USB ports. An Ethernet jack will also be standard fare, along with audio inputs and outputs.
A lawsuit filed against NVIDIA on Tuesday alleges the graphics card maker not only knew about a serious flaw that caused some of its graphics chips products to overheat but also kept it hidden from the public for at least eight months, says a Wednesday report. When the company did acknowledge issues with its products back in July, its shares fell by nearly a third and the company pledged to put away $200 million to cover warranty costs. The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, claims NVIDIA violated US securities laws by making false and misleading statements to the investing public.
The Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology that promises to offer wireless transfer speeds as fast as 100Mbps has begun testing with Motorola and a number of wireless provider companies that include Verizon Wireless, a Wednesday report suggests. According to the report, Motorola Vietnam and head of technology for the company's Asia division Ray Owen said the company will begin introducing commercial products that take advantage of the technology in 2009.
Hewlett Packard and fashion designer Vivienne Tam unveiled the newest product they collaborated on this past Tuesday at the New York Fashion Week. Believed to be based on the 8.9-inch Mini-Note HP 2133, the HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition notebook sports a 10-inch screen, and while other specs are slim, they are likely shared with the more traditional Mini-Note. The peony flower design seen in the photos extends under the keyboard, while a storage sleeve protects the outside surface from scratches while the 'digital accessory' is carried like a clutch. The world-renowned designer also helped design the notebook's accessories and packaging.
Wisconsin Democratic Senator and Antitrust Committee head Herb Kohl today submitted an open letter to the heads of all four major carriers in the US challenging them to justify the reasons for what appear to be unnecessarily high fees for SMS text messaging. The representative notes that non-plan text rates have doubled on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon since 2005 but that the cost of transferring a message across the network should have remained the same or declined since that point, suggesting attempts to inflate profits per message.
Sony has created a third-generation iPod/iPhone clock radio dock with a new look, the ICF-CD3iP, according to an apparent leak by Sony Insider. The unannounced dock would have a unique, circular side pod that both holds a clock, AM/FM radio and CD player and simplifies the controls with obvious front buttons to control playback. A side pod would hold the Apple device itself.
(Updated with carrier info) Sony Ericsson today countered rumors of software-related delays for the XPERIA X1 by announcing a launch date for the device in some countries. The company's first full touchscreen and first Windows Mobile phone will be available on September 30th in Germany, the UK, and the company's Swedish home. Phones will also be ready in most of Europe, South Africa, and some countries in Latin America and the Middle East later in the fall.
Sprint this afternoon slipped a seventh phone unveiling into its CTIA expo plans and launched the promised BlackBerry 8350i. The device is the first Curve to support the provider's Nextel iDEN network and sets up a push-to-talk call with as many 20 total users in the space of a second, making it ideal for outdoor travelers or workers who want a BlackBerry's "push" mail but with instant voice as well. It moreover stands as the most feature-laden Curve with both GPS and Wi-Fi, either of which is normally available only by itself on other carriers.
Virgin Mobile today bore the first fruits of its takeover of Helio by introducing the Personal Communication Devices (formerly UTStarCom) Shuttle. The device is Virgin's first 3G phone and uses the faster EVDO network for several features that are either borrowed from Helio or were previously inaccessible to Virgin's phones, including quick access to multiple social networks as well as Buddy Beacon for finding friends and YouTube for web video.
Microsoft today finished off a set of peripheral announcements with one final update to the SideWinder gaming series. The X8 wireless mouse is considered by the company to be one of the quickest and most precise mice yet through a combination of technologies. It uses the same BlueTrack blue LED sensing as the new Explorer mice to properly track over more surfaces but also boosts the sensitivity to as much as 4,000DPI, twice as much as the corded SideWinder X5 and enough to match faster gaming or those with very large displays.
Internet-based movie and TV show rental and store company VUDU may be planning on offering high-definition downloads that are equal in quality to Blu-ray movies, according to a Wednesday a
Amazon.com has posted pre-orders for two upcoming pieces of hardware, the SlingCatcher and the Slingbox PRO-HD. The former, priced at $300, is designed to bring media to a TV without a computer or extended cable, and sources from a USB drive, a monitor, or a Slingbox feed. No release date has been set, but the timing of the pre-order suggests a release later this fall.
T-Mobile is finally set to introduce its G1 smartphone this month, according to separate sources allegedly slipping information to Reuters. The news outlet claims that Google and T-Mobile will team up for a special event in New York to announce the first phone based on Android and that September 23rd has been mentioned as the most likely date for the press gathering. Neither of the involved companies has been able or willing to comment.
Wrapping up its phone introductions, Sprint today launched one LG and one Motorola phone for different audiences. The LG Lotus appears targeted at the Verizon Blitz and has a short, squat design built for messaging. In place of the Blitz's slider, the Lotus uses a flip phone layout. LG's device is also pitched as a designer model with an ornate textured pattern and comes with more advanced features than the budget Verizon model, including a two-megapixel camera, full 3G data and stereo Bluetooth audio. External music controls are also part of the design.
Continuing its phone launches, Sprint today launched two Samsung phones geared alternately at music and text. The Highnote brings the concept of a dual-sliding phone down from high-end Nokia and Samsung smartphones to mid-range devices: while one direction offers the usual keypad, sliding the opposite direction exposes hidden speakers that put out more powerful sound than most phone speakers can manage. The device also touts an iPod-like control pad and microSDHC card support for up to 16GB of music or videos.
Finnish cell phone giant Nokia on Tuesday announced it now offers the world's most popular business-grade email solution by making it available for free on about 80 million cellphones. Exactly 43 of the company's cellphone models with the Symbian S60 3rd Edition operating system will either have the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync corporate e-mail software pre-installed or else let users download the upgrade free of charge. This, Nokia believes, makes it the most popular corporate email solution.
HTC is gearing up to launch yet another Touch phone that would outperform most of its touchscreen competitors, a MoDaCo leak suggests. So far known only as the Touch HD, the Windows Mobile 6.1 handset would revolve around an extremely high-resolution 800x480 widescreen while using new design elements to keep the design small. The directional pad of the Diamond and upcoming Opal disappears entirely and leaves just the normal calling, back and home buttons.
Sprint marked the opening of CTIA with a slew of new phones, headlined by two HTC Windows Mobile devices aimed at giving the provider a greater edge in touchscreen phones. The HTC Touch Pro is a surprise entry and brings the touchscreen-plus-QWERTY slider design to the carrier's CDMA phone network, likely with EVDO Revision A-based 3G Internet access. In Sprint form, the device keeps the TouchFLO interface and 3.2-megapixel camera of the reference model but adds a 1GB microSD card to give the phone built-in storage.
Quickly following up on a Japanese launch, Sony today brought the VAIO AW to the US. The notebook is Sony's largest yet and is targeted at photo and video editors, both amateur and professional, through its special display: the 18.4-inch LCD outputs at a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920x1080 resolution that both fits HD video natively and generates color accuracy not normally found on notebook displays. Like the Japanese version, the stock LCD is already video-friendly at 104 percent of the NTSC color range, while an optional panel covers 137 percent and accurately portrays the Adobe RGB color space used by some photographers.
In an unusual move, Sony this morning announced a pair of full-size HD video cameras that includes a model specifically built for home users truly serious about making videos. The Handycam HDR-FX1000 is built like a professional's camera with a separate microphone boom and manual controls normally left off of camcorders, including the iris opening, gain and white balance; it brings the price down chiefly by trimming features unlikely to be used at home, such as XLR mic inputs and DVCAM support.
AMD started off Wednesday by setting a new relative ground floor for performance and hoping to beat NVIDIA's GeForce 9500 cards. The Radeon HD 4600 series is claimed to outperform both the 9500 GT and AMD's own earlier Radeon HD 3650 by including all the hardware optimizations of the 4800 series and still keeping 320 stream (visual effects) processors. It's also one of the least expensive graphics chipsets to support DirectX 10.1 and newer OpenGL 2.x visual effects, such as more precise lighting.
RIM today kicked off the CTIA mobile expo with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip. First nicknamed the Kickstart, the smartphone is the Canadian company's first clamshell and takes advantage of that to preview calls and messages without having to switch on or open the phone. It also has a relatively large internal LCD among flip phones with a 240x320 tall display. The launch variant of the Pearl Flip, the 8220, also builds in Wi-Fi Internet access and supports Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) for bridging cell and VoIP calling on those carriers that support the feature.
Dell on Tuesday broadsided Apple's famous manila envelope commercial with its own tongue-in-cheek version, removing the Latitude E4200 from the sleeve and comparing it to the MacBook Air. A shiny Dell logo crosses the screen as the notebook is removed from the envelope, set down, and opened in the same manner as the Air in Apple's commercial. Dell highlights the E4200's thinner width and length, but negates to compare the notebook's height, which is known to be taller than the MacBook Air.
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