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T-Mobile's first Android phone could have the surprise of a built-in music and video service on launch, if a tip sent to VentureBeat proves accurate. An example of the G1 was reportedly seen in San Francisco carrying an Amazon music and video store client that would give it access to both services, pitting the device against the music-only iTunes Store on iPhones. It's unclear whether the G1 would have access to the store over the cellular network or if it would share Apple's limitation to Wi-Fi networks.
Aleratec has announced the RoboJet AutoPrinter 100, an automated color disc printer for CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs. An HP engine and standard inkjet cartridges are used to print up to 100 discs at a time. The disc handling is all integrated with the printer; blank discs loaded in the top with finished discs ejected from the tray, without the need for an external moving arm or other apparatus.
Xerox today announced two new desktop printers, the Phaser 3300MFP and WorkCentre 4260MFP. The Phaser serves as a printer, copier, scanner, or color fax machine, with a claimed speed up to 30 pages per minute. Pages can be scanned directly to a USB storage device or exported to a PC desktop. Designed for small to medium sized businesses, the Phaser will hold up to 50 sheets in its tray and automatically print double sided pages.
Toshiba Storage Device Division today announced its latest offering, a 400GB external drive. The drive connects via USB 2.0 and offers an 8MB buffer. The overall dimensions are 0.65 inch by 3.2 inches by 5 inches with a weight of 6oz. NTI Shadow software is preloaded, allowing automatic backup of documents and files. Shadow runs in the background and detects new or edited files, then saves them to the drive without any need for user action.
Samsung and Italian designer Giorgio Armani have once again collaborated on creating a fashionable handset, although this time the Samsung M7500 Emporio Armani Night Effect candy bar cellphone is branded under the Emporium Armani sub-brand. Apart from the Italian design house's logo engraved on the side and rear of the handset, the Night Effect features a customized ringer sound. The name is derived from the phone's heavy use of LED lights that make it stand out at nighttime.
Digital Imaging Systems has recently announced it will soon begin shipping its new, 9-mega pixel camera module to interested handset manufacturers. Called the DIS6931, the module is created with mobile devices in mind, and will be able to capture images at 3488x2616 resolution. Other specs that allow users to capture high-res images include a fast, under 300ms auto focus and less than 200ms of delay between when the shutter button is pressed to when the image is captured.
At a recent product showcase held in Japan, Toshiba showed off a prototype projector about the size of Apple's iPhone that is capable of throwing up images up to 50 inches in size at 480x320 resolution. The projector's DLP Pico chip was sourced from Texas Instruments and the optical module uses red, green and blue LEDs for the light source. There is a price to pay for the diminutive size, as the brightness, at just 7 lumens, makes the projector usable only in very dark environments, while the built-in battery's life is rated at less than an hour when fully charged.
An online Circuit City sales listing shows Hewlett-Packard has introduced a new notebook that is already on sale. The HP G60-120US is built around a 15.6-inch widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio that's good for 1366x768 resolution. For processing power, the new notebook sports AMD's Turion 64 X2 processor rated at 2.0GHz along with 3GB of DDR2 memory. NVIDIA's GeForce 8200M integrated video card performs video processing duties. The 250GB hard drive will come pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, and a DVD burner is standard fare.
The BlackBerry Storm should arrive in the UK to challenge the iPhone roughly in sync with its American counterpart, according to sources speaking to Pocket-lint. Validating some of the oldest leaks about the Storm (then called the Thunder), the tip says Verizon's stakeholder Vodafone will be the sole carrier to offer the Storm in the UK. RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry will also reportedly have a near-simultaneous introduction with the US model and receive an announcement at the start of October with an actual launch before the end of the month.
Buffalo Technology on Monday introduced two of the fastest Blu-ray drives for PCs on the market, with the MediaStation 8x External Blu-ray Drive and MediaStation 8x Internal Blu-ray writers and recorders. The external drive connects to PCs via a USB 2.0 port or eSATA interface, while the internal device has a SATA connection. No drivers are required to use the drives, both of which can read from and write to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, making them ideal for backing up user systems.
Fujifilm on Monday said it is developing 3D image technology that would include a digital camera with two lenses, spaced like the human eyes, as well as a new Real Photo Processor 3D chip to process and combine the still and video images captured by the twin lenses and sensors. The technology would produce three-dimensional images users can see with their naked eye, and not rely on 3D glasses like some other systems. At the same time, Fujifilm announced it is working on a new sensor, the Super CCD EXR. It promises to combine high-resolution, high sensitivity and a wide dynamic range.
Sony's upcoming VAIO TT should be one of the first ultraportable notebooks to sport Blu-ray as a feature, the company has unintentionally revealed in advance. The company's advisor system shows a top-range version of the 11.1-inch notebook with a built-in Blu-ray burner, making it one of the smallest notebooks to handle the 50GB disc format. Sony's slip also reveals dual 128GB solid-state drives in a fast RAID stripe as well as 4GB of memory and a new 1.4GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo.
Samsung preceded Photokina with the launch of a new camera that straddles the lines between regular compacts and ultrazoom models. Currently known under the working name of the HZ1, the camera is as small as many point-and-shoots but claims a 10X zoom factor. The Korean company also combines this with a 24-240mm wide-angle lens that should still suit it to close-ups, group portraits and other difficult shots.
Kodak on Monday announced it will soon ship the new ESP 9 and ESP 7 all-in-one printers, both of which, the company claims, offer significant savings in ink replacement costs compared to competitors. The ESP 9 will let users print, scan, photocopy and fax documents via its 10-inch touch control panel that includes a 3-inch LCD for previewing documents. Either sports a Wi-Fi connection to allow wireless-free printing from any networked computer, as well as an Ethernet port for a wired network connection.
Leica is preparing an unexpected new camera, writes Professional Photographer. Better known for its rangefinder cameras like the M8, Leica is said to be working on a new DSLR, the S2. The camera is being targeted exclusively at the professional market, and should have a 37-megapixel full-frame sensor, 56 percent bigger than that of its competitors. This may theoretically put the S2 in competition with medium format cameras like the H3D-II, rather than DSLRs like the Sony A900.
Sony and Toshiba today said they would start producing 45 nanometer versions of the Cell processor next year. The process is 50 percent more complex than the 65 nanometer process used for most current Cell chips and will allow the PlayStation 3 to use both a much smaller and cooler-running processor but also to cost less. Versus the current manufacturing process, the two companies' new technique can produce about 50 percent more chips at a time, reducing the cost for each processor.
AT&T on Monday announced the introduction of the AT&T HomeManager home phone service that includes many features users have to expect from their cellphones. This includes Internet access that brings quick weather reports, e-mail access and local news, as well as access to visual voicemail to users; a color 7-inch touchscreen frame from Samsung lets users pick and listen to calls out of order as with the iPhone. The frame acts as a cordless phone as well thanks to its built-in speaker.
iRex on Monday kicked off the debut of its promised e-book reader updates with the launch of its new Digital Reader 1000 series devices. With a 10.2-inch e-ink display, the readers are built to read very large documents and can handle letter-sized documents without resizing or having to scroll the text. A top-end version is also the first to bundle both 3G and Wi-Fi into one reader and can download or share books without having to be close to a hotspot.
Palm might not have a finished device based on its new operating system until several months into 2009, according to statements made during the company's results conference call last week. Although the company still says it's on track to finish its next-generation "Nova" mobile operating system by the end of 2008, the company now gives a larger release window that has extended from the previous early 2009 to the first half of that year, hinting at a release as late as June.
Verizon today set itself up to better compete against AT&T by announcing the option of month-to-month cellphone service. The carrier is one of the last to adopt the recently leaked policy but now lets customer buy phones and start service without the requirement of signing up for at least one year or else facing an early cancellation fee. This will also let customers bring over unlocked CDMA and EVDO devices rather than having to buy one of Verizon's own products when switching providers.
Comcast this morning obeyed FCC mandates today by publishing info regarding its replacement for its controversial BitTorrent throttling system. The cable Internet provider now says it will use a Quality of Service (QoS) system that adjusts the priority of data packets for the most frequent users: if a network is congested, a new filter will automatically lower the priority of their data packets until the congestion passes.
Olympus preceded the Photokina expo today with two prototypes of its future camera technology. The first, unnamed device is the company's first example of a Micro Four Thirds model and uses the smaller, mirrorless design to replicate the look and short, swappable lenses of a vintage rangefinder camera but with the large sensor of a digital SLR. The new design would drop any separate viewfinder altogether in favor of the preview LCD and would have simple navigation and mode dial controls.
Intel is developing a Celeron M processor with the performance of a regular notebook processor but the extremely low energy use of an Atom, a leak from CHW suggests. The 1.2GHz Celeron M 722 would be one of Intel's first budget notebook processors to be built on a 45 nanometer manufacturing process and would consume just 5.5W of typical power, putting its performance closer to that of the 4W but simpler and slower 1.6GHz Atom N270.
Pentax this morning quickly followed up its European launch of the K-m with an American equivalent, the K2000. The camera is Pentax's attempt at competing against beginner-friendly DSLRs like Nikon's D40/D60 and, as with the European K-m, is much more compact than most such cameras. The help button is now said to be programmed by the user to pop up certain relevant information in addition to context-sensitive help. All settings info shows on the rear LCD rather than on the secondary top displays from larger but more complex DSLRs.
The major music labels and SanDisk today tried to revive physical music with slotMusic. The concept is aimed at music phone users who want quick access to music as though it were a CD, but also to users who prefer to have a physical backup of digital music: each 1GB microSD card comes with an album's worth of music in 320Kbps MP3 files, enabling the music to be played right away or transferred to any computer through a bundled USB adapter. The extra space allows special features such as videos and can be used as storage space of its own.
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