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Dell has launched the M6400 Covet notebook, an addition to its Precision series. The Covet ships already configured with many of the high end options available in the Precision line, including a 17 inch LED backlit display that presents the full Adobe RGB gamut for color precision while editing videos or images. The NVIDA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB GPU also comes installed, stepping up from the 512MB model that comes in the base model M6400. The exterior is orange anodized aluminum, which gives the product a visual distinction from the rest of the series.
Line 6 has unveiled a new series of USB recording interfaces, the POD Studio family, and two recording plug-ins, POD Farm and POD Farm Platinum. The POD Studio series of devices offers 44.1/48KHz, 16/24-bit recording for guitars. The entry-level GX model features a basic 1/4-inch input; the UX1 offers one 1/4-inch input, balanced XLR input with preamp, and two 1/4-inch analog outputs. The high-end UX2 model features two 1/4 inch inputs (one normal, one pad), two XLR inputs with preamps and phantom power, S/PDIF digital output, and a pair of assignable VU meters.
DisplaySearch, a marketing forecast company, anticipates the notebook PC market to remain strong for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009, while other industries will struggle through the economic slump. Many customers have been replacing their desktop systems with notebooks, creating a trend that the analysis expects to continue. Another primary factor, the popularity of mini-notebooks, has been figured into the numbers. The company expects the mini devices to grow by 23 percent quarter to quarter and 38 percent year to year for the third quarter of 2008.
Apple's new MacBook may be the first to take the system upscale, but the system is ultimately entering an increasingly crowded marketplace of high-end, 13.3-inch notebooks that all carry features normally left out of small systems for the sake of a low price. With that in mind, Electronista looks at the MacBook and three of its most obvious rivals in the marketplace -- Dell's XPS M1330, HP's dv3500t and Sony's VAIO SR -- to see whether any one notebook has a clear advantage and whether stereotypes of Macs as more expensive hold true.
A list that ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for September has been released recently. The list, compiled by Avian Research, is based on the firm's Monthly Retail Store Survey that polls 100 service reps at retail stores of the four major wireless providers, reveals some unsurprising trends, including the domination of Research In Motion products. The BlackBerry Curve is far and away the most popular handset, holding down the top spot since May. Back in April, the BlackBerry Pearl was at number one.
Phiaton, maker of premium personal audio gear and accessories, recently announced it will begin to offer its products in the US market, beginning with its flagship, studio-grade MS 400 headphones. From the company's Moderna Series, these headphones are loud both visually and aurally, due to their bright-red finish and 40mm (about 1.6 inches), 32-ohm Electrodynamic drivers that can take a maximum input of 1,000mW. Each speaker is housed in a lightweight yet stout carbon graphite fiber pod, with the total weight coming in at 0.4lbs.
Nikon's expected MX press event delayed until November Just one day after an announcement of a planned press launch of what many expected to be Nikon's new MX format comes news that the event has been postponed. Originally scheduled for October 22nd at Danish photographer Steen Evald's photography studio in Copenhagen, Denmark, the event is now on for November 20th, though no location has been announced and may point to a location change.
Pioneer Electronics on Thursday announced an addition to its ProDJ line-up of gear with the HDJ-2000 reference-grade headphones. Pioneer developed the headphones after receiving requests from professional DJs who demanded high-quality sound reproduction combined with a comfortable fit and durable design. To address these wishes, Pioneer used thick 35μm Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) for the construction of the diaphragm to provide a solid base necessary to create a powerful lower frequency response and get rid of unwanted resonance. Pioneer then filled each diaphragm with a large 50mm (nearly 2-inch) dome driver.
22Moo has released an A2DP Bluetooth dongle for the iPhone and iPod, the BD-906. The device connects to the 30-pin dock connector, and transmits a wireless stereo audio signal to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. AVRCP protocol is supported, which allows remote control of playback functions, along with independent volume controls on the front of the dongle. Users can still charge their device with a USB power passthrough.
Fujitsu has announced the launch of its new 12.1-inch LifeBook T2020 convertible tablet notebook on Thursday. Chief among the upgrades compared to the T2010 model it replaces, the new notebook includes a choice of 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz ultra low voltage Core 2 Duos and an eventual solid-stage drive option. Standard RAM is set at 1GB, but it can be upgraded to 2GB or 4GB. The 1280x800 display can be swapped for an outdoor viewable panel of the same resolution.
Microsoft is facing a class action lawsuit for the Xbox 360's chronic breakdown problems, a summary notes. Although the company has already extended warranties to account for the "red ring of death" -- a failure where regular overheating loosens chip connections and usually ruins the system -- a Sacramento County complaint accuses Microsoft of not only manufacturing a known defective product but of deliberately hiding the failure rate, encouraging customers to buy without warning them that their system will likely fail.
Hong Kong-based AMEX Digital on Thursday announced the release of a slim Blu-ray drive for Mac computers. The Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive is styled like the MacBook Air's Superdrive and allows users to read and write Blu-ray discs, including BD-R and BD-RE formats in both full 12cm and mini 8cm sizes. Dual-layer Blu-ray media is also supported, allowing users to copy up to 50GB of data at once. Power and interfacing with the computer comes via the drive's USB port.
(Updated with official statement on Yahoo) It is alright if corporate buyers choose to skip Windows Vista and wait for Windows 7, claims Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. The CEO made the statement at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, shedding Microsoft's typical position of insisting on the value of Vista. The OS has received considerable criticism from businesses and the public, mainly over issues such as driver compatibility and User Account Control. Ballmer suggests that the OS is nevertheless doing well, with an adoption rate twice that of Windows XP despite being available for just two years.
Panasonic on Thursday announced more details regarding its Lumix DMC-G1 digital camera, first introduced last month. The Lumix G1 is the world's first Micro Four Thirds System camera, meaning it offers interchangeable lenses and certain functions that are similar to digital SLR cameras. The electronics maker revealed the camera will cost nearly $800 bundled with a 14-45mm Lumix G Vario lens when it ships to stores in mid-November. Around the same time, Panasonic will release a telephoto lens for the camera, in the form of a 45-200mm Lumix G Vario, which will be priced at about $350.
NEC on Thursday announced its entry into the netbook market with the introduction of its 8.9-inch LaVie Light, which like many is powered by Intel's Atom processor running at 1.6GHz. NEC's first netbook will also include a hard disk drive with a class-leading 160GB capacity, while its 1GB of memory is on par with competitors. The screen's 1024x600 resolution is governed by a graphics processor that's part of the Intel 945GSE Express mainboard.
Google has implemented the same sort of remote shut-off feature for rogue Android apps as with the iPhone, according to the search engine producer's notice in the Android Market user agreement. The company claims the right to "sole discretion" for remotely removing any app from phones that violate the Market's distribution agreement, such as malware or other potentially damaging software. Google attempts to reassure users by noting that customers should be refunded for any paid app revoked in this way.
ASUS plans to launch touch panel notebooks in addition to touch panel Eee PC netbooks revealed last week, according to a Thursday report. The notebooks are due for a first or second quarter release, claim panel makers that will supply the new notebooks. The notebooks will have limited touch support at first but will exploit Windows 7 on its planned launch in late 2009 or early 2010.
Dell on Thursday marked the low-key launch of a new round of tower desktops all aimed at SoHo or just desktop buyers hoping to get better support. The Vostro 420 mid-tower is the company's performance option and comes with many of the better options normally reserved for faster Inspiron systems, including the choice of up to a 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad for the processor, a 512MB GeForce 8800 GT for video and Blu-ray burners for movies and storage. Extra space in the chassis also allows for dual optical drives and up to four hard drives.
HP's promised touchscreen notebooks could be available by the end of this year, say sources of the Wall Street Journal. Similar to the company's recent TouchSmart desktops, at least one unnamed portable will come with HP software specifically made to use a touchscreen interface. The system will join what HP hopes will be a whole family of touchscreen devices, the newspaper says.
Alltel Wireless along with LG Electronics announced the availability of the LG Rhythm music phone at the cell provider on Thursday. As its name suggests, the handset is intended for audiophiles as it comes equipped with a DSP and graphic equalizer tuned by home theater audio system designer Mark Levinson. An FM transmitter allows users to stream their music to nearby devices with FM tuners, or listen to their collections personally via a 3.5mm stereo headset connection. The included headset includes a microphone that allows for making and receiving phone calls without fishing the phone out of a pocket.
Dell today inadvertently spoiled some of its plans for its larger netbook by posting early information on its own website. Both driver and manual pages have appeared for the Inspiron Mini 12 and now confirm the final name of the company's new Mini 9 alternative, which was previously known primarily under its E Slim codename and is believed to be a step sideways towards a larger screen rather than a deluxe model.
Nokia today reported mixed results for its summer quarter that show an increasing shift away from the company's high-end devices. The cellphone maker saw modest gains and shipped 117.8 million devices of any kind between July and September, which was down three percent compared to the spring but up five percent over summer the last year. However, the company also reversed course versus the industry and predicts the wider cellphone business will have climbed two percent from the spring to 310 million units, dropping Nokia's market share to 38 percent from 40 percent at June's end.
Gateway has introduced two new desktop systems, the LX-6200 geared for consumers and the FX-6710 designed for gamers. The LX-6200 uses the AMD Phenom X4 9500 quad-core processor, running at 2.2GHz with a 3.6GHz HyperTransport bus. Graphics are provided from an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200. A 750GB hard drive provides permanent storage. Four 2GB DDR2 memory modules are provided with the basic system, totaling 8GB. Other features include a 15-in-1 card reader, a TV tuner, HDMI output and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
Dell has announced that its subsidiary, Alienware, will be offering a version of its Aurora gaming desktop computer at Best Buy stores. Although the Aurora systems are considered entry level for the company, the particular version to ship to the retail stores will include many of the improved components above the base model available directly from the manufacturer. Best Buy hopes to drive sales by letting consumers "experience Alienware first hand," according to Keith Bryan, director of desktop computing.
Sonic Studio has demonstrated its new Amarra music server at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. Amarra is a FireWire-based media server handling PCM audio with up to a 192KHz bitrate that uses a Sonic Studio soundBlade derivative on the software side. The Amarra technology is similar to what is used to produce CD master files, promising audiophile-level music playback. It uses hardware side processing for sample-rate adjustments, equalization and volume control, and the server will integrate with both iTunes and Mac OS X.
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