Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The BH 101 Bluetooth Headset from Nokia

Looking for a reasonably priced Bluetooth earpiece for your cell phone?
Nokia’s BH-101 gives you 8 hours of talk time, 180 hours of standby, is Bluetooth 2.0 enables (with EDR, Handsfree v.1.5, and Headset v.1.1) and will not make a big dent in your wallet ay just $40

Source: Nokia

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Razer Mako 2.1 THX Certified Speaker System

In the market for a new set of gaming speakers?
You might want to hang on, until the Razer Mako 2.1 is released sometime in December. Developed by Razer in conjunction with THX Ltd, the Razer Mako 2.1 is one of the first desktop speaker systems to incorporate the THX Ground Plane and THX Slot Speaker technologies, as well as ClassHD Digital Amplifier Technology that provide omnidirectional audio effects for all your gaming and desktop needs. Plus the system looks pretty cool.

The THX Ground Plane produces downward-firing audio that should eliminate audio distortion that normal desktop speakers suffer from.

THX-certified quality and performance
ClassHD™ digital amplifier technology with digital DSP control
Higher efficiency curves, improved SNR and EMI, and lowered distortion levels
Patented THX® Ground Plane and THX Slot Speaker™ technologies
Downward-firing design with optimized acoustic enclosure
All-in-one remote control pod with touch-sensitive LED dial
3.5mm auxiliary input minijack
3.5mm headphone minijack
RCA audio input
Response limits: 40~18,000Hz ± 2dB (30~20,000Hz ± 6dB)
Total system power: 300W RMS

The Razer Mako 2.1 should be available before Christmas with a price still to be determined.

Source: RazerZone

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Samsung SGH A737 on AT & T

With slider phones appearing to be ‘all the rage’ at the moment, AT&T has just dropped the Samsung SGH-A737 slider. The A737 is one of AT&T’s 3G phones that offers multimedia features, such as; music, video and data downloads over HSDPA technology. The phone comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera (with video capture and multi shot), mp3 player, Bluetooth 2.0 and support for A2DP stereo headphones. There is also the now standard expandable memory slot.

The Samsung SGH-A737 is available now for $49.99 after mail-in rebate and the usual AT&T agreements.

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The Panasonic Strada CN-GP50U Portable Navigation Device

Panasonic have announced that they will be releasing their first portable navigation device (PND) here in the USA. The Panasonic Strada CN-GP50U is a sleek, slim design that comes with a 5-inch touch panel display.

The Strada CN-GP50U provides is access to 1.8 million searchable Points of Interest in 51 categories, such as gas stations, airports, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, ATMs and historic landmarks. It has an easy to use Graphic User Interface (GUI) and comes pre-loaded with map data for the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico, plus detailed maps of 86 U.S. cities. By using the SD Memory Card or USB port users can easily perform software updates.

The Strada can also make hands-free calls on a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone and Lane Assist helps avoid last-minute lane changes using voice guidance and by highlighting the correct lane in orange. The system even warns you when you are over the speed limit…

The Panasonic Strada CN-GP50U Portable Navigation Device should be available in December 2007 for around $499.95

Source: Panasonic Press Release

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Meet the Pentax BobCar

If you are in the Manhatten area this Holiday season, you may get to meet Pentax’s BobCar. Pentax will be showcasing its digital camera line-up in this three-wheeled, energy efficient, mini-vehicle. The BobCar showroom will feature the latest PENTAX digital SLR and compact digital cameras and offer consumers hands-on demonstrations, literature and special incentives being offered by PENTAX for purchasing selected products

A full list of dates and locations for the BobCar can be found here

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T505 from Motorola Makes In Car Communication Easy

Motorola have announced that their first ROKR for the car will be available in early 2008. The MOTOROKR T505 portable In-Car Speakerphone and Music System connects wirelessly to your Bluetooth enabled phone or mp3 player to allow you to make calls or listen to music over the car stereo.

The ROKR T505 is equipped with Stationfinder which locates the best FM station for clear audio. The T505 is designed to clip onto the sun visor and be taken from car to car.

Here are some of the features:
Audio CallerID
2 watt internal speaker
Bluetooth enabled
Portable, No installation
Talk Time: 20 hrs
Dimensions: 76 x 78 x 22.8 mm

Source: Motorola Press Release

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The Shadow from T Mobile

Looking for a smart phone – check out T-Mobile’s Shadow. This is a Windows Mobile 6 ‘slider designed’ smartphone that should be available on the T-Mobile network this week.

The Shadow is made my HTC and includes:
Rotating jog dial
2 megapixel camera
T-Mobile's myFaves interface ( send an email, text or instant message, and share a picture, video or voice note, with a push of the button right from the myFaves home)

Robert Dotson, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA. "Shadow finally makes staying connected to people simple, fun and easy - and all without the hassle of using a complicated device. This is not a productivity tool. This phone is designed for people who have lives beyond work."

T-Mobile Shadow will be available starting in October 31 for $149.99 with a two-year voice an data plan and will come in two colors: sage or copper.

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Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop Retailing Now

Lenovo have just introduced a new model to their 3000 series of laptops aimed at the home/home office market. The Lenovo 3000 Y410 is a 14.1 inch laptop that features home entertainment features such as:

Dolby Home Theater audio with a sub-woofer
Play CDs without booting the system
Shuttle Center media player
1.3-megapixel Webcam
VeriFace software (face recognition security feature)

The Y410 also includes:
14.1-inch display (1,280x800 resolution)
Integrated Intel X3100 graphics
160GB hard drive (5400rpm)
DVD Burner

The Y410 will only be available at select retail stores (Office Depot, Micro Center, and Staples) and will retail in the range of $700 - $1000

The Y410 appears to be well priced and should compete well with the likes of Dell , HP, Toshiba etc..

Source: Lenovo

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Batter Blaster Pancakes from a Can

Ok, so it’s Sunday morning and you are desperate for some pancakes, but you don’t have the time to make them from scratch and you are sick of those frozen microwave pancakes; what can you do? How about pancakes from a can? Disclaimer: I have not tried this product. The folks over at Batter Blaster have placed their pancake mix in a pressurized can. If it’s good enough for ‘Cheez-Whiz’ and ‘Ready Whip’, why not pancakes…

According to their site;

Batter Blaster is fast easy and fun for the whole family. Just point, blast and cook! “Batter Blaster makes breakfast a blast”
Just a squirt of the pancake mixture into your pan or waffle maker and wait for your pancakes to cook. The Batter Blaster website has more information and a selection of recipes.


Source: Batter Blaster

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wakeup with a Boynq

Fed up with the same old alarm clocks that double as an iPOd dock, then check out the Boynq Wakeup; it’s a little bit different. The Boynq Wakeup has three integrated LCD displays indicate the time, radio stations, and input channels in a soft white light. The intensity of the displays can be adjusted to suit your own preference. Remove the handy remote to reveal an iPod charging dock that is compatible with the full range of iPods.

Compatible with all iPods (and iPohone), the Wakeup comes with 2 x 10W RMS Stereo Speaker that have a frequency range of 20Hz-20KHz, an FM radio and line in / out ports to compliment the built-in equalizer. The controls on the unit are easy to use and control the adjustable alarm volume level, including sleep function as well as the very popular snooze button. The included full function remote is also a nice touch.

More Features:
FM radio with autoscan and 9 memory presets
Wake up to your iPod, radio or alarm
Full function remote (even for snoozing)
Build in iPOd dock for charging and synching
Base and Treble equalizer
Stereo line in for iPod Shuffle and other mp3 players
Stereo line out
Dimensions 10.2 x 8.1 x 10.2 inches

The Boynq Wakeup looks rather cool and is currently available through Amazon for around $129

Source: Amazon

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

LG Venus for Verizon Wireless

This is the LG Venus that should be available with Verizon Wireless by the Holidays. The LG Vebus utilizes a slider design with a dual front screen layout. The bottom screen being touch sensitive with vibration feedback.

The phone supports microSD memory up to 8GB, MP3, WMA and unprotected AAC files and comes with a 2 megapixel camera.

More information when we have it.

Source: Mobiledia

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC T2 Packs 4GB of Memory

Sony have just announced they latest Cyber Shot camera; The DSC-T2. If you are one of those people who are put off with having to use Sony’s proprietary memory sticks, then the DSC-T2 might change your mind. The DSC-T2 comes with 4GB of on board memory, which is about the equivalent of 1,300 photos (and way more than I currently have with my own memory cards). Of course, if 4GB is not enough, you can always use a memory stick pro duo card to expand your memory capabilities.

The DSC-T2 packs an 8 megapixel, 1/2.5-inch CCD sensor, 2.7-inch, 230k pixel touchscreen LCD, 3x Carl Zeiss zoom with optical image stabilization, Sony's "smile shutter" and face detection technology, 38mm to 114mm-equivalent f/3.5-4.3 lens and an ISO 3200 max sensitivity.

The T2 comes in white, black, blue, green, and pink and should be available for around $350 for the Holidays

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Samsung SGH-800 Camera or Phone

There are plenty of good camera phones out there; even some with 5 megapixels. But the Samsung SGH-800 goes one further and adds a ‘3x optical zoom lens’. That’s right this phone certainly thinks it’s a digital camera, with great looks also. From the back, you would be hard pressed to tell this was a phone. Turn it around and the Samsung SGH-800 reveals a smooth looking slider phone

The SGH-800 will be released for the folks over in Europe (and hopefully the States will follow in the not so distant future) in November.

This great looking phone gives you:
HSDPA support
Auto-focus, Optical zoom, Xenon flash, Digital Image stabilization, red eye reduction, and face detection system on the camera
PictBridge support
Bluetooth 2.0 support
2.4 inch 262K color QVGA display
microSD memory card
Measures 101 x 51 x 19 mm

Source: Krunker

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Griffin Evolve Wireless iPod Speaker System

Now this is a cool looking iPod speaker system. Not only does it look cool but the speakers are actually wireless, so you can place them anywhere you want (as long as it is within 150ft of the base station).

The Evolve system comprises an iPod (and speaker) charging base and two cube shaped removable speakers.

Twin full-range speakers with 4" aluminum drivers; built-in matched Class D amplifiers; 20W total power.
Wireless design transmits up to 150' for flexible speaker placement options.
Base unit docks and charges your iPod as it transmits digital stereo sound to the speakers.
Auxiliary audio in lets you easily connect an MP3 player or other digital audio device.
Magnetic shielded speakers can be used on or near a TV or monitor without picture distortion.
Easy-to-use volume and play controls via included remote.
Delivers up to 10 hours of play from built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Includes AC adapter, remote, iPod dock inserts.
Inputs: right/left auxiliary audio.
Outputs: right/left audio, composite video, S-video.

Griffin claims that the Evolve is compatible with all the latest iPod models; including the iPod Touch.

Source: Griffin Technology

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Get the Blackberry 8320 Curve for $0

If you have been thinking of getting the Blackberry 8320 Curve; then go and check out Amazon. They are currently (as of Oct 22, 2007) offering the Titanium model for $0. That’s right; nothing. Amazon is offering the phone at a 79% discount. Add to that the rebates and the price of the phone comes to $-50.01 or $0 to you and me.

There is a catch; you will need to obtain a new service plan. Still if you were already considering this, then this is not a bad deal.

Disclaimer: There is no word on how long this offer will last.

Source: Amazon

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Holiday Desktops from eMachines

eMachines gets a Holiday head start with the release of their desktop Holiday line up. The T5234 is one of these desktops that is available now. Equipped with Windows Vista, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ processor, 1GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics card, 320GB hard drive, multi-format DVD+/-R/RW drive and a 15-in-1 media card reader. For $435 that’s not too shabby (unfortunately you will have to find a bit more spare change if you need a monitor)

You can find more Holiday desktops over at eMachines

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Nokia Release the N81 to the World

Nokia today announced that the N81 multimedia computer will be available globally (although the USA Nokia site states ‘coming soon’). The N81 comes in 2 versions; the 8GB and the standard version that accepts microSD cards upto 4GB.

The N81 is designed music and gaming lovers and comes with dedicated music and game keys. It also comes with a new 3D multimedia menu which is a first on the N-series models.

Included with the N81 are demos of the N-Gage games; EA SPORTS(TM) FIFA 07, Asphalt 3: Street Rules and Space Impact Light. More N-Gage games will be available omce N-Gage has been launched (later this year).

Other features include:
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
2.4-inch, 16 million-color QVGA screen
Up to 2 megapixel (1600x1200 pixels) camera, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 15fps
Stereo FM radio

Source: Nokia Press release

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LG's First 32 inch Plasma TV

LG have just announced that they plan to sell their first 32 inch Plasma TV globally in November. The LG 32PC5RV should be an affordable alternative for buyers who prefer plasma TV’s over LCD’s.

The LG 32PC5RV’s 16:9 aspect ratio has a response time of 0.001 ms and can be connected to the usual devices such as DVD players, home theater systems and HDMI or component ports, such as LG’s SIMPLINK

No word on pricing at this point. But if you are in the market for a new 32 inch TV; this is worth considering.

Source: LG Press Release

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Sleek A826 Home Photo Center from HP

With the holiday season just around the corner, I’m sure your digital camera will be working overtime. If you are in the market for a home photo printer then the A826 Home Photo Center from HP should be on your list.

As you can see from the photo this is not your typically designed photo printer. It looks pretty cool in my opinion. The A826 Home Photo Center will print both 4x6 and 5x7 borderless prints and can hold up to 100 sheets of printer paper. The massive 7 inch touch screen, 5.6-in LCD gives you an impressive view of your images before printing.

The A826 does more than just print photos. You can draw or write on your photos using the included stylus or add captions using the touch screen keyboard. The printer also has the capability to edit images to remove red eye, slim people and enhance the photo with the included software.

The A826’s memory slot supports Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, and xD-Picture Cards. The printer measures in at 10.4 x 9.6 x 10.8 inches and weighs 5.8 lbs

The HP A826 Home Photo Center is available for around $249. This is a little more expensive than other photo printers, but the A826 does other more than just the standard photo printing.

Source: HP

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Multifunctioning Digital Photo Frame

With the holiday season, just around the corner, it’s time to search for gifts that friends and family may or may not use… This digital picture frame comes complete with its own weather station. The 7 inch TFT color LCD will display your cherished photos ‘one at a time’ or as a slideshow. You can also check the temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and weather forecast before you start your day.

In addition you get a radio-controlled digital and analog clock that includes alarm and calendar. If that was not enough the weather station picture frame will also displays sunrise and sunset times and moon phases. Add up to four Additional Indoor/Outdoor Remote Sensors (sold separately) to monitor different areas of your house.

Available at Frontgate for $199

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Swivel Hinged Samsung Juke on Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless today announced that their swivel-hinged Samsung Juke mobile phone will be in stores tomorrow October 19. The Juke has a unique swivel hinge that opens 180 degrees to reveal the keypad. The phone supports MP3, WMA, AAC and AAC+ files and has Stereo Bluetooth support for headsets and speakers.

2GB of internal memory for music
Camera with Nightshot
128 x 220 px, 262K-color TFT display
Dimensions: 3.82" x 1.18" x 0.83"; 2.82 ounces

The Juke will be initially available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

HDMS S1D Digital Photo Album from Sony

Wondering how and where to store all those digital photos that you have scattered throughout your hard drive? Sony believes it has the answer for you. The HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album features an 80GB hard drive (which should hold up to 50, 000 high res photos) and connects to a High Def TV via HDMI.

Your photos can be transferred to the HDMS-S1D via flash memory card formats, CD, DVD, USB or Ethernet. Once loaded onto the system, you can manage your various collections using the supplied remote and system interface.

Photos can be organized by date, special occasions such as birthdays and travel (using pre-selected icons), or into as many as 3,000 different photo albums– enough for every major family milestone.

The included x-Pict Story HD software creates professional quality slideshows means you do not need to use a separate PC. The x-ScrapBook application uses face detection and event-clustering technology to make scrapbook-style layouts of photos with common traits.

The HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album will retail for about $400

Source: Sony Press Release

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Q Home FX Wireless Headphones Offer True 5.1 Surround Listening Pleasure

LTB Audio systems, Inc. will soon be shipping their True 5.1 Surround Sound wireless headphones; the Q-Home-FX system. The Q-Home-FX uses a 6 speaker chamber to deliver the directional audio effects from movies Hi-Def TV and games. The headphones wireless is effective up to around 90 feet from the transmitter.

The Q-Home-FX is fitted with LTB’s Safebase technology that limits base frequencies below 100db.

Digital antenna diversity guarantees drop-out free reception.
CMOS headphone amplifier for superior sound quality.
Range of 100+ Meters.
Rechargeable Lithium Polymer batteries included for receiver

Multiple speaker units for front, rear, center, and subwoofer channels.
Channel Selection on headset
Power on/off with indicator, Volume up/down
Lightweight, extremely comfortable to wear

2.4GHz digital radio transmission
Integrated Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic decoder for DVD, Game system, HDTV, TV, Stereo
10 mW transmitting power, 10dBm
Eight selectable RF channels via Tactile switch.
Capable of transmitting to unlimited receivers

LTB will release the new Q-Home-FX wireless headphone system this November

Source: LTB Audio

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Apple Leopard Hits the Streets October 26

The long awaited news from Apple regarding its new operating system has been released. The Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard will begin shipping on October 26.

The minimum specs to run Leopard are:
Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
512MB of physical RAM
DVD drive for installation

You can pre-order your copy of either the single or ‘Family Pack’ license now.

$129 for single user license or $109 via Amazon
$199 for the 5 license “Family Pack” or $189 via Amazon

Source: Apple and Amazon

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Google Analytics Gets New Features

If you have Google Analytics then watch out for some new features coming to your account soon:

Site search tracking - will allow you to find out what people search for and where the searches lead them.

Event Tracking capability - reports that are designed to help you understand how people use and interact with Ajax, Flash and multimedia on your site

Outbound Link Tracking - will give you information on links visitors clicked on within your site that direct them to another site

The last two will be in a limited beta test, so you may or may not see these.

Source: Problogger

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Onkyo HT-SP908 HTiB Brings 7 Speakers to Your Home

This is is Onkyo’s latest Home Theater in a Box (HTiB); the HT-SP908 sports a receiver with 7.1 channel audio, 2 HDMI 1.3a ports, 1080p output, a 1080p upscaling DVD player, 10 inch sub-woofer and a remote interactive iPod dock. It also comes XM/Sirius ready.

The HT-SP908 should retails around $1099 or drop down to the HT-SP904 for $899. The 904 loses upscaling and HDMI.

Source: Onkyo

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E-3 DSLR from Olympus is Fast and Expensive

Olympus today officially announced their top of the range Digital SLR; the E-3. The E-3 offers the fastest autofocus that is currently available, 10 megapixel live MOS image sensor, magnesium alloy body and Body-Integrated Mechanical Image Stabilization. Unfortunately, to get all of this you will need to dig deep into your pockets; $1,699 deep and that’s just for the body...

Some features:
11-point biaxial cross type AF system, 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1/8000 second top shutter speed (when combined with the new ZUIKO DIGITAL Supersonic Wave Drive Lenses (SWD) that were also announced today).

A Swivel Live View LCD: A dual-axis swivel 2.5-inch Live View LCD covers all the viewing angles from low to high and side to side, to assure accurate composition.

Optical viewfinder with 1.15x magnification.

The 11 AF target points on the E-3 can be selected to work individually or dynamically in combination with adjacent target points.

5 frames per second. With shutter speeds of up 1/8000 second.

TruePic III Image Processor.

2.5-inch adjustable LCD displays 230,000 pixels.

Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter.

Measures 5.59 inches (142mm) by 4.56 inches (116mm) by 2.93 inches (74.5mm) and weighs 28.2 ounces (800 grams) body only.

Compatible with CompactFlash Type I & II, UDMA, Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards.

The Olympus E-3 Digital SLR will be available in November 2007 for around $1,699

Source: Olympus Press Release

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The Square R1 Audio Player from Vita Audio

Check out the R1 from Vita Audio. This compact DAB and FM radio also supports MP3 playback from a variety of players through the included line in socket. Constructed of wood and pressed steel, the R1 includes Vita Audio’s new ‘RotoDial’ for operating the various functions of the player.

Information relating to broadcasts and set-up is shown through a clear black on white LCD display. When in standby the display is softly lit so it can be easily read at night when used as a bedside alarm radio.

DAB, FM Radio with RDS
Switchable Front Line Input for MP3 and other Audio Devices
Front Mounted Headphone Output
3.5“ custom high-fidelity drive unit
7W Nominal Power Output
Easy to use Clock & Alarm Functions
10 Station Presets
Intuitive RotoDial User Interface with soft illumination
Gold Plated Phono Outputs on Rear
Dimensions: (H.W.D) 17cm x 13cm x 13cm
Weight: 2kg

Currently available in the UK for around ₤180

Source: Vita Audio

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Motorola H680 Bluetooth Headset Unveiled

Motorola have just added the H680 to their lineup of Bluetooth Companion Products. The H680 combines ‘elegant design, premium audio and Bluetooth wireless technology’ for those of you on the go.

The H680 features a high gloss and metallic finish with up to nine hours of talk time and up to 12 days standby and its USB connector is located in the carry-case instead of the headset. When not in use, the headset snaps magnetically into the case for complete protection.

No word on price or USA availability at this time.

Source: Motorola Press Release

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Nokia 2135 Mobile Phone

Looking for just a regular old fashioned mobile phone, then check out the new Nokia 2135. This is a basic phone that gives you:
A 400-entry phonebook
3.5 hours of talktime
11 days of standby time
An integrated speakerphone
User-assignable ringtones

If you are looking for a simple, reliable phone; the Nokia 2135 should fit the bill.

No word on pricing, but should be here in the US this fall

Source: Nokia Press Release

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Monday, October 15, 2007

The U9 from Motorola

This appears to be Motorola’s replacement for the Pebl. The Motorola U9 comes with a metallic gloss finish and animated screensavers that appear to "float" across the borderless external display. The external display comes with touch sensitive, digital keys that let you control the music player when the phone is closed.

Store up to 1,000 songs with the optional 4 GB microSD memory card.
Easy download and sync music with Windows Media Player.
MP3 music player with dedicated touch sensor buttons.
Integrated stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology.
CrystalTalk™ technology helps deliver crystal clear voice quality in noisy environments.
Touch sensitive music keys appear on the front flip when in music mode.
2 mega-pixel camera with digital zoom captures high quality pictures.
User interface with new main menu, offering grid, list and new spinner view.

The Motorola U9 is expected to be available later this year in Asia, Latin America and Europe. With the USA to follow?

Source: Motorola Press Release

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Samsung FlipShot Mobile Camera Phone for Verizon Wireless

The Samsung ‘Flipshot’ U900 is expected to be available on Verizon Wireless later this year. The phone looks like your standard mobile phone until you open it up and flip the screen 180 degrees revealing a high resolution screen with features such as; a flash and in-camera photo editing software.

The U900 ‘Flipshot’ comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, zoom, and video recording capabilities and supports Verizon Wirelss VCAST Video and VCAST Music.

No word on pricing.

Source: Mobiledia

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The MBS 100 Portable Spherical Speaker from Sony Ericsson

Check out this unique portable speaker from Sony Ericsson. The MBS-100 is a Bluetooth that features A2DP stereo audio and a rechargeable 5-hour battery. Measuring in at a circular 3.9x3.9x3.9 inches this speaker can be set up in seconds.

For me it looks like one of the coolest portable speakers for your phone currently available. Sony estimate that it will be in stores later this month.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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The K850i from Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson have just released the K850i Cyber-shot phone that comes with a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, Xenon flash and Video. The K850i will offer 3G speeds (HSDPA) that should make downloading content fast.

The K850i includes camera features such as ‘Photo Fix’ that automatically improves light balance in one click, and ‘Best Pic’ take nine pictures in one burst. The K850i also comes with an automatic lens cover, auto focus for no-hassle sharpness and a xenon flash for poor light conditions.

The Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot phone comes in either Velvet Blue or Luminous Green, and will be available in-store across selected markets from October 2007.

Source: Sony Ericcson

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The LG Rumor at Sprint

Sprint have just announced the LG Rumor that comes with a full QWERTY slide keyboard. The LG Runor will provide quick assess to instant messaging from the likes of AIM, MSN, Yahoo! as well as, Facebook and Xanga.

The LG Rumor will be available in two colors white with silver or black with blue and some of its features include:
1.3-megapixel camera/camcorder with a 2x digital zoom
Bluetooth enabled
MP3 Player
microSD memory card slot with 4 GB card capability
Measuring 4.3" x 2.0" x 0.7" and 4.13 ounces

The LG Rumor will be available for around $79.99.

Source: Mobiledia

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sony Makes it Easy For Boat Loving Music Lovers

Sony have just unveiled its first splash-proof CD receiver with iPod-direct control functionality; the CDX-H905IP.

The CSX-H905IP is Sony’s top model that includes a 9.8-foot cable has a 30-pin connector made for most iPod players and provides full menu control and charging.It supports MP3, WMA and AAC music formats and comes with 52 watts x 4 high-power output, a direct sunlight viewable white LCD screen, and a 9 kHz and 10 kHz switchable tuner. You can also add one of the compatible remotes, the RM-X55M and RM-X11M which retail for around $130 and $100 respectively.

The CSX-H905IP will retail for around $350

If you are just looking for a stereo check out the CDX-M50IP or the CDX-M30. Both are iPod capable (the CSX-M30 requires an adaptor).

The CDX-M50IP will retail for around $170 and the CDX-M30 around $200

Source: Sony Press

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blackjack II Coming to AT&T

Mobiledia are claiming that the next generation Samsung Blackjack for AT&T will be the I617 model. The Blackjack II will offer Windows Mobile operating system and a complete package of email, voice, and entertainment solutions for the person on the go.

Samsung Blackjack II Features

GSM quad-band and HSDPA dual-band technologies for communication around the world.
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 platform with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Internet Explorer Mobile, and Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile to send emails.
Bluetooth wireless technology.
Integrated MP3 Player and Video Media Player.
Support for microSD memory card.
HSDPA technology for high-speed data transmission with WAP 2.0 compliant browser

The Blackjack II should be available soon on the AT&T network

Source: Mobiledia

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The New KX-PX2M and the KX-PX20M Photo Printers from Panasonic

Panasonic have just recently released two new compact photo digital printers; the KX-PX2M and the KX-PX20M. These two digital photo printers give users the ability to view and manipulate images without the use of a computer. Instead, an SD card slot enables printing from a Panasonic LUMIX digital still camera and other SD-card based digital cameras.

Both printers produces prints which are light, water, UV and fingerprint-resistant and that have the ability to retain their brilliance and contrast for up to 100 years when properly stored. The printers also feature high-output speeds and uncropped 16:9 format printing when combined with optional wide-sized paper kit.

The Panasonic KX-PX2M, available for $99.95, comes with a 1.5-inch LCD viewfinder, while the KX-PX20M model, available for $199.95, features a 3.6-inch LCD viewfinder that shows a range of more than 16 million colors.

Source: Panasonic Press Release

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Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray Writes Twice as Fast at 4x

Sony have just unveiled there latest Blu-ray writer; the BWU-200S. With a write speed of 4x for BD-R and 16zx for DVD+R, this new model can burn a BD-R disc with 50Gb in around 45 minutes.

The BWU-200S comes with CyberLink BD Solution (software that provides a comprehensive application for capturing, authoring, editing, burning and viewing high-definition personal content captured in the native HDV 1080i format from an HDV camcorder). It will also record on DVDs and CDs, as well as playback of DVDs recorded in the AVCHD format.

The internal drive features a Serial ATA (SATA) interface and standard 5.25-inch form-factor for easy installation inside a desktop PC with Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows Vista® software.

The BWU-200S drive will be available directly from SonyStyle next month for about $600.

Source: Sony Press Release

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The 180x180 USB Hub from Brando

If you have several USB devices to connect to your computer but are lacking enough USB ports, or maybe just have some awkwardly designed cables; then this USB Hub from Brando might work for you.

It is a 4 port hub that has the addition of a revolving upstream port and a center port that can rotate upwards to 180 degrees. It retails for around $15 and comes in either black or white.

Source: Brando

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Altec Lansing iM414 Portable Speaker System for the Zune

Altec Lansing will soon be releasing their inMotion iM414 speaker system for the Zune. The iM414 comes with twin bass-enhanced neodymium speakers, built-in FM radio and a wireless remote. The system can be powered from AC or batteries.

Full-range custom-designed speakers and surround effect technology combine to widen the audio image.
Bass enhancement technology delivers quality bass without a subwoofer.
Built-in dock recharges your Zune during play.
FM radio with convenient remote controls and station presets, LCD display, and telescopic antenna.
Speaker, FM radio, and select Zune functions are at your fingertips.
Input jack for second device connection, including CD, DVD, and MP3 players.

The iM414 should retail for around $99.95

Source: Altec Lansing

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YPS-500 Soundbar from Yamaha

This should be Yamaha’s latest ‘Digital Sound Projector’ or Soundbar; The YSP-500 is much smaller than its larger siblings at just 24 inches wide.

With 18 individual sound drivers to reflect the sound it can decode, it can decode Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6 sound formats. The YPS-500 also offers SRS TruBass and the IntelliBeam automated room calibration, will get you up and running with optimal sound in just a couple of minutes.

This should retail for around $650 when it hits the USA

Source: Technabob

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Dell XPS M1530 Possibly

The word on the street is that Dell is about to unveil its latest XPS laptop; the XPS M1530. The XPS 1530 should be available early November with the following potential specs:

15.40-inch display (CCFL up to 1680 x 1050, LED up to 1440 x 900)
Core 2 Duo options from 1.5GHz (T5250) up to 2.6GHz (T7800)
Crestline GM/PM 965 chipset with up to 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
GeForce 8400M or 8600M GS options (up to 256MB)
Slot-loading Blu-ray / 8x DVD±RW
Options for 802.11a/b/g/n, WWAN, Bluetooth
HDMI, VGA, 1394, ExpressCard, (3) USB 2.0, Ethernet, fingerprint reader, media reader
2.0MP (with CCFL) or 300k (with LED) cameras
Weights about 4 pounds

Source: Techfresh

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