Archive for January, 2006

Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet recently unveiled its first compact SUV with diesel options in the Geneva Motor Show. The Captiva is based on the Chevrolet/Daewoo S3X concept. The Chevrolet Captiva comes with 3 engine options, a 2.4 liter inline-4 DOHC (142hp@5200rpm, 220Nm@4000rpm) and a 3.2 liter V6 (225hp@6000rpm, 302Nm@3500rpm). The Captiva also has a turbodiesel model, a 2.0 liter 150hp common-rail direct injection turbodiesel sourced from Daewoo. This is definately a good move to have diesel engines, because gas prices are increasing badly due to the current oil crisis.

Prodrive P2

Prodrive P2

Prodrive is a car tuner for most Subaru cars. However, Subaru's didn't had 2-door and 2-seater boxer-engined cars, so Prodrive made one. The Prodrive P2 uses a Subaru flat four engine, tuned by Prodrive. This would be perfect for thos e who loves Subaru's boxer engine, but wants it in a proper sports car. The Prodrive P2 has a good amount of power figures of 349PS and 575Nm of torque from its 2 litre DOHC boxer engine. This car is considerably light at 1100kg, thus this would give a good sports car feeling.

Toshiba’s HD-DVD players will hit the market in March

Toshiba’s HD-DVD players will hit the market in March

If you have purchased an expensive DVD player this Christmas, here’s a good reason why you’ll be kicking yourself!!! Toshiba is all set to roll out its next generation HD-DVD players. Yeah, according to insider reports, Toshiba will enter the consumer market (USA) this March with two HD-DVD players.

The two models are targeted at mainstream consumers (HD-A1) and early adopters (HD-XA1). While both the models support native HD in 720p and 1080i, the higher end model comes with some added features like, four DSP engines for enhanced audio output, two USB ports mounted on the front panel, stabilizing feet and multiple user interfaces. You can preorder the HD-A1 at Amazon for $499.

Motorola iTunes ROKR E1

Motorola iTunes ROKR E1

It seems to be dissapointing that the new Motorola phone looks similar to the old Motorola E398, but don't be fooled by its appearance, it's still be able to rock your pockets. At (HKD$1,980 / US$253) it's still a pretty good price for a phone. It has the distinct I-pod white colours. The LCD screen has been improved to a 262k version. The camera is still pretty poor at 30K pixel. However, this has been compensated with the addition of the video recording function. It has similar amount of built in memory, which is 5MB, in contrast to the previous E398. The phone supports TransFlash memory card and includes a 128MB TransFlash memory card. This phone competes directly with the Sony Ericsson walkman phones. But I still believe that this phone would be more popular to the current market trend as the I-pod range is becoming more and more popular.

Asus-Lamborghini Laptop

Asus-Lamborghini Laptop

Asus have teamed up with Lamborghini to create the state of the art laptop. It will be in a glossy black finish where Asus claims that they will ship it in April, where they would be special editions, but unlike the Lamborghini sports cars, these are mass produced. The laptop was announced in October 2005 that it would be most likely based on the latest Intel Centrino Duo Technology. I certainly believe this would be a great laptop. Great to carry around, if you want to have something different from an Acer-Ferrari laptop.

Aibo and Qrio are out of Sony’s product line up

Aibo and Qrio are out of Sony’s product line up

Sony has discontinued the production of Aibo and Qrio, the entertainment robots, a small paragraph in Sony’s Q3 Fiscal Year 2005 results confirms the rumors. As a part of a reorganizing move which was expected ever since Howard Stringer took charge of the global electronics powerhouse, Sony has also discharged 10,000 employees.

This move will allow the company to concentrate on mainstream profitable ventures, but, it will also delay the innovation in consumer robotics as Sony has so far held the flag in the consumer robotics market.

iPod and Scooter

iPod and Scooter

The iPod accessories madness keeps growing. Ever wanted to hear some tracks while you are on your Vespa? And no, you dont have to use the headphones, just get the iPod stereo kit for Vespa P Series and Stella scooters from Scooterworks. The $299 stereo kit works as a dock and charger for your iPod while playing the tunes using a pair of stereo speakers mounted on a glovebox. A note on this product, it's going to take a little time to get it to work as this is sort of a do-it-yourself kit.
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Logitech Keyboard with LCD Screen

Logitech Keyboard with LCD Screen

Logitech will release new keyboard which has LCD screen for gamers on February 10th in Japan. The LCD screen shows status like scores, time, and how many bullets are left. And also, it shows CPU and memory useage. When you listen the music from Windows Media Player, screen shows the title of the songs and time. When you don't use it, you can close the LCD panel. There are 18 keys which you can customise on the left part of the keyboard. This keyboard has built in USB Hub(2 ports).

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Wireless keyboard made out of fabric

Wireless keyboard made out of fabric

You've seen those mini and compact keyboards, rollable keyboards made of rubber and silicons, but this is something new, a fabric keyboard. Elekson Elektex Smart Fabric Wireless Keyboard is a small Bluetooth keyboard that rolls up into a small package to fit your shirt's pocket. It runs on two AAA batteries that would last around 10 hours. It's a great gear to have for those who prefer a nice portable keyboard for their pda.
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No more WMP on Apple.

No more WMP on Apple.

Microsoft will stop the development of its Windows Media Player for Mac’s OSX; instead they will make a special codec that will allow Apple’s own software play Windows Media Files. The decision was made due to the main development focus on its new version of windows and not Mac’s software. This will be a positive thing since the current version of WMP has not been updated for a long period of time and Mac users will prefer to use QuickTime instead of an outdated WMP.

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