Archive for February, 2006

Sony Ericcson introduces more candybar phones

Sony Ericcson introduces more candybar phones

Sony Ericsson has recently unveiled two of its candybar style cell phones at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona earlier today. The K610i and the J100 are the representatives of the high end and the low end mobile phones for the 3G market. The K610i is similar to the 2G version of the K750. IT has a 2 megapixal autofocus camera (with flash) and as well as another video-capable VGA camera for video conferencing. The candybar phones has interesting features, such as the inclusion of the RSS reaader in addition to a media player in its browser. Other features include Bluetooth, a Memory Stick Micro slot. The J100 however was aimed for the fairly simple users, where SMS is still being popular in Asian countries. Both phones are due to be out in the second quarter of this year.

MP3 player by Tomy, it’s a bear!

MP3 player by Tomy, it’s a bear!

This is a rather cute MP3 player and it comes in a form of a tiny little bear. Tomy's bear MP3 player holds 128MB of memory, close to almost 120 minutes of song playing. Unfortunately, the 128MB size of memory is rather insufficient for the current trend of MP3 players. It would be nice if they are close to 4GB in size, but that would probably increase the cost of production. Definately a good gadget to impress your girlfriend during Valentine's day tommorow.

No more Xbox 360 shortages?

No more Xbox 360 shortages?

Peter Moore, head of the Xbox division of Microsoft annouced that, within the next four to six weeks, anybody will be able to walk into a store and buy an Xbox 360. Currently, the shortage as affected consumers and impatient consumers, not able to wait for the backorder, has bid as high as 300%, just to get a unit of the latest Xbox'es. The latest statistic shows that 54% of Xbox owners have Xbox Live, in contrast to 10% on the original Xbox, which used the Live service. Definatel a significant increase in usage of the Live service.

Wireless HDMI

Wireless HDMI

Radiospire has turned wireless and came up with HDMI wireless solution. The connection works up to 15 feet and will transfer at 3Gbps. This means that you can transfer full HD video and audio without having to compression of data. This would effectively remove clutter around the TV set.

Slime your tires

Slime your tires

The company Slime, is offering a a mini palm-sized deflator, which you can pumpp up your tire after you've sealed it with Slime, a special substance that the company says is made of "environmentally friendly fibers, binders, polymers and proprietary congealing agents that will patch the the punctures, up to 1/4 on an inch.

The micro-compressor gets it's power from a the 12v cigarette lighter. Once you perfomed the roadside repaid, you can then make your way to place it where you can fix the tire properly. The kit includes 8 ounces of Slime, which magically seals any leak.

Nintendo DS Lite: The Light way of Gaming

Nintendo DS Lite: The Light way of Gaming

Nintendo has had the habit of being pretty secretive about its product launches, but this time we have managed to add some fuel to the fire and make the news known to everybody that Nintendo has redesigned the DS, which would now come in its new variant, the all new ‘Nintendo DS Lite’. It was somehow expected, given the companies fondness to redesign their consoles to drive sales. The new Nintendo DS Lite holds back on the size and weight by shedding 1/3rd of the bulk and 20% of the weight. However, the designs that you are seeing here may not by what you buy, but these are the design mockups. They would come in the standard crystal white, ice blue and enamel navy. The Japanese DS Lite will also have several hi-res photos and a 360 degree spin worth checking out. DS Lite is believed to be launching in Japan on March 2nd. There is however no word still as to when DS Lite will be available in the US or Europe. 

It shall weigh about 218g (compare to 275g Nintendo DS). Its dimensions are 133mm X 73.99mm X 21.5mm. The Japanese price is about $149.90 and if you place a pre order for Japanese market Nintendo DS Lite for instance on Play-Asia, they sell it for $20 more.

 

UMA:- the ultimate connection between 2.5/3G networks and WiFi

UMA:- the ultimate connection between 2.5/3G networks and WiFi

Royal Philips Electronics announced that its technology powers unlicensed mobile access (UMA)-enabled phones to be available in the U.S. market from a major operator. The flexible device using the Nexperia(tm) cellular system solution 6120 for UMA, can be used both at home over the fixed line broadband network and on the go for mobile calls. Requiring no additional setup by the consumer, UMA phones switch between cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, automatically detecting the fastest and most cost-effective network - reducing bills dramatically. UMA is particularly attractive to business users, with Wi-Fi use in the office environment growing exponentially, further reducing bills for corporate users.

E28 and BridgePort demo FMC using IMS at 3GSM

E28 and BridgePort demo FMC using IMS at 3GSM

BridgePort Networks, the leader in MobileVoIP convergence, and E28 Limited, a leading smartphone provider, today announced that the companies will be demonstrating the seamless handover of calls between live GSM and Wi-Fi networks at 3GSM World Congress 2006. Using BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE(TM) IMS Convergence Server (ICS) the handover method conforms to IMS technical requirements recently defined by 3GPP, known as Voice Call Continuity (VCC). The E28 smartphones are the first low cost, 'smartphone form factor' dual-mode handsets suitable for mass-market use to demonstrate SIP-based MobileVoIP call handover. Continue Reading...

Companies to demo NFC at 3GSM

Companies to demo NFC at 3GSM

3GSM will be the setting of the latest large-scale demonstration of Near Field Communication Technology (NFC) -- the easy-to-use short range wireless technology. Royal Philips Electronics and Telefonica Moviles Espana, the largest Spanish mobile operator, will demonstrate the simplicity of NFC technology by providing 200 selected attendees of the 3GSM World Congress with NFC-enabled Samsung SGH-X700 mobile phones to be used in a variety of applications throughout the conference and exhibition area. With the NFC-enabled Samsung SGH-X700 mobile phones, the 200 participants can conduct various transactions throughout the Congress, including secure payment and exhibition and conference access, simply with the swipe of their mobile phones. Other applications and services that are part of the demonstration include on-site registration, information exchange with the lead retrieval system, an electronic business card with the user's personal registration dated stored on the phone and the opportunity to win prizes.

Bosendorfer Loudspeakers

Bosendorfer Loudspeakers

As the music get louder the speakers get bigger or compactor? The company known for making pianos has also gotten in to the business of high end loudspeakers. Bösendorfer has been making pianos for a centaury, but has just stepped in to the rush hour of speaker business. Having spent four years in the market, this company has come up with speakers that work on the sonic resonance. The VC 7 and AC 7 come with a choice of finish. The lacquered or the hardwood finishes are both equally good.  The sound of the speaker is strikingly similar to the real sound. Even a person with a golden ear can’t make out the difference.