Archive for July, 2006

Gates: 80% Chance of Vista Shipping On-Time

Gates: 80% Chance of Vista Shipping On-Time

Well, it doesn't come much more "straight from the horse's mouth" than this. According to outgoing Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates, the upcoming Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft's first since 2001's Windows XP, has an 80% chance of shipping on time, but that he has no qualms about delaying the ship date if he feels that it would be best for the product. Vista has already been delayed several times, losing large numbers of features in the process (WinFS, etc.).

Datasafe oomi: World’s Smallest MP3 Player

Datasafe oomi: World’s Smallest MP3 Player

Just in case the iPod nano is too big for your hands, the Datasafe oomi is here, just small enough that you can almost guarantee that you'll lose it and never find it again. Sporting a mirrored silver surface and weighing in at an astonishing small 20 grams (roughly 0.7 ounces), the oomi features an FM radio tuner, support for WMA, MP3, and ASF, and a fairly-impressive 20mW per sound channel, totalling 40 mW of output. The built-in USB 2.0 port allows for ultra-quick transfers, and the player works seemlessly with both Windows and Mac. To top it all off, the device features circling blue LEDs to let you know that the device is in operation. Very impressive; just don't lose it to the couch cushions.

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EVO: Phase One Launch Announced

EVO: Phase One Launch Announced

Anytime we hear of a video game machine not made by Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo, we tend to wince due to the history of failed upstarts in the past. Anytime we hear of a video game system not made by Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo that costs more than the high-end PS3 and features a blatantly-copied PS2-style controller, we slap our heads and wonder what these people were thinking. Enter the EVO gaming system, made by an upstart company called Envizions (yes, with a "z"). The EVO is a console that strives to be a PC, gaming computer, and media center in one box and will become available on October 20, 2006 via the company's website.

SanDisk Sansa e280 Player Confirmed

SanDisk Sansa e280 Player Confirmed

It would appear that the iPod nano has a new competitor to contend with for Flash player supremacy. While the nano is still the undisputed king of really tiny Flash memory players, SanDisk's Sansa e280 offers something that the Apple player lacks; 8 GB of memory. The e280 has been the subject of a good amount of speculation recently, with several sites posting photos of the new Sansa player before SanDisk themselves had announced it (which they still haven't). However, the player appeared (briefly) on SanDisk's site, which confirms that the new Sans is real and consumer-bound.

Sony Offers Credit for Old Cams

Sony Offers Credit for Old Cams

Thinking about replacing your old, outdated camcorder, but you simply can't conjure up the money to replace it. Take it to Sony! Thanks to their camcorder trade-in deal, qualifying camcorders, whether they're Sony-made or not, can be traded in (and shipped to Sony at the customer's expense) for an e-coupon that can be used toward a new Sony camcorder.

Tripod Concept MP3 Player

Tripod Concept MP3 Player

Ah, those crazy guys over at Yanko Design. We've covered many, many PMPs in the past, but nothing quite like the conceptual design. Not satisfied with the design of modern media player, Yanko has come up with this beauty; a triangular, two-piece PMP whose base comes apart to reveal a large, flexible video screen. Pretty neat, huh? The device apparently will operate in two modes; MP3 mode and OLED mode. The difference can be seen above, and I'm impressed, to say the least.

BMW Creates Self-Parking Car

BMW Creates Self-Parking Car

Well, for anyone who has ever considered buying themselves a BMW (and who hasn't), now you have one more reason to justify your expenditure. BMW says that, within three years, they will have a fully-automated self-parking car, meaning that you should never (in theory) have to worry about hitting the garage wall or other household fixtures. As it stands right now, all the driver has to do is come up to the parking spot and exit the car. Once outside, they press a button on their remote and presto! - instant parking.

MS Ends Windows 98/Me Support

MS Ends Windows 98/Me Support

The time has come; Microsoft has ended support for its Windows 98 and Windows Millenium Edition (Me) operating systems. Basically, this means that Microsoft will not be producing any more patches or hotfixes for these two operating systems, and also won't have paid phone support available anymore. This leaves the two legacy Windows OSs with at least one glaring security gap, which Microsoft refused to patch on the grounds that it would render many Win98 programs inoperable.

Video of LG PM800 PDA with DMB TV Tuner in action

Video of LG PM800 PDA with DMB TV Tuner in action

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Video of LG PM800 PDA with DMB TV Tuner in action

It’s hard to make out which version of the Microsoft OS is on this LG PM800 but do we really care? Just take a look at the quality of the video output on this PDA.

Mercedes unveiled the 2007 SLR “722 Edition”

Mercedes unveiled the 2007 SLR “722 Edition”

The new SLR "722 Edition" isn't going to be cheap and definitely not for slow drivers.  This beauty has an increased output of 650 horsepower, a tailor-made suspension configuration, and a much sportier interior.  It’s super fast going from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaching 124 mph at 10.2 seconds with top speed of 209 mph.

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