Archive for August, 2006

The Overpriced Samsung SyncMaster 971P-R Display

The Overpriced Samsung SyncMaster 971P-R Display

The only thing that the Samsung SyncMaster 971P-R has going is this one push button pivot/tilt mechanism allowing it to flip from portrait to landscape and vice versa. For that alone, this 19-inch display commands a hefty price of $599. It’s worth mentioning that other features include 250-cd/m2 brightness, 2-port USB hub, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 1280x1024 SXGA resolution, and 178-degrees viewing angles. The overpriced 971P-R display goes on sale on August 25th.

Samsung [via TechEBlog]...

Sony to Show Off 27 PS3 Games at TGS

Sony to Show Off 27 PS3 Games at TGS

In an effort to show that the upcoming PlayStation 3 won't be an unmitigated disaster, Sony has announced that they plan to have 27 upcoming PS3 titles on-hand at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Keep in mind that this isn't an indicator of what you'll see at launch time; Sony is simply showing you what you can expect to see on their new baby eventually. That having been said, at least this showing will be more impressive that this year's E3, where only 13 playable PS3 demos were on-hand to show the public what a $500 console feels like.

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Daily Wrap-up for 08/23/2006

Daily Wrap-up for 08/23/2006

Well hump day wasn’t too terribly exciting. We found out that Sprint started selling the Treo 700wx (with slight improvements over Verizon’s Treo 700w). Creative Zen dropped the new Vision W portable media player, which was announced via Popular Mechanics and a gold version of the Blackberry 8700g revealed by Boy Genius (image on the lefft). John got his hands on the new Maxtor 1TB shared storage and loves it. Oh and not to forget the Canon EOS 400D specs leaked by the Chinese.

So which articles did we miss? Well, Gizmodo ran an unboxing article of the Logitech MX Revolution Mouse late this evening; Microsoft announced the prices and dates for the Xbox 360 peripherals, there’s news that Creative just swindled $100,000,000 out of Apple for violating a patent protecting hierarchical menu system for portable media players, an inexpensive electronic ice cream scooper, ThinkPad T60 notebooks with integrated Cingular UMTS/HSDPA-based technology, Onkyo announced the D-Tk10 Guitar Speaker, and more information on the TiVo Series 3 on Tivo.com.

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Iomega Silver Series Portable HDD

Iomega Silver Series Portable HDD

Paying a $1.65 per gigabyte is rather steep because the Iomega Silver series will cost $169.95 for the 80 GB and $219.95 for 120GB model. It’s got Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and Firewire connections, and will work with both Mac OS X and Windows. It weighs less than 6 ounces, and use Iomega’s durable Drop Shock technology to help protect the drive and data from damage in the event you might accidentally drop it. I like that both drives are USB-powered which eliminates the need to lug around a separate external power supply. Overall, these two lightweight portable drives make a great solution for traveling photographers and videographers. Recording in high definition takes up a lot of space, so having access to a portable drive is extremely convenient.

Press Release and Product Page [Iomega]...

CrunchGear’s Hands On with the Maxtor Shared Storage

CrunchGear’s Hands On with the Maxtor Shared Storage

Dude, John of CrunchGear just got his mitts on the Maxtor 1 terabyte (TB) of storage!  That’s a whole hell of a lot of storage space.  The Maxtor software plays nice on both PCs and Macs – he’s thoroughly happy with that.  The box is fairly attracted with plastic cladding and a brushed metal face with inset RAZR-esque buttons.  John talks about other things such as running iTune catalog from remote drive over wireless network and other things…so read up.

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Canon EOS 400D Specs

Canon EOS 400D Specs

New information regarding Canon’s EOS 400D is available for the world to read, thanks to the Chinese Canon website. The new Canon digital SLR sports a new 10.1 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor, a large 2.5-inch LCD display, and a 9-point auto focus system.

Canon EOS 400D features

• 10.1 effective Megapixels
• APS-C size 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS image sensor
• Focal length of 1.6x
• Dust removal system
• 3 frames per second - maximum of 27 JPEG or 10 RAW
• 9-point auto focus system
• 2.5-inc LCD monitor

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The Blackberry 8707 Abroad in Japan

The Blackberry 8707 Abroad in Japan

The title says it all.  Darrin took the Blackberry 8707 to Japan on a recent trip, and to his surprise, it works.  He reports that SMS, Email, Phone, voicemail, synching to iLife on the Mac works just as if he’s back in NYC.  Web browsing is the only function that didn’t work.  I’m betting my left nut that he’ll be paying an arm and a leg for international roaming fees!  Hey Darrin, ping me when you get back from Japan.  I want to know how much your phone bill was ☺.

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Creative Zen Vision Widescreen (W) Portable Media Player

Creative Zen Vision Widescreen (W) Portable Media Player

Yes, the W in the name Vision W stands for widescreen; and widescreen it is. The 3.7-inch display on the ZV increased to 4.3-inch with the ZVW. According to Popular Mechanics, the problems with viewing angle no longer exist, and made the BOLD statement that it’s the best screen they’ve seen on a portable media player.

The ZVW plays every file format from MPEG, AVI to various types of DivX. There’s also a CompactFlash card slot for additional storage.

The 30GB model sells for $399, while the 60GB will cost $499.
Creative Zen Vision W Revealed! [via epizenter.net]...

Linux-based HandyPC S101 Caught in the Wild!

Linux-based HandyPC S101 Caught in the Wild!

Is there really a need for another Nokia Communicator wanna-be? Apparently, German phone maker Road thinks so. The company’s very on HandyPC S101 is part computer and part phone, sporting the Linux operating and Trolltech’s Qtopia GUI. It’s a quad-band, GSM/EDGE/GPRS with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – so as connectivity goes, you’re all set.

I especially love large QWERTY keyboard with massive keys. This is especially nice for folks with larger thumbs. The screen is equally nice, featuring a 640x240 display and a 102x65 monochrome phone screen. Other specs and features include 64MB of RAM, 64MB of Flash, a 400 MHz Intel PXA264, a 2-megapixel camera, and a massive 1,500mAh lithium-polymer battery. The talk time is rough four hours, with 240 hours of stand-by, or five hours of actual PC usage.

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