Archive for Aug 21, 2006

Siren DP200 iPod Nano look-alike

Siren DP200 iPod Nano look-alike

Another day and another iPod wanna-be shows up on the market.  The Siren DP200 is a flash-based digital audio player, featuring a small OLED display (128x128 pixels), integrated FM tuner, voice recorder, line-in recording and USB connectivity.  Size wise, it’s relatively small, measuring 81x33.5x7.5mm and weighs next to nothing at 26g.  It’s only available in Japan, and the price starts out at $86 for the 512MB and goes up for the 1GB/2GB versions.

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More Specs and Pics on the Vega UMPC

Korean company Raon Digital listed their one and only product – the Vega UMPC on their website.  I know we’ve covered this device on SlashGear, but the follow-up with more info and images will help give you a better view of the product.  It's a shame it doesn't have an integrated keyboard of some sort.
View the entire product specs after the jump.

FCC Approves HTC Excalibur

FCC Approves HTC Excalibur

The HTC Excalibur is no longer a red head stepchild, thanks to the recent FCC approval. The Excalibur really lacks the WOW factor for the design as well as features. First of all, we bitched and complained about the fugly looking Blackberry, and what does HTC do? They designed the Excalibur to look just as bad. Second, I’m really going to dock HTC for only using a TI OMAP 850 200MHz and a measly 970-mAh battery. What in the world are they thinking? Do they really think that the US market will really eat up this load of bull crap of a smartphone? I sure hope not.

To recap the Excalibur’s other features and specs, it runs MS Windows for Smartphone, with a 2.4-inch 320x240 QVGA TFT display, 128 MB of ROM and 64 MB of Ram. It will also have Wireless WAN, EDGE, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel camera, mini USB, microSD slot for memory expansion. It looks like this new smartphone will be offered by Cingular, and some T-Mobile customer will want it too.

FCC [via Gizmodo and Mobility Today]

Palm Announcing Next-Gen Treos in September – 99.99% confirmed

Palm Announcing Next-Gen Treos in September – 99.99% confirmed

All right, the buzz around the Internet is that Palm’s announcing the next-generation of Treos. SlashGear has confirmed and will bet the farm that Palm intends to make the announcement in Europe on September 12. That’s the good news, and here’s the bad news. There’s a high probability that the new Treos are for the European market – ONLY. “The ink should read that the announcement is for Europe only,” said a Palm spokesperson. There isn’t much more we can say at the moment, at least until this Friday, so come on back!

Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PC Review

Sadly not my own review (You hear that, Toshiba?  Send me a review model!) but nonetheless an excellent read if you're interested - or sceptical, even - about a Tablet PC. 

"First of all, I have to come out and say that I have never owned a Tablet PC, until I purchased my Tecra M7.  And second, let me say that I may never go back to a conventional notebook again!" (reviewer)

Starting at $1519 direct from Toshiba US, and running at around $1800 as tested, it's admittedly not a cheap machine.  This would be a good place to start if you're thinking of getting pen-enabled but aren't sure if the outlay is worth it.

Toshiba Tecra M7 Convertible Tablet PC User Review []

A broad gap between the ears

Okay, so this isn't something you can go out and buy at your local electronics emporium, but put down your fancy cellphone and your shiny iPod and think outside your grubby little apartment for one sodding second.  Jeez. 

These impressive fellows are "acoustic mirrors", huge parabolic dishes that collect sound and focus it at one listening point.  The English built some so as to hear enemy planes approaching, in fact.  Now, the Sound Mirrors Project intend to resurrect the idea by building two of them, one on each side of the English Channel - listeners in France will be able to hear their English counterparts muttering darkly about the perils of soft, mouldy cheese and unreliable cars, while in turn those in England can hear their French friends mock their cooking, their women and their crappy weather.  Fantastic.

Sound Mirrors Project [via Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society]

Unboxing the mini Goombah and Initial Impressions

Holy smokes, I was stoked to get the mini Goombah in on Friday (rushed overnight delivery) for my trip to Maui Saturday morning. This bag is the holy grail of all bags for all traveling photographer and videographers. The back is well thought out and it oozes quality all over the places. Whether you want or need to carry it like a backpack or pull it like a roller board, it’s comfortable either way. I’ll go more into details in my review but for now, lets just say it’s a really damn good bag.

Now for the disappointing news – the mini Goombah didn’t make to Maui because the Macbook Pro will not fit in the laptop compartment! It’s possible that I’ve done something wrong, but no matter how hard I tried, the corner will stick out making it impossible to completely zip it up. I’ll have a chat with Naneu Pro and get back with you on this.

Unboxing the mini Goombah and Initial Impressions

That’s all for now, click over to enjoy more unboxing images of the mini Goombah.

Miyamoto Comments on GC Remakes for Wii

If you're planning on buying a Nintendo Wii when it hits later this year, you might want to hold up on buying all those Gamecube titles that you've always wanted. Mario creator and all-around Nintendo deity Shigeru Miyamoto has said that many of the Gamecube's more popular titles could see Wii re-releases that would add Wiimote support, among other things. Would be nice to see the first two Metroid Primes adopt the same control scheme as Metroid Prime 3, no?

WiFi Skype Phone Reviewed

Perhaps I only started considering WiFi phones when I had to pay my own phone bill, but now I'm a vocal supporter.  Sadly they've all been a bit, well, shabby up until now.  But our chums over at Gizmodo have a review of the first Skype phone that doesn't look like it was designed by a drunken dog.

Their opinion?  Pretty decent quality calls, blighted by a few dropped connections when using SkypeOut to call cellphones.  They also have a few choice comments to make about the design.  If you want to know any more then you're just going to have to go over there and read the bloody article, aren't you.  Gizmodo didn't go to all that trouble for you to sit there looking gormless and playing with yourself.

Exclusive Belkin WiFi Skype Phone Review [Gizmodo]

Save Sliced Fingers – Pyranna packaging cutter

Yesterday, while waiting in my local ER with a video camera to record funny clips to sell to TV networks, a woman approached me carrying two of her fingers in a jumbo tub of ice-cream.  At first I thought she was a rep from Ben & Jerry's with a new, cannibalism-themed flavour, but it turned out that she had merely severed the digits while trying to open some particularly resilient plastic packaging.

Had I known about the Pyranna, a special cutting tool designed to slice open this sort of packaging without doing the same to your precious fingers, I would've suggested it to her.  At $12.95 (including shipping) it's certainly cheaper than health insurance.  However I didn't, so all I could do was film her as she was knocked senseless by a runaway portable X-ray machine.

Pyranna product page [via Office Evolution]

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) 1 Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing expansion to 10GB of music—or 2,500 songs—with an optional SanDisk 2GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity  flash-based MP3 player on the market.

In conjunction with the rollout of the e280 and in preparation for the holiday season, SanDisk has lowered its prices on the entire Sansa e200 line of products, including the existing 2, 4 and 6GB models.

Current pricing on the Sansa e200 product line includes a 2GB flash-based player for under $140 MSRP.

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UK Braces for Pink PS2

Alright Sony, enough with the insanity. As if all the issues surrounding their upcoming Playstation 3 console didn't already have us scratching our heads, looking for their logic, now they've decided that releasing a Playstation 2, in pink, during the same time that the PS3 is debuting it a good idea. Please Sony, show us what you've been drinking so we know that this isn't a random bout of dementia.