Archive for August, 2006

SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO

SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO

Combining the power of a PC with a quality LCD and stylish design, Sony today unveiled the new VAIO® LS1 TV/PC Combo.

Sleek, yet highly-functional, this new device compliments any room in the house where space is at a premium, but entertainment, performance and style is a must.

Featuring a framed display with a transparent border for a stunning, floating effect, the LS1 model packs the essentials for powerful computing into a slim chassis discreetly hidden behind the back of a flat-panel 19-inch WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) LCD display.

The new VAIO LS1 TV/PC model incorporates an Intel® Core™ Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a roomy 250 GB (1GB = 1billion bytes) hard drive for running multiple, demanding applications simultaneously, such as watching and/or recording a TV show while downloading music in the background. The unit is a Windows Vista™ capable PC. It is also Windows Vista Premium ready.

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UMPC revs up

UMPC revs up

Interesting news from Samsung that their next UMPC, the Q1b, will be using a Via C7-M ULV processor - that means a CPU speed of between 1.0 and 1.5GHz, quite a nice leap from the 900Mhz Celeron M that the current Q1 is saddled with.  Hopefully this will be a suitable prod to the eye of the current naysayers that have (rightly) blamed the anaemic specs for the Q1's lacklustre performance.

Check the link for the Q1b device manual...

Q1b manual (pdf) [via jkontherun]

Mobile Multimedia Update

Mobile Multimedia Update

There are still some manufacturers who think people want to play games on their cellphones.  I guess it's for that reason that ATI is so popular amongst manufacturers for their 2G and 3G mobile multimedia chips - their new Imageon 2282 will be found in such illustrious handsets as the Motorola KRZR and RIZR, as well as models from Panasonic, HTC and LGE.

This new Imageon can manage up to a QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera and CD-quality digital audio, amongst other things.  Now we'll just have to put up with all the adverts telling us that we're desperate to use all these special features.

Press Release: ATI Drives Multimedia in Next Generation Mobile Phones [MobileBurn.com]

Polk Audio I-Sonic All-In-One Entertainment Systems

Polk Audio I-Sonic All-In-One Entertainment Systems

Polk Audio announced they’ve started shipping the I-Sonic radio to Tweeter Home Entertainment Stores.  This is no ordinary radio, because it’s one of the first products to hit the market to combine an HD Radio tuner, DVD/CD player, AM, FM, and XM Satellite Radio receiver in a single compact unit.  And supposedly the four-speakers produces big sound quality that’s described as “lifelike” making capable of being your primary home entertainment system.

Dan Hodgson, Polk SVP of marketing is asking customers, broadcasters, and press to be patience since the I-Sonic is in high demands; apparently there are more orders than they can fill in the short to medium time frame (just build more to meet the demands).  He goes on to reassure that production is going well and they’re produce a bunch more to meet demands this holiday season.

High quality, convergence devices such as the I-Sonic don’t come cheap, so make sure you’re ready to shell $600 for this pricey all-in-one device.

Polk Audio I-Sonic Radio Product Page and Video [via TalkRadioNation]...

XACT XQ2500 Wireless Solution For Landline Phones

XACT XQ2500 Wireless Solution For Landline Phones

Yes, believe it or not that people still use landline in their homes.  If you’re reading this article, I bet you’re smirking to yourself “hell I dumped my landline 10 years ago, who the hell still uses landline?”  In any event, I hope that this info gets to the people that desperately need to see it.  The XACT XQ2500 is a 2.4 GHz wireless phone headset that has an integrated keypad right on the earpiece.  As cool as that sounds, looking at it makes you wonder who in the world would wear it.  It’s reasonably priced at $10.

XACT XQ2500 Product Page [via Crunch Gear and Oh Gizmo]...

KFE F1500 Charmmy Kitty MP3 Player

KFE F1500 Charmmy Kitty MP3 Player

Isn’t it bizarre that Hello Kitty’s got a pet cat?  The folks at Sanrio don’t think so.  KFE Japan just announced the F1500, a Charmmy Kitty-themed 512MB digital audio player that supports MP3 and WMA audio files.  There’s no details if it also supports DRM’d WMA or not, and the other not so good news is the battery only last six hours.  No word on the price and availability yet.

Charmmy Kitty DAP F1500 Charmmy Kitty Product Page [via Engadget]...

EA: Wii to Retail for $170?

EA: Wii to Retail for $170?

Attention all gamers: according to EA's executive vice president and COO of worldwide studios, David Gardner, we could very well see Nintendo's Wii console clocking in at far, far less than the reported $200-$250 price tag; say, $170? According to Gardner:

"I've heard in Japan that the price is about $170, but I don't know if the price has been set in Europe yet."

So if Japanese gamers can expect the console for under $200, it's possible that Stateside buyers could see a price that's largely the same, or slightly lower. (Fun fact: the Gamecube debuted at $199.99 for US buyers, while the Japanese version retailed for 25,000 yen, or roughly $215 USD).

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Blackberry 8703e for Verizon rumored to release on August 28?

Blackberry 8703e for Verizon rumored to release on August 28?

Any information related to this latest leak of the Blackberry 8703e is sketchy at best. FCC has not given the green light (or that we know of), and the rumor that it also supports GSM was squashed into oblivion. It will however support Verizon’s high speed, EV-DO; that we’re pretty darn sure of. All we have here are some pictures and screenshots…anyone with more info, please feel free to let us know. Thanks!

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Sony Prepares a Pink PSP, Too

Sony Prepares a Pink PSP, Too

It would seem the ever-elusive girl gamers are a very popular crowd over at Sony's camp these days. After yesterday's UK announcement regarding a pink PlayStation 2 (set to debut in November), they've followed up with a pink PlayStation Portable, meaning that now you have no excuse to buy your girlfriend her own video game system. Like the pink PS2, this is UK-only for now, but expect to see this come elsewhere should it prove popular enough.

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Samsung announced 8GB music phone

Samsung announced 8GB music phone

Samsung announced a cell phone that sports 8GB media player on Tuesday. The storage on this phone uses flash memory. Samsung SCH-B570 can store over 1500 MP3 music files and around 15 videos file. The phone also features a 2-megapixel camera and a radio receiver for S-DMB, a Korea mobile broadcasting service. The phone will go on retail shelf in South Korea shortly.

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