Archive for August, 2006

HTC Excalibur Smartphone Is O2 XDA cosmo

HTC Excalibur Smartphone Is O2 XDA cosmo

German consumer telecommunication magazine "connect" was privy to a working prototype of the HTC Excalibur.  The magazine has published more information about the device in the latest issue.  Arne of the unwired has the scoop!  The biggest news is O2 Germany will be the first to have the Excalibur under the new name O2 XDA cosmo, despite the previous dress up with T-Mobile themes.

connect reports that the O2 XDA cosmo featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone will be available during September or October of this year.  European carriers can expect the device a hell of a lot sooner than the carriers stateside – with a time frame pushing out towards the end of this year.

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Manufacturers are rolling out Core 2 Duo notebooks

Manufacturers are rolling out Core 2 Duo notebooks

Today Intel officially announced the availability of Core 2 Duo for mobile platform code named Merom. Manufacturers have been rushing to push their laptop out with this new CPU. So who have been gearing up their laptop with this chip? Dell was one of them who announced it today on their XPS notebooks lineup. According to Dell, the Core 2 Duo will eventually be on their mainstream Inspiron laptop.

Toshiba’s Qosmio G32-AV6600 will uses T2700 Core 2 Duo and loaded with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, GeForce Go 7600 graphics card, 17-inch WUXGA screen and dual 120GB HDD. This Core 2 Duo machine from Toshiba will retails around $3500USD.

Samsung equipped their Q35 and R55 with Core 2 Duo too! The Q35 is going to use T5600 that runs at 1.83Ghz with 12’1-inch screen and integrated GPU. As for R55, it is almost similar to Q35 except it has a dedicated video card (GeForce Go 7600) and 15.5-inch screen.

Alienware (now owned by Dell) is also shooting out their Area-51 and Sentia series that are going to have Core 2 Duo as their CPU.

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Anycom BluNa Bluetooth Wireless Solution for iPods

Anycom BluNa Bluetooth Wireless Solution for iPods

Being wireless rock, and Apple doesn’t seem to get it yet – at least on the iPods.  Anycom is here to rescue you from getting tangled up in wires with the BluNa.  It’s a Bluetooth adaptor for the iPod Nano, drawing power from the Nano and sends its signal to either Anycom BSH-100 headsets, or any other compatible Bluetooth-devices.  Using the BluNa is extremely easy, and mating the two devices is easy as apple pie.  There’s also a Bluetooth remote control function (AVRCP) standard, allowing you to control the iPod from a stereo headphone with transport controls.  Anycom BluNa is priced at $120, available in June and should be compatible with any iPod with a dock connector.

Anycom BluNa Product Page [via Gizmodo]...

Blackberry Pearl 8100 retail details

Blackberry Pearl 8100 retail details

The Blackberry Pearl (8100) is indeed T-Mobile’s pearl from the sea of phones.  Unlike many other Blackberry devices before it, the Pearl is a beautiful looking handset that doesn’t look like a business device - but more consumer-centric.  Anyways, Boy Genius came through with actual images of the T-Mobile retail box, manual, specs and retail info!

The Official release date is September 18th 12th (interesting since the DBA announcement stated the 18th).  Again, similar to the Palm Treo 750 announcement, I assume Blackberry will want to unveil the Blackberry Pearl at CTIA Wireless on September 12th.  There’s no point holding back until the 18th.  If this is the case, we’ll make sure to get live shots and videos for your viewing pleasure during the coverage.

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Treo 750 Juicy Feature List

Treo 750 Juicy Feature List

John of CrunchGear just informed me that the new antenna-less Treo we’ve been covering is indeed going to be versioned Treo 750.  As to which “750” it’s still unclear whether this will be the same 750 as the “Lennon” that is coming to Cingular in October, or if it’s the rumored 750v, which is the European only version.  John also confirms that the “Lennon” (possibly named the 750w) will feature WiFi, but it’s still a mystery if this device will include UMTS and class 10 EDGE.  The “Nitro” is a PalmOS based 750 (possibly named the 750p) will sport similar stats, with higher resolution, but lacks WiFi – Boo!  It’s hard for me to believe that these two new Treo 750 will sport the same 1.3 megapixel as the current Treos, with only resolution of 240x240.

I’ll be sure to update any new info that should come along between now and the morning of Sept 12.  Again, I have the first slot to meet with Palm for a detail briefing at 10AM – and hour after the official announcement out of Europe.  So, make sure you check back for more detail images as well as video for your viewing pleasure!

Unboxing The Sansa e270: She’s a looker!

Unboxing The Sansa e270: She’s a looker!

fosfor gadget just got the 6GB version of the new Sandisk Sansa e270 MP3 player in today.  There are few really great looking pictures for you to lust over – while the full review will be published in a week or so.

Sliding the box open, the Sansa e270 is the next thing you see in all its glory.  The box contains everything from a USB cable, earphones, protective case, lanyard, a quick start guide to a software CD.

Enjoy the unboxing!

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Shuttle X100 SFF System

Shuttle X100 SFF System

Shuttle Inc is famous for their SFF (Small Form Factor) XPC barebones and computer systems. I’m a shuttle XPC owner myself and I’m always fascinated by what Shuttle could bring to the SFF market. This time Shuttle has done it again with its new XPC X100, the smallest XPC shuttle ever made. X100 is available as a system in whole. X100 full system will start at $699 and powered by 1.6Ghz Celeron M, 512MB DDR-2 RAM, 80GB SATA HDD, and DVD-ROM/CDRW combo drive. The higher end model will sport 1.6Ghz Core Duo CPU, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 250GB HDD and price starts at $999.  I really do hope Shuttle will sell X100 as barebones in the future as many of us HTPC fans would love to pick our own computer parts.

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Samsung Sens G10, a Laptop or a Desktop?

Samsung Sens G10, a Laptop or a Desktop?

Look! It’s a laptop; it’s a desktop, NO! it’s Samsung Sens G10! Seriously, I don’t even know what to call it. The Sens G10 is built to look exactly like your everyday laptop computer, packed with 17-inch LCD screen with 700:1 contrast ratio and 6ms respond time, a 200GB SATA2 7200RPM hard drive. However it does not uses any battery power as it can only be operated with AC Adapter and basically strips away the mobility of this machine as a normal laptop. According to Samsung, the Sens G10 is a computer targeting the desktop pc market. The S10 could be call an All-in-One system like Apple iMac, but with a little twist for easy transport.

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PSP 2.00-2.80 Firmware Cracked!

PSP 2.00-2.80 Firmware Cracked!

While this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, given how many times it's happened in the past, a new exploit has been found that allows PlayStation Portable users running firmware editions 2.00-2.80 to run unsigned, howmbrewed code. While at the moment it only runs a Hello World application, the exploit does open the PSP to more complex homebrewed applications as hackers have time to program for the device. It would appear that Sony has also allowed this flaw to exist for some time now, as the same exploit works for every iteration of the 2.xx firmware.

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Supersonic Private Jets

Supersonic Private Jets

Like many people, I haven't yet finished sighing over the demise of Concorde.  I'd never actually travelled on one - which again makes me like many people - but it symbolised a whole lot more than crossing the Atlantic while being squashed into a tiny cabin.  Man's eternal reaching for greater achievements, that sort of thing.  Plus it had a bloody great pointy nose, which was pretty damn cool.

Nonetheless, there are some whose primary concern is the lack of very fast travel (preferably while drinking gin at the time), and for those individuals rich enough a new breed of supersonic private jet has emerged.  Wired News writes about one such example: the 130 foot QSST (Quiet SuperSonic Travel), winged brainchild of the Supersonic Aerospace International consortium.  Capable of 4,600 miles nonstop flight and doing LA to NYC in a tinkle over two hours, the $2.5bn project could be ready by 2013.

The likelihood of any of us clambering onboard one of these uber-jets is pretty slim, and with that - despite all their engineering mastery - to my mind they fall short of the legacy left by Concorde.  For while it was never exactly a cheap ride, it was still an achieveable possibility for the everyman; a chance, with some saving, to break the sound barrier with no more fuss than that required to open airline peanuts. 

New York to L.A. in Two Hours [Wired News]

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