Archive for August, 2006

Zune Show’s Up on FCC as “Toshiba 1098″

Zune Show’s Up on FCC as “Toshiba 1098″

It’s now clear that Microsoft and Toshiba are in bed together! All this hype over Microsoft’s new iPod killer is actually being manufactured by Toshiba, which is pretty smart considering the savings for not having to ramp up production lines. This leaves me to wonder other PlayForSure licensee’s will join force? Only time will tell.

So what are some of the new info that we don’t already know about? It’s now confirmed that the Zune of 1089 features WLAN 802.11 b /g, 3.0-inch TFT LCD display and FM tuner. “DJing Content” will be the primary usage of the WiFi feature; allowing you as the DJ to stream music to four other Pyxis devices. Now Pyxis is a term we haven’t used in a while, what does it mean now? Apprarently, Pyxis might be the name for the network which Zune devices will use to share content. Now Argo is an old term we haven’t used in a while. It turns out that Argo may be the name of the second generation of Zune devices similar to the iPod Nano.

FCC Approves Toshiba 1089 Portable Media Player & FCC [via Gizmodo and CrunchGear]

Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A Broadband Upgrade

Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A Broadband Upgrade

It seems as though the EV-DO race between Sprint and Verizon is never ending.  Sprint is gaining a slight lead with the announcement of their upcoming implementation of Rev. A EV-DO release.    Sprint’s customers in areas where it’s rolled out, will enjoy an average download speeds of 450 – 800 kbps; and an average upload speeds of up to 300 – 400 kbps. Verizon is still operating under Rev. 0, so it will be interesting to watch how they will respond to this announcement.

The Rev A. card is backward compatible with Rev. 0 network, except the speed will drop.  Two-year contract should bring the price of the card to $99.99 and $174.99 for a one-year commitment.
Sprint Rev A rollout accelerated. 40m end of this year [via Mobility Today]

Sony Facing PS3 Production Woes?

Sony Facing PS3 Production Woes?

After what has been some good news on the Sony front (the announcement that 27 PS3 games would be on-hand at TGS), it appears that Sony is in for some more pain, this time in the form of analyst doubts. Specifically, Mitsubishi UJF Securities of Japan has dropped Sony's rating from a 3 to a 2, predicting that Sony's 6 million PS3s sold mark will miss - by about 3 million consoles. As a result, they will only have sold 3 million consoles by the end of this fiscal year, March 31st, 2007. This has resulted in Sony's stock taking a stumble, dropping 3.1% to $44.42 USD.

The Most Affordable Vertu Fashion Phone

The Most Affordable Vertu Fashion Phone

Are your eyes set on a Vertu phone, but your bank account is about five or six zeros short?  Constellation is a new line of fashion phones, getting its name from Lockheed airplane.  The series consist of three different handsets with exactly the same spec and features.  However, they differ in weight and material.  The body of fancier of the three is made from 18-carat gold, while the other two models are made of polished and satin steel.  The back is covered with stylish leather, offered in a variety of colors.  If you like, you can custom order the keypad to be made from fluorescent ceramics.

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Ricoh R5 Caplio Digital Camera with 7-megapixel and 7x Zoom

Ricoh R5 Caplio Digital Camera with 7-megapixel and 7x Zoom

The new Caplio R5 digital camera features a 7.1x optical wide zoon lens, CCD-shift image stabilization and a broad new image-processing engine.  The new Smooth Imaging Engine II should reduce noise, improve performance, and yield a higher sensitivity of ISO1600 at full resolution.  There’s also the standard 2.5-inch LCD display, improved battery life VGA 30fps video recording at 640x480 resolution, and vibration correction function that should improve the quality of the images.  There’s no support for SDHC.  The Caplio R5 is only available in Japan for $350.

Press Release [via DPReview]

Rebranding’s a gas

Rebranding’s a gas

I like cars, but I'm certainly no mechanic.  So all I really know about fuel is that higher RON = better performance.  No bad thing!

Now Shell have rebranded and tweaked their Optimax fuel - it's up from 98 to 99 RON, and is called V-Power.  Frankly the name doesn't appeal and I preferred it called Optimax, but when I think about the clumsy mixture of "optimum" and "maximum" in that I cringe anyway, so perhaps I'm just a name snob.

Anyway, it'll be priced higher than regular fuel and hopefully help you coax out an extra few bhp from whatever engine you're running.  I'll give it a try and see how it goes...

V-Power [Shell]

Daily Wrap-up for 08/24/2006

Daily Wrap-up for 08/24/2006

We issued the first ever apology. We scored three new images of the antennae-less Treo, Nikon dropped 5 new COOLPIX while Canon launched 3 new PowerShot and the Digital Rebel XTi SLR, Onyx, Coral Pink DS Lite is official, super big case mod, Bose announced two new upgrades, TiVo HD coming soon, Apple forced to recall Sony-made batteries and my favorite is the transparent garage. It was a really good day for news; I hope you enjoyed reading them.

I like the really cool Mobile House, reviews of toilet seats, MobiBLU Boxon tiny media player, and speaking of digital audio player – Apple still have yet to release a pink iPod nano. Don’t they know pink on anything is hot? Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, a re-branded Xbox 360 controller that will work with Xbox 360s and PCs. EasyBox set-top box for Swiss Chalet, Hello Kitty iPod cases, Griffin FireWave Mac Surround Sound Device, Toshiba Dynabook SS S30 boasts 9 hours of battery life, then there’s the new Microsoft and Razer Gaming Mouse.

The hundred-plus-dollar laptop has an official name - called the CM1. What a great concept.

See Through Concept Designer Garage for the Super Rich

See Through Concept Designer Garage for the Super Rich

When money is no object, a $210,000 transparent concrete garage, created by architects Neutral is a must have.  Picture yourself as a $1M Sportscar, would rather parked inside a regular garage or a showroom like garage? The best feature of the “Designer Garage” is having the option to flip a switch and the polycarbonate based LCD layers turn opaque electronically.

The “Designer Garage” can also be used as an office, playroom, or bedroom.  Wow.

Official Apple Recall of 1.1 Million Sony-made Batteries

Official Apple Recall of 1.1 Million Sony-made Batteries

Life can’t be easy for poor Sony this year. There’s been a lot of PS3’s bad press and now these batteries recall from Dell and Apple. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission forced Apple’s hand to launch the recall. There are well over 1.1 million Sony-made batteries affected, and this count is only in the US.

Name of Product: Rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain previous iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers only.
Units: About 1.1 million battery packs (an additional 700,000 battery packs were sold outside the U.S.)

Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan

Computer Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc., of Cupertino, Calif.

Hazard: These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.

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Canon Announced the PowerShot A710 IS, A640 and A630

Canon Announced the PowerShot A710 IS, A640 and A630

Earlier today, Nikon dropped five COOLPIX point-and-shoot digital cameras; now Canon fired back with the BIG dog EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR and three new PowerShot digital cameras.

The first new PowerShot A710 IS feature 7.1-megapixel, the A630 is 8-megapixel, and A640 is 10-megapixel.  All three cameras have the same 2.5-inch LCDs, nine-point AiAF “Smart” autofocus system, manage SDHC, capable of recording VGA movies with sound at 30 second frames per second for up to 36 minutes per clip, yet they also vary in other features.

The A710 IS feature Canon’s proprietary Image Stabilizer Technology, making it the first A-Series model to have image stabilization.  However, the PowerShot A630 and A640 are equipped with high resolution CCDs, with a high-quality Canon 4x Optical Zoom lens, an optical viewfinder, and a 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen.

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