Archive for Aug 24, 2006

Onyx, Coral Pink DS Lites Announced

Onyx, Coral Pink DS Lites Announced

If you're an early Nintendo DS Lite adopter, like me, this announcement is probably going to make you very, very angry. Nintendo has announced that, starting September 13th, the DS Lite will be available to US buyers in both black (hereby known as "Onyx") and pink (referred to as "Coral Pink") in addition to the already-available Polar White DS Lite. So, now your DS Lite can look as good (if not better) than your PlayStation Portable AND have a better game library to boot.

Nikon Drops Five COOLPIX Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

Nikon Drops Five COOLPIX Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

First up is the COOLPIX S10 (on the right), featuring a 6.0-megapixels with 10x optical zoom, pre-loaded video and image editing software, 2.5-inch LCD with swivel, 16MB of memory and Vibration Reduction. There’s no mentioning of a memory expansion slot, which is highly odd since the 16MB of onboard memory is hardly enough for no more than a couple of shots. I had to dig around a little to confirm that the S10 does support SD card. Available in September for $399.95

Second is the COOLPIX L5 (on the left) featuring a 7.2-megapixels with 5x optical zoom. There’s the standard SD memory slot and Vibration Reduction, priced at $299.95.

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Bose Announces New Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 4

Bose Announces New Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 4

Bose is shipping the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 5 on September 7.  The Wave II is listed at $1079, while the Companion 5 will cost $399.  The Wave II features a CD player, and FM/AM tuner, two strong tweeters, a 4.5-inch low-frequency driver linked to 80-inch tube called waveguide.  There’s even an easy option for you to connect the iPod (with remote-controller) and a five-CD changer to the system.  You get all these new features for the same price of the previous model.  The second announcement is the Companion 5, which is a pair of small satellites and a Bose Acoustimass subwoofer.  This new system is ideal for connecting your laptop or pc through the USB.

Bose Makes Waves With New Speaker Sets [via Gizmowatch]

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.

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.

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 ☺.

Read [via Crunch Gear]