Archive for May, 2007

CyberTouch touchscreen display grows up

CyberTouch touchscreen display grows up

Last October they had 32-inches, now they have 42.  CyberTouch are growing their Orion touchscreens faster than my credit card bill, and their latest is again a beautiful LG LCD panel with a passive USB or serial touch-sensitive layer strapped to it.

Billed as a good information kiosk tool or museum guide, it's one of those price-on-application things which you just know is going to be expensive.  Still, since the 32-incher was over $4k last year, we can only assume this one will be more.

CyberTouch [via Press Release]

Limited Edition GeForce card hits water-cooled high

Limited Edition GeForce card hits water-cooled high

The only reason I upgraded from on-board graphics was because I wanted to run dual displays, so the idea of spending $899.99 on a high-end card makes my stomach do a backflip of disbelief.  Still, people laughed at me when I spent thousands on Michael Jackson's first nose, but I still think it's the best investment I ever made.  Anyway, your nine-hundred bucks gets you EVGA's 8800 Ultra Black Pearl edition, a stonking water-cooled PCI-E card with a core speed of 655MHz and 768MB of DDR3 memory.

 

WSJ: D5 Morning Session

WSJ: D5 Morning Session

The morning session over and I've got a little time before I meet with Palm, so I'll sum up the morning events. They kicked things off with a social breakfast, then they jumped right into the good stuff when Steve Ballmer took the stage.

Mossberg got some good shots in like asking why Vista took 5 years to get out. In a way, Ballmer admitted to making mistakes with Vista along the way. They tried to do too much at once and it got out of hand.

Of course you can't forget about the Zune, as it turns out, Microsoft has no plans to ever build their own factories to produce them. He calls the hardware just a method of delivering services. A very interesting point of view I think. He does promise that something new and better will be out in time for Christmas, so we'll keep our eyes out for that.

A slab of the sixties brought bang up to date

A slab of the sixties brought bang up to date

Okay, so the name is on the crummy side of kitsch, but if you've fond memories of jiving round the jukebox (or just Fonz memories of Happy Days) and have a spare $7,295 lying around to splash on a hard-drive based audio player, then Rock-Ola's Nostalgia Music Center might be the gaudy thing for you.

 

YouTube on Apple TV!

YouTube on Apple TV!

Steve Jobs was going to wait a few weeks to announce this, but since it’s D5 with Walt Mossberg, he decided to spill the beans that you can now enjoy YouTube on Apple TV right in your living room.  How sweet is that?

Jobs also revealed that a 160GB hard-drive will now be an official option, so potential owners can put down their screwdrivers and relax.

7-megapixel Digital Camera hits budget price

7-megapixel Digital Camera hits budget price

I remember when you were lucky to get a single-pixel digital camera for eight thousand dollars; now "market forces" (which I've never really believed in anyway) have driven prices down to hitherto unimaginable levels.  DXG, a US firm, is releasing a 7-megapixel camera that measures under an inch thick and doesn't rely on interpolation to get that figure.

 

SlashGear Video: Palm Foleo

SlashGear Video: Palm Foleo

For all my initial misgivings, the Palm Foleo seems to be a pretty gorgeous device. I guess we'll have to wait and see what exactly can be run on the new Linux-based OS.

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SlashGear Photos: Palm’s Foleo companion device

SlashGear Photos: Palm’s Foleo companion device

Forgive me, but isn't the Treo supposed to be Palm's answer to mobile email? I only ask, because the company's announcement today - that they're bringing out a compact Linux powered "smartphone companion" called Foleo, which links by Bluetooth to your existing handset and uses its connectivity with a larger, 10-inch display and full keyboard - and Palm President Ed Colligan's previous comments on the device (that "it starts today with a focus on wireless email, and we expect the Foleo to grow in features and expand its capabilities as the platform grows") seem to overlap pretty strongly with the existing product line. Still, I'm a sucker for a new toy, so let's look at just what Folio is bringing to the table.

BlackBerry Curve from AT&T Available Starting Tomorrow

BlackBerry Curve from AT&T Available Starting Tomorrow

AT&T is announcing today that the eagerly anticipated BlackBerry Curve will be available in stores, online and through the various B2B channels beginning tomorrow (Thursday, 5/31) for as low as $199.99 (with a 2-year contract and mail-in rebates).

The Curve exclusive in the U.S. for AT&T and includes such AT&T-specific services as AT&T Music, Push to Talk and TeleNav Maps. This device also operates within the broadest domestic and international coverage area for BlackBerry services of any U.S.carrier.

The BlackBerry Curve measures just 4.2” x 2.4” x 0.6”, weighs approximately 3.9 oz., featuring a 2-megapixel camera with zoom, enhanced media player, new desktop media manager, microSD expandable memory slot and spell checker for e-mail.
Check back for SlashGear's review of the  BlackBerry Curve sometime next week!

The Cobb Portable BBQ Grill

The Cobb Portable BBQ Grill

Don’t quite need a full-size grill? This Cobb Portable BBQ Grill might be just the thing for you, especially if you are stuck in an apartment.

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