Archive for Aug 28, 2008

T-Mobile Germany to sell 3G Asus Eee PC 901

T-Mobile Germany are preparing to sell a version of the ASUS Eee PC 901 with integrated 3G mobile broadband.  The Eee PC 901 GO will include an unspecified GSM 3G card and an "ASUS Connection Manager" that the carrier developed in partnership with ASUS themselves.

Ultrasone PRO 900 $599 headphones with S-Logic Plus

German audiophile headphone manufacturer Ultrasone has announced the PRO 900, its first headphones with S-Logic Plus technology.  S-Logic apparently reduces sound pressure on the listener's ear drums, as well as improving tonal perception.  The PRO 900's also have 40mm titan-plated drivers, with a 6Hz to 42kHz frequency range.

Android Market announced: Google’s own App Store

Google have announced their rival to Apple's App Store, the Android Market.  Intended to allow users of Android-based devices - whether cellphones or otherwise - to download new apps and other software directly to the handset, Google have confirmed that a beta version of the service will be present on the first commercially available Android cellphones.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless network music player

Logitech have introduced the Squeezebox Boom, in effect the company's Squeezebox network music player with built-in amplification and speakers.  Setup is straightforward - plug into the mains, enter your WiFi password - and then you have the pleasure of bi-amped 3-inch woofers and 3/4-inch tweeters (with a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter behind the scenes) to enjoy either music stored elsewhere on your network or streaming from Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius.

Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray player with HQV Processing

Samsung has announced its fifth-generation Blu-ray player, the BD-P2500, capable of 1080p high-definition from Blu-ray media as well as upscaling standard definition DVDs.  Supporting BD Live (Profile 2.0) and Bonus View (Profile 1.1), the BD-P2500 also has Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing, xvYCC Deep Color support and a 24fps film mode.


Apple Multi-Touch Patent suggests next-gen MacBook Tablet interface

Updated Apple patents documenting how the company envisages larger-scale multitouch displays reacting to all fingers of both of a user's hands have added further fuel to the suspicion that a MacBook Tablet is in development.  The patent, 52 pages in length, suggests a full-touchscreen Mac Tablet with window-based GUI as in OS X; controls would adapt to finger input, expanding to avoid accidental overlap presses, horizontal, vertical or circular scrolling would be supported, and a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard provided.

Samsung X360 ultraportable takes on Apple, Lenovo, everyone else

Samsung has revealed a new ultraportable notebook, the X360, which the company is describing as "lighter than air".  They actually mean "lighter than Air", as the X360 comes in 3oz lighter than Apple's ultraportable.  Under the hood lies a Centrino 2 ULV processor, 1GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB) and a choice of 64GB or 128GB SSD, or 5,400RPM 120GB HDD.  Screen size is 13.3-inches, LED-backlit and running at 1280 x 800.

JVC Everio HD camcorders at IFA 2008

Milena grabbed some hands-on time with JVC's latest high-definition Everio camcorders at IFA 2008 today, together with the easy-archiving Share Station VD50.  The HD30 and HD40 are both hard-drive based, with 80GB and 120GB respectively, as well as having a microSDHC slot for memory expansion.

TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it.  The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom's IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.

Sony KDL-40ZX1: 9.9mm thick LCD HDTV

If plasma isn't your preference, then how about Sony's 9.9mm LCD HDTV.  The KDL-40ZX1 is 40-inches of LED-backlit super-skinny, with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 120Hz MotionFlow, x.v.Color and Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2 image processing.  Best of all, this is no concept - it goes on sale in Japan on November 10th.

Panasonic 24.7mm-thick Plasma HDTVs

Panasonic has obviously been encouraging its VIERA plasma HDTV range to hit the gym, as the company showed up at IFA 2008 with two new prototypes measuring just 24.7mm deep.  The screens, in 50, 58 and 60-inch sizes, are a mere quarter of the thickness of current Panasonic plasmas.

LG BD300 for Europe: no Netflix but still 1080p

LG have been showing off their BD300 Blu-ray player at IFA 2008, and while the US version includes Netflix movie downloads the company has made no comment about the possibility of streaming media or IPTV for the European version.  Instead they're boasting about the "advanced viewing experience", with BD-Live, 1080p full High Definition and the ability to playback Blu-ray discs, DVDs and DivX movies.


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