Archive for Oct 28, 2008

New Firmware 1.0.3 fixes Canon EOS 50D’s Err99

Like the infamous Windows’s BSOD, Err99 is Canon’s DSLR dreaded error code for general operation failure. Whenever that’s a contact issue between lenses and body, bad battery, defective storage card or any ill exception to camera operation, the body will lock up and throw a catch-all error code of 99. No blue screen of death but the user has to remove and reinsert battery to get the camera up and running again once the error occurred. If you google err99, there are endless results of problems and suggested solutions to the must-distressed issue.

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Sony Rolly SEP-50BT dancing PMP robot gets Bluetooth remote control

Sony Rolly SEP-50BT dancing PMP robot gets Bluetooth remote control

Relatively pointless, underspecified in key areas like storage, and in today's economic climate a needless luxury; all criticisms that could fairly be aimed at the Sony Rolly, and yet people keep buying them.  Latest update to the dancing, spinning, flashing and flapping PMP is the ability to control it via Bluetooth: the Sony Rolly SEP-50BT has just 2GB of onboard storage and a 5hr battery life, but now you can use your cellphone or Bluetooth-enabled PC to trundle it about.

Video demo of the Sony Rolly SEP-50BT after the cut

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BlackBerry Bold costs RIM just $169 to build

Hot on the heels of Best Buy’s BlackBerry Bold pricing comes word that the handset costs just $169 to manufacture.  Analysts iSuppli have calculated that RIM pay a combination of $158.16 for materials and $11.25 in build costs to create the smartphone that, unsubsidized, retails at $659.99. 

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Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Backup isn't generally seen as glamorous, and the Iomega StorCenter ix2 is unlikely to change that perception. A sober gray box, the ix2 is as compact as dual 3.5-inch SATA-II hard-drives will let it be. However inside there lurks an iTunes-compatible media server, printer sharing facility and optional CCTV recording and Bluetooth file transfers, all for a competitive entry price. Can the StorCenter ix2's hidden charms change our mind about the unbearable dullness of archiving?

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Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix have announced their latest NAS device, the MvixBOX WDN-2000 2-Bay Ultra Performance NAS/Media Server, complete with remote file access, bittorrent downloads, dynamic website hosting and data backup. Capable of holding two SATA drives of up to 1.5TB capacity each, the MvixBOX has gigabit connectivity and will ship in a drive-free state for users to add their own storage.

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VIA VB8001 Mini-ITX board with Nano processor

VIA VB8001 Mini-ITX board with Nano processor

VIA have taken the wraps off of their first Mini-ITX board to use the company's Nano processor, the replacement to the low-power C7-M.  The VIA VB8001 board features the 1.6GHz processor itself, support for up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit ethernet and two SATA ports.  There's also a mini-PC slot for adding wireless broadband cards. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e with QuickStart instant-on OS

Lenovo IdeaPad S10e with QuickStart instant-on OS

Lenovo have partnered with DeviceVM to put the SplashTop instant-on OS onto a new version of the company's netbook.  The IdeaPad S10e will offer the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU as other S10 netbooks from Lenovo, but it will boot within seconds into the "Lenovo QuickStart" OS with access to the internet and media.

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Facebook cellphone tease campaign from UK carrier Three

Facebook cellphone tease campaign from UK carrier Three

UK carrier Three have begun a teaser campaign for what they're calling a "revolution" in mobile Facebook access.  Set to be announced on November 13th, Three believe the new handset "will change the way you use Facebook on your phone"; however they give no other details.

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Sanyo ALBO Home Network Viewer 7-inch WiFi photo frame

Sanyo ALBO Home Network Viewer 7-inch WiFi photo frame

Another day, another set of tiny desktop LCDs that most of us can't buy.  Akihabara have been playing with Sanyo's ALBO Home Network Viewer, a 7-inch 800 x 480 LCD with integrated WiFi b/g, memory card slots and infrared receiver.  It also automatically flips from portrait to landscape when you physically rotate the display.

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Acer Aspire One A150 in black with 6-cell battery

Acer Aspire One A150 in black with 6-cell battery

Photos of a black Acer Aspire One with a 6-cell battery pack have emerged, believed to be the Aspire One A150.  The photos are by Flickr user unten44; specifications of the netbook are in keeping with the current Aspire One netbook range, with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive.  In fact, the only key difference other than the case color is the battery life, which Acer rate for up to 6hrs use.

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Sony PSP-3000 Ratchet & Clank bundle only way to get new console

Sony PSP-3000 Ratchet & Clank bundle only way to get new console

Sony have decided that, for the moment at least, the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle will be the only way that gamers can buy the new PSP-3000 with its updated screen and integrated microphone.  That means that the PSP Entertainment Pack, which was set to offer the PSP-3000 together with a 4GB memory stick and no included title, has been axed.

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Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos have released their first official app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which adds controller functionality to the touchscreen devices and allows them to manage the company's networked audio players.  The software, which is a free download through the AppStore, brings not only the full functionality from the official Sonos controller but adds touch-control and text-driven media searching. 

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