Archive for Nov 28, 2008

Nikon D3x 24-5MP DSLR exposed in official magazine

Nikon D3x 24-5MP DSLR exposed in official magazine

Nikon have revealed their new D3x DSLR camera, and chosen a somewhat old-skool way to do so: their print magazine, Nikon Pro.  The 24.5-megapixel, FX-format camera is capable of 5fps at full resolution or 10-megapixel shots at up to 7fps.  However there aren't the huge leaps in specification or capabilities that many would-be owners were hoping for.

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Meizu M8 unboxed

Meizu M8 unboxed

Meizu's M8 cellphone is growing to be something of a legend: ostensibly an iPhone clone, a fact hotly disputed by Meizu themselves, its arduous journey to market has taken the best part of a year.  Now, PConline have unboxed what we're told is the final retail packaging, in preparation for the M8's mass production on December 8th.

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Samsung Omnia on Verizon Review

Samsung Omnia on Verizon Review

We have been waiting a long time to get our hands on a US-spec version of the Samsung Omnia and finally the time has come. Verizon Wireless was the lucky carrier to get the smartphone, complete with fresh compatibility with EVDO Rev.A. Very similar to the Samsung Behold, the Omnia runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with the familiar TouchWiz interface. SlashGear had the chance to see just how well the Samsung Omnia holds up to all the hype.

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Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

It's not currently bigger than Buffalo's TeraStation Pro, but with a little fettling the Princeton DN-503AH-PDC NAS certainly could be.  Packing five 1TB hard-drives, it has a total capacity of 5TB; that's one down on the 6TB TeraStation Pro, but since that NAS has only four bays to the Princeton's five it has to rely on larger 1.5TB HDDs.  Switch the DN-503AH-PDC's discs for 1.5TB versions and you'd have 7.5TB capacity, which is perhaps the largest we've seen on a small-business backup device.

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Nokia Home Control Center wireless smart-home system announced

Nokia Home Control Center wireless smart-home system announced

Nokia has unveiled a cellphone-controlled "smart home" platform that will use Z-Wave and ZigBee enabled devices and a specially adapted WiFi draft-n gateway.  Nokia Home Control Center is being described as an "open platform" combining sensors, CCTV, wireless networks and mobile devices, usable both inside the home as well as remotely via any device with a web browser.  The first products will concentrate on home heating management.

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Xbox 360 Jasper 65nm consoles reaching market

Xbox 360 Jasper 65nm consoles reaching market

Microsoft's updated Xbox 360 consoles using "Jasper" 65nm process GPU chips are believed to be finally shipping.  Initially expected in August, the freshly fettled console - which requires less power and, it's hoped, offers more reliability - has been identified via its new power supply, with a different connector and reduced output (down 25W to 150W).

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Apple US Black Friday sale starts

Apple US Black Friday sale starts

Apple's US online store has just gone live with the company's Black Friday sale, and while there's no outrageous bargains to be had - not that they were ever likely - there are still discounts in just about every range.  Typical cuts include $101 off the new 13-inch late-2008 model MacBook, up to $101 off the iMac desktop, and $11 off an 8GB or 16GB iPod nano.

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Fujitsu AMILO Sa 3650 ultraportable with external GraphicBooster video card

Fujitsu AMILO Sa 3650 ultraportable with external GraphicBooster video card

Fujitsu have announced their latest ultraportable, the 13.3-inch AMILO Notebook Sa 3650, and its external video companion, the AMILO GraphicBooster.  Offering up to 470-percent increased graphics performance, the GraphicBooster is an external ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics card with 512MB memory, DVI-I and HDMI outputs, and two USB 2.0 connections.

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Dual-core VIA Nano mobile CPU shipping June 2010

Dual-core VIA Nano mobile CPU shipping June 2010

Details of VIA's upcoming mobile processor lineup have emerged, courtesy of a leaked roadmap slide.  The document details not only the 65nm VIA Nano-E, which will begin mass production in June 2009, but a dual-core Nano built with a new (i.e. smaller) process technology and set to reach the market from around June 2010. 

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Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

It's Thanksgiving today, and the SlashGear team will be taking a break to enjoy the day with family and friends.  We'd like to say a big collective "thank you!" to all of the manufacturers, PR people and, most of all, you the readers, for keeping us informed, keeping us on our toes, and keeping yourselves opinionated!  I've also been asking the team what they'd individually like to give thanks for; Vincent's you can see here, the rest are behind the cut.

 

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Xbox Live Marketplace to have Black Friday sale

Xbox Live Marketplace to have Black Friday sale

Even the Xbox Live Marketplace is getting in on the post-Thanksgiving sale madness. In fact, they've just posted up some great price reductions on some pretty cool arcade games and add-ons for some of your favorite current games.

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Orange set to offer HD Voice technology next year

Orange set to offer HD Voice technology next year

Orange, a popular wireless provider in France, announced yesterday that they plan to introduce an HD Voice technology in order to improve user's call experiences and to make for improved voice clarity.

Announced at the La Collection show in Paris, the HD Voice technology would come in the form of software. It will actually be included in some Orange handsets starting in December. Specifically, it will help limit background noise and amp up the device's ability to transmit the sound of the human voice.

By using an Adaptive Multi Rate-WideBand (AMR-WB) codec, Orange will be able to improve voice quality, but the improvements will only be detectable in handsets that have the supporting software. However, HD Voice handsets will still be able to hear those they converse with on non-HD handsets more clearly.

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