Archive for Jan 23, 2009

Pentax White K2000 DSLR kits gets price and out for pre-order

Pentax White K2000 DSLR kits gets price and out for pre-order

A white finish DSLR is not my favorite cup of tea, though I do own a few white optics from Canon, but I can’t say the same for millions other Pentax photographers, or it’s only thousands left these days? Back in December, Pentax surprised the photography communities with the announcement of a white-alternate K2000 bundled with two zoom lenses kit, but left the guessing works on pricing information; today, they have made it available.

HP MediaSmart Home Server gets new software update

HP MediaSmart Home Server gets new software update

We got our share of HP second-gen MediaSmart Home Server less than a month ago. In our test, the impressing media tools were straightforward, offered a cleverly designed software package that allowed a simple yet effective digital media backup, remote access and files sharing solutions for regular Joes. The features didn’t stop there, HP has recently updated its MediaSmart Home server, released a new HPMSS-1.3-R1 system software to further improve performance, add new feature and correct mirror errors.

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Ex-Apple PR delivers Palm’s IP response

Ex-Apple PR delivers Palm’s IP response

Palm's response to Apple today was notable for a few reasons.  The obvious was their no-blink attitude, facing up to notoriously-litigious Apple and, in effect, telling them to put their lawsuit money where their IP mouth is.  Less obvious, but a whole lot more amusing, is Palm's choice of spokesperson: Lynn Fox, currently vice-president of public relations at Palm, and formerly head of Mac PR at Apple.

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IDAPT i2 and i3 Universal Chargers

IDAPT i2 and i3 Universal Chargers

Universal chargers usually look like complicated octopus creatures, with multiple proprietary tips dangling off a cluster of cables, or maybe a single box and a bag of easy-to-lose adapters, but IDAPT's solution is bit more sturdy.  Saying that, the i2 and i3 Universal Chargers also require a bit more room, being intended for table-top rather than travel use.  Interchangeable plugs slot into the base plate, letting you centralise your commonly-used gadgets.

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Samsung reports $16m in last financial quarter; first loss since 2000

Samsung reports $16m in last financial quarter; first loss since 2000

Samsung have announced their Q4 and full 2008 financial results, and for the first time since 2000 the company has posted a net loss.  Larger than expected losses in the Samsung's chip unit - a full 14-percent loss, in fact - helped push the quarterly operating loss to $682 million.  Net losses for the same period reached 22.2 billion won ($16m), down from profits of 2.21 trillion won ($1.59bn) in Q4 2007 and 1.22 trillion won ($877m) in Q3 2008.

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Nokia shipped 500k 5800 ‘Tube’ phones in last 30 days [Updated]

Nokia shipped 500k 5800 ‘Tube’ phones in last 30 days [Updated]

It's obviously not just Londoners who fancy some Nokia 'Tube' action: according to company CEO, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo, over half a million Nokia 5800 handsets have been shipped in the last 30 days.  Not bad at all, when you consider that the touchscreen XpressMusic handset was only available in "limited markets", and enough to make Kallasvuo believe that "the Nokia 5800 has the potential to become our highest revenue and gross margin generating device in a fairly short order."

Update: Nokia have just issued a release saying that one million 5800 handsets have now shipped.  Remember, that doesn't mean devices sold, just in circulation among consumers, stores and suppliers.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 arriving early: Video Unboxing

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 arriving early: Video Unboxing

T-Mobile announced the BlackBerry Curve 8900 at the beginning of the month, and promised delivery in February.  Someone obviously hasn't told the carrier's warehouse staff that, though, as reports are coming in of premature arrivals well in advance of the predicted February 11th release date. One of those arrivals has been caught on camera, so if you're curious as to what comes in the box and how T-Mobile have packaged it, you'll want to see this video unboxing.

Check out the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 unboxing video after the cut

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LG X110 netbook reviewed: integrated 3G handy, but it’ll cost you

LG X110 netbook reviewed: integrated 3G handy, but it’ll cost you

The LG X110 is, under its pleasant casing, basically an MSI Wind.  What LG throw into the mix is integrated 3G, and it's that which singles the netbook out in Register Hardware's review.  The 10-inch X110 has the usual Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive; it's also available free, if you sign up with one of a number of mobile broadband contracts in the UK.

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Palm squares up to Apple over IP legal threats

Palm squares up to Apple over IP legal threats

If Apple expected Palm to blush, make half-hearted excuses and whip the Pre back under the table, they've a cold hard shock coming this morning.  Delivering the much-anticipated response to Apple COO Tim Cook's legal warnings over potentially infringed intellectual property, Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox described her company as "confident" that they had the tools, "robust patent portfolio" and "long history of innovation" to defend themselves.

Full Palm legal statement after the cut

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