Archive for January, 2009

Next-gen iPhone mentioned in 2.2.1 firmware; prototypes already in wild?

Next-gen iPhone mentioned in 2.2.1 firmware; prototypes already in wild?

The latest iPhone firmware update, version 2.2.1, contains references to a hitherto unknown iPhone model number, which has led many to suspect that Apple is planning a significant hardware revision.  The new code - "iPhone2,1" - differs from the first and second generation handsets, which were known respectively as "iPhone1,1" and "iPhone1,2"; it can be found in the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist in an unencrypted firmware.

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Digital TV delay bill rejected by House: Switchover still on for Feb 17th

Digital TV delay bill rejected by House: Switchover still on for Feb 17th

Despite an assumption by many that the DTV switchover bill recently passed by the US Senate was a done-deal, Republican opposition in the House of Representatives has blocked its passing.  The bill, which sought to postpone the switching off of analog TV in the US from February 17th to June 12th, failed to secure the two-thirds support in the House necessary for its approval.  Current estimates suggest that around 6.5m households are unprepared for the switchover, which will see older TVs requiring digital convertor boxes in order to continue receiving broadcasts.

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Sidekick LX 2009 details emerge?

Sidekick LX 2009 details emerge?

A leaked document purporting to detail the Sidekick LX 2009 has appeared in an online survey.  According to the image, the Sidekick LX 2009 will add 3G for high-speed internet access, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and video recording, and YouTube mobile access via the handset's browser.  It will of course keep the traditional Sidekick full QWERTY keyboard, together with a slide-up 3.2-inch WVGA display running at 854 x 480 resolution.

Full-sized image and some cleaned-up shots of the Sidekick LX 2009 itself after the cut

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Hitachi 3LCD SVGA+ projector CP-SC635 offers 4000 ANSI lumen

Hitachi 3LCD SVGA+ projector CP-SC635 offers 4000 ANSI lumen

The Hitachi Business groups has let loose of an industry-grade projector with ANSI lumen rating of 4000. The 3LCD CP-SC635 sports a 4:3, natively SVGA+ (1400x1050) resolution screen panel with durable inorganic, and is able to resolve resolutions of up to 1600x1200. Also, Its HDMI connectivity allows HD video formats feed of up to 1080p at 60hz.

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Scosche intros showTIME, basic AV cable for your iPod or Iphone

Scosche intros showTIME, basic AV cable for your iPod or Iphone

Some of your Apple multimedia handhelds may have lower native resolution display than your DVD video, but its supported video outputs reach 480 displayed horizontal lines of resolution, and that’s plenty to display yours shared photos or family videos on the big screen with decent quality. If you don’t have the multimedia dock with video connectivity, Scosche’s showTIME got what your need to get them media files feed on your TV.

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Hacked Nikon D700 captures video

Hacked Nikon D700 captures video

We know the Nikon D90 shoots HD format video at 720P but the rest of the DSLR members don’t, but there’s a hack enabling Nikon DSLR Live View motion images to be captured in PC. With little twist and work in manufacturer's supplied SDK, programmer has found way to record live feed via USB, and the good news is, it could work for other Nikon DSLR with live view such as D3 and D300.

[samples of video capture after the cut]

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Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung made a great first-impression with its debut to the netbook sector: the NC10 won praise both for its excellent keyboard and lengthy battery life.  So there's plenty for its sequel, the Samsung NC20, to live up to.  Ukrainian site gagadget have managed to acquire an NC20 of their own, and have been testing out how the switch to VIA's Nano U225 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics impact on performance.

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Vuzix iWear AV230XL Video Headset: SlashGear Review

Vuzix iWear AV230XL Video Headset: SlashGear Review

Head-mounted displays are one of those great ideas that, in practice, few people actually go for.  Yes, having the effect of a full-sized TV with the bulk (and cost) of a set of chunky designer sunglasses is good in theory, but the look can put people off.  Vuzix sent us their OLED-toting iWear AV230XL headset, which promises the experience of watching a 44-inch screen from nine feet away.  Big-screen or big-letdown?  SlashGear set to finding out.

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Store Leak hints Canon Mark III N coming to PMA 2009

Store Leak hints Canon Mark III N coming to PMA 2009

A recent German store catalog has slipped though a photography community forum and the screen shot of it indicated an EOS-1D Mark III N listed in the store inventory system. There weren’t any technical details to support the claim but a price tag of 4,250 Euros ($5,637) with the associated model. Could it be true? Will we see this overdue Mark III N in the upcoming PMA 2009 this March?

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