Archive for January, 2009

Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

An estimated 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 of them die of the illness. In support of the fight against the deathly disease; Virgin Mobile, LG and Best Buy are teaming up to raise awareness by donating 5 dollars from sale of each special edition LG Pink Flare to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The limited edition LG Pink Flare mobile handheld is only available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide. For a mere $29,99, you get a Bluetooth, WAP browser and a dual color display speakerphone clamshell phone in a pink outfit; and show solidarity to the noble cause as nearly 17% of the sales will go to the foundation.

Additionally, the phone service carrier, Virgin Mobile USA, is committing to contribute a minimum of $150,000 to the cause.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile Initial Impressions

BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile Initial Impressions

With the arguments over the BlackBerry Storm (review part 1 & 2)still raging, it's going to take a solid, dependable smartphone from RIM to settle some users down.  The BlackBerry Curve 8900 on T-Mobile might just be that device: a more traditional full-QWERTY form-factor than some of RIM's recent diversions, SlashGear has been spending some time with a pre-release 8900 and have some first-impressions in advance of our full review.

As looks go, the 8900 doesn't break any new ground for RIM.  Happily, the Curve family has always been blessed with handsome looks and sturdy build, and this latest device is no different.  Solid and tough, it's also surprisingly light and compact, nestling well in the hand.  The display is amazingly crisp, an area which RIM have been excelling in recently with both the Bold and the Storm, and the latest BlackBerry OS 4.61.114 does its usual job of making the majority of functions available from the first level of menus.  The keyboard, while not as aesthetically pleasing as that of the Bold, is responsive and highly usable, with just the right amount of key spacing (in fact some of us prefer it over the Bold) and clickiness.

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Panasonic ToughBook 19/30′s upgrades now available for US

Panasonic ToughBook 19/30′s upgrades now available for US

Last week we reported couple of upgraded Toughbook CF19 and CF-30 were spotted at Panasonic, Japanese site. Today, announcement of similar units are made available for US consumers. As reported, both models are now sharing an ultra high luminance 1000 nit LCDs (previously not available for CF-19), and have gotten better anti-glare and anti-reflective treatments, with circular polarization technology incorporated into the screen to improve outdoor usages, and many hardware updates that worth the wait.

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BenQ’s GP1 compact projector featured PhlatLight LEDs technology

BenQ’s GP1 compact projector featured PhlatLight LEDs technology

While visiting CES 2009, the folks from Luminus gave me a short 5 minutes walk-though on their PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. I was more impressed with water-cooled Chi Lin and Vivitek full-feature projectors; but after a second look on the mini-projectors’ throwing images, I have to say the composes of three individual LED chips were not joke when it came to brightness and color reproduction. It can throw 100 of lumen and claim 20k hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than my home projector. If you want to give it spin, BenQ has recently announced the availability of GP1 Pocket Projector, which incorporated Luminous PhlatLight’s PT-39 chipset and Texas Instruments DLP technology to produce the on-the-go mobile beamer at its best.

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Sony Eco TV gets tested in Japan, 40% power reduction reached

Sony Eco TV gets tested in Japan, 40% power reduction reached

Coming this summer of 2009, Sony will release a series of Bravia Eco TV in the range 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch widescreen displays, which utilize a presence sensor-based function and a higher luminous efficiency HCFL light source at deduced size, to cut down power consumption as low as 40%. The same technology, were in fact, being used at current V5 series TV lineup, and the folks at Nikkie were invited to examine its features and effectiveness in dealing with the power saving modes.

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Samsung AnyCall Show Pico-Projector phone gets video demo

Samsung AnyCall Show Pico-Projector phone gets video demo

Samsung's AnyCall Show pico-projector phone was one of the surprise hits at CES earlier this month, blowing us away with the image quality possible from a TI projector hidden inside a touchscreen 3G smartphone.  Back then, we knew it would be going to South Korea before the rest of us would get a sniff at it, but PopSci have cranked up the envy factor with a hands-on video demo of the AnyCall Show in action.

Check out the video demo of the pico-projector smartphone after the cut

Quake on Bug Labs BUG modular computer: Video Demo

Quake on Bug Labs BUG modular computer: Video Demo

Call it a rite of passage, call it a gadget's first milestone, there's something special about the first time you get Quake running on a new consumer electronics device.  Next in line to get some first-person shooter action is the Bug Labs BUG, the modular "Lego for geeks", with full support for joystick controls, audio and a decent frame-rate - and, if you've got two BUGview screens, you can even have a dual-view setup.

Check out the video demos after the cut

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Panasonic DMC-FS25 budget Lumix packs 12MP image sensor

Panasonic DMC-FS25 budget Lumix packs 12MP image sensor

If you can’t spare $400 for the much-advanced Lumix touch-screen FX-580 or the AVCHD lite series Lumix , there’s a budget slim factor model down the line with Venus Engine IV powered DMC-FS25. It’s more affordable but not cutting down in functionalities. You’ll get the same 12.1 megapixel image sensor, 5x Leica-brand optical zoom and 3-inch large LCD screen, and in fact, a top-of-the-line FS-Series model, no less.

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