Archive for February, 2009

ClarionMiND navigation MID reviewed: car crash

ClarionMiND navigation MID reviewed: car crash

The ClarionMiND seems like it's been around for a long time now, though it was only CES 2008 when the company officially unveiled the touchscreen navigation MID.  It took all the way until November to be released, then we had to wait until last month to see it in action; now Gear Diary have reviewed the MiND.  Clarion promise the full internet, navigation and media experience from one single device; unfortunately it seems they fall well short.

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Mystery Motorola touchscreen smartphone/MID appears

Mystery Motorola touchscreen smartphone/MID appears

An image of an unannounced Motorola device has found its way to Engadget, suggesting the company is working on a large touchscreen-based smartphone (or possibly a small MID) with Kodak optics and TV-out connectivity.  Details on the handset - which came from an anonymous tipster - are scant, but going by the image the unnamed Motorola will have a 5-megapixel camera with lens cover and Xenon flash.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

Unsurprisingly we've been Mobile World Congress obsessed this week, with myself and Vincent jetting off to vaguely-sunny Barcelona to see what's new in the world of mobile devices.  Whether a sign of a tighter consumer purse or a slowing in development, there were fewer big-hit devices than perhaps we expected, but Palm still made a strong showing with their Pre, while HTC caused ripples with both the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 as well as the Android-based Magic.

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Samsung SWD-M100 WiMAX MID video demo

Samsung SWD-M100 WiMAX MID video demo

It was at Intel's booth rather than Samsung's at Mobile World Congress where we got our hands on the Samsung SWD-M100 Mobile Internet Device, and while the unit they had to play with was mysteriously non-functional, the hardware is certainly promising.  Hidden behind a 4.3-inch touchscreen there's a full slide-down QWERTY keyboard, together with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and - its crowning glory - WiMAX.

Check out our hands-on video with the Samsung SWD-M100 MID after the cut

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UMID M1 MID typing demo video & gallery

UMID M1 MID typing demo video & gallery

After my brief hands-on with the UMID M1 mobile internet device at the start of the week, and coming away not entirely convinced by its keyboard or OS, we stopped back to see the MID again and test out just how suitable the keyboard is for thumb-typing.  The good news is, a combination of two-handed use and the standard Windows XP scheme make this ultraportable a whole lot more tempting a prospect: check out the second hands-on video after the cut.

Video and more images of the UMID M1 after the cut

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Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UK

Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UK

Philips is on the roll with technology headline today, says my News Reader – their Glasses-Free 3D technology gains support in US, and its first NET TV are debuting in UK. This one wouldn’t top the last two, but a follow-up to another Philips product that’ve been captivating Home Cinema fans worldwide since it broke cover.

Philips has priced out the unprecedented 21:9 Cinema LCD and announced a June release in UK. The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you €4000 (£3535/$5044), It’s slightly expensive for nowadays cost per viewing inch displays but none of them offer you a true anamorphic widescreen aspect like the Philips.

Traditionally, AV equipments are retailed more in Europe than here, don’t be surprise to see a $4000 or less suggested retail when the 52-inch 21:9 makes its way to US.

3DFusion makes wave with glasses-free 3D display

3DFusion makes wave with glasses-free 3D display

The increasingly popular stereoscopic 3D technologies are everywhere, from live sport, PC and gaming console to the upcoming Blu-ray equipped player, but all of them require wearing a stereoscopic glasses that many have reluctant to try. It’s not about appearance, though it looks silly in some way, but what happen you’ve lost the glasses when the entertainment is calling on you? 3DFusion has the answer, how about a GLASSES-FREE 3D display?

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Philips NET TV breaks cover in UK

Philips NET TV breaks cover in UK

Philips has today unveiled an Internet-based TV service, NET TV, to be available in UK. Initial rollout targets its high-end TVs lineup (series 8000-9000, and recently announced Cinema 21:9 ), enabling partnered internet contents to be displayed and browsed though a user-friendly and a simplified web-TV layout.

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Canon new tilt-shift lens TS-E 24 3.5L II and 17 4L up for pre-Order, costly as expected.

Canon new tilt-shift lens TS-E 24 3.5L II and 17 4L up for pre-Order, costly as expected.

Canon may have slowly losing its professional-ground in DSLR camera’s market, but not in optics department. From the last few years, they have redesigned, and in most cases, introduced a variety of premium L-prime from 800mm 5.6L, 200mm F2.0L IS, 85mm II 1.2L , 50mm II 1.2L to a decently pair of 17mm and 24mm tilt-shirt lens.

If you were an architecture or a landscape photographer, you would love that 17mm Tilt-Shirt lens. Pairing it with the cheapest 21mp available -- 5D mark II -- would result in the world’s widest 35mm format angle of view setup; but as expected, the new L glasses will cost you an arm and a leg as usual. They are up at Amazon for pre-order and are priced at $2,499 and $2199 for the 17mm and 24mm II, respectively.

In today’s image sensor standard, image qualities are nearly identical from one technology to another, availability of glasses is more important, at least to me. The 17mm tilt shift godness really got me thinking about robbing a bank or two. ( smiley )