Archive for July, 2009

HP Z400 Workstation Review

HP Z400 Workstation Review

Earlier this year we covered the launch of HP's latest Intel Nehalem-based workstations, and soon enough HP had a Z400 test unit for us to try out. The entry-point to the new range, the Z400 misses out on some of the more innovative design features of its bigger siblings, but arguably the most important thing - the Xeon processor - is there front and center. Read on for our benchmarks and impressions.

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Klipsch Image S2m earbuds for phones announced

Klipsch Image S2m earbuds for phones announced

Klipsch revealed a new set earbuds today that's meant entirely for use with smartphones called the Image S2m. These earbuds are a bit lower on the food chain than the S4i, but they still offer up a few more features than the S2.

These earbuds have a remote and microphone built-in, which is a necessity for any smartphone user these days. Intended to work with Apple devices, the earbuds can work with many other phones as well.

Included with the earbuds are oval eartips, which supposedly fit better in the ear than the standard round ones. Pricing is expected to be around $59.99 when the Image S2m earbuds are released next month.

Eyes-on Gunnar Optiks and unboxing video

Eyes-on Gunnar Optiks and unboxing video

Glasses correct your vision and sunglasses stop you getting blinded by the sun; easy, right?  Not so fast, because if you talk to Gunnar Optiks, they'll tell you that their lenses can do a whole lot more.  Stacked with high-grade machining and coatings, including an oleophobic layer similar to the screen of the iPhone 3GS, Gunnar Optiks promise a reduction in eye fatigue and improved vision.  The company has sent a pair of their latest pair over; check out the unboxing video after the cut.

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Motorola Shules (aka Sholes) Verizon Android smartphone caught in live pic

Motorola Shules (aka Sholes) Verizon Android smartphone caught in live pic

It's blurry and it's at a not-especially-flattering angle, but it's the first live shot of Verizon's upcoming Motorola Shules Android phone (also, confusingly, known as the Motorola Sholes) so beggars can't be choosers.  The sliding touchscreen handset is believed to use a 3.7-inch 480 x 854 display, include a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash, and arrive in the US come October.

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Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player gets iconic teaser

Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player gets iconic teaser

Cowon's next MP3 player has been previewed, and the keyring-style iAudio E2 is already causing no small amount of confusion.  While it ostensibly resembles a screenless PMP in the manner of the iPod shuffle, the row of icons at the top of the Cowon teaser (which you can see full-sized after the cut) does seem to suggest a more complete range of features.

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Gamers face $116 titles if “Blockbuster” trend continues, says ex-Sony exec

Gamers face $116 titles if “Blockbuster” trend continues, says ex-Sony exec

Ex-Sony Europe president Chris Deering has told gamers that they should expect prices to rise to around £70 ($116) per game, if the industry's taste for "blockbuster-led" trade continues.  Citing development costs of "ten times what it was for PS2, and more like 20 to 50 times more than on PSOne," Deering concluded that either games would have to be produced more efficiently or consumers weened away from the £70 "psychological glass ceiling".

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