Archive for Jul 30, 2009

Sony Reader PRS-300, 600 show up in manuals

Well this is pretty interesting. Over at Sony Insider, a user at the forums has just posted the service manuals for the PRS-300 and PRS-600 Sony Readers, which haven't even been released yet.

Sharp, Sony announce LCD joint venture deal

In an interesting move, Sharp and Sony have announced a joint venture today that would team up the companies in an effort to produce and sell very large LCD panels.

JVC Everio GZ-HM400 HD camcorder announced

JVC announced today a brand new addition to their Everio line-up. The new model is called the GZ-HM400 and it's an HD camcorder with the 1080i widescreen and H.264 goodness of the GZ-X900 but an all new 10.2-megapixel sensor.

Time Warner Cable mobile WiMAX on the way

Time Warner Cable mobile WiMAX on the way

Time Warner Cable announced today that they are still on track for bringing mobile WiMAX to the masses very soon.

The CEO of the company, Glenn Britt, noted that more details would be released in the near future, but the fall was shaping up to be the time for release for this mobile network.

The first cities lined up to receive mobile WiMAX will be Dallas and Charlotte. This new move is intended to appeal to current customers that are moving away from VoIP services and toward wireless-only lifestyles.

Motorola handset sales down; two Android phones by Q4 holidays

Motorola handset sales down; two Android phones by Q4 holidays

Motorola have announced their last quarter financial results [pdf link], and as well as a surprising climb into profit - though not, it has to be said, thanks to their cellphone business - they've also confirmed launch plans for two Android devices.  The company announced $26m of net income over all of its businesses for Q2 2009, though mobile device sales were down 45-percent compared to the same period in 2008.

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Samsung 8500-series HDTVs: LED local dimming and widgets

Samsung 8500-series HDTVs: LED local dimming and widgets

Samsung have unveiled their latest HDTV range, the 8500-series, complete with local dimming for the LED backlighting and Yahoo!'s widget engine.  Available in 46- and 55-inch sizes, the 8500-series supports 1080p High Definition playback, with a 7,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time and 1.6-inch thick chassis.

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Apple 2TB Time Capsule lands for $499

Apple 2TB Time Capsule lands for $499

Apple have quietly added a new 2TB Time Capsule to their line-up, three months after the backup device refresh was tipped.  As with the existing 1TB model, the 2TB Time Capsule acts as both a WiFi draft-n router with simultaneous dual-band support and as a backup facility that works with OS X Leopard's automated Time Machine app.

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ASUS UX30 CULV ultraportable tested: slick design, disappointing battery

ASUS UX30 CULV ultraportable tested: slick design, disappointing battery

More of the more tempting models from ASUS' upcoming notebook line, the ultraportable UX30, has found its way to the desk of Netbook Live, and they've been putting the 13.3-inch pre-release unit through its paces.  Theirs is the entry-level 1.3GHz SU2700 model, using one of Intel's CULV processors paired with 2GB of RAM and GMA X4500MHD graphics.

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Sky 3D channel to launch in UK 2010

Sky 3D channel to launch in UK 2010

Sky UK have announced that they will be launching a Sky 3D channel in 2010, bringing three-dimensional live broadcasts to subscribers with the company's Sky+HD DVR box.   The system will, however, require a special "3D Ready" TV, expected to go on sale in the UK during 2010. 

 

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Xbox Live Preview video demo: new Netflix UI, Avatar marketplace

Xbox Live Preview video demo: new Netflix UI, Avatar marketplace

Invitations to Microsoft's Xbox Live Preview have begun to hit Xbox 360 owners, and rather than sit hunched over their consoles rubbing their hands and gloating about having access two weeks ahead of everyone else, some are sharing video of the new enhancements.  Dave Zatz has shot a video demo focusing on one of the most eagerly anticipated changes, the 10-foot interface for Netflix Instant Viewing.

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Acer Android netbook still planned for Q3 says firm

The netbook rumor denials continue apace, and after Intel have assured us that Pine Trail is right on track for a 2009 launch, now it's Acer's turn to reiterate that it really does have an Android-based netbook coming in Q3 this year.  Speculation began earlier this week after it was reported that the ultraportable had been delayed faced with lackluster consumer interest.

Pine Trail still on course for 2009 launch claims Intel

Talk, says Mooley Eden, of Intel's Pine Trail being delayed into early 2010 is quite unfounded.  According to the latest from Intel's Mobile Platform Group general manager, "Pine Trail is on schedule.  You can quote me on that ... The three chip solution down to two chip solution [is] coming this year."

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