Archive for Jul 30, 2009

Creative demo Zii EGG gaming, ZMD 05 Plaszma module [Video]

Creative demo Zii EGG gaming, ZMD 05 Plaszma module [Video]

Creative have been showing off some of their new Zii EGG developer device's 3D gaming skills, with a video of the iPod touch-like handheld running a 3D OpenGL ES enhanced racing game complete with accelerometer control.  The company has also released a more technical video about their StemCell Computing platform, demonstrating some of the abilities of the ZMS 05 System Module at the Zii EGG's core.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony finances still dire: PS3 and PSP sales crash

Sony finances still dire: PS3 and PSP sales crash

Sony have announced their latest financial results [pdf link], and given their last set of figures revealed a dire 95-percent crash in profits a quarter ago, all eyes are on the Japanese giant to see if they've managed to turn things around.  Unfortunately, it's still not looking good: sales decreased 19.2-percent compared to the same quarter 2008, and an operating loss of 25.7bn yen ($268m) recorded.  That's 99.1bn yen down from the previous year.

JVC announce four new sets of headphones

JVC announce four new sets of headphones

Headphones-a-plenty from JVC today, as the company announces two new sets of over-the-ear cans and two sets of multicolored in-ear headphones.  The former, the HA-M750 and HA-S650, are each foldable for easy transport and storage, and have carbon compound diaphragms, rigid carbon housings and memory-foam ear cushions.  The M750 uses 1.57-inch drivers while the S650 uses slightly smaller 1.42-inch drivers; they'll be available in August for $79.95 and $69.95 respectively.

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Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Of Viewsonic's new ULV lineup from last week it was the nettops that prompted the most interest.  The Viewsonic VOT 130 and 132 (on the left) and the Viewsonic VOT 120 and 121 (on the right) offer such notable features as NVIDIA Ion (in the VOT 132), a magnetically-attached DVD drive (the 13x models) and 1.3GHz CULV processor (the VOT 121).  NetbookNews stopped by for a couple of video hands-on demos with the nettops.

Video hands-on after the cut

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M&Soft Mappy API PND: 7-inch screen and digital TV

M&Soft Mappy API PND: 7-inch screen and digital TV

When you call your company M&Soft, we can't help but wonder whether you're looking to borrow a little big-player luster from Microsoft; however the Korean firm could feasibly stand on its own feet by making PND units with displays almost bigger than your car's windshield.  The M&Soft Mappy API may have a ridiculous name, but inside it's a different story: as well as the SiRF v6 chipset there's DMB digital TV and media playback.

Leica S2 DSLR priced: $26k for body-only; lenses from $5k

Leica S2 DSLR priced: $26k for body-only; lenses from $5k

It's turning into quite the day of DSLRs, but if you thought Nikon's $1800 D300S was expensive, how about a Leica that starts at over $26k?  The company have announced pricing for their 2009 S-System line-up, and as you might expect for a 37.5-megapixel DSLR body it's a costly prospect.  Leica will make two versions of the S-System body, the standard S2 and the S2-P which adds a sapphire glass display and "Platinum Service" support package.

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Nikon D3000 entry-level DSLR with tutoring Guide mode

Nikon D3000 entry-level DSLR with tutoring Guide mode

It's not  just Nikon's flagship D300S new today; the company has also unveiled an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D3000, aimed at getting new photographers addicted.  The 10.2-megapixel camera uses an 11-point autofocus system, DX-format sensor and EXPEED image processing, but the most interesting feature for beginners will be the Guide mode.  Not just an automatic setup, Guide mode promises to explain why different settings should be chosen; yes, that's right, it's a teacher trapped inside your DSLR.

 

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