Archive for Jul 30, 2009

LG BL40 “New Chocolate” gets official: launches Q3

The first official information about the BL40 "New Chocolate" feature-phone from LG has emerged, complete with several glossy shots of the 21:9 aspect touchscreen device.  As expected, the BL40 has a 4.0-inch 800 x 345 "cinema-like" display, which LG suggest is ideal for viewing full-width webpages without zooming.  Elsewhere, the company has introduced a "Dual Screen UI" which splits the display in two for showing multiple content-types simultaneously.

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Joby Gorillamobile tripod announced

Joby announced their Gorillamobile tripod today, which acts a shift of emphases on cameras with their GorillaPod to mobile devices like the iPhone or Flip camera.

What's cool about this tripod is that it can be used on just about any surface because of its ball joint legs. They can even bend so as to attach your device to a bike, a light pole or what have you.

Included with the Gorillamobile tripod is a suction-cup mount and adhesive clips. You can get the tripod by the end of the summer for $29.95.

Time for Apple TV to go from Hobby to Strategic Product

With the successful launch of the iPhone 3GS last spring and a new version of OS X and a new crop of iPods expected this fall, one player in Apple's lineup seems to have gone missing, namely Apple TV. On Apple's financial conference call, the device that Steve Jobs once described as "a hobby" was not mentioned once. I hope Apple hasn't given up on this category as there's a lot of value and function in Apple TV that has yet to make it into other products in this space.

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Windows 7 cracked after Lenovo OEM key leaks

Microsoft's licensing system for Windows 7 has been cracked, using a leaked copy of a Lenovo OEM DVD ISO from which the product key and OEM certificate were extracted.  The exploit is apparently sufficient to pass Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation, meaning that anybody with sufficient technical knowledge to implement the hack can get themselves a working copy of Windows 7 Ultimate months before the OS is officially launched.

Project Natal confirmed for 2H 2010 by game publisher

A launch in the second half of 2010 for Microsoft's Project Natal looks even more likely, as THQ CEO Brian Farrell inadvertently confirmed the launch schedule during his company's recent earnings call.  Asked about market changes in the upcoming cycle, Farrell told investors "With respect to the cycle itself, if you look at what's happening in the industry, the fact that we have for example, Natal from Microsoft, a platform addition coming late next year."

Onkyo HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 7.1-channel systems with ProLogic IIz support

Onkyo have announced a pair of new 7.1-channel home theater systems, offering a relatively straightforward way to add surround sound - including Dolby ProLogic IIz - and 1080p HD switching to a media setup.  The Onkyo HT-S7200 (shown here) and HT-S6200 have five and four HDMI 1.3a inputs, respectively, as well as the company's U-Port iPod charging/dock connector, and offer 130W per channel.


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Sprint Q2 2009 finances revealed: $348m net loss, 257k customers down

Sprint have announced their Q2 2009 financial results, and while there are glimmers of hope in the shape of ongoing prepaid customer growth and stable post-pay revenue, the take-away figures are a loss of 257,000 customers over the three month period and a net loss of $384m on revenues of $8.1bn.  That revenue is down 1-percent from Q1 2009, and down 10-percent on Q2 2008, though Sprint did manage to pay off $700m of debt (although it still owes $16.4bn).

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