Archive for July, 2009

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.

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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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WowWee Cinemin Swivel official preorders kick off at $350

WowWee Cinemin Swivel official preorders kick off at $350

WowWee's Cinemin Swivel bendy pico-projector is now officially available for pre-order, only around two months since Amazon began accepting pre-orders themselves.  Announced back at CES, the Cinemin Swivel is capable of projecting a 60-inch (1.5m) image from over 8 feet (2m) away, and has a 90-degree hinge useful for squirting the picture out onto the ceiling without demanding you hold it.

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LG BL40 “New Chocolate” gets official: launches Q3

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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