Archive for August, 2011

Sony unveils SRS-BTV25 and RDP-V20iP smartphone 360-degree speakers at IFA 2011

Sony unveils SRS-BTV25 and RDP-V20iP smartphone 360-degree speakers at IFA 2011

Sony is at IFA 2011 with a hoard of new gear for geeks to lust after. One of the new items Sony is showing off gives your smartphone balls, or at least one ball. The ball shaped speaker is called the SRS-BTV25 and it comes in black or white colors. It is designed to have a 360-degree soundscape. The idea with speakers like this is that you can place it anywhere in a room and get the same sound quality.

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Samsung unveils Series 7 laptops, sleek aluminum, Intel Core i5, i7, starting at $999

Samsung unveils Series 7 laptops, sleek aluminum, Intel Core i5, i7, starting at $999

Samsung today announced new Series 7 laptops that slot in between their costly high-end Series 9 and their more budget-friendly Series 3. Taking aesthetic cues from MacBook Pros, these sleek Series 7 laptops use a brushed aluminum chassis that's thin and compact yet solid and non-flexing. But other than good looks and a compact form, the laptops pack plenty of performance inside.

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Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming

Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming

Google has announced offline support for Gmail, Calendar and Docs, courtesy of new Chrome Web Store apps that will cache content to your computer. Gmail Offline will be available today, allowing users of Google's free email service to read, reply to, organize and archive their messages without demanding a connection, while Calendar Offline and Docs Offline will roll out over the next week. All are HTML5 apps with various levels of functionality from their online counterparts.

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Sony Vaio S notebook series breaks cover

Sony Vaio S notebook series breaks cover

Sony has whipped out a new line of notebook computers that have all sorts of features that folks wanting a thin and portable notebook will appreciate. The new machines are the Vaio S series and the series has a 15.5-inch LCD making them interesting to those needing more space than the typical ultraportable offers. The 15.5-inch screen boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution. Sony says that the new 15.5-inch Vaio S series has all the thinness and performance of the smaller 13.3-inch notebooks.

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AT&T faces US antitrust complaint over T-Mobile merger

AT&T faces US antitrust complaint over T-Mobile merger

AT&T may be working hard insisting that it's in users' best interest for the T-Mobile acquisition to go ahead, but it's a long way from convincing regulators. The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust complaint in an attempt to block the merger, Bloomberg reports, arguing that it would "substantially lessen competition" in the US wireless market. Meanwhile, the FCC has waded in as well, with chairman Julius Genachowski revealing that the agency also has "serious concerns" about the deal.

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Panasonic Lumix 3D twin-lens camera debuts at IFA 2011

Panasonic Lumix 3D twin-lens camera debuts at IFA 2011

I mentioned a bit ago that Panasonic had a new dual-lens 3D camcorder that would be landing soon. Panasonic has also shown off a new 3D still camera at IFA 2011 called the Lumix 3D that has 3D HD video capability. The camera can shoot 2D HD video as well. The camera is compact and it uses two new lenses to be able to achieve the compact dimensions according to Panasonic.

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Panasonic unveils new HDC-Z10000 consumer camcorder that shoots 2D and 3D

Panasonic unveils new HDC-Z10000 consumer camcorder that shoots 2D and 3D

Panasonic has unveiled a new camcorder that looks like something a professional videographer would use. If you want something with a really small design, you might want to look elsewhere. If what you want is a camcorder that can do both 2D and 3D with professional image quality the HDC-Z10000 might be exactly what you need. The camera has a two lens design and has a LCD that will show that 3D recording with no glasses needed.

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Sony Tablet S Review

Sony Tablet S Review

It's been some time since Sony had a tablet on the market. Times have changed since the VAIO UX's day, though, and where once tablets were niche devices, now they're making headway into our living rooms. The Sony Tablet S is the first model of the company's new strategy, packing Android Honeycomb into a hardware design that's a little more interesting than many rivals have managed. Late to the game against the iPad, though, has the Tablet S' tardiness undermined its potential? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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