LG have announced a pair of new LCD HDTV ranges, the SL80 and flagship SL90, complete with edge-to-edge glass displays and Yahoo! NetCast internet-connected widgets. The SL80 will come in the shape of 42-, 47- and 55-inch models, while the SL90 - which measures just 1.15-inches deep - will come in 42- and 47-inch models complete with LED backlighting.
So far, most of the headphone amplifiers that have graced these pages have been portable, budget items; the same very definitely can't be said for this brushed-steel behemoth, the WooAudio WES Electrostatic Headphone Amp and, dangling insouciantly next to it, Stax's SR-008 Mk2 Electrostatic headphones. According to audiophile reviewer Steve Guttenberg, you're looking at "state of the art sound for a tiny fraction of the cost of a system built around speakers."
Nokia and AT&T have officially announced the Nokia Surge, an entry-level S60 handset with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3G connectivity. First spotted in pictures and video earlier this month, the Surge has a 2.4-inch 240 x 320 display and a somewhat unique form-factor among Nokia devices.
Do you like your music loud and garnished with vaguely nonsensical statistics? Then step right up, as Radiopaq are offering both with their new iPod Sound Jacket. Intended for the fourth-gen iPod nano, the Sound Jacket is billed as an automatic graphic equalizer and - according to Radiopaq - improves sound quality "by up to 60-percent."
Verizon Wireless have announced the HTC Ozone, their counterpart to Sprint's Snap. The QWERTY-blessed Windows Mobile 6.1 phone has EVDO Rev.A support, VZ Navigator for audible turn-by-turn directions and a 1,500mAh battery. It's also a global-roaming phone, and comes complete with international power adapters.
AT&T have released the iPhone version of their Navigator PND program through the App Store [iTunes link], offering turn-by-turn directions on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Telenav-developed app supports both verbal and on-screen guidance, speech recognition, traffic alerts and full 3D mapping.
The official images of the Amazon Kindle DX are out, and as you might expect it looks like an overgrown version of the Kindle 2. The specifications tell the full dimension story, though: the Kindle DX measures 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches, versus the Kindle 2 which measures 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches.
Kindle DX hardware specs after the cut
After incurring the wrath of the seemingly ever-furious Authors' Guild, Amazon have backtracked on the Kindle 2's text-to-speech functionality by giving publishers, not users, the right to decide whether an ebook is read out loud or not. While still maintaining that the feature is legal, Amazon suggest that rightsholders will "be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."