N78, 6220, 6210, and new Nokia Maps Version 2.0 all from Nokia

Other than the new N96, Nokia is dropping the N78, 6220, and 6210 devices and the new Version 2.0 of their Nokia Maps application. They all have their intended audience, the N78 is for the professional who is also into photography, the 6220 is intended for those not looking for something as full-featured as the N-Series, but want some nice functionality in a fairly basic phone, and the 6210 is aimed at those that need direction, as in GPS direction.

W980i Walkman clamshell by Sony Ericsson has 8GB of space built in

This phone is amazing, at least from my point of view, music is my drug of choice so the 8GB of built in storage and the integrated FM transmitter are two features of this phone I love. Add to that the TrackID service that can help you figure out what you are listening to and the PlayNow online music store and I am hooked.

G700 and G900 by Sony Ericsson are touchscreen phones for the masses

They are kind of being billed as digital organizers, which sounds like code for “just short of a smartphone” but they are pretty nice phones, and if they have a reasonable price their features and cheap price should make them appeal to the public. Both phones have a 2.4-inch touchscreen and a numeric keypad and are in a candy-bar form factor.

Sony Ericsson MBS-100 Bluetooth speaker has to be the best looking one I’ve seen

I have no idea how well this spherical Bluetooth speaker sounds, but it is by far way better looking than any other Bluetooth speaker I’ve seen, and these things were pretty popular on the CES show floor. Usually Bluetooth speakers are bland, competing on the fronts of thinness, battery power, and then overall sound seemingly the 3rd most important feature.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo review

So I met with Buffalo at CES, and then shortly after they were kind enough to send me their LinkStation Pro Duo for review. I must say I am impressed, it is quite squarely aimed at business users, but for home users, it has some fairly useful features as well.

Satellite U305 and X205 – Toshiba’s newest Penryn notebooks

Satellite U305 and X205 – Toshiba’s newest Penryn notebooks

Toshiba Satellite U305-S2816 is the full model number for the new thin and light notebook with Penryn. The other notebook is a mobile gaming rig dubbed the X205-SLI, and obviously, it has SLI inside as well as the new Penryn chip.

The U305 is using the T8100 Penryn chip. The X205 has a couple of different configurations both of which also use the T8100 chips and have SLI with a pair of nVidia 8600M GT cards with 512MB GDDR3 each.

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Asus has some new X48 motherboards

There are two, the P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n, and the Rampage Formula motherboard. They both feature the X48 chipset with the ICH9R Southbridge and Intel Fast Memory access, they both also accept Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Duo processors, they both have dual gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio, and system bus’ up to 1600MHz as well as DDR3 support.

Samsung YP-P2 firmware update, again

This firmware update, version 3.07 includes lots of new features. There is now album art in the music selection list, including a cover flow styled menu. You can download the new firmware here, after you do that, unzip it, there should be two files, copy them over to the main directory of your P2 and then disconnect it from your PC, you'll have to restart it a couple times as it updates, but thats all there is to it.

Garmin Nuvifone is the phone of my dreams

I could go on about how similar to the iPhone this phone is, but I won’t, I’ll simply summarize it by saying that I have an iPod Touch, and I love it, but I think this Garmin Nuvifone would more than fill the smartphone void in my digital life. It has a proprietary Garmin OS, HSDPA, Quad-band GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.5” touchscreen (not sure if its multi-touch, but that definitely is the same size screen as the iPhone).

Gateway has 2 new computers coming out, GM5664 and GT5662

The GM5664 and GT5662 both have AMD Phenom processors with AMD Live! Both computers also have an nVidia GeForce 6150 SE chipset, but an ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics card, however much sense that makes.

PS3 Blu-Ray Profile 1.1: does it live up to expectations?

We try to keep our readers with up-to-date with the latest technology and news, but occasionally a few things get delayed, like the PS3's Blu-Ray Profile 1.1 update that’s been out for a few weeks. I didn't get the first Sony's Profile 1.1 movie, Resident Evil: Extinction until last week. My lame excuses are: 1) I hate the movie, slouching zombies are getting old and pretty boring, and 2) I've never really felt I need Profile 1.1. But I do have a job to do, so here's the SlashGear hands-on report on the Profile 1.1 update.

Apple TV Take 2

I don’t recall what the old interface looked like, but the new interface looks amazing and makes heavy use of the CoverFlow technology, in a very good way. The ability to use it without a PC is also a great feature, and it’s more power efficient that way.