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Apple TV software update finally available

Apple TV software update finally available

The new Apple TV update is now available for download. In case you missed our coverage of MacWorld where the update was announced, the major features in this update are PC-less access to the iTunes store, and both SD and HD movie rentals.

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

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

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

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.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo review

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

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

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.