Watch out Flip Video and the rest of the pocket camcorder crowd; Samson's new Zoom Q3HD not only has twin capsule microphones for recording stereo sound, but they're so fierce they need to be safely kept in a cage. The Samson Zoom Q3HD shoots up to 1080p Full HD video in H.264 format and has the same condenser microphones as the company's H4n Handy Recorder.
Acer has played with pico-projectors before - their K10 came out all the way back in 2008 - but the Acer C20 seems to be taking things a lot more seriously. The smartphone-sized pico hooks up via USB or HDMI and promises a WVGA resolution picture of up to 66-inches with 2,000:1 contrast and 20 lumens brightness.
It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS about their USB 3.0 toting O!Play HD2 multimedia center, but now - with the launch tipped for this week - the company is being a little more forthright about the specifications. Supporting USB 2.0 and eSATA external drives, the ASUS O!Play HD2 also has an internal 3.5-inch hard-drive bay and can be used as a regular USB 3.0 external HDD in its own right.
Texas Instruments already has a Cortex-A9 OMAP4 product available to developers in the shape of the undeniably expensive OMAP Blaze, but now there's a cheaper option on the horizon. Based on the BeagleBoard principle, the new PandaBoard project is now taking submissions for an early adopter program with the first TI Cortex-A9 based boards expected to ship out in mid-October.
QNAP has outed its latest network media player, the NMP-1000P, a compact STB that offers Full HD 1080p video, Dolby and DTS digital surround sound, optional NAS functionality and internet media streaming. Able to gobble up a 3.5-inch hard-drive in its internal bay - either for storing local content or acting as a backup drive for networked computers - the NMP-1000P uses Sigma Designs new 667MHz SMP8643 SoC video/audio decoder.
Intel's suggestion that they didn't expect a software exploit using the cracked HDCP anti-copy protection seems to have been a red rag to a bull (or at least to the coding community), as its taken less than two weeks for just such an exploit to be developed. Rob Johnson and Mikhail Rubnich have created an open-source decoding system which they're describing as a proof of concept, yet which is still capable of cracking HDCP on 1080p sources in real-time (on a powerful enough machine).
Acer has updated its AspireRevo nettop in the shape of the new AR3700 model, throwing in Intel's latest dual-core Atom D525 processor that, as before, is paired with NVIDIA Ion graphics. There's also 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB drive, plus an HDMI port for outputting up to 1080p HD.
Acer seems to have taken a leaf out of Bang & Olufsen's design book with the aesthetic for their new all-in-ones, with the AMD-based Acer Aspire AZ3100-U3072 and the Intel-based Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 offering perhaps the best styling this side of an iMac. The 21.5-inch AZ3100-U3072 is the cheaper option, with AMD's 2GHz Athlon II 170u CPU, 3GB of memory and a 500GB HDD, while the 23-inch Full HD AZ5700-U3112 gets Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and a touchscreen.