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Canon’s New EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR Official Announcement

Canon’s New EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR Official Announcement

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug 24, 2006 – Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel XT model – the camera that set all time sales records for digital SLRs of any persuasion (supplanting the original Digital Rebel’s claim to that title) - now takes its place alongside of the newest member of the irrepressible Rebel clan: the 10.1 megapixel EOS Digital Rebel XTi SLR camera. For 16 years, the Rebel brand has stood for advanced, sophisticated and easy-to-use. The new Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera continues that legacy, taking discriminating photo hobbyists, enthusiasts, advanced amateurs and SLR aficionados to places digital dreams are made of…and more economically than ever before.

“The EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera continues to lead the way with impressive innovations and an array of advancements simply not found on other digital SLRs in the sub-$1,000 price-range,” stated Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA, Inc. “Canon technology is born of inspiration, imagination and our passion to help photographers make the best pictures possible. Nowhere is the combination of undeniable quality and value more evident than on this new EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera.”

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SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO

SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO

Combining the power of a PC with a quality LCD and stylish design, Sony today unveiled the new VAIO® LS1 TV/PC Combo.

Sleek, yet highly-functional, this new device compliments any room in the house where space is at a premium, but entertainment, performance and style is a must.

Featuring a framed display with a transparent border for a stunning, floating effect, the LS1 model packs the essentials for powerful computing into a slim chassis discreetly hidden behind the back of a flat-panel 19-inch WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) LCD display.

The new VAIO LS1 TV/PC model incorporates an Intel® Core™ Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a roomy 250 GB (1GB = 1billion bytes) hard drive for running multiple, demanding applications simultaneously, such as watching and/or recording a TV show while downloading music in the background. The unit is a Windows Vista™ capable PC. It is also Windows Vista Premium ready.

Mobile Multimedia Update

Mobile Multimedia Update

There are still some manufacturers who think people want to play games on their cellphones.  I guess it's for that reason that ATI is so popular amongst manufacturers for their 2G and 3G mobile multimedia chips - their new Imageon 2282 will be found in such illustrious handsets as the Motorola KRZR and RIZR, as well as models from Panasonic, HTC and LGE.

This new Imageon can manage up to a QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera and CD-quality digital audio, amongst other things.  Now we'll just have to put up with all the adverts telling us that we're desperate to use all these special features.

Press Release: ATI Drives Multimedia in Next Generation Mobile Phones [MobileBurn.com]

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) 1 Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing expansion to 10GB of music—or 2,500 songs—with an optional SanDisk 2GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity  flash-based MP3 player on the market.

In conjunction with the rollout of the e280 and in preparation for the holiday season, SanDisk has lowered its prices on the entire Sansa e200 line of products, including the existing 2, 4 and 6GB models.

Current pricing on the Sansa e200 product line includes a 2GB flash-based player for under $140 MSRP.

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New THIEL SCS4 multi-channel bookshelf loudspeaker offers very high performance at an affordable price

New THIEL SCS4 multi-channel bookshelf loudspeaker offers very high performance at an affordable price

August 2006: U.S. loudspeaker company, THIEL Audio, will preview its new high performance, very affordable, Coherent Source® SCS4 at this year’s CEDIA Expo in Denver, CO, September 14-17, booth SR-18. The new SCS4 LCR (Left-Center-Right), targeted for the $1000 each price range, is part of the THIEL’s complete line of loudspeakers designed as the ultimate solution for home theater and music sound systems.

The 17.5” tall and 8.5” wide SCS4 is a versatile, two-way, bookshelf-sized speaker system uniquely suited for outstanding front, rear, or center channel use regardless of listener position or speaker location. The SCS4’s high output capability and very high 90dB efficiency perfectly meet the demands of today’s home theater systems, and its innovative, advanced driver design, based on product designer Jim Thiel’s 30 year-experience, provides extremely realistic sonic reproduction.

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Pantech & Alltel To Launch PN-218 Handset

Pantech & Alltel To Launch PN-218 Handset

Seoul, South Korea - August 18 2006:  Pantech Group, the number two mobile phone manufacturer in South Korea, today announced that it has signed an agreement for the supply of its compact PN-218 handset to Alltel Wireless, owner and operator of America’s largest wireless network.

The Pantech PN-218 phone - a CDMA handset to be sold by Alltel under the Pantech brand in the U.S. - is targeted at young, trend conscious consumers and incorporates an enhanced, compact unique design to provide users with a superior yet practical range of easy to use applications.

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MPEG-4 Recorder for smart phones

MPEG-4 Recorder for smart phones

Neuros Technology makes an MPEG-4 Recorder that records video from the TV, DVD Player, cable box, Tivo/DVR or camcorder and allows for playback on many cell phones, PDAs and smart phones including the Motorola Q, Treo 650, Razr and Nokia N70 and N90.

With no fees, no conversion and no hassle, the Recorder 2 utilizes the screens of these devices to playback your recorded video. It records onto an S/D memory card that can be slipped into the smart phone or cell phone for instant viewing of your favorite shows.

The Recorder 2 makes TV watching more accommodating for its viewers. Other portable recorders with built-in hard drives and color screens cost $400 or more, but the Recorder 2 retails for $159.99.

SlashGear's review coming soon. Click over for demo video of the MPEG-4 Recorder and Press Release.
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Pantech Launches Its First Branded Handset in Canada via TELUS

Pantech Launches Its First Branded Handset in Canada via TELUS

SEOUL/TORONTO - August 16, 2006: Pantech Group, the number two mobile phone company in South Korea, and TELUS, Canada’s second largest CDMA service operator, today announced the Canadian launch of the Pantech PN-3200. The launch, in partnership with TELUS, marks the first time that Pantech has provided handsets under its own brand in Canada.

Targeted at young trend setters, the slim, modern PN-3200 handset combines a sophisticated design with practical and wide ranging functionality, including Bluetooth applications.

Aigo F029 Digital Watch MP3 and Video Player

Aigo F029 Digital Watch MP3 and Video Player

Since the dawn of time, the wrist is the best place to wear a watch. Sure there’s the pocket watch, but get heavy on the belt, creates a big bulge in your pocket (and it’s not the good bulge) or just inconvenience to pull in and out just to tell time. Then comes the wave of MP3-player watches that are watch centric, with an afterthought of playing music. The Aigo F029 is all about music and video. It features a 160x128 pixel resolution OLED color screen. It plays MP3 and WMA including DRM. The screen is really tiny to make any use of videos, but in any event it does support MPEG-4 video (Xvid/AVI). There’s a headphone port, mini-USB 2.0 port for transferring files back and forth, playback and navigation control buttons located on the sides. Aigo is releasing a 512MB and 1GB version in China. The price and release date is still a mystery just like the white and color plastic band.

Vizio Announces New 42″ LCD HDTV’s at Breakthrough Values

Vizio Announces New 42″ LCD HDTV’s at Breakthrough Values

COSTA MESA, CA and DisplaySearch HDTV Conference, BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- August 15, 2006 -- V, Incorporated -- maker of the multiple award-winning VIZIO line of high definition TV's, announces the addition of two new 42" high definition Liquid Crystal HDTVs; the L42HDTV and the "Gallevia" GV42LHDTV. The introduction of these two new displays brings the VIZIO line of LCD TV’s to 6 current models -- ranging from 13 to 42". Along with the new LCD introductions, Vizio has also reduced prices on #1 selling 37" flat panel TV, the VIZIO L37HDTV is dropping to $999.99 and the very popular VIZIO L32HDTV is available for just $799.99.

"The two new VIZIO 42" LCD products just hit the shelves at Costco and Sam's Club and we are already seeing record sales that exceed our forecasts." states Jeff Schindler, Vizio Vice President Marketing and Business Operations.

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Segway i2 and x2 Official Announcement – watch the video!

Segway i2 and x2 Official Announcement – watch the video!

It’s official – Segway is introducing the street version known as the i2 and an all-terrain model, the x2. The x2 can travel across dirt, grass, gravel and sand. The price will range from $4,995 for the i2 and $5,495 for the x2. The maximum speed is 12.5 mph, and can go for 24 miles before requiring a charge. The new models will feature a new technology called LeanStear, allowing the vehicle to know whether the rider wants to go left or right! They’ll also come with wireless controller that looks something like a big digital watch. The wireless controller allows the user to turn the vehicle on from a distance. The new models can sense when someone else steps on to help the rider keep track of speed and mileage.

Click through to watch the video of the new Segways in action!

Helio’s First and Flagship retail store

Helio’s First and Flagship retail store

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you that Helio is opening their first (and flagship) retail store right down the road on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica pretty soon. (It'll be on the north end, between the Apple Store and Banana Republic).

They’re working with the best in the industry to create a pretty amazing destination (Gensler is our design firm, of Apple Store fame). They’re creating an environment where both members and potential members can come in and experience Helio in some pretty cool ways. No lines, boutique treatment, "spa" services for members (like device cleaning) - just a cool place to be. Click over to see more renderings of the store as well as the press release.

Helio's first (and flagship) retail store

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