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Kodak Causes Price Stir

The market for digicams is flooded with cameras with all the features one can imagine. The low-end camera segment has been well controlled by Kodak. This is evident from the latest batch of cameras to be rolled out. Priced under $300 all these cameras will have the minimum specifications for sumptuous photography. First in the list is the EasyShare C533, a 5 megapixel camera with a tiny 1.8-inch LCD and 3x optical zoom whcich is priced at $199. The next on is at $249. The EasyShare C643 has 6 megapixel imager and 2.4-inch LCD with a 3x zoom. The undelete function of both of these comes handy for those who by mistake might delete a good shot. There are the V603 (pictured) also 6 megapixels, with a 2.5-inch LCD and VGA movie mode and Z612 both priced at $299. way to go for Kodak.

The Optio W10 from Pentax

Pentax is back in action with the new 6-megapixel Optio W10. This latest waterproof camera has a 3x zoom lens and a 2.5 inch LCD viewfinder. The Face Recognition automatic focus, claims the company, can detect the face and optimizes the settings to its specifications. The camera also has movie capture capability of 640×480 30fps and anti-shake switch which can be switched on for the perfect click. The camera can work underwater till a depth of 4.5 feet for half an hour. The camera is claimed to be dustproof but its handling would be easy with a half second switching-on time. Sounds ideal for outdoor sports photography.

TORQ P120 smartphone

TORQ P120 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 OS based smartphone with Quad Band GSM and  full functionalities of a PDA. TORQ comes in two cover either silver or black. It provides you with color display of 65,536 colors on screen of 240x 320 pixels. This phone includes Samsung 400 Mhz processor, 128 MB of ROM , 64 MB of RAM, SD / MMC card slot,1.3 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash, WiFi 802.11b and Bluetooth connectivity. The TORQ P120 comes with a  rechargable 1440 mAh Lithium Ion battery This phone will definitely give you a nice look of old-time Palm V.  

T-Mobile to launch HSDPA in Europe

T-Mobile Internatioinal, on 15th Feb. announced that customers of T-Mobile in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands will avail a faster mobile internet access, starting form this month. HSPDA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) will be available for user of all three markets. According to Chief Technology Officer, Hamid Hakvana, user will be able to avail a speed of 1.8Mbps in starting and from next year speed will achieve speed between 3.6 and 7.2Mbps, which will be competing with fixed-lined DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology. Initially HSPDA card will be available for user for their notebooks, and in third quarter of this year T-mobile will change its HSPDA service in lieu with automatic connectivity and after that users will be able to use this service in their mobile (with 3G technology).

Sony DRX-810UL

Sony’s new external DVD DRX-810 drive, almost identical to its predecessor, the Sony DRX800UL, comes with a silver design and mirrored panel on front which gives it a real touch. DRX comes with a plastic holder with which you will be able to position it flat or upright, without taking too much of your desk space. Also you can turn on its vibration feature, audible in upright position, which makes it cool.  You will be able to connect it to PC and notebook via USB or Fireware. DRX allows writing speed of 16x (21.6MB/s) for single layer DVD, 8x(10.8) for dual layer DVDs (8.5 GB), 6x (8.1MB/s) for DVD-RW, 48x  for CD-R and  32x for CD-RW, with help of bundled Nero package includes Nero Burning Rom, Vision Express and Showtime. If your PC has space, then it can be fixed inside, which is cheaper then its external version. It is priced between $121- $195. Disappointing thing is, it lacks support for Labelflash or Lightscribe label burning and DVD-Ram media of any description.

Segatoys HomeStar Indoor Planetarium

Now your wish to get stars in your home will come true by Homestar Indoor Planetarium. Sit in your comfort and enjoy a trip into space imaginations. Homestar will create a simulated environment of constellations for you with the help of its high-brightness LEDs. You can add different environment plates of constellations to enjoy various themes on Homester. With its shape and compatibility to use battery, it is easy for you to carry it anywhere. This toy will cost you $240, including a 6-hour battery life, and an adjustable stand.


Nintendo DS adds: TV and Browser

Nintendo has announced that it will soon be adding new features to its “Nintendo DS”, providing user compatibility for web surfing and HD TV programming. Nintendo is planning to sell browser (developed with OPERA software) in June and digital TV till the end of 2006. Nintendo lovers will also see some more announcements like foreign language guide for travelers, a reference guide (in Japanese and English), software to improve penmanship, cooking guide with voice instructions and for gamers, Tetris DS(which will include Mario and Donkey Kong), and much more games by third party developers such as  Square Enix Co. Ltd., Namco and Pokemon Co.

Mustang Java beta by Sun Microsystem

On Wednesday Sun Microsystems released beta version of Java, codnamed as Project Mustang and publicly known as Java SE 6(Java Platform Standard Edition 6). Java SE 6 users will be able to see desktop enhancements, native platform look and feel, text printing drag and drop capability, table display and manipulation. These manipulations will work on Solaris, Windows and Linux OS. Support for Windows VISTA OS is also included in it. Also, DTrace function will allow users to analyze processes running on Solaris OS. 
Additionally, the new release will also function with upcoming Java Platform Enterprise Edition 5(JEE 5) and will provide updates for the Java Virtual Machine and Java Platform Debugger Architecture.

Intel Flaunting Dual Core Xeons in Japan

It has been reported by Watch Impress, that Intel has demonstrated its new upcoming dual-core Xeon processors in Japan. A “Xeon” is the relatively inexpensive P4-based version for dual-processor workstations/servers. This chip is codenamed as Sossaman, and are for blade server. Much of information is yet to revealed, it is believed that this chip was running on a Supermicro X6DLP-4GT motherboard with an E7520 chipset. Intel has not yet announced its delivery date and price.

Dell 3007WFP and Dell 2001FP action makes combination of 8 Megapixel Desktop

For those looking for some e-x-t-r-a resolution, here is a killer from Dell, it’s a combination of Dell 3007WFP and Dell 2001FP. Dell 3007WFP 30” wide screen LCD display computer monitor which gives you a resolution of 2560×1600 (4 Megapixel). It provides you an excellent image quality, but with generating a little extra heat. The display is controlled by PC graphics processor (GPU), as it doesn’t come with any image processor. Now to get a resolution 4960×1600 pixels (8 mega pixel) you need to have two Dell 2001FP 20” monitor on each side of the of this Dell 3007WFP and make sure that you have dual-dual-link graphics card. Rotating both 2001FP by 90 degrees will provide you with exact same height than the 3007WFP. Now, each 2001FP has a resolution of 1200×1600 pixels (2 mega pixel). Windows will recognize this combination (1 Dell 3007WFP and 2 Dell 2001FP) as one monitor. Once setup you’ll have a [(1200+2560+1200) x 1600] 8 megapixel Desktop, with the ability to drag and stretch windows over the entire area.

NEC’s VoToL PK-MV300

Even if you have a great designing propensity, the NEC’s VoToL PK-MV300 is till a very unthinkable of a design. It’s designed to be more appealing to the younger crowd. In a nutshell, it’s a media player with a difference. It has the shape of a perfume bottle. 

It’s even a good media player. The VoToL can play MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and WMV9 videos and also plays MP3, AAC, WMA and Ogg audio. The NEC flaunts its ‘liquid gui’ which shows the device’s battery life, volume etc. It’s yet to be launched in Japan next month and as per sources, it shall be priced at about $399.




Apple’s MacBook Pro Notebook Computers

Apple is gearing up to launch its new MacBook Pro Laptop. It has in fact begun shipping them. Apple has increased the processor speed. This is a $2500 priced model which has 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo. The notebook tops a 2.16GHz as a build–to–order option. This happens to be the first notebook computer from Apple to feature an Intel processor, which in accordance to the company sources, performs 4 times more than G4 – based PowerBook. The MacBook consists of all the lovable Apple softwares like iLife and Front Row, with Intel notebook suitable processors. MacBook thus simplifies everything such as showcasing your latest creation. Whether you are at work or at leisure in your home or hotel room, you just have to use the Apple remote to control your videos, music movies, and more.





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