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Toshiba’s 12.1-inch Tecra M6 Core Duo-powered laptop

The Toshiba Tecra M6 is available with either Celeron or Core Solo processors, the M6 seems like a slimmed-down version of the 14.1-inch M5 we spotted earlier this year, as the $1,059 base configuration only gives you 256MB of RAM, no WiFi, a 40GB hard drive, and that pokey 1.6GHz Celeron M. It costs a little over $1,600 to put together a decent system, which includes a 1.83GHz T2400 Core Duo chip, 1GB of RAM, 100GB HDD, 802.11a/b/g, and Bluetooth, but only integrated graphics and no DVD burner.

AMD launches Turion 64 X2 to fight Core Duo

AMD is jumping into the game with their new Turion 64 X2 chips. The chips range from 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz, and range in price from $184 to $354 in bulk purchases. Of course, it’s just not nice these days to call a chip by its clock speed, so the models go by names like TL-50 (1.6GHz), TL-56 (1.8GHz) and TL-60 (2.0GHz).

Country Treehouse Concept

This modular treehouse concept from the UK design studio Sybarite incorporates recycled products, is partly self-sustainable and uses wind to generate electricity. Thanks to its prefab modular construction, it can feature from one to five bedrooms. You won’t be able to throw it together on a Sunday afternoon like dad did, but it can be assembled on site in two weeks.

Virtual Assistant from NEC

Nec introduces a virtual assistant that -they think- will revolutionize how humans interact with electronic devices. The assistant looks like a virtual version of NEC’s PaReRo friendly robot. Nec’s goal is to use the assistant as the interface for all kinds of devices like PDA, Phone, GPS, you name it. The idea is simple: Nec thinks that it can simplify many tasks by letting the user interact with the assistant, rather than learning from scratch how to use a new device. Users will also be able to transport the assistant’s memory from one device to the other to avoid re-teaching each new device.

Palm Treo 700p

Palm today announced the Palm Treo 700p smartphone, which includes hardware and software innovations centered on usability, connectivity, multimedia and compatibility. As the first Palm OS CDMA-based Treo smartphone to offer the broadband speeds of the EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) network, the Treo 700p smartphone helps customers better balance their personal and professional lives by combining an easy-to-use mobile phone with high-speed wireless data access to web, email, business and multimedia applications.

Pricing and availability for the Palm Treo 700p smartphone will be announced later by Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Nokia adds Internet calls and Instant Messaging support to the 770 Tablet

Today at the VON Europe conference in Stockholm, Nokia introduced a new software upgrade for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. The upgraded features of the introduced OS 2006 edition include support for rich Internet communications, including pre-installed Google Talk – all on a portable broadband mobile device. Google Talk is Google’s free instant messaging service that enables people to chat and make calls through the Internet.

Additional features of the new software edition include enhanced text typing with full-screen finger keyboard, improved memory performance and refreshed look. There is also an improved home view desktop allowing users to choose from a variety of small applets to enable fast access to Internet services.

Wednesday May 17, 2006

Samsung today launched the SCH-W200, a high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) phone in Korea. This is the first HSDPA phone commercially available for consumers in the market.

Samsung’s new slide-up SCH-W200 employs the next-generation technology to transmit audio and video data at speeds of 1.8Mbps. The SCH-W200 allows users to enjoy a wide range of high quality multimedia, including video phone calls, music and movies.

The SCH-W200 is also the first phone equipped with a unique ‘Dual Band Dual Mode (DBDM)’ chip that supports 2G, 3G and 3.5G mobile communication services. It also supports multitasking functions allowing users to receive and send messages during video telephony and while listening to MP3 files.

Users can also enjoy watching mobile TV via Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (S-DMB) and take pictures with a high resolution 2 megapixel camera with auto focus function. It also offers other sophisticated multimedia features such as MP3 player function, text-to-speech (TTS) conversion, file viewer and supports an external memory (microSD) slot.

Time to Sweat

This new watch is embedded into a wristband, which means it will be less intrusive to any workout. These wristbands are machine washable, (with the digital watch out of course) and the watch part is water resistant. That means no worrying about damaging your watch with sweat or a little splash. You can buy it at and it comes with three interchangeable bands.

Skype for Mac

The first universal build of Skype for Mac was released recently.  Version now runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers, which boosts the performance of Skype.

The new version includes support for web presence, which allows you to showcase your online status on the web or in an email signature.  They claim to have more language support in other, newer releases to come.  This will expand the user base .

Antec NSK2400 Media Center PC Case

The NSK2400 case has an aluminum front plate, room for two optical drives, two hard drives and a micro-ATX motherboard. The unit is cooled with two 120mm fans, which might be overkill. I would be tempted to lower their speed or disconnect one to reduce the noise level. With Today’s technology, all of this could translate into a 1.5TB media center equipped with a dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Not bad to record TV shows and play MP3 files… Most media center case designs are either ugly or too expensive.

Pantech PG3600V

The Pantech Group today announced the launch in Hong Kong of its PG-3600V handset. Boasting a sleek and trendy look, the new slider phone has a revolutionary touch wheel sensor, as well as a unique video editing application, and is aimed at young, trend-setting consumers.
Significantly, the video editing function incorporated in the PG-3600V is a world first, in terms of being installed on a GSM handset. The phone also features a 1.3 mega pixel camera.

Users can access a range of music files through the music player and enjoy stereo music, using Bluetooth technology. In addition, the handset, which is also being introduced in Taiwan this week, has an internal 512 Mb memory capacity and an external card slot for more capacity.

Motorola HC700-G

Motorola announces the newest addition to its MOTOPRO HC700 series of rugged handheld computers with the HC700-G. A full-featured handheld, the HC700-G provides integrated data capture capability and both local and wide area connectivity via GSM/GPRS, WiFi and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Motorola’s HC700-G is designed to meet the rigorous demands of mobile workforces in a variety of industries, including field force automation, field sales, direct store delivery, transportation, logistics, manufacturing and public safety. It includes a high performance CMOS imager with 1D and 2D barcode decoding and image capture capabilities. The device operates on the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform and supports Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform, delivering added functionality and connectivity to field users.

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