Archive for Jan 27, 2006

Toshiba’s HD-DVD players will hit the market in March

If you have purchased an expensive DVD player this Christmas, here’s a good reason why you’ll be kicking yourself!!! Toshiba is all set to roll out its next generation HD-DVD players. Yeah, according to insider reports, Toshiba will enter the consumer market (USA) this March with two HD-DVD players.

The two models are targeted at mainstream consumers (HD-A1) and early adopters (HD-XA1). While both the models support native HD in 720p and 1080i, the higher end model comes with some added features like, four DSP engines for enhanced audio output, two USB ports mounted on the front panel, stabilizing feet and multiple user interfaces. You can preorder the HD-A1 at Amazon for $499.

Motorola iTunes ROKR E1

It seems to be dissapointing that the new Motorola phone looks similar to the old Motorola E398, but don’t be fooled by its appearance, it’s still be able to rock your pockets. At (HKD$1,980 / US$253) it’s still a pretty good price for a phone. It has the distinct I-pod white colours. The LCD screen has been improved to a 262k version. The camera is still pretty poor at 30K pixel. However, this has been compensated with the addition of the video recording function. It has similar amount of built in memory, which is 5MB, in contrast to the previous E398. The phone supports TransFlash memory card and includes a 128MB TransFlash memory card. This phone competes directly with the Sony Ericsson walkman phones. But I still believe that this phone would be more popular to the current market trend as the I-pod range is becoming more and more popular.

Asus-Lamborghini Laptop

Asus have teamed up with Lamborghini to create the state of the art laptop. It will be in a glossy black finish where Asus claims that they will ship it in April, where they would be special editions, but unlike the Lamborghini sports cars, these are mass produced. The laptop was announced in October 2005 that it would be most likely based on the latest Intel Centrino Duo Technology. I certainly believe this would be a great laptop. Great to carry around, if you want to have something different from an Acer-Ferrari laptop.

Aibo and Qrio are out of Sony’s product line up

Sony has discontinued the production of Aibo and Qrio, the entertainment robots, a small paragraph in Sony’s Q3 Fiscal Year 2005 results confirms the rumors. As a part of a reorganizing move which was expected ever since Howard Stringer took charge of the global electronics powerhouse, Sony has also discharged 10,000 employees.

This move will allow the company to concentrate on mainstream profitable ventures, but, it will also delay the innovation in consumer robotics as Sony has so far held the flag in the consumer robotics market.

iPod and Scooter

iPod and Scooter

The iPod accessories madness keeps growing. Ever wanted to hear some tracks while you are on your Vespa? And no, you dont have to use the headphones, just get the iPod stereo kit for Vespa P Series and Stella scooters from Scooterworks. The $299 stereo kit works as a dock and charger for your iPod while playing the tunes using a pair of stereo speakers mounted on a glovebox. A note on this product, it's going to take a little time to get it to work as this is sort of a do-it-yourself kit.

Logitech Keyboard with LCD Screen

Logitech Keyboard with LCD Screen

Logitech will release new keyboard which has LCD screen for gamers on February 10th in Japan. The LCD screen shows status like scores, time, and how many bullets are left. And also, it shows CPU and memory useage. When you listen the music from Windows Media Player, screen shows the title of the songs and time. When you don't use it, you can close the LCD panel. There are 18 keys which you can customise on the left part of the keyboard. This keyboard has built in USB Hub(2 ports).

Wireless keyboard made out of fabric

Wireless keyboard made out of fabric

You've seen those mini and compact keyboards, rollable keyboards made of rubber and silicons, but this is something new, a fabric keyboard. Elekson Elektex Smart Fabric Wireless Keyboard is a small Bluetooth keyboard that rolls up into a small package to fit your shirt's pocket. It runs on two AAA batteries that would last around 10 hours. It's a great gear to have for those who prefer a nice portable keyboard for their pda.

No more WMP on Apple.

Microsoft will stop the development of its Windows Media Player for Mac’s OSX; instead they will make a special codec that will allow Apple’s own software play Windows Media Files. The decision was made due to the main development focus on its new version of windows and not Mac’s software. This will be a positive thing since the current version of WMP has not been updated for a long period of time and Mac users will prefer to use QuickTime instead of an outdated WMP.

BenQ Siemens S68 Luxurious and Slim

Mobile telephony has never been simpler. Navigating through the clearly designed telephone menu is easy even without the operating instructions. Now, instead of laboriously typing in a text message, a short voice message can simply be dictated and sent via MMS. The large display puts more than 260,000 brilliant colors on to the mobile’s screen and enables it to be read clearly, even in bright sunlight. With its Dual Speaker System, a hands free function and 64-tone ringtones, the BenQ-Siemens S68 also meets the most discerning acoustic requirements.

An integrated organizer makes this stylish triband mobile an indispensable companion. Current appointments and contact data can be transferred directly via the attractive SyncStation DSC-100 or via Bluetooth from the PC to the mobile. Bluetooth also makes irritating cables on accessories a thing of the past. For example, the new fashionably slender Bluetooth HHB-100 headset ensures optimum comfort when making calls.


CES 2006 Exclusive Coverage of DualCor cPC Handtop PC

The DualCor cPC is one amazing mobile device featuring the power of a desktop PC, the instant-on convenience of a PDA and the always-connected functionality of of a cell phone. This new all-in-one mobile device concurrently runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Mobile 5.0. I’ll shut up and treat you to DLMag’s exclusive video featuring Steven E. Hanley, President and CEO of DualCor. Steven will provide a brief walk through of the DualCor cPC. I’ve got an interview scheduled with Steven tomorrow to get a much more in depth look at this device.

UPDATE: The one one one interview with the President/CEO of DualCor is scheduled for 5PM January 6, 2006. Please check back in a day or so for the full coverage of the DualCor cPC Handtop PC.

Right click and save locally or click to play the DualCor cPC video

In January we told you about a new product and promised an interview with Steven Handley, President and CEO of DualCor Technologies, Inc.. Well, the long-awaited time is here. We finally have the interview and have gotten some great new information for you on the new DualCor Handtop cPC.

When asked to explain the DualCor cPC, Steve replied, “The DualCor cPC is a revolutionary concept in computing. What we have accomplished is the ability to take two processors and two operating systems and put them into a small ultra-portable handtop format.”

Some might ask why you would want two processors and two operating systems. Steve explained. “The reason for this particular type of invention is that we allow the user a full XP XE6 experience complete with a 1.5GHz processor, a 40GB harddrive, and 1GB of DPR2 RAM. That configuration is more powerful than 80% of the desktops employed in America today.”

He went on to say, “However, the key challenge with mobility in today’s mobile enterprise knowledge order is the battery life that they have to suffer through on most XP only devices. And also the inconvenience of not having instant access to their media, pin and other types of contact information.”

The new DualCor cPC does just that. It uses standard Microsoft Office that will run any application that is x86, and 100% out-of-the-box Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2000.

What Makes the cPC Tick?

The DualCor cPC is extremely fast because it incorporates another processor and operating system – Windows Mobile 5.0. This is from the family of systems which include: Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smart Phone. This baby has a Via C-7 processor, and Intel PXA263. The Windows side has 128MB SDRAM, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 1 GB NAND Flash memory, and in addition shares a 40GB harddrive with Windows XP. This makes 41GB of storage which is over 100 times the size of any of the competition.

It features Instant-On, Always-On, Always connected power never seen before in a handheld. It is fairly easy to take along at only 1.1 pounds and measuring 16.3 x 8.3 x 3cm.

This system allows you to switch back and forth between Windows Mobile 5 and Windows XP at the touch of a stylus. This allows you to run any computer application even when you are on the go.

Super-fast HD from Buffalo

Super-fast HD from Buffalo

Buffalo will be releasing a new line of Hard Drives from 150GB to 500GB at a transfer rate of 3Gbps (Giga bits per second) making it perfect for video editing specialists. Sadly right now will only be released in Japan.

[via akihabaranews]

Search Engines Mapping The World

The biggest names on the internet are investing in high detailed images of the world taken by satellite. This new search will help people find pictures of places using a simple search engine, never before this was implemented. Next time you want to take a vacation in a place you have never been you can use this services to find if you really like the beach you want to go to. Of course this has privacy advocates going mad for the abuse it may generate by using this highly detailed images.


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