Archive for Jun 27, 2006

Dell Unveils ExpressCard/34 EV-DO Card

Ok, so they just re-branded Novatel’s XV620. At least they picked a really good EV-DO card to re-brand though, right? The Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard will be available by the end of this week, and will be sold via Dell’s website (like everything else). ExpressCards, for those who are unaware, are the successors to the commonplace CardBus slots found on most laptops today. The ExpressCard technology allows for faster data connections (ExpressCards can use either USB 2.0 or PCI-Express, depending on what the developer chooses) and have a smaller form factor.

Viliv P2 Portable Media Player

The Viliv P2’s list of features goes on and on…but here are the highlights:

  • Powered by an AMD Alchemy processor
  • 4.3-inch screen
  • 4-7 hour battery life
  • TV-out
  • GPS navigation
  • voice recording
  • 20 or 30 GB HDD
  • Windows CE 5.0 Core or Linux
  • Support MP3, WMA, OGG, AC3, SCM, WAV, AIFF, AAC, XviD, MPEG-1, 2, 4, ASF, WMV 7, 8 and 9


Microsoft: No Xbox 360 Price Cut This Year

While I can’t exactly say that I’m surprised by this turn of events, it does put a damper on the hopes of thousands of would-be Xbox customers who were hoping for a holiday price cut to really stick it to the then-new Sony Playstation 3. Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360, their next-generation console, would not see a price cut at all this year, backing up comments made by Microsoft Game Studios head Shane Kim at E3, where he commented that “we feel very good about where we are in terms of pricing and the value that we offer customers.” Or is the possibility still real, and Microsoft is simply being misleading? Read the full article over on

Odd looking mouse pad

The designer of this unconventional looking mouse pad claims that it should cut down on fatigue in your shoulder and wrist.  It’s mounted on your desk with one side at an angle, which seems quite natural – I wish I had one since I’m constantly sitting at my desk.


Water-Cooling Your Xbox 360

Hot on the heels of last week’s impressive water-cooled Xbox 360 by Dano2k0, PC cooling company Koolance has taken this console modification one step further. The Xbox 360 Complete Kit allows console owners to water-cool their own 360s, requiring minimal changes to the console itself while offering lower heat levels, all for the tidy sum of $394.00. As Koolance points out, the console itself is not included, meaning that you’ll be spending $700-$800 total between the console and cooling unit.


mobiBLU UltraSlim-2 DAP

mobiBLU’s new flash-player oozes sex appeal with the “I gotta have it factor”. The UltraSlim-2 or US2 highly resembles the Motorola RAZR putting its thickness only at around 1cm. Like the RAZR, the control panel s laser-etched with the body made of plastic and polished aluminum.


Sony Announces HDMI 1.3 in PS3

Well, put all speculations to rest: Sony has announced that it will be using the recently-released High-Definition Multimedia Interface v1.3 specification, which was announced last week, in its upcoming Playstation 3 video game console. The new specification doubles the previous transfer rate (from 4.95 Gbps to 10.2 Gbps), allowing for 30, 36, and 48-bit color as well as a new miniature connector for portable HD devices. 48-bit color is the level at which humans can no longer distinguish different shades of color without assistance, meaning that the Playstation 3’s already-impressive visuals could be further enhanced by the addition of lifelike color. Read the full article over on

TREKINETIC Uber-Wheelchairs

Poor TREKINETIC, they didn’t wake up this morning knowing that millions of hits would be pouring into their website. Thanks to BIG link in from Gizmodo, the site has exceeded its allotted bandwidth. It’s a good thing that MedGadget has most of the product info.


Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital Camera

OMG is this possibly true that Apple is selling the EOS 1Ds Mark II for under $4K?! The cheapest price I found on the Internet was at Amazon for $6849 – used. You better hurry on over to Apple and snatch this up before Apple figures out their booboo. We actually called Apple and verified the price. Apple representative informed us that this is indeed the correct price. We placed an order for quantity of 1. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will honor the price and ship us this kickass camera.

Again, a mind blowing 16.7 megapixel, full frame CMOS Sensor for under $4K!


100 Million PS3s Will Sell, Says Sony

Oh boy, here we go again (though this time they actually have history on their side). Speaking at their annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo this week, Sony Chief Executive Sir Howard Stringer reiterated Sony’s turnaround plan and announced the company’s belief that it’s ultra-expensive and much-ridiculed Playstation 3 console, due to launch this November for $500-$600 USD, will sell 100 million units like its predecessors, the PSOne and PS2. He also assured stockholders that Sony was on-target to double its operating profit margin by the next fiscal year; though with the game development branch scheduled to deliver a massive profit cut in that time, it should be interesting to see how that works out. Full story at

Unboxing the LG KG800 Chocolate phone

Brad Kellett went through the unboxing ceremony with the new LG KG800 Chocolate phone. This phone is classy and oozes sex appeal; with that being said that box is pretty sweet looking as well. The box is made of very hard cardboard with the lid held shut by magnetic fastens. Seems like LG took a lesson from Apple by making the box as nice as the product, which it holds.


Unboxing the Nokia E61 Smartphone

We scored two Nokia E61 smartphone a couple of days back. Below is the first of many unboxing ceremonies to come. Make sure to check out the unboxing video as well.


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