Archive for Jan 31, 2007

Mobile TV LG-style hands-on video

Mobile TV LG-style hands-on video

Streaming TV on your cellphone is a mainstay of life in Asia, though its taken its time making the trek over through Europe and into the US.  Still, it's finally coming, and LG have been showing off their trick flip-screen VX9400 cellphone.  Check out this MobilitySite hands-on video of the handset in action. 

Analysts like Michael Mace agree that while trials of similar services have been ostensibly successful, actual market take-up tends to hover around low figures.  What do you think, are you going to upgrade to a TV-capable cellphone when they become available? 

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Vista models say slim is sexy

It seems that when it comes to fashion, slim is still in – several companies are showing off their waifish desktop PCs all stoked up with Vista.  Of particular note include TG’s oddly named “Little LLUON”, which has the catwalk-friendly honour of being just 44mm thick despite packing an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

A bit of a bloater in comparison, Samsung unveiled the DM-Z10/180.  Now at 55mm thick it’s a full 25% broader than the Little LLUON, but we’ll overlook that in favour of its adapted Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB of RAM and 250GB, 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive. 

Samsung DM-Z10/180

More photos of these petite powerhouses after the cut.


Virtual Scroll Wheel cellphone

Perhaps I’m misinterpreting Kevin’s post, but it sure looks like he’s saying that the new OKWAP S868 has a hardware scroll wheel. Now kick me in the ass with a gravy-soaked boot if I’m wrong, but it looks to me like there’s no way that keypad could rotate, not unless it was simply the ‘5’ button that did so (which would be an ergonomic nightmare).

Far more likely, I’d say, is that there’s some sort of proximity or touch sensor built into the keypad, which registers a scrolling motion. It’s a clever touch, and I imagine makes navigating the Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone Phone Edition OS a lot snappier than repeatedly thumbing a directional keypad.


Sony gets in on the Vistagami fun

It’s been out for months now, but I still think Sony’s ultraportable not-quite-a-UMPC is deeply cool.  Now, with the launch of Vista still ringing in our ears, Sony have updated their handheld and the guys over at Akihabara News have got their paws on one for a review.  So far we’ve just got unboxing photos to tide us over, but they’re promising full details of the Core Solo U1500 powered lust-slab.

A 32GB SSD drive should be damned nippy for all those Vista goodies, and 1GB of RAM a comfortable start.  Ironically they found that the OS’s over-protective security prevents some of the UX-91’s pre-installed pen-input features – such as the on-screen keyboard – from working.

More photos after the cut, and there’s a video of the device in action over on their site.


Vista launch kicks off with a bang

Our own Vincent recently attended the launch of the much-anticipated successor to Windows XP in New York. He’s provided us with a couple of teaser videos to check out. Microsoft is well known for having big acts when they launch an OS, these guys are no Rolling Stones, but they definitely rock.

Another video after the jump


The printer that fits in your pocket

So you’ve just taken a great picture of your friend doing something really crazy on your cell phone. Now what if your best bud wants a copy of it? Well, soon you can just whip out your handheld printer from ZINK and print out a nice 2×3 of him acting like an idiot. Basically the printer is about the size of an average cell phone that can print off pictures using a specialized piece of paper. The picture is created by heating up and putting varying amounts of pressure on the polymer paper.

The obvious upsides to this unit is the fact that it has no liquid ink. No ink = no mess. This unit is still in testing, so we’ve not seen just how well the pictures turn out. Who knows, if it does well enough, this could be something to revolutionize the printing industry. Pricing is expected to be around $99 for the printer and around $19.95 for a 100 pack of paper. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is what your friend will do when he finds out you’ve made copies of his little incident for everyone.

Zink Bringing Printers to Your Handheld Gadgetry [via engadget]

Coming soon to your PVR: P2P

Peer to Peer networks are very popular these days, though most of them have very shady and not-quite-legal intentions. One legal P2P network that will be debuting soon comes to us from NDS that creates PVRs for DirecTV. A PVR with it’s own P2P network, I like the sound of that.

The first thing you have to look at is their new “Distributed DVR” which essentially lets you share the content stored on the PVR with any of the PC’s on your home network. Now that by itself is enough to make me want one. But here’s the kicker, they’re going to introduce ShareTV, a P2P network that allows subscribers to view and download content from any other ShareTV user. And from there you can transfer it to your PC. Theoretically, this would enable users access to content from channels to which they do not currently subscribe. (I’ll pause to let you get your minds out of the gutter) I’m not sure how this will make the MPAA feel, but if they can get all of the legal issues, I think this will revolutionize the PVR market.

The first P2P PVR from NDS plus innovative “Distributed DVR” [via PVRwire]

The last book you’ll ever need to buy (now in leather)

The last book you’ll ever need to buy (now in leather)

Looking for the perfect gadget for the bookworm in your life this Valentine's Day? Yes, I know, chocolates and flowers are great, but if you want to get them something that they'll never expect this is it. A Dooney & Bourke Limited Edition Portable Reader. Sony's Reader line has become increasingly popular of late, and this special leather edition will make a perfect gift.

The Reader has a 6-inch 800x600 screen, USB cable, wall charger, a cloth carrying bag, and a $25 gift card for Sony's CONNECT store all in a special red gift box. This limited edition Reader is only available through until February 9th and will set you back around $500. If you don't have quite that much in your budget, you could always just get them a real book

Cupidlog: Sony's Portable Reader Now Features a Leather Cover [via Gearlog]

Everyone loves a Slanket

Everyone loves a Slanket

Ok, first off, I know that this product is neither a revolutionary piece of technology or cool gadget. But with the recent cold snap that we've had here in the Midwest I can't resist. Now that we have that out of the way, this thing is just cool. Imagine that you want to lay down on the couch and throw on a blanket and post in your blog or troll your favorite forums. Well, anyone that has done this knows it's a pain to actually maneuver the blanket so that you're not only covered, but you can still work on your laptop.

This new product called the Slanket aims to make that task a whole lot easier. Take that same warm blanket and picture large cuffed sleeves for your arms. Now you can wrap up and lie down on the couch and work comfortably. The Slanket currently comes in 5 different colors and will set you back just under $50

The Slanket Experience [via Techie Diva]

Mini keyboard for the Mac Mini

If you’re one that likes to keep your Mac Mini accessories, well, mini, the Happy Hacking Lite 2 is going to fit right in with your collection. Fujitsu obviously designed this little guy with the Mini in mind, it’s total width is less than twice the size of the Mac mini, measuring in at just under a foot long. Surprisingly, with that reduction in size they still manage to get all of the essential keys on there, and still have room to get a couple of USB 1.1 ports on there.

Don’t you PC users fret either, it’s still compatible with Windows too, and no word on Linux support. The Happy Hacking Lite 2 will run you about $52, but there is a catch. It’s currently only available in Japan. No word on when they’ll be coming stateside.

Mac Mini Sized Happy Hacking Lite Keyboard [via EverythingUSB]

PC to TV media swapping made super-simple

I’ve a shudder-inducing feeling that my own personal purgatory will be a nightmarish bombardment of acronyms and abbreviations.  Seriously, is there any other industry so in love with initials and oddly-constructed names?  Well, the latest to offend my eyes is USBTV, basically a USB memory stick with built-in video encoder and video line-out.


Tech-shy users slap the key into their PC, drag’n’drop a load of content onto it (which get DRM-encrypted as it transfers) and then either slot it into an LCD or Plasma TV which has a compatible USBTV USB port, or use the cradle and a bog-standard video-out cable. 

It might sound bland – and compared to wireless media streamers, it is – but it’s obviously caught the attention of LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer and Zoran who have all jumped into bed with Sandisk.  Expect to see USBTV products later this year, after some trial testing starts at the beginning of February.

USBTV [via EverythingUSB]

Kohjinsha ultra-portable is perfect mobile-blogging tool

Steve Paine is a man on a mission: a mission to test out the world of UMPCs and ultraportable computing and vanquish sub-par offerings from thoughtless manufacturers.  It’s a thankless task (if of course you overlook the opportunities to play with cool tiny tech and the constant link-love) but that’s the sort of dedicated man he is.  Steve has been spending some serious one-on-one time with the Kohjinsha SA1F00A, doing everything from emailing, blogging and video-editing in the name of comprehensive testing.

His opinion?  Well, I won’t spoil what is a very thorough review, but it’s fair to say that as a portable non-touchscreen sub-portable the SA1F00A has very little in the way of competitors.  The fanless-design is clever, although the casing itself is more industrial-chic than catwalk-friendly, and it stands head and shoulders above the crowd when it comes to mobile blogging (see a photo of Steve on a romantic assignation with the Kohjinsha, after the cut).


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