Archive for Jan 19, 2007

Hitachi W51H – Featuring High Resolution Mobile Screen!

I said it before and I’ll say it again, Japanese always get the cool gear. Hitachi released W51H phone featuring a whopping 480X800 resolution on a 2.9-inch screen. Other notable features including a security fingerprint scanner, a 2-megapixel camera, and voice navigated GPS. At this time, it will only be available in Japan and currently there are no plan for US release.

Hitachi phone sports highest mobile screen res anywhere [via sci-fi tech]

Airport 802.11n Upgrade Fee Confirmed at $1.99

Airport 802.11n Upgrade Fee Confirmed at $1.99

Apple has confirmed the patch upgrade fee for Core 2 Duo systems equipped with 802.11n card will be $1.99. Apple previously stated that it will charge $4.99 for the patch, however due to many negative responds Apple decided to cut the price. This patch will be available for free to those who buy the new 802.11n Airport Extreme base station. Apple released a statement regarding the reason why they need to charge for the patch.

"The nominal distribution fee for the 802.11n software is required in order for Apple to comply with generally accepted accounting principles for revenue recognition, which generally require that we charge for significant feature enhancements, such as 802.11n, when added to previously purchased products,"

Apple To Charge $1.99 To Activate 802.11n [via gizmodo]

iPhone Could Rack Up Close to 50 percent margin for Apple and AT&T

iPhone Could Rack Up Close to 50 percent margin for Apple and AT&T

Vincent posted on MYiPhone a calculation on how much iPhone could potentially brings in for Apple and AT&T based on recent report of iPhone cost.

Hot damn, what a hefty profit margin Apple and partner AT&T will enjoy. Based on iSuppli’s preliminary functional Bill of Material (BoM) estimate, the Apple iPhone will cost $229.85 for hardware BoM and manufacturing cost and a $245.83 total expense for the 4GB model. The 8GB Apple iPhone will cost $264.85 hardware cost and a $280.83 total expense. Apple and AT&T will split the profit of 50.7% for the 4GB and 53.1% for the 8GB at the $599 retail price.

[via myiphone]

PRADA phone gets all official

Label-whores, mobile pros and finger-thumpers rejoice, LG have finally made official what we long expected – the PRADA phone (otherwise masquerading as the KE850) will go on sale in Europe at the end of February, followed by Asia in March. 

Overshadowed a little perhaps by both the iPhone and LG’s own legal case against Apple disputing the originality of that very handset, the KE850 has a respectable feature-set operated via a very interesting UI.  Its 12mm thin chassis packs tri-band EDGE, a 2-megapixel camera (with LED flash), microSD memory expansion of the as-yet-undisclosed internal storage, office file viewer, a DAP supporting MP3, ACC, ACC+, WMA and RA, as well as a video player compatible with MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 formats.  All of the above are accessed through a Flash-based interface developed by Pilotfish, who partnered with Synaptics to create the Onyx concept cellphone SlashGear covered last year, and whose DNA is very much present in the PRADA phone.


British tweakers beef up Evo

There are some for whom a super-fast, ultra-capable sports saloon just isn’t special enough.  Show them a Mitsubishi Evo, famed for being as extreme a four-door rally-derived monster of a vehicle, and they’ll cock a snook at it.  Thankfully, that’s where X Works Automotive steps in; with the typical “oh, let’s make that a bit better” attitude of the traditional British tinkerer, these engineers have added atypically high-tech ingredients to the mix.

Now a two-door, two-seater coupé, the carbon-composite bodied X1 is the work of 30 months and the dedication of designers Andrew Borrowman and Sean Prendergast, taking the Evo’s original 350bhp 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and giving it some lovely new aluminium and carbon subframes to reside among.


Dell Unveils Semi-Rugged Notebook – Latitude ATG

Panasonic has done quite well with its rugged roughbook, and now Dell wants to play the game of rugged. The Dell Latitude ATG D620 is designed to operate in harsher environment and sporting latest Intel chip Core 2 Duo. According to DailyTech, Latitude ATG meets military specs for vibration, humidity and altitude and protected against accidental bumps, moisture, and other elements around the operation environment.

Dell Launches Ruggedized Notebook [via dailytech]

Belkin Battery Backup with Flashlight

If power outtages have you worried over your precious computer servers, then Belkin’s Battery Backup with Flashlight will give you peace of mind. Just plug all your equipment into the device so that when the power goes off it will keep your connected equipment on long enough to let you shut them down and prevent data loss or hardware damage.

The detachable flashlight will automatically light up during power outtages so that you can use it to see when shutting down your system and finding your way to the exit. The Battery Backup with Flashlight will be available in mid-February for $99.99.

Mustek’s Stylish Minimalist Webcam

Say goodbye to those ol’ big eyeball-like plastic-encased webcams. As we can see from the evolutionary path of most gadgets, everything is heading towards being smaller and sleeker. Mustek’s got a new webcam coming out called the SI302A that is very small and very stylish in an aluminum casing that can clip to the top of your LCD monitor or sit on a flat surface.

The SI302A boasts an advanced ¼-inch CMOS sensor and an all-glass, auto focus lens that delivers awesomely clear videos. Natural 30fps video is achieved compression-free via the USB 2.0 interface and its 1280×1024 resolution (1.3 megapixels) is twice that of typical webcams. The SI302A also features a built-in condenser microphone for convenient video and audio chatting.

The webcam is expected to ship in March 2007, but the MSRP price has not yet been finalized.

Mobility’s New iGo everywhere85 keeps you powered up everywhere

Our constant need for battery power has led to a whole slew of devices here to insure that we can always power up our laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices anywhere we go. Mobility Electronics brings us another such product called the iGo everywhere85 that’s a universal notebook power adapter in a small lightweight package.

The iGo everywhere85 is very compact and thin, featuring dualpower accessory, auto charging plug, and interchangeable tips for compatibility with a number of notebooks including those of Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, and Toshiba.

Users can also simultaneously charge their notebook and another device such as a mobile phone, Bluetooth headset, or MP3 player, eliminating the need to purchase and carry separate adapters. The iGo everywhere85 will be available in the first half of this year for $129.99.

Magellan CrossoverGPS Guides You Anywhere

If you have a bad sense of direction, then most likely you get lost not only while driving. And if you’re the outdoorsy type, often lost on a hike or a bike or a kayak, then it’s a good idea to get something like the Magellan CrossoverGPS. It’s claimed to be the first rugged, IPX4-waterproof, pocket-sized portable GPS for both in-car and outdoor navigation.

The Magellan CrossoverGPS comes with full-featured driving GPS guidance with turn-by-turn voice, text, and visual directions, preloaded topographic contour maps of the lower 48 states, a color touchscreen, and multimedia capabilities such as playing MP3s and picture viewing. It can also be upgraded to have live traffic updates and rerouting.

The unit measures just 3.4 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches and has an 8-hour battery life. Priced at $549.

Canon’s New Ol’ Fashioned Fax Machine

You might think that being able to email everything these days along with the many internet faxing services available that good old fax machines would be obsolete. But that’s not the case, and there are many situations where simply dialing a number and feeding your documents through the good old fax machine totally beats scanning documents and then attaching or uploading them. Thus, it is nice to see the fax machine get some new styling with Canon’s new FAX-JX200.

The JX200 combines modern design, affordable pricing, and high quality construction and performance. It uses Canon’s Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology to produce crisp clear scans and copies with high speed 6-second page transmissions for fast and quiet faxing. It should be available early this year for around $80.

Logitech Harmony 1000, A Universal Remote Done Right

Manufacturers of super universal remotes have been in a competition to see who could cram the most buttons onto one plastic bar to create the ultimate monster controller. But this often made matters more complicated than simple for consumers. And Logitech was no exception with their Harmony 800 universal remote that had way too many buttons. And as if they’ve been listening to our complaints, they’ve recently come out with the Harmony 1000 that’s so simple and functional, it ought to set the new standard for universal remotes to come.

The Harmony 1000 can seamlessly control up to 15 separate components and features a 3.5-inch color touch-screen LCD display with a minimal amount of buttons on a sleek metal body. Setup is done via your computer where the wizard walks you through the process of selecting from Logitech’s large online database of over 4,500 manufacturers and over 150,000 devices.

So, if you really do have around 15 different remotes laying around on your coffee table or in the cracks and crevices of your couch, you should definitely consider replacing everything with one Harmony 1000. But, at $500, this type of convenience doesn’t come cheap.