German audiophile headphone manufacturer Ultrasone has announced the PRO 900, its first headphones with S-Logic Plus technology. S-Logic apparently reduces sound pressure on the listener’s ear drums, as well as improving tonal perception. The PRO 900’s also have 40mm titan-plated drivers, with a 6Hz to 42kHz frequency range.
Google have announced their rival to Apple’s App Store, the Android Market. Intended to allow users of Android-based devices – whether cellphones or otherwise – to download new apps and other software directly to the handset, Google have confirmed that a beta version of the service will be present on the first commercially available Android cellphones.
Logitech have introduced the Squeezebox Boom, in effect the company’s Squeezebox network music player with built-in amplification and speakers. Setup is straightforward – plug into the mains, enter your WiFi password – and then you have the pleasure of bi-amped 3-inch woofers and 3/4-inch tweeters (with a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter behind the scenes) to enjoy either music stored elsewhere on your network or streaming from Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius.
Samsung has announced its fifth-generation Blu-ray player, the BD-P2500, capable of 1080p high-definition from Blu-ray media as well as upscaling standard definition DVDs. Supporting BD Live (Profile 2.0) and Bonus View (Profile 1.1), the BD-P2500 also has Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing, xvYCC Deep Color support and a 24fps film mode.
Updated Apple patents documenting how the company envisages larger-scale multitouch displays reacting to all fingers of both of a user’s hands have added further fuel to the suspicion that a MacBook Tablet is in development. The patent, 52 pages in length, suggests a full-touchscreen Mac Tablet with window-based GUI as in OS X; controls would adapt to finger input, expanding to avoid accidental overlap presses, horizontal, vertical or circular scrolling would be supported, and a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard provided.
Samsung has revealed a new ultraportable notebook, the X360, which the company is describing as “lighter than air”. They actually mean “lighter than Air”, as the X360 comes in 3oz lighter than Apple’s ultraportable. Under the hood lies a Centrino 2 ULV processor, 1GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB) and a choice of 64GB or 128GB SSD, or 5,400RPM 120GB HDD. Screen size is 13.3-inches, LED-backlit and running at 1280 x 800.
Milena grabbed some hands-on time with JVC’s latest high-definition Everio camcorders at IFA 2008 today, together with the easy-archiving Share Station VD50. The HD30 and HD40 are both hard-drive based, with 80GB and 120GB respectively, as well as having a microSDHC slot for memory expansion.
TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it. The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom’s IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.
If plasma isn’t your preference, then how about Sony’s 9.9mm LCD HDTV. The KDL-40ZX1 is 40-inches of LED-backlit super-skinny, with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 120Hz MotionFlow, x.v.Color and Sony’s BRAVIA Engine 2 image processing. Best of all, this is no concept – it goes on sale in Japan on November 10th.
LG have been showing off their BD300 Blu-ray player at IFA 2008, and while the US version includes Netflix movie downloads the company has made no comment about the possibility of streaming media or IPTV for the European version. Instead they’re boasting about the “advanced viewing experience”, with BD-Live, 1080p full High Definition and the ability to playback Blu-ray discs, DVDs and DivX movies.