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Toshiba: LCDs, DVDs, more
Toshiba recently unveiled several new lines of LCD TVs, portable and home DVD players, DVD recorders, and some LCD TV-DVD combo units. The AV500 series LCDs range from 19- to 42-inches in size, and feature a 720p HD image resolution. Dynamic backlight controls can adjust for...
BB Pearl 8130 With Alltel
Alltel has begun shipping its version of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, the first CDMA-capable Pearl. The candybar design has all the features of the full version including true GPS, which can be used either through Resarch in Motion's own BlackBerry Maps feature or through a subscription...
Chinese iPhone knockoff
A new Chinese iPhone knock-off is being sold on the internet, billed as "High quality copy UNLOCKED IPHONE AV-P688 SIMILAR STYPLE IPOD GSM CELL PHONE WITH MP3 MP4 FUNCTION". iTech News Net reports that performing a Google search for the device yields several results for sites...
Skype 2.7 beta for Leopard
The internet telephony firm Skype released a new beta of its next generation VOIP software. First released in August, the new Skype 2.7 beta adds support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple latest operating system, and also brings better video resolution. The company said that...
Translating its relative success with the original Zonbu Desktop to portables, Zonbu today unveiled the Zonbu Notebook. Like the original Linux system, the Everex-made 15.4-inch system is based primarily around a subscription for network storage and programs: 50GB of space...
Virtual 62" iPod screen
Vuzix Corporation has begun shipping the iWear AV920. The AV920 delivers a 62-inch "virtual screen" through twin 640 x 480 high resolution LCD displays. Compatible devices include iPods, cell phones, portable DVD players, and gaming consoles. The device includes an AccuTilt viewer...
Nokia mocks iPhone
In brief: Safari has broken the 5 percent marketshare threshold, Nokia is making fun of the iPhone lock-down situation, A Cocoa Open Xdrive framework has debuted, Daystar Technology is offering an "anydrive" to USB 2.0 adapter ... Apple's Web browser, Safari, has achieved 5 percent...
Touch iPod in-depth
Apple today introduced a new iPod to accompany its tiny iPod shuffle, mid-sized iPod nano, and full featured video-capable iPod now known as iPod classic. The iPod touch looks remarkably similar to the company's iPhone, and features a multi-touch display of the exact same size...
HP offers mobile, lasers
In addition to several new consumer-oriented printers, HP today unveiled several additions to its office-targeted line of printers and scanners. The new products include what the company is calling the fastest mobile printer, a 35 page-per-minute inkjet, three new laser printers...
MS Confirms X360 Price Cut
Microsoft today officially validated its Xbox 360 price cuts with word of price drops across all three models. The central Xbox 360 Pro -- now just labeled the Xbox 360 -- sees the largest drop, shrinking in price from its original $400 launch price to $350. The high-end Xbox...
Turbo.264 gets new feature
Elgato has released a software update adding a number of new features to the Elgato Turbo.264, a hardware video encoding accelerator in USB stick format. The new software edition adds iPhone export presets, allows user-customizable settings for video conversion, and enables manual...
VideoExpress from Miglia
Miglia has announced the VideoExpress, a device about the size of a standard Apple remote that can convert video for the iPod, Apple TV and other Sony PSP using hardware-based encoding. Miglia claims that the VideoExpress will encode into h.264 video up to 5x faster than real...
Sony debuts 80GB PS3
Ahead of the E3 gaming conference later this week, Sony on Monday announced a new 80GB model of its PlayStation 3 entertainment system as well as cut the price on the currently shipping model by $100 and promised more titles for the gaming system. Expected to ship in August,...
Plantronics and its sub-label Altec-Lansing today launched several new earphone sets, including a trio of headsets made for the iPhone and most cellphones. The Upgrader UHS 302, 306, and 307 each have inline microphones with volume control and a switch to flip between calls and...
Countering a slew of new phone announcements from Sony-Ericsson, Motorola has launched the Deluxe ic902 with Sprint. The new phone follows up on the ic502, offering walkie-talkie capabilities but adding access to Power Vision services through Sprint's EVDO network, a 2-megapixel...
Blue Laser PS3 Drop
An improvement in parts may trigger a major price drop in the PlayStation 3's cost, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. Sony's semicondutor division has managed to ramp up the production of the blue-violet lasers needed for the PS3's drive much sooner than expected,...
Xbox 360 Elite early?
The forthcoming Elite, a deluxe version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, may already be arriving at some stores, reports suggest. At the center of the news is an eBay listing, auctioning an Elite purchased at a Target for $480. The remarkable point is that the Elite is not...
20GB PS3 Cancelled
Sony has officially discontinued the 20GB version of the PlayStation 3 in North America, ending its run only six months after the Blu-Ray console's November 17th launch. The company described the decision as a reflection of demand, which was overwhelmingly in favor of the more...
MGM now playing on iTunes
MGM Studios and Apple today announced that MGM is now offering titles from its catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Beginning today, iTunes customers will be able to purchase films such as "Dances With Wolves," "Mad...
20GB PS3 is vanishing
Although the $600 price of the 60GB PS3 has been one of the major complaints about Sony's console, the 20GB model ($500) is becoming increasingly hard to find, notes PC World. Major retailers such as Best Buy have stopped sales entirely, and even Sony itself no longer lists...
Vizio 42-inch plasma
Vizio's newest plasma set is the VP42HDTV, which is notable mainly for coming in under the psychologically important $1,000 barrier. It does however have a reasonable level of performance, including a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 480 cd/m2 brightness, and an estimated lifetime of...
Sony unveils Seven cameras
Sony today introduced a slew of new digital cameras, updating its Cyber-shot line with a total of seven new models. The company unveiled four new compact and semi-pro Cyber-shot models between its T- and H-series, and launched a trio of cameras in its W series. The 8-megapixel...
Sony Cyber-shot Early 2007
Continuing a large string of announcements today, Sony updated its Cyber-shots with four new compact and semi-pro models. The 8-megapixel T-series is sharper than its predecessors and also more media-savvy, the company says: each can connect through a component cable directly...
Lionsgate films on iTunes
Apple today announced that movies from Lionsgate Entertainment will be available for purchase and download from the iTunes Store starting today. iTunes can now purchase films, such as "Terminator 2," "LA Story," "Basic Instinct," "The Blair Witch Project" and "Dirty Dancing". The companies said that...
OWC, OpenGL Bootcamp
In brief: Other World Computing (OWC) has lowered pricing on its Mercury Elite-AL Pro "Quad Interface" FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0 + eSATA line of external storage solutions; each drive is usable in a vertical or horizontal configuration, measures 9 x 2.1 x 5.8-inches, and offers 250GB ($180) to 750GB...
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