Archives for September 2009

IREX e-Reader Enters US Market

IREX-DR800SGIREX are introducing the DR800SG e-reader to North America. The e-reader is similar to a Kindle and uses black and white e-Ink to display text on the screen. The screen is also touchscreen measuring 8.1 inches.

Controls for the IREX include a stylus and touchscreen combination as well as a bar on the right side that acts as a joystick so to speak. When reading news papers the paper is zoomed out to fill the screen in proportion and then the e-reader lets you zoom in to the parts you want to read. [Read more…]

HTC HD2 – aka Leo, Launching October 12th

htc_leoWe hear today that the HTC HD2 is launching on October 12th. The HD2 was previously known as the HTC Leo and is a smartphone running the Windows Phone operating system (Windows Mobile 6.5). The HTC HD2 has a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen that runs at a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

The HD2 will run the TouchFlo 3D navigation overlay. The information comes from someone who tipped Engadget saying that the O2 intranet site lists the HTC HD2 as having a release date of October 12th. [Read more…]

Dell Studio XPS now with Intel Core i7 Processors

dell-studio-xps16Dell are now starting to include the Intel Core i7 8200M 1.73GHz processor in their Dell Studio XPS 16 range of notebooks. The Intel Core i7 is touted to be the fastest mobile processor available.

The top end processor gives up to 137% more performance than the Core 2 Duo processors. Also included in the XPS range is a 1GB ATI graphics card that can provide full HD at 1080p on the optional 16″ LED display. [Read more…]

TomTom iPhone Kit now in the UK – Update

tomtom-car-kit-for-iphone-3gsThe TomTom car kit for the iPhone 3G S is now available to pre-order from the Apple Store in the UK. It costs £100 but that does does-not include a copy of TomTom navigator for the iPhone which isn’t is quite bad. Shipping will start in 2 or 3 weeks.

The TomTom car kit allows you to secure your iPhone to the dashboard or windscreen of your car. The unit contains it’s own GPS unit that can provide a more reliable signal. Also a built in mic and loadspeaker are also included so you can make hands free calls as well as listen to directions as they are read out. [Read more…]

Memorex iPod Dock Launched

Mi9490PBLK-QTRview_hiMemorex have launched the Mi9490PBLK iPod dock sound system that is compatible with both iPods and iPhones. It is capable of 30 watts of power output and also allows you to listen to radio and audio CD’s.

Memorex’ Sound System is the first in a series of new products that has full compatibility with all iPhones including the new 3G S.

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Over 30 New Smartphones to run Windows 6.5 by Christmas

windows-mobile-65A Microsoft Executive has commented saying that more that 30 new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will be launched before the end of this year. These will be made up from over 15 handset vendors which include HTC, Acer, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, HP as well as others.

As well as handset makers getting involved, a number of carriers have also shown interest which includes…”AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMO, Softbank Mobile, SKT, Telstra and Telus, have also voiced support for Windows Mobile 6.5, the sources added.” [Read more…]

Pentax Optio M85

pentax-optio-m85The Pentax Optio M85 has been announced. It is a point and shoot camera that has a 12 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom and a 3 inch LCD screen.

The camera measures 19mm in thickness and weighs 128g. The body of the Optio M85 is metal making it quite a sturdy pocket sized camera. [Read more…]

eInk Blink Name Badge

e_ink_name_badgeNeolux have created a new name badge for conferences that uses eInk technology that makes it possible to change the badge, or make the text blink on it. It’s the same technology that is found in eBook readers and only requires power when the image is changed on the device.

The idea isn’t hugely beneficial from what I can see, but as it uses eInk crammed on to a small surface that also includes the chip to control it and a power source then it makes it quite a cool device. I’m not 100% sure if it’s practical and if the price is cheap enough to make it worth it. [Read more…]

Microsoft Courier Dual Screen Booklet

courier4Microsoft Courier is dual screen booklet device that is in the late stages of development. Looking at the video below you will see it’s actually a very cool looking device that aims to make your working and personal life a lot easier.

The Microsoft Courier has what looks to be 2x 7″ screens that are both multi-touch and work together to form 1 large screen, or 2 separate work spaces. It is designed to be used with a stylus and finger so that you can flick things from one screen to another while using the pen to write with. The video presentation shows a journal being created, shared and task lists being written out.

Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

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TrendNet Wireless N Adapter – TEW-648UB

TEW-648UB_d2_3TrendNet have launched the TEW-648UB that is a very small Wireless N USB adapter. It isn’t much larger than a quarter and is capable of transmitting up to 150MB/second making it rather a snappy device.

The adapter is easy to set up and uses one-touch Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) technology. Signals are all encrypted if needed also. Other features include wi-fi multimedia (WMM) as well as Quality of Service (QoS) allowing you to easily prioritize traffic if needed. With the wireless n adapter working at full speed it gives it a potential 6x the speed and 3x the coverage of the older wireless g connections still commonly used. [Read more…]

XBox 360 Wireless N Adapter Priced

xbox-wifi-adapterA price tag of $100 has been set for those who want to purchase the upcoming 802.11n adapter for the XBox 360. This makes it $20 more than the 802.11g. By using wireless n as well as dual antennae, it will be possible to stream content at 1080p if required that will come from the Zune Movie portal.

No official launch date for the XBox 360 Wireless N adapter is known yet although I’d expect it to be around ready for Christmas. [Read more…]

USB 3.0 WebCam with 1080p60 Streaming Revealed

USB-3-0-1080p-WebCamUSB 3.0 was announced a while back and what we have here is a new webcam designed to be USB 3.0 compliant. It is built by Point Grey and the specs are quite impressive as it can actually capture full HD at 1080p at an impressive 60 frames per second.

Due to the wider bandwidth available on USB 3.0, it allows raw data to be pushed through allowing it to function at the higher resolution and frame rate.

Inside the camera there is a 3 megapixel Sony CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing the 1920×1080 pixels needed to make up the resolution. [Read more…]