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Samsung SGH-X830 Mini MP3 Phone

Posted in Digital Audio,Mobile Phones,Samsung by Darrin Olson on November 10th, 2006

Samsung Samsung SGH-X830I really like seeing unique and innovative designs with new mobile devices, and Samsung has come up with a unique design with the SGH-X830 “Mini MP3 Phone”.

The X830 has a swing-open style that allows the device to work as a compact MP3 player when closed and as mobile phone when swung open. The design comes in 6 different colors – black, candy pink (both pictured here), pure white, oasis blue, orange and lemon green to blend into many different tastes, while the dimensions of the Mini MP3 Phone are a mere 84x30x19.9 mm and weighs only 75 grams.

The menu and different functions are navigated through a click wheel on the front of the phone which lets you scroll through options and up to 250 songs on the 1GB of internal memory.

This is one of many mobile multimedia phones to come from Samsung, according …

January 30, 2007 – Windows Vista Retail Release

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista by Darrin Olson on November 9th, 2006

Windows Vista ReleaseMicrosoft has announced that Windows Vista will be available to the general consumer on January 30th, 2007. This release comes shortly after the release of Vista to business users at the end of November, 2006. After January 30th, the Windows Vista operating system will be availabe as both a stand alone purchase and pre-installed on new PC’s.

Windows Vista is coming in 4 different editions:

Home Basic: This looks like a real scaled down version that is stated for use in basic home needs such as emailing and surfing the internet.
Home Premium: This version looks to still be a truely a home version of the application, but has some added features including the Media Center and integration with Xbox 360, as well as enhanced desktop navigation and Tablet support.
Business: The business edition is designed for small and mid-sized organizations, and does not have the …

Apple Unveils MacBooks With Core 2 Duo Processor

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Macbook with Intel Core 2 DuoApple has just announced the release of it’s new line of Macbooks with the Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, giving the new versions up to 25% faster processing speeds than previous versions. To keep up with the faster processing, the new notebooks will also feature double the memory offering up to 2 GB and more storage than previous models making hard drives of up to 200 GB available for the heavy hauler.

The 64-bit processor architecture of the Intel Core 2 Duo allows it to handle data and process more decisions double time (64 bits versus 32 bits), giving the Macbook more processing power. Apple states that this additional processing speed equates to 6 times the performance over the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook. The Apple web site boasts the performance enhancement with the Core 2 Due by showing examples demonstrating a …

Panasonic HDC-SD1, One Small AVCHD Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,News,Panasonic by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Panasonic HDC-SD1 CamcorderPanasonic has come out with the latest in small AVCHD camcorders which will record High-Def video. The video is recorded onto a 4GB SDHC memory card that can hold between 40 and 90 minutes of video depending on the Mbps that the video is recorded at, and it has a battery that allows continuous recording for up to 65 minutes.

Using the 3CCD sensor the HDC-SD1 camcorder can record in full HD 1080i (1920 x 1080) and provide digital and optical zoom at 12X and 30X, respectively. You can watch the video you are recording with the 3″ LCD flip-out monitor and record sound in Dolby Digital 5.1 format with 5 separate microphones built into the camera that adjust based on zoom.

The attention-getter with this camcorder has got to be it’s size, though. At only 490 …

Samsung Releases SPH-P9000 Voice and WiMAX

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,PDAs,Samsung,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 7th, 2006

Samsung SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITsSamsung has released a new device into the market which is one of the few new, and soon to be growing in numbers, devices that converge technologies for internet and voice communications. Samsung has done it in this case using WiMax and CDMA EV-DO connectivity to make this hand-held multi-functional device.

The SPH-P9000 is not the smallest mobile device you will find, but it exchanges it’s portly exterior for some increased usability. The device folds out from it’s 143 x 92 x 29.7 mm dimension to have a full qwerty keyboard and viewable upright 5″ WVGA screen for some un-cramped typing and viewing of documents and movies on the Windows XP based OS.

The device has an MP3 player and 1.3 megapixel camera along with a 30 GB hard drive and altogether weighs 560 grams. The Samsung SPH-P9000 is expected to be launched in …

Cingular Announces 8525 Release

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,PDAs,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 6th, 2006

Cingular 8525Today Cingular announced the release of the 8525 PDA, which is the first smart phone or PDA in the US to be UMTS/HSDPA enabled, as well as the first mobile device in the US to offer users 3G capabilities in both the U.S. and in many other countries around the world. Cingular’s BroadbandConnect service is available in the US and over 100 other countries around the world, and Cingular plans on continuing to expand this 3G coverage with GSM providers in the coming years.

The new 8525 PDA Pocket PC uses Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology. The device has incorporated a number of nice navigation controls to utilize the OS, including a scroll wheel and allowing touch-screen capabilities common with PDA’s. This makes navigating Windows features even easier and allows users to further take advantage of the applications on Windows Mobile, such …

NVIDIA PureVideo Enables HD DVD, Blu-Ray On Your PC

Posted in Digital Video,News,NVIDIA,Video Cards by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

Nvidia PureVideo HDNVIDIA has now made it possible for you to watch HD DVD or Blu-ray movies on your PC with some new video drivers having PureVideo HD technology. The PureVideo technology encompasses multiple features that will help improve the video portion of your multimedia experience with your PC.

Aside from just creating the drivers to support the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, PureVideo provides some hardware acceleration to decode H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 movies that will make images clearer than normal, and up to six times the detail of a regular DVD movie. The driver software will also help your PC run a little more efficiently when using multiple applications since it takes on some of the video processing instead of taxing the PC’s CPU and 3D engine.

“This is a milestone in PC entertainment,” stated Scott Vouri who is general manager of multimedia at …

MOTOMING A1200 From Motorola

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motoming-A1200,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

MOTOMING A1200The MOTOMING from Motorola is a sleek looking mobile phone full of functionality and a little different looking style.

The MOTOMING has a clamshell design with a transparent, tinted front so that you can see whatever wallpaper is active when the phone is closed. It comes in two different colors, a dark gray and a red, which both look very sharp.

The MOTOMING A1200 also has some impressive and handy functionality that come along with this unique design, so the phone is not all flash. With the built-in 2 megapixel camera, not only can you take digital photos but you can also scan business cards which will identify the text and store the information in the phone book.

The MOTOMING lends itself to business travelers on the go with a smart device file viewer that allow you to view business documents on the large color screen, such …

Windows Vista and Office 2007 Available November 30, or Sooner?

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

Windows VistaKeeping on track with earlier Vista release information, Microsoft has said that it’s enterprise version of the new Vista operating system will be available on November 30th to business customers along with Office 2007 and MS Exchange Server 2007. Vista is not expected to be available to the general public until early next year, but PC manufacturers should start seeing the copies of the new OS within a couple weeks to be able to start shipping to their business customers. The global launch event is scheduled to be held in New York with a number of smaller launches following in January and February in 15 different US cities.

Various reports have come out recently such as one from M&C Tech Munich stating that “Microsoft has offered to equip PC’s bought now with the new operating system called Vista under special conditions.” I’m interpreting this …

JVC HDD/DVD/MiniDV Recorder

Posted in Digital Video,Home Theater,JVC by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

JVC DR-DX5S HDD/DVD/MiniDV Video RecorderThis is a really cool video recorder from JVC with triple action recording for HDD, DVD and MiniDVD. The device can record in multiple formats, including MiniDV, HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R, and it can play almost every popular format currently out there. The list of playable formats for the DR-DX5S from JVC include the same recording formats already listed along with CD, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG digital still images.

The video recorder records it’s data to an internal 250 GB hard drive and features 6-way dubbing, a bit-rate optimizer and high speeding dubbing up to 64x. Also,this device has a MiniDV deck built right in. Another pretty cool feature is the comprehensive remote, which has a lot of functionality and is probably too big to get lost in the cushion of the couch.

The JVC DR-DX5S is a great …

Pink MOTOSLVR from Motorola

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 4th, 2006

Motorola SLVR Pink The main attention to the Motorola MOTOSLVR L6 is mostly due to the fact that is just so thin, just as the name implies, and now you can get the MOTOSLVR in pink, too. The key features of the pink MOTOSLVR are not any different from that of the other colors, but we have a rundown of what you can find on both the standard and pink version

The ability to synchronize your phone with iTunes is one of the coolest application features built into this phone. You can sync up the mobile phone to your iTunes music library, download the songs you want and play them as well as manage your play lists right on the phone. The media can then be stored on a removable flash memory card.

Bluetooth connectivity is available on the MOTOSLVR which will support wireless headphones to listen …

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme Chips Released

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2006

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme QX6700Intel has gone ahead and released a quad core processor called the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, seemingly right on the heels of it’s Core 2 Duo release 4 months ago. This is the first try Intel has had at putting 4 cores into one processor, and reports have shown that they seem to have done a good job.

This new processor is just as it sounds, having 4 cores which literally can process 4 time the amount of a single core processor at the same time. Keep in mind though, that although the power is there with this new technology, only applications that are built to take advantage of the additional threads of processor will truly benefit from it. Some applications may not present a great improvement, but this really opens up the power of the ones that do.

Reports point out …

Motorola V360 – Function Over Flash

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2006

Motorola V360Motorola seems to have taken a slightly different approach with the V360 compared to the slim RAZR’s, KRZR’s etc. The photo here may not look too flashy, but I assure you it is not the photo. The Motorola V360 is a nice and small clam shell style phone, just slightly smaller than it’s predecessor the V330, but not much.

What the V360 lacked for looks it makes up for with some pretty decent functionality. It has digital camera with decent image and 4x digital zoom, and the ability to download ringtones, games, wallpapers and screensavers if you would like to attempt to dress it up a little.

For calling you can take advantage of a speaker phone and enhanced phonebook that allows photos of the contacts, and you can put people on mute if you would like. It also supports SMS, MMS and EMS along with …


Posted in Notebooks,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 2nd, 2006

Sony Vaio GIf you are looking for the lightest notebook around, your search can probably end here with the Sony VAIO G. At just under 2 lbs, less than 11 inches wide and only 1 inch thick this thing is pretty small.

Although you are not going to have the fastest notebook on the planet, the feature set is really not too bad and lends the VAIO G to being fairly affordable at around $1800 USD (only available in Japan starting in December). This small laptop from Sony sports a 12.1 inch screen with resolution up to 1024×768 running from a 945GMS Express graphics card. You can get either a Core Solo or Celeron processor at 1.06GHz or 1.2 GHz, 1.5GB of memory and an optional 80GB hard drive.

The VAIO G from Sony supports wireless connectivity through 802.11 a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth, …

Dell Offers New Notebooks With AMD Processor

Posted in AMD,Dell,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 1st, 2006

Dell Notebook with AMD ProcessorDell has recently released notebooks with AMD processors in them instead of the Intel chips which ends the exclusive long-standing relationship Dell had with Intel. This exclusivity ended recently when AMD Processors were added to Dell servers, providing these computers with AMD processors.

Dells website currently features an Inspiron 1501 notebook which comes with a range of AMD processors, including the AMD Sempron, AMD Turion 64 and the AMD Turion 64 X2 series. At a price tag of not much over $500, this makes for a more affordable notebook for gift buyers in the coming holiday season.

This was somewhat of a quiet release for Dell, as we just noticed the AMD ad on the web site, with no big press release, parade or anything.

Check it out [Dell]