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CES 2008

SanDisk ups microSDHC capacity to 12GB

Posted in CES 2008,Memory,SanDisk by Nino Marchetti on January 8th, 2008

sandisk-12gbmicrosdhc.jpgSanDisk has announced from the CES floor it has begun to provide samples of a 12GB microSDHC memory card to phone manufacturers for testing and evaluation. This 12GB capacity marks what SanDisk says is the world’s largest for mobile phone storage.

A 12GB microSDHC card represents around a 50 percent boost in storage capacity over SanDisk’s current 8GB card. The card reportedly can hold, for example, a combination of 1,500 songs, 3,600 photos and 24.5 hours of video.

CES 2008

New Dell 30-inch display uses DisplayPort

Posted in CES 2008,Dell,Displays by Nino Marchetti on January 8th, 2008

Dell UltraSharp 3008WFPDell has revealed at CES a new 30-inch widescreen flat panel sporting the new DisplayPort standard of “digital visual performance and connectivity.” The Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP is set to price at around $2,000.

The Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP makes use of the DisplayPort standard endorsed by the Video Electronics Standards Association and is the first monitor commercially available to do so. The DisplayPort design is “a new digital interface standard that includes a USB-sized connector, double the scalable performance of DVI, and a unique architecture that enables new features.” Resolution on the 3008WFP is set at WQXGA 2560 x 1600.

CES 2008

CES 2008: The WIBRAIN B1 UMPC

Posted in CES 2008,UMPC by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

The WIBRAIN B1 UMPC
We first told you about the WIBRAIN B1 UMPC in November. At that time, we didn’t know if we were going to see it again. Sure enough it showed up at CES 2008.

The WiBrain B1 is a neat device but the elongated shape might make some feel that it’s a little awkward. It sports a VIA C7M 1.2GHz CPU with 60GB HDD. The popup camera is a nice touch though, and the keyboard with tactile feedback split between the two sides is more ergonomic. Like all of the other UMPCs it runs on XP too.

It also has a nice little touchpad for those not too precise with the touchscreen. The screen is on the small side at 4.8 inches. If you want to get your hands on one, it won’t be as difficult as we first thought. You can get one …

CES 2008

Digital Media Remote from tvCompass

Posted in CES 2008,Remotes by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

Digital Media Remote from tvCompass
The Digital Media Remote or DMR is an advanced programmable remote concept that has wireless data capabilities. The WiFi connectivity gives you wireless setup, and access to content and network backup of user settings. You don’t need a PC for installation and it will even wirelessly update with new features, content, client software and firmware.

Very user friendly and very customizable. That’s the idea. Features patented wireless configuration software and device codes and has both the WinWAP browser and the Click365 Mobile Content for messaging, entertainment and gaming. It’s also got off-screen EPG browsing.

CES 2008

i2i wireless music sharing device

Posted in CES 2008,iPod Accessories,music by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

i2i wireless music sharing device
This is probably one of the most useful devices ever made if you love music. The i2i Stream Digital Music Broadcaster, from Aerielle. It allows users to listen to music wirelessly by streaming music content from any audio device.

The i2i Stream is already available for $70, with 2-packs priced at $130. It’s universally compatible with Apple’s iPod, as well as other MP3 and media players. Each i2i can broadcast or receive music, and features a compact lightweight design.

CES 2008

Belkin Podcast Studio: recording for ipods

Posted in Belkin,CES 2008,iPod,iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

Belkin Podcast Studio adds recording to ipods
You can create a podcast with a microphone and any recording medium, but if you’re really getting serious about podcasting, you’ll want something portable and battery powered that has good sound.

Belkin seems to have just the ticket with its upcoming Podcast Studio. The Podcast Studio uses an iPod as its processor and recording medium. The device does not include a mic, but the 1/4-inch and XLR inputs mean that the mic of your choice won’t be a problem. It has a recording meter, gain control, and even a compressor to ensure that your recordings won’t come out sounding distorted.

CES 2008

LaCie revamps d2 Quadra external hard drives

Posted in CES 2008,External Hard Drives,LaCie by Nino Marchetti on January 8th, 2008

LaCie d2 QuadraLaCie has been busying showing off new external hard drives at CES. Another one of its announcements is the new LaCie d2 Quadra, available in various storage configurations and starting at around $200.

The LaCie d2 Quadra is designed for professional use primarily. It’s available in multiple interface options – eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB – and sports an aluminum heat sink system to keep things cool. The d2 Quadra has been designed with RAID use in mind – one can connect two more more drives o the host in either RAID 1 for data redundancy and protection, or striped together in RAID 0 for faster data transfers.

CES 2008

Panasonic’s 150-inch plasma perspective

Posted in CES 2008,Panasonic,Plasma by Darrin Olson on January 8th, 2008

Panasonic 150-inch plasma TV next to a person and the 103-inch plasma TVWe thought this image does a pretty good job giving a general idea to the relative size of Panasonic’s 150-inch plasma that you have probably been hearing so much about at this years CES event. Pictured here, the ginormous TV is next to a real person and the huge Panasonic 103-inch plasma from CES last year.

Panasonic calls it the “Life Panel” and it has a resolution of 4 x 1080p (4k by 2k).

[Image Credit: Gizmodo.com]

CES 2008

JVC rolls out new Everio HDD camcorders

Posted in Camcorders,CES 2008,JVC by Darrin Olson on January 8th, 2008

JVC Everio GZ-MG730 HDD CamcorderAt the CES show this year JVC is launching a new line of their Everio hard disk camcoders, ranging in features, hard drive capacities and even coming in four different colors. JVC is also touting this new lineup to currently be the worlds smallest HDD camcorders available at around 20 percent smaller than the previous models.

All these camcorders utilize a hard disk drive to store video and pictures, ridding the need for discs or tapes, and they come with HDD capacities of either 30GB or 60GB and with or without docks depending on the model. They all also feature an SD card slot, 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and a new touch-sensitive scroll bar to the right of the LCD screen for navigating the menus and selecting videos. This sounds like it would be nice since it still allows easy touch navigation but lets JVC use a better display and avoid finger prints all over it, as what happens when using an actual touch screen.

CES 2008

JVC dual iPod dock, clock radio

Posted in CES 2008,Clocks,Dock,iPod Accessories,JVC by Darrin Olson on January 8th, 2008

JVC NX-PN7 dual ipod dockWith so many iPod accessories on the market today it’s tough to make one stand out from the others, especially with clock radio docks. JVC is making an attempt to stand out this year and unveiling this clock radio at the Consumer Electronics Show which that docks not just one but two iPods, making it twice as good, right?

The JVC NX-PN7 dock features a clock and timer and we’re making an assumption that it has an alarm that will play music from the iPod, but JVC did not mention that specifically. It would also be nice if this clock radio was a dual alarm that would play a different iPod with the different alarm, but unfortunately there was no mention of that either.

CES 2008

Wireless Wii nunchuk controller from nyko

Posted in CES 2008,Nyko,Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2008

Wireless Wii nunchuk controller from nyko

Easily overlooked next to the countless heavy hitters coming out of CES 2008, here we have this great new wireless controller for the Nintendo Wii.

Nyko’s new Wireless Nunchuk controller lets you play games without the annoying cable getting in your way, while you punch, fight or swing. How many times have you been in the zone only to be pulled out by the limits of the cable?

CES 2008

MOTORAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition now available

Posted in CES 2008,Mobile Phones,MOTORAZR by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2008

MOTORAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition now available
The ultimate glamorous feature phone is now available in the U.S. Motorola, Inc. announced today that MOTORAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition is available in the U.S. exclusively through MOTO STORE. It features the signature MOTORAZR2 form factor with gold-plated accents on medallions, navigation key and hinge and it’s embossed in a snakeskin-like texture. It’s available unlocked for GSM networks.

Without even opening the flip, users can read and respond to texts on the large external display, which also boasts touch-sensitive music controls, picture caller ID and self-portrait camera display. Motorola’s CrystalTalk technology helps insure clear calls by automatically accounting for background noise and adjusting the audio accordingly. Travellers will appreciate the device’s quad-band technology to stay connected while traveling the globe.

CES 2008

Belkin Rockstar lets you share iPod tunes

Posted in Accessories,Belkin,CES 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2008

Belkin RockstarBelkin is introducing at CES a rather simple and unique solution for sharing MP3 player audio with your friends: an audio hub. It’s called the Belkin Rockstar and retail price is being set at around $20.

The Belkin Rockstar is targeted primarily towards teenagers who own an iPod and want to share their music with their friends. This circular device sprouts six arms. One arm is designed to be attached to your MP3 player, while the other five can be attached to headphones. All those listening through the attached headphones can hear the music coming from the player.

CES 2008

ARCHOS rolls out wireless DVR

Posted in Archos,CES 2008,DVR by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2008

Archos TV+Archos showed up at CES this week with its own taking on the DVR category. It’s calling its product the Archos TV+ and it should be pricing at around $250 for a 80GB model and $350 for a 250GB one.

The Archos TV+ is, according to Archos, both a TV recording device and a wireless receiver for enjoying digital media content via your television. It can connect to both your home network and the Internet to stream video content, music and photos. You can also browse Web pages, check online email, synch content recorded to it to an Archos PMP and record video in VGA resolution.

CES 2008

LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra mobile drive

Posted in CES 2008,Storage by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2008

LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra mobile drive

LaCie today announced at CES 2008, the new Little Big Disk Quadra, an ultra fast mobile disk designed for speed-intensive and capacity-demanding applications, like digital content creation, high-volume data exchange, and video editing, while on the move. The Little Big Disk is designed to run quietly and has superior heat dissipation with an integrated fanless cooling system. The aluminum heat-sink design also ensures superior reliability.

The Little Big Disk Quadra will be available in 400GB and 500GB versions with your choice of either 7200 or 5400 RPM drives, respectively. A quadruple interface allows universal connectivity for cross-platform compatibility.