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iRiver S10 doesn’t get enough credit

Posted in Digital Audio,iRiver by Chetz on December 12th, 2006

iRiver S10 Digital Audio PlayerWhile iPod’s have been taking most of the limelight lately in the realm of digital audio players, iRiver has continues to move forward with it’s line of devices which probably deserve more attention than they get.

The iRiver S10 is a small player measuring only 2x30x10.8 mm and a weighing only 17.5g. It comes in 1GB or 2GB sizes and gives you continuous playback for up to 8 hours. It also comes with an equalizer with some preset settings with the ability to customize as well.

The iRiver S10 supports MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF, OGG and MP3 files and has a built in FM tuner, as well. You can also view BMP files on the 1.15 inch OLED display.

This MP3 player has a small and simple design and at is currently being priced at under $200 which is not a bad …

Axion AXN-9900 9″ LCDA Digital Picture Frame

Posted in Bargains,Digital Imaging,Home by Quagmire on December 11th, 2006

Axion AXN-9900Isn’t it time you proudly displayed your photo collection which has been laying dormant in your PC all this time? The AXN-9900 9″ digital multimedia picture frame supports both JPEG photos and MP3 playback. Use the USB cable to download media directly from your computer or a variety of other sources. The frame also supports Secure Digital, Multimedia Card, and Sony Memory Stick flash media types or use the built-in memory to store up to 20 pictures.

You can easily control the viewing and music options of picture frame with the remote control.
Axion AXN-9900 9 LCDA Digital Picture Frame with Wooden Trim

SanDisk and Sony announce faster Memory Stick PRO

Posted in Flash Memory,News,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 11th, 2006

Memory Stick Pro-HG From SanDisk and SonyAn increasing number of devices such as digital cameras and camcorders are using higher resolutions, requiring the transfer of larger amounts of data over the same period of time to memory devices. Due to this increasing need, SanDisk and Sony partnered on improving the Memory Stick Pro product and created the Memory Stick PRO-HG.

The Memory Stick PRO-HG format increased it’s transfer speed by using an 8-bit parallel interface, replacing the 4-bit parallel interface in the Memory Stick PRO. This resulted in a transfer speed of up to 3 times faster to cater to real-time recording of high-resolution video and images.

The Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO-HG will be allowed to be used interchangeably, so that you can use the new, faster memory in older host devices that take the regular Memory Stick PRO, and new devices that are …

HP and Cingular Wireless Connect with Broadband Notebook PC

Posted in Cingular,HP,Notebooks by Paul Patterson on December 11th, 2006

HP nc6400The HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC is the first notebook in the United States to feature built-in global mobile broadband capabilities. The nc6400 is brought to you through collaboration between HP and Cingular Wireless who look to take advantage of Cingular’s UMTS/HSDPA network, which is available currently in 145 major metropolitan areas including 65 of the top 100 largest cities in 33 states.

The new notebook comes with integrated Cingular Wireless UMTS/HSDPA-based technology which uses the Qualcomm MSM6280 chipset to support 3.6Mbps performance modes and tri-band UMTS frequency bands. Business users now have more areas to connect to corporate networks at broadband speeds and in the future, consumers may have the option to upgrade to Cingular Wireless’ 3G network by adding an HP Broadband Wireless Module as an upgrade.

Broadband access is limited to the Cingular Wireless network coverage area and will require the purchase of a …

Scratch up your own remix with your iPod

Posted in Digital Audio,iPod by Chetz on December 11th, 2006

iPod DJ Mixing StudioThe miJam iPod DJ Mixing Studio is a personal mixer that can take input from your iPod and allow you to apply your own remix. Actually, you can probably use any digital audio player to provide the music input, but these days everything is associated with the iPod when possible.

The mixer has two discs that allow you to mix and scratch providing different background rhythms, fill-in sounds, drum fills and voice effects. You can also change the volume and tempo speed and attach the output to a PC or Mac to save the result.

The iPod mixer runs on 4 AA batteries and runs only about $40.

Catalog Page [Hammacher]

Smaller, Faster Non-Volatile Memory From IBM

Posted in Flash Memory,IBM,News by Darrin Olson on December 11th, 2006

Phase Change Memory that could replace Flash memory chipsToday scientists from IBM, Macronix and Qimonda unveiled a new type of memory with the intention of possibly being a replacement for flash memory which is used in many electronic gadgets today.

The new memory announced today is called “phase-changememory. The memory would have the same applications as flash memory, but with a a couple key advantages. First of all, the phase-change memory has shown to be faster than flash memory; up to 500 times faster. It would also only consume about half the power that flash memory does, even with the greater speed. Secondly, the phase-change memory is smaller. A cross section of the new memory prototype measures only 3 x 20 nanometers.

“These results dramatically demonstrate that phase-change memory has a very bright future,” said Dr. T. C. Chen, Vice President, Science & Technology, IBM Research. …

GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 ExpressCard Wireless Data Card by Option

Posted in Accessories by Paul Patterson on December 11th, 2006

Option Globetrotter Express 7.2The GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 is a new wireless data card from Belgian wireless technology company Option. The GlobeTrotter is a multi-band, multi-technology receiver and the first slimline ExpressCard design (34 mm width) from Option. Scanning networks for HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE and GPRS, the GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 will keep you on the fastest possible connection in nearly every country worldwide.

The card features dual-antennae Advanced Receiver Technology to sustain faster and more stable connections in larger coverage areas. The card will work with HSDPA 3.6Mbps networks and can be boosted to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA networks with a firmware upgrade. Backward compatibility ensures HSDPA connections at lower rates of 3.6 Mbps and 1.8 Mbps and UMTS connections up to 384 Kbps.

Option is currently sampling the GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 with initial shipments to primary network operators scheduled for January 2007.

GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 [Option]

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging,Kids by Darrin Olson on December 10th, 2006

Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera My first digital camera as an adult was not as sophisticated as this Kid-Tough Digital Camera from Fisher-Price for ages 3 & up. I also think my first digital camera was even slightly bigger!

This is a real camera that takes real digital photos that can be transferred on to your PC, and has a 1.3″ color LCD to view the pictures immediately after you take them. When taking the pictures, the digital camera has a viewer for both eyes so the little kids don’t have to know how to wink to be able to focus in on there target. It also has big hand-holds on either side and big buttons to make it simple to use.

The designers have also taken into account that kids are going to drop this camera, a lot, so it is shockproof. It has a …

Linksys Wireless-N USB Network Adapter

Posted in Linksys by Paul Patterson on December 10th, 2006

Linksys Wireless-N USB Network AdapterThe Linksys Wireless-N USB Network Adapter is the very latest in wireless networking technology. By utilizing Wireless-N (draft 802.11n), you can enjoy high-speed wireless network access at greater distances for your desktop or notebook computer. The Wireless-N USB Network Adapter is up to 12 times faster than Wireless-G with 4 times the distance (when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N). The adapter can also connect to Wireless-G and -B networks.

Wireless-N works by overlaying the signals of multiple radios or MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) to multiply the effective data rate. Wireless-N is great for multimedia-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and VoIP calls. Wireless-N gives you plenty of bandwidth to run multiple media-intense data streams through the network at the same time.

Keep in mind, 802.11n is still in draft even though it is being adopted by a number of companies who …

Belkin Accessories for Zune

Posted in Accessories,Belkin,Zune by Quagmire on December 10th, 2006

Belkin Zune AccessoriesBelkin has announced the availability of some new accessories for the Zune digital media player. The accessories include an FM transmitter, backup battery pack, and a variety of different cases. The accessories take full advantage of the Zune player’s landscape viewing mode to give you hands-free viewing of your Zune.

The TuneBase FM Transmitter for Zune ($79.99) features a built-in FM transmitter with three programmable memory presets. The transmitter allows you to wirelessly connect to your car stereo on FM channels 88.1 MHz – 107.9MHz. The transmitter includes an LCD display with backlight that displays FM frequency and memory selection. The TuneBase will also position the Zune in either portrait or landscape mode.

The TunePower for Zune ($59.99) is a battery pack that extends the playtime of your Zune by up to 6 hours. The fold-out kickstand gives you hands-free viewing and the protective-case design prevents …

New 3CCD HD Camcorders from Panasonic

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,News,Panasonic by Darrin Olson on December 10th, 2006

Panasonic 3CCD High Definition AVCHD CamcordersPanasonic has recently unveiled two new high definition camcorders with some big screen features in tiny packages. The HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1 are similar camcorders but both record high def in slightly different ways. The HDC-DX1 (pictured on the left) records onto DVD discs, and the HDC-SD1 records onto small (in size not capacity) SDHC memory cards.

The HDC-SD1 has some advantages with recording onto the memory cards by having no moving parts required in order to save the data. It has fewer parts to break, and is more resistant to shock. Also, it can potentially hold more data. A 4GB memory card can hold up to an hour of high definition video, where a dual layer DVD can hold up to about 40 minutes. And of course if you add a larger memory card, you can hold more recording time. Another …

Is Wii Getting Out Of Hand?

Posted in Games,News,Nintendo,Wii by Chetz on December 9th, 2006

Nintendo Wii Controller with Broken StrapThe new Wii game console from Nintendo has been very well received by consumers and sales are causing serious competition for rival game maker Sony with the PS3. A lot of the hype revolving around the Wii has had to do with the controller, in more ways than one.

As most are already aware, the Wii controllers feature motion sensitivity allowing the user to participate more physically in the games they are playing. Some examples include swinging the remote like a racket when playing tennis, like a bat for baseball and even simulate punching with it in your hand for boxing.

To the dismay of some game owners, the Wii controller has gotten out of hand, literally. In the heat of excitement during a game, players have reportedly lost their grip on the controller having it fly out of their …

Intel Demos Mobile WiMAX Baseband Chip

Posted in Intel,WiMAX by Paul Patterson on December 9th, 2006

IntelIntel recently demonstrated the completed design of its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip at the keynote address of the 3G World Congress and Mobility Marketplace in Hong Kong. The new chipset is dubbed the Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 and marks another major step in Intel’s efforts to “drive innovation in mobile broadband access”.

The demonstration was preformed with an Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology-based laptop with mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005), Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n), and high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) 3G capabilities.

The demonstration illustrates the capabilities of WiMAX for handling content-rich applications without interference from other wireless technologies residing on the same system. The baseband chip uses the same software for Intel’s WiMAX and Wi-Fi products which will help ensure unified management for connectivity. The low power requirements means increased battery life and less heat to support smaller and thinner designs.

Intel will next focus on validating …

Shuttle XPC X100 Small Form Factor PC

Posted in PCs,Shuttle by Quagmire on December 9th, 2006

Shuttle X100Shuttle has long been the leader in small form factor (SFF) PCs. Shuttle is typically the option people turn to when they have minimal space and need a case that is adaptable to any environment such as a dorm room, home office, or cubicle. The X100 is sure to continue on with that heritage for those people looking for a tiny case with big case features.

The X100 case measures 2.1″ x 8.27″ x 11.76″ and weighs 6.6 pounds, ensuring that you will have room remaining on your desktop. The case can set like a traditional desktop case or it can be positioned on its side with the stand.

The X100 incorporates notebook components instead of larger desktop PC parts. Shuttle powers the X100 with Intel’s Core Duo and Core Duo processors. The Intel 945PM Express chipset provides high-bandwidth interfaces such as dual channel DDR2 …

GPS ‘Guide Dog’ For Real?

Posted in GPS by Darrin Olson on December 9th, 2006

Guide Dog GPS NavigationThis slim gadget called Guide Dog from Power Digital Card is a GPS navigation device that packs a lot of functionality into a slim and sexy design.

The GPS gadget is expected to be on display at the CES 2007 in Las Vegas and boasts enough functionality to the point where we are questioning it’s validity. It is stated that the Guide Dog has 4 inch TFT LCD color touch screen, built in GPS antenna, and 3D gaming. On top of that, it has some internet access to allow web browsing, email and components of MS Office along with functioning as an IP Phone and of course containing GPS navigation software.

External accessories would allow it to receive DVB-T (a compressed video and audio stream used in Europe), Bluetooth, GPRS, UART, and handsfree functionality. The exact dimensions are not listed for the Guide …