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Apple is ready with a redesigned iMac line

Posted in iMac by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2009

Apple is ready with a redesigned iMac lineThe Holiday season is upon us, so it makes sense that Apple would be ready to offer its 2009 Mac product line. According to Apple Insider, it could happen as early as this month. We’re talking a new line of iMacs with more stylish enclosures and some other added features not previously available.

Apparently, the new all-in-one, dual-core desktops were finalized earlier in September and have been rolling off the product lines for about two weeks. A thinner chassis and lower prices are expected. We may even see Blu-Ray.

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucks

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucksFord and Sprint are working hand in hand to connect upcoming Ford trucks to Sprint’s wireless broadband network. Specifically the dashboards of 2009 F-Series trucks and E-Series cargo vans. To start with they are aiming this at Construction workers.

It will help them track stuff like inventory and schematics. Not sure how they are going to do that on such a small screen, but that’s the plan. Ford boasts that the user can “review and edit graphically-rich blueprints” right from the cab of their truck.

Samsung: Three Android phones and a Linux handset for 2009

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Samsung: Three Android phones and a LiMo handset for 2009According to Reuters, Samsung will sell “more than three” Android phones by the end of this year, and plans a phone using Linux-based software before 2010.

No word on which countries will get them first, but the company’s head of product strategy Won-Pyo Hong said that the US and Europe would be covered by this year’s end. Linux has had little success in cellphones so far, but that is changing with the LiMo platform and Google’s using Linux for it’s Android platform.

Three new iPhones rumored for 2009

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2009

New iPhone in June?According to an analyst with the Canadian research firm Canaccord Adams, three new iPhones will appear in 2009. According to a report on Seeking Alpha, analyst Peter Misek identifies the most lavish of the trio as a 32GB iPhone 3G that will be available in a variety of colors. Then there’s a lower-cost handset based on the 2.5G iPhone, which is targeted for China and India. Third is a smaller version of the phone, about one-third the size of the 3G iPhone that will cost 40% less and we should see that one by year’s end.

The rumor seems to be gaining traction, and it fits with some of what we’ve been hearing, but we are taking it with the usual grain of salt until we hear more.

HTC S743 available in Q1 2009

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

HTC S743 available in Q1 2009HTC is dropping it’s latest slider smartphone, the S743, which aims for both style and power. On a disappointing note, why have an alphanumeric keypad in front when it features a full QWERTY keyboard when fully opened? The display could have been a full touchscreen.

Other features on the HTC S743 aren’t as disappointing: 12-key kepad design, Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, Supports HSDPA (850/1900MHz) networks, 2.4″ QVGA display and Microsoft Exchange support.

LG to unveil slimmest LED LCD at CES 2009

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

LG to unveil slimmest LED LCD at CES 2009LG is the latest manufacturer to stretch the limits of LCD TVs. LG will unveil the “LH95,” the world’s slimmest LED LCD TV at CES in January in Las Vegas. The LG LH95 is expected to be only 24.8mm thick, which should be good enough to back the manufacturer’s claim. The LH95 will feature a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio screen and come with 240Hz TrueMotion Drive technology.

According to LG, this LED LCD TV will be the 2009 CES Innovation Award winner in the Display category. I’m not sure how much thinner they can go, but this one is pretty darn skinny. Hopefully it lives up to all of the companies boasting.

Video distribution coming to Japan Wiis in 2009

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 25th, 2008

Video distribution coming to Japan Wiis in 2009Beginning early next year, the Nintendo Wii will be joining the other consoles in offering a video distribution service through the Wii. According to Nikkei business daily, the Big N will team up with Dentsu, Inc. to offer cartoons and other programs created specifically for the service.

Somehow we don’t see this service being free, since they are talking about a “new revenue stream,”. Wii owning video lovers may be in store for a big let-down. Let’s not forget about the console’s 512MB memory limit and it’s 480p maximum resolution. The probably lame service will launch in Japan and then head overseas later.

PS3 to get 3D enabled with Blitz Tech

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2008

PS3 to get 3D enabled with Blitz Tech3D technology will soon will make it’s way into the PS3 game console. Apparently a source has revealed that Sony has a plan to support stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies on their PS3 game console next year with Blitz Games Studios’s Blitz Tech 3D engine. Neil Schneider, President and CEO of Meant to be Seen, the “world’s first and only stereoscopic 3D certification and advocacy group,” was told by Blitz Games Studios, the company creating and licensing the 3D engine, that Sony “fully intends” to use stereoscopic 3D for their games and blu-ray movies beginning in 2009.

Schneider says that “console support will only need a bios upgrade to work. We are told that the ability to add this capability via bios may be unique to Sony PS3 versus the other console solutions.”

Acer smartphone coming Q1 2009

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2008

Acer smartphone coming Q1 2009Acer has confirmed that it will release its first Acer-branded smartphone in Q1 2009. The handset will be co-developed by Acer’s original smartphone R&D team as well as their counterparts from E-Ten, the company acquired by Acer in September. E-Ten will focus on real-time stock tracking devices while Acer will take the lead in smartphone development.

No specifications, pricing or geographical availability details have been released by the company, but Acer did confirm that the device would be Windows based. We take that to mean it will be using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS. The first devices may be launched in Western Europe and Russia.

ASUS to launch Android handset in ’09

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

ASUS to launch Android handset in ‘09DigiTimes is now reporting that Asus is planning to launch an Android-based handset, which confirms some rumors we’ve heard. They were invited to join the Open Handset Alliance after all. The phone will apparently be available sometime in the first half of 2009, and might land in Taiwan first under ASUS’ own brand before coming our way in the form of different customized models. As you might expect, no other details at this point, but sources say that ASUS will be phasing out its use of the Ericsson Mobile Platform for handset platforms from Qualcomm and Marvell.