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Sony Ericsson announces new top line Xperia models

Written by Vasco Miguel on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Sony Ericsson announces new top line Xperia modelsSony Ericsson is a well-established company in the mobile phone industry, even after taken a considerable fall in last year market share. The brand is known for their classy and high quality products, and wants to get its part of the smart phones market.

In the last few months, we've been seeing a lot of announcements from SE, not only in their own Operating System, but also on Android and Windows Mobile, namely in their Xperia high-end line.
From the Windows Mobile X2 (delayed several months in some markets) and Aspen, a big success form-factor as it follows old Samsung i780, to the big Android X10, or the most recently announced X10 Mini and Mini Pro, all of them sport great looks and specs, in classy outfits. We will be following these models, and try to get 1 or 2 for a complete review, to see if SE has what it takes for a come-back.
 

Do YOU Want to Write for DigitalReviews.net and Get REWARDED for it?

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Staff News


Read more: Do YOU Want to Write for DigitalReviews.net and Get REWARDED for it?We're looking for someone with a passion for technology, particularly phones and other gadgets, who can write reasonably well and has at least one hour a day available.
So it's a part time job but the remuneration can be good: we get offers from many companies to review their gear -- hardware and applications -- and as a reward for your efforts most items do not need to be returned.

One of your tasks will be to put up regular News posts on the site: just a couple of paragraphs on a hot new item. Choose things that you are passionate about because many of our News posts often lead to full-fledged reviews later!
If you can write a candid and solid review, we'd love to hear from you.
We especially like to see you apply if you are already active in one of the many forums, like XDA.

Vengeance2 (V2) and Road Eagle (GRL) Radar/Laser Detectors

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Upcoming Reviews

Read more: Vengeance2 (V2) and Road Eagle (GRL) Radar/Laser Detectors

SCOOP ! Reserve demerit points low and need some assistance? 

Look no further than the Vengeance 2 and the TMG GRL 300 Series radar/laser detectors that we are about to review courtesy of www.radars.com.au.

Already reputed as being a very high end radar/laser detector, and in fact, the only one designed with specific enhancements for Australia, the offer to review the Vengence2 has got us pretty excited.  But imagine how “spun out” we were when we were also offered the latest and greatest GPS based, TMG GRL series 309. This is one of the most innovative and sophisticated road safety monitoring systems in the world today and it is in the final testing adjustment phase for Australia as this goes to print.

                                Now Reviewed - See Automotive  - 20th April 2010

Qstarz Unleash High Speed BT-Q1000eX GPS Lap Timer

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Upcoming Reviews

Read more: Qstarz Unleash High Speed BT-Q1000eX GPS Lap TimerFeaturing a 5Hz log speed, the new BT-Q1000eX, the BT-Q1000eX is aimed at people who want an easy and relatively inexpensive way to create detailed logs of their hot laps. Other than a built in GPS lap timer, the BT-Q1000eX also features 8MB memory on board and a battery life of up to 42 hours.

For more information on this extreme GPS logger, visit the QStarz website or check back in the coming weeks and read our full review.

Pop! Pop! - New Popcorn Hour Network Media Tanks Announced

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Pop! Pop! - New Popcorn Hour Network Media Tanks AnnouncedHot on the heels of announcing their upcoming Popbox, the makers of the popular Popcorn Hour line of media players have announced the latest iteration of their plays everything Network Media Tank.

The A-200 looks to be a physical successor of the A-100/110 and judging by the specs, a logical younger brother of the recently reviewed Popcorn Hour C-200.

While we hope to have both units in for a full review shortly, you can get an information fix now - and even pre-order a unit as of the 18th of January - if you head on over to the Popcorn Hour website.

Casio Announces Digital Art Frame at CES

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Casio Announces Digital Art Frame at CES



A revolutionary product from Casio which transforms images into Works of Art using Picture Alteration Technology was announced today at CES.
The Digital Art Frame promises to turn the whole jaded market of conventional photo frames on its head.

We really hope to get this beauty into a prime spot here to display some amazingly artistic images.

But first: how does it work its magic?


Click to read more!

To Be Announced at CES: Promise Technology SmartStor ZERO Storage

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: To Be Announced at CES: Promise Technology SmartStor ZERO StorageWe've written about the upcoming ZERO before so it's not exactly a state secret anymore... But there have been some further developments...

What's it all about? Promise Technology, purveyors of all good things pertaining to NAS and storage solutions, recognized that some people (most people??) just don't get this whole configuration business when it comes to setting up RAID or NAS systems. And if they do, most would really appreciate an even simpler solution.

So how about "Zero Configuration, Zero Frustration and Zero Hassles"?

That's the promise of the ZERO indeed.

Personally, not that I'm sceptical about the aim of realizing that, but can Promise really pull this off?

I know how hard that is but if they can they'll break open a whole new market for these boxes.

Talking of which: the ZERO was going to be based on the reliable 2 bay workhorse, the NS2300 but has now been upgraded to the NS2600. Bigger numbers are always better, right? Well, we'll see if that's the case when they send the demo model used at CES straight to us after the Show.

Anyhow: the picture on the left is the new unit. And a nice looking one at that. Will be relegated to the top of my desk rather than below deck...

And here's some more details on he ZERO:

 

Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh GXR Digital Cameras

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Upcoming Reviews

Ricoh CX2 Digital Camera

Read more: Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh GXR Digital Cameras

With Ricoh taking out the “Compact Camera” of the year using the CX2 digital camera at the Camera Magazine Imaging Awards, we were understandably excited to be getting one for a review.  But what really fired us up was to be told that we will also be getting the newly released “State of the Art” revolutionary Ricoh GXR camera.  With both of these top quality digital cameras in our hands at the same time, we’ve pretty much got the whole field of photography covered.  From compact “point and shoot”, to the latest in innovative technology for the semi professional and professional there is not much more you could want..

We will compare them against each other in a single article with two co-related reviews published at the same time and give reasons in the conclusions, to justify where we believe the award winning Ricoh CX2 application finishes and the high end Ricoh GXR starts.

 

Silicon Power SDHC 16GB Class 10 Memory Card

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Silicon Power SDHC 16GB Class 10 Memory Card

You can always count on someone. Here I am stressing because a cheap market chained brand SDHC (Class 6) card fell over 3 times during our review of the Sanyo Xacti VPC - FH1 Camcorder. But lo' and behold Silicon Power via Tasco.com.au came to the rescue.
They aleady know their Class 6 works in the Sanyo ok but they are rushing me their latest and greatest off their assembly line, a 16GB Class 10 SDHC memory card. 
We suspect that inferior SDHC cards are causing a lot of problems with all sorts of high demand equipment.

In the Sanyo review we made the bold statement that “Cards just aint cards”.

Will this Memory card deliver for the Sanyo Xacti VPC FH-1 Camcorder?

We shall wait and see!

 

UPDATE: Review completed 5th Jan 2010. See here.

Quite a Promise: ZERO

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Upcoming Reviews

Read more: Quite a Promise: ZEROSometimes getting (a) ZERO isn't too bad... and when it comes from Promise Technology, whose NAS products have been a favourite on our editorial team, this will be a box to look out for.

Particularly if all that NAS and RAID stuff is too finicky to set up for you as the ZERO stands for zero configuration! The picture on the left shows a prototype when it initially was still called SmartStor SNS -- Simple Network Storage.

We'll see if that is really true in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, Promise have just released the NS4600 SR1. That stands for Service Release 1, by the way, which means better performance and lots of new features. We may expand on our NS4600 experiences sometime later as well.

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