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Panasonic launches 3D TV for your home... if you live in the US.

Written by Vasco Miguel on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Panasonic launches 3D TV for your home... if you live in the US.

Panasonic apparently struck a gold mine: their 3D TV's sold out in 1 week, against all expectations. No numbers were disclosed, but all the available units were sold, and the retailers keep ordering more units.
 
The products, a 50" TV, a Blu-Ray disc player and an active 3D glasses came with a hefty price tag of USD 2.899,99 (EUR 2.107), and even with just a few media contents on the market, it seems to be just what the consumers wanted.

 

 

Opera new web browsers - Mobile 10 and Mini 5

Written by Vasco Miguel on . Posted in Industry News

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Today Opera announced the final versions of Mobile 10 and Mini 5.
 
The Opera Mobile is a powerful browser available for the S60 Symbian and Windows Mobile.
 
The Mini now released is not one, but two: a JAVA version, as the previous versions, suitable to any phone with a JAVA Virtual Machine, and the native BlackBerry version. It's also possible to download the beta versions for native Windows Mobile and Android.
 

Meet Redfly, your smartphone companion

Written by Vasco Miguel on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Meet Redfly, your smartphone companionRedfly is not a computer, although it resembles any modern mini notebook. In fact, you can use it as one, but with a twist: it's just a bigger screen, battery and keyboard... for your Windows Phone or BlackBerry!


So, what's the big advantage? Well, think about it: no OS, no programs to buy,  install and update. No parts like hard-drives or motherboards to get damaged or obsolete. Almost totally maintenance free! You use your smartphone's OS and programs, with the advantage of a bigger screen (7 or 8"), really expanding the viewing area, not just making everything bigger (view the picture), and a bigger keyboard, with touch-pad.

 

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.
 

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

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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?


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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:

 

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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 380 and GTX 360 Specs and Benchmarks

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 380 and GTX 360 Specs and BenchmarksThe rumour mill has been running wild lately about the Fermi but this seems to be semi-official so here we go:GeForce GTX 380 and GeForce GTX 360 are the leaked official names for the codename Fermi product
and here are the specs below, followed by some leaked benchmarks.  Too late for Christmas?

 

Intel's Core i9 (Gulftown) Platform Review Benchmarks

Written by Z-NetWORKS on . Posted in Industry News

 

Read more: Intel's Core i9 (Gulftown) Platform Review BenchmarksWe know the general trend is unchanging: every new CPU generation is faster, smaller, cheaper. And yet, the new i9 from Intel will blow your socks off with its performance (and initially also a hole in your wallet!).

If you can't wait till its release early next year (only a few months away actually) here are some benchmarks culled from various sites who already tested the i9, also known as Gulftown.

Particularly for tasks such as 3D modeling and video encoding, the 2.8GHz Core i9 is about 50 percent faster than a Core i7 at the same clock speed.

  

  

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