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Archive for August 2006

Strangest Media Player Name of the Day

Strangest Media Player Name of the Day
Commodore, the brand that brought us the Pet, the VIC-20 and the C64 are now bringing us another oddly named device, the Gravel in Pocket. The personal media player was announced today at the IFA 2006 consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Another Wacky USB Memory Stick – Made Out of Wood

Another Wacky USB Memory Stick – Made Out of Wood
Every few days, somebody tries to outdo the last goofy USB memory stick design and this one takes the cake for me today. The Oooms (I just like saying that!) Wooden USB Memory Stick is literally a real stick.
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Creative Announces Widescreen Zen Vision W

Creative Announces Widescreen Zen Vision W
Creative Technology has just announced the release of their new ZEN Vision W. The new mobile media player features a 4.3 inch diagonal 16:9 widescreen TFT display (480 x 272 resolution) for video playback, and either 30GB or 60GB of hard drive storage.

Rumor: Psp “Lite” Due in 2007?

Rumor: Psp “Lite” Due in 2007?
PlayStation Magazine has published an unconfirmed report from unnamed sources that state that Sony is working on a new model of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) for release in 2007. PSM’s Editors believe that the upgrade will be a revision of the existing hardware at the same retail price as the current model.

52 in 1 Memory Card Reader

52 in 1 Memory Card Reader
The Dtech memory card reader supports a whopping 52 memory card formats, including: CF I, CF II, Extreme CF, Extreme III CF, Ultra II CF, HS CF, XS-XS CF, CF Elite PRO, CF PRO, CF PRO II, IMB MD, Hitachi MD, MagicStor, MS, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS MG, MS MG PRO, MS MG Duo, MS MG PRO Duo, Extreme MS PRO, Extreme III MS PRO, Ultra II MS PRO, HS MS MG PRO, HS MS MG PRO Duo, HS MS PRO, HS MS PRO Duo, MS ROM, MS Select, SD, *MiniSD, HS Mini SD, Extreme SD, Extreme III SD, Ultra II SD, SD-Ultra-X, Ultra speed SD, SD PRO, SD Elite PRO, HS SD, MMC, MMC 4.0, HS MMC, HS RS MMC, RS MMC, RS MMC 4.0, DV-RS MMC, SM, SM ROM, XD, and *T-Flash (* requires adapter).

52-Inches of (Flat Panel) Paradise

52-Inches of (Flat Panel) Paradise
Sharp Electronics isn’t sitting idly by in the “whose is bigger?” battle. Hot on the heels of announcements of Sony and Samsung’s 52-inchers, the folks at Sharp have announced a new series LCD screens in their Aquos line.

Irocker Chair With Built-in iPod Dock

Irocker Chair With Built-in iPod Dock
The iRocker Interactive Sound Chair from Adonis Furniture features a built-in speaker system and a dock for your iPod. It can also be connected to external audio devices (analog only, though). The 100 model features a 10-watt amp, while the 200 and 250 models feature 15-watt amps and a more robust chair design.

Build Your Own Xbox Live Arcade Games

Build Your Own Xbox Live Arcade Games
Microsoft today released the Beta of their XNA Game Studio Express software development kit. The SDK will allow independent developers to create games for Windows Vista and the Xbox 360 (soon). Now you still have to know how to program in C# in order to use this software, so it’s not for the uninitiated.

52-Inch Samsung LCD Flat HDTV Due Within a Month

52-Inch Samsung LCD Flat HDTV Due Within a Month
The new Samsung LN-S5296D is a 1080P (1920×1080) resolution 52-inch LCD flat panel HDTV due in stores by September. The set is one of the largest LCD flat panels you can get on the street for less than $5000 USD.

Burnout 5 Officially Announced

Burnout 5 Officially Announced
Electronic Arts and Criterion announced today that Burnout 5 is in development and slated for release sometime in 2007 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The new game will offer an expansive universe with tons of traffic to destroy.

Next Gen Games Increase Xbox 360 Failure Rates

Next Gen Games Increase Xbox 360 Failure Rates
A couple of months back, I posted about my concerns that my Xbox 360 had overheated and died as a result of the next-gen game Prey. Now Kotaku is reporting about an Xbox 360 developer who reported an esimated 30-50% failure rate on Xbox 360s used in the testing games, with even higher failure rates on the zombie-killer Dead Rising.

Tivo Series 3 in Stores September 17th?

Tivo Series 3 in Stores September 17th?
HDBeat has received a tip from a Best Buy staffer that the long-awaited TiVo Series 3 HD DVR will be in stores very soon. According to the tipster, the device is listed now in Best Buy’s computer system with a scheduled “in stock” date of September 17th with a Best Buy SKU of 7974418 (UPC is 400079744186 and Model number is TCD648250B).

Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Update

Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Update
Xbox insider Major Nelson is reporting that Microsoft has released a new backwards compatibility update which provides support for the following games: Aggressive Inline Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis All Star Baseball 2003 All Star Baseball 2005 Burnout 3: Takedown Catwoman Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart UPDATED Counter Strike Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Dead to Rights Digimon Rumble Arena 2 UPDATED ESPN Major League Baseball Fatal Frame 2 Ford vs.

Logitech Speakers have Built in Id3 Track Info Display

Logitech Speakers have Built in Id3 Track Info Display
The soon to be released Logitech Z-10 Interactive Speaker System features a built-in display capable of showing title and track information for the currently playing digital music track. Data for the backlit LCD is fed via the speakers’ USB connection.

Amoled, the Next Portable Display Technology?

Amoled, the Next Portable Display Technology?
At the 2006 International Meeting on Information Display in South Korea, Samsung demonstrated prototype portable screens using AMOLED display technology. AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) claims to have a much greater contrast ratio, lower power consumption, better viewing angle, wider color gamut and faster refresh rate than similar TFT LCD screens.

2D/3D LCD Screen in the Works

2D/3D LCD Screen in the Works
LG is working on a 42-inch LCD monitor capable of displaying images in either 2D or 3D without glasses, by simply toggline a switch. At this time, there are no other details on the technology or when a release is expected.
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