Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Apple MacBook Air - World's Thinnest Notebook

MacBook Air is ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But you don’t lose inches and pounds overnight. It’s the result of rethinking conventions. Of multiple wireless innovations. And of breakthrough design. With MacBook Air, mobile computing suddenly has a new standard.

By Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — Time will tell if Apple's (AAPL) stunningly svelte new MacBook Air laptop computer lives up to all Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claims. For one thing, I'd like to see if the $1,799 notebook Apple touts as the world's thinnest can actually deliver an impressive five hours of battery life. (Frankly, four hours would be welcome.)
But on first impressions, there's no denying that Apple has designed another gorgeous machine. Apple has managed to cram in a full-size keyboard, 13.3-inch backlit widescreen display, iSight video camera, 2 gigabytes of RAM, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and an 80-GB hard drive. The whole package weighs three pounds and ranges from 0.16 to 0.76 inches thick.


You don't realize just how thin that is until you see Jobs pull the machine out of one of those yellow interoffice envelopes.

The keyboard felt comfortable during a very brief typing test. And I was able to enlarge and rotate pictures on the screen by using iPhone-like "multi-touch" gestures (pinching, rotating, tapping, swiping and scrolling) on the track pad.

Pint-size laptop computers always exact compromises. Perhaps the most glaring in Air's case is the lack of a replaceable battery. Much as the iPod, the Air's battery and other components are sealed inside and are not easily removed.

What's more, Apple dispenses with a drive for loading CDs or DVDs. But the need for such a drive is somewhat diminished in the age of digital downloads, such as the iTunes movie rentals Jobs announced Tuesday.

And Apple lets you remotely install software by wirelessly accessing other Macs or PCs in your house, which probably have CD/DVD drives. Apple is also selling a $99 external "SuperDrive" that plugs into the Air's universal serial bus (USB) port.

The Air can also connect to a large cinematic display and headphones.
To complement Wi-Fi, I'd have liked Apple to also include the ability to connect to cellphone networks.

As with all Macs, Air comes with Apple's best-of-breed iLife multimedia software suite and the Leopard OS X operating system. The base configuration comes with a 1.6-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

Folks with heavy-duty video-editing requirements may still want to stick with a MacBook Pro laptop or even a desktop. Still, I expect lots of road warriors to be living on Air.

Macbook Air
MacBook Air

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Sony PS2 SCPH-90000 announced

Posted on Tue, 6 Nov 2007 00:24:37 CST | by Luigi Lugmayr via I4U
Sony announces a redesigned Sony PS2 console with integrated power adapter in Japan.

We just reported about a rumor on the weekend that Sony would release a new stream lined Playstation 2 design. The rumor targeted a 2008 release date. This date might be true for other regions. Japanese PS2 fans will get the new Sony PS2 SCPH-90000 already on November 22nd for 16,000 Yen (~$140).

The price of the new Sony PS2 is the same as for the former design SCPH-79000 in Japan. The rumor talked about Sony going to offer that new Playstation 2 design for under $100. At least in Japan, consumers have to pay the same price. Sony also sells the vertical stand for extra money. The vertical stand for the new Sony PS2 sells for 1,500 Yen (~$13).

The new Sony PS2 SCPH-90000 comes in white, silver and black as the former PS2 console was already available in Japan.

The Measurements of the new PS2 are 230 x 28 x 152mm and the weight is 720g. The dimensions of the new PS2 SCPH-90000 are exactly the same as the last slim PS2 design. Only the weight is lower. So the only real difference that you will actually see with this PS2 is that you do not have a power supply lying around.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sony unveils the second edition of reader digital book

Sony unveils the new Reader Digital Book, model PRS-505. This next-generation electronic paper display delivers faster response and a higher contrast ratio for easy reading even in bright sunshine. Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics. With a capacity of 160 eBooks, the Reader can act as a mobile library. Expansion slots for Memory Stick Duo media or SD memory cards further expand the device's library potential. The Reader including USB cable and Library software retails for $300...

PRESS SUMMARY The new Reader (model PRS-505) features a svelte body design and is available in two colors – silver and dark blue. Re-styled controls more closely mimic paper page turns and allow for quick, intuitive navigation.

A next-generation electronic paper display delivers faster response and a higher contrast ratio for easy reading even in bright sunshine. Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics.

“For people on the go, this device is compelling because it allows them to carry a wide variety of reading materials whether they are on a cross-country flight, in a doctor's office waiting room, or at a beach resort,” said Steve Haber, senior vice president of Sony's Digital Imaging and Audio Division. “The Reader can handle a stack of books and other documents that people would rather not carry, yet offers a ‘book-like' reading experience unavailable with other electronic devices.”

With the capacity to store up to 160 typical eBooks, the Reader can act as a mobile library. Expansion slots for Memory Stick Duo™ media or SD memory cards make the device's library potential practically limitless.

More advanced users will appreciate the new USB-based mass storage capability that allows them to use the device as a portable drive for the direct transfer of documents, images and other files to the Reader. A new auto sync feature also lets users set up folders with books and documents that can be automatically synchronized when the device is connected to a PC.

A Growing Online Store

Since Sony's launch of the CONNECT™ eBooks Store last year, the number of downloadable eBooks offered has expanded to more than 20,000 titles with new ones added weekly.

Grove/Atlantic, Harcourt Trade, Kensington, Pearson Education, The Perseus Books Group, Regnery Publishing, Taylor & Francis and W.W. Norton have joined the ranks of publishers such as Hachette Book Group USA, Harlequin, HarperCollins Publishers, Holtzbrinck Publishers, Hyperion, McGraw Hill, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster in their commitment to electronic publishing.

Recent newcomers to the store include Reader's Digest, the first magazine to produce content for the Reader and Dorling Kindersley with titles coming soon. The site also boasts a number of Rough Guide travel titles.

The New International Version Bible by Zondervan® (a unit of HarperCollins Publishers) quickly rose to the top of the eBook store's bestseller list after it was added to the collection last month. And blockbuster authors such as Dean Koontz and Mitch Albom recently debuted electronic versions of their work to an enthusiastic response.

For a limited time, when a Reader is registered on Sony's CONNECT eBooks Store, customers will receive a credit good for the purchase of 100 available CONNECT Classics titles, including the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells and more.

“Since launching almost a year ago, we've confirmed that Reader owners are avid book readers and great customers of our growing selection of book titles,” said Lee Shirani, vice president for eBooks at Sony CONNECT. “Publishers are responding by making more electronic titles available, and, increasingly by making them available at the same time as print versions are released.

“As a result, at any given time, we carry a majority of what's on the New York Times Bestsellers list and our weekly top downloads closely track with the most popular print titles.”

The CONNECT store offers a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, well-known authors, classics and more, with rich descriptive content in the form of author biographies, expert book reviews and reader commentary.

Benefits Remain the Same

The Reader's high-resolution electronic paper display delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper and uses minimal power. A single battery charge provides up to 7,500 pages of continuous reading. The option to magnify the text in three sizes offers a distinct advantage for sight-impaired readers. Switching the Reader to landscape mode offers yet another level of magnification as well as a wider page view.

In addition to electronic books, the Reader can also store and display personal and business documents in Adobe PDF format (best when formatted for the Reader's display), RTF, text and JPEG images.

Pricing and Availability

The new Reader will retail for about $300 and come complete with a USB cable; eBook Library PC companion software; and a color-coordinated, protective soft cover. The Reader and optional accessories such as pink or black leather covers and an AC wall charger will be available this month direct through, at SonyStyle® stores nationwide, Borders stores and at authorized retailers across the country. More information about Sony Reader is available online at

Thursday, September 20, 2007

HP Pavilion dv2600 notebook

Pavilion dv2600 is one of the upcoming laptops from HP that will be available to everyone on their website, during this week. Actually it is already listed on the Australian HP site, but other zones of the world will have to wait a couple of days. This laptop was recently presented at a tech event in Singapore, and has the same design as the previous dv2550se that was available during the summer.

Strangely enough, or not, it contains a special “Verve” graphic design, which means that it was laser-etched on the surface near the keyboard and on the case with a good-looking graphic inspired by “the fluidity of life” whatever that means…

The HP Pavilion dv2600 can be customized to suit your needs, but the basic system is pretty much like the dv2500t, which includes:

an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, running from 1.66Ghz up to 2.2Ghz
maximum capacity of 4GB of RAM memory
either an Intel X3100 or NVIDIA 8400M for the graphics card
Windows Vista is the only option as the operative system
up to 250GB on the SATA hard-dive running at 5400rpm
bluetooth and other variations of wireless connections such as Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
For now there is no information about its price and the exact availability date, but we’ll keep you updated if more details come along. At this time, check out the Australian HP website to check more info on the dv2600, like the included fingerprint reader, or the 14.1-inch WXGA display.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Panasonic PT-AE2000

Panasonic announces its newest LCD home theater projector with Full-HD native resolution. The new projector delivers 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) pixel images, 1,500 lumen brightness and 16,000:1 contrast ratio. The model is equipped with three HDMI inputs, so you can connect multiple HD sources without a HDMI switcher. Set-up is easy with the projector's 2x powered zoom and its wide lens shift range, allowing the model to cast a 120-inch diagonal image from as little as 3.6 meters (about 11 feet) to 7 meters (24 feet) from the screen

Monday, September 10, 2007

LG's XNOTE TX with 120GB Hybrid Hard Drive: library card not included

Nothing makes us think "educated" more than a Korean gadget-waif holding a text book twice the size of her skirt. Or so says LG who just launched their 12.1-inch XNOTE TX for the "young generation." The E200-series sports a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory, 1.3 megapixel webcam, super multi-drive DVD, and HDMI-out standard while being one of the first batch of laptops to pack a 120GB hybrid hard disk (HHD) with 256MB of flash. This 3.96-pound, WXGA laptop hits for ₩1,400,000 or about $1,500.