Monday, August 31, 2009

GPS Navigation For Sony PSP

Zenrin Japan will release a new GPS software for the Sony PSP 1000/2000 and 3000 series (not compatible with PSP Go). Dubbed as the Minna No Nabi (Everyone’s GPS), the program features Sony’s latest Social PetaMap service. The Minna No Nabi will be released in Japan for around 8,190 Yen ($88) without the GPS Module on November 5th, 2009. [Zenrin]

Anti-theft Newspaper MacBook Sleeve

Here is a laptop sleeve that looks like a foreign language newspaper, which is designed to stop people stealing the MacBook as they will think it is only a newspaper. Measuring 37.7cm x 27.5 cm x 3.4 cm, the sleeve is currently available in five models. The Newspaper MacBook Sleeve retails for around $86 a pop. [Mitemite]

gScreen Spacebook Notebook With Dual 15.4-Inch Display

The gScreen Spacebook is the first dual screen notebook with two 15.4-inch identical screens designed specifically for mobile professionals who are always need more than one monitor to increase their productivity. This 12 pounds machine is powered by a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and features a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT graphics card, a 4GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a DVD burner, a 9-cell battery and Windows 7 OS. The gScreen Spacebook will start shipping in December through Amazon for under $3,000.[gscreencorp]

Portable iPod Speaker By Yoshihiko Satoh

Japanese designer Yoshihiko Satoh has creatively designed the Portable iPod Speaker for Marumiya Furniture. The speaker looks and functions as a small tote bag, so you can carry it wherever you go. You can purchase the Portable iPod Speaker for 31,500 Yen ($336).[e-select]

iHome iH16G Travel Alarm Clock For iPod

This stylish iPod alarm clock will wake you up or let you sleep to your favorite music while charging your iPod. This easy to carry device is powered by 4 AA batteries and features Reson8 technology for great sound, 2 dynamic stereo speakers and a 3.5mm Auxiliary jack for connecting other external audio devices. The iHome iH16G retails for $59.99.[ihomeaudio]

Wingscapes BirdCam

If you are a bird lover who are searching for an affordable camera to take pictures of your favorite birds, then you can purchase the Wingscapes BirdCam. It is a motion-activated camera that will only start shooting once the bird is moving. The camera boasts up to 2,048 x 1,536 picture resolution, a 32MB of internal memory and a memory card support (up to 4GB). The Wingscapes BirdCam retails for $250 each. [Cool Hunting]

Samsung WB5000 Digital Camera

Here’s another upcoming super zoom camera from Samsung, the WB5000. This non-DSLR camera offers an impressive 24x optical zoom (26mm) lens, a 12.5-megapixel CCD sensor and the ability to shoot in RAW format. Not to mention, it also records video in 720p HD quality. Sadly, there’s no word on pricing and release date yet. [Photo Rumors]

Apple And China Unicom Reach iPhone Launch Deal

Apple and China Unicom have finally announced their agreement concerning their plan to launch the iPhone in China later this year. As reported by AFP, a multi-year deal has been signed by both parties, and they are hoping to launch it sometime in the fourth quarter of 2009. However, the company hasn’t yet specified which iPhone models it will be offering including pricing. Stay tuned for more updates. [Wired]

Grado GR8 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones

Grado has rolled out its latest in-ear sound isolating earphones in the form of the GR8. Priced at around $300, the earphone comes with a standard 3.5mm jack and supports frequency range of 20 -20,000Hz, 118db/1mw of sensitivity, 120 Ohms impedance, and 51-inch/130mm (oxygen-free copper wire). Each purchase comes with a pair of Grado GR8 earphones, 3x ear tips (small, medium, large), 4x Ear wax proof cloth, and 2x ear wax proof cloth ring. [igrado]

LG 15-inch OLED TV In November 2009

South Korea’s LG Electronics has confirmed that they will launch a 15-inch television set using organic display technology next month, the largest commercial model so far. This active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AM-OLED) display provides better picture quality and consumes less power. It is also thinner than widely used liquid crystal displays (LCD) that need backlight units. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing so far. [Reuters]

Friday, August 28, 2009

Storm London’s Camden Watch With Touch Screen

At first glance, the Camden digital watch by Storm London looks like an ordinary timepiece. But, the watch comes with a touch screen display that can automatically shut off in order to conserve battery power. If you want to see the current time, all you have to do is tap it to get its display turned back on. It is also able to display a text message up to 10 characters. Available in Silver, Gold, and Slate, the Camden is priced at £139.99 or equal to $228. [Storm London]

Vexia Econav 435 GPS Navigation System

Vexia will release the Econav 435 GPS navigation system that claims to reduce fuel consumption of your vehicle by up to 33%. The gadget comes equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display that informs users of the most economical and ecological method to drive in real time. The Econav 435 will also inform users to use the best gear at that point in time, while the “Accelerator Pedal Indicator” will show whether the accelerator pedal is being used correctly, based on what the software says is the optimum acceleration of the car and the speed of the road. The Vexia Econav 435 will be released this September for £169.99 ($276) in the UK and £219.99 ($357) for a model with European maps. [Pocket-lint]

Sony DPF-D72N/BQ Digital Picture Frame

Sony DPF-D72N/BQ is a 7-inch digital photo frame, which is embedded with Crystallized Swarovski Elements. The frame provides a 1GB of storage capacity that can store up to 2,000 photos. The Sony DPF-D72N/BQ digital photo frame also supports direct USB input from your PC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC), Compact Flash, xD-Picture Card media and SDHC. It will be available in October 2009 for around $150. [Sony]

Motorola A45 Murano AKA Motocubo A45

Motorola today announced the Motorola A45 Murano in Brazil, under the name of Motocubo A45. Designed for young mobile users, the Motocubo A45 is a messaging phone with a landscape QVGA display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The phone features Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, an MP3 player, a 3.5mm headset jack, an FM radio with RDS, and a 2MP camera. The phone will be available starting September for $293. [Press Release]

Sony Walkman S540

The S540 is the latest version of Sony’s Walkman S-series line-up. This new DAP is equipped with a 2.4-inch QVGA LCD screen, new built-in speakers allowing users to share music out loud, a voice recorder, an FM radio and supports MP3, WMA, AAC audio files as well as H.264 and WMV video files. Its battery provides up to 42 hours of music playback and up to 6.5 hours of video playback. The 8GB model retails for $110, while the 16GB model for $130. [DVICE]

Hercules Dualpix HD720p High-Def Webcam

Here’s another ultra-mobile high definition webcam for your notebook, the Hercules Dualpix HD720p. This mini webcam features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor (1280 x 800 pixels), a wide angle autofocus lens with 3x zoom, a high-quality built-in microphone and a USB 2.0 Video Class (UVC) interface. It captures both full 1280 x 720 resolution HD video at 30fps as well as 5-megapixel digital still images (interpolated mode). In addition, it also comes with multiple positioning options for capturing pictures and angles unachievable by earlier models of webcams. The Hercules Dualpix HD720p will hit stores starting in early September for the SRP $59.99. [SlashGear]

Nokia N97 Mini Appears In Press Photo

Here’s the first official picture of Nokia’s upcoming N97 Mini handset. It’s said that the N97 Mini will have almost the same features like the original N97, except for a few changes which will include a redesigned QWERTY keypad, an 8GB of internal memory and no lens cover. The N97 Mini will probably make its debut during Nokia World 2009 next week. [Be Geek]

Samsung Readies Ultra-Thin X520 Notebook

Samsung is getting ready to unleash its new ultra-thin and light notebook, the Samsung X520. Based on the Intel’s Consumer Low Voltage (CULV) platform, the new X520 features a 15.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, a 1.3GHz Core 2 Solo SU2700 CPU, a 4GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a 1.3MP webcam, a 3-in-1 card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth, an HDMI output, a 6-cell battery and Windows Vista Home Premium OS. No details on pricing and release date yet, but according to some sources it will cost around €699 ($1,004).[heise]

Philips DC185 iPod Docking Sound System

Share all your tunes and liven up the party with Philips DC185 iPod Docking Sound System. This portable sound system features an FM radio, a USB port, a 3.5mm AUX input jack, Dynamic Bass Boost for deep and dramatic sound, and delivers a total output power of 2×2W (RMS). It also supports most iPod models including iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano 3G, iPod 5G, iPod with color display, iPod Mini, iPod Nano 1G and iPod Nano 2G. The Philips DC185 iPod Docking Sound System retails for $44.99.[overstock]

Sony A500 / A550 Digital SLR Cameras

Sony will release two new alpha DSLR cameras that adopt a new generation of Exmor CMOS sensors and BIONZ image processors. The A550 (14.2MP) and A500 (12.3MP) digital SLR cameras come jam packed with a 3-inch LCD screen that tilts 90 degrees up or down and two Live View functions. The A500 has a 230,000 pixel Clear Photo display, while the A550 features a 921,000 pixel Xtra Fine display. The Sony A550 and A500 will retail for $950 and $750, respectively. [dcviews]

Iodata AD197GEW 19-Inch Energy-Efficient LCD Monitor

Iodata is gearing up to release another energy-efficient monitor for the Japanese market. Dubbed as the AD197GEW, this new 19-inch LCD monitor supports a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and features 5ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 degrees viewing angle, 1W+1W stereo speakers, a DVI port and consumes no more than 17.7W of power, with maximum power rated at 26W. The Iodata AD197GEW will become available in Japan starting in March 2010 for unannounced price yet. [PCLaunches]

Sharp NetWalker MID

Sharp has recently unveiled their upcoming Mobile Internet Device ‘NetWalker’ for the Japanese market. Powered by a 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor, this new MID offers a 5-inch touchscreen display with 1024 x 600 resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard layout, a 512MB RAM, a 4GB of storage, a microSDHC card slot, WiFi, two USB 2.0 ports, a miniUSB 2.0 port, 10 hours of battery life and runs on Ubuntu Linux 9.04 OS. The Sharp NetWalker MID is scheduled to be released in Japan in September 25 for an estimated price of $480. [GadgetFolder]

OCZ Agility EX SSD

OCZ has expanded its solid state drive range by releasing the Agility EX series of SSDs. This new 2.5-inch 60GB drive is based on SLC (single-level cell) NAND flash memory chips and features a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, a 64MB of onboard cache, an Indilinx Barefoot controller, a MTBF of 1.5 million hours, and provides maximum read and write speeds of 255MB/s and 195MB/s, respectively. The OCZ Agility EX will set you back $399. [TechSpot]

Philips Watt Time Alarm Clock

The Watt Time Alarm Clock from Philips is constructed out of high gloss, hard plastic allowing the digital time display to shine through the bulb’s outer wall. The light bulb shaped alarm clock will wake you up from slumber world using sound. If the sound is not enough, you can also set the bulb to light up when it’s time to crawl out of bed. All set buttons are placed discretely on the back of the bulb. You can buy the Philips Watt Time Alarm Clock for only $24.99 a pop. [Quirky]

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Olympus E-600 Pictures Leaked

Here are the leaked pictures of Olympus’ upcoming low-end DSLR camera, the E-600 which is likely to be a scaled down version of the E-620. Details remain scarce at the moment, but from what we heard, it would have a swivel LCD screen, ART Filters and in-body image stabilization. Stay tuned for more details.[Electronista]

Samsung Messager II Hits Cricket, MetroPCS

Cricket and MetroPCS have recently released another messaging phone from Samsung namely the Samsung Messager II. This new handset features a 2.2-inch display with 240 x 320 resolution, a 2MP camera with video recording, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a microSD card lot, a web browser, Bluetooth and supports EV-DO connectivity. The Samsung Messager II sells for $149 at MetroPCS and $199.99 at Cricket. [Samsung]

Sanyo LP-XU106 Projector

Sanyo is back with their new projector, the LP-XU106 which is claimed as the company’s brightest projector. Weighing only 3.4 kilograms, this projector provides a brightness level of 4,500 lumens and features 1,000:1 contrast ratio, Corner Keystone Correction Function and the Easy Setup Function. The LP-XU106 will go on sale starting on November 20th for unannounced price yet. [Fareastgizmos]

Small Fanless PC From Portwell That Supports HDMI Output

Portwell has launched their latest fanless PC namely the WEBS-1010 that will be powered by the Intel Atom processor. Measuring at only 4-inch x 4.5-inch x 1.05-inch, the computer boasts a miniSD memory card slot, a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, an HDMI video output, an IR receiver and six USB ports. Other specs include Wi-Fi connectivity, a 1GB RAM and a mini PCI-E socket. If you are interested, you can buy the Portwell WEBS-1010 for $460 each. [WindowsForDevices]

HANNspree Releases The First Two HF Series LCD Monitors

HANNspree has come out with their first two HF series LCD monitors in the form of the 20-inch HF207AP and 23-inch HF237HP. The HF207AP only supports a native resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels and features two connectivity ports including D-Sub and DVI. While the HF237HP offers a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and integrates three connectivity ports including D-Sub, DVI and HDMI. As for the rest of the specs, both monitors feature the same 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and two 1W speakers. The HF207AP and HF237HP are priced at £99 ($161) and £134.99 ($219), respectively. [TCMagazine]

Addonics Releases Portable Blu-ray Drive With Built-In eSATA And USB Interfaces

Unlike most portable Blu-ray drives, Addonics’ latest ‘Pocket Blu-ray’ comes with both high speed eSATA and USB2.0 interfaces. This external drive is also capable of reading and burning CDs and DVDs, and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux OS. Available in both plastic and aluminum enclosures, the drive will set you back $235. [Virtual Press Office]

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD

Here’s the latest member to Corsair’s Extreme Series SSD line-up, the X256. This new 2.5-inch drive is based on Samsung’s MLC NAND flash memory and features a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, a 64MB of cache memory, an Indilinx Barefoot controller, and provides maximum read and write speeds of 240MB/s and 170MB/s, respectively. The Corsair X256 SSD should become available soon for under $700. [Engadget]

BookArc Turns Your MacBook Into a Nettop

The BookArc helps you free up more space on your desk. It is a sexy stand designed that holds your MacBook vertically and turn it into a nettop. BookArc rests on soft, silicone footpads that keep it from leaving any unwanted surface marks or scratches on your desk. The BookArc is now available at the Apple Store and retails for $49.99 each. A BookArc “six-pack” geared towards design studios and Mac-based offices is being offered at a bundled discount price of $249.99. [Twelve South]

Acer Veriton Z280G All-In-One PC

Acer is back with their latest all-in-one PC in the form of Veriton Z280G. This new space-saving system sports an 18.5-inch wide-screen LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, an Intel GMA950 graphics card, a 2GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive, a multi-format DVD burner, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, Wifi and runs on Windows XP Professional OS. The Acer Veriton Z280G all-in-one PC is now available via Acer’s authorized resellers with a starting price of just $499. [CrunchGear]

Elecom Launches Multi-colored Designer Webcams

Japanese gadget manufacturer Elecom today introduced two members from its UCAM-DLC300T webcam series. These 3MP USB webcams will fit perfectly onto the top of any standard laptop screen allowing you to video chat instantly. Available in white, black, pink and sky blue, these webcams are also designed to work with the Sony Playstation 3 offering 30-frames per second picture transmission. You can purchase the Elecom UCAM-DLC300T webcam for 10,250 Yen ($108) each. [Elecom]

Upcoming Magellan RoadMate 1700

It seems that Magellan will release their super-sized navigation gadget very soon. The Magellan RoadMate 1700 comes equipped with a generous 7-inch display with 6 million points of interest, AAA Tour Book, maps of North America, text-to-speech and multiple-point routing capability. You can place your pre-order for $299 a pop, and expect the RoadMate 1700 to ship sometime this fall. [GPSReview]

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cerulean RX Bluetooth Dock Adapter

The Cerulean RX Bluetooth Dock Adapter from iSkin is a useful accessory for your iPhone or iPod. The device can be connected to any iPhone or iPod dock, and then turns that dock into a Bluetooth receiver where you can play your tunes direct to the dock from up to 30-feet away. The Cerulean RX Bluetooth Dock Adapter is priced at $89.99. [iSkin]

Rhapsody Coming To The iPhone

RealNetworks has submitted its Rhapsody app for the iPhone and iPod touch to Apple for review. If approved, this app will give you access to all of Rhapsody’s 8-million tracks and all of its radio stations. You will also be able to create playlists on the fly, or if you already have an existing Rhapsody account, you can sync the app with it and listen to playlists you have already created or browse music you have saved. The one large downside is that the app isn’t able to store songs for offline playback, which means if you don’t have a connection via Wi-Fi, Edge, or 3G, you won’t be able to use the app. The Rhapsody for iPhone will be available for free, but it will require a $15 per month Rhapsody To Go subscription to use. [Appadvice]

Alessi SG66 Electronic Scale

Alessi released the next generation of kitchen scale namely the Alessi SG66. Designed by Stefano Giovanni for Alessi, the device can measure both metrics and standard measurements. Measuring 21cm x 23.5cm x 5cm, the Alessi SG66 Electronic Scale retails for $168.99 at Amazon. [Product Page]

Nokia’s First Netbook

Nokia has announced their first netbook in the form of the Nokia Booklet 3G. The 10-inch netbook comes with an Intel Atom processor, an “HD ready” LCD display, an integrated A-GPS, Ovi Maps software, HDMI out, and an impressive 12-hour of battery life. The Nokia Booklet 3G also features a built in 3G/HSPA and Wi-Fi that will provide high speed Internet access on the go. Nokia will release more details on the Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook on September 2nd, 2009 at Nokia World. We will keep you posted. [Nokia]

A-Data C905 USB Flash Drive

A-Data has introduced a new member to its classic series of USB flash drives in the form of C905. Measuring 61.8mm x 18.7mm x 10.7mm and weighing just 13 grams, the drive is available in four different capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. They also feature a stylish aluminum casing, a USB 2.0/1.1 interface and come in two color options, either red or gray. Each purchase will include a free download of UFDtoGO and Norton Internet Security 2009 (60-day trial). Sadly, there’s no word on pricing and release date yet.[GadgetFolder]

Tascam CD-200i Rackmountable CD Player With Built-In iPod Dock

Here’s another 2-in-1 gadget from Tascam, the CD-200i. This rackmountable CD player not only plays your audio CDs, MP3 CDs and WAV file CDs but it also serves as a docking station for your iPod. What makes it more interesting is that you can easily control your iPod directly from its front-panel or via a wireless remote, and even play videos through an S-video connection on the back of the deck. In addition, the device also supports for CD TEXT and ID3 tag info.[tascam]

GPS Enabled Watch

Here is a GSP-enabled wristwatch from Chinavasion that allows you to walk around and then see where you walked around on Google Maps. The gadget has a built-in 8MB storage space to log all of your movements. Its battery lasts for up to 21 hours. Chinavasion’s GPS Watch retails for $77.61 each. [Chinavasion]

Sub-$300 HD Camcorder From Exemode

Exemode will launch its Yashica DV-535HD camcorder that is able to record 1080p 30fps HD video. This affordable HD video recorder boasts a 5x optical zoom, a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 3-inch touch-sensitive LCD display. All video recordings are stored under the AVI file format for easy migration to other platforms. You can save all your recorded video on an SDHC memory card (up to 32GB). The Yashica DV-535HD will be launched on September 11th, 2009 for $263 a pop. [Tech-On!]

BenQ Unveils M2700HDS 27-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor

BenQ has recently unveiled their upcoming 27-inch LCD monitor ‘M2700HDS’ during a press event in Japan. This new widescreen monitor offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and four 2.5W built-in speakers. It also comes with several connectivity ports including USB, D-Sub, DVI and two HDMI. The M2700HDS will become available later this year for unannounced price yet. [TCMagazine]

Wacom Nextbeat NXT-1000 Released In Japan and Europe

Wacom will rolled out their Nextbeat NXT-1000 professional DJ equipment on September 18th, 2009 in Japan and on September 25th, 2009 in Europe. For your info, the Nextbeat is a professional live performance with innovative features including touch-sensitive controls that can be operated intuitively with your DJ equipment. Sadly, there is no info on US release. Video after the jump.[Engadget Japan]

Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Latest Headphones From JVC

Japanese manufacturer JVC has recently released two high quality headphones namely the HP-S560 (10Hz to 25kHz) and the HP-S360 (10Hz to 24kHz). Both headphones adopt a newly developed “Dual Protection Structure” on its driver unit in order to suppress any unnecessary resonances. The HP-S560 and the HP-S360 also feature a 32 Ohm impedance with an 112dB/1mw output. These headphones will be available in September 2009 in Japan. [Akihabara]

Asus uBoom And uBoom Q Soundbar Speakers

Asus has launched its uBoom and uBoom Q soundbar speakers that are designed to provide high fidelity audio and heart-thumping bass via a maze-like reflex port, which is then channeled through speakers designed to place the user in the audio sweet-spot. Both the ASUS uBoom and uBoom Q sound-bar speakers feature USB 2.0 connectivity for audio output. The uBoom Q also draws its power via the USB 2.0 port, effectively eliminating the need for a power adapter. No pricing information available so far.[Asus]

Sony 32GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Cards

Sony today released the latest version of 32GB Memory Stick PRO Duo that allows Handycam owners to record video in FH mode (1920 x 1080 Full HD) for 225 minutes (3 hours 45 minutes) using a single card. It is perfect for events such as weddings, birthday parties, and athletic events. No info on pricing at this time. [dcviews]

Latest 15-inch Notebook From DosPara

Japanese laptop manufacturer DosPara has rolled out the Prime Note Galleria GS notebook PC that boasts a 15.4-inch with a 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution, a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 CPU, an nVidia GeForce 966M GS with 512MB of VRAM, a 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM, and a 500 GB of SATA HDD. Weighing at only 2.7kg, the laptop also features a DVD Super Multi, WiFi and HDMI out. Unfortunately, its battery provides only 2.6-hours of operation time. [DosPara]

HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse

It seems that HP wants to compete with Logitech by releasing a new range of Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse with cool designs. First up is the HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse in Red that sports a flowery design and a sculpted fit for maximum comfort, a four-way tilt scroll wheel, and two programmable buttons. The HP Wireless Comfort Mouse HDX sports a similar feature set but has a blue design with whispy blue and white lines. Finally, the HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse in Expresso features a modern black design with white circles. The price ranges from $14.99 to $49.99. [ChipChick]