Top Tech News This Week (08-03-09 to 08-09-09)

Submitted by lalit on August 9, 2009 - 5:07pm.

In this section we will highlight the top tech stories of past week. Every Sunday we will publish links to top 10-12 tech stories that were published during the week not only on our website, but also on other websites.

This week belonged to cameras as two new technologies were for the first time integrated with compact digital cameras.

  • First it was Sony that added back-illuminated “Exmor R” Sensors to Cyber-shot WX1 and TX1 digital cameras. Back-illuminated CMOS sensors will make low light photography piece of cake for anyone who can hold a camera in their hands. You can pre-order both cameras on Amazon, Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is available for $349 and Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is available for $379.
  • Nikon announced four new compact digital cameras, but the camera that grabbed all attention was Coolpix S1000pj. The new camera features an integrated VGA resolution projector that can project a 40-inch diagonal image. Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is also available for pre-order on Amazon for $429.
  • In the world of home theater systems, Transmission Audio introduced Ultimate speakers that are priced one million dollars for just the speakers and if you include all the amplifiers and pre-amps speakers will need to work the price will reach two million dollars. There are total twelve, 7-foot high speaker panels in the system, which includes two super-tweeter ribbon, four tweeter/midrange ribbons, two 24 x 8-inch woofer, and two 10 x 15-inch subwoofer. We have added a picture of the speaker setup above.
  • Toshiba became the first SSD maker to start shipping 2.5-inch 512GB solid-state drives for notebooks. Toshiba will also ship 1.8-inch model with maximum capacity of 256GB. Flash memory price has been falling and as a result SSD adoption will increase.
  • Even though TomTom promised that it will start shipping the iPhone navigation app and in-car mounting kit this summer, we haven’t seen any official announcement from the company yet. However, few websites in UK have started taking pre-orders for the iPhone TomTom kit at a very high price of £115 (almost $200). We are not sure if anyone will buy TomTom kit for such high price.
  • Hitachi introduced the first 2TB hard drive running at 7,200 RPM. Western Digital was the first company to launch a 2TB desktop hard drive but it ran at just 5,400 RPM, which made it almost impossible to use for gaming.
  • More Apple Tablet rumors were posted this week. The iPhone OS 3.1 beta added reference to a new device iProd1,1, which many websites believed was a reference to upcoming Apple Tablet/ netbook. Also the highly unreliable analyst Shaw Wu claims that Apple will introduce multiple new touchscreen devices in 2010.
  • Sprint announced two 4G Mobile Broadband Routers that support both the WiMax and EVDO Rev.A network standards. Sprint is the only carrier that has 4G network in selected cities in US. However, if you are in one of those cities these broadband routers can be very useful.
  • LG GD910 watch phone has been in news since it was announced earlier this year. Orange will be the first carrier to offer this 3G touchscreen phone in Europe for a very high price of Euro 899 with 24-month contract. Technologically this phone is wonderful, but we have doubts about how useful this phone will be in smartphone era.
  • T-Mobile has started selling myTouch 3G for $199.99 with two year contract. This is the second Google Android phone released in US. Many carriers, cellphone makers, and even Google have announced that we will see at least 20 new Android phones before end of this year. But we are in the second half of 2009 and myTouch 3G is the first Android based phone shipped this year in US.