Amazon To Launch MP3 Store Around September 17th

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 2:38pm.

Amazon will finally launch their Online MP3 Music Store next month. To compete with iTunes, Amazon will sell DRM free music from Universal for $0.99 where as iTunes sells DRM free music for $1.29. Amazon will also offer variable rate pricing for songs (bad for consumer and good for record companies). Certain back catalog tracks would be offered at 89 cents and the new releases will cost more. Larger labels are said to object to the low price for current music and are reportedly still in negotiations that may push back the opening of the store.

Sharp Shows Multi-Touch Touch screen with Scanning Capabilities

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 2:13pm.

Sharp today showed prototype of 3.5” touchscreen display with Multi-touch functionality (like the iPhone). The big news about this display is that it can also perform scanning functions; a future device could include a business card reader or automatically scan data codes found on packaging. Mass production of this 1mm thick display will start in spring 2008. Initially the display will be aimed at smartphone and digital camera market but in future screen up to 12” would be available for use in Notebook computer or UMPC.

New York Post Reports Apple To Sell Ringtones on iTunes

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 1:54pm.

New York Post Reports that Apple will offer ringtone service, which would allow users to turn almost any song sold or previously purchased through iTunes into a ringtone for a additional fee. The best part of this offer is that user will be able to select any part of the song they want as their ringtones. Wireless carriers normally sell ringtones for about $1.99, if Apple is able to sell both the ringtone and the song for $1.99 it would be a deal. Lets wait and see what Apple announces on Wednesday. And Yes Universal Music won’t participate in the offering (what do you expect from Universal).

Via New York Post

No More NBC TV Shows on iTunes

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 1:08pm.

Yesterday NBC said that it wouldn’t extend its contract with iTunes, as Apple is not ready to change their pricing policies. NBC’s agreement with Apple will end in December. The question then was would Apple keep selling NBC TV shows like they are doing with Universal Music. NBC is a Universal groups company so it looked like they will keep doing the same thing they did with music. But Apple has had it with Universal Group and it is pulling the plug on NBC in September rather than waiting till December. According to the statement released by Apple it will not be selling NBC television shows for the upcoming television season on its online iTunes Store. The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes after Apple declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode, which would have resulted in the retail price to consumers increasing to $4.99 per episode from the current $1.99. Apple's agreement with NBC ends in December. Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September.
"We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "We hope they will change their minds and offer their TV shows to the tens of millions of iTunes customers."
In May when Apple and Universal Music were in talks for extending their agreement, it failed because Apple was not ready to increase the price of newly released songs from $0.99 and Universal wanted to charge more for newly released songs. But since iTunes has more than 80% market share in online music business and are the 3rd biggest reseller after Wal-Mart and Best Buy, Universal wasn’t able to do much. Though Universal Music didn’t sign the agreement with Apple, they kept selling their music through iTunes. Now with this NBC agreement problem it looks like Universal is getting too greedy because no way am I going to pay $5 for one episode of a TV show.

Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 6:52pm.

The DMC-L10 is Panasonic’s first DSLR with Face Detection, the system can detect up to 15 human faces simultaneously. The Face detection system in combination with intelligent ISO control setting, which measure the movement of the subject and sets the ISO level accordingly, helps give consumers blur-free image. The camera has a 10.1-megapixel sensor with Supersonic Wave Filter system that prevents dust from collecting on the sensor. The DMC-L10 adopts advanced hybrid AF system, which gives user the option to choose either the phase difference AF system or the contrast AF. While in manual mode the user can enlarge part of the subject on LCD and also freely move the magnified area for easy framing. The DMC-L10 is aimed at prosumers who are transitioning from a compact digital camera to DSLR. The DMC-L10 comes with LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14- 50mm / F3.8-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. lens which has optical image stabilization. The camera will be available in October for $1299.

Via Gizmodo

LG Introduces New Design Art Series

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 11:42am.

According to LG the new Design Art Series is all about design. They announced two LCD TV series LF75 and LB75 in Design Art Series. The LF75 comes in 37”, 42”, 47”, and 52” at 1080p and has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The LB75 comes in 26” and 32” at 720p/1080i and has 8,000:1 contrast ratio. All the LCD TVs have three HDMI inputs, XD imaging engine and Intelligent Eye technology, which optimizes brightness and contrast according to ambient light. The speakers are hidden behind a special film that keep them out of sight without affecting the sound. Pricing and availability is not known.

LG To Produce All the LCD Monitors with 5000:1 Contrast Ratio

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 11:27am.

LG said at IFA that starting from September 1st all the LCD monitors produced in their fabs will have a contrast ratio of 5000:1. LG will be using Digital Fine Contrast technology to get the results. LG will launch two LCD monitors based on this technology the L227WT and L206WU. The L227WT will be a 22” monitor targeted at gamers and graphic designer. The monitor will reproduce 100% of the NTSC color spectrum and will have a 2ms response time. It will be available in November and price is yet not known. The second monitor 20” L206WU lets you connect up to six monitors at once via USB and it has a 2ms response time. It will be available in October and price is not known.

LG’s HS101 Portable LED Projector

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 11:12am.

The HS101 is 1.7 pound LED DLP projector, which has a contrast ratio of 2000:1. The project has 800 X 600 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The LED is rated for 20,000 hours. The project has DV, D-sub and DVI input and will be available for 799 EUR ($1090 US).

Nikon Announces Two New L-Series Cameras

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 10:52am.

Nikon announced L14 and L15 cameras based on EXPEED image processor. Both the cameras have red-eye correction, D-lighting exposure correction, face recognition, 3X optical zoom and ISO up to 1000. The difference between the two cameras are that the L14 has 7-megapixel and 2.4”screen where are L15 has 8-megapixel and 2.8” screen. The L14 will cost $150 and the L15 will cost $180. Both cameras will be available in September.

Samsung’s Sexy SP-A800B DLP Projector

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2007 - 10:30am.

This 1080p DLP projector is based on .95” DMD chip. It features 24 frames per second film mode. It has 2000 hours, 300W and 1000 lumens bulb that has contrast ratio of 10,000:1. Sp-A800B comes with two HDMI, one RGM, Two Component, S-Video and RS232. Date of availability and price is not known.