Thomson Slider PMP V888

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 3:45pm.

The Thomson’s V888 has a 4” screen and support almost all the video/audio/photo formats. But two of the biggest surprises are price and the slider, which reveals the control buttons. When slider is opened the panel has four directional keys, volume up and down keys, home key, select key, start key and another set of four keys marked X, Y, B and A which can be used to play games. The cost is $132 (999 Yuan) for 4GB Player.

Philips All Set to Launch Gears for Digital Music Revolution

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 3:30pm.

The first gear that will be available in September for $199 is BTM630 Bluetooth enabled audio system. It has an iPod dock at top, a SD card slot and USB port. It also comes with slot-loading CD drive that can rip audio files and transfer to USB stick. A cell phone with stereo Bluetooth can play music wirelessly over BTM630 and when a call comes while playing the song, the song is paused and the caller’s number is shown on the LCD screen.

The iPod Remote is an iPod dock with Universal remote. The dock can be plugged in any audio system or TV and the remote has a LCD screen that can be used to navigate iPod menu on the remote itself. It will cost you $199 and will be available in September.

The third gear is AZ1330B, which is a shiny black boom box that comes with iPod dock, AM/FM radio, and CD player. This system will also be available in September for $99.

The third gear is AZ1330B, which is a shiny black boom box that comes with iPod dock, AM/FM radio, and CD player. This system will also be available in September for $99.

The last one is a GoGear portable media player that will be launched next month and it has 4GB of flash memory and 3.5” LCD screen. Its battery life is 20 hours for music and 5 hours for video. The price when it will be announced next month will be $149.

You can read more at CNET

Walt Mossberg Review Apple’s iWork ‘08

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 2:56pm.

Walt Mossberg has posted review of Apple’s iWork ’08 on All Things D website. His verdict: “iWork ‘08 is a nice product, capable of turning out sophisticated and attractive word-processing, presentation and spreadsheet documents. But iWork simply isn’t as powerful or versatile as Microsoft Office, especially when it comes to word processing and spreadsheets. And it suffers from a design that places far more emphasis on making documents look beautiful than on the nuts and bolts of the actual process of writing and number-crunching.” We completely agree with Walt after using iWork for past week.
You can read the complete review here: iWork 08 Review

Stealth Computer Releases LPC350PCI with PCI Card Slot

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 2:24pm.

First off let me make a confession that I don’t like any of the Stealth PCs, Stealth computer look so ugly that I can’t describe. My only question to Stealth “ is it so hard to design a decent looking case?” For a minimum of $1000 you can get a Stealth LPC350PCI with either Celeron M370 (1.5GHz) or Pentium M740 (1.73GHz), up to 2GB of RAM, 80GB harddrive, choice of DVD/CD-RW or DVD-RW drives, DVI output, FireWire and three USB Ports. The Little PC is also not little in size it 5.87” x 10” x 2.75” in dimension compare that to 6” x 6” x 2” for a Mac mini. I think we should save our $1000 by not spending it on an ugly, not very small and not at all powerful PC.

Alienware To Add Dual CableCard Support in Its High End Media Centers

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 2:02pm.

Alienware got overwhelmingly positive response for there Hangar 18 Media Center PCs based upon AMD’s Live Media Center platform and 5.1 Surround sound with 200 watts per channel amplification. Alienware will be releasing high end Media Center PCs soon. The Media Center will have four swappable hard drive bays for 4TB storage, Blue-ray option and option to distribute audio to four separate zones. The system will support Dual CableCards. It is yet not know what it will cost and what processor it will be based upon.

Nintendo Wii Will Continue To Be in Short Supply

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 1:38pm.

According to Digitimes, due to tight supply of components such as IC chips and PCBs, Nintendo’s plans to increase production will be delayed. With this delay shortage of Wii will continue worldwide through out the second half of 2007. If you were waiting to get your hands on Wii it won’t be easy this Christmas also.


Vodafone Wants Apple to Make Minute Changes to iPhone Before Launch in Europe

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 1:23pm.

Vodafone and T-mobile have been slated as two major carriers for iPhone launch in Europe. Vodafone is not likely to cut the deal that AT&T did, it doesn’t want to give up that much control. Vodafone wants Apple to make some changes in the phone. The list of enhancements Vodafone wants is:

1)    Vodafone wants YouTube to work much more like the Internet version.
    2)    The problems with Outlook and Exchange be solved and work as claimed.
    3)    Vodafone wants enhanced security and firewalls, like support for Cisco PIX and MSCHP1.
    4)    Vodafone wants improvement in WiFi security.
    5)    In web browser it wants the cut and paste functionality.

Well every one wants the above list of improvement in the iPhone and cut and paste function should be available in every application not just web browser. It is believed that Apple will be making European iPhone announcement soon (may be next month).


Apple to Launch New Products and European iPhones at Apple Expo Paris

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 11:32am.

Apple Expo Paris will be held from September 25-29th 2007 in Paris. Apple has announced new products there like the iMac G5 in 2004, but for past two years apple hasn’t used the show for any new product announcements. According to 9to5mac Apple will announce European iPhone, television shows and movies on iTunes for Europe. 9to5mac also adds “ it is looking like an extremely good time to unveil a fresh new line of iPods.” Apple can definitely use the show to launch new products but what products Apple will launch god only knows. Let’s hope that we see the new line of iPods as soon as possible.
You can read more here: 9to5mac

What has Apple Done to iMovie ’08?

Submitted by lalit on August 17, 2007 - 10:26am.

For the past 7 days I had been trying out the new iLife ’08, the enhancements to iPhone, iPhoto, iWeb and GarageBand seem really good. But with iMovie Apple has taken step backward. David Pogue writes in his column “Most people are used to a product cycle that goes like this: Release a new version every year or two, each more capable than the last. Ensure that it's backward compatible with your existing documents. iMovie '08, on the other hand, has been totally misnamed. It's not iMovie at all. In fact, it's nothing like its predecessor and contains none of the same code or design. It's designed for an utterly different task, and a lot of people are screaming bloody murder.” This is very true about the new iMovie ’08 there is no timeline and all the audio effects are gone. You can’t use plug-ins with the new iMovie and all the basic visual effects are also gone. If you have a G4 Mac better not think about the new iMovie, it won’t work. The biggest question is: what was Apple thinking? According to David Pogue, Apple says that it was thinking: "It's 1.0. We'll bring it up to par with free software updates, like we always do." Internally, I'm guessing that it was also thinking, "iMovie had gotten pretty old, and it was haunted by some intractable bugs." And also, perhaps, "iMovie was getting so powerful, it was taking sales away from Final Cut." I totally agree with what David writes at the end of his column “ I can’t help thinking that Apple would have done better to call a spade a spade, and given the new program a different name. Call it Flymovie, or ByeMovie, or WhyMovie.”

You can read the complete column here: David Pogue

Samsung Officially Releases Details About Three New MP3 Players

Submitted by lalit on August 16, 2007 - 2:32pm.

The first one is the long rumored Touchscreen YP-P2, which has a WQVGA resolution screen for your pictures and movies. Radio programs or individual titles can be noted directly on the equipment. Further it has a calendar, a bell and a text editor. Bluetooth connects the Player with the headphones. The second one YP-S5, which comes with integrated stereo speaker (1.5 watts). The Bluetooth interface let you connect with Bluetooth stereo headsets. The 1.8” screen has 222 x 176 resolution and can play MPEG-4 video file on it. The third YP-T10 plays music and video, transfers radio programs, loads Java plays, shows pictures and can be used as Voice recorder. The YP-T10 will be available in five colors white, black, lime, red and purple where as the other two players will be available in white and black color only. All three players supports MP3, WMA, WMV (audio) and MPEG4 (video). Price is yet not known.