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06 April 2006

4 Way Slider Phones From Fujitsu

Japanese giant Fujitsu will this week show off two new phones; the 'Slider' and the 'Multi-Slider'.



The first; the 'Slider' (pictured above) is a landscaped orientated unit sporting a full keyboard. It has touch-screen sensitive keys which I presume has been designed with texting and instant messaging in mind :-)

The more impressive out of the two; the 'Multi-Slider' has a virtual keypad- displaying the appropriate screen to whichever way the keypad slides out. eg: Up for phone-pad, left for computer keyboard- pretty nifty! The four buttons on the front of the phone (pictured below) make me wonder if there is something of an 'iPhone' about Fujitsu's new device?!

The two phones will be on show at the Japanese Design Competition, held in Milan's Tiennale di Milano this week!

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04 April 2006

New MP3 WALKMAN Flash From Sony

Today Sony announced the release of a new range of ultra-slim, shuffle-style MP3 players: MP3 WALKMAN Flash


The compact devices will have a capacity of between 512mb and 2GB and support MP3, WMA, and ATRAC3. They will be available (not too sure when yet) in an attractive range of casing covers, and will sport impressive features, such as an FM Tuner with MHz range from 87.5 - 108.0, and a quick-charge feature which has the ability to charge 3 hours of battery life in just 3 minutes!

Additional Features Include
  • Rechargable Battery with stamina of 28 hours
  • 5-band Equalizer
  • Vivid 1 line dot matrix organic LED
  • A direct USB with high speed transfer


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HD-DVD Vs Blu-Ray: The Battle Continues

Samsung Have Announced Today That The Launch Of Their Blu-Ray Standard Disc Player Will Now Be Delayed Until June


At stake is a £14 billion-a-year home video market, and with Samsung announcing today that their Blu-Ray standard disc player will now be rescheduled from May until June, the HD-DVD camp will be laughing.

Samsung have said "We still anticipate that the Samsung BD-P1000 will be the first Blu-Ray player to launch at a national level in the United States". However, with studios like Lionsgate having already announced the release of compatible film titles for the original date, it's not good news. Nor is it good news that Toshiba have plans to offer two HD-DVD models to the US market from April.

I think the only good news I have, is that Samsung have added a couple more features to the BD-P1000 spec.:
1080p up conversion of DVDs (apparently only via HDMI out)
Support for 11 (up from 9) memory card formats, adding Mini-SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo
But lets hope Blu-Ray are not doing a HD-DVD all over again. Because if they are, Toshiba, NEC, Hewlett Packard, and LG (firms supporting the HD-DVD standard) are looking to be in poll position for capturing a good part of that £14 billion-a-year home video market.

So, fingers crossed for Blu-Ray that I won't be reporting of any more delays.

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03 April 2006

Toshiba Launch The World's First HD-DVD Player

Much to Sony's disappointment, Toshiba launched their first high definition DVD player in Japan on Friday priced at £539


For the past three years it's been a race between Sony and Toshiba to set a global industry standard for next generation DVD players, and it looks like Toshiba have made it to the finish line first with their HD-DVD player. Toshiba launched their first high definition DVD player in Japan on Friday priced at £539 ($934, E772), and they are set to launch another two players during April.

Meanwhile Sony are set to launch their rival Blu-ray DVD players in the US in July, for an estimated £578 ($1000) each.

Both Sony's Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD-DVD disc formats are capable of holding far more data than existing red-laser discs, and these new formats will also be capable of delivering superior image quality and supporting interactive features.


While Toshiba's HD-DVD format has pretty much the same structure as existing DVD's, their format will be usable on traditional red-laser DVD players, however Sony's Blu-ray format is vastly different to existing DVD's. So, although Sony's offering is reported to have bigger storage capacity, unfortunately it will require consumers to buy new hardware.

To avoid customers having to choose between the two DVD formats, it was hoped Sony and Toshiba would reach a two-way agreement on a single disc type. However, it looks like both company's are sticking to their guns.

But, with a couple of months head start, Toshiba have said they aim to sell 600,000 to 700,000 of its next generation DVD players globally within the year!

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Navman Introduce NavPix

Satellite navigation pioneer Navman have introduced an image based approach to navigation, where by the user can simply touch the picture of the place they fancy visiting, and the Navman system will automatically calculate the best route to that destination. E.g. How many people know the actual postal address of the Eiffel Tower? Not many, but NavPix can easily navigate users there, by just touching the picture of it: no postcode entry needed.


Initially NavPix will be available on two of their new portable Sat Nav's: the iCN720 and the iCN750, which will be available all over Europe by May. What's more users can also use the built in camera in the iCN700 series to take pictures of places they may want to return to. The pictures will have the exact geographical location of where that picture was taken embedded in the image data. Even if you wanted to return to a restaurant you had stumbled upon whilst on holiday, just take a photo and you're sorted for the next time you visit the area.

Navman will also have images of famous landmarks etc. to download from their website, and users will be able to upload and share their own NavPix with friends and other Navman users.

"The possibilities of NavPix are almost endless, for both leisure and professional users. This innovative technology marks a completely new approach to satellite navigation, one which will change the way people navigate in the future." Prash Vadgama, President of Navman's Consumer Navigation Group Says.



On top of the iCN720 & 750, Navman have announced the launch of the iCN530, and the iCN330, designed with simplicity in mind.