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DS Lite March 25, 2006

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First the Gameboy Micro, now the DS Lite. Featuring brighter screens, Nintendo DS Lite will launch in Japan in March. Nintendo DS Lite will be less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter.

Nintendo DS has enjoyed extremely strong sales in Japan and around the world, selling more than 14.4 million units worldwide. The Japanese sell-through of the existing Nintendo DS hardware exceeded 5 million within 13 months, which made Nintendo DS the fastest-selling video game system there.

There may not have much information, but there is no shortage of pictures…

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Touch Screen Q3 Ericsson to hit shelves Q3 March 24, 2006

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The new super-slim W950 is soon to be released. The Erricsson phone boasts touch screen, broadband fast email and web, 4GB flash memory (up to 4000 songs). Beyond music, the W950 is a complete mobile entertainment centre that delivers great speed and exceptional quality sound and vision. Users can now enjoy the complete spectrum of mobile multimedia applications, from web browsing, push email and video streaming to 3D gaming and store-and-share of media files. Besides music, 4GB is enough storage for a wealth of photos, video’s or email attachments in the phone.

Stereo sound through wireless headphones is now possible as the W950 support Bluetooth streaming in stereo. The Bluetooth Stereo Headset HBH-DS970 also announced today and available as an accessory delivers high quality stereo sound through stylish, comfortable headphones.

Two big questions are left here; Is this mobile Walkman good enough to rival the hugely popular iPod? And will it be affordable? We’ll just have to wait and see, however I suspect the answer to both of these will be no…

Sony Ericsson P990 Smartphone March 7, 2006

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p800, p900, p900i and now the p990, (due for release Q1 2006) based on the same proven concept and recognisable form factor. This means that the p990 will inherit the chunky design of it’s predisessors, but this doesn’t worry sony, they say according to research, people like to get the full from their phones, and they difinately will do that with this feature packed phone.

They didn’t call it “Smartphone” for nothing. Memory has been extended in order to handle all multi-media downloads and e-mail attachments. Memory Stick PRO Duo up to 2GB is available in the market and the P990 now has up to 80 MB user free memory. A 64 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo is included in the box, preloaded with a VPN client and trial version of a virus scan package.

The combination of UMTS and WLAN features will also significantly improve the efficiency and flexibility of applications such as e-mail, browsing the Internet/Intranet and video telephony. WLAN, available in hot spots all over the world, acts as a complement to high speed 3G services, enabling widespread access to corporate network services.

Additionally the 2 Megapixel camera with autofocus, digital zoom, photo light plus the bright TFT screen and video recording provide a high quality imaging experience.

Technical specifications

  • Operating system – Symbian OS v9.1
  • Software platform – UIQ v3.0
  • Size – 114 x 57 x 25
  • Weight – 155g with battery and flip keyboard
  • Screen – Large 2.8 inch QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen with 262 k colours that supports landscape view for camera, video imaging and browsing
  • Interaction – Using touch screen, 3 way Jog Dial and dedicated buttons
  • WLAN – 802.11b compliant
  • Bluetooth – Includes car handsfree profile
  • Infrared – Yes
  • USB – Yes and charging via USB
  • UMTS – E-GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 and UMTS 2100
  • Application memory – Up to 80 MB user free memory
  • Camera – Integrated 2 megapixel CommuniCorder 24 bit colour depth, autofocus for still pictures, video clip recording and video calls
  • Video telephony – Application included which allows video calls and video conferencing via the built-in dual cameras
  • Media player – Supports playback, streaming and playlists
  • Activity menu – Customizable top level menu
  • Upgradeable – Via Sony Ericsson Update Service
  • FM/RDS radio – Yes
  • Browser – Opera browser (version 8.) supporting frames and javascript
  • Push email – Prepared for all major e-mail solutions including Research in Motion (Blackberry)
  • Messaging – SMS, MMS and email
  • PIM applications – Contacts, Calendar, To Do, Jotter for notes and sketches, Voice memo and Calculator, Converter, Stop Watch and Timer
  • Viewers – Microsoft Excel. Word, Powerpoint and Adobe PDF
  • Editors – Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Themes – Easy personalisation of animated icons, screensavers, wallpapers and skins
  • Speaker phone – Yes
  • Memory Stick – Memory Stick PRO Duo slot for up to 2 GB removable memory. 64 MB supplied

iPod Hi-Fi March 7, 2006

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Apple news again?!? I’m afraid so…

Apple have announced the iPod Hi-Fi, you iPod fits in the top and music comes out the front. The dock has been adapted to work with almost all iPods.

“Apple is reinventing the home stereo with the new iPod Hi-Fi, the first iPod accessory that adds true high-fidelity sound quality to the iPod,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPod Hi-Fi’s unrivaled acoustic performance and stunning design is at home in any room in the house.”

” Featuring seamless integration with all iPods with a dock connector, iPod Hi-Fi automatically recharges your iPod while docked and displays features of iPod that maximize the iPod Hi-Fi experience such as Tone Control, Large Album Art mode and volume mirroring.* iPod Hi-Fi includes a dual-purpose 3.5-mm auxiliary input that accepts either analog or digital signals for easy connection to a wide range of audio sources. iPod Hi-Fi is compact and can be powered by AC or six D-cell batteries, providing more flexibility than any traditional home stereo and is perfect for use not only at home, but just about anywhere you go without compromising sound quality.”

Although it costs £249 ($349) it seems like a quality buy.