Sunday, January 10, 2010

Colourful Corby

Imagine a touch screen - lifestyle phone for 10,000 bucks or less! Samsung has over-took the revolution with the cheap touchscreen Corby series of mobile phones. With such sleek looks and changeable back plates, Corby has come out in flying colours with Pro, Pop, Txt versions along with the regular one. And if you thought Samsung would stop there, you are wrong! They have announced the Samsung Corby WEP490 Bluetooth headsets to go with your stylish Corby. Way to go Samsung. I cant wait to get my hands on a Corby Pro. :) 


Monday, September 21, 2009

Dual LCDs on Samsung ST550!

Samsung Digital Imaging, leaders in innovation and technology, today announced the arrival of the ultra slim and stylish ST550 and ST500 compact cameras which boast yet another ‘world first’: front and back LCD display technology. Delivering an unrivaled user experience, the hidden 1.5” LCD located on the front of the camera allows consumers to take accurate portraits using the front image as a guide – whether it’s a group shot with friends or a snap of yourself on holiday. There is no need to even press the shutter button – just a big smile will trigger the cameras to take the picture. Say “Cheese!”

The best part is that these cameras have a nice little animation to make sure that kids don’t refrain from staring at the camera and also give their brightest smiles to the lens. Both, the Samsung ST550 and ST500 are expected to be out in Singapore by the end of this month.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rockstar announced Max Payne 3

Six years after the release of Max Payne 2, Rockstar Games, best known for its Grand Theft Auto games, decides it’s time to unleash a new Max Payne on the world — Max Payne 3. Like the previous games, the hard-boiled detective story will focus on former NYPD gumshoe Max Payne, who’s a poster child for Prozac — he’s got major internal demons and a penchant for violence. Sam Houser, Rockstar Games’ founder, says that the new Max will be “older, more world-weary and more cynical than before.” 

It’s hard to imagine what a “more cynical” version of Max Payne will be like — he’s already plenty cynical, but we’re sure that will somehow translate into more violence, bloodshed and dialogue that sounds like it was ripped from a Dashiell Hammett novel. The first two Max Payne games (released 2001 and 2003) are often credited with starting the trend of using slow-mo “bullet time” in games — then used in hundreds of games after — were some of the few games in the early aughts to successfully blend an interesting storyline and a sympathetic character with high-octane action. We just hope this Max Payne — out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC later this year — will make us forget about all about the game’s abominable film adaptaion starring Mark Walburg that stunk up box offices last year.

Source: GameDaily

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Apple unveiled new, talking iPod Shuffle

If you’ve ever wondered what the name of that new Metallica song is — in Mandarin Chinese– Apple’s new iPod Shuffle can tell you. The company unveiled its next-generation iPod Shuffle that has a new feature, VoiceOver, which enables the iPod to speak song titles, artists and playlist names. The shuffle can speak 14 languages, including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. The new iPod 4GB also is nearly half the size of the previous model at 1.8 inches tall by 0.3 inches thick. Controls are now located on the earbud cord, which the company said is more convenient, but not so much if you want to switch out headphones.

With 4 GB of storage, the new Shuffle holds up to 1,000 songs. Apple said that song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song. In 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 500 songs; actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate. The revamped Shuffle also lets users sync multiple playlists for the first time. Additionally, it features a switch with three positions that users can flip to shuffle songs, play them in order or turn off power. Speaking of power, the new Shuffle has a battery life of up to 10 hours. For fashion mavens, the new iPod is a must-have “tech-cessory, a wardrobe essential,” Apple said. The clip is made of stainless steel, while the Shuffle itself is made of anodized aluminum and is available in silver or black. The 4GB retails for $79 and is available immediately.

Source: CRN

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Custom-made God of War PSP up for auction

While it may not be to everyone's taste, this one-of-a-kind God of War PSP is certainly an impressive bit of console modding, boasting not just a spiffy paint job, but a few additions that dig into the PSP itself. Those include a red acrylic window on the rear of the unit that'll let you see the UMD spinning, as well as some red LEDs that light up the PSP's two shoulder buttons (head on over after the break for some more pics). Only the most die hard God of War fans need apply here though, as last we checked the bidding was around the $1,200 mark. On the upside, 15% of the final sale price will go to the Child's Play charity, and you'll also get that classy velvet-lined case to display your new prized possession in.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

eBay offers custom made Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3

Konami and Sony’s limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 may have been enough to satisfy a few fans of the game willing to pay a premium for their console of choice but, for sheer excess, it has nothing on this custom-made system built by the folks at Morpheon Mods, which is now up for auction on eBay. Among the many details adorning this shiny creation is a laser-cut, stainless steel MGS4 marquee, a laser-etched image of Solid Snake, a carbon fiber Fox Hound logo on the rear, and 14 white micro LEDs to light everything up just right.

They even got Hideo Kojima himself to autograph the console and, perhaps best of all, they wrapped everything around a fully backwards compatible 60GB PS3. Just don’t expect any of that to come cheap, as bidding is already topping the $1,500 mark with six days left, though you do also get pretty impressive collection of Metal Gear swag with it, and 15% of the proceeds will go to help the Child’s Play charity.

Source: Engadget

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Nintendo DSi: camera, music playback

Nintendo’s hit DS portable machine will come with a digital camera that will allow players to mix images, scribble on photos and create new faces, the Japanese game maker said Thursday. The Nintendo DSi will go on sale in Japan on Nov. 1 for 18,900 yen ($180), and will be available overseas next year. Dates and other details for overseas plans will be announced later by the company’s regional units later, President Satoru Iwata said. Iwata said the revamped DS is meant to be the first toy camera for children and a tool for network-building and party fun for older people in the company’s ongoing quest to make gaming popular with everyone — not just a niche crowd. One in six Japanese already owns a DS, according to Kyoto-based Nintendo, which also makes Pokemon and Super Mario games. But the goal is to make the DS a must-have for every Japanese, Iwata said.
The improved DSi is thinner than the current DS model, and will have a bigger screen, he said. The machine also comes with an audio player, to play sound stored in a memory card. Users will be able to change the speed of the sound. In a demonstration, Iwata showed that players will be able to listen to a foreign language lesson at a slower speed, or distort music or voices to a shrill pitch for fun. Nintendo also demonstrated new game software for its hit Wii home console, including “Wii Music.” Players just need to jiggle their remote controller to feel as though they are playing any of 60 musical instruments, including a drum set, sitar, saxophone and piano, although there are only 50 preprogrammed melodies. Nintendo has sold 77.5 million Nintendo DS handheld devices worldwide, nearly 23 million in Japan, far outselling Sony Corp.’s rival offering, the PlayStation Portable, at 41 million globally — 10 million in Japan.

Source: AP

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mobile Projector Phone, Do We Need One?

Here’s another mobile projector phone concept but this one is a bit more thought out, tho not without its problems. It offers portability and the communications functions of a mobile phone with a projector to support a new lifestyle.

As you’ve probably guessed, anything on screen can be projected onto a wall. There’s support for real time conferencing tho the camera faces the ceiling when in projector mode so I guess you’ll look like some floating head from the viewer’s perspective.

Perhaps the only reasonable utility is the ability to watch stored movies on a large screen, possibly HD since storage capacities have ramped up exponentially. Users can enjoy an array of multimedia this way, everything from videos, maybe video games, and TV.

Now to the obvious problems. Projectors produce a lot of light to get sharp saturated images. Surely a phone’s battery would run dry within minutes if tasked with such a job. Not so according to the designer. The projection system is part of a newer generation of miniaturized video components. That combined with advancements in battery technologies provide for an acceptable viewing experience.

Made of polycarbonate that is highly durable, insulating and energy saving with a graphite sheet to increase heat conductivity to dissipate heat. The edge is made of aluminum to enhance heat radiation away from the projector module and function keys. In another words, this thing would get hot!

Designer: Eun-Young Kim


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sony unveils new 10MPx Cybershot cameras

Sony Electronics on Thursday announced two new Cyber-shot digital cameras, the DSC-T700 and the DSC-T77. The cameras retain Sony’s slick T-series form factor with slim, pocket-friendly brushed aluminum bodies, sliding lens covers, and multiple color choices. The 10.3-megapixel T700 is intended to double as a high-res portable photo frame, while the entry-level T77 comes with additional automatic shooting modes.The Cyber-shot DSC-T700 replaces the DSC-T300 and offers 10.3 megapixels, 4GB of internal storage, and a 4x optical zoom. The star of the show, however, is the camera’s crisp and bright 3.5-inch, 921k-pixel LCD touch screen, which offers three times the resolution of the T300. To compare, the improved LCD is the same size as the screen you’ll find on an Apple iPhone, but images should look even crisper: the T700 offers 210 pixels per inch (ppi), while the iPhone has only 163 ppi.

To encourage users to put their T700 to work as a portable photo frame, the camera will ship with software that will easily sync, transfer, and organize pictures from your computer—even those not taken on the T700. The app will also automatically resize images for storage and viewing on the camera’s LCD. The T700 should hit store shelves in late September for about $399. The second new camera, the entry-level Cyber-shot DSC-T77, replaces Sony’s DSC-T70. Like its predecessor, the T77 has a 3-inch LCD touch screen and a slim-form-factor (just 0.6 inches wide). It improves on the previous model with 10.1-megapixel resolution (up from 8 megapixels) and a 4x optical zoom (up from 3x). For the T77, Sony has also added more features to its automatic shooting mode, including anti-blink, red-eye reduction technologies, and improvements to the Smile Shutter function, which captures an image when the camera detects a smile in the frame. The T77 should also be available in late September and will keep the T70’s price of $299.

Source: Pc Magazine

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cryptex Mobile: Feel the code

Opus Dei has been needing a mobile phone to call their very own since the demise of the Knights Templar. If only designer Marc Schömann was catholic and lived 600 years ago, this baton style mobile phone might have saved them from a Dan Brown style disaster. This phone called “_______” (yup, it has no name) uses haptic technology to provide physical feedback for making a call. To turn it on…twist a section, to dial a number…twist a bunch of sections, to make an international call…break your wrist! There is no display and no buttons. The vibrate feature should prove popular with 50% of the world’s population.

Designer: Marc Schömann
Texts from the designer:

You turn the dial of every element to the desired cipher. If you entered the number you turn the first segment “to phone” (green LED). If you want to hang up the call you turn the first segment to “hang up” (red LED). The phone works without buttons and without a display and based on the old dial phones.