HTC HD2 fulfills its unboxing obligations on video

October 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

You’ve already seen the HD2 that HTC would have you see, but now it’s time to take the obligatory journey to the world of unboxings. Seen here in “not-yet-final” packaging, the WinMo 6.5-packin’ handset looks sexier than ever, even in that still-to-be-tweaked green box. Hop on past the break and mash play if you’re looking to get all sorts of jealous this morning.

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MSI working on Tegra-based e-book reader for 2010

October 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

Oh Tegra, is there anything you can’t do? Not only are you at the heart of the Zune HD, you’re also the rumored silicon foundation underpinning next generation smartbooks, media pads, MIDs, and even the Nintendo DS. Now we’ve got MSI chairman, Joseph Hsu, peddling promises of an NVIDIA Tegra-based e-book reader that will be fully revealed in the first half of 2010 — exactly as rumored. While no details have been provided, one could assume that a device with that kind of power will be doing more than just refreshing electronic ink on a single display slab, particularly with dual-display e-book readers now the norm.

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Bridgestone announces flexible touchscreen color e-reader

October 28, 2009 at 4:08 am | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment
When we heard word of a “big announcement” back in July we imagined an e-reader of some sort, but what is it that we have here? Based on a technology Bridgestone calls Quick-response Liquid Powder, the company’s all-color touchscreen e-book reader is about 5.8mm thick, features a 13.1-inch touch-sensitive e-paper display (with 4,096 colors and a refresh rate of about 0.8 seconds), and some sort of unspecified mobile phone connectivity. Most exciting, of course, is that the entire package — circuit board, touchscreen, and housing — are designed to bend together. A neat trick, sure, but probably not too practical for jotting down notes with your stylus. Still, we’d take two. Trials begin at the Kansai Urban Banking Corp early next year, but you can check it out sooner at FPD International 2009 in Yokohama City, Japan, starting tomorrow.

[Via Tech-On]

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Sony Optiarc garners unwanted attention from DOJ for possible Blu-ray or DVD price fixing

October 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

In a filing with the Tokyo Stock Exchange this morning, Sony has revealed a request for information from the US Department of Justice regarding its optical drive production arm, Sony Optiarc. While the same filing indicates the Japanese giant’s belief that this information gathering is part of a wider investigation into competition in the optical drive market, we’ve yet to hear of any other companies facing the same request. If you were feeling disgruntled with the pace of Blu-ray price drops, this might just be your moment of vindication… or it could be a storm in a teacup. There’s really not enough information to tell either way right now, but if we know anything about the DOJ, it’s that it loves shaking down naughty corporations. We’ll keep a careful eye on this as it develops.

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Palm Pixi price and Sprint launch date coming later today

October 27, 2009 at 12:59 am | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

And here we go: at 9AM CT, or 10AM in New York City where the real Americans live, Sprint will be making public its plans for the Palm Pixi. You know, Palm’s 2nd smartphone to run its lauded WebOS platform. The announcement should bring pricing and availability so check back then ya hear. If you’re lucky, we even might get some Verizon news too.

[Thanks, Jocelyn]

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CE-Oh no he didn’t! Part XLV: Symbian’s Lee Williams rips into Android, implies Google is evil (video)

October 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

Strap yourselves in, folks, we’re about to launch the Mudslinger 3000 again and figure out if any of it sticks. Lee Williams of Symbian starts off with a few attack volleys relating to Google’s “fragmentation” of UI elements, and the resultant closed APIs being a nightmare to code for. With so many divergent UI elements and styles, he argues, developers would suffer, and the consequence would be a less vibrant app ecosystem. His major gripe with Google’s mobile OS, though, has to do with the pervasive “cookie-ing” of customers, which raises the specter of privacy concerns. When asked directly by our buddy Om Malik whether he considers Android “more evil” than Apple’s iPhone OS, Williams replied:

“I don’t view Apple as evil, they’re just greedy… Google, come on! When you have to say in your motto that we’re not evil, right away the first question in my mind is, ‘why do you have to tell me that?'”

All this must be tempered by the knowledge that Android is set to overtake large swathes of the mobile OS space, and some retaliatory trash talking is probably to be expected from the incumbent smartphone leader. Om does ask another sage question, in querying why Williams thinks companies are making such large investments into Android, and you’ll find the answer to that and much more in the video past the break.

[Via MobileTechWorld; Thanks, fido]

Read – Lee Williams interview with GigaOM
Read – New York Times: ‘Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System’
Read – PCWorld: ‘Android, Symbian Will Own Smartphones in 2012’

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ZFS open source project abruptly shuts down, Snow Leopard weeps icy tears

October 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

The on-again / off-again love affair between Apple and ZFS seems to be all but over, with a brief but potent message on the Mac OS Forge project site stating the following: “The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.” If you’ll recall, the implementation of the ZFS file system within Snow Leopard server was so close to happening that Apple actually published it as a feature of the forthcoming OS back in June of 2008. Now, however, all hope has presumably been lost. We’d bother explaining the rumors behind why all of this has suddenly crumbled, but honestly, will knowing the reasons really help the pain? No, no it won’t.

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IREX 8.1-inch DR 800SG e-reader now listed at Best Buy for $449

October 26, 2009 at 1:37 am | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

You know what happens when you realize your $399 price point can’t compete with the International Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook at $259? You jack it up by $50 and hope people view it as an ultra-premium product, that’s what. IREX’s DR 800SG e-book reader, which admittedly comes with a salacious set of specs and features, has just landed on Best Buy’s site as promised. The problem? It’s $449, and not the $399 that we’ve been hearing for a little while now. ‘Course, Best Buy has been known to inaccurately post MSRPs before the product actually hits the shelves (it’s backordered for “one to two weeks” at the moment), so we suppose anything could happen. So, anyone snapping this up? Wait, who let the crickets out?

[Thanks, Tom]

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Vuzix Wrap 310 video eyewear ships out to virtual big-screen lovers

October 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

Vuzix’s $249.95 Wrap 310 is probably the least hideous / heinous of the video eyewear options on the market today, and while it’s still take a few bottles of Jack to get us to rock these with a smile, those who are just high on life can now make a set their own. In case you’re forgotten, these things provide a virtual 55-inch screen in front of your eyes, and there’s support for iPod / iPhone connections as well as basic sources such as DVD players and the like. And hey, there’s also the possibility that these could be used in augmented reality applications in the future, so feel free to considering this some sort of futuristic investment. Just like those Y2K preparedness tapes you bought in ’99.

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Mamiya’s DM22 is a medium format digital camera for the Walmart type at sub-$10k pricepoint

October 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

It can’t be easy being the cost-cutter in a game as insanely expensive as digital medium format cameras, but after teaming up with Phase One for a $5990 medium format shooter (without lens), Mamiya is taking its own crack at the market with the $9,995 DM22. It comes with a Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 D Series lens, has a 22 megapixel sensor and can pump images straight out over FireWire if you think your RAW files are too good for a lowly CompactFlash card. It’s also being introduced with a $14,990 sibling, the DM28, which has a 28 megapixel sensor and handles higher ISO shots.

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