Eight new HTC handsets revealed
Information about eight new devices from HTC has made its way onto the web and it's looking like HTC is packing some serious hardware if this information proves to be correct. First up we have the Kaiser or the P4550 which we wrote about here, although it seems like it has been delayed until August now.
This model will replace the TyTN in the current range and will feature a 400MHz Qualcomm CPU, 256MB ROM, 64MB RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, a 2 or 3Mega pixel camera, a semi-automatic sliding keyboard (no, this has nothing to do with guns), but sadly it only has USB 1.1 interface for syncing it with your PC.
Next up we have Nike, or the P5500 which is a more classic looking slider with a 2.6-inch QVGA touch screen, 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, the same 400MHz Qualcomm CPU, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a 2Mega pixel camera and again only USB 1.1. This is the first slider without a keyboard from HTC and it looks like an interesting model.
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HP expands camera line with 9 new models
HP launched no less than nine new compact digital cameras today, an extensive new line up to say the least. The one that looks the most striking is the new Photosmart R937, as it has a rather odd looking centre mounted lens and a 3.6-inch touch screen display. It also features an 8Mega pixel sensor, anti-shake mode, 32MB of built in memory and 3x optical zoom. It's expected to cost around US$300 when it arrives in August.
Next up is the Photosmart R847 which shares the 3x optical zoom 8Mega pixel sensor, 32MB of built in memory and the anti-shake mode, but doesn't have a touch screen. It should retail for around $230, also in August.
Then we have the entry level Photosmart E337 which is a basic 5 Mega pixel point and shoot model with a 1.5-inch display and 16MB of internal memory. At $80 this is quite a bargain, but don't expect too much from it. It will be available from next month.
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Free image hosting from bayimg
The people behind The Piratebay have launched a new image hosting service, bayimg and it is meant to be complete free from censoring. If this is a good or a bad thing is a matter of how you look at it, but it also means it will be hard for any big corporate pressure to remove content. However, they do reserve the right to remove illegal images.
The bayimg hosting service supports 140 different image file formats as well as ZIP and RAR archives. File size is limited to 100MB per file, but if you upload an archive, an album is automatically created for it and you get a URL for the whole album.
There are also options for automatic resizing of your pictures to a wide range of standard resolutions.
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Zen Stone Plus launches
Creative has added another MP3 player to its range of products, the Zen Stone Plus. The main differences between it and the original Zen Stone are the addition of a tiny round OLED display, an FM radio and an extra Gigabyte of memory.
The OLED display features a blue backlight and has a resolution of 64 x 64 pixels, enough for basic track info, but not much more. The 2GB of memory should be able to fit around 500 MP3's or 1,000 WMA's according to Creative.
The battery life is rated at around 9.5h, which isn't bad considering the original Zen Stone is rated at 10h. Somehow Creative has also managed to decrease the weight by 4 grams, not a bad feat at something that only weighs 21 grams to start with.
Transcend Unveils Dual Channel JetFlash
Transcend have announced some new Ultra-Speed models to their "JetFlash" range of USB flash drives this week, these being the JetFlash 160, 168, 110 and 2A series.
All of these new models use quality dual Hi-Speed SLC NAND Flash chips which are capable of a max read and write speed of 30MB/s and 25MB/s respectively. As such, they are also suited to the Windows ReadyBoost feature in Vista.
Each of the models can be had in 2, 4 and 8GB capacities, with a 16GB capacity also available with the JetFlash 2A variant.
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Alienware ships barebone system
Alienware has started to offer its P2 chassis as a barebones option, for a whopping US$399. It's really quite amazing that no-one has thought about this before, but it seems like Alienware is selling the most expensive case ever.
This is a limited time offer and you can only choose between Silver and Black. The P2 case is an extended ATX case, so it should fit just about anything apart from some larger dual or quad CPU boards.
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Seagate Unveil "Cheetah NS" SCSI Drive
Seagate's Cheetah series of enterprise SCSI hard disks are reknowned for their sheer awesome performance, spinning at 15,000RPM. But as of today there is a new type of Cheetah hard drive now available; Seagate call it the Cheetah NS, which when first glancing over the specs it oddly spins at just 10,000RPM.
The reason for this is that Seagate deliberately backed off the drive's spindle speed for the sole reason of reducing power consumption (given most of these drives end up running in 24/7 servers which dont utilize all of that 15,000RPM more than 90% of their working life).
The NS series Cheetah has a rather large 400GB capacity (for a SCSI drive) across four platters, and is reported to consume around 34% less power at idle and 33% less during normal operation over Seagate's native 10K RPM drives.
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SPARKLE Announce 8500GT W/ Temp Readout
Sparkle have just kicked off a budget oriented GeForce 8500 GT graphics card with a clearly noticable difference. The new Calibre P850LV has a neatly positioned daughter card attached to it which displays real-time GPU and PCB temperatures via its 3bit digital tube display. You can switch between the two temperatures manually.
Sparkle knew not to stop there though, they also made the card stand out some more with its overclocked 650MHz core, 1300MHz shader and 1600MHz mem clock speeds, along with a unique looking cooling solution to boot.
I guess it just comes down to the price now (not yet known), being an entry-level card I cant imagine many people forking out much more for it over a standard 85GT, otherwise the more tempting option would be to simply move to a bigger/faster card no doubt.
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SonyEricsson launches two new Walkman's
The latest Walkman phones from SonyEricsson are some seriously feature packed handsets. The two new models are the W910 and W960i and they're both 3G handsets. Apart from this and the Walkman functionality, the two aren't exactly close relatives, as they have quite distinct features.
Let's start with the W910i, of which some spy shots leaked out last month. The good news is that it won't be available in orange, instead it will come in red or black. It's a slider and it has a Sony M2 memory card slot and comes with a 1GB memory card in the box. It has a 2.4-inch 320x240 display and you can change tracks in the music player application by pressing the Walkman button and flicking the phone. It does quad-band GSM with GPRS and EDGE and it also adds HSDPA. Around the back is a 2Mega pixel camera and there's a front mounted camera for video calls.
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AMD's new naming scheme explained
As you might have noticed, AMD has moved to a new naming scheme with the latest Athlon X2 BE-2xxx processors. So what does the new letters and numbers mean? Well, it's not as hard as you think and AMD has given it some thought.
The first letter will be G, B or L, G being a premium product, B an intermediate product and finally L is for entry level value processors. The second letter is related to power consumption. P is for processors over 65W, S for parts around 65W and finally E for those under 65W. It wouldn't have hurt to have a few more categories, but it seems like AMD is trying to keep it simple.
AMD will have four families once the Phenom launches, although the Athlon and Sempron brands will be kept for a little while longer. This means that a 1000-series CPU will be a single core Athlon or Sempron, the 2000-series is a dual core Athlon, then there's a jump to the 6000-series which is the dual-core Phenom and this is followed by the 7000-series which is the quad-core Phenom.
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