Saturday, March 04, 2006
TomTom unveiled the future of portable car navigation with the announcement of the new, smart and easy to use TomTom GO range and a complete collection of new and updated TomTom PLUS content & services.
New TomTom GO range
The new product line reinvents last year’s award-winning range and includes two models, the TomTom GO 910 and the TomTom GO 510. A third, mid-range model, the TomTom GO 710, will also be available in Europe. Building on the features that have made TomTom devices so popular, the new TomTom GO range offers:
· New cutting-edge design
· High resolution, extra wide, 4 inch LCD touch screen, making the new TomTom GO range even easier to use
· Even more precise GPS performance
· Hundreds of features and software improvements
· TomTom HOME dock and TomTom HOME software to easily manage, download and store additional content from your computer
· Renowned hands-free calling functionality for easy and safe driving
· Enhanced map coverage - the TomTom GO 910 is the first ever portable navigation device featuring multi-continental map coverage including the US, Canada and the whole of Europe at no additional charge
· A fully integrated MP3 player for playing music, audiobooks, and podcasts
· Text to speech functionality for spoken text messages
New and updated TomTom PLUS content & services
TomTom PLUS is TomTom’s offering of content and services to enhance users’ navigation experience and make journeys as stress-free, personal, safe and fun as possible. TomTom’s already substantial TomTom PLUS offering (Voices, Traffic and Weather), TomTom has added Audiobooks and Buddies. In addition, the company has improved TomTom Weather and expanded the TomTom Traffic service to include Road Conditions. TomTom PLUS is now available throughout the US and Europe.
The new product range is expected to be available in mid-April 2006. Additional product details including price on the new GO range will be announced soon.
Bonnie Cha has reviewed this mobile phone from Cingular, the 8125. For mobile professionals who need to get work done on the road, the 8125 provides all the tools to do so, he says.
- features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Windows Mobile 5
- four forms of wireless (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, EDGE, and infrared)
- extralong talk-time battery life
- clunky and heavy
- suffers from subpar call quality
Read more at CNET
Kendra Wall has reviewed this mobile phone from Nokia, the Nokia 6236i.
- solidly constructed
- lightweight cell phone with a speakerphone
- VGA camera
- decent call quality
- FM radio
- small and fragile keys
- poor navigation controls
- dull design
- no analog roaming
- uneven battery life
Read more at cnet.com
CNET has published the top 100 most popular notebooks.
The 5 most popular are:
1) Dell Inspiron E1705
2) Toshiba Satellite A105-S2712 - Laptop
3) Dell inspiron 6000 Notebook Computer for Home
4) Dell Inspiron 6000
5) Toshiba Satellite M45-S269 - Laptop
The top 95-100:
95) Lenovo ThinkPad T60 (Think Express Model)
96) Lenovo ThinkPad z60m (1.5GHz) - Celeron M
97) HP Compaq Business Notebook nx6110 - Celeron M 360J 1.4GHz - 15" TFT
98) Sony VAIO FJ170P/B - Pentium M 740 1.73 GHz - 14.1" TFT
99) ThinkPad R51 1830 - Pentium M725 1.66 GHz - 14.1" TFT
100) Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600 - AVPC Laptop
Read more at CNET
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Apple today announced iPod Hi-Fi, an all-new high-fidelity speaker system that works seamlessly with the iPod to redefine the home stereo system. iPod Hi-Fi delivers breathtaking acoustic performance and room-filling sound unlike any other speaker system designed for the iPod in an innovative, all-in-one design that can be powered from a wall socket or by six D-cell batteries. iPod Hi-Fi is easily controlled by the Apple Remote for an amazing stereo experience in any room in the house.
iPod Hi-Fi has been designed and engineered by Apple to deliver unrivaled sound quality, realistic sound imaging and optimal audio performance. Its clean, all-in-one design features a unique isolated enclosure system that includes two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass system, minimizing vibration while maximizing sound quality and allowing users to listen to their favorite music as it was intended with amazing sound clarity and rich, deep bass. iPod Hi-Fi features handles to easily transport your stereo anywhere, a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips, touch-sensitive volume control buttons, the Apple Remote for easy song and volume control from anywhere in the room, a universal power supply incorporated into the all-in-one design so there’s no bulky power brick to weigh it down, and the ability to power iPod Hi-Fi from six D-cell batteries for true portability.
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.
Apple today also announced new luxurious leather cases designed specifically for the fifth generation iPod and iPod nano models. The Leather Case for iPod is made with fine, hand-crafted Italian leather and features a soft and durable interior lining for a secure fit, making it the perfect carrying case for iPod or iPod nano.
Pricing & Availability
iPod Hi-Fi includes the Apple Remote, a removable grille, an AC power cord and 10 Universal Dock adapters, and is available for $349 (US). The Leather Case for iPod is available in 30GB and 60GB models as well as an iPod nano model, each for $99 (US).
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Michael Degnan has reviewed this flash-based MP3-player from Cowon, the iAudio F1. The Cowon iAudio F1's OLED (128x64 pixels) is bright, active, and easy to read, although color is limited to only blue and orange.
- includes an FM tuner/recorder
- voice and line-in recording
- OGG support
- excellent sound quality
- compact, unique race car design
- a little pricey
- lacks DRM support
- None of the other announced colors and capacities will be available
- The device also has subpar battery life, the USB/power cable is proprietary, and line-in recording maxes out at 128Kbps.
Read more at CNET