The first Sanyo Katana was hailed as one of Sprint's rare Razr competitors, but it didn't quite live up to its potential. That said, we still liked it as a decent, basic camera phone. Fast forward a year later, and Sanyo and Sprint have come up with the Sanyo Katana II. Though it does have a nicer and more modern design and it has a memory upgrade to 21MB, most of the features remain the same. Here are a few photos of the new Sanyo Katana II.
Shockingly, we're finding that not everyone can afford to pay the $80 million or even the $12 million charged by U.S. Submarines to make custom luxury submersibles. But there's still hope for you cheapskates out there who still wish to play Captain Nemo.
Dubai-based Exomos will sell you your very own yellow submarine (or blue, green, orange, black or white) for only $40,000. The battery-powered "Goby" model carries three people and can cruise up to 40 meters below the surface for 8 kilometers per charge, according to Red Ferret, with on-board GPS and sonar … Read more
The options are looking even better for digitally minded chauffeur-driven tykes. After they have caught up on their e-mail and watched a movie or two, they might soon be able tap into a just-for-kids navigation system being developed by Volkswagen.
The prototype child navigation system comes complete with GPS data and a time worm that eats away the hours until arrival. Kids can also use the screen to play games and in-seat exercises.
The system is one of six ideas that Volkswagen is kicking around at its German test facilities. Others include an electronic sun visor, which uses an eye … Read more
Ducati isn't the only company fond of color schemes in red and black. Nintendo is apparently planning a limited-edition "Crimson/Black" DS Lite to mark the coming release of its Brain Age 2 title, accompanied by the game and a matching traveling case in a special package deal.
Electronista says Canadian retail chain Future Shop disclosed the plans inadvertently, and the page that listed it has apparently been taken down. It reportedly put the price at $153, about $10 more than the cost of a standard DS Lite alone.
LaCie announced yesterday its new Big Disk Extreme+ desktop hard drive, a fairly standard external drive whose standout feature is the massive capacity. It's available in 1-terabyte, 1.5-terabyte, and 2-terabyte capacities, starting at $350 ($850 for the 2TB drive). The design is LaCie's classic Neil Poulton d2 look: brushed gray body with a blue programmable one-touch button mounted on the front. Connection options include two FireWire 800 ports, one FireWire 400 port, and one USB 2.0 port. It comes bundled with LaCie's 1-Click Backup software, Silverkeeper (backup software for Macs), and two versions of EMC … Read more
Canon will release new firmware for its high-end EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR by the end of the month, including a fix to an autofocus problem, but a prominent camera tester said the update didn't fix the problems he's been having.
The new firmware improves images viewed on the 3-inch LCD by applying a stronger sharpness setting; corrects a "rare" problem in which a selection dial wouldn't respond; fixes Italian and Chinese menu errors; and most prominently, "improves the consistency" of autofocus in some conditions.
Specifically, version 1.0.9 of the firmware &… Read more
We've had an influx of inexpensive RCA MP3 players lately. Jasmine posted her reviews of the RCA Jet and the RCA Pearl last week. Now we've got the RCA Opal, which is probably the most unique player RCA has released. It has a great list of features, including support for DRM WMA and Audible formats. I thought the user interface was a little confusing--not helped by the fact that the control pad is a little slanted.
The claim to fame here is that the Opal supports photo and video playback for under $70. If you're interested, click … Read more
Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.
Intel got mobile gamers talking with the announcement of the first Extreme Edition processor for laptops. The 2.6GHz Core 2 Extreme X7800 features 4MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus, plus the overspeed protection has been removed. And you thought the era of flaming laptops was over...
Actually, flaming laptops never left the headlines, as evidenced by reports that Toshiba is recalling 5,100 more Sony laptop batteries due to fire risk. And Mac users need not be smug: the head writer for The Late Show with … Read more
Since San Francisco is banning petroleum-based, throwaway plastic bags at store checkout counters, I've wondered if clean-tech companies would rush to supply shops with a bioplastic, biodegradable, two-handle alternative. Other plasticky disposables, like forks at organic takeout eateries, are made from corn, potatoes, and other crops these days.
Alas, things fall apart, especially biodegradable bags holding anything biological (steer clear of my kitchen compost bin). There are plenty of compostable baggies for sandwiches, pooper scoopers, or yard waste. Yet after calling a bunch of bioplastic bag makers, I found that compost-ready bags in shopping-bag sizes don't seem to exist.
After the false alarm back in May, yesterday's announcement that Microsoft has now officially reached their goal of one million Zunes sold (or is that shipped?) had about as much fanfare as a fart in a bathtub. Usually a product announcement like this comes with a blitzkrieg of press releases, but it looks like May's misfire must have taken the wind out Zune's sails. Thankfully Zune Insider went to the trouble of digging through Microsoft's Financial Release to find the statistic.