Every year, as we approach the annual CTIA cell phone blow-out, the industry's rumor mill kicks into high gear. And this year, the latest gossip to pop out of the blogosphere concerns the possible entry of French telecom giant Alcatel into the North American handset market. Phonescoop is reporting that the company will appear at CTIA to introduce a lineup of midrange and basic GSM phones. Specifics are few at this point, but it appears Alcatel is partnering with a company called Cellatel (catchy name, no?) to actually manufacture the handsets. Besides confirming the CTIA debut, Cellatel's Web site … Read more
Green tech is red-hot: just ask Al Gore's Oscar. So this week, I decided to take a look at how some people are living green by moving into specifically eco-friendly buildings like The Solaire in lower Manhattan. I met with Anthony Pereira, president of altPOWER, which supplied the Solaire with its photovoltaic solar energy system. So, what are the pros and cons of environmentally-friendly high-rises? Just push "play."
PS: On my computer in the background, you can see my latest obsession: the Electric Sheep open-source screensaver by Scott Draves. Check it out!
Engadget has posted details and photos of the rumored Samsung Q2, a follow-up to the Q1 ultramobile PC that launched last year. If the leaked details are accurate, the Q2 stands to outshine its attractive but poor-performing predecessor. The new model's 7-inch touch screen will feature a finer 1,024x600 native resolution and beefed-up components that include 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive (all the better to run Windows Vista Home Premium). Borrowing an idea from the Sony VAIO UX, the Q2 will also have two digital cameras--1.3 megapixels for photography and a lower resolution for … Read more
This is either a great meeting tool or a dream come true for suspicious bosses who want to keep tabs on workers in remote locations. Or both.
The "Giraffe Video-Conferencing Robot" from HeadThere is basically a mobile video-conferencing system that can roam around the office floor like a surrogate supervisor. "Because people near the robot can see and hear the user, they interact with him as if he were truly present. In a sense, the robot acts as a stand-in for the user," the company says. Creeped out yet?
The 5-foot-8 Giraffe, which can be controlled … Read more
It's almost too bad: If my IT department buys hybrid hard drives, I won't have time every morning to get a cup of coffee and disparage the beloved New York Knicks of News.com's Charlie Cooper while my PC boots.
Samsung is shipping three MH80 hybrid hard drives--a combination of a traditional hard drive and flash memory--to PC makers, it announced Wednesday. The drives, in 80GB, 100GB, and 120GB sizes, will help PCs boot in half the time it usually takes, according to Samsung.
Because the drives use either 128MB or 256MB of flash memory, they also … Read more
Update: I had a chance to talk to the company this afternoon and garner some details. The CF card uses UDMA Mode 4 to attain its fastest speeds, which, as yet, no digital cameras support, and it will be a little while before we see any.
Been worrying what flash card will be able to keep up with your new Canon EOS-1D Mark III? ATP will be ready for you with a 300X (45MB/sec) ProMax II CF card in 2GB ($64.99), 4GB ($129.99), and 8GB ($249.99) capacities. Like its ProMax predecessors, the ProMax II is water, … Read more
Crave generally tries to resist as-yet unreleased products from companies that like to tease but don't always deliver, like Switzerland's Zenum. But we're only human: The design of its "Organum" MP3 player is so sleek and clean that we had to give in.
It supposedly has a 1.8-inch screen and can hold 2GB of songs, as well as display photos. Somewhat resembling LG's Chocolate with its familiar glossy black finish, the player is slated to hit the market by year's end. As Engadget notes, however, Zenum is already months late with its … Read more
Kodak just announced four new digital cameras at PMA 2007. The different models range from budget snapshooters to photographer-minded ultrazooms, and none of them cost more than $300.
The Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS is the company's newest superzoom camera. With a 36- to 432mm-equivalent, optically stabilized lens, the 7-megapixel Z712 IS offers a generous 12X zoom power. Like most ultrazooms, the Z712 IS is modeled more after digital SLRs than snapshot cameras, with many more manual controls and a much bulkier design. The Z712 IS's 12X zoom isn't quite as impressive as the upcoming 15X Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H7 and DSC-H9, … Read more
At first glance, we thought this was just another version of the "Clocky" runaway alarm clock, in a different color. But then we noticed the small camera that seems precariously perched on top.
It's not the amateurish design of the "Spy-Cye" that bothers us; it's the price--$695. That's because mobile spy bots are rapidly approaching commodity status. Target's toy department even sells one for kids.
Perhaps the best part about yesterday's report that we'd once again have Commmodore-branded computers on the market are the blogs that reported it, which dug up some pretty great images of the original, classic Commodore 64. Sure, we're eager to see what details come out on March 15 at CeBIT (Europe's massive annual tech show, held in Hannover, Germany), when the new Commodore Gaming PCs make their official debut. But really, what's more fun than browsing through all of the cheesy old-school console shots? We think we found a good one, but be sure to … Read more