As we told you on Sunday, Sony Ericsson launched three new handsets at CES. The new models range from high-end (the W760) to the entry-level (the W350) with one in between (the Z555a). I got the chance to handle them at a press event at Caesar's Palace and on the show floor. The W760, which was one of our Best of CES nominees in the cell phones and smartphones category, was the most appealing of the bunch. The slider design is uncomplicated, but attractive, and it had a sturdy feeling in the hand. The slider mechanism also seemed pretty … Read more
Motorola clearly tried to steal the show with its CES press conference (it did have cotton candy after all), but we have to admit that its new phones look pretty cool. Besides the Rokr E8, the company also introduced the video-centric Z10. Though its 3.2-megapixel camera may not sound very impressive--particularly with the 5-megapixel camera phones on the market--the Z10 offers a high-end video experience by recording and playing clips at a full 30 frames per second, which is equal to your television set. In contrast, most camera phones record and play at 15 frames per second, which accounts … Read more
Sony Ericsson is no stranger to unique cell phone design so we weren't surprised when we saw the new Sony Ericsson Z555a, introduced today at CES. The Z555a is a flip phone with a style-conscious diamond design in two color schemes: black or dusted rose. The external display is "hidden," meaning that it only shows when activated. I'm not a big fan of such displays--I like to see my screens at all times--but students of minimalism should be pleased.
Fortunately, the Z555a isn't all about design. It also offers a new "gesture control" … Read more
Verizon Wireless and Motorola have introduced the Motorola Z6c, a new dual-mode CDMA/GSM world phone. It's the second such offering from Verizon (RIM's BlackBerry 8830 was the first), and you can use the Motorola Z6c with Verizon Wireless's CDMA network while in the U.S., but once you're abroad, you're free to pop in any SIM card of your choosing to access the phone's GSM functionality. This is a huge boon to Verizon customers who wish to use their phones internationally, since GSM is much more accepted worldwide.
But you won't want … Read more
Navigating your hard drive using Windows Explorer is pretty straightforward. Double-clicking a directory like My Documents brings up a list of items you have in that folder. You're given a couple of options for how you view the contents of a folder, such as arranging by date or by name. You also can view your documents using icons or tiles. The Windows Explorer window shares some of the features of Internet Explorer as well, like Favorites and toolbars. Clearly, this is nothing new to anyone who has used a Windows machine, and like many of you, I have my own ideas of how it could be made better.
We can probably agree that the options available with Explorer are adequate for navigating your hard drive, but a little more information and flexibility would go a long way. I found a few programs that add much more to file navigation, such as tabbed and paned directories for drag-and-drop file transfers and document previews so you know what you're opening before you open it. These Windows Explorer replacements offer tons of information about your files at a glance, like expanded properties and sorting capabilities not available with the default Windows setup. Some also feature much more intuitive methods for moving files around.… Read more
Free-wheeling Linux was an improbable enough operating system to be used on IBM's mainframe line, but now an even more unlikely operating system is making an appearance there: Sun Microsystems' Solaris.
Sun and IBM have been archenemies for decades, but through the combination of open-source flexibility and something of a detente between the companies, the operating system has arrived. IBM expressed interest in collaborating with engineering firm Sine Nomine Associates, which has been working on a mainframe translation of OpenSolaris since Sun opened the source code in 2005. Now Sine Nomine is demonstrating the software on a System z … Read more
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Vice empire has cooked up some snarky rhymes, headphone-wrecking, apocalyptic beats from some of the label's best and most recent reworkings for you to devour. Courtesy of Vice Records, all the remixes you see below were sliced and diced from hipster favorites Justice, Spankrock, The Streets, and Bloc Party. Download it, pass it around, play it at your parties. This music is meant to be heard (and danced to). Happy gobble gobble!
Britney can sound listenable with the right producer--in this case, Justice implements a C&C Music Factory-reminiscent synth stab to spice things up. You'll wish they'd all met a long time ago. … Read more
Though information (and under-glass photos) emerged from Europe in mid-September, it's now official: in February of 2008 we'll finally see interchangeable lens-supporting pro camcorders from Sony. The company today announced a couple of additions to its HDV lineup, the handheld HVR-Z7U and shoulder-mountable HVR-S270U.
Sony has let the Canon XL H1, distinguished by its interchangeable-lens capability, go for quite a while without a direct challenger: the popular HVR-Z1U incorporates a fixed lens. But the 2-year wait confers several potential advantages on the Z7U. Both camcorders use a trio of 1/3-inch, 3-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensors, a higher resolution … Read more
The much-anticipated release of Jay-Z's new album American Gangster was released this past Tuesday, and while I personally feel it's a better album than his previous effort Kingdom Come, I have to ask, "Who is responsible for picking these beats?" I'd say half of the tracks are worth listening to and the rest are in serious need of a remix. Hova's lyrics are solid as usual, which is expected, but his delivery is borderline annoying.