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Seagate Shipping Maxtor Fusion Products

Samsung Launches Blu-ray Disc Player To The U.S. Market

BenQ Unveils First HD LCD Monitor

Bluetooth SIG Launches New Icons

Seagate Shipping Maxtor Fusion Products

Seagate Technology introduced the new Maxtor Fusion personal media solution. It includes a simple, yet powerful interface and a rich web application, licensed from software maker Fabrik, that makes it easy and fast to organize, retrieve, access, blend and assemble all types of multimedia content for sharing personal experiences, events and memories with others over the web, either privately or publicly in a secure manner.

The Maxtor Fusion solution provides a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet network port and a half-terabyte (500GB) of networked storage that can be accessed from anywhere via the web. The new Maxtor Fusion solution from Seagate is being launched June 15 at J&R Music and Computer World's flagship store in New York City during their Summer Festival where a live product demo will be available.

With the Maxtor Fusion solution from Seagate, users can create "microshares" to share multimedia content with small, select circles of people in a safe and secure way, or they can create "microlinks" to link personally-selected content to blog sites or online auction and social sites like eBay or MySpace. For those with content that they wish to boast to the world, the Public Site feature enables quick and easy creation of a personal web page made up of pictures, video clips, music and even documents that you select.

As an alternative to the Maxtor Fusion personal media solution, Seagate will be bundling an online service with its Maxtor-branded solutions including the Maxtor OneTouch and Maxtor Shared Storage product families. Instead of using a physical solution connected to your home network, multimedia content is uploaded to a secure online site giving you the same multimedia experience and flexibility. As part of the bundled promotion, the online service will be free for an extended period of time with an option to renew to a yearly multi-level subscription service. The promotional bundle, terms and pricing will be available this summer.

The Maxtor Fusion personal media solution from Seagate is available now at J&R Music and Computer World's flagship store in New York City, and online at www.jr.com. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $799 for 500GB. The Maxtor Fusion solution will start shipping to additional retailers in the U.S. this summer.

Source: Seagate Technology

Samsung Launches Blu-ray Disc Player To The U.S. Market

Samsung Electronics America announced that its first Blu-ray disc player (BD-P1000) has been shipped to retailers in the U.S. market for availability on June 25th.

The Samsung BD-P1000 plays Blu-ray software titles at the highest resolution available via a native 1080p HDMI output for films digitally mastered in 1920 x 1080p. The BD-P1000 also up-converts conventional DVDs to 1080p through the HDMI digital interface so the picture quality of any traditional DVD will look noticeably more detailed when used with the disc player. The BD-P1000 is backwards compatible and plays both standard DVDs and CDs in addition to supporting all DVD formats including, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R.

Additionally, Samsung has included a 10-in-2 multi memory card interface that supports all the major formats including Compact Flash, Secure Digital, XD Picture Card, Memory Stick and others. By including a memory card interface into the Samsung BD-P1000, the native high definition resolution contained in 2-megapixel and larger digital still pictures can be fully rendered on a high definition television via slide show functionality built into the player.

Connectivity includes HDMI, Component, S-video and composite outputs. Supported audio formats include: Dolby Digital & Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, MP3 and 192KHz LPCM. The BD-P1000 will be available in stores on June 25, 2006 at a MAP of $999.99.

Source: Samsung Electronics America

BenQ Unveils First HD LCD Monitor

BenQ expanded its LCD monitor lineup with BenQ FP241W, the first LCD monitor with an HDMI interface and full 1080p HD support - 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution. BenQ FP241W also features the Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA) and BenQ's proprietary Senseye Technology as well as 800:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m² brightness and 16ms( 6ms GTG) response time.

BenQ FP241W’s 24-inch widescreen design allows users to view two independent A4-size windows simultaneously, making it useful for professional applications such as finance, health care, research and communication centers. Moreover, the embedded PIP (picture-in-picture) function provides users to play back video from two different sources such as from a DVD player and a PC.

BenQ FP241W's flexible screen adjustment provides users to freely adjust the screen viewing angle for a more comfortable experience, including -5°-25° title angle, -45/45 left/right swivel angle, pivot and height adjustment. BenQ FP241W also comes outfitted with integrated USB ports for easy connections various USB peripherals.

Source: BenQ

Bluetooth SIG Launches New Icons

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially launched the Bluetooth Experience Icon Program to guide and help consumers purchase interoperable products implementing Bluetooth wireless technology. The icons will, at a glance, tell consumers and retailers about the products’ functionalities enhanced by Bluetooth technology and aid the purchase and sales process.

The current icons available to illustrate five functions of Bluetooth wireless technology are:

Print – The print icon lets you know that printing can be simpler by allowing you to wirelessly print directly from your computer, mobile phone, PDA or any other device displaying the print icon.
Input – The input icon shows that you can control as well as input data wirelessly to a device. This makes for fewer cables on your desk and improved control over portable devices without using the tiny, built-in keyboards.
Headset – The headset icon lets you know that you have the ability to talk on your phone “hands-free.” Getting rid of annoying cables means being able to move around freely while using your cell phone.
Transfer – The transfer icon tells you that the device can wirelessly send and receive data, text, pictures, music or other files with other devices.
Music – The music icon means these products allow you to listen to Hi-Fi stereo music wirelessly. You are able to send music from your mobile phone, computer or other device bearing this symbol and listen using compatible speakers, headphones, home stereos and many other devices.

The Bluetooth SIG encourages all manufacturers of Bluetooth devices to immediately begin using the Experience Icons on product packaging. Additionally, the Bluetooth SIG will focus its marketing efforts on one icon per month, driving home the definition of each icon one at a time, along with efforts to raise awareness of the entire program.

Source: Bluetooth Special Interest Group

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