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LaCie Unveils Firewire And USB Hub Designed By Ora-Ito

Sony Ships Its Blu-Ray Player BDP-S1

LaCie Unveils Firewire And USB Hub Designed By Ora-Ito

LaCie unveiled a stylish hub designed exclusively for LaCie by Ora-Ito. The LaCie Huby (pronounced hub-ee) includes two FireWire and four USB ports. Its round shape, glossy white polycarbonate finish and flexible cables give it a distinctive, modern look.

LaCie Huby works with Mac OS, Windows and Linux, allowing users to connect up to six devices simultaneously. It comes fully equipped with eight flexible, twistable cables to instantly connect external storage devices, printers, media readers, keyboards, mice and more. Eight glowing LEDs indicate when a device is plugged in, with a different color for each port: white, violet, green, red, yellow, orange, blue and pink. Additional LaCie Hubys can be daisy-chained via FireWire or USB for extra connectivity options. LaCie Huby also ships with a USB fan and small USB light.

LaCie Huby is available for pre-order online and available via LaCie’s specialized dealer network later this month at the suggested retail price of $79. It comes with eight flexible cables (five USB 2.0 and three FireWire 400), a USB extension cable, a FireWire 400 extension cable, and a fan and light that can be plugged in to the ports.

And some information about the designer. Though his name implies a Japanese background, designer Ora-Ito is French. A do-it-all designer, he was barely 20 years old when he created the very first virtual brand in 1998. Propelled to the front of the international scene, he then started prestigious collaborations with L’Oreal, Vogue Magazine, Heineken, Adidas, Kenzo, electronic musicians AIR, Honda, Guerlain, Swatch and Nike.

Source: LaCie

Sony Ships Its Blu-Ray Player BDP-S1

Sony announced that its first Blu-ray Disc player, the BDP-S1, has begun shipping to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide.

This next-generation device, which is capable of playing both high-definition Blu-ray Disc prerecorded titles as well as traditional DVDs, adds an exclamation point to Sony’s full HD 1080 line of products, which ranges from BRAVIA flat-panel LCD and Grand WEGA SXRD rear-projection televisions to the new PlayStation 3 game console, Blu-ray Disc enabled VAIO computers, PC drives and recordable BD media.

Sony’s BDP-S1 model outputs 1920 x 1080p high-definition video. It is the highest resolution HD signal currently available through an HDMI connection. The player supports various high quality video codecs, including MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1. For those consumers who own an HDTV set without HDMI, an analog component output for 1080i (interlaced) has been included.

The model is compatible with standard DVDs with the added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI, giving new life and improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries.

Sony’s BD player outputs its signal at 24 frames per second, reproducing a film like image. The BDP-S1 unit offers uncompressed multi-channel linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI, delivering surround sound to an appropriately equipped receiver. The player also has optical digital audio out and 5.1 channel decoding capability for backward compatibility with existing receivers. In addition, it has a separate audio circuit board, finely tuned audio components, rigid beam chassis construction, drive brackets and off-center insulator feet, reducing image de-stabilization and unwanted vibration.

This player supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD and DVD playback from DVD/DVD+R/+RW encoded discs, as well as MP3 audio files and JPEG images stored on DVD+R/+RW discs. Sony will be offering firmware updates in 2007 to allow the BDP-S1 model to play back BD-R/RE recorded media and enhanced BD-Java functionality.

The new BD player will be available for about $1,000 at Sony Style stores nationwide, online at sonystyle.com, and at authorized retailers across the country like Best Buy, Circuit City and others beginning next week.

Source: Sony

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