Garmin has today announced the new nuvi 700 series satellite navigation system.
Each nuvi in the 700 series has traffic alerts, with a free lifetime subscription to traffic services. This enables drivers to avoid congestion and find alternative routes via the sat-nav. Garmin uses the patented Cyclops technology to provide accurate safety camera alerts for all its sat-nav systems. It is believed to be the most up-to-date and reliable information available for both fixed and mobile cameras. Advanced trip planning capabilities let users input up to 200 destinations in one route. It also has a 10,000 point track-log which acts like an electronic breadcrumb trail, remembering exactly where you’ve been. This has advantages including the ability to view your route afterwards in applications such as Google Earth.
All the Garmin nuvi 700s have a built-in FM transmitter, allowing users to wirelessly transmit directions, telephone calls (selected models) or MP3s through their vehicle’s stereo. Bluetooth wireless technology is available on the Garmin nuvi 710, 760 and 770 for hands-free calling when paired with compatible phones. Users can find and dial numbers stored in their phone or numbers from the nuvi’s points of interest database (hotels, restaurants, shops and more). This enables phone calls to be made easily and safely while on the move. Text-to-speech is also included on the nuvi 750, 760 and 770 where the actual names of roads are read out loud so there is no confusion over which turn you should take even if there are many roads close by. There is even a built-in picture viewer so you can store and look at all your favourite photos.
Like other widescreen Garmin nuvis, the 700 series boasts a bright, sunlight-readable 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display (480x272 pixels). The design incorporates a high-sensitivity internal GPS antenna that makes it thinner and even easier to mount in a car as well as carry around.
Another new feature which makes the Garmin nuvi 700 series even easier to use is the choice of keyboard style. When typing in a destination users can choose between a Qwerty keyboard or an alphabetical one. This means everyone can use the format they prefer – and speed up their search.
The Garmin nuvi 700 variations are as follows:
All have safety camera and traffic alerts as well as an FM transmitter.
The nuvi 710, 750, 760 and nuvi 770 are expected to be available in October 2007 at an MSRP of £279.99/€399, €449, £369.99/€499 and £449.99/€599 including VAT respectively. (The nuvi 750 is not available in the UK).
OCZ Technology Group announced the Vanquisher CPU cooler, an anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. The Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high-performance processors.
The OCZ Vanquisher features a pure copper base plate and three copper heat pipes that rapidly transfer heat away from the processor up to the dense, aluminum fin array where the thermal load is dissipated by the included 92mm fan. The press release claims the efficient heatpipe design moves so much heat that the fin array is able to transfer up to 200 Watts. The Vanquisher also utilizes an original low speed fan mounted with rubber connectors to decrease vibration and noise.
The compact and versatile OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler is compatible with sockets AMD 754/939/AM2 and Intel 775. Because no motherboard back plate is required, the hassle-free Vanquisher is installed quickly and easily for consumers of all skill levels.
Source: OCZ Technology Group
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ASUS introduced the DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter with LightScribe direct disc labeling technology. This DVD±RW drive provides 20X DVD±R writing, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities. In addition, users can expect to enjoy five times faster data transfer rates than the current DMA33 standards with the SATA interface.
This DVD±ROM drive also allows 6X DVD-Rewrite, 8X DVD+Rewrite, 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-Write, 32X CD-Rewrite, 14X DVD-RAM and 48X CD-ROM.
The novelty also adopts several technologies, including proprietary, such as:
The DRW-2014 L1T Drive is available in three colors - White, Black and Beige. An optional stylishly designed deluxe panel made from ferric materials is also available.
HTC unveiled the HTC TyTN II "mobile companion" that will be launched in partnership with operator partners across Europe, as well as direct under the HTC brand.
The HTC TyTN II packs all the power of Windows Mobile 6 into an original new form factor. The 2.8-inch colour screen slides back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, then tilts up to position the screen for reading and creating emails, using applications, or even just playing videos and games.
The HTC TyTN II allows users to get connected in any country with tri-band UMTS and quad-band EDGE. It boasts worldwide 3.5G high speed internet – HSDPA, at speeds 9 times faster than 3G – and WiFi 802.11b/g to ensure users can enjoy high-speed surfing, uploading and downloading while roaming anywhere in the world.
HTC Home, HTC's new homescreen, offers easy access to photo dialing, text messages, calendar entries, emails and contacts, as well as one touch access to live weather conditions plus four-day forecasts.
Leveraging the functionality of Windows Mobile 6, the HTC TyTN II provides a complete suite of business applications including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, contacts, calendar, push e-mail, notes, tasks, PDF viewer and more. In addition, HTC has included further applications such as a business card scanner and TomTom Navigator 6 (Taster edition) to complement the in-built GPS.
HTC also announced the launch of HTCmail, a fully hosted, secure, and managed email service based on Microsoft Hosted Exchange. The HTC offering provides seamless and real-time access to up to 5 different email accounts, aggregated and instantly delivered to a mobile device through Outlook 2007. Features include email, contacts and calendar. HTCmail is compatible with all HTC devices, and will be rolling out across selected European markets (France and UK at the moment) from September 2007.
The HTC TyTN II will be launched in partnership with operators across Europe from September, including Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica Group and Vodafone, as well as direct, under the HTC brand.
HTC TyTN II key features
AMD today introduced SSE5 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 5), a new extension of the x86 instruction set that is designed to allow software developers to simplify code and achieve greater efficiency for performance-hungry applications.
According to the press release, SSE5 helps maximize the output of each instruction and consolidates code base by introducing functionality previously only found in specialized, high-performance architectures, to the x86 platform:
The SSE5 specification, which is being made available to the developer community today at http://developer.amd.com/SSE5, will be implemented in products based on AMD’s next-generation "Bulldozer" core, available in 2009.
DivX and LG Electronics announced today the launch of DivX-certified Time Machine TV Series both in Plasma and LCD models. Joining over 90 million DivX Certified devices, LG’s DivX-certified Time Machine TV Series is now available in Europe, China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
LG’s DivX-certified Time Machine TV Series includes three LCD models – the 47LB5RE, 42LB5RT, 37LB4RT – and two plasma models, the 50PB4RT and 42PB4RT. The series features a built-in 80GB hard disc drive for Time Shift function and recording, USB 2.0 port for backing up recorded content and MP3, JPEG and DivX playback capability. The Time Machine TV Series also boasts a simultaneous watch-and-record function.
Source: LG Electronics
Sony today took the wraps off two new Walkman players that not only support audio – but for the first time in the United States – video. The new NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series of Walkman digital music players will support an open platform, providing more choices for downloading and managing music and video collections online.
The devices have a standard user interface that makes it easy to enjoy songs, videos or pictures. The video players have Quarter Video Graphics Array (QVGA) LCD screens that display video at 30 frames per second. QVGA is a display mode for small screens in which the resolution is 320 pixels vertically by 240 pixels horizontally.
The battery life allows up to 8 hours of video playback for the NWZ-A810 series and 9.5 hours for the NWZ-S610 series. The battery also provides up to 33 hours of music playback for both series.
The players support security-enhanced Windows Media Audio (WMA), as well as non-secure AAC and MP3 music formats, plus JPEG files for photos, in addition to the AVC (H.264/AVC) Baseline Profile and MPEG-4 video codecs.
The top-of-the-line Walkman video players (NWZ-A810 series) have 2-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) LCD screens. This series of players comes with Sony MDR-EX082 ear-buds. Designed with a younger demographic in mind, the NWZ-S610 series has a 1.8-inch QVGA (320 by 240 pixels) LCD screen and includes an FM tuner with 30 presets.
The Walkman video players store up to 1,850 songs on the 8GB models, 925 songs on the 4GB models, and 440 songs on the 2GB models, for songs an average of four minutes in length at 128kbps in the MP3 format.
For those who just want music sans video, Sony is also introducing the NWZ-B100 series These audio players include USB direct connect, a three-line color LCD display and an FM tuner. They feature up to 12 hours of battery life.
With FM recording capability, it is easy to capture and play back radio programs. The NWZ-B100 series also has a voice recorder function with a built-in microphone for taking notes or recording sing-alongs to favorite tunes.
In addition to supporting easy transfer of non-DRM content via drag and drop, this dedicated audio model will also support most subscription services. The players store up to 485 songs on the 2GB and 235 songs on the 1GB, for songs an average of four minutes in length at 128kbps in the MP3 format.
To help manage digital music libraries, the new Sony Walkman video players come with Microsoft Windows Media Player 11. Sony offers a range of accessories (sold separately), including a Bluetooth audio transmitter and peripherals that allow consumers to wirelessly release their music on the move.
Sony will be phasing out the CONNECT Music Services based on Sony's ATRAC audio format in North America and Europe. Specific timing will vary by region depending on market demand, but will not be before March 2008 The CONNECT e-book service for the Reader will not be affected.
The NWZ-A810 series of Walkman video music players come in three different capacities and five colors:
Presales have begun for the new Walkman models. The players will be available in September. The silver players will be sold exclusively at Sony Style retail stores and online.
Panasonic today introduced the newest member of its digital single-lens reflex camera line, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-L10, the company’s first SLR with Face Detection. The DMC-L10 also offers a 2.5-inch Live View LCD which can rotate 270 degrees. Complete with a 10.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor, the DMC-L10 includes an advanced, Supersonic Wave Filter system that prevents dust from collecting on the sensor and degrading photo quality.
The DMC-L10 is Panasonic’s first digital SLR with Face Detection, which will focus, set auto exposure and can detect up to 15 human faces simultaneously. Combining Face Detection with Panasonic’s Intelligent ISO Control settings, which measures the movement of the subject and sets the ISO level accordingly, helps give consumers better images.
The Live View LCD lets users check the image on the camera after making exposure compensation adjustments, but before taking the shot. The LCD also features an Intelligent LCD function that offers an automatic brightness level control function, making the screen visible regardless of a bright sunlit or dark environment. In addition, the DMC-L10 adopts advanced hybrid-type AF system, which gives users the option to choose either the phase difference AF system or the contrast AF to suit the preferred shooting style. While in manual mode, the user can enlarge part of the subject on LCD and also freely move the magnified area for easy framing.
The DMC-L10 comes equipped with a LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. lens, which has a focal length from 14mm to 50mm, and offers a more compact and light-weight body than its predecessor (LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/ F2.8 -3.5 ASPH).
Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-L10 include:
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-L10 will be available in October 2007 for a MSRP of $1,299.95.
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