Nokia expects to start selling cell phones using the new WiMAX Internet technology in 2008, the world’s top handset maker said on Wednesday while unveiling network technology for WiMAX. For now, a computer can connect to a WiMAX fast wireless Internet connection only when it is stationary, but a new mobile version of WiMAX will be available this year, which is expected to be a breakthrough for the technology. Intel, Nokia, Samsung and Motorola all support the open-standard WiMAX as an alternative wireless broadband Internet connection alongside third generation mobile telephony networks, on which Internet access can get squeezed if networks fill up with voice callers.
T-Mobile USA will start selling a mobile phone with computer-like features and WiFi, or short-range high-speed Internet links. T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom AG, said the phone from Taiwan’s High Tech Computer Corp. runs on a Microsoft Corp. operating system and has a minicomputer-like keyboard designed to make it easier for consumers to use the phone for e-mailing. High Tech Computer Corp. is the first company to use Microsoft’s operating system on smartphones, and its clients include T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and PC makers Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
A robot museum where visitors can touch and play with more than a dozen different kinds of robots was unveiled to reporters on Tuesday in the Sakae downtown area in Nagoya ahead of its opening on Thursday. The Robot Museum In Nagoya, a two-story museum with floor space of about 2,600 square meters, has several exhibition corners.The robot museum is housed in a refurbished building that used to serve as an imported car showroom.The 2,600 square meter museum will center on an exhibition area entitled ‘Robothink,’ where everything from toy robots to industrial robots will be showcased in exhibits covering topics from robot history to the latest in robot technology.
Logitech today announced the Logitech X-540 speaker system, an affordable surround-sound system designed for gamers. The X-540 system enables people to enjoy the experience of surround sound even with two-channel audio sources, by including matrix surround-sound technology. The compact satellites are wall-mountable, and a special clip lets you place the centre channel speaker on top of most flat-panel monitors to reduce desktop clutter. The Logitech X-540 speakers, the company’s first to offer matrix surround-sound technology at a price under $100 (U.S.), split an audio signal to create five channels of sound from common two-channel stereo sources — and without distorting the audio quality. For convenience, the matrix button is located on the control center, along with the power button, volume controls and a headphone jack. With a dedicated center channel and acoustically matched front and rear satellites, the Logitech X-540 system produces balanced surround sound. The X-540 speakers use Logitech’s Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology.
Nine Hundred is the latest ultra-mean gamer case in classic black finish from Antec. As we all know that gaming hardware produces a lot of heat and that’s why the Antec Nine Hundred case is built for maximum cool with a perforated front bezel, two120mm fans mounted on the front panel, one 120-mm rear fan and a monster top-mounted 200mm fan. The two 120mm front panel fans can be configured to run in three speeds, 2,000 rpm (79 CFM), 1,600 rpm (56 CFM) or 1,200 rpm (39 CFM), the rear fan can be configured to run in three different speeds, 2,000 rpm (79 CFM), 1,600 rpm (56 CFM) or 1,200 rpm (39 CFM). The front panel two fans glow blue when the system is turned on. Each fan is attached to a hard disk drive cage, and each cage occupies three of the nine available bays.
Panasonic has announced the launch of TH-AE1000 home cinema LCD projector with several new features. The new Panasonic TH-AE1000 features full HD resolution and boosts ultra-high contrast ratio of 11,000:1 to deliver digital rich “full hi-vision Hollywood picture quality. The newly developed LSI processor delivers sharp images with less image noise. With seven image mode selection suitable for various sources, you can enjoy the image mode best suitable for you. The lens shift dial is easy to operate even when the projector is fixed in the ceiling.
The backlit panel all in one remote control makes it easy to operate the projector in a dark room.
Megahouse has launched an illuminated active speaker system in Rubik’s Cube design. Rubik’s Cube is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik. It is said to be the world’s biggest-selling toy, with some 300,000,000 Rubik’s Cubes and imitations sold worldwide. The new toy is only a speaker system and not a puzzle. With a 3.5mm stereo mini- input, 125mW×2ch out put the cube is a pleasant to watch. This 3×3×3 version, has nine square faces on each side, for a total area of fifty-four faces and each square lights up in red/green/orange colors in 27 different combinations. The lights blinks according to the tempo of music played.
Samsung today introduced the SyncMaster 305T, an ultra-wide, high-resolution 30-inch TFT-LCD monitor. Designed for the commercial market, the Samsung 305T combines a 16:10 wide-screen design and high, 2560×1600 resolution, making it ideal for a variety of professional applications, including medical, engineering, control rooms, CAD, graphics and design, and desktop publishing. Other specifications include 400cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 degree viewing angle, a fast response time of 6ms (GTG), and a 0.25 pixel pitch for clean, tight image reproduction. The SyncMaster 305T is equipped with a number of features geared towards the professional user. This includes an 80mm height adjustable stand with flexible tilt and swivel capabilities, five USB 2.0 ports (one up, four down) and wall-mounting brackets for space saving.
Listen to the music you want to hear on your portable audio device through the FM radio of your car stereo with the Sony DCC-FMT50U. This Sony Car FM Stereo Transmitter DCC-FMT50U is the perfect road companion offering full-range frequency selection from 88.1-107.9 MHz and four direct memory buttons for easy access to your most-used stations. This FM stereo transmitter also features a bright, digital display for easy viewing. Due to the flexible transmitting antenna with a magnetic end attachment, it is possible to transmit a stable FM radio wave in virtually any car.
McDonald’s has begun testing an in-store digital media service called m-Venue, offering music and video content from Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and others. The service, announced September 25, allows customers to browse and download music and video from their mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected laptop when within a specific area in the restaurant. The pilot restaurant, in the Woodfield Mall at Schaumberg, Ill., features several flat panel displays promoting the content and customer text messages.