Sabtu, 24 Januari 2009

Nokia ships half a million 5800 XpressMusic handsets in 30 days

If this were coming from any other mouth, we'd definitely second guess it. As it stands, though, it's hard to dispute the words of Nokia's CEO when it comes to matters involving Nokia. Mr. Olli Pekka Kallasvuo stated rather proudly during the firm's Q4 results call that it had shipped just over 500,000 5800 XpressMusic mobiles (better known as the Tube) in just 30 days. That figure becomes even more impressive when you realize that shipments only occurred in select markets, though it should be noted that "units shipped" and "units sold to end users" could indeed be very different things. Still, half a million in just a month ain't too shabby in today's economy, so here's the kudos you're clearly due, Nokia.

Nokia ships one millionth 5800 XpressMusic, does a little dance

Okay, so we’re going on the assumption that the 500,000 figure uttered by Nokia CEO Olli Pekka Kallasvuo during this week’s Q4 earnings call was a touch old — you know, considering that the outfit is now trumpeting the shipment of a cool million. Following a (very!) successful UK launch, Nokia has just shipped its one millionth Tube, which is the handset maker’s first mass market touchscreen device. And to think — it hasn’t even debuted in many corners of the globe yet.

Low-Energy Aleutia E2 Computer

You turn the lights off when you leave a room. You open your windows when it's nice out so you don't have to run the air conditioner. And there are probably numerous other things you do around your house so you can save energy and money on your electric bill. But do you turn your computer off every night? Now you don't have to worry about shutting down your PC every night to conserve energy with this Low-Energy Computer.

Most computers use a surprising 300-500 watts of power just to run. But this new energy saving model, the Aleutia E2, was designed to use only 8 watts of power, that's less than most light bulbs! So how is this possible and why don't all computer manufacturers product energy saving models? Well, it's possible because the Low-Energy Computer uses energy efficient memory such as solid-state memory cards as opposed to hard drives. However in turn for being more environmentally friendly, this small computer only runs at 500 MHz with 1 GB RAM. It's not capable of running things like Google Earth or YouTube but is very resourceful for word processing, emailing, and surfing the net.

The Low-Energy Aleutia E2 is only about the size of two decks of cards (4.5"x4.5"x1.4") and only weighs 500 grams. Despite its small size is virtually indestructible being made with an aluminum case and no moving parts to break off. Another added feature is that it will attach to the back off many LCD monitors so it won't be in the way.

So if you're looking for a ways to go green and maybe save on your energy costs then a Low-Energy Computer may be just the thing for you. Check out the new Aleutia E2 here...

Jumat, 16 Januari 2009

Apple's newest gadget Networking device can flow PC music into home stereo

Apple Computer Inc. on Monday announced a new portable home networking device that can also wirelessly stream digital music that's stored in the PC to the home stereo.
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In essence, the new AirPort Express is a smaller version of Apple's Airport Extreme base station, which is a Wi-Fi access point device that's often used to allow laptop computers to wirelessly connect to the Internet on a single broadband connection.

But the new device, which is roughly the size of a deck of cards, also includes an audio mini-jack that allows the consumer to connect it to the home stereo. Then consumers can play music wirelessly from iTunes jukebox running inside a Macintosh or Windows-based PC.

The combination of iTunes software, the online music store and the iPod portable music player has proven to be a digital entertainment juggernaut for Apple.

Furthermore, Apple is reportedly set to unveil a European version of the iTunes Music Store next Tuesday. The company e-mailed invitations to journalists to a special event that day at the Old Billingsgate Market in London, but an Apple spokesman declined to comment further.

The invitation reads, "The biggest story in music is about to get bigger. ''

The idea of easily moving digital music files from the PC to the living room has been around, but finding a consumer-friendly solution has not been easy.

"I think it's important to see this in context," said Susan Kevorkian, an analyst at the industry research firm IDC. "Consider how well Apple has done with iPod and how simple iPod has made it for music lovers to take their music away from their PC. Apple is building on that legacy."

AirPort Express doesn't need a separate power adapter because it plugs directly into the electric outlet.

The device, which will cost $129 when it appears on store shelves next month, will require a new version of iTunes, which will be available as a free download later this week, said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of hardware product marketing.

"We really believe that this will be the mainstream, consumer, wireless base station for Apple," he said, noting that AirPort Extreme, which retails at $249, will remain the product of choice for classrooms or businesses.

AirPort Extreme has been an expensive proposition considering the price of Wi-Fi base stations has fallen quickly in the past couple of years. Many cost less than $100.

But ultimately, the device will have to be easy to use, said Jonathan Gaw, an IDC analyst.

"Consumer electronics has the ease of use down. You turn on the TV and it works. A PC? You know how that goes," Gaw said. "However, Apple feels that ... they can lead the PC industry into the living room."

Others are sure to follow with similar-size home networking devices in the coming weeks, he said.

Kevorkian thinks Apple has one clear advantage over other makers of home networking gear.

"Apple has invested heavily in its digital music brand," she said. "The other guys like Linksys (which makes home networking gear) don't have that kind of brand power behind them."

Apple shares rose $1.03, or 3.58 percent, to close Monday at a 52-week high of $29.81.

Blaupunkt and miRoamer create World’s First Internet Car Radio

I have been seeing more and more Internet radios on the market these days, and I suppose that it was only a matter of time before someone invented one for the car. At CES, miRoamer, a popular Internet radio site, and Blaupunkt, a leader in automotive multimedia, introduced the world’s first Internet radio for the car.

I know that I have said this before, but I always get suspicious when I hear the words “world’s first” applied to any technological product. Usually, those words mean that “someone else actually did it first, but we are the first to really market it”. However, most of the other Internet radio makers at CES seemed genuinely surprised at the release of miRoamer and Blaupunket’s product, and they all asked the same question: How is an automotive web-connection achieved?

Tri-Specs: All-in-one Shades and Headphones

While I was at CES Unveiled, I managed to see a product that I probably would have missed on the showfloor called the Tri-Specs. Tri-Specs are Bluetooth wireless headphones for an MP3 Player or cellular phone that are in the form of sunglasses.

At the ends of the Tri-Specs are two retractable earbuds that the user can put in his or her ears, which automatically turn the Tri-Specs on when extended. The best part is that no one would ever know that you are wearing earbuds while you wear the Tri-Specs glasses. You could be listening to MP3s while you’re supposed to be listening to the human resources director talk about some needless thing. Unless they look closely, your supervisors would never know.

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