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Sony Reader

Sony Corp. unveiled a new e-book reader Thursday with a built-in light and a touch-sensitive display, features that set it apart from Amazon.com Inc.’s competing Kindle reader.

The PRS-700 is Sony’s third model of the Reader, and will go on sale at the end of the month for about $400. It represents further experimentation on the part of manufacturers trying to find the right formula to make e-book readers more than a niche product. Neither Sony nor Amazon have revealed sales figures for their readers.

Like the earlier models and the Kindle, the PRS-700 has a six-inch screen of “electronic ink,” which presents dark gray text on a light gray background. Unlike the liquid-crystal displays of laptops and cell-phones, e-ink displays cannot be lit from behind, but the PRS-700 has light-emitting diodes that can be turned on to illuminate the screen from the sides.

The 10-ounce device also comes with a stylus, which can be used to highlight text or make handwritten notes. It can hold 350 books in its internal memory, and more in a memory card.

The PRS-700 does not have an equivalent of the Kindle’s signature feature: wireless access to Amazon’s e-book store for near-instant book downloads. Instead, books are loaded on to the device by connecting it to a PC.

Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division, said the company aims to have a wireless version, but it would have to work with multiple book vendors.

While the Kindle downloads books only from Amazon’s store, Sony is differentiating itself by de-emphasizing its own store and opening up its Readers to e-books from other vendors.

October 6, 2008 Posted by | Mp3 and Gizmos | , | 1 Comment

Cowon Reveals Yet Another PMP

Cowon is certainly making the scene with a range of new large screen PMPs. We already saw 3 new players revealed at IFA that included the S9 Curve, the L3 and the O2. It seems like that wasn’t enough as a new PMP – The P5 was showcased on their Korean site.

The P5, according to the spec on the site will have a 5-inch touch screen sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and 18 million colors. It’ll be available in 60GB and 80GB capacities, so users will have no storage issues for their videos or music. Bluetooth is also a feature that comes in-built. The P5 will be capable of reading DivX, Xvid, MPEG4 and WMV and will also feature a TV-Out option. Other media capabilities include a DMB tuner and an FM radio with a recorder. It doesn’t have Wi-fi as a built-in feature but you can opt for a USB Dongle that will enable the P5 to go Wi-fi. The PMP runs on Windows CE 5.0 OS.


The official pricing or availability of the Cowon P5 PMP has not yet been revealed.

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Mp3 and Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

Samsung Shows 2 New Media Players at IFA

Samsung’s latest media players found themselves on display at IFA in Berlin, but from what reports state, they may not be as user-friendly as some of the older ones.

The YP-Q1 is a PMP with 2.4-inch TFT LCD, available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB of flash memory. It also supports video, has an integrated FM radio Voice recorder and a .TXT viewer. It incorporates Samsung’s latest DNSe sound with v3.0. The reports say that the navigation on this player is a bit of a problem due to the touch sensitive nav-pad, as there doesn’t seem to be any scroll control but tapping is required instead to maneuver through the menus.

The second player, a DAP called the YP-U4, comes equipped with a USB plug and is available in 4GB and 8GB models. It has a small display and from the images taken, looks rather stylish, of course we’d actually have to see that to believe it. It has an integrated FM radio and voice recorder and supports Samsung’s DNSe 2.0 Sound Quality.

There’s no official word on price or availability yet.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Mp3 and Gizmos | , , , | Leave a comment

i.Tech BlueCON35 II Bluetooth Dongle

A mobile phone with Bluetooth is not something that would warrant serious discussion, as even some entry-level handsets come equipped with the technology today. I’m a sucker for Bluetooth gadgetry, as I hate the tangle of wires that would follow me around otherwise.

My peeve is that there aren’t many portable media players like DAPs or PMPs that incorporate this wirefree technology. Thankfully, a company called i.Tech that specializes in making Bluetooth headset (stereo and normal) has come up with a very simple solution. What it does is turn your everyday MP3 player into a stereo Bluetooth-enabled device for use with any stereo Bluetooth headset.

Design
i.Tech’s BlueCON35 II is a Bluetooth V1.2 (Class 2) Hi-Fi device that comes with a 3.5mm pin attached by a short wire to the dongle. It weighs no more than a five rupee coin and is about as small, so you won’t have to worry about being weighed down.

It has a slot for the charger (included in the package) and a small power key for activating and pairing the dongle to any Bluetooth headset. Of course, the device you intend to use it with needs to be equipped with a 3.5mm earphone or line-out socket. After plugging it in, simply follow the instructions for pairing it with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. This is easy as pie, and you’re wirefree in no time.

It has a slot for the charger (included in the package) and a small power key for activating and pairing the dongle to any Bluetooth headset. Of course, the device you intend to use it with needs to be equipped with a 3.5mm earphone or line-out socket. After plugging it in, simply follow the instructions for pairing it with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. This is easy as pie, and you’re wirefree in no time.

Performance
There’s not too much by way of performance that I can mention, considering it’s merely a device that emits a signal and nothing more. I will say this though: its simplicity is one of the biggest selling points. It’s not complicated to use and has no unnecessary frills.

The design could perhaps have been a bit snazzier but it’s great as it is. I tested the device with a couple of gadgets, which included a PMP and an iPhone 3G that just happened to be lying around. The BlueCON35 worked like a charm on both. The headset I used was i.Tech’s own BluePro. What was most impressive was the range. In an office with numerous cubicles it worked with no hitches up to about 12 meters. With the iPhone I was even able to take calls.

I ran it nonstop for a battery test and squeezed out 6 hours and 35 minutes’ worth of talktime. That’s not bad, considering the company promises 7 hours tops. Still, I guess it could have been better.

The Bottomline
The idea of enabling any old media device with Bluetooth is a great concept. Who doesn’t want to be wirefree? Of course, you will also need to invest in a stereo Bluetooth headset, which are not cheap as headsets go. The BlueCON35 II is priced at Rs 2988 (MRP) but the street price is closer to Rs 2500. I say it’s worth it!

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Mp3 and Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

PS3 Wireless Keypad Priced and Dated

The price and release date for Sony’s upcoming PS3 Wireless Keypad has finally been revealed (only for the North American market though). The device will be priced at $50 and will be launched on November 30.

The keypad will mount onto a DualShock 3 or Sixaxis controller and have two shortcut keys that allow you to switch to message boxes and other communication fields. The surface area can also be toggled to use it as a touchpad, that will allow you to control the movement of the on-screen cursor directly.

Communication with the console will be done through Bluetooth 2.0, and the device will have its own rechargeable Li-ion battery built-in. The price point is a bit on the higher side if you’d ask me, and another deterrent might be the placement of the keypad. I mean placing the keypad over the PS3 controller seems like a bad design idea, but I guess I’ll just hold my skepticism until I get my hands on it and try it out for myself.

Those of you who’re really looking forward to it can pre-order it from Amazon.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Mp3 and Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment