Redmond (WA) - One could easily get lost in the gadget frenzy of this month. Just in case you will forget about Zune when planning a purchase of new game consoles, an HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 or Intel's quad-core processor, Microsoft has launched a website dedicated to creating some excitement for the otherwise rather bland portable media player.
Samsung Electronci has introduced a new two and a half pound sub-notebook that uses no fans. The Sens Q40 notebook is powered by an Intel Centrino U1400 processor and Samsung claims the battery will last up to 3.5 hours.
Addicts of Google's free Gmail email service can now grab their emails from their mobile phones and PDAs. Google is release a new Java application that directly hooks into Gmail. The application works with over one hundred popular phones including many from Blackberry and Samsung.
In an attempt to form a strong partnership like iPod/iTunes, Microsoft has announced that it will be closing the doors on its MSN Music store in favor of the Zune Marketplace, the music store platform connected to Microsoft's upcoming portable media device.
Adding to its extensive library of Ipod models, Apple today announced plans to release an 8 GB version of its special edition Ipod Nano Red. Set to launch in stores this weekend for $249, it will try to bring back interest in the HIV/AIDS charity that was tied to the original Ipod Nano Red.
According to several eagle-eyed media sources, Apple may have leaked the existence of an upcoming touch-screen iPod. The leak comes from a sentence on Apple's developer website which says, "beginning with the touch-screen models."
Becoming the latest wireless service provider to enter the digital music arena, Cingular today launched a mobile music service that it claims offers better features than its competitors.
According to a Reuters story, Sony has announced plans to introduce what it's calling the world's lightest notebook computer to Japanese consumers some time in December, in an attempt to bring back some positive attention to Sony after the huge notebook battery recall disaster that continues to have an impact on the company.
Dell, long known for their Intel-powered laptops, is now selling laptops with AMD chips inside. The new Inspiron 1501 line of laptops will have either AMD Turion 64 or the less powerful Mobile AMD Sempron processors. An integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 graphics chip will power the laptop's 15.4" screen.
Hitachi will be rolling out several high-capacity laptop drives next year and one will reach 250GB. The 2.5" hard drives will be based on perpendicular technology where the magnetic bits are aligned side-by-side, standing up instead of lengthwise. The drives will also have integrated flash memory along with hardware encryption.
Quanta Computer confirmed that sample production and test runs for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) have already kicked off this quarter, and the company expects mass production to commence in the second quarter of 2007.
Not everyone can be James Bond, but at least you can buy his laptop. Sony is offering a new line of James Bond 007-branded Vaio TX and Vaio UX laptop packages. Along with a laptop, Sony is through in a Cyber-shot digital camera, display privacy filter and aluminum attaché case.
Apple today anounced that the new version of its Ipod shuffle, which it is calling the "most wearable Ipod ever", will be available in stores throughout the country this Friday, 3 November.
Vantec has introduced a new notebook cooler that includes two flip-out speakers and a subwoofer. The "Piano" cooler has an adjustable speed fan and Vantec claims the speakers have a combined RMS output of 15 watts along with a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz. A 3-port USB 2.0 hub is also integrated into the cooler.
Porsche Cars of North America, along with XM Satellite Radio, announced today a "long-term agreement" to exclusively install XM radios in new Porsche models, beginning in 2007.
According to a patent filed by Apple, it appears that the company may be working on a new version of its market share leading Ipod music player that will incorporate touch-sensitive controls. Specifically, the patent is for an "electronic device having a display and a surrounding touch sensitive bezel for user interface and control."
Foxconn Electronics will produce a 15.4" MacBook model for Apple for the first time, with shipments to commence in May 2007, according to sources at notebook makers.
Notebook maker Everex claims that it is offering nothing less than the "world's most energy efficient" notebook. Based on Via's C7-M processor, the 15.4" form factor computer is available for about $500 at Walmart.
Verizon Wireless yesterday announced it was the first US carrier to make available Adobe Systems' Flash Lite for mobile applications.
Jon Lech Johansen, aka DVD Jon, has done it again by hacking Apple's iTunes encryption. Johansen claims this allows people to move their purchased songs to other players which could break Apple's stronghold in the online music business. He has also formed a new company, aptly named DoubleTwist, to license the hack to third-party music stores and even to Apple.