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Orange SPV M5000 review

By Jørgen Sundgot, Thursday 17 November 2005

"Granted, the 3.6-inch transflective TFT screen with VGA resolution performs superbly indoors as well as quite good outdoors - yet is trumped by both of Nokia's recent Communicator devices in the latter mentioned scenario. The thumbboard, however, with its comfortably large and bevelled keys, is absolutely superb [...]"

"The lack of a Ctrl key disappoints us, however, as certain functions such as copying, pasting and deleting objects could have been performed in far swifter manners than through context menus. Also, the inability for users to remap as many keys as the MDA Pro is disappointing."


Le « push to talk » ne parle pas aux entreprises

Jérôme Desvouges , 01 Informatique, le 01/12/2005 à 10h00

La nouvelle boîte à musique en ligne du créateur de

Jean-Baptiste Su (à San Francisco), , 01net., le 02/12/2005 à 18h40

"« Oboe est très différent de puisque les abonnés ont déjà leur musique sous forme de fichiers numériques qu'ils téléchargent eux-mêmes sur nos serveurs. Aujourd'hui, avec l'Internet à haut-débit, cela ne pose plus de problème. Oboe est donc similaire à n'importe quel autre service de sauvegarde en ligne comme Streamload ou »"

neuf Cegetel teste un disque dur virtuel de 9 gigaoctets

Guillaume Deleurence , 01net., le 07/12/2005 à 17h45

"Conçu en partenariat avec la jeune pousse Agematis, il s'agit d'un espace de stockage en ligne d'une capacité de 9 gigaoctets, qui permet d'accéder à ses propres fichiers n'importe où depuis le Web. Un autre FAI, AOL, a déjà lancé en France un service similaire, baptisé AOL Stockage, associé à un espace de 1 gigaoctet"

Neuf Telecom finalise une solution d'enregistrement numérique - Actualités -

"... MP9 Premium fera office d'enregistreur numérique, en permettant de sauvegarder sur son ordinateur, à partir du décodeur Neuf TV, des programmes télévisés.

«Trois modes sont possibles: programmation, direct, et time shift»"


Nokia Launches E70 Messaging Device w/VOIP

QWERTY thumbboard
Symbian OS v9.1
352x416 pixels 256k colors
automatic volume control, push-to-talk, Voice Aid
2 megapixel video-capable camera
WiFi (802.11g/e/i), USB, IR, and Bluetooth v1.2

Q1 of 2006

Review : Quiet PC/Zalman TNN 300 System
Tarinder Sandhu
Monday 8th August, 2005

"Considered solely from an engineering viewpoint, the Quiet PC/Zalman TNN 300 is an overwhelming success. You begin to appreciate just how quiet it is when the near-silent hard drive begins to sound like a SCSI drive. The chassis is compact, well-made, looks good, and can accommodate internal components that are considered to be mid-to-high-end. Excellence in engineering is almost always accompanied by significant price premiums. That's true here, too, as the complete Quiet PC setup costs around $1,000, or around $400 more than an air-cooled setup."


Network Media Player

From Mediabolic

"Audio Input/Output
Stereo analog audio in/out
S/PDIF optical digital in/out

Digital Home Network Media Formats
Audio: MP3, WMA, LPCM, AC3
Video: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (Simple Profile, Part 10, DivX, XviD), WMV 9/10/VC-1, Multiple Trick Modes
Playlists: ASX, M3U, PLS

Highly integrated SoC with VLIW CPU

10/100 802.3 Wired Ethernet
Wireless 802.11a/b/g networking with WEP/WPA

Video Output
Composite: 480i
S-Video: 480i
Component Y/Pr/PB (optional): 480i, 480p
SCART RGB (optional)
D4 (optional)
DVI/HDMI (optional) (with HDCP): 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Video Input
Composite: 480i
S-Video: 480i"


Comparatif : 13 cartes SD

Le 15 septembre 2005
Les Numeriques

Excellent article:

"Les cartes rapides et les lentes sont au même prix. Problème, rien ne les distingue sur l'emballage ; mais si on fait le bon choix, l'appareil gagnera du temps à l'enregistrement des photos et lors de leur transfert vers l'ordinateur."


Beblu Mini Component System

Date 15 Oct 2005
Author Wil Harris

* VIA SP 13000 Mini-ITX mainboard
* Nehemiah 1.3GHz processor
* 512MB RAM
* S3 Unichrome graphics onboard with VGA, S-Video and Composite outputs
* 160GB Samsung Spinpoint hard drive
* Haupagge TV tuner card with single DVB-T tuner
* Onboard AC97 5.1 sound with digital output, 10/100 LAN
* Front mounted LCD display
* Front mounted audio, Firewire and USB
* Media Center remote included
* Dimensions: 200mm x 75.5mm x 306mm (WxHxD)

* Cost: approx £940


World exclusive preview: Sony Ericsson P990

infoSync World

"thumbboard into the body of the device rather than the back of its flip"

"240 x 320 pixels and a 262K colour depth"

"GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz with WCDMA 2100 MHz 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b, Infrared and full USB 1.0 operating at 12 Mbps"

"2.0 Megapixel camera"

"internal memory of the device - now expanded to a comfortable 80 MB - or a Memory Stick Duo card which can soon be had in size of up to 4 GB. Also, it's worth mentioning that the inclusion of an additional, front-mounted 0.3 MP camera enables video calling"


mini PVR with EyeTV and ConvertX

MPEG-4, cue recording from programming guide, just lacks cable/satellite decoding?

Sony VAIO type X Living VGX-XL70S

Pentium D 820 processor (2.8 Ghz)
Up to 1 GB RAM
Intel 845G Express chipset
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TC (256MB)
Up to 1 TB Hard Drives
DVD±R/RW drive with DVD+R DL
USB 2.0
Wifi 802.11b/g
Gigabit Ethernet and 6 in 1 card reader

"Analog and digital TV tuners which can record upto 87.5 hours of high quality terrestrial digital video and 250 hours of analog video"

"approximately 179,800 Yen ($ 1,500)"


Flickr Backup - A Java Download Utility for Flickr

Cross-platform, open-source utility to download your Flickr photos on any computer.

Just great!

The $100 laptop moves closer to reality

By Mike Ricciuti
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: September 28, 2005, 8:55 AM PDT

"The proposed design of the machines calls for a 500MHz processor, 1GB of memory and an innovative dual-mode display that can be used in full-color mode, or in a black-and-white sunlight-readable mode. The display makes the laptop "both an electronic book and a laptop," he said.

One display design being considered is a flat, flexible printed display developed at MIT's Media Lab. Negroponte said the technology can be used to produce displays that cost roughly 10 cents per square inch. "The target is $12 for a 12-inch display with near-zero power consumption," he said."

"The machines, which will run a version of the Linux operating system, will also include other applications, some developed by MIT researchers, as well as country-specific software. "Software has gotten too fat and unreliable, so we started with Linux," he said.

For connectivity, the systems will be Wi-Fi- and cell phone-enabled, and will include four USB ports, along with built-in "mesh networking," a peer-to-peer concept that allows machines to share a single Internet connection."

Samsung Readying Messaging Phone

Phone Scoop
Date Posted: May 19, 2005, 2:28 PM
Source: FCC

"[...] new Samsung messaging phone with a QWERTY thumb keyboard. The Samsung SGH-D307 [...] The device has a dual-flip hinge similar to the Motorola MPx, allowing the phone to be opened like a typical clamshell to place calls, or horizontally for typing. [...] features of the D307 include quad-band GSM, EDGE high-speed data, Bluetooth, an internal antenna, and an outer caller-ID display."

Eagle Broadband Announces New PVR Functionality for Existing IP5000 Standard & High-Definition IP Set-Top Boxes

Broadcast Industry News Headlines from

"Eagle Broadband has added advanced, full-featured personal video recorder (PVR) functionality to the company's advanced, MediaPro IP5000 set-top boxes that deliver dual tuner, dual streaming PVR in standard and high-definition formats for the residential IPTV market."

"Capable of supporting a variety of leading middleware and video-on-demand systems, the IP5000 platform delivers advanced content system security and digital rights management (DRM) needed by a wide variety of industries, such as telco, hospitality, enterprise, and government markets. Available in MPEG2 format, the IP5000 also supports the new MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video compression standard."


beblu launches its small, sleek and stylish media centre systems

SourceWire | Press Releases

"The beblu media system is powered by the new VIA EPIA Technologies SP13000 with a digital media chipset for smooth DVD and TV playback. Also included is 512MB of DDR400 RAM and a 200GB Seagate drive providing quick and quiet storage of over 160 hours of recorded television (approximately 2,500 hours of music). A 150W quiet power supply provides ample support for any number of devices and components while still remaining quiet. Also included is a Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T tuner card supporting both Freeview and Digital Radio."


Portable audio recorders review

Module-records blog about electronic music

"You are a DJ or a live performer and you want to record on the fly your set.
Okay, but no recorder device in the booth, or this antique and dust-full tape recorder : better than nothing but of course you don't have tape.
So you really need your own and very portable digital recorder.

Best of all is a .wav recorder with analog and digital input, there are not many devices that can do that. Most of cheaper portable recorders on the market use flash memory and Mp3 compression.
Also a lot of flash and HD Mp3 players can Record in Mp3 format."


Google Picasa 2.1

Actualité - New Dimension FR
Par 1for-matik le 20-09-2005 @ 12:31

"La principale nouveauté de la version 2.1 est l'internationalisation de l'interface !
Oui, Picasa est en français maintenant"


I-Mate JasJar @ Dave's iPAQ

Beautiful VGA display
Simultaneous voice and data
Windows Mobile 5
Video Conferencing
Swivel Screen
Great Software Add-Ons
Backlit display on keyboard

Poor case
Voice Software - Its ok but I wish Microsoft would bundle Voice Command"

Dontbuyjunk - the personalized product comparison site

"Do you find yourself asking questions like:
"Which Flash-based MP3 Player has top notch sound quality and battery life?"
Before, there was no easy answer. Now, there is."


La Y.E.S. Box protège et partage vos données

Xavier Regord
Micro Achat 01net
le 19/09/2005 à 14h55

"[...] peut accueillir deux disques durs Serial ATA [...] deux ports Gigabit Ethernet [...] 3 ports USB 2.0 [...] Les deux disques durs installés peuvent être configurés en Raid 0 (mode Stripping pour des performances accrues), Raid 1 (mode Mirroring pour une sécurité des données accrue) ou en mode JBOD [...] 429 € TTC, sans disque [...]"

Opening the Zetera box

"One of the hottest things I ran into this year comes from a startup company in California, Zetera, and is a completely new twist on networked storage.

I mentioned Zetera in two of my Storage Insider columns, in February
when they first left stealth mode, and in June, when they made a joint distribution agreement with a storage software company, DataPlow.

Why am I mentioning Zetera again now? Because Netgear is about to launch Storage Central SC101, the first product based on that technology, actually the combined technologies from DataPlow and Zetera, and I have one in my lab for an early peek."

Preview: Acer Aspire L250

By Jørgen Sundgot, Sunday 18 September 2005
infoSync World

"AMD Athlon 64 3400+ processor, accompanied by 512 MB RAM - expandable to 4 GB"

"the 160 GB SATA drive of the Aspire L250 delivered blazing access speeds at 7,200 RPM"

"ATI Radeon Xpress200 with 128 MB of VRAM"

"Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11g and an abundance of ports. These include four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port mounted in front; four rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports adjacent to yet another FireWire port; two PS2 ports; DVI; VGA; S-Video and Composite connectors both for video in and out; and 5.1 channel audio courtesy of line in, line out and SPDIF coaxial - as well as something as unusual as a Parallel port."

"spacious wireless keyboard with a built-in pointing device"

Camera phones will be high-precision scanners

16:12 14 September 2005 news service
Duncan Graham-Rowe

"Using the new software with a 1-megapixel camera held at least 20centimetres away, an A4 sized page takes about 3 to 5 seconds to scan. This produces between 21 and 35 images which the software merges together to extract the text and record any images."


O2 Xda Exec

13 Sep 2005
Sandra Vogel

"3.8in screen at 640 x 480 pixels"
Class 10 GPRS, Wifi, Bluetooth Smartphone
2 cameras
SD Card slot


Gizmo – A free phone for your computer

Looks good: cross-platform, SIP-based, IM and voice.

"# It’s free!
# Free calls to all Gizmo users.
# Free Voicemail and Conference Calls.
# Super clear call quality.
# Inexpensive add-ons that let you make and receive calls from any mobile phone or landline."


Very Cool Network Storage From Netgear

Today @ PC World
Posted by Yardena Arar
Monday, September 12, 2005, 07:08 AM (PST)

"We haven't tried out Storage Central yet, so be aware that I'm waxing enthusiastic based on a demo. Stay tuned for the reality test!"


T-Mobile glimpses MDA III successor

By Jørgen Sundgot, Monday 5 September 2005
infoSync World

"[...] the device will harbour a 240 x 320 pixel display with the ability to natively rotate the screen in a landscape orientation courtesy of its operating system, which will be Windows Mobile 5.0. This will let users easily align the screen with the thumbboard of the device, also this oriented in a landscape fashion.

To support quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, the device will also offer GPRS and EDGE for high speed data transfers, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b for shorter-range connections. Also present is a 1.3 Megapixel digital camera, with the device slated to be part of T-Mobile's new web'n'walk range of devices, which come pre-loaded with the mobile version of the popular Opera browser to allow for on-the-fly reformatting of web pages to a small-screen friendly viewing experience. [...]"

I O Data AVeL LinkPlayer2, Networkable HD DivX DVD Player

Posted on 07.31.05 @ 11:47 pm
By David Ponce

"The point here is this: networkable DVD player with HD Divx and WMV playback."


picotux - the smallest Linux Computer in the World

"The picotux 100 is the world's smallest Linux computer, only slightly larger (35mm×19mm×19mm) than an RJ45 connector."

Laptop Overclocking

"Computer overclocking is a popular "underground" activity practiced by many computer enthusiasts who are looking for more computer performance. However, since overclocking generally raises heat and power consumption, it is considered a bad idea to overclock laptops. Regardless, if done correctly one can overclock a laptop to obtain a substantial increase in performance with little to no side effects."


Samsung Phone Offers Wireless Broadband, But It Has Drawbacks

June 23, 2005

"Starting today, Verizon Wireless will introduce in the U.S. the first Microsoft-based smart phone with a built-in keyboard that is about the same shape, size and weight as the Treo. This new phone, the $599 Samsung i730, has one major capability the $399 Treo lacks -- the ability to surf the Web and to send and receive email at broadband speeds."

Device Profile: Aeronix Zipit instant messenger appliance

Linux Devices
Jul. 14, 2005

"Aeronix used Linux to build a $99 instant messenger appliance aimed at keeping kids from tying up the family PC while chatting with friends. Naturally, hackers soon appropriated the device for other duties, such as remotely controlling/monitoring Sony's Aibo robot."

T3 - Elonex Artisan LX Media Centre PC

"PRICE £1000

Windows Media Centre 2005
Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
200GB hard disk
Dual digital tuners"


SiliconBeat: AlwaysOn's Tony Perkins to launch GoingOn

"As a member of Perkins' existing AlwaysOn site, you'll be able to expand your AlwaysOn profile with a personal page and a bunch of new tools. Within that same page, you'll be able to pop up the profiles of people you're interested in contacting, or, yes, dating -- and as we understand it, GoingOn wants to be able to do that seemlessly from other sites, including Friendster, Tribe and so on. It will apparently let you post blogs, photos, video to multiple networks and outside sites, too.

We haven't played with it yet, but the idea of full interoperability with member profiles of other sites is interesting. The others have been fairly closed; GO's platform will be an open standards platform.

We're not sure how they'll pull it off. Being interoperable is not entirely new. That's the vision of SXIP, a Vancouver company we last mentioned here. They sell a product that allows the same user name/password info to be used across many networks. SXIP is trying to get it adopted as a Net-wide standard. The only problem, we're told, is that it hasn't taken off, that very few people have bought it. So if Friendster/Tribe et al aren't using it, how will this work? Maybe GoingOn can jump-start it somehow. SXIP is still a young company. There's also Ping, of Denver, which does something similar."

Bystander Photojournalism Steals The Spotlight in London Coverage

"Pick-ups, the term that wire services and picture agencies use for photos they get from bystanders, are nothing new. Notable examples include images of the Concord crash, the explosion of the shuttle Columbia, and some of the images (including video) of last December’s tsunami in Asia.

Picture agencies scour aggressively for pick-ups, with hopes of finding exclusive photographs they can fetch high prices for in bidding wars. Until now, agencies and wire services have used mostly physical canvassing to find the pictures. For instance, they call every witness they can identify and locate, or they stake out airports or other gathering points where witnesses are likely to pass by."


Wired News: Never IM in This Town Again!,1284,67789,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

By Cyrus Farivar
02:00 AM Jun. 13, 2005 PT

"Instead of displaying simple "away from my computer" messages, Hollywood buddy lists now overflow with come-ons, from "need work" to "wrapping up shoot." Producers hiring for a new production can tell at a glance who's available now, who's not and who might be free in the near future.

"Ninety percent of my work is given to me through a pop-up (chat window) on my desktop," said Simon Foster, 32, a freelance production coordinator living in Santa Monica, California."


Single-chip DVD recorder handles two tuners: News from LSI Logic Europe

News from: LSI Logic Europe
Edited by: Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 8 July 2005

"Dual encoding allows DVD recorder manufacturers to offer market-leading features such as the simultaneous digital recording of two TV programmes while viewing live playback of one of the selected channels; an increasingly popular feature found in today's high-end digital set-top boxes."

"The DMN-8653 supports video encoding in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats, as well as DivX certified encoding, which allows up to 12 hours of record time on a single DVD or hundreds of hours onto the HDD."


Mobile GMaps - Google Maps on your mobile phone!

"Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices."


OQO Model 01 Hits UK

"Bluetooth and b wireless"

"1GHz processor, 20GB hard drive and 256MB RAM. Firewire and USB ports are naturally part of the package"

Hush's M[mmm] Series

"What the Hush specifically brings to the party is silence. There are no fans in the system and heat is conducted away via a heatpipe to the aluminium case. The case itself is 13mm thick to guard against vibration and a dainty 90W power supply is all that is required to power the whole system."


Google Video: la première brique d'un service de vidéo à la demande?,39020774,39237131,00.htm?xtor=1

Par Estelle Dumout
ZDNet France
Mardi 28 juin 2005

"Ces vidéos peuvent être visionnées en partie, là où le mot-clé recherché apparaît, ou en intégralité. Pour les lire, il faut toutefois télécharger un logiciel spécifique, baptisé "Google Video Viewer" (GVV). Il s'appuie sur le lecteur multimédia open source VLC, développé en France par des étudiants de l'Ecole centrale de Paris (lire leur réaction sur le blog Ecosphère), dans le cadre du projet Videolan. GVV ne fonctionne qu'avec Internet Explorer 5 et les versions plus récentes, et Firefox pour Windows."

"[...] Peter Chane, directeur produit chez Google Video: «Nous voulons bâtir un système qui permet de distribuer et de monétiser via Google n'importe quel type de contenu»."


La Freebox prend une longueur d’avance sur les autres « box »

"Le service, totalement gratuit pour les abonnés de Free, a pour nom Freeplayer. Il ne fonctionnera qu'avec les versions les plus récentes de la Freebox (v3 et v4). Le FAI est pour l'instant resté discret sur les capacités exactes de ce service. Il devrait fonctionner avec un répertoire de fichiers multimédias stocké à un endroit précis du disque dur du PC."

"Le tout fonctionnera une fois installé sur l'ordinateur un logiciel du nom de Freeplayer. Un « développement maison » qui est une adaptation d'un des lecteurs multimédias les plus complets du moment : VLC Media Player, capable de lire la plupart des formats (DivX, Mpeg-4, AVI...), à l'exception de Real. VideoLAN Client (VLC) a aussi la particularité d'être un logiciel open source français. Il a en effet été initialement développé par VIA Centrale réseaux, un club informatique de l'Ecole Centrale de Paris. Un de ses principaux contributeurs travaille d'ailleurs actuellement chez Free."

Il manque encore l'enregistrement en MPEG4, le partage de fichiers entre amis, et la visioconférence, mais on s'approche du boîtier de communication parfait!


LIVEdigitally » The Baddest A$$ External Hard Drive Enclosure

Live Digitally is enthusiastic about the Netgear Storage Central, and so am I.

At last! An affordable Raid and network-enabled disk enclosure! Real soon now!


Acer Aspire L200 : un nouveau PC Mediacenter

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
512 Mo
SATA 160 Go
graveur/lecteur DVD-RW double couche
Radeon X300 PCI-Express

Tuner TV / TNT
FireWire IEEE 1934
WiFi 802.11b/g
Ethernet 1 Gbit

Microsoft Media Center 2005


"Conversate lets you create instant online discussion spaces. It's simpler, faster, more polite, and less annoying than group emails."


Telephony Battle: Open Vs. Proprietary,1759,1823596,00.asp?kc=EWRSS04069TX1K0000701

By Caron Carlson
June 6, 2005

"Telephone companies are steadily becoming more serious about open-source systems, said Mark Spencer, president of Digium Inc., in Huntsville, Ala. Digium, the creator of Asterisk, an open-source PBX, as well as gateways, media servers and application servers, this week will roll out an echo cancellation card that allows for some processing to be offloaded."


Indian firm unveils low-cost Linux-based PCs

"The new machine, called Mobilis, is powered by Intel's XScale PXA255 200/400MHz processor and has 128MB of SDRAM, the company said. It features a 7.4-inch VGA LCD screen, roll-up keyboard, touch screen with stylus input, six-hour battery life and a case that opens up as a desktop stand, Encore said. The machine weighs 750 grams, or about 1.6 pounds.

Another version of the device, Mobilis Wireless, comes with an integrated keyboard. A third version, the Sofcomp, is an ultra-compact desktop that works with a regular monitor, the Bangalore-based firm said."



Peerflix Introduces Social Networking to Peer-to-Peer DVD Trading Service; New ''My Friends'' Feature Provides Unrestricted DVD Trades With Friends...

"Another benefit of the new features is to allow members and their contacts to share their "DVDs I Have" and "DVDs I Want" lists. "By sharing their lists, members can find out which movies their friends have already watched, how well they liked them, and which ones they want to see next," said Danny Robinson, co-founder of Peerflix. "What differentiates Peerflix's take on this community exchange is that we enable members to actually do something useful with this information. For example, they can request that friends mail their DVDs to them with one click."

"My Friends" also allows unrestricted trades between friends. Peerflix uses "Peerbux" as the internal currency that balances the trades within the network by assigning relative values to each title. This ensures that users contributing new releases and hot titles to the network get recognized accordingly and can receive DVDs of equal value in return. "Our members have told us that they'd be willing to generously trade their DVDs with friends and family without getting Peerbux in return -- what are friends for after all?" said McNair. "We've added the capability to do just that, so our members can trade with friends and family even if they do not have Peerbux in their account.""

DMC Store - DMC 500

100GB, $399

"Its internal battery provides over 20 of hours of play on a single charge, and its USB 2.0 interface allows for data transfers of any kind at lightning-fast speeds.

The DMC Xclef 500 also features an FM Tuner with encoding (so you can record as you listen), a voice recorder with built-in mic, and a 1/8" line-in jack so you can record from any audio source at up to 320 kb/s.

In addition, the DMC Xclef 500 offers astonishing sound volume and quality, with 10 mW/channel of clean RMS power (we won't dupe you with trumped up "peak output" values), very low harmonic distortion, and a host of sound contouring options, making it the perfect addition to your home or car stereo system."


M-Audio Hush Hush Products, Interesting, very interesting.

SonicState 20-Apr-05

"Flash Tracker
# In a quiet corner of the impressive M-audio stand, were a couple of interesting gems. First up was the Flash Tracker, a dimunuitvie hand-held recorder, using Compact Flash and Micro-drive as media, it sports (according to preliminary specs): 2x TRS mic/line jack inputs
# 48V phantom power
# 3.5mm jack mic in with 5V power for electrec and back condenser mic
# SPDIF input
# 3.5mm headphone out
# RCA stereo out
# USB 2.0

The unit really is palm sized and something that we are certainly lusting after. Unbelievably, this unit will be capable of 24-bit 96kHz recording and no doubt some popular compressed formats, we'll have to wait and see - this is the only one there is for now. Stay tuned for more details."


Le fabricant de smartphones HTC débarque en France,39040748,39217131,00.htm?xtor=1 - Actualités
Par Eric Le Yavanc
Lundi 11 avril 2005

"Jusqu'à présent, toutefois, il était assez difficile de se procurer un de ses appareils sans qu'il soit personnalisé pour un opérateur. Désormais la filiale française de Qtek – la marque commerciale du fabricant HTC – proposera la gamme complète des smartphones et des assistants personnels (accompagnés de leurs accessoires) à son catalogue."



"What's the big idea here?

The idea is pretty simple: People who create video, music, photos, audio clips and other personal media can store their stuff for free on Ourmedia's servers forever, as long as they're willing to share their works with a global audience.

Ourmedia's goal is to expose, advance and preserve digital creativity at the grassroots level. The site serves as a central gathering spot where professionals and amateurs come together to share works, offer tips and tutorials, and interact in a combination community space and virtual library that will preserve these works for future generations. We want to enable people anywhere in the world to tap into this rich repository of media and create image albums, movie and music jukeboxes and more."



"Torrentocracy (pronounced like the word democracy) is the combination of RSS, bit torrent, your television and your remote control. In effect, it is what gives any properly motivated person or entity the ability to have their own TV station. By running torrentocracy on a computer connected to your television, you not only become a viewer of any available content from the internet, but you also become a part of a vast grass roots media distribution network."


Wired News: The Need for Feed(s),1272,67152,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

"Ferguson said publishers fall into two camps. Those who view syndicating headlines as a revenue opportunity and are setting up RSS feeds, and those such as Agence France-Presse who are worried about controlling how and where their headlines appear.

While these publishers "have their heads in the sand" about online news, Ferguson said, they are missing out on providing a useful service to readers for the viewing of content.

Newspapers have been bleeding subscribers for the past decade as readers increasingly go online for their news fix. Between 1994 and 2003, the percentage of adults who read a newspaper during the week dropped by 12 percent, according to the Newspaper Association of America. The total circulation of daily newspapers also decreased every year during the same time period."


Linux on A Laptop: A Tinkerer's Journal

"Linux has gone a long way from where it was just a few years ago in terms of laptop installations, ease of use, application choice, and maturity. I am but one of the living proofs that using Linux both professionally and personally is not only making sense but is also a joy. The breadth of applications that are available and their quality is a great testament to the Open Source movement which Linux has helped to pioneer. The fact that amazes me so much is how smooth the experience of installing and using Linux on a laptop. Despite some to-be-expected rough edges, it has exceeded all my expectation and I am actually proud to show my laptop to my Windows running colleagues and be able to debunk the myths that Linux is not useable on the desktop (let alone on a laptop)."

Video takes off in social software land

The Social Software Weblog
Posted Apr 5, 2005, 12:53 PM ET by Barb Dybwad

"The recent launch of Ourmedia as an entirely free web host repository and community for citizen video (as well as audio), as well as the advent of tools such as the ANT RSS video aggregator (Mac desktop client) and the web-based videoblogger aggregator Mefeedia (which also adds a folksonomy component) seem to herald video’s arrival on the social software scene in a big way."


Cell Phone with Built-in Projector

March 24, 2005

"Siemens researchers have developed a cell phone featuring a built-in projector system. A laboratory model was presented at CeBIT 2005 in Hanover. The system makes it possible to project a complete keypad or display onto a surface. With a special pen, users can write on the virtual keypad and operate the phone’s functions."


Ever need to phone 7,000 people at once?

Published: March 22, 2005, 5:49 PM PST
By Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET

"Mostly, customers only use it to contact a few people, but it can push out 7,000 to 8,000 messages. "You can do as many as you want, but it takes more time," Cohen said.

The service costs about $4,200 a year for 50 contacts. Send Word Now has approximately 100 customers."


Pod2Go: The Ultimate iPod Sync Application

RSS/RDF news, Weather, movies, stock quotes, lyrics, text, Address Book, iCal, Mail, Safari bookmarks and stickies, backup, launcher, scheduling syncs.


Videur de mémoire, le Tripper Mini

"Vous en avez marre de vous balader avec 2 tonnes de Comptact Flash ? Eh bien il existe un demi-milliard de solutions pour cela, et voici une nouvelle version d'un HDD autonome (avec un HDD de 1.8") qui pourra donc vider vos CF lorsque vous êtes OTG (On The Go)"

Grande-Bretagne: Skype accessible gratuitement par accès Wi-Fi,39020774,39210132,00.htm

Vendredi 4 mars 2005

"Au Royaume-Uni, un accord passé avec le fournisseur d'accès Wi-Fi Broadreach Networks va permettre aux utilisateurs britanniques de Skype d'accéder gratuitement au service lorsqu'ils se connectent à un de ses 350 hot spots. La plupart sont situés dans les grandes gares britanniques."


Face-recognition security comes to mobile phones

"Okao is available for embedded Linux, Symbian, BREW, and ITron, but not for Microsoft Windows Mobile or Windows CE. The footprint size is 450KB of Flash (and 1.5MB for the reference image) and the software requires a minimum of 370KB of RAM."


Shuttle Zen XPC ST62K: Finally, a Quiet SFF PC!
February 8, 2004 by Ralf Hutter and Mike Chin

"A new smaller, quieter SFF barebones PC using just one 80mm fan and an external fanless power supply."

The hundred-buck PC

January 29, 2005

"The founder and chairman of the MIT Media Lab wants to create a $100 portable computer for the developing world."

People’s PC, for $300 only

Om Malik
February 28, 2005 1:23 pm

"[...] HCL has just launched a sub-$300 computer [...] The PC is called EzeeBee Pride, [...] A 1GHz processor (either from Intel or AMD), a 30 GB hard disk, 128 MB RAM, a 15-inch colour monitor and even a 52 x CD ROM drive. [...]"

AMD's PC to increase online world / Low-end Internet model would assist emerging countries

"[...] It will cost $185 just for the computer, and $249 for both the computer and a 15-inch monitor.

The PC contains the chipmaker's Geode microprocessor, an inexpensive line of chips for smaller devices like personal digital assistants and other handheld computers.

The machine, about the size of a Kleenex box, contains a 10-GB hard drive, 128 MB of memory and a 56k modem. [...]"


Motorola phones to call on Wi-Fi, VoIP

Published: February 14, 2005, 12:12 PM PST
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET

"The world's No. 3 handset maker plans to add Internet phone software from Internet telephony provider Skype to a select number of Motorola phones that link to the Internet using short-range, high-speed Wi-Fi networks."

Start-up offers Web conferencing on the cheap

Published: February 14, 2005, 2:02 PM PST
By Alorie Gilbert
Staff Writer, CNET

"Convoq also introduced on Monday a free two-person version of its service, called ASAP Express. Like its Pro version, the free service incorporates text chat, voice conferencing, video and presentation sharing. The company bills it as a "personal Web conferencing system" for students and professionals."


MacCentral: EyeTV update adds MPEG-4 for EyeTV 200, ConvertX

By Peter Cohen

"A recent update to Elgato's EyeTV Personal Video Recorder (PVR) software for the Macintosh enables Elgato's EyeTV 200 and Plextor Corp.'s ConvertX PVR for the Mac to record video using hardware-based MPEG-4 encoding. Previously the devices were capable only of recording using the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 standards. EyeTV 1.7 is a free upgrade, and also subtitling support and Clear QAM support for certain models of EyeTV hardware.

The EyeTV 200 is a FireWire-based video interface for the Mac that features a 124-channel cable-ready TV tuner and composite, S-Video and stereo audio input connectors. You can use it to record your favorite TV shows or to do analog to digital video conversion from VCRs or other sources."


Napster Ignites Consumer Launch of World's First Portable Subscription Service

Press Release
Thursday February 3, 6:00 am ET

"LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Napster (Nasdaq: NAPS - News), the biggest brand in digital music, announced today the consumer release of its groundbreaking Napster To Go technology and the unveiling of the new Napster 3.0. Napster To Go, the world's first portable subscription service, lets consumers move an unlimited amount of songs from Napster's million plus catalog to compatible MP3 players for one, low monthly fee of $14.95."


Axentra's Net-Box One
January 26, 2005

"The Net-Box One is described as a 'Multifunction Server Appliance', acting as a network and internet-based email and file server, with combined router, access point and firewall functionalities. At the heart of this versatile little device is of course a Mini-ITX board running Linux, and a rather nice web-based interface - the 'OEone platform'."


New Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman plays MP3s

By Jørgen Sundgot, Monday 17 January 2005
infoSync World

"Equipped with a 20 GB hard drive and measurements minute enough to compete with Apple's popular iPod mini, the NW-HD3 Network Walkman will support both the ATRAC3 and MP3 formats. To come in five colours, the NW-HD3 relies on a non-exchangeable Lithium Ion battery to power it for up to 30 hours, and connects to computers via a USB 2.0 interface."


infoSync World : New PMA400 PMV from Archos doubles as PDA

"New to Archos' line-up, however, is the introduction of integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi connectivity which will enable the PMA400 to connect wirelessly to networks. This comes in addition to the unit's support for Ethernet, as well as USB 2.0 for exchanging data with other devices. Also supported is USB Host capabilities, which enables other USB mass storage peripherals such as digital cameras, hard drives and also keyboards to connect to the PMA400."

"In addition to its personal media viewer capabilities, the PMA400 also offers a wealth of PDA functions due to being powered by the Linux-based Qtopia platform. Applications include an e-mail client with support for POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols; an Internet browser by Opera; support for the Mophun gaming engine; and a full compliment of Personal Information Management applications. Also, the PMA400 will come with software to synchronize PIM information with Microsoft Outlook."

D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 review by PC Magazine,1759,1750282,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

By Bill Howard

"For about half the price of a Windows Media Extender device that only plays on a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC, you can handle music, photos, and video with the affordable D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 ($199 direct). Early versions had a number of minor but frustrating glitches. The current models are better, but not perfect, and installation has improved."


Videos Quick, Easy and Automatic,1412,66231,00.html

By Katie Dean
02:00 AM Jan. 11, 2005 PT
Wired News

"While the idea to combine BitTorrent and RSS isn't new, Cherian said his program is less complicated than others and doesn't "demand computer enthusiasts' knowledge.""


DVD-quality video over the Net?

"EdgeStream unveiled on Wednesday a new television set-top box that uses its proprietary IPTV software platform and can, according to the company, deliver DVD-quality, on-demand broadcasts over the Net."


Faux File-Sharing


"What consumers want—an out-of-box way to share and transmit files between different storage media and computers (and users)—is exactly what manufacturers don't want to give them, but they'll tease us a little."


D-Link i2eye DVC-1100 Wireless VideoPhone,1759,1747317,00.asp

"Video quality was best at 256 Kbps, which could pose a problem for lower-bandwidth DSL but should not be a problem for many cable modem or DSL services. Quality at 128 Kbps was acceptable.

You configure the unit with the included remote control via on-screen configuration screens from the comfort of your couch. The DVC-1100 model we tested connects to your network using either an Ethernet or wireless connection (it works with any Wi-Fi–compliant 802.11b/g access point or router). An external microphone port and phone port can be used to improve audio quality." MediaPortal

HD and SD Satellite Television Receiver
Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
Digital Media Server

A/V Interfaces:
DVI-I/RGB output
HD component video output
Composite video/stereo audio out (RCA)
S-video out (4-pin mini-DIN)
Coax RF out (F)
Optical digital audio out (Toslink)

Optional Drives:
Optical: CD/DVD RW
Hard Disk: 80-250 GB Capacity

Other Interfaces:
Ethernet (RJ-45 10/100 Base-T)
Wireless (802.11b/g Wi-Fi)
USB host ports (front and rear panel)
IR receiver (external)


TiVo Untethered and Ready to Go,1282,66152,00.html

Associated Press / Wired
02:56 PM Jan. 02, 2005 PT

"No longer confined to TiVo digital video recorders in the living room or bedroom, subscribers will be able to transfer their recorded shows to PCs or laptops and take them on the road -- as long as the shows are not specially tagged with copy restrictions. That's also the case for pay-per-view or on-demand movies, and some premium paid programming.

Users also will be able to copy shows onto a DVD -- soon after but not immediately at the service launch, company officials said."