Now you’ve gone and done it, Hasbro. It’s just all downhill from here, now that you’ve launched the world’s awesomest and potentially most pointless audio accessory ever, the I-CY Penguin. A species of the I-Dog / I-Cat / I-Dog Pup / I-Fish family, the I-CY Penguin gets down with your music, and can communicate its moods through arbitrary musical riffs, flashing lights, movements and squawks. We know you want one, don’t even try and deny it, and at $19.99 when this thing launches in March ‘07, you shouldn’t have much trouble appeasing your I-CY lust.
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Who is doing quality assurance these days? First laptops blowing up, then weak straps resulting in household damages, and now this — overheating camera battery covers. While nowhere nearly as serious as the exploding laptop trend, Canon is warning owners of the PowerShot A530 and A540 that the cases’ doors can become extremely hot. Additionally, there will be a significant decrease in performance, resulting in a lot less pics of the holidays than you would have hoped. Those folks realizing that they have an affected camera can have Canon replace it at no charge.
The Z720 is the latest Samsung phone in the Ultra Edition range. It has a slide-up design and weight 80g only. It has a 3Mpix camera, a 2.1??? QVGA display, support for WAP 2.0, an Internet browser, Bluetooth and USB. The phone supports 3G and HSDPA. On the software side, it has uGo, that changes the interface, date, time and screen background depending on your location. For example, if you’re traveling to New York, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, and the date/time will be updated. There’s uTrack which allows you to receive a SMS (on your phone number), in case of theft, informing you of the change of SIM card and the location where the change occurred. There’s also a bit of Google in the phone with the support for Gmail and Google Search.
The Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720) is the thinnest HSDPA slide-up mobile with a slim 13.8mm profile. It offers the latest multimedia features and the best of mobility in a fast and slender design.
Capacity: 3400mAh (3.7V)
Output voltage: DC 5.5V
Output current: 700mA max.
Toshiba presented ‘TS605′, its 10.3-mm thick slim mobile phone. The TS605 features 1.9″ 176×220 pixel TFT display in 262,000 colours, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, microSD expandable memory (up to 1Gb, but there’s only 5.5Mb on board), Bluetooth, an MP3/AAC and video clip player, FM radio, email client and WAP browser. All of that fits into a handset weighing only 79 grams. It will be available in pink and green color targeting young generation.
It has also been reported that P990 firmware update launch delay was caused by a prolonged attempts to solve problems with early series of smartphones by means of software, including the memory controller problem.
Sony Ericcson plans to recall all the defective smartphones in the first quarter of 2007. Stay tuned for an official announcement, we imagine it’s likely to follow the launch of the new firmware update.
If you were looking for a simple and efficient way to print on the road, in a plane, a boat, or in the middle of the desert, a contract worth millions of something - you’ll be happy to know (at least I hope) that Brother offers a new compact A6 printer measuring 160×210×18.5mm and weighing 500g. It is PC, Pocket PC 2003/2003 SE and WM 5.0 compatible, has a 300×300dpi resolution, and prints at 20ppm. You can connect this printer via Bluetooth, IRDA or USB. I guess Brother knows best if there is really a market for such printers.
Trinity presented ”Lumi Flasher” LED light peripheral for iPod. It is basically a portable LED lamp, but it can also be a pleasant complement with a flickering light to the rhythm as you listening to music. There are six different light patterns from random to sequence to flashing based on the music. Also present is a flashlight mode for finding lost objects, however the Lumi Flasher does not have batteries thus draws power from the iPod. The company claims that the lights are visible from a distance of 500 meters.
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But Fortune has a smart analysis this week on why a number of folks you’d otherwise view as potential competitors may be rooting for Apple to get into the phone market.
Handset makers, the magazine reasons, are tired of the razor-and-blades financial model of the phone business, which tends to devalue hardware by treating it as a cheap or free bonus for signing a service contract. Apple, with its track record of convincing people to pay a premium for style, function and brand, is in the best position to overturn that model and allow handset makers to dream of handsome profits again.
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HP has unveiled a spanking new handheld GPS navigation unit that looks extremely good. The iPAQ rx5000 Travel Companion fits into your palm comfortable, boasting a 3.5″ anti-glare touchscreen LCD display and is powered by the SiRFStar III GPS chipset. Additional features include integrated WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
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