HP has made available two new laptops - the Pavilion dv5t Special Edition and Pavilion dv4t Special Edition. They will share similar specifications with the vanilla 15.4" dv5t and 14.1" dv4t entertainment notebooks, although the one thing that stands apart would be the new finish designs. The fdv5t Special Edition touts a ceramic white chassis with a “sophisticated leaf design symbolizing rejuvenation and growth” while the dv4t Special Edition comes in a midnight-blue color with an “exclusive design inspired by crashing waves - a spray of energy and power.” You will be able to pick up both from the official online store, with the Pavilion dv5t Special Edition and Pavilion DV4t Special Edition going for $949 and $1,099, respectively.
World of Warcraft (WoW) players will soon be able to live out their online life in greater detail, thanks to the 3rd Space Vest from TN Games that allows WoW players donning the vest to feel damage as their characters receive a beating in the game itself during a failed run. I'm not too sure how fond you will be of the 3rd Space Vest if you're on the receiving end all the time, but it will surely distract away from the purity of the game although realism has been upped by a notch. Those heading for this year's E for All Expo at Los Angeles can see a demonstration of the 3rd Space Vest for WoW.
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[CEATEC 2008] The Bose SoundDock II digital music system was shown as a “new” item as CEATEC. It’s an introduction without fanfare, as it is “just” an iPod speaker/dock after all. As you might suspect, there’s not a whole lot of room to innovate on an iPod speaker-system so the list of added features is short:
It costs $299 ($100 less than the original SoundDock) and is available right now. The show was way too noisy to make any meaningful comment on the audio-quality, sorry.
SM Association (GSMA) recently announced that three parties consisting of mobile operators, PC manufacturers and chipset providers will be coming together to pre-install Mobile Broadband chips into a range of notebooks. This means all notebooks with the Mobile Broadband service mark that you see on the right are able to “switch on and surf straight out of the box in 91 countries across the world”. So far those who have jumped aboard the bandwagon include 3 Group, Asus, Dell, ECS, Ericsson, Gemalto, Lenovo, Microsoft, Orange, Qualcomm, Telefónica Europe, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera, T-Mobile, Toshiba and Vodafone. GSMA touts that these Mobile Broadband-marked notebooks will arrive in the consumer market in time for the frantic holiday shopping season.
Most pillows are meant for you to rest your tired head after a long day at work, but what about a pillow that features an integrated media player while catering to those who have a great love for reading?
“Pling Plong is a media player for stories and sounds, placed inside a pillow. It is designed for the home environment and is meant to stimulate children´s imagination and interest for books. Its low-tech appearance in form, material and its simple functions makes the pillow seem magical. The fact that you can lay your head on it makes the toy very calming and it is meant for relaxing play alone.”
Hurry up Silje Softing and find someone to manufacture this already! It could be the next big thing this holiday season.
AT&T will be rolling out the Samsung i780, also known as the Samsung Epix, thanks to leaks from an AT&T training poster displayed an October 23rd training date. Unfortunately, no official information has been released yet, but you can look forward to the following :-
In commemoration with the G-Shock's 25th anniversary, Casio has released its DW-5000SL Spike Lee signature model that was designed with director Spike Lee. The EL backlight will emit a green light, outlining the logo mark that is used by Spike Lee’s film production company. Behind the case lies Spike Lee’s signature, and each model comes with an exclusive packing box that more often than not comes with each special model.
SAFA has a new range of colorful MP3 players out in the Korean market known as the Bandi, featuring a 1.5" OLED display (you won't need a huge screen since this doesn't do video) while boasting touch scrolling capability, a distinctive GUI to set it apart from the rest and integrated Samsung flash memory. Available in 2GB and 4GB varieties, the SAFA Bandi will retail for approximately $55 and $75, respectively.
The latest XpressMusic from Finnish phone giants Nokia is now official, and priced. The Nokia 5800 will be powered by the S60 5th Edition operating system, released this quarter for an affordable €279 ($392) unlocked to go up against the iPhone. Some of the mouth-watering specifications include :
Fujitsu is currently developing a new range of multi-touch computers which will roll out sometime in the middle of next year, although such technology will be limited to fixed and convertible tablet PCs and won't be found on all of its notebooks. After all, the lidded design of the majority of notebooks render touch screen displays impractical and a waste of space. According to Fujitsu senior product director Paul Moore, "If you put a notebook in a slate mode, you are talking about a platform that is more gesture friendly than the clamshell," he says. "You don't see a lot of touchscreen notebooks because it is not intuitive to reach up and start touching the screen when there is a good keypad." He's got a moot point there.