Sony intros S-, E-, and B-Series Walkmans

28 08 2008

Remember those new Walkmans we saw recently? Well the folks at Sony have decided to get all fancy and official with them. The electronics-maker is introducing S-, E-, and B-Series PMPs, all featuring MP3 and WMA playback, drag-and-drop file management, and a variety of storage capacities. The 4GB NWZ-S736F and 8GB NWZ-S738F sport Sony’s “Open Platform” which allows AAC, Linear PCM, and other codec support, 40 hours of battery life, in-flight noise cancellation, and SensMe — which creates song shuffles based on user listening habits. The 4GB NWZ-E436F and 8GB NWZ-E438F come in a handful of colors and deliver up to 45 hours of playback, while the low-end 1GB NWZ-B133F and 2GB NWZ-B135F add an FM tuner and voice recording functionality. The players will be available come September, ranging in price from around $45 to $180.



Samsung announces crazy fast 256GB SSD

26 05 2008

h oh, Samsung’s just announced their first 256GB SSD. Not that you needed to know anything more than that to trigger salivation, but the MLC-flash SATA II drive has speeds of 200MBps read and 160MBps sequential write. Not like we’ll be able to afford it or anything, but they’ll be available come September, with a 1.8-inch version due in Q4.

By  Engadget

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15 03 2008

MetaRam aims to bump RAM capacity by 4x overnight

25 02 2008


We’re not sure what whacky voodoo snakeoil these MetaRam people are peddling, but the company’s got some high profile behind it (like Intel, for one), is being led by former AMD CTO Fred Weber, has appears to have some potentially revolutionary RAM quadrupling technology. Claiming to have leapfrogged current RAM technology by 2-4 years, MetaRam uses a specialized “MetaSDRAM” chipset that effectively bonds and addresses four cheap 1Gb DRAM chips as one, tricking any machine’s memory controller into using it as a 4x capacity DIMM. Since a 1Gb chip is apparently far less expensive than a 2Gb chip, MetaRam devices can multiply capacity at prices far lower than their competition; the company claims it’ll be shipping in machines in the first quarter of this year, and Hynix has already announced their own 2-rank 8GB DDR2 RDIMMs for the second half.

Source: Engadget

MacBook Air with SSD tested: performance boost nowhere to be found

7 02 2008


We’ve definitely been curious about the difference sticking an SSD would make in the MacBook Air‘s otherwise average performance and battery life, and it looks like the answer is a resounding “meh.” The crew at Ars Technica ran an SSD-equipped Air through a battery of tests, and found that while the increased random disk read / write speeds and slightly faster processor led to a minor overall speedup and less pinwheeling, the dramatically lower sequential read/ write speeds of the SSD made things essentially a wash. What’s worse, battery life — where the SSD should have shone — was decidedly mediocre. Ars was able to coax the SSD model in to lasting 29 minutes longer than the HDD version they tested, but on average the SSD-equipped MBA didn’t have the juice to last any longer than the HDD model, getting to about 2 hours and 31 minutes before petering out. All said, Ars says the extra $1300 for the SSD MacBook Air just isn’t worth it — but c’mon, you know that’s not stopping the people who are buying Airs in the first place.

Via Digg

Sony in the lead of Christmas TV sales

7 02 2008


Sony Corp. won the fierce competition in the U.S. for TV sales during the holiday season as it beat out rivals offering lower-priced products and shipped the highest number of LCD TVs, which are becoming the dominant model. The Japanese electronics company had a slow start last year because it was late in offering a lineup of fully-digital LCD TVs, but it jumped four spots from the previous quarter to take a 12.8% share in the key October-December period, according to the latest data by Texas-based research firm DisplaySearch. This was the first time Sony took top share in North American LCD TV shipments.

The results, however, also showed the continued volatility in U.S. market share in the face of unrelenting competition. Electronics manufacturers have said that prices fell at a faster pace than they expected last year. Though they all reported increased sales of TVs, their quarterly earnings have suffered from a decline in profitability. Sharp Corp., which had the largest market share in the July-September quarter, fell to No. 4 with an 8.4% share, losing nearly 3 percentage points. Vizio Inc., a privately held Irvine, Calif. company that rose to the top spot in the second quarter, fell to third place with 10.7% share. Vizio, which outsources its production to Asia, has rapidly become a major TV player by selling its ultralow-priced televisions through retail chains like Costco Wholesale Corp. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., the biggest producer of all types of TVs world-wide in terms of units, came in second.


Porn industry struggles because of YouTube clones

19 01 2008


Steve Hirsch’s Vivid Entertainment, the biggest name in the $12 billion-a-year adult video industry, filed a lawsuit last month against PornoTube, one of a handful of popular video-sharing sites styled as the dirtier cousins of YouTube, Redstone’s legal nemesis. Similar to the Google-owned video juggernaut, PornoTube has become a destination for free porn by letting anyone post sex videos without filtering out clips that might be copyrighted. Hirsch believes PornoTube doesn’t do enough to keep his content off its site, and, like YouTube, it has leveraged the traffic it now delivers into marketing deals with other sex video producers. It has left Hirsch, a leader in an industry that has welcomed new technologies like the VCR and VOD much more than its Hollywood equivalents, with little choice but to sue the pants off the free sites.

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