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[Jun 21, 2006] Creative Readies Zen V Players
[Jun 19, 2006] Immersion Intros New Vibration Chip
[Jun 12, 2006] Epson Develops QXGA A6 E-paper
[Apr 05, 2006] Sony Announces New Walkman Players
[Mar 23, 2006] Dell announces purchase of Alienware
[Mar 21, 2006] TI circuit lowers power consumption
[Mar 16, 2006] Transcend Releases T.sonic 610 MP3 Player With 2 GB
[Feb 03, 2006] Samsung launches 2 GB music players
[Jan 31, 2006] Samsung readies media player fuel cell
[Jan 09, 2006] SanDisk unveils alternative to iPod nano
[Dec 15, 2005] Alliance try to simplify HD networks
[Dec 09, 2005] Creative counters iPod with Zen Vision:M
[Nov 07, 2005] Creative launches Zen Sleek Photo
[Oct 12, 2005] Apple officially announces video iPod
[Oct 05, 2005] Apple might launch video-capable iPod

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Creative Readies Zen V Players
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: June 21, 2006 - 9:17 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213
CE

Creative has announced two new rivals to Apple’s iPod. Both the Zen V and the Zen V Plus measure 1.71x2.65x0.62 inches and sport a 2.5-inch 128x128 OLED display. The Plus model, however, adds video capability and built-in radio. Other features include line-in encoding and voice recording. Battery life is said to reach 15 hours in audio playback mode. The players will be available in July (V) and August (V Plus) in 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB capacities with various color schemes. Prices range from USD 179 (1 GB Zen V) to USD 329 (4 GB Zen V Plus).

Zen V

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Immersion Intros New Vibration Chip
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: June 19, 2006 - 3:51 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://immr.client.shareholder.com/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=201102
CE
Immersion has announced a new version of its TouchSense vibration technology compatible with motion control and tilt sensing features of next-generation consoles. Sony recently confirmed that it was dropping vibration from the PlayStation 3 controllers due to interferences with its tilt sensors. According to Immersion, the revamped TouchSense supplies improved synchronization with audio and graphics as well as backward compatibility, while keeping current power consumption levels.
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Epson Develops QXGA A6 E-paper
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: June 12, 2006 - 3:11 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.epson.co.jp/e/newsroom/2006/news_20060612.htm
CE
Japanese Seiko Epson has developed a prototype electronic paper display capable of QXGA resolution (1,536x2,048). According to the company, the A6 plastic sheet (7.1-inch on the diagonal) further proves the potential for thin, light and flexible devices, which could enable a newspaper that updates in real time, for instance. Epson’s e-paper, which offers a 10:1 contrast ratio, uses a series of proprietary technologies such as low temperature polysilicon thin film transistors (LTPS-TFT) and surface free technology by laser ablation (SUFTLA).
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Sony Announces New Walkman Players
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: April 5, 2006 - 12:56 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.sony-europe.com
CE

Sony has launched a new series of flash-based Walkman audio players. Available in six colors, the devices hold 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB and promise lightning-fast charge in three minutes, enough to provide threee hours of playing time. A regular charge allows up to 28 hours of operation. The players feature a single-line OLED display, five-band equalizer and optional FM tuner for the 1 GB and 2 GB models. MP3, ATRAC and WMA files are supported.

Walkman NW-E002 E003 E005

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Dell announces purchase of Alienware
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: March 23, 2006 - 4:55 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www1.us.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/corp/pressoffice/en...
CE
Dell has announced a definitive agreement to buy high-end PC maker Alienware. The move is largely seen as its first step into the AMD market and away from its exclusivity deal with Intel. Alienware offers a variety of systems featuring processors from both chipmakers. Dell, however, said that Alienware will maintain its own brand, product development, marketing, sales and technical support. Terms of the deal were not made public.
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TI circuit lowers power consumption
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: March 21, 2006 - 11:24 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://focus.ti.com/docs/pr/pressrelease.jhtml?prelId=sc06065
CE
Texas Instruments today announced a power management circuit said to ”significantly improve“ energy efficiency in consumer electronics and AC power adapters. The 8-pin UCC28600 increases efficiency in operating conditions by up to 88% and decreases consumption in standby mode. The controller can be used in products such as LCD and plasma TVs and in AC adapters for notebooks and gaming devices.
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Transcend Releases T.sonic 610 MP3 Player With 2 GB
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: March 16, 2006 - 8:03 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/ModDetail.asp?ModNo=71
CE

Transcend has just released their a new model of their T.sonic 610 MP3 player with 2 GB capacity. Other features include FM radio, digital voice recorder, ability of using it as an USB flash drive, ”Karaoke-type“ lyrics display function and bright color OLED display. With the addition of the 2 GB version, T.sonicT 610 MP3 Player is now available in 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB flavors.

Transcend T.sonic 610 MP3 Player With 2 GB
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Samsung launches 2 GB music players
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: February 3, 2006 - 9:05 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/mp3player/mp3player/yp_t8qxeu.asp
CE

Samsung has released in Europe new versions of its YP-T8Q and YP-U1Q players with 2GB of storage capacity. Both are flash-based and support MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, WAV and OGG files. The YP-T8Q (44.5x83x15.5 mm and 55 g) has an 1.8-inch colour LCD display capable of showing photos and MPEG-4 videos. Other features include games, FM tuner/recorder and voice recorder. It promises 20 hours of music playback and can be used as a USB host to get photos directly from digital cameras. The YP-U1Q (23.8x87.8x13.5mm and 30 g) is a simpler and lighter option sporting a four-line 128x64 LCD display and 13 hours of playback. It also has voice recording capability.

Samsung YP-T8Q

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Samsung readies media player fuel cell
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: January 31, 2006 - 1:10 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.samsungsdi.com/contents/en/main.jsp
CE
A Samsung subsidiary has developed a fuel cell prototype capable of powering portable multimedia players for four hours. However, the technology, which uses methanol cartridges, will not be commercially available before 2007 or 2008. Samsung SDI expects, by then, to offer a miniaturized version of the solution providing up to 10 hours of continuous operation on a single charge. The company has invested close to USD 4 million in fuel cell development since 2004.
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SanDisk unveils alternative to iPod nano
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: January 9, 2006 - 5:13 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1166)-SanDisk_Sansa_e200_Serie...
CE

SanDisk unveiled last week a new series of Sansa MP3 players that replicate Apple’s iPod nano stylish design. The e200 devices, available in 2 GB, 4 GB and 6 GB capacities, measure 1.7x3.5x0.5 inches (4.4x8.9x.1.3 cm) and sport a 1.8-inch TFT color screen. In comparison to the nano, it adds video playback capability, FM tuner and a microSD expansion slot, for additional memory. Battery life was not informed. The players will be available in March with suggested retail prices of USD 200, USD 250 and USD 300.

Sansa e200 player

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Alliance try to simplify HD networks
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: December 15, 2005 - 11:03 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.hanaalliance.org
CE
Six companies have formed an alliance to propose design guidelines for high-definition audio and video networks. The High Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) initially comprises Charter Communications, JVC, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, NBC Universal, Samsung and Sun Microsystems. ARM, Freescale Semiconductor and Pulse-Link have joined as contributing members. HANA members plan to create guidelines that would enable TVs, digital recorders and storage devices to connect via a single IEEE 1394 cable capable of transmitting multiple high-definition data streams. The alliance will also develop the idea of a single remote control for all devices. Technologies, however, are not expected to be implemented before 2007.
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Creative counters iPod with Zen Vision:M
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: December 9, 2005 - 4:01 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.creative.com/products/mp3/zenvisionm
CE

Creative this week launched the Zen Vision:M, its answer to Apple’s video iPod. The player is very similar to its rival in size, but has almost double the thickness. Initially available only in 30 GB capacity, it features a 2.5-inch, 262,144 color LCD screen and offers four hours of continuous video playback, against iPod’s two hours. The Vision:M, priced at USD 330, also includes an FM tuner/recorder and a built-in microphone.

Zen Vision:M

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Creative launches Zen Sleek Photo
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: November 7, 2005 - 10:43 AM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213
CE

Creative has updated its music player lineup with a Photo version of the Zen Sleek. The 20 GB device has a 1.7-inch color OLED display and is said to run for 19 hours on a single battery charge. At 4x2.2x0.6 inches, it is almost the size of the now defunct iPod mini, though heavier, with the benefit of adding an FM tuner and a voice recorder. The buttons have blue backlight and users are allowed to choose among eight color themes for its interface. Suggested price is USD 300.

Zen Sleek Photo

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Apple officially announces video iPod
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: October 12, 2005 - 11:10 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.apple.com/ipod/specs.html
CE
As anticipated, Apple has unveiled new iPods capable of screening videos on its 2.5-inch TFT display. The players will be available next week in 30 GB (USD 300) and 60 GB (USD 400) capacities. Apple said the new iPods, to be sold with black or white cases, will have superior battery life of 20 hours. The company also cut deals to offer video content, including primetime TV shows, through its iTunes store.
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Apple might launch video-capable iPod
Author: Rodrigo Chia Date: October 5, 2005 - 7:36 PM PST
Category: CE
More Info: http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1305
CE
Apple this week stirred speculations that it might soon introduce an iPod with video capabilities. The company distributed invitations to analysts and reporters to a special event next week in San Jose saying simply ”One more thing…“, the same tactics used before last month’s introduction of the iPod nano. Though observers see great potential in an iPod that goes beyond audio and photos, Apple’s chief Steve Jobs recently downplayed consumer interest in such a product.
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