Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Killer Feature: Waterproof Up to 10 Feet

February 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

A point-and-shoot with a 2.7″ preview display, 3x optical zoom, and 10 megapixels of capturing power is pretty much standard nowadays. But, what if you throw waterproofness into the mix?

That’s the key feature of Fujifilm’s FinePix Z333WP. Aside from allowing you take photos in relatively deep water (like the Olympus Stylus 850), this FinePix also records video at VGA resolution, benefits from 12 on-board photo editing functions, and comes in black, green, and pink.

List price on Amazon: $200.

(image from Amazon)

Psion Fights Back: “We Still Sell Our Netbook ® Pro”

February 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

Looks like the company is finally going on the PR offensive, asserting in a statement sent to jkontherun that they continue to sell their Netbook Pro product, even if manufacturing ceased a long time ago:

In 2006, Psion in fact had multi-million dollar sales of the Netbook ® Pro computer in both the US and the EU. The bulk of sales were (and continue to be) in the highly specialised supply chain logistics area – perhaps not the easiest thing for third parties to get visibility on, but nevertheless, real sales to real customers in the US. And those real sales to real customers in the US continue even to this day. Attached is a typical Netbook ® Pro sales flyer (not included here), so you can see that Psion really were (and are) branding this computer as a ‘Netbook’.

I can quite understand why people might have assumed that sales ceased a while back – it’s not as if the product has been in Best Buy. But those people simply had no access to Psion’s confidential sales information.

Now this is the kind of arguing Psion should doin public, to support its cold and technical legal maneuverings to reassert ownership over the term netbook (note the incessant use of the ® mark in their statement). Ultimately, it’s still an uphill battle for the company, thanks to its failure to vigorously protect its trademark .

It must seem frustrating to Psion that they—a company that primarily does B2B—have to bring their case to the court of public opinion. But unfortunately, that’s what it will take to steal the thunder from Dell and Intel.

(image from source)

Hearst to Launch Own eBook Reader

February 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

A desperate move to shift out of a so-called dying medium? Or a savvy move taken after the innovators have hit the beachhead and suffered losses? Full story at cnn.com.

Sony PSP 2 Presumed for Later This Year

The internet is currently buzzing over what David Perry, the chief creative officer of Acclaim, surmised in a conversation with kotaku.com yesterday: “I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now. I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me.”

Other juicy tidbits: the PSP 2 will be entirely digital, meaning all content will be stored on-board. If true, then the UMD format is now scheduled for obsolescence. Just rumors for now, so stay tuned for updates. Maybe it’s time to start budgeting for a new console purchase.

Thanks Gearlog!

Dell Studio XPS 16 High-End LCD Reportedly Shows the Most Colors

February 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

According to those geeks over at Anandtech, the Studio XPS 16 can show a lot of colors. Definitely a plus for display quality and an attractive feature for creative professionals. Read more

Singularity Looks Awesome, But We Need More Details

February 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming Singularity, a game running on the Unreal Engine 3 with time manipulation as its key feature.

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18-Device Universal Remotes from One For All: Worth the Price?

February 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household, Peripherals

The straightforwardly-named One for All recently came out with two universal remote controls, both featuring a 2.2″ color display. The Xsight Colour URC 8602 and Xsight Touch 8603 are practically similar, right down to their ability to control up to 18 other devices, save for iPod-like touch controls on the latter model (yes, another victim of iPhone mania). The Touch also runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while the Colour depends on 3 triple As.

Both variants’ small screens apparently preclude the need for a manual, since all relevant information will end up on-screen, updated as necessary. One For All also promises that their universal remotes do a good job of setting themselves up, with “region-specific” device auto-search. Read more

From ThePirateBay.Org

February 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

How Psion Gave Up Ownership of Netbook

February 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

Google famously caved in to Psion a few weeks ago, agreeing that “netbook” is a copyrighted term that belongs to the hardware company. But other corporations like Dell and Intel, as well as grassroots campaigns like Save the Netbooks have insisted that “netbook” is already a generic term, unenforceable as a trademark. Read more

My Personal Experience: Big Mice are Easier on the Wrist

February 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Peripherals

For over a year now, as a non-stop laptop user, I’ve tended towards portable mice. It’s a lot easier to lug around smaller peripherals, and definitely easier to use them on those small tables road warriors often find themselves working on. But a few weeks ago, my wrist started hurting. Looks like my twelve years(!) of computing had finally caught up with me; I’d finally started experiencing the first signs of repetitive stress injury. Read more

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