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Feb
08

Samsung sued for defective Blu-ray players

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For those keeping tabs, Samsung’s slate of Blu-ray players have been plagued with issues essentially from day one, and while it has released a flurry of firmware updates over the years in an attempt to mend a variety of incompatibility issues, even its recent BD-UP5000 hybrid player is being axed early on after giving owners all sorts of fits. Apparently, one particular buyer isn’t taking things lying down, and has decided to file suit against the mega-corp alleging that it has sold “defective Blu-ray players” to consumers. According to the suit, Sammy was “fully aware of the defective nature of the player [BD-P1200, in particular] at the time of manufacture and sale,” and it also claims that the firm has “failed to provide a remedy consistent with the products’ intended and represented uses.” More specifically, the verbiage picks on the units’ inability to play back select BD titles, and while some fixes have indeed been doled out, we still get the feeling many consumers have been left dissatisfied. Needless to say, this outcome should be interesting.

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11
Feb
08

Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA

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It’s here, the XPERIA X1 QWERTY from Sony Ericsson. Yes, full QWERTY to make the most of that Windows Mobile 6 operating system. SE’s new XPERIA brand will focus on multimedia and mobile web communication. The X1 then, brings a 3-inch wide VGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera (with photo light), A2DP Bluetooth, aGPS, WiFi, and microSD — just 400MB on board. On the phone side you’ve got quad-band GSM/EDGE, and 900/1700/1900/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (or 850/1700/1900/2100MHz in what must be a US-bound model). Navigation is accomplished via touch, arc-sliding QWERTY, 4-way key and optical joystick. Now just replace that Internet Explorer Mobile browser with Opera Mobile 9.5 or Skyfire and the 110 x 53 x 16.7-mm X1 is ready to live up to its potential. You know, when it ships in “select markets” in the second half of 2008.

11
Feb
08

The Sony Ericsson Z770

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This is a phone we’ve seen in the wild on a couple occasions, but we had one detail dead wrong: the model number. It turns out that Sony Ericsson’s newest Z series flip is actually the Z770, not the Z660 we’d heard before. The company is billing the Z770 as a phone fit for people who need access to the internet (web and email, specifically) but aren’t necessarily interested in stepping up to a full-fledged smartphone, featuring “easy” email setup, zoom / pan features in the web browser along with an actual mouse pointer (anyone familiar with S60’s browser will get the idea here), and integrated support for Exchange ActiveSync. The GSM / EDGE 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 2100 handset will hit shelves in the second quarter in Vogue Red, Graphite Black, and Exquisite Gold.

11
Feb
08

The Yuno coffee mug PC

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Sure, internet-connected coffee makers are hot stuff, but they don’t do you much good once you grab your parka and dart out for the long morning commute, now do they? Enter the Yuno PC, designed by California State University Long Beach senior Jason Farsai, which quite literally wraps your latest e-mails, the weather forecast, traffic information, stocks, comics and the time around your coffee mug. Granted, it’s still a concept at the moment, but it’s pretty safe to say that this is one container you wouldn’t likely leave unattended — you know, kind of like that red stapler.

11
Feb
08

Sony Ericsson G900 and G700: Touchscreens to the Masses

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The G900 and G700 belong to a new line of Sony Ericsson midrange phones with dialpads and full touchscreens. Both have calendar and organizer functionalities that take advantage of the touchscreen (for example, you can scribble notes on the page.) Only the G900 has Wi-Fi and a 5MP camera with a touchscreen UI for taking, viewing, and editing photos.

The G700 gets a 3.2MP cam. The phones have a 2.4-inch screen, which has been seen in a photo being manipulated via finger, but there is a stylus for more precision, too. Doesn’t look like these support multitouch, but its nice seeing. The G900 looks a lot better than the G700 (below).

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11
Feb
08

The New Sony Ericsson C902, C702

C902, C702

Sony Ericsson has just announced a slew of new cellphones, and here is a closer look at the hot Cybershot offerings. The C902, which will boast a 5MP camera with auto focus, HSDPA, 160MB internal memory, M2 card slot, 2-inch TFT (240 x 320) display with 260K colors and a choice of either black or red paintjobs. As can be expected from the Cybershot range, there is also a bunch of photo orientated software in-built, including BestPic, face detection and image stabilization.

11
Feb
08

Sony Ericsson W980i Walkman Clamshell

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While it’s a tad heavier and thicker than the W880i, the 3.5-ounce Sony Ericsson W980i makes a lot more sense thanks to its clamshell design with big playback buttons and display on its cover. Add 8GB internal memory, HSDPA high speed Internet connectivity and specialized music features, and it looks like they may have a real winner. Inside, the W980i looks even better.

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