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Oki Face Sensing for Mobile phones

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Friday 25th, August 2006

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. today announced that it has provided Pantech Co., Ltd., a major mobile phone company in South Korea, with FaceSensingEngine (FSE), Oki's face image processing middleware to be used in their mobile phones. FSE is embedded into Pantech's SKY brand mobile phone, "SKY IM-R100," that was launched on August 1, 2006. "Our SKY brand mobile phones are known for their abundant functions using the camera, and we have been looking for an image processing technology that utilizes the camera as a human interface as well as for entertainment," said Lee, General Manager, Product Planning, Pantech.

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Archos 404 portable video player

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Friday 25th, August 2006

Archos, Inc., a global consumer electronics manufacturer and inventor of the portable video player, introduced today the latest in portable media players with the Archos 404 and 604 models. The new products are a part of the Generation 4 line of portable media players, announced separately today. The first available in the line, the Archos 404 and 604, play back all standard video formats, offer extreme portability and feature the most brilliant, award-winning screens in the industry. The new products will support movie downloads from the popular online video services and recording of content directly from the TV or DVD player. The new Archos 404 and 604 are priced at $299.99 and $349.99, respectively, with retail availability in early September.

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Sony Mylo personal communicator

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Thursday 24th, August 2006

Sony is launching its first WiFi broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access. The new mylopersonal communicator is capable of operating in any open 802.11b wireless network, often found on college campuses, in public spaces and within private homes around the country. This product is designed for people who use instant messaging as a primary form of communication and networking for their social life. The name mylo stands for "my life online" and the communicator lets you use instant messaging, browse the Internet, listen to music, send emails and view photos concurrently. It is small enough for a pocket or purse.

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SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB

Posted by: Mark Peters Tuesday 22nd, August 2006

SanDisk unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing expansion to 10GB of music or 2,500 songs - with an optional SanDisk 2GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity flash-based MP3 player on the market.

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Sony Ericsson K618 3G phone

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Thursday 17th, August 2006

Sony Ericsson today announces the K618: a slim, lightweight 3G phone that will launch in selected markets and deliver the perfect mix of mobile phone, multimedia applications and business solutions. The new K618 has been developed for those users that want "the best of both worlds"; entertainment on the move & a powerful business tool. The high performance K618 3G device is as light and slim as a typical 2.5G phone, yet delivers blisteringly-fast speeds for streaming or downloading music & video clips, browsing the web or gaming. And staying in control of your inbox is made easier with support for push email, allowing messages to be sent directly to the phone without having to download them.

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Microsoft Zune

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Saturday 12th, August 2006

According to an article at TWICE we soon may expect official information about the rumored answer of Microsoft on the ongoing success of the Apple iPod strategy. Ami Gilroy, editor at TWICE, claims "Microsoft is in the process of unveiling its line of Microsoft Zune portable digital audio players" to its retailers. The Microsoft Zune MP3 player supposes to incorporate a 30GB hard drive and a LCD monitor larger than its Apple rival. Additionally it is also expected that the Microsoft Zune audio player is capable of transferring its data via Wi-Fi connection. Pricing of the Zune media player would be $299 and available in three colors. Although the information is at this moment not official, it is interesting.

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Nokia N93 Golf Edition

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Friday 11th, August 2006

Nokia today announced the availability of the Nokia N93 Golf Edition, a special package combining the unparalleled mobile video capabilities of the Nokia N93 multimedia computer with a unique golf application that enables you to capture your golf swing, analyze and improve your game by split screen swing comparison and other advanced analysis tools. The Pro Session Golf by Nokia application has a ready to use golf-tailored viewfinder that instantly captures a player's swing from the correct angles and distances. Unlike current video analysis solutions, Pro Session Golf is portable and instantly usable with no additional cameras, cables, or computer needed. Everything you need is included.

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Skype Mobile WiFi internet Phone

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Thursday 27th, July 2006

Skype, the global Internet communica-tions company, today announced collaboration with hardware partners to deliver the first WiFi phones for Skype software, making Internet calling on the move a reality. By enabling consumers to make Internet calls without a computer, Skype is freeing people from their computers and saving them money. "We want to give people the freedom to move around while talking and have access to Skype wherever they are - whether in front of a computer or while moving around the home or office," said Stefan Oberg, General Manager Hardware for Skype. "Now people can make wireless Internet calls and enjoy the great Skype cost savings and sound quality free of a computer."

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If there is one segment of today’s consumer and business electronic devices that is changing, then it is the mobile phone. It has already changed our way of communications, the way we do business or stay in touch with our friends and family. Of course the integration of social media platforms increases the hours spend with a mobile device like today’s smartphone. And the integration of editing software for mobile imaging makes the camera in a smartphone to become a more enjoyable and interesting one. Shooting a shot, and having access to a variety of accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr gives a mobile imaging photographer a worldwide platform where he can show his work of art or just his snap shots. And let us not forget the very successful online platform from Apple; the App store. A platform where developers meet the consumer and a powerful marketing and communication tool for all. The Apple store is the most successful one, others follow or are already active. Photokina 2010 will share the latest mobile imaging news with you, live from Germany!

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