Klipsch doesn't really dabble a whole lot in multimedia speaker sets anymore, which is a shame because the ProMedia Ultra series was arguably some of the best PC speakers you could buy without heading into audiophile territory. However, Klipsch does remain in the audio space, their newest product being the AudioRock.
The AudioRock is a compact, wireless speaker that looks like a rock so you can place it stealthily in your landscape. It's also weatherized, so you needn't worry about rain ruining the party.
You can connect up to two music sources, such as an iPod, PC, or TV to the transmitter and establish two separate listening zones. As for the speaker itself, it boats dual 0.75-inch polypropylene tweeters and a dual-voice coil 5.25-inch injection molded polypropylene woofer.
Pay no attention to Intel dragging its feet in adopting USB 3.0, companies are jumping on the SuperSpeed bandwagon nonetheless. The latest is StarTech, which just announced the availability of its SATDOCKU3S USB 3.0 docking stations.
There are two docks in all, the 2-port PCI Express USB adapter (SATDOCKU3SP) and 2-port ExpressCard USB 3.0 host adapter (SATDOCKU3SE).
"The SATDOCKU3SP and SATDOCKU3SE hard drive docking stations offer users major value by providing the necessary USB 3.0 host adapters," said Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com. "By bundling the docking station and the adapters, users get everything they need to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds and reliability all in one package, and won’t have to rely on backward compatibility with previous USB standards to access external data."
Key features include support for both SATA 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, an easy-to-use design with a hard drive release button, and hot-swappable, plug-and-play operation.
The SATDOCKU3SE ($119) and SATDOCKU3SP ($115) are available now.
Hot on the heels of the leaked internal specs, some images of what appears to be the Palm Pre 2 have found their way onto the web. The first thing you're likely to notice is that the Pre 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) looks almost identical to the original Pre. But there's no mistaking it, this is not an original Pre.
The rim seems more flattened, and the face of the phone is flat instead of slightly curved. The charger door is different as well. The screen still looks about the same size, and many are pegging the screen resolution at the same 480x320 of the original Pre. This would be a shocking move, as HVGA screens are now mostly reserved for mid-range devices. Could this be where Palm is targeting the new Pre?
The rumored specs have this handset running webOS 2.0, a 1GHz CPU, and 512 MB of RAM. Those are certainly high-end internals, we'll just have to wait to see what the full specs are. Could a new high-end phone come in above the Pre?
Forget about Windows 7 and webOS for a moment -- Hewlett Packard is tapping into Google's Android platform for its first tablet, the Zeen.
HP's Zeen isn't meant to take on the iPad, as it's a more specialized device. It will be sold bundled with the company's printers and include HP's TouchSmart interface for operating said printers. It's also smaller than the iPad with a 7-inch display.
As mentioned, Android sits at the heart of the Zeen, but it's a customized version with a few niggling restrictions. Gmail, for example, has been stripped out, and so too has the Android Market and multimedia playback apps.
No definitive word on pricing, though earlier rumors had the Zeen/printer bundle going for $400.
While Google-China ties have devolved into what is effectively a glacial impasse, Android continues to move briskly in that country. It is fast catching on as the operating system of choice among Chinese manufacturers eager to enter the tablet market. Now, ZTE has chosen the open source platform for its maiden tablet. The ZTE Light is a 7-inch device that weighs around 400gm and supports both GSM and WCDMA standards. Although the Light's price still remains a mystery, it is expected to be an affordable alternative to tablets like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Nokia picked a heck of a time to start shipping its C7 smartphone. As the second Symbian 3 device in Nokia's stable, the C7 is a noteworthy follow-up to the N8, only all the attention is currently being paid to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices.
Nevertheless, the smartphone world keeps turning, and the C7 hopes to turn heads with its 3.5-inch active-matrix OLED glass touchscreen display. It also comes with an 8MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 8GB of memory, and oodles of social networking functionality baked in.
Users have access to multiple home screens to receive live updates from their favorite online portals, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as some specific email accounts (Ovi Mail, Yahoo Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail).
"Designed specifically with the style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia C7 also brings excellent social networking abilities, making it perfect for people who want to check in and stay up to date," Jo Harlow, head of smartphones at Nokia, said in a statement.
The storage gurus at Cloud Engines on Monday announced the Pogoplug Pro, the latest version of the company's multimedia sharing device.
Like the previous version, the Pro version allows users to connect up to four USB drives and to print from any mobile device. But new to the Pro version is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can place the Pogoplug device wherever they want without having to worry about snaking unsightly Ethernet cable to their router.
The Pogoplug Pro is available exclusively at Best Buy for $99.
French carrier SFR may have gotten a little ahead of themselves recently when they posted specs for the Palm Pre 2. The images they used appear to be stock shots from the original Pre, but the specs are in line with what rumors have previously indicated. According to SFR, the Pre 2 will pack a 1GHz CPU (probably an OMAP3630) and 512MB of RAM. The phone will be running on WebOS 2.0 as well.
It's now been about a year since Palm launched the Pixi, a low end companion to the Pre. Since then Palm has fallen off its game and was bought by HP, which intends to use WebOS on printers. We can only hope that the rumors of a new Palm phone are true. With these rumored specs, WebOS could finally get the horsepower is deserves. The problem, will users care when Palm releases another phone, or will they have already moved on? What do you think? Real specs or not?
Just like Apple's iPhone doubles as a glorified iPod touch, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices include tight integration with Redmond's Zune platform. Every WP7 handset will come with Zune built directly into the Music+Video hub and will serve as the Windows-based PC sync client so users can transfer songs back and forth with ease.
In anticipated of the spate of WP7 devices coming out, Microsoft has begun rolling out an updated version of Zune, v4.7. New enhancements include:
First Connect: WP7 devices will auto update the Zune software upon first boot
HD Streaming Video
Photo Sync between WP7 handsets and PCs
Sync Media: lets users purchase music and videos through WP7 devices and sync content to their PC
Parental Controls & Rating on Videos
Get more info and the latest version of the Zune software here.
The big day has finally arrived. We're of course talking about the anticipated launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which was joined by partners revealing no less than nine new devices on tap for this holiday shopping season.
"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience -- one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."
Now the pressure is on Microsoft to carve out a sizable slice of the smartphone pie that Apple and Google have been feasting on. Should Windows Phone 7 go down as another Kin-like flop (and it shouldn't), it won't be from lack of third-party support. Consumers will have a variety of devices and form factors to choose from with Dell, LG, Samsung, and HTC all getting in the game.
Out of the gate in North America, Windows Phone 7 will be available through AT&T (HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum) and T-Mobile (HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro).