Archive for October 26th, 2008

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Next iPhone firmware still missing so much

image As expected, Apple chose this weekend to release the latest beta version of its iPhone firmware to developers for testing new features before making it public but it’s what it hasn’t done that’s really noteworthy. Although firmware 2.2 now has the Street View option in Google Maps, it still doesn’t give the iPhone the ability to copy, cut or paste text. The one feature that pretty much every iPhone owner has been clamouring for since the handset hit the market isn’t the only thing not happening.

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Turn your Eee PC into an in car PC

image In what can only be described as one of the coolest netbook hacks to date, one Russian Eee PC 701 owner decided that his netbook would look better in his car’s dashboard than on his lap. So he set about to make it happen. The end result? An Eee PC-based carputer with GPS, Bluetooth, and a wireless keyboard that hangs out in the glove compartment.

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Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam Camcorder Unboxed

If you’ve been following us for a little while I’m sure you will have seen our Camcorder Group Test where we’re looking at 4 camcorders around the £200-£250 mark.

Part of the reason for starting off the group test was to see if we could find a new camcorder for filming our unboxing videos to (hopefully) improve the quality of the videos.I couldn’t decide which camcorder to use and there seemed to be a lack of direct comparisons or reviews to look at.

So the Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam doesn’t really fall into our group test as it’s towards the high end of the Sony HD consumer cameras. However we thought that the HDR-SR11E was worth a look to see what the extra few hundred pounds gets us. The obvious thing is the 60GB hard drive that the HDR-SR11E records its footage on.


The Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam


Over the next few weeks I’m going to be using the HDR-SR11E Handycam to record my unboxing videos. I’ll be looking at the quality of the footage, ease of use, battery life and, among other things, how easy it is to edit the recorded footage.

For now, here is my Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam unboxing video, here you can get an overview of the camcorder as well as seeing what else is included in the package.


Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam Unboxed


Sony HDR-SR11E Handycam Camcorder specification:

  • Format(s) Supported : HD: MPEG4 AVC/H.264 SD: MPEG2
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
Weights and Measurements
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 3 3/8 x 3 x 5 1/2 inch (83x76x138mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : 1 lb 6oz (650g) with Battery
  • Assignable Dial : Yes
  • Flash : Yes
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • Memory Stick slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media
  • Microphone : Built-in Zoom Microphone
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes
  • Viewfinder : Color Wide 16:9 (123K Pixels)
  • Imaging Device : 1/3" ClearVid™ CMOS sensor (with Exmor™ technology)
  • Pixel Gross : 5660K
  • Processor : BIONZ™ image processo
  • Recording and Playback Times : High Definition: FH = 7 hours 10 min. HQ = 14 hours and 40 min. SP = 17 hours and 50 min. LP = 22 hours and 50 min. Standard Definition: HQ = 14 hours and 40 min. SP = 21 hours and 50 min. LP = 41 hours and 50 min. When using 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media (sold separately): High Definition: FH = up to 55 min., HQ = up to 115 min. SP = up to 140 min., LP = up to 180 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 115 min., SP = up to 170 min., LP = up to 5 hours 25 min.
  • Recording Media : 60GB9 Non-Removable Hard Disk Drive, Memory Stick Duo™ Media, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media
  • Still Actual : 5080K Pixels (4:3), 3810K Pixels (16:9)
  • Still Picture Resolution : 10.2 megapixel
  • Video Actual : 2860K Pixels (4:3), 3810K Pixels (16:9)
  • Video Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FH60)
  • Power Consumption : 4.5W/4.8W/4.9W
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Video Features
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1
  • 35mm Equivalent : 49 – 588mm (4:3 Camera Mode),40 – 480mm (16:9 Camera Mode)
  • Aperture : F1.8-3.1
  • Digital Zoom : 150x
  • Exposure : Touch Panel
  • Filter Diameter : 37mm
  • Focal Distance : 4.9 – 58.8mm
  • Focus : Full range auto / Manual
  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T
  • Optical Zoom : 12x
  • Progressive Shutter Mode : Yes
  • Shutter Speed : Auto, 1/30 – 1/250 (Scene Selection Mode)
  • LCD Screen : 3.2" wide1 touch panel Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921k pixels)
Inputs and Outputs
  • Active Interface Shoe : Yes
  • Analog Audio/Video Output(s) : Included (via A/V Remote Terminal)
  • Audio/Video Remote Terminal : Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : Included (via A/V Remote Terminal)
  • Digital Audio/Video Output(s) : Yes (via USB)
  • HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Yes
  • i.LINK® Interface : N/A
  • LANC Terminal : N/A
  • Microphone Input : Yes
  • S-Video Output(s) : Included in A/V Remote
  • USB Port(s) : Hi-speed (2.0 compliant)


Posted by: Matt

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Rumour – Motorola VE66 Appears

Is it just my imagination or are Motorola suddenly popping back out of the mobile phone woodwork?

Only 3 days ago we announce the Aura and today we’ve come across the Motorola VE66.

The leaks about the Motorola VE66 suggest that the new baby is geared with some high-end features as 3G, 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi and runs on the Linux OS Montavista v2.6.10.

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Motorola VE66

Motorola VE66 is a slider phone with a large 2.4" 16M colour TFT display and carries the Freescale SCM-A11 500MHz processor. The 5MP autofocus camera can also record video with QVGA resolution, but we are uncertain if it will carry the Kodak branding. The phone also has Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP and a microSD card slot.

There will be two versions of the Motorola VE66 – the first one will have quad-band GSM/EDGE support and no 3G (for the Chinese market) and the second version will support UMTS and HSDPA.

If the source photos are legitimate, we can conclude that the VE66 will even have four touch sensitive keys below the display. We look forward the official Motorola announcement of this cool phone hoping for more details soon.

Posted by: John


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Modaco review the Xperia X1

image Paul over at Modaco had posted a detailed review of the Xperia X1, overall it is a very positive review, to quote Paul “WiFi works great, GPS works great, effectively everything seems to work as described and I can’t honestly off of the top of my head think of any specific disappointments in the software. Yes, it’s standard WinMo, but if you’re comfortable with that (and on this kind of device with a hardware keyboard it works particularly well) then you’ll be satisfied. So there you go, check out his full review over at Modaco.

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