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By August 30, 2007 Read More →

More Parrot launches: speaker and digital photo frame

More news from Parrot, who today launched the Parrot DS1120. The Parrot DS1120 is an amazing all-new high-fidelity set of two wireless stereo Hi-Fi speakers that work seamlessly with your mobile phone or MP3-player, delivering unrivalled sound quality in the house.

Parrot DS1120

Parrot DS1120

Packed in a pure and compact design, it plays your favourite tracks from any Bluetooth® Stereo (A2DP) music source with great Hi-Fi quality.

“The Parrot DS1120 has been designed to deliver optimal audio performance, and provides a very easy connection to a wide range of audio sources,” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “Its wireless design provides more flexibility than any traditional stereo, which makes it ideal for the home environment.”

The Parrot DS1120 has a Class-D digital amplifier in each speaker with a total power output of 30W RMS, delivering a crystal-clear sound with the necessary punch. The bass system is cleverly hidden in the speaker stands and the three-button user interface located at the top speaker face is touch-sensitive.

If the audio source device does not have Bluetooth technology nor support the A2DP profile, you can still play your music wirelessly by using a Bluetooth 2.0. USB Parrot dongle included with the Parrot DS1120 or in the traditional way by simply connecting your music source via an RCA auxiliary line which is also included.

The Parrot DS1120 will be available worldwide in stores and on from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £139.99.

Further to this, and the earlier news, Parrot have also unveiled its new multi-connectivity digital photo frame, the DF7220.

Parrot DF7220

Parrot DF7220

The Parrot DF7220 lets you recall and share more than 300 pictures with an unrivalled ease of use in a cool and fresh design. This brand new photo frame with built-in memory has a bright 7-inch diagonal display.

The Parrot DF7220 provides multiple digital solutions such as Bluetooth® wireless technology, a memory card slot and USB connectivity. With the Parrot DF7220 you can share the pictures of your loved ones anytime anywhere, from your mobile phone, your computer or your digital camera. Like all other Parrot products, the Parrot DF7220 photo frame is also equipped with advanced wireless networking functions, making it easy to transfer digital photos.

“Each picture tells a different story. We want to enjoy our pictures anytime and very easily” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The multi-connectivity of the Parrot DF7220 is a great complement to our range of wireless Photoviewers including the Parrot PHOTO VIEWER 7” and 3.5”. It offers fun and simplicity in a fresh design at a very affordable price”.

It smart design allows you to enjoy your favourite photos, in the order you want, with customizable slide shows and an ultra-simple three button user interface. Its built-in sensors keep the image upright whether the frame is positioned vertically or horizontally.

The Parrot DF7220 also allows for brightness adjustment and shuts off automatically when it’s dark. To fit with your interior and your style, the frame of the Parrot DF7220 is interchangeable.

To upload pictures, simply select the Parrot DF7220 in the list of Bluetooth devices on your phone, digital camera or computer. Then select the picture you want to display and send it to the frame via Bluetooth. The picture is instantly converted to the size of the screen.

The Parrot DF7220 will be available worldwide in stores and on from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £99.99.

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By August 29, 2007 Read More →

Parrot DS3120 Universal Stereo Speaker Dock with Bluetooth

Parrot, one of the leaders in wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, today launched the Parrot DS3120, an innovative home stereo that combines Parrot’s award-winning wireless music and handsfree calling technology in one unit. It lets consumers enjoy their music without being tethered to headphones, allowing them to listen to music, out loud virtually anywhere, anytime.

Parrot DS3120

Parrot DS3120

The Parrot DS3120 allows users to play music from mobile phones, MP3 players such as an iPod®, PCs and laptops wirelessly via Bluetooth® – with a 10m range – or through a USB connection. It also has an SD card slot, a line-in for an iPod® and a built-in FM radio.

“Music is part of our every day life. The Parrot DS3120 is a clock-radio with unique high-quality sound, amazing new features like the built-in screen display, all packed in an exceptional wireless design” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The Parrot DS3120 has been designed to offer unmatched audio performance, and provides a smooth connection to a wide range of audio sources”.

Once paired with a mobile phone, the unit also allows users to search through their contacts and channel voice calls through its high-quality 20W speakers.

The 1.8” colour TFT screen displays track and album details when playing music and phonebook information when making or taking a call. When in music mode, the track details are grouped by source, artist, album and title. Users can select their source, see the track information and enjoy their music.

The Parrot DS3120 has its own battery power source when required, allowing for up to 10 hours playback, and weighs only 1.5kg, making it highly portable.

Voice calls are very high-quality thanks to Parrot’s heritage in making high-end in car communications technology. A microphone built into the unit picks up the user’s voice from wherever they are in the room and effectively cancels out all background noise.

Music is automatically muted with incoming calls, and with caller ID, any phonebook images stored on the user’s mobile is displayed on the bright screen.

The Parrot DS3120 will be available worldwide in stores and on from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £119.99.

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Plays music from:

  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players
  • iPod® through provided USB cable
  • SD memory cards
  • USB connection (cable or memory stick)
  • Line-in socket (3.5mm)
  • Additional functions:

  • 1.8” TFT colour screen
  • Handsfree calling
  • Automatic phonebook synchronization, depending on the mobile phone (full compatibility list available from
  • Mains or battery powered
  • Up to 10 hour battery life with 6xC batteries (not included)
  • Class D Audio amplifier
  • 20W RMS power output
  • 9-button interface
  • Alarm
  • Clock
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:

  • A2DP
  • HSP
  • 1.5kg in weight
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    By August 28, 2007 Read More →

    TomTom GO 720 review

    Can TomTom improve their already well respect range of ‘Go’ products?

    TomTom GO 720 review

    The x20 range is the latest Portable Navigation Device from the market leaders TomTom. Thanks to the guys at Clove Technology, we’ve managed to get our hands on a Go 720 to review.

    The 720 was launched in Europe alongside its little brother – the 520. A 920 is noticeable by its absence currently, but there are a few pointers to suggest an announcement won’t be too far away.

    These new x20 devices come pre-installed with the latest firmware, and navCore7 software. The x10 range, and indeed the PDA/Smartphone software currently runs navCore6 – which lacks some of the newer features found here.

    The first improvement we see with navCore7, is an improved GUI. It’s really only a different skin – but for what its worth – it is an improvement.

    As you may have seen from Matt’s unboxing video, the TomTom branding is omnipresent as usual, and the box is packed full of pretty much all the main peripherals. A car charger (rather obviously), and a natty desktop docking station found on the newer model – I assume because they are now so slim they won’t stand up!

    TomTom GO 720 stand

    TomTom GO 720 stand

    The spec sheet for the 720 is really quite impressive; a 4.3in widescreen TFT ‘matt finish’ screen using a 480×272 resolution, and backed up by a 400MHz CPU and 64meg of RAM. The TomTom 720 comes with 2gb of onboard memory, but the vast majority of this is taken up by the supplied maps and addons. Bluetooth, and, a first for TomTom, a built in FM transmitter. The battery life is stated as 5 hours, and it weights just 220g.

    TomTom GO 720 review

    TomTom GO 720 back

    This device has been used for the past 2 weeks on every journey, as a direct replacement for TomTom Navigator 6 running on my personal iPaq PDA (A rx3715 from a few years ago). Consider this a comparison review between these methods of satnav, and my experiences with other brands.

    Form Factor: At 118 x 83 x 24mm, TomTom have managed to shave a fair bit off the older 710 model, and I can’t really see them being able to go much smaller, since a decent size screen is mandatory on a satnav device! It’s still not exactly easy to carry about with you though – especially if your a male without your manbag! Luckily this problem goes away if your partner is with you.

    FM Transmitter: Finally! This feature is a real winner in my opinion. It works well, its easy to turn on and off – and unlike those cheap things you buy off ebay, there is no sign of crackle or interference. It just works, and works well. You are able to select whether music and navigation announcements are made over the FM transmitter, or either or. Music is stopped during announcements, and resumes automatically when it’s finished telling you what to do!

    Speech Recognition: To be honest I was expecting this to be appalling. Having been around the IT industry for the past 10 years or so, I know that by default, all voice/speech recognition products are 1) appallingly bad; or 2) none-functional. Surprisingly I’ve not managed to get the 720 to get anything wrong! Once again, rather like the FM transmitter, it just works. It seems like a simple thing to say, but it amazes me how TomTom have managed to get it to recognise my voice, in a clapped out 10 year old car! By selecting the navigate via speech option, you are told to say the city you need to get to (as per usual TomTom define any city, town or village as a city!). A list of possible matches is displayed, to which you say the number.

    Text-to-Speech: The TomTom 720 has also applied some massive improvements to the core of the satnav system Road name are now spoken by the new “computer voice”. This feature was also seen on the Go 910, but the 720 massively improves on even that. Its got a few bugs, a few oddities, some street names just don’t quite work, but the majority of the time, its very clear, and does help out over the standard “Turn left” style commands.

    TomTom GO 720 screen shot

    TomTom GO 720 screen shot

    Package: As I’ve already said – the whole package is pretty impressive. A carry case or sleeve would have been nice, but the inclusion of a dock is welcomed, and I can’t really fault the content much at all really.

    Screen: The screen seems to be covered in some sort of matt finish cover. This might sound nasty but in practise it works well at keeping the screen visible in strong sunlight. Although its perhaps not as clear in normal lighting because of this, on the whole, the cover does improve things.

    TomTom GO 720

    TomTom GO 720 screen

    Low Lights:
    Battery Life: Still not ideal in my eyes. The advertising spiel says 5 hours, and it is a bit less than that I reckon. I would normally always use this plugged into a car charger – but clearly the fact its got a battery suggests that not everyone works this way. I guess the screen size limits what can be done about the battery life. Hopefully 5 hours is enough for the majority though

    Sound quality: This was the biggest problem I had with the TomTom. I’ve used quite a few of these PNDs, and PDA software navigation system from TomTom, and the early PNDs such as the Go 300 had excellent loud and clear speakers. Much better than my iPaq’s speaker. These new systems, presumably because of the smaller size suffer from very poor quality speakers. They aren’t particularly loud either. While I’m sure it will be bearable to most – its extremely disappointing after the quality of the earlier models.

    No Bluetooth Network Connection support: Since we like our Windows Mobile 6 devices here at TracyAndMatt, It very, very disappointing to find that these new models STILL don’t support Bluetooth PAN. It has the usual Dial Up Networking profile, and will work with most normal phones. However WM6 supports a new Bluetooth profile – The Bluetooth PAN connection. Effective this allows ‘Internet sharing’ within WM6 to act as your internet router – no messing about with dial up – connect to the PDA and you’re connected. Unfortunately even the brand new x20 range doesn’t support this, and what’s worse, because WM6 no longer includes the old DUN profile, you cannot use it for Internet Sharing with the TomTom

    Speed: Oddly the system isn’t as quick as refreshing as my iPaq – even with all POIs turned off. I’ve noticed this before, and I not 100% why this is the case. However, its perfectly usable, the GPS fix is found ultra quickly, thanks to the software downloads available via TomTom Home.

    The unknown!
    Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get the MapShare technology to work at any point. Everything seemed to go ok, my own fixes appeared to be uploaded OK, but nothing even changed on the map itself. I tried many different options to get it going but nothing seemed to give me much success. I do have the device for a couple more days, so I’ll update this should I make any progress!


    OK, so I admit I’m a bit of a SatNav obsessive (according to Matt!) and I am a big big fan of TomTom stuff. I prefer it to iGo and CoPilot. I’ve never used a Garmin device, but I think in terms of ease-of-use – nothing comes close to TomTom.

    I’ve tried to use the device as a ‘noob’ but to be honest its a bit difficult since I’ve used these products in various forms for years. Even so, I’ve tried to remain impartial.

    However, the first thing to say is that this is a damn good satnav. The new features are well thought out and genuinely improve an already good range of products. TomTom appear to have listened to the community as well. The system allows a much greater level of control over the look and feel of the built in OS. You can (finally) change the position icon (formally the blue arrow), to a logo or images of your choice, or one of the built in ready made pictures. I went for an orange F1 car.

    Equally useful is the ability to move the status bar from the bottom of the screen to the right hand side. I wasn’t sure if I’d like thus, having been used to the standard look of TomTom, but its a great idea – certainly on widescreen models like this. It seems to use the screen space better, and still allow a large driving view.

    There are many other minor improvements, that I’ve seen people moan about in previous editions of navCore. You can turn on an audible alert when travelling x% over the speed limit. You can now turn off the speed limit monitoring completely – something missing from earlier versions. A built in light sensor allows you to choose to automatically dim the screen when it gets dark. All minor updates, but it shows an attention to detail that was perhaps lacking in the early TomTom releases.

    The current version of the software (7.0) is, being honest, a bit crash happy. It doesn’t seem to want to open some of the photos I’ve uploaded to it, and just jams itself until I’m forced to press the reset button. The menu also has a tendency to hang either permanently, or for a few seconds at a time. Unusually though when on a route, and the device is left to its own.. erm.. devices, its perfectly stable.

    The suction cup and mount is somewhat different to the old Go models. There is no built in charger, or any port replication. Many people believe this to be down to the problems TomTom faced with the old active mounts. The suction cup is, as ever, very strong, and ‘parking’ the device takes a bit of getting used to, but very intuitive once the learning curve is complete! I can see the mount being a pain in the **** for people having to plug the charger, an external GPS aerial, and a FM Traffic receiver in every time they set off!

    There are improvements to the way TomTom handle SD cards. In older models, the SD card ‘replaced’ the onboard memory – so a complete copy of the software and maps had to be loaded onto the SD Card. This is no longer the case, and the TomTom combines any folders called the same on both memory areas. This allows you to use all the space on your memory card. As ever though, images have to be in /images, mp3s have to be in /mp3s etc etc. Otherwise they just aren’t seen in the Jukebox or picture viewing software.

    TomTom GO 720

    TomTom GO 720 bottom


    The overall operation of the device is exactly like any other TomTom. I think the buzzwords are evolution not revolution. If you can handle your current TomTom device, you’ll be fine with this. There are minor improvements, for example the user-configurable quick launch menu, and depending on how old your device is, you’ll be surprised to find Postcode navigation now hidden in the ‘address’ area. Routes can, as ever, be calculated by the quickest route, shortest routes, various different methods for pedestrians and fixed speed vehicles. Routing seems good, if not perfect – and the mapshare technology will only improve this.

    Disappointing to me was the recent announcement that TomTom are to buy TeleAtlas mapping. Having used one of the few TomTom rider units supplied with NavTeq mapping, I think in comparison, the TeleAtlas stuff is lacking – even in Europe. Routing also seemed much better using the Navteq maps. However, I fear this is something that we’re gonna have to manage with. It’ll be teleatlas all the way from now on.

    A minor gripe is the car mount. It’s a little too small, and too short. This means that the unit is held firm, and shake-free, but it a long way away from the driver – especially for control with driving. My PDA mount for example sits a lot further away from the windscreen, and closer to me – meaning its much easier to control without stretching.


    Overall stability is pretty good while routing, but as stated earlier, its prone to crashes, especially when modifying settings within the large menu system.

    Ease of Use
    Its TomTom. Its like the rest, and I don’t believe its that steep a learning curve for people new to satnav. For a new entrant to the world of satnav – you won’t find a much easier starting point than this.

    TomTom GO 720

    TomTom GO 720

    Overall Assessment
    TomTom have really raised the bar with the release of the 720. 2gb onboard memory, and a wide variety of major and minor fixes and feature improvements. While I have a few issues with it, I can’t help but heap praise on TomTom who have made possible the biggest improvements to the devices since the original TomTom Go.

    It’s a great device for both new users, and old pros looking to improve what they already have. The FM transmitter is exceptional – and space saving since it’s all built into the small case. The text to speech, and speech to text systems are the best I’ve ever used. They are highly useful, and I think that’s the main plus point for me – all the new features are genuinely useful to the end user. So silly gimmick here – just solid feature requests being added to an already good base product.

    In conclusion, if you are looking for a new satnav right now – this is the best on the market. It’s well supported both officially and unofficially, and the ‘fan’ sites have large communities of experts ready to help out with any problems. The pricing is highly competitive, even against its stablemate the Go 520.

    TomTom GO 720 Specification:

    • CPU – 400MHz
    • Memory – 64MB Ram, 2GB Internal Storage Memory
    • Screen Size – 4.3″ 480 x 272 pixels
    • Dimensions – 118 x 83 x 24mm
    • Bluetooth
    • FM Transmitter
    • Built-in speaker and mic
    • SD memory card slot
    • Weight – 220g
    • Battery Time – 5h
    • Pre-installed maps of Western Europe

    Note: Since writing this, I noticed Clove have reduced their price again – just £255 (£299.62 inc VAT)

    Review by: Mark

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    By August 24, 2007 Read More →

    HTC TyTN II – It’s offical

    HTC have confirmed via their HTC Club website that the Kaiser will be released, as expected, as the HTC TyTN II.

    TyTN II Logo

    TyTN II Logo

    The major new Windows Mobile 6 device has been a long time coming, and with a frankly awesome spec sheet already, it is now also confirmed to be loaded with TouchFlo Technology as well!

    Here is the full spec:

  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Tilted 2.8” 240*320 QVGA touch screen
  • Sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • built-in GPS
  • 3 mega-pixel auto focus camera
  • VGA camera for 3G/UMTS video-calling
  • HTC Home menu screen
  • Tri-band UMTS with Quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge
  • HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps (however no HSUPA mentioned in specifications!)
  • ROM 256MB and RAM 128MB
  • 360 degree 3 way jog wheel paired with OK button
  • microSD card slot
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g , Bluetooth 2.0
  • TouchFLO Technology
  • Read the official release here

    EDIT: You can see our TyTN II review HERE.

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    By August 24, 2007 Read More →

    iPhone style keyboard for Windows Mobile

    I’m surprised its taken this long really, but an iPhone style keyboard has been developed for Windows Mobile.

    This could be a really major improvement to our favourite devices really. Every feature you’d perhaps want, is already included, and best of all its currently free! Here is the speil from the offical website:

    First of all, it offers a visible feedback of the key currently pressed, you can imagine that your finger is on the keyboard… and now you can easily see what key is pressed.

    Second important thing: you can move your finger, the key will change, release it, the key will be triggered (so it’s the opposite of a physical keyboard: the actual action is when you release the key, not when you push it).

    The third reason that it works is smart suggestion based on key position. If you look at the screenshot you can see that I typed “leyblaed”. This word doesn’t exist in english. The keyboard then looked at all the possible variation from this word… and found “keyboard”. That’s exactly the word I wanted to type.

    How does the keyboard do? it simply uses the letter position: ‘l’ is near ‘k’, ‘eyb’ are correct, ‘l’ is also near ‘o’, the ‘a’ is correct, then ‘e’ is near ‘r’ and ‘d’ is correct. The only possible matching word is “keyboard”.

    You can download this ingenious – and FREE – input addon HERE

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    By August 22, 2007 Read More →

    Windows Mobile upgrade news

    Two snippets of news for Windows Mobile 6 fans.

    Firstly, according to reports circulating on the net, the O2 UK Graphite is now being shipped with Windows Mobile 6 pre-installed. It even comes complete with a nice “WM6 Upgrade” sticker and logo on the box! As the ROM version is only marked as July 11th 2007, I’d say its a fairly new situation – which means old stocks of WM5 are probably still about as well.

    It may be worth requesting a WM6 version when you order!

    In the second of todays WM6 related news, the latest HTC device to get a free upgrade to WM6 is the HTC Herald (HTC P4350). Rather like the other devices to be upgraded, the ROM update must be downloaded from the HTC website, and a valid device IMEI is required to gain access.

    More information can be found here ( or from the HTC eClub in the My Downloads section.

    Either that or wait for it to leak!

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    By August 8, 2007 Read More →

    Another day, another new HTC device?

    According to the smartmobilegadgets blog, this is the first picture of the HTC Artemis beater – Polaris.

    HTC Polaris?

    Not too dissimilar then, but the way the spec sheet is looking, the could be one of the most powerful and feature-packed devices we’ve seen.

    Drool over this…

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 3.5″ VGA screen
  • 256 ROM / 128MB RAM
  • Qualcomm MSM7200 @ 400 MHz
  • WCDMA 2100 MHz, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • EDGE/ GSM/GPRS, quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
  • Digital compass
  • FM radio
  • 3 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • miniUSB, USB 1.1
  • MicroSD expansion
  • If all of the above manages to make it to the final design spec, I may even be tempted away from the QWERTY loveliness of the Kaiser!

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    By August 7, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P4550 / Kaiser rebrands as TyTN II?

    HTC are to call their long-awaited Kaiser device the ‘HTC TyTN II’. At least if you like to believe net rumours! It does seem likely though, and the source is apparently from an HTC certification request. It was to have been released as the ‘HTC P4550’, but since the media and punters alike were refering to it as the successor to the TyTn, it does seem to be a understandable change.

    Since the TyTN was so successful for HTC, I’m sure they are also hoping for increased sales for their new mass market device.

    The latest information on releases, is that the TyTN II will almost certainly be on Vodafone, and will probably be on Orange, T-Mobile and o2. It’s unclear at present as to whether it will be an SPV branded device on the Orange network.

    HTC Kaiser (P4550 / HTC TyTN II) Latest Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 2.8″ QVGA LCD Touchscreen
  • 256 MB ROM – 128MB RAM
  • Qualcomm 400MHz CPU
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • Built-in spring-loaded QWERTY-type keyboard
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Bluetooth 2
  • 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • AGPS
  • USB 2.0
  • 58 x 110 x 18mm
  • 160 grams
  • TouchFlo included!
  • The last bullet is interesting. Contary to earlier reports, the TyTN II will support TouchFlo, but the rumour is that this will actually be a cut down version. The reason for this is down to the standard touch screen. The HTC Touch had a highly sensitive and specially strengthened screen to enable the advanced features. Currently, the TyTN II does not.

    EDIT: You can order the TyTN II now and get £10 off the purchase price. Details HERE.

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    By July 19, 2007 Read More →

    SanDisk extend ‘Extreme Ducati Edition’ range

    SanDisk® today launched a line of turbo-charged flash memory cards – the SanDisk Extreme® Ducati Edition CompactFlash® and the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition SD™ Plus. Both have the quickest read/write times of the SanDisk portfolio and represent the company’s ultimate performance products for digital photographers.

    The announcement was made during a press conference at SanDisk headquarters on the eve of the U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP race on July 22 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Present for the launch were Casey Stoner of Australia, a Ducati competition rider who is currently ranked number one in the international MotoGP circuit, and teammate Loris Capirossi of Italy.

    The SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition cards are the result of a sponsorship and marketing relationship between SanDisk and Ducati Corse, the racing arm of Italy’s famed Ducati motorcycle company. The line-up consists of 4- and 8-gigabyte[ii] (GB) capacities for the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition CompactFlash card and 4GB for the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition SD Plus card. The latter features a snap-open connector that enables the card to be plugged in directly to the USB port of a personal computer without requiring a cable or reader. Distinctive bright red labels and packaging bear images of Ducati MotoGP racers and the Ducati Corse emblem.

    “With the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition cards, we have reached a new threshold of speed – 45 megabytes per second for the CompactFlash cards and 20MB/sec1 for the SD Plus card,” said Tanya Chuang, director of worldwide retail product marketing for the high performance imaging market at SanDisk. “These speeds allow for fast transfers of images from the cards, and are especially useful for professional photographers in their work-flow environments.”

    The SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition CompactFlash card is twice as fast as the SanDisk Extreme III card and is 5MB faster than the new SanDisk Extreme IV card, she added.

    SanDisk’s relationship with Ducati Corse, which was launched in January, “takes the marketing of our memory products into a new dimension,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of SanDisk’s Cards and Accessories Division. “Ducati is on the leading edge of motorcycle design and performance, and SanDisk is the world leader in flash memory cards. Both companies share a passion for speed and for pushing the envelope of technology. We feel that SanDisk’s new products will resonate not only with photographers but also with the millions of Ducati and MotoGP fans around the world,” he added.

    SanDisk is currently rolling out a worldwide merchandising and marketing campaign that leverages the Ducati MotoGP sponsorship.

    Initial distribution is planned for August in North America and Europe, with the cards available through photo specialty stores, high-end niche retailers, high-end department stores, Ducati network shops and other outlets, including on-line. Suggested retail prices are $164.99 for the 4GB CompactFlash card, $314.99 for the 8GB CompactFlash card and $129.99 for the 4GB SD Plus card. They will also be available for pre-order on the SanDisk website at

    Clearly Ducati obsessed, SanDisk® today also rolled out the sleek SanDisk Extreme® Ducati Edition USB Flash Drive. A tribute to Ducati’s distinctive Italian design and engineering, the new drive has the same glossy red chassis and black trim as the Ducati Corse team motorcycles now racking up victories on the MotoGP circuit.

    The true “Ducatisti,” as aficionados of Ducati motorcycles call themselves, will appreciate the attention to detail in the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition USB Flash Drive, including the Ducati Corse logo on top of the drive and the red tail light that illuminates whenever the drive is inserted into the USB port of a computer.

    On the inside, the drive offers a generous 4 gigabytes1 (GB) of capacity and front-of-the-pack read and write speeds of 20 megabytes per second2 — the fastest of the SanDisk portfolio of consumer USB drives. In other words, there isn’t a long wait to fill the drive’s big fuel tank with documents, photos, music and other digital data.

    “Ducati and SanDisk share a passion for bringing together performance and design,” said Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Corse marketing and licensing manager. “That’s why Ducati was proud to welcome SanDisk as a sponsor of our MotoGP team back in January, and why we’re delighted today that SanDisk has created a product so closely mirroring our commitment to excellence.”

    “There has never been a USB flash drive that looked like this,” said Greg Rhine, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Products Division at SanDisk. “The SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition USB Flash Drive is fast and functional, but it’s also a way for everyone to share the excitement of Ducati motorcycles and Ducati’s long history as a racing champion.”

    The SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition USB Flash Drive comes with a custom lanyard, as well as SanDisk’s RescuePRO® Deluxe software for recovering data that is accidentally deleted. The drive is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and versions 10.1.2 or better of the Mac operating system.

    The drive has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $124.99 in the United States. It is expected to be available in North America and Europe in August, and worldwide in September. The drive will be sold through high-end niche retailers, high-end department stores, Ducati network shops and other outlets, including on-line. It will also be available for pre-order on the SanDisk website at .

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    Orange Wind Charger UPDATE

    I’m here again with this weeks Tracy and Matt Wind Power Update.

    Orange Wind Charger

    Orange Wind Charger

    Apparently, due to “popular demand”, the designers are looking to mass-produce the little wind turbines, and Glastonbury may only be the beginning.

    According to The Register, designer Ben Jandrell from Gotwind had this to say;

    “We are assessing the demand for a wind charger before we commit to production.”

    And true to their word, you can now register your interest on the Gotwind website here

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