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Memorex announced it started shipping its highly anticipated HD DVD recordable media. Compatible with HD DVD capable recorders and set-top players, Memorex HD DVD-R discs can record up to 15 GB of digital content, up to 75 minutes of HD-quality video, or about 7 hours of standard DVD-quality video, depending upon method of encoding used. The HD DVD format uses new state-of-the-art, blue-violet laser technology to support HD broadcasts and video recording and also serves as a high capacity back-up medium for data and photo storage from PCs and servers.
Memorex HD DVD-R media can record and preserve the digital quality of HD broadcasts, including enhanced 7.1 channel surround sound, brilliant widescreen aspect ratio, high resolution 1080i picture, and content-rich interactive features. Memorex will also bring rewritable HD DVD-RW media to the retail market in the fourth quarter of 2006.
The only problem is the lack of a variety of HD DVD recorders and the quite high prices of the already available models…
The suggested retail price of Memorex HD DVD-R media is $19.99 for a single disc.
The GoBook XR-1 elegantly combines rugged features with high-performance computing, comprehensive wireless capabilities and unmatched security features in a product designed to perform in mobile outdoor environments.
The notebook meets MIL STD 810F (military standard) ratings for drop/shock and vibration and the IP54 (ingress protection) standard for water and dust. The entire notebook is water tight and features an innovatively designed keyboard that can withstand liquids and abrasive dust and dirt particles commonly found in outdoor and industrial environments. The notebook???‚?„?s sealed design can even withstand bleach-water submersion and scrub tests, required after exposure to toxic substances. Users also have a choice of a capacitive or resistive touch pad, which can be used in rain or when wearing gloves. For operations in sub-zero weather, the product incorporates standard heaters for the hard drive and display, which assure operation in the coldest environment, while extending these components???‚?„? life.
For the ultimate performance in a rugged notebook, the GoBook XR-1 uses the next generation of mobile dual-core processor from Intel, the Core Duo 1.83GHz, with a FSB of 667MHz. It also features increased graphics capabilities using a dedicated ATI M22-CSP/32 external graphics controller, allowing the GoBook XR-1 to score over 1900 in the 3D Mark 2003 benchmark test, over twice as high as its closest competitor. In addition, the GoBook XR-1 comes with a 40 GB or 80 GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive, a power management utility, and an integrated Ethernet 1GB LAN and Microsoft’s XP Professional operating system.
The sleek and professional-looking GoBook XR-1 weighs just 6.8 pounds and has a very small footprint (11.8 inches by 9.65 inches by 1.97 inches), making it the lightest and smallest fully rugged notebook available. The product’s touch-screen display uses a multi-layer anti-reflective coating process to improve outdoor viewability, and glow-in-the-dark keys and optional backlit keyboard to improve keyboard viewing in low light conditions.
The notebook has the capability for up to four embedded concurrent wireless radios – WLAN, WWAN, Bluetooth and GPS – to ensure the widest range of coverage options with seamless roaming capabilities offered via special wireless management software.
It also features user-removable hard drives for added flexibility in securing data and also supports the industry standard Trusted Platform Module version 1.2, which is a network security shield for data and content. The GoBook XR-1 also has an optional fingerprint scanner and smart card to simplify password entry.
The GoBook XR-1 fully rugged wireless notebook will be available in September, the suggested retail price for the base configuration is $4,330.
The first-of-its-kind Logitech EasyCall Desktop is a complete solution for Internet calling and navigating the PC. The EasyCall Desktop’s full-duplex speakerphone includes Logitech RightSound Technology, which eliminates echoes for clear headset-free Internet phone calls. The speakerphone acts as the control center for the Internet calling experience, with volume up and down, mute, call pick-up, and call hang-up buttons that make it easy for people to manage Internet calls. The product also comes with a stereo headset that can be plugged into a convenient port on the speakerphone when privacy is important.
A full communications panel on the stylish cordless keyboard provides people with the ability to launch Internet communications applications, easily change their online status, and make and accept calls. Convenient speed-dialing controls offer one-touch calling to friends, family, or co-workers. These easily accessible buttons can be used to store and dial either telephone numbers or IP addresses associated with user names. The product is optimized for use with Internet calling applications, such as Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and AOL’s AIM service in the U.S., and Skype in Europe.
The keyboard also offers one-touch access to applications such as e-mail and a Web browser, and a media panel makes it easy to control digital music in applications such as iTunes and Windows Media Player. The cordless mouse features Logitech’s high-performance laser technology, delivering exceptional precision and control on virtually any surface.
The suggested retail price of the kit is $129.99, Logitech EasyCall Desktop should be available in mid-September.