The day many were waiting for has come. The Sony Ericsson S710a has been launched by Cingular. The phone was supposed to be launched in December, but after a long wait consumers can now get their hands on one of the hottest phones Sony has to offer. The S710a is a feature rich phone which includes the following:
- 2.3 inch 262K color TFT display
- Swivel-style design
- EDGE high-speed data
- 1.3 megapixel digital camera, 8x digital zoom
- MemoryStick Duo card slot
On the downside – the price is set at $449.99 with a 2-year contract, $499.99 with a 1-year contract and $549.99 without a contract. At a price higher than true smart phones, we can only ask – what were they thinking?
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We all love free stuff, and hate high gasoline prices. Now thanks to Sony you can fill up for free. Before you get too excited, this offer is only for residents of Los Angeles, California. The lucky drivers will get a chance to play Sony’s latest video game for the PS2: Grand Turismo 4. The event will take place at the Mobile station on Sherman Way in Van Nuys, CA on February 22, from 7 – 9 AM – the same day the game is released. Be sure to show up early since many people are expected to attend.
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The newest rumored Sony flash memory based MP3 player, the NW-E505, is looking very good. It is said to be available in blue or silver with a 512MB capacity and 3-line OLED display. The NW-E505 also includes an FM radio and built-in lithium battery that will be able to power the 37 gram MP3 player up to 50 hours. With so many features (especially the screen), Sony’s NW-E505 will without a doubt be very good competition to Apple’s iPod Shuffle. Why are people buying those again?
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ThinkSecret has learned that Apple will announce an updated version of its iPod mini. The new Mini will sport a color display and boast a higher capacity hard drive. We had informed you of how the mini could possiblly hold 5 GB of data in its current state; however, the new hard drive will be a Seagate drive instead of the current Hitachi. ThinkSecret’s sources claim the capacity will be 6GB, however Seagate currently makes a 5 GB 1” drive. According to their source, the current non-photo iPods will also see an update to color screens soon. The word is that you will be able to pick one up in the next week or two with no increase in price.
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A team of scientists at Pittsburgh University has used small probes attached to monkey’s brains to test a robotic arm operated by thought only. The limb has a fully mobile shoulder, arm, and gripper hand. The probes were attached to the monkey’s brain, with their natural limbs being restrained. After a while, the monkey were able to control the robotic limbs with their minds as if they were their own. The idea here is that humans with missing limbs may be able to to train their minds to use a robotic limb as if it were the original. Currently the brain probes only last about six months, as organic matter begins to grow over them at that point. The team is working on developing a better probe.
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It looks like robots are getting better at replicating the human walking motion, just another one of those things we take for granted until we hurt our backs shoveling snow. Recently, three concept robots were unveiled by researchers from Cornell University, the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and Delft University in the Netherlands. While walking robots are nothing new, these are doing it with much more efficiency by utilising the natural dynamics involved. In fact they use about the same amount of energy a human being would, where Honda Motor Co.’s ASIMO, was using approximately 10 times that. I would love to see a movie of the new robots in action, as the article describes the walking as “awkward but amiable.” Very cute.
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Boost Mobile has launched a limited edition i860 handset by Motorola with classic ‘60’s surf-style wood paneling. Aside from the gimmick, the i860 still looks like a pretty decent phone, with a hands-free speaker, 4X digital camera, and walkie-talkie capability. Even though it’s a limited edition phone, $499 does sound pricey though. I mean, you could pick up the Treo 650 for a little less, actually. I suppose novelty always comes at a price.
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Other than for driving your cat and co-workers crazy, I can’t quite think of a reason for this thing. But maybe those are reasons enough! This device is an air launcher used to shoot a focused blast of air up to 20 feet away. It uses no electiricity, requiring no charging or batteries. Simply pull on an elastic launcher, and instant hilarity ensues. It’s also pretty quiet, for maximum surprise effect. Measuring at about 17 inches x 15 inches by 11 inches, it’s yours for $24.99 - and it’s probably safer than airborne paperclips and rubber bands.
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Who would’ve thought there would be a day when a 5.1 digital camera is considered “entry-level.” Well, that’s what Nikon is calling one of their six new cameras, the Coolpix 5600, coming in March for $279.95. It will feature built-in image improvement technology, red-eye removal, and a D-Lighting feature which compensates for insufficient lighting. The camera is also equipped with a blur warning and an alert feature that informs the user of a ruined shot due to a handshake. Tripods, people.
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It seems that author and scientist Ray Kurzweil believes that human immortality is a mere twenty years away. Rather than chasing the fountain of youth, however, Ray believes that nanobots are the secret ingredient needed to keep a person alive forever - barring a major accident. Nanobots are microscopic robots which are the size of a human blood cell. They swarm through the body repairing brain cells, bones, muscles, and arteries. In fact, Kurzweil believes that you can download programs to these nanobots which will then have them compensate for genes that may cause health problems. Sounds odd, I know - until you see that he is an extremely accomplished scientist and inventor.
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