The new BlackBerry 7100t (a.k.a. "Charm") looks more like a traditional phone than its older model, with a new 20-character keyboard: a combination of a telephone keypad and the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout. It will be available for $199.99 exclusively through T-Mobile USA. The design shows that most of the keys have more than one letter. To compensate for this, the device includes predictive software to guess which words the user is typing. RIM hopes to draw in a new market with this newly designed model, but insists that it's still a "BlackBerry."
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Those of you who are of the mentality that smaller is better, may want to rethink that philosophy - at least as it pertains to camcorders. We all know that high definition is where it's at in terms of jaw-dropping visual quality. How nice would it be to be able to record our home movies in the same vein? Sony has just introduced the world to the HDR-FX1 High Definition Camcorder. Why should you care? Put simply, it enters another consumer level high def recorder into the market, and that brings prices down. This bad boy records in 1080i, and when compared to a regular camcorder, the difference is immediately apparent. A test recording of written text from a book showed that even the fine print was legible on the HDR-FX1 in comparison to the same recording on a normal camcorder where the text was blurry and illegible.
The HDR-FX1 weighs a good 4.4 pounds, and is set to go on sale next month in Japan for about 400,000 yen. That equates to roughly $3,600 USD. The recorder should be available in the States by the end of 2004.
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Leave it up to Rio to make a product so hot that you can't find it anywhere, except in the back closets of your local Best Buy. There weren't any on display, but you see, it always pays to ask. Even the limited edition, with a run of only 500, was sold out in a matter of a couple days! Gear Live finally has its hands on Apple iPod Mini's direct competitor, the Rio Carbon 5 GB digital audio player. This little number sports an extra gig of space than the Mini, offers 20 hours of life on a Lithium-Ion power supply, and is supposed to have one of the best desktop software systems available.
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As it turns out, our previous speculation was correct. Nintendo has officially reduced the price of the Game Boy Advance SP handheld portable to a cool $79.99. If you have not yet picked up one of these, now is the time to do it, as the SP is totally chic and fits in very nicely with other high tech gadgets. Nintendo has set up a new site, Start Mayhem, to push the new price point.
Globally, cell phone sales have hit an all-time record of 156 million for the 2nd quarter alone. I can remember way back, when I resisted the thought of having a cell phone myself. These days, it seems, it's a necessity. Nokia leads the pack in terms of overall market share, increasing slightly to 29.7 percent. Motorola holds on to 15.8 percent of the market, while Samsung Electronics is at 12.1 percent and Sony Ericsson is at 6.6 percent. LG Electronics rounds out the list at 6.0 percent.
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Looks like Apple is coming up against stiff music-service competition these days. First there was RealNetworks, and now Microsoft is getting into the act. It sounds like its service will look very similar to the popular iTunes online music service, with one big difference: Music files will be saved to your devices in the WMA format, allowing for a broader distribution to various handhelds. Microsoft stands to gain some increased revenue in the form of increased advertising dollars on its MSN Website. They also hope to spread the appeal of the Windows Media file format.
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