Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New SATA HDD Rack 3-In-1

New SATA HDD Rack 3-In-1

It’s been a while since we've seen any news concerning 2.5’’ and 3.5’’ HDDs. Now here's a new HDD rack 3-to-1 that provides a USB Hub and card reader (SD/CompactFlash/Memory Stick), and features USB 2.0 and eSATA ports.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Sexy Concept for Samsung's HDD

A Sexy Concept for Samsung's HDD

Just a concept, but a very sexy concept for a Samsung and for women. A nice, portable 2.5" HDD designed by Joongoo Lee.

According to Yanko Design, Lee was inspired by ladies make-up compacts, and this one's accompanied by a nifty dock.

We don’t know if this concept will become reality… but why not?


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Stories: Honda Civic Type S Fireblade Replica

Honda Civic Type S Fireblade Replica

After the great success of Honda CBR Fireblade 1000RR, one of the most supersports machine in Italia, the Japanese manufacturer get the excellent idea to create a special Limited edition of the Civic Type S Version; Here’s the Honda Civic Type S Fireblade Replica!

About the modification, “Fireblade Replica” receives new “graphite” coating on handles, fuel lid cover, nifty 18-inch wheels, mirrors housings, as well as the Fireblade emblems. This beauty is available in three different colors: Black, Red, and Silver.

As mentioned before, this is a modified version of the Civic Type S, and it comes with a 2.2-liter i-CTDi diesel engine developing 140hp and 340nm, as well as 6-speed manual transmission, and everything could traded against 25.190,00 €. Unfortunately, difficult to know how many units will be available…


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Denon AVC-2809

AVC-2809: an other AV Amplifier from Denon

Denon continue to introduce AV Amplifier, and this time this is the AVC-2809 (Successor of the AVC-2808 ) which should be available at the end of August.

The AVC-2809 provides an output power of 7x160 Watts (6Ω), frequency response of 20Hz-20 kHz, features 3 HDMI input / 1 HDMI output supporting 1080p video signals, and it can reproduce the latest audio codecs such as Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio…

It also features AL24 Processing Plus technology, the Audyssey Dynamic Volume.
It will cost around 990€.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Panasonic DMC-FZ28

Panasonic DMC-FZ28: New Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom

MISSISSAUGA, July 21 - Panasonic Canada Inc. today unveiled the LUMIX DMC-FZ28 digital camera, which boasts a premium 27mm wide-angle LEICA lens with an 18x optical zoom, ideal for tight indoor shots and long-distance action photos. The 10.1 megapixel digital camera also features an enhanced Intelligent Auto Mode (iA), with the new AF (auto focus) Tracking function, making it easier for photographers at any level to shoot sharp, well-focused photos, even when the subject is moving - making it ideal for action shots.

The AF Tracking function, the latest component to be added to Panasonic's iA system, allows users to lock focus on a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter halfway down. AF Tracking makes it easier to capture moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action shots. The AF Tracking technology also improves Face Detection (up to 15 faces), by providing continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure, even if the face is turned away from the camera.(1)

"The FZ28 packs a wide-angle lens and a high-powered zoom, so shooting outdoor events or vacation
adventures is easy with this powerful camera," said Doug Borbath, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Imaging Group. "Without sacrificing Panasonic's reputation for high-quality lenses and innovative technologies, the FZ28 expands the Intelligent Auto Mode, allowing a user at any level to take high-quality photos."

In addition to the AF Tracking functionality, Panasonic's other iA technologies include:

- Intelligent Exposure - Helps prevents photos from being under- or over-exposed by instantly analyzing the framed image and adjusting the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash. The camera will automatically adjust the brightness accordingly.

- Digital Red-eye Correction - This feature helps to eliminate the red- eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at night. Incorporated into the camera, the built-in flash emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and will digitally correct it.

- MEGA O.I.S. - Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.
- Intelligent ISO - Determines if the photo subject is moving and changes the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.

- Intelligent Scene Selector - Senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology helps the consumer use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera but often go unused without making any manual adjustments.
- Face Detection - Detects faces in the frame (up to 15 faces), even if they are moving, and selects optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear.

- Quick AF (Auto Focus) - Starts focusing on the subject by just pointing the camera, thus minimizing the AF time.
The high-quality, high-performance Venus Engine IV supports a faster response time, allowing the camera to shoot 2.5 shots per second at full resolution and 13 shots per second in High-Speed Burst mode. The LUMIX DMC-FZ28 is also is equipped with a 2.7-inch large, high resolution LCD with 230,000 pixels, and a high resolution electric viewfinder equivalent to 201,600 pixels.

The DMC-FZ28 also features High Defintion (HD) video capabilities with a resolution of 1280 x 720p at 30fps. Still photos can also be shot in a 16:9 aspect ratio for optimal full-screen viewing on a HDTV. Panasonic VIERA Plasma or LCD HDTVs also feature an integrated SD Memory Card slot, allowing users to easily view photos by simply inserting the SD Memory Card into the convenient SD Card slot built into the TV. Consumer can also enjoy watching videos in HD quality and view still images on their TV by connecting the DMC-FXZ28 via an optional Panasonic component cable (DMW-HDC2).

Additional features of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 include:
- Image Leveling - When a captured image "leans" to the right or left because the camera was held at a slight angle when the photo was taken, the Image Leveling function rotates the image to straighten it and crops the unnecessary edges. No computer needed!

- Scene Modes - The DMC-FZ28 offers a total of 37 scene modes to respond easily to any shooting situation. The new Pin Hole and Film Grain modes add unique, film camera-like effects and ambiences to images. Additionally, the actual effects of the scene mode can be viewed on the LCD before taking the shot.

- Flash - Reaches a distance of 8.5 meters at the wide setting and 5.4 meters at the telephoto setting (ISO AUTO).

- SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 SE - Software application comes bundled with the DMC-FZ28 for editing and developing images in the RAW file format.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 will be available in titanium and black in August 2008 for a suggested retail price of $449.99.

Panasonic imaging products are marketed in Canada by Panasonic Canada Inc. (PCI). PCI is a principal Canadian subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (MEI) of Japan, one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business, and industrial use.

All prices are in Canadian dollars. Consumers seeking more information on the company's products can call Panasonic's Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-5505 or access Panasonic's home page at

(1) Face must initially be facing forward to be detected.

Manufacturer's suggested prices. Dealer prices may vary. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic and Lumix are registered trademarks of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems GmbH. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Transfer Jet Wireless Technology

TransferJet: New Very Efficient Wireless Technology?

What's TrasnferJet Technology?

It's very simple Close Proximity Wireless Transfer technology which allows the transfer of high-resolution video, music, and pictures just by touching two devices together to automatically initiate transfer of files.

According to the different manufacturers, this new technology allows the high speed transfer of large data files, achieves a theoretical transmission rate of 560 Mbps, and an effective value of 375 Mbps.

Why not?

Tokyo, July 17, 2008 - Sony Corporation, Canon Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Hitachi Ltd., Victor Company of Japan, KDDI Corporation, Kenwood Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Nikon Corporation, Olympus Imaging Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Seiko Epson Corporation, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Toshiba Corporation today announced an agreement to form a consortium to develop specifications for interconnecting products using “TransferJet” a new interoperable wireless transfer technology that enables rapid transfer of high resolution video, music and images. The “TransferJet Consortium” ( plans to promote a wide range of products and services incorporating TransferJet technology with the aim of accelerating its adoption throughout the consumer electronics industry.

TransferJet wireless technology enables a high speed data transmission rate of 560Mbps, while eliminating the need for complex setup and operation. Directly touching two compliant electronic products together allows files to be transferred automatically, without the need for an access point. For example, touching a TV with a digital camera enables photos to be instantaneously displayed on the TV screen. Alternatively, downloaded music content can be easily enjoyed by touching a mobile phone to a portable audio player. TransferJet can be used as a universal interface across all consumer electronics devices.

The “TransferJet Consortium” will develop specifications and guidelines ensuring interoperability between products incorporating the technology, establish licensing schemes and administer the use of the TransferJet logo. The Consortium will also promote the advantages across industries and to consumers. Through these initiatives, the Consortium will aim to create and expand the market for TransferJet products.

"TransferJet Consortium" Members (as of July 17 2008 )

Sony Corporation ("TransferJet Consortium" Administration)
Canon Inc.
Eastman Kodak Company
Hitachi Ltd.,
Victor Company of Japan
KDDI Corporation
Kenwood Corporation
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd (Panasonic)
Nikon Corporation
Olympus Imaging Corporation
Pioneer Corporation
Seiko Epson Corporation
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications
Toshiba Corporation

Transfer Jet

Monday, July 21, 2008

Creative Zen Crystal

Zen Crystal: A new DAP from Creative?

According to AnythingbutiPod, it seems that Creative Introduced a new MP3 Player, the Zen Krystal. Our new DAP features 4GB of Memory, FM Radio, a blue OLED display, a built-in pedometer and support for MP3 and WMA files.
It measures 57 mm x 37 mm x 10.8 mm, and is available on Creative’s Hong Kong Web site for around 55€


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Stories : Mitsubishi New Pajero

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV to be Unveiled at the 2008 Moscow Motor Show

The Pajero for some means a formidable 4x4 vehicle, for others it's an "insult" that we won't even start explaining here at Anyway, if you're one of those looking for a sportier Pajero you'll be pleased. With a redesigned front grill, rear trunk, and more dynamic lines... For the rest, we'll have to wait until the end of September for more pictures of this new SUV.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil its new Pajero Sport*1 SUV model at the Moscow Auto Salon 2008 (The Moscow Motor Show) to be held at the Crocus Expo in Moscow between August 26 and September 7 (opens to the public on August 29). The new Pajero Sport will be phased in selected regions*2 such as Russia, the ASEAN area, the Middle East, Latin America and Oceania starting in the fall this year.
*1 The model will carry a different name in different markets: Montero Sport in South America, Nativa in Latin America and Challenger in Australia.
*2 The new Pajero Sport will neither be sold in Central & Western Europe nor in North America, where other types of SUVs are favored.

The new Pajero Sport features dynamic and sporty exterior lines, complemented by a stylish and vast interior space that engenders a sense of comfort, purpose and safety. This cabin, available in either a 2-row (5-passenger) or 3-row (7-passenger) seating configuration is also very practical with water-repellent seats and a waterproof luggage compartment floor, ideal for leisure use.

Mitsubishi's latest SUV will be powered by a choice of three engines which all deliver outstanding motive performance and fuel economy: 2.5-liter and 3.2-liter common rail direct injection diesel units and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline unit*3.

In terms of architecture, the body of the Pajero Sport is mounted on a new ladder frame to realize high levels of durability and reliability, consistent with the needs of its target markets.

Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control philosophy, forged through its participation in the Dakar Rally and other contests, informs all of the company's 4WD systems. The new model will use the Super Select 4WD system, also used in the Pajero*4 SUV, which transmits drive torque effectively to all four wheels on all types of surface. The body, frame and driveline not only give Pajero Sport outstanding off-road performance but allow it to deliver excellent drive dynamics over all surfaces.

The choice of the Moscow Motor Show to unveil the new Pajero Sport is a clear indication of Russia's eminent position within Mitsubishi Motors. In fiscal 2007 Mitsubishi Motors sold some 100,000 vehicles on the Russian market, boosted by the ever successful Lancer line-up and a popular range of SUVs.

MMC is confident that the new Pajero Sport SUV will make a strong addition to its SUV range, which also includes the Pajero and Outlander. Coming on the heels of the introduction of the Lancer*5 sports sedan last year, this will allow MMC to expand SUV sales and hit a total sales volume of 140,000 units on the Russian market in fiscal 2008.
*3 Russian-spec vehicle will only be available with the 3.2-liter diesel engine and 2-row, 5-passenger capacity seating arrangement.
*4 "Montero" in Spanish-speaking countries and "Shogun' in the UK.


Sunday Stories : Mazda 6 USA

Mazda 6 USA

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing for the 2009 MAZDA6 sports sedan will start at $18,550 for a MAZDA6 i SV, equipped with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter I-4 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing for the 2009 MAZDA6 s, powered by a 273-horsepower V6 engine and six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission begins at $24,130. Destination charges for all 2009 model-year Mazda vehicles are $670, $715 in Alaska. The 2009 MAZDA6 will be available at dealers across the U. S. starting in late August, 2008.

The highly anticipated 2009 MAZDA6 is the first of Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom Evolution" second-generation vehicles, building on a heritage of sports sedans and sports cars that no other manufacturer can boast, and bringing a combination of sports sedan, sophistication, build quality and product insight not currently found in the market.

"This is the most important new vehicle Mazda has launched in a decade," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "Bringing any new car to market at a competitive price has always been critical, but seldom more-so than today. Customers are looking for that rare combination of style, dynamics, economy and a great price, and the all-new 2009 MAZDA6 delivers on all levels."

The 2009 MAZDA6 will be available as a four-door sedan and in four trim levels: SV (I-4 models only), Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, and with varying levels of standard and optional equipment. All models, regardless of engine or trim grade, will include as standard equipment: air-conditioning, power windows, mirrors and door locks, anti-lock brakes (ABS), dynamic stability control, traction control, frontal and seat-mounted airbags for driver and front passenger, side air-curtain airbags for front and rear seat passengers and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Power for the 2009 MAZDA6 will be available from an all-new Mazda-designed and developed MZR 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 273-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, as used in the 2008 CX-9, Motor Trend's 2008 Sport/Utility of the Year and the 2008 North American Truck of the Year. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or five-speed Sport AT automatic with manual-shift mode (2.5-liter engine) or a six-speed Sport AT automatic with manual-shift mode (3.7-liter V6). I-4 models equipped with the Sport AT are certified at the ultra-clean SULEV level, and PZEV in California-emission states. All V6 models meet ULEV standards for all 50 states.

As it has been since the first MAZDA6 launched in 2002, all North American MAZDA6s will continue to be built at AutoAlliance International, in Flat Rock, Mich, a joint venture with partner Ford Motor Company.


Sunday Stories: Mitsubishi MRX09

Mitsubishi Introduces the New 'Racing Lancer' (MRX09) for the 2009 Dakar

Have you ever dreamed of seeing an EVO X running at the Dakar? Well pace yourself since Mitsubishi will have a MRX09 Racing Lancer ready to fight at the 2009 Dakar!

The MRX09 is a "Cross-Country" class rally car, and this code name stands for Mitsubishi Rally "Cross-Country"(X) sitck with the 09 of 2009. Based on the Lancer Sportback's body, our almighty MRX09 will sure put some spice on next year Dakar.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has developed a new competition car, the Racing Lancer, whose mission will be to target victory at next year's Dakar. In 2009 it will break new ground with a switch from Africa to South America. For Mitsubishi Motors, not only does the Dakar serve as a platform for the sales and marketing of the Pajero/Montero, but also provides a unique proving ground for powertrains and 4WD transmission systems. In light of the corporate decision to focus the firm's cross-country rallying activities on the development of a new diesel engine, Mitsubishi Motors sees it as a natural step for the Lancer (known in Japan as Gallant Fortis), a commercially and globally important model powered with a diesel powerplant, to take the competition baton from the Pajero/Montero and the Pajero/Montero Evolution. The technological expertise accumulated thanks to the firm's cross-country rally program - which includes the Dakar - will be applied to its diesel engine development, including the new-generation clean diesel that will power future production cars. As was previously the case, 4WD systems technology will also be carried over to the production versions after their configuration has been optimized.

Under its new corporate communication tagline 'Drive@earth', Mitsubishi Motors has a commitment to providing the joy of mobility for customers worldwide while at the same time taking a responsible stance on the environment. Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart will also play an important role as an integral part of the automobile research and development program.

The Racing Lancer is a Super Production Cross-Country Rally Car that has been developed in compliance with FIA Group T1 regulations (modified cross-country rally cars). It also complies with the new rules due to come into force in 2010. Needless to say, the new rally car has profited from the technical expertise and experience gained with the Pajero/Montero and the Pajero/Montero Evolution which secured 12 outright Dakar wins during its uninterrupted 25-year participation on the celebrated African event, a sequence which began with the fifth edition of the rally in 1983. The MRX09 features a new, multi-tubular steel frame which has benefited from advanced CAE analysis with a view to optimizing the layout and dimensioning of the tubing. The car will be powered by the 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine which the company is currently developing on qualifying rounds of the 2008 Dakar Series and the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. The carbon-fiber bodywork of the MRX09 is redolent of the Lancer Sportback, a new sporty hatchback due to be released in Europe this summer. The new car will be equipped with the same 4WD system, drive train, suspension, and brakes following their modification in accordance with the new technical regulations, and as a function of the characteristics of the diesel turbo powerplant.

* MRX09: The new codename for Mitsubishi's latest cross-country rally challenger. 'MRX09' stands for 'Mitsubishi Rally 'Cross Country'('X'), plus a suffix for the year in which it competes ('09' = 2009).


Sunday Stories: Mazda Demio 13C-V

Mazda Demio 13C-V

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has freshened its globally popular Demio compact car for the Japanese market. It goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealerships nationwide. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (including consumption tax) range from 1,190,000 to 1,580,000 yen.

The updated Demio comes with refined interior and exterior styling. Two vivid exterior body colors — Passion Orange Mica and Golden Red Mica — have been newly added to the range. Inside, the standard black seats have been enlivened with a multistripe pattern, and the steering wheel features bright silver spokes.

Mazda’s ‘Audio-less’ specification is now standard across the entire model range, providing customers with the freedom to choose their desired audio system. This revision makes the base price for some of the available models even more affordable.

Main features of the freshened Mazda Demio

- The range of exterior body colors has been expanded with Passion Orange Mica and Golden Red Mica. (Golden Red Mica was available for the special edition ‘Chiara’ Demio.)

- New ‘Multi Black’ seats energize the interior with the addition of a multistripe pattern to the standard black seats. (For all grades except SPORT)
- The steering wheel has shiny silver spokes. (For all grades except SPORT)
- Tachometer with white background as standard. (For 13C-V and 13C grades)

Other features
- ‘Audio-less’ specification (the center panel has a free space) provides customers with the freedom to choose their desired audio system. (New to all grades except 13S; came as standard on original 13S grade.)
- A total of six-speakers are set in the front and rear doors and in the door mirror garnishes. (For SPORT grade)


Friday, July 18, 2008

Samsung M150 GSM Phone

M150: Samsung's New Bar Type Mobile Phone

Samsung Electronics introduced another bar type phone, the M150. This new GPRS dual-band mobile phone features a softly brushed hairline pattern and is available in five colors: Light Gray, Charcoal Gray, Pure White, Lavender Pink, and Ice Blue.

The M150 features a 1.77’’ LCD Screen in 128x160, 20MB of memory, VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.0, FM radio, and music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA). It can record MPEG4 video.

It measures 106.5x45.4x12.7mm and should be available in Germany at the middle of August, then in the rest of the world.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Onkyo Integra DHC-9.9

Integra DHC-9.9: Onkyo's New Beast

Onkyo announced the release of a new audio/video pre-amplifier for the Integra Series, the DCH-9.9. It will be available at the beginning of September.

Our new beast features 4 HDMI1.3 input / 2 HDMI1.3 output 1080/24p compatible, HQV Reon-VX video processing which upscales all video source material to 1080p output over HDMI, 7.1-channel professional-grade balanced XLR outputs for connection to compatible multichannel amplifiers, and can reproduce the latest audio codecs such as Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio…

It provides a frequency response of 5Hz-100kHz (+1dB/-3dB, Direct mode), a signal to noise ratio of 110dB (LINE, IHF-A), and 80dB (PHONO, IHF-A)

You can expect a price of 1400€ to get this very nice preamp!



Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lenovo Centrino 2-based IdeaPad

Lenovo Introduces a New Centrino 2-based IdeaPad, The U330

Lenovo will release new IdeaPad notebooks, the 14.1" Y430, 15.4" Y530, 17.1" Y730, and 13.3" U330. The U330 is the most interesting as it features the newly released Centrino 2 processor. We don’t have much information about it, but it’s also equipped with HDMI Interface, a built-in optical erive, an integrated webcam, and touch sensitive media controls. They all have a thickness of 2.2cm.

These new notebooks should be available in Fall, 2008.


Toshiba Centrino 2 Notebook

Toshiba Will Also Unleash a New Centrino 2-based Notebook Line-up

We continue with other Toshiba laptops powered by Centrino 2 processors, the Satellite Pro S300, and Tecra M10 and A10. All are based on Centrino 2 Technology.

The Satellite Pro features a 15.4" LCD screen, EasyGuard Technolgy, eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, Sleep-and-Charge USB port, and a Webcam with a business card reader. It should cost around 815€.

The Tecra M10 (14.1") and A10 (15.4") feature same technology, but come with a Centrino 2 vPro Processor. 880€.

IRVINE, Calif., July 15, 2008 --Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the expansion of its Satellite Pro notebook family with the Satellite Pro® S300 laptop. This affordable laptop PC with Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology1 is packed with the key essential business features to increase productivity plus Toshiba's fourth-generation EasyGuard® technology2, built-in docking capabilities and Webcam with business card reader software. The Satellite Pro S300 features a starting price of $1,2993.

“The Toshiba Satellite Pro S300 laptop delivers the essential feature sets our customers need and more for an improved mobile computing experience at an incredible price point,” said Jeff Barney, general manager and vice president, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “The design of the Satellite Pro S300 laptop PC is a direct reflection of customer feedback, providing mobile professionals with innovative and reliable computing performance that gives them the freedom to work or explore when they need and want.”

Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology: Based on the latest 45nm mobile architecture, this new technology provides mobile professionals with higher performance, advanced connectivity4 and long battery life5 while on the go. The Satellite Pro S300 laptop also uses Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD to provide up to three times better graphics performance6.

EasyGuard Technology: Available for the first time in the Satellite Pro laptop PC lineup, Toshiba integrated its fourth-generation EasyGuard Technology. Toshiba's proprietary, value-add series of hardware and software enhancements is designed to better protect and secure the notebook during everyday computing. Components include HDD Protection, a spill-resistant keyboard7, fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Express Port Replicator: Toshiba's Satellite Pro S300 is the first Satellite Pro laptop with built-in support for docking, giving users quicker access to a traditional desktop console and better cable management. This enhances the desktop experience plus mobile users can easily get up and go at the touch of a button.

Webcam with Business Card Reader Software: Toshiba expanded the functionality of the standard 1.3 megapixel Webcam by integrating macro functionality with business card reader software to allow users to scan business cards and store them digitally.

eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo Port: This port enables the high-speed transfer of files between the laptop and an external eSATA hard drive with transfer rates that are up to five times faster than standard USB 2.0. High-speed data transfer is ideal for data backup.

Sleep-and-Charge USB Port8: The Satellite Pro S300 laptop features four Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, which enable users to charge select mobile devices such as, cell phones, MP3 players and PDAs whether the computer is on, off, in sleep mode or hibernation mode.

Green Attributes: The Satellite Pro S300 is laptop PC ENERGY STAR® 4.0 compliant and has achieved a Bronze status through the Green Electronics Council's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Multimedia: Satellite Pro S300 Photos, Satellite Pro S300 Spec Sheet

The Satellite Pro S300 laptop PC series is available with a one-year standard limited warranty9, which includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country such as UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations.

As a responsible global corporate citizen, Toshiba makes all new laptops to be RoHS-compatible10, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. During the third quarter of 2008, Toshiba will offer a computer trade-in and recycling program for all manufacturer's PCs with no obligation for the consumer to purchase a Toshiba product.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $76 billion. For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Web site at

1 Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at

2 EasyGuard. Toshiba EasyGuard™ technology comprises a number of features some of which may or may not be available on a particular Toshiba notebook depending on the model selected. See for detailed information.

3 Price. Reseller prices may vary. ESUP means “Estimated Single Unit Price.”

4 Wireless. May require purchase of additional software, external hardware, or services. Transmission speeds may vary. See Wireless Legal Footnote at

5 Battery Life. Measured MobileMark™. Battery life may vary. See Battery Life Legal Footnote at

6 As measured by 3DMark*06 comparing latest generation Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology-based notebooks including Intel Graphics, with first generation dual-core Intel Centrino processor technology based notebooks. Actual performance may vary. See for important additional information.

7 Spill-Resistant Keyboard. Under Toshiba testing conditions, the spill-resistant keyboard delayed the time for a water spill to reach the computer's main board to allow more time to properly close down the machine. Toshiba's standard limited warranty terms and limitations apply. Visit for details.

8 USB Sleep & Charge. The "USB Sleep & Charge function" may not work with certain external devices even if they are compliant with the USB specification. In those cases, turn the power of the computer ON to charge the device.

9 Warranty. The terms and conditions of Toshiba's standard limited warranty, extended warranty and service upgrade terms and conditions are available at

10 RoHS. This product is compatible with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC. See RoHS legal footnote at

© 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.

Release Summary:

This affordable laptop PC with Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology is packed with the key essential business features to increase productivity plus Toshiba's fourth-generation EasyGuard® technology, built-in docking capabilities and a Webcam.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Intel Centrino 2 Finally Available!

Intel Centrino 2 Finally Available!

According to Engadget's Website, Intel has finally unleashed its new Centrino, the Centrino 2! It comes in two versions: one for consumers, the other, the vPro version, is for professionals. The release of these new platforms was delayed because of a problem with 802.11n WiFi.

The Centrino 2 enhances Blu-Ray playback: you can watch an entire Blu-ray for 2 hours without recharging your battery. This platform also supports Wifi 802.11, five new processors: One was demonstrated: the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X9100 which seems impressive.

The WiMax isn't yet ready, but Intel has promised it for Fall, 2008.

SAN FRANCISCO, Jul. 15, 2008 Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.

Intel also introduced the world's highest-performing dual-core mobile processor, the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Extreme processor running at a brisk 3.06 GHz, as measured by SPECint(1)_rate_base2006, an industry benchmark (

Rounding out a mobile-focused summer for the company, Intel said it also plans to unveil eight processors within 90 days that will include first-ever mobile quad-core products and second-generation products for ultra-thin and light notebooks. In total, Intel will bring 14 diverse new processors into the marketplace as laptop sales continue to outpace desktop PCs.

Formerly codenamed Montevina, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 with vPro(TM) Technology improve upon every facet of a laptop's main features, including performance and battery life via new processors and chipsets, faster draft 802.11n wireless (with WiMAX arriving later this year), and new business-class manageability capabilities.

"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn't really exist, 'thin and light' only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the company's Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S., and we're paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."

Intel is introducing five dual core processors based on Intel's reinvented transistors (high-k metal gate formula) and advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process. These processors come with a faster 1066MHz front side bus and up to 6MB of L2 cache, and three versions reduce laptop processor wattage about 30 percent, down to just 25 watts. Also featured is Deep Power Down Technology that turns off processing components such as core clocks and cache memory when the laptop is idle for greater energy savings.

Intel also unveiled its Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Chipset and wireless Intel(R) Wi-Fi Link 5000 series that is shipping to customers now, with laptops arriving later in July and August. Delivering five times the speed and twice the range of older 802.11a/g technology, the Intel Wi-Fi Link 5000 series provides 802.11 draft-N support that delivers the fastest data rates possible today — up to 450 Mbps.

Switchable graphics, a new optional power-saving feature available on Intel Centrino 2-based notebooks, provides both integrated and discrete graphics on a single notebook, enabling users to easily switch between the two options. Switchable graphics delivers greater 3-D performance when needed while providing the option for greater power savings for the best of both worlds.

For consumers, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology delivers the horsepower and battery life to enjoy a typical full-length, Blu-ray(1) high-definition video on a single battery charge for the first time, plus the ability to play a variety of online games, download music or post videos faster than before.

For businesses, Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology offers enhanced manageability and security options. This is increasingly important as companies replace desktops with notebooks and need to remotely diagnose, update and repair systems over a wireless network. Improved manageability with AMT 4.0 has also been added that provides wireless manageability during system sleep states, ongoing remote configuration capabilities, support for next-generation management standards (WS-MAN and DASH 1.0) and the ability for an employee to initiate communications to IT from outside a company's firewall.

OEMs and Channel system builders will deliver close to 250 systems to market. For more information including Intel product pricing, visit For a full media version of this release including photos, videos, related blogs and other information, visit and the Intel Centrino 2 technology press kit at

WiMAX Momentum

Later this year in the United States, Intel will begin shipping its first-ever combined WiMAX/Wi-Fi module, part of the Intel(R) WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series that is an optional feature for future Intel Centrino 2-based laptops. WiMAX is a 4G, Internet protocol-based broadband wireless technology that complements Wi-Fi networks.

WiMAX also provides much wider Internet and phone voice coverage, and unlike Wi-Fi has the ability to unwire entire cities or communities, connecting users even when they're on the move. Intel is working with service providers around the world to deploy WiMAX networks, with initial U.S. network availability starting later this year from Sprint XOHM and Clearwire.



Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Stories: Gallant Fortis RalliART

Mitsubishi Motors Announces Its Galant Fortis RALLIART 4WD Sedan

Less extreme than its big “sister” the EvoX, the Galant Fortis Ralliart (Lancer) is another 4WD sports car alternative from Mitsubishi.

Pretty close to the EVO X when it comes to the look and feel, our Ralliart Version will “only” receive a 240 PS engine instead of the 280 from the EVO X, as well as a torque of 343Nm (422Nm on the Evo X).
The Ralliart Galant fortis also receives a 4WD transmission with the famous ACD Mode (Tarmac, Gravel and Snow), the Twin Clutch SST, a mechanical rear LSD...

If you were looking to get the Evox X design but did not necessarily wanted to get the power, the Ralliart Galant Fortis (Lancer) is definitely a good choice!

Tokyo, July 9 2008 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announces the addition of the premium sporty 4WD RALLIART trim level to the Galant Fortis sedan series. The new model raises the driving pleasure bar while retaining all the utility and comfort qualities of the base model. RALLIART comes with a price tag of 2,982,000 and goes on sale at affiliated dealership throughout Japan today.

Launched in August 2007 Galant Fortis*1 was MMC's first new sedan model in seven years. It has been well received by customers looking principally for everyday utility plus a taste of sporty performance, while the Lancer Evolution X*2 finds favor with those drivers looking to enjoy a serious sport driving experience, participation in motorsport events included. The new Galant Fortis RALLIART strikes an excellent balance between everyday driving comfort and fun-to-drive dynamic performance and as such will meet the needs and demands of a wide spectrum of customers.

*1 Lancer in markets outside Japan.
*2 Lancer Evolution in markets outside Japan.

1. Exterior
* The car features a unique front bumper designed to reduce air resistance. Increasing the size of the "jet-fighter" grille, an element of the MMC sedan design identity, both improves engine cooling and with the chrome treatment of its perimeter enhances the premium look to the car. The bottom edge of the bumper is designed as an air dam for improved handling and vehicle stability at higher speeds.
* The engine hood uses a lightweight aluminum panel with an air scoop to feed the turbocharger; twin air outlets discharge heat from the engine compartment.
* The unique rear bumper accommodates twin tail pipes. The bumper's design enhances airflow control and contributes to better straight-line stability at higher speeds.
* The factory-fitted option rear decklid wing-spoiler generates effective downforce.
* The grille and trunk lid carry the RALLIART emblem.

2. Interior
* The interior uses an elegant deep black color scheme while the dashboard features an ornamentation panel comprising a geometric check pattern and silver pin beading that adds a mechanical taste and gives the cockpit a sporty, high-quality appearance.
* The unique instrument cluster dials use matte black faces with white high-contrast graphics for excellent legibility.
* The steering wheel and shifter knob are wrapped in luxurious genuine leather. The aluminum accelerator and brake pedals are fitted with non-slip rubber strips.
* The front seats keep the occupant securely and comfortably positioned and use high-grip suede-knit upholstery. The shoulder bolster carries the RALLIART tag.

3. Engine
* Galant Fortis RALLIART is powered by an intercooler-turbocharged 4B11-type 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC*1 high-performance engine. With the focus on low- to mid-range torque, the engine uses a single-scroll turbocharger. Optimization of the cooling and exhaust systems boosts output to maxima of 177 kW (240 PS) / 6000 rpm and 343 Nm (35.0 kg-m) / 3000 rpm.
* Galant Fortis RALLIART returns 10-15 mode combined driving pattern fuel consumption of 10.2 km/l (filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), and earns a 3-star rating for emissions that are 50% better than the Japanese 2005 Emission Standards.

*1: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system

4. Transmission
* Galant Fortis RALLIART is fitted with Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) automated manual transmission that allows the driver both the fun and economy of a manual gearbox plus the convenience and comfort of an automatic transmission. The Twin Clutch SST used on the Lancer Evolution X has been modified for Galant Fortis RALLIART with different ratios for 5th and 6th gears to give improved fuel economy in high-speed cruising on longer trips.
* The driver has the choice of two automated shifting modes: NORMAL for maximum fuel economy and comfort in everyday driving; and SPORT with shift characteristics best suited to sportier performance.

5. Full-time 4WD system
* Galant Fortis RALLIART uses a full-time 4WD system comprising a front helical limited slip differential, an Active Center Differential*2 and a mechanical rear LSD. These components as well as Active Stability Control*3 and Anti-lock Braking*4 are all electronically and integrally managed by Mitsubishi's vehicle dynamics control system to deliver an optimum balance between sure-footed traction and steering feel, cornering and braking performance.
* The driver can select between three ACD modes: TARMAC for dry paved surfaces; GRAVEL for wet tarmac or loose unmade surfaces; and SNOW for snow-covered surfaces.

*2: Electronically regulates the speed differential between front and rear wheels and feeds optimal level of drive torque to each wheel.
*3: Improves stability by suppressing wheel spin and sudden changes in vehicle behavior on slippery surfaces or caused by sudden steering inputs.
*4: Retains braking and steering control by preventing wheels from locking up under emergency braking and also uses Electronic Brake force Distribution for the efficient distribution of braking power to each wheel for different road surface and vehicle load conditions.

6. Body and chassis
* Galant Fortis RALLIART uses Mitsubishi's RISE*5 high-rigidity safety body that gives enhanced multi-directional crashworthiness in frontal, rear and side collisions. The front bumper, engine hood, fenders and cowl are designed for enhanced pedestrian protection.
* The suspension features stiffer control arms and mountings and the use of high-rigidity cast iron trailing arms at the rear. These changes and optimization of spring rates and shock absorber damping give RALLIART sportier handling, vehicle stability and ride.
* RALLIART uses 16-inch 2-pot caliper ventilated disc brakes at the front and with optimization of front and rear systems; delivers braking that matches its higher power output.
* RALLIART rides on 18-inch 7JJ alloy wheels fitted with 215/45R 18 89W tires.

*5: Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution

Mitsubishi Motor

Sunday Stories: Nissan GT-R PowerHouse Amuse

The Nissan GTR by PowerHouse Amuse

The Nissan GTR has been available on the Japanese market for quite some time now and the gigantic number of tuners out there started working on it asap. Among the top tuners in Japan is PowerHouse Amuse and through this article we'll take a quick look at what they have in store for the almighty GTR.

It is well known that the Nissan GTR is much more sophisticated and complicated to tune that its elder sisters Skyline GTRs were but Amuse already offers a good bunch of performance parts including CPU, muffler, catalyzer, suspension, aero and front pip.

Their very own R35 GT-R phantom is a "show and track" car, equipped with the best products in all categories.The VR38DETT engine now produces 611PS at 6200 rpm and the torque comes in full effect at 3500 rpm. With the combined effect of their R1 Titan exhaust, new suspensions, revised aero and other goodies, they managed to get the car down to 59.061 seconds around the Tsukuba circuit with Hideki Tanabe behind the wheels and 1’49”807 sec at the Fuji Speedway. Pretty good for a 1.7T car...

The GTR's potential is enormous and it'll be interesting to witness what other major companies such as Mine's or Top Secret will come up with in the weeks to come.


Creative Zen X-Fi

Zen X-Fi, the Zune Wannabe from Creative?

Just arrived on the market in Asia and worldwide, here's the Zen X-Fi from Creative. Our new PMP is available in three flavors, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, but only the 16GB and 32GB feature a wireless LAN module.

Not only is our little beast kinda good looking, but it's also pretty small. 83x55x12.8mm at just 68.75g with a 2.5” QVGA screen.

Obviously our X-Fi supports MP3, WMA and AAC audio files, but also WMV, MPEG-4 SP/XviD and motion Jpeg video.

Like many PMPs on the market, the X-Fi has a FM radio tuner and voice recorder.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Acer Aspire One

Aspire One, Another Atom Powered Wonder

This afternoon Acer Japan unveiled its new ATOM powered UMPC, the Aspire One. Available in either White or Black, it features a N270 Atom CPU (1.60Ghz), 1GB of RAM (512MB onboard), a 8.9” WSVGA Screen with LED backlight, a 0.3Mpix web camera, 120GB of HDD, Wifi B/G, a memory card reader, and Ethernet port. It weighs just 1.1kg with a size of 249x170x29mm.

In spite of their nice designs, it seems that many ATOM powered PCs look alike lately... I just hope that the next ATOM PC will bring us something new.


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB

Barracuda 7200.11: The world's first 1.5TB 3.5-Inch HDD from Seagate

Seagate announced its “World’s First 1.5TB Desktop HDD”, the Barracuda 7200.11, which should be able in August. This new 3.5-Inch SATA HDD integrates 4 platters of 375GB and provides a data rate transfer of 120MB/second. Also available in 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB version.
Seagate also announced 2.5-Inch 500GB 5400/7200rpm HDD, the Momentus Series. Concerning this series, they will be available in Q4.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-July 10, 2008-Seagate (NYSE:STX) today unveiled the industry’s first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.

The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives – a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.

The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.

Seagate’s new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives – Momentus® 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 – deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.

Highlighting the global growth of digital content, Seagate expects to ship its two billionth hard drive within the next five years. Earlier this year Seagate shipped its one billionth hard drive since the company’s inception nearly 30 years ago.

“Organizations and consumers of all kinds worldwide continue to create, share and consume digital content at levels never before seen, giving rise to new markets, new applications and demand for desktop and notebook computers with unprecedented storage capacity, performance and reliability,” said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. “Seagate is committed to powering the next generation of computing today with the planet’s fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable storage solutions.”

Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 hard drives are the fourth generation of Seagate’s laptop family to use PMR. The Momentus 5400.6, a 5400-rpm drive, combines a powerful Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and capacities ranging from 120GB to 500GB with an 8MB cache.

The Momentus 7200.4 hard drive, with its 7200-rpm spin speed and a Serial ATA 3GB/second interface, delivers true desktop performance. The power-efficient 7200-rpm drive maximizes battery life and comes in capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB with a 16MB cache.

Both Momentus drives are built tough enough to withstand up to 1,000 Gs of non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock to protect drive data, making the drives ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of vibration. For added robustness in mobile environments, the Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 are offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a laptop PC is dropped. The sensor works by detecting any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity and parks the heads off the disc to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches and within 3/10ths of a second.

Seagate’s new Momentus drives are lean on power consumption, allowing notebook users to work longer between battery charges, and are virtually inaudible thanks to Seagate’s innovative SoftSonic™ fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep™ ramp load technology.

The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines the capacity and speed required for today’s most demanding desktop PC applications. The drive packs 1.5TB on just four platters and its fast Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface delivers an industry-leading sustained data rate of up to 120MB/second for fast boot, application startup and file access. The 3.5-inch drive is also offered in capacities of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB with cache options of 32MB and 16MB.

All Momentus and Barracuda drives are backed by Seagate’s leading five-year warranty. You can find photos of these three new drives, and other Seagate products, at:

Shipments of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB are set to begin August 2008. Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are to begin shipping in Q4 calendar 2008.

About Seagate Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda, Momentus, SoftSonic and QuietStep are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Stories: Toyota to join the WTCC ?

Toyota to join the WTCC ?

Interesting news for all the Touring Cars fans out there, after a go at the ETCC last year in a Corolla S2000, it appears that Toyota may consider joining the World Touring Car Championship in a near future!

The T-Sport Toyota Corolla would then be replaced by a T-Sport Auris.
This type of body (hatchback/sporthatch) has proven to be competitive in rally and touring car races over the last couple years in various championships, especially in Europe.

The German ADAC Procar Team Geipel Motorsport is said to have prepared 2 Auris for the 2009 season for what could be the return of the japanese manufacturer (through a private team) in a major TC championship.

Sunday Stories: WALD UCF30-31 Celsior

WALD UCF30-31 Celsior

Better known as Lexus LS until 2004, the Toyota Celsior, was extremely popular among Japanese from 1989 to 2004. Recently replaced by the Lexus LS460 Series and 600 Series, the Celsior is still an iconic vehicle in Japan, and can be acquired today at a very affordable price.

Thanks to the outstanding quality of Toyota’s engine manufacturing, material, and technology (4.3l V8 ), many Celsiors purchased on the second hand market today are in extremely good condition.

Strong from this aspect, many young Celsior owners a have a desire to “refresh” them with state of the art body-kits, accessories, and rims. Like this new and upgraded version from WALD International, their oh-so-gorgeous UCF30/31 Celsior.

Wald International

Sunday Stories: Motul Nismo GT-R

Motul Nismo GT-R, Ready for the Tokachi 24

Far from being the track monster which we all enjoyed seeing over at the Super GT500, the Motul Nismo GT-R is roughly your “average” Nissan GT-R which has been “slightly” modified by the Japanese GOD Nismo It will participate in the Tokachi 24h race on Okaido island (North of Japan)

As Japan's first A GT-R, our almighty “Godzilla” will face other famous competitors like BMW, PORSCHE, as well as some Italian legend, but well after it stunning lap record on the Nürburgring we can obviously expect the best.

Specification wise we have little information for you guys. Expect the total weight of this beast to be 1600kg, which is 140kg less than the stock version... Who said GT-R Spec V ?

We wish the Nismo Motul Team and their drivers Kasuki Hoshino, Tetsuya Tanaka, and Masami Kageyama all the best!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008


DDV-1080HD: A New HD Camera from Lancerlink

LancerLink Japan release a new video camera in July, the DDV-1080HD. Our new camera features a 1/2.5" 5 Mpix CMOS sensor, SD/SDHC/MMC slot (up to 32GB), 3.0" LCD screen, a digital zomm 2x, and USB2.0 port.

This device can record video in 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps in .MOV format. It should be available for 300€…


Button ATH-FW3

Button ATH-FW3: New Ladies Headphones from Audio-Technica

Until recent times, we didn’t have to choose new MP3 players or DAPs, now we don't know what to buy as new earphones and headphones come out every week. This time, it's Audio-Technica who will release new headphones At the end of the month.

Our ATH-FW3 will provide a frequency response of 15Hz-22,000Hz, a sound pressure sensitivity of 100dB/mW, an impedance of 32Ω, and 30mm drivers.



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fostex G2000: New High-End Speakers

Fostex G2000: New High-End Speakers

Fostex Japan will release new High-End Magnesium Speakers at the end of July, the G2000. These speakers feature 2 200mm bass drivers, 100mm mid driver, and 25mm tweeter.

Otherwise, our G2000 provides a frequency response of 30Hz-35,000Hz, sound pressure sensitivity of 90dB/mW, a maximum permissible input of 150W and an impedance of 4Ω.

Available in two colors, Brown and Red, our speakers should cost around 3800€ each.


LG Secret Now Available in Korea

LG Secret Now Available in Korea

We already discussed the LG Secret on Akihabara News, but here's a little update. Our Almighty mobile phone is available NOW in Korea by the name LG-SU600 / KU6000 / LU6000.

One of this phone's nifty features is its 5Mpix camera with face detection, ISO 800, and video recording up to 120fps, DNB, HSDPA, MP3....