News for Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Apple and Orange: Agreement Settled Down?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 09/10/2007 15:21:11 CEST - Category: Apple
In an interview published today in the French newspaper le Républicain Lorrain, Didier Lombard, Orange CEO, announced that all issues and steps to make the iPhone available in France will be completed by the end of the month.
Recent information we have received and collected from our sources also indicates that Apple and Orange finally found a compromise. We will publish details as soon as we get a more complete picture of the deal and future offers.

Epson: Getting Ready for Leopard

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 09/10/2007 15:07:51 CEST - Category: Peripheral
Epson published on its website a dedicated page about Leopard compatibility of all Epson peripherals with the soon to be released Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. If for most recent models drivers will already be included in Leopard drivers set, drivers for older models will be available online from "Drivers and Downloads" section of the "Support" site as they become available.
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iPod Touch: The Dark Display Issue Is History

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 09/10/2007 09:31:48 CEST - Category: iPod
The iPod Touch is available again and shipping within days. To ensure that the dark display issue we reported about couple of weeks ago is now fixed with this new production series, we tested a brand new unit with the iPhone by playing a video mixing extensively bright and dark session, with deep contrast.

Images displayed by the iPod Touch and the iPhone are almost identical; the iPod delivers slightly "warmer" colors. Even when the image is dark and heavily contrasted, there is not this leaky dark display issue seen in early iPod touch series:

iPhone or iPod Touch?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 09/10/2007 09:30:16 CEST - Category: iPod
We could put our hands on an iPod Touch, and quickly compare it with the iPhone.

The iPod Touch is slightly smaller than the iPhone in size, but massively thinner. Despite cosmetic points, the high-end iPod does exactly the same things than the iPhone, mobile phone ability on the side. If the iPod Touch can not be used to edit calendar entries, this is only because Apple decided it, whereas it should be feasible without any problem.
For sure the iPod Touch is the best iPod ever designed and manufactured. With the future price decrease of NAND memory, future versions with larger storage space will be released, bringing capacity to 32 or even 64 GB, and burying at that time the iPod Classic.
Currently, the iPod Touch is stacked between the iPod Classic and its larger storage space, and the iPhone and its smaller capacity (8 GB). So iPod Touch or iPhone? If you can not imagine having a mobile phone without 3G support, or a digital music player with only 8 GB storage space, than buy an iPod Touch, otherwise, go for the iPhone.
Of course, in most countries, such choice is not really possible, as the iPhone is still limited to USA, if we do not consider the grey market...

Toshiba's Answer to Sony 399€ PS3

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 09/10/2007 09:27:42 CEST - Category: CD Drives
It did not take long to see Toshiba firing back to Sony 399€ PS3 aiming to deliver the cheapest Blu-ray player as we reported about it yesterday.
Starting October 15th till January 31st, customers will be offer:
- Two HD-DVD movies, "300" and "Bourne's"
- For 1€, five additional HD-DVD movies will be offered
- Toshiba will offer 50€ money back coupon for purchasing any of its HD-DVD standalone player.
The entry level model being available for 349€, customers can get seven HD-DVD movies and a standalone player for 300€. With such price cuts from both sides, it will soon be cheaper to buy a player for each high definition formats than purchasing one of those dual format players...

Seagate Starts Shipping its First Hybrid HD

By linathael - 09/10/2007 09:27:09 CEST - Category: Hard Drive - Source: TGdaily
Seagate announced to have started mass production of its first hybrid HD, a device combining a standard HD coupled to NAND flash. Known as Momentus 5400 PSD, Seagate’s hybrid HD will be available in several versions: 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB, and all drives will include the same 256 MB of flash memory and feature 5400-rpm rotation speed. According to Seagate, such a small amount of NAND is enough to boost booting time by 20%, reduce power consumption by 50% and improve reliability index in MTBF by 50%.
Interestingly, Seagate targets the mainstream market with this product, and not high-end HD for notebook, with a premium cost making the HD only 25% more expensive than the same model without NAND memory.
We would be interested in testing such drive to evaluate they behave in MacBooks; let's hope Seagate send us a sample.
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