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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Logitech’s sleek white cordless desktop for Macs


Apple is known for its elegant simplicity, from iBooks to iPods, and Logitech recognizes the appeal of such a look for so many consumers. That is why the peripheral maker is launching the Cordless Desktop S530 Laser for Mac — the keyboard and mouse combination sports the same look we’ve come to know and love from Apple Computer. The silver-accented ...

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Four new cameras from Fujifilm


Fujifilm is heading into CES with four new digital cameras in an attempt to capture a big chunk of what has become an incredibly lucrative market. The FinePix V10 sports a 5.0 MP Super CCD HR sensor and Real Photo Technology, which provides reduced noise and the ability to snap pics at light sensitivities as high as 1600 ISO, but ...

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Cowon’s iAudio player makes its debut


Cowon’s iAudio 6 will find the light of day under the lights at CES. Aimed to be direct competition for the incredibly popular iPod nano, this player opts for a 0.85-inch 4GB hard drive instead of the more expensive skip-free flash memory. Where it has a definite advantage of its Apple cousin is that the iAudio 6 has video playback ...

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Fujifilm Blu-ray, HD DVD media coming soon


The next generation of optical storage media will begin about halfway through this year for Fujifilm as the company is set to launch Blu-ray and HD DVD media around that time. While other companies have thrown in their loyalty to one media format over the other, Fujifilm has opted to adopt both. But that’s not to say that company is ...

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Hi-def Sanyo VPC-HD1 camcorder for $800


It was only a matter of time before high definition became the standard in the camcorder market. Sanyo has unveiled its new VPC-HD1, which records 720 lines progressive scan video (720p) at 30 frames a second, storing it all onto an Secure Digital (SD) card. This is said to the first camcorder to combine these functions. The 8.3 ounce video ...

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Garmin’s Palm-powered iQue 3000 GPS


Whereas most other companies are working toward developing products with more and more functions, Garmin is taking a bit of a backwards step with the announcement of the iQue 3000 portable GPS unit. What sets this handheld apart, however, is that it will be running off of the Palm OS, rather than Windows Mobile. In this way, the GPS functions ...

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Watch video on any iPod with iSee 360i


So all your friends picked up a new iPod video and are watching all their favourite TV shows and music videos while riding the subway, and there you are with your now obsolete non-video iPod, only listening to music? Fret not, ATO is launching the iSee 360i, a peripheral that’ll breathe new life to your dated music player by adding ...

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Samsung Techwin’s PMP digicam


More news from our friend Samsung of Korea. One of its subsidiaries, Samsung Techwin, has unveiled a new digital camera somewhat appropriately named the #11PMP for its built-in personal media player capabilities. The camera features a more than adequate 6.0 megapixel sensor, at least for the average consumer. Then again, if you’re a professional photographer or even a pro-sumer, the ...

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Pepper Pad upgrades showed-off at CES


Pepper Computer Inc. is best known for its innovative Pepper Pad, a 2.3-pound handheld computer ($849.99) with an 8.4-inch touch-screen TFT LCD and broadband connectivity. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Pepper Pad is on display with a number of upgrades over generations of old. On the software end of things, Pepper has integrated a number ...

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Royal’s USB drive displays contents


Nearly everyone has at least one USB Flash drive these days, but one of the most common concerns mobile professionals have is whether or not they are carrying the right one. With so many files, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what is stored on what storage device. It is with that in mind that Royal Consumer Information Products ...

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HUMAX PMP for DIRECTV, other content providers


HUMAX USA is ready to launch a PMP (portable media player) with a 4-inch screen, specifically catered to content providers. The user interface and storage capacity will be determined according to whoever HUMAX decides to partner with on the project, and to whether they provide the hardware as OEM to another company or in a co-branding relationship. The first provider ...

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All-in-One Card to make the iPod obsolete?


One of latest Chandanlog posts has got quite a few people stirring in their seats. The Sun Microsystems’ rumour guru recently posted up pictures of what he calls the AIO Card, or the All in One Card. A super thin, credit-card shaped device, the AIO Card is powered through its solar panels and has an e-ink-like display, allowing for touchscreen ...

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Siemens (BenQ) slim slider E71 and more


It was announced earlier this year that Siemens would stop making cell phones, selling that side of their business (they have other sides?) to BenQ. They seem to be keeping the Siemens brand, at least in the short term, with the launch of the E71, a somewhat bland-looking slim slider phone. The keys are immediately reminiscent of Moto’s RAZR line, ...

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Alienware Sentia m3400 address mobile needs


The new Sentia m3400 notebook being put out by Alienware sports a good-sized 14-inch LCD display with “ClearView” technology and a 5:3 aspect ratio (which is somewhere between the usual 4:3 ratio and 16:9 widescreen). Interestingly, the computer manufacturer is saying that their new laptop is specifically targeted toward people with “mobile needs.” Now, my question is, isn’t everyone in ...

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Tsunami Detector for your Nokia


If the disastrous results of Hurricane Katrina and the terrible tsunami that attacked Southeast Asia have taught us anything, it’s that preparation and information are of utmost importance when responding to a natural disaster. It is with that in mind that the Mobile Tsunami Detector 1.0 was developed, relaying real-time information from the United States Geological Surveys (USGS) Earthquake reading. ...

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