Archive for December, 2007

Then End of MMC

It’s very possible the end of MultiMediaCards or MMC flash memory is at our front door. Over 62% of new cell phones in ’06 used a smaller format like MicroSD and only two known phones where introduced exclusively with MMC expansion slots (Nokia N72 and BenQ M81).
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“Between them, Samsung and LG introduced 65 new handsets with removable memory card slots in the last nine months, all of them using the microSD slot format,” comments Stuart Robinson, Director of the Handset Component Technology service at Strategy Analytics. Continue Reading

HaCha Personal Media Player Is Sleeeek

HaCha is one clean looking PMP player and some killer resolution too. Andrew from GearFuse stubmled upon this one and from one look GFM wanted to let our readers know. Although the 1GB version seems a littls small in capacity for it’s use the 2 & 4GB should do just about anyone.

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The Chinese are among the heaviest commuters in the world, and we know that commuters just love to watch themselves some movies. The Chinese-made HaCha R280S media player features a 16 million color 2.83-inch LTPS LCD display with a clear resolution of 320 x 240. The HaCha has around 4 hour playback for video, supporting WMA and AVI files, along with WAV and MP3 files for music and JPEG images. Measuring in at 85.5 x 55 x 9.8 mm, the HaCha is expected to be available in 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB models with miniSD card support on each. Weighing in at 57.1g, the R280S is proof that good things come in small packages. Simple, sleek, and useful is how we like ‘em.

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– Andrew Dobrow
Link (translated from Chinese) Source: GearFuse Continue Reading

RockBox

What is Rockbox? Rockbox is an open source software replacement for a larger number of MP3 players. Since Rockbox is open source this means an infinitely larger number of developers are constantly working on Rockbox…kinda like WordPress blogging software. Rockbox aims to provide more functionality and efficiency to MP3 players.

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In addition, Rockbox is a great management tool for flash memory. For example, I just found out Rockbox may be used to run microSDHC cards on microSD compatible devices. Although the Rockbox solution might not work for all devices, it’s a great place to start when looking for possible solutions. Here are some key features of Rockbox:
  • Support for over 15 Sound Codecs, including OGG and FLAC
  • Gapless playback
  • 5-band fully-parametric equalizer, and crossfeed
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Flash Memory Secure Delete Software – Gone is Gone

It’s possible you want to delete files off flash memory and not be able to retrieve them back. Gone is gone – no recovery software would do the trick – permanent removal.
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Well, if you can live without the DOD (Department of Defense) specification, then here is some free software to perform secure deleting. This program allows you to specify a directory (and optionally all subdirectories) in which all files should be deleted. When each file is deleted the contents of the file are filled with random data prior to deleting the file. Continue Reading

Kodak EASYSHARE Digital Picture Frames

Finally a digital picture frame which holds some worth, the Kodak EASYSHARE digital picture frame is loaded with features. First, as any Kodak buff would expect the digital display is fine tuned to Kodak color standards then stack on some MP3 capability to sooth the sole of those fond memories.
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Next, bring pictures to life with the EASYSHARE picture frame’s capability to play MPEG 1, 4, MOV and AVI files then funnel those joyous moments through the built-in stereo speakers – load these formats up via compact flash, secure digital, multimedia card, xD, memory stick or interface via USB. And if this isn’t enough Continue Reading

New Walkman Phone From Sony W880i

The new W880i Ai Sony Walkman phone is slim – about as slim as we’ve seen so it begs the question, does the Q need to lose some weight?
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With a generous 1.8inch QVGA display and 2mp camera, Bluetooth, 1GB Memory Stick and tri-band GSM support, not much was left out. Well, expect a decent push-button console as this looks very difficult to opperate. Continue Reading

How Solid is iPod Going to Get?

A report from Prudential Equity Group indicates Apple would be smart to shift from HHD to flash memory for the larger iPods. Although the cost-per-gigabyte would be more, the user experience and product logevity would improve. Currently only about 3.5 hours of juice are available for iPods when running video you don’t want to lose power at the climax.
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Switching to flash memory reduces power consumption and extends video play to 5.5 hours, as significant improvement. With current iPod sizes at 30GB and 80GB and the largest flash memory (at a decent price for CE products) at 32GBs it’s a fairly easy decision to make.  By the time all solid flash memory devices are ready to hit the market we are looking at a high-end capacity range of 120GBs. Continue Reading

Memorex is Splash'in In Flash Memory

Memorex jumped into the jump drive market nearly two years ago and with it’s great success, Memorex is now splashing in flash memory. The first of ’07 Memorex announced their TravelCard flash line of media. This includes SD, MiniSD, MicroSD and a full line of MultiMediaCards.
Memorex travel card
With world flash drive consumption to reach over 450 million units by 2008 this is a great move. Most popular sizes for the TravelCard will be 1GB and 2GB sizes. Continue Reading

The Difference Between xD Picture Card Type M and Type H

The xD Picture Card was developed by Olympus and Fujifilm and released in mid 2002. The xD card then had improvements made and labeled Type M and Type H. The improvements of the xD flash memory technology where done to increase storage capacity and/or speed performance.
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  • The original xD format held between 16MBs and 512MBs.
  • The following version was Type M. This increased storage capacity to 8GBs and released in the beginning of 2005.
  • The next format version, Type H, increased performance of data transfer and has a storage range of 256MBs to 2GBs. Type H xD card was released in late 2005.
Since Type H has better data transfer rates, this type of card is needed if using a camera for capturing video. Type M is too slow. Continue Reading

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