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     France, USA, Germany: prices compared
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 14:30 by Vincent
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    Where is buying and owning a computer the most expensive? This is the question we try to answer in this article with the comparison of 48 product prices in France, Germany and the US in 16 different categories!

    > France, USA, Germany: prices compared...

     Blu-ray / HD DVD : end of discussions
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 12:06 by Marc
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    According to a Japanese daily newspaper and Reuters, Sony and Toshiba would have stopped negotiations for a unified standard instead of the Blu-ray and the HD-DVD. Delay would be too short before HD-DVD/Blu-ray products release.

    It has been a few months since discussion were going on but nobody has apparently gave up on the main obstacle, the protection layer. It is of 0.6 mm for DV-DVD and 0.1 mm for Blu-rays’ medias.

     i-Ram only available in Japan
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 11:57 by Marc
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    The Gigabyte i-Ram, previously presented in this news and this one, will finally only be available initially in Japan.

    Because of the small amount of products currently available, Gigabyte has decided to save them for the land of the Rising Sun. A world wide release will follow if the product is a success.

    The i-Ram will be out in Japanese shops before the end of September for 10,000 Yens (US $90). The i-Ram is a PCI card which includes up to 4x1 GB of PC2100 recognised as a SATA drive by the system.

     New compacts Canon
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 00:46 by Vincent
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    Canon renews its compact range. A few cameras survived this massive products release. Bridge cameras are the only one to be spared.
    Entry and middle range compacts
    For entry level products, the A410 is the successor to the A400.

    It is still a cheap 3 megapixels (149€ / $150) with two AA batteries and a small 3.9 cm diagonal monitor. The camera video mode is 640 x 480 pixels with 10 frames per seconds.

    The A95 is replaced by two new cameras also equipped with vary angle LCD monitors.

    The A610 and A620 are identical except for their color and sensor size. The A610 is a 5 megapixels and the A620 a 7 megapixels. They feature 4x zooms, 9 points of autofocus, SD memory cards and 640 x 480/30 fps video modes. Their prices, respectively €299 / $299 and €399 / $399.
    The Ixus family now includes three more products. The i Zoom replaces the i5.

    This is the first of this family with an optical zoom (2.4x). One ultra compact 5 megapixels (96 x 45 x 24 mm, 105 g) available in four colors (black, red, gold and violet) is also released. The i Zoom price should be around €399.

    Main differences between the Ixus 55 and the 750 are the camera body, price and sensor.

    The first one is a 5 megapixel and the second one a 7 megapixel. It is rather logical as it corresponds to their names. The second one will be more expensive than the first: €499 instead of €399. They have 640 x 480/30 fps video modes, 3x optical zoom, SD memory cards and 2 frames per second burst modes. Their monitors’ diagonal are both 3.6 cm wide.
    High end compacts
    With the S80 high end cameras currently not so popular are back in front of the scene.

    The zoom is a wide angle 28 – 100 mm (optical 3.6x zoom), the sensor is increased to 8 megapixels (3,264 x 2,448 pixels pictures). Pictures are now stored on SD memory cards and dimensions are reduced 104 x 57 x 39 cm for 225 g. For the first time, the video mode reaches XGA, 1,024 x 768 pixels! The video rate is however only 15 fps whereas it is 30 fps in 640 x 480. It is possible to record up to 1 GB video sequences.

    Le PowerShot S80 will be available for 549 € / $549.

     160 GB 2''1/2 for Fujitsu
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 00:33 by Marc
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    After being the first to release a 120 GB 2"1/2 hard drive last March, Fujitsu is now the first to release a 160 GB hard drive with the same dimension. This 8MB of cache SATA drive only spins at 4,200 Rpm.

    Unlike what we first thought, this capacity isn’t reached with two 80 GB platter. This type of density will only be possible with perpendicular recording to be available during this second half.

    The MHV2160BT features three standard platters and is 1.25 cm high as compared to 0.95 cm for a 2 platters 2"1/2 Fujitsu drive such as the 120 GB MHV2120AT.

     AMD Turion 64 MT-40 & MT-37
      Posted on 23/08/2005 at 00:00 by Marc
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    Today, AMD released two new AMD Turion 64 processors for laptops, the MT-37 and MT-40. These Socket 754 processors are clocked at 2.0 and 2.2 GHz and feature 1 MB of cache L2. Unlike the ML-37 and ML-40 released last March and June, they only consume 25 Watts as compared to 35 Watts for the ML and are 5$ more expensive.

    Before the end of the year, AMD will release ML-42 and ML-44 versions clocked at 2.4 GHz with respectively 512 KB and 1 MB of cache L2. The MT-42 and MT-44 versions won’t be available before 2006.

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