X-bit Labs is not only reporting that Microsoft is still planning on releasing an external Blu-ray drive, but also that the company already has the device ready to go.
According to the article, Toshiba (yes, you read that correctly) and Samsung have been asked to come up with the external Blu-ray solution for the Xbox 360. Rumors are also floating around claiming a $100-to-$150 price point.
With Blu-ray playback remaining as one of the few advantages the PlayStation 3 has over the Xbox 360, one would imagine Microsoft would want to release this immediately to level the Blu-ray bragging … Read more
Samsung remains as eager as ever to swamp us with new phones this autumn season. The company launched two new handsets this week that span the range of cell phone usability.
On the high-end is the Samsung SGH-A637 for AT&T. Though its simple candy bar design may not impress, it offers a heavy load of features. Inside the quad-band world phone you'll find dual-band 3G, a 1.3-megapixel camera, an XM radio player, AT&T Cellular Video, messaging, e-mail, personal organizer options, stereo Bluetooth, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Mobile Music, a speakerphone, and … Read more
The Supreme Court has refused to consider appeals from Samsung Electronics in a case against Rambus, a memory design and patent licensing company, closing a saga that began in 2005 over alleged patent infringement.
The court's decision to stay out of the case leaves in place an April appeals court ruling (PDF) that a district court had no jurisdiction to grant an order that--while technically in favor of Rambus--included negative opinions about the company.
Bonnie Cha's back, and this week she brings the Samsung Omnia and the Mio Knight Rider GPS system to the set. There's a new Rubik's Cube...on the block. Plus, Brian hates heart-shaped mice, and we give Bonnie a surprise!
It's clear that Samsung loves two things: slim slider phones and midrange camera phones with a flip design. Indeed, we've seen a deluge of such models over the last few years, with the latest in the slider camp being the Samsung SCH-U650.
Also called the Sway, (why, we're not quite sure), the SCH-U650 has a tried-and-true Samsung design. It's thin, silver, and attractive, but it wouldn't stand out in the cell phone crowd. It debuts October 14 on Verizon Wireless for $69.99 with a two-year contract and a mail-in rebate.
The Sway's features … Read more
Memory chipmakers are fighting for their life.
The memory chip market--and industry--is caught in a particularly brutal downward price spiral that is threatening the viability of even the largest players.
"Memory manufacturers who have already been losing money for several quarters are now looking at another six months to a year of absolutely ominous conditions," said Avi Cohen, managing partner at Avian Securities.
Companies are now in survival mode, according to Cohen. "It is a matter of survival and everyone needs to figure out how to stay in business over the next year or how to scavenge … Read more
Two weeks ago, I asked Samsung Instinct owners to tell me what they thought of their phones. Normally, I don't write blogs asking for comments on individual phones after we've reviewed them, but Sprint's Instinct had me worried. While I liked the handset when I reviewed it, I know that people who use a phone long term can develop varying opinions. After I started to get e-mails from disappointed Instinct users, I began to wonder if I had it wrong. Even now, the average user score on the review almost matches my score of four stars (or 8.0), but perhaps opinions were changing over time.
After a careful review of the responses to my blog, it's clear that the Instinct is a good phone, but it falls short of a being a great phone. Of the 67 verbose and candid comments that passed the "relevancy" test (I had to discount quite a few because they were duplicate posts, comments from non-Instinct owners, flame wars, or just off topic), opinions were just about evenly spread. The largest group (39 percent) wrote that they liked the phone overall, but they didn't shy away from registering quite a few complaints. The next largest group (31 percent) was soundly positive with very few gripes, while 30 percent were strongly negative with very few praises. So even though the majority of users like the Instinct, many of them do so only begrudgingly. On the other hand, the unhappy minority is shouting at the top of their lungs.
Let me state that this wasn't a scientific study by any means. Also, while one reader warned me that there was a "concerted effort" on Sprint forums to bombard my blog with negative comments, the results are interesting nonetheless. For the most part the "likes and "dislikes" were universal. I'll list those below. Also, while I agreed with most of the complaints, and noted them in my review, there were a few gripes that didn't occur to me before. As I said, long-term use gives a fresh perspective. So now, on to the opinions (albeit in a Zagat's Survey format). … Read more
Almost a year after it gave us the Samsung SCH-U410, Verizon Wireless rolled out a successor model with the Samsung SCH-U430. Announced Tuesday and available immediately, the SCH-U430 has a standard flip phone design in basic black. On the exterior you'll also find a small display and the lens for the VGA camera.
Features include the VGA camera, Bluetooth, personal organizer applications, voice recognition, messaging, e-mail, support for VZ Navigator, and a speakerphone. The SCH-U430 is $79.99 if you pay full price but it's free with a two-year service contract.