Sony Ericsson typically treats Mobile World Congress (MWC) as one of its biggest events of the year, and the 2010 show in Barcelona is no exception. The manufacturer unveiled three new handsets the night before MWC began at a packed nightclub on the Mediterranean Sea.
The Vivaz Pro is a cousin of the multimedia-centric Vivaz, which made its debut last month. On the outside it looks about the same as its predecessor, but it adds a full keyboard. Sony Ericsson is positioning the Symbian (Series 60, 5th edition) smartphone for business users, which perhaps explains the lower resolution camera (5.1-megapixels vs. 8.1-megapixels on the Vivaz).
Otherwise, the feature set is about the same. You'll find a media player, Bluetooth, a personal organizer, assisted-GPS, PC syncing, integrated social-media apps, a personal organizer, messaging and e-mail, Wi-Fi, USB mass storage, a 710MHz processor, and handwriting recognition. And we're very glad to hear that Sony Ericsson ditched its irritating proprietary connections and memory cards in favor of a 3.5mm headset jack, a Micro-USB port, and a microSD card slot.
The Xperia X10 Mini is about what it sounds like. Though the original Xperia X10 is a sight to behold, its lovely 4-inch display does make the handset a bit bulky (4.68 inches long by 2.48 inches wide by 0.5 inches deep). The Xperia X10 Mini, however, features a 2.5-inch display and measures 3.2 inches long by 1.9 inches wide by 0.62 inches deep.
Indeed it is definitely the week for updates! Along with firmware and software updates for other Apple products (not to mention other products as well, like Office and Chrome), Apple has issued a fix for the ongoing audio issues that early 2009 model Mac Pro users have been experiencing.… Read more
If you have the poor fortune of suffering from both migraines and needle phobia, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that five months after receiving FDA approval, the Sumavel DosePro sumatriptan delivery system--due to hit the shelves this month--manages to be both subcutaneous and needle-free, and can bring relief from migraines in as few as 10 minutes without having to push in any needles.
The bad news is that the drug delivery system may be more painful than using a good old-fashioned needle. In order to deliver the migraine pain reliever sumatriptan through the skin without the aid of a small, quick, sharp needle, this delivery system uses a high burst of nitrogen to shoot the drug through the skin. Umm, ouch?
One reviewer of the delivery system says people are reporting that the system is painful and can result in bruising, swelling, bleeding, and the like. If your fear of needles is extreme, this lack of a needle may be worth the fuss. But if your fear is mild, this may not be the approach for you.… Read more
On Tuesday, Corel updated two of its multimedia apps for enthusiasts. Both Corel PaintShop Photo Pro and Corel VideoStudio Pro have updated from version X2 to X3. You can try them, exclusive today from CNET Download.com.
What do the new version numbers mean for the consumer? Thanks to more users graduating from point and shoot cameras to higher-end digital SLR cameras, and from regular to high-definition (HD) videos and TVs, both of Corel's multimedia products for aficionados introduce HD support. Corel has also acknowledged an uptick in the popularity of social networks by baking in more sharing options, … Read more
We've been recommending that fans of the Wii Virtual Console take a look at the Nyko Wing for their old-school gaming needs, but come April we may have to switch our recommendation to the Wii Classic Controller Pro.
Available in black or white, the Pro adds a second row of shoulder buttons along with two grips on either side. It certainly looks more comfortable than the original Nintendo offering and it'll work with more than 450 current Wii, Virtual Console, and WiiWare games. Just like the Classic Controller, it will need to be plugged into a Wii remote … Read more
I thought this Steve Ballmer autograph on a Macbook Pro was fake, but according to the following video of the big man scribbling it on a student's computer at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, it's not. Somewhere in a dark place, Jon Ive is bracing himself and sobbing. With a British accent.
This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.
For our first giveaway of 2010 we're serving up Plantronics' Skype-friendly Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Pro UC. This model is for both cell and PC calls and it adds a plug-and-play Bluetooth USB adapter that Plantronics says "delivers richer wideband audio on softphones along with Voyager Pro's superior noise and wind cancellation on both mobile phones and softphones."
On the consumer front, the Voyager Pro UC (the UC stands for "unified communications") is geared toward Skype users and has some firmware in the dongle that lets you answer Skype calls or swap between a … Read more