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Pioneer’s Super Multi-Layered Disc 02 December 2008 at 3:30 pm by

Pioneer has released a statement saying they have developed a Super Multi-Layered Disc that will play using current Blu-ray players. The disc consists of 16 layers that can hold 25GB of data each, which totals a 400GB Disc. They plan on having a read-only disc available by 2010, a rewritable by 2012, and a 1TB disk by 2013, according to Pioneer.

The technology of the super multi-layer read-only disc is based on Blu-ray Disc (BD) with a breakthrough in material of reflective layers, according to Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan. The specifications of the pick-up head (PUH) of the disc are the same as those for the PUH of blank BD discs, and therefore the Pioneer discs can be read on BD players.

So because they both use the same PUH they are compatible with BD players but the track pitch is set 10 to 15 nanometers off. So hopefully when they release this new Super-disc in the next couple years we want have to buy a new Blu-ray Player. Here is a chart comparing the two formats.

[via DigiTimes]

gOS "Cloud" instant-on OS comes to Gigabyte touchscreen netbooks By 01 December 2008 at 1:38 pm and have No Comments

Not that we were too impressed with gOS when we first saw Rocket almost a year ago, but Cloud — the small footprint, quick boot Linux variant that Good OS introduced today at the Netbook World Summit in Paris — looks like an altogether different beast. Arriving pre-installed alongside Windows on the new Gigabyte touchscreen netbooks (perhaps some variant of the M912V), the new SplashTop-esque OS uses a web browser as its main interface, with an integrated dock providing such Web 2.0 mainstays as Skype, YouTube and the Google family of apps — and if this smattering of tools doesn’t meet all of your computing needs, you can always boot into your main OS from there. Cloud can be installed as a dual-boot partition on your hard drive or SSD as well as onto a flash chip hardwired onto a motherboard. That’s all we have for now, but you can bet we’ll be on hand to check it out at CES in January.

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Mio said to be prepping GPS-enabled 3.5G touchscreen handset for Q1 2009 By 01 December 2008 at 1:05 pm and have No Comments

Not that Mio hasn’t pumped out a GPS phone or two before, but the rarely-heard-from handset maker is reportedly on its way to delivering its first 3.5G touchscreen-based GPS phone in Q1 2009. Undisclosed sources singled out at DigiTimes have it that the mobile will be powered by a 3.5G chipset from Qualcomm and will come loaded with Mitac’s self-developed “Spirit” touch interface. Additionally, it’ll pack a 3.2-megapixel camera and should launch ahead of Garmin’s oft-delayed nüvifone. In related news, Mio is also scheduled to launch a GPS-packin’ MID before Q1 2009 ends, though it’s still unclear if it’ll choose a 7- or 8-inch panel to accompany the 3G radio and Windows CE operating system. Riveting stuff, huh?

[Via GPSTracklog]

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BenQ Joybook U101 launches, gives almost no joy By 01 December 2008 at 12:33 pm and have No Comments

The BenQ Joybook Lite U101 we spied back when it was announced in September has just launched, and though there’s nothing incredibly exciting here, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown, because we’re just cool like that. The U101 boasts completely standard netbook fair — an Atom N270 CPU, Intel 945GSE chipset, 1GB of DDR2 memory, with 80-160GB mechanical drives and 4-16GB SSD options. It’s also got a 16:9 display with a 1024 x 576 resolution (rare for a netbook), a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and three USB 2.0 ports. The sassy little number comes in blue, pink, white and black, and it can be yours for €398 ($503) in Taiwan right now, but we’ve got no word on when it will be available elsewhere. Dip this puppy in gold or something and then maybe, just maybe we’ll bite.
[Via Fudzilla]

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Verizon drops price on Samsung Omnia By 01 December 2008 at 12:28 pm and have No Comments

Samsung Omnia

Verizon's Samsung Omnia

(Credit: James Martin/CBS Interactive)

Verizon Wireless is giving its customers a bit of an early holiday gift by cutting the price on the Samsung Omnia, which debuted less than a week ago. Originally priced at $249.99, you can now get the touch-screen Windows Mobile

Nokia teases major new product launching tomorrow By 01 December 2008 at 11:56 am and have No Comments

Come on, you didn’t think Nokia’s only response to the G1, iPhone, and Storm would be the 5800 XpressMusic, did you? Word on the ground at this week’s Nokia World conference is that Espoo is planning a major announcement tomorrow — and hey, is that a countdown timer to the keynote that just went live on Nokia’s site? Interesting. Our pal and yours Robert Scoble says that Nokia execs are running around bragging that “the Internet” is totally in the dark on this one, and that only a small number of people within the company have seen the new device. That’s certainly got our ears perked up — we’re guessing this is something a little more major than that hinted-at touch Communicator. We’ll let you know right away if you want to stay up with us — the event is scheduled for 3:15AM EST.

Read – Scoble’s take
Read – Nokia countdown clock

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Asus releases brushed-aluminum Eee PC 1002HA By 01 December 2008 at 11:56 am and have No Comments

A brushed-aluminum chassis distinguishes the 1002HA from the rest of the Eee PC crowd.

Unveiled last month, Asus’ latest addition to its ever-expanding Netbook line is the Eee PC 1002HA. It’s your standard 10-inch Netbook–Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP–but comes wrapped …

Samsung’s P3 unboxed and caught on video By 01 December 2008 at 11:52 am and have No Comments

Word on the street has it that the Samsung P3 will be getting its official launch at CES in January, and to whet your appetite we’ve got a video unboxing for you courtesy of those crazy kids at Generation MP3. Apparently the same form factor as the venerable P2 (but in an all aluminum enclosure), the PMP sports haptic touch, WQVGA 3-inch (480 x 272) display, Bluetooth, microphone, speaker, FM tuner, plays all the expected media formats, and will be available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB. Also in the video, we get a pretty extensive look at those widgets everyone’s been talking about. But don’t take it from us — you can see for yourself after the break.

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Sanyo’s eneloop hybrid bike has basket, will travel By 01 December 2008 at 11:25 am and have No Comments

Sanyo's eneloop hybrid bike has basket, will travel

Looking for an electric bike that does the peddling for you? You have plenty of choices, particularly if you’re willing to drop over $2,000, but finding one that uses regenerative braking to extend the life of its meager on-board batteries isn’t so easy. Panasonic’s Vivi RX10S is about your only choice until February, when Sanyo’s new eneloop-branded bike is set to start pulling weak (or just lazy) Japanese riders up up inclines before recharging itself on the way back down. On a hilly course a charge is said to last about 35 miles without braking, 46 by charging only when braking, and 62 miles in “auto” mode (charging on downhills, too). If you live in Japan it’ll be yours for 136,290 yen, about $1,450 US — but if you live around here we’d recommend not canceling your spinning class just yet, because while Sanyo pledges to ship this elsewhere in the world “at some point in the future,” it could be awhile before this thing starts hitting the diamond lanes near you.

[Via PhysOrg.com]

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Arduino-armed Acer Aspire One and wheels tools around, shoots video By 01 December 2008 at 10:56 am and have No Comments

Something about this Acer Aspire One with wheels just looks so… right. After suiting up the laptop with a tiny motor, some “crazy” wheels and an Arduino Diecimila, the crafty DIY-er wrote a bit of code that commands the unit to perform simple movements like turn left, turn right, move forward, and pause, while transmitting some breathtaking video of its travels back to a different computer via WiFi. The unit doesn’t do reverse yet, nor can it pop wheelies — after all, it’s no Rovio — though the wishlist of possible improvements is fairly uh… impressive. Check the video (not the Acer-transmitted one) after the break, though we have to give you fair warning: the robot steamrolls a cat near the end.

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