An interesting article on CNET contemplates what is going on with the Voodoo brand, which was acquired by HP in 2006. The brand has been much less active compared to, say, Dell's Alienware brand (coincidentally, acquired by Dell in '06), which has remained fairly active by comparison.
Toshiba has announced a new, tiny SSD that will almost certainly find its way into next year's flash-based camcorders, making them even smaller than this year's already-small flash-based camcorders. They are also one of the first devices to use the new mini-SATA (mSATA) device connector. Sizes are 30GB and 62GB, and volume production will begin in October.
Why so small? An advantage to having such a small device is less weight and less power consumption (typical read power consumption is 1.3W, write is 1.8W.) This will probably lead to longer battery life for the end-user.
Just stumbled upon a blog entry titled "Netbooks = Deja vu all over again?" at TechThoughts. It reminded me of a previous blog post of mine in which I was contemplating taking the Pepsi Challenge with a netbook myself. I ultimately decided against it, and I'm glad I did--the 320GB hard drive in my new 17" notebook ended up getting almost completely filled up.
Here come the next-gen iPods. These little candy-colored players are available at a steal of a price compared to previous generations ($179 for 16GB nano is a great deal, particularly for a genuine iPod). Not only does the 16GB nano also include an FM tuner (about time, if you ask me) but they also include a video camera. It's a simple camera, to be sure; recording only SD video in H.264 with AAC audio; but for a lot of people, that's all they'll ever really need.
Reprinted from an Blackmagic Design press release:Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on its popular Studio Videohub 3 Gb/s SDI router with 16 x 32 SDI routing, 16 x 16 RS-422 deck control, full SDI re-clocking all in a compact design less than 1 inch thick.