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Tuesday, 09.01.07

Will we see Apple's 'iPhone' announced today?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:13 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Interesting... the Web is filling up with information, that today - at the Macworld Conference & Expo - Steve Jobs will announce the long awaited, 1000 times rumored and so far called Apple iPhone, a mobile phone with iPod capabilities. Steve J. will hold his keynote at 5pm GMT and for sure I will keep you up-to-date about the latest announcements.

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Thursday, 07.12.06

Back to Business - Back with a new Notebook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:27 CET under Digital - Gadgets

As mentioned in my previous posting, I was without my Notebook during the past days. "Woohoo..." Looks like I'm not the only one with Notebook trouble after last week my beloved 3 years old Sony Vaio f*cked up, nearly exactly 3 years after I bought it. Not too bad for a Subnotebook which was in use, more or less, every day.
So I had to buy a new one even if my initial plan was to wait for the commercial Windows Vista release, to get my hands on the latest and greatest Windows Vista Premium machines. Well, the destiny had something different in mind and therefore I was (online) shopping before Vista and the Vista enhanced systems became available. As always, I was looking for something small (Subnotebook-class) but "slightly" more powerful than my last Vaio which became outdated pretty soon after I bought it. :-( So this time (after 2 Sony Vaios) I went with a Fujitsu (Siemens) LifeBook T4210 convertible Tablet PC (my first Tablet PC), featuring an Intel Core Duo processor at 1.8 GHz, 1.5 GB SDRAM, an 12.1" XGA (1024×768 only -unfortunately) active digitizer, indoor/outdoor display with wide viewing angles LCD, modular DVD optical drive, integrated 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, integrated Gigabit Ethernet LAN, integrated Bluetooth 2.0, integrated 56 Kbps modem (is anyone still using integrated modems), integrated stereo speakers, integrated fingerprint sensor, dual microphone array with IntelliSonic noise cancellation software, embedded TPM, dedicated Smart Card and SD card slot, Fujitsu Security Application Panel and all this weighs around 2 Kg (only).

Pretty cool this Tablet PC stuff (which I'm new to), nevertheless yesterday I went through the Vista upgrade hell (around 80 % of the drivers don't work) with the result that I had to downgrade to XP again (just to wait for the right Vista drivers which are hopefully released early next year).

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Tuesday, 01.08.06

Unboxing the HTC MTeoR and HTC TyTN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:05 CET under Digital - Gadgets

This morning I found a notification in my postbox, that a parcel service tried to deliver a long awaited package yesterday and I gave the driver an imidiate call-back. One hour later, he rang again and handed-over a package from HTC's marketing agency - containing the HTC MTeoR Windows Mobile UMTS Smartphone/aka HTC Breze and the HTC TyTN Windows Mobile UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition/aka HTC Hermes (I've already reviewed in the O2 Xda trion version some time ago).

So well, not too much to say if you unbox something. :-) The review of both devices will follow ASAP - hopefully during this week:

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Thursday, 22.06.06

Configuring the Sling Media Slingbox for DVB-T in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Here we go. I've just connected my Slingbox to my antenna, plugged in the LAN cable into my Slingbox and router and started the installation of the SlingPlayer which isn't part of the sales pack but you have to download the SlingPlayer (for Windows XP) fro free from Sling Media's website. That's okay for me, since I always download the latest software from the manufactures websites because but keep in mind, if you don't have DSL (which doesn't makes sense since you need broadband to operate the Slingbox anyway), that is is a 32 MB download.

After your have installed the SlingPlayer (for the first time), it starts with a configuration wizard where you can select if you want to set-up your Slingbox for the first time or if you have previously configured it already and you have installed the SlingPlayer just on a different PC:

Right after the installation it starts with a verification process, if the SlingPlayer version you are going to use is the latest one - which was - in my case since I have downloaded it just 5 minutes before:

After it checks for the Slingbox firmware and here came the first surprise. Even if the Slingbox was brand new, the firmware was already outdated. Nevertheless, the Slingbox Setup Wizard offered a update itself, already had the firmware update included and the overall update process took something about 5 minutes only.

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Unpacking my latest gadget - a UK Slingbox from Sling Media
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Today and finally, my long awaited and brand new Slingbox arrived. It's the recently launched UK version which also includes support for DVB-T (FreeView as it is called in the UK) and I even have some good news for everybody out here, who is also trying to get a Slingbox in or from the UK as well: Sling Media UK already received a new delivery which is available again in the UK through PC World and at for £ 179.99 plus £ 4.99 for standard delivery as well as it should be available in Currys and the new stores soon.

So here we go with some photos of the box and all the stuff the sales pack includes:

After you've opened the pack, you get the Slingbox itself and many cables:

Sling Media packed basically every possibly required cable into the sales box and you might not use too many of these cables. But it's really appreciated, that it comes this way, since you don't have to buy another, maybe missing cable to get your Slingbox started because you can use the Slingbox with different sources, like cable or satellite set-top boxes or DVRs (Digital Video Recorder) which you can either connect via S-Video (for best results), Audio/Video cable or SCART Adapter. Also included is a IR Control cable, which lets you remote control your set-top box or DVR. Since it is the UK version, this Slingbox also supports analogue cable or antenna as well as (which is new) DVB-T. Also included is a LAN cable anf fore sure the UK power plug. Good that I still have a couple of UK to Continental Europe power plug-converters. :-)

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