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Sony’s Dash Web Experience At A Glance

Updated: March 6, 2010 12:36 pm

Kind of like an alarm clock, Sony’s latest touch screen device is called the Dash personal internal Internet viewer. Sony made this announcement during the first day of The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that takes place in first week of January every year in Las Vegas, USA. Featuring a vivid seven-inch colour touch screen (measured diagonally) and access to over 1,000 free Internet apps, including news, calendars, weather, sports, social networking and more, Dash utilises an existing home wireless connection to continuously deliver Internet content to its viewers.

            According to Sony, this wi-fi only device is targeted towards home-users who want to stay connected to the web, whether you are using it in the bathroom or kitchen. It offers access to over 1,500 apps, including social networking sites, news, weather and sports, and it supports internet radio. But where are those apps coming from? A lot of them are available for free from Chumby, makers of that wacky internet alarm clock. The Dash also includes audio and video content from Sony’s Bravia internet video platform, including YouTube, Pandora internet radio, Epicurious, Crackle, Livestrong, Blip.tv and more. Parents will dig the Cozi app for syncing family calendars. There’s a virtual keyboard to sign in and register at websites.

            Other content includes a NAVTEQ® app for easily accessible traffic updates on a customized route, and a Cozi™ app for simple management and synching of family calendars. A brand new app from AccuWeather™ provides instant, easily accessible weather forecasts. Further, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment will be contributing exclusive Dash apps for movie trailers, music videos, custom user themes and more, including an app from Dr Oz offering daily health and exercise tips. In addition, Sony Dash can run multiple sources of content simultaneously, so for example, Internet radio can be enjoyed while browsing through online photo albums. Or, the alarm clock can be set to play selected online videos from music, sports and other news feeds. The device also allows users to choose apps either directly from the device or online through a PC, and new content for Dash will continue to be added moving forward. Within the device, an internal accelerometer supports vertical flip, allowing for two optional viewing angles: upright, ideal for a table or nightstand; and tilted, perfect for a countertop. It also supports multiple user profiles and channels, allowing several members of the household to create and maintain their own customised view of the Internet.

            The Dash personal Internet viewer also features built-in stereo speakers as well as a USB port for simple connection to a variety of external electronic devices. Additionally, a headphone output jack gives users the option to listen privately through headphones or through external speakers. Sony’s Dash will be available this April for about $199 at Sony Style® retail stores and a variety of authorised dealers initially in USA and later worldwide.

Slim Samsung B5722 Duos

The Samsung B5722 Duos which already available in the selected European markets since December 2009 is now available in India and holds the titles as the country’s first dual SIM phone from Samsung. The phone doesn’t support 3G connectivity, but it will carry two SIM cards simultaneously, allowing you to hold two lines in a single device instead of adding more bulk to your pocket. Those SIM cards can be alternated all the time if the user wants so, without needing to turn off the phone.

            Features of the Samsung B5722 Duos include: A robust 2.8-inch QVGA touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, music player, FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System), a built-in 3-megapixel camera, and slot to insert microSD memory cards (up to 8GB). The B5722 Duos also features easy access to popular social network websites (Facebook and MySpace, among others), as well as to Palringo Instant Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ and AIM.

By Niharika

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