Tech Talk, March 30, 2007

Crazy in Love… with Samsung
Samsung has just announced its next music phone. The Ultra Music F300, will be launching in Singapore in mid-May. With a dual face function—one side being a phone with a host of functions and the other devoted solely to the music functions—this one looks to be quite the competitor for Sony Ericsson and Nokia, who’ve been dominating the music phone market for quite a while. What more, the phone’s global brand ambassador certainly knows a thing or two about moving to the beat—she’s none other than actress/singer Beyonce.
Snap It Up
For those more hardcore shutterbugs, the latest camera from Olympus, the E-510 DSLR, will probably be more to your liking. With a new professional grade Live MOS sensor, you can be assured of a whopping 10 megapixels of completely hi-definition pictures. What more, this cam also features an advanced version of Olympus’s popular Live View function. Watch out for this one in June.
Think Thin
Canon’s latest camera the Ixus 70 ($529) also happens to be the slimmest in the line, measuring in at a mere 19.4mm in thickness. As skinny as it may be, however, this baby certainly packs quite the punch; its Digic III imaging processor is also the line’s most powerful to date, allowing for high speed ISO 1600 shooting, noise reduction and even face detection technologies. Pick it up now at Cathay Photo (#01-11/14 Peninsula Plaza, 111 North Bridge Rd., 6337-4274).
A Sound Partnership
Razer has teamed up with George Lucas’ THX Ltd to produce the Razer Mako 2.1 multimedia speaker system, the first desktop speakers to feature THX Ground Plane and THX Slot Speaker technologies. The Mako 2.1 debuted in Germany recently and, while a local release date has yet to be set, keep a look out for news of its imminent arrival on our shores.