Six Technologies That Passed America By

With America's status as a technological superpower comes a tendency to occasionally straight ignore the rest of the world. For better or for worse, here are technologies we've all but completely missed out on.
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Hyundai's Slim Bad-Ass Provia A7 GPS Has Gaming, "Navi-In-Picture" TV

The Provia A7, developed by Hyundai Telematics, is even more souped-up than its predecessor, the horny-making A1. It starts with a slim 7" 800 x 480 LCD, adds an animated touch interface, then packs in navigation, simultaneous reception of T-DMB TV and TPEG traffic and other data, a removable battery and a freakin'… » 2/05/08 8:00pm 2/05/08 8:00pm

Cowon N3 PMP has 7-inch Screen, GPS, DivX/XviD Support

As dapreview points out, this just-announced Cowon N3 looks quite like the Cowon Q5W we reviewed a few weeks ago. The most noticeable difference comes from the fact that this has a 7-inch screen as opposed to the Q5's 5-incher. Other than that, there's no internal memory—you have to use one of two SDHC slots to add… » 12/27/07 3:20pm 12/27/07 3:20pm

LG's KC1 Smartphone has 4G WiMax/WiBro, Mobile TV, Lots of A/V

If you need another reminder of how far ahead Korea is in the cellphone space compared to us, here's the LG KC1. It's got WiBro support, which is 4G and lets the phone get Wi-Fi speeds pretty much anywhere. The fast speeds allow the phone to do stuff like remote PC control, streaming videos, video calls and other… » 8/02/07 3:50pm 8/02/07 3:50pm

iRiver M10 and D5 Players Bring Glossy Black Back in Fashion

Set to be revealed at SEK in Korea, the iRiver M10 and D5 both have a glossy black look found in other players like the iRiver Clix 2 (but not in the MPlayer). The M10 will be a navigation-centric device, with a gigantic knob on the right and a DMB tuner, which probably means it's going to stay put in Korean waters… » 6/14/07 2:30pm 6/14/07 2:30pm

Samsung Brings PiP to Mobile Phones

Samsung is bringing a new phone equipped with Mobile TV to South Korea, the SCH-B710. While Mobile TV is just taking its first baby steps here in the States, in South Korea it's been going strong for some time now, so they're already on to a second generation of phones capable of streaming DMB signals. » 4/17/07 12:15pm 4/17/07 12:15pm

LG SB190: DMB TV, GPS and Landscape View Mode

The LG SB190 crams DMB TV, GPS and all the multimedia functions you could ever stomach on a cellphone into a tiny (its dimensions are 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.7-inches) slider package. Like the iPhone, it looks to be able to go into a landscape mode in order to watch wide(r)screen video. There's no mirror like in the Shine, but,… » 1/25/07 9:20am 1/25/07 9:20am

Pantech IM-R110 Cellphone: Swivel Display, Multimedia Galore

Time to contact your local Korean import guy, since the Pantech IM-R110 is just about ready to see the light of day. It's a cellphone with one of those newfangled "t" screens that pivots on command. The cellphone also works as a portable media player (one that can accept DMB broadcasts, no less) but the camera is only… » 12/04/06 9:43am 12/04/06 9:43am

Samsung SCH-B630 Cellphone: DMB-TV, TV-Out and Plenty Thin

Samsung's line of ultra edition cellphones is about to expand with the release of the SCH-B630. A slider, the cellphone has a few features that make it stand out from the pack, specifically its 3.0-megapixel built-in camera and ability to pull down DMB digital TV broadcasts all within a 12.9mm (0.5 in.) thin body.… » 11/28/06 1:32pm 11/28/06 1:32pm

Cowon D2 PMP Gets Officialized

Cowon has finally announced their latest PMP, the D2. This boxy PMP has a 2.5-inch screen that display at 320x240 resolution, up to 4GB of internal storage, up to 45 hours of battery life, integrated DMB, SD expandability, touchscreen, FM radio, and support for WMV9, MPEG4, MP3, Ogg, WMA and FLAC. » 11/22/06 11:15am 11/22/06 11:15am

Cowon N2 GPS Device and Media Player: Only 32MB of Storage?

Rather than releasing a standard portable media player, Cowon's gone the GPS route with its N2. Sure, it'll still play most of the popular audio/video files out there, less FLAC, but it only comes with 32MB of onboard memory; connecting to external devices via USB is the only way to obtain the necessary storage to… » 10/02/06 9:09am 10/02/06 9:09am

Samsung 4-inch DMB T450 TV Looks Like an iPod TV

This won't make it out of Korea, the Samsung DMB-T450 looks quite a lot sexier than the DMB devices we've seen before. It's got a built-in antenna, iPod-like white finish, MP3 playback, USB 1.1 connectivity, SD/MMC expansion slot and 4-hour battery. Boy those South Koreans sure know how to keep themselves entertained… » 9/19/06 4:20pm 9/19/06 4:20pm

Pantech IM-U140 Auto-Popup Sliding Phone With DMB

This Pantech IM-U140, which looks quite similar to my T-Mobile MDA, has an auto-popup screen that moves up to a 30-degree angle when users press the button. The screen is 2.6-inches wide, is QVGA, and plays back DMB TV. The phone itself has a 3 megapixel camera and PictBridge, so you can print out the pictures easily.… » 9/06/06 2:00am 9/06/06 2:00am

Samsung Reveals SCH-B590 to the World, World's Thinnest DMB-Capabale…

Samsung just took the curtain off its latest DMB cellphone, the SCH-B590, which is supposedly the world's thinnest DMB cellphone. Besides giving rise to the question How thin is too thin?, the cellphone has all the makings of being lost in the shuffle with the myriad other DMB cellphones out there, "there" being… » 9/05/06 3:21pm 9/05/06 3:21pm

Samsung R7 10-inch DMB LCD TV Is The Largest DMB TV Yet

At what's surely the largest "mobile" DMB TV yet, the Samsung R7 comes in at a whopping 10-inches of real estate. Terrestrial DMB, or T-DMB, is a system they have in Korea for watching TV on mobile devices like cellphones and laptops. The R7 has a 16:9 aspect ratio, controls on the right, and is promoted as a "home… » 9/01/06 3:54pm 9/01/06 3:54pm

Maxtek 4.3-inch GPS Navigation With Picture-in-Picture DMB

If you think about it, we're a bit lucky here in the US. If we look at gadgets such as the 4.3-inch T-DMB GPS navigation device from Maxtek, it's like looking into our own future. Sure, we can't have this now, but in a few years, we'll be able to watch TV and get directions to Wal-mart using the same device. » 8/31/06 7:00pm 8/31/06 7:00pm

Samsung SCH-B470 Has Picture-in-Picture

For those of us in the United States who someday hope to enjoy digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) on our cellphones here (currently it's only available in South Korea), we can only drool over the Samsung SCH-B470, a DMB phone that also lets you watch two shows at once with its picture-in-picture (PIP) goodness. » 8/14/06 10:21am 8/14/06 10:21am

Freenex DMX-760 Navigator, Now With DMB Picture-in-Picture

Road warriors in Korea can look forward to the DMX-760, a Windows-based navigationa system complete with support for DMB TV broadcasts. The TV can show up in a Picture-in-Picture window, so when you're trying to find the next cross street you can be distracted/entertained by the idiot box. An AV mode lets users… » 8/11/06 1:28pm 8/11/06 1:28pm

LG LW25-EV Core Duo Laptop With EVDO, DMB - Boobies Sold Separately

This laptop was made for people on the go! Features like the EVDO enabled data, the DMB TV Tuner, and the 2.4 pound weight all scream "take me to the pool and perhaps you'll meet three Korean ladies." » 7/28/06 3:21pm 7/28/06 3:21pm

Samsung SCH-B500 Slider With DMB

This black slider from Samsung has Bluetooth, MP3 player, two-megapixel camera and 320x240 display. It's 1.4-inches thick and has the popular Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) that's found on most cellphones and media players released in Korea. » 7/27/06 5:14pm 7/27/06 5:14pm