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Prof Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin, and Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland



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4 October 2011 | 0

Samsung MultiView MV800

The Samsung MultiView MV800 builds on the success of Samsung 2View technology and is the first premium compact model to feature a 3.0" Wide Flip-out MultiView Touch Display.

It offers an impressive 16.1MP along with a 5x optical zoom lens to capture every detail in close-up and 26mm wide-angle lens for capturing larger gatherings in high definition video.

The Live Panorama function enables the easy photography of large groups by simply holding down the shutter button, then previewing the whole scene that’s been captured, via the LCD. Other fun features include colour and effect filters and ‘pose detection’.
Price: €279.99




Kindle Touch

Amazon’s Kindle Fire may have grabbed all the headlines at its big launch last week, but we’re just as impressed at the unassuming Kindle Touch. Keeping things simple by sticking to e-ink and a modest 6" screen this is a device made for convenience first. Standard feature are X-Ray, which allows you to search through the book for specific elements (characters names etc) and find out more about them through Wikipedia and Shelfari; Read to Me, a text-to-speech function; and free backup to the cloud with Whispersync.

Available in Wi-Fi and 3G models but the latter can’t provide a surfing experience beyond Wikipedia and downloading e-books. Best to stick with the cheaper option.
Price: $99 ($149 with 3G)

Toshiba Regza DBR-M190

It’s a Blu-ray player, it’s a DVR, it’s a home media server, it’s almost €2,000. Toshiba’s Regza DBR-M190 is an all-in-one solution for the front room, but what really grabs the attention is its 5Tb drive that, the manufacturer says, can record up to 15 days of standard definition TV. You can also stream content to it from any compatible device around the home.

Unfortunately this is only getting a release in Japan now, so you have plenty of time to save your coppers for the Irish launch. Whenever that may be.
Price: $1,968

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