New WLAN-only Galaxy Tab from Samsung

Berlin (dpa) – Samsung is introducing a more affordable variant of its Galaxy Tab tablet computer. The Galaxy Tab WiFi comes without a 3G module and the related slot for a mobile phone SIM. Its only option for connecting to the internet is via WLAN. The 7-inch device runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Galaxy Tab WiFi is expected in March and will start at around 499 dollars. The existing Galaxy Tab with 3G capability will see its price cut from 799 to 599 dollars.

Sonos music system controlled by smartphone

Berlin (dpa) – Sonos, a specialised manufacturer of wireless music broadcasting in living spaces, has announced a free software application for Android smartphones. The application will allow mobile phones running the Google operating system to remotely control Sonos music systems. Songs and radio broadcasts can be selected directly from the phone, as can volume selection for all rooms. The Sonos Controller for Android also features speech recognition, so you can dictate which songs should be playing.

New Android tablet from Toshiba

Berlin (dpa) – Toshiba is planning to launch an Android-based tablet PC before the end of June. Dubbed the Toshiba Tablet, the device will be equipped with a 10.1-inch 16:10 screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will feature a front and rear camera, an HDMI output and motion sensors. Toshiba announced both a UMTS version as well as a pure WLAN model; prices are not yet available.

Network storage media with room for two hard disks

Berlin (dpa) – The latest Network Attached Storage device from D- Link is designed to house two S-ATA hard disks. The Sharecenter Shadow DNS-325 can store up to four terabytes of data, music or video files. The device is connected to the network using a Gigabit Ethernet interface. According to D-Link, the maximum data throughput rate is 38 megabits per second. As an option, the DNS-325 can automatically backup files. The device – with built-in 1.2-gigahertz processor, 256 MB RAM and software – costs 279 dollars. Hard disks are not included in the purchase price.

Hands-free unit with surround sound for use in cars

Berlin (dpa) – Manufacturer Jabra is unveiling Freeway, a new surround-sound, hands-free unit for use in vehicles. The 119-dollar device can be retrofitted, has three speakers that produce stereophonic sound, and includes a motion sensor to automatically turn the unit on or off when the car door is opened. The Stone2 headset, an optional accessory, allows users to make calls via voice commands. It is slated to cost 99 dollars. Both products are scheduled to hit stores in the second quarter of 2011.

Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 protects Android, Blackberry

Berlin (dpa) – The Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 smartphone security software now also protects devices running Android and Blackberry. Previously, support had only extended to the mobile operating systems Symbian and Windows Mobile. In addition to warding off viruses, the program can also hide sensitive data and block undesired calls. Should the mobile phone get stolen, it can be locked remotely and located via GPS. The new version for Android and Blackberry, which has already been released, sells for 25 dollars and is valid for one year.

New netbooks from Acer and Samsung

Berlin (dpa) – Acer and Samsung have introduced new 10.1-inch netbooks to the market. Both the Acer Aspire One 522 and Samsung’s NF210 HZ1 come pre-installed with a 250-gigabyte hard disk, one gigabyte RAM and the Windows 7 operating system.

While the Acer netbook is powered by AMD’s 1-gigahertz C-50 Fusion processor and an integrated HD-6250 graphics card, Samsung relies on Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 processor (1.5 GHz), a GMA3150 graphics chip and a UMTS module.

The Acer display offers 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution; the Samsung netbook displays 1024 x 600 pixels. The Aspire One 522, configured as detailed above, sells for 299 dollars, and Samsung’s NF210 HZ1 can be had for 399 dollars.