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Microsoft changes Vista EULA

11/02, 5:35pm

MSchanges Vista EULA

Microsoft has responded to complaints about the EULA (End-User License Agreement) for Windows Vista, changing the document so that users can install a copy on more than one computer. "You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices," it now reads in section 15. It was previously suggested that Vista owners might need a new key from Microsoft for some major hardware upgrades. The new EULA does not apply to OEM versions of the OS however, only retail copies, ZDNet clarifies.

DigiMemo A402 digital notepad

11/02, 5:15pm

DigiMemo A402 Notepad

Selwyn Electronics in the UK has launched its unconventional DigiMemo A402 designed to add a digital advantage to conventional note-taking. While it uses standard ink and paper, a processor inside the A402 records the input to 32MB of flash memory. This storage is equal to roughly 160 pages, Selwyn claims. A CompactFlash card slot is available to expand the storage up to a limit of 999 pages. Crucially, the A410 can also connect to a computer through USB to serve as a tablet input device and give artists a way of translating sketches on their preferred surface to paper. Four AAA batteries can provide as much as 80 hours of continuous drawing. Selwyn sells its DigiMemo notepad for $179 US. Import information isn't available.

HSDPA broadband debuts in Canada

11/02, 2:25pm

HSDPA Broadband in Canada

Canadian media company Rogers said today that it will introduce the first HSDPA mobile Internet network in Canada. Beginning with coverage primarily in the greater Toronto area and extending as far as Oshawa and Niagara, Rogers subscribers can connect to the country's first 3.5G wireless network as of November 24th. The company also announced that its first compatible device will be the Sierra Wireless AirCard 860, a PC Card adapter for laptops that can connect at HSDPA's 3.6Mbps theoretical maximum speed and is backwards-compatible with the slower EDGE and GPRS standards. The 860 will appear at the same time as the service and will be available for $50 CDN with a three-year contract, or $350 for shorter plans. Cellphones and other computer adapters should become available as the network expands in 2007, Rogers says. HSDPA is already available in the US, but only in a small number of Cingular service areas.

Magellan CrossoverGPS handles boating, hiking, roads

11/02, 1:55pm

Magellan CrossoverGPS

Magellan marked its presence at the SEMA show today by revealing the CrossoverGPS hybrid GPS receiver. In contrast to nautically-oriented GPS units such as the iWAY 600c, the CrossoverGPS emphasizes flexibility and can convert from its role as a turn-by-turn driving navigator to an all-terrain GPS unit with topographical marks and a waypoint system that can remember routes over land and water for later trips. Detailed marine maps can be added through SD cards. Magellan further says that its handheld is built to survive common shocks and is splashproof from all angles. Shipping in December, the CrossoverGPS will retail for $550.

Nokia debuts transparent portable stereo

11/02, 1:35pm

Nokia transparent stereo

Nokia has debuted an unusual portable stereo that's completely transparent, reports The Cool Hunter. All interior components of the product are visible, from the wiring to the amplifier. An inside shelf is equipped to hold your phone, which would seem to be the primary source of music for the system, much like the iPod Hi-Fi. Exact technical details are unavailable. A long strap at the top should increase portability however, and feet at the base should improve stability. Nokia has launched the stereo in Finland with a campaign set in parks and beaches.

Creative intros flexible Live! Cam Optia

11/02, 1:30pm

Creative Live Cam Optia

Creative updated its successful Live! Cam line today with the Optia, a multi-purpose webcam designed as much for desktops as for laptops. The camera has a clamping base that can still rest flat on a desk or table without requiring a different mount. The main unit rotates 270 degrees and is programmed to flip the image automatically when the camera is inverted, Creative says. Equally significant is the Optia's nature as a USB Video Class device. On recent Windows XP systems, the webcam works without requiring drivers and can be used as a live video capture source for any program, such as a movie editor or an instant messaging client. A 1.3-megapixel sensor provides 1280x960 still shots as well as 640x480 video at a full 30 frames per second. The camera will be available this month in Creative's home of Singapore for $82 US; a North American release is likely soon afterwards.

CiceroPhone enables cell/WiFi roaming on Nokia phones

11/02, 12:45pm

Cicero cell/WiFi roaming

Cicero Networks has announced a new version of the CiceroPhone VoIP client, which will run on select Symbian-equipped Nokia S60 phones. The E60, E61, E70 and N80 will be supported. The program enables calls to be routed through the best available network, whether WiFi or cellular. Cicero claims that routing rules should ensure optimized costs and signal quality. Users will also be able to perform limited adjustments to these rules, so long as they concentrate on particular numbers or ranges of numbers. CiceroPhone for Symbian should be released on November 30th. It should be noted, though, that Cicero released its first "dual-mode" client in 2005 for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices.

IME Dock supports iPod, Zune in cars

11/02, 12:40pm

IME Dock for Cars

As part of the official launch of Microsoft's Zune.net site that promotes the upcoming music player, Integrated Mobile Electronics on Thursday revealed what it claims is the first true universal music player dock for cars. Its IME Dock is designed to connect numerous media players -- such as the iPod, Sansa e200, and the Zune -- directly to a vehicle's entertainment system and plays its audio or video regardless of the device or file format. Connected players can also charge through the station and will play content even on systems with multiple LCDs, IME says. A remote control function is also expected. No pricing has been announced, though the company said it will start shipping the IME Dock in February.

ASUS Asteio D22 home theater PC with Core 2 and Viiv

11/02, 12:05pm

Asteio Home Theater PC

ASUS has officially released the Asteio D22, its latest media hub targeted at dedicated home theater enthusiasts. Built with TV recording in mind, the D22 ships with a dual TV tuner that can display and record two analog or two digital broadcasts at the same time. Programs can be scheduled for recording as far as two weeks in advance, and the resulting media can be accessed from the Internet through a broadcast-to-go feature compatible with computers, cellphones, and almost any other mobile device.

More details follow after the jump.

LG set to mass-produce 100-inch LCD TV

11/02, 11:45am

LG 100-inch LCD TV

LG will soon begin mass-producing the world's largest LCD TV, says The Register. At 100 inches, the display will be the second largest TV ever put into mass production, dwarfed only by Panasonic's 103-inch plasma. The LG product will be capable of 1080p resolution, 1.07 billion color hues, and a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. The response time will be 5ms and the viewing angle should be a full 180 degrees. These specifications will come at a high cost however, as LG will spend $150,000 to build a single TV set. Retail prices should be correspondingly higher in order to turn a profit.

Voodoo PC announces OMEN Core 2 Extreme Quad Core

11/02, 11:20am

Voodoo OMEN Quad Core

Voodoo PC today previewed a new version of its high-end gaming PC that will use Intel's quad-core Core 2 Extreme processor. The OMEN Core 2 Extreme Quad Core upgrades the existing design to use Intel's 2.66GHz chip but retains the customized features the company's systems are known for, including the choice of factory-overclocked video cards from ATI or NVIDIA with copper heatsinks. The upgraded system can increase performance by as much as 70% over dual-core systems, Voodoo PC says. Pricing varies depending on the configuration and hasn't been listed, but the updated OMEN will be available for custom orders starting November 14th. The new system is the first to be introduced since company was acquired by HP in September. A full photo is available after the jump.

Vista and Office ready for businesses on Nov. 23rd

11/02, 11:05am

Vista, Office on Nov. 30th

Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista will first be available to Canadian businesses, starting on November 23rd, says IDG. Microsoft will host the first of its New Day for Business events in Edmonton, Alberta, where Canadian availability of the OS will be formally launched. The company will also begin distributing Exchange Server 2007 and the Office 2007 suite at the same time. The American launch of Vista, meanwhile, will happen a week later on November 30th. CEO Steve Ballmer will be present for events at the NASDAQ Stock Market in Manhattan as well the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

The New York launch will not be the end of Microsoft's publicity efforts. Further Canadian presentations will take place in Toronto on December 5th, Montreal on December 7th, and Ottawa on December 12th. Miscellaneous demonstrations will continue into January, by which time Vista should be put into public release.

Crispin Jones designer UMPCs

11/02, 10:50am

Crispin Jones UMPCs

Seeking to differentiate itself from the often utilitarian ultra-mobile PC format, Japanese firm PBJ said that it has commissioned a more visually striking concept from UK designer Crispin Jones. The as-yet unnamed UMPC is patterned after Japanese suzuribako writing utensil boxes, Jones says, and features distinct line patterns that not only individualize the system but also serve as grips. The system is also unique for the absence of buttons: all commands are handled using a touchscreen and stylus. Rubber feet on the bottom allow the UMPC to be used horizontally on a desk, replicating its Japanese inspiration. No specifications or formal launch details have been provided either by Crispin Jones or by PBJ, but as it was completed in October its release as a final product is likely within the next few months.

Intel quad-core Core 2 processors official

11/02, 10:25am

Quad-core Core 2 Extreme

Intel today made public its first quad-core desktop processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700. The chip, previously codenamed Kentsfield, effectively merges two of the company's Core 2 Duo desktop processors on to a single die. This gives gamers and other performance enthusiasts the abillity to handle four computing tasks at once without requiring a costly two-socket mainboard, according to Intel. While the new chip operates at 2.66GHz instead of the 2.93GHz of the dual-core Core 2 Extreme, each half of the QX6700 has 4MB of L2 cache that helps share data between cores. The updated Core 2 Extreme will be available later this month for $999 for volume system builders; the workstation- and server-oriented equivalent, the Xeon 5300 series, is also due later this month and may find its way into systems such as the Mac Pro. A less expensive, 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad is expected in January for $851.

BenQ unveils first 24-inch LCD with HDMI input

11/02, 9:35am

BenQ FP241W with HDMI

BenQ today released its new FP241W display, the first 24-inch LCD to offer direct HDMI input, according to the company. In addition to connectors for DVI and VGA for computers as well as component, RCA, and S-video for analog signals, the FP241W includes a single HDMI port for transmitting video from Blu-Ray and HD DVD players, the PlayStation 3, and other HDMI-equipped media devices that may require HDCP encryption to display at their full 1920x1200 resolution. The screen itself is ideal for fast-motion games and movies, BenQ adds, as the panel provides a 6ms gray-to-gray pixel response time. The company's proprietary Senseye image compensation is also said to dynamically improve the contrast, color, and sharpness of the final picture. BenQ is shipping the FP241W in November for $1099.

Cingular Music service, Sync phone announced

11/02, 9:00am

Cingular Music Announced

Following early reports, Cingular today revealed its new music initiative. Dubbed Cingular Music, the service will let Cingular subscribers buy, subscribe to, or stream music from multiple high-profile online networks through handsets from LG, Samsung, and Sony-Ericsson. The carrier has partnered with online stores Napster, Yahoo! Music, and eMusic to allow customers of these stores to obtain and transfer their music directly from their phones at no additional cost beyond those of the stores themselves. Support for Napster and Yahoo! subscription services, where customers can download unlimited songs at a fixed monthly rate, is a cellphone industry first, Cingular says. Additionally, Cingular users can subscribe to XM Radio Mobile for $9 per month to stream 25 of the satellite radio network's more popular channels. Cingular Music will officially launch on November 6th.

Cingular has simultaneously announced the Cingular SYNC phone, a self-branded version of the Samsung's A707 handset that will be ready for the provider's music service with 3G wireless support for EDGE and HSDPA as well as music support for AAC, MP3, and WMA. The phone will also ship on November 6th and will sell for $50 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.

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