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SOYO GoVideo Dual LCD Monitors

11/09, 6:15pm

SOYO Dual LCD Monitors

SOYO has released a set of LCD monitors that joins two screens into a single stand. Shipping in 17- and 19-inch models, the GoVideo line has resolutions up to 2560x1024, contrast ratios of 700:1, and response times of 8ms. DVI and RGB inputs are located on the back, while speakers are integrated into the front. The screens can be pivoted horizontally to the extent that they can be facing 180 degrees from one another. The 17-inch monitor is selling for $999, and the 19-inch (pictured) is going for $1,199.

Samsung displays WiMax/WiBro cellphone

11/09, 5:25pm

Samsung's WiMax-only phone

South Korea is getting a unique cellphone from Samsung that relies on WiMax/WiBro broadband, AVING reports. The SPH-M8100 functions as either a VoIP, video, Push-to-Talk or standard voice phone, and is capable of 20Mbps transfer speeds while the receiver moves as fast as 37mph. It can also be connected to a PC and used as a modem. It accepts RSS subscriptions, and in Korea, at least, it can receive T-DMB TV signals. A TV-out jack feeds images to an external display. Reflecting the limited distribution of WiMax, there are no (current) plans to export the M8100 outside of Korea. Click through for full-sized photos.

New Nabaztag WiFi rabbit

11/09, 4:30pm

New Nabaztag WiFi rabbit

A new version of the Nabaztag WiFi rabbit is on the market. Streaming content from the Internet, the Nabaztag/tag does various things like tell the time, read off blogs, pass along messages, and play songs and speeches at random. Blinking lights and twisting ears contribute to the show. Now the rabbit can also scan RFID tags, stream audio non-stop, take voice commands and messages, and even detect smells and follow a predetermined response. WEP and WPA encryption protects your data from interception. The Nabaztag/tag is selling for 90 ($171) from Firebox, or (starting November 30th) $180 from ThinkGeek.

Lexmark debuts low-cost AIO printer with WiFi

11/09, 3:00pm

Lexmark WiFi AIO Printer

Lexmark has just introduced the X9350, an all-in-one printer that the printer maker says is the only model in its class to come with built-in wireless. The integrated WiFi adapter connects the X9350 to computers or networks with 802.11b or g wireless to enable both printing and scanning without a dedicated cable. Similarly uncommon for the printer's class is its support for two-sided printing, Lexmark says; individual page sides can be completed at a rate of 32 PPM monochrome or 27 in color. Users also have the choice of printing Microsoft Office files directly from USB storage or connecting the printer directly to an Ethernet network for wired printer sharing. The X9350 will retail for $280 but has not been given a firm release date.

Globalstar produces truly small satellite phone

11/09, 2:20pm

Compact Satellite Phone

Globalstar today said that it had resolved the size dilemma common to many satellite phones by releasing its new GSP-1700 handset. The 1700 is the world's lightest and smallest satellite phone, the company claims. With the exception of its retractable antenna, the design more closely resembles the dimensions of many cellphones and weighs only 7.1 ounces. It also has features rare to satellite technology, such as the ability to receive calls while the antenna is stowed away or to connect to EVDO mobile broadband for data when connected to a Mac or PC through the bundled USB cable. Globalstar doesn't list pricing but says the GSP-1700 is available now with the company's own satellite phone service.

Motorola's i880 incorporated into Nextel lineup

11/09, 2:05pm

i880 comes to Nextel

Sprint and Motorola have announced the addition of the i880 to the Nextel lineup. The phone is Nextel's first with a 2MP camera, which the company argues is sharp enough for 5x7 prints. Other features of the i880 include GPS, Bluetooth, Web browsing, a microSD slot, walkie-talkie modes, and MP3/podcast playback. It should be available from retailers today. Its MSRP is $500 without contract, or $300 with a rebate and a two-year service agreement. The package comes bundled with a 64MB microSD card.

Panasonic previews its first in-car navigation system

11/09, 1:40pm

Panasonic Car Navigation

Panasonic on Thursday provided an early glimpse of its first car entertainment system with built-in navigation. Previously known only for its media support in cars, Panasonic has added a GPS unit to its CN-NVD905U that comes preloaded with maps of Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US as well as detailed information about 39 US cities. The built-in DVD drive can further expand available charts. Another built-in function of the NVD905U, its support for satellite radio, transforms the mapping function into a traffic warning system: Sirius subscribers with an external receiver and access to the network's traffic service can view traffic conditions directly on the map, allowing them to choose an alternate route in advance. Panasonic's system also supports XM Satellite Radio. Integration with the iPod is equally tight, according to the company. The new head unit can play an iPod's audio and video through any of a car's entertainment systems, including rear headrest models. Bluetooth and support for MP3/WMA CD audio complete the available features. Panasonic hopes to release its pioneering navigation system in spring of 2007 and has not announced a price.

Amp'd Mobile to adopt smartphones?

11/09, 12:55pm

Amp'd to adopt smartphones

Amp'd Mobile may be ready to carry smartphones, writes CrunchGear. Though smartphones have generally been the province of businessmen and the wealthy, an anonymous tipster is saying that the trendy MVNO provider will soon offer self-branded Motorola Qs. Photos have been provided as evidence, which follow after the jump. It's unknown what unique features an Amp'd Q might have, but the Verizon model has Windows Mobile 5, 1x EVDO/aGPS, a MiniSD slot, music and video playback, and more. It costs $470 without a contract, or as little as $100 with a rebate and a new Verizon Wireless account.

Hybrid Blu-Ray, HD DVD playback chip developed

11/09, 12:30pm

Hybrid Blu-Ray HD DVD Chip

Chip designer Broadcom says it has developed the world's first system-on-a-chip that combines Blu-Ray and HD DVD playback. While manufacturers of video players have previously expressed interest in developing dual-format players in the past, Broadcom's new BCM7440 marks the first instance in which the support necessary to play both disc types has been included on a single chip. This extends to the advanced features often needed in newer players, such as audio decoding, HDCP for movie support, and networking for online features. The completeness of the design is expected to have a major impact on the rivalry between Blu-Ray and HD DVD supporters by allowing movie watchers to view either standard on an inexpensive player. Many home theater buyers "are cautious about adopting the 'wrong' format," says The Envisioneering Group's Richard Doherty, and have often chosen to retain their DVD players instead. The chip is already available in bulk for testing purposes and should appear in finished products by 2007.

Gateway High Definition Widescreen LCDs

11/09, 12:00pm

Gateway HD LCDs

Gateway has intoduced 22- and 24-inch models of what it's branding its High Definition Widescreen LCDs. As opposed to many computer monitors, the Gateway products support both DVI and analog inputs, which have been made to be HDCP compliant -- a necessary step for full-quality video from Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs. There are no HDMI inputs however, only DVI, VGA, component, S-Video and composite, as well as four-port USB 2.0 hubs. The screens can be rotated in many directions and will automatically change picture orientation if turned vertical. The 24-inch model (pictured) costs $680, and can reach 1080p resolution with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 6ms response time. The 22-inch display is limited to 1680x1050 resolution and 700:1 contrast. It costs $400.

Helio officially debuts Drift phone with GPS mapping

11/09, 10:25am

Helio Drift Phone Official

As previously anticipated following the discontinuation of its earlier Kickflip, Helio on Thursday launched the Kickflip's official replacement. Known as the Drift, the phone shares many of the specifications of the earlier 2-megapixel, EVDO-capable handset but adds an enhanced GPS unit that forms the core of the design. While most cellphones include basic GPS tracking to help locate owners in an emergency, the Drift ships with a preloaded version of Google Maps that links with the receiver to provide real-time positioning, including driving directions. The Drift also incorporates a Helio-specific feature named Buddy Beacon that can track the locations of a specified list of friends. This can help with socializing, the company says. Models are available in black or white today from Helio for $225 alongside any service agreement.

Super Max MZH-801 media player with live TV

11/09, 9:55am

Super Max Media Player TV

Muzatch today launched a portable media player that it describes as the most powerful MP4-capable player in existence. Intended primarily for cars, the Super Max MZH-801 is capable of playing common digital video formats such as DivX, MPEG-4, and VCD on its 7-inch screen, but is also one of the few North American media players to include a built-in TV tuner. The combination of the tuner and a built-in antenna lets users watch live TV in NTSC or PAL format from virtually anywhere, according to Muzatch. An FM transmitter is also part of the design and broadcasts the player's audio to a car or home stereo. An included 40GB hard drive can store as many as 50 full-length DivX movies, the company claims. Power is supplied through either AC power or a lithium-ion battery, though the company does not list battery life. Muzatch is accepting orders now for $275; lower-capacity 20GB and 30GB versions are also available through special requests.

Linksys reveals Yahoo! Messenger VoIP phone

11/09, 9:20am

Linksys Yahoo VoIP Phone

Network technology maker Linksys has just released the CIT310 dual-mode Yahoo! and conventional voice phone. The cordless handset is designed to integrate tightly with Yahoo! Messenger's voice services, letting users send and receive calls to both members of their Yahoo! contact list as well as real-world phone numbers. Integration with Yahoo's Internet search engine is also a key aspect of the phone, Linksys adds. By associating the CIT310 with a particular ZIP code, owners can search for and place calls to local businesses through Yahoo! Local Search. A toggle button is present to instantly switch the phone between its Yahoo! role and traditional phone line access. Linksys estimates 10 hours of talk time when the phone is away from its USB base station. The CIT310 ships from Amazon today for $100. A full-size photo is available after the jump.

Microsoft to pay Universal for every Zune sold

11/09, 8:45am

MS Pays Universal for Zune

Microsoft has entered into a controversial agreement to pay Universal a royalty fee for every Zune player sold, Reuters reports. While neither Microsoft nor Universal has publicly revealed the amount per player, the music label indicated that it believed it had a stake in the Zune's success.

"We felt that any business that's built on the bedrock of music we should share in," Universal chief Doug Morris says.

Significantly, the deal is not directly linked to content shipped with the player: its preloaded music is provided through music labels with no clear connection to Universal, such as Sub Pop and V2, indicating that Universal no longer feels satisfied with music sales themselves. Microsoft is reportedly in early discussions with other labels for similar fees. The change in approach towards music revenue may have future ramifications for Apple, whose deals with music labels have so far extended only to profits from iTunes content sales and have not affected iPod hardware.

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