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TiVo, One True Media launch YouTube-like service

03/27, 5:30pm

YouTube-like TiVo service

TiVo and One True Media today began a new video-sharing service, which allows peers to watch home movies on their DVRs. Users first upload the videos to the One True Media website, where they can be edited with online tools. A free personal channel must then be created with TiVo, to which other TiVo customers can be invited to subscribe. If they so choose they can also select a Season Pass, which will download the latest videos automatically.

The service does however have some requirements: the receiver must be using a Series 2 or 3 DVR connected to broadband Internet, and the uploader may have to pay for a One True Media subscription, if the uploads surpass 100MB. Fees begin at $4 per month or $40 per year. No extra charges exist on TiVo's end.

Axiom's compact 'intelligent DSP' subwoofer

03/27, 4:50pm

Axiom EP400 subwoofer

The Epicenter EP400 by Axiom is intended to bring the strength of a home theater subwoofer to smaller environments. While only 10.5 inches wide and 13.8 inches tall, the 400 still packs 500W to produce up to 116dB of sound, and can span frequencies between 23 and 150Hz. Axiom has further equipped the subwoofer with "intelligent" DSP, capable of matching driver response to an exact frequency at any point along the supported spectrum. The driver itself is aluminum and eight inches long, and has a maximum variance of no more than 1.5dB. The 400 is being sold in beech, cherry maple and black oak finishes, for $1,100.

iPhone makes rare appearance at CTIA

03/27, 4:50pm

iPhone Shown at CTIA

Apple's iPhone has surfaced in the public eye after a long absence, photographers noted Tuesday at the CTIA phone expo. During his keynote speech earlier today, AT&T Chief Operations Officer Randall Stephenson brought out the elusive device when discussing the success of the carrier's e-mail sign-up program.

The device was tightly guarded at the event, according to the report, but Stephenson joked that a brief tryout before the presentation by FCC chariman Kevin Martin demonstrated both how easily people could adapt to the iPhone and how desirable it was compared to most other phones.

Motorola debuts long-lasting Bluetooth headset

03/27, 4:00pm

Motorola H680 Headset

As an extra announcement to match its new designer phones, Motorola on Tuesday released its H680 Bluetooth earpiece. The company hopes its headset will be different through battery life and ergonomics. Though small, the onboard battery is capable of driving calls for eight continuous hours and eight days of standby. The ear hook and cushions are also freshly engineered to keep the sound and speakers as close to the ear as possible.

The device ships with a unique case that both guards and charges the headset when plugged in, and should be available during the summer for a price to be set later.

Verizon gives a 4x boost to fiber Internet

03/27, 3:45pm

Verizon FiOS Boost

Verizon today revealed that it had started rolling out what it says is a breakthrough for its FiOS fiber optic Internet service for the home. Updating the backend of the network, the telco has begun replacing its local backbones with gigabit passive optical networks, or G-PONs. The replacement effectively quadruples the downstream bandwidth and is even faster for uploads, Verizon says: where a single hub today shares 622 Mbps across every attached home for downloads and 155Mbps for uploads, a GPON increases the speeds to 2.4Gbps and 1.2Gbps respectively.

OQO model 02 starts shipping

03/27, 2:55pm

OQO model 02 Ships

OQO on Tuesday revealed that its eagerly anticipated model 02 has begun shipping. The UMPC, which had first been announced at January's CES expo, is built as a potentially complete replacement for a notebook and is one of the first at its 7-inch size to ship with Windows Vista onboard as well as EVDO for Sprint or Verizon subscribers.

A base model starts at $1,499 with a 1.2GHz CPU, 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, and Windows XP Home. The line peaks at $1,849 with a 1.5GHz processor, doubled memory and storage, and Vista Business. EVDO is currently a $150 option regardless of the provider.

AT&T tops 1 million inquiries for iPhones

03/27, 2:35pm

ATT Million iPhone Inquiry

AT&T's cellular division has fielded over a million questions about the iPhone's availability, according to the company COO Randall Stephenson. The executive opened his keynote at the CTIA phone expo in Orlando by touting the sheer number of website visitors that had visited AT&T's special iPhone page and chosen to be contacted when the Apple device is ready to order.

"One million people have asked us to call when this phone is available," Stephenson said.

SanDisk announces 4GB Memory Stick Micro card

03/27, 2:20pm

SanDisk 4GB M2 card

SanDisk is expanding its smaller Memory Stick Micro (M2) line with a 4GB card, set to ship sometime after May. The company is already selling 512MB, 1GB and 2GB M2 cards, but according to estimates, 4GB should be enough to hold approximately 1,000 songs, 2,000 photos or 20 hours of MPEG-4 video. The main drawback to M2 cards is that they are compatible exclusively with Sony Ericsson phones, such as the Walkman line -- elsewhere, microSD is the industry standard.

UTStarcom rolls quick-typing phone, more at expo

03/27, 2:00pm

UTStarcom at CTIA 2007

UTStarcom today joined in the fray of phone announcements with three of its own. Leading the group is the pictured GSFT779. As with ZTE's D-Series, the 779 has a Fastap keyboard for quickly punching out text messages on what would otherwise be a regular number pad. Other specifications weren't mentioned specifically in the announcement but are known to include a camera and a relatively slim, 0.6-inch clamshell design. It should be available primarily Central and South America by the second half of this year.

Catch an image of the phone as well as details of the remaining two after the break.

Worldspace Satellite Radio sued by investors

03/27, 1:50pm

Worldspace Radio sued

An American firm has filed a lawsuit against Worldspace, a satellite radio provider that services most of the world outside North America, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The class action suit was launched on the part of investors, who are together accusing executives of violating federal securities laws -- specifically, deliberately omitting or falsifying information about Worldspace's operations. The public was allegedly deceived about the company's performance, and as a result, stock prices are said to have been artificially inflated. The trial has yet to begin; investors have until May 15th to file with The Paskowitz Law Firm as a plaintiff.

BlueAnt releases headset for motorcycle helmets

03/27, 1:00pm

BlueAnt motorcycle headset

BlueAnt has taken the unusual step of producing the InterPhone, a Bluetooth headset designed specifically for motorcycle riders. The device attaches to both full- and open-faced helmets, and (with the aid of voice commands) enables completely hands-free use of a cellphone, which is essential given the danger of pulling away from the handlebar.

Fitting the difficult environment of its use, the InterPhone is built to be water-resistant and windproof, with further DSP processing done to reduce echoes and ambient noise. Owners can ride with the the headset at speeds up to 80mph, and treat it as an intercom if other InterPhone users are within 490 feet. The device is out now for $189.

IOGEAR claims 'first' automatic HDMI switch

03/27, 12:15pm

IOGEAR 2x HDMI switch

Despite evidence to the contrary, IOGEAR is claiming it has the world's "first" HDMI hub that automatically selects active input, eliminating the need for remote or hands-on control. Its 2x1 Automatic Switch does remain in the minority however, and enables two HDMI devices to share the same input on an HDTV set. Resolutions up to 1080p are supported, and LEDs on the front panel indicate which source is being used. The 2x1 is on sale today for $170.

Kyocera unleashes bevy of designer phones at CTIA

03/27, 12:15pm

Kyocera at CTIA 2007

Japan's Kyocera used CTIA today for an aggressive leap into the business of designer phones. The E5000 (shown) stands out for its devotion to an often-neglected part of clamshell design: the hinge. Instead of a merely utilitarian joint, the E5000's link is a curved S-shape built out of stainless steel. The phone is also geared towards music and brings touch-sensitive external music controls to the shell as well as stereo Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and EVDO access. It should be ready for CDMA-based carriers in the US and elsewhere by this fall.

More phones and a gallery follow the jump.

M-Audio ships cheap, all-in-one music kit

03/27, 11:45am

M-Audio Session KeyStudio

Avid's M-Audio division has relased the Session KeyStudio bundle, designed to provide PC users with an quick, inexpensive, all-in-one method of creating music. The package combines a 49-note USB keyboard with the company's Session software, which in its KeyStudio version can create complete songs using multi-tracking and over 2GB of pre-recorded loops, such as drums, bass guitars and pianos. While not nearly as powerful as Avid's famous Pro Tools setups, the KeyStudio does have the unique advantage of being priced at $99 while including all necessary hardware.

Palm Treo 750 gets official upgrade to WM6, HSDPA

03/27, 11:20am

Palm Treo 750 with HSDPA

Palm on Tuesday announced that it would update its Treo 750 smartphone to Windows Mobile 6. In addition to bringing some of the new software inherent to the new OS to existing owners -- such as faster web browsing and Office Mobile -- the upgrade will actually enable a new feature for those using AT&T's phone service, Palm says. Applying the update will streamline connecting to the US provider's HSDPA mobile broadband from the touchscreen, giving it faster speeds in the process.

The smartphone maker hasn't revealed a price or a specific launch date for the update, which should be available worldwide later this year.

Samsung promotes trio of technologies

03/27, 11:00am

New Samsung technologies

In addition to phones, Samsung is using the CTIA expo to promote three new general technologies it has developed. The most attention-grabbing may be a new 1.8-inch, 64GB flash drive, which is expected to be used primarily in notebooks, camcorders and GPS receivers, but may well migrate to other devices such as media players. Samsung is one of the key memory suppliers for the Apple iPod.

Samsung has also developed what it calls the world's smallest 8.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, though no measurements have been given. The company further says that its image quality is as good as any CCD sensor, while still consuming a tenth of the power. As such it is expected to be used in compact cameras and camcorders, as well as mobile phones, where it would be substantially sharper than the majority of its rivals.

Apple TV OS successfully booted on Macs

03/27, 10:55am

Apple TV on Macs

The customized version of Mac OS X used on the Apple TV will boot on other Macs, users have confirmed today. Taking advantage of news that the customized version of Mac OS X is portable to other hardware, one owner of the media hub has successfully used the software on an external USB drive and run the OS from a MacBook rather than the Apple TV's native components -- including authorization and streaming. The launch indicates that many of Apple's drivers for graphics, networking, and other elements are intact. (More details and a video follow after the break)

ZTE bringing 3G phone with quick typing to US

03/27, 10:20am

ZTE D-series 3G Phone

Normally limited to its Chinese home, ZTE today said it would launch its D-Series phones in the US. The firm hopes to manage the frequently overwhelming amount of text typing needed on today's phones by using Digit Wireless' US-made Fastap keyboard technology: letter keys are wedged between the numbers and raised to make it possible to quickly draft an e-mail or an SMS message without a larger keyboard.

The phone also promises 3G-level speeds through EVDO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and media playback for MP3 songs and MP4 videos. ZTE is readying the D-Series for US carriers in April and should see an official release in the following months. A full photo is waiting after the break.

Motorola unveils new CDMA, GSM world phones

03/27, 9:50am

Moto World Phones CTIA 2K7

Following the news of its updated RAZR and ROKR phones, Motorola today has also announced several clamshell phones aimed at a world audience. The CDMA models are headlined by the W385 (pictured): the design takes the KRZR's shape to a wider group with a more affordable VGA camera and without the EDGE or EVDO Internet access that frequently adds to the price. In return, it gains GPS to help navigate on a walk or a road trip. The other CDMA-based device, the W355 shifts the focus to music with an FM radio and a loud speakerphone.

Both devices are set to ship during the spring. Click through for details of Motorola's GSM phones, including a gallery of selected models.

Sanyo preps rugged 7050 clamshell for Sprint

03/27, 9:10am

Sanyo SCP-7050 for Sprint

Sanyo on Tuesday unveiled its SCP-7050 phone for Sprint's more active users. The 7050's rubberized outer shell makes it the first Sanyo phone to survive US military-grade dust, shock, and vibration standards; its controls are also designed such that the buttons are usable even with gloves on, the company says. Fully autonomous GPS is part of the package and works whether other phone functions are in use or the cellphone drops off of Sprint's network.

Multiple other concessions are in place for outdoors owners or field workers: a mobile contact sync feature automatically creates backups of the contact list on Sprint's servers to retrieve them if the phone is lost, and a large speaker helps keep the phone hands-free during a hike or rough work. Sprint will offer the phone in early April for $150 alongside a two-year contract.

Motorola intros RAZR maxx Ve, ROKR Z6m media phones

03/27, 8:35am

Moto RAZR MAXX Ve and Z6m

Motorola launched the second day of CTIA with a series of new phones, including one exclusively for a US carrier. The RAZR maxx Ve is designed solely for Verizon and adapts the features of the original for its CDMA network: EVDO broadband and GPS are onboard for Internet and location-based tools respectively, while the phone also gets a 2-megapixel camera upgrade versus the earlier RAZR V3 and a large, 1.7-inch external screen with touch controls for music.

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