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A new LG phone has been approved by the FCC, called the LX570. It is expected to replace the Fusic carried by Sprint, and is indeed clearly related, having a similar music control pad on the outside of the clamshell. Specifications provided by Phone Arena suggest it will only be a dual-band CDMA model (with EVDO broadband), but other features may compensate -- such as an FM radio, a microSD slot, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. GPS functions are said to be present as well. Click below for more images courtesy of MobileBurn. [via Unwired View]
While it was recently announced that Dell would be pre-installing Linux on certain computers, no timeline was set, nor did the company say which version of the OS would be installed; sources tell DesktopLinux, however, that the first computers may arrive by the end of the month, and that specific versions of Linux are under consideration. These include Fedora, Red Hat, Novell/SUSE, openSUSE and Ubuntu. Ubuntu is considered the strongest contender, for the simple reason that Michael Dell himself uses the OS, and it is one of the most user-friendly iterations.
Reflecting the slowly-growing prevalence of Blu-Ray, Pioneer is rolling out its first computer drive to crack the $300 barrier, the BDC-S02. It is actually priced at $299, and is initially shipping to China and Taiwan, with worldwide sales beginning later this year. Few specifications have been released outside of east Asia, but it is known that it will be able to play BD-ROM, BD-R/DL (double-layer) and BD-RE/DL discs, as well as a standard assortment of CD and DVD formats. The initial audience for the S02 is expected to be IT professionals; with such a price however, it may create an in-road to the difficult home market.
HTC today announced that it will offer an upgrade path (PDF) for owners of its recent phones looking to update to Windows Mobile 6. Owners of unlocked versions of the Advantage, Dash (S620), and AT&T/Cingular 8525 (TyTN) among other phones will be able to download the upgrade directly from HTC's website, saving users from replacing phones or waiting for carriers to take action.
Microsoft today announced that it will launch $3 copies of its most popular software to greatly expand its user base. A special suite containing basic and student versions of Office and Windows will ship at that price to governments who offer PCs to students for free for personal use. The official goal is to double the existing number of Windows users in the world to a full two billion by 2015, Microsoft says.
The long-rumored Zune Phone has received a bit more supporting evidence in the form of another Microsoft filing, this time at the US Patent Office. While originally submitted June 16th of last year, it has only just resurfaced, and comes under the title of "Tile Space User Interface for Mobile Devices." The concept involves making frequently accessed options more easily reached, and receiving updates on information simply by glancing at the appropriate icon. Users would also able to customize the layout of the tiles, creating a unique "home" screen.
Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista. The Dimension E520 and E521 as well as virtually all of the company's Inspiron notebooks can immediately be custom-ordered with XP in Home or Professional editions, giving cautious buyers the opportunity to use the earlier OS. The change in policy was the result of user feedback, Dell claims.
Microsoft and Samsung have arranged a patent deal that could greatly influence the designs of each other's hardware and software, the two companies announced today. In the exchange, Samsung would gain the right to use Microsoft patents for many of its electronics, including computers, media players, and TVs. Microsoft in turn would receive similar access to computer and digital media technology, the announcement said.
A surprisingly large percentage of the American public wants the iPhone, Harris Interactive found in a survey published today. Of a sample the polling agency said represented a proportionate slice of all online users, nearly half (47 percent) of respondents said they were already aware of the iPhone while an additional 17 percent were already interested in buying it -- both figures Harris said were very unusual for a handset that would only be launched in June.
LG's Cyon brand today revealed the LB2700, its second phone this week to sport mobile TV after the updated Prada phone. Rather than choose the conventional tall LCD from most cellphones that forces viewers to either pivot the display or the phone itself to watch shows, the LB2700 has a wide-aspect display that fits DMB broadcasts without letterboxing or other tweaks.
EVDO broadband is built-in; other details are unavailable but should include a camera and a dedicated media player for music and videos. The phone goes on sale soon in its Korean home through the provider KTF but would need a change to MediaFLO TV to see a US launch. [via AVING]
While not as powerful perhaps as Samsung's Q1 Ultra, Chinese company Haier is nonetheless preparing a fairly impressive UMPC, the X6. Driving the computer is a Core 2 Duo processor, and it not only sports Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g wireless, but built-in GPS abilities. Also notable is the keyboard, which slides out from under the screen and has a micro-touchpad as well as dedicated mouse-button keys. The screen itself measures 6.5 inches, and is capable of resolutions up to 800x480. Rounding out features are 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a preloaded copy of Windows Vista. It should be priced at 8,998 yuan ($1,163). [via The Register]
Dell has just given its XPS M2010 a useful upgrade by adding a Blu-Ray drive, letting the 20-inch foldable desktop play movies at its native 1680x1050 resolution. The slot-load drive also lets the PC write discs in its native format as well as legacy discs for less expensive media burning.
The Blu-Ray version of the M2010 is available now from Dell for $4,388 and joins last week's addition of dual 250GB drives as an option for extra media storage. [via NotebookReview]
Continuing its PR assault, AT&T has made a second announcement to describe changes to its international data plans. Costing between $45 and $70 a month, the plans now provide for 20MB of included transfer in close to 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, India and Mexico. Per-kilobyte rates still apply to other countries, or when the 20MB cap is exceeded; service in the United States is unlimited. Supported networks (GPRS, EDGE, UMTS) are only available depending on the region however, and AT&T has a specific list of compatible phones, including the likes of the Samsung BlackJack, the Cingular 3125 and 8525, and Palm's Treo 680 and 750.
The underlying philosophy for the iPhone will make it all but superfluous in the working world, a Microsoft executive told journalists during a press event in Australia. Although initially welcoming the Apple handset as a media device, Asia-Pacific smartphone strategy head Chris Sorenson was quick to rule out the device almost entirely for business, noting that Apple's walled-off approach to software was virtually bound to lock out iPhones from corporate offices and users who want to view files from work while on the go.
AT&T has once again expanded its U-verse IPTV service with a new feature, remote recording control. Subscribers can now use cellphones to manage DVR functions, by browsing listings, programming episode or series recordings, and shuffling or deleting pre-existing videos. There are two provisos to this option, however; a phone must be attached to AT&T's cellular service, and only certain phones are compatible with the U-verse front-end.
U-verse is one of the few major IPTV services in operation, and is notable for focusing on HD content and including its DVR unit for free in many packages. Web DVR control is free to AT&T Yahoo subscribers, and late last month the company introduced its OnTheGo service, which lets users watch a combination of live and pre-recorded video on their computer.
The forthcoming Elite, a deluxe version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, may already be arriving at some stores, reports suggest. At the center of the news is an eBay listing, auctioning an Elite purchased at a Target for $480. The remarkable point is that the Elite is not scheduled to ship until April 29th, over a week and a half from today -- a considerable rules breach in the retail market. This suggests that prospective buyers may want to contact their own local retail stores, as the consoles may otherwise be in short supply by their official launch. [via Joystiq]
Sony-Ericsson may be planning a definitive Walkman phone that would pack as many features as possible, according to a purported leak on a Swedish blog. So far known as the W999i, the phone would merge some of the best features of the Japanese/Swedish partnership's earlier Walkman models into a single design: while short thanks to a slider design, it would measure only 0.49 inches thick and speed typing with wide keypad buttons that split each key into two different letters or symbols depending on how they're pressed.
Vodafone today denied assertions that it would be the official iPhone carrier, according to the company. The European provider's Irish division dismissed the idea put forth by American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu, telling the Irish Examiner that the report was "pure speculation" that had yet to be confirmed.
The word appears to contradict the worldwide CEO's open praise for the device, which suggested that the iPhone would be a major benefit to the company's 200 million international customers. Apple hasn't committed to any particular carrier in the region, saying only that it will release the iPhone in Europe late this year.
Sony on Thursday continued its upgrades to the PlayStation 3 with the 1.70 update. Key to the patch is the return of explicit rumble support for legacy games; courtesy of the recent settlement with force-feedback developer Immersion, owners with some legacy controllers can get vibration back in PS1 and PS2 games that supported the feature. The PS3 can now also play those PS1 games when downloaded directly from the online PlayStation Store rather than saving them for a PSP, Sony says, and can transfer save games from the portable to the larger system.
Gateway this morning made an aggressive push back into tablet PCs and launched the E-155C. This is one of the thinnest and lightest complete tablets ever, the company says: despite a dual-action, 12-inch display and a built-in DVD/CD-RW or DVD-RW drive, the PC measures just under 1.2 inches thick and weighs a manageable 4.5 pounds. The E-155C is also a harbinger of faster ultraportables with a 1.06GHz Core 2 Duo ULV and headroom for up to 4GB of RAM. A Wacom-made stylus and a fingerprint reader help with the drawing and security sought after by Gateway's initial audience of schools and office workers.
Samsung today hoped to solve multiple accessory riddles for its K3 music player with its unique DS200. The case both keeps the thin device safe while also adding an external 800mW speaker, bringing the K3 closer in spirit to the earlier K5. Samsung offsets the added power draw by including an extra battery.
The three-in-one case should be available shortly in Korea for an unknown price. A release for other areas is anticipated and should include the US, where the K3 went on sale last month.
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