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First specs, photos for Sony Ericsson S500i?

04/23, 6:00pm

Sony Ericsson S500i?

Hungarian site Terminal.hu has once again claimed the first information on a new phone, this time said to be the "S500i" by Sony Ericsson. While little is known about the phone, it is clearly one of the company's high-end products, initially made obvious by its bezelled, high-gloss exterior and an equally stylized green keypad.

Also striking is the 2.4-inch LCD, which is capable of QVGA resolution and 262,000 colors. Bluetooth will be supported, and on the back is a two-megapixel camera. Broadband connections are said to include UMTS/HSDPA; no frequencies are mentioned however, nor are any basic network protocols (though it should be GSM-exclusive). More details will be presented as they become available -- click below for larger photos.

Wacom readies compact LCD tablet

04/23, 4:35pm

Wacom PL-521 LCD Tablet

Wacom has just unveiled the PL-521, a smaller alternative to its artist-oriented Cintiq screens. The 15-inch LCD is large enough for adding writing and sketches to documents and is labeled as a great fit for businesses and schools; to help, the screen's stand can adjust to either 140 degrees horizontal or a more easel-like 130 degrees vertical. A VGA output relays the video signal to an exteral monitor or projector.

Tritton AXPC promises 5.1 audio, mic on one cable

04/23, 4:05pm

Tritton AXPC Headset

Tritton on Monday expanded its gamer headsets and launched the AXPC. It trades the universal support of the console-friendly AX360 for simplicity, the company says. Native 5.1 surround sound as well as voice chat are piped through a single USB cable, and a smart encoder can optionally turn stereo sound into as much as a 7.1-channel signal. Audio quality is said to be powerful with four drivers per ear cup and the ability to fine-tune the volume of each channel layer.

SOTEC's budget WinBook get performance boost

04/23, 3:40pm

SOTEC WinBook WH 3x10

SOTEC today gave its entry-level notebooks a helping hand and introduced the WinBook WH 3x10 series. The most recent 15.4-inch system from the PC builder emphasizes price but with several useful features: every model packs a DVD burner as well as an ExpressCard 54 reader and a better-than-average 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi connection.

The top-end model is the 3513P, which is ready for Vista Home Premium with 1GB of RAM and a 1.73GHz Celeron M for $885. A simplified model, the 3313, comes with 512MB of memory and Vista Home Basic for $758. Launches outside of Japan are still unknown.

Yamaha intros high-end receiver with iPod link, XM

04/23, 3:10pm

Yamaha RX-V861 Receiver

Yamaha upgraded its receivers on Monday with the RX-V861. The firm's latest home theater receiver is geared towards more complex AV setups with a mix of standard and optional digital links. Support for XM satellite radio tuners is built-in, as is a connection for the separate YDS-10 iPod dock that plays music and video from any Universal Dock-compatible iPod. Complex HDTV arrangements are handled by dual HDMI outputs and a video engine that can deliver video up to 1080p in native resolution and scales analog sources up to 1080i.

Amazon readying DRM-free music?

04/23, 2:35pm

Amazon DRM-Free Coming

Amazon is preparing to open its own online music service without copy protection, according to the Times. The British paper claims that Amazon has been speaking to all four major labels about offering songs in the unguarded MP3 format for release in May, placing the online retailer in direct competition with EMI music that will be available through Apple's iTunes at the same time.

iRiver ships B20 jukebox with digital TV, radio

04/23, 2:00pm

iRiver B20 Ships

iRiver on Monday officially launched the B20, one of its most full-featured media players yet. The close cousin to the already available Clix 2 expands the LCD to 2.4 inches and adds the critical new component of a digital receiver. Owners can tune into any digital TV station broadcasting over the air through DMB, and also have the choice of catching DAB digital radio broadcasts in areas where the service is available.

Microsoft may face crippling EU fines

04/23, 1:35pm

Microsoft vs. the EU

Although already sanctioned with multi-million-dollar fines by the European Union, Microsoft could soon start bleeding that amount daily, warns EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Microsoft is accused of artificially inflating the price of its Workgroup Server Protocol Program; this, says the EU, is discouraging competitors from producing their own server software. Reuters reports that Microsoft has so far refused to lower prices, citing a need for "greater clarity" on what a reasonable price would be. If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement, Microsoft could fined as much as 3 million ($4 million) daily, laying waste to the company's profits.

Project to bring DirectX 10 to Mac, Win XP?

04/23, 1:20pm

Alky Project DirectX 10

Young developer Cody Brocious intends to bring DirectX 10 to "platforms other than Microsoft Vista," according to his company's latest update. Called the Alky Project, Falling Leaf Systems' programming effort transforms the unified shader code at the heart of DirectX 10 into raw machine language, allowing any system to run games written for the advanced graphics standard without requiring either Windows Vista or video cards such as the GeForce 8-series. The ultimate goal is to bring games made for DirectX 10 and earlier to Mac and Linux systems, the company says.

Kohjinsha preps 7-inch touchscreen notebook

04/23, 12:40pm

Kohjinsha SA1F00V Notebook

Kohjinsha today broke the mold of ultra-mobile PC designs today with the release of its newly upgraded SA1F00V. The new model has a 7-inch touchscreen that accepts either finger or stylus input like most UMPCs, but holds on to the more traditional notebook shape with an accompanying keyboard and trackpad. Storage has also increased; while the base model still carries a 40GB hard disk, the handheld can sport up to 100GB.

Samsung Ultra Video F500 visits the FCC

04/23, 12:10pm

Samsung F500 at the FCC

An unexpected approval at the FCC is the Ultra Video F500 by Samsung. A more powerful relative of the UpStage, the phone benefits from UMTS broadband, but is currently crippled by its frequency range: 850MHz in missing in GSM, and both 850 and 1,900MHz are missing in UMTS. If the phone is to leave Asia for North America, it will need modifications to remain compatible with local networks. The F500's main highlight is its video support, since it can play both the DivX and H.264 formats. [via Engadget Mobile]

Samsung's 'super-thin' SPH-W2700

04/23, 11:30am

Samsung SPH-W2700

A Samsung phone making an appearance at the Korea IT Show is the SPH-W2700, an extremely thin clamshell device that measures less than half an inch closed. Perhaps even more important, however, is that it is a quad-band phone with HSDPA, which suggests that it could be imported to North America with little to no modification. Other highlights of the 2700 include a 2.3-inch main display, a 0.9-inch OLED on the outside, and abilities such as video calls, video-on-demand and MP3 playback. At this stage no prices or release dates have been mentioned. [via Mobile Mentalism]

Zepto claims GeForce Go 8600, Santa Rosa in notebook

04/23, 11:20am

Zepto GeForce 8600 Laptop

Notebook designer Zepto has just let slip multiple trade secrets by announcing its Znote 6625WD notebook for multimedia addicts. The system is the first known to ship with a 512MB version of the unannounced GeForce Go 8600, which (like the desktop GeForce 8600) fully supports the Vista-only DirectX 10 as well as next-generation OpenGL for better 3D performance and visual effects; it also promises the faster CPU and system bus speeds of Intel's future Santa Rosa architecture. Intel's Robson technology with built-in flash for faster load times is also standard.

Samsung ships notebook with hybrid hard drive

04/23, 10:50am

Samsung R55 Hybrid Drive

Samsung this morning lived up to promises by launching the R55, its first notebook to use a hybrid hard drive. The 15.4-inch widescreen PC uses the recently introduced SpinPoint MH80 80GB drive with 256MB of flash to cut boot times and improve disk access: reading and writing are much faster in general, but Vista Home Premium takes 30 percent less time (down to 40 seconds) and power consumption for the drive also drops 32 percent. Even the hard drive's lifetime expands by ten percent, Samsung says.

Motion controls come to NTT DoCoMo phones

04/23, 10:50am

Motion controls at DoCoMo

Among other, previously-known products, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced a new phone with the unusual feature of motion control. Essentially unseen elsewhere in the industry, the sensor in the D904i allows users to play games much as they would on the Nintendo Wii, making simple gestures equivalent to real-world actions, like swinging a tennis racket. No mention has been made of a strap to prevent accidents.

Like other phones in the 904i series, the D also has the ability to be used with two different accounts. For an extra monthly fee of 945 yen ($8), a switch can select a second number and e-mail address, which might be used for purposes such as business, or preventing anyone but friends and family calling. The phone should arrive by June at an unspecified price. [via Reuters]

Motorola preps Product (RED) KRZR for Canada first

04/23, 10:20am

Moto KRZR K1 Product RED

Motorola today posted a teaser page for a special version of its latest clamshell. Titled the MOTOKRZR K1 Product (RED), the phone will add yet another color option to the pink and quartz models with a practical benefit. While standing out from every other model with a glossy black shell and red keypad, the (RED) version also donates a portion of its sales to the Global Fund that helps fight AIDS and other diseases in Africa.

Blu-Ray cracks million unit sales mark

04/23, 9:55am

Blu-Ray Million Sales Mark

Blu-Ray today became the first next-generation movie format to sell over a million copies, a study published by Home Media Research says. Although the 50GB format has been selling slowly compared to regular DVDs, the research claims that 70 percent of all movies sold in the first three months of the year were Blu-Ray versions -- eclpsing HD DVD by more than two to one, the Blu-Ray Disc Association bragged.

RIM emulates BlackBerry on Windows Mobile phones

04/23, 9:30am

BlackBerry on Win Mobile

Research in Motion on Monday announced the creation of a virtual BlackBerry suite, marking one of the first instances that owners beyond the company's own smartphones can use more than just basic elements of the service. Owners of certain (as yet unnamed) Windows Mobile 6 smartphones will have full access to BlackBerry software features as though they were using a RIM device: "push" e-mail, calling, messaging, and other programs will be accessible.

Time Warner and FON create home-made Wi-Fi hotspots

04/23, 9:00am

Time Warner and FON

Time Warner and Spain's FON today announced one of the first ever deals in the US to officially sanction sharing home Internet access. Subscribers to the Internet services on Time Warner's cable network, including Road Runner and similar services, now have explicit permission to use FON's La Fonera Wi-Fi router with their home connections -- letting anyone resell their own Internet access to neighbors while keeping their private network safe.

As with other FON routers, the service lets any owner of the $5 La Fonera device connect to other hotspots for free, including the 60,000 present within the US; non-members can connect to a hotspot for $3 per day.

Samsung develops 4GB stacked memory

04/23, 8:30am

Samsung Stacked RAM

Samsung this morning revealed that it had established a new, breakthrough method of creating RAM that should revolutionize the amount of storage and performance of virtually all computer memory. A new technique, dubbed a wafer-level-processed stacked package (WSP), allows the company to place memory chips on top of each other with virtually no space in between: rather than use wires that add bulk, the chips themselves contain laser-cut holes that are filled by copper links, joining each memory chip simply by placing one on top of another.

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