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"Watermelon" Zune on sale at eBay?

05/25, 5:35pm

Watermelon Zune on eBay?

The all-but-official red Zune is, reportedly, already on eBay, in an auction slated to end by May 28th EDT. The owner explains that he received it at a giveaway at a party in Los Angeles, possibly at a Zune Masters event sponsored by Microsoft. The player itself is not being shown however, as the owner claims he wants to keep the special packaging in its factory-sealed condition. Bids are set to begin at $25 US. [via cliczune]

PNY debuts overclocked GeForce 8800 Ultra

05/25, 4:40pm

PNY XLR8 8800U Overclocked

PNY has launched its contribution to the GeForce 8800 Ultra through a special, extreme-performance edition of the video card. While the company offers a reference board clocked at the same 612MHz core, 2.16GHz memory, and 1.5GHz shader processing of the stock model, the 8800 Ultra Overclocked pushes the NVIDIA hardware to the fastest-possible speeds without resorting to watercooling. PNY claims a significant increase to 648MHz for the core as well as added updates to 2.24GHz memory and a small 12MHz boost to shaders.

MainNav debuts multifunction GPS watch

05/25, 4:40pm

MainNav GPS watch

Though much larger than a conventional watch, the MW-705 by MainNav may be worthwhile for several reasons. It uses the new SiRFstar III LP receiver, and is able to track up to 12 satellites at once, saving power with an OLED display and an adjustable acquisition rate. Sports enthusiasts meanwhile can monitor their speed, heartrate and/or pedaling rhythm, and also check altitude and ambient temperature. Location is only displayed in terms of coordinates, but the built-in Bluetooth transmitter can send to a more elaborate device. It is not clear, unfortunately, whether the 705 will make it outside its home country of Taiwan. [via NaviGadget]

Samsung E210 draws from lux phones for low-end

05/25, 4:15pm

Samsung E210

Samsung Mobile today hoped to share its design improvements more evenly by revealing the E210, a mid-to-low-range clamshell. The device borrows the engineering from the more luxurious D830 to produce a minimalist body which is also relatively thin for the range at under 0.7 inches thick. The choice of black or blue bodies with chrome trim also lends style often missing from the price point. Technology is also stepped up versus most budget phones. A 1.3-megapixel camera replaces the more commonplace VGA camera and includes 15 frames per second video recording; Bluetooth and MP3 playback through a microSD slot also lift the phone above most economy devices.

iRiver X20 on sale in the US

05/25, 3:50pm

iRiver X20 on sale in US

Even though it is not available in an official sense, iRiver's X20 player is apparently being sold in the United States, by online retailer Warehouse123. The X20 has 8GB of internal memory for MP3, OGG and WMA tracks, and can also play videos, so long as they are WMV or AVI MPEG-4 files. Should built-in storage run out, owners can expand it through microSD cards.

Images are displayed on a 2.2-inch, 260,000-color screen with rotation, and options are controlled through a direction pad with an additional scrollwheel. The player is also unusual in that the headphone jack is supplemented by stereo speakers. 123 is selling the X20 for $219. [via Crave]

AT&T lines up Unity cell plan for iPhone

05/25, 3:40pm

ATT Unity and iPhone

AT&T should have a new Unity phone plan just in time for the release of the iPhone, the company has said in an interview. Initially citing problems with converting unused minutes and requiring long-distance, AT&T spokesman Rick Welday observed that a new plan should launch within the next two months and arrive roughly in time with the Apple handset. The service is currently designed to simplify calling by giving unlimited calls from cellphones to any AT&T customer without consuming minutes, but could change to include extra services such as home DSL access, Welday says.

Sony-Ericsson W999i leaked on official site

05/25, 3:00pm

Sony-Ericsson W999 on GSMA

Sony-Ericsson's once-rumored W999i Walkman phone has been confirmed, courtesy of an inadvertent posting on the GSM Association's website. The slider on display is an exact match for the phone leaked in April and by its presence on the page confirms the use of HSDPA for 3G-level broadband speeds. Sony-Ericsson's characteristic two-letter keys from the P1 and earlier smartphones is also present. Still to be validated is the 2-megapixel camera at the back.

Panasonic brings Santa Rosa notebooks to Westerners

05/25, 2:25pm

Toughbook Santa Rosa

Edging its systems closer to North America since their Japanese updates, Panasonic today upgraded two of its Toughbook models for the European audience. The 13.3-inch CF-74 is semi-rugged and includes its own handle for use in the field; nevertheless, the upgraded system will be fast using a Core 2 Duo with the 800MHz Santa Rosa bus as well as 802.11n wireless and a flash-based Turbo Memory cache. Specifications weren't included but should net an 8-hour battery life similar to the outgoing model thanks to improved power management.

Onkyo steps up AV receivers to HDMI 1.3a

05/25, 2:15pm

Onkyo jumps to HDMI 1.3a

High-end component maker Onkyo has announced two new AV receivers, the TX-SA605 and the TX-SA805. The major upgrade to both is HDMI 1.3a, giving the products support for HD and 7.1 surround codecs, such as DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. This is partly possible because of 1.3's bandwidth increase to 10.2Gbps.

The 605 distributes 185W of power along seven channels, while the 805 is boosted to 230W; the 605 however is being made in silver and gold colors, while the 805 is only being produced in gold. The systems should first arrive in Japan on June 16th for 84,000 yen ($692) and 189,000 yen ($1,556) respectively. [via Akihabara News]

iPhone on June 20, head-on vs Prada?

05/25, 1:25pm

iPhone May Come June 20

The iPhone may have an official ship date of June 20th, according to CNBC's Thursday evening episode of "On the Money." The financial TV show claims to have received confirmation from an AT&T store manager that the device will be shipping on June 20th, arriving early in Apple's stated late June timeframe. While such reports are potentially inaccurate as the retail channel doesn't always have access to official release dates, the specificity of the date along with supporting claims from Bloomberg have garnered extra attention for the claim.

Nvidia hints at CUDA, future video card

05/25, 1:15pm

Nvidia CUDA, '9800' news

Nvidia has told an assembly of analysts that the first release of its CUDA GPGPU (general-purpose GPU) software, designed to aid support of underlying architecture, should finally reach the v1.0 level in the next few weeks. The application is currently only available in beta. CUDA is a proprietary technology that uses hundreds of small-scale processors to more evenly handle graphics; while used in the GeForce 8800, it must coded for specifically, and developer support has lagged behind.

RAZR2 hands-on reveals extra details

05/25, 12:45pm

RAZR2 Hands-On Details

New details have come to light for the RAZR2 that weren't part of the original announcement, according to one blogger who has had the chance to use the phone first-hand. He notes that while the external 2-inch display is labeled as a touchscreen, only the very bottom portion is active, limiting what can be done without flipping the phone open. The haptic feedback from the touch buttons is also simpler than suggested and vibrates the entire phone (similar or idential to the VibeTonz system) rather than centering on specific areas for a more natural effect.

AOpen brings Santa Rosa to compact desktop

05/25, 12:25pm

AOpen miniPC Duo MP965-VDR

AOpen has taken a unique approach to Santa Rosa, deciding to implement it in a new desktop system, rather than the laptops it was intended for. The miniPC Duo MP965-VDR is shaped like a smaller Media Center PC, and combines the new Core 2 Duos (using 800MHz front-side buses) with GM965 motherboards, which rely on internal graphics. Buyers must opt for some of the lesser Santa Rosa features, such as Bluetooth, 802.11n and Intel Turbo Memory. Analog and digital TV support can be added as well. Further details remain hazy, including release dates, but the computer should be loaded with Vista Home Premium.

Sony faces Blu-Ray lawsuit

05/25, 11:25am

Sony faces Blu-Ray lawsuit

In a move that may have dramatic repercussions for HD media, Target Technologies has sued three divisions of Sony -- Sony Pictures, Sony DADC, and Sony Computer Entertainment America -- over the composition of Blu-Ray discs. Target alleges that Blu-Ray violates a patent for silver-alloy reflective materials, which offer the benefits of gold without the cost.

If Target wins the case as presented, it will be granted a permanent injunction against Blu-Ray, at least in the technology's present form; the company would also collect damages with interest. A more likely outcome (based on similar cases) is an out-of-court settlement, since Sony has already invested billions of dollars with Blu-Ray. [via CNET]

More Intel Metro details hint at Mac subnote

05/25, 11:05am

Intel Metro and Macs

A computer manufacturer is set to produce Intel's Metro ultraportable concept, according to sources in touch with BusinessWeek. The magazine claims that an unnamed builder will turn the prototype into reality later in the year. This would mark a radical departure from the company's traditional concepts, which are often shown at the company's in-house Developer Forums solely as inspirations for other manufacturers rather than direct blueprints.

Mouse spreads Santa Rosa in Japan

05/25, 10:40am

Mouse Santa Rosa laptop

The spread of Intel's Santa Rosa platform continues in Japan with a new laptop by Mouse. The new m-Book Pro PR also marks a break by being the only 12.1-inch m-Book, and features a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300, with 1GB of RAM, expandable to two; likewise, the hard drive is upgradable from 80 to 120GB. Particularly noteworthy is that while it uses the basic GM965 motherboard, it has still been equipped with 802.11a/g/n. Other components include a double-layer DVD burner and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Prices start at approximately $1,397. [via Akihabara News]

HP developing HDTVs with direct movie buying

05/25, 9:50am

HP HDTV 2.0

HP is developing a new platform concept for HDTVs, according to a company speech at this week's Society for Information Display Expo. VP and general manager Jim Sanduski explained that the company was developing a dramatic extension of its MediaSmart TV concept. Dubbed HDTV 2.0, the technology would venture well beyond the local media sharing of HP's current sets as well as the Sony Bravia Internet Link. The unnamed sets will connect to the Internet through both Ethernet and Wi-Fi and should use the link to download movies directly to the TV's own storage, bypassing the PC altogether.

Mid-range Toshiba Qosmio hits with Santa Rosa CPUs

05/25, 9:10am

Toshiba Qosmio F40W

On a more positive note than its SED delay, Toshiba on Friday unveiled a smaller version of its Qosmio media center notebook made primarily with Japan in mind. The F40W trims down the flagship G45 coming to the US by shrinking the display to a more manageable 15.4 inches and also adopting a more modest 128MB GeForce 8400M GS that still provides full speed for Vista and 1080p video decoding. Some features remain the same, according to Toshiba: a 2GHz Santa Rosa-era Core 2 Duo with an 800MHz bus, 2GB of RAM, and HDMI output for TVs. A 120GB hard drive and a DVD burner are standard.

Toshiba pushes back SED TVs

05/25, 8:30am

Toshiba Pushes Back SED

Toshiba announced today that its high-color SED TV sets would miss the expected late 2007 launch window. The company explained that Canon, which will produce the actual panels for the sets, says it no longer expects to deliver the essential parts on schedule due to the patent suit from Nano-Proprietary. The suit isn't fatal to the project in part due to a partial victory in court. However, no new timetable has been established in its place, Toshiba says, and both companies are also hoping to reduce the production costs to make the sets more viable challengers to LCDs and plasma TVs.

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