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Mio during the Computex expo in Taiwan has unveiled the A702, the new leader of its GPS smartphone range. The A702 breaks with all other phones from the company's lineup by including a dedicated number pad for calls rather than a strict direction pad. A button quickly switches the phone to GPS mode and back. Navigation has also been upgraded through the use of a new feature in the GPS chipset known as SiRFDiRect. Rebranded as "NavSteadi" by Mio, the technique uses heading and movement tracking to calculate the phone's rough position when the GPS signal is blocked by buildings or weather.
Apple and AT&T on Thursday began airing a fourth, currently unnamed TV ad. Similar in most respects to the first ads that began airing this Sunday, the new ad that surfaced on CNBC revolves around an anonymous user showing the device's features on-screen. The new spot emphasizes the full web browsing support offered by the mobile version of Safari and reiterates the claim that the iPhone features the "real" Internet, rather than a "watered-down" version with reduced graphics and formats for cellphones. The June 29th release date and requirement for a 2-year AT&T contract also conclude the ad.
Dell plans one of the greatest changes to its notebooks to date when it completes the switchover to Intel's Santa Rosa platform, the company has inadvertently revealed today through a series of official documents. While details remain elusive, the company will introduce a third notebook range. The 15-inch Vostro 1500 and 17-inch Vostro 1700 (PDF) will each be far sleeker than current Inspiron designs, with a subtler row of media keys for playing DVDs and music without starting Windows. Both will ship with 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processors and either 80GB (for the 1500) or 120GB (1700) of hard disk space.
AT&T today began its in-store ad campaign for the iPhone, following the Sunday introduction of Apple's TV campaign. The poster-based graphics reiterate the now official June 29th launch date and show the AT&T-branded main menu, though the icons remain the same as before and make no reference to the reported mystery software. AT&T contacts have also been asked to remain silent on full details of the launch until allowed to speak, an investigation adds.
Samsung will soon ship a pair of phones to T-Mobile's US branch, according to a new leak. The T729 (pictured, left) previously referenced in an FCC filing is now confirmed as a replacement for the T719 already in service and will share the same level of BlackBerry support: as with Research in Motion's slimmer devices, the T729 should tap into the BlackBerry "push" mail network and include a SureType keyboard that allows quicker typing than the usual T9 method. AIM messaging is also known to be available.
Computer Associates today contributed a rare approach to security with its Internet Security Flash Drive. Conceived as a way of easily receiving a copy of the developer's software without waiting for a download or a CD, the drive embeds a USB key with 2GB of flash storage into its back that comes preloaded with CA's latest anti-malware utility and an optional Desktop DNA Migrator tool for backing up or transferring a user's most important info. Its credit card-sized profile, however, also makes it useful as a general data drive: owners can slip the Internet Security Drive into a wallet without fear of losing it, as often happens with many traditional jump drives.
Dell may discontinue its self-branded TVs, sources near to the company have reportedly told Bloomberg. The financial publication cites four individual contacts who assert that Dell will shut down its LCD TV range sometime later this month in favor of selling other brands and refocusing on its core PC business. This decision stems directly from the company's poor showing in the US market, say the sources. Independent reports have Texas-based firm falling outside of even the top 30 TV producers selling in North America, making it difficult for the company to gain recognition in the face of both foreign companies such as Samsung and domestics such as Vizio.
The iPhone should deliver on what enthusiasts respect, according to a first-hand account of the device in real-world conditions. A server at the upscale Balthazar restaurant in New York City was given a rare opportunity to test the phone by a guest, who has claimed to be only one of twenty people so far allowed to own a fully-functional version of the device outside of Apple. The employee claims to have had a brief but substantial test of the phone's media playback and web browsing features that reinforced the server's already positive expectations for the device.
Intel has taken the wraps off the '3-Series' chipsets (codenamed 'Bearlake'), built to house Core 2 Duo and Quad processors. The new chipsets are also designed to accomodate that 45 nanometer (nm) "Penryn family" processors expected later this year. The company claims that more than 100 motherboard designs based around the chipsets are currently in development. Alongside the 3-Series announcement, Intel announced plans to ship a Core 2 Extreme mobile processor by the third quarter of this year.
Olympus is about to release a new high-end DSLR, the company has revealed today through a teaser page. The mystery camera is clearly targeted as an updated for the now well-established E-1 by its placement in the teaser as higher-end than the E-410 and E-510 mid-range cameras. Reports indicate that the camera is likely to be known as the P-1 and has been demonstrated in mockup form at recent photography expos without any mention of its technical features.
I-O Data on Wednesday previewed a designer LCD it says is ready for HD video from computers as well as TVs. The 24-inch MF241X is capable of greater than 1080p resolution and includes all the inputs necessary for this regardless of source. Dual HDMI inputs allow more than one Blu-Ray player, console, or other device to display certain encrypted video at full HD quality; for more commonplace PC use, a DVI input with HDCP encryption provides the same guarantee for the computer itself. Unguarded HD is also viewable through VGA and (in Japanese form) a D5 connector. Three USB ports are onboard
Western Digital this morning boosted the capacity of its external notebook-oriented hard drives. The Passport 250GB drive sees a sharp climb in storage that the storage firm says is an ideal fit for storing photos from 10-megapixel cameras and other increasingly large digital media. The expansion comes at no cost in size or power, as the drive weighs less than five ounces and is completely powered by the USB port on a Mac OS X or Windows PC.
The Apple TV may be selling near break even or potentially at a loss, according to a new study by iSuppli. A breakdown of the stanard 40GB media hub's component costs suggests that a finished device costs $237 to produce; this leaves just $62, or less than 21 percent, of the selling price to be recouped by Apple. However, the figure is said to omit the necessary marketing costs for the device, suggesting that the actual revenue per device is either slim or may actually incur a slight loss.
AU Optronics this morning revealed at Computex that it has developed one of the world's largest and highest-quality LCD screens. Measuring 65 inches across, the unnamed display is only the second anywhere to be production-worthy while also boasting image quality well above standard sets. The full 1080p-capable screen is also capable of a 120Hz refresh rate that makes it ideal for fast-moving scenes. Response times are also exceptionally quick at 4ms between gray pixels and a maximum 8ms for extreme cases, such as motion during particularly dark scenes.
Samsung this morning released one of its more advanced feature phones to date. The W2400 exploits its unique middle slider design to offer maximum control over the phone while allowing for just as much control over the display. The directional pad sits below the number pad and remains accessible while the phone is completely closed, as with most sliders; its fixed position, however, lets the main display extend and swivel 90 degrees without forcing the user to adjust to a new layout. Watching digital TV through built-in DMB broadcast support is easier than with many phones, Samsung says.
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