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1 billion PCs by end of 2008

06/11, 4:55pm

1 Billion PCs in 2008

The number of computers on Earth is set to blossom, according to a new study by Forrester. The company notes that a full billion PCs will have been produced by the end of 2008, representing roughly 27 years of the devices. The seemingly long time to reach the figure was due to its limitation primarily to wealthier nations that could afford the systems, the research notes. However, the figure may reach two billion as soon as 2015 -- just seven years after it reaches the initial landmark, Forrester observes. The sudden explosion is largely attributed to projects such as One Laptop Per Child and the ASUS Eee PC, both of which are designed for developing-world countries where average incomes are far lower. Major PC companies would ignore this at their own peril, the company says.

Ogo 2 handheld coming to US with AT&T support

06/11, 4:15pm

Ogo 2 GSM at FCC

IXI's Ogo 2.0 portable communicator will be available for the US, according to a new FCC filing. Although the device has already been targeted for a summer US release through the relatively small carrier Revol on CDMA networks, the version tested by the American government will include a quad-band GSM radio as well as EDGE Internet access -- promising both full roaming support on American and European networks as well as full-speed messaging through e-mail and IM networks.

Sharp intros new Papyrus with better TV, touchpad

06/11, 3:55pm

Sharp Papyrus TC920

Sharp on Tuesday upgraded its all-in-one e-dictionaries with the Papyrus TC920, a significant upgrade to its flagship. The update to the earlier TC900 improves reception for digital TV over 1Seg broadcast networks and includes a freshly updated, high sensitivity pair of earbuds for listening to audio translations (including English) and MP3 playback for songs stored on SD cards.

Samsung launches T9+ with Zune-like wireless

06/11, 3:30pm

Samsung T9 Plus

Samsung has just released the T9+, a new version of its pocket music player. The Korean maker dubs the player the Third Story for its status as the third generation of the company's jukebox. Where the second-generation T9B offers Bluetooth for headphones, the T9+ adds a player-to-player game function: owners can play games with any of the devices inside a 30-foot radius. At least five games are already available with multiplayer built-in.

Palm readying Treo 800w with Wi-Fi, 3.5G: source

06/11, 2:50pm

Palm Treo 800w Tip

Palm is developing more than just its "Gandolf" budget phone, according to a contact within Sprint. The Treo 800w (not pictured) should be the handset producer's first phone with EVDO Revision A for faster mobile Internet access. It should also include Wi-Fi for connecting to local hotspots and GPS for navigation without a separate receiver. Windows Mobile 6 Professional is reported to be standard; to help cope with the overhead, RAM will be doubled to 128MB from the 700wx while 256MB of flash will provide extra space for content.

Pioneer intros receivers with HDMI deep color

06/11, 1:30pm

Pioneer AX1 and 1017AV

Pioneer today released two receivers that the electronics maker hopes will bring more advanced home theater to a better price. The AX1AH and 1017AV (pictured) each drive 180 or 170 watts respectively to each of the satellites in a 7.1-channel system with either full Dolby TrueHD support or DTS HD Master Audio to help drive HD DVD and Blu-Ray movies. Also onboard is HDMI 1.3 for video that helps compatible TVs and movie players display a greater range of colors while still routing other devices through the receiver.

Panasonic launches mirror-finish, 3.2MP camera phone

06/11, 12:55pm

Panasonic P904i

Panasonic this morning rolled out the P904i, a new clamshell phone designed to be as personal as possible. Its body includes a partial mirror on the outer lid but also includes a distinctly replaceable top shell: snap-on packs not only change the outer skin but also the style of the external display and LEDs on the back. Also separating the handset from most fashion phones is a strong 3.2-megapixel camera and a large, 2.8-inch internal LCD with a 400x240 resolution. Music is supported in WMA form in addition to MP3s, and is packed into either 65MB of built-in memory or a microSD card -- though talk time is limited to about 160 minutes, Panasonic notes.

Palm planning budget Treo as Q-killer?

06/11, 12:20pm

Palm Gandolf Leak

Palm is readying its first truly low-cost smartphone, according to a photo and specs leak. So far codenamed the "Gandolf," the handset would still include a QWERTY keyboard but would trim prices by using a regular 320x240 LCD instead of the Treo's historical touchscreen; the smartphone would also be the first to use Windows Mobile 6 Standard rather than version 5 or the costlier and touchscreen-friendly 6 professional, the source claims. In spite of the changes, the phone will reportedly include all the media functions of newer handsets, such as Bluetooth, a microSD slot, and a camera, placing it in direct competition with the Motorola Q but using newer software.

NETGEAR Extender brings powerline networks to routers

06/11, 11:50am

NETGear Powerline Extender

NETGEAR this morning took a more distinctive approach to networks through its Powerline Network Extender. Instead of replacing the home router outright with a powerline model, the Extender draws on an existing device. A unique power supply splitter replaces the normal router's own power supply and includes both a standard plug for the home's power grid as well as an Ethernet connection to link its data with the router. The option lets any wall outlet with the right adapter become a 14Mbps or 85Mbps Ethernet connection, NETGEAR says. The hybrid method also makes sure that the powerline network honors the security limits of the host router and allows for a rare mix of wireless and powerline networks for those who would use both.

Google takes legal action against Vista search

06/11, 11:20am

Google Action On Vista

Google has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive behavior with its search tools, according to a new complaint revealed by the New York Times. The complaint, linked closely with a consent decree for Microsoft, charges Windows Vista's system-wide search service with arbitrarily hurting Google Desktop Search. Users who run the latter on Vista frequently encounter a significant slowdown since the Vista search can't be turned off. This discourages most users from staying with the Google option, the company says. The implementation is said to violate the 2002 antitrust agreement that ultimately forced Microsoft to allow rival web browsers and other programs to be set as the factory default for new PCs.

HD DVD wins 60 percent of market through price cuts?

06/11, 10:35am

HD DVD Claims Dominance

The HD DVD Promotional Group stepped up the battle of words today by claiming that more than half of all next-generation movie players sold use its format, giving the technology an edge over its Blu-Ray challenger. About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format, the group says.

AMD ships Radeon HD 2400, 2600 cards

06/11, 9:55am

AMD Ships Radeon HD 2600

AMD's graphics label ATI today began shipping the Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 mid-range cards. While more modest in terms of 3D performance, either board features the company's new Unified Video Decoder absent in the top-end HD 2900; the technology completely offloads processing from the CPU for common HD video formats, including those used for Blu-Ray and HD DVD. This reduction can be critical for lower-cost systems that may not have the raw performance to decode video at its full 1080p resolution. Both also include HDMI output support for home theater PCs.

Western Digital boosts MyBook drive to 1.5TB

06/11, 9:20am

WD MyBook World 1.5TB

Western Digital on Monday morning launched storage upgrades to its MyBook external drives that boost their capacities to some of the highest in the field. The MyBook World Edition II now features dual 750GB hard drives to reach a combined storage of 1.5TB; the capacity allows for up to 180 hours of HD video while still including a gigabit Ethernet connection for sharing the drive's contents on a local network or through the Internet. Owners can mix and match RAID options by using either one continuous partition for storage or a RAID mirror to store as much as 750GB with a safeguard if one of the drives fails.

Sony guns after MacBook with VAIO CR

06/11, 8:55am

Sony VAIO CR

Sony this morning launched a new, style-driven notebook designed to be faster and slimmer than its current models. The 14-inch VAIO CR focuses on design, beginning with the keyboard: similar to Apple's MacBook and the VAIO TZ unreleased for North America, the CR's individual keys lift through the casing rather than attach through a keyboard tray; the technique not only helps its appearance but also helps the typing feel and guards against spills. Lighting also plays a part, as LEDs underneath the silver trim pulse in time with key system events. Virtually every CR model will further ship in one of five colors to match individual tastes, Sony says.

Nokia ships N77 TV phone, Jaiku widget

06/11, 8:15am

Nokia Ships N77 and Jaiku

Nokia this morning began shipping the N77, its inaugural mobile TV handset. The phone's 2.4-inch LCD plays host to regular media playback as well as DVB-H digital broadcasts, a first for any shipping N-series phone. The TV receiver supports both live broadcasts as well as a 30-second replay mode and programming guide support. Regular elements of Nokia's higher-powered phones are also present and include a 2-megapixel camera as well as AAC/MP3 playback. Availability will vary but is likely to be confined to Europe and parts of Asia in the N77's initial form, which sells for roughly $481 when unattached to a carrier plan.

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