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Tivoli Audio on Friday introduced a pair of radios that merge conventional FM radio with Internet streaming. The NetWorksGo and NetWorks Table Radio are both based on the company's analog-only SongBook and Model One respectively but add Internet streaming. Either can tune MP3 (Shoutcast), Real, or Windows Media radio channels through a wired Ethernet connection or through Wi-Fi for more remote locations. Stations are preset, Tivoli says, but can be requested by users and added through firmware updates applied on the user's end by a button press. Both radios can recognize media shared by local Macs or PCs, the company adds. Offline digital devices such as iPods and other players can hook in through an aux-in jack or a USB connection.
While Nokia's tri-band 7500 has remained absent from North America, a follow-up may be in development that could breach the domestic market. German site NokiaPort is reporting the existence of the 7900, supposedly freely admitted to by Nokia on request. The highlight remains the unusual keypad, which uses streamlined, triangular buttons; most importantly however, the phone is said to use quad-band GSM, increasing the likelihood of North American adoption.
It should also have UMTS broadband, and use the Symbian S40 OS. A questionable point is the camera, which appears to have actually dropped from two megapixels to 1.3. Electronista will attempt to confirm these features for the future.
Delphi is preparing a sequel to its NAV200 GPS unit with cosmetic and functional changes alike, a new leak demonstrates. The NAV300 will pick up all the features of Delphi's entry-level mapping unit but will add Bluetooth and a microphone, allowing hands-free calling and potentially wireless transmission of sound from the GPS system, music, or movies through a car stereo instead of a built-in speaker. Delphi's successor also creates a completely black front for a subtler look with a dedicated Bluetooth button.
SanDisk and motorcycle producer Ducati are planning a special joint announcement for next month, the company revealed today. A special event at SanDisk's California headquarters should introduce one or more new 'innovative' products from the storage maker. No details were released about the product other than its inclusion as part of the SanDisk Extreme line, which covers CompactFlash, Memory Stick, and SD cards used in cameras and some media players. The event is set to take place July 18th.
Another teaser site for an upcoming iRiver device has appeared, the company revealed today. The P10 separates itself from the UNIT2 and W10 by offering as minimal a media player as possible, the company says. Virtually dominated by its screen, the P10 uses a refined version of iRiver's edge-click controls to browse menus as well as tune volume and other functions without adding bulk to the player or adding a more expensive touchscreen. Swinging out a built-in stand perches the media player on a desk for watching movies or long-term listening.
Japan's Shimafuji has just designed what may be one of the smallest functional computers yet, based on its claims. The Space Cube puts virtually all essential features into a device slightly larger than two inches cubed. Ethernet networking, a VGA display port for visuals up to 1024x768, USB, and audio input as well as output are all included. Storage is handled by removable CF cards, allowing the Cube to expand or even replace data altogether over time. 16MB of permanent flash memory helps store essentials. The technology suits the PC to specialized tasks such as satellites as well as use in the more traditional computer role, the company says.
Microsoft is seeing nearly one in three Xbox 360 systems die prematurely, according to a survey of electronics retailers. As many as 30 percent of the systems reportedly encounter problems that permanently break the console, triggering the well-known "red ring of death" around the power button that signals one or more components refuse to work. An anonymous EB Games store manager in Australia claims that while the failure rate is dropping as Microsoft refines the process, the rate is abnormally high compared to rivals such as the PlayStation 3 and the Wii.
Apple today revealed that its iPhone will support Microsoft Excel and Word documents, putting to rest one of the major criticisms voiced by potential business adopters of the mobile handset. The company's guided tour of iPhone reveals clearly that the device does in fact support viewing Microsoft Word and Excel documents received in email messages, prompting potential business customers to rethink any decisions to hold off on purchasing the device as a result of lacking functionality in the corporate realm. Rumors are also circulating that Apple is planning to integrate the iPhone with current corporate email installations, which would make the cellular phone an even more tantalizing option for widespread enterprise adoption.
Nokia's N95 smartphone will be getting a crucial update that makes its GPS mapping feature more useful, leaked photos show. A new firmware patch being developed by the cellphone maker will introduce assisted GPS that combines the phone's own receiver with cross-checks from an Internet server, helping to locate the device more quickly in regular outdoors use; an average position fix drops from 74 to 57 seconds, according to one report. It can also find the phone indoors where GPS reception is poor or non-existent.
Home theater equipment maker Onkyo finished its week today by releasing two new flagships in its TX-series AV units. Both the NA905 and SA705 include multiple HDMI 1.3 inputs and outputs that ensure any source, including Blu-Ray and HD DVD movies, can pipe deep-color video through the system. Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio are also supported for 7.1-channel surround with newer movie formats. Smaller changes also help the overall sound quality, says Onkyo: a symmetric layout for the amplifier cuts down on the traces to the left and right channels while also allowing for more power across the entire system. A special connector dubbed the Viera Link integrates control of the receiver with Panasonic's TV line.
According to a study (PDF file) conducted by Microsoft's own Trustworthy Computing group in its Security Business Unit, Windows Vista is more secure than any of its current rivals, including Mac OS X and Linux. Vista was paired alongside other operating systems for 90 days, and compared for the number of vulnerabilities and repairs that arose; while it still came second behind Windows XP, and with a "high" severity rating, it still defeated Mac OS X -- which came in third -- and three major Linux variants, namely Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, and SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.
The iTunes Store is now the third largest distributor of music in the US regardless of format, according to a new study from the NPD Group. The direct-download music shop is said to have eclipsed Amazon in the first quarter of the year to reach 10 percent of all music sales in the country, dropping Amazon to 6.7 percent. Large-format retailers Wal-Mart and Best Buy have also had their leads cut with 15.8 and 13.8 percent of the market respectively. Researchers credited the improvement primarily to Apple selling 21 million iPods during the holidays, which encouraged more visitors to the online store.
Apple's highly anticipated iPhone -- which recently garnered more than one million enquiries via AT&T's website -- may well attract the attention of malicious users looking to breach the handset's security measures. With so much attention and hype built up around the $499/$599 gadget, experienced crackers are likely to try their hand at attacking the mobile phone, according to IBM. "We've been following it since it was announced," said Neel Mehta, the team lead of advance research group at Internet Security Systems -- IBM's security division -- in an interview with InformationWeek. "It's going to be challenging for the bad guys to exploit them like they do other [smart phones] but there will be a lot of individuals willing to try because of the amount of buzz around it... We've seen some very determined attacks on other mobile phone platforms, like the Symbian platform. A lot of these attacks are going to be very hard to launch against the iPhone."
BenQ will turn a page in its cellphone business this summer with three new models, sources within the company say. Though the company has just launched the 3G-capable SF71 (pictured) under the BenQ-Siemens hybrid name, the company is planning a quick change of direction that will see the as yet unrevealed E72, M7, and T51 handsets launched solely under the BenQ name alone -- already reflecting the breakup of the partnership between the Taiwan-based company and Germany's Siemens earlier this year. Other phones with the BenQ-Siemens label will phase out by the end of the year, the insiders claim.
Art Lebedev Studios today released the Finger Folder, a USB flash drive concept that makes a literal representation of the device's purpose as a file holder. It includes an exposed, direct USB connection and leaves a large flat surface on either side that can be labeled much as with actual folders.
No storage capacity has been mentioned for the drive, which current exists only as a design exercise by the Russian creative firm and has not been listed on the company's official store. [via Engadget]
Analyst firm Gartner will warn IT managers to avoid integrating the iPhone into their companies, according to an upcoming report timed to arrive alongside the device itself next week. The research group warns that the iPhone is built for personal use rather than the workplace, with most of its e-mail services tailored to individuals and no security measures to guard data on networks or against loss. The device "changes the game" for the average user but is misplaced in offices, according to senior analyst Ken Dulaney. [updated]
As part of the same introduction that brought the X205, Toshiba today also introduced a new video camera for those who need an all-purpose device. The Camileo Pro captures standard-definition footage in MPEG-4 to either the included 64MB of memory or up to 4GB of removable storage. Users with enough memory can also use the added storage to take 7-megapixel still shots with 3X optical zoom, play MP3s, or record voice during lectures and meetings, Toshiba says. The camera is also ready to serve as a webcam through a supplied USB cable and a tripod for stabilizing the image.
The SEK 2007 expo has been used by LG to premiere the Xnote S900-UP73K, which -- at 19 inches -- should be one of the largest laptops on the market. Positioned as a desktop replacement, it uses a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 1GB of RAM, as well as a 256MB GeForce 8600M for video. Maximum native resolution is 1440x900. The optical drive meanwhile is a Super Multi model, and the stock hard drive is an abnormally large 320GB. Wireless comes in the form of 802.11a/b/g. A Korean release is due for July; plans beyond this are unknown. [via AVING]
Communal Internet provider FON this morning released La Fontenna, a unique external antenna made just with the company's La Fonera Wi-Fi router in mind. The directional antenna plugs into the back and can boost the signal strength between three to five times in a particular facing and helps either draw in more potential customers for the public side of the access point or covers weak spots for private use. A three-meter cable lets the antenna fit around corners or otherwise sit in the best place for coverage.
Toshiba today gave a preview of its upcoming Satellite X205 notebook that provides full details of the system in advance of its release. Shown in Europe as the X200-20, the 17-inch system will stand in as a desktop replacement and will include either a 256MB or 512MB GeForce 8700M GT to appeal to gamers, depending on the model. Every version will have a harman/kardon sound system with Dolby Home Theater for producing both virtual surround through included speakers and full surround through external hardware, Toshiba says.
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