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New Nokia phone may be N99, or N900

07/11, 4:45pm

Nokia N99/N900 image?

A collection of images, and one in particular, seem to reveal a new Nokia smartphone. Speculation by Engadget suggests that it is a successor to the N800, which has a similar screen; the phone also, however, bears similarity to rumored N99, as linked to patents and CG art.

The new device clearly has a larger LCD display, and since there are no controls immediately surrounding it, it may have an enhanced touch interface. A front-mounted camera is another noticeable difference. One factor clearly separating it from the N800 is the presence of a physical QWERTY keyboard. Electronista will bring more details as they become available. [via Unwired View]

Next Prada phone to pack 5-megapixel camera?

07/11, 4:25pm

LG KU990 Leak

LG's next version of the Prada phone may also be one of the company's most powerful handsets to date, based on text embedded in an XML file as well as through separate photos. The touchscreen KU990 will reportedly be much stronger in terms of video capture with a 5-megapixel camera instead of the earlier 2-megapixel sensor, and will gain a flash to assist in dark shots; the device will have the power to capture macro still images and even record QVGA (320x240) videos at a 4X speed of 120 frames per second, which may help capture slow-motion footage.

Sony's PlayStation Home gets cellphone hook, more

07/11, 3:55pm

PlayStation Home Mobile

Sony today added a new social networking element to its still in development PlayStation Home service, extending the normally PS3-only service both to cellphones and the web. Owners of Sony-Ericsson phones such as the W880 will see an extra feature in their crossbar interface that lets them upload photos and other content to their personal spaces in the 3D world, appearing as portraits. A social networking website will join up with this feature to let users browse these visuals (including captures of the space itself) and chat from any computer.

Sony slims down, improves speed for PSP

07/11, 3:35pm

Sony Slim PSP

Sony today revealed that the PSP will see its first physical changes since the handheld's introduction in 2004. The new model is 19 percent thinner than the model in stores today; the update is also a full third lighter than the outgoing version. While technical features are largely unchanged, the new version loads games from Memory Stick or UMD much more quickly and also lasts longer on a single battery charge, according to Sony. The device also gains a video output to play games on a larger screen at the same resolution.

Canon readies M80 portable photo drive

07/11, 3:30pm

Canon M80 photo drive

The new M80 by Canon marks an increasing attempt to push photo drives beyond professionals. It is nevertheless suited to pro work, as it can hold up to 80GB of content, and is designed with the familiar interface (hardware and software) of Canon's EOS series of DSLR cameras. Slots are present for CF, SD and SDHC memory cards. The prosumer side becomes noticeable mainly in the 640x480, 3.7-inch LCD, as well as the ability to handle other media: MP3 music and MPEG-2/4 videos can be played. The M80 should launch in Japan by the end of July.

Packard Bell jumps into street-ready MP3 players

07/11, 3:10pm

Packard Bell FunKey Town

Not normally known for its music devices, Packard Bell today introduced the FunKey Town, its flash-based player for the street. The company builds the player around a scratch-resistant aluminum chassis but also a silicone skin that both improves the user's grip and softens the blow for a potential drop. A hook latches the player on to a back or around the neck, while a retractable USB 2 plug lets it attach to a PC for sync without exposing the port to damage or requiring an easily misplaced cap.

VNC modified to run remote Windows on iPhone

07/11, 2:55pm

VNC Windows on iPhone

An independent coder by the name of Nate True has devised a way of gaining remote desktop access to Windows via the Apple iPhone. After loading a Windows PC with a modified copy of TightVNC, an open-source remote desktop, users need only browse to the 5800 port of their computer's IP address and enter a password. Zooming and panning gestures let users view different portions of the screen, while tapping will bring up a menu to execute an equivalent mouse command -- such as left-clicking, scrolling the mousewheel, or dragging-and-dropping. To enter text into programs, users simply select Text Input from the same menu, which will bring up the iPhone's normal keyboard.

Nokia adds Skype, Flash 9 to N800 tablet

07/11, 2:45pm

Nokia N800 Gets Skype

Nokia today revealed a software update for the N800 Internet tablet that adds Skype calling as well as the latest version of Adobe's Flash. The former extension turns the normally browsing and e-mail oriented device into an Internet phone wherever it can find a Wi-Fi hotspot and lets users either chat for free with other Skype users as well as make SkypeIn or SkypeOut calls from and to real-world numbers with Skype's normal service plans. The process doesn't require a PC to setup the account, according to Nokia.

Dell axes maximum-performance XPS 720 H2C

07/11, 2:20pm

Dell Axes XPS 720 OC

Dell has removed the highest-rated overclock option for its XPS 720 H2C quad-core, watercooled gaming system, the company said today in its official blog. While the system had launched with speeds as high as 3.73GHz, the Texas-based PC builder has found that there are too few of Intel's 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme chips that will run at the rated speed. The choice was made to make sure that buyers had a reasonable chance of receiving a system on time rather than waiting for chips that could pass muster, Dell said.

XM ships CommanderMT graft-on satellite radio

07/11, 1:55pm

XM Ships CommanderMT

XM today officially launched the CommanderMT, a new receiver for its radio network which is designed for unintrusiveness. A universal connection ensures that the radio works with most existing first- and third-party car stereos with inputs, including integrated units that may not be removable from the vehicle itself. All relevant track info is visible through a four-line monochrome display, including signal strength and other channel-independent information. XM's device earns its MT name through use of the company's Mini-Tuner slot, which provides a SIM card-like ability to install and remove a subscription module without it being tied to any one radio.

Creative drops prices on Zen V jukeboxes

07/11, 1:35pm

Creative Zen V Price Drop

Creative today stepped up its attempts to draw share from Apple, SanDisk, and other media player makers by dropping the prices on its Zen V and Zen V Plus flash-based players. The Zen V becomes one of the lowest-cost, fully controllable players with a 1GB version of the core Zen player selling for 1GB, $10 less than the Zen Stone Plus; the high end of the line is also much less expensive than rivals, selling at $170 for the 8GB model versus $250 for competitors.

Nintendo unveils Wii wheel, Zapper, Balance Board

07/11, 1:15pm

Nintendo Wii Wheel

Nintendo today unveiled three accessories for the Wii that will help with specialized game types. The Wii racing wheel grafts on to the existing Wii controller and provides a more natural feel; the device is built for the upcoming Mario Kart for Wii in mind but will work with other racing games such as Excite Truck. The Wii Zapper, in turn, is meant for games such as Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and creates a rifle-like shape for more precise aiming in first-person shooters and other action games. Both devices will be available either packaged with Mario Kart (for the wheel) and Resident Evil (for the Zapper); the Zapper will also be priced at $20 as separate device, though no pricing or stand-alone release has been revealed for the race add-on.

LeapFrog joins ranks of childhood computing

07/11, 12:55pm

LeapFrog My First Computer

Education specialist LeapFrog has released the ClickStart My First Computer, an attempt at bridging simpler electronic teaching tools with more mature computing. The heart of the system is a console that plugs into a TV, and operates using cartridges for each program: four included programs include Letters, Counting, Animal Facts and Phonics Skills. Unlike other such systems however, the ClickStart comes with a wireless, paired-down QWERTY keyboard, and even a mouse that can be converted for left- or right-hand control. The console is now selling for $60, with a separate, character-branded cartridge library costing $20.

Polar ships wireless cycling computers for the public

07/11, 12:40pm

Polar CS400 and CS600

Polar on Wednesday released two sports trackers that it says give everyday cyclists a chance to train like athletes: both the CS400 and the CS600 with Power track altitude, distance, and lap times as well as body conditions such as calorie consumption and heart rate. The CS600 will also track the bike itself, Polar says: a 2.4GHz wireless link gauges the energy put into pedaling as well as efficiency and the balance between left and right pedals. Despite the finer nature of the monitoring, however, the extra data works with most bikes and doesn't require changes to individual parts.

Samsung SCH-B710 debuts, gains specs

07/11, 12:20pm

Samsung "Dual DMB" phone

Samsung's previously-revealed SCH-B710 has finally come to fruition, and now has some specifications attached to it. The rotating display is a 2.2-inch QVGA screen, and in addition to displaying DMB TV, the phone plays audio and video files stored on microSD cards. Though there is no front-mounted camera for video calls, it does have a standard 1.3-megapixel model on the back. The only wireless feature is Bluetooth. Notably, Samsung has added a silver color for the phone, an alternative to the original white version. The product is being carried in South Korea by SK Telecom. [via Akihabara News]

Toshiba debuts large LCD TVs with 300GB drives

07/11, 11:05am

Toshiba Regza H3300

Toshiba today catered to home theater fans in its home country with the Regza H3300. At either 46 or 52 inches in size, the LCD sets include a slot for a removable SATA hard drive and bundle a 300GB drive in the box. The disk lets the TVs schedule recording of unencrypted video from the analog or digital tuners; if space runs low, an external SATA port allows the set to record more, Toshiba says. The panels also refresh at 120Hz and wipe out motion artifacts even at a native 1080p resolution. Audio is provided on every model through a pair of 10W, chin-mounted speakers.

Samsung launches trio of L-series cameras

07/11, 10:35am

Samsung L-series Trio

Samsung this morning upgraded its L-series point-and-shoot cameras with three new models that all add more resolution and better software-based image processing to the equation. The 8.2-megapixel L83T (pictured) adds the company's self-developed Advanced Shake Reduction technique that stabilizes the image in programming without a significant sacrifice in quality; rather than boost ISO and add noise, the system detects movement and alters the image itself in response. A Wise Shot mode also uses the feature to produce ideal night shots: the method snaps one picture with ASR and one with flash, letting the user pick whichever generates the best quality.

Lightweight TiVo Series 3 leaked?

07/11, 9:55am

TiVo Series 3 Lite Leak

TiVo's hinted-at Series 3 Lite is real and exists in prototype form, according to a series of new leaked shots. The device will be closer in style to earlier TiVo models rather than the Series 3 but should have many of the same HD DVR features; the cost reduction will primarily come through the CableCARD implementation, which will include dual slots for tuning and recording but will limit one of the slots to a one-way card, which will prevent it from using channels that require an interactive stream. The remote will also not be as high-quality and elaborate as for the full Series 3, the source says.

Belkin intros router with controllable LCD

07/11, 9:20am

Belkin N1 Vision

Belkin today introduced the N1 Vision, a wireless router it claims is the first with an interactive display. A large LCD on the front lets the network's operator keep track of both Internet and local networking info: transfer speeds, a list of active computers, and even a guest access key for the wireless network are visible without having to delve into the browser-based admin utility, the company says. Capable of the draft 2 spec for 802.11n wireless, the router includes a three-antenna MIMO setup for ideal reception up to a theoretical 300Mbps and a uniquely vertical design that takes up minimal space on a desk.

HP develops 'revolutionary' camera color matching

07/11, 9:00am

HP Color Matching

HP Labs today unveiled a new technology it says could change color matching items while shopping, especially clothing and makeup. The new system would use a buyer's cameraphone and a specialized color chart to develop recommendations. Owners would take a self-portrait with the chart in view and send it to the store as an MMS, HP says; once the image is adjusted to compensate for lighting, the store's servers would then compare the pixel colors of the user's face against the skin tones of other people and make recommendations for goods based on a color-matched catalog.

Touchscreen iPod sourced, dated for August?

07/11, 8:20am

Touch iPod August Rumor

Apple has chosen Wintek to supply touchscreen panels for an upcoming video-capable iPod, say sources in the Taiwan supply chain. The local electronics maker, which produces small LCDs for cameras and other handhelds, is reportedly set to ship capacitive touchscreens without specific software controls or integrated circuits to accompany them, allowing Apple to integrate the panels with an iPod music player whose controls would resemble that of the iPhone.

E3: MS offers Halo 3 Xbox 360, HD movies for rent

07/11, 2:35am

MS debuts Halo 3 Xbox 360

In addition to showcasing more than a dozen new gaming titles, Microsoft on Tuesday evening announced yet another special edition of its Xbox 360 gaming console as well as HD movie content from major movies studios for its internet-based Xbox Live marketplace; however, users were disappointed as there was no announcement of the much-anticipated Xbox price cut (to counter Sony's move earlier in the week). At its E3 keynote, the company announced the new Halo 3 Special Edition Console--which expected to ship this September without the Halo 3 game title bundled--as well as an expansion of its Xbox Live Marketplace to include standard and high-definition content and movies for rent--from Disney and its movie studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films, and Hollywood Pictures. Microsoft also demoed some very popular gaming titles, including two that are available now: Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Golden Axe.

E3: Microsoft demos Halo 3, GTA 4, Call of Duty 4

07/11, 1:50am

MS touts games at E3

Announcing that every game it demonstrated would be released this year, Microsoft ushered in an impressive wave of new Xbox 360 and PC titles from third-party developers and previewed new gaming technologies during its E3 press conference in Santa Monica tonight. HIghlights included Halo 3 (which will be accompanied by a new themed console), Grand Theft Audio 4, Call of Duty 4, Assasin's Creed and more. In the bragging rights section of the presentation, Microsoft said it has sold over 5.5 million Xbox 360s to date, a figure that purportedly gives it the widest installed base of any same-generation console.

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