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Google will soon automatically block illegally uploaded movies on YouTube in the near future, a member of the search engine firm's legal team said on Friday. In a courtroom defending itself against Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit, the lawyer explained that Google and YouTube had developed a form of video fingerprinting that could automatically identify clips based on their similarity to a certain profile, screening illegally copied segments from reaching the site's public pages. The process takes a few minutes but would complete in time to have a meaningful impact on copyrighted works, Google claimed.
The CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, has told members of the European press that the company soon intends to eliminate the Linksys name. Speaking at a roundtable event, Chambers said that the Linksys brand had reached "end of life," and would gradually be replaced by new consumer products bearing a redesigned Cisco motif. "It will all come overtime into a Cisco brand," Chambers said. "The reason we kept Linksys' brand because it was better known in the US than even Cisco was for the consumer. As you go globally there's very little advantage in that."
Mattel and its partners today dropped more details about the upcoming I Can Play Guitar, its new combination learning tool and toy for kids and even adult newcomers to music. Similar in spirit to Guitar Hero, the instrument avoids conventional strings and relies on a video game with on-screen cues. Instead of buttons, however, players put their fingers over specific positions on the fretboard to trigger notes. The system is much closer to actual guitars while still color-coding the positions to help those intimidated by the real-world instrument. Songs are loaded through cartridges plugged into the guitar itself.
The MH-350 by Taiwan's MainNav attempts to combine aesthetics with essential GPS functions. Immediately noticeable is its rounded, white exterior, with similar buttons on a nearby control pad; despite this, it is mainly controlled through a 3.5-inch touchscreen, for which a stylus has been supplied. The unit is limited to an extent by 32MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, with a 266MHz Samsung processor, but it does have a SiRFstar III receiver, and it stores most of its content on SD/MMC cards. A fold-out antenna is located on the rear. Pricing and release plans are not currently public. [via NaviGadget]
General Electrics on Friday began shipping its distinctive Cell Fusion home phone. Taking a different approach to bridging cellphone calls inside the house than T-Mobile's Hotspot@Home, GE chooses to establish a Bluetooth link to a separate cordless phone. Owners place the cellphone wherever it gets the best signal and then sit the base station within 30 feet. The cordless phone then connects over a separate DECT signal to make calls over a much greater range than the cellphone would normally allow. This works regardless of the cellphone plan and is especially useful for those with free call time in their plans, GE boasts.
Buffalo has said it will soon bring out the Wi-Fi Gamer, a new wireless router made explicitly for console players who want simplified Internet access. It borrows the company's definitive AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) feature to automatically establish a secure WEP wireless link with most modern consoles by pressing a top-mounted button and choosing a setting on the game device itself. Network names and password are then shared automatically between each new console with no manual setup involved, Buffalo says, allowing kids or mindful parents to allow play online regardless of changes to the access key.
Inteset, a maker of home entertainment computer hardware, has become one of the first companies to provide a hybrid HD player in its media centers. Specifically, buyers can now pick an unidentified Blu-Ray/HD DVD player as an option in its Maximus and Denzel Media Servers, which let users store and play up to 6TB of music, movies and photos. The servers further have dual HDTV and SDTV tuners, and support for 7.1 surround-sound through codecs like DTS-ES and Dolby TrueHD. To play HD movies, however, buyers will need the included PowerDVD Ultra software. Prices are available by contacting a local dealer.
Dell is planning to expand its range of Linux-based PCs, according to Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu. Dell launched its first Linux PCs in May, featuring Ubuntu preloaded; Shuttleworth claims that Dell has so far been happy with the demand, and plans to introduce new Linux systems in the near future. "What's been announced to date is not the full extent of what we will see over the next couple of weeks and months," he tells Reuters. "There are additional offerings in the pipeline."
Motorola has continued its unofficial announcements today with the unveiling of the MOTOROKR T505. Much like the T305 and T605, the palm-sized speakerphone mounts in a car and provides hands-free calling with most Bluetooth phones. New to the T-series are the extra music features, Motorola notes. Music phones and some portable media players can beam their music through the T505, which adapts the signal to true stereo sound in either wired speakers or across FM to the car's audio system. Drivers also have quick access to a play/pause button to stop music before making an outbound call.
Razer has unveiled the next generation of its Diamondback mouse, updating the company's signature gaming controller to reflect newer technology. The third generation includes a new 1800 dots-per-inch optical sensor that achieves laser-like tracking without the extra cost. Sampling occurs at 6400 frames per second and supports movements of up to five feet in the same space of time without losing precision, Razer says. Gamers can also dial back sensitivity for sniping or regular software. Gripping the mouse is also easier through a rubberized texture that replaces the smooth plastic of before.
Microsoft's upcoming "Scorpio" sequel to the hard disk-based Zune has suffered a critical setback, says an unconfirmed report. Originally intended to reach factories by August 31st, the 80GB device is said to have suffered a late production glitch that would easily sever a connecting cable attached to the Zune's mainboard. A new S-shaped cable has reportedly solved the problem but also pushed back initial production by weeks, potentially jeopardizing Microsoft's intended holiday season launch.
NewTek has begun shipping TriCaster Studio, its turnkey portable live production and virtual set system designed to provide all the capabilities of a live remote production truck. TriCaster Studio features component video, balanced audio, six video inputs with advanced switching features, live virtual sets, multiple upstream effects, dual virtual VCR's, and more in a 16-pound enclosure. The defile supports AVI, DV, MPEG-2, DVD, QuickTime, and MP4 file formats which makes it compatible with Mac OS X as well as iPods and PlayStation Portable devices. NewTek's TriCaster Studio is priced at $10,000, and can record up to 20 hours of AVI.
Micro-Star has announced a new gaming laptop, the GX600. Unlike the existing GX610, which is AMD-based, the 600 will run on an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with an added MSI function: by engaging the Turbo button, the speed of the system can be raised by approximately 20 percent. Alternately, the button can be used to start Power-Saving mode, increasing battery life by 15 percent.
The 600 should be more powerful in general, as its maximum RAM limit has expanded from 2 to 4GB, and the video card is a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT rather than a 256MB Mobility Radeon HD 2600. The 15.4-inch screen retains resolutions up to 1680x1050. No pricing or release schedules have been published. [via DigiTimes]
HANNspree, traditionally known more for its standard-definition sets, is pushing further into the HD realm with its new XV series. While neither its 32- or 37-inch screens have digital tuners, or are 1080p-capable, they have native resolutions up to 1366x768, and are equipped with two HDMI and two SCART ports, among more conventional inputs such as component. Response time is said to be a quick 8ms. The top-end 37-inch set (pictured) has 500cd/m2 brightness and a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, and can also be wall-mounted using a standardized VESA system. Misco is now selling a 32-inch set for £300 ($615). [via Tech.co.uk]
Sprint's iDEN-based Nextel service is set to receive two new phones that could inject appeal into the often business-only lineup, a Motorola press event has revealed. The i335 (pictured) will run solely on the iDEN network but should also add a relatively stylized, textured design; the front and sides are rubberized with an elevated keypad that helps pressing buttons simple with gloves. A second phone, the ic602, will stand as a more affordable alternative to the top ic902 and should have a second CDMA radio for calls placed on Sprint's regular network. A VGA camera and 1xRTT Internet access will provide basic but useful media functions on the CDMA side, Motorola notes.
Apple is facing pressure to fix a security problem with the iPhone in a matter of days, commentators say, to protect both customers and its reputation. The company has less than a week before briefings begin at the Black Hat 2007 conference, where members of Independent Security Evaluators plan to reveal the details of its iPhone exploit announced on Monday. Simply by loading a malicious webpage or forum post, according to ISE, users may accidentally grant a hacker complete access to their iPhone, even to the extent of allowing camera use.
The European Commission today officially filed objections against Intel, accusing the American chipmaker of abusing its lead in the market to hurt rivals such as AMD. The non-binding allegations claim that Intel has not only offered substantial price cuts to system builders that offered most or all of their systems with Intel CPUs but has actively sabotaged attempts to offer AMD systems, in some cases paying to have systems based on Athlons and other AMD chips delayed or canceled altogether. Some bulk processor sales were also made below cost to prevent AMD from competing, the EC says.
Many computer makers can no longer receive the blessing of an Energy Star label, according to new guidelines set out by the US government. New conditions that took effect last week are meant to encourage use of more efficient power-supplies and CPUs as well as enhanced sleep modes, but have set out conditions that most current desktops and notebooks can no longer meet; only 125 computers on sale in the US qualify, according to federal government charts. While the labeling does not bar computers with the label from being sold in the country, the lack of approval may bar some computers from government offices and other locations where low power requirements are necessary.
iRiver's newly-acquired brand Siren today launched the PN100. The 3.5-inch touchscreen unit is relatively advanced with 3D modes that both point out the distance between cities on longer trips and points out the lanes needed for particular routes. Media playback is also an option for files stored in the free space of an SD card, but adds video support well beyond most devices its size. QuickTime's MOV format and the mobile 3GPP standard are viewable in addition to AVI and MPEG-4 clips, iRiver says. The small device also packs MP3, WAV, and WMA audio playable through either built-in speakers or a headphone jack.
(Updated with new info and photo) The heavily rumored new iMac keyboard may prove to be a reality. Confirming earlier claims, the design shown in photos is exceptionally thin and uses individually isolated keys similar to the MacBook or Sony's VAIO TZ; the entire design is less than 1cm (0.39 inches) thick and requires extrusions just to hold the USB ports, according to the photos. Apple has also changed the keyboard layout, adding F17-F19 keys and a Function key that modifies the role of the F-keys similar to past Apple notebooks. Several of those keys now control basic media play functions, display brightness, and MacOS features such as Dashboard and Expose.
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