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Palm has put an end to the much-maligned Foleo, a "smartphone companion," that resembles a standard laptop and includes a Linux-based operating system, a 416MHz Intel/Marvell processor, and also has a dedicated graphics processor. In a blog message, Palm CEO Ed Colligan said that though the company is "nearly at the point for shipping Foleo," the product was canceleed due to a desire to "offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design and a single focus for our platform development efforts." Colligan also admitted that the company would need to enact "a number of improvements to make Foleo a world-class product," and could not afford to make those improvements without losing focus of core products.
Epson on Tuesday afternoon launched a pair of photo printers skewed towards speed. The PictureMate Dash and PictureMate Zoom incorporate new processing and printing tricks that generate a 4-by-6 inch, full-quality print in 37 seconds, significantly less than the prior models and better than any rival, according to Epson. Either is also claimed as ideal for editing photos taken directly from the camera with a 3.6-inch LCD that takes on cropping, minor color or red-eye corrections, and slideshows. The Zoom also adds a rare DVD/CD-RW combo drive to the mix that can archive photos directly to CDs or print from a CD or DVD with an existing photo library.
New photos have emerged of the Samsung U700 and U900, showing rebranding of the phones for Verizon Wireless. The U700 is expected to be released for the network in September or October, and should have features such as a two-megapixel camera and microSD storage, as well as front-side, touch-sensitive music controls. There is no suggestion yet that the Verizon phone will carry 7.2Mbps HSDPA, like its Korean equivalent.
Motorola's elusive ROKR U9 has been confirmed today in a new photo accompanied by fresh details, according to a leak from the Czech news site Idnes. True to its original leak, the U9 will share design cues with the earlier PEBL but switch to a stealth LCD display with the same vibration-feedback touch controls on the outside as the RAZR2. The phone will also store 25MB of internal memory to support the microSD card slot, though unlike previous suggestions, the U9 is no longer expected to support more than EDGE for Internet access.
JBL has announced the next major iteration of its iPod speaker docks, the On Stage 3. Its primary feature is the use of four separate speakers, each producing 6W of power. The dock also comes with a universal dock adapter, allowing any model of iPod to be attached. Other audio sources can be connected through a 3.5mm jack and cable. Finally, an IR remote allows full iPod control up to 33 feet away, and optional trim rings can be used to match the dock to the color of an iPod nano. The On Stage 3 will go on sale in October in black or white, at an unknown price. [via Pocket-lint]
T-Mobile is planning to carry a second media-savvy Samsung phone just weeks after the launch of the Blast, says a newly leaked spec sheet. The Beat would drop the slider form and keys in favor of a flip-phone design with a conspicuous music control scheme; users could scroll through and skip tracks on the outside color display without having to open the device. A 1.3-megapixel camera is also certain to be onboard, as would be a microSD slot for music storage.
A Microsoft executive has gone on record about several topics, mainly the health of the Zune media player. Mindy Mount, the corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft's entertainment and device division, says that she grades the Zune a "B-" in its current state. She argues that the player is doing well, saleswise, for "a product out in less than a year and a half," but that the company is still developing the brand and trying to expand its identity. Apple's iPod is described as a motivational competitor, forcing the Zune team to evolve. No specific successors have been mentioned.
Olympus is readying itself to launch a long-awaited sequel to its E-1 high-end digital SLR next month, the company revealed today. While details remain uncertain, the unnamed camera is said to maintain the Four Thirds sensor system of the E-1 while almost doubling the resolution to 10 megapixels; it should also make off-angle photography easier with a live preview LCD and internal image stabilization that doesn't require a self-correcting lens. Newer image processing should handle five frames per second and 11 primary autofocus points.
NEC today unveiled a new flagship model in its LaVie notebook series that brings features new to its own line and any notebook. The LC950/KG's lid-mounted webcam is one of the first to use face detection for security; its new Face Pass feature lets users authenticate by recognizing the user's appearance rather than using a fingerprint reader or a password. For NEC, the LC950 is also one of the first systems to ship with Blu-Ray and will play movies either on its own 15.4-inch display or through a TV courtesy of HDMI output. NEC promises faster storage as well: the top-spec system sports a 160GB hybrid hard drive with 256MB of flash memory that speeds up access and boot times.
Sony-Ericsson today revealed that its president Miles Flint was stepping down from his role as president, marking the end of 17 years at the company and three years in the top position. The departure was reportedly on a positive note to take a career break and explore new "personal and business opportunities," Flint said. Sony US chairman and Japanese executive VP of marketing and sales Hideki Komiyama is set to take the presidency when the handover begins November 1st and will be complete by the end of the year.
Harman brand JBL has released two new sets of headphones in its Reference series. Foremost are the 610s, which come with a dongle that allows volume and track adjustment on iPods, using controls located on the headphones themselves. iPods from the fourth generation onward are supported. The 610s also benefit from a Bluetooth receiver, which allows wireless interaction with devices that support A2DP stereo and/or AVRCP controls. An over-the-ear design features leather lining and a choice of black or white colors. Harman is selling the set online for $200.
MetroPCS today announced that it had proposed a merger with Leap Wireless, aiming to create what it says would be the fifth major cellular provider in the US after AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The deal would include a stock deal where each share in Leap would be swapped for 2.75 shares of MetroPCS worth roughly $5 billion; an additional $2 billion would go towards canceling Leap's outstanding debts, MetroPCS said. The timing of the proposal was not clarified, though the potential buyer noted that a combined provider would span almost all of the top 200 cities, giving the merged entity much more access to smaller markets.
The iPhone managed to outperform all other smartphones on the market in its first full month on sale, according to a new study published today by iSuppli. The market researchers used a survey of 2 million people which estimated that about 1.8 percent of all cellphones sold in the US during July were iPhones, regardless of class. This figure gave it an edge over all other previous smartphone champions, including Research in Motion and its BlackBerry line, Palm's Treo series, and less prevalent phones from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung, according to the analyst group. The number also tied sales of the best-selling feature phone on the market, the LG Chocolate, though iSuppli would not say whether this applied to the original model on sale with Verizon or its recent upgrade.
Epson for the first time expanded its MovieMate line of all-in-one projectors to include multiple models, including the first-ever HD projector in the range. The MovieMate 72 (pictured) is the first of the series to produce a greater-than-DVD picture and displays 720p footage from any HDMI or VGA source, such as consoles, Macs, and PCs. Both it and the 480p-only MovieMate 50 incorporate a DVD player and even generate simulated Dolby 5.1 and DTS surround through built-in speakers. A USB port, however, adds the option of playing music and video directly from most capable sources, such as the iPod as well as many USB flash drives.
Contributing to its expected summer lineup, Verizon today unveiled the Coupe, a simple flip phone with unique shortcuts for troubled situations. Three programmable ICE (In Case of Emergency) buttons just below the 2-inch display can each automatically dial a familiar number such as a family member, a friend, or a towing service. No matter what the ICE buttons use, a separate button will always dial 911, Verizon notes. Voice recognition also lets users dial by speaking a contact name or a phone number.
(Updated with base price) Dell on Tuesday quietly introduced the Precision M6300, its first high-end workstation portable based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform. The new 17-inch desktop replacement is one of the first notebooks to sport the new 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor previously found only in the iMac. It also comes with a 256MB Quadro FX 1600M graphics chip to provide advanced 3D modeling and Windows Vista support even in stock trim, Dell says. Storage is suitably enhanced with the choice of solid-state drives as well as up to a 200GB conventional hard disk spinning at 7200RPM.
Sony is contemplating creating its own direct-download movie store, the company remarked today in comments to the press. Spokesman Shigenori Yoshida explained that the firm was "looking into the area" of video downloads as a possible business venture, pointing to its practical reality in the market. The representative made no mention of how likely the service was to come into existence or what formats it would support, though a future development might require unprotected H.264 or MPEG-4 movies to support Sony's new video Walkman players as well as the PlayStation 3 and PSP, none of which currently play copy-protected video formats.
Toshiba this morning released the TLP-WX2200U, targeting everyone from home theater enthusiasts to office users. The 3LCD-based unit projects at a 1280x800 resolution that matches the native sharpness of many widescreen notebooks and is also sharp enough to drive 720p HD video from modern game consoles, Blu-Ray, or HD DVD. Regardless of the exact setting, the projector is said to be bright for its class at 2,200 lumens and clear with a 600:1 contrast ratio. This is also one of the few projectors with explicit digital video out, Toshiba says; a VGA output relays the feed to a computer monitor or HDTV for help in presentations.
Logitech this morning began the month with the MX5500, its new premium keyboard and mouse set. The pair is the first to include the MX Revolution ergonomic laser mouse with its signature metal scroll wheel that can freely spin through very large documents. Its keyboard is unique to the set and revolves around a built-in LCD that displays and controls music, messages, and even the calculator; the zero-degree keyboard as well as the sloped mouse are said to provide a comfortable fit over hours of use.
Dell is readying the SP2008WFP, a new 20-inch display that packs a 2 megapixel still / VGA video webcam (fixed focus) with a built-in array microphone, similar in form and function to the iSight displays built into Apple's iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro. The monitor also sports a 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution with a 2ms response time, 300cd/m2 brightness, and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity includes DVI with HDCP, VGA, (4) USB 2.0. There's also an optional soundbar. The display will be released on September 12th, but pricing information has not been disclosed. [via Engadget]
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