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SCO declares bankruptcy after failed patent suits

09/14, 5:05pm

SCO Bankruptcy

Service provider SCO Group ended a major phase in the history of both UNIX and Linux today by declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy, forcing the company to reorganize before it can resume normal business. The sometimes scorned company said it had decided to take the action before it was absolutely necessary to make sure its existing UnixWare and mobile-oriented Me Inc. services would continue running while it returned to a profitable state, which had been damaged by the legal costs incurred as part of its lawsuits against several high profile firms for allegedly violating patents SCO held for UNIX source code.

ASUS pushes GPS/media player foray with R300, R700

09/14, 4:40pm

ASUS R300, R700 GPS

Bolstering the ranks of companies with handheld GPS/media player devices, ASUS has disclosed details on two new navigators, the R300 and R700. The R700 (pictured) has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, with 64 of RAM, 128MB of ROM and a 400MHz Samsung CPU; in terms of media, it should handle AAC, MP3 and WMA music files, along with MPEG-4 (H.263) video. Other highlights include microSD, Bluetooth 2.0 and the ability to receive SMS messages, but its distinguishing feature is a built-in RDS-TMC receiver for traffic data. Users can also tune in and control FM radio.

Samsung iPhone killer prepped for Vodafone

09/14, 4:10pm

Samsung Croix for Vodafone

Samsung's vaunted F700 touchscreen phone will likely go head-to-head with the iPhone during its European launch, according to an announcement by the company. Now called the F700V Croix based on the cross-like shape of its interface, the phone will be headed to Vodafone and offer the pan-European carrier an opportunity to compete with Apple's device. The completed version runs on a slightly larger, 3.2-inch touchscreen and still includes 3G access using HSDPA, albeit with a slower theoretical 3.6Mbps peak download rate. Its front and rear cameras will also remain for video calling and capture.

Nokia, Sony, others push new memory standard

09/14, 4:05pm

Nokia memory standard

Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are among a group of companies backing a new memory standard. Called Universal Flash Storage, it would apply to both internal and removable memory; in the case of the latter, it would theoretically eliminate the need for adapters bridging different card sizes, such as SD and microSD. The group is also working towards dramtically improving power consumption and data density, as well as access times. As an example of its goal, the group says that while it can currently take three minutes to copy a 90-minute HD video, this time could be shrunk to seconds with UFS.

VDO Dayton slips DVB into new GPS units

09/14, 3:20pm

New VDO Dayton GPS units

The Siemens-owned VDO Dayton has pulled the wraps off two new GPS car navigators. The PN 4000 and 6000 are high-end units featuring DVB-T tuners, allowing passengers to European TV on 16:9 widescreens. Their antennas are reportedly so sensitive than users can still receive signals at speeds up to 99mph. Additionally, users can browse program listings for the next four days, or play their own music and videos by loading an SD card.

Users can navigate in 2D or 3D views, and install optional modules (sold separately) for Bluetooth calling or RDS/TMC traffic information. The only difference between the 4000 and 6000 is size: the 4000 has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, whereas the 6000's measures 5.3 inches. No prices or release dates have been mentioned, though the units will likely remain Europe-only.

Full AT&T Tilt smartphone launch revealed

09/14, 3:15pm

AT&T Tilt Launch Details

Virtually every piece of information about the release of AT&T's variant on HTC's TyTN II smartphone has been revealed today, courtesy of a leaked presentation slide. Confirmed to bear the Tilt name, the American version will carry 3G Internet access, GPS navigation, and Wi-Fi but drop the front camera used primarily for video calls on Asian and European networks. In exchange, the angled slider will gain access to AT&T's CV video streaming, MEdia Net services, and the company's online radio and music store services. BlackBerry Connect, Good Mobile Messaging, and multi-network IM (including AOL, Windows Live, and Yahoo) should all be available at or shortly after launch, AT&T notes.

Sans Digital unveils NAS with iTunes support

09/14, 2:45pm

NAS with iTunes support

Sans Digital has unveiled its MN2L two-bay network storage enclosure that allows users to share documents and files on a home or office network. The device features FTP support to access files remotely over the internet, and offers built-in account management to keep data safe by giving read-only or full read/write permissions to specific users or groups. The device uses the latest SATA II technology and supports hot-swapping hard drives with RAID 1 (mirroring) and RAID 0 (striping) to guard against failures or expand usable storage space. The MN2L supports Mac, Linux, and Windows systems on the network and features built-in iTunes server support for sharing music to a Mac or PC. A built-in BitTorrent download station also allows users to download BitTorrent files without a powered-on computer. The MN2L is priced at $300.

AT&T lays claim to Pantech Duo

09/14, 2:40pm

Pantech Duo at AT&T

Pantech's C810 Duo, first mentioned in a leak dating back to July, has been exposed in more detail thanks to a source close to AT&T. There the device will be known simply as the Duo, and moreover, it is being claimed as a "lifetime exclusive" by the carrier. It's main feature is the inclusion of both a QWERTY keyboard and a number pad, allowing control tailored to circumstance. It should also have HSDPA broadband, along with a 1.3-megapixel camera, and Windows Mobile 6 Standard with push e-mail. It is expected to ship in late September, at a cost of $250 with two-year voice and data plans. [via Boy Genius Report]

Razer ships precise Pro|Click Mobile

09/14, 2:30pm

Razer Pro Click Mobile

Razer today began shipping the Pro|Click Mobile, one of its first mice designed for portables. The compact design is billed as the most precise wireless notebook mouse in the world due to its gaming heritage: the same 1200DPI optical tracking engine behind many of the company's performance mice is in place for the new model, Razer says. Bluetooth 2.0 with adaptive frequency hopping also cuts down on lag and interference near Wi-Fi and other wireless devices.

Meizu already planning iPod touch clone

09/14, 1:40pm

Meizu M7 Development

Chinese media player designer Meizu is already developing a clone of the just released iPod touch, according to a brief statement by company president J. Wong on the official forums. While details are minimal and are accompanied by a quick mockup, Wong promises that the new device will have a 3-inch, wide-aspect touchscreen interface as well as a home button on the front face, much as with the new Apple player. The white coloring of the concept image is drawn directly from a source image for the existing M6 and might not reflect the finished design.

First completed Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard appears

09/14, 1:05pm

Optimus Maximus Appears

The first functional example of Art Lebedev Studio's Optimus Maximus keyboard is now in use at the company's Moscow office, according to a brief entry in the company's photo blog. A still shot shows a staffer using the keyboard with his Mac, complete with lit keys. While it's unclear how much of the keyboard was truly active, the finished keyboard design should change the symbols on its OLED keys to reflect a given program, with the option of customizing the keys for new software.

Kyocera to buy Sanyo cellular?

09/14, 1:05pm

Kyocera to buy Sanyo cell?

Anonymous sources claim that Kyocera, the international cellphone maker, is nearing completion of a deal to buy the cellular division of Sanyo. If finished, the deal could cost Kyocera 50 billion yen ($435 million), and would make it the seventh-largest cellphone maker in the world. Reuters notes that the move is not a matter of aggressiveness on Kyocera's part so much as the failure of Sanyo, which has been closing unprofitable divisions in order to regain an economic foothold. As of last March, it had posted a net loss for three years running.

Sidekick Slide launching in October, for UK

09/14, 12:20pm

Sidekick Slide in October

In an unexpected move, the Danger/Motorola produced Sidekick Slide -- formerly known as the Zante -- has been confirmed as launching in October, but not necessarily in the United States. The first mention of the product can be found on the T-Mobile UK website, where it is described as having "full" Internet access, and being suited to mobile blogging. Traditionally, Sidekicks have been a flagship product of T-Mobile US, where they have sometimes had official and unofficial celebrity endorsements.

iRex unveils 2nd Edition iLiad eBook reader

09/14, 11:45am

iRex iLiad 2nd Edition

iRex on Friday launched the iLiad 2nd Edition, a significant upgrade to its successful eBook device. The upgrade includes a brand new battery that extends battery life up to 20 percent, allowing it to run for up to 15 hours with its Wi-Fi switched on for downloading new books. The new design is also more rugged than the original model and includes a smaller travel hub for syncing the iLiad through USB or connecting to the network with a built-in Ethernet jack. A major upgrade to the back's ergonomic design also makes the design more surefooted when staying still on a desk, according to iRex.

Verizon sues FCC over 700MHz open access terms

09/14, 10:55am

Verizon Sues Over 700MHz

Verizon late Thursday revealed that it was contesting the FCC's rules for the upcoming 700MHz wireless auction through a lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, potentially sabotaging the bidding process. The rules, which demand that companies allow open access to devices and software on the frequency when it becomes available in early 2009, were labeled "arbitrary" and "capricious" by Verizon, which has typically preferred a model that locked customers to its own cellphones and services. The provider's specific legal case accused the FCC of violating the US Constitution and the Administrative Procedures Act by imposing the open-access rule on the auction, preventing Verizon and others from using their own business models.

T-Mobile Germany confirmed for iPhone next week?

09/14, 10:00am

T-Mobile Germany Next Week

Deutsche Telekom's cellular carrier T-Mobile will be officially confirmed as the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in Germany next week, according to an unnamed industry insider speaking with Reuters. Apple will allegedly use its London press event next week to announce the deal and has privately negotiated a revenue sharing deal similar to that with AT&T, in which Apple collects a portion of the monthly subscription fees. Pricing will reportedly be set at 399 Euros ($554) for an 8GB model, reflecting typically high European costs. T-Mobile has so far declined comment.

New Kenwood Music Keg rocks 60GB, AAC

09/14, 9:15am

Kenwood Music Keg HD60GD9

Kenwood on Friday upgraded its top-end Music Keg media players with the HD60GD9. The new 60GB version doubles the storage of the model from a year before and also supports unprotected AAC, giving it access to CDs ripped in iTunes and songs bought in iTunes Plus format. The audio specialist also promises that its extreme attention to sound quality has only been enhanced for this model. An updated Supreme EX decoder actively interpolates compressed tracks to fill in missing detail. Engineers also went so far as to build a vibration-free plastic and gel mount for the hard drive and a non-magnetic metal frame inside the system that prevents interference, Kenwood boasts.

Verizon slips out Samsung i760 messaging slider

09/14, 8:30am

Samsung i760 Verizon Slip

Samsung's i760 text messaging phone is already at Verizon more than a week ahead of its actual release date, according to reports from several subscribers. Though reports have put the official release on September 24th, contacting either the business or customer service lines gives access to the unique phone, which centers around its unique front keypad. The layout is angled to still provide a natural typing feel when the phone is tilted on its side for the lateral slide-out keyboard.

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