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Pentax debuts Optio A40, V10 digital cameras

10/01, 10:40pm

Pentax Optio A40, V10

Pentax on Monday evening debuted two new compact digital cameras, including the Optio A40, the ultra-slim Optio V10, as well as its DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] ultra zoom lens for digital SLRs. As the latest model in the Optio A series, the Optio A40 offers 12 megapixels of optical resolution and three different types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie -- all of which help users take sharp, blur-free shots when taking action shots or in low-light conditions. The Optio A model also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

G-Speed 3 Gb/s eSATA solutions debut

10/01, 7:50pm

G-Speed 3 Gb/s eSATA

G-Tech has released its new G-Speed eS line of storage solutions, which sport a 3 Gb/s eSATA interface, RAID 5 data protection when used in conjunction with the optional G-Tech PCIe RAID controller, and specialized support for multi-stream video workflows. Configurable as RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or JBOD (with optional PCIe RAID controller), the eSATA solutions are based on 7200 RPM Hitachi SATA II drives each with up to 32 MB/cache, and use a Web-based GUI for configuration and management. The solutions are capable of single-stream 8-bit, 1080/60i HD playback in RAID 0 mode. The G-Speed eS is available now with prices starting at $1000.

Palm posts quarterly loss

10/01, 7:35pm

Palm posts quarterly loss

Palm, Inc. reported a net loss for its fiscal first quarter of 2008, ended Aug. 31, losing $0.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share on $360.8 million in revenue. The loss represents a significant turnaround from the first quarter of 2007 when the company posted net income of $16.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, however, the company posted a $9.7 profit. GAAP accounts for stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and more. For the second quarter, Palm is expecting to post higher revenue between $370 million and $380 million, but to still lose between $.03 and $.01 per share on a GAAP basis. Last quarter, Palm posted net income of $15.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, on revenue of $401.3 million.

Toshiba updates M205, U305 thin-and-light notebooks

10/01, 4:40pm

Toshiba M205 and U305

As part of its notebook updates, Toshiba on Monday also refreshed two of its more portable Satellite models. The 13.3-inch U305 now has faster 802.11n Wi-Fi across most systems and also boasts slightly improved performance across the range: the top S7477 runs a 2GHz Core 2 Duo as well as 2GB of memory and a 200GB hard drive, while the mid-tier S7467 offers nearly identical features save for a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo. Even the economical S7448 has a 1.46GHz Pentium dual-core and a 160GB hard drive, Toshiba says. All three U305 upgrades have a webcam, Bluetooth, and a fingerprint reader and should ship today at prices ranging from $950 for the basic version to $1,300 for the fastest system.

Zune 2 to be announced tomorrow?

10/01, 3:55pm

Zune 2 Launch Tomorrow

Microsoft is gearing up to launch its expected Zune sequel tomorrow, say inside sources. The tips echo earlier rumors and claim that the Redmond-based company is readying both hard disk and flash-based players for the launch; the new flash device would have similar overall dimensions to the second-generation iPod nano at 3 inches by 1.25 inches but would support video, Wi-Fi, and higher storage than at least some rivals. The hard disk version would be slightly thinner and hold more than the 30GB version but otherwise be very similar in terms of hardware. A beta Zune community site and a suite of first-party accessories would accompany the devices, the sources say.

Sony planning PS3 price drop, 40GB model for Oct. 12?

10/01, 3:10pm

Sony PS3 Big Bang Oct 12

Sony is planning a special event for October 12th that could overhaul the company's PlayStation 3 lineup, according to reported tips from specialty game retailers close to Sony. An event relating to the console is allegedly planned for that day and is known to Sony employees as the "big bang" for the hopes of sparking new life in the company's beleaguered game system. No details have been released as to what the event might involve, but a price drop for the system is the most likely candidate, GamePro France says. The magazine nonetheless claims that Europeans in particular would receive a special 449 ($639) bundle with Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, reducing the price significantly even compared to previous versions that came without software.

Joost opens to wider downloads

10/01, 3:10pm

Joost downloads go public

Formerly available only through a limited, Gmail-like system of invitations, Joost has been made a public download, available for free. Joost is an Internet TV service based on a local client, which allows full-screen viewing of channels including A&E, Raindance, and Ministry of Sound; to alleviate bandwidth problems, video is distributed across a peer-to-peer network. Companies make their profit through advertising and licensing deals.

Cricket picks up dual-display Kyocera Lingo phone

10/01, 2:25pm

Kyocera Lingo at Cricket

Cricket today provided a challenge to Verizon's enV with the launch of the Kyocera Lingo. Like its rival, the Lingo operates like a traditional bar-shaped phone with a number pad but opens lengthwise to reveal a second display and a QWERTY keyboard. Combined with Cricket's standard unlimited messaging, the design lets users quickly send out SMS texts without carrying a much larger device, according to the provider. Kyocera also delivers 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth features similar to its LG-made opponent and offers web access, though no mention is made of EV-DO access.

Toshiba debuts low-cost HD DVD Satellites, Qosmios

10/01, 1:55pm

Toshiba HD DVD Notebooks

Toshiba today launched multiple notebooks that it hopes drive down the cost of watching HD video on its systems, including its first ever notebook of the kind below the $1,200 mark. The $1,150 Satellite A205-S7468 makes an HD DVD combo drive standard and gives users the ability to watch video at 720p on the 15.4-inch display. Toshiba also promises unusually fast 802.11n Wi-Fi and a 200GB hard disk for the price. A relatively modest 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo is helped by 2GB of RAM for smooth performance in Vista Home Premium, Toshiba says. The S7468 ships today along with the $1,000 S7458, which drops HD DVD for a conventional DVD drive, as well as the $880 S7443 which comes with a slower 1.46GHz Pentium dual-core and a 160GB hard disk.

Nokia to acquire map maker NAVTEQ

10/01, 1:20pm

Nokia to buy NAVTEQ

Although the deal has yet to be approved by government regulators or even all shareholders, Nokia says that it has made an agreement to buy NAVTEQ, a prominent producer of maps and map technology for GPS systems. The acquisition will cost Nokia approximately $8.1 billion, or $78 for each NAVTEQ share including outstanding options; this is valued at $7.7 billion of the company's existing cash balance. NAVTEQ will continue to be "operationally independent," Nokia claims, but it will fall within the Nokia Group of businesses, and CEO Judson Green will be obliged to report to Nokia's chief, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. If finalized the deal may be completed in the first quarter of 2008.

Adobe intros Flash Lite 3: possible for iPhone?

10/01, 12:20pm

Adobe Flash Lite 3

Adobe on Monday revealed Flash Lite 3, an important update to its animation suite for cellphones and other handhelds. The new version is the first to play back video in Adobe's own FLV video format and is the first mobile edition to support animations written in Flash 8, significantly widening the number of sites that devices can view properly. Performance has also improved by about 20 percent overall, the software developer says. Streaming video and progressive downloads also handle more elegantly than before.

HTC intros Touch DUAL, S730, P6500

10/01, 11:35am

HTC Touch DUAL and More

HTC on Monday morning let out details of its new smartphone line for the rest of 2007, beginning with the Touch DUAL. The handset includes the same controversial TouchFLO interface as the original Touch but adds a slide-out keypad, allowing users to make a call or perform SureType-style typing without having to use the on-screen interface. It drops Wi-Fi but gains 3G over HSDPA and UMTS on Europe's 2,100MHz frequency and offers a more responsive 400MHz main processor. The device should come with 128MB of RAM, 256MB of permanent storage, and the earlier microSD slot. It should be available first in Europe through Orange as of this month and may spread to other regions in coming months.

RIM rolls out BlackBerry Pearl 8130

10/01, 10:40am

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

Research in Motion today at last unveiled the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, its first version of the slimmer smartphone for CDMA phone networks. The new version is the first to support 3G Internet access over EV-DO and includes streaming 3GPP support for online video from YouTube Mobile or other sites. The Pearl now also supports real GPS with BlackBerry Maps providing driving directions and local searches. Music support is likewise improved with a full-size 3.5mm headphone jack, an external microSDHC slot that supports more than 4GB of music, and the latest version of Roxio's music ripping and transfer software to load songs onto the phone.

Samsung Beat launches with T-Mobile

10/01, 10:05am

Samsung Beat at T-Mobile

T-Mobile today officially released its anticipated Samsung Beat music phone. Also referred to as the t539, the flip design's outer shell brings a relatively large number of dedicated music controls including a full stop button (rather than just pause) and a repeat mode. Its green ring is also more than just a cosmetic light, T-Mobile adds: the shape conceals a built-in speaker that provides relatively strong audio without the need for headphones.

Bang & Olufsen, Samsung launch Serenata phone

10/01, 9:30am

B&O and Samsung Serenata

Danish home theater designer Bang & Olufsen and its partner Samsung today made the promised release of the Serenata. The new version greatly expands on the almost exclusively calling-oriented Serene with a much stronger emphasis on music: a dedicated music key brings up a music player and an iPod-like, touch-sensitive scroll wheel is used to pick tracks as well as place calls. The phone stores a relatively large 4GB of music through built-in flash and plays AAC, MP3, and the rare WMA Lossless format.

BenQ reveals slim X735 compact camera

10/01, 9:05am

BenQ X735 Camera

BenQ this morning released the X735, the latest iteration of its thinner point-and-shoot camera series. The 7.2-megapixel camera is 0.49 inches deep but shares the same features as most of the company's newer models, including nine-point face detection and support for SD cards up to 4GB. Designed for beginners, the camera includes 29 different scene presets; normal light sensitivity peaks at ISO 1000 but jumps to ISO 2000 for an anti-shake mode and ISO 6400 for shooting VGA-resolution movies in a computer-friendly MPEG-4 format.

Sony reveals Drive: first OLED TV to ship in December

10/01, 8:35am

Sony XEL-1 OLED TV

Sony on Monday revealed the true nature of its Drive teaser image. Now known as the XEL-1, the device is the finished version of the company's OLED TV prototype and will represent the first OLED TV to be released to stores. The finished version is less bulky than the original and weighs just two kilograms, but maintains the exceptional quality of the display: although just 3mm thick, the OLED panel lets it shut off pixels entirely to produce true blacks. Its contrast ratio is an unprecedented 1,000,000:1, Sony says.

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