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NEC offers three new 'Multisync 5' displays

10/18, 7:35pm

NEC Multisync 5 update

NEC today has announced three new LCD monitors to its Multisync 5 line-up. The new offerings consist of the 19-inch LCD195NXM, the 20-inch LCD205WNXM and the 22-inch LCD225WNXM. The displays incorporate most of NEC's higher end features, such as an integrated power supply, a four-port USB 2.0 hub, a 5ms response time, down-firing speakers, and low power consumption. Adding to personal viewing comfort, the line-up offers a four-way adjustable stand, allowing users to determine the height, angle, swivel and tilt of the display. Each model features a cable management system to prevent a messy work area.

Alpine ships Blackbird II car/portable hybrid GPS

10/18, 4:30pm

Alpine Blackbird II

Car audio specialist Alpine has just launched the B200 Blackbird II, the second generation of its unique GPS device. The revamp adds Bluetooth to the mapping unit and grants hands-free calling when the Blackbird is used either as a handheld device on foot or cradled in a windshield mount. It can still dock into Alpine's double-sized IVA-W205 head-end unit to provide GPS navigation on a larger 6.5-inch screen without taking away from the receiver's music or video playback functions.

Pantech C810 appears at FCC

10/18, 4:25pm

Pantech C810 at FCC

Through an appearance for FCC testing, Pantech's C810 has had some of its details confirmed. The phone is of course a quad-band GSM/EDGE device, and also supports dual-band WCDMA, most likely in HSDPA form to support AT&T's network. A 1.3-megapixel camera is confirmed, as is the presence of Windows Mobile Standard, though the use of Windows Mobile 6 is not specified. Also not specified is what has been tapped to be one of the main features of the phone, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, sandwiched between the screen and numberpad. While seen in leaked photos, it cannot be seen in FCC images. [via Phone Scoop]

BenQ intros high-brightness, short-throw projector

10/18, 3:45pm

BenQ MP771 projector

BenQ has announced a new work- and education-targeted projector, the MP771. Its primary feature is said to be its short-throw lens, which can produce a 74-inch image from as little as 3.2 feet away, making it better suited to small presentation rooms. Maximum image size is 300 inches. The projector is also capable of a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, more powerful than many other mid-range projectors; contrast is rated at 2,000:1, and inputs include DVI-I, component, S-Video and composite connections, among others. Native resolution is 1024x768, but output can go as high as 1280x1024. The projector should ship worldwide sometime in November.

LG designs extra-slim, 120Hz HDTV display

10/18, 3:40pm

LG Slim 42-inch HDTV

LCD display partnership LG-Philips today promised to tackle the challenge of shrinking LCD displays even further by demonstrating a new screen for HDTVs that would shave much of the bulk without sacrificing the features. The improvements reduce the thickness of a 42-inch screen to just 19.8mm (0.78 inches) -- roughly 40 percent thinner than a typical set and valuable for fitting a TV in a shallow cabinet or on a wall, LG-Philips says. The smaller frame also drops the weight by 10 percent. This is possible despite using a more conventional fluorescent backlight and a fast 120Hz panel that refreshes twice as fast, eliminating much of the blurring and ghosting found in older sets.

Western Digital to one-up Hitachi?

10/18, 3:05pm

WD: 3TB by 2010?

A new technology should dramatically increase the density of hard drives, Western Digital claims. The company says it has developed a combination of perpendicular magnetic recording and tunneling magneto-resistive heads to push density to 520GB per square inch, an amount even higher than that recently announced by Hitachi, and far beyond most common drives; Western notes that its 250GB Scorpio model has 200GB per square inch. The company expects to eventually put 640GB on a single platter by 2010, and release a 3.5-inch, 3TB drive the same year, beating Hitachi's anticipated 4TB unit to market.

Fujitsu intros A6110 with 802.11n, stylus pad

10/18, 3:00pm

Fujitsu LifeBook A6110

Fujitsu on Thursday catered directly to the mid-range home user with the introduction of the LifeBook A6110 in the US. The 15.4-inch system makes 802.11n Wi-Fi standard on all but the most basic model and makes 1GB of Turbo Memory cache standard on the top model to help boot and response times. Fujitsu's signature Point and Write touchpad is also available on the high-end portable: students and others can use an included stylus to draw on the surface to draw diagrams or sketches without the need for a stand-alone tablet.

Report: Intel plans dual-core Celeron

10/18, 2:20pm

Intel Dual-Core Celeron

Intel will use the start of 2008 to shift its Celeron processor line to dual-core models, claim PC business insiders. The Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor firm is allegedly due to launch a new E1000 series for the budget desktop CPU that would double the number of cores without significantly affecting clock speed. The initial processor, known as the E1200, would be clocked at the same 1.6GHz as the current Celeron D 420 and would share both the 800MHz bus and 512KB of Level 2 cache of the single-core model. Costs would be kept down by continuing to use the outgoing 65-nanometer Conroe CPU design instead of the more efficient, 45-nanometer Penryn design for imminent Core 2 and Xeon processors, according to the report.

Sony-Ericsson readying W890 phone with American 3G

10/18, 1:20pm

Sony-Ericsson W890 Leak

Sony-Ericsson is set to bring its successor to the popular W880i to North America with full 3G access, according to a product image briefly spotted by the Swedish magazine Mobil. The W890 would represent a minor cosmetic change with buttons that are easier to hit, but would also include support for the 850MHz frequency band for both GSM calls and for its HSDPA Internet access, giving the phone full support for cellular broadband in Canada and the US. UMTS access at 2,100MHz would co-exist to support European data networks.

Gartner: PC sales up, Mac share at 8.1%

10/18, 1:10pm

Gartner on Mac sales share

Worldwide computer sales measured 68.5 million in the third quarter of 2007, a 14.4 percent growth over the same quarter last year, says the technology research firm Gartner. The group specifically notes that growth was fastest in the combined region of Asia and the Pacific, where it rose 23.4 percent, while Europe, the Middle East and Africa together rose 16.4 percent. The US market is said to have disappointed forecasters, gaining just 4.7 percent instead of 6.7; an unusual point in the data however is Apple, which is listed as having an 8.1 percent share of the US market, up from 6.2 a year prior. This conflicts with data recently published by IDC, which suggests movement from 5.7 to 6.3 percent, a much shallower boost in performance of 15.9 percent versus Gartner's evaluated 37.2.

AUO develops ultra-thin multi-touch LCD

10/18, 11:45am

AUO Ultra Thin Multi-Touch

AU Optronics today revealed that it had developed a new form of multi-touch display that could dramatically reduce the thickness of current versions. Known as an "in-cell" design, the process weaves the touch-sensitive surface directly into an LCD's surface and would eliminate the need for separate layers that add to the thickness, including protective glass. A 4.3-inch, 480x272 resolution example screen is just 2.2mm deep while still recognizing multiple input points, the company says. The absence of glass also cuts down on glare and improves the perceived image quality outdoors.

Verizon debuts Samsung i760 smartphone, readies more

10/18, 11:05am

Samsung i760 at Verizon

Despite an apparent leak weeks before, Verizon today officially unveiled the Samsung i760. One of the first smartphones from Samsung to arrive at the provider, the handset is based around a unique diagonal keypad layout that allows quick access to numbers even when the slide-out QWERTY keyboard is in use. Windows Mobile 6 Professional drives the phone and is controlled by a stylus-based touchscreen that helps edit and view documents in Office Mobile.

Moto Z6 arrives in Alltel, unlocked GSM versions

10/18, 10:15am

Moto Z6 Unlock and Alltel

Motorola today launched its ROKR Z6 slider in two forms to capture more users in the US than just those using it as the RIZR Z6tv with Verizon. The Alltel ROKR Z6m expands the music phone with both looks and software. In addition to a tattoo-like back shell and keypad as well as green lighting, Alltel's model adds support for XM Radio Mobile, giving access to 20 of the satellite radio provider's stations over the Internet. The carrier's unique Celltop interface is also available for checking news, weather, and other quick info in widget-like cells.

MySpace opens platform to developers

10/18, 9:45am

MySpace Opens Platform

Fox-owned social networking site MySpace today used the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to confirm that it was opening its platform to developers. While the company has almost always allowed users to add new components to their profile pages by pasting HTML snippets, the upcoming change should allow the creation of programs that work with the MySpace infrastructure itself and can be easily added by a user to their existing profile. This would admittedly be similar to Facebook, according to MySpace, but would include better integration with ads and other revenue sources to provide a strong source of income for app developers.

AT&T launches HSUPA mobile access, PC Card

10/18, 8:55am

ATT HSUPA Internet Access

AT&T today began upgrading its 3G network with a significant boost to upload speeds courtesy of High Speed Uplink Packet Access, or HSUPA. An improvement on the HSDPA access already available today, the connection significantly improves download speeds to between 600Kbps and 1.4Mbps in real-world conditions but should be even faster with upstream connections, effectively doubling speeds to between 500Kbps and 800Kbps. The speed approaches that of a land-based Internet connection and could be crucial for any user hoping to upload large files or stream video, AT&T says. HSUPA should be part of the network today but will not be commercially available until sometime later in the fall.

Sony intros $399 PS3, sells chipmaking to Toshiba

10/18, 8:20am

Sony 40GB PS3 for US

Sony today confirmed the US release of the 40GB PlayStation 3, the lowest-cost version of the console to date. Like the European version announced earlier, prices are reduced both through the reduced storage as well as half the USB ports and the removal of the multi-format card reader. Backwards compatibility with the PS2 has also been scrapped, Sony says. Wi-Fi remains from high-end PS3 models. The 40GB edition will be available in the US on November 2nd for $399 and will be accompanied by a price drop on the 80GB model to $499.

Sony offers 80GB digital photo album

10/18, 3:00am

Sony 80GB photo album

Sony has announced the the HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album, a compact device that features an 80GB hard drive and connects to a high definition television via HDMI to display images. Photos can be moved to the device via flash memory card formats, CD, DVD, USB or Ethernet and organized by date, special occasions such as birthdays and travel (using pre-selected icons), or different photo albums. Also included is the photo managing x-Pict Story HD software, which creates slideshows directly on the device. Up to five background songs can be placed. The software also allows for connection to a compatible printer.

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