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Sun to scrap mobile Java; iPhone effect?

10/19, 4:40pm

Sun Scrapping Phone Java

Sun is pushing its software development towards a single, monolithic version of Java that could have a significant effect on the future of cellphones, according to comments by company VP James Gosling at a press event. Though Sun has previously split its development of the near-universal platform into desktop and mobile versions, the company has confirmed that it would like to move every device to the full Standard Edition. The change would allow more advanced handhelds to take advantage of more features and would eliminate the compatibility problems that plague Java Mobile Edition, Sun says. Java ME is typically limited by default and requires extensions for more features, which prevents developers from safely writing for one mobile OS and knowing it will work for another.

E-Ten Glofiish specifications revealed

10/19, 4:25pm

E-Ten Glofiish specs

An as-yet announced smartphone from E-Ten, the Glofiish X600, is reported to have had a number of important specifications leaked to the press. The phone is said to run on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, and be powered by a 400MHz Samsung CPU, equipped with 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM; the latter is supplemented by microSD cards. Quad-band GSM/EDGE should allow it to operate in North America, and crucially, a SiRFstar III GPS receiver is expected, granting full navigation abilities.

PS3-killing Xbox 360 in development?

10/19, 3:50pm

Xbox with HD DVD enroute?

Microsoft is developing yet another new version of the Xbox, one which may be designed to counter sales of Sony's PlayStation 3, say inside sources. People within Toshiba -- the primary creators of the HD DVD format -- indicate that Microsoft intends to build a new console with an HD DVD drive built-in, as opposed to just offering an external drive at extra cost. The latter is reportedly selling badly, and one of the primary drives of PS3 sales has been the inclusion of Blu-Ray support, making it one of the cheapest HD movie players on the market at $600 or less.

Comcast caught throttling BitTorrent traffic

10/19, 3:40pm

Comcast BitTorrent Shaping

Comcast has been deliberately slowing down traffic for customers using file sharing apps on its network, the Associated Press confirmed today. Beginning an investigation after speaking with a Broadband Reports user who discovered the practice shortly after Comcast began testing the platform in August, the journalist group has learned that Comcast is using technology from Sandvine that interjects itself between users running specific peer-to-peer software, including BitTorrent clients as well as programs accessing the Gnutella file sharing network. The Sandvine software can detect when complete files are being traded and breaks the connection between peers, forcing a downloading user to look for an alternative.

Acer readies 20-inch HD DVD notebook

10/19, 3:00pm

Acer Aspire 9920G

Acer's newest desktop replacement notebook is the Aspire 9920G, a 20-inch model which should already be on sale in some European countries. Aside from its screen size, the principal attractions are its media features, which include an HD DVD drive and a TV tuner, along with a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT videocard. Buyers have a choice of 2 or 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processors, while memory defaults to 2GB of RAM and 160GB of hard drive space. Other highlights include 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, a 5-in-1 card reader and an ExpressCard 54 slot.

Samsung U410 clamshell reaches Telus

10/19, 2:50pm

Samsung U410 at Telus

Telus on Friday catered to those who need inexpensive Internet access on their phones by listing the Samsung U410 as an option for its phone network. Although it runs on the legacy 1XRTT data network rather than EVDO, the phone can still access Windows Live instant messaging, full e-mail accounts, and typical mobile web browsing. The phone is also rare in its class for including a VGA camera, assisted GPS, and Bluetooth with stereo audio as well as typical hands-free calling with a headset.

Dash Express GPS to get Internet-based map feeds

10/19, 2:05pm

Dash Express Geo-Feeds

Dash's upcoming Express GPS unit will be the first to include dynamic, user-contributed data from the Internet, the company announced today. The device should now support a special, modified version of RSS that will capture user-submitted points of interest such as uncommon tourist spots or a recommend restaurant. It should also now support easily accessed map formats such as KML for Google Earth, the company says. Certain major websites' location-based features will also be supported, including property values from real estate site Zillow or business searches from Yahoo. A computer-accessed web portal will let users customize the information that reaches the device.

Verizon picks up EVDO Rev. A USB modem

10/19, 1:05pm

Verizon UM150 EVDO Modem

Verizon today expanded its mobile Internet options and shipped out the UM150. The USB device gives most computers a connection to Verizon's 3G network without requiring a free notebook card slot, including for areas where the upgraded EVDO Revision A network is available. Subscribers in these regions can download as quickly as 1.4Mbps or upload at 800Kbps in real-world conditions, Verizon claims. The UM150 also doubles as impromptu flash storage and holds microSD cards up to 4GB.

HTC Polaris to become Touch Cruise

10/19, 12:50pm

HTC Touch Cruise

The HTC Polaris, first disclosed months ago in an early roadmap, is being renamed the Touch Cruise, company executives have confirmed. The phone should mark the second expansion of the Touch line, following the Touch DUAL; one of its features will be the introduction of an improved TouchFLO interface, with extra gestures such as half-turns for object rotation and complete turns for zooming in and out.

Sanyo readies 'massive' GPS unit

10/19, 11:55am

Sanyo Gorilla GPS

Concentrating on its Japanese home, Sanyo has announced the NV-HD880FT, a portable GPS unit also known as the Gorilla. Its name derives from its abnormally large touchscreen display, measuring a full eight inches; by contrast, many such units are less than six. Despite a thin bezel, it also manages to incorporate a 30GB hard drive, which can be used to record conventional and 1Seg TV broadcasts the unit tunes in. Dedicated program guide software is included.

Kyocera rolls out new EVDO-to-Wi-Fi router

10/19, 11:35am

Kyocera KR2 Router

Following the release of the Wild Card, Kyocera this morning served up the second edition of its wireless router for bridging cellular Internet access to a home network. The KR2 is now sleeker and relays both EVDO Revision 0 and A mobile broadband connections to a Wi-Fi network, allowing multiple computers and handhelds to get online at once without needing a land line or good reception through every part of a house. In addition to the faster EVDO linkup, the new version also adds Draft 2.0-era 802.11n for extremely quick transfers between devices on the local network. Locking down the connection is equally quicker, according to Kyocera: a button on the router streamlines setting up security on each device using Wi-Fi access.

Canada to tax legal digital music downloads

10/19, 10:55am

Canada Taxing Music Sales

Canadians may soon pay a small tax on every legal music store download, says a new measure (PDF) sanctioned by the Copyright Board of Canada. Requested by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the tax would apply at least 2.1 cents to every individual song download and 1.5 cents per track for complete albums. Subscription download and streaming services would themselves be charged between 5.7 and 6.8 percent of a user's monthly fees. Minimum fees would also apply for every larger download or subscription.

Meizu update shows cloned iPhone music UI

10/19, 9:40am

Meizu M8 Clones iPhone UI

Meizu's M8 copy of the iPhone will take even more direct cues from the Apple device with its interface, according to an update from the Chinese company's chief, Jack Wong. While stopping short of claiming similarity, the executive has published information revealing that the user interface for music will effectively duplicate the Apple phone's iPod section, including the ability to view covers while browsing albums and the alphabet strip that helps users jump to a particular letter in the catalog. The abilities to scrub through a track by dragging the timeline or to issue a star rating will also be intact, Wong notes. Minor extras like a sound spatializer effect are available.

Report: iPhone fourth-best selling US phone

10/19, 9:20am

iPhone 4th best in US

The iPhone was the top-selling device at AT&T during the third quarter, and the fourth-ranked cellphone in the US as a whole, according to a report by research group Strategy Analytics. Approximately 1.1 million iPhones were sold through Apple and AT&T outlets in Q307, bringing the total number of units sold since the Q2 launch to 1.325 million. Q3 sales of the phone consumed 13 percent of all AT&T sales, and made it the fourth-best selling handset in the US, with its position likely to increase. "The sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next 1-2 quarters," says Strategy Analytics' Barry Gilbert.

Marantz fires up high-contrast 1080p DLP projector

10/19, 9:00am

Marantz VP-15S1

Marantz today comforted home theater enthusiasts with the VP-15S1, its new range-topping DLP unit. Although it musters a full 1080p widescreen image, a new dual iris lens boosts the projector's contrast ratio from 6,500:1 in the old VP-11S1 to a much improved 10,000:1 while also stepping up brightness from 700 lumens to 1,000. This is accomplished even as the 15S1 steps down from a 7-segment color wheel to a 6-segment model; the new wheel more faithfully reproduces colors for each segment and is also quieter than the old model, Marantz says.

Kyocera Wild Card made official for Virgin Mobile

10/19, 8:25am

Kyocera Wild ard at Virgin

Prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile on Friday officially unveiled one of its most advanced phones in the US. The Kyocera Wild Card is the second phone from the provider to have a full QWERTY keyboard for quick test messaging but is the only model to support Internet music streaming. Subscribing to Virgin's Headliner service now gives not only artist news and updates but also the music itself; 25 cents per track gives phone users the ability to stream given songs as much as they like. Kyocera's new handset is also one of the few capable camera phones at Virgin with a 1.3-megapixel sensor, and manages hands-free calling with Bluetooth.

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