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Intel cannot keep up with processor demand, ASUS complains. The multinational system builder says that Intel is failing to supply enough CPUs to the market, specifically in the realm of notebook PCs. InfoWorld writes that this is exacerbating problems PC makers have had throughout 2007, such as a lack of small hard drives and LCD screens, due to general demand for mobile computers. The recall of approximately 10 million Sony batteries, meanwhile, has created a drought in the overall battery supply. Intel has yet to comment on the issue.
The 40GB version of the PlayStation 3, going on sale November 2nd, should run at lease somewhat more smoothly than its predecessors, reports say. Sony is said to be switching to smaller 65nm circuitry in the revised console, reducing power consumption from 200W to 135W. Aside from wasting less energy, this should make the system cooler, which Sony is taking advantage of by shrinking the heatpipe. As part of the revision, the motherboard is being replaced, and a new battery will power the clock when the rest of the console is off.
Hoping to draw in more high-end customers, Sprint is said to be readying a new plan for BlackBerry phones that undercuts the competition. Starting on November 4th, subscribers will be able to pay $30 above voice costs for the BlackBerry Power Vision Plan, so named because of its support for media services such as Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation. Crucially, users will have access to unlimited BIS mail, as well as unlimited web browsing, downloads and text messaging.
The plan is $5 less than a next-best T-Mobile package, but does come with clauses. Subscribers must agree to a two-year contract, and Sprint's BlackBerries cannot be used as modems without a $15 add-on. [via RIMarkable]
Microsoft today sent word that it and its partners were shipping accessories for the new Zunes, preparing for the release of the actual player in shops by mid-November. The jukebox maker itself expects to launch its themed accessory packs as well as add-ons for previous players: the Home AV pack ($100, pictured) includes both a charging and syncing dock as well as an, RCA video cable, and remote; the dock is also available by itself for $50. A Car AV pack ($80) includes the company's reworked FM transmitter, while the company is also shipping the Premium Earphones of the Zune 80 and a leather case for $40 each. All should work with the Zune 4 and 8 flash players as well as the Zune 30 and 80 hard drive models, Microsoft says.
NVousPC today switched its attention to ultraportables and released the Carbon, hoping to appeal to both pop art fans and serious travelers. The 12-inch system is as customizable as the PC builder's larger systems and allows for individualized paint schemes on most of the outer shell: the outer lid, inner bezel, keyboard area, and even the base can be individually treated with either a stock design or personal art. Despite the outer focus, the system comes with 802.11n wireless stock and can be outfitted with as much as a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and a 1GB Turbo Memory cache to shorten load times.
Magellan today took its opportunity at the SEMA car equipment show to release the Roadmate 1200. This new GPS is made to lower the price floor for entry level GPS by offering the same features as other units at a lower price. The 3.5-inch touchscreen navigator covers much of the expected features with a 3D mode, rerouting to avoid certain roads, and 1.3 million points of interest accessible from the built-in maps.
Presenting at the SEMA tradeshow, Sony has announced several new car audio products. At the fore are three speakers in the new GTX series, comprised of the XS-GTX1620S, GTX6930 and GTX1640. The 1620S produces 260W of peak power (60W RMS), and comes with a highly-oriented polyolefine (HOP) cone woofer for better bass, along with a 0.75-inch tweeter that can be mounted separately to fit a car's dynamics. Two-way passive crossovers guide frequencies for clearer response.
Panasonic today ventured beyond its in-dash Strada GPS with the new CN-GP50U, the Japanese firm's first semi-portable GPS in the US. The device has one of the largest screens in the class at 5 inches and starts out with higher-end features inside, including Bluetooth hands-free calling through cellphones and the choice of Clear Channel's real-time traffic service. Free space on the memory card can be used to store and view photos, the company says.
Canon is updating its line of compact business projectors with the LV-7365. The unit is able to project a 100-inch image from a distance of 9.2 feet, and uses a 1.6x zoom lens, which is multicoated to reduce reflections, flare and ghosting. Brightness is rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens, with a contrast ratio of 500:1; though the projector's native resolution is only 1024x768, signals up to 720p and 1080i are supported through DVI-I input. RCA, D-sub 15 and stereo mini-jack ports are also included, the latter two in the form of outputs as well as inputs. Canon expects the 7365 to be ready in mid-November for $1,499.
Toshiba on Tuesday acknowledged the increasing reliance on storage for notebooks by rolling out a new line of internal drives for do-it-yourself upgrades and expanding the top end of its external drive models. The 2.5-inch internal HDD range lets users of MacBooks and other easily upgradable portables with a Serial ATA connector replace their built-in disk with a larger model without turning to kits normally reserved for professional system builders; they include the same shock protection and native command queuing as the latest professional drives. The internal options should be ready today at prices ranging between $80 for an 80GB drive to $190 for a 250GB add-on.
Catering to a growing number of gamers that use wireless networks for game sessions, D-Link today launched the Xtreme N Gaming Router. The Draft 2.0-spec device cuts down on the bandwidth and latency problems that sometimes plague Wi-Fi through intelligence: the device includes packet routing that prioritizes games regardless of the title or even the operating system, supporting Macs, Windows PCs, and game consoles. The router can optionally run its 802.11n connection on the 5GHz band to reduce interference and includes an unusually high-performance processor to handle large traffic loads.
Eye-Fi today launched the 2GB Eye-Fi SD card, the production version of the wireless card first previewed late last year. The new memory is the first to build an 802.11g Wi-Fi adapter directly into the card itself and lets users transfer photos either to a local Mac or PC without having to attach a card reader or USB cable. Through a special setup process, users can not only specify a photo for automatic transfers but also send photos directly to blogs and photo websites, allowing users to post to Facebook, Flickr, and similar pages while bypassing a computer altogether.
Revamping its Guide+Play mapping units, harman/kardon today released three new models that expand the size options as well as the onboard hardware and software. The GPS-810 (pictured) is the largest of the line and adds to the screen size at 4.3 inches, making the device easier to read from a distance; it also includes the full software suite, which adds text-to-speech readouts of street names as well as a JPEG viewer, the option of Clear Channel's real-time traffic service, and playing back the latest Windows Media DRM audio and video stored locally on an SD or SDHC card. As the company's flagship, the 810 also includes the signature wireless rotary controller that began the line as well as Bluetooth speakerphone use and an FM transmitter for wirelessly linking audio to the car stereo. It ships with 2GB of built-in North American maps, support for both Macs and PCs over USB, and should be available in November for $600.
Google is planning to announce its first mobile OS and unsettle the phone industry in as little as two weeks, according to anonymous sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal. The financial paper claims the search engine is ready to reveal an open-source OS for phones that would wrap together some of its core web programs, including Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube. The goal would be to loosen the grip held by cellphone carriers on the choice of programs available on phones; where most carriers often block competing software, the Google platform would allow most any code and would permit developers to hook into specific hardware features, such as using GPS for geotagging photos. In exchange, Google could embed context-sensitive ads where appropriate
AT&T began Tuesday by introducing the A737. The new phone adapts the basic philosophy of the A717 and A727 flip and candybar phones to a slider form, including the HSPA access that provides one-way video streaming over Video Share as well as AT&T's music download services from eMusic and Napster. A 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth with stereo audio support, and microSD card support up to 4GB help the device live up to its expectations as a media device.
Fujitsu today introduced the ScanSnap S300 to North America, after releasing the scanner in Japan on October 6th. The new scanner is the latest in the line-up of portable, multi-page document feeders from the Tokyo-based company. Designed for use on USB- or AC-supplied power, the S300 scanner measures 11.2" x 3.7" x 3" and weighs about three pounds. Fujitsu is targeting the scanner towards business professionals who rely on mobility in their day-to-day work. The S300 will be available after November 21st, for appromimately $300.
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