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Cowon today announced that it will bring an almost entirely intact version of its Mac- and Windows-compatible Q5W media player to US shores after previously limiting the device to southeast Asia. Adding the W to reflect its wireless abilities, the handheld will strip out Korea-only DMB digital TV tuning support but will have both 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 to browse the web (including with Flash animations), access other online content, and gain stereo audio support respectively.
Qualcomm has won a temporary victory in its legal battles with Nokia, Reuters reports. The United States' International Trade Commission has thrown out one lawsuit brought by Nokia, which would have seen Qualcomm's chips barred from being sold in the States on the basis that they violate several of the former company's patents. The judge presiding over the case was first presented with a dismissal motion on October 18th, but Nokia fought for a review, which has only just been concluded.
Creative may be the first mainstream portable media player producer to offer a flash-based jukebox with 32GB of memory, based on an unintentional slip-up on the company's website for its home country of Singapore. An entry for the Creative ZEN shows a 32GB version of the handheld alongside the usual 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB versions. This would potentially supply as many as 8,000 standard-quality songs despite the device's small size using Creative's estimates.
The cause of the Sidekick Slide's seemingly random reboots has been confirmed and will let the Danger/Motorola produced messaging phone return to shops, T-Mobile has announced today. The failures, which prompted a halt to sales, are now known to be triggered by poor battery contacts; sliding the screen out to type on the keyboard sometimes loosens the contact and forces the device to shut off momentarily. The problem can be fixed both on new production runs as well as through an unnamed solution for existing customers that keeps the contact in place, T-Mobile claims.
Reacting to observations on his comments that the HD war is in a "stalemate," Sony CEO Howard Stinger now insists that Blu-Ray will ultimately win. The format has the "the momentum and the scale" needed, Stringer says, particularly because it has the exclusive support of movie studios such as Disney, Fox, MGM and Lionsgate. Warner Brothers releases in both Blu-Ray and HD DVD, while only Universal and Paramount have stuck to HD DVD.
The electronics retail chain Fry's sold its current-generation 20-inch iMac for less than $800 ahead of Thanksgiving and "Black Friday", according to an ad that has appeared in an issue of San Jose's Mercury News. The image claims to have a new, factory stock 20-inch 2.4GHz model for $794, or just over half the $1,499 asking price for the standard system. This price will be in effect for just the one day, Fry's claims. [corrected: the sale was a one-day sale only on Wednesday, November 20th, according to Fry's]
AT&T will join many electronics stores the day after Thanksgiving and sell several of its best-known phones with a large 50 percent discount, a leaked flyer reveals. The carrier will draw attention primarily to smartphones with the GPS-equipped BlackBerry Curve 8310 selling for $100, while the Pantech Duo reaches the same price. A handful of 3G conventional phones such as the Moto RAZR2 V9, Samsung A737 slider, and the Sony-Ericsson W580i will also see a temporary price drop. These simpler phones will sell for $150, $25, and $25 again respectively, the flyer notes.
The insistence by major music labels on digital rights management (DRM) for online stores is having a damaging ripple effect on retail music shops as well, says the head of Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association, Kim Bayley. The executive notes that while physical stores still see high profile releases and seasonal increases, the hesitation by buyers leery of either restricted direct downloads or higher-priced CDs is neutering the effect. The holiday rush is coming later this year while even a record-setting album this month has failed to offset an 11 percent drop in CD sales this year, official UK charts say.
California's Vizio remains the dominant maker of LCD TVs in North America, despite heavy advances by its main rival, according to a report from the research firm iSuppli. Vizio sets accounted for 13 percent of all LCDs sold during the third quarter, a mere 0.2 percent better than South Korea's Samsung. The latter has managed to dramatically boost its share, jumping from 10.8 percent in the second quarter to its current 12.8; this pales next to Vizio's recent climbs however, since the company only lept to prominence in the second quarter, beating out established heavyweights such as Samsung, Sharp and Sony. The latter two are currently third- and fourth-placed in iSuppli's rankings.
The next generation of Research in Motion's BlackBerry phones may more resemble the iPhone than any of its current products, one analyst claims. Expounding on earlier rumors, Carmi Levy of AR Communications argues that future 9000-series phones will detach completely from RIM's business roots, which are represented by the signature SureType keyboard on every current BlackBerry. This allows the phones' users to type much faster than they do on many competing devices. But, says Levi, "The 9000 is supposed to be a touchscreen device, very similar in form factor to the iPhone. Which means that it is not an enterprise-friendly device."
Alltel today became the latest US carrier to pick up the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, the first version of the slim smartphone for CDMA networks. While coming in black similar to the Sprint version, Alltel's model and takes advantage of the phone's central GPS feature for any number of navigation services rather than the carrier's; users can plot driving routes with phone designer Research in Motion's own BlackBerry Maps or pay for a subscription service such as TeleNav, the provider emphasizes.
Cable Internet modems that meet the extra-quick DOCSIS 3 (Data over Cable Service Information Specification) standard and the hubs needed to power them are already being certified, report anonymous sources aware of the process. Major cable modem producers Arris, Motorola, and Scientific Atlanta have all submitted devices based on a Texas Instruments chip that will allow real download speeds of 100 megabits per second or more -- rivaling Ethernet connections and 802.11n Wi-Fi in terms of speed. Most of these devices will meet the "bronze" standard and will have a reduced upload speed but should still outperform DOCSIS 2 modems, which are increasingly common for most cable Internet providers.
Verizon on Wednesday rounded out its line of holiday phones with the Samsung FlipShot. Known under its final name as early as October, the device also known as the Ultra U900 centers primarily on photography with a 3-megapixel camera and a swiveling design that serves up a better grip and LCD view similar to a pocket camcorder. Accordingly, it can record not only video but create panoramic shots and adds PictBridge support for printing photos directly from a photo printer. Its Bluetooth is useful not just for hands-free calling and stereo music but wireless photo printing as well, Verizon says.
NVIDIA has inadvertently confirmed two new mobile graphics chipsets that should be available in the near future, say enthusiasts from nVision. A discovery made in the device list for NVIDIA's ForceWare 169.09 drivers reveals both a GeForce 9300M G and a GeForce 9500M GS present despite the lack of an official announcement. Few details are explicitly revealed by the leak, though it makes clear that both chipsets share the same core architecture as the GeForce 8M series. The naming scheme also reflects a similar strategy to today's mobile graphics with a basic x300 model providing low-end graphics and an x500 model addressing performance for mid-range notebooks.
Nokia has developed a unique technology that may signal its entry into the world of smartphones with lateral slide-out keyboards, according to a freshly discovered patent filing. Called a "turn and slide concept," the patent would include a rotating point that would lift and tilt the phone's screen away from the main body, revealing a keyboard while locking the display to a comfortable angle with a built-in hinge. Such design would make it easy to access the keyboard without having a keyboard that covers the entire bottom of the device.
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