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DAB-enabled iPod speaker dock debuts

12/13, 6:40pm

DAB-enabled iPod dock

A new iPod docking station and speaker system from InTempo features built-in dual band DAB digital and FM radio. DAB is a digital broadcasting spectrum used primarily in Europe that purportedly offers better audio fidelity and other enhanced features relative to FM. The new system is available in glossy "piano" black and has a 30 watt output, including a 15 watt subwoofer. The RDI is compatible with the iPod family and MP3 players and will play, sync and charge. The "DAB-dock" also has an alarm with sleep and snooze. All functionality, including the bass and treble, can be controlled either manually or with the 23-key remote control. The RDI retails at 129.99 (about $265) from Amazon, Comet and John Lewis. The RDI will not charge the iPod Shuffle.

No Canadian DMCA in 2007

12/13, 4:50pm

No Canadian DMCA in 2007

The Canadian government will not debate the creation of DMCA-like legislation until at least 2008, writes legal expert Michael Geist. Amendments to the country's Copyright Act were expected for discussion in the House of Commons this month, but this can no longer happen, according to the press secretary for Industry Minister Jim Prentice. The bill will not be introduced tomorrow, and as parliament is breaking for the Christmas holidays after Friday, the soonest the legislation can be reintroduced is late January.

ZVUE rolls out MP3 player preloaded with hit songs

12/13, 4:15pm

ZVUE ZP3 Player 2007

ZVUE today offered a new edition of its ZP3 flash player designed to get listeners started with a strong collection of music. The new edition comes preloaded with 30 well-known songs from the past year: nine of the tracks have made at least one of Billboard's top spots in their respective categories, the company boasts. The device itself is also designed to be easy to load up with a direct USB plug-in feature and sync using Windows Media Player instead of a proprietary jukebox.

Report: former Apple exec cleaning up Palm

12/13, 3:50pm

Rubenstein at Palm

A key former executive from Apple is already instituting major changes at Palm that may revitalize the Centro maker's fortunes in the long run, the Wall Street Journal. Executive chairman Jon Rubenstein, who was responsible for much early iPod design as well as the iBook, is said to have completely overhauled Palm's development groups to focus on individual devices and has reshuffled the talent pool at the company. Engineers he believes are important to the company have been promoted while executives have been forced out -- including at least one senior VP of engineering, according to the paper. Hirings are also believed to be faster, in part to increase the incentives for potential recruits.

Motorola MING 2 heading for February release

12/13, 3:50pm

Moto MING 2 in February

Motorola is reportedly preparing a sequel to the MING, a smartphone popular in China partly due to its handwriting recognition. The MING 2 -- also known as the A1600 -- is said to be a quad-band GSM phone with a faster CPU, running a Linux-based operating system. No cellular broadband is present, but the phone does have Wi-Fi, and it supports assistive GPS navigation. It is a slender 0.7 inches thick, and continues to depend on its touchscreen for all but the most basic functions.

Zune Social adds gadgets, favorites

12/13, 3:05pm

Zune Social Update

Microsoft today updated its Zune Social service to include new features and fixes for those using the company's new media players. A new feature, called Gadgets, lets users share the information from their Zune profiles on other websites such as forums; like the profile pages themselves, it includes a glance at recently played songs, including album art and a link to the Zune Marketplace. Songs tagged as favorites either on a Zune device or the software will also show up in a profile as well as a user's top-ranked artists across their whole play history.

Congressman pushes for harsher DMCA

12/13, 2:55pm

Pushing for a harder DMCA

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), the chair of the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, today argued that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) does not go far enough, despite common complaints about its severity. Berman is overseeing a hearing on the PRO-IP Act, a bill which could increase statutory damages for copyright violation, and even establish an intellectual property enforcement office in the Department of Justice. Before today's witness testimonies began, Berman admitted that there were things he would like to change in copyright law to make the DMCA more strict.

$85K bill reveals Canada cellular data woes

12/13, 2:25pm

85K Canada Cell Data Bill

Bell Canada has charged one of its subscribers with a near-unprecedented $85,000 phone bill that underscores the high price of data in the country, according to a new report. Oil field worker Piotr Staniaszek of Calgary received the bill after tethering his Motorola KRZR cellphone to his computer, allowing him to use it as a modem for Internet access while away at his remote workplace. Although he understood the phone to include a $10 monthly unlimited data plan and used the service to download large content, Staniaszek was informed after receiving the bill that the contract included a clause exempting the unlimited plan from applying to modem use, leading to the bandwidth charges.

Sony demos hand-cranked digital camera

12/13, 1:30pm

Sony Odo Digital Camera

Sony today took its time at the Eco Products expo in Japan to reveal a digital camera concept that it hopes will spur environmentally-friendly electronics in the near future. The Odo camera would switch from the batteries of most cameras to a unique design that relies solely on human power" spinning a wheel on top of the main body for about 15 seconds charges the device until it can take a photo. The device includes LED indicators to indicate when it can take its shot but has no display of its own to save power. Photos are instead seen by docking the Odo into a flowerpot-like USB cradle.

Samsung U940 confirmed by FCC

12/13, 1:00pm

Samsung U940 passes FCC

Through its approval, the FCC has confirmed the existence of the SCH-U940 by Samsung. The phone is expected to be an American version of the F700, converted for use on Verizon's CDMA and EVDO networks. The phone may also be downgraded to a two-megapixel camera instead of three, but this should not detract from its main features, which include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard combined with a 3.2-inch touchscreen.

Apple ready for new Cinema Displays?

12/13, 12:15pm

New Apple Cinema Displays?

Apple may be on the verge of updating its Cinema Displays, speculation suggests. The company pulled the stand-alone LCD monitors from prominent mention on its online store Wednesday night, relegating them to the Displays section under Mac Accessories. While Apple may be putting the monitors aside simply to market bigger products during the holidays, the company has also traditionally taken such steps before the release of a product update.

Sprint, MySpace team up for special access

12/13, 11:45am

Sprint and MySpace Deal

Sprint and MySpace today announced a partnership that will see Sprint's phones get quick access to MySpace Mobile, a streamlined version of the well-known social networking site. Instead of relying on a custom program or manually entering a web address, the main Sprint portal will have a direct shortcut: this will become even more important once a more visually rich and e-mail-capable version of the site is available in the near future, according to the two companies.

NVIDIA intros three-way SLI, starts with Alienware

12/13, 11:15am

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Graphics

Attempting to gain an edge over its close rival AMD, NVIDIA today introduced three-way SLI for particularly high-end gaming systems. Using the company's nForce 680i SLI mainboard for Intel systems as well as video cards using either a GeForce 8800 GTX or an 8800 Ultra chipset, the technology allows three video cards to team up for 3D acceleration on a single display where only two were possible in the past. The extra performance translates almost literally to a 2.8X jump in speed over a single card and means that even very demanding games such as Crysis can run both at full detail and at the highest resolutions without waiting for newer hardware, NVIDIA says.

Sources: MySpace prepping iPhone web client

12/13, 10:35am

MySpace iPhone Client Work

Social networking site MySpace is developing its own optimized web client for the iPhone and iPod touch, Electronista has confirmed through authoritative sources. The News Corp-owned company hopes to create a reworked version of the site tailored just to Apple's multi-touch devices. Like the Facebook mobile site already in service, the site will significantly re-optimize profile pages, notifications, and other information from the site in a format suitable both to the screen size and to the need for large, touch-friendly buttons and links. The company has taken steps in recent months to rework the traditional desktop page into a more conventional and also flexible layout.

Toshiba intros 120GB HDD for subnotebooks

12/13, 9:30am

Toshiba 120GB Subnote HDD

Toshiba this morning upped its ante for notebook storage with a slew of 1.8-inch hard drives. The MK1214GAH represents the largest storage ever available from the company designed specifically for very small PCs and measures just 8mm (0.3 inches) tall despite two platters, allowing it to fit within subnotebooks, ultra-mobile PCs, and other handhelds while holding more than previous models. A single-platter version, the 60GB MK6028GAL, is even thinner at 5mm (0.2 inches), Toshiba says. Both hold 2MB of cache and spin at 4,200RPM.

Opera files EU complant against Microsoft

12/13, 8:45am

Opera Complaint vs MS

Browser developer Opera today announced that it has filed a formal complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission. Along with unnamed industry supporters, Opera has alleged that the Windows developer continues to abuse its monopoly in operating systems by tying Internet Explorer to Windows as well as consciously ignoring calls for the browser to use certain widespread web standards. The complaint would have Microsoft unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows and force the Redmond, Washington-based firm to render sites according to common web practices, ensuring that pages have a consistent look regardless of the browser.

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