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Fujitsu lays claim to 'slimmest' waterproof phone

01/22, 4:30pm

Fujitsu F705i phone

Fujitsu has announced a new phone for the Japanese market, the F705i. The device's primary claim to fame is its waterproofing, which protects it from events such as rain or falling into a bathtub; it is safe at depths of up to 3.3 feet, where it can last as long as 30 minutes. The phone is also said to be the thinnest such phone in the world, measuring only half an inch thick when closed.

It does have other features however, such as a 2.7-inch QVGA LCD, a microSD slot, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. It runs on NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA network, and the back of the phone has a sub-surface LED display, able to display various words and characters. It should be carried by NTT starting today. [via Impress Watch]

Canon prepping 15-megapixel EOS-3D?

01/22, 4:30pm

Canon EOS-3D Leak

Canon is gearing up for a digital SLR camera that will slot in between the entry-level professional 5D and the top-tier 1D Mark III, according to a detailed new rumor. The reported tip supplied to CG would have the camera, possibly called the EOS-3D, just enter into full-frame category with a 15.1-megapixel sensor, lower than the 21 megapixels of the 1D; it would also be smaller than the pro camera and shoot bursts at a slower frame rate. However, the DSLR would also match most of the image quality features, including 14-bit color processing, a 3-inch screen, and a similarly complex autofocus system.

Comcast makes TiVo-driven DVRs official

01/22, 3:50pm

Comcast TiVo DVR Official

Comcast today took the wraps off of its long-anticipated DVR with TiVo service, giving users the custom interface normally reserved for TiVo boxes to digital video recorders provided for Comcast's cable TV network. The extension allows users to not only search for, record, and play shows with the TiVo front end (including HD shows) but also to use it for Comcast-specific functions. Through a technology dubbed tru2way, subscribers can search for movies on demand through the same interface as for regular programming. TV shows will also play uninterrupted while users check the schedule.

BlackBerry update to bring HTML mail, on-phone edits

01/22, 3:10pm

BlackBerry v4.5 Coming

An upcoming update to the BlackBerry line's OS will bring changes that put on a par or potentially exceed other smartphones, Research in Motion has announced today. Through a combination of BlackBerry version 4.5 for the phones and updates to BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the update will give options previously reserved to devices such as the iPhone or to devices running Microsoft's Windows Mobile. E-mail on the phone will now support full HTML web code as well as rich text, similar to the Apple device. Any supporting devices will also be able to edit Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents on the phone itself without having to resort to a third-party tool, RIM adds.

3G group finalizes 326-megabit 4G spec

01/22, 2:35pm

3GPP Finalizes LTE Spec

The specifications for the upcoming fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) have been finalized, the wireless standards group 3GPP says. In its final form, the 4G cellular technology will use the same basic multiple-in, multiple-out antenna concept as 802.11n Wi-Fi to greatly improve the bandwidth over today's 3G technology. By piecing together multiple signals the technology can achieve as much as 326 megabits per second in downloads on a 20MHz slice of the wireless spectrum; uploads peak at 86MHz, says the standards body. The finished version of LTE also cuts latency down to 10 milliseconds between the tower and the user, allowing relatively time-sensitive activities such as video calls or games.

Blu-ray hardware sales dominating HD DVD?

01/22, 1:55pm

Blu-ray HW Dominates HDDVD

Sales of Blu-ray devices soared in the immediate wake of Warner Bros' Blu-ray decision, say new findings published by the research group NPD. Although sales of devices that can play the two formats were virtually even in the first week of January, with Blu-ray only just holding the lead over HD DVD at 51.1 percent, the results are said to have tilted dramatically in Blu-ray's favor in the week afterwards. Just over 92.5 percent of buyers chose a device with the format while less than 7.5 continued to buy HD DVD equipment, the study notes.

AMD delays launch of Radeon HD 3870 X2

01/22, 1:20pm

Radeon HD 3870 X2 delayed

AMD has delayed the official launch of the Radeon HD 3870 X2, reports indicate. The card was to have had its non-disclosure agreement lifted today, but AMD has decided to postpone the launch, on the basis that new drivers are in development. Anonymous sources suggest that this will also allow AMD to debut the card alongside the 3450 and 3650, making for greater publicity as all of the devices' benchmarks are exposed at the same time.

Zumobi UI to come with Win Mobile phones

01/22, 1:10pm

Zumobi on Win Mobile

The Zumobi team announced on Tuesday that its interface would come preloaded with Windows Mobile, making it the primary means of accessing widgets for the cellphone OS. The software will continue to center on a "tile" interface that lets users check out news feeds, media clips, and other short-form content simply by selecting visual icons; the software is meant as an alternative to web browsers and other sometimes cumbersome means of getting the same information, Zumobi says. The code should also take advantage of many smartphones' use of 3G to continually update tiles in the background and eliminate the wait times associated with visiting a website.

White PS3 passes through FCC

01/22, 12:40pm

White PS3 at FCC

A white PlayStation 3 has passed through testing at the Federal Communications Commission, filings show. The special version of Sony's game console does not have a release date, but devices approved by the FCC typically ship to the United States -- if they ship -- within a few months, as they already have a completed design. Specifically, the model from the FCC is a variant of the current $400, 40GB PS3, though Sony could easily decide to apply the color to the $500 80GB console, since the FCC's stamp is only needed for changes in wireless technology.

HTC Touch sells 2m, under half iPhone's rate

01/22, 11:40am

HTC Touch Sells 2m

About 2 million of HTC's Touch smartphone sold during its time on the market in 2007, the company announced today. The touchscreen device achieved the figure after beginning sales first in Europe and expanding later to North America during the fall. These sales were some of the strongest yet for any individual phone from the line and pushed sales up to 11.8 million total, according to HTC. The year's past results represent a 12 percent increase over the year before.

Yahoo to slash hundreds of jobs?

01/22, 10:40am

Yahoo Job Cut Claims

Early search engine pioneer Yahoo could cut "hundreds" of jobs within the next two weeks, says a claimed insider to the plans. Though hoping to dampen outside rumors that Yahoo could cut as many as 2,000 jobs, the alleged source notes that a significant amount of cuts are still expected in an attempt to refocus the company, which has steadily lost ground to Google. Most of these will be in fringe areas outside of Yahoo's new focus on its main website, ads. and opening its pages to development, according to the tip.

Hitachi updates Blu-ray, HDD, DVD camcorders

01/22, 10:25am

Hitachi BD Vidcam Update

Just months after the fall release of the first-ever Blu-ray camcorder, Hitachi on Tuesday is updating the camera as well as a slew of more conventional models, beginning with versions for its home country of Japan. The DZ-BD9H doubles the storage of the earlier BD7H by offering a 60GB hard drive along with the Blu-ray recorder. This allows up to nine hours of AVCHD footage at a full 1080 resolution, the company says. As before, owners can record directly to either drive and transfer video stored on the hard disk to a mini BD-R disc for a permanent copy. The new model also has a 10 percent sharper image and a 2.7-inch preview LCD which is 40 percent brighter than for the outgoing model.

Olympus SP-570 UZ adds 20X, wide-angle zoom

01/22, 9:25am

Olympus SP-570 UZ

In a lone addition to its ultra-zoom cameras, Olympus this morning revealed the SP-570 UZ. Oriented as a 'prosumer' camera, the body sits between compact cameras and entry digital SLRs but revolves around a built-in lens stronger than many of those from either class. At 20X zoom, the lens can capture very long-range telephoto shots courtesy of a 520mm-equivalent focal length; but with a wide angle, it can also shoot with a 26mm length that allows the camera to shoot macro images of subjects as close as 0.39 inches away. With newer image processing, it also shoots as quickly as 13.5 frames per second by dropping from its native 10.1 megapixels to 3.

Olympus updates FE, Stylus cams for PMA expo

01/22, 9:00am

Olympus FE and Stylus 2008

Olympus today began the run-up to next week's PMA photography expo with several updates to its Stylus and FE point-and-shoot cameras. Headlining the charge, the Stylus 1030 SW (shown) is billed as the toughest compact camera in the world: a new design can take a drop from as high as 6.6 feet while also proofing the camera against dust, temperatures as low as 14F, and water up to depths of 33 feet. The camera can also shoot 10.1 megapixel images with a 3.6X wide-angle zoom and with face detection and ISO-based blur compensation. It accepts either xD or microSD cards and begins shipping in March for $400.

Nokia 2600 classic, 1209 target emerging world

01/22, 8:05am

Nokia 2600c and 1209

Nokia this morning brought out two phones tailored to Africa, India, and other regions that are still relatively new to cellphones but still want the same level of design as anywhere else. The 2600 classic (pictured at top) offers swappable covers and also a few features that are rarely available in the class, including MP3 ringtone support, a VGA camera, and bundled earbuds for listening to the phone's FM radio. It comes with a black or silver main body and should be available before the end of March in the developing world for about $94 before including taxes or carrier discounts.

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