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Gefen launches HDTV line, HDMI switch box

01/25, 7:15pm

Gefen TV, Switcher

Gefen today announced a new line of electronics products geared towards home theatre enthusiasts, which it is dubbing Gefen TV, leading off the line with the Gefen TV Switcher. The Switcher is capable of sharing one HDMI v1.3 port to four separate devices. In addition to being able to manually switch between devices, the Gefen TV Switcher can automatically detect recently powered devices and switch the signal accordingly. Gefen is selling the switch through its website for $200.

LTE to eclipse WiMAX in 4G cellular wars?

01/25, 5:10pm

LTE vs WiMAX Report

The Intel-backed Xohm WiMAX service from Sprint is unlikely to survive as a fourth-generation (4G) cellular Internet standard in the face of its main challenger Long Term Evolution, according to a new analyst report from Maravedis. Although Intel has generally backed the service and expects to make WiMAX a staple of its Montevina notebook platform in mid-year, both troubles inside Sprint and opposition from other cell carriers backing LTE are believed in the report to be sinking Xohm's hopes for future success.

Sirius/XM merger done as of next week?

01/25, 4:20pm

XM Sirius Merger Done Soon

The highly-anticipated Sirius and XM merger may be approved as early as the end of the month, according to an analyst from research group Briefing. The professional quotes an unspecified source who expects government approval of a merger between the two satellite radio providers by the end of January, leaving just six days for the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to authorize the deal. While unverified, the claim echoes statements by FCC head Kevin Martin, who expects a decision before spring.

Leak reveals designer Moto, Nokia phones for Verizon

01/25, 3:45pm

Moto Nokia Verizon Leaks

Verizon plans to carry at least three new unannounced phones which both have designer looks but a budget focus, says a leak from an "agent" in contact with Phone Arena. A Motorola phone, the W755 (pictured) will aim to bring some of Motorola's higher-end music phone features to a budget device, with touch-sensitive external music controls like the KRZR; it will also have a chrome trim like that of the RAZR2 and a notebook-like hinge similar to the flip version of the LG Shine. It should also bring a 1.3-megapixel camera, 80MB of memory, Bluetooth, and EVDO Internet access.

Warner sues SeeqPod, tests digital copyright

01/25, 3:00pm

Warner Sues SeeqPod

Warner Music Group has revealed that it is suing search engine firm SeeqPod for copyright infringement. The music label accuses SeeqPod of illegally offering music from Warner through its unique search method, which looks for MP3s and other music files and placing them into a Flash interface that allows users to stream (but not download) the songs. By allowing users to access tracks without blocking copyrighted material, SeeqPod is guilty of both immediate infringement by playing the content and secondary infringement by guiding users to where they can obtain bootlegs, Warner claims. The lawsuit would collect as much as $150,000 in damages per song.

Mobile industry growth slowing to single digits?

01/25, 2:40pm

Mobile growth slowing

Growth in the mobile phone industry is expected to slow to the single digits going forward from this year, according to market research firm IDC. Last quarter saw a rise in unit sales of 11.6-percent, with the previous holiday quarter fluctuating between 18- and 30-percent. Despite the slowing growth, more than 300 million mobile units were sold during the quarter, which is a record for any quarter, historically. Overall, 1.14 billion phones were sold worldwide, which is 12.4-percent more than the year prior.

Blu-ray extending lead without promos?

01/25, 2:15pm

Blu-ray Extending Lead

The Blu-ray disc format is continuing to show clear gains over HD DVD in the second week after the potentially decisive Warner conversion to Blu-ray, according to the latest issue of Home Media Magazine. The industry publication notes that Blu-ray represented about 83 percent of movie sales were for Blu-ray versions of movies, leaving the remaining 17 percent to HD DVD. All of Nielsen VideoScan's top ten sellers for the week of the 13th were Blu-ray editions while all of the top all-time sellers are either exclusive to the format or available both in Blu-ray and HD DVD, the publication adds.

Motorola patenting rollable cellphone screen

01/25, 1:40pm

Motorola Rollable Phone

Motorola is developing a cellphone technology that could allow the display or even the entire control mechanism to fold or roll away, according to a recently published patent filing. The application for a User Interface System claims to have solved the problem of such ultra-thin interfaces usable by backing the surface with an electrorheological fluid; when the display or keypad needs to be used, sending electricity through the fluid immediately stiffens to generate a flat surface for viewing or typing. Removing the current would revert the display or controls to their original state to be tucked away.

Treo 800w specs for Sprint, Verizon leaked?

01/25, 12:45pm

Treo 800w CDMA Spec Leak

Specifications for a version of the Treo 800w running on CDMA phone networks have slipped out with new details about the device as a whole, according to a leak. While a version for GSM networks such as AT&T and Vodafone has already been spotted, the new device would support service for carriers such as Sprint and Verizon and would also bring faster EVDO Revision A mobile Internet access that provides as much as 1.4 megabits per second in real download speeds. Rather than true GPS, however, the tip hints at assisted GPS using either EVDO or the phone's 802.11g Wi-Fi connection to help fix a location.

Super Bowl XLII to inspire 2.4m HDTV sales

01/25, 12:00pm

HDTV sales for Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is expected to spur sales of approximately 2.4 million HDTVs, according to the third annual Sports and Technology survey performed by the Consumer Electronics Association and the Sports Video Group. The finale for seasonal NFL activity has so far been the cause of $2.2 billion in HDTV sales this year, making it the largest driving factor in the industry for three years running. The Super Bowl is followed by college bowl games, the World Series, NBA Finals, and NCAA March Madness, in terms of events that notably spike sales of HDTVs.

Verizon ships Samsung FlipShot to stores

01/25, 11:15am

Samsung FlipShot Ships

Verizon today began shipping its promised Samsung FlipShot cameraphone to stores. Originally introduced in November, the device focuses more on photography than most phones in the class with its namesake swiveling, 2.2-inch LCD that can twist into a comfortable position for photos or video capture from the onboard 3-megapixel camera. It can also print directly to printers that support either PictBridge or Bluetooth printing.

Toshiba, Matsushita develop long-running OLED TV

01/25, 10:40am

Toshiba Long-Life OLED TV

Technology partnership Toshiba Matsushita Display on Friday unveiled a new spin on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs that should ensure they last as least as long as LCD or plasma with the color accuracy and thinness of the newer technology. Using a new metal membrane, a 20.8-inch OLED set can output light more efficiently than earlier OLEDs. This allows the screen to run at half brightness without sacrificing the already bright picture of an OLED screen. Resulting screens can last twice as long as recent OLEDs, which themselves last for 10 years of constant use -- enough to more than match the typical lifetime of an LCD, the company says.

Best Buy dropping 80GB PlayStation 3?

01/25, 10:00am

Best Buy Dropping 80GB PS3

Best Buy may be scrapping the 80GB PlayStation 3 entirely from its lineup, according to a memo leaked online. The retailer describes the top-end PS3 as "going closeout," indicating that the system will be sold only until it runs out of stock; only the 40GB model will be sold at the moment, Best Buy says. The move would mark the last appearance of a PS3 with support for PS2 games at the store, as the 80GB model is the only system since the disappearance of the 60GB version to include backwards compatibility.

Sony preps small Blu-ray laser for notebooks

01/25, 9:25am

Sony 3mm Blu-ray Laser

Sony today revealed a new Blu-ray laser technology that it says should lead to thinner, smaller notebook drives. Through a new, extremely accurate and more reliable laser system, Sony and its development partner Nichia have produced a laser reader whose packaging is just 3mm (0.11in) thick without sacrificing features. A Blu-ray drive using the laser technology can both read and record as with earlier, thicker drives. It can also recognize discs printed using a newer organic dye that makes them cheaper to produce than most current discs, Sony notes.

Microsoft sees 'record' quarterly results

01/25, 8:40am

Microsoft Q407 Results

Microsoft enjoyed its best-ever holiday quarter last year, the company reports. The software developer says it earned $16.4 billion in revenue, or about $2 billion more than any other such quarter in the past; earnings of 50 cents per share also represented almost double what the company has achieved in the past, according to the results. The growth is credited primarily to Microsoft's core Client and Business divisions, which are responsible for Windows and Office respectively. Although sales of 100 million copies of Vista are considered disappointing in relation to XP, the new software helped the division grow by an average 20 percent. The company has 'hit its stride' with Windows customers in this period, says Microsoft Platforms and Services head Kevin Johnson.

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