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Review: Dell XPS M1530

02/08, 5:05pm

Dell XPS M1530 Review

With the exception of very expensive workstations, few of Dell's 15-inch notebooks have really been desirable. The XPS M1530 may change this with a genuinely attractive design and performance normally passed over by most Windows PC manufacturers. However, does the new design match up with the the performance of what lies inside? Click ahead for the full XPS M1530 review, which finds that Dell has come a long way since the days of its more generic notebooks -- albeit with a few clear flaws that some users may want to avoid.

EarthLink puts municipal Wi-Fi up for sale

02/08, 4:50pm

EarthLink sells muni Wi-Fi

Marking a low point for efforts at public Internet, EarthLink has announced the closure of all its operations related to municipal Wi-Fi access, which are now on sale. The Internet service provider's venture effectively stalled in the summer, and will cost its budget $20.7 million. CEO Rolla Huff blames the stoppage on expenses; analysts note that EarthLink asked cities such as San Francisco to help pay for some upfront costs, but they were unwilling, leaving the burden solely on the corporation.

DLO ships Portable Speakers for iPhone

02/08, 4:05pm

DLO Speakers for iPhone

DLO has begun shipping its latest audio system, the Portable Speakers for iPhone. Although they can be used with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, the system has a stand specially built for the iPhone, in part because listeners can tilt their iPhone vertically or horizontally to suit their tastes. The speakers are additionally powered by an amplifier that omits TDMA interference, a problem unique to cellphone audio.

Comcast changes terms to allow traffic throttling

02/08, 3:25pm

Comcast changes terms

Comcast has changed the wording of its terms of service to allow controversial behavior on its part, reports say. The company was accused late last year of sabotaging BitTorrent traffic, in some cases making it unusable regardless of the intended purpose. In keeping with some of the company's excuses for traffic shaping, Section III of Comcast's new terms of service now explains that it "uses reasonable network management practices that are consistent with industry standards."

Archos 405 updates to 30GB

02/08, 2:45pm

Archos 405 updates to 30GB

Archos has dramatically increased the capacity of its 405 media player, an announcement reveals. Although last year's model had just 2GB of hard drive space, the player now holds 15 times that capacity at 30GB. This should theoretically be enough to hold 40 movies, 300,000 photos, or 15,000 songs.

The player is equipped with a 3.5-inch screen, and is able not only to output to TV, but act as a miniature DVR unit through a DVR Station Gen 5. The new 405 should be on sale in the UK by the end of February, for 200 ($388); no North American plans have been mentioned, but the majority of Archos' products are sold on the continent. [via Pocket-lint]

AT&T, Verizon finally end analog cellular service

02/08, 2:40pm

Analog Cell Service Ending

After decades in service, analog cellular networks in the US will ramp down later this month but may cause problems in the process, says a new report. FCC officials have granted both AT&T and Verizon permission to shut down their last AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) networks on February 18th, leaving strictly digital calls through either CDMA or GSM networks. AT&T will also shut down its very early TDMA (Time Division Multiplex Access) digital network at the same time. For phone use, the impact is predicted to be minimal as less than one percent of either AT&T or Verizon's customers rely on the older standards.

NVIDIA slips GeForce 9300M, 9500M details

02/08, 1:55pm

GeForce 9300M 9500M Slip

NVIDIA today has prematurely posted details of two of its next-generation mobile graphics chipsets. The GeForce 9300M G and 9500M GS are expected to ramp up performance for both low- and mid-range notebooks without significantly adding to power use. As with the existing 8M series, the two chipsets will fit into notebooks by reducing the clock speed and number of shader (pixel and vertex) processors versus larger, hotter chips: the 9300M model offers 16 shaders at a 400MHz core speed, while the 9500M offers 32 shaders at 475MHz.

TRENDnet intros 802.11n upgrade router

02/08, 1:20pm

TRENDnet Easy-N Upgrader

TRENDnet on Friday took the unusual route to adding 802.11n wireless by shipping the Easy-N Upgrader to its device roster. The router plugs into one of the LAN Ethernet jacks on most wired or wireless routers and automatically configures itself to share access to its draft-spec 802.11n Wi-Fi, climbing up to 90Mbps in real-world conditions. With this in place, TRENDnet says, users can either supplement an 802.11a/g network with the added range and speed or else add wireless capabilities to a network, all without tossing aside any existing equipment.

Marantz Blu-Ray player by April?

02/08, 1:15pm

Marantz Blu-Ray by April?

An extremely high-end Blu-Ray player from Marantz may ship by April, a new announcement suggests. Marantz's parent company, D&M Holdings, has revealed that "additional [Blu-Ray] models" should ship in the fourth quarter of FY07, which for D&M ends on March 31st of this year. While this likely includes at least one Blu-Ray player from the Denon brand, Marantz is known to be working on the the BD8002, a machine originally announced for the second calendar quarter of this year at CES.

Analysts: Microsoft should keep XP until 2009

02/08, 12:25pm

Analysts: Keep XP 'til '09

Microsoft should keep Windows XP on the market until at least 2009, two major research firms are suggesting. Sales of the operating system, which was launched in 2001, are currently set to end on June 30th of this year, according to InfoWorld; this in turn is actually an extension, as Microsoft originally set a deadline for December 31st, 2007. Neither date would have been enough, says Richard Jones, a VP with the Burton Group. "A good rule of thumb in any OS transition is that you have to have the original and new products available for at least two years to handle customer needs," he comments.

Dell pulls, but commits to AMD systems

02/08, 11:35am

Dell AMD in Doubt

Dell has caused a stir in recent hours by pulling some of its AMD-based systems from its online store, creating a concern that the PC builder would switch to Intel-only systems. With the exception of three systems -- the Inspiron 531 desktop as well as the Vostro 1000 and Latitude D531 notebooks -- all non-business AMD systems have been removed from the company's store. The company has since been directing customers to offline stores to buy the systems.

RIM patents tech for touchscreen phone

02/08, 11:30am

BlackBerry touch patent

Although long rumored by analysts, a newly-published filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office confirms that Research in Motion is indeed working on touchscreen technology for its phones. The filing, entitled System and method of integrating a touchscreen within an LCD, depicts an array of parallel electrodes which register input as changes in voltage are detected, triggered by pressure from either fingers or a stylus.

MS/Yahoo deal to be settled today?

02/08, 11:00am

MS Yahoo May Settle Today

Yahoo will make its ultimate decision as to whether or not it will accept a takeover by Microsoft today, sources have reportedly told TechCrunch. With potential suitors including Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank having so far declined to offer a deal of their own, Yahoo is now believed to be on the verge of a board meeting which will either accept the Microsoft deal with little negotiating room or else turn to Google for a deal that might bring the latter's advertising and even search functions to Yahoo's pages.

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 preorders surface, show details

02/08, 10:15am

ThinkPad X300 Preorders

Lenovo's heavily rumored ThinkPad X300 is now both confirmed and tentatively available for order, a number of sites have revealed. Though not yet acknowledged by Lenovo itself, pre-order pages from Best Buy and other retailers largely validate leaks. The 13.3-inch system will be one of Lenovo's thinnest and lightest complete units with an LED-backlit display and a 64GB solid-state drive; initial hints pointed to a system weighing just 2.5 pounds. The postings contradict some rumors, however, and suggest Lenovo won't use the MacBook Air CPU, instead opting for a similar but slower 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo using the new small chip package.

Yahoo offers Y! Live video streaming site

02/08, 9:35am

Yahoo Y Live

Yahoo this morning took steps to up-end Google with Y! Live. The first service of its kind from a major web company, the feature aims to bring the same live recording seen from more focused sites such as Justin.tv or Ustream. Users can link a webcam or any other connected camera to the site and host live performances viewable from any Mac or PC with Adobe's Flash installed; show hosts can also interact with as many as four other primary guests as well as a much larger number of live chatters.

Samsung unveils Soul dynamic-touch phone

02/08, 8:55am

Samsung Soul

Preempting the Mobile World Congress show, Samsung on Friday revealed the Soul, its new flagship slider phone. Serving as the final bow for the Ultra Edition, it blends in a split-screen, context-sensitive touch control system similar to that of the LG Venus: rather than rely on fixed buttons or an entire front touch surface, the Soul includes a small touchscreen area whose buttons change depending on the immediate context for the screen above. When playing music, track controls replace normal commands, Samsung says in an example. The Soul is also the first Samsung handset to sport a themed UI where the entire look and sound can be replaced at once.

Nokia N96 slip points to 16GB iPhone rival

02/08, 8:15am

Nokia N96 Slip

Nokia's upcoming N96 has been confirmed and promises a dramatic improvement over the N95 that may pressure the recently launched 16GB iPhone, thanks to a slip from the Nokia Germany website [now pulled]. The slider, which resembles a cross between the N95 and the N81 gaming phone, should pack not just 16GB of internal memory but also a microSDHC slot that allows 8GB or more of extra storage. It should also support dual-band 3G Internet access over HSDPA, including US data frequencies with the initial device rather than requiring a separate North American Model as with the N95. In Europe, the N96 will have DVB-H support for over-the-air digital TV.

US Dept. of Justice seeks inquiry into Total Music

02/08, 1:10am

US DoJ inquiry, Universal

Universal's Total Music service is the subject of Federal inquiry after the US Justice Department sent a letter to the Universal Music Group requesting information about the planned service. Yahoo News reports that this follows a similar letter obtained by Sony BMG - neither label would comment, and letters sent to the Justice Department went unanswered.

Mustek unveils PF-E700, dual LCD picture frame

02/08, 12:15am

Mustek PF-E700

Mustek today unveiled the PF-E700 digital photo frame, a seven-inch TFT LCD that features a built-in alarm clock, indoor temperature gauge, and snooze functions. The display is measured at 480 by 234 pixels, and accepts a wide range of multimedia cards, such as SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, and Compact Flash. In addition to photos, the PF-E700 can also play MP3 files, and movies that are saved in AVI and MPEG formats. Mustek will ship the frame in April at a price of $150.

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