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Two Detroit-based pension funds sued Yahoo and its board today, the latest event in the escalating Microsoft-Yahoo buyout drama. Yahoo - who shocked investors by rejecting a $44.6 billion bid from Microsoft - frustrated the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System, and General Retirement System organizations to the point where they are threatening litigation, because it is holding out on Microsoft's astounding offer, according to Reuters.
Hewlett-Packard introduced the tx2000 in January as a second attempt at the concept of a Tablet PC for the home, where cost often prevents many notebook manufacturers from offering touchscreens. In its first try, HP was criticized for offering a system slower than most of its more conventional notebooks as well as for using a relatively limited, passive touchscreen that required deliberate input from a stylus. With an active screen and a speed boost in the new model, HP hopes to solve two problems at once. Electronista finds out how well this has been accomplished with its HP tx2000 full review.
Famous camera and lens maker Leica has officially jettisoned its CEO, according to company officials. The removal of Steven K. Lee is described as a sudden move, authorized by the company's supervisory board. He will be temporarily succeeded by owner and chairman Andreas Kaufman, who will work in tandem with the board's treasurer and financial controller until February 28th. Lee's tenure only began in November of 2006.
Not willing to wait until the official shutdown of production in March, Japanese retail shops are already pulling all their HD DVD drives and movies off of shelves, according to reports. Although less than a week after Toshiba's withdrawal of the HD DVD standard, several high-profile shops such as Edion and Yodobashi Camera have already halted selling either the players or the movies. Most are reportedly in discussions with Toshiba to send back unsold players and, in the case of Edion, are planning exchange programs where customers can potentially receive a Blu-ray player as a free or low-cost exchange for a now-obsolete HD DVD player.
A new batch of routers is enroute for Sprint's WiMAX network, reports say. The routers were designed exclusively for Sprint's Xohm service by ZyXEL, and are now said to be shipping out of the latter's home country of Taiwan. The initial number of routers will be limited, say sources for DigiTimes, as Xohm is still very much in a trial period. It is currently available in Baltimore, Chicago and Washington, with broader release only being scheduled for April.
Samsung may double the capacity of its Flash SSD solid-state drives twice by the end of 2008, flash memory marketing chief Michael Yang says. The Korean company has already announced a 128GB version that it now expects to ship in the third quarter (a slight delay from its earlier first-half prediction) but now says it may roll out a drive that would top 250GB, roughly quadrupling the 64GB of storage found in SSDs for computers such as the MacBook Air or the imminent Lenovo ThinkPad X300.
Internet service providers in the UK may have no choice but to impose anti-piracy scans on their networks if they cannot agree to a solution voluntarily, the country's government said today. A strategy document released by British officials warns that the companies must agree with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as well as other music and movie producer associations to develop an anti-piracy agreement that will curb illegal sharing at the carrier level rather than targeting individual users. Without a private agreement, the government may have to impose its own rules mandating such a change in April 2009 to protect the UK's creative industry, the government claims.
Having recently created its first unlimited data plan, Rogers Wireless may soon be revising its standard data plans as well, a leak indicates. Of particular note is the rumored set of BlackBerry plans; in these the combined Voice & E-mail packages are gone, replaced with data-specific plans that add BlackBerry BIS/BES e-mail to a regular voice option. Costs range between $15 a month for 10MB of transfers, to $65 a month for 200 to 500MB. Any overage is said to be $0.05 per megabyte; each plan requires a three-year contract.
Fruux, a cross between social networking and .Mac's sync service, is currently in beta testing and looking for people to help test the service. Fruux synchronizes address book, bookmark, and calendar files with each computer someone owns, and also gives the user the ability to synchronize contact information with others. This allows users to stay in contact with friends, business partners, and family, even if the contact information changes.
High-end electronics maker Onkyo is the latest party to end support for HD DVD, a new announcement reveals. Although some limited production for the format is expected by other companies, in the wake of Toshiba's abandonment Onkyo says it has reconsidered, and will thus end all production for HD DVD in a short space of time. "As Onkyo manufactures HD DVD players with core parts supplied by Toshiba," the announcement states, "it will be difficult for Onkyo to continue its further development and production of HD DVD players."
Electronics giant Samsung has filed a patent application for an unusual new cellphone display, records show. Instead of relying on a conventional LCD or even OLED panel, the Samsung display actually relies on projection, something that has fallen out of favor in other realms. The key however is that optical projectors have become small enough to fit in cellphones, and Samsung has developed a new refractive plate which scatters light evenly across the display surface.
A new wireless technology has been developed that should serve as an extremely fast replacement for technologies such as Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB), says Australian research group NICTA. Nicknamed GiFi, the process would use a chip (not pictured) that transmits at an extremely high 60GHz frequency versus the 5GHz used for the fastest forms of Wi-Fi. The sheer density of the signal would allow a chip to send as much as five gigabits per second. While the spectrum would limit the device to the same 33-foot range as Bluetooth or UWB, it could theoretically transfer an HD movie to a cellphone in seconds, the researchers claim.
LG has quietly rolled out a new upgrade to its R-series notebook line through the R300. Effectively a replacement for the E300, the 13.3-inch system is said to strike a balance between performance and relative portability. The notebook is one of LG's first to be based around Intel's 45 nanometer Penryn technology and packs a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo that runs cooler than previous models. The system is also unusually quick for its class with 3GB of memory as standard and an unnamed, dedicated NVIDIA GeForce mobile video chipset providing faster 3D graphics.
iPodHackers.net today announced the completion of a Bluetooth-enabled fifth generation iPod with video, allowing it to function with streaming Bluetooth audio devices. The hack requires the use of soldering, so enthusiast Fstedie recommends that users be comfortable taking such an action. He also recommends performing a Compact Flash modification or using a thicker backing, giving the user extra space inside the slender unit to pull off the hack.
LG has voluntarily stopped selling one of its unnamed laptop models after reports of a battery meltdown in one example. The malfunction occurred in the companyís own South Korea on Thursday while the laptop was being used by a graduate student, according to LG spokesperson Jik Soo Kim. The manufacturer of the battery, LG Chem, is investigating the causes but has not yet returned a verdict.
Apple's FileVault is among the encryption technologies that may expose its secrets in RAM, suggests a paper produced at Princeton University. Through several experiments, computer scientists with Princeton discovered that many computers leave encryption data in RAM during two vulnerable states: powering down, and rebooting. While accessing data after power-down requires super-cooling the RAM and transferring it to another machine for examination, the reboot phase may be more easily exploitable.
Intel recently announced that it has acquired Offset Studios, the game development company behind the rather impressive Project Offset, a fantasy first person shooter created by a team of three. Announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Project Offset features graphics and gameplay akin to games that a major studio would produce. Announced a little over two years ago, it has been said by the studio that they would be looking into a Mac client.
Details have surfaced about the final specs and pricing of Intel's first small form factor Montevina platform processors for notebooks that point to the first likely upgrade for the MacBook Air as well as for future ultraportables, say notebook builders. The slip confirms earlier claims and points to two low voltage processors that are now known to be the most likely candidates for the upgrade. The 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo SL9300 and the 1.86GHz SL9400 will be close in clock speed to the existing 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz processors but should still boost performance while reducing the power draw.
Although NVIDIA has only introduced one of its next-generation video cards this month in the form of the GeForce 9600 GT, virtually the entire lineup is likely to be replaced by the start of the summer, says a reported roadmap leak. Video card manufacturers claim to corroborate rumors that NVIDIA's top-end card, the dual-chip GeForce 9800 GX2, will ship on March 11th; by the end of that same month or in early April, however, the company should also release the GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GT, which will come with single chips but are expected to run at higher individual clock speeds.
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