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T-Mobile to enter Canadian 700MHz auction?

02/27, 10:55pm

T-Mobile to enter Canada

The ongoing auction for the Canadian 700MHz spectrum may have T-Mobile as a new bidder, representing the German company's first potential interest in a market outside of Europe and the United States. According to MobileInCanada.com, an internal note went around CIBC indicating that it would be a good maneuver for the telecom company, since T-Mobile is reluctant to acquire third-party companies to commence its service.

Razer offers vague teaser for new mouse

02/27, 10:15pm

Razer offers mouse teaser

Premium mouse manufacturer Razer will unveil a new mouse in almost six days time, according to a vague teaser located at Speedofthelight.com. A brief flash of a curvaceous mouse glides across a black background as lights whizz by, briefly illuminating the pointing device. A message that reads "Speed of the Light" - with "the" wedged between the words "of" and "Light" - appears for a moment before fading to "4 March 2008, stay tuned for details", and a small counter, counting down to the aforementioned time.

Nuvio sues Garmin over Nuvifone trademark

02/27, 5:35pm

Nuvio sues Garmin GPS

Garmin's Nuvifone is emulating the iPhone in more than just functionality, as business phone service provider Nuvio confronts the GPS Company with a lawsuit over trademark infringement. In a move that resembles the earlier Cisco-Apple iPhone dispute, Nuvio claims that the Nuvifone is a registered trademark, one that Garmin is knowingly and willfully appropriating. Nuvio says that it attempted to reach a mutual arrangement with Garmin before filing, but the efforts failed.

Overlay.TV wants to be video ad platform for all web

02/27, 5:00pm

Overlay TV Interview News

As of today, earning ad revenue from web videos is difficult without a large, direct deal. One company, however, is looking to make it possible for anyone to make money -- maybe even turn a profit -- from videos they post on sites like MySpace and YouTube. Electronista recently conducted an interview with Overlay.TV at its offices that reveals a solution which makes it possible to earn money from ads not just from a video blog but potentially your cellphone and your network media hub as well.

Nuvio sues Garmin over 'Nuvifone'

02/27, 4:40pm

Nuvio sues Garmin

Nuvio today announced that is has filed a trademark infringement suit against Garmin International in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. Nuvio claims that Garmin's recently announced Nuvifone infringes upon a prior Nuvio tradmark that the company uses on phones as well as its own telephony services. Nuvio attempted to reach a "mutually satisfactory resolution" with Garmin, but no resolution was reached. That led to Nuvio filing a legal complaint against Garmin to protect its rights.

Yamaha unveils five AV receivers

02/27, 4:15pm

New Yamaha AV receivers

Taking its own turn after Sony, Yamaha has announced five new AV receivers for 2008. The base model is the RX-V363, which supports 5.1 channels with 100W of audio each. It is 1080p-capable, but has only two HDMI inputs (plus three component ports), and is only compatible with iPods and Bluetooth devices through optional accessories. Pricing is set at $230.

Shuttle offers barebones gaming PC with Core 2 Quad

02/27, 4:15pm

Shuttle barebones gamer PC

Shuttle today unveiled the XPC P2 3500G, a small form-factor barebones gaming system, powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor. According to I4U News, the 3500G features 4GB of DDR2-800 memory, and a 750GB Samsung Serial ATA drive, which comes with 32MB of cache. Shuttle compliments the powerful internal components with an ATI HD 3870 graphics card. The XPC P2 3500G is currently shipping, and is available for 1450 (~$2200 USD)

Dell joins multinational green coalition

02/27, 3:30pm

Dell joins Climate Group

Dell is advertising newfound membership in The Climate Group, a non-profit organization nevertheless composed of major corporations such as Google, BP and Virgin, as well as governments such as those for California, New York City, Ontario and South Australia. The Group is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, while simultaneously minimizing the harm to corporate profits.

LG develops ultra-high contrast LCD monitor

02/27, 2:40pm

LG deep contrast monitor

Korean giant LG has developed a new LCD monitor, said to have an abnormally high contrast ratio. Many typical monitors have ratios in the hundreds, or in the thousands in the case of high-end displays like Dell's 3008WFP. LG's unnamed, forthcoming model has a ratio of 10,000:1 however, surpassing in some circumstances the performance of dedicated HDTV sets. The monitor is in fact partly intended for watching movies, though its size is unclear from provided photos.

Creative fights iPod with $150 ZEN

02/27, 2:10pm

Creative ZEN at 150

Creative has begun aggressive steps to fight against the iPod nano and other low-cost flash players by offering major discounts for all low-end versions of its ZEN media player. The company has dropped the price of its more popular 8GB ZEN to $150, bringing it to the same price as the 4GB Apple player despite the added storage, a larger 2.5-inch screen, and potential expansion through an SD card slot. Other, smaller players have dropped to prices of $80 for a 2GB model and $100 for a 4GB version, which differ only in storage.

O2 may see $79.6m fine for slow 3G growth

02/27, 1:35pm

O2 Faces 3G Fine

British phone carrier O2 could pay as much as 40 million ($79.6 million US) for failing to build out its 3G cellular data network on time, the country's Office of Communications (Ofcom) noted on Wednesday. Despite its role as the single largest provider in the region, O2 is the only one out of five firms granted licenses for 3G access that did not supply at least 80 percent of the UK population with the faster network by the end of 2007.

Dell updates Precision M6300 notebook

02/27, 1:05pm

Dell Precision update

Dell is continuing its Penryn updates with the Precision M6300, its workstation notebook. Buyers now have two extra processor options: a 2.6GHz (T9500) Core 2 Duo, or a 2.8GHz (X9000) Core 2 Extreme. Performance can be boosted in other aspects as well, namely through the option of NVIDIA's new Quadro FX 3600M videocard, which also has twice as much memory as its predecessor.

Softbank prepares for 815T PB 'robot' phone

02/27, 12:30pm

Softbank 'robot' phone

Japanese carrier Softbank is preparing an unusual addition to its lineup. Toshiba is developing an exclusive phone for the carrier called the 815T PB, meant to help promote a TV drama called Ketai Sousakan 7, directed by Takashi Miike. Owners can attach a set of flexible robot limbs to the phone, enabling various poses; for full effect, the phone also comes installed with an AI personality called "Buddy Talk," which makes various expressions and responds to voice conversation, gradually improving its answers.

Intel to double video speed with Centrino 2?

02/27, 11:50am

Intel GMA X4500 Tests

The integrated graphics that form one of the key improvements to Intel's upcoming Centrino 2 notebook platform may perform twice as well as that in current systems, say new leaked benchmarks as well as specifications. While the chipmaker is already known to be upgrading the built-in graphics option with the GMA X4500 when Centrino 2 (nicknamed Montevina) appears in the spring, new tests point to twice the performance in synthetic 3D tests such as 3DMark06. The increase stems both from a redesign as well as sheer clock speed. On the top-end GM47 Express mainboard, the X4500 will be clocked at 640MHz versus just 500MHz for the X3100 used today.

DreamWorks still trapped in HD DVD contract?

02/27, 11:05am

DreamWorks Stuck in HD DVD

Despite Toshiba's discontinuation of HD DVD, movie studio DreamWorks is still locked into a contract to ship HD movies in the format, company chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said late yesterday. The Hollywood executive noted his company had an "obligation" to fulfill and that the largely necessary switch to Blu-ray was Toshiba's responsbility: the electronics maker will have to give permission to DreamWorks to publish movies in the surviving format until the contract expires or Toshiba releases the studio from terms.

Alltel to hop touchscreen bandwagon with LG

02/27, 10:20am

LG Glimmer for Alltel Soon

Alltel will be the next US carrier to pick up a media-focused touchscreen phone, according to a post by a source with access to official press materials. Called the Glimmer, the LG-made phone resembles a cross between the phone maker's Shine slider and its Voyager for Verizon: although its front face is dominated exclusively by a 2.8-inch touchscreen that serves as the main control for most of the interface, as with the Voyager, a slider reveals a traditional number pad for making calls. The Glimmer would improve on past LG designs with haptic (vibration) feedback to pressing onscreen buttons and a relatively thin 0.59-inch profile.

NPD: iTunes will overtake Wal-Mart in 2008

02/27, 10:10am

iTunes to beat Wal-Mart?

Music sales from the iTunes Store will likely surpass those of budget retailer Wal-Mart by the end of 2008, says the president of NPD Group's Music division. The research firm yesterday released a report indicating that iTunes has already achieved the number-two position in the United States, surpassing even Best Buy and Target. NPD's Russ Crupnick now says, though, Wal-Mart does not pose any serious obstacle in an increasingly digital music market. "Digital sales were up close to 50 percent and CD sales were down 20 percent last year," says Crupnick. "Even at half that growth rate in digital sales, Apple will in all likelihood catch Wal-Mart this year."

Samsung, Sony to build joint LCD factory?

02/27, 9:40am

Samsung Sony Joint Factory

Samsung is close to negotiating a deal with Sony that would see the two companies establish a joint LCD assembly line, says a source from Samsung. The claim would have an eighth-generation LCD plant built at one of Samsung's main plants just south of Seoul, South Korea and would help both companies produce the larger panels needed for modern HDTVs. The move is likely to help Sony soften the costs of making its own sets, which are often priced higher than some competing models. Sony has not commented on the claim but just yesterday said it would invest in a Sharp plant which is now known to be meant for future 10th-generation LCDs that will be larger and more advanced than current LCDs.

EC hits Microsoft with major $1.4b fine

02/27, 8:50am

EC Fines MS 1.4B

Microsoft will have to pay a fine equal to $1.35 billion for allegedly violating already existing antitrust sanctions, the European Commission said today. The demand comes after a follow-up investigation by the regulatory body which reported that Microsoft had held back on code necessary to let rival firms develop more explicitly compatible software, particularly for workgroup server programs. The amount far exceeds the original $330 million fine imposed in 2004 for the original violation and is characterized as punishment for Microsoft's reluctance to obey the ruling -- a resistance which is unprecedented for the EC, according to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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