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Palm hits sales record with Centro, posts loss

03/20, 5:15pm

Intel Celeron M Spring

Palm had the single strongest quarter ever of phone sales in its company history, the company said on Thursday afternoon. Over 833,000 phones were sold by the California designer in its February quarter, which represented a full 13 percent boost over the same period a year before. The company attributed this primarily to the success of the Centro, which launched with Sprint late last year as well as AT&T in February and is widely believed to have brought in more users with a lower $99 price and a more home-oriented focus than the more professional but struggling Treo line.

ASUS reveals Nova Lite Mini 2L

03/20, 4:30pm

ASUS Nova Lite Mini 2L

Having recently released the similar Nova P22, ASUS has announced the Nova Lite Mini 2L, an even more compact all-in-one desktop series. The systems shrink in size partly by switching to mobile Intel processors, instead of using desktop-level CPUs, like the P22. The PX22 and 24 variants of the 2L use 802.11b/g Wi-Fi as opposed to n, and the PX20 goes farther, omitting Wi-Fi entirely. The systems do however all have DVD Super Multi drives, and are equipped with a minimum 80GB hard disk. The PX24 doubles capacity to 160GB.

Analyst: FCC approving Sirius/XM merger

03/20, 4:15pm

Analyst on Sirius XM

The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of producing the approval for the long-delayed merger between Sirius and XM, says analyst Blair Levin of the financial group Stifel Nicolaus. Levin cites "rumblings" within the FCC which point to the US government body already in the midst of writing an approval for the union of the two satellite radio providers. No clues are given as to the proximity of a deal or whether there will be conditions attached, though Levin warns that a combined company may be required to lease access to other companies to avoid monopoly concerns.

Report: Mystery Motorola phones identified

03/20, 4:05pm

Motorola phones identified

The existence of some previously-rumored Motorola phones has been verified, sources out of Taiwan say. A video released to YouTube recently depicted several phones not already out at the time, leading to widespread speculation; among these was a phone with some form of Kodak technology, likely its anticipated five-megapixel camera. That camera is now said to be a part of a phone called the ZN5, due out in Taiwan during the second half of 2008, and likely earlier in the West due to Motorola's US base.

Verizon wins 700MHz national license, more

03/20, 3:20pm

Verizon 700MHz Wins

Verizon was the winner of the nationwide license for the crucial 700MHz wireless auction as well as most regional licenses, the FCC has revealed. An initial list of winners shows the telecoms giant to have successfully won both the national license as well as 11 out of 12 of the local licenses available for the "C" block that is likely to be used for wireless data. The licenses supply the company with coverage across all of the US and would allow it to launch any future service with few gaps in its network. Only AT&T Mobility has managed to win a major regional "C" block bid for coverage in the Mississippi Valley, according to government documents.

HP dv3000 notebook brings smaller size, eSATA

03/20, 2:20pm

HP Pavilion dv3000

Hewlett-Packard has broken from its usual emphasis on the US by introducing a new Pavilion notebook model first in Asia. The dv3000 series is the first modern home portable from HP to ship with a 13.3-inch screen and takes up a smaller footprint than the dv2000 as a result. The change also brings a new external SATA and USB hybrid port that offers expansion for fast external hard drives without compromising on size.

Latest Blu-ray copy protection cracked

03/20, 2:00pm

BD+ protection cracked

The latest effort at blocking unofficial copying of Blu-ray movies has been undone, the developers of a cracking utility claim. AnyDVD 6.4.0.0 adds the ability to bypass BD+ encoding, used on a number of discs to prevent either direct copying, or ripping to a hard drive. This change is said to particularly affect releases from 20th Century Fox, who have led the adoption of BD+, while other companies continue with variants of AACS. AnyDVD is now also better compatible with regular DVDs using Arccos protection.

AMD readying another Radeon HD 3800 series?

03/20, 1:05pm

AMD Radeon HD 3830

AMD is developing a third group of video cards based on its Radeon HD 3800 series, claim sources for the Chinese site HKEPC. The debut card will be the 3830, based on the company's RV670 architecture, and modeled after the company's existing 3850 and 3870 cards. Like the 3850, the 3830 is said to have 320 unified shader processors, and 256MB of onboard RAM; it uses a 128-bit bus instead of the standard 256-bit one however, significantly impacting performance and placing the card on the lowest rung of AMD's high-end offerings.

Amazon still flooded with Kindle orders

03/20, 12:45pm

Amazon Kindle Shortage

Amazon today took the unusual step of posting an open letter apologizing for the extended shortages of its Kindle e-book reader, also explaining the reasons behind the shortfall. Company chief Jeff Bezos notes that the e-paper device has essentially been sold out since just hours after its November launch due demand constantly outpacing production. The company has been repeatedly increasing its ability to make more of the 6-inch e-paper device but has never fast enough to catch up with increased demand, the Amazon head claims.

Sprint plans unified, IP-based cell network

03/20, 12:00pm

Sprint Unified Network

Sprint intends to be one of the first carriers in the US to offer a truly unified cellular network based on the same structure as the Internet, the company's core technology VP Ben Vos said at a conference today. The provider hopes to break from the conventional use of old and new technologies at different stages of the network and will use an IP (Internet Protocol) network for its entire backbone as well as its multimedia systems. The switch will let all of Sprint's devices share a common platform and let them talk to each other the same way: programmers could write a program that works properly on Sprint's upcoming Xohm WiMAX network that behaves the same way on its CDMA or iDEN phone networks, Vos said.

Dell's E-series notebooks to hit in June

03/20, 11:10am

Dell E-Series Roadmap

Dell's Latitude E-series overhaul is now due for June and will represent a sweeping change to its lineup, according to a roadmap leak supplied by Engadget. The new-look systems will ship immediately alongside the launch of Intel's Centrino 2 and use the faster, cooler processors of the platform to slim down the design compared to existing models. Previous leaks have also pointed to a brushed-metal surface and a better hinge similar to that from the XPS line.

Samsung Muse ships to Alltel

03/20, 10:30am

Samsung Muse at Alltel

After some delay, Alltel this morning began shipping the Samsung Muse, a new mid-range music phone for the carrier's lineup. The phone is a more advanced take on the Verizon Gleam and adds touch music controls to the outside of the clamshell, letting users quickly skip or pause tracks. A dedicated music button also allows the phone to hop from any menu to its music player software. A 2-megapixel camera and assisted GPS also round out its core features.

LG's LH2300 preempts Korean iPhone

03/20, 10:10am

LG LH2300

LG's Korean label CYON (high-bandwidth site) today pointed to what it believes is the future of phones with the release of the LH2300. While almost entirely dominated by its touchscreen like some newer LG phones, the new device is rare for including a wide VGA (800x480) 3-inch display sharp enough for DVD-level playback and for viewing websites at a resolution far closer to their native display. The 3G phone will also have quicker access to its web features with a key that jumps to the browser and a jogwheel for rapidly scrolling through pages without a complex onscreen interface.

Source details HTC's "Dream" Android phone

03/20, 9:30am

HTC Dream Leak

Information about HTC's first phone based on Google's Android has slipped out, says a source reportedly familiar with the details. Confirming an earlier nickname, the device will be known as the HTC Dream and will have a large touchscreen but also a QWERTY keypad hidden underneath; accordingly, the phone will be large at five inches long and three inches wide. Just enough controls will sit underneath the screen to offer extra Internet navigation features.

Report: Unlimited iTunes subscription a myth

03/20, 9:25am

Unlimited iTunes a myth?

Talk of unlimited subscriptions at the iTunes Store is largely unfounded, a new report claims. Yesterday, the Financial Times suggested that Apple has been shopping around the concept of a premium on iPods and iPhones, which would grant users unlimited access to iTunes music; in turn, revenue would be distributed appropriately amongst record labels. Apple is further said to be angling for a $20 premium, while a record label executive has said the amount could go as high as $100, based on research of public opinion.

Intel to sell Classmate PC in US, Europe

03/20, 8:50am

Intel Classmate PC in US

Intel will sell its Classmate PC notebook in its home territory of the US as well as in Europe, the company said Thursday. While the PC was designed for developing-world countries where cost and a toughened design are necessary, a refreshed version of the Classmate will be available in the more developed areas within weeks from today. Other companies are expected to follow with designs of their own, though whether this includes known "netbook" designs such as the ECS G10IL or the Eee PC 900 is unknown.

PS3 update to bring Blu-ray Profile 2.0 features

03/20, 8:15am

PS3 Blu-ray 2.0 Coming

An impending update to the PlayStation 3 will make it one of the first Blu-Ray Profile 2.0 players, Sony said this morning. The version 2.2 firmware update for the game console will add the Internet features inherent to the new profile (known also as BD-LIVE) that are expected to come with newer movies: future titles will allow users to download new content or play games online, Sony says. The update is possible as the PS3 is the only Blu-ray movie player to have included Internet access on its own, with most Profile 2.0 dedicated players shipping only later in the year.

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