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MS to pay Alcatel-Lucent $368m in touch suit

04/04, 11:10pm

MS to Pay Alcatel 368m

Microsoft late on Friday was asked by a US federal court to pay $368 million in compensation to Alcatel-Lucent over alleged infringement of two patents relating to touchscreen form and stylus technologies. Although the plaintiff had demanded $1.75 billion and initially accused Microsoft of infringing four patents, a jury in the San Diego courtroom has reduced the amount after deciding that Microsoft is not culpable of violating two video control-related patents.

MSV shows off prototype touchscreen satellite phone

04/04, 4:20pm

MSV sat phones

Mobile Satellite Ventures is aiming to expand its services to the general public with mobile phones that can use both a traditional network or switch to a satellite in remote areas. MSV promises to bring this hybrid connection technology in the first phone pictured initially, which would become a part of MSV's L-series line. The non-working model shown included Wi-Fi, applications typically found in smartphones, a web-cam and a speakerphone, all in a manageable 0.6-inch thick body. The interface is via the phone's 480x320-pixel resolution touch-screen. Another prototype, called simply the R-series, would act as a tougher, less delicate offering in MSV's line-up.

Rogers to offer Wi-Fi calling soon?

04/04, 3:55pm

Rogers Wi-Fi Calling Rumor

Rogers may offer its own take on a Wi-Fi calling solution in the near future, say multiple tips sent to Crackberry. The service would be known as Rogers Home Calling Zone and would replicate many of the features found in services such as T-Mobile's HotSpot@Home; devices that support Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) would be used to offer unlimited calling from any Wi-Fi access point and could seamlessly bridge to the cellular phone network and back to avoid interrupting calls.

Qsonix updates Digital Music System

04/04, 3:50pm

Qsonix updates DMS

Qsonix has updated the key components of its Digital Music System, which lets owners store all their music centrally but listen to it in up to four different areas in a house, controlling it through a simple touchscreen interface. People can now get these detached screens in a 17-inch size, which can alternately be stood on a flat surface or hung against a wall using a VESA mount. The interface lets users view album and track information, and create their own playlists through drag-and-drop motions.

Sony Ericsson P5 specs updated

04/04, 2:55pm

Sony Ericsson P5 specs

More details have emerged on Sony Ericsson's P5 smartphone. The source for yesterday's leak has disclosed more details, revealing for example that the direction pad is flanked by two call keys, blended into the rest of the phone. The QWERTY keyboard sports a number of multifunction keys, and the back is made of metal, with a sliding lens cover for the five-megapixel camera.

UK to hold auction for 4G wireless space

04/04, 2:45pm

UK 4G Wireless Auction

Britain's telecoms regulator Ofcom on Friday confirmed that it would hold a new auction for wireless space in the country. Partly echoing the just-completed FCC auction in the US, the UK agency will allow portions of spectrum in the 2GHz and 2.6GHz spaces to be used for different wireless services. This is likely to involve fourth-generation data services such as "evolutions of 3G technology" or WiMAX, Ofcom says.

Gates: Windows 7 sometime in 2009

04/04, 2:15pm

Gates sees Win 7 in 2009

Microsoft chief Bill Gates said in a seminar today that he expects Windows 7 to appear sometime in 2009, potentially hinting at an accelerated release. The company has to date suggested that it would maintain a three-year development cycle between Vista and the new operating system but will now allegedly see the software "sometime in the next year or so," according to the company co-founder. He declines to provide a more specific timeframe.

Windows 7 to sport Mac-like Classic layer?

04/04, 1:50pm

Windows 7 Emu Layer

Microsoft's next version of Windows will represent a large enough break from the codebase of Vista that the company will have to implement a backwards compatibility layer similar to earlier versions of Mac OS X, according to reports from a user familiar with the early versions of the new software. As many of the application programming interfaces will be fundamentally incompatible with the earlier OS, Microsoft will reportedly no longer support programs from earlier Windows versions; as a result, the company will need to introduce a distinct compatibility layer to support earlier programs.

Polaroid releases i535 digital camera

04/04, 1:40pm

Polaroid i535 digital cam

Polaroid launched a new basic digital camera on Friday, the i535, which is aimed at introducing people to digital photography. The i535 boasts a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, and 3X optical zoom as well as a fixed 2.36-inch display. The i535BB sports 32MB of internal memory, while an SD/HC card slot allows for memory expansion. Video can be recorded in a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels in motion JPEG format. A carrying case and flexible mini tripod are included, delivering a relatively complete package for beginners.

Sprint announces new BlackBerry for Nextel iDEN

04/04, 1:15pm

New Nextel BlackBerry

The CEO of Sprint, Dan Hesse, has announced a new BlackBerry phone for the company's iDEN network, reports say. Sprint inherited the network when it acquired Nextel, but has long been accused of neglecting it, despite it having once had widespread popularity with taxi and construction companies, thanks to push-to-talk support. According to Hesse, the new iDEN BlackBerry is expected "later this year," and will have Wi-Fi -- a feature effectively absent from other iDEN options.

Russia to finally gain BlackBerry services

04/04, 12:35pm

Russia's BlackBerriy mail

Russia will soon get its first-ever official BlackBerry service, according to Reuters. Local carrier Vimpelcom says it has forged a contract with the Russian unit of British American Tobacco, in order to sell corporate versions of the BlackBerry 8700g and provide Research in Motion's proprietary e-mail delivery. The company's push e-mail technology is considered one of the primary reasons to get a BlackBerry, and has made the phones popular with businesses in Europe and North America.

Lenovo sells off mobile phone business

04/04, 12:05pm

lenovo sells cell business

The Lenovo Group sold its handset unit on March 31, the company announced on Thursday. The sale, valued at $100 million in January, was approved by Lenovo's shareholders on March 17. In January, executives decided that the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer should focus on its core business. The buyer is believed to be an unnamed group of investors.

Intel "Cliffside" to simplify Wi-Fi players

04/04, 11:45am

Intel Cliffside

Intel has developed a technology for future computers that will greatly simplify synchronizing Wi-Fi devices, the company has revealed at its Developer Forum in Shanghai. So far nicknamed only "Cliffside," the technique effectively splits a Wi-Fi connection into public and private links. One connects to the local network for Internet access and other typical services; the other creates a Personal Area Network similar to Bluetooth or Wireless USB meant solely to connect the user's nearby devices.

Moto Z10 coming to T-Mobile with 3G?

04/04, 10:40am

Moto Z10 T-Mobile Rumor

Motorola's Z10 slider could be one of the first phones to launch alongside T-Mobile USA's 3G network, say reports from Howard Forums. Initially billed as supporting only European 3G networks, an updated version will purportedly add the 1,700MHz frequency support needed to use the faster UMTS-based access on T-Mobile's network. The 3.2-megapixel camera, support for microSDHC 32GB cards, and more would translate directly from the original, which works in the US but only for calling and 2G Internet access.

Google to sell part of DoubleClick for deal

04/04, 10:05am

Google Splits DoubleClick

Google today said it will sell off the search marketing portion of DoubleClick to ensure that its takeover bid goes through. Called Performics, the division is being split off by the search engine giant to convince users that the ads accompanying search results won't be influenced by a conflict of interest. Advertisers will need to know that Google is objective and won't bias the ads it displays towards any one advertiser, according to DoubleClick's Tom Phillips.

NVIDIA drivers reveal full GeForce 9M line

04/04, 9:30am

NVIDIA GeForce 9M Leak

NVIDIA's planned replacements for the rest of the GeForce 9M notebook graphics line have been leaked, courtesy of driver information surfacing in the latest beta of the company's ForceWare graphics drivers. While some early versions of the mobile video hardware are already in use by ASUS and others, the new leak shows several new models that are likely to replace the majority of 8M graphics chipsets in current portables. Significantly, the lineup includes mid-range GeForce 9600M GS and GT chipsets, which are most likely to surface in replacements for systems that already use 8600M parts, such as the Dell XPS M1530 and Apple's MacBook Pro.

BlackBerry India solution by next week?

04/04, 8:45am

BlackBerry India Solution

A solution may be in place to prevent a ban on BlackBerries in India by next week, the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) says. With the smartphones' creator Research in Motion facing a 15-day ultimatum, the company is reportedly cooperating and could have a requested monitoring system in place by the start of next week, allowing the Indian government to watch for security threats on the BlackBerry push e-mail network.

MS, Yahoo still at impasse?

04/04, 8:25am

MS Yahoo Impasse

Microsoft and Yahoo have held meetings this week over the former's takeover bid but still have not moved towards a deal, according to tips provided to the Wall Street Journal. Those reportedly familiar with the talks claim that neither side is willing to leave its existing position, with Microsoft unwilling to raise its initial bid of $31 per share and Yahoo's executive staff refusing to consider any current offers. The search engine firm sees no reason to accept Microsoft's terms when it formally rejected the offer weeks before, the Journal says.

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