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Europe's Carphone Warehouse is coming to the US, reports say. The company is an independent cellphone vendor, and has some 2,300 stores scattered throughout European countries. It is now planning to open almost 1,000 stores in America, thanks to a partnership with big-box retailer Best Buy, which owns a 3 percent stake in Carphone. Some of these will be boutiques within Best Buy shops, but others will operate separately in different locations. The first American outlets should launch later this year.
HTC will hold a press announcement that may signal its first concrete details for its Android-based Dream cellphone, according to a message sent to members of the press, including SlashGear. With details remaining vague, the Taiwan company's London event will introduce the "next wave of HTC innovation" and promises to be more significant than announcements made at events so far this year, which have largely been minor upgrades to the Shift and Touch DUAL as well as minor new phones such as the P3470.
Beleaguered smartphone maker Palm lost far more in its last financial quarter than it first realized, the company has announced. While it previously admitted to losing $31.5 million in a quarter ending February 28th, it now says it lost over $25 million more, for an approximate total of $57 million. In the same quarter of the prior year, the company had posted a profit of $11.8 million. The extra loss is attributed to a $25 million write-down for auction-rate securities, which have since fallen in worth due to a collapsing American debt market.
Both the consumer MacBook and the performance-minded MacBook Pro will receive a major overhaul with their next updates, say sources speaking with AppleInsider. Either design has remained largely unchanged but will now allegedly receive visual cues from the aluminum iMac and MacBook Air, including an all-aluminum design, traces of black, and more tapered edges. The trackpad is also likely to switch to the extra-large design found in the Air, though whether the 13-inch MacBook will gain multi-touch is unknown.
Sony may be preparing a unique bundle to undermine the Xbox 360, a webstore listing suggests. Swedish site Webhallen is listing a bundle of the PlayStation 3 with Grand Theft Auto IV, a highly-anticipated third-person action game developed by Rockstar Games. Since the third game, each title in the GTA series has sold millions of copies; this has primarily benefited Sony, since prior titles debuted on either the PS2 or PSP and only migrated to the PC and other platforms following a deliberate delay.
Everex in conjunction with gOS on Monday introduced a limited-edition MyMiniPC that runs on gOS Space 2.9, a Linux-based operating system made for MySpace users with brand new MySpace Apps. Basically a special edition of the Everex gPC mini, the computer is unique thanks to the OS and a new icon dock made up of the newest MySpace Apps and Web 2.0 entertainment media sites. The mission of MyMiniPC is to offer quicker, more efficient and user-friendly access to MySpace and its numerous offerings, all the while bringing Linux more mainstream.
Users will not have to choose between thickness and price when having to choose an ultraportable notebook, Intel has claimed during a presentation at its own Developer Forum. A prototype on display during Mobility Group manager Dadi Perlmutter's keynote is as thin as systems like the MacBook Air or ThinkPad X300 but which uses the same Atom processors as an upcoming wave of budget notebooks, nicknamed "netbooks," such as the ASUS Eee PC 900.
Toshiba launched the world's smallest 3CCD camera head, the IK-HD1. The IK-HD1 is capable of delivering 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution video at 30 frames per second from its 1.6-inch deep body and 2.3-ounce weight. The required controller box outputs video via a choice of connections, namely digital HD-SDI, analog RGB or component. There is an RS 232C serial interface and white balance can be adjusted manually or automatically.
Sony will increase the amount of products with Blu-ray Disc functionality in an effort to up global market share of the HD technology to 50% in 2008. To help achieve this, Sony will focus on promoting Blu-ray in its IT offerings such as personal computers and laptops, said Sony president and Electronics CEO Ryoji Chubachi at a press event in Taipei last Thursday. Blu-ray's current movie disc market share is 20%, with the remaining 80% still belonging to traditional DVD.
Motorola is wasting no time launching its Moto Q 9c smartphone to carriers in North America, including its first Canadian provider, Telus. We've just received our review unit and will start putting it through its paces in the near future, but we've already spent some time using the device and have had a chance to test the QWERTY keyboard smartphone, which is virtually identical to the version for Sprint.
Motorola and one of its prominent investors, Carl Icahn, have reached a settlement in their long-running conflict. Icahn has been a vocal critic of Motorola, complaining about the sliding profits of the company. For a year he has sought the installation of four new directors, and he more recently filed a lawsuit, demanding access to records connected to the finances of the mobile devices unit. Motorola initially contested this, claiming that Icahn was given the option of access but rejected it along with the terms provided.
A Taiwanese report claims to have revealed information on a pair of new Acer notebooks. Unlike the high-end Gemstone Blue models, two upcoming Aspire and Slim Gemstone Aspire systems are said to be targeted aimed at a low-cost market, and sized at 8.9 and 12.1 inches respectively. These will rely on Intel's new Atom processor, and should use either Linux or Windows XP. Buyers will also have the option of either a conventional hard drive or SSD storage, representing a growing trend in ultra-compact computers. Pricing is expected to be between $300 and $450.
Mitsubishi on Monday took advantage of the gap between electronics shows to firm up its HDTV lineup, including the first-ever laser TVs. Originally shown at CES, the laser-based range is now to be called LaserVue and should be available sometime during the summer. While most details of sets themselves are unknown, the news makes laser TV only the second next-generation HDTV technology after OLED to ship and will reportedly eliminate most of the problems of both LCDs and plasma: the screen jumps from showing just 40 percent of the visible color range to 200 percent and consumes half the power of an LCD. It can also display 3D imagery with the right support.
LG Electronics on Monday announced the global launch of the third LG Black Label Series handset, yet unnamed by the company. LG reveals the new phone will utilize the latest smart phone technology including a 5-megapixel camera in the slimmest body in the industry, which prompts us to believe it will be similar, if not identical, in spec to the KF750 slider first seen at CeBIT. Carbon fiber and tempered glass will also be part of the phone's design.
iSuppli today said it predicts a major drop in orders for NAND flash memory largely due to Apple. While the research group originally expected the value of orders to climb by 27 percent to peak at nearly $17.9 billion, it now estimates that growth to reach just $15.2 billion, or to grow by just a third at 9 percent. The overall drop is credited to reduced spending by US buyers unable to afford portable media players and other consumer electronics through defaults on subprime mortgages and the ripple effect it creates elsewhere in the world.
The European Commission today opened the doors to cellphone service on commercial flights over the territory. Ending a near-universal ban on the practice, the organization has set out rules and established technology that it says should allow calling without endangering aircraft. Phones that support the 1,800MHz phone band will have the option of both making and receiving calls as well as SMS text messages while in flight. By using the specific frequency, airlines can force cellphones to connect to the picocell that shares the wireless connection rather than create interference with the aircraft's electronics, which can theoretically occur when the phones boost their signal strength to reach ground towers.
Samsung on Monday boosted the Internet speed of its phones with the launch of the M470. One of the few phones to be based on HSUPA (High Speed Upload Packet Access), the slider's upstream connection runs up to 2Mbps. This lets users send videos and other files roughly six times faster than the more widespread HSDPA (Download) format, by Samsung's estimates. A Wi-Fi connection provides similar or better speed at hotspots when the cellular access isn't readily available.
Yahoo on Monday morning published a letter rebuffing Microsoft's imposed three-week deadline to accept a takeover bid, dismissing many of the claims made in the original argument. The formal rejection again states that Microsoft's $31 per share bid "substantially undervalues" Yahoo and adds that the actual value of the deal has decreased since it was suggested in late January, with Microsoft's share value having dropped while Yahoo's has increased.
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