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Image Moments 8 digital photo frame ships

05/02, 10:00pm

Image Moments 8

Digital Foci is now shipping the new "Image Moments 8" 8-inch screen digital photo frame. The device features LED Backlight Technology, 450MB of internal memory, and built-in memory card slots to let you display and share photos on its high-resolution digital LCD screen. It also features an Auto-Start feature, that will automatically start a photo slideshow. Hardware components include an 8-inch high-resolution SVGA (800x600) digital LCD screen with 500:1 contrast ratio and a proprietary Adapter Ring design that supports custom framing options The frame also features an interchangeable mat with 3 color selections; a hinged memory card door and an easel leg for alternating between landscape and portrait positioning. The device also features 450MB internal memory.

Comcast WiMax deal could come next week

05/02, 8:45pm

Comcast WiMax deal

Comcast is reportedly placing its chips on WiMax to help it stand out amongst competitors in the cellular and satellite industries, and that the service could launch as soon as next week. According to CNN Money, the communications giant is currently in talks with Sprint, Clearwire, Intel, and Google to provide a nationwide mobile broadband partner network which would allow it to compete on even ground with companies such as AT&T, Verizon, EchoStar, and DirecTV.

Lenovo mocks MacBook Air ad with X300

05/02, 5:55pm

X300 mocks MacBook Air

Lenovo is taking a jab at Apple's MacBook Air with a commercial for the company's new ThinkPad X300 ultraportable. The ad, posted on YouTube, shows the MacBook Air sliding out of its infamous document envelope, while the anonymous hands fumble with connecting a USB hub, several accessories - including the USB Superdrive - before cramming the computer and previously mentioned accessories back into the envelope, tearing it.

Radeon HD 4870 to be 2X faster than 9800 GX2?

05/02, 4:55pm

Radeon HD 4870 Test Leak

A single example AMD's next-generation graphics chip should be twice as fast as NVIDIA's current dual-chip offering, according to tests culled from those with early access to the hardware. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 is intended to replace the existing, upper mid-range 3870 but is claimed to be outperforming NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2 dual-processor card in both real and synthetic tests; the normally demanding game Crysis runs as much as 43 percent faster even with 16X antialiasing, according to benchmarks.

Sony shows tiny hybrid fuel cell system prototype

05/02, 4:35pm

Sony hybrid fuel cell

Sony showed off a tiny fuel cell at the Smart Fuel Cells 2008 exhibition that ends today, which combines a fuel cell, Li-polymer battery and control circuit for the first time. In testing conducted in Japan, Sony found a 1Seg video broadcast can play for 14 hours on 10mL of methanol. Use of a refined technology using the fuel cell could significantly boost the run times of today's consumer electronics, specifically laptop and cellphone batteries.

Microsoft-Yahoo merger talks underway?

05/02, 4:00pm

MS Yahoo Merger Underway

Microsoft and Yahoo are in genuine talks to agree on a merger, the New York Times says. The report claims to know people involved in the negotiations who say that Microsoft has agreed to raise its $31 per share bid by "several" dollars, in effect overcoming resistance by Yahoo to a deal which the latter has previously said undervalues its business. The conditions for the deal are in flux and aren't currently available.

Popcorn Hour A-100 available to pre-order

05/02, 3:20pm

Popcorn Hour media hub

On Friday, Popcorn Hour announced its sole product, the Popcorn Hour A-100 digital media streaming device, can now be pre-ordered on the company's web store. The A-100 allows for streaming digital media from users' PCs via a wide range of connectivity options, digital cameras or USB mass storage devices or directly from the Internet via its integrated Media Service Portal. The A-100 supports high-bitrate video formats, including DivX and Matroska, as well as subtitle files, with firmware upgradeable to future codecs.

Samsung Slash shows up on Virgin mobile site

05/02, 3:05pm

Samsung Slash revealed

Samsung's new Slash slider phone has shown up on Virgin Mobile's website on Friday with a few details on specs. The mid-level phone will feature a camera, Bluetooth wireless connectivity for headsets and other devices and an integrated web browser. The speakerphone function will also allow for voice dialing, while the full color screen of yet-unspecified resolution will display downloadable graphics and the available library of Virgin's mobile games.

T-Mobile 3G official next week with data

05/02, 2:55pm

T-Mobile 3G Formal Next Wk

T-Mobile USA will officially debut its 3G (third-generation) cellular network next week and will include both voice and data, the company says. Contrary to premature reports that the service would only launch with voice switched to the new network, the debut will see 3G appear for both for higher-quality calls as well as for data.

Yahoo/Google deal to become permanent?

05/02, 2:15pm

Yahoo Google May Last

Yahoo's experimental Google AdSense deal could be rendered permanent within the next week, say alleged sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The search engine firm is said to be taking action after Microsoft's relative silence on whether it will launch a hostile takeover bid and is preparing an approach that would bring Yahoo closer to Google while opening the company to alternatives.

Linksys revises Wi-Fi routers with four new models

05/02, 1:20pm

Four new Linksys routers

Cisco subsidiary Linksys has released four new Wi-Fi routers, using designs which mark a significant departure from previous products. Whereas the company had typically used a signature box shape, often in blue or silver colors, the new routers are thin and curved, and almost exclusively shelled in glossy black material. Common features are said to include firewalls and 256-bit encryption, automatic push-button configuration, and MIMO antennas that improve reception and minimize dead spots.

Xbox 360 to get Blu-ray drives from ASUS?

05/02, 12:35pm

Fresh Xbox Blu-ray rumors

Microsoft is turning to Pegatron Technology, a subsidiary of ASUS, to produce Xbox 360 consoles with integrated Blu-ray drives, according to reports. Exactly one month ago, Microsoft denied rumors of Lite-On producing a Blu-ray drive for its popular game console, but chose words carefully to avoid excluding other suppliers. The new account claims that Blu-ray Xboxes will ship in the third quarter, but at this stage it is not known exactly which markets will get the HD-capable consoles, nor at what price, or even if the launch is guaranteed.

BlackBerry Kickstart to get Wi-Fi, reach T-Mobile?

05/02, 12:30pm

More BBerry Kickstart Info

More definite specifications for the BlackBerry Kickstart flip phone have surfaced and provide many more details about its feature set and ultimate destination, BGR says. The clamshell will be the first to use a 'next-generation' version of the SureType keypad found on the Pearl and will include a "stealth" external display on its outer shell; when active, the outside screen will light up in a color that matches the outer frame, which should be available in blue and several extra hues.

ASUS brings G70 dual-GPU game notebook to US

05/02, 12:00pm

ASUS G70 Notebook

ASUS has updated its game efforts with the launch of the G70, its spiritual successor to the G1 and G2 gaming portables. The new 17-inch desktop replacement is one of ASUS' fastest systems ever with the pick at the high end of either a 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme from Intel's 45 nanometer processors; with at least the Extreme, users can even overclock the processor higher through software. Every system comes with two 512MB GeForce 8700M GT mobile graphics chipsets linked in SLI that should provide desktop-class 3D performance and help drive the 1920x1200 screen.

Verizon gives BlackBerry Curve 8330 ship date

05/02, 11:20am

BBerry Curve Verizon Ships

Verizon this morning quickly followed up on at least one claim made this week by confirming that its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 will be available first on May 9th through the company's online store. The smartphone is the first known version of the CDMA-based Curve to actually reach the market and separates itself from the titanium gray Alltel and Sprint editions both through its silver color as well as access to Verizon's custom VZ Navigator service to take advantage of the true GPS receiver.

Rogers first to carry Nokia N95 8GB in North America

05/02, 10:35am

Nokia N95 8GB at Rogers

Rogers today confirmed one of two key rumors concerning its phone lineup for the spring by announcing it would carry the Nokia N95 8GB. The Canadian provider is the first in North America to officially stock the smartphone and takes advantage of the phone's 3G support for more than is possible on AT&T in the US, including Rogers' VISION two-way video calling service (courtesy of its front camera) and access to the carrier's music store and video streaming services.

Sidekick "Gekko" an iD replacement?

05/02, 10:15am

Sidekick Gekko Details

An upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick codenamed the Gekko is actually an advanced replacement for the basic Sidekick iD, says a reported leak from TmoNews. The messaging slider will see a major upgrade that adds a 2-megapixel camera with a video capture mode and will incorporate a unique video sharing feature, though the alleged source says its details are unknown. Proper web browsing will also be available and cover a perceived flaw with the iD, the tip adds.

O2 finishes initial 3G rollout

05/02, 9:55am

O2 Finishes 3G Rollout

British telecoms regulator Ofcom today confirmed that national carrier O2 has met its minimum targets for a rollout of 3G Internet service in the country. The cellular provider is said to have supplied at least 80 percent of the UK's population with the faster wireless Internet service. O2's buildout helps the company avoid the equivalent of a $79.6 million fine if it failed to expand its coverage area by the end of June, six months after the official goal of December 31st, 2007. Of the five carriers authorized for 3G, only O2 has taken as much time to reach its necessary target, Ofcom says.

Atom crunch to last until September?

05/02, 9:10am

Atom Shortage until Sept

Intel's existing Atom processor shortage could continue until as late as September, according to estimates made by ASUS chief Jerry Shen. While confirming that his company will announce an Atom-based version of its Eee PC 900 on schedule for June, Shen warns that Intel's shortfall will require that ASUS keep the existing Celeron M version on sale until the late summer timeframe to ensure healthy stock.

JVC develops 8K, 35-megapixel HD projector tech

05/02, 8:35am

JVC 8K Projector Tech

JVC on Friday boasted that it has developed one of the highest-resolution video devices possible that could lead to advanced front projectors or DLP sets. A new D-ILA device is capable of generating an 8K picture, or 8192x4320, at speeds high enough for video. The sharpness amounts to 35 megapixels and is crisp enough to be 17 times sharper than the 1080p resolution used by Blu-Ray or other full HD sources; the resolution is also four times more detailed than the 4K used by very high-end projectors and cameras, and is even larger than Japan's experimental Super Hi-Vision, making it possible to display the 7680x3420 picture without multiple processors for the first time.

Microsoft leans towards hostile takeover

05/02, 1:25am

Microsoft ponders takeover

Microsoft appears to be siding with a hostile takeover approach to the current Yahoo situation, an insider revealed late Thursday. According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has yet to give an official word either way, but could come to a final decision tomorrow. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is faced with either pursuing hostile negotiations or backing away from the deal, as Ballmer himself admits that "the right circumstances" need to be present for it to happen.

Amazon sues NY state over tax collections

05/02, 12:45am

Amazon sues New York State

Amazon has filed for legal action against the State of New York because of a bill that recently passed, requiring online resellers to collect sales tax to New York residents. The New York Times writes that the online commerce giant is suing not out of desire to see taxes abolished from goods bought over the internet, rather that it does not wish to be held liable for collecting taxes, the company feels is the job of state officials.

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