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Sanyo unveils US versions of new projectors

05/30, 5:40pm

Sanyo intros US projectors

On Monday, Electronista reported Sanyo unveiled two new projectors for its X-series line in Japan, and today the company announced the pair is making its way Stateside this summer, with significantly lower pricing that the Japanese models. The bright 3,100-lumens PLC-XC55 and 2,600-lumens PLC-XC50 projectors include new security features and a more advanced, largely maintenance-free filter.

Time Warner Cable to add Internet video to TV service

05/30, 5:30pm

Time Warner Internet TV

Time Warner Cable revealed today it plans to offer a wireless cable modem to subscribers that will allow them to network all of their household electronic devices and bring Internet content directly to their TVs. The report suggests users will be able to call up Internet TV via their home theater set-ups, with image quality that is optimized for HDTVs.

Optimus Popularis gets first prototype view

05/30, 5:00pm

Optimus Popularis Proto

Art Lebedev Studio's founder on Friday revealed an early 3D prototype of his Optimus Popularis keyboard that sheds new light on the device. Despite saying that the keyboard won't use the OLED displays of the Maximus, Lebedev's rendering confirms that the keyboard will still have at least some keys whose symbols will change based on the relevant app. The design is already known to be smaller than the Maximus and support both Mac OS X and Windows systems.

More information gleaned on iRiver Spinn

05/30, 4:50pm

iRiver Spinn player info

iRiver's Spinn media player -- first seen at the 2008 CES show in January -- has finally received some more detailed release information, according to a UK source. The Spinn features a 3.2-inch AMOLED display with a 480x272 resolution, and plays MPEG-4 or Flash videos. Where the initial version shown at CES included DMB TV functionality for iRiver's Korean home market, a UK version appears to replace that with DAB digital radio.

AMD ships Radeon HD 4850 near $200 mark

05/30, 4:45pm

AMD Ships Radeon 4850

Investigations in Taiwan on Friday have reportedly confirmed that AMD has begun shipping its first Radeon HD 4000-series video chipset. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 is purportedly already on its way to card manufacturers and stores, and will represent a significant boost to the clock speed of the earlier, mid-range 3850 without affecting its heat; the core speed jumps from 670MHz to 800MHz while still occupying a single card slot.

Eee Box leak: "finally" a Mac mini rival

05/30, 3:55pm

ASUS Eee Box Leak

ASUS' Eee Box (alternately labeled the EBOX) is the first system to truly meet the design standards of the Mac mini, Anandtech claims after receiving a sample of the desktop ahead of its projected June 3rd unveiling date. The site confirms that the system uses a 1.6GHz Atom and that this is instrumental to a small design: while helped by the lack of an optical drive, the size and cool nature of the Intel chip shrink the Eee Box to a size "quite similar" to the Apple TV while still serving as a full computer, according to the report.

LG Decoy trackball phone launch, price leaked

05/30, 3:00pm

LG Decoy Launch Leak

Verizon's edition of the LG Decoy has been given more definite launch information courtesy of a leak today from Phone Arena. The slider is now set to launch on June 16th and will be priced at $230 under a typical two-year contract; opting against a contract boosts the price to $350. The launch is slightly delayed from earlier reports that would have had the phone available today.

ASUS: Celeron, Atom Eee PCs to co-exist

05/30, 2:25pm

Eee PC 900 901 to Co-Exist

Claims that the Eee PC 901 will kill its older counterpart are false, ASUS' Italian manager Luca Rossi tells Notebook Italia. The older, Celeron-based 900 model is still expected by the company to stay on the market as it fulfills a slightly different role than its Atom-using sequel; the 900 weighs less at under 2.2 pounds, while the 901 lasts longer for up to seven hours on battery, Rossi says.

GPS in 3G iPhone coming through Broadcom?

05/30, 1:40pm

Broadcom GPS in 3G iPhone?

A GPS receiver will indeed be in the 3G iPhone, and the technology will be supplied by Broadcom, according to anonymous sources. Contacts cited by GigaOM say that Broadcom has secured a contract with Apple, beating out older, more established competitors such as SiRF, whose SiRFstar III receivers are used in a vast number of navigation devices. Broadcom normally provides chips for cellular communication, and only acquired GPS resources with the buy-out of Global Locate in June of last year.

Bell Canada hit with class-action throttling lawsuit

05/30, 12:50pm

Bell Can. throttling suit

Bell Canada is facing a class-action lawsuit as a result of its Internet access policies, an announcement reveals. A Quebec group called L'Union des consommateurs, along with Bell customer Myrna Raphael, are accusing Bell of false advertising, as a result of its practice of throttling traffic at peak hours. Raphael is said to have signed a three-year ADSL contract in 2006, partly on the basis of Bell's claim of "constant speed" at all times; by enabling throttling last fall, says Raphael, Bell broke its agreement.

AT&T's pre-iPhone 3G upgrades double speed

05/30, 12:40pm

ATT 3G Upgrades Pay Off

AT&T's 3G upgrade plan is making its way through New York City and is more than delivering on advertised speed claims, according to reports circulating at BGR. After a series of rolling outages on Thursday, the carrier's HSPA network speed has now jumped from an average peak of 800Kbps to as much as 1.5Mbps, or slightly more than the 1.4Mbps promised by the company. The floor for performance has allegedly increased even further with regular minimums spiking from 500Kbps to 1.4Mbps.

Android to get iPhone-style app store

05/30, 11:45am

Android App Store

Phones running Google's Android operating system may have a dedicated app store, team lead Andy Rubin has mentioned at the company's I/O Conference. The official doesn't directly claim the existence of the option but says that it would be a "great benefit" for Android users to have a controlled marketplace for downloading apps, as the service would provide a trusted location as well as a place where developers could guarantee exposure for their software.

MS Echoes would "get rid" of phone numbers

05/30, 10:55am

Microsoft Echoes

Microsoft has devised a strategy that would largely eliminate the need to use phone numbers for calling on cellphones, ZDNet says. Echoes would link a user's Windows Live Messenger contacts to a phone number through a cellular provider and would let cellphone users choose one of their IM contacts as the recipient; as information would be automatically linked between the two, users could place calls without ever knowing someone else's phone number, Microsoft claims. The information would be sent automatically to a phone's contact list without needing a dedicated instant messaging client.

ASUS 10-inch Eee PC Tuesday debut official

05/30, 10:15am

New Eee PC debut official

A larger, 10-inch version of ASUS's 10-inch have been rumored for over a month now, and today's reports have the new not-so-ultra-mobile laptop officially launching at the Computex trade show on Tuesday. The 10-inch Eee PC will likely run on Intel's new energy-efficient Atom chips, which are slated for launch at the same time, and also expected to debut in the 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 next week.

Seagate preps SSDs, 2TB hard disks for 2009

05/30, 9:50am

Seagate Preps SSDs and 2TB

Seagate is gradually planning a reversal of its stance on solid-state drives, the company's CEO Bill Watkins says. The storage producer has clung to rotating hard disks but will introduce a solid-state drive in 2009 that it will primarily market to enterprise-class users, who Seagate argues are most likely to need very high-speed disks regardless of the price. In turn, the company also plans to cater to proponents of traditional storage with a 2TB drive also ready next year.

Gigabyte, ASUS call truce on PC legal spat

05/30, 9:05am

Gigabyte ASUS Truce

ASUS and Gigabyte have put an end to a legal battle almost as quickly as it began, says a report detailing the feud. The former company had filed a legal complaint with Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission arguing that Gigabyte slandered ASUS with photos implying poor quality mainboards and power-saving measures, but now says it will drop the matter following Gigabyte's willingness to publicly apologize for the accusations with a message in Sunday newspapers.

High-end ASUS Eee desktop to get Core 2, Blu-ray

05/30, 8:35am

ASUS Eee Station Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee lineup will include a second and relatively high-end model when it bows at the Computex show next week, the company says. The Essentio CS5110 will be rebranded as the Eee Station and come in a slightly larger but more powerful form than the EBOX also scheduled to appear at the expo. While starting off with a Celeron and other budget components, the system is the smallest to ship with an dedicated graphics card, ASUS says, and has the option of scaling up to a Core 2 Duo and a Blu-ray drive.

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