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iPhone in Canada to launch on Fido, Rogers [U]

06/09, 6:05pm

iPhone for Fido and Rogers

(Updated with device pricing) Apple today on its iPhone 3G for Canada site revealed that the new iPhone 3G will be available for both Fido and its parent company Rogers Wireless in the country. The news expands on the previous Rogers-only announcement and will let users of either service buy the phone when it becomes available in Canada on July 11th. Rogers says it will sell the phone at the same $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) prices as in the US, but will require a longer three-year contract common to providers in the territory.

ASUS launches EzLink monitors with USB interface

06/09, 5:30pm

ASUS EzLink monitors

ASUS recently announced it will soon launch two new LCD monitors, the VW223B and VW202B, with EzLink connection technology. The 22-inch widescreen VW223B and 20.1-inch widescreen VW202B will be the first to feature EzLink, which will allow users to connect up to six of the monitors to a PC or notebook with only a USB 2.0 interface, not requiring additional graphics cards. Both new monitors feature WSXGA+ (1680x1050) resolution.

IBM's Roadrunner supercomputer capable of 1 petaflop

06/09, 5:30pm

IBM Roadrunner

IBM today announced it will commission a $100 million hybrid supercomputer, the world's fastest, codenamed Roadrunner, to the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The supercomputer is claimed to be able to perform 1,000 trillion operations per second, or one petaflop. According to IBM, the array has the same computing power as 100,000 of today's fastest laptop computers combined. The hybrid computer combines AMD's x86 processors with Cell Broadband Engine chips originally developed for video game platforms, such as the ones used in Sony's PlayStation3.

EMI Music names Second Life co-founder new VP

06/09, 5:25pm

EMI Music hires new VP

EMI Music's newest SVP of Digital Strategy, Cory Ondrejka, on his blog today revealed his frustrations with buying, accessing and listening to music purchased via the web. While Ondrejka's frustrations with DRM music are shared by many, he is in a position to do something about it, as he pledges to work on making digital music experience better for fans and artists alike.

iPhone 3G already at FCC

06/09, 4:55pm

iPhone 3G at FCC

Although only just announced, the iPhone 3G is already being approved at the Federal Communications Commission, according to a new filing with the agency. The terse application provides few details but reveals that Apple timed its confidentiality request to begin with the announcement of the device. Test photos and other more detailed information about the device will be kept secret for at least 45 days after the initial submission, putting the full disclosure after the release of the phone on July 11th.

AT&T increases data price for iPhone 3G

06/09, 4:30pm

ATT iPhone 3G Plans

AT&T today expanded on Apple's announcement of iPhone 3G by revealing that the carrier will increase data rates for iPhone customers. A data plan for standard users will cost $30 per month versus the $20 per month paid on existing plans; a separate, business-focused data plan will be available for $45 per month. The change reflects the iPhone's development into a full-fledged smartphone and is "business as usual" for AT&T, company President of National Distribution Glenn Lurie tells Electronista. The executive points to the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, which also receive similar pricing for unlimited data; without third-party apps, the iPhone is said to have been a more limited device.

SanDisk officially closes Fanfare service

06/09, 4:20pm

SanDisk closes Fanfare

Storage and music player maker SanDisk has officially closed Fanfare, the company's online video service. The service is actually said to have stopped following the end of a beta period on May 15th this year, but due to low participation and a lack of public announcements, this fact has generally gone unnoticed. "We thank you for your participation and interest," reads a brief statement on SanDisk's website.

Apple introduces iPhone 3G

06/09, 3:15pm

iPhone 3G

Apple today unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 3G. The device "climbs the next mountain" of requiring fast mobile data as well as reducing the price. The connection is the most important feature and downloads websites 2.8 times faster than an iPhone on EDGE; it's also faster versus rival 3G-capable devices like the Nokia N95, according to Apple. E-mail also transfers more quickly and approaches Wi-Fi speeds, the company says. Despite the higher-power Internet connection, the device can last for 5 hours of 3G talk time and 10 hours of 2G -- up from 8 hours on 2G. Browsing is the same at between 5-6 hours, while video and audio playback have been upgraded to 7 and 24 hours respectively.

ASUS prepping 16:9 notebooks for July

06/09, 12:30pm

ASUS 16-9 Notebooks July

ASUS is next up to offer an ultra-wide screen in its notebooks, according to a claim stemming from the LCD industry. The company is reportedly adding portables with 15.6-inch displays with a 16:9 wide aspect ratio as early as July. Most details are unavailable, though the system is said to be launching first the US followed by a European model. It's unclear whether this would replace any existing 15.4-inch, 16:10 notebooks.

Acer preps 24-inch, 1080p LCD monitor

06/09, 11:50am

Acer P244W 1080p monitor

Computer manufacturer Acer has announced a new LCD monitor, the P244W. The display is being aimed at high-end buyers, and as such measures 24 inches, with support for 16:9 widescreen resolutions up to 1080p (1900x1080). Appropriately the monitor is equipped with an HDMI input, which lets users connect the likes of game consoles and Blu-ray movie players. Regular computer inputs should also be included.

Victor-JVC develops dual codec LSI camera chip

06/09, 11:10am

JVC's dual codec LSI chip

Japan's Victor-JVC has developed a dual-codec video camera LSI (Large-Scale Integration) chip, the company announced on Monday. The HD Gigabrid chip allows recording of HD videos in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format as well as the Internet- and YouTube-friendly MPEG-2 codec, both at the same time. The chip allows for Full HD (1920x1080p) recording, and is capable of extended HD recording with a 5MBps setting. MPEG-2 format video can be written at 27MBps.

Nokia to launch E66, E71 phones next week

06/09, 10:55am

Nokia Slips E66 E71 Info

Nokia this morning has inadvertently confirmed the existence of its E66 and E71 smartphones through comments made today to Reuters. Senior executive VP Anssi Vanjoki explains that a "group" of Eseries devices will launch in the same summer window as the N96 media phone. The company itself doesn't provide details, though sources speaking to the news agency claim that both devices will be uncovered next week and share similar features.

Microsoft to make Zune touchscreen player

06/09, 10:15am

MS on Zune Touch

Microsoft ultimately expects its Zune media player line to receive a touchscreen, the company's Entertainment and Devices chief Robbie Bach says. Without committing to a specific product, the executive describes the addition as near-certain and implies that the media player will eventually drop its physical control pad entirely in favor of a touch interface as part of a broader company philosophy.

Acer, HP settle patent disputes

06/09, 9:30am

Acer HP Settle Dispute

Acer and HP today said they have officially settled lawsuits filed against each other over perceived patent infringements, putting an end to a relatively short multi-month conflict between the two. The terms of the deal are unavailable but put an end both to all three lawsuits in US federal court as well as International Trade Commission complaints, all of which would potentially have prevented either company from shipping some PC models in the country.

Motorola intros CDMA/GSM hybrid MC75 handheld

06/09, 9:00am

Motorola MC75

Motorola this morning brought many of its home cellphone features to a tougher environment with the MC75. Designed chiefly for in-the-field users with a ruggedized shell, the Windows Mobile 6 handset nonetheless is nonetheless upscale and includes both HSDPA-based 3G for GSM networks as well as EVDO Revision A for Sprint, Verizon, and other CDMA phone carriers' 3G services. An 802.11a/g Wi-Fi connection fills in remaining gaps.

HP brings Blackbird game PC to retail, leaks 9800 GT

06/09, 8:30am

HP Blackbird 002 at Retail

HP this morning revealed ahead of a larger announcement in Berlin that it will bring its Blackbird 002 gaming system to retail. The previously online-only system will ship in a trim level targeted at the higher end of the performance spectrum with a liquid-cooled 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad, two of NVIDIA's as-yet unannounced GeForce 9800 GT video cards paired up in SLI mode, and a 500GB hard drive; the graphics are set to replace the 8800 GT and improve the clock speed of the earlier card without affecting heat output.

Centrino 2-based ThinkPad specs leaked

06/09, 8:00am

Centrino 2 ThinkPad Leak

Much of Lenovo's upcoming ThinkPad line has been slipped late yesterday through Engadget. An escaped presentation reportedly confirms the existence of the X200 ultra-slim notebook and suggests Lenovo will offer much faster performance even a smaller system than the X300. The 12-inch X200 is set to use Intel's full-speed but low-power Core 2 Duos at speeds up to 2.4GHz; a combination of solid-state drives (up to 64GB) and an optional nine-cell battery pack will boost battery life up to 9.6 hours. The system will have a DisplayPort connection and options for 3G data, GPS, ultra-wideband, and WiMAX.

Samsung i900 launches ahead of iPhone

06/09, 12:35am

Samsung i900 Omnia

Samsung on Monday hoped to preempt Apple's announcements with the launch of the i900 Omnia. The Korean firm's latest touchscreen phone is also its first to use Windows Mobile 6.1 but includes a custom TouchWiz front-end more friendly to home users; like the HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond, it uses Opera Mobile in place of Internet Explorer for web browsing. A relatively unique miniature trackpad serves as a fallback for when on-screen buttons are too small to control, while an accelerometer (still rare in Windows Mobile devices) auto-rotates the display when the phone is tilted on its side.

Sling preps mobile TV viewer for iPhone

06/09, 12:00am

Sling Mobile for iPhone

Sling Media today made official that it has been developing a version of its SlingPlayer Mobile software for the Apple iPhone. The software is described as a "proof of concept" developed using jailbroken iPhones but offers much of the same functionality as the released applications for Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and other cellphone platforms. Users can navigate a Slingbox network streaming hub connected to a home TV feed and choose channels through a visual guide as well as stop or skip through playback.

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