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InFocus launches X10 1080p home theater projector

06/19, 5:25pm

InFocus' X10 projector

InFocus on Thursday introduced the X10 Full HD 1080p projector in the UK. Part of the company's Home Theater range of offerings, the X10 features a 16:9 native aspect ratio, and a contrast ratio of 2500:1, which can be boosted with a button push to 7500:1 via the company's Active Iris in the lens.

Intel to use Sugar UI in Classmate PC laptop

06/19, 5:00pm

Intel to develop Sugar UI

Intel has been named today as one of the parties developing its own version of the Sugar user interface for its Classmate PC with children as the targeted user. The UI would be based on the version used in One Laptop Per Child's XO educational laptop. OLPC's former executive and current Sugar Labs Foundation head Walter Bender announced about one month ago that his company is talking with four PC makers to supply them with the Sugar user interface.

Sony Ericsson 3G handset for T-Mobile gets FCC nod

06/19, 4:35pm

Sony Ericsson TM506 phone

Sony Ericsson's newest phone, codenamed TM506, was revealed today on the FCC website. The first Sony Ericsson phone to be released on T-Mobile's 3G network, it will use the carrier's 1,700MHz band. The dual-screen clamshell appears nearly identical to Sony Ericsson's Z780a, and should share some if not all of its features, including assisted GPS, integrated email clients and a web browser, along with Bluetooth support.

Nokia Eseries no "credible response" to iPhone

06/19, 4:10pm

Nokia E71 No iPhone Threat

The improvements made to Nokia's smartphone lineup through the E66 and E71 show no signs of avoiding a slide in the smartphone market, says a new investment note from American Technology Research. While Nokia has been facing increasing pressure at the low end of the phone market, which is often considered the most vulnerable, the new devices may suffer in light of upcoming launches of the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone 3G are now fostering "concerns of competition" among European stockbrokers, who now see Nokia's control of world smartphone marketshare at risk.

FCC gives Sprint stay on Nextel airwave handover

06/19, 3:30pm

FCC Stays Nextel Handover

The US Federal Communications Commission today said it has reached an agreement with Sprint that will give the cellular company extra time to give up using some of the channels it relies upon for its Nextel-born iDEN network. The company had previously been required to clear out some frequencies by June 26th to prevent interference for new public safety services but has now been given an indefinite but conditional grant to continue using some of its push-to-talk network channels until they become necessary.

Xohm coming to Boston, Dallas, more soon

06/19, 2:40pm

Xohm Second Wave Expansion

Sprint's next wave of cities to receive its Xohm WiMAX service after Baltimore will focus primarily on Texas and the northeast, the carrier is telling interested customers. In addition to extra launches planned for Chicago and Washington DC, the 4G service should be available in Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence in the New England area as well as its first southern effort in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Dell launches 2709W LCD with DisplayPort

06/19, 1:55pm

Dell 2709W Display

Foregoing a full announcement, Dell today secretly put up the 2709W, its second-ever 27-inch LCD. The 1920x1200 display is touted for its extreme color accuracy and reproduces just over one billion colors, or 110 percent of the NTSC color gamut. It also produces a 3,000:1 claimed contrast ratio and 450cd/m2 of brightness while maintaining a reasonably fast 6ms pixel response time. The new offering is additionally the first Dell display at the size to include a DisplayPort connector that addresses the new computer display format.

Netflix drops multi-user queues

06/19, 1:35pm

Neflix Drops Multi Queues

Netflix is dropping support for multiple queues per account on its movie rental service, the company says in a message sent to subscribers overnight and picked up by Ars Technica. The company plans to drop its Profile Queue feature as of September 1st and will merge all the queues into one, preventing users from individualizing their queues for individual family members and potentially interfering with recommendations. The move is meant to "improve the Netflix website," according to the company, though its plans are unclear.

NEC develops tech for 8x Blu-ray recording

06/19, 1:15pm

NEC 8x Blu-ray recording

NEC has developed a technology for 8x Blu-ray burners, a Japanese site reports. Current NEC drives can only burn Blu-ray at 5x, and many other commercially-available models are slower still, or complete lacking in Blu-ray burning. Samples of the 8x chipset are going out to manufacturers; the technology is said to merge a digital signal processor (DSP) with an analog one, the latter originally intended to serve in 20x DVD drives.

Casio intros new Super Slim projectors

06/19, 12:30pm

New Casio XJ projectors

Casio has revealed information on a new Pro-Series group of Super Slim projectors. The base-level systems fall under a "Super Colorä" line, and are said to have a higher level of color accuracy than previous Super Slims, with a 10 percent larger chromacity region. The units have a 2x optical zoom, a native resolution of 1024x768, and a contrast ratio of 1,800:1, achieved through a 2,500-lumen lamp. Of the two the XJ-SC215 also has a built-in USB host, which lets users view converted PDF, JPEG, BMP and AVI files directly from a flash stick.

NVIDIA quietly reveals GeForce 9800 GTX+

06/19, 12:00pm

GeForce 9800 GTX Plus

NVIDIA today addressed the sudden performance gaps created by the GeForce GTX 200 with a new mid-range video chipset. The GeForce 9800 GTX+ has the same two-slot design as the earlier 9800 GTX but uses NVIDIA's smaller and more efficient 55 nanometer technology to ramp up clock speeds: a reference card's core speed increases from 675MHz to 738MHz while shaders jump from 1688MHz to 1836MHz. Both are intended to give the card better performance against AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 4850 launching later this month.

Gear4 unveils BlackBox 24/7 iPod dock

06/19, 11:55am

Gear4's BlackBox 24/7 dock

UK-based Gear4 on Thursday announced the release of its newest iPod dock, the BlackBox 24/7. The new dock is a 12-hour clock with alarm functionality, has a built-in FM radio tuner, and will play music and charge all iPods with docks. An auxiliary input allows the twin 2.75-inch speakers to play music from more traditional MP3 players as well.

Sprint gives Instinct support for Exchange

06/19, 11:20am

Sprint Mobile E-mail Work

Sprint today hoped to close one more perceived gap between the Samsung Instinct and the iPhone 3G with the launch of Mobile Email Work. The service gives users access to messages from Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes servers without requiring a smartphone that already has built-in support. Like the more specialized clients, mail is pushed in real time to the phone while messsage deletes or replies are synchronized with other computers accessing the same mailbox.

Apple patenting cheaper plastic touch panels

06/19, 10:45am

Apple PET Touch Patent

Apple has been developing technology that would let it offer inexpensive multi-touch panels made out of plastic, according to a newly-published US patent filing. The company believes it has discovered a way to drop expensive, thicker glass panels by using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic without the drawbacks associated with the format. The invention would put near-transparent, capacitive wires in rows on one panel and link them to columns on another. A resulting multi-touch panel could be made out of the low-cost material without being wider than its glass equivalent, as with existing techniques for plastic that put all the wires on the same panel.

Intel makes on-CPU system RAM breakthrough

06/19, 9:50am

Intel On CPU RAM Discovery

Intel has developed an updated technology that could virtually solve questions of memory speed, the semiconductor firm has revealed at its recent Research@Intel event. Developers at the company have created dynamic RAM that behaves like typical system memory but needs just two transistors for each memory cell and which needs no capacitors. The invention makes dynamic RAM small enough that it can be embedded in a processor rather than put into a separate module, potentially eliminating several bottlenecks inherent to the static RAM used for cache on current processors.

Microsoft reverses course on MSN Music DRM

06/19, 8:30am

MS Extends MSN Music DRM

Microsoft today changed its policy on MSN Music content and extended the lifespan of music bought from the defunct music service. The company has removed its August 31st deadline for shutting down its digital rights management (DRM) servers and now says owners of purchased music from the online store can authorize PCs and portable devices until "at least" late 2011, letting users transfer music to new or reformatted devices for another three years.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 spotted, detailed

06/19, 8:25am

ThinkPad X200 Spotted

Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 ultraportable today has been almost completely detailed through a new leak. The 12-inch notebook now appears set to replace the X61 and, while holding a keyboard as large as for the X300, is small enough to drop the larger system's trackpad in favor of the ThinkPad's characteristic trackpoint. It also has to drop support for an optical drive but should weigh even less than the X61 at 2.9 pounds.

Sony reveals HD vidcam with smile detection

06/19, 7:30am

Sony CX12 Camcorder

Sony on Thursday issued a relatively surprising mid-year Handycam update through the CX12, a new mid-range camera. The handheld is Sony's first to use smile detection and does so to give videographers a hands-off approach to taking photos alongside video; the camera can automatically snap 10-megapixel still photos when it sees smiles without having to interrupt video capture. Like recent Cyber-shots, the CX12 can also prioritize those shots to take photos only of smiling groups or of adults or children. The Handycam can even take these photos in standby mode.

Leaked documentation hints at D700 features

06/19, 12:40am

Nikon D700 features

Purportedly leaked images of promotional material reveal that Nikon is preparing to unveil the Nikon D700, with a full outlay of specifications available to browse. Photography Bay reveals that the camera boasts a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS FX format sensor, with 16-bit EXPEED image processing and 14-bit analogue-digital conversion, all housed in a magnesium alloy body. Images are taken at a native 4256 by 2832 pixels in Nikon NEF, JPEG, or TIFF formats.

Samsung P400 "pocket" projector ships in US

06/19, 12:20am

Samsung P400 projector

Samsung on Thursday unveiled the P400 "pocket" projector for the North American marketplace, a lightweight, miniscule device designed for mobile professionals. The device, unveiled at InfoComm, offers a miniature DLP projector in a tiny, glossy black finish, displaying a resolution of 800 by 600 at a contrast ration of 1000:1. Samsung claims the projector bulb is rated at 150 ANSI lumens, bright enough to display a 30- to 40-inch image in a well-lit office setting.

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