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Blockbuster backs out of Circuit City offer

07/01, 10:50pm

BBuster Withdraws C City

Video retailer Blockbuster tonight said it has withdrawn its offer to buy Circuit City. The company provides few details as to the reason for its sudden exit but says that a combination of "market conditions" and the process of due diligence, or examining the health of Circuit City as a business, have led it to believe that a takeover of the electronics chain is not in its best interests. Blockbuster still argues that the idea of unifying media and electronics under one name but that it will have to do so through its own stores rather than Circuit City's locations.

Toshiba explores up-sampling, internet-ready DVD unit

07/01, 7:55pm

Toshiba internet DVD unit

As the dust from the HD DVD/Blu-ray war settles, Toshiba is allegedly not adopting the victorious Blu-ray standard, but instead is expected to pursue DVD up-sampling and Internet-enabled players. TG Daily writes that Toshiba has not released specific plans or future machine specifications, but believes that the players would be based around its SpursEngine 1000 processor for upsampling - a 'lite' version of the Cell BE CPU. The observations come as the Toshiba-chaired DVD Forum approved the logo for "DVD Download/DL"

Eee Monitor shots reveal Linux's iMac rival

07/01, 4:50pm

Eee Monitor Official Shots

ASUS' Eee Monitor today has been captured in official photos that confirm the system to be the company's direct answer to the iMac, according to LAPTOP. The all-in-one computer confirms earlier teaser photos and reveals a design that appears influenced by Apple's Cinema Displays and aluminum iMac computers, with an easel-like stand and backmounted ports; unlike either device, however, it should have side-mounted USB ports, a card reader, and a Denon-made stereo speaker system on the front.

Intel engineer pushing for 1000-core chip code

07/01, 4:30pm

Intel thousand-core chips?

Yesterday's entry on Intel's Research@Intel blog by the company's Microprocessor Technology Lab Principal Engineer, Anwar Ghuloum, suggests the chipmaker will eventually offer chips with cores that count in the thousands, and tens and hundreds before that. In the blog, Ghuloum writes about working with external developers to take advantage of multi-core and terascale chips his company is developing.

UTStarcom selling US cellular phone division

07/01, 4:25pm

UTStarcom sells handsets

Budget cell phone maker UTStarcom will sell its cellular handset distribution division to an investment group primarily owned by AIG Vantage Capital. UTStarcom bought the handset operation from Audiovox less than four years ago and supplies more than 20 mobile carriers, posted a net loss of $195.6 million in the last fiscal year. The sale is part of a restructuring effort and follows the company's announcement to sell its Mobile Solutions Business Unit earlier this year.

T-Mobile UK intros HSUPA for mobile uploading

07/01, 4:00pm

T-Mobile intros HSUPA

T-Mobile UK is set to allow access to an HSUPA data network today that will let users upload content to the Internet via their cellular phones, becoming the UK's first wireless provider to do so across the country. HSUPA, or High Speed Uplink Packet Access, is the equivalent of the commonly-available HSDPA 3G data network except for its uploading abilities.

ASUS Eee PC 904 HD to get bigger, use hard drive

07/01, 3:35pm

ASUS Eee PC 904 HD

ASUS today confirmed the existence of at least one new Eee PC model that it hopes will appeal to more users. Now called Eee PC 904 HD, the system will have the case of the 10-inch Eee PC 1001 but the 8.9-inch display of the 901. The "HD" moniker also reveals a switch to hard drive storage away from solid-state drives; the leap will give it more capacity without affecting price.

Fujitsu vows faster, low-power RAM for handhelds

07/01, 2:45pm

Fujitsu FCRAM Technology

Fujitsu on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its Fast Cycle RAM (FCRAM that it believes should give the performance of conventional memory with the power of mobile memory. By using a 64-bit wide interface, the chipmaker can produce memory which is faster than two typical 16-bit DDR2 memory sticks while also dropping the resistors that consume much of the power; a 256-megabit (32MB) edition of the new FCRAM chip uses about 70 percent less power, or one watt less, than ordinary RAM.

iPhone said to have 15% US share in 2009

07/01, 1:55pm

Bernstein on iPhone Share

iPhones have the potential to take almost a sixth of the entire US cellphone subscription market by the end of next year, according to a new report by Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. He estimates that the up-front price cut on the phone and its new features will potentially give Apple as much as 15 percent of all US postpaid (traditional subscription) business during calendar 2009. The higher service fees may affect what the phone designer can do to change its pricing, but most customers are "unlikely to do the math" that would deter them from picking up what is superficially a less expensive phone, the researcher says.

Intel disappointed with Apple over iPhone chip choice

07/01, 1:25pm

Apple disappoints Intel

Apple will not be incorporating Intel chips into its iPhone in the near future, according to Intel's digital enterprise group general manager Patrick Gelsinger in a discussion about the company's shrinking x86 platform. Forbes reveals that Gelsinger is disappointed that Apple "chose not to take that road map at their next generation platform," noting that Intel has a plan to take advantage of its x86 desktop architecture.

Yamaha intros speakerbar with video upscaling

07/01, 1:05pm

Yamaha YSP-3050 speaker

Electronics builder Yamaha has released the YSP-3050, a new speakerbar in its Digital Sound Projector line. Like other speakerbars, the 3050 attempts to mimic separate surround speakers through a single unit, by using a multitude of tiny drivers aimed in different directions; the 3050 has has some 21 drivers, with 23 amplifiers and two woofers. This allows 5.1-channel sound under codecs such as SRS, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Digital. People can additionally switch to a variety of unique combinations, such as My Beam, which isolates sound to a single listener.

BlackBerry Bold due on Rogers later this month?

07/01, 12:15pm

BlackBerry Bold Cdn. date

Research in Motion's BlackBerry Bold smartphone should be available on Rogers Wireless later this month, says a new report. The Canadian carrier should release the device on July 25th, according to claims -- well after a rumored June launch date, but still in advance of the initial American release, now scheduled for August through AT&T. Rogers has yet to specify any prices for the Bold, though it recently revamped its BlackBerry data tiers to fall in line with the iPhone 3G.

HP launches $599 quad-core AMD workstation

07/01, 12:00pm

HP xw4550 Workstation

HP this morning used an educational conference as an opportunity to unveil a quad-core workstation inexpensive enough to be bought by anyone: the xw4550 uses a latest-generation 2GHz AMD Opteron to offer up performance which is normally off-limits to those in school or at work. The system can handle video editing and other heavy-duty tasks while still being durable and tamper-proof enough to sit in a public place, according to its creator. The system can appropriately be locked down in hardware and software.

Everex readying 10.2-inch Cloudbook?

07/01, 11:40am

Everex 10 Inch Cloudbook

Everex is designing a larger version of its Cloudbook portable to compete directly with the Eee PC 1000, says the company's assembly partner FIC. The 10.2-inch system will be relatively high end with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam and the comparatively rare addition of a 3G modem; WiMAX will be an option for users of Sprint's Xohm service or other providers of the 4G-grade service.

AMD readying water-cooled GeForce killer?

07/01, 10:30am

AMD Water Cooled 4870

AMD is gearing up for the launch of a special Radeon HD 4800 card designed explicitly to push past the GeForce GTX 280 in sheer performance, according to a new leak. The unnamed hardware would use the extra energy headroom of the card along with a custom water cooling system to clock the card well above the company's best individual card, the 4870: the core would reach 950MHz or more, while the video memory would be pushed to a 1.2GHz actual speed.

Dell starts controversial Tech Team service

07/01, 10:25am

Dell Tech Team Service

Dell on Tuesday introduced the Your Tech Team support option for its PCs. The nationwide service follows a New York City pilot project and gives owners of any Dell-branded device quicker access to technicians, the ability to schedule contact with a specific technician, and the ability to support at least some non-warranty problems. Performance tuning, network setup, and security are also available for a fee during the calls, Dell says.

Fujitsu turns to design, 3G with new LifeBook

07/01, 9:30am

Fujitsu LifeBook P8010

Switching away from its normal emphasis on work systems, Fujitsu today has unveiled the LifeBook P8010 LE. The limited-run notebook gets a glossy, pink gold hue on its back and is one of the PC maker's few systems to integrate 3G cellular access; a built-in HSDPA modem gives it high-speed Internet access in most 3G-capable countries. The 12-inch portable is also relatively rare in using a lid design that allows for extremely narrow side bezels around the display that gives Fujitsu an opportunity to shrink the notebook design without compromising on the screen size.

LG prepping 8Mpix touch phone flagship?

07/01, 8:55am

LG KC910 Rumor

A new purported leak has LG developing a new touchscreen phone that would trump most competitors' offerings in sheer features. Referred to as the KC910, the handset would be one of LG's first eight-megapixel cameraphones and would add Xenon flash, image stabilization, and automatic face detection. It would also have the processing power to record widescreen 720x480 video at full speed. The interface will be "completely new" and quadruple the resolution of the screen from 400x240 to 800x480, according to the report.

AMD launches 2.6GHz Phenom X4 Black, low-power chips

07/01, 8:25am

AMD Phenom X4 9950

AMD this morning quietly released new speed grades of its Phenom X4 quad-core processors that include the company's fastest-ever as well as as two low-power versions. The Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition runs at 2.6GHz and is targeted at hobbyist gamers with a relative freedom to overclock the chip past spec with enough cooling. The processor is otherwise the same as earlier enthusiast chips with 140-watt power use and 512KB of Level 2 cache per core. The new Black Edition ships for $235 per chip in batches of 1,000 and should be available today.

OCZ ships sub-$500 128GB solid-state drive

07/01, 7:55am

OCZ SATA II SSDs

OCZ this morning added to its Solid State Drive range with the Core Series. The 2.5-inch, SATA II-based flash storage is built to drive down the prices of SSDs to where even large drives are affordable; a 128GB drive (new to OCZ) costs less than half the price of the company's normal 64GB drive. Despite the reduced cost, the drives are claimed to be ten times faster in seeking data than a rotating notebook hard drive and transfer that data more quickly as well, reading between 120 to 135 Mbps and writing at between 80 to 93 Mbps.

UniKey USB dongle, SDK authorize software

07/01, 4:45am

UniKey USB dongle

SecuTech Solution this week announced UniKey, a driverless USB security key that functions as a 'hardware version of a password'. Cheap enough to be supplied with new software, the USB dongle is designed to act as a 'key' to both the software EULA and provide user access. Aimed at reducing piracy rates, users of UniKey-enabled software that do not have the correct key plugged in, would be 'locked out' of the application.

Nikon unveils the D700, due in July for $3000 [u]

07/01, 12:35am

Nikon unveils the D700

After a long series of leaks, Nikon on Tuesday took the official wraps off its new D700 digital SLR camera, which features 12.1 megapixel resolution using the Nikon FX-format sensor that measures 23.9 x 36mm and is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. Offering many of the same feature as the D3, but in a smaller, lighter body, the D700 features a dual-mode Live View mode, a hi-res three-inch LCD, its EXPEED Image Processing System, and Nikon's 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking as well as its Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system. The D700's 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor utilizes a large pixel size of 8.45 Ám that Nikon claims allows for an extremely low signal-to-noise ratio and a wide dynamic range. The new FX-format Nikon D700 D-SLR camera will be available late July 2008 for $3,000 (body only).

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