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Italians get home iPhone activations, third carrier

07/07, 9:00pm

Italian home activations

Italian iPhone customers will supposedly enjoy the leisure of activating their iPhone from the comforts of their own home, while a third company - 3 Italy - announced it would also sell the iPhone, come September. Macity writes that both Telecom Italia and Vodafone will not be able to activate the iPhone 3G at the store, and will instead take both the device and SIM card home to perform the activation through iTunes, similar to how the first iPhone was sold.

Averatec All-In-One meets iMac head-on

07/07, 8:20pm

Averatec All-In-One

Averatec on Monday introduced a new all-in-one desktop PC that seeks to take on the illustrious Apple iMac in terms of design and features, while also offering several high-end features such as desktop-grade Core 2 Duo CPUs. Unlike the iMac - which uses the mobile Core 2 processors - the Averatec model uses E4600 2.4GHz processors, Intel's desktop-calibur chip. The Avertec All-In-One provides a 22-inch widescreen with a built-in HDTV tuner, 320GB hard drive, and a vertically oriented optical drive.

IOGEAR offers 12-in-1, 56-in-1 memory card adapters

07/07, 6:05pm

IOGEAR - 12-in-1, 56-in-1

IOGEAR has released two new media-card readers in its new Universal Memory Bank line: the 12-in-1 Pocket Card Reader and the 56-in-1 Memory Card Reader. Both new readers feature adapters for most popular memory cards, allowing users to access data from cell phones, cameras and other multimedia devices via one USB reader, eliminating the need for multiple proprietary USB cables. In addition, both devices allow users to read from and write to multiple cards, with hot-swap ability. The readers are backward-compatible with USB 1.1 and require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher or Windows 2000, XP or Vista. They are available now for $12 (12-in-1) and $20 (56-in-1).

O2 sells out of online iPhone pre-orders in hours

07/07, 5:55pm

O2 sells out online

After confirming last week that it would host early hours on July 11th as the iPhone 3G launches, O2 on Monday confirmed seeing "unprecedented" demand for the device, citing sales numbers for pre-orders through its website. Pocket-lint reveals that the UK wireless carrier offered customers who pre-registered through its website the chance to purchase the iPhone on its online store, and noted that, within hours, it had completely sold out of the stock set aside for those orders.

New Moto Q 9 promises EVDO Rev A, GSM roaming

07/07, 4:30pm

Moto Q 9 Napoleon Leak

Verizon will soon have a third variant of the Motorola Q 9 that promises to be the definitive version of the phone, according to a leak from BGR. So far codenamed just the "Napoleon," the device will add faster EVDO Revision A access on the carrier's 3G data network. It should also contain a GSM radio to let the phone roam on most world networks and will further add Wi-Fi for fast data when neither EVDO nor the GSM chip's EDGE are practical.

Epson ships Ensemble home cinema systems

07/07, 4:15pm

Epson Ensemble cinemas

Epson today announced it released two complete home entertainment systems, with the Ensemble HD 720 and Ensemble HD 1080 systems. Either is capable of throwing up high definition images on a 100-inch motorized screen that is part of each package courtesy of Epson's PowerLite 3LCD three-chip HD projector. As the product names suggest, the projectors are the main difference between the two packages, with the former capable of 720p (1280x720) HD images, the latter of 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution video.

Casio EX-F1 firmware update allows pre-recording

07/07, 4:05pm

Casio EX-F1 firmware V1.10

Casio America announced today it will make its Firmware Ver. 1.10 available on July 8 for its EXILIM Pro EX-F1 digital camera. Among the features unlocked by the update will be a unique Prerecord Movie function that will enable video recordings to start five seconds before users press the record button. The Prerecord function will work with all of the camera's movie modes, including 30 fps Standard, 300, 600 and 1200 fps High Speed and High Definition modes. Casio did not reveal how the Prerecord Movie function works.

Ultra low-cost Kyocera TNT! lands at Virgin

07/07, 3:35pm

Kyocera TNT at Virgin

Virgin Mobile's US branch today picked up the TNT!, one of its lowest-cost cellphones but with a handful of additions beyond the very low end. Made by Kyocera, the flip phone has an external display missing on the Aloha and Oystr and is also capable of basic web browsing on a 1xRTT data link.

Sony VAIO FW, SR leaks show MB Air styling

07/07, 3:05pm

Sony VAIO FW and SR Leak

Sony's VAIO FW and SR have been spotted and reveal a design reminiscent of aluminum MacBooks along with additional specifications for at least European models. The VAIO FW is both confirmed to be one of Sony's first notebooks with a 16:9 ratio display and has a 16.4-inch, 1600x900 LCD sharper than the 1440x900 screens found on some 15.4-inch portables. It also has the same through-tray keyboard design as the VAIO TZ, the MacBook Air, and some other systems.

1 in 6 businesses to support iPhone

07/07, 2:05pm

Goldman on iPhone in Biz

Approximately one in six businesses is likely to be supporting iPhones within a year, according to a report by Goldman Sachs analyst Jason Armstrong. A check with technology executives shows about 17 percent of them planning to support the device within one year, allowing workers to use the Apple device for company e-mail and other business roles. The welcome for the device is a "very strong number" for a device which hasn't yet been released and is only likely to increase once companies can test the phone, Armstrong says.

Leak shows new BlackBerry Thunder media UI

07/07, 1:30pm

BBerry Thunder Media Leak

New reported images of the BlackBerry Thunder have been released today by BlackBerrySYNC that show an apparently reworked media player for Research in Motion's first touchscreen device. The images reveal an interface that is heavily based on the current BlackBerry software but includes an iPhone-like category picker for music, video, recording, and similar features but also has a more visual album browser and a full-screen video player.

Details leak on new XM Radio media player

07/07, 1:15pm

XM details XMP3 player

Details of XM Radio's upcoming media player -- codenamed Phoenix -- have been made public, FCC filings appear to show. Documents at the organization refer to an "XMP3 Car Kit," scheduled to ship later this year. While manuals, photos and illustrations are currently being held confidential, the filing suggests that the name of the player is in fact XMP3, as it matches a trademark application from June under "digital audio radio hardware and accessories" and "satellite radio hardware and accessories."

Packard Bell revamps gaming line with ipower X2.0

07/07, 12:40pm

Packard Bell ipower X2.0

Packard Bell is planning to take its first steps into the world of high-end gaming PCs, an announcement reveals. The company has announced the ipower X2.0, a revamping of its current ipower systems that is said to be aimed at garnering more attention. Foremost in the construction is a new case design, which adds highly angular corners to a glossy black finish. As with many gaming computers, owners can see the insides of the system through a translucent panel.

Microsoft protests EU $1.4b fine

07/07, 12:15pm

Microsoft Protests EU Fine

Microsoft today argued in the European Commission's Court of First Instance that the record $1.4 billion fine imposed against it is unfair. The complaint follows a promise to appeal the EU-run Commission's decision and claims that the punishment is both excessive and was imposed without giving Microsoft legal options it expected before it was fined.

New MacBook Pro case spotted in leak?

07/07, 10:40am

New MB Pro Case Spotted

Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro may have had its first glimpse today, says the Taiwan-area site Apple.pro. The report claims to have a photo of the new notebook's casing in prototype form as well as additional details, including items not pictured in the leak. The design appears to be more tapered like that of the MacBook Air and doesn't immediately reveal a backlit Apple logo, although this is most likely due to the incomplete nature of the case.

Microsoft to reexamine Yahoo if Icahn wins

07/07, 10:30am

Microsot Reexamines Yahoo

Microsoft will reconsider buying some or all of Yahoo if billionaire investor Carl Icahn's proposed board takeover by proxy of the search company is successful, the Windows developer said in an official statement Monday. Microsoft now says it's willing to entertain a "major transaction" to buy some or all of Yahoo if the latter's board is replaced with Icahn's takeover-friendly choice of directors, which includes the investor himself.

Yahoo, AOL rushing merger talks?

07/07, 10:05am

Yahoo AOL Rush Talks

Yahoo and Time Warner have spent the weekend in talks meant to accelerate a possible merger between the search engine giant and Time Warner's AOL division, says Britain's Times newspaper. Pointing only to insider sources, the publication claims Yahoo was in talks over the Independence Day weekend to speed up exploring the revived AOL deal as well as other options. Yahoo is allegedly eager to have some form of alternative deal to a Microsoft buyout of its search business in time for a crucial August 1st Yahoo shareholder's meeting.

Rogers roadmap reveals BlackBerry Bold, Kickstart

07/07, 9:20am

Rogers BlackBerry Roadmap

Rogers will quickly follow up its iPhone 3G launch with multiple BlackBerry models, according to a leaked roadmap. The outline reconfirms reports that the BlackBerry Bold launches July 25th as the Canadian carrier's first 3G BlackBerry but also adds that the BlackBerry Kickstart flip phone will be ready by the second half of September as a lower-cost alternative that some have reported may cost as little as $50 on contract.

T-Mobile prepping national 3G for October?

07/07, 8:35am

T-Mobile National 3G Soon

T-Mobile's 3G network could expand to the national level as quickly as this fall, according to reports. The fledgling high-speed cellular Internet access is claimed to launch on October 1st in T-Mobile's "top markets" and will be accompanied by multiple phones at or near launch: one of these will allegedly include the Google Android-based HTC Dream smartphone, which is already confirmed for T-Mobile in late 2008 but hasn't been tied to T-Mobile's 3G network until now.

NTT DoCoMo kicks off BlackBerry service in Japan

07/07, 7:55am

NTT DoCoMo BlackBerry

Japan's dominant cell carrier NTT DoCoMo on Monday said it has started BlackBerry Internet Service, giving the carrier its first implementation of Research in Motion's push e-mail network for home users as well as for small companies that don't require their own servers. The service needs a specific phone, the BlackBerry 8707h, but supports both e-mail and web access on the provider's cellular network.

Pioneer develops 400GB optical disc

07/07, 7:25am

Pioneer 400GB Optical

Pioneer this morning promised to expand removable storage with one of the largest confirmed optical storage capacities available. By cutting back on the potential for interference from different layers on a given disc, the electronics maker says it can manufacture readable discs with 16 layers; at 25GB per layer, this equates to 400GB on a single disc.

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