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AT&T to bar P2P activity from 3G networks

07/30, 11:50pm

AT&T to bar P2P activity

AT&T is clamping down on users who operate peer-to-peer networking software using its 3G cellular network, due to the "chatty" behavior of the apps' communication protocols, rather than burst-style transmission methods. IP Democracy writes that, although the wireless provider has not yet implemented the practice, it is noted in the End-User License Agreement to be against company policy, with violators running the risk of banishment from the network since it claims that peer-to-peer connectivity degrades its overall network stability.

'Midori' to replace Windows as Microsoft's lead OS?

07/30, 11:10pm

Midori replaces Windows

Microsoft is allegedly crafting a completely brand new operating system, completely removed from the Windows code base, as a way of beating the venerable operating system's bad rap. SDTimes writes the Redmond-based software developer is nurturing a project it calls Midori - a supposed offshoot of its Singularity operating system - for deployment on native x86-, x64-, and ARM-based systems, Windows Hyper-V hypervisors, or hosting by a Windows process.

NVIDIA candidate for new Mac platform?

07/30, 8:40pm

NVIDIA Candidate for Mac

Apple's rumored non-Intel mainboard platform may primarily involve a change of suppliers to NVIDIA rather than any kind of custom development, PCPer suggests. The enthusiast site notes that Santa Clara, California-based NVIDIA has been developing its first nForce mainboard chipset for Intel-based notebooks, currently codenamed MCP79, with the aim of improving several weaknesses that have affected Intel's own designs and thus Apple as well. The architecture would support all the necessary components for Intel's just-announced Core 2 processors, including a 1,066MHz system bus and the option of DDR3 memory.

Italy's Mediaset sues YouTube for $779 million

07/30, 5:05pm

Mediaset sues YouTube

Italian broadcaster Mediaset on Wednesday announced it is seeking at least 500 million euros ($779 million) in damages from Google-owned YouTube, according to a report in Variety. The lawsuit, filed in a Rome court, accuses YouTube of "illegal distribution and commercial use of audio and video files." Mediaset alleges that an audit it performed on June 10 came up with 4,643 clips amounting to 325 hours of copyrighted Mediaset content.

Motorola releases unlocked U9 music phone in the US

07/30, 4:50pm

Motorola U9 in the US

Motorola has announced that, exclusively through its online store, it will soon sell its quad-band U9 clamshell phone for the first time in the US. The phone allows users to easily sync music from their PCs via Windows Media Player and a USB 2.0 connection. Navigating tracks with the phone closed is made possible through an external OLED display, which is paired with touch-sensitive controls. When music is not playing, users can pick from a variety of screensavers.

Sylvania to enter netbook market with g netbook MESO

07/30, 4:20pm

Sylvania's g netbook MESO

Light bulb, TV and consumer electronics maker Sylvania may be getting into the netbook business, as it announced today it will soon sell its 8.9-inch g netbook MESO. Preliminary specs for the notebook include Intel's Atom CPU running at 1.6GHz and an 80GB hard drive with either Windows XP Home or Ubuntu Netbook Remix operating systems. A low weight of 2.2lbs, a multi-card reader and a built-in webcam will finish off the netbook's class-competitive feature set.

Imation boosts Apollo portable drive capacity to 500G

07/30, 4:10pm

Apollo now in 500GB size

Imation on Wednesday announced the release of a new Apollo portable hard drive with a 500GB capacity. Previously, the largest 2.5-inch Apollo HDD was available in a 320GB size, along with a 250GB and 160GB units. All four are just over a half-inch thick and weigh less than a half-pound. The only connection required is a USB 2.0 cable, which allows for data transfer at speeds up to 480Mbps as well as providing power to the drive.

Universal opens DRM-free rare music store

07/30, 3:55pm

Universal LostTunes

Universal today took an unusual route in announcing LostTunes, its own company-run store. Rather than sell a bulk catalog, the service focuses only on rare and at times unreleased albums from the music label's collection. Albums are hand-picked by Universal and cover several different eras ranging from classic jazz on the Verve label to Joni Mitchell and electronic music. The catalog will start small with just 134 albums but will add 500 albums within the next half-year; the goal is to offer a new way to buy into a back catalog, Universal says.

Sony to shadow Apple retail with one-on-one

07/30, 2:55pm

Sony Mimics Apple Retail

Sony retail locations will soon offer some of the same expanded service options as Apple stores, according to an announcement the electronics giant made late yesterday. Though not making any comparisons of its own, the company says a number of its Sony Style locations will soon grow their Backstage service current PC repair-only focus to at least temporarily include one-on-one training sessions. Similar to Apple's One-to-One, Sony hopes to attract students coming back to school by letting them book two free appointments with a retail staffer to train on using the company's VAIO PCs.

ARM gives license to mystery phone maker

07/30, 1:45pm

ARM License May Be Apples

Mobile chipmaker ARM has handed out a mystery architecture license for its processors, the company revealed Wednesday while discussing its latest quarterly results. The company unusually declines to say which manufacturer it may be but notes that the particular licensee is a "leading handset OEM [original equipment manufacturer]" and that the deal would give the unnamed firm much more direct control over building and using chips -- a deal the new partner wants, ARM explains.

Lenovo netbook entry due before October?

07/30, 1:40pm

Lenovo netbook in Sept.?

Chinese computer maker Lenovo has confirmed its interest in the world of netbooks like the Eee PC, a report indicates. Ken Wong, Lenovo Taiwan's general manager, says the company is currently contemplating a netbook that if released, would be aimed at both public and corporate buyers. Sources at ODM builders are meanwhile claiming that the Lenovo system should ship by the end of September 2008, though no prices or specifications are available.

Apple warning of impending Mac, iPod shortages?

07/30, 1:05pm

Future Mac/iPod shortage?

Apple is warning that some products will be in short supply in the near future, according to a bulletin allegedly sent to resellers. The memo indicates that Apple is ramping down the production of current-generation iPods, along with 13-inch MacBooks, and 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The company has "strongly suggested" that resellers should immediately buy about four weeks' worth of iPods, as the reservoir could go dry within the next seven days. MacBook vendors are being pressured to buy three weeks' worth of stock.

LG phones to get Dolby surround audio

07/30, 12:05pm

LG Gets Dolby in Phones

LG today said it has struck an agreement with Dolby Labs to build Dolby Mobile audio into its media phones. The recently-developed technique gives listeners virtual surround from plugged-in earphones despite the relatively small size and low power of a handset. It can also enhance audio for stereo signals, either widening the perceived sound stage for a less compressed sound and restoring lost detail both through a treble enhancer as well as a bass boost.

MSI hikes Wind price to $499 and up

07/30, 11:40am

MSI Wind Price Hikes

MSI today confirmed to LAPTOP that it would raise the official price of its Wind mini notebook by an average of $50. A base model with a three-cell battery pack now costs $499 while a longer-lasting six-cell version costs $549. The company has had "no choice" but to increase the price as the raw manufacturing costs for the battery and other notebook materials have increased significantly, according to an MSI official. Retailers such as Buy.com are being asked to cancel orders at the original prices to avoid facing sanctions from the PC builder.

Sprint offers AIRAVE in-home cell hub for all US

07/30, 11:15am

Sprint AIRAVE Nationwide

Sprint today made official word that it will offer the AIRAVE across the whole of the US. The femtocell boosts indoors coverage for Sprint's cellphones by receiving the CDMA phone link and using the subscriber's existing high-speed Internet connection at home to relay the calls, eliminating the need to locate the femtocell in a part of the home that can already get coverage. Unlike T-Mobile's HotSpot@Home and other Wi-Fi based options, the licensed frequency isn't as likely to face interference, Sprint argues.

TiVo pulls Series 3 DVR, shifting to TiVo HD

07/30, 10:40am

TiVo Pulls Series 3

TiVo on Wednesday quietly withdrew its Series 3 flagship digital video recorder from its online store, removing its normal entry for the device and listing the DVR as "out of stock" on its separate product page. The shift leaves the lower-end TiVo HD as the only recorder capable of saving HD video and leaves the analog-resolution Series 2 as the only alternative.

NETGEAR kit adds N Wi-Fi to networks, PCs

07/30, 10:15am

NETGEAR Wireless-N Up Kit

NETGEAR today rolled out a new two-piece offering for bringing a whole home up to speed with 802.11n Wi-Fi. The Wireless-N Upgrade Kit adds dual-band access point to any existing wired or wireless network that supplies the faster Wi-Fi connection, using either the faster and interference-free 5GHz band or else the more compatible 2.4GHz band. It supports the same features as most full-feature routers with near-automatic Wi-Fi Protected Setup and optimizations for time-sensitive data like gaming or VoIP calls. The access point itself can be managed from virtually any modern operating system.

Hitachi puts out 1TB CinemaStar 24x7 drive

07/30, 9:25am

Hitachi CinemaStar 1TB

Hitachi this morning launched a pair of CinemaStar drives for users of DVRs and any other computer or device that needs to run for long periods of time. The 1TB 7K1000.B relies on the same basic design as its normal DeskStar counterpart but is tuned to run all day and in harsher conditions. The new version is both more resilient against high temperatures as well as modified to run more quietly while it seeks data on the drive. The disk further borrows power optimization tricks from Hitachi's notebook drives to cut down on its energy draw.

Garmin nuvifone delayed until 2009

07/30, 8:25am

Garmin nuvifone 2009 Delay

Garmin's long-promised nuvifone won't arrive until 2009, the company said today. Announced in January, the GPS-based smartphone was originally planned for a summer launch but is now targeted for a launch sometime during the first half of 2009. The release is being held up by "carrier specific requirements" that will require changes to the handset, according to the company. Which carriers are involved is unknown, though its particular 3G support makes it a likely candidate for AT&T as well as a number of European providers.

Sanyo preps HD800 pocket 720p camera

07/30, 8:10am

Sanyo HD800 Cam

Sanyo held an event Wednesday for the Japanese launch of the Xacti HD800, a major upgrade to last year's HD700. It still shoots 720p widescreen video in H.264 but has a much improved eight-megapixel CMOS sensor that picks up 70 percent more visual data, improving the perceived sharpness at the same resolution. Color accuracy has also been stepped up, while the HD800 is the first Xacti camera of any kind to have 3D noise reduction that cleans the image in real time.

New Sidekick offers completely customizable shells

07/30, 1:15am

Custom Sidekicks

T-Mobile on Tuesday unveiled a new version of the Sidekick, and with it, a completely customizable shell design, which users can choose from a number of pre-designed colors and templates, or create their very own personalized device. Available by default in black or green, the Sidekick can be detailed with personal photos or graphic art, as well as a host of text, shapes, icons, and logos. Once the design is finalized, T-Mobile will ship the finished product to the customer, while the design remains online for others to view.

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