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LG readying AT&T's third mobile TV phone?

08/04, 5:00pm

LG Invision ATT Leak

AT&T's third phone for its mobile TV service is coming soon and will replace one of only two devices in stores, says a tip sent to Engadget. The LG Invision (also known as the CB630) would have the unusually wide but short shape of the Samsung Access, but would also add a similarly wide keypad layout and switch to a conventional directional pad layout; it's unclear whether the Invision would have any technical advantages over the Access or else would simply replace the earlier Korean phone.

13-inch aluminum MacBook case leaked

08/04, 4:20pm

13in Alu MacBook Case Leak

Photos have surfaced of what is likely to be the casing for an all-aluminum 13-inch MacBook through a leak from Taiwan site Apple.pro. Coming from the same source as a MacBook Pro casing earlier in the year that has since been corroborated by outside sources, the leak shows what appears to be the lid for the new system and would confirm both the switch from plastic to metal as well as the rumored tapered edges that are reminiscent of the MacBook Air.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 tablet's specs leaked

08/04, 3:50pm

ThinkPad X200 Tablet Leak

Nearly all information about the tablet version of Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 has been leaked to the web today courtesy of a product page from Hong Kong Baptist University. The school shows the computer (known as the X200t) to be based on Intel's upcoming low-voltage 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, which is known to consume just 17 watts but have much of the performance of a regular processor. It will also use faster GMA X4500 integrated graphics and come with 2GB of Turbo Memory flash cache to reduce load times for data from the 160GB hard drive.

Deutsche Telekom prepping e-book reader?

08/04, 3:25pm

DT News4Me Reader Rumor

German communications giant Deutsche Telekom is producing an e-book reader that would give customers a digital way to read the company's content, according to a report in the country's Der Spiegel newspaper. The device is seen as a bridge between too-small cellphone screens and large notebooks and would primarily serve as a conduit for print media. Unlike Amazon's Kindle, there would be no Internet-only content like websites or RSS feeds, and articles would more closely reflect the print versions. In exchange, the unnamed device would be simpler to use than its American rival.

HP 550 budget notebook surfaces

08/04, 2:45pm

HP 550 Notebook

HP without fanfare today introduced the 550, the newest generation of its entry-level pro notebooks. The refresh is based on Intel's earlier Santa Rosa platform but skews performance higher than often expected in the class, with a 1.73GHz Celeron dual-core available as an option and unusual 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo chips sitting at the top end. A 1.73GHz single-core Celeron is still an option for low-demand users.

Cablevision ruling would allow network DVRs

08/04, 2:20pm

Cablevision DVR Ruling

A Second Circuit of New York appeals court today ruled that Cablevision could go ahead with launching a remote digital video recorder system that potentially changes the approach to offering movie and TV content online. The decision finds that the cable provider isn't infringing on video producers' copyrights by offering a service known as Remote Storage Digital Video Recorder, or RS-DVR, that would let users record shows but store them off-site on servers hosted by Cablevision.

Xbox 360 prices to fall across the board?

08/04, 1:10pm

Xbox 360 cuts in Sept.?

Price cuts for all versions of the Xbox 360 should be coming in September, say reports. A source for Ars Technica has claimed that the price of the basic 360 console, the Arcade, will fall to $200 next month, with the recently-launched 60GB model slipping to $300, and the 120GB Elite dropping to $400. The new cost of the Arcade has allegedly been confirmed by a new photograph, showing an inventory screen with a price change marked for September 7th.

MSI releases Centrino 2-based gaming notebooks

08/04, 12:45pm

MSI GX620 and GX720

MSI today took the wraps from its first North American portables to use Intel's Centrino 2 platform. Both the 15.4-inch GX620 and 17-inch GX720 both pick up a new Intel chipset that includes faster Core 2 Duo processors and the accompanying improvements to battery life. Like a handful of earlier MSI notebooks, either comes with hardware controls that can either overclock the CPU up to 15 percent above stock levels or alternately switch to one of five energy presets that either save battery life or stress performance.

Yahoo board survives shareholder vote

08/04, 12:05pm

Yahoo Board Survives Vote

Yahoo investors at the company's shareholders meeting have voted to keep executives suggested through a last-minute deal with activist investor Carl Icahn. The vote keeps nearly all of the existing leaders of the company and showed an unexpected level of confidence in particularly vocal opponents of Microsoft's initial takeover bid for Yahoo, including company CEO Jerry Yang and chairman Roy Bostock, who respectively earned 85.4 and 79.5 percent votes in favor of their remaining in place.

Sony Ericsson bundles Zeemote stick with W760i

08/04, 11:25am

Sony Ericsson Zeemote

Sony Ericsson and Zeemote today teamed up for a hardware tie-in aimed at spurring mobile gaming. Dutch buyers of the cellphone maker's W760i Walkman phone have the option of getting Zeemote's JS1 Bluetooth joystick for free. The grip-style analog controller gives more precision than the directional pad on most cellphones and permits a class of games that are normally off-limits to feature phones, such as Tomb Raider Anniversary. Two games that support the controller are already included in the box.

Motorola picks cellphone group CEO

08/04, 10:55am

Motorola Mobile Device CEO

Motorola today established extra groundwork for the anticipated Mobile Devices spin-off by giving the division a new CEO. The American company says it has recruited former Qualcomm chief operating officer Dr. Sanjay Jha to head up the Mobile Devices group and will help structure the frequently struggling cellphone and handheld division until at least its separation from Motorola itself. The doctor will also share the CEO position of the larger company with existing chief Greg Brown until that time.

Popcorn Hour updates hub, adds barebones

08/04, 10:25am

Popcorn Hour A110

Popcorn Hour has revamped its network media hub today with the release of the A-110. Aside from a switch to a home theater-friendly black, the A-110 now supports HDMI 1.3a output to pipe through advanced and lossless surround formats such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio, and related formats in a form that can be decoded by a receiver. It also introduces support for both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives, optical SPDIF for audio output, and moves a USB port to the back for owners who keep connections hidden from view.

Memorex unveils multi-color Essential drives

08/04, 9:45am

Memorex Essential Drives

Memorex today took advantage of the back-to-school timeframe to introduce a third lineup to its hard drive range. The Essential TravelDrive relies on color as its selling point with subtler variants of blue, green, and purple joining a more conventional silver to match the owner's notebook or desk. Like most portable drives, the 2.5-inch Essentials are energy-friendly enough to be powered entirely from the USB connection used for data.

NEC intros bright mobile DLP projector duo

08/04, 9:20am

NEC NP41 and NP61

NEC began its week with an unveiling for two computer-oriented portable DLP projectors. The NP41 and NP61 are both light enough at 3.5 pounds to be carried along with a notebook but still bright enough for less-than-ideal lighting at 2,300 and 3,000 lumens of brightness respectively. They also have a claimed 1,600:1 contrast ratio and a six-segment DLP color wheel that produce relatively vivid images at either projector's 1024x768 maximum resolution.

Sony Ericsson preps James Bond edition C902

08/04, 8:55am

S Ericsson C902 James Bond

In keeping with its tradition for recent James Bond movies, Sony Ericsson today revealed a special-edition phone paired up with the upcoming Quantum of Solace. The C902 Titanium (not yet shown) comes in the same silver color that Daniel Craig's Bond uses in the movie and comes with several preloaded pieces of content for the spy movie, including a starter version of a game as well as a trailer, multiple interviews, and matching themes.

Intel details many-core Larrabee graphics chip

08/04, 8:25am

Intel Larrabee Details

Intel today provided some initial details of its Larrabee graphics architecture and thus its first attempt to directly challenge stand-alone graphics chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA. The semiconductor firm believes it has solved the problems of extending graphics features by using multiple, complete x86 processor cores that are more consciously designed to recognize multiple program threads and support Hyperthreading to run more than one thread at the same time; it also adds a dedicated vector processor per core to aid in graphics-related tasks.

Lenovo intros Atom-based IdeaPad netbook

08/04, 7:25am

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Lenovo this morning contributed its share to the rapidly growing netbook field with a new IdeaPad model. The S10 shares the same 10-inch screen and 1.6GHz Atom processor as larger rivals like the MSI Wind but promises a unique design with a multi-touch trackpad, front-mounted speakers, and a keyboard at 85 percent of full size and thus comfortable enough to type on for long periods. A 1.3-megapixel camera is built into the lid. Bluetooth and an ExpressCard slot are also rare additions for connections to wireless keyboards, 3G modems, and similar peripherals.

T-Mobile offers BlackBerry Curve Sunset

08/04, 12:00am

BlackBerry Curve Sunset

T-Mobile on Monday gave the BlackBerry Curve its final send-off with the launch of the Sunset model. The QWERTY keyboard smartphone now comes in a unique, namesake reddish hue along with black accents. T-Mobile's version also keeps to the Wi-Fi support of the 8320 reference design and lets HotSpot@Home subscribers make unlimited calls on Wi-Fi that automatically bridge to the cellular network when the user wanders out of range.

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