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D90 rumors abound, inventory screenshot adds clue

08/11, 10:05pm

D90 rumors, details emerge

A new D90 clue emerged that suggests the asking price will be $1300. A screen shot was taken of a Circuit City inventory screen was posted on nikonrumors.com showing an active SKU for the D90 with a 18-105mm VR lens. It is common practice for retailers to add an item's information and pricing into their computer system when it is put on order from the manufacturer. Other photos have surfaced recently of the long-anticipated Nikon camera.

Gefen system sends HD signal 300m on CAT-5 cable

08/11, 8:10pm

HD signal 300m on Cat-5

Connectivity solutions company Gefen recently introduced three new systems integrators for audio/video systems using the component video format. The new products allow a full HD signal to be carried on a CAT-5 cable distances up to 300 meters. This is ideal for large scale home entertainment systems, digital signage applications and high profile audio/video installations. All three products perform two functions from a single box, reducing the need for extra equipment.

MSI announces launch of new EX310 notebook

08/11, 4:50pm

MSI intros EX310 notebook

MSI, maker of the Wind mini notebook, has revealed its EX310 notebook, which packs a 13.3-inch LCD screen with 1280x800 resolution and slots in between the company's 10-inch Wind and 14.1-inch P400. The EX310 runs on AMD's Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM, while an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 graphics card with 256MB of RAM handles HD video playback capabilities via the optional Blu-ray optical drive and HDMI output. A TV tuner card is also optional.

Best Buy sets up vending machines at airports

08/11, 4:45pm

Best Buy vending machines

The electronics chain Best Buy announced on Monday that it would add 12 vending machine-like kiosks at the Logan International Airport in Boston and other major airports across the US. The unattended stores would be built under the chain's Best Buy Express pilot program and in partnership with San Francisco-based vending machine company ZoomSystems; the goal will be to supply devices travelers are likely to need during a trip rather than larger or more expensive items.

Image leak hints Sony Ericsson W760a for AT&T?

08/11, 4:30pm

Sony W760a coming to AT&T?

While unofficial, an image leaked online suggests one of Sony Ericsson's newer Walkman handsets, the W760a, will be offered on AT&T's network in the near future. The carrier's logo appears on the front of the phone, which itself passed through the FCC's approval process a few weeks earlier. The device will be one of AT&T's first 3G-capable Walkman devices with 850MHz and 1900MHz support for HSDPA, and will also feature a built-in GPS receiver along with a motion sensor for tilt-operated functions.

Kindle profits to top $1 billion by 2010; Citi

08/11, 4:10pm

Kindle to sell $1.1b

Internet Analyst Mark Mahaney at Citi Investment Research is predicting the Kindle e-book reader offered exclusively by Amazon.com will sell 378,000 units this year, up from his previous estimates by a factor of two and well above the growth rate of Apple's iPod in its early years. His previous estimates of the $350 device's sales have also been bumped up from $750 million in revenue to $1.1 billion by 2010 or 4 percent of all of Amazon's business without taking into consideration a Kindle revision rumored to be released before the end of 2008.

Imation adds pair of improved SSDs to lineup

08/11, 4:00pm

Imation SSD Upgrade

Imation on Monday announced the introduction of two new products to its range of solid-state drives (SSDs), with the PRO 7500 and the PRO 7000 PATA. The former represents the application of Imation's latest and most advanced SSD technology, with improvements to speed and storage capacity, while the latter's Parallel ATA interface allows older equipment to benefit from SSD technology.

Intel to ship cheaper mobile quad-core CPU

08/11, 3:45pm

Intel Core 2 Quad Mobile

Intel will announce a second mobile quad-core processor when it kicks off its Developer Forum next week, according to a report. While the Santa Clara, California-based company is commonly known to be preparing a 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme destined for high-end mobile workstations and gaming systems, a second model under the more mainstream Core 2 Quad name will also reportedly be available. Known under a Q9100 model name, the processor will run at a lower 2.26GHz clock speed and have its speed multiplier locked to encourage gamers to adopt the more expensive 2.53GHz part.

iPhone leads in Flickr cameraphone uploads

08/11, 3:30pm

Flickr phone/camera stats

The Apple iPhone is by a wide margin the phone most used by Flickr uploaders, updated charts from the site suggest. The charts track the number of people with a particular device "who have uploaded at least one photo or video with a particular camera on a given day over the last year," according to Flickr, and show the iPhone as nearing 100 percent of site cameraphone users. Nokia's N95 has an overlapping figure of about 70 percent, but the N73, N82 and Sony Ericsson K800i are the only other phones on the list, at just over 20 percent each. The N73 and K800i are in decline, while both the iPhone and N95 are increasing in popularity.

MetroPCS to share same 4G as AT&T, Verizon

08/11, 2:55pm

MetroPCS to Use LTE for 4G

MetroPCS will use the same fourth-generation (4G) cellular data access as larger carriers, the company has revealed while discussing its latest quarterly results. Though small, the provider says it will switch its network from its existing CDMA format to the same Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard that will be used by AT&T, Verizon and the latter's recent buyout target Alltel.

Motorola Atila to tackle iPhone, sport HSPA

08/11, 2:05pm

Motorola Atila Leak

Motorola's direct challenger to the iPhone won't be the traditional Alexander, says a leak from BGR. The American company is now said to be developing a sister device, codenamed the "Atila," that drops the hardware keyboard entirely in favor of a touchscreen design. It would continue to use Windows Mobile 6.1 but would be Motorola's first ever device to support 3G cellular data over tri-band HSPA that would not only allow it to work in all HSPA areas but to support faster 7.2Mbps downloads and 1.8Mbps uploads.

VIA quits mainboard chipset industry

08/11, 1:40pm

VIA Quits Mainboard Chips

VIA has formally quit the business of manufacturing chipsets for third parties, the company tells Custom PC. The semiconductor company has decided against continuing to make chipsets to support AMD and Intel processors and will instead focus on its own processors and their accompanying platforms, such as Pico-ITX (shown) or full reference platforms like the OpenBook. The move is characterized as the end of a long shift away from building for AMD and Intel as they produce more of their work in-house.

Indilinx claims 230MBps SSD controller

08/11, 1:30pm

230MBps SSD drives?

Semiconductor maker Indilinx has upped the potential throughput of SSD drives, an announcement claims. The company says that its Barefoot controller, just out of development, is capable of peak read/write speeds up to 230MBps, allegedly the fastest on the market. This speed is entirely dependent on the type of memory used however, and in practicality it operates at 170MBps with SLC (single-level) NAND memory, or 200/160MBps using MLC (multi-level) NAND.

Sanyo posts images of upcoming Katana Eclipse

08/11, 12:50pm

Sanyo Katana Eclipse pics

Even though it has not been formally announced by any company, Sanyo has posted images of a new Katana phone, the Katana Eclipse (a.k.a. 6750). The photos are high-resolution files in Sanyo's official image bank, and depict a new clamshell device with markings for American carrier Sprint. Significant aesthetics changes are present over previous Katana devices; immediately obvious are sleeker, rounded edges, the lack of a raised center column, and redesigned internal and external buttons.

Zune to get video exclusives to fight iPod

08/11, 12:10pm

Zune to get unique content

In an effort to boost the slow sales of its Zune media player, Microsoft is turning to Hollywood in order to license original content for it, according to new reports. Microsoft has sent executives to talent agencies and production companies over the last few months to find video programming that would be available either exclusively for the Zune or launch first for the device before being offered elsewhere.

Canon adds two AIO printers, three scanners

08/11, 11:50am

Canon Aug 2008 Printers

Canon geared up its back-to-school efforts with a pair of all-in-one printers and a trio of scanners. Aside from a more streamlined design, the PIXMA MP480 and the simpler MP190 both print faster, producing color images at 16 and 15 pages per second respectively (20/19 in black and white). The MP480 is similarly fast at generating full-quality four-by-six inch images and will create a borderless example in as little as 45 seconds versus the 70 of the MP190.

Hitachi intros smaller Blu-ray vidcam to US

08/11, 11:05am

Hitachi BD10 Cam in US

Hitachi today fulfilled expectations for an international release and updated its Blu-ray camcorders to include the BD10HA, the North American version of a new model already introduced in Japan. The new camera is about 20 percent smaller but includes a newer seven-megapixel sensor that improves light sensitivity, adds face detection, and captures 6.2-megapixel still photos in addition to 1920x1080 video.

Verizon makes Visual Voice Mail official

08/11, 10:45am

Verizon V Voicemail Intro

Verizon today corrected its false start and today officially launched Visual Voice Mail, its own response to a similar feature for the iPhone 3G at AT&T. The feature lets supporting phones access messages out of order but provides advantages not present with the rival system, including the ability to add an unknown caller as a contact, forward messages, or store permanent copies to the phone itself rather than rely on a remote server.

Nokia 5610 XpressMusic phone comes to T-Mobile

08/11, 10:25am

Nokia 5610 now at T-Mobile

A more recent Nokia music slider phone, the 5610 XpressMusic, has been added to the line-up at wireless service provider T-Mobile USA on Monday. The phone has been designed with easy access to music in mind, and features a 3.5mm audio jack and stereo Bluetooth audio support for well as an included 1GB microSD card for storing music; the XpressMusic series' dedicated music controls also carry over.

Apple to use dedicated movie chips?

08/11, 10:15am

Mac QuickTime Chip Rumor

Apple's widely discussed mystery product transition will involve dedicated movie processing hardware, according to a claimed tip on the subject sent to Silicon Alley Insider. The rumor would have at least some of Apple's products carry a chipset that would accelerate both decoding and encoding video, offloading much of the work from the main system processor. The source doesn't name which products would receive the update, which if true would appear before the end of September.

HP preps two high-color LCDs

08/11, 9:35am

HP LP2475w and LP2275w

HP this morning complemented the launch of its first quad-core notebook with two desktop LCDs that emphasize color accuracy. The 24-inch LP2475w can display 102 percent of the standard NTSC color gamut, making it more appropriate for artists and other visual editors; the 22-inch LP2275w partly overcomes the color limits of most same-size displays with 92 percent of the same color range.

BlackBerry at 11% total US share in spring

08/11, 9:10am

BBerry at 11pc US Share

Research in Motion's BlackBerry phones now account for more than one in every ten phones sold in the US as a whole, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics. The Canadian company is now said to have accounted for 11 percent of all phones sold in the US during the spring despite its emphasis on smartphones. Such sales are almost triple the four percent from spring 2007 and have RIM eclipsing Nokia, which is the largest worldwide phone producer but has just nine percent of the US market.

HP first with true quad-core notebook

08/11, 8:25am

HP EliteBook Quad Core

HP today preceded the SIGGRAPH expo by introducing a notebook it claims breaks two records in notebooks. The 17-inch EliteBook 8730w is the first known notebook to use a true Intel mobile quad-core processor rather than repurposed desktop parts and thus has the same size and battery performance of regular 17-inch systems. The company doesn't reveal the processor but is known to be using a 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme with 12MB of Level 2 cache, trading the clock speed of some Core 2 Duo processors for better performance in video encoding and other tasks that can recognize more than two cores.

Jobs: "kill switch" real; 60m iPhone apps downloaded

08/11, 7:45am

60m iPhone App Downloads

Over 60 million iPhone and iPod touch apps have been downloaded in the one month since the iPhone 2.0 firmware has been available, Apple chief Steve Jobs tells the Wall Street Journal. The electronics company co-founder in a rare interview reveals that while most App Store downloads are free, paid apps in the first month have averaged about $1 million in sales per day for a total of $30 million for the first month. Maintaining the current rate would generate approximately $360 million, though Jobs estimates that this is likely to increase over time and is unprecedented compared to his experience with Macs.

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