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Boston Acoustics Horizon iDS2 iPod Speaker/Dock

08/18, 8:30pm

Boston Ac. iDS2 iPod spkr

Boston Acoustics has unveiled the Horizon iDS2 iPod Speaker system with two built-in 3 1/2 inch full-range speakers and 60 watts of power. Measuring roughly 5- by 13- by 6-inches, the speaker/dock comes in black or white models; customers can order grilles in a variety of colors to match room decor.

Epson's new WorkForce line of small business printers

08/18, 7:00pm

Epson's new printers

Epson has introduced the WorkForce line of printers and all-in-ones for "micro-business" users. This line includes the WorkForce 600, 500 all-in-ones and WorkForce 40, 30 printers. Capabilities of different models include scan, fax, copy, photo, or WiFi connectivity. All WorkForce models include four-color individual cartridges allowing replacement each color as needed and optional high capacity black cartridges for high printing volume.

Google mends fences with new Android SDK

08/18, 4:55pm

New Google Android SDK

Google this afternoon made a move to placate frustrated developers for its mobile phone platform by releasing a new beta of the Android SDK. Version 0.9 is the first kit available to those outside of Google's Developers Challenge and is described as the first to have largely settled the operating system. No major changes are expected from 0.9 until the finished 1.0 release, the company says.

Tom Bihn unwraps TSA-approved notebook bag

08/18, 4:20pm

TSA approved laptop bag

Tom Bihn has announced the Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Briefcase. This bag was designed around the TSA's new "checkpoint-friendly" program guidelines and allow laptops to pass through the x-ray scanner without being removed from the case if it conforms to one of several designs. Three sizes are available that are specifically fit for Apple laptops but are also suitable for many others. Shipping will begin by late September.

Google launches white space propaganda campaign

08/18, 4:20pm

Google whitespace campaign

Google is aiming to bring public opinion to bear on white space technology, company bloggers have announced. As a member of the White Spaces Coalition, Google is pushing the FCC to authorize the technology, which would take advantage of the frequencies between over-the-air TV broadcasts to deliver broadband Internet, in some cases where it may not have been accessible before. The FCC is said to have completed testing on a second phase of white space devices, and should rule on their practicality "in the coming months."

Npower expands line of electronics for kids

08/18, 4:15pm

iCarly electronics

Nickelodeon, Viacom, and Imation today announced a new line of electronics for children under Nickelodeon's Npower brand. New additions include web cams, camcorders, digital cameras, digital voice recorder and other electronics themed after Nickelodeon's TV show iCarly. Npower has also expanded their line of SpongeBob Squarepants products, including a digital picture frame and MP3 player dock. For children ages two to four, digital photo viewers and boomboxes were added to the Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! lines.

Samsung Tocco to see T-Mobile as 3G expands

08/18, 4:05pm

Samsung Tocco T-Mo Leak

A leak this weekend by TmoNews suggests that T-Mobile's US division will have a second iPhone rival after the Android-based HTC Dream. Known as the Samsung Tocco in Europe, the t919 would drop the front video camera from its original launch but would be one of T-Mobile's premier touchscreen devices, coming with a five-megapixel camera as well as a microSDHC slot that can handle at least 16GB of content. The device would support 3G data over the American provider's 1,700MHz UMTS network and so support much faster Internet access.

Lenovo debuts IdeaPad U8 mobile Internet device

08/18, 3:45pm

Lenovo IdeaPad U8

Using its home country's Olympics as a springboard, Lenovo has announced the IdeaPad U8, a new mobile Internet device (MID). The device is equipped with a 800MHz Atom Z500 processor, 1 to 2GB of RAM, and a 6GB solid-state drive. It also has twin cameras, and includes at least one USB port, which lets it access mobile TV through supporting tuner add-ons. It is unknown if other peripherals might be compatible.

Dell's Inspiron 910 netbook due Friday?

08/18, 3:30pm

Inspiron 910 Friday Leak

Dell's miniature Inspiron 910 could be unveiled before the end of the week, a discovery shows at Gizmodo. The company's first netbook is allegedly poised to launch before August 22nd and should include many of the specifications that have been leaked over the past few months, ranging from the 1.6GHz Atom processor to storage at 4GB, 8GB or 16GB depending on the trim level. Between 512MB and 1GB of RAM will keep the costs low.

FCC reveals Zune 120GB with old design

08/18, 2:55pm

Zune 120GB at FCC

Microsoft's next-generation Zune update will will be cautious and focus primarily on storage, the FCC has revealed through a new filing (PDF). Government tests prove the existence of a Zune with 120GB of storage but also reveal a design fundamentally unchanged from the Zune 80, including the hybrid touch and directional pad. The device also appears to be running the existing Zune 2.5 software rather than a new revision, although this may not necessarily apply to the final product.

35% of Windows business PCs downgrade to XP

08/18, 2:30pm

35pc Win Biz Sales Are XP

More than a third of all new Windows PCs recently bought by large businesses have deliberately been setup to run an operating system other than Windows Vista, InfoWorld says in a new study of a user network. Although Microsoft officially cut off most Windows XP sales on June 30th, the publication notes that 35 percent of all the systems brought online at enterprises since then either take advantage of a downgrade loophole that allows vendors to preinstall XP on normally Vista-based systems or else have installed another operating system of their own, whether it involves XP or an alternative such as Windows Server 2003 or 2008.

Kensington offers Wireless USB video dock

08/18, 1:55pm

Kensington WUSB Dock

Kensington today unveiled what it believes is the first genuinely universal Wireless USB dock. The simply-titled Wireless USB Docking Station connects to any computer that supports Wireless USB, whether internally or through an adapter, and provides enough connections to serve as a full stand-in for a wired dock without the extra cables; the device can output a DVI video signal up to the 1680x1050 of most 20-inch displays and has five USB ports as well as a stereo minijack for external speakers.

Standards group unveils SATA 3.0 specs

08/18, 1:25pm

SATA 3.0 specs released

Data on the next version of the SATA connection standard has been unveiled, according to its governing body. The SATA-IO group has announced early specifications for SATA Revision 3.0, which it expects to be finalized by the end of this year. The initial specs relate to the physical portion of the interface, which should double transfers speeds compared to current SATA II links, with a peak of 6Gbps. The format is also set to include "advances for data streaming," SATA-IO says, and "better power management."

MS may face China anti-monopoly trial

08/18, 12:30pm

MS Faces China Antitrust

Microsoft could face antitrust action in China based on a new law, according to claims made by a local firm on Monday. Software firm Evermore's chief executive Gus Tsao says that a new measure against monopolistic behavior passed on Friday would potentially allow firms to accuse Microsoft of abusing its position by tightly integrating Office with Windows, preventing Evermore's upcoming EIOffice 2009 and other competing office suites from offering a similar level of features.

Sprint adds Moto RAZR VE20 flip to lineup

08/18, 11:35am

Moto VE20 at Sprint

Sprint today backed up the launch of the Katana Eclipse with a second flip phone. While lacking the lights of its companion, the RAZR VE20 has a larger external display with RAZR2-like touch controls that support music as well as checking the inbox and other basic menu functions without opening the clamshell. It also carries a two-megapixel camera, again like the RAZR2 and an improvement over the Sanyo phone's 1.3-megapixel offering.

MPC rebrands Classmate PC as TXTbook

08/18, 11:10am

MPC TXTbook

MPC this morning hopes to extend the reach of Intel's Classmate PC to a wider audience with the TXTbook, the first North American version available for individuals. The design is largely unchanged from the second-generation model and is small enough with its 8.9-inch screen to be used comfortably by smaller children but durable enough to handle most common drops. The system boasts a speed improvement over the original by switching to a 1.6GHz Atom that also gives the small notebook up to five hours of battery runtime on an expanded capacity battery.

Sanyo Katana Eclipse reaches Sprint

08/18, 10:15am

Katana Eclipse at Sprint

After multiple leaks and an early Canadian launch, Sprint today began carrying the Katana Eclipse, the next version of Sanyo's extra-thin clamshell. The design draws most of its attention for its elaborate external lighting that can be used both as entertainment and information. While it can flash to music, it can also illuminate during calls in different colors or even different patterns to identify particular users without either a conspicuous ringtone or even vibrations that might be missed in a noisy environment.

HTC Dream hits FCC, includes T-Mobile 3G

08/18, 9:45am

HTC Dream at FCC

HTC's inaugural Google Android phone the Dream is now cleared for use in the US, a filing with the FCC shows. Listed as the DREA100, the device appears a match for past descriptions and will have not just Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but also the 1,700MHz UMTS support necessary for faster data speeds and better calls on T-Mobile USA's network, both of which should assist Android's data-heavy focus.

HP reveals EliteBook ultraportable, tablet

08/18, 9:00am

HP EliteBook 2530p 2730p

HP today added yet again to its EliteBook lineup with two new systems that push the line towards the ultra-mobile category. The 12.1-inch 2730p (shown at top) is the first convertible tablet in the line and is characterized as one of the thinnest notebooks in its class at just over 1.1 inches; though the styling is similar to the earlier Compaq 2710p, it now finds room for a full trackpad as well as separate tablet buttons and a jogwheel for fast scrolling through documents.

Toshiba intros first near-HD DVD upscaling player

08/18, 8:20am

Toshiba XDE Player

Toshiba on Monday nursed its losses in HD format conflicts by launching its first player based on its promised Extended Detail Enhancement technology, or XDE. The XD-E500 upscales from as little as 480i up to 1080p, as with some DVD players, but sports customization features that Toshiba argues bring the player's output closer to real HD. Viewers can increase the sharpness of the picture to overcome the softness inherent to DVD's lower resolution and restore some of the perceived detail.

1st Android phone lacks Exchange, due Nov.?

08/18, 7:55am

Android Lacks Exchange

HTC's Android-based Dream phone may not support push-based work mail or ship as soon as expected, according to a reported first-hand account of the device by IBB Consulting senior principal Moe Tanabian. The veteran claims that the device only supports push e-mail through Google's own Gmail service and that support for Microsoft's Exchange service isn't known, potentially hurting its usefulness for business similar to what was encountered with the original iPhone firmware.

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