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Dell's XPS line will begin its transition into the Inspiron Studio series later this year, images posted on NotebookReview indicate. The Dell slides show the the XPS 1530 ending in November, with two new notebooks being released around the same time: the Studio XPS 13 and Studio XPS 15. This would confirm reports from earlier this month that Dell will be restructuring its brands, re-introducing the XPS as a trim option in the Inspiron Studio category to consolidate the labels.
Psystar, a Mac-clone manufacturer and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Apple, has been preparing its defense and is planning a countersuit. According to CNET, the legal battle between the two companies has been heating up for a while, beginning with Psystar's blatant modification of Mac OS X so it can be installed on its cheaper $400 PC. Apple finally filed suit on July 3rd after a long silence, following Psystar's release of the Mac OS X 10.5.4 update for free to its customers.
Panasonic Japan has revealed specs on its new VIERA PZR900 HDTV line, due out for release in the near future. The plasma TVs include the 42-inch TH-42PZR900, 46-inch TH-45PZR900 and 50-inch TH-50PZR900, all featuring built-in 1TB hard disk drives and YouTube support via their network and Internet compatibility Panasonic calls TV Net. Each TV is capable of 1920x1080 resolution and features a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. The hard drives, in the meantime, allow users to record up to 86 hours of BS digital broadcasts at 24Mbps or 121 hours of terrestrial digital broadcasting at 17Mbps.
The long-standing legal disagreement between LG Electronics and Quanta Computer Inc. has been settled, with Quanta agreeing to pay LG royalties for use of its patented computer technology, LG announced on Tuesday. The two companies entered into a settlement and license agreement, putting an end to two pending lawsuits over Taiwan-based Quanta using four of LG's US patents without permission pertaining to DVD readers in notebook computers.
Iogear on Tuesday announced it will soon launch its Wireless USB to VGA Kit, allowing Windows users to clone their desktop, view photos, or stream videos up to 720p from their PCs or laptops to other displays or projectors equipped with VGA connections. The wireless connection is good for distances of up to 30 feet, potentially allowing one person to watch multimedia content from the PC while another is otherwise using the computer.
Korea-based GamePark has released official information on its newest portable gaming and multimedia system, the Wiz GP2X. The system is built around a 2.8-inch OLED touch screen that delivers 320x240-pixel resolution. The Wiz will play MPEG4, XVID and DiVX videos, and be compatible with Flash Player 7, in addition to playing homebrew games that don't have to go through a lengthy licensing process. In addition, GamePark promises new releases, homebrew and otherwise, every month.
Bluetooth device maker BlueAnt Wireless on Tuesday announced it has launched the previously announced V1 Headset, which, the company claims, is the first Bluetooth 2.1+EDR headset with voice recognition, allowing for totally hands-free operation. The headset's BlueGenie Voice Interface software is embedded in the headset and therefore independent of the connected cellphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. The V1 can pair up with and remember up to eight Bluetooth devices.
The 120GB Zune spotted in the FCC's system is real but just part of a larger strategy, Zune team member Cesar Menendez has revealed. Beyond confirming the existence of the player, Menendez states that the hard disk-equipped player is just "part of the plan" and that there are significant hardware and software updates in development. Pricing should also play a role, he says.
Stanford's Folding@home (FAH) distributed computing project, with the help of GPUs, has produced information contained in over 50 peer-reviewed published scientific papers. The scientists are using the idle power of millions of processors from users all over the world to help study protein folding. A free program can be downloaded that will use an idle computer or Playstation 3 to run scientific algorithms and communicate the results to the main project.
Toshiba on Tuesday announced details and specifications on its newest projector, the TLP-XE30U. Capable of 1024x768 resolution, the projector features a blackboard function that allows it to correct for green, black, brown, blue or beige colored walls and surfaces to display a color-correct image. Setting it up is also straightforward, with automatic vertical keystone correction that can throw up a square image on the wall despite the projector's orientation of up to 30 degrees from horizontal.
Klausner Technologies today grew the scope of its licensing claims by suing multiple other companies it believes are treading on its patents for a visual voicemail system. The company claims that software developed by Google, LG, Verizon and six other firms are violating patents from 1992 onwards for a system that permits listening to voicemail out of order through a graphical interface.
Canon's announcements on Tuesday have wrapped up with an unveiling for two new SELPHY hand-portable photo printers. The camera maker's flagship ES3 breaks out from the normal range by holding 1GB of flash memory of its own, giving it just enough room to hold a significant number of favorite shots to print or recover later on. Its screen is also one of the largest for the category at 3.5 inches and promises more accurate color adjustments.
Normally only known for its cellphone service, Fido today expanded its options to include the Novatel Ovation MC950D. The USB adapter gives the Canadian provider's notebook- and UMPC-borne subscribers full 3G Internet access over HSPA without needing a PC Card slot. On Fido's network, the device can download as quickly as 7.2Mbps in peak conditions; roaming with certain carriers in Europe and eventually in Canada can upload as quickly as 2.1Mbps.
Sanyo on Monday took the wraps off its newest home theater HD projector, the three-LCD PLV-Z700. Capable of projecting 1080p images, Sanyo is nevertheless marketing the PLV-Z700 as an entry-level projector. The company touts the new product as using the most advanced shift lens technology available, capable of shifting three entire screen sizes vertically and two screen sizes horizontally. It also sports a variable iris that adjusts the amount of light projected on the screen 60 times a second, or twice as fast as 30 frames per second tV.
French cellphone carrier Orange has admitted to imposing artificial limits on its 3G broadband network, reports say. The confession comes after complaints from a number of iPhone 3G owners, who in testing their download capacity discovered that they were limited to a maximum of 400Kbps, as compared to the 1.8Mbps possible on T-Mobile's German network. Most 3G networks are limited to a peak speed of 3.2Mbps, although some may support 7.2Mbps.
Continuing its photography-related announcements, Canon has revealed two new PIXMA photo printers, the MP980 and MP620. Both printers continue to feature the company's Auto Photo Fix feature, which can make automatic adjustments for factors like contrast, saturation and red-eye; new is the inclusion of an Auto Scan Mode, which will detect the type of document being scanned, perform cropping, and save images to JPEG or PDF files. Each printer is also Wi-Fi and Ethernet enabled.
NAVIGON readied itself for the fall today by launching a replacement for its highest-end GPS unit. The 7200T brings both a new interface that the company claims is the fastest for entering a destination but also adds a detailed 3D view where landmarks are represented as true objects. The addition gives drivers a quicker way to recognize stops or turning points without reading street names or waiting for voiced directions.
HTC's Dream has had its full design and naming scheme exposed courtesy of a leak today from Android Guys. Now known as the T-Mobile G1, the phone exactly matches the design seen in videos and in Google's own prototype. The smartphone is dominated by its touchscreen but has a more ergonomic "banana" shape and a full QWERTY keyboard exposed through a Sidekick-style sliding display; a trackball replaces the traditional D-pad and lets owners use certain features one-handed.
After a premature unveiling on Monday, Nokia on Tuesday provided full details for its two latest Nseries smartphones. The N79 still represents the largest upgrade with its five-megapixel camera, 4GB of bundled storage and swappable covers giving it an edge over the earlier N78. It's however now known to first ship in a version without North American support for its HSDPA-based 3G access, limiting the device to EDGE data and GSM calls in Canada or the US. The device is nonetheless still one of Nokia's least expensive smartphones and will ship in October for the N78's 350 Euros ($514) before any carrier discounts.
The second generation of Amazon's Kindle is not only near but will represent a major overhaul of the kind Apple has previously given to its iPods, says a source purportedly aware of the revisions and speaking to BusinessWeek. The direct replacement for the existing six-inch Kindle is described as thinner, more attractive and having a better screen than even the nearly year-old e-book reader and is likened to what would have happened if Apple had skipped from its first-run iPod to the iPod mini in a single update.
Along its professional-level EOS 50D, Canon has debuted three new PowerShot compact cameras. Foremost in the group is the SX110 IS, which has a 10x optical zoom lens, and a three-inch viewing LCD. Like the other new cameras it is bolstered by optical image stabilization, as a well as a DIGIC III image processor, which sports face and motion detection as well as automatic red-eye correction. Power comes from two AA batteries.
Rather than simply update its existing models, Canon on Tuesday launched an entirely new camera series. The 10-megapixel PowerShot E1 and future E cameras are aimed at a younger audience with a soft, rounded camera body and a large, easy to understand button interface at the back. The camera has a full hands-off Easy Mode that adjusts every setting by itself but also uses advanced hardware to its advantage, adding optical image stabilization and face detection that are sometimes stripped out of novice cameras.
HTC this morning countered moves by Nokia through the launch of the S740. The smartphone has the all-black, stylized look of the Touch Diamond but gives up the touchscreen for a smaller 2.4-inch LCD and traditional hardware controls, including a number pad; the change lets users dial or text more easily one-handed, HTC claims. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard as with the Touch Pro gives the S740 full-speed typing when necessary.
Nokia today tried its hand again at competing in the US smartphone market with the announcement of a North American edition of the N96. The black slider phone carries the same 16GB of built-in storage, five-megapixel camera, true GPS and Wi-Fi as the version just reaching Europe but makes a few key changes to adapt to the Western market. The update brings full 850MHz band HSDPA to support 3G on AT&T and Rogers but in return loses the ability to tune mobile digital TV, with no DVB-H broadcasts available on the continent.
Canon began its fullest assault on the camera market pre-Photokina with the launch of the EOS 50D. The spiritual successor to the EOS 40D boosts the sensor to 15.1 megapixels and is consciously targeted at the extremely high ISO ranges shooting of newer Nikon cameras. By fitting gapless microlenses on top of the pixels, Canon says it has cut back on noise and can introduce two ultra-high sensitivity modes at ISO 6,400 and ISO 12,800 while also producing a cleaner image across the normal ISO 100-3,200 range.
Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Photoshop Elements 7, and Premiere Elements 7, two major version upgrades to its consumer photo and video editing applications, including Photoshop.com memberships with either app. Photoshop Elements 7 introduces several new tools and utilities, including several one-step Quick Fix tools. Quick Fix allows users to remedy common problems with sky color, or teeth whitening, while the Smart Brush can quickly improve lighting, add textures, or apply over fifty effects to a specific area.
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