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Google pulls plug on "Green" search engine Forestle

09/01, 7:30pm

Google loses Forestle

Google has ended its affiliation with Forestle, the search engine that promised to donate all of its proceeds to save rainforests, according to Ars Technica. Google claimed Forestle.com offered "incentives to click artificially on sponsored links" despite a disclaimer at the top of the page telling visitors to "only click on Google sponsored links if you are really interested in them."

Intel still not meeting demand for Atom chips

09/01, 7:20pm

Intel Atom supply problems

Intel is facing difficulties meeting the demand for its Atom processors, according to InfoWorld. In the emerging market for low-cost mini-notebooks, many manufacturers have been scrambling to get designs to production very quickly. The Atom chip has been heavily marketed by Intel this year, and the response from customers seems to have exceeded not just its expectations, but also its production capacity.

Commodore is alive, introduces 10-inch netbook

09/01, 5:30pm

Commodore intros netbook

Proving not to be a former household name, Commodore has come back and introduced the UMMD 8010/F netbook at the IFA 2008 show in Berlin. The new Commodore netbook is built around a 10-inch screen, with processing power coming from a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M CPU. While full specs are not known, including the operating system, an 80GB hard drive is to be part of the picture, along with 1GB of RAM.

LG Display and Amtran partner up on LCD plant

09/01, 4:30pm

LG and Amtran partnership

A Monday report has LG Display and Amtran - maker of Vizio LCDs - agreeing to set up a joint production plant to manufacture LCD panels and TV sets for their brands in China. Under the agreement, Amtran's existing facility in Suzhou, China, will see a $20 million initial investment. The new plant, due to commence operation early next year, will produce 3 million LCD modules along with 5 million LCD TV sets.

Leak: HTC Touch Pro coming to Sprint by October 19

09/01, 4:00pm

HTC Touch phones at Sprint

A Web-wide leak showing pricing and availability information for Sprint's upcoming handsets reveals when both the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro will see release, according to a recent report. The Diamond will be available around the middle of September, while its QWERTY-equipped counterpart - the Touch Pro - will make its Sprint debut on October 19th.

Saturn offers DRM-free Universal MP3 catalogue

09/01, 3:30pm

Saturn sells DRM-free MP3s

Users who download music from German retailer Saturn's online music store will now be able to share and use their purchased music without the usual restrictions associated with Digital Rights Management (DRM). The company made the announcement on Monday, in the process becoming the first European reseller to offer all of the songs in Universal Music Entertainment library DRM-free. Universal itself is pushing for the move to DRM-free files, with the recent launch of its LostTunes music store.

Fujitsu LifeBook P1630 undergoing testing at FCC

09/01, 12:30pm

Fujitsu LifeBook at FCC

Fujitsu will soon be adding a new ultra-portable LifeBook notebook PC to its range, according to an FCC filing online. The P1630 would effectively replace the current P1620 but retain the former's 8.9-inch touch-screen display good for 1280x768-pixel resolution. It will, however, use a new ultra low-voltage processor, Intel's Core 2 Duo SU9400 running at 1.4GHz.

Gorenje releases officially licensed iPod fridge

09/01, 12:10pm

Gorenje intros iPod fridge

Slovenia-based Gorenje used IFA to introduce the first refrigerator to feature an iPod and iPhone dock. The product is officially endorsed by Apple, and offers a docking port that will stream music from the personal Apple devices. In addition to playing the content of and charging the devices, users who plug their Wi-Fi-equipped iPhones or iPod Touch devices into the dock will be able to control their appliances' operation via a network and the iGorenj software.

Leaked Verizon rebate sheet reveals upcoming handsets

09/01, 11:55am

Verizon rebate sheet leaks

A rebate sheet from Verizon that was leaked on the Internet recently reveals the cellular phone provider's upcoming handsets customers can find at Verizon dealers in the next month. While the sheet conspicuously leaves out anticipated handsets such as the BlackBerry Storm, it outlines in detail several mid- and low-range devices likely to appear at the carrier in the near future.

CTL vows $149 Atom, Linux-based desktop

09/01, 11:30am

CTL 2go Nettop

Classmate PC reseller CTL plans to set a new floor for desktops with a nettop that shares the same design philosophy as Intel's portable. The 2go pc nettop will cost as little as $149 thanks to its use of a 1.6GHz Atom processor but desktop-oriented parts. The price undercuts ASUS' Eee Box in part by introducing the entry-level model as a barebones kit: the system comes without its own hard drive and leaves the user to pick the default storage as well as an operating system. This entry system will also have 1GB of memory.

Sony Ericsson denies XPERIA delay rumors

09/01, 11:05am

S Ericsson Denies X1 Delay

Sony Ericsson today denied claims that its XPERIA X1 smartphone has been pushed back as far as early 2009, contradicting claims from its own employees at IFA as well as brief status updates on its own website. The firm now maintains that it has always kept its first Windows Mobile device to a fall 2008 launch and refutes claims that the software was too unreliable.

Intel launches three budget desktop processors

09/01, 10:50am

Intel intros processors

Chipmaker Intel has quietly released three new desktop processors, according to a Monday report. The new quad-core Q8200 and dual-core E5200 share a more modern 45 nanometer architecture, while the Celeron D 450 is made on the older 65nm topology. The new quad-core chip is meant as a true entry-level quad-core chip and runs at 2.33GHz with a simpler 4MB of L2 cache along with a 1,333MHz front system bus.

Meizu demos iPhone clone on video

09/01, 10:35am

Meizu M8 Video

Meizu has demonstrated a working example of its long-delayed M8 cellphone in action, courtesy of a new video posted by company founder J. Wong. The nearly four-minute clip confirms that the device closely mimics the iPhone's interface down to its home screen, media player, and photo management app; a relatively new addition seen in the software is a file browser for navigating content outside of what's immediately recognized by the touchscreen device.

Sprint slips Xohm launch devices, services

09/01, 10:10am

Sprint Slips Xohm Details

Sprint has already slipped details of what its WiMAX-based Xohm wireless service will feature when it launches later this month, a set of hidden pages show. The company'S device list and FAQs show the firm will have just the N810 WiMAX Edition as its stand-alone device and will primarily rely on PC adapters, including a ZyXEL router as well as a Samsung ExpressCard modem and a ZTE USB modem. Notebooks with WiMAX built-in will also support the service and are known to include an ASUS Eee PC variant and new Toshiba notebooks.

Quanta developing own MID handhelds

09/01, 9:20am

Quanta Develops MIDs

Normally known for building notebooks for other companies, Quanta will start producing Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) under its own name, company chair Barry Lam said on Monday. The executive is short on details but says it will make one of the small devices with a focus on better mobile Internet access than the Wi-Fi that limits most notebooks; past MIDs such as those from GigaByte have often included 3G cellular Internet access and should soon include support for WiMAX and other long-range access.

Microsoft slashes Xbox 360 price in Japan

09/01, 8:45am

Xbox 360 Japan Price Drop

Microsoft today dropped the price of the Xbox 360 in Japan in a bid to capitalize on a sudden surge in console demand that triggered a console shortage. The Japanese system is now the least expensive of all and sees an entry Arcade model selling for the equivalent of $180, or a full $100 less than its current US pricing. The 60GB Pro model also now sells for much less at $275, while the top-end 120GB Elite system now sells for the equivalent of $367.

Creative ups ZEN Mozaic to 16GB pre-iPod

09/01, 8:20am

Creative ZEN Mozaic 16GB

Creative has quietly updated its ZEN Mozaic to 16GB, doubling the capacity of the player just a week before observers and inside sources expect Apple to update iPods through a special event. The new model should have the same features as the 2GB through 8GB Mozaic models, including the relatively rare external speaker as well as FM radio, voice microphone, and Creative's newer Centrale software for syncing media more easily than the company's past software.

Microsoft hiring for Win Mobile's app store

09/01, 7:40am

MS Skymarket Hiring

Microsoft is developing its own centralized app store to compete with similar offerings from Apple and Google, the company itself has revealed through a Seattle job listing. The firm is currently searching for a Product Manager for a service known as Skymarket that would become a key aspect of Windows Mobile 7 and launch at the same time. A recruit would effectively head the entirety of the project and set the business model as well as the pricing and other terms.

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