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Nintendo on Tuesday announced it would continue its trend of offering multiple color renditions of its console systems by introducing a Metallic Silver Nintendo DS. Details on the new unit are sparse, but the overall design and functionality is expected to remain unchanged, as with most other product color revisions seen from Nintendo. The Metallic Silver Nintendo DS is due to see store shelves September 7th.
Dell on Tuesday confirmed it would ship the Inspiron 910 in the next few days, bringing to a head rumors of the ultraportable that has been under vast speculation for some time. While Dell was forthcoming with the release itself, a Dell spokesperson was unable to provide any technical specifications. The spokesperson also panned specifications that were surfacing on technology news sites, saying the information contained was merely "rumors and speculation."
OtterBox has unveiled a long list of new cases for Apple, HP, Palm, HTC, and BlackBerry smartphones. The Defender Series cases feature multi-layer protection- a clear polycarbonate sheet for abrasion and chemical resistance for the screen, a polycarbonate shell for impact protection, and a silicone skin for further durability and soft feel. The new Impact Series will offer a silicone "skin-like" case.
Electronics giant Sony on Tuesday unveiled its newest BRAVIA TV for the Japanese market, the 4-inch XDV-W600. The portable TV can be taken to the bath thanks to its IPX7 and IPX6 waterproof rating, enabling it to withstand water depths up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes. While in the bath or elsewhere, users can view content from its built-in 1Seg TV tuner or about 10 hours of content recorded onto its 2GB of internal memory as well as listen to FM radio programming.
Network provider AT&T on Tuesday announced it has started to offer Samsung's a237 clamshell handset for sale. The a237 is a quad-band GSM phone and supports EDGE for data. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to pair up supported wireless devices, including headsets and earphones, in addition to sending and receiving files. AOL, Windows Live and Yahoo! mobile chat program support, an email client as well as a web browser allows Internet connectivity and communication.
Raon Digital on Tuesday announced its previously seen Everun Note UMPC will be coming to the US market. The company claims it is the first of its kind to sport a dual-core chip, specifically AMD's Turion 64 X2 processor rated at 1.2GHz. The UMPC comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display capable of 1024x600 resolution and packs 64MB of dedicated video memory along with 1GB of RAM. Raon announced the Everun Note will cost $879 in basic trim, and will offer a 3G wireless network option. In addition, the Note will feature easy access via the underside of the UMPC to its mini PCI Express card , memory and hard disk.
The last hurdle in Nokia's attempts to buy out the Symbian software firm and make it into an open source group has been passed, as Samsung accepted Nokia's offer to buy out its stake in Symbian, says a Tuesday report. Back in June, Nokia announced it would buy out the shares of the other shareholders for a total of $410 million and then make the Symbian cellular phone operating system open-source, making it available without royalties to members of the Symbian Foundation founded by Nokia.
Connection accessories maker IOGEAR on Tuesday announced it will debut its DVI Net ShareStation device at the CEDIA Expo which kicks off on Wednesday. The DVI Net ShareStation lets up to six users share one monitor via a connected Ethernet network. It connects to a host monitor via an included DVI / VGA adapter on one end along with an Ethernet network jack on the other. The device supports resolutions of up to 1600x1200 pixels.
Toshiba on Tuesday announced the release of its newest mobile projector, the TLP-X100U. The projector features Toshiba's 3LCD technology to throw up 1024x768-pixel images in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Meant for use in noisy environments such as classrooms, the TLP-X100U has the ability to account for blackboards and other non-white projection surfaces and features an uncommon closed captioning function, also foregoing a speaker for a 3.5mm audio output.
LaCie has unveiled new portable USB speakers designed by Neil Poulton. This new product is a follow-up to its FireWire speakers released earlier this year, but with expanded compatibility. With the new interface, no drivers are required and MP3 players can even be attached with an optional power adapter. For aesthetics, the cables can be hidden underneath the speakers, and a carry case is included.
Catering to both reporters and students, Philips today released three recorders as part of its Digital Voice Tracer lineup. The 860 and 880 are the Dutch electronics giant's first recorders to support recording while powered directly from the USB port, letting notebook owners capture long lectures or meetings without running down the smaller battery inside the Voice Tracer. USB on all the recorders, including the baseline 660, is used to offload the MP3 recordings to more permanent storage.
Sony is gearing up a special PlayStation 3 bundle to capitalize on the expected success of the do-it-yourself platform game LittleBigPlanet, a temporarily public listing (now pulled) reveals at French retail chain FNAC. The new bundle would tie LBP to Sony's updated 80GB version of the console, which comes with a standard Dual Shock 3 gamepad and Wi-Fi but not the PS2 backwards compatibility or four USB ports of the earlier 80GB model.
In addition to its push-to-talk updates, Sprint today picked up two inexpensive Samsung handsets. The M320 effectively replaces the M300 and carries somewhat more than the basics, including a VGA camera as well as Bluetooth. A narrower and generally sleeker design is also part of the update. The M220 shares the older, oval-like shape of the M300 but pulls the camera to further trim the price.
The prices for Microsoft's upcoming Zune updates have likely been revealed today through a B&H Photo posting for two of the devices. The New York City retailer now says the 120GB Zune will sell for the same $250 as the 80GB model does today and lists an 8GB flash-based Zune for $150 in a new blue color, exposing it as an updated model rather than just a price cut on the $200 model of today.
RED is looking to build a still camera, according to a company official. The company has so far specialized in HD movie cameras such as the Scarlet and the Epic, but is said to be interested in the world of DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) hardware as a divergence. DSLRs are the cameras most used by professional photographers, due to features like portability and lens choice; only more cumbersome medium- and large-format cameras may have superior features in some regards.
The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is likely to get its final send-off by launching with AT&T, leaked datasheets reveal to BGR. RIM's Wi-Fi smartphone will lack the VoIP calling feature of the T-Mobile edition that has existed for several months but will come preloaded with the version 4.5 BlackBerry OS, which adds HTML e-mail, a better media player and video capture support. AT&T will also replace the gold trim of the T-Mobile version with a subtler dark blue color and will promote the Curve for its hotspot network.
Adobe has changed the terms for the Photoshop.com launch, lowering the free storage space to 2GB from the original plan of 5GB at the basic level. The paid Plus membership will still offer 20GB. The storage is offered as a safe back-up for users to store photos or video. Files can be automatically transferred to the Photoshop.com user account. The Plus membership adds regular template, idea, and artwork updates directly into the software.
GPS device maker Becker today provided full details of two GPS units that have been part of its demo at the IFA technology show. The Crocodile earns its name through a tire-tread like rubber housing that protects it against impacts, improves its water resistance and also makes for better grip. Motorcycle riders in particular should find it useful versus more fragile units, Becker argues.
NEC added just its second EA series display on Tuesday through the MultiSync EA221WM. The 22-inch panel is billed as one of NEC's more complete models with support for pivoting the LCD into portrait mode as well as height, swivel, and tilt adjustments. It also carries a four-port USB hub, hidden stereo speakers and both HDCP-encrypted DVI as well as regular VGA inputs for its video sources.
Apple may have as many as ten different iPod nano variants ready for an update next week, says a person with access to the inventory system of French retailer Darty. The store lists 10 new entries for iPods and lists the current iPod nano as out of stock, with resupply not expected until the September 9th timeframe widely rumored as Apple's official launch date for its yearly iPod refresh. Details of the new iPods themselves are unknown, though the timing suggests the 10 listings are different color and capacity levels for a new iPod nano rather than different models altogether.
AT&T upgraded its data devices this morning with the USBConnect Mercury. The company's latest USB adapter lets modern Macs and Windows PCs with a free USB port connect to the carrier's full HSPA network. AT&T has upped its estimated speeds and now says the adapter should download as quickly as 1.7Mbps in real-world conditions and can upload as quickly as 1.2Mbps in those areas with fully updated networks. It also tucks away a microSD slot to turn the modem into a makeshift storage drive.
Hoping to compete against the likes of V-Moda, Shure today launched the SE102MPA music and cellphone mic combo. The set reaches below the previous baseline of Shure's lineup by using the earbud design of the earlier E2C with the same music phone adapter as higher-end kits; the pairing gives owners of iPhones (including first-generation models), N95s and most other cellphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack the ability to listen to music at good quality while still having a quick toggle and mic to answer a phone call.
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced on Tuesday the specs and launch information for its Bluetooth Wireless Headset designed for gaming use on Sony's PlayStation 3 console. As reported earlier, the headset will launch at the same time as SOCOM: Confrontation and will also be available as a bundle with the online first-person shooting game. The headset will fit on either ear, and automatically pairs with the PS3 via Bluetooth 2.1+EDR thanks to the included USB cable, provided the host system has the latest software update installed.
Sprint today bolstered its push-to-talk lineup with the Moto V950 Renegade. The flip-phone is hardened to US military-grade specifications for resistance to dust, water and shocks but is as thin as many of Motorola's thinner cellphones and supports the Nextel push-to-talk network through QChat, which uses the phone's faster EVDO Revision A Internet access for its instant-on calls. The device is also a true media phone with a two-megapixel camera, media player software, and access to Sprint's streaming media add-ons.
Logitech has started its week in earnest on Tuesday with the launch of three keyboards, including one which touts high-contrast backlighting to render the keys visible in the dark. The Illuminated Keyboard is also said is one of Logitech's thinnest keyboards ever at 0.37in thick, but has the layout of a full desktop keyboard. The keys are unique as well; though they have the speed of a notebook-style movement, they have a slightly longer travel that Logitech claims is more comfortable. The keyboard is currently considered a Windows-only model and ships in October for $80.
Nokia this morning provided some of the earliest launch details for its long-delayed Comes With Music service, its cooperative attempt at changing the business model for mobile music. The feature will first launch as an exclusive for UK cellphone retailer Carphone Warehouse and will first be available only through a Comes With Music edition of Nokia's 5310 XpressMusic; customers will pay extra for the phone itself but receive a year's worth of unlimited Windows Media-formatted music downloads that they can keep even if they choose not to renew.
Google this weekend accidentaly leaked details -- via an online comic book -- on its upcoming cross-platform open-source browser: Google Chrome -- which it claims will deliver a streamlined and improved interface along with performance improvements and security enhancements; the new browser is based on both Apple's Webkit, the core of the Safari browser, and Firefox, the rapidly growing alternative browser, but will square off against Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which dominates the internet, but continues to play catch up with security flaws and compatibility. The beta version of Google Chrome, only for for PCs initially, is expected to ship on Tuesday in more than 100 countries, while Mac and Linux versions are in development.
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