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Oppo's first Blu-ray player spotted at CEDIA

09/05, 5:10pm

Oppo Blu-ray at CEDIA

Members of community site AVSForum today said they have spotted an unannounced Blu-ray player from Oppo at the CEDIA home theater expo. The BDP-S83 would be the company's first movie reader of the type and currently has no formal announcement, although certain clues are visible from the device. An Ethernet jack confirms that it would come as a Blu-Ray Profile 2.0 player with Internet-based special features.

Garmin lifetime traffic supported by ads in devices

09/05, 5:05pm

Garmin traffic ad support

Late last month, Garmin announced the release of its nuvi 7x5 and 2x5 GPS units which came with no-cost lifetime traffic updates. Independent testing of one of the units, the 755T, has revealed there is a price to pay for the free traffic, and that is constantly having ads in the bottom of the screens from Garmin's partners and will pop up from time to time when not in motion, and cannot be disabled. Tapping the ad will find the featured company's nearest locations. The GPS maker has not informed potential customers of this how it will offset the cost of providing users with no-cost traffic data prior to the release.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 with WiFi tested by FCC

09/05, 4:55pm

Sony Wi-Fi camera at FCC

A recently-spotted FCC filing revealed few specifications and details on Sony's upcoming Cyber-shot DSC-G3 digital camera, although one key revelation in the document is the fact the camera will come with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. This would mark the second Cyber-shot with the ability to share photos wirelessly, as Sony released the Wi-Fi equipped DSC-G1 over a year ago.

Motorola MOTOJEWEL clamshell breaks cover

09/05, 4:45pm

Motorola intros MOTOJEWEL

Earlier this week, Motorola's UK arm announced it would soon release the jewel-like styled MOTOJEWEL handset. The music phone will feture touch-sensitive keys on its outside control panel, which also displays basic phone information and animated screen savers. The specs are nothing to write home about, as the phone is largely meant to be a fashion accessory. Motorola even includes a small clutch purse with it meant to house the phone and a couple of accessories, ID and or credit cards. Stereo Bluetooth support allows wireless headsets to be used with the phone, and a 2.0-megapixel camera is built-in.

Napster offers free trial on Lenovo PCs

09/05, 4:25pm

Napster and Lenovo team up

Desktop and notebook PC maker Lenovo and Napster announced an agreement on Friday that will have Napster provide buyers of Lenovo PCs with a free 14-day trial to Napster's Napster To Go digital music service. The offer is valid for most of the models Lenovo sells in North America, and will give the customers access to more than 6 million songs and audio tracks in the Napster MP3 store introduced earlier this year.

Zepto launches notebook with NVIDIA 9800M graphics

09/05, 4:10pm

Zepto gaming notebook

Zepto recently launched its 17-inch Hydra A17 gaming notebook, which features NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GTX graphics card that includes 1GB of built-in memory. The screen delivers 1920x1200 resolution while processing power comes via a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo. It is supplanted by 4GB of DDR3 system memory, along with a 1066MHz system bus. As expected in a gaming notebook, an 802.11n Wi-Fi module is included.

Rugged, 3G Samsung flip phone spotted at FCC

09/05, 4:05pm

FCC testing Samsung flip

Yet another FCC filing has brought news of a new cellular phone, this time from Samsung. According to the specs, the A837 will support HSDPA 3G data network access and will be outfitted for reliable use in the field thanks to its ruggedized body, large speaker and push-to-talk functionality.

Microsoft to copy Apple Genius strategy

09/05, 3:40pm

Microsoft Guru Strategy

Microsoft on Friday said that its $300 million marketing campaign will now involve in-store representatives to promote the brand, the company's general manager of corporate communications, Tom Pilla, says. Effectively mimicking Apple's Geniuses as well as their floor specialists, Microsoft will run a trial later this year that sees 155 trained experts in Windows, nicknamed Microsoft Gurus, answering questions at larger retail chains such as Best Buy and Circuit City.

Texas PC recycling law takes effect

09/05, 3:05pm

Texas PC Recycling Law

Texas has begun enforcing a new law that requires all computer manufacturers in the state to offer a free recycling program for most of their systems. Called the Computer Equipment Recycling Program, the plan mandates that PC makers offering same-brand computers, displays, and input let customers easily ship out or take in computers to have them processed regardless of whether or not the bundle was made after the law took effect.

120GB Zune accidentally sold ahead of schedule

09/05, 2:25pm

120GB Zune early release

Microsoft's new 120GB Zune players are already being sold earlier than the rumored Sept. 9th release date, according to a report from an Engadget reader. A customer was able to purchase one early at a Fry's location in Atlanta for $250, confirming the speculation that the new model would replace the 80GB version at the same price point. The device appears to have an only slightly different, glossy appearance versus the frequently matte finish of current black models.

T-Mobile ships, prices Sony Ericsson TM506

09/05, 2:10pm

TM506 Ships to T-Mobile

T-Mobile on Friday marked the official launch of the Sony Ericsson TM506. The clamshell is again significant both as T-Mobile USA's first phone to use its full HSDPA 3G network's boosted speed as well as the first Sony Ericsson phone to appear on the company's roster in years. It also serves as a mid-range media phone with a two-megapixel camera, assisted GPS and a Memory Stick Micro slot for storage.

Joost moving video from desktop to web?

09/05, 1:30pm

Joost quits desktop client

Joost will soon announce it will stop making its desktop client and focus instead on a browser-based player for delivering web videos, according to a Friday report from GigaOM. The move will not quite step down to the level of YouTube or Hulu, which are strictly web pages, as it will require a browser plug-in that promises to deliver better video quality through peer-to-peer technology than the competition's traditional approach. The current interface (pictured) was designed to provide a more TV-like experience to users, who so far haven't embraced the idea.

Cambridge to join Blu-ray market with 640BD

09/05, 12:30pm

Cambridge 640BD player

Cambridge Audio -- better known for its speakers and receivers -- is on the verge of joining the market for Blu-ray players, say reports. The company is preparing the 640BD, a Profile 2.0 player with HDMI 1.3 output, as well as surround-sound decoding that supports all major formats except for DTS HD Master. Cambridge says the format is too processor-intensive for its hardware, though a bitstream can still be fed through to a compatible receiver.

First details of Intel's Atom sequel surface

09/05, 12:20pm

Intel Pineview Leak

Early information for the successor to Intel's Atom processor has appeared today courtesy of roadmap information obtained by Impress. Codenamed "Pineview," the refresh will integrate a graphics engine and memory controller directly into the chip itself rather than leave them as discrete components. The alteration would significantly shrink the total size of the already-small Atom and would potentially improve performance by reducing the time it takes to transfer data from the processor to other parts of the system.

Canon kicks off teaser EOS ad campaign

09/05, 11:35am

Canon shows EOS teaser ads

Canon has started up a teaser ad campaign centered around an upcoming digital SLR camera from its EOS line, triggering speculation of a likely update at the Photokina expo this month. While some believe the update to involve the long-expected full-frame, 21.1-megapixel 5D Mark II, with an integrated battery grip, another teaser ad on Canon's Japanese site shows a silhouette of what is most likely a regular-bodied DSLR. There has been no official information from the Japanese camera maker other than a confirmation of a DSLR timed for the event.

Dell shuttering own PC factories?

09/05, 11:20am

Dell Shuttering Factories

Dell is looking to sell off many of its self-run factories in a bid to remain competitive in the home market, sources have allegedly told the Wall Street Journal. The company currently assembles many of its PCs itself in factories around the world but is now considering offloading many of these in favor of contracting outside firms to do all its work. Many of the old plants would still produce Dell notebooks as part of the deal, though it's unclear whether these companies would be free to make other products at the plants.

LG Prada II specs leak hints US plans

09/05, 10:25am

LG Prada II Specs Leak

LG's rumored Prada II touchscreen phone is likely headed to the US, according to a detailed leak from BGR. Where the original Prada was limited to European and some Asian territories, the sequel is now set to allegedly include both 850MHz GSM calling as well as 3G data over the same frequency using HSDPA, greenlighting the device for full use in the US with AT&T as well as Canada for Rogers.

Samsung ponders buying SanDisk

09/05, 9:55am

Samsung May Buy SanDisk

Samsung is considering buying SanDisk in a deal that could reshape the storage industry, the former company said today. In acknowledging a government filing by Samsung that discusses the possibility of a deal, Samsung spokesman James Chung says the Korean firm had been considering "multiple" options for a deal with SanDisk but that hasn't committed to any particular course of action. SanDisk itself has admitted that it has talked to Samsung but claims that it regularly speaks with companies about possible agreements.

Nokia: market share lowering due to iPhone

09/05, 9:00am

Nokia Lowers Share Outlook

Nokia today preemptively lowered its market share estimates for the summer quarter, warning that it expects to lose share compared to the spring. The company had previously predicted that its market share would remain largely flat but now claims that multiple concerns have forced it to change its view; the firm remains deliberately unspecific regarding which firms are taking that share but claims that its loss will come from its own "tactical decision" not to keep up with "aggressive pricing of some competitors," alluding to the heavily subsidized iPhone 3G launched during the same quarter.

Microsoft: first ad just an "icebreaker"

09/05, 7:55am

MS Comments on First Ad

The first Seinfeld ad that aired Thursday evening is just an "icebreaker" that will be backed by more substantive ads in the near future, Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte has said in a company-wide e-mail leaked to TechCrunch. Indirectly addressing concerns that the spot doesn't immediately either promote Windows or criticize rivals, Veghte explains that the 1:30 spot is just part of a "first phase" meant to refamiliarize viewers with Microsoft rather than a direct promotion.

AutoCollage detects faces, recognizes objects

09/05, 12:45am

Microsoft AutoCollage

Microsoft Research today announced a new photo collage program, AutoCollage 2008. The program uses algorithms to automatically detect objects and faces in separate pictures, which it then combines by following the features and boundaries. Microsoft claims the pictures can be blended together without the joins being visible, and without one picture from a set standing out. AutoCollage 2008 for Windows Vista and XP SP2 is available from Microsoft for a 30 day trial or the unrestricted version for $20.

Epson intros three HD home theater projectors

09/05, 12:30am

Epson intros HD projectors

Epson on Thursday unveiled three new LCD projectors, all sporting 1080p resolution, at the CEDIA expo. The PowerLite Home Cinema 6100, PowerLite Pro Cinema 7100 and use the company's 3LCD imaging technology. The two Pro Cinema projectors are ISF certified, giving custom installers a standard to work with when integrating the units into customers' home theater set-ups. The flagship Pro Cinema 7500 UB, for UltraBlack, projector sports one of the highest dynamic contrast ratios found in commercial projectors, at 75,000:1. To enhance HD images further, Epson employs its C2Fine software in the 7500UB, while judder is decreased or eliminated thanks to the company's FineFrame technology. The use of a 12-bit 3LCD driver gives the projector a wider color range to work with, and Silicon Optix' HQV Reon-VX scaling and de-interlacing video processor enhances 1080i HD signals. An optional lens gets rid of the black bars above and below a picture, allowing for 2.35 or 2.4 aspect ratio viewing.

Canon may launch 5D Mark II at Photokina

09/05, 12:10am

Canon may launch 5D mk II

Canon is expected later this month to unveil an updated EOS 5D Mark II at Photokina, with insiders predicting a 21-megapixel sensor and HD movie capturing, like the recently unveiled Nikon D90. CNET reveals that Canon said it would replace a "long overdue model" of SLR, potentially indicating the three year-old 5D. Some think that the D90-style additions would stray too much from Canon's focus on quality, rather than loading down its camera with extraneous features.

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