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Memorex today announced its latest iPod accessory, the miniMove boombox. Shaped like a woman's handbag, the dock can be carried using an integrated handle. An FM radio with station presets is also built-in. iPods can be placed on the dock, or other players connected using a line-in jack. An AC adapter cord powers the device and charges the player, while AA batteries are used when mobile.
After four months of fruitless negotiation, Samsung is offering to buy flash memory manufacturer SanDisk for $5.8 billion, a move which has the latter accusing the former of undervaluing its worth. The Wall Street Journal reports that the South Korean electronics giant made the $26-per-share offer to gain the company's customer portfolio, as well as patents on which it normally pays hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties per year. This represents Samsung's first move to acquire a major business in 13 years.
European electronics manufacturer Eltrinex has built a 10.2-inch netbook PC it calls simply MobilePC, which sports a 320GB hard drive, by far the largest capacity in the segment. The Czech company also equipped the notebook with a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor and 1GB of RAM, while Windows XP is the user interface. An external DVD-RW drive that connects via a USB is also part of the package. The notebook is equipped for a quick connection to the Internet thanks to a built in 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi module, an Ethernet jack and Bluetooth connectivity.
Creative has unveiled its latest Sound Blaster product, the X-Fi Notebook ExpressCard. The X-Fi up-samples MP3 playback to 24-bit, 48kHz output. "CMSS-3D" processing is designed to recreate surround sound effects when used with headphones. EAX Advanced HD format is supported for gaming sound effects, or Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround formats, while using PowerDVD software for movies.
The UK's In2Games, which develops motion-sensing gaming technology for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, on Tuesday released an image and some information on the first motion controller for either system. Called the Freedom Controller, it relies on a combination of multiple three-axis accelerometers and ultrasonic and RF technologies to track the position of any wireless accessory, such as a golf club or baseball bat. Thus far, the only software capable of taking advantage of the new technology is In2Games' own Squeebles title, though In2Games executive are promising close working relationships with third-party game developers on bringing more to market.
Sanyo on Tuesday unveiled the LP-Z3000 high definition LCD projector as its new flagship, doubling the refresh rate to 120Hz compared to the LP-Z2000 model it replaces. The LP-Z3000 is also the first with 5:5 pulldown in the industry, says the company, taking advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate that is ideal for both film shot at 24fps and video at 60fps. The dynamic contrast ratio of the LP-Z3000 is rated at 65,000:1 and should address a projector's inherent weakness of reproducing rich shades of black.
The University of Rochester on Monday announced it has a working three-dimensional computer chip it calls the cube and is running at 1.4GHz. The nicknamed Rochester cube takes the concept of three-dimensional circuits to a new level, as its processing functions are optimized vertically in the same way as a regular chip's are optimized horizontally, unlike previous attempts that simply stacked regular chips atop one another. Developed by Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rochester and faculty director of the processor, and engineering student Vasilis Pavlidis, the 3D chip is described as basically a whole circuit board folded up into a small footprint.
HTC has quietly added a new color for its Touch Diamond handset, according to a Tuesday report on The Unwired. Joining the red backing offered exclusively on Sprint's version and the original all-black handset, the Touch Diamond will soon be available in a snow white color. Apart from the new color, no other changes to the company's best-selling handset were announced, so the same 2.8-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal memory, aGPS and Wi-Fi features can be expected.
Verizon is close to finally ending its insistence on contracts, according to a tip given to BGR. Where the carrier has previously demanded that customers sign up for at least one year of service, the detailed leak suggests that all but government subscribers will have the option of paying for service strictly on a month-to-month basis. As with other carriers that follow the policy, Verizon would reportedly charge full price and activation fees for the devices to reflect the absence of the normal subsidy. In return, these customers would avoid the early termination fee regardless of how soon they cancel service.
While speaking to the press at a consumer event in London on Tuesday, Hewlett Packard's vice president of the Personal Systems Group Eric Cador again confirmed the company will soon release notebooks with TouchSmart technology and software. As per a report from Pocket-lint, HP unveiled a new TouchSmart desktop at the event. In addition to confirming the new notebooks, Cador dispelled a myth about HP's developing an operating system that would be an alternative to Microsoft's Windows Vista.
Earlier this month, a report had Samsung interested in buying portable flash memory maker SanDisk, and today's rumors have another suitor considering making a bid for the company. A newswire reports Toshiba is the latest interested party, and is only considering a bid in order to prevent competitor Samsung from taking over SanDisk, thus creating a near monopoly as the sole supplier of NAND flash memory devices, components and subsystems.
Sanyo on Tuesday announced it has added a new, high-feature portable navigation system to its US line-up of Easy Street devices from its home market in Japan with the Easy Street NVM-4370. The unit is less than three quarters of an inch thick and features a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio that will display maps and any of its preloaded 7 million points of interest or play videos or display photos via an SD card slot. A video input lets users hook up the optional back-up camera or other sources to the NVM-4370.
Super Talent today saw fit to roll out its third-generation solid-state drives, including new models that push prices down without sacrificing much speed. The MasterDrive OX relies on multi-level cell (MLC) storage, which has traditionally been inexpensive but slower, and improves the performance through both flash improvements and a new SATA II controller. The storage producer claims transfer speeds well beyond notebook hard drives and claims that all drives can peak at 150MB per second in reading speeds but still net 100MB per second in historically slower writes.
Kensington has unveiled several new products for iPod and iPhone users, including the 4-Port USB Charger and Media Sharing Cable, as well as dash, windshield and power-port vehicle mounts. The charger plugs into a wall outlet, and offers four ports for any devices that accept power from USB. The Media Sharing Cable allows two computers to directly share content without using flash drives, including Macs and PCs.
T-Mobile today sent an invite for a New York City event that will introduce the first production Android phone. The release is short on details but confirms that Google will attend the event, which takes place the morning of September 23rd. The news validates leaks pointing to the same date as the introduction date for the HTC Dream, which most now believe will be rebranded as the T-Mobile G1 when it goes on sale.
Dell on Tuesday warned that its already cautious forecast for its summer quarter would likely have to be lowered further still. The company points directly to poor economic conditions affecting its sales to all users and particularly warns of low IT spending in the US, which has been hardest-hit by the current financial crisis. No specific estimates have been given regarding the period, which ends in October.
Sony Ericsson in England on Tuesday unveiled its newest cellphone accessory, the Bluetooth HCB-108 car speaker. The portable speaker comes with a clip that lets users put it on the sunvisors of their vehicles and connect with Bluetooth-enabled phones to deliver hands-free conversations. Sony Ericsson claims the HCB-108's battery life, at 25 hours of life, is the longest among competitors, allowing it to be used for long periods of time between home, office and car.
Google used its London Developer Day on Tuesday to show a late build of its Android mobile operating system in an event that suggests continuing resistance to the platform. Using what's now largely accepted as a prototype of the T-Mobile G1, Android chief Michael Jennings demonstrated the phone's full HTML browser as well as its version of Google Maps and the accelerometer, which can affect both the operating system as well as specific programs.
Sennheiser on Tuesday announced the unveiling of its newest Bluetooth headset, the VMX Office, meant for workers. The folding headset has one button for volume control, answering and ending calls and switching between connected devices. Users have the option of connecting to landlines thanks to an included base station or wirelessly to any Bluetooth profile 1.0- through 2.0-compatible device.
Lexar has announced four new memory cards, all sized at 16GB. The first two are a part of the Premium series, and consist of an SDHC card rated at 60x, and a CF card listed at 80x. The former is said to maintain a sustained write speed of 9MBps, and hold approximately six hours of video in the case of 1080p camcorders. The CF card is mainly intended for DSLRs, and has a sustained write speed of 12MBps.
Toshiba today slipped out US editions of two of its pro-oriented notebooks. The 15.4-inch Tecra A10 and its 14-inch M10 sibling both bring Intel's Centrino 2 platform to the line and start off with a minimum 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Quadro NVS 150M dedicated graphics that give Vista and 3D rendering tasks a boost.
Dell today at last began shipping the Latitude E4200 and E4300, its most anticipated but also most delayed notebooks from its notebook launch last month. The 12-inch E4200 is considered the MacBook Air's rival at just under 0.8 inches thick and a 2.2-pound starting weight. In its finished version, it carries a 1.2GHz ultra low-voltage Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, GMA 4500MHD integrated video and the user's choice of both regular and high-speed 64GB solid-state drives as well as a 128GB option.
Verizon is now known to be circulating a video and materials briefing its employees on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm that also single out the iPhone 3G as the direct competitor. The two-minute spot confirms the features of the device, which include its hybrid CDMA/GSM and 3G support, a high-resolution touchscreen with direct "click" feedback, Visual Voice Mail and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The segment also confirms Verizon's US exclusivity for the Storm, which is believed to be matched by a similar Vodafone deal in Europe.
Casio on Tuesday unveiled the Exilim EX-FH20, a lower-end alternative for the Pro EX-F1. It offers users a higher-resolution 9.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor focused through a 20x lens but also makes a slight degradation in continuous frame rate, dropping from 60 frames per second for the F1 to 40 (at seven megapixels) in the FH20. The ultra-quick burst movie mode has likewise dropped from 1200 frames per second to 1000. The EX-FH20 nonetheless keeps sensor-shift image stabilization and a pre-shot buffering ability to capture the moment just before the shutter press.
T-Mobile's G1 Android phone could be released earlier than expected, says a source for the Wall Street Journal. Echoing previous leaks that point to a September 23rd announcement for the phone co-developed with Google, the newspaper's alleged insider also claims that the G1 will launch earlier than the widely predicted November timeframe and could be in stores as quickly as late October. Pricing wasn't confirmed by the source but in earlier leaks has been set as low as $150 for some buyers.
As promised, Microsoft today rolled out its Zune 3.0 software and the according updates for its Zune players. The upgrade lets every Zune from the original 30GB model up to the new 16GB and 120GB versions download songs directly from the Zune Marketplace over Wi-Fi as well as tag songs on some FM radio stations to buy them either from the device or with the next PC sync. Users both on the players and the Windows software also get access to dynamically updating Channel playlists, while the software alone gets a Mixview that shows related music and related listeners.
Wrapping up its introductions today, Logitech launched a pair of speaker docks that are some of the company's first specifically iPhone-compatible devices. The Pure-Fi Express Plus borrows the same omnidirectional sound technique used in the just-announced Z-5 to put out stereo audio in nearly all directions, creating a consistent sound field useful for outdoor gatherings or unusual placement. Appropriately, the Express Plus can also run entirely on battery and has its own handle for a quicker move from room to room.
Slacker on Tuesday revamped its Internet radio concept with the G2 Personal Radio Player. The device continues to embrace the notion of caching Internet radio stations over Wi-Fi but makes a number of significant improvements to the design itself: the device is a full 40 percent smaller than its predecessor without sacrificing a large screen. It also produces better audio quality, helped partly by new EQ features and a new set of earbuds, while also carrying a new and reportedly more intuitive interface. Battery life should also be longer by about 25 percent, the company estimates.
Logitech this morning took a different approach to its Z-series audio this morning with the Z-5. The system uses a combination of tuned front and back drivers to produce sound with a very wide and allegedly omnidirectional sweet spot. The change produces the speakers' best possible effect on the ear regardless of where the listener is in the room, according to Logitech.
Abaco computers has announced its latest desktop PC, the Desktop Dual, featuring Intel's Atom Dual Core processor. The new Atom chip runs at 1.6GHz, with a 1MB cache, and reported power consumption of only eight watts. The system runs the Ubuntu Linux 8.04 operating system and offers a 250GB 7200RPM hard drive. Abaco claims the Desktop Dual runs without extreme heat or noise.
T-Mobile has launched a pre-registration page on its website for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. WiFi connectivity allows internet access and even phone calls to be made without connecting to the service provider cell towers. A 2MP camera with flash also records video. Content can be added using an external microSD card slot or transferred from iTunes using Media Sync.
HP tonight updated its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs to push them into high-end home theater territory not covered by earlier models or rivals such as the iMac. The IQ800 series carries a 25.5-inch, 1920x1200 display that converts the touchscreen PC into a near home theater; accordingly, the system comes with a Blu-ray combo drive in one model while all of them have 1080p-capable video and ATSC/NTSC TV tuners. To match the HTPC focus, either system also has new ambient lighting on their chins that either illuminates the wireless keyboard on a desktop or just sets the mood.
After a brief absence of large notebooks, HP on Tuesday revived the HDX line with two systems that turn the focus from gaming to movies. Both the 16-inch HDX16 and 18.4-inch HDX18 are HP's first systems to use a 16:9 aspect ratio display better-suited to movies and have a built-in subwoofer, a remote and HDMI video out. Their performance is also friendly to full HD with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo and a GeForce 9600M GT to offload the decoding work.
As part of its larger introduction of devices tonight, HP today updated both its Digital Picture Frame and its options for mice and keyboards. The photo frames get both larger and smaller with a new 10.4-inch model, the df1000, and the 3.5-inch df300a1; choosing the df1000 nets a 800x600 resolution as well as 512MB of permanent memory to store a rotating set of photos without needing a memory card in the multi-format reader. It also brings video playback support for common video formats from still cameras, such as MPEG-1/4 and Motion JPEG. PictBridge hooks also let the frame print to any supporting printer without involving a PC.
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