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MS interest piqued over Yahoo-AOL deal, may bid again

09/29, 11:55pm

MS wants Yahoo and AOL

Despite meeting steadfast resistance from Yahoo executives, Microsoft is reportedly examining another purchase attempt should Yahoo acquire AOL, according to Macworld. The news comes as analysts estimate Yahoo's stock could drop from $19 to $14, should information regarding Google's advertising department getting cold feet about their ad deal prove true. Google is concerned about anti-trust allegations, considering Google and Yahoo's combined dominance of the online advertising market.

LG KP500 takes touch phones to budget realm

09/29, 11:05pm

LG KP500

LG this evening planned to cement its hold on touchscreen phones with the KP500. Unlike LG's normally high-end full touch devices, the new handset is designed to be inexpensive enough for those who would opt for a conventional phone without sacrificing some of the core touch features: it has the same three-inch touch display as the Prada, Viewty, and similar phones but a simpler design that has multiple color choices, including brown and gold. LG implies a 5-megapixel camera and an accelerometer that auto-rotates the display.

Corsair unveils 64GB portable USB flash drive

09/29, 8:10pm

Corsair 64GB USB flash

Corsair today unveiled the 64GB USB Flash Voyager, now the highest capacity portable device offered by the company. The drive is encased in rubber, claimed to be water resistant and drop-tested. The Voyager works with USB 2.0 but is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1. Users can also boot from the device, even restoring full versions of operating systems and applications for recovery.

Fujifilm adds 6MBps SDHC cards, up to 16GB

09/29, 5:35pm

New Fujifilm SD cards

Photography and digital imaging company Fujifilm today announced the expansion of its flash memory products with new SD card offerings. Two SD cards will be available, in capacities of 1GB and 2 GB. For applications requiring additional storage, three high capacity SDHC cards were announced including 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB variants. Micro SD cards will include 1GB and 2GB in the standard capacity models, or 4GB and 8GB in the high capacity SDHC line.

Samsung intros H.264 vidcam with new noise reduction

09/29, 4:55pm

Samsung H.264-able camera

Samsung unveiled the replacement for its SC-MX20 digital media camcorder, the VM-MX25E, which also uses the H.264 codec to encode videos, allowing them to be uploaded straight onto YouTube or Apple's portable devices, including the iPhone and video-capable iPods. The camera can record onto SD memory cards, with Samsung claiming 8 hours of 640x480-pixel, DVD quality video can fit on a 16GB memory card. The camera will support SDHC cards up to 32GB in size and does not have any built-in memory of its own.

Ink-free Dell portable printer spotted at FCC

09/29, 4:35pm

Dell ultra-small printer

A recent FCC filing indicates Dell will soon launch a tiny portable printer that does not rely on ink to produce images, instead utilizing ZINK media. A USB port and PictBridge software support allows users to hook up digital cameras directly to the printer, while Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cellphones and computers can send photos to the printer, allowing for the quick creation of prints.

Fujitsu tablet PC to offer 1920x1200 screen, 3G

09/29, 4:25pm

Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012

The Stylistic ST6012 tablet PC has appeared on Fujitsu's website over the weekend, revealing particularly high-end specs. The 12.1-inch, 1920x1200 touchscreen tablet has a 1.4GHz ultra-low voltage Intel processor working with at least 1GB of RAM, and support up to 4GB. Potential buyers will be able to choose between a 64GB SSD drive or a 320GB hard-disk drive, among others. For data access on the go, a 3G UMTS module is built in, while access to hot-spots is made via a dual-band, three-antenna Wi-Fi connection.

iRiver announces pricing, launch date for SPINN

09/29, 4:10pm

iRiver set to ship SPINN

The wait for the iRiver SPINN personal audio player unveiled this summer is nearly over, as the Korean company announced the touchscreen device will start shipping to US customers from October 3 onward. The personal audio players are currently available for pre-order. The 4GB SPINN is priced at nearly $250, and the 8GB version at $290. In other markets, such as Korea, the player can also be had in a 16GB capacity, but all share a 3.2-inch, 480x372 active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen.

Official BlackBerry Storm photos leak

09/29, 4:00pm

BlackBerry Storm photos

Official promotional photos of the highly-anticipated Blackberry Storm smartphone have been leaked over the weekend, showing the home screen and confirming some of its specifications and that it will be available exclusively at Verizon Wireless. The RIM handset's large 3.25-inch, 480x360 touchscreen shows the menu will have eight shortcut buttons, with one dedicated to Verizon's VZ Navigator application.

New US law would force satellite, HD radio link

09/29, 3:50pm

Bill Requires HD Radio

Democratic Congressman Edward Markey on Monday submitted a bill that would potentially require all satellite radios to also include a competing standard. The Radio All Digital Channel Receiver Act (PDF) would require that Sirius XM and any other satellite radio provider also providing AM/FM tuning also support at least some form of land-based digital radio, effectively mandating the use of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio format. The move would attempt to reinsert a clause ruled out of the FCC's Sirius XM merger approval which would have asked for a similar provision before the merger could be approved.

ARM, Samsung, more plan 28nm mobile chips

09/29, 3:00pm

ARM Common Platform

ARM, Chartered Semiconductor, IBM and Samsung today helped establish plans for the Common Platform, an alliance between the four companies determined to advance ARM-based processors. The group plans to use a combination of design work from all four companies as well as manufacturing from Chartered, IBM and Samsung to develop new ARM chips built on 32 nanometer and 28 nanometer manufacturing processes by using a high-k metal gate process.

Xohm subject to data throttling, FCC scrutiny

09/29, 2:10pm

Xohm Data Throttling

Users of Sprint's just-launched Xohm service are likely to face certain services being throttled from the outset, according to the WiMAX network's Acceptable Use Policy page. The carrier claims the right to use "various tools and techniques" to limit the speed available to any particularly data-heavy apps or entire protocol types, including file sharing suites. The restriction would be put in place to create a consistent experience for the user base, Sprint argues.

LG to launch 10-inch MOMO netbook with 3G

09/29, 1:20pm

LG to launch 3G netbook

LG is promising its customers a 10-inch netbook that includes built-in access to HSPA-based 3G data networks, calling it the X110 MOMO (for More Mobile) and listing it on its website. A variant of the regular X110 and its Korean equivalent the Xnote Mini, the MOMO includes the same 1.6GHz Atom chip, 512MB of memory upgradeable to 1GB, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and optional Bluetooth module. Hard drive capacity is more customizable and will include an 80GB, 120GB or 160GB hard disk drive.

BlackBerry Javelin identified as Curve II?

09/29, 12:50pm

BlackBerry Curve II?

One of Research in Motion's upcoming BlackBerry phones, previously known as the Javelin, is to become the Curve II, a report claims. The phone is now expected to premiere "soon" through T-Mobile, possibly as soon as November, although other sources indicate a launch in the first quarter of 2009. Specifications have also allegedly been obtained, and include BlackBerry OS 4.6.1 running on a 512MHz processor, with 256MB of built-in storage. Memory is expandable through a microSD slot found under the battery door.

Toshiba intros 12.1-inch DynaBook NX with SSD

09/29, 12:10pm

Toshiba intros DynaBook NX

Toshiba on Monday announced it will soon launch the DynaBook NX notebook, which will be available either with a 128GB solid-state drive or conventional 160GB hard-disk. The 12.1-inch display is LED-backlit and combines with an onboard GMA 4500MHD graphics chipset to drive HD movie playback. Thanks in part to the use of Intel's newer 45nm, ultra-low voltage 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, Toshiba rates the SSD-equipped dynabook's battery life at 11.5 hours, with the HDD model rated at 10.5 hours. Standard memory is set at 2GB but expandable to 3GB.

Win Mobile 7 now delayed to 2010?

09/29, 12:00pm

Win Mobile 7 Delay Again

Microsoft's already reported Windows Mobile 7 delay will be longer than anticipated in practice, according to a tip obtained by VentureBeat. While not immediately pointing to a further delay past late 2009 in completing the mobile OS itself, the reputed source suggests that both carriers and manufacturers will need "months" to refine and produce their own versions. This would push any release until at least 2010 and leave a three-year window between Windows Mobile 6 and its sequel.

Meizu iPhone clone to ship in December?

09/29, 11:00am

Meizu M8 Due in December

Meizu's frequently delayed M8 touchscreen phone should finally have a release date, Taiwans' Geek IT Stores claims today. The device is now purportedly set to ship at the start of December and will initially be available only to China-area buyers with an Indian release later. It should also carry a single 8GB trim level and is described as selling between $384 and $469, though whether this involves contract changes or the distributor's planned pricing isn't known.

SimpleTech adds 1.5TB Pro, 3TB Duo Pro drives

09/29, 10:20am

SimpleTech ups capacities

SimpleTech announced it has added to its line-up of Pro Drive and Duo Pro Drive external storage media on Monday by launching the 1.5TB Pro Drive and the 3TB two-drive RAID 0/1 Duo Pro Drive. Either new drive sports four built-in interfaces, including an eSATA connection, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. Thanks to eSATA, users can transfer files at up to 3Gb per second in peak conditions.

Moto betting on Android, Nokia to follow?

09/29, 10:15am

Moto Bets on Android

Motorola's investment in phones based on Google's Android will be a heavy one, says a reported source for TechCrunch. The American company has just 50 staffers refining Android for future phones but is said by a potential recruit to be swelling its ranks to include a full 350 team members and thus making a serious commitment to the open-source platform, which only just got its start this month with formal news of HTC's T-Mobile G1.

NETGEAR ships green 802.11n routers

09/29, 9:20am

NETGEAR Green 802 11n

NETGEAR on Monday tuned its 802.11n Wi-Fi hardware to capitalize on eco-friendly trends with a new set of routers that make small but significant steps towards reducing power use. The WNR2000 router and its DSL modem-equipped DGN2000 both come with simple but uncommon additions including more efficient EnergyStar-rated power supplies and a dedicated on/off switch to power the routers down without having to remove the power cable. They also come in new packages made with 80 percent recycled content.

US Cellular readying its own iPhone rival

09/29, 8:45am

Samsung Delve Leak

Relatively small national carrier US Cellular will have its own full touchscreen device by the end of the year, a leak stemming from BGR would suggest. The Samsung Delve would be cosmetically very similar to the Instinct at Sprint but would have physical call/answer buttons instead of touch-sensitive controls on the earlier phone; it would also carry Samsung's stock TouchWiz interface with widget support in place of Sprint's custom-designed software. A full HTML web browser is still part of the design.

Sprint's Xohm WiMAX goes live

09/29, 8:20am

Sprint Xohm Goes Live

Sprint today marked the official debut of Xohm, the first WiMAX service available from a major provider in the US and the first 4G-level service from a cellular carrier. The 2.5GHz service, launching first in Baltimore, is likened to a traditional Internet provider and provides roughly DSL-quality broadband wherever the network is available: Sprint estimates real-world downloads of between 2Mbps and 4Mbps depending on distance and signal strength. The speed allows full-quality streaming video and other services that are largely impractical over 3G.

Nero LiquidTV brings TiVo inteface, iPod sync

09/29, 7:30am

Nero LiquidTV

Nero today introduced a new hardware and software combo that aims to bring full DVR features to those who don't have or prefer to avoid built-in tools such as Windows Media Center. LiquidTV includes TiVo's familiar remote, a USB digital TV tuner, and a customized version of the interface from TiVo's video recorders, all of which effectively mimic the features of the dedicated set-top box. Owners can auto-record suggested TV shows, subscribe to season passes and manually specify show recording from the programming guide.

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