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Amazon Kindle 2 leaked to the web

10/03, 10:20pm

Amazon Kindle 2 Leak

Amazon's second-generation Kindle reader has already surfaced in a new leak to BGR this evening and promises to solve many of the first-run issues with the e-book device, which was nicknamed the "iPod of reading" in its first generation. The new model appears to have a similarly sized, high visibility e-paper screen as the original but has the promised rounder styling, albeit in a slightly larger form; this extends to the narrower but taller keyboard and iPhone-like metal back with conspicuous grills for speaker vents.

CyberPower unveils Gamer Xtreme XI desktop system

10/03, 7:45pm

Gamer Xtreme XI system

CyberPower has unveiled its latest desktop system, the Gamer Xtreme XI, for gaming or other high performance needs. Although the company leaves almost all of the hardware options open for customization, the standard package features a quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme processor overclocked to 4GHz at 1600FSB, with 12MB L2 cache. CyberPower claims the overclocking can be used by games that put heavy loads on processing power, or HD video encoding or editing. The EVGA nForce 790i SLI mainboard provides 7.1 channel audio output.

Microsoft XP downgrades extended to July?

10/03, 4:55pm

XP Downgrades until July

Microsoft has extended its Windows XP downgrade program for six months past its original cutoff date, according to an email reportedly circulating among system builders. Though the company had originally set the XP pre-install option to shut down as of January 31st 2009, the new message is said to extend that deadline to July 31st. The official goal is to transition businesses, which were the original targets of the extension, over to Windows 7 by allowing them to buy new XP-based systems up to a point where the subsequent upgrade would demand Windows 7.

Samsung intros two eco-friendly desktop PCs

10/03, 4:35pm

Samsung intros green PCs

Samsung Korea has unveiled it will soon begin shipping two ultra-low power desktop PCs, the MV100 Tower and the MZ100 Slim Tower. Both will use Intel's G43 chipset with support for Intel's Core 2 Duo, Quad and Celeron processors, though exactly which CPUs Samsung will ship the PCs with is unknown. The desktops' main selling point, however, should prove to be their low power consumption ratings of just 1W while in stand-by mode and 60W while operating in power saving mode.

Toshiba interested in buying Fujitsu HDD unit

10/03, 4:20pm

Toshiba Fujitsu HDD unit

A Toshiba executive on Thursday said the Japanese electronics company would consider purchasing Fujitsu's hard-disk drive unit if Fujitsu approached Toshiba, says a Friday WSJ report. The news comes after last month's rumored bid by Toshiba to acquire flash-memory maker SanDisk, in an attempt to stop its sale to competitor Samsung, which Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida denied at an industry event, according to the same report. Nishida feels the current relations between Toshiba and SanDisk are fine.

Yamaha intros pair of iPod-ready mini systems

10/03, 4:05pm

Yamah iPod mini systems

At the CEATEC show earlier this week, Yamaha's electronics arm introduced two new mini audio systems with integrated iPod/iPhone docking stations, the TSX-120 and TSX-130. Both systems also share a built-in FM radio tuner and the same 15WRMS x 2 amplifier to drive the pair of 3.1-inch speakers. The main difference between the two is the TSX-130's inclusion of a CD drive, USB port for reproducing audio files from flash drives or other MP3 players, along with a black color option that includes a darker wood grain finish as well. The TSX-120 replaces the USB port with a more common 3.5mm stereo jack.

New ASUS EeePC 904HA breaks cover in red and green

10/03, 3:55pm

EeePC 904HA unveiled

ASUS on Friday has added yet another portable notebook model to its EeePC line-up of netbooks with the 904HA. The newest notebook packs a 1.6GHz Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM for processing power, and includes a 160GB hard drive for storage. It includes a 6-cell battery and, as the photos reveal, will be available in red and green in addition to the already offered black version. It includes the same 8.9-inch display as the smaller EeePC offerings, with a 1024x600 resolution.

Kid Rock snubs iTunes, turns to Rhapsody

10/03, 3:55pm

Kid Rock picks Rhapsody

Popular rap-rocker Kid Rock has chosen Rhapsody as the exclusive online sales venue for his music, the owner of latter party has announced. Real notes that Kid Rock's albums have not been available online in any legal manner in the past, whether for download or streaming; as of today, the artist's entire collection should be available for purchase or streaming through the subscription version of Rhapsody.

Nintendo pedometer add-on for use with DS game

10/03, 3:40pm

Nintendo pedometer confirm

Some questions regarding the leaked pedometer from Nintendo have been answered on Friday, as multiple reports reveal the device will ship with the game entitled Your Life Rhythm for the existing Nintendo DS and upcoming DSi portable gaming console. Judging from the game's screen captures, the game will keep track of not only how many steps users have taken and when or how often, but also how much energy they have used and therefore calories burned.

GPS-enabled Motorola V9x shipping to AT&T stores

10/03, 3:25pm

Moto V9x ships to AT&T

Motorola has quietly began shipping its V9x RAZR2 clamshell to AT&T stores, though the handset is not offered on the wireless carrier's website. The handset differs from the currently available V9 in two key ways, most noticeably the black color instead of mahogany and the inclusion of GPS functionality via AT&T's Navigator service. The GPS directions can be delivered either via the large internal screen or the smaller external display, albeit with less detail. Motorola and its competitors are adding GPS functionality to more affordable, non-PDA phones.

Fusion-io preps 700MB/sec home flash drive

10/03, 2:55pm

Fusion-io 700MB sec SSD

Normally known for its business storage, Fusion-io today provided a glance at an upcoming solid-state drive built for very high-performance home systems. The ioExtreme card will hold just 80GB but switches from SATA to PCI Express and is tuned for sheer transfer rate above all else: data reading speeds hover between 500MB and 700MB per second, or about five times as quick as current SSDs. The extra speed is pitched as ideal for particularly disk-heavy tasks such as compiling code, content editing or large games.

ASUS releases high-end S101 netbook

10/03, 2:05pm

ASUS S101 Official

ASUS on Friday began formally releasing details for the S101, its first upscale netbook. The PC builder characterizes the 10.2-inch portable as both a designer item with brown, champagne gold and graphite gray outer shells but also gives it features that would previously have been considered off-limits to some netbooks, ranging from solid-state storage up to 64GB, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a four-in-one card reader. A 1.6GHz Atom and 1GB of memory are its key ties to regular netbooks in the class.

Iron Man first on Blu-ray to support iPhones, iPods

10/03, 1:00pm

Iron Man & iPhone/iPod

An upcoming Blu-ray disc will be the first of its sort to support iPhones and iPods, a report claims. The French release of Iron Man is expected to support NetBlender's BD Touch technology, which lets users interact with movies when both the player and the disc are compatible. Through a supporting iPhone app called Remote Haxey, French owners of Iron Man should be able to access trailers, play an original game, and use their handheld as a form of remote, much in the way that Apple's Remote utility controls iTunes.

Delta to filter in-air Wi-Fi

10/03, 12:25pm

Delta to Filter Wi-Fi

Delta will filter the content on its in-flight Wi-Fi service, the airline said today. Although the company has previously been concerned about the ramifications of active censorship on its GoGo-based service and has intended to rely on attendants alone to screen out adult sites and other material that might make some passengers uncomfortable, it now says it will implement a content filter that automatically blocks certain sites before they reach cellphones, notebooks and other devices capable of a Wi-Fi link.

Wii Speak to get own channel for 4-way chats

10/03, 11:35am

Wii Speak Channel

Owners of Nintendo's upcoming Wii Speak won't have to use games just to talk with friends, the console maker's Cammy Dunaway said at its Fall Summit on Thursday. The Wii itself will receive an update that adds a Wii Speak Channel and so allows as many as four friends to join a voice chat at the top-level interface for the system. It's unknown whether any other features will be included or if the Wii Speak can be replaced with a similarly USB-based speakerphone or headset.

T-Mobile Shadow II launch info, photos leak

10/03, 11:00am

T-Mo Shadow 2 Launch Leak

T-Mobile's Shadow II is on the verge of launch, a leak of final launch details at BGR would indicate. The carrier's second custom-designed Windows Mobile phone from HTC is now said to be launching in less than two weeks, shipping with the American provider on October 15th. Pricing would increase sharply from the discounted current Shadow and result in a $150 price after signing a two-year agreement.

Kingston teams up with Intel to supply SSD drives

10/03, 10:40am

Kingston to supply SSDs

Memory maker Kingston has joined up with chipmaker Intel to produce flash-memory based drives for popular-brand notebooks and servers, according to a Thursday report. Traditionally, Kingston has made flash memory cards for consumer electronics devices such as digital cameras, which make up a quarter of the company's business. Under the deal with Intel, Kingston will resell drives made by Intel, providing technical support and testing to buyers at Dell, HP and IBM, among others.

ATI to ship DirectX 11 GPUs in 2009, more

10/03, 10:25am

ATI to ship DirectX 11 GPU

At a press conference at the CEATEC show currently held in Japan, ATI graphics department senior vice president and general manager Rick Bergman announced the company's products will support DirectX 11 in 2009, hinting at a new range of graphics processing units (GPUs), among other news. Along with support for the new programming interfaces, the update will bring with it more advanced OpenGL 2.x features. The AMD-owned graphics label also revealed it will use a 40nm process to make its chips and use the GDDR5 memory standard more widely, both of which should make for considerably higher performance graphics processors.

MS reaffirms porting Zune UI to Win Mobile

10/03, 9:35am

MS Porting Zune to Win Mob

Microsoft is still committed to including aspects of the Zune interface to Windows Mobile devices, company chief Steve Ballmer said in an interview with CIO published late Thursday. The company co-founder supports the public company position and makes no mention of a rumored, internally developed Zune phone but instead says some form of the Zune shell will eventually be ported to Windows Mobile to give the device a better media experience than today's smartphones.

HP Oak, Silver smartphone rumors resurface

10/03, 8:45am

HP Oak and Silver Reappear

HP is nearing the release of two important touchscreen phones previously only hinted at earlier in the year, according to a pair of reports. The Wall Street Journal now hints that one of HP's first true touchscreen-focused iPAQ smartphones is due in Europe as soon as two months from now; the report directly corroborates a leak early in the year of the Oak that reveals a hybrid touch and keyboard design intended for Vodafone. The earlier and more specific leak would give the phone a side-slider design with 7.2Mbps, HSDPA-based 3G as well as GPS and Wi-Fi.

Garmin rolls GPSMAP 600s for driving, boating

10/03, 7:55am

Garmin GPSMAP 600 Series

Garmin finished its week by unveiling a new GPSMAP all-in-one for those boaters who also want to take their GPS navigators on the road. The 600 series has a large, 5.2-inch 800x480 screen friendly to sea navigation with a bird's eye view above the sea as well as 3D underwater mapping; on land, however, it converts into a proper road navigator with spoken street names as well as support for photo-keyed landmarks and custom points of interest beyond those bundled with the map set.

Sprint close to finding Nextel buyer, hurdles appear

10/03, 12:50am

Sprint selling Nextel soon

Sprint has discovered several interested parties who wish to purchase its Nextel business unit, but the wireless provider is facing several obstacles before the sale can be finalized. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint's $35 billion 2005 purchase would likely see a deal in the area of $5.4 billion at least, due to the amount of debt that would come with the acquisition. Interested bidders have expressed some resistance to this expense, unless the equity included in the deal were insubstantial in comparison.

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