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YouTube integrates Amazon, iTunes links

10/07, 11:50pm

YouTube offers legit links

YouTube is integrating functionality for Amazon.com and Apple's iTunes Store into YouTube partner video pages, allowing users to purchase related content from record companies like EMI, or various software packages, books, and other media. The move comes in response to many users' requests of where to find a particular song, or when a game would be released. YouTube says the feature is designed to provide users with a non-obtrusive way to obtain legitimate copies of content.

Brother intros new line of multifunction printers

10/07, 10:30pm

Brother ships new printers

Brother has launched its next generation of inkjet printers, with printing, copying, scanning and faxing capabilities on all three new models. Its flagship MFC-790CW also includes a 4.2-inch touch screen and wireless networking. The 790 model includes 802.11 b/g wireless network support for printing without wires and supporting multiple PCs at once, direct printing from media cards and through its PictBridge interface and a 15-page automatic document feeder. It also has front-loading inks, a telephone handset with a digital answering machine built in and prints at a 33 page per minute rate.

Vodafone makes BB Storm official, giveaway offer

10/07, 8:15pm

Vodafone BB Storm official

Vodafone recently launched an official website for the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 9500 handheld for its customers in the United Kingdom, offering users a 360 degree view of the device, as well as views of several of its features. While Vodafone is silent on when to expect shipment (a notice on the page merely says "Coming Soon"), the company highlights a promotional give-away, in which there are 20 of the devices for users to win before October 25th.

Sleek Audio and Kleer unveil wireless adapter

10/07, 4:45pm

Sleek and Kleer adapter

Sleek Audio and Kleer have collaborated on bringing a wireless music streaming adapter for use with Sleek Audio's SA6 in-ear headphones. The Sleek Wireless adapter uses Kleer's 2.4GHz radio link, which is said to achieve 10 times more battery life than a comparable Bluetooth headset, to deliver CD-quality sound. The adapter replaces the cable of the headphones by plugging into the SA6 earphones' 3.5mm stereo jack, and features a built-in battery rated for 10 hours of listening time, outlasting many of the source players' battery ratings.

Investor: MS has "Google-envy," distracted

10/07, 4:45pm

Investor on MS Distraction

Microsoft has distracted itself to where it's no longer a viable investment, Greenlight Capital investor David Einhorn says in a comment on the results of his company's summer quarter. He accuses the Windows developer of an "overaggressive and almost panicky" approach to competing with Google, at first launching an attempt to buy Yahoo only to overcompensate for its unsuccessful deal by spending large amounts of money on its own efforts to compete with Google in search and web ads.

Best Buy Mobile leak shows dates of future handsets

10/07, 4:35pm

Best But Mobile lea

A leaked Best Buy Mobile presentation slide that surfaced on Monday has revealed ship dates for a few upcoming handsets from various carriers. The leak revealed the Verizon Blitz in Titanium, which is priced at $300 on Best Buy's site and only marked as Coming Soon, will ship on October 26th. Other handsets set to ship on the same date according to the slide include the HTC Touch Pro with Sprint, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 with T-Mobile and the Samsung M540 Rant from Sprint in black, an exclusive-to-Best Buy purple or red.

Logitech launches Wireless Microphone

10/07, 4:30pm

Logitech intros microphone

Peripheral maker Logitech on Tuesday announced it will soon release the Logitech Wireless Microphone for avid gamers. The microphone connects to PCs and is compatible with the Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 as well as the Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming systems thanks to a USB port. The microphone relies on the 2.4GHz frequency to provide the wireless connection to its USB base which doubles as a holder, with range of up to 30 feet. Logitech claims the two included AA batteries will last more than 20 hours.

Samsung adds ultra-fast 22X DVD burners

10/07, 4:20pm

Samsung intros DVD burners

Samsung on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of three new DVD burners to add to its Super-WriteMaster series with the SH-S223Q SATA internal drive and the SH-S222A and SH-S222L PATA internal drives. All are capable of writing at 22X speeds, which translates to about 29.7MBps and, Samsung claims, is among the fastest speed currently available in commercial burners. The SH-S223Q and the SH-S222L also feature LightScribe technology that allows users to engrave CDs and DVDs with labels, photos and other designs.

Toshiba launches portable projector with USB port

10/07, 4:15pm

Toshiba portable projector

Toshiba on Tuesday announced the release of its portable TLP-X150U projector, which features a USB port that allows users to make presentations without the need for a PC and has closed captioning capabilities. The slim 3LCD projector features a native resolution of 1024x768 and 2600 lumens brightness along with a 600:1 contrast ratio. The projector weighs in at 4lbs, is less than 3 inches tall and comes with a carrying bag to promote its portability. Toshiba's Natural Color Enhancer5 software sharpens up the colors.

BlackBerry Storm due Wed. at London event?

10/07, 3:35pm

BBerry Storm Tomorrow

The BlackBerry Storm should finally receive a more formal announcement as early as tomorrow, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky claims in an investment note issued today. The researcher expects RIM's first touchscreen smartphone will be announced this week and may appear on Wednesday in London. The venue would likely be used chiefly for the phone's launch on Vodafone but should be accompanied soon if not immediately by news of a Verizon model for the US.

DVDO ships EDGE 1080p video upscaler

10/07, 3:15pm

DVDO ships EDGE upscaler

Anchor Bay Technologies has begun shipping its DVDO EDGE video processor that upscales and deinterlaces signals to 1080p for HD home theater systems. The device offers six HDMI inputs, including one on the front panel for gaming consoles. Two HDMI outputs are provided, one for audio and video for connecting to an HDTV, and one that offers only audio signal for connecting to an A/V receiver.

Research turns LEDs into 10Mbps wireless

10/07, 2:55pm

Smart LED Lighting

Boston University says that it has developed the basics of a new wireless data method that would allow computers and other devices to communicate in a room without the traditional weaknesses of Wi-Fi. Instead of using radio waves, the new approach would use an optical wireless system that would translate very rapid pulses in LED lighting into data signals. Each light would be capable of as much as 10Mbps and would effectively serve as an access point for a central network node by broadcasting to network devices with a line of sight.

Analyst: NVIDIA to exit chipsets in 2009

10/07, 1:45pm

NVIDIA to stop chip making

According to an analyst with the Pacific Crest Securities, chipset manufacturer NVIDIA will stop making media and communications chipsets in 2009, representing 21 percent of the company's current revenue. While the Tuesday report notes that NVIDIA had flat-out denied similar rumors back in August, its partners AMD and Intel are both are breaking into the mainboard chipset business themselves, Intel with in-house efforts and AMD with the recent purchase of chipmaker ATI.

HTC: No Touch HD coming to US

10/07, 12:40pm

HTC: No Touch HD in US

Americans will not have access to the Touch HD phone, maker HTC has announced through its Twitter feed. The company says that although it "looked into it," it has decided that by the time the HD could be converted and imported into the US, the device would be "old news." It is promising "other cool stuff" later down the line, but has not specified what this may mean.

Nintendo dashes hopes of early Wii HD info

10/07, 12:20pm

Nintendo on Wii HD Rumors

Claims of leaked early details for a Wii HD console are false, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime says in a new interview with VentureBeat. The rumor, which described an upgraded console fast enough to output HD video and with permanent storage, is described as "pure rumor and speculation" by the executive that has been misinterpreted as fact by some outlets. Fils-Aime doesn't deny an eventual update but debunks the notion that Nintendo would gauge first reactions to an update by showing a prototype to developers.

Nikon intros Wi-Fi video player, headset combo

10/07, 11:20am

Nikon UP300x

Breaking out of its normal camera business, Nikon this morning unveiled its unique Media Port UP300x media player. The device mounts a video eyepiece on headphones that supplies a 640x480 picture equivalent to a 50-inch screen viewed from 10 feet away. The unusual trick lets owners watch MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and WMV videos while on foot, on public transit or other areas where users want large-screened video without access to a regular TV. It also builds in 802.11g Wi-Fi and supports not just web browsing with Flash and Javascript but also buying music and video directly from an online store.

MS Surface SDK available later this month

10/07, 10:40am

Surface SDK available soon

Microsoft will release the long-promised Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Surface tabletop computer at its Professional Developer Conference set to begin on October 27. according to a Tuesday report. Apart from distributing the SDK to developers other than current partners AT&T and Starwood hotels, both of whom have been using Surface computers in their retail and hotel locations, the software giant will hold a tutorial on how to take advantage of the new platform when writing Surface applications.

Chumby gets Pandora Internet radio, more

10/07, 10:20am

Chumby Gets Pandora

Chumby today added support for a new set of features on its namesake customizable Internet media device. The updates are headlined by the addition of Pandora's radio streams; users can now listen to their personal Internet music feeds on the device and flag songs as they would on a computer or cellphone to favorite certain music styles or exclude others. Pandora can also be used as the default alarm along with other usual sources. Using the new stream on the Chumby is free.

HP moving industry to 13in, 16:9 notebooks?

10/07, 9:45am

HP and shift to 13in 16-9

A design decision from HP could lead much of the notebook business to making small 16:9 aspect ratio displays, according to alleged tips from manufacturers. The American PC builder is purportedly set to focus much of its energy on portables with 13- to 13.9-inch LCDs in the significantly wider proportions starting from the fall, pulling much of the industry with it by making the extra-wide displays common. The shift is said to be prompted by the lower price of making 13-inch screens versus 14-inch equivalents with the same ratio.

ASUS 1st with true quad-core gaming notebook

10/07, 8:50am

ASUS G71 Quad Notebook

ASUS on Tuesday set out to claim a first for notebooks by launching the 17-inch G71 notebook. The system is the first gaming-oriented notebook to have the option a true mobile quad-core processor rather than using a large, hot-running desktop part. The shift not only lets ASUS produce a reasonably-sized system but also removes some of the barriers on performance; although the stock Core 2 Extreme chip runs at 2.53GHz, the lack of hardware restrictions lets owners overclock the processor to levels that more closely match desktops.

AMD splits into design, chipmaking firms

10/07, 8:00am

AMD Splits

AMD this morning took a radical step to improve its fortunes by launching into its promised split into two separate companies. The plan will see AMD break off its semiconductor manufacturing business into a separate company, for now known as the The Foundry Company, and will result in the new company both assuming about $1.2 billion of AMD's debt and the Abu Dhabi-based firm Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) supplying about $2.1 billion to both start up the new company as well as to help earn a majority stake in the project, which will also give it 55.6 percent of shares.

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