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Iridium Satellite has unveiled its latest satellite phone, the 9555, which offers smaller dimensions and a form factor that is closer to traditional cell phones than its predecessor, the 9505A. The antenna is mostly internally stowed, allowing full extension only when the phone is being used. A speakerphone function, brighter screen, and mini-USB data port have been added, along with improved SMS and E-mail functionality.
HP has already tipped its hand as to its upcoming smartphone plans through a pair of leaks to its own website. Confirming longstanding rumors, the iPAQ Data Messenger will be HP's first full touchscreen phone but will hide a slide-out QWERTY keyboard underneath its 2.8-inch display. It should also stand as HP's most advanced phone yet with 7.2Mbps HSDPA-based 3G, albeit only on non-American bands in the current model, and will also support HSUPA for faster uploads on those networks that support it. A 3.1-megapixel camera, assisted GPS and Wi-Fi are also planned for the phone, which expectedly runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
Last week, ASUS introduced four high-definition LCD monitors meant to enhance viewing movies and playing video games, with a pair of 25.5-inch displays, along with two 24-inch 1080p HD LCDs. The larger VK266H and VW266H feature a 16:10 aspect ratio and support 1920x1200 resolution, while the VK246H and VW246H have the more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920x1080 resolution. All four sport an HDMI input and specs that include 300cd/㎡ brightness, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms gray-to-gray response time. The foursome also has ASUS' Splendid Video Intelligence technology, which changes parameters to match the type of content being played.
The latest customer satisfaction survey with wireless providers has surprisingly concluded that Sprint has overtaken rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile in customer satisfaction, going from last place to first. Conducted by Pali Research, the sixth survey measured how long the major wireless companies keep their customers on hold. According to the results, Sprint Nextel answered 91 percent of the Pali calls in 30 seconds or less, meeting the company's previously set goal of achieving 80 percent of calls under the time frame.
Lexmark on Monday introduced new series of monochrome and color laser printers as well as color laser multifunction products (MFPs), meant for businesses of all sizes. The C540 series of color laser printers and X540 of color laser MFPs are capable of double-sided printing, low power consumption and ability to print on recycled paper, in addition to having 802.11n wireless connectivity modules built-in. At the same time, the company introduced a comprehensive line of 11 monochrome laser X650 series MFPs and nine T650 series monochrome laser printers. Meant for departmental office use, the monochrome products can perform finishing tasks such as stapling and mailbox options.
A scan of a few pages from a brochure Rogers sends out to its subscribers reveals that the Canadian wireless provider will be getting its own GSM version of the new handset, thanks to a Monday report. With a unique design that takes cues from the original Touch Diamond, including the edgy styling on the rear panel of the phone, which differs from the straight back of the CDMA Sprint/Telus version. The Rogers handset also has HSPA data network support as opposed to the EVDO network.
Shares of Research in Motion plummeted Monday after a Pacific Crest report cautioned that the company's BlackBerry's sales would likely prove underwhelming. Calling the cellphone producer's likely results "slightly disappointing," the analyst group cautions that the Pearl Flip's sales have been at most average. The estimates if accurate are particularly damaging for RIM, which depends on the Pearl series for a large portion of its non-business sales.
Toshiba on Monday announced it has acquired 30 percent of SanDisk's NAND flash memory production capacity for $1 billion. Toshiba has been previously interested in purchasing SanDisk entirely, after Samsung made a similar bid for the flash memory maker. Toshiba's purchase will allow it to boost its NAND memory capacity quicker and for less money than investing in its own operations. The two companies already have joint NAND operations that produce 300mm wafers, and the purchase represents a reshuffling of those assets between the companies.
On October 14, 2008, Apple released two new MacBook models that stand as its first major overhaul of the 13-inch system since its introduction in May 2006. Apple as always claims a dramatic overhaul; but the real question is whether this is the giant leap promised by the company, a minor step forward in a new disguise, or something in between. Click through for our full 13-inch MacBook review for our answer.
Sprint recently announced a pair of Samsung handsets introduced earlier, the Rant and Highnote, are now shipping through the wireless network provider. The Rant has the distinction of being Sprint's lowest-cost handset with the capability of accessing Sprint's 3G network, which can be taken advantage of thanks to the phone's sliding design that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. The Highnote's sliding design reveals either a pair of stereo speakers or a dialing pad depending on the slide direction.
ASUS' Eee PC -- frequently cited as the original netbook -- is still doing extremely well, claims the company's CEO. Jerry Shen says that over 4 million Eees have been sold since the product's debut last year, and the company hopes to reach 5 million before the end of 2008. The Eee line has extended to include several netbooks, and an all-in-one desktop computer, the EeeTop. It is facing increasing competition however, from companies such as Acer, Dell and MSI.
There are new specs to report regarding the MSI Wind U120, introduced earlier this month. The netbook will include a built-in 3G module and sport a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU coupled to 1GB of memory and a 120GB hard drive with Windows XP. The newest report, published on Monday, maintains the netbook will be available in November and not, as previously believed, December. MSI has teamed up with Vibo Telecom in its home market of Taiwan for supplying its 8.9-inch Wind U90 netbook with wireless data services, and the computer maker is in talks with European providers for similar deals.
RIM has already outlined most if not all of its phone release plans for next year, a leak of a Rogers Wireless roadmap to BGR says. In addition to getting the Curve 8900 (Javelin) in the first quarter of the year, the Canadian provider will also allegedly receive two devices briefly mentioned in the past. Codenamed the Magnum, the BlackBerry 9220 should appear in the summer and add HSPA-based 3G to the Curve 8900 to bring it up to par with the Bold. RIM's rumored hybrid touch/keyboard device is also slated as the BlackBerry 9900, or Pluto, and would ship next fall.
Fujitsu has quietly launched a substantial upgrade to its LifeBooks through the P8020. The ultraportable carries over the unique bezel-free 12-inch LCD of the P8010 but adds a newer, faster Centrino 2-era platform as well as one of the company's few multi-touch trackpads. Owners can perform gestures with one or two fingers, including an Apple-like pinch motion to zoom in or out as well a circular motion for uninterrupted scrolling, much as with iPods.
HP this morning marked the low-key introduction of a large yet mainstream w-series display as well as a pair of eco-friendly desktops. The w2558hc (pictured) is said to have rich color output but is pitched primarily as an all-in-one companion to a desktop or notebook. The 25.5-inch LCD has a two megapixel camera, stereo speakers and secondary HDMI inputs that turn it both into an all-in-one video conferencing device as well as an HDTV alternative for some devices.
Samsung on Monday announced the introduction of its i7110 bar-style handset, which will be shown to the public at London's Symbian Smartphone Show over the next two days. The handset notably features a 2.6-inch OLED screen with 240x320 resolution, which helps contribute to the smartphone's approximate half-inch thickness and also produces much richer colors than most LCDs. The use of Symbian's S60 operating system also gives it access to true smartphone-level apps.
Motorola's social networking Android phone will promise to more directly compete against the iPhone and T-Mobile's imminent G1, a leak to BusinessWeek suggests. Although it will share the G1's use of a slide-out keyboard, the handset should have a significantly larger screen closer to the size of the iPhone's 3.5-inch display and will have styling cues somewhat like those of the Krave, positioning it as a more luxuriant alternative to HTC's phone.
After an early introduction, Gateway today finalized details of the MC series, its first 16:9 aspect ratio notebook. The system is movie-friendly with a 16-inch, 1366x768 LCD that displays 720p video with much less wasted space than on a 16:10 display. It also takes Gateway's look somewhat upscale with either burgundy or black colors as well as the use of artificial leather and brushed metal surfaces. All models also have a backlit keyboard.
Intel today at the start of its fall Developer Forum showed off a working example of a Moorestown-based device, putting the chipset on track for its 2009-2010 launch window. The chipmaker has yet to describe the device but reiterates that the technology should be much more effective for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and ultra-mobile PCs. Through a 45 nanometer process as well as a redesign of the processor itself, the idle power alone will represent just a tenth that of an Atom system today, Intel claims.
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