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News about ASUS' Eee PC S101 reported earlier this month was updated today, with the company pricing the new, stylish netbook and releasing a definitive US ship date. The S101 will be priced at $699 when it hits store shelves on November 1st. It will include a new slimmed down body that measures just 0.75 inches thick and is accented with other dress-ups. The specs include a 1.6GHz Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM, both standard fare for netbooks. The 10.2-inch netbook's LED screen has a 1024x600 resolution.
Dell's multi-touch screen is still undergoing teething issues According to an online report published on Monday. The N-Trig digitizer used in Dell's multi-touch Latitude XT Tablet PCs has issues that, nearly seven months since the products' launch, have not been resolved. According to users, some of the problems include errors that prevent the digitizer software from being found, making the tablet useless in auto and dual modes. While this problem goes away after a couple of reboots, many see it as frustrating and counter-productive. The report goes on to name an additional flaw that has the digitizer clicking items while the stylus is hovering when the tablet is exiting standby mode.
Unlimited wireless services provider Cricket Communications on Tuesday announced it is now offering the Nokia 1606 flip phone handset. As an Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)-capable device, the 1606 is able to take advantage of Cricket's unlimited data plans. Users can browse the net on the 1606's internal 1.8-inch 128x160-pixel display. The tri-band CDMA phone has a 96x32-pixel monochrome external display for displaying basic call information.
VIZIO announced on Monday it has shipped its VO-series 1080p HDTVs, including the newly styled 32-inch VOJ320F and 37-inch VOJ370F as well as the 32-inch VO32LF-32 and 37-inch VO37LF-37 with more traditional styling. The VOJ models are the first in VIZIO's line-up to feature the Java-colored bezel accents and redesigned stand and cabinet. All sets share the same 6,500:1 contrast ratio, 6.5ms refresh rate and 500 nits of brightness, coupled to 178-degree vertical viewing angles. The VOJ models add picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-outside-picture (POP) viewing options.
Flash memory maker SanDisk and software security developer McAfee have teamed up on a new USB drive, the SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise, that automatically scans for, detects and keeps harmful malicious software, or malware, out. The secure USB drive is being demonstrated this week at the Foucs 08 security conference and promises to prevent file transfers to the drive when it detects the PC it is connected to is infected, even without a firewall. Malware includes viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malicious software, for which the Cruzer Enterprise scans and keeps from being copied onto the drive.
The list of supporters for the Symbian Foundation is set to grow yet again, with credit card company Visa, British chip designer ARM, Chinese technology group Huawei and nine other, unnamed companies planning on joining the group to get access to its software, according to a Tuesday Reuters report. The Symbian Foundation, a not-for-profit group started by cellphone maker Nokia to promote the Symbian operating system for mobile devices, is growing and includes all the major mobile phone makers, giving it an edge over rival Google and its upcoming Android operating system.
Nokia on Tuesday announced it will soon release the 2228 candybar CDMA handset, which is less than a half-inch thick. The 2228 handset is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera and has built-in media player functionality. The handset could double as a modem when connected to a PC, suggesting it does not have mobile browsing capabilities of its own. Users will be able to send text messages to others, along with image and music files. The handset will take voice commands via its handsfree speaker, which also allows for hands- and conference-like conversations.
Samsung on Tuesday has announced it will soon launch its newest 22-inch LCD monitor, the CX-2233GW. The new screen will boast a 1680x1050 resolution along with 300cd/m2 brightness rating. Its 1,000:1 contrast ratio can be boosted to a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio that greatly improves black levels, and Samsung rates the display's pixel response time performance at 5ms. An HDCP-compliant DVI connection is its primary output.
Computer maker MSI on Tuesday announced the availability of two of its newest gaming notebooks, the 15.4-inch GX630 and 17-inch GT735, in the US market. Both share AMD's Turion X2 dual-core processors at 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM and MSI's overclockable Turbo Drive that allows the chips to run as much as 15 percent faster. Apart from the different display sizes and corresponding resolutions, at 1280x800 for the GX630 and 1680x1050 for the GT735, they also feature different graphics cards, with the former using NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M GT 3D and the latter running ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 3850.
Lala today introduced a music service it claims will escape some of the limitations of conventional music stores. The self-titled service functions as a regular online service with unprotected MP3 songs downloadable at a minimum 89 cents per track but also grants customers immediate access to their collections over the web by scanning users' existing music collections in iTunes or other apps, including FairPlay-protected iTunes Store purchases.
H2O Audio on Tuesday announced the launch of its iDive 300 waterproof housing and over-ear speakers made to fit dockable iPods and let them be taken on SCUBA dives up to 300ft (90m) deep. The product includes the waterproof housing that has a cam knob for a sure seal and a built-in amplifier for the included headphones, engineered to produce clear sound deep under water.
Sony's newest portable gaming system, dubbed the PSP 3000, which began arriving at stores last week, has buyers frustrated as they discover its new and reportedly improved screen is afflicted with scanlines and visibly jagged images. Sony has previously claimed the display offers better color reproduction, less glare and pixel ghosting than the version for the previous system.
Apple is currently telling at least some retailers not to expect further Mac mini shipments, according to reports sent to Gizmodo. At least two "major" European outlets say they have been told by Apple not to anticipate more units of the small desktop and get the impression from their Apple sources that the system has been discontinued outright and isn't just encountering a temporary interruption in supply.
Google's Android software -- intended to provide a universal platform for cellphone development, while promoting Google services -- is now an open-source project, the company has announced. The move has been planned for some time, as it has long been the stated intention of the Open Handset Alliance, the industry organization backing Android. The platform's website now allows developers to explore and modify code at all levels, ranging from the bootloader to applications. The results can be shared and repurposed for use in future Android hardware.
Research in Motion today confirmed the existence of its rumored BlackBerry Application Center, the company's attempt to parallel the iPhone's App Store. The portal will serve as a central hub for BlackBerry owners looking to download and manage apps instead of the web downloads and separate stores used before. Like Apple's offering, customers can buy directly from the software and apply upgrades; a new twist adds the ability to delete software without finding it in the regular BlackBerry OS layer.
AT&T today took the wraps from its spiritual successor to the BlackJack Line. The Samsung Epix has the familiar, fixed QWERTY keyboard design but uses an unusual optical mouse in place of a directional pad, giving it a trackpad-like control scheme for Windows Mobile 6.1 that can also fall back to the D-pad. The nearly 2.6-inch display is larger than on the BlackJack II and also supports touchscreen input of its own through either fingers or a stylus.
Motorola today broke some ground in cellphones today by revealing the AURA, the world's first handset with a full color circular LCD. While small at just under 1.6 inches, the display has a unique, 480-pixel diameter resolution that produces an extremely high 300 dots per inch density and also makes the phone's swivel design possible; unlike a slider or some other swivel phones, the display can stay in a fixed position while the outer cover rotates to reveal the number pad. It generates 16 million colors and so has a photo print-like quality, Motorola adds.
NXP and German automaker BMW today revealed a prototype of what they claim is the first true smart car key. The pocket-sized device holds both wireless communications and a security chip that let drivers store information that can be sent to nearby devices without much risk of a security leak. Owners could pay for public transit and road tolls or have rented cars that remember a regular driver's preferred settings, NXP suggests.
Following last week's introduction of the GeForce 9400M for MacBooks and other notebooks, NVIDIA has also introduced the GeForce 9300 and 9400 for desktop systems. The two not only support the full range of Celeron, Pentium and Core 2 desktop processors but carry roughly the same 16-core graphics processing as the 9400M and thus have much faster 3D performance than Intel's GMA 4500.
Kerio Technologies has updated its MailServer groupware, taking direct aim at Microsoft Exchange. The company says MailServer 6.6 has two key improvements designed to convince Exchange users to switch. The first is support for managing resources -- the ability to book conference rooms, audio/visual equipment and other assets using online tools. The second addition is a migration tool designed to make it less painful for companies to move their data from Exchange to MailServer. The new release also provides improved e-mail support for the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Toshiba this morning gave the Qosmio X305 a major upgrade by updating nearly all its architecture. The 17-inch gaming system's new Q708 variant adds a 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme quad-core chip and upgrades from the GeForce 9700M video hardware of before to dual GeForce 9800M GTS graphics chipsets that should provide more desktop-like 3D performance than before. Like the MacBook Pro, however, the X305 also uses a GeForce 9400M as its mainboard chipset and so is not only more space-efficient but can switch to integrated video to save power when the system isn't attached to a wall outlet.
Intel's Core i7 architecture may not reach the mobile space until late next year, statements made by the company at the Intel Developer Forum suggest. Known internally as Clarksfield, the notebook processor design now isn't slated to start production until the second half of 2009. The lead time between production and shipping products could result in finished products not appearing until later the same year.
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