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Motorola to focus on Android, dump others?

10/28, 11:55pm

Motorolas focus on Android

Motorola is expected to focus efforts on Google's Android operating system as a nearly exclusive platform for its phones, which could lead to even more layoffs and restructuring, according to sources that spoke to The Wall Street Journal. Recently appointed co-CEO Sanjay Jha will allegedly unveil a new set of plans, which could include a new round of layoffs, adding to the already staggering 10,000 jobs cut so far. The announcement could happen as early as Thursday, should this prove true.

MvixUSA shows NAS with iTunes, torrent, web services

10/28, 4:55pm

MvixUSA intros NAS/server

MvixUSA is bringing a versatile Network Attached Storage device to the market, the MvixBOX or WDN-2000, the company announced on Tuesday. The two-bay NAS doubles as a media server, as it is capable of torrent sharing in addition to dynamic website hosting and data back-up capabilities. While the product ships without any included hard-drives, it is capable of housing two 1.5TB SATA HDDs. The MvixBOX does ship pre-configured with Apache, MySQL, SQlife and PHP web servers as well as dynamic DNS functionality. For network access, a gigabit Ethernet connection is present.

Sanyo launches R227 Internet radio with Wi-Fi

10/28, 4:40pm

Sanyo R227 Internet Radio

Sanyo Canada on Monday announced the launch of its first Internet radio, the R227, which features an Ethernet jack and a built-in Wi-Fi module for no-cost, PC-free access to streaming radio stations and podcasts available on the Internet. Users can search for Internet radio stations by country of origin or genre, and save them on one of eight presets. An integrated FM radio tuner adds more flexibility to the system and includes its own eight presets.

Microsoft reveals Office Web

10/28, 4:35pm

Microsoft Office Web

Microsoft today backed up the unveiling of Windows 7 with Office Web, the company's first ground-up, web-based production suite. The online apps include simpler versions of Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Word that share a similar interface to Office 2007 and will let users both edit and view documents anywhere they have a broadband Internet connection. Microsoft explains that the feature will give users a consistent experience and access to Office even on mobile devices with advanced web browsers.

Fanatec intros RennSport Cockpit for racing gamers

10/28, 4:00pm

Fanatec RennSport Cockpit

Fanatec, a maker of high-end gaming controllers for gaming consoles and PCs, on Tuesday announced the release of its RennSport Cockpit for racing games. Made up of the aluminum roll cage that allows gamers to adjust the seat, pedal placement and steering wheel angle, the set-up includes a wide fiberglass seat that features an original design, similar to Fanatec's GTR-series products. The shifter attachment mounted on the right-hand side of the rig can be mounted on the left-hand side to suit drivers used to shifting with their left hand.

Nextar intros thin SNAP5, SNAP7 GPS mappers

10/28, 3:55pm

Nextar SNAP5 and SNAP7

Relatively small GPS maker Nextar today launched a pair of larger GPS units for drivers. The 5-inch SNAP5 and 7-inch SNAP7 both pay unusual attention to ergonmics with thinner, 0.7 inch displays and a unique magnetic car mount that keeps the navigators in place while still making it easy to remove them and keep them safe when the car isn't in use. In software, their advantage revolves around a more detailed 3D mode that includes polygonal versions of major buildings and landmarks.

Microsoft rolls out first Windows 7 details

10/28, 3:05pm

Windows 7 First Details

Microsoft at its Professional Developer Conference today provided a first look at Windows 7, the company's successor to Vista. The operating system is based heavily on the underlying framework of Vista but focuses heavily on redesigning the interface. The Windows taskbar and the general interface has been improved to speed up common tasks: running apps are simplified to icons and now include Jump Lists that provide shortcuts to common tasks for running apps, such as queuing up playlists in Windows Media Player. Pointing at each item on the taskbar also lets users "peek" at the contents of a running app without having to select the window.

Numark intros portable USB turntable

10/28, 3:00pm

Numark shows USB turntable

Numark has recently announced the PT-01USB, which enables users to convert songs from vinyl records to digital WAV or MP3 files. The portable, battery-powered turntable uses a USB port to connect to Windows PCs or Macs and save the music playing on or through the device. Apart from tracks recorded on vinyl, an auxiliary input makes it possible to convert tracks from cassette decks or other sources into digital formats. The PT-01USB operates as a traditional record player as well, with an RCA line output letting users connect it to a DJ, PA or stereo system. A built-in speaker lets it function on its own.

HP phasing out MediaSmart LCD HDTVs?

10/28, 2:50pm

HP quits HDTV production

A Monday report has HP exiting its MediaSmart LCD TV business by phasing out and stopping sales of its MediaSmart HDTV line-up. The company will instead focus on its MediaSmart Connect digital media receivers that connects to users' existing HDTVs and enables them to browse the net, view photos or movies or perform any other functions via their PCs.

Memorex intros earbud line-up with memory foam

10/28, 2:50pm

Memorex intros earbuds

On Monday, Memorex announced it will soon launch three new in-ear headphones, including the EB100, EB200 and EB300. All three feature patented Soundelity conforming foam earbuds designed by hearing protection specialist Howard Leight for superior comfort and sound delivery. The company claims its new earbuds are unique in offering the foam tips, which are usually found in headphones that cost as much as 10 times more. The foam tips ensure greater comfort and improve sound quality by conforming to users' ear canals to isolate them from ambient noise while enhancing bass.

Sony drops 4GB PSP Entertainment Pack

10/28, 2:45pm

Sony drops 4GB PSP pack

On its PlayStation blog on Monday, Sony announced it will no longer offer the 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack that includes the new PSP-3000 portable gaming console and a 4GB PSP Memory Stick PRO Duo. The decision was reportedly made due to the significant interest in the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack in North America, spurring the company to re-prioritize its PSP shipments. Instead, Sony will offer the 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo card as a stand-alone offering for about $45.

Sanyo intros photo frame with e-mail, RSS feeds

10/28, 2:40pm

Sanyo advanced photo frame

Sanyo on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of its 7-inch digital photo frame, the HNV-M70, featuring a 16:9 aspect ratio and LCD resolution of 800x480 pixels. The ALBO-series frame has the ability to display JPEG- or BMP-format photos sent to it via e-mail or text from cellphones or uploaded via more traditional methods. A built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi module and network support allows users to sync their photo collections from web-based albums such as Picasa Web Album and Photo Warehouse. The frame also supports RSS feeds, capable of receiving and displaying updates from up to 10 different websites.

Willcom intros new phones, tech, services

10/28, 2:30pm

Willcom shows new handsets

At a press conference on Tuesday, Willcom announced the release of a few updated and new handsets as well as new technologies and services. The Willcom 03 slider phone, introduced earlier this year, will be available in a new black color starting November 7th and includes a new feature that translates roughly to "hand-painted chat" that allows users with compatible devices to chat live by drawing or writing on the devices' touchscreen. Another new service, dubbed Willcom meeting, will launch on November 4th and allow as many as seven users to talk at the same time, with invitations to the conference call that can be sent via e-mail.

Mitsubishi ships first-ever laser TV set

10/28, 12:30pm

Mitsubishi laser TV ships

After a small delay, Mitsubishi says it has begun shipping the LaserVue, said to be the world's first commercial laser TV. The technology is claimed to reproduce up to two times the color of most current HDTVs, and at the same time consume significantly less power. Power use in the LaserVue is 135W, said to be a third of the amount used in an equivalent LCD, or a fourth of that used in a similar plasma set.

Sony gives Rolly Bluetooth control, storage

10/28, 11:45am

Sony Rolly Fall 2008

Sony on Tuesday gave the Rolly a significant upgrade in its home country. The dancing player now gets the same 2GB of storage as the American version reviewed earlier but also gets a completely new Bluetooth control feature. Most Bluetooth-equipped cellphones and PCs can now directly steer the dancing player forwards, backwards, and through rotations as well as trigger motion presets. Windows computers can also queue up their own music to play over the wireless link.

Lenovo gives S10 netbook instant-on Linux mode

10/28, 11:00am

Lenovo S10e with SplashTop

Lenovo today revealed an upgraded version of its IdeaPad S10 netbook that caters to owners looking for quicker access to the Internet. Where most netbooks have to wait as they boot into either Windows XP or a full Linux distribution, the S10e adds a Linux-based SplashTop interface dubbed QuickStart that starts up almost instantly and gives immediate access to most common Internet functions, including web browsing with Flash support, messaging and audio or video chats.

Dell outs new-look OptiPlex desktops

10/28, 10:35am

Dell OptiPlex Fall 2008

Dell today launched a whole new range of workhorse desktops that include some of its most significant redesigns yet. The OptiPlex 960 has a much more industrial, metal design that leaves much of the front to a grill that helps cool the components inside. Combined with newer Intel hardware, this makes some systems as much as 43 percent more power-efficient than their previous generation equivalents and comes with better remote management.

Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones, hurts rivals

10/28, 9:25am

Rogers Q3 2008 Results

Rogers today reported a large leap in its results for the summer quarter that were highlighted by the Canadian launch of the iPhone 3G. The telecoms company sold and activated a total of 255,000 iPhones between the device's July 11th launch and the end of September, helping the carrier boost its net subscriber additions to 191,000 and increasing the company's average income per user "considerably above" the average thanks to many attaching a data plan to their services.

Walmart MP3 hits 74 cents, gains Mac support

10/28, 8:40am

Walmart MP3 Mac Support

Walmart today made an aggressive move against Amazon and Apple by lowering the prices of its MP3 Music Downloads store. The service now offers per-track downloads as low as 74 cents versus the 89-cent minimum of Amazon MP3 and iTunes' fixed 99-cent price. Normal tracks are 94 cents, Wal-Mart says. The retailer also plans to drive users to the store through a tie-in with CD sales: starting from mid-November, those who order physical copies of albums either online or in stores get a free MP3 song from any artist or album.

Sonos bows iPhone app, Last.FM/Pandora

10/28, 7:55am

Sonos iPhone Controller

Sonos today opened up its ZonePlayers with the launch of Sonos Controller for iPhone. The free app gives any iPhone or iPod touch owner an alternative to buying Sonos' own hardware controller and gives them full management of the music played by each ZonePlayer on a home network; any of the Apple handhelds can control subscription services such as Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody or Sirius, and also has access to local music collections either from a computer's iTunes collection or network-attached storage, including Time Capsule drives.

Toshiba to ship 43nm SLC-speed chips in 2009

10/28, 6:55am

43nm SLC chips announced

Toshiba has announced higher density, faster memory chips in a new lineup of 43nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, featuring 2GB, 4GB and 8GB individual chips. The 43 nanometer process allows Toshiba to deliver double the density of its previous 56nm process, while also delivering SLC speeds, which are approximately 2.5x faster than the more common, denser but historically slower MLC (Multi-Level Cell) memory.

Primera label printer utilizes 1200 dpi inkjets

10/28, 3:40am

Primera ships label maker

Primera Technology has announced its LX200 Label Printer, capable of 1200 dpi printing at high speeds. The label printer uses inkjet printing, differing from competitors' more common and slower thermal transfer technology. It can print labels, tickets, tags and coupons in linear and 2D bar codes like PDF417. The inkjet nature of the printer offers better security, leaving no records behind after printing as thermal printers do, making the LX200 a good choice for healthcare and government applications.

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