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OpenMoko to explore Android handsets

10/29, 7:00pm

OpenMoko explores Android

Open source handset manufacturer OpenMoko is expected to unveil plans to adopt the Linux-based Android as early as November, under an alleged project name called GTA02. AndroidGuys reports that the project will launch on a similar handset to the Neo FreeRunner, offering users a 400 to 500 MHz processor, with 128MB of SDRAM and 256MB of NAND Flash, as well as A-GPRS and a four-in-one "laser pen".

Kenwood intros Prodino mini audio system

10/29, 5:00pm

Kenwood Prodino minisystem

Kenwood on Tuesday announced the introduction of its new mini audio system, the Prodino, or CORE-A55. The 20W system does not have an optical drive or an FM tuner, relying on a wide range of external connections for its source files. Digital audio files stored on an SDHC, miniSDHC or microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity, where applicable, can be played back thanks to the Prodino's front-mounted SD card slot, while the back panel has a USB connection for linking to personal music players, USB flash drives and Windows PCs.

Sony game sales up 10 percent, loss more than halved

10/29, 4:45pm

Sony game sales up 10%

Sony on Wednesday announced its second-quarter fiscal results, ending on September 30, revealing an upward trend in the company's video game operations. While the giant company was down overall by 0.5 percent from the same time period in 2007, its gaming division showed a positive trend upwards. Overall sales were up by more than 10 percent and the arm's quarterly loss was halved to $379 million. The disproportionate change can be partly attributed to the decreasing costs involved in making the PlayStation 3 gaming console as production and sales volumes go up.

Lenovo intros ThinkCentre M58/M58p PCs

10/29, 4:30pm

New Lenovo ThinkCentre PCs

Lenovo on Wednesday announced the launch of its M58 and M58p desktop PCs from the ThinkCentre series which, the company claims, are its most secure and manageable ThinkCentre desktops to date. Both include ThinkVantage's Power Manager technology that allows users and system administrators to monitor or control the power consumption of the new PCs remotely by setting up daily or weekly shut-down times, especially when configured in a fleet. Available processors for either desktop will include the Intel E8000-series Core 2 Duos and Q9000-series Core 2 Quads, while the M58 will come with an Intel Q45 mainboard.

CMEL demos 25-inch, millimeter-thick OLED panel

10/29, 4:10pm

CMEL shows 25-inch OLED

At the FPD International exhibition in Japan on Wednesday, Taiwan-based Chi Mei EL (CMEL) demonstrated a 25-inch Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display that is less than 0.04 inches thick (under one millimeter) thick, according to a report. It was the largest such display at the show, sporting specs that include 1366x768 resolution and the ability to display 16.7 million colors.

ooma adds multiple phone lines, reduces costs

10/29, 4:00pm

ooma adds new features

On Wednesday, VoIP phone line provider ooma announced it has enhanced its phone system by adding features while reducing costs. The service now allows users to add as many as nine virtual phone numbers, each with their own area code, giving users the option to assign a new number to a user's home office business and assign a specific number to each member of the family. Ringtones for each phone number are customizable so users know which number is being phoned, or each virtual phone line can be assigned to a specific phone in the home. Each number has its own voicemail inbox with individual settings, including those outlined below.

Intel touts SSDs for battery life gains

10/29, 3:50pm

Intel on SSDs and Battery

Intel today hoped to drive home the secondary advantages of its solid-state line by presenting a case for the battery life of the new storage. Although speed has already been cited as an example for an incentive versus notebook drives, company storage director Knut Grimsrud argues that the flash-based technology is also better for notebook batteries and uses an example data transfer test where rotating hard drives and a slower, competing SSD lasted for four hours. An Intel SSD, however, lasted for four hours and 32 minutes performing the same task.

FCC official "optimistic" white space gets OK

10/29, 2:45pm

FCC White Space Optimism

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on Wednesday said he was "very optimistic" that his organization would vote in favor of allowing unlicensed white space frequencies to be used for wireless Internet access across the US. The official touts the airwaves as a potential springboard for innovative technology and believes enough support exists that the vote among FCC commissioners could be unanimous, creating a quick path to greenlighting white space for real-world use.

Samsung ups 40in OLED prototype to 1080p

10/29, 1:45pm

Samsung 40in OLED 1080p

Continuing a set of display announcements today, Samsung SDI today edged closer to a full-size production OLED TV with a new prototype 40-inch set. A cousin of an early set first shown in 2005, the 2008 model has jumped in resolution from 1280x800 to a full 1080p (1920x1080) resolution that puts it on par with modern LCD TVs but also puts it in front for sheer image quality: the newer OLED set generates a claimed 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio versus the 50,000:1 or less seen on most better HDTVs and the 5,000:1 seen with the 2005 example.

Iomega intros ScreenPlay Pro HD Multimedia drives

10/29, 1:00pm

Iomega ScreenPlay drives

Iomega on Wednesday announced it is launching a new addition to its multimedia drives, with the 1TB ScreenPlay Pro HD drive, meant to bring users' photos, music, standard- and high-definition videos from the computer to their home theater set-ups. The drive sports a 10/100 Ethernet connection for network access and includes a wireless remote that allows users to access their networked files without turning to a computer. Iomega has integrated a basic video recording capability from a connected set-top box into the new drive, letting users save a standard-definition clip directly to the drive.

Intel, ASUS launch 'community-designed' PC concept

10/29, 12:35pm

Intel/ASUS 'community' PC

Hardware makers Intel and ASUS have announced a new project, which the two companies say is designed to foster a "community-designed" PC. Through the creation of a website called WePC, the corporations say they hope to gather suggestions for the ideal qualities of a new computer, to be produced at an unspecified point in the future. Some participants are expected to be awarded prizes, but neither the prizes nor their criteria have been formalized.

Garmin Nuvifone still on track for 2009 launch

10/29, 11:55am

Garmin Nuvifone due for 09

Portable navigation device maker Garmin said on Wednesday its delayed nuvifone handset is still on track for a 2009 release. The GPS-enabled phone should launch in the first half of 2009, with Garmin announcing it has already signed letters of intent with carriers, but did not provide other launch details. The nuvifone was originally due for a summer 2008 release and feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen as well as 3G HSPA network support. Garmin did post third-quarter earnings ahead of Wall Street's expectations but is below those expectations for all of 2008 to date.

Google, Microsoft help found anti-censorship group

10/29, 11:50am

New anti-censorship group

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are among the founding members of a new anti-censorship group called the Global Network Initiative, reports indicate. The organization also has the backing of investor, human rights and press freedom groups, such as the Center for Democracy and Technology. The GNI is specifically aimed at forming a consistent approach to dealing with countries that block free speech on the Internet, such as China. Many governments around the world filter search results, or simply prevent citizens from accessing certain websites.

HP dv3500t quietly disappears

10/29, 11:35am

HP dv3500t Disappears

HP's dv3500t has already but inexplicably disappeared from the company's online store. The 13.3-inch notebook surfaces in a search of the company's site but results in a dead product link, leaving only the 12-inch tx2500z tablet and the 14-inch dv4 series as HP's smallest mainstream notebooks. The company had only revealed the system on October 1st.

Extra-thin Pantech Slate lands at AT&T

10/29, 10:35am

Pantech Slate now at AT&T

As promised earlier this month, the Pantech Slate handset is now available for purchase on AT&T's website, with the provider quick to point out it's reportedly the thinnest handset in the world with a QWERTY keyboard at under 0.4 inches thick. The Korean handset is meant for users who send text messages or e-mails heavily but who don't want the price of a smartphone.

Psystar readying Mac notebook clone?

10/29, 10:25am

Psystar Mac Notebook

Psystar is preparing to follow up its recent Blu-ray desktop with a notebook that would also be capable of running Mac OS X, says a message from the company to an AppleInsider reader. Without providing details, the Florida PC builder acknowledges that an Open Computer notebook is "in development" and that the system should follow Psystar's usual practice of trying to undercut Apple on cost with a "very competitively priced" example.

Xbox 360 update to add HD Netflix streaming

10/29, 9:45am

Xbox 360 HD Netflix

Microsoft's New Xbox Experience will come with the surprise addition of HD video streaming over Netflix, an early Engadget hands-on shows. While every Netflix-capable device to date has been limited to standard-definition versions of videos, including Blu-ray players from LG Samsung, the Xbox 360 after its November 19th upgrade will get about 300 titles in HD that include both movies and TV shows.

Bang & Olufsen backs out of cellphones, more

10/29, 9:10am

Bang Olufsen Out of Phones

Danish luxury device maker Bang & Olufsen is already exiting the cellphone business as well as other fields, the company has revealed. Although the company has only released two products, the Samsung co-developed Serenata and the earlier Serene, company chief Karl Kristian Hvidt Nielsen explains that B&O will have to leave the market as collapsing property values have made it harder for buyers to afford its products in general. The company instead plans to focus on "core products" such as TVs and speakers and will also drop DVD players and other non-essential devices.

Samsung shows 0.05mm thick OLED display

10/29, 8:35am

Samsung Flapping OLED

Samsung SDI today revealed one of the thinnest displays ever at the FPD display expo. By using low-molecular organic substances, low-temperature polysilicon transistors and a special membrane sealing method, the company has developed a four-inch OLED display that measures just 0.05mm (0.002in) thick; the display is so thin that Samsung nicknames it the "flapping display" for its ability to flap in the wind.

ASUS getting into Android smartphones?

10/29, 7:55am

ASUS Android Enroute

ASUS could be the next Asian cellphone maker after HTC to make Android phones, according to claims by reported market insiders. The company until now has made Windows Mobile devices almost exclusively but would launch a device based on the Google mobile OS sometime within the first half of 2009, releasing self-branded models first in its Taiwan-area home and later customizing the devices for "overseas" regions. No technical details have been released, though ASUS focuses heavily on 3G data and regularly adds GPS.

ReignCom unveils iriver NV mini with GPS

10/29, 1:00am

iriver NV mini GPS device

Korean company ReignCom has unveiled the iriver NV mini, a personal media player with integrated GPS functionality. The device offers a 3.5 inch 320 by 240 pixel screen for viewing maps or video content. The internal memory offers 4GB, with optional expansion to 8GB. The system runs on Windows CE 5.0, with GPS software provided by Korea-based software company Gini. The battery life of 2.5 hours falls below what would be expected from a navigation aide that is designed more for the pocket than a vehicle dashboard.

Microsoft releases 60GB Xbox Live starter pack

10/29, 12:30am

60GB Xbox live package

Microsoft is set to release the rumored 60GB Xbox LIVE starter pack, as revealed by GameStop's pre-order page. The package would include all tools needed for running the Live system, including a 60GB hard drive, headset, and 3-month free Live Gold subscription. The package will allow users to save games and profiles or download additional content. Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Original game titles are available for download, along with demos, extra game content, or HD videos.

HP unveils consumer netbooks running XP, Linux

10/29, 12:05am

HP intros three netbooks

Days after a posting a picture of the device on its website, HP is rolling out not one but three consumer netbooks in the Mini 1000 series. Users can choose between 8.9- or 10.2-inch 1024x600 LED-backlit displays, 8GB or 16GB SSDs or a conventional 60GB hard drive. All models ship with built-in Wi-Fi, and 3G versions are expected in December. The 1000 marks a sharp break from the Mini-Note 2133's VIA C7M processor and instead uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with between 512MB and 2GB of RAM; the combination lets HP keep the price down while still providing headroom for better performance.

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