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Intel gained market share in the global microprocessor segment for the third quarter of 2008, comparing year-over-year numbers, according to iSuppli analysis. The company grew 1.7 percent from last year and .3 percent from the previous quarter this year. In contrast, AMD has been losing market share at a similar rate of 1.8 percent from 2007. The research covered the whole range of microprocessors including x86, RISC, and other general purpose products.
A Monday report in the Beijing Times daily has shed light on an ongoing case between a young woman who was accused of extortion by computer maker ASUS back in 2006 and, as a result, jailed for 10 months, according to a recent report. Huang Jing, whose legal troubles with ASUS began in February of 2006 when she bought an ASUS V6800V notebook which had constant problems that included freeze-ups. After spending 10 months in jail, Huang Jing is now countersuing ASUS for defamation, false accusation and selling defective products.
OCZ on Thursday announced the introduction of its first 15-inch Gaming Notebook based on an Intel Centrino 2 platform. As with the company's previous DIY (Do It Yourself) products, the idea is to let users spec their own systems for their own applications. All of the new 15.4-inch, 1280x800 notebooks include an ATI Radeon HD 3650 GPU with 512MB of dedicated memory and DirectX 10.1 compatibility. There is also a choice of optical drives, ranging between a dual-layer DVD drive or a slower multi-drive that includes Blu-ray support. CPU support includes Intel's range of Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors, ranging from 2.0 GHz to 2.6GHz.
The FCC investigation into the Verizon Wireless and Alltel Corp. tie-up and therefore foreign-controlled assets in other telecommunications companies, which could spell trouble for T-Mobile for something it has done back in 2001, according to a WSJ report. On October 17, the FCC sent a warning letter to T-Mobile, advising it that the acquisition by Germany's Deutsche Telekom was not performed under the mandated 20 percent voting stock threshold. The FCC found Deutsche Telekom has a 30 percent, non-controlling stake in T-Mobile, and the letter is asking T-Mobile to come up with a solution that would comply with the 20 percent limit within 30 days.
UK wireless voice and data service provider Vodafone on Friday announced the pricing and availability for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 smartphone, according to news today. The Storm is available for pre-order on the provider's site now, and will be delivered on November 11th. Buyers get several purchase options, including paying £300 (about $480) for the handset when also signing up for a 12-month contract that costs £40 ($64) per month. With the same monthly plan that includes 600 minutes of talk time and unlimited text messages, although with a longer 18-month contract, the device is free.
At the currently ongoing FPD International show in Japan, Sharp demonstrated a 14.1-inch monochrome LCD panel with 1030x606 resolution that has the ability to "remember" the image displayed even after power has been cut off. In this fashion, it is similar to e-paper displays. Sharp also had other sizes on display, including 6.1-, 2.4- and 1.7-inch black and white LCDs, along with 14.1- and 6.1-inch eight-color displays. While specific information on the technology behind the display was not revealed, it is known to use a cholesteric LCD design and that power consumption for saving the image is relatively large.
The next version of the previously-announced ASUS Eee Top desktop PC will sport battery-powered portability and have wireless accessories, says a Friday report. Not only will the second-gen Eee Top have a wireless keyboard and mouse, it will also sport an internal battery, enabling its use as a portable media center around the house or beyond its walls.
Wireless voice and data network provider Sprint on Thursday announced it will extend its long-standing partnership with Motorola and enhance its unique iDEN network. Upgrades will include a greater network and infrastructure support along with software upgrades. In addition to Nextel Direct Connect's push-to-talk (PTT) service that relies on the iDEN network, Sprint will continue to offer its Sprint Mobile Broadband PTT service that uses the newer, faster EVDO Rev. A network to connect users instantly and without associated billable minutes.
Microsoft's vaunted Windows 7 netbook performance is already said to be proving valid in a Laptop test. Running the pre-beta version of the operating system, an ASUS Eee PC 1000H with a standard 1.6GHz Atom and 1GB of RAM boots the operating system in about one minute and performs roughly as well as Vista Home Basic despite the rougher state of the newer software and glass effects; claims that it would use 512MB or less of memory are accurate with a relatively modest 485MB in use without extra running apps.
A hands-on from Gizmodo on Friday has revealed that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be available from AT&T in the near future. Showing the same default home screen as for the Bold, the device should now be a lower-cost alternative to the $300 flagship with 3G access dropped in favor of both a lower price and a smaller shape while the 480x320 screen, GPS and Wi-Fi still carry over.
Microsoft has taken to placing its own physical presence in front of Apple's retail stores to drive home its "I'm a PC" marketing campaign, an AppleInsider reader has shown through a photo. The Windows developer has put a kiosk in front of at least the Apple Store Bullring in Birmingham, UK that lets users record their own "I'm a PC" segment for contribution to the campaign, which is entering a new phase as it accepts user uploads and submissions rather than just professionally-chosen spokespeople.
At an analyst meeting that predominantly dealt with sales, revenue and profit numbers for the quarter and the year, ASUS president Jerry Shen also announced the company aims to bring a $200 Eee PC model to market next year. A Friday report also reveals that Shen expects the 7- and 8.9-inch Eee PCs will be discountined and replaced by 10-inch models, although he doesn't give any timelines, so it is unknown but also unlikely that the $200 netbook will sport a 10-inch display. The move is part of the company's larger adjustment to the pricing structure and market positioning of its entry- and mid-range Eee PC range.
Sprint on Friday announced details of changes to its early termination fees (ETFs) first introduced last week, which are due to come into effect on November 2nd. Sprint will reduce customers' $200 ETF by $10 for every month past the sixth month of their contracts, hitting $100 in the 15th month of a contract, which is the lowest pro-rated ETF in the industry, the wireless provider is quick to point out. Before a user's contract expires, the fees could dip to as low as $50.
Bell Canada today opted for an unusual introduction of its version of the HTC Touch Diamond by announcing that its version of the Windows Mobile smartphone will have a custom interface. Nicknamed the Bell Experience, the software drops HTC's own TouchFLO front-end used on the Sprint and Telus versions in favor of an icon-driven interface that provides both mini panels with their own information (such as news and weather) as well as customizable shortcuts to different Windows Mobile features.
Rogers or Research in Motion could be allowing major price cuts to the BlackBerry Bold in a bid to improve the smartphone's competitiveness against the iPhone, if a new update is an indicator. Best Buy Mobile Canada's listing for the 3G BlackBerry now shows the device dropping from its official $300 Canadian ($248 US) contract price to about $200 ($165), or a full third discount. The deal lasts until November 27th and also bundles in a $50 Best Buy gift card.
Nintendo today set expectations for the launch of the DSi in the US that suggest a summer or earlier release for the new take on the game console. Company president Satoru Iwata notes that individual regions have their own discretion as to when they release the dual-screen system but that a launch in fall would "probably be too late," steering any potential release outside of Japan towards the middle of the year.
Verizon's edition of the BlackBerry Storm was intentionally stripped of 3G and Wi-Fi features, according to a claim by "top-level" sources for BGR. Although it would have technically been possible to include tri-band HSPA 3G to allow true world roaming, the American carrier has reportedly had all HSPA frequency support pulled save for its partner Vodafone's 2,100MHz band to discourage buyers from unlocking the phone and using it with AT&T or other carriers.
Dell today formally rolled out a pair of new wide-aspect displays that were previously leaked online. The 22-inch S2209W and the 23-inch S2309W look to reduce the size of the company's 16:9 aspect ratio displays but do so without compromising on resolution. Both output at full 1080p and so can play Blu-ray and other HD video without the black bars that often appear with a 16:10 ratio LCD attempting to fit the same clip.
Sony on Friday said it would back a voluntary recall begun by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that asks customers to replace over 35,000 lithium-ion notebook batteries included in US systems from Dell, HP and Toshiba, as well as 65,000 worldwide. The Japanese PC builder believes that batteries using 2.15Ah cells made during a production transition between October 2004 and June 2005, as well as some with a change in raw material, carry the risk of overheating and catching fire. At least 40 incidents involving the batteries have surfaced, a small portion of which have resulted in burns and property damage.
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