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Luxury phone maker Vertu has unveiled three Ferrari-themed mobile phones that will expand its Ascent Ti Ferrari collection; the Nero, Rosso and Giallo. The series features high-grade titanium construction, with stitched leather taken from Ferrari's tanneries. The Italian car manufacturer's signature Cavallino prancing horse emblem adorns the front and back of the phone. Other vehicle-inspired design elements include a Ferrari-hood style battery door cover and louvers placed on each side.
The FCC on Tuesday approved the Verizon-Alltel buyout, turning Verizon into the largest US wireless carrier with about 83.8 million subscribers, toppling AT&T's 74.8 million subscriber base. MobileCrunch reports that the $28.1 billion deal involves a buyout of $5.9 billion, accompanied with $22.2 billion in assumed debt. Details of the purchase state that Verizon must maintain a four-year roaming agreement with Alltel's existing partner carriers, a time period suggested by Verizon that doubled the FCC's requirement of two years.
A recent push for the FCC to approve unlicensed use of wireless spectrum white space was successful today, allowing Google and other companies to introduce a new implementation of wireless technologies. TechCrunch reports that the measure has met great resistance from telecom companies and sports leagues, with both claiming it would interfere with devices on licensed airwaves. Google and the FCC scoffed at the reasoning.
Gefen has released its latest product for A/V installations, the GefenTV HDMI v1.3 Repeater. The device can transmit a 1080p 60Hz HD signal across 100 feet of standard HDMI cable. The repeater overcomes the limitation of cable-only connections that are limited to 50 feet before signal loss is experienced. Both HDMI 1.2 and HDMI 1.3 features are supported, including 12-bit Deep Color, 225MHz, Lip-Sync, Color Space Conversion, and CEC. Users can connect 8-channel digital audio components as well.
HP has recently dropped prices on two of its products, including the Envy 133 from its Voodoo PC line and the HP Blackbird 002 gaming desktop PC. As of Tuesday, both computers are now $200 less expensive, with the Envy 133 now priced at $1,899 and the Blackbird 002 at $1,799. In addition, those who order the Envy 133 will get a second battery for the notebook free of charge.
Sony Ericsson is shipping less units than expected of its top-of-the-range XPERIA X1 due to a parts shortage, according to Tuesday's news. While Sony Ericsson won't divulge which parts are causing the production delay, it is known that the areas where the X1 was first launched, namely Sweden, Germany and the UK, are experiencing the largest shortages.
A new logo meant to promote legal music download sites and emphasize the fact the files contained on the sites can be played on any digital audio player has been backed by seven of Britain's largest music download sites, according to a Tuesday BBC report. Designed by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), the logo will mean customers can play the purchased files on PCs, Macs and portable music players. The logo will appear on online music stores from HMV, Woolworths, 7digital, Digitalstores, Play.com, Tescodigital and Tunertribe. Also, BPI, the British record industry's trade association is backing the idea, adding that the logo means artists are being paid for their work.
A member of a forum board, DJ Justifier, has shared photos of a production HTC Fuze heading over to AT&T along with some information on the handset. The device, basically a renamed HTC Touch Pro meant for the AT&T wireless network, does appear to sport a customized TouchFLO 3D interface with the carrier's logo included in the software in addition to one on the exterior of the device. Other changes we've already known about include support of the faster HSPA 3G network, taking advantage of AT&T's service.
High-end home theater maker NAD has made a late entry into Blu-ray players with the launch of the T 587. The dedicated player quickly catches NAD up to rivals with both Profile 2.0 support, which adds support for BD-Live and other Internet-related special features, as well as a quick startup time. Unlike even some high-end players, the T 587 is said to load movies in under a minute versus times from rivals that creep over this mark.
The release date for a Korean iPhone is now dependent on government deregulation efforts, writes The Korea Times. The Korea Communications Commission is currently debating the future of WIPI, the wireless software standard which any phone in the country is obliged to follow. WIPI is said to effectively block the sale of foreign devices, however, and through negotiations the US government has pressured South Korea into opening up its market.
Fujitsu has recently released a sequel to its U810 convertible netbook with the U820. The U820, available in two models, uses a 5.6-inch, 1366x768 resolution touchscreen display and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM. Windows Vista Home Premium comes preloaded on the 60GB standard hard disk drive or an optional 120GB disk. A shock-mounted 64GB solid-state drive will also be a standalone option. Windows Vista Business is likewise a choice with a different software bundle.
Nokia today quietly revealed that it will cut jobs, marking one of the few instances in recent years that the company has opted to scale back its business. The cellphone maker says it will shed about 450 general positions at Nokia as well as 130 researchers and 35 global processing workers. The company characterizes the move as reprioritizing its business and as a move to "de-layer" its operations.
Maxell has replaced its long-running MXSP-1000 cradle speaker for Apple's range of iPod music players with the MXSP-1100, which is compatible with the iPhone and refreshed iPod range. The cylindrical speaker system features two 1.8-inch, 4.2W speakers. Frequency response ranges from 80Hz to 20kHz. The speaker system has controls for the attached Apple music player's play, pause track control and volume adjustment.
Graphics specialist NVIDIA and general chip builder VIA have broken off any plans to develop a netbook platform, say sources at the latter company. The corporations had signed a deal in April, which would have seen VIA's C7 and Nano CPUs coupled with NVIDIA's MCP79 processor, also known as the GeForce 9400M. The chipset debuted with Apple's newest MacBooks, and is expected to become prevalent in the notebook industry, displacing slower graphics accelerators built by Intel. Aside from netbooks, the platform would have applied to mobile Internet devices (MIDs).
A leak today stemming from BGR suggests Research in Motion is launching a major effort to offer prepaid BlackBerry phones and the relevant data service. Already in use by Indonesia, the company is pitching a prepaid BlackBerry server to carriers in North America and elsewhere to serve customers who would want the push e-mail and other smartphone level services but for customers who either only use service very occasionally, are cash-limited or simply don't want to supply the private information for a regular subscription.
Computer hardware manufacturer ASUS will release a new ultra-thin 12-inch notebook with styling cues from the company's recently unveiled Eee PC netbook model, the 10.2-inch S101, according to a Tuesday report. Citing notebook component makers as the source, the report goes on to indicate the new device will come to market before the year is out, and will make up a new ZX series that straddles the line between netbooks and small notebooks.
The FCC on Tuesday delayed (Word document) a crucial vote on the Intercarrier Compensation and Universal Service Fund that would potentially have had a significant impact on the costs of non-network phone calls and roaming in the US. The delay comes after all FCC Commissioners save for Chairman Kevin Martin demanded more time for public commentary and was supported by a group of activist groups and smaller carriers that objected to the proposed moves.
IOGEAR has introduced its latest KVM, the GCS1784, featuring a four-port Dual Link DVI KVMP switch that supports 7.1 audio. The device is designed to support the high resolutions of large monitors, including 2560x1600 pixels and ultra-high resolution up to 3840x2400 pixels; it also offers "Display Emulation" technology that remembers each monitor's optimum resolution and refresh rate, enabling users to simultaneously boot all computers.
Toshiba's Digital Products Division on Tuesday said the first voice-guided projector in the world is now available for purchase, with the release of its TLP-X200U wireless 3LCD projector. The voice guidance function will notify users of the projector's system status, including power status, lamp life, air filter checks and cooling fan status. The TLP-X200U has 1024x768 resolution along with a 600:1 contrast ratio, while its brightness is rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens.
Intel is developing an update to its Atom variants for handhelds that should arrive in just a few months, says an apparent tip from companies building mobile Internet devices, or MIDs. Known as the Menlow refresh for the processor platform's codename, the update would boost most of the line a speed grade upwards; the Z550 would clock higher than 1.83GHz, while the Z534 would escape the 1.6GHz speeds used by nearly all Atom computers. A Z515 would also bring clock speeds faster than 800MHz to the very smallest handhelds.
Fujitsu today claimed a minor first for the notebook industry with an update to its LifeBook portables. The N7010 has a unique secondary, four-inch touchscreen that runs at the same time as the primary 16-inch screen. The second view gives users a way to control media playback or launch apps without intruding into the main display; built-in apps give users access to Windows' Quick Launch icons or to playing content in Windows Media Player, but users can also drag apps into view as though it were a standard secondary display.
Nokia on Tuesday shifted focus to the budget realm with seven new phones that include its lowest-cost music phone yet. The 5130 XpressMusic (shown at top) is the top-end phone among the introductions but the company's lowest-cost true media phone. At 90 Euros ($113) without discounts, the phone still carries a two-megapixel camera, a full-size headphone jack, FM radio and dedicated music controls. It supports microSD for storage and comes pre-supplied with a 1GB card of its own at its price. Black-and-blue as well as black-and-red versions should ship in early 2009.
Olympus today tackled the absence of a mid-range digital SLR in the E-system lineup with the E-30, a step between the entry-level E-520 and the more professional E-3. The 12.3-megapixel camera has the faster and more accurate 11-point autofocus performance of the higher-end E-3, an electronic level to ensure straight landscape shots and image stabilization built into the sensor rather than just the lens. Simultaneously, though, it also carries beginner-oriented features such as face detection and live visual effects dubbed Art Filters.
Google and Yahoo have backed down off their previous alliance proposal in order to clear potential issues from the Dept of Justice Department and other companies such as Microsoft. Amidst growing executive uncertainty at Yahoo, the new report indicates that a revised version of the companies' original search agreement was submitted over the weekend to avoid a potential lawsuit by regulators. The Wall Street Journal report says that the revised agreement limits the amount of revenue Yahoo! can earn from the deal and also shortens the term of agreement substantially.
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