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MSI set to add 3 models to Wind netbook line-up

11/28, 2:10pm

MSI to add Wind models

At a press conference recently held in France, Taiwanese computer maker MSI introduced new versions of its Wind netbook, the MSI Wind U115, U110 and U120H. The U120H will ship with a 3G data network module from Ericsson that will enable it to access the high-speed network with a SIM card. Other specs of the new netbook include an Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard disk with Windows XP on it. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules will also be accounted for, with the computer powered by a six-cell battery. MSI recently announced a stock U120 with similar specs and the availability of a Wi-Fi module.

NetGear Digital Entertainer Elite spotted at FCC

11/28, 1:50pm

NetGear media streamer

NetGear will soon launch its next-generation Digital Entertainer Elite network media streamer with the EVA9000, which has been spotted undergoing testing at the FCC. Both devices have the ability to decode high definition files encoded in AVI, XviD, DivX or H.264 codecs. Compared to the EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD it's due to succeed, the new model has support for a 3.5-inch SATA internal hard disk drive and a Wi-Fi module.

Battech launches iPower SX solar charger

11/28, 1:35pm

Battech iPower SX charger

The UK's Battech recently introduced its iPower SX solar-powered charger that will add battery life to portable consumer electronics. It stores energy captured by the sun in a high-capacity, 2,200mAh battery and is said to be capable of powering an iPod classic for 50 hours. The device is capable of charging many popular phones, including the iPhone and Nokia devices, as well as portable gaming consoles, MP3 players and cameras.

Amazon Kindle sold out well into 2009

11/28, 1:30pm

Amazon Kindle sold out

The Internet-connected Kindle e-book reader sold exclusively at Amazon will not ship in time for Christmas, instead arriving at buyers' doors in between 11 to 13 weeks, according to a Friday report. The device was also sold out for the holidays last year, but Amazon's reason for the low volumes was that production was not yet up to capacity.

Moto to build Alexander, Atila handsets in early '09

11/28, 1:20pm

Compal to make Motorolas

Taiwan's Compal Communications will manufacture two handsets for Motorola, codenamed the Atila and Alexander, according to a Friday report. More importantly, the report reveals that shipments of the phones will allegedly be delayed from the original fourth quarter of 2008 launch to the first quarter of 2009. Both cellphones will use the Windows Mobile operating system, support 3G data networks and have built-in Wi-Fi modules.

Intel exec pans netbooks: used for "an hour"

11/28, 12:55pm

Intel Exec Pans Netbooks

Intel is no longer as enthusiastic as it has been regarding netbooks, company sales and marketing VP Stu Pann has said at a supply chain conference. The executive reveals that the popularity of netbooks in Western countries has been unexpected at Intel, which had only expected strong use by children and developing countries that were either better suited to the small form factor or else couldn't afford a full-size system. Many of the systems aren't well-suited to extended use by adults, he notes.

Dell Black Friday deals include $779 Sharp 42" HDTV

11/28, 12:05pm

Dell Black Friday deals

Dell announced its Black Friday sales this morning, all available for one day only and online. The deals include an Inspiron 1525 notebook for $559, which is $285 lower than the regular price, while the Inspiron 530s desktop is priced at $299, representing $80 in savings. A 19-inch Dell flat panel monitor, the SE198WFP, can be added to the desktop for $129, or $50 off. The 8.9-inch Inspiron Mini 9 netbook costs $299 today, which is $50 lower than regular pricing. The biggest savings is offered on the 42-inch Sharp HDTV, the LC42SB45U, which costs $779, or $620 off the regular price of $1,399.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 lands at Rogers

11/28, 11:40am

BBerry Curve 8900 Rogers

Rogers today has quietly launched its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Appearing ahead of schedule, the QWERTY smartphone is known to be arriving in stores and in its Canadian guise should support Rogers' Talkspot service, which lets the phone use its Wi-Fi for UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) calling that automatically transitions to and from VoIP and the cellular network. The phone is considered a smaller, budget alternative to the Bold with EDGE-only cell data but the same 480x320 screen, GPS and software features as its 3G counterpart.

MSI's Windbox media center nettop spotted

11/28, 10:55am

MSI Windbox Spotted

MSI is planning to join ASUS in the nettop field by taking a different approach, the company has confirmed through a French unveiling covered by Journal du Geek. The Windbox is deliberately given a slim, subtle black enclosure that MSI says is meant to be used for home theater PC duty; a VESA mount on one side lets it attach directly to the back of most HDTVs. The company also renders it noise-free by using passive heatsinks to cool the inside instead of fans.

Rogers quietly intros $30 data/text value pack

11/28, 10:05am

Rogers Data Value Pack

Rogers has quietly bolstered its wireless data plans this week to improve its options for iPhones and other smartphone users, according to forum posts from observers. The carrier has introduced an as-yet unpublished $30 Data Value Pack that combines 500MB of monthly data with 10,000 outbound text messages, Visual Voicemail on the iPhone, caller ID, and a WhoCalled text notification of missed calls. The data applies to any device Rogers offers and can be combined with any voice plan.

ASUS bamboo notebooks to launch Saturday

11/28, 9:10am

ASUS U6V Bamboo Tomorrow

ASUS today said it would launch its Bamboo U6V notebook tomorrow through the IT Month expo in its home region of Taiwan. The 12-inch ultraportable's real bamboo outer shell will boost the price of the system to the equivalent of $1,799, putting a premium on the more renewable and more eco-friendly wood versus plastic or metal.

Nikon magazine confirms 24.5MP D3x

11/28, 8:25am

Nikon D3x Magazine Leak

Nikon has inadvertently filled out details of the D3x ahead of its official launch, courtesy of an early look at the company's own Nikon Pro magazine. True to expectations, the pro DSLR is mostly a resolution upgrade over the stock D3 and jumps from 12 megapixels to 24.5. It also gains a new 16-bit EXPEED image processor that should improve color performance over the 14-bit standard version.

Meizu M8 unboxing shows Apple influence

11/28, 7:55am

Meizu M8 Unboxing

Meizu's M8 touchscreen phone will bear similarities to the iPhone in more than just the hardware design, a first look from a Chinese publication shows. Confirming the shipping-ready status of the device, the report shows both the extremely derivative design of the M8 itself but also the packaging and accessories, which mimic Apple's black box and white accessories. This includes earbuds and a USB sync cable patterned as closely as possible to the iPhone pack-ins.

Jasper-based X360 consoles hit store shelves

11/28, 2:00am

Jasper X360 hits stores

Microsoft's Jasper-based Xbox 360 consoles are finally arriving in stores, according to forum posts found on xbox-scene [1|2], with photographs detailing both the internal and external features of the new models. The Jasper model consoles feature a smaller 65nm process die for the graphics chip, decreasing overall power consumption and heat generation. The move is expected to reduce "red ring of death" failures in consoles.

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