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RED details EPIC X bundle, prices Scarlet 8X kit

12/03, 12:00am

RED EPIC X bundle

Camera-maker RED has detailed the specifications of its upcoming EPIC X bundle, and outlined pricing information for the basic Scarlet kit with an 8X optical lens. The EPIC X package, built on the 30mm by 15mm S35 sensor, will include a CF recording module, I/O module and battery module, bundled in a package that carries the same $28800 price tag as the sensor alone. As a bonus, the X package data-rates will be higher than the individually-purchased EPIC S35, featuring REDCODE 250 instead of REDCODE 225.

Sony PS3 2.53 upgrade late, brings full-screen Flash

12/02, 5:25pm

Sony outs 2.53 PS3 update

One week after initial reports of the 2.53 update to the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console, the software has launched and brings with it full-screen Flash video playback capabilities. Users who use their gaming console to often access YouTube or Hulu video services can now select full-screen options along with a 480p mode in Hulu that ups the quality of the content considerably, especially when using an HDTV.

Voyager docks SATA drives, features quad interface

12/02, 5:00pm

NewerTech ships Voyager

NewerTech has announced the quad-interface Voyager SATA I/II Hard Drive Docking Station, supporting SATA, FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 connections. The dock accepts any SATA-based hard drive in either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch sizes, in capacities up to 2TB. Upon inserting a drive in the dock and connecting it to a Mac or PC, the drive is detected on a user's desktop via plug-and-play. The dock also supports hot-swapping drives.

Samsung: OLEDs in notebooks by 2010

12/02, 4:55pm

Samsung OLED displays

In a speech made last week at a seminar in Tokyo, Woo Jong Lee, the Vice President of the Mobile Display Marketing Team of Samsung SDI, said the joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Samsung SDI will bring active matrix organic LED (OLED) displays to market in notebooks by 2010. Lee pointed out advantages of the new display technology, saying by 2010, burn-in for active-matrix OLED panels won't happen for more than 2,000 hours of use. The OLED panels will be used in notebooks first because of their demanding requirements.

Nikon GPS geo-tagging add-on now available

12/02, 4:30pm

Nikon geo-tagging GP-1

Nikon has finally launched the GP-1 GPS Unit that connects to its digital SLR cameras' hotshoe and either the D90's GPS port, as well as the 10-pin remote sockets of the D3X, D3, D700, D300 and D200 and therefore allows each captured image to be geo-tagged. The GP-1 uses two LEDs to indicate connection status with satellites.

Iomega adds two new eGo portable HDDs

12/02, 4:15pm

Iomega adds eGo HDDs

Iomega on Tuesday announced two new models to its range of eGo Portable Hard Drives, including the ultra-secure Encrypt with hardware-based encryption for double data protection, and super rugged BlackBelt with Drop Guard Xtreme data protection. The eGo Encrypt uses the advanced 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to protect its 320GB of content from unauthorized access.

ASUS intros cheaper, Celeron-powered Eee Box

12/02, 4:00pm

ASUS shows Celeron Eee Box

In order to lower the purchase price and therefore boost sales of its already well-selling Eee Box nettop, ASUS will introduce a version with an Intel Celeron CPU instead of the current Intel Atom, according to a Tuesday report. While clock speed drops from the Atom's 1.6GHz to the Celeron's 1.2GHz, the new Eee Box will get a larger hard-drive, bumping capacity to 120GB from 80GB.

Canon can build SEDs after rival drops appeal

12/02, 3:45pm

Canon Free to Build SEDs

Canon regained the option of entering into the HDTV business today following a decision by legal rival Applied Nanotech to drop an appeal of a court ruling in Canon's favor. The smaller firm now says it would likely be "futile" to further pursue a now-defeated lawsuit that had claimed Canon's license for some of its surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) technology had been abused in a deal with Toshiba. The lawsuit had forced Canon to at least temporarily shelve its plans in late 2007 but, with the case settled, opens the door to resuming the project.

NVIDIA ships 192-shader Quadro FX 4800

12/02, 2:55pm

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800

NVIDIA on Tuesday switched focus to its highest-end workstation cards with the unveiling of the Quadro FX 4800. The chipset is based on the same architecture as the GeForce GTX 260 and carries 192 programmable shader cores but is tuned for 3D modeling and other pro apps: it carries a full 1.5GB of memory for higher-detailed models and textures, supports 30-bit color output and allows 32X full-scene antialiasing. The 4800 is roughly twice as fast as previous cards, the company claims.

Acer iMac rival, 10in netbook details slip

12/02, 2:15pm

Acer AIO and 10in Netbook

Acer will kick off the new year with both an all-in-one desktop and a larger netbook, tips sent to TGDaily would indicate. Corroborating some previous mentions, the alleged information has Acer producing an all-in-one system that would compete against both Apple's de facto leader of the category, the iMac, as well as ASUS' new Eee Top, which brings the basic concepts of a system like the iMac to nettops with very low-power Atom processors and prices at or near $500.

Hitachi and Intel join to develop enterprise SSDs

12/02, 1:20pm

Hitachi, Intel develop SSD

Intel and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) on Tuesday announced they will join forces to develop and produce enterprise-class solid-state drives with Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces. Meant for use in servers, workstations and storage systems, the SSDs should be both reliable and fast, the companies promise. The resulting SSDs will be branded, sold and supported by Hitachi GST. They will use Intel NAND flash memory and SSD tech, however, that the chipmaker already uses in its current enterprise SSDs.

Dell opens Design Studio for notebook customization

12/02, 1:05pm

Dell opens Design Studio

Dell has announced the opening of the Design Studio, a service for people buying 15- or 17-inch Studio notebooks. The company says it has commissioned over 100 works of original art from a number of different artists, such as Mike Ming, Brittany Waldner and Joseph Amedokpo. These can then be applied to the lid of a system being ordered, at a cost of $75. 52 of the images qualify under (PRODUCT) Red, which donates $20 towards controlling AIDS in Africa.

Jump Lab intros credit-card sized video player

12/02, 12:15pm

Jump Lab EDG video player

Digital video card maker Jump Lab on Tuesday announced the EDG video player, which is about the size of a credit card, although thicker. The credit card size is fitting, as the EDG is meant as a promotional tool for companies, handing out the device with preloaded content to push a client company's products or services. The EDG sports a 2-inch LCD color screen and a built-in speaker, allowing companies to showcase their wares via audio, video or digital photo slideshows. EDG can pre-load the content for customers before shipping or allow them to upload or change it themselves thanks to a USB port that also charges the device's built-in battery.

Motorola intros MOTOROKR EM35

12/02, 11:55am

Motorola intros EM35 phone

Motorola announced on Tuesday it will soon add the MOTOROKR EM35 handset to its range, which will have an emphasis on superior audio performance during phone calls through Motorola's now-established CrystalTalk noise reduction technology. Otherwise, the quad-band GSM slider phone sports a 2.2-inch, 240x320 resolution display and a full complement of music controls, including a scroll wheel. The handset has a built-in FM tuner, which can be listened to over the integrated dual speakers or wired 3.5mm or Bluetooth headsets or headphones.

iPhone soars to 16.6% of smartphone market

12/02, 11:25am

Needham on iPhone Share

The iPhone is now not only the second most popular smartphone in the world but has saved the smartphone industry from a decline this past summer, according to a research note by Needham analyst Charlie Wolf. Apple's handset has represented about 16.6 percent of the entire smartphone market worldwide for the quarter ended in September and is now second only to Nokia. The latter has already acknowledged struggling smartphone share but is now known to have plummeted from 63.3 percent of the market a year ago to 43.6 percent owing largely to the spike in iPhone sales triggered by its 3G version.

Nokia E71 hits Rogers with $100 price tag

12/02, 10:15am

Nokia E71 at Rogers

Rogers today became the first North American carrier to pick up the E71, Nokia's top fixed-QWERTY smartphone. The S60 candybar is virtually identical to the reference model and supports 3G on the Canadian provider's HSPA network as well as GPS, Wi-Fi and push data that includes Microsoft Exchange support. A 3.2-megapixel camera with flash also translates directly to the Rogers E71.

Brother intros pair of eco-friendly color printers

12/02, 10:00am

New Brother laser printers

Brother on Tuesday announced the release of two new laser printers, the HL-4040CDN and the MFC-9450CDN all-in-one. Both use an automatic duplex printing feature for reduced paper use that will print on both sides of a page. The HL-4040CDN directly replaces Brother's existing HL-4040CN, sharing many of its features, including 21ppm print speeds for black and white and color pages as well as maximum print quality of 2400x600dpi. What it adds is the duplex printing feature.

Nokia outs networked radio, 3G modem, more

12/02, 9:45am

Nokia Home Music and More

Simultaneous with the launch of the N97, Nokia today launched a trio of companion devices. The Home Music is Nokia's first Internet radio and provides both Ethernet and Wi-Fi to either stream online content (in unspecified formats) or else music from local computers that support UPnP sharing. It also supports USB and an aux-in jack to directly connect portable media players and other devices and also has FM radio as a traditional fallback.

BlackBerry Storm on Telus gets price, no date

12/02, 8:45am

BBerry Storm Telus Pricing

Telus today priced out its version of the BlackBerry Storm. Contradicting some early rumors, the Canadian carrier says it will offer the Storm at promo pricing for $250 CAD ($200 US) on a three-year plan, or closer to (but still above) the cost of the iPhone 3G on Rogers. The phone will also be available on shorter terms and should sell for $600 when contract-free. More details should be available shortly, the company says.

Nokia intros touchscreen N97 flagship

12/02, 7:25am

Nokia N97

Nokia today used its own Nokia World expo to establish a touchscreen phone as its new leading device and its best chance against the iPhone. The N97 has a full 3.5-inch touch LCD that shares the same Symbian S60 5th Edition platform as the 5800 XpressMusic but also hides a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that locks into a more natural typing angle like the AT&T Tilt. Accordingly, the phone is pitched as a social networking hub and includes a new home screen that optionally shows status update widgets from Facebook, MySpace and Nokia's own Ovi service among others.

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