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The pricey, luxury-oriented Motorola AURA handset, first introduced at the end of October, is now available for purchase at Motorola USA's webstore. The handset is priced at a lofty $2,000, thanks in part to its 62-carat, Grade 1 sapphire crystal lens that covers what is touted as the world's first circular display, which offers 16 million colors and a 300ppi resolution. Said display remains in place while the handset's front plate swivels open, with the mechanism responsible made by the Swiss and composed of three tungsten carbon carbide-coated main gears and 130 precision ball bearings.
Telus has released the rugged Motorola V750 flip phone that rated to meet US Military specification 810F, allowing it to withstand temperature extremes, liquid spills, salt, sand, dust, vibration and drops, among other abuse users will throw at it. Apart from its toughness, the V750 sports a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing video as well as still images and 8GB of built-in memory for users' photos, music and videos.
USA's Digeo Inc., maker of the Moxi media center software, has quietly began offering its first HD DVR, the Moxi HD DVR. Equipped with dual HD tuners and a 500GB hard disk drive, the Moxi HD DVR also offers an eSATA port for connecting external hard drives. Users can also plug in their multistream CableCARD into the DVR, eliminating the need for a separate cable box.
A recent series of FCC preliminary filing reports hints at the upcoming release of a Casio handset, the Exilim NX-9250, for the North American market. Little is known about the handset apart from its use of a CDMA 800/1900 with EVDO Rev A radio along with Bluetooth support. The Exilim name is used on Casio's digital cameras and camera-equipped handsets in Japan, along with the recently introduced W63CA handset which sports an 8.1-megapixel camera, leading many to believe the NX-9250 will likewise sport a multi-featured and high megapixel count shooter.
Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Clevo will replace its current flagship notebook, the 17.1-inch D901C, with the one pictured, code-named M98 NU, according to a recent report. The new computer will bring improvements with it, including a larger, 18.4-inch LCD display with 1920x1080 HD resolution and support for Intel's Core 2 quad-core processors. Graphics will be handled by NVIDIA's MCP79 chipset with an integrated GPU, though it will have SLI support, capable of working in conjunction with high-end NVIDIA products such as the 9800M GTX.
Taiwan's Quanta Computer revealed a new touchscreen technology recently at the WinHEC Taipei 2008 expo. Called Optical Touch, it uses two cameras placed in the top corners of the display instead of a capacitive or resistive touch panel and will be compatible with Microsoft Windows 7. The cameras track users' finger positions and move the pointer accordingly and support multi-touch gestures including rotate and zoom.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile today said they have agreed to settle lawsuits accusing each of overstating the security of their cellular networks' voicemail systems. The two have been asked to pay $59,300 and $25,000 respectively to the plaintiffs in the case and also forces the two to avoid marketing claims that promote their systems as secure. Neither has had to admit problems as a result of the settlement.
The Indian government today said it would hold auctions starting on January 16th that will provide the south Asian country its first true 3G service as well as provide headroom for possible 4G networks. The auctions will let both domestic and foreign companies bid on both the 2.1GHz wireless frequency, often used for HSPA-based 3G elsewhere in the world, as well as the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz bands most commonly used for WiMAX.
Sprint late this week has revealed that its Android plans are dependent more on timing than on actual phones. Speaking to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company's product VP Kevin Packingham says the launch of a phone using the Google OS hinges on a more substantial community and that the company can "pull the trigger" on a device when the time is right. The phone needs enough of a halo effect to draw in new customers to the carrier before Sprint can realistically launch, the official says.
The American distributor of the EFi-X open-platform USB dongle has created the Millennium series of desktop computers that are designed to compete with the Mac Pro, according to AppleInsider. The Millennium 4 will be the first product released, featuring a Core 2 Quad processor overclocked to 3.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, a GeForce 8800 GTS video card, 150GB 10,000RPM drive and a 1TB 7,200RPM secondary drive. The company claims that its computer is 80-percent as fast as the 8-core 3.0GHz Mac Pro, but will sell for less than half of Apple's price.
Sony is on the verge of releasing a touchscreen player as its headlining Walkman, a rumor from historically reliable Sony Insider says. Alleged sources say the electronics maker's first touch music device for the West will have a three-inch touch OLED that will give the player especially high color accuracy for video. It should also have Wi-Fi and use this not only to support web browsing and a YouTube viewer but also to subscribe to audio podcasts and Crackle videos. Users could also buy music directly through Amazon MP3.
Networking giant Cisco Systems has been sued by the Free Software Foundation, a report reveals. Filing with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center, the FSF has accused Cisco of violating the General Public License under which the Linux operating system is distributed. Companies that want to use Linux can typically do so for free; the GPL stipulates, however, that any changes made for a Linux variant must be shared with the public.
Toshiba on Friday introduced three new Dynabook Qosmio-series notebooks for its home territory of Japan, with the multimedia-focused G50 and GX and FX pair meant for gamers with nearly identical specifications. All three feature a dual-core 2.4GHz Intel CPU set into Intel's PM45 Express mainboard and an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card with a dedicated 512MB of memory, along with 4GB of RAM. The two gaming notebooks get 320GB hard disk drives and an integrated draft-N 2.0 Wi-Fi module. The key difference between the two is the GX notebook's 18.4-inch, 1680x945 LCD screen and the FX notebook's 15.4-inch, 1280x800 display.
Chipmaker Intel may get into the battery making business for plug-in electric cars, if the company's former chief executive, Andrew Grove gets his way, according to a Friday WSJ report (membership required). Grove, 72, retired in 2005 but still advises Intel and is urging the current chief executive, Paul Otellini, to diversify the company's business by manufacturing batteries for the auto industry. Grove is a hybrid car proponent and sees it as an emerging market. He believes Intel's large research and development resources could bring down the costs of batteries, which are the most costly component of a plug-in vehicle.
AT&T on Friday said it has successfully closed its buyout out Wayport. The deal hands over control of Wayport's Wi-Fi hotspots and gives AT&T about 20,000 access points within the US and a total of 80,000 worldwide. No mention has been made as to if and when Wayport will switch to using AT&T's official Wi-Fi system and how soon users of either service will have a common billing system.
Nintendo late Thursday revealed that the company had sold two million Wii consoles in the US during November based on NPD Group data. The figure is a record amount of console sales for any month outside of December for Nintendo and was nearly paralleled by the DS, which reached its second-highest ever total outside of December at 1.56 million of the handheld. The tallies bring the Wii to a total of 15.4 million systems sold in the country since 2006 and the DS to 24.6 million since 2004.
Palm's announced event at this year's Consumer Electronics Show will bring about both its overhauled Nova operating system and a new smartphone to match, according to sources tipping off BusinessWeek. Few details are available for what will appear at the January 8th gathering, though the OS is already known to switch to a Linux-based platform that will run legacy apps in emulation. The magazine also backs company statements which have noted the phone would start a new model line using Nova that would sit in between the basic Centro and professional Treo.
ASUS late Thursday took the wraps from four new desktop displays that all share an extra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio. The 18.5-inch VH192, 21.5-inch VH222 and VH226, and 23.6-inch VH242 are labeled better for movie viewing with many videos filling the entire screen. The top three displays can natively display 1080p, while the VH192 displays 720p (1366x768); all use dynamic contrast ratios to improve their black levels and range from 10,000:1 in the 18.5-inch panel to 20,000:1 for the VH222 and VH242.
Lenovo will enter the touchscreen smartphone arena by using Google's Android and with a very iPhone-like appearance, a leak from modmyGphone shows. The unnamed device has a full touchscreen flush with the main body, like its Apple rival, and will have just a minimum of extra buttons for calling, answering and stepping through menus. No keyboard is immediately visible and suggests instead that the phone may use a planned virtual keyboard for Android rather than the hardware keys required on HTC's G1.
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