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M-Audio debuts Pro Series USB MIDI keyboards

01/21, 9:15pm

Axiom Pro Series Keyboards

M-Audio has announced Axiom Pro Series Keyboards, its latest series of USB MIDI keyboard controllers designed for professional musicians. Building off of M-Audio's previous line of USB MIDI Keyboards, the Pro series offers more enhancements for realistic play and comes in three different key models, 25, 49, and 61. The Axiom Pro provides software integration to digital audio workstations such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Reason. Also, the M-Audios HyperControl technology automatically maps keyboard controls to commonly accessed parameters in software instruments and DAWs.

Corsair brings its first SSD to market

01/21, 4:20pm

Corsair enter SSD market

Computer memory manufacturer Corsair recently unveiled its first solid-state drive with the S128. Meant for the mainstream user, the S128 has a 128GB capacity and relatively average read speeds of 90MBps and write speeds of 70MBps. What differs the S128 from similar drives, the company claims, is its use of a Samsung controller instead of the more common JMicron 602 controller used in MLC SSDs such as OCZ's Core series of SSDs.

Nokia confirms new Comes with Music markets

01/21, 4:05pm

Comes with Music expansion

Nokia on Wednesday officially confirmed an earlier report that it would expand its Comes with Music service to multiple European countries. The world's largest cellphone maker has signed pan-European licenses with various national collecting societies that will allow it to soon offer the music service in Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, and Norway.

Leica intros its first HD-capable DLP projector

01/21, 4:05pm

Leica intros DLP projector

German photo camera manufacturer Leica has recently introduced its Pradovit D-1200 DLP projector at the Photokina show, the first product of its kind for the manufacturer. The 16:10 aspect ratio projector sports a 1920x1200 native resolution along with a 2,000 lumens brightness and a 2,500:1 contrast ratio. The D-1200's magnesium body houses a 0.98-inch DarkChip sensor sourced from Texas Instruments and a six-segment RGB color wheel. Setting up the D-1200 is made easier thanks to a vertical lens shift feature, and minimum projection distance is rated at nearly 3.3 feet.

Ericsson to cut 5,000 jobs after $202M profit drop

01/21, 4:00pm

Ericsson announces cuts

Swedish network hardware maker Ericsson on Wednesday announced it will cut 5,000 worldwide jobs as its profits in the fourth quarter dropped by 31 percent, or about $202 million. The decline is said to be caused by restructuring charges and weaker handset sales, as its Sony Ericsson partnership last week announced its own fourth-quarter losses, shipping 6.2 percent less phones than in previous years. Ericsson said the joint venture had a fourth-quarter loss of $243 million.

Canada's Rogers adds two rugged phones to lineup

01/21, 4:00pm

Rogers adds rugged phones

Rogers Wireless on Wednesday announced it has added a pair of rugged handsets to its offerings, with the Samsung Rugby A836 and ZTE Rock F165. Both are exclusive to Rogers in the Canadian wireless market with each offering unique features. The Rugby has a large external speaker, the ability to access 3G high-speed data networks and is compliant with the US military's 810F specification for resistance to rain, shock, altitude and temperature extremes.

Supreme Court rules online porn law unconstitutional

01/21, 3:55pm

Court Rebuffs Porn Law

The US Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by the Justice Department to uphold the Communications Decency Act. The law, first put into place in 1998, was intended to force adult-oriented sites to use logins or payment to prevent unintentionally exposing children to sexual material. The Supreme Court has ruled the law unconstitutional for violating free speech rights by dictating too broadly how site owners present their content.

iLounge Pavilion confirmed for CES 2010

01/21, 3:35pm

iPod pavilion at CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the iLounge Pavilion, a unified iPod and iPhone section for the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. The pavilion is co-sponsored by CES and iLounge.com, which originally called for a space at CES for iPod and iPhone vendors, and will feature a special exhibition area for both the manufacturers and retailers of iPod- and iPhone-related products.

Windows Mobile 6.5 not due until mid-2009?

01/21, 3:15pm

WM 6.5 coming by mid 2009

Microsoft is set to introduce Windows Mobile 6.5 at the Mobile World Congress expo in mid-February but won't actually ship the product until the middle of 2009, according to a report that cites unnamed sources at Taiwanese handset makers. Despite announcing early in the year, the first devices using the new software will allegedly be made available only in summer, or roughly half a year after the introduction.

FCC formally investigates Comcast over VoIP blocking

01/21, 2:50pm

FCC Investigates Comcast

FCC chairman Kevin Martin this week launched a formal investigation into whether Comcast's policies on voice-over-IP telephony are anti-competitive. Making the move the evening before the Obama presidency and his own resignation takes effect, Martin intends for the regulatory body to determine whether Comcast has been favoring data traffic for its own VoIP phone service over that from competitors. Concerns have been raised that the cable provider's service-independent throttling technique is still interfering with third-party VoIP services and reducing their call quality.

Sanyo reveals 2009 Xacti cams for US

01/21, 1:45pm

Sanyo Xacti 2009 US

Quickly following up on its Japanese plans, Sanyo this afternoon has already detailed the US plans for its 2009 Xacti camcorders. The FH1 (pictured) is the American rebranding of the FH11 and is one of the first conventional-layout Sanyo camcorders as well as one of the first 1080p60 cameras from the company, recording H.264 video to 8GB of internal memory or SDHC cards; it carries a 10X zoom lens and shoots still photos up to 8 megapixels.

AVerMedia intros simple portable visual presenter

01/21, 1:10pm

AVerMedia visual presenter

AVerMedia on Wednesday introduced the AVerVision VP-1 Portable Visual Presenter that allows users on a budget to put up larger images of documents or 3D objects on a connected TV or PC screen or a blackboard using a connected projector during presentations. The document camera has a 2-megapixel camera with an 8x digital zoom and auto focus. Weighing in at just 2.7lbs, the VP-1 folds up for travel but can still project A4-sized sheets or images.

BlackBerry handsets on Fido by February?

01/21, 12:45pm

Fido to get BlackBerries

While it is still unofficial, last week's rumors of Canadian wireless provider Fido, a sub-brand of Rogers, starting to offer BlackBerry handsets seem to be true as Fido staff has been trained on the RIM-made devices. As of February 4th, Fido will reportedly offer at least the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 to customers.

Intel to have 320GB SSDs in fall

01/21, 12:00pm

Intel 320GB SSDs in Fall

Intel plans to double the capacity of its solid-state drive within the space of a year, a note sent to its partners reveals. The company has only just released 160GB flash drives within the past month but is telling PC builders and others to expect 320GB models in the fall. The boost would be made possible by Intel's 34nm flash process, which lets it pack much more storage into a given space.

iPhone carves out 2.2% of Taiwan phone share

01/21, 11:20am

Taiwan Phone Market Share

Retailers in the Taiwan area have provided data that notes Apple's first cellphone for the island is already the sixth most popular in the region. The handset launched last month on Chungwa Telecom but now represents 2.2 percent, or 12,012 units, of the 546,000 phones sold in the area during December. Whether or not Apple took share away from competitors isn't known, though three out of the top six lost significant share with second-place Sony Ericsson (18.1 percent), third-place Samsung (17.6 percent) and fifth-place Motorola (8.3 percent) all having lost more than one percent of their share versus November.

NVIDIA intros Quadro card for small desktops

01/21, 10:35am

NVIDIA low-profile GPU

NVIDIA on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of the Quadro NVS 420 graphics card, the first low-profile professional graphics card that fits into small form-factor desktops. Meant for use in business applications, the card can support up to four 30-inch external displays with resolutions as high as 2560x1600 but has a maximum 40W power consumption friendly to compact systems, while a variable-speed fansink manages heat and noise levels accordingly.

T-Mobile G2 to scrap keyboard, tackle iPhone?

01/21, 10:05am

T-Mobile G2 Photo Leak

HTC's next Android phone for T-Mobile may more directly compete against its rivals from Apple and RIM, a photo leak shows. Gizmodo has obtained shots it believes may be of the G2 that reveal a much slimmer, rounded design that drops the sliding QWERTY keyboard but keeps a 3.2-megapixel camera, a directional pad and hardware buttons. Typing will instead hinge on a virtual keyboard update Google plans to release for Android this year.

Dell Adamo not due until second half 2009?

01/21, 9:35am

Dell Adamo Foxconn Rumor

Dell's ultra-thin Adamo notebook may not be available until the second half of the year, a leak from alleged sources of Digitimes says. The ultraportable is purportedly already in sample production by well-known Chinese manufacturer Foxconn but won't enter volume production until the second half of 2009, when about 400,000 of the systems should be made.

Sanyo shows all-HD Xacti camcorder line

01/21, 8:40am

Sanyo Xacti 2009 in Japan

Sanyo today gave an early look at its camcorders for the year with a slew of new updates in Japan, all of which are HD models. The FH11 is one of Sanyo's first horizontal camcorders in recent memory and captures its 1080p video either to 8GB of internal memory or to Class 6 SDHC cards. It now supports the full 24Mbps bitrate and 60 frames per second of the H.264 codec. This and the vertically-oriented but SDHC-only HD2000 also shoot still photos at 8 megapixels

Apple upgrades plastic MacBook with 9400M

01/21, 7:20am

Plastic MacBook 9400M

Apple has without fanfare updated the white plastic MacBook to use NVIDIA's 9400M platform. The upgrade gives the least expensive portable the same graphics performance as the aluminum model and upgrades the processor to the same 2GHz Core 2 Duo and 1,066MHz system bus as the mid-range version. It also doubles the amount of minimum built-in memory to 2GB.

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