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ZiiLabs to show HD video playback on Android

02/13, 5:05pm

Zii Android HD playback

Creative subsidiary ZiiLabs on Thursday announced it will showcase HD video playback capabilities on February 16th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The capability will be thanks to the company's ZMS-05 media processor and platform on Google's Android platform phone. ZiiLabs promises to offer 1080p resolution video playback for the first time on handheld devices.

DealNN: Sound Labs iPod speaker case, Garmin GPS

02/13, 5:00pm

DealNN: iPod speaker case

Featured DealNN deals for today include printers, hard drives, GPS units and more. Most noteworthy today is the Sound Labs iMaingo portable iPod speaker case. This protective iPod case fits most iPod models and has built-in speakers making it possible to listen to music without headphones. For today only J&R.com reduced the price on this item from $39.99 to $14.99.

New Qualcomm mobile chips add HSPA+

02/13, 4:45pm

Qualcomm 42Mbps chipsets

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Thursday announced a new range of chipsets for mobile devices that include support for dual-carrier HSPA+ data networks. The Qualcomm QTR8610 transceiver supports worldwide 3G bands as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio capabilities, in addition to a number of codecs that allow it to play back varied multimedia content.

Cowon launches L3 touch player

02/13, 4:35pm

Cowon launches L3 player

Korea's Cowon has finally released its L3 multimedia player, which first appeared back in August. The L3 sports a 7-inch, 800x480 resolution display and runs on Windows CE 5.0. The only details released on its CPU is that it has dual cores. The device has 128MB of SDRAM and ships with 4GB of flash storage space. It can, however, be expanded via an SD memory card slot.

No 12MP handset at MWC from Samsung

02/13, 4:20pm

No Samsung Android at MWC

Samsung said it has no plans to show a 12-megapixel handset at the Mobile World Congress due to take place next week in Barcelona, Spain, according to a Thursday Telecoms Korea post. In addition, Thursday's report of Samsung delaying its debut of a Google Android-powered handset has been confirmed at the same time. The company's mobile marketing chief, Younghee Lee, said the Android handset will be released in the second half of 2009 instead of the initially-planned spring release.

Viliv sets US release date, price for S5 MID

02/13, 4:00pm

Viliv prices S5 MID for US

Viliv has recently announced that its S5 Mobile Internet Device will soon ship to stores in its home market of Korea as well as in US and Europe. The device will be priced at $649 when it is released in the US at the end of March. Four models of the MID will be offered in Korea, with the other markets will only get the Premium version.

LG set to introduce solar-powered handset at MWC

02/13, 3:50pm

LG solar-powered phone

Korea's LG has announced it will unveil a prototype handset that can be recharged by the sun thanks to a solar charge built into its rear panel. Otherwise, the handset looks nearly identical to the company's existing KF750 Secret cellphone, though no other information on its specs was known. The prototype will be shown off in the company's ECO Friendly exhibit and promises to provide enough power for the conventional built-in battery with three minutes of talk time after a 10-minute charge.

CradlePoint's PHS300 certified with Verizon Wireless

02/13, 3:40pm

PHS300 portable Wi-Fi

CradlePoint Technology has announced its PHS300 portable Wi-Fi router is now certified with the Verizon Wireless UM175 USB Modem, for use on the Verizon Wireless network. PHS300 requires no software installation in order to work and lets the router serve as a mobile Wi-Fi access point. Plugging the UM175 USB Modem into the PHS200 router adds 3G data and brings up to 16 people online through a secure link. The PHS300 certification was received by going through the Verizon Wireless' recent open development program.

Moto's full touch phone, more leaked pre-MWC

02/13, 3:35pm

Moto QA4 Lux and QA1 Leak

Motorola is near launching a trio of phones that will be headlined by a rare full touchscreen device, a set of leaked shots at Mobile-Review show. The QA4 will have a 2.8-inch, 240x400 touchscreen with a number pad slider. Few other details have escaped, though the phone will have a tilt sensor and will support CDMA plus EVDO, pointing to a release on Sprint or Verizon.

Android Market finally allowing paid apps

02/13, 3:00pm

Android Market Paid Apps

Google this afternoon revealed that Android Market has the infrastructure in place for developers to charge money for apps downloaded through the mobile store. The implementation uses Google Checkout for the backing infrastructure and will let developers set their own prices through the same system used to publish the apps themselves. A limited rollout is planned and will start first with the US in the middle of next week, while Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain coming before the end of March.

Nokia teases 8MP "Corolla" cameraphone

02/13, 2:20pm

Nokia Teases 8MP Cam Phone

Nokia today provided a clue on its company blog that it will launch its rumored "Corolla" phone at next week's Mobile World Congress. A photo published at the site (shown here) has an 8-megapixel resolution previously unavailable on Nokia phones, which normally top out at 5 megapixels, and has EXIF metadata that refers to an "undisclosed" device taking the shot with a Carl Zeiss lens.

Lenovo's 16-inch IdeaPad Y650 now shipping

02/13, 1:50pm

Lenovo Y650 now shipping

Sooner than originally expected Lenovo's three-model IdeaPad Y650 range is now available for purchase. The 16-inch notebooks have a 1366x768 resolution LCD, with the base model powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU with a GMA X4500 integrated graphics chipset and 3GB of RAM. Windows Vista Home Premium is pre-loaded onto the 320GB, 5,400RPM hard drive, and a DVD recorder is built-in. A six-cell battery is standard fare, as are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

MS sued for charging for Vista-XP downgrade

02/13, 1:20pm

MS Sued for XP Downgrade

Microsoft has been sued this week over claims that the necessity to pay for its Vista-to-XP downgrade program abuses the company's Windows monopoly. Filed in a Seattle federal district court, the lawsuit found by the Seattle Times accuses Microsoft of violating Washington state business and consumer protection laws by creating an unfair license that cost plaintiff Emma Alvarado $59.25 to revert from Windows Vista Business to XP Professional when she bought a Lenovo notebook in June 2008.

iPhone, T-Mobile G1 gain Google Spreadsheet editing

02/13, 1:10pm

Mobile Google Spreadsheets

Google has introduced new mobile editing capabilities for its online Spreadsheets application. While a number of phones have previously been able to view Google documents, editing has typically been locked; the first phones to receive editing options are Nokia's S60 series, Apple's iPhone and the T-Mobile G1, so far the only device based on Google's Android platform. The iPhone is also closely associated with Google, mainly as a result of its Google Maps application.

Amex intros 7in photo frame with printer

02/13, 12:35pm

Amex photo frame, printer

Amex Digital has recently announced the launch of a 7-inch digital photo frame, the SP-7, that has an integrated photo printer. As with other photo frames of the same size, the LCD screen has an 800x480 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The SP-7 supports JPG photos, can play back AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 movies and MP3 audio files thanks to its built speakers. A built-in card reader is compatible with MS, MMC, SD, XD and CF memory cards.

Sirius XM tries debt swap, warns it may go bankrupt

02/13, 12:20pm

Sirius XM Debt Exchange

Sirius XM on Friday took emergency steps to save itself by starting a debt exchange. The company says it has started a deal that will swap about $172.5 million of the convertible senior notes keeping the company afloat for equivalents that will expire at the start of June 2011. The exchange would give the company about 1.5 years of extra time to pay the portion of the debt, which would otherwise have come due in December this year.

Samsung makes first DLP projector phone official

02/13, 11:30am

Samsung Show W7900

Samsung this morning officially unveiled the first phone to have Texas Instruments' DLP Pico technology built-in. The Show W7900 for Korea (pictured) and its Euro-centric equivalent, the i7410 both take advantage of the small chipset and a compact projector to cast an image on a screen or wall which is much larger than the phone's LCD: images upwards of 50 inches diagonal are possible in suitably low light. Samsung envisions the feature as letting owners present slideshows directly from phones or for playing videos at a TV-like size.

iPhone 7.5X more likely on Wi-Fi than rivals

02/13, 10:55am

ABI on iPhone Wi-Fi

A new study from ABI Research today notes that iPhone users are much more likely to actually use their Wi-Fi than on rival devices. About 75 percent of all those who have one of Apple's phones are using their Wi-Fi "regularly," while only about 10 percent of those with HTC phones are using theirs. This comes despite 80 percent of HTC's devices having 802.11b or g built-in.

PSP tops 50m sales as it, PS3 continue slump

02/13, 10:45am

PSP Hits 50m as PS3 Slumps

Sony today reached an unofficial milestone with news that it has sold its 50 millionth PSP. The achievement comes just over four years after the handheld PlayStation's launch in December 2004 and after two minor revisions to the design that have slimmed it down and added functionality, including a built-in mic in the PSP-3000 for game chat and Skype calls. The game system has also since gained direct access to a download store for PSP and PS1 games that has put increasing reliance on flash-based Memory Stick storage instead of the UMD disc format Sony initially pushed not just for games but for movies.

Huawei intros tiny i-Mo USB 3G modem with Wi-Fi

02/13, 9:35am

Huawei 3G, Wi-Fi USB modem

China's Huawei on Friday introduced what it calls the smallest and lightest USB-connected modem in the world, the i-Mo, which will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress next week in Spain. The modem has an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi link along with HSPA wireless data network access that can reach 7.2Mbps download speeds and 5.76Mbps upload speeds. Thanks to its Wi-Fi connection, the i-Mo can create a hotspot of its own for other users of Internet-connected mobile devices.

Nokia mobile app store due next week?

02/13, 9:25am

Nokia App Store Next Week

Nokia will chase after Apple and other rivals with a mobile app portal of its own, a pair of sources claim. The reported contacts explain to Reuters that the software store will be announced at Nokia's press conference for Mobile World Congress on Monday morning. When it will go live and how its pricing strategy will work are unknown, though the shop is likely to be limited to Symbian S60 devices like the 5800 XpressMusic and N97, which have a more complex operating system capable of supporting advanced mobile apps.

Zune services due on other devices in 2009

02/13, 8:40am

Zune on Phones in 2009

Microsoft on Friday said it will bring features of its Zune music players to other hardware besides Zune players sometime this year. The revelation comes after company Media Center/Mediaroom head Enrique Rodriguez has acknowledged to CNET that Microsoft is splitting the Zune group into separate hardware and software divisions, with the software now being covered by Rodriguez's group while hardware goes to the Windows Mobile group's hardware section. He doesn't say which devices will get the features but argues the move is necessary to expand Microsoft's reach into media beyond just its own hardware.

Nokia outs new Comes With Music phones

02/13, 7:40am

Nokia CWM New Phones

Nokia on Friday used one of the last days before Mobile World Congress to add multiple new phones to the Comes With Music roster. In addition to existing phones that come with the year-long unlimited music subscription, such as the N96, an introduction of the service into Singapore is also bringing both high- and low-end phones into the mix with the N79, N85, 5800 XpressMusic, 5320 XpressMusic and 5220 XpressMusic all getting the same option. The addition has the same rights as in other countries and lets owners keep any music they've downloaded once the subscription is over.

Acoustibuds offer earphone volume enhancement

02/13, 6:45am

Acoustibuds for earphones

Burton Ideas has launched Acoustibuds, an earphone attachment that is designed to enhance the sound of earphones and help make them fit more comfortably. Acoustibuds attatch to the speaker side of earphones and are shaped like little cones with flexible fins on the outside. The cone like shape places the earphone deeper into a person's ear and allows for sound to be funneled more directly into the eardrum, while the flexible fins help with comfort and keeping the earphones in place.

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