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Unibind and Digital Foci have both announced new photo books being displayed at the Photo Marketing Association Show (PMA). Unibnd debuted its Photos N Sounds photo book, which enables users to record personalized voice messages to go with their pictures. In addition to the custom messages, Photos N Sounds also plays various themed songs including Christmas carols and a happy birthday song. Users can set the desired messages simply by pressing and holding the recording button located above the speaker.
Sans Digital has released the AccuSTOR AS212X2 2U 12-bay SAS enclosure, which it says is the first JBOD rackmount to overcome the lack of monitoring ability when utilizing a RAID controller card. The enclosure is built with a selectable switch that allows hardware monitoring with various RAID controller interfaces. The feature also allows system administrators to check hard drive status, power supply and cooling fan information.
Sprint Nextel has established an agreement with Palm that will give the carrier exclusive rights to distribute the Pre handset in the US until the end of 2009, according to CNBC. The anonymous source did not provide details of any plans for 2010 and beyond, while Palm and Sprint have remained quiet regarding the negotiations. Both companies are likely counting on the device to grow their market share. The Pre is expected to launch sometime in the first half of the year.
Genius has recently introduced its G-Pen F-509 media tablet, adding to its current lineup. The digital tablet allows users to write, draw, sketch and sign documents without requiring paper. The G-Pen is compatible with Windows Vista and Mac software, and sports a working area sized at 5.25 by 8.75 inches. It sports 26 programmable shortcut buttons tied into Microsoft Office, Internet browsing and Windows Vista functions. The F-509 connects to computers via a USB port, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.8 or newer as well as Windows Vista, XP and 2000.
Two prominent companies, Mozilla and Skype, have joined in opposition to Apple's stance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Apple recently challenged an exemption to the DMCA proposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which would guarantee the legality of jailbreaking iPhones and other handsets. In its formal response, Apple complained that opening the law would risk damage to phones, and encourage breach of contract as well as copyright infringement.
Soyo has recently announced it will sell its 82-inch Altura LE LCD HDTV under its Honeywell brand when it enters the US market in late April. The rather large TV will be part of a line-up that begins with 19-inch TVs in various lines, and sports 1080p resolution. It has a 120,000:1 contrast ratio along with a brightness rating of 600cd/m2.
A set of images leaked by BGR today indicate wireless provider AT&T will begin carrying the Inspiron Mini 9 and Inspiron Mini 12 netbooks from Dell in its stores. The screen captures of AT&T's inventory system indicate the two netbooks will be shipping to AT&T, though no prices or concrete dates were indicated. It is expected, however, that the netbooks will cost $99 on a two-year contract, or identical to the prices at competitor Verizon.
Cox Communications is nudging ever closer to its plans of launching a 3G, 700MHz wireless voice network in the US by announcing it is hiring two new executives. Cox Wireless VP at Cox Stephen Bye announced on Wednesday that the company has appointed Raj Beri as VP of wireless product operations while Dan Dickie is the new executive director of wireless product development.
A photo has surfaced today at AppleInsider that appears to support earlier claims that Apple will release an updated Mac mini with revamped ports. The image shows a system which replaces the single, full-size DVI connector with both Mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors that would let it run legacy displays as well as Apple's newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a faster FireWire 800 jack and adds a fifth USB port.
A pair of research developments published in Science today have revealed nanotechnology that could alternatively improve computer performance and increase storage. A University of Pittsburgh research team has developed nano-sized transistors that are made using two ceramics etched with an atomic force microscope. The resulting circuits would be as large as an atom and would be much smaller than usual transistors, which in computers are often much larger at about 45 nanometers across.
Yesterday's report of T-Mobile offering its existing customers in San Francisco a $50 unlimited national calling plan has been confirmed today from a more reliable source. The wireless provider is also trying to lure customers away from competitors by offering them a $135 credit if they come over to T-Mobile. The move is believed to be in response to Boost Mobile, a unit of Sprint Nextel, launching a $50 all-inclusive cellphone plan in January.
Philips in an out-of-season event today revamped its GoGear media players with a pair of new models that are higher-end than usual. The GoGear Ariaz is pitched to audiophiles as a boost in audio quality with Philips' FullSound audio engine improving the frequencies and sound stage of compressed files. A bundled set of noise-reducing headphones also improve sound by focusing attention on the music.
The LG VX9600 Versa handset first leaked at the end of January has now been nearly fully revealed through an equipment guide leak stemming from Engadget, even though the phone itself isn't due to hit the market until March at wireless provider Verizon. The phone is unique in that it features a fully-detachable QWERTY keyboard in addition to a touchscreen and it is now known that it will also accommodate an accessory gaming pad. The Versa sports a 2-megapixel camera with flash and video recording capabilities.
Nokia in an unusual move today said it will borrow 500 million Euros ($636 million) from the European Investment Bank to improve its smartphone software. The loan will be stretched out over the course of the next five years and is specifically tailored towards research and development projects due between now and 2011 to render Symbian phones "more competitive." Nokia sees the money as mostly intended for its own, internal work but says the research coming out of the loan will also help the Symbian Foundation and non-Nokia Symbian devices as a result.
OCZ on Wednesday introduced its newest product, the Alchemy Illuminati Keyboard that features backlit keys in a choice of blue or red colors with adjustable brightness. The multimedia keyboard connects with Windows XP and Vista PCs without the need to download drivers and uses rubber-coated keys to improve its grip. A jog wheel is built in to speed up scrolling.
Microsoft is preparing to sell a red-colored version of its Xbox 360 console, a company memo has inadvertently revealed. Sent to retailers and the press in New Zealand, the memo nominally revolves a special promotion in which gamers will gain a free copy of Halo Wars if they buy a 360 between February 26th and March 26th; the game will otherwise cost $100 NZD. Also mentioned, however, is that the bundle "does not apply to the Red Xbox 360 Elite console which is exclusive to EB games."
(Updated with Rogers comment) Canadian provider Rogers is not only set to add 4G cellular service to its network but may make it the primary option for Internet access on its network, the company has reportedly said during a call. The company is said to have revealed that its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network is ultimately ahead of schedule and that its first commercial service will be live with a Vancouver network ready by February 2010, or roughly the same timeframe as similar plans from rivals Bell and Telus as well as Verizon in the US. Much of the second-wave rollout would take place next spring, when the first cellphones using LTE should be ready. The initial Vancouver launch would include just a USB modem.
Dell has volunteered to dispute Psion's "netbook" trademark itself, a petition (PDF) sent to the US Patent Office reveals. The filing asks the government body to retire the trademark as the original Netbook systems have long since been out of production and Psion has no plans to start building the systems again. It further accuses Psion senior product manager Herb Turzer of lying when he said Psion was actively using the term as late as 2005; the last model to use the name was the Netbook Pro, in 2003.
ASUS, maker of the popular Eee PC range of netbooks that arguably pioneered the category, will phase out the production of nearly all of its 8.9-inch Eee PC netbooks, DigiTimes has reported on Thursday. The news came from the company's Asia-Pacific division president, Benson Lin, who says the move is due to the growing popularity and consumer demand for 10-inch models that will become the focus at ASUS.
Dell today quickly followed up on yesterday's specs launch with an official website for the Inspiron Mini 10. Besides providing full photos of the 10-inch netbook, the site also confirms options not mentioned earlier such as the eventual ability to upgrade to 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Dell also now estimates that a 6-cell battery pack will net about 6.5 hours of battery life.
Ricoh has taken its turn at pre-PMA introductions today and has unveiled the CX1. Rather than solely increase the resolution, the company has opted to give the 9.3-megapixel camera an emphasis on image quality. By using a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor instead of a typical CCD and including a new imaging engine, Ricoh hopes to significantly reduce the amount of noise and also to expand the dynamic range. An algorithm that interpolates pixel color values from the sensor gives the camera about 1 EV (exposure value) more of range than typical cameras.
Sprint on Thursday reported continued losses in income and customers in its results for the last quarter of 2008. The cell carrier says it shifted to a $257 million loss from a $325 million profit the year before and has dropped below 50 million cellphone subscribers for the first time in years, falling from 53.8 million users in December 2007 to 49.3 million by the end of the past year. This was also down 1.3 million users from the summer.
Gateway this morning kicked off the start of a new notebook range in the TC series. The 14-inch system has the relatively upscale design language of the MC but is significantly lighter at 5.3 pounds in addition to being smaller. It also becomes one of the least expensive full-size notebooks to include an LED-backlit display and shares the same 16:9 ratio and 1366x768 resolution as the MC, suiting it to watching movies.
While Samsung has not made an official announcement, a new camera from the electronics giant has been spotted in an Amazon online listing. Little is known about the TL320 other than that it will be capable of capturing 12-megapixel images and ships with an uncommon 3-inch AMOLED screen with 480x320 resolution; the display would be more color-rich and energy-efficient than LCDs. It also has a wide-angle Schneider-Kreuznach lens with 5x optical zoom, and images are made clearer thanks to both hardware and software image stabilization.
Shuttle recently introduced a flagship barebones small form factor PC designed to appeal to gamers thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor support. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 uses Intel's X58 mainboard and the ICH10R Southbridge platform controller hub. Shuttle is confident the PC will be able to handle anything users can throw at it, with support for up to 16GB of triple-channel RAM. Despite its size, the new Shuttle PC can accommodate two SATA hard disk drives.
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