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MSI is set to follow up its ultra-slim X320 notebook with an X340 model that will integrate Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors. The notebook initially will be available with either the Celeron M 725 processor, running at 1.2GHz with 1MB of L2Cache, or the Core 2 Solo SU 3500 CPU offering a clock speed of 1.4GHz with 3MB of L2Cache.
President Obama has proposed a spectrum licensing fee that will apply to wireless operators, in an effort to create a new source of revenue to battle the enormous deficit, according to CNET News. The fees would apply to carriers that license part of the wireless spectrum from the government, with prices starting at $50 million per user this year and growing to $200 million in 2010. Licensees eventually will each pay $550 million after ten years.
A leaked press photo provides a better visual reference of Motorola's i465 iDEN handset. The image, posted on mobile review, shows the device's full QWERTY keyboard and dedicated button for the browser. Although the exact operating system remains unknown, the phone should offer Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera and Push to Talk capabilities.
Hard drive and flash-based memory maker Seagate announced on Thursday that is has dropped its patent suit against competitor Stec and that Stec has likewise dropped its countersuit, Forbes reports. Seagate said in a statement that pursuing the matter is no longer cost-efficient and the recent poor economic conditions have slowed Stec's sales of the technology that was being disputed in the lawsuit.
A recent HD Guru report claims to know the release dates and pricing information for much of Sony's 2009 HDTV lineup first introduced at this year's CES. The new-look L-series models will be available in 22-, 26-, 32- and 37-inch sizes, all with 1366x768 (720p) resolutions, a built-in ATSC/QAM tuner and 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for the smallest model and a 13,000:1 ratio for the other four. Bravia Sync and Bravia Link compatibility is included, as are 1080p 60/24 inputs and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. They will be priced starting at nearly $500 for the KDL22L4000, $550, $600 and $800, respectively.
Acer Japan recently announced it will soon launch its network attached storage PC, the Aspire easyStore H340. The NAS uses Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU, along with 1GB of RAM and the 945GC Express mainboard. The PC runs Windows Home Server operating system and can share its multimedia content, including photos, videos and music with up to 10 connected PCs. The four-bay NAS is offered in two versions, with a 1TB drive or three 1TB drives preinstalled into it.
Alaska Airlines recently announced it will offer a satellite-based trial Wi-Fi service during its flights to users with Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks, smartphones and other personal electronics devices with wireless Internet access. The service, offered by Row 44, has been in development for the past two years and will be available on the Airlines' specially-outfitted Boeing 737-700 passenger jets. Most common features will be accessible, including web browsing, online music and games, e-mail, IM chat and connections to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
LG may be the next to discard plasma TVs, company vice president Lee Gyu-hong says. The executive has told Kyodo News that a sustained poor world economy would make it unprofitable to keep developing and selling the more expensive display technology. If no recovery seems likely, Lee estimates that plans to exit plasma would be made public before the end of the year.
TippingPoint has revealed that the 2009 edition of the Pwn2Own hacking contest will shift its focus to smartphones this year in one of the first few cross-platform tests of mobile OS security to include iPhones. The 3Com-owned security group will challenge guests at the March 18th CanSecWest conference to gain full OS-level control of both Apple's device as well as one phone each for Google's Android platform, RIM's BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. The contest take place in two phases and allow only network-based exploits on the first day; the second will let experts target the pre-installed software.
The thin 10.2-inch Acer Aspire One netbook spotted just two days ago has been highlighted yet again by German site NetbookNews, this time with specs and more images. Unlike previously believed, however, the new, thinner (just under one inch) netbook will not have a solid state drive, but a traditional hard disk with a 160GB capacity.
AMD's RV740 graphics chipset has been tested today by Guru3D and will potentially upturn performance expectations. Informally titled the Radeon HD 4750, the card will use a much smaller 40 nanometer chipmaking process to double the number of stream (effects) processing units to 640 versus today's Radeon HD 4670 and would carry much more memory bandwidth, moving from 2GHz GDDR3 to 3.2GHz GDDR5. The net effect should be nearly twice as many calculations per second at 900 gigaflops versus the earlier 480.
A mandatory Internet censorship plan in Australia proposed by the government is facing stiff opposition, with an independent senator's decision to block legislation that would start the blockage of certain websites with morally questionable content, the Thursday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Green and Opposition parties have blocked the measure and have been joined by independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who changed his position on the mandatory ban. All now believe a filter would not be effective at blocking unsafe content and would slow Internet access while carrying a risk of blocking legitimate websites.
A new gamepad is in the works for Nintendo's Wii console, an official Japanese site reveals. The Classic Controller Pro is based on the existing Classic Controller, which serves as an alternative to the signature Wii Remote, and helps in playing GameCube or Virtual Console titles. New to the Pro is a different layout, most noticeably in the form of grips similar to those on an Xbox 360 controller. Some gamers may find grips more comfortable in long play sessions.
Samsung has recently introduced its newest 3G-network compatible flip phone, the SPH-W6450. The phone's top half can also open sidways as well as straight up with the screen facing the user, much like a notebook PC. The LCD screen is sized at 2.8 inches, features a 240x400 resolution and has a virtual touchpad for use in notebook mode that takes the place of a mouse. Another common high-end feature of Korean phones includes the DMB tuner that lets users watch streaming video content from eight broadcasters as well as audio content from nine sources.
After being sued on Wednesday by Microsoft over a patent lawsuit, navigation systems maker TomTom responded on Thursday saying it has not breached any patents and "will vigorously defend" themselves in court, according to a Thursday report. Microsoft was hoping to have TomTom settle and has announced it remains open to a quick resolution if TomTom agrees to an IP licensing agreement, something the two companies have not been able to accomplish in more than a year of negotiations.
HP has quietly updated the Pavilion dv7t with a key new display change and improved graphics. The updated model switches from the original, 16:10 ratio 17-inch display to a new 17.3-inch, 16:9 screen with a sharper 1600x900 resolution. It also gets AMD's new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 as its baseline graphics chipset and can climb as high as the Mobility Radeon HD 4650.
Microsoft late Wednesday confirmed that Windows Vista's Service Pack 2 has reached a Release Candidate version. The update is available today for MSDN and TechNet members and indicates a near-final status that should lead to a finished version reaching the public during the spring. Unofficial reports have previously corroborated the February RC timeframe and have predicted an April timeframe for a 'gold' release.
While far from official, CanonRumors has recently quoted an e-mail from an undisclosed source that has Canon launching its next-generation Rebel digital SLR camera, dubbed the EOS-500D, on June 23. The camera will reportedly ship bundled with a new EF-S mount prime lens, the 30mm f/2. This represents a delay of the launch, apparently due to Canon's weariness of the economy and "waiting to see what Nikon comes out with."
As promised, Dell today started taking orders for the Inspiron Mini 10. The finished product has just one stock configuration at $399 and ships by default with a 1.33GHz Atom, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 16:9 ratio 1024x576 display. Dell's earlier warnings about initial upgrades have proven true and won't let users upgrade either the memory or hard drive.
Acer is planning a nettop of its own that would occupy the high end of its market, if a set of leaked presentation slides from Turkish site Donanimhaber are accurate. The Hornet would have a highly stylized blue case but would center around its use of NVIDIA's Ion platform, which would let it play 1080p video and more modern games while still using either a single- or dual-core Atom processor. It would also come with a Wii-like remote that could be used either for games that support the motion-sensitive feature or else just as an airborne mouse for the living room or meetings.
Dell on Thursday started shipping its first two consciously eco-friendly LCDs. The 22-inch G2210 and 24-inch G2410 are both tuned to use power only when necessary and have ambient light sensors that auto-adjust the backlight to match the environment. They also have a PowerNap feature that more quickly cuts power use and are built from one quarter recycled material.
Verizon this morning made another attempt at the touchscreen phone market by launching the LG Versa. The handset also known as the VX9600 tries to stand out from its close competition by letting users choose either greater control or a smaller size: while the phone normally has a leather-like case with a built-in QWERTY keyboard and an external OLED for call notifications, owners can detach just the core touchscreen phone and keep the phone small while using an onscreen keyboard.
Gefen on Wednesday announced its Wireless HDMI Extender, a device that provides users with cable-free HD extension for up to 30 feet within a line-of-sight. The Wireless HDMI Extender is designed for ceiling mounted displays, outside applications, and rooms where users want to avoid putting in extension cables. The add-on provides users with two HDMI inputs and one component HD video input that can be shared using UWB wireless that allows up to three HD signals to be sent to one location, including with 5.1 Dolby surround.
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