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Alltel is set to release the LG Banter, a slider handset that appears to offer the same features as the Rumor 2 but with slightly reworked cosmetics. The messaging phone offers a QWERTY keyboard, but with an additional fourth row of keys. Other specs include a two-inch screen, 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD card slot and interchangeable face and back plates.
A fledgling cellular carrier, Zer01 Mobile has announced that it will offer unlimited voice and data for only $70 a month and without a contract, according to PC Magazine. The company also claims to offer a network as large as AT&T's, although the service is actually derived from a roaming agreement with the cellular giant and other carriers such as T-Mobile, but utilizing its own IP system.
Apricorn has launched a 240GB addition to its Aegis Mini line of storage products. The 1.8-inch, 3.7-oz external drive is available with USB 2.0 and FireWire connections and is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The 240GB drive is 50-percent larger than the previous 160GB model, which is also still available. The drive features shock-resistant mounting and an integrated FireWire or USB 2.0 cable.
Preliminary, unofficial shipping and pricing information for the Samsung HMX-R10 camcorder, which is being touted as the world's smallest capable of recording video in 1920x1080 HD resolution, has been revealed on Thursday. The camcorder has a 9-megapixel sensor for shooting video, while its lens has a 5x optical zoom. It can also capture digital still images at the equivalent of 12 megapixels thanks to interpolation. The HMX-R10 gets a lens mounted at a sharp and uncommon 25-degree angle to allow users to grip it in a more relaxed manner.
An entry on the GSM Global Certification Forum suggests a new handset that supports the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz GSM bands is coming to Verizon Wireless. The device is simply known as the HTC XV6175, with the XV prefix the only hint of it being offered by Verizon, as the carrier uses the same naming convention for all of its HTC-sourced handsets. Verizon only offers CDMA phones, however and the leaked posting suggests a dual-band handset may soon be offered by Verizon.
New York Governor David Paterson late yesterday announced that his government would scrub plans to institute a batch of taxes that would likely have raised the costs of digital music in the state. Among taxes that would have affected cable TV, movies and sports, the government is now scrapping plans for an informally-titled "iPod tax" that would have added an extra charge to downloads through iTunes and other online music stores.
There is no official word from Nintendo, but a Wednesday posting on Qj floats rumors that the company's Wii gaming console getting a much-needed storage bump courtesy of an external hard drive. The drive, due to reportedly be offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities, would attach to the Wii via its rear USB ports and blend it to look like a natural part of the rectangular box.
A look at a pre-production version of Australia's Kogan Agora netbook was made possible on Thursday, revealing its specs as company founder Ruslan Kogan demonstrated a couple of the models at the offices of PC Authority. The 10-inch netbooks, first announced at the end of February, ran on both gOS Linux and Windows 7, with black and white examples shown, even though the final version will be sold only in black. The CPU will be Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270, while the hard drive has a 160GB capacity, both netbook staples.
Sony has began buying equipment necessary to manufacture liquid crystal displays from Seiko Epson and the two companies are in negotiations regarding developing and building small- to medium-sized liquid-crystal displays together,EETimes reports. The specifics of the potential tie-up are not yet known, but if the deal goes through, it could see Sony getting some of Epson's business.
Brother Japan on Thursday introduced its SV-100B document viewer which, despite appearances, is not meant to compete with e-book readers such as Amazon's Kindle 2. Instead, the is more advanced, featuring a 9.7-inch electronic paper display with a 1200x825 resolution at 150dpi. Unlike the Kindle 2 or other dedicated e-book readers, the SV-100B can also display the screen of a PC, smartphone or PDA connected via Bluetooth.
Cablevision, a New York-based cable TV service provider, announced on Thursday it will no longer offer analog television cable service in 2010 and only offer digital services. Only about 155,000 of Cablevision's 3.1 million customers, a mere 5 percent, subscribe to the company's basic analog service and they will continue to receive the service, though no new clients will be added. The company already offers exclusively digital packages to its customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Samsung today claimed to have represented exactly one quarter of all touchscreen phones shipped in 2008. The Korean company estimates that it produced about 10 million models of various kinds and that its most popular has ultimately been the F480, which has alternately been known as the Tocco in some countries and was released as the Behold for T-Mobile; it accounted for 5 million of those phones, or half of Samsung's line. The rest included devices like the Instinct, Omnia and Pixon.
T-Mobile in the UK said it will launch the Cupcake update for the Google-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1, in April, according to a Wednesday report. The Cupcake release may coincide with that of Vodafone's HTC Magic, the successor to the G1, though T-Mobile UK is keeping mum about this possibility. "We can't say whether this will be connected with the launch of the HTC Magic as we aren't aware of what alterations if any they are making to the operating system," a T-Mobile rep says.
MSI on Thursday afternoon brought the Wind Nettop CS120 to the US. The mini desktop is slightly slower than the CS100, opting for a single-core 1.6GHz Atom 230 instead of the dual-core Atom 330, but is a complete system with 1GB of built-in memory, a 160GB hard drive and 802.11g Wi-Fi. It's also one of the few nettops to have a built-in DVD burner instead of relying on USB storage or the network.
The upcoming iPhone operating system, version 3.0, could add several long-awaited features such as MMS messaging support and tethering, unnamed sources have told the Boy Genius Report. Although the multimedia message format is relatively commonplace, enabling video and image transfers between phones, Apple so far has excluded the technology from its handset and forced users to download third-party apps as a work-around.
TEAC on Thursday announced the release of its first tabletop dock radio with HD Radio support. Besides improved audio quality, HD Radio support gives listeners on-screen artist and title information from the roughly 2,000 stations in the air. The HD-1 also sports a dock for charging and playing music content from iPods and iPhones. The artist and song information also enables the iTunes Tagging feature, which lets users save the information of a song they like and find the track the next time the Apple device syncs with iTunes.
Samsung's Instinct Mini should indeed become the Instinct S30, at least while at Sprint, a new leak claims. The phone is also believed to be not simply a smaller version of the Instinct but a full-fledged sequel, though mainly on the basis of its chassis. Blue and pink versions are expected to be available, and it is thought that the timing of recent leaks may see an official announcement at CTIA, which begins April 1st. The first Instinct was revealed at last year's CTIA.
Onkyo has launched a trio of new AV receivers that are topped by an industry first. The TX-SR607 is the first to include Dolby Pro Logic IIz support and can add a vertical dimension to the sound in movies that support it: the element lets home theaters with two extra, elevated front channel speakers register sounds that would appear above the movie viewer, such as an aircraft. It additionally brings support for 7.2-channel surround at 90W per channel with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio as well as a rear port for add-ons like an iPod dock or HD Radio tuner.
Sprint today confirmed the existence of the LG Rumor 2. The slider continues the basic philosophy of a messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard but with an extra row of keys, a higher-resolution (240x320) screen and stereo audio support for Bluetooth. It can also be customized with removable backplates. The phone continues to sport a 1.3-megapixel camera, basic data access and a microSDHC card slot for storage.
Scosche today quickly claimed itself as the second company after Klipsch to offer in-ear headphones designed for the third-generation iPod shuffle. The IDR350M, IDR450M and IDR650M all have a new in-line remote that provides all the navigation, volume and VoiceOver features needed for the shuffle while also including a microphone for users of current-generation iPod classic, iPod nano and iPod touch models. They also have a purported enhanced dynamic range that allows deeper bass without hurting treble or the mid-range.
Online video site Hulu will add several social network-like features on Thursday meant to keep users coming back and thereby bring in more advertisers, according to the Wall Street Journal. To be called Hulu Friends, the addition is said to let users create personal online profiles and share videos with each other, while a Scorecard feature will let them track their activity. Unlike YouTube, though, users still can't their own videos and are limited to the official movies and TV shows published to the Fox- and NBC-run site.
The One Laptop Per Child project's CTO Ed McNierney today said that the organization's XO-2 notebook will most likely drop AMD's Geode processor in favor of an ARM-based, all-in-one processor. OLPC is "almost" set to implement a new chip and would make the switch both to reduce the power draw as well as to give the portable accelerated graphics and wireless without needing separate chips that would boost the cost. AMD's design is older and simpler by comparison.
Klipsch on Thursday said it's developing a set of earphones designed for the third-generation iPod shuffle. The revision will give users the same controls as with Apple's stock and In-Ear headphones, including triggering VoiceOver and switching playlists. The feature set is unknown but will result in a $100 price point, suggesting the earphones will be similar to or slightly better in quality than the just-announced Image S4s.
Samsung in a low-key affair has slipped out the YP-Q2 as its latest mid-grade media player for the US. The device is more comfortable to hold and has a more obvious touch-sensitive control scheme than the Q1, but centers on a greatly extended battery life that has grown from 30 hours to 50 hours for music without changing the 4-hour video runtime or adding bulk.
Dell today unveiled the company's first all-in-one PC to bear the Studio badge. The Studio One 19 is more consciously fashionable than the XPS One and has the same basic "hanging" design concept as the iMac. Like the Studio Hybrid, though, Dell lets users customize the Studio One's colors (here the outer frame and wireless input devices). It centers on an 18.5-inch display with a 16:9 ratio, 1366x768 resolution that optionally supports multi-touch input for media playback as well as image, music and video editing.
ASUS' Eee PC line may be subsumed into its regular notebook line if tips from market contacts prove accurate. In speaking with Digitimes, the sources claim the company is worried enough about the management costs and other overhead of keeping the netbook- and nettop-specific Eee PC group separate that it has already sent out a tentative plan for bringing it into the notebook group and plans to finalize a timetable shortly. Company CEO Jerry Shen has declined to either confirm or deny the switch.
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