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EchoStar intros T2200S set-top DVR cable box

03/30, 10:45pm

EchoStar T2200S settop DVR

EchoStar has introduced the T2200S, a cable version of its SlingLoaded DVR that was designed to work with Dish Network. The new device is compatible with any Tru2way cable system and provides standard DVR features in addition to integrated Slingbox functionality. The box features a 1TB hard drive, dual-tuner and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) support, a built-in DOCSIS cable modem and a SlingGuide search engine.

TomTom gives in to Microsoft in patent dispute

03/30, 8:20pm

TomTom and MS Settlement

Microsoft and TomTom today said they have reached a settlement regarding their patent dispute that will put an end to their mutual lawsuits over GPS technology. The agreement sees TomTom get "coverage" from Microsoft for 3 patents that reportedly still meet TomTom's requirements for its GPL v2 license. In exchange, TomTom must remove the features related to two FAT file system patents within the next two years.

NVIDIA updates Quadro line, adds multi-OS SLI

03/30, 8:05pm

NVIDIA Quadro Multi OS SLI

NVIDIA on Monday launched what it considers a sweeping change to its pro graphics with significant re-launches and updates to much of its Quadro line. The FX 3800, 4800 and 5800 now all support a new technique known as multi-OS SLI: in systems with multiple supporting cards, a card can be dedicated to an individual virtual OS in Parallels Workstation Extreme and give it nearly the same performance as if the graphics were native. It can also be used for CUDA or other general-purpose tasks that would normally be off-limits to a virtual machine.

Sony denies rumors of a PS3 price drop

03/30, 7:45pm

Sony denies PS3 price drop

Sony has denied rumors regarding an imminent price drop for the PS3. The specific rumor that elicited the response had suggested the company was preparing for a Tuesday announcement which was believed to include a lower price for the gaming console or a new browser and online content. Analysts, such as Mike Hickey from Janco Partners, still expect Sony to eventually cut prices sometime between April and June.

HP outs Xeon-powered Z-series Workstation PCs

03/30, 5:50pm

HP intros Z Workstations

HP on Monday announced the upcoming release of three new Z-series workstation PCs. The flagship Z800, mid-range Z600 and entry-level Z400 are powered by Intel's Nehalem-era Xeon processors and require no tools to access and service all of their components, including their power supplies and motherboards. The modular interior design is cable-less, while the exteriors are designed by BMW Group Designworks USA and thought to add extra appeal to normally plain pro systems. The flagship Z800 Workstation is meant for highly-advanced applications such as 3D animation, broadcast video or medical imaging.

Microsoft drops $99 app update submissions

03/30, 5:15pm

MS Drops 99 Update Policy

Microsoft today said it would abandon a controversial plan for its upcoming Windows Mobile Marketplace that would charge $99 for each app update past the initial five handled by its year-long developer subscriptions. Speaking to CNET, a spokesperson said the company would now let developers submit any minor or major updates to any published app for free. Additional fees will now only come with entirely new apps beyond the initial limit.

Intel officially launches Nehalem-based Xeons

03/30, 4:30pm

Intel Nehalem Xeons

Intel this afternoon finally made its Nehalem-based Xeon processors available to a wider audience. First introduced in the Mac Pro, the single-socket Xeon 3500 (not used by Apple) and the dual-socket Xeon 5500 share the same roots as Core i7 and drop the old northbridge system controller and system bus in favor of a point-to-point architecture known as the QuickPath Interface that talks directly to memory and peripherals. The memory controller is now built-in and can talk to three memory channels, improving bandwidth even as it drops lag.

LG details specs of GD900, adds multi-touch

03/30, 3:55pm

LG outs GD900 specs

First spotted in mid-February at Mobile World Congress, LG's GD900 handset has received more specifications from its maker. The full touchscreen phone is expected to appear at this week's CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas and will feature haptic feedback for its 3-inch touchscreen and signature and unique transparent touchpad. LG also claims the touchpad will support finger-writing recognition rather than needing a stylus.

Netflix to raise Blu-ray pricing by 20 percent

03/30, 3:50pm

Netflix ups Blu-ray prices

Rent-by-mail and online video rental company Netflix on Monday notified its subscribers that it would raise prices by nearly 20 percent for its Blu-ray library. Prices for standard-definition offerings on DVD will remain the same, with the new prices coming into effect on or after April 27th. Subscribers who do not wish to get their fees hiked need to disable the Blu-ray preference on their online accounts, Netflix says.

LG Lotus comes to Sprint in textured red

03/30, 3:40pm

LG Lotus in textured red

Sprint announced on Monday that its version of the LG Lotus handset will soon be offered in a textured red finish at the carrier. The flip-phone sports a full QWERTY keyboard in an unusual, wide design has a and single-click interface that provides users with a shortcut to often accessed features such as texting, e-mail, navigation, and Sprint's TV and music store services.

Sony Blu-ray recorders export TV to Walkman, PSP

03/30, 3:35pm

Sony acTVila BD recorders

Sony Japan has recently announced the upcoming release of a pair of Blu-ray Disc recorders, the 500GB BDZ-A950 and 320GB BDZ-A750. Both support the acTVila video delivery service for digital TVs in Japan, and have the ability to export recorded or downloaded content onto Sony's portable multimedia devices, including the PSP gaming console and Walkman devices. As well, Sony says content recorded from analog broadcasts or other that does not contain copy protection signals can be sent to cellphones.

Nokia 5800 XM firmware adds vidcam, OTA updates

03/30, 3:20pm

XpressMusic 5800 update

Nokia has launched a firmware update on Monday for its 5800 XpressMusic handset that increases the speed of the user interface and Internet downloads. The free update can be downloaded now and also adds an in-device search function and an automatic application updater that checks Nokia's online app store for updates and downloads them on its own.

Huawei 5MP Android phone to hit T-Mobile in summer?

03/30, 3:05pm

Huawei Android on T-Mo Q3

Huawei's first Android phone (pictured is now set to become one of T-Mobile's first non-HTC Android devices, if a leak proves true. A claimed "trusted" source for TmoNews asserts that the touchscreen device is being tested for a summer launch and that it should be a high-end phone with a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm headphone jack for music. However, it isn't yet known to include UMA support for VoIP over T-Mobile's HotSpot Calling service.

Motorola intros MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth headphones

03/30, 2:25pm

Motorola S305 headphones

Motorola has recently introduced its latest set of headphones, the wireless stereoMOTOROKR S305. Like others, they use Bluetooth's A2DP standard for connecting with compatible devices and receiving a stereo signal with controls. The 30mm (nearly 1.2-inch) drivers in each earpod are relatively large and said to deliver a wider music range, with the outside of one of the pod's housing the audio track navigation, volume and call controls.

Dell gives Inspirons color splash design

03/30, 1:25pm

Dell Inspiron Desktop 2009

Dell on mid-Monday launcheed a major update to the look of its Inspiron desktops. The new models have sleeker redesigns and come in 8 solid colors for both slimline and regular mini-tower versions. The Texas PC creator also promises a wide spread between low-cost and mid-range systems ranging from either an AMD Sempron or Intel Celeron starter up to quad-core Phenom X4 and Core 2 Quad chips.

Toshiba to buy out Panasonic stake in LCD venture

03/30, 1:10pm

Toshiba buys Pnsnc. stake

Toshiba is in negotiations to buy out Panasonic's stake of a joint LCD venture, claims the Financial Times. Panasonic currently controls 40 percent of Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology, which produces smaller LCDs used in products like cellphones. The venture has been hit by falling product prices however, and is predicting an operating loss of approximately 30 billion yen ($309.6 million) in the fiscal year ending March 2009.

Epson intros PowerLite 410W classroom projector

03/30, 1:05pm

Epson 410W projector

Epson on Monday announced it will soon add the PowerLite 410W projector to its line-up of classroom projectors, which is due to replace the current 400W (pictured) when it launches. Both short throw, widescreen 3LCD projectors share the same 1280x800 native resolution, filling out the 16:10 aspect ratio of most modern notebooks. Changes from the older model center on a shorter-throw lens that lets the 410W create a 60-inch, 16:10 image from just two feet away. To improve its usefuleness in small classrooms, the projector also gets a wall-mounting option.

Google tempting Chinese surfers with free music

03/30, 11:35am

Google offers free songs

report maintains that compared to Baidu, Google has not offered high quality legal music downloads, which hurt its popularity. Google will share its advertising revenue with the music labels to make downloads legal and keep artists happy. The brand-new service so far offers 350,000 tracks from Chinese and foreign artists, although this is expected to jump to 1.1 million songs over the next few months.

WD dips into SSDs with company takeover

03/30, 11:10am

WD Buys SiliconSystems

Western Digital this morning grabbed an edge against rival Seagate by acquiring flash storage maker SiliconSystems for $65 million. The deal takes effect almost immediately and will set the new division towards producing solid-state drives (SSDs) for its parent. No immediate product plans have been announced, but SiliconSystems currently makes SSDs for notebook-friendly 2.5-inch sizes and smaller, including 1.8-inch and memory card-sized drives.

Sony planning 'big' PS3 news for Tuesday?

03/30, 10:40am

Sony Big PS3 News Rumor

Sony is purportedly on the verge of a major PlayStation 3 announcement for Tuesday, a new rumor suggests. Without directly citing a source, Smarthouse claims a "global" announcement is set for Tuesday. Actual details are equally unclear, though the site infers that it may include a significant price cut on the PS3 or else a cross-platform firmware update with important interface or feature changes.

Acer to ship four CULV notebooks, hurt Apple?

03/30, 10:15am

Acer CULV Plans

Internal sources at Acer have reportedly claimed today that the company is planning four systems based on Intel's CULV platform and could pose a significant threat to Apple. CENS hears that systems will launch as soon as April with 11.6-inch, 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models appearing as part of the early lineup. Their technical details aren't known, though the 13-inch versions would use magnesium alloys to give them strength without impacting weight.

Motorola launches QA4 Evoke touch phone

03/30, 9:10am

Moto QA4 Evoke

Motorola today ended speculation by launching the QA4 Evoke, one of its very few full-touchscreen phones not originally designed for the Asian market and its closest current rival to the iPhone. Pitched as a social networking device, the phone's 2.8-inch display is used as a large view for a full HTML browser, RSS feeds and shortcuts to MySpace and YouTube but becomes a landscape QWERTY keyboard when the phone is tilted on its side. A slide-out number pad streamlines calling.

ASUS makes DVD-equipped Eee PC 1004DN official

03/30, 8:50am

ASUS Eee PC 1004DN

ASUS today quickly added to its new wave of netbooks by launching its long-expected Eee PC 1004DN. The 10-inch system is one of the very few netbooks to have its own, built-in DVD burner and is no longer dependent on either external storage or networks to install software. Despite the addition, the system is only slightly heavier than an average netbook at 3.2 pounds and is 1.3 inches thick at its thickest point.

Skype intros iPhone app, may get video chat

03/30, 8:15am

Skype for iPhone Official

Skype today formally launched both iPhone and future BlackBerry versions of its VoIP calling app. The two editions will both support free calls and chat between fellow Skype users as well as calls to or from real-world numbers at Skype's normal paid rates. The service requires Wi-Fi for its voice functions but will consequently let second-generation or later iPod touch owners make calls using an in-line microphone.

LG Xenon, Neon touch phones hit AT&T

03/30, 12:10am

LG Xenon and Neon for ATT

Rounding out AT&T's phone launches for CTIA are a pair of expected LG touchscreen devices. The Xenon is LG's take on a mainstream touch device with a full QWERTY slider and gets a 2.8-inch, 240x480 LCD for most input in addition to its keyboard. It stands above some mid-range phones with a 2-megapixel camera, 3G over HSPA and assisted GPS defining the rest of its feature set. AT&T delivers the Xenon on the 8th for $100 after linking it to a 2-year plan.

AT&T makes Nokia E71x, Samsung Propel Pro official

03/30, 12:00am

ATT E71x and Propel Pro

AT&T tonight launched a pair of new smartphones to headline its CTIA phone show efforts. The Nokia E71x is one of the first modern Nokia smartphones to reach the carrier subsidized and comes both in a one-off, all-black color scheme and with support for AT&T's own services, including the option of using AT&T Navigator with the GPS instead of Nokia Maps. It continues to sport the 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-Fi of the reference version reviewed here but will be significantly less expensive, selling for $100 on a two-year plan with a rebate.

Samsung brings 1st phone with AMOLED to AT&T

03/30, 12:00am

Samsung Impression

AT&T tonight supported its phone launches with twomid-range Samsung offerings, including what it says is the first-ever US phone to use an AMOLED display. The Impression's 3.2-inch touchscreen uses the organic technology to improve its color accuracy and brightness compared to an LCD; it also adds haptic feedback to simulate physical button presses. A full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes it one of the few non-smartphone devices in the US to get such advanced controls. Samsung further gives the phone a 3-megapixel camera, 3G and a microSDHC slot that handles up to 16GB cards. The Impression is the first to ship of AT&T's CTIA launches and will be ready on April 7th for $200 on contract.

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