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Samsung delivers WiMAX device to US with Mondi

03/31, 9:30pm

Samsung Mondi WiMAX device

Samsung Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Mondi, its first mobile WiMAX-enabled handheld device in the U.S. The touchscreen Mondi. Designed for use with the Clear mobile WiMAX service, the slider-based Windows Mobile device offers GPS Navigation (provided by Route 66), a full QWERTY keyboard, the full Opera 9.5 browser, a 3.0 megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, and a 4.3-inch touch-enabled screen. The Mondi offers location-based services, instant access to social networking websites, and support for multiple video and audio player formats.

CULVs boom as HP readying to out 13.3" notebooks

03/31, 9:00pm

HP to out CULV notebooks

HP is expected to introduce a few 13.3-inch notebooks equipped with Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors in the second quarter, industry sources indicate, according to a Tuesday DigiTimes report. The most likely suppliers of the low-voltage chips to HP will be Quanta or Compal, or both, as they are the main manufacturers of CULV chips. Acer has similar plans for 13.3-inch CULV processors, though it has not narrowed down its supplier. An 11.6-inch Acer notebook with a CULV CPU is due out in April, with Quanta supplying the processor.

MonoPrice offers Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter

03/31, 8:45pm

MonoPrice Mini DP-to-HDMI

MonoPrice is now offering a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter for frustrated MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air owners looking to connect external displays such as HDCP-compliant LCD and plasma TVs to their notebooks. Available in single quantities or in bulk, the adapter will begin shipping on April 3rd, with prices ranging from $14 to $12 based on quantity ordered.

Novatel intros Ovation MC935D USB data modem

03/31, 8:20pm

Novatel Ovation USB modem

Novatel Wireless on Tuesday announced it will soon release the Ovation MC935D USB modem that uses HSPA mobile broadband networks for Internet and data access. The MC935D is designed for European networks with its single-band 2,100MHz support, allowing for peak download speeds of 7.2Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps. EDGE/GPRS networks are also supported for global data access.

Samsung Instinct S30 confirmed as coming to Sprint

03/31, 8:10pm

Sprint Instinct S30 coming

The Instinct Mini will be known as the Instinct S30 when it arrives as a Sprint device in North America, Samsung announced in Korea on Tuesday. The Instinct successor sports the same-sized 3.2-inch touchscreen as the original and, as expected, will make its official debut at the CTIA wireless show which kicks off in Las Vegas on Wednesday. No other official hardware specs are known about the phone, though it does look rounder than the model it is expected to eventually replace.

Samsung Finesse available at MetroPCS

03/31, 8:00pm

Finesse at MetroPCS

Samsung's Finesse handset is now available for purchase on the MetroPCS website. The smartphone is the carrier's second-most expensive handset behind the BlackBerry Curve 8330 in red and is basically a re-branded version of the Samsung Delve offered by Alltel. While it resembles the Instinct, it lacks the touch buttons for call and menu functions.

Slim Acer Aspire One D250 makes European debut

03/31, 5:35pm

Aspire One D250 Euro debut

The first market the Aspire One D250 will likely be available in is Europe, as the system now has its own product page on Acer's European website. The 10.1-inch netbook was first spotted in February, and passed through the FCC earlier this month. The page reveals official specs for the sub-2.5lb, one-inch thick netbook, which uses Atom N270 or N280 processors and supports 3G broadband. Standard RAM is 2GB, while permanent storage consists of a 160GB hard drive preloaded with Windows XP Home.

Ericsson's 56Mbps HSPA+ speed breaks world record

03/31, 4:10pm

Ericsson shows 56Mbps HSPA

Ericsson announced on Tuesday that it will demonstrate HSPA data speeds as fast as 56Mbps at the CTIA Wireless convention, which kicks off on Wednesday. The speeds should double those of 28Mbps-capable networks launching in North America, Germany and Italy. At Mobile World Congress in February, Ericsson successfully demonstrated speeds in a similar network operating at a peak of 42Mbps. The next step in the evolution of the HSPA technology, dubbed HSPA+, involves the use of a combination of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) and multi-carrier HSPA technology.

Genius debuts new noise-cancellation headphones

03/31, 3:55pm

Genius headphones ship

Genius has released a new pair of noise-cancellation headphones, the GHP-04NCs. Inverted signals are used to cancel out background sound. The headphones are additionally equipped with a 40mm bass driver, plus leather earpads, a soft headband sponge, and swiveling earcups.

OCZ outs do-it-yourself Neutrino netbook

03/31, 12:25pm

OCZ outs Neutrino netbook

OCZ has officially announced its 10.1-inch Neutrino netbook, first shown during CeBIT at the beginning of March. Part of the company's Do-It-Yourself (DIY) line-up, the computer can be upgraded by users without voiding the warranty. The Neutrino weighs just under 2.9lbs, and by default sports a 1024x600, LED-backlit screen, though it can be upgraded to a 1600x1200 display. Processing power comes from a 1.6GHz Atom CPU.

Sony PS2 console to drop to $100 on April 1st

03/31, 12:00pm

PS2 reduced to $100

Sony's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has officially announced that the PlayStation 2 gaming console will begin selling for $99.99 starting tomorrow, April 1st. This represents a $30 price drop from the current price, roughly 23 percent, and may be the source of rumors of a PS3 price cut. Sony has consistently denied any PS3 reductions.

Canon developing pro-level video camera?

03/31, 11:05am

Canon pro-level video cam

Canon is working on a high-end, professional HD video camera using the company's 1x APS-C CMOS sensor, CanonRumors claims. The rumored and unnamed camera is said to have a 12.1-megapixel sensor capable of shooting at 120 frames per second, but artificially limited to 60fps. The camera's look should be close to the current H1, and include an EOS lens mount along with full manual controls.

Apple, Philips rise in Greenpeace green rankings

03/31, 10:35am

Greenpeace shifts rankings

Several companies have shifted positions within Greenpeace's quarterly tech industry rankings, the latest report from the environmental group states. One of the notable increases in rank belongs Apple, which has risen four spots in the list to reach 10th place. All of the company's major products, barring power cords, are now claimed to be free of PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs); Greenpeace criticizes the company, however, for using "unreasonably high" threshold limits in counting products as free of the chemicals.

Olympus premieres entry-level E-450 DSLR

03/31, 9:30am

Olympus E-450 revealed

Camera builder Olympus has announced the E-450, its newest entry-level DSLR. The camera is a replacement for the earlier E-420, and sports a 10-megapixel sensor, combined with a TruePic III+ image processor. Light sensitivity ranges only from ISO 100 to 1600, while shooting speed is limited to 3.5fps, supplemented by a buffer capable of holding just eight RAW images; the camera does however benefit from an improved Live View mode, with contrast and phase difference detection autofocus. The mode has also been given face detection and shadow compensation abilities.

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