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BlueAnt Wireless has announced its newest Bluetooth headset, the voice controlled BlueAnt Q1. Previously introduced at CES in January, the device offers dual microphones for noise reduction, and contains multipoint support to connect two mobile phones at the same time. Containing some features found in the company's V1 headset, users can control the Q1 with their voice using the BlueGenie Natural Voice Interface. This enables them to make commands such as volume adjustment simply by saying "volume up" or "volume down."
NVIDIA at CTIA demonstrated its Tegra all-in-one chips for mobile Internet devices (MIDs), smartphones and other portable electronics. The ARM-based components integrate a CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge, primary memory and various input/output arrangements into a single chip. The company claims the technology is capable of 1080p output via HDMI, while consuming only a half watt of power to process the HD video.
Electronista at CTIA took a closer look at the new HTC Snap, an entry-level smartphone with an exposed QWERTY keyboard. The device offers a relatively small and thin form factor compared with similar products, while contoured surfaces further contribute to a comfortable grip. The compact dimensions appear to squeeze the keyboard, although a person with smaller fingers should not have a problem typing effectively.
Kerio has released WinRoute Firewall 6.6, adding a VPN client supporting Windows, Mac 0S X and Linux connectivity. The company says its customers have increasingly asked for cross-platform support, as mobile users switch to Mac and Linux machines. Kerio says the VPN software was completely rewritten, with a Mac client "fully integrated" with OS X.
LG's booth at this year's CTIA expo may center on devices that were already announced at Mobile World Congress, but it's still one of the most interesting areas on the entire show floor. Most of this can be attributed to the 2009 phones using the Korean cellphone maker's S-Class 3D interface: although we still see room for improvement in certain scrolling features and in giving users a good frame of reference for their options, the touchscreen UI is surprisingly intuitive and easy to understand. Notably, each phone equipped this way also had a capacitive touchscreen that meant gentle flicks and taps could work; they behave much more like the iPhone and could be one of the few mainstream alternatives to Apple's handset.
Jabra has unveiled its newest Bluetooth device, the SP200, its latest speakerphone. Building off the Jabra SP700, the SP200 is designed to attach to a car visor and provide hands-free talking. The devices comes with noise reduction and echo cancellation technology, is capable of offering up to 10 hours of talk time, and has a standby time of roughly 23 days. Auto-pairing also makes using multiple devices relatively seamless.
RIM at CTIA has been showing a pair of largely unknown in-house accessories for BlackBerry phones and gave Electronista a look at two of them. The company's unnamed in-car Bluetooth speakerphone (pictured) has a unique design resembling the BlackBerry Pearl and is meant as a companion piece for both music and phone controls: while it has specific buttons for music and routes stereo sound over Bluetooth, its "screen" serves as an all-encompassing button that lets users voice dial and answer incoming calls. It also has an unusually long 13-hour battery life that RIM says is enough for most people to only recharge the speakerphone's built-in battery once a month.
Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), which is in bankruptcy protection, has agreed to sell its business to Rackable Systems Inc. for $25 million, unless it receives a higher bid from elsewhere. Rackable makes servers and data-center storage products and would take on certain liabilities and debts associated with SGI, the WSJ reported on Wednesday. The offering represents a 15 percent premium on SGI shares as of their closing on Tuesday.
A demo of Palm's webOS platform has revealed that the mobile software should include legacy support for PalmOS apps. Once thought to be completely cutting off the older software, Palm has now shown PreCentral a version of webOS which includes a "Classic" icon in the app launcher. A company spokesman discouraged running the shell but has promised that Palm would 'talk about that later,' possibly hinting at an update promised sometime today at the Web 2.0 Expo.
Sierra Wireless has announced that its USB 598 modem is now available for use on the Verizon Wireless network, as it has passed through the provider's open development program. The 598 is said to be the smallest available modem that taps into Verizon's EVDO Rev. A network, for download speeds up to 3.1Mbps, and upload speeds as fast as 1.8Mbps.
RIM and software developer Quickplay Media today revealed details of a new video service specifically tailored towards BlackBerries. PrimeTime2Go will let owners of the Bold and Curve 8900 have subscription-based downloads of major network TV shows, such as The Office, that are cached for offline use on a given handset's memory card. The service depends on Wi-Fi both to avoid bottlenecking carriers and to improve download speeds.
ViewSonic on Wednesday announced the release of its VT2230 LCD TV, which offers 16:9 resolutions up to 1080p, on a panel measuring 22 inches. The display is meant for use in locations where a larger set would not physically fit, such as kitchens, dens or small bedrooms. The TV achieves a 5ms response time, with 300cd/m2 brightness.
Demonstrating at the CTIA Wireless expo, HTC has introduced the Snap, a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone with a BlackBerry-like exterior. Unique to the phone is the Inner Circle feature, involving a dedicated key which serves as a shortcut to e-mail messages from a group of pre-selected contacts. Filtered messages are brought to the top of the phone's inbox. The Snap's 2.4-inch, 320x240 display does not have touch functionality, instead necessitating a trackball to control the TouchFLO 3D interface.
Kyocera at CTIA today announced a pair of new CDMA handsets for North America with the G2GO ("Good-to-Go") M2000 and Laylo M1400. The former is the company's third-generation QWERTY-equipped handset that comes in a horizontally-sliding form factor, while the latter is a more common vertical slider with a regular keypad. The G2GO M2000 is meant for heavy text- and instant-messaging uses and is due to replace the Lingo M1000 handset. The phone has Bluetooth support and a 1.3-megapixel camera and has dedicated keys for zooming into and out of and editing photos. An accelerometer switches the orientation of the 2.4-inch 240x320 display as needed.
Verizon executives at CTIA provided additional details regarding the upcoming 4G LTE network, along with a cross-carrier platform known as JILL. Despite the company pushing to get the next-generation technology rolled out before competitors, Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg does not expect the transition to require a significantly higher amount of capital. He claimed the upgrades were "not that expensive," as the company plans to shift investments from the current EV-DO standard to cover a large portion of the 4G conversion.
TomTom announced on Wednesday that its first Internet-connected navigation device, the 4.3-inch touchscreen GO 740 LIVE, is now available in the US. The device can deliver real-time traffic information that includes accident reporting and road closures, fuel prices, weather information and a Local Search powered by Google that lets users find local businesses and shops. In addition, the device uses TomTom's IQ Routes technology that uses historical data collected from other TomTom users to gauge more realistic transit times, taking into account traffic patterns at different times of the day, traffic lights and more. When a problem is detected, the unit automatically offers users an alternate route.
At the CTIA show in Vegas that kicked off today, MSI is showing off its new Wind U123 netbook along with a pair of new X-series Ultra-Slim notebooks and has released the specs and pricing information for its portable PCs. The new 10.2-inch Wind model is powered by Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 CPU and is the first Wind netbook to offer a 3G data network module and a TV Tuner. For security, the netbook will have MSI's EasyFace software that will read a user's facial features via its 1.3-megapixel camera before granting access. Another first in the Wind range is the U123's availability in a range of colors, adding blue and red in addition to white and gray.
Samsung on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of the affordable 650W HT-AS730 5.1-channel home theater sound system which features 1080p video pass-through support. The system can be quickly upgraded to a 7.1-channel system with the purchase of two new speakers. The system is also easy to setup, thanks to Samsung's Auto Sound Calibration that includes a microphone to gauge a room's dimensions and speaker orientation. The Smart Volume function also keeps volume at a consistent, pre-set level despite the volume of the source, preventing surprises when switching channels or sources. There is also an integrated iPod and iPhone dock.
Zer01 Communications has announced it will be displaying its Zer01 Mobile unlimited voice and data mobile plan at the CTIA Wireless 2009 convention in Las Vegas (booth #6363). The new internet pre-paid plan requires no contracts or commitments to sign up and is being offered to mobile users at $70 a month. According to CEO Ben Piilani, Zer01 Mobile uses Veritable Mobile Convergence (VMC) technology from the Unified Technologies Group, that enables data transmitting and voice communications through a VoIP system and onto a virtual private network that accesses the internet.
Firefox 3 has overtaken Internet Explorer 7 in Europe according to data from StatCounter. Although IE still leads when counting all versions (IE 8IE7/IE6), the current Mozilla-based Firefox usage has surpassed IE 7 by a percentage point. Ars Technica has reported that IE 8, released two weeks ago, has pulled over two percent of IE 7 users from its ranks, dropping it beneath Firefox.
Electronics maker Jabra, presenting at the CTIA Wireless show, has unveiled the HALO Bluetooth headset, which provides A2DP stereo support. The minimalist headset also has a 3.5mm audio jack for use with devices without Bluetooth transmitters, and noise cancelation managed through a combination of dual microphones and Jabra's Noise Blackout technology.
ZAGG has updated its Z.buds in-ear headphones, now offering a version without an integrated microphone. First introduced earlier this year at CES, the new headphone set features the same nylon cord that is designed to reduce instances of tangling and knotting. For the first time, buyers can opt for a pair of Z.buds without the inline microphone and its control button, which also lowers the price of entry.
The Android platform for mobile phones, developed by Google, may soon be used in netbooks, with HP confirming interest and ASUS and Dell rumored to be developing devices as well, says the Wall Street Journal. HP says its engineers are testing the technology, but the decision has not yet been made to go ahead with the plan. The free open-source software could drop the prices of netbooks, which are entry-level devices with low margins that make ultra-low price points hard to achieve. Taiwan's ASUS has said it is considering Android-powered netbooks; Dell may be more likely to develop Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) with the software, but neither company has elaborated on statements.
Research in Motion (RIM) has used the opening of the CTIA conference to launch the BlackBerry App World, accessible via BlackBerry handsets. Users in the US, UK and Canada must have the v4.2 operating system loaded, but can then download free and paid apps made for their specific BlackBerry model, via Wi-Fi or cellular connections.
Celio is investigating a version of its Redfly mobile companions for the iPhone, a company representative has told Electronista at an event ahead of CTIA. While no definitive support has been planned, the device maker says it has already been experimenting with drivers that would let a connected iPhone use a Redfly's larger screen and keyboard. It's not certain whether this would include every feature or whether it would connect through Bluetooth, USB, or both.
(Updated with pricing information) Sprint and Samsung Mobile on Tuesday evening announced the much-rumored Samsung Instinct s30, a thinner, more streamlined successor to the Samsung Instinct touchscreen phone that debuted last summer. The updated Instinct s30 offers full touchscreen functionality, broadband speeds using Sprint's 3G network, and services such as built-in instant messaging, improved Web-browsing using either the default browser or Opera Mini 4.2, and new games such as "Guitar HeroŽ - World Tour" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" preloaded. The Instinct s30, available in two color options -- Cobalt blue or Copper, also includes quick access to corporate calendar functionality via Microsoft Outlook, while Sprint Mobile Email Work provides access to corporate email, contacts, and calendar from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003/2007 or IBM Lotus Domino accounts at no additional charge.
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