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HP has begun shipping its Pavillion dv2 notebooks that were announced at CES in January. The dv2 is set to content against ultra-thin products such as the MacBook Air, with a profile measuring just under an inch thick. The notebook features a magnesium-aluminum alloy case and a 12.1-inch LED BrightView display. An AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor runs at 1.6GHz and is designed to optimize power consumption, while the company was able to integrate standard hard drives and still keep the weight below four pounds.
HTC plans to enter the feature-phone market in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Chinese news outlet Commercial Times. If true, the company is expanding its line of handsets past the current offerings that are limited to smartphones. The phone will be based on Qualcomm's BREW Mobile Platform (BREW MP) and should offer a variety of applications for multimedia services, along with Internet capabilities.
The NPD research group found that 87 percent of digital music buyers in the US last year used iTunes to download music, while 16 percent used Amazon's MP3 store, with some evident crossover among them. NPD's music tracking service performed the study which shows the store growing significantly faster than other iTunes competitors have in the past.
Samsung in its home market of Korea unveiled the SyncMaster 70 Series of LCD monitors, made up of 20- and 23-inch models. Each is made with an emphasis on environmental friendliness, and are said to use up one third less energy than Samsung's regular LCD panels of the same size. Featuring the company's Touch of Color design, the only hard specs known at this time include a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1 and a 2ms panel response time.
Basic specs of three upcoming BlackBerry handsets only known by their codenames have been leaked out by an unnamed source. A weekend BGR
A new leak today hints that RIM is planning a second BlackBerry Storm that would not only address one of the original's key flaws. Reportedly, a "very close" source tells SlashGear that a direct sequel is planned which would add Wi-Fi to the existing 3G. Other improvements are hinted at but haven't been mentioned by the tipster.
IBM on Sunday pulled its $7 billion offer for Sun Microsystems, three people close to the talks indicated, the New York Times claimed on Sunday. The withdrawal came one day after Sun's board members rejected a much lower offer during negotiations, believed to be near $6 billion. IBM's intention to buy Sun was first heard of in mid-March, with a final decision that was expected by today. The $7 billion offer was much higher than the value of Sun's shares, and the deal's dissolution raises questions about the future of the computer workstation and server manufacturer.
The replacement for the Archos 105 will soon be available, as the personal multimedia player, the Archos 2, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. According to the listing, the device will be available in black and white and sport an iPod-like chrome rear panel. Compared to the Archos 105, the new device from the French company will have much more capacity, at 8GB and 16GB, but use the same 1.8-inch screen.
Apple's tendencies for tight control of its products ultimately drove U2 to abandon the company for sponsorship in favor of Research in Motion's BlackBerries, the music group's frontman Bono is now known to have said. In a recent conversation with Toronto DJ Alan Cross that was mentioned to the Globe and Mail, the artist revealed that U2 had approached Apple for designing products but had been rejected, leading the band to switch to RIM when it became clear it could have a more direct hand in final products.
Yahoo today unveiled a reworked, public beta version of Yahoo Music that significantly changes the company's philosophy on content. The new version serves as a central hub for third-party music services and will let users buy songs from a number of sources, including Amazon and iTunes. It likewise collects Internet radio streams from Last.fm and Pandora as well as music videos on YouTube.
Portable GPS unit maker Magellan at the CTIA show last week quietly showed off three new RoadMate devices with new features that were carried over from the flagship Maestro series. One of them, the 4.7-inch Magellan RoadMate 1470, is already available for purchase online at Amazon. This particular unit includes the company's OneTouch interface that provides shortcuts to favorite features and allows users to search for points of interest from the main display and not have to dig for them inside sub-menus.
The Linux-based FreeRunner phone is no more, according to OpenMoko's executive director. Sean Moss-Pulz made the announcement at this week's OpenExpo in Switzerland, saying that focus will be redirected towards a non-smartphone device, being developed under the codename Plan B. Simultaneously affected are half of the company's workers, whose are losing their jobs so that OpenMoko can survive as a company.
Gaming titles from Sega Sammy and Capcom are being credited for boosting sales of Sony's PS3 gaming console beyond those of Nintendo's Wii for the first time in 16 months in the companies' home market of Japan. The conclusion came from Japanese magazine Enterbrain, which announced on Monday that sales in Japan for the PS3 in a five-week period ending on March 29th totaled 146,948, nearly 48 percent higher than rival Nintendo's 99,335 sales of the Wii system and more than three times more examples than the 43,172 Microsoft Xbox 360 units that traded hands.
A new Dell roadmap leaked this weekend has at least partly confirmed plans by Dell to introduce one of the first systems based on Intel's CULV platform. Slotting in between netbooks and regular notebooks, the Inspiron Mini 11 discovered by NetbookNews would have an 11.6-inch display as well as "laptop like" performance and input, but in a design that would remain thin and light. It would also use Windows Vista and could potentially replace the Mini 12 as a result.
FON on Thursday held a small, informal demonstration of its Fonera 2.0/La Fonera+ router in Paris, announcing in will be made available in Europe on April 21st, with other markets that include the USA, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan being added in May. Compared to the original La Fonera, the new Wi-Fi router adds an extra LAN port that allows users to connect a wired device. The new device also can share 3G data network access as a Wi-Fi connection and users can set how much of their own bandwidth they want to share with other FON members.
HTC warned on Monday that its finances had been significantly hurt in the first quarter of 2009, which ended in March. The company said its profit dropped 30 percent year-over-year from the equivalent of $210 million in early 2008 to $148 million this year. It also fell short of its expected total revenue and generated about $954 million where it had expected $997 million.
LG today bolstered its LCD line with a new set of computer displays built both for eco-friendliness and movie-watching. The W53 SMART line replaces the W52 and now has an automatic brightness mode that will power down the backlight in a dark environment or turn it up in daylight. The move both cuts back on power use and reduces eyestrain in less than ideal viewing areas.
Taiwanese notebook, monitor and digital media center maker Compal Communications is reported to be developing Android platform-based netbooks, maintains a Monday Digitimes report. The website references China's daily newspaper, the Commercial Times, as the source of the rumored news. Compal is also apparently involved in talks with several unnamed notebook sellers to help with the distribution of the upcoming product.
Google's video site YouTube is in discussions with Sony Pictures to carry the latter's full movies, a leak hints. Without mentioning sources, CNET asserts that YouTube hopes for a license to play the movies on its site. Most of the terms of the deal aren't specified, though expectations would likely see YouTube pressing for free, ad-sponsored versions of the movies. Neither company has agreed to comment on the slip.
T-Mobile intends to use Google's Android not just as a phone OS for its upcoming G2 but also in general computing devices, according to multiple sources. The New York Times this morning claims to have obtained documents which show both a home phone and a tablet computer in line for early 2010. It's not specified which companies would make either device, though the home phone would have a dock and a second charge-plus-sync peripheral.
Nokia on Monday morning said it had started shipping the E75. As touched on with our hands-on from last week, the phone is effectively a slider version of the E71 and includes a lateral QWERTY keyboard and an accompanying landscape mode for the display. It also gets a refined messaging client that simplifies e-mail setup and unifies those with SMS and other messages. The 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G over HSPA, GPS and Wi-Fi all translate from the E75's fixed-design predecessor.
Nikon could make a dramatic change with its starter digital SLRs as early as next week, a collection of rumors may have confirmed. An image from a Something Awful forum member shows what's purported to be a Nikon commercial shoot for an unannounced camera. The photo shows what appears to be a swiveling LCD, which would be a first for any Nikon pro camera; it also appears to show a small unit and carries badging that suggests the D5000 name is accurate.
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