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Haptic tech points to rumored Nokia touchscreens

04/09, 10:55pm

Haptic tech in Nokia phone

Nokia is expected to use VibeTonz technology from Immersion in up to three upcoming touchscreen phones, adding evidence to rumors that the devices are set for release sometime this year, according to TheStreet. People familiar with the plan claim that the thin handsets will be available as early as this fall. The lineup might include the touch-only 'Ivalo,' a successor to the N97 but without the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Microsoft offers, skews "Apple Tax" comparison

04/09, 7:15pm

Microsoft skews Apple Tax

Microsoft has expanded its "Apple Tax" marketing campaign with a white paper (PDF) from analyst Roger Kay, although several of the price comparisons appear to be skewed. The company posted a mock up tax return showing the savings of purchasing two Windows systems compared with two Mac systems, suggesting that a family could save over $3,300. The price difference is derived from the initial cost of machines, future upgrades, software and services.

DealNN: bargain priced storage, MacBooks, more

04/09, 6:00pm

DealNN: bargain storage

Today's DealNN deal of the day features the Cavalry CAXM-series 1TB external hard drive. The drive has been reduced from $386 to $114.99 at Buy.com, and until 4/22/09 a mail in rebate offer drops the final price down to $94.99. The 1TB hard drive is enclosed in a durable aluminum chassis that is claimed to offer superior heat dissipation.

Samsung shows Direct Methanol Fuel Cell prototype

04/09, 5:35pm

Samsung DMFC prototype

Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics on Thursday showed off a working prototype of their Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) at the Green Energy Expo. The cell is meant for military use, and is touted to power a soldier's electronic gear for up to 72 hours. The cell weighs 7.7lbs and is rated to provide 1,800Watt-hours of energy. It will be field-tested in 2010, and released for military use later that year if testing is successful.

Samsung Trance coming to Verizon April 24?

04/09, 5:20pm

Trance at Verizon April 24

The Samsung Trance U490 handset is rumored to be released on provider Verizon on April 24th, BGR reported on Thursday. The mid-level slider will have audio specialist Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower hardware and related sound processing software, and will be capable of streaming music to two separate Bluetooth stereo connections simultaneously. The dual-band CDMA phone sports a 2.1-inch, 176x220 display and has a 1.3-megapixel camera. It has just 1GB of internal memory, but can be expanded via a microSD card slot.

Google, Universal team on music video site

04/09, 4:25pm

Google Universal Make Vevo

Google and Universal Music have announced on Thursday that they will cooperate on the release of Vevo, a new music and video entertainment service that will launch later this year. According to a Thursday CNET interview, the YouTube owner and the largest recording company will share all ad revenue, with YouTube handling the technical operation of the website while Universal provides the content.

Virgin set to offer $50 unlimited calling plan

04/09, 3:50pm

Virgin $50 unlimited plan

Virgin Mobile on Thursday announced a new $50 Totally Unlimited Calling plan that would give subscribers unlimited and roaming-free calling throughout the USA. Virgin spokespeople are confirming the move comes in response to similar offers from competitors, including T-Mobile and Boost Mobile. Other contract-free providers, including MetroPCS and Leap, also offer unlimited plans that range from $35 to $50, though they are only offered in certain specific markets.

Qualcomm readying FLO TV iPhone add-on

04/09, 3:45pm

FLO TV iPhone In Works

Qualcomm today revealed that it's developing an add-on that could give several smartphones, including the iPhone, a tuner for FLO TV digital broadcasts. The communications firm's FLO TV head Bill Stone remarks to SAI that iPhone OS 3.0's support for third-party hardware has set Qualcomm to developing an external receiver that could give both the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as other smartphones, access to the over-the-air TV service. When it would ship isn't yet certain, as is whether it would use the Dock Connector or else attach wirelessly.

Foxconn rumored making own e-book reader

04/09, 2:45pm

Foxconn hires e-book staff

Foxconn Electronics, the manufacturer of Amazon's Kindle e-book reader lines, may be planning to develop its own e-book reader. According to a Thursday DigiTimes report pointing to industry sources, Foxconn has recently hired a few software technicians with e-book programming experience. Foxconn has not responded to inquiries regarding the report.

Intel's CULV to soft launch April 20?

04/09, 2:40pm

Intel CULV Apr 20 Launch

Intel is poised to launch its first Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors on April 20th but won't necessarily include shipping hardware, an insider leak would claim. The Inquirer claims that the formal introduction will be a "paper" or soft launch, where the actual products won't be available until sometime after the public debut. When the products would be readily available isn't known, though Acer just recently launched its Timeline ultraportables with a near-term launch in its plans.

Samsung intros frames that double as aux displays

04/09, 1:45pm

Samsung digital frames

Samsung has recently introduced a pair of digital Touch of Color photo frames that can also act as secondary displays via their USB connections with PCs. The 8-inch SPF-87H has a resolution of 800x480 and is just 0.9-inches thick. It has 1GB of internal memory, a built-in battery that is rechargeable via the supplied AC adapter or USB connection and a multicard reader. Other basic features include a clock mode and slideshow feature.

T-Mobile to hold special event April 21st

04/09, 1:40pm

T-Mobile Event April 21st

T-Mobile at mid-day announced a special event for April 21st in New York City. The company provides no other details and, unlike previous invitations, doesn't hint as to the general direction of the gathering. The last event held by the company in this manner was in September of last year, when the company introduced the G1 as the world's first Android phone.

Sony confirms talks with YouTube on full movies

04/09, 1:00pm

Sony confirms Google talks

Sony has confirmed this week's earlier rumors that it is engaged in talks with YouTube on posting full-length movies on the free video service site, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. If the deal goes through, it would see the first major US studio to do so on a large scale, and the full-length films would be offered for viewing for free, likely supported by ad sales in the stream.

Nintendo trumpets high DSi sales, denies price cuts

04/09, 12:40pm

Nintendo on DSi sales

The DSi gaming handheld has done very well in its post-Japanese launches, Nintendo claims. Despite having debuted in Europe and the US on April 5th, a Sunday, some 300,000 DSis were sold in the two regions during the first two days of availability. Nintendo has also revealed some of the non-gaming apps coming to the platform, which should include tour guides, museum maps and a coupon recorder.

Hitachi outs 11 HDTVs, including 1.4in thick LCDs

04/09, 11:55am

Hitachi ultra-thin HDTVs

Hitachi Japan recently announced the upcoming release of no less than 11 new HDTV models in two series, including four LCDs in the Wooo UT800 series as well as four plasmas and three LCDs in the Wooo 03 range. The ultra-thin UT800 LCDs are all about 1.4 inches thick and all sport 1080p resolutions. Their thin profile is achieved thanks to the use of Ultra Wideband wireless tuner boxes, called Wooo Stations, that sit away from the HDTVs. Apart from dual tuners, the Wooo Stations also house a 250GB hard disk drive, an iVDR-S slot for removable DVR recordings and an SDHC memory card slot. They are available in 32-, 37-, 42- and 47-inch sizes.

Bluetooth 3.0 spec to have Wi-Fi speeds

04/09, 11:30am

Bluetooth 3 Spec In Weeks

The Bluetooth SIG today provided early details of the Bluetooth 3.0 spec ahead of a full formal launch. The new format should provide a jump in bandwidth that gives it speed roughly equivalent to common Wi-Fi, or several times the 3Mbps speed of Bluetooth 2.0. Transfers will be quick enough to let songs arrive "within seconds," according to the group. It will also serve as a unique way of establishing one-on-one Wi-Fi connnections: a hand-off mode will use Bluetooth to auto-discover other nearby devices and switch to a direct Wi-Fi link as long as both devices have Wi-Fi as an option.

Verizon picks up HTC Touch Diamond

04/09, 10:50am

HTC Touch Diamond at VZW

Verizon on Thursday became one of the later carriers to pick up the HTC Touch Diamond. The new version has a slightly customized TouchFLO interface but also brings support for the carrier's Visual Voice Mail and using its VZ Navigator service with the built-in GPS mapping. It continues to draw on the same 640x480 touchscreen, 3G and Wi-Fi as the stock CDMA version already in use at Bell, Sprint and Telus in North America.

Dell XPS 625 and 630 get liquid-cooling option

04/09, 10:20am

Dell XPS 630 Liquid Cooled

Dell today extended its more exotic cooling options to the XPS 625 and XPS 630. The two now have the option of replacing their fan-based cooling with an Asetek liquid cooling system that reduces the noise of the system while simultaneously increasing the possibilities for overclocking the main processor. Choosing the option is deemed particularly useful for all of the XPS 625 line as well as custom-ordered versions of the 630, as both AMD's Black Edition chips and Intel's Core 2 Extreme are unlocked and allow easier speed boosts out of the factory.

Plantronics teaser site shows stylish BT headset

04/09, 10:05am

Plantronics teaser site

Bluetooth headset maker Plantronics has put up a teaser web page that features close-cropped, high-resolution photos of an unannounced Bluetooth headset from the company. There is purposely no specific information on the device, but Plantronics did include some details as to its manufacturing process. The site is apparently updated with new photos roughly two times per week. A release date for the headset is likewise unknown, and neither is its price, but judging from the attention to detail visible in the photos, it will likely be a premium offering.

France rebuffs 3-strike anti-piracy law

04/09, 9:55am

France Rebuffs Piracy Law

France's National Assembly on Thursday voted down a proposed law that would have required Internet providers cut off subscribers after three detected instances of pirating music or videos. The decision was made through an unusual 21-15 vote after the majority of the Assembly's 577 representatives avoided the session. The French administration hasn't commented on the rejection other than to say a modified version is due within a few weeks.

Moxi DVR gets media streaming, web video

04/09, 9:05am

Moxi DVR Media Streaming

Digeo on Thursday rolled out an update to its Moxi HD DVR that significantly expands its role as a media hub. The new version adds DLNA support to stream music, photos and videos from nearby PCs and other devices on the local network, such as PlayStation 3s. It also takes advantage of new paid software from PlayOn that will push web video from Hulu, Netflix and other sites from a PC to the Moxi without needing to visit the web.

LG sells 2m Cookie touch phones in 5 months

04/09, 8:25am

LG Sells 2m Cookie Phones

LG touched a milestone today by revealing that it has sold 2 million of its Cookie touchscreen phones in the 5 months since the phone launched last October. The majority, or 1.2 million of these, were sold in Europe; 600,000 of these were sold in most of Asia and South America. LG also trumpets that the Cookie is the best-selling phone in Korea and has sold 100,000 of the handset in its home country, with as many as 4,500 trading hands in a single day.

Apple makes mystery 100m flash chip order

04/09, 7:45am

Apple 100m Flash Order

Apple is causing a supply crunch due to a large, mystery order for NAND flash memory, leaks from "downstream suppliers" say. DigiTimes hears that the company has placed an order for 100 million 8Gb (1GB) chips from Samsung and is reportedly spurring a supply shortage. Combined with orders from Nokia and Sony, the demand may leave little for other customers until "at least" the end of May.

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