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Genius launches HD Camcorder at $150 price

04/27, 8:45pm

Genius HD Cam Ships

Genius has announced its G-Shot HD520, a pocket-sized HD digital video camera it hopes will break price barriers for the class. The six-ounce camera features a 2.4-inch screen, records 11-megapixel stills and records in 5-megapixel MPEG 4/H.264 video that produces a 720p picture. The HD520 has some features reserved for higher-end cameras, such as facial detection and image stabilization, and its LCD screen rotates through 270 degrees.

Sonnet announces R400P four-drive 1U RAID rackmount

04/27, 6:20pm

Sonnet launches R400P

Sonnet has released the Fusion R400P, a four-drive RAID SATA rackmount storage system. The system supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD and arrives in a 1U rackmount enclosure. It is available in configurations from driveless to 6TB and has an eSATA single-cable port. The new unit is based on Sonnet's Fusion R400Q series and can reach speeds of 220MB/sec in a RAID 0 configuration.

Amazon buys creator of Stanza iPhone app

04/27, 4:45pm

Amazon Buys Stanza Maker

Lexcycle this afternoon said it had been bought out by Amazon. The deal puts the creator of the popular Stanza e-book app for iPhones under the wing of the creator of the Kindle reader but otherwise isn't expanded upon by either company, including the intent for future products or the financial terms of the takeover. Lexcycle vows that Stanza won't lose functionality for the book services it already offers, some of which are paid stores that compete with the Kindle bookstore.

VholdR intros first wearable HD camcorder

04/27, 4:25pm

VholdR intros HD camcorder

Seattle-based VholdR recently introduced the first wearable HD camcorder in the industry with the ContourHD. Aimed at individuals who are into extreme sports or other sports activities where users want to record their point of view but do not have a free hand to hold a camera, the water-resistant ContourHD can be attached to goggles or a helmet and shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second or standard-definition video at 60fps.

Belkin outs CushDesk notebook lap stand

04/27, 4:20pm

Belkin CushDesk

Belkin today quietly released the CushDesk as its solution for notebook owners who want a cooler and more stable surface on their systems. The simple accessory has a hard surface capable of supporting most 17-inch or smaller notebooks and a soft underside that both distances heat from the owner's legs and has enough give to remain comfortable. It also gets a tapered design that angles the notebook up slightly for a more natural viewing angle on a couch or bed.

Sony intros noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones

04/27, 4:10pm

Sony BT headphones

Sony Europe on Monday announced the upcoming release of two sets of Bluetooth 2.1 headphones with Sony's cVc echo and noise cancellation software, the DR-BT100CX in-ear earbuds and headband DR-BT101. Both can handle phone calls thanks to a built-in microphone and call answer controls as well. The earbuds use 9mm Neodymium drivers while the latter sport a 30mm speaker made of the same material. Integrated music controls include volume adjustment and track forward and back buttons.

Kingston's USB DataTraveler now Mac compatible

04/27, 3:55pm

Kingston DataTraveler Mac

Computer memory maker Kingston has introduced a Mac OS X-compatible version of its DataTraveler Vault -- Privacy Edition (DTVP) USB flash drive on Monday. The drive is labeled ultra-secure thanks to 256-Bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware encrypted, and will lock down after 10 unsuccessful logins, requiring a reformat to be usable again. All DTVP drives are made of aluminum and waterproof in depths of up to 4 feet.

ZTE prepping 4G smartphones for MetroPCS

04/27, 3:45pm

ZTE 4G MetroPCS Phone

MetroPCS COO Tom Keys today said it has tapped China's ZTE to make smartphones for its upcoming 4G cell network. While not revealing the full scope of the lineup, Keys tells Forbes that one of these will include a large screen and an "HTML-compatible" browser to take advantage of the faster Internet access. Whether or not the phone would involve a touchscreen isn't mentioned.

IBM's Watson to challenge humans on Jeopardy

04/27, 3:25pm

IBM Watson on Jeopardy

Computer component and system maker IBM on Monday said its Question Answering system, codenamed Watson, will make an appearance on the Jeopardy TV game show and compete with human contestants. Watson has been in development for nearly two years, and its creators believe the computer will have the precision and speed necessary to challenge the brightest humans contestants. Watson will not have access to the Internet, but instead rely on what IBM calls massively parallel analytical capabilities.

Hynix readies fast, 1Gb smartphone memory

04/27, 3:20pm

Hynix 1Gb 54nm Mobile RAM

Hynix today revealed that it has produced the first 1-gigabit (256MB) mobile DDR2 memory based on a 54 nanometer manufacturing process. Shrinking the chip design has let the company simultaneously raise its maximum clock speed up to 1,066MHz -- the same as desktop memory -- but also to drastically reduce the power versus earlier mobile RAM. The denser memory consumes about half as much power as earlier mobile DDR2 and just 30 percent that of full-fledged desktop memory.

Seagate Replica mirrors Time Machine for Windows

04/27, 2:40pm

Seagate Replica

Seagate started its week today by launching a device which comes closest to replicating the behavior of Apple's Time Machine backup for Windows PCs. The Replica performs an automatic, continuous backup of an entire Windows system and lets users either restore all their third-party apps and documents after a crash or else return individual files that might have been deleted or lost. The drive maker promises a simple process where the drive will auto-install and configure itself over USB.

Apple hires former ATI graphics chip designer

04/27, 2:05pm

Apple Hires ATI CTO

Apple has quietly signaled a new emphasis on graphics by hiring an influential graphics chipset designer from AMD. The former CTO for the company's ATI graphics product group, Bob Drebin, has indicated on his LinkedIn profile that he is now a Senior Director for an unnamed group within Apple. What products he covers are unknown, though in addition to leading GPU engineering at ATI since 2000, he also spent significant time developing products at Silicon Graphics and, during a 2-year span at ArtX, helped create the "Flipper" GPU that formed the heart of the Nintendo GameCube.

EU adds 20 years to music copyrights, considers film

04/27, 1:10pm

EU extends music copyright

Last week, the European Parliament has extended music copyrights from 50 to 70 years, just in time to keep early rock-and-roll songs out of the public domain, according to a Monday Ars Technica report. The move will allow bands such as the Beatles and some 1950s bands to avoid having songs fall into the public domain. At the same time, Parliament asked the European Commission to launch an assessment of movie copyrights by January 2010, which could see their copyrights extended as well.

Pirate Bay defendants move for retrial

04/27, 12:55pm

Pirate Bay retrial motion

Taking action on earlier accusations, lawyers for The Pirate Bay have submitted a petition for a retrial, according to Reuters. Four of the people behind the website were each sentenced to a year in prison on April 17th, as well as paying $3.6 million in compensation to copyright holders. The judge for the case was unfairly biased however, claims Pirate Bay laywer Per Samuelson.

Samsung T349 coming to T-Mobile late in May

04/27, 12:10pm

Samsung T349 dated

A leaked image reveals that the Samsung T349 handset, equipped with a 20-key interface, is coming to wireless provider T-Mobile on May 20th. The keypad isn't being touted by BGR as having a QWERTY keyboard, but exactly how it differs isn't clear. The brick form factor handset is being marketed as a messaging device, however. Otherwise, the handset has a 1.3-megapixel camera with video capture capabilities, along with Bluetooth support, e-mail and IM functionality. While this is not confirmed, the device is expected to sport a high-contrast AMOLED display.

NEC-Renesas merger to rival Intel, Samsung

04/27, 12:05pm

NEC and Renesas Merge

Semiconductor giants NEC and Renesas today said they would merge in a deal likely to change the electronics industry. The two plan to finish talks by July that would create a single company by next April. Such a deal would give them roughly $13 billion in combined yearly sales and would make it the single-largest Japanese company building processing technology.

KT Egg gives iPod touch 4G data access

04/27, 11:15am

KT Egg 4G Gateway

Hoping to expand its 4G access beyond just notebook adapters and a few phones, Korean cellular provider KT today launched a new network gateway simply known as the Egg. The round device pulls a WiBro (WiMAX variant) connection of its own and shares it over Wi-Fi, effectively creating a local hotspot with download speeds as quick as 37Mbps. KT specifically sees it as ideal for giving the iPod touch wide-area wireless and expects to sell the Egg at Apple resellers, though handhelds like the Nintendo DS and others that need Wi-Fi will also work.

Apple, Verizon contemplating iPhone deal?

04/27, 11:05am

Verizon iPhone deal?

A version of the iPhone for Verizon could be coming next year, claims USA Today. The newspaper cites "people familiar with the situation," who say that Apple is in negotiations with Verizon, and in fact has been talking with the carrier for several months, back to point before Apple CEO Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence. The diminished participation of Jobs has not stopped efforts, say USA's sources.

GE shows 500GB holographic storage prototype

04/27, 10:45am

GE holographic storage

General Electric on Monday announced it is working on a holographic storage medium that resembles a typical optical disc and allows it to store the equivalent of 100 DVDs, the NY Times reported this weekend. Holography, used for the three-dimensional images on some older credit cards for security, can also store binary data in the form of 1s and 0s. The next step involves GE making the technology usable in hardware that can be mass-produced at affordable prices.

Vodafone Spain ships HTC Magic early; France on May 6

04/27, 10:35am

HTC Magic at Voda Spain

Vodafone Spain today got the edge on its other European counterparts by saying it would launch the HTC Magic early. The carrier's countdown has the phone shipping at midnight Tuesday and will make it the first country to get the handset, which is the second-ever Android phone and the first sold outside of T-Mobile. Unlike the G1, the Magic uses Android 1.5's on-screen keyboard alone for input and uses this to significantly slim down the design.

Samsung Omnia Pro due with slide-out QWERTY?

04/27, 10:10am

Samsung Omnia Pro Rumor

An Italian rmor from this weekend claims that Samsung is developing a new, flagship Omnia that would significantly improve on even the i8910, which itself was originally named the Omnia HD. Supposedly titled the Omnia Pro, the new model would get a 3.5-inch, 480x800 AMOLED screen but would also be the first Omnia with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, sliding out from underneath the screen. It would still have a 5-megapixel camera and would get a fast 624MHz processor.

Averatec swings fast 12-inch, $699 notebook

04/27, 9:40am

Averatec N2700

TriGem's American label Averatec today gave its N2700 notebook a major update with better performance and other extras. The 12-inch notebook now uses a more modern 2GHz Core 2 Duo T6400 and comes preloaded with 4GB of RAM; to match the extra memory, it now ships with Windows Vista 64-bit. It now comes with a 250GB hard drive standard and, in a significant shift away from larger rivals, keeps preloaded trial apps and other 3rd-party software to a minimum to prevent the "bloat" that artificially slows down other Windows systems.

Qualcomm settles Broadcom dispute for $891m

04/27, 9:15am

Qualcomm to pay $891m

After weeks of trying to reach a settlement and put an end to the long-standing legal battles between them, lawyers at rival chipmakers Broadcom and Qualcomm came to an agreement, with Qualcomm agreeing to pay $891 million to Broadcom over four years. This marks the second payment Qualcomm will be making to the smaller Broadcom in lawsuits, though the first, at $19.6 million, was significantly smaller. Reuters reported the first payment of $200 million to settle the supposed patent infringements will be made in the current quarter.

Samsung reveals its first Android phone

04/27, 9:15am

Samsung i7500 Android

Samsung today became the second company ever to formally launch a smartphone based on Google's Android platform. The i7500 is one of the thinnest full touchscreen phones at 0.47 inches deep and is also billed as one of the most advanced: it centers on a 3.2-inch, 320x480 AMOLED screen that not only provides much better color accuracy and brightness but also helps extend battery life. A 5-megapixel camera with autofocusing and flash gives it the most advanced photography of any Android phone, while it's also the first with the OS to have 8GB of built-in memory on top of a microSDHC card slot.

Verizon outpaces AT&T in users, weaker on data

04/27, 8:30am

Verizon Q1 2009 Results

Verizon on Monday claimed to have defied the economy with results for the first quarter of the year that were particularly strong. The company said it added 1.3 million new cellphone subscribers outside of its Alltel takeover, bringing it to 86.6 million total users. The company also notes that its revenue from wireless data also spiked 56.2 percent from a year earlier to $3.6 billion and that the amount of churn, or turnover of old subscribers replaced with new, was very low at just over 1.1 percent.

Toshiba ships 32nm, 32GB flash memory early

04/27, 7:35am

Toshiba 32nm Flash Early

Toshiba on Monday revealed that it has started shipping its 32 nanometer NAND flash memory ahead of schedule. Originally planned for the fall, the higher-density storage is already being sampled today and should be in mass production by July. The process allows a single, thin 32-gigabit (4GB) chip and, with eight stacked chips, will allow 32GB of memory in a single package.

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