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Microsoft releases new Laptop Hunters ad

04/30, 11:35pm

New Laptop Hunters ad

Microsoft has expanded its "You find it, you keep it" series of television ads, now bringing the cash limit up to $2000. The segment features a filmmaker, Sheila, as she tries to find a notebook with a fast processor, big screen and "able to cut video." She migrates to "the best Apple," a MacBook Pro, but eliminates the choice because it only has 2GB of RAM.

Cellphone shipment decline marks worst ever

04/30, 6:20pm

Cellphone shipments down

First-quarter cellphone shipments showed the worst fall ever, with a 13-percent drop from last year's numbers, according to a Strategy Analytics report. The industry experienced a similar drop in 2001, with a slide of 11 percent. The analysts explained the results as a consequence of retailer de-stocking and lowered consumer spending. All of the top five manufacturers saw a similar decline, although Samsung's sales only fell by one percent.

Time Warner DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade to only involve NYC

04/30, 5:05pm

TWC going DOCSIS 3.0 in 09

At an earnings conference on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs said that the cable provider will begin using the newer, multi-channel DOCSIS 3.0 standard to provide Internet and data access to homes and businesses this summer, although it will be limited to New York City only. Time Warner Cable is currently testing DOCSIS 3.0 in NYC, Hobbs says. Testing has netted 138Mbps download speeds and and 18Mbps upload speeds, the COO says, adding that these won't be offered initially.

Sony Ericsson W518a for AT&T approved by the FCC

04/30, 4:50pm

FCC approves W518a

The Sony Ericsson W518a clamshell has been approved by the FCC, with specifics in the report indicating it will soon be available at AT&T. The quad-band GSM/EDGE handset has dual-band HSDPA support for 3G in addition to a GPS sensor and Bluetooth support.

Archos quietly launches Archos 2 jukebox in US

04/30, 4:40pm

Archos 2 in US

Without fanfare, Archos on Thursday revealed some of its plans for the US by posting teasers for the Archos 2 on its online store. The replacement for the Archos 105 has the familiar 1.8-inch screen and audio, photo and video formats of the French firm's earlier player but has an FM radio, a microSDHC card slot for additional storage and, in Europe, a purple tint along with the black and white models available everywhere. Voice recording is similarly an option.

Toshiba and Fujitsu detail terms of HDD deal

04/30, 4:30pm

Toshiba, Fujitsu HDD deal

Toshiba Corporation and Fujitsu Limited on Thursday today announced the terms of the definitive agreement, following the pair's memorandum of understanding completed in mid-February. Under the agreement, Fujitsu will transfer its hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba, with a target completion date of July 1st.

Amazon adds new Kindle file features at higher price

04/30, 4:10pm

Kindle adds file support

Amazon on Wednesday announced its Personal Document Service for the Kindle e-book reader has been updated and, starting May 4th, will support RTF text files in addition to DOC, HTML, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TXT, AZW, MOBI, and PRC. At the same time, Amazon changed its fee structure for sending personal documents to the Kindle, now basing it on the file size. Each megabyte costs 15 cents to send, and Amazon rounds up to the next whole megabyte. Previously, file transfers cost 10 cents each, no matter how big in size. The service, offered via Whispernet wireless delivery system, will also now send through DOCX files for conversion to be compatible on the device, though Amazon warns some complex PDF and DOCX files may still not format properly on the Kindle.

DealNN: $55 Polk Audio miDock, hard drives, more

04/30, 4:10pm

DealNN: $55 miDock

Today's DealNN deal of the day is on the Polk Audio miDock studio. It is regularly priced at $99, but for today only has been reduced to $54.99. The Polk Audio miDock sound system is compatible with most dockable iPods and includes an iPod port that allows you to plug it directly into a computer and upload songs without having to undock the iPod.

Sony updates range of digital voice recorders

04/30, 3:50pm

New Sony voice recorders

Sony has added six new models to its digital voice recorder line-up, all sporting new designs, long recording times, improved recording quality and support for both Macs and PCs. All devices allow for recording and playing back audio in MP3 format as well as store files on their built-in flash memory. At the top of the range are the ICD-SX700 and ICD-SX700D. The former is capable of recording in Linear PCM as well as MP3 formats and, for Windows users, ships with Sound Forge Audio Studio LE software that lets users edit, mix and burn recordings onto CDs.

Apple recruits former Xbox director

04/30, 3:35pm

Apple Recruits Xbox Head

Apple today landed another key employee with word that Microsoft's senior Xbox strategy director Richard Teversham has left his company to join the Mac creator. Although Microsoft itself will only confirm that Teversham has left for a "new opportunity" beyond the company, MCV understands that he has quit his employer of 15 years to take up an education-related position at a European Apple office. Why he has made the switch or his specific role at Apple haven't been made public.

Oppo offers BDP-83 Blu-ray player to select few

04/30, 2:45pm

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player

Oppo Digital's BDP-83 Blu-ray player, first spotted at CEDIA last fall, now has a release date and pricing info for those early customers who e-mailed the company and expressed interest in the advanced Blu-ray disc player. This is Oppo's first Blu-ray player, as the company is most famous for its upscaling DVD players capable of supporting multiple formats that include SACD, DVD-Audio and HDCD.

Acer pegs Windows 7 launch for October 23

04/30, 2:40pm

Acer Says Windows 7 Oct 23

Acer today potentially spoiled Microsoft's Windows 7 launch plans by revealing a launch date for the operating system. The PC builder now says to Pocket-lint that the OS will be available on October 23rd and come in time for a new all-in-one nettop from Acer, the Z5600, to come preloaded with the software. Systems will also ship as early as late September for a hands-on experience, and those who buy a system 30 days before Windows 7 releases will get a free upgrade to the new platform.

T-Mobile begins Android 1.5 rollout

04/30, 2:00pm

T-Mobile Android roll-out

T-Mobile UK has announced on Wednesday that it is beginning to send out the Android 1.5 operating system that contains the so-called Cupcake updates to current T-Mobile G1 handset users. The update will give the G1 a long-awaited virtual keyboard for texting capabilities when the handset is closed, along with better support for accelerometers to adjust the display when the phone is tilted on its side.

Palm Eos coming to AT&T to undercut iPhone?

04/30, 1:50pm

Palm Eos Leak

Palm's just-spotted second webOS phone has been given much greater detail in a new leak that appears to confirm nearly all details of the device. Now known as the Eos, the design pictured by Engadget is built as a replacement for the Centro but with features that would establish it as a lower-cost alternative to an iPhone. It would have a slightly smaller 2.6-inch, 320x400 multi-touch display but would still have a fixed QWERTY keyboard and an extremely thin design: it would measure just under 0.42 inches thick.

Dell expands art choices for Studio notebooks

04/30, 1:05pm

New Dell Studio art picks

Dell has substantially extended the amount of art available for its Studio notebooks, according to an announcement. Buyers of 15- and 17-inch models can now choose from 120 more designs, for a total of over 200. The art is divided into categories such as artists, patterns and plain colors, as well as a special (PRODUCT) Red series, which directs $20 of Dell's profit from each computer towards combating AIDS in Africa.

Disney gets stake in Hulu, adds shows

04/30, 12:10pm

Disney Joins Hulu

Disney this morning said it has obtained an equity stake in Hulu. The deal, which puts three Disney executives on the Hulu board, gives the studio equal influence along with original founders NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox) in addition to the ability to publish content on the streaming web video service. Most of its initial lineup will center on current and back-catalog TV shows from ABC and Disney, such as Lost and Dancing with the Stars, but should also include "popular library titles" from Walt Disney Studios.

Microsoft posts Windows 7 RC for developers

04/30, 11:45am

Windows 7 RC for Devs

Microsoft this morning made the Windows 7 Release Candidate available to those who subscribe to MSDN or TechNet, providing the first widely available glimpse at the next-generation OS since the public beta from February. The new version includes a handful of new features added since the beta, such as the previously revealed XP emulation mode for Business and Ultimate editions as well as an upgrade advisor tool and the ability to stream music and video to other Windows 7 PCs outside of the local network.

Smaller Palm webOS device to be a Centro?

04/30, 11:15am

Palm Centro webOS Rumor

Palm's mystery second, smaller webOS device may be a heavily redesigned version of the Centro, based on an escaped photo. Appearing to come from a slideshow, the device spotted by BGR has the same basic candybar design but a much larger screen and the same interface, including the multi-tasking button and the gesture area. Little else is known other than that the phone has a fall release date consistent with the late Wednesday rumor.

Apple iPhone tops JD Power satisfaction ranks

04/30, 10:35am

iPhone Tops JD Power Ranks

JD Power on Thursday gave Apple's iPhone the highest score on its consumer satisfaction study for cellphones in early 2009. The touchscreen device earned a score of 791 out of 1,000 and beat out both those in its own smartphone category as well as traditional phones. The owners commenting on the phone gave it especially high marks for ease of use, the quality of the operating system, the feature set and the hardware design.

Acer confirms Timeline production problems

04/30, 10:00am

Acer Timeline issues

Acer's recently introduced Timeline ultra-thin notebook computers are suffering from a panel shortage, company chairman JT Wang confirmed to DigiTimes in a Thursday report. Poor yields from a particular supplier are now said to have temporarily set back Acer's plans. A new supplier was found, however, and the shortage will be resolved, with just three of ten planned models delayed for about eight days.

Motorola market share falls to 6% in Q1

04/30, 9:40am

Motorola Q1 2009 Results

Motorola today warned that the company's cellphone business has continued to drag on its performance over the first quarter of 2009 ended in March. The company said its shipments of phones plunged from 27.4 million in early 2008 to 14.7 million a year later, a drop of 46.4 percent. The Mobile Devices group itself lost $509 million and was the primary factor behind a $231 million total loss for the company versus $194 million the year before.

Lenovo to give ThinkPad X200 a CULV chip?

04/30, 8:40am

Lenovo X200s CULV Rumor

Lenovo is developing a version of the ThinkPad X200s that would use a processor fitting roughly into the CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) category, a leak says. Instead of the SL-series Core 2 Duo processors that have pushed the price upwards on the system, Lenovo is said by Fudzilla to be using an ultra-low voltage 1.2GHz Celeron M chip that would drop the price substantially. It would also have relatively modest specifications with 2GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive.

2009 iPhone to get better screen, video editing?

04/30, 7:50am

2009 iPhone Screen and Vid

Apple's update to the iPhone this year will not only be necessary for the new video recording feature but will also have a better display, according to a purported leak from those with access to the new hardware. Without entering into detail, the source for BusinessWeek says the 2009 refresh has an "improved screen" beyond the 320x480 LCD that has been a staple of the iPhone since 2007. Whether this is a resolution increase or a change to a different display technology, such as AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode), isn't known.

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