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DealNN: 250GB FreeAgent Go for $59, more

05/05, 6:00pm

DealNN: 250GB FreeAgent Go

Today's featured DealNN deal is on the Seagate FreeAgent Go 250GB portable external hard drive from Amazon.com. It is regularly priced at $100, but has been reduced to $59.99 for today only. Get 250GB of portable storage space for photos, music, videos, documents and more. This hard drive is backed by a five year limited warranty from Seagate.

Xbox to get motion-sensing controls from 3DV?

05/05, 5:20pm

Xbox to get motion sensing

The rumor of Microsoft developing a motion-sensing system for its Xbox 360 gaming console has potentially been corroborated as the technology is reported to come from a third party. While this is not confirmed, Microsoft is likely to source the technology from a company called 3DV and its ZCam hardware and software. Reports of a possible purchase of 3DV by Microsoft were rampant in February.

Nokia E71i with 5-megapixel camera coming soon?

05/05, 5:00pm

Nokia E71i with 5MP camera

The hot-selling Nokia E71 is reportedly getting yet another new variant, E71i, equipped with some minor upgrades that include a 5-megapixel camera, up from the current models' 3.2-megapixel shooter. Otherwise, the new handset will also get a slightly new operating system, the Symbian S60 FP2, which was already seen on the Nokia E71x running on AT&T's network.

Vudu to offer service on Entone set-top boxes

05/05, 4:50pm

Vudu to come to Entone box

For the first time, Vudu will offer its library of more than 14,000 movies and 1,500 high-definition movies on hardware from a third-party, effectively becoming a service provider in addition to a hardware manufacturer in the process. Vudu chose Entone as its partner, which supplies set-top boxes and DVRs to small regional TV providers. Vudu will endow the Entone hardware with the same functionality as its Vudu Box offering, including on-demand access to HD and HDX movies, via a software update.

New Google service will push Gmail to BlackBerries

05/05, 4:40pm

Gmail pushed to BlackBerry

A new Google service currently in the beta phase will let BlackBerry users push Gmail e-mail and calendar items on their native client software, according to a Tuesday report. Included in the Premier and Education versions of Google Apps, the service will make it appear that messages sent from a user's phone will come from a given organization's Google mail account. Furthermore, users can access the company address book from their phones and synchronize contacts as well as calendar items. Adding software to the BlackBerry Enterprise Software (BES) is required, with a version that supports the Microsoft Exchange version of BES now available.

Palm Pre slated for Australia in August?

05/05, 4:30pm

Palm Pre Aussie in August

Palm's next stop with the Pre after Sprint may be Australia. Pointing only to insiders in its rumor, the Pacific nation's Smarthouse asserts that Telstra has landed a three-month exclusive for the phone on its network that would start from August. The phone maker's national manager, Brett Murray, doesn't mention a date but partly corroborates the report by confirming a second-half 2009 launch window for the Pre in Australia. He also can't confirm exclusives, though Sprint itself is separately rumored to have a three-month deal of its own.

Pricing for Panasonic GH1 revealed by J&R page

05/05, 3:55pm

GH1 pricing revealed

The Panasonic Lumix GH1 Micro Four Thirds camera, introduced at the start of March, has finally received a tentative US price through electronics retailer J&R's website. The new model is set at $1,500 for its standard kit version, which carries Vario HD 14-140mm, f/4.0-5.8 lens, which features four aspherical pieces of glass, optical image stabilization and is meant to capture both the close-up and telephoto shots likely in the camera's signature 1080p video mode.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 due May 25 with Bold price cut?

05/05, 3:40pm

Curve 8900 ATT May 25 Leak

AT&T's version of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 could arrive ahead of schedule and with a price cut for its higher-end counterpart. Instead of the summer, the smartphone is now purportedly tapped for a May 25th launch and would cost $150 with a two-year plan, matching T-Mobile's own pricing for the 8900. The move would be accompanied by the Bold's sharp plunge in contract price from today's $300 to $200 after the new Curve appears.

Special edition Rock Band guitar controllers appear

05/05, 3:25pm

Rock Band guitars outed

It's already known that The Beatles: Rock Band game and related custom controllers are due to ship on September 9th and details on the controller guitars have been recently revealed, thanks to a few product listing on retailer Gamespot's website. The Gretsch Duo-Jet and Rickenbacker 325 guitar controllers, styled after George Harrison's and John Lennon's actual respective guitars, will launch at the same time as the game itself, priced at $100 each for all three systems.

Rogers to charge for inbound, non-plan SMS

05/05, 3:15pm

Rogers Charging for SMS

Canadian carrier Rogers is likely to follow Bell and Telus in beginning to charge for incoming text messages outside of its normal plans. A tip sent to BGR says Rogers will start notifying customers today that, as of July 7th, it will charge 15 cents per incoming message for customers that aren't already signed up to a bundle that includes SMS. The changes don't affect Fido customers or incoming messages from Twitter, which were restored to the service today and are free until the end of the year.

Microsoft "Laptop" ads made on Macs?

05/05, 2:30pm

MS Ads Made on Macs

Microsoft's Laptop Hunter ads were potentially made by a largely Mac-based marketing firm, a visit to Crispin Porter + Bogusky shows. In spite of producing ads showing creatives opting for less expensive PCs over Macs, the company contracted to produce the commercials is seen in photos using Macs near-exclusively, hinting strongly that most of the production was accomplished using various MacBooks and even some eMacs.

T-Mobile to finally get Visual Voicemail

05/05, 1:45pm

T-Mo Visual Voicemail Soon

A schedule that has surfaced today hints that T-Mobile is set to join AT&T and Verizon (pictured) with its own Visual Voicemail service. The feature found by TmoNews isn't attached to a particular device but, as with earlier implementations, would send audio file versions of messages directly to a subscriber's phone instead of asking them to call a typical voicemail box. If true, the system would be launched on July 16th, just ahead of a pair of Samsung phones known as the t469 Smiley and t549 XO.

NVIDIA's GT 300, more delayed?

05/05, 1:05pm

NVIDIA GT300 delayed, more

The release of NVIDIA's GT 300 graphics chipset is now reportedly delayed until the first quarter of 2010, despite a recent leak claiming it would be out this October, according to a slip on Tuesday. The source for the Inquirer believes the delay is due because the tapeout, or the first instance of working silicon, was also held up. The GT 300 line is expected to represent a major architectural change to the GeForce series that may add new rendering features rather than simply speed up earlier designs.

Apple actively contemplating 3G notebooks?

05/05, 12:55pm

3G MacBooks after all?

Apple may indeed have an interest in merging 3G cellular broadband into Macs, a job listing hints. The company recently announced an opening for a communications QA engineer, who would work full-time within the Mac Hardware Group at the company's Cupertino headquarters. While mentioning routine duties for such a position, the listing also asks for someone who can test driver bugs relating to "3G Wireless WAN" connections, alongside Bluetooth, Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

Microsoft starts next job cuts, hints at more

05/05, 12:00pm

Microsoft 2nd Round Cuts

Microsoft on Tuesday began the second round of its 5,000 job cuts with a memo circulating the news at the company. Obtained by All Things D, the note from Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer doesn't say how many more of the cuts have been made but explains that the company is "mostly but not all done" with the total sum, which it expects should be completed by June 2010. It adds that the layoffs aren't limited to the US and will include a share of international workers.

Eye-Fi adds support for three hosting websites

05/05, 11:25am

Eye-Fi adds host support

Eye-Fi on Tuesday announced users of its Eye-Fi Share Video and Eye-Fi Explore Video cards can now upload photos or videos to Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket and SmugMug in addition to the previously supported YouTube and Flickr. The addition lets any appropriately enabled still or video camera publish videos to the sites over a Wi-Fi connection created directly from the memory card itself, bypassing computers entirely as with the earlier version.

Sprint filming first Palm Pre TV spot

05/05, 11:10am

Sprint Films Palm Pre Ad

Sprint has given further signs that it's nearing the launch of the Palm Pre with Twitter reports from film worker Jaime Gonzalez that the carrier is shooting a TV commercial for the phone in Los Angeles. Although some details are left out, a photo from Gonzalez shows a set with a Facebook profile extruded into 3D that will presumably have actors 'interacting' with the page. Palm has already emphasized Facebook as a cornerstone of its webOS Synergy feature, which merges Facebook data with the Pre's address book and other parts of the smartphone's experience.

PrimeTime2Go mobile TV for BlackBerry goes live

05/05, 10:35am

PrimeTime2Go BBerry Live

As previewed at CTIA, Quickplay today took its PrimeTime2Go mobile TV live for BlackBerry smartphones. The subscription service gives owners unlimited access to TV shows from multiple networks, including ABC, NBC and SciFi, and relies on a relatively transparent system to provide the videos; chosen episodes are downloaded in the background whenever the phone is on a Wi-Fi connection. Owners can also follow seasons and receive new episodes as soon as they're made available.

Renesas chip enables 1080p video on phones

05/05, 10:10am

Renesas SH7370

Renesas today unveiled a mobile media processor that it says should finally allow full HD video in and out on phone-sized devices. Part of the SH-MobileHD1 family, the SH7370 will have video processing hardware fast enough to not only decode 1080p, H.264-based video at a full 30 frames per second but to encode video at the same frame rate. The feature would let phones produce and play video in the same basic format as Blu-ray, including with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround and HDMI video output at full quality.

Ex-Palm director reviving HP smartphone business?

05/05, 9:40am

Ex Palm Man Helps HP Phone

HP may be attempting to spark new life into its slumping smartphone business based on a recent hire. The LinkedIn profile for former Palm senior director Jonathan Oakes reveals that the executive has jumped to HP's Emerging Businesses Unit, which centers on the company's iPAQ smartphones as well as its general mobile business and custom PC software. Oakes doesn't specify what the role involves other than creating "new products and business models."

House P2P bill to regulate browsers, FTP clients

05/05, 9:15am

Strict P2P bill considered

A US House of Representatives hearing scheduled for later today will be devoted to deciding if a law should be made that requires peer-to-peer (P2P) programs to issue a specific notice to users that warns them that their files may be shared, CNET has reported. The Informed P2P User Act bill introduced in March by California Republican Mary Bono Back will be the focus of the hearing. The wording in the Act, which would require P2P software to allow file sharing only if two rules are met, could also apply to web browsers, FTP applications, IM programs and any other applications that send and receive files.

ASUS details MacBook Air-influenced U series

05/05, 9:00am

ASUS U Series Notebooks

ASUS has fleshed out the details of its designer U series notebooks. Ostensibly based on the shape of a butterfly, the systems share the same tapered shape of the MacBook Air and are also faster, larger versions of the Eee PC 1008HA. The 12-inch U20A, 13.3-inch UX30 and 15.6-inch UX50V are all based on the basic processors expected to be part of Intel's Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) effort and attempt to bring ultra-thin designs to larger systems, ranging from the entry 1.2GHz Celeron M in the U20A to the 1.3GHz Pentium, 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo and 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo in the UX30 and UX50V.

Windows 7 RC available to all

05/05, 8:15am

Windows 7 RC Public

As promised, Microsoft today made the Windows 7 release candidate available to the general public. The wider distribution follows a developer-only launch and gives the same access to the new build, which improves on the public beta through a modified taskbar and Aero Peek behavior, performance improvements and more features accessible through touchscreens. Business owners also have access to a beta XP emulation mode that allows most incompatible apps to still run properly.

Android-based HTC Hero to become T-Mobile G3?

05/05, 7:35am

T-Mo G3 Possible Photos

T-Mobile may be prepping a third Android phone from HTC if a set of photos of the device bear out. Internally nicknamed the HTC Hero, the phone is expected by CodeAndroid to be rebadged as the T-Mobile G3 for a future US launch. It would have some of the aesthetics of the Touch Diamond2 and, like the Windows Mobile phone, would go without the trackball that has existed both on the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic, instead using the touchscreen for nearly all of its navigation.

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