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NVIDIA updates CUDA developer tools

05/08, 7:30pm

NVIDIA 2.2 released

NVIDIA has released version 2.2 of the CUDA toolkit and SDK. The new version of CUDA profiles C coded applications to use the computers GPU in addition to the CPU. This can enhance the computer's overall processing speed. The update also includes the ability to zero-copy, or to read and write directly from pinned system memory rather than send it through the graphics memory system. Using the technique requires either a GeForce 9300/9400 (or 9400M) integrated graphics core or else a GeForce GT 200 series board.

AT&T to buy remainders of Alltel assets? [U]

05/08, 4:45pm

ATT May Buy Alltel Assets

(Update at end with official information) AT&T is nearing buying up most of the markets Verizon has to shed from Alltel as part of its buyout, purported sources said on Friday. Of the 24 areas that won't be rolled into Verizon's network, AT&T is believed to be buying 18 and would leave the remaining six for smaller carriers as well as private equity firms. It's not known how close a deal may be.

E Ink offers 9.7-inch panel to hardware developers

05/08, 4:25pm

E Ink sells 9.7-inch panel

E Ink Corporation, the supplier of the electronic paper displays used in Amazon's Kindle 2 and the recently announced 9.7-inch Kindle DX, has announced on Friday it is offering a 9.7-inch AM-300 EPD Prototype Kit. This gives hardware developers access to the same technology used in the Kindle DX, allowing them to create their own e-book devices with similar capabilities. The display has a resolution of 150 pixels per inch and can display multiple shades of gray. Text can be read in a dark room or in direct sunlight and at any angle. Once set, it draws no energy from the device, with an electric current needed only when a 'page' is turned.

Walmart roadmap confirms T-Mo G2's 5MP camera

05/08, 4:25pm

T-Mo G2 5MP Cam Confirmed

The Walmart roadmap that revealed the G1 V2 also now appears to confirm that the G2 will have a 5-megapixel camera. As spotted in an FCC filing, BGR notes the touchscreen phone will upgrade the HTC Magic's 3.2-megapixel camera to the higher resolution while preserving the same design. It also clarifies the release window and has the G2 shipping for $179 in July, a month later than the HTC Magic for Rogers.

Spotify denies rumor of offering unlimited downloads

05/08, 4:05pm

Spotify denies rumors

UK-based music download site Spotify has denied it will offer unlimited downloads in an attempt to lure listeners away from established names that include iTunes and Napster, Pocket-lint reported on Friday. The rumor had Spotify planning to launch an "unlimited music download service" that cost 9.99 ($15) per month, but a Spotify spokesperson said these rumblings are "100% untrue."

Pegatron's nettop to use SiS chipset, not NVIDIA Ion

05/08, 4:00pm

Pegatron uses SiS chipset

PC maker Pegatron has decided to use an SiS chipset instead of the NVIDIA Ion for its Ultra Slim Pegatron Atom NetTop, NotebookItalia reported on Friday. Like the NVIDIA chipset, which Pegatron used when it showed off a nettop prototype recently, the SiS672/968/307DV will also support Intel's low-power 1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU. While the SiS mainboard is likely cheaper than NVIDIA's, it is potentially slower as well.

Sony leaks Walkman X pricing on Rewards site

05/08, 4:00pm

Sony Walkman X pricing

A product page on Sony's rewards website reveals the US pricing for the electronics giant's OLED touchscreen Walkman X digital audio players. According to the product page, the 16GB NWZ-X1051FBLK will cost SonyRewards members 29,995 points, which translates to nearly $300, while the 32GB NWZ-X1061FBLK model will cost 39,995 points, or $399. The prices are roughly consistent with costs for existing touchscreen players like the iPod touch.

AT&T to offer unlimited per-day calling for $3

05/08, 3:40pm

AT&T unlimited daily calls

A Friday announcement from AT&T has the provider releasing a new prepaid calling option on May 11 that will let users make unlimited cellphone calls to anywhere in the US. The provider's prepaid GoPhone Unlimited Calling customers will only be charged on days when they make or receive phone calls. Text messages or data use are not covered by the plan, and are charged at the same rate as in other GoPhone plans or packages for both or either can be purchased separately.

Hawaii may approve Internet sales tax measure

05/08, 3:35pm

Hawaii Internet tax law

Legislation that would require Hawaii-based online vendors to collect a 4 percent general excise tax on purchases placed from all other states is currently going through the system and may become law. According to a Friday report, the legislation is meant to standardize parts of Hawaii's tax code and simplify tax rates, joining an ongoing national effort towards similar goals.

Acer may ship smartphones to US in 2009 after all

05/08, 3:25pm

Acer phones coming to US?

In response to yesterday's report regarding Acer's smartphones not coming to the US until 2010, an Acer America spokesperson informed Electronista that "there is potential" for a US smartphone launch in the fourth quarter of 2009. Not much else was disclosed however, other than plans are still being determined and updates will be forthcoming. It's still unknown whether the first US-bound Acer handset will be one of the Tempo handsets shown off at Mobile World Congress in February or an unseen device.

Nokia 5900 XpressMusic already spotted?

05/08, 3:25pm

Nokia 5900 XM Rumor

Nokia's sequel to the 5800 XpressMusic may have already been spotted online if a Chinese gallery proves true. Supposedly called just the 5900 XpressMusic, it would have a slightly larger 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, touch-sensitive hardware buttons and an overall slimmer profile. It would have the same S60 5th Edition operating system as the 5800.

CloneCloud offloads phone tasks to remote servers

05/08, 3:20pm

CloneCloud phone boost

Two Intel research scientists from Berkeley, Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis, have created an new service called CloneCloud, aiming to provide extra processing power for cellphones. The service uses a smartphone's Internet access to offload processing to a remote server. This decreases the amount of local CPU usage for the phone, which also aids in extending battery life.

T-Mobile G1 V2 to mirror, undercut iPhone?

05/08, 2:55pm

T-Mobile G1 V2 Leak

The previously hinted-at T-Mobile G1 V2 may have a design much more consciously inspired by the iPhone, a follow-up leak indicates. While the first G1 has sometimes been criticized for its thick and rectangular design, the V2 found by BGR would have a much thinner, sleeker design with chrome accents and a black front not unlike its Apple rival. It would also have dedicated ringer and volume switches.

Seeqpod bought out by Microsoft?

05/08, 2:05pm

MS May Have Bought Seeqpod

Seeqpod has been providing clues that suggest it may have been acquired by Microsoft. After entering bankruptcy and suffering repeated site shutdowns, the music-playing search site has come back with a notice that it's undergoing a "metamorphosis" and links to Microsoft's Live Search site instead. Seeqpod chief Kasian Franks has previously acknowledged that his company was in later-stage talks with a major media firm and, when combined with the new front end change, may have acknowledged a completed deal.

New HDMI connector could reach small devices

05/08, 1:10pm

Small HDMI plug coming

A smaller, prototype HDMI connector, appropriately titled mini HDMI, may see its inclusion in future portable devices. Compared to a standard Type A HDMI connector that is 0.55in wide by 0.16in tall, the officially named Type D plug measures just 0.25in by 0.1in but retains the same 19-pin connection. Even compared to a micro USB plug, the Type D is slightly smaller as well and could therefore fit into cellphones and other devices that have the room.

RIM plans new Bluetooth headset, FM transmitter

05/08, 1:10pm

Upcoming BlackBerry gear

At least two new BlackBerry accessories are well into development, according to RIM accessories VP Antoine Boucher. The first is a new Bluetooth headset, so far codenamed the Alpha 1, which uses an over-the-ear loop combined with a molded in-ear bud. The unit is said to be larger than the BlueAnt Q1 but smaller than the Jawbone Prime, and equipped with noise cancellation as well as a micro USB charging port, now standard on RIM hardware. The device is however limited to mono output, as well as simple on/off and dial/hangup controls. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text functions may be supported in the future.

HTC, Palm, others sued over antenna patents

05/08, 12:05pm

Fractus Sues HTC Palm More

Fractus has revealed that it has sued 10 cellphone manufacturers this week over their allegedly violating nine different patents relating to internal cellphone antenna technology. The Spanish company's targets are most important world firms and involve HTC, Kyocera, LG, Palm, Pantech, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sharp, Sanyo and UTStarcom. These companies were aware of the patents but violated their use all the same, Fractus claims.

TomTom quietly hiring for iPhone GPS app?

05/08, 11:15am

TomTom Hire for iPhone GPS

TomTom may be stepping up its efforts to produce turn-by-turn iPhone GPS through a low-key recruitment effort. A job listing for an iPhone app developer doesn't mention the company but asks for someone to develop navigation software in Amsterdam, the location of TomTom's headquarters. The term would start in May or June and last for at least six months.

Schmidt insists on holding onto Apple board position

05/08, 11:10am

Schmidt on FTC probe

No plans exist to resign from Apple's board of directors, in spite of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, says Eric Schmidt. The Google CEO spoke to reporters in advance of the company's shareholders meeting, the Associated Press writes, defending himself against suggestions that his participation in Apple may violate antitrust laws. The Clayton Antitrust Act prevents someone from serving on two boards if it may hinder competition.

Nokia's app store to start with 20,000 items

05/08, 10:40am

Nokia Ovi Store to get 20K

Nokia's Ovi Store will open with a much larger catalog than its immediate rivals did when they were new, the company said late Thursday. Executive VP of services Niklas Savander estimates to Forbes that the portal will launch with about 20,000 "items" when it launches in late spring, just ahead of the N97 touchscreen smartphone's July release. While a significant number of these will include short-form videos, most will be apps and should include games from N-Gage as well as general apps.

Samsung Vice ships first to Bell

05/08, 10:00am

Samsung Vice at Bell

Bell this morning became the first carrier anywhere to pick up the Samsung Vice messaging slider. The handset aims directly at the mid-range with a 2-megapixel camera, EVDO-based 3G, assisted GPS and an emphasis on quick access to social networking to take advantage of the QWERTY keyboard. Visual customization is also considered important, though Samsung unusually opts for decals instead of faceplates.

Harman Kardon announces price, date for BD player

05/08, 9:40am

Harman Kardon BD player

Harman Kardon has recently announced it will soon release its first Blu-ray player, the BDP 10 (PDF). The device will have BonusView and BD-Live capability, allowing users to view extra online content associated with certain Blu-ray movies. The BDP 10 will have advanced audio codec support and will play back 1080/24p videos without pulldown conversion. It displays JPEG photos and DiVX videos burned to discs from external USB drives.

Elgato Video Capture records analog for Macs

05/08, 9:25am

Elgato Video Capture

Elgato today released the Video Capture, a Mac-specific peripheral for recording analog video from VCRs or other sources to a digital format. The USB stick accepts RCA, S-video and (through an adapter) SCART footage and, through Elgato's own software, can convert it to H.264 or MPEG-4 for export to iTunes or editing through software like iMovie. It can adapt to 4:3 or 16:9 widescreen videos and recognizes international video standards like NTSC and PAL.

MSI kicks off Syren audio with USB, X-Fi devices

05/08, 8:50am

MSI Syren Audio

MSI today stepped into audio devices with the launch of its Syren line. The series is headlined by the SyrenSound X-Fi, one of the few non-Creative sound cards to use X-Fi hardware. It uses the same technology as Sound Blaster cards to restore missing detail in compressed audio as well as to introduce EAX effects, and supports up to 7.1-channel sound while reducing the CPU overhead versus integrated sound chipsets. The PCI Express-based board currently requires Windows XP or Vista.

Samsung Exclaim dual slider to reach Sprint June 7th

05/08, 8:15am

Samsung Exclaim Leak

Sprint's rumored dual slider messaging phone, the Samsung Lucello, has received a more concrete name and launch date courtesy of a leak. The device is now identified by SprintGurus as the M550 Exclaim and, as promised, has a user interface focused heavily on social networking: the front menu has quick access to the web and Google searches but also Facebook and MySpace. It should also come in blue and pink models and ship on June 7th, roughly and unusually at the same time as the Palm Pre.

Panasonic, Sumitomo team on 40-inch OLEDs for 2010

05/08, 7:45am

Panasonic 40in OLEDs 2010

Panasonic and chemical producer Sumitomo said (sign up required) on Friday that they have teamed up to accelerate the development of OLED displays. The move will give Panasonic, which is normally known for its LCDs and plasmas, the resources to create panels using the organic technology at sizes of 40 inches or larger by Panasonic's fiscal 2010, possibly outpacing its competition. The company wouldn't say whether it planned to make TVs based on the developments, but Samsung, Sony and others have typically only expected OLED TVs at or near 27 inches in 2009.

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