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LG enV Touch leak shows specs

05/18, 5:10pm

LG enV Touch Specs Leak

Verizon's LG Voyager sequel has been given a more definitive name and specs though photos of the carrier's Equipment Guide for the device. Now called the enV Touch, the handset will have a 3.2-inch wide VGA (800x480) touchscreen on the outside and a non-touch but same-resolution screen on the inside. It should also get a 3-megapixel camera with autofocusing and an LED flash as well as a native 3.5mm headphone jack and support for microSDHC cards up to at least 16GB.

NEC makes world's first USB 3.0 controller

05/18, 4:45pm

NEC USB 3 Controller

NEC claimed a minor record on Monday by becoming the first company to produce a hardware controller that supports the new USB 3.0 standard. The µPD720200 will let computers and other devices talk to USB 3.0 peripherals and theoretically allows for the peak 5Gbps transfers of the format, or roughly 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. The Japanese chipset nonetheless remains backwards compatible with both the 2.0 spec as well as 1.1 devices, although USB 3.0 ports themselves won't support 1.x.

Chinese C&D may confirm slim PS3

05/18, 4:15pm

China C and D on Slim PS3

Cease-and-desist requests sent today may have inadvertently supported rumors of a 120GB slim PlayStation 3 debuting at next month's E3 show. One of the notices delivered to Engadget asks the site to take down its copies of the images, claiming that they contain "confidential document [sic] and photos" that may break the law despite the photos now being widely available. No mention is made of issuing the takedown on behalf of Sony, which itself has remained silent on the subject.

T-Mobile pushes back Android 1.5 rollout

05/18, 3:45pm

T-Mo Delays Android 1 5 Up

T-Mobile on Monday said it will delay upgrading G1 phones to Android 1.5 by about a week. The carrier doesn't explain the setback other than to say it's only finalizing its build this week but, as a consequence, now expects all G1s to have the upgrade by the first week of June rather than the original end of May target. Moving the upgrade is needed to "ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery," the company says.

Microsoft patent filing describes 'magic wand' device

05/18, 3:40pm

Microsoft wand patent

A recently-surfaced patent application outlines technology Microsoft describes as a 'magic wand.' The concept could integrates a variety of sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, range-finders and biometric sensors. Possible input/output components include a keyboard, keypad, buttons, touchpad, display, or speaker, among others. The claims also outline a system for providing instruction based on the wand orientation or other factors.

Samsung i7500 to ship in July as the Galaxy

05/18, 3:20pm

Samsung i7500 1st in July

Samsung's i7500 Android phone will bow first through a French carrier and under a new name. Bouygues Telecom today said it would carry the device rebadged as the Galaxy and expects to offer it in early July. Whether Bouygues' version will be any different from stock isn't clear, as is pricing, though it's likely to use Google's stock configuration.

Bookeen to offer pocketable e-book reader

05/18, 2:50pm

Bookeen Cybook Opus Soon

Well-known e-book device producer Bookeen in a presentation (PDF) late last week teased the Cybook Opus, a device it's specifically touting as pocketable. Without providing full details, the company both makes the ambitious claims for size and says it will have one of the sharpest resolutions ever at about 200DPI. It should similarly be one of the lightest at 5.3 ounces and given controls that can be used one-handed.

RIM head dismisses non-phone devices

05/18, 2:15pm

RIM Dismisses Non Phones

Research in Motion's co-chief Jim Balsillie late last week said his company doesn't intend to expand beyond its familiar niche of BlackBerry smartphones. In an interview, the executive explained that netbooks or other, non-phone portable hardware is outside of RIM's focus and that non-phone PDAs, convertible tablet PCs and "other specialist devices" rarely gain traction. Cost, portability and networking are cited as too important to the success of a given device.

BenQ offers budget P&S cams with wide video

05/18, 1:35pm

BenQ C1220 and C1020

BenQ has started the week with the appearance of two compact cameras with slight edges over other competing models in the class. Both the 10-megapixel C1020 and 12-megapixel C1220 switch out the typical 4:3 ratio, 640x480 video recording mode for a 16:9 720x400 format better-suited to modern TVs. They can also zoom while capturing video and have a smile detection mode for still shots.

Microsoft Virtual Earth used for OnStar system

05/18, 1:05pm

MS program used for OnStar

OnStar, GM's in-car telematics service used for security, safety, and communications, is collaborating with Microsoft using Virtual Earth. The addition of the mapping service will give emergency responders better location information with enhanced GPS and 3D aerial imagery technology. Microsoft Virtual Earth creates images of geographic and location-based information, combining Microsoft's 3D maps with location data from the subscriber's OnStar system.

Proxim intros ORiNOCO 802.11n USB adapter

05/18, 12:45pm

Proxim ORiNOCO WiFi USB

Proxim Wireless on Monday announced the ORiNOCO 802.11a/b/g/n USB adapter. The device is claimed to support data transfer rates of up to 150 Mbps when used with the company's AP-8000 and AP-800 access points. Dual internal antennas allow users to seamlessly move between 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks, while Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) is supported across the 5GHz bands. Data can be protected with 64- or 128-bit WEP, WPA and WPA2/802.11i security protocols.

North American N97 scheduled for early June

05/18, 12:35pm

N97 NAM coming in June

The North American edition of the Nokia N97 should ship in early June, one of the company's major distributors is said to been informed. The smartphone is specifically expected to ship June 2nd, bearing Nokia's usual NAM designation, indicating not only its intended region but support for 3G broadband. The official unlocked price is listed as $700, though it is believed that most outlets will sell the device for $600.

Ultimate Ears intros UE 4 Pro custom earphones

05/18, 12:10pm

Ultimate Ears UE 4 Pro

Ultimate Ears on Monday rolled out a custom-fit, in-canal earphone set positioned as a more economical option for those who still want personalized sound. The UE 4 Pro requires the use of a custom ear mold from an audiologist but has significantly less internal features than the UE 5 Pros that have normally been the only option. The difference drops the price by $200 and puts the UE 4 Pro into the price range of audiophiles as well as amateur musicians.

Telus already testing HSPA, LG BL40 phone? [U]

05/18, 11:35am

Telus May Be Testing HSPA

(Updated with screen cap) Telus' purported early HSPA launch has gained potential support through information supplied to Electronista as well as separate leaks. A Calgary reader has noticed that the carrier selection option on his iPhone now shows Telus as a choice in addition to the expected Fido or Rogers options. It's not possible to connect, though this is unlikely due to the handset's SIM card being tied to Rogers. A Telus SIM would be necessary and wouldn't be publicly available.

HTC Hero to get social networking, new UI?

05/18, 10:50am

HTC Hero UI Leak

The HTC Hero may not only be T-Mobile's third major Android phone but the first to include a major revision of Google's smartphone interface, an unofficial test shows. Using a T-Mobile G1 as a testbed, the interface has a significantly improved interface with more polish as well as some noticeable redesigns, including a browser with sleeker controls as well as new calendar and music player apps. A new centerpiece appears to be built-in social networking with hooks for Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and likely other services as well.

Iomega expands eGo line of portable hard drives

05/18, 10:45am

Iomega eGo hard drives

Iomega has introduced the latest generation of eGo portable hard drives, with USB 2.0 support and capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB. The 2.5-inch drives are housed in an anodized aluminum shell measuring 16 mm thick. The company's Drop Guard system is claimed to protect against drops of up to 51 inches. Power is drawn from the USB port, while an included 'Y' cable connects to a second available port if additional current is needed.

Pentax K7D leak hints 14.6MP, HD video

05/18, 10:10am

Pentax K7D Specs Leak

A forum leak today may have provided details of the new K series camera Pentax plans to launch later this week. Using an claimed promo graphic as support, the tip supports the notion of a K7D launch and maintains that the camera will have the 14.6-megapixel resolution of the K20D but a new PRIME II imaging engine and the company's first-ever support for HD video recording in an SLR. A viewfinder with 100 percent coverage is also billed as new.

Archos to hold special event June 11

05/18, 9:45am

Archos Event June 11

Archos has said it will hold a special press event in its home country of France on June 11th that is believed planned for the company's Android tablet launch. While the company itself doesn't say what will appear at the Paris gathering, the green background of the graphic along with the company's stated plans for the summer suggest its first device based on Google's platform will appear at the conference. Archos has historically had one major press event per year and usually depends on these for unveiling new media players and tablet devices.

AMD readying new notebook platform for Computex 09?

05/18, 9:40am

AMD Tigris at Computex

AMD is allegedly preparing a new notebook platform, codenamed "Tigris", for a formal launch at the Computex 2009 conference, according to a Commercial Times report. The system will integrate a 45nm dual-core Caspian processor, 55nm or 40nm M9x GPUs and the company's RS880M chipsets. The specs appear to match a leaked roadmap, which suggests the platform will support DDR2 800MHz memory and HD video decoding, along with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

Walmart to carry Palm Pre, expand electronics

05/18, 9:10am

Walmart to Get Palm Pre

Walmart is undergoing a significant expansion of its electronics section that will include the Palm Pre, the retailer says. Although recent leaks had so far only pointed to a Best Buy offering of the smartphone outside of Sprint's own stores, Walmart tells the WSJ that it expects to carry the phone "soon." Most leaks have pointed to Sprint carrying the Pre on June 7th.

Acer brings Aspire One 751h, D250 to US

05/18, 8:40am

Acer Aspire One 751h in US

Acer today expanded the Aspire One line in the US to include its two newest netbooks. The 751h, previewed last month, is Acer's largest-ever netbook with a 11.6-inch, 1364x768 display and a full-size keyboard. It uses Intel's newer 1.22GHz Atom Z520 to emphasize power efficiency: its 6-cell battery pack is estimated to last for 8 hours.

Napster tries $5 subscription with 5 downloads

05/18, 8:10am

Napster 5 Track Stream

Napster this morning tried an alternative to its struggling unlimited and per-track download services by offering an especially low-cost plan. The new plan limits unlimited access to streaming through the web but gives users five MP3 songs to keep each month; in return, subscribers pay just $5 per month. Napster continues to give access to radio stations and playlists and sees the new plan as a way of letting users explore music in a platform-independent way for those who prefer singles instead of whole albums.

Nokia bows three budget e-mail phones

05/18, 7:25am

Nokia 2720 2730 and 7020

Nokia on Monday rolled out three phones it sees as bringing e-mail to a budget audience. The 7020, as well as the other models, has built-in support for creating and running an Ovi Mail account without needing a PC. It specifically is designed as a fashion phone with a clamshell that lights up either when a message arrives or when the owner double-taps the display to check themselves. A 2-megapixel camera also comes stock.

Sony announces host of new SLR cameras, accessories

05/18, 12:55am

Sony announces new SLRs

Following leaks this past month, Sony has announced three new digital SLR cameras; the DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330, and DSLR-A230. The announcement also includes four new lenses, a single flash and various accessories. The A330 and the A380 are the successors to the A300 and A350, respectively. Each camera is meant to help first-time digital SLR buyers advance their point-and-shoot camera skills.

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