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LaCie has released a new series of hard drive bags, while expanding its line of USB Hubs. The new USB Hubs consists of the Core4 and the Core7, each designed to add multiple USB ports to a user's computer. The three-model series of hard drive bags are intended to provide different levels of Hard Drive protection.
Former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein reportedly played a significant role in overhauling Palm's Pre project when he began working with the company, according to Fortune. Rubinstein initially started "hanging out" with the Palm teams in June of 2007. Taking a first look, he was unimpressed with the Pre hardware and pushed to have the engineers step away from the resistive touchscreens utilized on the prototypes. The components were replaced with capacitive touchscreens used in devices such as the iPhone.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 netbook introduced by the hardware manufacturer earlier this month is now available to be ordered from Lenovo's website, with retail store availability for the PC being early June. Specs for the 10.1-inch, 1024x600 resolution netbook include a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 160GB hard disk drive preloaded with Windows XP, a Wi-Fi radio and a six-cell battery.
The HTC Hero smartphone, running on the latest open-source Android operating system, will be offered exclusively by UK wireless provider Orange in Europe, according to a Wednesday Pocket-Lint report. If this proves true, it would be the provider's first Android-based handset, and is expected to be released sometime in 2009.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) consortium on Tuesday released the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 specification, which doubles the transfer speeds of the current SATA II interface to 6Gbps and adds multimedia application support. The SATA 3 specification is backwards compatible with the earlier version and retains its low-power requirements. Other changes include a new Native Command Queuing (NCQ) streaming to better accommodate bandwidth-intensive audio and video applications.
More leaked documents from wireless provider AT&T have revealed there are at least three new handsets coming, all from hardware maker LG. First from the new mid-range lineup is the Shine 2, which is said to sport a 2.2-inch, 320x240 resolution display, a 2-megapixel fixed focus camera and Bluetooth 2.1 support. Storage will come from a microSD memory card, and it supports 3G over HSDPA. The small image of the Shine2 may actually be that of the KF510, and it's not known whether this is just a placeholder or if the KF510 will be rebranded as the Shine2.
Samsung Russia has officially announced the upcoming release of the S5200 slider cellphone. Just 0.43 inches thin, the handset has a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, an LED flash, smile and face detection and the capability to capture panoramic photos. There is quad-band GSM/EDGE support which lets it work in the US, albeit at the expense of 3G. Users interface via the 2.1-inch, 320x240 resolution, slide-out keypad and five buttons on the front plate.
An image of an upcoming handset, the Samsung M850 Dash, was spotted thanks to a product page for a screen protector film for the handset from invisibleSHIELD. The m850 is expected to be the successor to the Instinct S30 offered by Sprint, and the image with the screen protector does show Sprint logos on the handset. Its interface is also similar to that of the earlier phone.
Google at its I/O keynote today demonstrated the first major revision of its Android mobile OS. Nicknamed "Donut" but likely to be rebadged 2.0, the upgrade centers on a new ability to search the entire device for information. Similar to the upcoming iPhone 3.0 update, the addition will let users start typing a search tat can find apps, contacts, media and other content on the phone itself; it can also search online. Google Voice Search will also be embedded for speaking out searches where the spelling isn't familiar.
Internal Rogers documents reveal that the Canadian wireless provider will soon offer the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a smartphone to customers, according to a Tuesday BGR report, effectively becoming the first North American provider to subsidize the device. Starting June 9th, the X1a will reportedly be sold in Rogers' retail locations, but only in areas with historically high data device sales and usage. The quad-band 3G handset was released in the US last fall as a carrier-independent unlocked model.
MSI this afternoon said it has started shipping the X-Slim X340 within the US. The ultraportable initially surfaces in a single, $900 spec ($800 at Amazon) with a CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo for its processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and Bluetooth are equally stock, as is a 4-cell battery. MSI doesn't provide an estimate for battery life but says the Intel chip uses a sixth the energy of a regular notebook and so doesn't need a larger battery pack.
Telus' planned HSPA 3G network could go live on a national scale earlier than hinted earlier, an additional tip indicated today. Besides supporting the claim that the Canadian provider's new network should have an informal launch in Vancouver on September 2nd, the BGR source now has HSPA ready for the "majority" of the population in October. Previous unofficial timetables would have had the technology active only by early 2010.
Canon on Tuesday announced it will soon be releasing a firmware upgrade for its EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera that will give users control over the manual exposure control in video mode. It gives filmmakers the ability to adjust the camera's ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings while in video mode. Currently, the 21-megapixel camera relies on a fully automatic mode when recording videos and may not necessarily capture low light or the right depth of field.
Apple may push the cost of the MacBook Air downwards while also extending its feature set, a rumor asserted on Wednesday. Unnamed sources for SiliconRumors claim that an entry-level model will push the price down to between $1,300 and $1,500, or at least $300 less than the current model. Whether this would be a smaller model or just a price reduction isn't certain.
OWC today launched a 500GB, 7200RPM version of its Mercury On-The-Go Pro mobile hard disc. The drive reaches peak speeds of 100MBps via FireWire 800 and is available with three connection options, being joined by the earlier FireWire 400 standard and USB 2.0. OWC is also offering a less expensive dual-interface FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 model as well as a low-cost, USB 2.0-only version. The internal drive is a SATA 2.5-inch disc with a 16MB cache.
ASUS has uncovered a new gaming-oriented notebook, the G51. Similar in concept to competing Alienware systems, the G51 uses a stylized "robot" design, in addition to providing high-end performance specifications. Unusual in the latter regard is the option of a Core 2 Quad processor, clocked at either 2 or 2.26GHz. More mundane Core 2 Duo configurations can be clocked anywhere between 2 and 3.06GHz.
HP's first ultraportables to use Intel's Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors will at first just conversions of existing models, those building the notebooks in Taiwan said on Wednesday. They claim to DigiTimes that the first models will actually use existing case designs and that a true redesign to take advantage of the platform won't be ready until the fall. The makeshift change is reportedly triggered by pressure to chase after the Acer Timeline as well as reducing the costs of the systems themselves.
AT&T today explained some of the key details behind a planned upgrade for its 3G network, including improvements to the infrastructure underneath. Having initially run a trial, the carrier now says it plans to start upgrading its network to 7.2Mbps HSPA this year and should have the faster service in place on all its connections by 2011. While actual speeds are likely to be lower, the peak is twice as fast as for the existing 3.6Mbps network.
Hitachi on Wednesday leapt back into North American TVs with its LCD lineup for 2009. The UltraVision models headline the series and all have 1080p images with 120Hz panels. Certain models have as many as five HDMI inputs. Hitachi produces the higher-end sets in 42-inch (L42S503), 46-inch (L46S603) and 55-inch (L55S603) versions; the smallest set ships first, appearing in June for $999, while the 46-inch TV shows in August for $1,299 and the 55-inch in September for $1,799.
Best known for real-world DJ tools, Numark today detailed the game controller it's making for Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. Nicknamed the Scratch Deck, the peripheral has a touch-sensitive turntable for its core mix-and-scratch gameplay as well as five drum pads that mimic Akai Pro MPCs and, like the real equipment, are used to trigger samples. The game comes with 60 "battle records" for samples but can take any sample recorded through a USB microphone.
iRiver has recently put up a teaser ad on its US website with specs and an approximate release date for its P35 portable audio player, which was first shown to the US audience at CES. The ad reveals nothing but an approximate release date, but is known to be available in three versions in Korea. The basic version acts as a touchscreen digital multimedia player, the Wi-Fi version adds portable and wireless Internet connection, while a DMB tuner-equipped version will let users watch digital TV. This last version is not expected to make its way to the US given the absence of DMB networks.
The quality of web browsing on Android and iPhone devices has led both to be used online far more than other devices, according to fresh AdMob data. Although it has just 8 percent of the smartphone market, the iPhone now accounts for about 43 percent of the web ad traffic AdMob follows as of April. Android's presence online is also disproportionate as its 1 percent share of actual phones is met by 3 percent of mobile web use.
LG Display today demonstrated a new display that could make 3D more affordable for computers. The 23-inch, 1080p LCD embeds the hardware to generate the 3D effect directly into the monitor rather than requiring it in viewing glasses. Although glasses are still needed, the shift means viewers can depend on simple polarized models. It's also twice as bright as earlier 3D displays and so works more effectively in regular light.
Apple this morning quietly updated the plastic white MacBook to give it specifications that are at times better than the current aluminum model. It now has a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, up from 2GHz, and now carries the same 160GB hard drive as the entry aluminum system. The 2GB of onboard DDR2 memory now runs at 800MHz instead of 667MHz.
HP on Wednesday updated its Mini netbooks with three new core models. The Mini 110 XP Edition, 110 Mi Edition and 1101 are aesthetically close to the 10-inch Mini 1000 but bring newer features: the 110 XP adds a new Broadcom accelerator chipset that decodes HD video up to 1080p without burdening the processor; it and the other models can also use the 1.66GHz Atom N280 instead of just the older 1.6GHz Atom N270.
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