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The Opera mobile browser has surpassed Apple's iPhone browser as the most popular mobile browser internationally, according to numbers collected by the analysis company StatCounter. The two browsers have battled for the lead position over the past six months, with Opera generally losing against mobile Safari from February through April. Sometime in May, however, a spike in Opera usage put the browser up to 24.6 percent while the iPhone fell slightly to 17.9 percent.
HTC has sent invitations to a press event to be held in London, UK, according to PhoneMag.com. The teaser simply reads "Come see..." but does not provide any additional details regarding the focus of the event. The company already announced the HTC Snap earlier this year, although a number of reports have provided details surrounding the Android-based Hero handset. The device is said to launch exclusively through Orange in Europe later this year.
iBuyPower late today made a leap for the speed crown by launching the Battalion 101 M865TU. The system is touted as the fastest current 15-inch notebook largely on the basis of its graphics chipset. Despite its smaller frame, the Battalion has a GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB of RAM capable of rendering modern games smoothly. It can also be customized with up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo and multiple solid-state drive options, with the fastest being Intel's 80GB X25-M.
Actus LLC, patent holding company based in Marshall, Texas, has sued Apple, Amazon, Ebay, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and a number of other companies for infringing on several patents relating to methods for "conducting electronic commerce transactions using electronic tokens." The patents - Nos. 7,328,189; 7,249,099; 7,177,838; and 7,376,621 - were originally filed by a company named PayByClick.
At the Computex show on Tuesday, computer memory, solid state drive and USB drive maker Corsair showed off its first PC chassis, the Obsidian Series 800D. The full tower chassis supports up to five 5.25-inch drives and six 3.5-inch drives in its steel construction, along with support for ATX, Extended ATX and micro ATX mainboards. The chassis is matte black throughout, while its faceplate is made of brushed aluminum.
Canon is rumored by a magazine to be getting set to release two new high-end professional DSLR cameras before the end of 2009. While there are little to no specifications available on either, one is expected to have the same 24x36mm sensor as the 1D Mark III while being even faster in terms of continuous shooting and may simply be called 1D Mark IV. It's reportedly due out in August.
Qualcomm on Monday announced the upcoming launch of its 802.11n wireless local-area networking (WLAN) chip for portable electronics devices such as cell phones and MIDs, the WCN1312. The 7mm by 7mm device can support data transfer speeds as fast as 72Mbps. Built on 65nm CMOS technology, it contains a 2.4GHz 802.11n baseband processor, media-access controller, RF transceiver and other necessary hardware.
Stoking expectations, Samsung today posted a teaser and sent an invitation for a press event to introduce new phones, including smartphones and other devices using multiple operating systems. It doesn't provide any immediate clues to SlashPhone or others but does say that some information will surface as early as June 5th. Simultaneous gatherings in Dubai, London and Singapore should mark the debut.
NVIDIA on Tuesday announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has initially rejected 41 patent infringement claims regarding seven patents Rambus has filed against NVIDIA back in July of 2008. NVIDIA challenged these claims in November of 2008, when Rambus filed a complaint in an International Trade Commission (ITC) action. All patent infringement claims from Rambus relate to memory controllers in graphics processors.
Sony at its E3 presentation today showed an early prototype for a new motion controller for the PlayStation 3. The device uses a combination of an Eye cam and an illuminated sphere to track the wand-shaped device in 3D space. Like the Wii's MotionPlus add-on, it's accurate "within millimeters" and can recognize distance, orientation, rotation and other characteristics. Since it works with a camera, however, it can be used to overlay objects in the real world, such as the player's weapon.
Comcast is about to launch a major price cut on its fastest Internet access, a leak indicated on Tuesday. Normally $140 per month, it's reported by a source for BBR to be dropping to $100 and will likely do so sometime after June 20th. The cost would apply to those who already have at least one other Comcast service, though Internet-only service would still drop to $116 per month at the same time.
Sony this afternoon confirmed the existence of the PSP Go, its first major redesign of its handheld console. The new slider design reflects a shift towards download-only content and drops the UMD disc loader entirely in favor of 16GB of built-in flash memory that helps it slim down. Users can either download software directly over Wi-Fi or transfer it from a PC or PS3. A Memory Stick Micro slot gives it extra room. The PSP Go also gets Bluetooth to pair with headsets or cellphones themselves for communications.
Microsoft today ended speculation and said it would ship Windows 7 on October 22nd. The launch applies to all versions and confirms statements from Acer that it would have the new OS preloaded on its PCs just a day later. Pricing for individual upgrade and full installs hasn't been mentioned.
Garmin-ASUS today at Computex indicated that it would launch an Android phone in early 2010. While short on details, the smartphone partnership said it would still use Garmin's GPS navigation and that it wouldn't override Google's own Maps feature. A chance exists that the phone will ship earlier than the official schedule, ASUS' associate marketing VP Jacqueline Yang says, though how likely this is wasn't detailed.
Closely following Intel's news of its CULV platform, rival chipmaker AMD at Computex on Tuesday announced its dual-core Athlon Neo chip is now shipping to makers of ultra-thin and light notebooks. The dual-core Neo will be aimed at the same clients as Intel's CULV CPUs. All the specs for the dual-core CPU, which goes by the Conesus codename, are not yet known, however. What is known is that is sports 1MB of L2 cache, a DDR2 memory controller and more power-miserly 45nm construction.
Computer makers HP and Dell will both launch netbooks and all-in-one desktop PCs running on NVIDIA's Ion platform sometime between the start of July and the end of September, says a Tuesday Digitimes report. The unnamed industry sources claim the two manufacturers will join ASUS, Foxconn, Lenovo and Pegatron in providing Ion-based computers, all of which have been linked earlier to the hybrid graphics and system chipset. Models and their features aren't mentioned in the slip.
T-Mobile this afternoon said it would release details of its sequel to the G1 later this month with the expectation of shipping the phone itself sometime in early summer. The company doesn't provide any details of the phone itself but is known to be bringing a localized version of the HTC Magic with T-Mobile-native 3G and an upgraded 5-megapixel camera. It will likely be branded as the G2 and should be thinner and sleeker in return for dropping the hardware QWERTY keyboard in favor of software-only input.
Mobinnova has announced the Úlan, a netbook based on one of NVIDIA's fledgling Tegra processors. The system features an 8.9-inch display, which in combination with the Tegra chip is capable of 720p video as well as accelerated Flash content. 3G and Wi-Fi connections are built in, along with a webcam with unspecified resolution. The exact model of Tegra is also unknown.
Nintendo chose its E3 press event to give an early look at the Wii Vitality Sensor. The add-on attaches to a Wii remote and measures a player's pulse rate by inserting a finger into its slot. Rather than try to stir up gamers, the sensor can be used to encourage them to slow down their pulses and relax, the company's Satoru Iwata says.
OCZ at Computex today upgraded its solid-state drives with its first drive built from the start as a 3.5-inch SATA II desktop drive. The Colossus fills out the bay area by pairing two drives together in a RAID 0 stripe. OCZ isn't prepared to make performance claims but should deliver much faster performance through the Colossus than any of its 2.5-inch drives while doubling the maximum capacity.
GreatCall on Tuesday the new Jitterbug J cell phone is now available across the US. It brings a clamshell design to the simplified design with large-sized buttons and self-evident functions that render it easier to use for both younger and older owners. It continues to have a unique customer support infrastructure with 24/7 help that can dial numbers for clients and enable or disable services as users wish, or even enter numbers into their phonebooks for them. A MyCalendar feature will be added sometime this summer that can be updated by users via MyJitterbug website or by calling a Jitterbug operator, with the updates coming to the handset over the air.
SanDisk Corporation released its Netbook SDHC removable flash memory card on Tuesday, available in both 8GB and 16GB capacities. The product is meant to expand the limited storage space found on the increasingly popular netbook computers, especially those equipped with smaller -- typically less than 32GB -- solid state drives (SSDs). In netbooks with traditional hard drives, storage space is less of an issue, as they are typically at least 160GB in capacity.
As promised, Canadian provider Rogers today launched its Android phone lineup. The carrier is the first outside of T-Mobile to use Android in North America and the first to have an official version of the HTC Magic. Both it and the HTC Dream vary from the T-Mobile G1 through extra hooks for Rogers services as well as built-in Microsoft Exchange push mail support.
Sanyo on Tuesday announced it will soon add two ultraportable projectors, the PLC-XW250 and the PLC-XW200, to its imaging lineup. Either sports a 1280x768 native resolution and is meant for use in education, especially K-12. Sanyo is touting the pair's eco-power stand-by mode as a breakthrough feature; it uses up just 0.4W of power, which represents an 80% improvement over a previous generation Sanyo projector, the PLC-XW60. Their packaging is also greener with easily recyclable pulp molds instead of plastic or styrofoam.
ViewSonic this morning released three Graphics Series displays that all share a 16:9 aspect ratio and a particularly thin bezel tailored to multi-display setups. The 20-inch VG2027wm, 22-inch VG2227wm and the 24-inch VG2427wm have contrast ratios as high as 20,000:1 as well as an Eco Mode that drops power use by about 40 percent. DVI, VGA and two USB ports provide video input and peripherals.
Acer at Computex today said it would be the first to produce netbooks using Google's Android platform. Company IT product president Jim Wong expects the systems to appear in the summer and that the Linux-based systems will still use Intel Atom processors. He didn't provide prices, though the Android netbooks should be less expensive than Windows versions as Google doesn't charge for licenses where Microsoft asks for $15 for each copy of Windows XP.
Adobe and NVIDIA on Tuesday said they would work together to enable GPU acceleration in Flash. The approach will let at least NVIDIA's hardware take on the rendering for both animations and video, including H.264 footage. The efforts should scale from handhelds using NVIDIA's Tegra line up through to full-size desktop cards.
At the E3 gaming expo on Tuesday Logitech announced the upcoming release of its first ever force feedback flight simulator for Windows PCs that sports authentic controls, the Flight System G940. The design of the peripheral was based on the actual control found in military and commercial planes and helicopters. There are three distinct components in the G940, including the force feedback joystick, dual throttles and rudder pedals. There are over 250 programmable button options between the two hand controls.
Acer today provided US details of its Timeline notebooks using Intel's new CULV platform for ultraportables. The least expensive of the group is also the largest and starts with the 15.6-inch AS5810TZ-4657; it costs $598 with a 1.3GHz Pentium, 3GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive and an internal DVD burner. It totes the Timeline series' multi-touch trackpad as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi, a webcam and HDMI output.
Nokia today finally set a launch window for its N97 flagship smartphone. The company's second-ever touchscreen device ships in June to 75 countries and should include a version with 3G support for North American carriers. It continues to have the same 3.5-inch 640x360 display, 32GB of built-in storage, 5-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi. The N97 is also Nokia's first device with a customizable home screen with widgets for Facebook, news and weather.
Intel at Computex today formally outlined the details of its mid-year refresh of its notebook processors, including its Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform. The new platform is intended to bring ultraportable designs to low-cost but still reasonably fast systems and centers on Intel's new GS40 mobile chipset. The technology is a fraction the size of the regular notebook platform, permitting far smaller and thinner systems, but still has a GMA 4500 graphics core capable of full hardware HD video decoding, higher-level 3D features and native HDMI output.
Iomega is targeting Mac users by adding a triple-interface model to its recently updated eGo line of portable hard drives. The eGo Portable Hard Drive For Mac is equipped with separate FireWire 400 and 800 ports as well as USB 2.0, and comes pre-formatted in the HFS+ file system. Mac-specific backup applications are also included.
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