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T-Mobile this evening officially launched the Dash 3G. The new interpretation of the HTC Snap has native support for its carrier's 1,700MHz 3G network but replaces the stock Windows Mobile 6.1 phone's Inner Circle feature with MyFaves for free calling to five US contacts. It otherwise has the full feature set, however, including the 2-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi as well as one of the few navigation trackballs outside of BlackBerries.
Photos of a new Jasper mainboard for the Xbox Arcade gaming console equipped with a 4-gigabit Samsung NAND flash memory module have been leaked on an enthusiast forum recently. The model in question seems to have been manufactured in Japan on April 9th, and uses the same Jasper platform debuted last year, albeit with twice as much onboard storage. The original Xbox Arcade Jasper mainboard used a 2-gigabit NAND flash module that gave users about 213MB of usable internal memory, with 16MB dedicated to kernel, keyvault, Dash and other operating-system related data.
Chinese electronics maker on Wednesday Haier announced at the CommunicAsia 2009 expo in Singapore that its first cellphone using the Android operating system will ship this fall. The full touchscreen H7 will use at least version 1.5 of the open-source OS, but Haier does indicate if version 2.0 is out by the time the handset ships, it will be preloaded.
Computer maker ASRock's Multibook G22 portable PC has been spotted ahead of any official announcement, and it sports a 12.1-inch with 1366x768 resolution and, more significantly, NVIDIA's Ion chipset. The feature gives it full HD video acceleration as well as much faster 3D for mild gaming. Aside from the Ion chipset, the G22 is also unique among netbooks in sporting a 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM, with support up to 4GB. There is also an HDMI output, again courtesy of Ion.
Shuttle PC has recently announced a new barebones mini-PC, the SA76G2, which is its first barebones product to support AMD socket AM3 processors using the 760G chipset, including the Phenom II as well as original Phenom, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron CPUs. There are also two DDR2 DIMM slots for up to 8GB of RAM. The PC is backwards-compatible with AM2 and AM2+ CPUs.
Kerio says it is bringing MailServer to hardware running Parallels' Mac virtualization software. With MailServer Virtual Appliance, Kerio uses a preconfigured version of CentOS 5.3 Linux as the core operating system, packaged specifically for Parallels. The software can run on any Intel-powered Apple system, including the Xserve and Mac Pro, as long as they are also utilizing Mac OS X Leopard Server.
At the currently ongoing Infocomm show in Florida, Epson took the opportunity to showcase five new projectors to add to its lineup. This includes the PowerLite Presenter combo device, the PowerLite 1925W and the budget buyer-oriented PowerLite S7, 79 and W7. The PowerLite Presenter is meant for in-classroom use and also contains a DVD player and two built-in 10W speakers. The 3LCD projector sports a 1366x768 resolution, 2,500 lumens of brightness and closed captioning capabilities. A USB connection sends multimedia content to the PowerLite Presenter instead of VGA video and audio connections.
With the launch of iPhone OS 3.0 today, Electronista and MacNN are taking a look at the major upgrade to see how well the features work in practice on existing iPhones and the iPod touch. We'll see whether the 3.0 update alone will be enough to satisfy owners or whether they still stand to benefit from the upgraded hardware in the iPhone 3G S.
Intel's corporate communications manager Bill Calder, in a Wednesday post on the company's corporate blog, informed readers of forthcoming changes in the chipmaker's brand structure. Calder admits Intel's current complex structure has too many platform brands, and product names and brands, which confuses customers. This will start with leading with Intel and what it has done for technology, with Calder pointing to the company's Sponsors of Tomorrow ad campaign.
US Democratic Congressman Eric Massa on Wednesday introduced the Broadband Internet Fairness Act, a measure to monitor and regulate capped, tiered Internet services. The bill would require any provider switching from a typically unlimited plan to a usage-based system to be scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and would ban any service plans that the FTC deems "unreasonable or discriminatory." Providers that ignored any imposed bans would be subject to unspecified punishment.
The long-awaited Sirius XM app for the iPhone and iPod touch is finally ready to go, according to The Motley Fool. The company allegedly has sent e-mail notifications that the app will be available tomorrow, although the service will only be available to premium subscribers paying $12.95 per month for Internet-only access or standard subscribers that pay an extra $2.99 per month for the additional web playback.
AT&T this afternoon offered an olive branch to existing iPhone 3G owners by offering early upgrade pricing for the iPhone 3G S. Those who would only qualify for upgrade pricing in July, August or September will now qualify for the lower prices on iPhones as of the iPhone 3G S launch this Friday. Previously, these customers would have had to pay $399 for an early upgrade to a 16GB model or $499 for a 32GB edition.
Research in Motion's Onyx smartphone has been revealed as the BlackBerry 9020, a new report claims. The phone's operating system is said to display the moniker in more recent updates, signifying a firm place within the RIM hierarchy. In particular it is thought that the 9020 will be a successor to the BlackBerry Bold, otherwise known as the 9000. It would also be just the third 9000-series BlackBerry, after the Storm.
Samsung has recently announced the upcoming release of a new video conferencing LCD monitor, the VC240, which is made by its subsidiary, Radvision. The VC240 comprises a 23.6-inch LCD capable of a 1920x1080 resolution, a 5-megapixel camera and a noise-cancelling microphone. A pair of 3W speakers is also integrated. The unusually high-powered camera allows users to send 720p resolution, 30F live video up to 2Mbps encoded in H.264.
Vodafone Ireland may have divulged some of its future plans today through a post on its forums discussing new smartphones. While denying that Vodafone will get the just-launched N97, a spokesperson does claim that the carrier will get a device known as the "N97 Mini" as well as the better-known BlackBerry Storm sequel. What the N97 Mini would involve isn't known other than "competitive pricing" when compared to the expensive full-size model.
LG has quietly added its first known QWERTY smartphone using Windows Mobile. The conventional design centers on a 2.4-inch display but should have an up-to-date feature set with a 3-megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps 3G over HSPA and a comparatively large 1,300mAh battery. The Korean company also promises extra "business-centric" features but doesn't say what these might be.
AT&T and Verizon late yesterday denied claims that they and other carriers are fixing SMS prices. Testifying in front of a US Senate subcommittee, the two companies insist that the sudden burst of per-message rate increases in the space of several months was conducted independently and that it doesn't reflect the actual price customers pay per message, as most customers have message bundles. AT&T general counsel Wayne Watts argues that the investigation started by Senator Herb Kohl is focusing too heavily on a single business model.
At the currently ongoing Infocomm show, Sanyo toda yshowed off a high-brightness LCD projector, the PDG-DET100L, as well as the PLC-WTC500L DLP projector. The former reportedly has the highest brightness rating in its class, at 7,500 lumens, and offers a 1400x1050 native resolution. The PDG-DET100L can also be used in the medical field, as it has a DICOM Simulation Mode that projects X-rays.
Casio on Wednesday launched an update to its slim projector line with a lone but important model, the XJ-S43W. The new DLP unit is now much friendlier to widescreen notebooks and HD sources with a 1280x800 native resolution. It's also now brighter and generates as much as 2,500 lumens with a 1,800:1 contrast ratio. Size remains the selling point as the system is just under 1.7 inches at its thickest point and less than 1.3 inches at its best.
LG today said it now plans to ship a 15-inch OLED TV sometime between December this year and January 2010. The screen, which may be made for a third-party instead of LG itself, should ship first to Korea but will be available in other countries soon afterwards. Its specifications haven't been made firm by LG VP of OLED sales Won Kim but, according to an interview with OLED-Info, will likely involve a higher resolution than the 960x540 (quarter HD) Sony XEL-1, which so far is the only commercially available stand-alone OLED display.
NVIDIA staff are now known today to have confirmed that the Zune HD uses a Tegra processor at its heart. Mentioning the feature to PC Perspective at Computex, the graphics company has made its first deal for the use of Tegra in a major product and is necessary for the Microsoft player's namesake HD video playback. The all-in-one processor offers hardware acceleration of video and can consume just 150mW of power at full speed, giving it battery life like a regular media player in spite of the demands of 720p video playback.
Logitech this morning claimed it could ease video chats through Vid, its own interpretation of video conferencing software. The software gives Macs and Windows PCs a solution outside of IM and relies only on e-mail addresses and thumbnail photos for contacts; users who don't already have the app get an invitation to download the software. It auto-optimizes the bitrate to ensure that the video and audio is as good as possible for the connection.
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