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Netgear launches dual-band Wireless-N router

06/29, 11:10pm

Netgear ships new router

Netgear on Monday launched the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300, featuring an eight-antennae setup that delivers more channels, less interference and better connections. The dual-band Wireless-N router offers the bandwidth to support simultaneously surfing the Internet, e-mailing, streaming HD video, playing online games and making VoIP calls. The new router adds a "Push 'N' Connect" feature that allows users to quickly and securely add computers to the wireless network.

Image leaks show Nikon D3000, D300s

06/29, 11:10pm

Nikon D3000 D300s

Image leaks appear to corroborate reports of Nikon's upcoming D3000 and D300s DSLRs. The D3000 is expected to be a scaled-down version of the company's D5000, with a smaller body and lacking a swivel LCD display. An alleged image posted on LensTip shows a shorter stature and reduced-size flash components, potentially indicating a smaller viewfinder. The device also omits a microphone, while the smaller cover for ports suggests an HDMI connection is also missing.

Hercules announces ePlug network extender

06/29, 11:05pm

ePlug Ethernet extender

Hercules has announced the ePlug, a new Ethernet extender that helps deliver internet access to any room in a house that has an electrical socket. When plugging the device in the ePlug uses the existing electrical wiring to provide broadband (cable/DSL) access throughout the home. The Adapter also helps protect the user's information by keeping the network within the home, and includes its own password and pre-secured network. Additional features provide a pairing button for adding other ePlug adapters, and a web interface for monitoring the Powerline Communications Network, checking transfer speeds and reseting passwords.

Asus intros slim external Blu-ray combo burner

06/29, 10:50pm

Asus external BD burner

Asus has introduced the SBC-04D1S-U, an external Blu-ray burner featuring a slim form-factor. The device stands vertically and provides a gloss-black finish, with controls for the brightness of an external blue LED. When writing to discs, the burner supports 4.8X speeds for BD-ROM/R/RE media, 8X for DVD+R discs and 24X for the CD-R format.

Unofficial Canon T1 DSLR specs revealed

06/29, 5:15pm

Canon T1 DSLR specs out

Unofficial specs of the upcoming rumored Canon T1 DSLR were released as an update to last week's rumors, which had Canon releasing it on Tuesday, June 30th. The specs put the T1's sensor at 15.1 megapixels, give it a 3-inch non-articulating LCD and 7-point autofocusing.

Samsung GX-30 DSLR specs revealed?

06/29, 4:45pm

Samsung GX-30 DSLR specs

A rumor floated on Monday by Photo Rumors has provided detailed but admittedly unofficial specs for the upcoming Samsung GX-30 digital SLR camera. The new camera is said to feature a 15-megapixel CMOS sensor (14.6 effective megapixels) housed in an environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body. There is a 3-inch AMOLED display that swings out and tilts and has a Live View feature with contrast AF, face detection and tracking AF in addition to a viewfinder.

Dell only making a non-phone Android device?

06/29, 4:45pm

Dell Android Touch Device

Dell's rumored smartphone may only be an Internet-capable handheld, a leak today says. A contact for the Wall Street Journal supports the belief that an Android-based touchscreen device is in the works but that it won't have phone features. It should be slightly larger than the iPod touch and would instead focus on Internet access.

ZigBee announces Green Power feature set

06/29, 4:25pm

ZigBee Green Power tech

The ZigBee Alliance on Monday it is developing the ZigBee Green Power feature set that would allow for the development of self-powered, energy-harvesting electronics devices. With 300 members from across the world, ZigBee says the new technology standard will be compatible with existing ZiGbee and ZigBee PRO networks. It will allow for the creation of new, maintenance-free products that do not require wires and batteries.

US Supreme Court rejects appeal on Cablevision DVR

06/29, 4:15pm

Court reject RS-DVR appeal

The US Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by film studios and television networks of a New York court ruling that would allow a new type of digital video recorder service from Cablevision. A report says the justices refused to review a ruling made by a US Court of Appeals in New York that said Cablevision's proposed service would not directly infringe the copyrights of the media companies that produce the recorded movie and TV programs. No reason for the rejection was given.

Nokia staff discount prefers iPhone 3GS?

06/29, 4:05pm

Nokia Disco Favors iPhone

Nokia could paradoxically favor the iPhone rather than its own devices for employee discounts if info discovered today proves true. Where staff reportedly get a 10 percent discount on the flagship N97, the Inquirer understands that those same workers would receive a 17 percent discount on a new iPhone 3GS. It's not clear whether this applies to the unsubsidized prices or to contract plans.

Comcast starts up own WiMAX service

06/29, 3:35pm

Comcast High Speed 2Go

Comcast on Monday marked the launch of its own 4G Internet access in the form of High-Speed 2go [currently a sign-in page]. The service depends on Clearwire's WiMAX network and supplies peak real-world speeds of about 4Mbps downstream anywhere within the coverage range. Like service from Clearwire or Sprint, it's not locked to a particular location and can be had either for mobile use or else as a fixed install at home.

NVIDIA Tegra phone due from "big five" firm

06/29, 3:05pm

Tegra Phones in Fall

A major smartphone manufacturer is due to launch a phone based on NVIDIA's Tegra platform, the company has let slip in interviews. One of the "top five" smartphone producers should have a phone based on the advanced graphics technology before the end of the year. The company has also said in a discussion with CrunchGear that it should reach AT&T and T-Mobile for about $199.

Sprint adds Motorola Clutch i465 to handset lineup

06/29, 2:25pm

Sprint adds Moto Clutch

Wireless provider Sprint on Monday announced it will offer the Motorola Clutch i465 later this summer. First offered by Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile, the Clutch is a rugged device that meets the US military's 810F specifcations and is rated to withstand temperature and altitude extremes, as well as exposure to dust, shock, vibration and solar radiation. The device is also the first device with a full QWERTY keyboard to run on Sprint's iDEN push-to-talk network.

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone platform

06/29, 1:55pm

Windows Phone revealed

The Windows Mobile cellular platform is being rechristened as Windows Phone, says Microsoft's French product chief for the software, Audrey Zolghadr. The name change should come with a fall OS update -- formerly known as Windows Mobile 6.5 -- and harmonize the interfaces for updated services including Marketplace, MyPhone and the various Live options, such as Messenger and Hotmail. When it launches the Marketplace should contain some 600 certified applications, a fraction of the approximate 20,000 apps in wide distribution.

PQI Cool Drive U360 syncs PCs for file transfers

06/29, 1:50pm

PQI Cool Drive syncs PCs

PQI has recently released the Cool Drive U360, which connects two computers via their USB ports and allows high-speed (claimed to be 17MBps) file transfers between them. A flash drive in capacities ranging between 4GB and 16GB holds software that syncs folders in the two computers as well as Outlook data when using a Windows PC. Shared folders can also be browsed on either end of the link.

Hannspree intros 25-inch 1080p LCD HDTV

06/29, 12:45pm

Hannspree 25-inch HDTV

Hannspree on Monday announced it has brought its 25-inch ST251MKB 1080p LCD HDTV set to the US market. The set is the first and smallest in the new ST series, which designates mainstream, budget digital TVs. Capable of supporting 1080p resolution, the ST251MKB also sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2ms response time. Brightness is rated at 300cd/m2 while the dynamic contrast ratio is 10,000:1.

Gateway slips in two budget FX gaming notebooks

06/29, 12:25pm

Gateway FX Notes June 2009

Gateway has quietly updated its P series FX gaming notebooks with a pair of updated and lower-cost models compared to what it's offered in the past. The 17-inch P-7809u is new and has a Montevina refresh-era 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo despite costing less than the earlier P-7805u. It also has a full 500GB of hard drive space (up from 320GB), 4GB of RAM and the previously-used 1GB GeForce 9800M key to its gaming credentials.

Samsung readying high-end NVIDIA Ion netbook

06/29, 11:50am

Samsung N510 Leak

Samsung will be one of the next PC makers to launch a netbook based on NVIDIA's Ion platform based on a combination of a leak. Shown briefly during an NVIDIA presentation, the N510 is now known by insiders for Blogeee to use Ion to significantly improve 3D graphics and HD video decoding. It will also be Samsung's largest netbook-class system with a 11.6-inch display, although a very narrow bezel should reduce the overall footprint of the computer.

AgfaPhoto shows DV-600uw rugged camera

06/29, 11:15am

AgfaPhoto rugged camera

AgfaPhoto on Monday unveiled its new 6-megapixel DC-600uw point and shoot camera. The entry is one of the company's few rugged models and is rated to withstand submersion in water up to 33 feet deep. Other than to resistance to water, the DC-600uw can also withstand shock from drops as well as dust and dirt.

Acer may overtake Dell for No. 2 spot

06/29, 11:05am

Acer May Overtake Dell

Taiwanese PC builder Acer is poised to outpace Dell and get second place in PC industry market share, new insights show. The New York Times notes that Acer gained 3 percent world market share last year compared to a near-flat 0.1 percent for Dell and that the gap closed this past quarter to just 2 percent. The difference is attributed to a clearer focus on PCs than Dell as well as an emphasis on lower-cost systems and a much leaner inventory system that sees Acer worry less about stock.

AVerMedia launches HD dual digital tuner

06/29, 9:50am

AVerMedia dual TV tuner

AVerMedia on Monday announced it has released its AVerTVHD Duet dual TV tuner in North America. The Windows 7-compatible product can receive over-the-air HD Digital TV signals (ATSC) or unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM) and can either record two programs simultaneously or else allow users to watch one program while recording another. AVerTVHD Duet sports a PCI Express interface that is faster than a traditional PCI connection.

Apple, others agree to micro USB standard in EU

06/29, 9:30am

Apple Agrees to Micro USB

Several major cellphone makers today agreed to support a European Union push for a universal charger standard. Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have signed a deal with the European Commission that will see micro USB become the default connector for powering cellphones in the continent. Chipset producers like NEC, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have also agreed to the deal.

Sony just starting on PSP-based iPhone rival?

06/29, 9:00am

Sony PSP Phone Leak

Sony is just now developing a gaming-themed phone that would be targeted explicitly at the iPhone, Japan's Nikkei BP said this weekend. The company is supposedly creating a device team as soon as July that would merge the gaming qualities of the PSP with its Sony Ericsson handsets. It's implied that the device would have a touchscreen to better position the device against Apple's hardware.

Vodafone considering T-Mobile UK buyout?

06/29, 8:15am

Vodafone May Buy T-Mo UK

An apparent leak late Sunday suggests that Vodafone may be interested in buying T-Mobile's British division. Reported sources for FT have the former either buying the smaller UK carrier or else establishing a joint venture. The deal would be possible thanks to T-Mobile's widely rumored dire financial state, which may have left the company with little choice but to look for a partner.

Intel moving 32nm processors up to 2009?

06/29, 7:30am

Intel Clarkdale Moving Up

Intel may be accelerating the launch of its first 32 nanometer desktop parts to this year if claims circulated by mainboard producers are accurate. Its first dual-core processors based on the most recent Nehalem architecture, nicknamed Clarkdale, was originally thought to be shipping in early 2010 but is now said by DigiTimes to be releasing these processors late this year. Production would be limited at first but would already have 32nm chips overtaking Core 2 Quad processors in terms of volume.

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