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iLuv on Wednesday debuted the iMM9400, a vertical audio system featuring four CD players, an iPod dock, AM/FM tuner, SD card slot and a USB port. Each speaker is capable of 10W RMS output or 20W peak, while a dedicated output jack can be used to connect a subwoofer. The device can play MP3 or WMA files from SD cards or USB-attached media, while the CD players also support MP3 format.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the availability of release to manufacturing (RTM) versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The operating system has completed all of the initial development steps, while the RTM will give the company a chance to run validation checks, including languages, before it is provided to the public.
LG on Wednesday shipped the LH90 series of 1080p LCD HDTVs, the first it says feature both LED backlighting and which pass the THX Display Certification process. Each TV supports contrast rations up to 2,000,000:1, while TruMotion technology converts the refresh rate to 240Hz. The integrated THX Movie Mode is designed to optimize the color, black levels and signal processing.
The next generation of Sony's S-Series Walkman may have been exposed in a leaked press photo posted on Sony Insider. The image, allegedly provided by a credible source, shows several players sporting several different colors including pink, blue, black and red. The design appears to have been refined, keeping the same button configuration but with a larger screen similar to the company's X-Series.
After surfacing earlier this month, DYMO today officially launched three new label printers in its LabelWriter 450 series. The 450 series printers output US Postal Service approved labels, barcodes and name badges, among other uses. The new series can print from 50 to 70 labels per minute, depending on the model, from software like Word, Outlook, QuickBooks and CardScan. USPS labels can be printed for First Class, Express Mail, Flat Rate postage, postcards and more. The label writers connect to Macs and PCs via USB.
EMC's security division, RSA, has launched the RSA SecurID Software Token for iPhone, enabling an Apple handheld to be used as a SecurID authenticator. It works in conjunction with a SecurID token seed -- and RSA's Authentication Manager software -- to provide a one-time password that changes every 60 seconds, creating a secure access point. A single tap enables the program, using a unique token seed provided by a person's IT organization.
Following up earlier rumors of an HTC handset, the Leo, the latest leak shows the device's specs and reveals that what was actually known as Firestone will become the Leo, as the specs reveal no QWERTY keyboard. Instead, the Leo will apparently have a fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 480x800 resolution and 320MB of RAM, according to one source. Otherwise, the dual-band HSDPA handset will have quad-band GSM/EDGE network support and should run Windows Mobile 6.5.
AMD on Wednesday announced that is has recently shipped its 500 millionth x86 proccessor. To celebrate this milestone, which conveniently occurred during the chipmaker's 40th anniversary celebrations, AMD is giving away four HP Pavilion dv2z notebooks. Beginning July 27th, those interested in the contest can enter by answering questions AMD will post on its Twitter page regarding the company's history, with a new question posted every two weeks for 8 weeks.
Gaming PC maker Alienware on Wednesday said it would open its first store at the Micro Center near New York City. To be called The Alienware Experience, the store will be a try-only boutique like Dell's few locations and give visitors the chance to experience Alienware's gaming hardware firsthand, albeit without the option of buying systems in-store. The first 500 visitors will get special Alienware T-shirts, gift bags and 2GB USB drives. Those who participate in the LAN games will also have at winning extra prizes including PC games, speakers, keyboards, mice and headphones.
It looks like LG's GD910 watch phone won't have the market all to itself, as Samsung is soon planning to make its own splash in the category with its S9110. Touted as the world's thinnest, at just about 0.47 thick, the device will have a built-in speakerphone and Bluetooth support for syncing to compatible headsets and headphones. Users will interface with the device via a 1.76-inch touchscreen, although there will be voice recognition.
An unheard of BlackBerry handset, the Thunder, showed up in Verizon's inventory recently, as this image shows. Whether or not this is just Verizon's own naming scheme for the recently spotted BlackBerry 9550, the Storm sequel, is not clear, but widely expected to be the case, although it could be the Curve 8520 that has also been recently making news. Another theory is that the Thunder name is just a placeholder for the Storm 2, as it does appear just under the Storm and follows correctly in alphabetical order.
LG claimed to be flying in the face of the phone industry today with claims of a record spring quarter. The company said its worldwide revenue grew 13.8 percent to $11.2 billion but was particularly happy with its cellphone sales, which saw its revenue surge 25.8 percent to almost $4 billion. The Korean company shipped about 29.8 million phones during the period, also a high point for its results, and notes that the results skewed towards more expensive mid-range phones: actual shipments grew a more modest 7.8 percent.
HTC is planning on increasing the use of the Android platform on its handsets to more than 50 percent in 2010, replacing Windows Mobile as the dominant OS, Taiwan's DigiTimes reported on Wednesday while referring to claimed industry sources. This is a significant increase from the current split, as HTC now offers about 30 percent of its handsets preloaded with the Google-developed, open source operating system.
The stock market rally following Apple's record quarterly results has pushed its market cap past that of Google, according to financial tracking data. As of Wednesday afternoon, the combined worth of all of Apple's stock is about $140 billion, or just past the roughly $135 billion of the search engine giant. The milestone comes even as Apple has had a steeper short-term recovery; the company dropped from near the $200 mark last year to as low as $78 in February, or half its current value.
Olympus on Wednesday announced the addition of three new point and shoot digital cameras to its FE series, including the FE-5020, FE-4000 and FE-46, all with 12-megapixel sensors. The FE-5020 and FE-4000 feature ultra-wide angle lenses, with the former offering a 5x zoom lens, or the 35mm equivalent of 24mm-120mm, and the latter sporting a 4x (26mm-105mm) lens. All share the same 2.7-inch LCD screen and have enhanced tracking capabilities, including Intelligent Auto that picks the best mode for a particular environment and AF Tracking that focuses on fast-moving subjects and can remember them even when they leave the frame.
Olympus has announced the Stylus-7010, an upcoming compact camera. The model relies on a 12-megapixel sensor, backed by a TruePic III image processor. Distinguishing the 7010 from rivals is the presence of a 7x zoom lens, providing range equivalent to 28-196mm on a full-sized SLR sensor. Hardware image stabilization is handled through sensor-shift technology.
RIM's BlackBerry Storm sequel, the 9550, won't be a conspicuous overhaul of the original but should improve on the many flaws of the original, a test of a prototype shows. In spite of some rumors, CrackBerry finds the new touchscreen BlackBerry should still have the click-down screen but has a much improved response compared to today's Storm, whose screen has often been criticized for slowing down input rather than providing the physical feedback. Build quality is deemed "much nicer" than the present phone and shows fewer gaps or other breakable parts.
Fujifilm wrapped up its camera introductions with four more economic FinePix models, including an update to its fashion-oriented compacts. The F37 is a typical 10-megapixel, 3X zoom camera but has a very rounded body and the pick of multiple colors, including two-tone black/red and pink/white versions. It carries full scene detection and face detection and records movies in VGA. Deliveries start in August for $150.
Synaptics today vowed to bring itself back to prominence in touchscreens with the unveiling of the ClearPad 3000. The capacitive sensor layer is one of the first its size to support many sources at once and can recognize a full 10 fingers for pinches, rotation or other commands. It also works with touchscreens up to 8 inches across and is precise to within 1mm (0.04in), allowing genuinely accurate input. Going almost entirely without a border or thickness of its own, it's likewise seen as subtle enough to match OLEDs and other very thin displays.
Plastic Logic announced on Wednesday that it will partner with wireless provider AT&T to deliver content over 3G for its e-book reader. The news comes just after Plastic Logic's alliance with bookstore Barnes & Noble. The feature will give readers relatively wide-area wireless options to download newspapers, magazines and other periodicals in addition to books.
As part of its camera launches today, Fujifilm provided nearly all details for its Real 3D W1 camera and its matching viewer. The W1 shoots regular 2D images at 10 megapixels but has two sensor/lens combos that produce a stereoscopic 3D image. In spite of the complexity, the camera has 3X optical zoom synced between the two items; Fujifilm has also revealed that the compact can take 3D video or uncouple the two images so that it's possible to either adjust the amount of depth or take the second shot from a slightly different viewpoint to induce a greater sense of spatial perception.
Aptina Imaging is the exclusive supplier of the 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensors for Microsoft's Project Natal for the new Xbox 360 and will be key to a new bundle, according to a Wednesday report. In addition to being needed for the full-body motion controller's optics, the company is said by Taiwanese sources for DigiTimes to be gearing up for the release of a new Xbox 360 that will carry the Project Natal system and ship in the second half of 2010.
Canon on Wednesday revealed a new type of image stabilization that it hopes will produce even cleaner images for still photography. Nicknamed Hybrid IS, it would include typical shift IS to compensate for vertical and lateral shake but will also have an angular velocity sensor to catch unintended tilt. The change should reduce the amount of blur both in medium- to long-range shooting, where conventional IS works best, as well as in historically difficult macro photography.
T-Mobile today picked up two messaging phones from Samsung, including a rare horizontal flip version. The Comeback opens notebook-style for its QWERTY keyboard and gets a relatively large landscape LCD as a result. Much like the LG enV, when closed it has a number pad on its outer face for typical phone functions. It supports T-Mobile's 3G network and carries a 2-megapixel camera plus microSDHC storage. The Comeback is already available today but, despite not being a smartphone, costs $130 on a two-year contract.
Fujifilm early today launched two new FinePix cameras based on the more advanced EXR sensor found in the F200EXR. The new S200EXR has the same unique option of halving the 12-megapixel resolution to either reduce noise in low light or improve dynamic range, but is targeted at "prosumer" users with a 14.3X, 30.5-436mm lens, the option of shooting in RAW, and new pro shooting modes. The Pro Focus mode replicates the shallow depth of field possible with an SLR and takes a burst of shots at different focuses to put a sharp subject in front of a soft-focus background; Pro Low-light takes four low-noise shots in EXR mode and overlaps them to reduce the noise at ISO 1,600.
As expected, Intel on Wednesday appealed the record-setting 1.06 billion Euro antitrust fine it recently received from the European Union. The appeal was made in a Luxembourg court, according to a company spokesperson response to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). The fine was ordered in May, when the EU's antitrust regulator ruled that Intel was offering rebates to computer makers that encouraged them to stop buying a large amount of chips from rival AMD, among other anticompetitive practices.
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