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Samsung tonight advanced hard drives in cautious form by upgrading the density, not the capacity, of its Spinpoint line. The Spinpoint F3 reaches a maximum 1TB of space but does so using only two 500GB platters instead of the usual three or four; the move significantly increases the speed of accessing data as much as 30 percent by reducing the seek time for data. It moreover improves the reliability of the drives by reducing the number of moving parts.
DXG has launched a new series of camcorders, the Luxe Collection, geared for the style-conscious. Each of the devices is capable of capturing 720p video at 30fps, along with 8-megapixel stills. Users can view the live video on a 3" LCD screen that can be rotated or closed against the camera body, while an HDMI output can be used for playback on a television.
Sony is set to release several new DualShock 3 controllers later this year, with recent images showing patriotic offerings sporting either "Metallic Blue" or "Deep Red" housing colors, according to Engadget. Other than the aesthetic changes, the controllers appear to match the current black DualShock 3 design.
Super Talent on Tuesday announced that its Pico series of water resistant USB drives are now available in 32GB capacities. The Pico C, measuring 31mm x 12mm, is available with either a gold- or nickel-plated finish and is claimed to support read speeds of up to 30MB/s. The Pico E features a sliding lid and gold-plated finish. The company also offers optional AES-256 hardware encryption for both series.
The yet unannounced Nikon D300s is expected to be announced at press conferences this week, while additional live images have surfaced. The latest photo, posted on NikonRumors, was allegedly taken at a Nikon Club event in the Philippines. Holes for the microphone appear to match the previous leaks of alleged press renderings.
Novero has recently unveiled its first and only consumer product, the aptly called TheFirstOne Bluetooth headset. It sports dual microphones, with noise-canceling and one-touch controls for placing calls or adding a third person into a conference call. Novero claims its Bluetooth headset has the best background noise filtering DSP technology of any device in its class. The device automatically pairs with Bluetooth phones that are discoverable and within range, while battery life is rated at 4.5 hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby.
Microsoft recently announced the release of its Office 2010 Click-To-Run Technical Preview program for certain users with access to the office suite beta, allowing them to use Office programs while they are still downloading. The applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote and is meant for home, student and small business users, with Microsoft indicating it's a taste of things to come from the software giant. Office 2010 is still in the beta stage, and Microsoft is encouraging the limited number of testers to share their feedback after using the software.
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced it has made a new Sidekick Sync application for its Sidekick LX handset, which would now support real time push e-mail, let users view attachments in said e-mails. Now available via the Download Catalog, the application will also synchronize its phonebook with a corporate directory, as well as full sync support via an Exchange calendar and its meeting and event reminders.
Normally known for its notebook-sized external disks, Toshiba this afternoon leapt into full-size drives with its External HDD line. The new entries try to be more attractive than the typical drive with a rounded, black-and-chrome look that lines up with the look of most computers, including its own. All drives have not only USB but eSATA for a particularly high-speed link on those computers that support the format.
Taiwan-based A-DATA announced on Tuesday it will soon release single 4GB DDR3 DRAM modules as part of its performance memory offerings. The high-capacity sticks will be available in the U-DIMM configuration for desktop applications, SO-DIMM for notebooks and unbuffered ECC-DIMM/ECC Registered DIMM for workstations and servers. Other than the higher capacity, A-DATA touts less energy use than when using two sticks to achieve the same total capacity.
Fabless semiconductor manufacturer MaxLinear recently announced it has teamed up with TV tuner maker Hauppauge Digital to bring the first add-on TV tuner card for netbooks and UMPCs to market. The card, based on MaxLinear's MxL5007T CMOS silicon tuner, can pick up over-the-air HD video ATSC TV signals, European standards that include DVB-T, DVB-H and DMB-T and QAM, which are unencrypted HD cable video channels.
iLuv today quickly followed Belkin by providing official details of its own remote adapter for the newer iPod shuffle. Already teased, the IEA15 gives any minijack earbud or headphone set the same controls as Apple's remote, both for click actions and for volume. The add-on is also confirmed to add full remote control to any other 2008 iPod as well as the iPhone 3GS.
AT&T should pick up a low-cost touchscreen phone in a matter of days, according to a late leak. Previously known as the Infinity, the Samsung Solstice should bring a 3-inch LCD touchscreen with Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface and an on-screen keyboard with haptic (vibration) feedback. A promo sheet given to BGR shows it getting features matching its budget aim with a 2-megapixel camera, 3G over HSPA and assisted GPS.
Canadian cell provider Rogers today reported both very positive but also cautionary spring quarter results that center predominantly on the iPhone. The company's cellphone revenue grew by about 6 percent compared to a year ago after the company sold 315,000 smartphones and said the majority were iPhones followed by BlackBerries and Android phones. As with AT&T, Apple and others also led to a large jump in revenue from data plans, which spiked 38 percent, as well as a very low amount of churn (old customers being replaced with new) of exactly 1 percent.
PC makers ASUS and Acer are reportedly no longer poised to release any new, as-yet unnannounced netbook PCs during the balance of 2009, because Intel has delayed the launch of its entry-level chips, including its Pine Trail M platform, until the start of 2010. According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, Acer will specifically delay its Android-powered netbook until a later, unspecified date. Originally planned for an August release, the netbook was delayed as the market demand for such a device was deemed not to high enough.
Barnes & Noble on Tuesday announced it has teamed up with AT&T for free-to-access Wi-Fi hotspots at its stores across the US. This will give customers access to the Internet as a whole but is naturally intended as an incentive to use the company's e-book store. Those who sign up will also have the option of receiving messages from the book store chain, including coupons to the cafés, recommended or best-seller lists, author signings, and other events.
Two more companies are set to join the ranks supplying memory for the iPhone 3GS, industry sources claim. Hynix's 41nm NAND flash is said to have recently passed 3GS validation, paving the way for future deliveries. Details of a Micron agreement have also allegedly emerged, pointing to volume shipments for Apple beginning in August. Unlike Hynix, Micron has 34nm chips ready to go, the sources say.
Greenpeace through its Twitter feed said Tuesday that it has launched a campaign against HP today to criticize the company for its environmental policy. The activist group claims to have painted the roof of HP's Palo Alto headquarters with the words "hazardous products" and to be calling HP staffers with automated messages from William Shatner asking why the company hasn't lived up to its promises of greener products. The protesters now hold Apple as a model for green improvement and claim HP is lagging behind, particularly in its continued use of toxics like bromide flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its computers.
CSR's GPS division SiRF today introduced SiRFstar IV, a new generation of GPS chipsets ultimately intended for smartphones and other particularly low-power handhelds. It improves on the longstanding SiRFstar III used in many dedicated navigators by supporting a new very low-power state. Rather than have to shut off completely when not in use to save battery life, it can enter a near-sleep state that can acquire a position fix much faster than it would from a cold start.
Pioneer today helped fill the need for external optical drives among netbooks and ultraportables by releasing the DVR-XD09. Replacing the earlier XD08, it writes and reads single-layer DVDs at 8X but has a footprint only slightly larger than the disc itself, making it even smaller than the older model. It's similarly light at half a pound and uses top loading instead of the usual front drive bay.
Arriving late to touchscreen players, Creative today unveiled the Zii Egg. The device is in its stock form a competitor to the iPod touch with a 3.5-inch 480x320 multi-touch display that supports music, photo and video playback as well as web browsing. Creative however sees the device as a development platform. The built-in Plaszma operating system is Linux-based and therefore open-source, letting companies or end users add software, change features or even replace the OS; the device is ready to use Google's Android almost out of the box.
Belkin this morning addressed the complaints of those wanting to use more advanced headphones with Apple's third-generation iPod shuffle and launched its Headphone Adapter for the music player. The simple add-on gives any typical earbuds or headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack a remote much like Apple's own pack-in model, including the ability to invoke VoiceOver. It's not known if other iPods receive similar features.
Rogers on Tuesday became the first North American cellular carrier to start deploying HSPA+ on its 3G network. A gradual rollout will bring the Canadian provider's network up to the standard's peak download rates 21Mbps, or about three times the speed of its existing 7.2Mbps network. While unstated, the network should also provide upstream speeds of up to 5.76Mbps in peak conditions.
Sprint this morning said it would buy out Virgin Mobile's US division for an equity value of $483 million. The deal cancels out Virgin's $248 million in outstanding debts and is intended to bolster Sprint's efforts in the arena of prepaid phones. Although Sprint already had a 13.1 percent stake in Virgin, the company now says it will use the takeover to unite its entirely self-run Boost Mobile service with Virgin under a single roof.
Novatel today catered to subscribers on AT&T and Rogers with a new version of its MiFi pocket router for HSPA-based 3G. The MiFi 2372 HSPA gives subscribers on these networks up to 7.2Mbps HSDPA to share with as many as five devices by creating its own Wi-Fi hotspot. It also adds full HSUPA for up to 5.76Mbps upstream should either carrier adopt the standard in the future.
AMD on Tuesday revealed a new flagship professional workstation card. The ATI FirePro V8750 has the same 800 shader (visual effect) units as the company's fastest Radeon HD cards but excels in sheer memory performance: the card comes with 2GB of GDDR5 graphics memory that handles a peak 115.2GB per second. The bandwidth is about 30 percent more than an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 but is estimated to be between 56 and 118 percent faster for high-end 3D modeling and other tasks that often need large amounts of fast memory.
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