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Samson Go Mic utilizes multidirectional hinge

08/05, 7:15pm

Samson Go Mic released

Samson has released its newest microphone, the Go Mic. The device utilizes a USB connection for direct input, while a laptop mount that doubles as a tabletop stand. The microphone is compact in size, measuring 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches, and utilizes a multidirectional hinge to help ensure users record the intended audio. The device integrates a condenser microphone with a frequency response of 20Hz to 18kHz with 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution.

Pentax adds waterproof WS80 with 720p, more

08/05, 6:25pm

Pentax WS80 P80 E80 Cams

Pentax tonight updated its Optio compacts with three new models that include an update to its semi-rugged W models. The WS80 can withstand water at depths of up to 5 feet but still keeps in step with most newer point-and-shoot cameras, including an option of shooting 720p, 30FPS video rarely seen in its category. Still images are captured at 10 megapixels and get a relatively long 5X optical zoom as well as ISO 6,400 sensitivity, face detection and anti-shake compensation to compose shots.

Audio-Technica debuts new ATR series microphones

08/05, 6:10pm

Audio Technica new mics

Audio-Technica on Wednesday debuted 11 new ATR series microphones designed for home recordings, live performances, computers or camcorders. Products include the ATR1500, ATR1300, ATR1200 and ATR1100 vocal/instrument mics; the ATR6550, ATR6250, ATR4697 and ATR2250 specialty mics; the ATR4700 and ATR4600 computer mics; and the ATR5200 headset mic.

Moto Rival messaging phone lands at Telus

08/05, 6:00pm

Moto Rival at Telus

Telus this morning became only the second North American carrier to adopt the Motorola Rival on its network. The QWERTY slider is built for messaging with quick access to e-mail, Facebook and IM across Windows Live and Yahoo. It occupies the entry- to mid-range category among non-smartphones with a 2-megapixel camera, 3G data, a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSDHC support up to 8GB.

iPhone again triggering spike in flash memory

08/05, 5:40pm

iPhone and Flash Mem Spike

Apple's voracious use of NAND flash memory for iPhones could be the key spark in the entire industry over the next few years, iSuppli said today in a new study. The smartphone's existence is estimated to help multiply revenue in the business by 5.6 times from its 2008 numbers to $932.5 million by 2013. Much of this comes from Apple's insistence on stepping up the amount of memory with each upgrade. By pushing the capacity of the iPhone up by four from 8GB to 32GB, the company not only demands more memory itself but is indirectly pushing up the amount of memory others need to carry to remain competitive.

Lenovo shows IdeaCentre C100 all-in-one nettop

08/05, 5:00pm

Lenovo IdeaCentre C100

Lenovo recently showed its upcoming IdeaCentre C100 all-in-one nettop PC to a group of journalists, revealing a 20-inch screen and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Initial versions will have a 20-inch screen and run on the Windows Vista operating system, though later versions will have Windows 7 and a touchscreen. A DVD burner will be integrated, while hard drives will range from 80GB to 160GB units.

Motorola A3300 with Windows Mobile due in China

08/05, 4:35pm

Motorola A3300 in China

A new full touchscreen handset from Motorola was spotted in China recently, with the photos revealing it will be based on the Windows Mobile operating system, as one of the images clearly shows a Windows key. Specs on the A3300 are thin, but the device will sport a large touchsccreen, along with some touch-sensitive buttons at its base, reminiscent of the Samsung Instinct.

Lexicon intros BD-30 Blu-ray player with USB port

08/05, 4:15pm

Lexicon BD-30 BD player

Lexicon has recently announced it will soon begin shipping the BD-30 Blu-ray player, which supports BD-Live thanks in part to its Ethernet connection as well as the picture and picture BonusView feature. The player can also reproduce DVD content, which it will upscale to 1080p, as well as DVD Audio, SACD and CD formats. Lexicon is also quick to point out the BD-30's USB connection, which allows users to play back files from thumb drives and external hard drives, though there is no word on which types of audio or video file formats will be supported.

Renderings show Samsung Reclaim M560 for Sprint

08/05, 4:00pm

Spring Reclaim renderings

Two renderings of Samsung's Reclaim M560 handset have shown up on the web recently, with the device unofficially expected to arrive at Sprint stores on August 16th. The dual-band CDMA handset slides open to reveal a QWERTY keyboard, and should sport a 2.3-inch screen with 320x240 resolution. The handset otherwise promises to bring with it a 2-megapixel camera, a GPS sensor, Bluetooth functionality and a microSD memory card slot that stores music and video. A 2.5mm audio jack will let users enjoy their tunes.

Chrome, Safari chip at IE web share in July

08/05, 3:45pm

Net App Browser Share July

Internet Explorer's share of the web browser market has dropped to its lowest point in recent memory thanks to inroads from Apple and Google, new stats from Net Applications show. The web tracking firm says Microsoft's browser now has 67.68 percent of the market, lower than a previous low in April. Most of the losses came from both Chrome and Safari, which themselves reached all-time highs of 2.59 percent and 4.07 percent respectively.

RIM patents hybrid capacitive/resistive touch

08/05, 2:55pm

RIM patents hybrid display

BlackBerry maker RIM is attempting to merge the best of both worlds when it comes to resistive and capacitive touchscreens, as it has recently applied for a patent for a touchscreen display with both types of sensors. With such a setup, the device would be capable of fast response to bare fingers and support multi-touch gestures but would still have high precision when using a stylus. The main disadvantage of capacitive touchscreens, price, promises to be an even bigger issue with the hybrid display, however, suggesting it would only be used high-end BlackBerry devices, such as sequels to the Storm.

Toshiba ships 43nm solid-state drives

08/05, 2:40pm

Toshiba Ships 43nm SSDs

Toshiba at mid-day said it was shipping its first solid-state drives based on a smaller, denser 43 nanometer manufacturing process. These early examples are going directly to computer builders and should give them both added capacity and speed. In 2.5-inch form, drives now come up to 512GB in capacity and move data at read speeds up to 230MB per second and writes up to 180MB per second; 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities are also available.

T-Mobile ships myTouch 3G, Curve 8520

08/05, 2:00pm

T-Mobile outs myTouch 3G

T-Mobile today marked the official release of its second Android-powered handset, the myTouch 3G. Already delivered in advance to some pre-orders and reviewed here, the device is also T-Mobile's first keyboardless Android device sports a 3.2-inch display with haptic feedback for its keyboard as well as a trackball for one-handed use. Besides access to Google apps, it gets Microsoft Exchange support from HTC and multi-IM chat support for AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo. There is a 3.2-megapixel camera capable of recording video, a Wi-Fi connection and a slot for the included 4GB microSD card.

Rogers to carry 8GB iPhone 3GS? [U]

08/05, 1:45pm

8GB iPhone 3GS Rumor

(Updated with Rogers statement) A rumor suggests that Rogers, if not more carriers, may be replacing the 8GB iPhone 3G with a 3GS equivalent. Screen caps of what appears to be an internal website for the Canadian provider have it already launching the more advanced but lower capacity phone and deliberately bleeding stock of the old model until their supplies run dry. According to the BGR tip, stores are under strict orders not to sell new models in advance even if they arrive before the older phones disappear.

I-O Data tuner streams 1Seg TV to iPhone

08/05, 1:15pm

I-O Data intros SEG Clip

I-O Data has recently launched its latest SEG Clip, the GV-SC310, which connects to PCs via a USB connection and picks up 1Seg TV broadcasts. The tuner then has the ability to send these broadcasts wirelessly, whether live or recorded, to Sony's PSP or to iPhones and iPod touch devices.

Xbox 360 line to be reduced to Arcade, Elite?

08/05, 12:55pm

Only two Xbox 360 models?

Only two models of the Xbox 360 will persist into the future, leaked packaging suggests. Depicted in a photo are current and planned boxes for the 360 Arcade; the latter box lists only one other 360 as an option, that being the 120GB Elite. Missing is the current standard console, the Pro, which has been in production since 2005 and tends to be the best-selling Xbox system.

Zune HD's web browser is 'iPhone-like'

08/05, 12:10pm

Zune HD Browser Experience

The web browser for the Zune HD will be one of the highlights of Microsoft's media player when it ships, a hands-on with the devices show. Testing with the player by CNET reveals that the browser, although made by the Internet Explorer team, is directly comparable to Safari for the iPhone and can do nearly everything Apple's software can, including multi-touch commands and the on-screen keyboard. It only lacks recognition of embedded video.

Sony finalizes Memory Stick XC formats

08/05, 11:25am

Sony Memory Stick XC Final

Sony today published final details of its new high capacity version of its Memory Stick format first previewed at CES. Now known as Memory Stick XC, the format borrows much of its advancements from SDXC and switches to the newer exFAT file system to provide as much as 2TB of storage once flash memory advances. Full-speed XC-HG Duo and XC-HG Micro cards will also theoretically transfer up to the maximum 480Mbps (60MB per second) of USB 2.0 and should transfer at a minimum of 5MB per second even in the slowest environments.

Creative refreshes Inspire 2.1, 5.1 speakers

08/05, 10:40am

Creative T3130 T6160 Audio

Creative in mid-week has switched its attention to its computer speakers with two new Inspire speaker offerings. The range is topped by the T6160, a 5.1-channel surround setup that produces 30W across its satellites and supports them with a 20W subwoofer to handle low-end frequencies. It tries to improve high frequency audio through a phase cap that separates the mid-range.

Sprint intros two 4G to Wi-Fi mobile routers

08/05, 10:10am

Sprint 4G Pocket Routers

Sprint this morning gave its WiMAX-based 4G service a boost by introducing two new routers to bridge the mobile Internet connection to a local network. The Cradlepoint MBR1000 takes any of Sprint's 3G or 4G ExpressCard and USB modems, including all-in-one modems, and shares the connection over 802.11g or n Wi-Fi to as many as 32 different devices. Unlike most cellular routers, it has three large antennas to boost the range as much as with most landline routers.

Eee PC 1101HA now on sale in the US

08/05, 9:45am

Eee PC 1101HA now in US

The first Eee PC branded 11.6-inch netbook from ASUS, the 1101HA, is now being sold in the US. The netbook was originally slated for a late June release, at least in Europe. Part of the Seashell line due to its slim and tapered form factor, the netbook uses a 1.33GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1366x768 display resolution. Only available in black, the netbook uses a six-cell battery and weighs just over 3lbs.

Google buys On2 to boost YouTube quality

08/05, 9:30am

Google Buys On2

Google on Wednesday morning said it would buy On2 Technologies in a $106.5 million deal that could improve the quality of YouTube videos. The acquisition gives Google access to On2's video compression methods and is expected to directly translate into one or more of Google's video websites, most likely involving YouTube but potentially Google Video as well. While the search engine giant says it can't talk about product plans, it claims to be "committed to innovation" in video quality on the web.

BlackBerry edges iPhone 3GS in spring phone sales

08/05, 8:55am

IDC Spring US Sphone Sales

Despite a major phone launch, Apple's iPhone lineup was just edged out by Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices in US sales during the spring, according to IDC. Despite a high profile launch, the iPhone 3GS came in second while the BlackBerry Curve series took the lead. Of the top five, three were BlackBerries and included the original Pearl in third place as well as the AT&T-only Bold in fifth place. Apple's iPhone 3G came in fourth.

Logitech rolls pair of PowerPoint-aware remotes

08/05, 7:35am

Logitech PPoint Presenters

Logitech this morning swung out two presenter remotes designed specifically to streamline PowerPoint slideshows. The Professional Presenter R800 tops the entries and not only lets users advance or backtrack through slides but includes a display that counts down to the intended finish of a presentation and provides vibrating alerts in the last five minutes. It also has a 100-foot range that helps for presenting in lecture halls and uses a green laser that should work on less friendly surfaces.

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