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DVD Jon receives subpoena in Apple antitrust suit

08/11, 11:35pm

DVD Jon Apple subpoena

John Lech Johansen, known to many as DVD Jon, has been served a subpoena in the ongoing Apple iTunes antitrust case. The plaintiff's attorney, Thomas Merrick, requested the subpoena to gather relevant documents that Johansen might have in his possession.

Injunction banning RealDVD sales upheld

08/11, 11:05pm

RealDVD Injuction Stays

A US court on Tuesday maintained (reg. required) a preliminary injunction that prevents RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD software pending the results of a lawsuit against the company. The decision is characterized by Judge Marilyn Patel as a safeguard given the legal ramifications of the technology. While she agrees individual DVD copying is legal given fair use principles, she warns that software designed to streamline copying and sharing DVDs is often illegal under federal law and that allowing sales may run afoul of that law.

Zune HD promo shows Sept. 15 release date

08/11, 10:35pm

Zune HD Promo Sept 15

The Zune HD may ship a week later than expected if a Best Buy retail promo is an indicator. Although two previous sources have cited an in-stock date of September 8, Gizmodo now sees a pre-order campaign that will have the Microsoft player available September 15th, or exactly a week later. They additionally confirm 16GB and 32GB versions of the touch player.

Sprint bringing 4G to Maui, Charlotte, Austin, Boise

08/11, 9:15pm

Sprint expanding 4G range

Sprint on Tuesday announced plans to expand its 4G WiMAX service to 17 additional cities in Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The carrier claims mobile broadband speeds reaching 10 Mb/s while downloading or between 3-6 Mb/s for uploads. The 4G service is said to exceed 3G speeds by a factor of three to five.

Moto Sholes to use Android 2.0, due for AT&T too?

08/11, 6:45pm

Moto Sholes Android 2

Motorola's first high-end Android phone, the Sholes, could be not only the flagship device for the company but for Google itself. An uncharacteristically detailed leak on Tuesday claims that the touchscreen slider is built for Android 2.0, also nicknamed "Eclair" by Google, and that the smartphone OS may actually launch first on the device. The OS should include whole-device search as well as voice recognition and text-to-speech.

Yale University, SRC develop next-gen DRAM

08/11, 6:15pm

Next-gen DRAM developed

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) together with researchers at Yale University researchers on Tuesday announced they have found a way to significantly increase performance of DRAM chips. The improvements stem from using ferroelectric layers that no longer requires the use of a storage capacitor found in conventional DRAM cells. Called Ferroelectric DRAM (FeDRAM), the cells would have a cell structure that closely resembles that of a CMOS transistor, with ferroelectric rather than dielectric gates.

Sony admits defective NVIDIA graphics in VAIOs

08/11, 6:00pm

Sony admits graphics fault

Sony recently issued a statement of confession admitting it used defective NVIDIA graphics chips in 14 models of its VAIO notebooks, according to a Tuesday report. As with other companies' related video issues, the chips would gradually be worn down by heat problems and result in distorted graphics, display artifacts and eventually blank screens. Sony will repair the affected VAIO PCs for free for up to four years after the systems were bought.

Dell puts out Nickelodeon Inspiron Mini 10

08/11, 5:40pm

Dell Mini 10 Nickelodeon

Dell in an unusual evening launch revealed its first non-education PC aimed at kids. A Nickelodeon Edition of the Inspiron Mini 10v will have a "slime" color scheme both on the lid and palm rest as well as a custom, Stardock-designed Windows XP skin with colors and icons themed around the TV network's shows. It also gets multiple links to special web portals on Nickelodeon's website and an updating desktop widget.

Microsoft, Nokia to detail "alliance" tomorrow

08/11, 5:30pm

MS Nokia Office Tomorrow

Microsoft this evening said it and Nokia together would hold a conference call late tomorrow morning to unveil an "alliance" between the two firms. The two aren't specific about details. As the call will be led by Microsoft Business president Stephen Elop as well as Nokia's executive devices VP Kai Öistämö, however, it's the news may involve the addition of Office apps to Nokia's smartphones, especially its Eseries business models.

Zune HD now available for pre-order at Amazon

08/11, 4:55pm

Zune HD preorder at Amazon

Amazon has recently posted a product page for the 16GB and 32GB Microsoft Zune HD portable media players, revealing their prices but not shipping dates. The prices match those from a recent leak from Best Buy regarding the very same products, and the Zune HDs are expected to launch at Amazon as the same time as Best Buy, which should be September 8th.

Dell Ophone named, still on schedule for this week

08/11, 4:45pm

Dell Ophone named

A report from earlier this week had Dell's smartphone launching in China this week. A new, Tuesday report backs up those rumors, and goes on to unveil the name of the device. To be called mini3i, the device will launch at China Mobile. Sold under the Ophone brand, the carrier plans to add rebadged devices from other manufacturers under the new name.

Razer set to intro StarCraft II gaming peripherals

08/11, 4:25pm

Razer to intro peripherals

PC gaming peripherals maker Razer on Tuesday announced it will soon reveal some new, high-end controllers for Blizzard's StarCraft II strategy game, with some placeholders already on its site for upcoming peripherals that include a mouse, keyboard and headset. The hardware maker promises the devices will be tournament-grade, though no other specific information was revealed.

LG survey hints "bloom" phone, Synergy netbook

08/11, 4:15pm

LG Survey Leaks

A survey leaked out today has provided a probable clue as to LG's design direction for its phones and tight integration between these and future notebooks. The most unique spotted by Engadget would be the Dome, a spiritual successor to the enV3 that would have a unique curved shape that aids the keyboard. While the QWERTY pad would lay flat when the phone is closed, it would "bloom" outwards when the clamshell is open and space the keys far enough apart to be more comfortable during typing.

Ion-powered Samsung N510 due in September

08/11, 3:30pm

Samsung N510 in September

Conflicting with an earlier rumor, Samsung's N510 netbook will arrive in the US in September. A high-end crossover netbook, it should center on its use of NVIDIA's Ion platform to provide relatively high-speed 3D and HD decoding without affecting power use compared to Intel's graphics. The N510 is on the large side of netbooks, at 11.6 inches, but can therefore sport a relatively high resolution of 1366x768.

Current flash Zunes vanish from official store

08/11, 3:15pm

Flash Zunes Vanish

Microsoft dropped a hint of the imminent Zune HD launch on Tuesday by pulling all of the existing flash-based models from the official Zune store. The move just leaves the full-sized hard drive models and implies that at least the Zune 120, and possibly the now two years old Zune 80, will sit alongside the Zune HD when it goes on sale in September. No official explanation has been provided for the removal, though the Zunes show elsewhere on company pages and include links to third-party stores.

Palm Pre rumored to arrive at O2 on Oct. 30

08/11, 2:35pm

Pre at O2 on October 30th?

A Tuesday MyPre report maintains UK wireless provider O2 will release the Palm Pre handset on October 30th, citing sources at the provider. According to the unnamed insider, O2 management informed O2's staff about the release date on Monday, though pricing has not yet been set. The source did say purchase pricing will be close to that of the iPhone 3GS, with the same monthly rates.

LG Shine 2 spotted in AT&T garb

08/11, 2:20pm

LG Shine 2 First Shots

LG's sequel to the Shine has been spotted today in a lone shot that confirms its eventual launch with AT&T. Aside from supporting the existence and ultimate destination of the phone, the Engadget tip shows the new phone with the similar mostly metal slider body and glass-covered display as the original. Cosmetically, the new Shine appears primarily to be more minimalist than the original with selection buttons just underneath the display.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 tipped for September 1?

08/11, 1:50pm

Panasonic GF1 Sept 1 Leak

Panasonic's Lumix GF1 could get an announcement in three weeks based on a invitation that was briefly posted in a Chinese forum. The image lists an "unvealing" (potentially a play on words) for a new Lumix model in a two-day event that starts September 1st. A silhouette in the shot appears to match that of the GF1.

iHome begins shipping iP1 iPhone and iPod dock

08/11, 1:05pm

iHome ships iP1 iPod dock

iHome on Tuesday announced it has began shipping its high-end iPhone/iPod docking speaker system, the iP1. The iP1 is the first in iHome's Studio series of products that uses Bongiovi Acoustics' Digital Power Station (DPS) technology for improving the depth of the audio without larger and more elaborate speakers. The feature can be switched off, however. The speaker system has 100W of total output split between its twin 4-inch drivers and 1-inch silk-dome tweeters.

BlackBerry 9700 spotted for T-Mobile

08/11, 12:55pm

T-Mobile BlackBerry 9700

Research in Motion's rumored BlackBerry 9700 is real, according to a person with hands-on experience. A test phone was specifically branded for T-Mobile, which may suggest that the 9700 will be the first 3G BlackBerry for the carrier. The 9700 is also notable for being the second BlackBerry with an optical trackpad, after the Curve 8520. Most BlackBerries rely on a trackball to navigate menus.

Dell briefly teases 10-inch Vostro notebook

08/11, 11:55am

Dell Vostro 10 Inch Teaser

Dell today provided a brief (now unavailable) teaser on Flickr of an impending but unannounced Vostro portable. Labeled only as a "Vostro 10-inch notebook," the computer borrows stylistically from newer Inspirons but, despite being small and thin, doesn't appear to be a netbook; it has an internal tray-loading optical drive and a relatively large amount of expansion. It would come in both a conservative black as well as cherry red and blue.

Roku adds live, on-demand MLB games

08/11, 11:20am

Roku Adds MLB Streaming

Roku today became one of the few if not only network media hub creators to offer Major League Baseball streaming. The addition gives anyone who already has an MLB.TV premium subscription the option of watching a game live if it's out of their home market, including in HD. Users can also watch recent games from any market on demand and still have access to MLB content on computers and elsewhere.

Dell ships Vostro All-In-One in North America

08/11, 10:45am

Dell Vostro AIO in the US

As promised, Dell is now shipping its Vostro All In One desktop in North America. The 19-inch system was already available in Japan and China, and sports VESA mounting compatibility for a wall-mount or an accessory arm stand. Like in the other markets, the base versions have a 2.6GHz Pentium dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive preloaded with Windows Vista Home Basic and an integrated DVD player.

Xbox 360 Netflix feature now console-exclusive

08/11, 10:30am

X360 only Netflix Console

Microsoft as part of its just-launched summer Xbox 360 update revealed that it will be the only game console maker to get Netflix movie support. The company explains the deal as an "exclusive partnership" and as such locks out PlayStation 3 and Wii owners from streaming movies and TV shows. Both companies decline to say how long the exclusivity will last.

Intel, Micron prep 3-bit-per-cell, 34nm flash

08/11, 9:45am

Intel 3 Bit Per Cell Flash

Intel and Micron this morning said they have developed some of the densest NAND flash memory ever. The two have expanded on their already small 34 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process to add 3-bit-per-cell storage. By packing extra data into each memory cell, the firms say they can create a 32 gigabit (4GB) single chip that measures less than 0.2 inches square. While 3-bit isn't new and has been used by SanDisk, combining it with 34nm makes for not only the smallest chip of its type but also relatively inexpensive since more can be produced and more will fit in a given space.

Harmony 900 remote brings RF wireless

08/11, 9:25am

Logitech Harmony 900

Logitech on Tuesday brought some of its highest-end universal remote control features closer to the mainstream in the Harmony 900. It has the same color touchscreen and basic design of the Harmony One but adds an unusual RF to IR bridge system to improve its usefulness. The remote itself talks to an RF hub that in turn blasts an IR signal to one of two receivers. Doing so gives home theater and media center PC users the range and out-of-sight control of an omnidirectional RF signal but the compatibility with devices looking for an IR remote.

Verbatim bows penny-sized USB drives

08/11, 9:00am

Verbatim TUFF N TINY Drive

Verbatim today hoped to claim a crown for USB flash drive storage today by adding the TUFF 'N' TINY to its collection. The sticks use extra-dense memory and as a consequence are about as thin as a penny while not having much more surface area at 1 inch by 0.5 inches. At the same time, the company claims they're designed to be durable with a completely sealed design that resists dust and water; each comes bundled with a key ring lanyard to encourage taking them outside.

Labels make album format after Apple rejection

08/11, 8:25am

CMX Album Music Format

Major music labels are developing their own whole-album music file format after being rebuffed by Apple, a source for a UK newspaper says. Created by EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner, a file format known as CMX would contain both the songs as well as liner notes, attached videos and mobile content. Much like a DVD, it would have its own "launch page" that appears after launching a given file.

15-inch MacBook Pro gets matte LCD option

08/11, 7:05am

15in MacBook Pro Matte LCD

Apple on Tuesday quietly addressed the concerns of some notebook buyers by adding a matte display option for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Similar to the choice that launched with the 17-inch model (pictured), the feature replaces the glossy glass screen and bezel with a more conventional metal bezel and separate anti-glare panel. The option is available across all three 15-inch systems.

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