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TiVo files patent suit against Verizon, AT&T

08/26, 7:20pm

TiVo vs Verizon and ATT

TiVo on Wednesday announced that it has filed lawsuit against Verizon and AT&T for allegedly infringing several patents. The fresh legal battle is similar to the company's fight against Dish Network and EchoStar, a case which lead to a $190 million ruling and an injunction to stop the companies from enabling the patented technology in set-top boxes already owned by customers.

Qualcomm prepping FLO TV-based touch media player

08/26, 6:15pm

Qualcomm PTV Player

Qualcomm is hoping to spark life in its over-the-air FLO TV format by launching a device of its own, a detailed leak notes. Although its digital TV service is already found in a number of cellphones in the US, the normally chip-only company is said by GDGT to be developing a Personal Television, or PTV, that would focus on its own FLO TV tuner. It would be dominated by a capacitive (finger-driven) touchscreen and might have a more natural interface with flicks and other gestures.

Redesigned PSP with UMD still in the works?

08/26, 5:55pm

PSP with UMD drive due?

An N4G forums user who also claims to work in Sony PS3's hardware department and has leaked info on the slim PS3's specs and capabilities that proved true is now saying Sony is developing a PSP with a UMD drive, the PSP-4000. In an IGN forums post, it's said that the PSP-4000 will replace the existing PSP-3000 system "sooner than you realise," and quashing rumors that the new, UMD drive-less PSP Go is the replacement.

IBM previews Power7 chip

08/26, 5:30pm

IBM previews Power7 chip

IBM has just yesterday introduced its next generation RISC CPU, the Power7. The new chip will continue to be used in IBM's AIX Unix operating systems for servers, supports the IBM i operating system and can run Linux natively or in an x86 binary translation code. Noteworthy benefits of the new chip include an increase in the number of cores and the performance per core. There is now eight cores, with each capable of four simultaneous multithreading threads. SMT will reduce wait periods of software for resources to free up.

Microsoft to make Xbox 360 price cut Thursday?

08/26, 5:00pm

Xbox 360 price cuts due?

Microsoft will make official the rumored drop of the Xbox 360 Pro and make other announcements regarding the new pricing structure for its two remaining game consoles, UK website MCV claimed on Wednesday. This rumor backs a previous report had the price drop coming on August 30th. It is expected that apart from the demise of the mid-range Pro model, the Elite will get a price drop to $300, while the bottom-rung Arcade model will also get a new revision, though whether this would mean a price adjustment or something else isn't mentioned

Sirius XM touts new radios, boombox

08/26, 4:50pm

Sirius XM Stratus 6 onyX

At the same event that launched the XM SkyDock, satellite radio provider Sirius XM today updated its hardware for the fall with three of new radios, a boombox and a tuner. The Sirius-oriented Stratus 6 as well as XM's onyX and Xpress RCi both add a new feature known as PowerConnect that simplifies reception by using the FM radio's antenna, rather than separate wiring, to get a good signal. All three can store 10 presets, while the Stratus 6 and onyX get traffic and weather updates for up to 20 cities and have connectors to use them outside of the car.

Sanyo claims brightest projector

08/26, 4:35pm

Sanyo portable projector

Sanyo on Wednesday announced its LP-XU106 portable LCD projector, which it claims is the highest brightness ultra portable projector in its class, at 4,500 lumens. The LP-XU106 weighs about 7.5lbs and has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio along with a 1.6x zoom lens. A corner keystone correction function lets users place the projector at an offset angle from the screen or wall both vertically and horizontally without distorting the image.

Rockchip shows Android-powered touchscreen MID

08/26, 4:10pm

Rockchip shows Android MID

Chinese chipmaker Rockchip has made good on its promise of introducing an Android-powered device using its CPU, with this unnamed mobile Internet device (MID). The 5-inch touchscreen concept is powered by the company's RK2808 chipset that can decode 720p high-definition videos. The hands-on videos reveal a well-rounded interface that sports an on-screen keyboard, the ability to browse the web and have multiple windows open at the same time.

MSI bows AMD-based, dual-core WindTop all-in-one

08/26, 4:00pm

MSI WindTop AE2010

MSI today added a larger, faster version of its WindTop all-in-one desktop to its American lineup. In addition to a larger 20-inch touchscreen with a higher 1600x900 resolution, the easel-like PC is also the first for the US to use a processor faster than an Atom and uses a low-power, 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 that gives it enough power to run Windows Vista and eventually Windows 7. Switching to the new platform also gives MSI a much faster Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chipset for better 3D and HD processing.

Sirius XM intros SkyDock for iPhone

08/26, 3:30pm

Sirius XM SkyDock and More

Sirius XM this afternoon held an event to launch its fall lineup of satellite radio gear and headed it up with the first-ever satellite radio peripheral for the iPhone. Confirming rumors, the XM SkyDock (shown at top) will let subscribers to the XM half of the company's service tune into the actual satellite feed through an iPhone or iPod touch. It has both the true receiver as well as the antenna and so won't require an active Internet connection like the existing Sirius XM Internet radio app for Apple's devices.

Cricket, MetroPCS add Samsung Messager II

08/26, 3:10pm

Cricket, MetroPCS Messager

Wireless providers Cricket and MetroPCS announced on Wednesday they will both add the Samsung Messager II, or SCH-R560, handset to their respective lineups in the very near future. The device, a sequel to the original Messager, also sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, bumps up the camera resolution to 2-megapixels from 1.3 and adds video capture. It keeps the same access to e-mail and web browsing using 3G EVDO networks. There is also an MP3 player built into the Messager II, with Cricket's version getting the carrier's MyHomeScreen interface.

iPods pegged for Sept. 9 with more than cameras?

08/26, 3:05pm

iPod Sept 9 More Probable

Apple's rumored September 9th iPod event has gained credibility with a second purported confirmation on Wednesday afternoon. The tipsters speaking to AppleInsider claim that Apple has settled on the 9th after weeks of debate and that iPods will form the backbone of the introduction. It's now virtually certain that both the iPod nano and iPod touch will include cameras, but it's also said that the photo and possible video functions will be "just one piece" of the iPod updates.

Olympus E-600 leaks through dealer shots

08/26, 2:20pm

Olympus E 600 Leaked

Plans by Olympus to launch a new lower-end DSLR were spoiled today by a collection of nondescript photos at a dealer. Likely a scaled-down version of the E-620, the E-600 spotted by a DPReview forum member would have the former's swivel LCD and would inherit other features from previous cameras, like Art Filters and in-body image stabilization. What else has changed isn't evident as there have been no labels or other signs to accompany the retail display.

New report backs Sept. 1st date for Canon 7D

08/26, 1:40pm

Canon 7D due Sept. 1st?

A previous rumor that had Canon's future EOS-7D DSLR camera releasing on September 1st is now being corroborated by a recent German Kamera & Bild report, which maintains Canon has invited press to an event on September 1st but without adding any more details. It is expected full specs of the new 7D will be announced at the press conference. Thus far, observers are still uncertain as to whether it would use a full-frame sensor or else a crop-frame sensor like the EOS-50D.

ViewSonic intros new pico projector, wireless bridge

08/26, 1:10pm

ViewSonic PJD2121, WPG-350

ViewSonic has announced a pair of new projection-related devices, beginning with the PJD2121. The product is a DLP-based pico projector, able to display images as large as 60 inches or more at distances as close as four feet. The device is limited to a native resolution of 800x600, but it does support RGB and component input with resolutions up to 720p/1080i. Brightness is rated at 400 lumens, with a 1,800:1 contrast ratio.

Article falsely accuses Snow Leopard of copying

08/26, 12:40pm

Win 7 vs Snow Leo Debunk

A controversial report today has accused Apple of borrowing or being late to features previously available in Windows. The PC World story argues that Apple is behind in implementing 64-bit and that Exposť's new integration with the Dock, the enhanced PDF preview, and QuickTime X are all either derivative of features first seen in XP or Vista or else available separately. Author Randall Kennedy goes as far as to claim that QuickTime X is a "reactionary" move to Windows Movie Maker.

Nokia Money brings mobile banks to poorer users

08/26, 11:25am

Nokia Money

Nokia this morning unveiled a new payment system, known just as Nokia Money, that could bring banking to the poor or those in developing countries that lack the usual choices. Based on Obopay's existing cellphone payment system in North America and Europe, it uses existing phone features to pay for items in stores but also to pay bills, other people, and for the phone service itself. By moving these to the phone, the feature could be particularly useful to those who may live out of reach of a bank or who can't justify the cost of visiting one.

Dell Studio XPS 13, 16 add Arctic White shell

08/26, 10:45am

Dell Studio XPS Arctic Wht

Dell today quietly added a third color option to its Studio XPS 13 and Studio XPS 16 notebooks. The Arctic White shell complements the existing black and red options and adds a color-matching leather accent at the base of the lid to improve both the aesthetics and grip of the system. As always, the palmrest and the rest of the inside notebook remain the same two-tone black and silver.

Samsung Rogue, Intensity due at Verizon on Sept. 8

08/26, 10:20am

Samsung phones at Verizon

Two new handsets from Samsung have received an unofficial release date and pricing information at wireless provider Verizon, thanks to a leak today. The Samsung u960 Rogue and the u450 Intensity are seen by BGR as arriving at the same time on September 8th, with the Rogue due to replace the Glyde in Verizon's lineup. The device is a messaging slider that has a full QWERTY keypad and sports a touchscreen display. There is also a 3-megapixel camera, GPS and the expected 3G over EVDO.

FCC slips Archos' Android tablets early

08/26, 10:10am

Archos Android at FCC

The FCC today gave away some of Archos' plans for Android tablets today by publishing a test report for the hardware. Known as the A5S, the device is much like the existing Archos 5 but adds a microSD slot for removable storage and notably shows a much different interface (seen below) than the custom Linux that Archos uses today: it appears to have a reference Android build but with icons at the bottom that may represent quick access to common tasks like music or the web.

Nokia to add ARM-based smartbook alongside Booklet?

08/26, 9:40am

Nokia ARM-based smartbook

Nokia may add a second netbook PC to its lineup besides the upcoming 10-inch Booklet 3G, according to unofficial sources from cellphone makers in Taiwan. They reported on Wednesday that the second netbook will reportedly be based on an ARM processor, like so many of Nokia's smartphones. The Digitimes insiders claimed Nokia may contract Compal or Foxconn to build a device that would fit Qualcomm's "smartbook" label but which would not arrive on store shelves until sometime in the middle of 2010.

Major studios offer 1st paid DivX movie downloads

08/26, 9:20am

Film Fresh DivX Movies

Young movie store Film Fresh today launched itself as the first US-based movie store to provide downloads from larger studios in DivX form. Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony and Warner have all agreed to include both recent and classic titles on the store and as a result have created one of the first few truly cross-platform movie services. Although the videos are still copy-protected, the choice of DivX lets them play on Macs as well as any other device with an official DivX certification, including Blu-ray and DVD players, consoles like the PS3, and even the TVs themselves.

Nokia picking Linux to beat iPhone

08/26, 8:25am

Nokia Maemo to Beat iPhone

Nokia is planning to dump Symbian for Linux as part of a concerted strategy to beat the iPhone, multiple sources said Wednesday. While the tips echo reports of the N900 using Maemo Linux for its interface instead of Symbian S60, Reuters now hears the shift is part of a larger strategy that will replace Symbian on many if not all high-end Nokia smartphones in the near future. The first fruits of the move are anticipated at next week's Nokia World show.


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