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PS3 3.0 firmware live with new UI, multi-output audio

08/31, 11:50pm

PS3 3 Firmware Live

Sony tonight quietly switched on its promised 3.0 firmware update for the PlayStation 3. The new version brings small but significant changes to the UI including icon-based shortcuts to recently available content, including downloads from the PlayStation Store and news from an in-XMB "What's New" section. Equally important is audio output to more than destination where it was previously limited to the main source, such as HDMI or the RCA output.

Android apps 'plagued' by low sales, odd rules

08/31, 7:55pm

Android App Sales Low

A look at one Android app's performance today suggests Google may be unintentionally stifling its smartphone OS. While a recent AdMob study estimates Android Market's paid app market is only worth $5 million, Larva Labs' Matt Hall notes that even high-profile, highly rated Android titles generate "much lower" revenue than iPhone equivalents. Despite having one sustained top-selling $5 game (Retro Defense), a consistent fifth place seller (Battle for Mars) and being highlighted by Google, the company's daily average revenue was just $62.39 for all its apps combined.

BlackBerry Essex to be Tour with Wi-Fi

08/31, 7:05pm

BlackBerry Essex 1st Leak

An anticipated BlackBerry Tour with Wi-Fi gained more support Monday with a leak of its name. Although no model number exists in the CrackBerry description, the Essex is likely to be a straightforward upgrade of the current smartphone with at most mild hardware updates. The current model melds elements of the Bold and Curve 8900 and is a world phone meant for CDMA networks but with GSM support for other areas.

Klipsch SXT gets bi-amplification, rapid iPod charge

08/31, 6:25pm

Klipsch updates iPod dock

Klipsch on Monday announced that its iGroove SXT iPod dock has been updated with several new features. The device now sports a dedicated amplifier for each driver, helping to reduce distortion and enhance overall sound quality. Both bass ports have also been re-tuned to eliminate port noise. The updated system integrates a 1000mA circuit to quickly recharge a connected iPod or iPhone.

LG's Android-powered GW880 due at China Mobile

08/31, 6:15pm

LG GW880 at China Mobile

LG will release its GW880 smartphone together with wireless provider China Mobile, according to these leaked images. The device will be preloaded with OPhone OS, a version of Google's open-source Android that has been approved by the Chinese government. The GW880 has support for China's TD-SCDMA/EDGE 3G connection and includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, 512MB of built-in memory and 256MB of RAM. There is also built-in GPS, Bluetooth and a 5-megapixel camera.

Samsung adds details to R1 "Beat" player

08/31, 5:20pm

Samsung intros R1 player

Samsung on Monday officially announced its YP-R1 Beat media player and released full specs for the device. The R1 will play DiVX files, which means users don't need to convert videos to other formats. At about a third of an inch, the device is also the thinnest media player with DiVX compatibility, as well as the only one with a 2.6-inch touchscreen. The same TouchWiz interface found in Samsung smartphones has been used in the R1, allowing users to drag and drop icons.

Palm P120, C40 phones show up in Sprint inventory

08/31, 5:10pm

Palm P120, C40 at Sprint

The existence of two more new handsets from Palm has been hinted at thanks to a Monday PreCentral report, as inventory screens from provider Sprint reveal models called 120 and C40. The 120 may just be a variation of the P121 that, along with a model called P101, expected to be the Pre, were seen in a similar Verizon leak. According to the screen capture, the Pre at Verizon will be priced at $550 before any subsidies from the carrier, while the P120 and C40 have placeholder prices of $1 each.

BlackBerry Storm 2 due at Verizon on Sept. 29th?

08/31, 4:45pm

Storm 2 at Verizon in Sept

According to a leaked planning agenda from Verizon Wireless, the carrier will get the BlackBerry 9550 smartphone -- otherwise expected to be called Storm 2 -- on September 29th, though only for corporate buyers. The document reveals the public will have access to the device on October 14th.

AMD outs low-power, six-core Opteron CPU

08/31, 4:30pm

AMD outs new Opteron CPU

Chipmaker AMD on Monday announced it has released the six-core AMD Opteron EE processor with increased performance, but the same 40W ACP power band as the existing quad-core models. The 1.8GHz launch model is designed for 2U servers and supports all the hardware features of full-power Opterons, such as AMD-V virtualization of other operating systems in hardware as well as newer power management features. AMD estimates that a full server rack of the new part would use 18 percent less power than the earlier six-core Opteron 2425HE.

Canon EOS-7D's video to get 60FPS, editing?

08/31, 4:15pm

Canon EOS 7D Video Leak

Just hours ahead of the expected official launch of the Canon EOS-7D, final details and even an apparent press release have surfaced that now not only confirm details of the DSLR but expand on its video capabilities. Unlike even the EOS-5D Mark II, the 7D is now expected by Neutralday to support recording 720p video at 60 frames per second (50 in some areas) and produce much more fluid video. It's still claimed to be supporting 1080p at 30 frames per second and will also reportedly get basic in-camera editing.

Intel's desktop Core i5/i7 due Sept. 8?

08/31, 3:45pm

Intel Core i5 Desk Sept 8

Intel's desktop Core i5 and i7 processors and its matching P55 platform are slated to appear in exactly a week, mainboard producers claimed today. A launch is expected on September 8th that should involve three processors already rumored for next month; these would include the 2.93GHz Core i7 870, 2.8GHz Core i7 860 and 2.66GHz Core i5 750. All of these are quad-core, but only the Core i7 models will have Hyperthreading and support as many as eight program threads at once.

LG to ship 15-inch OLED TV in September

08/31, 2:40pm

LG to show 15-inch OLED TV

LG on Sunday said it would launch its previously rumored 15-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) TV set sometime in September. When it launches, the LG set will be the largest AMOLED display actually on the market, trouncing Sony's 11-inch XEL-1. LG will show the 15-inch AM-OLED TV at the IFA 2009 show in Berlin.

HTC Touch Pro2 finally official for Sprint

08/31, 2:30pm

HTC Touch Pro2 at Sprint

Sprint today became the next US carrier to pick up a version of HTC's Touch Pro2. Unlike the T-Mobile version, Sprint's is a dual-network phone that supports both its own CDMA and EVDO technology as well as quad-band GSM for roaming abroad on an international plan. It also comes preloaded with apps for Sprint services, such as its navigation, NFL and audio/video streaming.

Netbooks growing twice as fast as notebooks

08/31, 2:10pm

Netbooks 2X Notebooks

Sales of netbooks are growing twice as quickly as full-sized notebooks, DisplaySearch found today. The small portables grew about 40 percent between the winter and spring this year to account for 38 million PCs, or almost twice as quickly as the already hot 22 percent growth of regular notebooks. Much of the growth comes from Asia, mainland China and Latin America, where the lower prices mean netbooks are often first-time PCs or the least costly option.

ASUS Eee PC roadmap leaked

08/31, 1:20pm

ASUS Eee PC roadmap

A roadmap leaked by an EeeUser forum member who claims he works in the "industry" reveals upcoming Eee PC notebook models from ASUS. Most notably, the roadmap shows a 12-inch Eee PC is due, which will be powered by NVIDIA's Ion platform. Dubbed 1201N, the PC is due in October, and should run on a 1.6GHz Atom CPU with 2GB of RAM. It will otherwise have a 250GB hard drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while carrying a $499 price tag.

Verizon to mandate data plans for 'enhanced' phones

08/31, 1:15pm

New Verizon data plans

Verizon is launching a major refresh of its cellular data plans come September 8th, leaked documents reveal. The carrier is creating a new device class, the "enhanced multimedia phone," for which a data plan will be required. A 25MB plan will cost $10 per month, while a 75MB one will cost $20. Overage penalties are being set at 50 cents and 30 cents per megabyte, respectively.

Verizon cuts Storm pricing to $50

08/31, 12:00pm

Verizon cuts Storm to $50

In an attempt to clear out inventory of its existing BlackBerry Storm 9530 handset, Verizon is pricing the device at just $50 on a two-year contract, and is giving away another BlackBerry of the same or lower price for free. This is believed to be an attempt to make room for the Storm 2 handset, the 9550, which has been rumored to be arriving at Verizon sometime soon. An official announcement is expected sometime in September with the device launching in October.

Samsung unveils own mobile app store

08/31, 11:50am

Samsung App Store

Samsung on Monday chased after the market by providing details of the Samsung Application Store, its own mobile software service. The portal will have its own native client and will have unspecified "content guidelines" to filter which apps reach the store. Just 300 apps will be available on launch and will focus primarily on games from Capcom, EA, Gameloft and others, although Samsung will have apps from Handmark.

ASUS to launch CULV notebooks next week?

08/31, 11:05am

ASUS CULV notebooks due

ASUS is planning on releasing two new ultra-thin notebooks powered by Intel's CULV chips, including the 45nm Celeron 743 and Core 2 Solo SU2300 early in September, Digitimes said on Monday, citing unnamed sources in the industry. The report goes on to say initial shipments of the portables will begin on September 7th and go to Taiwan, China and Europe at first. US details weren't mentioned, though some sort of American launch is unofficially expected.

iPhone, Mac dominate Wi-Fi hotspots

08/31, 10:55am

iPhone Mac Lead Hotspots

Regardless of its actual market share, Apple all but commands use at Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes and coffee shops in the US, according to new data from JiWire. The iPhone and iPod touch combined account for 97.6 percent of all handheld device at these areas, while just over one quarter of notebook users are running Macs. Both give it the largest share for any one company and far eclipse companies like Palm, which had only the fifth largest share of handhelds.

Casio intros starter cams with 720p, more

08/31, 9:25am

Casio Exilim Z280 and Z33

Casio became the second camera maker to refresh its line on Monday with two new Exilim Zoom models for newcomers in the US. The EX-Z280 tops these with a Exilim Engine 4 processor that the company claims produces better image quality while also extending battery life. It further brings features that weren't an option before, including 720p video recording and a new version of Dynamic Photo that embeds animated clip art on-camera.

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ brings microSD

08/31, 8:50am

SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus

SanDisk launched its first new media player in over a year today with the Sansa Clip+. The major revision to its iPod shuffle competitor fits a microSDHC card slot and can use this either to expand the built-in storage or to play the company's preloaded slotMusic or slotRadio cards. It's also finally Mac-compatible and lets those users drag-and-drop music from Mac OS X Panther or later.

Olympus makes E-600 entry DSLR official

08/31, 8:20am

Olympus E-600

Olympus this morning took the wraps from a new entry-level digital SLR that should help it fight rivals like the Nikon D3000. The E-600 is very similar to the 12-megapixel E-620 but makes key choices to drop the price: it removes the backlighting from the buttons and scales back a handful of software features, including the aspect mask control, a double-shot exposure mode. Half the art filters have also been removed and limit the E-600 to three of the live visual effects.

Microsoft: TV must avoid "iTunes moment"

08/31, 7:50am

MS on TV and iTunes Moment

The TV industry needs to find a convincing online strategy or else risk handing the market over to Apple, Microsoft's UK managing director of consumer business Ashley Highfield warned this weekend. Speaking at an international TV industry festival in Edinburgh, the executive warned that TV could "face its iTunes moment" in two to three years and hand over control of online video to Apple. Without a quick shift in emphasis to TV on the web instead of traditional service, customers are predicted to flock to paid download services and bypass regular providers altogether.

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