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Samsung launches bada open mobile OS

11/09, 11:25pm

Samsung bada to rival Android, Linux

Samsung today entered into the mobile OS arena with bada. The software, whose name is based on the Korean for "ocean," is designed to be open and will compete directly against rivals like Android or LiMo. It will be based on universal standards and won't consider even core aspects of the OS off-limits: developers can not only use contacts, the dialer and other utilities but extend them with new features of their own.

Final Mac OS X 10.6.2 update breaks Atom support

11/09, 10:30pm

Change poses hurdle for hackintosh configurations

Apple's final Mac OS X 10.6.2 update breaks support for Intel's Atom CPUs, according to an OSNews report. The company's intent was unclear as the software was under development. Early builds dropped compatibility for the components, although subsequent versions seemingly returned the support.

Google acquires Gizmo5 VoIP startup

11/09, 7:30pm

Buyout could make Google Voice a Skype competitor

Google has allegedly moved to acquire the VoIP startup Gizmo5, according to a TechCrunch report. Neither company has announced the sale, although the unnamed sources claim it has been finalized for a sum of $30 million in cash. The purchase follows recent reports that Skype was eying the startup, a deal that never came to fruition.

HP rolls out new budget LCDs, two desktops

11/09, 5:55pm

HP LE1x11 displays, Pro 3000 PCs debut

HP kicked off its week by launching a pair of business-focused LCDs as well as two desktops to match. The 17-inch LE1711 and its closely related 19-inch counterpart, the LE1911, are spun as eco-friendly displays that still use conventional backlights but use 50 percent less mercury and entirely scrap toxics like arsenic, BFRs and PVC. They also meet the requirements to earn the latest Energy Star badge.

Ricoh outs GXR system with interchangeable lenses, sensors

11/09, 5:10pm

Ricoh GXR system has multiple sensors, lenses

Ricoh will release a new camera system sometime in December that promises to be smaller than either Olympus' or Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds Cameras. Called GXR, the key feature of the system will be to make both the sensor and lens interchangeable. Photographers will have the option of replacing both the lens and sensor as a package instead of just the lens alone.

Sprint to cut up to 2,500 jobs

11/09, 5:10pm

Sprint cuts jobs again to save $350m

Sprint this afternoon warned that it will cut between 2,000 and 2,500 more jobs to improve its bottom line. The cellular provider says the cuts will apply both to internal and contractor jobs and that most of the layoffs should take effect before the end of the year. All the cuts should have a net effect of saving Sprint about $350 million per year in expenses.

New AT&T plans scrap voice roaming fees in Canada

11/09, 4:40pm

AT&T intros two new plans for calling to Canada

AT&T on Monday announced it has added two new wireless plans, Nation with Canada and FamilyTalk with Canada, both meant to make calling to Canada less expensive. Subscribers to either plan have access to 1,000 Night and Weekend Minutes that can be used in the United States and Canada and not incur international long distance charges on wireless calls between the US and Canada. As with other AT&T plans, users have the potential to save unused minutes thanks to Anytime Minutes with Rollover.

iTunes buyers visit more, spend less than at rivals

11/09, 4:40pm

iTunes only store seeing visit growth

iTunes is the only music store seeing a significant boost to the number of purchases at its shop, online banking site Mint notes in a recent look at its own data. While those visiting Apple's music store have always bought more frequently, shopping about 2 to 2.5 times a month, the introduction of variable pricing in April has actually led to customers now buying an average of nearly 3.5 times a month as of July. In contrast, none of its competitors have ventured significantly past 1.5 visits.

Windows 7 won't support ARM for now

11/09, 4:15pm

ARM-based smartbooks won't get Windows 7 for now

Microsoft's corporate VP for the Windows Platform Strategy, Mike Nash, revealed in a Digitimes report that Windows 7 will not support ARM processors in the near future, as Microsoft will continue its close cooperation with Intel. This is significant as numerous manufacturers will be bringing out smartbook PCs powered by ARM CPUs in 2010. Nash did point out that Windows CE, which supports ARM processors, can be used to power smartbooks.

Samsung renews cell patents with Qualcomm in the US

11/09, 4:00pm

Samsung, Qualcomm renew wireless license

Samsung last week said it has created a new 15-year contract with Qualcomm to use its 3G and 4G wireless technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will made a down payment of $1.3 billion to Qualcomm along with running royalties, though specifics on these were not disclosed. Samsung will also share its 57 patents for mobile technology with Qualcomm, though it will not be paid for this because Qualcomm's licenses are valued higher.

ASUS Eee PC T91MT tablet arrives at Amazon

11/09, 3:50pm

ASUS multi-touch tablet PC now at Amazon

The ASUS Eee PC T91MT convertible netbook is now avaiable at Amazon. The 8.9-inch multi-touch netbook was first mentioned in a roadmap leak for ASUS, and has a 32GB solid state drive but also includes 500GB of online storage from ASUS. It is powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, and there is 1GB of RAM, which can be doubled by the owner.

Google snaps up AdMob for $750 million

11/09, 3:45pm

Largest iPhone ad firm in Google's camp

Google today said it has bought mobile advertising house AdMob for $750 million. The deal gives Google control of what's considered the single largest advertiser on phones and is characterized as helping to better monetize the ads that reach platforms like Android and the iPhone. Giving AdMob the extra support should help fund the mobile web by improving the effectiveness of ads in apps and mobile-optimized websites, according to the search engine giant.

Dulin's Books launches two e-book readers in the US

11/09, 3:00pm

Dulin's Books outs e-book readers, promises more

Dulin's Books recently announced the arrival of the PocketBook 301 and the PocketBook 360 e-book readers in the US. Both devices are rebadged, as Dulin's Books is a reseller not a manufacturer, but are relatively advanced for the class. The PocketBook 360 has a 5-inch E-Ink Vizplex display and is powered by a 400MHz Samsung processor, while its 512MB of built-in memory can be expanded to 32GB thanks to a microSD memory card slot.

Samsung to abandon Windows Mobile for Android?

11/09, 3:00pm

Samsung may deal Microsoft severe blow

Samsung is about deal Microsoft one of its most severe blows yet by dropping Windows Mobile from most of its phones, an investment note issued today says. HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.

Nokia recalls 14 million phone chargers

11/09, 2:25pm

Nokia to replace faulty BYD phone chargers

Nokia on Monday announced it has started a replacement program to exchange about 14 million chargers made by BYD for Nokia as a precautionary measure. Three charger models made between June 15th and August 9th of 2009 can potentially shock people when they're plugged in as the top plastic cover can detach from the body and expose the internal components.

BlackBerry to finally get 3D gaming

11/09, 2:10pm

BlackBerry gets OpenGL ES, micropay, more

RIM opened up the BlackBerry Developers Conference by revealing the first modern 3D support for its smartphones. Those using a new Java SDK for BlackBerry OS 5.0 can now use OpenGL ES graphics and produce games or other 3D apps with contemporary effects. The SDK is currently in beta but should be available today.

HD Radio tuner shows for iPhone; built in soon?

11/09, 1:25pm

iBuqity outs HD Radio tuner, app for iPhone

Gigaware and iBiquity Digital have unveiled a new app and peripheral combination for the iPod touch and iPhone that endows the devices with HD Radio tuning support. The wired Gigaware HD Radio receiver mates with both the user's headphones and a free iPhone app to provide the digital-only radio format. The add-on lets listeners pick up local, analog FM radio stations as well as HD Radio stations, including sub-channels.

Intel readying "fast transition" to Pine Trail Atoms?

11/09, 12:35pm

Intel may detail Pine Trail December 21

Intel is planning to almost completely overhaul its Atom processors with an early Pine Trail unveiling and a near complete replacement of its most important models, a leak suggests. The company reportedly plans to introduce its next-generation designs on December 21st and have PC makers shipping finished products by January 4th, when many had expected the initial unveiling. On that day, Intel is reported by Xbit-Labs as planning to scrap its long-serving 1.6GHz Atom N270 and 1.86GHz N280 chips almost immediately.

7.2Mbps USBConnect Lightning arrives at AT&T

11/09, 11:55am

USBConnect Lightning gives fast USB 3G

AT&T this morning added just its second Sierra Wireless device in recent memory with a new USB 3G modem. The USBConnect Lightning (shown soon) supports the carrier's faster 7.2Mbps HSPA network where it's active and is also slightly more advanced than most with a hinge design to fit oddly-shaped notebooks and a lit-up faceplate. It continues to support regular 3.6Mbps HSPA as well as legacy GPRS and EDGE.

Epson develops 4K LCD for front projectors

11/09, 11:20am

Epson makes first 4K LCD panel for projectors

Seiko Epson on Monday revealed it has made the world's first high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors that can muster a 4K (4096x2160) resolution. The panel is sized at 1.64 inches diagonally and will allow for smaller home theater projectors as well as ones for big events in auditoriums. In creating the panel, Epson used its C2 Fine technology and a new, original driving method made specifically for the 4K resolution while keeping brightness and contrast high.

Notebook demand surges 35.7% in summer

11/09, 11:10am

Netbooks, Intel winners in Q3 share

Notebooks rode a massive wave of demand in summer, according to new IDC data. Shipments of mobile processors attached to the systems jumped 35.7 percent compared to the spring and grew more than three times faster than for desktop processors, which advanced 11.4 percent at the same time. Server processors like Intel's Xeon and AMD's Opteron saw their sales grow by 12.2 percent over the period.

Bowers & Wilkins teases earphones for iPhone, iPod

11/09, 10:30am

Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones soon

Bowers & Wilkins signaled its intent to get into portable audio on Monday by previewing the P5, its first portable headphone set. The over-ear, cupped headphones have received few details but should include a built-in microphone and remote compatible with the iPhone and newer iPods, such as the iPod touch and iPod shuffle. They're also claimed to be partly noise isolating and will passively reduce most background sounds.

LG to launch 15-inch OLED TV in Korea this week

11/09, 10:05am

LG to ship 15-inch OLED set this week

LG will make good on its promise to launch its 15-inch OLED TV in 2009 by launching it later this week in Korea. The set will be largest OLED commercially available, and cost the equivalent of about $2,500. At the same time, LG will invest into production facilities for the creation of these organic LED display panels.

Zii processor promises Blu-ray grade video

11/09, 10:00am

ZiiLabs ZMS-08 decods HQ 1080p

ZiiLabs today claimed a milestone in mobile processors with the ZMS-08, its second new chip in a year. The new design blends the existing many-core design of the original ZMS-05 with a 1GHz ARM Cortex processor and should process video at a level previously unseen in mobile chips. While other chips can decode 1080p video, the new design reportedly processes the HD output in High Profile H.264, or enough quality to match Blu-ray.

Sony movie to rent a month early on networked TVs

11/09, 9:35am

BRAVIA sets get expensive HD rental early

Sony today hoped to lure customers to its HDTVs and Blu-ray players by giving them advance access to one of its movies. Similar to last year's deal, the electronics maker will give those with one of its modern networked TVs or Blu-ray players, such as the BRAVIA W5100 or the BDP-N460, early access to a streaming rental of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs about a month before the retail street date. The run will start from December 8th and last until January 4th.

NVIDIA denies x86 chip, pushes Fermi to 2010

11/09, 9:05am

NVIDIA says GPUs still only focus

NVIDIA chief Jen-Hsun Huang has denied rekindled talk of his company making x86 processors. Speaking after a conference call, the CEO claims that his focus is still "very, very clear" and that the focus is on graphics processors and closely related parallel computing cards like the Tesla line. The only full processors that NVIDIA is making are mobile chips like the ARM-based Tegra series for handhelds, Huang tells CNET.

Nook reader demand pushes shipments to Dec. 11

11/09, 8:25am

Barnes and Noble overwhelmed with orders

Barnes & Noble today alerted Nook buyers that new orders now won't ship until December 11th (subscription required). The delay from the original November 30th date follows a recent push back for some until December 7th and is credited by spokeswoman Ellen Keating to sales that have "surpassed our expectations." The book retailer hasn't said how many pre-orders it has taken.

Apple begins shipping Core i5 iMacs [U]

11/09, 7:40am

Core i5 iMac ships, C2D model delayed

(Update with more shipping info) Apple this morning began sending notices that it has started shipping at least Core i5-equipped versions of the 27-inch iMac. The company's first quad-core consumer desktop is now listed for Electronista and readers as "prepared for shipment" with an unspecified ship date. Such scheduling suggests that the earliest orders may arrive within the week.

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