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Memorex unveils miniMove purse shaped iPod boombox

09/16, 11:50pm

Memorex miniMove iPod dock

Memorex today announced its latest iPod accessory, the miniMove boombox. Shaped like a woman's handbag, the dock can be carried using an integrated handle. An FM radio with station presets is also built-in. iPods can be placed on the dock, or other players connected using a line-in jack. An AC adapter cord powers the device and charges the player, while AA batteries are used when mobile.

QuickBooks 2009 for Mac features new management tools

09/16, 11:30pm

QuickBooks 2009 for Mac

Accounting and tax software company Intuit is set to release the latest Mac version of QuickBooks 2009 early next month. The company delved further into Mac capabilities offered by Spotlight and Coverview to enhance tools used for organizing customers, vendors, and transactions. Company Snapshot is a new feature allowing income and expense graphs, balances, and reminders to be summarized and charted on one screen, developing the software into a tool for making presentations to clients.

Ultra Sonic Refills released for Reason 4

09/16, 11:15pm

Ultra Sonic Refill Reason4

Sonic Reality has unveiled its latest package of samples for Reason 4, Ultra Sonic Refills. Three versions are offered with this release: hip-hop, electronic, or symphonic. Each bundle includes five refills and a sixth bonus refill. Over 5GB of samples are contained with each bundle. Each also offers over 500 patches for Reason's Thor synth.

Toon Boom releases Animation-ish SP1

09/16, 10:55pm

Animationish SP1

Toon Boom and FableVision have released Animation-ish Service Pack 1, the latest version of the simple animation software. Functionality has been improved and more support added for international users of the web-based training lessons. Color palettes have been expanded for all three skill levels, and new borders are available. The software compatibility with drawing tablets has also been improved.

Internet petition protests iPhone auto-correction

09/16, 10:30pm

Auto correction petition

An internet petition has been building to protest Apple's auto-correction feature on the iPhone, entitled Please Let Us Disable Auto Correction Steve. Many users would at least like the option to switch the feature off. The truncated words, commonly used while writing on mobile devices, are particularly problematic. Frühjahr Design has received nearly 3,000 "signatures" on its petition in the few days since its launch.

DataViz to release Documents To Go for iPhone

09/16, 10:00pm

Documents To Go for iPhone

DataViz will be releasing a version of its Documents To Go application for the iPhone, featuring a notification sign-up at its website. The company has been aggressively expanding its software onto the popular mobile platforms, including BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian. Depending on the device and package, users can view, edit, or create Microsoft Office content including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects. PDF, TXT, JPEG, and BMP files are also supported.

Finale PrintMusic 2009 features streamlined interface

09/16, 9:30pm

Finale PrintMusic 2009

MakeMusic has released Finale PrintMusic 2009, the latest version of its music notation software. The user interface has been streamlined, simplifying the editing of dynamics, tempo indications and other markings. Expressions can now be dragged and dropped between locations, or edited in place without losing time positioning. Scanning features have been improved, with better triplet recognition and compatibility with polyphonic scores.

Remote Desktop, Server Admin Tools fixes, more

09/16, 8:55pm

Remote Desktop and

Apple on Tuesday offered new updates to Remote Desktop and its Server Admin tools. Apple Remote Desktop 3.2.2 Client and Admin both offer improved reliability when copying items, unicast packets when upgrading client software, and fixes to the Automator actions Force Quit All Applications and Copy Items to Computer. The updates also resolve a vulnerability that allowed local users to execute commands with elevated privileges.

Apple updates RAW compatibility, WebObjects

09/16, 8:35pm

Apple RAW update

Apple recently unveiled two new updates: Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.2, and WebObjects Update 5.4.3 for Mac OS X 10.5. The RAW update provides Aperture 2 and iPhoto 08 users compatibility with several new camera models, including the Canon Digital Rebel XS, the Nikon D700, Samsung's GX-10 and GX-20, as well as Sony's A300 and R1. Several Olympus and Kodak models are also covered in the update.

Samsung: $5.8b offer for SanDisk, may be refused

09/16, 7:20pm

Samsung buyout offer

After four months of fruitless negotiation, Samsung is offering to buy flash memory manufacturer SanDisk for $5.8 billion, a move which has the latter accusing the former of undervaluing its worth. The Wall Street Journal reports that the South Korean electronics giant made the $26-per-share offer to gain the company's customer portfolio, as well as patents on which it normally pays hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties per year. This represents Samsung's first move to acquire a major business in 13 years.

Forums: Flash for iPhone, iTunes 8 privacy

09/16, 7:00pm

Forums: Flash for iPhone

Forum roundup: Rumors about Adobe developing Flash for use with the iPhone is a recent topic of conversation in the MacNN forums today. Possible competition for the iPhone is considered in this thread started by Mac Elite, Zeeb. Members debate the privacy implications of iTunes 8 here. The new 10.5.5 updates are the topic of interest in the thread titled "OS 10.5.5 only in SW update". A new version of Architect was released and forum goers discuss the differences between this theme builder and others such as Theme Park.

Eltrinex intros 10.2-inch netbook with 320GB HDD

09/16, 5:25pm

Eltrinex 320GB notebook

European electronics manufacturer Eltrinex has built a 10.2-inch netbook PC it calls simply MobilePC, which sports a 320GB hard drive, by far the largest capacity in the segment. The Czech company also equipped the notebook with a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor and 1GB of RAM, while Windows XP is the user interface. An external DVD-RW drive that connects via a USB is also part of the package. The notebook is equipped for a quick connection to the Internet thanks to a built in 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi module, an Ethernet jack and Bluetooth connectivity.

Creative unveils Sound Blaster X-Fi ExpressCard

09/16, 5:20pm

Sound Blaster XFi Notebook

Creative has unveiled its latest Sound Blaster product, the X-Fi Notebook ExpressCard. The X-Fi up-samples MP3 playback to 24-bit, 48kHz output. "CMSS-3D" processing is designed to recreate surround sound effects when used with headphones. EAX Advanced HD format is supported for gaming sound effects, or Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround formats, while using PowerDVD software for movies.

In2Games shows Xbox 360 and PS3 motion controller

09/16, 5:15pm

In2Games shows controller

The UK's In2Games, which develops motion-sensing gaming technology for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, on Tuesday released an image and some information on the first motion controller for either system. Called the Freedom Controller, it relies on a combination of multiple three-axis accelerometers and ultrasonic and RF technologies to track the position of any wireless accessory, such as a golf club or baseball bat. Thus far, the only software capable of taking advantage of the new technology is In2Games' own Squeebles title, though In2Games executive are promising close working relationships with third-party game developers on bringing more to market.

Sanyo unveils first LCD projector with 5:5 pull-down

09/16, 5:05pm

Sanyo intros 5:5 projector

Sanyo on Tuesday unveiled the LP-Z3000 high definition LCD projector as its new flagship, doubling the refresh rate to 120Hz compared to the LP-Z2000 model it replaces. The LP-Z3000 is also the first with 5:5 pulldown in the industry, says the company, taking advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate that is ideal for both film shot at 24fps and video at 60fps. The dynamic contrast ratio of the LP-Z3000 is rated at 65,000:1 and should address a projector's inherent weakness of reproducing rich shades of black.

University shows 1.4GHz cube CPU prototype

09/16, 5:00pm

Rochester cube processor

The University of Rochester on Monday announced it has a working three-dimensional computer chip it calls the cube and is running at 1.4GHz. The nicknamed Rochester cube takes the concept of three-dimensional circuits to a new level, as its processing functions are optimized vertically in the same way as a regular chip's are optimized horizontally, unlike previous attempts that simply stacked regular chips atop one another. Developed by Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rochester and faculty director of the processor, and engineering student Vasilis Pavlidis, the 3D chip is described as basically a whole circuit board folded up into a small footprint.

Apple updates Remote app with Genius support

09/16, 4:55pm

Apple updates Remote app

Apple has released an update to its proprietary app for iPhones and iPod touches, Remote. The program lets users control music on a computer or Apple TV through one of the handhelds, with the ability to view album art and information, and configure audio output through AirTunes. The updated version, 1.1, adds Genius support, letting users create the recommendation playlists remotely.

HTC intros Touch Diamond in snow white

09/16, 4:45pm

HTC white Touch Diamond

HTC has quietly added a new color for its Touch Diamond handset, according to a Tuesday report on The Unwired. Joining the red backing offered exclusively on Sprint's version and the original all-black handset, the Touch Diamond will soon be available in a snow white color. Apart from the new color, no other changes to the company's best-selling handset were announced, so the same 2.8-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal memory, aGPS and Wi-Fi features can be expected.

Verizon readying month-to-month service?

09/16, 4:40pm

Verizon Contract Free Leak

Verizon is close to finally ending its insistence on contracts, according to a tip given to BGR. Where the carrier has previously demanded that customers sign up for at least one year of service, the detailed leak suggests that all but government subscribers will have the option of paying for service strictly on a month-to-month basis. As with other carriers that follow the policy, Verizon would reportedly charge full price and activation fees for the devices to reflect the absence of the normal subsidy. In return, these customers would avoid the early termination fee regardless of how soon they cancel service.

HP confirms TouchSmart notebooks, denies work on OS

09/16, 4:30pm

HP denies OS development

While speaking to the press at a consumer event in London on Tuesday, Hewlett Packard's vice president of the Personal Systems Group Eric Cador again confirmed the company will soon release notebooks with TouchSmart technology and software. As per a report from Pocket-lint, HP unveiled a new TouchSmart desktop at the event. In addition to confirming the new notebooks, Cador dispelled a myth about HP's developing an operating system that would be an alternative to Microsoft's Windows Vista.

Toshiba joins Samsung in SanDisk bid

09/16, 4:20pm

Toshiba to buy SanDisk?

Earlier this month, a report had Samsung interested in buying portable flash memory maker SanDisk, and today's rumors have another suitor considering making a bid for the company. A newswire reports Toshiba is the latest interested party, and is only considering a bid in order to prevent competitor Samsung from taking over SanDisk, thus creating a near monopoly as the sole supplier of NAND flash memory devices, components and subsystems.

Podcasting app rejected from App Store

09/16, 4:20pm

Podcasting app rejected

Another app has been rejected with controversy from iTunes' App Store. Podcaster, an app which lets users stream and subscribe to podcasts away from their desktop, has allegedly been barred from sale because it "duplicates the functionality" of the podcast utilities in iTunes. The app's developer has complained publicly, noting that numerous apps replicate the functionality of Apple software, including aspects of podcasting.

Sanyo brings ultra-thin navigation system to the US

09/16, 4:10pm

Sanyo thin navigator

Sanyo on Tuesday announced it has added a new, high-feature portable navigation system to its US line-up of Easy Street devices from its home market in Japan with the Easy Street NVM-4370. The unit is less than three quarters of an inch thick and features a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio that will display maps and any of its preloaded 7 million points of interest or play videos or display photos via an SD card slot. A video input lets users hook up the optional back-up camera or other sources to the NVM-4370.

Super Talent ships third-gen SSDs

09/16, 3:50pm

Super Talent OX and PX SSD

Super Talent today saw fit to roll out its third-generation solid-state drives, including new models that push prices down without sacrificing much speed. The MasterDrive OX relies on multi-level cell (MLC) storage, which has traditionally been inexpensive but slower, and improves the performance through both flash improvements and a new SATA II controller. The storage producer claims transfer speeds well beyond notebook hard drives and claims that all drives can peak at 150MB per second in reading speeds but still net 100MB per second in historically slower writes.

Spellex ships MacMedica spellchecker

09/16, 3:35pm

Spellex ships MacMedica

Spellex has announced MacMedica, a medical and pharmaceutical spellchecker for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. The software verifies the spelling of medical terminology, and provides various options whenever a mistake is detected. It works side-by-side with the Standard English dictionary, allowing a user to search both concurrently.

DealNN: new iPods, refurb iMac, more

09/16, 3:35pm

DealNN: new iPods

Today's deals at DealNN include a selection of new iPods as well as bargain priced Macs. First off is the new 8GB iPod nano for $139 from OnSale.com along with the new 120GB iPod classic for $239. The previous generation iPod touch can be found at ApparelAndTech.com for a reduced price of $195. The refurbished 24-inch, 3.06MHz iMac with 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive is only $1899 at the Apple store. MacConnection.com is offering the 2.8GHz Mac Pro for $2099, plus VMware Fusion software for free, after mail in rebates.

Kensington introduces new iPod, iPhone accessories

09/16, 3:20pm

Kensington for iPod iPhone

Kensington has unveiled several new products for iPod and iPhone users, including the 4-Port USB Charger and Media Sharing Cable, as well as dash, windshield and power-port vehicle mounts. The charger plugs into a wall outlet, and offers four ports for any devices that accept power from USB. The Media Sharing Cable allows two computers to directly share content without using flash drives, including Macs and PCs.

T-Mobile sends invite for Android launch

09/16, 3:05pm

T-Mobile Android Invite

T-Mobile today sent an invite for a New York City event that will introduce the first production Android phone. The release is short on details but confirms that Google will attend the event, which takes place the morning of September 23rd. The news validates leaks pointing to the same date as the introduction date for the HTC Dream, which most now believe will be rebranded as the T-Mobile G1 when it goes on sale.

Babylon 2008 ships with 28 language translations

09/16, 2:55pm

Babylon 2008 ships

Babylon is now shipping a Mac version of Babylon 2008, its dictionary and translation software. The software offers single-click activation from any application, dictionaries and glossaries in 75 languages, and text translations of 28 languages. It also offers access to 1,400 online dictionaries and glossaries, with an 18-language wiki.

iTunes U adds PBS' Presidential Biographies series

09/16, 2:40pm

iTunes gets DVS videos

The iTunes U section of the iTunes Store is now featuring the PBS American Experience Presidential biographies as free educational downloads. The six Presidents highlighted include Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, with over 23 hours of documentary video.

Dell warns of soft tech demand, job cuts

09/16, 2:30pm

Dell Warns of Soft Demand

Dell on Tuesday warned that its already cautious forecast for its summer quarter would likely have to be lowered further still. The company points directly to poor economic conditions affecting its sales to all users and particularly warns of low IT spending in the US, which has been hardest-hit by the current financial crisis. No specific estimates have been given regarding the period, which ends in October.

iPresentee ships Keynote Motion Themes 3.0

09/16, 2:25pm

iPresentee adds themes

iPresentee has released Keynote Motion Themes 3.0, which includes five new themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software. The themes coordinate backgrounds, fonts and colors to create different styles. Version 3.0 incorporates Geography, Rings, Brush Stroke, Red Planet and Stock Market themes.

Apple deals: iMac collection, Time Capsule, Xserve

09/16, 2:20pm

Apple deals: refurb iMacs

Apple's online store is currently offering an extensive selection of refurbished iMacs. 20-inch models start at $949 for 1GB of memory, 250GB hard drive and 2.0GHz processor or $999 for the 2.4GHz model with the same memory and hard drive specifications, and top off at $1,299 for the 2.66GHz model with 2GB of memory and 320GB hard drive. 24-inch iMacs start at $1,299 for 1GB of memory, 320GB hard drive and 2.4GHz processor and top off at $1899 for 2GB of memory, 500GB hard drive and 3.06GHz processor. All iMacs include a Mighty Mouse and keyboard as well as built in wireless, Bluetooth, iSight webcam, and 8x SuperDrive.

Sony Ericsson intros 25-hour BT speakerphone

09/16, 1:50pm

Sony Ericsson HCB 108

Sony Ericsson in England on Tuesday unveiled its newest cellphone accessory, the Bluetooth HCB-108 car speaker. The portable speaker comes with a clip that lets users put it on the sunvisors of their vehicles and connect with Bluetooth-enabled phones to deliver hands-free conversations. Sony Ericsson claims the HCB-108's battery life, at 25 hours of life, is the longest among competitors, allowing it to be used for long periods of time between home, office and car.

Google shows Android, faces software challenge

09/16, 1:40pm

Android Demo Sept 16

Google used its London Developer Day on Tuesday to show a late build of its Android mobile operating system in an event that suggests continuing resistance to the platform. Using what's now largely accepted as a prototype of the T-Mobile G1, Android chief Michael Jennings demonstrated the phone's full HTML browser as well as its version of Google Maps and the accelerometer, which can affect both the operating system as well as specific programs.

Apple UK posts Back to School iPod rebate

09/16, 1:05pm

Apple UK iPod rebate

Apple's UK storefront is now hosting its own Back to School deal, similar in scope to one recently ended in North America. Unlike the US scheme, which focused primarily around the iPod touch, the UK deal concentrates on marketing the new iPod nano, though students and teachers can choose a Touch if desired. The deal also does not completely cover the cost of a player, and instead offers a rebate of up to £95 for an iPod with the purchase of an eligible Mac.

VMX Office Bluetooth headset aims at workers

09/16, 12:45pm

VMX Office BT headset

Sennheiser on Tuesday announced the unveiling of its newest Bluetooth headset, the VMX Office, meant for workers. The folding headset has one button for volume control, answering and ending calls and switching between connected devices. Users have the option of connecting to landlines thanks to an included base station or wirelessly to any Bluetooth profile 1.0- through 2.0-compatible device.

Lexar intros Premium, Platinum II 16GB cards

09/16, 12:25pm

Lexar 16GB CF, SDHC cards

Lexar has announced four new memory cards, all sized at 16GB. The first two are a part of the Premium series, and consist of an SDHC card rated at 60x, and a CF card listed at 80x. The former is said to maintain a sustained write speed of 9MBps, and hold approximately six hours of video in the case of 1080p camcorders. The CF card is mainly intended for DSLRs, and has a sustained write speed of 12MBps.

Toshiba brings Tecra A10, M10 to US

09/16, 11:45am

Tosh Tecra A10 and M10

Toshiba today slipped out US editions of two of its pro-oriented notebooks. The 15.4-inch Tecra A10 and its 14-inch M10 sibling both bring Intel's Centrino 2 platform to the line and start off with a minimum 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Quadro NVS 150M dedicated graphics that give Vista and 3D rendering tasks a boost.

WebMessenger Mobile extends OCS to iPhones

09/16, 11:35am

WebMessenger Mobile app

CallWave says it has released a new version of WebMessenger Mobile, tailored specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. The software serves as an extension of Microsoft's Office Communications Server, which handles synchronous communications such as VoIP, instant messaging and conferencing, and links it with contact data from Active Directory.

Apple posts 1.0.2 firmware for fourth-gen Nano

09/16, 11:10am

iPod nano 1.0.2 firmware

Apple has released a v1.0.2 software update for the fourth-generation iPod nano, distributing the code through iTunes. The software bypasses a v1.0.1 release, and is officially described only as providing "support for the 4th generation iPod nano," with no details of individual fixes. Exploration has so far revealed no substantial changes other than a corrected spelling error. The update is also compatible exclusively with the new Nano.

Dell's E4200, E4300 Air rivals go on sale

09/16, 11:10am

Dell E4200 and E4300 Ship

Dell today at last began shipping the Latitude E4200 and E4300, its most anticipated but also most delayed notebooks from its notebook launch last month. The 12-inch E4200 is considered the MacBook Air's rival at just under 0.8 inches thick and a 2.2-pound starting weight. In its finished version, it carries a 1.2GHz ultra low-voltage Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, GMA 4500MHD integrated video and the user's choice of both regular and high-speed 64GB solid-state drives as well as a 128GB option.

SmartSound ships Sonicfire Pro 5, music discs

09/16, 10:40am

Sonicfire Pro 5 ships

SmartSound says it has released Sonicfire Pro 5, the latest version of its audio production software, geared toward pairing soundtracks with video. The upgrade includes enhancements to the Mood Mapping feature, which now allows users to drag a beat to various points in a video, without affecting the rhythm or length of a soundtrack. Users can also adjust the tempo of tracks while retaining customization options.

BlackBerry Storm video, anti-iPhone docs show

09/16, 10:25am

BBerry Storm Video

Verizon is now known to be circulating a video and materials briefing its employees on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm that also single out the iPhone 3G as the direct competitor. The two-minute spot confirms the features of the device, which include its hybrid CDMA/GSM and 3G support, a high-resolution touchscreen with direct "click" feedback, Visual Voice Mail and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The segment also confirms Verizon's US exclusivity for the Storm, which is believed to be matched by a similar Vodafone deal in Europe.

Apple set to open four new US stores on Sept. 20th

09/16, 9:50am

New stores for Sept. 20th

Apple has scheduled four new store openings for this weekend, all on September 20th, and exclusively within the United States. The first of these is the rumored location for San Mateo, California, which will open inside the Hillsdale Mall. Also opening for California is the North County store in Escondido, situated at272 East Via Rancho Parkway. Both shops should launch at 10AM local time.

Casio FH20 brings low-cost 40FPS shooting [U]

09/16, 9:40am

Casio EX-FH20 unveiled

Casio on Tuesday unveiled the Exilim EX-FH20, a lower-end alternative for the Pro EX-F1. It offers users a higher-resolution 9.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor focused through a 20x lens but also makes a slight degradation in continuous frame rate, dropping from 60 frames per second for the F1 to 40 (at seven megapixels) in the FH20. The ultra-quick burst movie mode has likewise dropped from 1200 frames per second to 1000. The EX-FH20 nonetheless keeps sensor-shift image stabilization and a pre-shot buffering ability to capture the moment just before the shutter press.

T-Mobile G1 moved to October, to sell 700K?

09/16, 9:25am

T-Mobile G1 in October

T-Mobile's G1 Android phone could be released earlier than expected, says a source for the Wall Street Journal. Echoing previous leaks that point to a September 23rd announcement for the phone co-developed with Google, the newspaper's alleged insider also claims that the G1 will launch earlier than the widely predicted November timeframe and could be in stores as quickly as late October. Pricing wasn't confirmed by the source but in earlier leaks has been set as low as $150 for some buyers.

Marware adapts cases for new iPod touch

09/16, 8:50am

Marware Touch 2G cases

Marware says it has adapted three of its case designs to fit the new iPod touch. The CEO Flip Vue is a leather pouch with a flip-top, which protects the iPod when closed, or allows full access to the touchscreen when open. The bottom of the case, meanwhile, provides access to the dock connector and headphone jack at all times. The case also has a belt clip, and comes with a protective film for the screen.

Zune 3.0 ships with Originals, McD's Wi-Fi

09/16, 8:45am

Zune 3 Software Launches

As promised, Microsoft today rolled out its Zune 3.0 software and the according updates for its Zune players. The upgrade lets every Zune from the original 30GB model up to the new 16GB and 120GB versions download songs directly from the Zune Marketplace over Wi-Fi as well as tag songs on some FM radio stations to buy them either from the device or with the next PC sync. Users both on the players and the Windows software also get access to dynamically updating Channel playlists, while the software alone gets a Mixview that shows related music and related listeners.

Logitech shows two iPod/iPhone Pure-Fi sets

09/16, 8:10am

Logitech Pure-Fi iPhone

Wrapping up its introductions today, Logitech launched a pair of speaker docks that are some of the company's first specifically iPhone-compatible devices. The Pure-Fi Express Plus borrows the same omnidirectional sound technique used in the just-announced Z-5 to put out stereo audio in nearly all directions, creating a consistent sound field useful for outdoor gatherings or unusual placement. Appropriately, the Express Plus can also run entirely on battery and has its own handle for a quicker move from room to room.

Slacker tries again with G2 Wi-Fi player

09/16, 7:40am

Slacker G2 Personal Player

Slacker on Tuesday revamped its Internet radio concept with the G2 Personal Radio Player. The device continues to embrace the notion of caching Internet radio stations over Wi-Fi but makes a number of significant improvements to the design itself: the device is a full 40 percent smaller than its predecessor without sacrificing a large screen. It also produces better audio quality, helped partly by new EQ features and a new set of earbuds, while also carrying a new and reportedly more intuitive interface. Battery life should also be longer by about 25 percent, the company estimates.

Logitech preps omnidirectional USB speakers

09/16, 7:15am

Logitech Z-5 Omni Speakers

Logitech this morning took a different approach to its Z-series audio this morning with the Z-5. The system uses a combination of tuned front and back drivers to produce sound with a very wide and allegedly omnidirectional sweet spot. The change produces the speakers' best possible effect on the ear regardless of where the listener is in the room, according to Logitech.

Abaco Dual Desktop features Atom Dual Core processor

09/16, 12:40am

Abaco Dual Desktop

Abaco computers has announced its latest desktop PC, the Desktop Dual, featuring Intel's Atom Dual Core processor. The new Atom chip runs at 1.6GHz, with a 1MB cache, and reported power consumption of only eight watts. The system runs the Ubuntu Linux 8.04 operating system and offers a 250GB 7200RPM hard drive. Abaco claims the Desktop Dual runs without extreme heat or noise.

T-Mobile allows pre-registration for BlackBerry Flip

09/16, 12:10am

TMobile Blackberry Flip

T-Mobile has launched a pre-registration page on its website for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. WiFi connectivity allows internet access and even phone calls to be made without connecting to the service provider cell towers. A 2MP camera with flash also records video. Content can be added using an external microSD card slot or transferred from iTunes using Media Sync.

HP ups TouchSmart to 26 inches, Blu-ray

09/16, 12:00am

HP TouchSmart IQ800

HP tonight updated its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs to push them into high-end home theater territory not covered by earlier models or rivals such as the iMac. The IQ800 series carries a 25.5-inch, 1920x1200 display that converts the touchscreen PC into a near home theater; accordingly, the system comes with a Blu-ray combo drive in one model while all of them have 1080p-capable video and ATSC/NTSC TV tuners. To match the HTPC focus, either system also has new ambient lighting on their chins that either illuminates the wireless keyboard on a desktop or just sets the mood.

HP unveils 16:9 ratio HDX media notebooks

09/16, 12:00am

HP HDX16 and HDX18

After a brief absence of large notebooks, HP on Tuesday revived the HDX line with two systems that turn the focus from gaming to movies. Both the 16-inch HDX16 and 18.4-inch HDX18 are HP's first systems to use a 16:9 aspect ratio display better-suited to movies and have a built-in subwoofer, a remote and HDMI video out. Their performance is also friendly to full HD with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo and a GeForce 9600M GT to offload the decoding work.

HP intros new photo frames, mice/keyboards

09/16, 12:00am

HP 10in Frame and Input

As part of its larger introduction of devices tonight, HP today updated both its Digital Picture Frame and its options for mice and keyboards. The photo frames get both larger and smaller with a new 10.4-inch model, the df1000, and the 3.5-inch df300a1; choosing the df1000 nets a 800x600 resolution as well as 512MB of permanent memory to store a rotating set of photos without needing a memory card in the multi-format reader. It also brings video playback support for common video formats from still cameras, such as MPEG-1/4 and Motion JPEG. PictBridge hooks also let the frame print to any supporting printer without involving a PC.

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