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  • IDF: Intel has big plans for little devices

    Posted April 18, 2007 - 10:42 am

    Intel Corp. Wednesday unveiled its Ultra Mobile platform, also known as McCaslin, designed for ultramobile PCs and other handheld devices, and outlined plans for increased Linux support and a new chip for ultramobile PCs due in 2008.
  • CBS shows coming to MSN, Joost and others

    Posted April 13, 2007 - 9:41 am

    CBS Corp. will distribute its television programs more widely over the Internet, adding new deals with Joost, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN and AOL LLC to existing agreements with Apple Inc.'s iTunes and Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • Samsung to launch dual Blu-ray HD DVD player

    Posted April 13, 2007 - 8:21 am

    Samsung, one of the main backers of the Blu-ray Disc format, plans to release an optical disc player this year that will play both Blu-ray Disc and the rival HD DVD format, the company said Friday.
  • Mobile services skyrocketing

    Posted April 12, 2007 - 9:30 am

    With stronger interactive and multimedia features, mobile phones are enabling more services to be delivered to a user's hand. Here are three, all still in beta, that you should give a try -- or at least keep an eye on.
  • April's coolest gadgets

    Posted April 11, 2007 - 10:22 am

    If you're like me then no matter how many new gadgets you see some still make you say "wow" when you first see them. This month it's an impressively small digital TV tuner that's doing the trick. It's hard to believe but the Telebit tuner card has everything you need to receive mobile digital TV all built into a little box on the end of an SDIO card.
  • Get the iPhone look - on your Pocket PC

    Posted April 11, 2007 - 9:01 am

    Despite efforts by Apple Inc. to block it, a small software program that gives Microsoft Corp. Pocket PCs a user interface that looks much like the iPhone's is still available online.
  • Palm prepares Linux platform for future smartphones

    Posted April 10, 2007 - 4:37 pm

    Palm Inc. will unveil a platform before the end of 2007 that runs the Palm OS on top of a Linux kernel, allowing the company to improve the performance and stability of its handhelds and smartphones, CEO Ed Colligan said Tuesday.
  • Nokia keeps selling despite patent dispute

    Posted April 10, 2007 - 9:47 am

    An end to the heated patent licensing dispute between Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia Corp. is nowhere in sight, with both companies still far apart in their positions to renew terms of a licensing pact, which expired Tuesday.
  • LG, Volkswagen tie on Beetle MP3 player

    Posted April 10, 2007 - 7:58 am

    LG Electronics Inc. is teaming up with car-maker Volkswagen AG on a digital media player styled along the lines of the New Beetle car.
  • SanDisk, Yahoo release Wi-Fi MP3 player

    Posted April 9, 2007 - 9:43 am

    SanDisk Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are the latest companies attempting to take on Apple Inc.'s iPod, Monday releasing the Wi-Fi-enabled Sansa Connect.
  • Microsoft releases IM for XBox 360 online

    Posted April 9, 2007 - 9:38 am

    Microsoft Corp. Monday announced Windows Live Messenger instant messaging software for the XBox 360, in another step towards making the game console a home Internet access device.
  • Shops, including SonyStyle, drop cheaper PlayStation 3

    Posted April 9, 2007 - 9:27 am

    The cheaper of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s two PlayStation 3 consoles is getting harder to find in the U.S. The 20G-byte version, which costs $500, has been taken off-sale by retailer BestBuy and Sony's own online store displays an error message when the page for the model in question is requested.
  • Nintendo again revises earnings outlook higher

    Posted April 5, 2007 - 9:53 am

    Japan's Nintendo Co. Ltd. has revised its full-year earnings outlook higher for the second time. The Kyoto-based company said strong sales of its Nintendo DS handheld game device and software for the machine would help push sales for the year to ¥966 billion.
  • Apple confirms iPhone June U.S. launch

    Posted April 4, 2007 - 10:42 am

    Apple has sent an email, titled "talk to you soon," to users who have signed-up for more information about the iPhone. The message reads: "Thanks for signing up. You'll be the first to hear the latest about iPhone -- coming this June. That gives you just enough time to think of ways to break the news to your current phone."
  • European Commission sues Apple, others over pricing

    Posted April 3, 2007 - 7:18 am

    The European Commission has charged Apple Inc. and several big record companies with restrictive pricing practices in the European Union, a spokesman for the Commission confirmed on Tuesday.
  • IPod/iPhone market to double by 2010

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 12:10 pm

    The analysts at iSuppli expect the iPod-dominated market for media and music players to double between 2005 and 2010. New research from the company confirms these devices now comprise the fastest-growing segments of the consumer electronics industry today.
  • Silicon Valley VCs predict tech winners, losers

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 10:13 am

    In what has become an annual Silicon Valley ritual, leading venture capitalists have made their predictions about which technologies will thrive and which will take a dive in the near future.
  • Cingular's Video Share service has business side

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 8:58 am

    AT&T Inc.'s Cingular mobile division is pushing its Video Share service at the CTIA Wireless trade show primarily as a consumer service, but the live-video-stream technology will also be supported on enterprise phones and has a place in business, company executives said Wednesday.
  • Sony planning 80GB version of PlayStation 3

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 8:29 am

    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is planning a new version of the PlayStation 3 game console with a higher-capacity hard-disk drive, according to a U.S. regulatory filing made by the company.
  • HP Digital Entertainment Center at the end of the line

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 1:17 pm

    Just a week after Apple Inc. shipped the Apple TV, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has decided to stop developing new models of its Digital Entertainment Center line in favor of a simpler, more consumer-friendly design, HP said Wednesday.
  • LG phones to carry Google software

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 9:41 am

    LG Electronics Inc. plans to launch at least 10 cell phones this year with preinstalled software and services from Google Inc., the two companies said Wednesday.
  • Motorola's tough PDA goes on the road

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 8:37 am

    Motorola has launched a durable phone with GPS and Bluetooth for salespeople on the road -- updating the MC50 durable enterprise PDA made by recently-acquired Symbol.
  • Microsoft to launch higher-spec Xbox 360

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 8:16 am

    Microsoft Corp. will begin selling in April an upgraded version of its Xbox 360 console that packs a higher capacity disk drive and high-definition video interface not present on current models and is still cheaper than the rival PlayStation 3.
  • Static starts to clear on mobile TV

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 10:59 am

    As a mobile TV service from one major U.S. carrier gets rolling, vendors at the CTIA Wireless show this week in Orlando, Florida, will be highlighting video as a key emerging technology to make the mobile experience -- and service providers -- richer.
  • Symbian OS v9.5 adds support for TV, cameras, databases

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 10:35 am

    Symbian Ltd. has updated its operating system for mobile phones, improving support for digital TV, cameras, database applications, location-based services and roaming between Wi-Fi and 3G (third-generation) networks.

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