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  • Report: Toshiba halts HD DVD production, mulling future

    Posted February 17, 2008 - 9:33 pm

    Toshiba has halted production of HD DVD players and recorders and is close to making a decision on whether to throw in the towel on the high-definition movie disc format, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Saturday evening.
  • BenQ to start T80 mobile near field communications trial

    Posted February 14, 2008 - 11:00 am

    Next month, residents of a Farglory Land Development housing project in Taiwan will be invited to test a new mobile phone from BenQ, the T80, that uses NFC (near field communications) technology to access home security systems and pay for items including subway rides.
  • Touch-based interfaces infect show with 'iPhoneitis'

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung have all caught 'iPhoneitis,' joining in on one of the hottest trends at the Mobile World Congress -- touch-based user interfaces.
  • Only in Japan: The best technologies you can't buy

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Just a few years ago Japan's lead in all things digital was easy to see. Japanese consumers could buy new domestic gadgets from companies like Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic, often a year or two before they hit the market in other countries. But now things have changed. With gadgets increasingly coming out at the same time around the world, it's no longer the hardware that makes something cool, but what you can do with it.
  • Android comes to life in Barcelona

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Google's Android software platform for mobile phones is coming to life in Barcelona, with a number of chip manufacturers showing it running on prototype or proof-of-concept phones at the Mobile World Congress on Monday.
  • Zeemote wants mobile gamers to let go of their phone

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 12:26 pm

    You might think the last thing you'd need to play games on your mobile phone would be a wireless remote control, but Zeemote's JS1 is just that. The Bluetooth device has four buttons and a thumb-operated analog joystick, and can be held in the left or right hand, leaving the other hand free to hold the phone.
  • Razr, others designated LiMo Linux phones

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 11:25 am

    The LiMo Foundation plans to announce 18 phones based on its platform, including some that are already on the market, on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Sony Ericsson to make Windows Mobile phone

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 11:19 am

    Sony Ericsson will begin selling its first phone using Windows Mobile software this year, Microsoft was due to announce on Sunday, just ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Samsung shows latest Ultra-edition handset

    Posted February 8, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Samsung Electronics will present the latest model in its popular Ultra edition range of cell phones at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona next week.
  • Sony preps handheld Bravia digital TV

    Posted February 6, 2008 - 11:18 am

    Sony is packing its Bravia technology into a new handheld TV it plans to put on sale in Japan in April.
  • Apple beats Microsoft, Motorola in mobile phone sales

    Posted February 6, 2008 - 11:11 am

    Even after being on the market for less than half a year, more iPhones sold in the fourth quarter than Windows Mobile phones in the U.S., according to research from Canalys.
  • Nokia invites users to N-Gage

    Posted February 5, 2008 - 4:51 pm

    Nokia on Tuesday invited some phone users to start playing with its delayed new N-Gage gaming service and rebranded its video- and photo-sharing service.
  • New iPhone, iPod touch models double storage

    Posted February 5, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Apple Inc. added new iPhone and iPod touch models to its lineup of phones and music players Tuesday by doubling the maximum amount of storage space in each to 16GB.
  • Gartner: HD DVD price cuts only prolong agony

    Posted January 28, 2008 - 11:40 am

    Price cuts by Toshiba on its HD DVD players in the U.S. earlier this month may prove to be 'useless resistance' in the battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc optical disc format, according to Gartner.
  • Palm to close retail stores

    Posted January 27, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    Palm plans to close its retail stores in an effort to focus on fewer programs and better compete, the company said on Thursday.
  • Nokia claims 40 percent of phone market

    Posted January 24, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Nokia reported a 44 percent rise in net profit for the fourth quarter, on sales that increased 34 percent. The company estimates 1.14 billion phones were sold in 2007, 40 percent of them bearing the Nokia brand.
  • NTT DoCoMo in talks on Android-based cell phone

    Posted January 24, 2008 - 2:45 pm

    Japan's biggest mobile telecom carrier gave its strongest support yet to Google's Android platform on Thursday when it said it is considering a cell phone based on the technology.
  • Polymer Vision readies roll-out of rollable e-reader

    Posted January 22, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    Polymer Vision plans to launch Readius, an e-reader with a flexible screen weighing little more than a cell phone, in the middle of this year, it said Tuesday.
  • Time Warner to try tiered cable pricing

    Posted January 17, 2008 - 9:58 pm

    Time Warner Cable will try selling consumers broadband service based on how much bandwidth they use, a move that could turn the home broadband pricing model in the U.S. on its head.
  • MACWORLD: More map features, multi-person SMS lead iPhone news

    Posted January 15, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Apple expanded the iPhone's capabilities Tuesday with a software update that adds a location finder to the Maps feature, customized home screens, multi-person SMS chats, and Webclips. In addition, video playback on the phone now supports chapters, subtitles and languages, while the music playback adds support for lyrics.
  • China Mobile reportedly rebuffs Apple's iPhone

    Posted January 15, 2008 - 12:11 pm

    China Mobile Communications Corp., which has been talking with Apple Inc. for more than two months about serving as the U.S. company's iPhone partner, has broken off negotiations, news reports said Monday.
  • Microsoft's SenseCam keeps memories in mind

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Over the past several years at Microsoft's research facility in Cambridge, England, the company created a wearable digital camera called the SenseCam. The camera's software is designed to take a low-resolution photo every 30 seconds while dangling from its wearer. The SenseCam has received increasing attention in the medical field as an experimental tool to help those with memory problems, such as Alzheimer's disease.
  • iPhone briefly becomes number-one Google user

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 4:30 pm

    Google released an update to its offerings for the iPhone, hoping to continue a trend that recently saw the iPhone briefly become the number-one mobile phone hitting Google sites.
  • Toshiba shows prototype TV running on Cell chip

    Posted January 11, 2008 - 10:47 am

    What happens when you take the powerful Cell microprocessor, the chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console, and put it to use inside a television? Toshiba demonstrated just such a TV at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show and the results are impressive.
  • Macworld show guide for iPhone, iPod touch offered

    Posted January 10, 2008 - 12:26 pm is offering an iPhone and iPod touch-based guide to Macworld Expo 2008.
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