• Samsung and Verizon announce the SCH-u430

    If it feels like you’ve seen the u430 before, it’s because you probably have. You’ve seen them at parties, on co-workers desks at work, and in the hands of the soccer mom in front of you in line at the store. Well, not this exact model, but ones just like it. The u430 is yet another flip-and-forget-it phone. Seeing as it wont cost you a cent out the door, you… Read More

  • Mitsubishi intros commercial & educational flagship FL6900U projector

    Not all projectors are created equal and Mitsubishi’s latest projector is geared for the non-theater crowd with the high-brightness 1080p 3LCD FL6900U. This new projector can throw 4000 lumens for a bright picture in a room plagued with ambient light. It has the standard high-end fare of projector gear including RS-232 inputs, RJ-45, remote control horizontal and vertical lens shift… Read More

  • For AOL And Yahoo, Will Opening Up Their Portals Be Enough?

    Earlier this month both AOL and Yahoo redesigned their home pages to include more links to outside services. The new AOL homepage features prominent links to Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail, as well as to bookmarks leading elsewhere, and integration with Facebook and MySpace. Yahoo’s new home page, which it is still bucket testing selectively, also includes more directlinkstoother… Read More

  • Fujifilm's new CCD may be just crazy enough to work

    Fujifilm has shown (will show, rather, if this technique works) that there’s still a lot of play on the lowest levels of sensor design. With all the new facilities cameras enjoy such as face detection and touchscreen interfaces, it’s easy to forget that we haven’t peaked in terms of the underlying technology, in many cases CCDs. The way photodiode arrays are laid out seems… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Hitachi showcases superthin LCD TV

    At CEATEC 2008, Hitachi is displaying a full HD LCD TV whose thinnest part is just 15mm thick. The 37-inch screen is the successor model of a 32-inch TV (thickness: 19mm) the company showcased at last year’s exhibition. At this point, the new TV with a response time of 6ms and a color reproduction range standing at 152% of the HDTV specifications is just a prototype (as are many… Read More

  • Sony launches the new all-in-one JS1 PC

    Sony is giving the all-in-one PC concept the ‘ol college try with yet another series: the JS1. The 20.1-inch widescreen LCD should show off Vista’s eye candy or a Blu-ray disc nicely, while a Core 2 Duo, 3GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive provides the backbone for the PC. Sony really wants this all-in-one to provide entertainment while chilling on your Pottery Barn-style digs… Read More

  • Nokia Pilot product testing program goes live, registration opens

    If you’re a regular reader of MobileCrunch, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve got a bit of a thing for mobile. Maybe hardware leaks make your heart pitter-patter – or perhaps its the services that swoon you? Either way, Nokia wants to hear from you. Right as the sun cracked over the Western hills this morning, Nokia opened registration to their new Nokia Pilots… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Fujitsu's mobile phone breaks into 2 parts that can be used separately

    At CEATEC 2008, Fujitsu and NTT Docomo are showcasing a concept phone that can be split into two pieces, a screen and a keyboard segment. The so-called Separeeto Keitai, separate handset, is supposed to enable users to make a phone call and write emails at the same time. The parts are joined by a magnet and connected via Bluetooth. The touchscreen reacts to the way the users are holding it. Read More

  • Neat: Maraca accessories for Wii Samba de Amigo

    Samba de Amigo for the Wii is already pretty immersive (I guess that’s the word you’d use), but once you add these little plastic maraca things, oh man! Great Depression Party! A cool $15 will net you the accessory, which comes to us by way of Brando. You know, there’s a long line of these questionable Wii accessories, the first (to my knowledge) was those Wii Sports… Read More

  • AT&T planning BlackBerry Bold launch parties, complete with ultra cheesy videos

    For the sake of making sure employees are up to speed on the coming-any-day-now BlackBerry Bold (and likely as an excuse to booze and schmooze), AT&T is throwing a series of parties for employees in a few major cities around the country. The invite doesn’t shed any information we’re not already well aware of, but worthy of some note is the date of the final party: October 30th. Read More

  • Well Played: Come2Play Releases Open Source Multi-Player API for Casual Gaming

    As the concept of the “social graph” began to gain focus and attention, a buzz around the notion of multi-player social games began to grow as well. How cool would it be to play a game of pong between two users of a social network, right? And yet most multi-player games are limited to Chess, Checkers, and Poker. It’s not that there’s a shortage of companies… Read More

  • UK's MI6 loses digital camera filled with al-Qaeda info. Worse, it was sold on eBay

    Some clumsy Briton at MI6 has lost a Nikon digital camera that’s filled to the brim with all sorts of sensitive information, including info on al-Qaeda. What’s worse, not that losing the camera isn’t bad enough, but that it was sold on eBay. Yup, the missing Nikon is loaded with info on al-Qaeda, including names, finger prints and academic records. Oh, and the camera was sold… Read More

  • Broadcom and Skyhook Wireless Partner To Bring Wi-Fi Positioning To More Mobile Phones

    Some of the most compelling apps on the iPhone and upcoming Android phones take advantage of the GPS chips inside those devices to create services that filter information based on your location. While GPS chips are particularly good at pinpointing your location, other techniques are also used. For instance, the iPhone uses cell-tower triangulation and Wi-Fi positioning. No single… Read More

  • LG KP500 aims to make touchscreens pocket-friendly

    LG announced the KP500 this morning, which they’re touting for it’s “affordable introduction price”. They’re not actually, you know, telling anybody what it’ll cost – just that it’ll be “attractively-priced”. For a supposedly budget-friendly phone, the specs they’ve disclosed so far aren’t too shabby. It’ll have… Read More

  • New Xbox Experience demo now online

    Fire up Xbox Live for a “glimpse” of the upcoming New Xbox Experience, Microsft’s latest update to the Xbox System Software. The Avatars are still lame, sure, but the enhanced multimedia options are a welcome treat. Read More

  • Top Secret MI6 Camera Sold to the Highest Bidder On eBay

    A 28-year-old delivery man from the UK who bought a Nikon Coolpix camera for about $31 on eBay got more than he bargained for when the camera arrived with top secret information from the UK’s MI6 organization. Allegedly sold by one of the clandestine organization’s agents, the camera contained named al-Qaeda cells, names, images of suspected terrorists and weapons, fingerprint… Read More

  • RealNetworks Files Suit Against Hollywood Over RealDVD

    RealDVD hasn’t even been available for more than an hour and already Hollywood studios are upset about the ramifications it could have on the industry. According to a statement released by RealNetworks, it has filed suit against Hollywood studios asking the court to rule that RealDVD “fully complies with the DVD Copy Control Association’s license agreement.” The suit… Read More

  • Geotate, DXG boast world's first geotagging camcorder

    That up there is a photo of the world’s first—a modest claim—camcorder that has built-in geotagging. It’s the result of collaboration between Geotate and DXG, the former a geotagging specialist and the latter a video camera manufacturer. And geotagging, if you’re unfamiliar, is a process by which photos or video are automatically tagged with the location of… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Murata Girl unicycle robot in action (video)

    The CEATEC 2008 tech/electronics exhibition started today in Chiba (near Tokyo) and as to be expected, the Murata Girl, aka creepy kindergarten robot Little Seiko, turned out to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Today marks the first time Murata, the Tokyo-based company behind the robot, demonstrated its newest product to a larger audience (Japanese video news portal DigInfo kindly provided… Read More

  • RealDVD Launches For Those Who Don't Mind DRM

    Real Networks announced that RealDVD, its latest solution allowing users to copy DVDs onto their hard drives without facing legal troubles because the ripped copy keeps the DRM, is now available on the company’s site. We profiled RealDVD a few weeks ago and found that it may suit some of those who want to create a media server and don’t mind DRM, but the software’s hefty… Read More

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