Toshiba notebooks with writable HD DVD drives on the way

Toshiba is planning on releasing several mainstream laptops with HD DVD and writable HD DVD drives this fall.

Gateway recalls 14,000 notebook batteries

Gateway today issued a recall of 14,000 notebook batteries, which can overheat and create a potential fire hazard.

IDC: Mass market appeal of iPhone uncertain

Another market research firm is weighing in on the potential market impact of the iPhone: While stating that the iPhone already is a success, IDC said that the device has shortcomings that may prevent the mass market from adopting it.

Porsche announces $1600 mobile phone

If the $599 iPhone isn’t expensive enough for you then Porshe’s new mobile phone should do the trick.  Porsche Design Group announced the P’9521 phone in France last week and it will cost you a cool $1600.

Got chest pains? Consult your mobile phone

Mobile phones aren’t just for talking in Singapore.

iPhone gets last minute upgrades

Apple today announced that its upcoming multimedia phone will offer longer battery life than originally estimated as well as a glass top surface.

Survey: 19 million mobile phone users badly want an iPhone

Apple better crank up another iPhone factory because a recent survey says that 19 million mobile phone users want the phone.

Garmin introduces widescreen navigation devices

Olathe (KS) – Garmin expands its nuvi 200 product line with two widescreen portable navigation devices. Both the nuvi 200w and nuvi 250w come in a slightly revised casing that follows the general widescreen trend. The 4.3” screen offers a resolution of 480x272 pixels. The two models a similar feature set, including a preloaded database with six million points of interest, a built-in picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter and a world clock.

iPhone users will have to register for an iTunes account

iPhone buyers will have to register for an iTunes account in order to be able to use the phone.

Motion Computing adds HSDPA capability LE1700 tablet PCs

Chicago (IL) – Motion Computing today received approval from the FCC to integrate HSDPA-based wireless broadband capability in its latest tablet PC models.The HSDPA feature is expected to be announced by the company soon and to be offered side-by-side to the existing EV-DO option.

Update: Qualcomm phone chips banned in US

The United States has barred the importation of certain cell phone chips from Qualcomm, after a trade panel deemed it infringes on patents owned by rival Broadcom.

iPhone pre-sale on Ebay tops $1500

Chicago (IL) – Apple will start selling its iPhone in 23 days through AT&T stores nationwide. If you plan on purchasing a phone on the first day and don’t want to stand in line, you can turn to Ebay and buy the phone there. But expect a hefty premium to be attached.   Apple's iPhone in detail ...  

FIC introduces 2.2 lbs UMPC with detachable calculator

By now you are probably sick of all the UMPC news, but FIC has put a spin on things by announcing a UMPC with detachable modules – one of which is a calculator.

A closer look at Asus’ $199 computer

This year’s Computex is proving to be very exciting with Asus’ introduction of their $200 PC.

Amp'd Mobile turns to bankruptcy

The specialty, youth-targeting cell phone service provider has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the fact that almost half of its customers were delinquent with paying their bills.

Aiptek’s small camcorder records at big resolution

Taipei TAIWAN – How much would you pay for a camcorder that records high definition video?  Aiptek has one that not only records HD video but can also take pictures for under $300.  The Pocket DV 2300 HD fits in the palm of your hand and records to high capacity SD cards.

Linkchamp shows 5000 watt power converter

Regular DC to AC power converters normally output 100 to 300 watts, but at this year's Computex convention in Taipei the folks at Linkchamp showed us one that can output 4000 to 5000 watts. Extra: Slideshow

Panasonic introduces Santa Rosa-based Toughbook

Secaucus (NJ) – Panasonic today introduced a new generation of its rugged notebook series “Toughbook”. Built around Intel’s Santa Rosa platform, the notebook now features draft-n wireless capability, updated Core 2 Duo processors and optional wireless broadband.

iPhone is go on June 29

The iPhone has been given a solid release date of June 29, according to a commercial that made its global debut last night.

Sony Ericsson patent goes for gaming phone

Alexandria (VA) - Sony's mobile phone division is apparently looking at a gaming-centric phone, a market that so far has had a history of failure. A patent from late last year shows a device that looks something like a PSP retooled to work as a mobile phone.  The screen on the candy bar style phone can flip 90 degrees to make it look more like a slim PDA.  Or, the phone can be turned horizontally to have a landscape mode screen orientation and a control set much like a handheld gaming device.