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

iPhone to drive capacitive touch screen demand

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.

Nokia adds two more "multimedia computer" phones

White Plains (NY) - Nokia has launched its two latest phones, the N75 and N76, sporting many of the same features seen in its other top-selling multimedia phones. Both phones have a clamshell design, looking most like the N92 and N93 phones before it.  They have no internal storage but have microSD card slots, currently offering up to 2 GB of external space.  The two also contain Nokia's Series 60 Symbian operating system.

Apple iPhone sells for $800... on eBay

An eBay auction for a brand spanking new Apple iPhone has just ended for $800.

NXP to volume produce ultra low-cost handset chip solutions in Q1 08, to show solutions at Computex

Targa rolls out notebook with 750 GB hard disk space

Enthusiast PC maker Targa has upgraded the option list for its Raptor-60 notebook, which can now be equipped with up to three 2.5” hard disks and a Blu-ray drive.

Palm Foleo: What were they thinking?

We see a lot of new hardware and software that often leaves us scratching our head what the purpose and market opportunity of that new product could be. Palm set high expectations with a new mobile device that was announced to describe a new mobile category – and Foleo left us speechless. Palm can’t be serious about this one.  

Toshiba preps release of Satellite HSDPA PDA phone

Chicago (IL) – The FCC has approved Toshiba’s latest PocketPC. Originally announced as the Portege G900 at the 3GSM conference earlier this year, the device apparently will be marketed under the firm’s “Satellite” brand, run Windows Mobile 6 and offer a feature set that will make most of its competitors look antiquated.

Palm announces Foleo smartphone companion

Jeff Hawkins today announced a new product which he believes completes the vision of the company he founded: A sub-notebook-sized companion device that extends smartphones with a larger keyboard and a larger screen. Extra: Image Gallery

Million Zunes? – Not Yet…

Yesterday’s media reports of a million Zune’s sold are proving to be a bit premature.

Cell phone-snatching teacher cleared of theft charge

A Purdue University instructor has been cleared of theft charges in a criminal lawsuit, but not until after the special prosecutor's phone added a bit of irony to the case.

Toshiba to use AMD processors in laptops

The fourth largest laptop maker in the world, Toshiba, will be shipping AMD-powered laptops in the summer.

Sony Ericsson preps new Walkman phone W660i

Chicago (IL) – Just in time for the release of the iPhone in June, Sony is preparing the launch of its latest 3G Walkman phone, the W660i.

Palm Pilot inventor to unveil new “mobile device”

Sunnyvale (CA) – Jeff Hawkins, who is credited with the invention of the Palm Pilot handheld computer, will be announcing a new mobile device tomorrow, Palm said today. One day before his 50th birthday, Jeff Hawkins will have another chance to introduce a new mobile product, which is promised by Palm to “describe a new category” for mobile devices. The announcement is scheduled to be made at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California.

Blackberry World Series CDMA/GSM phone hits store shelves

Verizon Wireless has begun offering the Blackberry 8830 World Edition Smartphone, which combines CDMA and GSM connectivity under one hood. Extra: Slideshow

Nissan says cellphones could nuke car keys

Japanese automaker Nissan is warning customers that cellphones could disable the car keys on two of its sedans.

Google brings calendar app to mobile

Google, one of the first search engines to provide a specific mobile site, has now optimized its Google Calendar application for cell phones.