Pure Digital camcorder shoots video to the Internet in one-click

Consumers will soon be able to easily upload their camcorder videos with a new "Point and Shoot" camcorder from Pure Digital. The inexpensive recorder can record up to 60 minutes of video and then upload it to either Google Video or Sony's Grouper service with one click.

Fujitsu to introduce flash-drive laptops

Fujitsu is on the verge of building laptops that offer flash memory instead of the conventional hard disk drive (HDD), according to a report in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Apple releases red Ipod Nano to support AIDS effort

Cupertino (CA) - Apple today expanded its Ipod Nano line with a bright red model, which contributes a portion of its revenues to RED, an organization founded by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver dedicated to battle AIDS in Africa. Click here to see images of the new Ipod models ...

Palm unveils slim Treo smartphone, integrates Google Maps

New York (NY) - Palm today took the wraps off a new Treo smartphone, which will become available within a few weeks in the U.S. The new phone maintains the general appeal of its predecessors, but packs more features in a smaller, more colorful form factor. Palm also has begun offering Google Maps for the Treo as a free download.

Sony intros Vaio C-Series notebooks

London (England) - Sony today announced details about its new C-Series line of Vaio laptop computers, the first of which will be available at the end of October. Before the end of the holiday shopping season, the notebook will be available in five different colors. Sonys marketing people explain that the "C" in C-Series stands for "choice", "color", "cosmopolitan", and "chic" and according to an announcement made today, the new laptops will be available in silver, pink, green, grey, and black by the end of November. Each model also comes with a matching color carrying case.

Sony developing video Ipod competitor

Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today. Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today. The announcement reportedly was made during a news conference in which Sony displayed the upcoming new music-only Walkman players. The vague confirmation came from Sony's senior vice president, who claimed, "We are developing a product that handles images, but I cannot make any comment on specific plans."

T-Mobile USA adds Dash smartphone

T-Mobile USA is taking the wraps off of a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, dubbed the T-Mobile Dash. The device will be available exclusively from T-Mobile beginning Oct. 25.

Beam music from your Ipod to your stero with Belkin's TuneStage II

Belkin announced a new version of its TuneStage Bluetooth music system which beams music to home stereo systems. The TuneStage II uses a small transmitter on the Ipod and a receiver that is wired to stereo system. Users can search their playlists, adjust volume and play music from up to 30 feet away from the receiver.

Symbol introduces new wearable computer

Symbol Technologies has released a new computer that can be worn on either the hip or the wrist. The WT400 line of computers have a 2.8" 320 by 240 pixel screen, 128 MB of RAM and use an Intel XScale PXA270 520 MHz processor. Designed to be used mainly as a product scanner in busy stockrooms, the computers are ruggedized against bumps and 4-foot drops to concrete.

Toshiba announces new line of desktop replacement laptops

Toshiba has announced a new line of desktop replacement laptops sporting Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and external TV tuners. The Satellite P105 series has a 17-inch display and weighs 7.1 pounds. Two models in the line, the P105-S6124 and S6134 will have USB external TV tuners and be loaded with Windows XP Media Center 2005. They will use the 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 along with 2 GB of DDR2 and either a 160 or 200 GB Serial-ATA hard drive.

Microsoft slams mobile devices with social software service

As reported on the official Microsoft blog, version 1.0 of Slam, a social networking application for Windows Mobile devices, has been released. Slam allows users to send text and picture messages in bulk to an entire group of pre-defined mobile numbers.

Hitachi becomes newest victim of Sony recall

Not wanting to feel left out, Hitachi announced today that 16,000 of their notebook computers are affected by the worldwide recall of Sony laptop batteries. This adds to the massive recall from multiple PC manufacturers that have faulty batteries made by Sony.

T-Mobile lays out plan for new spectrum

T-Mobile USA laid out the plan Friday for the $4.2 billion in wireless spectrum it won in a recent federal auction, saying it expects to spend nearly $2.7 billion on a network upgrade that can deliver mobile multimedia capabilities it hasn't been able to offer like its rivals.

Rhapsody upgrades with 4.0 store, optimized MP3 players

Seattle (WA) - RealNetworks today announced that they have launched Rhapsody 4.0, the latest version of their music subscription and purchasing service. Complementarily, SanDisk has released the first set of MP3 players that are optimized to store and play back music in users' Rhapsody accounts. Still sort of fresh on the heels of the bevy of iPod and iTunes announcements last month, Rhapsody 4.0's launch gives the music streaming service a visual overhaul and a couple functionality tweaks.

Asustek 3G strategy: Intel out, EMP in

Asustek Computer will begin shipping third-generation (3G) smartphones based on Intel's mobile platform to European telecom service providers including Vodafone and O2 in the fourth quarter of this year, but these will be the last Asustek 3G smartphones based on Intel's platform, according to industry sources.

Micron introduces 1/5" camera sensor

Camera phones and webcams could get even smaller because Micron has introduced their new 1/5" wide 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. The MT9M019 sensor captures 1280 by 1024 pixel pictures at 30 fps or 640 by 480 pixels at 60 fps. Micron claims the low-light sensitivity of the sensor is about 1 lux which is equal to one candle.

Fujitsu adds to Sony battery recall count

Fujitsu today announced today that it recalled approximately 287,000 notebook computers equipped with Sony-built batteries. The total number of recalled notebooks with Sony batteries has now topped 7.5 million. Last week, Fujitsu said that their computers were affected by the defective Sony batteries, but did not announce how many would be recalled.

Nokia hatches Bluetooth's little brother

The wireless keyboard and mouse could become a lot less power hungry if a new radio technology called Wibree fulfils expectations.

Cellphone thieves to get an earful with new anti-theft software

Think of it as a car alarm and kill switch for your phone. A London-based company has developed Remote XT, new security software that makes a stolen cell phone scream and lock itself. The program also wipes all the data from the phone.

OCZ Technology unveils 8GB USB flash drive

Everyone and their mother seem to be jumping on the credit card-sized USB flash drives. Now OCZ Technology is announcing an 8GB model USB 2.0 drive that measures the same thickness of about 3-4 credit cards. The OCZ Mega-Kart comes in black and has an LED light that blinks when the drive is accessed. The Mega-Kart comes with a one year warranty. No release date or price has been announced.