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Nokia gets FCC approval for new flagship N93i cellphone

Nokia today received approval for its upcoming N93i cellphone, which will be an update for the existing N93 model.

Microsoft starts handing out SUSE Linux subscriptions

In the seven weeks since Microsoft and Novell announced their controversial interoperability and patent protection agreement, Redmond has handed out some 16,000 subscription certificates for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Avid rolls out Softimage XSI 6

Avid today released a new version of its 3D animation and character creation software Softimage.

Korean mobile phone makers ship ultra-cheap sets to India

More affordable mobile phones are heading to India and other poorer countries, thanks to two Korean cell phone makers. ROSE Telecom and Kedcom have announced that they are shipping 100,000 phones for just $30 each to India's Reliance Infocomm.

Lie detector for Skype watches over voice communications

Software company Kishkish offers a small add-on for the Skype instant messenger that promises users who are paranoid about the trustworthiness of the people they are talking to. The "Lie Detector" analyzes stress levels in voices and promises to expose, if a conversation partner is honest - or not.

Opera to browse on Samsung cellphones

Opera, the rising star in the world of specialized Internet browsers, today announced that it has scored a contract with cellphone unit of Samsung to include the mobile browser in its future set of 3G phones.

Samsung develops 1/4" 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for ultra slim camera phones

Samsung Electronics has announced its 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) with a 1/4" lens aperture for ultra slim camera phones.

Axis adds megapixel day/night netcam

Axis Communications today announced the company's first two-megapixel network camera designed for professional security and surveillance applications. The AXIS 223M Network Camera provides high image detail in day or night lighting conditions.

Almost 8% of U.S. households now using VoIP - Market Research

In-Stat, a technology market research firm, says almost 8% of U.S. households are using Voice Over IP (VoIP). Leading the pack in VoIP services is Skype with 2.1 million households, followed closely by Vonage and Time Warner Cable with 1.7 and 1.6 million respectively.

EA brings Sudoku, Royal Solitaire to iPod

Electronic Arts today announced a pair of new games available on iTunes, which can be transferred to a fifth-generation iPod. Owners of the newest line of Apple's digital media player can now put Sudoku and Royal Solitaire on their iPod.

Analyst Opinion: Apple is not real

You had to have your web browser on speed dial to keep up with Apple news in the past week: Contradicting and quite controversial reports made headlines, surprising with crashing iTunes sales and alleging that Apple owners are 55 years old, on average. Apple saw little need to refute any of the claims and there is a simple reason: Apple does not care - and doesn't have to.

Intellon raises $18 Million in financing

Leading HomePlug chipmaker Intellon Corporation yesterday announced it has raised $18 million in new equity financing.

VTech announces Internet-browsing and Wi-Fi phones

VTech today announced two multi-handset cordless phone systems with Internet access features. One is DECT 6.0 based, the other connects via Wi-Fi.

First look: Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta

Adobe has released a beta version of the next version of its image editing software Photoshop. We've had some time to play with the software and are quite certain that it is one of the most significant updates in Photoshop history.

Samsung releases 8GB Yepp

Samsung has upgraded its Yepp MP3 player line by adding the 8GB Yepp T9. The T9 features FM radio, integrated recording and stereo Bluetooth output. The Yepp was initially launched back in October when Samsung rolled out the 2 and 4 GB models to the United States.

Iomega rolls out two Mac only drives

Iomega, a company famous for making portable drives, has introduced two new drives for Macintosh users. The big UltraMax desktop drive has an impressive 1 TB of capacity while the portable Iomega 'Black' drive can hold 120 GB. Both drives include EMC's Retrospect Express backup software.

Google working on cell phone? - Rumor

In a move that could bring Google to the physical consumer market for the first time, reports have surfaced over the past few days about the Internet leader in talks with other companies to bring forth the Google Phone.

Production cost of Optimus keyboard expected to be well above $1000

The developers of the forthcoming Color OLED keyboard Optimus 103 are facing higher development and production costs than what was generally estimated.

Cingular hooks up with Myspace

Atlanta (GA) - In a bid to bring social networking to cell phones, Cingular Wireless has created a deal with the social networking site Myspace to provide a mobile version of the online networking service. Under the partnership, Cingular, which currently sponsors a ringtone service on Myspace, will initially have the exclusive mobile rights to Myspace. Cingular subscribers will be able to pay $3 per month to use a proprietary version of the site, which allows users to edit their profile and post pictures directly from a mobile handset.