In a conference call next Monday, Clearwire is expected to detail a "pay as you go" mobile data service. The service would use Clearwire's 4G WiMAX network, and may have a tie in for Sprint 3G data. Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire. The monthly cost is currently unknown. These details were gleaned from an SEC filing late this afternoon.
Sprint has begun using the faster data standard in several phones, including the Evo 4G and Epic 4G. Presumably, this contract-free service would be based around data cards, but a MiFi-like device is not out of the question (maybe a re-branded Sprint Overdrive). Customers would likely have to pay the full price for their data modem, though.
WiMAX coverage is still limited, and the 2500MHz frequency in use means it tends not to penetrate buildings very well. But users with good signal can get several megabits down. How much would you pay for contract-free 4G data service?
Mozilla has announced today that the first alpha release of Fennec (mobile Firefox) is ready for mass consumption on the N900, and Android 2.0+. The N900 version has already been posted on the Mozilla site, we expect the Android version to be up soon. One of the main selling points is full Fennec integration with Firefox Sync, a tool that can keep your tabs, history, and bookmarks synchronized across your devices.
Mozilla has been working to make the browser smoother, which is great news to anyone who tried the previous early preview builds. Fennec does this by keeping the browser UI in a separate process from the rendering engine. Actions like scrolling and zooming should get more fluid as the product moves toward a final release.
Mozilla has posted a vide demo of Fennec on Android. While it is looking much improved, they clearly have a way to go. This whole time, Google is improving the Android browser. By the time Fennec is done, it may have already been surpassed in features. Are you anxiously anticipating Fennec?
For those of you who cut your tech teeth on the Commodore 64 of yeasteryear, you'll soon have a chance to reunite with the wildly popular PC that refuses to fade from memory. That's because Commodore USA this week announced a full line of new Commodore branded all-in-one (AIO) keyboard computers, including the PC64, an Intel Atom-powered replica of the original C64.
There won't be any typing out of Load"*",8,1 commands or Epyx Fast Load cartridges to fumble around with. The PC64 is a nettop in disguise, and a fairly potent one at that (at least as far as netbooks go).
In addition to the Atom 525 processor, the C64 is being reborn with Nvidia's Ion 2 graphics platform, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a generous 1TB hard drive, DVD/CD burner (Blu-ray is optional), dual-link DVI, six USB ports, 802.n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 6-in-1 media card reader.
All this comes crammed in and around the original beige C64 chassis and will reportedly ship in time for the holidays.
There has been an addition to the list of upcoming autostereoscopic (glasses-free 3D) devices. The latest addition is of the portable variety. Supernova X1 is a 3D-capable tablet prototype that does not rely on 3D glasses for its mojo. Engadget's Chinese site was the first to get a glimpse of this tablet prototype from China's Rockchip.
However, not a lot is known about the Supernova X1 at this point in time apart from the fact that the glasses-free 3D effect can be adjusted (or even disabled) in much the same way as the Nintendo 3DS. Rockchip will unveil this tablet at the upcoming IFA 2010 event in Germany.
Still looking for a rodent that reflects your sense of style? Perhaps you'd be better served with a nostalgic shirt from 80stees.com, but if you really must make a fashion statement with your mouse, Microsoft might be able to oblige.
The Redmond software giant who also dabbles in hardware has added six new patterns to its Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 series. These rodents sport Microsoft's BlueTrack technology and come with a plug-and-go-nano transreceiver, as well as a rated 10-month battery life, but it's the graphics that are the real draw.
Patterns range from pink frilly patterns to a blue and black mouse with bug-eyed skulls on top. View the whole collection here, and then hit the jump and tell us what you think about the designs.
Hot on the heels of Intel announcing no less than 12 upcoming netbooks to be shipped built around its new dual-core Atom N550 processor, Asus appears to have beaten the competition to the punch with its Eee PC 1015PEM.
This latest Eee PC packs the aforementioned dual-core Atom part, as well as 2GB of DDR3 memory, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0, 250GB hard drive, 801.11g Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, and according to at least one report. USB 3.0 support.
While Asus can claim the first to ship an N550-based netbook, it certainly won't be the last. Lenovo is currently taking pre-orders for its IdeaPad S10-3, while Gigabyte is serving up (also in pre-order form) a convertible tablet (T1005M) built around Intel's newest Atom chip.
The 60D also comes with an 18 megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording with manual overrides, and more control over in-camera image processing than in previous EOS models.
"The EOS 60D has been designed to offer the image-capture and the Full HD video features customers are looking for as they continue to expand their photographic skills. The exciting new features of the EOS 60D make using a DSLR camera more attractive and easier than ever before. We want everyone to experience the great image quality a Canon DSLR can offer with features and functions that they will appreciate and use," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
For the first time in an EOS camera, Canon also crammed a handful of creative image filters allowing for various photo effects. Each one can be applied to a captured still image in-camera to create a second filtered JPEG version, leaving the original RAW or JPEG file untouched.
The EOS 60D will ship at the end of September and carry a price tag of around $1,100 for the body only, or $1,400 with a kit lens.
There's too much at stake in the emerging 3D market to let one company steal the spotlight, and so Sony joins Toshiba in trying to be the first (and best) to deliver 3D television sets that don't require donning a pair of special glasses.
"Seeing 3D without glasses is more convenient," Sony Senior Vice President Yoshihisa Ishida said Thursday at Tokyo headquarters. "We must take account of pricing before we can think about when to start offering them."
And therein lies the biggest hurdle. 3D technology is expensive enough as it is -- Sony just launched a line of 3D Bravia HDTVs that starts out at $3,000 (46 inches) -- and when you throw glasses-free technology into the mix, well, be prepared to get kicked in the wallet.
There's also the question of how effective this first-gen technology will be. Both Sony and Toshiba are likely to implement some kind of parallax barrier technology similar to the one being used on Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console, but they'll have to figure out how to widen the viewing angle to accommodate more than one viewer who plops himself in the sweet spot.
Does your wrist feel sore after an extended computing session? If so, it's probably a sign that your'e spending too much time on your PC. Or maybe you need a new mouse, one that conforms to your wrist movements rather than the other way around.
That's the general idea behind SmartFish Technologies' new ErgoMotion Mouse. SmartFish is billing this device as the world's first laser mouse to feature a patented swivel mechanism for fluid movement, which supposedly allows the nimble rodent to adapt to the user's hand.
"When using a static mouse, the hand, wrist, and arm are confined to a fixed position that limits natural movements and forces robotic gestures which strains your tendons and ligaments causing pain and discomfort over time," said Dr. Jack Atzmon, President and CEO of SmartFish Technologies. "The ErgoMotion Mouse adapts to your natural movements and provides the most unique and healthy computing experience to date."
The ErgoMotion Mouse doesn't discriminate against left and right handed users, nor does it care if you roll with a Mac or PC. And at $50, it won't obliterate your wallent, at least compared to those high-end mice that approach the three-digit mark. Unlike those other high-priced rodents, however, this one isn't aimed at gamers.
TV makers have a vested interest in promoting the 3D revolution, but they're not the only ones. Companies like Cisco are just as stoked.
"There is no question in my mind that 3D is the next thing to happen in video," said John Chambers, CEO of Cisco. "It's the next logical evolution of the technology."
According to Chambers, video is becoming the next must-have app of all IP networks, a trend which feeds right into Cisco's business. Even cooler, Chambers says we're not far off from when telepresence video conferencing will go 3D as well.
"3D will make things more lifelike," Chamber said. "But I think in 10 years we'll be seeing holograms used. Not only can this be used to enhance business communications, but imagine the implications for certain vertical businesses like medicine."
Let's hope in 10 years time companies are able to find a better way to implement holograms than CNN's lame display in late 2008.