Microsoft and Yahoo! have finally reached an agreement on an online search and advertising partnership, according to an internal source. While the deal is yet to be publicly confirmed by either company - something expected within 24hrs - it's believed to involve Microsoft's Bing search engine powering Yahoo! searches, while the latter company will manage advertising sales using Microsoft technology. The news is being positioned as the two firms' strike back against Google, who have pretty much cornered the market in both online search and advertising.
T-Mobile USA have announced that they will be offering the HTC Touch Pro2 from August 12th, HTC's impressive Windows Mobile smartphone complete with a 3.6-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi b/g and AWS 3G. We reviewed the Euro-spec version of the Touch Pro2 earlier this month, finding it a sturdy and capable business smartphone with an excellent "Straight Talk" speakerphone system.
iLuv have officially announced the iEA15 iPod Remote Adapter, intended for owners of Apple’s PMPs who want both to use their own headphones and control their music without whipping out the iPod itself. Contrary to some premature reports, the iEA15 does not work with the iPhone; however it will support VoiceOver on the third-gen iPod shuffle.
Intel's latest RAID controller has been announced, the RS2BL080, capable of directly controlling up to eight SAS or SATA hard-drives with support for both 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s interfaces. The RS2BL080 is a half-height card that supports RAID 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 for mirroring, parity, double-parity and striping.
Zeemote have launched a version of their Bluetooth mobile gaming controller for BlackBerry smartphones. The Zeemote JS1 is compatible with all BlackBerry handsets that have a trackball, and connects wirelessly to offer over fifty hours of battery-powered gameplay.
Update: video demo after the cut
Neuros Technology have been spilling the beans about their next-gen open-source mediaplayer, the OSD3, and while it's not set to hit shelves for at least another 18 months it's shaping up to be impressive. The company is working with Texas Instruments regarding the OSD3's ARM-based processor, and have official support for 1080p/60 encoding and decoding.
Creative have announced their Zii EGG developer platform, the test hardware for coders to get to grips with their freshly "Plaszma" branded Stemcell Computing system. The Zii EGG runs Google's Android OS on top of Creative's ZMS-05 chipset, and promises not only WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 10-point multitouch display, but 1080p video output, HD playback and OpenGL ES support.
Video demo after the cut