Author Archives: Satsuki Then


Google’s Chrome OS netbook specs revealed

Google’s Chrome OS netbook specs revealed

Back when a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook was tipped for late 2010, we were still in the dark regarding potential specifications for the web-centric ultraportable.  Now IBTimes is claiming to have the official spec sheet, and as speculated there's both an ARM-based CPU and NVIDIA's Tegra chipset among the components.  There's also a 10.1-inch display with multitouch-capable touchscreen mentioned, able to display HD - likely 720p - video, together with a 64GB SSD and 2GB of RAM.

NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA's Fermi 40nm GPU won't make its expected late-2009 launch, and nor will it be ready in time for CES 2010 in January, according to DigiTimes' sources at graphics card manufacturers.  The rumor-mongers claim that NVIDIA have been telling producers to only expect the DirectX 11-compatible Fermi chips in March 2010, and suggest that defects have prompted the delay.

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LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

Mark this down as a definite vague rumor for the moment, but there's talk that LG's next PRADA cellphone might adopt the Android OS.  The so-called PRADA 3 is expected to have a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, and it's also been suggested that US carrier Sprint will be offering the device.  If so, it would make this particular luxury smartphone the first carrying the PRADA name to use CDMA rather than a GSM radio.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.

Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Contrary to earlier reports that retailer Borders were planning to enter the hardware ebook market with a device of their own, the company has denied that an own-brand reader is on the cards.  According to Borders Chief Executive Ron Marshall, both the cost and the time involved are dissuading the firm from such a plan; "We're not a technology company" the CEO told Reuters, "We're booksellers."

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