Archive for May, 2008

How to rock out with Guitar Hero: On Tour

How to rock out with Guitar Hero: On Tour

I've been up in the air about the whole Guitar Hero: On Tour since it was announced. I just haven't been able to think of a time where I'd be happy to lug around an extra accessory for my DS. If you too are on the fence, you might get some help from this official “How To Rock Out” video. Check it out after the jump.

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VIA announce Nano processor: 4x faster than C7 CPU

VIA announce Nano processor: 4x faster than C7 CPU

VIA has announced their latest mobile processor, the Nano, based on the company's Isaiah Architecture and promising up to four times the performance of the existing VIA C7 CPU while remaining within the same power range.  Two versions will be made: the L-series for mainstream desktop and mobile PC systems, and the U-series that provides ultra-low voltage performance for small-form-factor desktop and ultra mobile devices.  Both are pin-to-pin compatible with the C7, meaning hardware upgrades should be relatively straightforward (for manufacturers, at least).

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Android prototype Q&A: video, transcript & hardware details

Android prototype Q&A: video, transcript & hardware details

It seems this fresh Android prototype has once again stirred up interest in the open-source OS, and one of the common questions is "what smartphone is that?"  After impressing the crowds with their live demonstration, the developers sat down for a Q&A session; you can see our exclusive video of that, together with a transcript, after the cut.  While the handset maker couldn't be revealed due to a pesky NDA, what we can tell you is that it's based on a 528MHz Qualcomm chip, uses a Synaptics capacitive touchscreen and 128MB RAM/256MB flash memory.  This particular prototype is UMTS, and the demo itself was carried out using a 3.6Mbps HSDPA connection.

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iRiver P10 PMP: DMB, big touchscreen, but why the small HDD?

iRiver P10 PMP: DMB, big touchscreen, but why the small HDD?

Having first seen the iRiver P10 PMP back at CES 2008, it's been pretty much all-quiet on the news front regarding the slick touchscreen media player.  Happily we've now got some more information, and while it's perhaps more of a niche product than, say, the iPod Touch, that's not to say it's a slouch.  Based on a heavily-disguised Windows CE core, the P10 has a 33GB hard-drive, 4-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and optional DMB.

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Android touchscreen prototype: Live pictures & video demo!

Android touchscreen prototype: Live pictures & video demo!

We're still waiting for the full details from Vincent at the Google IO Keynote, but we wanted to share these first live photos and video of the latest touchscreen Android prototype.  Things have certainly moved on since the last version of the OS we saw: back then Google basically asked us to look past the slightly clunky GUI and concentrate on the potential.  This time round, there's no squinting necessary!  Graphics, animations, functionality, all is slick and up to speed. 

Check out the Android demo videos after the cut!

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ASUS 10-inch Eee 1000-series official launch at Computex 2008

ASUS 10-inch Eee 1000-series official launch at Computex 2008

ASUS plan to officially launch their largest Eee PC yet, the 1000-series with a 10-inch display, at Computex 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan. Believed to have the same specs as the Eee PC 901, the larger model was developed after customer feedback asked for bigger keyboards and screens. The company confirmed the 1000-series name in an invitation to Hong Kong journalists:

"ASUS is looking forward to welcoming you during Computex 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan, for the ASUS' 08 Computex Trilogy of launch events. We would also like to specially extend an invitation to you to attend the official global launch of the new Eee PC 901 and 1000 series" Jonney Shih, Chairman, ASUS

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OLPC XO-2 has native MultiTouch, haptic feedback likely

OLPC XO-2 has native MultiTouch, haptic feedback likely

The OLPC team probably predicted that their ever-so-slick XO-2 renders would prompt some "is it feasible?" critique, mainly due to its inclusion of dual-touchscreens.  Intended to fold down the middle like a book, the two screens would serve either as facing pages or as a screen and virtual keyboard.  Pixel Qi, the company set up by former OLPC chief technology officer Mary Lou Jepsen, will be responsible for providing the display panels themselves, and she's been answering some questions on what functionality the XO-2 will carry and how a $20 touchscreen price-point is feasible.

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