Archive for Oct 27, 2008

Cox to enter wireless industry through Sprint

Cox to enter wireless industry through Sprint

Cox Communications isn't happy to just stick with cable it seems. The current cable provider is now turning to the wireless industry as their next venture.

Under the new plan, subscribers to Cox will be able to watch TV, program their DVRs and sync up their address books with their computers by using their cell phones. It'll be a combination of wireless and cable services.

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ASUS Eee PC 1002HA: S101 style, 1000-series price

ASUS Eee PC 1002HA: S101 style, 1000-series price

ASUS Eee PC S101 steal your heart but the current financial unpleasantness steal your cash?  How about some of the "luxury" netbook's styling at a slightly more affordable price, in the shape of the ASUS Eee PC 1002HA.  Weight and overall bulk is down compared to the 1000H, partly because the battery is also much reduced: apparently ASUS have gone for a two-cell, 4200mAh pack.  Other specs are predictable: Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive.

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Netflix’s Instant Watching coming to Macs via Silverlight

Netflix’s Instant Watching coming to Macs via Silverlight

Thanks to Microsoft, Netflix subscribers can now access Watch Instantly service via MS’s Silverlight technology on their Intel –based Macs. The company has a growing library of 12,000 movies and episodes of TV shows available for its unlimited plans customers to stream online, but were limited to PC users due to lack of supports from Apple in DRM licensing.

Not anymore, the online version of Red Envelop has adopted Microsoft latest generation of Silverlight to enable protected content playback on Windows and Apple machines.

Microsoft Windows Azure cloud OS announced

Microsoft Windows Azure cloud OS announced

After teasing with the news that they would be announcing a cloud OS back at the beginning of October, Microsoft have just announced Windows Azure, an online services platform intended for developers to create cross-platform inter-operable software.  Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft data centers.

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Guitar Hero: World Tour launches

Guitar Hero: World Tour launches

We've been hearing about it for so long, it's almost a surprise that it hasn't already been released.  Still, today's the day and Activision have announced that the much-anticipated Guitar Hero: World Tour has hit shelves.  New instruments, new online and offline play modes and, of course, new tracks add up to what will probably be a key holiday must-have.  Not only is Guitar Hero: World Tour itself available, but bundle sets including the new wireless instruments.

 

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Epson to develop 3.5-inch ultra wide viewing angle LCD screen for mobile devices

Epson to develop 3.5-inch ultra wide viewing angle LCD screen for mobile devices

A sub 4-inch viewing screen is about the perfect size for mobile devices, the 3.5-inch Iphone rides just right in my pocket and has plenty of real estate for casual gaming and browsing though emails. If I were to wish for an improvement, the viewing angle could have done better; something like the Epson 3.5-inch aTFT LCD with company’s Photo Fine Vistarich Neo wide viewing angle Technology that can deliver up to 80 degrees viewing angles.

The Epson 3.5-inch display has a HVGA resolution (320x480) and 164ppi like the Iphone, but unlike conventional mobiles LCD screens, the display is capable of 1000:1 high contrast and measures up to 460 of luminance in brightness when viewed directly with minimum color shift. The contrast drops to 650:1 as viewing angles tilt at ± 30 Degrees and up to 100:1 at ± 80 Degrees.

Epson Imaging Devices will exhibit this new LCD at the Epson Group booth at FPD International 2008, Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. Shipping of the new a-TFT LCD samples will start in February 2009.

[via Epson via Impress]

NAVIst III touchscreen GPS with hard-drive, DVD & digital TV

NAVIst III touchscreen GPS with hard-drive, DVD & digital TV

The chances of finding this GPS unit in your local ICE dealership are pretty low, but that looks to be our loss: HS Networks' NAVIst III is a double-DIN touchscreen GPS system with optical drive, room for a 2.5-inch SATA hard-drive in a removable caddy, and an SD/SDHC slot.  It's controlled by a 6.95-inch, 800 x 400 touch display, which slides down to reveal the drives.

Video demo of the NAVIst III after the cut

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Nintendo Wii firmware hack allows Homebrew Channel (again)

Nintendo Wii firmware hack allows Homebrew Channel (again)

After Nintendo's recent Wii update blocked the Homebrew Channel mod, the team behind the unofficial tweaking tool set to work reintroducing their features.  The result is Homebrew Channel beta9, which not only works with the official update but enables a few features Nintendo themselves haven't unlocked.  The most popular is likely to be support for SDHC memory cards; until now the Wii only works with the non-SDHC basic SD format.

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Apricot Picobook Pro reviewed: Niche features don’t rescue dull netbook

Apricot Picobook Pro reviewed: Niche features don’t rescue dull netbook

The Apricot Picobook Pro - one of the few netbooks to use VIA's 1.2GHz C7-M processor - has been put through its paces by the Register Hardware team, and while this isn't the killer budget ultraportable the company might have hoped it was, it has its fair share of notable features.  Aside from the CPU, the Picobook Pro also stands out from the netbook crowd by having WiFi 'a' support, as well as an ExpressCard slot.

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Philips GoGear LUXE Bluetooth A2DP headset & 2GB PMP

Philips GoGear LUXE Bluetooth A2DP headset & 2GB PMP

Philips have unveiled a new stereo Bluetooth headset that not only streams music from your cellphone but has its own onboard storage too.  The Philips GoGear LUXE incorporates Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP stereo support, dual microphones and 2GB of integrated storage; there's also a single-line LCD display that shows Caller ID and track details.

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