Archive for Dec 29, 2008

Samsung planning WiMAX & LTE chipsets to avoid royalties

Samsung planning WiMAX & LTE chipsets to avoid royalties

Samsung is reportedly developing its own in-house WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) chipsets in an attempt to reduce the royalties it pays to third-party manufacturers.  The move will come as a blow to Qualcomm, currently the number one wireless chipmaker, who have seen rivals Texas Instruments and Freescale withdraw from that aspect of the industry.  While its wealth of intellectual property (IP) surrounding the 3G CDMA standard has seen Qualcomm profit greatly in recent years (Samsung themselves use Qualcomm chips in some devices), the company holds less WiMAX or LTE IP and as such is in a more tenuous position.

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Creative Zii teaser promises ‘Stemcell Computing’

Creative Zii teaser promises ‘Stemcell Computing’

Creative are preparing to launch a new processing chip at CES 2009, Zii, which the company is advertising as using "Stemcell Computing".  Announced via a teaser webpage, Zii is believed to be a different type of product to the company's X-Fi audio processing chip, and will find its way into a variety of upcoming products.

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iPod touch is Apple’s Christmas winner; AppStore sales up 4x

iPod touch is Apple’s Christmas winner; AppStore sales up 4x

Apple's iPod touch looks to be the Christmas favorite from the company, if preliminary sales figures are anything to go by.  Amazon is showing both the 8GB and 16GB models as the top two media players, while browser marketshare for the WiFi-enabled PMP also leapt on Christmas day from 0.10-percent to 0.21-percent.

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DIY Wii WeeP 5 Advanced Zapper looks dangerously close to a MP5 gun

DIY Wii WeeP 5 Advanced Zapper looks dangerously close to a MP5 gun

If you think the Wii Zapper looks too ordinary, not particular appealing for a serious shootout on your Wii console. Try this MP5 mod-gun for size. Frustrating with lack of Wii remote pistol selection and poor ergonomic design of the Zapper, serious Wii gamer put together a shooting remote looks dangerously close to a real MP5 gun with the full-feature of a Wii remote.

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Wii knockoff spotted in a store display

Wii knockoff spotted in a store display

We recently saw a knockoff version of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 as well as a knockoff of the PS3, but where do you ask is the Wii version? Well we’ve found it over yonder on Flickr via Engadget. This console goes by the name “MiWi2,” does this mean there was a first one?

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Magnetic zoom & fish-eye lenses for iPhone 3G

Magnetic zoom & fish-eye lenses for iPhone 3G

Up until now, adding specialists lenses to your iPhone required a case with the new lens embedded into it.  Problem is, that adds bulk and limits you to a specific case.  Now, USB Fever are offering three magnetic lenses suitable for the iPhone - in wide-angle, telephoto and fish-eye - that simply clip onto a supplied self-adhesive ring. 

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Casio Exilim NX9250 ‘Spy-Shot’ reveals a 5.1 megapixel cameraphone

Casio Exilim NX9250 ‘Spy-Shot’ reveals a 5.1 megapixel cameraphone

A snaphot of the much-speculated Casio Exilim NX9250 has turned up and revealed its exact megapixel count yesterday. Fewer details have we learned about the incoming Casio Exilim camera phone NX-9250. Casio and Verizon were up to release a new Exilim cameraphone from the hunch of an FCC draw-up. It would be a dualband CDMA (800/1900MHz) device with EVDO Rev. A support and was speculated to carry megapixel count digital camera function from its Exilim P&S camera line-up or perhaps to spare parts of its much-advanced W63CA 8MP AMOLED cameraphone. Not by much, the chubby Exilim doesn’t look as sleek as the W63CA from the spy photo. Though out of focus, it’s not hard to tell the 5.1 megapixel imprint from the picture. If anything more to be disclosed, it’s likely a swivel-flip design cameraphone.

Xbox 360 Domo-Kun custom paintjob

Xbox 360 Domo-Kun custom paintjob

Turning your Xbox 360 into a character from popular culture can be pretty limiting given its tombstone shape, but the Microsoft console makes for a pretty decent Domo-Kun.  Painted by deviantART member ricepuppet as a gift for his sister-in-law, both the 360 and the controller have had a high-gloss makeover.

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Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft have attempted to patent a pay-per-use computer model, wherein users would receive a free (or heavily subsidized) PC and be charged ongoing fees depending on tasks it was used to complete.  The patent, titled "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience", was filed on June 21st 2007 and published on December 25th; it describes a machine with "scalable performance level components and selectable software and service options" including throttled processor, memory and graphics controller, the speed of which could be balanced against the cost per use. 

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DIY Net Gun: video demos

DIY Net Gun: video demos

If you have trouble getting dates, or find your vegetable patch is frequently raided by credit-crunch victims, this DIY Net Gun may be the answer.  Constructed from PVC piping, four soda bottles, a 90-foot-square net and liberal quantities of compressed air, it's capable of launching a net 15 to 25 feet to ensnare your uninvited visitor/future wife.

Check out the video demos after the cut

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Gdium ‘One Laptop Per Hacker’ scheme announced

Gdium ‘One Laptop Per Hacker’ scheme announced

Owing no small amount of conceptual-gratitude to the OLPC project, netbook manufacturer Gdium have announced their "One Laptop Per Hacker" scheme.  The OLPH is intended to not only encourage modification, enhancement and general tweaking of the physical Gdium netbook, but also to promote adoption and experimentation with the Gdium Linux-based OS.  Unfortunately it's not a way to get a free machine: more of a system by which Gdium can control early-adopters.

Samsung INNOV8 i8510M approved by FCC: US-spec HSPA

Samsung INNOV8 i8510M approved by FCC: US-spec HSPA

Samsung's 8-megapixel INNOV8 i8510 handset, announced back in July with European 3G bands , has just been approved by the FCC with AT&T-friendly 850/1900MHz network support.  Cleared under the model number i8510M, the S60 device could be available as soon as the first-half of 2009, bringing with it WiFi b/g, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and all manner of impressive camera optics.

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