Archive for Dec 29, 2008

NVIDIA pushes new GPU chips to OEMs to bypass underfill failure

NVIDIA pushes new GPU chips to OEMs to bypass underfill failure

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade: that's obviously NVIDIA's motto, as the company is apparently using GPU failures in their previous generation products to encourage manufacturers to adopt their new range.  According to a memo obtained by VR-Zone, NVIDIA "strongly recommends that customers transition to this latest revision of the NB8E-SET GPUs as soon as possible" in order that OEMs and ODMs aren't affected by the GPU substrate issue that can lead to systems overheating.

Full memo after the cut

LG GD910 3G cellphone watch coming to CES before European launch

LG GD910 3G cellphone watch coming to CES before European launch

LG have confirmed that their 3G cellphone watch, the LG GD910, is going into production.  The concept was originally demonstrated as a concept at CES 2008 in January, but will be among the products on-show by the company at CES 2009 next month.  In addition to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA compatibility, the GD910 has a 1.43-inch touchscreen and a front-mounted camera for video calls or still/video capture.

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Psion Netbook trademark case continues: targets those “profiting” from misuse

Psion Netbook trademark case continues: targets those “profiting” from misuse

Further details of the Psion netbook trademark case have emerged, thanks to a number of statements from the legal team, Origin, supporting the UK company.  The situation came to light last week, with several UK sites reportedly receiving cease & desist letters regarding their use of the term "netbook", a term which Psion trademarked back in the 90's for use on a range of sub-notebook devices.  While the devices themselves are no longer in production, Psion does still hold the trademark and produce accessories for the line; according to their legal representation, they're not in fact targeting fan-sites and bloggers using the term "netbook" but those making "a direct, financial profit" from its use.  

Full legal correspondence after the cut

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ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS' R50a UMPC was always taking on a serious challenge: Windows Vista on a 1.33GHz Atom Z520 processor with 1GB of RAM is asking either for nth-degree fine-tuning or just plain trouble.  Initial reports seemed vaguely promising, but Ben over at UMPC Portal has found things less impressive.  Chief criticism - aside from the bloatware, cramped writing area and difficult form-factor - is the sluggish performance.

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HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP's first-generation MediaSmart EX475 was the poster-child for Windows Home Server.  Now, HP are back with their second-gen version, the MediaSmart EX487; the hardware looks the same, but what's under the hood has seen some serious improvements.  Is this the best backup option for Windows and Mac users?  SlashGear set to finding out.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

It's the final Week in Review of 2008, and unsurprisingly it's been a relatively quiet week what with the holiday festivities taking priority.  Hopefully you've not spent your entire shopping budget on gifts, however, as there are still quite a few interesting gadgets on the horizon.  Notebooks small and large again seized the headlines, with various Sony websites dripping out news regarding the company's upcoming VAIO netbook.  First a January 9th announcement was promised, then the netbook form-factor confirmed, and finally we've got spec details.  At the other end of the scale, more details of Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds appeared, while the mobile workstation itself showed up in photos and on video.

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Sleek Audio Giveaway: And the winners are…

Sleek Audio Giveaway: And the winners are…

SlashGear's Sleek Audio Giveaway ended last week, and we're pleased to announce the two winners. Taking first prize - a set of Sleek Audio's awesome SA6 in-ear monitor headphones and the company's W-1 Wireless Adapter - is SlashGear reader Jamaise Wilson.  Taking second prize, a set of SA6 headphones, is Heather Creely.  Many thanks to Sleek Audio for donating the prizes!

Remember, you can still win a Tokyoflash Radio Active Active Reactor watch - no longer available to buy - in our current giveaway, together with two runner-up prizes of any watch from the company’s current catalog.  Head over to the competition to find out how to enter, but do it fast - the closing date is Monday 29th December!

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