Archive for Jan 23, 2009

Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

After Microsoft announced 5,000 job cuts as part of its financial control measures, speculation has begun about which departments will be hardest hit.  The earliest identified target appears to be the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit, responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile development, who according to some sources will be bearing the brunt of the initial 1,400 redundancies.

Nokia 5800 Tube UK launch prompts queue of buyers

Nokia 5800 Tube UK launch prompts queue of buyers

When we tested out the Nokia 5800 'Tube' XpressMusic cellphone back in December, we came away vaguely impressed but not exactly overwhelmed by the touchscreen media-centric handset.  Obviously there are plenty of UK shoppers who are prepared to feel differently, however, as queues formed outside Nokia's flagship London store this morning in anticipation of the 5800's release. 

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Tmsuk T-34 net-firing cellphone controlled security robot [Video]

Tmsuk T-34 net-firing cellphone controlled security robot [Video]

When the robots come for you, first they try nets and then it's the lasers.  Thankfully the Tmsuk T-34 only comes equipped with the former - at least for the moment - being in effect a remote-controlled car with an integrated net launcher.  Designed by a Japanese robotics company in conjunction with a security firm, the Tmsuk T-34 is operated via a cellphone with live video feedback.

Video demo of the net-firing T-34 robot after the cut

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10-inch Acer Aspire One officially launches

10-inch Acer Aspire One officially launches

Acer have officially announced the 10-inch Aspire One netbook, complete with a WSVGA 1024 x 600 LED-backlit display, standard WiFi b/g and Bluetooth, and up to 2GB of RAM.  As with its 8.9-inch predecessor, the new Aspire One uses an Intel Atom CPU, and offers a 160GB hard-drive, multi-format memory card reader and integrated webcam.  3G and WiMAX will be options.

 

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OQO Model 2+ OLED display not as frugal as expected

OQO Model 2+ OLED display not as frugal as expected

Details are still emerging about OQO's Model 2+ UMPC, and one of its most interesting aspects: the OLED touchscreen.  Aside from brighter colors and improved contrast, OLED is said to offer much-reduced power consumption over LCD; that bodes well for a mobile device like the Model 2+.  In the field, though, things aren't looking quite so positive, with Steve Paine reporting 10.5w drain with the backlight on high - that works out to potentially under 2hrs use from the standard 17wh battery.

Nokia N75 appears in better quality leaked photos

Nokia N75 appears in better quality leaked photos

It's been a few months since we first saw the Nokia N75, complete with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but now the latest unannounced Nseries smartphone is back in some higher-resolution pictures.  Full spec details on the E75 are still scarce, but it's believed to have 3G, WiFi and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

More high-quality pictures of the Nokia N75 after the cut

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HP Mini 1100 ExpressCard listings ‘an error’: no separate range

HP Mini 1100 ExpressCard listings ‘an error’: no separate range

Bad news for anyone looking forward to an HP Mini with an ExpressCard slot.  Contrary to what the company's website suggests, there is in fact no distinct HP Mini 1100 range, only different SKU versions of the existing Mini 1000 line-up.  An HP representative has informed Crunchgear that the mention of ExpressCard on their support site was "an error" that is being changed.

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Lluon Mobbit WiBro MID gets inflated pre-order price

Lluon Mobbit WiBro MID gets inflated pre-order price

We described the Lluon Mobbit MID, back in December, as a bargain: a roughly $400 price-tag for a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1GB of RAM, a choice of 30GB HDD or 16GB SSD and WiFi, Bluetooth and WiBro.  Something seems to have gone wrong in the weeks since then, however; TG Sambo have finally announced pre-order pricing in Korea, and for the basic model (which lacks WiBro) they're now asking 799,000 won ($575).

AMD Q4 revenue down 35%, 2008 loss over $3bn

AMD Q4 revenue down 35%, 2008 loss over $3bn

AMD have announced their Q4 2008 and full-year financial performance, and as expected it's a wash-out.  The chip-maker posted a net loss of $3.098 billion for the year, with Q4 revenue down 33-percent compared to Q4 2007 and down 35-percent compared to Q3 2008.  Even taking out losses for discontinued operations (which amount to $10m), AMD's ongoing businesses made a loss of $1.414 billion in the most recent quarter.

Pirate iWork ’09 loading trojan onto thousands of Macs

Pirate iWork ’09 loading trojan onto thousands of Macs

Apple may have added some neat tricks to iWork '09 earlier this month, but they didn't list a trojan on the spec sheet.  That, however, is what at least 20,000 users have found infecting their machines, after illegally downloading a pirated version of the software.  The trojan - which obviously Apple didn't add themselves - is called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, and can access a Mac's root OS, modify existing software, and download and install extra components, potentially allowing the authors to remotely take control of the computer.

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MSI WindBOX barebones announced: VESA-mount nettop

MSI WindBOX barebones announced: VESA-mount nettop

MSI have officially announced their WindBOX barebones nettop, set to hit the market this quarter.  The slim, fanless box - which can be mounted to an LCD monitor's VESA bracket - is based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, and is supplied as a barebones unit without storage.  There's a SATA-II connector and room for a 2.5-inch hard-drive; alternatively, MSI suggest you could boot the WindBOX from a memory card and use it as a thin-client.

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Miller preps One-Second Ad for Super Bowl XL III

Miller preps One-Second Ad for Super Bowl XL III

The cost of the 30-second spot for Super Bowl commercial has been skyrocketing, cost as much as 3 million dollars now on the upcoming big Sunday game; and apparently 100k per second appearance is way too steep for Miller High Life, the company is pitching one second commercial to be aired during the Super Bowl XL III break.

[promote video after the cut]

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