Archive for January, 2009

Apple pull NVIDIA update: new software made problem worse

Apple pull NVIDIA update: new software made problem worse

Apple have removed the NVIDIA driver update posted to their support site at the start of the week, and are yet to explain its disappearance.  The software was intended to fix ongoing performance issues with the new Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter required by its latest unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops if they are to work with large-scale monitors.  It also promised improvements in HD video performance.  However early feedback from some Apple users suggests that the update actually made things worse rather than better.

NasdaqQ3 Home Trading Terminal concept

NasdaqQ3 Home Trading Terminal concept

Given how well (yes, sarcasm) many fund managers have been doing in handling investment portfolios lately, plenty of people are thinking it might be a better idea to decide their own stock-market dalliances.  And since any new venture demands a slick, shiny new piece of hardware to go with it, here's Allen Liu's NasdaqQ3 Home Trading Terminal concept, designed especially to cater to those trading from their kitchen table.

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Plastic Logic content partner announcement Feb 9th: up against Kindle 2?

Plastic Logic content partner announcement Feb 9th: up against Kindle 2?

After playing with the Plastic Logic Reader at CES earlier this month, even though just a prototype, we're still excited about what's possibly the first aesthetically-pleasing ebook reader.  However with any device of this nature, appealing hardware is only half of the story: Plastic Logic have been teasing us regarding the identity of their first publishing partners since the Reader's first announcement, and now they're promising to tell all come the O'Reilly conference on February 9th.

Further Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: IE mobile gets new controls

Further Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: IE mobile gets new controls

More leaked screenshots of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 GUI have emerged, courtesy of the XDA-Developers forum, again showing the new honeycomb interface and, bizarrely, a huge scary bird wallpaper.  Ill-advised backgrounds aside, the shots look slightly less polished than the previous round of leaks, although its been claimed that those images were actually concept pictures rather than true screenshots.

More screenshots after the cut

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ClarionMiND GPS MID gets unboxed, played with: Video Demo

ClarionMiND GPS MID gets unboxed, played with: Video Demo

Clarion's navigation MID launched last November, but it's taken a while for hands-on experience with the GPS-enabled touchscreen device to emerge.  Clarion have also tweaked the name slightly, to ClarionMiND (with no space) over apparent "legal issues".  Steve Paine has been playing with the ClarionMiND for the MID Moves project, and despite some obvious drawbacks - a pitiful battery good for at most an hours standalone use, and the lack of 3G - Clarion have actually done what other MID manufacturers struggle to achieve.

Check out the ClarionMiND demo video after the cut

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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Late, and still luminous orange, the handset formerly known as the Helio Ocean 2 and now as the Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 has showed up for a pre-release unboxing.  While a precise launch date for the dual-sliding smartphone is unclear, given the apparently production-ready state of the device and packaging pictured, plus Virgin Mobile's announcement that the phone will be going with Britney Spears on her Circus tour, it's expected by the time that kicks off in March at the latest.

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