Archive for January, 2009

Hardcore Computer’s oil-submerged Reactor Extreme gaming PC shipping

Hardcore Computer’s oil-submerged Reactor Extreme gaming PC shipping

Hardcore Computer's fully-submerged mineral oil cooled gaming PCs are now shipping, according to Intel, offering blistering performance and the kudos of having a very unusual computer.  First see back in October 2008, the Hardcore Computer Reactor Extreme's Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 video cards (in SLI setup) and motherboard are all submerged in a non-conductive oil that keeps everything cool without requiring enough fans to blow-dry a yak.

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Microsoft patent intelligent cradle to turn a smartphone into a PC

Microsoft patent intelligent cradle to turn a smartphone into a PC

Microsoft are attempting to patent a so-called Smart Interface System whereby a smartphone could be docked and used as a basic PC with full-size peripherals.  The application, titled "Smart interface system for mobile communication devices", describes an intelligent cradle that acts as an interface between the mobile device and the peripherals; it's this cradle that sets the Microsoft idea apart from previous, ostensibly similar inventions.

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Bossa Nova Prime-8 robot can outrun a fat child

Bossa Nova Prime-8 robot can outrun a fat child

Right now WowWee might be the name most associated with domestic "toy" robots, but rival Bossa Nova is looking to steal some of that market share.  The company has been demonstrating the Bossa Nova Prime-8, an ape-themed 'bot that they claim is the fastest bi-ped robot to date.  How fast?  Well, potentially faster than a small child.

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Samsung Propel Pro for AT&T leaks

Samsung Propel Pro for AT&T leaks

Details on the Samsung Propel Pro for AT&T have leaked out, the updated smartphone version of the original Propel launched on the network last October.  The Propel Pro throws out the original OS and replaces it with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (i.e. the non-touchscreen version), adding an optical joystick to navigate the new platform.  The original's slide-out QWERTY keyboard remains, as does its 2.2-inch display.

Full-sized images and more hands-on detail after the cut

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Sony Ericsson S001 with huge AMOLED display & 8.1MP autofocus camera

Sony Ericsson S001 with huge AMOLED display & 8.1MP autofocus camera

Sony Ericsson might not be having such financial troubles if they deigned to release handsets like the SE S001 in Europe and the US.  Freshly announced for Japanese network KDDI, the Sony Ericsson S001 has a huge 3.3-inch 480 x 854 AMOLED display, an 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and smile-shutter control, mobile TV, high-speed internet and GPS, and is making me sob with envy.

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Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Netbooks using NVIDIA's Ion platform - that couples an Intel Atom CPU with a NVIDIA GPU - have a target price of just $399, and will give customers the "full PC experience" rather than the "inferior" performance of current devices.  That's the opinion of NVIDIA's plain-talking cofounder, president, and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, who has been talking with LaptopMag about the proliferation of mobile devices and ultra-low voltage chipsets.  According to Huang, today's netbook is "a low-cost PC that doesn't work that well" and that is in fact hurting the PC software industry due to its poor support for common applications. 

After the cut, Huang on Ion, AMD, MIDs and more

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10-inch Acer Aspire live gallery suggests handsome, sturdy update

10-inch Acer Aspire live gallery suggests handsome, sturdy update

Acer are hoping for another home-run with the 10-inch version of their Aspire One netbook, and so far neither the specs nor the estimated pricing has let them down.  Going by Akihabara's brief hands-on, it sounds like the devices themselves aren't a disappointment either; details are scarce (so make the most of the photos) but they do say they "LOVE the new larger screen".

More images after the cut

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Sony last quarter profits dive 95%; Electronics make $176m loss

Sony last quarter profits dive 95%; Electronics make $176m loss

Sony have announced a 95-percent drop in profits in the last three months of 2008, compared to the company's performance in the same period one year ago.  That's the headline figure in a set of financial reports that make even Canon's look good: a combination of the strong yen and low holiday demand contributed to the Sony electronics division posting their first ever operating loss, with overall net profit for the company of just 10.4 billion yen ($115.6 million) compared to 200.2 billion yen in 2007.

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