Archive for Jan 27, 2009

OnPar golfing GPS launches next month

Savant GPS have announced their OnPar rangefinder, a GPS device specifically tailored to the needs of golfers.  Fitted with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, the OnPar can store up to 300 golf courses with no membership fees or course map fees, track performance and even suggest clubs depending on your past shot and yardage history.

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Verizon Q4 earnings up 15%; wireless data revenues soar

Verizon have announced their Q4 and full-year 2008 financial results, and thanks to strong performance from the wireless division it makes for positive reading.  Q4 earnings grew by 15-percent over the same period in 2007, while net income was $1.24 billion, helped by a year-on-year increase of 12.3-percent in total revenue by the wireless division and a huge 41.4-percent increase in data revenues. 

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Sony smacks down latest PSP 2 rumors: Multitouch ‘is nonsense’

Having found that their usual denials are fast ignored, Sony seem to have moved on to sarcasm in their insistence that the PSP 2 is not in development.  After IGN suggested that "several credible sources" had told them the PSP 2 would have a widescreen multitouch-capable display, and then theorised - on the back of a Sony questionnaire - that it could also include Bluetooth support, an integrated hard drive and GPS, a source close to Sony has told gaming site MCV that "this is nonsense".

Full denial after the cut

Western Digital 2TB Green Caviar gets Official

So the timing was off, the much-rumored 2TB Caviar didn’t arrive two weeks ago as suggested from the leaks; but it’s here nevertheless. Western Digital has let the cat out of bag, announced the staggeringly huge 2TB Caviar Green storage, claiming world’s highest capacity single disk drive in an industry-leading 500GB per platter (400 GB/in2 areal density) design with its Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology.

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Apple release NVIDIA graphics update for MB, MBP & Air

Apple have released an update for its latest MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models that use the Mini DisplayPort, which claims to "improve cursor movement" when the notebooks are used with the company's Dual-Link DVI adapter.  The new software also addresses high-definition video playback on Mac systems that use NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or GeForce 9600M graphics.

Sony VAIO G3 12.1-inch ultraportable notebooks announced

Sony have announced a new version of their 12.1-inch VAIO G notebook, the Sony VAIO G3 series.  Replacing the ageing current range, the new G3 line-up consists of four models, kicking off with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU9300 then moving up to the 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo SU9400 for the remaining three, with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 120GB or 160GB hard-drive, or a 64GB SSD on the most expensive G3.

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Huge e-paper screens give Japanese disaster advice

We're used to seeing e-paper in sub-10-inch squares, slapped onto the front of an Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, but over in Japan they're experimenting with using the technology to give Tokyo residents large-scale disaster warnings and evacuation advice.  Two installations were fitted, the first measuring 1 x 3.2m in a Post Office window, while the smaller second panel, at 60 x 40cm, was added to a bus-stop. 

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iBasso Cobra D10 portable amplifier and DAC

iBasso have announced another compact amplifier and DAC, the Cobra D10.  Capable of operating simultaneously as both an amp and a DAC, or alternatively in just one mode or the other, the D10 boasts 20hrs runtime from its rechargeable 470mAh Li-ion battery (30hrs if the DAC is turned off) and has optical, coax and USB inputs, among others.

More photos and detailed specs of the iBasso Cobra D10 after the cut

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AMD not replacing Geode SoC: current generation likely to be last

The current range of Geode chips may be the final AMD develop, according to company spokesperson Phil Hughes, with AMD focusing on more mainstream chips rather than the ultra-low-power market.  Geode is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) product, with an x86 processor core, a graphics core and other components on one single chip, with the latest Geode LX running at up to 600MHz and requiring between 0.9W and 5W.  It's used in the OLPC XO laptop, among other things, suggesting that the One-Laptop-Per-Child project may have to look elsewhere for the core of their replacement XO-2 notebook.

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Shelby Aero EV sportscar: 0-60 in 2.5s, full recharge in 10 minutes

Shelby Super Cars (SSC) have unveiled their Tesla-trashing Ultimate Aero EV, an electric-powered sportscar apparently capable of 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds thanks to 1000 hp and 800 lb‐ft of torque.  Keep your right foot planted and SSC claim you'll see 208mph.  Given that normally you'd expect to punctuate such performance with a few hours of recharging, what's even more exciting than the speed stats is SSC's promised 10 minute full battery rejuicing, courtesy of their "Charge on the Run" system.

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Apple MacBook Mini dual-folding netbook concept

Apple keep insisting on disappointing us with the news that they won't be making a netbook, but that doesn't stop the industrial designers and Photoshop-addicts coming up with their own take on what such an ultraportable might look like.  Famed designer Isamu Sanada is responsible for these renders, which suggest a double-hinge design reminiscent of the Sony VAIO P's dimensions, with a dual-sided touchpad area.

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Retro Mini Media Centre project

Retro PC designs aren't anything new, but they usually drag us all the way back to a time when every self-respecting household had  cigar box, or even further to some quaint Steampunk era.  Thomas Thomassen took a decidedly more 50s Americana theme for his Mini Media Centre, the final project for his degree in "modelmaking for design and media", based around a Mini-ITX board.

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