Archive for Feb 25, 2009

PS3 $100 price cut imminent?

PS3 $100 price cut imminent?

Despite how much we like the Sony’s PS3 gaming console with the additional Blu-ray player and world’s class built quality; it remains fact that the hardware’s sale is falling behind compares to much-cheaper gaming counterparts from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. With the economy's downturn, experts are predicting price cut is the only option that would probably turn the tide around, but how much is enough for a jumpstart?

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ViewSonic intros ultra-thin bezel CD4230 digital signage display

ViewSonic intros ultra-thin bezel CD4230 digital signage display

ViewSonic has announced new ultra-thin bezel CD4230 commercial LCD display and VTMS2431 multimedia LCD HDTV, at Digital Signage Expo today, to accompany its open frame digital signage networked display and media players.

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Flexible e-paper mass production imminent; color version soon after?

Flexible e-paper mass production imminent; color version soon after?

We could soon be seeing broad commercial availability of both flexible e-paper and color e-paper displays, if rumors regarding manufacturer Prime View International (PVI) pan out.  Industry sources are suggesting that PVI are preparing to mass produce flexible electrophoretic displays (EPDs), which use a TFT backplane with an electrophoretic frontplane based on E Ink technology, and will follow that up with color displays using the same processes.

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UMID M1 MID recalled over poor build quality

UMID M1 MID recalled over poor build quality

Reports are coming out of Korea that UMID have been forced to recall their M1 mobile internet device over concerns about build quality and finishing.  The M1, which retails in Korea as the mBook, went on limited sale on February 13th, and apparently is yet to sell out the 500 units.

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11.6-inch Netbook surge predicted: Acer & ASUS to lead the way

11.6-inch Netbook surge predicted: Acer & ASUS to lead the way

Perhaps it's the inevitable next step, or maybe it's just more segment separation until we all get sick and go home, but reports are coming out of the LCD markets that demand for 11.6-inch panels has risen sharply.  That's led many to assume that the key netbook players are ramping up to produce 11.6-inch models, taking on the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 and Samsung NC20.

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Sony demo hybrid fuel-cell concepts

Sony demo hybrid fuel-cell concepts

Sony has been demonstrating a number of fuel-cell concepts, ranging from portable power units to rechargers and even home speaker systems that have their own methanol power-source.  Of most interest are the two devices seen here, which may look like retro radios but in fact combine a rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a methanol fuel-cell.

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Hackintosh Jr. casemod

Hackintosh Jr. casemod

This casemod probably won't be mistaken for official Apple hardware, but then it cost a whole lot less than it would to boil a Mac Pro tower down to 5.5-inches high.  The handiwork of modder Widefault, it's a compact low-power Hackintosh running OS X on salvaged components.

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Team Finland score 45,474 3DMarks with Phenom II X4 overclock

Team Finland score 45,474 3DMarks with Phenom II X4 overclock

Team Finland have scored a world record 45,474 3DMarks with their liquid-nitrogen cooled Dragon PC, based on a heavily overclocked AMD Phenom II X4 processor.  The system also uses ATI Radeon HD 4800-series graphics, in the shape of two 4870 X2 GPUs.

Video demo of the Team Finland super computer after the cut

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New Nintendo DSi colors show up in better gallery

New Nintendo DSi colors show up in better gallery

Nintendo Japan's DSi announcement this morning was all well and good, but the single picture they included to illustrate the three new DSi colors didn't really do the news justice.  Now we have new pictures of the three color versions, and they're certainly strong shades.

More DSi images after the cut

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Intel ULV processors slimmed down for ultraportables

Intel are planning a new pair of ultra-low voltage processors that will be specially shaved down for ultraportable notebooks, according to the latest leaked reports.  The Core 2 Duo SU9600 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 will have core speeds of 1.6GHz and 1.4GHz respectively.

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Buffalo SHD-NSUM SSD with SATA-II and USB 2.0

Buffalo SHD-NSUM SSD with SATA-II and USB 2.0

Buffalo have announced their latest SSD range, the SHD-NSUM, and while we're used to seeing solid-state drives nowadays, these new models do have at least one feature to differentiate them.  As well as giving the 2.5-inch drives the usual SATA-II interface, there's also a micro-USB 2.0 port that lets you access data before you install the SSD.

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Panasonic DMR-BS850 Blu-ray & Freesat DVR gets priced

Panasonic DMR-BS850 Blu-ray & Freesat DVR gets priced

Panasonic have been showing off their combination DVR/Freesat/Blu-ray home cinema system, and it looks like enough to make anyone without access to the free-to-air Freesat satellite service weep with envy.  The Panasonic DMR-BS850 brings together a 500GB hard-drive, a Blu-ray recorder and two Freesat tuners, with full HD recording and more.

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