Archive for Feb 24, 2009

Viliv S5 MID sells out in 15 mins; first reviews glowing

Viliv S5 MID sells out in 15 mins; first reviews glowing

We'll have to wait until the end of March before we can get our hands on the Viliv S5 MID, but the touchscreen device went up for limited sale in Korea today and competition for a unit was high.  Viliv offered just 1,000 of the MIDs, with a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display, which apparently sold out in 15 minutes.  Lazion have a (Korean language) review up of the S5, and first impressions seem pretty good: 4hrs 35 minutes runtime playing a looping 1.6Mbps DivX video, together with an 18,280 score in CrystalMark 2004R3.

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Apple Safari 4 launched: 30x faster JavaScript than IE7

Apple Safari 4 launched: 30x faster JavaScript than IE7

Apple have launched Safari 4, the latest version of their browser for OS X and Windows.  Claimed to run JavaScript over four times faster than Safari 3 and thirty times faster than IE7, thanks to the new Nitro engine, there's also a number of new features including Cover Flow, to browse through history and bookmarks, and Top Sites, which gives a visual overview of frequently visited pages.

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Apple iMac NVIDIA graphics leak fuels replacement rumor

Apple iMac NVIDIA graphics leak fuels replacement rumor

Further fuel on the new iMac rumors this week, culminating in this supposed snap of Apple marketing materials that lists "High-performance NVIDIA graphics" among the specifications of the 20- and 24-inch machines.  The company's all-in-one desktop range is considered long overdue an update, with predictions circulating since October of last year that Apple would bring the iMac into line with other models by adding NVIDIA's latest graphics chipsets.

However Apple themselves denied any update was coming, claiming that their holiday lineup was solid.  According to some reports, resellers are low on stocks of the current iMac models, and education Apple sales teams have been given permission to offer special pricing on what remains.

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Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

The most obvious difference between AMD's Phenom II x3 and x4 processors is the number of cores: the x3 has three and the x4 has, unsurprisingly, four.  However the chips themselves are actually the same hardware, with AMD locking out one of the cores in the x3 variants.  That presents an almost irresistible target for modders, of course, who have shown that with the right motherboard you can turn your Phenom II x3 into an x4.

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