Archive for Mar 27, 2009

AMD ATI FirePro V7750 GPU announced

AMD ATI FirePro V7750 GPU announced

The ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator was announced by AMD yesterday and it's definitely a great choice for those that require high quality graphics for their chosen professions like scientists and engineers. It includes OpenGL 3.0 support and 1GB of frame buffer memory, for starters.

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Charter telecoms files for bankruptcy

Charter telecoms files for bankruptcy

Charter, a telecoms company, announced that they had to file for bankruptcy today. This action, while dramatic, will give the company the opportunity to restructure and get back on their feet.

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Chi Mei will offer wide LED-backlit displays

Chi Mei will offer wide LED-backlit displays

Those looking for different display options will be pleased to hear that Chi Mei Optoelectronics, a component manufacturer in Taiwan, will be making new LCD screens for notebooks that sport wider display sizes that are LED-backlit. And the best part is they will be launching this year.

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Hulu might be getting ABC shows

Hulu might be getting ABC shows

It seems another network's shows just might be ending up on Hulu sometime soon. In fact, Disney is supposedly discussing the move to show their ABC TV shows on the website. However, other Disney-owned shows might make it over as well.

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New Snow Leopard seeds, UI overhaul?

New Snow Leopard seeds, UI overhaul?

Apple's recent seeds of OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" are rumored to feature a new user interface that is a stark departure from the Platinum theme of OS X 10.5.  The new UI theme, code named "Marble" features a dark chrome motif that some have compared to a Windows theme.  It is rumored to used smother iTunes-like scroll bars, and light text on a dark background.

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Apple follows AT&T, now selling iPhone contract free

Apple follows AT&T, now selling iPhone contract free

Apple Retail stores and AT&T stores are now selling iPhone 3G's completely contract free.  However, you will be paying the full price of $599/$699 for 8 GB or 16 GB handsets respectively.  It was rumored that Apple would make this move following AT&T's announcement that they would offer the iPhone 3G to existing customers free from contract obligations.

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BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile gets official

BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile gets official

Sling Media have released the official SlingPlayer Mobile app for BlackBerry, which allows RIM smartphone users to stream content from their Slingbox directly to their handset.  As well as watching streams, users are also able to add and edit Slingboxes and Channel Favorites directly from the mobile app.

The BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile application was launched as a beta release at the end of last year.  Downloads until now have been free; however this official release is priced at $29.99 with a 30-day free trial.

Hitachi CP-X2010 2,200 lumen projector

Hitachi CP-X2010 2,200 lumen projector

Hitachi have announced a new triple-LCD projector, the Hitachi CP-X2010, with 2,200 lumen brightness and a 500:1 contrast ratio.  The CP-X2010 also has integrated speakers, but unlike most onboard audio there's a full 16W on offer.

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Windows 7 RC prematurely detailed: available May

Windows 7 RC prematurely detailed: available May

Microsoft have accidentally revealed the availability date for the public release candidate (RC) of Windows 7.  Showing up on TechNet, the Windows 7 Release Candidate testing program will be available for sign-ups from May 2009 through to at least the end of June 2009, with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English German, Japanese, French and Spanish.

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Linksys DMA-2200 Media Extender price-crash: $95

Linksys DMA-2200 Media Extender price-crash: $95

Back when it launched, the Linksys DMA-2200 Wireless Media Extender retailed for a cool $350.  Capable of streaming content from your Windows Media Center in one room, to your big-screen HDTV in another, the DMA-2200 faired reasonably in reviews, hindered by its big sticker price.  Now, though, Newegg are listing the DMA-2200 for just $94.99 with free shipping, at which point it becomes a very tempting offer indeed.

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LGenius viral video promises no profanity, family-friendly shows

LGenius viral video promises no profanity, family-friendly shows

Expect to see this viral video from LGenius - the "innovation" arm of LG - springing up all around over the next few days.  Intended to demonstrate three potential next-gen TV features aimed at making our home entertainment less profanity-filled, less depressing and more family-friendly, it includes what every geek wants to see on their 60-inch plasma: a basket full of kittens.

Watch the video after the cut

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Samsung 2009 HDTV pricing revealed plus buying advice

Samsung 2009 HDTV pricing revealed plus buying advice

Samsung announced this morning that they would be revealing their 2009 HDTV pricing next Tuesday, but they've been pipped to the post by HDGuru.  No single leak or source collated all these figures - and the line-up is in excess of 45 models - it's been a labor of research love, together with some technology advice thrown in for good measure.

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