Archive for April, 2009

VIA VB8002 HD media server Mini-ITX board

VIA VB8002 HD media server Mini-ITX board

VIA have announced a new media server Mini-ITX board, the VIA VB8002, running the company's 1.6GHz Nano processor and offering HDTV output and 7.1 HD surround sound.  The VB8002 uses VIA's CX700M2 media system processor, and should be able to connect with pretty much any display you have, digital or analog: ports include DVI, S-Video, component and composite, together with coaxial and optical S/PDIF for digital audio.

 

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Kindle Whispernet file conversion fees increase

Kindle Whispernet file conversion fees increase

Amazon have announced changes to the types of documents their Kindle ebook reader will support, including a shift in pricing structure that will see users paying more per upload and conversion.  The Kindle's Whispernet wireless connection can be used to load non-Amazon documents onto the device: previously files were charged at $0.10 each, but Amazon have switched this to $0.15 per megabyte, rounded up to the nearest MB.

 

Second, smaller Palm Pre coming late 2009?

Second, smaller Palm Pre coming late 2009?

As if waiting for one Palm Pre to arrive wasn't stressful enough, now there's talk of a second, smaller version of the handset primed to arrive in late 2009.  A trusted source has told TechCrunch about a new "Mini-Pre" (their words, not Palm's official name) which will be smaller than the announced Pre and use the same webOS platform.  The handset is said to be "very far along" in development, though there's no word on hardware specifications.

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