Archive for Apr 29, 2009

Windows 7’s XP Mode requires chip-level virtualization

Further details on the Windows XP Mode to be included in Windows 7 have emerged, suggesting that use of the Virtual PC legacy environment may be trickier than simply buying the Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise versions of the new OS.  Instead, Windows XP Mode will require at least 2GB of RAM, plus a CPU that supports chip-level virtualization. 

PXP-900 retro gaming with a familiar face

PXP-900 retro gaming with a familiar face

From a mockup to a mockery, here's one of the more blatant gaming rip-offs we've seen in recent months.  Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Sony PSP, this PXP-900 may borrow the styling but it doesn't bother with the titles: instead, it plays retro gaming ROMs.

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Sony PSP with 8/16GB flash & no UMD tipped for E3

Sony PSP with 8/16GB flash & no UMD tipped for E3

Another next-gen PSP rumor, and this time a new mockup image.  Sony are still remaining quiet on talk of a replacement to their gaming handheld, but 1UP has been talking to "sources directly involved with the new system" who lend further weight to the talk that UMD is to be replaced with flash storage, in this case 8GB or 16GB.

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Samsung SMX-C14 & SMX-C10 Touch of Color camcorders

Samsung SMX-C14 & SMX-C10 Touch of Color camcorders

Touch of Color was always too slick to be restricted to Samsung's TV ranges, and the company obviously agrees: the new Samsung SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 camcorders get the glossy red accents across their slickly-curved casings.  Announced today, the pair each have Hyper Image Stabilization, 2.7-inch flip-out 230,000 pixel displays, and Samsung's Active Angle Lens which allows for a "more relaxed" shooting angle.

 

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Palm Pre hardware worth $138 suggest iSuppli

Tech industry analysts iSuppli have performed a virtual break-down of the Palm Pre, and decided that the unreleased smartphone will cost the company $138 in hardware.  Working from both known suppliers and extrapolating the rest from Palm's confirmed specifications, iSuppli deemed that Palm will see a 44-percent return on each device it sells to Sprint, after taking into account software licensing and royalty costs.

ASRock ION 330 and Pegatron Cape 7 NVIDIA Ion nettops

ASRock ION 330 and Pegatron Cape 7 NVIDIA Ion nettops

Two new NVIDIA Ion nettops have been unveiled in Taipei, from ASRock and Pegatron.  The ASRock ION 330 eschews the single-core Atom CPU as found in the Acer AspireRevo and instead pairs the NVIDIA GPU with a dual-core Atom 330.  There's also an integrated DVD optical drive, where the AspireRevo has to use an external USB drive.

Pegatron Cape 7 nettop photo & details after the cut

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BLAZE Wireless Controller Keypad for PS3

BLAZE Wireless Controller Keypad for PS3

BLAZE have announced their latest PS3 accessory, a Wireless Controller Keypad that promises to be a low-cost alternative to the official Sony attachment.  Clipping to the PS3 controller without obscuring any of the buttons or sticks, the BLAZE 'board has full QWERTY together with function keys.

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Acer AspireRevo upgrade potential looks good

Acer AspireRevo upgrade potential looks good

Yesterday's review of the Acer AspireRevo nettop might have cast some doubt over its Atom processor while simultaneously praising NVIDIA's Ion GPU chipset, but it didn't really touch on upgrade potential.  Small-form-factor (SFF) computers are usually no-go areas when it comes to most modifications, but bit-tech have discovered there's a surprising amount of room inside the AspireRevo's casing.

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Scalable Multitouch display by Moto Labs [Video]

Scalable Multitouch display by Moto Labs [Video]

The same research group responsible for the Android e-ink prototype have returned with a scalable multitouch system, offering the accuracy of the iPhone on a potential scale more akin to Microsoft's Surface.  Moto Labs' multitouch display uses capacitive touch, via a grid of tiny wires that recognize points of contact from any number of fingers.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft Surface gets video unboxing

Microsoft Surface gets video unboxing

It's not the first Microsoft Surface unboxing video we've seen - this clip from December came first - but when you're dealing with something so rare as Microsoft's multitouch table, there's no harm in a little duplication.  Taking delivery of the 30-inch touchscreen behemoth is something most of us are unlikely to ever do, so join us in living vicariously through Steve Butcher of the TECS-BLOG.

Unboxing video after the cut

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Samsung I7500 Android-phone photo set

Samsung I7500 Android-phone photo set

The same team that shot the Samsung I7500 demo video yesterday have followed up with a photo set of the Android smartphone's controls, ports and connectivity.   One shot - of the I7500 with its battery compartment cover removed - shows the GSM SIM slot and microSD card slot, both of which appear to require the battery's removal before they're changed.

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Panasonic 37-inch OLED TV expected in 18 months

Panasonic 37-inch OLED TV expected in 18 months

Panasonic have revealed their plans to bring an OLED TV to market within the next 18-24 months.  The company has been working on extending OLED display lifespans, with a target figure of 50,000 hours (20,000 hours more than the current average); the first TV is expected to be a 37-inch model measuring just 1-inch thick, and developed in partnership with Toshiba.

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