Archive for Apr 28, 2009

HP to launch NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision gaming notebook?

HP to launch NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision gaming notebook?

NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision system was one of the most surprising demonstrations at CES this year, relying on a special display and glasses to offer headache-free 3D gaming.  Now that same desktop technology could soon be available to mobile gamers, with rumors that Wistron are developing a notebook version for HP machines that will ship later this quarter.

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Adidas Liquid Story ferrofluid installation [Video]

Adidas Liquid Story ferrofluid installation [Video]

Adidas have commissioned an audio-video installation using dancing ferrofluid, which will go on show at Milan Design Week 2009.  The handiwork of Felice Limosani, Liquid Story incorporates two cones between which a magnetic field is created, causing a 10 liter pool of iron-enriched resin to map out music with hypnotic spears.

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Leaked Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan

Leaked Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan

Various torrents of the Windows 7 RC have been infected with a trojan that, if allowed to run successfully, could open a security hole in a user's system.  The affected torrents have the setup.exe install file encapsulated in a self-extracting archive, along with an installer for the trojan itself; launching it triggers an install of both Windows 7 RC and the malware.

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India orders 250,000 OLPC laptops

The OLPC project has had a welcome injection of orders from a market that was once among their most-vocal critics.  The Indian government have bought 250,000 XO laptops, after their attempts to create a $10 laptop rival failed; the challenge began after a successful 2007 trial of the OLPC's machine in which 20 XO units were placed in a Maharashtra school.

ASUS Eee PC 1003HAG with NTT DoCoMo 3G

ASUS Eee PC 1003HAG with NTT DoCoMo 3G

ASUS have announced a new Eee PC, specifically for the Japanese market.  The ASUS Eee PC 1003HAG's claim to fame is integrated WWAN that supports NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network, offering up to 7.2Mbps downlink rates.  Otherwise it's pretty much in line with other recent Eee PCs, with Intel's Atom N280 processor and 1GB of RAM.

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Nokia N97 424MHz ARM11 CPU confirmed: underpowered?

Nokia have released hardware specifications for their N97 smartphone, and it makes for disappointing reading for anyone hoping the QWERTY handset would pack the same CPU and GPU grunt as recent rivals.  According to Nokia, the N97 uses an ARM11 434MHz processor and 128MB of RAM; that's actually less than the Nokia XpressMusic 5630, which musters up a 600MHz CPU.

HP ProBook S-Series business notebooks [Video]

HP ProBook S-Series business notebooks [Video]

HP have announced the ProBook S-Series, a range of value business notebooks with displays ranging from 14-inches to 17.3-inches.  Each has an HD-capable display and uses either Intel or AMD processors; there's also optional Qualcomm Gobi WWAN with the HP un2400 mobile broadband card.

 

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Android video demo on Skytone Alpha 680 netbook

Android video demo on Skytone Alpha 680 netbook

A demonstration of what looks to be a Skytone Alpha 680 prototype has been added to YouTube, showing the budget netbook running the Android OS.  Announced earlier this month, the Alpha 680 is one of the first netbooks to be confirmed as using Google's open-source platform; as the videos show, however, there's a little work to be done before it's a completely smooth transition from smartphones.

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HTC XV6175 Verizon smartphone spotted

HTC XV6175 Verizon smartphone spotted

A render of the HTC XV6175 A has emerged, prior to its Verizon branding.  The QWERTY handset is particularly interesting because it's believed to incorporate both CDMA and GSM connectivity.  The GSM Global Certification Forum have already confirmed that the XV6175 has quadband GSM support, but no UMTS/HSPA.

Given that Verizon have an EVDO Rev.A network, not an HSDPA/HSUPA one, that's no great hardship, and we'd expect to see the high-speed CDMA data connection in there too (though obviously of no interest to the GCF).  The hope is that this comes through the pipe as a Verizon World Phone - a handset which can be used to make calls and - albeit slowly - access data when outside the US.

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iPhone Lite and Apple Media Pad in works for Verizon?

iPhone Lite and Apple Media Pad in works for Verizon?

After talk earlier this week regarding Apple and Verizon's ongoing negotiations, rumors regarding two new mobile devices already in the prototyping stage have leaked from Cupertino.  The Apple iPhone Lite and the Apple Media Pad are both tipped as headed for Verizon, the former a cheaper iPhone and the latter having a large touchscreen, VoIP and WiFi connectivity.

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Seagate Replica for Windows is like Time Machine

Seagate Replica for Windows is like Time Machine

If you use a PC but have been envious of those Apple users that have been able to take advantage of Time Machine backup, you're now in luck. Seagate is offering the Replica, which offers Time Machine-like storage for PCs.

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Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy now works with Mac

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy now works with Mac

If you're a fan of Kingston DataTraveler USB storage but weren't ever able to use them because you're an Apple user, you'll be pleased to hear the company has come around and are now offering a Mac compatible version of one of their popular storage devices.

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