Archive for May 29, 2009

Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Benchmarking Windows 7's performance with various hard-drives and SSDs may not sound like much fun, but when you consider how many people will end up using the new OS once it officially launches you can at least see its uses.  HotHardware have been testing out Windows 7 and contrasting it with Vista's performance, and the good news is that the new platform bests its predecessor, particularly when it comes to SSDs.

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Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has suggested that a color Kindle will not reach the market for "multiple years".  Speaking at the company's annual shareholder's meeting this week, Bezos told investors that he has "seen the color displays in the laboratory" but that they are "not ready for prime time".  The CEO also suggested that sales figures of the Kindle ebook reader will never be officially released.

ITG xpPhone: WVGA touchscreen, QWERTY & 3G

ITG xpPhone: WVGA touchscreen, QWERTY & 3G

As descriptive names go, ITG's xpPhone says it all.  The 4.8-inch WVGA touchscreen slider is, as you might expect, a phone, and runs, unsurprisingly, Windows XP; it's all chugging along on an unspecified AMD mobile processor with up to 1GB of RAM, a choice of up to 64GB SSD or 120GB hard-drive, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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Viliv Computex plans revealed: new MID & netbook, WWAN-a-plenty

Viliv Computex plans revealed: new MID & netbook, WWAN-a-plenty

Viliv have announced their plans for Computex, and there are a few interesting MID and UMPC tidbits that should keep them ahead of the game in the ultramobile space.  As well as obviously demonstrating the latest versions of their existing set-to-ship range, Viliv have promised a 10-inch screen MID (possibly a netbook) and a 4.8-inch MID with keyboard, potentially as in the mockup shown here.

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Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode.  The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode.  The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.

After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated

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Hulu Desktop app reminds people how good Boxee made it

Hulu Desktop app reminds people how good Boxee made it

Hulu have announced a new desktop app, the imaginatively titled Hulu Desktop, which brings "lean-back viewing" to PC and Mac.  The app allows the Hulu catalog to be browsed and titles played, either with a standard keyboard and mouse or with a remote control.  However the news has come as something of a slap in the face to Boxee, who are still forced to use workaround fixes to access Hulu content on their multimedia platform.

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