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.

Continue Reading

ASUS Eee Box EB1002 and EB1006 with discrete graphics tipped

Two new ASUS Eee Box nettops are in the works, according to listings on the Energy Star website.  The ASUS Eee Box EB1002 and Eee Box EB1006 both use Intel’s Atom 1.66GHz processor, with the former having integrated graphics and the latter an unspecified discrete video card with 128MB of memory. 

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Sony Ericsson Yari reviewed: gesture gaming surprisingly playable

Sony Ericsson Yari reviewed: gesture gaming surprisingly playable

Sony Ericsson's Yari motion-gaming handset only made its official debut last night, but already GSMArena have posted their review of the 5-megapixel slider.  As you might expect, it's the special movement-tracking gaming that prompts the biggest smiles, but there's still some love spared for the 5-megapixel camera with autofocus.

Continue Reading

HTC Hero shows up in promotional video [Updated]

HTC Hero shows up in promotional video [Updated]

A video promo for the HTC Hero Android smartphone has shown up online, demonstrating the handset's new "Rosie" UI.  No details regarding the origins of the video are known, but it appears to be an official HTC demo showing the angular handset running through its new OS.

Video HTC Hero demo after the cut

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Sharp Five-Color LCD over 99% of visible colors

Sharp Five-Color LCD over 99% of visible colors

Sharp have apparently developed a new five-color LCD that's capable of displaying more than 99-percent of real surface colors.  That means that the display is able to show almost all of the colors the unaided human eye can see, including hitherto tricky or impossible shades such as the color of the sea (emerald blue), brass instruments (golden yellow), and roses (crimson red).

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

Qualcomm Smartbooks: Snapdragon netbook & smartphone challenge

Qualcomm Smartbooks: Snapdragon netbook & smartphone challenge

Qualcomm have been sharing their plans to take on Intel and the netbook market with a range of Snapdragon-powered Smartbooks.  Bearing a similar design and ethos to the Wistron demo unit spotted back in March, the Smartbooks will include Qualcomm's 1GHz processor, WWAN, WiFi and Bluetooth, together with GPS and up to ten hours runtime.

Continue Reading

TiVo DirecTV PVR delayed until 2010

TiVo have pushed back their DirecTV TiVo DVR plans to early 2010, rather than the second-half of 2009 as originally suggested.  Revealed in the company’s quarterly financial call – in which TiVo confirmed that they had made a net loss of $4.1m in the three month period – no official reason for the delay was given.

(more…)

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.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next