Archive for Jul 27, 2009

Foxconn iPhone suicide engineer’s family given $44k compensation, Apple laptop

The Foxconn iPhone prototype suicide story continues, with the NY Times suggesting that the company has given ex-employee Sun Danyong's family the equivalent of more than $44,000 together with an Apple laptop to his girlfriend.  However the Foxconn security official accused of mistreating Sun maintains that he merely "became a little angry" and grabbed the engineers shoulder, while Foxconn themselves claim that Sun had "lost" and then rediscovered multiple prototypes before. 

Averatec N3400 ultraportable: 13.3-inch CULV notebook

Averatec N3400 ultraportable: 13.3-inch CULV notebook

TriGem have announced another new model in their Averatec line of home computers, in the shape of the N3400 ultraportable.  While it may resemble a netbook, in fact the aluminum-clad notebook packs a dual-core Pentium T3400 2.16GHz processor, 3GB of RAM (8GB supported) and a 250GB hard-drive, together with a 13.3-inch display.

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RunCore PRO IV SSDs announced: easy PC and Mac upgrades

RunCore PRO IV SSDs announced: easy PC and Mac upgrades

RunCore have announced a new range of SSDs, intended to offer PC and Mac users direct drop-in replacements for their existing drives.  The company bills the RunCore PRO IV SSD range as offering increased battery runtimes, heat reduction, quieter operation and, not least, increases in speed, and offers capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB.

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Tweetster Twitter display

Tweetster Twitter display

Standalone Twitter displays aren't anything new, but we're particularly enamored of David Nichols' Tweetster.  Whether it's the open-air aesthetic, the laser-cut wooden parts or the fact that it reminds us of a flashing, Twitter-blurting sleigh, we don't know, but we've the OpenWRT project and an ASUS Wireless Router WL-520-GU to thank for the functionality.

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Pegatron Freescale netbook prototype shows up with Pre in tow

Pegatron Freescale netbook prototype shows up with Pre in tow

Pegatron have been showing off their Freescale-powered netbook prototype again, and if you're wondering why there's a Palm Pre perched on the end then it's because the two share the same basic ARM Cortex A8 core architecture.  In the unnamed netbook's case, though, the Freescale iMX515 runs at 1GHz, and is capable of playing 720p video and running 3D games.

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MiFi Developer Program launches: personal hotspot SDK released

Back when we reviewed the MiFi 2352 in June, one of the aspects of the "intelligent personal hotspot" we were left most excited about was the prospect of an open API and the potential for web-connected applications to run on the 3G/WiFi device's secondary app processor.  Now Novatel Wireless have announced the launch of the MiFi developer program, and with it the release of the MiFi Web server Common Gateway Interface (CGI): everything web-savvy developers should need to start coding for the battery-powered router.

 

Ricoh GR Digital III promises twice the performance over predecessor

Ricoh GR Digital III promises twice the performance over predecessor

Ricoh have updated their GR Digital II camera with a third-generation model, the unsurprisingly titled GR Digital III.  Packing a new wide-angle 28mm F1.9 GR lens, the GR Digital III has a 10-megapixel CCD and Ricoh's GR Engine III image processor.  Together they promise the lowest ever ISO sensitivity of a GR-series digital camera, plus minimal color aberration thanks to three special low-dispersion lenses.

 

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Maserati Granturismo shares living room with architect [Video]

Maserati Granturismo shares living room with architect [Video]

It would be tough to argue against the fact that the Maserati Granturismo is a beautiful car, but would you want to share your living room with it?  Architect Holger Schubert has designed a space that does just that, with the top floor of an LA home given over to a loft-like garage with a remote-controlled ramp.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets WM6.5 video demo

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets WM6.5 video demo

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 has been showing up more and more frequently over the past few weeks, and now there's an almost six minute video of the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone in action.  The video - in which the XPERIA X2 is referred to by its internal codename, "Vulcan" - runs through the new Microsoft platform, as well as showing a few glimpses of what looks to be Sony Ericsson's own "Panels" UI.

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Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T ultraportable priced; lands Europe mid-August

Pre-order pages for Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810T CULV ultraportable have seemingly confirmed the 11.6-inch notebook's price.  The 1810T, Acer's 1.4GHz SU3500 replacement for the underpowered Aspire One 751, is available to preorder from European online store Notebook.de, at €499 ($711) including tax.

 

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mintpad v.2 may use Android, confirm mintpass

mintpad v.2 may use Android, confirm mintpass

The number of mintpass mintpad units in the US is still hugely limited, but that hasn't stopped the company from talking about what the next-gen model might bring.  We've already heard mutterings about larger touchscreens, GPS and even WiBro; now there's mention of Google's Android platform being used.

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Acer Aspire Revo Ion nettop gets Atom 330 dual-core

Acer's NVIDIA Ion toting Aspire Revo nettop is getting a much-needed processor bump, with the company swapping out the breathless single-core Atom 230 CPU for its dual-core Atom 330 counterpart.  The compact nettop also gets more memory and bigger hard-drives, the former doubling to 4GB and the latter offering either 320GB or 500GB.