Archive for July, 2009

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft have thrown open the doors to Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store submissions, and to tempt developers away from Apple and other rival platforms they're offering some significant prizes.  The Microsoft Race to Market Challenge will judge entrants in four criteria categories, with the winners each taking away - among other things - a Microsoft Surface multitouch table worth in excess of $10k.

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VIA add DTS head-tracking virtual surround sound to USB audio chip [Video]

VIA add DTS head-tracking virtual surround sound to USB audio chip [Video]

VIA and DTS have joined forces to integrate the latter's Surround Sensation Ultra PC plus Head Tracker headphone technology into the former's Vinyl VT1610 Audio Codec chip.  Together, they offer mobile 3D surround sound, with motion-sensitive DTS headphones used to dynamically adjust surround sound EQ depending on where the listener is facing.

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Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer and ASUS are tipped to have frozen new netbook launches in the second half of 2009, in response to Intel's decision to postpone the launch of the Pine Trail-M platform - of which the Atom N450 processor is a part - until Q1 2010.  As part of that, Acer's dual-booting Android/Windows XP netbook has been postponed with no known launch date; the netbook, first shown in prototype form at Computex in June, was most recently expected to arrive in August.

SiRFstarIV GPS receiver cuts fix times, reduces power

SiRFstarIV GPS receiver cuts fix times, reduces power

The latest SiRFstar chipset has broken free, and it's promising increased accuracy, lower power consumption, faster fixes and better integration with other positioning sensors; in short, everything you'd hope for from what stands a fair chance of being stuffed inside your next PND, laptop or smartphone.  The SiRFstar IV's star feature is SiRFaware, its ability to maintain "better-than-hot-start" location awareness with only 50-500 microamperes of current.

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Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

The September launch speculation for Apple's tablet - aka the Apple Media Pad - continues, with Chinese newspaper Apple Daily reporting that Wintek have won the contract for the touchscreen device's display, while Dynapack ITC will be supplying the battery.  The paper goes on to describe the device as having a 10-inch display and 3G connectivity, tipping its launch at the same time as Apple's iPod refresh in September.

ATI FirePro V8750 flagship 3D video card with CrossFire Pro [Video]

ATI FirePro V8750 flagship 3D video card with CrossFire Pro [Video]

AMD have announced the latest in its high-end professional 3D video cards, the ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation accelerator, promising four times the processing power over rival systems.  The FirePro V8750 boasts 2GB of memory with range-topping 115.2GB/sec bandwidth, together with 800 shader processing units, full 30-bit display pipeline and stream computing compatibility.

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