Archive for Jul 31, 2009

iriver Android iPod touch rival, plus ebook reader & internet tablet tipped

iriver Android iPod touch rival, plus ebook reader & internet tablet tipped

Details of iriver's upcoming range have leaked, courtesy of an Australian distributor, including such fancies as an Android-based iPod touch rival, an ebook reader and an internet tablet.  The iriver K2 is expected to launch in 2010, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth and a digital TV tuner; it will also, according to C.R. Kennedy iriver product manager Danny Bejanoff, use Google's open-source Android OS.

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Skype could shut down over licensing threat, claims eBay

Skype could shut down over licensing threat, claims eBay

Never one for understatement or avoiding mass-panic, eBay have thrown the legal cat among the VoIP pigeons by claiming it may have to shut down Skype.  The threat comes as Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - who sold Skype to eBay for $2.6bn back in 2005 - have revoked the licensing agreement for the core P2P software that the VoIP software relies on. 

eBay is apparently developing new P2P software so as to be free from licensing Zennstrom and Friis' company Joltid, but have warned that they may not be able to roll that out as soon as may be required.  In that case, Skype would have to be shut down, leaving 480 million registered users without VoIP service.

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WildCharge add iPhone 3GS wireless charging

WildCharge add iPhone 3GS wireless charging

Having tested - and loved - WildCharge's wire-free charging system last year, we're pleased to see that the company has updated their range of "skins" cases to fit the iPhone 3GS.  WildCharge allows you to recharge your handset without actually plugging in a cable, similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone; when we caught up with WildCharge this week, they confirmed their intentions to move toward broader licensing of their wire-free system.

Acer Predator ASG7710-A41 gaming PC shows up in Japan

Acer Predator ASG7710-A41 gaming PC shows up in Japan

Acer Japan have announced a new version of their Predator desktop gaming PCs, the ASG7710-A41.  Fitted with Intel's 3.06GHz Core i7-950 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory (with up to 12GB supported) and twin NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB video cards, the Aspire G Predator comes bundled with Acer's G15 keyboard and G9 mouse.

Intel cuts netbook Atom Z-series supply claim insiders

Intel cuts netbook Atom Z-series supply claim insiders

If there's one thing the past few days have shown us, it's that speculation about processor plans can get confusing - witness Intel's supposed Pine Trail delay and subsequent denials - but that certainly won't stop the rumors from coming.  Latest leaks from "industry sources" suggests that Intel has told its customers that no more Atom Z processor orders for netbook devices will be accepted, which if true would mean that products such as the Sony VAIO P and ASUS Eee PC T91 would have to find different core components.

LG SL80 and SL90 1080p super-slim HDTVs unveiled

LG SL80 and SL90 1080p super-slim HDTVs unveiled

LG have announced a pair of new LCD HDTV ranges, the SL80 and flagship SL90, complete with edge-to-edge glass displays and Yahoo! NetCast internet-connected widgets.  The SL80 will come in the shape of 42-, 47- and 55-inch models, while the SL90 - which measures just 1.15-inches deep - will come in 42- and 47-inch models complete with LED backlighting.

 

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AAXA P2 pico-projector: VGA input but just 35 mins battery

AAXA P2 pico-projector: VGA input but just 35 mins battery

AAXA have unveiled their new pico-projector, the P2, and at first glance there's plenty to endear the palm-sized device.  The resolution gets a boost to 800 x 600 while brightness also climbs to 33 lumens; even better, there's a standard VGA input along with the usual onboard media player, 1GB of integrated storage and microSD card slot.  Unfortunately, the thorn in the P2's side is its battery life.

CrunchPad to arrive November, priced around $399

CrunchPad to arrive November, priced around $399

Details of the CrunchPad tablet's shipping timetable have emerged, courtesy of developers Fusion Garage.  According to Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, the Techcrunch-led project intends to have the CrunchPad on the market by November, in time for the Christmas holidays, with the 12-inch touchscreen device having a 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB of RAM, integrated WiFi and 3G and pricing expected to be in the range of $399.

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